Sometimes we become content!

successMy friend, Bill Smith, has a blog/web site where he writes about his life experiences and his ambitions for the future. His blog/web site is called “Chasing My Dream Life”. Bill likes to run, bike and swim and regularly competes in Iron Man competitions all over the country. He likes to share his experiences during his training and his thoughts after races in his blog.

After completing one of his recent races, Bill was not very pleased with his time or his performance. He had a conversation with a friend of his about his performance. He wrote this in his blog …

“I had a conversation in June with Todd. We talked about a lot of things that day. But he said a line to me that sticks with me to this day. “Sometimes we become content!”  You as someone who weren’t part of this conversation can take this several different ways. For me it meant it’s okay that you didn’t reach your goal. You finished! You should be proud! But in life we sometimes become settled and don’t strive for improvement. If you want to be better you have to seek out ways to improve”.

Reflecting on what Bills friend said, “Sometimes we become content!”, I’m sure we can all relate to that. I often come across many GoldMine users who are always content in the way they use GoldMine, or in the way they send email communications, or how their web site and marketing materials look, even though I know they could do more or do better. It’s easy to become content and get into a routine of doing things the same way, after all most people don’t like change. But as Bills friend Todd said, “if you want to be better you must seek out ways to improve”.

Here at First Direct Corp. we offer many services to help you improve and succeed. We offer HTML email design services, web site design and integration services for GoldMine, GoldMine end user and administrator level training, plus much more. What ever your business needs are First Direct Corp. is a great resource for seeking out ways to improve and succeed.

Many people want to achieve success in their personal and professional life, but it’s easier said than done. There are so many distractions that it can be challenging to discipline oneself to accomplish a monumental goal. By keeping the following advice in mind, however, you can dramatically increase your chances of becoming successful in whatever you choose to pursue.

Step 1 – Planning for Success

  1. Imagine becoming successful.
  2. Find your purpose or goal in life / work
  3. Define the meaning of success as you see it.
  4. Selectively lower your confidence.
  5. Set a timeline for when you want to achieve your objective.
  6. Identify the things/skills/material needed to achieve your objectives.
  7. Be curious about life and your career
  8. Identify the skills you need to sharpen and the skills you can outsource.

Step 2 – Execution

  1. Execute your small objectives, focusing on your main objective.
  2. Stay away from distractions as much as possible.
  3. Surround yourself with other people who are successful.
  4. Trust other people to do their job.
  5. Find a mentor.
  6. Gather as much information as you can.
  7. Look at what the numbers are telling you.
  8.  Take calculated risks.
  9.  Solve Problems.
  10. Use technology, don’t let it use you.

Step 3 – Redoing

  1. Be persistent.
  2. Accept that life is unfair.
  3. Remember that success does not guarantee happiness.
  4. Remove fear and doubt from your way of thinking.