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Helen Peelman

Helen Peelman

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What does it take in our everyday lives to be successful? In order to
evaluate this question it is first necessary to understand what "success" is
and what all successful people have in common. It is probably safe to
assume that anyone reading this article wants to be successful.However, HOW TO DEVELOP A WINNING ATTITUDE Articles only
5% of the population will ever reach their potential for all activities, 95%
of the people will never truly be successful.By definition, success is the
realization of a worthy deal. Success is different for every
individual.For some people, an annual income of $25,000 would be a success,
for another it may be $125,000. Whatever it may be for you, there are 5
characteristics that you must have in common with other successful people in
order to achieve true success.

Goals are the single most important factor in achieving success. Without a
realistic goal, how will you ever know when you have reached your success
level.All successful people set goals.All goals must be realistic, short
term, measurable and obtainable within the bounds of your own perception.As
time passes, your goals can always be adjusted upward to reach your ultimate
goal of success. However, if your initial goal is to be worth $1,000,000 by
the year end and you are currently only worth $100,000 with an annual income
of $50,000 a year and this is November, you most likely will never be able
to reach it and therefore, it is unrealistic.Biting off a job in small
portions makes the eventual achievement of the total task seem easier and
manageable.All successful people constantly set goals, re-evaluate their
goals and scale them upward toward even greateraccomplishments.

A positive attitude is the second factor that successful people have in
common.I have never met a truly successful person who I would consider a
"self made" success that did not have a positive attitude.These people
relate to the world on a positive basis.They always look for the "can do"
not the "can not do" side of every situation. "If you think you can or if
you think you can't, you're right."All successful people truly believe not
only in themselves, but in the reality of their goals. A positive attitude
is contagious and when it is sincere, the people with whom you come in
contact will relate to you and your activities with a vitality and positive
attitude that causes a winning, successful environment.

The truth is always best to deal with for several reasons, not the least
important of which is that it is always the easiest to remember.If you are
going to be successful, you will not have time, energy and ability to
remember untruths, or lies that you have told people. This consumes
valuable energy and detracts from the power needed to run a successful
life.The truth is easy to remember and generally, in the long term, easier
to deal with. True winners are always ready to face the truth in situations
and handle things as they deal with them on a timely basis and then proceed
to get on with the business of running a successful, prosperous life.Never
having to back track to cover up problem areas.

Research and Development in today's society have become extremely important
to all major corporations.This is where all new products and ideas
evolve.Successful individuals have always understood this principal on a
personal level and they constantly strive to improve their own abilities
through such methods as formal educational systems, seminars, reading books,
listening to ideas the thoughts of others, and in any manner that presents
itself to them.Successful people truly believe they can improve themselves
and constantly strive to seek methods and means that will help them
accomplish this task. They also know that there is a price to pay for this
success and the return on investment is sometimes great and sometimes small,
but that the return without the investment is always the same "0".

"Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is the probable reason why so
few engage in it." -Henry Ford

Man's ability over all other creatures on this Earth is the ability to
think.All successful people use this talent to improve their lives and
control their own destiny.Only you can take the initial step toward the
unleashing of the power within your own mind. The power is awesome and at
times can be frightening. However, man has abilities of the mind that many
people can not or would not believe.Anthony Robbins has recently written a
book entitled "Unlimited Power" which explains in simple terms the theories
of Neuro Linguistic Programming, the power of the mind and how to gain
control and use it.NLP was originally developed by John Grinder and Richard
Bandler as a communication system using the central nervous system.Through
this system Mr. Robbins has put forth a complete outline on how to unleash
your "performance power" and achieve goals that before you probably felt
were impossible.

he first step in using your true mental abilities is understanding what Mr.
Robbins refers to as the seven triggering mechanisms that is sure success.

1.Passion - All truly successful people such as Lee Iacocca have a driving
force within them that sets them apart from others. A desire, an energy that
gives them the fuel to reach their true potential.This force is a part of
them 24 hours a day, seven days a week.It never subsides. Their total
existence is sustained for the fulfillment of their goals. The passion
within this individual to achieve has been so deeply implanted, that their
mental power is driven by this force and will not let them do anything other
than achieve.

2.Belief - "They can because they think they can"-Virgil.You will only make
$100,000 this year if you first believe you can.If you do not believe you
can you are telling yourself you want it, but it is truly not obtainable.The
truth of life is that man's limits are self imposed by what the mind is
given to believe.If you expand your belief of your own abilities, you will
also expand your true realm of accomplishment. A man of whom all are aware,
lived his life with adversity, but he constantly believed he could achieve.
Failed in business at age 31
Was defeated in a legislative race at age 32
Failed again in business at age 34
Overcome death of sweetheart at age 35
Had a nervous breakdown at age 36
Lost an election at age 38
Lost a congressional race at age 43
Lost a congressional race at age 46
Lost a congressional race at age 48
Lost a Senatorial race at age 55
Failed to become Vice President at age 56
Lost a Senatorial race at age 58
Elected President of the United States atage 60

With all the adversity that faced him, President Abraham Lincoln had no
reason to continually try other than the fact that he believed it was his
destiny and measure of success to accomplish this task.

"Man is what he believes" -Anton Checkhov

3.Strategy - A strategy is your game plan of life. The road map you will
use to accomplish your goals, ambitions and desires.Just to believe you can
earn $100,000 a year is not enough, you must design a strategy that gives
your life direction and navigates you toward success.The key to strategy is
to design a proper strategy to achieve your success without the detours of
life, to find the shortest distance between two points.

4.Clarity of Values - Man must first determine which things in life are most
valuable to him. He must determine his feeling about such things as
patriotism, pride, love, freedom, excellence, ownership and tolerance.
These are values in society, the moral, ethical and fundamental judgements
that we, as individuals, deem important.Without a clear system of values for
ourselves, it is impossible to believe in something with a passion that has
no value to us.Once we have established our individual value system we are
then able to determine how we can achieve success based on our priority of
values.What must we five up in one hand to accomplish what we desire on the
other.Without a value system we can never move forward for we may be trading
without increasing our potential for success.

5.Energy - Without the physical vitality to take action, nothing would ever
come of our system to this point.The passion could build, our belief of
accomplishment could be overwhelming, we could have the best strategy or map
to achieve the ultimate value for our own life, but if not for taking the
first step, nothing could ever be accomplished. Great success cannot be
separated from physical, spiritual and mental energy that allows us, compels
us, to accomplish the most with what we have to work with. Physical energy
comes from the strength of the body itself fueled by our intake of
nourishment.It is therefore important that we fuel our engine with premium
fuel (good eating habits), not low grade regular (junk food). Our spiritual
and intellectual energy evolves from our environment and it is therefore
important that we assess our own personal environment to maximize the energy
that we can obtain.

6.Bonding Power - We have all known people that have exhibited the ability
to get along with anyone and everyone. The ability to be a chameleon is
truly the ability to connect with and bond with others. The ability to
build rapport.Being able to deal with others as Mr. Robbins says "To
effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the
way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our
communication with others." To be able to understand the...

7.Mastery of Communication - To take charge and run your own mind. To learn
the techniques of NLP and no longer allow our mind to run our lives, but
rather take charge of our own mental abilities and cause them to work for
our own accomplishment of success.

"There is only one Success - to be able to spend your life in your own