Q: How Can I Create the Right Conditions to Take My Success to the Next Level?
A: Thanks for this great question, Natalie! There are many factors that comprise the success equation, and having the right conditions by being in an environment for success, is one of them.
Borrowing from the famous proverb that “It Takes a Village to Raise a Child”, it can also be applied to the path of becoming successful in business and life. This is because for an individual to become successful, it is not done in isolation.
Rather, there are many people who contribute to helping that individual achieve their goals and dreams.
I refer to this mainly “behind-the-scenes” group as the inner success group. Over the years, I have worked with my clients to create their own inner success group.
When creating your own version of you inner success group both formally and informally, there are 5 Key Players that can help you take your your success to the next level.
Here are 5 key players to include:
1. Mentor — a mentor is the person who you are inspired by and has successfully walked the path that you are on, and has experienced the ups and downs.
A mentor can guide your vision. A mentor can be someone you admire from afar and not necessarily even in the same industry. Of course, working with someone you know who has achieved exactly what you want to achieve, is the ideal scenario.
2. Coach — as a professional coach myself, I have personally experienced the incredible benefits of working with a coach. The truth is that most successful people and leaders also have coaches. This is because each of us has our own blind spots and need help with getting out of our own way.
Your coach will accompany you on your journey toward growth, transformation and success. Your coach works with you to chart your path and can help get you from where you are to where you want to be in a more efficient way with accountability.
You coach can act as a guiding “compass” and champion. Keep in mind that you will likely need different types of coaches at different points on your success journey.
3. Catalysts — are your peers and colleagues who will help push you forward. They are on the same journey as you are. So, they know first hand what you are experiencing.
Catalysts can help provide perspective, motivation and be a great sounding board in addition to your coach, when needed because they are all too familiar with the highs and lows of being a leader and an entrepreneur.
I have been really fortunate to be in high-level masterminds where I’ve met life-long friends and soul sisters. Now, you can create your own group of 5 people and you don’t need to wait to be in a mastermind to do so. The important thing is that you meet regularly and help each other move forward.
4. Right hand — in addition, it’s very important to have an effective, high-achieving dream team. While this article doesn’t focus specifically focus on creating team, there is one person who is key to up-levelling your success. This person is your right hand or executive assistant.
Your right hand is a “gem” and key to implementing and operationalizing your vision and mission. They are loyal, they have your back and knows how to endorse you and your work and company in the best way.
5. Cheerleaders — we all need unconditional support from people who believe in us, especially in moments when we don’t believe in ourselves. These are the people I affectionately call “cheerleaders”.
When you are on the journey of up-levelling your growth and success, you will have tough days. So, having a cheerleader on your side is a blessing as they can really snap you out of “gloom and doom” emotions and mindset.
For me, my husband is my biggest cheerleader. He has been there every step of the way with every reinvention I have maneuvered over the years. His support is always constant and steadfast. The second would be my parents, then my sisters and my very close friends.
You can choose anyone from your inner circle for this role. The important thing is to keep in mind that they are on your side and are cheering you on toward realizing your goals, your dreams, and ultimate success.
I trust that this article has served you!
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Meriflor Toneatto is an award-winning leadership and Positive Psychology Coach, Strategist and Entrepreneur. She has been featured in Yahoo Finance, Washington Post, Forbes, Los Angeles Times and more.
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