Success in the U-Zone

Tommy Yan

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2007 has already become another year full of extraordinary opportunities. The Earth is still rotating, the sky hasn't fallen, and if you're reading this, you're able to fog a mirror. And if we have our wits about us, there is not much we cannot accomplish.

If you didn't meet all your goals last year — but want to this year — plan to change course. Because if you can fog a mirror: then you're not a statue. You have choices. You don't need anyone's permission or approval to become more successful. You can do the most amazing things when you shift to a positive track.

Maybe you wanted to slim down, become debt-free, or fall in love. Perhaps you wanted more meaningful work, become a philanthropist, or leave a legacy. Or maybe it's finding, developing and fostering true relationships for life. Or all of the above.

Where do you fit in?

The world is generally made up of two types of people. The first are those who operate within their comfort zones. They want the gold, but complain about the price of the pick and shovel. They remain in the sidelines watching the next group.

The second group is willing to take the gold. When they fail, they are met with, “I told you so, " from the first group. When they succeed, they become heroes and even celebrities.

How about you?

Are you taking the necessary steps, prioritizing your goals, or investing your time and resources to make 2007 your best year ever? Aside from positive thinking, prayer, and affirmations—the rest of your success formula involves action. Actions that may require you to navigate outside your daily routines and into the Uncomfort Zone.

This is where most people become weak in the knees. . .

They wish for a better lifestyle, yet continue on the paths of least resistance. They have so many excuses they could write a book. They spend their energy feverishly protecting what they've got rather than facing the unknown. I'm sorry, but going sideways does not propel you forward.

For me I was so at ease in my comfort zone I went absolutely nowhere. I wanted to make something of myself, but was afraid. So I was safe as long as I did nothing.

It was after I shifted from living in my comfort zone — to surviving in my uncomfort zone — that I made some personal progress.

I began changing course. I flooded my mind with fresh thoughts and ideas from those who were successful. I put those ideas into action and have never looked back.

When you have a dream, and you pursue it daily: doors will open up for you when you're ready.

Where do you begin?

1) To break out of comfort zone, you begin by breaking out of your routines. . .

Take in a play, eat at a new restaurant, do something bold and daring. Greet someone you don't like. Act like a teenager. Have fun. Make fun of stiff and stodgy people. Disregard the speed limit. Try Internet dating. Wear colorful clothing. Become controversial when calling a talk radio program.

By participating in bold, wild, and exciting activities—we have replaced dull, boring, and mundane routines. Our minds are rescued from brain fog. And we see life with renewed vigor.

2) Focusing on others, not ourselves. . .

Pay attention to others when conversing. Compliment them on their dress, their choice of music, and their beautiful smile. Guys: open the door for the ladies. Gals: capture more attention by becoming classy and stylish. Spoil someone by buying him a cup of coffee. Or pay for the next driver's toll. Surprise your neighbors by helping them with their lawn.

I spoke with a young car rental agent who was considering moving back to Wisconsin. She said after living where she lived for the past two years, she still doesn't know any of her neighbors. What a sad story.

When you're genuinely paying attention to others first—they become attracted to you. They think more highly of you. And they will usually return the consideration.

3) Success steps to personal and financial growth. . .

Invest in your personal library. Receive new mentors. Purchase their resources. Hire a coach. Take a home study course. Listen to teleseminars. Attend a bootcamp. Learn new business skills.

I began when a friend lent me his tapes. He said, “Listen to these and get back with me. " It was so mind shattering, I bought the same tapes for myself. It can start with something as simple as this.

It's no secret that if you want your income to grow—you must grow. Perhaps that means letting go of bad habits. Maybe that means stretching to apply new disciplines. The rule is: If you improve—everything improves for you.

Success begins when you clear out the cobwebs in your mind. It is nurtured by what you allow into your mind. And then it rewards you when you change your course of actions.

Tommy Yan helps business owners and entrepreneurs make more money through direct response marketing. He publishes Tommy's Tease weekly e-zine to inspire people to succeed in business and personal growth. Get your free subscription today at .

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