The Five Principles of Success

1. Know Your Outcome.

If you can define your outcome clearly and with focus, then the outcome will be more achievable. Don’t start anything without knowing your outcome in advance.Too many people are completely lost, like a ship in a storm, because they are looking for something, but not really knowing what it is.

  • Am I with the right person?
  • Am I doing the right thing by my family and friends?
  • Am I in the right job?
  • What do I really want?

Make a list of the specific outcomes you want to achieve. Be sure you write down what you want and not what you don’t want.

Make them ‘S.M.A.R.T.






2. Take Action.

Without action there are no results.

To achieve success, you need to know want you want to achieve, your outcome and then you need to take action. Many people wonder what they should be doing next not actually taking action to get what they want.

If you want to make a change, take action. Procrastination doesn’t achieve anything, action does. In the words of John Lennon “Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.


3. Use Your Sensory Acuity.

Use your senses to maximise your results. See, hear and feel what is going on around you. What reactions  result from your actions? What new things are you noticing in yourself? What new things are you noticing in others?

A person’s five senses are great tools to maximise desired results, they are like the fuel in a car’s engine, when used effectively they help achieve goals faster.

People are often unaware about what is going on around them. What signals are other people sending us?

NLP a set of powerful techniques, based on the use of the 5 senses, to allow someone to notice and calibrate the reactions of other people. These signals include being aware of skin colour, lower lip size, breathing, skin tonus and pupil dilation.

 4. Have Behavioural Flexibility.

Be prepared to make changes to achieve success. It is also the ability to vary behaviour in order to elicit a response from another person.

The way a person acts is often determined by how others react and often they may need to change their behaviour and be flexible in order to achieve their outcomes.

Behavioural Flexibility can also refer to using a technique of developing new responses to given stimulus as opposed to using old, habitual and often limiting responses which have previously been unresourceful. John Grinder recommends that you each night a person should review their day and create 3 alternate ways of responding to situations thereby automatically build up Behavioural Flexibility and consequently responding more appropriately to unresourceful situations.

Behavioural Flexibility is a key element in NLP.

 5. Operate From a Physiology and Psychology of Excellence.

Operate from a totally resourceful state, do things that move you towards your goals.

People have certain physiologies closely linked to their emotional and behavioural states and a change in one of these can be utilised to maximise the results that they can produce.

Adopting a positive physiology has positive impacts on both emotional state and resulting behaviours. When we act in a positive way we produce positive results. Conversely, when people adopt a negative physiology they also enter negative emotional states and produce negative behaviours. The choice to operate from a physiology and psychology of excellence changes the world for the better and helps us to maximise the results that we produce.

What is a physiology and psychology of excellence?

It’s how somebody stands and how they carry themselves. Walking tall and speaking clearly and confidently

The thoughts that run through their mind and how they act. Making sure what in your head is leading towards the desired outcome, not away from the unresourceful activity. Are their thoughts conducive to getting the results they want?

If we use these 5 simple principles for success, then we behave in a way that will support us to succeed.

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