Six Principles to Help You Achieve Success this Year

How to have your best year ever

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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.

4. The principle of Determination

Determination positions you to follow through and complete your goals and dreams. Success is never achieved easily so you need to determine within yourself that you will never quit or give up. I really like the dictionary.com definition of determination. It says, “The act of coming to a decision” or “a fixed direction toward some object or end.” This principle is about deciding to do something and staying committed to what you have started, until completion. You can achieve a lot when you are determined. Tommy Lasorda said, “The difference between the impossible and possible lies in a man’s determination.” Determine to write out your goals and dreams then to stick with them until completion, even during the ups and downs of life.

5. The principle of Attitude

Your attitude plays a significant role when it comes to achieving success, your goals, and dreams. Winston Churchill said, “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” You need to choose to have a positive attitude over a negative one, to be optimistic over being pessimistic. The key is to be aware of your emotions while shifting your attitude toward the positive or good. For example, if you hear someone gossiping about you or abusing you in any way you can feel angry or upset. These are normal emotions but at some point you have to make a choice to move away from those feelings so they don’t cause you to react with a negative attitude. This might mean you confront the problem or issue, forgive the person, and work through the hurt it has caused you. Holding onto the feelings for too long can create bitterness and cause you to have a bad attitude.

6. The principle of Perspective

You can’t control the genetics you were born with, how you were raised, or what has happened to you in your life. All you can control is what you do with how you have been created and how you play the cards you have been given. Actor Chris Pine said, “The only thing you sometimes have control over is perspective. You don’t have control over your situation. But you have a choice about how you view it.” Begin to give yourself a new perspective about yourself and life by seeing what you have the potential to do and the person you can become. You can achieve success and your dreams. All you have to do is to believe it, own it, and start taking action.

Questions: Which principle has helped you the most? Which one do you need to improve the most?

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  • The principle of determination is a big one for me. I wear a necklace most days that has two charms on it. One reads, “Never give up.” The other reads, “Perseverance.” Simply refusing to quit has led me through more trials than I can count and into tremendous victory. When I don’t know what to do in a tough situation, I just refuse to quit trying. Eventually, you find what works and/or the situation changes, then you move forward.

    • Great words to live by! Success will come to those who never quit, thank you for being an example of that.