The Simple Truth to Achieving Success  

by Shana Lynn Yao
CEO | Business & Personal Success Strategist
Total Genius™

Goal Achievement for Purpose Driven Entrepreneurs

SOMEDAY adverb \ˈsəm-ˌdā\  : at some time in the future

Someday seems like such a great time.  Someday is when all those things on your to do list get done.  Someday is when you move forward in life.  Someday is when you go to bed and think “I got the perfect amount done today, have a steady stream of clients and am making money in my sleep!”

I have news for you – and this may come as a shock – but “someday” does not exist.

Huh? Of course it exists. It’s that day in the future when your finally going to lose weight. When that closet you haven’t touched in years gets cleaned.  Someday is when you are going to finally understand everything in your business so it runs like a well oiled machine.  And someday is when all of your dreams come true...

Ok, let’s get real.  Someday is such a great concept because whatever we don’t get done today, or don’t feel like doing today, gets pushed to someday.   And now in this increasingly busy world, it seems like more and more is ending up on that indefinite, non-existent, wonderful date.

Unfortunately, if someday doesn’t exist, those things that get put into the someday file, stay there and usually die there.   And the tragic part is, the things that get shoved into the someday pile are commonly those things that are important to our souls and to our lives. The someday list are the things that theoretically CAN be put on the back burner and don’t have any immediate consequences.  (Key word – immediate)

Here’s the thing, we only have a limited number of hours per day. This means, our schedules are packed.  And even with the best intentions, so much of what should be priority get shoved under the “to do’s” of today.  You know, like the grocery shopping, running the kids to school, going to the drug store, etc – and don’t even get me started on social media!  Our lives are so busy and sometimes chaotic, it’s hard to stop and ask yourself, “Is this really important?”


When people say they need to be more productive – it’s not usually about their to do list like they think it is.  It’s not really about going to the grocery store, mopping the floors, or the lack of money that is holding you back.  It’s about that someday list in the back of your head.  The high lifetime value things like building your business the way you want it to be, writing a book, or even spending the money to invest in yourself to get your problems solved.

The real problem is THINKING (over-thinking) about the problem, and not actually TAKING ACTION.

Here’s the thing.  People get done exactly what they need to get done.  You may not think you do, but if you have food to eat, wear clean clothes, and don’t live in a rat hole, you’ve managed to do your essential to do list.  And for many people, if it’s not scheduled, it lands in that someday list and usually falls prey to the ticking clock.


There is ONE word you need to understand to make your success "inevitable". To end overwhelm, to do less, and accomplish more. 

You may or may not be familiar with the term “leverage”.   Leverage is often used in the financial industry, but the dictionary definition of leverage is:  “To use (something) to maximum advantage. (i.e. the organization needs to leverage its key resources.)”

Leveraging is a great word because it makes you think of the things in your life that will give you the highest return for your invested time.  As the definition states, it’s using something to maximum advantage – so in the terms of prioritizing your life, it’s putting your most important things in your overall life (not just the day to day) FIRST.   These are the things that without priorities, get shoved to the bottom of the To Do list (and usually get pushed to the next day, and the next, and the next).So here’s what to do:

Take a sheet of paper and answer these questions:  (all of these questions should include the areas of health, happiness & work.)

1. Where do you want to be in your business and life in 10 years?
2. Where do you want to be in your business and life in 1 year?
3. Where do you want to be in your business and life in 30 days?
4. What is the highest leverage activity you can do IMMEDIATELY to achieve those each of those goals?
5. What conditions need to be present in order for you to make those goals inevitable? What are the steps?
6. What can you do to get that condition in place as soon as possible?

Review and update your answers regularly (once a week) to keep your focus on the long term vision, the short term high leverage activities, and the conditions to be set up to make your success inevitable. (download the >>>free planner<<< and goal achievement tutorial to make sure you stay on track)

The goal of inevitability thinking is to STOP OVERTHINKING things - which leads to self doubt, over-complicating things, and then seeking solutions you may or may not need.  If you spend time wondering what you are going to do everyday, your brain is designed to look for distraction. Our brains are hard wired to "keep us safe" from stress. This is why you often find yourself on Facebook or other social media sites and it seems relaxing. When in fact,  doing that only causes more long term stress. 

Instead, when you plan a daily ritual that includes EXACTLY what you are going to do everyday.  You decide this is non-negotiable, and it happens EVERY DAY.   Before long, you don’t even have to think about it, and eventually, once it becomes habit, you’ll have more time to do the things in your business that really matter – like creating more content and programs that add to your bottom line.  By doing this, you have just made your goal of optimizing your social media for your business INEVITABLE.  It’s a no-fail win-win situation.


Here’s the thing – your life is a ticking clock.  You may be young now, or maybe you are older.   No matter how old you are, we all live by the same clock.  There are only 24 hours in a day, and you don’t get that time back.

If you are only doing your “to do” list and your “someday” list never gets acted on, you will never achieve the actual goals you want to achieve. Your HIGH VALUE goals. Your life purpose.

So here’s a question for you – What is the ONE action you can do today to start your business and life on it's path to inevitable success?

How we spend our days is how we spend our lives. Success is not a destination, it's a process and a feeling. You don't just "achieve" success. You become it - NOW.

There is no one magic formula that will help you achieve your highest success. But there is a systematic approach that you can customize to fit YOU and your own idea of what success is to you. This is about the power of POSITIONING - the positioning you need inside of you and outside of you to create the success you want, attract clients that value you and want to pay you, and make your goals inevitable.

I invite you to sign up for the FREE CLASS to finally understand what it takes to get yourself AND your business Positioned to Sell.

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Shana Yao is CEO and Founder of TOTAL GENIUS™, where she works with high achieving entrepreneurs to use their genius - the combination of their greatest strengths, talents, and life experience - to create a profit generating business that fulfills their life and makes an impact on the world for a greater good. She is an award-winning Business and Personal Success Strategist with over 25 years of business and marketing experience managing multimillion dollar retail and shopping center locations, including the famed Rodeo Drive. 

In her signature program Discover Your Genius, Shana helps her clients achieve discover and empower their genius within. Using her knowledge of neuroscience, neuro linguistic programming, positive psychology, emotional and positive intelligence, and high level business strategies, she works to develop her client’s unique vision by uncovering their purpose, their message, building their profit-generating signature program and putting their words into action on their website and in their customized marketing strategy. Schedule a chat to get your business and personal brand positioned to sell.

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