3 Ways to Set Realistic Professional Goals

Coming up with big ideas and setting goals to put those big ideas into motion is easy. Unfortunately, oftentimes we don’t reach the goals we’ve hastily set.

Professional GoalsThe reason we don’t reach those goals is because they’re unrealistic, even though they may seem realistic. You might argue that it’s totally plausible to make a million dollars in two months simply because other people are able to do so.

If this is the way you set goals, you’re missing an important detail. You’re forgetting that what’s realistic for another person may be unrealistic for you, depending on your situation.

For instance, if you’re just starting out as an ecommerce merchant, you’re going to have to spend some time building your online marketing skills and reputation before you’ll be able to attract hordes of customers to your online store.

Many people set lofty goals, fail to reach those goals, and then give up. If you want to avoid falling into this trap, you’re going to have to know how to set goals you can achieve.

Professional Goals

Here are three goal setting tips to help you:

1. Assess what you know you can achieve now

Maybe you already know how to build a website or launch an email marketing campaign. The skills you already possess can be the basis of realistic goals you set.

Remember that you have unique talents that will help you succeed. If you’re just in the beginning stages of a new professional venture, focus on setting goals that will allow you to use your natural talents. These goals will be easily achieved.

2. Build your skills

It’s generally a good idea to set some goals that require you to build your skills. You might want to learn how to use Photoshop or write SEO content.

You’re probably not going to be able to make millions of dollars if you’re lacking skills that are crucial to your industry.

For instance, you have to learn basic HTML and how to use WordPress before you launch the blog of your dreams that makes two million dollars every year. Set simple, straightforward goals to build your skills, and hit the books. Just remember not to try to learn too many things at once.

3. Focus on what you can control

If you weren’t able to get that freelance gig or attract a thousand people to your blog last month, assess what you can do differently and how you can change your goals.

Maybe you could set a goal to apply to ten freelance opportunities every day or you could set a goal to work on the SEO component of your blog content for five hours every week.

You should always try to set goals that are dependent on what you can achieve, not what the universe may or may not deliver to you.

An unrealistic goal is to see your company’s name on the Fortune 500 list in six months. A realistic goal is to have a hundred products for sale on your ecommerce store in six months because you personally have the power to achieve that goal.

Carolyn is a guest writer on the topics of the ecommerce industry, success, and the perks of Big Commerce.

Why Should You Set Goals For 2012?

Now that 2011 is behind us, there is no time like the present to sit down and write out your goals for 2012 both personally and professionally.

Goals For 2012Without a mapping out specifically where you want to go, you’ll be lost and probably headed in the direction of “no-where-land.”

Setting goals gives you the opportunity to change whatever you don’t like and to improve yourself, whether its changes in your business, your current job or simply yourself.

Setting goals is a great way to strive to do more – to do more better and pump up that enthusiasm to carry you forward.

I actually set goals about every 6 months or so because things can change in an instant. Life happens – while other doors of opportunity swing open, setting you on a different course…

So never be afraid to go back over your goals and changed them up to achieve greater things. That’s the whole idea behind this. Nothing is set in stone…

I find that setting goals is very exciting and I get pumped up thinking about all there is out there to achieve, just waiting to be snatched up and savored…running with it like there’s no tomorrow…

Setting Goals for 2012

Here at Income Insiders, Casper and I would like to share with our loyal readers a partial list of our goals for the first half of 2012.

  1. To consistently make $20,000 each month for the first half of 2012.
  2. Continue to offer only the best products and services for our Income Insiders subscribers so you will finally break that pesky income barrier.
  3. Keep moving forward on our new product line, “Project Internet Marketing” adding additional volumes of exceptional content delivered in a conversational “video – classroom style” for our customers, launching all 3 volumes within 6 months.
  4. Being persistent in delivering updated Internet making money online techniques and methods for our subscribers that can be followed and applied.
  5. To listen extensively to our subscribers about any needs, problems, hang-ups or products and services you would like to see added to Income Insiders to move you ahead in 2012.
  6. Pressing forward to build Income Insiders into a community of like-minded individuals looking for trusted information, knowledge and the place to be for all Internet marketing needs.

Conclusion: Remember guys, only you can change your circumstances. I know you have what it takes. How would I know? Because you’re here, reading our content and striving to live the life you were intended to live.

Write down your goals – be specific – stay focused – change them if need be – make them achievable and learn to enjoy the ride when a goal is accomplished!

So now that we’ve shared some of our goals for 2012, what are some of the goals that you have set for yourself?

Please share them with us…

Vision Statement Blueprint – Free Vision Statement Guide

Map Out Your Personal Vision Statement Like Amazon – Apple – Facebook…Step-by-Step Blueprint in this 13 Page Free Report…

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This is THE foundation of any successful business…the most crucial stage most of us have never done or…even heard much about. Not many Internet marketers discuss this in detail.


This is where it all begins…

If you’re a beginner in Internet marketing, this is a vital necessity – you’ll be one “focused” step ahead.

If you’ve been around for any length of time and haven’t done this, well, there’s no time like today to map out where you’re going to ensure your success and strive for the next level of achievement AND income.

And here’s the kicker…

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And I’d have to say, this is one of those things, that you as a business person should really demand of yourself – as a key part of your business advancement.

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How to Create Your “Vision Statement”

Hi Guys, our topic today is creating a “Vision Statement”…your vision of how you want your life to be; financially, socially, emotionally, physically and spiritually.

What is a “Vision Statement?”

Defines the way an organization or business will look in the future. Vision is a long-term view, sometimes describing how the business would like the world to be in which it operates. For example, a charity working with the poor might have a vision statement which reads “A World without Poverty.”

What Do You Think Your “Vision Statement” Will Look Like?

Ask yourself this question: If nothing would change for you in the next 5 years, would you be okay with that? Where you are now would be where you are 5 years from now…

How to Create Your VisionFor me, I wouldn’t want my circumstances to be the same. I have a lot of improving to do.

But for all of us the word “change” is very difficult… it’s the unknown and simply uncomfortable. That’s a major “hang-up” for many. But to have your circumstances be different in 5 years, changing is exactly what has to be done.

Since being involved with the Internet business world, one question I’ve heard asked so many times is, What Is Your Vision Statement?

I’ve seen this in e-mails, heard this in mastermind groups, in coaching sessions and from those Marketers and Authors who have made it in the “big leagues.”

Mapping out and creating their “Vision Statement” is one thing I’ve discovered very successful people all do.

I personally never really given that question much thought. This is such a simple concept but contains so much power. You want success? Well then, map it out and make it happen.

I was asked to write my “vision statement” for a contest that I had entered with the mentoring program I was enrolled in.

Simply writing on paper how you want your life to be is really an awesome exercise to do for yourself. While I was writing down all my thoughts, I couldn’t believe all that was coming to the surface…things I didn’t even know I wanted to accomplish. It makes you think about what is important to you and you’ll be amazed at what you learn about yourself. Plus, it was actually fun letting your imagination run free for a moment.

Below is a copy of my first “vision statement” for you to view. I have since changed some things – deleted – added and made it more detailed and stronger. Things will change whether you like it or not. So you may as well make positive changes, right?

Don’t let the fear of change hold you back from the important things in your life that need improving or goals you have you think you cannot achieve. You can.

Focus on what’s important and just start writing. Post it somewhere so you can easily read and read it again and again. You don’t have to share it with anyone if you don’t want to.

But by focusing on the things you want to change and the goals you want to accomplish, reviewing this every day, will give you inspiration – determination and build your momentum going forward.

And remember, this is for you. It doesn’t have to be perfect!

“Joni’s First Vision Statement, 2009”

“My vision is to express my open mindedness, determination, strong work ethics and positive attitude by continuing to learn new things that aren’t comfortable. Always being committed to myself to never ever give up my dream and keeping upbeat when things don’t always go my way or as planned.

To be able to have the free time to care for my parents in their last years, contribute financially to my entire family who’s been through hell and back, spread my financial independence to my favorite charities “Eyes for the Blind” and also “Dream Farms, Inc., a local therapeutic and recreational horseback riding program for terminal and chronically ill children.

Within five years I will play a major role in both these programs, both financially and volunteering my services. I envision myself to be a key player.

My newsletter will be very successful, reaching thousands of sick and disabled people, informing them, making them smile and laugh, but most of all, contributing to their overall better quality of life by inspiring them to find their passion and make that passion a reality financially, emotionally, socially, spiritually and physically.

My character “Joe Jobber,” who I’ve placed as the co-founder of my newsletter (and partner in crime) will come out with his own line of products and/or write a set of children or teen books.

I will have a whole series of audio and video products targeted to my niche to help with transforming the sick and disabled to strive for a better quality of life. I will use every ounce of inspiration I have to change the way people think and feel about themselves and find ways to speak to whoever is willing to listen to me.

I will continue my education in copy writing while growing my copy writing business in educating the Internet beginner on how to write their own effective and compelling copy.

I will strive to work on my personal growth. I will stay as healthy as possible, God willing, so my vision can be fulfilled to the best of my ability.

Within five years I will be bringing in a six-figure income to fund my dreams, goals and charities.

I will always remember where my roots are, continually thank those who make an impact in my life and walk with me along my path. I will always stay grateful for everything that has been given to me and count each and every one of my blessings every day.”

Since I wrote this back in 2009, many circumstances have changed. Some better; working with Casper on Income Insiders – writing sales copy for professional’s all over the globe etc. Some not so good; My Dad has passed away – not enough time spent on my newsletter etc.

But all in all, my updated “vision statement” is brighter and stronger than ever…but I’ll keep that one secret for now 🙂

Go ahead, try mapping out your vision statement and see what happens…leave a comment below.

Biggest Hurdle to Make Money Online – You!

Surprised? Keeping in trend with the real purpose of Income Insiders, that is, to break the money barrier, I thought of writing something that every person who is trying to make money online will come across during their journey.

Make Money OnlineThose who have been following our advice and suggestions for online money making will acknowledge the fact if you want to earn online, you have to put in as much effort, perhaps more, than you would have if you were in a regular full time job, working under a boss and taking home a monthly pay check!

The real struggle to online money making is not in sorting out how to utilize social media to get traffic to your site or getting people to buy your products and services.

The real struggle lies in keeping yourself motivated. You may ask – ‘what’s the big deal here’? Or ‘why would I not feel motivated when I am working from home and have the pleasure to set my own work schedule and do whatever I want, whenever I want?’

What you are thinking is certainly true but you cannot forget one thing – human beings by nature are prone to lead a laid back life or a life of pleasure. It’s in our genes; we are wired that way.

Just imagine if there was no “money.” I mean literally, no commodity as “money.”

Do you think we would have worked as hard as we are doing now? Would we have struggled to make ends meet? Would we have struggled to become rich? Of course not!

With everything at our disposal, there wouldn’t have been any rich or poor class divide, there would be no poverty, and we would be born rich and die rich…. doesn’t this sound good? Yes, it does.

Come back to the real world and face the facts – you need to earn money and if you have chosen to earn money online, you need to double your efforts, otherwise, you will create a self imposed hurdle in your path and then no amount of money making tips, tricks and advice will help you to break your income barrier.

When I say self imposed hurdle, I am talking about losing motivation and becoming a lazy complacent individual who is good only in crying and whining when they see other people earning but is not self motivated enough to do something about their own life. Do you want to fall in this trap? NO!

Procrastination is our biggest enemy. If you have read Shakespeare’s Hamlet, you will know what I mean. When you keep putting off things for the next day, you are not only doubling your workload but in the process, losing your self motivation as well.

Just imagine, who is going to feel motivated seeing a week’s work piled up on the desk, which needs to be done in the next 2-3 days? There are people who might still feel motivated but how long? One week? Two weeks? And then, what happens? You lose whatever iota of motivation you had and then start to become lazy, disinterested, callous, irritated, short tempered, and one fine day….you completely give up. Am I right?

Moreover, you start to blame others;

  • How can I work when I have so many kids?
  • Guests always drop by, I don’t get the time!
  • I just can’t manage to find time!
  • I tried so hard but my efforts are not showing any results
  • I am not getting the kind of work I want…

…these are nothing but plain excuses. How long are you going to keep the barrel on someone elses shoulder and seek out the easy path?

The fact is, your time management sense is really bad and getting worse by the day, and you completely lack the zeal to do something about your life. Perhaps, you chose online money making because you thought it was easy and quick money but soon realizing it’s otherwise, decided to GIVE UP, yet again!

As an adult, you have to understand and embed it in your mind that nobody is going to support you financially or create ready-made businesses and jobs for you. This is reality, like it or not…

Even a millionaires son or daughter needs to work their way up from lower management and learn the trade before they can envision themselves as the next managing director or chairman of the business empire…

These days there are several young people who realize the potential in online money making. They don’t do it just because it’s easy cash but take it as their career as they would have done in a so – called ‘real’ 9 to 5 job.

If you are already in an online money making business but yet to see any result, its time to do a reality check…

Find out – where you have failed? Where is your motivation? Where is your zeal to succeed? Are you working hard enough? Are you serious about an online career? Have you made the right contacts? Do you have a bad ‘online’ first impression? What are your goals in life? What do you expect out of your online business?

As I said earlier, if you are in an online money making business to ‘copy’ what others are doing and not being creative enough to start your own unique business, you have chosen the wrong place. Or, if you are planning to provide online services but not succeeding in getting the right clients, maybe you are not trying hard enough.

Like any other job, take the Internet money making industry as a serious source of earning. There is no automated software or model that you will plug in and see cash coming in to your account. You have to work hard, you cannot afford to turn sluggish and you cannot afford to lose your motivation.

If you do, you have only yourself to blame – you created the income barrier for yourself consciously!

Have you been in same kind of situation before? Tell us how you managed to break the barrier… or are you still struggling?

Let us help…

Is Working From Home All Roses?

Honestly, sometimes it is and…sometimes it isn’t. Many of us fall in love with the idea of working in our favorite pajamas or t-shirts and jeans, working when you choose to whether you’re an early riser or a night owl, no commuting to get to the office on time or just simply not having to answer to “the boss.”

There are many, many benefits to working from home.

Working From HomeBut…there is also a flip side to the benefits. I’ve found that sometimes it can be very difficult or almost impossible to achieve anything…

Why?

– The phone calls

– Family and friends wanting to meet for lunch

– Friends and family members wanting you to take them to a doctor, dentist or chiropractor appointment etc..

– Noticing things around the house that need done

– Spending too much time reading e-mails, surfing the Internet or reading your Facebook page updates

– Oh what a beautiful day it is! I think I’ll take the day off and enjoy the weather

Interruptions such as these take away your focus and concentration from your business, leaving you busy…but not productive.

Anyone can get off track…the beginner – the advanced and yes, even the big shots. One unexpected phone call can change your output for the entire day.

So what’s the answer?

Something so simple…Goal Setting.

I’ve  listened to numerous – very well known – successful Internet Marketers who set goals for themselves every single day. I figured it really couldn’t make that much of a difference. Boy, was I wrong!

This is so simple to do, however, you must stick to it for it to be effective.

First things first…

– Set 1 hour aside to go through your e-mails, make phone calls or any other miscellaneous things that need taken care of. This can be around lunch time or at the end of the day.

If you start the day off reading your emails first, chances are you’ll never get away from them…spending all day either answering them or being distracted by following all the links to several products or services you think you need to know about.

This next one was a “biggy” for me…

– Let everyone know you are working. This is your job. They need to respect your wishes. People think just because you’re home that you are at their beckoned call. Let friends and family members know what time you will be available and stick to it. Even go as far as putting up a sign on your door saying “do not disturb” or “working until noon.” They’ll learn not to bother you.

– Whatever is the best time of the day for you is when you do the most important goals first. You’re fresh and ready to tackle anything.

– As you start scratching off goal after goal, you’ll be getting some serious work done, achieving results faster and faster.

– If you don’t finish everything on your list for the day, make those unfinished goals a priority for the next day.

And whatever you do, don’t make your goals unachievable! You’ll become discouraged if you set your standards too high and will literally not accomplish any of them. Believe me, I’ve done it!

Just set your goals daily, personally and professionally, and you’ll be amazed how this keeps your focus and concentration centered on what you need to accomplish. This works, and works well.

We’re all very busy with kids, work, family, friends, etc. Follow a protocol to get these goals accomplished in a timely manner.

With that being said, feel free to use this template for your own personal use to keep your mind focused on the tasks at hand..

My Top 10 Goals to be Achieved: ( In no specific order…just list )

Date:__________________________

1.)____________________________
2.)____________________________
3.)____________________________
4.)____________________________
5.)____________________________
6.)____________________________
7.)____________________________
8.)____________________________
9.)____________________________
10.)___________________________

Now, put in order of importance: First one being the most important, last one the least important. Example…

1.)____________________________6
2.)____________________________9
3.)____________________________8
4.)____________________________1
5.)____________________________7
6.)____________________________3
7.)____________________________4
8.)____________________________10
9.)____________________________2
10.)___________________________5

Now, List the Top 5:

1.)____________________________
2.)____________________________
3.)____________________________
4.)____________________________
5.)____________________________

Another tip: Put a time limit on each one of the top five. Now, some of these goals might take longer, some not that much, but it gives you a rough idea or a “guestimate” on how long you think it will take to achieve each given goal.

Example: If you are an early riser, start there.

6am__Goal number 1_____________________________
7am__Goal number 1_____________________________
8am__Goal number 2_____________________________
9am__Goal number 3_____________________________

Are you understanding the importance of this? Certainly you will be amazed at what you can accomplish when these goals are written down for you to specifically follow.

Now like I said, don’t get discouraged if you only meet 1 or 2 goals written. Just copy forward to the next day, and if something more important arises you can always change things in order of importance. This is the beauty of writing your goals down manually.

You can flip, reverse, add and subtract whenever you need to!

By following this model on a daily basis, you will be one of those who accomplishes more in one day than most people get done in a week. For you, working from home will be all roses!

Try it for a week or so and leave your comments on how it has helped you plan your day, get more accomplished, and have more free time left for you!

7 Lifestyle Changes For A Home Based Internet Marketer

If you are Internet savvy, you’re well aware of the number of hours people spend online…searching for information – chatting up with friends – uploading pictures and downloading movies and music.

7 Lifestyle Changes For A Home Based Internet MarketerNow, imagine the number of hours that most Internet marketers spend working to create their income and sustaining it to support their lifestyle…

It wouldn’t be wrong to suggest that Internet marketers spend anywhere between 8 and 16, 17, 18… even more hours a day online.

Wouldn’t you agree this rigorous schedule could hamper one’s family and  lifestyle?

So, to maintain a balance between your home life and home based marketing business, read the 7 helpful tips below…


1. Have Fixed Waking and Sleeping Hours

As a marketer, you’ll probably not start out with fixed working hours, especially when you are beginning to set up the business.

Your entire day is spent in emailing, telecommunicating, setting up websites, developing promotions and what not!

In fact, if you plan to work globally then you need to take into consideration the working hours of the other clients and team members, living in different time zones.

Now, assuming your office is in your home, you can easily be online on your laptop 24-7, talking to clients and dealing with other businesses. But is it really feasible? Is this lifestyle suitable for your health? Keep in mind your other duties, your family and most importantly, yourself.

Otherwise, within a short period of time, you’ll begin to feel the pressure, get  stressed out and experience frustration over working those long hours.

You can become drowsy all the time and feel like throwing yourself on the couch for few hours of sleep! Prolonged stress also reduces business productivity and let us not forget creativity.

Therefore, the best way is to fix specific sleeping and waking hours. Depending on your lifestyle, set up a daily schedule and most importantly, follow it.

Also, keep in mind that it is necessary to spend a minimum of six to eight hours every night for sleeping. (Yea, right!)

You’ll wake up refreshed and rejuvenated. In the initial days, adhering to a new sleeping pattern may seem difficult but give yourself 10-15 days to try it on for size. You’ll be glad you did.

2. Spend Quality Time with Family

Spending all your valuable time working is not possible when you have a family that also needs your time.

The time you spend on Internet marketing and management should not clash with the time you are supposed to devote too the family; even though you are working from home. (I am stressing this point over and over again so that it becomes etched in your mind).

Try to wrap up your work by six or seven pm and spend the rest of the evening with your family. Or if mornings or afternoons is better scheduled time with your family, synchronize that time and put it aside on a consistent basis.

Now, some people think that managing a business from home is all the more beneficial but where “time” is concerned, it can spell trouble.

How? As a home based marketer, you will be inclined to spend more hours at ‘work’ than ‘in home.’ So the time you should be spending with the family gets spent on your work.

By the time this is realized, your family members have already begun to withdraw and are not trusting your words, creating a bit of unwanted tension.

If you are a home based Internet marketer, treat it as you would offline work. Maintain a separate working space and fix work hours as you would in a “coporate” office.

Separate specific work and family time. Believe it or not, if family life gets disrupted, it seriously impacts our work in a negative way…

You can’t concentrate on work, become frustrated and business starts spiraling downwards.

Therefore, maintain a healthy relationship with family and create a balance between the two – it undoubtedly helps in the long run.

3. Keep Work and Home Life Separate

If your wife, husband, kids, parents, sisters and brothers – anyone who lives with you – is not interested in the work you do even remotely, it is important to keep your work and personal life separate.

Discussing work issues at home may not be welcome. Many friends and family members have no clue of what you’re trying to accomplish.

Of course, this is a generic statement. There can be exceptions where your family members are eager to know about your daily work or business. In that case, you can discuss it with them but it is also necessary to be judgmental about what information to share and what not to.

But you have to consider another dimension. When the online Internet marketing business is home based, there cannot be much distinction between work and family life.

Apart from maintaining some kind of balance between work and home life, the distinction is necessary for another reason – to keep the business outside the influence of family members.

In other words, when you are discussing business with family on a daily basis, it’s human nature for others to start commenting or advising about the business.

Initially, you may welcome this but after a while, this may irritate you.  Uncalled for advices is not welcomed by everyone. Worse is when “what other people say” begins to cloud your judgment about your business.

Therefore, keep the work and home life separate. Seek advice or consultation when required; otherwise, believe in what you are doing.

4. Eat a Good Diet

A healthy diet is the door to a healthy mind and body. In the marketing business, the working hours are so erratic that one loses track of several other things, such as your diet.

Now, why is diet so important and how does it impact the business productivity?

Of course, diet is important, just like all of the other tips listed above and below. A good diet refreshes your mind and keeps your body healthy – a prerequisite to run a successful business.

With all the business pressures, it can be taxing for the mind and body. So, just imagine, if you have an erratic lifestyle and diet, how would you normally try to replenish your body’s resources? By eating pizzas and burgers? By eating all the fried unhealthy stuff? By eating canned foods?

Eating prepackaged and unhealthy food lowers your metabolism and weakens you from the inside. The process is extremely slow; it might take years to actually show the symptoms of unhealthy diet in your body.

The question is – can you afford ill health? No matter how wealthy you are, bad health should always be kept at bay.

So again, no matter how hectic your marketing business is, make sure to have four meals daily. Start with a healthy breakfast, lunch, snacks, and finish it off with a light dinner.

As a result, you won’t feel hungry, your mind is wholly concentrated on the work and thus, your business productivity is not affected.

5. Physical Exercise Is A Must!

Like a healthy diet is a necessity for the well being of your mind, physical exercise is a necessity to develop a healthy body. This is essential even more because the marketing business is home based.

You do not have to commute anywhere; there is no typical ‘running around’ that happens in office. All you do is sit at your work station and work on your computer. This is an example of sedentary lifestyle.

Sooner or later, you may notice a change in your weight especially… which no one wants.

To solely run a business, you need to be healthy. And well being does not only come from a good diet but by physical exercises as well. Take up a gym membership, do cycling, swimming, walking, jogging, running, and any other exercise you feel like. In fact, researches have proved that doing household chores helps a person to keep in shape.

In short, what is implied here is that never make your lifestyle sedentary. The kind of physical exercise needed depends on the work establishment – home based or non-home based.

When you are setting up your business, much of the time is spent traveling or in other words, you are active. But when the business is set up and running smoothly, it is human psyche to just sit back and relax. There is no harm in relaxing but keep your body active, and this can only be done through physical exercises.

Without a healthy body, you won’t be able to handle the demanding nature of the marketing business. As a result, the business will slow down, projects won’t be completed on time, clients will be dissatisfied, and business productivity reduces – all this because the business owner is not agile enough; not a sensible reason to lose business for!

6. Meditate!

Using power yoga and meditation are two examples of great stress busters. Meditation relaxes the mind and eases all the tension. It is normal to feel stressed and frustrated over certain business matters. With the amount of complications our modern lifestyle throws at us, stress has become a perpetual syndrome.

Therefore, meditation or power yoga once in the morning for 10-15 minutes helps a lot. Not only is meditation an excellent stress reliever but it also helps to build focus and concentration.

Ideally, this is how you should go about meditating – get up in the morning, freshen yourself, sit in an open or empty space (preferably in the direction of the rising sun), and meditate for 10-15 minutes.

If you do not have any idea on how to meditate, buy a book or CD to read and watch how meditation is done. Proper posture is essential in this; otherwise, it will have negative effect.

Make sure your surroundings are quiet and you are not disturbed by anyone. By creating a physical and mental balance, meditation increases business productivity.

A sense of satisfaction and fulfillment dawns on you and the experience of getting rewarded for the work accomplished helps to slingshot productivity upwards.

The more you practice meditation, you develop a better self and that change is clearly visible in the work you do. You are self – motivated, composed, relaxed, devoted, and committed to your work.

Meditation builds a sense of reassurance and equips you to handle problematic situations in a calm and composed manner.

7. Love Your Work and Yourself!

It is important that you actually love the work you are doing. The purpose of being an Internet marketer should not be solely based on materialistic gains.

Yes, it is a major part but it should not engulf your life completely. Be ethical and follow certain rules and regulations while running the business.

You should love yourself. Don’t get “consumed” by work. Devote time to yourself as well. The idea is to create a harmonic balance between your work and home life. When both are controlled, you”ll find yourself feeling more energetic and happy.

An online marketing business is a lucrative source of income, provided you build the right contacts and are aware of the know-how of running the business in a productive way. Like any other business, this also requires discipline, management, commitment, and devotion.

Divide the 24 hours in sections and assign each section to a particular task, and avoid overlapping working and home life together. Little changes in lifestyle and management practices go a long way for efficient business productivity.

The 7 suggested guide points will help in taking a step forward in organizing each business day for optimum utilization of time both for work and family.


Ways To Live Up To Your Potential

3-part series: part1, part 2 and part 3.

Now we’re cooking…You have set definite goals – you have a definite purpose – you have researched and know the specific steps to take to achieve those goals and you have decided to be flexible and develop a more pleasing personality. Now what?

Ways To Live Up To Your PotentialWell, just because you have a clear purpose, know what you want, are willing to work on developing your potential, and willing to be a nice person, success will not drop into your lap overnight. (Wouldn’t it be nice if it would?) 🙂

You will probably find that one of your first steps in achieving your goals will be to take a job somewhat below where you eventually want to be. I know, that’s not a fun thing to hear…But you’ve already analyzed the steps to your goal, so you probably have already planned for this. However, you do want to advance and as quickly as possible.

As you advance toward your goals, you will undoubtedly run up against some difficult people (maybe even difficult bosses), and there will be times you’ll need to deal effectively with them.

Since you are working on becoming a nice, enthusiastic person and a team player, you already have half the battle won. Your attitude is as important as the other guy’s attitude when you are dealing with difficult people.

Always keep in mind that your job is a training field for you. You are getting paid as you learn the things you need to know to achieve your goals. Pretty good deal, right?

If you view your job as a paid opportunity to advance toward your goals, you will be an asset to your boss. You will also be a happier, more productive person. Viewing your job in this manner will allow you to view the difficult people as an opportunity to grow.

From them and the situations they create, you will learn to negotiate with, side step around, and draw out the best in others without letting yourself become upset. Each time you successfully deal with one of these people you will gain confidence and probably friends to add to your support network.

The skill of negotiating with difficult people and the confidence you have gained from these encounters comes in handy when you are ready to ask for a promotion or raise even if your boss happens to be a nice person.

Successful negotiation is not a contest of wills it is working together to solve a problem or come to an agreement. It is an opportunity to learn how others feel about the issue.

Always be prepared and know who you are talking with.

-Always know as much as possible about the person; marital status, family, hobbies, education, difficulties, attitudes, and whatever else you can learn. The information may give you an understanding of the person.

If you know the circumstances, you will easily find the most effective way to get your point across. At the very least, the information will make the person seem more familiar which will give you more self confidence.

Know the issue not just your opinions about it. Be able to back up your opinions with reasons and research. If you are asking for a promotion, know the demands of the job in question. Know and be honest about how much of the job you are already qualified to do and how much additional training you will need.

If you may not be as qualified as someone else applying, be prepared to negotiate for a smaller than offered salary until you are fully trained remember the training is worth a lot to you. Be enthusiastic and focus on your strengths don’t boast but give a simple and accurate listing of the strengths you feel make you a good candidate for this job.

The strengths you bring forward can and should include specific job related skills, your present accomplishments on the job, your interest in the field (not just this job), your enthusiasm, your ability to work as a team member, and other personal traits that will be an asset on the job.

Always enter into negotiations with a calm and reasonable manner. Don’t let emotion and emotional outbursts have a place at the negotiating table. You must be in control of yourself if you want to get your point across.

People are more likely to listen to your views if you present them in a calm and reasonable manner;

  • Present your ideas with conviction but don’t try to intimidate others or be demanding.
  • State your views simply, completely and orderly.
  • When you are expressing an opinion rather than a fact, use a qualifying “I think” or “In my opinion.”
  • When others are expressing their views, listen carefully and ask questions if something isn’t clear.
  • Don’t disagree until you are sure you understand their position. When you do disagree, do so in a pleasant non threatening way. Something to the effect of, “I see what you mean, but . . .” or “I can understand why you think that, but . . .” are a couple of great ways to begin a statement of disagreement.
  • Be courteous and leave them a chance to save face.
  • Be prepared to face people who are not calm and reasonable. Don’t let them get to you. (much easier said then done sometimes!)

Remain calm and reasonable and even be a little sympathetic. Let’s say you have entered into negotiations with your boss for a raise and he blows up with, “I can’t afford to give you a raise. This business isn’t exactly a gold mine. Don’t you realize how tough times are?” Remain calm. Put yourself in his shoes. Try to find something you can agree and sympathize with.

For instance, look sympathetic and agree, “I know you have a lot of expenses and you work hard to keep this business going. It must be really difficult for you sometimes.” This will probably not be the response he expects. It will probably take the wind out of his sails.

Most likely he will calm down, and since you are sympathetic to his problems, he’ll be more willing to listen to you. Then discuss the reasons you are a valuable asset to him. Don’t threaten but calmly and reasonably discuss the bargain a small raise is.

With that small raise, he’ll be keeping a happy and fully trained employee who knows the company. When you consider the expense of finding and training another individual, giving you a raise is a bargain for your boss.

Play “Let’s Make A Deal.” Be prepared to deal. Don’t expect to get everything you want. If you are willing to gracefully make some concessions, you will be more likely to arrive at a satisfactory deal.

After all, a negotiation has at least two opposing sides. This means someone else has something they want, too even if that something is simply to leave things as they are. Arrive at a compromise that everyone can live with. Remember, you are working at your long range goals, and you may be negotiating with them in the future.

Developing your potential more fully is a key to happiness and fulfillment. Although we have discussed this in terms of a job, these same concepts can be used in many other areas of your life.

In developing your potential to it’s fullest, you will want to become a more efficient person get more done in less time so you can take full advantage of the opportunities that you make for yourself. You will note that most effective, successful people seem to accomplish a great deal. It’s true that this is partly due to enthusiasm, but there’s more to it.

The first barrier to efficiency is procrastination putting off getting started. You may not want to do the task at hand so you keep putting it off until tomorrow. Look at it from a different angle. If it’ll have to be done sometime, tell yourself, “why not do it now, and get it off your back.”

And that’s just where it is! On your back dragging you down. Putting things off makes everything harder. If you keep putting things off, you’ll soon have several things piling up, and then the sheer number of tasks you have backed up will make it seem impossible to ever get caught up.

Sometimes you don’t even realize you are putting things off. You may keep yourself extremely busy doing things of little importance to unconsciously give yourself excuses for doing the things you really should be doing. You say to yourself, “Look how busy I am. I just can’t get everything done.” But the result is the same as when you know you are procrastinating. It soon bogs you down. All you are doing is “running in place.”

So how do you beat procrastination?

Admit to yourself how often you do it and determine your methods of doing it. Not very difficult when you become aware of the tactics some of us use to hide from ourselves what we are doing.

The key in overcoming procrastination and becoming more efficient is organization. Plan ahead. Know what you want to accomplish today, this week, and in the long haul.

Make lists. The lists for today will probably be more detailed than the longer term lists. That’s OK. Now look over the lists and rank the tasks in order of importance. Make three or four groupings based on importance. Within each group, star the things you least like to do.

Each day you will have a “today” list to work on. Tackle the tasks that are most important first. If you have several “most important” tasks on your list, take on the least liked things in that grouping before you do the better liked ones. When you have accomplished a task, check it off.

You’ll be surprised what a good feeling you have when you check things off. What a sense of accomplishment! It’s an incentive to do the next task on the list. When you have completed the tasks in the first grouping, begin on the list of next importance. Again do the starred items in that group first. Keep on checking things off as you get them done.

Do you see what is happening? You get the most pressing, least liked tasks out of the way early in the day when you are fresh and rested. As the day goes on you will feel less and less pressure. You have reserved the less important tasks for the end of the day when you will be more tired.

With this system you will have not only increased your efficiency but also reduced some of the stress in your day. Stress can get in the way of efficiency. Your new efficiency will help you develop your potential. It is, in fact, a part of living up to your potential.

All of us have untapped potential perhaps even areas of genius that we have neglected to develop. Whether your concept of success has to do with business, love, friendship, sports, a combination of these or something else, fully developing your potential will help you achieve your goals.

If you can learn to assess your potential, set realistic goals, and go after those goals with determination, organization, and purpose, you will apply your potential more fully, gain confidence, and be a happier and more successful person.

Living Up To Your Potential

3-part series: part1, part2 and part 3.

Living Up To Your PotentialOK. You have decided what your ultimate goal is. Make sure it is a defined goal, not just a generalization like, “Someday I want to be famous.” That just won’t cut it.

You need to define exactly what you want to do. Set your time frame. Know what you have to do to get there. You don’t need to know every little detail, but you do have to have the big picture and many of the details.

Research . . .

If you have a goal in mind but don’t know what it takes to reach it, then you need to find out. Do some reading, talk to people who know, ask questions and listen to the answers. Think that sounds like a lot of work?

Well, remember what you are preparing for your success and happiness. Surely you want to put a little effort into that! Anyway, a little research into what it will take for you to reach your goals isn’t too difficult.

You will be focusing on your strengths, on your purpose, and on learning and doing. If you have chosen a goal that is right for you, focus on that goal and devote the necessary time.

It may take a bit of self discipline at first, but your determination and interest will carry you through until the focusing process becomes a habit. When you have a real desire to accomplish something, your ambition should only require an occasional shove…a nudge every now and then.

Visualization . . .

Get into the habit of visualizing your success. Now, sitting around and daydreaming in general isn’t what I mean. You need to visualize specifics.

To return to the basketball example, daydreaming about being carried off the court on your teammates’ shoulders is just daydreaming. (Although pretty cool)

Picturing in your mind how you will work a play if your opponent makes a particular move, picturing your exact response to it, is visualizing specifics. If you run through specific moves in your mind, you will be prepared when that need for those moves appear.

Never be afraid to use your imagination to visualize new and better ways of accomplishing things.

Creative Thinking . . .

Here in your mind, try doing things in different ways, outside of the usual. This is a creative process. You may have heard of creative thinking. Training yourself to think creatively is largely learning to let your imagination work on methods that are different from the “way things have always been done.”

It’s breaking away from the idea that a thing can be done effectively in only one way. It’s looking at a problem from all angles. Just play a game of “what if.” Ask yourself, “What if I did this thing this way?” It’s OK to get a little crazy sometimes. But, you must also spend some of your thinking time at specific visualizations of the moves you need to make to accomplish your goals.

Visualizations are important but actual physical practice of your skills is important also. Practice the boring little skills that are necessary as well as the skills that you enjoy. Don’t let yourself rely on just the things that come natural and easy to you. Develop your limited potentials as well as those that you feel are your blessings.

Work on developing the more general attributes that are important to almost any goal:

Success comes more easily to those who have a pleasing personality. This is not to say that you should bend over backwards to everyone’s wishes. Rather, develop an attitude that is respectful of other’s opinions but true to your own beliefs.

Be flexible don’t be so rigid that you can’t accept another’s opinion when it is superior to your own. Be willing, even eager, to learn from others. hanging your opinion in light of more facts is a sign of strength of character, not weakness. Be willing to extend a helpful hand and be a team player. Develop a sense of humor – be polite and caring, but be your own person.

Learn to tame your emotional responses. You’re more susceptible to screwing up when you let your emotions get in the way. Of course, everything we do is done based somewhat on our emotions, but strong emotions have a little place in decision making.

Keep your emotions in check. Try to delay decisions if you are emotional that day. Learn to ignore your emotions and use a common sense approach to arrive at your decisions.

Develop the habit of enthusiasm. Enthusiasm works like a magnet it draws people and success. It’s a pleasing personality trait that people like to be a part of. It’s extremely contagious the people around you become enthusiastic and become more cooperative. Enthusiasm sparks originality and purpose.

We’ve talked of working to develop habits;

The habit of focusing on your goals – on your strengths – of learning and researching – of visualizing and the habit of enthusiasm.

Now we will talk of habits in a little different light breaking them. I know . . . this can be a little difficult.

First, recognize the ones that may be annoying to others. Offensive habits can hold you back from success, they are often a part of an unpleasing personality; grumbling or grunting at people instead of answering them – gazing at anything but the speaker when in a conversation – smirking or sneering when you don’t agree.

Anything that is an automatic, displeasing mannerism. After all, a habit is something that we do without thinking much about it. You will have to spend some time at this and be very conscious of yourself. Ask someone you trust to help you with this self evaluation. Keep an open mind for some of that critical feedback.

It may take a lot of work to break yourself of some not-so-professional habits. Try substituting a different, more pleasing behavior for the habit you wish to break.

Part 3: Ways To Live Up To Your Potential

Live Up To Your Potential Already . . .

3-part series: part1, part2 and part 3.

Listen readers. If you’re finally ready to build on your talents and live up to your full potential, all you have to do is learn to apply them . . .

Beginning right here . . .

Live Up To Your Potential Already . . .First off you need to recognize that you have the power to change your habits to acquire new skills and fully exercise the ones you already have.

You can improve your performance, your productivity, and the quality of your entire life.

Do you really think it’s all luck, intelligence or dedication? All of these things do figure in they all make a difference. But we know intelligent, talented, hard working people who do not consider themselves very successful or even happy. And we also know people who are not exceptionally bright but seem very happy and successful.

So there must be something else, some backdoor way into success. Actually, there are several hidden ways in achieving your peak performance living up to your full potential.

Your success at business, friendship, love, sports just about anything you try is largely determined by your own self-image. Your unhappiness is something you choose. So, you’re thinking . . . nobody chooses to be unhappy. Well, maybe not but you have to consciously choose to be happy, self confident, and successful.

Happiness is attainable when we go after it directly. So is self confidence. Both seem to be more “side products” rather than something you can achieve.

So how then, can consciously choosing to be these things be of any value? Well, the secret is to focus on other things.

An exercise to take away . . .

Begin by making a complete assessment and an inventory of yourself. Make a few lists of all the things you can do well. But, be honest with yourself.

When that list is done, make a list of all the things you’d like to do, even if you think you can’t do them well.

Then, make a list of all the things you would like to do, if you could.

Now, list your hobbies.

Let’s reiterate your lists . . .

1) What I do well

2) What would I like to do even if I can’t do them well

3) What would I do if I could

4) What are my hobbies

Now, go back to the list of things you can do well. You are probably being much too hard on yourself. Most of us are. We have this little voice in our heads telling us things like: “You’re so dumb,” or “You can’t learn to do that,” or “You never do anything right,” And guess what?
We actually listen to that devil of a voice . . .

Now’s the time to shut off that voice you can do it and add a few more things to the list of things you can do well. Pretend you are your best friend it’s amazing how much more forgiving and charitable we are with our friends than we are with ourselves.

Now that you are your best friend, you should be able to add a few more items to your “do well” list. But do be honest don’t list things you feel you really can’t do well.

Next, go to your list of things you like to do but you feel you don’t do well. Speaking as your own best friend, do you think there are some things on this list that could be moved to your “do well” list? Probably. If you like to do it, chances are you’d do pretty well at it. Treat your hobby list in the same manner.

Next, go to your list of things you would like to do if you could. Ask yourself, “Why can’t I do this, if I’d like to?” Put your reasons on another list. OK. So you have a lot of lists going what good is that going to do? Well, you have just made an assessment of yourself. If you have been truly honest in making these lists, it may even be a fairly accurate one. Probably it isn’t, but that’s OK.

This assessment isn’t carved in stone. It’s subject to change. But for now we will work with what’s on your lists. At least you have a place to start.

Look over your lists again. You are focusing on all the things you feel you can’t do and the reasons why you can’t do them, right? Well, don’t.

Focus On What You Can Do Focus On Your Potential. Make it a habit to focus on your strengths. Don’t forget to include your undeveloped potential as well. Train yourself to focus on your potential instead of your limitations.

Now that’s not to say that you should ignore your list of reasons for not doing some of the things you would like to do. Not at all!

But what we tend NOT to do is look at them from the viewpoint of your strengths. For instance, you’d like to play basketball but you think you are too short, so you don’t even try.

In this case, you are looking at it from the viewpoint of your limitations. Now, when you look at it from the viewpoint of your strengths, you would say, “Well, I may be pretty short to play, BUT I am fast. I can handle the ball well. I have a lot of stamina. I can’t change being short, but I sure can refuse to let my limitations overcome my strengths.”

You see the difference? Focusing on your limitations lets those limitations make your decisions for you. Focusing on your strengths lets you make the decision.

Go back to our example: when you’ve decided to overcome your height limitations to play basketball something you really want to do you will be more determined to develop your strengths to compensate. You will do well, because you will be doing what you really want to do and you will be determined to develop the full potential of your strengths.

Very few people concentrate on fully developing any of their strengths. That’s where you will have the edge. You know your true disadvantages but your determination and your purpose will inspire you to fully develop the talents and skills you do have.

OK. You probably have no interest in playing basketball. Then go to your assessment of yourself. What do you have a major interest in? What do you have a natural aptitude for? Go for it. Devote yourself to something you really like to do.

Don’t choose something just because you think you could make more money at it than by doing something that you would really rather work at. You won’t work to develop your full potential.

You’ll probably start out with lots of enthusiasm, but it will be short lived. It will be a chore to go to work. You’ll probably find yourself hating to go. It’ll be difficult to work on improving your skills because you don’t like what you are doing. Your success will probably be limited by your growing lack of interest and ultimately . . . you won’t be happy.

So devote yourself to something you really like to do. You’ll enjoy your work, you’ll be enthusiastic, and you’ll probably find yourself working on improving your skills just for the sheer joy of it.

You will be working to reach your full potential. You’ll soon find you are making more money at this truly interesting occupation than you ever dreamed possible. And because you like what you are doing, you’ll be much happier.

When you know you are working to your full potential and you enjoy your work, you’ll begin to feel successful, self confidence and happy.

But, you must be realistic and honest. Don’t B.S. yourself. If you set goals that you can’t possibly reach, you’re simply setting yourself up for failure. The key here is a realistic and honest assessment of your potential.

Although most people will be unnecessarily harsh in their assessments, it is easy to become too hopeful when you start breaking down barriers.

For instance, you’re extremely interested in and fond of music and would love to be a singer. It would be rather ignorant to set up a singing career as your goal if you can’t even sing a note (some talents are inborn).

But, not all is lost. If you have knowledge about the music business and would be happy being involved in some other way, by all means then go for it . . .

Next would be to set a time limit.

When you set a goal, you will most likely set times for achieving certain steps along your way in achieving your final goal.

Even if you don’t set the time frame in stone, you will probably have a pretty good idea of how long you are giving yourself.

Word to the wise . . . Think about it and give yourself a reasonable amount of time to achieve them. Don’t go setting yourself up already by not giving yourself enough time.

And don’t get all goofy if things don’t work out as you planned. Sometimes, finding our place takes both time and error. All of us experience failures.

The key is to view the failures as a learning experience if nothing else, failures teach us what not to do. Remain calm – focused and flexible. Concentrate on your strengths and potential, and the right thing will come along . . . sooner rather than later.

And no quitting at the first sign of boredom. Even if you have truly found your niche, you will not feel enthusiastic 100% of the time.

Oh . . . One more thing NOT to do. Don’t compare your progress with other people. That’s a big no-no. There will always be someone else who looks like they’ve got it made, or looks like they’re getting where you want much faster and easier than you.

Who cares? Maybe they are or maybe it just seems that way. So don’t bother with it. Focus on what you’re doing and work to develop your skills and talents to their full potential.

If you are a competitor . . . compete with yourself.

If you have reached point A today, make point B you’re next step. Improve on yourself and don’t worry about the other guy.

Part 2: Living Up To Your Potential