The Recipe for Success

“Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.”

Bruce Lee

Who defines success? What makes someone successful? If you are searching for answers to these questions and want the recipe for success, then continue reading.

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Define Your Dream. Start dreaming of something big. Now, dream of something bigger than that. When your dreams become your reality, you have found success. 

Define what it is you are seeking. Create a dream board or write down specifically what you want to see manifest in your life.

Hustle/Work hard. Nothing in life is easy. Make scarficies now because it pays off later. If it was easy, everyone would be doing it. 

Plan to take Action. Without a plan a dream is just a thought. Map out small steps leading you closer to your specific goal. Accomplishing smaller steps give you momentum to keep going to finish strong.

Review progress every three months. The new year is easy to proclaim new changes. Will it last? Evaluate your action plain once every three months to see if you need to pick up the pace or get back on track. 

Reward yourself. Did you reach a milestone sooner than expected? Cherish it. Take a short break and know it is ok to celebrate. 

Share progress / Collaborate with others. Are you in a community who knows about your goals? Are you sharing your success or failures? A community will pick you up when you need a lift, and celebrate with you when your dreams are met. 

My name is Rachal Tarquin and I’m a Marketing Advisor at RT Consulting.

My dream was to create my own job description to do the all things I want to do to help people. I desire to have an income level to pay off my debt, current bills, save for the future, and some left over to give back. 

My journey started four years ago. A year ago I made a sacrifice to work six days a week. I built up enough momentum to position myself in a better work schedule.

When I evaluated my progress, I was making progress in my goals but my dream wasn’t complete until I found the decision-makers and key influencers of businesses. 

A client of mine is working with me to grow his business. We wrote my job description into his business plan. Ironically, it involves talking with key decision makers of Fotune 500 companies. 

There was a need to network more, so I scheduled myself to attend events twice a month. I reached out and found connections to shape my own
community. Recently, I had the privilege of networking with entrepreneurs in Miami Beach, Florida for #GrowthCon. 

My dream is within reach. My success is shared with you and those I trust. I rewarded myself with buying a second monitor for my computer.

The road to success isn’t a defined path. We make our own way as we move forward in what we believe in. 

A Reflection on Priorities

Life is getting too busy, too fast leaving me with the feeling like a ton of rocks are falling on me. I feel paralyzed in my next step because I cannot not “see” the big picture. I realized after meeting with my business coach, my life choices and priorities need to be updated. The boundaries and priorities I started out with need to evolve with me.

My number one strength is Responsibility. (If you have taken the StrengthsFinder 2.0 test, you know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t, it is definitely worth taking to learn more about what makes you, you.) The upside to this is, when I commit to something I see it through. And the downside to this is, I have to learn to balance what is a priority and what isn’t.

I saw a quote on Twitter that put my dilemma back into perspective. “You can do anything, but not everything. A constant sense of priority helps …” Anton Hristov

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I am a(n) believer, entrepreneur, daughter, sister, friend, girlfriend, consultant, advisor, chef, food lover, health nut, speaker, encourager, and many more. I can do ALL these things and live the life I want by setting boundaries and priorities ahead of me to shape my future.

Do I know what will happen next? No, but I have faith it will all work out.

Will I get overwhelmed again? Probably, but it would be a sign I need to revisit my priorities.

How am I going to control what affects me? I cannot let my emotions get in the way of the path I am on.

Components of a Successful Life

The dictionary defines success as an accomplishment of an aim or purpose, the attainment of popularity or profit, and the outcome of undertaking specified as achieving for failing to achieve its aims.

How do you define success? We form our answer based on our perception. My perception of success meant being financially sound with a clear purpose. Life quickly reminded me how financially sound can alter ones outlook and behavior in life.

I am not here to write against the wealthy or the less fortunate, but to redefine success for those who are moving toward their own path in life, like me. I define success as my efforts match my outcome.

Am I putting in as much as I am getting back? With every opportunity, ask yourself that very question. If you aren’t getting back what you put into it, then you are giving more of yourself. Too much of this is where people lose themselves in what life expects of them instead of what they expect of themselves. I have been there and I do not want to compromise that again.

Now, this is how I live:

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What components make up your life?

Is it time for a change? Remember, You Determine Your Worth, Time, and Effort.

“Make the important things important, and make the unimportant things unimportant.” -Unknown

Have you thought about your priorities? Are you over-extending yourself to stay busy, or are you drowning in busyness? Try setting limits on what you can and cannot handle in a given time frame. Know and set these limits ahead of time “to make the important things important”.

When you have your priorities laid out in front of you, use them as a guide for future opportunities. You are at your best when you are living within your limits and boundaries of safe priorities.

If an opportunity doesn’t allow or accept your limits, then it may not be the opportunity for you at that time. More opportunities will come to meet your standard of how you conduct yourself and how you do business. As Men’s Wearhouse Founder, George Zimmer would say, “… I guarantee it.”

Change Focus

If you LIKE my business page on Facebook, you will see a common thing happening on Fridays I call a “Friday Focus”. The topic varies by what you suggest or what comes to mind. My goal is to help YOU, the reader, to take away something valuable than you may not have considered before.

Successful People vs. Unsuccessful People

After exploring LinkedIn, I came across an article that caught my attention posted by Milan entitled “Good and Bad Reasons to Became an Entrepreneur“. It’s worth reading to check if you should start working for yourself. The road of an entrepreneur isn’t always clear. Sometimes you have to move forward knowing success will find you by the work you have done.

I stumbled across this visual that brought a smile across my face. Thank you, Kailee for sending it to me!

You have heard me say it once and I will say it again; Rome wasn’t built in a day. I’m not going to see the fruit of my labor until the work has been done. I am putting in the work to push myself when I want to give up. I am following a routine to keep going after what makes me happy. Successful habits bring forth success.

Am I doing the right thing?

“If you’re going to devote the best years of your life to your work, have enough love for yourself and the world around you to work on something that matters to you deeply.” Justin Rosenstein

“When we are satisfied with the WHY, behind the WHAT we do; we tend to gain more success.” Tim Carter