Is success still elusive to you after years of trying? I have a few ideas why.
This post is about how to measure your path to success and the several areas to monitor while doing that.
It’s Action That Matters
Just reading isn’t enough. You actually have to incorporate everything you’ve learned into your life and holy cow that’s tough.
Most of us struggle to make simple changes in our lives much less incorporate entire books, so we have to get better at taking action.
There’s No Measuring Stick
We have little awareness of where we are compared to where we need to be, on the path to success.
For example, in Think & Grow Rich persistence is one of the 13 principles or steps to success. But how persistent are you? I already work on my business every day, but is it enough?
It’s Easier to Make an Excuse
Excuses. Few people never make them. I like to say I don’t make them, but I could do better. Can you?
And, if you are honest about excuses, how are you overcoming them?
Success is HARD to achieve
It’s hard. We all have to find our own path to success while dealing with the struggles and obstacles. It’s hard and it was for everyone who came before us, too.
Surrounded By Negativity
Being around negative people makes it difficult to become successful. It’s really hard to stay positive when confronted by constant negativity. Consider staying away from people and sources of negativity when at all possible.
Worry is based on fear but starts subtly and slowly infiltrates the mind to be a negative breeding ground.
When worry starts to haunt you, consider whether it is a valid issue you need to handle and if it is not, let it go.
For instance, go to Facebook to ask a friend a question, and an hour later you are still on Facebook playing a game, scrolling mindlessly, or chatting with a friend.
We actually like being distracted, it’s fun to get a notification, yet it contributes to us having less control over our minds, which is why we need to stop.
It’s time to be definitive about what we are doing and to stop letting other activities get in the way of success.
We Are Afraid of Pursuing Success
As covered in Think & Grow Rich, there is a great deal of fear around chasing success. From fear of poverty to fear of criticism, it can be scary to put yourself in front of the world.
There are several symptoms of these fears, including:
- Indifference- lack of ambition, lack of initiative, procrastination
- Indecision- letting others think for you
- Doubt, Worry, Over-Caution
- Lack of poise
- Inferiority complex
The Internet and negative trolls can make it hard to pursue success, but there is still a lot of positivity out there, you’ll find it.
Start A Mastermind
You aren’t where you want to be with success? Join the club. And I don’t mean that figuratively. I’m serious. Start a mastermind and talk about it.
In Think & Grow Rich the author discusses the major importance of a mastermind and it’s a great idea. Why?
1. You are the sum of the 5 people you spend the most time with. — Are those around you contributing to your success? If you asked any CEO their answer would be YES!
2. Today people are more alone than ever before. Join forces, share successes, and help each other succeed.
3. As you contribute to others’ successes and support them, they will do the same for you.
Measuring Progress of The 13 Principles of Success
In Think & Grow Rich there are 13 principles for success so I’ve put together some questions to help you gauge your progress with each of them.
- Do you have a DEFINITE MAJOR PURPOSE, and if so, what is it, and what plan have you for achieving it? (book)
- What above all else do you most DESIRE? Do you intend to acquire it? Are you willing to subordinate all other desires for this one? How much time daily do you devote to acquiring it? (book)
Since desire is one of the foundational principles, if you do not have one, this is a good place to start working. It’s hard to strive for success and money if you have no direction.
- Do you believe in your ability to become successful, to achieve your Definite Purpose, and make it a reality? (book)
- Does your occupation inspire you with faith and hope? (book)
It’s OK to say No here, that’s what Autosuggestion is for, to help you work to the place where you do believe you can achieve.
- Do you make deliberate use of auto-suggestion to make your mind positive?
The book suggests we either have a success mentality or a poverty mentality, and auto-suggestion will work with whatever we give it.
So, it makes sense to put a lot of effort into having a positive mental attitude (something Napoleon talks about in his following book) through auto-suggestion so that you don’t fall into the poverty mindset.
P.S.- Autosuggestion is repeating your desires, filled with emotion, multiple times a day to get to your subconscious to start putting things in order for your desire to happen.
- Do you have specialized knowledge of some kind? (book)
Chances are yes, you do. We are all experts in something. Sometime in the past year or so I read an article (no source) where the author suggested taking 3 areas you are very good with and combining them together to come up with your expertise.
For example, I love writing, I enjoy the Internet, and I like helping people, so I could start a blog on helping people use the Internet.
The importance of imagination is the ability to be creative. And to be creative you have to spend time doing it.
- Have I spent time using my imagination regularly?
- Do I practice using my imagination in my mastermind to help others?
You’ll use imagination to come up with an idea, make decisions, consider obstacles, contemplate the future, etc.
- Did you take the time to plan your business over 6 months or year?
Planning requires knowledge and imagination. If you’ve created your mastermind, it’s suggested to consult them on your plans.
- Do you change your mind often? If so, why? (book)
- Are you relying on your mastermind to make decisions?
The advice in Think & Grow Rich is to make decisions promptly and change your mind slowly, if ever. Henry Ford did this well, he raked in millions of dollars by leaving his Model T on the market several years after he being advised to change it.
- Are you working on your project every day? Are you willing to?
Exercise: Repeating your statement of desire twice a day is an example of persistence. Along with desire, persistence is needed to make sure you follow through on your dream.
- Have you started your mastermind? (me)
- Do you meet weekly, and have regular access to your group? (me)
If you haven’t started your mastermind, it’s time. Reach out to 10–20 people you’d like in the group today, and schedule your first meeting.
Sex Transmutation (Passion)
- Is passion backing your desire to see your project through, and propelling you to take action? (me)
Be sure to use the power of your passion for your projects. It helps send your positive emotions to your subconscious.
- Am I consistently working on sending positive thoughts to my subconscious?
Stay positive by continually sending more positivity into the world.
- Am I conscious of the thoughts I am releasing and receiving? (me)
I use this to remind myself that I can control the thoughts in my head, if they do not serve me, they can go.
- Have I tapped into my unique ability to problem solve, to just know what I need to do?(me)
The 6th Sense is a bit mystical and mysterious, it’s that feeling of a hunch, of just knowing, or having an epiphany. But it takes time and deep concentration to get here, so I have to invest that time.
All 61 Self Analysis Questions
Napoleon Hill went much further in the 61 questions for self-assessment for success that’s included in the book. To make it easy for you, here is a spreadsheet with all of the questions.
It’s hard to gauge where we are on the road to success, but you can do it and stay aware of your progress and continue to make improvements. Start keeping track today, and check in again weekly. Good luck on your path to success!
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