Blog-A-Day Challenge Day #7- What a week!

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This has been a great week and I want to say “Great Job everyone”.  From people blogging for the first time, to video blogs, to posts going viral, we had it all and it is only the first week!  The topics have been amazing, with posts covering mind, body, spirit, health and wellness and all aspects of business and, of course, a  bit of fun thrown in.  🙂

PLEASE take the time to complete the survey and vote for your favorites and also provide some feedback.

 

Here is the link to the survey:

Blog-A-Day Challenge Bloggers- What are your thoughts?

Thanks and have fun if you are enjoying the Super Bowl festivities today!

Wahoo- It is Day 6 of the B-A-D Challenge (2/6/16)

Welcome to the Weekend! 

I know for some of you this is catch up time.  For others, this might be the time to try something new- a quote, an infographic, or perhaps even a video.  Great job Janet Vasil on all your video blogs (vlogs).  love the weekend

So keep posting, keep commenting and PLEASE Keep Sharing on Social Media.  You can go to www.facebook.com/thrive4success and share these posts (this increases the visibility of the challenge and also each of your posts) and also share each other’s posts.

Look for a poll tomorrow about our first week of posts.

 

Day 5 of the Blog-A-Day Challenge: Feb 5, 2016

Happy Friday to you all!  And a Big Welcome to a few new people who have jumped in over the past 2 days.

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So I have been asked if we are blogging over the weekend and the answer is YES!!  It is important to keep the momentum going and I find that it is easier to do that if you continue through the weekends.  It is also a time that I know several of you have told me that you are going to catch up with reading posts.  It can also be a time to stack your writing so you have some blog posts  ready for the weekend.

Keep up the amazing posts and comments.  LOVE it all!!

What’s got you stuck? I am curious…

For whatever reason, whether it is overwhelm or you’re not sure what to focus on first, we all tend to put some things off more than another.  What area(s) makes you clean your dryer lint (maybe several times a day) just to put it off?  I will be sharing tools and resources over the next month to tackle each of these areas.  So stay tuned and come back…

Batter Up: 9 Business Lessons from the Game of Baseball

baseball-cardsHaving two boys who play baseball (as a pitcher and a catcher respectively) and then recently visiting the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, has put baseball on my mind.  Add to that the fact that I am a lifelong fan of the Philadelphia Phillies and you have someone who has learned a thing or two about baseball. So on this Opening Day of the 2015 season, I want to combine my over 25 years of business experience with my baseball knowledge and talk about the first of nine business lessons you can learn from the game of baseball.

Lesson 1: It is a Long Season

The Major League Baseball season stretches from early April to October, and includes over 160 regular league games; not including the playoffs. With each game lasting an approximate 2.5 hours, that’s a lot of playtime in a season!

What happens in the first inning of the first game in the pre-season has little bearing on who the pennant winner will be. The season lasts a long, long (and some say TOO long) time. By the time the season wraps up, the average batter has been in the box over 500 times. Sometimes they get a hit, but more often, they get out. Their first at-bat doesn’t set the tone for their season – unless they let it.

Business is the same way

While any one customer interaction, sales conversation or opportunity to connect with your ideal client may seem to always be of the utmost importance (and it certainly is, at that moment) — in the overall scheme of things, it is only one piece of a larger puzzle. Yes, great players play hard every moment, but they also know how to pace themselves and shake off a missed play and move ahead.

In your business, you need that perspective. Yes, you want to hit a home run each and every time you are connect with an ideal client, and you want to make a play every time an opportunity comes your way, but chances are you are going to flub a few easy conversations, and miss a few hits. That is just the nature of the game.

Sometimes, your perfectly crafted sales page does not convert. Sometimes, an unhappy customer remains unhappy no matter how hard you try to fix the situation. Sometimes, a great product doesn’t sell well. Sometimes you can figure out what is wrong and make the corrections, while other times you just have to let it go and move forward, realizing that you will have hundreds of other interactions and opportunities to make your season a winning one.

It’s a game of averages

To put things in perspective, many of best hitters in baseball that we saw featured in the Hall of Fame typically have a batting average of around .300. That means every ten times they get up to bat, they fail to get on base seven times. And these are the best of the best! Even the venerable Babe Ruth had a lifetime batting average of only .342.  (So for every ten conversations you have, you may only convert three of them into paying clients!) However, by practicing and honing your message and understanding the needs of your clients, you will get on base more often and your average can be even better than Babe’s.

On a team level, most clubs are striving for a winning season — meaning they win more than they lose. That should be your goal, too — to win more than you lose. And when you do lose – an opportunity — dust your cleats off, put into play your winning attitude and try again.

On Tuesday, April 7th, we will explore all nine lessons on the Thriving Revolution Call. You can join sign up for the call (or get the link for the replay) at  http://www.thrive4success.com/thriving-revolution

 

It’s time to get Social- Engaging Others on Social Media

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“Saying hello doesn’t have an ROI.”   Gary Vaynerchuck

What he meant is that the value of relationship building can’t be measured so easily.     This is why it is so hard to measure success on social media.

 

 

Engagement on Social Media

The goal of social media isn’t to sell directly. It’s to create engagement and build a relationship. For this reason, you should start measuring success by how much your content is engaging your audience.

Engagement can be measured by things like:

  • Clicks on links in your social media posts (this can be measured through your website analytics)
  • Comments on your social media posts
  • Shares and, on Twitter, favorites and retweets
  • Ratings and comments on your YouTube videos
  • Comments and shares on your blog posts
  • Mentions of your company or brand on social media (you can set up alerts on Google to find these)

While number of followers can be a measure that you’re doing something right, it’s not a very good metric to measure. You can grow your followers a great deal without it necessarily translating to any kind of results. The goal is engagement and conversions, not simply numbers.

Taking Action – Measuring Conversions

An even more important way to measure the effectiveness of your social media marketing is to look at what actual results came from social media. If the end goal is to lead people to your website where they make a purchase, ask your customers directly or with a survey what referred them to your site. See how many of them are referred through social media.

Sales aren’t the only measurement. Whatever action it is you’d like this traffic to take can also be measured. You may want them to sign-up from your list, for example. In that case, again, you’d measure how many of the subscribers came to your list through social media.  Whatever, you chose as your measurement of success, make sure you interview your audience through survey or personal conversation to ensure you are creating a strong relationship with your audience.

Connection, Conversations and Conversion go hand in hand.  This week, I will sharing more ideas on how to engage your audience through your social media efforts.  Feel free to leave me a comment or question and I will respond to them here.

 

Willpower and Resolutions

Are you the type of person who has a lot of willpower to see a project through to its completion or do you feel your willpower is lacking? While many people think that some people have more willpower than others this is not true. Everyone has the same amount of willpower, what is different is the way you choose to use your willpower.

New Year resolutionsNow that we are almost two weeks into the new year, resolutions are falling by the wayside.  It is easy to blame a lack of willpower for the choices you make and for giving up.  Have you ever heard yourself say, “I just don’t have the willpower to follow through?”

The real question is: Are you willing to apply that way of thinking to your own New Year’s resolutions this year? Or are you willing to take more decisive action and make your resolutions become a reality?

To make your New Year’s resolutions successful, you must have the right mindset and belief that you can actually achieve your resolution. This is one reason why it is so important to set resolutions that are attainable. Wanting to run a marathon in a year may not be possible if the last time you exercised was 5 years or more ago.

Instead you want to set a resolution you can envision in your mind and actually see yourself doing by the end of the year. Mind you, no one says your New Year’s resolution has to take you the entire year. Your resolution may be to lose 10 pounds which could be done in two or three months!  And no one has ever said that resolutions can only be set when the calendar reads the 1st of January.

Try sitting down, closing your eyes and seeing yourself having accomplished your goal. If you want to lose weight, picture how you will feel when you see a healthier, slimmer you in the mirror.

Use this tactic each time you feel your motivation lacking so it can help you refocus and stay on track. You may also want to create a physical picture board as well, this is great for resolutions involving lifestyle changes. A picture or story board allows you to see how far you have come, instead of focusing on how far you still have to go.

Learning how to increase your willpower is going to be a huge step in helping you successfully reach your resolution this year. To do this you want to start learning to think in a more positive way. Try to look at the bright side of things instead of the downside.

Surround yourself with positive thinking people.  I am sure you have heard about how good things always seem to happen to successful people. Success breeds success so celebrate your mini-wins and create even more success.

Shifting your mindset is not going to happen overnight, it will take a little time and effort on your part to achieve. Just always remember that nothing is impossible if you truly want something to happen. Work at it and you will see the success and reap the rewards.

Remember that goals may change over the course of time and you can adapt as necessary. Nothing is written in stone so you can make adjustments as you go along. At the end of the year, you will feel proud that you stuck to your New Year’s resolution and accomplished your goal.

Step Into Your Greatness

“Greatness may take the form of a great endeavor, or it may manifest as a fullness of life-a living out of one’s Essence self. Absolutely everyone has the capacity to be great, but few notice or even own it.”  Jean Houston

This quote by Jean Houston forever changed my way of being and has helped shape my mission to support others in recognizing and then using their greatness to literally change the world.

How to Tap into Your Unique Greatness:Moving Forward

In order to use your greatness, you need to recognize and own it. Here are three steps to make that possible:

1) Ask others
2) Listen
3) Put it into action

 Not sure what makes you great?

1) Ask Others:

Often we are not sure of our strengths and thus we don’t know what our unique greatness is. I can assure you that you have greatness and strengths that are yours alone. It may be the way that you can listen to your friends for hours at a time, without judgment or looking bored. Or perhaps you know how to brew the perfect cup of coffee and others always feel welcome in your home.

The only way you will truly know is to ask. Now this may feel a bit uncomfortable at first because you may be afraid it will sound like bragging or that you are “looking for praise.” However, going outside your comfort zone will be worth it for the insight you will gain.  You can being by choosing 5 friends, family or colleagues and ask them what they see as your strengths. For a complete picture, ask people from different areas of your life and with whom you have different roles. For a more comprehensive view, ask them each for at least 3-5 ways that you demonstrate your strengths or greatness.

Be humble and let it in

2) Listen

Yes, I am telling you to step into your greatness by being humble. The second step in owning your greatness is to listen and breathe in what your friends, family and colleagues are telling you. Notice in what areas the same strengths are showing up and how you demonstrate a particular attribute or skill in different roles. Say thank you and be grateful for the insights they are sharing with you.

At first it might feel a bit overwhelming to  hear all the ways that you are great. However, you are already demonstrating your strengths in your life with these people who have shared with you so let what they say truly sink in.  Be grateful for what they are sharing with you.   It is often in this moment that you may have the tendency to minimize or “excuse” away your greatness. Don’t do that.   When someone shares with you what they see as your greatness, take it all in and decide how you are going to fully express it in your life.

Once you own it, you need to use it

3) Put it into Action

You, obviously, are already using some of your strengths with those around you. However, my guess is that you aren’t fully expressing your greatness in all areas. Most people aren’t. The world needs you to BE your greatness. When you express your talents to the fullest, your work improves, your relationships improve and this has a rippling effect way beyond those whom you directly interact with.

An easy way to own your greatness is to choose one strength and one area in your life that you can impact most if you stepped into your greatness and really lived in that space. What would happen to that area of your work or your relationship if you acted from your position of greatness all the time? Now, what would happen if you supported others to live from their greatness? Each person operating from their greatness is how the world is changed, one person at a time.

There is a revolution occurring. It is called the Thriving Revolution and I invite you to join in. It is a community for people who are dedicated to operating from their greatness and committed to creating thriving businesses and to living thriving lives. You can learn more at http://bit.ly/thrivingrevolution.

The capacity in all of us has barely been tapped. There is no one else with your exact skills and talents. Your unique greatness is needed in this world, and by fully stepping into your greatness and owning it, the impact you have now and in the future is beyond what you can imagine and yet, is completely possible.

 

 

Overwhelm: It’s All about Lack

Sticky Notes To Do List Everything Overwhelming TasksHave you ever heard someone say that they were overwhelmed and you automatically thought that they had too much going on in their life and this was the reason for the feeling of overwhelm. Perhaps it was a sense that there was too much going on at work or too many family obligations. I think it is a common misconception that overwhelm is about having too much. Instead overwhelm is actually all about having too little.

How can overwhelm be caused by lack?

I often have clients tell me they feel overwhelmed by their business. Overwhelm often occurs when there is a lack of control or at least a feeling of not being in control. You can have very little to do but if you are not in control, then you feel overwhelmed. On the flip side, someone who is very busy but still able to stand firmly grounded and in control will not feel that sense of overwhelm.

So how do you stay in control?

There are three things, vision, focus and results, that are crucial to staying in control of your business and thus staying out of overwhelm. If you are not unclear in any of these areas then the slippery slope to overwhelm begins.

It begins with having a vision for your business. Often when I ask clients what their vision is, I get “hmmm”, “umm”, “ah” or a very cloudy answer. If you don’t have clarity around your vision, how will you know what to focus on or even how to set goals for your business? It is like getting into a car after it has snowed and the windshield is covered with snow and ice. You wouldn’t drive your car blindly; so why are you driving your business blindly? Without a clear vision, you are not fully in control and thus are susceptible to that place we call overwhelm.

What else do you need to be in control?

In addition to a clear-cut vision, you need to have focus. This lack of focus or the not knowing what to focus on is a common lament of business owners. I often hear “I have so much to do I don’t know what to do first.” It may not necessarily be that you have too much to do but it is may be true that you don’t know which tasks to do first.

Focus is the ability to put into action the tasks necessary to fulfill the vision you have crafted for yourself. If you focus on the wrong things in your business or take your eye off what is important, you will begin to take some side roads that will veer you off the path you have created.

How do results play a part in staying on the right path?

As you are moving along toward your vision, do you measure your progress? Do you have milestones that help you know that you are indeed moving forward toward your desired result? If not, then you are not in control of your business and are probably in or heading for a state of overwhelm.

Setting goals and tracking your progress is a critical piece to this puzzle of being in command of your business. Even if you are booking business and feeling really good about your status, there will be a sense of something missing if you do not set goals. Without goals that you track and measure, you will wander forward without a feeling of satisfaction. Here is an example, say you booked 4 new clients this week. Was this a good week or not?

If you don’t have a goal, you have nothing to measure the number of new clients against. Maybe you should have really could have gotten 10 clients so 4 is not so good but you don’t know because you did not set a goal. Instead, what if you had a goal of 5 clients and you got 4 clients? Then you have something to focus on. You can look at what worked and what can be improved and you can track your progress. Now you are being proactive and fully in charge of the direction of your business.

The next time you feel you are entering the overwhelm zone, just remember it might not be about having too much on your plate but it may be that you have ended up in a place of lack.

So what can you do today to stay out of overwhelm?