How to Be Successful When Success Comes Slowly

Learning how to be successful in life can be slow a slow process. Sometimes it can make you feel frustrated at sluggish progress in your success journey - despite all the know-how and principles you rigorously employ.

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Can success be sped up? Is there an antidote to slow outcomes despite arduous planning and actions taken? What's the secret for seeing huge results right now?

Let's get one thing straight…

When we admire someone's success, or even our own, we often focus on the end result and not so much on the effort (and time) that it took to become successful. This can cultivate unrealistic expectations, especially the idea that overnight success can happen through careful strategy and an execution of sound advice.

How to be Successful By Focusing on What IS Working 

The truth be told, success typically follows a series of little events and achievements that can seem to take an eternity, that include a few disappointments along the way, and that challenge everything about you to the core - your stamina, courage, integrity, and even your willingness to keep going.

If you focus on what's not working, guess what: You're likely coming from a place of aggravation as your mind wraps around all that is wrong.

You may even have negative thoughts like, "I'm not good enough," "It will never work," or "Something must be wrong with me."

What this mentally does is engender more of these counter-productive feelings. You attract what you are feeling. So, negative experiences, people, and results will beget more negative experience, people, and results.

There's not much success in that.

The key in learning how to be successful then, is to focus on what IS working.

Practice Journaling and Meditation

In order to focus on what is working, I recommend two simple practices: journaling and meditation.

Maintaining a journal or as I like to call it, a gratitude journal is a great way to steer your attention to the positive and continually renew your vision for yourself.

Start each day with reflections on what you are grateful for in your life (list them out!) and end each day with notes on what went right (again, write them down) however small they may seem.

Spend time each day in quiet contemplation, prayer or meditation.

Learning how to meditate can be a powerful tool for arriving at solutions to problems and shifting your attitude so you can attract success sooner rather than later.

The magic of meditation is it’s ability to essentially shut down the outer layer of your judgmental, highly-critical brain and allow your unconscious mind to take over. This is where you enter a deeper state of inner peace and joy, tapping into a higher level of creativity that will help usher in the results you want.

(If you’re new to meditation or if you’ve struggled when meditating on your own I've written a post to teach beginners how to meditate.)

Are You Taking Real Action?

Let's say you're doing ALL these things, but you still aren't happy with your success...

I'll ask you then, are you taking real ACTION?

Learning how to be successful can be pointless if it's not followed by action. 

You may be taking the actions you are used to taking. But, if you keep doing what you've already done, then you'll keep getting what you've always gotten. It's a matter of practicing some new behaviors. Shake things up a bit and see if you can take new actions or modify existing ones.

Every day do five specific things that take you toward your goal. Change up the five actions regularly and be open to feedback so you know when you're off course.

Success Takes Patience

Lastly, I want to remind you about patience.

It's natural to underestimate how long a certain goal can take, especially a profound one. When I set a goal to become a millionaire the year was 1983.

How long did it take? Eleven years. It took time for Chicken Soup for the Soul to hit the bestseller lists. You could say our tenure on the New York Times list was more than a decade in the making.

That's a lot of patience for someone who initially wanted overnight success.

Continue to Take Action

So, yes, patience is a virtue. But, keep at it, and in no time, you'll be only one week, or one day away from your ultimate success.

Remember... be grateful, reflect on what IS working and continue to take ACTION!

I want to leave you with a bit of homework to complete. Resolve to start a gratitude journal to begin steering your attention to the positive and continually renew your vision for yourself.

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5 Powerful Strategies to Help You Achieve Any Goal

If you've been working toward becoming successful for a while, then it’s probably time to revisit your intentions and take stock of what you’ve accomplished so far.

Think back to a few months ago... What were the main goals or intentions you set for yourself or your business? How many have you crossed off the list or made significant progress toward achieving?

If you’re falling behind schedule or finding it hard to stay focused on your big goals, here are five of my most powerful Success Principles to help you recharge your motivation and sense of purpose – and move closer to achieving success with every action and decision you make.

Consider it a spring tune-up for your intentions!

 1. Practice Persistence While Trying to Become Successful

What’s the one common attribute high achievers share above anything else? PERSISTENCE. When they have a goal, they simply refuse to give up until they reach it – no matter what roadblocks life throws in their way.

Consider the story of Admiral Robert Peary, who attempted to reach the North Pole seven times before he finally succeeded on try number eight. Or screenwriter Craig Borten, who wrote the screenplay for Dallas Buyers Club in 1992 and struggled for 20 years to get his script turned into a movie – which became a huge success and won numerous awards, including the Oscar for best original screenplay.

You can read about them and many other ordinary people who have persevered to achieve extraordinary success in The Success Principles, Chapter 22: Practice Persistence. I encourage you to review this chapter so you can learn from their examples and be inspired by their stories. It’s a great way to reignite your own motivation!

2. Face What Isn’t Working

If you are going to become more successful, you have to get out of denial and face isn’t working in your life. Are your goals simply too big to accomplish in the time you have available? Are you lacking some essential skills required to achieve them? Are you in denial about the amount of support you need?

Successful people face these circumstances squarely, heed the warning signs, and take appropriate action, no matter how uncomfortable or challenging it might be.

Do you need to talk to someone? Ask someone for help? Find a new resource? Read a book? Call an expert? Make a plan to fix it?

Choose one action you can take and then do it. Then keep taking another action and another action until you get the situation resolved.

3. Transcend Your Limiting Beliefs

Sometimes the biggest reason we don’t move forward is because deep down we don’t think we’re actually capable of achieving or goals – or deserving of the success we long for.

If you have limiting beliefs or negative thoughts holding you back from reaching your goals, take some time to identify what these thoughts and beliefs are and then transform them into an empowering belief using these four steps:

  1. Write down the negative belief
  2. Describe how the belief limits you
  3. Decide how you would rather be, act, or feel
  4. Create a turnaround statement that affirms your right to be, act, or feel this new way.

For example...

Limiting belief: I have to do everything by myself. Asking for help is a sign of weakness.

Turnaround statement: It’s okay to ask for help. I am worthy or receiving all the support I need – and I know it will help me reach my goals faster.

4. Stay Motivated with the Masters

Motivation comes from within – but sometimes you need an external nudge to push you forward in the right direction. That’s why I’m a firm believer in reading, watching, or listening to something that motivates you every day – even if it’s only for 15 minutes. If you're serious about learning how to be successful, then incorporating this into your routine is essential.

Whether you’re commuting by car or train, riding your bike, going for a run, or simply find yourself with a few minutes in front of the computer, listening to audio or video recordings can give you the edge you need to excel in virtually any area of your life. You can keep yourself motivated, learn a language, learn management skills, learn sales and marketing strategies, learn better communication, learn about holistic health and more.

By devoting more time to developing success-oriented thoughts and attitudes, you are guaranteed to reach your goals faster.

5. Take BOLD actions to get BIG results

When you start a new project, take on a new venture, or put yourself out there, there is usually some fear. Unfortunately, most people let fear stop them from taking the necessary steps to achieve their dreams.

Successful people, on the other hand, feel the fear along with the rest of us but don’t let it keep them from doing anything they want to do – or have to do. They understand that fear is something to be acknowledged, experienced, and taken along for the ride. And they challenge themselves to take bold action, trusting that they have what it takes to handle the outcome.

That’s why I dare you to think big – and act bigger. By taking a leap of faith in the face of fear, you can transform your life.

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So those are my five top success tips to help you recharge your intentions and keep moving closer to your ideal life with every action and decision you make.

Please share your thoughts or questions in the comments below – and if you know of anyone who might want to learn how to be successful, please feel free to share!

 


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5 Habits of Successful People

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The most successful people in the world did not arrive there by accident. Truly successful people, whether they are millionaires or have just found their true life purpose and get to enjoy living it every day, are in that position for a specific reason: their habits.

You can work, and work, and work at becoming successful until you are completely burned out. But if you don’t develop the specific daily habits of successful people, it’s unlikely you’ll ever get there.

I’m going to share 5 of these successful habits, and I hope you’ll consider integrating them into your life.

1) Successful People Believe in Themselves

If you’re going to be successful in creating the life of your dreams, you have to believe that you are capable of making it happen. Believing in yourself is a choice.

Of the hundreds of super successful people I have interviewed throughout my career, almost every one of them told me, “I was not the most gifted or talented person in my field, but I chose to believe anything was possible. I studied, practiced, and worked harder than the others, and that’s how I got to where I am.”

Successful people assume in favor of themselves and act as if achieving their goals is completely possible.

2) They Set Goals

Experts on the science of success have revealed that the brain is a goal-setting organism. And successful people know that if they give a goal to their subconscious mind, it will work night and day to achieve it. They set high goals that are both realistic and measurable, and they make an effort to work towards those goals every day.

3) They Go the Extra Mile

Successful people know that if they want to really excel in business, school, and life, they have to go the extra mile. They give the people around them -- their customers, team, family -- more than is expected and, in return, they’re handsomely rewarded with loyalty, referrals, opportunity, and money.

They don’t focus on the “What’s In It For Me” policy. They don’t put stock in whether something is fair or whether they’ll be compensated or recognized for more effort. Instead, they focus on exceeding expectation, paying extra attention to detail, and providing quality work above all else.

4) They Take Action

Successful people know that the world doesn’t pay you for what you know; it pays you for what you do. They make a point to create a vision, set goals, break them down into small steps, visualize and affirm their success, believe in themselves, and then get out there and go for it. They are keenly aware of the fact that nothing happens until they take action.

When you take action, you trigger all kinds of things that will inevitably carry you to success. You begin to learn things from your experiences that cannot be learned from listening to others or from reading books. And you begin to attract others who will support and encourage you.

5) They Practice Appreciation

Successful people know that when they show appreciation to the people in their lives -- such as their employees, loved ones, or colleagues -- they not only make those people feel better, but they themselves feel better and more successful. This is one of the biggest factors in how people become successful.

The fact is, people are more likely to help you achieve your goals if they believe that you appreciate their efforts. There is no downside to this. Appreciation costs nothing, and no one has ever complained about being over-appreciated.

Keeping these 5 habits in mind, I want to leave you with a bit of homework to complete. Write down 2 of the habits that I listed above that you feel you can -- and should -- incorporate into your day-to-day life.

To hold yourself accountable, leave a comment below with the habits you plan on adopting. I’ll follow up with you to make sure you’re staying on track!

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Making Way for Success Through Task Completion

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Do you live in a state of mental and physical clutter? Do you have a bunch of unfinished business lurking around every corner?

Incomplete projects, unfinished business, and piles of cluttered messes can weigh you down and take away from the energy you have to move forward toward your goals.

When you don't complete tasks, you can't be fully prepared to move into the present, let alone your new future.

How Unfinished Business Holds You Back

When your brain is keeping track of all the unfinished business you still have at hand, you simply can't be effective in embracing new tasks that are in line with your vision.

Old incompletes can show up in your life in lots of different ways...  like not having clarity, procrastination, emotional energy blocks and even illness. Blocked energy is wasted, and a build up of that energy can really leave you stymied.

Throw out all the clutter and FEEL how much easier it is to think!

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Make a List of Your Messes and Deal With Them

Make a list of areas in your life (both personal and professional) where you have incompletes and messes, then develop a plan to deal with them once and for all. Fix and organize the things that annoy you.

Take your final steps in bringing closure to outstanding projects.

  • Make that difficult phone call.
  • Delegate time-wasting tasks that you've let build up.
  • Some incompletions come from simply not having adequate systems, knowledge, or expertise for handling these tasks.  

Does Work Have You Stressed Out?

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At work, incompletions pile up because of bad work habits.

Get into task completion consciousness by continually asking yourself: What does it take to actually get this task completed?

Only then can you begin to consciously take that next step of filing completed documents, mailing in the forms required, or reporting back to your boss that the project has been completed.

The truth is that 20 things completed have more power than 50 things that are half-way completed.

Finishing writing a book, for instance, that can go out and influence the world is better than 13 books you’re in the process of writing.

When you free yourself from the mental burden of incompletes and messes, you'll be AMAZED at how quickly the things you do want in life arrive

Let Go of Pain and Resentment

Another area where you'll find incompletes in your life is in your emotions. Are you holding on to old hurts, resentments, and pain? Just like the physical clutter and incompletes, your energy is being drained by holding on to and reliving past pain and anger.

Remember, you'll attract whatever feelings you're experiencing. So, if you're stuck in revengeful thinking and angered in muck, you can't possibly be directing energy toward a positive future. You need to let go of the past in order to embrace the future. Letting go involves forgiveness and moving on.

By forgiving, you aren't releasing the other person from their transgression as much as you're freeing yourself from their transgression. You don't have to condone their behavior, trust them, or even maintain a relationship with them. However, you DO have to free yourself from the anger, from the pain, and from the resentment once and for all!

When Learning to Forgive, Complete the Cycle

Acknowledge your anger, your pain, and your fear. But also own up to any part you've played in allowing it to happen or continue. Make sure to express whatever it was that you wanted from that person, and then see the whole event from the other's point of view. Allow yourself to wonder what that person was going through and what kind of needs he/she was trying to fulfill at the time.

Finally, let go and move on. Every time you go through this process you're learning how to avoid letting it happen again!

Take the time to gather all of your incompletes, make a list and complete those tasks! After that you can tackle planning and setting goals for the year with my 12-Month Success Planner.

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Why You Shouldn't Set New Year's Resolutions

I know a lot of people wait until the start of the year to think about their goals, but I want to talk about why you shouldn’t be so quick to make New Year’s resolutions. There’s a better way to reach your goals...

why-you-shouldnt-set-new-years-resolutionsIf you don’t set goals for yourself, you will most likely end up wandering aimlessly without making any real progress toward changing your circumstances in the way you’d hope.

January is the time most people set goals full of enthusiasm and optimism. But, as you’ve probably witnessed time and time again, most people lose that momentum and ultimately abandon their New Year’s resolutions as fast as they’ve made them.

That’s because New Year’s resolutions don’t necessarily allow you to properly set your goals, make you map out a step-by-step plan for achieving them, or give you a system for keeping track of your progress.

The Problem With New Year's Resolutions

You see, the problem with most New Year’s resolutions is they’re just a want, a wish, a vague idea — there’s no hard deadline or specificity to the goal. It’s something that you’re vaguely putting out in the universe. But the universe rewards those who are specific. The fact is that vague goals produce vague results.

I read a recent statistic that only 3% of the population actually writes down specific, measurable goals...

And correlated with that, 3% of the world’s population owns 97% of the world’s resources. So it’s safe to say that goal setters who are specific about what they want and what they are willing to do to create it are high achievers.

How to Set Goals

One of the best ways to give your goals clarity and specificity is to write them down as if you’re writing specs for a work order — include every possible detail. If you want a car, write down the make, model, color, year, and features.

Make sure they meet two main criteria: How much and by when.

Instead of saying, “I will lose 10 pounds,” say, “I will weigh 135 pounds by 5:00 pm on June 30th.”

Being this specific unleashes the power of your subconscious mind. It has something to grasp as opposed to most New Year’s resolutions that have a vague deadline of “sometime this year,” which doesn’t give you the same push as 5:00 pm on June 30th.

Here’s something else to consider, that 3% of high-achieving goal setters I was talking about earlier also harness visualization and affirmations to engage their subconscious mind by letting their mind’s eye envision their goal as already completed.

This creates something called structural tension (a conflict between what is and what is wanted) in our subconscious mind – a tension between what we’re visualizing and our present reality. And our minds are goal-seeking organisms that will work night and day to close that gap, activating our subconscious creative powers to process and filter information differently.

Meaning, you’ll start being more aware of anything that can help you achieve your goal, it’ll tune in to any activity, relationship, and group that can get you closer to the life you’re trying to create.

How to Overcome Fears and Roadblocks in Goal-Setting

Making a New Year’s resolution also doesn’t really properly prepare you for overcoming fears and roadblocks.

If someone makes a vague resolution to start running daily, they’ll probably get thoughts like, “I could get hurt” or “I’ll have to wake up two hours earlier every day before work,” which will turn them off and have second thoughts of whether or not they really want to do it.

These considerations, fears, and roadblocks are going to be a part of your journey. In fact, if they don’t come up, your goal isn’t big enough to stretch you. The key is to know that they are normal, and to not let them stop you. It’s part of the process.

Don't Wait to Set Goals

Research also shows that if you repeat a behavior for 13 weeks, like learning how to meditate and meditating 20 minutes a day, reviewing your goals twice a day, or writing thank-you letters to clients, it’ll stick for life.

Working diligently on building or changing one new habit every quarter won’t overwhelm you like an unrealistic list of New Year’s resolutions or underestimate what you can actually do.

So just pick one new habit a quarter rather making a long list of all the things you are going to try to do. This is a much better strategy for success.

I want you to start with just one, big, realistic, specific goal. Write it down and review it constantly. Then I want you to make sure you do something every day that moves you closer to achieving it.

Tell me what your goal is by leaving a comment below.

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