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In the next few weeks I will be posting secrets to success in 2018. The secrets are a compilation of tips and tricks from successful business people all over the world.

“Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.” -Alexander Graham Bell

Secret 1: Figure out What You Want to Do and Why

You must know what you want to do, be and have before you can be successful.  So many people want success but feel lost. They know they want to earn more money and they try a variety of business models, but they don’t have the clarity to move forward.

The world’s most successful people know exactly what they’re doing and where they’re going. These individuals have a clear plan of action and will stop at nothing to make success happen. If you want to be successful, you must do the same. You must plan, stay on track, and adjust course where necessary to do even better.

In addition to knowing what you want to do, you need to know why you’re doing it.  A strong why is a foundation for success.  Without a why, the things that derail us, the bad days when nothing is going right, will leave us overwhelmed and discouraged. A strong why will keep you going when you’re tired, when you’re frustrated, when you’re wondering if it’s all worth it, because the answer is always the reason for moving forward.

What are you doing in your business right now? Maybe you feel like you’re stuck in a slump and you’re ready for some major changes. Maybe you have no idea— you buy various products or work with coaches that are supposed to help you to become successful with the “latest” fad or trend in business, but it hasn’t happened for you yet.

It’s probably because what you’re doing right now isn’t truly in alignment with who you are. You’re dabbling in things; desperately clinging to the idea that one of the “things” is going to help you become successful. But the difference between those who are successful and those who aren’t is that they aren’t waiting for a product or a method to make them successful.

They have the mindset that they are the ones who hold the success. They turn the method into a success, not the other way around.

Do you have that mindset? If not a switch in mindset can have amazing results for you.

Consider Your Values

I strongly believe that you’ll be a more successful if you align your business with your value system. You must believe in what you’re doing. Yes, you can be successful even if you don’t follow your passions and even if it’s not exactly in line with who you are as a person, but if everything is in alignment, it will be much easier, enjoyable and much more satisfying.

So, what are your values? Do you feel lost if you aren’t in an area of business that helps people? Do you value creativity and innovation? Are you an artist at heart? These things are closely related to your value systems and what you’re naturally drawn to. Consider this when you plan and shift your business in 2018.