Fitbit For Business

Fitbit for Business

Fitbit??

Fitbit is all the rage now. Yesterday the Silicon Valley company made its public debut on Wall Street. Fitbit is the leader in wearable technology and more and more people are jumping on the bandwagon to buy the gadget. It can track all kinds of data such as your steps, heart rate, LED lights that show your progress, calories and minutes to even your sleeping pattern. Let’s see how Fitbit for business can benefit you.

Health Goals Impact Your Business Goals

One of the core principles of running a business is setting goals. You need to set goals not only in your financial and business life but set personal and health goals too. If you neglect your health it is next to impossible to perform your best in business. Entrepreneur Magazine has a good article about the importance of fitness for success in business. { Continue reading…}

Memorial Day Reflections

Memorial Day ReflectionsMemorial Day Reflections

Today, I want to get personal. Last weekend was Memorial Day in America, a day where we honor those who have died in battle while serving in the military to protect our freedoms. They made the ultimate sacrifice with their lives so that we can be safe and continue in the pursuit of happiness in life and business. Here are some of my Memorial Day reflections as I contemplate this special day and how it impacts my life.

Anytime I hear our national anthem I cry and my heart is filled with gratitude and love for my country. I am proud to be an American. I come from a long line of men and women who have served or helped the military. The women in my family are members of DAR, Daughters of the American Revolution. This is a group founded in 1890, comprised of female descendents of those who aided people in securing our American independence. Today they are a service organization dedicated to preserving our history and promoting patriotism.

Most recently my grandfather, my father, my 2nd father, my step-dad and my husband and father-in-law and multiple uncles have served faithfully in the Army, Air Force and Navy. I also have cousins serving today. Reflecting on the meaning of Memorial Day humbles me and inspires me to do more in my small way to be a positive impact on others lives.

I am blessed to enjoy the freedom to work at home and want to do even more to help others pursue that dream. So many wonderful people have helped me, encouraged me and shared their wisdom and knowledge and I am so grateful.

How May I Serve

It is so easy to get caught up in pursuing our own dreams, but we should never forget why we are able to do so. I plan to give more, be more present and reach out to others. Even the small things in business such as participating in Facebook groups, sharing my expertise in forums and commenting on others blog posts. Although this can be helpful to me in my business it is important to just be giving and not expect anything in return. We all appreciate when others listen to us and acknowledge our contribution. Sending out short notes of appreciation through “snail mail” is a kindness many love and fewer and fewer people seem to do that today.

I don’t believe any of us can reach our highest potential without the help, encouragement and generosity of others. We need to be willing to sacrifice some of our time and resources to lift someone else up. It can be our time, money, products, kind words or just about any positive gesture you can think of. Someone sent me cookies recently with a kind note to show their appreciation and for my support in their business. What a lovely surprise that was!

All of this fulfills a higher purpose that I think most of us have – to have a successful business that enables us to impact our family, our country and our world in meaningful ways that leaves a legacy of good values and service to others. One of my mentors, Connie Ragen Green, epitomizes this beautifully. You would be hard pressed to find a more giving, caring person to work with.

You can be the needed boost in someone else’s life and business.  Let your Memorial Day reflections crossover and inspire you to help and serve someone today.

Leave your comments below and share how you are impacting the world and feel free to let us know where we can find you on the web.

Strategic Blueprint for Success

Strategic Blueprint for Success

Recently I watched an interview with Peter Voogd, a millionaire entrepreneur, where he shares his story and strategic blueprint for success. With many failures and achievements under his belt this uniquely qualifies him to share his hard won wisdom. Here is a teaser of the interview and my own notes beneath it from the full interview in this post.

Peter had plenty of struggles and epiphanies along the way. This led him to create this blueprint to help others cut their learning curve and discover how to go from ‘6 months to 6 Figures’. I always love hearing from others who are passionate about what they do and helping others succeed. Here is a brief summary to give you a taste of what he covers.

 
1. Absolute Clarity– This step must be done before anything else. Get clear on who you are, your values, your vision for your life, and ideal business outcomes you desire. If you don’t know where you want to go you definitely won’t get there. Write them down!

 
2. Shift Your Circle of Influence – Search out and find at least 5 people who are where you want to be in life and do whatever you can to connect with them. If you are a 5 figure earner you want to talk to 6 figure earners. Take the risk. Reach out. Not all but some will be responsive and excited to talk to you. Then follow their advice. High achievers like to help.Also, make the conscious choice to spend less time with those who are holding you back from your vision. This may be difficult to do but necessary.

 
3. Increase Your Confidence Account – Realize that everything you do either builds up your confidence or lowers it. Make the right choices in the present moment. Live by your word. Do what you say you will. Every time you follow through your confidence builds. Have courage, take risks, and don’t let the fear of tasks or opinions of others stop you.

 
4. Consistent Energy and Motivation – Work on the areas of mental, physical and emotional health. Plan out the foods, exercises, books and tapes that motivate and inspire you and make you feel like a powerhouse. Use your past feelings of success to fuel you. If negative thoughts or feelings start to raise their ugly head shift your feelings ASAP. Then get back to work.

 
5. Create Results Rituals – These are the things that must get done daily and weekly to move you further towards your goals. They are measurable. Set health, productivity and business rituals that you do without exception. Know your profit activities. Implementation is where the power is!

 
6. Continual Growth and Learning – Become a people developer and a movement creator. Help and inspire others. Be consistent with learning, growing and helping others on their path to success. Be a doer, not just a learner. Seek out experts and build a team of complimentary people – people who are strong where you are weak.

 
In conclusion, Peter leaves us with one action step to take immediately. Create a one page productivity plan for the next 6 months. Make it one page only! Include your 2 -3 sentence vision statement, and then name your top 5 goals and the top 5 compelling reasons why you want to accomplish them. That’s it. He suggests putting it in a place you can see every day.

I was already using many of these same strategies but have tweaked a few things to better suit me. If you love these ideas you can check out his book 6 Months to 6 Figures.

Please leave a comment below on what you think of his ideas and if you follow any of these suggestions. Would love to hear your point of view.

Reconciliation Day

CkWRFA1428004885April 2nd is Reconciliation Day, a tradition started by famous columnist Ann Landers. I still remember reading her column in the paper for all kinds of advice. The point of Reconciliation Day is to reach out to others and make some small step towards mending broken relationships with a family member, friend or business associate.

I love this idea and chose my 1st action to write and send a note to an elderly member of my community who is kind but lonely and sometimes places great demands on my time. Boundaries are important but I wanted to let her know I care.

From a business perspective I think for today it is even more important to reconcile with yourself so you can move forward in your business.

We are starting the 3rd quarter and it is a good time to reflect on where you are in your business and take a look at your goals. If you aren’t where you want to be, don’t beat yourself up over your lack of progress. You’ve hit some milestones, so celebrate that. Keep your head up and keep plowing ahead and adjust your plans as necessary.

Setbacks and mistakes happen. It’s OK. The road to success isn’t a straight line. It has many twists and turns. These are the things we learn from and they even make the journey interesting and exciting.

Forgive yourself, love yourself, and adjust your plans accordingly. As the saying goes, “No pain, no gain.” Just as other people deserve 2nd chances, so do you. Don’t get hung up on the challenges. Embrace them and keep moving forward. Take responsibility for where you are. Don’t blame your circumstances, reconcile with yourself, and claim your power.

In honor of today, reach out to others and yourself. Boldly claim a fresh new start.

Happy Reconciliation Day!

Start Fresh January 2015

New Beginnings

New Beginnings

New Beginnings

We are now well into the new year with the opportunity to start fresh in 2015. I love this time of year because it represents new beginnings, a time of reflection, and forming new dreams and goals. It’s also my birthday month so it personally represents growth for me, the passage of chronological time, and a time to celebrate.

January also represents a fresh start for your business and it’s the perfect time to look at the past year and see how well you hit your goals and reflect on the changes you need to incorporate to make 2015 your best year ever.

Everyone is talking about new years resolutions and goal setting and how to best accomplish them and I wanted to share what I am doing and also other ideas that resonated with me. Ideally you started your planning in December but it is never too late to get moving on this.

Let’s Get Clear

First, it is really important to get clear about what you really want, not what others tell you that you should want, but what will make YOU happy. We only go around once in this life and we are each unique with special gifts and talents and passions. But it is so easy to get stuck on the treadmill of life just getting through each day, as we all have plenty of obligations and responsibilities. Do you ever feel like your life is on autopilot, just like when your subconscious mind takes over when you are driving and you don’t reach your destination but instead end up somewhere else? We moved last February and when my mind was on auto pilot driving I would end up at our old home! The point is, to get a fresh start in 2015, you need to get really clear on what you want, both personally and professionally, and be intentional about it. You can’t just focus on business goals, but need to take a close look at all areas of your life because each impacts the others.

The main areas most people are concerned with are:

  • Health
  • Relationships
  • Financial goals
  • Spiritual life
  • Business goals

Over the next few weeks I will be blogging about each of these and how they will set you up for personal and business success in 2015. The first thing you have to do to accomplish growth in any of these areas is to get the proper mindset and be clear on what you want. Without this clarity you won’t succeed in accomplishing your goals and will fall victim like so many do to starting out with big exciting plans and finding your energy and excitement peters out as each week goes by. This has happened to me multiple times in the past and I still struggle with it! { Continue reading…}

Choose to Pursue Excellence

399One of the biggest obstacles to success online is that instead of the pursuit of excellence people make the mistake of pursuing perfection. Have you ever been guilty of this? I certainly have.

The problem is perfection can not be obtained and if that becomes your goal you will find yourself frustrated and procrastinating on getting things done and let your fear of not “being good enough” hold you back and interfere with your productivity. You will continually fall short in your eyes and that will lead to even more procrastination. It becomes a vicious cycle.

When you choose to pursue excellence you put forth your best efforts understanding that you can always go back and tweak a project, a post, a book or an email series and improve on it to provide even more value. In the meantime you need to get your best work “today” out into the world to benefit others.

Avoid Mediocrity

By giving up the pursuit of perfection this does not mean settling for mediocrity. You know the expression “Good help is hard to find”. This comes from people not willing to give their best and performing a mediocre job and hoping you won’t notice. Whether it is a report prepared for you with multiple mistakes or a housekeeper who dusts around the objects on your desk and tables instead of taking the time to lift the objects and do a thorough dusting, it is frustrating when others don’t pursue excellence in their work and it affects you.

It’s easy to look at others and see where they are failing to give their best. How about you? Can you hold up the mirror to your own actions and find areas where you have had a mediocre mindset verses one of excellence?

Looking in my own mirror it was easy, if uncomfortable, to find areas where I have not been a model of excellence. Procrastinating on my blog, not blocking out specific time to learn new skills, delaying taking action on certain projects and being inconsistent with my diet and health plan are some of mine.

What are your areas that you need to choose to pursue excellence? Have you avoided finishing a book or project, delayed taking control of your health, neglected to deal with stressful clients that no longer are the right fit for your business? Take a close look so you can course correct and get back on the path of excellence. Trying to achieve perfection or falling into mediocrity just slows us down and can derail us. { Continue reading…}

Gmail and Google Drive are Down Today!

Gmail and Google Drive are down today, experiencing technical difficulties. Yikes! How dependent are you on Gmail? It’s frozen like a good snowstorm.Gmail is frozen! Although they are working on the problem it can be so frustrating, especially when you need to do business with your Gmail account. This is a good reminder to have other channels to conduct business on – Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and Skype to name a few. With accounts on these different platforms you can avoid being completely dependent on your Gmail account for communication when problems arise. And problems will occur. It’s just a matter of time.

Don’t let the Google glitch slow you down and become an obstacle to doing what you need to get done today. Do a work around and take the opportunity to take a break or accomplish something else.

On that note I am off to Starbucks!

Amazon Raises the Free Shipping Minimum

This week Amazon made a major change that will affect how much a buyer will need to spend to qualify for free shipping. If you are a Prime member this will not affect you. Prime members pay $79 a year and receive free two day shipping on millions of items and other perks with their membership. If you are not a Prime member you may be frustrated by the increase. It seems like everything is going up these days!

This price change comes just ahead of the busy holiday shopping season. No surprise here! The minimum order size needed to get free shipping has been raised from $25 to $35 – quite a big jump I think. Why have they done this? My guess is they are hoping to move more people into a Prime membership. I am a Prime member and love the free two day shipping, free movies and shows I receive with the membership. This change won’t affect me as a consumer. I shop enough on Amazon to make it a great value. { Continue reading…}

Weekend Marketer Live

Last weekend I drove to Las Vegas for Connie Ragen Green’s first Weekend Marketer Live event. It was a privilege to take part in the training and learn from Connie and other fellow marketers. Connie is a former classroom teacher, real estate broker, and appraiser who decided to change her life and came online in 2006 and has built herself a very successful online business. She loves to share what she knows and help other aspiring entrepreneurs.

Meeting Connie Ragen Green at Weekend marketer Live

Meeting Connie Ragen Green at Weekend marketer Live

Live events are not only an opportunity to connect with someone you have been following online in person, but provide you with the opportunity to meet others who understand your passion and are just as serious about having an online business. Our businesses may differ, but meeting in person provides unique opportunities to connect and perhaps partner in ways you might not have envisioned before you attended. Not only that but we have a lot of fun. Marketers know how to have a good time! After a day of training and workshops we all got together for fabulous dinners and downtime. Because it is October we had a great time at a German Restaurant and Beer garden and since we were in Las Vegas had a fabulous buffet dinner at the Mirage Hotel. { Continue reading…}

Keyword Planner Instructions

Let’s take the mystery out of the Keyword Planner. Most of us online have been using the free Google Keyword Tool for research to find the keywords or terms that people are using when they do a search on Google or the other search engines such as Bing and Yahoo! Using keywords helps us design our posts and websites so people will find the information they need. Google has now changed the tool to what is called the Keyword Planner and it is fairly simple to use. Don’t let the new changes derail you. I know it can be frustrating with all the new Google updates going on and it takes time to learn new ways of doing things but let’s tackle this.

One of the big changes is you have to have a Google adwords account to access the data but it won’t cost you anything to sign up for one. You always had to log in to your adwords account to get the most data anyway so you probably already have an account. If not you can find out how to sign up below. Here is a great video by Sara Young, a fellow marketer I have been following and learning from for quite awhile. She teaches you how to use the new Keyword Planner in a simple and easy to understand manner. Hope this is helpful for you.