What separates a happy, successful business owner from a stressed, unsuccessful one?
It's not the ups and downs on any given day or week.
It's not one particular marketing strategy.
It's not the unique challenges that will surface as you grow your business.
No matter where you are, there are a core set of habits that will lead you to inevitable success if you have a compelling vision of what you want to create, and you have a service (or product) that people really want.
Successful people don't make excuses about why they can't create the life and business they want, they get resourceful. Instead of asking, “What if I can't?” they ask, “How can I?”
Create Empowering Meanings
Successful people create empowering meanings, and allow challenges to turn into valuable learning that takes them to the next level.
Let me show you what I mean:
Let's say you have a new workshop that you're excited about. You have an action plan to get the word out. People tell you they are excited, but when it comes to the actual event, no one shows up.
What does this mean?
It could mean that you didn't tell enough people, it could mean that your workshop isn't resonating deeply with the people you want to show up, it could mean that you need to shift your strategy.
The truth is, you have lots of possibilities to choose from when it comes to the meaning of this event.
Do you choose a meaning that helps you learn and grow?
Do you choose a meaning that validates your belief that you are bad, unworthy, not cut out for entrepreneurship?
I see the second meaning surface for clients and colleagues every day. You experience a challenge and decide it means you “can't do it.”
If you continue with that habit, you'll rob the world of all you have to give.
Instead, keep your head up and listen for the lessons that you can use. Watch out for your inner critic. And know that the real meaning is never “You are not worthy” because you're worthy always, no matter what.
Ooh, this is a big one.
Ever catch yourself looking around at others in your profession, maybe scanning websites online, and saying to yourself, “Why start? They've already got this perfected, so why bother?”
All I have to say to you is this:
1973 was the year Oprah got her first broadcasting job.
Today Oprah's inspired millions of people, created a global empire, and donated millions of dollars to charity.
Her current net worth is 3 billion. (Is your mind blown, like mine?)
What if she compared herself to others, to the point that she sabotaged her full potential?
Early on, anyway.
Oprah admits that when she stopped “trying to be like Barbara Walters” her broadcasting career took off.
Go figure. Even Oprah compares. She just makes sure it is a short-lived episode of her life, instead of a longer chapter.
Well there you have it!
Get resourceful, create empowering meanings, and stop comparing, and the world is your oyster. You can reach your dreams and feel good along the way.
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Now, I want to know:
- Which Success Tip resonates with you most?
- What do YOU think are keys to success?