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3 Powerful Questions Which Will Increase Your Chances of Success

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Many people think that if they work hard, be the first person in the office and the last one to leave at night that they will be successful. Entrepreneurs put in 50 to 60 hours a week chasing success as they slowly burn out. The reality is that success is often closer than you realize and it depends on how you think about it and what questions you ask yourself.

As you pursue the path to success, whatever that means to you, the questions you ask yourself are ultra important and can shape your success. If your mindset goes to dark places when things don’t go as planned, you may be someone always asking yourself “Why me?” This question will not get you closer to your goals. It is a disempowering question because your brain will attempt to answer it with negative answers.

For example, if you didn’t get that contract that you pitched, when you ask the ‘why me’ question, you blame yourself and even others. You might say you quoted too high, you said the wrong thing in the meeting, or that your assistant delivered the proposal late.

Instead, ask yourself how you can do better next time. Find out what you needed to do to secure the contract and use it to fuel the next proposal. Powerful questions can change your state and catapult you quickly into a more positive frame of mind, which helps you on your journey to success.

Here are 3 powerful questions you can ask yourself every day to increase your chances of success:

1. What Am I Capable Of?

This is a little bit of a trick question. No one REALLY knows what they are capable of. We set boundaries for ourselves that limit and define us. That keeps us small. It is important to think big – so much bigger than you even think is possible. Other people will try to knock you down for thinking what THEY think is possible, but in reality no one ever truly knows what is possible.

Many times from great adversity comes our greatest achievements. Until something happens to you that tests you, you may not even know you were capable of getting through something, let alone thrive from it. Consider the proverbial “Rags to Riches” stories that are so popular. If any of the people in those stories forced limitations on themselves, they would not have achieved greatness.

When you ask yourself what you are capable of, let your mind go wild. Remember, only a few short years ago, we could not have conceived of watching full movies on a small handheld device. The possibilities are endless.

“The mind is what the mind is fed.” – David J. Schwartz

2. Who Do My Closest Allies Need To Be?

Jim Rohn famously said we are the average of the five people we associate with the most. Take a look at your own life and make note of who your closest allies are now. Are they the ones you need to be with to achieve your goals? If not, start making conscious choices to go and meet the people that are like-minded and will support you on your road to success. By identifying and spending time with the right people, you’ll increase your chances for success.

3. Who Do I Need To Become?

Picture yourself starring in a movie. In this role, consider what that person would look like when he is successful. Notice the traits or habits you practice. How you handle situations and adversity, as well as the good times when you become that successful person is important. Once you are clear on who this person is, become that person now. Practice becoming your movie star every day and keep growing as you fit into the role.

“What we think, we become.” – Buddha

Ask yourself these powerful questions every day and for each aspect of your life. For example, you can use these for your relationships, for career and even for your health. You will find increased success in all of those areas of your life.

How do you push yourself towards greatness? Let u know by leaving a comment below!

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Debbie Peck known as the Digital Trendsetter. As a Digital Strategist and Certified Social Media Manager she helps companies stay ahead of the curve by creating campaigns that humanize your brand, engage with your ideal audience and increase profits. Check out more on her website http://debbiepeckdigital.com. You can also follow her on Twitter:@debbiempeck.

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Why It’s So Important To Break Out Of Your Comfort Zone

Joel Brown (Founder of Addicted2Success.com)

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So I completed a Snake Handling course 6 years ago and during the final test of the course, we were asked to capture and bag 5 of Australia’s Deadliest snakes in a small confined room. The room had a Tiger Snake, Dugite, King Brown, Death Adder and a Red-Bellied Black Snake all slithering around at the same time. I couldn’t believe what I had got myself into.

Snakes were one of the biggest fears of mine. I would imagine a snake running underneath my feet from time to time and I would actually bring my feet up off the floor to avoid getting entangled or bitten by these imaginary snakes I had created in my mind. I would even have nightmares about snakes biting me and it would wake me up in sweats in the middle of the night.

I could have never imagined doing this in my life but I did it because I knew that I had to get passed this ridiculous fear I had of snakes, and I am grateful I was able to show up for it.

Checkout this podcast episode where I share how You can Master your Sub Conscious Programming around your fears in 2 Steps:

While attending this course, the subject of Fear was brought up and the presenter asked a number of people:

 

“What Are Your Top 5 Fears?”

– Public Speaking

– Cancer

– Sharks

– Snakes

– Heights

Were at the top of the list for most people.

 

The instructor carried on with a story of how he had just arrived back from a trip to the Northern Territory of Australia to visit an aboriginal community where he had met a 7-year-old boy who was absolutely scared to death of spiders and the dark.

Killer crocodile fearIt did not matter what kind of spider it is, he was scared and that was that. This boy would hunt crocodiles and lizards but was scared of even the non-venomous spiders.

All he had learned from a very young age was that spiders are dangerous and that they WILL kill you, yet the crocodiles and snakes that the boy would play with and hunt for are by far more deadly than most spiders that your everyday human would come across.

He was taught between the crucial years of 1-6 yrs old that the dark is full of evil happenings and that spiders are incredibly deadly and will kill him if he goes anywhere near them. So he was devastated to sleep in the dark and would jump on near by people just to get away from a spider nearby.

I’m not here to say that spiders aren’t dangerous, they are, and some out there have the potential to kill you. This boy was right to be cautious around spiders but where he lacked knowledge, or the right information about these creatures, eventually left him fearful of something he had never really understood.

This boy is just an example of many other people out there that are limited by their fears because of the little that they know. The less you know, the more fearful you are. This is only human and we are naturally scared of the unknown.

So the key thing here is we need more “KNOWLEDGE!” and it is in our best interest to want to understand how things work if we want to become less fearful of what the wild and wonderful world we live in has to offer.

You have to “EXPERIENCE” things to have a better understanding of the activity or whatever it is you are most scared of.

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Joel Brown – Certified Snake Handler

When you increase your knowledge you can grow to the level where your fear is set at, so when the two meet it creates a level called “RESPECT”.

This is the perfect level to be on because you will now have a respect for what you fear which will allow you to then work with it rather than being submissive and missing out on the wonderful feeling of successfully OWNING! the outer areas of your comfort zone.

Everybody has a fear of some sort and learning more about what you fear and even voyaging through your ‘un-comfortable zone‘ will prepare you for the hard knocks in life on your road to success.

 

I have a few more fears to conquer myself and I am happy to say that I have crossed ‘Snakes’ and a number of other top things off my list. I’m sharing this story with you in hopes that you too will face at least one or two of your fears. Not to say that “you did it“, but to prove that you can outgrow your own personal limitations.

Your fears could be holding you back, they could even be the final piece you need to experience a brand new lifestyle or a brave new world of fun.

 

So get out there, learn more and grow!

 

No matter the storm, may your Faith be stronger than your Fears – Joel Brown

 

 

Feature Image Original Source: Indiana Jones – Raiders Of The Lost Ark

 

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