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4 Principles You Need to Understand About Creating Success and Not Settling

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You know there’s so much more you want to accomplish in your life, but you feel paralyzed by setbacks in the past and a little voice that tells you to sit back down. You’re afraid of failing and tired of all that life throws at you. You want to build a business, get a better job, make more money, have better relationships, be recognized as an industry leader, make an impact, skydive, and a hundred other things. You want to live full out and experience all that life offers those that take action.

But none of that happens. Your days are a regurgitation of the same old same. You woke up less than energized, and it’s because you know you’re settling. Your limiting beliefs have kept you complacent. You look in the mirror and feel pain, but you’re not doing anything about taking action on the life you want to live. Let this be your wake-up call. It’s time to stop settling for the life and circumstances your mind tries to convince you are all that you can accomplish. 

Here are four principles you need to understand about creating success and not settling:

1. There is more than enough opportunity for those willing to go after it

Challenging circumstances tend to fuel a belief that opportunities aren’t available. Turn on the news for a few minutes, and it’ll convince you of the negative. Today, more than 4.5 billion people use the Internet. One hundred ninety-six million people use social media every day, and eCommerce sales are expected to top 6.5 trillion dollars this year. Whether you’re building a business or working to make yourself more valuable at a job, the opportunities are there. 

It’s time to stop settling in the way you make a living. You don’t have to stay in a job you hate for the rest of your life or have to feel stuck in a business that’s not growing. Whatever opportunity you need to create more revenue, income, and wealth can be researched and implemented. The digital information age will continue to create opportunities for those willing to research, plan, and execute. 

“Never settle for anything less than your best.” – Brian Tracy

2. You aren’t guaranteed anything in life

The phrase life is short has become a slogan we say but don’t fully believe. No human being is guaranteed anything beyond right now, but we live as if life will go on forever. Let me assure you it won’t.

It’s time to stop settling because right now is what you have. Your mind will give you many reasons to “start tomorrow” or only go so far. Your limiting beliefs are a mechanism your mind uses to try to protect you. It’s your responsibility to push past the limitations of your mind.

To create success, you have to understand and live life as if today could be your last day. Do the things that scare you, take on the tough challenges, step well outside of your comfort zone, and go after all the things you want. Live an unlimited life even if you experience setbacks and moments of failure. Go to sleep every night knowing that you did all you could to create success during the day. Do that consistently, and you’ll accomplish goals that once felt out of reach. 

3. It’s never as horrible as we make it in our minds

Our mind tries to protect us, and it pieces together individual situations to make them feel like one. All of the negative things that happen feed into the belief that life is horrible and bad things are always happening to us.They’re not. You should analyze each challenging experience individually. We can’t stack them, or we’ll stay stuck in a place of bitterness and frustration. Our mind makes it feel worse. Just know that there’s always a path to a better place. The journey to success requires a commitment to overcoming feelings and emotions that convince us to settle. No matter what happened in your past or what someone else has said — it can get better if you’re committed to your growth. 

“There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” – Nelson Mandela

4. It’s time to step into your power

You have an inner power that you probably haven’t tapped into yet. You’re a human being that’s filled with the possibility of creating more, and there’s an inner strength that’s waiting to be unleashed. You will stop settling when you understand that you can’t control what happens to you — the only thing you can control is your response to what happens. Even in the most challenging moments, you can choose to focus on the good and the better path. 

You can change your state through physical movement and get to a healthier place in your mind. You can use your inner strength to fuel past moments that have held you back in the past. The message here is to stop settling. Stop waiting for permission. Stop letting your past dictate the action you’ll take right now. Your limitations only have to be true if you let them be. Claim your best life and die empty.

Kelsey Charles is an entrepreneur, business growth educator, and one of Oahu's top Real Estate professionals. She's a highly-certified and award-winning business leader. She's passionate about helping businesses build better lead generation strategies and leverage modern growth strategies to build a global business. Join her at kelseyhawaii.com.

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7 Ways to Share Your Story on Social Media

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Content marketing is “A type of marketing that involves the creation and sharing of online material (such as videos, blogs, and social media posts) that does not explicitly promote a brand but is intended to stimulate interest in its products or services”. In other words, explicit marketing is simply saying “buy my stuff!” whereas content marketing is the art of persuading people to do so through storytelling. (more…)

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10 Tips to Deal With Negativity While Starting a Business

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There are ups and downs in business but fearing failures can stop you from taking your first step towards excellence. With pandemic on tow, aspiring entrepreneurs feel a little stuck when ideating a business prospect. Here, we give you some actionable tips to deal with negativity while starting a business, even during situations like a pandemic. We also took the liberty to throw in some amazing book recommendations that’ll help you enjoy the process of being positive and achieving your business goals.

10 Tips to deal with negativity while starting a business in a pandemic

1. Get a mentor

The first thing to do as a new business owner is to find the right kind of mentor. That person could be someone in your industry or in general who you look up to. The guidance must be apt for your business, and it should be a mutual responsibility of sharing knowledge. 

2. Two big R’s – Routine and Refresh

Made a mess of something? Try to reboot the situation and make it work. Take a break once in a while and refresh yourself if you feel stuck or your ideas feel mundane. Plan a routine and stick to them – both personal and professional. Having a routine can increase productivity and engage in more activities apart from your pre-planned schedule. 

3. Inculcate problem-solving mentality

Do not panic once you are thrown a problem. Arrange a meeting with the respective party, listen to both sides of the stories, and make a decision that is more realistic and feasible. 

4. Hire half and half

Whenever you hire someone for your business. Make sure that half of the people contradict your ideas, and the other half have the same mindset as yours. The people who contradict can bring in more valuable points and their perspective might take the discussion to a whole new level.  Don’t take too much time finding the perfect one. Hire an apt person who can have the right attitude. 

5. Network, Network, and Network

Find like-minded people and mingle with them. Be more sportive in the learning process. Listen more and talk less – if you are a beginner. You can only be a constructive person who gives input to someone if you have listened to everyone’s point of view. If you feel down, your network might have something to uplift your mood and change your perspective on something. 

“Negativity, in general, is one of the things that holds people back, and you have to see what’s holding you back to get away from it.” – Lucy Dacus

6. Tech-savvy personnel

Learn a thing or two about the latest technology that you implement in your organization. Since the world revolves around technology, make sure your administrative authority knows as well.  

7. Don’t schedule a meeting, that could have been an email

Yes! I said it. Having unnecessary meetings will weaken the purpose of having a constructive discussion. Having back-to-back meetings drains the team members and yourself too. Always have a 10 to 15 minutes break between each meeting to feel refreshed and give your 100%. 

8. Have a pros and cons list

Always, I mean always have a pros and cons list. Let’s say one of your team members pitch an idea to improve the marketing strategies starting next month. Jot down the pros and cons before approving or rejecting it point-blank. It’s a systematic way of making a decision. 

9. Track your finances

Even if you have a team of accountants and auditors, make sure that you are present (both mentally and physically) – learn if you are not aware of it. Trusting your employees is a must, but not overseeing the records is a mistake that should be avoided. 

10. Remember your “why?”

At some point in your hectic schedule or not having ME time can get to you. During those tough times – ask yourself – “Why am I doing this?”. If you can answer this question with a valid explanation, you’ll feel energized. Because “A purpose drives you”. 

5 Best books to read to be more positive as an entrepreneur

Reading always puts me into perspective. Therefore, I took some liberty to give a sample of positivity and determination through words. 

These are the 5 books that’ll guide you to be a more positive and successful entrepreneur. 

  1. Attitude is everything by Jeff Keller – The decisions you make, the routine you set for yourself, and the affirmations you say to yourself every day are going to make a huge difference. If you feel tired, hopeless, and quitting – then this book is for you to boost you up!
  2. Mindset: The new psychology of success by Carol Dweck – You do what you think. In this book, the author talks about two mindsets: The growth mindset and the fixed mindset and what they’ll do to you respectively. She helps you recognize your mindset and change it for the better. 
  3. Innovator’s Dilemma by Clayton Christensen – This book is about technology uprisings all over the world and businesses that adopted and implemented technology in their firm. The author teaches you that just because your competitors and others are adopting something into their businesses doesn’t mean that you have to as well. Make an informed decision. 
  4. As A Man Thinketh by James Allen – This book specifically is about the power of thought and how it shapes your life into a more meaningful and fulfilling one.
  5. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle – The author talks about how people always keep thinking about what the future holds but then forget to live and enjoy the present. And also helps us understand how to make decisions more efficiently based on the present. 

Working towards inner balance requires consistency and perseverance. So does hard and smart work. Being negative is a part of our lives. It’s important to channel it appropriately and make things happen despite the roller coaster ride that is our lives. Hope you overcome your fears and negativity to shine bigger and brighter. Cheers! 

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Defining Your Own Success: A Step by Step Guide

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Everyone wants success in their lives, but success can be defined in so many different ways that it can sometimes seem daunting. In this blog post, you will learn how to make success easier for yourself by defining what success means to you. (more…)

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5 Characteristics of Athletes You Need for Business Success

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Michigan State basketball coach, Tom Izzo, wrote “Players play. Tough players win.” I would add to that, “It’s tough to win.”I think if you, as a leader, are looking to build an organization that is successful – that wins – you first have to accept that it will be tough. There are no shortcuts to success. In my 44 years of coaching, I was fortunate to coach a lot of tough players. I believe the toughness I have seen in athletes corresponds well to any organization or business. (more…)

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