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You – and the Laws – Govern Your Future

There are certain laws that govern success. If you follow them, you will succeed. Your decisions and choices shape your future, so you have to be proactive in order to control your life. Most people are passive and wish for things to happen, but when we’re proactive, we take charge of our own lives and can make anything happen.

To be successful, you have to understand the probabilities. Success is predictable and does not happen by chance. If you want to achieve success, do what other successful people do. Otherwise, your chances of succeeding are low because everything happens for a reason and the Law of Cause and Effect states that “everything happens for a reason.” All effects or results happen because of one or more causes, not by chance. So if you choose more effective actions, you will attain better results.

The Law of Probabilities affects the outcome you get. This law explains why some people are lucky and others aren’t. When you flip a coin, there is a 50% chance it will come up heads. The same goes for success – certain actions increase your chances of having good luck by multiplying them.

Pursuing your goals is important. If you don’t, it’s unlikely you’ll achieve them. To maximize your chances of success, create a plan and write down what exactly you want. As long as the probabilities favor your goal, increase those odds by doing everything in your power to reach that goal. It also helps to work hard towards your goal because the harder you work for something, the better chance there is that it will happen. The more effort put into getting something done, the higher probability of achieving success.”

Realize that your thoughts have consequences, and think carefully before you act. Work hard if you want to be successful.

Throughout history, people have used these 12 principles to achieve success. They are universal truths that apply today just as much as they did in the past.

Principle 1: You Have Unlimited Potential

If you want to change your life, you have to change the way that you think. You can literally become a different person when you adopt principles for success. Your thoughts will draw good luck to you by attracting people and resources if they’re positive or negative.

The law of belief states that what you believe will affect your outcome. If you strongly believe in something, it becomes your reality. So if you want to meet a goal, then believe that you can and will achieve it. You are the only one who limits yourself; other factors do not limit you as much as your own thinking does. Once you have a strong desire for something, then find the ability within yourself to attain it because once you expect something to happen, it will become self-fulfilling and thus come true through your actions (the law of expectations). Successful people generally expect success because they set forces in motion by having an attitude of self-expectancy which helps them achieve their goals more easily than others would be able to without such positive attitudes towards themselves and their capabilities

You can harness the power of your subconscious mind to help you achieve your goals. Say you want a new house, and then think about that goal constantly and tell yourself it’s already yours. You’ll start seeing ads for houses in places where you’d never seen them before. Talk to people who might be able to help you get that house, because your subconscious will draw those people into your life so they can assist with getting it for you. Use affirmations as well – say things like “I’m now the president of my own company” over and over again until they become true in reality for you.

Principle 2: Be Clear about What You Want

If you’re not sure of your goals, you won’t reach them. If people don’t have clear ambitions, that’s often the reason why they can’t achieve their goals. To be certain about what you want will trigger the power of your thoughts to attract what you need. Whether it’s a better job or more money, the clearer and more confident you are with your goal, the greater chance for success.

Leaders have a vision of where they want to go and what they want to achieve. They also have a clear mission statement that describes the type of person they are, how they make a difference in their own lives, and how they affect others. By using this statement as guidance for your actions, you can create the fire of desire within yourself that will propel you toward your goal.

Principles 3: The Importance of Knowledge

According to Principle 3, “Knowledge is Power,” so the more knowledge you have, the better. Knowledge has been growing exponentially since 6000 BC when people started farming and society moved into the Service Age in the 60s-70s and then the Information Age in 80s-90s. Now we’re moving into a Communication Age, which requires brainpower rather than physical strength.

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Learning new things is critical to being successful in your job and remaining competitive. The more you learn, the better prepared you are for success. In fact, according to the “Law of Integrative Complexity,” as your knowledge grows, so does your ability to contribute and help others succeed. Therefore, it’s important that you continuously learn new skills because people will look up to you for advice and guidance. You can gain valuable experience by applying what you already know about a subject or topic instead of passively learning it from a book or professor (academic knowledge).

The more knowledge you have, the better your ideas will be. You can increase your knowledge by gathering information from different sources and reading books written by people who are working in your field. To generate even more ideas, read as much as possible.

Principle 4: The Meaning of Mastery

Be prepared to work hard to achieve success. To be successful, you have to think of yourself as a sportsman or businessperson who competes and wins. The market rewards high performers by giving them accolades in their field of expertise, while the same is true for sportsmen and women. You can attain mastery only if you practice repeatedly and dedicate yourself fully towards your goal; there are no easy short cuts that will help you get there quickly. Instead, focus on being of service to others because they will reward you with good things when people benefit from your services.

Principle 5: Have a Good Attitude

A good attitude and a pleasant personality are extremely important factors in success. If people like you, they will be more willing to help you achieve your goals. A positive attitude is also necessary for making a good first impression on other people.

Having a positive self-esteem and good attitude will do wonders for your personality. Other factors that you can use to build a great attitude include accepting responsibility for your life, viewing yourself as an active person rather than passive, and using visualization and mental programming to think positively about yourself. You should also dress like a successful person, talk to yourself in positive ways, and accept responsibility for your actions in order to cultivate the right kind of thinking.

Principle 6: Cultivate Good Relationships

If you want to be successful, it’s important to build a network of people who can help you. The more relationships you have, the greater your resources will be and the more likely someone will come through for you when you need help. You never know which relationship might lead to something good so make sure that everyone is on board with what you’re doing and try not to exclude anyone from your circle. Focus on attracting positive, successful people as they’ll bring out the best in yourself. By focusing on them constantly, their qualities will become yours by virtue of “The Law of Attraction.”

There’s a concept called the “Law of Indirect Effort” that states when you befriend people and show an interest in them, they will help you indirectly. It’s hard to be pushy with your requests because it can make people feel uncomfortable, but if you do something for them without asking for anything in return, they’ll usually repay the favor.

Principles 7 to 12: What Else Matters?

The remaining principles are based on the fundamental concepts that have already been described. They include:

  1. Recognize that money matters. You need enough of it to enjoy your life and fully express yourself. Since the universe offers “unlimited abundance” according to the Law of Abundance, you can obtain what you need if you apply principles of success such as creating value for others by working faster or increasing quality.

  2. You can think of yourself as a genius. Your brain has more than 100 billion cells that are interconnected, so there’s no limit to the number of thoughts you could have. If you continually think positive and constructive thoughts, your superconscious mind will support your goals and come up with ideas for problems that need solving.

  3. To be successful, you have to create good results. If you consistently produce the best results in your field, people will reward you for it.

  4. Take action by seizing the day. Be quick to act and look for opportunities. The more quickly you act, the better your chances of doing what’s right at the right time for the right person. Cultivate good character as well, so that you can be happy in life and have others trust you.

Fortune favours the brave. You should be courageous enough to go after what you want, even if it means facing failure and criticism.

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