Success Tips

The Secrets to Becoming a Successful Work at Home Mom

Success1I’ve been working at home successfuly since 2006 and I get more and more excited everyday.  When I first started, I was really excited to make a positive change in my life.  As you’ve probably read on the “About Kristie” page on here, I was in a very bad situation.  But I needed a change and knew that my home business would be the answer.  Having had no experience when I started my home business, it was my very first home anything, I had no idea how I was going to reach success and a full time income from home but I KNEW that I would.  I had 0% skill but I had 100% attitude!  I vowed from day one to make this happen instead of making excuses.  I knew there would be good days and bad days but as long as the good days out weighed the bad, it was a success!!  I’ve always worked hard every day consistently and the small daily efforts over time added up to a beautiful thing!  And now it’s my passion to give back and help everyone who wants it reach the same success and beyond!  There is so much room at the top in this industry, that’s the beautiful thing.  This doesn’t just happen for some people, it happens for everyone who wants it!!  And if you’re reading this, you have taken a step in the right direction.

There are a few different variables that have to meet together to build a successful business, the opportunity, the coaching, the marketing, prospecting skills, etc.  But the main ingredients and secrets to building a successful home business is attitude and consistency.  If you have them, you can move mountains.  If you don’t, it will paralyze and disable your home business.

I remember when I was new, I used to always email my mentor these LONG emails with questions, my thoughts, concerns…..having never done anything like this before, I wanted to make sure I was doing this and doing it right.  I didn’t want to miss a thing!  I wanted to hit my first promotion in 30 days, I didn’t hit it until two months.  Then I wanted to hit my next promotion like yesterday and got SO impatient.  I remember many of my emails to my mentor I was asking “What’s the secret, am I missing something?”  She would always come back and say “You just have to be consistent day in and day out and when you are, over time, amazing things will happen.  It will all fall into place.”  And you know, we can hear that over and over and over again but until we truly see it happen, we don’t really understand the truth of it.

What I’ve learned from my home business is that pretty much the success of anything in life involves being consistent.  If you’re trying to lose weight and get into shape, that doesn’t happen over night.  It takes weeks and months, and sometimes could take a year or more.  And it’s hard work, there are bumps in the road, we have setbacks, we have bad days and binge eat the bag of Oreos in the pantry, but we pick ourselves up, dust of the crumbs and start fresh the next day with the right eating and exercise patterns.  In marriage, anyone who has ever been married KNOWS that takes consistent daily effort.  You can’t just ignore it and expect it to thrive, you have to work at it.  If you ignore it, it starts to fail.  If you nurture it, it thrives.  It takes daily effort.  The key word and what a lot of people find exhausting is the “effort” part.  But anything in life of worth is going to take hard work.  That’s how we appreciate it more.  What we’re working for here is financial freedom, the ability to be able to work for a few years and retire with a lifetime residual income.  That’s not going to come at a super easy small price.  It’s too big to be worth so little time.  But the alternative is working for someone else and making them rich for the next forty years.  So, work consistently for yourself at home for a few years and have a lifetime residual income OR work constantly for someone else for 40+ years and retire with barely anything.  It’s a no brainer.  And you may be thinking, well if I work that long, I’m going to have much more than barely anything.  But the sad news is, is that a HUGE percentage of retirees do not make enough to live on.  And with the future of social security and the state of the economy, I’m not going to depend on that.  I’m going to take charge and control and build something great for my family.  I’m going to build a legacy for them.  They deserve that, I deserve that, you guys deserve that!  We were all born for greatness!

I’ve seen SO many people give up and quit before the blessing.  The reason being, is our society has a microwave mentality, we want it and we want it now.  It’s the instant gratification curse that us Americans have.  But we can’t let that take over.  We have to continue realizing that to reach something great, it takes time and commitment.  What that means for you is you need to work on your daily efforts….DAILY!  That includes your marketing strategies, how you present your business/products/services to your prospects, personal development….everything on your daily action list!  What happens here when you commit to that and follow through is that you are putting on the numbers and when you do that, the enrollments WILL follow, it’s a fact.  You’ll get good at it, it will get easier every time.  And in the beginning, you might have to talk to 20 people to get a yes.  But over time, as you’re consistent, you’ll be able to enroll many more of those 20 people.

What also happens when you’re consistent, is you build momentum.  Momentum is gold in this business.  You can do amazing things when you’re riding the momentum.  Your enrollments will skyrocket and it becomes fun!  The opposite would be taking a break, maybe saying “I don’t feel like making calls this week” and then finally getting back on the phone next week and you’re rusty, you’re not having as much fun and that shows in your voice.  Another thing I LOVE about being consistent is building my pipeline.  Your pipeline is everyone you’ve ever done a presentation on that didn’t enroll on the spot.  Those people that you think are No’s….well they don’t always stay No’s.  Maybe it wasn’t the right time in their lives, maybe they still believed they could find data entry online.  Whatever their maybe was, some of them will come back to you, weeks, months and even years later.

Consistency pays off guys!  TRUST IT! Now it’s very easy to say “Okay, I’m going to be consistent” but actually living that motto everyday can be a challenge at times.  It’s easier said than done.  No sooner than you making a decision to do something positive in your life will an obstacle jump right out and challenge you.  Things are going to get in your way, there is no way around that.  No one is immune to that.  Change your attitude from “Oh no, something is in my way” to “Hey, I was expecting you and you’re not going to defeat me.”  Attitude is everything!!!  And in this business, if you have a good attitude, you can write your own paychecks.  90% of your success in this business will be determined by your attitude.  So keeping it in check is key!!

You want to go on a mission to feed your mind and learn how to put good things in so that good things will come out.  Working on your personal development is the answer.  One thing I’ve always loved about the home based business industry is that we have SO many great personal development tools at our fingertips.  Get connected to industry leaders and you will always have a ton of good stuff to put in.  I also put together a recommended reading list of all the books that have helped me to reach success from home.  You can find that on the bottom of the “Success Tools” page here on this blog.  Start reading books from the list.  Five years ago,  I just didn’t think that I need that “stuff.”  But I was wrong.  When we stop learning, we stop growing.  When I finally gave into this personal development concept, it changed my life.  It not only transformed my business, but it transformed by personal life as well.  Personal Development was one of the many gifts that my home business gave to me.  I hope you choose to receive that gift as well.

So there you have it….The Secret to Success at Home = Attitude and Consistency!  Focus on it, commit to it and go out there and claim your victory!!!

Believing in YOU,

12 Mistakes that Cause Women to Fail in their Home Business… and How to Avoid Them

mistakesYou usually read tips of what you CAN do to help you grow your business.  Well I’m putting a different spin on things today. I’m going to share things NOT to do in your business, the top 12 mistakes that cause women to fail in their home businesses.  And hopefully, you will read with an open heart and learn from them:)

Each one of these mistakes are very common and most home business owners make at least one of them if not several. Once the mistakes are acknowledged, they can be easily reversed.  However, these mistakes, if not caught early on, can lead to the failure of your business and some discouragement.  And we want the majority of your days as a work at home mom to be happy and encouraging!  You will have bad days too, but avoiding these mistakes will help you eliminate quite a few of them!

Mistake #1:  Waiting for your enroller to call you and offer help

In this business it is crucial to make sure that you are connected to your enroller.  But don’t wait for them to call you!  Your enroller is most likely leading a large team of people and focusing on the team members that are “in the game”.  The proper course of action is to contact your enroller anytime YOU need help.  Your enroller does not know you are struggling unless you let them know.   They are not mind readers.  Call them, Instant Message them, Facebook them, let them know you are serious and “in the game” and that you have questions or need mentoring.   ALWAYS remember that your enroller wants to hear from you!!  That is what this business is all about!

Mistake #2:  Not being prepared for Dream Stealers

Without a doubt you will come across people, usually friends and loved ones, who might try to steal your dreams.  They may tell you, “You can’t do one of those things, that work at home stuff doesn’t work.”  These people are called Dream Stealers. And most of them feel they are just trying to protect you.  Unfortunately most people are preprogrammed to believe that working a 40 hour a week job for 40 years is the only option and that a home based business is not going to work. And we know that’s not true, that’s why we’re here.  We are among the elite 3% that know there is a better way and are willing to go for it!!  As for those dream stealers, there is a simple fix:  Don’t let them!  No one can steal YOUR dreams unless YOU let them!  And they will come around when you show them the money!

Mistake #3:  Not completing your training An all too common mistake is when someone is just so excited to get into working their new business they skip the training steps.  This is a short and easy mistake to explain and avoid.  Simply, do your training, don’t skip any steps.  They are there because they are ALL very important to your success.  Remember, when you need help, contact your enroller.   They are there to help however, if you don’t let them know you need help, they can’t help.

Mistake #4: Spending too much time on “busy work” Starting a new home business is VERY exciting!  There are a lot of things that you can do.  You can get your home office all set up, you can load up on office supplies.  You can spend hours designing marketing supplies. You can take time to write out a business plan.  You can spend weeks reading, training, listening to calls and watching videos online.  All of these things are very exciting and will certainly benefit your business in the long run.  However, your first goal is to make back your initial investment and get to the point where you are earning enough income to cover your overhead.  So it’s important to do just the basic necessities and then jump right into working your business.  Sometimes in the beginning people are afraid to get out and start talking to people.  It is new for them and it puts them outside their comfort zone.  This is normal and about 70% of people experience these feelings and that perfectly ok.  I know I did.  The mistake is made when these people “hide behind” the busy work mentioned above.  That keeps them from having to face their fears.  The way to avoid this mistake is know from the beginning that 15% of your time should be focused on the “busy work” and 85% on actively marketing and prospecting.

Mistake #5: Having unrealistic expectations with income Most home business owners are looking to be a part of a legitimate business and not a “get rich quick scheme.”  For most of us this statement should be true.  However, the mistake happens when people think, “Sure, I want a legitimate business, I don’t want a get rich quick scheme but I do want to make money real fast.”  Well, there is a problem with this and don’t worry if this is you because about 90% of people feel this way.  There is an easy fix though.  We have to remember the first part, we want a real, legitimate business and those don’t create tons of money overnight. Most new businesses are in business for 1-3 years before they even make a profit.  Fortunately for us it doesn’t take nearly that long.  In this industry, it’s usually only 1-3 months maximum to start making a profit.  Of course that is up to each individual person, how driven and committed they are.  And it is very possible to make hundreds even thousands your first month, many of us have.  I encourage you to strive for your financial goals from the start, however I advise you to have realistic expectations.  “Rome wasn’t built in a day.”  But if you still feel like things are moving too slow, get with your enroller and they can advise you on how to get things moving quicker so you can start building those monthly residual checks we all love!

Mistake #6: Having unrealistic expectations with advertising and results It takes time for advertising to work.  In most cases you won’t get tons and tons of replies from doing 1 or 2 forms of advertising only 1 or 2 times.  Those familiar with the advertising industry will tell you that it’s about repetition. Doing the advertising again and again is what creates true success.  They say that it takes a person three times of looking at something to actually SEE it.  Think of the work you do each day with advertising and marketing as planting seeds in your garden.  This has to be done in order to see the flowers.  It also takes some time for the seeds to start to grow.  The seeds are working and starting to grow under the soil, but you can’t see it yet even though it’s working or they’re growing.  Then, after several weeks you start to see a little bit of green poke out of the soil.  You can actually now see some results of your planting seeds although still only very small results.  And, if you are patient, before long, you will see beautiful colorful flowers!  A big thing that will help here is for you to work your way up to having five forms of advertising or marketing going on at the very same time each and every week. This can take months to accomplish but make it your goal.  Those who master this have very successful businesses!   If you feel you are not getting anywhere with your advertising, get with your enroller and revamp what you currently have going on. That’s what they are there for and they can help!

Mistake #7: Not setting a schedule This step is so simple but SO many new home business owners don’t follow it.  You really need to set a schedule for yourself.  For example:  I work Monday – Friday from 8-5.  Create a schedule that works best for you and try your very best to stick to it.  This is your own business, so now and then it’s okay to make some changes to your schedule.  Life happens and other things come up, but if you miss some of your set hours try to make them up somewhere else in the week.  I do this.  If something interferes with my M-F schedule, I make the time up on Saturday or Sunday. Also, and this is important, treat your business just like a part time job outside the home.  If you stopped showing up to your part time job outside the home, were late every day, were not reliable or didn’t put in 100% of your effort, you’d stop getting checks, because you’d get fired.  With your home business, no one will fire you, however, you will stop getting checks or worse not even start getting any. You wouldn’t do those things with a job outside the home so don’t do it to a job inside the home.  TREAT YOUR BUSINESS WITH AS MUCH RESPECT, IF NOT MORE, THAN YOU WOULD TREAT A JOB WORKING FOR SOMEONE ELSE!  I promise that if you don’t value and respect your business, soon enough you will find yourself working outside the home.  And everyday when you go to that job, you will think to yourself, “Man!  I wish I didn’t have to work this job!”  Well, you don’t, but NOW is the time to make sure you never have to go and get another job again.  Work your business, set a schedule, make a commitment and give 100%!

Mistake #8:  Not setting goals or having an action plan

You need to set goals for yourself so you can always know where you are and where you want to go.  Your goals can be when you want to get to a certain promotion level or income level or how many pieces of business you wish to sign up per month, how many forms of advertising you want going on each and every week, how many full conversations you want to have with prospects each day.  Set goals, define where you want to go, and hold yourself accountable.  It isn’t always whether or not you reach your goals, but sometimes it’s just looking and asking yourself did you do everything possible this week to help you reach your goals.

Mistake #9: Failing to participate in your team’s training calls

A simple and easy to explain mistake.  Most companies with successful teams have MANY training calls available to you each week and they are a HUGE part of your ongoing training to master your business.  You will learn ways to market and advertise, how to talk to prospects, close them and overcome objections. You will learn about your products/services. You will even hear from other successful leaders as they share with you exactly what they did to reach their level of success.  So the fix here, attend these calls!  If you are part time you should be listening to at least two calls per week and if you are full time you should be listening to 3-4 calls per week.  If your team doesn’t have training calls, suggest they start them!

Mistake#10:  Getting emotionally attached to your prospects

What this means is you talk to a prospect today, let’s call her Mary…and you and Mary have an awesome conversation, you really hit it off and you talk on a friendly level with her and she tells you at the end that she is very excited and will be ready to start on Friday and asks you to call her back at 1:00 on Friday to help her get started.  Then you call her on Friday at 1:00 and she doesn’t answer the phone.  That’s not a good feeling, I know.  It got me down a lot in my business when I was new.  And who knows why Mary didn’t answer the phone, she may have just told you that because she couldn’t tell you no, or maybe her husband talked her out of it or maybe she just got scared, who knows.  The best way to avoid this is to always focus forward and not backwards.  It’s great that you had a nice conversation with Mary last week but don’t focus on that.  Only focus on talking to new people, focusing forward.  If you call Mary back on Friday and she answers, that’s great!!  But if she doesn’t (which happens sometimes) don’t allow yourself to get upset, just bless and release and keep pressing forward.

Mistake #11: Going into management mode

I see this one a lot.  A new home business owner will enroll a team member or two or three and they go into complete management mode.  A lot of new team leaders fall into this trap.  They focus too heavily on training and leading their team members and discontinue looking for new people.  This will kill your business and completely put a halt on earning new checks.  You need to continue working on personal production.  Not only will it help you earn more checks and find great leaders but it is a great example for your team.  If you’re adding business, your team will follow you.  To build a successful team, it is so important to lead by example!!!  This business is a numbers game.  To find the leaders you need to new levels and beyond, you will need to add the quantity to get the quality.  Your first three or four team members will most likely NOT be the leaders that will help you promote to the next level.  Trust me on that.  You will need to add many more than that.  Also, there is a power in numbers.  The more people you have on your team that are also looking for new team members, the more your check will grow!!!  Obviously 30 team members can add more business than just you all by yourself.  So, if you’re looking to reach the top level and a six figure income with your company, you need to understand that volume equals results.

Mistake #12: Quitting before the blessing

The most amazing part of your home business is when you can really start to see amazing things happening in your business.  You start to see growth on your team and real significant growth in your paychecks.  This is something that takes time to start to see, it doesn’t happen right away.  Building a successful home business takes time.  However, if you work your business consistently and with a strong desire to achieve greatness, you WILL reach your financial goals. When you do, your dreams become reality and it is an amazing blessing.  The problem lies when a person quits the business before the blessing.  All too many times we have heard people say, “Its going too slow”, “Things are not happening”, “It’s not going to work for me.”  The thing is, it is going to work.  It works for EVERY single person who stays and works their business.  Building a home business is a lot like being on a diet and exercise plan.  It takes a lot of daily effort and dedication.  A week or two can go by and you may not see the results JUST yet.  Would you quit your diet and stop exercising just because you don’t see results right away? No!  You keep going because you KNOW it WILL work if you keep working hard at it.  Same thing with building a home business!  Easy fix here, do not let quitting be an option for you!  If you are a part of a great company, it will happen for you!  The only difference between you and the successful leaders in your company is that they have been here longer and that’s it!

So there you have it ladies, the 12 mistakes that cause women to fail in their home businesses.  Are you making any or many of them??  If so, no worries, a lot of us did in the beginning of our business.  You can correct the mistakes and start moving forward in the direct of great success from home!!  I TRULY wish that for all of you!  My home business has changed my life!  You ALL deserve that same amount of success and beyond!!Much love and success,

5 Ways to Stay Focused While Building your Home Based Business

workathomeOne of the most common problems working from home is how to manage our time effectively. What most fail to do is to manage their time well, so they can become more productive and achieve more in less time. BUT, if you put a time management system in place you can get more accomplished in a day and can also help to reduce personal stress and feeling overwhelmed, where instead you will have better focus and can be in control.

There are many people that start their home business while they are working a job outside of the home….I was one of them. And while it may seem like you don’t have “time”, you really do. No matter what your schedule is, whether you’re a single mom with kids, going to college at night, working two jobs…you can MAKE time for your home business.  We tend to MAKE time for what’s important to us. It’s all about prioritizing and creating a plan and schedule. Instead of watching TV in the evening, make that small sacrifice to turn the TV OFF and do something that will help improve the quality of your life and your future…which is working your business.

When I was at my job, I literally worked my business in the cracks of my life. If I had a spare 15 minutes in the morning, I would make a prospecting call. If I was sitting at my desk, I would listen to recorded training calls on my headphones, If I was sitting in traffic, I would pop in a personal development CD. If I was waiting anywhere, doctors office, getting oil changed, I would read books on personal development. I would get up and hour early and stay up an hour late to place ads, respond to emails. Whatever it took to GET IT DONE!  I knew that making sacrifices would eventually payoff and I would be able to come home full time to my kids!  I knew it was only temporary!

There are also many who are already home full time when they start their journey of working at home.  And while we all LOVE the freedom and flexibility of working from home, sometimes the distractions can drive us crazy! Between the kids, the dog, the neighbors, the garbage truck and the TV, we can sometimes find ourselves putting our business on the back burner!

First of all, relax! You’re not the only one to face this problem. Especially for people accustomed to working for a big company with bosses, meetings and deadlines, it can be difficult to adjust to an environment where you have complete and total freedom to do whatever you want whenever you want to do it. In reality, of course, that freedom is only an illusion. The truth is that you still need to feed your family and pay your bills. That’s why it’s essential to find a way to minimize the distractions that keep you from accomplishing these important goals.

So, here are five of my favorite ways to stay focused in my home office:

1. Create a to-do list. It’s important to jot down your goals for the day, week and month. Not only will you get more done, but you’ll also feel a sense of accomplishment every time you check off a task on your to-do list. Prioritize your to do list. Put the in number order, or put stars next to the most important things, highlight, whatever works for you. You can list the “have to get dones” and the “like to get dones”.When you’re working on to do list, do one thing at a time. It will increase your concentration and you will be more effective. Your value will increase and your checks will grow! So focus on what you’re doing. Don’t think about everything else you need to be doing. God knows I’ve been guilty of that. When I’m doing chores, I’m thinking I should be working, when I’m working, I’m thinking about the chores that need to get done. Schedule your time, create blocks of time that are dedicated to only completing the task at hand. So that you don’t feel guilty

2. Schedule your time. By the time you’ve made yourself a cup of coffee, checked your e-mail, returned some calls and socialized on Facebook, it’s often time for lunch. That’s why it’s important to develop a daily schedule to organize your time. If you’re a morning person, for example, you may want to hit the phones first thing in the morning and start calling potential business. For me, I do my personal development before the kids get up for school, always starts the day off in a positive way. After I take them to school, I return emails and calls to my team members and from 12:00 -2:00 I make prospecting calls no matter what. And I stick to that schedule always! How you structure your schedule doesn’t matter as long as it works for you!When you are setting this schedule you want to account for time you’ll spend speaking to potential business, for training calls, for your team members, family and personal time. When you don’t have a schedule, it is easy to get overwhelmed. What do I need to do? What do I do first? It’s very easy to get to the end of the day and not truly get anything done. The fact is, you cannot be productive when you are overwhelmed. It’s hard to implement your passion when you are in that state of mind.

3. Shut the door. This may sound obvious, but it’s hard to screen out distractions when your spouse, kids, pets and neighbors can walk into your home office any time and strike up a conversation. That’s why it’s a good idea to set up shop in a den or spare bedroom that has a door that you can close when you need to make an important phone call or concentrate on your work. If that’s not possible, explain to your family that there are certain hours during the day when you will be working and ask them to respect your boundaries. (Of course, that’s easier said than done and make take them a little time to adjust to it and take you seriously but keep telling them!) One problem I have faced is my family and friends thinking that since I “work from home” that I am just sitting at home and have tons of spare time to “hang out.” I would remind them over and over again that “yes, i do have flexibility to do things here and there WITH notice.” However, for the majority of the time, I am working and building a business just like someone who works outside of the home and I take this very seriously. It took them a while to respect it and take me seriously but now they do.

4. Ask your Spouse or family member to watch your kids. This is GREAT when you schedule your spouse or a family member to watch the kids so you can get some work done without distractions.  You can also talk with some of the other moms at the school to see if they want to swap out some play days! You can have her kids over and then on another day send your kids over there so you can get some REAL good work in.

5. Multi -Task. Understand that when you are working from home and you are speaking to someone else who wants to work from home it’s good that you can walk around your home while you are picking up toys and things.  I’ve cleaned my whole house while talking to prospects!When my mentor called me to enroll me, she mentioned that she was at home walking around picking up toys and making the kids mac and cheese! I loved that! It’s okay to say and do that because THEY want to work from home and IF they hear your kids in the background you can use that to your advantage. I love to incorporate my kids into my presentation if they are around. And, some people like to purchase a headset to help with this or some are comfortable just carrying the phone around the old fashioned way like me.

Take time every morning to decide how you want to spend your day.  Make your to-do list, prioritize and most importantly, stick to the plan.

We know this is what works, yet we don’t always implement it, why?  Because we’re overwhelmed and we haven’t taken the time to plan our day. If you can’t plan your day, how can you plan your life?

20 Tips for a Positive Year!!

positive1Hey guys!!  I ran across these tips a few years ago and they have been my “rules to live by” for quite some time now.  SUCH amazing little tid bits you help you live a positive, purpose filled and blessed life!!  And I wanted to share them with all of you!!  Hope you enjoy!

1. Take a 10-30 minute “Thank you” walk every day. While you walk practice gratitude. It is the ultimate anti-depressant.

2. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.

3. Buy a DVR, tape your late night shows and get more sleep—it’s the ultimate energizer.

4. When you wake up in the morning complete the following statement: My purpose is to ___________ today.

5. Live with the 3 E’s. Energy, Enthusiasm, Empathy.

6. Read more books than you did in 2010.

7. Make time to practice meditation, yoga, tai chi and prayer. They provide us with daily fuel for our busy lives.

8. Do the “one thing” you have always wanted to do.

9. Dream more while you are awake.

10. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less foods that are manufactured in plants.

11. Mentor someone and be mentored by someone.

12. Engage in daily random acts of kindness.

13. Clear your clutter from your house, your car, your desk and let new and flowing positive energy into your life.

14. Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip, energy vampires, issues of the past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.

15. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.

16. Eat breakfast like a queen, lunch like a princess and dinner like a college kid with a maxed out charge card.

17. Smile and laugh more. It will keep the energy vampires away.

18. Each night before you go to bed complete the following statements:

I am thankful for __________.

Today I accomplished ____________.

19. Remember that you are too blessed to be stressed!!!

20. Enjoy the ride. You only have one ride through life so make the most of it and enjoy it.

Have a positive and inspired day!!!

5 Secrets of Success from Michael Phelps

On Sunday August 17th 2008, Michael Phelps achieved one of the greatest sporting records of all time by winning an incredible eight gold medals in a single Olympic games.

Michael’s performance was seen by millions of people around the world and we can all learn a great deal about achieving our own goals by analyzing his accomplishment. Here then, are five secrets of success that helped Michael Phelps to transform his dreams into reality.Secret #1: Think BIG – The first step in Michael Phelps journey was to make the decision to pursue a dream that many people considered impossible. Instead of thinking negative thoughts and limiting his potential, Michael allowed himself to think big.

“If you dream as big as you can dream, anything is possible.” - Michael Phelps

Your Turn: In order to discover your real goals, let your imagination run free to dream as big as you can dream. Resist the temptation to limit yourself with negative thoughts. It is only by freeing your imagination that you can discover what it is that you really want from life.

Secret #2: Break it Down – Having identified his ultimate goal, Michael and his coach created a series of short term goals that would eventually lead him to his ultimate objective. In between the Olympics came the National championships, the Pan Pacific championships and the World championships. Each race of each event was a carefully planned stepping stone that would eventually lead Michael to achieve his ultimate goal of becoming the most successful Olympian of all time.

Your Turn: After identifying your long term goal, take some time to break it down into a series of achievable short term goals. As you move forward, focus on achieving your short term goals one step at a time.

Secret #3: Use the Power of Visualization – One of the most powerful techniques used by elite athletes to achieve their goals is to visualize themselves succeeding each and every day. In his book ‘Beneath the Surface’, Michael Phelps writes, “When I’m about to fall asleep, I visualize to the point that I know exactly what I want to do: dive, glide, stroke, flip, reach the wall, hit the split time to the hundredth, then swim back again for as many times as I need to finish the race”.

Your Turn: Visualizing your goals before you sleep is a great way to program your subconscious mind. The more you visualize your dreams as a reality, the more motivated and determined you will become.

Secret #4: Put in the Hard Work – No matter how naturally talented Michael Phelps may be, the main reason he achieved his goals was because he was prepared to put in the thousands of hours of grueling hard work necessary to compete at the highest level. According to Michael, “In the four years between the Athens and Sydney Olympics I probably took four or five days off and none of those were holidays”

Your Turn:

Be prepared to put in the hard work required to transform your dreams into reality. There really is no such thing as getting something for nothing. In order to make your dreams a reality you will have to work hard.Secret #5: Monitor Your Performance Metrics – Every elite athlete understands the importance of using metrics to monitor their performance and progress. Michael’s coach Bob Bowman constantly monitors and reviews Michael’s split times down to the hundredth of a second. This provides them both with tangible evidence of how Michael is progressing towards achieving his goals.

Your Turn: As you work towards your goals, figure out your own key metrics. For example, if you are studying, record how many hours of productive work you do each day. Or if you are building a business, record how many potential customers you contact each week. Whatever your goal may be, you will get there faster by recording and constantly improving your performance metrics.

While you may not be pursuing an Olympic gold medal, always remember that your life goals are just as important. I’d like to encourage you today to use some of the same techniques Michael Phelps used to achieve his goals. If you can

(1) Think BIG (2) Break it down (3) Utilize the power of visualization (4) Work hard and (5) Monitor your performance metrics

You too can conquer the challenges that stand in your way and make your dreams a reality!!

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Dare To Dream!

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