Life Change: Is There a Secret Ingredient? Pt. 2

In my last post, I shared a discussion from a webinar I attended, hosted by Lynn Terry.  Lynn is the author of, an excellent resource for anyone interested in making money through an online business.

In the webinar, Lynn talked about the fact that some people, when they’re not successful in achieving change in their life (like starting an online or offline business, for example), give up and say that they just can’t do it because they don’t have “it”.

To them, “it” is some kind of secret ingredient that others have (those who have successfully made the change), but they must not have (because they haven’t made the change yet, after “x” months or years of effort).

Yesterday, I wrote that I don’t think there is one singular “it,” or one secret ingredient, that everyone needs in order to be successful in starting a business or in achieving any desired change in life.

But I do believe there are several “its” or ingredients that must be present in order for us to achieve the success we hope to achieve. Miss any one of them, and our efforts at life change could, and probably will, end in frustration and failure:

  1. Belief in yourself.
  2. Alignment with core personal values.
  3. Vision of clearly defined goals.
  4. Planning with the end in mind.
  5. Focus on the dream.
  6. Perseverance.
  7. Honesty with yourself.

(If you missed yesterday’s post, click here to read the descriptions for each of the ingredients mentioned above.)

Today, I promised I’d share my ideas on how we can successfully achieve the life change we want by keeping these ingredients, or success factors, more present in our lives.  Here goes…

I believe we must have…

  1. Ownership – Whatever our desired life change is, we’ve got to own the decision to make the change, and own the process that will bring about the change.  This means we accept full responsibility for our actions…or our inaction.
  2. Self-Awareness – We need to understand our personality, our gifts, how we work, what motivates us, what are the best times of day to focus on projects, how we overcome obstacles, etc.
  3. Accountability – We need someone to hold us accountable for the change we want to cultivate in our lives – someone to cheer us on and check our results.  Accountability can take the form of a one-on-one relationship, like with your spouse, a friend, an accountability partner, or a coach.  Or you might find accountability in a group, like a mastermind group.

Have I missed anything?  If so, please share your thoughts in the comments section.

I’ll be writing more on these topics in the future.  So if you have any questions about them, please contact me and let me know:  rich{at}

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