How often do you look at other successful people who are thriving in the current climate while you continue to struggle despite all your hard work?

Yes, you can still blame the recession as businesses continue to tighten their belts and people are more careful as to how they spend their money. But if you buy into that story and wait for times to change you are missing out on a great opportunity.

Warren Buffet famously stated at the beginning of the recession that he’d been “waiting for this day for 10 years” and like many others his business interests have soared.

Is it down to luck, money, investments, business acumen or simply being in the right place at the right time? Possibly it’s a combination of all.

But I’d like to offer another suggestion. Something I did a few months ago was to make a commitment to do whatever it takes to make my business a model that only survived during the recession, but thrived too.

Now, I’m not going to say it’s been an easy ride or that everything went to plan – I wish it had! However, having made that commitment meant I had to do a few things whcih weren’t particularly easy and in many ways were very challenging. But it has meant that I’ve totally set myself up for the good times ahead!

How many of you have realigned yourself to be in a better position so you can take advantage of the up-turn?

Here are some tips to help you realign yourself and take advantage of the great opportunity that has been handed to us in current times:

Comfort zone – Break out and do something new, different and challenging. The more daring – all the better! And if you set yourself a new challenge each day you will start to love the feeling of fear and want to do it anyway.

i. Shake some feathers – get your message out there in as many ways as possible and applaud even if the feedback is negative. Atleast you’re getting noticed and gaining a response. A negative response is better than none at all.

ii. Invest – time, money and effort. T.Harv Eker says “if you do what’s easy, life will be hard, but if you do what’s hard, life will be easy”. Rise to the challenge and set yourself some targets. Easier times will follow.

iii. Experts – find someone who has the missing piece in your knowledge or expertise. Don’t waste time trying to figure it all out for your self. The cost of not doing so could be detrimental to your business.

iv. Winners story – re-write your story as a ‘winners story’ even if you’ve only been in business a short while. The positive message will seep into your unconscious mind and work wonders for you.

Article by: Wendy Howard, www.spiritofvenus.co.uk

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