Who Said Your Online Business Has to Be a Struggle?

Making Money Online is Easy! I used to go crazy when I heard such nonsense.  I have to admit, it still makes me scream “stop lying!” on the inside. But, if making money online isn’t easy, it must be hard.  Right? Well, in many respects, yes – it is hard.  But that doesn’t mean it has to be a struggle. Unfortunately, for many people who dream of making money online, their online business is a struggle. You’ve probably had people ask you what your biggest struggle is in your business.  Perhaps you’ve even thought of yourself as “struggling” to make money online. And really, any way you look at it, “struggling” is not a good thing.  It has negative connotations all the way around.  It smacks of “failure,” and “worry,” and “unhappiness.”  Not pretty descriptors for your online business. The good news is, you can stop struggling today.  Right now in fact.  By simply declaring that you are no longer struggling.  And of course, believing that the struggle is over, and in fact never even existed. No, I’m not going to give you affirmations that haven’t worked for you in the past.  Or tell you that with “positive thinking” the struggle will end. But, you will have to significantly shift your mindset.  Happily, I’m about to make that easy for you. Think about a baby.  At 11 months old you see her starting to stand without holding on to anything, cautioning a step every now and then – only to immediately tumble to the ground.  You don’t tell people she’s “struggling” to become a walker.  She’s simply learning to...

How to Make a Difference in 60 Seconds or Less

Earlier this week, my friend Norma Doiron shared this with me: “Every one of us is either a plus or a minus in people’s lives,” says John C. Maxwell. The positive people usually know it — wake up each day and consider, “Who can I add value to today? It’s an intentional lifestyle…” And it got me thinking about how easy it really is to make a difference in other people’s lives. IF you live intentionally. With most things in life, we get feedback.  And we’re usually motivated by some external outcome. We publish a newsletter for our clients because they will read it, benefit from it, and do business with us.  We fix dinner because we’ll hear about (and potentially feel bad) if we don’t.  We excel at work so that we’ll get a promotion or a raise.   And so on. To make a difference in someone’s life requires intentionality because it often comes without much, or any, feedback. Let me share a story with you. A couple of weeks ago I was at the baseball game with my kids, who are 3, 4, and 7 years old.  My boys (3 and 4) were anxious to see the fireworks, a St. Louis Cardinals’ tradition when a player hits a home run.  My 3-year-old, Justin, had asked the man sitting in front of us where the fireworks were before the game even began. When the first home run came, of course the crowd came to its feet.  I lifted Justin up in the air so he could clearly see what he came for. When the next home run came,...

Focus – 3 Reasons to Do Less For More Success

I sincerely hope you enjoy this blog post, but I’ve gotta tell you – this one is really for me. It probably belongs more appropriately in my private journal than in a public forum. I have a terrible time with focus. In fact, I don’t even want to focus on one thing. I want to do as many things as humanly possible at once. I hate to sleep, because it’s the one time when I haven’t figured a way to multitask. Yes, I read my email at the stop lights. Yes, I have a book in every bathroom in the house. Yes, I read Success magazine while I eat. Now that I’ve gotten my confessions out of the way, I’ll tell you — you will find greater success if you focus on one thing at a time.  If you put your heart and soul and all into it until your one task is 100% complete. The absolute best teacher on the issue of focus is Thich Nhat Hahn.  I recently finished his book, “The Miracle of Mindfulness.”  One of my greatest take-aways from the book was “when you are washing the dishes, wash the dishes.” Thich Nhat Hahn beautifully illustrates the how and why of being present in everything you do. No matter how trivial it may seem. But before I can get to the joy of being fully present when I wash the dishes, I must first learn the basics. Like how to complete this blog post without getting up to grab a snack, clicking away to my email, trying to listen to a “can’t miss” webinar replay...

Happy Labor Day – Let’s Talk New Year’s Resolutions

Happy Labor Day!  The “Happy Labor Day” weekend always brings some mixed emotions for me. The “official” end of summer.  But oh how I love summer!  (Fortunately, it was still 100 degrees here two days ago, so I can pretend). I am sad at the thought of closing my pool, packing up all the kids’ short sleeves, not having my Saturday trip to the farmer’s market. The “Happy Labor Day” weekend is also one of my favorite weekends of the year because it is my first-born’s birthday.  She is a beautifully energetic child.  And the weekend is always fun-filled and action-packed.  Because it’s a long weekend, my family from 4 hours away is always able to join the celebration. So, this “Happy Labor Day” weekend has been great.  But as it begins to wind down, my attention is drawn to the next chapter of life that is about to unfold. There’s a four month push to the new year.  But really, between Thanksgiving and Christmas, and New Year Year celebrations, there are only three months left.  I like to plan it like three months so that I can actually take the time and enjoy my friends and family over the holidays. You may know that I am not a fan of New Year’s resolutions.  I think they are artificial and overwhelming and usually set you up for failure. But, I am a fan of planning.  You know the saying — those who fail to plan, plan to fail.  And the planning of your successful online business in 2012 needs to begin now. December 31, 2011 before you head out...