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When the Odds are Stacked Against You

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Staying positive and goal-oriented is very easy to do when the going is good. The true winners in life are the people who can persist when times are tough and it seems the whole world seems to be totally against them. The real question is, how do you keep moving forward when the odds seem to be stacked up against you?

The first thing to realize when you are in this kind of situation is that EVERY person who has ever accomplished something of significance, was faced with a similar situation. This is a guarantee. The wealthy business person was broke and inexperienced at some point. The olympic gold medal winner was slow and clumsy in the beginning. The stage performer was in a low budget show forgetting her lines.

Some people must face greater hardships than others but no one is immune to it. And this is really the key to this lesson. If you are in a situation right now where it seems like quitting or defeat are your only options, here are some ideas you can use to drive yourself forward and keep going. Go to school on your leaders. No matter what you are trying to achieve, there is someone in the world who has very likely done it before.

Success leaves clues so your job is to become the investigator. Find out what made these other people successful. More importantly, learn about their hardships and how they triumphed when the odds were stacked against them. Then...realize that you have the exact same abilities as that other person providing you are willing to do the things that person did. Put it in perspective. A great example is someone starting out in business for themselves. Most businesses experience a pretty rocky road in their first few years. This also happens to be the period of time when many business owners give up. But when you put it in perspective, the hardships you are facing at the start of your venture likely pail in comparison to people with real challenges.

There are people struggling with addiction, physical handicap, family breakup and so on. There are people in these situations who maintain a positive outlook and still make the best of their life. If they can do it with severe problems, you can do it with relatively minor problems. Ask ask ask. There is the old saying ask and it shall be given. The saying contains a powerful truth. People who have become good at asking for what they want and need in life, tend to get more help from others.

When the odds are stacked against you, regardless of what you are trying to accomplish, there are people out there who will be willing to help if you ask them. If you are in need of help with money, resources, support, exposure or anything else, ASK. Ask a lot of people. Ask with conviction. Ask with passion. If you ask enough people...you WILL find the support. The key thing to remember in this whole discussion is that you are an achiever. If at any point in your life, the odds are stacked against you and success seems like a distant dream, you are doing something RIGHT. This is a sign of your courage, determination and persistence.

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Taking action

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Simply taking action without any direction or goal is a futile exercise. You’ll never reach your goals, and you’ll never attain your riches if all you have is a plan.

You Must Take Action

For many, planning is the easy part. They can plan successful business after successful business and they are in fact great planners. hat keeps them from being successful is that they fail to act.

A plan is just a bunch of written words on paper. It doesn’t create a business. You and your actions create a business. You’re the heart and soul of your business.

On the other side of the coin are those individuals who are superior at taking action. They see an opportunity and jump headlong right into it.This creates inconsistent and unfocused results. Some of those opportunities or actions may create profits, however if they’re not founded in or based on a personal vision of success and passion, they’re not going to last. A roadmap to riches is about lasting and sustainable success – not a flash in the pan score.

So, if planning alone isn’t enough and action alone isn’t enough, what’s the solution?

Inspired Action

Inspired action is action that is taken to support your vision. It’s why you’re creating a roadmap. Each aspect of your journey will be founded on your vision. Every step you take will be based on your vision, your definition of success and your passions. Now, that isn’t to say that you cannot take action that isn’t in your strategic plan. However, you must decide if the action you’re considering supports your vision.

For example, let’s say you have created a business writing and selling travel guides to rock climbing destinations. Your vision is to create a guide for every destination, large and small and to be known as the single best climbing destination resource around the world. Your definition of success has you traveling the world to explore and research these destinations while a team and technology automate the marketing, selling and fulfillment aspect of your business. Now, a manufacturer of climbing gear comes to you and offers you a partnership. You promote their gear and in return you make a percentage of the profits. Your initial reaction may be to jump at the opportunity or it may be to say “no thank you.” However, upon closer investigation of the opportunity you may see that this promotion may allow you to attain your vision more quickly and give you the income you need to travel more or to outsource more tasks so you have more time to travel. On the other hand, promoting this company may take more resources than you wish to allocate and therefore not the right opportunity for you.

Careful analysis and ensuring that each action you take supports your vision will ensure a steady path on your roadmap to riches.

Inspired action is your goal. As you’re creating or refining your business, create a habit of asking yourself, “Is this action going to support my business vision?”

Taking Action in Baby Steps or Massive Leaps – Which is Better?

Just like there are people who prefer to plan instead of taking action or prefer to take action instead of plan, there are those who prefer to take small steps and those who love the large leap.

It doesn’t matter what your preference is or your action taking personality. What is important is to recognize your action taking personality and plan for it accordingly.

Action In Small Steps

For many, large goals, like a million in sales or even starting a new business, are more easily achieved when broken down into smaller bites or steps. This is a great strategy to make the process seem manageable. It’s much easier to say, “I’m going to create my sales letter today” than “I’m going to make a million dollars.”

As you create your roadmap and strategies to help you achieve your vision, it’s important to create goals as well as systems and data to measure success. We’ll talk in detail about systems, metrics and standard operating procedures later in Chapter Nine. For now, know that as you create your goals and strategies to make them a reality it’s important to know your personality and how you prefer to tackle goals.

If you find smaller steps more manageable, then by all means that’s how you will create your plan.

Taking Action in Massive Leaps

Other people have a “dive right in” personality and prefer to reach their goals today, not tomorrow. That’s great.  Do whichever works better for you. As with small steps, it’s important to recognize your personality early and plan for it.

If, for example, your goal is to establish a partnership with a business that will complement yours, you may accomplish this in a single day by planning and brainstorming, researching and then getting on the phone and calling your ideal partner. (If you prefer smaller steps, this process may take you weeks or even months, which is perfectly fine, acceptable, and a prosperous way to do business.)

The important thing to recognize and to remember is that if your business plan goes against your personality and natural way to do things, it’s not going to work. You must embrace your strengths and natural tendencies in order to leverage your business and business plan in the most profitable way possible.

Moving Beyond Your Comfort Zone

Occasionally, you’ll come across a goal that you feel inspired to tackle a different way. That is to say, you may be a person who tackles goals with smaller strategic steps, however this particular goal has inspired you to jump right in and get it done. Don’t fight this impulse. Acknowledge that it is different than your usual MO and embrace it. We have these impulses and reactions for a reason. If you’re inspired to move beyond your comfort zone or traditional mode of operandi then do it!

Action, inspired action, is required to take your vision, your dream, and your definition of success and make it a reality. Without it, without inspired action or action which is motivated by a conscious plan, your business is little more than a dream and a piece of paper.

Action is required!

 

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