Success is not reserved to a few selected individuals. It belongs to you as well, given that you are willing to go after it. But before you do, take 3 minutes to learn the Ten most important Success Commandments that stand at the base of any prosperous venture, any rewarding relationships, and any inspiring goal:
1. Thou shalt dream a great dream
Every important achievement always starts with a great dream. Do not settle for less, just because it is easy, familiar and guaranteed. At some point in your life you will have to face a decision to either risk it and go for an opportunity or settle for less than you know you are capable of achieving. Set goals that inspire, challenge, and excite you! This is the only way to leave your mark in this world!
2. Thou shalt do what thou loves
Success does not solely imply financial security and a handsome paycheck at the end of the month. It is about self-realization and enjoyment as well.
You can be making a lot of money, but until you do what you love, real success will remain a far cry.
3. Thou shalt not be discouraged by criticism
Whenever you set out to do something original, daring, important and exciting there will always be people, who will try to talk you out of it. They will tell you your idea or goal is crazy, unrealistic, too risky, too innovative, too strange. Take it as possible feedback, not as the absolute truth, because in most cases people’s criticism has nothing to do with your goal and everything to do with their own personal fears, doubts and negative past experiences.
4. Thou shalt welcome thine failures
The more attempts you take at something the sooner you will figure out the best way of doing it. Do not be afraid to try and fail. In fact, welcome failure, learn from it and try again. I have yet to meet a person, who spent years learning, planning, collecting the right tools and then became successful overnight. But I know plenty of people who tried, failed, tired again, failed again, until one of their numerous attempts tuned into a flourishing business or a multi-million dollar idea.
5. Thou shalt not steal thy own time
Most of us feel guilty about wasting someone else’s time, yet part with our own without giving it a second thought. If you want to be successful in life you have to see every new day, every minute of your life as an opportunity for growth and achievement. Make it a habit of asking yourself throughout the day “Am I doing something meaningful or useful?” If not, you are stealing from yourself one of the most precious treasures you have been given – your time.
6. Thou shalt not flaunt thine ego by bringing others down
Little people try to make themselves look better by bringing others down. Great, truly successful people feel no need of belittling those of lesser status, intelligence and wealth. Starting today focus on empowering instead of judging, helping instead of criticizing, listening instead of talking, learning instead of convincing that your opinion is the only correct one in the room, and something magical will happen – people will follow you, seek your advice and offer their help without you having to ask for it.
7. Thou shalt invest in relationships
Our relationships with other people lay at the base of any significant area of our life. Our professional success depends on our relationships with our employees, colleagues, clients and business partners. Our personal life is built on relationships with our spouse, children, parents and friends. Even our spiritual growth is accelerated by our mentors, spiritual teachers, family members and sometimes strangers. Do not take people in your life for granted. Invest your time and energy into building and maintaining strong relationships with those you love, admire, and respect.
8. Thou shalt keep thine mind opened to possibilities
It is not always easy to spot a great opportunity that comes your way, especially when it looks like a problem, but this does not mean that we should stop trying. Be careful not to become too rigid in your thinking, as it will impede your ability to see possibilities and act on them.
9. Thou shalt not be swayed by distractions
Very often our success depends on our ability to concentrate our efforts on a few highly important goals and ignoring the rest. It is often tempting to stop what you are doing and chat with friends on facebook, to check your mailbox to see if there are any urgent emails or to take five minutes break and play solitaire.
A great way of dealing with such distractions is to remind yourself that they are the main reason why you will feel stressed out, overwhelmed and unproductive by the end of the week. Every time you say “No” to distractions you are moving one step closer to becoming a true master of your time.
10. Thou shalt treat the world the way thou wants to be treated
“What goes around comes around” – is the Universal law of life that works without exceptions. Your attitude in approaching people, situations and circumstances in your life can either help you to become successful or backfire right in your face. This is why before acting on an impulse take a fraction of the second to think, “What would I like to attract in my life?” Because if your actions are guided by negative emotions, you are doing yourself the biggest disfavor. On the other hand, if you act out of compassion, forgiveness, passion and kindness, you are creating a good karma that might last you a lifetime.