5 Reasons You’ll Fail in 2014

5 Reasons You’ll Fail in 2014

Happy New Year! I know you want to change some things this year. Probably a lot of things. Hopefully you’re concentrating on how and why you’re going to succeed, not fail. And while that’s usually what I like to talk about too, as 2014 arrives I find myself frustrated for you. Frustrated because every year everyone vows to make these hugely wonderful changes that are going to make the new year the best ever. And yet by February, at the latest, more than 50% of us have lost that list of things we were going to do to become a picture of success in our business, and our life. Look back for a minute at your 2013. Are you where you wanted to be when you set your vision for the year on January 1, 2013? Probably not. Today is the time to make sure 2014 doesn’t suffer the same fate. Which means that you’ve got to do something different. Most people vow to work harder so they can reach their goals, but that’s never what it’s about. If you want different results, you’ve got to stop trying the same old things that haven’t worked. Here are the biggest 5 failure factors I see. 1. Your Goals are Too Big, Too Many, and Too Vague If you’re setting goals and consistently not reaching them, then you’re doing the goal-setting process wrong. And I’m not going to offer you some new fancy pants system guaranteed to help you finally reach your goals. Such a thing does not exist. Here’s one thing I know about goal-setting — there are a thousand “best” ways...

Goal Setting is a Depressing Waste of Time

If this is your honest attitude about goal setting, you are not alone. I’ve been there. More than once. It’s not your fault. (More on that later). But now, we’ve got to change this attitude. And the good news is, we can. I did, and I’ll help you do it. I dove into goal setting head first and full of excitement when I began my personal development journey. I still get a little pit in my stomach when I remember stumbling upon a list of goals in an old notebook, over a year after I made them. It was a list of “stuff” I wanted in my life. Some of it no longer mattered to me. And sadly, none of that supposedly well-thought-out list of things I wanted, had actually come to be. What was suppose to be a life-changing exercise for the better, worked only to drive me farther from what I thought I wanted, and deeper into depression. Why bother making lists of wishes that never come true? Who needs lists full of reminders of what you don’t have? Never one to be denied, I pressed on. Buying every program and plan I could get my hands on that taught the real way to do goal setting. Result? More pages of wishes unfulfilled. I loved the concept of making goals and crossing them off the list in moments of profound satisfaction. But, it just wasn’t happening. So, I quit. I kept my goals rolling around in my head. I kept telling myself I was more resolved than ever to get what I wanted. (Whatever that meant). But writing down...

1 Small Tweak that Gets Big Results in Your Business

I talk to people who aren’t making the money they want in their online business, and aren’t serving the number of people they want to, almost daily. I also regularly talk to those who are making it happen. As a person who’s had a lot of success, and had a lot of struggle, one of the things I focus on is studying entrepreneurs who are extremely successful. The big question I have for those who have lots of clients, and lots of profits, is: What separates you from the entrepreneurs who are trying, but can’t build a profitable business? I’ve never seen or heard answers that show successful entrepreneurs to be smarter, luckier, or full of better ideas than the rest of the world. To the contrary, online business owners who “make it” do so because of the mindset they develop, and the habits they put into practice. In today’s video, I’m going to share with you the one factor that is the essential foundation for any successful business strategy. If you aren’t getting the results you want in your online business, there are likely several things you’ll need to do to change that. But, it all starts with one common ground. I’ll then give you a simple exercise to get you started. Finally, I’ll explain why this process is scientifically proven to give you better results in your life and business than other methods you’ve probably tried in the past. Enjoy the video! Now, here’s the catch. First, most people won’t take time to watch the video. If you did, you’re halfway there. But, second, of those who...

Why a Positive Attitude is Essential to a Positive Bank Balance

Today we’re going to talk about how and why maintaining a positive attitude is essential to building and maintaining a profitable business. Let me start by telling you a story. A few weeks back, my cell phone stopped working. So I found myself spending Saturday evening with what seemed to be half the city, at the cell phone store. And of course with my three kids in tow, who were thrilled. What I encountered at the cell phone store was a surprisingly hostile crowd. I overheard complaints about repair prices, wait times . . . saw customers arguing with each other about who should be standing where, and found myself very inconveniently placed next to a man who was demanding to see camera footage from the store, to prove that he hadn’t been in the store on a day earlier. I still don’t know what that was all about. But, there was nothing particularly bad about my visit to the store. I had to wait a little longer than was convenient, but the store appeared to be fully staffed and appeared to be running as efficiently as it could with the number of people that were in there. The sales associate that was trying to help me was friendly, knowledgeable and took care of my needs. But, as I continued to witness all of this discontent around me, and then as another customer attempted to engage me in her complaining about the wait time she was having, I found myself becoming frustrated and irritable, just like the other people around me were. And I really couldn’t identify any basis...

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...

Is Your Online Business Changing Lives? (Secret Ingredients Inside)

I hope you have a business plan. And no matter what business you are in, I hope part of your plan includes changing the lives of your audience. A business plan is essential to building a profitable online business.  It is your recipe for success. When I talk with people about their business plan, whether it be formal or informal, it’s pretty easy to get them going about things like website development, lead generation, and product creation.  But almost no one has a plan when it comes to client development. And I don’t mean the process of developing new clients.  I’m talking about how you are going to help your clients (or potential clients) with their own self-development. Many of you will have to resist the temptation to think “Well, this doesn’t apply to me. I’m not in the personal development, or self-help field.”  But you are wrong.  And that’s why the secret ingredients to your online business are missing.  And that’s at least part of the reason your online business is not as profitable as you want it to be. As an online business owner, you are necessarily a leader. As a leader, you have the responsibility to provide your clients with the best products and services your market has to offer. But, you also have another responsibility. And that is to make sure your clients are giving themselves the best they have to offer. Because the better you make your audience feel about themselves, the better they will feel about buying from you. Let me pause for a moment to say that this isn’t just about you making sales....