Want to know about the 23 principles of success in life?
These principles have been helping people succeed in every aspect of their lives for years. You too can succeed if you apply these to your everyday life!
Everyone defines success differently. This is one thing you should keep in mind. For some, it is all about attaining financial stability while for others being happy is what they call success.
Whatever your definition of success may be, the principles we are penning down here can help you achieve it.
Remember, being successful comes down to the values and beliefs you set for yourself that can turn your dreams into reality. Without further ado, let’s get started on the must-have principles if you wish to be successful in life.
What Are the Principles of Success in Life?
1. Prepare for Success
Preparation is the key to achieving anything. You cannot just wake up one day and be successful.
It is important to put in the effort and hard work to achieve what your definition of success is. Look for opportunities and do not be afraid to take calculated risks.
Being successful in life is more of a mindset, and you need to get yourself into this mindset to improve your chances of success. With the right preparation, you’ll create more opportunities for yourself!
And these are what will take you to the place where you wish to be. This is what will allow you to take risks and test your limits. You will not be taking any miscalculated risks if you have already prepared for what is expected to come.
This is where success begins.
2. There is Nothing You Can’t Achieve
There are no limits when it comes to achieving success. You define your own limits and when you are aiming for success, you should keep your dreams as big as you can. Limits only exist in your mind. There are numerous cases where people achieved goals that no one ever believed that they could.
Don’t let unsuccessful people limit you when it comes to achieving your goals.
Don’t let them convince you that something is impossible.
Don’t let them hold you back. Soar as high as you want, and you will be successful sooner or later.
3. Take Responsibility of Your Life
It’s human nature to be dependent on others. We believe that someone is responsible for us. This is exactly what keeps us from achieving our goals and success in life. If you wish to be successful, you need to follow the mantra that,
‘YOU are the only person responsible for yourself. It is You who will make yourself successful. YOU are responsible for your results.’
The earlier you understand this, the better are your chances of doing things seriously that will lead you to the path of success.
Ask yourself “how to be successful” because you are responsible for yourself. No one is going to come and rescue you. You will have to find your way and rescue yourself.
Most of the successful people in the world are self-made. They understand the importance of being responsible. And that is what led them to the place where they are today. Follow in their footsteps, and only have expectations from yourself.
4. Decide Your Purpose in Life
This is what we were talking about at the beginning of this post. Everyone has a different definition of success, which is closely linked to the purpose they have in life.
Everyone has a purpose in life, whether or not they acknowledge it. The people who acknowledge it early on in life are the ones who will become successful as they have a definitive goal to follow. Others will just have a haphazard life.
It is important to set your purpose in life. Setting a purpose will have everything fall into its rightful place. You will love what you do which will help you accomplish your goals, slowly but surely.
With a focused goal in mind, all your efforts will be streamlined, and you will start attracting opportunities, people and resources towards you.
Doing what you love will keep you excited and will motivate you to work harder. Let your purpose in life meet with your passion, and you will be on the road to success.
5. Have a Clear Vision
You can forget about being successful without having a clear target in mind. One major reason which keeps people from succeeding is their inability to create a target.
You will not be able to achieve success if you keep shooting darts in the air, hoping that you will hit something. Having a clear vision will allow you to hit the target. Even if you don’t there’s still a chance you will still land somewhere close.
Clarity of vision is what brings success to you. It is just about being focused and clear about what you want to achieve. Try to get as familiar with your destination, end goal, as you can.
Sure, you can change the route you are taking to achieve your goal, if needed, but you just have to get started. The important thing is that you know where you’re headed. This way you can ensure you are on the right track.
6. Believe in Yourself
You can reach for the stars if you truly believe in yourself. Your chances of success are directly proportional to how much you believe in your abilities, efforts and hard work. Lack of belief in yourself is what prevents many people from achieving success in life.
Are you doing the same too?
If you ever find yourself in this situation, read this quote from Napoleon Hill,
“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve.”Napoleon Hill
Your brain is very powerful. All you need to do is to believe in yourself. Then anything will be possible for you to achieve. Don’t give your mind excuses; tell it that you believe in your abilities and strengths and that you will achieve your goals.
Scientists previously believed that human behavior is based on the external information that our brain receives. However, a recent study shows that our past history also helps our brain predict what will happen next. We perceive the world as we expect it to be, and that is where self-belief comes in.
If you believe in yourself, your brain will start working accordingly as well. It will tell you that you can achieve a goal. The self-assurance will help you become successful in life. Are you doing the same too?
7. Think Big
Aim for the moon, they say. You don’t have to make small goals. Think big. Isn’t that what successful people do? Yes, you will have to create smaller goals to reach the big goal of being successful. But the ultimate goal can be anything.
Don’t limit yourself because anything is possible for the world.
Norman Vincent Peale said,
“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.”Norman Vincent Peale
The bigger your goal, the better the end result. There should be no limits, and you should be the one who decides what being successful means to you. Don’t limit yourself by what your mind thinks is possible.
8. Be Grateful
You will not be successful until you learn to be grateful. Your life will be better when you are grateful for everything that you have. You may not be at the place where you wanted right now, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have anything to be grateful for. Be grateful for things as simple as food on your plate, a roof over your head and a loved one nearby.
The more you think about the things you have, the better you will feel. This leads to better relationships and a clearer mind. Learn to be grateful, and you will find peace within that will help you achieve more success in life.
9. Perseverance is the Key
Hard work, dedication and perseverance are essential ingredients for success. If you want to be successful in life, then you must give it your all. Success only comes to those who are ready to go all the way. If you are following your passion, running after success will not feel like a chore. It will not be a struggle, in fact, it will be something you enjoy.
It is important to ensure that you have a goal in mind and that you work on it with determination and hard work. Don’t let distractions take away your attention. You have a bigger goal to achieve and your persistence and grit will take you there.
10. Continue Growing
One of the biggest mistakes that take us away from success is getting too comfortable in/with our current position. It just makes you stagnant and prevents further growth.
You cannot be successful in life if you start settling for things. You must find new goals after accomplishing the previously set ones. Success comes with problem-solving. Face the challenges and obstacles that come your way and continue growing.
Do you also find yourself in the same boat?
Do you feel that your growth is stagnant?
If you answered in the affirmative, you immediately need to revisit your definition of success. Stagnancy will hinder your progress. You need to continuously grow so you can climb up the ladder.
11. Solicit Feedback and Respect it
Don’t make random conclusions about your progress. It is best to ask someone for feedback. Feedback always helps you grow. And when it comes from someone who is in a senior position or more knowledgeable, it becomes more relevant and helpful.
Many people fear the feedback experiment. However, the information we get from the feedback can help us streamline ourselves to achieve success.
It’s important to keep in mind that not all feedback is accurate. The best thing to do is to look for patterns and accept feedback generously and wholeheartedly. Even if it is something that you don’t agree with.
12. Set New Goals
Another of the 23 principles of success is to keep setting goals along the way. You may have to deviate from the original goals you had set when you first started.
You may encounter new opportunities or come across obstacles that may affect your success. Therefore, you should be open to making new goals while you continue your journey towards success.
Whatever goals you set, make sure that they are realistic, measurable and attainable. One of the biggest mistakes people make is not letting go of their goals even when they are sure that they aren’t leading them anywhere.
Don’t be in the same category as them. Change is inevitable. There is no need to avoid it; it takes you towards your goal.
Even if it is through a different path than what you had originally planned.
13. Let Go of Negativity and Negative People
Keeping negative people around you will only hold you down and prevent you from achieving your goals, and, you will not be successful if you don’t reach your goals.
You need to keep negative people and negativity as far away from you as you can. The more you stay with them, the more influence they will have on you and the farther away you will be taken from success.
Positive people who support you are always great to have around. They make you believe in yourself by giving you the support you need. They warn you if you are not moving in the right direction.
You are the company you keep. Thus, it is important to surround yourself with positivity. Let go of all the negativity that is holding you back. Being positive and in a great state of mind is an essential principle of success. You will not be successful if you are continuously surrounded by negative people. Let go of negativity to continue on the path to success.
14. Treat Everyone with Respect
You cannot consider yourself successful until you are happy within, and one way to be happy is to make others feel genuinely good about themselves. You will be making a big difference in the lives of the people around you just by treating them with respect.
It goes without saying that treating someone with respect will earn you respect too. People usually treat you the way you treat them, and that is what keeps many people from being successful. Be genuine around people, and you will see many things fall into their place.
15. Eliminate Small Obstacles
Many things around you may be causing a problem in your life. It can be something as minor as a light in your room that isn’t working. Try to eliminate these obstacles, one day at a time.
Take out some time every couple of days and work on these things. The effect they will have on your life will leave you amazed.
Begin with the ones that are the easiest to solve. Taking such an approach in life will instill in you the belief that you know what you want and can actually achieve it. This will make you responsible, and you will learn how to take care of things yourself.
16. Always Be Determined
Determination is essential to achieve your goals. With determination, you can achieve anything you want. You just need to find a way to make it happen. If you find yourself struggling over something, find out a way to deal with it. Create a way if you don’t find one. All you need is will and determination and you will be able to move forward towards achieving your goals, which will lead you to success.
If you are determined about achieving something, give all your efforts to it. Lack of will and determination is what you should be worried about; you will not get anywhere with it. Decide what success means to you and find a way to achieve it.
17. Don’t be Afraid of Failures
There is a lesson in everything that happens to us. Don’t give up your struggle if you are facing failures. One thing didn’t work? Try changing your plan a little and see if it works. Remember, every failure brings some great lessons, and you can learn a lot from them if you don’t give up your dreams just because you failed once. Gain wisdom from your mistakes and then build new strategies based on the newly found wisdom. You will get what you want only if you keep trying and don’t give up when you face failures of any kind.
18. Positive Attitude
A positive attitude helps you identify your passions, challenges and new opportunities coming your way. Your attitude has quite a lot of say in determining your ability to be successful in life. Someone with a positive attitude can see opportunities and make the best of them.
If you don’t have such an attitude, you can try to develop a positive attitude so that you start looking at things optimistically. With a positive outlook, you avoid seeing the worst in things and make the most of every opportunity you get. This leads you to success.
19. Grow Your Network
You cannot achieve success in a vacuum. From the people who mentored you to the ones who helped you when you needed them, you need to keep all of them close.
You achieve growth quicker when you work in a team or have a network to look up to. Get advice from people who are at a higher level than you and incorporate it into your goals. This will allow you to take better decisions that will take you towards success.
If you want to achieve success faster, then you should believe in networking rather than just trying to go solo.
20. Believe in Integrity
It takes years to build your reputation, but only seconds to destroy it. You must not compromise on your morals and ethics to become successful.
You will get many opportunities to choose the wrong path, which will be easier and quicker to take you to success, but ask yourself, is it really worth it?
Lack of integrity and compromised morals may take you to the top quickly. But your chances of hitting rock bottom will also escalate. You can’t succeed in life if you don’t have integrity. From personal lives to professional lives, integrity is always valued and important.
21. Patience is Essential
Being patient doesn’t mean that you sit on our hand and wait for things to happen themselves. You need to work hard and do all that you can to achieve a goal. However, you must learn to be patient if success doesn’t come to you when you expect it to. Patience is the key. Don’t give up hope and don’t even think about quitting. You have come a long way, and you cannot go back from here. Don’t give up your efforts and settle for something less than what you had initially planned to achieve. Continue your hard work and be patient. Keep going and success will come to you.
22. Don’t be Afraid to Make Sacrifices
The path to success is not easy. You will have to make many sacrifices here and there to be where you want to be. From small sacrifices, like not buying that favorite dress you have your eyes on for months, to big ones like moving far away from family, you have to do it all to be successful.
You must get out of your comfort zone because comfort and growth cannot coexist.
23. Let Go of Your Fears
Fear is just an illusion. It is a state of mind. It is only your imagination and there is no reason it should hold you back. Don’t be afraid of trying and giving your best. Don’t be afraid of rejection, embarrassment, failure or anything. Be confident about the decisions you are making in your life. Follow your dreams fearlessly and you will be able to achieve the success you had planned for yourself.
Since you are aiming for an extraordinary life, you will have to take a break from normalcy. You need the courage to go against the tide if you really wish to be successful.
Prioritize the things in your life and don’t be afraid to make sacrifices where necessary as it is all for your own good. Everyone wants to be successful, but what makes one person different from the other on this journey are all these principles of success that we have mentioned above.
The more you follow these principles, the better will be your chances of success.