I had a dream last night that I was sitting in the back seat of a limousine, telling the driver where I needed to go. I don’t remember much else of the dream, just impressions of great wealth and success. Since I have none of that in real life, does it mean that I’m not successful. WRONG! You don’t need millions of dollars and a gold name plate on the door to achieve success. I don’t have any of that but I consider myself to be a complete success on many levels. Here’s my thoughts on what I consider is necessary to be a success without tons of money in the bank. (Even though that would be really sweet!)
- Choose well in love, marry the right person. This one will determine 90% of your happiness or misery.
- Be bold and take chances. When you look back on your life you will regret the things you didn’t do more than the ones you did.
- Don’t do anything that would cause shame to your family.
- Be honest.
- Keep your word. Your honor means more than you can imagine.
- Have a grateful heart. Be appreciative of everything you have in your life.
- Be forgiving of yourself and others.
- Commit yourself to constant improvement and work on it daily.
- Stop blaming others and take responsibility for every area of your life.
- Follow up your words with action. Words mean nothing without action.
- Make a decision, even if it turns out wrong and it will be wrong at times.
- Take good care of the people you love.
- Obey the Golden Rule at all times.
- Develope good ethics and standards and stick to them.
- Be loyal.
- Commit yourself to quality.
- Understand that happiness is not based on possessions, power, money or prestige, but on relationship with people you love and respect.
- Being respectable to all is one of the best ways to earn respect.
- Show initiative in all you do.
- Give people more than they expect and do it willingly and cheerfully.
- Be generous with your time.
- Persistence, persistence, persistence
- Take a chance. Even if you don’t achieve what you were taking a chance on, you will have learned what not to do next time.
- Be positive. Negativity shouldn’t be a part of your life.
- Develope a personal mission statement. Start it with “Failure is not an option.”
- Make it a point to learn something new everyday.
- Be a giver instead of a taker. Yes, you need to take care of “number one” but not at the expense of your loved ones.
- Be compassionate.
- Take care of your health.
I truly believe that if you cultivate these habits, you will succeed in just about every area of your life. Does this sound silly? I don’t think so, sounds like common sense and who knows, you might even make those millions! What do you think? What’s your definition of success?
So, until next time… and if I happen to win the Lotto in the meantime, I’ll let you know!