9 Do's and Don'ts of Successful People

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"The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing." - Walt Disney

[Editor's Note: While this article is written using the terminology of business, it is very good advice for employees as well.]

A little over a year ago, I, experienced a cathartic moment when my coach asked me if my business a serious endeavor or just a hobby. Talk about a wake up call. But then, that's why you hire a coach - to ask you hard questions that you haven't thought of or don't want to face. That was a turning point for me. That is when I started taking myself and my business much more seriously. Don't get me wrong, I love helping women achieve their goals, but I want to reach out and help as many women as possible to be the best that they can be, and you can't do that thinking small and playing safe.

If your intention is to be successful, then you are going to have to take the actions that successful people take.

Successful people don't just talk about their goals, they take concrete steps to get them there.

For instance, successful people don't:

Wait for the right time. If you wait, the right time might never come along.

Hesitate if an opportunity presents itself. They seize the opportunity and run with it.

Ask the price before they look at value. They know that they need to invest in their business and themselves because both endeavors are worth it.

Let fear stop them. They face fear straight on, decide on a clear path, and then plough through roadblocks.

Wait for someone else to make the first move. Exactly 'who' is that someone going to be if it isn't you, the business owner?

Worry about making a mistake. Making mistakes is how we grow and learn new techniques to help our businesses thrive.

Let the 'Yeah, buts' get in their way. That word 'but' is just another stone on the pathway to success that you need to move before you continue your journey.

Associate with negative people. Always hang out with the positive people who support you and your vision. Negativity breeds more negativity and who needs that in their life?

Don't whine or make excuses about why they are not successful. You can be a victim or a victor. Choose to be a victor and be successful.

Successful people do:

Take action. Make a decision, a strategic plan, and then implement it.

Make things happen. Set the wheels in motion to take that leap of faith and just do it.

Seize opportunities. Investigate that new idea you have for growing your business and then turn that idea into reality.

Learn new skills needed for success. By investing in yourself, you're investing in your business - a win/win situation.

Become fearless. Whenever fear rears its ugly head, stare it straight in the eye and say, "You have no place in my business or my life. I WILL succeed!"

Know that there are no mistakes, just learning opportunities. As an old friend of mine used to say back in the dark ages, 'Mistakes are why erasers were invented." Use that same philosophy when it comes to conquering your fear of making a blunder in your business.

Surround themselves with positive, supportive people. By surrounding yourself with people who are where you want to be, you double or triple the chances of succeeding.

Get support. Never be afraid to reach out and ask someone to help you out. If you need additional team members, hire them, or if you need a coach to help you figure out where you need to go then find one.

Expect to succeed with unwavering faith. Never settle for less than what you truly want in your business and your life.

So, what about you? Are you doing the things that successful people do to get what you want or are you going to settle for playing small? Is your business where you want it to be or do your feet feel like they're encased in concrete? Are you merely talking about instituting changes or taking firm actions to get to where you want to go?

Take a look at where you are in your business right now. Take the time to write out a strategic plan of action to propel your business to the level you want to achieve.

Cookie Tuminello, 'THE Team Builder of the South', has been igniting productivity since 1999. Learn more about how Cookie empowers CEO's, managers, business owners, and team members in her FREE Report "50 Ways To Go From Overwhelmed To Results" and receive FREE weekly success tips at http://www.cookietuminello.com

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