How to Reach Your One Year Goals in Six Months

  Can you believe it’s July?! Halfway through the year, already. It feels like it should still be March to me. But it’s not. And it’s time to check in with yourself and see if you’re halfway to meeting your goals. And I must admit, if I could go back to March, there are some things I’d make myself do that I somehow haven’t gotten around to yet. And, experience tells me that I’m not alone. Most serious entrepreneurs make goals at the start of each year. But for many of us, life gets in the way. Which leaves you very disappointed at the end of the year.           Fortunately, this year can be different. If you’re only 25% of the way to your goals, or even 10%, there is still time. But, you have to start now. You have to make this week a turning point for you. How do I know this? As a master procrastinator and single mom with lots of “no time” excuses, I’ve “been here, done this” before. And I’ve laid in bed on New Year’s Eve ~ disappointed, defeated, and deflated ~ with the memories of where I told myself I’d be on that day last year; and the reality of being farther away from there than ever. And it sucks. In fact, it sucks so bad that it motivated me to do something different so I could be somewhere different. Unfortunately, I don’t believe there’s a cure to procrastination. But, there are ways to manage it. One of them is to set specific times to check-in with yourself....

Goal Setting for Real People Living Real Life

Today we’re going to talk about how to make goal setting a useful part of your life. This is the third and final article in my series on goal setting. If you haven’t read the first article – Goal Setting: The #1 Reason It’s Not Working for You – or  the second article – Goal Setting: How to Make it Work for You – those are essential if you really want to get this goal setting thing right. Ultimately, my goal for you is this. I want you to understand that goal setting is the backbone of your business. That you shouldn’t worry about getting 10,000 Facebook fans, writing your first book, or improving your Klout score until you have a goal setting routine in place. The common attitude I hear when I ask people about goal setting is “I’ve already done that awhile ago, let’s get to making money,” or “Okay, my goal is to make $10,000 a month, let’s get started.” If that is your attitude, you get a big “F” in goal setting. The good news is, if you do what I’m outlining for you in these three articles, you can quickly turn that around. There are 3 big things you need to understand about applying goal setting to your daily living (and working). 1. You Can’t “Set it and Forget it” I know you went to a seminar a couple of years back and did a goal setting exercise. You may even know where the notebook is you wrote them down in. And if you were to review them, they might even still sound good. But the...

Goal Setting: How to Make it Work for You

I told you in the first article on goal setting that the reason you are likely failing to meet your goals is that you are concentrating on the Prize rather than the Process. You should read that article before this one if you haven’t already done so. The problem with focusing on the Prize is that it doesn’t give you any direction when it comes to taking action in your business. You can sit down at your desk in the morning, look at your “goals” list, and see that the first thing on there is to buy your dream home. Great goal. But, there is no connection between that goal, and your action. If I sit down today and outline  my next product, will I be able to buy my dream home at the end of the day? No. Of course not. Because there is no direct connection between what you do today, and being able to check that goal off your list, looking at the goal gives you no motivation and no direction. Which is exactly why most people have a goals list that is neglected and forgotten. Your dream home is your “Prize,” and what you need to be thinking about as you sit down at your desk in the morning is your “Process.” We talked about getting beyond the Prize last time. Today, let’s look at how to do step three, which is “figure out the Process.” Step Three: Figure Out the Process The Process, in our example, involves figuring out how you are going to be able to buy that dream home. What process are you going...

Goal Setting: The #1 Reason it’s NOT Working For You

Today I'm starting a series on goal setting. I don't know how long this series will be. At least 3 articles. Before you head off in search of a more "practical" article like, "How to Get 1 Million Followers on Twitter, or "Step-by-Step to $10,000 in the Next 30 Days," give me one more paragraph. The best "how to build a profitable business" advice in the world won't get you there if you don't know your exact destination, and have an accurate map to get you there. Your "destination" is your goal. And if you aren't consistently setting and meeting goals, you need to read further.  The good news is, if you're failing at this whole "goal setting" thing, it's not your fault. It's just that you're being taught to go about it the wrong way. Today, we'll start to change that. The biggest reason you're failing to grow the 7-figure business of your dreams is that you're not setting realistic and achievable goals.  You're concentrating on the Prize, and not the Process.  We'll talk about that more in just a minute. But let's start from the beginning. Step One: What's NOT in the Secret Sauce But the first step in stopping the cycle of failing at goal setting is to understand this ~ the secret sauce in your business is not more Facebook fans. It's not a lower Alexa rank for your website, a higher Klout score, or figuring out how to get Lady Gaga to retweet you.  All of those things, and more, will come. In fact, they will have a funny way of taking care of...

Can Motivation Make Your Online Business Profitable?

I love network marketing (aka direct sales) companies. The good ones that is. I have had the pleasure of being an independent representative for four different companies over the years. And, without a doubt, the thing such companies do best is to motivate their associates. Testimonials, weekly calls, and – best of all – live events, are designed to motivate you to promote the company. The payoff to you of course, is money. Lots and lots of money. And the appealing lifestyle that comes with it. Marketers who sell products and/or services that teach people how to make money online use the same kind of motivation. They use sales letters, videos, and live seminars to motivate you to buy their stuff. So that you too can work from the beach – when you work at all that is. Such motivation is fun and inspiring, at least temporarily. But the reality is that most people don’t make millions, or even thousands, in their online business. Which has always left the question in my mind of whether such motivation tactics are good marketing or misleading propaganda. In my video today, I give you the motivational message that you can “have it all.” I’m not about hype and champagne promises. I prefer talking about best practices and a consistent work ethic. But, the truth is, having an online business can allow you to “have it all.” Just because most people don’t achieve such results, doesn’t make it any less possible. Why don’t most online business owners have seven figure bank accounts? Because they watch a motivational video, feel good and inspired for a few...

How to Create a “To Do” List You Can Do

It may surprise you to know that one of the biggest reasons people don’t succeed in building a profitable online business has nothing to do with their skill.  Or their talent.  Or the fact that they can’t afford the latest information product on how to trick Google. Most people who decide to start an online business are entrepreneurs at heart.  Which means they are always busy with new ideas, new projects, new businesses.  You don’t see many online business owners laying on the couch a lot.  Or staring at the TV much, if at all. In short, entrepreneurs are busy people.  You probably know what I mean.  We just can’t help ourselves. You probably work off of a “to do” list.  And certainly should if you don’t.  It’s the old “fail to plan, plan to fail” thing.  “To do” lists guarantee focused productivity, if you force yourself to use them. But, one thing I discovered about my “to do” list recently was that it was never done.  Which can be a little disheartening.  The easy things, like returning emails, got done.  The identifiable things, like scheduling my tweets got done.  But those big projects – you know, the ones that actually make you money in your business – seemed to be written on my “to do” list in permanent marker. I had become pretty good about sticking to my list when it came to maximizing the precious time I have to grow my online business.  But sales letters, opt-in offers, Ebooks . . . . most things that couldn’t be completed in a day, always seemed to be “in the...