I have known for some time that feeding your mind with inspirational books and audios is very important. In the early days I came across a portion of an Arnold Schwarzenegger speech where he outlines his ‘6 Rules of Success‘. When a man moves from Austria to America to pursue his dreams, becomes the world’s best bodybuilder, a Hollywood Actor and then the Governor of California he may know a thing or two about success. He has written books, made successful documentaries, the list goes on and on. When you listen to him speak about how his rules of success apply to all aspects of life, goals and dreams, you sit up and listen. He talks with such passion and authenticity it is almost hypnotic. Here are ‘Arnie’s’ 6 Rules of Success
1. Trust Yourself
Arnold’s first piece of advice is to trust yourself, no matter what anyone else thinks. Whether it be friends, colleagues or peers; trust yourself because you believe in yourself and in your vision. He instructs you to really dig deep and find out from within, who you want to be. This will allow you to follow your dreams and do what you want with your life, no matter how crazy it sounds to other people. This has been massive for me in my life; there is no way I would even be sat writing this blog post if I hadn’t trusted myself. I have had to trust myself many times on my journey because I have relentlessly pursued my dream of being a successful coach, author and speaker in the face of people thinking that I’m ‘nuts’.
2. Break The Rules
Mr. Schwarzenegger knows that if you are going to be a ‘true original’ you have to think outside the box. His philosophy is: “what is the point of being here if all you want to do is be liked by everyone”. I have read many times that a certain road to failure is trying to please everybody. Many people have criticized how much I have done in order to turn my life around, but that is who I am now. I have had to break certain ‘rules’ of my peer group along the way and I am happy that I have because this has contributed significantly to my development.
Successful people like Arnold know that if you harbour a fear of failure within you, you will never step out of your comfort zone and push the boundaries. It is essential to keep pressing forward and believe in your vision because you know that this is what gives your life meaning and success will come.
4. Don’t Listen To The Naysayers
When you have a larger vision of yourself and you announce what your plans are, there are going to be people that show up and tell you that it can’t be done. IGNORE THEM. If you listen to the people that tell you that you can’t do it then failure is inevitable because you believe that it won’t happen for you anyway. Listening to Arnie’s advice, whenever someone says something that I wan’t to achieve ‘won’t happen’ I absolutely love it because it is like free motivation. Take absolutely no notice of the people that say it can’t be done.
5. Work Your Butt Off
Arnold Schwarzenegger is famous for his incredible work ethic. Without it, he probably wouldn’t have achieved all that he has achieved. Arnie knows that when you are aiming to be at the top of any field there are other people vying for your spot. Remember that when your messing around and procrastinating someone else is working hard and making process. Arnie also says that none of his rules of success will work, unless you do. I can really relate to this rule because I have always had a relatively low work ethic and I used to ‘coast’ quite a lot. However, my life has improved dramatically since I have committed to getting up at 5.30am every day and working extremely hard on every one of my goals.
Arnold is very aware of the fact that using your time and money to help other people will be the most rewarding thing that you can ever do. All successful people that are truly fulfilled live by this rule. I made my biggest charitable contribution of my life so far on Christmas Eve of 2013 by going to the supermarket and buying a load of food and taking it to homeless centre. I know that it may sound a bit clichéd but my heart literally felt warm. That is true success.