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What’s Holding You Back From Moving Forward?

What’s Holding You Back From Moving Forward?

What’s Holding You Back From Moving Forward?

 

Have you ever just felt stuck in your life? As if you are going around and around in a circle and you can’t seem to break out? Well, this could be because something in your life is creating that problem. Today’s article discusses just “What’s Holding You Back From Moving Forward?” in more detail so you can crush it and focus on yourself and your business.

 

You’re Playing It Too Safe

 

If you are constantly worried about the future, and this worry keeps you from taking risks, this is probably the number one reason you aren’t moving forward. To move forward, you have to live a little and do something which makes you a little uncomfortable—it’ll pay off in the end.

 

The next time you are faced with something that takes you out of your comfort zone, give it a try—you may find a little risk is a positive addition to your life.

 

You’re Stuck In The Past

 

To move forward, you have to learn to let go. The past is the past for a reason. Remember it fondly, but make sure you aren’t focused on it. Don’t devote any time to it, as this will keep you from being able to propel yourself forward into the future. And that’s what you want, right? Living in the past will suck up your whole day and make you feel miserable. I know from experience and you don’t need that in your life today!

You Doubt Your Abilities

 

If you want to make changes to better your life or move forward, you can’t do so if you constantly doubt yourself. Have a little confidence in yourself. Just deciding to move forward is a big step, and only the most successful people do so. If confidence is something you struggle with, consider trying some tactics to increase your confidence before making a large change in your life.

 

You Are Hanging With The Wrong Crowd

 

Are all your friends stuck in dead-end jobs? I bet they complain about how miserable they are, don’t they? According to Jim Rohn, you are the combination of the five people you are closest to in life. And if these people aren’t going anywhere, you likely won’t either.

 

Be especially careful if you find yourself spending time with people who seem to talk down about your future. Don’t let their negative outlook become yours, as this could end up holding you back big time. No one said moving forward was easy, but it may feel impossible if you are being held back. Instead, choose to make changes to your life to stop your convictions, past, and your friends from holding you back. After all, moving forward is part of being successful and having a happy life.

 

 

 

Do YOU need someone to talk to? Come on, be honest with yourself. I know you can do this! If you need help, reach out to me. I provide mentoring services that could be just what you need to help you move forward.

 

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What Is a Radical Giver?

What Is a Radical Giver?

What Is a Radical Giver? 

 

Today’s article is about being a radical giver.  Interesting topic to discuss, but I promise you, you will enjoy it.  Here’s an interesting story about a woman named Jennie. She desperately wanted to quit her 9-5 job so she could spend more time with her twin boys. So, she began to look into work-at-home opportunities.

She heard about the virtual assistant industry and knew it’d be a great fit for her. She started a website, began blogging, and became active on social media. But after almost six months, all she had were a handful of low-paying clients that didn’t seem to respect her. She was frustrated and wondering whether she should give up when she met Anita, a coach for virtual assistants. 

Anita was offering a free discovery session to prospective clients, so Jennie took her up on the offer. During the call, Jennie shared her frustrations about becoming a virtual assistant. While they were talking, Anita reviewed Jennie’s website and social media accounts. She explained that Jennie wasn’t serving anyone but herself. Ok, so here is where it gets interesting, are you following me?

 

Radical Givers Serve

“Your business does exist to make money, absolutely,” Anita shared, “But it should also be about serving your community. You need to discover how you can help your clients rather than chasing dollars aimlessly.” Radical givers in business are entrepreneurs that want to do more than simply make a profit—they want to make a difference, too. Whether you’re serving your clients as a virtual assistant or selling digital products and memberships, you can practice radical giving 

 

Radical Givers Focus

Jennie signed up for a coaching program with Anita later that week. Even though it was a big investment, she knew Anita’s guidance could help her grow her business. The first thing Anita did was work with Jennie so she could discover the types of clients she wanted to work with.  One thing that sets radical givers apart is their focus. That’s because radical givers know who they want to serve. They have a target audience in mind that they’re excited about giving back to and are passionate about serving them. 

 

Radical Givers Invest

Once Jennie knew who her ideal clients were, she made a list of places where these ideal clients spent time online including Facebook groups and LinkedIn groups. Then she joined these groups and began investing time in the groups. She answered business questions, joined in the discussions, and made sure to welcome new members to the community. As Jennie put her roots deep into the groups, she began attracting her ideal clients and earning a much higher hourly rate. 

She asked her coach why she was attracting so much positive attention and Anita said, “People are naturally attracted to givers. When you’re generous with others, they want to be generous in return. Kindness always comes back to you.” 

 

Are YOU A Radical Giver?

Being a radical giver in business doesn’t mean that you never make a cent or that you have to work for below-average rates. You can earn a lot of money and still be a radical giver. It just means that you’re dedicated to your clients and customers. You’re willing to go the extra mile and you truly care about the community you’re serving. 

Learn how to become a radical giver in your business when you download your free workbook! 

Next month, continue this series on Radical Giving, there is much more to come!

Radical Giver

Tuning Up Your Memory

Tuning Up Your Memory

Tuning Up Your Memory

 

Today’s article is about tuning up your memory. Having a good memory is important, right? But have you ever stopped to consider just how important it is? The fact is that everything we do involves our memories. We can’t think without using our memories, and everything that we do unconsciously, like moving our lips and making sounds to speak or walking across the street, accesses our memory, which tells us how we did it the last time.

 

Did You Forget or Do You Care?

 

So, on one level, almost all of us have extremely good memories. These are the kinds of things we usually take for granted. We don’t really think about memory at all until we find we’ve forgotten something. We’d like to get better at remembering things at will, and there’s no reason why we can’t do that since we use so little of our brains.

 

How Memory Works

 

The act of remembering something involves complex processes that utilize many parts of the brain working simultaneously. Click To Tweet

 

But there are only two steps involved:

 

  • fixing something into our memory
  • retrieving it when we need it

 

Here’s what happens: first, we sense something (hear a statement, smell something cooking, and so on). Then an electrochemical pathway goes along neurons, across the synapses between the site of the sense and the brain. Remember, there are 10 million billion possible connections – so for our brains to remember the information accurately is an amazing feat. The more a certain pathway is activated, the better chance that memory will be created.

 

We have two types of memory – explicit and implicit.

 

Implicit memory (often-used pathways) allows us to do things automatically because they are so familiar since we’ve done them time after time.

 

Explicit memory involves things we have to remember consciously. As an example, you remember how to use the telephone automatically, but you need to consciously recall the telephone number you want to use.

 

We can’t improve our implicit memory with exercises, but you might want to try some of these techniques to improve your explicit memory.

 

Techniques for Improvement

 

MOTIVATION

Believe it or not, how much you want to or need to remember something plays a vital part in remembering it. If you commit yourself to remembering something and concentrate on it, your chances of remembering it are much better.

 

LEARNING PROCESS

Here’s another surprising fact: studies have shown that short bursts of activity help you remember something better and for longer. Many of us got through college pulling all-nighters, so we know they work. It’s true – they work better for remembering things short-term, like when you want to pass an exam. But working in short bursts of time helps us to remember things better over longer periods of time.

 

So, if you have something that you want to remember for a long time, don’t study for hours on end, but make a plan to study a part of the entire project, take a break, and go back to studying.

 

PHYSIOLOGICAL ALERTNESS

Studies have shown that we do not retain things when we are at low levels of alertness, such as in sleep, or at very high levels of alertness, such as in a panic or high stress. Our optimal level of alertness for learning and remembering is somewhere in between these two extremes.

 

Determine your own optimum alert state and save that time for learning things that are most important to you. Other things can be done when you’re less alert. This approach will give you the best chance of storing information in your long-term memory.

 

TIME OF DAY

Again, studies might surprise you. It had been previously thought that the best time for learning was in the morning. Studies are showing now that learning in the morning hours is better for short-term memory. Learning later in the day seems to be better for long-term memory.

 

REMEMBERING NAMES

 

Here’s an area where a lot of people are self-conscious. It’s embarrassing not to be able to remember someone’s name, especially when that person seems to have no trouble remembering yours. This is like every other aspect of memory.  Some people are at a higher level of unconscious competence in this area. And they are remembering names by using a process even if they don’t know it.

 

If you make a conscious decision to remember someone’s name and follow these steps, you too will be successful in remembering names in the future.

 

Tips to Remember

 

  1. Consciously decide to give this person respect by learning his name
  2. Listen when you hear the name. It’s easy to be focusing on other things and let the name slip by.
  3. Be certain that you hear his name properly. If there’s any doubt, ask him to spell it.
  4. Visualize that you’ve written the name down. Doing this forces you to listen to it. This visualization is a surprisingly powerful technique.
  5. Visualize the name itself. Seeing the name in your mind acts as a trigger. If you can associate it with something else like a town or a famous person, it becomes even stronger. Associate the person in front of you who belongs to the name with the name in your mind, so that the name and the person’s face are linked in your mind.

 

TRIGGERS for STUBBORN MEMORIES

 

You can probably relate to this – sometimes we have problems remembering things even though we very much want to remember them. Criminal investigations use techniques that can help us with recalling our own memories.

Here’s what you do:

 

  1. Re-create the original conditions in your mind. See them as clearly as possible and use your senses. What was happening? How did you feel? Was it hot or cold? Were you tired, hungry, angry, at the time?
  2. Pay attention to the details, even the unimportant ones. What do you see? Those images may help you bring other images to mind.
  3. Try to see the situation from another point of view. For instance, if you were sitting in a chair the last time you saw your ring, pretend you’re standing in the doorway looking at the situation. What do you see now?
  4. See the situation in reverse. In your mind, see the situation before you entered it. See the room before you came into it – what was happening then?

 

These “investigation” techniques are powerful for recalling stubborn memories.

 

So to help you with your own techniques, download your free Memory Technique Checklist right here.

ISN’T IT PRETTY?

 

 

 

Do I Really Need a Business Plan?

Do I Really Need a Business Plan?

Today’s article is about, you guessed it, do I really need a business plan and why do I need one? Many people who start a business never take the time to write out a business plan. And that is a big mistake in my opinion.

 

Business Plans

A business plan can greatly increase your chances of success. And I’m assuming that you want your business to be a success, am I right?

 

The following are some reasons why every business needs to put a business plan into writing.

  • It helps to map out your future

If you have decided you are ready to start a business, your first step should be to write out your plans for what you want to do with the business and where you see the business going in the future. You have probably heard the old saying, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” That is very true when it comes to your business. The more planning you do in the beginning, the greater success you will see in the future.

 

  • To secure financing

If you decide to take your home business to the next level, a business plan can help you secure financing. A financial institution will want to see, in writing, the reasons that they should loan you money. Simply walking in and telling them why you know you’ll be a success isn’t good enough. However, if you can hand your lender a document that states your business idea, your business goals, a list of steps you plan to take in order to reach your goals, as well as your estimated earnings, you will be seen as a professional and the lender will take you more seriously.

 

Determines your Action Plan

Your plan will also help you determine your action plan. Your action plan consists of the steps you plan on taking in order to achieve your goals. This is another task that people usually sidestep. Instead of “just kind of knowing” or “having the ideas in your head”, you should take the time to put them on paper. The reason this part of the business plan is so important is that it literally walks you from point A to point B. While your business plan, in general, serves as a map, your action plan is the “turn-by-turn directions.”

 

Having a business plan to present to your spouse or partner can also help them to realize your business idea is more than just a passing amusement. This can really help you, especially if they are skeptical. They can see that you are serious and will become more helpful and more encouraging. Having the support of your spouse or partner can really motivate you and help you find success. And that’s what you want your business to be, successful!

 

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Striving For Greatness  

Striving For Greatness  

Be Accepting Of Yourself While Striving For Greatness  

There is absolutely no way for you to be successful and reach your goals until you accept who you are. You have to like yourself and what you do before anyone else will. You need to be accepting of yourself while striving for greatness.

Striving For Greatness

Why? Why is this important to your success?

The world detects how you feel about yourself and often simply shares the opinion you have about who you are. So, be yourself and free yourself in the process. Don’t be like other people, just be you!

Who Are You?

You are an individual who is unique. If you’re not, you’re being fake and that will get you nowhere. Your talents and abilities, your intelligence and interests, your opinions and tastes, make you who you are. There is no need to hide a part of yourself or alter a part of yourself for the sake of conformity.

Greatness = Success

True success is about freedom and all truly successful people are individualists who have, more or less, accepted and glorified who they are.

You should do the same. 

At the same time, being yourself does not mean glorying in mediocrity. You need to be the very best version of yourself possible. This means that you have to work at being you.

You need to apply your strengths in your business with all of your passion. 

A Force To Be Noticed

You have to put the time into self-improvement. Acceptance is not an excuse for laziness, cowardice, or fear.

Yes, life is a privilege. It is a gift. The gift and the privilege of life are that you get to be yourself, the best self you can possibly be.

Use the gift, take advantage of the privilege that youve been given. Dont squander the chance.

Let your own unique light shine forth. This is the light that will illuminate the path to real success in life. It will also be the light that attracts other people to you.   

I would love to help you find success in your business. I offer 1×1 Mentoring services to help with your mindset. Schedule a call with me and let’s get started.

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