7 ways to stay motivated

"People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing-- that's why we recommend it daily." -Zig Ziglar

The only way you can succeed in business is by doing what it takes on a day-to-day basis. And the only way you can accomplish that is by remaining inspired to do so. When you lose your motivation, you feel dissatisfied with your work (even though it was something you enjoyed), every task seems like a drag (you find yourself procrastinating more and more) and you feel like you just want to give up on your business and your dream.

Here are seven soul-centered secrets to staying motivated on the days when you want to throw in the towel.

#1. Realize that you are the King/Queen of your business (and life)- You are in control of how you respond to things. When you allow your circumstances to dictate how you feel, you're giving your power away. You are a magnificent creator. You have the ability to turn things around. 

#2. Change how you see things- Ask yourself questions like: "What is good about this?" "What can I learn from this?" "How can I turn this into a positive?" Wayne Dyer says, "When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change." This is so true. So, try re-framing the not-so-good things that are happening. 

#3. Be mindful of your words- The words you speak aloud and to yourself have an impact on how you show up in your business (and how the Universe responds). The words you speak are Spirit and they are life. Catch yourself when you find yourself complaining or being negative. A great way to develop an awareness of how you speak to yourself and others is through meditation. In the silence of your mind (after you allow the mind chatter to subside), you'll notice how the ego has been controlling your words.

#4. Connect with positive people- Get some love from people who care about you. Receiving and giving love is an excellent tool for re-calibrating your motivation muscles. Another way to reinforce or increase your motivation is to get accountability from a mastermind group or a coach. Connecting with positive people helps you get out of your own mind and re-group from the pressures of your business.

#5. Take action from a place of peace- Resist the urge to make decisions or take actions when you're stressed, worried or fearful. When you lose your motivation, you may find yourself tempted by 'shiny object syndrome.' Shiny Object Syndrome is accompanied by an incessant and compulsive urge to: be distracted from the task at hand and collect/buy things (books, training programs, etc.) you don't need or that are a waste of time. 

Get your emotions in check before making decisions. Don't use action to compensate for your 'funky' feelings. This will save you lots of time and money.

#6. Give yourself a break- Stop being so hard on yourself. Find ways to add fun and relaxation to your day everyday (not just on vacations). What's the point of being in business if you're not having fun? 

#7. Handle the basics-  It can be easy to neglect your most precious asset (your health) when you're busy trying to make money. But, be sure you're getting enough rest, eating right, drinking enough water and moving your body regularly. Your health is your wealth. What good are you to anyone if you're not good to yourself first (this is why on airplanes, they tell you to put your oxygen mask on first, then your child's).

What do you think? How do you stay motivated when things are slow or aren't unfolding exactly how you expected?

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    Love your frustration with Ho' oponopono

    "Emotion is simply energy in motion." -Stacey Smith

    Have you ever had a sudden surge of negative emotion and tried to push it away with positive thinking or visualizing what you want? But, you can't seem to visualize the reality you do want or find a better feeling thought, because the contrast or emotion is too strong. As deliberate co-creators, we mistakenly think that any negative emotion is bad and should be repressed and replaced with a better feeling thought. Now, that does work in some instances-- but sometimes it's difficult to reach for that better feeling thought and challenging to visualize your desired outcome.

    For example, you're in the middle of an upsetting conversation with someone and your anger or annoyance is so dominant in your vibe-- that you just can't go to a better feeling place. 

    Or perhaps you wake up in the morning and before you even get out of bed you begin to feel worry or frustration about your finances or business, so you try to visualize yourself being financially abundant-- but the image just won't appear in your mind's eye

    When you experience negative emotions that can't or won't be soothed by mere positive thinking or creative visualization, it means that it's time to go deeper. It means that you need to acknowledge and be with the emotion. In the law of attraction (and in the world of psychology) what you resist persists. So, learning how to simply care for your negative emotions like a mother caring for her baby works wonders in bringing relief when they arise.

    One tactic I use is Ho' oponopono, a Hawaiian technique that releases resistance and removes energetic/emotional blocks. The practice involves using four simple phrases to heal undesired emotions. 
    The four phrases are:
    • I love you.
    • I'm sorry.
    • Please forgive me.
    • Thank you.
    So, as you are experiencing the frustration, anger, aggravation, sadness, disappointment, etc.-- silently (or aloud) say to the emotion: "I love you. I'm sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you." You repeat this until you feel relief. I've done this and it works. It eases up the intensity of the emotion, so you can go to a better feeling thought or move into visualization. 

    Ho' oponopono is a way of cleaning up your vibration around a particular subject. The practice is a bridge to where ever it is you want to be vibrationally. So, don't repress your emotions or distract yourself from feeling them-- through the Internet, phone, television, Wii, etc.. Your emotions are messengers from Source energy (Spirit/God/Universe). They're communicating valuable information. Honor how you feel. Acknowledge how you feel. Care for how you feel.

    Give Ho' oponopono a try. Let me know your results!

    The fastest and most harmonious way to grow your business

    Have you ever visited your favorite bank at your grocery store? Have you ever eaten at a restaurant at the airport?  The fact is-- if these businesses have profited from strategic partnerships, you can too!

    As a solo-preneur, you can only reach so many people. Even if you have a list of 5,000 or 10,000 people-- you have a cap on the amount of money you can bring in with them in a certain time period (you don't want your list to get 'promotion fatigue' from relentless promotion of your services and products). 
    "Our success has really been based on partnerships from the very beginning."  -Bill Gates
    So how does one generate income by creating partnership relationships?
    Making money is the easy part of partnerships. The work comes from actually creating something that the target audience wants.  The more you can create and deliver value to people through partnerships, the more income opportunities will manifest for you.

    Value is what your customers determine. When deciding what to offer, you want to think about moving beyond just delivering information to creating impact and transformation. 

    What changes can people get from your products/services: More customers, better relationships, losing 16 pounds in 4 weeks, etc.?

    If you get good at creating value, you can connect with other people who are good at delivering value. For example if you can help people lose weight, you can create an exercise video and distribute it through companies like Amazon.com or www.gaiam.com.

    It works like this: You create the value. They deliver your value, such as by selling it, and they pay you a royalty, commission, or licensing fee.

    If you're an unknown in your field, it may seem difficult or impossible to get much exposure for your products and services. But if you have partners who will help get the word out, it’s no longer so much of a challenge!

    Here are three ways to leverage the power partnerships to get more visibility, credibility and sales for your business.

    Non-profit partnerships- They're always looking for ways to bring in more funds. How can you partner with them and bring a valuable seminar or workshop to their constituents?

    Joint ventures/strategic alliances- What businesses can you partner with that are already reaching your target market? Be sure to only approach businesses that are not the same as or competitive to yours. Can you team up with them to host a conference or webinar?

    Membership organizations/associations- Find ways to partner with organizations that host events for their members. For example, if your Chamber of Commerce hosts weekly lunch-and-learn events for their members, ask if you could offer a talk on a topic relevant to them.

    These are win-win ways for you and the person/business you're looking to build a relationship with. If you can gain visibility through partnerships, it's going to be much easier to generate more income in your business.

    If you have a true desire to help as many people as possible with your gifts and skills, there's no limit to the amount of partnerships you can think up. It's all about considering the synergy that can be created between both parties.

    To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity.” -Douglas Adams

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    7 tips for being more productive and getting it all done

    "Time is what we want most, but what we use worst." -William Penn

    You've heard the saying, everyone gets 24 hours in a day. Either you deliberately manage your time or your time manages you. Most of your time management issues stem from the inability to separate "the urgent" from "the important." Eisenhower's quote, "What is important is seldom urgent and what is urgent is seldom important." Important items are things that need to get done because they're critical to accomplishing a vital outcome. On the other hand, urgent items are usually tasks that other people put upon you for their own benefit (tire-kickers who want to pick your brain, problem clients who you shouldn't be working with etc.)

    That being said, here are 7 simple and easy tips for leveraging your time for maximum results. 

    #1. Identify time wasting activities- Are there things you do throughout your day that don't add value to your business? Awareness is the first step towards releasing these activities. Be aware of how you're investing your time! Re-think your to-do list.

    #2. Delegate- What is your time worth? $150, $300 or more per hour? If you go to the bank, grocery store and dry cleaners twice per week- including drive time, wait time etc.-- that's 3 or 4 hours of your time gone! Which is $450-$1200 you're not generating. Get your groceries delivered to your home, take advantage of online banking and bill pay or hire a pick-up and drop-off laundry service for a fraction of the cost. This will give you back many hours each week! If you do have to do errands, go at non-peak times to avoid crowds and save time (go just after the store opens or shortly before it closes).

    Do you waste time procrastinating on tasks you're not good at or don't like doing? A better strategy would be to delegate or outsource these tasks. Hire an assistant. 
    "Waste your money and you're only out of money, but waste your time and you've lost a part of your life." -Michael LeBoeuf
    #3. Automate- Have systems in place to save yourself time and help your clients have a smoother experience with your business. Can your clients and customers pay you online? Can they schedule appointments easily online or does it take 3 or 4 emails back and forth to determine availability?

    #4. Delete- What can you get rid of completely? What isn't giving you a return on investment (in time, money or energy)? You can also include ending draining relationships in this category. Ban the 'Negative Nelly' or 'Downer Dan' from your life. I want you to forever ditch things you don't need to continue doing and relationships that you don't need to stay in. Just say, "No." The word "No" is a complete sentence.

    #5. Stop distractions- If you need to be calling prospects, writing blog posts, drafting a proposal, creating content for a home study program, shooting a video, developing a sales page or any other value-creating task-- you can't afford to allow yourself to be distracted by the minutiae of the day. Make it your goal to finish all tasks to completion. 

    This means while you're completing value-creating tasks, you're not fiddling around on Facebook or Twitter, you're not browsing the Internet or shopping online, you're not reading emails/newsletters/magazines. There have been studies that show multi-tasking is actually counter-productive. So, don't allow distractions to get you off course or task.

    #6. Eliminate interruptions- If you work from home, it's likely that you experience people wanting your time and attention. You need to educate them that being self-employed doesn't mean you're unemployed. 

    #7. Schedule focus time- Set aside a certain amount of time each day for marketing and client time. You are defined by your rituals. Ritualize your revenue-generating tasks. Commit to a specific block of time that you're going to do marketing and sales activities. For example, you can do these activities daily from 9am to 1pm. 
    "Let him who would enjoy a good future waste none of his present." -Roger Babson
    Also, choose to beat procrastination by completing your most dreaded tasks first. This positive momentum will set the tone for the day (making you more productive since you've freed up some energy!). I hope these tips help you get everything you need done (either by you or someone else). Remember to reward yourself and celebrate your progress and successes.

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    Meditation 101: How to tame the monkey mind

    "The greatest meditation 
    is a mind that lets go." -Atisha

    Working endless hours to create, package and promote your work can cause you to blow a gasket-- and can sadly put you in an early casket. Which is why learning to meditate is such an important soul-care practice. 

    Meditation is about becoming familiar with and training the human 'monkey mind.' The monkey mind acts as your boss or enemy-- throwing around crappy orders and thoughts. As your boss it tries to get you to control others. As your enemy it torments you with fear, worry and negativity.

    "The mind acts like an enemy for those who do not control it." -Bhagavad Gita

    Mind is a tool to be used to accomplish specific tasks. However most of the time the mind is engaged in incessant, habitual activity including-- remembering, observing, imagining, interpreting, judging, comparing, liking and disliking. 

    When you meditate, you're consciously taking the time to stop long enough to reflect on your essence as a human 'being' and not as a human doing.'

    Three easy steps to meditating:

    #1. Be still: Sit comfortably with your back erect...not rigidly stiff. Close your eyes. Bring your attention to your breath. Put your attention on the inflow and outflow of abundant oxygen. 
    #2. Breathe mindfully: Breathing prepares you for meditation by soothing your body and easing your mind. 7-count breathing technique. Breathe in for a count of 3. Hold on the 4th count. Then exhale for counts 5, 6 and 7. So your breathing would be: Inhale 1, 2, 3..hold 4. Exhale 5, 6, 7. Repeat the 7-count breath three times. Now...
    #3. Bring awareness: When thoughts try to take your attention move your awareness from your thoughts back to your breath.

    Do's and Don'ts of Meditation

    "Think of meditation as taking a visit to go sit on God's lap." -Sonia Choquette

    Don't think of meditation as some stiff or rigid exercise. It's an opportunity to be quiet in the presence of your higher power. The amount of time isn't important. Any time spent in the Presence is valuable.

    "Muddy water, let stand...becomes clear." -Lao Tzu

    Do see meditation as a way to clear your mind and body of negative tension and energies. It's a gift that you give yourself.

    "Be still and know that I am God." -Ancient Scripture

    Do remember that you are a divine being having a human experience. Just as you plug your cell phone into a power source to recharge-- you need to plug into your supernatural power source to recharge and refresh.

    If you don't have time to meditate, you don't have time to succeed without stress. So take some time to get quiet and be still. Give yourself permission to slow down and just be and breathe.

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    Here's why you "feel" stuck in your business

    "Emotions are action-requiring neurological impulses." -Karla McLaren

    If you've followed the Soul Intelligence blog for a while, you know that my focus is not only on helping you with your marketing strategy- but also your mindset [more specifically- your soul (e.g. mind, will and emotions)]. Both are important parts of building and growing a successful business.

    Right now, you may be needlessly suffering in your business. Whether you're an established or a new entrepreneur, it's easy to allow your circumstances to move you into a state of inaction and inertia (where you feel alone and stuck in a bottomless pit).

    Feeling stuck makes you a victim in your business. And being a victim is a choice that awakens these three self-imposed, immobilizing emotions (these are the reasons you feel stuck):

    • Confusion- When you're confused about what you do or how people actually benefit from working with you, it's impossible to be a client magnet. When you're confused about how you should attract clients, you're probably unconsciously are telling yourself that you don't know what to do dozens of times per day. Do you see how this creates a stuck, victim mentality?
    • Fear- Maybe you know what you could be doing to bring in more business, but you're afraid to do it (whether that's attending/hosting an event or hiring a coach like me). F.E.A.R is nothing more than an acronym for "False Evidence Appearing Real." Fear will paralyze your best intentions. It will talk you out of acting on what you know is your next best course of action.

    • Frustration- Your past efforts didn't yield results, so now you're in a cycle of believing that nothing will ever work. Frustration usually leads to a desire to give up on your business. I want you go let go of frustration and give up on giving up! You just need an objective set of eyes to look at what you're doing.
    Understand that these emotions are not the result of being stuck; but the actual cause of your "stuckness." If you find yourself experiencing in any of these self-defeating states, it's time to take action. Action trumps emotion every time.

    There's an old saying that goes, "Even when you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there."

    It's not going to be magic that brings you more clients-- it's going to be getting the right strategy and support!

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    If you don't bend, you'll break: 5 rules of resilience

    "The wind does not break a tree that bends." -Sukuma proverb

    The inability to deal with uncertainty and the vicissitudes of life causes stress and nervous breakdowns. When this occurs-- it simply means that your soul is inflexible with regards to how you perceive reality. 

    Now, while the winds of life may seem to blow contrary to your deepest desires, it's important that you develop resilience-- a calm inner strength that perseveres and keeps going.

    Here are some tips on being more resilient:
    1. Recognize your value. Realize that there’s a reason you were born and a reason you’re still here. Set aside time to reflect on the people you love and the people who love you as well. It can be easy to forget that people love and care about you.
    2. Reframe your experience. You’ve got to let go of ‘stinking thinking.’ When times get tough, there’s no time to ruminate and lament about what’s not going right in your life. Focus on finding the silver lining in every experience.

    3. Re-assess your priorities. Hard times usually mean that it’s time to buckle down and look your priorities. Make a list of the top 10 things you want to accomplish in the next 90 days. Then get going!

    4. Remember to help others. Whether you’re facing foreclosure or feuding with family members, it’s easy to become self-absorbed with your needs. Take time to remember that there are other people who are hurting more than you.

    5. Relax and recommit to improving everyday. Dedicate yourself to finding the easiest, healthiest and most positive way to achieve your life’s vision.

    So, let life shape you instead of break you. Resilience leads to enduranceNo matter where you are on the path of Soul Transformation, these are great reminders to keep you in the game. You can't win if you're not in the game, right? 

    "When God pushes you to the edge of difficulty-- trust Him fully. Because two things can happen: Either He'll catch you when you fall or he will teach you to fly." -Anonymous

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    Willpower 101: How to increase yours

    "It's not that some people have willpower and some don't... it's that some people are ready to change and others are not." -James Gordon

    Are there things you want to change in your business (and life), but things stay the same week after week, month after month and year after year? It's not that you're a bad person, you just don't seem to get around to doing what you know needs to be done.

    Why is that? Why is it that we don't act on what we know to be right? Is it laziness? Is it lack of motivation? Maybe.

    But, I would say that it's a more insidious issue. Lack of willpower.

    For some, it takes a crisis to change. For others, "being sick and tired of being sick and tired" is the straw that breaks the camel's back.

    When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not ready." -Paulo Coelho

    Tip #1. Uncover your motivation. Sometimes the incentive to act is pain. Other times it's the promise of pleasure. What is your incentive to finally buckle down and take action?

    "Where the willingness is great, the difficulties cannot be great." -Niccolo Machiavelli 

    Tip #2. Seek out short-cuts, strategies and tips to make it easier! Sometimes the thing that needs to change is monumental and you're afraid at how difficult it's going to be or how long it's going to take.

    "Willingness to change is a strength, even if it means plunging part of the company into total confusion for a while." -Jack Welch 

    Tip #3. Know that change leads to change. Initially your actions may cause a bit of chaos in your business, relationships etc. Mitigate the uncertainty by anchoring yourself with spiritual practices or stress reduction techniques (they're really one in the same).

    "The amount of good luck coming your way depends on your willingness to act.
    -Barbara Sher
    Tip #4. Just do it. I know it sounds cliche, but the fact remains-- you just gotta do what you have to do.

    Be willing to be a beginner every single morning.” -Meister Eckhart

    Tip #5. Get help. If you need support and accountability, ask for it. Closed mouths don't get fed. 

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    No list? No money? No Worries!

    What did the richest woman in America, Oprah Winfrey, do when she wanted to start her television network? 

    Think about this, she already had millions of people on her mailing list, a billion dollars and brand recognition like no other TV personality. Yet she sought out a partner to launch OWN. She went to The Discovery Chanel and struck up a partnership deal. 

    Now, you've probably tried time-consuming, low-impact marketing strategies to get the word out about your business, such as:
    • Blogging on a consistent basis
    • Creating videos/podcasts
    • Spending a lot of time on social media sites
    *You still need to do some of these things (they're necessary to build your credibility and brand). But, if you need a quicker infusion of cash, try this easy (and leveraged) marketing strategy:

    Reach out via email to an expert (mover and shaker) in your industry.

    Partnering with top experts who have lots of people on their list (who would be interested in what you have to offer) is an excellent way to overcome the excuse of "not having money to market or a big subscriber list."

    Now here's the kicker: The people you are approaching don't know you. So you've got to remember that the main question in their mind when opening your email is, "What's in this for me?" 

    And this question should guide your pitch to them (and every potential joint venture partner/strategic alliance).

    Here's a sample email you can send for an interview:

    Hello ABCD,

    I'm excited about the book, (___________), that was just released! Congratulations!

    I believe my community, over at my blog (Facebook, Twitter, etc. - if you have a sizable following), would eat it up. Would you be interested in doing a quick 30-minute interview about your book, and I would feature it to my entire community? 

    Of course, feel free to share the interview with your community as a way to add value, build buzz and generate sales within your tribe. 

    We can schecule the interview at your earliest convenience. Let me know what you think.

    You can also partner with a top expert by doing a joint venture on one of your events.

    Here's a sample email that you can send for a paid online class you have coming up:

    Hello ABCD,

    I love the work you're doing to awaken people to
    their innate power to consciously transform their lives!

    I'm JANE DOE. I help spiritually open individuals
    lose weight without deprivation or desperation. 

    I want to share an opportunity with you to help your community
    while increasing the prosperity of your business.

    I'm offering a FREE 30-minute audio called, "The Secret of ABCDEFGHIJK."

    I also hosting a LIVE 3-Day "Secret  of ABCDEFGHIJK Training Series." Here's the event sales page: 


    The live event will be $197. I'd like to offer you 
    50% of sales (less PayPal's fees). The event
    is scheduled for Feb. 16, 17, and 18 at 6pm EST/9pm PST

    I want to ask if you would invite your list to a
    FREE preview call (details below).  At the 
    end of the call we'll invite people to attend
    the paid live event.

    Let me know what you think!

    *Your role: Invite your community (if you'd like to 
    contribute to the preview call, you're welcome to do so)

    *My role: Facilitate preview call and live event calls

    Here's the preview call info...


    These partnership strategies add to your credibility (buy association) and pave the way to future joint ventures with that person.

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    What type of website is best for your business + How to get traffic to your website

    Your website is the face of your business. It is your brand. It is the center of your business' identity. 

    So how do you know which website is best for your business? It depends on what you want your website to do for your business. 

    Do you want to sell products, build your email list, share your expertise?

    Your business goals will determine which website format suits your needs.

    5 types of websites:
    • Blog - Your blog is the focal point of all your online marketing activity. Your blog's content  can be used to build your credibility-- so that prospects come to know, like and trust you.
    • eCommerce - eCommerce sites sell physical and/or digital products. Websites like eBay are eCommerce sites.
    • Sales page - A sales page (or squeeze page) can sell a single product (with lots of copy) or provide a free opt-in offer in exchange for the visitor's name and email address
    • Brochure - A brochure website is a single page website that simply lists your services and business' contact information: Name, phone number, email address, hours of operation etc.
    • Hybrid - This is where you send all your traffic to, it can be a mix of all of the above. My website, soulintelligence.com is a hybrid website.
    Resist the urge to put too many bells and whistles on your website. You don't want a confusing and cluttered face for your business. 

    How to get traffic to your website:

    Step #1. To drive traffic to your website you must first create a compelling website. The first think you must do is determine who your ideal client is. If you're after corporate clients...you need a more corporate. Corporate clients aren't going to find bright flashing letters as credible. 

    Step #2. Decide the primary and secondary objectives of your website. Is it to share content and grow your list. Is it to get sales of products right away.

    Step #3. Drive traffic (both first time visitors and your existing tribe) to your site through different sources such as social media, bookmarking sites, commenting on blog posts read by your ideal clients, giving people your business card with your website address on it, develop a joint venture partnership with another business that drives traffic to your site.

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    4 tips for taming a Type A personality

    Take some time to chillax!
    "Tension is who you think you should be.  Relaxation is who you are." -Chinese Proverb

    If you're a high-achieving, action-addicted business owner like me, you know that at times you can be a bit uptight, tense and stressed. If you've been burning the candle at both ends and know that something's got to give-- this post is going to help you take the edge off and lighten up!

    Let's begin by seeing if you're truly a Type A person:

    Does this describe you?

    - Impatient- Waiting in line is excruciating. You have a tendency to interrupt others when they speak. You like getting to the point quickly.
    - Hyper-awareness of time- You move, talk and work at an accelerated pace. You usually think there's not enough time to do everything. Relaxing or sitting still feels like a waste of time. You sometimes shut off your laptop-- only to get right back online on your smart phone two seconds later!
    - Super-competitive- You must win. Being first or the best motivates you most of the time. 
    - Highly critical of self- You put lots of pressure on yourself and have very vocal inner critic. You're constantly critiquing yourself, your progress and results. Efficiency is highly important to you. 

    If you're tired of your stressed out, fast-paced business lifestyle, now is the time for change! 

    "Most of our stress comes from the fact that we feel like we have no choice. We make everything in our lives a “must” to complete. No matter how successful you are, when you have too many “musts,” you’re going to feel stressed.-Tony Robbins

    So, reduce stress-- (while increasing productivity) with these 4 actionable tips:
    • Pump your breaks- "Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths" according to Etty Hillesum. Slow down. Don't eat so fast. Walk and talk at a slower pace. Allow people to complete their sentences. 
    • Pick your battles- Know when to let go. You don't have to win every time. You don't have to be right all the time. Dr. Wayne Dyer says, "When you have the choice to be right or be kindalways choose being kind."
    • Practice patience- Abraham Lincoln was quoted as saying, "The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time." You don't need to spend your precious time being so focused on the future. Live in the moment. Believe that everything is unfolding for you at just the right pace. "Take no thought for the 'morrow, for the 'morrow will take care of itself." said the Christ.
    • Pursue peace- I know it's difficult to sit still, but you need to learn how to chill out! Learn how to meditate. Add prayer to your day. Surrender to the peace that already resides within you. Stop thinking so much-- realize that what you know isn't enough. Ask to be shown the way. Be open to the guidance you receive. 
    • Pause for pleasure- Take time to enjoy your life. When was the last time you had fun? What are some of your forgotten pleasures? Find time to savor the experience of being alive and well.
    My invitation to you is to release the self-imposed pressure that keeps you constantly striving-- to the exclusion of everything else (including your relationships and self care). Relax a little more. Stress a lot less!

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    5 things your website homepage must have to convert the curious into clients and customers

    Make your ideal clients happy they found you!
    You've got a few seconds to get the attention of new visitors to your website and compel them to want to learn more about how you can help them. If you don't, they will click away...and you may never have another chance with them.

    I've come up with 5 elements of a great website homepage. They are loosely based on the AIDA formula I learned in marketing 101 in college (AIDA is an acronym for: attention, interest, desire and action).

    Here are the 5 must-have elements of an effective homepage (your work is to get prospective clients to know, like and trust you as their problem-solver):
    • Compelling hook- You must win the attention of your ideal clients. Lead your website copy with pull questions (questions that get clients to say, "Yes, that's me!"). Pull questions are optional-- unless you're creating a landing page for a sales/squeeze page.
    • Clear and concise explanation of the problem you solve and whom you solve it for- Let people know up front what you do and who you do it for. This allows people to self select as your ideal clients-- and those who are not will click away and move on (or refer someone who is your ideal client).
    • Creative character- What makes you different from the others who are doing what you do? Add your personality to your site.
    • Credibility component(s)- Why should people believe you? What is your trust factor? Have you been mentioned in the press? Do you have endorsements from celebrities? If so, include these on your home page.
    • Call to action- Many people won't buy from you or hire you on their first visit to your site...however you want to keep in touch with them-- so that you stay on their radar as a resource (it's like a first date...they want to get to know you before sealing the deal)! So, be sure to offer a valuable free gift to visitors coming to your website (eBook, Special Report/White Paper, Audio, eCourse) to help h build the relationship.
    Your assignment: Take a fresh look at your website's homepage and see where you can add these elements or amp up the elements you already have in place.

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    What to do when nothing seems to be happening (or when all hell is breaking loose)

    Do you feel like you're in a dry desert place or storm in your business (or life)-- feeling like God/The Universe has abandoned you and left you to fail miserably (and die) on your own? 

    There's a story in the New Testament scriptures where Jesus told his disciples that they were going to get into a boat and cross to the other side of a lake. Yet on the way to their destination-- they were caught in a huge storm and it seemed like they were all about to lose their lives. The boat was being tossed to and fro by the winds and the waves. They were afraid. They needed help and assurance. But what was Jesus doing? He was down in the bottom of the boat asleep! (Ever feel like God was sleeping on the job and not paying attention to what you were going through?)

    Well, the disciples went to Jesus in this storm and basically said to him, "Don't you care that we are about to die!" 

    You may be feeling that way...like your boat is about to sink and you're not going to survive the challenges or dry places in your life. Perhaps your business has stalled or plateaued and you're wondering if you're ever going to get to the place of success you long for.

    Jesus responded to their panic by saying, "Where is your faith?"

    Don't be one of those people who give up at the first (second, third, fourth) sign of opposition, resistance or challenge. Every great thing that has ever been accomplished was accomplished through faith combined with dogged determination and persistence.

    Here's what you need to hold on to when things look bleak (and you're wondering if you're kidding yourself for stepping out in faith the first place):

    #1. A sealed mind against all contrary influences to your dream coming to pass-- including the 
    opinions and comments of "well meaning" friends, family and associates. Just accept the fact that not everyone will understand you. Let them think you're weird or crazy! We're the one's that change the world!

    #2. A general plan. It doesn't have to be fancy or formal. Just write down what you want to happen and steps you can take right now from where you are. Don't worry about making mistakes or messing up. Act your your plan and you'll be guided and directed to course correct. If you want to avoid the trial and error nature of this element of success....you need to have #3 on your team.

    #3. A success-oriented person who believes in you and holds a supportive space for you. You need support and accountability from someone who's been where you are. Notice how Jesus responded with a calm, cool and assured way. He was a master believer.

    So, here's your work: Show up and do the baby steps. Keep writing, keep blogging, keep creating and producing. Stay busy (within reason, of course) with the work that is before you to do. This distracts you from obsessing over how things will manifest. Stop obsessing over the details and "the how" of your success. Things will unfold perfectly when you let things flow.

    And don't allow your physical senses to influence your faith (We walk by faith and not by sight). Know that every single day, things are getting better (if you're not sabotaging with contrary thoughts, feelings and actions).

    Even though things may seem like they're working or that nothing is happening, keep doing what you need to be doing. Believe that invisibly and incrementally-- day by day, things are getting better for you in the spiritual realm-- and that you will soon see what you want in the physical realm.

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    [Video] My favorite smoothie recipe

    Are you taking care of yourself physically? Or are you allowing stress to negatively affect what you put into your body? All it takes is a little planning and effort...and you can improve your well-being-- which improves how you show up in your business!

    In this video, I share the my Double Protein Berry Smoothie recipe. Remember the foundation of your wealth is your health. How can you add more fruits and veggies into your diet?

    Smoothie ingredients: green salad mix (mostly spinach), almonds, blueberries, usually strawberries (this on uses raspberries), a banana, almond butter, 2 ice cubes, and a few ounces of water.

    What is your favorite smoothie recipe?

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