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7 Uncomfortable but Essential Things You Should Be Doing for Success

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By now we all know that what separates successful people from the not so successful is largely the mindset and action they take; it’s been proven repeatedly.  The next question on everyone’s mind is what mindset and actions are they taking that is so different?  

The first thing to know is that success and comfort don’t really fit in the same sentence and this is where most of the ‘not so successful’ people fail. To live a larger life than you currently are, you need to get uncomfortable.  The problem is simple, most people run away from anything that makes them uncomfortable – it is a paradox.

If you’ve ever been curious as to where you might be falling short – kill your curiosity now. If you start to expand your ‘world’ by doing things that are uncomfortable, you will see your reality change and experience success on a completely different level than you ever have.

Here are 7 uncomfortable but essential things you should be doing if you want to change your story about success now:

1. Remove toxic people from your life

You will never really see how toxic someone is until you breathe fresher air. You might not have made a conscious choice when you were younger who you let into your life, but you do have a choice now. The people in your life should be supportive and encouraging and of course, never make you feel less. But additionally, their mindset influences yours and their level of success.

You are a product of your environment, surround yourself with the best and you will become better. Once you let go of negative people, the positive ones appear. Just like you might have developed limiting beliefs from your environment as a child, the same happens with the environment you are in when you are an adult.

“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” – Jim Rohn

2. Tell your fears to get the hell out of the way

Fear will always be a part of life. It doesn’t disappear over time or with growth, it will always be there. The only thing you can improve on is your relationship with fear and how you manage it. People let fear stop them all the time. That’s why they don’t take action even if they know it is the right thing to do.

Fear can feel very real and physical, but this is because your mind can’t tell the difference between real or imagined ‘fears’.  So you need to understand that fear is normal, but again, you need to get uncomfortable, charge ahead anyway and prepare yourself for the challenge and then rise to it. FEAR Is False Evidence Appearing Real; more often than not. So why let it control you?

3. Take time management seriously

A lot of people seem to think that how they spend their time and the results they get in life aren’t connected. In fact, it’s everything! How you spend your time determines whether you will achieve your goals. It might not be fun to plan, prioritize and strategize your time. You might feel uncomfortable at the thought of it, but unless you take it more seriously, you can expect to get the same results.

Maximize your time to maximize your results. If you don’t manage your time effectively, you are not managing your life and success as effectively as you could. All successful people value time, they don’t waste it!

4. Sacrifice is an ingredient

There are most likely some things you need to give up in order to gain what you want. Things like waking up earlier to get more done, staying in to get something done for your business instead of going out, investing your money into growth and sacrificing other things you could buy.  

It is about prioritizing the results you want to have over what is currently blocking them, that which you need to sacrifice.  Sacrifice is not bad, but it is essential to achieving anything. If you are not willing to give up some things in order to gain something bigger, you will not achieve your highest level of success.

“You have to fight to reach your dream. You have to sacrifice and work hard for it.” – Lionel Messi

5. Play the lottery with life

Every time someone plays the lottery, they risk losing the amount they played so easily. Yet, this is so much easier for people to do. Why not play a bit of lottery with what you can create for yourself in life?   If we could predict, plan and stay on a path that would ensure success – great; but that’s another world and it’s not the one we live in.   

If you don’t take risks, you will not go very far. Your results might slowly get better, but you won’t have any huge shifts or wins that can catapult you to the next stage of your success.  Remember the greater the risk, the greater the reward. Just take a chance!

6. Consistent action must become automatic

Successful people put results before comfort. They don’t make a few efforts this week; then tail off, then the following week they are back on track. They don’t go from highs to lows as much either. They ‘manage themselves’ and take consistent daily action towards their goals. If they don’t like the task, they delegate or they do it anyway, that’s it. They know that routines and consistency are key to creating the foundations for success.

7. Listen to your intuition more than the facts

This doesn’t sound right, I know, in fact it sounds very ‘unbusiness’ like. The truth is that your brain can be fooled, but your gut doesn’t know how to lie. The facts might look good on paper but when you have a sense that there’s something wrong, your heart knows things that your mind can’t explain.

Start listening to your intuition more. Follow what feels right and see how your intuition is almost always right. Richard Branson swears by it, and I’m sure you can remember those times when you wished you had listened to your gut, and you didn’t.

Remember, the uncomfortable needs to become your new comfortable. The more uncomfortable, the bigger the growth.  If you apply just one of the tips above into your life, you will notice positive changes immediately. Don’t only read other people’s stories of success, start to write your own.

Which one of these tips are you going to implement immediately? Leave your thoughts below!

Kirstin O’Donovan is a “multinational” productivity coach, author and founder of TopResultsCoaching an international company providing coaching services in nearly a dozen countries. With over 10 years working in the field of coaching and personal development, she provides her expertise to help individuals create the life and results they desire.   Kirstin also writes for various international publications in personal development. Kirstin, a certified NLP Practitioner, holds various qualifications, certificates and credentials related to personal and business coaching. She is the author of ‘Maximize your time to maximize your profit’ and Co-Author of ‘The Confident Woman’ and ‘There is GOLD inside YOU.’

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How Your Friends Determine Whether You Succeed or Not

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Can anyone do without having friends? We all have our friends, we share ideas with them, talk together, have fun, and fight. Yes, that’s the baseline of friendship. But, do you know that aside from you, your friends can determine whether you achieve success or not?

There are two things in friendship which are the ability to ”love” and the ability to “influence”. This means you are loved and you are influenced. How do your friends affect your success in life? How are they one of the biggest deciding factors of your success? Let’s find out.

What type of friends do you keep? 

First, what type of friends do you keep? Who do you call your best friend? There are two different kinds of friends, good friends, and bad ones. A lot of people have lost their pathway to success and some have also found their road to success all because of the friends they keep, the people they mingle with. 

Who is your best friend? Answer carefully. Having a best friend means you find each other compatible and understanding. Analyze who your best friend is. If your best friend has not motivated you to do something positive, if who you call your bestie has never given you positive advice, lastly if your best friend has never informed and advised you on your shortcomings, then you don’t have a best friend.

This quote tells us “birds of the same feather flock together”. Countless people have changed from their good nature into a bad one all because of friends. One thing to note is, “negative people move with negative aura”. If your best friend is filled with negativity inside-out then you will surely be affected by his/her negative aura.

They influence your success with positivity or negativity 

The friends you keep can either influence you with positivity or negativity because your friends have the power to change your kind of person completely. 

This is how your friends influence you:

  1. They influence you indirectly with what they do
  2. They influence you directly by teaching and giving you advice 

Yes, that is how they influence you. For instance, you watch a movie and you like the way the actor walks. The question is if you truly like the way the actor walks, won’t you try to imitate the actor? Of course, you will.

Just the way you imitate the actor is the same way your friends can influence you with their character. However, the funny part is, they don’t have to teach you to do things like them. You just find yourself imitating and copying them gradually.

An important question to ask is, are you imitating a good friend or a bad one? If you imitate a good friend then you will be good, but if you imitate a bad person, you will surely become a bad person.

Everyone wants to succeed, a good friend will always teach, enlighten, and motivate you for success. A bad friend will only motivate you to do evil things (smoking, drinking, fight, envy,).

And you should know that things like that are a great enemy of success and even of God. So, if you have these bad elements in your life, how will you achieve success? There is no way!

And also, they can teach and advise you directly. But, what do your friends teach you? When you ask them for advice do they inspire you positively or teach you the bad stuff.? A lot of people have regretted lifelong decisions just by listening to the advice of friends. 

The company you keep has the power to influence and change you. Never forget that a positive influence will teach, motivate, and brush you up for success. While a negative influence will inspire you to become a bad person, change your good nature, and leave you with regrets in the end.

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The 3 Step Process to Building a Profitable Pitch

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As a communication coach, one of the top questions entrepreneurs ask me is how to deliver a winning pitch to potential investors. They want to know if there’s a magic formula to get an investor to say yes and buy into their dream and their business. (more…)

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The 4 Pillars of Wealth and Abundance

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Have you ever wondered what the formula for a wealthy and abundant life is? Many people have. Lots has been written about the subject of wealth creation and living an abundant life. It was a breaking point in my journey and pursuit of success when I found out that there is a clear path to achieve success in life. Thanks to those who have shared their journey, we can clearly see and follow the principles of prosperity. (more…)

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Here Are 4 Reasons Why You Should Have a Podcast, Youtube Channel or Online Show

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Confidence comes from a place of strong understanding of self. After close to three years on radio, I’ve grown from a shy introvert to a shy introvert with an extrovert persona. When the mic is turned on, I can channel a version of myself that some say is attractive, strong, and of course, confident but it wasn’t always this way.

What I want to share with you is what I discovered on this journey into broadcast that you can apply to your life, your ventures, and your personal development. This doesn’t require any fancy gear. It does require a leap of faith on your part because once you go down the road of media; it can change your life.

1. Perceived Expertise

When you go to a doctor, you expect their knowledge will guide them to a solution to your problems. When you have a show, you become your listeners’ doctor. For all the multiple thousands, maybe millions, of YouTube channels, podcasts, and user-created content in the world, each person that gets behind a mic takes a position on their passion, their opinions, and their themes.

They challenge the status quo for the benefit of their listeners in hopes to entertain and educate. With consistency on your side, those fans place you on a platform and give you permission to influence them.

2. Global Acknowledgement

One of the benefits to increasing confidence is when you receive thank you notes from people you may never meet. The feeling of enriching someone’s life from halfway around the globe, provides validation you’re enhancing someone else’s life with your wisdom and your wit.

The very first time I was told I was making a difference in someone’s life in a country other than my own, I felt like I caused massive impact that transcends my circle of influence. When you experience just how much you can cause impact and it comes back to you, it’ll change your worldview.

“Be grateful for what you have and stop complaining – it bores everybody else, does you no good, and doesn’t solve any problems.” – Zig Ziglar

3. Backed By Numbers

One of the most exciting ways to measure success is to quantify your growth. It’s not enough to just broadcast. Having subscribers and downloads helps to know, numerically, how well you’re doing. Word of caution. This can be a way to set yourself up for distress because of number envy but if you understand what the numbers mean; you can control the narrative of the numbers.

The major number that makes most people smile is 10,000. I’d advise it to be 1. Here’s why. As you grow in your industry, so does your reach. If you learned that the one person that subscribed totally changed for the better because of you, wouldn’t that be worth the effort?

4. Effective Communication

While it’s not talked about much, having a show is documentation. You create a dynamic account of your life, your industry, and the pulse on what’s important simply by having a show. When you find a channel to improve your communication skills, you demand attention and people will listen to you. You become more trusted as a leader and people will follow you once they believe you can lead them to their wants and needs.

“To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.” – Tony Robbins

These insights have helped many people become leaders and, ultimately, move others to their best selves. It’s worked for me and I hope it works for you. At the end of the day, it’s all about showing up and showing out.

Have you ever thought about having a radio show? If so, what would you talk about? Let us below!

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