That’s impossible! You will never make it.

Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible“.- Francis of Assisi

I started a journey couple months ago, day after day I keep focused and always moving forward, towards my objective which is to achieve my goals very shortly. I know it is not an easy journey, but I am totally aimed to succeed and I would not allow that anyone derailed me from my path.

But when people (friends or family) ask you what are you doing and you tell them about your dreams, projects or plans, the first thing they say is “That’s impossible” “Are you crazy, that’s not going to happen” “You will never make it“You are wasting your time”. The only words that come from their mouths are usually all negative.

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Even though they probably have the best intentions…they really think they are doing you good, I have learned to ignore these comments and instead turned them around so that they motivate me to continue my path and be fully determined in achieving my goals.

You started your journey for a reason, this should always be on your top of mind. That inner voice that tells you to make it happen, you need to pay very close attention to it, don’t ignore it.

Stay away from the negative people, keep them far. It depends on you, who you want to listen. Would you prefer the negative thoughts or the positive ones?

It’s your call. You decide what will be your next step.

But always remember,

…if you want something, Go get it. Period!.”– Chris Gardner

 

 

 

Play Full Out.

“Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid”. – Basil King

It’s the ‘make it happen moment’. Let me create the scenario.

The clock has only 60 seconds to the end of the game.  The score is 2 points difference in favor of the other team. The final shot is in Justin’s hands, but this definitely has been a hard and long game. The other team was really good, they have been champions three years in a row. These are the semifinals. ‘If I score, the team will be heading to the finals for the first time. So, this is all on me‘. Justin thought.

He felt tired, exhausted, like if in his body there is nothing more than the single drop of energy that he could give. All kind of doubts came true his mind, he was not sure if he could make it.

Before he decided to play that last shot, he looks sideways and sees his coach.  The look in his eyes reminds him of a conversation he had with the team earlier in the locker room. He encourages all by saying these words…  

There will be moments in life that you will feel that you have given all, that you have put everything on the table, but be really honest with yourself, can you really say that you gave it all? Are you totally committed?  Are you totally focused? 

Analyze this situation, and tell me who gives more?  The person that has 50% to give and gives his 50% or the person that has 100% and only gives half… 

Go out there and give it all, play all of it! 

Justin is now ready, he has his vision clear and totally focus on his goal. He took a deep breath and throw his shot….

This is a fictional story. 

 

It depends on the way you decide to act in front of any situation. You need to continue motivated, you need to move forward and don’t lose your enthusiasm even though you are not feeling totally positive about it.

Play with heart, with intensity, with everything you got. Dump any excuses, any ‘but’ that does pass through your mind. Find the way to make it happen. Believe in your vision.

Play Full Out.

Time To Think 

Your positive action combined with your positive thinking results in success”. – Shiv Khera

The Portrait of a Good Thinker

The process of becoming a good thinker is not automatically, it takes time to invest in your new thinking.

You need to expose yourself to good inputs, reading books, listening to tapes, spend time with good thinkers. You need to be focus on the positive, on the good things, this allows your emotions to create good thoughts.

Sometimes when you feel so overwhelmed with all kind of ideas, information, questions, about the decisions that you need to take, it’s necessary that you look for the right place to think. A place that will grant you the serenity for you to focus on the positive. You might say that it sound easy, but sometimes when you need the most to be positive, negative thoughts does cross your mind and might derail you from taking the right decision.

All great entrepreneurs when they have to take very important decision for their business, they look for a place that allows them to concentrate, they dedicate a private or intimate time for their thinking. They isolate from the world, draw away from any distractions.

You can do this as well, you can choose this to be either in your office, in a hotel room when traveling,  in the backyard or garage of your house or when you take the time to go biking. Any place that you feel that helps you focus better when you have to take an important decision, that is your ‘thinking place’.

Wherever place you choose as your ‘thinking place’, make sure that you really connect with yourself and strive to always have positive thoughts.

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Good thinkers are successful, the way they think is different. Change your thinking and you can change your life.

 

Big Picture Thinking. Brings you perspective not only of what you can see but also what you can do. Allows you to lead, to help people accomplish their dreams.

Focus Thinking. Identify your priorities, do what you enjoy most and do it best.

Creative Thinking. Explore options by stimulating your imagination; embrace ambiguity; don’t have fear of failure. The positive part of this type of thinking, it add value to everything.

Realistic Thinking. Minimize downside risks. Gives you target and gameplay. Excellence in leadership and management. Provides security.

Strategic Thinking. Plan your life – Live your Plan.  Reduces margin of error. Identify the real issues and objectives. Put the right people in the right place.

Possibility Thinking.  Draws opportunities and people to you. Increases your possibilities. Allows you to dream Big.

Reflective Thinking. Gives you true perspectives. Increase your confidence in decision-making.

Shared Thinking. By encouraging the participation of other. You learn to understand the difference from competition to cooperation. You have the right thinkers around you.

Bottom-line Thinking. Helps you make the best decision. Provides great clarity. Make it to the point.

*Source: How Successful People Think – John Maxwell

 

Why You Need a Business Plan

A good plan is like a road map: it shows the final destination and usually the best way to get there.” H. Stanely Judd

 

If you are seeking to open a new business – either online or in the real world – and you don’t have the capital, you will need to seek help from institutional or individual investors. And the first thing they are going to want to see before they invest a dime in your business is your business plan.

What Is a Business Plan?

The business plan serves two essential functions:

  1. It provides a blueprint that you can use to build your business
  2. The business plan explains to investors why your business will be financially successful

What investors want to see is a business plan that presents a model of what your business will look like from its very beginning until it is operating at full capacity. Your business plan should include realistic, attainable objectives. If it includes unrealistic revenue forecasts or is built on a swampy foundation, your business plan won’t fly.

Benefits of a Business Plan

Even if you are going to be your business’ only employee and work out of your home, you still need a business plan. That’s because your business needs a map that leads it where you want it to go.

Although your business plan should be as detailed as possible, the larger and more complicated your business will be, the more detail your business plan will need to include.

You will need to rely on your business plan and reference it frequently both before and after you launch your business, so it’s absolutely necessary that you have everything in place as much as possible from the beginning.

Elements of a Business Plan

Successful business plans have five elements:

Background Information – How and why are you creating this business? Here you will include general information such as what types of products and/or services you will be selling.

Marketing Plan – Explain what type of marketing you plan to use to promote your business, such as paid advertising, social media marketing, and direct marketing.

Operational Plan – Indicate how your business will function. Include hours of operation, estimated number of employees, location, and any other relevant operational data.

Financial Plan – This may be the most important part. You need to explain your financial goals and a detailed account of your estimated costs, including payroll, rent, overhead, supplies, raw materials and any other expenditure.

Decision-Making Criteria – In this section, indicate what types of things you are going to consider before moving forward with the plan.

Every business plan is different. There’s not one single template you can use and simply fill in the specific details of your business proposal. When developing your plan, present the information so that anybody can use it as a tool to decide whether or not to proceed with the business.

Getting Help with Your Business Plan

If you have a partner, they can assist you in developing your business plan. Others who can help you include your accountant if you have one. In most cases, CPAs have enough experience to identify glaring errors so you can correct them before showing it to anybody else.

Your next stop should be trusted professionals in the same field as yours. While you may not want to hand your business plan to somebody you will be competing against directly, if you have a friend, a former business school professor you are still close with, or a mentor who can give you genuine, helpful advice, see if they would be willing to take a look at your business plan.

When you have as much feedback as you need and have made the necessary changes to your plan so it is as accurate and realistic as possible, you can use it to attract investors. When you present to investors or apply for a business loan, your business plan will serve as the centerpiece of your pitch.

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Introduction to Network Marketing for Online Marketers

“Network marketing is the fastest growing business model in the world today.” -Robert Kiyosaki

 

A lot of people have radical views one way or the other about Network marketing, also known as Multi-Level Marketing (MLM). For some, it’s one of the best opportunities for entry-level entrepreneurs to own their own business with very little investment. For others, it’s some sort of shady or sinister endeavor that should be avoided at all costs.

The truth is that MLM is a legitimate business model that has been used successfully by some of the biggest and most successful companies in the US, including Amway, PrePaid Legal, Exel, Meleleuca and USANA.

Who Is Involved with Network Marketing?

Most of the people in the network marketing industry are honest, hardworking individuals who are simply trying to earn a living to provide a high-quality lifestyle for themselves and their families. Sadly, like any industry, network marketing also includes a small number of dishonest people who poison the well for everybody else so that the entire concept of MLM is seen in a dim light by people ignorant of the facts.

In this article, we are going to look at the advantages network marketing offers to both experienced entrepreneurs and to those just starting out. We also will look at the opportunities it presents for honest people who are willing to work hard running their own business. Don’t worry, we’re not going to try to sell you any cleaning products or timeshares!

Definition of Network Marketing

Network marketing is a marketing strategy in which the people are paid not only for sales they generate themselves but also for the sales of other salesmen they recruit. This business model is known as a “downline model” because it has distributors and a hierarchy that involves multiple levels of compensation.

It’s different than single-level marketing., which is when salesmen are compensated for products they sell directly consumers.

Network Marketing Structure

In network marketing business, the sales force pays a portion of their revenues to the person who recruited them. That person then pays a portion of all of their revenues to the person on the level above them, and so on. This is what is known as an “upline revenue structure”.

The first network marketing platforms were launched in the 1950’s and involved nutritional supplements, household products, and cosmetics. By the 1980s, MLM businesses had grown to include companies specializing in insurance and long-distance telephone services.

By the 21st Century, technological advances enabled network marketing to expand into credit cards, travel, pre-paid legal services, and other successful areas.

There are all types of network marketing platforms. And in many cases, people can get into the market for very little upfront investment while still enjoying the benefits of owning their own business. MLM opportunities usually are far less costly than buying a business franchise.

In most network marketing platforms, salespeople sell products directly to consumers by means of relationship referrals and word of mouth marketing.

Common Network Marketing Misconceptions

Let’s address some of the most common misconceptions about network marketing. A lot of people have a bad opinion of network marketing because occasionally it attracts people looking to exploit its structure to reap financial reward with very little work. In other words, people who simply want to “get rich quick”.

Network marketing is also criticized because the upline revenue stream is structured like a pyramid. This creates confusion among people who think all network marketing must be a “pyramid scheme” or a “Ponzi scheme”.

These toxic terms refer to illegal business models in which people on the bottom of the pyramid invest in business opportunities but get little or no return on their investment. The people at the top of the pyramid keep most or all the money and don’t deliver the goods or services they promised.

The reality is that network marketing is simply a non-traditional business model. It’s more like “micro-franchising” than anything else. MLM can be a good choice for people because it has a very low cost of entry and there is the potential to earn a lot of money.

Is Network Marketing a Risky Business?

Some people make money in network marketing businesses and some people lose money. But the same can be said for traditional business models such as franchising. The success or failure of the individual under either scenario has less to do with the structure of the business model itself than it does with the person’s understanding of their market, the effort they made to create opportunities for themselves, and even just plain luck.

Most network marketing businesses focus on creating opportunities for people who might otherwise not have them, including people who:

  • Lack experience running their own business
  • Have little previous sales experience
  • Are unhappy with their current income level
  • Have been unsuccessful running previous businesses

Network marketing businesses offer these people the opportunity to achieve high levels of success. But, if it’s not your thing, there are other ways to make money online, such as promoting affiliate offers (like ours).

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Set Your Goals vs Get Your Goals

A man without a goal, is like a ship without a rudder.”–Thomas Carlyle

In my last post, I mentioned the importance of your mindset and the way you confront situations in your life. I gave you the example of the elephant, who believed that ‘he couldn’t let go and be free’, after he was convinced that he was not able to do it, he didn’t make any effort to do more.

So today we are focusing on Setting Goals, or I will prefer to say Getting Goals. The difference between these two lies only in you.

We all have ideas and dreams that we would like to fulfill. But only when you have written them down and create a plan, only then, you have finally set your Goal.

 

“People with goals succeed, because they know where they’re going” – Earl Nightingale

 

We set goals in which we do our best to accomplish them in a specific time. These goals motivate us to keep moving forward. But, after a goal has been set, how much effort do we really put to Get our Goals? What is needed for this?

I have learned to follow these steps throughout the way. Hope these steps can help you also.

  • Set specific dates for each goal

I previously mentioned about making a plan. You might probably think if I know already what I want, why should a write it down?  The answer is simple, by writing it down, it helps you to be more focus and keeps you oriented.

Let me give you an example. When you go to the grocery store, do you go with a list or you go without one and try to remember what you need. If you don’t have a list with you, I am sure that you will forget to buy something that you really needed, unfortunately you will only notice or remember when you are leaving the grocery store or worse, when you are already back home, so you will have to drive all back again to go and get it.

This is very common and can happen to any of us.

So might as well we have a plan written from the start so that we can avoid distractions on our way to pursuing our goals. Write down your plan and keep it in a visible place, so that you can see it every day and set a time frame of things that needs to be done, with specific dates and tangible milestones.

  • Chunk down into a series of little steps.

Now that you have your plan ready, you can focus on getting your goal. At the simple sight, you probably think it is complicated or very long list of things to be done. Just be realistic with the goal that you have set to achieve. Analyze your plan and see how you can break down into little steps so that you can make it happen.

Don’t discourage yourself by thinking “this is too much”, everything needs to go through a process in order to be completed.

 

Step by step, you will see that when you are scratching out the things on your list you are moving towards the correct track to finally get your Goal.

You are working on your roadmap, and there is a route to follow so that you can get from point A to point B. Get to work and stick to it.

  • Do a constant review of your goals. 

Focus and measure everything, this way you will be able to make corrections throughout the way.

Situations might change during your journey, adjust your plan but don’t derail from your track.

 

Completing these goals will help you grow in many ways. Nevertheless, at the end of the road when you looked back and see how much you have done, you will feel proud of yourself for all that you have accomplished through the way.

It won’t be easy but I guarantee it will be totally worth it.

 

Stay Focus.

 

Mindset. Lower-down or Power-up

“What We Think, We Become.”  – Buddha

When you Google search the word ‘mindset’ you will find so many definitions. I consider that mindset could be defined as, our capacity to confront challenges or circumstances, either by encouraging or dissuading ourselves, by believing in what we can or cannot do.  

We hear a lot of this word lately, from mostly all the motivational coaches that say, You need to change your mindset in order to succeed. 

Some questions might immediately arouse when hearing this from the speaker who is right there standing in front of you. I know they will, because it happened to me as well, the first time I heard it. Some questions like, How can this be possible?  How do I do this? Why do I need to change my mindset? And so on… 

We naturally are resistant to changes, when we get used to something or we are in our comfort zone, our mind usually tries to ‘protect us’ by giving us all the reasons why we shouldn’t do certain things or convince us unconsciously that we are not capable to do such task. The fear of unfamiliar circumstances and the fear of failing at the end leads us to no decision, no action. 

When you settle to believe you can’t, then definitely you wouldn’t. This is where the change of your mindset begins. 

I will like to share with you a short story, which I consider very empowering. 

The Elephant And The Rope by Sofo Archon. 

As my friend was passing the elephants, he suddenly stopped, confused by the fact that these huge creatures were being held by only a small rope tied to their front leg. No chains, no cages. It was obvious that the elephants could, at anytime, break away from the ropes they were tied to but for some reason, they did not. My friend saw a trainer nearby and asked why these beautiful, magnificent animals just stood there and made no attempt to get away.

“Well,” he said, “when they are very young and much smaller we use the same size of rope to tie them and, at that age, it’s enough to hold them. As they grow up, they are conditioned to believe they cannot break away. They believe the rope can still hold them, so they never try to break free.”

My friend was amazed.

These animals could at any time break free from their bonds but because they believed they couldn’t, they were stuck right where they were.

 

How many of us are like the elephant? We convince ourselves that we cannot pursue a specific goal because we failed once. Conditioned by just that time we tried (or even worse, never tried at all) and our mind convinced us, that we will never get that new job, we will not make that extra commission or we cannot be successful.

Learn how to power-up, how to change your mindset to success. Begin by accepting total responsibility for your life, and working in improving YOU so that you can help others.

You will have criticism from people around you, but accept these as part of the process.

Frederick W. Smith – CEO of FedEx, back in his college days at Yale University, for an economy class project, he came up with the idea of outlining overnight delivery service in a computer information age. His teacher told him that his idea was not feasible, and grade him with a C.

Smith founded Federal Express in 1971, the paper he delivered in his economy class was his very first concept for the company he after built which we know nowadays as FedEx.

Always surround yourself with positive and successful people. Learn to act despite the fear or disappointment. Set a goal and always make sure to walk towards to achieve it.

Never stop learning. Never give up.