Success leaves clues.
For as long as I could remember, I have looked to others to help me to determine what success looks like. Not to compare myself to others, per se, but to create a bench mark for what I should be aspiring to. And, to be clear, the others I am referring to are those who’ve been there, done that and are wearing the t-shirt of what I’m wanting to experience in my life.
When it comes to building a business, I think it’s important to seek out mentorship to help you to determine what you should be doing and focusing on in order to achieve whatever success means for you. And I’ll admit, I got really excited when I got this question from Mia, who we are featuring in this week’s episode of Incredible Factor TV:
“Hi Darnyelle. I just love you and Incredible Factor TV and I can’t wait to tune in each week. My question is simple – you really appear like you have it all figured out. What are some of your biggest success habits that have led to the business you’ve grown?”
Check out my response to Mia here:
I’m not sure I say this during the episode, but I don’t have it all figured out. But what I know for sure is that I was created to experience abundance financially and spiritually. So, I have created success habits that have helped me to do just that.
1. Start each day in gratitude, pray and positive energy. The first and most important part of your day is the 20 minutes once you wake up. During this time, don’t grab your phone or search Facebook. Instead, set some clear intentions, express your gratitude and pray for a day that exceeds your every desire.
2. Set the vision, then back into how to make it your reality. One of my biggest success secrets is to visualize and envision what I want. It’s really that simple. Start by setting the vision. You might need to find a quiet place and bring a journal or notebook with you but start by closing your eyes and seeing yourself with what you want. I like to think about all 7 areas of my life. I set the vision, usually 3-5 items per category and then I start creating a plan to back into that vision. Here’s a simple way to do it: If I want this (your vision) in 5 years, where do I need to be in 3 years? If I need to be there in 3 years so I can achieve my vision in 5 years, where do I need to be in 1 year? I call this backing into the vision or goal. It makes achieving goals more palatable.
3. Spend time with people who fuel your soul. This goes for family, friends and co-workers/team members. Life is too short to spend time with people who don’t add value. So, don’t. If, when you perform an assessment on your circle, everyone doesn’t get a plus must go. When you spend time with people who fuel you, you’ll always have the energy to feast on your life vision. Because energy is neither lost or destroyed, spending time with people who add value will ensure that you don’t dilute or side-track your vision.
4. Keep fear in check. It would be a lie for me to say I never feel fear. And while I have felt fear, I never let it stop me from moving toward a key goal. Fear was created by your ego to lead you to believe that you are in your safe place, but that is not always the truth. And when you recognize fear for what it is, you’ll know that moving through it will bring you closer to what you want. After all, everything you want is on the other side of your fear.
5. Do. The. Work. Give God Something to Bless. This is a big one. There is no magic pill to be successful. Success comes after work has been done. Keep in mind that the only place success proceeds work is in the dictionary. So, each day, I set up my 5 most important things to do, and do them. Having good time management skills is essential to making sure that you do the most important work. And speaking of most important work, always do business development first. Instead of trying to be productive all day, realize that doing so is a fallacy. Instead, I recommend working in pockets of time. For instance, I work in 60 minute pockets then take a 30 minute chill break – a chill break may not mean that I’m goofing off but I am doing some less taxing for the 30 minutes immediately following 60 minutes of intense work. And make sure you allow time for “Shake Your Booty” Breaks. They are an essential part of my day. 🙂
6. Think Abundantly. Mindset is definitely 90% of any one’s success. As a man thinketh, so is he. So, think abundantly, think above anything you could ask for or even think. Think that every thing is possible and that all that you desire is closer than you think. As you focus on your mindset and alignment, you’ll notice that tons more success will come to you.
7. Set an End To Your Day (borrowed from Stephen Covey). I learned this my first week in corporate America nearly 20 years ago. It’s important to have balance. As Brian Tracy says, we should live in the 8s: 8 hours to sleep, 8 hours to work and 8 hours to share and enjoy our lives. When I think about what has made me successful from an early age professionally, it has definitely been my desire to set an end to my day and to enjoy a balanced and harmonious life.
What I hope you’ll see, Mia and others, is that most of what has made me “successful” isn’t my business acumen, although that is important. It’s deciding to live an intentional life and making time for what it most important – love and living.
So, now I want to hear from you. What’s your two cents? What are your success habits that have made you the success that you are? Don’t be shy; Mia and others will benefit from hearing your biggest success tip.
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