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4 Strategies To Empower Yourself To Seize Success

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Patrick Petit Jean

Many of us desire to experience success.

Of course success means different things to different people. But for everyone, it’s something that improves their lives.

Stories about how people have achieved success in a variety of areas are commonplace.

They motivate us to search for that elusive key to living a successful, happy and financially independent life.

Maybe the success of others has inspired you to find a more rewarding lifestyle.

Or you might realize your life is blah and that you need to escape from boredom and inaction.

But how can you empower yourself to start on this success journey?

ACCA might be the answer for you.

Grasp these four things and become empowered.

One way to think about empowerment is to consider what disempowerment is. Therefore, I’ll use comparison to explain the four aspects of ACCA.

 

1. AWARENESS happens when you focus

Disempowering
Not focusing wholeheartedly on what you want to achieve.

Feeling blah, so you’re not aware of opportunities when they arise.

Empowering
Awareness happens when you focus on something you really want. It’s far off but it’s burning brightly.

Because you’re thinking about it a lot, your mind is very aware of it.

To get somewhere you’ve never been before, you have to make a start. Awareness is the place to start.

Listen to people you meet, read news articles and posts on the internet.

Use social media.

Awareness enables you to look around in anticipation.

“Awareness allows us to get outside of our minds and observe it in action.” – Dan Brule

Triggers for ideas pop up in the most unexpected places – on t-shirts, signs, logos, advertisements – wherever. Even bad days or life’s obstacles can be triggers that start your thinking.

Just a tip: Jot things down immediately. Too many good ideas are forgotten through lack of a simple jot.

So, to start the empowerment process, develop awareness.

 

2. CHANGE is positive – a stepping-stone to success

Disempowering
Telling yourself and believing that you are powerless, and incapable of achieving success.

Empowering
Empowerment might involve changing some of your attitudes and beliefs.

When you catch yourself thinking in terms of “can’t” or “impossible”, tell yourself you can and that it IS possible.

Believe that you are not powerless. You can accomplish anything you strive for. Feel the power within you ready to be unleashed.

In addition to changing beliefs, if you’re dissatisfied with your life, other changes will be unavoidable. Try to see the benefits that change will bring. Then you can embrace it without becoming too overwhelmed.

Remember that the most successful people make changes regularly.

Change is to be desired, not feared. View changing and growing as stepping-stones to success.

Adapting to change is step two towards empowerment.

Darren Hardy

3. Build up your own CONFIDENCE

Disempowerment
Believing you’ve never felt confident, so you never will in the future.

Empowerment
Recognize that everyone has fears and apprehensions.

It is possible, however, to empower yourself to appear confident by doing a few easy things that, if practiced, become part of you.

  • Sit, stand and walk tall with shoulders back.
  • Speak slowly and clearly.
  • Speak with authority.
  • Say a mantra, such as “I speak with confidence and look confident, therefore I AM confident.”

The more you practice, the more confident you’ll become.

Being confident is at the center of empowering yourself.

 

4. Turn awareness, change and confidence into ACTION

Now that you’ve done lots of discovering, learning and thinking, it’s time to act.

There’s plenty of information freely available about goal setting and planning.

I won’t reinvent the wheel, but would add that recording ONE goal that you’ll work towards, say, six months from now, is essential for success.

To reach that goal, make a list of related jobs for each day of the first week. Repeat this process at the beginning of week two, and so on.

That’s your step-by-step guide.

Follow your guide conscientiously.

“When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.” – Confucius

If a little is accomplished each day, week after week, you’ll soon see significant progress on the way to your destination.

Take time out monthly to celebrate the successes you’ve had.

NOW is the time to start taking action.

Empowerment comes from within.

It’s very empowering to choose for yourself what you want in life, and how you’ll work towards it. You discover that empowerment comes from within.

You are in control.

When you believe that you are the only one who can hold you back, wow! That’s empowerment!

The most wonderful thing about empowerment is the end result – you’ll become an extraordinary person because of the growth that has happened along the way, and the hard work you have put into creating a life you are excited about.

What’s next?

Well, that’s up to you.

Remember, your choices will either empower you, or disempower you.

Choose wisely.

Persevere.

The road will be steep. There’ll be obstacles to overcome. Keep your goals before you and imagine the life you want to lead, to keep you always on track.

What are you waiting for?

Have a clear focus. Read, listen, learn. Embrace change. Believe in yourself. Be confident. Take one step every day towards success.

Think BIG and you’ll behave BIG and achieve BIG.

To start the empowering process, I’ve prepared an Infographic based on ACCA for you to download and refer to frequently.

ACCA
To your success!

Do you believe that empowerment comes from inside you?

Maybe you’d like to share about your success and what has empowered you.

I invite you to share or leave a comment below.

Erral and Jenna are passionate about helping people leave their ordinary kind of life behind, and empowering them to live a satisfying, fulfilling life.  Download their free book From Blah to Blastoff at http://successjennarator.com/welcome/   It will challenge you to take action to live the life you really want to live.  Find them also on Twitter @Jenna935.

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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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