Tips for Financial Success
My story is definitely a unique one, and I have been able to go from being the lowest on the totem pole to financial security in just a few years, but it’s been a difficult process in doing so. For those of you who don’t know, I’ve been a full time Beachbody Coach for just about 3 and a half years now, have won numerous awards including Top Beachbody Coach 2010, but when I first started coaching I was clueless, and just searching for a way to get my family and I out of the financial struggle we have been facing for quite some time. It was not an enjoyable time for me, living paycheck to paycheck, not being able to go out to eat with my family because I couldn’t afford it, but experiencing that forced me to take action and make a change. Nobody likes being in that position, but 98% of people don’t put the effort into changing. I did, and I was rewarded for it. We don’t have to worry about financial issues anymore and I’m able to enjoy life with my family because of the work that I have put towards it. During my journey to financial success I’ve learned many things along the way, and I’m going to share with you all my top tips for financial success!
(1) Passion! In order to be successful, you have to be 100% passionate about what you do. Your job shouldn’t feel like a job, but rather a hobby. You have to change lives in the process, experience that constant feeling of fulfillment, if you want to be successful. The reason I became a Beachbody Coach in the first place was not to increase my income, but rather because of my passion to help others, and that all goes back to my involvement with Big Brothers Big Sisters! It took me about 6 or 7 months to realize that by focusing on changing lives I could create financial independence by being a full-time Beachbody Coach, but that’s NOT what I got into the business to do. Once I realized the potential, I put in 100% effort to reach my goals. When I wake up in the morning, I don’t dread going to work, but look forward to helping another person change their life through health and fitness! If you’re passionate about what you do, success is right around the corner.
(2) Hard work! Creating financial success is not easy, and anyone who tells you otherwise is wrong. It takes a LOT of hard work and dedication! The reason why so many people aren’t successful is because they don’t put in the necessary work on a consistent basis over a period of time to become successful. When I became a full-time Beachbody Coach and made a goal to win Top Beachbody Coach 2010, I knew the type of effort that I had to put in to reach that goal. It consisted of long hours of work, sacrifices, and 100% effort day in and day out. Because of my hard work, dedication, and patience, I was able to achieve my goal.
(3) Support. If you don’t have support, especially from your spouse, creating financial success just became 100X harder! I remember a point in Melinda and my relationship where we were struggling greatly with our bills, and I had enough so I sat Melinda down and told her that I was going to do everything I could do to get us out of that position. However, I said that in order to do so it would involve long hours of hard and some sacrifices, and that I needed her full support to make it happen. Of course she said yes, and for a year or so it was tough on our relationship because of how busy I was, but in the end it was worth it. Now I am able to stay at home every day with her and my daughter Madison and am spending more time with them than ever, all because she gave me her support that day I sat her down. Support is CRUCIAL to your success!
(4) Personal Development. If you’re not reading at least 20 minutes of personal development books every single day, your significantly limiting your success! I can’t tell you how important this is. I’ll share a quick story about how I got started with personal development books and the impact it’s had on my life. There was a point in my baseball career when I was 15 years old that I was struggling greatly. There reason is because I was letting failure get to me, and instead of adjusting and focusing on moving forward, I dwelled on that failure to the point where I would fear it. My fear of striking out, making an error, caused my fears to come true, and it got to the point where I was benched. After a terrible day on the field, one of my worst ever, I remember going home, sitting on the floor in my room with my head in my hands, and beating myself up for struggling so bad. I’ll never forget getting a knock on the door from my dad, he came in and tossed a book on my bed called “The Magic of Thinking Big” by David Schwartz, and TOLD me I had to read it, turned around and walked out. Needless to say, I read the book and it taught me to accept and embrace failure, to always think positively, and just got my mind right. After reading the book over and over again, my game improved, and it’s what ultimately led me to win conference, regional, and national honors my junior and senior years in college! Instead of fearing striking out, I would visualize a base hit right up the middle; instead of letting a strike out during the first at bat affect me the rest of the game, I would go 3-4 for the day because I accepted it, made the necessary adjustments, and didn’t dwell on it. Since that day I have read numerous personal development books to constantly keep my mind right, and it’s played a MAJOR role in my success as a Beachbody Coach! Some of the books I recommend are “The Art of Exceptional Living” by Jim Rohn, “Talent is Never Enough” by John Maxwell, “Personality Plus” by Florence Littauer, “Eat That Frog” by Brian Tracy, and “The Slight Edge” by Jeff Olson.
(5) Find a mentor. The best and easiest way to financial success is to find someone who has already done it and have them mentor you! When I first became a Beachbody Coach, I wanted to get in contact with people who have already created success and duplicate the things that they have done, so that’s exactly what I did. I found those who knew how to become a successful Beachbody Coach, talked to them, picked their brains, and found out what they were doing in order to create success. After talking to many people, studying those who have been successful, I was able to find many things that were able to work for me and my business. However, not all of them worked. The key is to take certain concepts, try them out, and then if they work keep them, but if they don’t, then move on to something else.
(6) Organization. You have to be organized if you want to be successful! Every day I make a task list and cross of the tasks once I complete them. I have certain time frames that I do certain things, and I don’t allow myself to get distracted by anything else during that time. For example, if it’s my hour to answer emails, I won’t schedule or answer any calls during that time. I dedicate myself entirely for that hour to completing each email and message that I receive. This allows me to stay focused on the task at hand and be VERY productive! Also, use an excel program to keep track of the people that you contact and how you are going to follow up with them. I use a great site called www.highrisehq.com to do so, but I’m sure you can create something with excel as well. If you stay organized, you will be able to stay focused on your priorities!
I’m sure I could post quite a few more tips for financial success, but these are great and will do for now. Maybe I will create another one in the near future to follow up with this post. Remember, the main tips to becoming successful include being passionate about what you do, being organized, working hard every single day, focusing on 20 minutes of personal development every day, and finding someone to mentor you who has already been successful!