Success Leaves Clues!
One of the most powerful lessons I’ve learned through network marketing came from the incredible American motivational speaker, Anthony Robbins. Anthony Robbins is arguably the most popular motivational speaker in the world; he’s helped over 50 million people in over a hundred countries through his live events, books, and recorded speeches. If Anthony Robbins says something, it’s worth listening to.
I consider Anthony Robbins the Yoda of self-development, and I love using his books as resources for my own personal and business development. In his best-seller Unlimited Power, Robbins writes, “if you want to achieve success, all you need to do is find a way to model those who have already succeeded.” Sounds easy! And surprisingly enough, I have found that is IS that easy.
Long before I read a word of Anthony Robbins, I learned the value of modelling the behaviours of successful people. I was never an “academic leader” in school, and I struggled for every grade that I received throughout my education. However, from the age of 11, I convinced myself that good grades were necessary to get a good job. I started spending time with the “smart kids” at my school and did my best to model their behaviour. They studied hard, so I studied hard. They read books, so I read books. It took a lot of hard work and struggling, but I eventually got the grades that I wanted and achieved success in higher education.
If there’s one easy lesson to learn from my background and from the words of Anthony Robbins, it’s that success leaves clues! Prosperous people usually leave a trail of decisions and behaviours that help others understand how they got to their positions of success and influence. Want to become a network marketing superstar? Spend some time with successful network marketers in your area, pick their brain about some of their patterns and behaviours, and put those traits into practice in your own life and work.
Look at your life, and look at your role models
If you’re stagnant in an aspect of your life and career, take some time to look at your role models and the people around you. Are you surrounded by negativity? Low-achievers? People who, for whatever reason, haven’t found success? Maybe you need to look for a new crowd and new role models: people who will offer clues to how you can find your own success.
Can you recall a time in your life where you modelled the behaviour of someone around you and found success? Maybe you were like me and followed the “smart kids” to help you get better grades. Maybe you teamed up with a role model at the gym to help you reach your fitness goals. Whatever the situation is, you can repeat this pattern for success in every area of your life! It’s possible for you to follow others’ “clues to success” to lose weight, leave the job you hate, or become financially free.
Don’t wait around, take action!
If there’s something in your life that you want to improve upon, don’t just sit around and wait for it to get better. Take action!
Here is what I do when there’s something that I want to improve:
1. Identify the area that I want to make changes to. Where am I right now, why am I unhappy, and what has me stuck in a low-success situation?
2. Identify where I want to be. It’s important to be specific! Don’t just say, “I want to lose weight.” Everyone wants to lose weight! But few people actually do it. With a specific goal, like “I want to lose 20 pounds in three months,” you set yourself up for success.
3. Find a role model. The key to this step is finding someone who has achieved success in the very same area in which you’re seeking success. Steve Jobs is an inspiration to countless entrepreneurs and inventors, but I doubt he’ll offer much inspiration in the way of health and fitness.
Anthony Robbins also points out the best part of this practice: you don’t have to duplicate all of the trouble your role model went to in acquiring their skill. There’s no need to reinvent the wheel. All you have to do is replicate their best practices and behaviours, without struggling through the trial and error period that they endured in achieving success.
If you’re feeling guilty about modelling someone’s behaviours without enduring their struggle, don’t. Pay it forward. Someday, someone will look to you as their role model for successful behaviour; you can repay your original role model by spreading their behaviours to others.