So many of my followers approach me and ask me how to become successful.
What exactly must you do to become successful?
The very first thing to do is to recognize that you CAN and WILL become successful. Until you do this you will find there will always be a nagging voice inside you, no matter what you are trying to achieve, saying "you won't make it!". The voice is wrong. You WILL make it. But only if you completely silence that reactionary voice.
Somewhere I read that when Karl Benz was building the Benz Patent-Motorwagen a neighbour kept saying "It won't go!". He ignored the neighbour and kept building it. When he finished and started driving it he heard the neighbour shouting "It won't stop!". I have no idea whether this story is true or not, but it doesn't really matter whether or not it is true. All that matters is the great truth within it. Karl Benz ignored that voice completely and achieved his success. You must do likewise.
How do you ignore or even silence that voice? By having a strong belief that you are right and that it WILL work. Spend time building up that confidence. Sit quietly and meditate. Feel yourself merging with the power of the Universe, which you can imagine as a ball of light way above you. Bring it down inside you and feel the warmth and love of it filling you. Know that with this infinite power within you can achieve anything you desire.
This is a practice you should repeat often. Make it a routine part of your day. The more you practice it the easier you will find it and the more you will be able to ignore and defeat that dissenting voice, the voice that wants you to fail at everything.
You will now have removed the main obstacle to success. The next step is to determine what it is you want to achieve.
It is important to have a very clear idea of what it is you want to achieve, and why this is important to you.
Spend some time thinking carefully about this. Write down any ideas that come to you. Treat this in the same way as you would a group brainstorming session - at this point write down everything, without critically rejecting it. When you have a good list of ideas read through each and see which ones really resonate with you. cross out all the others. You now have a list of things you want to achieve which are close to your heart.
Against each of these ideas write down all the reasons they are important to you. As you do this you will find some are not really goals you want to achieve, and you can delete these. You should find you end up with a minmum of three and a maximum of six that feel right and that have a good list of reasons why they are so important.
For each of these goals sit and meditate again. Begin your meditation by recalling a time in your past when you felt really happy and really relaxed. Perhaps it was lying on a beach during a special vacation. Maybe it was wandering in a meadow in cool, fresh air. Whatever it was, bring back that image. Place yourself there and let it stimulate all your senses. See the beauty around you. Hear the sounds you heard, perhaps the sound of birds. Smell the salty air of the sea, the fresh smell of flowers around you etc. Feel the soft, fine sand pouring through your fingers, the feel of the waving grass as you walk through it etc. Recall your feelings at that time, a feeling of happiness, contentment, love. When you are fully into this meditation bring in your goal. Does it still feel right? If not, discard that goal and replace it with the next goal on your list. You will find one really fits and feels just right. This is the goal you should work on next.
Now that you have the right goal, create an affirmation around it. Follow the rules of making good affirmations. Read this article by Natalie Ledwell to get some good ideas on the correct way to create an affirmation: http://iwanttoimprovemyself.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/5-simple-steps-for-creating-powerful.html. Repeat this affirmation as often as you can. The more you repeat it the faster you will achieve your goal.
Write the goal in a notebook you reserve purely for this purpose. Include pictures of how your life will be when you have achieved it - either pictures you find in a magazine etc and cut out and stick in the notebook, or simply draw them yourself. It doesn't matter if you are not artistic - just ensure the picture encapsulates your dream as much as possible. Even better, create yourself a "mind movie" of the goal. If you don't already have the software to create a Mind Movie you can get it here: http://www.mindmovies.com/mm4/changeyourlife.php?25923.
Follow the above and you WILL achieve goals fully aligned with your inner desires. But the key to success has one more essential ingredient. That ingredient is simply recognizing that success is not actually achieving specific goals at all. Success is an ongoing journey, and the knowledge that you are on the right road. You never reach the end of that road but are successful simply because you are travelling it and achieving goals along the way.