Want Success? Start with these 5 Principles

Five Principles of Success
(Inspired by Steve Harvey)

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I listen to The Steve Harvey Morning Show and at the beginning of his radio show, he dedicates the first 12-15 minutes to sharing motivational and spiritual info that’s intended to help his listeners start their day off on a positive note as well as live their best lives.

He recently had a series called Five Principles of Success. He knows that reaching our goals can be a challenge, especially when we don’t know what to do to reach them. Therefore, he gave some practical principles to guide us on the road to success.

Inspired by his tips, here are his Five Principles of Success.

1.  Write The Vision and Have A Dream
Proverbs: 29:18-Where there is no vision, the people perish.
Everything begins with the dream. Every thing that we see right now was first conceived inside someone’s mind. So whatever you want to have or accomplish in your life must begin in your mind as a dream and desire.

Habakkuk 2:2-Write the vision, and make it plain upon tablets, so he may run that reads it.
It’s not good enough to just dream a dream, you must be specific in what you want and then write down your desires and goals. Something magical happens when we actually write down what we want to do because the physical act of writing boosts our learning, goal achievement and accountability.

2. Determination and Effort
Steve Harvey says that we must have lots of determination and give maximum effort because reaching our goals can’t be achieved with a 9 to 5 mindset. It’s going to take a lot of sacrifice of time and sleep to be successful, so if we think that we are going to attain our goals by working 8 hours a day and sleeping 8 hours a night, we are sadly mistaken.

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3. Study Your Craft
It’s been said that it takes an investment of 10,000 hours of learning to become an expert in a particular area. Whether it’s 10,000, 100,000 or even 1,000 hours of deliberate practice, we can all agree that becoming a success is not an overnight process. With the advent of the internet and information so readily available at our fingertips, some have been deceived into believing that one can become a ‘success’ overnight through viral videos and internet over-exposure. The truth of the matter is, one can become ‘popular’ overnight but not a success or an expert.

Whatever you desire to do, study it. Live, breath, eat and sleep it. Perfect practice makes perfect. Just practicing doesn’t make perfect because if you are practicing the wrong thing, you’ll become perfect in the wrong process.

Also, there is value in studying the steps others have taken to become successful in a particular venture. Steve says that you don’t have to reinvent the wheel or blaze the trail all of the time. One can learn by researching what has already been done and tailoring that wisdom to your situation. He’s not suggesting that we become clones; some believe smart people learn from their own mistakes, wise people learn from the mistakes of others. You don’t have to charge $50,000 on credit cards to learn about debt and financial discipline.  Learning from the example of others can save you time and effort.

4. Have Unwavering Faith and Belief
Once we decide that we are going to do something, opposition is right there, ready to hold us back, especially if we are doing the opposite of what we normally do. We must ask ourselves–How much do I believe that what I want will actually happen? Our belief has to be stronger than our doubt. Doubt comes to test us but our faith and prayer helps us fight.

Doubt doesn’t just come from our own minds, it comes from naysayers too. The naysayers are the people in our lives who ALWAYS tell you how something CAN’T be done. No matter how well planned out it is or how great of an idea, the naysayers come to say how our goal is impossible to achieve.  Innovators of the past had people tell them that their ideas were absurd, unattainable and impractical but if they would have listened to naysayers, so many things we take for granted as ‘normal’ would not be in existence today, i.e. flying, landing on the moon, home computers, talking on a phone NOT plugged into the wall, buying bottled water and coffee for $5 a cup (industry experts said that no one would pay for a bottle of water because they can get water at home for free and $5 for a cup of coffee that costs $1 at a diner was crazy), even CNN (Continuous News Network) would not exist because industry experts said that no one would want to watch news all day long.

No matter what resources we have at our fingertips or what opportunities have been laid in front of us, whatever we believe, is what will actually happen. So whether we believe we will succeed or fail, we are absolutely right

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5. What’s Your Reason
Once we act on tips 1-4, our final consideration is the reason why we want what we want.  God told Abraham that I am blessing you to be a blessing. We should take the same mindset as we travel toward our goals. Ask yourself, why do I want what I want? Who will benefit? What purpose do I have for the money I will earn? What opportunities will I offer to others?  If we desire riches for selfish reasons and we get it, then what? We must have a clearly defined mission for our wealth.

Our mission is our commitment letter. Think of college athletes. Once they decide what schools they will go to, they sign commitment letters that declare publicly the organization they will dedicate their talents and effort to. As for us, our mission statement declares to whom and what we will honor when we reach our goals.  Who do we intend to bless, inspire and uplift when we become successful and wealthy? Steve said that in the Mission Impossible movies, Tom Cruise didn’t perform his missions for personal fame and gain–the missions were to help and save others. Therefore, our missions should be bigger than us. The more we are willing to do for others, the more God will give us to invest in them.  Steve shares his time and wisdom for the betterment of others through his mentorship programs for boys and girls, the books he’s written, his radio show and talk show.

If success were easy to obtain, everyone would have it, but it’s not. Many are not willing to do the work it takes nor desire to invest in others when they ‘arrive’.

So whether your goal is big or small, short term or long term, you have to consistently work to achieve it and these Five Principles of Success is a great place to start.

What principles have helped you achieve your goals?