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Five Fabulous Tips For A “Success Mindset”

It is not easy to watch everyone else crushing their goals, and you feel like an absolute failure. I have often wondered why I struggle into things, where I would much rather be feeling supercharged and courageous for my efforts.

When I really get into my own thought process, I often find that I am only harsh on myself. The truth is that I have enjoyed a great deal of success, and the reality is that I will continue doing so. This is a belief of mine, but I have to spend some time reminding myself of this belief on some days.

It’s weird, I know. One thing I have learned is that a mindset is not an entrenched feeling. It is more like a sweeping changing tide which has its ebbs and flows. One day I might be feeling on top of the world, whereas on another, I am struggling to keep focus.

If you are anything like me, you will have your own special techniques to keep your physical energy in synch with your brain. I do these things when I am feeling low on spirit, and so far they have worked to jolt me back into a state of flow.

  1. Reframe Your Mind’s Stories

As an online entrepreneur, I am in an extremely vibrant and competitive space. Others have come before me, and they have made magnificent changes in their lives.

It is quite normal to compare yourself to those online guru’s but mind your brain when it starts using a comparison to dig at your (perceived) lack of success. Rather, use those times when you see other successes to be an inspiration to know that it’s all very possible for you too. And it is!

Remember that your past challenges are building blocks preparing you for your onward trajectory, and are not stumbling blocks for you to be afraid to try things again. Your life experiences all be they completely unrelated to your current path are what have made you who you are.

Embrace these things to get you moving ahead.

2. Make a List of Achievements

This is such a worthful exercise to do. Once you have your list, please put it in a place where you can see them every day. Focus on these things, because they are positive, and don’t ever forget how you felt when you achieved those things.

I struggle with being visible. In this online world, you have to engage with people because otherwise, you are just a photo on the screen—another photo in the scrolling process.

To help me here, I remind myself of my past life, training groups of people. It was so outside of my comfort zone at the time, but I was committed to the process, and after just doing it, I found myself gaining more and more confidence. The more confidence I gathered, the better I became.

In fact, I found myself loving it too!

3. Identify and Make a List of Your Strengths

Spend some productive time doing this exercise, and you will find that it is not a static list either. As you grow and develop, you find more interesting things about yourself, and eventually, your list increases with your self-development.

If you struggle in this exercise, think about what you are really good at. Even the smallest things can be a catalyst to a complete brainstorm on your strengths.

You might be a great listener. Perhaps you have a knack of communicating in difficult situations. Maybe you are a natural problem-solver. Could you have empathy with others when others don’t? Can you trust completely in a process, or you might be an intrepid adventurer.

4. Always Be In Integrity With Yourself

I love this one. Although often it is the hardest one to achieve.

One of my strengths is my integrity. I say what I mean, and I mean what I say. I don’t always use my words, but when I do, I mean them wholeheartedly.

I try to choose my words wisely in all instances, but one thing I can say is when those words come out, and my actions follow them, they are sincere at that time.

There is seldom a situation when I reflect on it that I think I should have behaved differently. The reason for this is that I act in honesty. I have to admit that I have been in trouble on a few of these occasions.

Being in integrity with yourself is critical to achieving a success mindset. It will have you set out your priorities, your needs and your vision for your future.

It could also have you moving away from people who you might not feel 100% comfortable with. In contrast, gravitating to people who share your goals, your vision of your future success and who will hold you accountable to your goals.

Integrity to yourself is often difficult because it requires hard decisions to be made. However, when you think about it, those who matter won’t mind your decisions here.

5. Be Accountable

For the solo entrepreneur, we often have to have our own little staff meetings with ourselves. This might sound slightly strange, but I have started to implement this, and every morning after visualising my goals, I am in a “staff meeting.”

I must tell you, some of my staff are just terrible!

Since I am the copywriter, the student, the content creator, the money generator if something hasn’t been done from the day before, that particular department gets a dressing down! Haha..being accountable is always going to be something that we strive for, I believe.

If you are honest with yourself and understand that keeping a focus on your diary might be a challenge, finding an accountability partner is an option.

I have written this very thing down for my HR manager to address. (Note to self Robyn!)

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Four Essential Tips to Better Decision Making

And for getting out of your way!

I don’t know about you, but this new year surely caught me by surprise!

I mean we are already into the last part of January, and when I look back on the month, I have been languishing in indecision. When I wrote down all of the tasks that I needed to finalise when I returned from a short break I took in December, I was filled with such power.

Honestly, I haven’t ticked any of those tasks off my list! Even worse, they are really cool tasks too, so I don’t even have the excuse that they are tedious.

Anyway, so I got myself thinking about why I feel like I am in the doldrums, and I have realised some things I would like to share with you.

If you are having a tough time getting started, then hopefully they will resonate with you, and you too can get a boost into the new year. It’s never too late.

  1. Limit Your Options

At the end of last year, I knew that I needed to make some ground-breaking decisions in my business. The problem was that I just had way too many options open to me.

Now, you might think that keeping options open is a good thing, and in some instances it is. However, when you need to start scaling in a relatively new business, you need to focus on that one thing that will give you some quick wins.

You might want to focus on one social media platform for your advertising for example. Your focus on this one strategy will give you productive time to properly hone your skills and really get to grips with all of that platform’s functions.

There is that old Russian quote which says:

“If you chase two rabbits, both will escape”

2. Time is Money

While I have been sitting around languishing, that time has gone for good. I can never get that back.

Now when I talk about languishing, I am not including that time that I have spent in my own personal pursuits, outside of my business. That is productive downtime, I think you will agree.

I am talking about that time I have spent getting in my own way.

That time where I have been overthinking my next step, and being afraid of taking it because I might not get it all right. It’s that time you spend worrying about things like; where I should be living, and where I should going; and what our future holds for us.

It is all a waste of time, and time is money. Our futures are all made today, so focus on today.

3. Indecision is Your Worst Enemy

I know this, and you know this too.

Jim Rohn once said:

“Indecision is the greatest thief of opportunity”

I got to thinking about indecision, and it takes it’s form as fear. Everyday, whether we are aware of it or not, we are making decisions that move us through our purpose. Fear steps in to distract us from our purpose and it derails our efforts.

It follows then that we must be decisive around what our fears are. We should discover whether they are rational fears that we are having.

I would say emphatically, that they are absolutely irrational fears. Mine certainly are.

4. Never Doubt Your Instinct

While I was rationalising my state of inertia, I realised that my head was overriding my instincts. I know exactly what I need to do, and so you might think that taking action on those things would be naturally easy.

The reality is that even when we have a formula, and we have a system and even have a community to back up those two things, very often we shush our instincts, and get into our heads.

I am not saying that we mustn’t ever check in with what our brains are telling us, but to just be aware not to get stuck in there. I am an introvert, and I get into my head way too often.

My Revised Daily Plan of Action

Needless to say, I have binned my end of 2020 task list in favour of this one below. It is a task list that will stand the test of time, and will be good throughout this year, and all my years following.

To keep it succinct is as follows:

  1. Visualise my goals;
  2. Invest in me;
  3. Incoming producing activity;
  4. Masterminding with other leaders; and
  5. Pay it forward.

What are things on your daily plan of action?

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Ten Top Tips for Online Success For Beginners

If you pop onto your favorite search engine and check out how many online entrepreneurs are making it every day, it is undeniable that online success is within your grasp. We are all ordinary people, with all the typical challenges that life throws at us, but the common thread is that we all follow a proven recipe.

It is not an easy road, mind you, despite having a rule book at your disposal. Like your office career, it will take time and effort, and the buzz word for success online and being a lifestyle entrepreneur is “consistency.”

  • Being consistent at plugging at your individual strategy;
  • Being consistent with your daily habits;
  • Being consistent in your actioning your business strategy, and most of all; 
  • Being a consistent learner. 

Here are my Top Ten Tips for Online Success summarizing all my reading and listening (and learning) 

None of them will shock you. Most of them, if not all, are pretty obvious when you think about them. It shows that this can be done, and you can replace your salary with your online proceeds once you have momentum.

Here goes…

  1. Always be Building your List. So obvious, but it hit me like a ton of bricks when I was working with my mentors. I have a website, but a list of niche customers is your ultimate asset. Like any asset, be careful with it, love it, and nurture it. 
  2. Always be Building Your Relationship with your List. Your list, remember, are people just like you with hopes, fears, pain points, and burning questions. They are human beings, and like yourself, you are in this world together with them.
  3. Create Value. Just like you, your list of people is prudent about where they spend their hard-earned cash. Suppose you create value first by solving their problems, answering their questions, and providing solutions that they never knew were available to them. In that case, you are on the right track to building lifelong relationships.
  4. Sell what the Market Wants. So obvious, but often overlooked. It is the age-old adage of “supply and demand.” Know your niche and what your niche is looking for. Remember, while you are creating value, your relationships are growing, and people buy from people they know, like, and trust especially while you are creating value by responding to your market’s pains.
  5. Diversify your Traffic. Depending on a single source of traffic limits your reach. Consider Affiliate Programs, content distribution across platforms, online advertising, SEO, and the all-powerful social media.
  6. Sell your products or services, and sell other’s products or services too.
  7. Mastermind with mentors and people that have already walked the road. This is not a new journey, and so many before you have taken the road to online success. Learn as much as you can from others. Share your learning so that others, too, can share in this tremendous opportunity.
  8. Invest in yourself. Take courses. Subscribe to informative reading materials in your niche. Learn. Don’t stop learning.
  9. Look to the future of your business. I learned an essential aspect of managing your own business from my previous employer. This highly respected and competent commercial lawyer manages her team of lawyers and builds her practice within a large firm. While she is dependant on monthly fees, she was never afraid to give more than what she received. She was unafraid to reduce a bill, provide a discount, to do away with an account entirely because she had a long view of her practice. Her bottom line was providing value in all instances, and she never billed her time, or her team’s time, if that fundamental aspect of her business was unfulfilled. I will let you know that she ALWAYS added value. There was never a client who walked away without having a problem solved or a fixed plan to solve that problem.
  10. Get to your first milestone. I have read and heard often that once you make your first sale online, you can make your next, and your next and the next. Easy does it. Baby steps.

There you have it, Top Ten Tips to keep in mind on your entrepreneurial journey to online success. 

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