Two weeks ago we talked about how you could predict your own success with five simple questions.
(If you didn’t take the quiz or if you need a reminder of how you scored, you can retake the quiz here.)
Based on your score, you can adjust three things (I call them the three A’s of success) to increase the likelihood that you’ll succeed in business (or at anything!). And who doesn’t want that?
Remember what I told you two weeks ago; the good news is this:
You determine your own success.
The three A’s of success — your attitude, actions, and approach — are the greatest determinants of your future results. This means you have the power to create your desired outcomes.
Read that again because it’s important.
YOU have the power to create your desired outcomes.
Pretty powerful stuff, right?
Today I’m going to tell how how to identify which of the three A’s you need to shift and how, so you can create what you want. Sound good?
Let’s dive in.
I find that people either get it or they don’t: attitude determines (almost) everything.
If you believe you will succeed, and you will. If you believe you won’t succeed and you won’t. It’s nearly as simple as that.
This is why I personally feel so lucky to have been trained as a life coach. It’s also a big part of the reason my clients are so successful — I help them see when they’re getting in their own way and when they need a little attitude adjustment!
You can understand and implement smart marketing tactics, write blogs like a pro, and have killer sales skills, but if you don’t have the right attitude, you’ll only get so far.
Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude. —Thomas Jefferson Tweet it!
In order to carry a positive action we must develop here a positive vision.
—Dalai Lama Tweet it!
Do you believe you’ll be successful? Do you think you can create what you want?
If you do, great! If you don’t, it’s time for a little attitude adjustment! I strongly recommend you find a talented life coach to help you work through your fears and doubts, because until you do, you’re likely to stay stuck-stuck-stuck.
Once you shift, this however, everything gets easier, and you’re more likely to create the business you desire.
My personal recommendation for you: 9 Things I Gave Up to Be Successful.
There are go-getters, massive action takers, and big do-ers. And there are those who ….. wait…..
You can’t wait (or think) your way to success. You can only work your way to success.
There is a time and a place for a planned, thoughtful pause (and I’m known to regularly take them in my life and business), but for most new business owners, that’s not what they need. They need action. Massive, focused, deliberate action.
At the same time, I want to be clear that not all actions are good ones. This is important.
As my friend and Master Certified Life Coach Bev Barnes teaches my Make It Work Online clients, some people have a tendency to simply “tornado.” This is about taking action simply for the sake of taking action. It’s not directed at a specific goal, it’s simply chaos. This is not the type of action I want you to take.
It’s essential that you take actions specifically targeted at your goals. You must be focused and following a plan that will get you where you want to go. Actions are great, but only focused, calm action will help you get what you want.
When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps. —Confucius Tweet it!
Action is the foundational key to all success. —Pablo Picasso Tweet it!
Are you taking action? Or are you waiting? Are you tornadoing, or are you taking focused, directed action to help you move toward your goals?
You must keep moving forward, pushing your comfort zone, and trying new things. Take focused action step after action step after action step.
My personal recommendation for you: How to Stop Fear & Perfectionism from Holding You Back.
Now, with the right mindset and a commitment to take action, you need a third factor to increase your chances of success. You need the right approach.
Approach is about HOW you move toward your goal. It’s about flexibility in mindset, techniques, and style. It’s a willingness to learn and adapt as you go. It’s like having a good mindset around your actions.
Earlier this year I talked about using a scientist’s mindset in approaching your business (even when you’re afraid of failing). I also talked about how to experiment in your business using this mindset. Plus how to learn from failures (and wins) to create more success in your business.
These approaches ensure that you keep moving forward toward your goals no matter what obstacles get in your way — because obstacles will appear! Learning to keep going despite those obstacles is essential to your success.
Stay committed to your decisions, but stay flexible in your approach. —Tony Robbins Tweet it!
You will enrich your life immeasurably if you approach it with a sense of wonder and discovery, and always challenge yourself to try new things. —Nate Berkus Tweet it!
Are you employing the right approach when it comes to your business? Are you willing to try new things even if they won’t turn out perfectly? Are you thinking like a scientist in your business?
Adjusting your approach to be flexible and open while still moving forward, taking action and maintaining the right mindset is essential for your success. This is what my most successful clients learn to do very, very well.
My personal recommendation for you: I Eff’d Up: How I Failed My Way to Success.
Putting It All Together
Success requires the right attitude, actions, and approach. Actions without a good attitude and a solid approach will get you nowhere. A good attitude not backed by definitive action and a solid approach also won’t help either. You need all three to be successful.
As you approach your business each day, take time to notice where you are on each of the three A’s.
How’s you’re attitude today?
Are you taking smart, strategic, focused action?
Are you remaining flexible in your approach, knowing it’s about moving forward and learning, not simply avoiding failure?
The more you become aware of each of the three A’s and tune them to success, the more likely you are to succeed in business.
Because, like I’ve been telling you:
You determine your own success. Tweet that!
Now, I want to hear from you!
I’d love to know…
Of the three A’s, which one comes most easily to you and which needs some work?
What shift are you going to start making today to increase your changes of success?
What stories, experiences, or tools have you used to adjust your attitude, actions, or approach in your life or business?
I can’t wait to hear your thoughts, ideas, and insights in the comments below!