Success Grows

We often hear about successful people and marvel at their achievements. It is important to realise however, that true success doesn’t happen overnight.

Before J.K Rowling sold over 300 million copies of her Harry Potter books, she had to sell the first copy…

Before Tiger Woods won 55 PGA tournaments, he had to win his first amateur tournament…

The important point here is that success doesn’t ‘happen’ – It grows.

Success always starts as a tiny seed and if you nurture it carefully, it gradually grows and eventually blossoms.

One of the best things you can do to accelerate this growth is to record and celebrate each small success you have in a ‘Success Journal’

Simply take an exercise book and on the front page write "My Success Journal"

Then each time you take a step closer to achieving one of your goals, record the event and also make sure you record how you feel.

Here’s an excerpt from my success journal to show you how this works:

"My friend Bec got an email yesterday from her contact at the network marketing company. They loved my book and are interested in using it for their book of the month club! I am SO excited. They have sent it to the US for review and will hopefully get back to me in the new year – WooHoo!!"

One of the major benefits of having a success journal is that when you’re feeling down or you’re going through a rough patch, there’s nothing more motivating than reading about your successes described in your own words.

You can also include positive feedback you receive from others, for example, every time someone leaves a positive comment about this newsletter, I copy it to my success journal, and nothing motivates me more than hearing that an article has helped someone.

This Week’s Action Steps:

Start your own success journal and each time you take a step towards achieving your goals record what happened and how you feel.

Until next time,

Dare To Dream!


Mental Movies

Your mind is like your own personal movie theatre that projects internal ‘mental movies’ 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Some of the movies you watch make you feel upset, like the one about losing your job or the one about your relationship break-up.

Other movies make you feel joyous and alive, like the one about meeting the love of your life or the one about the birth of your first child.

The most important thing to realise about your internal movie theatre is that while you can never turn your projector off, you ALWAYS have the power to select the movie that YOU want to watch.

For example, if you are feeling upset, stop and take note of what movie is playing in your mind. You may find that your projector is stuck on repeat and is playing a negative movie over and over again.

When this happens, make a conscious decision to change the mental movie that you are watching.

A great way to do this is to imagine your brain’s internal DVD player and consciously think of changing the DVD that is playing and replacing the negative movie with a positive movie.

For example, if you find yourself continuously thinking about a hurtful comment that someone made, make the conscious decision to swap mental DVDs and start thinking about something positive instead, such as your upcoming weekend getaway.

Becoming aware of what is playing on your internal movie screen and being able to change mental DVDs takes practice but it is a great way to build a positive mindset.

This Week’s Action Steps:

Next time you are upset, or experiencing any negative emotion. Stop and take notice of the mental movie that is playing in your mind. If you find that your internal DVD player is stuck on repeat, imagine changing DVDs and replacing the negative movie with a positive movie.

Until next time,

Dare To Dream!


Staying On Track

This week I’d like to share with you one of the most important lessons I’ve ever learnt. This lesson will explain why it is so important to have specific written goals and also give you a powerful strategy to help you stay on track.

To explain this lesson, I’m going to need a little help from some friends.

Meet Bill and Bob

At the beginning of the year, Bill and Bob decide to set some new goals.

Bill decides his new goal is to ‘make more money’ – This is an example of a vague goal.

Bob decides his goal is to ‘Sell 20000 widgets by 5pm on December 31st’ – This is an example of a specific goal.

As the year proceeds, both Bill and Bob come across various ‘opportunities’

At work they hear about a mining stock that is apparently about to triple in value.

Bill decides that this could be a way to achieve his goal of making more money so he invests $5000 only to lose $1000 before selling his shares in a panic.

Bob hears about the mining shares as well but before taking action he asks himself the following question:

Because Bob has a specific written goal, he can see that buying mining stocks is not going to help him sell 20000 widgets so he knows that for him, this is a distraction rather than an opportunity. Bob decides to ignore the rumour.

From this simple story you can see that an opportunity is something that moves you a step closer to achieving your most important goals, and a distraction is something that moves you away from achieving your most important goals.

In order to use this filtering mechanism to stay on track you must have specific written goals.

This Weeks Action Steps:

1. If you haven’t already done so, take the time to write down your specific goals.

2. Whenever you come across a new opportunity, read you goals and ask yourself, "Is this an opportunity or a distraction?"

Until next time,

Dare To Dream!


Change Your Routine – Change Your Life

The word ‘routine’ often has negative connotations associated with repetition and boredom, but this does not have to be the case!

In fact, ‘routine’ can be a highly effective secret weapon for achieving your most important goals.

Whenever you set a major goal, you should ask yourself this important question:

Let me explain how this works using a real world example:

This year, my partner and I have decided to learn to salsa dance. We both have a dancing background so our goal is to perform a dance routine together on stage before the end of the year.

Although our goal has a target date of the 31st December, we know that in order to achieve our goal we have to act NOW and make changes to our routine to include a weekly dance class.

As soon as you make changes to your routine and schedule in the activities necessary to achieve your future goals, you essentially put your goals on ‘autopilot’.

This Week’s Action Steps:

1. Review your goals and ask yourself, "How can I change my routine today in order to achieve my future goals?"

2. Take action and make the changes to your current routine to set your goals on autopilot.

3. Commit to following your routine, knowing that it is leading you to your goals one day at a time

Until next time,

Dare To Dream!


Dealing With Mistakes

We all make mistakes in life, however, different people deal with their mistakes in different ways.

Many people try hard to avoid mistakes but in fact, mistakes can often lead to valuable learning experiences if you approach them in the right way.

Here is a simple 3 step approach for dealing with mistakes.

Step 1: Admit that you made a mistake

First admit you made a mistake to yourself. Then, if there is someone else involved, admit you made a mistake to them and apologise. The words, "I made a mistake and I’m sorry" are a great first step to resolving a conflict.

Denying that you made a mistake does not solve anything and simply prolongs the negative energy associated with the situation.

Step 2: Identify the lesson that comes with your mistake

The good news is that every mistake comes with a built in lesson that can help you improve your life in the future. To find your hidden lesson ask yourself, "What can I learn from this situation?"

By finding the hidden lesson within your mistake, you immediately transform the situation from a negative experience to a useful learning experience. 

Step 3: Forgive yourself and let it go

All too often we dwell on our mistakes and continue to beat ourselves up over what happened. Once you have admitted your mistake and identified the lesson it carries, let go of the mistake, forgive yourself and move on. If a similar situation arises in the future, you are now better prepared to choose the right course of action.

This Week’s Action Steps:

Next time you make a mistake, try this simple three step approach and see for yourself how it can transform a mistake into a useful learning experience.

Until next time,  

Dare To Dream!