Friday, December 30, 2011

The First Step is Always the Hardest.

I don't know if that's particularly true in this case, but once you take the first step, in whatever you do, the next step is easier. Taking a chance on yourself and seeing it through can be quite a challenge, but that’s what makes success taste so delicious, you work for it! According to Open Forum, the small business blog/newsletter put out by American Express and an article written by Mike Michalowicz, along with that first step you need to take five others to push yourself over the tipping point and into success. Michalowicz says all successful people take six steps, no matter what their success is in, and you can take those same six steps! Are you ready?? YES!!

Step 1. Set Goals. Give yourself a start date and an end date for when you want to reach that goal and don’t cut corners or slack! Make the goals achievable, small at first, but attack them and be proud of yourself for doing it!

Step 2. Get Started. I mean, right now! Go!! Have you ever noticed how much more you can get done when you are excited about something? It seems less of a chore when you have momentum and excitement behind you, break your project down into manageable parts and tackle one of them right now!

Step 3. Think Happy Thoughts. Some fairy dust might help too, but since we don’t have that, use your own magic powers. Successful people aren’t pessimists, they are optimists all the way. When you put out good, you get back good. They see the bright side, believe they can do what they set their mind to, and they achieve. 

Step 4. Take Action. You might not think you have all the info you need, but use what you have and do something with it. I have news for you. If you wait until you feel like you have all the answers, you will be waiting forever. As long as you have key details, you can get moving.

Step 5. Sticktuitiveness. What? It’s a word! Have a strong will to carry on, you may not know how things are going to go, but you won’t find out until you actually see it through. And remember, everything happens for a reason. If things aren’t working out exactly as you planned, maybe they are actually working out for the better!
Step 6. Bring it to you. Have you heard of The Law of Attraction? How, if you think positive, clear thoughts and focus your energy on something particular, you notice it more. Use your thoughts to draw success to you. Bring it your way, grab on to it and take it for a ride. There is a quote on the Open Forum blog from Buddha; “All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think, we become.”

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