For some success means making a lot of money for others it might mean reaching a goal and for another it might mean reaching one’s full potential or attaining peace of mind. No matter how you define success, the 13 keys will bring you closer to your picture of what success is.
What is it?

For our purpose, let’s define it as the favorable outcome of an action.
It is the process of growth, development, improvement and getting better.

Why be concerned with it?
To live successfully one must know peace of mind. One must feel good about them selves. The thirteen suggested steps, taken each day, will open the doors to feeling really good about yourself and thereby open all the channels for your success, prosperity and good to pour in.

Thomas A. Edison:
“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”

How to attain success

Here are the thirteen keys or steps to successful living.
1. Plan tomorrow’s work - at the end of each day take a moment to plan your work for tomorrow. Plan only what you can easily accomplish. Too many people over plan which sets then up to fail.
2. Review your day - while planning for tomorrow is important, it is equally important to review this day. Note the accomplishments and the areas where you fell short. This is a perfect time to write in a journal. It is not a time of self recrimination it is simply a time of reflection and evaluation. Be kind to yourself
3. Keep your voice down - Shouting and raised voices never accomplished anything. Train yourself to speak gently and calmly. It will calm and gentle you.
4. Train yourself to write coherently - Take the time to write whatever you write neatly and coherently. Slow down long enough to do it right. This too has a steading effect on your whole being.
5. Keep your sense of humor no matter what. Finding humor in life is one of the most powerful success keys. Try to laugh at yourself at least once before ten o’clock. Humor is directed at your self or the situation, never at someone else’s expense.
6. Defend those who are absent. Gossip is the worst form of mean spirited activity. By defending those who are absent, you help build your own character. Don’t participate even briefly in tearing someone else down. By such activity, you do yourself more harm than you can imagine.
7. Don’t cry over spilt milk. Let the past go. What has happened has happened so release it. Keep your thoughts on positive now things. Waste no time on things you cannot change.
8. Do one thing well - If you do one thing well each day you’ll be amazed at what you have accomplished in one week. Complete one task each day and do it to the best of your ability. This is powerful stuff.
9. Use you company manners at home - Your family deserves your best. Don’t save up pleasant cheery attitudes for company. Treat your family like royalty. It pays off with fantastic relationships.
10. Stay neat and orderly - Get rid of stuff you don’t use. Keep your office, the closet, garage in order. By so doing you’ll find order in your mental and spiritual life as well. Let go the junk. All of it.
11. Do something kind for someone else - A smile, a compliment, an acknowledgment can make the day for a stranger. Stop ignoring the wait people in your life. A kind word can make their day and guarantee you a better day as well.
12. Read and meditate every day - Take time each day for meditation and spiritual reading. The successes you have will multiply accordingly.
13. Keep your thoughts positive. There is no place in the successful life for negativity. Turn away negative thinking immediately. Consciously monitor your thoughts.

Bill Cosby:
“I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.”

If you will practice these thirteen steps every day for just seven days. You’ll be amazed at the miracles that happen in your life.
Try it for seven days, then seven more, then seven more and soon they become habits. A successful way to live.

George Sheehan:
“Success means having the courage, the determination and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be.”

Mark Caine:
“The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself.”

Enjoy the journey.

Copyright © Wee Dilts 2009

Author's Bio: 

Wee Dilts is a teacher, counselor, psychologist and a life long student and teacher of metaphysic. She has written numerous self help articles, ebooks and sales training courses. She is dedicated to helping you live a richer fuller life. Get life changing free articles, view self help ebooks, and profit as an affiliate.