So you’ve decided that you want to be successful.  Great!  This will be the easiest decision you make on your road to success.

The road will be long, winding, and sometimes slippery, so it is a must that you pack light.

Here are 5 things you need to have in your “I’ve Got This” bag.

1. The Gift That Keeps On Giving

Do you know what your gift is?  What is the craft, talent, skill, or niche that you have been given?  Your gift is something that no one can take from you. It can help others and is in an area that you will shine in.  Identify the ‘thing’ that you do effortlessly and better than anyone else.

2. That’s What Friends Are For

Surround yourself with positive friends who will encourage you to pursue your dreams.  They will be the ones to remind you of why you decided to do ‘IT’ and why your gift is needed in the world.  These friends will not want your life or be interested in competing with you.

3. Do You See What I See

It is also important that you choose a circle of people who can see your vision.  These individuals will know things you don’t know and help you develop your gift.  They will provide a fresh perspective to inform your point of view.

4. R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Your ability to create strong networks is necessary in order to be successful.  Even in the face of rejection, you must be courteous, respectful, and humble.  Remember to say, “Please” and “Thank you”, always follow-up, and keep your word. If you say you’re going to do something – do it.

5. Just Keep Swimming

The hardest pill to swallow is this: in order to acquire success you will have to deal with failure.  Failure is not a bad thing, it actually is positive because it eliminates what isn’t working.  If used correctly, it can be a catalyst to your true calling.

Success requires that you take many tumbles off that proverbial bike, but you must dust yourself off quickly and get right back into position.  A fear of failure will keep you in neutral and prevent you from making moves.

While there are other ingredients needed for your recipe for success, these key tools will ensure that you will be a rising star. If you are truly serious about success, remember to keep a positive attitude, work hard daily toward your dream and never give up.

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