One of the important foundations of success that I use regularly is what I call the ABC of Success.  Whilst life can’t always be simply boxed into a formula, I have found that keeping these principles in mind can be of great assistance in most facets of life.

So firstly, A is for Attitude.

One of the elements that successful people have in their lives is the capacity to maintain resourceful thought processes.  One of the exciting things about this is that your attitude is one thing that is 100% in your control. 

There are three particular facets of a healthy attitude that I would like to highlight today:

Coachability:  The reality is that all of us are in some way imperfect and are still learning more about how to manage life.  An important mindset to have is that we still have more to learn and then to surround ourselves with opportunities to develop and grow.  People who think that they already know it all and resist opportunities to learn will soon cap their potential and fail to reach great heights.

Are you reading regularly?  Do you have a mentor?  Are you surrounded by people who assist you in developing certain skills?  Is there a short course that you can do that will help you in your development? 

Make sure that you continue to be conscious of the need to learn, not to put yourself down and feel insufficient, but to keep you humble enough to look for ways to develop.

Optimism:  Henry Ford once said, “If you think that you can do something, or if you think that you can’t, you’re right.” 

Having an optimistic outlook on life will assist you in many ways, but especially if you want to be successful.  There would be many people who would have thought that there would never be a black President, but Barack Obama had an optimistic outlook that enabled him to live out his dream and move beyond stereotypes.

Enthusiasm:  Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”  I suspect that he’s probably right.

The next time you go into work, school, church or home just start to imagine yourself with 10% more energy than you normally have.  Imagine yourself contagiously and deliberately impacting others in a positive way.  Imagine tackling the most difficult task that you have with passion.

In business, sports or the home, the most successful people are generally the ones with the most enthusiasm. 

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