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G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M O C T O B E R 2 0 2 2 • G R A P H I C S P R O 7 3 but it is the opposite. I would argue that it is selfish. You are tak- ing the easy way out by trying to be all things to everyone. You have to take 100% responsibility for your results. You need to learn to say no. Stop saying sorry if you didn't make a mistake worthy of being sorry for. Stop making excuses. Stop complain- ing. Stop commiserating and start looking in the mirror and finding the answers inside yourself. Here are some questions to ask yourself to develop those strong feelings and take 100% responsibility for yourself. 1.) What things make you mad that you bottle up inside and wish you would do something about? 2.) What have you told yourself or others you would do but didn't follow through on? 3.) What messes and incompletes do you have in your life or business that you need to stop allowing to take up space and energy? To implement this, create a messes and incomplete list and then commit to completing one small task per month (or better yet per week) to clear off the list. e momentum forward will help you understand you do have the power to change your path. TAKE ACTION DAILY As I said at the beginning, everyone deserves the suc- cess they desire if they are willing to do the work to develop daily. Rory Vaden, the author of the books "Take the Stairs" and "Procrastinate on Purpose," said, "Success is rented, not owned, and the rent is due every day." You must strive to push for more and not just settle based on the incremental wins. Yes, you must celebrate every victory, but the celebrations should be the source of more energy to do even more. To stack victory upon victory, you can only do that with daily action. Here are some questions to ask yourself to ensure you can take daily action to reach your idea of success. 1.) How committed am I to achieving the success I desire? 2.) What actions have I not taken that I know I need to take? 3.) What habits have I developed that stand in the way of achieving the next level? By committing to daily action and then making that commit- ment public, you will, much sooner than you realize, experience notable improvements. I believe so strongly in this that I created a tool to help people at As you can see, developing the characteristics needed to reach your idea of success is possible for you but requires the right mindset, action, and openness to inquire within. You can start acting on your new perspective and action steps by answering the questions in each area, which will help you stay determined to achieve your desired results. GP Aaron Montgomery is certified by New York Times best-selling author Jack Canfield as a Success Principles Trainer and is the co-founder of Aaron has 25+ years of experience with personalized products and small business development and is the co-creator of the "5 Keys of Business Success." Find Aaron co-hosting the 2 Regular Guys Podcast (, and check him out on his podcast channel called Small Business Saturdays ( The Secret to Making Business Decisions 5

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