I know that I may not survive the night after this…

Seriously, posting this could very well get me killed in my sleep…

But I feel like I would be holding out on you if I held onto this knowledge – if I didn’t share it with you right now.

You see, I’ve been busy – working, testing, perfecting…

Night after night, taking notes – working out ideas…

Nothing seemed to be working – one dead-end test after another.

Some nights I start to think I’m on to something – a breakthrough is imminent…

But further testing reveals I’m off – something’s not quite right.

Try as I might, I end up feeling like a BIG FAT FAILURE.

In desperation, I finally talk the whole thing over with my wife…

She listens intently – sympathizing with failed attempt after failed attempt.

As I finish my rant, I finally do what NO MAN ever does as soon as he should – I ask her to help me, give me some insight, a hint…

She leans forward and asks me if I can keep a secret…

I lie – and tell her “yes, of course dear.”  And of all people – SHE reveals the secret sauce to me.

Now, at my own peril – I’ll share the secret with you.

Please don’t tell her I told you – I know she wants me to keep it a secret – but this is just so good, I can’t keep it to myself…

Ready…

Can you handle knowing the secret sauce?

Seriously, if you don’t think you can handle it – you should stop reading now!

Honest.

Stop.

Don’t go any further unless you’re REALLY, REALLY ready to know the secret sauce…

Ready?

Wait for it…

Wait for it…

The Secret Sauce

The Secret Sauce

She adds a little bit of this into about half of her cooking – and it makes all the difference in the world – that smokey, chipotle flavor was just what I was missing in my cooking.  Conveniently, she had it tucked away in a different cupboard so I wouldn’t use it up.

I know, I know – you probably thought I was going to give up a DIFFERENT secret sauce.  Well, two things.

ONE – You should know this – the secret to success in anything is: SELF-DISCIPLINE.  Ask any successful person – self-discipline will be on their list of character traits.

Along with that, I’d say success comes from characteristics like: focus, perseverance, hard work and integrity.

So be disciplined about what you’re doing.

Focus on one thing at a time.  Ask yourself, “What is the one thing I should be doing right now?”  For me, sometimes that’s research, write content, build back-links, make relevant comments, etc.  Just pick one thing, one aspect and do it – finish it before you move on to the next thing.

Persevere – if you try and you fail…try again.  To steal from one of the most brilliant speeches ever – “Never give up, Never give up, Never, ever give up!”

Work hard – if you’re going to spend time doing it – give it your all, 100%.

At the end of the day – do it well and do it with integrity.

Sidenote: I think the success of the thirty day challenge embodies this quote from Zig Ziglar – “You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want.

Now you might say using the term “Secret Sauce” as a headline might be misleading – maybe – but you did learn something and hopefully you were entertained too.

TWO – If you’re a thirty day challenger, veteran or newbie – once you’ve gone through the initial 30 day challenge, the next logical step is to take it to the next level and join the thirty day challenge plus.

www.thirtydaychallengeplus.com – (not an affiliate link…)

There’s new material included each month – however the materials are taken down at the end of each month.  So if you want to take your own awesomeness to the next level, join as soon as you can.

And if you like this post, (or just want to “sauce-roll” one of your friends…feel free to spread some love…

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