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Take the Time to Answer These 3 Questions if You Want to Be Successful

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I’ve personally never met someone who hasn’t had or doesn’t currently have success on their mind. I do believe we all have unique and different views on what success means to us, but nonetheless success is something that we strive for. The definition of success; based on my google search of the word, is “the accomplishment of an aim or purpose.”

I think back to those first instances that I was asked in elementary school about what I wanted to be when I grew up. My answer was clear, become a professional athlete. And for the remainder of my child, adolescent and young adult life, I pursued that with an unrelenting desire. However, as I reflect on those moments now in my adult and professional life, what I find to be resounding is how the question of success stopped there.

“Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.” – John D. Rockefeller

With that being said, I believe that success can be broken down into three questions that you should be able to definitively answer as you embark on your journey of professional and personal success:

1. What’s Your Big Goal?

Defining that “one” thing you want to achieve whether it be financial freedom, time freedom, starting your own business, or earning a certain dollar figure in your career is an important first step to take. By doing so, you narrow your vision to a more myopic mentality that helps keep you focused on the tasks at hand.

2. What’s Your Non-Negotiables?

This is perhaps the most important question you have to answer with unequivocal certainty.  What are the things you will not waiver from on your journey to obtaining success or your big goal? 

For example, my non-negotiables are No Negativity Allowed; a concept I borrowed from Grant Cardone, read one new book every month, and Sundays are spent with family and not with business. I committed to these non-negotiables and make them very clear every morning by writing them down first thing in the morning in my planner.

“If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.” – Jim Rohn

3. What Are You Willing To Sacrifice?

If you are really going for your big goal/goals then you will have to sacrifice something.  That sacrifice could be time with friends, television, eating out, or having that refreshing pint of beer in the middle of the week. Whatever it is, you have to know what you are willing to give up for the success that you want to achieve. Identify these things and then just like everything else, write them down daily as a constant reminder of just how important achieving success is to you.

Success is not easy. I believe it’s something I’m always going after as I continue to grow professionally and personally in my life. However, one of the most important things I could have done for myself to truly understand what success was for me and get the clear picture of what I have to do in order to achieve it was to answer the three questions discussed above. By answering them, making them a consistent part of my daily routine, and writing them down every single day keeps me grounded, myopic, and focused on what I’m working towards.

What do you think of the three questions discussed in this article? Share your thoughts with us below!

Matt Crane is a former NCAA & Professional athlete turned sales and marketing entrepreneur.  In 2014 Matt launched his company Matt Crane Enterprises and now helps companies grow their sales and marketing presence. Matt is a professional blogger and ghostwriter featured in publications such as Huffington Post, Influencive, and Prsuit.  He launched the Power Of Great Podcast in July of this year where he has interviewed successful entrepreneurs and business leaders such as Grant Cardone, Shawn Thomas, Jeffery Gitomer, and John Lee Dumas to name a few. Matt believes that your current situation is not your defining moment and that is why he is addicted to success.

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20 Ways You Can Become a Powerful Communicator

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Emile Steenveld Speaker and Coach

Some people seem to naturally know how to effectively communicate in a group setting. They can express themselves clearly and listen attentively without dominating the conversation.

Being a powerful communicator is important for several reasons, including building and maintaining relationships, achieving goals, resolving conflicts, improving productivity, leading and influencing others, advancing in your career, expressing yourself more confidently and authentically, and improving your mental and emotional well-being. Effective communication is an essential life skill that can benefit you in all aspects of your life.

But, don’t worry if you don’t naturally possess this skill, as effective communication is something that can be developed with practice, planning and preparation.
 

1.  Listen actively: Practice active listening by giving your full attention to the speaker and responding to what they are saying.

 

2. Use “I” statements: Speak from your own perspective and avoid placing blame or making accusations.

 

3. Avoid assumptions: Don’t make assumptions about what the other person is thinking or feeling.

 

4. Be clear: Express your thoughts and feelings clearly and concisely by getting to the point and avoid using jargon or overly complex language.

 

5. Show empathy: Show that you understand and care about the other person’s feelings.

 

6. Offer valuable insights: When speaking in a group, provide a valuable takeaway or actionable item that people can walk away with.

 

7. Be an active listener: Listen attentively and respond accordingly, incorporating your points into the conversation.

 

8. Choose the right time: Pick the most opportune time to speak to ensure that you have the group’s attention and can deliver your message without interruption.

 

9. Be the unifying voice: Step in and unify the group’s thoughts to calm down the discussion and insert your point effectively.

 

10. Keep responses concise: Keep responses short and to the point to show respect for others’ time.

 

11. Avoid unnecessary comments: Avoid commenting on everything and only speak when you have something important to say.

 

12. Cut the fluff: Avoid being long-winded and get straight to the point.

 

13. Prepare ahead of time: Sort out your points and practice them before speaking in a group.

 

14. Smile and be positive: Smile and nod along as others speak, to build a positive relationship and be respected when it’s your turn to speak.

 

15. Take responsibility: Take responsibility for your own actions and feelings.

 

16. Ask questions: Ask questions to clarify any confusion or misunderstandings.

 

17. Avoid interrupting: Allow the other person to finish speaking without interruption.

 

18. Practice active listening: Repeat what the other person said to ensure you have understood correctly.

 

19. Use your body language too: Use nonverbal cues such as eye contact, facial expressions, and body language to convey your message and build rapport.

 

20. Be aware of the tone of your voice: it should be calm and assertive, not aggressive or passive.

 

By keeping these tips in mind, you can improve your communication skills and become a more powerful communicator, which can help you build better relationships, achieve your goals, and lead a more fulfilling life.

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