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Success formula


Success is not an accident. Success is not a matter of luck. There is a five step formula that can be followed and, if you have the commitment to follow it you will reap the rewards.

Step 1: Decide What You Want

Make a decision as to what success will be for you. Everyone has a different idea of what success is. If you don’t take the time to define it for yourself then how can you possibly get there?

Your definition doesn’t have to please anyone else; as long as it pleases you then it will be something that you can throw your energy into.

Step 2: Find Out What You Have To Do To Get It

At the time that you set your success goal you may have no idea at all as to what you will need to do in order to arrive there.

Most people realize that they would have to study hard and long to learn how to become a brain surgeon, but they somehow miss the fact that they have to spend time learning how to completely turn their life around and achieve outstanding success.

Fortunately some successful people have taken what they have learned over many years and found ways to help you learn quickly and easily. Studying their teachings can take years off your journey and save you a lot of pain and suffering that you might otherwise experience on your own.

Step 3: Break Down What You Have To Do Into Daily Tasks

Once you have discovered what you need to do then it is important to break that into bite size chunks, that you can accomplish in a day (still leaving time to meet your other responsibilities).

In this way each day becomes a mini-success and that will keep your spirits up.

Step 4: Put Those Tasks In Their Order Of Importance

Each night before you go to bed decide what will be the most important task that you need to accomplish the following day.

Make sure that you organize yourself so that you can complete this task as well as the other things you have to do that day. Successful people know how to make decisions and set priorities. That is the shortcut to success.

Step 5: Complete One Of Those Important Steps Each Day

If you can accomplish one task each day then you will have accomplished 365 tasks in one year. Just imagine how much improvement that could total.

Many people set goals but very few carry out an important, goal focused task each day. It’s not that they can’t do it, they simply don’t do it.

This fifth step is where the power resides. It is the habit of chipping away at your goal each and every day that will bring that goal into reality. If you can’t complete a particular task in a day then that task is too big. Keep the tasks small and achievable and before you know it you will have your success goal.

When you look forward a year it may seem a long way away and that may make you impatient. The interesting thing is that impatient people rarely develop the rhythm of daily action necessary to achieve their goal and so when the year has passed they are no closer than they were when the year began.

Keep taking those little steps, one after the other, and you may just amaze yourself at how much you achieve.

Don’t Be Afraid To Say What You Know

Students of public speaking continually ask, “How can I overcome self-consciousness and the fear that paralyzes me before an audience?”

Did you ever notice in looking from a train window that some horses feed near the track and never even pause to look up at the thundering cars, while just ahead at the next railroad crossing a farmer’s wife will be nervously trying to quiet her scared horse as the train goes by?

How would you cure a horse that is afraid of cars–graze him in a back-woods lot where he would never see steam-engines or automobiles, or drive or pasture him where he would frequently see the machines?

Apply horse-sense to ridding yourself of self-consciousness and fear: face an audience as frequently as you can, and you will soon stop shying. You can never attain freedom from stage-fright by reading a treatise. A book may give you excellent suggestions on how best to conduct yourself in the water, but sooner or later you must get wet, perhaps even strangle and be “half scared to death.” There are a great many “wetless” bathing suits worn at the seashore, but no one ever learns to swim in them. To plunge is the only way.

Practice, practice, PRACTICE, in speaking before an audience will tend to remove all fear of audiences, just as practice in swimming will lead to confidence and facility in the water. You must learn to speak by speaking.

The Apostle Paul tells us that every man must work out his own salvation. All we can do here is to offer you suggestions as to how best to prepare for your plunge. The real plunge no one can take for you. A doctor may prescribe, but you must take the medicine.

Do not be disheartened if at first you suffer from stage-fright. Dan Patch was more susceptible to suffering than a superannuated dray horse would be. It never hurts a fool to appear before an audience, for his capacity is not a capacity for feeling. A blow that would kill a civilized man soon heals on a savage. The higher we go in the scale of
life, the greater is the capacity for suffering.

For one reason or another, some master-speakers never entirely overcome stage-fright, but it will pay you to spare no pains to conquer it. Daniel Webster failed in his first appearance and had to take his seat without finishing his speech because he was nervous. Gladstone was often troubled with self-consciousness in the beginning of an address. Beecher was always perturbed before talking in public.

Blacksmiths sometimes twist a rope tight around the nose of a horse, and by thus inflicting a little pain they distract his attention from the shoeing process. One way to get air out of a glass is to pour in water.

Be Absorbed by Your Subject!

Apply the blacksmith’s homely principle when you are speaking. If you feel deeply about your subject you will be able to think of little else. Concentration is a process of distraction from less important matters. It is too late to think about the cut of your coat when once you are upon the platform, so centre your interest on what you are about to say–fill your mind with your speech-material and, like the infilling water in the glass, it will drive out your unsubstantial fears.

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May 17, 2007 - Posted by | Career Guidence

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