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Beliefs Create Results

Believe in Yourself

Believe in Yourself

How strong is your belief in yourself and your business?  Your successful business depends upon your belief in yourself and your ability to build and enhance your successful business.  Building a successful business starts with the strength of your belief.

“Infuse your life with action. Don’t wait for it to happen. Make it happen. Make your own future. Make your own hope. Make your own love. And whatever your beliefs, honor your creator, not by passively waiting for grace to come down from upon high, but by doing what you can to make grace happen… yourself, right now, right down here on Earth.”  Bradley Whitford

Your beliefs are the core of your thought patterns.  What you think and feel in your core directly affect your actions and your results.

Belief in Yourself

As a new business owner, it is only natural to have a few nervous moments and hesitations.  You have so many new learning

Grow into your goal

Grow into your goal

experiences all at once.  Your emotions probably run the gamut from extremely excited to puzzled to slightly scared and back to totally optimistic.  If you are like me when I started my first business, your emotions are on a constant roller coaster speeding up and slowing down while climbing and plunging simultaneously.  The one constant in all of that turbulence was the rock solid belief in the future of building a successful business.

Belief in yourself is the foundation of your business.  True, you have to have a solid company and a valuable product you know the marketplace wants, needs and will purchase.

As a team leader you not only have to maintain belief in yourself and your personal ability to continue building a successful business but you also have to work with your team members to help them maintain their belief in themselves and their future.

Life is interesting.  Stone wears away with water.  Wood rots.  People die.  Things as fragile as a thought, a dream, a legend, and a belief endure.  The most fragile in substance is the most powerful and lasting.

Your belief in yourself is the most powerful.  Never let anything take that away from you.

You may have hesitations about how to use a certain software, or the best words to use in an ad, but those are only momentary questions.  Your belief in yourself and your ability to build a successful business remains intact regardless of these momentary hesitations.

Overcoming Monkey Chatter

Ignore the negative monkey chatter

Ignore the negative monkey chatter

You know those voices in your head which say You can’t do that?  I’ve heard them and so have you.  That chatter is your doubts and fears trying to sabotage your dream.  You have heard them at various times in your life from the time you were quite small.  Those voices are trying to pull your confidence down and break your resolve to succeed.

Your thoughts are your beliefs and your fears doing battle.  Even in a time of crisis, your belief in yourself and your future must be victorious.

“What we can or cannot do, what we consider possible or impossible, is rarely a function of our true capability.  It is more likely a function of our beliefs about who we are.”  Tony Robbins

So what can you do?

“Believe in yourself and stand for your dream.  Even in the midst of difficult times . . . you need to maintain the confidence and conviction that you can achieve what you want.”

Use the most powerful seconds of your entire day to your fullest advantage.  The first seventeen seconds after you awake from

Create Positive Energy

Create Positive Energy

an alpha sleep and the last few seconds before you drift off into an alpha sleep are the most powerful seconds of your entire day.  Those are the seconds when your subconscious mind is the most receptive to instructions.

What are your thoughts at those times?  How can you help yourself to create more powerful positive opening and closing thoughts?

Create positive habits.

  • Read a few lines of something inspiring, motivating and uplifting just before drifting off to sleep.
  • Read your affirmations or write your affirmations.
  • Look at your dream board.
  • Look at a picture of those you love.
  • Play some soothing music which creates pleasurable images in your mind.

Avoid

  • Watching the news. The media seems to sensationalize the negative events.
  • Watching a television program which contains violence.
  • Arguing with someone or working on something which is difficult or distressing.

If you do not currently engage in a routine which promotes positive final thoughts before drifting off to sleep, seriously consider changing your pre-sleep practices.

Awaking with positive thoughts and images takes a bit more effort, but it is possible.

  • Change your alarm to music. Energizing, soothing or your special song . . . what music you choose is not as important as how you feel when you hear that music.
  • Choose a recording of your children laughing.
  • Choose a recording of your mentor’s words of wisdom.

What you choose is what inspires, motivates and energizes you.

“Working hard is important, but there is something that matters even more . . . Believing in Yourself.”  Harry Potter

Focus on the positive

Focus on the positive

Your successful business depends upon your belief in yourself and your ability to build and enhance your successful business.  Building a successful business starts with the strength of your belief.  Your beliefs are the core of your thought patterns.  What you think and feel in your core directly affects your actions and your results.

“Devote yourself to an idea.  Go make it happen.  Struggle on it.  Overcome your fears.  Smile.  Don’t forget: this is your dream.”

When you start your day with positive thoughts and end your day with positive thoughts, you enhance the probability of a positive day.  String enough positive days together and you will build a successful business and a successful life.

Are you seeking more success in your life and career? Inquire about hiring Elaine Love for your next sales training, executive meeting or personal growth presentation.  Let me inspire you to reach your potential.  www.Elaine4Success.com, www.Elaine4Success.com/contact.

Beliefs Create Results

Believe in Yourself

Believe in Yourself

How strong is your belief in yourself and your business?  Your successful business depends upon your belief in yourself and your ability to build and enhance your successful business.  Building a successful business starts with the strength of your belief.

“Infuse your life with action. Don’t wait for it to happen. Make it happen. Make your own future. Make your own hope. Make your own love. And whatever your beliefs, honor your creator, not by passively waiting for grace to come down from upon high, but by doing what you can to make grace happen… yourself, right now, right down here on Earth.”  Bradley Whitford

Your beliefs are the core of your thought patterns.  What you think and feel in your core directly affect your actions and your results.

Belief in Yourself

As a new business owner, it is only natural to have a few nervous moments and hesitations.  You have so many new learning

Grow into your goal

Grow into your goal

experiences all at once.  Your emotions probably run the gamut from extremely excited to puzzled to slightly scared and back to totally optimistic.  If you are like me when I started my first business, your emotions are on a constant roller coaster speeding up and slowing down while climbing and plunging simultaneously.  The one constant in all of that turbulence was the rock solid belief in the future of building a successful business.

Belief in yourself is the foundation of your business.  True, you have to have a solid company and a valuable product you know the marketplace wants, needs and will purchase.

As a team leader you not only have to maintain belief in yourself and your personal ability to continue building a successful business but you also have to work with your team members to help them maintain their belief in themselves and their future.

Life is interesting.  Stone wears away with water.  Wood rots.  People die.  Things as fragile as a thought, a dream, a legend, and a belief endure.  The most fragile in substance is the most powerful and lasting.

Your belief in yourself is the most powerful.  Never let anything take that away from you.

You may have hesitations about how to use a certain software, or the best words to use in an ad, but those are only momentary questions.  Your belief in yourself and your ability to build a successful business remains intact regardless of these momentary hesitations.

Overcoming Monkey Chatter

Ignore the negative monkey chatter

Ignore the negative monkey chatter

You know those voices in your head which say You can’t do that?  I’ve heard them and so have you.  That chatter is your doubts and fears trying to sabotage your dream.  You have heard them at various times in your life from the time you were quite small.  Those voices are trying to pull your confidence down and break your resolve to succeed.

Your thoughts are your beliefs and your fears doing battle.  Even in a time of crisis, your belief in yourself and your future must be victorious.

“What we can or cannot do, what we consider possible or impossible, is rarely a function of our true capability.  It is more likely a function of our beliefs about who we are.”  Tony Robbins

So what can you do?

“Believe in yourself and stand for your dream.  Even in the midst of difficult times . . . you need to maintain the confidence and conviction that you can achieve what you want.”

Use the most powerful seconds of your entire day to your fullest advantage.  The first seventeen seconds after you awake from

Create Positive Energy

Create Positive Energy

an alpha sleep and the last few seconds before you drift off into an alpha sleep are the most powerful seconds of your entire day.  Those are the seconds when your subconscious mind is the most receptive to instructions.

What are your thoughts at those times?  How can you help yourself to create more powerful positive opening and closing thoughts?

Create positive habits.

  • Read a few lines of something inspiring, motivating and uplifting just before drifting off to sleep.
  • Read your affirmations or write your affirmations.
  • Look at your dream board.
  • Look at a picture of those you love.
  • Play some soothing music which creates pleasurable images in your mind.

Avoid

  • Watching the news. The media seems to sensationalize the negative events.
  • Watching a television program which contains violence.
  • Arguing with someone or working on something which is difficult or distressing.

If you do not currently engage in a routine which promotes positive final thoughts before drifting off to sleep, seriously consider changing your pre-sleep practices.

Awaking with positive thoughts and images takes a bit more effort, but it is possible.

  • Change your alarm to music. Energizing, soothing or your special song . . . what music you choose is not as important as how you feel when you hear that music.
  • Choose a recording of your children laughing.
  • Choose a recording of your mentor’s words of wisdom.

What you choose is what inspires, motivates and energizes you.

“Working hard is important, but there is something that matters even more . . . Believing in Yourself.”  Harry Potter

Focus on the positive

Focus on the positive

Your successful business depends upon your belief in yourself and your ability to build and enhance your successful business.  Building a successful business starts with the strength of your belief.  Your beliefs are the core of your thought patterns.  What you think and feel in your core directly affects your actions and your results.

“Devote yourself to an idea.  Go make it happen.  Struggle on it.  Overcome your fears.  Smile.  Don’t forget: this is your dream.”

When you start your day with positive thoughts and end your day with positive thoughts, you enhance the probability of a positive day.  String enough positive days together and you will build a successful business and a successful life.

Are you seeking more success in your life and career? Inquire about hiring Elaine Love for your next sales training, executive meeting or personal growth presentation.  Let me inspire you to reach your potential.  www.Elaine4Success.com, www.Elaine4Success.com/contact.

Awareness Avoids Misunderstandings

How many times have you ever offended someone or been offended?  No matter how hard we try, being perfect is not likely to happen.

We’re not talking about world peace, though that is a very worthy goal.  We’re not even talking about national peace.  The news media is full of unrest – mostly because conflict sells papers and attracts viewers.  We’re talking about something much closer to home.  We’re talking about those little misunderstandings in the workplace, community, and maybe even at home.

So What’s the Problem?

Peace is Preferable

Peace is Preferable

An offense may have originated as a recognition someone felt they should have received, but didn’t or didn’t receive to the degree they expected.  It may have been a misunderstanding of a word which had a different meaning intended by the speaker than the meaning the receiver attached.  It could have been a gesture which is perfectly fine in one culture and which has a very negative meaning in another culture.

What brings this topic to mind?  Have I just been offended or offended someone?  Not that I know about.  Business is expanding globally.  Awareness and prevention is much easier on the nerves of an entrepreneur growing a successful business, than damage control after an incident.

One of the biggest concerns for a business is that a teammate, business associate or customer may go away upset and we never have the opportunity to clear the misunderstanding.

Prevention is Easier than Damage Control

Business is expanding on a global scale.  The internet has allowed network marketing to become international

Inner Peace

Inner Peace

online marketing.  Other cultures are joining our teams right here within the United States.  When different ethnic backgrounds, different countries of origin and different belief systems combine there is always the opportunity for unintentional misunderstandings.

Gender Sensitivity

Awareness of the potentially sensitive areas can prevent most of the misunderstandings.  We no longer refer to all executives as male; we now say non-gender specific words.   Professional, executive, CEO, business owner or entrepreneur are non-gender specific.  Instead of “salesman” it is now “salesperson.”  The days of the bra burners and public displays of the women’s rights protest meetings of the 1960s has passed but awareness of some lingering sensitive feelings  remain.  It is much easier to be mentally alert and aware of our word choices now rather than do damage control later.

Create Inner Peace

Create Inner Peace

Ethnic Sensitivity

West Side Story depicted a war (rumble) between two different countries of origin.  When the west was first being settled, mixed marriages between Caucasian individuals and native Indian individuals received a barrage of name calling.  Right here in United States, the civil rights issues have been a major concern for years.   We’re still working to level the playing field.

Issues relating to different ethnic backgrounds are not new issues, nor should they be regarded as totally solved and past tense.  Silly little things like the wild west depiction of the cowboys in the white hats and the bank robbers in the black hats was meant as the contrast of good and evil, but we now know that depiction is inappropriate because of ethnic sensitivity.  It was not meant as ethnic at its point of origin.  Little details can have a totally different meaning to one person than they do to another.  Be aware and be sensitive to the feelings of others.

Awareness of the potentially sensitive areas can prevent most of the misunderstandings.

Religious Sensitivity

Peace Promotes Peace

Peace Promotes Peace

Yeah, I know this is a touchy subject not usually discussed in public writing.  That does not mean that it is not important, but rather that it is very important.  As entrepreneurs building a successful business, we must be aware.

When scheduling events, be aware of certain commonly known religious holidays.  Be aware that from sundown on Friday night to sundown on Saturday night is the Sabbath for some.  There was a time in Europe where no business was to be conducted on Sunday.  Weekends are a seemingly common time to schedule events and yet for some that is problematic.  It is almost impossible to schedule a perfect day and time for all, but awareness can prevent accidentally offending someone.

Awareness of the potentially sensitive areas can prevent most of the misunderstandings.

International Sensitivity

Certain gestures are acceptable in one culture which are highly offensive in another.  The hand signal for ok (making a circle of the thumb and forefinger) is intended as a total positive in most uses, but has a very derogatory meaning in some cultures.  In diving that sign is used to show that all is well, because a thumbs up would mean wanting to go to the surface.  Little innocent gestures in one usage can have a totally different and offensive meaning to another.  Being aware can prevent misunderstandings.

peace of mindYeah, I know.  As if you didn’t already have enough to worry about in the process of building a successful business, now you have to be aware of your words and gestures.  If you don’t have time to become aware in order to avoid offending someone, how will you have time to correct the issues after they occur?  It takes far more time for damage control than it does for prevention.

Your intention is building a successful business, not spending your time putting out avoidable emotional fires.

Recognition

One of the easiest issues to prevent is team member recognition.  Making a point of publicly and privately recognizing team members for outstanding achievements can avoid hurt feelings.  As a new business builder, the first sale and other milestone achievements to reach higher levels is very significant to them.  A word from you as team leader can expand their motivation and inspire others to reach higher levels.  A few words of recognition can go a long way toward helping you and your team members in building a successful business.

Awareness of the potentially sensitive areas can prevent most of the misunderstandings and inspire productivity at the same time.

Are you seeking more success in your life and career? Inquire about hiring Elaine Love for your next sales training, executive meeting or personal growth presentation.  Let me inspire you to reach your potential.  www.Elaine4Success.com, www.Elaine4Success.com/contact.

Transforming Fear into Success

“Fear is nothing more than an obstacle that stands in the way of progress.  In overcoming our fears we

Dream, Believe, Achieve

Dream, Believe, Achieve

can move forward stronger and wiser within ourselves.” Unknown author

As a child the monster under the bed or the fear of the dark may now be a totally different set of concerns.  Allowing our fears, self-doubts or second thoughts to take control will pause or stop our forward progress.

What if . . .

”Should I quit my job?” “Is this the right time to follow my dream of starting my own business?”  “What if I fail?” “What if” questions are wise when they are designed to establish contingency plans.  If the fears which are surfacing are stopping you from following your dreams, they become self-created stumbling blocks or barriers.

Mark Twain is reported to have said, “I’m an old man and I have had many troubles, most of which never happened.”  Just as it was in your childhood, most of the imagined dangers never materialize.

Allowing fear to take control is giving away your power.

Fears

Three of the most frequent fears for entrepreneurs building a successful business are: fear of failure, fear of inadequacy and fear of success.

Fear of Failure

A dash of healthy nerves enhances the performance of actors, public speakers and entrepreneurs.  Controlling fear by channeling that energy into delivering even more value to the client is ideal.

The possibility of failure exists.  Not every new business becomes a mega success.  To focus on the fear of failure enhances the probability of failure.  Being aware of this possibility motivates the committed entrepreneur to drive themselves harder toward their goal.  Will there be mistakes along the way?  Of course, but mistakes are not failures when they are viewed as lessons toward the ultimate success.

Fear of Inadequacy

Could you become the next Bill Gates, Richard Branson, or Jeff Brezos?  The fear of inadequacy pushes our emotional buttons to wonder if we are intelligent enough, resilient enough, creative enough, or educated enough.  Education, background, experience and intelligence have all been overcome by strength of determination.  We do not have to be super human; hire highly qualified people to fill the gaps.

We are only inadequate when we see ourselves as inadequate.

Fear of Success

“Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate.  Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.  It is our light not our darkness that frightens us.”  Marianne Williamson

Why do we fear success?  We want it deeply and fear it at the same time.  With success comes responsibility and change.  Our associations, our responsibilities and even our very residence change.  Change can be exciting and scary at the same time.  Our relationships as we have known them change.  There is the twinge of giving up some of what has become familiar and comfortable.

There is an emotional push and pull to achieving massive success.  In order to build a successful business, some changes will occur.

Choose

As entrepreneurs building a successful business, we have the strength and determination to make the tough choices.  We choose to manage our fears and channel that energy into success.

Are you seeking more success in your life and career? Inquire about hiring Elaine Love for your next sales training, executive meeting or personal growth presentation.  Go to  www.Elaine4Success.com or contact Elaine at Elaine@Elaine4Success.com

(Article from Rod Davis of RodEmpowersYou.org.)

Two Minute Drill Strategy

Professional football enthusiasts know the significance of the two minute

Positive Role Model On and Off the Field

Positive Role Model

warning immediately before the half-time and especially before the end of the game.  The power of the two minute drill receives extensive time in planning and practice.

Games have been decided because of a well-planned and well-executed two minute drill.

November and December represent the two minute (two month) warning for your business.  2014 is rapidly drawing to a close.  Have you achieved all of your 2014 goals?  Building a successful business requires an effective two month drill just as much as a professional football team requires that game-changing two minute drill.

Building a Successful Business is Like Playing a Professional Football Game

There are more similarities than you think.

  • Professional football teams drive for the goal post. Successful businesses drive for goal achievement.

 

  • Professional football teams design and execute powerful two minute drills. Successful sales presentations design and execute convincing closing statements in the final two minutes of the presentation.

 

  • Professional football teams receive a two minute warning before half-time and before the end of the game. That time is so significant that the teams are even given an automatic time out to coordinate their next series of plays.  Successful businesses conduct a brief meeting to synchronize their plan of action before the end of each quarter and especially before the end of the fiscal year.

 

  • Winning the game of football or business requires having the right players on the field and in the right position. Recording a “win” requires creating and executing the right strategy at the right time.

Design Your Two Minute Drill

Building a successful business requires various presentations.  One of the most frequent is the sales presentation.  Just as a professional football team scores when they have the football (with the exception of a touchback), successful businesses score victories through their sales presentations. Establish a powerful two minute closing for your sales presentation.  Considerable emphasis has always been placed on designing an effective closing statement.

Utilize your final two minutes as your “walk away” message.  Emphasize the main points you want them to remember: your unique differences and advantages which set you above and apart from other companies in the marketplace, the most significant advantages to them by doing business with your company, and the sense of urgency to purchase now.

Design Your Two Month Drill

  1. Analyze your current field position. Where are you in relation to your goal?

 

  1. What is your action plan to move your results from where the ball is now to over the goal line? Create a success plan

 

“Lead, follow or get out of the way.”  Thomas Paine   I choose to lead.

 

  1. Implement your plan with immediate and massive action. Achievers don’t wait for things to happen, they create opportunities for the results they are determined to achieve.

When the time clock reaches zero, a professional football game is finished.  Unlike professional football games, the planning and execution you do now for your business can carry over into 2015.  Lay the groundwork for the next game and the next year, but focus on winning this game first.

Are you seeking more success in your life and career? Inquire about hiring Elaine Love for your next sales training, executive meeting or personal growth presentation.  Go to  www.Elaine4Success.com or contact Elaine at Elaine@Elaine4Success.com

Smooth and Easy is an Illusion

Ever watch a professional dancer?  They are always light on their feet.  They seem to glide across the floor with no

Leadership is Earned Through Performance

Leadership is Earned Through Performance

effort.  Watch the Olympic gymnasts perform with the same ease.  Watch a duck gliding over the water with a minimum of ripples appearing on the surface of the water.  The appearance to the viewer is “smooth on the surface.”

This same “smooth on the surface” pattern is also apparent in entrepreneurs who are building a successful business.  Just like the duck, the dancer and the gymnast, the outward appearance is calm and smooth.  Observe them immediately after the performance and you will see the perspiration and heavy breathing; they have been working diligently while making it appear easy.

My younger son was an incredible skier.  He skied daily with five classmates, all Olympic contenders.  They term my son “liquid” because he made skiing double black diamond mogul runs look so smooth and effortless.  At the end of the day when he removed his jacket, he was soaked with perspiration.

The secret is making intense effort appear smooth an easy.

Building a Successful Business Requires Effort

Ask any successful entrepreneur and they will say that it does not feel like work to them because they love what they do.

One of my favorite quotes is from the unflappable Steve Jobs in his 2005 Stanford commencement address.  You know the quote. “Don’t lose faithI’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did.  You’ve got to find what you love. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life.  The only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work.  The only way to do great work is to love what you do.  If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking.  Don’t settle.” 

This encapsulates the essence of every dedicated entrepreneur who is determined to build a successful business.  Building a successful business requires effort.  The good news is that because we love what we do, it doesn’t feel like hard work; it feels like the progression toward a coveted goal.

Steve went on to give other impactful but less publicized statements in that address.  Trust in yourself and your dream.  Something motivated you to select your business.  Tap back into that motivation when you have a “less than ideal” day; yes, we all have those days.  The successful entrepreneur knows not to stay in that mental and emotional state but to find a way to break out and resume the fire and excitement of building and creating.

Stay hungry.  Stay foolish.

Stay hungry means to retain that burning desire which is so strong that the only acceptable outcome is success.  Hold securely to the belief and the knowing that success is just around the next bend.

Stay foolish.  When the easy path keeps pointing to a job, the committed entrepreneur continues to focus on their heart’s desire – building a successful business.

Steve’ closing line says so much, “Stay hungry.  Stay foolish.”  When the David and Debbie Downers of the world are telling us to give up and go get a job, we cling to the belief, not hope or wish; success is already on its way to us.  Some may tell us that we are foolish, but we know that the only way to do great work and be truly satisfied is to do what we love.

Are you seeking more success in your life and career? Inquire about hiring Elaine Love for your next sales training, executive meeting or personal growth presentation.  Go to  www.Elaine4Success.com or contact Elaine at Elaine@Elaine4Success.com

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