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1. Make a decision and commit to it.
Write it down right now on a piece of paper and then say it out loud. “I am going to be the best XYZ!!!” Say with emotion. Pump your fist. Get excited. Feel the passion. Take that piece of paper and tape it to your mirror, take a photo and make it your screen saver on your phone, etc. Keep it front and center in your life.
2. Model off success.
Find the best people in the industry and learn everything you can. Get a coach. Read books. Listen to TED talks. And more.
3. Find a way to stand out in your industry or market.
How? Make a list of what your competitors aren’t doing and then do it. It’s the path to creativity and domination because you are willing to do what others are not.
4. Create yourself as an expert in your industry or market.
How? Blog, speak, attend conferences, join online communities, write a short book, etc. You need to proactively create your own brand and define how you want others to see you.
5. Lead with generosity and help others along the way.
You stand out by doing this because almost everyone else leads with “taking” and the mindset of “what’s in it for me.”
6. Build key relationships.
Everything in life we accomplish is with or through others. Spend time networking and making building relationships a top priority.
7. Critics will come, it’s a reality.
But critics opinions rarely matter because almost all of them aren’t taking the action that you are. Plus, when you know you have critics…someone is watching…and that means you have arrived.
8. Don’t compare yourself to others along the way.
It’s the quickest way to get off track. Set your goals and success criteria and focus only on that.
9. If you want a different result, you have to do what others have not done. Commit to that!
If you follow these principles, you will be well on your way to blazing your own trail and innovating on the next level.
Commit to being extraordinary. Don’t settle for anything less. Believe, commit, act, and blaze your own trail to success. Start right now, tomorrow may not come.
What three steps can you take to blaze your own trail?
Jason Treu is a life mastery coach (and reformed lawyer) helping men and women create the business and life they love. He works with organizations to turn people into power connectors to build the relationships that create industry leaders. His new bestselling book, Social Wealth, is a how-to-guide on how to build extraordinary personal and professional relationships. Connect with him at BeExtraordinary.tv.