This month our theme is faith. While I believe faith is an important part of the process, it is not all it takes to be a successful entrepreneur. So often people say if you just believe it will happen, it will come to you, all you have to do is have faith. So you sit there believing you will be rich, and get upset when it doesn’t come. So what is the difference between you and Gary V? What makes his faith in himself different than yours?

One word. ACTION

Faith is important but as much as you believe that you will be successful but do not ever put any action in, there will be no results. The bible says

“For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.”

James 2:26

Believing is only half of it, you must also put into action what you believe. We see this so often in people that believe in the law of attraction. (By the way, I believe in the law of attraction…If you work for it) People are told that if you focus on the things you believe in you will find success and find those things. However, the cold harsh truth is if you believe but do not put any action behind it, you will not see results. While there is truth in what you focus on is what you will find, the science behind how this works is very telling. Your subconscious mind takes everything as if it is the truth, so if look for more money, your subconscious mind will form pathways to more money. However, you have to take action to obtain it.

A great example of this is actually happening in my office as I write this. A few of my team members have a goal of getting abs by October. Our creative director Jennifer Meim has said she will think her way to abs. So she focuses daily on obtaining her abs. She tells herself she will gain her abs, and every day she sees that they are appearing. While this is a good thought, she also goes to the gym more days than not and continues to eat as she pleases but makes “healthier choices” and has accountability partners. As she has faith her abs will show, she also works to obtain them. Now I would like to give you a few tips to put your faith into action to reach your goals!

Get around the right people!

If you have faith that you will be a successful entrepreneur but spend your day around those that have no experience in entrepreneurship, you will find many more roadblocks. Being around those that have the same goals, or have already done what you want to do will help you find solutions to problems that come up. Think of it this way, if you want to write a book, and talk about this goal with people that have never written a book, you may hear, “writing a book is too hard” or “why would you want to do that?” But if you spend your time with someone like Jack Canfield that has written and sold millions of books, you will hear real advice that you can take ACTION upon right then. Your circle of influence will help shape who you become and how far you make it.

Set your intentions daily

If you try to get from San Diego to LA, without a map, you may find yourself lost. If you put an address into your google maps and follow it, you will find yourself at your destination with ease. In the exact same way, if you know where you are going, and give yourself a map, or set your intentions, you will find yourself getting to your destination much easier. Spending as little as 30 minutes a week to set your intention can keep you on track and create a roadmap to your goals.

When you see an opportunity, take it!

Seeing an opportunity can be rare, so when you see one take it! Allowing fear to stop you from reaching your goals or taking action will keep you in the same spot that you are! Don’t let opportunities pass you by any longer! This can be as small as being invited to a networking event or as big as having an investor offer you capital. Whether it’s a small or large opportunity, start saying yes to opportunities and your future!

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Stephen Dela Cruz is a best selling author, speaker and serial entrepreneur who specializes in helping budding entrepreneurs double their income in their first year. He’s built several 7 figure businesses and in his online school, The Mastermind Experience, he shares strategies around time and money management to help beginning entrepreneurs soar. You can see more about Stephen on his website and follow him on his Facebook page.