The Four D’s of Success

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Discovery, Dream, Design and Destiny are 4 of the most powerful steps you can take to create success. It’s a process that is asset based. In other words it’s about looking at who are you and what you have to offer using a positive approach and then building on that to create success in your business and your life.

THE FIRST “D” IS FOR DISCOVERY

The list of positive words for discovery is endless; high quality, integrity, empowerment, innovation, customer responsiveness, technological innovation, team spirit, exceptional learning, etc. Discovery involves looking at and describing those moments in your life when you felt you had been successful whether the success was in being a good friend, a good sibling, parent, student, employee, etc.

As you move through this first step the task is to discover the positive aspects, successes, and most vital or effective moments you have had. Then ask yourself or others what role you played in creating past successes.

As part of the Discovery process, engage in dialogue with friends, family members, co-workers. This allows you to look at how others see your success in the role you have with them. Through dialogue, with others and with yourself, a consensus begins to emerge. “Yes, this is an ideal or vision that I value and should aspire to.”

Applying this in the creation of your own business you will see that conversation and dialogue, along with individual appreciation (appreciating your own positive attributes, becomes collective appreciation, and individual vision becomes a cooperative or shared vision which ultimately can lead toward success.

FROM DISCOVERY TO DREAM

Next, envision what might be. When the best of what is (you) has been identified, the mind naturally begins to search beyond this; it begins to envision new possibilities. Valuing the best of what is what leads to envisioning what might be. Envisioning involves, “passionate thinking” – it means creating a positive image of a desired and preferred future. This is an important step as it allows you to go beyond the normal way we think with all the little nay saying voices, and go to a place where you can dream big. Think about when you were a kid and there were no barriers, real or imaginary to stop you from envisioning a bright and successful future. Now, write it down, draw the dream, and put it into some form that expresses what your dream is.

From DREAM TO DESIGN

The third “D” takes you one step further when you begin to create the design of your business. This design is more than a vision. Create a strong and inspiring statement of intention that is grounded in the realities of what has worked for you in the past. Doing this leverages the successes that have been experienced elsewhere in your life with a “strategic intent.”

From DESIGN TO DESTINY

Design delivers your endeavor to its Destiny through innovation and action. Because the design is grounded in what has worked for you before, there is the confidence to try to make things happen now. By seeking an imaginative and fresh perception of yourself, as if for the very first time, the appreciative eye takes nothing for granted.

In this step you will begin putting the Design into action. Create timelines and action steps using all you have done in the first 3 steps. If you lose your momentum go back to step one and reread those things you possess that have created success in the past and then use them to fulfill your Destiny.

Not everyone has an entrepreneurial spirit, but if you think you do, I’d like to invite you to visit http://www.mardihughes.com to receive a free copy of my 3 Powerful Steps to Kickstart your Future

Mardi Hughes is a former college professor and business expert. She is also a recognized career and educational coach known nationally as The Opportunity Coach. Mardi is founder and owner of Mardihughes.com, an entrepreneurial and marketing consultancy working with budding entrepreneurs.

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