25 Lessons For Success
in 2011 and Beyond

Apply my 25 lessons for success in 2010 and into the future...

By Diane Thomas

2011 marks my tenth year online and I thought it appropriate to share with you some of the valuable lessons that I’ve learned over the years that would benefit you in the New Year and well into the future.

These are lessons that I have learned through good and bad times and can be applied to any area of your business and life. They are in no particular order of importance as each holds its own importance depending on where you are in life, your career or your business.

  1. Life isn’t just about work. Be sure you find a balance between work and life areas. Make time for family, social life, your partner, health & fitness and of course, yourself.
  2. An idea without action remains simply a concept or dream. It only becomes real when you act upon it.
  3. Stop trying to be a perfectionist. It was very difficult for me to learn to stop over-working every project and task. Action is the first priority. You can always make changes and improvements as you go along.
  4. Build relationships. People naturally follow those that they know and trust.
  5. Always keep learning. There are always lessons to be learned, new ideas to evaluate and things you should know, no matter how successful you become in your life or business. Discovery and knowledge are the keys to life.
  6. Share your knowledge. The more you give, the more you’ll get in return.
  7. Procrastination is your enemy, and it can be debilitating. It can stop you from having the happiness and success you are striving for, There are numerous reasons forprocrastinating, and we all do it from time to time, but there is nothing worse than failing because you never tried.
  8. It’s not about working harder – it’s about working smarter. Putting in more hours doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll get more done. Stop overwhelming yourself with mundane tasks and take the time to learn how you can actually get more accomplished.
  9. Make your “to do” list in small, manageable and bite sized tasks to keep from being overwhelmed.
  10. Set realistic goals. Having goals that you cannot possibly reach will only bring frustration and disappointment. Start small, go slow. If you reach goals ahead of schedule you’ll feel invigorated and ready to strive for the next hurtle.
  11. Accelerate your success by studying those that are successfully doing what you want to achieve. For example, if you’re a writer, read the works of authors in your genre. If you own an online business, learn all you can about those in your niche that are successful.
  12. Learn from your mistakes.
  13. Get organized. Organization is a key component to success.
  14. A key to growth is expanding your comfort zone. When things begin to get comfortable, it’s time to stretch your boundaries in order to reach your fullest potential.
  15. Do something every day, no matter how small, to move your business and your life forward. In a short time you’ll see a huge improvement and an acceleration of momentum to your ultimate goal.
  16. Take a break! When deadlines are closing in and stress is at its peak, back away for a moment, take a few deep breaths and clear your mind. This will help get rid of the negative thoughts and get your focus back on the tasks at hand.
  17. If you’re not passionate about what you’re doing, sooner or later you’ll get bored.
  18. Distractions can keep you from getting things done and reaching your goals. Eliminate as many as you can. Culprits include, your phone, TV, instant messaging, open websites and windows, if your workingonline. Let those around you know that you’re busy to avoid interruptions.
  19. Saving money isn’t about the amount you save, but the habit of doing so. Even the smallest amount builds up over time as long as you keep doing it. Put away a fixed amount every week without fail and you’ll be amazed at how fast itturns into a significant amount.
  20. Possibilities are endless – don’t limit yourself.
  21. How you handle your low and negative moments is your measure of how you overcome obstacles.
  22. Don’t take on more than you can realistically handle.
  23. When you find something that works, keep doing it as long as it gives you results.
  24. Do one task at a time. Keep everything else closed and out of the way until you finish the task, move on and repeat.
  25. You don’t have to prove yourself to anyone.

These “lessons” are very valuable to me and are serving me well. I sincerely hope they will do the same for you.

“You are where you are right now in your life because of the choices you have made and the actions you have taken. If you want to change your life, remember thatchange starts with you.”
-- Jeffrey Keller

To your success in 2011!

About the Author

Diane Thomas has been successfully helping people write, publish, market and earn their way online for the past 10 years. For more information on becomming successful online, visit her at eBook Crossroads.com.

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