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You might have heard the quote “If you can dream it, you can do it” from Walt Disney.

I take this quote as the starting point for this post because I truly believe that this is true.

Anyone who wants to succeed in life and business first needs to know what their vision is and what their goals are.

Without knowing exactly what you want in your life and business you’ll never be able to create it.

However, knowing what you want isn’t enough to be successful.

There is more to it than that.

In this post, I share with you 7 strategies you can use to create more success in your life and in your online business.

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TABLE OF CONTENT

  • Visions and goals
  • The plan
  • Feeling stuck
  • Discomfort
  • Gratification
  • The path
  • Key to success

HOW TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN YOUR LIFE AND BUSINESS

1. VISIONS AND GOALS

As I already touched on this above I’d like to emphasize the importance of having a vision and clear future goals for your life and business.

Without it, you are like a pilot flying in the dark without any lights and without a plan.

Sure you’ll land somewhere but extremely likely not where you’d like to be.

Therefore the first step is to know what you exactly want in your life and in your business.

In case you don’t have a life vision yet, make sure to check out the post on how to create an amazing life to learn how to create a life vision for yourself.

As next step set yourself reachable, smart goals.

By smart, I mean that the goals should be:

  • specific
  • measurable
  • attainable
  • realistic and
  • timebound

You can download this free cheat sheet on smart goals here and just fill in the blank with your goals.

2. THE PLAN

Having a future vision and smart goals is awesome.

But now you need a plan for how you get from A where you are right now to B where you wanna be.

In this step, you are going to break down your smart, realistic goals which are aligned with your future life vision into small steps.

Let’s say you planned 5 years in advance.

In this step, you’d break down your goals into milestones and smaller tasks and weekly and daily action steps.

If you have no clue how to do that you can use the printable slay your goals planner to do so.

It has over 60 printable pages you can print and fill out starting at your life vision, then turning it into smart reachable goals and breaking those down into smaller weekly tasks and daily action steps.

Now you have a plan and know exactly what you have to do to reach your goals.

3. FEELING STUCK

On the way to success, you’ll experience difficulties and will also feel from time to time stuck.

That’s nothing to worry about.

The only thing you need to know is how to handle whenever you are feeling stuck.

I like to remind myself of the quote from Albert Einstein “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them”

Meaning when you are stuck, simply do something different and see how it goes.

4. DISCOMFORT

You’ll not only feel stuck from time to time but also are going to experience discomfort.

This doesn’t necessarily mean that something went wrong.

I heard Brooke Castillo once say that “Discomfort is the currency to our dreams”

And I love this quote from her so much!

Every time we are going for our dreams we’ll experience discomfort.

It’s unavoidable and a natural part of being a human.

Discomfort is part of the process and a byproduct for us when we are growing into the next version of ourselves.

We have to leave our cozy comfort zone and experience new things in order to learn and grow.

The primitive part of our brain, however, doesn’t like new situations and changes because it doesn’t know whether we’ll survive it or not.

Therefore we’ll experience discomfort whenever we do something different even though it’s completely harmless to us.

5. GRATIFICATION

The primitive part of our brain I was talking about above does not only want to protect us from doing something different but also loves instant gratifications.

This can come in many forms.

Whether it’s in the form of eating chocolate when we feel stressed out or in the form of drinking alcohol or impulse shopping clothes (we’ll end up never wearing) when we feel sad.

The underlying pressure we feel subconsciously is to satisfy our needs instantly.

However, when we have a future vision and start working towards our goals we’ll probably never get what we want instantly.

This means that we’ll feel unsatisfied and have the urge for instant gratification in any form most of the time.

It’s important to know that upfront and to train your brain for delayed gratification.

6. THE PATH

The path to success is to go all in!

I listened to an interview with Rachel Hollis and Amy Porterfield where Rachel Hollis (motivational speaker & best selling author of the books girl wash your face and girl stop apologizing) talked about reaching goals and the importance to go all in, in order to succeed.

In this regard, she also mentioned a problem multi-passionate people are facing.

She said that a multi-passionate person probably always does have a plan B.

Even if it’s just subconsciously or just because of all the other interests a multi-passionate person naturally has.

The problem with having a plan B is that the minute it gets hard on the path a multi-passionate person can just switch over to plan B and stop pursuing the original goal.

This way it’s impossible to succeed with the original goal because she switches over and doesn’t go all in to pursue the original goal.

On the other hand, if someone has just one goal and goes all in, there is no other choice than to give up or to continue until you succeed.

Her message was to whether you are multi-passionate or not to go all in pursuing your goals.

7. KEY TO SUCCESS

Another key to success I believe is persistence.

While we see people like Rachel Hollis suddenly pop up from nowhere and landing one bestselling book after the other it’s important to see the whole picture.

Although Rachel Hollis has created two bestselling books within two years she hasn’t started with her career yesterday.

In fact, she started her business 15 years ago, has written 6 books so far and is reaping the benefits for all of her hard work right now.

She was persistent with her vision and with her goals which lead her to the success she has today.

All tools I recommend and mention in this post at a glance:

  • Smart goals cheat sheet is what you can download for free and fill in the blank to set reachable, smart goals
  • Slay your goals planner is the printable planner you can use to break down your life vision into yearly, quarterly, monthly goals and into weekly and daily tasks
  • Girl wash your face is the first best selling book from Rachel Hollis you might love
  • Girl stop apologizing is the second best selling book from Rachel Hollis you might wanna check out

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