Seven Steps to Success
The claim I make is: anyone can double their income or time off in three years or less. It is a system and a sequence of steps. I use the metaphor of a combination lock: the problem is often that people are missing one of the numbers or just have them in the wrong concatenation. They know the things to do but they aren’t doing them correctly.
So here are the fundamental steps to success.
Be clear about your goals. One of my friends said: goals are wishes with deadlines. A lot of people say: “I want more money.”
So I walk up to them in a seminar, give them a dollar and tell them: “There you go, now you have more money, are you happy?” They’ll reply: “No I wanted more than that.”
Learn success. There are hundreds of books, seminars and audio programmes out there, but you really have to make a proper study of it. People study disciplines like medicine or psychology but they don’t study the psychological principals of success. It’s important to understand these principals.
Learn from the masters. Most people don’t reach out to the very best; they don’t ask them to be their mentor and they don’t read their books. If you are going to study something, then find the best person you possibly can. Find out who has already accomplished what you want to achieve and duplicate what they did while maintaining your own uniqueness.
Take Massive Action. You need to be constantly working on whatever it is you want to achieve. The more time and effort you put in the faster it moves. If I wanted to get into university and they requested three recommendation letters, I would send ten. You always want to overwhelm the situation with as much positivity as you can. A lot of people sit around thinking about what they want to do but never jump into doing it. So just start.
Change your beliefs. Everyone one of us has beliefs about what is possible… in this economy; in this country and so on. I believe that you can change your beliefs through certain kinds of activities, such as using affirmations, visualising your future the way you want it to go and enhancing your positive thoughts.
Get feedback. Not all actions work. You have to ask for, and respond to, feedback. People never ask of their boss: on a scale of one to ten, how am I doing? Mostly because they are afraid of the answer. But you can’t get better without feedback, so it is important to ask how you’re doing.
E+R=O. I teach this formula: Events in the world + your Response to them = the Outcome. We can all create excuses or blame our unfulfilled dreams on circumstances. But really you should study and then take action every day. The Chinese have a saying: A journey of ten thousand miles starts with one step. You just have to take that first step and keep on stepping.