Have you ever heard the phrase, “The rich get richer while the poor get poorer”? If you do, this is the phenomenon and the work of the success cycle. If you want to be successful and achieve amazing results in life, you must leverage the success cycle to build bigger success.

No matter what you are trying to accomplish in life, the first step to achieving the result you desire is the most difficult.

Just like if you want to build a blog and earn $1,000 from it each month, the first earnings that take you from zero to $1,000 is the most difficult. However, once you got a breakthrough, things will become easier.

After you have made your first $1,000, earning your next $1,000 is not as difficult as it seems. Somehow, you have done it before and you just need to repeat or double the effort to earn $2,000, right?

The same thing is happening in every area of your life. The first step to achieving whatever goals you desire is the most challenging and tough. But once you managed to produce some successes, things will become easier.

This is how the principle of momentum is at work.

Newton’s First Law states that an object in motion stays in motion and an object at rest will stay at rest.

The same principle can be applied to your business, career, and life. If you are moving and gaining ground, you are likely to keep reaping the rewards and keep moving forward.

On the other hand, if you are stuck, highly likely, you are going to remain stuck and going nowhere. Unless you do something and pour in serious effort, things are going to remain the same.

This is why the rich tend to get richer while the poor become poorer.

With this, I hope you understand the need for change, improvement, and growth.

How Success Works

I love the way how Tony Robbins explains the success cycle.

He said that we all have a certain belief and a certain potential in us. And because of what we choose to believe, we take action according to our potential.

And as we take action and do something, we will get results. Whether it is a good result, a bad one, or no result, it is an outcome. And our outcome will affect our beliefs again.

Take a look at the picture. This is how the success cycle works.

Photo credit: Tony Robbins success cycle YouTube video

1. Your Belief System

We all have been raised and nurtured in such a way that we have formed a certain set of beliefs within us.

We believe that there are things that we can do. And we also believe that there are certain things that we cannot do. And our beliefs greatly impact how we live our lives.

Highly successful people like Elon Musk believes that he has the potential to change the way human lives, and he believe that colonizing Mars is possible.

For most people, they don’t believe that going to the Moon can be something like a leisure travel, let alone colonizing Mars.

As you can see, your beliefs shape your life. Whatever you choose to believe, you will do and act in a certain way.

Your action will always be in sync with your beliefs.

2. Your Potential

We know that we all possessed unlimited potential and that we are destined for big success. Just ask yourself this question:

“What is the potential of a human being?”

The answer is unlimited.

Regardless of your circumstances and situations, we all possess the same unlimited potential to make a positive change and impact in life.

The problem is that most people are not living to their true potential.

Imagine how you have gone through last year. Did you do your best? Did the results you get portrait your potential?

If you are setting the same last year’s goals this year, it says something about you; that you are not living to your potential and you did not do your best. And that is why you have to re-set your goals again.

Our beliefs determine our potential. And our potential will determine what we do in life.

By the way, if you want to learn how to set empowering goals and achieve real success in life, check out my program, Goal Setting Formula Masterclass.

3. The Action You Take

Your potential will affect your action. When you believe that you have little potential to make things happen, you will take very little action.

On the contrary, if you believe that you are truly destined for big success and that whatever business you venture into turns to gold, trust me, you will do whatever it takes to start a business and make it a stellar success.

The problem is that most people don’t truly believe in themselves. They say that they want to be successful and they believe that they can do it, however, what they say and what they truly believe are often two different things.

The majority of us are not taking enough action to make our dreams a reality because we don’t really believe that we can be successful. And this affects our potential, and thus, our actions.

My friend, if you TRULY – 100% – believe that you are lucky and you are going to win the lottery tonight, will you go and buy yourself a ticket?

Yes, of course, you will. You’re going to hit the jackpot, guarantee, so what’s stopping you from buying the ticket, right?

Now, if you don’t believe that you stand a chance to win, you will not bother buying the ticket.

It all starts with what you believe. And hence, your beliefs will affect your actions.

Elon Musk truly believes that it is possible for interstellar travel and he is certain that living on Mars is possible. That is why he acted.

The same goes for your dreams and goals. When you don’t believe that you are able to achieve them, you will never do anything about them.

Hence, if you have been living the same life over and over again, craving for your dream life but you’re not progressing forward, examine your belief system.

The thing that stops you from getting the success you want and living the life you desire is none other than yourself.

4. The Results You Get

After you have taken some form of actions, you will receive a report card, your results.

Whether you achieve success, fail, or did not receive any result, it is still a result that you must accept.

And your results are going to affect your beliefs.

For example, when I was in the secondary school, I scored my math with flying colors, and that led me to believe that my math is good and I’m gifted with math.

My math score was the result. And the result led me to build stronger belief that I’m good at math.

Did you see how things work here?

If you make a poor decision in stock investment and you lost most of your money there, it can lead you to believe that stocks investment is a lie or that you simply don’t have what it takes to become a great investor.

When you build an online business but it did not work out, it can lead you to believe that you don’t have the skills or that internet business simply doesn’t work.

Your results can affect your beliefs. And your beliefs influence your potential, which determines your actions. And again, your actions lead to the results you get.

This is how success works. This is why the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. This is how successful people continue to achieve more success and why the unsuccessful continue to live in mediocrity.

Success Breeds More Successes

Can you see how the success cycle works right now?

Belief –> Potential –> Action –> Result

Here’s an example of how the success cycle can work AGAINST you:

Lousy beliefs –> low potential –> less or no action –> less or no result –> even more lousy beliefs –> even lower potential –> even less action –> failure

Everything works like a chain-link that affect and influence each other. And here’s a good example of how the success cycle is working FOR you:

What you believe –> you have the potential and maybe you can do it –> you put in some effort –> receive small positive results –> have confidence and build stronger beliefs –> exert more potential –> take more actions –> receive even better results –> continue on to build more success.

The most important question you should ask yourself right now is this, “How can I make the success cycle to work in my favor?”

The answer to the question above is simple. Here are a few things you can do to leverage the success cycle to build bigger successes in your life:

1. Start small, get positive results, build your confidence, and strengthen your beliefs.

Change is necessary, but that doesn’t mean that you should do everything all in one go. You can always start small and grow.

We are wired to resist change. And when you try to do something too drastic and too much, it will backfire and make you fall back to your original state.

What you have to do is to take small actions that will give you positive results. When you receive positive results and you see small successes, you gain confidence and momentum.

As a result, you started to see the possibility that you can do it. This strengthens and builds your belief system. And when you develop a stronger belief, you will tap into higher potential and take more action.

And with more action comes more and better results. And it keeps going.

This is why you should always start small.

Read: Why Start Small? The 5 Important Benefits of Starting Small

And don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that you should dream small or even try to set small goals. I’m saying that you should start small with tiny actions.

Rome was not built in a day, my friend. Apple did not turn out to be a multi-billion company overnight and Elon Musk did not start with Tesla and SpaceX straight from the beginning.

Take a look at this picture below and you will understand what I mean…

big things started small

Start small, and grow. Read this guide here and learn how to dream big and start small.

2. Celebrate your progress no matter how small it is.

The next thing you want to do to make the success cycle work for you is to celebrate your progress no matter how small it is.

Please read correctly, I’m saying that you should celebrate your progress, not just your victories.

Celebrating your wins and victories are important, but so is the progress that you have made.

Most people know that they should celebrate their wins, but most have no idea that they should also celebrate their progress.

As long as you have taken some actions and make progress, you should celebrate.

For instance, I celebrate every time I completed a task. I give praise to myself that I followed my plan and acted on it. I give a pat on my back after I wrote my articles. I tell myself that I have made progress, and I’m getting myself closer to my goals and dreams.

This makes me feel good and that I want to take more action or continue to take action again the next day.

So, celebrate your wins, and also your progress.

I love this quote from Oprah:

The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.

Oprah Winfrey

3. Commit to growth and always improve for better results.

When you first start something new, the learning curve is steep and everything can seem difficult for you. However, as you learn, grow, and do more of it, things become easier and you are able to produce better results.

This is how successful people achieve extraordinary achievements in their lives. They commit to constant and never-ending improvement. They do their best to learn, improve, and grow their skills as much as possible.

In the sports industry, professional athletes train every single day. They know that the more they train, the better they become, and the better results they will get. And when they win or play a better game, their level of confidence will soar, which makes them train even harder.

If you want to build a successful internet business, but you have no idea how to do it, things will be difficult. You may face a lot of roadblocks and you have no idea where to start.

However, if you attend a workshop, read a book, or have someone to guide you on your journey, things will be easier. When you see yourself getting small positive results, you feel good and this strengthens your beliefs. You tell yourself that you can do it and you take massive action, producing even more successes.

Therefore, commit to CANI, what Tony Robbins called, “Constant-And-Never-ending-Improvement”.

The only way to achieve greater success in life is through growth and improvement. If you don’t work on improving yourself, there is no way you can produce better results.

Here’s what you need to know: You don’t get what you want. You get who you become.

In other words, your success is in alignment with who you are. When you become someone worthy of success, success will come to you, automatically.

Here are a couple of guides you should check out:

4. Condition yourself to believe that you have a huge potential to achieve greater success.

Do you know you can consciously condition yourself for success? There are many things you can do, for example:

  • Read more books related to your industry or personal development books. Want to know what books to read? Check out my top 10 success books here.
  • Talk, network, and mix with other successful people so that their success mentality can influence you.
  • Practice affirmations and condition the good things into your subconscious mind. Read: How To Make Your Affirmations Work
  • Visualize and imagine the success you want. See yourself already living the dream life that you want. Read: Visualization Techniques to Affirm Your Desired Outcomes
  • Ask better questions that will lead you to believe that success is possible and that you can achieve it. Read: 4 Questions That Will Change Your Life
  • Study and read the biographies of successful people. When you do so, it strengthens your beliefs that if they can do it, so can you.

Always immerse yourself in the area where you want to become better. For instance, if you want to become a great tennis player, talk everything about tennis. Play more of it. Learn the game and mix around with others who are passionate about tennis.

When you do so, you are actively conditioning yourself to believe that you can do better and succeed in the sport.

The same goes for every other things in life. If you want to build a profitable internet business, learn everything about it, mix with other successful internet marketers, learn and read as much as you can, and actively condition your mind with positive info about internet marketing.

When you do so, you will eventually grow into the person worthy of the success you desire.


Remember what you have just learned today. Make good use of the success cycle and LEVERAGE on it to build better success, not against you.

Build a strong belief system, tap into your potential, and take massive and consistent actions. And don’t forget to celebrate your progress.

I always believe that success is not an accident, but it is engineered. We can consciously decide how we want to live our lives and hence, the results we get in life.

If we are willing to work for what we want, there is nothing that can stop us. Thus, use the success cycle and build the life that you have been dreamed about for so long.

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  12. Reading this article, I feel highly motivated.
    Thank you so much ! Let me think about how I can apply it to myself ! I read few motivational books earlier in life and forgot all almost. This one has rekindled the desire in me.

    • Shawn Lim Reply

      Hello Sanjay, great to hear that this article is helpful. Yes, apply the principles you have learned to your life. Because if you don’t, nothing is going to change.. Cheers 🙂

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