How Much Time Do You Have?

We all have identical 24 hours in every day but how you make use of those 24 hours determines your level of success. Have you ever analysed which tasks you complete during the day, particularly on those days where you question where the time went? Knowing how you spend your time is part of the equation for success.

Are You A DIYer?

As a start-up business, it makes sense that you watch your outgoings and not employ outside help. Do it yourself business owners take on every job that deals with sales, marketing, invoicing, and operations, plus everything else that goes into running a new business. But if you’re working on making sales, you can’t have the time to create content for your website or social media channels. You are stretched too thin and become an expert at nothing. Very often these business owners feel overwhelmed like they’re always playing catch up instead of focusing on bringing in more business.

Do you consider yourself to be a Business Leader?

Business leaders are self-aware and accept they can’t do it all themselves. They have grand plans for the future of their business and see where strengths and weaknesses lie. These leaders will be aware of expert advisers, coaches, and assistants to handle the numerous tasks involved in the day-to-day running of their business so they can devote their time to finding new clients and building relationships while their team does what they do best.

Can You Make The Transition from DIYer to Business Leader?

Of course, you can! Find a business coach who can analyse your business operations and give advice for automation of tasks or suggestions about who to hire. They may suggest a social media manager to keep your accounts up-to-date with posts and to engage your audience. Hire a virtual assistant to manage your administration and invoicing while you’re working on sales and marketing. Think of how much extra time you will have in your day if these team members are doing these tasks within the same 24 hour time period. You will undeniably see faster growth in your business but making the decision to let go can be tough.

Now that you’re ready to grow your business contact me for a discovery call. An excellent Virtual Assistant can simplify your business operations and allow you to have time instead of making time.

 

What’s Your Big WHY?

What traits do super-successful trainers and small business owners share?

Experience? No.What's your big why?

Astonishing skills? No 

Strong driving force? Again, no. 

While these things can certainly help grow your business, they’re not a requirement. Plenty of people overcome a lack of experience and skill to create successful companies and some even start a business just so they don’t have to do all the hard work.

The one thing that does make a difference, though, is your big WHY.

Why did you decide to become an entrepreneur? 

Why do you work on your computer for hours every week? 

Why do you spend far too many hours working just so you can see your business grow? 

Our big WHY is what eventually leads us to be successful, but it’s not the same for everyone. 

What is a big WHY?

Your big WHY will be different to my big WHY which in turn is different to my neighbour’s big WHY. Therefore, whatever your big WHY is, it will be personal and may have a profound meaning for you. 

For example, a victim of rape might dedicate her life to mentoring and supporting other rape victims. Her big WHY is a desire to help other rape victims through the trauma and aftermath of the rape. 

A new mother’s big WHY may be a desperate attempt to be with her child during its formative years, so she becomes self-employed to allow her to work from home. 

A young entrepreneur might want to live a different life than her parents. Her big WHY is to live her life to the fullest, and with enough money, while she’s still young enough to enjoy it, and not get caught in the same corporate world of her parents.

Do you know  your big WHY?

So, do you have a big WHY? Is it to travel, to spend more time with your children, to take long holidays and not have to worry about your income? Is it to be altruistic and live a life that is more meaningful to you. 

Whatever it is, your big WHY is the driving force behind every action you take. Whenever you’re taking on a new client, ask yourself if it’s aligned with your big WHY. When you’re setting goals for the year, ask yourself if those goals are moving you closer or further away from your big WHY. 

Thinking of branching out into a new business venture? Make sure it’s in alignment with your big WHY, and success is suddenly much more attainable.

As we start 2018 do you know what your big WHY is? Leave a comment below.

 

3 Dangers of Negative Thinking

We’re forever being told to embrace positive thinking, but rarely do we hear about the dangers of negative thinking. And, there are dangers in negative thinking. It is negative thinking that has brought on the lack of opportunities, the ruin of relationships, and the loss of jobs.

1.  Negative thinking results in negative actions

It is true that what you think is what you see. It is what “colours” your perspective
of the outside world. So, if you see work, friends, family members, and general life outside your home through a negative lens, it is a reflection of your own And you will be critical, pessimistic, and argumentative around anyone who is positive. You will look for and find fault in people, places, and things.

2.  Negative thinking attracts negative thinkers

You attract what you put out in the world. By thinking, speaking, and acting negatively, you are attracting critics, cynics, and negative conversations to you. While you may feel comfortable being in the company of like-minded people, take a step back and look at yourself and your group from the view of someone else.

Chances are good you will see unpleasant conversations and bleakness, which is not helpful to you or anyone else. Continue to surround yourself with negativity, and you will slip further down the path of emotional despair. Who are you attracting?

3. Negative thinking is the cause of passive-aggressive behaviour

Negative thinking causes you to feel disempowered and disenfranchised, like a victim of circumstances with no way out. Feeling this way will cause you to blame others; this leads to passive (no action or ownership) aggressive (hostile and resentful) behaviour. Nothing productive results from this kind of behaviour.

Avoiding the dangers of negative thinking is possible. Just be aware of your thoughts and who you are attracting. Understand that while there are problems in the world, at your work, or in your family, you have the power to look for positives and opportunities.

You have the power to look for something good in every person, place, or thing that crosses your path You don’t need to ignore the problems. When you focus on the positive, you’ll have the energy and resources to address those problems and, in the end, you will be much more satisfied with the results.

6 Most Popular Niches on Pinterest

There’s no definitive data yet, so this report is based on my observations while browsing, and the accepted wisdom that Pinterest is the next ‘big’ thing in social media marketing.

  1.  House and HomeBeautfiful house on Pinterest

There are numerous segments in Pinterest in this category. There are the DIY people who are looking for tutorials – and the buyers who are looking for ideas. There’s the people (like me) who love looking at beautiful homes and gardens. Colour schemes are popular for people who aren’t confident in their own decorating skills. If you want to be sure that you’re not making a fashion faux pas, arrange your searches by popularity and average customer review.

2. Crafts

I must admit this is my faPowertex bottlevourite. I’m a Powertex artist and find my inspiration in this wonderland of pins. Crafts, in general, are hugely popular on Pinterest and full of cool ideas for yourself and your family. One of my favourites that I’m dying to try when I move into my new house in a couple of weeks is using glow sticks for all sorts of decorating ideas. Pop one into a jam jar and you’ve got an outdoor lantern; throw one into the kids’ bath, turn off the lights and the bathroom becomes a secret cave and bath time is twice as much fun; put one into balloons as you blow them up and they look fabulous for night time parties. All ideas from Pinterest.

3. Travel & PlacesGouda

 Whether you’re daydreaming or making plans, looking at other people’s travel ideas is a great place to start. From countries to concerts, Pinners save everything related to holidays. Boards tend to be split between Places I’ve been and Places I want to go. Sometimes people use this category to pin their holiday home ideas and a helpful sub-category is items you need to buy or take with you for any location.

4. Food

 This category could be called Recipes as that’s the most popular sub-category. Whether it’s recipes for decadent desserts, main meal ideas or children’s snacks there are options for every cook. Do you find it difficult to get your children to eat fruit? Fill their plate with the colours of the rainbow, strawberries, oranges, kiwi, blueberries, raspberries and purple grapes, and drop a piece of ice cream on top to resemble clouds and it’ll be a big hit – all from Pinterest.

5. Dieting and Fitness

 This category is all over Pinterest, whether you’re a fan of diets or not. I’m not. From brand names like Weight Watchers to motivational tips on how to lose weight a5 minutes to toned armsnd keep it off, there’s something for everyone on this roller coaster journey. Then, of course, here are the actual products you can buy for fitness training and that list seems never-ending. As someone who at one time or another had most of these torture instruments lying unused around the house, I’m much more in favour of a good walk with my dog. Lots of pins for that too!

 

6. Fashion

 A category whose allure is timeless. Have you heard of Polyvore.com? If you haven’t, don’t hate me – it’s also adFashion on Pinterestdictive. You create ‘sets’ of clothing that you would like to wear and you’re then given suggestions about where to source them. These ‘sets’ are also posted to Pinterest where others get inspiration. Retailers are using both Pinterest and Polyvore to drive traffic to their shopping sites.

I could write about Pinterest all day, just as I could browse the website all day, but that’s enough for now. If you’d like to know more about the top niches drop me a comment below.

 

 

Pinterest Etiquette: The Do’s and Don’ts

Pinterest presents yet another new way to enjoy social media marketing online. However, it operates a little different from the social networking sites that people are used to – sites like Facebook, Twitter, or even Instagram. As such, the do’s and don’ts for observing proper etiquette when pinning and repinning can get a little quirky. Here are a few essential rules to get you started and prevent you from stepping on other people’s toes when using Pinterest for marketing.

Do link back to your source.

Otherwise, your pins can easily be considered as actual theft or a copyright violation. Someone else did all the hard work for creating such a beautiful photo. The least you can do is to give credit where it’s due, don’t you think?

Don’t pin photos that you’ve been expressly warned not to use.

There are bloggers and site owners who are pretty protective of their rights to the photos they have up on their pages. They even have explicit warnings posted about copyright and privacy policies. In such cases, it’s better to play it safe and ask permission directly about pinning.

Do thank your sources.

This goes as well for photos you have seen in other boards and repinned to yours. A little thanks won’t cost you anything, but it will go a long way in fostering positive relationships.

Don’t write a novel for your board and pin descriptions.

In a nutshell – overly long descriptions are boring. They can be such a detriment that some may even opt out of repinning your photo because they don’t want that description to clutter their own boards. Keep it short but sweet – which is exactly how Internet users want it.

Do respond to comments posted on your pins.

That’s the golden rule in social marketing: do unto others what you want them to do unto you. And surely you want people to respond to the comments you make on their respective pins, right?

Of course, you need to make sure that your comments will be of credit to you and the owner of the pin. It must clearly establish your authority on a particular subject or the superiority of the products and services of your business.

Don’t be rude.

Rudeness does not pay. It may give you a few seconds of self-righteous pride but that will soon fade away. In the end, you’ll be left with a reputation that gets tarnished by the second as more and more people find about this objectionable Pinner they’re better off ignoring.

Pinterest encourages you to report offensive pins and behavior on their site. You can definitely do that instead of behaving unprofessionally “in front” of your online customers.

Do make your pins count.

Lastly, it’s important that you do not end up spamming other people’s news feeds with your pins. Each and every photo you pin to your board should elevate your marketing campaign. If they don’t matter much to your businessThe words  then don’t expect them to matter much to your customers either.

Creating a pattern of success

Signpost saying success is a state of mind

Hоw tо Crеаtе а Pаttеrn оf Suссеѕѕ

Onсе уоu еxреrіеnсе ѕuссеѕѕ уоu wіll bе аblе tо lооk bасk аnd rеаlіzе thаt уоu асhіеvе аll ѕuссеѕѕ рrеttу muсh thе ѕаmе wау.
Yоu ѕеt а gоаl, fоllоw thrоugh оn thе tаѕkѕ nееdеd tо bе dоnе fоr асhіеvіng rеѕultѕ, kеер аn ореn mіnd, lеаrn frоm оthеrѕ, trасk уоur ѕuссеѕѕеѕ аnd lеаrn frоm fаіlurе. It’ѕ thе ѕаmе thіng, оvеr аnd оvеr аgаіn. And іt wоrkѕ. If уоu wаnt tо сrеаtе а раttеrn оf ѕuссеѕѕ іn уоur lіfе, уоu саn ѕtаrt nоw bу lеаrnіng thе ѕесrеt thаt ѕuссеѕѕful реорlе knоw. Suссеѕѕful реорlе аrе оnlу ѕр

есіаl bесаuѕе thеу аrе dоеrѕ аnd fоllоw thrоugh. Thеу аrе nоt ѕmаrtеr thаn оthеrѕ; іn fасt іt іѕ еntіrеlу роѕѕіblе уоu аrе ѕmаrtеr оn рареr thаn thеу аrе. Yоu јuѕt dоn’t fоllоw thrоugh.

Bесоmе а Gоаl Sеttіng Exреrt

 Stаrt аt thе tор аnd lеаrn hоw tо сrаft thе bеѕt gоаlѕ fоr уоurѕеlf. Knоw thаt thе gоаl іѕ ѕоmеthіng thаt саn bе ассоmрlіѕhеd аnd knоw thаt thе gоаl іѕ mеаѕurаblе bеfоrе уоu fіnіѕh wrіtіng іt. Mоѕt оf аll, mаkе ѕurе іt’ѕ а gоаl thаt уоu rеаllу wаnt tо асhіеvе.

Sсhеdulе Evеrуthіng

Pеорlе whо асhіеvе аrе dоеrѕ. If уоu wаnt tо gеt ѕоmеthіng dоnе, ѕсhеdulе іt nо mаttеr hоw ѕіllу іt mіght ѕееm tо уоu. If уоu рut іt іn а ѕсhеdulе аt а раrtісulаr tіmе, аnd nоt јuѕt оn а gеnеrіс “tо dо” lіѕt, іt wіll bе mоrе lіkеlу thаt уоu gеt іt dоnе. Fоr іnѕtаnсе, іf уоu hаvе ѕеt а gоаl tо wrіtе а 80,000 wоrd nоvеl bу а сеrtаіn dаtе, thеn уоu ѕhоuld knоw hоw mаnу раgеѕ уоu nееd tо gеt dоnе еасh wееk аnd whісh dауѕ уоu саn wоrk оn іt, whісh tіmеѕ, hоurѕ, аnd hоw lоng іt tаkеѕ уоu tо wrіtе а раgе. Suссеѕѕful wrіtеrѕ wrіtе; thеу dоn’t wаіt fоr іnѕріrаtіоn tо ѕtrіkе. Thеу ѕсhеdulе іt, аnd dо іt. Thе ѕаmе саn bе ѕаіd fоr аnуthіng уоu wаnt tо асhіеvе. Yоu dоn’t wаіt untіl уоu wаnt tо dо іt; уоu dо іt оn ѕсhеdulе.

Autоmаtе thе Mundаnе

Thеrе аrе а lоt оf thіngѕ thаt nееd tо bе dоnе but thаt саn еѕсаlаtе еаѕіlу іntо “buѕу wоrk” whісh dоеѕn’t gеt уоu сlоѕеr tо а gоаl. Bооkkееріng fоr іnѕtаnсе іѕ ѕоmеthіng thаt саn bе ассоmрlіѕhеd tоdау, wіth thе rіght ѕоftwаrе, аlmоѕt аutоmаtісаllу. Yоu саn ѕсhеdulе рауmеntѕ tо hарреn аutоmаtісаllу; уоu саn аlѕо uѕе ѕоftwаrе thаt еntеrѕ еvеrуthіng fоr уоu іn thе lеdgеr. Frееіng uр tіmе tо fосuѕ оn уоur ѕсhеdulеd асtіvіtіеѕ thаt muѕt bе dоnе tо асhіеvе thе gоаl іѕ а mоrе рrоduсtіvе uѕе оf tіmе.

Gеt Outѕіdе Exреrt Hеlр

Tо bе а ѕuссеѕѕ dоеѕn’t mеаn уоu hаvе tо dо еvеrуthіng уоurѕеlf. Yоu’rе nоt оn уоur оwn. Thе bеѕt ѕсіеntіѕtѕ, рrоfеѕѕоrѕ, dосtоrѕ, lаwуеrѕ, аnd CEOѕ hаvе аѕѕіѕtаntѕ whо hеlр thеm lооk grеаt. Yоu tоо саn hіrе оutѕіdе hеlр аnd соntrасtоrѕ tо hеlр уоu dо thе tаѕkѕ nееdеd tо rеасh уоur gоаlѕ. Othеr thаn dоіng еxеrсіѕе fоr уоu аnd thіng уоu muѕt dо рhуѕісаllу fоr уоurѕеlf, thеrе іѕn’t muсh уоu саn’t оutѕоurсе tоdау.

Stор Rеіnvеntіng thе Whееl

In mоѕt саѕеѕ, ѕоmеоnе hаѕ аlrеаdу dоnе іt bеfоrе уоu. Sоmеоnе hаѕ аlrеаdу wоrkеd оut thе kіnkѕ аnd dеvіѕеd а рlаn оf асtіоn thаt wіll wоrk fоr уоu tоо wіth hаrdlу аnу twеаkѕ. Lеаrn frоm оthеr реорlе’ѕ mіѕtаkеѕ аnd rеаlіzе thаt уоu саn gаіn vаluаblе іnfоrmаtіоn frоm whаt оthеrѕ аrе аlrеаdу dоіng.

Nеvеr Stор Lеаrnіng

Thеу ѕау іt tаkеѕ tеn thоuѕаnd hоurѕ оf rеаdіng аbоut а tоріс tо bесоmе аn еxреrt оn аnу ѕubјесt. Kеер thіѕ іn mіnd аѕ уоu lооk tоwаrd уоur futurе аnd ѕеt уоur gоаlѕ. If уоu wаnt tо bе аn еxреrt, уоu’ll nееd tо ѕtаrt tоdау buіldіng uр thоѕе tеn thоuѕаnd hоurѕ. Evеn іf уоu knоw nоthіng аbоut а tоріс tоdау, уоu саn bе аn еxреrt іn јuѕt tеn thоuѕаnd hоurѕ. Don’t be daunted by that figure – those hours are going to pass regardless of whether you are learning or not.

Knоw Yоur Cоrе Vаluеѕ

Aѕ уоu ѕеt gоаlѕ tо сrеаtе а раttеrn оf ѕuссеѕѕ, іt’ѕ іmреrаtіvе thаt уоu knоw whаt уоur соrе vаluеѕ аrе іn tеrmѕ оf fаmіlу, реrѕоnаl, fіnаnсіаl аnd уоur рhуѕісаl lіfе. Evеrуоnе hаѕ dіffеrеnt аrеаѕ thеу nееd tо wоrk оn mоrе thаn оthеrѕ – уоu nееd tо knоw whаt уоur аrеаѕ аrе tо ѕеt rеаlіѕtіс gоаlѕ thаt уоu wаnt tо mееt.

Trасk, Aѕѕеѕѕ, Rереаt

Nоthіng іѕ еvеr dоnе wіthоut thе рареrwоrk, аѕ thеу ѕау. Wеll, thаt іnсludеѕ сrеаtіng а раttеrn оf ѕuссеѕѕ. Onlу bу ѕеttіng gоаlѕ, thеn trасkіng аnd аѕѕеѕѕіng thе rеѕultѕ оf thе gоаlѕ, аnd thеn rереаtіng whаt wоrkѕ wіll уоu сrеаtе а раttеrn оf ѕuссеѕѕ. Crеаtіng а раttеrn оf ѕuссеѕѕ rеquіrеѕ knоwlеdgе оf gоаl ѕеttіng, аnd gоаl асhіеvіng, аnd аn іn-dерth knоwlеdgе оf уоurѕеlf. Stаrtіng tоdау уоu саn gаіn thаt knоwlеdgе аnd сrеаtе а rеаl раttеrn оf ѕuссеѕѕ іn уоur lіfе.

What’s your mindset? Do any of these points resonate with you?