Woman Issue 172
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Welcome to the 172nd
edition of the MLM Woman Newsletter. Here's our feature articles for this month:
- New Year’s Resolutions Revisited
- Smart Women and The 5 Fundamental Questions for Business Success
- WHOA! Get Rid of That Employee Mindset!
- Completing the year that was - 2011
- 10 Ways to Boost Your Online Mailing List
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New Year’s Resolutions Revisited
If you’re like me and have started to set some resolutions for the new year to lose weight, exercise more, get out of debt, get rid of the dreaded clutter in your house, etc, etc… that pesky little voice is probably whispering in your ear right now, “That’s what you resolved last year too– what happened? And what makes you think you’ll do it this year?”
Well, here’s my answer to that: This year, I’m going to concentrate on becoming the person I need to be to achieve those goals. Instead of going on the latest fad diet or wishing that I was less stressed, I’m going to concentrate on being a healthy person who takes care of herself every day, and being a person who is prepared financially and emotionally to handle the ups and downs of being an entrepreneur.
The truth is that we are often waiting for someone or something outside of us to change, wishing “If only my boss would give me a raise I could buy a house or if only I had more time I could exercise more or be less stressed etc.” and using it as the excuse for why our lives don’t change from year to year.
I call this the Have, Do, Be method — If I had more money, I could do what I need to and pay off my debt, and then I’d be happy. The problem with this method is that you are waiting for something external to happen to you like winning the lottery or getting a surprise inheritance, and letting the course of your life to be set by wishes which may never come true.
Instead I suggest that this year you turn this around and start by making the changes within yourself first by using the Be, Do, Have method. Be the person you want to be and then you’ll do what you need to do to support that belief and you’ll have what you want in your life as a consequence. And you won’t have to rely on any one changing but yourself.
There are two books that I suggest you pick up to help you on the quest to become who you really want to be and to change the negative thought patterns that keep you from achieving your goals.
The first is Write It Down, Make It Happen: Knowing What You Want And Getting It by Henriette Anne Klauser PhD and the second, The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale. Both are available from Amazon.com online.
Now, go out there this year and become the person you always thought you could be. You might be surprised about what you can achieve!
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Smart Women and The 5 Fundamental Questions for Business Success
By Joy Chudacoff
I’m finding that many women entrepreneurs are reflecting on their year and a question that seems to be on the minds of many is: “What are tools and strategies I need for my business to take a big leap in the New Year?” As I reflect on this question, I realize the answer is two-fold. If you are serious about making 2012 the year that you soar in business and make big leaps in income, you must first ask yourself a few questions (and get honest with yourself about the answers):
1. Is my business Viable? Do people want my product or service? This is where doing some research on your industry can be quite valuable. Just because “no one else is doing it” doesn’t always mean it’s a great business opportunity. Yes, Steve Jobs did quite well being “the first” in his industry but many times success can be yours by taking an existing business concept and improving on it. Also, find out what the range of fees or prices are in your industry. Make sure you price your winning product or service so people will be clamoring to get their hands on it.
2. Is my business Visible? Visibility is a huge key to success. You may be the best direct seller, coach, lawyer, virtual assistant or pet sitter in the world however, if you don’t have a marketing plan that is designed to get you seen and heard, you will remain the best kept secret in town! Getting your product or service out there in a big way makes a huge difference in how much growth you can expect in the coming year.
If you answered “Yes” to the questions above, it’s time to consider a few questions about you – the entrepreneur. These questions are equally vital to your success:
1. Do I have a true Desire? Do you dream about becoming successful in your business? Can you visualize what that looks and feels like? Do you have a craving to make it work? Desire can take you a long way on the road to possibility.
2. Am I Determined? Have you made the decision that there’s no turning back? I have a plaque that was given to me years ago by a mentor that reads “It Can Be Done.” That’s the attitude of determination you need to make your business dreams a reality.
3. Am I Consistent? Do you have a consistent marketing message? Do you have guiding principles in your business that are solid and steady? I often see entrepreneurs change course or direction too often and this confuses your target market. They become unsure what you do or who you serve and it makes it challenging for them to refer business to you. To be sure, change is necessary and needed to stay current in business but I invite you to be cautious on how often you change course.
Grab a pen and paper and take a few minutes to truly reflect on your answers to these 5 questions. Celebrate where you’re on course and take a close look where you need some improvement. Brainstorm with “nutritious” friends and colleagues on what steps you could take to turn every answer into a loud and vocal “Yes!”
Success is easily within your reach when you get clear and focused on the right product or service at the right price point with desire, determination and consistency. When these 5 components are blended together, you can guarantee yourself more clients, more income and more freedom to enjoy life.
Anything is possible. Everything is waiting for you.
© 2011 Joy Chudacoff
About the Author
Joy Chudacoff, ICF, PCC, is the founder of Smart Women Smart Solutions®, a Professional Certified Coach to 1000’s of women, Motivational Speaker, and Entrepreneur. She publishes a weekly buzz generating ezine, Reflections On Life and Business for Women Entrepreneurs. If you’re ready take your coaching business to the next level, get your FREE Tips, FREE Report, FREE MP3 and be the first to hear about my exciting new program for coaches and consultants at Smart Women Smart Solutions Coaching.
WHOA! Get Rid of That Employee Mindset!
By Melodie Kantner
WHOA!! Put on the brakes. There is a big MINDSET problem that plagues a lot of network marketers. It is an Employee Mindset and it MUST be addressed.
If you are serious about building a successful network marketing business, you must get out of the Employee Mindset and start functioning like a business owner.
As a independent distributor you are CEO of your own company. It's a serious business.
If you want to earn a serious income, it is important that you stop thinking like an employee and start thinking like an ENTREPRENEUR! Start every day with that in mind until it becomes second nature. Each day ask yourself, "What would the entrepreneur do today to grow his business?"
You MUST break free of Employee Mindset if you want to build a serious income. You also need to be able to recognize Employee Mindset so you can change any patterns that you may have developed that lean in that direction.
Here are a few examples...
Employee Mindset trades time for dollars and most do the minimum required. Some even delight at wasting time while the boss isn't looking. "Hey, they pay by the hour and nobody is watching, I'll sneak in a little Bejeweled or talk with co-workers about favorite TV shows."
The Entrepreneur Mindset knows that time is a most important asset and is not to be squandered. He knows that the amount of income he earns depends on the daily actions he performs. He never just shows up and does a minimal amount of work.
The Employee Mindset waits for someone to tell them what to do. They act on what the boss tells them what to do and they expect to get paid whether the project succeeds or fails.
Entrepreneur has to do the thinking and knows that success or failure depends on what they DO. To make sure they are successful and thus GET PAID, they do the research, learn the skills they need, do the advertising. They find out what needs to be done and then they take ACTION.
When they see something isn't working, they find out why and then make adjustments until it IS working.
Employee Mindset usually has their money spent before it is in their hands.
Entrepreneur knows that the time and money they spend is an investment in their future. They are willing to put in the time, knowing that it will be GROWING into something substantial.
Employee Mindset gets scared when the economy is down and retreats to the illusion of job security.
Entrepreneur sees the opportunity is increasing since more people need what we have to offer. Since the ones with Employee Mindset fled the scene, there will be less competition.
Each day, as you are doing the days tasks, keep the Entrepreneur Mindset before you.
Now here is a little trick: As you are keeping in the Entrepreneur Mindset, remember ONE thing about being an employee. Have set times where you SHOW UP to do focused work.
Sometimes working from home can be a curse if you don't have the discipline to get things done. For that, I recommend a daily plan of action or a "To Do List" and pretend you are an employee. The difference here is that you work for yourself!
On a side note: As you probably know I love to talk about self-esteem. Well, getting this Entrepreneur Mindset is great for your self-esteem. As you go through this process and build your business, your self-esteem grows. That in turn helps you get better at growing your business.
About the Author
Melodie Kantner is a successful full time network marketer with over 16 years of experience in the industry, 14 of those years she has been with one company. Uncomfortable with the idea of harassing friends and family through old style network marketing techniques, Melodie started using and teaching what she called Remote Marketing. Today we call that Attraction Marketing. Subscribe to Melodie's Self-Esteem and Success Tips for Network Marketers: http://melodiekantner.com
Completing the year that was - 2011
By Vicky White
Taking some quiet time to look back on the year just gone and reminding yourself of where you are, brings both a sense of completion and a reminder of your wins. Let's face it, you likely pay more attention to where you've yet to get to and what isn't working, than your success and the gifts you've gained along the way.
This is an opportunity to drink in some truth about yourself and start to redress the balance. You've experienced success for sure. This is worth celebrating! And is fun too!
And, remember the definition of clutter? Anything unfinished, unused, unresolved, tolerated or disorganized.
What's unfinished for you? You are very familiar with physical clutter and how it bogs you down, but wait, there's more. Clutter can also appear in your relationship with others, intentions you made last year but you no longer feel passionate about, and successes you haven't acknowledged yourself for and celebrated. And if you don't stop for a moment to really own your insights and what you learned about yourself in the last year, that's more unfinished business.
Questions to complete your year
Take some quiet time for yourself to reflect on the past year and answer these questions. Below you'll find a worksheet you can use - save it to your computer and start keeping a record of your years. You will only receive the benefit of this process if you write down your answers. Thinking about it will not do it!
1. What was an upset or a disappointment in the past year? Every challenge is a chance to realign yourself and each brings a gift for you. What might be the lesson or gift in this (or these) situation(s)? What did you learn and what were the gifts?
2. Where and when did things not flow easily – where was there a lot of energy for little result? Are you still trying to push this? If things aren’t flowing, it’s often not in your highest good. Perhaps it’s time to let it go? Or is there a change you wish to make so you feel inspired and excited again? Write down your new 2012 intention.
3. What flowed easily for you in 2011? You set your intention and the Universe lined things up to happen easily. What can you be proud of – big and small? Write them all down and small ones count too. Search calendars, journals and ask a close friend or partner - who amazingly usually has a better memory of these things! This question is a good one to give extra energy to!
4. What are your biggest lessons from 2011? Lessons can are usually great gifts so these could be wins also. Some of your greatest achievements come as a result of lessons.
5. What’s incomplete? What’s sitting around in your life, bugging you? Do you intend to complete it before January 23 when the Year of the Dragon begins or will it take longer? This could be anything from relationships to projects to painting your office.
6. Insights you've gained about yourself in the last year. It's easy for your insights and learnings to get lost as you move forward. By writing them down you start to own them and integrate these gifts into your heart and life.
7. What are you grateful for? Gratitude has the same vibration as abundance. And the Law of Attraction states that what you focus on expands - where better to focus your attention?
8. How will you celebrate and acknowledge your 2011 wins?
Give yourself enough time to list lots of examples under each heading. Really go for it and have fun with this. This is part of your reward for being you.
Download this YearCompletion document to keep a record of your journey.
Wishing you joyful completions and a jump start on 2012. If you'd like help to create a totally awesome and different 2012 come join us in Awaken to 2012 - Feng Shui Secrets to Automate your Success.
If you got any insights or ah-has from this process please share them on my blog.
©2011 Vicky White - All Rights Reserved
About the Author
Vicky White, Inner Feng Shui Coach. Get Vicky White's FREE ecourse "5 Juicy Secrets to Answering the Call of your Wise Woman" and her FREE articles to boost your passion, purpose and creativity at: www.LifeDesignStrategies.com
10 Ways to Boost Your
Online Mailing List
One of the most powerful ways to build a successful online business is by creating relationships with your visitors so they can begin to trust you and feel comfortable ordering from you. One way of building these relationships is by having a mailing list so you can keep in contact with your subscribers. This helps form a bond and will start to build that found ation of trust and credibility.
Sending out weekly online newsletters or mailings is a great way to solidify the trust relationship. But who do you send it to? Taking the time and effort to build a responsive email list is not easy but it certainly can be done.
The ten tips below will help you get started building that all important list of names and email addresses!
1. Privacy Guarantee – One of the most important things you can do is guarantee the visitor’s privacy. Be sure to let them know their in formation will never be given out or sold to anyone under any circumstances!
2. Easy Sign-Up – Be sure to put a quick and easy sign-up form for your visitors. You do not want your potential subscribers chased away by having to click through a maze of forms. Make the sign-up as easy and fast as possible.
3. Multiple Forms – Don’t make the mistake of just putting one sign-up form on your site. Be sure to have one on every page. Not everyone will go to your homepage. Also, be sure to add subscription forms to your Facebook page and other social networking sites.
4. In Plain Sight – When putting the sign-up form on every page of your site, be sure to put them on the top of the page on either the right side or the left side. I have read that the left side is more effective.
5. No Life Story – Don’t ask for a ton of information when trying to get people to sign up for your mailing list. You don’t need to know their phone number, address, gender, birthday, etc. The person is going to wonder what you want all that information for and they will be inclined not to give it to you. A name and an email address is all you need.
6. Double Opt-In – Always provide double opt-in for your subscriptions. So after they sign-up, an email will be sent to them to give them a chance to confirm their subscription. This will protect your subscribers from being added to unwanted lists and it will also protect you from being reported for spam.
7. Free Gift – Always offer a quality free gift to everyone who signs up for your mailing list. Show them you appreciate them and are willing to give something to them as well. I usually offer a free ebook with helpful, quality content. Put the download link in the welcome subscriber email you send out so they can access their gift immediately. Don’t make them contact you or wait for it.
8. Email Signature – Be sure to offer a sign-up form or link in your email signature. A lot of people will sign-up directly from an email.
9. Forward to a Friend – Encourage your subscribers to forward copies of your mailings to their friends and associates. Offer incentive contests. For example whoever gets the most people to subscribe gets a free gift or big discount on their next order.
10. Ad Swaps – Contact other newsletter publishers and ask them to do an ad swap. You will run a blurb about their newsletter if they do the same for you. You can also exchange blurbs on your welcome email that is sent to all new subscribers.
Bonus Tip: Be sure to offer quality content and products in your mailings. Add some contests (for example: a trivia challenge), some fun and encourage your readers’ interaction with you. This will go a long way in building that foundation of trust which in turn will bring you much more business!
About the Author:
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