This time of year is known for setting new intentions that set the pace for your future moving forward.
Making decisions to better ourselves is something that is built in us as humans and its only natural that our awareness is heightened during this time.
Over the years I have seen three things that all but ensure you will attain the goals that you set out to achieve.
These are proven to work if you only apply them faithfully.
Make A Decision
Seems simple doesn't it?
The truth is making a decision is hard for some people. I am not talking about a pseudo decision either.
I am referring to a real decision backed by decisive action.
One of the problems that plague people in their business to no end is their inability to commit and stay the course.
Making a decision involves committing to something and then carrying it out. It takes thinking big.
It takes doing what you said you would long after the feeling you said it in has left you.
Think about this….
How many times have you “made a decision” and never followed through on it?
If you are like most, probably a lot. I know I have waffled on a few myself.
I was told something by a mentor of mine many years ago that has stuck with until this day. He said…
“A decision without action isn't a decision at all, its only a wish”
Yikes! I remember that hit me right between the eyes with a big fat truth bomb that I know I had been guilty of many times over.
If I had a dollar for every time a prospect on the phone told me “I am going to get started tomorrow when I get home” or “As soon as I get back from vacation I am going to get started” I would be Bill Gates by now.
Intentions don't get you where you want to go, its making a decision backed by decisive action that makes all the difference.
Stretching Yourself Beyond Your Limits
Its been said many times…. “There is no success inside your comfort zone.”
Nobody ever grows by staying in the same state of mind they are in now.
Ever heard the term “Growing pains”? Its true. If you want to grow yourself and your business its going to take stretching yourself physically, mentally and financially to make it happen.
There is no way of getting around it. I have found that every time I stretch myself beyond what I think I can handle I grow and so does my business.
Making the decision to stretch oneself is always the most difficult. Why? Well, its uncomfortable thats why….lol
Built into each one of us is what I call the “Snap back reaction”. Our natural reaction when feeling pressure or when we get outside our comfort zone is to SNAP BACK to where we are comfortable.
Its the same thing we do when we touch a hot stove or a burner. Its natural to make the type of reaction.
To grow as a business owner means you have to retrain your mind to press in when you feel that temptation to SNAP BACK. When the pressure is on is now the time to press in and go harder.
This is how you grow, by stretching yourself beyond your limits. Its not always fun, but the end results are amazing.
So to make 2016 your best year yet, you are going to have to stretch yourself, there is no getting around it.
Associate With Others On The Same Path
One of my favorite quotes is…
“If you hang around 5 broke people, you will eventually be the 6th”
How true is that?
Our associations make all the difference when making that decision to stretch ourselves and get to that new level.
Along the journey you will be met with disappointments and frustrations.
That is a guarantee.
In order to overcome these frustrations you must put yourself in a position to be accountable to others.
One of the best things I have ever done is to put myself in a position where it forced me to perform beyond what I was doing currently.
By surrounding myself with others on the same path and commitment level my business total sales volume has almost tripled in 1.5 years.
I don't says this to brag, but to share what worked for me.
In 2014 I joined a mastermind and invested in personal coaching to help myself get beyond where I was. It was the best decision of my business.
I believed so much in this concept that I am starting my own high level mastermind for 2016. This mastermind will include one on one coaching, group coaching and a live weekend event in Tampa, Florida.
To be truthful, this is not for people that are interested in playing small. I am looking for people that see the big picture and are ready to blow 2015 out of the water.
If you think that might be you, lets talk. You can start by filling out this application in detail for a phone interview to see if you can be accepted into this mastermind.
2015 has come and gone. Even if you didn't reach your goals this past year, thats ok because you now have 2016 sitting right in front of you.
Its basically a blank canvas that you get to paint. What are you going to do? Will you let this year go by and still feel the same next year?
The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.
The time is now to decide and back it up with action.
The time is now to stretch yourself physically, mentally and financially to achieve the goals you want to achieve.
The time is now to associate with those that are where you want to be and around those that will force you to grow in all areas.
You can do this, you can get where you want to go if you just decide.
Happy New Year! I love you, I am grateful for you, and I am confident you have greatness within you.
Lets make 2016 the best year yet!
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