SUCCESS ISN’T A STRAIGHT LINE

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EPISODE 71

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Many people think of success as a straight line that goes from point A to Point B. But unfortunately, this is not the case and couldn’t be further from the truth.
The path to success looks more like a line that starts off straight and turns into a squiggly line like the diagram below.

You can, however, take action and put steps in place to straighten that line out as best as possible and give your self every chance to succeed at your chosen path.

In this episode, I give you 10 actionable steps to strengthen your path to success in business and in life.
These 10 steps will equip you with the tools you will need to not only ensure your success but ensure you achieve it in the straightest possible path.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

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  • Why the path to success is a straight line
  • Why clarity and vision are important to your success and how to achieve it.
  • The enemies of success and how to avoid them
  • The practical steps to practice and implement to ensure your path to success is as smooth as possible.

EPISODE TRANSCRIPT

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Good day, Welcome to the Business Made Easy Podcast where we make
business easy. Jason Skinner, you host here for another week of the podcast. It is
all about growing your business, growing your bottom-line profit and giving you
a better life as a result. Merry Christmas and welcome to the show. How are you
doing out there? We are smack-bang in the middle of the Christmas season.
We’re right between Christmas and New Year so I hope your Christmas has
been going well and you have fantastic Christmas Day and now I have– I’m so
over ham. It’s not funny. it is my mother-in-law makes the most amazing toasted
ham and cheese sandwiches on Christmas night so we usually have a big
Christmas lunch and which has ham and prawns and all lots of great food that
we have and then we have more ham on Christmas night and I always seem to
overeat on the toasted sandwiches at that night which– that’s the tipping point
for me with the ham. [Chuckles] There you go. I go all right during Christmas day
but by the time I get to Christmas night and I finished off a fair few of these
toasted sandwiches, I’ve really have had enough of ham. But anyway, I’ll move
on.
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Alrighty, today’s show is I thought of a topic that is really appropriate for this
time of the year, because back in episode 69, we talked a lot about starting a
New Year planning early and this time of year is typically when I really get my
thoughts going about, where I want to go with life and what life– I think the end
of the year always seems to mark, you know, it’s another year down in your life
but you’ve been through and you wanted to sort of reflect, I guess. I always
reflect on where it is that I want to go with my life? What am I trying to achieve.
I’m not getting any younger. Am I on the right path to success? And so, today, I
want to talk about success because a lot of people thought it is sort of picture
success as this straight line, you know, line that starts– you picture a graph, you
know, like a line graph, you know, you got the bottom corner point on the left
hand side there and it starts there. You start off your journey there and then
there is this diagonal straight line up to the success whatever success is for you.
And, it couldn’t be further from the truth. Success, unfortunately for all of us, is
never a straight line. It doesn’t happen in a linear sort of way. Success happens
in you might start off on the bit of a straight line when you, you know, you get an
idea to do something and you– and this– when we talk about success, we’re not
talking about, you know, success for your whole life. We might be talking about
success for your business or success for something particular you want to do. So
that picture, as your whole life the way we’re talking about here, we’re talking
about success at something that is important to you. What does success mean
for you? And it happens in a squiggly line. It goes up a little bit with– on the
graph, it might go up a little bit. And then you’re going to have some dips and
turns and peaks and troughs and troubles happen and things go wrong and
failures occur. All sorts of things. Negative emotions. All these things get in our
way as we go along this path to doing whatever we want to do and it always
pictures sort of like an athlete, you know. Like an athlete doesn’t start off and
just train hard and they go in this linear path to being a world-class athlete. They
have ups and downs, wins and loses, and injuries and all these things happen to
them along the way. I think I recall a story of a guy that was sailing off to paddle
around the world in a canoe or something like that. He got so far and he nearly–
I forget the story about the guy but the concept of it was that he got so far
paddling in these waters around the world on his own which is a mean feat, only
to get thrown off at the end by rough seas or something like that. I wish I could
recall the story in detail this is one of my analogies and this could probably be
wrong again, sorry. But my point here is success a squiggly line. It goes around
and around and up and down, and that’s life. We have to deal with that.
But what I want to talk to you about today and share with you today is some of
the things that I guess, when these things are happening to me, what’s my
approach when things aren’t going okay. I think if we work through these things
today, which I’ll share with you these ten points, then it will help smooth that
line out. It won’t be so squiggly, you know, and a lot of the times it is we only
achieve success because of our actual attitude and the way we deal with these
things when they happen to us, so it happens to us. So, things are happening to
us all the time. We have stimulus, stimuli happening to us all the time. I spoke in,
I think, episode 68, about, you know, thinking above the line or below the line.
Where is your thinking and this ties with this as well? But, you know, our
success, um, is not going to be straight. So that’s, that’s the point. So, how do you
straighten that? How do we get, um, a better, flatter road to success? Um, I’m
going to go through these points which I’m going to share with, share with you,
uh, the way– what I think, I mean, and– and you may have some other ideas I’d
love to hear from you. So, feel free to drop me an email. But, I’m going to share
with you the way I look at things, and I guess and hopefully, you can learn from
that as well and– and they may resonate with you as well to help you straighten
out, uh, the path to success. And the very first thing we need to do, I think, is to
get clear about the end-goal and what our definition of success is, you know.
What is it that we are trying to be successful at? Who do we want to be at the
end of the day? What does success look like and what does it mean for you? So, if
we’re talking about success in our business, what does our success– our
business have to be and by when? Wh– what would be our ideal time frame to
achieve that? So, get very, very clear. Um, a lot of people use things like, um, uh,
uh, well like a vision board. So, you know, you might have pictures of what your
business is gonna look like and– and function like, uh, when it’s– when it’s at its
most successful point although the point that you will deem it to be a success or
you might be wanting to lose weight. What will you look like? What will your
weight be? What clothes will you be wearing? Wh– what, you know, what does
weight loss or health success look like for you? So, get very, very visual and very
clear. I think this is critical that we– we need to picture it. We need to really see
it. We need to see what it’s gonna look like because that helps motivate us to the
endpoint. That helps us to actually see– if we can see it, you know, it’s real. It can
happen, you know. Um, I love, you know, watching, um, successful people. Uh,
because, you know, they’ve done– they’ve done what I might be trying to do.
Uh, you know, you might see people in your industry that are doing really, really
well or you deemed to be successful. So, look at those people and– and sort of
see that– that it can actually be done. And I think that’s the first thing. We need
to get real, real in our heads and say,”Hey, this is what success is to me” and map
it out, map out, um, you know, have a map of what success for your life, business,
finances, etc, really looks like and, as I said, those vision boards are a fantastic
way to do that because you’re reminded, you’re constantly reminded. Every
time you look at that, that’s the path that you own. That’s where you want to go.
So, I guess, that’s– that’s would be my first point. Get a clear definition about of
what success actually means for you.
The next step or the next thing that I– I see a lot of people fall into this trap and I
say don’t let others define your success. Now, I mentioned earlier, if you look at
people in your industry or other people that have achieved what you’re trying to
achieve and certainly learn from them but don’t– don’t, um, I guess get envious
or, uh, beat yourself up because you’re not doing what they’re doing. Success is
gonna be different for everyone. There might be a similar success that you want
but it’s not gonna be the same because it’s you. It’s your success. So, what I want
you to do is don’t let others, um, you know, define what your success is. Run
your own race and this is something– to be honest, I used to fall into this trap a
lot in my younger days. I used to always sort of see people when they, sort of,
have things and do– be doing things and all that sort of thing. And, do you know
what, and I get quite, um, sort of jealous and envious by that, and I sort of like,
wow. You know, why haven’t I gotten better? Why can’t– why can I not do that?
And I had this sort of negative language and, I guess it– luckily got it out of me
over time. I think– I think what I did find was that people, um, who are
perceived, and there’s a thing there, that– that’s a perception that they–they’re
doing all these wonderful things usually when you draw down and dig down
below the surface, then you’d sometimes you don’t have to scratch too far. It’s
not as rosy as– as what it would seem and I’ve looked at that over the years in
my– in my consulting and coaching and accounting work but just run your own
race and set it out for you. What’s your ideal life going to be? Use, use other’s
experiences, etc, to draw them but you define your own so run your own races.
The point that I would make and don’t be envious or, um, I guess put off that, you
know, it’s impossible to achieve what that person has achieved and that sort of
thing because you can do it. So, we need to run our own race though to do it and
that’s very very important.
I guess the third point, once we have defined and, you know, we’ve got our own
clear definition of– of success to us, the third point I’ll make is that we want to
understand that there’s gonna be struggles and failures along the way. As I said,
it’s a squiggly line. It’s not gonna happen instantly, you know, um. Finally it is
gonna happen and, um, you know, we’re not going to hit our targets all the time.
Um, things are going to crop up, obstacles are going to crop up. Things outside
our control are going to crop up. We can’t control them but we can control how
we respond and how we react to that. So, understanding of this is going to
happen is probably off the battle or really– we– if we set our mind up that
things are gonna happen and go wrong, then we’re not going into things blindly.
We’re not going to have this blind fight that I told you is going to be a straight
path and happy, happy rosy days. It’s this squiggly line remember. So, I want you
to– I’ll put a picture in the show notes of what I’m talking about. You’ll be able to
get them a businessmadeeasypodcast.com/episodes71 but– I’ll put a picture of
what I’m talking about but yeah, it’s the squiggly line and I think– I love this
quote from Henry Ford who, as you all know, Henry Ford built the Ford Motor
company but he put it, uh, he put it this way. He said, “Failure is simply the
opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” So I read that again,
“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, but this time more
intelligently.” That means that you’ve– you’re not starting from the low point
again. So, when something fails, you’re not starting at zero again because you’ve
already got some knowledge from the last time you had ad a go at it. So really,
really, uh, really, really valuable point there from Henry Ford. And, the other
thing is to think of all the people in the world that have been successful, uh,
multimillionaires and successful people over their lives have all failed at some
point in their life. Um, Thomas Edison was a– was a classic, uh, classic example. I
think Thomas Edison, something like it was like a thousand times, I forget the
number of times, it was a huge number of times, he failed at making the light
bulb. He just kept failing and failing and failing but he didn’t give up, you know.
He kept going and we have light bulbs today as a result. I’m sure they’re not–
there weren’t LEDs back then but, you know hey, technology has moved on. But
yeah, he failed. He failed thousands of times to– before he actually got
something that succeeded and worked. Well, Disney was another classic. Uh, I
can’t tell you how many times he was on–by the bankrupt or on the brink of
bankruptcy. It’s a great story, a great documentary to watch on his life if you
ever get the chance. Steve Jobs is another one, you know. Apple and look at–
look at– um, he’s had failures over his life.
So, we’re all going to have these things but it’s how we respond and how we deal
with them that is the critical thing and the point to take from there. So, knowing
that, you know, struggles are always gonna happen. What do we do? So, what we
want to do, then I guess, uh, my fourth point is, established the right habits. Um,
the right habits are critical. We need to work out, um, who we want to be at the
end of the day and establish habits like that person. So, if I want to be a, um, let’s
say I want to be a successful athlete. I don’t have an athletic bone in my body
let’s just say, for instance, that I wanted to be a world-class basketball, uh. I’d
study what a world-class basketball would look like. What do they do? Who are
they? How do they act? So, I need to get congruent with that. So, if I want to be a
successful basketball or really, you know if they’re training, eating healthy every
day and they’re training every day, and they’re disciplined and they’re focused,
then I need to be those. I need to establish those habits, those right habits, for
the success. So, build habits that are going to emulate the success that you want
so if you want to have, um, as I put it for you, if you want to be a basketball, well,
I’m going to have to obviously buy a basketball. I mean, I’m going to have to
practice every day. I must know how to get disciplined. I’m going to– and you
have to write these things down. What does the successful person that I’m
trying to achieve or the successful thing that I’m trying to achieve, who I have to
be in that, um, in that– to achieve it and that’s, that’s, uh, I guess, a mindset
thing. We need to start with the [inaudible] mind then– and emulate that.
Emulate those characteristics. Emulate those attitudes. Emulate those actions
that need to happen. So, really, really important, establishing those right habits.
Now, my fifth point on this is, and this is– this is something that I always have to
work at. I’ve got to tell you, I suffer big time with this sometimes, and that’s to
stop procrastinating. Um, have you ever, um, have you ever heard that concept
that sometimes you’re, you’re scared of the success that, that, that might bring?
Like if– like if I do become successful at that thing, um, it’s almost like a fear of
achieving it. I don’t know if I or– I– that’s why I procrastinate but I have heard of
people doing that. It’s, it’s that sort of thing that flights against it but I do know
that I’m guilty procrastinating at times. I really do struggle with that. So, the
thing with procrastination is it’s not moving us any closer to, to our success, you
know. Moving objects carry on moving because they have momentum. So, if
we’re not doing the stuff that we need to be doing to achieve it, what we’re
trying to achieve, then– then, we sort of gain to these goals and everything
becomes stationary and what we want to do is have momentum and– and that
momentum keeps driving you forward and keeps building a critical mass around,
uh, whatever it is you’re trying to achieve. And the mass and the momentum is
what– you know, and gives you– gives you, sort of, unstoppable pass that when
things do happen to you because you’ve got that momentum and you’re still
driven and focused by, you’re going to keep continuing. So procrastinate,
procrastination, uh, is just such a wasted– a waste of time and you just– you just
can’t get that time back. Um, so if you got an opportunity to take action on
something today, then you should take action on it and get it in out of the way
and feel that achievement and that success create that momentum. And it was
Benjamin Franklin, I love this quote from Benjamin Franklin there’s so many
inspirational people in the world. Benjamin Franklin put it this way. He said,
“You may delay but time will not and lost time is never found again.” So again,
you may delay but time will not and lost time is never found again. And basically,
what he’s saying is you can delay it, you can put it off but you’ve give– you’ve
lost that time now. Now you’ve got to invest a new batch of time to do what you
could have done back– back then. So, yeah. Great, um, great quote from
Benjamin Franklin there. He is a great guy.
Alrighty. Number six, remove negativity and toxic people from your life. This is a
big one and look– on to say, I’m going to go through some points and some
characteristics to help you identify these but, you know, what toxic people also
look like, the characteristics to look out for but we really– if we want to– if we
want to have success in whatever it is that we want to do then we need to not
have people holding us back and making, you know, weights that are making,
putting dead weight on us, holding us back from what it is that we’re trying to
do. Remember, we’re trying to get momentum forward, we want speed and, um,
strength and, you know, but we can’t have people, you know, eating at us just
like piranha fish, you know, taking away all the things we’re trying to achieve. It’s
just etching away and eroding all the good that we’re actually to achieve. So, we
need to remove negative– negative people or toxic people from our lives and
negative thoughts, you know. We want to change– change our language and
change the way we approach problems and think of problems again. I spoke
about that in– when I was talking about above-the-line thinking and
below-the-line thinking but if we want to remove– want to remove that, those
negative thoughts, and I’ll put a link to those episodes in the show notes too, um,
so that can get back to them. But yeah. So, what does a toxic person look like,
you know? How do you identify if someone’s toxic in your life or not, you know?
Are they adding value to your cause or are they detracting from, from you, you
know? You’re going on in– you’re going into your world adding value, and–
and– and, well, I hope you are adding value to whatever it is to the people in
your life. We want to make sure that the people that we surround ourselves are
adding value to us as well. So if you’re looking at to identify, sort of, toxic people
or characteristics of toxic people, generally, you’ll see one of these
characteristics, there may be a mix of, you know, they might have a mix of these,
unfortunately, for they may be really toxic. But I’m hopeful they haven’t got all
eight, but you really need to remove them all. But, you know, this could be
family, friends. It can be anybody. Work colleagues. It could be customers. It
could be a range of people in your life they have these characteristics but you
need to identify them when that– when that’s happening to you–
And uh, I was trying just, just just tried and back my way away from it, that
relationship so that um, I’m not hanging out and, and detracting from what I’m
trying to achieve. And the first characteristic uh, is generally they will be
spreading negativity themselves, so they’ll be negative in their outlook. Um, if
everyone is saying that Eeyore out of Winnie-the-Pooh, every time someone
speaks to Eeyore, he’s got nothing but negative to say. Nothing positive. It could
be as bright sunny day but you know, Eeyore will say,”Oh yeah, it’s gonna rain. It
is gonna rain.” But you know, um, that sort of thing, negativity, negative people,
you wanna, you wanna look for that characteristic. Um, they will criticize and
speak critically so you know, they’ll, they’ll — you’ll do something, you’ll say, you
know, you ever done something and someone says. “Yeah, but that’s not right.
Oh yeah, that’ll be good if — you know? Oh that’d be right if or only if, you know?
They got that sort of language. Um, so they’ll criticize and speak critically of you.
We don’t want that. We don’t want that hanging out because uh, that’s not,
that’s not cool when we’re trying to, trying to accelerate our success. Um, big
one here though, waste your time. People will zap your time and you remember,
it is your time. Uh, it’s valuable. You don’t get anymore of it back. We can’t make
any more of it. So, if they will gonna waste it on you, you don’t want that around
you. So, if generally, they wanna add value to you, they’ll waste your time, they’ll
just, they’ll just uh, used up your time and, and then you won’t have time for
doing the important things. Um, they’ll suffer from jealousy. Uh, jealousy is a
curse, as they say. Jealousy is one of the worst things and I can’t, like it that just
drives me insane if, if, if uh, if I had jealous people –uh fortunately — I don’t — but
if I have jealous people in my life, that would be really, really, really um, really,
really not good for me. But I want supportive people. I want people that are
going to support, support what I’m doing. So and that’s what, that’s what I want
for you too. You have supportive people not jealous people that uh, you know
every time, they get envious of you or — jealousy and envy are a bit different but
— and they get jealous that you’re achieving and particularly as you start to
become more and more successful at whatever you do, you’ll have people that
were trying to tear you down. Trying to pull you back ’cause they’re jealous, not
because you’re doing anything wrong but because their insecurities and their
jealousies is, is um, causing them to act that way. So you don’t want that in your
life and people holding you back in that way.
They’ll play the victim. It’ll always be for me. Um, you know, uh, I can’t do that.
You know, they’ll, they’ll have that sort of language. Um, so you don’t want
victims in your life. We want supported people. People that are — we want can
do as, you know? Um, people that are seeking opportunity like you are and, and
we wanna make sure that they’re um, that’s the space they have. Um, they have
no care for anything. So they don’t really care. They don’t care what happens to
them. They don’t care about what they have. They don’t care about the people
around them. They don’t care about anything. Um, or really lack luster in their
approach to life and you know, don’t care about things. So we don’t, we don’t
want those sort of people around. They’ll, they’ll definitely be toxic. Um,
self-centered, so they only think of themselves. They don’t, they don’t think of
you or what you’re are trying to do. They only think of themselves and it only
goes one way. You’ve run into those people and um, I, I get this all the time. Um,
uh, a little trick actually, here’s a little uh little sideline trick for you. If you’re
ever at a networking function, um — and I learnt this through Dale Carnegie
many years ago — but if you are at a networking function, one of the best things
you can do, and if you ever have those times you don’t know anyone, you turn up
and you go, “Wow, I don’t know a single soul here,” and I used to gravitate to the
corner of the, corner of the room and sort of hang out there and check my phone
or whatever. But I don’t do that anymore. I, I learnt this uh, through the Dale
Carnegie program but uh, one of the things you can do is walk up to a stranger.
And if you or you’re getting introduced to somebody something like that and
you don’t know what to talk to them to about, just ask them something about
themselves. Just, just start asking questions about them and you know you will
feel an hour of time. You will feel an absolutely hour of time. I’ve got off a track a
bit from my original point but just a little tip there I throw, throw it in. I do that
all the time and I just, just always and, and you know what?
It does two things, A , Um, I’ll generally find that, that they’ll, they’ll speak you
know, for a long time about whatever topic it is, you know, that, that, that
they’re interested, you know, what you’ve asked them about. But secondly, too,
you’ll also learn a lot about people that you didn’t otherwise know and then that
builds relationship. But um, self-centered people — which is how I got on to this
topic — is, are really people that are like that on steroids you know? They, they,
they will only ever think about themselves. Um, their actions are all driven by
what’s in it for them. So you don’t want those sort of people in your, in, in your
life because um, they’re not gonna, they’re not gonna push you up. They’re
gonna pull you back. They’re gonna — ’cause they’re gonna take it for
themselves so whatever it is. So you need to, you need to, to basically be away,
away from it. And the 8th characteristic of a toxic person is they’ll just keep
disappointing you. How many people have you had in your life where, where it
doesn’t matter what happened, what, what you do or whatever is good for you,
um, they’ll just let you down every single time, you know? You get excited to be
doing something or you know, you wanna achieve something with someone, uh,
or, or you know, should share something with someone or whatever or
celebrate something for you and they’ll let you down because they don’t turn up
or they, you know, whatever reason, they just, they just don’t show up for you.
And um, that those, those people just keep disappointing you so you wanna
remove the, from your life as well. So that’s toxic people I guess and that was my
sixth point was that you, you wanna remove those toxic people from your life.
And um, yeah, it’s, it’s, they’re not cool. So uh, we want positive people so and
that’s my next point.
Point seven is surround yourself with the right people. Seek out people that
have already achieved what you’re seeking to achieve and, and find, find where
they are. Um, the great tip for this, is to do in Facebook groups and social
networks. There are so many uh, groups around you know, whatever it is that
you’re trying to achieve. There are groups for like I get, I get absolute guarantee
it. And when you get in there, you get to know other people and um, and, and
they’re on the same path as you, They’re on the — that they want the same
success as you. So, and they want the same things you know? So if you ever
wanting to be a expert basketball, I’ll join, you know basketballing um,
basketball — I think it’s called basket, yeah basketballing — uh, sites uh, or, or
groups, you know? Uh, whatever it is, you’ve got to, if you got to be successful in
something, you’ve gotta eat, sleep and breathe it. We’ve gotta, we’ve gotta
basically um, we’ve gotta, you know own it. It’s our, it’s our thing that we want.
It’s important to you and that’s why I said that the very first point, you get very
clear about it ’cause you’re gonna be doing this. You’re gonna be passionate
about it and focused on it. So, so — excuse me — so uh, yeah you, you wanna
basically surround yourself with the right people that are doing what you
already uh, what, they’re already doing what you wanna achieve or you know
are on the same path as you and, and, and wanting to do that as, as well. Uh,
other great ways to do this are made up groups. There’s, there’s lots of um,
there’s lots of made up groups out there that you can find in your city or town
and, and great place to go and hanging out with those, with those people.
Another, another one I love doing is going to conferences. I love attending
conferences. Yes, for the content is good but I tell you what?I would say without
a doubt eighty percent of the value that I get from conferences is the um, the
relationship, are the relationships that I formed from, from attending those net,
those networking events. It’s, there just so powerful. Um, I still talk to people
everyday um, that I have met at various conferences. We have, you know friends
and things like that. So um, great, great way to do that is to surround yourself
with the, with the right people and um, there they got you back and they’re in
your zone. They understand you and get what you’re going through. So, and also
though they may already had problems that you are experiencing so they’re
equipped to help you through those uh, and pull you through those things.
Alrighty, moving on, number eight is create small victory points along the way.
So um, as I said, success isn’t the linear part so um, and when we have all these
things crop up or go against this or hold us back or put us off or you know,
deterred us from, from our, our in game, um, it’s good to build in small victory
points along the way. So break whatever it is you’re trying to achieve down into
smaller victories and, and when you achieve that so it might be — we’ll go back to
my basketball analogy — it might be to — that my first victory might be able to do
a slam dunk. Um, I think that’s the term, basketball term and you know, we put
the ball in the ring in the, in, in the first go, you know, jump, jump up and put it in.
That’s about the extent of my basketball analogy. I picked a bad analogy once
again. Um, but you know, uh, my first, yes I might wanna be a professional
basketball but my first small victory along the way might be to, to be able
achieve that slum dunk you know, and, and be able to, to do that. So when that
hap — when, when those small victories happened, we celebrate them and, and
go, “Yeah, that’s, tick if off, you know?” And tick it off in your mind and tick it off
on you, on your plan or what or how are you choose to do that. But um, by
ticking it off, it creates more momentum. It gives us uh, like when I was talking
about before about momentum and size and, and, speed, basically it increases
our size, doesn’t it?It increases our knowledge pool once we achieve a particular
um, task or, or, or, or victory along the way. So um, it doesn’t seem — like it gets,
it just stops you from, from getting deterred and, and shows. It build your
confidence that you can actually achieve what it is that you’re trying to achieve.
Also to small victory points just build your motivation and the outlook. So things
outside daunting I guess, you know, I think I always try and take the approach, if
I gonna do something big like a large scale project or something of a large thing,
I’ll try and map out and break it down into sections and as you, if you just focus
on those small sections um, then the task isn’t so big. And before you know it
when you look back how far you’ve come and, and watch you built, it’s a, it’s a,
it’s uh, mind blowing uh, experience. So uh, break things down into a small
victory points along the way uh, is my point, my point there.
Uh, number nine is prioritize time to work on and achieve those goals. So, um,
this is, this an important one. If we want to achieve our success at whatever it is
we’re doing, then we need to be prioritizing the actions that we need to and the
habit etcetera, that I was talking about before. We need to prioritize the time to
work on the stuff. Life gets in the way. Family gets in the way. Whatever it is um,
you know, friends get in the way. Also any number of things can get in the way.
An email, social media, all that stuff can get in your way. You need to prioritize
the time to work on and achieve that end goal. That’s, that is critical and um, it
was Steven — actually it was, uh, a good, a good uh, example of this was from
Stephen uh, Covey, he wrote, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People but um
this book, this quote coming actually from his other book uh, which was First
Things First, and he uses the analogy of um, of the guy that — let’s see if I can get
this right — he uses the analogy of the guy that um, he had a, a group of uh,
students in the class at, at, at the front of the room and he had a big glass, um, big
glass jar, big empty sort of glass-cylindered jar. And He had all these big rocks
um, that he put, that he had um, and basically um, what he did was he put all the
rocks, the big rocks into the, into the glass jar and he filled the jar right up to the
very, very top. And he said to the um, he said to the students , he said,”Oh, look,
see here? I’ve got this glass jar here. I’ve got all these rocks in it.” He said,”Is the,
is the glass full?” And all the students said, “Yeah, well, it’s full. You can’t get
anymore in there you know? It’s, it’s full. And he said, “No, it’s not full.” So then
he reach down and he got a smaller, he got, he got um, smaller rocks, gravel type
rocks and he tip those into the jar and basically the gravel will filled in around
the, the big rocks and um, yeah, basically, he got more into the jar. And then, and
then he said to the students, “Is it, is it full now?” They said,”Oh — they all said —
yes, it’s, it’s definitely full.” He said,”No, it’s not.” And he got sand out and he put
sand and then it sort of filter down all through the little rocks and the bigger
rocks and all filter down.
And at that point he said, is it, is it — what do you think now? Do you think it’s
full?” And he said, and they said, “Yeah, well, definitely cannot get any more in
there.” And then he got water and poured it in and, and fill the jar uh, all around
the sand the water went around and, and filled the jar up um, that way. And I
guess the point to that is, is that, uh, and I use this analogy a little bit differently. I
always thing if, if you put the sand and the water and everything in first, you
wouldn’t get the big rocks into the jar and, and that’s the point it is, is that your
goals and the things you want to achieve they’re your big rocks. Um, they’re,
that they’re, they’re your big rocks and you have to put those into your life first
otherwise all the sand and all those smaller stuff um, I called it cutting paper
clips uh, basically all that stuff will take up all the capacity in your time and you
won’t, you won’t get those big, big rocks in the jar, so really important one.
Prioritize the time to work on and achieve your end goals. That’s what my point
is there. And um, I’ll try and cut down on the, on the bad stories. But anyway,
check out that book actually from Stephen Covey. It’s a great book, First Things
First. That, uh, a really is uh, really is a good read if you are into this stuff. Uh, and
my last point is stay laser-focused on the end game always. No matter what
happens, uh, we just have to stay laser-focused if we want this success and we
want this part to be a straight as possible then wet need to laser-focused
through any obstacles and um, and, and, and no matter what goes wrong, you
know? We’re gonna have things go wrong as I said, things aren’t gonna happen
uh, but we, we have to stay focused, laser-focused and um, and uh, determined.
We just show determination. Not blind faith either by the way. Uh, you know,
things go wrong, um, basically we need to stop reassess and, and then go again.
But being clear about where it is that we want to achieve will help us get back on
to track the sooner. Will put us back into the line into that straight line that
we’re looking for.
There’s an old Chinese saying which I — I love this one too. Um and it says,”The
temptation to quit will be greatest just before you’re about to succeed.” You
know, “The temptation to quit will be greatest just before you’re about to
succeed.” I like that, you know? You’d — so many people um, and that was also
um, uh, it was uh, Edison, that’s right. It was, um, I think yeah, I’m pretty sure it
was Thomas Edison. Um, that’s it and he said, “Many of life’s failures are people
who did not realize how closed they were to success when they gave up, and so
true. Like um, you know, so many people give up just before their about to
succeed and, and, um, and we don’t wanna do that, do we? So uh, yeah, hanging
there, stay laser-focused and, and stay focused on the end game no matter what,
whatever happens to you. That was interesting. Um, yeah, it’s just so easy to I
guess, to, to, to get uh, deflated or distracted or whatever you know, particularly
if you’re bit of a procrastinator and you um, you know you tend to put things off
and then something doesn’t work and you’re “Oh I wanna do it again because it
doesn’t work.” We can build up those negative thoughts um, in your mind. So
yeah, I want, I want you to stay laser-focused and stay determined ’cause we
wanna get there in the end.
Alrighty, so let me –there’s a big list there, it’s a, it’s a fairly big episode actually
this one. So apologies for uh, for taking it longer than, than — that there’s a lot,
lot of um, um, uh, value here that I wanted you to have and, and be able to, to um,
fast track and, and, and stay focused with your success. But I’ll just re-recap
them for you. First, you get clear about the definition of success. What success
means for you? I want you to make sure you know what success looks like. Get
visionary with that. Um, number two; don’t let others define your success. Run
your own race. I want you to run your own race. Don’t, don’t be sort of um, put
off by others and, and, and that sort of things. And there was a great saying
around that one too um, which I heard and I can’t remember who, who actually
said it but basically it went along the lines of, “Don’t uh, compare your one
hundred steps with their ten thousand steps.” So in other words, you know,
those people that are sure doing the thing that you wanna do now or they’re
successful at whatever it is that you wanna do now, they’ve done the odds.
That’s the only difference. They have done the ten thousand steps. You’re still at
a hundred so, so keep, keep going. Don’t, but don’t let them put you off or define
what, what success is for you.
Uh, understand there’ll be struggles and failures along the way, uh, very
important. Um, as Henry Ford said there. Um, establish the right habits, uh,
number four. Um, stop procrastinating, number five. Don’t procrastinate moving
objects, carry on, carry more momentum so, so keep moving. Um, remove, at
number six, remove negative toxic people from your life. You don’t want toxic
um, uh, people holding you back. Um, number seven, surround yourself with the
right people. So if we get the toxic ones out, put the right people in. So joining
meet up groups or Facebook groups, those sort of things. Hang around people
that are in a success — uh, the right people. for for what it is you’re trying to
achieve. Number eight is create small victory points uh, winning little wind
points along the way that, that you can, you can uh, enjoy that success and share,
yeah, share that achievement. Share it out. We don’t — I don’t think we — I don’t
and I know I’m guilty of this. So I don’t celebrate my achievements enough along
the way. I, I, always move on quickly to the next thing. But I think um, you know,
particularly this time of year being Christmas and all, we can sit back and just
reflect on the year that’s passed and celebrate those, celebrate those victories
that we had along the way. And um, be proud at all; be proud and, and you know,
build size and, and keep moving you know? Um, prioritize; number nine,
prioritize time to work on and achieve your goals. Critically important, you
know? We want — if we don’t put those big rocks in the, in the jar first, we were
um, we’re not gonna get them in. So is that, so do that and prioritize outcome
and number ten, stay laser-focused on the end game, no matter what. We wanna
make sure we stay focused and um, and, and don’t give up, which is very, very
important. If we uh, we’re not get successful if we give up at the first sign of, first
sign of problem.
Alrighty as I said, it is a bigger episode this week so I apolo-apologize for that but
it, it, I hope you have found it valuable and have, have found it helpful uh,
particularly as we’re going to the new year and you’re setting your goals and,
and what you want to achieve over the year, year coming ahead. I want success
for you. I want success for you in your business and that’s what I’m here to do is
to help you get successful in your business and make your businesses a success
and, and um, and your, and your life as a result of that as well and have a good
quality life at the end of the day and um, and that’s what I want for you.
Alrighty, I hope you found that valuable and uh, and, and my — I am here to, to
help you as much as possible. So if you do have any questions about today, uh,
today’s episode or um, any thoughts on today’s content, please, just feel free to
drop me a line at Jason at business made easy podcast dot com. But I want you
to go away from this excess — from this episode and think you know, um, do I
have any — am I, you know um, carrying out any of these, these negative points
so they gonna keep, make my path to success uh, more squiggly than it needs to
be? And um, and if so, you know work on them in, in, in removing. There’ll be a
transcript to this episode in the show notes so you can get that at business made
easy podcast dot com slash episode seventy one. And you can download that
and go over them and at, at your own um, uh, time as well. As I said, if you’ve got
any questions you can also email me, drop me a line at Jason at business made
easy dot com and happy to help you uh, any further that I — than in anyway
further I can. So, yeah, alrighty, I’m going to hand you over to Mia now but
before I go I just wanna uh, wish you again, all Merry Christmas. I hope you have
a, a great Christmas break. Enjoy the rest of the break at time. Uh, time
reflecting and, and uh, relaxing and um, I’ll see you in the new year I guess. So
here’s to your success and uh,talk to you next year. Happy New Year. All the
best, bye. Take us out, Mia.
Mia: You’ve been listening to The Business Made Easy podcast where we make
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