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Article: Seven Strategies for Inflating
I ask people to describe characteristics of successful people,
they often identify characteristics that they associate with others
but not themselves. This never ceases to amaze me.
a recent Red Ladder survey, respondents indicated that the top
two drivers for success were 1) having a strategic vision
(87.5%) and 2) having written goals (50.0%). Further, 62.5% indicated
that their definition of success was "work that is both challenging
and rewarding." Interestingly, no one indicated that their
definition of success was "being financially secure."
all have the capacity to be successful. The question
is, how successful do you want to be? Here are some key characteristics
exhibited by successful people. Most successful people:
clearly identified their core values/ mission/ vision. These
comprise the compass by which key life decisions are made.
If a mariner didn't have a compass, how successful do you
think she would be navigating the world's oceans? You need
a compass too.
Create a personal definition of success.
This is not what society defines as success. Your personal
definition of success becomes your map and it goes hand-in-hand
with your core vales/ mission/ vision. If you don't define
success, how will you know when you achieve it?
Have clearly defined, written goals. According
to a Yale Study, 3% of the graduating class of 1953 identified
goals and 20 years later, those who had written down their
goals appeared happier and more content. Further, the same
3% that had written down their goals had achieved more wealth
than the remaining 97% of their classmates put together! Need
I say more?
Develop competency in negotiation.
During interviews with successful women in business, negotiation
was cited as the most critical factor in getting what was
wanted both personally and professionally. Successful people
understand that negotiation is not only about getting what
you want, but getting what you deserve. If you can't or won't
negotiate the results and outcomes you want for yourself,
then who will?
People who are comfortable taking risks typically experience
increased autonomy, heightened self-esteem, a more positive
attitude toward life and an increased sense of personal power.
Most successful people I speak to, see and seize opportunity.
They recognize that taking risks typically involves personal
growth. Those with an aversion to risk often link risk with
failure. What is failure? Simply a judgment about events.
So, instead, view risk as a learning opportunity. Remember,
no risk, no reward!
Engage in continuous learning.
One successful man I spoke to indicated that, "continuous
learning is key if you want to get ahead in life." Does
that mean formal education? It might, but for most, it simply
means staying current in their field or maintaining expertise
in an area of passion. And if your field of expertise also
happens to be your area of passion, then you are really onto
Think big. Successful people aren't afraid
to think big. During a recent seminar, I asked participants
to write down one goal they would like to accomplish and to
think big. One woman shared with the group that she was a
professional speaker and that her goal was to replace Oprah
Winfrey when she retires in 2008. I followed up with her recently
and discovered that she is currently in discussions with a
local broadcast company is being considered for an afternoon
TV program. That's the power of thinking big.
Allen once said "eighty percent of success is showing up."
To inflate your success, it's the other twenty percent that is
most critical, that is, hard work combined with the desire to
succeed. If you do nothing else, carve out time to craft a strategic
vision for yourself, write down your goals and remember, think
is a business consultant and speaker with a special passion for
helping women achieve leadership success. Regina helps companies
develop strategies to attract, develop and retain women leaders.
Her consulting firm, Red Ladder, Inc., also helps organizations
and their leaders develop their full potential through strategic
project management and coaching. For more information visit www.RedLadder.com
Copyright 2005 Regina
Barr, Red Ladder, Inc.
Habits for Business Success
Want to take your business to the top? Develop these habits and
enjoy a smooth journey, an article by Brian Tracy.
Your Thinking, Change Your Life: How to Unlock Your Full Potential
for Success and Achievement by
Brian Tracy. The theme of this book is that over time, "we
usually get what we think about most." While many things
factor into our success, one of the most critical is the accuracy
and power of our thinking.
Stories of Entrepreneurs - This
page has links to a number of entrepreneurial success stories
in the following categories: Great Business Leaders, Home Business
Success Stories, Succeeding on the Internet, and the SBA Small
Business Person of the Year Awardees.
Business Success Program - this is a series of business success
Survey Results - Inflate Your
100% of respondents
AGREED that they feel they are successful in their business/job.
50% of respondents
AGREED that they are a little afraid of becoming too successful.
100% of respondents
AGREED that they believe that small changes can make a huge difference
in creating business success, especially when we apply them consistently.
62.5% of respondents
DISAGREED that they associate an increase in their success with
a corresponding increase in their income level.
month we will be asking for your input on a short survey. This
month our survey is on Engagement and Commitment in the Workplace.
Magazine Quotes Regina Barr -
The August issue of Upsize Magazine addressed a dilemma
that many new business owners face: If you’re new in business,
should you charge less than others who have been in business longer?
Regina offers a workshop on "Getting What You're Worth
(TM)", so the magazine asked her
expert opinion on the topic.
is more information about Regina's workshop, "Getting
What You're Worth (TM)",
in hearing Regina speak? Here are some of Regina's upcoming programs:
15, Alternative Staffing, Inc., Moving the Needle on Employee
Engagement, Bloomington, MN.
25, Alternative Staffing, Inc., Up is Not the Only Way, Bloomington,
16, Alternative Staffing, Inc., Female Perspectives in Leadership,
for information on how to register.
Barr, President of Red Ladder, Inc., holds a BBA, an MBA and an
MA in human development. With over sixteen years in the financial
services industry, Regina has a broad range of leadership experience
in product, sales, and marketing. Red Ladder provides people development
services for individuals and organizations with a goal of developing
people and inspiring success. In addition, Regina has a special
passion for helping companies attract, develop and retain women
What our clients are saying...
thoroughly enjoyed the conference. You are certainly a dynamic
speaker. It was GREAT!" -- Saundra Quick, Mechanics
& Farmers Bank
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