One Formula for Success

There are volumes of books and seemingly endless references available on what it takes to be successful. What they have in common is a mind boggling variety of "hints", "formulas" and "keys" to success. It's no wonder that it takes a lot of sorting to find the best method for achieving goals. Hey, if it were easy, everyone would be successful, and there would be no need for all those books and materials.

With that in mind, I'm going to tell you a simple formula you can consider for success. It provides a true "big picture" perspective on two key components to achieving what you want in life. That formula is:

Attitude + Action = Success

There are a lot of self-help books (and gurus) who talk at length about the power of positive thinking - in other words, having a positive attitude. There is a tendency for  people to discredit this positive-thinking concept as too touchy-feely. They advocate more obvious methods - in other words action.

But the reality is, attitude AND action in combination are essential to success. It's unlikely you'll achieve the results you're looking for if you spin your wheels trying things (and then giving up when you fail) without first establishing the right mental attitude. And all the optimistic and positive thoughts in the world won't buy you an investment or win you the prize you seek.

So if you're serious about achieving your goals - large or small - start by getting in the right frame of mind and learning how to overcome your mental roadblocks. Then create a plan and start working your plan. If you make a mistake or lose your way, don't give up - re-orient yourself, and begin again. Let your dreams and your positive attitude be your anchor and your compass.

And reading a few of those books on success would also be a great idea!

Original publish date: October 22, 2009