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Can you believe the year is already halfway over?  As we embark on the second half, my hope is that you are choosing to make 2019 your most successful year yet!  Success in life is no accident, it is a choice.  My definition of success will vary from your definition of success – the key here is to have a definition!  The following are 7 fundamentals that can be applied to any definition of success, and can help you take the steps to your better future.

Emotional Intelligence

This term essentially defines our ability to put ourselves in the other person’s shoes.  We can better demonstrate empathy when we see from the perspective of the people we interact with everyday.  I believe this to be the most important quality we can develop.  We interact with people every single day – being able to connect with those people emotionally will help you lead a more satisfying life and you will have more friends to boot!

Written Goals

In order to achieve your dreams and attract success, you must have a plan.  Goals that are clearly written, time-bound, regularly reviewed, and inspiring will have you up early and staying up late in their pursuit.  It has been said that only 3% of Americans have written goals.  What a tragedy!  You can choose to be a “3 percenter”.


You will not do well if you don’t feel well.  It is that simple.  A successful life puts health and well-being on the list of daily priorities.  This does not mean we should all be triathletes.  It is to say that we should strive every day to make choices that will not have adverse effects on us long-term.  What we do today from a health perspective will absolutely impact our health in the years to come.


We must be producers and not takers.  Success is not achievable without producing value.  This could be for work, family, or charity.  The bottom line is that productivity is a must to be successful.

Continuous Learning

The best investment you will ever make is the investment in developing yourself.  This could be through books, seminars, classes, blogs, etc.  This should be a key part of your goals and personal growth strategy.  Focus on your current career or the career you aspire to have.  Life-long learning is key to a life of success.


Family, career, community, health, personal growth, mental training, and networking all take time.  If our lives are not balanced between and among our priorities, we can not achieve a life of success.  When you are at work, be at work and when you are at home, be at home.  Easier said than done but understanding the need and making the choices that get you closer to equilibrium will make a major difference for you and the people that depend on you.


What is your philosophy?  Do you have a positive disposition?  Studies have shown that people with positive dispositions out-live their peers by 7.5 years!  Take the time to develop a philosophy for your life.  Keep a journal that will allow you to reflect and document your unique philosophy.

Life is a series of choices. The choices you make are completely up to you and nobody else.  Take control of your life and start living a life of success!

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