What are the rules of success?
Rule #1: Define success for yourself … everything else is bullsh-t
Plain and simple.
The first rule of success is that you must create your own definition of success.
It doesn’t matter what you want to do or how you want to do it (so long as it’s in the realm of ethics). Success is outcome you want to achieve in your life.
If you don’t want a 7-figure business, fast cars, and models on a yacht that’s fine, do your own thing.
If you do want that, then by all means, go for it.
Ultimately success is being able to do the things you want to do, when you want to do them, with whom you want to do them.
Define it for yourself and realize that everything your friends, family, and society has told you is b.s.
Rule #2: Sustained success requires sustained energy (aka health)
All greatness requires one thing … Energy.
If you don’t have the energy to wake up early, pull long hours, and think on your feet, you won’t be successful … Period.
The first step that you must take on your path to success is mastering your energy.
Exercise daily, sleep 8+ hours, eat clean and healthy foods.
This is the first step to productivity and success.
Rule #3: Show me your friends and I’ll show you your future
Who you spend time with is who you will become.
If you spend time with great people who are on a mission and regularly achieve big goals, you’ll become one of them.
If you spend time with losers who have no work ethic, motivation, or ambition, you will become one of them.
So make your choice.
But choose wisely.
Rule #4: Operate from an abundance mindset
There are only two mindsets you can have in any given situation, abundance or scarcity.
When you’re operating from an abundance mindset you believe that there is plenty to go around and that you can achieve your dreams without screwing over the world.
For example …
Abundance Mindset: Wow! There are a lot of people at this party. I’m sure I can find a beautiful girl/guy to go him with.
Scarcity Mindset: Wow! There are a lot of people at this party. I don’t stand a chance against men/women like this.
Abundance Mindset: Wow! There are so many new businesses being started. It’s awesome because there’s more economic growth and an opportunity for me to achieve my dreams.
Scarcity Mindset: Wow! There are so many new businesses being started. I don’t stand a chance against the competition.
Do you catch my drift?
When you operate from abundance you will see and attract opportunities where others only see and attract obstacles.
Rule #5: Express gratitude for what you already have
Your life is amazing.
I don’t care if you believe me or not … It is.
The fact that you can read this answer right now proves this.
If you’d been born 200 years ago, you would have no access to reliable health care, a slim chance of rising out of your socioeconomic status, and very few options when it comes to business and mate selection.
2018 is a year of opportunity and abundance.
I don’t care how hard things are for you right now you have something to be grateful for.
So express it on a daily basis and watch the magic unfold.
Rule #6: Be present and enjoy the moment
Most ambitious and driven people are future focused.
They spend most of their time thinking about what they want and how they will get it.
This is great …
But it comes at a cost.
When you are living in the past or the future you are not present. You are not truly alive and you are not experiencing THIS moment.
To live fully you must embrace the present.
Have a plan for the future, learn from your past, but live in the present.
I like to say that life should be lived 80% in the present moment, 10% in the past, and 10% in the future.
The more present you are, the more you will enjoy life and the more opportunities will come your way.
Rule #7: Take action
Without action you have nothing.
You can read all the books, ask all the questions, attend all the seminars and it will all be in vain if you don’t act on what you’ve learned.
The ultimate rule of success is that it requires action.
Screw the Secret!
Taking action is the ONLY way to get the life of your dreams.
So shut this tab out and go do what you need to do.
This post first appeared on Quora.