Wednesday, March 6, 2013

“Get In The Driver’s Seat!” Written by Juanita Johnson

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Life is what you make it. You will either be a passenger or the driver. There are no rules, except the ones you establish for yourself. You will need to create your own compass for the road ahead. The path isn’t always easy as there will be road blocks and detours towards your destination. However, when you have a map of where you are trying to go, you can stay focused until you get to where you want to be.
In order to navigate successfully, you will need to have a plan of action and understand the direction you are headed. The speed can be fast, but it is often times very slow.  However, you must remain the course no matter how difficult the lane changes.  

How Do I Get There?
You can’t be a driver of your life without an A-C-T-I-O-N plan.
A - Achieve
C – Commitment
T- Time
I – Innovate
O – Opportunity
N - Niche

Achieve:  What is it that you want to do? What are you good at? What is your skill-set?
If you want to be successful, you must outline what it is you are trying to accomplish. Do you want to leave your full-time job? Do you want to live passionately? Are you interested in starting a business?
Once you can identify what it is you want, this will be the first step towards achieving your personal, professional, and financial goals.

Commitment:  What are you willing to sacrifice to reach your goals?  Are you committed to the hard work that is involved?  Do you have what it takes?
We all have different talents that we excel in, but not many people will do what it takes to make their dreams a reality. Pursuing your goals will not be easy and you can sometimes feel discouraged. As a result, you may feel like giving up because you don’t see progress as quickly as you’d like or it doesn’t arrive the way you expect.  Sometimes you have to be flexible. When changing or modifying your goals, this doesn’t mean you aren’t focused, it means that you are remaining open to new circumstances and committed to staying aligned to your vision.

Time: There are no short cuts. You are not in control of time or the speed in which things will happen. However, you can prepare yourself to be ready for opportunities. You can take advantage of time by consistently working hard and smart. Make time your “friend”, not your enemy because there are lessons on the journey. Keep striving to grow and get “game ready”.

Innovate: What do you have to offer the world? Is there a market for your product or service?
Innovation is the key to entrepreneurism.  Follow your own path. You are important, so capitalize on your unique talents. Believe in yourself and you will reach the people who are interested in what you bring to the game. Create. Innovate. Demonstrate.

Opportunity: Your attitude can determine your success. Seize every moment as a stepping stone towards building your business. Although, circumstances may not always look the way you want, approach life with enthusiasm and find a positive approach to each situation. You never know which route will lead you on the right track.

Niche: As you implement each of the above principles: Achieve, Commitment, Time, Innovate, Opportunity, this leads to you establishing your own Niche. Building your own unique brand will create customer loyalty.  Be confident in your product or service, and committed to bringing exceptional value. Customers who are interested in YOU, will be driven by you.

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