Setting Goals and Perseverance

Setting Goals and Perseverance

There are a few people in this world who can succeed without any goals or plans. They are either lucky or made some kind of otherworldly deal.

For the rest of us, having a plan is probably the only way to succeed in what we want.

It makes no sense to persevere if you choose the wrong plan or no plan at all.

By setting goals, you can strive to complete them, which you will use to persevere. This doesn’t mean that all the goals or tasks will be correct. But, you can find alternatives when needed.

At least when you have a plan, you have a reason to pursue them.

There are many ways to set goals, but one of the more acceptable ways is to start with high-level goals. Then, for each of those high-level goals, define the tasks that it would take to accomplish those goals.

Set milestones so that you can measure how you are doing at each step. It’s okay to make adjustments along the way, even to the high-level goals. But, the key is to use this as a roadmap to keep going. That is the best way to get to where you want to go. Perseverance will play a big role here.

If you give up at any point, don’t beat yourself up too much. Either start over or if possible, pick up where you left off.

When you finally accomplish your goals and milestones, it will be that much more worth the effort.

Sometimes, people don’t get back to their goals. Either they gave up too quickly, or they weren’t meant to make them happen.

If this happens to you, find out what you really want from those goals and if they are right for you.

It is okay if they aren’t, but just make sure that you didn’t give up because it was easier to do that. You don’t want to live with regrets.

If you find that you are constantly giving up on your goals, you may want to get some professional help.

This can either be in the form of coaching or in extreme cases, you may want to seek the advice of a counselor or hypnotherapist.

Sometimes this can make the difference in breaking the barrier of quitting before meeting your goals. A mentor or counselor can give you the necessary guidance and may even be able to help you define better goals.

It could be you just weren’t following the right plan.

 

Learning to Love Yourself

Learning to Love Yourself

Living in a negative world makes it hard to love yourself. You are constantly being bombarded with bad news or information that just doesn’t fit for staying positive. These tips can help you turn it around and start to love yourself.

  1. Consider the 24-hour opportunity costs of hating yourself

Every day, you are given 24 hours and at least five or six of those hours are spent sleeping.

That leaves approximately 18 hours for you to either love yourself or not.

If you spend most of the time disliking yourself and putting yourself down, you essentially have wasted that time.

In contrast, if you used most of that time to love yourself, you have no time for hating yourself.

Learn to Love Yourself

  1. When you love yourself, others will be more willing to love you too

Love is considered a positive emotion. Therefore, when you project love, it comes back to you.

The same is true when you project negativity. It will come right back to you.

Since the choice is yours, why not choose positivity and love?

  1. Stay away from people who are negative

These people drain your positive energy to the point where you become like them over time.

Think back to anyone who you view as negative.

What benefits do they serve to you from their negative behavior?

You won’t come up with any.

  1. Focus most of your energy on the present

It’s the only time frame you have some control over.

The past cannot be changed, and the future hasn’t happened.

People dwell on both of these time frames and lose sight of living for the current time frame.

  1. You are the only person that can love yourself for the majority of the time

Your parents and family love you.

However, they have their own lives to live.

While they may support you, and be there for you, they cannot do this every second of the day.

You have to be the one who does it when they are not around.

If you can do it while they are not there, why not do it when they are there as well?

  1. You may be cutting yourself off from opportunities if you don’t love yourself

It’s about projecting the right kind of message to others.

Your body language and your actions reflect how you feel about yourself.

People pick up on this even at a subconscious level.

If you give off a negative vibe, others may not consider you for a promotion or other opportunities.

  1. To love yourself, start by liking yourself

Give yourself the permission learn to love yourself.

Start by accepting your faults, but committing to change what you can (and what you want).

Make changes only if you feel changes within are needed.

  1. Avoid toxic people

People who are critical of you either don’t understand who you are or are going through issues of their own.

You should ignore these people.

Be aware that this is different than your boss giving you constructive criticism at work.

 

Boosting Self Image

Boosting Self Image

There’s a lot you can accomplish by having a positive self-image.

Your confidence will increase which means that you can deal with more situations.

People will respond to your increased self-image in a positive way as well.

The first step to increasing your self-image is to know yourself.

You need to understand your capabilities and skills and want to determine your weaknesses to improve upon.

But don’t beat yourself up too much when identifying these, as weaknesses can easily be turned into strengths if you work at them long enough.

Determine what aspects about you are important to change and concentrate on those.

There may be aspects that you are not that concerned with and won’t have much effect on your self-image.

Ignore those, as you can’t and shouldn’t change every aspect of yourself.

Sometimes, you should just accept those aspects of your personality and move on.

You need to be willing to change as if you don’t feel good about yourself, you have to make changes to turn that around.

Change is never easy, but when it comes to increasing your self-image, you will see that it’s worth the effort.

You can seek out an image consultant to help if you are struggling with doing this yourself. An image consultant is trained in helping people increase their self-image.

It can be humbling to hear what the consultant advises but this is part of the process, and you should embrace it. Don’t be afraid to spend some money for a decent consultant. The results they provide will pay for itself.

Keep in mind that no matter what kind of help you get, this is your journey or change.

Don’t worry about what others may believe and stop comparing yourself to other people. They don’t have to live your life.

You are the one that has to live with the consequences of your new image, both good and bad. Although, try to emphasize only the good whenever possible.

 

When your self-image improves, just about every aspect of your life will follow. You will have better relationships at home and at work, and you will have a positive attitude.

Tasks will seem less challenging partly because people will be more willing to pitch in to help you accomplish them.

They will feed off your positive energy and want to be around you more often.

This may open opportunities for you that you never thought you would have at your disposal.

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Nine Business Building Tips for Entrepreneurs

Success Hypnosis

Entrepreneur’s Guide to improve their results

1. Leverage your time and resources!

  • If your “To Do List” has more tasks, than you can possibly complete, within a reasonable length of time, you need to delegate some of the work to others
  • You may be holding your business back by not getting those tasks done promptly
  • The number one priority, is to maintain your health
  • Without good health, nothing else matters
  • Getting balance in your life is essential to achieve and maintain good health
  • You may find yourself exhausted, stressed and with out enough free time to do anything outside of your business
  • You will quickly reach the point where you burn out or become ill because you are demanding too much from yourself
  • You must find balance between work and play and family
  • Many entrepreneurs are reluctant to turn over key duties to others, as they fear a loss of control, or worry the task will not be completed properly
  • Carefully explaining the task to your assistant will normally be all that is required
  • If you don’t have an assistant, search for a Virtual Assistant online, there are many companies online, which provide recruitment services, or assist in matching workers to businesses seeking help
  • Be sure to clearly communicate the tasks, objectives and deadlines, and avoid micromanaging the assistant.
  • Most Virtual Assistants online, have done this many times and know what is required, they just need to know what it is you want or need.

2. Managing Cash Flow

  • If you are an operator of a small business which sells goods or services, you know the importance of managing your cash flow
  • Often individuals will start a business expecting instant returns on a small investment
  • They often fail, because they are not equipped financially, emotionally or are unfamiliar with the requirements to succeed
  • Often online entrepreneurs are attracted to offers of instant rewards, bonuses and exaggerated income claims, only to find out the reality is much different
  • Over 95% of those who join a Multi-Live Marketing (MLM) program will fail, many in the first few months
  • Make sure you always maintain a cash reserve to cover your own expenses, cost of inventory and supplies for at least three months
  • Studies have determined, most small business failures, result from lack of cash flow management
  • Planning your requirements in advance will avoid a sudden need to borrow or seek sources of funds when cash flow is low
  • It is essential to have sufficient cash resources to meet unexpected needs which may arise

3. Improve your Website / Blog Content Strategy

  • Make sure your blog, and/or website, has been updated recently and has content that others will see as valuable
  • Your blog should have posts at least once a week to keep viewers interested
  • The secret to on-line success is to consistently provide perceived value, to attract new and returning viewers to your website
  • Ensure your website is mobile-friendly as most traffic comes from mobile devices
  • Failure to address the special needs of mobile users will result in drastically lower traffic and potential customers
  • Review all landing pages and opt-in forms, to ensure they are attractive and up to date
  • Complete the lead generation forms with a new email address and test the links and confirm the autoresponder is sending appropriate email
  • Review your mailing lists and email templates to ensure they are current and all links are working correctly

4. Set fees that reflect your worth

  • If you feel your product or service is undervalued, it likely is
  • An annual review of your fees or product pricing / markups will ensure you are not stuck at a level, which was correct when set, but is now below market
  • Do not be afraid of alienating your customers, while they may not “like” a price increase, most will understand and accept modest changes
  • By reviewing and adjusting each year, you can avoid large increases which may cause some dissatisfaction among your customers
  • Check your local market, and determine what your competitors are charging, not to copy them, but to measure how you fit in the local or online marketplace
  • Even if your fees are higher, the perceived value may justify that
  • Your customers will gladly pay for the value they receive
  • Do not be afraid to charge what your services are worth
  • Consider implementing or updating “packaged services” to generate a higher average sale for your business
  • Often packaged deals will offer a lower per-unit price but generate more revenue, as you are selling a larger volume of services

5. Always stay in learning mode

  • Choose something new to learn in 2018
  • You may want to choose two major learning goals – one personal and one business related
  • Skill building adds a new dimension to your life and will help you to reach and maintain work-life balance
  • Learning and attending seminars or workshops will ensure you get out of your comfort zone and meet new people
  • Be sure to include at least one Marketing Program in your curriculum to keep up to date with what is happening in social media and on the internet
  • You are never too old to learn something new
  • Learning energizes, motivates and generates enthusiasm for life
  • A positive mindset will reflect positively on your business results
  • More energy and a more positive frame of mind is required for success

6. Strategize every week

  • Strategizing and planning are vital components of running a successful, growing business
  • Create an annual plan and revisit it and update quarterly to reflect changes which have occurred in the environment
  • Weekly, short sessions to review and modify your plan for the week will pay huge dividends
  • Simply writing down your goals will help you achieve them
  • Running a small business is very demanding and it’s easy to get buried in the day-to-day operations
  • Strategizing allows you to step back and highlight what worked, what didn’t work, and adjust old goals while setting new ones
  • Rather than focussing on goals from the beginning of the year you are focussed on the tasks that are most needed right now
  • A quarterly review of your overall annual plan is a good idea, so you do not lose site of those larger goals

7. Eliminate what is not working

  • When it is obvious that a strategy is not working do not hang on to it
  • Remove what is not working and move on
  • Eliminate the negative influences and forget them
  • Because you are reviewing what is and is not working on a weekly basis it will be obvious to you what needs to go
  • Maybe your techniques are not producing the level of engagement you expected. Or perhaps a product isn’t selling or the return on a business venture is lower than expected or is losing money
  • Avoid investing a lot of energy into trying to make something work which is not producing
  • Move on
  • Something better will turn up

8. Promote your business consistently

  • Marketing is the lifeblood of your business
  • Failure to pay attention to your marketing plans is a sure way to fail
  • Keep marketing at the top of your To-Do list, time should be spent every single day on marketing
  • To attract new business and to retain your existing customers, you must give marketing a high priority
  • Create a separate marketing plan which includes both local and online markets
  • Establish yourself on Social Media such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to engage with people and create relationships which may lead to referrals or new business
  • Create online ads to boost your engagement online using Facebook video ads. They are very inexpensive and will generate traffic and likes on your page
  • Like other people in your niche and engage with people on their websites or groups.
  • Talk to people, help people, offer free advice, provide value
  • Explore all avenues to get exposure for your small business. Join the Chamber of Commerce, join service clubs such as Rotary, offer to do classes or workshops for local organizations, write articles for local newspaper, get listed on business sites to get your name known

9. Enhance your Worldwide Profile

  • Review how your website or social media profiles come up in search engines and compare to your competitors
  • If they are consistently coming up more than your business, you need to act
  • Search engine optimization may help you to choose better key words and to update the meta tags on your content, so the search engines can access and index your site more completely
  • Ensure you have up dated equipment and your website is hosted on a reliable site with 100% up time. Slow sites, especially for mobile devices will result in very low engagement
  • Depending on your niche or service the world is your marketplace. Do not only think of local businesses when doing your planning and strategizing
  • Review new techniques or methods of marketing online. Facebook messenger for example, Stories in Instagram, Live Video in You Tube. Etc.
  • Post video interviews, interesting topics, product ideas, announcements as Video is the most popular of the various content types
  • YouTube and other platforms allow you to post video online and offer it to their millions of viewers

Do not underestimate the value of the Internet to your business – It is unlimited!

Have a great 2018 …

Allan Curtis