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Is Success Taking Longer Than You Think?

Is Success Taking Longer Than You Think?

 

Is Success Taking YOU Longer Than YOU Think it Should?

 

I get it – You have big goals for your business. Who doesn’t these days? Is Success Taking Longer Than You Think it should for you and your business?

I understand…you have large visions for your business, your success, and for your business to attain the goals you’ve established. Any major success you want to obtain is just beyond your reach.

BUT…

It’s probably going to take a lot longer than you anticipate when you start the journey. And that’s ok because everything worth having in life is all about the journey to get there.

After all, it’s just human nature to want to be successful. Right?

 

We get a good idea about something we want to be, do, have and the idea captures our minds and our emotions. The honeymoon phase is awesome, don’t you think? You are daydreaming and brainstorming of your exciting new idea. The world of possibilities that will open up once you reach this new goal is hypnotizing. (Now this is YOU talking to yourself… “This is so awesome; this is the greatest idea I’ve had in such a long time”.)

 

AND…

 

You are energized and ready to take on the world. But…but…but…

 

If you are new to this game, I’m sorry to tell you but you have a big ass mountain ahead of you. And no one has ever successfully scaled a mountain quickly and easily. Yes, that is absolutely true, trust me!!

Sure, from a distance, that mountain may not look that big. It looks like fairly smooth terrain and a manageable grade when you stare at the mountain from a few miles away. You excitedly sprint to your starting point. Now…on your mark…get set…and GO!

 

Now, this is when the work begins and within a very short period of time, reality starts to sink in at the difficulty and struggle that awaits you. OMG!!!

Are YOU READY for this?

 

MOST people don’t make it far enough up the mountain to be invested in the journey. This certainly isn’t YOU, is it?

They quit early enough that the pain of investment isn’t harsh enough. The sting of quitting isn’t harsh enough.

 

However, if the goal at the summit of your mountain is something that you REALLY want… and you have enough reasons to get there (and enough reasons not to quit), then your first mission becomes the “investment phase”. Ahhhh…

 

We all know that you have to put in enough blood, sweat, and tears to reach a point where turning around and quitting would be more painful than continuing.

 

AND…

 

Once you reach this point, you gain a whole new perspective on life. The struggle doesn’t go away, but it takes on a new form. You find a sort of peace and “sense of knowing” during your struggle.

 

Yes, you know you will make it to your goal… you just don’t know how long it will take. But it almost doesn’t matter because you no longer count the cost. You are focused purely on the journey. YOUR journey, towards success.

 

This is an easy metaphor to understand but it applies to anything in life.

Make a point to first be the kind of person who dreams, has big visions and gives yourself permission to set major goals.

 

Then, make CERTAIN you stay with it long enough that turning around is no longer an option.

 

Because even though it will likely take far longer than you think to reach your peak, you will.

Is Success Taking Longer Than You Think?

 

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How to Boost your Productivity

How to Boost your Productivity

How to Boost your Productivity

First, quiet your mind and focus on How to Boost your Productivity. We need to be more proficient in our work to accomplish more. In many cases, people fail to be productive because they lose focus and let their minds wander, leading to a loss in productivity.

The key is to focus your mind on the task at hand. Block out all other distractions and thoughts that are unrelated to the task at hand.

• Failure to put aside thoughts unrelated to the task at hand will only slow you down and lead to a higher probability of mistakes.

• Get a good night’s sleep every night to boost focus and productivity, reduce mistakes.

• Don’t let other issues or problems bother you.

Basic Ingredients Of Productivity

There are three basic ingredients to productivity:

• Time

• Energy

• Attention

Without all three of these ingredients, your productivity will be lower than it can be. And then you won’t achieve the amount of success you are expecting.


How To Measure Your Productivity

Dictionary.com defines productivity as “the quality, state, or fact of being able to generate, create, enhance, or bring forth goods and services.”

Labor productivity is defined as “the output volume divided by the labor input use.” Click To Tweet

Boost Your Productivity

• In other words, its the amount of effort and time that the worker puts in and how many units of production he/she produces in that time span.

For Example:

If a worker produces one unit (say, one ebook) an hour and another worker produces two units (say, two ebooks) in one hour, then the second worker is two times more productive than the first worker.

Being more productive means being better able to manage one’s time. Focusing one’s attention on the tasks required. And/or utilize the energy necessary to complete the tasks required in the same time period as another worker.

In order to boost your productivity, you need to be able to produce more of the product. Or provide more of the service you deliver in the same amount of time or less than you have before.

When it comes to businesses, it’s not just your production. It’s the production of your subcontractors who work for you, that account for your total productivity.

Start Laying A Productive Foundation

First, you need to eliminate all distractions from your work area and clear your mind of any doubts and/or worries you may have.

You also need to be totally focused and invested in the working process. This allows you to produce the maximum number of products/content and/or render the most services within a specific time span.

Have A Plan

Have a clear plan of what needs to be done in terms of tasks and projects and how to go about best doing them.

• In regards to subcontractors, have an agenda of tasks and projects to complete. Also, a time table on which you can expect them to complete them.

• Then lay down the ground rules on what needs to be done and how quickly they should be done.


Boost Your Productivity

Implement simple time management techniques. You must manage your time as efficiently as possible in order to be as productive as possible. And, monitor your time very carefully.  Ensure that you are working efficiently during the times you are working. This will enable you are utilizing your time to the best of your ability.

• Note how long you think it will take you to complete a project on a piece of paper, in a text file, or in a spreadsheet file.

• Time how long it takes you to complete specific tasks.

• Time how long your work periods are, your breaks are, and how long any distractions are.

Try using the clock on your computer and/or mobile device. Or use an online timer to record the respective time periods. Then compare the time it took you to complete the project versus the time you expected.  If you met or beat that time, reward yourself.

If you took longer than expected, review what slowed you down. Was it distractions, lack of focus, the task was more difficult than expected- then make adjustments.

You can make this into a game or challenge to where you challenge yourself to get more done in less time to improve your productivity.

There are online timers that have bells or other sounds that can help you use the Pomodoro Technique.  This will allow 15- to 30-minute work periods. It will be followed by 3- to 5 minute rest periods three times. Then after the fourth 15- to 30-minute work period, a 15- to 30-minute rest period.

Removing The Unimportant Tasks

It’s vital that you prepare for work ahead of time so minor/menial and repetitive tasks don’t slow you down.

Consider what tasks are actually important to your business and which aren’t.

• Tasks such as email and social media should be done during break periods, lunch periods, and/or outside-of-work periods, not while the main work is being done.

If you run a business, only do the tasks you are proficient at and enjoy; send all other tasks to subcontractors for maximum productivity and profitability. This will solve a lot of time for you in the long run.

Pursue An All-Around Productive Life

Having an all-around productive life means that you are productive in all facets of it, not just in business.

• Increased productivity can include assembling items, grocery shopping, etc.

• Productivity means doing any task in the most efficient manner possible. This will help you maximize the value of every minute and every second so that you get the most out of them as possible.

 

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Creating Your Mindset For Business

Creating Your Mindset For Business

Creating Your Mindset For Business

When you think about the highest earning business coaches, people like Ali Brown, Carrie Wilkerson, and Marie Forleo, what comes to mind? Charisma, experience, and expertise are often at the top of the list. Do you think they have the proper mindset?

Would it surprise you to know that those are not the most important characteristics? In fact, while those things do help attract and keep an audience, there’s one thing that is absolutely critical to their success, and you can’t even see it. It’s their MINDSET!

Mindset

It’s true. In everything you do, whether in business or in life, your mindset is the determining factor when it comes to your success.

Your business plans are no different. Without the right mindset, you will forever be attracting and working with clients who are:

  • deserving and lovely
  • are less than your ideal client
  • and might have problems when it comes to their ability to pay

So before you can realize your dreams of four- or five-figure clients, you have to do some internal work. You have to make some changes to your own mindset. To be more in line with what the top earners in your industry already do and feel.

Mindset

mindset ˈmīn(d)set/Submit noun the established set of attitudes held by someone. “the region seems stuck in a medieval mindset”

Changing Your Attitude 

One thing charismatic and personable people have in common is a good attitude. Think about it; you’ll never see Carrie Wilkerson or Paul Evans complaining about how the kids are sick, “again!”! Or that the cable repair guy is 40 minutes late, or even that the car blew a tire.

Instead, you see their expressions of gratitude in everything. If the kids are sick, they’re grateful to have a business that allows them to stay home and play nurse.

If the cable guy is late, they’re grateful to have 40 extra minutes. They will just read a book instead of watch television.

And if the car died in the middle of running a week’s worth of errands, oh well!  They’re happy to have found a mechanic who does great work at a reasonable price.

If you find yourself complaining—even in your head—turn your attitude around. There’s nearly always something to be grateful for, even in the worst situations.

And when you can rethink and revise your attitude for the better, you’ll not only be happier, but you’ll attract a better audience, too.

Attitude

at·ti·tude ˈadəˌt(y)o͞od/Submit noun a settled way of thinking or feeling about someone or something, typically one that is reflected in a person’s behavior. “she took a tough attitude toward other people’s indulgences” synonyms: view, viewpoint, outlook, perspective, stance, standpoint, position, inclination, temper, orientation, approach, reaction; More a position of the body proper to or implying an action or mental state. “the boy was standing in an attitude of despair, his chin sunk on his chest” synonyms: position, posture, pose, stance, bearing “an attitude of prayer” NORTH AMERICANinformal truculent or uncooperative behavior; a resentful or antagonistic manner. “I asked the waiter for a clean fork, and all I got was attitude”

Growing Your Confidence

Here’s something else top-end coaches have in common: confidence. Yes, they believe in what they do. They believe in their own ability to help others achieve the same thing. So they walk on stage or join a webinar filled with the knowledge that what they are about to say will change the lives of those who are listening.

It’s not cocky or arrogant, it’s just confidence. And if you don’t have it yet, you can take steps to increase it.

Start by asking yourself, in any new or uncomfortable situation, “What’s the worst that could happen?” Of those worst-case scenarios, resolve what you have control over, and let the rest go.

So if you’ve agreed to speak in front of a small group of business owners, and your fear is that you’ll flub your speech, practicing beforehand will greatly improve your confidence.

Next, get inside the head of someone who is confident in what you’re about to do. Walk onto that stage as if you’ve been doing it for years, and not only will you feel more confident, but you’ll be more confident.

You can use the “as if” attitude in everything from creating a new product to closing a sale. Whenever you feel your confidence failing, just remember to act as if you’ve done this successfully hundreds of times.

Confidence

con·fi·dence ˈkänfədəns/Submit noun the feeling or belief that one can rely on someone or something; firm trust. “we had every confidence in the staff” synonyms: trust, belief, faith, credence, conviction “I have little confidence in these figures” the state of feeling certain about the truth of something. “it is not possible to say with confidence how much of the increase in sea levels is due to melting glaciers” a feeling of self-assurance arising from one’s appreciation of one’s own abilities or qualities. “she’s brimming with confidence” synonyms: self-assurance, self-confidence, self-possession, assertiveness;

Just like how the person you’re talking to on the phone can hear a smile in your voice. Your potential clients can sense your mindset also.

And, if it’s not up to the standards of the top earners in your niche, you’ll struggle to make the sale. Just work on your attitude and confidence levels. Then watch your income soar.

I certainly hope you enjoyed reading this article on “Creating Your Mindset For Business“.

If you need help with your business contact me HERE. I would love to help create your successful business.

Making the Decision to Build Your Business

Making the Decision to Build Your Business

“To get new results you must take new actions and all actions are fathered by a decision.” – Anthony Robbins

 

The Importance of Making a Committed Decision

The first step in building a successful business is making the decision to do it!

I want you to think about that for a moment.  The first step in achieving a successful business is to plan to do so.  I bring this up because so many business owners jump into the profession and immediately focus on how to get clients. Then, how to make money, then how to market, and how to close sales. All this before they have fully committed to having a successful business, to begin with. Is this you?

A committed decision is a foundational pillar upon which your successful business is built.


Definition: Decision

That’s powerful!   Isn’t it? That’s the kind of committed decision you must make about your business.

For example, you could decide to do whatever it takes.  You could decide to build a successful business or to make a meaningful impact in the world.  One of my favorites is beautifully simple: Commit to being a business owner.  Decide to be a business owner!

Unfortunately, a lot of business owners who are “trying” to grow their business haven’t made a committed decision to succeed as a business owners.  They are feeling things out, waiting to see what happens, and hoping to get clients.  There is no real commitment or determination.  Don’t let this happen to you!  The first step to going from “trying” to “succeeding” is a decision.

Benefits of Making a Decision

Building a business is not easy.  If you don’t fully commit to doing what it takes, you won’t succeed.  It’s that simple.

When you make and connect with your committed decision, you will have more focus, clarity, and purpose. You will have more inspiration and more motivation.  Let’s face it, obstacles will arise!  If it was easy to build a successful and profitable business, everyone would be a business owner.

Your decision will remind you of the reasons why you became a business owner and why you want to succeed in this business. Right? When you deeply connect with your decision and your reasons, you will be inspired to take the action necessary to succeed.

This may sound contradictory, but the decision, in and of itself, means nothing.  It is the inspired action that results from you making a decision and connecting with it every day that really matters.

What a Decision is, it’s Not a Goal

I think goal setting is great, but the power to achieve them comes from the DECISION.  The first step is to make a committed decision. THEN you set goals that are congruent with your decision.  But the decision comes first.

Decision: Declaration, commitment, general, comes before the goal.  Example: To have a successful business

Goal: Where you want to be, specific, measurable. Example: To have 10 new clients in 6 months.

A Decision is Not a Mission Statement

I don’t want you to turn your decision into a long, flowery, descriptive mission statement.  There is nothing wrong with having a mission statement for your business or life, it’s just not what I recommend right now!

I’d like you to make a decision that stirs up your emotions.  Your decision should connect you with your passion for business.  Your decision should strengthen your commitment, inspiring you to act even when it isn’t easy.

Decision: Clear, Concise, Memorable, Inspiring.  Example: My life purpose is to be a good business owner.  It is who I am.

Mission Statement: A narrative description of a purpose or aim Example: I endeavor to manifest my destiny by enabling single women to achieve greater fulfillment while contributing to the peace and joy of humanity.

Below is a short lesson on making decisions.

Assignment 1 – Make Your Decision

Make a conscious decision, a real declaration, about your commitment and desire to build a successful business.

Ask Yourself: “What decision can I make right now that will spur me into action and help me stay committed to being a successful business owner?”

Examples: “I commit to building a successful business.” “I’m doing this and not giving up!” “I’m an amazing business owner with a huge practice and great life.” “I commit to being a masterful business owner, having a thriving practice and living the life of my dreams.”

Elements of a Powerful Decision
  • Clear:  It should be easily understood by a 12-year-old.
  • Concise/Memorable: You should be able to easily recite your decision from memory. Evokes Feeling The actual sentence isn’t as important as the feeling behind it.
  • Inspires Action: The best decision you can make is one that inspires you to take action, even when you don’t feel like it.

Are You Ready?  Take time RIGHT NOW and make a powerful decision that inspires and motivates you.  This is a critical piece of the foundation upon which your successful business is built.

My Decision:

_____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________

Assignment 2 – Build Your Commitment

Now that you have made a decision, the next step is to get fully committed.  The key is desire! Identify WHY you want to make it as

Identify WHY you want to make it as a business owner.  You need to be fully committed to your decision, because if you’re not, you may falter when challenges arise.  And there will be challenges.

It’s not always easy to build a successful business!  The key is having strong, compelling reasons so you commit to your decision, take action, and never give up. Below, write down all the reasons WHY you just made a committed decision.

This is a critical step, so set aside some time and think deeply.   Why is this important to you?  Is this the reason you were put on the earth?  Will it enable you to be the best you can be?  Will it give you the freedom you desire?  How happy and fulfilled will you feel?  How will this impact others?

Why I am committed to my DECISION:

________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________

 

Assignment 3 – Create a Contract with Yourself

Finally, print the contract on the next page, sign it, and hang it where you can be reminded of your promise to yourself every day.

Free Online Tools That Every Entrepreneur Needs

Free Online Tools That Every Entrepreneur Needs

 

Free Online Tools For Entrepreneurs

Most entrepreneurs realize the enormous amount of effort to put ahead for their ventures while thinking about their limited financial resources. In my own case, I must admit it stressed me out, especially because I would have to do it all by myself. Yes, and most of us start out this way.

At the beginning of any entrepreneur’s journey, you can rely on key digital marketing tools that make your life easier. I can attest to that. It’s what makes ya or breaks ya!

And, you can do this without investing a single cent. There are plenty of online tools out there in the virtual world. Do your due diligence and do some research to find the ones that suit you best.

Below is a list of some useful tools that some entrepreneurs use

This by no means is a complete list of the excellent ones on the market these days. But they allow me to keep up with my own lifestyle while keeping my business at the top of the wave. So to speak!

Hootsuite

This is one of my favorite entrepreneur’s tools when it comes to Social Media management. The free version allows you to sync three accounts.

Hootsuite allows you to execute your social media marketing strategy literally from your smartphone. You develop posts and schedule them as needed, and interact with others directly from their app or website.

I really like the fact that the tool helps you to determine the best times for postings according to how active your audience is. In simple words, I don’t need to wake up at 3 am to post on Twitter to target a market that is active on the other side of the world while I am sleeping.

Or when I’m at the beach soaking in some much-needed rays of sunshine!

Grammarly

This one I absolutely love!  The Grammarly tool, allows you to improve email writing and keeps you focused on writing your blog posts without the constant hassle of knowing if you’re using the right word in your content.

Great when you’re on a time crunch and for when working on your website. The free version has a plugin that can be installed in Chrome and you can also use it in all the applications you use like Word, Excel, and others. You should really check this one out.

Canva

Another favorite entrepreneur tool is Canva. Visually attractive content on your website is a must these days.

Businesses need to show a professional and credible appearance, so potential customers want to your website and read more interesting articles from you.

With Canva you can create booklets and banners to be used on different social media channels. And, as creative blogs post images with text and even business cards.

Their stock of templates, fonts, and illustrations plus the intuitive drag and drop functions allows anyone to create the most amazing visual content.

It’s simple to use also, but eventually, you’re going to want to get the pro version of this because it has SO many more features. And the cost is priced right for the beginner also.

Chattypeople

Imagine yourself receiving 50 messages from prospective clients at a time when you are a solo business entrepreneur. Chattypeople is an excellent solution to that problem, as it will answer queries automatically.

It allows you to intervene, via Facebook Messenger to push customers through the sales funnel. Such a great idea to automate some of the simplest of tasks so this would be a great service to investigate.

MailChimp

E-mail marketing remains an essential way to generate leads by moving consumers through a funnel for conversions.

People who are interested in your business and who provide their email are allowing that intimate experience where you can show why you are the best in your industry.

MailChimp has a free version that effectively allows you to make that happen without you even noticing through their automated features.

So, those are just some of the tools you can use to start on your entrepreneur journey

With an automated approach, your business can grow by leaps and bounds. Or, wave by wave to use a beach phrase, which I am quite fond of!

Reaching your audience effectively without compromising quality, while giving you the chance to focus on other aspects of your business.

Submit your comments below so I can help you grow. Go to my contact form to schedule a chat with me. It’s easier than you think.

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