Monday, May 16, 2011
Laws of (French Chic) Success
Originally posted on La Vie En Fifi, 17 November 2009
I used to listen a lot to tapes of business dynamos like Tony Robbins and Brian Tracy hoping they would turn me into a corporate go-getter. Well that didn’t happen, but I did learn a lot of interesting and useful information.
One of the best was a Brian Tracy series: The Universal Laws of Success and Achievement. Here are some of my favourite ‘laws’ from the first session: The Laws of Success. I already know they apply to everything in life, but coming back to them after reading all the French Chic books I have, was surprised how much they apply to creating a more European lifestyle too.
Thoughts objectify themselves. You become what you think about.
To achieve success in any area, you must have a clear image of that success in your mind – a mental picture of your idea of success.
Your outer life will mirror your inner life. There is a direct correspondence between your experiences and your thoughts and attitudes.
Whatever you believe… deeply… becomes your reality.
What you truly value and believe in is reflected in your actions, even though your words may say otherwise.
Whatever you concentrate on and think about repeatedly, becomes more a part of your inner life, and consequently your outer life.
Virtually all we do is automatic, the result of habit. Habits that move us away from our goals must be changed.
You are a living magnet. You attract people, events and circumstances that harmonise with your dominant thoughts.
You are free to choose what you think about, and therefore free to choose all other parts of your life.
A positive mental attitude goes with success and happiness. Optimism makes you cheerful and pleasant, and more likely to succeed.
I especially like the last two. I think things do seem to go your way more when you are happy and I'm sure people definitely respond to the positivity of others. The 'living magnet' one too made me think of all the lovely bloggers I've 'met' and blogs I have read on the subjects of French chic, simple living, living well with less, downsizing and frugality.
Image from Hip Paris blog, with accompanying cool checklist on How to be a Parisienne