5 Steps for Success

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Have you recently started your own business or thinking about it? There are many articles out there about great success stories about hard work or a lucky break but they do they really tell you how to achieve the same results, therefore leaving you to feel inferior? These 5 steps for success will help you be successful in your own life and business.

Be consistent
Slow and steady wins the race. This can be applied to many areas in your life not just with your business. That is why being consistent is the first and foremost tip to address. When you read a success story and think “wow, how did they do that”. It often times sounds so easy. The problem is not that it is hard. It just takes repetition, passion, and patience. To be consistent is to show up, be engaged, and energized even when it is not as easy as it sounds.

Give 110%
Just showing up is not enough. Whatever attitude and attention you show to your business and goals will be reflected. Always give 110% when possible. Once you start to see positive results you will have the encouragement you need to continue. At the end of the day you have the power to create “what could have been” instead of just dreaming about it. When you find it exhausting remind yourself why you started your business or created the goals you are working towards. A small reminder of your goal can keep you motivated!

Be Positive
Hopefully by this point in your life you can see just how much of an impact being positive can have in both your personal life and your professional career. Everyday will not be sunshine and roses. It’s on those days you will need positivity the most. When reaching towards big goals you will inevitably run into snags but don’t feel lost or overwhelmed.

Switch it up
Although the first step of the 5 steps for success is be consistent, that does not always mean do the same thing over and over. When you feel you have exhausted a path, it is essential to mix it up. You still need to give it 110%, but doing a task that has yielded no positive outcome will only bring you down. Attend a new small business group, network in an unfamiliar area. Opening yourself up to new opportunities when hitting a wall is the best way to move forward.

Progressive goals
Throughout your journey your goals should progress! Make sure your goals are challenging but achievable. It is also important to keep track of your progression. This will show you which methods are producing results for you in addition to keeping you on track to your long term goals. If you feel overwhelmed at the task of creating accurate goals, try to break them down. For example if you have a 5 year goal, ask yourself where do you need to be leading up to the goal. Have a goal that should be reached in about 2.5 years, then break it down again. What milestone should I hit at 1 year to put me on the path to my 2.5, and 5 year goals? You can continue this until you have progressive goals starting with the next 3 and 6 months.

In conclusion start by making your goal map. List the small steps necessary to reach the larger goal. Be consistent with your efforts and continuously show up. Make sure you offer the best part of yourself (110%) to your goals and passions. Don’t let a bad day or business decision make you feel like a failure. Always remain positive because the power of positivity will take you far. When you notice you aren’t seeing the results you’re used to from a task, it’s time to switch it up and try something new. Once you embark on your venture if you follow these 5 steps for success (even when you don’t feel like it) you are guaranteed to be met with success along the way!