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Change Your Life In 5 Minutes - The Steps To Success

Mar 4, 2008
Successful people make habits of certain things. Things they do unconsciously. Generally they don't think too much about "being successful". They are too busy doing the things that make them successful. If you study these habits and attributes, and make them part of your daily life, and learn what habits to avoid you can duplicate their success. When you are ready to start you home business, you really need to know what habits to develop, and which ones to stay away from.

What follows are the reasons that top business owners have identified as the reasons that people fail at home businesses. See if you can identify any of these traits in yourself and make the change toward a success oriented behavior.

The first reason for failure is starting and proceeding tentatively. You either want to do this or you don't. You cannot go into something that you intend to succeed at thinking well, we'll see what happens. If that's your attitude, just spend your money on lottery tickets. You'll have a better chance of winning.

If you speak with successful people, the vast majority of them will tell you that their achievements were made with hard work, commitment, determination and an attitude of persistence. We all know the stories of people who just got lucky". But frankly, those stories are few and far between. Successful people make their luck. Its amazing how much luckier you can become when you work diligently at something.

If you are serious about having a home business then your commitment, your money and your time can certainly improve your "luck". Leverage your strengths, make a commitment to what you are going to accomplish and then watch your luck improve.

The second reason for failure is that most people spend their time doing things that don't really move them forward toward their goals. It can be difficult to work at home. There are multiple distractions and it is easy to get off track and spend all your time doing busy work, and not productive work. Its important to organize your office, to have things in order, return messages, and handle the mail. But it doesn't directly make your business more successful.

In order to advance toward your goals, you need to do the things that bring in clients and put money in your pocket. Get up more adwords campaigns and advertising, draft letters for your email autoresponder, do those things you know you need to do to bring more traffic to your website.

If your spending all your time doing busy work, you feel like your getting something done. You probably are getting something done, and there is nothing wrong with that. You just have to realize that what your doing isn't bringing in any money, and it is not getting you closer to your goal.

So the second habit to develop is to understand what kind of work your doing. If your spending 100% of your time doing busy work, then you need to adjust your day so that the majority of your time is spent on income generating, business producing activities. Make that change, and your business will immediately begin to become more successful.

The third failure is one of diminishing excitement. When you first start a business, your excited. You cant wait to work on it. You spend your time planning dreaming and working toward your goals. After a few weeks, or months, the excitement wanes. You haven't made much money, and as the frustration and excitement wear off, the doubt begins to creep in. Your feeling of excitement turns to thoughts that you might have made a bad decision. It is in this moment, that the successful are separated from the average. You must stay laser focused on your goals and your business.

The thing about an internet business is that it doesn't take much money to get into. You may, over a few months invest a few hundred dollars in various software and other things to make your job easier. But in the end, the small investment works against you from a commitment stand point. It makes it much easier to throw in the towel. Without the financial commitment and with growing doubts replacing your enthusiasm you may feel that this is the perfect time to quit. Don't keep thinking that the grass is greener on the other side.

You picked your business for a reason. And picking a new one won't make things better because the one thing you keep bringing to every business you do, is you. You can be successful if you make that commitment, and stick with it. Eventually the things that you need to do to become successful at the business you are already in will become second nature.

The fourth reason for failure is not accepting personal responsibility. Your failure is no one else's fault. That;s right, I said it. You are the only one responsible for your success or failure. Likewise, there is no one else that can take credit for you success. You are the master of your fate. This is a trait of successful people. They accept responsibility for their mistakes. People who fail have the tendency to blame others.

So develop the habit of accepting responsibility for your business, your decisions, and the achievement of your goals. Its a habit that will serve you well in your quest for success.

The fifth reason people fail is that they have not specifically set out what they want to achieve, and they have no roadmap to get their. Imagine getting into your car with only the plan of going to the "town of success". You have no idea where this town is, but you feel like it is far away. You have no map, no directions or guidance of any kind. People that do this actually do have a plan. Their plan is to drive around aimlessly and see if they can find their goal. What kind of a program is that? How much time will it take? Will they even find the town? How much quicker would it be if they had a map, or directions. The map gives them the ability to go directly to their goal. Having a plan also gives you some control over you time.

We lead busy lives. The bills have to be paid, the kids have to get to school, the dog has to be walked, our home, our family, our job. And on top of all of that, we try to squeeze in time to run a business. Amid all the distractions, we try to figure out what to do next. Having a written plan makes this process less thought intensive. If you know exactly what has to be done, you can proceed through it with determination, and the knowledge that you are achieving something for your business.

There are several things that you need to know in order to organize your time properly. If you don't have a plan in place, the following suggestions will help you get started:
  1. You need to know how much time you can give your business. This should be written down so you have a work schedule.
  2. What software or other tools do you need. This includes books, products, suppliers, etc.
  3. Specifically, EXACTLY, what is your goal for the next 15 days, 30 days, 6 months, one year.
  4. Accept responsibility for you're your business. Don't blame others when you fail. In accepting responsibility you will develop confidence in your decisions.
  5. Set your goals, write down your plan
These suggestions really will make the difference between success and failure at your home business. It won't take much time, 1 to 2 hours at the most to write your plan.

That's it. Five simple truths about how to succeed at a home business. So do you remember what they were, lets summarize:
  1. Work hard, and stay commited.
  2. Spend your time doing things that bring in customers, clients and money. Spend less time doing just busy work.
  3. Stay motivated. Go to seminars, listen to cd's of your favorite motivators, read more about your industry. Find what makes you excited about your business, and immerse yourself in it.
  4. Take personal responsibility for your business. Its successes and its failures.
  5. Write down your goals.
If you decide to take this path, arm yourself with these qualities. You will reap the rewards that will change your life forever.
About the Author
Chuck Hoskins is an active health care professional in the San Francisco Bay area who now operates several websites related to health care, marketing and helping others to become successful at their home business. If you make the decision to start a successful home based business, YourLifesDream.com is a great place to get a step-by-step plan for success.
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