The A-L of Highly Successful People

What’s the secret to repeated success?  Have you ever marvelled at people who are successful and wondered how they achieved it?  From Oprah Winfrey to Tony Robbins; Steve Jobs to JK Rowlings; Beyonce to Tom Jones.  Are they just incredibly lucky or do they have access to information that we could all learn and so become just as successful?  If it is the former it would mean that there isn’t much you could do about your own success, save spending hours looking in patches of grass for a four leaf clover.  Fortunately countless studies have shown that it is the latter; which means that if you do as highly successful people do then you are guaranteed to be successful too.  So here is A– L of the secrets of the highly successful in four parts.

This week Part One A-C

A = Action

Successful people ACT. That is they take decisive immediate action.  The reason why most people are unsuccessful and are unable to live their dreams is because they don’t take any action towards them.  Such individuals dream about success; of what they would do and how they would do it.  Some even go as far as planning in great detail exactly how to execute their dreams: and then the plan sits in a draw or languishes on the top shelf.  If there are no actions at the end of what you are pontificating; then your dreams, like your plans, will remain on the shelf.

No matter how clever you are, how skilled or imaginative unless you take action to turn your knowledge skills and ideas into tangible results you might as well not have them.

Luck without action is equally as useless.  Do remember the last time someone won an uber, mega rollover on the lottery – however lucky you thought they were, had they not taken any action i.e. had they not bought a ticket, their luck would have been as useless as a paper jacket in a tropical storm!

So the next time you are watching someone successful and you think to yourself: “wow I could’ve done that -what’s so fantastic about that? “ Remember what separates you from their success is that they’ve acted on their dreams a you are yet to!

B = Believe

Successful people believe in their abilities.  That is instead of seeing failure when things don’t go the way they planned, they maintain a positive outlook and choose to learn from their mistakes rather than use them to label themselves as a failure.

Self belief means that you always look for the silver lining in any situation because you truly believe and know that you are good enough and that you can do it!  Hence this helps you to concentrate on the positive rather than the negative.  Seeing the glass half full or yourself halfway to your destination rather than seeing a half empty glass and a long way ahead of you means that you are constantly aware of your progress and you don’t let it become overshadowed by a negative outlook.  In order to be successful you have to believe that you will be successful and despite current circumstances that may look like setbacks, you are always heading to your final destination – success city.

So don’t doubt yourself, believe that you can do it and you will.  As Henry Ford so eloquently put it: “Whether you think that you can, or that you can’t, you are usually right.”

C = Comfort zone

Successful people operate outside their comfort zone.  That is they are prepared and regularly do put themselves into situations that are uncomfortable, where they feel completely out of their depth.

Unfortunately many people have been schooled on the ”if it ain’t broke don’t fix it“ philosophy of life.  The problem with this idea is that it’s basically telling you to be comfortable with what is so long as it works!

However, in life progress works on the principle of overload.  For example the only way to get stronger is to lift heavier things than you are used to lifting.  Indeed unless you try and lift something that is so heavy that you can’t lift it up at all i.e. your muscles have failed, your body won’t know that you require more strength and therefore won’t build you bigger and stronger muscles.  It’s sticking to the “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” principle.

The same is true of success if you don’t try to operate outside of what is comfortable for you, you are subconsciously telling your mind that things are okay the way they are and nothing needs to change.

To be successful you have to be prepared to jump in at the deep end when the opportunity arises, despite feelings of fear and inadequacy.  This means that you need to act before you feel comfortable, before it is broke.

Next week Part Two: D – F.

How about practising your A – C steps to success this week?

Aim for one decisive action; a day when you completely trust your abilities and then do one thing that takes you miles away from your comfort zone!


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About Ola Agbaimoni

Known as "The Business Detective" due to her "Sherlock Holmes" like problem solving abilities, Ola works in partnership with her sister Carole Pyke, The Business Bard. Together they run Eélan Media, a new type of Business growth agency offering a forensic approach to business and a creative approach to marketing. As well as being an expert in business planning, training and development, Ola is also a certified coach, NLP practitioner; an accomplished author, speaker and presenter.

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