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Your 12 Point Plan for Personal Success
By Stephan Iscoe
No one becomes successful by accident. Success requires making
a plan and sticking to it. It is simple, but does require
commitment; it is not hard to do, but does require hard work.
The good news is that once you begin, the results start coming
almost instantly. The miracle of successful living is that the
smallest step towards success attracts more success! Here is a
very brief outline of the key points that will help you achieve
the highest levels of success.
1. Look into the nearest mirror - the person staring back at
you is the only person responsible for your success. Smile! No
one else is the cause of your success or to blame for your short
comings. Successful people take full responsibility for their
2. Smile back at your reflection. Successful people are
cheerful, optimistic, and forward thinking. If you think you
don't have anything to smile about, smile anyway. Positive
thoughts drive out negative thoughts. It's hard to have a
negative thought while you are smiling!
3. Positive self-esteem is the foundation for success. Feel
good about yourself and your abilities, achievements and
potential. Don't dwell on your mistakes. Remind and praise
yourself on your past accomplishments. Congratulate yourself
for taking positive steps toward a more successful future.
4. Believe in yourself. You are here for a purpose. God
doesn't make extras just to fill in the scenery. Find your
mission and begin working to fulfill it.
5. Desire to be a success. Decide right now that you will be
successful. Commit to being successful.
6. Associate with successful people. Do what they do. When
faced with choices, make the choice a successful person would
make. Blow your bonus check on a gambling trip or invest it?
7. Avoid unsuccessful people. Do not under any circumstances
associate with negative people. Negative people are toxic; they
destroy, they do not build. They are vampires that can live
only by draining the life from others. The odds are greater
that they will pull you down faster than you can lift them up.
You can choose to stay away from all the negative people in your
life. Avoid all the whiners, complainers, blamers and
8. Do what you are best at and what you get the most
satisfaction from. There is no reason to stay stuck doing things
that are frustrating, boring, unhealthy, unproductive, demeaning
9. Write down a vision of how you want to live your life.
Be specific. Where you want to live, what kind of carpet, who
your friends are, the pony's name, what the new church rec hall
you donated looks like, etc. Make a Future Scrapbook; paste in
pictures, drawings, essays, clippings. Make up news headlines
about your achievements. Every day visualize yourself as you
would like to be - and then act that way!
10. Write down your biggest goal, the one you most want to
fulfill. Write it in the present tense, "I am...", "I have...",
"I contribute...". Success is the result of a personal decision,
so start your goal with "I". Read your goal aloud every morning
and night. Tell people your goal. Make a plan to achieve your
goal and stick to it.
11. Study the science of success. Read books, listen to
tapes, watch videos and positive TV programming. Talk to
successful people and ask them how they became successful. Fill
your mind with positive thoughts and give yourself positive self-
12. Every day do something that brings you closer to your
goal. Never give up. You can only fail if you quit trying. Keep
on keeping on and you will succeed. Achieving success requires
following a system. Begin today by putting these 12 points into
Everybody experiences fear of failure, uncertainty, insecurity,
low self-esteem, indecision, depression, nervousness and
embarrassment. Successful people master these temporary
conditions by taking positive action, by sticking to their plan,
by maintaining their vision of the future, by learning from
setbacks and by redicating themselves to the pursuit of their
mission. By following these simple steps you will become
successful and achieve all that you desire.
Copyright S. Iscoe, 1998. Please feel free to copy and
distribute this article, but only in its entirety, including
this notice and the following credit lines.
Stephan Iscoe is a successful consultant and trainer in Ann
Arbor, Michigan. Stephan welcomes your feedback at 888-842-5651.
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