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9 Ways My New Optimism Is Helping Me Win More Sales

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Over the last 12 months, I have worked very hard to become even more optimistic than I was before. While it has been a slow ride, I have started to see in recent weeks, a massive compounding effect that is helping me build a sales funnel and win opportunities left right and centre.

That is the reason why personal development is so important, and if you follow my lead and become more optimistic, you too can see an increase in sales within your business. Remember that whatever you do, you’re a sales person no matter what and so if there is one thing you can do to increase your effectiveness ten-fold, it’s to learn the art of optimism and the advantages that come with it.

Below are the nine ways that my new optimism has helped me win sales and how you can mirror my actions to achieve similar results.

 

1. Giving me more confidence

When I started being more optimistic, I found that I was meeting prospects with a lot more confidence. The state of mind that I was in felt refreshing and allowed me to have better posture and a stronger tone in voice. I walked into meetings saying to myself “Tim, you’re going to win this prospect over and even if you don’t, you have another person to add to your network who could introduce someone to you down the track.” When I went into a meeting knowing that I couldn’t lose and no matter the result, there was a benefit, I found that my sales and conversion rate began to increase.

 

2. Crushing objections

Objections are a common occurrence in sales, and my newfound optimism helped me to overcome them. When you’re presented with an objection, it’s best to draw on your optimism because most objections are worse case scenario’s that will probably never happen. Try using a compelling story that demonstrates to the prospect that the objection can be overcome.

This only works though if you believe the objection can be overcome yourself. At the same time be honest with the prospect and tell then that sometimes the worse case can happen but that you’re confident that you have a solution for that as well.

 

3. Making me stand out from my competitors

After submitting a proposal, it’s almost guaranteed that a competitor is also going to pitch for the business. What I found was that my optimism helped me stand out, and there was a connection between me and my potential client. The other competitor would usually just go in and pitch the typical solutions whereas my presentation was less about product and more about whether there were synergies between us.

My optimism helped me to think differently and I started telling my prospects that if they came to me it would be more than just buying a product, it would be like joining a community and they could cross-pollinate with other like-minded businesses. This conversation then led to the question, “am I already dealing with a company that the prospect might want to sell too?”

Mentioning this to the prospect then showed them that coming with my solution might even allow them to sell to a prospect that they couldn’t normally get in front of through an introduction by me. All of this came from my newfound optimism that made me think up ideas and solutions that were out of the box.

 

4. Allowing me to inspire the prospect

The optimism that I have now found allows me to get in front of a prospect and inspire them to do something. Inspiration often starts with some form of optimism. You have to be able to see things better than they are to be able to inspire someone. At the end of the day all any prospect ever wants is to be inspired and deal with someone who can help share their future through a feeling of rapport. You need to come across as a thought leader in your field and as a person that’s writing the rules for your industry. If you’re not being optimistic and getting dragged down, your level of influence will be next to zero.

 

5. Speeding up the sales process

Since my new optimism entered my life, I have found that the average sale time has decreased for some opportunities. I credit this to the fact that my optimism demonstrates an undying will to help any way I can and ensure that the implementation of the solution will be a success. Trying something new for the first time can be quite nerve racking, especially when it can affect a businesses revenue quite drastically if things go wrong.

When a prospect is on the journey with someone who is optimistic and believes in what they are doing, a lot of the unease disappears. When someone says yes to a product or solution, they have no idea if the outcome will be what they want, but they usually make their decision from a feeling. Optimism helps generate a positive feeling in the prospect that will make them say yes in a shorter amount of time, providing it’s used in an honest way.

 

6. Having prospects call me to follow up

As a result of being optimistic, I now find the prospects are following me up rather than me necessarily needing to chase them. This happens because when the prospect phones you it’s like ringing a friend so it’s not exhausting, and the conversation flows effortlessly. The moment that this trust is established, providing you deliver on what you say you will, it’s very likely that you will be doing business with this person for a long time.

 

7. Winning the sometimes unwinnable deals

I had one case where I walked into a meeting, and the client said to me, “Thanks for coming Tim, but we are not keen to meet anymore, just send me your brochure and we might give you a call in a few weeks.” The conversation went from here to them signing with me a few weeks later. While I am not exactly sure what changed my circumstances on this deal, I know that it came from their business feeling like they had reached a wall and me showing them what an optimistic future could look like.

As soon as they got a whiff of my optimism, and every objection they hit me with had a calm and relaxed answer, the deal was in the bag. It’s these types of scenarios that show me the power of optimism. All this company wanted was to feel good about their business and make a change for the better.

 

8. Giving me the fight to follow up

Muhammad Ali - Giving us the fight to follow up in salesAny form of selling is hard. You have to put up with lots of rejection and sometimes very negative people. It’s this reason why the power of optimism helps you to soldier on and not think about what could go wrong. There are so many deals that I go into where there are a hundred roadblocks in my way, but my optimism allows me to handle each one as they come up and not stress about the outcome. If I look back quite a few years ago when I didn’t have as much optimism, I was often closing off opportunities after one or two conversations because I didn’t have the will to push through.

I would even focus on the price or what my competitors were doing rather than just focusing on providing a solution that is presented in an optimistic way. I worked out that it takes around seven legitimate follow-ups on average, for a prospect to proceed with a solution. If I am closing the opportunity off after one or two contacts, then I am probably not being optimistic enough as to the odds of me winning.

I find myself now holding onto deals in my sales funnel that have been in there for more than a year and then actually closing some of these as won. What I found is that no competitor, after that much time, would ever think that that prospect would go ahead, yet I did so when they are finally ready, I get the call – no one else.

 

9. Getting me more introductions

What’s probably the best thing about optimism is when you show a prospect the light at the end of the tunnel and they finally reach the end of that journey with you, they are ecstatic and want to introduce other business owners and their family and friends.

What this means for you is that you are going to have even more deals that you can win, and they will be warm without you necessarily having to go on the same gruelling journey. As you move through the years, and your optimism compounds further, you will see a direct impact on the number of introductions you get and your close ratio.

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Final Thought

So there you have it, it’s time to learn the power of optimism and change the way you think. Optimism won’t just help you in a sales environment; it will help you in all aspects of your life. From now on when you’re presented with a difficult situation try and approach it from the position of optimism. If you find this hard, then get someone who you know is optimistic to give you their view. Remember that every challenge exists because there is a lesson on the other side. Even if you fail, you still get the free education that comes with the journey.

If you have some of your own stories on how your optimism has helped you, then please feel free to share them in the comments section below or on my Facebook Page.

 

Tim is best known as a long-time contributor on Addicted2Success. Tim's content has been shared hundreds of thousands of times and he has written multiple viral posts all around success, personal development, motivation, and entrepreneurship. During the day Tim works with the most iconic tech companies in the world, as an adviser, to assist them in expanding into Australia. By night, Tim coaches his students on the principles of personal development and the fundamentals of entrepreneurship. You can connect with Tim through his website www.timdenning.net

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  1. carol dunlop

    Aug 3, 2015 at 12:35 am

    Attitude is totally everything. If you go in thinking you can’t of course you want, but if you go in like you said and KNOW that you can’t lose, boy does that change the outcome, in your mind AND in real life. I have recently concentrated on this very thing and am seeing great results. Thank you for sharing.

    • Tim Denning

      Dec 30, 2015 at 2:46 am

      Thanks Carol for sharing your experience!

  2. Rose Costas

    Jun 18, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    Thanks Tim for this amazing post. It is so very true how being optimistic can make things happen. I think one of the main reason is because when you are positive you will look for solutions more readily. You want to win and will do what ever it takes to see things through.

    • Tim Denning

      Jun 18, 2015 at 11:42 pm

      Thank you Rose. Optimists still see problems and negativity too, the only difference is they spend 95% of the time on the outcome and the positive and maybe 5% on the negative. If you follow these tips you will become a magnet for people wanting to do business with you and be around you.

  3. Robb Mann

    Jun 18, 2015 at 11:20 am

    “Success is not the key to happiness.
    Happiness is the key to success.
    If you love what you are doing,
    you will be successful.”
    – Albert Schweitzer

    • Tim Denning

      Jun 18, 2015 at 11:40 pm

      One of my favorite quotes Robb, thank you.

  4. Robb Mann

    Jun 18, 2015 at 11:16 am

    Tim,
    Thank you for sharing these benefits to optimism, I totally agree with you. I own a small tile store and experience the same benefits of optimism. Focusing on sales encompasses so much of our lives, right? Like you said we are all in sales!

    I’m curious as to what strategies you employ to keep yourself optimistic in this… less than optimistic world we find ourselves?

    For myself, I ask questions like “What/who am I grateful for today?”, “What am I excited about today?”, “What am I looking forward to today?”, etc.. I ask these questions in the morning and it really helps me to get my mindset in the right place for the day. My optimism soars. Also, like what happened this week, a potentially very costly problem comes up, I remind myself “we will come to a great outcome”. This reminder comes from my belief that most problems hold promise of great opportunities, we just need to find them! In my situation this week, my optimism kept the project on track, encouraged everyone involved, and we did come to a great outcome, all while we had a real problem to address.

    Again, I appreciate you elaborating on the benefits to our sales efforts and I’m curious about some of your strategies.

    Thank you,
    Robb Mann

    • Tim Denning

      Jun 18, 2015 at 11:39 pm

      Happy to share anytime Robb. The strategies I do to remain optimistic are to read powerful books everyday. I try and do at least ten pages each day. I also come on to Addicted2Success where I find my daily inspiration. In terms of gratitude, I write a list of 3 things I am grateful for each day which forces me to find the good.

      When a costly problem occurs it’s actually a cost that is in the form of education. You won;t make that mistake again I promise you. When people talk about the IP of a company they are actually talking about the lessons your business has learned which is what makes it valuable.

      The other thing I do is to stay away from people that pull you down. I don;t allow them to take up my time and find anyway to keep my exposure at an all time low.

  5. Lawrence Berry

    Jun 18, 2015 at 3:51 am

    Optimism is a great tool for success and I can see why it has helped you in so many ways. I also think optimism is a great confidence booster because when you go into a meeting where you think you already have won the client over, you present in a way that will see you predictions come true. You speak with a little more enthusiasm and passion, and this projects to your potential client. They begin to believe in you. I think everyone should learn to be optimistic, but also realistic to an extent, otherwise disappointment and discouragement would follow.

    • Tim Denning

      Jun 18, 2015 at 4:37 am

      Spot on Lawrence. Optimism is one of the most powerful success tools I have come across. It’s always better to see things better than they are. You can almost always train your brain to see the best in a situation if you have the will power.

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How to Use the “Small Victories” Method to Avoid Burning Out

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Have you had a goal you begin to work toward only to run out of steam? Do you know what you need to do to get to where you want to be, but the necessary work feels overwhelming? “Small Victories” is the method to eliminate procrastination, dramatically increase productivity, and to make every part of the process not just bearable, but fun.

The journey from novice to rockstar is filled with a thousand small victories. Each victory increases your skill, your confidence, your positive expectation, and is ultimately the only way to really do something truly great.

Imagine you have a band in which everything was fun- fun to practice, fun to get together and create. The first victory was writing your first song. Afterwards, some friends come to watch you practice, and they cheer you on giving you another boost. Then you play your first show, do your first band photoshoot, and create a band website. After all this hard work, you record your first song as a band, have your first major show, your first tour, and develop the best thing so far which are your first true fans.

Each victory gives you the energy to get to the next victory

If you told the kid, it was going to take ten years of work to get to the end goal, without celebrating the small important victories in between, it would be illogical for any human to hunker down and work 10 years to get there. So how is this relevant? When starting a business or following your dream, incentivizing yourself with small victories will make you far more likely to make you continue on to your end goal. Without it, your willpower only lasts so long.

The small victories are the positive fuel to make it to the next milestone. You create small victories by finding a way to interact with people as a way to have an impact even if it’s small. For example, when people try to start businesses, often they try to get everything together before selling their first product. It could be months or years of work before they are at the level of their competition.

I am a series of small victories and large defeats and I am as amazed as any other that I have gotten from there to here. Charles Bukowski

Say you’re creating a bakery, it could be a year before anyone tried your first baked good if you go the traditional brick and mortar route without any small victories. This comes with great financial cost and energy. You also lose out on the opportunity to improve your craft, your products, your image and your connections with others who can take your business to greater heights.

However, if you go with the method of small victories instead, you would start by creating a cult following amongst friends and family with your decadent treats. Next, you would bake them at home and sell them at local events, farmers markets, and maybe even at local businesses. This can give you the opportunity to create a strong local and social media following well before the opening of your first actual store.

Work and effort without small victories lead to burnout

We need to build rewards along the way into our endeavors, because this provides encouragement to keep going. Each moment is a separate gift, an experience where something was fulfilled, where something was accomplished, no matter how small, and being a recluse until the grand unveiling will have so many missed opportunities along the way.

Small victories are also an opportunity to develop your skills, get feedback – positive or constructive – and considerably increase opportunities. Small victories increase your credibility by showing a track record and the trajectory you’re on by increasing your ability to attract investors and partners.

“Success is rarely the result of one swell swoop, but more often the culmination of many, many small victories.” – Joseph M. Marshall III

The idea of celebrating small victories can be applied to any subject. In weight loss, for instance, seeing pounds melt away will give you the positive mindset to continue and even improve the choices you make to enhance your physique. Sharing your success with others will bring in the element of positive encouragement. It can also motivate others to come with you on the journey. Your small victories can inspire others to start their own journey.

What small victory did you achieve today which will bring you a step closer to your goals? Let us know below!

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Setting Up Your Mindset to Win: How to Achieve Success in Your Life and Career

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How did Usain Bolt become so successful? He seems superhuman, doesn’t he? Richard Branson, Steve Jobs, Paul Bocuse… all these people have something special in them. They became the stars in their niche. Have you ever wondered why? No, they do not have any superhuman capacity. They are simple people, just like you and I. They, too, had flaws. Their mindset, however, is what set them apart. If you want to win in your career and in life, generally, you need the mindset of a winner. You have to think like a true champion, so you’ll overcome your flaws and emphasize your strengths.

So how do you set the mindset to win? Here are 5 suggestions to get you started:

1. When You Can’t Achieve a Goal, Get Help

Have you heard of Paul Bocuse? He was one of the most famous chefs of his time, and he was named as the chef of the century. This is a good example of the point we’re about to make. Even the best are not almighty, they have to learn from someone. Paul Bocuse learned from another famous chef. He constantly worked to improve his skills and he learned along the way.

The lesson is: you cannot do everything on your own. This is the first thing you have to do: learn and find the right person to learn from. Are there any books by the champions of your chosen niche? Get them and read them. Can you get a mentor? Of course, you can! Start connecting with people on LinkedIn. Your alumni network is a great source of mentorship opportunities, too. Don’t be afraid to reach out and say that you want to learn from someone.   

“Don’t let the fear of losing be greater than the excitement of winning.” – Robert Kiyosaki

2. Work on Your Resilience

Here’s the most important life lesson you’ll ever learn: things don’t always go as expected. When you strive towards a particular goal, the chances of failure are real. When Usain Bolt started training, he wasn’t the fastest man on Earth. He worked towards that goal and he was resilient enough to go through all the obstacles he faced. We couldn’t possibly assume that such success came easily for him.

The journey towards a successful life is not a straight line, it’s a bumpy road full of difficulties and setbacks. The average person would give up along the way, but a champion would stay resilient. It’s the mindset that makes a true difference. The good news is that the more obstacles you overcome, the more resilient you become.

3. Focus

What do you want in your career and in your life? This is not something that can go with the flow. You cannot simply live your life one random day after another and expect great things to come your way. You have to focus on particular goals and work your way up there.

Ken Chenault, CEO of American Express, has a nice tip for everyone who wants to become successful: “Dedicate yourself to a core set of values. Without them, you will never be able to find personal fulfillment, and you will never be able to lead effectively.”

Simple and straight to the point, right? So set your goals! Find that major goal you want to achieve and break it up into smaller achievements. Then, start accomplishing things on a daily basis. You need to devote your life to achieving that goal.

4. Be Bold

Steve Jobs wasn’t focused on getting an average job, achieving average results and living an average life. He had big dreams and bold goals. All successful people have something in common at the starting point, a bold dream. Being afraid to dream big is a huge mistake. Set your imagination free! What’s the biggest thing you’d like to achieve? If you believe in yourself and you start working towards that goal one day after another, you’ll unlock your true potential. You’ll realize that not many things are impossible. You can achieve much more than you believe you’re capable of.

“If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time.” – Steve Jobs

5. If You Fall, Get Back Up

Have you ever wondered why Richard Branson became so successful? The answer is simple: never gave up, no matter what hardships he faced. His first company didn’t make money. The test flight of Virgin Atlantic Airlines almost crashed because of a flock of birds. Virgin Cola, his soda company, failed miserably. He almost got himself killed during his trip around the world. Richard Branson has done many things, but do you know what he never did? Give up. No matter how serious the failure was, he always found the strength to get back up on his feet and carry on with life. That’s the mindset of a champion!

Never allow yourself to get disappointed from failure. Do not fall back into average just because your big dream doesn’t seem to be working. Failure is not a big deal. It’s just part of the journey, and everyone has to face it. If you carry on, you’ll find success along the way.

So you want to be a champion? You better start working towards that goal without wasting any time. The first step is changing your mindset. Hopefully, the tips above inspired you to do that.

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3 Important Principles You Need to Know That All Billionaires Have in Common

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I’ve always been highly interested in the similarities amongst the world’s wealthiest. Their habits, successes, mindset, and failures have fascinated me. The journey to great prosperity can seem overwhelming, but if you apply success principles to any endeavor you can quickly and efficiently overcome challenges and expand.

Michael J. Gabrielli, founder of WeRunAds, has spent hundreds of hours and tens of thousands of dollars studying billionaires and their habits. Michael has also studied over 2000 different billionaires and from this experience he’s found three principles they all had in common.

Here are the 3 principles the billionaires all had in common:

1. Be in a rapid growth industry at the right time

Timing is so important. Billionaires know when the time is right to enter a market. Most billionaires do not enter first or second into a market because of the inherent risks involved. Many billionaires let the pioneers pave the way and then leverage the knowledge gained to innovate and optimize in order to create something that works.

The key is to find an industry that is soon to take off. Stepping in at the right time is important. Let’s take a real life example that is known all too well– the founder and CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg. When he entered the scene, the idea of a social network was moderately known, but it was still not quite predicted to be the monster it is today.

Others like Friendster, Myspace, etc. had made some headway into this fledgeling industry and then Facebook entered leveraging the knowledge and expertise gained from the early pioneers. Zuckerberg saw the huge potential of social networking, took what was done previously and made it better.

He is presently worth over $66 Billion and the company has surpassed the 2 billion users mark with 1.4 billion using the platform daily. Not surprisingly, many billionaires were not the first to pioneer the industry they would later find success in. They came in at the right moment, learned from the mistakes and triumphs of their predecessors, and made a lasting final product.

Here’s a practical 3 question exercise you can do to judge if you have the right timing with your current venture:

  1. Look at your industry and say—is this brand new?
  2. Am I trying to invent something that doesn’t exist?
  3. Am I too late to the party?

2. Position yourself better

In addition to finding the right industry and getting in at the right time, billionaires position themselves in the best way. They provide the solution to the need and they think outside the box to do it. Optimal positioning is a commonality amongst billionaires. For example, during the California Gold Rush, people rushed to mine for the gold itself blinded by the promise of large profits.

However, it turned out that Sam Brannan had the better idea for how to position himself for success. He knew the chances of finding gold were risky, so instead he committed to a sure thing. He manufactured the tools that were needed by all the miners to mine gold. As each new miner migrated West, they were happily met by Brannan and his company who were ready and waiting to sell these new hopefuls the shovels and tools they’d need to strike it rich.

Digging for gold seemed to be the most profitable route, however, greater returns were yielded in the supplying of materials required to mine for gold! A good company that also illustrates this concept is Microsoft. They did not seek to create their own computer, but the software that computers would run on. Most people mistakenly think they have to “go for the gold” to attain wealth, but it’s evident in history that selling the necessary tools to the gold miners can be far more profitable.

The two questions you need to ask yourself to see how you could position yourself correctly are, “What industries will need the supplies that I could provide? And, “Am I following the trend instead of innovating?

“Big shots are only little shots that keep shooting. I can see your sun rise out of obscurity. Keep shooting” – Ikechukwu Joseph

3. Take calculated risks

Most people choose the safe bet that is secure, however, this is not common among billionaires. Billionaires take big calculated risks in order to propel themselves to higher levels of influence and success. The most important thing to note here is that while to others the risks seem big—to billionaires, they are calculated.Risk and Calculated Risk are not the same. Calculated risk is measured and well-thought-out. Risk is impulsive and immeasurable. Understanding the difference between the two is a commonality among billionaires. The world’s most prominent figures have at some point in their lives disagreed with the ordinary and took a shot at the unknown. Proper calculation and clever thinking certainly accompanied the bold moves they made in their careers.

Howard Schultz, the CEO of Starbucks, is a great example of this. He had grown up in poverty and made his way out to earn a comfortable wage as an executive at a company that manufactured coffeemakers.

“Risk more than others think safe.” – Howard Schultz

He risked it all when he discovered a small coffee shop named “Starbucks” in Seattle that prompted him to quit his job and step out to create a company that was inspired by the Italian coffee culture and personal relationship people could have with their coffee.

Of the 242 people he spoke to, 217 said no to investing with him. Despite the discouragement, lack of agreement, and investment, Schultz kept pushing on. Fast forward to present time, and Starbucks’ is a massive success. Strong intuition and unshakeable belief is common among high achievers. Many successful billionaires risked their safe jobs, personal assets, and even their reputation to take calculated risks that they knew would pay off huge in the end.

The questions you need to ask yourself now are, “where can I take a calculated risk? Am I holding back when I should be going forward? What tangible steps can I take today to move forward?”

These 3 success principles are staple elements that are common among many billionaires. Now, there are more principles that you must discover and implement in order to become a billionaire. Work diligently and do all that can be done each day. Be inquisitive and study those that you wish to emulate.

Which one of these principles do you need to work on more this year? Let us know in the comments below!

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One Question You Must Answer to Ensure Personal Success

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I don’t believe in quick fixes, in get-rich-quick schemes, or any other system that guarantees instant success with only a modicum of effort. But, I do believe it’s possible to condense great strings of logical thought and intellectual algorithms into basics. I like to keep things simple! Many of my clients love the fact that I don’t overly complete things, and frankly, so do I! I like to ask simple questions whose answers can be had quickly but require some focus in obtaining the outcome.

Here’s the question I always ask: What is standing between your current reality (where you are now) and your ultimate vision (where you want to be)? Are the impediments psychological, physical, emotional or some other reason?

Until you answer what is causing the difference between your AS IS and your SHOULD BE, you will be stuck spinning your wheels in the mud and the muck of the former. This is an important question that requires a level of mental self-examination. And the answer to this question may require a lifetime of introspection. It is an important question to answer because if you know where you want to go that provides direction but examining why you are not there yet can provide momentum. (In other words, by answering the question it may get you there faster!)

“Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston S. Churchill

It’s just like following a road map. A map is useless unless you know two things, where you are, and where you want to go. What might be stopping you (or at least slowing you down) from the ultimate destination of your passion and life’s fulfilment?

I’ve asked many people about this over the years and have heard these four reasons that keep people from moving forward.

1. Lack of vision

How do you plan to get there, if you don’t know where “there” is? The most difficult undertaking in the world is to sit quietly with a blank sheet of paper and chart out your life. I know, I have many blank sheets of paper to prove it. However, I also found out that it only takes one sheet, with a few well-crafted lines of thought to give you the direction you need. But you need to start!

2. Lack of goals

So, you know where you want to go, you just don’t know how to get there. The second hardest thing in the world is to have a sheet of paper with your ultimate destination on top, and the rest blank as you ask yourself, now what or how do I get to my vision? The process of functional decomposition means breaking down the larger process into steps that are both actionable and motivational. In other words, the steps are small enough to do and you remain motivated because they are so small.

“Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don’t wish it were easier; wish you were better.” – Jim Rohn

3. You don’t believe you can get there

You want to, but there is a script running through your head telling you to go home, make some chicken soup and don’t leave the house until these foolish notions of greatness are gone. Think about it, your parents never did what you are trying to do, no one in your family has ever done it, you are far too old (or too young) to do that, you don’t have the right education…your rationalizing can go on for a lifetime! Here is my suggestion when it comes to running those self-deprecating scripts: STOP IT!

4. You are lazy

You won’t admit this to yourself, but perhaps you are just plain lazy. I’ve seen it so many times; individuals majoring in minors. Performing high fun, low payoff activities instead of the low fun, high payoff activities. (And, by the way, who ever said that a high payoff activity can’t be fun? There’s that darn script again.) As a species we are inclined to take the path of least resistance, but that path may not lead us to our vision, but you must admit, we are having a great time NOT moving toward our vision! Laziness is not “doing nothing.” It’s doing the wrong thing because that’s what you want to do, and, very often, we know it’s the wrong thing to do!

There you have the four possible things that might be holding you back from the realization of your vision. Are any of them hitting home? Answer this question before you move on:

What is standing between my current reality and my ultimate vision of success?

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How to Use the “Small Victories” Method to Avoid Burning Out

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Have you had a goal you begin to work toward only to run out of steam? Do you know what you need to do to get to where you want to be, but the necessary work feels overwhelming? “Small Victories” is the method to eliminate procrastination, dramatically increase productivity, and to make every part of the process not just bearable, but fun. (more…)

Zachariah Bourne is the Author of the upcoming book "Blissed Out". He’s a writer for Success Magazine and Huff Post and Co-Authors articles with Jacquelyn Denissoff. As a producer, songwriter and artist living in NYC, he uses music as a way to spread the message of positivity to the world. Follow him on Instagram or go check out his YouTube.

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  1. carol dunlop

    Aug 3, 2015 at 12:35 am

    Attitude is totally everything. If you go in thinking you can’t of course you want, but if you go in like you said and KNOW that you can’t lose, boy does that change the outcome, in your mind AND in real life. I have recently concentrated on this very thing and am seeing great results. Thank you for sharing.

    • Tim Denning

      Dec 30, 2015 at 2:46 am

      Thanks Carol for sharing your experience!

  2. Rose Costas

    Jun 18, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    Thanks Tim for this amazing post. It is so very true how being optimistic can make things happen. I think one of the main reason is because when you are positive you will look for solutions more readily. You want to win and will do what ever it takes to see things through.

    • Tim Denning

      Jun 18, 2015 at 11:42 pm

      Thank you Rose. Optimists still see problems and negativity too, the only difference is they spend 95% of the time on the outcome and the positive and maybe 5% on the negative. If you follow these tips you will become a magnet for people wanting to do business with you and be around you.

  3. Robb Mann

    Jun 18, 2015 at 11:20 am

    “Success is not the key to happiness.
    Happiness is the key to success.
    If you love what you are doing,
    you will be successful.”
    – Albert Schweitzer

    • Tim Denning

      Jun 18, 2015 at 11:40 pm

      One of my favorite quotes Robb, thank you.

  4. Robb Mann

    Jun 18, 2015 at 11:16 am

    Tim,
    Thank you for sharing these benefits to optimism, I totally agree with you. I own a small tile store and experience the same benefits of optimism. Focusing on sales encompasses so much of our lives, right? Like you said we are all in sales!

    I’m curious as to what strategies you employ to keep yourself optimistic in this… less than optimistic world we find ourselves?

    For myself, I ask questions like “What/who am I grateful for today?”, “What am I excited about today?”, “What am I looking forward to today?”, etc.. I ask these questions in the morning and it really helps me to get my mindset in the right place for the day. My optimism soars. Also, like what happened this week, a potentially very costly problem comes up, I remind myself “we will come to a great outcome”. This reminder comes from my belief that most problems hold promise of great opportunities, we just need to find them! In my situation this week, my optimism kept the project on track, encouraged everyone involved, and we did come to a great outcome, all while we had a real problem to address.

    Again, I appreciate you elaborating on the benefits to our sales efforts and I’m curious about some of your strategies.

    Thank you,
    Robb Mann

    • Tim Denning

      Jun 18, 2015 at 11:39 pm

      Happy to share anytime Robb. The strategies I do to remain optimistic are to read powerful books everyday. I try and do at least ten pages each day. I also come on to Addicted2Success where I find my daily inspiration. In terms of gratitude, I write a list of 3 things I am grateful for each day which forces me to find the good.

      When a costly problem occurs it’s actually a cost that is in the form of education. You won;t make that mistake again I promise you. When people talk about the IP of a company they are actually talking about the lessons your business has learned which is what makes it valuable.

      The other thing I do is to stay away from people that pull you down. I don;t allow them to take up my time and find anyway to keep my exposure at an all time low.

  5. Lawrence Berry

    Jun 18, 2015 at 3:51 am

    Optimism is a great tool for success and I can see why it has helped you in so many ways. I also think optimism is a great confidence booster because when you go into a meeting where you think you already have won the client over, you present in a way that will see you predictions come true. You speak with a little more enthusiasm and passion, and this projects to your potential client. They begin to believe in you. I think everyone should learn to be optimistic, but also realistic to an extent, otherwise disappointment and discouragement would follow.

    • Tim Denning

      Jun 18, 2015 at 4:37 am

      Spot on Lawrence. Optimism is one of the most powerful success tools I have come across. It’s always better to see things better than they are. You can almost always train your brain to see the best in a situation if you have the will power.

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How to Use the “Small Victories” Method to Avoid Burning Out

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Have you had a goal you begin to work toward only to run out of steam? Do you know what you need to do to get to where you want to be, but the necessary work feels overwhelming? “Small Victories” is the method to eliminate procrastination, dramatically increase productivity, and to make every part of the process not just bearable, but fun.

The journey from novice to rockstar is filled with a thousand small victories. Each victory increases your skill, your confidence, your positive expectation, and is ultimately the only way to really do something truly great.

Imagine you have a band in which everything was fun- fun to practice, fun to get together and create. The first victory was writing your first song. Afterwards, some friends come to watch you practice, and they cheer you on giving you another boost. Then you play your first show, do your first band photoshoot, and create a band website. After all this hard work, you record your first song as a band, have your first major show, your first tour, and develop the best thing so far which are your first true fans.

Each victory gives you the energy to get to the next victory

If you told the kid, it was going to take ten years of work to get to the end goal, without celebrating the small important victories in between, it would be illogical for any human to hunker down and work 10 years to get there. So how is this relevant? When starting a business or following your dream, incentivizing yourself with small victories will make you far more likely to make you continue on to your end goal. Without it, your willpower only lasts so long.

The small victories are the positive fuel to make it to the next milestone. You create small victories by finding a way to interact with people as a way to have an impact even if it’s small. For example, when people try to start businesses, often they try to get everything together before selling their first product. It could be months or years of work before they are at the level of their competition.

I am a series of small victories and large defeats and I am as amazed as any other that I have gotten from there to here. Charles Bukowski

Say you’re creating a bakery, it could be a year before anyone tried your first baked good if you go the traditional brick and mortar route without any small victories. This comes with great financial cost and energy. You also lose out on the opportunity to improve your craft, your products, your image and your connections with others who can take your business to greater heights.

However, if you go with the method of small victories instead, you would start by creating a cult following amongst friends and family with your decadent treats. Next, you would bake them at home and sell them at local events, farmers markets, and maybe even at local businesses. This can give you the opportunity to create a strong local and social media following well before the opening of your first actual store.

Work and effort without small victories lead to burnout

We need to build rewards along the way into our endeavors, because this provides encouragement to keep going. Each moment is a separate gift, an experience where something was fulfilled, where something was accomplished, no matter how small, and being a recluse until the grand unveiling will have so many missed opportunities along the way.

Small victories are also an opportunity to develop your skills, get feedback – positive or constructive – and considerably increase opportunities. Small victories increase your credibility by showing a track record and the trajectory you’re on by increasing your ability to attract investors and partners.

“Success is rarely the result of one swell swoop, but more often the culmination of many, many small victories.” – Joseph M. Marshall III

The idea of celebrating small victories can be applied to any subject. In weight loss, for instance, seeing pounds melt away will give you the positive mindset to continue and even improve the choices you make to enhance your physique. Sharing your success with others will bring in the element of positive encouragement. It can also motivate others to come with you on the journey. Your small victories can inspire others to start their own journey.

What small victory did you achieve today which will bring you a step closer to your goals? Let us know below!

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Setting Up Your Mindset to Win: How to Achieve Success in Your Life and Career

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How did Usain Bolt become so successful? He seems superhuman, doesn’t he? Richard Branson, Steve Jobs, Paul Bocuse… all these people have something special in them. They became the stars in their niche. Have you ever wondered why? No, they do not have any superhuman capacity. They are simple people, just like you and I. They, too, had flaws. Their mindset, however, is what set them apart. If you want to win in your career and in life, generally, you need the mindset of a winner. You have to think like a true champion, so you’ll overcome your flaws and emphasize your strengths.

So how do you set the mindset to win? Here are 5 suggestions to get you started:

1. When You Can’t Achieve a Goal, Get Help

Have you heard of Paul Bocuse? He was one of the most famous chefs of his time, and he was named as the chef of the century. This is a good example of the point we’re about to make. Even the best are not almighty, they have to learn from someone. Paul Bocuse learned from another famous chef. He constantly worked to improve his skills and he learned along the way.

The lesson is: you cannot do everything on your own. This is the first thing you have to do: learn and find the right person to learn from. Are there any books by the champions of your chosen niche? Get them and read them. Can you get a mentor? Of course, you can! Start connecting with people on LinkedIn. Your alumni network is a great source of mentorship opportunities, too. Don’t be afraid to reach out and say that you want to learn from someone.   

“Don’t let the fear of losing be greater than the excitement of winning.” – Robert Kiyosaki

2. Work on Your Resilience

Here’s the most important life lesson you’ll ever learn: things don’t always go as expected. When you strive towards a particular goal, the chances of failure are real. When Usain Bolt started training, he wasn’t the fastest man on Earth. He worked towards that goal and he was resilient enough to go through all the obstacles he faced. We couldn’t possibly assume that such success came easily for him.

The journey towards a successful life is not a straight line, it’s a bumpy road full of difficulties and setbacks. The average person would give up along the way, but a champion would stay resilient. It’s the mindset that makes a true difference. The good news is that the more obstacles you overcome, the more resilient you become.

3. Focus

What do you want in your career and in your life? This is not something that can go with the flow. You cannot simply live your life one random day after another and expect great things to come your way. You have to focus on particular goals and work your way up there.

Ken Chenault, CEO of American Express, has a nice tip for everyone who wants to become successful: “Dedicate yourself to a core set of values. Without them, you will never be able to find personal fulfillment, and you will never be able to lead effectively.”

Simple and straight to the point, right? So set your goals! Find that major goal you want to achieve and break it up into smaller achievements. Then, start accomplishing things on a daily basis. You need to devote your life to achieving that goal.

4. Be Bold

Steve Jobs wasn’t focused on getting an average job, achieving average results and living an average life. He had big dreams and bold goals. All successful people have something in common at the starting point, a bold dream. Being afraid to dream big is a huge mistake. Set your imagination free! What’s the biggest thing you’d like to achieve? If you believe in yourself and you start working towards that goal one day after another, you’ll unlock your true potential. You’ll realize that not many things are impossible. You can achieve much more than you believe you’re capable of.

“If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time.” – Steve Jobs

5. If You Fall, Get Back Up

Have you ever wondered why Richard Branson became so successful? The answer is simple: never gave up, no matter what hardships he faced. His first company didn’t make money. The test flight of Virgin Atlantic Airlines almost crashed because of a flock of birds. Virgin Cola, his soda company, failed miserably. He almost got himself killed during his trip around the world. Richard Branson has done many things, but do you know what he never did? Give up. No matter how serious the failure was, he always found the strength to get back up on his feet and carry on with life. That’s the mindset of a champion!

Never allow yourself to get disappointed from failure. Do not fall back into average just because your big dream doesn’t seem to be working. Failure is not a big deal. It’s just part of the journey, and everyone has to face it. If you carry on, you’ll find success along the way.

So you want to be a champion? You better start working towards that goal without wasting any time. The first step is changing your mindset. Hopefully, the tips above inspired you to do that.

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3 Important Principles You Need to Know That All Billionaires Have in Common

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I’ve always been highly interested in the similarities amongst the world’s wealthiest. Their habits, successes, mindset, and failures have fascinated me. The journey to great prosperity can seem overwhelming, but if you apply success principles to any endeavor you can quickly and efficiently overcome challenges and expand.

Michael J. Gabrielli, founder of WeRunAds, has spent hundreds of hours and tens of thousands of dollars studying billionaires and their habits. Michael has also studied over 2000 different billionaires and from this experience he’s found three principles they all had in common.

Here are the 3 principles the billionaires all had in common:

1. Be in a rapid growth industry at the right time

Timing is so important. Billionaires know when the time is right to enter a market. Most billionaires do not enter first or second into a market because of the inherent risks involved. Many billionaires let the pioneers pave the way and then leverage the knowledge gained to innovate and optimize in order to create something that works.

The key is to find an industry that is soon to take off. Stepping in at the right time is important. Let’s take a real life example that is known all too well– the founder and CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg. When he entered the scene, the idea of a social network was moderately known, but it was still not quite predicted to be the monster it is today.

Others like Friendster, Myspace, etc. had made some headway into this fledgeling industry and then Facebook entered leveraging the knowledge and expertise gained from the early pioneers. Zuckerberg saw the huge potential of social networking, took what was done previously and made it better.

He is presently worth over $66 Billion and the company has surpassed the 2 billion users mark with 1.4 billion using the platform daily. Not surprisingly, many billionaires were not the first to pioneer the industry they would later find success in. They came in at the right moment, learned from the mistakes and triumphs of their predecessors, and made a lasting final product.

Here’s a practical 3 question exercise you can do to judge if you have the right timing with your current venture:

  1. Look at your industry and say—is this brand new?
  2. Am I trying to invent something that doesn’t exist?
  3. Am I too late to the party?

2. Position yourself better

In addition to finding the right industry and getting in at the right time, billionaires position themselves in the best way. They provide the solution to the need and they think outside the box to do it. Optimal positioning is a commonality amongst billionaires. For example, during the California Gold Rush, people rushed to mine for the gold itself blinded by the promise of large profits.

However, it turned out that Sam Brannan had the better idea for how to position himself for success. He knew the chances of finding gold were risky, so instead he committed to a sure thing. He manufactured the tools that were needed by all the miners to mine gold. As each new miner migrated West, they were happily met by Brannan and his company who were ready and waiting to sell these new hopefuls the shovels and tools they’d need to strike it rich.

Digging for gold seemed to be the most profitable route, however, greater returns were yielded in the supplying of materials required to mine for gold! A good company that also illustrates this concept is Microsoft. They did not seek to create their own computer, but the software that computers would run on. Most people mistakenly think they have to “go for the gold” to attain wealth, but it’s evident in history that selling the necessary tools to the gold miners can be far more profitable.

The two questions you need to ask yourself to see how you could position yourself correctly are, “What industries will need the supplies that I could provide? And, “Am I following the trend instead of innovating?

“Big shots are only little shots that keep shooting. I can see your sun rise out of obscurity. Keep shooting” – Ikechukwu Joseph

3. Take calculated risks

Most people choose the safe bet that is secure, however, this is not common among billionaires. Billionaires take big calculated risks in order to propel themselves to higher levels of influence and success. The most important thing to note here is that while to others the risks seem big—to billionaires, they are calculated.Risk and Calculated Risk are not the same. Calculated risk is measured and well-thought-out. Risk is impulsive and immeasurable. Understanding the difference between the two is a commonality among billionaires. The world’s most prominent figures have at some point in their lives disagreed with the ordinary and took a shot at the unknown. Proper calculation and clever thinking certainly accompanied the bold moves they made in their careers.

Howard Schultz, the CEO of Starbucks, is a great example of this. He had grown up in poverty and made his way out to earn a comfortable wage as an executive at a company that manufactured coffeemakers.

“Risk more than others think safe.” – Howard Schultz

He risked it all when he discovered a small coffee shop named “Starbucks” in Seattle that prompted him to quit his job and step out to create a company that was inspired by the Italian coffee culture and personal relationship people could have with their coffee.

Of the 242 people he spoke to, 217 said no to investing with him. Despite the discouragement, lack of agreement, and investment, Schultz kept pushing on. Fast forward to present time, and Starbucks’ is a massive success. Strong intuition and unshakeable belief is common among high achievers. Many successful billionaires risked their safe jobs, personal assets, and even their reputation to take calculated risks that they knew would pay off huge in the end.

The questions you need to ask yourself now are, “where can I take a calculated risk? Am I holding back when I should be going forward? What tangible steps can I take today to move forward?”

These 3 success principles are staple elements that are common among many billionaires. Now, there are more principles that you must discover and implement in order to become a billionaire. Work diligently and do all that can be done each day. Be inquisitive and study those that you wish to emulate.

Which one of these principles do you need to work on more this year? Let us know in the comments below!

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One Question You Must Answer to Ensure Personal Success

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I don’t believe in quick fixes, in get-rich-quick schemes, or any other system that guarantees instant success with only a modicum of effort. But, I do believe it’s possible to condense great strings of logical thought and intellectual algorithms into basics. I like to keep things simple! Many of my clients love the fact that I don’t overly complete things, and frankly, so do I! I like to ask simple questions whose answers can be had quickly but require some focus in obtaining the outcome.

Here’s the question I always ask: What is standing between your current reality (where you are now) and your ultimate vision (where you want to be)? Are the impediments psychological, physical, emotional or some other reason?

Until you answer what is causing the difference between your AS IS and your SHOULD BE, you will be stuck spinning your wheels in the mud and the muck of the former. This is an important question that requires a level of mental self-examination. And the answer to this question may require a lifetime of introspection. It is an important question to answer because if you know where you want to go that provides direction but examining why you are not there yet can provide momentum. (In other words, by answering the question it may get you there faster!)

“Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston S. Churchill

It’s just like following a road map. A map is useless unless you know two things, where you are, and where you want to go. What might be stopping you (or at least slowing you down) from the ultimate destination of your passion and life’s fulfilment?

I’ve asked many people about this over the years and have heard these four reasons that keep people from moving forward.

1. Lack of vision

How do you plan to get there, if you don’t know where “there” is? The most difficult undertaking in the world is to sit quietly with a blank sheet of paper and chart out your life. I know, I have many blank sheets of paper to prove it. However, I also found out that it only takes one sheet, with a few well-crafted lines of thought to give you the direction you need. But you need to start!

2. Lack of goals

So, you know where you want to go, you just don’t know how to get there. The second hardest thing in the world is to have a sheet of paper with your ultimate destination on top, and the rest blank as you ask yourself, now what or how do I get to my vision? The process of functional decomposition means breaking down the larger process into steps that are both actionable and motivational. In other words, the steps are small enough to do and you remain motivated because they are so small.

“Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don’t wish it were easier; wish you were better.” – Jim Rohn

3. You don’t believe you can get there

You want to, but there is a script running through your head telling you to go home, make some chicken soup and don’t leave the house until these foolish notions of greatness are gone. Think about it, your parents never did what you are trying to do, no one in your family has ever done it, you are far too old (or too young) to do that, you don’t have the right education…your rationalizing can go on for a lifetime! Here is my suggestion when it comes to running those self-deprecating scripts: STOP IT!

4. You are lazy

You won’t admit this to yourself, but perhaps you are just plain lazy. I’ve seen it so many times; individuals majoring in minors. Performing high fun, low payoff activities instead of the low fun, high payoff activities. (And, by the way, who ever said that a high payoff activity can’t be fun? There’s that darn script again.) As a species we are inclined to take the path of least resistance, but that path may not lead us to our vision, but you must admit, we are having a great time NOT moving toward our vision! Laziness is not “doing nothing.” It’s doing the wrong thing because that’s what you want to do, and, very often, we know it’s the wrong thing to do!

There you have the four possible things that might be holding you back from the realization of your vision. Are any of them hitting home? Answer this question before you move on:

What is standing between my current reality and my ultimate vision of success?

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