Are You A Student of Winning?

Back in the late 1970’s I realized that I was a long way out from where I could and probably should be in life – and definitely short in personal accomplishments. But it wasn’t for a number of years and influences until I realized there were things I could do about it. If this is your first visit read the rest…. Continue reading

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The Secret to Success

What if the way to achieve success was simple?

What if it has always been simple, so simple that people don’t take it seriously or just miss it? Would you take 7 minutes out of your life to risk learning the truth? Right now?

Don’t make the mistake so many make of watching and saying “that’s cool” and then continuing on the way you were. That is not the road to success, is it?

“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Attributed to Albert Einstein.

Watch it again – take some notes, there are really only a couple of important points. Are you willing to change to achieve success?

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Achieve Your Goals!

Here is a great article:

10 Steps To Achieve ANY Goal

Thanks to Success.com

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Guest Post: An Evening Reflection for Entrepreneurs

An Evening Reflection for Entrepreneurs

Successful people share a common characteristic: mindfulness.

mountain-lake-945440_640Awareness of who you are and why you are where you are in life is a critical to self-improvement.

Unfortunately, in our fast-paced society with its endless number of distractions, mindfulness is not easy. That is why I am writing this article, most people aren’t even mindful of the fact that they aren’t practicing general mindfulness!

So how can we become more mindful? We will do this by making it a routine. This routine as outlined below will provide you with a comprehensive set of questions to ensure you are aware of all important aspects to your success.

I ask myself these same questions every night to develop my own mindfulness. I am not perfect at this process and it is still difficult for me at times, but I am certain it makes a positive impact in my life.

Each day, I fail to do a number of the items in this reflection. That is exactly why I need it.

Problem FixingThink about it, does an auto mechanic work on your car before identifying what is wrong with it? No, it’s not possible. This is why mindfulness is so important. We often don’t know where we are falling short because we don’t take the time to reflect on our daily actions.

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Several of the questions below relate particularly to entrepreneurs, but can be changed to better fit your life. The questions you ask are not as important as the process itself. Your questions should be whatever helps remind you of your goals and keeps you accountable to your own self-improvement.

Evening Reflection

#1 How did I provide value?

You will get all you want in life, if you help enough other people get what they want. – Zig Ziglar

There is no business without value. I am focusing on “business” here because this is a business blog after all, but at the heart of things, value is an integral part of our general happiness. It is not easy to feel good about yourself if you aren’t doing good for anyone else.

#2 Did I study in my field? If so, what did I learn?

Formal education will make you a living; self eduction will make you a fortune. – Jim Rohn

Continued LearningEach day, we have the opportunity to get better or worse. Keep in mind, when you aren’t improving, you’re falling behind your competitors. Someone else is waking up earlier, focusing more, and working harder. They are not going to stop when you do. I love to think that when I am working harder, my competitors are sleeping or relaxing.

This approach may not work for you, as comparing your success to others is not always the best option for certain personality types. I am competitive and enjoy pushing myself towards my competitors.

#3 Did I leave my comfort zone today?

You will either step forward into growth or will step backward into safety. – Abraham Maslow

Staying in your comfort zone will slow or even halt your development as an entrepreneur. Leave your comfort zone as often as possible. The boost of self-esteem you get when you push yourself past what you want to do to what you need to do is far more gratifying than hiding from discomfort.

#4 What was my biggest accomplishment today?

Success gives you real ammunition. When something succeeds, you know what worked—and you can do it again. And the next time, you’ll probably do it even better. – Michael Hyatt

Now that the day is done, it is perfectly ok to spend a couple of minutes patting yourself on the back for your achievements. Consider why these daily victories happened and how you can build upon them.

#5 Where Did I Fail Today?

If you learn from defeat you haven’t really lost – Zig Ziglar

“Failing forward” is what the truly great business leaders do. You may not like this part, but it is critical. Don’t spend this time beating yourself up for your mistakes, but rather spend this time learning from them.

Why did it happen? Will it happen again? What could you have done differently?

Whatever you do, don’t skimp out on this part and don’t deflect blame. Maybe everything that went wrong wasn’t your fault, but you have a role in it one way or another. Focus on your role. Convincing yourself that others are to blame for everything is not making you any better.

#6 Did I make a new connection today?

If you want to go fast, go alone, if you want to go far, go with others. – African Proverb

Meeting Networking is critical to your success as an entrepreneur. It isn’t easy and it is definitely an ongoing process. Dedicate a portion of your day to reaching out to others and building professional relationships.

This can be as simple as favoriting someone else’s tweets or sharing their content or it can be as personal as lunch or an extended phone call.

Remember, it isn’t merely who you know, it is who knows you.

Make a good impression with others in your niche, show genuine interest in what they are up to and let them know you are a fan of their work. Obviously, if you aren’t, don’t fake it. There is however, something nice you could say about anyone if you take the time to think about it.

#7 Did I make time for family, friends and loved ones?

If it is important to you, you will find a way. If not, you’ll find an excuse. – Unknown

Don’t lose sight of what is most important. Sometimes, if you’re like me, you may lose track of time when working on something you love. This reflection will help ensure you are keeping track of where your time is really being spent and if you are providing the time your loved ones need and deserve.

#8 Did I show interest in others or just myself? Did I make people feel good?

You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you. – Dale Carnegie

If you aren’t careful, you can easily dominate all conversations you have with talk about yourself. We all do it from time to time, some more than others. Try to be a person that people like to talk to. Make others feel you care about them and are interested in what they do. It goes a long way.

Build your reputation by helping other people build theirs. – Anthony J. D’Angelo

You know that person that makes you just feel good when you’re around them? That person you would go above and beyond for if they needed just because you like them so much? Be that person for someone else. Make others love to be around you because of how you make them feel. You don’t have to be a jerk to succeed in business.

#9 Did I make money today or lose money?

The person who doesn’t know where his next dollar is coming from usually doesn’t know where his last dollar went. – Unknown

When you aren’t on a traditional pay schedule, it is critically important for you to understand where you stand financially.

Monitoring your cash flow will also help you gauge your growth and progress. If certain variables have changed and you are losing money, you will notice much more quickly.

#10 Did I act ethically in all business matters?

Being good is good businessAnita Roddick

If you need motivation for why you should act ethically outside of the basic fact that it is the right thing, you should also know that it is good for your business. You could get by with perhaps 99% of the underhanded moves you could make, but becoming caught on the 1% can ruin your reputation and your business.

#11 Did I exercise and eat well?Exercise Daily

The first wealth is health.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

This is an aspect that doesn’t get the attention it rightfully deserves with regard to success. If you plan to be a successful entrepreneur, you need to fuel your body right. Think of it this way, if you were to become wildly successful but were fat and sick, would you really be where you want to be? I’d rather have my health any day. Overlook this aspect at your own risk. You will be a better entrepreneur when you take care of your body.

#12 What is my main goal tomorrow? How will I do it and what would a perfect tomorrow look like?

Every conflict is won before it is ever fought. – Sun-tzu

The purpose of the evening reflection is not to dwell in the past, but to better prepare yourself for the future. Now that you have reflected on the previous day, you are ready to bring your realizations into the next one. You are stronger now. You can focus on what you have to do tomorrow and remind yourself that “these things must be done first, anything else is a distraction and I am putting of what is most important to my success.”

#13 What am I thankful for.

Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others. – Cicero

Focusing on what you are grateful for will make you a more positive and productive person. When you forget to consider how good things are, you lose ambition to continue to culminate goodness in your life.

#14 Focus on what success looks like for you.

Imagination is a force that can actually manifest a reality. – James Cameron

Picture what success looks like for you. Put yourself there with as much detail as possible. What does it feel like? What would you do? What got you there? Why is it so fantastic? Be as specific as possible and you will begin to subconsciously do the things that will get you there.

Building the Routine

The purpose of the questions above is to develop daily mindfulness. This is something that you should turn into a nightly routine. It does not lose its value from day to day and has the greatest impact when performed regularly.

If you can maintain this practice for 30 days, it will become easy and somewhat of a habit.

Author
Nate McCallister
Owner, EntreResource.com 678-876-4878
nate@entreresource.com | http://www.entreresource.com

Nate is the founder and main contributor of EntreResource.com. He is a lifestyle entrepreneur who spends his time building businesses and raising his two kids Sawyer and Brooks with his beautiful wife Emily. His main interests include copywriting, economics and outsourcing everything possible.

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Terrific Approach to Managing Tasks

From the author of the book Procrastinate On Purpose:

 

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An Hour You Won’t Regret Spending

Do you have an hour with no pressing plan for it?

If so, turn off the TV, shut down the video game system and mute your phone. I think you will be glad you did.

This compilation of different talks & video snippets on attitude is over the top. I found it quite by accident but once I started watching it – I couldn’t get enough. It is brutally honest, filled with emotional moments and more than a little gritty.

I apologize in advance for the occasional bad language, but don’t dismiss it simply because of that. This has the ability to open eyes, & minds if we will just let it.

I don’t know about you, but after watching it all I could say was – WOW. Please share this with someone who is striving, or someone who is thinking of giving up, or someone who is feeling held back, or some who wants more from life and has no earthly idea how to get it.

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Fake It Till You Become It

Are you what’s holding you back from success?

Most of us know there are small things we do that affect the bigger areas of our lives. Your success is dependent on you. Right? It’s not based on luck, or parentage or even education. But I am sure that you never thought you could control aspects of your success in life, relationships, business, etc. by something as small as your posture….

 

This astounding 20 minute TED video may just take your breath away – and it may fill your life with more success than you could achieve without this information.

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Success Quotes From He Who Knows

 Cuban is oddly inspiring, not only due to the amount of money he has been able to accumulate, or the fact that he owns the Dallas Mavericks, but also for his insight.

Each quote below encompasses how the man continues to brilliantly enhance his image and empire while also reminding us that hard work and determination do actually pay off.

1. “Work like there is someone working 24 hours a day to take it away from you.”

Life is temporary. Work is temporary. One day, you will be incredibly successful at whatever you choose to do with your life. While that day may be difficult to imagine right now, start fighting for your future.

You may not have a job, internship or college major about which you are crazy, but with everything you do, maintain the mindset that what you have could end or be taken away from you at any time. There will always be someone who is willing to work harder than you, so you should always give your best effort.

This mentality will keep you on your toes and will ultimately help you grow.


2. “It’s not in the dreaming, it’s in the doing.”

Growing up, we are repeatedly told to dream big, to never stop dreaming and to believe in our dreams. However, we are not told enough that dreams are accomplished by taking action.

Dreams are merely thoughts; the doing is more powerful than the dreaming. The doing is what changes the world and impacts people in unforeseen ways.

Dream of being a physical therapist; apply to physical therapy school and go from there. Dream of being a politician; get involved in local campaigns and work your way up. Dream of being a writer; apply to Elite Daily and start writing.

We have more control over the “doing” than we give ourselves credit. If you spend all of your time dreaming, you will never grant yourself the opportunity to see what you are truly capable of accomplishing.


3. “Doesn’t matter if the glass is half-empty or half-full. All that matters is that you are the one pouring the water.”

No matter how troublesome life can become, you are in control of your emotions, decisions and outlooks on situations. Try not to dwell on how empty or full your life, or the lives of others, might be. Believing that you have control over how much water is poured into the glass of life is a powerful skill.

How you react to not getting the perfect internship, a friend’s betrayal or a loved one’s death can make the glass seem pretty empty; however, you get to decide how much water is poured.


4. “Wherever I see people doing something the way it’s always been done, the way it’s ‘supposed’ to be done, following the same old trends, well, that’s just a big red flag to me to go look somewhere else.”

Life can get repetitive, consistent and complacent. Falling into a life or workplace of complacency is dangerous. Seek opportunities and take risks that are out of your comfort zone. Work for a company that is constantly changing, growing and evolving.

Surround yourself with people who are bold and do not follow paths already created. Do not be afraid to look at opportunities in life that are different, offbeat or even a little weird.

We are trained to interpret “different” as a negative, when in reality, different jobs and opportunities often provide for the greatest potential for us to thrive as individuals. Life is too short for us to live in fear of being different. Be whom you want to be and don’t worry about the haters.


5. “Every no gets me closer to a yes.”

The word “no” leads many of us to see it as a failure. “No” comes in different forms: the test you just failed, the interview that didn’t lead to a job and the person who tells you “you can’t.” We look at that “no” often enough to never go near it again.

“No” does not mean defeat, however. It is an opportunity to get closer to the “yes” for which you are searching. Do not let the “nos” of life impact your goals.

“Nos” are part of your story, and if you keep working hard, they will lead to many “yeses,” which often turn out to be better than the opportunities for which the “nos” would have provided.

Thanks to:

Amy Dickey

Amy Dickey

CONTRIBUTOR to Elite Daily

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How To Win! Really.

What does it truly take to not only survive in this topsy-turvy world of ours, but to actually come out on top? I mean, is it even possible? Obviously I think it can be done. And so do some others. Yes you can win.

 

Now that’s REAL. Thanks to Prager University.

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Abraham Lincoln

“The best way to predict your future is to create it”

Abraham Lincoln

born Hardin County, Kentucky, February 12, 1809, died April 15, 1865

Abraham Lincoln was the sixteenth President of the United States, serving from March 4, 1861 until his assassination.

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Are You Truly Successful?

We have a tendency to think that success means a certain thing, while true success (if you take the time to analyze it and think it all the way through) is something else entirely.

I just came across an article shared on Linkedin.com that breaks it out totally. If you are a successful or are pursuing success, do yourself a favor and spend some time in this piece titled:

The Difference Between Successful and Very Successful People

Then take a few minutes and measure your goals against the things that really matter on the road to Very Successful.

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