Do you have the three essential characteristics for success?

Now more than ever, anyone can start and grow an online business from the comfort of their home. There are endless resources, tools and platforms to get anyone with minimal business, sales and marketing skills started in a matter of minutes.

Getting started is easy, but building a profitable business that’s scalable is a totally different story.

When comparing the winners from the losers, you’ll soon start to see a pattern that contributes to success.

The winners have a:

  1. Willingness to learn
  2. Desire to succeed
  3. Commitment to take action

Some people have a willingness to learn and might spend thousands of dollars on training programs, workshops and seminars—but then never take action. They’re the ones always sharing articles and videos on the latest business and marketing trends that they never apply. They’re flying all over the map attending one seminar after another and raving about how much they learned, but rarely implementing.

Others might have a huge desire to succeed. You’ll see them posting mantras and affirmations about making millions of dollars and becoming best-selling authors, but they never take the time to learn how to do that or take action. They’re relying on visualization and vision boards and not paying attention to the opportunities and tips that are coming their way. They’re expecting results without taking action.

Or there are some that will try anything, jumping from one business opportunity to the next without taking time to educate themselves on the best course of action or figuring out why they want a business in the first place.

Which one do you fall under?

Learn to identify habits that can impact your success. The sooner you identify them, the sooner you’ll be able to address them. You’ll find that habits can be hard to change and you need to constantly be aware of your thoughts and actions and take measures to self-correct.

Having a business coach, mentor or an accountability partner can help you stay on track, especially at the beginning stages of your business.

I love this quote from Darren Hardy, author of “The Compound Effect,” which says:

“Never ask advice of someone with whom you wouldn’t want to trade places.”

When you’re seeking out a coach or mentor, look for those who are already successful in the area you need help with, rather than your friends and family, unless you they have the results you want. Your friends and family love you and want to protect you. When they see you working crazy long hours in your first year of business and investing in training, outsourcing, business setup and advertising costs, they’ll start to talk you out of it. They’re not able to see the big picture and how you’re working hard now to build a foundation that will pay you for years to come.

Make sure you connect with others who are building a business like you. You’ll find countless communities online that you can join, like Facebook groups and online forums.

Monitoring your thoughts and habits and surrounding yourself with mentors, coaches and accountability partners will help you stick to your plan long enough to reap the rewards.

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