“When you values are clear to you, making decisions become easier,” Roy Disney~Executive.
A large component of your visions for your life and business will be determined by setting goals effectively. A good place to start is by asking yourself, “Where do I envision myself in five years, or even 10 years?” “What would I like my life to look like?” “How can I use my business to get me to that place?” “What impact can I make on others using my business as a vessel?”
These questions and similar ones will cause you to think beyond the surface, and help you to identify your true motivations and aspirations.
Goals need to be specific and positive: Each goal should have a start date, check-up dates, and end date. This is the only way you will be able to measure (more…)
How do you view success? Many people grew up with a negative attitude toward the word “success”. They were raised to believe that if you focused on having success in your life, it immediately branded you as being narcissistic or materialistic? But is that always the case?
It is true that an unhealthy desire for success at any cost has caused many persons to show undesirable qualities such as greed and selfishness. However, to the average person success may mean achieving more to make choices, build your self-worth, or accomplish a goal.
Do you ever find that you talk yourself out of success by indulging in negative self-talk? Do you tell yourself you could never attain those ‘lofty’ goals? Do you set yourself up for failure by listening to the negative voice within?
Rather than listening to the negative voice, you can use positive self-talk to (more…)
This may seem like a strange question. Why would you need to schedule an appointment with yourself? Do you find yourself saying, as I often do, “I wish I had more time.” Do you find that you start tasks and never seem to complete them? How many reports have you started in the past three months or more and not completed them?
If any of the above questions even remotely sound like they apply to you, it’s time to make an appointment with yourself. Many of us who have an online business have other businesses or may work outside of the home, whether it’s a 9-5 job or another schedule that takes you away from home. You also have family and other responsibilities, which may or may not include young children.
It’s very easy to fall into a routine of crisis management, where we just attack what seems to be the most critical at that moment. I know that has happened to me a lot recently…and that’s not good business practice. It’s not a good practice for any part of our lives.
Scheduling an appointment with yourself means that you will need to take time to put in writing all the short term things you need to do in your life, not just your business, then take time to sit down and make a realistic schedule. It would be impractical to make a schedule for only one part of your life and not incorporate all aspects. Do not think of this time as time wasted because it’s critical so that you (more…)
Welcome to my new “Monday Writer” segment where I will feature a different writer/blogger every Monday. A special ‘thank you’ to my first Featured “Monday Writer”, Sheila Atwood.
Featured “Monday Writer” – Sheila Atwood
Do you have times when you’re a little low on motivation? Do you need a jump-start to get yourself rolling again?
Join the club. We all have those times in life where we have lost interest. Or the task at hand seems a little too hard to confront.
“Motivation is a fire from within. If someone else tries to light that fire under you chances are it will burn very briefly.” Steven R. Covey
5 Magic Motivation Action Steps
1. Recognize Success. Life is full of successes we fail to give ourselves credit for. Don’t be so hard on yourself. When you take on any task it can seem to take a long time to find success.
For example when you first start writing a blog, it can seem like new posts take forever. But each completion is success. When the blog is published that is success. Count each step as a success and it becomes easier and easier. Recognize those little successes.
Remember, as your sphere of influence gets bigger, new problems will arise. View resolving each new problem as a success and your sphere of influence will grow again.
2. Partner up! Find someone to share your successes with. Pick someone with like goals, who is supportive of your endeavors. Pick someone who understands. My partner is my sister. We can run ideas and problems by each other. We also share our successes.
3. Produce a product. Nike Shoes tag line is “Just Do It”. You will be amazed at how well this works for blogging, business or in personal matters.
When you feel unmotivated produce a product….write an article, do an interview or design a new label. Keep it simple. Choose something you can easily confront. Choose something you know and can produce quickly. Make a success!
“If opportunity doesn’t knock build a door.” Milton Berle
4. Do Unto Others. This action step is simply magic all on its own. Stop moping around and get in there doing for another person. This step is inclusive of the steps above; (a. Quick success, (b.sharing a success with another and (c.producing a product.
Keep this simple. Make twice as much dinner and share it with a neighbor. Call someone you have been meaning to call and share a happy story. Wash your sweetie-pies’ car. Show up unexpectedly at a friends’ event.
Soon you will be back on track in your own endeavors.
5. Revisit Your Vision. If you have not written your vision of what you want, do it. You can’t reach the top of the mountain if you do not know that the mountain even exists. When it is hard to push through use your vision as motivation to stay the course. Have courage.
“Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
To your success!
Sheila Atwood, Newbie Lifeline
P.S. Do you have a magic way you use to get motivated? Please share it.
Sheila Atwood writes “Newbie Lifeline” , a beginner’s guide to making money online. Her current series is on marketing.
The biggest reason most people fail to reach their goals is a lack of action. The fact that you have taken the time to write your goals on paper, identified the areas in your life that you would like to see these goals realized, and determined what steps you need to take to achieve them means that the only step left is to take action.
Goal setting can build your self-confidence when you achieve the goals you’ve set and are able to measure the process. This gives an overwhelming sense of achievement and is a confidence booster because you are now able to quantify what you have accomplished and can conceive reaching for higher goals and perhaps greater challenges.
It’s important to set performance goals rather than base your success on ‘outcome’ goals since achieving them may involve unforeseen circumstances over which you have little or no control.
When you’ve achieved a goal, take time to enjoy the satisfaction to enjoy it, note what worked and did not work for you and continue to learn from every successfully completed goal in your life and your business.
One of the things I’ve had on the wall in my home office for several years is a poem that I found a long time ago. Every now and again I need to remind myself of why I need to focus on goals that I’ve set in various aspects of my life and the poem reminds me. I’d like to share it as you may find that it encourages you as well. Unfortunately I’ve never been able to find who the author is but if you’ve seen it before and know, please share.
SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE ARE DREAMERS WITH GOALS
Your dreams are you vision of where you’ll be after the battle, your prize at the end of your journey to success. Your goals are the steps you take to finally attain your prize.
Unless you’re willing to work hard and establish some discipline in your life, all of your dreams will be pipe dreams, little mental fantasy trips that will never materialize.
Make concrete steps toward fulfilling your ultimate dream, and start with solid objectives and goals.
Your dreams are where you want to go, your goals are how you get there.
The indispensable first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: Decide what you want.
Don’t be afraid to think big and dare to be great. Dreamers are not content with mediocrity. They never dream of going halfway. People with goals succeed because they know where they’re going.
Are you a dreamer or a goal-setter? Dream big, but set the goal to achieve the dream!
A clump is a knot or tight cluster of people or things. It’s a natural tendency in humans to want to stay in groups with whom they feel comfortable – either people you already know or those with whom you share similar interests.
There are times when staying within your clumps or tight cluster may not be a good idea. Business events like large training groups, business functions and local networking events usually create opportunities for exposure, networking, building connections and, of course, taking advantage of learning opportunities from others.
If you congregate with just your known circle, you are not allowing yourself to make (more…)
People have been known offline to make a big fuss about huge ‘Giveaways’ that turn out to be very disappointing for many customers because the item that was given was of poor quality or of very little value.
What about those of us who work online? What should we give away, and how can giving away valuable products help to attract more visitors and ultimately business to our website?
The most important thing to keep in mind is that whatever we give away, whether it’s a free report, an e-book, e-course, teleseminar, etc. should be of good quality and value. Someone may reason that it does not make sense (more…)
The main concern and goal for everyone who markets a business online is to get traffic or people visiting their website. In most cases that website will be a blog, but your online business may also promote an e-Commerce website
To keep your visitors coming back to your site so they can get to know you, they need to feel that you are an expert on your topic, or at least that you have a good grasp of your niche and can provide good content and advice.
One place you have the opportunity to demonstrate your expertise and lead them back to your website in at Yahoo! Answers (http://answers.yahoo.com). Questions on various topics are asked and answers are given. People are (more…)
In my last post the focus was on making the best use of your time with blog posts. Today we will look at utilizing our time effectively with articles, creating videos, and other product creation.
Points to note from comments received on the previous post:
(a) Do indepth research on a topic in one sitting
(b) Write a long article and then divide it into two or three blog posts
(c) Write a series on a topic you’ve researched
(d) Use templates or copy and paste your format.
(i) You can re-purpose your post by submitting it to your favorite article directories. You will need to verify the acceptable minimum number of words as some article directories will accept as low as 250 words, whereas some will accept a minimum of 500 words, and at least one that I know of will not accept less than 700 words.
(ii) Because you have written a series or done research extensively on a specific topic, if your individual posts (more…)