Saturday, January 21, 2006

101 Keys to Success!

101 Golden Keys to Success!
Realize your Potential
In order to succeed at anything, you need to see that you have the potential to reach
your goals. For example, if you want to be a recording artist but have no singing
ability, having success in this field is not likely. However, if you love working on cars
and have a real talent for fixing engines and transmissions, and to you, success would
mean working for NASCAR, you have potential to learn and achieve that success.
Don’t Look Back
Everyone has failures or mistakes from the past. To have success, you need to learn
from your past and value those difficult lessons but do not every dwell on the past.
Simply move forward and make better, more educated decisions from the lessons
Dare to Dream
To succeed, you need to have dreams and aspirations. Be honest with yourself as to
what you want out of life and what you want to give of your life. Allow your mind to
dream and think big.
Business Plan
Create a Business Plan as your very first step if you are planning to build a business.
Whether you will be searching for investors or not, this plan will be the blueprint to
your success. The Business Plan will consist of market trends, financial planning,
competitive analysis, exit strategies, marketing and promotional options, everything
about your goal. When going before an investor, you will be required to have a
Business Plan. This is by far the most important document of all. If your success were
something personal, you would not need to create a Business Plan although a project
plan would be a good option to allow you to keep track of everything involving your
Don’t Give Up
To reach success, you have to persevere. Even Thomas Edison had to learn this. When
he was creating the incandescent light bulb, it took him more than 10,000 times to get
it right. Keep striving even when it becomes challenging.
Have an Unstoppable Attitude
You need to have determination. With good intentions, there may be a close friend or
family member that feels it would be better if you focused your attention in another
direction. Uphold your unstoppable attitude, determined to succeed.
Stop the Complaining
You might think there is no correlation between complaining and success when in fact
there is a connection. When you are spending time complaining about the obstacles
you are facing, you are wasting so much time being negative that you are actually
loosing chances to move forward. Instead of thinking of challenges as problems, think
of them as opportunities.
Focus on Something you Like
To increase your chance of succeeding, you should concentrate your efforts on
something you enjoy. When you start out, make a list of everything you find
interesting. Then in a second column, write down the skills you have in relation to each
of those items. This will help you narrow choices down based on interest and skill,
which gets you started in the right direction for success.
Change your Circumstances
You have a choice in life to accept your position or change it. If you choose to plug
along in life hoping that something will change for the better, you will not get very far.
Always remember that when it comes to changing your circumstances, you can – you
have that power. As an example, women who are in abusive situations often feel
controlled and powerless to get out of the situation. They have the same choice of
changing their circumstances as you do. If your circumstances lower the chances of
success, you need to change them.
Have a Plan
Even if it is flimsy to begin with, you should construct a plan to include goal,
milestones, deliverables such as contracts, business plans, etc., and accomplishments.
This will provide you with a visual as to what you are working for, what milestones
you have successfully met, and where you need to do better.
Accept Responsibility
You need to accept responsibility if you make a bad decision or fall behind in your
plan. Let us say that you have set some firm milestones that need to be accomplished
in order for you to move to the next step. However, you got tired of working hard and
took some time to play, which is fine as long as it does not affect your goals. Now
months have passed and you are way behind schedule. This delay has closed several
doors of opportunities. Who is to blame?
Be Happy
A positive mind and happy, upbeat attitude will help you succeed. It has been proven
in many studies that a person living in a happy state generally gets much further in just
about everything they do. This relates to attitude. Just as bad attitude can pull you
down, good attitude and a happy, healthy mind will help you meet your objectives.
No Shortcuts
An old cliché states, “Anything worth doing is worth doing well.” This should be your
motto. When you want to succeed, you cannot afford to take shortcuts. Taking
shortcuts leads to imperfection and inadequacies. Always strive for the best, even if it
requires a little more time and effort.
Have Courage
Depending on what your specific success is, it may take courage to arrive at your
desired destination. For example, if you have a dream of being a writer and to you, that
is success, but according to your long line of family members who have all gone on to
be doctors, the only success in their minds is if you follow down the medical path. This
means you will have to have courage to stand up for what you believe and desire to do,
even if it means disappointing family.
Be Excited to Learn
Referring back to the analogy of Edison, when asked about his failures by a young
boy, Edison commented, “Young man, I didn’t fail 9,999 times, I discovered 9,999
ways not to invent the light bulb.” As you work toward your specific success, always
enjoy opportunities to learn, even if it takes longer than you think it should.
Share your Success
Although this may be more at the end of the process, it is important. When you finally
do reach your success, use your experience to teach, guide, and mentor others so that
they too might succeed.
Seek Input
Whatever your idea of success, conduct a “sanity check” throughout the process of
reaching your goal. This should be done with someone you trust and who is themselves
successful. Ask them to provide honest feedback about your success and as you move
through different milestones, bounce concerns or new ideas off them to help keep you
on the right track.
Toxic Poisoning
No, we are not talking about actual poison but toxic people that can poison.
Unfortunately, it would be great if close friends or co-workers could share in your
success but all too often, there will be someone who is either dealing with the “green
monster” of jealousy or has a case of the “I knew that” syndrome. If you are serious
about reaching your goal and being successful, you will need to rid your life of these
people. While you may not be able to get them out of your life completely, you should
avoid them as best as possible. If this is a person, you see every day, keep your goals to
yourself, and avoid that specific subject.
Be a Good Listener
To succeed, you need to learn how to listen first. Pay attention to other people who
have enjoyed successes in their life, attend seminars given by people that can motivate
and encourage, or be open to hearing that a particular idea is not a good one. Good
listening takes time to learn but in the end, it will be your greatest tool.
Birds of a Feather
If you have a goal of being a best-selling author, find friends and mentors who either
have achieved that same goal or are also pursuing a successful writing career. It is
important to surround yourself with people that can associate with your goal and
passion, people who understand the burning desire to succeed and can encourage when
you meet with disappointments.
Little Red Engine
Do you remember the story of the caboose that was desperately trying to make it over a
very large hill? He kept telling himself repeatedly, “I think I can, I think I can.” When
you start feeling overwhelmed or defeated, tell yourself aloud these same words. While
it may seem a little awkward at first, stand in front of a mirror and tell yourself, “I
think I can, I think I can.” You might even change the words to, “I know I can!”
Be Proactive
While it may take time to learn how to identify ways to avoid obstacles or failures, get
into the habit of tackling problems before they arise. This will help you avoid wasting
precious time on your road to success.
Stay Motivated
When striving for the big goal of success, it is critical to stay motivated. Find inspiring
and motivational tapes, seminars, books, movies; whatever you are able to get your
hands on. When you start to feel a little down and out and doubt starts to creep in, turn
to these motivational tools to help you keep on track. A few excellent motivators
include Tony Robbins, Norman Vincent Peale, Jim Rohn, Zig Ziglar, and Les Brown.
Give Yourself a Break
While being determined is important, do not be so hard on yourself that you become
critical of every move you make. Give yourself some room to make mistakes and be
flexible with you. That does not mean you can miss goals but it does mean that if you
do, you find out how to avoid that from happening again and then get back to business.
Be Passionate
Fall in love with what your success. Okay, although that sounds funny, you need to
have an intimate passion with your interest. You can do this regardless of what your
success is. By having passion for what you are doing and driving toward, you will
automatically put more effort into it. Passion is a good thing as long as it does not
become an obsession.
Don’t Settle
If you have a goal of becoming a world-famous chef and you know you have both
desire and skill, do not just settle to become a short order cook at your local familystyle
restaurant. While that may be good training ground, do not allow yourself to lose
sight of your ultimate goal.
No Excuses
Many famous actors, music artists, inventors, etc., had special challenges ranging from
learning disabilities to physical disabilities. Take Beethoven for example. He was born
deaf yet he went on to be one of the world’s greatest composers or Joni Erickson who
was paralyzed from the neck down yet she learned to paint with her mouth. Today, her
paintings are famous around the world and worth millions. If you are faced with a
special challenge of your own, while you may have to adjust things from time to time,
do not use excuses. If you want something bad enough, there is a way!
Getting Past Fear of Failure
Being afraid of failure is a normal emotion for every person on the planet. How you
get past that fear is the determining factor between failing and succeeding. You can do
that by setting realistic goals and then examining those goals on occasion to do any
necessary realignment. Above all, believe in yourself and the desire burning within.
Patience and Dues
Succeeding takes time. A goal worth setting will take time to achieve. Be patient with
yourself, the people around you, and the process it takes to become successful, also
referred to as “paying your dues.” Just like the chef scenario, it takes time to be a
master chef. Pay your dues by learning and working your way up the ladder to success.
Good Time / Resource Management
Being successful also means keeping to a schedule. In addition, you need to learn how
much is too much. Good time and resource management will help you ensure that you
use your time wisely and that you are not adding third portions onto a plate still
overflowing with seconds.
Make Opportunities
Rather than wait for opportunity to find you, you need to find opportunities. This
might be watching for business opportunities in the paper regarding small businesses
being sold, great real estate opportunities, and investments with stocks, bonds, or
mutual funds, taking a talent and turning it into an entrepreneurial adventure. People
that have reached financial status will tell you that they look for ways to seize
opportunities, not wait for opportunities to come knocking on their door because it will
not happen that way.
Putting yourself in the right attitude for success should be at the top of your list.
Staying positive and surrounding yourself with friends, that share a positive attitude
will help you succeed. Do not allow negative thoughts to slip into your mind. Attend
motivational seminars and find ways to enjoy life. A good attitude will allow you to
turn any bad situation into a learning experience. You have heard the saying, “The
glass is either half-full or half-empty.” You need to adopt the attitude that life is halffull.
The result is that you will feel better, have more energy, and have a much higher
opportunity for success.
Be Thankful
You need to be thankful for not only your accomplishments but also your failures.
Having a grateful attitude is important. It will help you stay humble, which in turn, will
help you continue striving for the ultimate in success.
Keep a Journal
As you work hard to reach success, regardless of what you consider that success to be,
you need to be able to see your accomplishments. Start a journal and track every thing
you have conquered. When you feel discouraged or frustrated, reflect on what you
have achieved, and rejuvenate yourself.
When children do something great, parents will reward them with something nice,
whether a kind word of encouragement or a new toy. When people do well in their job,
they get raises. As you surpass your milestones, reward yourself. Treat yourself to
something nice – a new dress, a new fishing pole, whatever you like, be sure to award
yourself for a job well done.
Watch for Scams
Whether you are just starting out or expanding an existing business, unfortunately,
there are thousands of people waiting to defraud you out of money. If something
appears too good to be true – IT IS! Always conduct thorough research and never jump
into opportunities that look perfect. If someone becomes pushy, wanting you to make a
quick decision on any type of investment, do not walk away – RUN away!
Focus on the Big Picture
As you make your way toward success, you will be challenged with big obstacles as
well as small obstacles. Pick your battles wisely. While you need to resolve the small
issues, do not dwell on them and lose precious time and energy when you should be
focusing on the bigger picture. In other words, do not allow the menial things to clutter
your mind and monopolize your time.
Make the Best of Each Day
Try to live every day as though it were your last. Make the most of every day and
accomplish something. Even if it is something small, every baby step adds up to a huge
success in the end.
Make the Process and Adventure
You should look at every angle of your journey as an exciting adventure. When you
think of your childhood years, you loved investigating the unknown. Carry this with
you as you strive toward success. Anticipate the excitement of each accomplishment –
make it a real adventure.
Don’t Neglect Things
Especially when things are small and do not appear to have a major impact on the big
picture, you need to ensure you follow through and complete your tasks. Those little
things can quickly add up to a big mess if not taken care of in a timely and efficient
Offer Praise
If you have people helping you out, whether on a volunteer basis or a full-time
employee, always offer praise. These people are an important part of your success and
by providing praise and support; in return, they will show dedication and work hard to
help you reach your goal.
Set Daily Goals
In order to visualize your accomplishments and stay encouraged, you need to set daily
goals. These goals can be as simply as a follow up phone call or a written letter to an
investor. Whatever the task is, get it done. In addition to keeping the process for your
success on track, it will help you to feel like you are making accomplishments, pushing
you closer and closer to the success.
Collaborate with Others
More than likely, you will reach various times when you do not have the appropriate
expertise to accomplish something. This is the time collaboration and/or networking is
valuable. These relationships can help you answer questions, provide guidance, and
provide the ongoing support and encouragement you will need.
Customer Relations
Keep your line of communication open with your customers. If they have a problem,
show them the deserved respect and resolve the issue quickly. Make occasional phone
calls to see if they have any needs. This will let your customers know that you are there
for them and care about their business. This relationship is what is going to keep you
on the road to success. After all, the customer is your link between failure and success.
Repositioning and Reflection
On occasion, reflect on what you have accomplished as well as your open milestones
and ensure you are still heading in the right direction. Repositioning along the way to
success is perfectly normal and to be expected. You may have been struggling with
something specific. Rather than continue battling this issue, reflect on what has not
been working, and reposition yourself so you do not have to keep battling the same
things repeatedly.
Accept Responsibility
You and you alone are responsible for your success. While you will have help in many
instances, the bottom line is that you are responsible. You need to be surrounded by the
right people, working with the right investors, going about meeting your success in the
right way. It is you that will make the choices and therefore, your responsibility to
make the right choices. In other words, your desire for success must always be greater
that any obstacle that stands in your way.
Regardless of what your goal for success is, get involved with your community. First,
get involved with town meetings, the local Chamber of Commerce, and attend
community functions. You will be amazed at the opportunities for support, business
ideas, and financing available right there in your own neighborhood.
Record Keeping
Always keep your records up to date. This would include contact information, investor
information, Business Plans, attorney information, accounting, everything you touch
regarding your goal. In addition, keep your files on your computer backed up and
current. First, you never know when you are going to be asked for a specific document
and need to provide quick turn-around. Second, computers do crash and it would be a
disaster if all of your information were suddenly gone.
Get out of Debt
Take time to get any debts paid off, especially credit card debts that will cost you a
fortune in interest. This is especially important if you will be seeking funding as a part
of your particular success. You want to ensure that your records and credit are clean if
you need to make a presentation before an investor, asking for money.
Stay current on the industry news that your goal falls in. Learn about current trends,
company failures or successes, new ideas; whatever information you can find. For
example, if you have decided to open a retail store and have a great idea and a real
passion for your goal, read about that specific type of store, location, potential revenue,
downfalls, everything. This information will be a part of your business plan and is
Location, Location, Location
If you are planning to open a business, you have probably already heard how important
the right location is in order to be successful. Do not settle for any location as a means
of getting the doors of your business open. Instead, take the appropriate amount of time
and find the “right” location. This will be one of the best decisions you can make. It
would be far better to delay your opening a month in order to secure the right location
than to open early in the wrong location!
Good Habits
Being successful, whether personal or business requires good habits. It is just like
trying to do well in school. You have to have good study habits in order to do well on
tests. It is the same for the business world. You need to do your “homework.” Read the
newspaper, scout out opportunities, and take time each day to dedicate specifically to
your endeavor.
Be Open to Improvement
Sometimes, people get into the habit of thinking they have the answers needed. You
need to accept that you do not have all the answers and more importantly, be open to
recommendations from other people. That does not mean you have to agree or even
follow those suggestions, but it does mean to listen. You never know when someone
will have an idea that will make things easier and more functional, ultimately helping
you arrive at your goal more efficiently.
Write Your Ideas Down
How many times have you had an idea either through a dream, while doing the dishes,
or sitting at your desk, and have thought that as soon as you have time, you will make
a note of it. When that free time rolls around, you have forgotten some or all of that
great idea. Keep a journal or notepad handy at all times. When you have an idea, write
it down immediately.
Take care of Yourself
Being successful means taking care of you, both physically and emotionally. You will
need to have energy, focus, and rest. In turn, this will help you concentrate and put in
the hours required to be successful. Without taking proper care of yourself, you will
end up struggling and your business could feel the effects.
Take Good Notes
Whether you are at a seminar, a casual meeting, or notice something special in the
news, take good, comprehensive notes. This is not always a natural skill but something
that has to be acquired. You want to pay attention to the emphasis being made capture
it. Even if there are materials being handed out, if there is something that you feel you
should capture separately, do it. Good notes will help you learn better and provide
additional reference points.
If attending seminars or lectures that will help you get ahead, if there is the
opportunity, participate by asking questions or making valid points. Participation is a
great way to remember what is being taught.
Be Serious
Take your efforts to success seriously. Success is a serious thing and it takes serious
dedication. You have to have the mindset that this is not going to be all play, at least
not in the beginning.
Study Time
No matter what your goal for success, you should set aside some time to study. If you
want to be a successful hair stylist, study different styles, colors, and trends. If you
want to be a veterinarian, study animals. Whatever your success, take time to read,
research, and ask many questions. You should also consider volunteering at the local
beauty school or hair salon or your veterinarian’s office. Ask if you can follow them
around for a day or two and without getting in the way, observe, and ask questions.
Apply What You Learn
Since you will be setting milestones as you reach for your success, apply what you
have learned through each phase of the process. Doing is a much more powerful tool
than simply reading or watching.
Provide Yourself Time
You need to be sure to allow yourself some time just for pleasure. Being successful is
hard work so to avoid burnout; you need to treat yourself to a night out or just time to
sit back, watch TV, and do absolutely nothing once in awhile.
Set Realistic Goals
People wanting to be successful often want overnight results. Unfortunately, that is not
going to happen. You need to do an analysis to determine a realistic amount of time it
will take to reach your specific success. As you go through your Business Plan you
may find times that dates have to adjusted but even if there are changes, keep it
realistic. Otherwise, you will become frustrated and quit!
Talk About It
Talking about your goals for success not only keeps it in the front of your mind but
also keeps up your excitement level. In addition, it adds in an element of
accountability. Think about it, you go around telling everyone that you are going to be
a masseuse, those people are going to be expecting, and anxious to see you succeed.
By talking about your goals, you are creating a motivational system – a system of
Don’t Make Quick Decisions
When things in your plan need to change, unless necessary, do not make quick
decisions. Just as it took time to plan in the beginning, it will take time to change. You
want to make sure you are making the right decisions when changes come up. Do your
research just as you did in the beginning and then make educated choices.
Avoid Stress
When you strive to be successful, stress is a natural part of the process. Do everything
you can to avoid stress. Adding in unnecessary stress into the equation will take focus
away from accomplishing your goals. You can listen to relaxing tapes, get a
professional massage, take a walk, or whatever helps you to relax. When you start
feeling overwhelmed, stop, change direction, and avoid stress. The only thing stress
accomplishes is draining your think power and creativity.
Learn How to Delegate
As you start getting closer to your goal of success, you will find that there are many
more things to do than hours in the day. If going into business, consider hiring
someone; even part-time or on a freelance basis to help take some of your load. If your
success is more on a personal basis, have family or friends pitch in to help you get
things done. You will be amazed at how much this will help ease the situation and
allow you the proper amount of time to focus on the things that need your full
Be a Problem Solver
Rather than stew over things or let stress overtake you, find ways to become a problem
solver. Look at ways that you might find new customers, increase productivity, or
resolve issues.
Conduct Research
It is important to know what you are getting into. First, you will want to conduct
research as far as the business, industry, or interest associated with your particular
success. Second, the research will help you stay up to date on trends, which may or
may not require you to make adjustments in your own goal. For example, if you were
interested in opening a particular business focusing on a specific technology and that
technology took a turn to another direction, new advancements, you may need to
change the direction you were going for your own business. Unless you kept up on
research, you would not know when a change was needed and therefore, would end up
building a business already headed for failure.
Offer a Guarantee
If you have created a business that offers either products or services, in order to get and
keep customers coming back, they have to know that you stand behind what you offer.
Providing a guarantee will help your business grow and reach the highest level of
Get Excited
Do you remember your first trip to see a professional baseball game and how exciting
it was to see the thousands of people cheering, enjoying the mouthwatering smell of
popcorn and hot dogs, and hoping that you might get a chance to catch a foul ball?
Perhaps you can remember your first prom, being excited that the right boy asked you
to the dance, shopping for the perfect glamour dress, and buying your date a corsage.
You need to be excited about your venture for success. Remember some of the things
that brought true excitement to your heart when you were growing up and add that
same excitement to your grownup life.
Expand your Mind
Whatever your idea of success, take it one-step further. Stretch your mind and reach
just one-step higher than you thought you could reach. If you were going to open an
ice cream store, offering 30 flavors, go one more step and make it 31. Okay, you get
the idea.
Be a Strong Leader
Learn to be a good leader and a good mentor. Enjoy making a difference and in
guiding others to achieve their potential as well. Help people reach to new horizons.
Be Logical
Okay, you may be thinking that logic itself is logical. However, being logic in many
cases means having some level of analytical ability. Regardless of the way you think,
find the logic in it. This will help you think and plan clearly and honestly.
Give 100% Effort
If you are going to succeed, you have to be able to get through tough times. You will
have to rise to challenges and not quit. You have to plan to go the extra mile and make
personal sacrifices. Succeeding means giving 100% effort. Stay focused while keeping
your performance on a consistent basis.
Take Classes
Take some classes at college where you can get a certification. Enhancing yourself on
a personal level will boost everything about you, making you feel better, about the
person you are. When you feel better, you achieve more. This is a great time to obtain
your certification in CPR, First Aid, a computer class, or some other outside interest
you have.
Understand your Goal
A great challenge is to prove to yourself that you can do it. One of the ways to prove
this to you is to take on responsibility. If your goal for success involves opening a
restaurant, work in a restaurant as a server to get a perspective of all the jobs involved
to make the restaurant a success. Understand the entire business from the ground up.
Raise your Standards
You may think you are working your tail off and you probably are. Try raising the bar
just a little bit. Always expect the best from yourself. Do not beat yourself up if you do
not always hit 100% but increase your standards and strive for more.
Unconscious Power
The unconscious mind is a very powerful tool. Take advantage of this and each night
before heading off to bed, take some time to pose questions to yourself and then allow
your mind to hash them out while you sleep. In addition, mediate in whatever way you
find relaxing before going to bed to clear your mind from clutter and allow the
subconscious mind to go to work.
Paint a Picture
A great way to keep working toward your goal is to see it. If you want to open a
computer store, find a picture or article about Bill Gates when he first got started. If
your success is to lose weight, go to or and print off a before
and after picture of someone that has a similar body type to yourself. Perhaps your goal
is to redecorate your bedroom. Again, locate before and after pictures on the Internet of
decorated rooms. Seeing is believing!
Develop Uniformity
At first, this may be a little challenging but strive to keep things on an even keel. This
will keep your efforts and focus from going up and down. The more you can stay the
course the quicker you will reach your goal to success.
Just Do It
Okay, so Nike coined that phrase but it is so accurate. Quit putting things off and just
do it. If you want it bad enough, go for it!
Identify Procrastinations
If you have a problem with procrastination, make a list of the things you constantly put
on hold. This will help you identify your poor patterns and make the appropriate
adjustments. Local colleges often have improvement courses regarding making better
decisions and procrastination. Locate a class that would help you with this kind of
Want Versus Need
When you strive for success, do it because you want it, not because you need it. When
you want something, it brings about intention, desire, and action. However, when you
need something, it will lead to pain, stress, and frustration.
Be Independent
Do not be afraid to go for what you know is the right thing for you. Being independent
allows you to take control over your destiny and emotional state. Stand firm in what
you believe and do not allow other people to determine how you feel or what you
believe in.
Economic Value
Considering your talent, also look at things that can help create economic value. These
types of goals have better chance of being successful and lasting. Is there something in
your community that could bring about more revenue? As an example, do you live in a
smaller town where there are no fast food restaurants, causing people to drive miles
outside of your town for a cheeseburger and shake? If so, perhaps opening a small fast
food restaurant would be a great option. You could have the success of running your
own business while bringing something to your community.
Learn a New Skill
Learn new skills that will enhance your success. If you want to become a hairstylist
and someday open a line of salons, in addition to cutting hair, learn how to braid, color,
do weaves, etc.
Appreciate Life
Do not burn any bridges in life. Appreciate life, people, everything around you. Learn
as much as you can from every person you meet. Do not turn people away just because
you do not agree with them. You never know, the very people you turn away may be
the very people that come to your rescue during a time of difficulty.
The Right Marketing
When you get ready to start marketing your business or idea, never rely on one method
of marketing. It is important to look at several options since nothing will last forever.
Not only do you need to believe in the product or service you are building to success,
you also need to believe in you. Your confidence is what will get you through the
difficult challenges and build credibility with your customers.
Know your Customers
You should know, really know, your customers, especially your top ten. Find out what
they like and dislike. What other products or services would be of value to them?
These very relationships are what will keep your business going. It is crucial to
consider your customer’s desires all of the time.
Plan your Costs
Unbelievably, there are thousands of entrepreneurs that start a business without the
foggiest idea of what their costs are going to be. Either there is an estimation that is
way overstated or understated. From the very beginning, you need to have a strong
handle on knowing what you will need to get your business started and keep it running.
Additionally, you need to have projections for your future success. Know your
numbers and make sure they are accurate.
Timing is Everything
You have probably heard it before – timing is everything. Especially when it comes to
opening a business, there is a right and a wrong time to start a business. This would be
extremely important if your business has cycles or is seasonal. For example, if you are
starting a business to do landscaping, the winter months when snow is on the ground is
not the right time. You can be working toward your Business Plan, marketing ideas,
finding investors, if required, etc., during those cold months, but you certainly would
not want to open your doors for the first time in the heart of winter.
Keep it Lean
Start-up businesses do not have room for “dead” weight. As an example, when first
starting out, if you need some assistance, rather then hiring a permanent employee that
will involve salary, insurance, other benefits, etc., consider a temporary employee until
the business grows. Keep improving the bottom line before you start adding on more
expenses to your business.
Get the Word Out
If your success is focused on a business, when you get ready to open your doors, make
sure you get the message out. This will include marketing promotions, advertising,
sending out a press release, etc. The more people know about your business, the better
chance of you have of reaching success.
Guard your Emotions
Keeping emotions in check is not always an easy task. You will have times of
disappointment that will require you to react with integrity. You may feel like crying
and feel as though your world has just ended. Keep telling yourself that it has not
ended and you will just have to make some adjustments in your plan. Never allow
anger to be a response. You never know the trickle down effect of that anger and how
it could permanently damage your reputation.
Be Nice
Study after study has shown that people with pleasing personalities have an easier time
reaching success. Now only are they more levelheaded in handling the business but
they also draw people around them that are eager and willing to help. In fact, in
addition to being pleasing, be polite, show true interest, and have a great sense of
Break Bad Habits
Habits, regardless of size or nature, can be exceptionally difficult to break. This will
take a lot of effort but you can do it. Unfortunately, poor habits can be the one aspect
of your behavior that could be the obstacle to your success. If you have a habit of
sniffling or chewing your nails when you get nervous or saying demeaning or
offensive things as a way of trying to control, to be successful, whether on a personal
or business level, you have to stop.
Improve Efficiency
You will want to develop your potential to its fullest. The more efficient you can
become the better job you will do. Be efficient with your time by not procrastinating
and efficient with your effort by staying focused.
Have Balance in your Life
Imagine yourself on a canoe with another person. The day is beautiful, sunny, and
warm. The two of you are floating along without a care in the world. Suddenly, ripples
of water start rocking the canoe and without proper balance, both of you, along with all
your belongings, are thrown into the cold water. It is the same when you strive for
success. You have to find balance not only for yourself but also for others around you.
Balance means providing time away from work for pleasure, working extra hours
when required, knowing when a new direction is required, etc.
Have Fun
When people start into the process of being successful, whether for personal growth or
starting a business, they may start by incorporating fun, but within a very short time,
they realize it is hard work and the fun simply falls by the wayside. If you look at some
of the most successful people in the world such as Sam Walton, Oprah Winphrey, or
Ross Perot, you will find common threads that run between all of them. First, they
started with nothing; second, they are all multi-millionaires many times over, and third,
they have fun. They enjoy life, the people around them, and even find enjoyment in the
challenges. This one element is often forgotten. This is a crucial element for success
and should be a part of your plan.
Face your Weaknesses
The best way to get better at anything and to be successful is to face the weaknesses
we all possess. Everyone has weaknesses and in order to be better, think clear, act
appropriately, and succeed, you have to identify the areas you need to improve on and
then take action to turn your weaknesses into strengths.
There is no better gratification than being successful. Accept that you are in for some
hard work but the results will be incredible. Use these tips as guidelines and step
outside the box. Take action and succeed!

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