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You’re on the Right Path if You’re Failing More Than You’re Succeeding

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No one tells you about the amount of failure and rejection you are going to go through when you are “creating a business.” This could be one of the biggest reasons why so many great ideas never turn into successful cash flowing businesses.

Have you watched the video of skateboarder Christian Flores attempting to complete a Laser Flip over a triple set of stairs? It is 2 years of brutal punishment all caught on video.  Concussions, broken ribs, etc. But Christian finally lands this Laser Flip and it is glorious to watch it finally happen. That experience is exactly what creating and growing a business is like, but no one tells you that.

At one point during the video, Christian builds up a ton of speed, and right before he gets to the three flights of stairs he chickens out because he’s been getting his butt kicked consistently by these stairs and the fear of failing and getting hurt again overwhelms him.

If it isn’t yet, this will be your experience with growing a business.  Get ready to fail fast and hard. Get ready for people to tell you to get a real job. Get ready to second guess yourself. Get ready to completely change your business model, business name and marketing plan multiple times over the course of a year. THAT IS THE PROCESS!

“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” – Albert Einstein

As you go through this process, your mind will keep asking you questions such as, “Is that good enough” and “Do you feel like you gave it your best shot?” With the root of these questions actually being, “Can I quit now because this is a lot harder than I thought it would be?” All of these experiences are tangible proof that you are on the right path, but what happens next?

Well this is the second part of the journey no one tells you about: You decide that even if you had all of the money you needed, all of the time you desired and the best relationships in the world that you would keep creating anyway!

This is due to you no longer creating this for anyone else’s approval. You are creating this business because this is about you proving to yourself that you can do this. This is about you creating your reality and achieving things for no one other than yourself! The cherry on top is a little bit of mindset work that reminds you that you can do this important work and allow it to be easy and fun.

“Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it!” – Goethe

So congrats! You are doing everything right! Continue to embrace the challenges and know that if you are failing more than you are succeeding, if it feels like those stairs are kicking your ass today, then you are more than likely on the right path!

How do you convince yourself to keep going when all hope seems to be lost? Let us know your advice in the comments below!

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Bryan Schachtele plays a key role in helping parents fine tune their big ideas so that they can make the leap From Thinking About It, To Launching It, To Finding Their First Clients (Or Their First BIG Clients). Bryan also runs a private Facebook Community. If you are ready to start taking action on creating a business that you love, but not sure what to do, check out my Free Masterclass here.

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Mindful Productivity: How Top Achievers Combine Focus and Balance

By being aware of your emotions, thoughts, and surroundings, you can work with your internal and external environments

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Your big-dream goals matter … but not at the expense of your health. (more…)

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The Art of Convincing: 10 Persuasion Techniques That Really Work

The knack for persuading others can act as a catalyst for change, open doors, forge alliances, and effect positive change

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Persuasion is not as complicated as it may sound. In fact, it is something that we have been practicing since childhood. Do you remember convincing your parents to let you skip school, asking your teacher not to assign homework, or persuading your boss to give you a day off? Well, these are just small examples of what persuasion looks like. (more…)

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5 Steps to Leveraging Industry Speaker Events for Career Advancement

Jumping into industry events is a smart move for your career, but there’s a knack to it

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Jumping into industry events is a smart move for your career, but there’s a knack to it. It’s not just about sitting in a room full of people. You’ve got to find the ones that fit your career puzzle, dive in while you’re there, and then make the most of what you’ve learned afterward. (more…)

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Overcoming Plateaus: 6 Powerful Strategies for Breakthrough Success

A plateau is not a full stop; it’s a comma that allows you to pause, reflect, and shift gears

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In the pursuit of personal and professional growth, plateaus are inevitable. They appear when progress seems to halt, despite your continuous efforts. But remember, a plateau is not a full stop; it’s a comma that allows you to pause, reflect, and shift gears. This article provides six powerful strategies to overcome plateaus and achieve breakthrough success.

1. Find Out the Root Cause

When facing a plateau, there is likely something causing you to sabotage your progress. Identify the root cause. What is sabotaging your progress? Examine your daily routine and how you spend your time. Are you wasting time on unnecessary activities? Or are you taking on too many tasks that you can’t handle?

Often, adding more tasks overloads your already tight routine and distracts you from focusing on the most important tasks. Therefore, often eliminating unnecessary activity will work to overcome plateaus. However, be cautious of not doing things right, such as tasks you have not yet undertaken or missing something. What actions do you need to take or improve to achieve your goal? Are you avoiding them, or have you not started yet?

2. Never Tolerate Problems

Once you’ve identified the root cause, never tolerate problems. If you tolerate them, you’ll end up staying stuck. You get what you tolerate. Once you recognize the problem you’re facing, never tolerate it. Instead, address and improve the situation.

3. Focus on a 100% Solution and 0% Problems

To overcome a challenge, it’s essential to plan how to get through it. Yet, people often find themselves asking, ‘Why is it bad?’ or ‘What is wrong with it?’ Questions of this nature limit our thinking, leading our brains to generate responses like ‘Because you’re not good enough’ or ‘Everything is wrong with you.’ These limited answers tend to resonate with the situation and drag you down further.

Instead, ask empowering questions without limits, such as ‘What is not perfect yet, and how can I turn things around while making a more positive impact?’ By asking unlimited empowering questions, you’ll shift your focus from the problem to the solution. Additionally, you will also notice that asking empowering questions can expand available options and allow you to see from an angle you couldn’t see before.

Focusing on problems rarely yields positive outcomes. The key to positive results lies in concentrating on the solution. The next time you face adversity and notice getting caught by unresourceful thoughts, snap out of it and direct your focus to a 100% solution and 0% problems.

“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.” – Henry Ford

4. Cultivate Success-Driven Traits

Identify the traits you need to have and get rid of to become the person you aspire to be. Consider your specific goals – for instance, attracting positive relationships. To achieve this, note down the traits you need to embrace, such as being open-minded, gentle, healthy, and treating others the way you want to be treated.

Cultivate a positive mindset. Simultaneously, get rid of traits like criticizing others, having a short temper, and engaging in unhealthy habits like taking drugs.

Learn from individuals who have achieved similar goals. Study their traits, both the ones they have and those they’ve consciously avoided. Implement these traits to align with the person you want to become.

Once you have your lists of traits to embrace and eliminate, diligently follow them. Place the list on your desk or the door of your room, ensuring you read it at least once a day to reinforce your commitment to these traits.

5. Track Your Habits

Carry a notepad to track your habits throughout the day, especially those contributing to plateaus, as well as your new habits or traits aligned with achieving your goals. For instance, if your root cause is excessive internet use, record instances of mindless scrolling on social media. Note when you engage, the emotional state prompting it, and the approximate duration.

Calculate the total minutes wasted at the end of the day. This habit tracking makes you aware of the emotions triggering these behaviors (stress, boredom, and frustration) and the time wasted.

Additionally, track positive new habits, like reading good books and exercising. Document what you’ve learned from the book and the time spent exercising. This practice helps you build new positive habits by enabling you to compare today’s results with those from yesterday or a week ago. 

Moreover, consistently sticking to new habits for around 18 months transforms them into lifelong habits. Even if you take breaks, you will find yourself naturally returning to those habits.

6. See Obstacles as Opportunities

Every obstacle can be an opportunity to turn things around. If the economy is in a downturn, it’s time to recognize it as an opportunity to thrive while everyone else is struggling and focused on the problem. If someone makes fun of you or causes you trouble, ask yourself, ‘What can I learn from this experience?’

Alternatively, consider that the person underrating you is setting low expectations, which are easier to exceed. If your business receives a bad review from a customer, see it as free feedback that guides you on how to improve and take your business to the next level.

Always try to see different angles that others may overlook. This perspective can reveal aspects you might be missing. When you view a problem as an opportunity, it has the potential to foster growth.

In the journey toward success, plateaus are just temporary pauses, not dead ends. So, keep moving, keep growing, and make your breakthrough.

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