This may come as a shock to you, but most people really don’t want to change. Just give them a beer, point them toward the sofa and give them the television remote. They will continue to complacently live out their lives. Most people are much too busy earning a living to become financially free. They spend the majority of their time focused on what they don’t have and what they don’t want, instead of focusing on what they want in their lives.

If you want to become successful, if you want to become financially free, you have to take action to change, otherwise there will always be somebody telling you how to run your life, making you feel insecure and doubtful. I know people, as I’m sure you do, who go to work every day to a job that they hate. They hate what they earn and/or what they do, but they stay because they feel they have no other choice. They justify their position by calling it job security. But what they don’t realize is that there’s no security in a job! It’s called prolonged poverty in my book! It’s like living in a place you hate but you’re afraid to move because of your job. Then you lose your job and can’t afford to move, so you look for another insecure position that will keep you in the place you hate. That’s a sort of insanity, don’t you think?

What would I say to a person in that position? If you want to get better, you have to be bold. You have to make a decision to do something differently. Stop working for someone else’s goals and dreams and make a decision to start working for your own. So, the next time you catch yourself saying, “I have no choice,” stop and ask yourself if that’s really true. The more you make choices that move you in the direction of your objective, the faster you will arrive there.

What do you really want?
Are you like most everyone who is obsessed with success, with having more money, more things, and better futures for themselves and their family?
Are you intrigued by the top companies: success stories of rags to riches, who’s the coolest, the hottest, the richest, the boldest?
Are you just dreaming about success or standing on the sidelines observing other people’s successes?
Do you justify why you aren’t successful?
Do you want to be rich? Do you want to retire wealthy?

Most people have never defined what success would be for them, and they’ve never made a decision to have it. And that’s the only reason! The most important question that you can ask yourself is, “Have I defined what success means to me…or am I just working for someone else’s success and letting them define my level of success?” How you answer that question can change your life.

Define what success means to you:
Do you consider yourself a successful person?
Do you think that others consider you successful?
Do you have a success role model? If so, which of their attributes do you most admire…courage, personality, resourcefulness, self-confidence?
Can you see any of these qualities in yourself?
What is your definition of success?
What behaviors, beliefs or attitudes would you need to change to have success on your own terms?
What one step could you take that would move you in the right direction?
Do you live your life on your own terms? Are you able to do what you want to do when you want to do it.

Now … make a firm, unshakable, decision to be successful!

Coming in for a landing …
It is absolutely essential to have a crystal clear picture of what you want to accomplish before you begin. You must learn to operate with a sharply defined mental image of the outcome you want to attain. Focus your attention on the spot where you want to land, not on where you are now, or on any misconceptions or shortcomings you may think you have. In other words visualize your arrival and you’ll develop a sort of magnetic harmony with the ways and means required to get there. You’ll attract the people and circumstances needed to get you where you want to go. Solutions will begin to appear and obstacles will seem to disappear. Answers will come to you. People will show up to support you in your endeavor.

Look at your end result as something are already prepared to do, you just haven’t done it yet. You have the potential, and the resources are available for you to have anything you want. The only thing missing is your firm, unshakable decision.

Go with the flow!
Your success is something that you have been preventing; it’s not something you have to struggle to make happen. You can’t force anything into existence. All you can do is step out of the way and let it happen. The key is to not let fear, or doubt, other people, or mind chatter stop you. You’ll find the solutions taking you toward your goals will come to you in the most unexpected and sudden ways.

You don’t need the perfect plan first. What you need is a perfectly clear decision about your success, and the ideal way to get you there will materialize. You can’t get all the answers up front. The success formula doesn’t involve getting everything neatly organized, with everything in its proper place and sequence and all the risks eliminated before you make the move. If you want to be a successful entrepreneur you have to sometimes shoot from the hip, going into new territory and charting the map as you go.

Be willing to cope with confusion for a while, and shape your plan as you go. Allow some disorder, and then create order out of it. If you get too detailed in the beginning you’ll find yourself worrying over potential problems and non-productive details, instead of what’s really important - getting the job done. Get a target point - then take action!

What sets us apart from the other species of animals on the planet is our ability to imagine. Your true greatness lies within your imagination. Decide what you want, make a commitment to have it, and then imagine it into existence. Don’t think outside the box; don’t ever get in the box!

The world you perceive is the world you will create. And the world you create is limited only by your imagination and your conviction. Create your vision. And then stand back as your conviction decides the quality of your life and your degree of success!

* From Jim’s best Selling Book, “Do This. Get Rich!”

Author's Bio: 

Jim Britt, entrepreneur, author, speaker, and peak performance specialist, is a seasoned organizational executive, a noted success counselor, and an internationally recognized leader in the field of personal-empowerment and peak performance training.

He is author of numerous best selling books and programs including, “Rings of Truth,” “Unleashing Your Authentic Power,” “The Power of Letting Go,” “Freedom,” “Money, How to Earn it, How to Make it Grow,” “Do This. Get Rich-For the Entrepreneur” and his latest, “Do This. Get Rich-For the Network Marketer.”

Throughout the World Jim has shared his business success principles and life enhancing realizations with thousands of audiences, totaling over 1,000,000 people from all walks of life.