Dan Peña an ‘Executive coach’ and ‘Business mentor’ class apart has based his life and success on 5 "basic" Credos – he writes these down every month, along with his goals, and repeats them every day – Dan believes one must "internalize" these credos, and make them a part of oneself to succeed. These special Credos are:
1. Yesterday’s Dreams are Today’s Realities
Or, what you dream about today will be your reality tomorrow – if you don’t have a dream how can it come true! My personal example of this is Guthrie Castle – I dreamt of living in a castle, and visualized walking through each room, upon the grounds, in the garden – and this dream is now my reality – I live in a 15th Century storybook castle – Guthrie Castle, Scotland!
2. Seeing Dreams Ahead
It’s important to see yourself as you want to be – where you want to be – see yourself at the "goal line" – most people get stuck on the "rocky road’ – Focus on the Goal not the Road to get there, because the "road to success" is always under construction.
3. Simulation: Practice Within When You’re Without
People regularly practice playing a sport like golf or basketball – but few people think about "practicing being successful" – I had practiced meeting the Queen of England – what I would wear, how I would stand, the handshake, so when I did meet her I was comfortable – for I had practiced the moment for years. You should "practice" success before you reach your goal.
4. Act as if There are NO Limits to Your Abilities
I coach my mentees to act as if they are invincible – to act as if they could accomplish anything! Once one "acts" this way – they actually internalize the concept and start believing it themselves – I know one can accomplish much more than they usually ask of themselves; I always ask for more!
5. Enthusiasm: Greek God Within
Enthusiasm is from the Greek – meaning "God Within" – there is not one high performance person alive (or dead) who is not over enthusiastic about their business, their life – enthusiasm is contagious!