People sometimes wonder what makes a person who makes it in life different from someone who doesn’t. This really is not a stroke of luck. I will be discussing what it takes to be successful and if these strategies are followed failure will no longer be an option.

Healthy Routines

One very important thing that people must realize is your routine can define who you are. This is not to say that your routine cannot change, but that having routine can be so powerful that even you will see yourself as your routine. As an example if you were around a person who smoked routinely, you may define yourself as a smoker and other’s would probably say the same thing.

The same thing goes with being successful. There is something routine to their methods. They have taken the time to build a healthy routine for their success. The success may do things like making sure to eat healthy regularly. In the morning they may go through breathing exercises or exercise to prep their body for the day. Other healthy habits may include saying a positive mantra to themselves, or living in an abundant world.

Those who are successful know which a routine works best for them, because different routines work better depending on who you are and how you respond. Some may need to take a cold shower every morning before they wake up, while others may need to meditate early in the day to get ready.

Me personally I know I am going to get done what I write down. When I have something specific that I have to do I make sure to write it down either early in the morning or late at night to get ready to do it the next day.

Knowing this information as yourself, what healthy routines can you create in your life to obtain the success that you are looking for?



As we all know life rarely ever just goes to plan. You could have the perfect strategy and some way somehow something will not work the way you were expecting.

Having the ability to adapt to any situation is what separates the haves from the have-nots. Knowing things will not always work in your favor gives you an advantage if you realize that is the case as well. Being adaptable is a skill set just like any other. When you practice it regularly you will get better at it.

Something as simple as playing chess with others can help with your adaptability. There are set rules to the game, but every person you play will have a different strategy to win. This will put you in a position to stay flexible and adapt to each player.

I remember me and a friend used to play a game called nightmare chess. Basically it was a very difficult form of chess. We would each get a set of 7 cards while we played chess. These cards would literally change the rules to the game. Nightmare chess would really keep you on your toes, because you never quite knew what the new rules would be. As I got better at that it helped me in my life skills as well. Knowing situation’s can always change just means you have to be creative to get to your objective.

This is something successful people are incredibly good at. They find a way to adjust to the situation knowing that they will get to their desired outcome one way or another.

Knowing this information you can practice it in your daily life. Through activities and basic mindset. You have a goal you want to obtain, know there is a way even if it may not be the way you had originally thought it was. Be able to adapt and adjust to the situation’s life throws at you, and you will get to your desired outcome.


Seeing the world through a creative lens can put you in a position to be very successful in life. Creativity is such an interesting topic to me, because we are often taught not to be creative. Think of the word creative it stems from create or to create.

Often times we are taught some sub form of creating though. If we create something that is not our own we have basically just carbon copied it. Doing this is not a form of creativity hence you will not go very far doing it that way. Let’s change it to following a system and then making it your own. That is a form of creativity. You have your own spin on things. Knowing what works for you and running with it.

You see systems are important, but the creativity comes from when you put your own special spin to it. That is when you are truly creating something. Following the crowd for the sake of following the crowd gets you caught up in what and how everyone else does things. When you do that there is nothing special or unique. How can you possibly become successful just being just like everybody else.

Need help with being creative. Take the time to just look at the world differently from everyone else. Think outside of the box. Do something that would be considered strange to most. There are so many exercises available when it comes to opening up your creativity in your life. Take risk and have fun with it!

Winners Don’t Fail They Learn

Those who are incredibly successful see what a failure really is. To fail just means you are not competent in a certain area, but it does not mean you cannot get competent in that area. All a failure tells you is where you are in the present moment in that particular area or skill set. Knowing that gives you options. You can learn how to do it better, or you may not even care and move into something else. Regardless though a failing at anything is nothing more than an opportunity to learn and grow from the situation.

Having that kind of mindset will make you unstoppable. Whenever a challenge comes in the way of the incredibly successful are ready for it. They thrive on it, because they know if they fail it is really just an opportunity to learn something. Honestly after they surpass that challenge they go to find the next, because it feels so good to have a challenge worth learning.

Taking the difficult and learning to make it less difficult is a very empowering feeling. The more you do it the more you embrace the process. I love taking on a challenge that I fail at because I get the process. I just keep going back to it until I get better at it.

Always remind yourself that anything you put effort into, you will improve on. When you are willing to put the effort in failures are just bumps in the road that you will get past.

The Right People

Those who are successful make sure they hang out with others who are successful. How can you possibly be successful if you surround yourself with those who are not. Knowing who those are who will bring you up is an essential part of being successful.

This is not to say that times are never tough or that you look down on those who are not successful. I never think that I am any better than anyone else. Everyone has their own life to live. I will say that if I am looking to build an empire and I had friends who want to go to the bar all day and party that is not in alignment with what I want. I will wish them the best and surround myself with those who want what I want.

The successful believe in themselves and their abilities and they expect those in their circle to do the same. Their strength comes internally not externally. The aged old term iron sharpens iron comes to mind. They just continue to grow together solidifying one another s strengths, it really is a beautiful thing. Like plants, we do our best when put in the right environment to do our best, and one of the best ways to control your environment is by the people you surround yourself with.


Prioritize Time

This is a big one that a lot of people can take for granted. One thing we cannot get back no matter how hard we try is our time. Those who are extremely successful realize this and prioritize their time very well. Honestly it is so easy to let time get away from you if you allow it to. There is so much going on that one can get in a stand still and do nothing to benefit their own life.

Think about it, if you work a 9-5 you hate come home watch T.V. go to bed get up and do it again for 20 years that is not very good prioritizing of time. You basically wasted it all doing something you really don’t want to do.

I am here to tell you to please make sure not to do that. I want you to be successful. Do what you have to do so you can do what you love. This means to take the necessary steps to invest in yourself to create the outcome that you want to see. I know people say to follow your passion, and I agree. What I am also saying though is that to get were you want to be you have to put in the work to get there.

An example would be a person who wants to be a film director. You may have to take other steps to eventually get to that finalized position. You will have to use your time wisely and have an idea of how you are going to get there.

I think often times the issue is people think they have all the time in the world. Yet those who are successful know they only have a limited amount of time. Realize that you only have so much time and prioritize it so that you can get to the desired outcome that you are looking for. In a nutshell start today.



I cannot begin to tell you how focused the incredibly successful are. They have this razor sharp focus that you can feel across the room. Whenever I think of focused I think of Michael Jordan on the basketball court. He was a man that took focus to a whole new level. You could literally feel it through the T.V. screen. He was a man who was transcendent in basketball, and I know he would attribute some of it to his intense focus.

You want to be incredibly successful, keep your focus strong. Focus is like a muscle the more you work on it the stronger it becomes. Maybe you are lacking in focus, a good practice could be taking 1 minute just to focus on your breathing. Turn 1 minute into 2 and then to 3. Eventual your focus will improve and when it does use it to work on the things you need to do to obtain goals you have set out in life. Be great find what you need to focus on so you can get where you need to go.


Undeterred Optimism

Those who take success to another level are the ones who just know it is going to work out. Call it faith, seeing the future, burning desire, whatever you want, it is something that will not be deterred. They know that no matter what happens it is going to work out some way somehow.

That is a quality that gets them to where they need to go. Some say seeing is believing, well they already see it, it might be in their head but they see it so vividly that they basically just will it to happen. That is what true optimism does. Putting yourself in a place of empowerment. A not if but when mentality.

My challenge to you is to not only know your reality is going to come true, but that it is already here. When you do that it will manifest itself. Having undeterred optimism is not just smiling through life, it is knowing so deeply that it will work that you take the necessary action for it to do so.

Act Professional

I know anyone who is truly successful in their field of expertise would agree with this one. Treat you life like a professional. Having a half-a$$ attitude in what you are trying to accomplish will give you half-a$$ results. Be honest with yourself. Those who are incredibly successful always are honest with themselves. They have to be in order to learn, grow, and professional action in life.

Invest in yourself at a professional level. Then you can reap the rewards that you have created for yourself. This takes being very honest with you and your approach to life. I know everyone is capable of doing great things, but if you do not act professional in your life you will get sub par results back.

Take the time to look into the mirror and ask yourself the difficult questions. Are you where you want to be, and if so why not? Do what is necessary. You know you are capable, so act on your capability. Yes time is a unit that can be a reason to why you are not where you want to be, but if you continue to act as a professional in your own life you will get there.

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Willing To Lead

Having the willingness to lead can be difficult. You do not have to be a leader to be successful, but to be incredibly successful willingness to lead is a must. The hardest part about being a leader is there can be a lot of risk, but there is a lot of reward too.

I will say however that following the other steps implemented everything will work out. You will basically be creating a self fulfilled prophecy. It will all come together in due time, just follow the process.

I am sure just the thought of being a leader may scare some, but just like anything else with practice you will become good at it. You may fail in the begging, but like I said the incredibly successful only see failure as a learning experience. You will do great just follow the steps.

Putting It All Together

I know I have thrown a lot at you. Especially if this is all new to you. Like a person going into the gym for the first time this can be a bit intimidating. If that is you just start with focus. Work on the focus aspect first. Everything else will come together in due time. I will tell you just focus on your breathing. Start with the simple. I assure you all of it will become simple once you start implementing it into your life.

Believe in yourself, I do. You can make your desires a reality if you follow the steps. A happy and successful person is an awesome person to be around. The success is already in you, it is up to you to act on it. I wish you luck on your journey to becoming incredibly success.





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Comments (6)

  1. Julian


    Success is in the routine. I agree. Your daily routine controls what you do everyday, what you choose to focus on. I also like how you included that the routine varies based on the person. So many people want to try what works for Tony Robbins but it isn’t a one size fits approach.

    • Clifford Starks


      Glad you agree, and thank you for leaving your thoughts. I hope you have a blessed day.

  2. Melissa


    really loved this post Clifford ? very well explained and fantastic guidelines for creating success….

  3. Sierra


    Thanks for your post. It gave me a lot of motivation to do things better in my business. Time is often the issue. it seems there aren’t enough hours in the day but I will try to read your post again when I feel overwhelmed or disappointed for not meeting my deadlines.

    Thanks again,

    • Clifford Starks


      Hello Sierra, I am glad you have been motivated by my post. I will be wishing you the best of luck on your business! Follow the steps and you will succeed! Have a blessed  day 🙂

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