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.

Create Your Perfect Day

Moments TO BE

Today we want to talk about your “perfect” life and we want to create that perfect life by first creating a “perfect” day.

Why is that necessary?

Because know what you truly want is the foundation of a good life. If you don’t know where you are going, how can you ever expect to get there? So let’s do that now:

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Creating our perfect day first in our mind and then on paper should be great fun. For many it is an eye-opener. DO NOT DEPRIVE YOURSELF OF THIS!!!

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Living a Life of Choice

Time to get even clearer on where you want your life to go. Have you ever written your “Rocking Chair Story”? If not, now is the time…

Imagine you are 95 years old and sitting in your rocking chair with your great-grandchildren at your feet listening raptly to your life’s story.

What story would you want to tell them?

Once again please write it down in every little detail.

Who do you want to have become in this lifetime?


Why do I keep asking you to write things down and be detailed about it?

Because the main challenge people have is that they are too fuzzy about their plans – if they have any at all. But to succeed you need to be crystal clear on what you really want and who you want to become.

The more detailed you are the clearer you will become!

Take your time over answering the questions I posted here this week. They can transform your life and give you answers to questions you have never dared asked yourself.

YOU are good enough!

Let me share a post I read in a forum. It was about self consciousness:

“I decided that I’d go to McDonald’s to get some food. Now I’m not overweight, but I do like McDonald’s and I work a lot so there are times when I end up there too often. On my way there I couldn’t decide which one to go to.

The reason, you ask?

Well, I thought that maybe the lady from one of the drive thrus would remember me, and the fact that I’d been there three times this week. I therefore considered going to the other McDonald’s in the area. I had to overcome my fear of encountering the McDonald’s employee and I did it. The question is, why the hell do I have to overcome it? I didn’t even know the lady at the window, and even if I did, so what? Nevertheless, things like this run through my mind and they bother me.

Moving on, I got my food at McDonald’s and then I drove home. Before leaving the car I was paranoid about whether or not to put the bag in my briefcase so that people from my apartment wouldn’t see that I was eating at McDonald’s. Now that I’m writing about it it’s kind of funny, but I’m dead serious about this. A thought such as, “They’re gonna see that I’ve visited McDonald’s three times this week and I’m not eating properly”. Who the hell cares, right? ”

Yes, that is right! Who cares?

Because we take ourselves serious doesn’t mean other people do too. Because we feel so important, doesn’t mean others feel we are important enough for them to spend their thoughts on us. Being self conscious is usually about feeling guilty or not good enough.

If we perform poorly (not up to our own expectation or what we know we “should” do) we look around us to see if anyone else has noticed. For instance you can’t get into a parking space and have to go back and forth several times. If you feel bad about that you will look around to see who has been watching and should there be someone you will feel worse. But why should you care? Do you think the others never had this happen to them? And how do you know what they think or feel when they look your way? They might admire your car or admire you as you get out; or their thoughts could be on a completely different topic altogether while glazing your way accidentally.

I met a young woman at one of my seminars who told me about her life’s purpose and her vision. She was very clear about it and well on her way to make them come true and just as I was going to tell her how much I admire the direct road she is traveling; she said she feels so small and insignificant next to me. I was completely shocked. Why couldn’t she see how much good she was doing already?

It was because her expectations on herself were so extremely high that she could hardly fulfill them. So she became self conscious, criticized herself and felt she was not good enough. What a lot of nonsense!

If you have to beat yourself up do it about something that you really screwed up (like burning your house down because you left the iron on) but never because you don’t fulfill your own XXL oversized expectations. If you feel you are not achieving enough or are not good enough talk to a true friend and ask them what they think about you. In most cases you will be really surprised how highly your friends value you. But in all cases it will give you a different perspective to look at!

We are all good enough!

Love life and life will love you