Monday, November 13, 2006

3 Simple Steps to Success

In the market today, there are copious amounts of books written on how to succeed in business. It seems that every author has a "formula". We are told that if we follow this "formula", we will succeed in our chosen profession. That's not necessarily true.

I must admit that there are some well written and highly acclaimed books (like
Blaire Borthayre and Richard Templar's masterpieces) and some... well, they are too complicated and filled with information that we don't really need.

I'm the type of person that doesn't waste time with fluff. I want to get to meat of the issue. I want it simple and effective. In fact so effective that I can use it right now. I don't want to take the scenic route to my destination. I don't want it tomorrow. Nor do I want it in five years.

Give it to me. Today. Now!

attitude, while it offends some, has served me well through out the years. It's kept me from accepting filler and garbage from situations and people. After all this is about my success.

And it's about YOU.

I'm going to give you, my dear readers, the simple, effective, heart of the matter frame work of your success. If you do this, you will succeed.

1. See your goal.

The secret to success is choosing one goal at a time and focusing all your energy into it at the right moment. It may start by asking yourself what do you want to do? Now, let's keep it realistic. That one question will set off a series of other questions. For example, if I want to learn a new language, it's not enough to want to learn it. Everyone wants something. You have to move towards your goal. That may entail going back to school or simply going to the corner store to purchase language software.

2. Keep your goal in view.

Do this as if you're watching a good movie. Your focus is your key to your success. When I'm online working, I only accept instant messages from people who are instrumental in helping me reach my goal. Everyone else goes to the back burner until I am done with my work. Is that rude? Absolutely not. When you go to the movie theater, do you like to be disturbed? Of course not. Your absolute focus is on that movie in front of you and you want no distractions. If you allow distractions, you'll miss out on the plot line and end up with half a story. You can apply the same principal to your goal.
Accept no distractions. Your goal is your movie and your eyeballs should never ever look to the left or to the right. Your attention needs to become focused like laser beams. You eat, drink, sleep and talk about your goal. Your attention to your goal should be like a hen brooding over her chicks. You should be like a master sniper. That's how you keep your goal in view.

I cannot emphasize the following enough: Most well meaning people fail at this very point. Be careful.

3. Keep plugging away until you reach your goal.

In geometry, there is a rule that says the shortest distance between two points is a straight line. Keep looking for the straightest path to your goal. You can see your goal, you can focus on your goal. However, if you don't take the straightest possible steps to reach your goal, you'll remain standing there window shopping.

Remember we started this article talking about series of questions? This is the point where that applies.

How do you get from point A to point B? With whom do you need to talk? What information do you need? Where are you going to find it? Do you see the point, my friends?

US President Franklin D. Roosevelt said it this way: "It isn't sufficient just to want - you've got to ask yourself what you are going to do to get the things you want."

Fine tune your steps and separate the chaff from the wheat. Yes, please allow some flexibility to make changes in your journey.

We look forward to hearing your story!

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