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....

Is a Good Workout the Secret to a Profitable Online Business?

Building a profitable online business is hard work. There is no way around that. And that’s why no matter what you buy, read, and listen to, most people will never own a wildly profitable online business. The good news is, with some focus and dedication, you can be different from most people. There is no “easy button.” There is no “magic formula”  you can buy at any price. It will take time, work, patience, and failure. And yes, a good workout may be your secret to finally breaking into the profit zone in your online business. Here’s why ~ and it’s your lesson for today ~ How you do one thing, is how you do everything. You may have heard this before, and it’s important, so you should spend some time focusing on it. What Does it Mean? First let’s look at what “how you do one thing, is how you do everything” means in real life. Christmas Eve morning I was at the gym. There were 19 people in the class I was taking. As the class was ending, the instructor asked who wanted to go through the routine one more time before we cooled down. Tw0 of us raised our hands. Now I’m thinking, “seriously?!” You’ve taken the time to get out of bed and come to the gym this morning. You probably won’t get to work out tomorrow because it’s Christmas. You’re given a chance to get in an extra 3 minutes of exercise, and you say “no?!” But, as we are sadly cooling down, it occurred to me that of course only two of us...

1 Tip to Triple Your Productivity

The best way to increase your productivity, and to get the right stuff done, is to start. That’s right ~ just get started. No, this is not going to be a motivational “just do it” article. But here’s what experience has taught me. There are a lot of very talented entrepreneurs who have a lot of great ideas. But very few people turn many, if any, of those ideas into money. Why? Because for some reason, they never start the process of turning those thoughts into things. And the fact is, if you can get started, you have a much better chance of getting finished. Obviously, huh? So let’s talk about how to triple your productivity by getting started. And I don’t mean how to write your idea down in your brainstorming book. Or even how to create an outline of your idea, although those are great beginnings, they aren’t the “start” we’re talking about. What I’m going to show you today is not how to get your daily “to do” list done, but how to get those big ideas turned into money-making products and services for your business. There are generally 3 reasons you don’t start. Let’s get rid of each one of those now. 1. How to Be Productive When You Don’t Want to Start Let’s use a common example. You want to write an eBook. Nothing fancy. Let’s say 50 pages or so. You’ve made time to do it today, but you just don’t feel like it. You are lacking motivation. The important thing to know here is that motivation doesn’t come to those who are sitting on...

How Should Your Business Respond to Tragedy?

I was working hard yesterday, offline, so it was late afternoon before I heard a school shooting had occurred. I hoped for the best ~ that no one had been killed ~ and I still haven’t wrapped my head around what happened. It can only be described as “the worst.” 26 people killed at a grade school, including 20 children. 2o kids who were 6 or 7 years old. I haven’t thought of much else since. I’ve hugged my kids a lot, and tried not to let them see the tears in my eyes. They’re 4, 5 and 8. I keep thinking about how it would feel to get the news that there was a shooting at their school. I can’t even let my mind go there. Yet, the parents of 20 kids are living it today. Being the only adult in my house, I turned to social media to join others in trying to make some sense of it all. To my surprise, there was a lot of talk about whether brands (i.e. big businesses) were sincere when they expressed their “heartfelt condolences” about the tragedy in Connecticut, and other similar happenings. Even more to my surprise, was the number of people who said brands sound sleazy, self-promoting and insincere when they express their sympathies following a national tragedy.  Some described it as “cheap and easy SEO.” Others opined that it was fine to respond on one’s personal profile, but that such things shouldn’t be mentioned on any business network. Is it Genuine? Maybe I’m naive, but I just can’t imagine that the decision-makers for any brand are...

Zig Ziglar Remembered

Zig Ziglar died today at the age of 86. He was one of my first mentors when I got serious about being an entrepreneur, and figured out that my personal development was a core building block of a successful business. On the surface, Zig and I don’t have a whole lot in common. He was a very devout Christian, an “old white guy” who could have been my grandfather, and a phenomenal direct salesman. I’m not a Christian, generally don’t look to “old white guys” for inspiration, and I suck at direct sales. So when I think about how it was that Zig Ziglar had such a profound impact on my life, and the lives of millions of other people, I ironically go back to the “fundamentals” of life that Zig was so fond of talking about. What made Zig so good at inspiring and motivating people? 3 things immediately come to my mind. 1. Zig Ziglar Was Rags to Riches Zig’s life story was impossible not to love. He was the 10th of 12 children. He spent most of his early life in a place called Yazoo City, Mississippi. His father died when he was just 6 years old. He lost a younger sister just two days later. There was definitely no “silver spoon” here. To the contrary, financial success came to Zig against the odds. It also came to him after significant struggle. He wasn’t a natural born salesman. He talks about having the electricity disconnected, and having to turn in a car he couldn’t pay for in those early years. He wasn’t a natural born influencer....

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...