Michael Jeffreys 8 “Secrets” to Success

Author Michael Jeffreys personally interviewed 15 top motivational gurus in 1997 for his then upcoming book. After talking to gurus from Brian Tracy to Dr. Wayne Dyer, he distilled 8 Secrets to Success they all agreed upon.These secrets are still good today and are as follows:

1.Take 100% Responsibility for Your Life

In a society where people blame everything from their parents to the government for failure, those who don’t buy into this mentality or succumb to the “victim” thinking succeed. To blame something or somebody outside yourself is saying they have control of your life and not you. Someone else’s opinion of you doesn’t have to become your reality.

2. Live Your Life On Purpose

What separates motivational thinkers from the unsuccessful is that they believe they’re doing what they were put her to do. The difference between this and just living, is that the latter is just getting through the week with the least problems.But when you live your life on purpose, your main concern is doing the job right.For the entrepreneur this means finding a cause you believe in and building your business around it.

3. Be Willing to Pay the Price

Be willing to pay the price for your dreams.Wanting a big house, a luxury car, and a million dollars in the bank is all very nice, and everyone wants these things – but are you willing to pay the price to get them?This is one of the major differences between the successful and unsuccessful.

4. Stay Focused

Every day we’re bombarded with hundreds of tasks, phone calls, messages, and everyone competing for our time. Focusing requires giving up something in the present because you are investing your time in something that will pay off big-time down the road. Jack Canfield and Mark Hanson were turned by 30 publishers when they submitted the first “Chicken Soup for the Soul” book.Instead of giving up, they stayed focused on their goal and did four or five interviews per day for radio, TV, and newspapers, for five days a week for a whole year. Eventually, a small publisher decided to take a chance, and of course now it’s a best-seller that spawned an entire series that have sold more than 10 million copies.

5. Become An Expert in Your Field.

One striking factor all successful people have in common is how seriously they take their profession.They strive to be the best at what they do, and do almost anything to improve.If someone followed you around all day with a video camera at your business, would it be a tape you’d be proud of or embarrassed about?Make the decision today to work at being the best in your field.How? By finding out what the “best” in your field are doing, and do what they do.

6.Write Out a Plan for Achieving Your Goals

Write out an action plan/map for how you’re going to achieve your goals.Trying to reach your goals without a plan is like trying to drive from Los Angeles to Chicago without a map. A goal that isn’t written down is merely a wish or fantasy.

7. Never Give Up

Never, never, never give up. When you’re fully committed to achieving your goal, giving up is not an option. You must be willing do whatever it takes to make it happen.The power of perseverance is an awesome force.As someone once said, “inch by inch it’s a cinch”. Think of the lowly inchworm – if it pondered the length of the trip from start to finish before it started, it probably would never move. To a worm’s point-of-view,the garden path must look like a trip to Mars. Never give up! Keep on going like the Eveready battery bunny, and pretty soon you’re there.

8. Don’t Delay

Nobody knows how much time they have left to accomplish their dreams, and we must remember that we don’t have forever. The clock is ticking, and sooner or later your number comes up and you’re gone.Successful achievers know this too, but they don’t view it as a “negative”.Achievers use it to “spur them on”.They go after what they want as energetically and as passionately as possible, for as long as they have.

I had a friend who used to say, “Today is a check – cash it!Yesterday is an I.O.U. – forget it! Tomorrow is a promissory note, don’tbank on it!”I think that’s a pretty good summation of life, so go out there and cash in on that “today” check.

PS: If you have been following my blog for any length of time, you know that I stand for these principles. They are no secret. They have been around since the beginning of mankind. Be true to yourself and follow them.

If you can’t change what is going on… achieve goals

“If you can’t change what is going on around you,
you have to change yourself.” – Victor Hugo

Have you ever noticed that nowhere and now here are spelled exactly the same? Isn’t that interesting? From nowhere to now here…

Dr. Wayne Dyer said that on a conference call and it gave me plenty of food for thought. How often have you worked your xxx off and still didn’t seem to get anywhere? You got nowhere but are you HERE NOW?

What am I driving at?

The only time we can achieve anything is when we are really 100% focused and concentrate all our energy to hit one single target at the time.

Let me give you a simple example. A few years ago Bon Jovi was on tour in Europe. Being a big fan I wanted to see them as often as possible while they were here. A friend got me a ticket for Luxemburg. He was doing the power for the concert and told me he would have no time to see me. But I had driven 5 hours to Luxemburg to see Bon Jovi and now that I was there I also wanted to see my friend who I had not seen in about 3 years. He was backstage somewhere and I had no pass. I made a decision to see him and set out on achieving that.

You cannot imagine the stories I invented to talk my way past at least 6 security guards but my focus was so much on finding my friend that I never questioned getting to him. I did not think once how near impossible it is to get backstage unless you are a beautiful young blonde -.) and even then it is difficult.  All I wanted was to see my friend and I did.  As an added bonus for being so persistant I not only had a great reunion with my friend but  also got a glimpse of Jon Bon Jovi and Ritchie Sambora as they walked past us plus got to be right in front of the stage for the whole concert. Paradise, I tell you even at my age!

The next concert was in Cologne and with the same intensity I talked my way into the stadium, the VIP area with full catering and again got into the fenced off part in front of the stage. Don’t ask me how I did it. I just did because that was my sole target for the day and I gave it all my energy.

One would think after 2 such “successes” I could do it again anytime but I tried it again the next day – this time without knowing anybody – and I got in as far as the press booth but there was no way I could talk them into letting me back- or even front stage. I had done it – my focus, my energy for this particular target was gone. Everything that I had aimed at was achieved and I could not muster the same energy for a result that was not really important anymore.

And that is the difference. We cannot be 100% focused at all times but when we know exactly what we want; when we see the target clearly; we can achieve anything!

Do you think Gandhi believed he could change the history of his country when he started his campaign for the freedom of India? Or Nelson Mandela when he was a violent youth fighting for the freedom of his people? No, they could not but they could see a vision bigger than themselves and they tackled it step by tiny and often difficult and painful step. They did not get deterred even by torture and long prison sentences because they could always and under all circumstances see their big dream in front of them.

Are you like that? Can you stay focused and concentrate only on your vision?
Most of us can’t so let’s make a test.

  • Get yourself a small notepad that fits into your purse or pocket and take note each time you get distracted from the task at hand – by a telephone call, a chat with a friend or colleague, getting stuck in a flood of emails, surfing the web longer than planned…
  • Write down your most important one week and your one to three months targets and observe DAILY in writing what you did to get closer to it and how you diverted from reaching it.

You will be amazed how often you get sidetracked even by your own thoughts and suddenly the day is finished and you wonder what you actually did all day.

From nowhere to NOW HERE! The only time we get things done efficiently is when we are 100% in the HERE and NOW – on target in the present moment with our full attention and energy.

Try it out and let me know your resul

Have a focused week
Barbara Hofmeister
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