The Secret To Becoming Enormously Successful Isn't What You Think

The Secret To Becoming Enormously Successful Isn’t What You Think

Success is something we all desire, regardless of our chosen field of endeavour and regardless of our own definition of success, but the secret to becoming enormously successful isn't what you think!

Mike Allison

Just like you, I desire success. What does success mean to you?

So what is the secret to becoming enormously successful? And how, exactly, do we define "enormous success?"

The answer to that question will depend on what your goals are; on what you're pursuing at this point in your life. 

For example, if you're a parent, then enormous success is likely going to involve helping your child or children to grow up with the self-confidence, skills, and attitude they need in order to contribute something of value to society. 

If you're an athlete, for you the secret of becoming enormously successful could mean beating your previous best in your sport, running faster than you've run before, winning more games or matches than you've won before, or it could even mean achieving the ultimate reward, whatever that may be, in your sport - that of being a world champion. 

The Secret To Becoming Enormously Successful Isn't What You Think

Regardless of what enormous success is going to mean and look like for you, there are some things that successful people have in common and that they do day in and day out. 

"The result of enormous success is often pretty noisy – lots of people talking, writing and sharing stories about it," states Angel Chernoff. "The actual process of achieving enormous success, on the other hand, is far more discreet. But it’s this process that happens quietly, behind-the-scenes, that makes all the difference in the world."

She goes on to relate that "regardless of lifestyle, industry or profession, they (enormously successful people) all share many of the same quiet rituals. 

She goes on to list and discuss in more detail what she refers to as the 12 quiet rituals. 

1. Calm, consistent morning routines. 

2. Eliminate all needless busywork.

3. Do what needs to be done, TODAY!

4. Gradually turn life's obstacles around. 

5. Learn by stretching oneself to one's limits.

6. Turn to their intuition when making tough decisions. 

That's only the first six of the 12 Quiet Rituals of Enormously Successful Humans. I strongly suggest you read the entire article on their blog at www.marcandangel.com.  It's definitely a valuable piece for anyone who is aiming for enormous success. 

Should You Even Focus On Being Successful?​

In the article, 5 Reasons Why Trying To Be Successful Will Keep You Poor, Steve Errey, a confidence coach, argues that "success is the wrong motivator," because "it's too often based on extrinsic factors - the things you believe success can deliver."

He goes on, "whether it's physical goods, the feeling that you've "made it," or thinking you'll be free of worry and stress, these are all externalised projections about what a successful lifestyle will bring you."​

He then makes the key point that if our decision making is based on external motivators, it's much more likely that we'll second-guess the decisions we've made. On the other hand, if we're intrinsically motivated, we'll be much more grounded and powerful. ​

Steve makes the point below, which I wholeheartedly agree with. 

"Too many people don't create their own definition of success. They chase any ideas they've patched together." 

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I'd recommend you read the entire article for your own benefit. It's over on the Copyblogger site and you can access it here.

Stop Trying To Be Famous

One of my favourite bloggers/writers is Jeff Goins. I personally find him extremely inspiring and his advice on how to succeed as a writer and blogger really resonates, not just with me, but with a large number of other people as well. 

Jeff provides some excellent tips, all based on his personal experience, on how to achieve success in his post, "The Secret Of Success: Stop Trying To Be Famous."

One of the main points he makes in the post is to "fall in love with your work, not the results."

"Fall in love with your work, not the results." Jeff Goins

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From my perspective, that is one of the most, if not the most, important things any of us should remember. 

If you're doing what you love doing, regardless of whether you're famous, or making any money from it, then you're already successful.

Think about it! How many people can honestly and with a straight face say they love what they're doing?

Very, very few.

I know you'll want to read all of Jeff's post. It's short and to the point. Here it is: "The Secret Of Success: Stop Trying To Be Famous." 

I really want to know what success means to you. What's your definition? Please add to this conversation by sharing in the comments section below, so all of us can benefit from your personal experiences and insights. 

Mike Allison

After living and working in China for 13 years, founding and successfully running a consulting and training firm in the city of Guangzhou, Mike presently is living in Frankfurt, Germany and freelances as a business and sales coach. He started Content Igniters to help entrepreneurs to succeed online by teaching them how to create awesomely engaging content, raving fans, and drive their Internet business growth.

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