“Before success comes in any man’s life, he’s sure to meet with much temporary defeat and, perhaps some failures. When defeat overtakes a man, the easiest and the most logical thing to do is to quit. That’s exactly what the majority of men do.” – Napoleon Hill
4 SECRETS OF SUCCESS AMID ADVERSITY
Adversity is a constant companion in life but learning to push through tough times is a lesson sometimes harshly taught. Here are four secrets that can be applied to succeed at your goals.
Faced with adversity, it is hard to dream big. Fear and anxiety can be overwhelming. Being passionate about something – anything – gives clarity to dreams, lifts our spirit, sharpens our focus and creates a vision of better times ahead.
FIND A MENTOR
“When the student is ready the teacher appears.” Good mentors don’t just teach; they inspire. They raise the bar not so you will fail but so you will grow, not so you curse defeat but so you appreciate gain. They do not change who you are, they change who you believe you can become.
MAKE A PROMISE
Studies confirm that verbally committing to something programs our mind to hold to that obligation even if it is difficult or dangerous. We take ourselves very seriously.
Dreams are a chassis but sweat is the fuel. Imagine a Ferrari in the driveway – nice to look at, but without gas, it sits idle. Success is earned by tuning out the noise and getting to work.
How can you squeeze more productive hours out of your day? Successful entrepreneurs share some of their secrets for getting the most out of the business day...
"No matter what, before the workday begins, I get up and work out."
"Schedule specific times of the day to check your email and only check it then."
"I remove myself from one email list everyday."
"I work when others sleep."
"Learn the computer keyboard shortcuts for your Mac or PC."
"To get cheap airfare, buy your tickets on Wednesday at 1pm."
Try putting some of these to the test, and let us know what strategies you use to get your best work done!
Many of our students join one of our several programs looking for some type of change in their lives. Among those most common changes is related to financial freedom in one form or another. At Achieve Today we really understand that desire. We’ve worked with literally thousands of people to help identify the pathway to feeling financially secure.
There a number of ways to find, attract, or otherwise obtain money. But one of our favorite ways is to encourage people to start their own businesses. Often times people have been thinking about a business idea – in many cases they’ve had this idea cooking in the back of their minds for literally dozens of years! For those, the key is to TAKE ACTION and our coaches help them outline the steps to overcome whatever blocks have prevented them from starting that business.
For others who have always wanted to start a business but don’t know where to begin we offer the following Five steps to starting your own business
1. Identify your natural passions and talents and match that with a potential market need (stay tuned for more a more in-depth blog post coming shortly).
2. Specify what that product or service should be (or already is).
3. Choose how to deliver that product or service (store front or perhaps a website).
4. Identify your customers and create an appealing offer.
5. Take Action!
If you have the desire to own your own business, take a few hours to sketch out some thoughts on the five areas mentioned above and set a launch date 30 days from today.
30 days you say?! Will your product be completely ready? Probably not. But don’t let that hold you back. Companies are always changing their products and adapting to market demands (just think about how many versions of the iPhone there are or will be). The point is, to TAKE ACTION. Get your idea to market quickly and start getting that customer feedback as soon as you can.
Owning your own business can be very rewarding. The ability to choose for yourself how you want your product to look or how to best deliver meaningful customer service is a very liberating feeling. It’s a lot of work, but don’t get stuck in the details. Take action today. You’ll be surprised what you can achieve in 30 days.
Ryan Frandsen: Achieve Entrepreneurship Coach
Achieve is helping individuals awaken their greatness from within. Through our proprietary world class mentoring and accountability format, we help individuals become clear, live fulfilled, and Achieve more.