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How To Create More Success This Year Using This 3 Step Strategy

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Do you know that success comes down to two things, effort and strategy? Most people fail because they don’t put in the necessary effort to get the results that they want. And effort is something that you will have to do on your own. Just like what Jim Rohn said, “You can’t hire someone else to do your push-ups for you.”

As for strategy, here is the 3-step strategy you can create more success this year:

1. Learn From The Past

How was your last year? Did you achieve all your goals or most of your goals last year? Did you do great or poorly? Do you consider last year a great year or a lousy one? Most people get it wrong by focusing too much on the future and they neglect the most important year, which was the previous year.

You learn the most from history. If you want to predict the future, you will have to study the history. Unfortunately, most people put in too much of their attention into the future and focus on getting what they want. They have missed important lessons that they can learn from their past.

If you were not doing well last year, there is no point to continue to do the same thing again this year. You will only get back the same result just like last year. What you need to do is learn from the past.

When you study how successful people made it in life, you will find out that they made plenty of mistakes, and then they learned and improved from their past results. In other words, successful people create extraordinary results learn from their past. They learn from their mistakes and do something different or improve their strategy to achieve a better result in the future.

So do a post-mortem and study your past. Write down what you have done last year and what are the results you got from it.

“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” – Buddha

2. Ask The Right Question

The second step is to ask the right question. You see, at the beginning of each year, a lot of people will ask a similar question, “What do I want to accomplish this year?” When they ask this question, they force their mind into thinking about the future.

And if the previous year they failed to achieve their goal, there is a high chance that will remain the goal and do the same thing again. Instead, you should ask the right question, “What could I do differently to…

It is absolutely fine to set the same goal, but the problem is that most people set the same goal and they plan to use the same strategy to reach their goal. They did not do anything different and thus, expect to fail again this year.

Therefore, if you want to change and get a different result, you must do something different. And you can start by asking – what can you do differently to achieve your goal. If you don’t change your strategy, you will never get different results. So what can you do differently this year so that you will produce better results?

Here’s a hint, do what works. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel. Just find out who has accomplished the result you want and model their strategy.

3. Develop The Schedule

The final step is to develop the schedule. Scheduling works better than goal setting. Your goals are just targets to remind you of what you want to achieve in your life, while a schedule reminds and puts you into action mode.

For example, it is more powerful to say that you are going to work out in the gym from 7am to 8am every Monday and Wednesday rather than just saying you are going to work out in the gym.

When the schedule is clear and specific, you will more likely to take action and make it happen. As what Anthony Robbins says, “Clarity is power”. Furthermore, a schedule is something that you can work on and not something intangible. If your goal is to lose 10 pounds, your schedule could be to work out in the gym for an hour at 7am every day.

As you can see, schedules are something that you can act on and thus, you can control the result. When you set better and more effective schedules, you will get faster and better results. Hence, develop your schedule right now. Ask yourself what do you need to do to achieve your goals? And then turn your answers into schedules and put them into your calendar.

Follow your schedule and transform your actions into habits. This is how all the successful people did it.

“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” – Stephen Covey

Remember, you have to learn from your past if you want to do better in the future. And instead of focusing on the future, ask yourself, “What could I do differently”, to change your strategy and improve your result. If you keep doing the same thing, you will get the same old result.

What are you going to do differently this year than last year? Leave your thoughts below!

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Shawn Lim is the creator of StunningMotivation.com (https://StunningMotivation.com) and he’s a passionate blogger in the personal development industry who has inspired thousands to pursue their dreams and follow their passions. You can learn more about him plus download a free copy of his guidebook, Reach Your Goals on his website.

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How Your Friends Determine Whether You Succeed or Not

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

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

What type of friends do you keep? 

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

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

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

They influence your success with positivity or negativity 

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

This is how your friends influence you:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The 3 Step Process to Building a Profitable Pitch

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

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The 4 Pillars of Wealth and Abundance

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

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

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

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

1. Perceived Expertise

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

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

2. Global Acknowledgement

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

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

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

3. Backed By Numbers

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

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

4. Effective Communication

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

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

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

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

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