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Change Yourself – Changing Yourself Is Easy

Change Yourself, seems to be the goal of everyone today.  And really it is easy. If you think changing yourself is hard consider how hard it would be to change someone else?  Definitely easier to change yourself.

Change Yourself

To be successful you must change yourself.

 

 

 

Your online business, you want to start it but you never quite get it going.

That new job you were going to apply for, but never did.

You want to lose weight, exercise more, whatever it is that you want to do but aren’t doing.  All these simple changes that could be put in place but never do get done.

I’m going to suggest three simple ways to get this done.
1. Have it clearly in your mind WHY you want to change.

2. Are you certain that you are really ready to change?

3. As you see the change happening what would the positive outcomes be? Would it really be important to you and your, new, life after change to have this change take place?

Use This to Think About Your New Business

#1 why you want the change. First you are thinking about the income and how that money will help your family and yourself.

#2 tells you to be certain you want this change. Most of you may have been an employee in a business but never the manager or owner of the business?

My point is with a business where you are the owner YOU are the one responsible for its success. You lack skills, you can hire skills, but you MUST PROVIDE the drive and the consistent effort.

You cannot act or think like an employee. When your hours are up you are going home not to think much about your business until the next day.

But as a business owner especially a new business owner that is not how it works. You must make it work whatever it is as you often don’t have others to do it for you.  Again the question.  Do you want this change?  Maybe your answer to more income for your family is for you to get a part time job? Maybe being responsible for your business is just not for you?

Finally with #3. What would happen if your ran a successful business. Probably take over a year to get a good return, perhaps several years.  However when you succeed the income would be significant for you and your family.

The outcome would be better for the business over the part time job. That part is true but it would take some time for the results of the business to be clear.

The question really is can you be an entrepreneur?   If you are stuck in the employee mindset you need to free yourself from it.   A crucial point here. If you can’t start thinking like a business person and loose the employee mindset you will not be able to run a successful business.  Make the right choice for you.

Feel you need some help deciding?  Contact me.  We can talk about what you might do and be connected with others who are working through this problem.

New Businesses Fail – Why

When new businesses fail the question always is why?  I’m hoping you want to explore this question with me and meet others on our team.

A group of us meet in a hangout on a Monday night at 8:00 pm eastern time.   And for next several weeks we will be focusing on this question:  “Why Do People Fail In Business.” That’s the topic for this week and its a part of a series “How To Build an Online Business From Scratch”.

The hangout is normally about one hour on a Monday at 8:00 pm eastern time a small group will go at this question along with others who can connect in the chat section.  This next week we will address new businesses fail and why they do fail.

Main Points:

  1. I don’t have enough Money
  2. I’m too busy no time
  3. I don’t have any experience
  4. I might fail and don’t want to fail
  5. I think that market’s saturated

You will by, the end, see possibilities.  And see how you can get your business started.   Can’t disclose it now but it really is easier than you think, no mumbo jumbo here just clear thinking and a clear path and the support you need.

Doesn’t matter what you are doing or not doing now.  You will benefit, fit this one hour into your schedule now.  Monday 8:00 pm eastern.

Need to connect with me now?   Or join my news letter to stay in touch with this important information and much more.

Building Trust – Building Trust Is a Gradual Thing

Building trust with their customers is a major concern of any marketer.   I have different kinds of people land on my blog.  Some come from Twitter, Facebook, or through Youtube.  They have seen something and want to see more.  But then there are those people who have known me for years.  They come to look at my blog and and are puzzled.  Then I get a message.  So Joe, what are you selling?

I love this response.  Means I am doing the right thing.  I am building trust, attracting people to my content and they are bouncing around in it absorbing some I hope.  These folks are not quite right.   I do have a link at the top of the page in yellow on the right hand side that leads to a great program for which I am an affiliate.  But it isn’t conspicuous it doesn’t jump out and bite you.  I don’t lead with,  buy this.  I lead with,  come in and find what you need, ask what you want, get the help you need.

 

 

 

Good so people are looking at your stuff.  They are trusting you they see your name, they see good information.

 

Ah, but what about Distrust

 

Building Trust that you have been doing can be undercut by distrust that your people may feel.  If trust is fast or helps your business move right along, distrust will slow and stop your business altogether.

So what does that actually mean?  If you promote a program with claims that are unsubstantiated.   By cutting corners and saving time you are likely not saving time and advancing your business but setting your business back not driving it forward.

D. Hochman quotes one of her mentors as saying:  “To go fast go slow, to go slow go fast.”  Think about it and think about it hard.  Don’t push the edges.  Building trust is a gradual thing.  Keep your information reliable and your ethics front and center and you will grow.

 

 

Masters Golf Tournament – As Seen from Afar

The Masters Golf Tournament is an important event for us every year.  We live in Forteau,  a small town on the south eastern coast of Labrador,  in northeastern Canada.

Every year about this time I enjoy watching at least part of the Master from Augusta Georgia.  Not because I am a big golf fan but because it shows so starkly the differences between the two places only 1700 odd miles apart as the crow flies.

While watching the Masters Golf Tournament.   I can look out my bay window and watch the snowmobiles go across our lawn still buried well under the snow.

     Within another week  or so the snow will soften up so that the trail across our lawn will be unusable.  But there will still be enough snow around especially at higher elevations for those to get around.  Note looking on the second picture how there are no trees to fall over on the wires.  There is no lush growth here now.  There will be thick growth later on but not the lush green growth that you see in Georgia now in early April.

How do I feel about living here in the frozen north?  Now there is a combative phrase!  As a child and young man I suffered from many allergies and health issues made worse from living further south.  I have been healthier in many ways living in this sort of place.  Certainly living a slower life style is helpful.   While it didn’t seem to help my heart probably because of the stress of my job.  Living here clearly made me a happier person.   Happier than if I was still trying to live in a faster paced urban area.

We have now lived in Forteau almost 26 years.  Chose to retire here.  It is  not seen as a retirement haven.  But it is quiet, OK isolated, but for the most part and has the basic things for living a happy life.  The communications are mostly good so we can talk to relatives.   I can conduct my home based business here in the same way I could in a larger center.  Glad I am here and glad I can continue to live here enjoying these moments like the yearly Masters Golf Tournament that brings back memories of childhood spent in warm lush surroundings.

 

Marketing Competitors

We examine what is needed to deal with marketing competitors, but first a little story: George and Joe are camping when a bear suddenly come out and growls.

George starts putting on his tennis shoes.

Joe says, “What are you doing? You can’t outrun a bear!”
George says, “I don’t have to outrun the bear – I just have to outrun you!”

It is the same with your marketing competitors.

It may be crowded. You may have a lot of competition.
You may be thinking you can’t catch a break?

But you don’t have to beat all your marketing competitors – you only need to set yourself apart from the rest of them to attract higher quality customers that want to work with you.

Do how you set yourself apart you say? You already know if you have been taking our training. The use attraction marketing over a period of time will insure that people notice you and want to know what you are up to.

There are many places to put your content. All sorts of social media, blog, websites lots of places.

I presently use my blog, Facebook Fan page, my Twitter accounts, and Youtube channel.  At present these are the places I am using but expect to expand to other platforms just like you will eventually.

You Really Aren’t Using Attraction Marketing?

Not using attraction marketing? So tell me how you are doing. I fully understand I was in the same situation. I use to just put my link out there, I did cold calling the whole deal. But I learned that attraction marketing works better. I certainly allows you to feel better at the end of the day. I love it when people chase me instead of the other way around. The money is better too.

Don’t think it works? I have people now joining my list, subscribing to my Youtube channel who I have never had direct contact with or talked to. They are sitting there watching what I am doing. Probably seeing the problems with their own business. Some of them, many of them may contact me, this week, next month, many months from now. Doesn’t matter when, but when they do they know what I am about and what I’m doing and they want to start NOW. But most of all they want help and they know I can offer it.

I have experienced only some of that so far but I know as I continue to put out good content that I will continue to have the opportunity to help others. You know that I will be suggesting that you do the same. Suggesting because it works.

Talk to you soon.

Must Change Yourself – Yes, You Must Change Yourself

Certainly I would agree that you must change yourself.  Sounds pretty sharp as I don’t know you at all.

Two reasons:

1/  If you are reading this you probably have some interest in your home business or want to establish a new home based business.

2/  Most of us will agree that if we want to change our circumstances, and have a really successful business, we will have to change ourselves.  How are we going to start or change our businesses if we stay the same?  The same habits the same thoughts and all the same actions would seem to lead us with the same results.  No progress at all.

Some of you may not have thought you signed on to the must change yourself idea when you started your home based business?  If the idea bothers you and you think you can’t or aren’t willing to change yourself.  Simply move on.  Stop reading, cancel the bookmark to this site, stop your business and perhaps find another job to fill your time.  When, if, you are ready later and feel that you must change yourself come back and join me.

Continue to Change 

As for me I have changed and continue to change myself constantly I hope.   There are many aids to mindset and getting your mind out of thinking like and employee and into an entrepreneurial way of thinking.   Not sure what I’m saying here?  Ask me about this.  One of the best tools for me is the Deep Abyss.   There is a small cost for this so you may want to find other free things to which I can point you.  Or you can consider subscribing to the Deep Abyss, your choice.

 

The idea that you must change yourself is not really hard at all.  Everyday when I get up.  I say prayers as usual.  Sometimes with my wife many times by myself.  Then I go in and listen and/ or read for self development.  We need to be learning all the time.   We not only need to learn about what to do but what others have thought about how to get our minds working as business owners .

Not a big deal, this isn’t school.  Some of us had a bad experience in school and don’t like to think of ourselves as life long learners.   As business people however,  home based business people, we must  constantly work to learn more about what we can do to improve our business.  Our competitors are learning we better be the same.

Get Over Yourself – Everyone Knows They Broke the Mold When They Made  YOU

The vision I have is that I am molding myself into a successful home based business person.  You too, you will gradually mold yourself into the business person you want.  The advantage here is:  You choose the mold.

 

Can’t Do Everything – But You Can Do Something

Congratulations you have just started but remember you can’t do everything, at once anyway.  Doesn’t seem like a problem?   Oh, but it is.  There is so much that you can learn so much that you can and will grow.  You just can’t imagine it now.

Push the button you see below on the website after you have started.

Can't Do Everything But I Can Do Something

Ready to start click here.

OK you start there.  You go down it says to pick ONE marketing strategy and work on that one until you have it down well then move on.

First you must set up your system

So you dive into the training and then begin to set up your system. Connect the pieces together.  You must set up your autoresponder so you have someplace to send your leads.  You have a free autoresponder in your system but if you want a stand alone one you must order that separately.  There are advantages each way.   Contact me I can advise you.

You should start your blog.   No matter if you are writing in your blog, putting videos in your blog or a mixture of the two.  Or using it for other media.  These set up issues should occupy you a day or more.

Not sure what to put in your blog.  Start off with a short intro about you and your family, maybe a picture or two and or a video.

Interestingly one of the other leaders in our group spoke last night about a person in his group who was not following proper set up procedures.  He said that this new person had started their business and first thing bought several hundreds of dollars worth of traffic.  That is one way of getting traffic and would be alright BUT they had not set up their autoresponder.    When that traffic starts coming in it is not going to do that new person any good as it will not be flowing to the right place.  This leader called and explained it to this person.  He checked back later and it had not been fixed.

I really don’t understand why anyone would not properly set up.  It is sort of like  ordering a piece of furniture online and having it delivered to the wrong address,  deliberately.   Mistakes will be made.  You and I will make lots of mistakes but hopefully we learn from them and fix  them right away when we discover them.  That traffic will be delivered those leads will be delivered and go to the wrong address when the system isn’t set up correctly.

OK, my rant is finished, enough said, you can’t do everything but certainly don’t do that!!

Then you can begin to focus on what kind of marketing strategy you want to use.  Very important that you focus on only one at a time.  Learn it well, learn it fully and then move on to learn and use another strategy along with the first one.

Personally I choose Twitter as my first strategy.  I was very familiar with Twitter and so naturally went there first.  Only recently using my  Facebook Fan Page .

The title of this post is:  You Can’t Do Everything.  The point I am making is one of the (small) problems you will have is that after you are up and running.  Then there will be a Tuesday afternoon training and a Wednesday night training then more and more all good bits of training.  Facebook lives all sorts of things you want to see.

All of them giving great information about what these trainers, these very successful people, are doing.  But you soon realize that the new stuff that someone else is doing is often not what you are trying to master now.  I’m only suggesting that you be more selective in what you listen to and watch.  Remember I lived through this.  I wanted to cram everything I could into me as fast as possible.  You are probably the same.  However I found that much of the new material did not apply to what I was mastering now.   By not focusing on what you want to learn now you take the chance you will become overwhelmed, distressed and not understanding why you feel the way you do.

Focus, Focus

So think about it.  Do your basic set up of the system prior to any marketing work, common sense that.  Then choose a marketing system and work and work, learn and learn.  Learn about that way of marketing until you have mastered it and then move on.

Oh, don’t just learn act, use that knowledge, use that system you are learning about.  Get those leads flowing in to your autoresponder.

Understand that many of the training bits that are available to you will not help you in your journey as it is now.  The less experienced you are the less helpful this shot gun approach is to you.   I thought I should attend everything I possible could.  No, pick and choose.  But you really need to use what time you have to move your business along and keep it as focused as possible in my opinion.

You Really Can’t Do Everything.  But don’t let that stop you from doing, and doing and doing, the key is focus.

 

 

Start Business Avoid Excuses When Starting Your Business

When I think about the words start business the quote from Mark Twain comes to mind:  “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”

Seems so simple this whole idea is simple.  You simply start business or you don’t start your business.  Takes no brains to grab onto that idea.  But I have found over the years when I helped people with home businesses most initially rejected the idea.

I could never understand why most people said no.  To me it made so much sense.  Even though before I never found much success I knew that as I learned I would soon put together all the parts and finally succeed with a home based business.  I never failed to start business after I had seen and vetted a good opportunity.  Starting for me was never the problem.   Staying with it was a problem for me.  You must stay until success achieved.

Three reasons I have often been given is: They don’t have the time. They don’t have the money to start.  And they have no time for business must spend more time with family.  Think about what I said in the video to understand these better.

Finally please remember there are only two mistakes you can make on the way to success.   First mistake is to not start your business and the second mistake to quit prior to your success.

Use my contact link above in the blog.  If you need my support either for your under performing business or a new one just ask.   That is what I am here for.

Online Marketing Strategy – Your Online Marketing Strategy

Can it be, there actually is an online marketing strategy for a new business?  A way of getting started getting leads and income for a new online business.  I see SO MUCH, that purports to be marketing strategy.

It’s ONLY those marketers that keep their focus on their strategy and have the discipline to make that it a habit that will succeed. It is the habit part I’m going to come back to in a few minutes.

The Shiny Objects

The trap that marketers fall into is they are working along and see a new ideas, new opportunity (the shiny objects) and they split their attention to those new items and fail to establish a habit that insures that they have adequately learned and established what they were first working on in their business.  Their online marketing strategy is distracted as they move on to something else before they have perfected and fully established the first strategy.

You must follow through with that process on a daily basis until it’s second nature and it just continues to happen.

My team suggests that you learn ONE thing first, master it then move on. So at the beginning you might get your blog started, get your first couple of videos done maybe a Fan Page as those two things are so important.
Then you could decide to focus first on one of the below: Facebook,  Twitter Instagram YouTube, Blogging, Email Marketing as a way of attracting leads.

Make your choice, some will take longer than others. Work, at say, Twitter until you have mastered it and are getting regular leads from your Twittering. Then perhaps focus on video marketing and so on through the different ways of marketing.

Hard to do, very hard to do. For instance myself. I had a very inactive Facebook account. Never was on there much.  Not interested prior to the business.  It would have been a big help to my online marketing strategy if I had a better understanding of Facebook.

But I knew Facebook was important so at the beginning I started a fan page, knowing I wouldn’t do anything else but post there and at least I look at my regular Facebook page just to see if any messages left.

I also knew that blogging was important so I started my blog at the beginning. Knowing that I would just start and get back to it. At the beginning the blog was primarily a way of giving out my contact information.

I followed instructions with my Twitter accounts and followed the success some other leaders had with Twitter. I had some experience with Twitter before and the training I got from my group was excellent and the result has lead to many leads. If you are reading this maybe you first found me through one of my Twitter accounts?

As my Twitter accounts are up and running I am beginning to learn more about video marketing and making videos.

I would suggest the same path to you when it comes to your online marketing strategy. Get your blog and Fan Page going then decide what type of marketing you want to do and master first. I choose Twitter because I was familiar.  You may do Facebook, many people are already familiar with Facebook, or video marketing or Instagram etc. But don’t try to do everything at once. You will only become bogged down or overwhelmed.

OK, you have a path.  A path that is working for me and has worked for many others leaders.  Finally I’m coming back to the habit part I talked about earlier.   People differ on how many times you need to do something to establish a habit.  My wife would say it is a lost cause to teach me any new habit.  But she is wrong.  Anything to do with the business I am very malleable, you will be too.  I’m going to suggest the 21 day or three week plan.  Once you have started to establish your business day and do things your business needs in a specific way and you keep doing it for three weeks it not only becomes easier, it really does,  it becomes a habit that will fit in perfectly with your online business strategy.

I mentioned my group.  I belong to a group of business people who work together to help and support each other.  We are very different, living in many different places and backgrounds but all working towards our mutual success.  Watch us on Monday nights at 8:00 pm eastern time.  Didn’t catch us on Monday use the same link and see the previous Monday’s training.

Need to ask a question, use the link to get contact info.

 

I am often around someone who has a great deal of problem to manage their feelings. Irritation, frustration, anger comes boiling out. There are times all I hear is noise from that person. It makes it hard to listen to the concerns of them when much of what they say is negative and loud.  So how do you manage your feelings?

I am fortunate as I am only around them a few times a week and can leave them alone with their concerns. All of my working life the last 25 years of it was in social work. I am use to hearing these kinds of concerns. I am use to being supportive and trying to find a way for the person to solve their own problems.

My work was not with mental health but mostly with child welfare, so my visits were ordinarily not at all welcomed by the client.

Initial interviews, ordinarily with the woman of the home, started off with a comment like: “What @3%%*#@ bitch said that”. The interview deteriorated from there for a few minutes until the client had vented. Then we could get down to the specific information and discussion of what had actually happened and what might happen next.

If it was a clear abuse issue where the child was in danger then my role was to protect that child. If not my role was to support the family and help them sort out whatever problems might be present. In doing so it is always best to let them think they are solving the problem.

If Joe solves it and it doesn’t work, whose problem is it then? But if Jane solves her problem and it doesn’t work the first time? Then we can still work with Jane to find another solution, maybe several more solutions over a period of time.  Manage your feelings, Jane is doing it.

This Really Does Relate

All of this does relate to your current interest of finding a home based business or improving the one you have.

If you are still working does your boss encourage you to solve any problem that comes up, within the parameters of their organization?

If you are a supervisor do you do the same? Do you, can you, begin to help those you supervise to come up with a plan to solve the problem? Always best if you can. Doesn’t mean let them go, watch what happens, support them, keep them on track. But let them come up with and use their ideas as much as possible.

Now in your new business or the one coming soon, you are the boss no one watching or suggesting. Start by making sure your mind is right. No one else to set it right.  Now you must manage your feelings all by yourself

You will find many things that will annoy you, irritate you, frustrate you. You may find all of those things just setting up your autoresponder and your blog.

That is not counting the relatives that will tell you your crazy, the mail coming late, the furnace not working, the roof leaking, do I need to go on? It can be anything.  At this point everything will be a bother.

Expect to be tested in this way. Be ready for it, plan to have someone to talk to if you need to. That is why our group is so good. We have a group of like minded, but very different, entrepreneurs.

In this group we can get support, ask questions and feel that we are not alone when we are working in our home businesses, at home, in widely different parts of the world. Want to learn how to join that group?

Start now contact me and tell me something about yourself and why you would want to join our group.

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