10 Steps Toward Living A More Successful Life

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In writing my book, 7 Principles of Transformational Leadership: Create a Mindset of Passion, Innovation and Growth, I learned that there are ten steps successful people take in order to be at the top of their game. Here’s what I learned:

  1. Successful people live their lives on purpose as opposed to accidentally. They believe an accidental life saps their energy, depletes them of joy and is a career-limiting move.
  2. Successful people have an uplifting and inspiring role model. They have someone they look up to and who inspires them. They use this person as fuel for their success.
  3. Successful people play to win versus play not to lose. When you have a leadership purpose that is compelling, you don’t play it safe with regards to accomplishing your goals and purpose. You instead go full throttle.
  4. Successful people recognize that they will have days where they feel tentative or fearful. Successful people though make friends with fear and lean into it asking, “what can I learn from this fear?”
  5. Successful people think critically about their work and calculate risks objectively. Successful people believe the severity of most risks is substantially less than first thought and so is the probability of the risk.
  6. Successful people isolate three positive beliefs that will help them achieve their purpose and saturate their thinking with those thoughts. They use these positive beliefs as a rallying cry for each week.
  7. Successful people isolate one negative belief that hinders them from accomplishing their purpose and reframe it into a positive. Doing so eliminates the unnecessary energy placed on the negative belief.
  8. Successful people infuse hope and optimism into each employee and customer interaction.
  9. Successful people plan on failing forward faster weekly. If you aren’t failing there is little learning or growth taking place.
  10. Successful people have to-be lists as well as to-do lists. Successful people are not slaves to a to-do list. They recognize that the highest performance imaginable for them is rooted in who they are and who they are becoming.

Monday Morning Mindset Challenge:
Identify one step you believe can have the biggest impact on your success. Identify three ways you could implement the step, choose one, and go full throttle for one week on that one step. Which step will you choose?

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