Personal Achievements – How To Recognise What You Have Achieved In Your Life & Plan For The Future
In this article Mark Ford, who is a home business lifestyle coach, looks at how to embrace and recognise the personal achievements that you have made in your life along with addressing how some things could have gone better, and how to plan to make sure you reach any goals that you have set yourself both personally & professionally.
When it comes to personal achievements we are sometimes guilty at not recognising just what we have done in our lives and let others congratulate us before we eventually give ourselves a pat on the back. Why is this?
Maybe we don’t want to come across arrogant, big headed, self-centered or maybe we just don’t see them. A lack of self-esteem may be part of it, but it is very important that you embrace what you have achieved within your life up to now and plan for further achievements well into the future.
One Shoe Does Not Fit All
Now when it comes to personal achievements there is not a one shoe fits all. Your personal achievements will probably be totally different to the members in your family or your best friends but there are some categories that we all achieve in.
It maybe that we are successful within a charitable organization along with millions of people all around the world. It may be that you excelled at school, college and university and got that degree that you always wanted. Sport is something that most people achieve in, it could be that you won your local league in your favourite pastime or you won an individual competition.
Many people achieve in business by starting at the bottom and working their way up the ladder by gaining promotions along the way, or starting their own business from scratch, nurturing that idea and developing it into something that provides a full-time income for themselves and for people that they then go on to employ.
Financially it could be that you have achieved your financial freedom point and are free from all your debts like mortgages, credit cards and you finally have more money coming in than you need so that you can put some away for yours and the families’ future.
Then we can look at health. In the past you may have let things slip and become relatively unhealthy due to what you were putting into your body and not exercising enough to burn it off therefore putting on a lot of weight. There may have been a point when you realised what you had been doing and decided to do something about it and get fit again.
Or it could be that you quit smoking which is a very hard habit to break. It takes willpower, dedication and determination not to let the temptation get the better of you and put that cigarette between your lips again.
One of the biggest personal achievements anyone can make is to bring another life into this world and then love, care and nurture that tiny human being into a fine upstanding member of society who then goes onto bring value to the world. This maybe your ultimate legacy.
Personal Achievements – Look At What You Have Achieved?
So take some time out and really look at your life up to now. What has filled you with pride and given you an immense sense of satisfaction. At this time it is important to look at things that maybe could have gone better in the past. Now this is not meant to sound negative and put a dampener on things, far from it, but there maybe things that at one point were just a little bit out of reach but could still come into play with a little bit of help.
Was there something lacking? It could have been motivation which you may now have, or it could have been that you just didn’t know how to do something. This could be easily rectified by gaining the education and training to succeed by investing in yourself.
Mindset also comes into personal achievements. You must have belief otherwise there is no point starting out in the first place. Then as I have just mentioned you need to educate yourself and through that comes confidence. Once you have that then everything becomes effortless and there is no other outcome than success.
Mark Ford – Law Society Presentation 1994
I have many personal achievements and that stems to having a never quit attitude to life.
Professionally I worked hard which culminated in gaining my credentials as a qualified lawyer within the legal system in the United Kingdom.
From there I have gone onto creating and developing multiple successful businesses both within the traditional economy and the digital economy that has exploded over the last 22 years.
I now feel privileged to give back through my positioning within an online business educational academy called the Digital Experts Academy where I have one on one coaching sessions with hundreds of high quality digital entrepreneurs to help steer them onto the right path for their own digital business success.
Personally, I have helped raise my son Daniel into a fine young man whom I am immensely proud of and would like to believe that other people see me as an honest, caring, thoughtful, hardworking and authentic person who more than often thinks more about other people than I do of myself. If I can then I will help anyone find their inner peace.
Just because you have many personal achievements already tucked away doesn’t mean you can get complacent. What happens in between the day you are born and the day you die is your legacy and your chance to make your own mark on the world. So I think it is pretty safe to say you are still alive because you are reading this article so what do you still want to achieve?
Here it is time for you to get pro-active and start setting some goals, so you can add to the list of your personal achievements. So what do you still want to do in your life?
First make a list with number one your priority and so on. Then you need to make a plan of action on how you are going to achieve them. What steps to you need to take to make everything a reality. It maybe that you need to learn some new skill sets both practically and mentally. One tip is not to look at the end result but to work back from this and break everything out into steps or mini goals.
Look Into The Future
The reason I say this is because if you look at the whole picture from the outset then you will get overwhelmed, put pressure on yourself, be very self critical and eventually lose the will, not to live, but carry on and the chances are that you will give up which obviously achieves nothing.
By having a clear step by step plan which is broken down into mini-goals it will give you the best chance to succeed, there is no doubt. So when your list of personal achievements gets longer and longer what do you do? Well let’s dive into that shall we.
Personal Achievements – Make Sure That You Reward Yourself
Remember at the start of this article I said that we don’t recognise our personal achievements as much as we should well I am telling you that you need to reward yourself when your reach certain milestones.
I am not saying that you should go and shout it from the rooftops or brag about it, no way. What I am saying is that you can be subtle and give yourself little reward, so it gives you a sense of earning. It depends on the achievement as to what you should reward yourself with and if you reach your mini-goals then the size of the reward could be incremental as you go along the path to success.
So when you hit your first milestone maybe go out for dinner with your wife/husband or partner. Then increase the stature of the rewards accordingly as you see fit, it really is all up to you. The reason I say reward yourself is that it gives you that little shot in the arm to keep you motivated and it also breeds confidence in you overall. With added confidence you will have the ability to then set even bigger goals because you know within your heart that you can reach them.
You only have one shot at life, it is not a rehearsal and there is only one person who can make things happen and that obviously is you. This is your chance to become the best person you can and achieve as much as you want to achieve. There are no boundaries, and everything is there at your fingertips so make sure that you reach out and grab them with both hands and never let go and you will be as successful as you want to be.
I hope that you have taken great value from my take on personal achievements. I didn’t want it to be just me telling you to do this and do that, I wanted to get you thinking and empower you to act on many different fronts and I hope that I have succeeded in doing that. Please leave your comments below as I would love to hear from you on all your personal achievements up to now and what you have planned for the future. For now I wish you every success in everything that you do.
Self Development – Understanding What Fear Is And How To Deal With It So That You Can Live Your Life To The Full
A self development article from home business lifestyle coach Mark Ford looking at fear and how it can hold someone back from living life to the full and also giving some advice on how to confront fear full in the face.
Self Development – Dealing With Fear
At some stage in a person’s life they will experience fear and I am sure that this is something that you can relate to, but it is important from a self development perspective to not push this aside but to address it as it something that can have a debilitating effect on your life. Now I understand that everyone is unique, and people handle things in different ways and some better than others and there can be many variant degrees of fear, but the experience is something that I would not wish on anyone and I wanted to write this article to offer as much help and advice as I possibly can.
Before I go on though I need to give a clear definition as to what fear is. Did you know that fear is a both a verb and a noun? As a noun it can be a very unpleasant emotion that is caused by the imminent threat of danger, pain or harm. A good example of this is if someone said, “I ducked down as a hail of bullets whooshed past”.
As a verb it relates to someone who is afraid of something or another person. It is likely to be harmful, painful or dangerous to them. An example of this would be if someone hated another person but did not fear them anymore.
So fear is a feeling which causes changes in metabolic and organ changes and stimulates the expectation or perception that something is going to happen which results in a severe risk to both body and life. Usually what happens is that the person develops a fight or flight response. Either they confront it or try to escape from it. In very extreme cases such as terror or horror it can lead to total freezing and paralysis.
Facing Your Fear
Also fear can be looked upon as a rational or irrational feeling. A rational feeling can be deemed as appropriate meaning that people have every right to thinking they are in a life-threatening scenario such as being stuck in a burning building or under water.
An irrational feeling is deemed to be a phobia such as being scared of spiders and the very common one of being afraid of heights. Although there are these classifications it doesn’t mean that one has a higher level of fear over the other, far from it. In each scenario the person is just as afraid because it is their experience and the threat to their body and life is right there in front of them.
If we look at that awful day of September 11 2001. After the planes hit the twin towers the people below and above the impact zone would have experienced extreme horror. Many would have frozen with fear but then the fight in them would have come out, they knew they were in a life or death situation and would have tried to find a way out of the buildings, they did not know the buildings were about to collapse. Unfortunately some people knew that there was no way out and decided to jump because that was to them the best option, they confronted their fear and took action.
On the aeroplane that ultimately crashed in the field. The passengers onboard again would have experienced horror after the plane had been hijacked but then confronted that horror by trying to take back the control of the plane. They paid the ultimate sacrifice but saved potentially thousands of lives.
Look at the Titanic disaster. There are reports that the band kept playing as the ship went down and the captain stayed on the bridge. Were they doing it as a sense of duty or were they trying to escape their fears by not accepting what was happening. The people who managed to get in a lifeboat probably experienced horror twice. The first getting off the ship and seeing it sink and then not knowing if they were going to get rescued or die from hyperthermia. These two examples would be classified as rational fears so let’s look at an irrational example which still has severe consequences and that is the fear of heights.
Self Development – Fear of Heights
Although this is classed as a phobia it can be seen by the people who suffer from it as a life-threatening experience. There is a saying of don’t look down but if you are a long way above ground you can’t help saying it and then the feelings of losing control and fear kick in. Suddenly a feeling of dizziness and sickness may arise but in many cases the person is in a safe environment.
Look at the thousands of landmark tall buildings in the world that people go up when they are visiting a certain country. Many people decide to stay on terra firma because it is the safe option. However, they miss out on the experience of seeing wonderful vistas and views, they escape their fear by shying away from it.
Empire State Building
A friend of mine, Pete Harris, recently went to New York and has had a life long fear of heights but he bought tickets to go up to the top of the Empire State Building.
Although he made that commitment of purchasing the tickets he still knew in his own mind that it didn’t mean he would actually do it. Even up to the point of walking in the building and to the elevator he was undecided, he was still trying to escape, but he confronted his fear and walked over the line. Eighty floors up he first witnessed the amazing Manhattan skyline from an internal observation deck.
Pete tells me that he could have stayed up there as he felt safe but he decided to go that extra 6 floors to walk out in the open air, well over 1000 feet above the streets of New York. He didn’t miss that experience and one which will stay with him for the rest of his life and now he has that feeling of accomplishment.
Mark Ford – Home Business Lifestyle Coach Seeing The Fear!
I am a home business lifestyle coach and I see fear in people in a different way. Something that is not life threatening or even a phobia. Starting a new business is daunting but many people are afraid in a different way. That is the fear of failure, not being able to do something or it is costing them a lot of money.
They may be unhappy with their current situation at work and either need or want a change, but it is that fear of failure that stops them committing.
They don’t look through that fear to see what life they could build, maybe it is the fear of the unknown?
Self Development – The Symptoms Of Fear
Increased Heart Rate
So lets look at some of the common symptoms of fear.
The physiological signs are the acceleration of breathing rate or hyperventilating, the increase in your heart rate where you can feel your heart thumping in your chest and in your head.
Then you can have blushing which results from the constriction of blood vessels. Also muscles tend to tense up which also include the muscles that are attached to hair follicles which lead to your experiencing “goose bumps”.
People also start to sweat a lot and blood glucose levels increase which leads to hyperglycaemia. You suddenly can’t get to sleep at night as you are more alert, and you experience butterflies in the pit of your stomach. This is when fight or flight occurs, and you realise that you are feeling the emotion of fear.
Self Development – Treating Your Fears
In extreme cases it is advisable to seek professional help on your self development. However, there are things that you can try for yourself. There are many great books and online courses that will help you address your situation but simple things like controlling your breathing to calm yourself down, documenting the triggers that set off your fears so you can see a common denominator can help.
In other cases it may be doing what my friend did and just go for it to overcome what is holding you back.
If it’s related to starting your own business then you are more than welcome to contact me here to see how I can help you with all the experience I have and the tools and resources that I have access to and can introduce you to.
It is very important to realise that everybody is fearful of something, you are not in an exclusive club and there are many ways to address and hopefully overcome your fears. The first thing to do is commit to fighting your fear, once you have done that then you will find it easier to tackle it face on.
Mark Ford Visits Famagusta Ghost Town, Cyprus 10th June 2018 – A Real Eye Opener
As we move through the journey of life focusing on our next day, month, year it is so easy to be focused on what we want out of that period of time. Take time to think of others too and their lives.
Today, as I visited Famagusta Ghost Town, I was reminded how many Greek Cypriots we’re displaced following Turkey taking over Northern Cyprus back in 1974.
They had their peace and ‘time’ interrupted and the trauma they went through is inconceivable in having to relocate from North Cyprus to South Cyprus and vice versa.
It’s a reminder to live in peace each day because we never know when that will be disrupted. We all deal with life’s challenges. However, be there for others too and live a fulfilling life in doing so.
Famagusta Ghost Town, Cyprus
Today has been heart wrenching listening to Mr John, our tour guide, tell his story of his displacement from his home in Famagusta, Cyprus at fifteen years of age being driven out by the Turkish army.
We never know the full story or both sides so we don’t judge. However, to be in his company was very thought provoking, even emotional at times and more than a trip for tourists.
I visited with Greg Fiona Scott and we were all equally astounded at how it had all been left as it was since 1974. At least now the border is open to go across from the South to North. However, for governments to divide into two such a small island between a Turkish administration and Greek Cypriot administration is something many can’t seem to put words too. The Cyprus problem as they call it remains unresolved and a cease fire has ensued for 44 years it seems.
Having the freedom to travel by not being tied to a nine to five desk is great. However, by looking outside of ourself as we travel and enjoy the history we broaden our knowledge to share with the world what we see.
What we see is not always sun, sea and sand. We also see much more.
Skill Development – How You Can Learn The Skill Sets Needed To Launch Your Very Own Online Business From Scratch
A skill development article from home business lifestyle coach Mark Ford where he also introduces you to one of the most powerful educational programs online. This program will help you develop the skills necessary to create a digital lifestyle business so that you can work towards achieving time and financial freedom.
Hello, Mark Ford here and they say that time flies when you are having fun and that is certainly true this week because I have really enjoyed composing this series of articles on personal development and the week has truly flown by.
Before we look at the final topic of skill development let’s just have a brief re-cap on what I have shared with you to help you with your own personal development both in your personal life as well as your professional life.
On Tuesday I went into great detail to explain just what personal development is and as I explained it is not just reading a couple of books and expecting everything to fit into place.
I shared with you the core benefits of committing to personal development, the reasoning for including them and what benefits you can expect to gain from them. In case you have not had the chance to read this article please click here and you will be re-directed so that you can check it out.
The following day I brought to your attention how vital it is to have a personal development plan in place. Again I explained the benefits of creating one and gave you a blueprint to follow so that you can put everything down on paper and refer to it whenever you like. Buy doing so you will keep yourself on track with the goals and targets that you set. Again you can check out this article by clicking here.
Then yesterday I looked at what makes a successful person and the reasoning why this should not be measured on just how much money you have in the bank or you are generating from your career or own business. Hopefully in this one I gave you much food for thought and I hope you liked the comparisons that I made to get my point over to you. So please check out this article by clicking here.
Skill Development – Let’s Begin!
Now I have got that piece of housekeeping out of the way I want to get onto today’s topic of skill development. In this article I will be concentrating on the skill development you will need to help you create a successful online business just like millions of people from all around the world. This is my speciality, helping people gain the technical, marketing and most importantly the mindset skills that they need to become successful online.
Over the last few years I have had the privilege to witness the growth of hundreds, if not thousands, of people who start out as complete beginners, no plan in place, not knowing just what kind of online business they want to create and then seeing them blossom into highly successful and highly motivated digital entrepreneurs in hundreds of different niches and industries.
Fortunately I have access to a platform which nurtures people with their idea and focuses on taking that single seed and then growing it into a forest of abundance both for the business owner and the people that business then goes onto serve.
Skill Development – Discover Where You Can Develop The Skills To Create A Profitable Online Business From Scratch
Within this platform there are highly successful mentors and coaches who collectively have generated millions of dollars online which can be fully verified. Through my own hard work I can proudly say that I am part of the coaching team and through the training and mentoring programs that they offer it has helped me build a number of online educational businesses.
The skill development you need are all contained in the programs that they offer which focus on determining just what your WHY and purpose is.
Why do you want to start an online business?
What type of business do you want to create
What value do you want to bring to society and be remembered for?
How big is your vision?
Do you want to solve just your problems or the problems of others?
You will learn the fundamental skills sets needed to generate an income online through various business models. Then comes probably the most important part of your online business skill development and that is creating the right mindset.
There are exercises to complete where you will visualise your ideal day and lifestyle that you want to live. You will create your own lifestyle blueprint where you will be able to identify your own personal strengths and be empowered to create your digital lifestyle.
There are action plans to complete before you have the chance to work with the coaches to create your very own online business plan of action.
So you will discover what you want to do, why you want to do it and then work out just how you are going to achieve your goals. Nothing is left to chance. You can’t move forward until each step is completed.
At this stage you will have the basic understanding on how an online business works and have the right mindset to start taking action. Here is where it starts to get really serious and fun. You can then leverage this platforms own proprietary digital marketing system which has everything in place to help you succeed.
When people start out in an online business they struggle with deciding on what to sell within their business. This platform has its own suite of world class digital products that you can leverage and promote on behalf of the company as an affiliate marketer. Basically every time you make a sale you will receive a commission which can run into multiple thousands of dollars if you gain the skills to do this.
No guarantees here. You will be responsible for your own results by taking consistent action in your business following the various trainings.
Also they provide all the marketing resources you need to use with the training they provide. This will help you reach your ideal customer, your target market. When you make a sale, everything is then handled internally such as payment processing and customer service. This allows you to concentrate of developing your marketing skills to reach even more people all around the world.
Support is always there from highly experienced and successful coaches, just like myself and there is a community of thousands of members can you can reach out to if you need some additional help or just to introduce yourself.
Skill Development With The Six Figure Mentors
Okay, by now I am sure you want to know the name of this platform and how you can find out more information on how they can help you develop your skills and learn how to create that dream digital lifestyle.
Six Figure Mentors
Well the company is called the Six Figure Mentors which was the brainchild of a highly successful affiliate marketer called Stuart Ross.
Stuart Ross then partnered up with another industry leader called Jay Kubassek to bring together their years of experience and success to help others do the same.
After all their success their mission is to help people just like you follow your dreams and passions and create a lifestyle with now boundaries. Another way of looking at it is to create FREEDOM!
I am just like you. I was sitting in your position just a few short years ago and through Stuart & Jay, their systems and support, working incredibly hard by learning new skill sets, then taking massive action I have gone onto to break free of the shackles of the nine to five lifestyle and live a life of travel and freedom on how to spend my days.
My mission, well it is to give back and help people get into the same position that I now find myself in. In more detail..
“Loyally stepping up for others SO THAT they are given inner peace. Many people live the life they think they have to live. They are overworked, underpaid, and unfulfilled. But the good news is that it doesn’t have to be this way. My name is Mark Ford and my goal is to help you recognize your potential and equip you with the skills you need to turn that potential into a viable online home business in the digital economy. We have to stop making excuses and make it happen, whatever that is for you?”
Skill Development – So How Can You Join Our Community?
Well I think the easiest way for you to find out more about the company, the systems, how they work and also to get to know me a little bit better is to let you have access to a website that I have created which is dedicated to showing you how this company has changed my life. The website is called Mark Ford Marketing and I have created this website so that you have a much clearer idea of what this educational system can do for you.
You will find out more about Stuart & Jay and be able to claim a free video series where they are live on camera explaining every single aspect on how they can potentially change your life through their trainings and educational business system. So what you need to do now is take action and click here to learn more.
Skill development is critical for every new thing that you embark on within your life and as you have checked out this skill development blog can we agree that it is safe to assume that you are more than interested in creating your own online business.
What I have covered in this series of personal development articles is highly relevant to becoming a digital entrepreneur and I have now given you the opportunity to get your hands on the vehicle that potentially make everything a reality for you and your family.
I sincerely hope that you take this opportunity because one like this may never come your way again. I wish you every success and I hope that we will connect very soon.
Successful Person – What Are The Key Attributes That A Person Has To Become Successful In Life?
An article from home business lifestyle coach Mark Ford where he investigates what makes a successful person in both their personal and professional life.
Successful Person – It’s Not Just About Money!
Many people have this misconception that someone is only a successful person if they have a large bank balance, which could never be further from the truth. Fair enough if someone has built up a business from the ground up and made a lot of money in the process then yes, they can claim success, but there are many other factors in life which can determine success.
Throughout anyone’s life there are stages that they go through where they will achieve something. Right from learning to walk and talk, read and write and then go through a comprehensive education system to gain the credentials to go out into the big wide world of business and commerce.
Then you must look at things that are more personal like raising a family which can arguably be the most daunting and rewarding thing that anyone can do in their life. Now I realise that in some circumstances this cannot happen for everyone and in no way do I mean to so sound insensitive, but if you bring a life into the world, love and nurture that person to become the best version of themselves, then that could be seen as the ultimate accolade for any parent. This is probably the most successful thing anyone can do, to create a family unit that has the most special bond in life that is also lifelong!
So how do you gauge success, sit down and think about this for a moment. Do you look at what you have achieved or are you constantly trying to compare yourself with other people? I am sure that if you look closely at your life then you will find that you are more successful than what you may think.
You are unique, a special person with tons of value that you can give to the world. Don’t compare yourself to anyone else because all you are doing is putting pressure on your shoulders to try and emulate them and any success that they may have achieved.
One thing to consider is that if you are happy with your life then you are already successful. Everyday wake up take a look around your environment and what you have in your life and be grateful for it, but think about what you can do through the day to make your world and the people around you better. Then act on it and by the time you lay your head on your pillow at the end of the day the day will have been successful. Something to think about!
Successful Person – Sport!
When you look at sports everything is concentrated on being the number 1 both in team and individual sport. Looking at the trophy cabinet to see how much silverware and medals you have. You should always play something to win otherwise there is no point but there is also success within defeat. Some of those medals and trophies may be for coming second or third which is still an incredible achievement.
Olympic Games Podium
People say that no one ever remembers a loser, which is a horrible word by the way, but if you look at the Olympics and see the joy on the faces of the competitors that get the Silver and Bronze medal then in my eyes they are not losers and should be remembered for their success. All the dedication that they have put in from a very young age to get to that point in their life should be applauded to the highest level. Each and everyone of them is a successful person and this can be applied to the whole sporting world in general.
Let’s look at business for a moment. Say you have two individuals who both set up a new business. After one year the first has generated $50,000 in sales and the second has generated $250,000 in sales. Who has been more successful?
Some people would say the second person because the only thing they are measuring is the amount of money generated which can be a little narrow minded. Why do I say that?
Well there are many different factors to take into consideration. Look at it like this. Both people started off at zero and have got positive results so they are both a success. They would have had to build the infrastructure of their business whether that is websites, premises, licences, overall business structure like bank accounts and accountants. Again they are both successful people.
Then you must look at the products and services that they are offering. They might be selling at different price points and in totally different niches or industries. For example, the first person sells their products and services for $1000 and the second person sells their products and services for $5000. This means that they have each sold 50 products so when it comes to marketing their products and services they are just as successful as each other.
So now we have looked at various examples of what makes a successful person let’s look into what successful people do on a daily basis
Successful Person – The Common Traits Of Successful People
Look For Opportunities – There are opportunities all around us and the trick is to spot them. Then usually what happens is that you get introduced to people and this is where you need to take advantage of things. This is where you can build long lasting relationships which could potential develop into great things. Don’t let things slip through your fingertips.
Build The Relationship – What I mean by this is to always remember the little things. Never forget people’s names and play close attention to what they are doing in their lives. If they mention that they are off on holiday, then make sure the next time you see them you ask if they had a good time.
If you admire what they have done professionally then make sure you tell them that and take interest in what they are doing. Never be afraid to send them an email or text just to say hello and ask how they are as it will go a long way and they will remember you.
Educate Yourself – Whether you read books, watch videos or listen to podcasts you should constantly educate yourself so that you keep up to date on what is happening in the world and your industry.
Lead A Healthy Lifestyle – Your health can affect the decisions that you make both personally and professionally, so you need to be aware of your health and try to live the healthiest lifestyle you can.
Lead A Healthy Lifestyle
Concentrate on nutrition and exercise. Make sure you fuel you body with good ingredients and take regular exercise, even if it is only a half an hour walk a day. It increases mobility and gets the blood pumping which keeps your brain active which leads to productivity.
Adaptability – You must be flexible and adaptable to everything in life and successful people can change the way they do things at a drop of the hat. The world evolves daily so you need to evolve with it to keep up to speed. Here you may find yourself feeling vulnerable and out of your comfort zone, but you must plough forward and work through this to come out the other side a better person.
Goal Setting – All successful people set goals both in their private and professional lives. This gives you something to work towards and a reason for what you are doing. One thing here is to look at the overall goal and then break it down into mini goals or in other words stepping stones.
Then tackle each step at a time because it will be easier for you and you will not become overwhelmed. Then when you reach each milestone there is nothing wrong with giving yourself a reward for your achievements because at the end of the day you have deserved it.
Create A Great Circle Of Influence – Successful people have a great circle of influence, people who are like them in many ways. This is what you need to do as it will greatly enhance your chances of success. Mastermind with them daily!
If you have negative people around you then it will make you negative and self-doubt. On the other hand, if you surround yourself with positive and open-minded people then you will see a positive change in your life. This is where you may need to make some tough choices and disassociate yourself with certain people, but it is something that you will need to do.
Never Give Up On Mindset – There will be times when you hit barriers and hurdles. Now some people give up and the result is that their life will never change. Successful people plough on regardless and find a way to make things work. Going back to the Olympic athletes I mentioned earlier. They got onto that podium because they never gave up and had the drive to realise their goals.
They Are Always Accountable – All successful people are accountable for the actions and the decisions that they make, they never play the blame game. So this is what you need to do and live and die by the decisions that you and only you make.
In essence, visualise and meditate on your goals, invest in yourself, do income producing activities each day, Mastermind with other leaders, and learn, do, teach!
How Successful People Think Video – Courtesy of Video Advice
I hope that you have taken great value from my interpretation of what a successful person is, and I would appreciate it if you can let me know your comments below. Alternatively you can contact me here if you would like any more advice on what I have spoken about today.
I wish you every success in running your home business from anywhere in the world.
Personal Development Plan – How To Create The Perfect Personal Development Plan Which Will Enhance Your Personal And Professional Life
An article from home business lifestyle coach and digital entrepreneur Mark Ford on how to create a personal development plan to help you achieve all the goals that you set in life and fulfil the ambitions and aspirations that you have.
Hello, Mark Ford here and I can’t believe we are at the half way point in my series of articles relating to personal development and self improvement. There is a saying that if you fail to plan then you are planning to fail! As an example if you wanted to build your own house would you just buy a piece of land, get the construction materials and then break ground without any blueprints, drawings and plans to follow?
Of course you wouldn’t, you would employ an architect, get planning permission and then source qualified tradespeople to construct your new home to get the highest quality of product to enjoy. Well this principle can be applied to personal development and it is vital that you sit down and take some time to create your own personal development plan.
Yesterday I went into just what personal development is and as I have already said it is not just a case of buying a load of books. In case you missed yesterday’s article you can jump back and read it by clicking here. It is very in-depth and will take a lot of commitment to learn new skills, embrace change and take action.
So the point of this article is to give you the foundations, just like building a house, so that you can follow a step by step process and create your own personal development plan and create a blueprint which will map out your life for the future.
Personal Development Plan – Why Is It important?
Personal Development Plan
You need to have a clear vision on how you want your life to pan out. This includes setting goals and deadlines for you to meet at different stages of your life. Now this can apply to both your personal life as well as your professional life because it will make you focus on getting to your end destination.
If you don’t have the focus there is only one thing that will happen. That is, you will get distracted from what you are trying to achieve and go off in various different directions and running around like a headless chicken, sorry didn’t mean to upset any animal lovers!
So let’s now look at the different steps you need to take and why you need to take them.
Personal Development Plan – Creating Your Vision
Creating A Vision
You have the most powerful computer sitting right on the top of your shoulders, your brain. It processes millions of pieces of information which can be collated to create the vision that you have for your life.
It is very important that it is your vision, so what do I mean by that. You may be influenced by other people, you may see successful people, what they have and say to your self “I want a piece of that”.
By all means take some inspiration from that but don’t copy and paste as what they have in life may not be suited to you. What I would suggest you do is do something that is a practical exercise and create your own vision board.
Then fill it with what you want in life. Now this may include material things such as nice cars, boats and grand houses or any other thing you want to possess and there is nothing wrong with wanting to have nice things, far from it.
The thing is not to forget the important things in life such as having a fulfilling relationship, starting a family, creating your legacy to leave the world, how you want to help people.
Also how you want other people to feel about you, define your morals, values and your ethics. What person do you want to be? Hopefully someone that people can rely on, who is honest and trustworthy and someone who will go that extra mile to help people in need.
If you are looking to start your own business, then what kind of business do you want to create? It is not about just what can you sell to make money, it is about what value can you provide which will enhance other people’s lives and then the money is a bi=product of that. Always be prepared to give more than you receive, and the latter will take care of itself.
Once you have all this down on your board it will be your vision, your dreams and your goals. Then put it on the wall so you can easily be reminded of what you want out of life, or if you have it all in a book make sure you have it with you so that you can easily refer to it.
Personal Development Plan – Getting Your Focus
Now you have your vision it will make it easier for you to focus on what you need to do and what order your need to do it. You will have clarity.
Although this process is very important it is equally important not to over analyse it or over plan things. Try to keep it as simple as possible because it will make it easier for you to follow and keep that focus, also you will find that you will not get too stressed.
Look at it as you must complete step A to get to step B and so on, but it will help you if you can put obtainable deadlines to meet, just to keep you on track. Now you have your focus it is time to take action.
Personal Development Plan – Taking Action
Now I obviously don’t know what your vision is so the easiest way for me to explain taking action is to give you a few examples.
If you are a person is suffering from anxiety and this is holding back your personal development then you might look at taking yoga lessons or practicing meditation.
Your dream car may be the latest Ferrari but you will need to learn how to drive before that dream can come true. If you are looking for a lasting relationship but find it hard to approach people and make the first move, then you may want to look into getting professional advice.
Lastly if you see having your own business is the vehicle to help you achieve your dreams and vision for your life then you will need to invest into your education and seek proven and successful people in the field or industry that you are interested in.
I am sure you get the idea by now. Whatever you must do to get you from A to B then you simply must do it.
Personal Development Plan – Setting Goals
Goals In Life
Setting goals is important whether it is personal goals or business goals but sometimes they work hand in hand. You may have always wanted to learn to drive but this may be necessary for you to start your own business so there may be a greater urgency to get this sorted first.
Personal goals are often easier to achieve and therefore have less stress involved whereas business goals can often seem bigger and more challenging to achieve. An example of this may be if you wanted to learn a particular musical instrument. This is something that you are doing solely for pleasure and yes you may want to be proficient as soon as possible you are getting immense enjoyment from practicing.
Whereas a business goal would be that you need to earn a certain amount of money per month to live. This immediately puts pressure on you because at the end of the month if you have not reached your target how are you going to pay the mortgage or rent and put food on the table.
So set your goals but like the previous steps you need to work out the actions you need to take to reach them.
Personal Development Plan – Time Planning
There are only 24 hours in a day and that will never change so you now need to work out a schedule so that you can execute the actions that you need to take. So look at each stage of the process and work out how long it is going to take you to complete that step and then create a timetable which works with your daily routine. You may be working so the evenings are the only time you have but you still must think about your family time which is very important.
So, you need to be super organised and disciplined, create your schedule and stick to it.
Personal Development Plan – Monitor Your Progress
Everything you do within your personal development plan is measurable and you must keep track on your progress otherwise you will never know if you are moving forward.
If it is a health issue like losing weight, then you must track your progress at a certain time of the week so that your results are consistent.
If it is building your own house, then regular meetings with all the tradespeople and project managers are crucial to make sure that time and finances are on track.
Lasting if you are running marketing campaigns for your business then you must monitor results to make sure you are not losing money. If the campaign is bombing then kill it, if it profitable then scale it up as much as you can.
So this is a personal development plan template for you to follow. I would really like to know how you get on and if you have anything that you don’t quite understand then please get in touch with me by clicking here.
Self Improvement – What Are The Core Benefits Of Personal Development?
A self improvement article from home business lifestyle coach Mark Ford
Welcome to the next article of this personal development series where I will be looking at self improvement and concentrating on the core benefits to personal development. Some people may think that to achieve self improvement you just need to buy a few books or courses and this will automatically help you as a person evolve into a higher calibre version of yourself. If it was that easy then everybody would be doing that but it involves investing in yourself and then being super proactive.
Instead of just sitting around waiting and wishing for things to happen you must go out there and grab every opportunity by the scruff of the neck. In short you are the one who has to make things happen and be accountable for everything decision that you may make. Sure, you will make mistakes and have hurdles to overcome but this should be embraced as it is part of your learning curve on this journey that you are taking, which is your life!
Every experience you have, both good and bad, will be rewarding in some regard but the first thing you need to do is make that commitment to self improvement to ultimately achieve personal fulfilment and happiness.
So this article is going to look at the core benefits of personal development and there are only just over a handful to look at so I promise that this will seem to heavy to consume. Each core element is vital to improving you as a person both for personal and business circumstances which often work hand in hand, one compliments each other especially if you are looking to become a business owner or entrepreneur. Let’s dive in!
Self Improvement – The Top Mindset Skills To Master
Being Self Aware – This is your starting point. You must be self-aware and no exactly who you are and this all stems for your own core beliefs. You should have you own believes and values that are close to your heart. What exactly do your stand for and what is your mission in life? What mission do you have in life and who do you want to touch and help?
You must have your own dreams in life and never look towards anybody else to copy and chase their dreams, always chase yours so that you can create the lifestyle that you want. You do this by setting your own goals and visioning what your ideal lifestyle is so that you can drive yourself forward.
Be aware of your surroundings, who you are with because the biggest computer in the world is your brain and you are constantly receiving information which can help you form a clear vision of what you want in life.
This information is usually a negative feeling or emotion which makes you feel bad. For example, you may be at work at are having a bad day, so you say to yourself “I hate my job, what sort of job do I want” or “I want to change my life, what resources do I need to make the changes I need?”.
So when bad emotions appear ask yourself questions on what exactly is making you feel this way and how you can come up with a solution. I know that may say very simple in theory but can be harder in practice, but I recommend you give it a go because it makes it a lot clearer in your mind just what you want out of life.
Knowing Where You Are Going – Once you are self aware then you will have a clear direction and path to take. You can set your goals which then helps you make clear cut decisions much more easily.
You can prioritise the tasks you need to undertake, and you will find that you may have been spending too much time on things that are unimportant which take up a lot of your day. Make a daily to do list or method of operation which will help you close in on all of your objectives.
This will streamline your whole operation and the knock-on effect of that is that you will find you have more time which will overall improve the quality of your life and work. In short, more is less!
Developing A Growth Mindset
Being Laser Focused – Once you get to this point you will be acutely self-aware and have that clear direction to follow so you will be laser focused on everything in your life. The tasks that you undertake on a day to day basis will become effortless and not seem to be hard work and the results you achieve will continually get better and better.
Also by having that clarity and focus you will find that you become less distracted or when a distraction does come your way you will know how to handle it and move away from it. If you have set yourself any form of deadline then you will be confident that you will meet the commitments that you have set which will help you work much more effectively to create a better end product.
As you get better at the tasks you perform you will then enjoy doing them much more and will help you see the true value of what you are doing and trying to achieve.
Increase Motivation Levels – By now you will have a clear picture as to where you want your life to be and the methodology on how to make everything become real, so this will help you develop real motivation to see it all through right to the end.
You will be getting to a point where you can taste the success, it is palpable and at the end of your fingertips, so you will move heaven and earth to grab it with both hands. One thing that may put the brakes on is an overwhelming sense of the whole project but with a little bit of thought you will have the motivation to create a solution which maybe to break things down into smaller goals, building blocks and when you have this in place you will be at a point where your motivation levels are at their highest. Nothing is going to stop you now.
One thing to remember though is to take time out from no and again to asses that you are on the right track and if you are working to the plan you set up earlier there is no reason to think you won’t. Once you see that everything is coming together nicely it will give you that sot in the arm and kick you even further on with the project in hand.
Becoming Resilient – At times things will get really tough and you will face some major scenarios to overcome. You will have to develop a skin that is as thick as an elephant to deflect things away and the doggedness to never give up, get back on your feet when things try to knock you out and develop the no quit attitude to survive.
You can’t stop these things from happening but the good news is that by now you will have developed the skills to overcome anything that life has to throw at you, and it will. Instead of panicking and getting stressed out you will be able to form a positive calculated plan of action and then execute that plan to get the ship back on an even keel and limit any potential damages.
Relationship Building – There are two types of relationships and they are good and bad. Everybody experiences these but when you have committed to self improvement through personal development you can determine which is which and act accordingly.
If you don’t look at the way you form relationships and act within them then you usually open yourself up to developing bad ones. This can be said in both your personal life and in business. Sometimes you get caught up in particular groups and those people become friends just because they are always around you. The relationship is a product of association and not much more, just because you are friendly to them and they reciprocate doesn’t make them your friend or you theirs.
True friends will go out of their way to help and expect nothing in return, some people have an agenda and because you have developed certain life skills by now you will be able to determine which side people fall into.
Also steer clear of negative people, you know the ones. People who are always looking on the dull side, the glass half empty type. People who are always looking for the way that something won’t work rather than being positive and look for the solution first.
So form relationships with positive and open-minded people as this will rub off on you. As I have said always be friendly but put the time and effort into the relationships that mean something.
Self Improvement – To Wrap Things Up
I hope that you can see the benefits of self improvement through personal development and if you are prepared to put the time and effort in then your life will become full and the rewards you receive can be off the charts. If you have any thoughts on what I have shared with you today then please contact me here but for now I wish you well.