7 Key Principles of Personal Success

Personal success means different things to different people. Regardless of your definition, follow these 7 principles and learn how to achieve your goals.

What does personal success mean to you? 
Success means different things to different people. For some, it is financial, for others it is freedom, and for some it is being able to lead a certain lifestyle, while it is a combination of things to others. Therefore, there are many ways to achieve success, because it depends on what success means to each individual. With that in mind, there are some general key principles that the most successful people adhere to.
  1. Take risks: What’s the riskiest thing you have very done in your life? And how often do you take risks to achieve the things you want in life? Most people are risk averse. No one likes to lose whatever they already have, so they expend a lot of energy trying to mitigate loss, often in the way of doing nothing. But taking little risks means achieving little rewards. As a calculated risk taker, you can make things happen in your life, which leads to personal success.
  2. Capitalize on unexpected opportunities:  Unexpected opportunities present themselves from time-to-time, how often do you overthink things, then the opportunities disappear. Or how often you find a reason for not capitalizing on the opportunity? Do not say, “No” too quickly when opportunities come your way, take a little bit of time to think things through. The experience you gain, or the advantage you experience, acting on the opportunity, may lead you in interesting directions that take you to exactly where you need to go.
  3. Build positive relationships: The ability to build positive relationships and partnership is a key principle of personal success. The relationships and partnerships you build become increasingly more valuable over time. Successful people know this, and they also know how to leverage these relationships.
  4. Discipline yourself: You have to consistently show up and do the hard work required to achieve personal success. You increase your chances of achieving personal success by acknowledging the barriers that you will inevitably face, and finding ways to eliminate or work around them.
  5. Learn to focus: To achieve personal success you have to learn to focus on one thing at a time. If you try to do too many things at once, you do none of them well. Research shows that multitasking does not work. Businessman and master networker, George Fraser, says that you can only walk down one road at a time, so walk down that road - sage advice.
  6. Celebrate success: Success builds on success, so celebrate your successes, even the small wins. And celebrate the successes of your peers. Others will take notice, and it will mean a lot to them. You are also building goodwill and a network of support.
  7. Place things into perspective: Do not magnify your successes or failure, learn how to place things in perspective. A level head will take you a great distance, and prevent you from stumbling unnecessarily along the way.
Og Mandino, in his book, The Greatest Salesman in the World, wrote, “The greatest secret in the world is that you only have to be a small, measurable amount better than mediocrity… and you’ve got it made.” Most people are not willing to do the work that is necessary to achieve personal success. How would your life be transformed if you adhered to the seven principles of personal success? 
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