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C.L.E.A.R. your path to success

In our efforts to become more successful, as we have all heard, we must work smarter not harder. Many believe to get ahead we must leverage our time and energy most effectively. A popular direction of late is to follow the path of least resistance.

Where is this path of least resistance that people speak of? Have the signs been knocked down? Has the path grown over with weeds that make it unrecognizable? There can be a lot of adversity and uncertainty in today’s world that creates a great deal of resistance. We may not be able to find the path that existed for another. However, we have it within us all to create a path.

The best path and often the one with the least resistance is the one we create ourselves. Here are five steps to build a path to greater success:



C — Create or Continue a “Can Do” attitude. Those that have more experience with success seem to have a “Can Do” approach to their life. It most likely was not always the case. Often times it came about because of extreme adversity; it became the only option. Typically, what lies underneath this attitude is a relentless willingness to keep going no matter what. Perhaps a better name for this attitude should be “Can do it eventually if I don’t give up” attitude.

Take inventory of where we persevered and overcame adversity to achieve what we wanted. There is evidence if we look for it. Embrace the evidence. It is helpful to recognize we can learn, practice, and borrow brilliance from others to get things done. Knowing we have overcome and can overcome will lend itself to a “Can Do” attitude. It’s a conditioning process. Add to it every day.




L — Let go of who we think we’ree not and any excuses we think hold us back. Notice I used the word think twice. Both conditions are a result of our thinking. Our thinking either contributes or contaminates our ability to succeed. Be mindful of thoughts that empower us and of thoughts that expire us.

E – Elevate our vision of a compelling future to pull us toward its realization. People either have a terrifying picture in their mind of how their future will not work out or an inspiring picture of how their future will unfold. The future we imagine will cause how we feel now. How we feel now drives our actions for the day. It’s the accumulation of our daily actions, over time, that delivers us to our intended future. It is key to choose the future vision that excites us, not the one that extinguishes us.

A – Act accordingly. In order to achieve a goal, we must fulfill various projects. In order to complete those projects, we must execute various tasks and actions. The power of our vision will create moment by moment impulses that either empower or disempower our ability, capacity, and willingness to act in alignment with our elevated vision. As we take action, we need to act with a deep knowing that the action is leading to the realization of the goals that will bring us to our vision.

R — Regenerate. Do it again, again and again; each time bringing an increased capacity of new learnings, distinctions and skills that will expand the ‘Can Do” attitude to let go of crippling thoughts, and continually elevate our vision to inspire our actions to clear the path to greater success.

Commit to practicing these 5 elements each day. They will lead to enjoying a CLEAR path to success.

Make it up, make it fun, and get it done!

No. 1 bestselling author Machen P. MacDonad, CPCC, CCSC is a certified life and business coach with ProBrilliance Leadership Institute in Grass Valley, CA. He helps business people gain more confidence and clarity to live their ideal life. He can be reached at coach@probrilliance.com and 530-273-8000.


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