Everyone wants to be successful in life, no matter what their personal definition of success may be. The question is, how can you get started on the road to success? What are the principles and guidelines you can use to know where you are going? Pastor Joel Osteen outlines the 10 rules of success you can apply to your life.
1. Think of your mind and heart as a container.
There is only so much it can hold, so what you choose to fill that container with is critical for your success. You have two choices. You can fill it with positive emotions or negative emotions. This is not an issue of balance, trying to put more positive than negative into your mind. The goal is to get as close to 100 percent as you can.
2. In order to reduce the amount of negativity in your container as much as possible, you are going to have to change your mind set about certain things.
Keep in mind the things that work and have helped you reach the level of success you have achieved today. Identify those issues that cause you to doubt, become negative, or give you the feeling of helplessness. Then work to change those thoughts by turning them around.
3. The most successful people in business and life always have some type of support structure to encourage and motivate them along their journey to success.
There will be times when things will not go as planned, and with a positive support structure you will get the help and encouragement you need to continue your journey. You can only go so far by yourself. As you move forward, keep an eye out for people you can add to your elite group.
4. Recognize the special talents and skills you have, and remember they will always be with you.
Your personal value is a constant regardless of how you define success or what anyone says about your achievements. The only way we learn is by making mistakes in life, so when you do make a mistake recognize it for what it is, fix it if possible, then continue to move forward. Your value hasn’t changed, just your circumstances – and those will always change.
5. Choose wisely the people you keep company with.
This may require you to end some of your current friendships, but you will benefit from it in the long run. Your hopes and dreams can be thwarted by the people around you if they feed you a constant diet of negativity and doubt. Ask yourself who would you rather have around you during tough times: some who says to give up or someone who says regroup and move forward? Often the choice whether you want to be successful or not will depend on the voices you hear around you.
6. Patience and Success are closely connected
In a world of television and movies where problems are recognized in 10 minutes and solutions are completed in 60 or 90 minutes, it may be natural to think that the same should apply in your real life. But patience and success are closely connected. One of the key principles in life is timing. You have heard about being in the wrong place at the wrong time, but it is even more important to be at the right place at the right time. Manage your success by being patient.
7. Expect to advance to another level of success every day.
Your efforts will not go unrewarded if your wake up each day and expect that today is another day you will achieve success. Your patience needs to be coupled with the idea that your patience will eventually pay off. You don’t know when that day or time is, so while you are waiting patiently be sure to also expect the time will come sooner than later.
8. While recognizing your skills and talents, also recognize your shortcomings.
The important thing to remember is that, like everyone else, you do have shortcomings but accepting those shortcomings as part of who you are will help you focus on the future. This is not to say you should ignore them, but work to overcome them. Accepting yourself for who you are will help you focus on the important things necessary for your success.
9. Minimize the amount of conflict in your life.
One of the most common events that derail people from success is constantly encountering conflict. You can exercise a certain amount of control of certain situations, like when someone cuts in front of you. The greater dangers of conflict come with your day-to-day relationships – with family, friends, and co-workers. They are part of your life, and while you may not be able to live a conflict-free life, you can do your part to minimize the conflict that distracts you from your goals.
10. Don’t take life too seriously.
Everyone wants to achieve their personal successes, but having some fun along the way will help you enjoy the success even more. Happiness is almost always shared with another person, and when you reach your personal level of success be sure to have people around who will share the feeling of success with you.