Through my journey of personal development, I've learned one of the most essential habits to creating success – Counting Your Wins. Without it, life will feel like a struggle.
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When you’re on the path of creating something significant in your life, challenges will definitely come up. If you think you’re going to create success without challenges, then you need to pay attention right now. And if you don’t pay attention, you may as well quit what you’re doing now.
Let me give you an example of Counting Your Wins in business (note that this is applicable to any area of your life). When you’re building a business you’re going to run into challenges. It could be that you lost some money on an advertising campaign that didn’t work, your Facebook page got shutdown, a prospect was rude on the phone, you didn’t make a sale today or you didn’t get all your to-do list completed. Now, let me ask you two questions. If you came across ten challenges today, do you think you’ll feel more empowered or less empowered at the end of the day? Less empowered, right? And if you feel less empowered, do you think tomorrow you’ll be more motivated to make things happen or less motivated? Less motivated of course!
Let me reveal to you a secret ingredient for creating success: Success only builds on success. Just like when I had challenges at the beginning of my business, I still have challenges today. Sometimes I place ads online that don’t work, sometimes no-one answers their phone during the day so I don’t get to speak to prospects, and the list goes on. But one of the biggest lesson I’ve learned is that if I Count My Wins, at the end of the day I’ll feel great and more prepared to take on the next day.
So how do you put this into action? Well, here’s the deal. At the end of every day, you want to feel successful. If you feel successful, you’ll want to continue creating more success the following day. If you feel unsuccessful, you might not even want to get out of bed the next day – trust me, I’ve been there!
To feel successful, you need to count every single win, no matter how insignificant they seem, each and every day starting right from when you get up. When I began doing this I thought I needed to only count big wins – like if I made some money or something significant happened. I quickly learned that this was an ineffective strategy because I wasn’t creating big wins everyday.
So back to when you get up first thing in the morning. What is the very first thing you do? You open your eyes, right? Do you see a win in that? You’re probably thinking “how could that be a win?” Well let me ask you this: Would you consider not waking up a win? Of course not! So waking up is the very first win of your day! You’re alive and you have another amazing day to experience with your friends and family – that’s definitely something not to take for granted!
So what other wins could there be? How about turning on your tap in the bathroom to brush your teeth? Did you know that the majority of the world’s population doesn’t have access to running water? So running water is a HUGE win!
I hope you’re getting the idea now. But you’re probably asking how this applies in business. Like I mentioned before, sometimes I call prospects and they don’t answer but I leave a voicemail – that’s something I count as a win! At least I was able to leave a message and I know there’s more of a chance of them calling me back than if I can’t leave a message. Focusing on my own personal development is also a win because I know that if I don’t do it, I won’t feel as empowered in my life or business.
Let me give you a basketball game example. Your team could have lost the entire game and you could feel down about it and completely forget that you made the most amazing shot of your entire life in that one game. Do you think it’s going to be more empowering to focus on a lost game or on that amazing shot that had everyone cheering?
I think you’d be getting the idea of how powerful Counting Your Wins is. Something I do to consistently develop this habit is to using the notepad on my iPhone to write down each win as they happen. At the end of the day I’m able to look at all my wins and feel accomplished and successful because there were more wins than challenges. And to be honest, when I look at that list of wins I forget there even were challenges throughout my day.
So my challenge to you is to keep a daily list of your wins. Do it for a day. Write as many wins as you can and at the end of the day review that list and see how you feel. You’ll be surprised at how accomplished you feel and how much more you’ll want to accomplish.
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