There Are Simple Success Strategies That are Universal in Life and Business
Believe That You Create Your Own Luck – Simple Success Strategies
You’re so lucky! Luck is where preparation meets opportunity and you’re approaching the intersection throughout each day. This is the first of the simple success strategies I’ll be sharing with you here. Your timing is perfect and you’re in the right place at the right time
We create our own luck. We do this by understanding that luck occurs when preparation meets opportunity. I’d heard that for many years before I believed it. It was when I came online in 2006 and realized that everything – yes, everything I’d been involved in up until this point in my life had prepared me for the opportunity of doing business online. Soon, I felt very lucky, and that luck continues to build. I want this for you as well, but it’s your choice as to how you implement the luck that is ready and waiting for you to catch up to it. Believe that you’re in the right place at the right time, and know that my goal is to help you take action and move forward.
Embrace the Hard Parts of Everything You Do… Because Skipping Through the Hard Parts of Life Won’t Serve You
Throughout my lifetime I have discovered that skipping past or through the crucial parts does not serve one well. These also tend to be the boring or uninteresting parts of the process, so it takes grit and perseverance if you are to achieve success and reach your full potential.
Some of the things I engaged in during 2006, the first year of my online business were born of necessity. I was a new online entrepreneur with no prospect list or connections. Also, I did not have an information product or course or even an eBook to sell and start earning some income. I order to get my new business rolling and bringing in some money, I knew I’d have to get creative. I came up with few simple success strategies that continue to be effective today:
- I hosted a weekly “Ask Connie Anything” call. This was a teleseminar, so anyone could join me by simply dialing in to my conference line. They could also go to the webpage to ask their questions at any time, whether or not they were attending live. The replay was accessible from the same link, making this a stress free solution.
- Three times a week, I wrote and published a short post to one of the several blogs I had set up on a variety of topics. I hadn’t yet chosen my niche and was still experimenting with my ideas.
- I reached out to the people I was buying from through email primarily. If they had an affiliate program I joined it and then shared information about them with those who attended my teleseminars, as well as within and in the resource/author’s bio area at the end of each blog post.
These simple success strategies got me to about five thousand dollars every month. Then I began helping a few small business owners in my community, with blogging, social media, and press releases and that took me to six figures a year. This was only the beginning and I’m sharing more with you here…
Learn the “So What” Concept as One of the Most Valuable “Simple Success Strategies
While I was teaching school, my students taught me so much in the way of life lessons and setting and achieving goals. I taught elementary school for most of my twenty year career. Young children say and do things without thinking. Much of this can be hurtful to others over time. Early on, during my first month of teaching a 5th/6th grade combination class, I taught them two powerful words, when used in tandem…
And the even more effective, with the major emphasis given to the first word, “So? So what?”
This phrase became the answer to any behavior or action or comment from another student. Someone commenting in a negative way about the shoes you’re wearing? So what? Failed a test? So what? My goal and intention was to prove to them that everything in life was fixable, or do-over-able and that they could achieve every goal and accomplishment they wanted as a part of their life experience by not focusing so much on what others thought.
Embrace the Boring as the Fastest Path to Success
It was family members that first brought this concept to life for me. I wanted the younger ones to get excited about starting a simple, online business. That day, everything I said or did made them roll their eyes and yawn “Bore…….ing!” at me. When I finally asked them what wasn’t boring in their opinion, they agreed that making money was cool and not boring at all.
I proceeded to show them everything I was doing online, pausing at the parts that included details of the income I was bringing in every day. They raised their eyebrows, gave high-fives all around, and got to work. These days they understand that the goal is to have a boring business, one that has no drama or spikes and dips in income, and runs smoothly year in and year out. I encourage you to embrace the boring as one of the most powerful simple success strategies.
Tell Stories to Become Three-Dimensional in the Eyes of Others
I’m a marketing strategist, so when I work with clients I ask them to look through their email messages and mentally divide them into two groups. The first group consists of the people with whom you are connected because at some point in the past you signed up on their list to receive more information. The second list is made up of the people with whom you have more of a relationship with, perhaps by listening to their podcast or other audio recording, or watching their videos on YouTube or Vimeo, or maybe you have met them in person.
Once someone has heard our voice, watched our video, or shaken our hand, they begin to become more three-dimensional in our eyes. Your goal is to make that happen sooner than later so as to accelerate the process with as many of the people you wish to connect with as possible.
Our stories are the fabric of our life. A story sets you apart from everyone else, makes you unique and memorable, and is all you have when it’s all said and done. When I was a young child a neighbor girl, seven or eight years old at the time, interrupted my mother in the middle of a story she was telling to ask, “Why do you have so many stories?” My mother hardly skipped a beat, informing the girl that “You’ll have stories too, when you get older.”
On that evening a part of me became a storyteller in training. Sure enough, it wasn’t long before I was telling stories about everything from what I did in school that day to what happened in the neighborhood. I wore my storyteller’s hat with pride and now I see that this one aspect of my life was preparing me for what I now do in my business and derive great joy from every single day.
I’m Connie Ragen Green, believing that I create my own luck every single day, never skipping the hard parts, and telling stories to become three-dimensional.
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