I am sure you would agree, that In order to receive the rich rewards of success, there is a always a price to be paid? Unfortunately, many small business owners seek success, but few are willing to make the necessary investments (Time, money, resources) in order to secure it.
I have personally found that if you are willing to pay the price required of each of us, to achieve success, that the rewards are richer than I could have ever imagined. I have found it’s not about the money. It’s about who you become in the process, and who you help along the way, that matters most. The money is just a bi-product of those things.
Here are some questions that you need to consider before embarking upon your success journey:
1. Am I willing to invest in my long-term future, even if that means experiencing short-term sacrifice?
On my personal journey towards success, I have worked jobs that I hated, had cars repossessed, sold everything to start a business, started over several times, and basically did whatever it took to care of my family, while in the pursuit of success.
I did all these things because I understood that I was investing in my future. I believe in the law of sowing and reaping, and if I continued to sow good seed I knew that I would ultimately reap good crops.
Are you willing to make that investment?
I wrote first class content long before anyone paid attention. I dressed for success when I didn’t have any.
I knew that where preparation met opportunity, there would be success. Even to this day I excel in my preparation. When no one else can see it I choose to do everything that I do with a spirit of excellence – for I know it is my ongoing investment towards my future success.
2. Can I learn to focus?
We live in a distracted age, but success requires laser-like focus.
In order to focus effectively, here are five strategies that will help you in not only creating focus, but in also maintaining focus for the long-term.
a) Chart your course in detail
Write down, in bullets points if you have to, every step that is required by you to complete your target. The more detailed the more focused, and the more accurate in preparation for the execution.
b) Create deadlines
Have deadlines for today, for this week, for this month, for 90 days time, 6 months’ time and even 12 months’ time. Deadlines written down create internal pressure, that when applied to your life give birth to creativity and activity whilst assisting your focus.
c) Make a list every day
Take a blank sheet of paper at the end of each day and write numbers 1, 2, 3,4, 5, 6. Then list the six activities that will move you further along the path towards your dream or your goal. Once you have the list then prioritize it from the most to the least important. Cross each one off as you go. If any are unfinished at the end of the day, then take a fresh sheet of paper and number it 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and add the undone activity from today to tomorrow’s list.
d) Conduct regular checkups
Measure everything you do. Set benchmarks that you can analyze to see how you’re progressing. Do this daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly and yearly. Evaluation will be your kindest friend, steering you like a compass towards your destination. Pause on a regular basis to ask yourself the question, ‘How am I progressing?’
e) Be accountable
I currently coach several individuals – some in business for themselves, some moving towards entrepreneurship in the future. We meet over the phone for 45 mins every week. They have made themselves accountable to me, and they are all individuals who are committed to a high level of success. Who is holding you accountable to your dream?
3. Can I see the finish at the start?
With the end in mind at the beginning, and to have it written down, you are positioning yourself for success.
The dream will draw you. The goal will gird you.
Don’t look at the valleys. Keep your eyes on the mountain top.
The winner visualizes at the starting gate him or her passing through the tape at the end of the race. See it. Write it. Speak it. Dream it, and watch it materialize.
4. Am I willing to commit to continuous learning?
When you left high school/college that was when, unknowingly for many, we were all invited to enroll into the ‘University of Success’.
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And, you must be consistent if you really wish to pay the price of success.
So, are you up for it?
I believe you are.
In fact – know this – I believe in you, possibly more than you believe in yourself at the moment.
But simply grab a hold of my belief and use it as fuel to carry you ever forward along success road.
How are you currently paying the price of success? I’d love to hear your story!
Make it a great day!
Travis A. Flaherty
CEO-Founder/Entrepreneur Life University