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Five qualities that attract success

attract success There are five qualities that most, if not all, successful people have. Wether it is these qualities that attract success or that success engenders these qualities, I can’t say for sure. But often, by modeling success you become successful … so it can’t hurt to nurture these things in yourself.

1. Passion
Successful people enjoy what they do. Is their work their number one passion? Not always, but they are definitely not building careers that they hate, dislike or can’t stand doing. Successful people have a knack for finding the fun and passion in their chosen line of work.

ACTION: How can you cultivate passion for what you do in your business?

2. Vision of Success
Successful people expect success. They know that being successful is their right and they shoot for it until they get it. They see setbacks as educational opportunities. They “fail forward.” They believe that if they keep on keeping on, they will get where they want to go eventually.

ACTION: Do you know what success looks like for you? Write it down, in as detailed a fashion as you can.

3. Action Plan
If you fail to plan, you are essentially planning to fail. Successful people have a plan and they work that plan. They are also flexible and will fine-tune their plan as they move forward.
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The basics of an online presence – or life – plan

back to basics Recently, I saw an advertisement for Deliver magazine’s back to basics post about the 7 tips to starting a direct mail marketing campaign, and I realized that the steps could apply to almost anything in life and business. Here’s what I mean:

1. Set Goals
No matter what you are trying to achieve, from getting more leads, to getting more clients, to getting more love in your life, you need to set some goals. These are things that help you recognize that you are being successful on your journey.

For example, I have monthly financial goals … a minimum amount I want to earn for that month, knowing that making more would make me even happier. I also have goals for my love life, my career as a whole and even within Toastmaster (which I consider a subset of my career goals).

Having a goal helps you chart the course of your journey.

2) Create a plan and budget
In business, it is crucial to create a plan and budget. This helps you stay on track. The problem most creative professionals have with this is a perception that plans and budgets are constricting. They don’t have to be. They can be flexible and freeing and help you reach your creative potential. It’s all in how you approach them. I have a program that can help you create a flexible plan that works with your creative personality. You can learn more about it here.

3) Develop the list
In the context of a marketing plan, this is the list of people you will send you marketing message to. But in other contexts, it can refer to your list of:

  • goals and tasks you want to achieve
  • qualities you are looking for in a partner
  • qualities you want to develop in yourself
  • activities you want to experience

Or anything else you can think of.

Many creative people think that lists are boring and stunt their creativity. Again, this is a mindset issue. I look at lists as a storage device. When I think of something I want to do, or think is brilliant, I write it down on a list so I don’t have to worry about forgetting it.
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