Secrets to Success

Deborah Cole Micek
and John-Paul Micek

Sunday, August 1, 2004

Quiz reveals
readiness for success

Do you have what it takes to be the next Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey or Donald Trump? I guarantee you'll be surprised at the questions you need to ask and answer to be sure you're solidly positioned for success in business.

Here are a few questions that will help you determine if you're ready for outrageous levels of financial success:

>> How much money do you believe is possible for you to gross and net annually?
>> What do you believe you deserve to make?
>> What do you believe others deserve to bring home annually?
>> Do you believe success is simply a matter of luck?
>> How old must you be in order to be successful?
>> What do you want your net worth to be by the time you're 50 years old?
>> Is it possible to have TOO MUCH money?
>> What are your general beliefs about people who have more money, status or prestige than you?
>> What do you think about your peers, family members and colleagues who have more than you?
>> Do you link financial success to your own self-worth?

What are some additional questions that have come up for you during this exercise? Write them down as well. The questions you find yourself asking are sometimes more insightful than your answers.

So why are these questions and answers so important?

Because we ALL talk to ourselves on a continual basis -- during waking hours as well as when we dream. (Although we might not want to admit it.)

Once you start paying attention to the "verbal dialogue" that goes on in your head before you speak your thoughts out loud, you'll be able to recognize whether you are ready to become successful yet.

The key to success is optimism.

Based on our culture, upbringing or peer group, we lean in a generally optimistic or pessimistic direction. But being optimistic or pessimistic is not part of a person's personality. It is the result of a habit exercised over and over again. It seems as though it is part of a person's identity. But it can be broken just as easily as any other habit.

Remember: Any action you take is a result of your brain's activity. Your brain will focus most easily on what you consistently feed it. Here are a few examples of what you can do to break old patterns and develop new success-focused thought patterns:

Stimulate your brain on a daily basis.

Be conscious of the questions you ask yourself as much as possible.

Intentionally engage all areas of your brain (thinking, feeling, logic, creative, etc.) with activities outside of your daily work routine.

Get yourself subscriptions to publications outside of your industry to unearth new skill strategies and tactics.

Involve yourself in Mastermind Groups with people from other industries and geographic areas.

Your brain needs just as much exercise as your body does. Treat your mind well, and your mind, in turn, will treat you and your finances well!

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John-Paul Micek is the lead business coach at RPM Success Group Inc. Reach him at or toll-free at (888) 334-8151.

Deborah Cole Micek, chief executive officer of RPM Success Group, is a business success coach and life strategist. Reach her at or toll-free at (888) 334-8151.

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