Success in business, as well as in life, takes work. It’s not like you wake up in the morning and all the sudden everything is perfect for you. We, as human beings, start to learn from the minute we’re born, and it continues throughout our entire lifetime.
The good part is that we have the power to control our own destiny. What I mean by this is that we have the power to learn what works in regards to building relationships, building a business, coaching a team, or anything else you want to focus on improving, and then take action to make it happen.
I know from personal experience in my life, that the following three statements hold true.
– Consistent daily effort yields the best results
– Keeping an open mind to new opportunities yields the best results
– Not following statistics yields the best results
Yes, these may sound simple, but their importance is paramount to business success.
I’ve shared some additional information on each of the statements that I’ve found to work best below. Have a read through them, implement them in your business and personal life, and whatever you do, start today, don’t wait for tomorrow.
Your daily activity is really going to determine what you achieve, and how fast you actually achieve it. It’s great that you want to achieve a goal over the next six months, but waiting until the last month to jump into action may make the goal a little difficult for you to achieve. It’d be better if you focused your daily efforts around reaching your goal from the second you commit to it, this way, it doesn’t look like too big of a mountain that you need to climb.
Being consistent with your daily efforts is like walking up the stairs in our house. You need to hit every step to safely make it to the top, but if you skip some, you may lose your balance and fall, so you’re better off being patient and steady on your way up. Daily consistency starts with planning ahead. Waking up in the morning and making a plan is too late, it needs to be done a day, a week, or further out in advance for the best level of results.
Opportunities are all over.
Growth opportunities are all over the place, but it’s up to you to not walk right by them. You need to know when an opportunity is knocking, and you need to jump at the chance when it does. You need to put yourself out there so that people and businesses know you are open to new opportunities and projects. Walking through life with blinders to new opportunities is really selling yourself short. Yes, there’s risk, but on the flip side, there’s a ton of growth potential as well. I’m not saying for you to stop doing what you’re doing today, and just jump head first into the water, what I’m saying is to keep an open mind and be open to new opportunities in the future, as they come up.
Maybe you work for a company now, bring idea’s to them, let them know you’re interested in excelling within the organization. Maybe you have an idea that can help the company grow, but if you’re not sharing it with anybody, no one will know. The idea is to make a difference, to leave an imprint, whether it be at a Fortune 500 company you work at, or a small business you just started, make a difference. Put yourself out there, get comfortable doing uncomfortable things, and the uncomfortable things will become comfortable. When you’re actively moving and seeking improvement in your life, things will naturally get better. The most important part is that you just start. Without initially starting, and without allowing yourself to become open to new opportunities, nothing is ever going to happen.
Go with your gut.
If you truly feel it in your heart, just go for it. Statistics are great to research and follow if you want to fit in with the rest of the pack. People who have broken out of the mold and risen to superstardom in business and entrepreneurship have definitely not followed statistics. If you’re looking to really break out and follow your dreams, whatever they may be, you’ll need to go against a lot of expert statistics.
Statistics will tell you that you can’t do it because of, “x, y, and z,” or that it’s not advisable to do because of, “x, y, and z,” they may even make you think, hey, “I fit into that statistics category, so I need to think and act like people in my statistics category do.” Statistics will not show you how much heart a person has, statistics will not show you how much heart you have, statistics will only bunch you into a category like a curve on a college exam does. I’m not saying not to do proper research before you enter into something, what I’m saying is you need to follow your true heart’s desire sometimes. Following your true hearts-desire allows you to drive your car looking out of the front windshield rather than driving looking out the rear-view mirror.
There’s nothing worse than going through life saying, “I should’ve, could’ve, would’ve,” this type of thinking will drive you to the ground and you’ll always be living in the past. Stay in the present moment by learning what works, and then implementing it in your life. Yes, success takes work, and yes, it can be done, but you need to take the necessary steps to make everything come together.