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How To Quickly Achieve Success Starting Today

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Lessons in This Class

25 Lessons (1h 29m)
    • 1. Introduction

      3:26
    • 2. Course Instructions

      0:52
    • 3. Find Your WHY

      4:49
    • 4. Gratitude

      3:24
    • 5. Fear

      5:08
    • 6. Generosity

      1:58
    • 7. Listen

      2:51
    • 8. Validate

      2:23
    • 9. Ask

      3:54
    • 10. Passion

      6:12
    • 11. Plan

      4:44
    • 12. Learn

      3:58
    • 13. Action

      3:28
    • 14. Goals

      6:56
    • 15. Health

      2:51
    • 16. Mentor

      5:21
    • 17. Connect

      2:59
    • 18. Finance

      3:27
    • 19. Dream

      2:06
    • 20. Time

      6:04
    • 21. Focus

      3:08
    • 22. Meditate

      3:35
    • 23. Discipline

      2:54
    • 24. Golden Rule

      0:54
    • 25. Final Thoughts

      1:55
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Do you want to create the environment and habits to accelerate success in your personal life, business or projects?

Do you struggle with finding your passion and focus so that you can work in an area that excites you?

This class will guide you to create and follow your path to self discovery by taking inventory of your strengths and challenges so that you can take action to capitalize and improve them.

In this class, you will learn how to prepare for success in any endeavor by using a self-directed Journal to develop the right mindset and habits that create the foundation and environment for success.

The benefits of Journaling include: Unlocking ideas from your mind, helps you validate ideas, creates records, increases productivity, and keeps you accountable to your commitments (reminds you of what you said you will do).

The class is geared toward anyone that wants to achieve and create an environment for continued success.

I will share the exact steps and stories you can follow to create an unstoppable mindset and overcome what is holding you back

After completing all sections, you will have a plan and strategy to create the habits and take action to help you achieve your goals.

* A copy of the Success Journal is included for Download as part of the course.

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Emo Ikede MBA, B. Sc, PMP

Live - Learn - Share.

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Hello, I'm Emo.

I love learning, sharing productivity, efficiency and money saving tips.

I built my company www.ejitech.com to do just that, and I look forward to creating content on this platform to help people find their best self and live their best life.

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1. Introduction: Hello and welcome to this course on how to quickly actually use success. Starting today. In this class, you will learn how to prepare for success in any endeavor by using a self directed journal to help develop the right mindset and habits that creates the right foundation for success. In anything you do. I will show you ways to find your passion, set goals, and I will teach you daily habits to overcome fear, stop progress nation, and help you achieve your goals. Do you find that sometimes, even when you make the best plans, you get distracted by other things that stop you from taking the necessary action to achieve your goals. I know that sometimes finding and adopting habits to help you become more successful can seem difficult. So in this course, I'll give you a proven track and template to help you direct your path to success. There are processes to follow and habits to adopt that lead you to create TIN, an unstoppable mindset that will overcome whatever is holding you back. This course will help you focus, prioritize important tasks, make the right decisions, and cultivate habits that will help you reach your goals faster. The tool you will use to accomplish this is a self-directed journal, and I will guide you through competent yours. To make it easy. I included a journal for you with 22 areas are blind for you to complete. Each areas that with a short paragraph to help you reflect and get ideas flowing. I suggest you start with one job area each day and spend only 15 to 30 minutes writing and reflecting on their thoughts. To help explain concepts. I'll give you a few examples of how I've applied them to my business and personal life. This class is for anyone that wants to create an environment for continued success. No prior knowledge is required to take this course. My name is emo. And I created EJ tech to help people increase productivity, efficiency and successfully achieve their goals. Since 2010, I've created and delivered workshops to thousands of people to help them be more efficient in their business, finances, personal life, and enjoy seeing people make small, simple changes that provide big improvements and results. By the end of this class, you will know how to use your journal to unlock ideas from your mind. Set goals. Create good habits, stop bad habits. Validate ideas, create records, increase productivity, and stay accountable to your personal and business commitments. Remember, you can start accelerating your success efforts today. Join me on this course and let's get started. 2. Course Instructions: Here are the things you need to do to get the most from this course. First, download your copy of the success journal from the project and resources section of this course. Second, watch the modules for each course. Third, allocate time to read and take notes. Fourth, write your thoughts and insight at the bottom of each page and the journal. Fi schedule a time to take action. Six, take action. Just do it. Seven, revisit each section if you month later. And we start the process to keep the momentum obvious success. Now that you know what to do, let's dive into the first module and get started. 3. Find Your WHY: The first thing you need to clarify as you start your success joining is the reason why you want to be successful. Now keep in mind this is different from the goal. For example, a goal could be, you want to raise a million dollars. But the Y could be because you want to support your family or you want to build a school for a village or something like that. So there's a difference between the goal and the why. I mentioned this though, when you're writing your y's, you dig deep down into the reason for each other, not just the goal in itself. So the question today is, what is your why? We have reasons for all our actions? When it comes to strive in for opportunities, our passions, it is important to know where you want to accomplish those things. Knowing our y reminds us of the importance of achieving our goals and doing the daily tasks necessary to make a goal a reality. As he completely other general areas in this course, you will begin to see how they all help to support your why. Knowing your why is an anchor that motivates you to actually in all the other areas. This is why it's important for you to carefully take time to think about and know your why. Remember, it is easier to take action when you know your why. Writing your way keeps you focused, honest, and accountable. Knowing your way helps you handle ops and down. Now on this, you are not alone. We all have experienced challenges and obstacles in trying to achieve our goals. Your why helps you take action when needed. Even when you don't feel like it. Your y is more powerful when it is bigger than you are. For example, doing something for loved ones, family, or the community. Also, the more people in benefits, the more reward you get for accomplishing it. And this rewards could be emotional, financial, or just self-fulfillment. On a personal note, knowing my y gives me clarity and focus in my personal and business life. One of my y's is to help people and businesses overcome obstacles much faster than I did. And I do this by sharing how I solve problems so that they can learn from my experience. I don't have to make the same mistakes I made. This helps them to achieve their goals faster and be more efficient at what they do. I do this by giving people information in a timely manner with the options for them to get it in a format that works for them. My other ways are centered around family. For example, being a good example to our chart to show how we get results when we consistently put efforts towards our goals. Another way is also to provide financial stability or security to my family. So let's get you started in figuring out and writing down your why. Get your electronic or printed copy of the success journal unless that brainstorming. If you have not already done so, please download a copy of your success journal from the resource section of this course. Read the introductory paragraph of the way Section. Reflect on what she wanted to achieve and why you want to achieve it and start writing them down. In this section provided in your journal or on a separate notepad? It is okay if you cannot think of everything to write down. At the moment. You can always come back and write some more or update to the y section as things become clearer. As you complete the other areas in your success journal, you will find that you're getting ideas and thoughts that would help you come back and update your wife section. So give yourself 15 to 30 minutes to work on this section and start filling it out. And congratulations, you are on your step now to complete in your success journal. See you in the next section. 4. Gratitude: In this module, we're going to talk about the importance of having gratitude in your life. Gratitude is the quality of being thankful, where you acknowledge the goodness of the good things that are in your life. It is also your willingness to show appreciation for and to return kindness. In case you're wondering how gratitude connects to your success. Remember, gratitude helps you feel more positive. Emotions, appreciate good experiences, improves your health. Helps you deal with adversity, and also helps you build strong relationships with others. Now these are all regions that are necessary for success. Here are some more characteristics of gratitude. Gratitude is a choice. Gratitude is not about looking at what others have in relation to what you have. However, gratitude helps you appreciate what you have, Keeps you content and gives you empathy for others. Less fortunate. When you show gratitude to all others, it lets them know you appreciate them. Gratitude can also help you open. Does an example that happened to me was I took a course a couple of years ago. And because it worked out for me, I send a thank you letter to the institution where I took the course. I also was very vocal about it on social media as to how it worked for me. And then what GOT to the one of the main directors of the program. And they actually offered me a job just based on the fact that there was an ambassador for the course saying good things about the course and being grateful for what the courts had done for me. Now, I didn't show gratitude though. I didn't say thank you because I wanted something out of it. What in the end, it actually got me a high paying job. Just by being thankful what the courts have done for me. You can practice gratitude each day. When you notice good things. Look for them, appreciate them, saver, absorb and really pay attention to those good things. Can express your gratitude to yourself. Write it down. Also express it to someone else by saying thank you to them for what they have done. Now it is time to build your gravity toolbox by documenting it. The first thing you need to do is get a copy of your success journal, read the first paragraph, reflect on it, and then get ready to start writing down things that you're grateful for. Here's some questions to get you started. What are you thankful for this week? Who do you need to think for what they have done for you? What good things we simply happen to you or your family. Write them all down. Also as you carry on throughout your day and your week. And you become more aware of things you're grateful for. Remember to make note of them and add them to your journal. Congratulations on completing this module. Now let's move on to the next one. We will learn how to overcome fear. 5. Fear: In this module, we're going to talk about fear and how if it's not addressed, it can affect our success. We're also going to talk about some practical ways to overcome fear. Fear is a natural, powerful, and primitive human emotion. Fear alerts us of the presence of danger or the threat of harm. Whether real or imagined. The danger could be physical, emotional, or psychological. Fear is real. And if it's not acknowledged and tackled, it can be very crippling. To my general life and business. Acknowledge Gene fear and taking action is what overcomes it. When addressing fear, it is important to reflex to uncover wife is based on what you think. Other people think about, what you're doing or what you're about to do. Keeping in mind, it is what you think about yourself that Matt has the most, not what others think about you. Inaction or doing nothing should be your biggest fear because doing nothing produces nothing. Now taking action produces nothing. Yes, they are real things to fear. Like sharks, for example, are falling off a cliff. And I mean, thinking about if your business will fail. Yeah, so that's something that could make someone scared. But most of the time, the fear that can stop success, if not addressed, is the fear of what others think or the fear of failure. The truth is that most times that fear is something we have created. Something we have imagined. It is the voice that you have not checked tells us that we're not good enough or they will not succeed at all we're trying to do. So we should not try anything. This is also the voice in our head that tells us to not start something because we're not an expert at it. The truth is nobody starts anything. As an expert. You start as a novice and then you keep on trying and keep on practicing, and that's how you get better. So even the experts will see today who are doing things at the top of their game had to start somewhere, whether we're nervous. And then they kept on practicing and practicing. And with that they became better. You need to remind yourself that you become an expert or you become better at doing something when you do it over and over and over again. On a personal note, I remember how scared I was when I first had to start recording videos for my online courses of my blogger, for my YouTube channel. I looked at all the other videos out there that were done by people who had better equipment or had done it for a longer time. And I thought, well, my videos won't be as good at that. And that kind of crippled me for awhile. Fortunately, I was able to read and listened to a few mentors that told me you just have to start with what you have from where you are. And that's what I did. And I found that when each time I recorded and with each of you I did, that became better at editing. My lighting improved. I got more comfortable standing in front of the camera. So again, the more I recorded, the better I became, the more I edited, the better my editing work words. So again, I was fortunate to have people who pointed me in the right direction or to listen to the right instructions that told me you have to start where you are. And you become better as you keep on repeating the process, practicing over and over again. So the question you have to ask yourself is, what scares you? What are you afraid of? And have those things, what is in your control? What is out of your control? And for those things that are in your control, what do you have to do? Learn, or what skills you have to get? Who can you get in touch with to mentor you or show you what you need to do so you can gain skill in the area and also gain confidence. Remember, the more you practice, the better and more confident you become. Somebody is time to start writing down your fears so that you can acknowledge them and figure out ways to overcome them. What you can do now is get your success journal and read the introductory paragraph. So you can start the process of reflecting on what you're scared of, what you're afraid of. So what you can do also is group your fears into those that you can control. And those that are out of your control. Also write down what you need to do. Avoid all learn. So you can have a calm. The fears. When you do this often enough, you will gain the skill and confidence to calm your fears. Congratulations on completing this module. I will see you in the next one where we discussed the benefits of generosity. 10. Passion: Passion is defined as a strong emotion, feeling enthusiasm or desire for something. Many surveys have shown that most of us didn't work in jobs or careers that we are passionate about. We just do it for the money. Is that the same with you? Is that how you feel about your current job or carrier? Do you feel stuck at your current job? Do you make time to do things that they're passionate about? Even if it's for only a few minutes each day. There are two things that I like that relate to work in, in something that you're passionate about. The first is, choose a job you like, and you never have to work a day in your life. Just means if you really enjoy and are passionate about what you're doing, you wouldn't feel like work. There'll be something you'll be happy to go to every day. The second saying is, the only way to do great work is to love what you do. This two statements emphasize the importance of doing something that we're passionate about. The truth is, you deserve to work, do something that you're passionate about. So in this module, we're gonna talk about how you could accomplish that. Here are three ideas to help you find and work in something that you're passionate about. The first is make it a priority to find out what you're passionate about. And don't be afraid of what you find. Now here's how you do it. Try different things or jobs, even if it's for just a few hours. So you can get a good sense of how you feel about doing them or how you feel when you're doing them. And the other is if possible, travel so you can expand your horizon. Experienced different cultures, ideas, and ways of doing things. Next, keep an open mind and use the Internet to read and discover new things that you might be interested in doing. We're experiencing or trying out. You might find something that interests you. Next. Don't wait to do what you love stat now, if you wait for the perfect time, it might never happen. If you wait until you're ready to do something. That time may never come, it might just be too late. So stamped. Now, be willing to do things that are out of the ordinary to try new things and take calculated risks. This is how you discover new things, and this is how you can find what you are passionate about. The second is to try to stay positive and optimistic. No matter what. Remind yourself you learn from failure. And there is a lesson in every experience. Remember it is okay to try something and realizing that passionate about it. All you simply do is you learn from that and you move on to try the next thing. Remember, it's a journey, finding your passion. Also keep in mind that most new things have e-learning car. So you will take you a while to get from being a novice in working at it to being better at it. So you just have to stick with it and keep on putting in time into it to get better. And if it's something that you really like to do or somebody you're passionate about, and it's worth putting the time in to get better at it. The third and important one is to identify what you value in life. Is its achievement. Is it security or purpose? The reason why it's important for you to ask yourself this question is so that when you are searching for your passion, you can make sure it aligns with your values. When choosing your patient, make sure it aligns with the amount of time you want to spend with family and friends. Because if it's out of balance, there'll be had for you to enjoy or find fulfillment in the activity you're doing for your passion. Also, when it comes to work, find out if you want to work independently or with a team so that you can pick a carrier job that aligns with that. There are many benefits you get from working. Things that you're passionate about. Some include, you are more focused and productive. You are more engaged and creative. You experience less stress. You're more open to and easily embrace innovation, which of course makes for better productivity. And obvious one is you love what you do and you're not bored. And loving what you do leads to better physical and mental health. You'll also find yourself motivated and we'll have a more positive attitude towards what you're doing. And this will spill over into your personal life, also, your home life and your work life. Or all, you realize that you are happier. And when you consider the fact that he worked almost a third of a day at a job, isn't it better to be happy doing what you're doing with others benefits. It makes sense to take time to discover your passion and start scheduling things you are passionate about into your daily routine. It is important to do so. So with that, you can now go to the passions section of your success journal and start answering the questions and documenting the journey. To find and start working in your passion. I'll see you in the next module where we'll discuss the importance of making plans on your journey to success. 11. Plan: A plan is a method or set of instructions developed in advance for any future event. Work, business, or proceedings. Planning is the process of creating a roadmap to decide which actions need to be taking to achieve a specific goal. Planning increases our chance or probability of success. So here's a question for you. Do you plan out your projects or do you just go with the flow? Remember, as I said earlier on, good planning increases your success rate. You want to be successful, so it makes sense They should create plans that include the deadlines, timelines, and all the effort needed to complete your project and your personality that when a plan, I have a better chance of contracting my project on time. And when I don't plan the projects I work on and seem to go on indefinitely. They seem to take a lot longer to complete. So there are many benefits that you will get from planning out your projects. Some include, planning helps you reach your goals faster. When you know where you're going and the steps to get there, you get to the destination faster. It's almost like traveling with a GPS to guide you to where you're going, or just going randomly and hope that you get to your destination without a GPS. In essence, a plan is the roadmap to take you from where you are to where you want to be. A good plan helps you optimize your resources. This helps you maximize productivity and reduce waste of resources, which can be material or time. A good example of this is if you plan to build a house and you just bring a group of people together, and you just bring materials in, but you don't have a plan. Nobody knows where to stat, nobody knows what sequence things should follow. So there's good chance that house would get built improperly. And you will take a lot longer because people don't have something to follow the don't know what comes next. So they just busy waiting for instruction as opposed to following a plan, which is instruction that tells them what each person has to do and I watch time they have to do the task. A good plan helps you manage project risk. It helps to plan for known risks and unknown challenges. So you have a plan in case any of them or car. A good plan pushes you to work out of your comfort zone towards an attainable goal. A good plan also helps people worked quickly towards a common goal because everybody knows where they're starting from, where they are in relation to the plan, and where they ultimately have to end up, which would be the goal of the end of the plan. A good plan gives people directions, so there's no confusion about what should happen next. Of course, with all the productivity benefits from a good plan, you execute faster and this helps you become more competitive. In the marketplace. Your ability to make good plans improves with practice. Remember, you can use free or paid planning templates to help you speed up the planning process. Now of course, if it's an informal project, you can just do something on paper and that will probably do. But if it's a more formal project or you have a big team coming in, you could use tools like Microsoft Projects to plan the project you're working on. So you can get your schedules on your Gantt Chat and you can create handouts or notes of the timeline or chats that you can give to your team members. Or if it's a business plan, you could use it, a business template to help you create a plan that you could submit to a bank for a loan or two business partners to help you complete the project are completely business. So let's take action on this by going to your success journal and writing out your projects that you're working out. Decide if you need a simple way, if you need a formal plan, a detailed plan could be one that you need to submit to another party organization for approval. So it has to be formal. Once you have figured if you need a simple or from our plan, gets a template, and start writing your plan. When you complete this module, you can move on to the next one where we will discuss the importance of having a learning mindset. 12. Learn: Learning is the process of acquiring new skills and knowledge through formal course training or self-directed training. The training could be from books, videos, social media, online courses, mentoring or job shadowing. Continuously updating your knowledge and skills helps both your professional and personal life in a number of ways that include better performance. Developing new skills and knowledge can improve your competency and performance on the job. Are in business. Learning helps you discover better and more efficient ways to do things. The second is it builds confidence. Being able to learn quickly gives you a powerful competitive advantage in business. It enables you to be successful in a fast paced and fast changing world. The fact that you have additional knowledge gives you power and a competitive advantage and other benefits is career development. Additional training, education, and skills development can help you achieve goals in your carrier. Progression, which could include promotions or incentive that reflect the new knowledge that you have. It could be an incentive or bonus, which can be financial. Because you now have new skills that helped the company and position themselves better in the marketplace. Last benefit is personal enrichment, and it helps you stay in marketable. Learning new things can lead to insight and developments that could open up new doors of opportunity to you. Lenin, the current trends and advances of your profession helps you stay marketable and employable in case anything changes. For me personality. Last year, I learned SEO, video editing, website auditing, an online course creation tips from self-paced videos and blogs. With this lending, I'm able to solve problems in my company and also provide solutions for a client that I couldn't do before. What I learned helps me acquire a new client because I have a wider range of skill set, knowledge and solutions to help them solve their business problems and challenges. And again, this was from something which I learned last year to take action on this module. When you go to the lending section of your success journal, questions to ask yourself are, what skills do you need to learn to get you to the next level? What skills do you need to acquire to help you do your business better? What things do you have to learn so you can become more competitive? What is missing from your skill set? And how do you need to learn that? Do you need to take a video? Do you have to go and register for our course somewhere? Can you do a self-paced training? Is it's something you could learn from just reading about it online? Or do you need to have some dads instructor laid? The idea is to figure out your knowledge gap and that's what you need to learn. And then find out the most convenient way for you to learn those skills. So you could improve yourself and achieve your goals faster. This also falls and Lambda next module, we're going to talk about the importance of taking action. Because as you know, you can make plans, but you may see results when you take action, will see you in the next module. We will discuss that. 13. Action: Action or taking action is the magic ingredient that tons all the ideas, processes, and concepts that we cover in this course into solid tangible result that improve your business and your life in general. To take action is to do something. And you need to do something different today to get a different result in the future. It is only by changing the action you do today that you change the results tomorrow. Some of the characteristics of action are your ideas become real when you take action, you see what works. And he also see what needs to be changed. Because you can have a plan on paper, but it's when you start executing that you see the things that work well and the things that need improvement. Action is practice. And when you practice more, you become better. It's just like an athlete that goes for training a few times a week so they can improve their performance. Also, the sooner you take action and that's something the closed side brings you to the finishing line to waive, complete whatever project or task that you're performing. It is very easy to procrastinate and do nothing. Especially when it comes to having to work on something new that can be intimidating sometimes. Or when working on a new project that would be in a new place with new team members and new business processes and tools. Since it is this new ness that enables us to grow in our business, professional, and personal life. It makes sense for us to start embracing the new and take action so that we can get different and better results in the future. I have learned from experience that just like the Law of Motion that states that an object in motion will stay in motion at a constant velocity. Once you start or take action, it becomes easier to stay in that state of action. In essence, once you start, it becomes easier to continue. So the hardest part is taking the first step. So just start. So a question to ask yourself is, what ideas do you need to take action on? Now? What have you been progressed in 1809, even though you know it's in your best interests to start working on it. Now. What have you kept in the backburner that you should be working on? Now, list this things in the Action section of your success journal, set dates and times for staff working on them. So you're committed to take an action. The sooner you start, the sooner you get comfortable with the process. And the molecule will get done. Taking action makes things happen. So take action and be consistent and dedicated to the process. When you do this, you will start seeing tangible results that would validate your efforts. Congratulations on completing this module, and I'll see you in the next one. Well, we'll talk about goals and goal setting. 14. Goals: A goal is defined as an end to which effort is directed. A goal is an idea of the future or desired result that a person or group of people and vision plan and commit to achieve. Writing goals sometimes could seem challenging. One way to ensure that you do it well is to use a goal-setting framework that has proven over time to be effective. An example of a good one to use is the smart framework. Smart is an acronym where S stands for Specific. M stands for measurable. A stands for achievable. R stands for realistic, and T stands for timely. So good goal has to be specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and timely. Here's a quick explanation of how to write goals using the smart framework. Let us start with the first attribute of a good goal, which is it has to be specific. A goal is specific when it's clear, unambiguous, and well-defined. To be specific, you have to consider who you need to work with you to achieve that goal. You also have to be specific on what you want the end goal to be, where you want the goal to be achieved. So a specific place when you wanted to achieve, so a timeline as to when you want it done. And also y. So that's the reason why you want the goal in the first place. All of this specific things help you crystallize the effort necessary to achieve the goal. So that's the first part of a smart goal and that's been specific. The next thing is, your goal has to be measurable. The things to consider is, how many units of something do you want to produce in a day? How do you know when you've reached your goal? And how can you measure progress? So you need indicators to tell you when you're say halfway done, 75 percent done. You need to have things to measure so you know how you're progressing in reaching your goal. The next attribute of mismatched goal is it has to be achievable or attainable. The question you have to ask yourself is, do you have the resources? It can be money, it could be people, tools to achieve the goal. And if not, what else do you need? So you'll be able to achieve the goal. The next attribute of your smart goal is it has to be realistic. This means is it within rich? Is there a realistic probability that it could happen, that you could achieve the goal, accomplished the project. And also, is it relevant to your values? So is the final end product of the project in line with your core values. The last attributes of your goal is that it has to be timely. This means, do you have a clear defined timeline to as the one you want to start your project. Do you have a target date for when you want to complete the project are reached the goal, the purpose of timeliness is to create urgency so that you don't procrastinate and take longer to reach your goal. Something to notice that your goals affect your performance in a variety of ways. This include, when you have goals written down, it directs your effort towards activities that help you reach that goal. Difficult goals or stretch goals help you perform better because they demand more effort from you. Goals help you focus. And they keep you persistent so that you keep doing what you have to do day in, day out to achieve the goal. The benefits you will get from setting goals are when you have goals to be able to plan and visualize the actions that you need to reach the goal. Written goals give you a track to follow. So you know where you are in line with the a goal. Having goals forces you to set priorities. And these priorities keeps you laser focused. What you want to achieve. Setting goals also help you define reality so you can separate it from wishful thinking. Because of course, when you have things written down is easier to see the big picture as to where you're trying to go or what you're trying to achieve. Setting goals also makes you realize that you are responsible for your success. When you have goals written down, it's easier to stay focused. So you learn better what to say yes to and what to say no to, depending on if they align with your goals. Well, reaching goals give you a clear target. And also Eclair estimated end date to complete the task or project. This way, at anytime we know how close you are to completion. And you'll also know when you have completed all the tasks or achieved the goal. I know personally when I'm writing a book, our content from my blog, I tried to break down the tasks I have to do into chapters. And then I give myself so many units to write a day or so many modules to complete in a week. This way I can space out the work I have to do and pace myself. I know if I'm on track or if I need to step up to catch up with the plan that I have. This way, I could tell you that it might take me three months to complete a book or completed project. Because I know as long as I'm doing so many units a day, I will get to my target at the scheduled time. So the question to ask yourself is, what is your one month, three months, or one year goal? What would you like to achieve? And have you eaten those things down? This would be a good time for you to go to your success journal and go to the section on goals and begin to use the smart framework to write out an articulate your goals. Remember, a good goal has to be specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and timely. I'll see you in the next module where we'll talk about the importance of health and healthy leaving. 15. Health: It is vital to your success that you make all efforts to remain as healthy as you possibly can. When you are healthy, you perform better with mentally and physically and you get to enjoy your success more. I have heard it said many times that health is wealth. I agree. Because it takes being in good health to create and enjoy your wealth. They are part of your health and well-being, but you can directly control, influence, and change. Well, there are other parts that you cannot. The DNA you inherit from your parents. In other words, your genetics is responsible for a predetermined portion of your health and that is out of your control. But the good news is there are many other paths that you have control over that you can change or influence. You can improve a good portion of your health outcome by what you eat. Watch how you exercise, the environment you're in, what you hear when you choose to live. This is what we can control or influence. The objective of this module is to help you focus on the aspects of your health outcomes that you can control. You can improve your diet, exercise more often and monitor the information you can zoom. You can also ensuring you get adequate hydration and rest or sleep. The key is scheduling a healthy lifestyle into your daily routine and find the motivation to do it regularly. Are consistently. Remember, you don't have to do it all on your own. You can get professional help for areas that you don't have enough information on what to do. So you can get a nutritionist to help you with your diet or get a fitness coach to help me with the fitness aspect of you healthy lifestyle. I know to maintain good health. I stretch, play tennis, and try to go for walks as often as I can. But I confess, sometimes I get out a routine. And the key is just to remember when I do and get back on again and try to do something every day. So the question is, what healthy habits do you have to add to your daily routine? What things do you have to do more? And what things do you have to do less up? Why don't you write down your answers in the health section of your success journal. So you have a record of what you need to do so that you can stay accountable. I'll see you in the next module. We will talk about what a mentor is and the benefits of having one. 16. Mentor: A mentor is a trusted counselor, teacher, guide our coach. They are trusted because they have the relevant experience or skills to help you solve problems or challenges that are similar to yours. The truth is we all need guidance from time to time, especially from people who've been or have done what we're trying to achieve. The challenge is trying to find the right person to mentor us. Because of course we know that everybody has an opinion, but not everybody's opinion is relevant to what you're trying to solve. Some things to look out for when trying to pick a mentor to help you grow or overcome a challenge Are they must know or have done what you're trying to achieve. So they should have experience in what you're trying to do. There should also be accessible, which means you should be able to get a hold of them when you need them. It could be because they have information in a place where you can access it, or they are physically available either by phone or in person to help you out when you need them. You can look at their accomplishment or you can look for feedback from their customers that support by experience and show that they understand. The challenges that you're going through are the challenges you're trying to solve. I know personally when I was trying to become better in search engine optimization, which is SEO, I look for somebody who was good at it, so it should, their website was ranked very highly. So it was structured well from an SEO point of view. And also look for the customers they had and realized they had quite a number of Fortune 500 customers that they had dealt with in the past. And whenever a, through the feedback, I could see that they understood what I was going through and how to solve what I wanted to solve with SEO. Now from an accessibility point of view, my mentor had a lot of content that was on-demand. So as it would to go in and look for what I wanted, get some videos, our blog information on that, and directly apply it to my learning to gain the skills that I wanted. There are many benefits to having a mentor. Some of them include you increase your network or your contacts. Because most likely your mental introduce you to like-minded people, more people in the area that URI, the mentor, provides feedback and it's a good sounding board for your ideas. And they can use their experience to guide you. A mental increases your accountability. You are more likely to do what you tell your mentor you're going to do. Because you know, when you go back to see them again, you have to be accountable for what you said you were going to do. Mentors help you with problem-solving. They keep you focused. And they also somebody else who you can share your successes with, even if they're small successes along the way. Because there's somebody who understands what you're going through. What you need to do to get you where you wanted to go to. Because they understand what it takes to achieve it. Mentors exposure to new and different perspective on what you're working on. They'll bring you up things which you may not have thought about before. And sometimes when you're discussing things with your mentor, other things come up because your two Mind's Eye working together in the same problem, brainstorming on the same problem. Mentors also help you improve your listening skills and also help you to ask good questions. Last, mentors help mitigate isolation, right? Number of times as a business owner or intrapreneur, you feel like you're alone because a and b must be a friend and doing exactly what you're doing. However, your mentor, because they've been through similar situations, are able to be there for you when you need someone to talk to about what you're going through with your business. Again, a mental helps you feel like you're not alone in what you're doing. And also their proof that what you're trying to do is realistic and achievable because they probably have already achieved that in the past. So for the mental part of your success journal, the question you need to ask yourself is, what areas are you struggling with at the moment? And who can be your guide or mentor to help you get through those problems? What do you want to be better at? And who can mentor you? Were to write this down in this section provided in your success journal. And then take action to find that person and get your mental. Finding the right mentor is one of the important connections you make to be successful in business. This leads us to the next module where we're going to talk about the importance of getting the right connections to help you in business life. 17. Connect: The ability to make the right connections in both your personal and business life helps you accelerate your success and solve problems faster. Having good connections accelerates your growth. Helps you do things right the first time. Helps you avoid mistakes, gives you an audience and platform. When you're just starting out. Provides opportunities for feedback, peer review, and business insight from the people who you meet, other people you connect with can bring you more business, especially when you refer clients to the people who you connect with. It's most likely they might do the same for you when they know more about you. And making good connections can put you in contact with your ideal business customer, mentor, coach, or business partner. It's a good idea when making connections to find out ways that you can help the pressing here connecting with. Because when you have a mutual beneficial relationship, when you're helping them and they helping you. It helps relationship grows stronger because it's not just one-sided. Success to a point is who you know. You can help and who can help you to help improve my connections. I volunteer with a local organization that helps connect new graduates, are new people into the city, with people in related businesses are professionals and we are aspiring fields. This benefits the new cameras, all the recent graduates by helping them increase their network connections. Also give them carry out lead. And then the flip side, it helps me build my network. These are people who I can collaborate on a project now or sometime in the future. The key is that when you build networks, you stay in touch. And saving touch and pens could be just sending a message every now and then to ask how people are doing or if there's anything you can help them solve or have any questions that you can help them with. Their showing people that you care. Building a network is a two-way thing. You do something for people and in return, most of them will do something for you. So the question you can answer it in the Connect section of your success journal is, what organization, association, group of people should you connect with to share and learn skills and opportunities? Write them down also setup time to start making those connections and look for opportunities to make connections. Every day. I'll see you in the next section. And we're going to be talking about finance. 18. Finance: Finance and money management plays an important role in your life. You need money for shelter, food, clothing, services, health and fun. How you manage your money. And how you invest is what determines your financial status. Your goal should be to spend less than you earn. Avoid bad debt, maintain a good credit score, saved three to six months of your income for emergencies and invest for your future. Some good questions to ask yourself are, Do you have debt? And if yes, do you know how to manage and reduce it? Do you know your credit score? And if you don't, you can check that for free by conducting the credit agencies in your area. I believe we allow to get at least one credit check report from the credit agencies in your area each year. Another question to ask is how good that you add living within your means. This means how good are you at spending less than you earn? And if you're having problems with that, do you need to contact a professional to get some help on that? Like a financial planner? Do you have a budget and financial plan to manage your cash flow? Are you an impulse buyer? Are applying? Have new saved three to six months worth of your income for your rainy day fund in case of emergencies. Are you on track? We invest and save for retirement that you want. Do you know how much you need to save and to maintain your lifestyle during retirement. For an in-depth look on how to save money, check out my how to save money course. And for your credit score, you can check out my course titled How to improve your credit score, which are also available on this platform. In addition to answering the questions in the finance section of your success journal, here are some things you can start now to get your finance on track. The first is to create a budget. You can use a spreadsheet or if you have a smart phone, you can download one of the free budget apps and start entering your information. And that the key thing to remember is that the results you get are the reports you get from the apps are only as good as the information you put in. So make sure you put in all your financial transactions so that your report is accurate and is a true reflection of your financial state. The second is to find out your credit score. Keeping mind your credit score affects the interest rate you get when you try to borrow money. Again, you can do that by contacting the credit agencies in your area and you can get your free report. Next is to seek financial help. Conduct a financial planner. If you don't understand money concepts of money planning, your financial health is very important and it's something you shouldn't leave to chance. So make sure you get those done. Now we can move on to our next module, which is talking about dreams and the importance of having them. 19. Dream: Do you remember when you were a child and you believed you could do and be anything you want it to be. Unfortunately, as you get older, you tend to narrow your dreams. As life seems to present you with limitations as to what you can do. But what would happen if you dared to dream as you did when you were a child all over again, what if you hold onto that belief that anything is possible? This module is about challenging you and daring you to start dreaming again. To take time to ask yourself what you want in life. And embrace the idea that no matter your age, it is still a good idea to have big dreams and work towards making them come to reality. Let's imagine for a moment that you can do and have anything for your family. What would that be? What career will you be in? What Hobbes will you have watched travel destinations? Will you visit? For me? One of my dreams was to have a business I could run from anywhere in the world and also be able to teach globally. And thanks to the Internet and technology, I'm able to do that today. And so I continued to put my efforts into doing that. To take action in this module, I encourage you to dream big because you only have one life to live. Why don't you take the time now to write down your answers in the dream section of your success journal so that you can capture your dreams on paper and start making plans to bring them to reality. Working on dreams and goals take time. And this will lead us to the next module where we're going to talk about time management and how it makes a big difference in our success. 20. Time: Time is one of the few things in life that we are all granted equal amounts of. We each only have 24 hours in a day. However, it is amazing how some people can get so much done in 24 hours, while others don't have enough time to achieve much. Usually we don't have enough time in a day to do what we want to do because of the following time waster. First is not been organized. A second is not sequencing or scheduling our daily activities efficiently. The third is not following an established time management process, our strategy. And the fourth is not being mindful of time spent, especially on social media, watching TV and non-productive conversations. The good news is that there are a number of time saving strategies that you can use to manage time effectively. First one is batching tasks. Of task batching. You already practice batching tasks without probably even knowing about it. For example, when you go to buy groceries, just don't go and buy one item, come back home and they go to buy another one. You go with a list of items so you can go one time and get a whole bunch of things at once. That is time budget. Or when you're baking. Now instead of baking one morphine, 12 times, 12 muffins at once, that is time batching in business, here are some examples of things that can batch to save time and improve productivity. You can schedule to respond to all your e-mails at a certain time of the day. So you can say between 10 and 11, you're gonna work on emails. And then you can also by returning phone calls. So you just we've done all your phone calls one after the other. You can also batch when you respond to social media. So you just block out some time and then that's the only time you're going to respond to things on social media. Again, when batching tasks, the key thing is to remember where these tasks lie in your priorities. So at least you're working on and things that are top priority. First, talking about priorities, a good way to prioritize your tasks for the day is to use the Decision Matrix Model. The physician matrix is a four quadrant matrix to organize and search your task into those that are important versus an important and urgent versus not urgent tasks that are important and urgent. You do now. Tasks that are important and not urgent, scheduled to do them at a different time. Tasks that are not important. What are urgent? You can delegate to somebody else. And tasks that are not urgent and not important. You can decide to eliminate them. And I've asked strategy is to schedule time for family, play and rest. These are important to keep you healthy, reduce stress, and maintaining relationships with family and friends. And other strategy is to do the most difficult thing first each day. Completing this gives you the energy and confidence. Focus on the other tasks that are less difficult. Another strategy is to not give yourself too much time to complete a task. There is a theory called Practices Law, which states that the amount of time you give yourself to accomplish the task is how much time it will take you to complete that task. An example is if you give yourself a whole day to complete the task, that should only take you about two to three hours. There's a good chance it might take you the whole day to complete the task. When you have too much time to complete a task, you tend to work less efficiently and waste more time or get distracted doing other things. The last strategy I will discuss here is time blocking. This is where you divide your day into 30 minutes segments and you assign a task to every single segment. A task we'll be taking a nap, going for a walk, working on a project, or eating. So basically you schedule out what you wanna do for the whole day. So at anytime of the day you know exactly what you should be doing. The key thing to note here is that if you don't schedule important things, they don't get done. So what is not scheduled gets bumped, or was point. You don't have to use all these strategies at once. You just have to pick the one that works for you based on your personality and the way you like to work. Here are some questions to ask yourself in relation to time management. Are you mindful of time? Do you check to see if what you're doing is the best use of your time for that moment. Are you aware of time wasting tasks and events? And here's what you can do to take action on what you've learned in this module based on your personality and work style, select a time management strategy that works for you. It can be batching tasks using time blocking or the decision matrix. The main thing is to start using one at a time management techniques. Immediately. You can write down your preferred time management strategy in the time section of your success journal. See you in the next module. We will talk about the role that being able to focus plays in your success. 21. Focus: To forecast is to concentrate all of one's attention on your thing or tasks so that we can do it well. The truth is we live in a world with so many distractions, options, and choices that it has become more difficult to focus. Many of these options are distractions can seem well-intentioned, but can be detrimental to your success, because they interfere with the things you have to focus on to achieve your goals. In an attempt to be more efficient. Many people have turned to try and multitasking. But research has shown that you get more done when you focus on one task at a time, instead of multitasking, which is doing many tasks at once. When you multitask, you lose efficiency and time when you transition from one task to start another one. There are many benefits to being focused. Some of them include you will feel more positive and in control. Because focusing on a single task helps you reach mastery. Faster, you will become better in problem-solving. In the task area that you are focused on. Being focused also improves your decision-making process because you have less variables to consider when making a decision. When the service you provide is more focused. You enjoy economies of scale because you're set up to more efficiently produce that good or service. This also gives you a competitive advantage over others in your market. Also been focused on the setting service or product allows you to give your customers better service, which in turn improves the satisfaction that your customers get from working with you. This is because with your focus, you become better at what you offer. And also your clients know exactly what you produce or what service you give. So there's less confusion. And because they are focused, your customers see you as an expert or authority in what you offer. And other benefits have been forecast is that it can reduce stress in that compared to someone who's multitasking, you are not pulled in many directions at once. So as you progress in your success journey, it is time to prioritize the things you have to do. Turn out distractions, and focus on what you need to get done to achieve your goals. This will be a good time to go to the focus section of your success journal and write down the things you need to focus on now. And also the things you have to stop doing or turned off so that you're not distracted. This ties nicely into our next module where we're going to talk about the benefits of meditating. 22. Meditate: Meditation is the process of training your mind to focus and direct your thoughts so that she can slow down, breathe properly, and be in the moment. Due to the challenges of life, make you anxious and stressed. Do you find that many times life gets very busy and you feel that you need to slow down. This is where meditation can help you quiet and reset your mind. Studies that have shown that there are many benefits to you practicing meditation, such as it helps control pain. Improve sleep. Lengthens your attention span, enhances self-awareness. As it may help you develop a stronger understanding of yourself and help you grow into your best self. Meditation promotes emotional health, reduces stress and controls anxiety. It helps you breathe properly, relax, and helps you stay calm. Certain studies meditation has been shown to reduce blood pressure. And it also improves our relationships by increasing your emotional stability. Rationale thinking, positivity, and gratitude. This makes you more tolerant and compassionate towards other people, which improves your relationships with others. The benefits I just mentioned help you improve the quality of your life and help you be more focused and alert. While you work. You can participate in meditation classes as part of a group or alone by watching online videos. For example, the mini meditation videos on YouTube. Or you could even do it via an app on your phone that directs us to what to do. You can also meditate from a routine that you have memorized when your own. Meditation is very accessible in that you can practice it anytime, anywhere without any special equipment or membership. And you can practice it for a few minutes or for even longer. I still get benefits from it. Personally. After working on content for a long time, I feel like I need a break to slow down and transition from my work life to my home life. This is where practice meditation to help me achieve that. There are many styles of meditation out there. So to take action, you can start by searching for free meditation apps on your phone or on the computer, your smart TV for search for YouTube on meditation. The keys to try a few and find out the ones you like that work well for you. Also answered the meditation questions in your success journal, scheduled time to start meditating daily. It is important to do this because building a daily meditation on schedule or routine is one of the best things you can do for your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Now let's move on to the next module, where we'll talk about the benefits of discipline and show how they're related to your success. 23. Discipline: Discipline is defined as an orderly conduct or pattern of behavior. To be disciplined is to have self-control, to do what has to be done, no matter how you feel. When you have self-discipline, you are able to say no to instant gratification and pleasure in favor of greater future gain or more satisfying result. Even though it requires effort and time to get there. If you study the actions and characteristics of successful people in all walks of life, you will see that the common thread of what they have is that characteristics of discipline. For example, top athletes have to train themselves or discipline themselves to get up early everyday, trained for hours, and stick to a strict diet so they can perform at their best. In competitions. Top students in schools have to discipline themselves to attend all classes, take notes, study, and practice. So they do well on tests and exams. These successful people have to follow strict routines that take hard work, effort, time, and personal sacrifice, which is not always easy or fun. But they do it because it guarantees that they can be and perform at their best in what they do. You and I know you want to be successful. I'll watch you do. This means you need to find out what you have to be disciplined in to achieve the level of success you want in your carrier, business, relationships and health? Do you need to be disciplined to stat, fitness routine? Eat healthy, scheduled time for family or friend. Do you need to be disciplined to study so you can get a designation that could help you advance your carrier or making them more valuable to your client. Now you can go to the discipline section of your success journal and start to think about and write down the things you need to be disciplined in this year. As you think about the things to be disciplined in, remember that success comes from consistently doing the things that have to be done. Even when you don't feel like it. Discipline is first doing what has to be done before doing anything else. Discipline is the ability to turn off distractions and focus on what has to be done. Do not feel guilty for being disciplined to do what you know, that has to be done. Last. Discipline is a habit. The more you do it, the better you become at it. Now we can move on to the last module, which is a very short one that talks about how we treat people. And it's called the golden rule. 24. Golden Rule: We will end this course with a quick mention of the golden rule. Knowing and using it will help you navigate your path to success. The golden rule is simple. It is the principle of treating others the way you would like to be treated in business and in life when you're not sure of how to treat others, simply think about how you would like to be treated if the situation was reversed. And then do that. Kindness, honesty. Patients, praise, love, empathy, validation, and listening are how you want other people to treat you. In essence, this is how you should treat others with the same type of things. Remember this every time we interact with others, it is truly a way to leave peacefully with others. 25. Final Thoughts: As we come to the end of this course, I will leave you with these final thoughts. The first is you achieve success by doing many things correctly. Over time. This course covers over 22 areas that you can work on to create the attitude, habit, and mindset necessary to help you achieve success. It is important that you work to improve yourself in each of these 22 areas. As you come to the end of this course, remind yourself of these things. You deserve to live your best life. In work, business, relationships, and health. You are responsible for taking action to make things happen in your life. With proper planning, you can achieve your goals. Be mindful of your time, and stay focused. Also note that you are more likely to complete things that you write down. This is why throughout this course, you have used a success journal to document and write down the things you need to change or do to achieve your goals. The last is make sure you keep yourself accountable. You can do this by going back periodically to look at what you wrote down and compare it to what you have achieved, and then make the necessary adjustments to keep on doing what you need to do to get away one to go. Thank you once again for taking time to complete this course. I hope that you use what you discover about yourself in each module to create the life you want for yourself and your family. I wish you continued success in all you do. Take care and be well. Thank you. And don't forget to check out the other courses I have on this platform. Goodbye.