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Great achievers who have been wildly successful, such as Walt Disney, Warren Buffet, Michael Jordan, and a dozen more. I’ve picked successful people from many different fields, but their ideas about achieving success are universal.
Be inspired by words of wisdom from those who have already achieved great success and learn strategies to apply their ideas for success to your own life.
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Use these strategies to enable the success of others to inspire you to make your dreams come true:
Greatness is a state of mind.
“All human beings are also dream beings. Dreamingties all mankind together.”
If you can imagine what you really want and allow your dreams to come to the surface of your mind, you can do great things!
You have the power to achieve the life you’ve always wanted, simply by opening your mind to the dreams you may have been afraid to dream in the past.
Kerouac believed that having life dreams is a given for each of us. And because all humans dream, we’re connected to each other because of of having our own desires.
Open your calendar and schedule a short time in each day in which you can think about your dreams. Perhaps you would like to reflect on your dreams for a few minutes upon wakening or right before you go to sleep. This timing gives you the chance to either start or end your day on a highly positive note!
“You can plant a dream.”
Regardless of where you are in life, you can illustrate your own picture of what you’d like your life to be like.
A Dream doesn’t just come to you randomly. You can decide what your dream will be.
Planting your dream can be scary, exciting, and invigorating.
Determine one aspect that you desire to be present in your dreams of your most wonderful life. Choose this dream and spend time dreaming about it, planning it, and figuring out the steps that take you toward fulfilling this dream.
The quote brought humor to the whole idea of dreaming.
How to dream your biggest dreams, regardless of the naysayers:
“He was a dreamer, a thinker, a speculative philosopher...or, as his wife would have it, an idiot.”
If you stay the course and remain attached to your dreams, you just might reach your highest heights.
“All of our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.”
Disney was truly a dreamer as he came from humble beginnings in Chicago, rising to become one of the world’s most famous Americans.
The power and promise of dreaming is evident, not only throughout Walt Disney’s life, but long after his death in 1966.
In his quotation, Disney mentions courage as an integral precursor to bringing dreams to fruition - "if you have the guts to go after what you want, you can make your dreams happen."
The incredible, depth, breadth, and reach into the future of Walt Disney’s dreams are true testaments to what can happen if you pursue your dreams.
Never underestimate your power to make your dreams come true.
Create a vision board that inspires you to go after your dreams.
“So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then, they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.”
The above quote of Reeve’s carries a powerful message to all who dare to dream.
Reeve points out that when a dream first enters your mind, it might seem ludicrous to even think it could come to pass. Later, down the road, it seems not likely that it could ever happen. Ultimately, though, if you determine by your own personal choice that you will make your dream happen, you’ll see your end result is “inevitable.”
Keep your dream alive! Make a list of activities that you could do each day to support your dream, such as drawing, journaling, and more that relate to your dream.
● Be open to your dreams.
● Choose your dreams.
● Nix the naysayers of your dreams.
● Let go of fear and pursue your dreams.
● Make your dream inevitable.
Your dreams bring golden moments, inspiration, and incredible experiences.
“Do all you can to make your dreams come true.”
“Don't aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally.”
When it comes to striving for success, you don’t have to reinvent the wheel. There are many people who’ve made their marks on the world through achieving incredible success in their work. You can follow in their footsteps and achieve your own success!
Develop your own winning ways when you discover your passion, have faith, take responsibility, and think positive.
Your chances of being successful are vastly increased when you’re passionate about what you’re doing.
Once you discover your passion, keep doing it to achieve success.
● If you loved to work on cars as a teen, figure out a way to continue your mechanical pursuits and get paid for them as an adult.
● If you’re passionate about baking cookies and cakes, bake plenty of these pastries and sell them.
You see, when you do what you love, you’ll enjoy the time you spend doing it.
What do you enjoy most?
How can you monetize it?
Whatever plans you make for turning what you love into your work, take action toward making it a reality.
“Again, you can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something - your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”
Steve talks about how you can’t know everything when you first set out to do something. Jobs believed one just has to have faith that in the scheme of life, what he does will eventually have an impact.
When you have that faith, you’ll continue your journey, doing what you have faith in. It’s only later, down the road, when you can look back and see the impact of your work.
Even though you may not have a complete sense of how what you want to do will fit in to the big scheme of things, if you truly feel it’s what you should be doing or that it’s the right thing to do, then just follow through with your pursuits.
Have faith that you’re supposed to be doing what you’ve chosen.
Regardless of whether you believe in destiny or prefer to listen to your gut: what does your internal “trust-meter” tell you to do?
If you continue in the pursuits you have faith in, you won’t be disappointed.
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Faith is necessary if you can’t see the path to completion.
“I don't think of myself as a poor deprived ghetto girl who made good. I think of myself as somebody who from an early age knew I was responsible for myself, and I had to make good.”
Winfrey brings home the importance of taking control of your own life. She viewed her personal sense of responsibility as the key to “making good.”
Regardless of your background, you can be successful if you take responsibility for your own future.
Circumstances don’t control your future. Refuse to allow your personal situation to color your sense of who you truly are or what you can accomplish.
Your success doesn’t depend on luck, where you live, or whether you’re rich or poor. It does depend, however, on how you step up to take responsibility for yourself. Avoid blaming others, making excuses, or just wishing things will get better.
● Make a list of the excuses you tell yourself to justify not taking action toward your goals.
● Now, imagine yourself as a highly responsible person that would never rely on excuses.
“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.”
Jefferson believed there’s power in one’s own mind & that being positive is the best way to release that power & benefit from it.
How to Apply Jefferson’s Tip to Your Life
Use positive self-talk. You engage in a running dialog with yourself all day long.
Repeat affirmations. + start finding evidences to that establishes strength in your subconscious mind.
Practice meditation. Boosts focus on moving forward to your goals & brings you serenity.
Seek the silver lining. Even when things don’t go as planned, find something good in every situation
Start a meditation practice 10 Mins a DAY!
“Action is the foundational key to all success.” ~Pablo Picasso
Even when people didn’t seem interested in his art, Picasso just kept painting, sculpting and creating, no matter what.
He put into practice what he believed: if a person takes action, he’ll succeed. The essence of Picasso’s quote is, “do something” to make success happen.
You must do something related to your goals if you want to achieve them.
● Focus less on the details.
● Don’t be concerned about doing something wrong.
● Just get started.
● Continue to do whatever it is you’ve chosen and the actions you take will lead you to success.
For your big goals, divide them into small, achievable steps that will lead you ever forward until you’ve accomplished your biggest desires.
It’s much easier to take action when you only have a small mini-goal to work on.
However, achieving these small goals one by one will bring great success.
For example, if you have a goal to lose 30 pounds, you can do this in 30 weeks by losing a pound a week. Each week, focus only on losing 1 pound. This is a goal you can achieve.
1. Important Goal > Mini Goals
2. Mini Goals > Even shorter Steps
3. Take your first step today.
“Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.” ~Dale Carnegie
Carnegie stressed that you must experience discouragement and failure in your life in order to find success.
He believed that through examining your experiences of failures, you can gain the knowledge that will propel you to success.
Instead of fearing failures and trying to avoid thinking about how you failed at something, look closely at your mistakes.
● Take a look at your three biggest failures in pursuing your goals.
● Ask yourself why they happened.
● Determine what likely would have been a more effective approach.
● Is it desirable or possible for you to resume pursuing these goals with a new approach?
“The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity.” ~Ayn Rand
Ayn's description of success being a ladder is apt because, in order to be successful, one must notice and take advantage of many opportunities throughout life.
Her quote illustrates that each opportunity leads to another step up to the next opportunity.
Rand’s quote implies it’s rare to go from nothing to success in one step. Instead, you’re led to succeed through the opportunities you notice and take advantage of.
It’s best not to expect success to come all at once with little time or effort.
Open your mind to the possibilities - Make a list of opportunities you have available to you right now.
Consider all facets of your life.
What can you do to take full advantage of them?
“It's better to hang out with people better than you. Pick out associates whose behavior is better than yours and you'll drift in that direction.” ~Warren Buffett
Selecting successful people to fraternize with provides you with wonderful role models, free education, and information about how those people excel.
As you spend time with them, you’ll tend to copy their behaviors, become more motivated, and achieve your own success.
Known for his common sense approach to investing and managing money, Buffett has applied this same mantra when finding mentors to emulate.
Spending time with people who have more knowledge, business savvy, expertise, and even creativity can rub off on you.
When you choose to spend time with people you want to be like, you’re provided with a treasure trove of information about how those peers work and achieve their goals.
Seek and find at least one mentor in your professional field.
● Choose one goal you’d like to work on and find an appropriate mentor.
● Approach that person and ask them to mentor you.
● Keep going until you find a mentor you respect and trust that’s willing to work with you.
“If you're trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I've had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” ~Michael Jordan
Jordan reminds us that when we’re working toward accomplishing goals, we’ll run in to obstacles. It’s necessary to expect them on your road to success.
However, these obstacles must not deter you. Instead, confront your challenges, figure out how to resolve the issues, and then fix them.
From the choice of wording, it’s clear that Jordan believes if a person is creative enough, he can rise above any obstacle that appears before him.
Basically, Jordan tells us to expect troublesome situations and “figure out” solutions to those roadblocks in order to be successful.
It’s always wise to be prepared.
Recognize that it’s normal to experience bumps in the road on your way to a better life.
● Put on your thinking cap and brainstorm ways to get past your challenge.
● Talk to your friends.
● Seek advice from your mentor.
● Try anything and everything to solve your dilemma.
● Choose a current challenge you’re facing.
● Brainstorm several possible solutions to work around that obstacle.
● Put your plan into action.
“Success means doing the best we can with what we have. Success is the doing, not the getting; in the trying, not the triumph. Success is a personal standard, reaching for the highest that is in us, becoming all that we can be.” ~Zig Ziglar
Ziglar makes the point that success is less connected to receiving something than it is with doing something — taking action to get what you want.
You must put forth some effort to succeed. But it’s not necessary to win every race in order to ultimately achieve your goals.
Reach within to discover the best of what you have to give while you’re reaching for the stars.
Ziglar believes if you do this, you have arrived — you are successful.
Achieving success is a journey. No matter where you are or what you have, you can start your road to success from there.
Taking action to do whatever it is you’ve chosen and putting forth your greatest efforts will move you further in that journey.
The more you try, the more likely you are to achieve your dream.
Which of your goals requires more effort to ensure your success?
Determine an action you should be doing more of to reach this goal and double your efforts.
Discovering your passion,
taking responsibility for your own life,
and thinking positive will help you begin your journey toward success.
Finding mentors, confronting
and resolving obstacles,
and realizing you’re on a journey will all aid you in your quest for success.
Achieving success is within your reach!
Your journey to building a life you’ll love begins now! Enjoy!
Books, meditation and lying on a couch with food & watching movies are my favorite things. At the same time, I help anyone to get the clarity and push they need to move beyond their fears, uncertainties, procrastination to make real progress on life goals.
Be inspired by words of wisdom from those who have already achieved great success and learn strategies to apply their ideas for success to your own life. This STASH shares the words of winners – great achievers who have been wildly successful, such as Walt Disney, Warren Buffet, Michael Jordan, and a dozen more. We’ve picked successful people from many different fields, but their ideas about achieving success are universal.
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