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.

 

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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A New Year, A New Me

 

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It’s a new year and everyone is rushing to change their ways.  One of the most popular New Year resolutions categories would fall under health and diet.  “A new year, a new me!” At least this is what we tell ourselves.  It’s way too easy to fall off the health bandwagon, take it from me.  I have tried the amazing diet “KETO” at least 4 times in the last three months (Don’t Judge!).  100% healthy clean eating isn’t exactly the easiest thing to achieve when you are surrounded by all of those amazing holiday goodies.  The one great thing about a New Year is that we can push reset on all of our old habits and hopefully achieve new and better habits.  So for anyone wanting to dive into the Keto diet or any other clean eating diet here are a few things to consider.

  • Don’t throw away all of your current goodies you have stocked up in the cabinet.  This is self-sabotage.  You have to train your brain to have self-control.  Throwing away tempting foods will only make you crave them more!  My opinion slowly replaces the bad with the good.  This will help your pocket as well!

  • Eggs & avocados can be your best friend (specifically on Keto)!  There will be plenty of days when you feel like your stomach is eating itself and not only that, most people don’t have time to be in the kitchen making delicious snacks and meals all day.  I try to have hard-boiled eggs in the fridge ready to go.  It’s a great “go to” when you’re in a hurry!

  • Most importantly, don’t be so hard on yourself!  If someone offers you a taste of something that looks and smells amazing, just take the bite!  Balance is key in any diet.  You shouldn’t completely deprive yourself of what you desire or you might find yourself falling off that wagon and never returning.  The best thing any of us can do for ourselves is to form a habit of healthy choices and forgive ourselves during the learning process.

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Don’t forget to follow along on our next 365 days of being amazing!

What’s Your Secret For Improving Health?

 

 

25 Posting Ideas To Grow Your Blog

Writing an interesting post to keep your readers satisfied can be a daunting task.  Maybe you suffer from writers’ block or simply you are just not inspired to write.  We have all been there at some point and it is not a good place to be.

Think about the things that show your personality at it’s fullest.  What makes you who you are?  Your followers have signed up to your email list for a reason.  They want more of what you have to give.

 

A list of your creative ideas can be your best friend and you should get used to using them.  I love reading other peoples list because they inspire me to create my own.

Need inspiration for your next posting?  Check out my list of 25 things to write about to keep your readers interested.

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  1. Easy DIY projects
  2. Favorite things to do on a Sunday morning
  3. Gardening tips
  4. Favorite deserts
  5. Five bloggers who inspire me
  6. Monthly bucket list
  7. Hottest outfits for spring
  8. Summer fit tips
  9. Favorite places to visit
  10. 10 things that people love about you
  11. Favorite recipe post
  12. Outfit post
  13. Spring cleaning post
  14. Greatest books of the season
  15. Organizing tips
  16. Photo post
  17. Motivational post
  18. Controversial post
  19. Who do you admire?
  20. Favorite childhood memory
  21. All the reasons why you love to blog
  22. How you picked your niche
  23. Bedtime regimen
  24. Morning Routine
  25. Beauty Tips

 

What do you do when you run out of ideas for posting?  Please share your comments below!

 

 

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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What Makes You An Entrepreneur?

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This is a question for all of my entrepreneur friends out there!  You obviously know that you are different from the rest.  What is it that sets you apart from the norm?  For me, I just can’t wait to get out there and fully live life.  Sitting in an office all day isn’t exactly my cup of tea.  Please do fill me in!

 

Follow along as I embark on 365 days of being AMAZING!