The 4 Best Kept Secrets To Success & Happiness

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People often ask me to share with them the basis of my own success.  I think the secret to success involves 4 things. Here they are:

1) Always Listen to Your Inner Guidance

First, I have always listened to my inner guidance. I listened to what I was interested in and pursued it with all of my heart and soul. I was always willing to let go of where I was literally and figuratively in order to follow my dreams and achieve my life goals.

By the time I was 39 I had lived in nine states, attended three universities, built three businesses, taken more than 100 workshops, read over 1,000 books, and listened to more audio programs than I can count. I have always been a voracious learner, and by honoring my desire to increase my own self-awareness, I also discovered ways to help others be more successful in every area of their lives.

You were born with an inner guidance system that tells you when you are on or off purpose by the amount of joy you are experiencing. The things that bring you the greatest joy are in alignment with your purpose.

Follow the things in your life that bring you the most joy, and dedicate yourself to always improving.

If you’d like to learn how to access your inner guidance, check out my meditation tips for clarity and guidance.

2) Work Hard and Passionately for What You Want

Second, I was willing to work hard. Because I was passionate about my work. I worked long hours, approached every task with excellence, and devoted myself to never-ending improvement in every area of my work and my life.

Whenever you set out to improve your skills, change your behavior, or better your family life or business, beginning in small, manageable steps gives you a greater chance of long-term success. Doing too much too fast not only overwhelms you (or anyone else involved in the improvement), it can doom the effort to failure—thereby reinforcing the belief that it’s difficult, if not impossible, to succeed.

When you start with small, achievable steps you can easily master, it reinforces your belief that you can easily improve.

3) Surround Yourself With Great People

Third, I learned early on that life is a team sport. I always surrounded myself with partners, co-authors, and great staff with whom I shared generously.

One of the main secrets of success and successful people is that they constantly seek out guidance and advice from experts in their field. You can do the same and find great partners and mentors. Set aside some time and make a list of the people you would like to ask to mentor you. Then approach them and ask for their help.

Be prepared to give your mentors something in return. Even if it’s something simple such as keeping them updated on industry information or calling with new opportunities that might benefit them, look for ways to give to your mentors. Help others, too. What a great reward to any mentor—to eventually have their former protégé out in the world mentoring others!

4) Love What You Do, and Teach Others What You Know

Fourth, I have always sincerely cared about the people I serve, sometimes to a fault. But, I truly love people, and I love how I feel when I watch them wake up and successfully apply the principles and strategies I have taught them. I love what I do, and I love the people for whom I do it.

I want to leave you with a bit of homework to complete. Make a list of all of the things that make you feel the most joyful and alive. What are the common elements of these experiences? Can you figure out a way to make a living doing those things?

Leave a comment below on what brings you the most joy, and I’ll be sure to follow up with you.

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Achieve Financial Freedom By Becoming Mindful About Your Money

Most people are unconscious when it comes to their money. For instance, do you know your net worth? Do you know how much money you have in savings? Do you have a financial plan? These are just a few of many questions you should be asking yourself regularly in order to achieve financial freedom.

If you want to achieve financial freedom, you have to become conscious about your money. Not only do you have to know precisely where you are, but you also need to know exactly where you want to go and what’s required to get you there.

Here are 4 tips to financial freedom that will make you more mindful about your money.

1) Determine Your Net Worth

If you don’t know your net worth, you can work with an accountant or a financial planner to calculate it or use any of the free tools available on the internet. Knowing your net worth will give you a baseline for where you currently are.

2) Determine How Much You Need to Retire

Calculate what your financial needs will be when and if you retire.

Be aware that retirement, by its very nature, requires that you have financial independence. A good financial planner can tell you how much in savings and investments would be required to produce enough in interest, dividend, rental, and royalty income to live your current or future lifestyle without having to work.

Financial freedom frees you up to pursue your passions, travel, engage in philanthropic endeavors and service projects—or do whatever else you might wish.

3) Become Aware of What You’re Spending

Most people aren’t aware of what they really spend in a month. This is a very important step to developing a millionaire mindset.

If you’ve never tracked your expenditures, start with these steps:

  1. Write down all your normal fixed monthly expenses such as your mortgage or rent, car payment, any other installment or loan payments, insurance bills, cable bill, Internet provider, health club membership, and so on.
  2. Go back over the last 6 to 12 months and calculate average monthly expenditures that fluctuate—utilities, phone bills, food bills, clothing expenditures, automobile maintenance, medical expenses, and so on.
  3. Keep a record for 1 month of everything you spend money on during that month, no matter how big or small—from gas for your car to coffee at Starbucks.
  4. Add up everything at the end of the month so that you are consciously aware—rather than unaware—of what you’re spending.

Finance apps for budgeting, like Mint or LearnVest, allow you to easily track this information by connecting directly to your bank accounts.

Check off those items you must pay for and those things you have discretion over. This exercise will make you aware of what you’re currently spending and where you could cut back if you chose to.

4) Become Financially Literate

Not only should you stay conscious around money by reviewing your financial goals every day and tracking your spending every month, but I recommend that you also proactively learn about money and investing by reading at least one good financial book every month for the next year.

Some examples of finance books are Phil Town’s: Rule #1: The Simple Strategy for Successful Investing in Only 15 Minutes a Week! and Tony Robbins’: Money: Master the Game.

Go online and do some research on books that will teach you about money and help improve your financial literacy. Commit to reading at least one of them this month.

Leave a comment below and share one resource, website, or book you use to stay on top of your money that may be helpful to others.

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The 3-Step Formula to Build Successful Habits

As I’ve said countless times before, “Success leaves clues.” This means that if you want to be successful, then you simply have to look at what successful people have done before you. All successful people have successful habits – habits that they have created and refined over time because they helped them to reach their goals. Learning how to develop a habit can be as simple as observing others who are already successful.

Study the habits of successful people, and then ask yourself which of their habits would help you to reach YOUR goals.

Once you have that list, then it’s time to actively work on building those habits and making them a consistent part of your daily life.

Now what I’m about to tell you is a step-by-step method to help you create better habits.

It works because it’s simple. You don’t need complicated strategies. This template can be applied to any area of your life: business or personal. If applied consistently, it will help you achieve everything you want.

Learning how to develop a habit involves three fundamental steps:

1) Clearly Identify Your Bad or Unproductive Habits

It’s important that you really think about the future consequences of your bad habits.

These may not show up tomorrow, next week, or next month. The real impact could be years away. And when you look at your unproductive behavior one day at a time, it may not look so bad. The smoker says, “What’s a few cigarettes today? It helps me relax. I’m not wheezing and coughing.” However, the days accumulate and twenty years later in the doctor’s office, the X-rays are conclusive.

Consider this: If you smoke 10 cigarettes a day for 20 years, that’s 73,000 cigarettes. Do you think 73,000 cigarettes could have an impact on your lungs? Of course!

In fact, the consequences can be deadly. So, when you examine your own bad habits, consider the long-term implications. Be totally honest with yourself. Your life may be at stake.

2) Define Your New, Successful Habits

Usually, this is just the opposite of your bad habits.

In the smoker’s example, it would be, “Stop smoking.”

When defining your new habit, what are you actually going to do? To motivate yourself, think about all the benefits and rewards of adopting your new successful habit. This helps you create a clear picture of what this new habit will do for you. The more vividly you describe the benefits, the more likely you are to take action.

3) Create an Action Plan

This is where the rubber meets the road and it’s a crucial step for those who want to be successful

In the smoking example there are several options:

  • Read how-to-stop-smoking literature.
  • Start hypnosis therapy.
  • Substitute something else when the desire for a cigarette arises.
  • Place a bet with a friend to keep you accountable.
  • Start a fresh air exercise program.
  • Use a nicotine patch treatment.
  • Stay away from other smokers.

When learning how to develop a new habit, the important thing is to make a decision about which specific actions you are going to implement and then you must take action.

Start with just one habit that you really want to change in any area of your life. Focus on your three immediate action steps and put them into practice. Remember, nothing will change until you do.

Now, here’s your homework.

Write down one unproductive habit you’d like to change, as well as the new one you’d like to create. Then, create your 3-step action plan, in writing, of how you’re going to take action to create this new habit. Give yourself a check-in date of when you’ll assess your progress to see how far you’ve come on creating this habit.

One of my favorite habits is practicing a daily meditation to stay grounded and clear-minded. If you’d like to replace a bad habit with this great one, you can learn how to meditate here.

To hold yourself accountable, leave a comment below with the bad habit you’re going to change and the one you’re going to replace it with. I’ll follow up with you to make sure you’re staying on track!

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WANT TO USE THIS ARTICLE IN YOUR E-ZINE OR WEB SITE?
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