The Practice of Success

My 6-year-old and I are raising tadpoles this summer.  It’s more fun than I anticipated.  When a friend of hers decided to join in our frog development efforts, my daughter and I set off to catch 7 tadpoles to get her friend going. Really, I saw it as my job to net the tadpoles.  I invited my daughter along to make her feel included, and because she’s all about tadpoles right now. We had about 30 minutes before we had to leave, so there was no time to waste.  She chose a large bucket.  With my more advanced knowledge about life, I figured a smaller pail would make it easier to swoop up the unsuspecting tadpole. We had fun working together in this endeavor.  But the count quickly became 6-year-old: 6 tadpoles captured; mom: 0 tadpoles captured.  Huh? Come on.  Shouldn’t I be better at this than she is?  Doesn’t my brain work faster?  Don’t I have quicker motor skills? Maybe, but the fact is my 6-year-old is a better tadpole catcher than me because she has lots of practice at it.  She has spent many days over the past month catching tadpoles, making homes for them, and returning them at the end of the day.  Only to do it all over again the next day. My 6-year-old’s hours of practice at the art of tadpole catching trump any other advantage I should have over her. She’s out there doing it.  I’m sitting in here thinking sure, I could do that. The exact same thing happens in your business. You spend time looking at the competition in your niche. ...

Goals Check: Who’s Still Going to the Gym?

We’ve made it through February.  Time to check up on those New Year’s Resolutions you reluctantly made.  Most people have long ago lost that piece of paper. I go to a fitness club.  I have for over 20 years.  So I know this little graph to the right to be absolutely true. I curse the full parking lot every January.  But take solace in the fact that it will only last a month or so.  And always, every year, it proves to be true.  By the end of February, we’re back to the old crew. A few weeks ago during an aerobics class, I looked around at some of the people who had been attending regularly since the new year began.  And they were getting it.  They had gone from stepping on the wrong beat and looking around the room in frustration, to being in sync with the regulars in the class and in step with the instructor’s calls. I also thought about the dozens of new faces that I’d seen once, and then never again.  They cared enough to show up.  But it was hard.  Others made it look easy.  But the newbies gave up in frustration, often even before their first class was over. It occurred to me that my aerobics class mirrors life.  Those who show up — who keep showing up — succeed.  And, it becomes easy for them.  I wrote this article in my head while doing a fairly complex aerobics class.  Because I’ve been doing it for 20 years and it’s easy for me.  It became easy for me a long time ago. The “just...

How to Take Your Home Business to the Tipping Point

“The first requisite of success is the ability to apply your physical and mental energies to one problem without growing weary.” – Thomas Edison. I find this to be a beautiful description of home business ownership.  The “one problem” we face as home business owners is how to reach the point where our business is easy.  Where we put in a few hours work and see thousands of dollars in return. Along the road to success there are many, many days when our physical and/or mental energies grow weary before we even begin to tackle “the problem.”  There are still times when I feel awake and ready to go, yet my mind seems incapable of producing anything.  And times when I lay in bed having the greatest ideas, but my body won’t let me get out of bed and get to the computer. I haven’t spent a lot of time with people who have given up on their home business.  But I have to think that many people quit simply because they grow weary.  Weary of working all day and coming home to dinner, a messy house, family time and — after all that — having to be brilliant for a few more hours of work on your home business. Of course, when people quit, they generally don’t say, “I’m weary.  I give up.”  Instead, they make excuses for why it didn’t work for them.  They didn’t have the technical skills, didn’t have the time, home businesses are all scams. . . Whatever. They’re all excuses.  Because anyone who does apply their physical and mental energies to their home...

Personal Growth: If You Believe, You Can Achieve

I love the Napolean Hill quote, “What the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”   Sounds easy.  Yet one of the biggest reasons people can’t change their lives is simply that they don’t believe they can. I got an email from an internet marketer the other day promoting a training for people who aren’t having the success they want.  The email promised that the training wasn’t about that “mindset crap.”  Instead, it was going to tell me exactly what I need to do to achieve online business success. Here’s my problem with that.  There are hundreds, if not thousands, of people who can tell you exactly what you need to do to grow a successful online business.  If you’ve been cheap amoxil buying online marketing how-to products for a day, you probably own a product that gives you the mechanics you need. The difference in those who succeed and those who quit is that the successful believed they would be successful.  And that belief translates into consistent, positive action.  Ironically, if you succeed with the course that doesn’t give you any of that “mindset crap,” it’s because your mindset is where it needs to be. Here’s what happens if you don’t believe you can achieve success.  You buy a how-to course.  You start doing what it says.  You may follow the course for a day, a week, or a month.  But something happens somewhere along the way.  You don’t make money your first week.  This isn’t as easy as you thought.  It’s too hard to spend two hours a day on this.  You don’t have...

Using Your Brain for Self Improvement: The Power of Affirmations

Changing your mindset from scarcity and difficulty to abundance and good fortune isn’t buy Ampicillin that easy.  After all, you grew up with this mindset.  It’s been taught and reinforced to you for 20, 30, 40 years and more.  Not that anyone’s set out to bring you a negative mindset.  To most people, it’s just the reality of how our world is. But you will find, without exception, that those people who achieve great personal and/or financial success think differently.  And they don’t, for example, believe “life is easy” because they have money.  Rather, they have money because they believe “life is easy.” If you want to join the 3% of the population for whom success appears to come effortlessly, you have to change your mindset.  It’s not easy, but it is simple. One buy generic levitra of the most powerful ways amoxil online to change your mindset is generic amoxil through affirmations.  It sounds pretty simple to repeat over and again phrases such as “every day in every way I am richer and richer.”  And it is.  The hard thing is convincing yourself to believe what you’re saying. Here’s why it works and here’s how you do it.  Your conscious mind — the part of you that believes “life is hard” — makes up only 10% of your mind.  Your conscious mind is resistant to change.  It’s probably not going to buy into your new “good life” point of view. Your subconscious mind makes up the other 90% of your mind.  Unlike your conscious mind, your subconscious mind believes whatever you tell it, true or not.  If 90%...