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September, 2006, Vol. 06, Issue 09

Are You a Passenger on the Train to Success?

By Colleen (Steigerwald) Holloway, LMT

Success is a learning process, and there are steps you can take to ensure you're moving toward it. Sadly, many people miss the train to success. They're too busy standing along the tracks, watching it pass them by, perhaps waiting for it to hit them.

Personal and professional success won't just happen to you.

You can't just snap your fingers and create it. It's a process for nearly everyone. Like a life-long train ride, you get on-board your train of desire - stopping at each destination to gather new skills to achieve your current goal - then hopping back on board your train bound for the next goal. Hopefully, you're taking the time to look out the window and enjoy the scenery! Sadly, many people miss the train to success. They're too busy standing along the tracks, watching it pass them by, perhaps waiting for it to hit them!

Success is a learning process, and there are steps you can take to ensure you're moving toward it. Here are four simple steps used by the most successful multi-millionaires that you can apply, to create your own success:

1. What you think about and focus on becomes your reality.

Focus your thoughts on achieving success and be specific with your goals. You become what you think about all day. Are you monitoring your thoughts? You must think big, for the size of your belief is directly proportional to the size of your success. If you think pennies, you create pennies. If you think dollars, you create dollars. Likewise, if you focus on what is lacking in your life, you'll attract more of it. It's just as easy to have big plans and dreams as it is to have small ones. Donald Trump once said, "If I'm going to be thinking anyway, I may as well think BIG!"

2. The people you interact with most determine a large percentage of your success.

Who are the people you spend the most time with? What about their success goals and values? Do they even have any? Start surrounding yourself with successful, positive people. Join a mastermind group. You'll find success-minded people at business and personal development seminars. Their energy and enthusiasm is contagious and you'll learn much from them.

3. The books you read can help or hinder your success.

Replace the murder mystery and romance novels with books that help you develop personal and professional success skills. The best times to read are immediately upon waking and just before bedtime. Your subconscious mind is most open to suggestion at these times. Read inspirational literature or books related to the field you are passionate about.

If you're not much of a book reader, listen to motivational CDs in your car. The average person spends between 500 to 1,000 hours per year in their car. Listening to motivational CDs while driving also will make you a happier, calmer driver. That benefits everyone!

4. Celebrate your successes.

Whether your accomplishments are small or large, make sure to celebrate them. As children, we are receptive to receiving rewards for our accomplishments. As we grow older, we tend to move from each goal achievement to the next desired goal on our list, without acknowledging and celebrating our successes. This type of pattern diminishes our motivation to succeed. Re-activate your motivation by stopping to celebrate every one of your accomplishments. The bigger the accomplishment, the bigger the celebration.

The type of person who succeeds is one who wants more money, more freedom and a greater lifestyle, but also is willing to do whatever it takes to achieve their dreams. If you're going to be successful, you must have the desire to succeed. So, get on that train! Have you purchased your train ticket yet?

Click here for previous articles by Colleen (Steigerwald) Holloway, LMT.


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