4 Essential Ingredients to Success

By Natalie Ledwell

Many people are going to disagree with me on this, but I’ll say it anyway:

Hard work is NOT always an essential ingredient for financial, professional and personal success.

The truth is, most of us have been taught, since a very young age, that if we work really, really hard, then everything else will fall into place.

Now does it help?

Often yes, (if you’re able to sustain the hard work without burning out).

However, if you think about it, there would be many more successful people on earth if working hard was the most important thing.

When you observe the world’s most successful people, you’ll notice they have a few other tricks up their sleeves.

Here are 4 essential (and often overlooked) ingredients to success that are each as important – if not more important – as hard work:

1. Purpose

So you have clarity on WHAT your main goal in life is…

But are you aware of WHY you want to achieve it?

A lack of purpose can often be the only thing holding you back from success.

Because when you’re not invested in the REASON you’re working towards a goal, there’s little to shield you from inevitable distractions and demotivation.

So next time you set a goal, either figure out how it aligns with your unique purpose in life – or decide on a new purpose you can aspire to.

2. Passion

It’s in our programming to keep doing things that give us joy and fulfillment – and your personal and career goals should reflect this.

Of course, many people don’t know what their passion is, and in some cases, passions can even shift or disappear.

So if you’re chasing a long-term goal, it’s important to know how to follow your gut, and put in the effort to find and sustain the passion in what you’re doing.

3. Self-Determination

Vince Lombardi once said, “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.”

When you have self-determination, you are owning your personal power and freedom of choice.

Self-determination comes from your inner strength and courage, and it helps you strengthen your internal beliefs so you can take on challenges and changes in life with ease.

4. Confidence

When you have a clear vision of what you want, and complete confidence that you can achieve it, your mental blocks are easier to dissolve.

If you lack confidence in yourself and if you’re not 100% sure you can achieve your dreams, then you’ll most likely keep finding excuses and procrastinating out of fear.

Remember what Napoleon Hill said:

“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”

To Motivate Yourself to Success

Then once you get going, you need to keep up your level of motivation. I’ve noticed an alarming pattern among my students lately…

I’ve been getting emails saying they usually feel very excited when they’re about to start a project or when they’re about to do something for the first time…

But after a while, it seems like motivation and passion washes away…

So they ask, “How can I maintain the same level of motivation I have in the beginning, all the way until I complete my goals successfully?”

You see, although there may be certain situations or challenges that cause  
you to lose motivation, confidence or hope, it’s important to realize that the only person responsible for your self-motivation is YOU.

If this sounds familiar, and if you’ve also been struggling to keep up the excitement and passion required to achieve your goals throughout your journey… then I highly recommend you practice daily positive affirmations to keep you on track!

Here are 10 Affirmations to Keep Yourself Motivated for Success:

1. I take charge of my life by taking positive action to improve it.
2. I back all my commitments with purposeful action.
3. Each and every day I stretch my comfort zone a little further.
4. I have the courage to make positive changes in my life.
5. I draw opportunities towards me.
6. I know what I want in life and I am dedicated to achieving it.
7. I am dedicated to staying positive no matter what.
8. I can focus my attention at will.
9. I am transforming myself into the person I dream of becoming.
10. My potential is limitless!

For the best results, I encourage you to say these affirmations out loud right after you wake up (since you’re still in Theta, or deep relaxation state) and then once again at night before going to bed.

About the Author

Natalie Ledwell is a Law of Attraction expert, bestselling author and speaker. She also hosts an online TV Show, The Inspiration Show, and is a co-founder of the personal development company, Mind Movies, which offers online courses and coaching programs. Natalie is passionate about helping others to achieve their greatest dreams and ambitions through personal transformation.




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