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Mind Over Matter, Picture your success and develop a plan!

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This is a primer and what I mean by that is that this is by no means a comprehensive article on how to be successful. But the intent of this article is to provide a starting point and guidelines on how to build success in your endeavors. Also, the focus is more geared towards starting and maintaining your own business.

The biggest key in starting your own business, increasing your own business, and subsequently, being successful in your own business is within your mind, your thinking, in other words, that grey matter between your ears. How you think about the business you want to start, or if you already have your own business, how you think about its success or lack thereof, will determine its success or failure. The thoughts that you carry in your mind regarding your business are very impacting and powerful. Hundreds upon hundreds of business men and women that have gone on to be successful know this truth all too well.

So, this sounds all nice and cozy, but what is the reality? How do you push through obstacles, roadblocks, temporary setbacks, and the like? What can you do to stay on an upward trend so-to-speak? Answering these challenges can seem overwhelming but, there are things you can do now to overcome and be successful. Here are steps you can take to begin your success.

If you can’t picture it, you can’t achieve it

First, you need to picture in your mind what success looks like. If you are striving to increase your business or start a new one, a great key is to write down the details. What kind of business do you want to start? Be specific. “I want to start a business selling faucet water filters and purifiers to consumers at an affordable price”. Again get specific on what type of business you want to start and again write it down.

If you already own a business and want to improve it, what do you want to improve? More sales, more product offers, etc.? “I want to increase my sales by 25% within in 3 months.” Or, “I want to expand my water filter and purifier business to include filters for the house and shower.” Again, be specific on what you want to accomplish. Once you have determined what it is you want to accomplish, write it down, this cannot be stated more emphatically! When you write down what you want to achieve, then post this somewhere where you will see it every day. By your computer, your nightstand, bathroom, whatever works for you. Again, if you CAN picture it, you CAN achieve it.

Develop a plan

Once you have a clear picture of what you want to accomplish and have written it down, develop a plan. This may sound difficult but it’s not really. Think through the details of how you’re going to reach your goal. An example with the increase in sales of the water filter and purifier business:

By [date] Identify advertising avenues, e.g. websites, blog sites, newspaper, radio ads, tv ads, etc.

By [date] Determine my advertising budget

By [date] Determine what the costs will be for each advertising avenue

By [date] Decide on a single or multiple advertising avenues

Determine how long the ads will run for and when (e.g. 3 weeks during Christmas, 1 month during June, etc.)

It is very important that you include a date. Without associating a date to a task, there’s no commitment, and without the commitment, there’s very little personal investment. Make sure your date is realistic though. Give yourself plenty of time but once you have a date, stick to it.

In conclusion, to be successful:

If you can’t picture it, you can’t achieve it (write it down!)

Develop a plan

While this is a simple guide, or a primer, you can take this as far as you want. It’s up to you! True success takes time and thoughtful planning. There are very rarely any instant or overnight successes. If you put in the time and effort and don’t give up by following these time proven points, you will be successful. And if you want to maximize your effort in developing avenues to make money online, then the following may be of interest to you.


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