Sherry A. Phillips

Suspense Author

The Seventeen Success Principles

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I am once again reading “Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude.” I love this book almost as much as I love Dr. Norman Vincent Peale’s “The Power of Positive Thinking.”

The book is filled with amazing stories of triumph over adversity and using your God-given power to make a better life for yourself.

I have been taking a closer look at my own life lately and realize that although I have cherished being a stay-at-home mom for the last 16 years, it is time for me to step out and make my own career. While I have always been a positive thinker, I have not always had a clear-set goal in mind other than to be there for my children. As anyone who follows success principles knows, if you don’t have a defined goal and a plan to reach it, you’ll sit in the same place spinning your wheels.

I got tired of spinning my wheels.

Anyway, what I learned today from rereading the Success Principles outlined in the book are:

1. A Positive Mental Attitude

The book outlines that each person has his own talisman: One side is marked PMA (positive mental attitude) and the other NMA (negative mental attitude). Be sure to keep your talisman flipped to PMA at all times. NMA never got anyone anywhere they wanted to be.

2. Definiteness of Purpose

Know exactly what you want. Without this one particular law or principle, the rest won’t work. It needs to be specific and not just “I want more money.”

3. Going the Extra Mile

Be prepared to do what others are not willing to do. I have started writing novels again and to get it done, I’m getting up at 4:30 every morning. Are you willing to go the extra mile?

4. Accurate Thinking

Don’t self-talk yourself out of successful positive thinking. Don’t fill your mind with untruths.

5. Self-Discipline

Success in any endeavor takes discipline. When you think of an Olympic athlete, they have trained their entire lives to make that team. They give up friends, social activities, junk food and their time in their quest to be the best. That takes discipline.

6. The Master Mind

Find a group who will help you in your pursuits. This can be friends, family or business associates. Make sure they all have PMA’s as well.

7. Applied Faith

Have faith in God. He will provide the answers and the guidance you need. Trust Him.

8. A Pleasing Personality

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “You can catch more bees with honey than with vinegar.” It’s an oldie but a goodie! It’s good and it’s been around for a long time because it’s true. No one likes to hang around a negative person. Stay positive, happy and friendly.

9. Personal Initiative

Don’t wait around for someone else to tell you what to do. You must do the work and figure out how to get what it is you want. Obviously you can ask for help when you need it, but you cannot wait around for someone else to get you what your heart desires. Trust me, I’ve figured this one out the hard way. I call it the Cinderella complex where you keep waiting for Prince Charming to swoop in and make everything perfect. Be your own “Prince Charming.”

10. Enthusiasm

Be enthusiastic! Even if you hate what you’re doing now, look at it with a PMA and do your job with enthusiasm until you can do what you want.

11. Controlled Attention

Stay focused!

12. Teamwork

Work with others and be willing to help others achieve their goals. We are on this earth to work together and love one another.

13. Learning from Defeat

Anyone who is starting something new, will encounter defeat. It’s like learning to ride a bike. You fall down, you get back up, figure out why you fell, fix it and move on! Learn from your mistakes and don’t quit!

14. Creative Vision

When you encounter a problem, think outside the box. There is more than one way to solve a problem. Use the creative mind God gave you to come up with solutions for your problems and a unique way to reach your destination.

15. Budgeting Time and Money

This is particularly tricky because we live in a “give me something now” environment. We want things instantly. We waste time on unimportant things. We tell ourselves we don’t have time for exercise. We don’t have time to write or paint or do something we want to do. You do have time. By getting up at 4:30 every morning, I found 2 extra hours in my day. You can too.

16. Maintaining Sound Physical and Mental Health

Again, don’t talk in negatives to yourself and take care of your body. This includes eating right and exercising. I like running (which I never thought I’d say!). Find an activity you enjoy, even if it’s walking 30 minutes a day and stick to it.

17. Using Cosmic Habit Force

I think this means get in the habit of working toward your goals. I get up every morning and run. It’s now become a habit for me. There are some “rest” days where I walk, but even during my walk, I will run some of the time because running has become a habit. Form good habits for yourself and you will be amazed at the results.

As I learn more about each of these steps, I will write in more detail about them on the blog. I can tell you that I have seen first-hand how not having a defined purpose backed by discipline, going the extra mile and perseverance can harm your progress.

I will endeavor to adhere to all 17 of these success principles for myself in pursuit of my goals. I hope you will do the same.

Have you tried living by the success principles and if so, how have they worked for you?

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