The other day I was listening to a podcast episode about 9 steps to success and greatness. We all want to grow our business to a level of success. The term success means different things to different people, but we all want just a little more. So let's talk about it.
These steps seemed to be pretty straightforward and I agreed with all of them. Take a few minutes and review the list. Let me know what you think!
#1 Know Your Strengths and Weaknesses
The first in this list of steps to success is to know your strengths and weaknesses. Who you are right now. The value that you bring. We all have value, and there is that one thing that we do better than anyone else.
You want to leverage what you know.
Don’t focus on what you don’t know. Focus on your talents. Maybe you are a great writer, or great on video, or great on audio. Share what you know.
Maybe you are a developer or graphic artist. Share your knowledge and skills. But don't stop there.
You want to emphasize your strengths, but you never want to stop learning. Increase your skills, learn a new skill, and then share that.
Never stop learning, never stop getting better.
#2 Don’t Hesitate to Get Started
Next in this list of steps to success is don't wait to get started. Many times, we feel that everything must be perfect before we start. We see all the professionally made videos and images and we feel that our stuff needs to be perfect also.
Don’t be a professional preparer. Start today. Start sharing, start implementing.
#3 Set Some Longer Term Goals
Third in this list of steps to success to set some long term goals. Where do you want to be December 2017. Or even why to 3 years from now?
Where do you want to live, what type of income do you want to earn. How many people do you want to help?
What does success mean to you? What do you want?
#4 Break Down Your Long Term Goals
The next step is to break down your long term goals into smaller ones to create short term SMART goals.
Reverse engineer what you want. “I want to be able to make xxx per month by December 2017 so that I can be self employed”
- How many sales do I need to generate on a daily basis to get to that point?
- How many leads do I need to generate to get those sales.
- How much money do I need to earn this month…etc.
What actions do you need to take to meet these short term goals?
#5 Be Patient
This is probably one of the hardest steps to success.
Success is not going to come overnight. It takes time for everyone to get better. To become the person they need to grow into to create the lifestyle they want.
“If you want to have more, you have to become more. Success is not something your pursue. What you pursue will elude you; it will elude you; it can be like trying to chase butterflies. Success is something you attract by the person you become. For things to improve, you have to improve. For things to get better, you have to get better. For things to change, you have to change. When you change, everything changes for you.”
– Jim Rohn
Everyone is different. Some people can do it really quickly and sometimes it takes longer. If you want phenomenal results, you have to act phenomenal. Talent is overrated.
You know what’s better than talent? Hustle, grind, grit, and action.
Be patient, just go to work and don’t stop!
#6 Learn From Your Experience and Innovate
Next in this list of steps to success is to innovate. As you progress through your journey, you will take many actions and learn many methods.
Take time to learn from those experiences, and innovate. As you try things that don’t work, innovate. Try to figure out new ways to do what you are learning to do.
Take a little from all that you learn and make it your own. This is the idea Bruce Lee was referencing when he said “absorb what is useful, discard what is not, add what is uniquely your own.”
#7 Create Content (Document Your Experience)
Many of us has a challenge coming up with new content on a regular basis. I recently heard one of my mentors say “stop trying to create, and just document. Document your journey and tell your story.” I'm paraphrasing, but this the next step to success.
No matter what channel you are using, you have to create content. You want to connect with people on an authentic level. People want to connect with people and avoid all the BS.
Create some kind of content on a daily basis. A post, a picture, a video, a thought, an experience, just promote you.
#8 Be Consistent
The next step to success is to be consistent. You need to publish content on a regular basis. Sharing your journey along the way.
Just keep going. Keep creating, keep documenting, keep getting better!
Just do it, every day and get closer and closer to your goals.
There are tools that will help you to publish content even when you are doing other things. I plan to write a few articles on marketing automation and batching. Stay tuned for that.
#9 Find a Mentor
The final step in this list of steps to success in this list is to connect with a mentor and a community to help you become successful and achieve greatness faster.
You have to learn from other people. You can learn to do all this on your own, but it is so much faster to learn from others. There is no such thing as a self made man/woman. Everyone needs someone that is at least one step ahead of them to get to the next step.
This list is not intended to be complete and exhaustive. Of course there are other and different steps to success. But this is a simple list that will get you moving in the right direction.
So let's recap:
- Know Your Strengths and Weaknesses
- Don’t Hesitate to Get Started
- Set Some Longer Term Goals
- Break Down Your Long Term Goals
- Be Patient
- Learn From Your Experience and Innovate.
- Create Content (Document Your Experience)
- Be Consistent
- Find a Mentor and Join a Community!
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