We read and hear about successful people all the time, so how do they do it? How is it they achieved their measure of success? When we study them we find they are people just like everyone else, the difference being they figured out how to live with contentment and piece of mind, and knowing money alone is not the harbinger of success. If we were to be given a million dollars, and the caveat being we only have one day to live. How many amongst us would take the offer? The secrets, apparently, have been here all along. Time is certainly invaluable we know for a fact because we only have so much of it, and if we are to look at it literally, we only have the right now, proving, in reality we do not have it at all.

One of the first steps towards living a successful life is having the intention. When we actually find our goal in life and where we would like to see our selves in a certain amount time, being a month from now or a year or several years, we can then start our selves on this road we have chosen. With intention in hand we now look around us with a renewed vigor and see what opportunities are around us, ideas can spring to mind, and it is with these ideas and pictures in our minds, we can then see our future. The best ideas are how to help someone ease their burden, so in business, when we find out how to help others, we start seeing results ourselves.

When we see how to fulfill a need in our community with the combination of ideas, and our time and energy applied, passive income is created. Doing something because we can, not for the money ultimately brings in more money that we can handle, proved by the fact by the wealthy who die every day and end up leaving it all here. But after we figure out money and our daily needs, we have to look at us. Our body does not last forever, without it we are not living, and this life is over. Getting healthy is a vital component to success. Once our body and mind starts the recovery, we will be clearer on the goals and objectives we've set, and with continued focus and daily affirmations, we achieve what we will.

Our willpower is the reason everything happens to us, everything from the good, and the bad, we are ultimately responsible for our actions. By using concentration in a consistent manner, we see the results of our choosing start to materialize, if we decide to really make something happen tomorrow, we will. Whether it is to start a successful company, seeing the body of choice in the mirror, or creating a successful relationship, it starts and happens with a clear, and determined mind set. With time and energy applied, the future of our choice actualizes.

The ultimate success of course is living well in the here and now, and enjoying the present moment with contentment and fulfillment. We can make all the money in the world but if it does not make us happy, what will? Happiness has nothing to do with the materialistic, it come's from a sound and stable outlook, when we decide we are to be happy, we will be. Success is helping our fellow human beings and alleviating their pain and burdens, finding solutions, it get's paid back ten fold. It is impossible to spend all the money, but our priceless time can be spent wisely and efficiently in the service of others, and ourselves. Figure out how we prefer our lives to be, paint the pictures of our choice in our minds on a nightly basis, and then simply put, make it happen. We are the co-creators after all...~Timothy Clacton.

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harry888 Aug. 24, 2012 @ 2:45 p.m.

Great advice on success.

For setting and getting goals, you may want to check out a goal setting app called http://GoalsOnTrack.com, a very nicely built web app designed for tracking goals and todo lists, and supports time tracking too. It's clear, focused, easy to navigate.

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Fred Williams Aug. 25, 2012 @ 12:43 a.m.

Baloney. Here are the REAL keys to success:

  1. Be born wealthy.
  2. Be born with no major health issues, and at least average intelligence.
  3. Be born in a country with stability, rule of law, and no wars, famines, or droughts.
  4. Avoid charlatans and liars who tell you that hard work and honesty will make you rich. (They're just exploiting your gullibility to get you to work for free.)
  5. Get lucky.

Expecting the world to open up to you just because you visualize things and want them really really badly is childish and delusional.

Expecting those who already have wealth to give any of it voluntarily to you by paying you a fair wage for your labor is foolish...you'll die broken and poor having slaved your life away for others.

Expecting the government to treat your effort the same as others is also naive. If you have a successful business, the government will try to confiscate as much as possible while simultaneously helping your entrenched competitor to expand.

This is the reality we face in America today. I've had enough of these sappy article extolling hard work and goal setting and plans...there's no evidence this works, and we'll all be a lot better off when we finally admit it.

The game is rigged. Playing by these rules only makes you a loser.

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Fred Williams Aug. 25, 2012 @ 12:49 a.m.

I find this particularly offensive:

"Our willpower is the reason everything happens to us, everything from the good, and the bad, we are ultimately responsible for our actions."

In other words, if you're poor, it's all your own fault. You deserve to suffer.

In other words, if you're injured, or born with a medical problem, it's all your own fault. You deserve to suffer.

In other words, if you're born wealthy, good looking, and gifted, it's all your own achievement. You deserve to have pleasure and satisfaction for the triumph of your willpower."

Seriously...this whole train of thought upon which your article is based, is so deeply inhuman and contemptuous of reality that I'm taking the time to show how evil it truly is in its implications.

To offer this tripe as advice is as morally reprehensible as it is common.

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TClacton Aug. 27, 2012 @ 2:30 p.m.

We will forgive you Fred Williams for you know not of what you speak. You have proved you are not successful, but by applying positive ideas and hard work you may still be so.

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SurfPuppy619 Aug. 27, 2012 @ 5:16 p.m.

TC, Fred owns you on that last post-he is correct.

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