Six Principles to Help You to Achieve Success this Year (Pt.1)

How to have your best year ever

Road that says success in the asphalt

With the beginning of the year many people set New Year’s resolutions or have goals for the coming year. However, you will need to adapt and live by certain principles if you want to turn your dreams or goals into reality. The 6 principles below can help you to start and stick with whatever you desire or want to achieve this year. Lean and adapt them into your life to have a successful year.

1. The principles of self-leadership

This principle is about making sure you are first leading and managing yourself well. One way to do this is to make sure the areas you have control over match the direction you want to go in and with the level of influence you want to obtain. You can’t control 100 percent of what happens to you or around you, but you can always control your reaction. Self-leadership is about managing and making sure your behavior, attitude, and inner life are always in your control. This means you might need to move away from certain people or places, or break free from bad habits. You may need to manage your reactions when something bad or negative does happen to you. When you can do this it will allow you to focus on what you need to do in order to achieve your dreams and goals.

2. The principle of influence

You will need leverage to start and stick with your goals and to achieve your dreams. Depending on what it is you will need one or more of these factors to be successful this year: the ability to raise capital, manage people, convince people toward your cause, and get people to support or help you. At the center of obtaining the above factors depends on your influence. You have the potential to achieve substantial levels of success with high amounts of influence but you will not achieve a lot with a low amount of influence. You need to be able to win friends and positively influence those around you. Gain influence and the resources and people will follow.

3. The principle of Initiative

Author Sylvia Earle said, “Hold up a mirror and ask yourself what you are capable of doing, and what you really care about. Then take the initiative – don’t wait for someone else to ask you to act.” Planning and daydreaming only takes you so far, at some point you need to take the initiative and start doing. Success or the achievement of your goals requires initiative on your part. You are never too young or old to start moving toward success or to achieve big dreams. You need to start and consistently take steps in the direction you desire to go. Even small steps or progress is better than standing still. Take the initiative this year to start and stick with your plans and goals.

In part 2 of the post we will talk about the principles of determination, attitude, and perspective.

Questions: Can you add to the list? Which of these principles do you need to adapt this year?

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  • The principle of Integrity. A key ingredient to leadership success that matters is integrity – doing what’s right even when it’s not popular.

    • I totally agree, it will make a break a leader. Thanks for reading and commenting.

  • DS

    Taking initiative is huge. There are tons of projects waiting to be tackled if someone would just go out and do it. Sometimes it’s worth the risk of doing something first, and asking permission later.

    • Great thoughts! The key is to GO!

  • That’s such good idea Dan! I’d add The Principle of Self-Awareness! Becoming self aware of when our fears are guiding us, when we’re being insecure, when we’re acting on wrong motives etc. is half the battle in leadership. Looking forward to the next part!

    • Great addition! Self awareness is so essential. Thank you for sharing your wisdom.