The Secret to Success – How to Be More Successful

This morning I listened to an audio of The Strangest Secret by Earl Nightingale, a book I had read some twenty years ago. There is a reason this book is still on the must read list of great minds. People often ask, how come some people seem to have all the luck and I don’t seem to be able to get ahead. The answer is explained in this book. While I have included a pdf download at the bottom of this blog, here are the Cliff notes.

There are 5 ESSENTIAL steps for becoming wealthy.

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ONE
~ Master your thoughts ~
They say master your thoughts, I like to refer to it as becoming more selective of your thoughts. Thoughts are there, all the time, even when we sleep and our thoughts shape our future. It has taken a lifetime to condition your mind to be negative. Doubt and fear underlie the thoughts of most if they don’t actually take over all together. It’s also become a habit for many to focus on the problem, spending much more time engaged in those thoughts than selecting thoughts that are conducive to finding a solution. It takes time and practice to get really good at being able to select positive, solution based thoughts, yet it is the very first step mentioned in the book.

If you are looking for a program that will guide you into this way of thinking with fun practice as you develop this skill let me know. This is one of the key elements my Train Your Brain for Rock Star Success program focuses on.

TWO
~ Create Strong Empowering Beliefs ~

Changing your belief system is the foundation that all success is built on. You must be able to imagine a thing, create it in your mind, before you can bring it into your existence. You can only imagine a thing if you believe it is possible. Therefore, to do what seems impossible, you must believe that all things are possible. Not an easy task when so many of the things we have been told or experienced cause us to start believing that we are limited and have limitations. It takes time to develop a new habit, and you will find this investment to be one of your greatest investments in yourself and your future that you will ever make.

THREE
~ Think in Terms of Opportunities and Possibilities ~

Of course, I am paraphrasing what I listened to, but that is the idea they convey. I know how being able to think in terms of possibilities and opportunities will create such a degree of success that others will call you lucky and wonder why everything always seems to go your way. And things will be going your way when you spend the time to develop the skill of solution based thinking. This works because when you are focused on the problem 50% of the time and focused on the solution 50% of the time it will take you twice as long to find the right answer and you will miss many other opportunities during that time.

I loved listening to this audio because these are the result people get with my Train Your Brain program does. It allows you to transcend your life to the point where you feel like you have magic powers because everything is so fun, fast and easy.

FOUR
~ Save 10% of Everything You Make ~

I wish I had started this practice the first time I read this book. Actually, I did save it, then I would spend it when there was something big I felt would make my life better. Perhaps it should say save 10% of everything you make and do not touch it EVER. After a lifetime of doing this, you will be receiving some great pay outs on the principle!

It’s never too late to start!

FIVE
~ Take Action ~

When you are taking action, it is important to happily put 100% into everything you do. There is something about putting your all into actions that activates the universe to bring you what you truly want. This works because when the universe knows you are giving your all with the little things, it wants to bring you the big things.

With this fun, easy to follow course, Train Your Brain for Rock Star Success, you will practice and develop these skills until they become second nature to you. When you do this, the universe has no choice but to grant you your wishes and bring you your heart’s desires.

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Masterminding Is Essential for Entrepreneurs

Mastermind groups are a new concept to many people, yet there is nothing new about them. As long ago as 1955, Napoleon Hill’s endorses this practice in his classic, Think and Grow Rich.

A mastermind is a group of people who come together to brainstorm for solutions to a problem or negative situation. By sharing ideas and combining resources, each member is elevated to a greater level of success than they could possibly achieve alone. The most successful entrepreneurs find this an essential element contributing to their success.

Masterminding has become more popular because of the many benefits. Here are 8 great reasons for you to join on today.

Entrepreneurs learning how to be more successful depend on mastermind groups.

1st ~ Meet New People
In a mastermind group, you get the chance to meet and get to know new people who have the same intentions of bettering their lives. While you may see familiar faces, take the time to get to know the new people in a mastermind group or event.

2nd ~ Fresh Perspective
When laying out a situation you wish to improve upon to others, they will be able to offer you a fresh perspective. Each of us filters the information we get through our past experiences and belief system. Each of us has learned and experienced different information as well. The accumulation of our knowledge will be greater than our individual knowledge.

3rd ~ Specialized Knowledge & Experience
Being in a mastermind group allows you access to advice from people in other professions. The best part is that as a member of a mastermind, they will have an interested in your success. Having people on your team who are genuinely want you to rise above where you are now gives you a tremendous advantage. Entrepreneurs, solopreneurs and business people find that the unique experience each person has is a huge benefit to mastermind groups.

4th ~ Continue Learning
Mastermind groups may have a topic or point of learning before the focus turns to the individual. This is an added bonus as you will always learn a great deal just by listening to others share their past experiences and what they have learned.

5th ~Great Connections
In business and in life, who you know really is more important than what you know. The connections you make will give you access to their connections. In the mastermind environment, each member is giving your ideas and helping to shape your dream, bringing it more into focus and closer to you. Think of it like having a child. Those who help raise your child are going to be more interested in telling their friends about this brilliant young person they have helped to shape. It’s the same with business or personal goals.

6th ~ Think bigger
When the boundaries of your mind are stretched you will think bigger. Often other can see a bigger and better future for you than you can for yourself because they are not limited in what they see ahead for you by your fears.

7th ~ Encouragement
There is a lot to be said for encouragement. I know a wonderful woman who once paid a man to help her with her vision. Basically, he was a paid cheerleader, telling her how wonderful she was and how she could accomplish big things. Why was this gentleman able to stay in business and profit nicely? People need encouragement. They need to feel good about themselves and their goal.

8th ~ Accountability
What we are held accountable for we get done. Nobody wants to look foolish, so once you tell someone you are going to do something, there is a greater feeling of discomfort if you do not do it. Therefore, to avoid the discomfort, we will just do what needs to be done instead of finding ways to talk ourselves out of it. Whether it’s going to the gym, giving a friend a ride or business goals, once you have committed to another person, you are exponentially more likely to do it.

 

Join a Collective ~ Transcend Your World
Join me for a one of a kind, spiritually based mastermind. Meditate on the beach as we open the meeting. Intention setting for the meeting and the coming month follows the zen meditation. Masterminding at it’s finest occurs when you are at a table of 5 brilliant minds and you get a minimum of 10 minutes each to really dive into the improvements you want to make.
This is SOLUTION BASED MASTERMINDING. You start with what you perceive as an unwanted situation and take a positive, solution based approach.

The cost is $15 ($10 if you register before January 1, 2016) Brunch can be purchased from the restaurant. For more details and to claim your spot NOW click the beautiful picture below

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Do You Want a Low Cost Speakers Reel?

You have a message and you know that by sharing it, you will save others from wasting time, save them money, bring them better health or whatever your area of expertise is. While talking to people one on one is incredibly rewarding because of the connections of the heart that you make, you want to serve more people. You know you will need to become a speaker and get gigs speaking in front of larger audiences.

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How do you get speaking engagements? Start by clarifying and getting good at delivering your message. Once you are semi-confident (there is always a little bravery required) you will need to prepare for speaking success. Get a speaker’s kit together.

A speaker’s kit will consist of a speaker’s sheet, a speaker’s reel, references, if you have them, a business card and a nice presentation folder. You will want to have at least three physical speaker’s kits on you in case you meet someone to pass it along to in your day to day. You will also want to have an electronic copy ready to go with a click of the SEND button.

A speaker’s sheet is the bare minimum, yet if you really want to stand out and book speaking engagements that others cannot get, you will want a speaker’s reel, or a video of your most profound soundbites along with testimonials, pictures, music and more. Decision makers want to see you in action. You may get word of mouth recommendations because someone likes you, yet when the powers at large can see how dynamic you are, that you are professional and experienced, you automatically go to the top of the pile for consideration.

Most speaker’s reels are expensive because they are done rather inefficiently most of the time. You book several engagements and pay to have it videotaped. You comb through hours of footage to find clips that look good, sound good and have good advice. You give it to an editor and you go back and forth about what it should look like as the cost gets higher and higher.

Could you imagine doing that in Hollywood to make a movie? Let’s just grab a bunch of footage and see what we can put together that will look like a film? NO WAY! You’d never see another movie because the cost would be staggering and the product, probably not so good.

They storyboard the movie first. They have a clear idea on what every scene will look like before they start filming and editing.

It only makes sense that by storyboarding your speaker’s reel before the project, you will be able to save time, money AND have a much better video that you really like and are proud to share.

If you need help storyboarding, I can help. My 5 years of producing a television show, Home Grown Music, which aired on Fox 29, allowed me to get really, really good at this gift I was born with. BTW, when you learn to storyboard, you can also storyboard your life!

Get Good at One Thing ~ Repeat

If you want to become a successful entrepreneur, there are many things you will need to learn. I love working with women wo are beginners or boomers that want more out of life and are willing to do what it takes, even though they are not yet sure what it will take. They are brave women who are courageous enough to take action despite the doubts of others as well as self-doubt. When I work with women entrepreneurs who are just getting in the game, overwhelm can set in and it can be easy to get discouraged because there is so much to do.

One of the biggest mistakes that a new entrepreneur can do is trying to do it all… at once.

I took a business mastery course where I learned a lot. During one of the online classes we were being told we need to be on Facebook to connect, set up LinkedIn and get active there, probably Twitter, start blogging, do videos and out them on Youtube, then share to your social media, write a free eBook to give away on your website, make sure you have great pictures, come up with a funnel, write a speech… you get the idea.

 

The faint of heart would wilt before they finished hearing the list. When it was Q&A time, I pointed out that there are only so many hours in a day, what is most important and what should be done first?

 

I was told they were all important and we had to do them all.

 

Whaaaaa???????

 

The truth? Start with one thing, get good at it and when it is easy to do, repeat.

If your goal is to learn five new languages so you can become a foreign ambassador, you would not take five languages courses at once! It would get way too confusing and you would not do well at any of them.

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It is the reason I am developing a great radio program, My Success Zone Radio. I used the word “developing” for a reason. Since I have done three radio shows in the past, two on AM radio and one on the internet, it would be easy for me to not pay attention to details.

For example, not to point out my flaws, but… when the introduction was recorded, it ran the full 30 seconds, as does the music I use in the background. While this is acceptable, I know it would sound just a little better – more pleasing for my listeners – if there was a second or two of music before my voice over guy begins and a second or two after his finishes speaking. So I just paid to have it redone.

  1. I was hosting My Success Zone Radio on Blogtalk and found a better solution (better financially as well as a much better SEO choice). So I am taking the time to switch it.
  2. I’m automating the notifications and posters that are shared on social media so others will know about and be able to benefit from the great interviews.
  3. I am creating a place where those in my inner circle will be able to listen to replays for some time before they are archived.

I have many other fun projects coming up, yet I know that I want to keep my focus here until all the details are taken care of. When you learn to really focus, it happens quickly.

Get Good

The point is, I invite you to consider getting really good at one thing. It will build your confidence and your motivation. With practice, things do get easier and when it becomes natural and effortless, you can conquer the next step, bridging the gap between where you are and where you want to be rather than running around trying to do it all and not doing anything well.

How to Get Better Results by Pretending

Seriously, you can get better results by pretending.

I know I am not alone in my love for daydreaming. It keeps us young when we think in terms of “anything is possible”, and in our imagination, it certainly is. The most successful people in the world use their imaginations to create new innovations and find solutions. The imaginations is where music, stories, plays come from. Imagination brings life to life.

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Pretending is extending your imagination into physical reality. I use the phrase “pretend is your friend”, because it can be a valuable skill that will help you accomplish more, in less time and with greater ease. If you want to know how to get better results, imagination is key.

Let’s consider a scenario where you are feeling a little resistant to cleaning the house and want to get motivated and get it over with quickly. You keep thinking about the dishes in the sink, the floors that need to be vacuumed and mopped, the counters that need to be wiped down, the bathrooms that need to be done. You are exhausted just thinking about it from the sofa where you are making your list so you won’t forget any task (and you can delay the start, showing yourself how much work it is all going to be).

Now imagine that you get phone call. The person calling is someone important to you they say they are coming over and will be there in an hour. Go!

When this really happens, our mind jumps right into action. We stop thinking about why we do not want to clean the house, in this example, and just jump into action.

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The same can hold true for rewards. Think back to when you were a teen. Your friends call and say they are going to the beach and will be at your place to pick you up at 10:30. You tell your mom and she says, “You are going anywhere until your room is spotless and your homework is done!”

Suddenly you figure out how to do six hours of work in two.

Taking the time to condition your mind to think in a way that will produce better results will take time. This is one way to use the power of your mind to create better results in all you do. When you jump into enthusiastic action, and do not pause to consider the downside, you will reach your goals with lightning speed and you will get better results than ever before.