10 Ways To Reach Your Goals

Reach your goals they say. How you ask?

I listened to an interesting audio the other day as I drove to the gym, it  made a colossal impression. In fact it made such an impression I’ve had it on my mind for a few days and decided to write this blog post.  It’s a concept I wanted to share  with you. It is very simple and basic but definitely profound. It can help you reach your goals.Steve Covey wrote about this and called it The Law Of The Farm.

If you’re struggling with reaching your goals then keep reading.

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The law of the farm came about by observing the natural world around us. It states as in farming, success in life comes from regular disciplined, daily effort. Remember Jesus said as we sow so shall we reap.

As the farmer plows his field so should we prepare ourselves for success. You must stay focused in order to reach your goals.

If you are a farmer you cannot expect a bumper crop if you lay around fishing and riding horses for 3 months then scramble to plow and sow your seeds at the last minute to grow your crop.Mother nature doesn’t work that way and the farmer knows this.

The same is true for the student in college who parties all week and then tries to cram for his big exam. He may pass the test but doesn’t really learn the material. Long term meaningful success doesn’t happen this way.

To reach your goals : sow your seeds in all of the necessary activities.

Those activities include :

1. Being committed to your goals.

2. Being a lifelong student and getting the training you deserve.

3. Take massive action on the things you learn.

4. Don’t’ be afraid to make mistakes.

5. Learn from your mistakes

6. Find a mentor. Follow someone who is having success.

7. Become an expert at your marketing strategy. Teach others.

8. Be generous and have a positive attitude. Don’t let the weeds of negativity grow in your garden.

9. Step out of your comfort zone. If it makes you nervous you are on the right path.

10. Give gratitude for all you have in your life and for your small successes because they will add up to a big success.

Success is built slowly and with purpose that is focused, to reach your goals be consistent with the best efforts you can manage on a daily basis.

Earl Nightingale also wrote about success being a procession of days not  a sudden burst of activity. Success is

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a cumulative effect of disciplined, daily effort.

Nightingale said looking back on success that the person looking back would not say one thing or one day was given credit but that a constant focus with consistent effort over many days was the key. You should live your life one day at a time and be the best you can be during that day.

Many people especially in Network Marketing and Internet Marketing want instant success and money to come their way and when it doesn’t happen fast they become disillusioned and lose their focus. They do not understand The Law Of the Farm.

They basically give up.

There is no get rich quick scheme or short cuts to success.

Remembering the Law Of The Farm can help you stay on tract and reach your goals. It is a natural process, you can’t change it.  You can try by taking part in shady strategies that are sure to backfire…it’s the cramming for the test mentality! You won’t reach your goals this way I asure you of that.

Try to incorporate the Law Of The Farm into your thinking. Don’t get frustrated when reaching your goals is taking too long . It always seems that way when you are climbing the mountain but when you get there oh what a majestic view and reaching your goals was so worth the effort.

Remember you are not alone. We all have to work at reaching our goals on a daily basis and it doesn’t get easier because as you grow the goals get bigger.

Take it one day at a time and keep your eye on the prize do the things daily to reach your goals.

What struggles have you had in your journey to success?  Do you think you will ever be satisfied with your level of success?  I would love to hear about the trials and tribulations you have gone through or are going through in your journey.

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The Top 10 Home Based Business Tax Deductions

Home based business tax deductions are not exactly awe inspiring to write about but understanding them is a necessary part of being  a home based business owner.

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I recently sat down to organize my tax information for my home based businesses. These  include my mlm , internet marketing and also my art sales. I can tell you it’s much easier come tax time if you are organized and keep good records throughout the year. Unfortunately for me I procrastinated even after much encouragement (nagging) from my husband who is the world’s most organized former boy scout.

Do as I say and not as I do………. get organized!

After last year’s tax experience my accountant  set up a spread sheet for me. She knew I needed help! I confess even with the spread sheet handed to me on a silver platter I was not consistent with the data entry. It seemed like such a mundane non revenue producing activity and I had plenty on new exciting areas to keep me preoccupied.

As penitence, I spent the better part of yesterday organizing and compiling the mountain of receipts, invoices sales and check stubs. yikes! I paid for my avoidance and catching up  definitely gave me a headache!

Tip numero uno don’t wait till the last minute!

I needed a blog post and wanted to share something useful.  The Tax Man is just around the corner so I did some research on  home based business tax deductions and this is what I came up with. Please keep in mind I am not a tax expert. Below is a general list of  home based business tax deductions.

Please consult with a qualified CPA for your personal deductions.

Here’s the good news: A home based business can reduce your taxes while building your income !

Important: Open a separate bank account for your business!

Remember your business must be defined as a business and not a hobby.

The IRS presumes that an activity is carried on for profit if it makes a profit during at least 3 of the last 5 tax years including the current year.

Here are 10 Home Based Business Tax Deductions

1.Home Office

This can be one of your biggest home based business tax deductions. Defined as any space you use regularly and solely used for your business. This also includes your restroom. You must measure your home’s square footage and then your office square footage. Calculate the percentage. Example: If your home is 2,000 sq. ft. and your office is 400 sq. ft. then you are allowed 20% deduction from your

  • mortgage’s or rent
  • repairs and maintenance
  • real estate taxes.
  • utility bills

It’s recommended you put together a log and keep up with these expenses month to month.

2. Office Supplies

It’s a good idea to keep an agenda calender for documentation or some kind of daily record of your business activities for these home based business tax deductions.

  • Computer software
  • business subscriptions

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  • starter kits
  • website
  • internet connection
  • business and promotional materials
  • handouts
  • samples
  • books and magazines directly related to your business

3. Phone and Internet

You can deduct your business phone, fax and internet expenses. Only deduct the expense directly related to your business. If you only have one home phone only deduct that portion related to your business but if you have a second phone specifically for your business then you can deduct 100%.

4. Furniture for your office.

5. Mileage/Car

The standard mileage is the easiest because it requires minimal record-keeping. Keep track of the miles you drive for business and the dates. Multiply the total miles by the standard mileage rate and that is your deductible expense. Check with your CPA for the mileage rate for 2012.

Tip:  I have a booklet I keep above my sun visor to track this.

6. Travel and Expenses

Travel such as air fare and hotels are good for your home based business tax deductions. It is so important to get to some of the meetings related to your business, there is magic in these events, by all means go!

For dinners, to qualify you must conduct business with the person you are entertaining. These expenses are 50% deductible. Also included in this category are ticket to sports event, cost of a golf game and the cost of the a meal with beverages , tax and tip. You will need very good records for this.

7. Health Insurance Premiums

If you pay for your own health insurance premium and not eligible to participate in your spouse’s medical plan, you can deduct all of your health, dental and long-term care insurance premiums. You can also deduct premiums paid to cover your spouse and dependents.

8. Interest on Business loans and Business Credit Card Interest                                                                                                                                             

9. Social Security

The bad news. If you are self-employed you have to pay double the Social Security contributions. The federal law requires the employer to pay half and the employee to pay half. Self employed workers are both. The good news is you can deduct half of the contribution on your 1040.

10. Self-Employment Retirement Plans such as 401 (k)s

It’s always a good idea to contribute to your 401 (k) and other retirement funds. Remember they are tax deferred which is always great.

There you have it. Like I said I am not a CPA or expert in home based business tax deductions but wanted to share with you what I learned from my research while looking at this subject.

The key is to keep good records and document all of your business activities. Talk to your CPA for a more detailed explanation of these deductions. Develop a spread sheet or have someone do it for you. Just make sure you keep track and do this monthly. Don’t wait like I did to do it all in one sitting.

Doing the data entry on a monthly basis for your home based business tax deductions also has another benefit it lets you track your progress in your business.

It’s always a good idea to start the new year with a budget for your home based business. As you keep tract of where you are you can see if you can afford to buy another new course or e book or what ever shiny new ball is floating around in cyberspace.

By taking these steps you can measure the progress you are making in your home based business from month to month and year to year.

I hope this blog post was helpful for you. I would love to hear what your experiences have been with doing your taxes as a home based business owner. Have you had any surprises and have you seen the benefit of these tax deductions?

 

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MLM Prospecting | How To Ignore Rejection

MLM Prospecting : Don’t let rejection stop you before you start!

Network marketing can be one of the most rewarding businesses.   Be aware there are certain challenges we all deal with especially mlm prospecting. This blog post will identify some of these mlm prospecting challenges and offer guidance and encouragement for overcoming them so you can embrace and enjoy success!

MLM Prospecting|Warm Market Rejection:

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One of the first things you learn from your upline is to tap into your warm market for mlm prospecting.

This market includes your spouse, family and friends.  These are the people you love and respect the most. Their rejection can be most painful and hard to deal with. Warm market rejection could be the number one reason people fail in their mlm.

Here’s the scene: You’ve just gone to a presentation for xyz company. You’re sold on the company and the compensation plan and you decide to join but first you go home to talk it over with your spouse. You are filled with excitement and try to explain what the opportunity is all about. You have no idea your spouse will respond any other way except to say go for it I’m behind you 100%!

Instead your Spouse says this “I can’t believe you want to join a Pyramid Scheme are you crazy,” or words to that effect.

How about this one : You call your long time friend to set up a presentation appointment, he tells you he’s not interested! He says he’s heard horror stories about mlm. Here’s another scenario, he agrees to come to the presentation and then doesn’t show up! Statistics are about 50% of your warm market will not show up for the appointment.

Wow, how disappointing! You feel about as low as you can get.

 Perk up! Don’t listen to these people who don’t know what they are talking about! They will try to save you from this scam! It doesn’t matter what your new business proposal is these same people will try to save you even if it’s a brick and mortar business. They don’t know what they’re talking about! Don’t listen!

MLM Prospecting  | Use Rejection as Motivation:

Rejection comes in many forms. It can be cruel words spoken or you can even get laughed at for believing you can break out of the mold to make unlimited income and have time freedom with your own home based business.

What do you do in the face of this kind of rejection? I suggest you use it as motivation.  You can turn it around and use the rejection as motivation to reach your mlm  prospecting success goals. You can show your critics that no matter what they say or think and no matter how much negativity they throw at you, you will attain your mlm prospecting success, you will find a way to do it. They may smirk at you and never show up for the presentations but you can use this as fuel for the motivation to climb up the mountain to mlm prospecting success.

MLM Prospecting | Prepare for Rejection

Rejection happens to all of us. You  don’t have to be a statistic who quits before they even get started because they are initially surrounded by negativity coming from loved ones.

We as business owners and recruiters have a responsibility to teach and train our new business partners before they get shot down by rejection.

Here are some tips to remember and share with them:

  1. Don’t listen to people who don’t know what they are talking about.                                                                          

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  2. Do listen to those who have already attained mlm success and Do know what they are talking about!

Educate those you recruit to not go out with only enthusiasm as their foundation. They must receive some training and coaching before approaching their warm market. Step up and be a leader and mentor to your new recruit.

Your spouse needs to see the complete presentation. Never try to convince them without it.

MLM Prospecting |Don’t approach anyone with your opportunity until you’ve done these 3 steps:

  1. Sign the distributor application.
  2. Made a commitment to your new business. Usually after you’ve made the commitment you’re family and friends will be more supportive.
  3. Been trained professionally. Learn what you need to know in order to be effective.

Remember some of your best warm market prospects will never join you no matter how successful you become. Don’t worry about it! Move on.

Here’s is a great tip about mlm prospecting. If  you get a no today it could be the wrong time for your prospect. Put them on a follow- up list and try again in 6 months. You never know what might change . 

You can only change your attitude not anyone else’s. Work on your self-esteem and confidence level, only then will you be able to lead and become a role model to elevate others.

Stay positive and take daily action!

I’d love to hear some of your stories.

What are some of your most memorable rejections? How did you overcome them or deal with them?

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How Getting More Referrals Is Easier Than You Think

Getting more referrals is a process.

Do you have enough leads? I think it’s a safe bet that you don’t. This is the number one biggest problem network marketers have don’t you know. This blog post will show you how getting more referrals might be easier than you think.

Referrals are a great source for leads but largely overlooked . Could it be “The No” you get while prospecting throws you for a loop and you don’t think to ask for the referral?  I know it stings to get ” No” as a response but try not to let  it disrupt your composure…. The thing to do is train yourself instead is ask for a referral?  You’re missing a great opportunity if you don’t do this! Never fear,experience will help you with this but you must begin and don’t forget to ask.

I recently read a book titled “Endless Referrals” by Bob Burg. As the title implys  Bob Burg is an expert at getting referrals. His book is full of great tips.

Getting more referrals is a process and there are steps to take before asking for the referral and also there are different ways to go about getting the referral.  To get more referrals you must begin by building relationships but that is what network marketing is all about anyway, right? I’m sure right now you have many people on your list who might have said no but could actually give you more leads for your business.

Below is an example of  one of the ways you can use networking events to begin the process of getting more referrals.

You’ve gone to a networking event and you’ve met some great people who could be potential customers or perhaps join your business. What do you do? Do you start the pitch? NO that would be the kiss of death. The best thing to do in this situation is not talk about yourself at all! The key to being remembered is simply to listen and ask questions. Let the other guy do the talking.

Listening is a great asset and it’s a key component to getting more referrals. You make a bigger impression by listening, everyone wants to talk about themselves, resist the urge to dominate the conversation. One of the best bosses  I ever had hardly ever talked, but his skill at listening was world class…you always felt better after talking to him. He would sit there and nod his head at every sentence, you just knew he heard you and understood your problem. What a great guy!

The art of asking questions and keeping the spotlight on your new potential prospect is also a great skill to develop. You should strive for asking questions 99% of the time. Your prospect will remember you in a favorable way and they might not even realize why.

It’s also important to meet people at the networking event who are centers of influence.  You will recognize them by the large group of people constantly surrounding them. People who are centers of influence know many people and are a great resource for referrals, so get to know them and have them get to know you. Make a positive impression by asking questions and listening.

After you’ve left the networking event your work begins for  getting more referrals.

Do this after every networking event.  Send a personalized thank you note to the people you met at the event.

As Bob Burg explains in his book this is Basic Sales Training 101 but hardly anyone does it and that’s why you will stand out from the crowd.

There is a proper way to make this lasting impression as explained below:

#1  Design a note card that measures 8 X3.5″ Put your picture on it (very important) and company logo on the card.

#2 Keep the “Thank You” short and sweet. example  “Hi ____, Thank you, it was a pleasure meeting you. If I can ever refer business your way, I certainly will.” Keep your message understated and don’t try to sell anything.

#3 Make sure you mail the card the day of the event/meeting so the recipient gets the note the next day.                                         2012-09-18_09-53-09_358

This card needs to be put into a #10 envelope and hand addressed and hand stamped, reason being if it’s sent as a post card it could be easily tossed into the trash. A hand addressed envelope on the other hand makes it a mystery  which makes it much more likely to be opened and read. You don’t want it to look like junk mail.

I think this is a great idea for getting more referrals  and I have used it in my own business. People definitely will remember you the next time they see you and I have made sales this way.

You might say well I really don’t have time to write everyone I meet while out networking but if you prepare ahead of time you do have the time. You can prepare by taking a stack of the notes and writing the message in mass. When the time comes to send them out all you have to do is add the name and address the envelope.

Keep a stack of notes ready to send.

This is such a simple thing, writing a thank you note but it is this and other things like this that really separates the successful people from those who are not so successful.

I think you can see how these tips can go a long way to set the stage for asking your contacts and prospects for referrals. There are many more in the book!

Are you in business where you need “offline” tips and tricks? If you are let me know what some of your problems are or share the things you have used to make a great impression on your prospects.

 

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MLM Success | 10 Steps You Can Take Now!

MLM Success: Are you there yet?

Are you dreaming of mlm success but find yourself going in circles?

If you answered yes , you’ve come to the right place.  I’m going to show you  what some of the most successful multilevel marketers have put together as a daily action plan . You can use this plan to fire your boss if you like but first let’s talk about how you can take it one step at a time and not get frustrated. No doubt there’s a lot to learn but don’t be discouraged.

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First make a commitment to your business. Make sure you know your why and make it a strong reason, one that brings tears to your eyes. Yes tears, it must be that strong for mlm success!

Start at the beginning: there are levels of experience you must master. In the beginning you must become good at one thing and fully understand it.  You don’t  jump ahead to being a manager before you are a good worker first. This is a key point for success. Master each rung of the ladder of success. 

 Are you willing to start at the bottom? Are you willing to work hard? Focus and put your energy into this and know it will be worth the effort.

Believe in yourself ! Learn the steps and  take baby steps at first.

 MLM Success |  It’s a process.

You have control over this process by the amount of time and effort you are willing to spend developing the necessary skills.  For some mlm success is faster and for some it is slower.

Some sources say to give it 2 years of devoted effort and some say give it 5 years. You want it now understandable but be willing to wait for success. Have patience with yourself. Keep your efforts consistent and don’t quit! Most of the successful people in mlm did not start out immediately being successful. They worked very hard  for years ,they learned and then put into practice the things they learned for mlm success.

Planning your day is a most critical habit to develop, put things on your calender.

Below are the daily steps  for mlm success and to fire your boss courtesy of My Lead System Pro:  Do these steps every day.

1.Connect with 3-5 Quality Network Marketers (you can do this on Facebook).                                                                                                  mlm success

2. Connect with 3-5 people in your existing network

3. Call your leads

4. Begin your journey to become a master marketer and go get leads.

This means you need to start studying a marketing strategy, learn about it 30 minutes a day and put what you learn immediately into practice while the information is still fresh in your mind.

5.Spend 30 minutes a day plugging into personal development and mindset training. This step is most important!

6. Attend all the live webinars throughout the week

7. Invite your contacts via Face Book and also email to you contacts our industry-wide free Wednesday webinars

8. Meet your new “inner -circle” of like minded entrepreneurs.

9. Review daily your printed-out MLSP beginners marketing guide. You’ll find it in MLSP backoffice. Not a member yet? Click here.

10.  Attend at least one live networking event every other week.

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I hope these mlm success tips were helpful.

I would love to hear about your journey with  your  MLM successes. What is your daily action plan?

Remember this:  It’s not an easy journey but it’s worth it.

 

 

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You Tube Video Marketing is on my goals list for 2013.

You know when you first begin using the internet for generating MLM leads you don’t always know which strategy will grab your attention.  For me I love anything creative, fun and rt brained.  Video definitely meets those requirements.  Video marketing has some of the same  technical aspects as blogging  so it’s very important that you learn how to produce and share your videos for maximum results.

You Tube Video Marketing  certainly grabbed my attention in the latter part of this year. I found out You Tube has some exciting statistics you might be interested in.

 I’m writing this blog post to share with you some great information that could help you make a decision about using You Tube Video Marketing to build your brand and increase your business.

You Tube was founded in 2005, doesn’t seem that long ago does it? It was purchased by Google in 2006 and  it is growing at such a rapid pace. I know some of my fellow marketers are having fantastic success generating leads with this modality.

If you have been thinking about You Tube Video Marketing for yourself, there is no better time than now to start learning.

Here are some facts you should know about You Tube!

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 As you can see You Tube Video Marketing might be a good idea for your business.

I’m reading lately a lot of marketers are doing a hybrid…Vlog for their Blog home, Vlog is video and written blog post. Actually on You Tube you will get the best results if you add a 500 word report to your video. There is SEO optimization for You Tube, the advantage is you are ranked within You Tube but can also appear on Google in the rankings . If you get to the first page of Google even though you might not be in the number 1 position  most people will be naturally be attracted to the video on the page another slight advantage for getting the click and an opt in.
You Tube Video Marketing is a great way to brand yourself. Think about it. Your prospects can really get to know, like and trust you through video. it makes perfect sense to use video in your marketing plan.

As you learned in the infographic above, You Tube is the 3rd most visited site behind Facebook #2 and then of course Google #1. With 70% of the Traffic coming from the rest of the world this is truly an international marketing tool.

There are 7 billion people on the earth with 2 billion plugged into the internet and 5 billion with cell phones. That’s a lot of traffic to tap into.

I am  learning how to use video  and I am in my second video course. There are many tips and tricks to using You Tube Video Marketing and I will share with you what I learn along the way.

Some of the things I have learned :

  • You don’t have to have fancy cinematographer’s gear to produce value content and a great video
  • Key Words are important for video
  • People like video
  • Your customers/prospects feel they know you from your videos and it is easier to have them buy or opt in.

So don’t be afraid of You Tube Video Marketing…it is here and it is BIG and getting BIGGER every year, make this your year of the video. Start learning  You Tube Video Marketing today.

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How do you feel about You Tube Video Marketing? Is this something you would consider adding to your marketing strategy?

I would love to hear your thoughts on this subject.

 

 

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Benefits of Goal Setting

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The Mayan Calender Ended on this day 12-21-12

As you  probably know by now  we survived the end of the Mayan Calendar which some thought would usher in the end of the world.

I along with my family had the privilege and the honor to be present at Chichen Itza  the great Mayan Pyramid  for the last day of their calender. It was a very memorable experience. Lots of people from all over the world showed up to witness the happening.

Thank goodness  nothing happened…..the world didn’t end!

Now we must get back to work and move ahead with our lives and our business. It’s the new year coming up and it’s time to think about creating  some goals and the benefits of goal setting for the first quarter and the rest of the year.

If you’re like me you are excited about what’s next on the agenda. It is with enthusiasm that you should work and develop your  business.

You need goals to keep you on track.  The consequences of not thinking about what you want and where you want to go  might read like this:

You work and work and work  everyday but when you’re finished you find you  have no results and are still in the same place with no progress being made. What a waste of time! I don’t have the luxury of wasting time do you?

I’ve made a list of  benefits of goal setting and what they can do for you and your business.

Take a little time now to determine where you want to go and how to get there. This will help you save time and you will also see results for all the hard work you do.

 

 5 Benefits of Goal Setting:

1. Serves as a guide in helping you make decisions about what is important for your business and what steps you need in order to reach the goal.

When you are thinking about your goals, think about the benefit you will gain from putting in the hard work and the focus necessary to achieve that goal. Will the benefit match your expectations?

2. Separates real life actions from wishful thinking.

Remember in order to reach the goals you set you must do the work required wishful thinking will not take you there. Are you ready to take on the challenge?

Without the guide you can get lost in wishful thinking. This is where you will spin your wheels and get bogged down in busy work without any real results. This is where you waste your time. Wishful thinking can be helpful for the creative process but ultimately you have to set a plan into action.

3. It gives you a path to follow.

There is a  foundation you must build for success. You can’t have a strong business without a strong foundation, athletes , musicians and yes even entrepreneurs have to develop and grow to reach success. Discipline is a part of reaching your goals. We all need to set goals to help us stay on the path and keep us disciplined as we work towards success even if it’s 6 pack abs we are wanting to achieve.

4. Benefits of goal setting  helps you set priorities.

There should be goals for your life and goals for your business. Sometimes these goals will overlap.

We all want happiness and health in our lives but in our business we want to achieve success and a degree of wealth. What is important to you? Determine the order of importance and work on your goals from this perspective. Once you have the list then develop the plan.

5. Makes you responsible for you own successes and failures.                                                                                       goals sign

After you have defined your goals break them down into smaller steps. Really think about the process you need to go through. You can find free tools online to help you do this.  Here’s one I found that’s free and fun to use!

Getting to  your goal is a great feeling and can give  you a great sense of accomplishment that will enhance your self esteem and confidence.

Some helpful tips for getting the maximum benefits of goal setting.

To stay accountable it is a good idea to have an accountability partner. This person should be someone who can become invested in your success. My husband is a great accountability partner. He reminds me from time to time about the business side of what I am doing. He recommended I do spread sheets for my business profits and losses. His background is in business and mine is in medicine so I appreciate the helpful tips he gives me.It’s easy for me to just get into the learning and training and  also the socializing aspect of internet marketing. So having him as an accountability partner helps me stay on track.

It would also be helpful to have someone in the business who knows the challenges you face as an internet marketer. That accountability partner could also serve as a Master Mind Partner. Two heads are better than one and there are a lot of successful partnerships in internet marketing.

I would like to share with you some of my goals for the first quarter of this year.

  •  big goal this year is to start using  more video marketing in the first quarter. I’m taking steps now to  do this.
  • increase traffic here on my blog and I’m learning some ways to do that.
  •  put a welcome video on this blog.
  • develop a better opt in offer for this blog
  •  attend local health fairs and expos offline to gain exposure for my primary MLM business.
  • attend a MLM company regional meeting first quarter

One of my goals this last year was reached today on Facebook. I now have 500 likes on my Fan Page. You can see it here and like it if you would!

Please share with me some of your thoughts and goals for the coming first quarter.

I would really like to hear from you!

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A lead generation blog is a very important step to your online marketing strategy.  lead generation

It is a long term strategy and it can take a while to build traffic with this strategy but if you’re consistent it can be one of the most effective and lucrative ways to produce quality leads for your business.

I would like to share with you the steps you need to take to come up with good content for your prospects. If you give your prospects valuable content they will come back again and again. It is the content that will turn your blog into a lead generation blog.

A blog post you write today can continue to generate leads for you long after it’s published. Blogging is a lead generation tool that works for you 24/7, wouldn’t it be great to generate leads while you sleep?

A lead generation blog can be one of your most valuable assets. It is a platform for shining your unique personality. You can speak in your own unique voice and in this way your prospects get to know you.

#1 Content creation for your lead generation blog:

First and foremost define who your target market is. This is a big part of the battle when writing a lead generation blog post. Who are your prospects? What are they looking for? What are they struggling with?

One way to define your target market is to think about yourself in terms of what you have learned and what you struggled with when you first started learning online marketing.

After you have determined who you are writing for then you will need to create great content for them.

There are many places you can look for good ideas to create your content. Here is a list but not all inclusive of some of the places I go to get my ideas.

  • Online-Google- MLM Forums
  • Magazines such as Success Magazine and Networking Times
  • Live Events- such as your company’s MLM Event
  • Books- Any and all related to Mindset and Motivational
  • Master Mind Groups- what are people talking about related to your niche?
  • Face book Groups- again what are people talking about?
  • Webinars
  • Your own personal experiences

There are many other places to find ideas for blog posts…be creative.

 

#2  Use a good key word when writing for your lead generation blog post:

After you’ve come up with several ideas for your  blog post or even before you need to find a key word.

A good key word or key word phrase is one that people are actually looking for. The way to find out what people are looking for is to do a key word search. I use the free Google Key Word Tool. This will tell you how many people are searching for the word you’re interested in using.

There is another tool I use  called Market Samurai. Market Samurai is a very good tool but there is a learning curve and I will be the first to tell you I am not an expert using this tool. I basically use the Google key word tool to find a good word or phrase then I take a  look at it with Market Samurai to see more about the strength of the competition.

Once you are happy with the number of searches your key word will receive and know that the competition is fair then you can begin to write your content.

 

#3 Putting it all together and final touches for your lead generation blog post.

The beginning of the writing process for me is to put in the headings first. I always use at least 3 headings which are  H1,H2 and H3 . This creates the  frame work for  the blog post. Then I write the content consisting of several paragraphs for each heading. I usually write my  blog post on a word document first because it is easier to maneuver there, the word press format is a little tight. I write the content then copy and paste it to Word press.

I also use a tool called SEO Pressor. It is like an SEO expert standing over your shoulder telling you what your blog post needs as far as key word density which should be between 1.5 to 2%. You will also need links to other pages on your blog, alt tags, headings and so on. With SEO Pressor you get a score for your post and also a key word density percentage.

Next you will need to include pictures and those can be found on many different sites most of which are free as long as you give credit to the site and the contributor. For most of my images I use  freedigitalphotos, or you can use you own personal images which are always a nice touch. You can also add a video to your blog post as well as pictures.

Last but not least don’t forget the call to action. This is where you can offer a free give away in exchange for the prospect’s contact information. The call to action is probably one of the most important parts of the blog post and should never be forgotten

So there you have it. This is how you can use your blog as a lead generation tool that will give you many free leads!

 

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The Surprising Truth About Baby Boomer Entrepreneurs

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Baby Boomer is the biggest trend in history and they are getting younger in attitude and actions.

Now is the right time to take a look at what a Baby Boomer can do for your business.They are looking for opportunities.

This news may not be a total surprise but I do want to share some surprising facts I’ve put together , first let me tell you I too am a Baby Boomer  and after a long conventional career I started my own business, online as well as multilevel.

Let’s get started:

Did you know the highest rate of successful entrepreneurship age group is the Baby Boomer sector? I read recently  that the age group 55-64 have twice the success rate of those in the 20-34 age group.

Here are some reasons why a Baby Boomer is a good prospect for multilevel marketing and also online marketing:

  • A Baby Boomer has experience in a lot of areas , they bring a lot of knowledge to the table
  •  a Baby Boomer has established many long term relationships, through family, friendships and business.
  • They have the time and money to invest in a business
  • A Baby Boomer is  willing to work hard and has the motivation to succeed.
  • They like to live a certain level of lifestyle.
  • They are looking for a portable business to take with them on their trips.
  • A Baby Boomer wants to be their own boss.

Baby Boomer Fact: There are 7 million Americans over the age of 50 who work for themselves?

The  AARP reports that 1 in 6 Baby Boomers who work for others hope to be self-employed at some point. This is great news if you are in multilevel marketing and are looking for great prospects. A Baby Boomer is a good fit for most multilevel opportunities, they bring a lot to the table.

Terms are popping up in the media such as Encore Career and Second Chance Career and Second Act. Organizations such as AARP and even the Wall Street Journal are adding columns to their sites which cater to the Baby Boomer sector considering self-employment.

Why is Baby Boomer entrepreneurship such a hot topic these days? I think it’s because of reasons stated above but they enjoy staying active, they enjoy a challenge and they would like to replace retirement money they may have lost through investments and our weak economic times.

Baby Boomer Entrepreneur Reality Show:

Shark Tank is a number one reality show on ABC. It airs on Friday nights at 8 CST and 9 EST . The show is about Venture Capitalists  taking a serious look at contestants and their business or product ideas. The average age of these contestants is just shy of 54. The show puts budding entrepreneurs in front of Venture Capitalist where they  present their business ideas. The Venture Capitalists if interested bid on the idea and if they win the bidding  become a partner with the entrepreneur. This gives the entrepreneur the money to pursue their dream.  Many Millionaires have been made because of this show.

Shark Tank is one way to start your own business when you have a winning idea but there really is an easier way and that’s called multilevel marketing and also using the internet marketing to attract leads.

What better way to start your own business than with little overhead and all of the problems of starting your own company already solved?

As a multi level marketer you can be sure a Baby Boomer is out there looking for what you have to offer.  You are in a great position to share your opportunity  without your Baby Boomer prospect expected to lay out a huge amount of cash to begin their business. They or anyone else can get started easily.

I recently talked to a Baby Boomer who told me he has started 4 conventional businesses in his career and is looking to start up his 5th business but this time in multilevel marketing.

To find Baby Boomers  look for expos and other group events where you can meet and share your opportunity with them. Remember the Baby Boomer trend is the largest trend in history and the opportunities to involve a Baby Boomer in your business  are plentiful.

 

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MLM Secret | Practice This Secret For Success!

MLM Secret | If you want to be successful you have to step out of your comfort zone.

Did you know “It’s OK to make a fool of yourself sometimes?”

 

MLM Secret Do you really want success? If your answer is”Yes” then you need to know it’s Ok to look foolish at times and it’s Ok to do things that make you really nervous but if you’re like most people  you would rather avoid this exercise and stay in your comfort zone. The truth is staying where you’re at is not going to take you where you want to go.

We all have the opportunity to make a fool of ourselves when we are new and just learning something. Anytime you venture out of your comfort zone you are at risk of feeling fear and this can make you very uncomfortable.  This is a learned  response and now it’s time to learn something new.

If you’re willing to take that extra step out of your comfort zone however the rewards can be life changing. This blog post will look at ways you can overcome some self imposed limitations and grow in the direction of your success.

Here’s an example of what you need to do:  imagine a baby learning to walk.  First he takes a step and falls, he takes another step and falls again. He does this continuously until he builds the strength to take his first step. . He improves his balance with every try and  he keeps trying until his legs and muscles are stronger and stronger.This goes on until he takes two steps then  multiple steps in a row.  Wow, now he’s walking! He is successful, he did not quit.

The only difference between the baby and us is this, he hasn’t learned what foolish feels like, he hasn’t learned fear. He isn’t bothered by  failing he just keeps on trying until he reaches his goal.

When the babies’ parents laugh at him he will just laugh too. The baby thinks it’s fun to step out of his comfort zone because he isn’t afraid and he knows it will give him freedom to roam wherever he wants to go. There’s a big reward for the baby learning how to walk.

There are so many examples of this trial and error pattern in our lives. If you give up at the first sign of struggle you will never reach your goals in life. Living is a process and learning anything new is as well a process. We develop at our own speed, don’t judge yourself by others who have more time and experience in the area you are trying to master.

No one wants to be laughed at but sometimes it is just part of the process. We have learned fear and that fear can become a big stumbling block to our success.We all have a fear of being annoying or just plain silly but the truth is sometimes being a little out there and even a little crazy can be an an asset to you and your business. One of the benefits in your MLM business is you will be remembered! That can be a very good thing.

I remember a fellow I met at a recent convention  “The Fuzzy Hat Guy”. Some of you may know him.He certainly got everyone’s attention. I personally would not wear a “Fuzzy Hat” like the one he wore but it worked for him. He is known as “The Fuzzy Hat Guy” and is building his brand around that image. You don’t forget him and that’s a guarantee.

Recently I submitted a video to a great video group I’m in. I’ll be honest I really had a lot of  fear and anxiety  because these people really know their stuff, they produce some awesome videos that look professional but I posted the video anyway. The critiques where brutally honest! That’s what I wanted but whoa, was the video that bad? Should I just give up? No, I will now learn more and practice more and become better. You must develop this attitude that you will do it until you learn how to be the best you can be. Don’t give up!

“Step out of your comfort zone?”  What does this really mean and how can it help you in your MLM business? Let’s take a look at some of the ways you can accomplish this and how this MLM Secret is a necessary part of growing beyond your limitations.

Listed below are some of the ways you can begin to step out of your comfort zone.

MLM Secret |  Take Action

Quit making excuses. Stop procrastinating.

Start with baby steps and even if you fall down get up again and keep moving. Action is an important part of stepping out of your comfort zone. Even if you feel uncomfortable it is necessary to do it anyway so you can grow beyond your limitations. By doing something you feel is uncomfortable and then developing into having success at it you will gradually change your thoughts about yourself and what you perceive as your limitations.

 MLM Secret | Learn and study your subject.

 The more you become an expert in your niche the more  knowledge you have and the more you can share this with others.

Having knowledge will help you gain confidence. Then practice, practice, practice what you’ve learned and start teaching others. Here’s a big MLM Secret  “You must become a leader,”  do things like joining Toast Masters and learn public speaking. If you can speak in front of people you can do just about anything. Get the training you need to obtain success.

 MLM Secret |Write down your goals.

Use a pen and paper. Also outline what you are willing to do to accomplish your goals, then put a date on when you plan to obtain the goal.

Writing your goals down is a way to help your  conscious mind understand what needs to be done and it will help your  sub conscious mind find a way to do it even if it means you have to step out of your comfort zone

 MLM Secret | Follow a mentor.

 Identify someone in your business group who is having success and immolate that person.

Develop a relationship with them and ask questions. By following a path that has already been forged it helps you to know your goals are possible.

 MLM Secret | Don’t forget to do what scares you.

One of the points already covered in the MLM Secret above was public speaking. If you’re nervous and feel scared then  you are probably on the right path. Just think once you have gone past your limits of today you will never have the same fear you once had. The key is to keep going and reach higher and higher.

Don’t let fear stop you from reaching your goals and success.

Make it a habit to continually grow in your abilities.

Zig Ziggler said this, “Remember that failure is an event, not a person.”

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You can go beyond your comfort zone. You can learn how to grow your business with cutting edge marketing strategies using the internet.

Don’t miss this opportunity to step out of your comfort zone and join the leaders in internet marketing today.

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