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Top Ten Strategies For Becoming Uncommonly Successful
Here are 10 of 26 proven strategies gleaned from interviews with highly successful people who have overcome obstacles to accomplish such feats at climbing Mt. Everest, winning a Grammy, becoming a multi-millionaire, becoming an established author and humorist, a professional pitcher in the Major Leagues, an internet entrepreneur who earns millions and more. Regardless of your career or industry, when applied, these success principles can shorten your learning curve and be a catalyst for your success.
These principles were excerpted from the book, "I Can't Believe I Get Paid To Do This!" Remarkable People Reveal 26 Proven Strategies For Making Your Dreams a Reality by Stacey Mayo
1. Create Wealth in Alignment With Your Passions
It is important to focus on what you are passionate about first and then find a way to make money at it. Get in touch with your heart first, otherwise, the left side of your brain will rule out perfectly good ideas without having explored them.
"Money allows us the freedom to pursue the things that are important to us. Money is not an end it itself." Stacy Allison, first American woman to successfully climb Mt. Everest
2. Honor Numero Uno: Design Your Life Around Your Priorities
Many people try to fit their dreams into their life and complain there are not enough hours in the day to make it happen. If you want your dream to become a reality, make it a priority. Otherwise, it will never be more than a pipedream.
3. Visualize Every Step of Your Dream and Watch the Magic Unfold
The muscle movement that helps us physically take action in our lives begins in the mind. That is why all great golfers, tennis players, basketball players, etc. visualize themselves making a shot beforehand. An experiment conducted by Alan Richardson, an Australian psychologist, found 23% performance improvement among subjects who visualized every day for 20 days. In his paper published in Research Quarterly, Richardson wrote that the most effective visualization occurs when the visualizer feels and sees what he is doing.
"I really visualized it, too, even as a child watching those programs. I could visualize myself walking up the stage, up the stairs. For me, visualizing those dreams happening was pertinent to making that happen, because I could see it. I pictured it in my head" Mary Youngblood, welfare mom turned Grammy Award Winner
4. Easy Does It: Inspired Action Always Trumps Forced Action
Inspired action is joyful action that is in alignment with your dream. It is action you want to take and the idea of it brings a smile to your face. When you take inspired action, you are aligned with what you are doing and things flow naturally.
Contrast this to action that you are forcing yourself to take regardless of whether you feel like doing it. Maybe you are in a bad mood or have a headache but decide you have to take this action and keep trudging forward. The likelihood is that if you take action from this place it will take you twice as long to accomplish your task or goal or there will be obstacles that come up along the way. It's like swimming against strong currents.
5. Laser in On One Idea, Business or Income Stream at a Time
One of the mistakes people make is diversifying too quickly. This is true whether you are trying to build multiple streams of income or are just working on several different ideas at one time. The key is getting the first stream or idea up and running, producing good revenue, and having systems in place so it will keep running without you before going on to the next unrelated stream.
"Several things going on at one time is a distraction to cash." Loral Langemeier, single mom, financial literacy coach and millionaire
6. Strengthen Your Relationships: Your Financial Independence is Dependent on Your Connections With Others
Many people think of the day when they will be financially independent as "freedom day." And, while financial independence is a worthwhile goal, it does not mean that you are free of your dependence on other people. As a matter of fact, in order to create financial independence, you just might need a lot more people in your life than you have right now.
7. Develop Your Resilience Muscle: Bounce Back From Setbacks
The truth is that you will have setbacks along the way. This is just inevitable. The sooner you accept that, the better. Many of these setbacks will take the form of circumstances that come up and block your way. If you look closely, you may find these setbacks are directly correlated with your innermost thoughts, fears, and limiting beliefs. This is because we create what we focus on including those things we don't want.
Don't get stopped by these bumps in the road; learn from them. As you work through the setbacks that come up, you will become the person you need to be to live out your dreams.
8. Streamline Your Efforts; Align Your Natural Talents With Your Goal
Success comes easier and more quickly when you enhance your strengths and delegate in areas where you are weak. Your natural talents are those things you do so easily and naturally that you think they are no big deal. Many of my clients were overlooking their natural talents when they first came to me. They thought if it is this easy for them, it must be this easy for everyone. This is rarely the case.
The key is to take your natural talents and abilities and strengthen them through education and experience. You are not born an expert at anything. It is something you develop.
9. Disarm That Sneaky Inner Saboteur
Even when we know what we need to do, we often don't do it out of fear of experiencing the emotions and other things that may come up as a result. Fear of failure and fear of success are the two biggest internal fears that people often face. Most other fears such as fear of rejection fall underneath one of these major categories. As human beings, we will go to great lengths to avoid our fears. That is why so many ideas never get beyond being a great idea, or projects are started and never finished. It is easy to find reasons, excuses, other diversions or projects, create chaos, and sometimes to even create emergencies to avoid these negative feelings or outcomes.
One of the most important things you can do is allow it to be okay to have these feelings. Then step back and notice what it is you do to get in your own way. When you have identified what you do, you can make a conscious decision to do it differently.
10. Shorten Your Learning Curve by Learning From The Best
You can learn from the people who are barely getting by, from those who are doing fairly well or from those at the top of the heap. Talk to people who are already successful and find out how they did it. That's what the book, "I Can't Believe I Get Paid To Do This!" is about. Its purpose is to provide success principles and philosophies from those who have excelled. They've already been down the road and you can learn from their experience. Why reinvent the wheel when someone else already did a great job of creating it?
These principles were excerpted from the book, "I Can't Believe I Get Paid To Do This by Stacey Mayo aka "The Dream Queen." Stacey is Director of the Center for Balanced Living (http://www.balancedliving.com) and a Master Certified Coach. She and a team of incredible coaches have supported thousands of people in making their dreams come true. The book is available through http://www.igetpaidtodothis.com and www.amazon.com.
Success Is Easy, But So Is Neglect
People often ask me how I became successful in that six-year period of time while many of the people I knew did not.The answer is simple: The things I found to be easy to do, they found to be easy not to do.
Work Smarter Not Harder
When you are working over time but yet you do not have any money in your saving, then you do not work smart enough. When you are working two jobs, but still can not pay the bills, then you do not work smart enough.
Reach Your Goals - Have A Pitch Party
Have a "Pitch Party" Invite friends and work together to haul out all the old stuff in your life that no longer works with your new direction. For example, if you have lost a substantial amount of weight, drag out all those too-big clothes, the ugly sweats you slouched around the house in and anything else that belongs with the "old you" (diet magazines, weigh-in charts, etc).
Success: Beware The Arrival Syndrome
There is a saying that goes something like this: Getting to the top is easy, the hard thing is staying there.There's a reason this is so true.
Five Principals for Prosperity
Many years ago, forty to be exact, I started my own business at the tender age of nineteen. The street markets in and around Manchester England was my happy hunting ground.
+ Persistence =
"Never, never, never give up; never give up, never!." - Winston ChurchillThis is the total, famous commencement speech he made to a university graduating class; his last public words; sound advice for all who aspire to achieve their dreams.
One of the keys to being successful in anything you do is persistence. Once you have determined exactly what it is you want to accomplish, you must take massive action on a consistent, persistent basis in order to succeed.
10 Questions: Do You Have What It Takes?
Do you have what it takes to be really successful?Have you ever thought about what you must be prepared to endure and do in order to be successful in business or your career?I think I have been asked at least 5,000 times what it really takes to be successful in business, so I jotted down 10 questions you can use to gauge whether you already have what it takes, or if you need to do a little "work" to get there.Many years ago I heard Jim Rohn say that you either pay the price of discipline or the price of regret.
Neutralize The Negatives!
We are repeatedly told that we should forget about unpleasant experiences (failures) and focus on pleasant ones (successes).I agree totally with the last part of this proposition but only partly with the bit on forgetting about your unpleasant experiences.
Communication and Communication Skills - Understanding Your Audience
Response means "to answer" and that idea, in its purest form means a complete and honest answer, with all of the detail that constitutes a meaningful communication. Semantics teaches us that we must appraise our "audience" and determine the language level, detail level, maturity level etc.
Success At Any Time?
It goes without saying that we are unlikely to experience much success in our lives if we don't take action. That is why Anthony Robbins said,"The path to success is to take massive, determined action.
Moving to the Other Side of Box
Few books have impacted my perspective on human psychologically and behavior. A little over a year ago I read a book by Dr.
Advance Your Enthusiasm and Determination for Success
Imagine being firmly committed to your deepest ambitions. Imagine feeling energetic and enthusiastic about your relationships, career, and all the things you want.
10 Tips on How to Get the Best from Changing Situations
It can be great to do something new 'for a change', when it's your choice. It's fun then.
Reach Your Goals - Using Eastern Wisdom
Take a page from Eastern wisdom Meditation, martial arts that focus on disciplining the mind as well as the body, and chi-releasing massage and yoga can all help you reach your goals by clearing your mind, teaching you how to block out distractions, and showing you how to deal effectively with obstacles. The disciplines of Eastern mind-body arts are a great help when stress or outside influences threaten your progress, and the meditative mindset helps keep the link between the sub-conscious and conscious mind open, streamlining the flow of creativity and flexibility and promoting the intelligent use of internal resources - and, not incidentally, short circuiting some of the resistance and negative self-talk that often create failure where there was none before.
Of Courage and Greatness
Courage is something that is reflected and reciprocated, and is by no means, inherent. When we are ordinary, we are morally ample and when we are surreal, we are audacious.
The Five 'P's of Self-Employment
The entrepreneur game is filled with an amazing variety of individuals. Laid-off workers, semi-retired individuals, inspired people with unbounded enthusiasm, and, oh yes, mothers too.
Falling Up the Stairs
There have been a lot of really good movies made over the last several years. There are a lot of bad ones too.
To Be is to Become
To make change effective, you have to BE what you want to BECOME.There is a concept that I'll bet you have heard about most of your life.
Opening Your Unlimited Potential
It is high time you know the truth about yourselves. You can be whatever you desire, you can do whatever you think or imagine.
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