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5 Ways To Build Success

We are never that far away from success.

Once we have landed on an idea of what we want and take off running towards it, it's hard to fathom how anything can get in our way! But, what do we do to prevent this from happening? Being stubborn is not enough to ensure we succeed.

ANYTHING YOU WANT TO ACCOMPLISH OR GAIN TO ENHANCE YOUR LIFE
WILL FOLLOW THESE SAME 5 STEPS.

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1-Road Map

*WRITE DOWN YOUR GOAL.
This doesn't mean you can't change or alter your goal as you move down the path towards it, but you have to have an end result in mind.
Think of it like this: You are going to buy a house, you have your mind set on a 3 bedroom, 3 story house with a massive yard. That's what you tell your realtor, and that's what they show you, then one day, they take you to a condo complex, and show you a 3 bedroom townhouse, main floor & basement. You start to realize, 'Hey, I won't have to shovel snow, hey I won't have to mow the lawn, hey there's a school and a playground...' you start to change your goal, your vision of "the perfect house" has altered, but you still have the same elements. Don't be afraid to write down your goal, and allow yourself to make alterations that enhance your original goal. That is the key, alterations must enhance, not diminish.

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2-POA

It is easy to slip into the mind set, of "What am I willing sacrifice for this goal?" It is more palatable to sort out what you know you are willing to do instead of sacrifice. When you start to list what you are willing to do to gain what you want, it is essentially designing a Plan Of Action. The mind space of looking at what you have to sacrifice actually makes it harder to achieve something, be it, Starting a business venture or positioning yourself for a promotion, or even setting yourself up with an online dating profile! It is imperative to sort out what you are really willing to invest into gaining what you want. To get you started, here is a short list of the areas you need to focus on while working out a POA
*Time- how much time are you willing to put towards this? If possible do up a rough draft schedule of when you have time to work or focus completely on this area.
*Cost- How much money are you willing to invest into this? Do a budget to see what your options are for monetary investment.
*Resources- Who and what resources can you rely on, and for what type of support?
These points are very important to have sorted out, a lot of people try to do things in secret, or with an understanding of "I'll do it on my own" neither are realistic and usually set you on a course away from success. Who in your circle can provide support, emotionally, monetary, creatively, to be a sounding board, run idea's past, or any way that help keep you focused and empowered.

3-Dedication

This is not the same thing as commitment.
Commitment is part of what makes up dedication, however, you can be committed to something your not dedicated to.
Dedication is all encompassing, it is fueled by passion, it drives us forward, it helps us over come obstacles, and it always makes sure we land on our feet no matter the outcome.
Commitment is more like a part-time job, we can work really hard when we feel like it, put in whatever energy we have that day, and if we don't get what we want we can hide behind "I didn't put that much into it" conversations.
Dedication is best shown in highly competitive sports, where the persons focus 24/7 is in that sport, they train, they learn everything they can about their competition and about their sport. Same with Oscar-winning actors, they research that role, they eat strategically and exercise to fit that role, learn everything about the persona they are to bring to life and they execute.
Commitment does not carry the same demands.
There is a misconception when it comes to success, which is that commitment is enough, truth is, it's not.
You will accomplish everything you want when you are dedicated to it, the results may look different when you get there, but you will accomplish it.
Dedication is relentless and uncompromising. Commitment is the negotiator, it will compromise more readily than dedication.

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4-Balance

Here is the twist (and contradiction), you need balance, if you are so focused as many dedicated people are, you may lose sight of what's going on around you. Where balance is necessary inside of dedication is to prevent letting it turn into an obsession. You have to be able to unplug, and connect with your surroundings, or "come up for air" in a manner of speaking.
There have been many times where I will get so wrapped up in my work that I pour hours into it when I likely should be resting and giving my mind a moment to regain clarity. I am positive you can all relate to some degree to this.
I can put 10 hours of work in, 5 hours fully awake and 5 hours tired, but I bet if I put in 5 hours of good strong focus and then called it a day, I wouldn't have to go back and review for potential mistakes, which saves time.
Balance, end your day at your day's end and connect with family and friends.

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5-Schedule

Be that person that others make fun of for having to schedule in 'down time'. Otherwise, you will double book yourself with work and events, which will quickly turn your 'events' into obligations.
Once you are in the habit of planning your work/life schedule throughout the week, it will become easier to manage your time. You will be more efficient in how you use your time, which will allow you to delegate tasks to others.
I do not believe in a 50/50 work life balance. The reality is one area will always need more of your time, this will depend on what is happening personally and professionally. Set a pace that works, but ensures that you have scheduled a start and end to your day. Whether it is 9am-5pm or 6am-8pm, it doesn't matter. What matters is that it is functional (doesn't create burn out) and that you are allowing yourself down time.