The First Essential Step to Success in Life

We all want to be successful in life. It just depends on what your definition of success is. If you don’t know what your purpose in life is then you won’t know what it is that you really want. And this not knowing, is what will put you in a spiral of failure or mediocrity and average at best. You will never reach your full potential if you don’t know what it is that you want in life. In other words if you don’t know what it is that you want then you can never go after it and pursue it so you’ll never have success on your terms.

The key

We all want success. But here’s the key – everybody’s version of what success looks like is different. Success is not a one-size-fits-all kind of thing. That is why it is so very important that you get clear on what it is that you really want and how you define success in your life. Otherwise you’ll end up chasing other people’s version of success and if you should get it, you will end up frustrated, disillusioned and feeling unfulfilled.

The first essential thing needed to become successful
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That is the problem that a lot of people had after they read The Secret and just thought that they could just aimlessly pursue what everybody else was pursuing – the mansion, the island holidays etc, but in the meantime that is not what registered in their souls as success and so they became unhappy and disillusioned. The Secret has some very real and very powerful principals, but the other secret to The Secret is this: you have to FIRST define what success looks like for you. For no one else, but you. When you are clear about that and you are sure that it ties in with what you believe your true life’s purpose is, then and only then can you start applying other success principals such as those taught in The Secret.

No time for double-mindedness

Even the Bible says that a double-minded(unsure) man/woman will not receive anything from the Lord. You must be certain before you start praying for, believing and working towards a certain goal. Else you will always be ineffective and fail or even if you did somehow reach that goal, it will leave you feeling empty and unfulfilled.

 In the book Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill, the very introduction of this legendary success blueprint describes this concept so well through the story of the man who wanted so very much to be in partnership with Thomas Edison. He firstly knew what he wanted, he was absolutely sure of what he wanted and he was determined to stand until he received what he wanted. He was not prepared to give up, even when the opportunity presented itself in a different form than what he expected. He didn’t give up on what he knew he wanted, but instead persisted until he won through and got exactly what it was he wanted.

Sometimes it is easy to give up what it is that we really want, because sometimes it just seems so very, very far away. And then we end up compromising and so we start working toward a plan B or some other thing that we settle for. If we end up reaching that – and that is a big if then we will still be unhappy. Most of the time when we employ thing settle-for-less strategy we end up failing in any case. As so starts a string of failures, that corrodes our confidence in our own abilities.

Rather, get clear on what it is that you really want. Pray about it if need be and search deeply within yourself. Take your time. Strip away the settle-for-less things and instead reach for your highest goal and chase after that instead once you are sure. And then, do not back down from it. EVER. Pursue it with all your heart and mind and strength.


 Now, having said that, sometimes there will have to be detours on the road to your success – as an example, bills need to be paid so you’ll have to keep your job while pursuing your dream at night. But even so, keep on going. Little by little, crawl if you have do, do baby steps if you have to – just as long as you keep on moving and keep on keeping on. And don’t let anyone steal your dream or tell you that it’s too late for you. It is not too late. As long as you’re breathing, it’s not too late. In any case, if you have a dream that is inside of you that won’t leave you, then it is probably the creator Himself that put it there and it is your duty to make it a reality. That is where your success lies.

Go ahead – become a dream-chaser.

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