keys to success: HOW TO SUCCEED AND POSITION YOURSELF AS AN EXPERT
I’ve learned over the years that success is never a coincidence! So, what are the keys that can help you become wildly successful and position yourself as an influencer in the niche? If somebody had told me five years ago that I will be a life coach, writing articles for The Huffington Post, COSMOPOLITAN, Tiny Buddha and other international publications, living a “laptop lifestyle” and working under the shades of palm trees or in my favourite cafe spot with WI-FI connection, and traveling around the globe (India, Dubai, Europe…) I would be mind blown!
1) SELF DISCIPLINE
One of the major factors which will decide how successful we will be in any area of our life is the strength of our self discipline! No matter how talented and smart we are and how big opportunities and potential we may have to succeed, if we do not build our self discipline muscle, we will not be strong enough to push trough challenges on our success journey and achieve our goals.
Will you be able to push yourself out of the bed early morning and go out for a run or in the gym… or you will hit snooze and stay in bed will determine your level of fitness. Will you be able to keep on going to the gym or keep on running, despite the pain in muscles… will decide how strong and fit you will be. Whether you will decide to go to the gym or hang on social media, or watch good movie at home or hang with your significant other, or do something else more fun and less tiring… will decide will you be having that body you want so badly and that level of energy, fitness and body strength that you desire! Now, you can have the money to pay for the membership in the gym, you can have a healthy body that can perform regular exercise, you can have the time to go to the gym, you can even have a personal trainer available… but, if you do not wake up and go to the gym and do the training you were meant to do… it won’t matter. If you do not win over your laziness and resistance, and strengthen your mind to command over your thoughts and your body… you will not achieve your fitness goals!
Same goes with any other goal we want to achieve in career and life.
The most important and the most dangerous enemy we need to win over in life is ourselves: our resistance, our laziness, our inertia to maintain the status quo and avoid that little extra pain and sacrifice that can make us better, stronger and more successful.
2) KNOWING HOW MUCH WE ARE WORTH
If we keep on playing small, we will stay small! There is no guarantee that we will succeed and come out as a winner, but if we do not have the courage to try and go after our goals, there is only one guarantee: we will not even create even a possibility for ourselves to succeed!
On the other hand, even if we have the courage to take that leap of faith and take a risk, if we are not confident in our own worth and in what we have to offer, we will not feel worthy to charge the price that we deserve and we will not successfully make the good first impression with our potential clients or customers. People will feel our lack of confidence from within and they will not want to invest in us and work with us! It is important to work on empowering our confidence as well as building the inner strength and courage to take bigger risks, have greater visions and aim on bigger goals.
3) GIVE VALUE, GIVE VALUE, GIVE VALUE… THEN ASK FOR BUSINESS!
Nowadays when people are bombarded with promotions and adds, they do not need one more person or company persuading them to buy and spend their money! On the other hand, why they should trust you (especially if you are offering online services or products while so many scams are happening nowadays on the internet)? Even if they trust that there is no scam hidden behind what you’re offering, how they will know that what you are selling can really help them and improve the quality of their life?
The key to succeed is to pay it back forward: to give value, give value, give value… and then ask for business. Think of the ways how you can give value first: offer free trial, free advice, work pro bono, help people around you, create a good opt-in for your email list, offer free samples, host giveaways… Once people try your product, advice or service and get to experience first hand how good it is, then only they will trust you and be willing to invest their hard earned money! You will not be just other person wanting to get the money from them: you will be someone who helped them in a genuine way and once you ask the money, it will not feel like you’re selling: it will feel like you’re just extending your helping hand and want to offer even more value and improve the quality of their life in a greater way!
4) CREATE THE BUZZ AROUND YOU, YOUR SERVICES OR YOUR BRAND
Nowadays, when people are so much bombarded with adds and option to spend their money on, you need to zig if other competitors in your niche are zagging in order to get noticed and get their attention and stand out from the crowd!
Recently I traveled to Dubai: every single building over there is different, unique, magnificent and outstanding: there is no place in the world like Dubai. When you come back from Dubai, you have so many stories to tell, impressions to take with you, great photos to share with your friends, a lot to talk about with your friends over coffee… In order to succeed wildly, we need to be different, outstanding, magnificent and unique… just like Dubai. We need to offer something unique and special special and we need to give to people something they will talk about with their friends over a coffee! Think of the ways how you can differentiate yourself from your competitors and how you can stand out and be remembered, how you can create a “buzz” around you and your brand. and make people remember you and talk about you you to their friends, share your posts on social media…?
5) THE WORD OF MOUTH AND PUBLICITY ARE THE BEST ADVERTISEMENT YOU CAN GET!
If we keep on telling how good we are (or our service or product or whatever…) that is boosting (and people can even assume that it is a lie!). But, if other people keep on telling how good we are, how good our products and services are, how we helped them to improve the quality of their life or achieve things… that’s an achievement!
In order to really speed up our journey success we need a lot of praise, testimonials, people sharing quotes, photos, reviews about us on social media, media features, publicity… and we need to pay attention to our personal branding story and the image we present out into the world.
Think of the ways how you can make other people talk about how good you are (in a genuine way) and you will experience very soon how fast you will climb the success ladder!