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Sierra Leone Business: ACHIEVING YOUR FINANCIAL GOALS IN 2017: 10 LESSONS FROM SELF-MADE MILLIONAIRES & BILLIONAIRES (Part 1)

Dear readers in 3-4 weeks time you would have gone through half of 2017. Are you worried that you are yet to achieve anything meaningful? Have you actually sat down to map out your plans and strategies to achieve your financial goals this year? Maybe you want to get a new job?, buy a car, start a business or move into your own home?
What you are about to learn can change your life. These ideas, insights and strategies have been the springboards to financial success for millions of men and women, from every walk of life. These principles are simple, effective and fairly easy to apply. Each of them is based on exhaustive research with thousands of self made millionaires. They have been tested and proven over and over again, and they will work for you if you will take them and apply them in your own life. We are living at the greatest time in all of human history. More people are becoming wealthy today, starting from nothing than has ever been imagined. We have never seen this type of rapid wealth creation in all of human history. Here’s the good news. Virtually everyone starts with nothing. Probably 99% of all financially successful people today started off broke or nearly broke before they finally found the right opportunity that they were able to leverage into financial success. What hundreds of thousands and millions of other people have done, you can do as well. Financial success is the result of doing certain, specific things, over and over again, until you get the effect that you desire. Nature is neutral. This means that nature, the marketplace, our society, does not care who you are or what you are. A law simply states that if you do what other successful people do you will get the results that other successful people get. And if you don’t, you won’t. When you learn and apply the success secrets of self-made millionaires or billionaires in your own life you will experience results and rewards far beyond anything you have ever accomplished in life up until now. Nobody is better than you and nobody is smarter than you. Determine that as you approach the mid-half of 2017 you will begin to plan and do things differently to achieve your financial goals. It is no miracle and it is no accident. Just as you have learned to read a book or play football, you can learn the secrets of success of self-made millionaires and apply them in your life. Apply the following lessons to your life now:
1.Dream Big
Dreams! Allow yourself to dream. Allow yourself to imagine and fantasize about the kind of life you would like to live and the kind of money you would like to earn and have in your bank account. All great men and women begin with a dream of something wonderful and different from what they have today. You know the song that says, “You have to have a dream if you want to make a dream come true.” Imagine that you have no limitations on what you can be, have or do in life. Just for the moment, imagine that you have all the time, all the money, all the education, all the experience, all the friends, all the contacts, all the resources and everything you need to achieve anything you want in life. If your potential was completely unlimited, what kind of a life would you want to create for yourself and your family? Create a vision for yourself for the long-term future. The more clear your vision of health, happiness and prosperity, the faster you move towards it and the faster it moves towards you. When you create a clear mental picture of where you are going in life, you become more positive, more motivated and more determined to make it a reality. You always tend to move in the direction of your dominant dreams, images and visions. The very act of allowing yourself to dream big dreams actually raises your self-esteem and causes you to like and respect yourself more. It improves your self-concept and increases your level of self-confidence. It increases your personal level of self respect and personal happiness. Dreaming big dreams is the starting point of achieving your goal of financial independence. The number one reason that people never succeed financially is because it never occurs to them that they can do it. As a result, they never try. They never get started. But when you begin to dream big dreams about financial success, you begin to change the way you see yourself and your life. You begin to do different things, bit by bit, gradually, until the whole direction of your life changes for the better.
2. Develop a clear sense of direction.
This is where you take your dreams out of the air and you crystallize them into clear, specific written goals. Perhaps the greatest discovery in human history is that, “You become what you think about most of the time.” The two factors that determine what happens to you in life, more than anything else, are what you think about and how you think about it. Successful people think about their goals most of the time. As a result, they are continually moving toward their goals and their goals are moving toward them. Whatever you think about most of the time grows and increases in your life. If you are thinking and talking and visualizing your goals, you tend to accomplish far, far more than the average person who is usually thinking and talking about their worries and problems most of the time. From now on, think and talk about that goal all the time. Think and talk about how you can achieve that goal. Think and talk about all the different things that you can do to make that goal a reality. This exercise will stimulate your creativity, increase your energy and unlock your potential.
3. See yourself as self-employed.
Accept complete, 100% responsibility for everything you are and everything you will ever be. Refuse to make excuses or to blame other people for your problems or short comings. Stop complaining about things in your life that you are not happy about. Refuse to criticize other people for anything. You are responsible. If there is something in your life that you don’t like, it is up to you to do something about it. But you are in charge. The biggest mistake you can ever make is to ever think that you work for anyone other than yourself. You are always self-employed. You are boss of your life no matter where you might be working at the moment. When you see yourself as self-employed, you develop the entrepreneur mentality, the mentality of the highly independent, self-responsible, self-starting individual. Instead of waiting for things to happen, you make things happen. You see yourself as the boss of your own life. You see yourself as completely in charge of your physical health, your financial well being, your career, your relationships, your house, your home, your car and every element of your existence. This is the mindset of the truly excellent person. Self-responsible people are intensely result oriented. They take high levels of initiative. They volunteer for assignments and they are always asking for more responsibility. As a result, they become the most valuable and respected people in their organizations. They continually prepare themselves for positions of higher authority and responsibility in the future. You should do the same.
4.Do what you love to do
This is one of the great secrets of financial success. This is also one of your primary responsibilities in life. It is to find out what you really enjoy doing, what you have a natural talent for, and then to throw your whole heart into doing that, very, very well.
Self-made millionaires are those who have found a field where their natural strengths and abilities are exactly what is required to do the job and achieve the results desired. Most self-made millionaires say that they “never worked a day in their life.” You must find a field in which you can be totally absorbed, a job or area of endeavor that completely fascinates you, that holds your attention, that is a natural expression of your special talents and abilities. When you are doing what you love to do you seem to have a continuous flow of excitement, energy and ideas to do what you do even better.
5. Be the best
Decide today to be the very best at what you do. Set a goal for yourself to join the top 10% of your field, whatever it is. This decision, to become very, very good at what you do, is the turning point in your life. There are no successful people who are not recognized as being extremely competent in their chosen fields. Remember no one is better than you and no one is smarter than you. Everyone who is doing well was once doing poorly. Everyone who is at the top of their field was at one time at the bottom. What someone else has done you can do as well. Here is a great rule for success: “Your life only gets better when you get better.” And since there is no limit to how much better you can become there is no limit to how much better you can make your life.
Here is one of the most important questions you will ever ask and answer for the rest of your career “What one skill, if you developed and did it in an excellent fashion, would have the greatest positive impact on your life?” You cannot become good at everything over night but you can identify the one skill that can help you the most and then throw your whole heart into developing that skill. You will be absolutely amazed at the difference this commitment to excellence will make in your life.
John F Fowler is a business consultant, entrepreneur and youth entrepreneurship development trainer. He has produced books on various SME business start-ups.
For business advice contact him on info@startabusiness.com.ng , www.startabusiness.com.ng, whatsapp +234 802 325 4577.
Monday July 03, 2017.

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