21 Success Principles to Unleash the Leader in You and Achieve Greatness in Your Life

By M.S. Rao

When it comes to success, whether in life and career, there is no one-size-fits-all formula to achieve your desired greatness. But one of the tried and tested techniques to reach optimum level of your potential is creating your own blueprint of success, which includes building your character and self-efficacy. This article will tackle the 21 bricks needed for a strong foundation of success and resiliency of one’s psyche.

“Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it and I shall move the world.” Archimedes

Do you know what makes some people stand out from others? Do you know what habits are essential to achieve greatness in your life? Do you know why some leaders stand taller beyond their lifetime? The answer to all these questions is that they possess some unique habits and adopt unconventional approaches and practices. In fact, there is a pattern of unique habits that convert ordinary individuals into extraordinary individuals, and extraordinary individuals into inspiring individuals. When you understand and apply them, you can unlock your hidden potential to achieve greatness in your life. Here is a distilled list of habits, tools, and techniques to help you stand out:

1. Be an Early Riser: Rise early in the morning as it is the time that the human mind is highly productive and creative with fresh thoughts. It is like starting on a clean slate. You find total tranquility and peace in the morning. You don’t find any distractions; hence, you can concentrate well. It helps schedule your activities to roll out effectively as you have a fixed time at your disposal.

Invest your time on maintaining your health, because if you are healthy, you can surpass any kind of challenges in your life with flying colors.

2. Exercise Regularly: Do exercises regularly. Invest your time to go to gym or go for a walk or do meditation. You must burn calories during your walk to energise your body. It can elevate your body with new spirits and you can fill your mind with new ideas and thoughts during exercise. A regular physical activity maintains good appetite, ensures free motion, and provides sound sleep – these three are the symptoms of good health. Invest your time on maintaining your health, because if you are healthy, you can surpass any kind of challenges in your life with flying colors.

3. Follow your Heart: Find out your passions and follow them. Unfortunately, some people follow others’ passions and they fail miserably. You must find out your strengths and concerns – capitalise on your capabilities and overcome your fears to achieve big in life. Passion can take you to greater heights of success. When you work within your passionate areas, you will not know how you spent your time and life because your work doesn’t become boring, rather, it becomes inspiring thus getting the best out of it. There are some people who chase money, ignoring their passions and they fail in the end. The truth is that when you follow your passion, the money will follow you automatically. The noted author and speaker, Wayne Dyer rightly remarked, “When I chased after money, I never had enough. When I got my life on purpose and focused on giving of myself and everything that arrived into my life, then I was prosperous.” Remember to follow two things in your life – choose the career of your choice and marry the spouse of your choice. When you choose the right career, you will enjoy doing your work and excel professionally. When you marry the spouse of your choice, you will enjoy your personal and social life. In this way, you can enjoy your personal, professional, and social life.

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About the Author

Professor M.S. Rao, Ph.D. ([email protected]) is an International Leadership Guru, C-Suite advisor, and a sought after keynote speaker globally with 38 years of experience. He is the Father of “Soft Leadership” and founder of MSR Leadership Consultants, India. He has authored over 45 books including the award-winning ‘21 Success Sutras for CEOs’, and most of his works can be read through his blog professormsraovision2030.blogspot.com. He is an advocate of global gender equality and is passionate about serving and making a difference in the lives of others. He coined the innovative teaching tool – Meka’s Method; leadership training tool – 11E Leadership Grid; and leadership learning tool –Soft Leadership Grid.


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