7 Rules for Success

"Be the change
you want to see."

What type of person do you aspire to become? Envision yourself as the person you hope to become. Set this vision as your goal and strive to achieve it. It is important to encourage and motivate yourself, such as by telling yourself "You can do it!" or "You made it!" in the process of clearing the tasks you have set for yourself to accomplish one by one. It is essential that you make a promise to yourself to improve your self-image. Enhancing your personal image will give you greater self-confidence. Confidence means to believe in yourself. This belief is built by staying true to your own goals and commitments.

"Promise to oneself." This is the creating of small tasks and completing them one by one to achieve your main goal. Decide on the things you want to do and aim to finish them. You will soon be able to see the version of you that you want to become. The truth is, less that 20% of people in this world have found their true purpose in life. They live without a clear goal or purpose. And before they know it, in three years' time, they have not gotten anywhere in life, merely passing time as it is. You wouldn't want to end up in such state, right? So then begin envisioning yourself as "the one who has achieved success".


"If you want to win,
meet the winners."

The high school where I used to work as a physical education teacher had an extremely weak track and field club. It had not participated in any prefectural tournaments for the last 20 years. "Learn from the Winners." Not only did I train under a great coach in a strong team and learned coaching methods from him, I also arranged for my team members to have practice sessions together with athletes from other stronger teams. This really inspired us, and our dream of participating in the prefectural tournament, regional tournament, and national athletics meet came true little by little.

Winners are regarded as"role models" in business books. Simply speaking, they are our "example to life." Connect with individuals who have achieved success, communicate with them and understand their ways of life. If you can empathize with their thought patterns, you will discover information and methods that can help you become the person you hope to be. Winners are indeed those who have succeeded in their lives and businesses; they have turned their passions into their jobs—which is something everyone dreams of and aspires to do. Many of these individuals may seem out-of-reach, and are perhaps even living in an entirely different country.
Nevertheless, you should remain positive." Don't be discouraged by factors such as "distance," "time," "cost," and "language difference." No one will turn you away if you show your sincerity. If one person refuses to see you, you can move on to the next. Learning It is always good to learn from someone else's example and gain new insights from other individuals. That is the shortest way.


"Don't look at things
in their entirety.
Factorize them."

Have you met your role model? When you learn from your role model, you will slowly grasp how not to view things in their entirety. You can learn about them as a person, what methods they adopted, and how they succeeded. Break down and factorize these elements. Apply what you have learnt from your role model into your own actions. In the process, you can find out what is missing from your own life and immerse yourself in working towards achieving them, and you will be able to follow the path to success.

Taking sports as an example: even if the goals and rules of sports are straightforward, victory is not guaranteed by merely running as fast or hard as you can in a race. The act of "Running" can be divided into five elements: "starting technique,""smooth acceleration to reach the maximum speed" "maintaining maximum speed," and "keeping speed till the goal." To increase one's running speed by even 0.1 seconds, it is necessary to be well-trained in every single element, overcoming each challenge on by one. Factorize it.

By breaking things down into smaller details, it becomes clear what you need to work on. Anyone can accomplish anything once the objective is clear. And then all you'll need to do it train yourself continuously and learn from the experience. At the end of everything, applaud yourself. Recognizing your own efforts will raise your self-esteem and image.


"Success only comes
from success."

Not everyone feels confident right from the start. A lack of confidence may become even more apparent when one feels that one lacks "accomplishments". But even small successes can be remarkable. Self-assurance and recognition can help you gain more confidence and improve your self-image. If you have a low self-esteem, it is difficult to set higher goals and create a vision for yourself.

The person who claims that "I don't have a dream" also lacks confidence. Do you think it is possible to succeed without having a vision of success?
Every time you complete a small task, you need to praise yourself and acknowledge your accomplishments. "Improving your self-image" and "Enhancing your own vision" are two parts of a whole. It is not wise to set for yourself tasks that are not feasible or practical. Self-approval can assurance can encourage and motivate you. It can even grant you confidence and ability to "portray your dreams".

Pile up "small successes." Your desire for success will definitely materialize from these small successes. "Even I can do it." This feeling is the driving force and motivation behind one's desire for success. Your future will surely turn out to be just as you have visualized.


"Managing your own

Your motivation to work is largely affected by your emotions. If you have an absolute desire to become "the person you want to be", you will continuously aim for that one desire. People tend to look forward to experiencing emotions of pride and joy, and this drives them to remain motivated.

Even when you are working on one small task,allow these emotions to be part of your achievements upon reaching your goal. Imagine how you would feel when your visions have been realized, and focus on these emotions throughout, until you accomplish what you had set out to do. Your aspirations for success, coupled with these emotions, would fuel your commitment to achieving your desires.

You can determine your own emotions and their outcomes. If you hold on to a pessimistic attitude, your negative feelings may become your obstacles.
Happiness, confidence, and contentment—immerse yourself in such emotions as you work towards your goals. The skill to "create" your own emotions is imperative to business and everyday life. This sums it all up.


"Determine what is

Sometimes it is important to take a step back and reflect on the work you have done. Reviewing helps you to decide on your next move, as you would be able to organize your thoughts, vision, and strategy. Instead of taking on all the workload, it may be more effective to delegate tasks to others around you. Instead of taking on all the workload, it may be more effective to delegate tasks to others around you. Share the workload with others who capable of helping you. There will always be competent individuals around you.

At the same time, cultivate for yourself a skill which others can rely on when they need your help. This will help you determine the things that you need to do and those you do not need to do. on your own. Is your daily schedule so hectic that it is packed from the morning all the way till evenings? Have you been frantically working without a break even when you feel exhausted? Do you often find yourself taking up any work or request that comes along your way? Is that truly how you would like your life to be? Hard work alone is not sustainable in the long-term. Ichiro Suzuki, a well-known baseball player, was the world's most hardworking athlete when he was an elementary school student. What has he been up to recently though? He has begun placing greater importance on nutrition and rest, not forgetting mental imagery training to maintain his skills. In order to "give a 120% of one's effort" in the most crucial times, one needs to prioritize certain tasks over others. In order to not blindly go with the flow, you need to have have the courage to take the time to organize your thoughts, visions, and strategies.


"Give it your all!"

It was customary for my family to make a trip to Disneyland, during the Golden Week holidays in Japan, the moment when the children were old enough to be socially-aware of their surroundings. Popular guides to enjoying Disneyland are based on how you can efficiently ride as many attractions as possible in the morning upon arrival. As the head of the family, I made a reservation as one of the hotels there six months in advance and began queuing to enter Disneyland at 5.30am. As soon as the gates opened, I presented the tickets for all four of my family members and then ran to purchase a FASTPASS for the "Buzz Lightyear Astro-Blasters" ride, while my kids went to ride on the "Big Thunder Mountain"; after which re-convened at the "Splash Mountain". We took a family photo, all of us assuming the same pose, as we went down the waterfall slide at the "Splash Mountain". Upon ending the ride, I immediately ran to get FASTPASS for the "Space Mountain" ride. I even made sure to arrive at the parade spot an hour early to secure a front row view, when my kids said they wanted to watch it.

As I am usually too busy to spend quality time with my family, I made sure to give them my best during our Disneyland trip. Even after returning home from the trip, my kids would remember the effort I had put in, and say to me, "Good Luck, Daddy!", whenever they saw me struggling with work. LOL. The worst thing I could do at a holiday was to still have thoughts of work at the back of my mind. The very act of "giving my all" encourages me to fully concentrate on the present. Doing so will surely yield positive results.

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