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May 10, 2010

Inspired to Succeed: Put it into words

As new clients come to me, I always ask “What do you want?”

They often discover they aren’t prepared to answer that question. They feel they don’t know what they want anymore. They just want business to get better.

When I ask a few more questions, it becomes clear they do know what they want AND they know what they don’t want.

But they are afraid to put it into words.

They are afraid to dream right now.  They don’t want to be disappointed. They don’t want to set themselves up to fail. They don’t want to get their hopes up only to see them crash. They feel that if others can’t make it right now, why would they be able to?

As a result, they’re often moving powerfully toward what they don’t want.

Does this sound like you? What do you want that you are afraid to articulate now?

If you aren’t putting what you want to create into words, you are leaving it up to chance. Things do happen by chance. But the likelihood that chance is going to deliver exactly what you want is pretty slim. And if you haven’t articulated what you want, chance could bring it to you —and you might not recognize it!

So what can you do? Creating what you want begins with allowing yourself to see it and put it into words. It never ceases to amaze me that when I think it and say it and write it and take inspired action toward it, what I visualize comes to life more often than not.

Leading the way to success starts with a plan. To plan you must have a vision. That vision must be specific. And it starts with words.

Follow these steps to create success with words:

  1. Examine your thinking. What thoughts are getting in the way of creative action? (Ask me about a great resource for doing this!)
  2. Ask yourself the right questions. What do you want? What don’t you want? What do you really want? How might it become possible? What would you need to change for this to happen?
  3. Write it down and be specific. What you want must be specific, measurable, actionable, realistic and timely (give yourself a deadline).
  4. Put it where you can see it. Having your goal in front of you makes it harder to forget.
  5. Use it to guide your choices. Everything you do either moves you toward your goal or away from it.
  6. Eliminate the word failure from your vocabulary. My friend Beth reminded me the other day that “From the middle success looks like failure.”
  7. Make a plan. Visualize the path from where you are to where you want to be. What needs to happen?
  8. Follow it. A mediocre plan followed consistently will do better than a brilliant plan not followed. (Of course a brilliant plan followed consistently is even better!)
  9. Everyday do at least 3 significant things that move you in the right direction.
  10. Examine your thinking again. Watch out. Your mind is tricky and will try to trip you up. Stay vigilant and keep putting it into words.
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