Greetings Friends ,
Spring is just around the corner. The climate changes remind me there is a predictable pattern to the seasons and to life. I am thankful for all that I have. I am thankful for your friendship and your continued support.

This month I would like to review some basic truths about success. We all want to be successful. Success is not complicated. Success is doing a few things well.

11 Universal Laws for Success:
Doing What Works
If you watch closely, you can see successful people exercising these laws everyday. In fact, one way to be successful is to do just that: find a successful person you admire, watch carefully, observe what works, and do it as well.

Here are 11 ways success comes about.

The Law of Experience
Success comes from good judgment; good judgment comes from experience; experience comes from bad judgment. The more ‘at bats' you get, the more experience you get, the more successful you can be.

The Law of Hunger

In the words of motivational speaker Les Brown, in order to be successful, "you have to be huuuuuuuuungrrry!" You have to want it so bad that you can taste it. You have to want it so bad that you are willing to pay the price to get it.

The Law of Balance

While you're paying the price for success, it's crucial to keep your life in balance. No one who is a success in their chosen profession and a failure in their personal life is a success.

The Law of Small Successes

Many people never even get started on the road to success because they have convinced themselves that the task is too big. This is a myth that stops many people. Even the most gargantuan of tasks are accomplished one action at a time: One action at a time. Simply break your large task into smaller, more manageable tasks, and celebrate each small success.

The Law of Momentum

Once you get a few small successes under your belt, a powerful momentum has been set in motion. You begin to believe you can be successful, and things that seemed difficult or even impossible before become simply challenges you are eager to take on.

The Law of Clarity

You need to be clear about what you are going for, so you will be clear on knowing when you get it. If you say you want to make more money, that's not clear enough. I could give you a dollar and you'd have more money. But I don't think that's what you meant. How much more do you want? By when do you want it? What could you do to experience the most enjoyment while you are getting it? These questions give you more and more clarity.

The Law of the Trail

Success always leaves a trail. While there is value in blazing our own trail, there is also value in investigating how others have become successful. This leads us to.....

The Law of Modeling

To be successful, we do not have to reinvent the wheel. This is so powerful and yet so easy it's amazing to me that more people don't do it. Simply find someone who is doing, or has done, what you want to do, and find out how they did it. What did they do on a daily basis to get where they are? What did they have to believe, what did they have to focus on? Most people are so honored by the question that they will be glad to talk with you. Everyone likes to feel like they have experience and wisdom to pass on to others.

The Law of Habit

All of us need success habits that we think and do every day. Remember, "bad habits are easy to form and difficult to live with, good habits are difficult to form and easy to live with."

The Law of Focus

It's our responsibility, each and every day, to control our focus. If we focus on all the things that could go wrong and how we might not be successful, we will be pulled in that direction. If we focus on opportunity and all the many ways in which we can be successful, we'll be pulled in that direction. We control our focus. It really can be that simple.

The Law of Enjoyment

So many people miss out on this one. They are so busy making sure they are successful that they forget to pause and enjoy it. Folks, there's two things to shoot for in life: 1) to get what you are aiming for, and 2) to enjoy it once you get it. Only the most wise and fortunate of us do both.

Practicing Success

Adhering to the 11 Universal Laws for Success requires commitment, self-discipline and adaptability. Working with a coach can help individuals to develop and improve their abilities to implement the good habits that lead to success.

A habit is defined as a recurrent, often unconscious pattern of behavior that is acquired through frequent repetition or an established disposition of the mind or character. Daily habits consume much of our time and can either help or hinder us.

Curious things, habits. People themselves never know they have them. - Agatha Christie

Habit is habit and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs a step at a time. - Mark Twain

Final Thoughts:
Create good habits by listing those you want to change or eliminate and list those new habits you want to establish. Share them with a coach or mentor. Consistency and persistence will help you develop your new habits and keep you from straying.
Coach Jerry

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Jerry Pinney

For the last twenty-two years Jerry Pinney has been president of his own consulting firm. Currently he focuses his efforts on providing executive and personal coaching to persons who are interested in improving their quality of life and consulting to small and mid-sized companies and nonprofits. He is a facilitator for peer advisory groups with The Alternative Board and is a Certified One Page Planning Consultant. Jerry has over three decades of experience in the food industry, and possesses a unique perspective of customer service, marketing and strategic planning. In addition to overall general management qualifications, Jerry has proven expertise in operational planning and business development. His food industry career started at Jewel Food Stores followed by a long career with IGA, with their retailers, wholesalers and ten years as Vice President of Marketing. In addition Jerry has served as Vice President of Membership for the National Grocers Association, Sr. Vice President of Procurement for Shurfine International and Executive Manager of The Zenon Hansen Foundation.

Jerry has also served on a number of nonprofit boards including: President of the Volunteer Center of Northwest Suburban Chicago. He is currently a Project Manager for the Executive Service Corps of Chicago. Jerry’s ESC assignments have included coaching for several Executive Directors, and consulting on various Board Development projects and on a number of strategic planning projects.

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