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A quick summary of me…

My name is Euan Swan. I am 19 years old and an incredibly enthusiastic entrepreneur! I am dedicated to bettering myself on a daily basis, whether that be mentally, emotionally, psychologically, or physically.

I created this blog…

Not only to share my personal growth as an entrepreneur, but to motivate you to do the same! I will be covering four different topics that I truly believe are the pillars to life. In order to become successful, you must first master all four of these pillars:

1. The Self

2. Health

3. Emotion

4. Wealth

Each pillar has its own section on the blog. Within each section, there are posts that apply….

I look forward to building strong relationships through this blog, and hope to see a cohesive community form.

To Your Success,

Euan Swan

The Power of Affirmation and Visualization – the Law of Attraction

Emotion

I am so happy and grateful that I now lead a life full of abundance and joy.

I realize that I will have to work hard if I want to achieve success.

I will never get so busy making a living that I forget to live a life.

These are just 3 affirmations that I feel are important for anyone to enjoy a life filled with happiness.

What are affirmations though, and why are they important?

Well, strictly speaking an affirmation is “the action or process of affirming something.” But I believe affirmations hold a much deeper meaning.
If one were to practice the aforementioned affirmations on a daily basis, they would quickly find themselves beginning to develop particular habits. These habits would lead them in the direction of making the affirmations a reality.

You see, affirmations have a subconscious power that we are not particularly aware of until we realize our reality is now attached to the affirmations that we practiced. The more that you say something, the more you start to attract it into your life, whether you mean to or not.

For example, imagine you are talking to a friend about a BMW that you have been dying to buy. You talk about what it looks like, the specs, acceleration, and everything in between. From there, you start thinking about the car for the rest of the day.

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All of a sudden, you actually see the car that you’ve been thinking about all day drive by. “How on Earth did that happen,” you ask yourself. The reason that you see the car is because your brain is actively paying attention to the idea of that particular car. Think about it. There are thousands of cars on the road that you pass by on a daily basis. You’re not paying attention to every single car that passes by; that would be information overload!

Instead, your brain picks and chooses things to pay attention to, based on what matters to you. That is why that particular car that you were thinking about all day stood out to you, because you were focusing on the idea of that car. This leads into the whole idea of the Law of Attraction.

What is the Law of Attraction?

Che Garman, an active blogger in the Affirmation niche, describes the Law of Attraction by the following process:

  1. Decide what you want and ask for it
  2. Affirm this desire in the present
  3. Visualize yourself owning it now
  4. Feel the positive feelings that this brings
  5. Believe that you will receive it
  6. Watch for and act on all inspiration received
  7. Give gratitude

By practicing the Law of Attraction, the Universe begins to give you the tools required to go out and get what you’re asking for. Che makes a really good point in talking about the Law of Attraction though. The law will work ONLY IF you actually take action with the tools that the universe gives you. The Universe will show you the way, but nothing will happen if you don’t put foot to path.

Here are a few examples of action-oriented affirmations that will help you attract what you desire:

Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there. – Will Rogers

You can’t hire someone else to do your push-ups for you. – Jim Rohn

You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. – Wayne Gretzky

Take action on your affirmations, and see them begin to become more of a reality with each passing day. If you practice them and do nothing, then nothing will happen.

Leading back into the connection between affirmations and the Law of Attraction, it is clear that if you affirm your desires, you will begin to attract them into your life. Bob Proctor, a renowned motivational public speaker, mentions that practicing affirmations are the key to unlocking the potential that lies within you. They set your mind up to go out and achieve all that you are capable of.

bob proctor

I challenge you to begin practicing affirmations on a daily basis. Write a few down that you think will benefit you in life. You may use the ones that I listed above, research some on the Internet, or come up with your own. Practice these affirmations each morning when you wake up. That way, you wake up with a clear vision of what you want to achieve, whether it is in the short or long-term.

I wish you happiness in success in all that you do in life.

To Your Success,

Euan Swan

PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE

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A few weeks ago, I started talking with a blogger that I found on the wide-open universe that is the Internet. I asked if I could guest post on his blog, as I found that he posted articles that were similar to mine. I sent him an e-mail linking to my blog to see if he would be interested, not expecting too much at the time. I was hoping that he would reply back, in time, but didn’t even consider trying to push the request further.

Fortunately, Brian replied back relatively quickly. Since he replied back, we have begun to form a relatively good partnership so far. I have already once guest posted over on his blog about Productivity and Time Management, and today he is contributing to My Track to Success. I really enjoyed reading the article that Brian submitted because it relates so well to my request about guest posting on his blog.

Be patient; don’t invest ALL your effort into something, and hey, sometimes good things may happen. Take it away, Brian.

People want everything to happen in an instant. If we walk in a building and the Wi-Fi isn’t super fast, we get annoyed. If our text message or Snapchat takes longer than two seconds to send, we become frustrated and impatient.

The point is that our culture expects results right away. And our surrounding gadgets, systems, and services are only moving quicker to meet our expectations.

For example, restaurants like Chipotle, McDonald’s and Taco Bell are testing a delivery system, so the customer can get their food as quick and convenient as possible. Amazon is testing delivery drones to expedite transportation time. If attainable, we wish our order would arrive the nanosecond after we click purchase.

While I’m all for convenience and efficiency, I believe this habit of expecting instant results is dangerous for our future. In wanting everything to happen instantly, we lose patience to hold out for more-fulfilling opportunities and dreams. Let me explain.

Why Impatience Is Dangerous

When we get instant results and convenience in some parts of our life, then we expect other areas of our life to work just as quick and easy. But, this mindset causes problems when something doesn’t happen as we plan it. It also is dangerous when we don’t take a task on because it seems too difficult, or appears too long to complete.

First, if something happens outside of our control, then we commonly create unnecessary stress for ourselves and lose mental focus.

For example, take the scenario where we plan on getting to work at 8:00am, but traffic is slow and causes us to arrive late. An impatient person may allow the negativity of traffic to carry over as they act rude to their co-workers and disrupt their concentration all morning. One external disruption and they can’t act or think straight.

Also, if a task appears to be too difficult or long to finish, then we usually choose not to do it because of our desire for instant results. So we regularly settle for the shorter and more convenient path.

For example, many people don’t consider careers that require grad school because they don’t want to go through the extra years of schooling. I’m confident that thousands of people who would be excellent doctors, lawyers, dentists, and other professions miss out on a fulfilling and satisfying career because of a short-term mindset against more education. It’s a shame.

For another example, many people say they want to be rich. But, they’re unwilling to take the necessary steps to obtain wealth, because they aren’t patient. These same people say investing in the stock market “takes too long.” They would rather spend their money shopping to feel the immediate happiness of buying something new (which goes away pretty soon after the purchase). Or their impatience gives them over to the get-rich-quick schemes that never work.

There’s a better solution to success in life, and it’s called being patient.

Patience Is More Rewarding

As I wrote in the post Why Talent Is Overrated, the super successful people (in any field) push through the difficult work, and do it for 10-plus years. Meaning these excellent performers have the patience to get better each day, week, year, and decade. They wouldn’t achieve their success if they were too impatient to practice their craft.

Also, controlling your psychological state for patience gives you more opportunities. A patient person will have more time to consider different solutions to the assignment, contact people who can possibly help, and put in a better effort for a higher-quality result.

In contrast, if you’re impatient, you’re more likely to do the least amount of work just to be finished. Or you might complete a project how it’s always been done, not spending anytime to consider more creative and efficient operations.

From my experiences using patience, the end result is almost always better and more personally satisfying.

How To Practice Patience

Since impatience comes from being upset things aren’t going how you want or how quick you want them to, it’s all ‘I’ focused. Change your perspective to practice patience by thinking about the subjects around you. Consider the other people involved, or the moving parts that require time to come together.

Back to our traffic example, think about how everyone else needs to get to work on time and they’re probably frustrated, too. By thinking of other people, you get away from only thinking about yourself and your lack of control.

Or for our grad school example, look at more schooling as the required step to enjoy the rest of your professional career. And for our get-rich example, have the perspective that you’re investing in your future and it takes time for your compound interest to add up. If it was easy and quick, everyone would be wealthy.

Another great way to practice patience is to travel. From trying to understand a different language, culture, and worldview, you’re bound to be more humble and patient after spending time abroad.

Lastly, and this will sound crazy to some of you, but you can help your patience by seeking long lines. Don’t choose self-checkout at the grocery. Wait in the longer line with the cashier. Or drive on the highway during traffic hour. Get creative with this and you’ll soon develop more opportunities to be patient than you thought possible.

I’m confident practicing patience will improve your personal and professional life. Give it a try.

About Brian:

Brian Robben graduated summa cum laude from Miami University. He believes talent is overrated and anyone can be successful—with the right ingredients. He posts over on his blog, Take Your Success, about how to be successful in college, while still being able to enjoy your time there.

HOW TO BE HEALTHY

Health

I want to be healthy. You want to be healthy. We all want to be healthy! Whether or not you actually are healthy is a different story though. Being healthy involves committing yourself to living a particular type of lifestyle. Now that lifestyle may not be one that you want to live, but it is one that you must live if you actually want to be healthy. If you want to be healthy, you have to actively consider not only what you’re putting into your body, but how it will affect you as well.

For example, if you eat chocolate every day, you can expect to have diabetes somewhere down the line. If you substitute that chocolate for an apple though, then you can expect to keep the doctor away for the foreseeable future. Whatever kind of food it is that you’re putting into your body, expect consequences in the short and long term. Also, whether or not those consequences are negative or positive are entirely up to the way that you decide to eat.

ALL of us want to eat however we please, without having to worry about the consequences. Do not think for a second that people who are consistently healthy with their eating habits would not rather splurge on fast food. Well, maybe a select few who absolutely love healthy food and despise junk food. But on the majority, everyone likes fast food because it tastes so good. It tastes so good because it is loaded with fats and sugars. Fats and sugars are much easier for our body to become addicted to, compared to amino acids, carbohydrates, and minerals that we should be putting into our body. So how exactly does one keep a healthy diet then? It sounds so easy, but actually going and doing it is a different story.

One word: discipline. Like anything that is difficult in life, you must have discipline in order to overcome it. Want a six-pack? First, you have to discipline yourself to keep a healthy diet and workout consistently. Want to run a multi-million dollar business? Go out and work your ASS off and make sure you don’t stop. If everything in life came easy, life wouldn’t be worth living. What makes life worth living is stepping up to the challenges that push us forward. Being healthy is a challenge, a challenge that you can step up to or simply ignore. If you accept the challenge though, discipline yourself to actually stick with it, for at least three months. After that, your body will be accustomed to the way that you are treating it, and it will feel like second nature to continue doing it, rather than forcing yourself to.

There is no magic pill that will make you healthy. Do not be fooled by marketers who promise you that by taking some “miraculous pill” you will lose an incredible amount of weight in a short period of time. Now you may lose weight in the short term with one of these pills, but I guarantee you that weight will come back in the long term. Losing weight in the short term shouldn’t even be your goal anyway. Losing weight quickly is not only unrealistic, but it’s also unhealthy. If you have a short-term mentality, you will become frustrated that results aren’t coming quick enough and give up. If you have a long-term mentality when trying to get healthy, you will be able to stick it out when you’re starting to re-consider. So before you even begin on your adventure to get healthy, start with a long-term mentality, so you do not give up when the going gets tough!

Getting healthy, and more importantly, staying healthy, takes work. If you want to lead a healthy lifestyle, you have to manage your lifestyle. That means monitoring what you’re putting into your body. Keep track of what you put into your body and understand that whatever it is that you put into your body will have consequences, good or bad. Discipline yourself to stick to a healthy lifestyle until it becomes habit. Finally, have a long-term mentality about your health, that way you will be able to maintain your health throughout your life.

After reading this post, I hope you start to lead a healthy lifestyle, if you do not already.

To Your Success,

Euan Swan

HOW TO START A BUSINESS

Wealth

Do you want to start an online business? Yes? Great, go do it!

OK, how are you going to do it? OK, now it’s harder than you expected. OK, now you’re throwing in the towel because it’s too hard.

The situation that I just presented to you is one that hundreds of thousands of people go through on a yearly basis. Everyone wants to be able to say that they successfully launched and run a business. Being able to say that you own and operate a business brings you a sense of pride, and so it should. Operating a business takes a lot of hard work though, work that you may not want to do and work that doesn’t necessarily fit into your schedule or “life plan.” That is why a lot of people end up throwing in the towel: it’s all just too much for them.

In order to start and run a successful business, you HAVE to be willing to put the work in. You have to sacrifice time away from other things in your life; understand that sleep might be one of them. The amount of work that will go into making your business successful will be a lot more than you think, so be prepared to go the extra mile before you even start your venture.

You think your business idea is great. You really believe that your business will help people. You know for a fact that your business plan is solid. Awesome, you’ve made a great start. Now, where are the people? Why isn’t anyone paying attention? Why are you not making any money? In order for your business to make money, you have to actually go out and start attracting your customers, especially in an online business.

In business, nobody is going to just randomly come to your store and buy what you’re offering. You have to go to market and peak the interest of consumers, over and over and over again. If you think that by creating a “decent” marketing and sales strategy to make your business more “known,” then you are lying to yourself. No consumer is really going to give a damn about you. Why should they come and buy something from you? What’s in it for them? In order to even begin to peak consumers interest, you have to convince consumers that they should buy from you, whether it’s because of x, y, or z.

In order to market your company, it is vital that you brand yourself. In today’s business environment, consumers only want to associate themselves with a brand that they can relate with, a brand that they understand. If your business doesn’t have a brand, then a consumer won’t be able to really relate and now you have lost them.

Why do you think nobody really buys off-brand food? Because nobody wants anything to do with food that is bland and plain; unless of course they have no other option. Food needs to be exciting and spark curiosity when you see it. The same is true for any good or service that is out there. Just think of all the eye-catching logos and powerful mottoes you see when you walk into any store. These carefully illustrated designs catch your attention because you either feel like you know the brand, or you’re curious as to what the brand has to offer.

If you want to follow suit, you should definitely take a look at branding yourself to your market in a manner that you believe best represents who you are as a company. From there, consumers who feel like they understand you or want to understand you, will attract to you.

Now you’re starting to see some traffic flowing through your business. Good. Don’t think for a second that this stream of traffic is going to keep flowing though. If you don’t nurture your stream or try to expand your stream, your business is dead. On a daily basis, you must continue to put the work in. Consistency is key here. If you’re not consistent with driving traffic to your business, then you’re not going to be making money anytime soon. Put the work into your business on a daily basis. Go 10X and above the amount of work you think you need to put into your business. Once you do, your future customers will understand that they are getting an incredible amount of value from you for what they are paying for.

That is another topic that is critical if you want your business to be successful. You must understand that value is what you are selling to your customer, not a material good or service. What value will your customer really get from buying your good or service? If the value they receive is high, then I guarantee you your customer will be happy. If the value is low, then your customer will probably not be coming back. Deliver value to your customer, make them happy, and make them understand that if they buy your good or service, then it will help them.. It’s all in the sale. If you can’t sell, your business is dead. You must first convince your customer why your good or service is so valuable. Only then will they really consider buying it.

Work on your selling techniques on a daily basis. What key benefits will your customer be receiving if they buy your good or service? When you’re selling your good or service to a potential customer, focus on these key benefits and really make sure that your prospect understands what they will be receiving if they buy from you.

DON’T be too confrontational though. Be friendly, be understanding, and if they don’t want to buy from you, then they don’t. Don’t try and sell them on something that they don’t want, even if you truly believe that it will help them. If the prospect doesn’t want to buy your good or service, then it’s their loss. Sell to someone else who will truly receive A TON of value from you. You will find much more happiness there.

If you keep practicing this process throughout the life of your business, one way or another, the customer who turned you down will eventually come back to you. And this customer will be frustrated with himself or herself. They will be frustrated because they never bought from you way back when your good or service was dirt-cheap! What will you do? You will sell to them….with a smile!

These are just some of the key principles that you need to keep in mind when you’re starting a business. They are the key principles that I’m trying to focus on as much as possible while building my online business. Without the three principles that I discussed, then you are definitely dead. Like I said though, these are just SOME of the key principles. In order to really run a successful business, you need to be constantly adapting to your business environment. You need to be the #1 person who understands your market.

Read books, attend business seminars, and talk to people within your industry! The more you know, the better. Challenge yourself to put yourself out of business on a daily basis, that way your competitors won’t be able to.

Good luck if you decide to launch a business, whether it is online or in real life. Luck doesn’t have a huge part to play though. Hard work, consistency, and above all else, passion, are the key ingredients required from you to truly make your business a successful one.

To Your Success,

Euan Swan

HOW TO KNOW WHAT YOU’RE SUPPOSED TO DO

The Self

Who am I? What am I? Why am I? Who are you? What are you? Why are you?

Now you may be thinking that I sound delusional by asking such questions, but have you really stopped to ask them yourself?

 Really, who are you? What are your defining qualities and what separates you from everyone else?

 Really, what are you? What kind of person are you, and is this the person that you want to be?

Really, why are you? What is your purpose in life? Why are you here? What is your mission?

You may already have answers to these questions, but do your answers really match what you want out of your life?

Your life is what you make of it; so you better go out there and start living! Have some clarity though. Firstly, you need to ask yourself what you want out of life. Secondly, you need to understand how you’re going to get there. If you don’t know what you really want out of life, then life will more or less feel pretty empty for you.

Don’t wonder through life without knowing what you were supposed to do. Having no driving force or purpose behind your life makes life feel like an empty void. Without purpose, we tend to drift. Think about it. If you’re given a job to do, unless you have purpose, you won’t do a good job or really care about the job that you’re doing. That’s why we’re given a salary.

We do a job for a salary, which is the main purpose behind doing a job. But going deeper, is your job the job that you were meant to even do? Do you feel driven on a daily basis to come to work, perform to your highest ability, and be happy with the outcome? Yes, no, maybe so? Whatever your answer, I believe you should always work towards creating a life for yourself that is purpose-driven.

Let’s take a look at another example: a broader subject, religion. Religion is the driving force behind many of our lives. We hope and we pray that our God has a plan for us and whatever that plan may be, it is the right one for us. We are told that we must not question God’s plan, but just trust in the fact that it is what we are supposed to do. Now I’m not here to criticize religion, but I think that we would be lost without religion.

Religion gives us purpose, or at least a “sense of purpose.” It gives us a reason to get up in the morning and go. It gives us something to fall back on. I believe that is why religion is so intertwined with our lives. Without religion, what do you think would’ve happened to the human race? Do you think we would have survived as long as we have, or do you think we would have become extinct long ago?

Because of religion, we have given our lives more purpose. We are living for a reason, that reason being whatever our religion promises us after living a “good life.” What is the “good life” though? Is it a life that we are told we should live in order to be a “good person,” or is the life that we really want to live: the life that we have always dreamed of living?

It is so interesting that most people are content with their lives the way that they are. Like I mentioned earlier, life is what you make of it. If you don’t make much of life, then you won’t get much from life. But if you act on what life has to offer you, I promise, life will look your way.

Everyone has dreams and everyone has desires. Not everybody acts upon those dreams and desire though. Unfortunately, a lot of us see our dreams as simply that: dreams. We either think our dreams aren’t realistically attainable or we simply lack the necessities to make our dreams a reality. With that kind of thinking, it’s inevitable that you will reach your potential though. You are basically just defeating yourself before you even try. Now tell me, why are you killing your potential?

Your dreams are what make you who you are. Everyone’s dreams are different, so why would you not want to chase them? Follow the path that your dreams tell you. Trust that your dreams will lead you down the path that you were meant to take. Whether you believe that you created your dreams yourself or that God gave them to you is for you to decide. Whatever the matter, know that this path will give you the most happiness in life.

It is so incredibly important to not follow a path that someone else says you should follow. Now don’t get me wrong, it is important to listen to people who have already ventured far down life’s path, as they can provide valuable advice. Understand that the path that they have planned for you will not be the same as their path was. You will have different obstacles and different challenges that you will have to overcome in order to make the path work for you. You have your own desires, they have theirs. I can almost guarantee you that your desires for yourself will not be the same as theirs. Chase your desires, don’t chase someone else’s.

Start down your own path and see where it takes you. Do something that you love and experience all the life that you have been missing out on. You will be surprised at how in-sync with yourself you will become. Getting up in the morning won’t feel like a chore anymore, but rather like a blessing. You will be more grateful for more time on this Earth to devote yourself to what makes you happy. Do what makes you happy, because that’s all that matters at the end of the day. If you’re not happy, something in your life is wrong. Go out and find what makes you happy, and just do it. Nike couldn’t have said it any better.

To Your Success,

Euan Swan

HOW TO GET IN SHAPE

Health

Never mind, “It’s that time of the month,” how about, “It’s that time of the year?” You know what I’m talking about. It’s December 31st and you’re setting your New Years Resolution. More than likely, it will have something to do with getting in shape. Does this sound like you? Well you’re not alone.

Millions of other people around the world set out to “get healthy” or “get in shape” every single year, but end up coming short, sometimes very short. So what’s the problem? Surely if there are millions of other people around the world who are able to stay in shape year-in, year-out, then you should be able to, right?

Right! The thing is, there really is no problem….except you. You’re the only person standing in your way from actually getting and keeping that body that you’ve always dreamed of. Just take a second to think about it. You’re the one who tells yourself to start getting in shape. You’re the one who starts to get in shape. You’re the one who decides if you want to keep at it 1 month down the line when you’re not seeing results as quickly as you expected. In order to get in shape and stay in shape, you have to get out of your own way. Getting in shape and more importantly, staying in shape is a practice though; a practice that you must stay consistent with.

Staying in shape requires consistency. If you’re not consistent, you will begin to put more weight on, hence losing the body that you’ve always dreamed of having. Think of it like a job. If you stop working, then the money stops coming in. If you stop exercising, your physical figure will start to pay the price. Staying consistent with your workouts is hard though. Some days you might not feel like working out, while others, going for a 5k run will seem fun. No matter what feeling emerges when you think about exercising though, it is important that you go do it.

Multiple fitness experts have various different beliefs as to how many days per week you should work out. Some say 3 is enough, others 4, and then there are some experts who say 5 is just right. Exercising more is obviously good, but first it is important to think about what you want to get out of it. Before you start working out, find or create the right plan that matches your fitness goals. If you want to be physically fit in the next 6 months, but are currently a couch potato, then I recommend you start working out 5 days a week right now.

On the other hand, if you’re happy with your physique and you’re not looking to be in the “best shape of your life” then working out 3 days a week is perfectly fine. As long as you are exercising during the week, then you are working towards a healthier lifestyle. Nobody can criticize you for that.

Set goals for yourself. Where do you want to be next month? How about 3 months from now? Half a year? One year? If you don’t visualize where you want to be in the future, then actually making that dream a reality will be next to impossible. In order to attract a new reality, you must first visualize exactly what that new reality will look like. From there, you must practice habits that lead towards that new reality on a daily basis. As you start practicing these habits more and more, the reality that you are heading towards will become clearer with every passing day.

As important as it is to set goals for yourself, it is even more important to maintain your expectations. The last thing you want to do is injure yourself beyond repair. Push yourself when you know that your body can handle it, but rest when your body demands it. Take the weekend off if you workout 5 days a week, or take a one-day-on, one-day-off approach. However you plan to setup an exercising routine for yourself, allow your body to rest! Allowing your body to rest allows for your muscles to catch up if you’re weight lifting and your lungs to develop more endurance if you’re focusing on cardio.

It’s also important to journalize your workouts. However you see fit, make sure that you keep track of your progress. Keeping track of your fitness level will not only help you understand how far you’ve come, but it will also help you realize how much further you can go. Start at a low level, and then build from there. This approach applies to cardiovascular exercising or strength training. Don’t try and go all in from the get go, or I promise you, you will quickly decide that working out just isn’t for you. Go slow, and when you feel like you can take more, put more on.

Keep in mind that consistency is all key to this though. You could have a master plan for yourself at the very start of the New Year. Everything has been planned out; you even have a diet plan ready to go. Unfortunately, after about 1 month you give up because you realize that it’s hard. Yes, it is hard. Nobody was promising you that it was going to be easy though. It’s like the old saying goes, “Nothing in life worth having comes easy.” Work through the pain, stay consistent, and I promise you the results will be worth it in the end.

Ready? Set? Go!

I can’t wait to see you and your new self 1-year from now.

To Your Success,

Euan Swan

HOW TO OVERCOME DOUBT AND FEAR

Emotion

I can’t do this.
Four words that you’ve probably told yourself more than you would like. When you say them, you feel like you really mean them though. You tell yourself, “I can’t do this,” so you actually believe that you can’t.
Here’s a story to demonstrate what I mean…
A few years ago I participated in a triathlon, thanks to some encouragement from friends and family, and not to mention a heck of a lot of self-belief. For a month and a half, I trained hard, almost every day, so that I was ready to give it my all when the big day came. It was the night before the triathlon and I went for one last run, to make sure that I was ready. I loaded up on carbs for dinner that night, so that I would have enough energy to burn in the morning. I went to bed, calm but excited knowing that all my training would be tested in the morning…
“Beep, beep, beep!” went my alarm. It was race day. I got up, had a bowl of oatmeal, and got ready to give it my all. I had put in a lot of hard work and I was going to make sure it was going to pay off. My family and I headed down to where the triathlon was starting.
The first event in the triathlon was a swim. Keep in mind, I didn’t feel as though swimming was my strong suit. During my training, I didn’t focus on it as much as I probably should have either. As we got to the race start, there were hundreds of other participants getting ready; preparing themselves mentally, physically, and doing whatever else they needed to in order to ready themselves. I got in the water and started doing the same.
5 minutes went by, then 10, then 15. I started getting nervous.
Was I ready to do this? Could I do this?
I had trained for a month and a half for this triathlon. I felt like I was ready, both physically and mentally; but was I really? I began to doubt what I was about to do. I started to think of all the things that could go wrong. Fear began to manifest…
I can’t do this.
I started to tell myself those four words. And then I started believing them.
Bam! A gunshot signaled the start of the race.
Before I knew it, I was off and swimming as fast as I could. Soon enough, I began to realize that I was actually doing it. I was doing what I set out to do: compete in a triathlon! Why did I ever doubt myself? I realized that there was no point of me telling myself that I could not do it, because it was only holding me back. I was doing it, and the only thing that could stop me was me.
Throughout the swim and for the rest of the triathlon, I kept telling myself that I could do it. I focused on those four words and before I knew it, the race was over. My friends and family congratulated me on completing the race and I was happy. I had not only finished my first triathlon, but I had conquered doubt.
Doubt holds many people back from believing in themselves. Some people tell themselves that they “can’t do this,” mainly because they are fearful. Whatever it is that they are fearful of is up in the air, but it is fear that drives many people to not believe in themselves. They don’t believe in themselves because they tell themselves that they can’t do it over and over again.

 

Soon, they begin to develop a habit, and whenever they approach whatever it is that they were doing that they told themselves they “can’t do” in the future, their immediate response is: “I can’t do this,” once again. They have ingrained a belief in their subconscious. A belief that they really can’t do it.
To change a belief that is triggered through doubt, you have to work, and work hard…
In order to overcome your self-doubt, there’s only one thing that you can do: do what I did when I was competing in my triathlon. Tell yourself over and over again that you can. Soon enough, you will start believing that you can. This practice has been around for centuries. The practice is called Affirmation.

Bob Proctor, a success coach, teaches affirmation and believes in its power. He says, “Affirmations are positive statements, which when given to your sub-conscious mind repetitively, have a tendency to alter old habits or old conditioning.” Tell yourself that you can, over and over again, and you will alter your old habit of believing that you cannot.
Try practicing affirmations on a daily basis and see where they take you. Through the power of affirmations, I was able to complete my first triathlon. Think of something that you want to do, but think you are not capable of.
Write it down.
Now go out and do it. Tell yourself that you can, over and over, and soon enough, you will be doing it. Keep in mind that you have to continuously tell yourself that you can do it though. As soon as doubt begins to creep in, it will quickly manifest itself into fear if you do not force it back out with another affirmation. Make sure that you do not allow doubt to creep in and soon you will be doing things that you thought you would never be doing.
Here’s to continuous improvement.
To Your Success,
Euan Swan

GET. MORE. DONE. NOW.

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Have you ever just sat down, powered up your computer, gotten on the Internet, and just not gotten ANYTHING done? I know I sure have. In fact I still do sometimes. It’s almost a modern-day stress reliever. I really think that browsing the Internet has become this generation’s pastime.

Just think about it. How often do you get on Netflix and binge watch your favorite show? Probably at least once a week. How often do you get on Facebook and scroll through your News Feed? Probably a lot more than you think. Because of the invention of the Internet, distracting ourselves from actually getting work done has become that much easier.

It’s a fact that almost everyone procrastinates on a level that they’re probably not comfortable with, but simply can’t stop. Why does this happen? I think it’s because  so easy and leisurely to do so. So is there a way to stop procrastinating and ACTUALLY get stuff done?

Yes. There are actually multiple ways that you can stop procrastinating, but they all take practice. You might be rolling you eyes, but if you practice productivity, it will become habit, and eventually you’ll HATE the idea of procrastination.

HERE ARE 3 EASY WAYS to STOP PROCRASTINATING NOW!

  1. Get rid of all of your distractions

That means Facebook, Netflix, your smart phone, or anything else that keeps you from getting your work done. It’s so easy to get on Facebook or start watching a Netflix show, and before you realize it 1 hour has passes by. Whatever way you see fit, don’t allow yourself to give in to the the leisure of distractions.

2. Practice time management

Make sure that keep track of the time. It’s important that you don’t get distracted while you’re working, but you can also actually focus too much on your work. When you’re writing an essay, two hours may pass in the blink of an eye and before you know it, you’ve missed out on previous plans that you made. Keep track of the time, whether it’s a clock or a watch. Remember – time is the most valuable asset in the universe.

3. Take breaks

It’s almost impossible to work for 4 hours straight without taking a break, unless you name is Steve Jobs or Elon Musk. Don’t get me wrong, it’s important to make sure that you get your work done on time, but it’s also important that you don’t overwork yourself. Take 15 minutes to 20 minutes for every 2 hours that you work to allow yourself a few distractions. After doing so, make sure you get straight back to work though. By practicing this method, you’ll find that your work productivity will increase tenfold.

These 3 methods are only a few of the ways that I practice time management and productivity. If you’d be interested in reading into more ways that I practice time management and productivity, leave a comment below.

To Your Success,

Euan

HOW I MET TWO MULTI-MILLIONAIRES BY UTILIZING ONE SIMPLE SKILL

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When I was growing up, I was always told; it’s what you know, not who you know. More recently, it has become increasingly apparent that you must know the right people in order to be successful. That is why it is incredibly important to network with people, as often as possible!

Whether or not that person is successful in what you intend to do is beside the point. Get out there, meet people, and you will soon discover that you have a vast network of people that you can tap into whenever you would like.

Just recently, I attended a seminar and networking event in Bloomington, Indiana in the United States. I went to the event due to an e-mail that I received from my entrepreneurship club at Indiana University. The seminar featured a key speaker who has influenced and continues to influence the tech industry, Tony Conrad.

Tony Conrad is the CEO & Founder of about.me, a platform to express who you are. It is comparable to LinkedIn or Facebook; in so far as that your page describes you. What makes about.me different is that unlike LinkedIn and Facebook, the network allows you to create a page about who you are, what your accomplishments are, and what you aim to achieve.

I feel as though LinkedIn focuses more on professionalism. Professionalism is good, but LinkedIn doesn’t really represent who we are, but rather, an image of who we want people to think we are.

The reason that I was fortunate enough to meet the Founder of the multi-million dollar company was due to my networking ability. If I hadn’t made the decision to join the entrepreneurship club at my university, I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to meet Tony Conrad. Furthermore, if I hadn’t made the decision to actually attend the seminar, I wouldn’t have gained valuable knowledge from a multi-millionaire.

Tony is an incredible guy, and just by talking with him for a few minutes, I was able to create a networking contact that I can reach out to for advice whenever I need to.

In joining my entrepreneurship club, I have also had the opportunity to meet Scott Dorsey, the founder and ex-CEO of Exact Target, now owned by Salesforce.com. Exact Target started out as a small business in Indianapolis, grew into a billion dollar company that was traded on the stock market, and was then sold at a valuation of $2.7 billion to Salesforce.com.

Scott gave a talk at the Kelly School of Business, which was advertised through my entrepreneurship club. Again, if I had not reached out to the club, I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to meet a man who raised his little baby, into a billion dollar baby!

Meeting Tony Conrad and Scott Dorsey was an exhilarating experience that gave me both the confidence and know-how in order to continue down my path to success. I’m not going to stop there though. I plan to continue to attend events where I have the opportunity to meet people who have “been there, and done that.”

I want to pick as many successful brains that I can, so that I may understand what obstacles I may face further down my path.

I challenge you to get out there and network on a daily basis. Network with successful people, network with less successful people. Either way, you’re creating a list of contacts that you can reach out to and leverage, when need be.

How do you plan to network today? Let me know in the comments down below.

To Your Success,

Euan

5 THINGS THAT SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE DO DIFFERENTLY

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In my studies of successful people, I have found 5 things that these individuals do differently from ordinary people. These 5 things have allowed them to pick themselves up from where they were, and start on the path to where they are now. Successful people:

  1. Challenge the Status-Quo

In order to be successful, I believe that you have to challenge the status quo. If you take a different path than everyone else, then you will achieve different results. Whether or not those results will help you achieve success is a different matter entirely; but you have taken a path that no one else chose to take. You may have failed, but you learned what doesn’t work. Now you know not to make that mistake again, hence you have gained a bit of knowledge. In one of my previous posts, I talked briefly about failure and its importance. Fail, but fail quickly, and see yourself on your way to making your dreams a reality.

  1. Are consistent

Another interesting concept that I’ve picked up in my studies of successful individuals is their consistency. In order to be successful, you must be consistent. Look at Olympic athletes. These athletes train hours on end every single day. That is why they are able to perform at such a high level. If you could apply the same consistency to whatever it is you think might make you wealthy (in whatever terms you might describe), then chances are that you will be one step closer to achieving that success.

  1. Leverage their network

Successful people constantly leverage their network. That is why it is so important to build a strong network of individuals from different fields. These individuals will have knowledge that you might not be aware of, but since they are in your network, you may have the opportunity to learn from them. Do not try and learn everything by yourself. Network with other people, and you will find shortcuts on your journey to success.

  1. Are both learners AND educators

One thing that I have found that is incredibly fascinating about successful people is that they are both learners AND educators. They are learners due to the fact that they are constantly digesting new information and turning it into knowledge. If you ask any successful individual if they read, chances are that they read, and they read A LOT! Due to their high frequency of learning, successful people usually end up educating their newfound knowledge to students who choose to follow them. In turn, the students end up reciprocating the knowledge until it is passed around a community and becomes general knowledge. If you want to become successful, start reading more books about what you’re interested in, and start following leaders in whatever industry it is that you’re interested in.

  1. Are committed and fully believe in what they are doing

Above all else, successful people are committed to their success. As one of my favorite mentors, Darren Hardy, always says, “success can only be rented, and the rent is due every day.” He couldn’t be more right! In order to become successful, you have to work your butt off! In order to stay successful, you have to continue to do so. Successful people believe that what they are doing will continue to make them successful. They don’t care what other people have to say about what they are doing. Another one of my favorite mentors, Gary Vaynerchuk, is so focused on his mission that whenever someone throws some hate at him, he says it usually just flies right over his head.

So what can we learn from these 5 things that successful people do differently?

  1. Challenge the status quo and fail quickly!
  2. Be committed in whatever it is that you do.
  3. Have absolute belief that you will be successful, or you may as well give up already. Without belief, I promise you that you will fail.
  4. Be consistent in whatever it is that you do, or else you are guaranteed to fail in the long run.
  5. Leverage your network and you may see surprising results. Always be learning, but in turn, always be educating your peers

I hope that you took something away from today’s post, even if it’s just one short snippet of knowledge. Stay on the rise, and I promise that one day you WILL find the path that you were born to take. To Your Success, Euan Swan