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Friday, October 19, 2007

7 Mental Keys to Success

(1) What is desire? Something you want to create, or have. Let’s face it –– you have to want something before you can get it! Otherwise, you just shrug your shoulders and say, “so what?” So the first thing to do is decide what it is you want.

(2) You have to know exactly what you want and what it will look and feel like when you have it. These first two steps are the most important in becoming successful at anything. Why? Because action follows thought! If you don’t know precisely what you want AND have a do–able plan to get it, then you won’t be able to make that plan work, no matter how hard you try. You have to align yourself for success BEFORE you go into action! Otherwise, you work very hard and get nowhere, like this:

You need to do four things:

1) Figure out and write down the overall Vision for your undertaking.

2) Figure out and write down the Goal of your undertaking.

3) Figure out and write down the Purpose for your undertaking.

4) Figure out and write down Why you want to be, do, or have it.

Vision: What do you want and how will you feel when you have it?
Goal: The end result of your undertaking. What will it look like after you are done?
Purpose: What are you trying to accomplish?
Why: The motivation or reason for your undertaking. Why do you want to do it?

You need to state each of these succinctly and clearly. If you can’t write each of these steps in at most two or three sentences, you still aren’t clear enough about what you’re doing.

(3) Joe is a very good chef and he wants to start a restaurant. However, Joe has almost no knowledge about the restaurant business. Jill, on the other hand, is a CEO and has always liked food, but she has no clue about cooking. How successful do you think Joe or Jill will be in the restaurant business?

In order to succeed you have to know the tools of the trade. That requires some basic knowledge. You can either get that knowledge from personal research and experience, or find people who have the knowledge you lack and hire them. However you do it, you have to get up to speed in the area in which you want to have success.

The primary purpose for knowledge is to develop an Action Plan. Without a plan of action, all of your theory is just a lot pf daydreaming. People who know what they want AND have an action plan to get it are the most successful. Just as action without a vision is useless, so too is theory without a workable plan to put your theories into practice. Successful people are almost always passionate, and passion is not possible without knowledge AND a way to practically use that knowledge in the accomplishment of the goal.

(4) You can have all the skills and knowledge in the world, and be immensely talented to boot, but it will all come to nothing if you aren’t organized. I don’t care whether you are starting an automobile company with thousands of employees, or you are a one–man consulting company working out of your basement. You have to organize your thoughts and your life, otherwise your actions are inefficient, and you won’t get anywhere. It is impossible to bring any endeavor to fruition without organization. Those who neglect the organizational part of an enterprise usually work ten times as hard as necessary until they “get their act together.”

(5) This is so important that it could have gone first. What is integrity? It’s always keeping your word. It’s staying true to your goal and not allowing critics or nay–sayers to deter you. It’s making sure that the product you are selling is the absolute highest quality that is in your power to make it. Why is integrity so important? Because it keeps your conscience clear. It keeps you inspired, and aligned with the creative energy of the universe. Nothing will slow you down faster than the knowledge that you cut a corner or cheated someone. Unscrupulous people always fail, because their products or services don’t measure up.

(6) Intention simply means the conscious application of the will to a defined goal. You can’t create something by waving a magic wand. If you want something, you have to apply yourself! You have to work at it. The guy who wants to start a computer consulting business, but spends most of his time at the beach, is going to fail. Intention is directed focus. Action that is not aligned to the goal is wasted effort. Intention keeps you focused on the goal and not on things unrelated to the goal.

Having a strong desire, knowing exactly what you want, and having a plan to get it breeds passion. Successful people are always passionate, because they are focused very intensely on what is wanted, and are highly motivated. Both Mother Theresa and Joe Stalin were passionate people, and successful. Stalin was a scumbag and a murderer, but he knew the Mental Keys to Success. Guys like Stalin always go down, however, because their lust for power eventually conflicts with their personal integrity. Interestingly enough, an “evil” person can be successful if he or she is always true to the goal. The saying “honor among thieves” just means that a successful thief honors his obligations. The more successful an endeavor, however, the more integrity it has and the less evil it is! The universe is set up to reward honorable people and punish scumbags.

(7)Persistence just means, carrying your intention and your passion through time long enough to make it happen. Mostly, persistence is thought of in the context of struggle against large odds, but that’s not what I’m talking about. if you think your task is that difficult, you are already not aligned to the goal and you will probably fail. You are also setting yourself up for unnecessary sweat and strain. A motivated, passionate, knowledgeable and organized person can accomplish the task with a minimum of turbulence. Nevertheless, no one is perfect. When roadblocks appear, you have to overcome them. Persistence is the key quality that allows you to do that.

Multi–billionaire Ross Perot said, “"Most people give up just when they're about to achieve success. They quit on the one yard line. They give up at the last minute of the game one foot from a winning touchdown." This statement expresses the idea that you sometimes don’t know when you’re going to have a breakthrough. Sometimes, you quit before you see the manifestation. As the old saying goes, “it’s always darkest just before the dawn.”

““Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan "press on" has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race” –– Calvin Coolidge (30th President of the United States, 1872-1933)

Maybe old Calvin went a little too far with that statement. But there is no denying that when you study the lives of successful people, persistence is one of the qualities that almost always shows up.


The seven Mental Keys to Success:

· Desire
· Vision
· Knowledge (Action Plan)
· Organization
· Integrity
· Intention
· Persistence

These qualities lead to confidence, certainty, and success

Cheers to success

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