ON THE COUCH: Shocking Confessions of a Self-Made Millionaire: 1 Thing Your Success Strategy is Missing

ON THE COUCH: Shocking Confessions of a Self-Made Millionaire: 1 Thing Your Success Strategy is Missing

Business plans, budgets, goal setting, short-term and long-term objectives O’ My!

We’ve been there and done that. And yet, why, armed with a “functional” success strategy in hand, do so many fail to attain their desired outcomes on time or at all?

I figured out the hard way what my own strategy was missing and now I have the privilege of paying it forward to you. I sincerely hope that you will give it a try. It’s the 1 thing that turned my own success strategy on its head, turned me around and propelled me into rapidly achieving wealth and well-being.

Here’s the secret…it doesn’t start with conducting a market analysis. Instead, it starts with conducting a simple self-analysis to determine just how prepared you are to achieve success. I know, “self-analysis” sounds awfully NOT FUN. But, if I guaranteed you that by answering 1 question you’d be handed the single most important piece of information you’d need to achieve success in all areas or your life, I’d bet you’d jump at the opportunity.

“Before sunlight can shine through a window, the blinds must be raised.” American Proverb

You see, highly successful people are highly functioning. And, to be highly functioning one needs to know (just like knowing market barriers to entry) what one’s own personal barrier to entry is. We all have a predominate fault. That outstanding character trait that asserts itself into every aspect of our lives. But, don’t worry, because our biggest fault exists for the singular positive purpose of becoming our biggest asset. Arming yourself with the knowledge and a strategy for having power over it rather than it over you, becomes your most effective strategy for success.

What’s your predominate fault? Before you answer, let me give you a list of some common ones:

1. Impatience

2. Negative Thinking

3. Procrastination

4. Perfectionism

5. Self-Pity

6. Self-Justification

7. Fear

8. Tardiness

9. Dishonesty

10. Jealousy

Ok, now go ahead and answer the question. Now that you’ve identified it, what’s the next step to convert it to your biggest strength to achieve maximum success in minimum time?

Follow These 5 Steps to Convert Your #1 Fault into your #1 Asset & Strategy for Achieving Success:

1. Strive Every Day to Make Progress. An earnest and conscious effort is key to weakening, conquering and converting it into your biggest strength.

2. Pray. Ask your supreme power source, higher power, or God to remove it for the highest good of all concerned.

3. Meditate for Clarity. Before you start your meditation, ask the question: What could I be doing differently to be more constructive?

4. Don’t Quit. When it rears its head (and it will), pick yourself up and start again.

5. Get a Guide. Find a mentor, coach, sponsor or join a support group. Connect and utilize the experience, strength and guidance of those who have succeeded in overcoming the same predominate fault.

Once you become the master over your predominate fault, you become the master of your life. Now, that’s a masterful success strategy!

In Closing My Shocking Confession:

I have many faults (not so shocking confession LOL). But, seriously, the predominate fault I had was one I falsely believed was my biggest strength. Talk about denial. Reality smacked me in the face when it became crystal clear that, for the 1st time in my life, I wasn’t going to be able to accomplish a goal I’d set for myself. Time and time again I failed. Being a determined achiever, I had to find a way to succeed at overturning this defeat. To succeed, I had to face my predominate fault and then take an action to overcome it. I was terrified I tell you! But, I felt the fear and did it anyway. Gulp. Wanna know what my biggest fear/PF was?  Asking for help. I thought it meant I was weak and a loser. Little did I know that asking for help shows great character strength. Great leaders don’t go it alone. They seek out and get the best help they can find. I finally asked for help from someone who had overcome what I was struggling with and had achieved success as a result. Turns out that using my self-will to not ask for help was self-defeating in my quest to achieve success. I faced my fault and fear, got help and finally succeeded in conquering the self-defeating behavior. Today is my 28th CA birthday. 28 years free from cocaine addiction. Each, and every day, I remind myself that I do not have to go it alone. Nobody who is successful, achieves it on their own.

Linda Zander, The Success Packager Interviewed by Forbes

Linda Zander, The Success Packager Interviewed by Forbes

I am honored to be featured by Forbes on their Forbes Coaches Council blog spotlighting Super Sized Success and its Maximum Riches Formula(tm).

Their interview , originally published at  ForbesCouncils.com, is below. Please have a read and share!

Forbes Coaches Council is an invitation-only organization for successful leading business and career coaches. In this spotlight series, we profile our incredible members and share their advice with you. This week: Linda Zander.

Linda Zander is the founder and CEO of Supersizedsuccess.com, serial entrepreneur, best-selling author, public speaker, and success expert.

What inspired you to become a coach?

At 10 years old, my life path revealed itself to me. There was no big event that triggered the realization. I was a highly intuitive child who couldn’t ignore the glaring truth: everywhere I looked people were “living” lives of not-so-quiet discontent. Fear was the driving force of their existence.

I had a burning desire to liberate them from fear and the lack of security, peace of mind and fulfillment it produced. I knew deep within my heart that I could help recast them into the success stories I could clearly see existed within them.

I embarked on a career as an MFC Counselor. Through that journey, I provided counseling to people trapped in self-damaging habits including anorexia, obesity, drug addiction, reoccurring debt, self-cutting, perfectionism, narcissism and compulsive lying. They were young adults, housewives, psychologists, high-level business executives, pro-athletes and even one gang member. They came from poor, middle-income and wealthy families.

I quickly discovered that “conventional” therapy does not address the whole person. And as such, it fails to provide a reliable, sustainable or direct path to recovery, self-esteem and success.

Then, the “A-ha” moment came: Build a holistic model of success moving people off the “couch” and into taking daily esteemable action in all areas of their lives: mental, physical, spiritual and financial. Provide them a more liberating, exhilarating (not emotionally draining), quickened and sustainable path to success. Thus, Super Sized Success and its Maximum Riches Formula™ was born.

What one piece of advice do you find yourself relying on most? Why?

“Be truthful, gentle and fearless.” I practice this advice from Gandhi daily. His extraordinary life is an example of what having a vision, self-restraint, personal responsibility, fearlessness, compassion and leading a values-driven life can do for not only yourself but for all humanity. He has proven that living one’s truth is the non-negotiable way to achieve and sustain success.

What is the biggest hurdle your clients face? What advice would you give others struggling with this issue?

The biggest hurdle my clients face is not knowing their core values and the intangible “why’s” behind their goals, which are their innate internal drivers. Discover the truth of who you are, create goals and make decisions that are consistent with that truth. In so doing, you will achieve a quickened path to a well-balanced life of wealth and well-being. To kick start the process, I ask my clients one very important question: What is the most important thing in the world to you and why?