Ask The Right Questions

I recently joined a few communities online that aligned with some future goals of mine and the information I’m getting is phenomenal!  I was actually very surprised at how many people responded to my question about business.  I think too often it easy to get inside your head and believe that it is stupid to ask questions or people will not engage the way you want them too.  This is further from the truth and I encourage you to put yourself out there and get answers to those questions of yours.  Now more than ever people want to connect and give value to others.  So I came up with a list of questions I thought might be useful for the beginner business entrepreneur and  I reached out to my community of like-minded people to get their valuable opinions.

I think there are certain questions we need to keep in mind any time we are considering taking on a new challenge or venture.  We have to study everything about it and find out otherwise we are going into it blind and unprepared.  It’s also a good idea to keep in mind that it is easy to become overwhelmed with these early stages and by asking the right questions we are easing the process of each task.

So I went through a list of questions that I thought might be important for starting my new business and I picked the question that I thought might make the most difference in my business.

As a new business, what are some of the problems you encountered starting out?

The response was great and I learned some really valuable things to keep in mind in these early stages.  To give you an overview, here are some of the responses I found most important.

  • Clients.
  • Believe your worth more than you charge.
  • Standing out in the crowd.
  • Learn how to troubleshoot.  Know your product or equipment well.
  • Know your market.
  • Keep a checklist of what important so you are never empty handed.
  • Finding your niche and thriving.
  • Advertise in the right places

For my particular business, I  found the checklist to be very valuable.  You always want to be prepared in any situation.  New ventures mean new and uncharted territory.  This is exciting as well as super scary which tells me I’m doing something right.  By pushing yourself outside your comfort zone you are welcoming a successful life in more ways than just income.

What are some of the problems you have encountered and how have you overcome them?  Please share!

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Find The Time For A New Business Adventure

New business adventures are exciting.  The early stages of the idea and the grand plan to put it all together can be the most fun stages of the whole process.  One of the biggest challenges you might face is finding the time to do this.  There are a number of people who might dive in full force.  They quit their jobs and devote every second of the time that they have to their business plan.  Others are not so fortunate and might have to stay employed for another company while they test the waters with their new business idea.

If you are continuing to work your normal job while starting the business, you want to make sure you are dedicating a certain amount of time every day to keep your motivation up.  We go into these ideas with a clear picture of what we want to happen and if we are really in love with the idea we have a great energy force pushing us to continue towards these goals.

Creating a business can be hard considering it’s a very competitive world out there.  You have to give time to your business and yourself in order to see real results.  I have learned this first hand and have seen how easy it is to push it to the side when you are just absolutely exhausted.  Here are a few important ways to make time for your start-up.

  • Get up earlier or stay up later.  I’m a morning person so getting up earlier is what is right for me.  I have a major boost in the morning and feel it is when I am most creative.  For those of you night owls, try and stay up a little later when the house is quiet and you have that time to dedicate to your goals.  I can’t stress this enough, even if you are totally exhausted you want to put in at least an hours effort to building your business.
  • Motivation videos are a major confidence booster.  Okay, so many of you might find this to be corny (did I just use that word?) but seriously, if you don’t have a lot of self-motivation or that special someone that is going to get up and push you every day then a quick motivational video on the way to the store or work isn’t going to kill you.  I like Napoleon Hill who is also the author of “Think and Grow Rich.”  This is also a great read if you have the time.
  • Find ways to cut time in other areas of your life so you can devote more time to your business.  If you work an eight-plus hour a day job and then you have to come home and cook dinner for another hour it is likely you will not have much time to give to your goals.  I have been able to save time by purchasing a pressure cooker.  I spend less time over the stove and more time doing what I really need to do.  This is just one example there are many more ways you can prioritize and save time.

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Finding time for your grand idea should always be a high priority.  If you are passionate about what you are trying to achieve then finding time won’t be such a hard task.  Always remember that starting a business takes time.  It doesn’t ever happen overnight and you don’t want it to.  You need time to take the necessary steps to have a successful business. I’m in the process of my next business adventure and I’m really trying to enjoy these early stages.  Be mindful of what you tell yourself and don’t lose that burning desire to complete that goal.  If there is anyone in this world who is going to stop you from doing what you set out to do, it is yourself.  Stay motivated and remember that you are amazing and unique.

 

The Power Of Creativity

 

Have you ever woke up in the morning with this insanely great idea to do something amazing and then slowly let it disappear as you let the day to day requirements creep in?  Creativity is often lost in the day to day autopilot programming that we live in.  We get up in the morning with the intent to do everything that we did the day before and most often we spend the day thinking about what we’re doing tomorrow or the next day.  Training your brain to be present and stay there is the most valuable practice anyone can do.

There have been so many times I have driven myself long distances only to realize I couldn’t remember how I had got there.  Living autopilot isn’t the life I want to remember telling my great grandchildren about.  Every morning brings new possibilities.  Opportunity is always surrounding us, we just have to be awake enough to see them and take hold of them.  I’m a huge fan of new ideas and creating new habits so with that in mind, I have decided to challenge myself and you of course.  Follow along with me in practicing these simple (seriously simple) techniques to awaken your creativity.  Daily practice is essential so if you plan to see any kind of results, don’t plan on being a slacker.

  • Wake up 30 minutes earlier than you already do.  You can use this time to lie in bed and think about all the things you want to achieve.  Focus on the things that are most important to you.  I find creativity speaks loudest in those early morning hours of the morning.

  • Practice positive self talk.  I have to admit this might be the toughest one.  If anyone is the meanest to “me”, it is myself.  I am guilty of consistently telling myself I can’t do it, what if they don’t like me, I’m not good enough.  There is no need for all this pressure. Be kind to yourself.

  • Stop worrying about how you are going to do it.  Make a plan, decide it’s what you want, and go for it.  Details will fall into place.  If you’re passionate about something then fight hard to make it happen.  Too often I stop myself from achieving my own goals.  Only I can change my circumstances.

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~Always remember that you have a quality in you that no one else has.  You can do all things through faith and persistence.~

What are some ways you spark creativity?

 

 

Fail With Confidence

Every year myself, as well as many other individuals, strive to change certain aspects of our life’s.  We may try to wake up a little earlier or eat a little different.  Whatever it is we are reaching for something to make a difference.  Some of you may not know where or how to make the changes necessary to be helpful.  Most of the time we lose inspiration or simply give in to our normal routines.  Have you ever asked yourself why you give in so easily?  We can change the way we do things and we do have the ability to keep going.  What if we pushed past that urge to give up and continued to build on the foundations that we have begun?  January isn’t the only month of the year to start a resolution.  Resolutions can be made at any moment or on any day.  We can change all aspects of our life whether it be relationships, careers, money habits, anything!

Rumor has it that January 21st of every year could be the most depressing day of the year.  How is it that some of us can enjoy so much of the holidays and our families and of course that amazing food and then the first of the year rolls around and we have a burst of energy to change the world and then weeks later we fall flat on our faces?  Is it that people are programmed to dream big and then the world tells them their dreaming to big?  Stop letting the world tell you how to move forward.  If you want to make changes and keep them here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Don’t be afraid to fail: Failing is how we learn, it is the most necessary thing to grow.  I fail every day in many aspects and yet I refuse to stop trying.  Fail with confidence.

  • Be consistent:  If you forget to be consistent then wake up the next day and try again.  Consistency will stick at some point and you will learn the habit.

  • Live to serve:  This is a recent concept that I have learned.  There is nothing in this world that we can take with us when our lives have ended.  The most meaningful and powerful feeling can be achieved from giving to and serving others.

  • Forgive:  This one can be really hard but it can also be really easy.  Let go of what you know others have done to hurt you, or what they have said about you.  Having the ability to forgive others is having the power to be the bigger person.

  • Be amazing:  In everything you do, do it with a pep in your step.  The day may crash around you but at least you tried to make it as amazing as possible. Whether there is a tomorrow or not, you will be remembered for your attitude and for the way you treated people.

Always remember that we are all striving for something.  There is so much commonality between people that we could use it to make a difference.  Your accomplishments are my accomplishments.  Love the most unlovable people and you will see a change in them.  Most importantly you will see a change in yourself.

Please follow along on our next 365 days of being amazing!

Do you have a powerful story of a time when you gave up many times only to try again and succeed?  Please share in the comments below.  Let’s inspire people!

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February Bucket List

Looking for ideas to add to your bucket list?  There are a number of things to see while you are alive and well.

Many people make bucket list as a reminder of things they want to do before they die and yet most never succeed at fulfilling any of those things.  It’s thought of as something to do towards the end of life but why should it be?  Stop dreaming about things as if hopefully they will happen later in life.  Make a list every week or every month of things you want to try or accomplish.  It could be as simple as exercising or drinking more water whichever it is you are acknowledging what you want and bringing it to the forefront of your thoughts. A good question to ask yourself is “how will you fill your bucket?”  We want to fill our lives with meaningful purposeful things that make a difference. I think we all know that time slips through our fingers faster than we can grasp it.  It is important to make the most out of every day even if it by taking the smallest of steps.

Here is my February list of things I want to do at this point in my life.  I may never do everyone but I am sure if given the opportunity I will do most.

  1. Take a Gondola through Venise Italy
  2. Visit a castle
  3. Zip Line
  4. Sleep on the beach
  5. Go sailing
  6. Ride horses along the coast
  7. Learn Italian
  8. Fly in a hot air balloon
  9. Take a cruise
  10. Do volunteer work

Fill The Bucket

How do you fill your bucket?  Please comment below!

Need more inspiration to start a bucket list?  Check out my post Why You Should Have A Bucket List for ideas to get you motivated.

Dare To Change

Each year we start with 365 days of having the opportunity to be amazing.

If you are given 365 days in a year to make choices that will help your future self then why is it that the majority of the population doesn’t take advantage of it.  It is very easy to get trapped in the normal day to day jive of being average.  Get up, get the kids off (if you have kids), go to work, come home, eat, go to bed and do it all over again the next day.  You get stuck in a cycle of average comfort and once your there it is easy to stay there.

The easiest way to create change is by recognizing over and over what it is that is causing you to fall back into your old habits.  We can’t expect our future to be different than our present if we keep making the same mistakes we have made time and time again.

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  1. Make a list of changes you would like to see in the coming year.
  2. Start a new regimen.  If it doesn’t work out, start another one until it does work out.
  3. Make a list of triggers for bad habits.  Learn to recognize and prevent these triggers.
  4. Look around your home and get rid of something every week.  Rid your home of unused items.  No clutter equals more time for you.
  5. Be a beacon of inspiration to others.  Your ability to help others change will keep you motivated to stay on track in your own life.
  6. Make healthy choices.  Healthy choices are not exactly the most fun kind of choices but ultimately you will feel more energized.
  7. Avoid negative people.  I am in contact with negative people daily however, I chose to keep our contact to a minimum.
  8. Learn something new every day.  There is an amazing amount of things that can be self-taught.  Get curious and get to searching.
  9. Stay on track.  Don’t let discouragement creep in and keep you from changing your life.  Take a day or even a week if you need down time and then get to it and start again.
  10. Be a producer of things and not a consumer of things.

You can break the cycle and change how you spend your 365 days.  I think the most powerful lesson to take away is that you are only going to change your situation if you become the creator of it.

BE A PRODUCER OF THINGS

NOT A CONSUMER OF THINGS

Here are a few examples of things you can become a consumer of:

Social Media Accounts – How many hours are you spending scrolling through the feeds of everyone you follow.  Be the creator of content and not just the consumer.

Shopping – Most of the time we go to the store for one thing and come home with 10 different things that were not on our list.  Stop consuming things that will end up in the landfill in the next few months.

Get rich quick schemes – These are a waste of time.  Stop scrolling through websites about getting rich fast.  Most people who make thousands a month from their computer desk did it by creating content that was of value to others.  Be a producer of valuable content.

The list can go on for eternity.  By nature we are consumers.  It’s okay to be a consumer of things that are valuable to your personal growth.  Be cautious about where you allow your time to go.

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Take The Trip

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Most people need the inspiration to plan a trip and there are some who don’t want to plan because it sounds like too much work.  Whichever it is don’t get stuck in this common funk.  Traveling opens your mind to a world of cultures.  If we didn’t travel we wouldn’t have much to talk about besides the normal day to day things like working, paying the bills, and raising our children.  I like to think of traveling as a new way to experience the world.  Memories are something that we can carry with us for the rest of our lives.  My husband and I took a trip to Maui, Hawaii a few years ago and the experience was a dream vacation.  I couldn’t possibly explain to you the amount of pure satisfaction that filled every vessel in my body.  If I could give any advice ever it would be to “Take the trip.”

STOP BEING A COLLECTOR

People are collectors.  We like to collect things, we like to collect pictures, we like to collect clothes, the list goes on for an eternity.  There are numerous things the average person collects over their lifetime.  I was cleaning out my garage yesterday after a horrific washing machine break and was disgusted by the amounts of junk I had sitting out there.  My garage was covered in gallons of water and I had no choice but to throw away much of what was not in plastic tubs.  You don’t seem to care about something as much when it is drenched in dirty water.  The key to a happy life is not in the things that you own but in the memories that you collect.  There are so many trips you can take for little or no cost.  If you stop collecting things you will have money to collect the memories.

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PRIORITIZE YOUR SPENDING

Stop spending all of your earnings on the next best thing.  Love what you already have.  Keep what you use daily and get rid of what you haven’t used in the last year.  There is no reason to keep clutter around.  Its uninspiring and a demotivator. Visit your local events and restaurants.  I would rather enjoy a nice lunch outside with a friend than buy another purse or pair of shoes.  Take a lunch and sit at the park if you want to really save.  You will find that if you stop spending money on things to impress people you will have much more in your savings to take the trip.

RESEARCH FOR YOUR BUDGET

Many trips are relatively cheap and last minute deals are a great way to save on a trip.  Even if it’s just a weekend trip it will be worth your while.  We once took an overnight trip to Santa Cruz for our anniversary and it is still one of my greater trip memories.  We walked along the beach boardwalk, ate fried twinkies, and enjoyed the ocean breeze.  Out of everything we did in that short 24 hrs, the indoor miniature golf in Neptunes Kingdom was something I will never forget.  We had some drinks, ate a fabulous dinner at Stagnaro Bros. and spent the rest of the evening in Neptunes Kindom playing golf.  We ended the night with a walk on the beach.  I think our total cost was less than $300.00 which isn’t bad for an Anniversary date.

Taking a trip doesn’t have to kill your budget or send your stress nerves haywire.  The more you adventure out the easier it is to get in the car and go.  I don’t know about you, but I want to spend my time experiencing life and not watching others live theirs on the television.

What do you like to do with your free time?