People building a business online often ask, “What are key factors for success in business?” There is a lengthy list of qualities that are important to develop. Let’s look at this question from a slightly different perspective.
First, what are the reasons you haven’t attained the goal that you wanted to accomplish? What is it about you and your personal beliefs that could be holding you back?
Consider these possibilities:
1) Are you afraid to stand out in a crowd?
It is important that you stand out, so others will notice you. You must learn to become comfortable with being different from the rest. You have to strengthen your boundaries and become confident about your own ideas. This belief in yourself will move you forward.
2) Have you developed sufficient persistence?
If you are passionate about something, don’t give up on it too soon. Many successful people have journeyed a long time to reach their goal, but through strength and perseverance, they made it. Emulate their determination.
3) Do you lack humility?
Don’t decide, after some small accomplishment, that you are an expert. Know what you don’t know — that is humility.
In the online marketing world, the people who become legitimate millionaires do not brag about their success. Instead, they often point out their weak spots where they need to learn more.
4) Have you networked and built strong relationships?
Don’t hesitate to reach out and connect with others who can help you. We who do business through Wealthy Affiliate are very fortunate because we have a huge community of like-minded people who will answer any question we have.
Don’t isolate yourself, but connect with the people who could help you in a meaningful manner. It’s been pointed out by researchers that living without regular social contact is as unhealthy as smoking cigarettes.
5) Would you rather argue against advice than take it?
You must be willing to take good advice, and not argue against it. Here’s a feedback loop that needs to be in place if you wish to succeed:
- Try something
- Get feedback and results
- Learn from these
- Try something new
6) Are you too distracted from your business to do what needs doing?
When you are online, do you become easily derailed from your task at hand because of social media, email, or other irrelevant interruptions to your work? Often the interruptions are adding no value to your progress, but are merely entangling you in something that will not inform or positively influence your life.
7) Do you take responsibility for what happens in your life?
Don’t make excuses for everything that needs fixing. You must take responsibility for these problems, even though they seem completely unfair. Though it is easy to blame problems on external factors, you must ‘fess up to your actions that caused the problem in the first place.
8) Do you believe it’s not possible to achieve your goals?
Your mind’s unconscious beliefs about what is possible may be at work here. Perhaps you need to do some work on your basic mindset. Perhaps some affirmations may help. Bottom line is that your own belief about the possibility of success must be bolstered.
If you try to learn from any failures, you will eventually reach success.
9) Are you afraid to care?
There are signs of this problem. Are you indifferent to succeeding or failing? Or do you have a true passion for your project?
Do you tend to give up too quickly? Sometimes indifference can be a defense mechanism that undermines your drive and motivation. Sometimes people are unconsciously terrified of investing themselves in something because of fear of failure.
Failure can be a stepping stone on the road to success. It can show you where you need to go to overcome this roadblock, and will eventually lead you to success.
10) So you believe you don’t deserve what you want?
Dig out those buried beliefs about yourself and look them over. Are they positive or negative?
Often as we grow up, parents or teachers tell us that we would never amount to anything. Perhaps your peer group punished you for being smart. These ideas become embedded in our brain, and we become uncomfortable about accomplishing too much.
Drag out that limiting belief, look it over, and kill it. It’s a false prophet. It may be painful and it may be a difficult battle, but it is a necessary one.
Here are some lessons on what causes success:
1) Know the formula
You can make a difference with concentrated focus. If you have discipline, determination, and focus, you can accomplish more than 100 men who are merely interested. If you use concentrated focus in an area where you possess talent, in turn this focus will grant you the opportunity to succeed.
2) Develop personal energy and drive
If you are passionate about your goal, your energy and drive can cause you to overcome all roadblocks that might keep another from succeeding.
Your “bottom line” is that you must work toward your goal out of love, not for money or fame. If you are passionate about your goal, you can make the success journey.
3) Realize that success is a science
Success is not only a science; it is predictable. It operates on the principle of cause and effect: You do this and you will get this result.
Though simple, success is difficult to accomplish. However, it is still worth the price of your effort, and that price is never too high. True success is finding exactly what you want in every area of your life. With true success, you attain balance.
4) Ramp up your enthusiasm
I love this Winston Churchill quote: “Success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”
To succeed, you must first fail. As failure is part of success, you can’t separate the two. Consider failure as the scale that trains you for success. If you learn from each of your failures, and allow your passion to thrive, you will make progress and in time, you will succeed.
5) Lots of effort leads to success
Sophocles said, “Success is dependent on effort.” Work with your natural gifts, and your efforts will carry you forward.
Success requires all of you. You must give your all. With such dedication, you can encourage success, and you will find your life is permanently changed.
To achieve your best life, look at these factors necessary for personal growth:
1) Your education
Learn about your chosen field. The highest paid people are those who know more than the average person. These people can make a valuable contribution to society with their knowledge. They are more respected and valuable, and will have more money and recognition for their efforts.
“To earn more is to learn more.” We who are Wealthy Affiliate members are so fortunate, because the education and training offered by our company is all-encompassing, and can teach us all we need to know about our online business.
2) What is your skill level?
Your level of ability will determine the quality and quantity of your results. As you get better at what you do, you will find it easier to move forward.
You also will notice that, as your skill increases, the speed and predictability of your results will also increase.
3) Develop your contacts
Keep enlarging your circle of contacts. The more people you have in your life that know you and are willing to help you, the greater the possibility of the best life for you.
4) The money option
If you have money in the bank, you have greater freedom to take advantage of the opportunities that come along.
You are only as free as your options, so you must try to gather some resources to help you.
5) Good work habits are important
Learn to be organized. Don’t do sloppy work. Think before you act. Make a list and set time priorities for accomplishing the things on that list.
Consider the consequences, positive or negative, of what you are doing.
6) Have a positive mental attitude
Having a positive attitude will reduce the amount of time it takes to achieve your goals. You develop a positive attitude by making a decision to do so. If you do what positive, confident, optimistic people do you will eventually become one of those people and will be able to live your best possible life.
7) Develop a positive image
You will be judged by how you look on the outside. Present an attractive image in yourself, your clothing, your grooming and accessories. Such an image can cause doors to open for you and people to appear that will help you.
8) Be creative
You must look for better, faster, easier, cheaper ways to get the job done. All you need is one very good idea.
9) Develop character
You must have self-discipline combined with honesty. To build relationships, you must develop trust. When people know you and trust you to keep your word, they are far more likely to get what they want through you.
There is indeed a secret to success. It is quite simple. Successful people have the power needed to meet or exceed growing expectations.
Successful people know what they want. They will have the power to get it.
You need to remove those negatives and acquire more positives. These will drive your performance and help you produce results that soar.
Develop a habit of excellence. If you have high self-esteem and confidence, plus mental toughness and the will to succeed in spite of adversity, you have developed the source for leadership excellence. These qualities will take you where you want to be.
The road to success can be a rocky one, but if you develop your personal qualities and core beliefs as outlined in this post, you will move ahead on your journey. Success is available for all of us — we just have to learn the skills we need to get there.
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