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When it comes to your success, do you find yourself looking out the window or in the mirror? Often times, our dream of success is based on what we see in others whom we deem successful. We look out the window and watch them. We wonder what it would be like to have their success. We buy their books, their videos, and anything they sell to somehow become successful like them.

I am realizing in my life that I have been looking through the window to try and identify success for me. I have been reading books on how to become successful in life, business, speaking, finances, relationships, leadership, and the list goes on and on. I have been trying to uncover the principles of what makes people successful so that I, too, can become successful like them.

This realization came to me as a result of hiring a coach to guide me through the process of identifying what success looks like for me. Now, you may not need to hire a coach to do that for you if you can truly define success for you. The benefit of a coach guiding you through the process is they are looking in from the outside. A good coach knows how to ask the right questions to identify your core desires. Once there is a clear picture of what you want, a road map can be designed to guide you toward your success.

When it comes to your success and my success, we should spend some more time looking in the mirror. What does success look like to the person in the mirror? What we see in the mirror will be unique. There may be some things that we saw looking out the window that resonated with what we want to see in the mirror. However, we must look in the mirror to truly find our own success. Once we have defined it for ourselves, we can then find the tools, mentors, and resources that will further what we want to accomplish with our lives.

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The New Year has begun and you have set some goals to accomplish a task, reach a benchmark, change something, or become something. As you take a look back at your progress, how are you doing toward reaching that goal? Are you making progress? I hope that you are. By the off chance that you are not making progress or you have been tempted to give up, let me give you a suggestion that will help you Finish Strong!

The journey of success is taking small steps consistently. It may seem that you are inching your way forward slowly but in time, you will make great strides. I love what Darren Hardy wrote in his book,

“You know that expression, “Slow and steady wins the race”?
Ever heard the story of the tortoise and the hare? Ladies and
gentlemen, I’m the tortoise. Give me enough time, and I will
beat virtually anybody, anytime, in any competition. Why?
Not because I’m the best or the smartest or the fastest. I’ll win
because of the positive habits I’ve developed, and because of
the consistency I use in applying those habits. I’m the world’s
biggest believer in consistency. I’m living proof that it’s the
ultimate key to success, yet it’s one of the biggest pitfalls
for people struggling to achieve. Most people don’t know
how to sustain it. I do. I have my father to thank for that. In
essence, he was my fi rst coach for igniting the power of the
Compound Effect.”

Darren Hardy, The Compound Effect

When you make consistent small steps toward a goal, it will begin to compound the effects. The key is to consistently move forward inch by inch. For example, if you chose to read for 15 minutes a day material in your chosen field of business or in a subject matter you want to become a resource, you will have only read an hour and 45 minutes in the first week. If you averaged a page a minute, 105 pages in a week. That may not seem like a lot, but if you consistently read for 15 minutes a day, in a year’s time, you will have read 91 hours and 15 minutes for a total of 5475 pages. If the average book was 250 pages, that would be roughly 22 books in a year. Do you think that by reading that small amount a day will have an impact on your career or business? Absolutely. If you continued this course of action for 5 years, you will have read 27,375 pages or 110 books to improve yourself or your understanding of your industry.

Look for the small steps you need to take to make progress on your goals. Take small consistent steps, moving inch by inch, and it will have significant results in your life and business.

When I first scanned through Jack’s book, this principle resonated with me right from the start. Since I read the last principle first, I decided I wanted to share these principles with you over the last 64 days. I hope that you found some principles of success that are helping you achieve greater fulfillment in your life.

One of the best things that you can do when you learn something new is to share it with someone else who desires to grow as well. The process of communicating what you learned to another helps solidify in your own subconscious mind the principles you are sharing. It is a powerful means of making it a part of your internal core.

When we begin to teach others solid principles of successful living, we begin to change the world for the better. It may start in your own home first. You may take these principles to your workplace. People in your community may take notice of the positive changes in your life and ask you to share what made you successful. Be ready to spread these principles of success and empower others to live a successful life.

Jack has many other opportunities to go beyond this book in applying these principles to you life. Be sure to check out his website and take advantage of his experiences and teachings to empower you in your journey.

Thank you for sharing this journey with me through the last 64 days. I hope that you have been encouraged in your journey of success. I look forward to sharing more ideas and thoughts in the days to come.

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(Our daily journey of the last 64 days of 2011 is centered on the principles found in Jack Canfield’s book, “The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be.” In his book, he encourages his readers to begin teaching others these principles. I would highly recommend that you buy a copy of the book and join us on a journey to a better you.)

Success Starts Now

“No amount of reading or memorizing will make you successful in life. It is the understanding and application of wise thought which counts.”

Bob Proctor, Author, “You Were Born Rich”

There has been a lot of helpful principles for success shared in the last two months from Jack Canfield’s book, “The Success Principles.” So many ideas that one could very well become overwhelmed and not do anything to move closer to success. So today’s challenge is to pick a few principles that resonated with you and start practicing those principles in your life.

Every success begins with a dream. Every dream becomes a reality with the first step. Every step leads to living out a dream.

Go back through the principles and choose the ones that you need to start practicing in your life. Take action on that principle today. Remember, it takes time for something to develop into a habit (27 continuous days or more). By taking a step today, you move closer to living out your dream.

Please share what principles you found to be most helpful to you in your journey to success.

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(Our daily journey of the last 64 days of 2011 is centered on the principles found in Jack Canfield’s book, “The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be.” In his book, he encourages his readers to begin teaching others these principles. I would highly recommend that you buy a copy of the book and join us on a journey to a better you.)

A couple of years ago, I bought the marketing kit designed for Financial Advisors called, “Please….Make ME a little bit FAMOUS,” by Robert Krumroy. The basic premise behind every strategy he gave was to find ways to serve others. Each idea was built on this foundation to set you set you apart from all the other Financial Advisors you were competing with for business. People are naturally more inclined to work with someone who has a habit of serving others.

People who find ways to serve, giving of their time or talent to their favorite charity or organization, live fuller lives, have fewer heart attacks, and reap benefits far greater than expected. Companies who consistently encourage employees to volunteer and promote opportunities for for their employees to volunteer have a much more engaged workforce. The rewards of serving are far more than the time spent doing it.

“You can get everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.”

Zig Ziglar, “Secrets of Closing the Sale,” 1984

Success comes to those who have a heart to serve others. Employers will favor those who have a history of volunteering over someone who doesn’t. Those who start volunteering early in life have a tendency to achieve promotions and achieve higher-level positions. Volunteering is also a great way of networking and building connections for more business and opportunities.

If you don’t have a favorite charity, find one that resonates with your life, your passions, or your hobbies. There are plenty of opportunities to serve that will be fulfilling to you and that you will enjoy doing. Help make the world a better place by serving!

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(Our daily journey of the last 64 days of 2011 is centered on the principles found in Jack Canfield’s book, “The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be.” In his book, he encourages his readers to begin teaching others these principles. I would highly recommend that you buy a copy of the book and join us on a journey to a better you.)

There is a paradox in the world: the more you give, the more you receive. This paradox is understood by the wealthiest of the wealthy. It is understood by even the poorest of the poor. Those who struggle the most are more than likely the stingiest of them all.

There is a reason this paradox actually works, both personally and in business. Picture in your mind someone who wants to keep as much as they can for themselves. They have a $1,000 cash in their hand. When you visualize this scenario, what kind of grip does this person have on the money in their hand? Do you have the same image that I do? The hand is gripping the money so tight, you couldn’t pry it open with a crowbar. Do you want to be friends with that type of person? Do you want to do business with that type of person? If that was your employer, how long would you continue to work there?

Now picture in your mind a generous person with the $1,000 in their hand. How are they holding the money? Do you have a picture of an open hand ready to give and receive more? A baby understands an  outstretched hand as someone willing to give. The more open we are to giving, the more we invite into our lives.

Giving is an attitude that invites generosity and gratitude. It creates an inviting demeanor. People are willing to work alongside generous people. People will go out of their way to help those who are givers. People who give regularly and cheerfully attract more to them because of their hearts are open to receive more so they can bless more.

A great practice to start in your life is decide to give a certain portion of all your income away. Many start with 10% as a benchmark. Once you choose a starting place, you will find this principle opening doors that you didn’t know existed.

You may want to consider giving of your time as well. Many charitable organizations have needs for volunteers to accomplish their mission. I have chosen to work with Big Brothers/Big Sisters. I enjoy the time I spend with my Little and having the opportunity to mentor a young man. Choose an organization that you are passionate about serving.

This “secret” to getting more has a long track record. Make it a part of your life and you will find life is much fuller as a result.

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(Our daily journey of the last 64 days of 2011 is centered on the principles found in Jack Canfield’s book, “The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be.” In his book, he encourages his readers to begin teaching others these principles. I would highly recommend that you buy a copy of the book and join us on a journey to a better you.)

On Day 59, we talked about mastering the spending game. After you have learned to control your spending, there may still be some things you want to purchase, places you want to visit, or causes you want to help. Rather than sliding back into a pattern of spending more than you make, go make more money first. Jack has 5 suggestions for making more money.

  1. Become an Intrapreneur — There are a growing number of companies that will reward their employees financially for ideas that save money or make more money for the company. Look for opportunities within your company where improvements can made to generate more profit and ask for a percentage of increased profits.
  2. Find a Need and Fill It — Is there a need in the marketplace for an item or service? Look around you and the marketplace. What can you do to meet a need? You can either create an unique solution to meet a need or utilize a current idea to generate some extra income.
  3. Think Outside the Box — Perhaps you are in an industry that does things the same way and it has become the rut that everyone seems content to be in. Start thinking of ways to do something different that will resonate with others. Create a new opportunity that is beyond the status quo.
  4. Start an Online Business —  The Internet has opened up huge opportunities for people to make extra money while still working their regular job. You can sell products and services from the comfort of your home. You can become an affiliate of different companies and market their products while making a percentage of what is sold. There is plenty of opportunity for creating more money online.
  5. Join a Network Marketing Company — There are hundreds of companies that utilize a network marketing business model to create a stream of income. Be sure to thoroughly investigate each opportunity that interests you. There are business opportunities from foods, beauty products, financial services, gift ideas, greeting cards, wellness, and many more. Find a company with a great history and products you like.

When you begin to create other streams of income, you create for yourself a stronger financial foundation that isn’t dependent upon one source. Financially successful people have learned to create multiple streams of income.

When you desire to have something or do something that requires more than you have available, make a habit of finding ways to make more money. You will build your self-esteem as you accomplish the goal and you will enjoy the reward without any regrets that debt brings with it.

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(Our daily journey of the last 64 days of 2011 is centered on the principles found in Jack Canfield’s book, “The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be.” In his book, he encourages his readers to begin teaching others these principles. I would highly recommend that you buy a copy of the book and join us on a journey to a better you.)