Depending on who you read, there are any number of “Laws of Success”; some authors focus on a few, others create several. Whether you are reading Brian Tracey, Og Mandino, John Maxwell, or any of the other writers out there, you will get the ones they feel are important.
To me, there are 5 “Laws”, if you will, that you can start with. These “Laws” are commonly accepted by most success experts; they are, in Stephen Covey’s terms, “self-evident” and “universal”. Even if you find others you like, starting with these five will certainly get you going.
The Law of Correspondence
The Law of Correspondence says that your outside reflects your inside. In other words, how you think is reflected in the circumstances of your life. Perhaps the best writing on this law is James Allen’s “As a Man Thinketh.” As a consequence of this law, if you want to change your life, you need to change your thoughts first.
The Law of Abundance
The Law of Abundance says that the world is big enough for both you and I to succeed. The opposite of the Law of Abundance says that for one person to succeed, another must fail; this is the rule of Back-Stabbing. The Law of Abundance says that we all can succeed. Therefore, you need not envy anyone or steal your goods; the world will work with you. As a consequence, people can become successful by helping others become successful.
The Law of Cause and Effect
This law implies that everything has a cause. If you are not wealthy, sick, unhappy, unappreciated, or working in a job you hate, there is a cause. And, when combined with the Law of Abundance, that cause is not the outside world, but you. Again, change yourself and you will cause the effect of changing your world. Tommy Newberry best expressed this with the title of his book “Success is Not an Accident.”
The Law of Attraction
The movie “The Secret” popularized this law. It basically states that you attract what you are. If you are positive, you will attract positive results; the reverse is also true. As a consequence, you cannot get what you are not. You cannot say “I will be positive when my results are positive”; the law works the other way. You need to be a positive person first, then you will get the positive results.
The Law of the Farm
This is also known as the Law of Growth. The premise of this law is that people’s circumstances are like crops on a farm. When a farmer plants a crop in the spring, he does not get a harvest the next day; he must let the crop grow and get his harvest in the fall. Similarly, you cannot change one day and expect success the next; you must persevere, keep working your plan, and you will get the results in due time. Stephen Covey talks about this law, as does Og Mandino. As a corollary, this law also says that you reap what you sow. Just a farmer who plants corn gets corn and not potatoes, you will receive the crop based on the seeds you plant. Positive seeds will generate positive results, and negative seeds will generate negative results.
While there is much that can be said about each of these laws, I feel that you already know them. What you may not be doing is using them properly, and I encourage you to study writings on each of these laws to determine how you can best use them.
John Steely has been a teacher for over 25 years, helping people learn by explaining complex topics in simple terms. He has carried that experience into the world of Internet writing. Visit his site, http://www.learningmoneybasics.info, to get some resources designed to help people change themselves and learn about finances.