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7 All-Important Attitudes for Succe$$

It’s Time to Accelerate Your Progress

Many financial professionals and business owners hire coaches to improve their game. How do you know if you’re up to the challenge? How do you get the most out of your investment? Take on these 7 attitudes and you’ll thrive under your coach’s instruction.

You are willing to take ownership.

Success takes determination. To grow personally or professionally, you MUST have a deep desire to grow. Coaching is not about the coach doing the work for you. Sure, some coaches provide templates, assessments, and even audios for you to use. However, you are responsible for your own growth.

You are willing to be uncomfortable.

Success takes effort. You must be willing to do things differently and experience some discomfort. Why? Comfortable actions give you the same-old results. In order to grow, you must be willing to feel uncomfortable. Try something on for 7 days that you can’t see yourself doing for years.

You are willing to make the investment.

Success takes an investment. Coaching is not an expense, although in many cases it’s a deduction on your taxes. Coaching is an investment in your personal growth and the growth of your company.

You’re willing to put in the time.

Success takes time. First, you’ll have assessments to complete. Then you’ll have coaching calls, emails, urgent calls, and the rest. Expect to work 5-7 hours per week on “happy homework” after each coaching call.

You realize there are no quick fixes.

Success takes new habits. If it took you “x” years to get to where you are now, and you want to be more successful, it’s going to take time to change the way you live and work. Beware of programs that offer quick fixes-just like New Year’s Resolutions, they won’t “stick”.

You’re willing to reward yourself.

Success is about the journey. It’s about your long-term happiness. You owe it to yourself to celebrate changes made, goals accomplished, and new positive habits during your journey.

You’re willing to get ongoing help.

Success takes maintenance. Once you reach your desired success level, you may consider quitting your coaching “cold turkey”. Don’t– you may quickly back-slide. Schedule monthly or quarterly maintenance sessions to update the work you’ve done or talk about new work.

©2012, Elevating Your Business. Maria Marsala is a coach and consultant to financial services professional. She help her clients develop critical core competencies in areas of: business growth, productivity, client relationships, team building, leadership, time-management, work/life balance, change, traditional and digital marketing. She been published in numerous trade journals, and magazines. If you liked today’s issue, you may enjoy working with us. Learn more about Maria’s roll-up-your-sleeves-and-get-it-done coaching and consulting at her website.

Free 30-Days to Attracting Your Vision

The 30 Day Vision is a collaborative project, in which up to 250 participants commits to 1) Be active on the group every week day 2) Create and take action on his/her Personal and Professional Vision over a 30 day period.
The 30 Day Vision will start on December 1, 2012. Join now and get the ball rolling. The membership for this first group will stop when the group hits 250 members.

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TV Interview: About Finance, Business Growth, and More

Listen in on the Maxed-Out Money Hour, where Maria and two hosts weave higher-level thinking with real-world challenges, addressing topics such as: growing your financial company, shocking truths about mistakes financial professionals make and the real secrets to success.

08:00 – start the interview here if you’d like to pass up the chit-chat.
16:00 – mistakes financial advisors make that sabotage their success
21:00 – the way you live your live = your business
31:00 – the shocking truth about most FAs
36:00 – the secret to getting rid of your hats without having to hire help (ICP)
40:30 – the secret of dreaming much bigger
41:50 – secrets of leading and managing
54:00 – the error of “free”

Do you have “Courage To Fail”?

How often over the years, I’m asked where I get all the material after material for my articles, ebooks, blogs, etc.  Truth be told that it’s about turning rotten lemons into lemonade.

I came across this Ted Talk recently, by Richard Sudek.  It’s exceptional.  Make failure worthwhile by sharing your failures!

And Mr. Sudek is a breath of fresh air… reading his notes as he talks.  Perfection not necessary.