What does success mean to you and are you getting it?

Is it living a good life? Is part of it income? Is part of it financial independence? Is part of it objectives that you achieve,
dreams coming true, family, children, grandchildren, good friends,

In the words of Jim Rohn:

“It’s a wide range. It’s all encompassing, the word “success”.

It’s not just your job, your income, your fortune. Not just your
paycheck or your bank account. But everything. From all of your
achievements during your life to trying your best to design a way to
make it all give you a good life.”

A nationwide survey by Orange back in 2007 discovered that “Almost half of all UK adults have thought about acting on their entrepreneurial impulses, but one in two of them are too scared to do anything about it” so, by taking that leap from thought to actually setting up a business, you’re already in the bravest (or nuttiest :-) ) 25% of the population!

If you’re still in the early years of your business, the chances are you’re working harder than you ever did as an employee. So the question is: Is that work paying off or are you struggling to make ends meet?

If it’s the latter, there are five very simple, seemingly small things you can put into practice that will get you improvements fast. The first four are free and the fifth should pay for itself.

  1. Decide when you wake up in the morning to have a great day. Okay, you can’t say for sure that nothing bad’s going to happen but you can take responsibility for your mood, your attitude and how you respond. Take the word responsible and tweak it to response-able: That’s 100% within your capability to decide… 😉
  2. Whenever you catch yourself whingeing about how bad things are, just stop: This isn’t the same as going into lala land and pretending everything is brilliant – it’s common sense to prevent you getting totally depressed! Besides which, who wants to be around a misery?
  3. On that subject and by the same token, don’t hang around with unsuccessful people or those who whinge and bring you down. Did you know that your income is likely to mirror that of those people you spend most time with? I don’t know whether that’s down to like attracting like but it’s been proven many times…
  4. Invest your time whenever possible with people you’ve identified as successful on your terms. Ask even three of them what they believe are the top three things that have contributed to their success – you might be surprised at their answers and how, with some more thought, you might be able to apply them to yourself
  5. Get yourself a mentor. I hadn’t realised that Jim Rohn was smart enough to get himself a mentor at just 25 years of age. While many people just drift through life, accepting the good things that happen as good luck and railing against the bad as bad luck, Jim, like most successful people, made his own ‘luck’.

Just adopt these 5 simple tips and see what happens differently and hopefully better over the next 30 days…

Linda Mattacks - Small Business Training

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