The World is your Oyster is a proverb Shakespeare first used in his play in1600.
and it’s a phrase that sums life up. It affirms that whatever you want is within your grasp.
The challenge is that each person has to go out and get it. Unless you are one of the very lucky or privileged few…the money you want, the dreams you want, aren’t’ going to be handed to you. You have got to be proactive and work towards your success. I know because I had to learn this. I was keeping others happy, but not me.
Being proactive means a change in thinking, followed by a change in actions. Often you need to eliminate from your mind old beliefs about life, that are not supporting you. If you keep thinking, “money is hard to get” you will never keep enough or earn enough because subconsciously you will find a way of sabotaging yourself. Your new thoughts could be ‘money is flowing to me easily’.
Fortunately, your success is in your head…and luckily it’s up to you. There’s another saying If it’s going to be – it’s up to me and that is true. Success isn’t an overnight event and for everyone, success equates to an individuals choice. It may be passing an exam, learning to skydive or making $50,000 profit in their business.
It takes between 21 and 28 days to change a habit. Your success is stepping stones in progress.
10 Steps to Become Proactive
1 Positive – Negatively is rife in life. It is in the media, magazines, people. If you want to be positive you need to rid yourself of negativity. Turn off the television is your first step.
2 Results – You need to have a goal, dream or desire you are working towards. Maybe it’s money in the bank, increased cash flow in your business, a holiday, new car or ten new clients. A famous quote from the Wizard of Oz is: Any road will take you there, if you don’t know where you’re going.
3 Overcoming FEAR –False Evidence Appearing Real. Imagine not attempting to walk when you were young. You didn’t give up and you wouldn’t want to live without it now…. you tried and succeeded. Take small steps to over come your fear.
4 Attitude – My Attitude postcard reads: Past, Present, Future, Every second you have a choice. Choose Positive and be your own Success Story. It’s true; you can only think one thought at a time. Make it a positive one.
5 Confidence – Walk tall, stand straight, wear your best clothes, use eye contact Fake it until you make it. Smile! You might have butterflies in your stomach, but no one can see them.
6 Communication – Improve your communication by joining Toastmasters and at the same time gain confidence. Attend assertive communication courses, and remember Hello and Thank You.
7 BE Interactive – Just do it! Make the appointments, approach new clients, meet new people, join social clubs. Life is for living.
8 Victorious – With every small success reward you. After ten sales calls, have a coffee, after a completing a task well, find a way of patting yourself on your back. Acknowledge that you’ve achieved something.
9 Enthusiasm – Find the ‘it’s great to be alive’ feeling. Discover your passions, experience and enjoy them. Smell the roses, enjoy good health, eat well and find the vitality in life from within. You’ve got it, but it’s up to you to discover it. Everyone has free will, the choice is yours!
10 Never, ever give up!
Being proactive means you will always encounter challenges, but you will always
Overcome them. It’s like eating peas with a fork…they roll off the side and you usually have to try more than once to eat them. Making the world your oyster and crating your goals and dreams is the same sometimes you have to try more than once to achieve them. It’s training your attitude…like when you learnt to walk…you had to try it more than once…. that’s what my Attitude Training Programme teaches you.
By: Janice Davies
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Janice Davies is The Attitude Specialist, who teaches people to be positive and empower themselves through Attitude Training. As a Professional Speaker, Success Coach and author Janice educates people at conferences, workshops and through books. Janice is the founder of the global movement International Self Esteem annual awareness day and features in the new True Happiness DVD. Janice has an online products featuring about attitude, goals, stress, happiness, relationships and more. Visit www.attitudespecialist.co.nz for other complimentary articles and tips.