Relax, It’s Not About You (It’s About Them)

I see new marketers all the time freeze up with fear. They’ll have a great idea for their business and start to act on it, all excited. Then something happens, something that plants the seed of doubt, and suddenly they’re asking, “Who am I to be doing this?”

Maybe they have something great to teach that would help others, or they have a different way of doing things that would solve people’s problems. Whatever their idea or their business, that seed of doubt takes root. They get scared. They become self-conscious. And they doubt themselves and their abilities.

This is when I tell them, “It’s not about you, it’s about your customers. It’s about the people you’re going to help.”

Imagine you’re about to go on stage to present information that will change the lives of your audience. But you’re nervous. You think you’re not a good presenter. You’re focused on how you’ll look and how you’ll sound and what the audience will think about you.

This is the wrong focus.

If you focus instead on helping those people, if you focus on THEM and not YOU, then you will find it easy to give your message.

I’ll give you an example: Just as you’re going on stage to make your presentation, someone whispers in your ear, “The building is on fire, we’ve got to evacuate these people NOW!”

Do you hesitate? Do you wonder what you’ll say at the microphone? Do you worry about how you’ll look and sound? NO! You rush onto the stage and immediately start directing people to find the nearest exit and go to it now. You tell them to stay calm, to move swiftly, to leave no one behind. If you see smoke coming from the back, you direct people to the front. You say and do whatever it takes to get those people out of there.

And lo and behold, not ONCE during that process did you think about YOURSELF.

Magic indeed.

If you have doubt – If you’re worried – If you’re scared – Then you’re thinking about yourself and you’re NOT thinking about your customer.

Remember, it’s not about you – it’s about them.

How to Visualize Effectively

By Heather Matthews

The ‘Law of attraction’ is a popular belief regardless of religion and nationality. It says the universe can exploit the power of your mind to translate your thoughts into reality.

In simple words, according to the law of attraction, your good/bad thoughts can bring good/bad changes in your life.

The ‘Law of attraction’ works mysteriously. But once you understand how to use your mind-power efficiently, you can change your entire future.

Visualization is one of the best ways to unlock the power of the mind and exercise the law of attraction.

When you become a master in visualization, you find a way to turn up your earthly dreams into reality.

Let’s know the secrets of how to visualize effectively.

What is Visualization? Is it Fantasy or Real?

Visualization is the mental trial of the hopes, or desires, or goals you want to achieve in life. When you visualize a wish inside your mind, you would see the goal and find a way how to reach that goal.

For instance, imagine you are an athlete and hope to win a race. When you try to visualize yourself as a winner, you can realize the prior hardships that can lead you to that goal.

You can visualize any desire, like owning a car, achieving a degree, climbing the highest mountain, etc.

However, don’t misinterpret visualization as a mere fantasy, or daydreaming. Though an act of visualization is related to your future, it is the realistic image of an attainable goal, grounded from your real-life.

The Perks of Visualization

Visualization is one of the best effective ways to practice the law of attraction.

When you exercise visualizing your goals regularly, it would make your focus stable.  It would also make your desire stronger every single day.

Finally, it would enhance your capacity to achieve those ambitions. Let’s see the key benefits of effective visualization.

Awakes Sub-conscious Mind

The universe responds to the mind-power when the conscious and subconscious mind works together.

Visualization stimulates your subconscious mind. Then, your mind-power puts true effort to find more efficient ways to reach your goal.

Stimulates Brain & Shows Opportunity

According to science, when a person visualizes an action, it stimulates a part of the human brain, called ‘Reticular Activating System’.

It enables the human brain to evaluate the situation and recognize positive scopes.

When you attempt to visualize your goal, you can see the opportunities towards the path of your success. You can also realize your natural talent and identify the facts that might offer you an advantage.

Creative visualization might also help you to find innovative ways to fulfill your desire. In other words, visualization can enable your brain to see the resources you own.

Tackles Negative Beliefs

It may happen, when you hope to achieve something in life, a negative voice starts talking inside your brain.

It may speak about the risk and possibilities of failures to attain your goal. It can lead your mind towards negative frequencies and weaken your desire.

But when you rehearse your ambition inside your mind, you can correct your plan and find solutions to those risks.

Strengthens Motivation

One of the prime benefits of visualization is that it helps you to redefine your belief about reaching your goal.

Sometimes we want so many things that the universe gets confused about what we really want.

But when you create an image of what you want inside your mind, you can truly feel the joy, which makes you more confident and motivated for your success.

How to Make Your Visualization More Effective?

Only imagination is not enough to make a realistic visualization. You need to take some action in your everyday life. Let’s follow six simple steps for efficient visualization:

1. Define Your Goal.

First, you ask yourself, “What you really want?” Make sure that your wish is neither something unrealistic nor vanish after a week or month.

When you know what you want, you can make a plan to accomplish that goal.

For instance, if you desire to go for a trip to Hawaii, you have to make a plan for saving money several months prior to the vacation starts.

2. Write It Down

You can write down your goal to a paper or index card. Try to read the paper daily in your free time and before going to bed.

You can also record your own voice talking about that wish and listen to it every day. These small activities would act like magic and reinforce your desire into your brain.

3. Envision Outcomes

When you know your goal, start doing the mental rehearsal. Imagine you have already reached your target. You can connect yourself with a physical environment that simulates your dream.

It would help you to experience the emotions of fulfilling that wish.

For instance, before the Hawaii trip, you can visit a local island and imagine that you are relaxing in your dreamland.

Another effective way of visualizing the goal is to carry a picture, where you are living with your goal.

For instance, when you dream of a luxurious vacation in Hawaii, you can find images of hotels/beaches and attach your picture to those images.

You can also create a series of images that visualize every step of your goal.

4. Engage Emotions

When you can connect your senses to your imagination, the visualization becomes more sensible.

For instance, you are mentally rehearsing a trip to Hawaii. If you can connect all your senses with your imagination, you would hear the sound of crashing waves, feel the heat of sun-rays, and smell the fresh air of the ocean.

5. Identify Obstacles & Strengthen Visualization

When you bear an amazing dream or try to achieve a demanding goal, it is very much possible that numerous small or big obstacles would appear on your path of success.

Some of those barriers might be the result of negative visualization of your own mind.

It can be a lack of courage, illogical belief, a pessimistic view, etc. Make strong affirmations and get your mind rid of those issues.

However, when the barriers are beyond your control, take action to prepare yourself to overcome those obstacles.

For instance, when you are planning a trip to Hawaii, you can’t control the costs of the hotel. All you can do is browse the internet and find out an affordable hotel.

6. Implement Goal & Expect Results

The final step is to start working to implement your goal. At first, evaluate your current situation.

After that, prepare some attainable target plans, like daily, weekly or monthly plans.

Now, work hard to reach those targets step by step and make yourself prepare for the goal.

Always stay optimistic about your journey towards your aim. Try to overcome the challenges and expect a positive outcome.

If necessary, improve your plan and do whatever it takes within your limit. When you work hard and stay positive, your visualization would be more rational and highly effective.

Bottom Line:

Visualization is an effective tool to persuade your subconscious mind about your ability to acquire your ambition.

When you rehearse your goal again and again inside your mind, you send a message to the universe about your firm determination.

Thus, effective visualization shows the way to execute the law of attraction. And, the whole universe conspires to assist you in reaching your goal.

20 Pieces of the Best Advice I Ever Got in Internet Marketing – EVER

Finding advice on how to make money online is easy, it’s EVERYWHERE for a price. But it’s not all created equal. In fact, some of that IM advice can be downright harmful to your wallet and it can even erode your confidence that you can make this business successful.

That’s why I’ve assembled some of the best IM advice I’ve received over the years, so you can hit the ground running and begin building a REAL business FAST.

Sell or market the CORE solution that people want in your market. This the one BIG reason why they’re in this market – the one thing they really, really want above anything else, also known as your BIG benefit. Don’t get sidetracked here – we’re talking about their main dream, their main desire, the ONE big thing that if they could have anything in your niche, that would be it.
In health, it’s often how to lose weight. Not how to count calories. Not the latest diet or exercise program. No one want’s a diet. No one wants to exercise (well, most people don’t.) But what they do want is to LOSE WEIGHT.
Don’t sell calorie counters and diets and exercise programs, sell them on how they’re going to FINALLY lose that weight. Don’t sell them on the latest iron-pumping routine, sell them on how they’re going to have so many muscles the ladies will swoon. Don’t sell them on the latest herbal remedy, sell them on what that remedy gives them – more energy, no more ugly skin, younger looks, etc.
In Internet Marketing, it’s how to make money. They don’t want a traffic tool or a website builder or a new plug-in or even a new money generating program – they want the MONEY these things can bring. So if you’re selling a WordPress plug-in, then spin it in such a way that it shows your prospects how it will make them more money. Market to people’s core desire and you cannot go wrong.

Be a salesperson. That’s right – SELL. Yes, it is a four-letter word for some, but it’s one you should be proud of. Salespeople are some of the highest-paid people in the world, regardless of whether they do their selling online or offline. Never, ever be afraid or ashamed to sell.

Sell to the newbies. In almost any market you can think of, the real money is made on the newbies because… a) there are so many more of them b) there are new ones all the time c) they’re eager to spend money to get the result they want d) they’re far easier to please than a pro.
Someone who wants to make money online? They’re a newbie. Someone who wants to lose weight? Yes, they’re a newbie, too. Someone who wants to get lots of exciting dates? Again, they’re a newbie.
So what’s a newbie exactly? Someone who lacks the foundational, basic information they need to get the result they seek.

Watch to see what the newbies in your market are buying, and then learn it so you can sell it. Find the solutions they seek and sell those, using your own words. You might find a technique someone is selling quite well for $27. You buy the product, learn the technique, and then create your own product using your own words and sell that. You might even present it in an entirely different manner which allows you to charge far more, such as packaging it as a $497 coaching program. Do learn from others, don’t steal, and do sell what people are looking for.

It’s all about presentation. How do you convert a $27 solution into a $497 solution? Presentation and perception, it’s that simple. Do you really think one new car is worth $20,000 while another is somehow worth $200,000? Not really. It’s simply a matter of presentation and perception – packaging and presenting your product in a manner that fetches the higher price.

Know that you cannot create products fast enough to meet the demand of many marketplaces. People want the products and they want them NOW, and the products don’t have to be perfect, either. Knowing this should give you the confidence to get busy producing products instead of just thinking about it.

Build a reputation in your marketplace. Whatever it is that you sell, you want to build a reputation as being the expert, whether it’s dating, relationships, weight loss, making money, list building, etc. If you don’t have the reputation in the beginning, partner with people who do. Make products with them, do interviews with them, do joint promotions and so forth. In fact, you can create infinite businesses simply by always joining with an expert. They provide the knowledge, you provide the marketing skills, and together you make and sell products.
Your reputation is your presentation, so look and act successfully. Have authority, presence and be the expert (or partner with the expert.)

Pick a big niche where people buy things over and over again. Pick a niche where you want to learn, then learn the stuff and sell it. Money loves speed, so just pick something and run with it.

Get more aggressive than you’re used to being. Have an “I don’t give a damn, get it done” attitude. Force things to happen. Stop worrying about what other people think. Don’t worry about your peers – your peers don’t buy from you, your customers do. Provide more value than the price is asking. Get aggressive selling your stuff, branding yourself and making money.

Decide to be an authoritative, celebrity type of person. “This is me, check me out, I don’t care what you think, I’m going to have fun.” This world needs more leaders. Most people just want to be lead, which makes an incredible opportunity to be a leader. And if you’re a leader, the world will get out of your way and do what you tell them to do. They will admire and follow you, and buy from you.

Be authoritative for one day and see what happens – people want leaders. Go ahead, try it today. You’ll gain more confidence in one day than you otherwise would in a year of working the business, and people will follow where ever you lead them.

Use your real name in the market you’re passionate about, use a pen name in other markets. Get a picture of yourself, or a cartoon picture and make it memorable. Use it in all of your marketing to help brand yourself in your main niche. Become a GURU and expert in your marketplace. Yes, it’s a good thing to be a guru because people will pay attention to you. It’s surprisingly easy to be an expert, just learn your topic.

#1 rule of public relations – toot your own horn. No one’s going to say you’re a great ___ (you fill in the blank) unless you say you’re a great ___. Selling weight loss info? Then you’re a great expert on losing weight. Does selling make money info? Then you’re a great marketing or small biz or entrepreneurial expert, and so forth.

If you brand yourself to your list, you can have a small list and still make a fortune. Stop trying to please everyone, choose your exact audience and please only them. Be different. Don’t try to blend in, be an original. Stand out. Ask yourself how you are different from your competitors and why your list should open your emails before anyone else’s emails?

Create something very valuable to give away everywhere. Maybe it’s a free recording, audio shows, a book, videos or whatever. Your freebie needs to be stellar because it’s really your calling card. If they love your freebie, they’re going to want more. If they hate your freebie or simply aren’t excited by it, they’re going to unsubscribe in a heartbeat.

Give away something valuable every week like a recording or podcast to keep them coming back, hearing your voice and getting to know and respect you. Go ahead and plug something at the end, too. It keeps them attuned to the fact that you will indeed be selling to them, both through your podcasts and in your emails. If they love your 30 minutes of great content but complain about your 3-minute pitch at the end, unsubscribe them yourself – those aren’t customers, those are freebie seekers who want the moon delivered on a silver platter for nothing. Which brings me to my next point…

Fire people from your list when you need to. Someone complains that you offered to sell them a product? Remove them from your list. Someone complains you email too much? Remove them. Someone complains you don’t email enough? Now there’s a clue – send more emails. Someone demands you give them time and attention and advice and help forever and ever for free? Give them the boot.
These aren’t customers, these are people who will suck the life right out of you and your business. They typically only make up 1-2% of a list, but they will demand 110% of your time and give you nothing in return but non-stop aggravation that you do not need and cannot afford. Yes, it sounds harsh, but you can learn this lesson the easy way or the hard way.

Use this formula when writing copy: “I know your problem, here’s the solution, and I’ll prove it’s the best solution.”

Take the emotion out of business and focus on the math. People get so emotionally attached to their business, they forget the one thing that matters – math. Work on your business, not in your business.

Your ability to have the courage and escape comfort zones will dictate how much you make. Your ability to have the courage and escape comfort zones will dictate how much you make. Your ability to have the courage and escape comfort zones will dictate how much you make. Yes, I wrote it 3 times for a reason – and I suggest you write it in 12-inch letters and post it in every room of your house – it’s that important.
There are no gimmicks in this list, no techniques that work this week but not next week. It’s all tried and true and flat out works. In fact, the information is this little list is probably worth more and has created more fortunes than the last dozen internet marketing products you’ve purchased combined – think about that. And go read the list again.

10 Habits of Happy People

By Heather Mathews

While it might be seen that happiness is something that comes and goes. It really isn’t that way.

In fact, you can nurture happiness by creating and developing habits. It’s already your ability to do this for yourself. You just have to know how.

Before we discuss what the 10 habits are, let me just talk about what habits mean.

What are habits?

Habits are actions done repeatedly, mostly automatically. Examples can be:

  • Using your phone after waking up
  • Cleaning your ears after taking a bath
  • Washing your hands after doing the chores
  • Smoking a cigarette after a meal
  • Drinking beer after work

As you can see, habits can either be good or bad. They can either be beneficial or harmful to us and to those around us.

And the hardest part is that most habits are done on autopilot. Which means we are not necessarily aware that we’re doing them. Yes, we are doing them, but we lack the awareness and consciousness.

Sometimes we do habits without a reason, it’s just because it’s a habit. Sounds simple.

Habits are powerful because we don’t use that much mindpower, meaning, less effort.

So, if we’re talking about 10 habits to be happy, we’re talking about 10 things you’ll do automatically. Everything almost automatic. How cool is that?

Without further ado, here are the 10 habits you can develop to take control of your happiness.

10 Habits of Happy People

Live in the moment

Stressing about the past won’t make you happy. Worrying about the future won’t make you happy. Stop.

Instead, try to focus your energy on the present. Think about it, now is all you have, all the actions you can do will be about be done NOW.

It’s okay to plan, but it’s not healthy to focus too much on the future. And likewise, it’s okay to learn from the past, but never stay in that headspace.

Practice gratitude.

If you’re finding it hard to live in the moment, focus on the good things that every moment brings.

A roof above your head, food on your plate, a healthy body, a happy family. Give appreciation and as you do so, you’ll find that your mind will tune more into what is good.

I repeat, the more you look for the good things each moment, the more you’ll see more good things. How great is that?

Focus on your “happy place.”

Your happy place can be anything. A concert to your favorite band, the beach, somewhere quiet, somewhere with your loved one.

It can also be a thing or a person.

Whatever it is, you can train yourself to focus on them……rather than spending your energy on things that don’t make you happy.

If you can’t go to the beach right now and you really love the beach, you can just visualize you’re there.

Or you can train your mind to see a happy place everywhere you go. Repeat the following affirmation every day:

“I take love, peace, kindness, and happiness with me wherever I go.”

Know what you can and cannot control.

Have the courage to change what you can change… …strength to accept what you cannot… …and wisdom to know the difference.

If you attach yourself to the outcomes of things in your life which you have no control over, you might be doomed.

On the same note, you cannot control what other people do. Only you can provide yourself happiness. Control your thoughts with affirmations, visualization, and relaxation. That way, you’ll always be relaxed, no matter what happens.

Why? Because you’ve accepted that you have no control over everything.

Get excited, like a child.

When was the last time you had fun like a little baby? When was the last time you saw the world as a child?

When was the last time you laughed for silly reasons—the way that adults won’t?

If you can, try this: lie down outside on your back, stare up the trees and the sky. See how awesome it will feel!

Take your dog out for a walk!

When was the last time you took your dog out for a walk and enjoyed it? Not because he should have some exercise, or that you should have some exercise, but just for the fun that it brings?

Take pictures of your dog smelling the flowers, playing by the grass. Etc. Get out of your own life by watching his life.

Give time

This is an important one. When you give others your time, you’ll feel instantly better.

Contribute to any cause that you feel passionate about. Get to know people. Smile.

Make people feel wanted and make them feel that they matter. Because they really do.

Focus on what you can do for someone else. And make a commitment to do it every week, or every month, whichever works for you.

Repeat this affirmation:

I make a positive difference in people’s lives, and they make a positive difference in mine.

Finger paint.

Have you tried finger painting?

Just paint using your hands, no rules. Just follow your instincts and paint as you want to. There’s no right or wrong way. Just paint, make your hands flow with the canvas.

Let your ideas come out through the movement of your colored fingers. Don’t worry about getting dirty! Just enjoy the moment and see what happens. You might want to do it again.

Write your heart out

Maybe you’d rather write in a series of thoughtful words rather than paint, do so.

If you’re feeling a little stressed, write it out. Why are you stressed? What can you do to make it better? Also, you can write a mock letter to the person causing you to feel that way, and you don’t need to send it. You may if you want to.

Write freely, without any reservations about what you can or cannot say.

Don’t sugarcoat or censor anything. The very act of writing what you feel can purge the feeling and lead you to a way to happiness and relaxation.

Get to know where you came from

Ask an older member of your family about his/her life back then. You might know stories about what you did when you were younger, but not the stories of your family.

This is a fun way to relate and understand where you came from. It also makes the bond between you and your family stronger.

This is a way to gain perspective about yourself, the people around you, and the world.

Now that you know the 10 habits you can do to create your own happiness, which of them will you take action upon?

Happiness is something we generate inside. It’s not something that’s given to us. It’s never in the hands of other people to give you your happiness.

Learn to create your own happiness by giving and laughing like a child.

When you realize you have the power to create your own happiness. You’ll be unstoppable!

The 30 Rules of Being an Online Marketer

This list is by no means exhaustive – it’s really more the result of a brainstorming session when I sat down to figure out why some succeed online while others haven’t succeeded. Yet!

1. You gotta sell something. I’ve known people who were “in business” for months, yet hadn’t sold a thing. Until you start selling somebody’s product (yours or someone else’s, doesn’t matter) you don’t have a business.

2. Get into profit as fast as possible. If you’re buying traffic, figure out how to make that traffic pay as soon as humanly possible. If you’re outsourcing work, find a way to make that work more than pay for itself. Sure it’s common sense, but I’ve seen a few folks go into serious debt.

3. Make smart investments that pay off. Hiring a coach that shows you what you need to know is smart – throwing a few thousand at Facebook ads is dumb. Investments are sometimes the fastest way to get your business on the fast track, but you’ve got to be smart about them.

4. Turn lookers into buyers as fast as possible. If this means selling them a $5 ebook, do it.

5. Upsell. Once they buy the $5 ebook, realize they have greater needs that ebook won’t fill, so find a way to fill those needs and wants and charge more for it.

6. Make it brain dead easy for your customers to sign up. The harder it is, the fewer customers you will have.

7. Competition in your niche is generally great. No competition means you’re in the wrong niche.

8. Get to know your competitors personally. Send them an email, talk to them on Skype. You’ll be surprised how often competitors can be turned into allies – and the first step is to say hello.

9. Make a new connection every day. This might be your competitors, but it could also be people in similar niches, different niches, affiliates, product owners, etc. Make a list of people you want to get to know and then start contacting them with no agenda except seeing if you can help them in some way.

10. Build a customer list, then create products for them. Building the product first means you’ve got no one to sell it to and puts you at the mercy of affiliates. Building the list first and getting that list toasty warm to your offer means you’ve got sales of your new product (when it launches) from day one and stats to show potential affiliates that totally rock.

11. Your customers are not marks or suckers or even fools. And they’re not strangers, either. They’re your mother, your brother, your best friend, and your next-door neighbor. Think of them that way and you cannot go wrong.

12. Watch the hype. A little hype in the form of excitement and enthusiasm is okay if you can back it with evidence. Too much hype and no one will believe you, even if what you say is true.

13. Use the element of surprise. When you deliver your product, add something surprising for the customer. When you’re paying your star affiliates, send them a bonus surprise – even if it’s just a small Amazon certificate. Always do a little bit more than expected.

14. Treat your active affiliates and JV partners like gold, because that’s what they are.

15. It’s okay to screw up. And fail. And feel stupid. And look like a complete dork on social media. Just learn from your mistake, apologize and keep moving forward. The only people who don’t fail are those who don’t do a thing, and you don’t want to be one of those.

16. Make a list of the 3 things you MUST get done today. Then do them.

17. Do the toughest thing first thing in the morning. Whatever it is – running 5 miles or making that phone call you dread – get it done first. Then the rest of the day is easier by comparison.

18. It’s not always fun. Sorry about that, but it’s true – having your own online business means sometimes you have to do things you don’t like. The trick is to suck it up and do it – or find someone to outsource it to. It’s like a journey – to get to your destination sometimes you have to drive through neighborhoods or even whole stretches of road that aren’t fun – do it anyway.

19. Lose the negativity. Whether it’s someone else tearing you or your business down – or your own little monkey mind telling you why you can’t do it – get rid of the negative talk.

20. Automate as much as you humanly can in your business. The more you automatic and delegate, the more time you have to work on your business rather than in your business.

21. There are not 16 hours in a workday. Beyond 8 hours at a computer, your productivity begins to drop dramatically. After 10 hours you’re making mistakes. After 12 hours you have trouble remembering stuff you know well, and after 14 hours you’re pretty much worthless. Rest and sleep are as important to your business as the work itself.

22. You are not a potato, so get off your rear and get some exercise every day or your work will suffer.

23. Do you know that law of attraction stuff? Surprise, it works. And it’s not complicated – you don’t need dozens of books and courses to learn it – one good one will do. But you’ve got to actively work the law every day to make it work in your favor.

24. Cook ideas in your brain. The first thing is to ask the right question of your subconscious, the second is to continue asking until you get the answer. I’ve come up with some of my best product ideas by letting things simmer on the back burner of my mind until the answer popped out at the most unexpected of times.

25. Ideas by themselves are worthless. Anyone can get a great idea, but it’s the person who acts on the idea who makes the fortune.

26. Don’t fall so in love with your idea that you’re not open to suggestions. That said, know when to listen to the suggestions and when to simply say thank you and continue on.

27. Screw the economy. Good times and bad times there is money to be made, so stop watching the financial news and go get busy.

28. Treat your business like a business, not a hobby. Make a work schedule and stick to it. Create goals and timetables and stick to them. Do what you say you will when you say you will. This isn’t pretending, it’s real and your financial future depends on it.

29. Celebrate your successes – even the tiny ones.

30. If you get bored, sell your business and start a new one. It’s nearly always easier to start a business the second time around.

Eliminate Brain Fog and Build Your Empire

One of the hazards they never bother to tell you about when becoming an online marketer is brain fog. You know what I mean… you’ve been sitting at your computer for 10 minutes or 10 hours when you realize your brain is moving slower than a herd of turtles stampeding through peanut butter.

And you know if you could just get your brain in gear, you could get a ton of work done today. But despite that 5th cup of coffee you still can’t seem to focus. What’s a marketer to do?

I take a cue from Nelson Mandela when this happens and I take a walk. If the weather is good, I get some sun on my face, too. Taking even just a 10-minute brisk walk outside can do wonders for your brain, and 20 is even better.

Did you know that making a habit of writing backwards with your non-dominate hand can create an abundance of new connections in your brain that make it work better, faster and more creatively? Leonardo Da Vinci filled entire journals with mirror writing – and you have to admit, the guy was no slouch when it came to intelligence or accomplishments.

Doing things that you don’t normally do, such as taking up a new interest or hobby, will also awaken sleeping parts of your brain. Make it a point to learn a new skill so well, you can teach it to others.

Try going to bed earlier. Most people don’t get enough sleep, and this is one of the biggest causes of brain fog. Sleeping in until noon isn’t good, either. As they say, moderation in all things. Get up at a decent time, drink water and exercise, and then get straight to work.

Take a mid-afternoon nap. Thomas Edison was a prolific napper and look at what he accomplished. And Winston Churchill – despite running a powerful country during world war – set aside hours each day just for himself to nap, bathe, dress and eat in peace.

Take risks. If you’re risking, it’s going to be something important to you. If it’s important, you’re going to have an enthusiasm for it. And if you’ve got enthusiasm, brain fog tends to vanish. Henry Ford believed that if you’re going to fail, you should do it fast and learn from it. In other words, stop dreaming and take some action. No one who base jumped off a bridge ever felt like they had brain fog at that moment.

Cut out the sugar. The more sugar you eat today, the more tired you will be later today and again tomorrow. It’s not worth it. No doubt you’ve seen the studies that suggest sugar is as addictive as cocaine. It makes for a great headline, but the bottom line is sugar is addictive and as we’ve known for years, it’s bad for you, too. Go 21 days without your favorite sweet tweets – whatever they may be – and see how you and your brain feel.

Bonus: When you cut out the sugar you’ll not only feel better, you’ll look better too. They did a double-blind study where men were asked to rate the attractiveness of women. Those women who did not eat sugar the previous day were rated as being more attractive than those that did. Sugar not only makes you and your brain sluggish – it can also make you less beautiful or handsome.

Make health such a big priority in your life, you end up creating a product in the health niche and sell 100,000 copies. Why not? It’s been done before and it will be done many more times because there will always be people who are willing to pay to get their health and energy back. So let them pay you.

See what happens? I start out by writing a few ways to combat brain fog when you’re stuck behind a computer for too long, and I end up creating a new product.

It’s good to be an online marketer, don’t you think? The ideas are everywhere and the market for solutions never ends.

Now put away the candy and go take a brisk walk to clear your head. Then come back and get to work on building your online empire!

8 Secrets of Success

By Heather Matthews

Success or the pursuit of it is what drives a lot of people. But, have you ever wondered if there was a secret to success? Is there some trick or some shared quality that sets successful people apart from the rest of the crowd?

Success expert Richard St John interviewed over 500 of the most successful people in the world. In doing so, he has come up with a list of 8 secrets that are essential to success.

He compressed what is normally a two-hour presentation into this highly informative 3 minute TED Talk.

It started when Richard was asked by a teen – What leads to success? Feeling bad because he was not able to answer the question, he decided to ask some of the most successful people in the world the very same question.

So, 7 years 500 interviews later here is what he came up with.

1. Passion

They say, ‘Do what you love and you will never work a day in your life.’ The same goes for success, you need to follow your passion.

Freeman Thomas, says “I’m driven by my passion”. Do it for love they don’t do it for money. Carol Coletta says, “I would pay someone to do what I do”.

The interesting thing is if you do it for love the money comes anyway.

2. Work

You need to work hard if you wish to succeed. No one ever did well by taking the easy route.

St. John said that Rupert Murdoch told him that “It’s all hard work nothing comes easily, but I have a lot of fun.”

“Fun” may not be something readily equated hard work, but it’s true. Successful people have fund doing the hard work.

3. Good

In order to be successful, you have to be good at what you do.

Alex Garden says, “To be successful put your nose down in something and get damn good at it.”

There is no magic to becoming good at what you do. It all goes back to hard work and practice.

4. Focus

Norman Jewison said, “I think it all has to do with focusing yourself on one thing.”

You will never be successful if you have too many things on your plate. Decide what you want to do, figure out how you want to do it and focus on getting it done.

Achieving success is hard enough without you trying to achieve multiple goals at once. Do yourself a favor and focus on just one or two.

5. Push

David Gallo says, “Push yourself physically and mentally.” You’ve got a push, push, push. You got to push through shyness and self-doubt.

It’s not always easy to push yourself. There will be times when motivation is hard to come by, but don’t let that stop you.

6. Serve

Serving and giving back is important. In his talk, St John said, “Now a lot of kids tell me they want to be millionaires. The first thing I say to them it’s okay well you can’t serve yourself. You got to serve others or something of value because that’s the way people really get rich.”

Service makes you feel that you are part of something greater than yourself. It will help motivate you to be better at what you do. Giving and serving helps pave the way to your own success.

7. Ideas

Keep those ideas coming! Not every idea may be a good one, but never stop having them.

Bill Gates had the idea of building the first microcomputer software company. He acted on it and it has undoubtedly brought him immense success.

Richard says, “There’s no magic to creativity and coming up with ideas.” It’s true. You don’t have to force yourself to get great ideas, but if a good one comes your way, act on it.

8. Persist

Joe Krause says, “Persistence is the number one reason for our success”.

You got to persist to a failure you got to persist through CRAP which of course means:

C – Criticism
R – Rejection
A – Assholes
P – Pressure

Persist through all these and you are surely going to find success.

There you have it. Richard St John’s 8 Secrets to success. If you want to be successful, try these 8 out.

Start (Before You’re Ready) to Succeed

There’s a ferocious killer that halts success more than anything else. This one success killer has ended the hopes and dreams of countless entrepreneurs. No, it’s not the lack of a great idea, inadequate funding or not knowing how to pull it all off. So… What is it?…

It’s waiting to get started. Waiting for the perfect moment. Waiting until everything is just right. Waiting for permission from the marketing Gods to begin building your business.

Waiting has killed more businesses and deprived more entrepreneurs of their fortunes than anything else.

This is why I propose this: Start now BEFORE you are ready.

When you come up with a new idea, do you feel like you need to get everything just right before you can get started? Most people do – but the problem is you’ll never get everything just right. You will always find something else that needs doing before you can begin, and so you will never start. Or eventually, one day months from now, you will finally get started only to realize you’ve run out of steam and no longer have an enthusiasm for your venture. It’s too late.

So why not start now? When you wait you get sidetracked and distracted. You listen to feedback from people who tell you it’s a bad idea. You talk yourself out of it. Sometimes you just forget about it completely, and there’s another opportunity lost forever.

Worse still, when you wait someone else can get the jump on you. Realize this – every time you have a great idea, there are other people in the world having that same idea. Do you want to be the first, or do you want to be an “also-ran?” Take action and you’ll be a prosperous leader instead of a follower begging for crumbs.

Be impatient. Figure out how to get your idea out there sooner rather than later, even if you’re not ready. Are you writing a book? Give away the first chapters or the first version and ask for feedback. Gather email addresses to let people know when the book is ready. Launch the first version as an inexpensive Kindle book, get more feedback and re-release it as a hardcover. You could have waited until you thought it was perfect and released as a hardcover to start with, but you would have missed out on the buzz you created and the feedback you received to make it even better.

If you wait to start, you’ll go through the entire process of writing and perfecting and publishing the book before you even know if there is a market for it, before you know how it will be received and whether or not people will buy it. By waiting you could spend the next year of your life on a project that yields nothing but frustration. Had you started marketing it immediately, you could have course-corrected along the way to create a product the market truly wanted.

No matter what you’re doing, you can start right now. Even the act of starting gives you a momentum that can carry you through to the end. Take the book – with all the feedback you receive along the way, you’ll write a book people love, so now you can start a coaching program based on the book. Should you wait until you get the coaching program just right? No! Start now and perfect it as you go.

One more benefit of starting now – enthusiasm. When are you the most enthusiastic: When you first think of an idea, or 6 months later? When you’ve already experienced some success, or when that idea has been sitting on a shelf? By starting today you immediately make progress and get feedback, thus building your enthusiasm even further. When you work in a vacuum getting ready to start, you lose enthusiasm.

All the greats start now, whether that means writing the business plan now, writing the first chapter now, setting up the website now, getting feedback from social media now, etc.

Whatever your new idea is, start now and in 30 days you will be well on your way to seeing your idea not only begin to come to fruition, but also succeed in dramatic fashion.

10 Habits that are More Harmful than You Think

By Heather Mathews

All of us are guilty of quite a few bad habits here and there. As we get older, we vow to break some of them, but sometimes we find it difficult to do so or we have a change of heart and keep them instead.

We get comfortable having these habits in our lives, not knowing how much better it would be to rid ourselves of these burdens and start living life more fully!

Here’s a rundown of the things I strongly suggest we do away within our lives:

#1. Being late

You should realize the implications of lateness. It’s rude, selfish, and disrespectful. When you were younger, it was excusable, especially when you were dependent on other people for rides, for lunches, etc.

But as you got older, you were given the responsibility of managing your own time. If you fail in punctuality, it’s probably of your own doing. Show people that you are responsible and mindful of other’s time as well.

#2. Apologizing for successes

You should never have to feel sorry for the great things that are happening for you.

There will always be people stabbing you in the back or saying things about you because they feel you don’t deserve it, but don’t feel compelled to apologize.

Remember, you worked hard to get to where you are, and if they aren’t as lucky to get the same opportunities, it’s not your fault.

#3. Staying in bad relationships

I’m not just talking about romantic relationships here. All of your relationships have a tendency to get abusive–your friends, family, professional connections.

If there are people in your life that only make it hard for you to move forward, you need to let them go.

Emotional vampires will not stop sucking the life out of you. Stop waiting for them to change, to walk out on you, or to realize their wrongdoings. Be in charge of doing those for yourself.

#4. Living beyond your means

So many people are in debt because they keep living a life they can’t afford and don’t deserve. They keep living it in terms of expectations, and not reality.

There’s no shame in living modestly. If you tailor your lifestyle well, you won’t ever feel like you’re living small.

#5. Not saving

In line with the previous habit, while you’re living within your means, make sure you are also saving some for those rainy days.

Saving can be tough, but in every income bracket, that’s the situation.

As your income grows, so does your expense. You need to learn to work with it and figure out how to set aside some money.

#6. Obsessing over your love life

Yes, it’s good to have a partner, someone to share your life with and all that. But don’t make it your life’s mission to search for The One. The more desperation you exude, the more that it will elude.

Take it easy and find meaning in your life on your own. Find your value as a person without a significant other.

Find satisfaction in your career, build up your confidence, find happiness in other relationships that exist in your life.

#7. Giving up

Everyone has their own challenges to get over, their own set of heartbreaks, their fair share of disappointments, that’s why those things don’t matter. They are there to prove you have the ability to rise above them.

Don’t let yourself be defeated by life’s constants.

#8. Living vicariously through others

Social media is the culprit here. We are privy to other people’s curated lives and we keep scrolling down thinking that’s the kind of life we want for ourselves.

The truth is, 1) their life is probably not all they project it to be, and 2) who says you can’t have that?

Don’t be content in letting others dictate the life you want without trying to reach for that life yourself.

#9. Never exercising

You need to push yourself to at least do some form of exercise. Health is not a joke.

You need to learn how to take good care of yourself because without your health, you won’t be able to do any of the stuff you want to do in your life.

Don’t take your body for granted. Move while you still can.

#10. Waiting for that ‘one day’

Today is that day. Stop putting a part of yourself or a part of your life on hold for that mythical one day when everything will fall together.

That time is now, and the person to do that is you.

You need to cherish every moment and live it the way you want. There are no use saving bucket lists, wish lists, and whatever list you may have for a day in the future that may or may not come.

How Consistent is Your Marketing Plan?

There is an expression that accurately illustrates the strategy of far too many marketers: “Throw it against the wall and see if it sticks.”

They are continually trying this and that, hopping from one social media venue to another, one method to another, with no real strategy or idea of what they are doing. The result is they enjoy only sporadic success at best, and usually a failure.

If this sounds like you, I challenge you to create a marketing strategy for yourself right now. Sit down with pen and paper and write – on one page – your strategy for marketing your product or service. You might not know what the best strategy is, but that’s not even important at this point. Just get something down and then begin following it consistently and persistently.

For example, what method(s) are you going to use to get new prospects? How, where and when are you going to use these methods? What is the first action you want a prospect to take, or what is the first thing you do for that prospect? How do you follow up? And so forth.

When you see something is working, adjust your strategy to do more of that. If something isn’t working, remove it from your strategy. But ALWAYS keep a one-page record of your current working strategy and stick to it. When you make a change, make a new page and keep it at your desk or work area.

In my experience having this one-page marketing strategy will do a great deal to focus your efforts and reduce your frustration of endlessly spinning your wheels and getting nowhere. Put it into practice and see how fast you can grow by staying deeply FOCUSED.

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