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...

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...

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...