The Five Basic Principles of Success

Powerful Habits in 21 Days  – PH 21 Day #13

1.  Benevolence:  All real success must be linked to a higher purpose of service and a spirit of generosity.  As you consider creating new habits, think about how you can invoke the principle of benevolence in all you do.  Or, you might want to consider habits to do with benevolence.  My husband did this program some time ago and he actually chose to work on smiling more!  Simple habit but my goodness how it ripples through all of life!  And what a tough habit (serious expressions)  to break!  But he did it.  The effect on relationships, business and on his own sense of peace and joy was amazing.

2.  Self-Efficacy:  This is pretty straight forward.  There is no success without getting things done.  If you’re not able to accomplish what needs to be accomplished on a daily basis, you won’t be achieving success.

3.  Integrity:   However you define success – Peace, Joy, Prosperity, etc…being a person of your word and having high standards of conduct is pivotal.  Being able to be free to be who you are privately, in your public and business life is about integrity. In web 2.0 language it’s about being transparent.  A high level of success requires unquestioned credibility and integrity.

4.  Creativity: Being able to find solutions for challenges in your business and personal life is about creativity.  I used to think that creativity was only about the arts.  I didn’t see myself as a creative person.  But thank God for progress, I now know better.  Creativity is a vital principle of success.  There is no success without finding solutions for life’s challenges and being able to think outside the box.

5.  Consistency: You’ve got to be able to do it all (practice the other 4 principles) everyday. Oh of course people have bad days or moments.  My Pastor (Dr. Therman Evans) just said something in church on Sunday that was perfect.  Having a moment doesn’t mean you’re not on the mission!  We’re human, we have moments; we even have days!  The thing is to recognize your moment, see it for what it is (be accountable to yourself) and move on. This is the principle that is primarily about forming habits: being consistent with your effort and commitment.

Together these principles form the conceptual and practical foundation of success.


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