By Wayne Schoeneberg, a Certified Professional Coach
Rubbing shoulders with successful people has demonstrated that they all share certain characteristics. There are six traits that all successful people have in common, and they serve as drivers to success. Some of those people came by the traits naturally, while others learned the traits one at a time from various sources. Now they are all right here.
You can P.A.M.P.E.R. your way to success if you incorporate these Six Pillars of Personal Power into your daily routine.
PURPOSE: It may take a while for you to come to grips with this, but you probably do not have some grand purpose in life.
Get away from the idea of a grand purpose and start concentrating on those things that really matter. Call this your daily purpose. What does your heart desire? Who do you really want to be?
Once you start to explore those questions the vision of your daily purpose will come clear. What is most important to you?
Take a look at where you are in your career. What is it that people applaud about your efforts? What part of your job really makes you stand out? Keep an open mind and you will find that your purpose may soon reveal itself to you.
Look at yourself and your life. That is where you will find all the purpose you need to achieve fulfillment. Do your best each day to be the best you that you can be. There is hardly a better purpose than that.
ATTITUDE: With the right attitude you can turn all your goals into accomplishments. It all comes down to faith. You have to believe. You have to believe that you are destined to live out your dreams. If you have that faith in yourself, you are on the right road.
Wake up each morning with an attitude that tells you there are treasures for you to discover. Rather than dwell on the problems you see, turn your attention to the good things that await you. Do this and you have what is called an “opportunity outlook.” Rather than think about things you have to do, think about things you get to do.
Do you have a job? You don’t have to go to that job. You get to go to that job. There is someone out there who would take that job if you don’t want it. Once you change your thought pattern from “have to” to “get to,” you are going to find more opportunities in every aspect of your life.
MODELING/MENTORING: Successful people model themselves after other successful people. You should do the same. It is quite simple. Kids do it all the time. There isn’t a young basketball player who does not want to be like LeBron James. They watch what he does and try to repeat it.
Find someone who has what you want. Study that person. Watch how they behave, what they read, how they dress. You do not have to invent a new way of doing something. All you have to do is learn what they do and then try to improve on it. Do it better, do it smarter. Their success can be your success.
The next step to success is to share the knowledge. Find someone to mentor. Help another person achieve his or her goals and you will be rewarded over and over again. Do it with enthusiasm and that person will tell the world how smart and helpful you are. That’s the best advertising you can get. Soon, people will be coming to you for advice and counsel.
PASSION: Everybody has a passion. Your passion makes up a big part of who you are. Your passion is that thing that you would do for free. When you are pursuing your passion, time means nothing. You are in a joyful state.
Take an inventory of your dreams. Identify your passion — then honor it. Your passion may never allow you to earn an income. That does not mean you should put it out of your life. Your career does not have to be your passion.
Just make sure you make time for your passion. Go deep into it. You can be assured that by pursuing your passion all other aspects of your life will be enhanced. Success follows happiness.
ETHICS: Real success requires that you be ethical in all you do. Ethics is a measure of what you think about yourself and others. Honesty in your relationships with your co-workers, employer or employees is an absolute requirement for success. Your reputation as an ethical person will either help you or destroy you. Nobody wants to do business with someone who cannot be trusted. As tempting as it may be to “look the other way,” or do something “just this one time” you have to “just say ‘No.’”
You will never have peace in your life if you let your ethical standards slip. A lie or act of dishonesty will follow you for the rest of your life and you will regret it.
Treat your reputation for ethics like it is the keystone to your success. It is.
RESPECT: Respect begins when you look in the mirror. If you do not respect what you see, start there to make changes.
Start with your appearance and build out from there. It sounds so simple but everyone knows that there are people who ignore this very important facet of success.
Look your best every day. If you work from home, put on clothes that reflect the type of person you want to be (remember modeling, above).
Respect is more than what you show to others. It begins with respecting yourself first.
Respect can only be earned. While you want to show common courtesy to everyone, you will notice that you will only respect them after they have earned that privilege. The same goes for you.
Learn to respect yourself, show respect to others and you will earn the respect you deserve.
Now you have the tested formula for success.
Make these attributes part of who you are. Use them, each of them, daily. P.A.M.P.E.R. yourself. You deserve success.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Wayne Schoeneberg is a Certified Professional Coach, a dynamic speaker and bestselling author of No Clients? No Job? No Problem! With his distinct perspective on the influence of fear, Wayne’s inspiring message instills in his audience the courage to be confident, and provides them with the tools to become the architects of their own success. For more information on hiring Wayne Schoeneberg, or to purchase his book, please visit www.LiveBeyondFear.com.