A positive attitude towards life is the start of any successful venture one may embark upon. Along with a positive attitude, a will to succeed, a strong belief in one's ability to achieve that success and a written plan of action is the only way to achieve success in life.

There is a very strong link between your mental state and your success. This is a fact of life and cannot be disputed.

Here is a plan of action that is worth a try:

  • Dream of what you desire. If it is more money, dream of that money.
  • Visualize what that money is doing for you - less financial stress and thereby better health, a bigger and better house and car, a better school for your children, holidays.
  • Ask for help. This is a very powerful shortcut to success that many overlook or are too proud to use. Whether you ask a rich relative or a bank; it doesn't matter, as long a you ask for help - ask and you will receive.
  • Be positive of your success, believe in it. You can and will achieve it. Now you will notice a change in yourself: you can actually start visualizing how you are going to go about getting what you want. You are almost ready to start formulating your plan of action!
  • Put effort into devising your plan. Don't do it half-heartedly. You have only one life. You deserve a better life.
  • Make time to make your life better. Every little bit helps. You don't have to go overboard and ignore everybody around you, even just an hour a day helps.
  • Set a goal.
  • Break that goal up into many smaller pieces. Rome wasn't built in a day.
  • Put it on paper. You have to write it down. Just having it in your head is not good enough.
  • Commit to your goals. If you wrote in your diary or wherever that you are going to ask the First Lady for money, do it. Tick off that you did it. If you did not do it, write a good reason next to it and set another time to do it. Just do it.
  • Gratitude - when good things come your way, be thankful.

Stick to this plan of action and before you know it, you will see a definite improvement.

And that's not all, it actually gets easier with time! It's like practicing to whistle. In the beginning you sound like a deflating tire and in the end you sound like a nightingale.

At this stage you are like a steam train going faster and faster. You are so committed to your plan that you start devising ways to improve on your initial plan to reach your goals even faster. What a wonderful feeling! Life is good and getting even better each day.

If you start writing articles for InfoBarrel and your tenth article gets approved, you get this same feeling. Usually the time frame between article number ten and article number eleven is next to nothing. It's a psychological fact that the more you achieve, the more you want to achieve and the harder you work to get what you want.

Once you have an achievable plan in place, you have overcome your most difficult obstacle and you are on your way to success and a better life. This is another psychological fact - it is harder to get started at anything than to actually do it. The act of doing is easier than the act of starting something.