Push Yourself to Be Better

There are tons of motivation videos all over the internet these days.  Most of them are pretty darn good too.

Have you noticed that a lot of them are geared towards athletes?

This is because those who are pursuing some sort of athletic event are always having to break through plateaus in their training.

Weight lifters get to a certain point where their routine is not working for them any more.  The results that they are seeing seems to stagnate.

So these men and women ask change their routines, add in a new exercise, or even increase the intensity to build endurance, they say push yourself.

Runners fall into this same trap as well.

I used to run 7 miles a day, it typically took me 45 minutes to do it.

Over time however I wasn’t improving.  Sure the seven miles was easier every time I did it.

But that same 7 miles always took me that same 45 minutes.

I had to push myself harder every day just to shave that 10 or 15 seconds off my run.

I had to push myself to be better

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Push Yourself to Be Better In Business

You have to understand that in the business environment its pretty much the same way.

That is why these athletic themed motivational videos resonate with you so well.

If your in any kind of business you always have to be testing.

You always have to be working to make your current products better.

You always have to be working to make new products that do something others can not.  Or in a way others are not.

You always have to push yourself to make your business something better.

If you chose not to do that, your business will die.

No, probably not over night, but slowly and as surely as the wind blows your customers will leave you.

They will leave you for those that are following the mantra, push yourself.

Push yourself in your marketing.

Push yourself in your outreach.

Push yourself in your product development.

Push yourself in your customer service.

When you do, your customers will push your business to new height you probably couldn’t have imagined in the beginning.

Listen To Think and Grow Rich With Me

I have long had this book on my iPod, it’s in my Kindle application.  However the habit of reading has always been an on again/off again affair.  Reading the book Think and Grow Rich is just one of those things that I started, and never quite got around to finishing.

However thanks to the joy of the internet, now we can listen to the book being read to us while we do other stuff.

Think of is as getting in your personal development time in while running, walking, being lazy on the couch, or while doing working on something else.

The benefit hear is you can rewind or listen to the whole thing over and over again if you want.

 Sometimes You Need To Read To Fully Understand

Have you ever watched a movie about something and the topic really interested you.

Because of that interest you went out and purchased the book about it and read it.  In doing so you were able to visualize the points that the author was making better.

That is how listening to this audio book of Think and Grow Rich is.

Sure you get something out of listening, however, some of the key points might not sink in as well as we would all like.

I would like to encourage you to take into account that we all seem to learn better when were are taking a more active role in the whole process.

The idea of just sitting back and listening to a voice over the speakers is convenient.

But taking an active role by reading the book for yourself can, and usually does, create thought patterns in you mind that allow you to directly relate the topic to your business and life as your going through the discovery process.

Pick up a copy of Think and Grow Rich either in Kindle or book form.  You won’t be disappointed and its a great addition to your library.

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Insights On What Rich People Know

There are a lot of people running around the marketing world who would love to know what rich people know that they don’t.  I am sure you are one of them, I know I am, because we look at them and wonder.

Mainly we wonder, what does that person know that I don’t?  What is the secret to success that they found that I didn’t?

The thing is I don’t think there really is a secret.

You already know what you need to do, its just sometimes its good to be reminded so that your mindset is right.

Growing a business and becoming rich (whatever that definition is to you) is based on some simple fundamentals.

Some Things You Can Do Now

The video above is actually one of the longer ones that I have shared for quite some time.

I actually found it on accident while I was supposed to be working on another project.

(You know how that is, getting all carried away watching video’s on YouTube)

From what I can tell it was supposed to be a video that went with a product.

Lucky for us though, they allowed this particular one to stay up.

I say lucky because irregardless of how long it is, the information inside it is great.  The speaker works hard to keep you engaged throughout.

More importantly, the way that he presents the information is perfect.

I know that I have heard almost all of these concepts at one point or another.  I’m sure you have too.

Its good though for us all to hear them again and be reminded that we should be reading every day.

We should be surrounding ourselves with people who are where we want to be.  Not with people who are in the same stages of their businesses that we are.

Plus many more.

Watch or just listen to the video and leave a comment about the one thing that resonated with you the most.

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Get It Up!

The fact of the matter is that if you have been learning any type of marketing for more than a month, you have a product in you.  Think about it, how many products have you bought and went through only to realize that you know most of the information in them already.

That is because most product creators develop products based on one or two methods.

The first method it to create products based on research.  What I mean is, they identified a problem.  Found a simple solution to that problem.  Then created a product to sell that solution to other people who are having the same problem.

The second method is to sell information that you have collected in your own business to help you grow.

Have you gotten really good at Facebook ads?  Create a course on what your doing to get your results.

Are you awesome at selling real estate through the use of video’s?  There you go, you have a course.

Writing engaging content on your website about a specific topic, perhaps in the form of a series?  Turn that series into an ebook or video’s and sell that as a product.

I know the thought of product creation is scary.  I personally went through the ups and downs of getting it up when I created my first product.

It was a course about how to use Facebook groups and pages in order to generate more targeted traffic to your website, while also improving your SEO.

I used the second method to create my product.  I learned a new technique, I implemented it and found that it worked, then I turned that knowledge into a Warrior Forum Special Offer and sold it.

I didn’t make tons of money on the course, maybe 200 bucks when it was all said and done.  However, the course only took a couple days to make, imagine if I made one every other day.

Push It In!

When you finally get off your butt and get your produced created its time to push it in to the marketplace.

This is probably the easiest step if your involved in an active niche.  Just start advertising it on your forums, or perhaps, get involved in a Joint Venture and have affiliates sell it for you.

Sure you will lose out on 100% of the profits, but your name will be out there.  Your brand recognition will increase.  And your list will be a lot bigger than it was when you first started.

Sure there are going to be products that you create that won’t make you a dime.  That’s ok, turn them into optin gifts on your website.

There will also be products that will sell like hot cakes and make you a ton of money.

Turn those in membership site products.  If you have more than one keep adding them to your membership site.

When you launch a new one your current members are offered it first at a discount.  Then your new customers will be offered it at full price, with an upsell to your membership site to get all your other products for a monthly fee.

Easy peasy!

So go out, get it up, and push it in!!

Most entrepreneurs who enjoy even a little success instantly become “unemployable”. After thinking for yourself, after taking responsibility for your success or failure, after engaging the world fully aware and experiencing the thrill of living large…

… you’re worthless to a boss. He can’t use anyone who thinks for themselves. ~ John Carlton

“Independence freaks most people out. The thought of standing up and taking responsibility for the birth and success of a business is terrifying… and most will refuse to even entertain the thought.

“This is, by the way, why you should always enter the entrepreneurial world WITHOUT relying on your current crop of friends for support.

“They will not applaud your efforts. They think you’re batshit crazy for daring to even consider being your own boss. They will (consciously or unconsciously) sabotage your progress if they can, and rejoice in your failures… because if you DO succeed, that kills their main excuse for not succeeding themselves. Most folks believe success is all about luck and magic. When you dig in and actually do the work necessary to succeed, you piss all over their world view that The Little Guy Can’t Win. ~John Carlton

“How do you know your content is relevant? Increased social traffic, social engagement, and higher quality leads.” – Jason Miller, LinkedIn

You can’t let praise or criticism get to you. It’s a weakness to get caught up in either one. – John Wooden

What is Distraction?

Love him or hate him, best selling author Brendon Burchard certainly does make a lot of sense when talking about distractions.   In his distraction video that was produced as part of his marketing campaign for his book The Charge, Mr. Burchard really took the gloves off and I was able to completely relate with what he was saying.

The distraction definition is doing “activity disjointed from strategy and purpose”.

As you probably are able to tell from the video above there really is not a whole lot to expand on when talking about the definition of distraction.  Sure I could pop up the Webster’s dictionary distraction meaning for you, however by now I am pretty sure you get the point.

For me there really are two big things that actually cause a lot of distraction for me.  Especially when I am trying to write out an article or create some other sort of content

Facebook is my Second Biggest Distraction

When the social network first became public I really was not very interested in having an account.

It was not until a couple years later when I started getting more involved in marketing beyond search engine marketing, that I decided I better at least look into it.

It was all downhill from there.

I say that jokingly of course, the truth however it is not as funny when you actually think about it.

Facebook has done such a great job at creating a platform that allows you to connect with people and the stories that you care about.  The result is perfect for them, more time on their site.  For you and I, however, that might always be a good thing.  Unless of course all you do is Facebook marketing.

Chatting with our friends and family is one thing that we get caught up in.

The thing I find that gets me distracted the most however, is reading the shared posts and watching the video’s begin shared.  Its so crazy easy to lose track of time watching one video after another.  Or reading about a topic your passionate about.

The next thing you know its a couple hours later and you have forgotten about why you logged into Facebook in the first place.

Product creators are not help these day’s either.  With more and more of them using Facebook groups to build communities around themselves and their products.  Its practically inevitable that your going to use up at least an hour of your day on the site doing something other than what your supposed to be doing.

Email – My Number One Distraction

Recently I had to go a couple days without checking my email.

When I returned my GMail account was filled with over 600 emails.  All received in that two day period of time.

This is actually normal for me.  At one point, believe it or not, I was receiving over 2000 a day from different lists that I was subscribed to.

That was back in my “I’m learning” phase where I was trying to consume every bit of information that I could.

I realized way back then that email is probably the biggest time vampire a small business owner can be stuck by.

These days I make it a matter of course to unsubscribe for any list that doesn’t provide me value over the course of that last week.

I have also created a few rules in my Google email that move stuff out of my inbox.  These messages are moved to their own folder, I keep them because I like the authors and they make great swipe files.

Still, I can end up spending at least a couple hours everyday reading emails and filtering out messages that may have some meaning to me.

In Conclusion

My point in showing you this distraction video, as well as outlining my two biggest distractions is to relay to you that you are not alone.

Distraction comes upon us all no matter how experienced we are in our businesses and its something we need to learn to battle.

Once you make a list of your biggest distractions and identify how your are going to manage them you will find that your ability to get more done increase by a 100 times at least.  I know it did for me!

 

Leave a comment below: What are your thoughts about the distractions in your life or business?

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The Greatest Football Play of All Time

The most successful football play of all time didn’t make it on ESPN, and if it did you missed it, because you were inviting all your friends on Facebook to an event.

However its time to take a break form your search engine marketing and try a short shot of personal development.

You didn’t see the play on Monday night football.

And its safe to say that you probably will never see these player in a Madden game.

No, the most successful football play of all time was executed with amazing precision by the Olivet Middle School Eagles in Olivet, Michigan

When I post these video’s I try to add my own opinions and insights into the message the video is trying to portray.

Quite frankly with this video however I don’t really know that I can.

I thought about it for a couple hours actually.  Which is a long time for me, just ask my wife.

During that whole time I could not come up with the words to describe just how power the message these middle school students have given us is.

There are two young boys in this story that really do enough explaining through their words and their noticeable emotions that make sure this story strikes at your heart.

For me this video was more than the most successful football play of all time.

It was the most successful story to help us remember that even small things can make a really big difference in the lives of other people.

After you watch the video, leave a comment below and answer this question:

Would you have thought to do something like that for someone?

And if not, now that your thinking about it, what idea do you have to do something to give someone a special moment to remember in their lives?

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