The Blessed Business

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Wherever you want to be in your business, there is something that you must have if you are going to be as successful as possible.

You need the blessing

You need God to bless your business, and to give you His strategy.

God will bless your business if it’s His will for you to have this business.

If you think that God has called you to do what you are doing, then don’t you think it’s a good idea to check in with Him from time to time about specific steps and Wisdom?

Have you thanked Him for your business today?

Have you submitted your business to Him? In other words, have you given God permission to use your business for His glory?

Can God at anytime tap you on the shoulder and tell you “Give that person a free….” Whatever—product, book, or service? Can God trust you to use your business to freely bless others when He want you to? The Bible tells us that if YOU give to others, then they will give to you.

I’m not suggesting that you never charge for your product or service. That would make it a charity and not a business.

Still, what do you think might happen if you asked God how you could bless someone today with your business?

Do you think He might send someone your way who needed help? And bless you also?

Just a thought.
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Do what you love, blog accordingly

 

A lot of people choose the theme of their blog, the same way that they choose their career

They ask themselves this question:

“Is this going to make me any money”

Now, if you’ve been following MY blog for any length of time, then you know that I wholeheartedly agree with the concept of keeping the end goal in mind with your business blog, which is making money.

But just because you have the end goal of making money doesn’t mean your blog can’t be something that you love.

Let me explain: A lot of people who sell internet marketing products (usually digital information) blog about internet marketing. But you can tell from their posts, they don’t really “dig” internet marketing. What I mean is, they’re not really “into it”. They’re just posting to get rankings…and it shows.

It would be so much better for them to just start a blog on whatever topic that they they are really interested in and then tie that into their marketing scheme.

I cover this in great detail in my tutorial “Blogging for dollars”

Yes, it really is okay to blog about what you love, but there is a way to monetize it properly.

Had enough yet? Ready to blog with passion and purpose? When you are, it’s all right here.

 

Signal Crossing

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One thing that some people engage in is what I call “signal crossing” and if you don’t know what it is, it can make you think you are losing your mind.

A signal crosser is someone who acts one way and dialogues another.An example is going to dinner with someone who tells you to eat whatever you want. Then after dinner, they say, “are you sure you don’t want desert?” when the waitress comes to the table.

This person is giving you mixed signals. They say that they want you to feel free to eat hearty, but then they kind of take it back.

So weird.

The reason people do this is because they have trouble being direct.

They fear rejection, or not being thought well of, so they give their intentions through signals, not through direct dialoguing.

Now sometimes, signals are good things and not necessarily diversionary tactics. Some people do the “I’m not saying, I’m just saying” deal, when they are trying to be polite.

For example, if you go to someone’s house, and after about an hour of fellowship they say something like, “well, I’ll let you get back to your family”, then you know that they are politely saying it’s time for them to let you go.

That’s not the same as giving MIXED signals.

Mixed signals happen when someone wants you to vocalize what they want you to do, while they act like they don’t really want that.

Get it?

It’s really called passive aggression.

You can read more about that here.

Hey, have you ever been the recipient of mixed signals? Or maybe you just have a tendency to give mixed signals.

Either way, I’d love to hear all about it.

 

 

How to get the most out of every day.

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If you’re like me, you have days when you just don’t seem to be clicking. Maybe you had a list of marketing tasks you wanted to get done, but life got in the way.
Or maybe you had a set time for reviewing your day, and that didn’t happen.
Whether it’s planning to plan, or putting it all on paper, it’s easy to get sidetracked from the original goal.

One thing that always helps immensely is this…

Write it down.

Okay, I know that sounds simplistic, and I am sure that is nothing you have never heard before.

But….do you? Do you actually write it down? I’m not even going to ask if you do what I do in the morning (okay, I’ll ask).

Do you ever find yourself lounging around in bed, with thoughts gyrating a million miles minute as you desperately try to arrange them all in your mind?

I think we ALL do that one.
Okay, but now, let’s take it a step further. How about this…

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How to Stop Procrastining

We all do it.

But why? Why do we put off doing what we know we need to do?

Let’s cover the “why” and then the “how”.

5 Reasons why you procrastinate

Reason number one for procrastinating:

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Let’s face it, sometimes a task is so gross, so gnarly, so time-consuming or complicated, that it cramps our brain even to think about it. This is one of the reasons why some people shove the task to the back side of their brain…it’s just too painful to think about.

You want to do it, but you are overwhelmed

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Yea, I think we’ve all been at this place. Overload is a key reason for putting things off, even when we know it’s important.

Procrastination reason number 3.

You don’t think it’s a big enough priority to do it now..

“Why do today what can be done tomorrow?”

Many procrastinators think this way. Unless their backside is in flames, they prefer to wait….and wait…and wait. The good news is, many of these midnight hour, crunch-time types actually work better under pressure (which is not very comforting to more rigid personality type planners, but it works for them).

…or ever

Some people who are accused of procrastinating are not actually procrastinators. It’s just that, they have no intention of ever doing the task. But somehow, they know that society expects them to

Go back to school

Lose 10-pounds or even

Clean that top shelf

So to make people empathize with them, they join the ranks of “someday I’m going to” stop smoking, get rid of this old piece of furniture, or…whatever it may be. Probably, they are not bothered all that much with their habit, weight, or less than perfect lifestyle. But it makes them fit in to complain with the others and set resolutions they have no intention of reaching…or even trying to.

Sometimes people procrastinate doing something, because they want attention…

We’ve all heard the story of the kid that misbehaves because they are being neglected by mom and dad. In relationships, some adults do this, because if their partner never had a complaint, they’d both never talk to one another.

…Or because, they resent having to do it.

This is not to say that the task is something that they dislike, or even that it is something that they wouldn’t cheerfully do, if weren’t for…the grudge. Yes that’s right, many heel-draggers consciously or subconsciously put off a task that they really don’t mind working on, just because they resent being told that they must do it. Sometimes the request is a reasonable one, but the person asked to do it, doesn’t think it’s fair. Or sometimes, the reason that the procrastinator won’t do the task, has nothing to do with resenting the task, but with driving the other person crazy….because of a long standing grudge that they have toward that person. That’s called Passive Aggression, and you can  learn more about that here

I talk all about these behaviors and how to get over them in my  eBook

“How to finally Stop Procrastinating”

The truth is, procastination costs all of us time, money, and emotional freedom.

In my ebook, I show you practical ways to get motivated and get ‘er done.

And here’s a good reason not to put this off…it’s 100% free; for right now, anyway.  So don’t wait–grab it while you still can– before it costs you.

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How to generate leads: just the facts

 

  1. Make sure your website or landing page is the best it can be.

So many people over look this fact, but think about it…if you have a bunch of broken links on your site, if people see “Site Title” or “This is an about page” on your incomplete website, they are not going to think you are for real.

  1. Have a great quality lead magnet. Make sure that it’s not some flim flammy lead magnet, but that it really provides inside information about your topic. If it isn’t so good that most people would gladly pay at least $20 for your fresh info, then you aren’t providing enough info, or your info is stale. That is NOT the kind of lead magnet you want to give people. Your lead magnet needs to be the highest quality lead you can give, without giving away too much. If you are concerned about this, it could be that you simply don’t have enough fresh info to go around. So if you are always stressing over whether or not you are giving away too much, then you may need some more info on your topic.
  2. Always remember….info is free on the internet. Think about what you are offering…would you give up your own email address to acquire this info if you didn’t have this knowledge? Or would you google in the question?
  3. Think about why you are building a list. Why? So that you can keep sending stale info to people who are going to unsubscribe? No. You are building a list of people who are going to develop a rapport with you , so that they can sense you character, your values and your personality. That’s the only way to get most people to buy from you…free info is every where, but they don’t know who to trust. You shouldn’t go about getting leads so that you can pitch your product. Think about this dynamic.

You want their email address.

They want your info.

You want their email address so that ultimately, you can sell to them.

They want your newsletter for info, not for a sales pitch. The only way they will buy your info product is if it’s something that they can’t get anywhere else…for free. Or, if it’s info that answers the question that they don’t know the question to. Or, they just like you and want to know your take on marketing.

Also, some people just like collecting knowledge.

But it has to be fresh knowledge, or they won’t buy from you.

Here’s the question that you need to be asking yourself if you want to gather leads that actually convert into sales: