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9 Ways You Will Have Enormous Growth Every Time You Write A Blog Post

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Experiencing Personal Growth Through Blogging

I have been blogging for quite a while, and some people tell me that I am wasting my time and can’t see what benefits there are for me. Who reads long form articles nowadays anywhere with platforms like Twitter? The answer, lots of people.

Blogging has been a transformational part of my life that I could never have predicted. It seems so simple, yet it has so many layers of growth for all who partake in it. Every article I have ever posted has allowed me to be more, and to become more.

It’s only because it is something I am doing so much of now that I am seeing the effects compound even further. No matter how good you are at writing or what knowledge you have, there is an opportunity for all of us to blog regularly and I empower you to do so.

Below are the nine ways you will have enormous growth every time you write a blog post.

 

1. It allows you to be vulnerable

There is a reason why I have put this point first. That reason is quite simple; writing a blog post will allow you to grow because it lets you be vulnerable. In a normal conversation with another person, most of us don’t be quite as vulnerable as we should be.

When you start to write regular blog posts you begin to peel away layer by layer of yourself, and you become more vulnerable without even realising it. The more vulnerable you become, the more you let go and grow as a person. You stop caring about what others think and begin caring about how you can teach others something that will be valuable for them.

Looking back on some of my own posts, I have shared some deeply personal things, but they have come from a place of happiness within myself. That happiness comes from all of the nice messages I get daily now from people who are moved by the advice I have shared.

Imagine everyone made a commitment to write blog posts and be vulnerable. Just think how much more wisdom would be shared with the world thanks to this one small act!

 

2. Others share their experience with you

As you begin to share your blog posts with the world about your chosen topic, after a while, your community will begin to share their experiences with you. I have had people message me who have experienced violence, rape, loss of a loved one, failure of a business, etc, and every one of them has helped me to grow.

The lessons these individuals teach me are real and happening right now. The more references you have about a particular idea, the stronger that idea forms in your own mind. Each day, people that have experienced a lot of pain reach out to me and show me that they are ultimately going to be the successful ones.

They are choosing to be vulnerable and deciding on their own path, sharing their story and giving back to me, and you can’t ask for anything more. It’s these people that contribute to my growth, one by one, by showing me that the things I think are tough, are actually not.

 

3. It reinforces your beliefs

Through my journey of blogging so far, many of my beliefs have changed or been given a new perspective. A lot of this has come from the interviews I have been doing on here for Addicted2Success. When you go into an interview, you often have a pre-conceived idea about someone or what they have achieved.

Almost every time, by the end, the beliefs about that person and what they have done are completely transformed. As I write the blog post from the interview, these new beliefs are then reinforced again as I try and translate the interview into a language that makes sense to everyone else.

Experiencing Personal Growth Through Blogging
 

4. It’s therapeutic

Recently, I had an experience with a highly negative person and writing a blog post became like a type of therapy. It allowed me to reflect on the situation, let go, and try and find the lesson to share with all of you.

As I wrote the blog post, I realised that I was still stuck in the emotion of the situation, and I actually came up with live strategies to deal with my experience that I hadn’t thought of before.

I found a way to use the blog post to inspire others instead of being stuck in the pattern that I was in for a number of days. The negative person was dominating my thoughts, but the inspiring messages I got back from people that read the blog post made me forget about them. So in short, blogging can be therapeutic and help heal the mind.

 

5. You are forced to live what you write (accountability)

A lot of personal growth can be traced back to accountability. In order for you to grow, you need to do things that are uncomfortable. By their very nature, doing things that are uncomfortable are hard to do, and the best way to achieve them is to have others hold you accountable.

Through the process of blogging, you have an opportunity for growth by committing things to your readers who will follow up with you to see if you have taken action. For example, I committed in a blog post to do a 38 day fast, and so once everyone knew I was going to do it, I had no choice but to follow through.

In a real life demonstration of this point, I am going to commit right now that I will donate my own money to Addicted2Success’s campaign with Pencils Of Promise. Now I have to donate because everyone is going to ask me about it – pretty cool huh?

 

6. Who you are and what you have become spreads

Each blog post you write will tell people who you are and what you are becoming as you begin to share your thoughts with your community. People within your network who previously didn’t know you that well can begin to learn things about you.

The relationships you form through blogging can help you grow in many ways. They can also present opportunities to you that you wouldn’t have had otherwise. With my own blogging, I have people coming up to me every day who talk to me as if they know me on a personal level.

Later on, these people then tell me that they have read every post I’ve written, and they start opening up about their own lessons.

“Like a virus, who you become starts to spread through your direct network and then onto other networks. Before you know it, who you have become will have a totally different meaning than it did before, all thanks to blogging” – Tim Denning

 

7. You will have to research

As I write a new blog post, there are always times when I need to dig a bit deeper and research a certain idea. This allows me to consume articles and videos that I wouldn’t have normally consumed.

It’s funny how researching personal development on a daily basis actually helps you with your own growth.

 

8. You get to seek feedback

When you are breaking through a barrier trying to find a way around something or a solution to a problem, having others give you feedback is very useful. Through the process of blogging, you can ask questions and seek feedback from your audience.

This feedback can then be used to construct strategies that can be rolled out in your own life. I have also found that this same feedback has a global flavour to it because the internet is not just in your home country; it’s everywhere.

I have had feedback from people in places like Africa where someone has told me that the idea I have presented is considered revolutionary in their culture, whereas, in my own culture, it may have just been passed by as another idea.

You individually cannot complete the process of growth on your own; you need others to help you grow. Blogging can be that platform you use to get the input required for growth.

 

9. It allows you to document your life

The last point I love about blogging is that it allows you to document your life. Part of the process of growth is to be able to look back and get some perspective as to how far you have come and how far you still have to go.

When I look back at all my blog posts, I can see a huge growth curve from the first post to this one. I can see that I have learnt so many lessons and slowly begun to inspire others. I can see the highs and lows in my life and how I dealt with them.

I can see my passion beginning to be revealed to me for the first time and my purpose starting to shine through. People around me can also witness this same process, and these blog posts will be forever on the internet in one form or another.

Everything I have done up until this point has led me to this moment. If you have ever thought about blogging, then the time is now. It’s never too late to start, and there are lots of reasons to do so. Get out there, have a go and enjoy the growth along the way.

Have you started blogging already? If so, message me a link to your blog so I can check it out. For those who haven’t, message me on Facebook or Twitter and tell me why.

Tim is best known as a long-time contributor on Addicted2Success. Tim's content has been shared millions of times and he has written multiple viral posts all around personal development and entrepreneurship. You can connect with Tim through his website www.timdenning.net

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  1. Rahul Nair

    Jul 1, 2017 at 6:31 am

    Sir, I have been deeply inspired by the ideas of people like you and others who are trying to create a positive impact on this planet. Due to this, I have also started blogging which talks about personal development and success. I would be really happy if you see it and give me your invaluable feedback. Thanks.

  2. Leigh Underwood

    Jul 20, 2016 at 8:11 pm

    Tim

    Thank you for this post. I’ve been procrastinating for a long while on picking writing back up and starting a blog as part of my platform. I always seem to find a higher priority to work. At this moment, after reading this article, I see I have 2 hours before my next meeting. I’m going to use that time to start my blog. Even if it is only a couple of sentences. Thank you.

  3. Evan

    Feb 16, 2016 at 2:02 am

    Tim,

    Great post as usual.

    You’ve got some awesome points. Chiefly, IMO you really reinforce what you know or what you’re learning.

    This is a great way because I seem to write about things I’m teaching myself also! This way, like in #7 you really have to dive into your beliefs and make sure you know what you’re talking about.

    Keep these coming brother!

    – Evan

    • Tim Denning

      Feb 16, 2016 at 6:57 pm

      Thanks Evan. Blogging and learning go hand in hand. The growth only starts when you consciously realise what is occurring and acknowledge it.

  4. Jim Carlén

    Feb 11, 2016 at 9:19 pm

    Very good post Tim. I have been blogging for like 3 months now and I really enjoy it. I learn something and I often write about it. And it is awesome because I getting better in English everyday. English is not my first language . I looking forward to share my vision and my dreams.

    • Tim Denning

      Feb 12, 2016 at 8:38 am

      Cheers Jim. I checked out your site and the layouts nice. Best of luck and I hope you achieve your vision.

  5. Jacob

    Feb 9, 2016 at 3:34 pm

    Hi Tim.
    Great post! A lot of great reason for blogging and writing! Doing my blogging, I love that I get to study great books and interesting people. Cheers.

    • Tim Denning

      Feb 12, 2016 at 8:37 am

      Jacob thanks for the kind words. I love studying interesting people too and that’s why I love books about successful people.

  6. Chuksemma

    Feb 6, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    Am glad i read this article, its just an inspiration to me thanx TIM.

  7. Chuksemma

    Feb 6, 2016 at 9:12 pm

    Whoa it must be for a reason I landed here. Just the words i needed to hear to uplift my intention.
    Thanks Tim!

    • Tim Denning

      Feb 8, 2016 at 9:12 am

      Chuksemma, no problem at all. The universe has a strange way of conspiring in your favour….lol

  8. Rose

    Feb 6, 2016 at 8:22 am

    Hi Tim, thanks for inspiring us. I am single mother and an entrepreneur in Dubai. It’s been long time I am thinking to be a blogger to inspire others like you do. Despite of my busy schedules, I am so determine to start now.

    • Tim Denning

      Feb 8, 2016 at 9:10 am

      Rose that’s awesome. Some of the best blogs I know are written by single mothers so don’t let that stop you. Once you get started please share a link with me. Cheers

  9. matata m.

    Feb 4, 2016 at 11:30 am

    Hi Tim, i love this post. i have actually started blogging and iam loving it

    • Tim Denning

      Feb 5, 2016 at 10:25 pm

      Matata thanks for reading the article and I am glad you have started your blogging journey. Keep writing about what you love and the readers will come – don’t concentrate on the numbers.

      Hope your blog goes well!

  10. Rod

    Feb 4, 2016 at 1:15 am

    Tim, I love this blog post! It inspires me to keep moving forward and to look at blogging from a different angle I never thought about. I just recently started blogging a couple of months ago and have a long way to go, but this blog will keep me on track! Thanks!!

    • Tim Denning

      Feb 5, 2016 at 10:23 pm

      Thanks for sharing Rod and I am glad you have begun the blogging journey. Feel free to post a link on here so we can all check it out. Best of luck!

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Are You Really a Leader? 3 Questions That Will Help You Find the Answer

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Being a leader is a lot of responsibility. People look to you to make decisions, direct them, provide support, and get results. A true leader is an amazing presence: a humble yet confident person who inspires those around them.

Unfortunately, a lot of people think they’re leaders, but really aren’t. In fact, according to talent scientist Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, 80% of people believe they are better-than-average leaders, which is objectively impossible. I see people claiming to be leaders all the time, but they’re all talk and no substance.

What is Leadership?

A lot of the people I talk to seem to think that you become a leader just by having a job managing people. That’s simply not true. Leadership is a balancing act that would make a master juggler impressed.

True leadership involves making sure that there is a happy balance between employees’ needs and the company’s needs. If only the employees’ needs are prioritized, the company won’t be profitable. Likewise, if only the company’s needs are considered, employees will leave.

True leaders have the self-awareness and strategic skills to understand this delicate balance and understand their role in creating those key compromises.

“The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.” – Ken Blanchard

Can You Be a True Leader?

Although there are a number of different leadership styles and theories out there, leadership boils down to a few essentials. Leaders need the emotional intelligence to navigate difficult and uncomfortable situations while being able to inspire others to take action. There’s a big difference between saying you’re a leader and acting like one.

If you want to increase your self-awareness and find out if you’re a leader others can rely on, start by asking yourself these three questions:

1. Do you want to be a leader?

It may seem unfair, but in my experience, the people who make the best leaders don’t necessarily want to be. You only want what you don’t have, and same rings true here. If you want to be a leader then you probably aren’t focusing on the right aspects of leadership.

True leaders are natural trail-blazers, but they don’t set out to lead anyone. People just happen to take note of their talents and confidence and look to the person for advice and guidance.

2. Do you have an original vision, or are you just power-hungry?

Why do you want to be a leader? Is it so you have the final say, or do you have actual goals you want to accomplish with a team? True leaders don’t feel threatened by others—they’re too busy getting stuff done. Leaders typically don’t need to test or confirm their power.

If you think good leaders give directions and just want others to listen, you’ve got it wrong. The best leaders often don’t need to speak a whole lot—they listen and observe, they think deeply, and when they do speak, it’s meaningful.

A true leader acts and others follow those actions because they trust and respect the leader. It isn’t about a power battle or an ego trip. Leaders have a true vision.  

3. Are you willing to do the dirty work?

You don’t get to be a leader if all you do is sit around, give orders, and let other people do the dirty work. Real leaders are humble, and no work is “beneath” them.

They want to know what’s going on at the ground level, and they want to help their people when they’re struggling. If you’re not willing to talk to a customer or back your employee up in a bad situation, you don’t get to call yourself a leader.

“Leadership is a choice, not a position.” – Stephen Covey

Becoming a Self-Aware Leader

How did you do? Maybe you’re not cut out to be a leader. Maybe you are. Maybe you need to work on a few things first.

Real talk: being a good leader isn’t easy. However, becoming a true leader benefits everyone around you and can be extremely fulfilling. If you’re more determined than ever to become the best, most self-aware leader you can be, that’s great news: we need more leaders out there.

What are the characteristics of a great leader in your opinion? Share with us below!

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Capitalize on the 80% of Business That You Are Missing Out on Right Now With This Method

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Most of us are aware of Pareto’s Principle, the 80/20 rule. This principle states that 20% of the input gives us 80% of the output. The top 20% of your salespeople account for 80% of your business. The top 20% skills you have, account for 80% of your success. The top 20% of our customers will give us 80% of business. When we use this principle it allows us to narrow in and focus on the most important clients who are in our target market.

You’ll find that most people tell you to focus on your top 20%. Here’s the big question: What do you do with the other 80% of people who you do not work with?

Most of us let this 80% of potential business fall to the wayside because they are not our target market and we have no system set up to still do some form of business with them. However, this is not the case for Tim Johnson.

Just last year, he generated $11 million dollars from REFERRALS! He is the master of building a referral based business. By sending clients that he cannot work with to his friends and referral partners, he is able to receive commission for the introduction and new business.

Imagine having the potential to make money from EVERY business conversation! Tim speaks to about 3,000 people per year, and if he cannot help them personally, he knows someone in his Global Renegade network who can.

The thing is, we can all do this if we are intentional about it. As Tim puts it, “We need to date our referral partners. We put so much time and effort into people that do nothing for our business, yet we do not build strong relationships and invest time into our referral partners.”

Tim is a speaker, author, real estate developer, and business coach who is well known around the world. He starts each business conversation by saying, “Is it okay with you that if at anytime during this conversation I realize that I am not the right fit for you, I introduce you to someone in my network who is?”

Each time he is met with a resounding YES! Who would say no to this offer? This strong referral network has built Tim a net worth of over $4 million dollars. Tim uses a framework called SOLD and if you use this framework you can build a strong referral network as well.

Below, is the exact SOLD framework Tim uses:

Strategy

According to Tim, everything is mathematical. He approaches each conversation looking to learn and serve. When you approach conversations in this way, you focus on relationship building instead of feeling like you have an agenda to do business.

Ask great questions here and give the person you’re speaking with an opportunity to share their situation and what they are going through. Tim always asks, “What do you need and how can I serve you?” This is a powerful question that most people neglect and it’s the reason they are not experiencing as much sales success as Tim.

“Here is a powerful yet simple rule. Always give people more than they expect to get.” – Nelson Boswell

Objections = Opportunities

As the old wise quote states, “We were given two ears and one mouth for a reason.” This means we need to speak less and listen more.

Too often, people pitch and become salesy instead of being human and having a conversation where they are listening to the person they are sitting with. When you are listening, you give yourself the opportunity to learn their problems, obstacles, and needs in order to identify new opportunities.

Leverage referral partners

As you are gathering information you will identify if you are able to provide the solution that your prospect needs. If you cannot, it is time to leverage your referral partners and make the introduction.

By starting out the conversation saying, “Is it okay with you that if at anytime during our conversation I realize that I am not the right fit that I introduce you to someone who is?” you have already pre-framed yourself appropriately to leverage your referral network if you cannot provide a solution that is needed.

Your prospect will be very appreciative for your honesty and will trust your judgement. You get a lot of brownie points when you have the integrity to say that you are not the right fit, but let me introduce you to someone who is.

“People influence people. Nothing influences people more than a recommendation from a trusted friend. A trusted referral influences people more than the best broadcast message. A trusted referral is the Holy Grail of advertising.” – Mark Zuckerberg

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Rinse and repeat this process. Having conversations in this way will enable you to work with the top 20% of people you speak with, and still provide value to the other 80%. In this way, every conversation opens up the opportunity for new business.

SOLD is business growth through asking great questions, active listening, and leveraging referral partners. Start to capitalize on the 80% of business that you are missing out on by referring these people to other service providers in your network.

If you think about providing value in service of others first, then you can leverage the SOLD framework for increased revenue in your business by simply being a connector and receiving commissions of 10%-25%.

Do you have referral partners in your business? Would love to hear your experience in the comment section below!

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A 5 Step Morning Routine That Leads to Explosive Growth and Success

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Have you ever noticed that how your day starts can dictate how the rest of your day goes? If you start your day on a positive and productive note, you feel a sense of excitement, pride, and accomplishment. And then those feelings power you through the rest of your day. You knock things off your to do list and find yourself in a great mood. Yet, when you wake up later than you were planning on, it can throw your entire day off. So make a decision to take control of your mornings and come up with a routine that will set you up for success.

When trying to construct a morning routine that fits your life, one thing to take into consideration is how important the night before is. Most people with winning morning routines, also take nighttime rituals into consideration. Before going to bed each night, plan your next day out in a journal, so you know exactly what you’re getting into. Nothing is worse than going into a day without a plan, and that’s a great way to lose control of the day.

Here’s a list of some of the most important things you can start each morning with to get off to a good start:

Step 1: Hydration: The elixir of life

One of the most important things you can do each morning is start your day off by drinking at least one glass of water. After 6-8 hours without any water, it’s essential to hydrate your body when you wake up and get it ready for the day. Your body is composed of mostly water and a lot of times, the importance of water is overlooked. Dehydration can lead to fatigue and headaches, so starting the day with water can help prevent dehydration. Because of that, staying hydrated means more energy and a lot of times, clearer thinking. There are a lot of health benefits to staying hydrated.

“Your day is pretty much formed by how you spend your first hour. Check your thoughts, attitude and heart.”

Step 2: Priming: The key to self transformation

Anthony (Tony) Robbins, one of the biggest motivational speakers, always talks about the importance of starting your day with priming. His priming exercise combines two important elements; gratitude and visualization. The priming exercise is about 15 minutes and the purpose is to get you into a good mental and physical state before you start your day. First, Tony asks you to think about 3 things that you are grateful for, and to step into those memories like you are there.

Next, he asks you to think of three things that you want to accomplish (short or long term). The purpose of these exercises is simple; start your day with gratitude and visualizing yourself accomplishing what you want to accomplish, whether it’s a short term goal or a long term goal.

If you don’t want to do that exact exercise, you can also do a combination of meditation and visualization. There are a lot of guided audios that you can use to help you get the most out of meditation and visualization.

Step 3: Exercise/Movement – Jumpstart your brain and your body

Exercise has massive benefits, both physical and mental. Starting your day with even 30 minutes of movement can give you increased energy and endorphins. It’s also a great way to start your day on a positive note. Think of how amazing you feel after you finish a good workout.

Step 4: Journaling – Create your future and write your goals into existence

Everyone has their own way of journaling; you need to find what works best for you. Some things you can do while journaling are making a list of 3-5 things you are grateful for, writing your goals down (daily or long term goals), or setting your intention for the day. Journaling can make you more productive as well as remind you what your goals/ targets are so that you stay focused on what you need to get done.

“Your morning routine generates a 10x return for good or for bad. Make it good.” – Todd Stocker

Step 5: Attack the day- conquer your biggest task that you have to do first thing

A lot of people tend to procrastinate on their most important task of the day. They’ll find any excuse to push it off. “Later” becomes “tomorrow.” And then somehow, the end of the week rolls around and the task still isn’t complete. However, if you prioritize your most important task and get it accomplished first thing in the morning, it gives you a sense of discipline and accomplishment.

Starting your morning with a routine can help transform your day. It can help you build new habits but even if you start with 2 or 3 of these, you will begin to see a big difference in how your days go. If you already have a morning routine but you are missing some of these steps, test them out and see what kind of an impact they have on your days.

What is your morning routine like? Comment below!

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Here’s Why Goals Are for Losers

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If you enter the word “goals” into your browser, more than 1.6 BILLION search results pop up. Safe to say, there’s no shortage of goal setting advice as a stepping-stone on your path to success. Yet, there’s a contrarian willing to risk criticism, challenge the status quo, and debunk goals at face value.

In his book “How To Fail At Almost Everything And Still Win Big,” Scott Adams is an author, cartoonist and Periscope streamer, who sees goals differently than most everyone else. Adams observes that if you study people who succeed, you’ll see most of them follow systems, not goals.

Goals vs. Systems

Adams defines goals as “reach it and be done objectives.” Whereas systems, is what you do on a regular basis with an expectation that you’ll build on and improve your chances of success.

In Adams book, he says he didn’t have a goal to write it by a specific date. He had a “process” that included blogging daily (for practice) believing this consistency would lead him down a path to where he wanted to be.

Other examples:

  • dieting to lose 10 lbs. is a goal. Learning to eat right, and doing so on a regular basis, is a system.
  • making a million dollars is a goal. Being a serial entrepreneur, is system.
  • running a marathon in under 3 hours is a goal. Exercising daily, is a system (forming a habit).

Could goals create tunnel vision? The problem with goals, says Adams, is that they’re laser-focused and could block awareness of other opportunities around you. If you have your head down pursuing a goal, you may miss better opportunities that could potentially advance you, perhaps even faster.

In contrast, says Adams, systems are flexible, leaving you wide open for new and better ways of doing things. “A system, performed daily, is moving you from a place with low odds to a place with better odds.”

Adams concedes, goals aren’t completely off the table. Goals are useful in “simple” situations that are “narrow, simplistic and have predictable pursuits.” They’re ok for short tasks with a clear purpose.

Two examples of different goals would be an “ok goal,” which would be entering a contest, while a “great goal” is to win. “It’s simple, it’s near term, it’s manageable.” Nonetheless, for success, goals are terrible for long-term endeavors like personal health and career success goals.

So are goals for losers? Adams says goals are psychological. If you haven’t reached your goal, you could be in a perpetual state of frustration and disappointment, possibly feeling like a failure.

Goals proceed with blinders on, expecting certain results at the end of weeks, months or years. Then once you’ve achieved that goal, what are you prepared for? Whereas systems are skill-based that add up, and can serve you on future projects.

“Never settle for average.” – Steve Jobs

Talent Stacking for Success

Talent stacking is the process of increasing your personal value by “layering together several mediocre skills” until you have something unique.

Although Adams says most of his undertakings can be considered failures from the standpoint of goals, they’re actually successes from the standpoint of systems. Gaining transferable skills has allowed him to achieve success in the long run.

In a Wall Street Journal interview, Adams shares how he stacked his talents of “mediocre artist, an ok writer, somewhat humorous, and some business knowledge” to create the wildly successful comic strip Dilbert (seen online in 2,000 newspapers, 65 countries in 25 languages) and substantial economic value.

Previously we outlined the four principles of success. Here, we add talent stacking, allowing you to capitalize on the array of opportunities that come your way. Adams recommends choosing to acquire ‘talents’ that build assets you can apply to future projects.

The assets you build will lead you down the path of eventual success over time. In today’s fast-paced world, Adams feels we’d all benefit from adding t­he following skills to your main talent:

  • public speaking
  • persuasion (to understand psychology)
  • some business sense
  • some technology sense

Adams recommends to not worry about the end result. Focus on daily execution and over time, there will be a payday.

Passion will follow

Ask a billionaire what’s the most important element to success and he’ll likely say “passion.” Adams disagrees. He says someone’s passion may not be realistic. In addition, he feels you can develop passion with success.

Adams’ observation is that people who have a good business plan probably do well. As things start working, and you start making money, suddenly passion appears!

The crossroads of luck

Adams believes the flexibility of systems increases your odds of luck finding you. By adding to your talent stack, more opportunities cross your path, with success following close behind.

There are many kids today with better programming skills than Bill Gates had. Yet, Gates was born in a time in history where he had access to computers when other people didn’t, and that luck has made him billions and billions of dollars. Adams says go where the luck is, tune yourself into the vibration of luck and increase the chances you’ll get it.

“Success is luck multiplied by the skills you obtain” – Scott Adams

So there you have it, systems are better if you have a complicated situation and a long time frame. Goals are fine if you have a simple situation and a short time frame.

The thread that ties this highly recommended book together is that if you develop good systems and follow them daily, then your efforts eventually overlap with luck.

What do you think about goals now? Looking forward to hearing from you in the comments area below.

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How You Can Effectively Achieve Your Goals by Using the Puzzle Analogy

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I was building a 500 piece puzzle the other day with many tiny little pieces. When I opened the box, I was completely overwhelmed. There were so many pieces and many of them were very similar in color. I took a breath and thought “just do one piece at a time”. I knew that I had to come up with a plan and organize the pieces into groups before I got started. This helped me to focus and take away some of the overwhelming feelings that were coming up. I came up with a plan and executed that plan. (more…)

Meghan Olsgard is the creator and writer of www.infinitesoulblueprint.com where she writes articles about self-empowerment and creating a fulfilling life. She shares her personal experiences and the obstacles she has overcame to help and inspire others to do the same. You can get more information at her website or follow her on Facebook.

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  1. Rahul Nair

    Jul 1, 2017 at 6:31 am

    Sir, I have been deeply inspired by the ideas of people like you and others who are trying to create a positive impact on this planet. Due to this, I have also started blogging which talks about personal development and success. I would be really happy if you see it and give me your invaluable feedback. Thanks.

  2. Leigh Underwood

    Jul 20, 2016 at 8:11 pm

    Tim

    Thank you for this post. I’ve been procrastinating for a long while on picking writing back up and starting a blog as part of my platform. I always seem to find a higher priority to work. At this moment, after reading this article, I see I have 2 hours before my next meeting. I’m going to use that time to start my blog. Even if it is only a couple of sentences. Thank you.

  3. Evan

    Feb 16, 2016 at 2:02 am

    Tim,

    Great post as usual.

    You’ve got some awesome points. Chiefly, IMO you really reinforce what you know or what you’re learning.

    This is a great way because I seem to write about things I’m teaching myself also! This way, like in #7 you really have to dive into your beliefs and make sure you know what you’re talking about.

    Keep these coming brother!

    – Evan

    • Tim Denning

      Feb 16, 2016 at 6:57 pm

      Thanks Evan. Blogging and learning go hand in hand. The growth only starts when you consciously realise what is occurring and acknowledge it.

  4. Jim Carlén

    Feb 11, 2016 at 9:19 pm

    Very good post Tim. I have been blogging for like 3 months now and I really enjoy it. I learn something and I often write about it. And it is awesome because I getting better in English everyday. English is not my first language . I looking forward to share my vision and my dreams.

    • Tim Denning

      Feb 12, 2016 at 8:38 am

      Cheers Jim. I checked out your site and the layouts nice. Best of luck and I hope you achieve your vision.

  5. Jacob

    Feb 9, 2016 at 3:34 pm

    Hi Tim.
    Great post! A lot of great reason for blogging and writing! Doing my blogging, I love that I get to study great books and interesting people. Cheers.

    • Tim Denning

      Feb 12, 2016 at 8:37 am

      Jacob thanks for the kind words. I love studying interesting people too and that’s why I love books about successful people.

  6. Chuksemma

    Feb 6, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    Am glad i read this article, its just an inspiration to me thanx TIM.

  7. Chuksemma

    Feb 6, 2016 at 9:12 pm

    Whoa it must be for a reason I landed here. Just the words i needed to hear to uplift my intention.
    Thanks Tim!

    • Tim Denning

      Feb 8, 2016 at 9:12 am

      Chuksemma, no problem at all. The universe has a strange way of conspiring in your favour….lol

  8. Rose

    Feb 6, 2016 at 8:22 am

    Hi Tim, thanks for inspiring us. I am single mother and an entrepreneur in Dubai. It’s been long time I am thinking to be a blogger to inspire others like you do. Despite of my busy schedules, I am so determine to start now.

    • Tim Denning

      Feb 8, 2016 at 9:10 am

      Rose that’s awesome. Some of the best blogs I know are written by single mothers so don’t let that stop you. Once you get started please share a link with me. Cheers

  9. matata m.

    Feb 4, 2016 at 11:30 am

    Hi Tim, i love this post. i have actually started blogging and iam loving it

    • Tim Denning

      Feb 5, 2016 at 10:25 pm

      Matata thanks for reading the article and I am glad you have started your blogging journey. Keep writing about what you love and the readers will come – don’t concentrate on the numbers.

      Hope your blog goes well!

  10. Rod

    Feb 4, 2016 at 1:15 am

    Tim, I love this blog post! It inspires me to keep moving forward and to look at blogging from a different angle I never thought about. I just recently started blogging a couple of months ago and have a long way to go, but this blog will keep me on track! Thanks!!

    • Tim Denning

      Feb 5, 2016 at 10:23 pm

      Thanks for sharing Rod and I am glad you have begun the blogging journey. Feel free to post a link on here so we can all check it out. Best of luck!

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Are You Really a Leader? 3 Questions That Will Help You Find the Answer

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Being a leader is a lot of responsibility. People look to you to make decisions, direct them, provide support, and get results. A true leader is an amazing presence: a humble yet confident person who inspires those around them.

Unfortunately, a lot of people think they’re leaders, but really aren’t. In fact, according to talent scientist Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, 80% of people believe they are better-than-average leaders, which is objectively impossible. I see people claiming to be leaders all the time, but they’re all talk and no substance.

What is Leadership?

A lot of the people I talk to seem to think that you become a leader just by having a job managing people. That’s simply not true. Leadership is a balancing act that would make a master juggler impressed.

True leadership involves making sure that there is a happy balance between employees’ needs and the company’s needs. If only the employees’ needs are prioritized, the company won’t be profitable. Likewise, if only the company’s needs are considered, employees will leave.

True leaders have the self-awareness and strategic skills to understand this delicate balance and understand their role in creating those key compromises.

“The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.” – Ken Blanchard

Can You Be a True Leader?

Although there are a number of different leadership styles and theories out there, leadership boils down to a few essentials. Leaders need the emotional intelligence to navigate difficult and uncomfortable situations while being able to inspire others to take action. There’s a big difference between saying you’re a leader and acting like one.

If you want to increase your self-awareness and find out if you’re a leader others can rely on, start by asking yourself these three questions:

1. Do you want to be a leader?

It may seem unfair, but in my experience, the people who make the best leaders don’t necessarily want to be. You only want what you don’t have, and same rings true here. If you want to be a leader then you probably aren’t focusing on the right aspects of leadership.

True leaders are natural trail-blazers, but they don’t set out to lead anyone. People just happen to take note of their talents and confidence and look to the person for advice and guidance.

2. Do you have an original vision, or are you just power-hungry?

Why do you want to be a leader? Is it so you have the final say, or do you have actual goals you want to accomplish with a team? True leaders don’t feel threatened by others—they’re too busy getting stuff done. Leaders typically don’t need to test or confirm their power.

If you think good leaders give directions and just want others to listen, you’ve got it wrong. The best leaders often don’t need to speak a whole lot—they listen and observe, they think deeply, and when they do speak, it’s meaningful.

A true leader acts and others follow those actions because they trust and respect the leader. It isn’t about a power battle or an ego trip. Leaders have a true vision.  

3. Are you willing to do the dirty work?

You don’t get to be a leader if all you do is sit around, give orders, and let other people do the dirty work. Real leaders are humble, and no work is “beneath” them.

They want to know what’s going on at the ground level, and they want to help their people when they’re struggling. If you’re not willing to talk to a customer or back your employee up in a bad situation, you don’t get to call yourself a leader.

“Leadership is a choice, not a position.” – Stephen Covey

Becoming a Self-Aware Leader

How did you do? Maybe you’re not cut out to be a leader. Maybe you are. Maybe you need to work on a few things first.

Real talk: being a good leader isn’t easy. However, becoming a true leader benefits everyone around you and can be extremely fulfilling. If you’re more determined than ever to become the best, most self-aware leader you can be, that’s great news: we need more leaders out there.

What are the characteristics of a great leader in your opinion? Share with us below!

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Capitalize on the 80% of Business That You Are Missing Out on Right Now With This Method

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Most of us are aware of Pareto’s Principle, the 80/20 rule. This principle states that 20% of the input gives us 80% of the output. The top 20% of your salespeople account for 80% of your business. The top 20% skills you have, account for 80% of your success. The top 20% of our customers will give us 80% of business. When we use this principle it allows us to narrow in and focus on the most important clients who are in our target market.

You’ll find that most people tell you to focus on your top 20%. Here’s the big question: What do you do with the other 80% of people who you do not work with?

Most of us let this 80% of potential business fall to the wayside because they are not our target market and we have no system set up to still do some form of business with them. However, this is not the case for Tim Johnson.

Just last year, he generated $11 million dollars from REFERRALS! He is the master of building a referral based business. By sending clients that he cannot work with to his friends and referral partners, he is able to receive commission for the introduction and new business.

Imagine having the potential to make money from EVERY business conversation! Tim speaks to about 3,000 people per year, and if he cannot help them personally, he knows someone in his Global Renegade network who can.

The thing is, we can all do this if we are intentional about it. As Tim puts it, “We need to date our referral partners. We put so much time and effort into people that do nothing for our business, yet we do not build strong relationships and invest time into our referral partners.”

Tim is a speaker, author, real estate developer, and business coach who is well known around the world. He starts each business conversation by saying, “Is it okay with you that if at anytime during this conversation I realize that I am not the right fit for you, I introduce you to someone in my network who is?”

Each time he is met with a resounding YES! Who would say no to this offer? This strong referral network has built Tim a net worth of over $4 million dollars. Tim uses a framework called SOLD and if you use this framework you can build a strong referral network as well.

Below, is the exact SOLD framework Tim uses:

Strategy

According to Tim, everything is mathematical. He approaches each conversation looking to learn and serve. When you approach conversations in this way, you focus on relationship building instead of feeling like you have an agenda to do business.

Ask great questions here and give the person you’re speaking with an opportunity to share their situation and what they are going through. Tim always asks, “What do you need and how can I serve you?” This is a powerful question that most people neglect and it’s the reason they are not experiencing as much sales success as Tim.

“Here is a powerful yet simple rule. Always give people more than they expect to get.” – Nelson Boswell

Objections = Opportunities

As the old wise quote states, “We were given two ears and one mouth for a reason.” This means we need to speak less and listen more.

Too often, people pitch and become salesy instead of being human and having a conversation where they are listening to the person they are sitting with. When you are listening, you give yourself the opportunity to learn their problems, obstacles, and needs in order to identify new opportunities.

Leverage referral partners

As you are gathering information you will identify if you are able to provide the solution that your prospect needs. If you cannot, it is time to leverage your referral partners and make the introduction.

By starting out the conversation saying, “Is it okay with you that if at anytime during our conversation I realize that I am not the right fit that I introduce you to someone who is?” you have already pre-framed yourself appropriately to leverage your referral network if you cannot provide a solution that is needed.

Your prospect will be very appreciative for your honesty and will trust your judgement. You get a lot of brownie points when you have the integrity to say that you are not the right fit, but let me introduce you to someone who is.

“People influence people. Nothing influences people more than a recommendation from a trusted friend. A trusted referral influences people more than the best broadcast message. A trusted referral is the Holy Grail of advertising.” – Mark Zuckerberg

Duplicate

Rinse and repeat this process. Having conversations in this way will enable you to work with the top 20% of people you speak with, and still provide value to the other 80%. In this way, every conversation opens up the opportunity for new business.

SOLD is business growth through asking great questions, active listening, and leveraging referral partners. Start to capitalize on the 80% of business that you are missing out on by referring these people to other service providers in your network.

If you think about providing value in service of others first, then you can leverage the SOLD framework for increased revenue in your business by simply being a connector and receiving commissions of 10%-25%.

Do you have referral partners in your business? Would love to hear your experience in the comment section below!

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A 5 Step Morning Routine That Leads to Explosive Growth and Success

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Have you ever noticed that how your day starts can dictate how the rest of your day goes? If you start your day on a positive and productive note, you feel a sense of excitement, pride, and accomplishment. And then those feelings power you through the rest of your day. You knock things off your to do list and find yourself in a great mood. Yet, when you wake up later than you were planning on, it can throw your entire day off. So make a decision to take control of your mornings and come up with a routine that will set you up for success.

When trying to construct a morning routine that fits your life, one thing to take into consideration is how important the night before is. Most people with winning morning routines, also take nighttime rituals into consideration. Before going to bed each night, plan your next day out in a journal, so you know exactly what you’re getting into. Nothing is worse than going into a day without a plan, and that’s a great way to lose control of the day.

Here’s a list of some of the most important things you can start each morning with to get off to a good start:

Step 1: Hydration: The elixir of life

One of the most important things you can do each morning is start your day off by drinking at least one glass of water. After 6-8 hours without any water, it’s essential to hydrate your body when you wake up and get it ready for the day. Your body is composed of mostly water and a lot of times, the importance of water is overlooked. Dehydration can lead to fatigue and headaches, so starting the day with water can help prevent dehydration. Because of that, staying hydrated means more energy and a lot of times, clearer thinking. There are a lot of health benefits to staying hydrated.

“Your day is pretty much formed by how you spend your first hour. Check your thoughts, attitude and heart.”

Step 2: Priming: The key to self transformation

Anthony (Tony) Robbins, one of the biggest motivational speakers, always talks about the importance of starting your day with priming. His priming exercise combines two important elements; gratitude and visualization. The priming exercise is about 15 minutes and the purpose is to get you into a good mental and physical state before you start your day. First, Tony asks you to think about 3 things that you are grateful for, and to step into those memories like you are there.

Next, he asks you to think of three things that you want to accomplish (short or long term). The purpose of these exercises is simple; start your day with gratitude and visualizing yourself accomplishing what you want to accomplish, whether it’s a short term goal or a long term goal.

If you don’t want to do that exact exercise, you can also do a combination of meditation and visualization. There are a lot of guided audios that you can use to help you get the most out of meditation and visualization.

Step 3: Exercise/Movement – Jumpstart your brain and your body

Exercise has massive benefits, both physical and mental. Starting your day with even 30 minutes of movement can give you increased energy and endorphins. It’s also a great way to start your day on a positive note. Think of how amazing you feel after you finish a good workout.

Step 4: Journaling – Create your future and write your goals into existence

Everyone has their own way of journaling; you need to find what works best for you. Some things you can do while journaling are making a list of 3-5 things you are grateful for, writing your goals down (daily or long term goals), or setting your intention for the day. Journaling can make you more productive as well as remind you what your goals/ targets are so that you stay focused on what you need to get done.

“Your morning routine generates a 10x return for good or for bad. Make it good.” – Todd Stocker

Step 5: Attack the day- conquer your biggest task that you have to do first thing

A lot of people tend to procrastinate on their most important task of the day. They’ll find any excuse to push it off. “Later” becomes “tomorrow.” And then somehow, the end of the week rolls around and the task still isn’t complete. However, if you prioritize your most important task and get it accomplished first thing in the morning, it gives you a sense of discipline and accomplishment.

Starting your morning with a routine can help transform your day. It can help you build new habits but even if you start with 2 or 3 of these, you will begin to see a big difference in how your days go. If you already have a morning routine but you are missing some of these steps, test them out and see what kind of an impact they have on your days.

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Here’s Why Goals Are for Losers

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If you enter the word “goals” into your browser, more than 1.6 BILLION search results pop up. Safe to say, there’s no shortage of goal setting advice as a stepping-stone on your path to success. Yet, there’s a contrarian willing to risk criticism, challenge the status quo, and debunk goals at face value.

In his book “How To Fail At Almost Everything And Still Win Big,” Scott Adams is an author, cartoonist and Periscope streamer, who sees goals differently than most everyone else. Adams observes that if you study people who succeed, you’ll see most of them follow systems, not goals.

Goals vs. Systems

Adams defines goals as “reach it and be done objectives.” Whereas systems, is what you do on a regular basis with an expectation that you’ll build on and improve your chances of success.

In Adams book, he says he didn’t have a goal to write it by a specific date. He had a “process” that included blogging daily (for practice) believing this consistency would lead him down a path to where he wanted to be.

Other examples:

  • dieting to lose 10 lbs. is a goal. Learning to eat right, and doing so on a regular basis, is a system.
  • making a million dollars is a goal. Being a serial entrepreneur, is system.
  • running a marathon in under 3 hours is a goal. Exercising daily, is a system (forming a habit).

Could goals create tunnel vision? The problem with goals, says Adams, is that they’re laser-focused and could block awareness of other opportunities around you. If you have your head down pursuing a goal, you may miss better opportunities that could potentially advance you, perhaps even faster.

In contrast, says Adams, systems are flexible, leaving you wide open for new and better ways of doing things. “A system, performed daily, is moving you from a place with low odds to a place with better odds.”

Adams concedes, goals aren’t completely off the table. Goals are useful in “simple” situations that are “narrow, simplistic and have predictable pursuits.” They’re ok for short tasks with a clear purpose.

Two examples of different goals would be an “ok goal,” which would be entering a contest, while a “great goal” is to win. “It’s simple, it’s near term, it’s manageable.” Nonetheless, for success, goals are terrible for long-term endeavors like personal health and career success goals.

So are goals for losers? Adams says goals are psychological. If you haven’t reached your goal, you could be in a perpetual state of frustration and disappointment, possibly feeling like a failure.

Goals proceed with blinders on, expecting certain results at the end of weeks, months or years. Then once you’ve achieved that goal, what are you prepared for? Whereas systems are skill-based that add up, and can serve you on future projects.

“Never settle for average.” – Steve Jobs

Talent Stacking for Success

Talent stacking is the process of increasing your personal value by “layering together several mediocre skills” until you have something unique.

Although Adams says most of his undertakings can be considered failures from the standpoint of goals, they’re actually successes from the standpoint of systems. Gaining transferable skills has allowed him to achieve success in the long run.

In a Wall Street Journal interview, Adams shares how he stacked his talents of “mediocre artist, an ok writer, somewhat humorous, and some business knowledge” to create the wildly successful comic strip Dilbert (seen online in 2,000 newspapers, 65 countries in 25 languages) and substantial economic value.

Previously we outlined the four principles of success. Here, we add talent stacking, allowing you to capitalize on the array of opportunities that come your way. Adams recommends choosing to acquire ‘talents’ that build assets you can apply to future projects.

The assets you build will lead you down the path of eventual success over time. In today’s fast-paced world, Adams feels we’d all benefit from adding t­he following skills to your main talent:

  • public speaking
  • persuasion (to understand psychology)
  • some business sense
  • some technology sense

Adams recommends to not worry about the end result. Focus on daily execution and over time, there will be a payday.

Passion will follow

Ask a billionaire what’s the most important element to success and he’ll likely say “passion.” Adams disagrees. He says someone’s passion may not be realistic. In addition, he feels you can develop passion with success.

Adams’ observation is that people who have a good business plan probably do well. As things start working, and you start making money, suddenly passion appears!

The crossroads of luck

Adams believes the flexibility of systems increases your odds of luck finding you. By adding to your talent stack, more opportunities cross your path, with success following close behind.

There are many kids today with better programming skills than Bill Gates had. Yet, Gates was born in a time in history where he had access to computers when other people didn’t, and that luck has made him billions and billions of dollars. Adams says go where the luck is, tune yourself into the vibration of luck and increase the chances you’ll get it.

“Success is luck multiplied by the skills you obtain” – Scott Adams

So there you have it, systems are better if you have a complicated situation and a long time frame. Goals are fine if you have a simple situation and a short time frame.

The thread that ties this highly recommended book together is that if you develop good systems and follow them daily, then your efforts eventually overlap with luck.

What do you think about goals now? Looking forward to hearing from you in the comments area below.

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