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....

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...

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...

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....

How to Schedule Your Home Business For Success

It’s like a dream come true. You get to work at home. You make your own hours. You are your own boss. No one can tell you what to do, when to do it, or how to do it. Yet these things that make your online business the answer to your prayers, are the same things that often cause your online business to fail. I recently did a video about the offline business lessons that could save your online business. And I want to expand on that with a series of three articles that go deeper than the video. Because treating your home business more like a traditional J-O-B is going to be crucial for many of you. In fact, neglecting to do this leads to way more failure than lack of technical skill or knowledge about your market does. I know you started your home business to get away from many of the drags of a traditional business or job. I know as an entrepreneur you like to color outside the lines. I appreciate that. It will serve your business well. But, there are some pages in the book where you’ll want to keep your colors inside the lines. You’ll need to act like your home business is a real business. Because it is. One area where you’ll want to act like your home business is the “real job” your friends and family have been telling you to get is scheduling. There are 5 things you can do to schedule your home business for success. 1.  Set Work Hours Here’s a common problem. You have a great plan for the...