If I had to Choose 3 Things that made me successful, here’s what it would be
I feel like I’ve been an entrepreneur my entire adult life. I can’t remember when I worked for anyone other than apprenticing to learn something about a business I was interested in pursuing.
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During college I worked in fashion design and started an online vacation wear store before it was popular to shop online. After I graduated, I painted large scale architectural renderings and ran my own interior exterior design firm. Now I work in the Music business with my own PR company, a podcast in the top 10% worldwide and I sell my own Art Work.
If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably already realized that having an entrepreneurial spirit is a unique kind of vibe.
To any inspired Entrepreneur, there’s a difference between spending a day on tasks that make a difference and wasting a day on things that don’t.
When you spend the day doing things that don’t make a difference in your bottom line, that time spent can make you feel empty and unfulfilled. But when you spend a day achieving great things and moving that bottom line, you feel invigorated.
That fantastic energy is like a drug you can’t get enough of, but to have room to create that kind of positive spin, you’ve got to learn how to nurture your time like it’s a precious stream of golden nuggets. People will want pieces of it, but if you let them take nuggets from your golden stream, they will leave nothing for you. That’s why you learn how to manage your time and define the difference between important and urgent.
To be successful, you have to do what’s most important instead of urgent.
Once you’ve spent your time doing those urgent things that everybody asked you to do, you realize that you have set yourself back. Tackling all those urgent but not critical things that are important to someone else drains your energy and leaves you feeling uninspired.
If I were to list three top things that contribute to my success every day, I can narrow the list significantly so that if you just did those three things every day, you would be happier and find more success.
We all know that life is all about priorities. There are the tasks that deserve priority because they will help you achieve your goals and the urgent tasks that don’t matter.
“Urgent tasks only become urgent because they mean more to someone else than they do to you. “
Priorities are crucial because those actions you have decided will get you from point A to B.
Your first step to success is knowing the difference between a priority and an urgent task.
The next time you make out your mental to-do list, take a closer look at how many of those are priorities and how many are assigned to you by someone else.
I am listing focus at number two because if you focus on the wrong things, success cannot be yours.
Focus works best for those who clearly understand what they need to focus on to reach a goal.
If you focus on something urgent, you certainly can’t concentrate on essential things. I think this is where many people go wrong in their daily routine. Once you understand which items you need to focus on to reach an immediate goal, a new world of productivity opens up to you.
The best part of perfecting this sequence is that once you find what you’re good at and focus all of your energy in that area, you will become a superhero with the powers to achieve anything.
I love the days when I can put 100% of my energy into tasks that I know will move the success needle in my direction. When you start to fine-tune your day, you will get addicted to planning days full of what is most important rather than what is urgent.
Those are the sweetest days of life.
Momentum can be tricky because it requires a knowledge of what you are doing and an understanding of why you are doing it.
People who have learned to master their craft find the kind of momentum that few can match.
A successful person can jump tall hurdles with ease and tackle challenges that seem impossible because they have so much experience.
Momentum will only happen if you Master defining what is important and focus on it.
I’ve always believed that momentum has different levels. The kind of momentum that I was able to achieve at the beginning of my career compared to the kind of momentum I’m able to have now is much different based on my experience.
It’s essential to understand how experience influences momentum.
If you compare your progress to someone who has more experience, you’ll find more challenge in the comparison than the actual task.
The key is to use that comparison as motivation and not let your ego get involved. Find your own pace that feels right and allows you to establish roots while you make an impact. With strong roots established, a firm grasp on priorities, a masters ability to focus, and a rolling momentum, you’ll find success in achieving any goal.
Written by Jacqueline Jax
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