Archive for Success Mindset
This is one of the best examples of a ‘Happy Dance’ I’ve ever seen… :- )
These days I find that I am fortunate enough to be THAT happy at various points of the day… And, as I write this I’m realizing that it’s a choice.
It’s pretty much entirely up to me if I have those moments of joy, excitement, even bliss. And, it’s up to me how often they occur.
The same goes for you. If you aren’t as excited as this little pup about your work, your relationships, your life, then it’s up to you to change it.
And, by ‘change it’ I don’t necessarily mean change what you are doing, the relationships you are in or drastically change your life. That’s one option, and may be the best course for you.
The other option is to CHOOSE to be this happy, this excited about what you GET to do, who you GET to do it with and how you GET to spend your life.
What’s one thing, just ONE, you can get this happy about today?
Will you do a little ‘happy dance’ to celebrate – even if you do it in private?
If you aren’t doing a happy dance, at least internally, on a regular basis, it’s time for a shift. If you want some help with that shift, reach out to me – it’s definitely something I’ve helped numerous people experience in both business and in life. You can use the Contact page here.
This came in a fortune cookie the other day and I just couldn’t help but share…
“The man on top of the mountain did not fall there.”
I loved this because it was a reminder that to get to our goals we will need to, at the very least, walk. Most likely uphill part of the time.
If your goals and dreams are big, then your mountain is probably a pretty tall one, so some of your climbing may be a bit steep. But, if you take your time and just put one foot in front of the other, no matter now small of a step, you will move toward the summit. Eventually, you will reach your destination.
And, remember… a walk or climb to the top of the mountain can be absolutely invigorating, refreshing and breathtakingly beautiful. So can your journey. Appreciate where you are, take time to enjoy the view, rest and replenish so that the next part of your journey can be enjoyable too.
Here’s to taking the steps, even if they are baby steps, toward your dreams.
Day in and day out I am reminded over and over about how much more clearly and how much louder actions are than the words people say.
When you are building a business understanding this becomes even more important. If someone tells you they will do something, or, conversely, if you tell someone you will do something and then there is no follow-through, what does that say about that person, or about you?
It comes into play at all levels of our lives – with our families, with our business, with our peers and friends, and just as importantly with ourselves.
Start to take the time to really watch what you commit to in all areas of your life – including with yourself. Make it a firm commitment that if you agree to something you will do 1 of 3 things, no matter what:
1 – Fulfill your commitment: Be sure it is on time and in a manner of which you can be proud.
2 – Adjust the terms: If you aren’t going to make the commitment, it’s ok to adjust the agreement as long as you do it prior to any agreed upon deadline. Manage expectations, do your best and be upfront if things aren’t working out the way you’d hoped.
3 – Cancel the commitment: This must be done BEFORE the deadline – and if it has to be done, it should be done WELL BEFORE the deadline. It’s ok to change your mind, as long as you respect yourself and everyone else in the process.
And, when it comes to working with other people, you can let them know that you expect them to fulfill within these parameters (or others, if you decide these don’t work for you) prior to getting started. If they can’t manage to stay within these guidelines, you probably want to go elsewhere with your relationships.
Now, let’s tie this to your marketing and marketing strategies. How does this concept apply?
Both with yourself and with others you may engage for support, services, partnerships etc.
Once you commit to yourself that you are going to do something specific with your business, products, services, marketing, marketing strategies, sales – whatever it is – you need to set yourself up for success and follow 1 of these 3 guidelines too. Make sure whatever you are planning is actually DOABLE so you can aim for #1 and fulfill the commitment.
Listen, not all marketing works the first time around (in fact, most doesn’t), so make your job continuing to do the work, to track the results and make changes. Don’t judge yourself based on the outcome, be pleased with yourself for DOING THE WORK. That is more important that anything else – just do the work.
And, if you engage someone else’s services or support for your marketing or marketing strategies, or you engage in a joint venture or partnership, make sure the other person is approaching things with this kind of attitude. You’ll find you get much further if you start out on the same page, so doing the work to set the expectations up front – so everyone knows what they are responsible for, what the deadlines are etc – will make everything much more likely to succeed.
Remember, actions always speak louder than words. Watch yourself and others around you and you’ll see this is one of those simple and true facts about our reality.
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We all struggle with not wanting to work sometimes… hopefully you enjoy what you do and want to do it most of the time, but even when you do, there are days when all of us just don’t want to get busy with our work.
This becomes a bigger issue when you are working on an aspect of your business that you may find more challenging. You might really LOVE what you do – say hypnosis or coaching – but when it comes to sharing about it – say, by doing marketing or planning out marketing strategies, you struggle and avoid doing that work.
There are a few different ways you can approach this problem. You may have to experiment to find what works for you – and you may find that something that worked before isn’t working this time, so you have to switch things up and try something new.
1. Give Yourself a Break
As entrepreneurs we tend to work really, really, REALLY hard. Sometimes we just need a break. I think a lot of people are afraid if they stop, they’ll never want to start again… if that’s you, breathe. If you take a break, it will be ok. You’ll want to dive back in, and chances are, you’ll find you have new inspiration, new energy and new ideas.
Take a walk, listen to some music, plan an upcoming trip or vacation, chat with a friend, go to a movie, sit in a park – do whatever you WANT to do in that moment, let go of not working (really LET GO – you can’t decide to take some time off, then beat yourelf up for not working – that won’t help and you’ll stay stuck). Do something for you that is replenishing, relaxing and restful.
2. Use a Timer
If you have a task at hand, like creating marketing strategies to launch a new product, and you are avoiding it, use a timer. Set it for 25 minutes and agree with yourself that 25 minutes is all you have to do. Now here’s the most important part – when the timer goes off STOP. You need to honor that agreement with yourself. Take a break, get a coffee/tea – do something different for at least 5-10 minutes or longer. Once you take the break, if you feel inspired to continue, dive back in. You’ll be surprised at how often you WANT to jump back in and continue. Sometimes just getting started is the biggest hurdle, so this can help you jump over it with ease.
3. Do Something Related
In our busy lives as entrepreneurs there are always about 1,000 things we can focus on – and from that list there will always be some we don’t relish. It’s ok… if you aren’t in the mood and you have the time, focus on something you really do enjoy, but that is related to the task you don’t really want to do. After you give yourself some time to get your juices flowing, approach the other task again. Sometimes you’ll find that by opening up your creativing and getting into the flow of work when you are ready to do the parts that aren’t always as much fun for you, they will become much easier.
If you have any strategies for dealing with procrastination or simply not wanting to do certain tasks in your business, share them below. We can all help one another so much just by sharing a few tips we use – it can be something so simple you think, “Everyone knows this…” You’d be surprised how many people either don’t know or just haven’t thought of it that way – so please share.
And, if you find you are struggling with marketing strategies – coming up with them, knowing which ones will work for you and your business, creating marketing strategy templates (that you can plug and play and use over and over), you might want to click here. I’m working on something new that might just be exactly what you need.
Ok… so, I know I’m supposed to write about marketing, building business and generally getting yourself in order to live a happy and fulfilled life, yes?
Well… there is something I feel I need to share with you, even though it’s not quite all of those things (but it is the last of those things).
There is a REVOLUTION coming.
I predict it will have a bigger impact than the information age revolution.
It may even be bigger than the industrial age… ok, that may be a stretch, but bear with me as I make my case.
This revolution that will touch pretty much EVERY area of our lives, will create a financial boom (and then, as is almost always the case, a bit of a bust after some 10 or 20 years or so…) and throw the world economy into turmoil through dramatic change.
Yup. It will.
What is this revolution you ask?
I know… it doesn’t sound like it can change the world, but it already is, in ways you can scarcely imagine (unless you’ve been following the news).
What does this have to do with you?
Well… if it helps to know what’s coming down the pike, so you can bone-up and be prepared, then this has everything to do with you.
About 5 years ago, I started learning a 3D software called Rhino. I was learning it to make jewelry (you can see my collection here: www.transformationaljewelry.com). I wanted to create a line of jewelry using inspiring and uplifting words, and I wanted to use fonts because I believe fonts create different emotional experiences as well.
So… I dove in, head first. Believe me, it wasn’t easy. Learning 3D software was a BIG challenge for me – it’s a whole paradigm shift for your brain, but once you’re in it, it is SO INCREDIBLY COOL.
When I saw my first example of a 3D print, I freaked out. I started to realize, even then, how it would change everything, and touch everything. What’s crazy is this technology has been around for decades… it’s just now becoming truly affordable. One day we’ll all have printers in our homes and we’ll be able to print pretty much anything we want!
You know how the information age shifted the music industry? Imagine something that will do that to just about EVERY industry we know. It’s already happening in jewelry, in real estate, medicine (they can already print an organ – AN ORGAN!), machining (cars, engines, airplanes etc) and so much more. By default it will impact manufacturing the world over (who needs to make 10,000 of something if you can just print it in the next state over and ship on demand?), shipping and so much more.
It’s almost too big to grasp. Actually, it probably is too big to grasp the magnitude of what it will reach and impact.
So… why did I share this with you today?
In part because you need to know it’s coming. In part because it’s something I’m SUPER DUPER EXCITED about. And, in part, because if you can look back and say, “Darn, I should have bought Apple Computer stocks in 1980 and held!” (If you’d invested even a small amount, you might be quite wealthy now – hind sight is 20/20, eh?) then you’ll want to start doing some research. We are there again, at the beginning of HUGE upside potential.
If you are interested in learning more, check out the Motley Fool (www.fool.com) for some stock ideas and recommendations. Of course, you must use your own discretion and I highly recommend doing some research on your own, but we have the unique opportunity to be at the beginning of YET ANOTHER HUGE WAVE in our lifetime. Will you stand by and watch it go by, or will you jump on and start surfing?
Now that you’ve read this, you’ll probably start to notice all the articles showing up about the amazing things people are creating and doing with 3D printing… we’ve gone from an occasional article to having them pop up every day.
If you don’t know what 3D printing is, here is a video showing one type that will help you understand the concept. Poke around – you’ll find a ton more videos on it. It’s worth beginning to understand.
And, here are a few great articles on just a small number of the really neat things already happening:
Saving the life of a baby: http://uofmhealthblogs.org/5563/saving-a-babys-life-with-a-3d-laser-printer/
Printing in metal: http://www.exone.com/materialization/what-is-digital-part-materialization/metal
Different materials for printing: http://www.incept3d.com/materials.html
The US Navy: http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/
Printing Food! http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/
Printed cast for broken bones: http://mashable.com/2013/07/04/3d-printed-cast/
Buttercup – a 3D prosthetic for a duck: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-