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Max Is All Attitude

Max is all attitude and you must be all attitude to succeed in business.

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Max is poised to demand my attention. You can see the offending laptop desk in the corner.

 

Of course, that is a tall order. What does all attitude look like? How can you make that work for you? Let me share what I observe in Max with ideas for you to Max-imize your business.

First, like Max you must know what you want.

Max isn’t complicated. He knows what he wants. It is simple. He wants human food and human attention. He makes his presence known until he gets what he wants. Then he takes a nap and recharges. Max naps a lot. I think he dreams about what he wants when he sleeps. I hear little yips come from him sometimes while he is sleeping.

What Max wants is clearly defined.

Have you clearly defined what it is you want?

You know the cliche.

If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail. Benjamin Franklin

For years I failed to plan and set goals, because I didn’t have a good tool or a coach to help me.

And I didn’t see the absolute need for a plan and goals. I had to get to that place.

It is a process.

We don’t start network marketing as a perfect network marketer. We grow into that.

Maybe today you have clearly defined goals and a plan to achieve them. You are on your way to Max-mizing your business.

If not, find a coach (your up line is an obvious option.)

Sometimes up line are not an option. Maybe they are as new to this as you are. Or they aren’t available for whatever reason.

The internet has many resources for you. You obviously have started looking there if you are reading this. Keep looking until you find what works for you.

You should know that I have a great tool you might want to check out. I will be offering five coaching slots in May. Message me if you would like to chat about whether that would be a good fit for you.

Second, like Max, you must know how to get what you want.

When Max wants to cuddle in our lap he begins by sitting in front of us with his intense stare. (Check it out in the photo above.) If we miss that cue, Max puts his feet up, either on our knee or the furniture we are sitting on. Then he shakes his 11 pound body in such a way that we know that he means business. I am positive that it registers on the seismograph in Golden, Colorado.

I have been guilty of ignoring those signs when I am writing a blog. (I know what I want too.)

If that happens, Max barks a short, high pitched sound and then throws his head to the side. I am not sure what that is really about; but it is disarming. I can’t be irritated with his insistence because he is so adorable.

Max is persistent; and Max is disarming in his persistence. It comes natural to Max and some people.

But most people need to work at being disarming. Here are some suggestions.

Read Andrew Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People. This is the best manual on getting what you want in a disarming way. Get it on Kindle, Audible or the book.

Again, the internet is a great source. Many successful network marketers have turned to using the internet to reach people and have documented their success so that you and I can duplicate it. Here is a link to the one that has been most helpful for me. Julie Burke will train you how to use Facebook to recruit. You can even train your team to do the same.

Third, like Max you must not give up.

When Max wants up on my lap, I might as well set my work aside; because Max is not quitting.

Even when I am focused on the computer, Max believes that his wishes are supreme. He just continues to make me aware of him.

Max is persistent and adorable.

You have to continue to reach out to people with your business and be attractive. You and I will never be adorable like our furry friends. We have to find our own way of being attractive.

You have to be yourself. You have to be confident in yourself.

The best way to do that is by using power poses. Amy Cuddy is the expert on power poses. Here is one of her TED Talks.

Watch all of this video. It is 21 minutes. But I promise that if you listen and use what Amy teaches it will make you an attractive, confident new you.

I feel a little like Max right now. I want to stare intensely at you and tell you that you can do this. Your search will be fruitful if you learn to Max-imize your business.

I hope that my blog has been helpful for you. If it hasn’t, keep looking. Don’t give up on your dreams or yourself.

Max and I believe in you.

God bless you,
Connie Suarez
P.S. I am looking for five people to coach as they seek to build their business. Are you one of them? Message me and we’ll set up a time to chat and find out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do You Want a Worksheet With That

You’re right!

I didn’t finish the job yesterday. dreamgoalaction

What was I thinking posting about S.M.A.R.T. Goals without including a worksheet?

My only excuse is that I was focused on my frustration with the definitions used by most worksheets for S.M.A.R.T. Goals.

I hope to atone for my failing today. I have made up a hybrid of all the worksheets that have been given to me at various trainings and workshops. It makes more sense to me, so hopefully you will find it useful.

I want to get nosey; do you have your goals for 2017 yet?

I hope you have; but in case you haven’t, I offer you my S.M.A.R.T. Goals Worksheet.

It starts with the definitions that I gave you yesterday. It has lines for you to brainstorm with yourself about what you want in 2017. Then lines to list the five goals you prioritize for 2017 with a list of actions you need to take for each goal. At the end it encourages you to find someone to hold you accountable for your goals.

You may already have an accountability partner or group. Now you just have to use them.

Would you like to see and test out my S.M.A.R.T. Goals Worksheet?

If I give you a copy, will you give me your feedback as to how it works for you? Deal!

Here is the link. You should be able to download it and print it out.

Do it now.

It’s almost 2017.

 

SMART

S.M.A.R.T. goals charts and explanations abound.

Everyone encourages you to set goals; but to tell the truth I struggled with the S.M.A.R.T. Goal setting charts. I also struggled with setting goals. Is it any wonder my business struggled?

My main problem was wstrugglingith setting goals themselves. I needed to come to grips with recognizing that I was responsible to take action for my benefit. I had to figure out that it was okay to work for my good and well being. I had some pretty convoluted thinking going on. That is why it is critical to plug into personal development opportunities.

At least a couple times a year I sat in a workshop that encouraged goal setting and often some form of the S.M.A.R.T. chart was introduced.

I wanted things to change, so goal setting made sense; but the instructions with most S.M.A.R.T. charts used words that were redundant.

For instance, Specific and Measurable seem about the same to me. Similarly, Attainable and Realistic overlap ideas.

Still, I believe that goal setting is necessary.

I wasn’t successful in goal setting until I had a coach guide me through the process and give me helpful feedback.

Today my goals motivate and inspire me to work towards what I want and need. I can see measurable differences in my behavior. I have chosen a path that keeps me busy doing what I enjoy.enjoying

Do what you enjoy and you will never work a day in your life.  – Confucius

I enjoy my life now that I have goals and am working towards them.

I want that for you.

Here is my version of the S.M.A.R.T. goal setting idea. If my definitions don’t work for you, Google S.M.A.R.T. and choose from one of the many online. The important thing is to set goals and work towards them.

S.M.A.R.T. Goals for 2017

 Stretching

Your goals should be hard enough that you will be stretched out of your comfort zone. If you don’t stretch yourself, you may find yourself at the end of 2017 right where you are today.

Measurable

You should be able to know exactly when you have achieved your goals. It is hard to know just when you are rich; but you know exactly when you have $1,000,000 in the bank.

Attainable

Although your goals should stretch you, they must be goals that you can realistically reach. Setting a goal of earning $5,000 a month at the end of your specified time frame is more doable than having $1,000,000 in the bank, unless you are already earning $5,000 a month.

Rewarding

Your goals should be highly desirable to you. If you aren’t driven by money in the bank, then don’t make that your goal. Center the goal around what is most important to you. If your desire is to fire your boss and stay home with your kids, then make your goal the average monthly earnings you need to do that.

Time-Bound

You need a deadline. Make it realistic. Then work towards it and celebrate even if you fall short. You have at least moved forward.

Above all else, set goals.

Goals don’t have to be perfect. Goals give us direction.

Get ready for 2017 by setting goals.

Then find an accountability partner, mastermind group or coach to keep you on track with your goals.

God bless you in 2017.

Want a referral to the coaching system that has helped me so much. Click here.

3 Steps to Win in Business

Believe it or not, as a new entrepreneur—whether you’ve businessman-1492563started an online business or offline business—one of your biggest hurdles is time management.

Vitaly Grinblat shares vital info for the entrepreneur in this blog post.

Now, I personally don’t like to call it that, because I’m an “A-type” personality and I don’t like to be managed…

However, here’s the challenge:

When you first start out in business as an entrepreneur…

You are not conditioned to manage yourself.

From the moment you go to school and then enter the workforce, you’re always TOLD what to do.

You go to school, show up at 8:00am, stay there till 3:00pm, follow your class schedule, do your homework, move to a ringing bell, and so forth.

Then when you enter the workforce, and even when you move up the ladder and become a manager or a leader in a company, there’s still somebody above you that gives you the projects or sets the vision and tone.

There’s always something to do that somebody else creates for you—even if you delegate some of it.

BUT…

When you’re an entrepreneur, nobody tells you what to do!

You’re supposed to make all that stuff happen yourself.So picture this…

You quit your job and show up for your new business on Monday morning.

You power up your computer at 8:00am and stare at the monitor.

…now what should you do?

You suddenly have all these options of what to do with your time, and that’s the struggle because most people spend their time doing the WRONG things.

And hey, I understand the uncertainty…

Back in 1998, when I quit my job and went full time in my old network marketing business (where I spent almost the next ten years)…

There was nobody standing over my shoulder telling me what to do it.

My wife and I had just gotten married, so I had to support a family, and I had to replace my income.

So I figured out very quickly that I had to…

DO something every single day to make stuff happen!


That became my daily goal: make something happen!checklist-1614702Of course there are many things that you can do to move your business forward, but what will actually move you toward your goals?

Watching videos, reading books, attending webinars and trainings, and administrative stuff is all important, for instance…

But they don’t really drive your business forward.

For example, reading this post is good, right?

Sure, you need to learn every single day to have the skills and inspiration to grow your business, but it doesn’t drive your business forward.

So What Really Matters?

In my old business, the ONLY things that moved my business forward were when I got on the phone to prospect for new business, met somebody face to face, got on the phone to set up appointments, or actually went on appointments to present my business and services.If I didn’t do those things every single day, then nothing really got accomplished that day.

Online it’s even harder because there are so many distractions.

You can spend hours in Facebook groups and on the Google community pages, talking to people and emailing back and forth.

And it seems like you’re working, right?

Especially to your family.

They could be thinking…

“Boy, this guy! He’s working all the time. He’s on his computer and he’s doing stuff all the time.”

But yet, if you don’t do the things that move your business forward, are you reallyworking?

Are you really making stuff happen every single day?

Working Hard or Hardly Working?

Don’t confuse working with getting stuff done.The truth is…

If we really look at the difference between working on the stuff that drives our business versus doing everything else—if we’re really, really honest—most people don’t work very much at all.

It’s possible, and probably not that uncommon, for people to spend 10 hours a day doing stuff on the computer, yet only spend 15 or 20 minutes really doing the stuff that truly drives their business.

Think about the 80/20 rule, which basically says that 80% of your results in life will come from 20% of your activity.

So should you be spending most of your time…

Learning or doing?

That’s how you can differentiate.

Am I learning or am I doing?

Now, I’m not saying that you shouldn’t spend time learning, going to webinars, doing webinars, watching videos, and all that other stuff—you need to do those things.

Just don’t spend ALL of your day doing it.

Make sure you allocate your time wisely.

And to help you out, here are three steps to do just that…

1. Set Goals and Stick to them

When I started full time back in 1998, I had a single goal every single day…target-1551545

I had to do something to move my business forward.

I had to get appointments, and I had to close some kind of business.

Did I accomplish that goal every single day?

No, I didn’t.

But I did everything I could possibly do to make sure that I increased my chances of accomplishing it.

I would go on appointments and call people.

Over time, I got to a point where I was able to hit that goal every single day.

It’s the same online.

If you get into the habit of driving your business forward every day with the important actions, you will get to a point where stuff is going to happen every single day.

2. Write ’em Down

After making stuff happen, the other key to managing your time is to write things down.

I know for “A-type” personalities (like myself) it’s the hardest thing to do, because you don’t like to be managed.

After all, that’s why you went into business for yourself, right?

Nobody likes having a boss.

At least, I know I don’t.

What I found is if I don’t write things down, and actually schedule everything in my calendar, they won’t get done.

Especially when you’re trying to do multiple things during the day.

When you have a lot of things that you have to do, especially when you have a family, time can really go by quickly.

3. Prioritize Your Priorities

The answer is to write down all of those productive things that you will make happen.

now-1272358Write down your priorities and then prioritize your list.

It doesn’t matter whether you write it down in your calendar, type it out on your computer, or keep a piece of paper; it helps you to be crystal clear on what needs to be done.

Let’s say that you make a commitment to write an email every single day.

Schedule it in your calendar.

Write it down.

I know it sounds simple, and you’re thinking…

“No, I don’t need to schedule it. I know I’ve got to do it every day.”

Well, if you don’t schedule it, there are going to be days when it’s not going to get done.

I can promise you that.

But if you put in your calendar that every day from 9:00am to 9:30am, or whatever, I’m going to send out that email, and you create a calendar alert, it’s going to get done.

You’re going to get that reminder, and I promise you there are going to be days when stuff is going to happen.

You’re going to get sidetracked, you’re going to forget, but when that reminder comes in you’ll be like…

“You know, I gotta do this. I made a commitment. I have to stick to my schedule.”

The “Magic Key” of Discipline

Those three things…

  1. setting goals,
  2. writing down your priorities, and
  3. prioritizing your priorities,

…are the little things that really make a big difference over time.

It doesn’t seem like it’ll make a big difference when you do it once or twice…

But when you do it over a period of 90 days, six months, a year, it seriously tends to accumulate.

All you need for all that to happen is really just one word…

Discipline.

It all comes down to discipline.

I love this quote by Jim Rohn…

“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishments. It’s like a set of magic keys that you can use to unlock all the doors to wealth, happiness, achievement, success and so forth.”

If you just make a commitment to stay disciplined to the things that you need to do on a daily basis, all kinds of good stuff is going to happen.

It takes a commitment.

It takes some habit forming to make yourself do the stuff that you need to do regardless of how you feel.

Even writing emails.

Do you think I feel like writing an email every single day?

No, of course not.

Yet…

It’s a habit.

So I do it.

I don’t even think about it anymore.

But I promise you there are days when I don’t feel like it, but I do it anyway, because it’s a habit…

It’s a discipline, and it’s what I do.

No Glory on the Bench

If your goal is to do videos or set up a traffic campaign, believe me…It’s a lot more fun to watch a video on how to create a Facebook traffic campaign than to sit there and put your money on the line, pick those interests, create those ads, watch as nothing happens for awhile, and start wondering if you’re doing it right.

It’s a lot more fun to watch somebody else do it than to do it yourself.

But if you do it yourself and you make the habit of doing it every single day, amazing stuff is going to happen.

Most people are just not willing to do it.

Think about this…

It’s not just online.

It’s not just business.

It’s everything.

What will happen if you make the commitment to do some kind of exercise every single day?

You do it for a week, you do it for a month, you do it for 90 days.

Are you going to notice some results?

Absolutely.

Look…

We know this stuff, and yet most people don’t do it.

Why?

Lack of commitment and lack of discipline.

Where Will You Be in a Year?

2018What would happen if you decided to read a book every single day?

Not a full book, mind you, but spending 30 minutes reading every day on the topic of copywriting, for example.

What’s going to happen to your copywriting ability if you actually spend 30 minutes to an hour every single day studying copywriting?

In a matter of six months or a year you’re going to be one of the best copywriters around.

It’s a fact, not a possibility.

It will happen.

It’s not going to happen after a day, but it will happen after a few months of discipline.

It’s the same thing with doing all this stuff in your business.

If you do what you commit to do, every single day, things are going to start turning around for you.

12 Words to Live By

Here are twelve words that I heard in a seminar from Tom Hopkins, a famous sales trainer who I’ve studied for years.

He said when he began his selling career years and years ago, he wrote these twelve words down on a piece of paper, put it on his desk, and kept it in front of him all the time to keep himself on track.

They are:

“Am I doing the most productive thing possible at every given moment?”

Ask yourself this question no matter what you do and you’re going to know whether you’re on track.

If in your calendar you’ve allocated this hour to be on a webinar, or to lisam-i-doing-the-most-productive-thing-possible-at-every-given-moment-add-subheadingten to this call, then that is the most productive thing for that particular moment.

If you’ve committed the next 30 minutes to writing an email, then that’s what you’ve got to do for the next 30 minutes.

If in the next two hours, you’ve made a commitment to spend some time with your kids, then that is the most productive thing possible you can do at that moment.

If you run your life through that lens of doing the most productive thing possible at every given moment, all of a sudden time management will not be an issue…

…and you’re going to be able to spend more quality time with your family…

…and you’re going to be able to create a business that gets massive results.

It’s that simple.

So What Really Matters?

What are the things that you need to do that move your business forward, which you can commit to do on a daily basis?Well, I have good news…

There are ONLY two things you must focus on daily when building an online business.

And they are…

  1. Traffic
    You’ve got to do something to drive traffic every day. Whether it’s Facebook Live, creating a video, creating a blog post, or doing something to get more traffic to your capture pages, sales pages, or offer pages, you MUST drive traffic every day.
  2. Sales
    Next, do something that can actually create a sale. You can get all the traffic that you can for the day, but how about writing an email? How about connecting with the people that are in your pipeline? Those are the things that most people don’t do, at least not on a regular basis. Yet that is exactly what’s going to move your business forward. That is what’s going to drive your sales, your conversions, and ultimately your income.

That’s it!

Now, may I make a suggestion?

Because, full disclosure…

It can take a fair bit of costly trail and error to learn how to drive traffic and convert sales every day.

However, I do know a proven shortcut…

Which has helped dozens of marketers get profitable (often within just a few days).

And that’s taking an over-the-shoulder tour of…

Our most profitable traffic sources, winning ads, and converting offers

In fact, we’ve put together a point-for-point tutorial revealing our exact traffic-getting and sales-making process in a 100% FREE traffic workshop.

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You’ll discover how you can put together a profitable ad campaign in just 10 minutes a day with as little as $10 in initial ad spend.

In fact…

We’ve used the exact formula to turn a $10 test campaign into $141,246.30 in sales.

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As originally written by

Vitaly Grinblat
Chief Wordsmith
Elite Marketing Pro