The 7 D’s to Succeed!

A very warm greeting to all my readers,

Hope my article finds you well and you are enjoying the snow! :-)

Have you ever wondered what is your missing piece of the puzzle in achieving your goals in the most effective way?

Have you ever been tired of not quite hitting the mark or be unable to get your dream career?

I personally asked myself these questions and the answers were quite revealing. In this article will cover my truth no. 8 ‘Employ the 7 D’s of Success: Discipline, Drive, Delegation, Direction, Decisiveness, Determination and Dedication!’ I listed this in my previous article: 10 Essential Truths to take yourself to the next level.

You see, I took a while before gathering my answer as I always felt there was a missing piece in the puzzle until I discovered the 7 D’s to Succeed and it provides me with the full answer!

Let’s crack on considering them one by one.

I will love to start with what I consider the starting point: DIRECTION.

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How do you find what is your direction?

That’s simple, I will say…just respond to the questions below and you will have your answer and discover what is your direction in life.

What do you really want to do?

What are you passionate about?

What do you love doing the most?

What do you want to be remembered for?

It’s very important to have clarity on this subject as it’s essential if we want to use our efforts and energy in the best efficient way possible without wasting them pursuing ‘the next big idea’ heard from other people.

Once we have our direction, DRIVE, DETERMINATION and DECISIVENESS will automatically follow.

What are the reasons?

I will describe DRIVE as that strong and burning desire which lies inside us and difficult to control. ‘The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win.’ – Roger BannisterIt’s so powerful that it doesn’t allow us to ignore it and provides us with the motivation needed to take action and keep going until we have achieved it. It has only one direction: FORWARD…nothing and I mean nothing will and can stop it until it achieves his destination: OUR DESIRE GOAL…I’m sure you now know what I’m talking about and I hope you realise the difference between a meagre desire and a very define and strong one. Obviously with this strong desire to achieve our goals, DETERMINATION is already encapsulated in our DRIVE as it goes hand in hand with DECISIVENESS to accomplish our goals and they will provide us with the strength and the firmness to take action to see us through and reach the finish line! ‘The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination.- Tommy Lasorda

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Then, we need to employ DISCIPLINE…I know for many of us it has a negative connotation…but it’s essential if we want to achieve our goals…it’s quite interesting that the dictionary describes discipline as ‘training expected to produce a specific character or pattern of behaviour, especially training that produces moral or mental improvement and controlled behaviour resulting from disciplinary training; self-control. ‘Life is a unique combination of “want to”and”how to”and we need to give equal attention to both.’ – Jim Rohn. It well highlights the reasons behind its importance of achieving our goals…it helps us to adopt a routine and to follow as a habit to ensure we stick to our plan. Motivation makes us start but habit makes us achieve our goals. ‘We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.’ Aristotle

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Once we have all the above in place then DELEGATION and DEDICATION have they part in our success!

DELEGATION enables us to accelerate our results and to focus on our priority tasks. I have already suggested some tips to effective delegation in my previous article.

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Obviously to top it all up is our DEDICATION. It enable us to have the commitment and single-mindedness to focus on achieving our results and to get motivated during our setbacks and difficult times.

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As you can see, they all go hand in hand and they all play together a part in succeeding and in getting results! :-)

What are the reasons behind succeeding?

We succeed because we are willing to do the things people are not.

We will fight against the odds.

We will sacrifice and we are not shackled by fear, insecurity or doubt. Those emotions – we drink them in and then swallow them away.

We are motivated by accomplishment, not pride. Pride consumes the weak – kills their heart from within.

If we fall, we will get up.

If we are beaten, we will return.

We will never stop getting better.

We will never given up..ever..

This is why we succeed!

Your life is waiting to be lived to its fullest, what are you waiting for?

Nothing great has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe something inside them was superior to circumstances.’ – Bruce Barton

To your continued Success!

Viv :-)

Double Winner Awards Author of ‘The book on Success

www.vivoliver.com

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The 3 C’s to Results!

A very good afternoon to everyone! :-)

Have you ever felt that no matter how hard you tried some of the results you were expected are still long way to be achieved?

Have you ever wondered what is the real secret to achieve results in life and in business?

Have you ever asked yourself: What is it the difference that make the difference in achieving results and goals?

Well, I’m going to reveal them to you and I’m pretty sure that there are something that you have already heard, most probably for long time now but they have not been taken seriously and applied to your life to see the results that you yearn for.

This article will cover my truth no. 7 ‘Acquire the 3 C’s to Results: Confidence, Consistency and Commitment! That I listed in my previous article: 10 Essential Truths to take yourself to the next level.

I’m guessing that now they ring the bell…and yes, these are the 3 C’s to Results: Confidence, Consistency and Commitment! :-)

I believe that they all play an important part in achieving results and go clearly hand in hand. When we are confident and committed to achieve our goals, we are consistent in our actions and approaches to life and business. Confidence in our skills and abilities allow us to acquire the vision to see us with our goals already achieved. It provides us with the motivation to start acting to achieve our goal and the strengths to go through any obstacles and setbacks along the way. ‘With confidence, you can reach truly amazing heights; without confidence, even the simplest accomplishments are beyond your grasp.’ – Jim Loehr I have already written on this subjects and I invite you to revisit my previous articles to get some ideas on how you can become more confident. Here the links: Become Unstoppable! & Become Unstoppable Part 2!

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Have you ever taken the time to think of the impact and importance of commitment in your life?

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In this article, I’m going to talk about the key decisions you have to make to get your life, your career and your business on the fast-track of exponential growth

You see, one thing about successful people, it’s that at some point in their life, each one of them has looked themselves in the mirror and decided that ‘enough was enough.’ They were done playing games, settling for table crumbs, standing on the back rows…while other people that they didn’t perceive as courageous or as ambitious, were living in a better home and enjoying a better quality of life than them. It was in that moment that they decided to get serious and committed to being the best and the most successful person they could ever be, both in their life and in their business. I can assure you that all the great ones had this conversation. ‘There’s always a way – if you’re committed.‘ – Tony Robbins

You’ll notice that it isn’t about them so let’s talk about YOU: Have you honestly made the decision to get serious about your life and your business, to stop blaming others and to finally becoming the best successful person you can be?’ This is a simple ‘Yes & No’ answer! It should also be clearly demonstrated by your actions, as behaviours never lie! ‘Commitment is what transform a promise into reality.’ – Abraham Lincoln

So what is your answer? You will become successful in your life and in your business only when you seriously decide to be successful! Until you have done this, you will not have any hopes of achieving your success. You will need to have the commitment to keep going! When the tough get tougher, keep going!‘ – W. Churchill

How do you know when you are really committed to getting results?

How are they demonstrated in your daily behaviour?

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So commit yourself to your 110% when setting your goal, until you accept the responsibilities of the word ‘commitment’, you are going to waste much time and energy. Life is ever so short and precious and the sooner we get serious and committed about our life and business, the better off and the happier we will be. So commit yourself to achieving your goals and reap the results of success! :-) ‘Anything and anyone worth succeeding with are worth committing to. ‘ – Adrian Pantonial

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The secret of achieving results is to Take Consistent Action. This is the actual doing part and what I call the great pitfall where many dreams, goals and ambitions die. You know what I mean, don’t you? Anyone can start but very few finish. Many people can take action once, twice or may even keep going for a few months but eventually they die out. It really amazes me when I would enter a new challenge and I will see the competition happily leap out in front and get off to a faster and more successful start. Then, along the challenge, what happen? You know as most probably you have experienced yourself, most of the competitors will start to slow down to the point of stopping. I found the single discipline that gives me the extra edge to beat anybody at almost anything is CONSISTENCY:-)

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This is what I personally noticed as a pattern. Many people become enthusiastic about new goals or achievements, and they charge out of the gate in an explosion of activity—but their intensity and commitment quickly crackle. Meanwhile, those who begin the journey with less flash but a greater commitment to consistency eventually catch up to their flamboyant peers and leave them in the dust. Do what most people don’t: Stay consistent. ‘We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.’ – Aristotle. On this same subject, my dear Bro wrote a very inspiring post entitled ‘The 3 P’s to success’ where he covers this same point with a synonym word…Go to look it up and see how he applies it with a different perspective!  Enjoy his article! :)

What are the benefits of being consistent?

 

Consistency is important because keeps you on track! By following a consistent approach and by being discipline by sticking to your plan, you are in the best position to monitor your performance and to evaluate your goals or results against the ones set originally! Now, it does not matter what standards you set, it’s your life and your own business, you can set any you like but when you set them being disciplined and stick to it!

 

How can you show more consistency?

 

What can you improve to be more consistent and more disciplined?

 

How do you monitor and review your consistency and discipline?

 

The key lesson is: Do what you say you will do:-)

Be confident in your abilities, be 110% committed to your goals and Take Consistent actions to get nearer to your goals, apply discipline to stick to your plan and you will achieve them with little efforts as this is the secret of Success in achieving amazing results in your life and business!

Remember: When your belief is strong and your purpose just, no obstacle can stand in your way and you will succeed in achieving amazing Results!

To your amazing Results!

Viv :-)

Double Winner Awards Author of ‘The book on Success

www.vivoliver.com

2013: Planning for being your Best Year yet!

Hello readers, :-)

Are you ready to plan for this year to be your best year yet?

Have you reviewed your last year successes and missing goals?

What lessons have you learnt?

What your results have provided you evidence of?

Consistency? Effectiveness?

If you continue doing things the same way this year as you did last year, what type of results can you realistically expect?

What will make this year your best year yet? What make this year different from your previous ones?

…and yes you are right, another year has just gone and the good news is that a new one has just started! :-) New year, new opportunities! Will you spot and capitalise on them?

What are your New Year’s resolutions?

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Well, this year, I have consciously decided to not have any…Surprised? I’m not…This year, I have an Action Plan instead and decided to commit to it. I knew that it would have been a different one in same way or another and I had a great start…Instead of wishing and making New Year’s resolutions as usual, I decided to take ACTION and do what my resolution would have been…be fitter and healthier and do what I really love doing: running!

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So at 11.40 PM on the 31st of December 2012, I left home with my trainers and headed off to Trafalgar Square, my usual running journey. Was it easy? I can assure you, it was everything else than easy…going against the crowd flow, being looked up as a crazy one :), being challenged by a young guy, a bicycle and a car…I have to admit, I felt completely outside my comfort zone but I am proud to have not given in and achieved my first step to my long term running goal: 50 miles in 5 days! :-)

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What about you?

What action have you already taken this year to bring you nearer to your goals?

What have you committed to achieve this year?

Every 1st of January is the first blank page of a 365 page book. You duty is to ensure to write a good one.

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You see, there are no excuses to start planning your next 12 months as you should had reserved some time during this break to reflect on your past year and above all, to think about what you want to achieve in your next 12 months...

What are the steps you have planned to move you from where you are now to where you want to be (your goal)?

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The steps that you put in place to achieve your goals are the closing gaps between goal formulation and goal execution and consequently goal achievement. It’s very important to start the new year by taking advantage of the Momentum of the new year with a chick start as it will strengthen your focus and intensify your commitment, add discipline and prioritise your task to achieve your goals! :-) My dear bro, last year had given some very good tips on what he considered in his planning, here his link: ‘Planning for 2012 to be your best year on record…!’

The reality is that any task or goal takes as much as we allow for them to take and by setting non-negotiable deadlines and by not allowing much time to get the results we expect, it won’t take much time to start seeing BIG RESULTS:-)

To achieve our personal best and to start and focused, we need to develop a sense of urgency and importance about what we are doing – urgency to the extent that getting results and achieving our goals is a matter of life or death.

The size of your Success is measured by the strength of your desire and how you handle disappointment along the way.‘ – Robert Kiyosaki

I want to share and leave you with something intriguing and inspirational, it’s one of the most motivational speech from Rocky Balboa:

When Things got hard, you started looking for something to blame. Like a Big Shadow.

Let me tell you something you already know…

The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place, and I don’t care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently IF YOU LET IT…

You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. Although it ain’t about how hard you hit… it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much can you take and keep moving forward? THAT’S HOW WINNING IS DONE!

Now if you know what you’re worth, Go out and Get What Your Worth, But you gotta be willing to take the hits. Not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you wanna be because of him or her or anybody. COWARDS DO THAT AND THAT IS NOT YOU! YOUR BETTER THEN THAT.’ :-)

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What are your commitments for 2013?

‘Make the next 12 months, the year of YOU! It’s time to bring out your best! :-)

Remember that it takes a second to smile :-), a second to frown, just a second to say ‘I love you’ and a second to say ‘enough.’ It takes a second to say ‘yes’ or ‘no’.

It takes a second to say ‘let’s do it’ and another second to show you mean it…it takes a second to let go and a second to hold tight.

It takes a second to stop and a second to start. It takes a second to breathe…to blink…to be… So it takes a second to commit to your new life...

The real opportunity of our lives live in these tiny temporal ‘tick-tocks’, and if our life is made up of moments – the seeds of which start with a second … then this is how many wondrous opportunities you have in a single day ! :-)

So go on…’CARPE DIEM’ and make your life extraordinary! :-)

To your commitments to your next Best 12 months!

Viv :-)

Double Winner Awards Author of ‘The book on Success

www.vivoliver.com

P.S. ‘If you want to make yourself accountable, please feel free to leave a comment with your commitment and I’ll be very pleased to hold you accountable of them along this year journey but and there is always a but :-), you need to do what it takes to stick to your commitments and achieve your goals – this requires a two ways effort! :-)