THE RECIPE FOR SUCCESS -- IN WORK AND IN LIFE

By: Craig Lock

Self-imposed limitations only impose a ceiling above you. So look to extend yourself to your full potential. The human mind is an amazing thing which can be expanded just like a telescope. 

The Recipe For Success
How to extend yourself to your fullest potential.

  • Use your imagination.
  • Self discipline is an acquired habit. Teach your children this habit and other good habits but not point to only one especially when they are young.
  • Establish other good habits. Start your day early. Use your most productive time and especially, your first hour wisely - when you are most alert (if ever?).
  • Be Enthusiastic and Avoid Distractions
    Enthusiasm is a vital key to success. You have to enjoy what you are doing and not merely 'go through the motions'.

We all have choices in the way in which we are going to live our lives. We can also choose the attitudes we are going to take: whether we are going to hold a positive or a negative outlook on life. Far more on this intriguing and complex subject later; but it is critical to whether you achieve success or not.

1) Make Daily Affirmations
These are short positive statements that you say to to yourself, eg. say, 'I am on the right track', or 'I can do it'. These positive thoughts encourage you, especially if they are repeated frequently. The effects of daily affirmations are that they imprint upon our deeper consciousness, which reflects in the way we function. They make you feel better about yourself and in so doing enhance your confidence.

2) Be Positive
It is best to have a positive self expectancy by looking at 'the bright side of life'. Mexican wisecracking golfer, Lee Trevino is one of the world's greatest optimists. He visualizes each shot having the best possible outcome - dropping in the hole; whereas the weekend 'hackers' in all spheres of life often think what can go wrong with each shot. And it often does!

  • A pessimist is one who sees a difficulty in every opportunity.
  • An optimist is one who sees an opportunity in every difficulty.

It doesn't happen every time that Lee gets the ball in the hole, but it happens a lot more than most others. Time for a book on sports psychology, perhaps!

3) Expect Success & Happiness
Many successful sportsmen and even ordinary happy people EXPECT success and happiness. And they get it ....

4) It's all in ONE'S ATTITUDE TO LIFE.

  • Always bear in mind ... 'the greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.' - Walter Bagehot
  • 'Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.' - John Wooten

Whatever you do, be enthusiastic and avoid distractions. Focus totally on your task at hand. American President Franklin Roosevelt said  'the only thing we have to fear is fear itself'.

5) Dont be Afriad to Make Mistakes
Are your fears holding you back? Don't be afraid to make mistakes. Take the blame and the credit for your position in life honestly and openly. You alone are responsible for it.

  • Break your routines: 'If you always do what you've always done, you will always get what you've always got'. Make sense?

6) Spend 30 minutes alone each day to meditate.
Contemplate your life and where you're heading.

7) Get Advice from Experts
Seek and talk to a person who currently is doing what you want to do most and doing it well. It doesn't matter how humble or famous they areor what it is they do: acting, singingPsychology Articles, or merely being a good parent ... or just a hard 'plodder'. Get advice from the 'experts'.

When we talk of success we usually think of winning: the topic of the next section. Not that we all can be winners in every aspect of our lives.

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