Success is something all career-driven individuals desire yet it eludes many people – at least at the levels desired. Why are some businesspeople successful and others not?
It has everything to do with habits, beliefs, passion, flexibility and attitude.
Often there’s nothing really different between one entrepreneur and another in terms of ability, as each person can do whatever he or she wants. What it all comes down to is having the frame of mind to set practical habits and keep a balance between attachment and commitment and letting things happen.
1. Choose courage over fear
To be successful, you have to have courage. And to become courageous, do courageous things. Much of being successful is about going beyond what you think you’re capable of – venturing into the unknown. Whether you fail or succeed, you will learn and grow.
Growth, in and of itself, means attaining a level of success whether it came from success or failure.
2. Believe in yourself
Attitude is everything. A negative attitude decreases success and a positive attitude creates success. Without that belief in yourself, you’ll lack a path to success.
Success is something that’s created. It’s not something that merely “happens.”
When you firmly believe in yourself, you can achieve virtually anything: It’s within this belief that you’ll find the power to create the resilience and fortitude needed to keep going when things get tough.
3. Choose good company
Whom you surround yourself with is among the most important choices you’ll make as you climb up the business ladder. Negativity is contagious and if work groups, especially bosses, are negative, there will be a ceiling to your success.
To reach the goals you desire, be willing to change bosses if necessary. Or if you’re the boss, rid your team of toxic people immediately.
It only takes one toxic person to destroy the morale of an entire campaign. Further, when you surround yourself with other successful, goal-oriented individuals, you can learn from them and take on some of their habits to add to your own as you proceed along your road to success.
4. Have a purpose and a vision
Visualisation is powerful because actions follow thoughts. A great technique for nurturing your vision and purpose is to make your goals visual. Some people use vision boards; others opt for treasure maps. And still others set goals identifying specific dates for their achievement.
Whatever works best is a matter for the individual to figure out.
I believe that anything that’s written down is more likely to be achieved than visions kept only in the head. When you make your purpose visual, you make it real. When you keep them in your mind, they remain wishes.
5. Accept the challenge
There are few easy paths up a mountain and often they’re hard to find. Challenge will be an essential piece in any type of success in business.
And challenge is what creates your growth along the journey. Each challenge obstructing your path provides you with the chance to create a more defined direction toward attaining your dream vendors, customers, managers, employees – and numbers. For this reason, bless each challenge. Each one is a compass directing you toward new business leads, circumstances and opportunities.
6. Be discerning
Selectivity creates success. You must think deeply and intelligently about the bigger picture and what it is you need for each step along the way to continue articulating and executing your business goals.
Mindfulness means being aware of all angles and staying sharply in touch with the present so that you do not have to clean up mistakes in the future.
Be discerning of group dynamics: Which person is the best at what job, which customers or deals will take you the furthest and what it is that each moment is calling on you to do or change to be the most efficient.
That’s how selectivity offers you the pursuit of success.
7. Be willing to take risks
There are no guarantees on any path to success in life or business. The unknown is always looming. Therefore, risk and education are often the mechanisms necessary for knowing more clearly if you’re on the right path.
If you’re afraid to risk, you will put limits on your success and stay where you’re comfortable. You cannot get what you want if you don’t risk rejection and go for what you desire.
8. Do what you love
You’re more likely to succeed in business when you’re invested in your passion and making your career fit your personality. There is a way to find passion about anything and everything you do in life.
You may not love every part of your job but tolerating discomforts by looking at the bigger picture makes your investment of time and energy worthwhile.
Be willing to love and find purpose in all aspects of what your business requires, commit to it and see what you’re doing as being a benefit to others. When you love the business you’re in, there is nothing that can keep you from wanting to work at it, nurture it and make it grow.
When you see life and career in terms of the lack in what you have achieved, you cannot drive your business up the ladder of success. Then negativity is impeding your progress.
You must look at all you have and realise how great what you have is as compared to the situation of many others.
When you have this attitude, you stop suffering and complaining about the small stuff. On each receipt you pay out, write thank you. That’s not only to thank the person, event, vendor or customer for what’s provided you but also to give a private thanks acknowledging that you have the abundance necessary to pay for the service, product or event.
Habits coupled with flexibility provide you with a path to success. Success is fluid and so rigidity will stand in its way.
Developing these mindsets give you a compass to navigate the ever-changing tides on the way to business and financial goals. These mindsets allow openness and flexibility while also providing you precise direction.
Article by: Sherrie Campbell is a psychologist in Yorba Linda, Calif., with two decades of clinical training and experience in providing counseling and psychotherapy services. She is the author of Loving Yourself: The Mastery of Being Your Own Person.
One of the major changes brought about by the New Companies Act that will affect start-ups is the availability of business names.
Under the new Act, name reservation is no longer mandatory before registering a company.
If a proposed name is rejected the company may still be registered and the registration number then becomes the name of the company at incorporation until an appropriate name has been reserved. Furthermore, symbols are allowed in company names and all languages are accepted.
To register a business name, you need to complete a CoR 9.1 form. The fee for a manual application is R75 for each name, while electronic is R50. You should indicate up to four alternatives to be considered for reservation in the listed order while only one will be registered.
You are also required to indicate whether any word, number or other element constitutes a registered trademark, and provide supporting documents for an associated name. The applicant of a name reservation must be the applicant on the new company registration documents, and will need to include a certified copy of their ID.
Searching and securing a company name
The new process does not require business owners to check that the name is available before the business can be registered. The CIPC will check the name against existing registered businesses and reject the names that are too similar. It is still possible, however, to check whether the company name you prefer is reserved but clicking on ‘Additional Services’ on the CIPC’s website. www.cipc.co.za.
You will then be re-directed to the old CIPRO website and will see an entry field under ‘Name Search’ on the left of the webpage.
Alternatively, you can reserve a name on the CIPC’s website. By doing so you will be informed of its availability. To reserve a name online you need to do the following:
Step 1: Visit CIPC Site : www.cipc.co.za
Log onto the CIPC website
Step 2: Register
Register as a Customer. If you are not an existing customer, click on ‘Customer Registration’ to register and complete the required fields and submit.
Step 3: Payment
Before filing your documents you must ensure that you have enough funds available for the required transactions. Deposits may either be made at the CIPC walk-in centre in Pretoria, bank deposit or EFT payment. Once the deposit is reflecting within your account, you may continue to file your applications. You may confirm whether your deposit is reflecting by logging on to the CIPC website, clicking on Additional Services, then Customer Log In, Customers, Customer Transactions, Selecting the date period, and Show Statement.
Step 4: Login
Login as a customer by clicking on Customer Login. Type in the Customer Code and Password selected at Customer Registration. Click on Login.
Step 5: Preliminary Search
Select ‘Name Reservation’ option under Name Reservation. Complete the required fields and click Submit. Select ‘Proposed Name’ or at the drop down box at Name Reservation Type option. Provide a maximum of four possible names in order of preference. Only one name will be registered.
A name may consist of number, letters, certain special characters ( only( ) @ . ‘ ) or a combination thereof. The system will do a preliminary search on the names provided and indicate any possible comparative names or any problematic words that has been used that may result in the application being rejected.
After the preliminary search, you may either go back to amend the proposed names or continue with the name reservation application by clicking on either Amend reservation or Continue with reservation. After you amended the application, the system will conduct a new preliminary search based on the revised proposed names.
Step 6: Business Name Reservation Application
The information provided on the online application is processed and the transactional information (assigned tracking number, deducted fee and application date is reflected).
You are advised to print this document by clicking on Print in order for later reference in corresponding with CIPC. The name is only approved after the CIPC name reservation processing team has processed the application.
Once reserved or rejected, you will receive an e-mail indicating the reservation detail for use in filing other documents with the CIPC.
Click on Print in order to print or save the application.
Step 7: Reservation of Company Name
Once one of the proposed names has been approved a form CoR9.4 will be issued to the customer who filed the name reservation. Once the CoR9.4 has been issued, such may be used in registering a new company or co-operative or changing the company, close corporation or co-operative name by filing it with the required documents.
CIPC contact details:
Website : www.cipc.co.za
Call: 084 196 4475
Address : The Waterfall Campus, Cnr Maxwell Drive & Pretoria Main Road, Buccleuch, Gauteng