Knowing how to be successful is probably one of the most desired dreams of every person. When you know the formula to become successful, you can apply it to every aspect of your life, like family, career, sport, etc.

If you want to be successful in life, you first have to understand that the process is really a shift of your thoughts. In fact, successful people know that you have to change inside before you can pretend to change your outside actions.

How to be successful

The following is the four steps formula that allowed me to achieve many goals I had, like leaving my day job three years ago and become self employed, starting my martial arts training, and it’s also the same formula I’m using now for my 10,000 euros/month experiment.

Here are the four steps you need to take if you want to be successful:


  1. Know what you want. The first step you need to take is to define exactly what you want. For example you might want to loose 30 pounds, or buy a new car. It doesn’t matter what it is, as long as it’s something that can be measured, otherwise you’ll not be able to know if you have achieved it or not.

  2. Take action. The second step to be successful is to take massive action. You could have the greatest idea in the world, but you’ll never know if it’ll work unless you take action. As a general rule, always do what you think would produce the most outcome and what would move you closer to your goal.

  3. Track what you do. Taking action is important, but you must keep track of the outcome of everything you do in order to see what works and what doesn’t.

  4. Keep improving. By analyzing the results of your actions you can see what works best for you and you can change your behavior until you get what you want. Keep doing what’s already working and constantly test new things that you believe could have the greatest impact on your goal.

The four steps formula it’s simple, yet it can be applied to many situations. I know it may sounds like common sense for many, but those are the four fundamental steps you need to take if you want to be successful in what you do.

You should give particular attention to point 3 and 4, as those could be easily the difference between success and failure.

I prepared some slides for whose who like a quick reference.

How to Be Successful Slides

You can download the slides from here (how to be successful slides).

I would love to hear your comments and experiences about this four steps formula. If you think you have something to add, feel free to add a comment below.

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