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5 Key Principles For Finding Your Way To the Greatest Success

5 Key Principles For Finding Your Way To the Greatest Success

Great success is very good but like every good thing, it doesn’t come easy. If you want to have great success, you need to get out of your comfort zone and start taking huge steps of faith. There is a popular saying that if the dream you have for your life doesn’t scare you, you probably won’t amount to anything in life. If you have a dream to achieve great things, then this article is for you. I hope that these five principles will put you on the right path to turning your dreams into achievements.

1. Set high but achievable goals

I personally believe that nobody can have great success unless she has clearly defined goals. Goal setting can be defined as the ability to see right now where you want to be in the future. That’s why it is good to dream big and set high goals. Set goals that will drive you, energize you and chase you out of your comfort zone every day. It is also important that you set achievable goals so that you don’t get tired and frustrated. If you get this right, you are already on your way to success.

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2. Take action to do great things

“If you can’t fly, run. If you can’t run, walk. If you can’t walk, crawl. But my all means, keep moving.” – Martin Luther King Jr. It is not enough to set goals. Great success does not come to goal setters, it comes to goal achievers. It is therefore expedient that while you set your goals, you set up a system that will help ensure that all your goals are achieved within the set deadline. This can be done by breaking down your goals into small actions that you can take every day. As you achieve one goal, move to the next. The more you achieve these goals, the more motivation you get to do even more.

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3. Accept, speak and take action for what you believe

If you want to achieve great things in life, you have to shut the door of your mind against both internal and external voices of discouragement and doubt. I have discovered that if you have a very big dream and you want to measure what it takes to really achieve that dream, it always seems impossible. Greatness is not doing or thinking about the ordinary, it is all about going the extra mile and operating in the realm of extraordinary. You have to keep telling yourself that it’s possible. The more you feed your faith, the more your fear disappears and vice versa. You are the only one that can truly motivate yourself to success, no one will do it for you, even your own siblings out of a pure desire to help will tell you to face reality and stop acting like a mad person.

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4. Act with courage and integrity

“We profess to be honest people but are we reliable?” asks Michael Addo, a Ghanian businessman and multi-millionaire. Integrity is very very important whether you are an employee or an employer, a student or a businessman. There are different areas of integrity but I will like to sum up integrity as being whole and undivided, the ability to produce the same results regardless of what environment you find yourself. We have to be accountable to ourselves. We need to cultivate values of honesty and strong moral. Shakespeare says it so well; “To thine own self be true”. I have discovered from experience that when integrity is in place, courage will follow because you know that your words and actions cannot be faulted.

5. Perform an audit of every action

Every action has consequences and they ought to be taken as such. It is advisable that you measure your action before and after you perform it in order to know exactly the effect of such an action on your life and success. For example, imagine that you decide to walk naked around your street every morning for about 30 days. This kind of act can be beneficial to your identity, that is, the way you see and feel about yourself. It can improve your self esteem and make you a more confident person. On the other hand, this action is harmful to your reputation, the way others see you and feel about you, I’m pretty sure that most people will think you’ve gone crazy. One thing to always remember is that everything matters, every action has consequences.

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Last Updated on October 16, 2019

Invaluable Lessons You Can Learn From Your Mistakes

Invaluable Lessons You Can Learn From Your Mistakes

Do you like making mistakes?

I certainly don’t.

Making mistakes is inevitable. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could be at ease with them?

Perhaps there is a way to think of them differently and see their benefits.

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Why Mistakes Feel Dangerous

Mistakes often feel dangerous. Throughout human history, our errors have often been treated as dangerous for a variety of reasons:

  • Our vulnerability. We have limited and fragile support systems. When those systems fail, people often lose their lives.
  • Real dangers. Nature can be dangerous, and making mistakes can put us at the mercy of nature and its animal residents seeking a meal.
  • Ignorance. Many cultures scapegoats someone whenever there is a failure of some kind. Scapegoating can be serious and deadly.
  • Order. Many societies punish those who do not conform to the prevailing orthodoxy and treat difference and non-conformity as a mistake. Even our brains flash an error message whenever we go against prevailing social norms.

We have a history of handling mistakes and failure in an unpleasant way. Since each of us carries our human history with us, it can be a challenge to overcome the fear of making mistakes.

If we can embrace the reality of mistakes, we can free ourselves to be more creative in our lives and dig up some interesting insights.

Why We Can’t Avoid Making Mistakes

Many people operate under the notion that making mistakes is an aberration, a mistake if you will. You can call it perfectionism but it is a more substantial problem. It is really a demand for order and continuity.

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When we think we can eliminate mistakes, we are often working from a perspective that sees the world as a fixed place. The world, however, is not so obliging. Like it or not, the world, and everything in it, is constantly changing.

Change is more constant and pervasive than we can see with our own eyes which is why we often miss it. Our bodies are constantly changing. The natural conditions of the earth change constantly as well. Everything, including economic and cultural systems have life cycles. Everything is in a constant state of flux.

We cannot see all of the changes going on around us since rates of change vary. Unfortunately, when we try to create a feeling of certainty and solidity in our lives or operate from the illusion of stability and order, we are fighting reality and our natural evolution which is built on adapting to change.

It is better to continually bend into this reality rather than fight every change we experience. Fighting it can cause us to make more mistakes. Finding the benefits in change can be useful and help us minimize unnecessary mistakes.

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Lessons Learned from Making Mistakes

Life has so many uncertainties and variables that mistakes are inevitable. Fortunately, there are many things you can learn from making mistakes.

Here is a list of ways to harness the mistakes you make for your benefit.

  1. Point us to something we did not know.
  2. Reveal a nuance we missed.
  3. Deepen our knowledge.
  4. Tell us something about our skill levels.
  5. Help us see what matters and what does not.
  6. Inform us more about our values.
  7. Teach us more about others.
  8. Let us recognize changing circumstances.
  9. Show us when someone else has changed.
  10. Keep us connected to what works and what doesn’t work.
  11. Remind us of our humanity.
  12. Spur us to want to better work which helps us all.
  13. Promote compassion for ourselves and others.
  14. Teach us to value forgiveness.
  15. Help us to pace ourselves better.
  16. Invite us to better choices.
  17. Can teach us how to experiment.
  18. Can reveal a new insight.
  19. Can suggest new options we had not considered.
  20. Can serve as a warning.
  21. Show us hidden fault lines in our lives which can lead us to more productive arrangements.
  22. Point out structural problems in our lives.
  23. Prompt us to learn more about ourselves.
  24. Remind us how we are like others.
  25. Make us more humble.
  26. Help us rectify injustices in our lives.
  27. Show us where to create more balance in our lives.
  28. Tell us when the time to move on has occurred.
  29. Reveal where our passion is and where it is not.
  30. Expose our true feelings.
  31. Bring out problems in a relationship.
  32. Can be a red flag for our misjudgments.
  33. Point us in a more creative direction.
  34. Show us when we are not listening.
  35. Wake us up to our authentic selves.
  36. Can create distance with someone else.
  37. Slow us down when we need to.
  38. Can hasten change.
  39. Reveal our blind spots.
  40. Are the invisible made visible.

Reframe Reality to Handle Mistakes More Easily

The secret to handling mistakes is to:

  • Expect them as part of the process of growth and development.
  • Have an experimental mindset.
  • Think in evolutional rather than fixed terms.

When we accept change as the natural structure of the world, our vulnerability and humanness lets us work with the ebb and flow of life.

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When we recognize the inevitability of mistakes as part of the ongoing experiment which life is, then we can relax more. In doing so we may make fewer of them.

It also helps to keep in mind that trial and error is an organic natural way of living. It is how we have evolved over time. It is better to be with our natural evolution than to fight it and make life harder.

When we adopt an evolutional mindset and see ourselves as part of the ongoing human experiment, we can appreciate that all that has been built up over time which includes the many mistakes our ancestors have made over thousands of years. Each one of us today is a part of that human tradition of learning and experimenting,

Mistakes are part of the trial and error, experimental nature of life. The more you adopt the experimental, evolutional frame, the easier it becomes to handle mistakes.

Handling mistakes well can help you relax and enjoy all aspects of life more.

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