How to be successful? That’s a great question to ask. It open up our mind to learn the road to success. The meaning of success in different from each individual. However as the rule of thumb successful people reached their dream and live the life as they mean it. When I listened to highly respected and successful entrepreneurs, authors or coaches interviews. I learned about many things in the interview, about how they became very successful, many possessed similar quality, mindset, the willingness to do what it takes to get where they’re now and live life to the fullest. Yes, they have different stories, very interesting story, fascinating story with their failures, determination, hard work, and the story about how they finally get there. It wasn’t an easy road to get there, it require hard work, believe, and determination to get where they want to be. Read below to discover 10 steps to success.
1. Know exactly what you want to reach
I know it seem so obvious, but believe it or not, many people don’t even know what they really want in life. You need to know what you really want in life in order to get where you want to be in life. How do you measure your success, if you don’t even know what you want?
Follow this exercise to find out what you really want in life! In the next article.
Make a list about what you really want in life and be very specific about it. At this stage, don’t worry about how to get there? You’ll find the solutions along the way, if you open up your mind to learn.
2. Have a burning desire to success
Burning desire to success is the fuel to get where you want to be in life. It may what keep you awake at night, your mind try to find a way to reach your ultimate goal. Burning desire to success will help you get over humps, obstacles or problems you’re facing on the way to get there. Ask yourself, do you have a burning desire to reach your lifetime dream?
3. The big why
Ask yourself why you do what you do now? Why you’re working so hard? What is the reason? Think the benefit you will get at the end. The big reward from working so hard now. When you think about the big why is a lot bigger than the obstacles you’re facing now, and combine it with your burning desire to success, it will propel you to keep moving forward. Remember: you need to have “the right reason” to keep moving toward your goal. Your goal need to be big enough to make it worth while, even though you have to chase it the whole life. Think the big picture what your life will be like when you reach your goal. How many other people can you help? How can you change the world to the better, happier, greener world?
Sometime the big dream, create fear, and it’s normal. I often ask myself who am I? There is so many wonderful, fabulous, smart, great, successful people out there. Who am I? Can I be as great, wonderful, successful as they are? Remember: “That you’re doing is not just for yourself, but for the greater purpose, to serve others, to follow your calling.
4. Willing to do what it takes to get there
When you have the right reason, why you need to be successful, then the next step is to be willing to do what it takes to get there.
Many of the successful people start from a very humble beginning, but they work their ass off to make it happen. Yes, there is almost no overnight success, most of them have been working hard for few years, they believe so much on their dream, then they become famous. Stop making excuses. Ask yourself how can I find time to build my business or to work toward your goal? Don’t tell yourself and others that you can’t do that because of (insert your own excuses). Don’t have enough time is the common excuse not to do what it takes to reach your goal. Click here for the next article about time management. Many highly successful individual rarely make excuses. Instead they always ask themselves and try to find a way how can they get where they want to be?
5. Keep moving forward toward your success
Analyze if what you do is adding on to where you want to be, to your success.
Do 80/20 analysis, find out which work that you do contribute the most to your progress. In the other word, what 20% of what you do contribute to 80% of your success, then allocate on what 80% of what you do only contribute a little (20%) to your success. This will open up many possibilities to multiply your result, by doing more works that bring greater results toward your success, and if possible outsource the rest of the work which take too much time and contribute only a little, or eliminate the rest (using a system to automate the process). Make priority to do the most important work first, it may not always be the easier task, make this as a habit, and you feel you do most of the work already in a day. Never stop learning. In every obstacle, there is a lesson to learn to build a better and bigger business.
6. Do massive actions
Do massive actions that contribute to your business success. In example, if you own products to sell, create and an e-commerce store to sell your products. Then contact many top bloggers in your products niche to promote your products on their blog. You can do different arrangement with them. One of the best advice I heard is to create a contest or giveaway to their readers, you can give them the link to visit and like your site. If you own a service business to local businesses, then cold call the local business owners or decision makers and let them know what your company can do to help them grow their businesses. Do this everyday as a part of your important tasks to get your products known in the market! Yes, you will get many rejection, but from every rejection, there is a step closer to a new client. It’s called conversion rate. In example if you get 1 result from every 10 businesses that you called, then your conversion rate is 10%. If you believe in your products and your products deliver value. It will show in everything that you say, and in turn it will make them enthusiastic to learn some more or to try your products.
7. Build an authority in your niche
You need to deliver value in order to have a credibility as an expert and build authority in your niche. It’s important to build a brand credibility or authority in your niche. How to build a brand authority? By constantly helping other who need your service or product! You want to be someone to go to when someone need help in your niche. Put yourself out there, announce to the world what you do, and how can you help them. Remember to be unique, to be different, and be a leader in your niche, not a me too brand or products. You can also speak at the seminar, teach others “how to?”, write books or e-books, publish yourself, your brand and your company. The more people you reach the more authority you build in your niche.
8.Visualize your success
Visualize and feel as you already at the success level. Close your eyes and really feel the power of visualization. The life you want, the life you always dream about. Visualize how’s your success life will be at that level, how many people will thank you, how much you will enjoy your life to the fullest, surrounded with people you love. People will love you, people will respect what you do, and many raving fans rave about your products. Let this visualization possess in your mind and show in everything that you do. Then next things to do is the reverse engineering, the steps you need to take to physically get there. The life you always dream about.
You really have to believe in your dream, that you will get there, start from visualization to realization of your successful life. You will feel the fear, but follow your calling. If you don’t feel the fear, then your dream is not big enough. You just know it, you strongly feel it, the calling to be a service, to make a different in other people life, to bring happiness to the world.
9. Surround yourself with people who will lift you up to the next level.
It’s important to surround yourself with people who can support you and lift you up to the next level. It’s hard to reach your goal without support from others who understand what you’re going through. Find support groups, forums, conferences where you can meet up other with the same interest, where you can help and be helped. Join association or master mind group in your niche to learn some more, exchange ideas, or form a joint venture. Hire the right person to do some of the works, you don’t have to do everything yourself. If you want to expand and move closer to your goal faster, it’s important to delegate some of the work, ask for help.
10. Be persistent, try different approach and be patient.
Whatever any new venture you do. You need to deliver value to others in order to be successful. You need to believe so much in your products, and how your product or service will help others to have a better life, to make their life easier, to save so much of their time, etc. Believe it or not, many successful people, have many failure stories in the past, than success stories. The different why they so successful, just because they didn’t give up and they’re willing to try it again, they try different approach, make it better, work smarter, learn from their mistakes. Remember: Failure is a stepping stone to success, in every failure there is a lesson we can learn. If the first approach doesn’t work, try it again, still doesn’t work then try different approach, until it work. Many people already give up before they even see the result. Sometime, it takes a while to reach the success level you want. So if you already doing as much as you can, then just be patient, give it a time to reach its full potential. Don’t give up to early, you may be only few feet apart from gold.