Who is the Captain of your ship?

Everything in your life, from your diet to your career must be aligned with who you are. If you know your true passion, your deepest desires, then the secret to success is to discipline your life so you support your deepest purpose and minimise distractions and detours.

If you do not know your deepest desires, the your can not align your life to it. Everything in your life will be disassociated from your core. Disconnected from your core will make you feel weak and your will feel incomplete.

When you know your true passion and purpose – every moment will be lived to express your core desires and you will be living your truth.

When would be a good time to start finding and living your true passion/purpose?

Read these 8 tips about finding your passion in life from TinyBudda.com

make the jump leap of faith

 

If your current situation isn’t working make a change. Most people get held back by not knowing what they want to go on to but you will never learn and grow if you stay merely thinking about it. Experience life, follow your curiosity…

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Why Books are important to read

I am a self-confessed book-a-holic, I love to read, I listen to audio books in the car while traveling; in fact my car is a driving university! I read biographies, motivational books, self-help books, how-to books, anything that I think can help me.Bookworm

Reading is a great way for anyone to better themselves.  In this digital information age we have become very good at scanning web pages and documents and picking out the bits we think we need to understand. But how much of this can we really take in? Video /  Television are great learning tools but they paint the picture for us, they don’t allow us to use our imagination. Books exercise the creative part of our brains!

By reading books and exposing yourself to different writers you will increase your vocabulary, you will become exposed to new words that you would not come into contact with. “When reading, even when we may not understand every new word, we absorb something from the context that may deepen our understanding of it the next time the word is encountered.”

Reading fiction books increase the creativity in the brain, especially at a young age. This is beneficial because creative people are able to solve business problems, write books and music, and create scientific advances that can aid humanity.

Reading helps to increase your attention span and improves your memory, it helps keep the brain active. Brains are like muscle, use it or lose it!

Your life will be better if you just spend an hour a day reading a book. Turn off your computer, turn off your phone. Disconnect yourself.

Visit my book list for 2013

What book have you read that has Inspired you or given you some form of idea to transform something of your life???

Learn how to have a productive workday, everyday!

lifes journeyI am privileged to know and work with Jeff Roberti in NSA my health and nutrition business. His blog is full of inspiring articles and motivational tips I recommend you check it out! I wanted to share this article with you today because its easy to have a fun and productive day, everyday! To many people let others or negative events affect their day, take back control by following these tips!!

Originally posted on Jeff Roberti – “is an icon, both within the NSA company and in the world of network marketing. He earned his title as NSA’s #1 income earner his first year and has maintained the title for over 25 years.His distributorship now spans over 20 countries. Jeff’s story is often used by other distributors and companies to demonstrate the unlimited potential of network marketing. It is one of the most recognized and published stories in the history of the industry.”

10 Tricks for a Fabulous Workday

It takes just as much effort to have a wonderful day as it does to have a miserable one. Why not enjoy yourself?

Want to have the best workday ever?  Day after day?  It’s not as difficult as you think.

These 10 tweaks to your everyday behavior will virtually guarantee you a day that’s not just enjoyable but allows you to get more done than you ever thought possible.

1. Start with 15 minutes of positive input.

It’s easier to achieve and maintain a positive attitude if you have a “library” of positive thoughts in your head, so you can draw upon them if the day doesn’t go exactly as you’d prefer. Start each day by reading (or listening to) an inspirational book to ensure that you have just such a resource at hand.

2. Tie your work to your life’s goals.

Always remember that there’s a deeper reason why you go to work and why you chose your current role. Maybe it’s to support your family, to change the world in some way, to help your customers, to make a difference: Whatever the deeper motivation, remind yourself that this workday–today–is the opportunity to accomplish part of that deeper and more important goal.

3. Use your commute wisely.

Most people waste their commute time listening to the news or (worse, especially if they’re driving) making calls, texting, or answering emails. In fact, your commute time is the perfect time to get yourself pumped up for the day, and there’s no better way to do this than to listen to music that truly inspires you and gets you in the right mood. Don’t depend on a DJ: Make your own mixes!

4. Stick a smile on your face.

It’s likely, if you followed the first three steps, that you’ll already be smiling. If not, stick a smile on your face anyway.

It doesn’t matter if it feels fake: Research has shown that even the most forced of smiles genuinely reduces stress and makes you happier. Does this mean you should be grinning like the Joker in the Batman comics? Well, yes, if that’s the best you can do. But something a bit more relaxed might be less alarming to co-workers.

5. Express a positive mood.

When most people are asked social greetings–questions such as “How are you?” or “What’s up?”–they typically say something neutral (“I’m OK”) or negative, like “Hangin’ in there.” That kind of talk programs your brain for failure.

Instead, if anyone inquires, say something positive and enthusiastic, like: “Fantastic!” or “I’m having a wonderful day!” It’s true that there are some people whom this annoys–but these are people you should be avoiding anyway. (See No. 7, below.)

6. Do what’s important first.

Everybody complains about having too much to do, but few people do anything about it. As I explained in “The Surprising Secret of Time Management,” 20% of your activities are going to produce 80% of your results.  So do that 20% first, before you get to the 80% of your activities that is mostly wasted time. You’ll get more done, and you’ll get better results.

7. Avoid negative people.

If you’ve been following Steps 1 through 6, you’ll probably find that the most negative people in your orbit will be avoiding you, while the positive people will want to hang out with you and help you. Though it’s true you can’t avoid all the Debbie Downers, you can certainly find something else to do when they start grousing about stuff they won’t or can’t change.

8. Don’t work long hours.

Long hours are simply a bad idea. For one thing, as I have pointed out before: Long hours, after a short burst of productivity, actually make you less productive. But frankly, if you’ve followed Steps 1 through 7, you’ll be getting so much done that you won’t need to work those long hours.

9. Wind down and relax.

Once you’re done with the workday, fill the remainder of your hours with nonwork-related activities that bring you joy and help you relax. The analogy of “recharge your batteries” is valid. Failing to take time to relax and stop thinking about work guarantees that you’ll begin the next day with a “hangover” of resentment that will leach the joy out of what can, and should be, a positive work experience. overconcentration.

10. End your day with 15 minutes of gratitude.

As I pointed out in “The True Secret of Success,” exercising your “gratitude muscle” is the best way to make certain that you experience more success. Before you go to sleep, get out a tablet (paper or electric), and record everything that happened during the day about which you are (or could be) grateful.

You’ll sleep better and be ready for tomorrow–which will probably be even more fabulous than today.

But What About …

Now, I know some of this can sound like a stretch. It may take a leap of faith to give this approach a try. But before you push back too much, let me answer some of the questions I sometimes hear.

What if something really horrible happens during the day? You’ll be much better prepared to deal with challenges than if you were already halfway to miserable–which is how most people go through their workday.

What if I simply have to deal with a negative person? Tune out the negativity. Learn to shrug it off. If the negativity becomes too much of a burden, start using the extra energy you’re producing to reorganize your team or (if the person is outside your company) find a different partner.

What if I’m too depressed to do any of this? If that’s the case, you may need professional help. None of these tricks require more time and effort than making yourself miserable, however.

Do these tricks really work? Yes.

How to get more customers or clients for free!

How can you win more customers without spending more money? It doesn’t matter what business we are in we all want more clients! It doesn’t have to be a difficult or time-consuming task, in-fact a few daily disciplines practised without fail can have huge rewards. Here are a few tips to help you create a never-ending client list!

Existing Customers

They are your client base – How many times do you market to them?business growth

You have done all the hard work and have a base of existing customers but how often do you communicate with them? Often we are so busy chasing new business that we neglect the people who have already brought from us! Timing is everything when marketing to existing clients, focus on cross-selling or up-selling when the customer is ready to buy. This will depend on how well you know the customer in the first place! Listen to their needs and you can’t failure!

Do not assume that customers know all the products or services that you sell. Most people are focused on one thing when they make a purchase. Has a customer ever said to you ‘I didn’t know you did that’? You need to develop a customer care process that becomes routine. For further reading on customer service visit http://www.marketingdonut.co.uk/marketing/customer-care/customer-service

Referrals 

How much money is left on the table because we don’t ask for a referral? Referrals from existing clients, peers or friends are a powerful endorsement of you. It shows that you are known, liked and trusted, and are a lot closer to winning the new business than any dealing with a prospect who has found you through another channel such as marketing.

That’s why developing a referral process is so important, as the saying ‘goes if you don’t ask you don’t get’ so make it routine to ask if your client/customer knows anyone else that may benefit from your product/service?

When you do get a referral please remember to keep the referer in the loop and above all else thank them!! For further reading on referrals take a look at this book by John Jantsch

The Referral Engine: Teaching Your Business to Market Itself 

“The secret to generating referrals lies in understanding the “Customer Referral Cycle”-the way customers refer others to your company who, in turn, generate even more referrals. Businesses can ensure a healthy referral cycle by moving customers and prospects along the path of Know, Like, Trust, Try, Buy, Repeat, and Refer. If everyone in an organisation keeps this sequence in mind, Jantsch argues, your business will generate referrals like a well-oiled machine.

 This practical, smart, and original guide is essential reading for any company looking to grow without a fat marketing budget.”

Offer a Free something on your website.

Offering a free give-away on your website in exchange for a name and email address if a great way to build an audience. A strong email list will allow you an audience for your business who you can communicate with on a regular basis, who in turn will hopefully become loyal customers.

Great post on how to start your email list in 6 steps: http://www.incomediary.com/outstanding-email-list-building-success-in-6-easy-steps

Marketing is just Communication! Listening to what people want and then giving them the message that you have the solution!

Please help me in 2013 and answer the following question in the comments below, I will be collecting your answers!
What phrases or quotes have you heard that has had an impact in your life?

How To Survive As A Business Networking Newbie!

If you’re just starting out in business, you’ve probably already been told by a number of people that Business Networking is an essential activity to get involved in. It’s a great piece of advice and, even though it might fill you with absolute dread, it will provide a huge number of business contacts. Whilst not all of these will be directly relevant to you and your own business, referrals to third parties happen all the time and this really is the whole point to getting involved in Business Networking.

One of things I knew I had to face up to when starting out on my own was the fact that I’d have to put myself out and about on the Business Networking circuit. I can tell you that, out of all the hurdles associated with setting up a new business, the Networking hurdle was my most feared. I’m not a natural Sales Person but I am a natural talker – and the more events I’ve attended, the more I’ve realised that being able to talk is the only skill you need. Oh yes, and a stack of business cards!business networking

In order to survive as a Business Networking Newbie, I’d recommend the following tips:

SMILE !!
Even if you’re feeling completely overwhelmed, wear a smile. It will attract other people towards you and instantly boost your confidence.

Approach other people standing on their own at Business Networking Events.

Remember – you’re not the only one feeling awkward. Plenty of others are more than likely to be as nervous as you are.

Extend a firm handshake.

It gives the impression that you’re confident and comfortable in the situation and you definitely mean business.

Always try and ask about your new contact first.

This will demonstrate that you’re not a selfish Networker because you’re showing that you’re more interested in the other person than in talking about yourself. Essential Networking Etiquette!

Be a good listener.

Even if you’re talking to someone whose business is of no direct relevance to your own, appreciate that you’re all there for the same reason. Who knows – you might know someone….. who knows someone ….. who needs their details.

Keep your own business statement brief.

Accompany your verbal statement with your business card and direct people to your website for more detailed information. Keeping it brief at the beginning enables others to ask specific questions which you can then answer in as much depth as is required.

Be polite and honest.

You will make a good impression with many new contacts because they remember your friendly personality and honesty first and foremost.

Acknowledge the contacts you’ve made.

Always follow a Networking event by sending a brief two-line email to every contact you’ve made along the following lines: “nice to meet you, added your details to my database, hope to see you at future events”. Nothing more is needed – unless, of course, potential business was discussed at the event prompting a more detailed message or even a phone call.

So, all in all, it doesn’t have to be that scary. By implementing some – if not all – of the above tips, you can actually look forward to attending future Networking events free from all those unnecessary anxieties.

Now, what are you waiting for? Go on, give it a go

Related Post: Business Networking and Building Relationships.

Business Networking Groups:

There are many Business Networking groups, you have to find a network that suits you and your business, here is a small list to get you started.

http://www.4networking.biz/  – I run the Nantwich Group of 4Networking

http://www.bni.eu/uk/ – BNI

http://www.bforb.com/ Business for Breakfast

http://www.networkshe.co.uk/ Network She – women networking

http://www.britishchambers.org.uk/ Chambers of Commerce

http://www.networkcheshire.co.uk/ – Network Cheshire

http://www.businessbiscotti.co.uk/ Biscotti Networking

www.thefreshnetwork.co.uk The Fresh Network

Please help me in 2013 and answer the following question in the comments below, I will be collecting your answers!
What phrases or quotes have you heard that has had an impact in your life?