4 Essential Lessons That Will Lead You To Success

4 Essential Lessons That Will Lead You To SuccessDo you pause and reevaluate yourself at times?

I have done that several times in my life, but I did it again rather recently and decided to make some changes that needed to be made in order to move ahead in my life.

Here are 4 steps that I want you to take if you haven’t yet, or if you have forgotten about them.

Lesson # 1 – Never Waste Your Time

I’m so busy these days that I truly think that I’m paying for the all the times I did nothing when I was younger.  I do believe that the universe has a way to get back at you this way.  There is a time to work and a time to rest.  Most people do the work first and rest later. I kind of did the opposite.  I had years and years of carelessness while other people my age were studying hard.  Now I’m paying the price.

Interestingly, I have a friend who is living the exact same thing right now.  He lived on his father wealth for years.  He did nothing during his younger years, he even refused great opportunities, and now he works like a dog.

In this world there is such thing as cause and effect. Whatever you do is never lost into space. It does come back to haunt you.  And when it does, it comes back with a vengeance.

So, my lesson number one here is to never waste your time.  Do whatever you have to do to now, to make your life better and easier later. Not the other way around.  Because by the time you realize what you’ve done it will be too late to go back.

You can never go back. All you can do is catch up as much as can and as fast as you can.

I know that at times people like to tell themselves (to make them feel better) that it was meant to be.  The truth is that not everything was meant to be.  Some things are the way they are because of our parent’s mistakes and our own.

Don’t waste your time, and do the important things that you need to do in order to move ahead and forward in life. Do it and do it NOW!

Lesson # 2 – Take a Pause and Reflect

When I say take a pause and reflect, I don’t really mean reflect on the past. The past is the past and there’s NOTHING you can do to change it.  I meant reflect on your situation today, and think of ways you could use to make a change.

Few years ago I decided that life wasn’t worth living the way I was living it. I said to myself either it’s going to get better or I don’t want this.  I had no interest what-so-ever in keeping on living that way, and I made a lot of changes.

My life took a 180° change, back in 2006 when I took a pause and started reflecting on WHAT was happening and WHY I didn’t like it.

Do you take a pause and reflect on where you are right now? Do you like what you see? If you do, congratulations, you’ve done a great job, and you can pat yourself on the back.  If you don’t like what you see, however, it may be time to make changes before it’s too late.

Time goes by very fast. When I reflect on my life, I am amazed at how fast the years came and went. Take a deep breath and reflect on what needs to be changed. Once you’ve figured it out, take action to change it NOW!

Lesson # 3 – Create a Vision of what you Want

Over the years, I’ve read a record numbers of success stories, and one thing always comes back again and again. Those who truly succeed at what they do have had a VISION.

I know that most people out there really underestimate the power of a vision. That’s why most people don’t have one.  Let’s be honest, most people on the planet have lived their whole lives without a single vision about anything.  We all know some of them, don’t we?

But what’s a vision, you might ask?

A vision is a precise mental and visual goal 

The mental part of a vision is where you decide “mentally” about the outcome of what you want.  For example, if you have a blog, what do you want your blog to bring you? And I not talking about the money that the blog itself can bring you. Blogs don’t make money.  I’m talking about the fact that your blog can be the “door” to you million dollar income revenue.

Here is how you can create a vision as a blogger/business owner.

First – Decide (mentally) what you want to accomplish with your blog.

Second – Write it down in details. For example you could write it step by step.

Third – Use a vision board to go along with your mental vision and written affirmations.

When you have all three of them well round up, you’re set to hit big.

I know a young blogger who did just that, and he went from zero revenue to 6 figures in 3 years.  How? It’s his vision that led him to take all the right moves. Visions are important, guys!

For those who want to call this luck, let me tell you, there is no such thing. His vision, actions and hard work are what did it for him. He basically followed the 4 essential lessons of success that I’m mentioning here.

I’m talking about bloggers here because many of my readers are bloggers, but this can apply to anyone, no matter what your business or goals are.

Lesson # 4 – Go Ahead and Do it!

Of course, lastly, but surely, there’s that taking action part that needs to be taken, doesn’t it? If I didn’t get up at 4:00 AM this morning that post would have not been written. At least not on time.

So, I had two choices this morning; either I’d stay in bed and the hell with this post.  It’s just a blog post, after all!

Or, I could get up like I did, and use my brain when it’s at its BEST efficiency, write the post and publish it in due time. I woke up with the whole idea of the post in my brain, because my subconscious mind went to work while I was sleeping.

Small or big, decisions are all the same.  We make them every day. We either do or don’t do something. But depending on whether we choose to do them or not, does have a repercussion on the results that we are getting.

Go ahead and take the actions that you need to take NOW!  And move forward and towards where you want to go.

I hope you enjoyed those 4 essential lessons that lead to success.

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27 Comments

  • Corina Ramos says:

    Hi Sylviane!

    About three years ago we were in a bad place and our financial situation didn’t help any either. I made the decision to turn my thought process around and set goals for myself.

    It’s amazing how the mind can have so much power. Once I decided to change my mindset from “why me” to “make it happen” things started looking up. I set goals for myself but what I didn’t do was make a visual for myself to see my progress like you suggested. I’ll definitely be doing that.

    The story of the blogger who made a success by changing his mindset is very motivating, thanks for sharing that story.

    I’ll admit there are some days I just want to stay in bed and knowing that I’m my own boss makes it so easy to do that. But then I always remember a part of a sentence I read when I first started blogging: “if you put part-time work you get part-time results”. I have that written on a post-it note and taped it to my computer to remind me.

    Awesome post Sylviane! Thank you for putting this together! Happy Wednesday!

    • Sylviane Nuccio says:

      Hi Corina,

      I am so glad that you are a living proof that the mind set is super important, and can’t be forgotten.

      I’ve heard and read that statement you mentioned here, if you give half time or part time you’ll get that in return as well. so true!

      That’s why on days like this, where I had no post ready, I had to get up at the wee hours to make it happen 🙂 I can only be thankful about how fast I can write these days. It’s because of so darn much practice… 7 years of it 🙂 I have an article written and approved on EZ in less than one hour. LOL it’s true!

      I’m so impressed by that young blogger who made it big so fast. I take my hat out to him!

      I’m glad that you’ve turned the wheels around, Corina, and thanks so much for sharing!

  • GladysTwitter: coachgladys says:

    Hi
    First of al, I love this post. Well written and to the point.

    Ditto on all four essential to become successful.

    I, too love vision boards. They help in seeing the whole picture. But I love it also because you have to create the vision board with intention.

    Thank you for sharing your friend’s story. It is the proof that the essential lessons you gave us, really work.
    I am re-evaluating my blog.

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    • Sylviane Nuccio says:

      Hi Gladys,

      I’m glad you liked the post.

      It’s always good to reevaluate things when we don’t feel that they are working the way we would like them to work.

      Thank you for your feedback, and have a great day!

    • Sylviane Nuccio says:

      Hi Gladys,

      Yes, you said something important here, you need to create your vision board with intention, because in the end that’s the intent that counts, not the vision board of its own.

      Thank you for bringing this out!

      Have a great week end!

  • Joanne says:

    I love what you said. Create the vision of what you want and go ahead and do it. That could be a mantra.

  • Harleena SinghTwitter: harleenas says:

    Hi Sylviane,

    Wonderful post indeed 🙂

    You’re so right there – don’t waste your time and do things that need to be done first. I wish more people would understand this and learn how to set their priorities right, which would eventually make them more productive and make them successful as well.

    I agree, we need to take time out to reflect on how the day has been or if we’d like to change it. It’s never easy to make such kind of free time nowadays with the busy lives we lead, but I think it’s so important. I do that a little each morning before I start my day, just by thinking what I’d like to do or what needs attention foremost.

    Oh yes…having a vision set is essential before you start off with anything and once you do that you need to write it down and keep checking on it or ticking off all that you accomplish, without forgetting to give yourself a pat on the back for your achievements too, which we often forget to do.

    Finally, taking action and really doing it! Makes me feel a little guilty as I just haven’t had the time to do up my scheduled post this week. Yes, I also had the option to get up early and do it, but I was SO drained that it just wasn’t possible. And by the time I got down to it, the Internet connections went off – thus the delay coming here too. So, when one thing leads to another it just seems sometimes that it just wasn’t destined to happen. I just learnt to let go at such times and give things a break rather than struggle through with things.

    Thanks for sharing. Have a nice rest of the week L)
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    • Sylviane Nuccio says:

      Hi Harleena,

      Don’t feel too guilty about your post. I did know that, because I hopped to your blog twice but there were no update. I know all about that myslef. When I moved I missed a few posts myslef. It’s actually not bad that as busy as we are, we can actually do this pretty darn well, isn’t it?

      Thanks for your excellent input for those who read comments after the post 🙂

      I’ll check your blog again later today 🙂

  • Ashutosh says:

    Hi Sylviane,

    Yes, you are absolutely right – Time is money and the one who doesn’t realizes the value of time won’t even know what is lost in it. For taking big leaps, we need to take a few steps back and then act strongly by concentrating our energy altogether.

    You have very rightly expressed some of the important points that can attract success to anyone. After all, everyone wants to achieve success in whatever we plan, visualise or implement through our actions but unluckily many pull themselves back after tasting failures.

    Well, I believe that failures are like those small small power chunks that can help us achieve our goal of success, if we know the value of those failures.

    Thanks for sharing such a wonderful topic with such deep insights.

    • Sylviane Nuccio says:

      Hi Ashutosh,

      Yes, we can’t mistaken defeat for failure, I think that’s what you mean here right? All successful people have had defeats at one point or another. As a matter of fact, I would say that it’s part of success to go through temporary defeats.

      Thanks for coming and have a great week end!

      And, by the way, welcome here as I think I’ve never seen you before on this blog.

  • CarartaTwitter: ArtaGene says:

    Hi Sylviane

    Read your post before,

    Thought I left a comment!

    I was somewhat down, because I was working on something and
    it wasn’t turning out the way I wanted…Nothing working!

    Absorbed your commandments for pulling yourself together
    and making a plan and sticking to it.

    In other words…keep working after you’ve looked at what you are
    trying to do and laid out the steps to follow. Just like Grandma
    said..one foot in front of the other at a time.

    Can’t do more than that, except make sure you are on the right path.

    Thank you for the inspiration.
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    • Sylviane Nuccio says:

      Hi Cararta,

      Yes, we must all move one foot in front of the other and do our best to succeed as much as we possibly can, and as we go along. It’s not always ease, indeed.

      Have a great week end and thank for coming.

  • AdrienneTwitter: adriennesmith40 says:

    Hey Sylviane,

    I so agree with you on everything you’ve mentioned here and I’ve done each of these steps myself. Okay, I don’t have a vision board but instead I have a three ring binder. It just works better for me but it’s really the same thing as you know.

    I’ve oftentimes had friends ask me well how come you’re doing so well at this or how come you get all the good jobs, etc. It’s not luck, it’s exactly what you just shared here. I made a decision about what I wanted, I knew that I’d get it, I never stopped believing, I took the necessary action steps and it happened. There wasn’t any luck involved, everything fell into place the way it should.

    I never did a vision board back when I had those things happening though, I wasn’t aware of them at that time. I have one now but it’s for other things that I intend to have in my life someday.

    You know me well by now and know that I agree that everything we do in life is a choice. We can sit back and blame our parents, our circumstances, our surroundings, our family, whatever is convenient but the end result is that we are the only ones that can change anything. With our actions, the way we think about things and our minds. I dare anyone to just try it because they’ll have no more excuses then will they!

    Thanks Sylviane for sharing this with us. You always tell it like it is having experienced this first hand. That’s what I love the most.

    ~Adrienne
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    • Sylviane Nuccio says:

      Hi Adrienne,

      When I say vision board it can have whatever form works best for you, a note book is find too. I have both. I have a notebook with text only, ome with text and images and a vision board.

      The real vision must be in our head anyway, but it really makes it more real, when we write it down and illustrate it with images for more emphasis.

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts and have a great weekend!

  • Donna MerrillTwitter: donna_tribe says:

    Hi Sylviane,

    I love this post because it is the “real deal.” NEVER WASTE TIME! When running your own business, wasting time becomes an annoying tug at our brain. Not only that, but nothing will get done and we find ourselves playing catch up. Not fun!

    The best is take a pause and reflect for me. I do this each day and allow myself some “free time” so I can get outside and enjoy!

    Of course as you know I am a great fan of visualization. Then writing things down and sometimes using a vision board. I was visualizing a few months ago how great it would be to get the businesses I deal with offline were online. Guess What? I have 3 clients. I wasn’t really totally prepared, but I told them give me a day and I’ll write up a plan. They jumped on it.

    To me, that is the most powerful thing we can do Sylviane. Each time I do this, even if it is just a thought or a daydream, things do happen. So glad you put that part in!

    -Donna
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    • Sylviane Nuccio says:

      Hi Donna,

      Yes, it’s a shame how much people miss out only by omitting those 4 essential steps. If they read the comments on my posts they can also SEE how what I’m saying works for people. You are a great example of this yourself.

      Because I’m so busy, I often have to take the “time out” needed in order to stop, reflect and visualize.

      Thanks for your input, Donna and have a great weekend at your new place 🙂

  • Pramod says:

    Excellent post Sylviane !
    All the points that you’ve mentioned are no doubt very important for getting success in life.I really like the 1st point as its one of the key reason for failure. One cant really afford to waste time , every momment of life is important and we should make use of it in the right manner.Thanks for sharing the information.

    Pramod

    • Sylviane Nuccio says:

      Hi Pramod,

      Indeed. For someone who has wasted lots of time in the past, I know all about this to be so true! There’s really not enough time to be wasted.

      Thank you for coming and Welcome 🙂

  • Sue PriceTwitter: suejprice says:

    Hi Sylviane

    I love this post and agree with everything you have said. I have stopped are evaluated many times now. I have had so many difficult times along the way but I never got stuck on beating myself up for mistakes (for long anyway).

    I have a half done vision board in front of me right now. Half done because I have changed some of the things I want to accomplish and I am still looking for the right pictures. It is very vivid in my head though.

    Don’t waste your time is such good advice especially for us online. I have wasted a lot since I came on here. Not knowing what I was doing but it went on too long.

    Thanks for a great post.

    Sue
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    • Sylviane Nuccio says:

      Hi Sue,

      I’ve wasted so much time myslef, I am still recovering from it still. We can only try to do our best to make it up when we’ve wasted as many years as I did. But I sure will do my best to make things right 🙂

      Thanks for your input, Sue and have a great weekend!

  • William ButlerTwitter: wiarbu says:

    Hi Sylviane,

    Thanks for a great post! Here’s what I think on each of these elements:

    When it comes to TIME… what I call This Invisible Momentary Experience…
    I ask myself one question… At any given moment, what am I trading my life for?
    That question leads to asking… Does that trade align with my soul goal?
    It keeps me on track with being on-purpose.

    Regular reflection is essential to gauge or evaluate the level of importance we attach to assumptions, beliefs and ideas. Without taking time to truly think things through, you may be growing further from your passionate purpose.

    Vision: Some people say EITHER you have it OR you don’t. Either you’re in the 1% who are visionary or you’re simply the follower. I take a whole brain approach to employ vision BOTH now AND in forward thinking. Why restrict your thinking to he narrow confines of the masses?

    Action is the answer to laziness, mediocrity and procrastination. Just remember two words: GET GOING! It’s that simple.

    Kind Regards,
    Bill
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    • Sylviane Nuccio says:

      Hi Bill,

      Sorry for that late reply. As much as I so value my comments I do run behind at times because of my busy life 🙂

      The small amount of people who have a vision is a bit sad to be sure. We need to use our brain to full capacity. Having a vision is something our brain allows, why not using it?

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts and input.

  • Sherman SmithTwitter: shermanksmith75 says:

    Never Waste Your Time! Right now that is something that I’m living by! When I was younger I use to like to wait for something to help without taking any type of action.

    I think I would be a lot further in life, although I’ve done a lot, but still there were some things I missed out on that I’m regretting now. So I can definitely understand when you said that you have to play catch up. It’s not the most fun, but then again, it can be. It’s a great challenge for me, especially for the fact I’m challenging myself in other areas.

    Also having a vision helps a lot. It’s the one thing that’s going to help pull you to your dreams. Once you have a clear vision of what you want to do and accomplish it gives you more of a reason to live for today and tomorrow. This is the thing that excites you. You almost feel like a kid on christmas eve having a hard time to sleep because you can’t wait for xmas to come so you can open up your presents.

    Thanks for sharing!
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    • Sylviane Nuccio says:

      Hi Sherman,

      Yes, at times we do waste our time, and yes, it often happens when we are young and not mature enough to thinks things through.

      I wasted more time than anyone I know when I was young. As my favorite teacher used to say all the time, time lost can never come back. That is so true. We can only make due for time lost.

      Thanks for your input 🙂

  • Sebastian says:

    Solid posts! I agree with all of them. Analyze the situation. Decide what you want. Believe it. And take action.

    That’s everything I did when I decided to become a bodybuilder 7 years ago. Who thought the kid kid of the class could do that.

    It will help if you include examples of how you applied this.

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