I don’t wait for luck to strike. I MAKE IT!
“You’re going to end up living in a trailer, waiting tables at Denny’s.”
That’s what my mom told me three years ago when I packed my bags and left to create a better, healthier life.
Truth be told, I was petrified she was going to be right.
Sure, I had heart, smarts, and mad storytelling skills. But I was scared that when all was said and done, I was going to fail.
That’s why I couldn’t wait for “my time,” for things to be “right,” or for the universe to align so I could finally “manifest” the life I wanted (which I do believe in btw).
I jumped into the ocean of uncertainty with both feet, swam like hell, and didn’t look back.
All I had was a few bucks, a pair of jeans, a few shirts, as many books as I could fit into two suitcases (‘cuz #booklife), and a partner who believed in me.
While I don’t live in a mansion (yet), or own a boat (Yet), or have multiple homes (YET!!!), I’m well on my way.
I’ve gone from nothing to prepping clients for interviews with Forbes, mapping out high level PR plans, and having an amazing marriage.
There’s still so much more to do and so much more growth to experience. But here are the keys that helped me create a successful online business that you can start using TODAY to build your own business and manifest the success you desire.
…to the decision and start taking actions that align with that decision.
The quickest way to get the universe to show up for you is by getting out of it’s way and working with it instead of against it.
When you’re clear on what you want and really commit to the decision to go after your goal, you will find more opportunities for success (even in unexpected places).
DON’T MAKE EXCUSES…
…or get worn down by other people.
Yes, there are things that suck a long the way. But the second you give into that is the second you give yourself permission to fail.
There are so many days it would be easier to say, “I’m really tired. I just want to stay in bed.” OR “It’s storming outside, so I’ll push my livestream until tomorrow.”
When you get in a habit of making excuses instead of following through, that’s when you get in trouble.
Any time you find yourself rationalizing why you can’t or shouldn’t do something you committed to in your business, flip the script and start talking yourself into why you CAN or SHOULD stay the course.
Stay committed and follow through.
TRUST IN YOUR DECISION…
…even though it likely scares the hell out of you.
If you’re not scared, something’s wrong.
The times in your life when you grow the most are marked by two things: a refusal to stay where you are and the fear/excitement of what it takes to get where you want to go.
Trusting your decision isn’t always easy, but time and energy spent on second guessing yourself or worrying is time and energy that could go towards reaching your goals or finding a solution to your problem.
Think of it like this:
You could spend your life afraid of the dangers outside of your cave, and slowly, painfully starve to death to keep yourself “safe”.
You could muscle up your courage, feel your fear, and step out into the world anyway to boldly get more food than you could possibly eat and experience the wonders of the world while you do so.
It’s all a choice of which perspective you choose to rule your actions.
If you don’t need the change you’re seeking, you won’t fight for it.
You’ll get complacent, and you won’t achieve your goals.
Find the reason you need to reach your goal, and run in that direction until you arrive.
You, as a beautiful human being, are built to adapt, innovate, and problem solve.
But in order to truly need the change you desire, you must believe in your ability to achieve that outcome.
Remember, your problems are never bigger than your ability to overcome them.
The goal here is to need your change so you can stay committed and follow through without being desperate for the change because desperation will blind you to opportunities.
ADAPTION NOT ABANDONMENT
Sometimes you make a plan with the best of intentions, and on paper, it all looks good, makes sense, and seems solid.
However, just like the last play of a tied football game or opening night of a musical, there are some elements, variables, and circumstances you just couldn’t see coming.
In these situations you have two choices, abandon ship or adapt to a new plan.
Abandoning your goal and giving up is how you ensure you will fail.
I see this a lot with new businesses where things aren’t working quite right, and the business owner will decide to jump ship into a new business they’re convinced will make money.
The sad thing is most often, there were a couple simple tweaks the business owner could’ve made to actually reach the goal they set.
If you create a cycle of goal abandonment, it becomes difficult to achieve anything over time because you’re programming yourself to give up.
On the other hand, when you’re able to look at the plan you started with and analyze the variables you couldn’t see coming, you can clearly see the holes in your current approach and shift it to meet your goals.
Which step are you going to implement in your business today to help you reach your goals?