Do You Expect Success?

expect success“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”

Success comes in all sizes, packages and fits many definitions.  What’s important is what success means to you. It takes a certain level of maturity to achieve success and an understanding that the success we seek sometimes comes with unexpected triumphs along the way. For instance, you may see success as the acquisition of a new Fortune 500 client. While negotiating, you may have trouble with confidence, you may flounder at every objection, and you may lose the deal. Yet, you must be mature and wise enough to hold off on calling this a failure.

Instead, look at the successes you made along the way. For your next deal, you’ll research the objections to have the perfect rebuttals for every scenario. As a result, you’ll be more confident. When one door is closed, another will open up to you in good time. If you accept the experience with grace, you can come out stronger than before. For me, success was about mastering the art of positive thinking because I knew if I could overcome negativity and embrace a new level of confidence, everything else would fall into place and no temporary obstacle could get me down.

Success is about positive thinking, but it’s also about expectations. Quite often what we get is what we expect.  If you expect to receive a positive outcome you will get one. The most successful people in sports, in business, and in life expect success. It’s not something that happens by chance, but something that happens on purpose.

Here are several exercises to help you expect success.

–       Find something that motivates and inspires you. I find it helps to read a page from an inspirational book or listen to a CD to reinforce positive thinking. Maybe you have a picture from one of your biggest successes that you can gaze upon to summon up the emotions of success again.

–       Think about how wonderful it will feel to succeed. NBA Star Michael Jordan once said, “I never looked at the consequences of missing a big shot… when you think about the consequences, you always think of a negative result.”

–       Visualize success. Runners who win races always imagine themselves crossing the finish line first. Make a mental image for whatever you’re about to accomplish.

–       Set goals… not just big ones, but small milestones. SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Realistic, and Timely. You can’t just throw all the ingredients together and have a pie. First, you need to measure all the ingredients.

–       Count daily “wins” and be grateful for the little things. Perhaps it’s a compliment, evading a parking ticket, making it through all your emails by lunch time, or having a client thank you for something. These are little triumphs in their own right.

–       Exude success by standing up tall, raising your chin, keeping your shoulders back and setting your feet firmly on the ground… and smile!

Tell me your thoughts! What do you do on a daily basis to keep your head clear and focused?

Best,

Jackie Christiansen

Gratitude

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Having an attitude of gratitude makes the difference between a mediocre life and a great life.  By simply deciding to have a great day you can take control of your thoughts which in turn allows you to be in control of the time of life you create for yourself.  You are the creator of your own destiny, so start taking charge…

Are You Setting Smart Goals?

smart goalsI am going to be bold and state that everyone sets goals. But, there is a vast difference between achievers, smart goal setting, and simply setting goals. I want to ask you a question – are you doing smart goal setting when setting goals? Join me as I show you how you can start smart with setting goals.

Setting goals and achieving goals is both a science and an art. There is many ways to go about it, you can be analytical with goal setting or you can start getting creative. In either case goals fall down into 2 parts.

The 2 parts of goal setting, can be thought of as a piece of string, a time-line. This time-line has a point A and a point B. These points are critical, because point A shows you in your current position, and point B shows you at your goal achieved.

This looks good so far, but why doesn’t everyone achieve there goals? The biggest problem is that most people don’t go through both parts. Without setting effective goals, there is no way to maneuver to the destination.

You see, most people will set goals. They will set goals at New Year, when it is time to go on vacation, etc. But, they will never sit down and plan the most important destination, and that is life.

Goal setters are a different breed of people. Instead of focusing on such words as fate, destiny takes on a new meaning, because day by day, you can design your life, how you want. And this is the domain of the goal setter. Because they are focused to do, be or have something.

In my research, I have found that approximately 50-60% of people who set goals, achieve them. This may seem like flipping a coin, and goal setting may not prove successful. However, the truth is that when we take a look at the New Year resolution goal achievers, the figures dip down into 1% success rate.

So, smart goal setting is about tipping the balance in our favor. And there are many ways to accomplish this. Writing your goal down adds a few percentage points in your favor.

Add a goal setting system to this equation and you can take the success rate even higher. Now, there is only one part that makes or breaks all these benefits, and that is action.

Now, I can’t stress the action part. Some people are all for the action, and forget the goal setting and planning phase, while others don’t act. And here is the biggest concern, because the goal setters, who don’t make it, are those who don’t act.

Action is the most important part, because goal setting can take you a week, it could take a day. If you have been looking at setting life goals, you can easily do that within a week or like I did, invest a whole month into the process.

That is small in comparison to the action necessary. When I set a life goal, it requires decades of effort. Action and smart goal setting is the only way to achieve success.

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