How to Be a Success (When Everyone Else Is Trying to Be One)

“Karen, I really want to start a fashion blog/be a life coach/write a book/own a yoga studio/be an inspirational speaker/fill in the blank.”

I hear sentiments like these from clients, friends, and acquaintances almost every day.  And I love hearing them!  They’re a huge indicator of the hunger, the precious potential, the fire of what lays dormant within many of us.  I always think to myself, “I really hope this person makes this dream a reality.”

Many of us have way more to give that our day jobs allow or encourage us to; we just don’t know where to begin.

The good news?  That’s awesome!  You don’t need permission from anyone at all to show the world what you’ve got.  And there’s never been a better time in history to be an entrepreneur.

What a TV show?  You can have one – it’s called YouTube!  Want to be a writer? Brilliant!  You have Amazon’s self-publishing tool CreateSpace or blogging platforms such as WordPress and Medium.  Do you have a voice, something important to say?  Start a podcast!

These things are all FREE!  And available to anyone with a web connection.

The sad news?  Most people never begin. Or they take 2-3 steps forward then hang up their hat.  Or they have a single bump in the road and they quit.  I never hear from them again or hear about their work (the passionate and important reason they contacted me in the first place).  They remain in obscurity.  They probably hope that success will knock on their door like, “Hey – I believe a very talented coach/teacher/writer/social media expert lives here … Can I show you the easy and direct route to success, please?  Follow me.”

Sorry. Doesn’t work that way.

Today, I’m sharing the single most important principal that you must follow if you want to turn your dream into your reality.  It’s quiet.  It’s subtle.  It’s uncelebrated.  But it’s the only think that works.  What is it?

Doing the work.  Steven Pressfield wrote an incredible book on this called Do The Work.  It’s a quick but very powerful read, so I encourage you to buy a copy for your personal library.

A lot of people want success, accolades, money, to impact the lives of others, creative freedom, and ownership of their work but they don’t want to apply the effort.  They don’t do the work.

Here are some simple truths to get you started on the path toward living the life you’ve imagined (and not the life that you’ve settled for):

  1. Make taking strides towards your dream non-negotiable.
  2. Don’t listen to other people or statistics.  Only listen to your heart.
  3. Focus on people who’ve achieved what you hope to achieve.  Get obsessed with them. Read all about them.  Whatever you can find!
  4. After doing #3, know for surethat what you want to achieve is possible for you, too.
  5. Schedule timedo to the work.
  6. Do the work.
  7. Don’t spend your time consuming (scouring Instagram and Facebook, reading books, researching schools and so on. That’s procrastination, not progress!  And I’ve come to learn that happiness is not so much about reaching goals; it’s about making progress).  CREATE
  8. Never stop creating.  You are a born creator. We’re all creative beings.  It’s just been shamed out of us.
  9. Don’t accept your own feeble excuses.  Everyone is busy/strapped for cash/unsure of themselves/caught in the comparison game/scared to leave their comfort zones. These are measly excuses that you buy into to keep yourself playing small.  Stop it.
  10. KNOW that you deserve your heart’s deepest and truest desires. You are worthy. You are enough.
  11. Appreciate that all you have is RIGHT NOW.
  12. Repeat all of the above until your success becomes inevitable. Because it will be.

A New Year = A New Life.  2018 better watch its back!!


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