5 Steps of Successful People – Backed By Decades of Research

Dave_conscious_openWhat’s it take to be successful?

Harvard-trained scientist, Dr. Stephen Krause (aka Dr. K), says it takes five steps. All scientifically valid.

In short series of posts, we’ll journey through the five steps to success.

But first…

A Brief 3-Part Intro

1. Success Defined

2. Success is Slippery

3. What Holds People Back


1. Success Defined

Success means different things to different people.

How can it be defined or measured? Harvard researchers suggest metrics.

Metrics are complicated. Let’s keep it simple.

Dr. K, simplify…

From: Psychological Foundations of Success

Success is aspiring to something and then achieving it. It’s desiring something and then accomplishing it.

Simple enough definition, but achieving it is not so easy.

2. Success is Slippery

Dr. K says struggling to succeed is common. Success has a strong history of being elusive.

Here’s three examples.

Weight loss, you’re up first.

From: Psychological Foundations of Success

When the National Institute of Health reviewed decades of research on weight loss, they concluded that,

“Weight loss at the end of relatively short-term programs can exceed 10% of individual body weight: however, there is a strong tendency to regain weight, with as much as two-thirds of the weight loss regained within 1 year of completing the program and almost all by 5 years.

Quitting smoking, your turn.

From: Psychological Foundations of Success

Seventy percent of smokers want to quit, and nearly half try each year.  If you followed a group of people trying to quit smoking,

80-90% would be smoking a year later, and

over 95% would have smoked at some point in the previous 12 months.

Even formal treatment programs RARELY have success rates over 25%.

 Business start-up, go ahead.

From: Psychological Foundations of Success

Only half of “employer businesses” (those with employees) survive four years, and the failure rate is likely much higher among businesses without employees.

Success is slippery. Some achieve it, most don’t.


3. What Holds People Back?

Here’s Dr. K…

From: Psychological Foundations of Success

True success in life isn’t rare because people are weak or lazy or lack willpower. True success in life is rare because too often people used flawed strategies for success.

For instance…

From: Psychological Foundations of Success

Nearly half of Americans have made a New Year’s resolution to lose weight or change either eating habits; of those,

20% broke their resolution within a week,

68% broke it within three months, and

only 15% kept their resolution for a year or longer.

With only a 15% success rate with New Year’s resolutions, strategies for success need improvement.

Begs the question. What really works?

According to Dr. K,

From: Psychological Foundations of Success

“When it comes to success and well-being, scientific research is the single best tool we have for understanding ‘what really works.’”

And according to Dr. K’s research, five-steps are all we need. Stay tuned for the scientifically-valid five step system for personal achievement that anyone can use.

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Wrap Up

1.  Success is desiring something and accomplishing it.

2.  Success can be elusive as studies show with weight loss, smoking cessation and business start-up.

3.  True success in life isn’t rare because people are weak, lazy or lack willpower, but because too often people used flawed strategies for success.

4.  Harvard Scientist, Dr. Stephen Kraus, has discovered a scientifically valid five step system for personal achievement that anyone can use.

Thanks for reading!


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About Dave Barnas, M.S., CES, NASM-CPT

Dave is the true health guy. He is the founder and owner of True Health Unlimited, LLC, a personal health and fitness company in Tolland, CT & Wellness Writers, a subscription wellness newsletter service that incorporates live & virtual wellness workshops for companies across New England. Dave earned both a Bachelor's (1998) and Master's Degree (2000) in Nutritional Science from the University of Connecticut, and also holds certifications as a National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Personal Trainer, National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist, Aerobics and Fitness Association of America Group Instructor, and Nutrition Specialist. He's also the lead author for four published works. Dave has over 20 years of combined experience in nutrition counseling, dietary supplement advising, personal training, corrective exercise training, health coaching and public speaking. In addition, he's spent over 25 years studying spirituality, meditation, and personal growth strategies. Dave's clients are all ages: youth, college championship level athletes, folks in their retired years, and everywhere in between. He's worked with three of the nation's leading physicians as a dietary supplement advisor and been a guest lecturer at Harvard University, Yale University, UConn, St. Joseph College and various church groups, health clubs, and high schools. In 2013, he was invited to Whole Foods Market to share his Real Food Therapy Guide. And in 2015, Dave's funny "Snowga" (yoga in the snow) video caught the attention of The National Weather Channel, who aired it to shake off cabin fever and bring laughter. In 2016, Dave & Hollie (his wife) founded Wellness Writers and deliver evidence-based Wellness E-newsletters to spread a message of health and happiness to various businesses throughout the US. Dave currently serves as a personal trainer in Tolland as well as a wellness coach and writer for several businesses, gyms and wellness facilities throughout the US.

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