What Are the Secrets to Success for Your Business?
The first secret is there are no secrets to success. There are however tried and true principles that successful people everywhere use. So today I would like to share with you the number one key that separates successful business owners from unsuccessful business owners.
What is it? Attitude!
If you ask a room full of people (go ahead, try it) to call out the characteristics of successful people, you’ll find the primary things they come up with are all about attitude, not expertise.
See, I told you, it’s not a secret and it isn’t earth shattering. And I know that you already know this. However, it doesn’t matter what you know, it only matters what you do with what you know. Knowing is only the first, easiest step.
Why is attitude so important? Very simply put, life changes, and your results change, when you look at them differently. Instead of focusing on all the challenges you face and telling yourself and others all the reasons, excuses and blame for why you aren’t successful right now, how would you benefit from asking yourself, “How do I make my business or life work in these conditions?”
Successful people talk about the future, their goals and how they’re going to get there. Unsuccessful people talk about their problems and worries, the bad environment they’re in, and all the reasons and excuses why they can’t be successful. Which are you? Both of these groups exist in the same place, at the same time, under the same conditions. The successful people look at any situation, and ask; “How can I be successful here? What could I do differently? What can I learn from this situation?”
In order to develop this skill and attitude you need to follow three fundamental principles of success: Ownership, accountability and responsibility.
Make a decision today, that you are going to take ownership of your life, hold yourself accountable for your actions and take responsibility for your results. NO excuses. You have complete control over your life if you take responsibility. You are responsible for:
1) Everything that you do
2) Everything that you don’t do
3) How you respond to everything that happens to you
How good are you at taking ownership of your life, holding yourself accountable for your actions and taking responsibility for your results?
If you find yourself blaming others, making excuses and living in denial then you have plenty of room for improvement. If you hear yourself saying, “I couldn’t do that because . . . “ STOP, take responsibility, and figure out what you could have done differently to create a more successful outcome.
Lisa Walker is a Certified Business Coach with ActionCOACH, the World’s #1 Business Coaching Firm. She has a proven track record of success with both small businesses and in the corporate environment. Business Coach Lisa Walker – When You’re Ready to Be the Best.