Have you ever had difficulty keeping a simple commitment to yourself? Sure. Nearly everyone I know has, sometime or another, found him or herself “trapped”- wanting to do something yet not acting on their intentions. Sometimes we self-sabotage our success out of fear by convincing ourselves about stuff that simply isn´t true. Want to know how to smash the fea and reaching your business goals? Then let´s go!
But first, why don’t we do some of the things we want to or know we should like improving our health, growing a business, and building a better body?
Let’s say you keep putting off marketing your business and reaching out to potential clients. You can even imagine what it might mean to you: having a steady flow of clients; having an impact on the world around you; making money by living out your life purpose and passions … Still, you don’t do it. So why do you keep putting it off? What’s preventing you from taking those first steps?
My observation is that our minds tend to see the obstacles first – those barriers that lie between where we are now and where we want to be or who we want to become. Just as fast as you conceive of achieving your new goal, your mind begins to spout out every excuse it can come up with why you can’t attain it. So even before we can initiate any action, we literally paralyze ourselves.
And once your head begins to fill with all the obstacles that could potentially keep you from achieving your newfound goal, suddenly your desire to even try is crushed.
But what if all the obstacles were removed?
Think about it for a moment: if whatever deterred you from attempting to build your business suddenly vanished, you’d have no fear to stop you, right?
What if I showed you how to take those obstacles and instantly transform them into strategies for achieving success… Would you consider starting, or sticking to, your new (or current) business and or marketing plan then?
“… we can choose to transform those circumstances that oppose us into specific decisions and actions that can lead us to our goals.”The truth is, we can choose to transform those circumstances that oppose us into specific decisions and actions that can lead us to our goals. True empowerment you can use to your advantage!
Let me explain…
The Breakthrough Technique
So how can we break through our fears, smash those barriers, and transform those obstacles into strategies for achieving our goals? It’s really quite simple – allow me to introduce you to the Breakthrough Technique. Here I’ve taken the eight most feared obstacles that potentially stand in the way of your success, followed by a very specific success strategy to blast through them and help you reach your goals.
Are you ready? Great… let’s get started!
Obstacle #1: I DON’T HAVE ENOUGH TIME
Believe or not, individuals who achieve extraordinary levels of success have days just as hectic as ours. They’ve got obligations: commitments to work, friends, and family. And let’s face it, we’re all confined to an equal amount of time – the same 24 hours. Yet some people find the time to continually make business building a part of their daily routine, while having a day job a the same time.
So how do they do it? Simple – they create it. You can instantly create time if you begin to plan, plan, and plan some more. That means planning your days ahead, at least a day in advance, sometimes even a week in advance. One of the best time-creating techniques is to make a list of your daily “to-dos” and schedule when you’re going to work on your goals. (This is a common challenge – we forget how important it is to schedule an appointment with ourselves to exercise.)
Then divide your “to-dos” into things you must do and things you would like to do, so you’re less likely to confuse urgency with importance. You see, working on your marketing plan is important, whereas getting your haircut may seem urgent when you’re running late but can certainly be rescheduled. And before you do anything, always ask yourself what you could be doing that would be more productive.
Success Strategy #1: PLAN AHEAD. Creating the time you need is easy! Plan your days in advance by creating action lists of the most important things to accomplish each day. Only stick to the things that will actually move your business forward and strip away anything else.
Obstacle #2: I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO
Don’t know how to set up a website? Not sure how to attract clients, handle finances, or even setting up a business plan in the first place? And does the thought sales funnels, branding, ads, and e-mails sequences make your head spin?
That’s all understandable: there are just so many strategies, recommended by so many coaches and strategists. So, whose advice can you trust? It can become paralyzing. So instead of trying to sort through all the (mis)information, stop right now: keep yourself from chasing every business theory or latest marketing craze. But this doesn’t sound like it will do us any good, does it?
So how do you find the answers? Find ONE model that suits your business and someone who´s succeeded building up the kind of business you want. If you want to be a freelance writer, find support from other writers. If you want to become a coach, find a successful coach in the same area you want. Or you can go straight to the experts that specialize in the area you need help with.
The greatest thing about success is that it leaves clues, and if we pay close attention, we can pick up those clues and model the actions and behaviors to produce similar results. Find people, whether in person or in a magazine, who have achieved the type of extraordinary success you wish to achieve, and find out what they did. It’s really as easy as that.
Success Strategy #2: STUDY A SUCCESSFUL FORMULA AND FOLLOW IT. Seek someone who has achieved the “extraordinary” results you desire and learn from his or her “winning” actions. If you follow a proven approach and show up consistently, you will achieve similar success.
Obstacle #3: I DON’T HAVE ENOUGH ENERGY
Do you wake up every morning feeling energized, powerful, and ready to take on the day? Or do you rise feeling as tired as the night before, resenting that a new day has presented itself so soon? Do you fear your current energy levels would never allow you to purpsue your goals?
This is a great example of the perceived problem your lack of energy to exercise being the ultimate solution. We might believe we’re too exhausted to get sh*t done and life is quite simply too busy, but in reality, we lack energy simply because we don’t exercise and take proper care of ourselves.
It’s been scientifically proven that incorporating exercise into our lives actually gives us more energy. Moderate levels of exercise can even help us sleep better at night, so we wake up renewed. Taking care of your mental, physical, and emotion needs is essential for building a successful business.
How else can you bolster energy levels?
As long as we feed ourselves with properly balanced protein- and carbohydrate-rich meals, we feel an immediate impact on our energy levels. The more closely we keep to our preferred eating strategy, the better we feel, period. Feeding our bodies every two to three hours throughout the day provides us with a stable, constant supply of nutrients required to be more energetic.
Success Strategy #3: GIVE YOUR ENERGY A BOOST. Exercise and proper nutrition play a vital role in our energy levels and allow us to perform at peak levels daily. Oh, and get enough sleep!
Obstacle #4: I HATE SETTING GOALS
Goals come from having a clear vision of what you want. Knowing you want to build your business and start to profit from passion is great start, but you need something more than that a statement so compelling it literally pulls you, like a magnet, in the direction of its achievement.
So, maybe you’re not certain how to set effective goals? If that’s you, then don’t worry, everyone starts off this way. To really set effective fitness goals and ensure you’ll reach them, you’re going to have to learn what I call the S.M.A.R.T. goal-setting technique. Not only will this technique enable you to set the most effective goals, it will help focus your efforts on exactly what you want to achieve.
S.M.A.R.T. stands for:
Specific – you must be specific about what you want to achieve, creating your goal in the present tense. That means using “I am in the process of…” to start your goal statement.
Measurable – how do you measure “more money” or “more clients”? You can’t. Scale your goal to a specific number (e.g., 5k months or 3 new clients per month).
Action-oriented – you must be able to create an action list of things you must do to achieve success.
Realistic – make certain your goal is realistic yet stretches you, given your expectations and timeframe.
Time-conscience – a date forces us to give it priority and puts positive pressure on you to achieve it.
Success Strategy #4: TRANSFORM YOUR CURRENT GOALS
Using the S.M.A.R.T. technique will ensure you’ve set an effective and commanding goal and will not only clarify your path to success but will compel you to achieve it.
Obstacle #5: I CAN’T STAY COMMITTED
There’s a huge difference between intentions and action. And the difference is commitment.
Our commitment to our goals leads us to achievement, even during the toughest times. There is a direct relationship between motivation and commitment. And if you’re really committed to making a change now, the only way to make it happen is to create a sense of immediate importance.
You can do this by attaching reasons that are so compelling and so intense you must follow through. So right now, ask yourself the following questions and come up with at least three intensely compelling reasons you must commit to your goals.
What will this cost me if I don’t start right now?
What has this cost me so far, concerning my finances, time freedom, physical condition, self-confidence, and energy levels?
If I do start now, how will I feel about myself?
How will this impact my life?
What will I gain as a result?”
Your answers to these questions will help you gain an immediate understanding of what you’re committed to and why!
Success Strategy #5: IDENTIFY YOUR REASONS
Clearly state your reasons for wanting to change and make them so compelling you become truly committed to achieving your fitness goals.
Obstacle #6: I LACK THE CONFIDENCE TO SUCCEED
Sometimes the accomplishment of our goals might seem so overwhelming, the immediate temptation is to give up before we even start which diminishes our self-confidence even further. It’s true. We can’t gain confidence until we take action. Yet, we don’t want to take action until our confidence levels are raised sufficiently. See the “catch”?
Take, for example, the intimidating obstacle of your entire business goal needing to be achieved in a giant, single step. Now that’s paralyzing, isn’t it?
To gain confidence, you must break your goal down into measurable steps. For example, if you wanted to make 10 sales within 12 weeks, then you could realistically set your increments per week. This way, you don’t have to focus on the whole goal at any given time, nor do you notice all that you have not yet accomplished; instead you can focus entirely on the smaller, manageable steps ahead. This gives you a tremendous sense of control and achievement. Building your confidence, each step of the way.
By the time you are nearing the end of your first couple of weeks of marketing strategy, despite the ups and downs in progress, you will begin to feel more confident. You will be determined to advance one more step and make the effort to complete your plan program and build your business.
Suddenly, as the fear dissipates, you will discover newfound confidence. And best of all, you will have achieved what you once thought was impossible one increment at a time.
Success Strategy #6: MEASURE YOUR PROGRESS.
Success is accomplished only through measuring your progress, always from where you’re coming from (backwards). This way, you will never lack a sense of accomplishment, and you’ll build your confidence with each and every step.
Obstacle #7: I DON’T HAVE ENOUGH MOTIVATION
So you need a source of motivation in your life – something to get you out of bed in the morning and carry you through the day?
One way is to continually “see” what you want to become by finding a picture of something that represents your vision, cut it out, and hang it someplace you’re likely to see it over and over again throughout the day. You might even write down your reasons for wanting to achieve this goal with the photo.
By seeing the life you want to achieve in front of you all the time, you’ll be pointing your subconscious toward the realization of these results. This constant source of inspiration is a reminder of where you are going. It’s called bringing focus to the center of your awareness.
Success Strategy #7: FIND AN INSPIRATION.
Discover your inspiration, someone who has turned his or her life from ordinary to extraordinary, and use that as your source of daily fuel
Remember, building a business does not follow an absolute straight line. Life doesn’t work that way. But now that you’ve found the principle of turning literally any obstacle into a stepping stone for your success, you can create the results you so desire.
By committing to turning these once fearful obstacles into powerful success strategies, you will begin to create extraordinary results and ultimately achieve your goals.
Do you need a little help?
You know you want a business that feels aligned. You were put here for a purpose. But what? How much do you really know about yourself? Do you sometimes find yourself feeling a little bit lost?
I had to really do some soul-searching and reconnect with my mind, body, and soul to truly align my business with my vision. This journey led me to find my purpose and passion – and now I invite you to join the journey.
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