Top 5 principles you must master to become successful

When we think of success, we think about hard work, determination, and consistency. In real life, we seem to be waiting for success to show up at our front door.

The idea of success always seems out of reach, so we're not motivated to go after it. But you can change your life by learning some fundamentals that are guaranteed to give you success.

In effect, you will bring yourself success. That's the only way it works, after all. You need to go after it. And here's how:

5. The Obstacle is the Path that Leads to Success.

This realization was made by Stoic philosophers such as Seneca, Epictetus, and Marcus Aurelius. The latter wrote the famous quote: "The obstacle is the way."

When thinking of our dreams and goals, the first thing we tend to focus on is why we can't achieve it.

Whatever fears and weaknesses we have - rejection, frustration, impatience, setbacks - are most often exactly what we need to overcome to get that much closer to success.

4. Evolving is Painful but Necessary for Success.

It is much easier to go day after day doing the same things over and over again.This is our comfort zone in terms of routine.

Going "out of our way" may lead us to success, but it is also going to hurt. Most people shy away from that.

They don't want to experience failure or resistance.

Doing what you already know how to do is easy. Picking up a book, buying a new course online, or starting daily exercise, is hard.

But it ultimately leads you to a stronger, healthier, smarter version of yourself.

3. Choose Commitment over Willpower.

Almost all of us have a burning desire to change our lives in some way. Likewise, almost all of us never get around to it.

This is the reality. We make new year's resolutions each year and we have a will to keep them, but we don't.

Psychological research describes willpower as being like a muscle. Like our muscles, it tends to burn out over time.

You can't work out all day. Likewise, you can't keep your willpower going an entire day.

Commitment, on the other hand, refers to the belief that you've already achieved your aims.

When you're committed to something, your behavior simply follows in line. Over time, you will reach where you want to be.

2. Consistency over Intensity

There's usually a right way and a wrong way to do something. But no matter what, you need to do something - consistently.

Success cannot happen overnight. Rather, it happens in increments.

It comes with an unwavering commitment to stay the course no matter what gets in your way.

1. How You Do Anything is How You Do Everything.

Make a committed resolution that will lead to your success. Then look at everything around you that you have an effect on.

Quality over quantity also applies here. If you're doing lots of work, your results become greatly diminished if you're not giving it you're all.

That applies to everything. If you spend the whole day being lazy, undisciplined, and procrastinating, you can't simply switch things around. Your personal goals will suffer, too.

So, yes, even that 9 to 5 has to be reanalyzed. Your attitude towards every little thing is reflected in the effort that goes towards your success.

Change your attitude. Change your life. 

Remember these keys to success, implement them, and watch your life change.

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