Arnina Nikitina was shocked. “I felt sorry for the time I wasted trying to succeed without knowing the basics,” she recalls. “I was mad because I didn’t discover them before.”
She’s talking about her book Five Laws of Success: “From the beginning of time, there have been laws set in motion that automatically bring their results when we act in relation to them. And success is no exception.”
Law #1: The Law of Desire
“If you want something badly enough you will get it.”
The people who succeed in life are the people who want to. They make the conscious choice to go after their goals no matter what conditions they have to put up with or how many sacrifices they have to make. “If you want something badly enough, then quitting is simply not an option,” Nikitina writes. “You either find a way or make one. You pay the price, whatever it takes.”
You can test and strengthen your desire by getting in touch with all the reasons why you want to achieve your goal. The more benefits you can list and the more often you can review this list (every morning is ideal), the stronger your desire becomes.
Law #2: The Law of Belief
“Anything you believe to be true will be your reality.”
The mind is our greatest asset. And yet many of us constantly put ourselves down with limiting beliefs. “If you don’t believe that you can achieve your goal, you won’t,” Nikitina explains. “In order to achieve anything, you must believe it is possible.” Unless you’re 100% sure, the doubt will prevent your success.
Positive beliefs can be created by practicing visualization exercises every night before bed. Close your eyes and create a clear mental picture of success. See and feel it as though it already exists. Because our subconscious mind doesn’t know the difference between dreams and reality, consistently envisioning success will drive actions to create it in real life.
Law #3: The Law of Positive Attitude
“The way we think is the way we perform.”
We all have problems. But what determines success is how we respond to them. Since we can’t control the obstacles we encounter, we must control our attitude about them. “Positive attitude and optimism work like a magnet for success,” Nikitina points out. “If you maintain [a] positive attitude no matter what the situation is, success will come to you AUTOMATICALLY.”
Maintaining a positive attitude is easy if you:
- Listen to yourself – pay attention to your “thoughts, ideas, beliefs and commentaries” so you can replace negative ones with positive ones.
- Get enough sleep – this will boost your energy and enable you to do what needs to be done without feeling tired, overwhelmed, or depressed.
- Put things in perspective – looked at in the grand scheme of things, most stresses aren’t worth the trouble and most problems aren’t that big.
- Take a break – sometimes it’s best to simply step back and relax so you can come back stronger to carry on.
Law #4: The Law of Persistence
“If you keep trying you will succeed.”
Success is never instant, which means we’re bound to go through a certain number of failures along the way. “They are a part of life,” Nikitina writes. Learning the lessons means we don’t have to keep repeating them while adapting our approach makes us stronger in the process.
Ultimately, failure is just a stepping stone that teaches us what doesn’t work and what we should do instead. “Fail or succeed, it doesn’t matter. Both of them will get you where you want to be.”
Law #5: The Law of Goal Setting
“There is no achievement without goals.”
“Goal setting is the most powerful tool you have to achieve success,” Nikitina explains. Goals keep us focused and motivated. They also turn our dreams into reality because they are specific, in writing, have a deadline, and include a clear step-by-step plan.
What do you think? Which of the five do you struggle with most? And what can you do to change that? Please share your thoughts in the comments below!
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