I recently had the good fortune of attending an event for high-performing women entrepreneurs from around the world. During the event, I came across an inspiring message on what it takes to achieve entrepreneurial success.

One profound message that resonated for me is related to mindset. It is simple, yet can be a game-changer. The message is this…”You must expect and be prepared to win”.

It is clear and to the point. This really got me thinking about all the pieces that has to be in place in one’s business to truly embody this belief wholeheartedly.

What really stood out for me is the part about being prepared. It is my belief that we must always be awake to our good and the possibilities that can come our way in an instant when we are aware of, and are open to opportunities.

Being prepared is key. As comedian Kevin Hart once said in an interview, “I have been preparing to be an overnight sensation for the past ten years” when referring to his big break. This means that he did not leave it to chance and that he prepared for ten years to take advantage of that one big opportunity.

This also reminds me of Oprah’s advice about “luck”, noting that what we term as luck is really “preparation meeting opportunity”. I totally agree.

So what are the key pieces to have in place to be prepared to achieve success? Here are five points to keep in mind. Of course there are more, however I am including the foundational pieces, which I have personally used with great results:

The first is know your vision and mission. When you are clear on this and connected to it, your objectives and goals will follow. Then you can conduct your daily work, presentations, events and networking with purpose, intent and confidence.

The second is know your message and believe in the strength of your service and brand. Sometimes you really do just get 30 seconds so a well-rehearsed message is essential. And remember to communicate your message in a clear, concise and jargon-free way.

Plus keep in mind that you are the number one brand ambassador of your business.  That is, you are your business.

The third is to come from a place and mindset of service first. This is an underestimated and underutilized strategy. You will have the opportunity to create a “win-win” situation when you authentically come from a place of wanting to help and be of service to someone else. It is amazing what results can transpire when you ask “how can I help you to move forward?”

The mindset of being of service enables you to truly make a difference and impact in the lives of others. As I noted in my book, “your contributions to others as a result of your entrepreneurial activities will not only allow you to change lives it will in turn deeply enrich your life—as well as your bottom line—beyond your wildest dreams”

The fourth is “know your ask” and be prepared to say it when someone wants to reciprocate your generosity and support you and your mission. By giving voice to what you need, whether it is an introduction to a network, a new contact, a connection to a potential investor or partner, etc. can become a reality when you take advantage of the opportunity when it is presented to you.

The fifth is to nurture connections and relationships. Get in the habit of always following up after a meeting or event with whom you wish to cultivate a connection with.

Staying connected and developing a good relationship will assist you as you move forward in your business. These connections can lead to solid business relationships for collaborations, joint ventures, partnerships, and more for many years to come.

So dear reader, what about you, what one specific action do you need to take and put in place to expect and achieve success?

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Meriflor Toneatto, the Millionaire Difference Makers™ Mentor, is creator of the Millionaire Difference Makers™ PathMeriflor Photo for visionary women entrepreneurs.

She is a best-selling author of Money, Manifestation & Miracles: 8 Holistic Principles for Transforming Women’s Relationship with Money, and has been featured on television, radio, print and online.

She is a former executive who managed 8-figure public sector budgets that created major initiatives for social impact.

As CEO & Founder of her company Power With Soul, Meriflor combines her expertise on women’s relationship with money and her 15-year executive experience in leadership, business strategy and social impact for phenomenal results.

Meriflor is honored to serve women entrepreneurs who are or aspire to be global “difference makers” via a financially rich and successful business—leveraging money and business as a powerful force for good in the world.

She is a recipient of the prestigious Amethyst Award for Excellence and Outstanding Achievement from the Government of Ontario, Canada.