Mindset

“Once your mindset changes, everything on the outside will change along with it.” ~ Steve Maraboli

At last year’s live event Jon & Luke had t-shirts printed with Mindset is Everything on them. I think that captures success not just in business but in life.

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We see the world as we are, not as it is – through our own filter – what we believe to be true.

If you think about it we all have our own internal GPS – our own thoughts & beliefs guiding us & depending on what it tells us we take action based on that.

Say our GPS is set up perfectly for San Francisco, it has always been right & got us where we wanted to go but now you’re looking to navigate New York City, but your GPS is stuck on the streets of San Francisco, how difficult would it be make our way around New York?

Think of all the alleyways & wrong turns we would take following our old GPS.
Mindset is like that. We’ve got to have it switched on to success, our destination or we could end up with bumps & bruises at best.

It’s a bit like the way we use our Book Arb software to find books. Depending on the filter settings we arrange we find different results.

With the way the training & ongoing support is set up we are guided to what kind of books to buy, when & how to sell them & as we master those, we are guided to the next part of the journey of our biz, up-scaling, outsourcing etc.

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Having our success mindset switched on is key to being able to hear what’s being said & how we apply it otherwise we can still be navigating San Francisco in New York. We can be right all day long following our internal GPS but we’re not getting any closer to the statue of Liberty. In our case, success & profitable sales.

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.” ~ Albert Einstein

In our community we are being given the knowledge, the step by step of how to be successful. Our business model has come with it’s own GPS set for unlimited success.
So be sure that your internal map is set for success. It is already because you’re here in this community & you’re learning & taking action.

To maintain it, you have to constantly expand your success mindset. Our minds have to be fit, just like our bodies. Unfortunately, I never got any fitter by watching someone else work out. Or I can’t work out for the month of January & expect to be fit for the whole year, again, more is the pity.

Our mindsets require ongoing fitness/growth as our business is constantly growing.

“The road to success is always under construction.” ~ Lily Tomlin

Be proud that you have a bookstore. Be proud of your progress. Be delighted that you have a community of people who really want to see you succeed, because we do.

“A big business starts small.” ~ Richard Branson

Remember to include working on your mindset in your daily workflow by reading/listening to inspirational material that will keep you inspired, learning, growing & challenged.

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This is how success continues to grow, keep growing yourself & your business side by side.

I like how Steve Maraboli said it,

“Once your mindset changes, everything on the outside will change along with it.” ~ Steve Maraboli

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Help You, Help Me

As a way of life, I go to give in every encounter & inevitably receive in return. Sometimes from that person themselves, sometimes from a completely different source.

A key strategy for success in life & business is knowing when to ask for help.

The answer, as I see it is to have it as a companion.

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Having mentors so we are always being helped is a killer strategy that supports constant growth.

“I think mentors are important & I don’t think anybody makes it in the world without some form of mentor-ship. Nobody makes it alone. Nobody has made it alone. And we are all mentors to people even when we don’t know it.” ~ Oprah Winfrey

My advise, don’t wait for something to go wrong when you are in crisis to ask for help.

Prevention is always better than cure for starters. And when we meet a challenge with experience in our ear, we can move through it with ease.

A challenge is no big deal or a lesser obstacle when we have access to someone who has seen it, paid the price of experience from it & overcome it.

When we have mentors we’re automatically in a success slipstream which exponentially accelerates our success.

How do you make sure you garner world class support?

Well, if you’re in our community we don’t have to look very far for world class support. We are immersed in it from day one be it through formal mentoring, our Facebook mastermind group, the live sessions & the immense email support staff.

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It’s just up to us how we draw from it. Lucky for us.

I would add too that there is a skill in asking for & receiving help from the very best.

I am fortunate to have experienced support from people at the very peak of their profession & be on a first name basis where they take my calls. This has & continues to be invaluable to me as a person & a professional.

How do I do that?

I do that by being authentic, by being myself. I appreciate their skills & share my appreciation with them without looking for anything in return.

I look for ways to help them & other people. No matter how successful somebody is/appears to be, we all share the human experience with the same challenges, dreams & aspirations for ourselves & our families.

As a way of life, I go to give in every encounter & inevitably receive in return. Sometimes from that person themselves, sometimes from a completely different source.

I know that this is the way the world works. I do not ‘do’ something for another person to get something in return, I do it because I love to help people.

When we approach others in an altruistic way, we & they can feel it.

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I am free to do this because of my understanding that this is an infinitely abundant world. I do not need to concern myself with what I get from the exchange, as that is already taken care of, I do it because I love the feeling of providing value for another.

That is how I measure success. How much can I give? I love feeling successful!

The more I give, the better I feel & the more I receive in return. It just feels good to feel good.

Never underestimate what you bring to the party. There are all kinds of success in this world & you have a number of those nailed that comes so naturally to you that you may not even acknowledge as it is just who you are.

That’s what you have that no one else has, that unique blend of experience & perspective that makes you, well you.

All too often people dismiss their uniqueness as inconsequential when that is exactly what another person values most.

We are funny creatures that way I guess…….

“The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches, but to reveal to him is own” ~ Benjamin Israeli

It could be worth your time thinking about your value & how you can share more of that with others.

Also, think about people who are doing what you would love to do & ask them if they have time for a coffee or a quick chat as you would love to hear their story.

This is powerful & it may just bring you the kind of success you dreamed of.

Next week, I’ll share with you how magically this has unfolded in my life.

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Look Whose Growing..

True success for me is constant growth and having fun along the way. It’s not about grinding it out, it’s about playful creation at it’s core.

“Income seldom exceeds personal development.” ~ Jim Rohn

In order to grow your business you must grow yourself simultaneously alongside it to continue your success.

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Your business success cannot exceed your knowledge or your abilities. I mean that just makes sense when you think about it.

You are the driver of the train. If you do not know that there are more miles that you can travel, you will stop at the next station thinking you’ve arrived.

Personal development however, allows you to see your journey ahead from a bird’s eye view & the expanded track beyond the next station before you is obvious.

Additionally, personal development doesn’t just allow you to form a bigger vision & achieve it, it saves you time & money enroute as Brian Tracy suggests

“Personal development is a major time-saver. The better you become, the less time it takes you to achieve your goals.”

So now it’s just not a wishy washy new age concept anymore. It’s a necessary business strategy to ensure we achieve the kind of success that we are capable of.

In book arbitrage beyond the mechanics of day-day buying & selling books which only takes a couple of months to learn really, or it did me at any rate, the most important skill I continue to learn is how to expand where I am now to create more value & more profit.

If I was not continuing on my journey of personal development this would not be possible or achievable.

I would not be asking myself those questions nor would I be comfortable challenging myself into new places.

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True success for me then is constant growth & having fun along the way. It’s not about grinding it out, it’s about playful creation at it’s core.

We are inherently creative beings & coming from this place means we are open & playful & that’s how seemingly magical opportunities show up. Now that’s a hoot!

It’s never been as easy as it is today to listen to & read about success. It has become part of mainstream culture & is everywhere.

It could be a good idea then to listen to 10-15 minutes of inspirational material every day before listening to your favourite hits on your phone.

This one small change in your habit could ensure constant forward motion & this is how success is won – one piece at a time.

Next, I will discuss the importance of asking for help when you need it & how to do it….

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Maintaining Focus

I would ask you to reflect on where you lose your focus in your business. You will find it shows up in the same ways over and over until you address it.

“You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.” ~ Mark Twain

Since no one can think for you or live your life the importance of maintaining your focus on your own horizon is essential.

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Sometimes people around us are afraid we’ll fail and sometimes they’re afraid we’ll succeed. Either way their dominant focus is based on fear and if you allow that into your world, their focus on fear can influence you too.

For the most part we are surrounded by well meaning people. However, even when they share your goals & dreams their fears can distract you if you allow it and if you are not in charge of your own mind.

With our Book Arb community we are very fortunate to be surrounded by so many powerful leaders who are succeeding & their collective success is a persuasive example for individual success.

Since however, we are each responsible for our own journey, and there are many ways to continuously achieve that, it is possible to become distracted by other’s experiences.

It is vital to help others through your own achievement of success and not at the expense of it. It is easy to get caught up in helping others, especially when you live to serve, but it is vital to remember that you are in charge of your time and the ways in which you spend it. Period.

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In the last blog I shared my work flow. In it you can see how important it is to prioritize achieving daily goals in order to achieve overall goals. Then you are in a position to help others. It’s about saying ‘Yes’ to the right things & equally important to say ‘No’ to other things i.e. demands by others.

This balancing act of growing my business & loving helping others is something of an ongoing challenge for me. I love love love to share what I am learning and what is working for me. It is the coach in me.

However, this is where my diluted focus can show up when this is out of harmony.

“As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself. The other for helping others.” ~ Maya Angelou

Helping myself is as important as helping others. That’s where my learning is.

By focusing on enjoying my own journey and helping others as I go, this allows me to experience my definition of success. Maintaining my balance in this is what brings fulfilment.

Do you lose focus when you don’t know what to do next and therefore procrastinate? Or does it happen because of other’s demands on your time be they family obligations or children? Is it because you have a very active social life?

“Focus on remedies, not faults.” ~ Jack Nicklaus

There is power in identifying where you leak focus because it will be habitual i.e. automatic. You can only change it when you see it.

What one thing could you change today that will help you maintain your focus in a clear way?

Once you are clear on the change you require, consciously create a new habit to combat it. For me, for instance in not answering emails or social media in the mornings, I achieve my goals first. Then I am in a position to help others.

Next, I will discuss the fundamental tasks of this Book Arb business and how best to apply them.

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Building Companions

Being surrounded by other leading edge creators of success in our chosen route for success ensures ongoing extraordinary results. Now that’ my kinda lane.

“You become like the 5 people you spend the most time with. Choose carefully. ”   ~ Unknown

Who in your life is building a road of gold that inspires and challenges you to stride towards your destiny confidently? If it’s true and I think it is, that you become like the people you spend the most time with then who in your life is doing what you would love to do?

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I implore you not to skip over this statement without due consideration. It’s obvious but is it obvious enough to you that you are living it in your daily life?

What is so exciting about book arbitrage for us is that when we signed up to build our book business, it came with building companions i.e. a community of conscious dream builders came in the package, tailor made. We didn’t have to go and find them.

Not only are we surrounded by others who have already gone where we are going, but we are building our visions simultaneously with others at our stage of the business and creating a drawbridge for those who come in behind us. Now that is awesome momentum.

I have been involved in personal development for over 25 years and in business for over 10 years and I have never experienced anything like the power of this mastermind group.

When I say mastermind, it’s a more informal experience than that but nonetheless powerful. Everyday lots of community members post inspirational milestones. We ask and answer questions for one another. We offer specific solutions for challenges that we have met and we share strategies for achieving life changing targets.

I realise that I have spoken about our powerful community in previous blogs. I cannot however, over emphasize the power of consistent attention and support to personal goals with a community of like minded individuals who are building their dreams in a shared area of growing expertise.

This industry is so lucrative and it’s why this platform exists and allows for powerful collaboration, encouragement, support, cheering and practical problem solving.

Since we participate in our community we experience real world expansion on a daily basis as a daily practice.

Sharing in the vision for success with other members of the community who are achieving our next level of success makes our achievement of it, all the more logical and certain.

“It is never too late to be what you might have been.”   ~ George Elliot

I have stated before that this is by far the simplest system we’ve ever experienced for wealth creation. It is made all the easier by experiencing daily real world affirmation by knowing people personally who are achieving the kind of success we are aspiring to create.

It further makes it all the more normal and a by the by to expect phenomenal results and we do because we are surrounded by many more than 5 people who are on the same road as ourselves.  Success made certain is the only way to create success quickly and easily.

Being surrounded by other leading edge creators of success in our chosen route for success ensures ongoing extraordinary results. Now that’ my kinda lane.

Next, I will talk about the value of the vision being so compelling that stopping would be way more painful than keeping going….

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