We circle around the topic of success. We dissect it, discuss it, and try to learn what we need to be successful. We all want to know the key factors for success in business.
Here are some clues which will let you learn if you have what it takes to be successful. These factors can be learned or developed, but be willing to work at it.
Your mindset is crucial to your success. If you have limiting beliefs because of conditioning by incidents from your past, or perhaps because you do not believe in your own capabilities, you need to do some brain reprogramming. You must remove these limiting patterns from your subconscious and replace them with self-belief and self-confidence.
If you want success, you must start with a mindset of richness and abundance. There are ways you can cultivate these changes. For starters, read the rest of the posts in this “Millionaire Mindset” category on my website. You will find many clues and suggestions here.
I also suggest you watch “You Were Born Rich,” by Bob Proctor. It’s available on YouTube. He has an excellent explanation of how the brain works, and can give you some excellent pointers on how to reprogram your brain so you can change your mindset. It’s a dynamic presentation that will hold your attention to the end.
Your brain can change and reorganize itself — you simply have to decide what you want to change and then reprogram your thinking. By educating yourself to the process of change, using affirmations and adapting positive thinking techniques, you will help your brain to renew itself with a more positive mindset.
After all, you know if you want to grow a great crop in your garden, you need to have abundant, rich soil prepared before you plant. Striving for success is no different. You must first prepare the “garden bed” of your mind to be ready for planting.
2) Willingness To Work
To do the necessary work to succeed you will find you have to get used to being uncomfortable. This feeling of unease is a good thing, because it shows you are growing. In this way, you move a little closer to your true potential.
If you aren’t already, become a list-maker. In fact, try this: each night, write down six things you want to accomplish with your business the next day. This practice will insure you have a plan going forward and some short-term goals. Then follow through and finish your list each day.
Continue your education. Take courses or read books to improve your knowledge. It is said, to earn more you must learn more. Take this idea to heart and train yourself in the knowledge you will need to reach your goal.
By continuing your education, you will develop your skill level, and this in turn can determine the quantity and quality of your results.
Be sure to reach out to new people. Building your network of contacts can be a contributing factor to your success. It has been shown that the more people who know you and like you, the more chance you have of success, because these people are willing helpers. New people and new experiences enrich life and add to your level of knowledge.
3) Gear Up For The Long Term
It is easy to give your all to your plan for success for the short term, because you are filled with enthusiasm when you first start. However, what happens when this initial excitement wears off?
Some sources say you need to spend at least 10,000 hours at your special task in order to become an expert. It doesn’t have to take that long, but if you don’t commit to your tasks for a long period of time, chances are you won’t reach your goals.
Even on the days when you don’t feel at your peak, try to accomplish something. Don’t be the boat that’s dead in the water because its engine has failed. Keep moving forward, even if slowly.
How do you manage obstacles? Change happens to us all. How to respond to change can affect your advance toward success. Stay focused on your business.
Develop and keep a positive attitude. Brian Tracy says, “You become what you do.” If you follow the example of people who are positive, confident, and optimistic and if you do what they do, eventually you will become one of them.
Even in a bad situation, look for the good and focus on that. If you can find good even in a bad situation, this will help you overcome obstacles. Develop a stubborn refusal to let a situation defeat you. Keep trying options until you find one that works.
Leadership skills are important. Pushing yourself to achieve more will also help you develop leadership skills, as you constantly develop this ability to lead yourself.
You must make a leader’s decisions to achieve. For your business to be strong, you must provide effective leadership by making decisions based on the goals you set. Leadership is a strong characteristic of successful people, so work to develop your ability to lead.
If you find yourself surrounded by naysayers who constantly put you down or tell you what you are doing will never work, these negative people will hold you back.
You need a team — people who believe in you; people who cheer you on; people who are there to support you when the going gets rough.
If the people closest to you are holding you back, reach out to others, perhaps who are involved in the same business. Form a mastermind group. Do whatever necessary to establish a group willing to help you, not hinder you.
Leadership skills are not enough. You need to be a team player, with the right group in place who can help you move forward by encouraging, not just giving negative criticism. With a good team, you will find it much easier to reach goals, large and small.
5) Have A Deep, Burning Desire
How strong is your motivation to reach your goal? At the end of the day, are you pushed to do more because of something deep inside you that wants this success?
If your motivation for success is not strong enough, search within yourself to find that one thing you are truly passionate about. Then find a way to use that passion to motivate your success.
Here is an example: After having two knee replacements, I was dismayed to find I then needed a hip replacement as well. I tolerated the pain for a long while because I did not want another surgery.
Then the pain got so intense I had to do something. The fine people at our local health clinic put me on an anti-inflammatory diet. It was not fun. It required removing 13 things from my diet completely, including such things as dairy, wheat (no pasta!), most grains, sugar, shellfish, corn, eggs, soy, and a number of other items.
I had the deep, burning desire because I wanted to be rid of the pain. I thought (wrongly, it turns out) that perhaps if I got rid of all the inflammation, I could save the hip.
After five days, my pain was significantly reduced. Now I could add back one thing, wait three days, and if it didn’t increase my pain, I could eat it. I added back some things — notably, eggs and Braggs liquid aminos — but stayed on that diet for a long time, in fact, until I finally went in for the hip replacement.
The diet truly worked. My pain disappeared. I remember one night I forgot about the shellfish restriction, and had a delicious meal of scallops. Yum, they were good!
Then, about 3:00 a.m., I woke in terrible pain, and then remembered — the diet said “no shellfish.” I have not eaten a scallop since.
Not only did I lose my pain, but I also lost 29 pounds — an unexpected fringe benefit.
The reason I was able to stay on the diet was because I had a burning desire to be pain-free. It was such a relief when the inflammation finally disappeared that I was happy to stay on that diet and eat what was safe to eat.
I believe a burning desire needs to be accompanied by a sense of urgency. You have no time to waste — let’s get this success thing done now. If your desire and your sense of urgency are strong enough, you will stay focused on your goal.
Now apply your strong motivation, embodied in your burning desire, to your business. Be creative in your success campaign. Reinvent yourself constantly so you can create a sustainable program. Adjust your path, but don’t leave the path completely and never give up.
May you all find the success you crave.
Here are the links to the articles I researched to write this post:
Watch this short video to recap the main points we just covered. Then apply the factors to your own business to help you move ahead.