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9 Do’s and Don’ts of Successful People

Cookie Tuminello,


The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” – Walt Disney


The other day I was talking to one of my clients who had taken a giant leap of faith in her business that when implemented was going to catapult her company this year. I was so proud of her because she had chosen to invest in herself and her ultimate success. When I asked her how she felt, she said, “Scared to death,” but she knew it was time to quit talking about success and take action. It was time to go big or go home and she wasn’t “going home.” She could no longer sit on the sidelines waiting for fate to take its course.

A little over a year ago, I, too, experienced a cathartic moment when my coach asked me was my business a serious endeavor or just a hobby. Talk about a wake up call. But then that’s why you hire a coach - to ask you the hard questions that you haven’t thought of or don’t want to face. That was a turning point for me. That is when I started taking myself and my business much more seriously. Don’t get me wrong, I love helping women achieve their goals, but I want to reach out and help as many women as possible to be the best that they can be, and you can’t do that thinking small and playing safe.

If your intention is to be successful, then you are going to have to take the actions that successful people take.

Successful people don’t just talk about their goals, they take concrete steps to get them there.

For instance, successful people don’t:

Wait for the right time. If you wait the right time might never come along

Hesitate if an opportunity presents itself. They seize the opportunity and run with it.

Ask the price before they look at value. They know that they need to invest in their business and themselves because both endeavors are worth it.

Let fear stop them. They face fear straight on, decide a clear path and then plough through those roadblocks.

Wait for someone else to make the first move. Exactly ‘who’ is that someone going to be if it isn’t you, the business owner?

Worry about making a mistake. Making mistakes is how we grow and learn new techniques to help our businesses thrive.

Let the ‘Yeah, but’ get in their way. That word ‘but’ is just another stone on the pathway to success that you need to move before you continue your journey.

Associate with negative people. Always hang out with the positive people who support you and your vision. Negativity breeds more negativity and who needs that in their life?

Don’t whine or make excuses about why they are not successful. You can be a victim or a victor. Choose to be a victor and be successful.

Successful people do:

Take action. They make a decision, a strategic plan, and then implement it.

Make things happen. Set the wheels in motion to take that leap of faith and just do it.

Seize opportunities. Investigate that new idea you have for growing your business and then turn that idea into a reality.

Learn the skills they need to learn to succeed. By investing in yourself, you’re investing in your business - a win/win situation.

Become fearless. Whenever fear rears its ugly head, stare it straight in the eye and say, “You have no place in my business or my life. I WILL succeed!”

Know that there are no mistakes, just learning opportunities. As an old friend of mine used to say back in the dark ages, ‘Mistakes are why erasers were invented.” Use that same philosophy when it comes to conquering your fear of making a blunder in your business.

Surround themselves with positive, supportive people. By surrounding yourself with people who are where you want to be, you double or triple the chances of succeeding.

Get support. Never be afraid to reach out and ask someone to help you out. If you need additional team members, hire them, or if you need a coach to help you figure out where you need to go then find one.

They expect to succeed with unwavering faith. They never settle for less than what they truly want in their business and their life.


So, what about you? Are you doing the things that successful people do to get what you want or are you going to settle for playing small? Is your business where you want it to be or do your feet feel like they’re encased in concrete? Are you merely talking about instituting changes or taking firm actions to get to where you want to go?

Take a look at where you are in your business right now. Take the time to write out a strategic plan of action to propel your business to the level you want to achieve in 2009.






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Jordan Mossa, 2009-07-14 18:36:27
donts and dos-- I AGREE WITH THIS ABOVE ADVICE. IN LIFE YOU MUST TAKE ACTIONS AND YOU MUST KNOW THAT YOU WILL BE MAKING A LOT OF MISTAKES. ONCE YOU ARE CONFIDENT OF YOUR ABILITIES...WINNING AND LOSING ARE EASY TO RECEIVE. ONCE ONE OF MY OLDER BUSINESS COLLEAGUES SAID THIS TO ME..."JORDAN, YOU DIDN'T WASTE ANY TIME THERE...YOU LEARNED A LOT...YOU ARE MORE KNOWLEADGEABLE THAN THE REST OF THOSE AGENTS. IT'S TRUE....BE FEARLESS AND TAKE ACTIONS JORDAN MOSSA REALTOR, SAN DIEGO, CA WWW.JORDANMOSSA.COM



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