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The App that Saved My Life

Frankly, I hate Twitter.  I don’t really understand it.  I do use it, but I don’t really get it… after all, it’s not like Facebook–now, THAT I understand. On FB, you friend people and discover all sorts of interesting things about their lives.  You see pictures of their kids and their vacations… sometimes even what they’re eating for dinner.  And then, you share the same.  I like that–I UNDERSTAND that.  But to post something amazing, or even slighting interesting, in 140 characters or less… well, that seems impossible to me and, dare I say, irrelevant.

Yet, every guru in social media says that if you want to maximize success, you have to get OVER it.  Evidently, I MUST use Twitter.  So I do, but I’m VERY inconsistent with my tweets and I really don’t know who to “follow,” what to say, etc.  How do you even GET one thousand followers, let alone tens of thousands.  After all, I’m no Nick Jonas or Britney Spears.

feedsumo-twitter_400x400ENTER FeedSumo… my savior. This tool lets me load links to all my great content: my posts, my promos and all of the other people’s posts that I think are really great to share and help my clients move their lives and businesses forward.  And, the great thing about FeedSumo is these posts don’t disappear! They are stored in a library and repeat every 30, 60 or 90 days, depending on how many I’ve loaded.  This way, my great content doesn’t get lost if it’s not widely viewed the first time it goes live.  My followers will get a chance to interact with it again in 90 days. And, if I decide I no longer love the content, I can remove it and load something else into my rotation.

FeedSumo is sheer genius. I have been lucky enough to beta test it for a couple months.  The first month I used it, it boosted my profile visits 1,600% (NOT A TYPO!) and my tweet impressions from 194 to OVER 9,000.  I could hardly believe it!  Now (9/2015) I have over 600 followers and am heading straight up!  And, the craziest part is, believe it or not, I’m actually enjoying interacting with Twitter on a daily basis!

I cannot say enough about this tool.  Check FeedSumo out today and try it for free while it is still in its beta stage: www.FeedSumo.com.

(And, just for the record, this is not my product, I’m not an affiliate trying to sell you something… I get nothing from promoting it except the satisfaction of remedy-ing a headache for you! #GoBeProductive)

 

A Perfect Solution if You Are a Slave to Email

emailI have a past client who is easily one of the most focused and productive human beings on the planet… and this isn’t because of me, it is his “auto-pilot” mode.  Like many of you, his business is fast-paced and full of interruptions.  It began as a one-man family business and has grown into a multi-million dollar organization with a clear, well-respected regional brand.  In the past, there were very few experts on his team. He was constantly a victim of people knocking on his office door, requesting him to solve their issues. We worked hard for several years to reorganize his management structure and empower people to own their departments so he was not always the “go to” guy for every answer.

I recently sent him an email link to an article I thought he’d appreciate and this was the auto-response I received:

Greetings,
Your communication is important to me.  However, due to the nature of my workload, I am currently checking and responding to email once daily at 12:00 P.M. CST.

 If your email is time sensitive please call the office at XXX.  If you require urgent assistance (please ensure it is an emergency – it cannot  wait until 12:15 P.M.) please contact me directly at XXX.

If you would prefer an email response below is a list of specific departments and contacts that meet your exact need:
Scheduling Estimates: Sam Smith – sam@anybusiness.com
Scheduling for Installs & Installation Issues: Joe Clark – joe@anybusiness.com
Purchasing: Rick Jones – rick@anybusiness.com

Thank you for understanding this move towards more efficiency and effectiveness.

Sincerely,
Ima Genius

Brilliant!  Just brilliant.  So many of us are slaves to email and we find our days being sucked up by things that can wait.  I always recommend that my clients check email no more than twice a day, but actually having an auto-response that informs people of that is an awesome solution.

Your knee-jerk response might be “Well, that won’t work. My customer will go elsewhere.” FALSE! What actually happens is that your customer respects your priorities and better trusts your follow up. (Though you have to be skilled at keeping your word, following up and being reliable in order to put this in action effectively.) You STRENGTHEN customer relationships because you are trustworthy and reliable.

Setting priorities is the number one failure of most people, not only in business, but also in life.  If we all completed things based on their importance to us, we would be unstoppable result-producers!

CALL TO ACTION: Begin with setting up no more than TWO time blocks on your schedule each day where you will check your email.  This works for personal email as well.  Come back and share below how this increased your productivity.

Monday Motivation 3

Don’t let fear stop you this week. Fear is a liar. This video will be the best nine minutes you spend today:

“As we let our own light shine, we unconsciuosly give other people permission to do the same… because we are liberated from our own fear.  Our presence automatically liberates others.”

Fear is a choice. Stop choosing it.

CALL TO ACTION: Take one area in your life where you are stopped by fear. Take ONE STEP past it this week and share below your results.

Monday Motivation 2

Good morning!  This week, let’s focus on pushing ourselves beyond where we would normally stop.  I love this video because it tells us that GETTING stuck is not the problem: STAYING stuck is!  If we believe it, we can BE it and DO it.  Keep growing, keep stretching and keep transforming yourself.

  1. Focus on who you are and what you want. Know your dream.
  2. Align yourself with people who are hungry, unstoppable and unreasonable.
  3. Invest in yourself.
  4. Create an action plan.
  5. Make it happen. It’s not over until you win.

CALL TO ACTION: Don’t be concerned this week about making other people happy.  Do a self inventory.  Where are you in your life? What do you need to change to get where you want to go? How will you start TODAY?

3 Steps to Avoiding Self Sabotage

We have all heard it said that most people are not afraid of failure… rather, we are afraid of success. What will we do if we have enough money? Who will we be without the struggles we are currently facing? How will we know ourselves if we jump over that hurdle we’ve been wrestling with our whole life?  Self sabotage is real. It helps us avoid pushing beyond where we normally stop and keeps us comfortable.

How many times has that little voice in your head stopped you from doing something that you know you REALLY NEEDED to do in order to win at life?  (That voice that just said “what little voice?”) Everyone gets stopped from time to time by that little voice that urges you to remain lazy. However, when this behavior becomes habitual, it turns into self-sabotage.voice in your head

Self sabotage is when you consistently hold yourself back from doing things that will make your life, and your business, better.  You may be choosing it because of fear, not knowing how it will turn out, or simply because it’s hard and you don’t want to.  Self sabotage is the leading cause of failure in business, and in life.  That little voice in your head is NOT your friend; it will have you eating Cheetos and sitting comfortably on the couch for the rest of your life, if you listen.  Sure there was a time in the dinosaur days where that voice had a purpose: it kept us safe and from being breakfast for a T. Rex, but TODAY, for most of us, it has worn out its welcome.

So how do you overcome that voice and its influence?  Here are 3 things you can do EVERY TIME YOU hear “…probably should just forget about that” in your head:

  1. When you hear that little voice, just say “Thanks for sharing!” and move on with the next step of your plan.  The voice isn’t the problem, it’s that we listen to it and follow its advice.
  2. Get clear about who you are and what you want in life. Make sure you have a vision statement; one that you are MADLY passionate about.  Be sure it is posted everywhere–screen saver, framed on your wall, on your phone, etc. If your environment is calling you to be amazing, your little voice will eventually fade away.
  3.  PLAN EVERYTHING! Schedule your days. Have an action plan for achieving your vision and follow it. If you know where you are going and what you are supposed to be doing to get there, self sabotage won’t have room to grow and entangle you.

That little voice in your head is no more than a weatherman commenting on how you feel and YOU ARE NOT YOUR FEELINGS.  Be your vision, be strong and don’t let your “weather” get in your way!

CALL TO ACTION: Choose at least one of the 3 steps and practice it every day this week.  Comment below on how that worked for you!

Monday Motivation 1

Hey result producers! Let’s face it, Mondays are a little hard… especially in the summer.  So, to help give you that little morning motivation you need to set the tone for your day and week, we’re kicking off something new this week.  Every Monday we will post a short video as a “Monday Motivation” to help you get your head in the game.  This week’s focus: life doesn’t have to be perfect for you to be happy.  CHOOSE JOY.

Let’s do IT!  Make it a great week! #beAMAZING

CALL TO ACTION: Choose ONE thing in your life you are currently struggling with and EMBRACE its imperfection.  Cause joy in that area for the next 5 days.  Share in the comments how it went.

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Does Your Energy & Passion Help You Stand Out?

I love this video.  I frequently joke that this goat, Buttermilk, is like my daughter.  She is full of energy, spunk and easily differentiates herself from the rest of the “herd.” Isn’t this EXACTLY how we want to be in our businesses, and in our lives? We want to be the one that has more passion, more energy and more spirit than our competitors; we want to stand out from the crowd so people are attracted to who we are and/or what we are selling.

What 3 things can you do TODAY to help increase your energy, productivity and passion that will help you to be the EXCEPTION, not the rule?

CALL TO ACTION: Create 3 daily routines around your answer to the above question and timeblock doing them every day.

5 Hacks for Eliminating Stress & Boosting Effectiveness

Did you know that most Americans are living with stress levels significantly higher than what psychologists believe to be healthy? One out of 4 people say that they are not doing enough to manage their stress. Are you one of those people? This, according to the American Psychological Association, is one of the biggest threats to our health, success and well-being.

How does stress affect you? Most people get crippled by it. Symptoms of overwhelm include disorganization, lack of clarity, frusstresstration, anger, ineffectiveness and a lack of satisfaction in your job and your life.  Why tolerate this when the answer to relieving your stress and boosting your productivity are so simple?.  Here are 5 super-easy hacks that will make an immediate difference in the quality of your day:

1.  JUST ONE CALENDAR: Simplify your life by using only one calendar. There is NO reason to use different calendars for work, home, etc. The more tools you use, the messier you get. Google Calendar is my app of choice, it allows me to view my family member’s calendars and plan with the big picture in mind.  It seamlessly translates to PC, Apple and is usable on any device. It lives in the cloud, so I’m safe from data loss.

2.  TIME BLOCK: To do lists are for losers! Lists are only good for making you feel ineffective. Instead, assign every task a time in your calendar, just like you would an appointment. If it’s not important enough to rate a slot, stick it in a list you call your Parking Lot for later assimilation. For more information on timeblocking, click here.

3. GUARD YOUR TIME: Stop saying yes to stuff that sucks the life out of you, you don’t enjoy or that is not crucial to your goals and/or happiness. This is not only applicable to activities, but to people too. You know that old saying about “show me your friends and I’ll show you your future?” This is truer than we all probably want to admit. It’s time to cut the anchors free. Regarding time, Americans are now busier than we’ve ever been before and it is ridiculous. Busy DOES NOT equal important, it just equals stupid. Time and energy are your two most valuable resources and if you are wasting either, you are shooting yourself in the foot every day.

4. SET CLEAR PRIORITIES: This goes hand-in-hand with #3. “If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.” This quote is all about priorities. If you don’t know what is important to you, you become a victim of everyone else’s priorities. Establish your “Top 10” and say no to anything that robs from that list. If it’s not on the list, the answer is ALWAYS “no thank you.”

5. REBOOT: If YOU aren’t in the top 3 of your priority list, you’ve got it wrong. Human beings need to be rebooted from time to time, just like computers. If you never refill your “energy tank,” you will run on empty until you burn out… and burn out is ugly. I suggest that you timeblock reboot time/activities daily, or AT LEAST weekly. What activities give you energy? What hobbies fill you with energy and revitalize you? If you are not sure, look to the things you do where you get lost in time… you look up and 5 hours just passed… most of the time, these are things you LOVE.

Stress is NOT a requirement for success. In fact, the most successful people I know and coach have very little consistent stress in their lives. They know how to eliminate activities and people that suck the life out of them and they are committed to behaviors that get them closer to their goals and increase their happiness and satisfaction in life.

CALL TO ACTION: Complete your Top 10 Priority list right now. Then, choose one of these productivity hacks and commit to turn it into habit over the next 30 days.

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Failure is Your BEST Teacher; Embrace Him

hugYour relationship to failure is what dictates your long-term success.  If you avoid failure, fear it and try never to make a mistake, you can never grow and develop in ways necessary to accomplish your biggest dreams.  If you view failure as part of your life’s journey–as a teacher, if you will–you can reap all of the great benefits failure has in its pocket for you.

In a course I’m currently leading based on a John  Maxwell book, he says that we must “change failure from a detour to a dividend.”  In order to do this, or fail forward, you must attack your dreams with passion and action and be awake to the times you fail.

Failure is filled with lessons.  If you can appreciate the value of failure, you can allow it to strengthen you.  There is no successful person in life who has not failed over and over again.  It’s important that you don’t take failure personally.  Your failures are designed to be red flags to direct you to the places you are weakest.  They teach you where you need to improve and grow; they even redirect your path if you are getting off purpose.

Failure is not a four letter word.  Successful people don’t fear it or try to avoid it at all costs.  Successful people keep a sense of humor about themselves and their failures.  They take full responsibility for what happened and examine how to change the results next time they try… and, they never stop trying.

I once read a quote that failure doesn’t exist… there is just quitting.  The only time you fail is when you stop.  Where are you stopped today?  How can you pick yourself up by the bootstraps and start again?

CALL TO ACTION:  What is your current relationship to failure?  What can you do today to begin to experience life as a journey and failure as your best teacher?  Is there an area where you are stopped that you can take a failure, examine it and learn from it, and then, TODAY, begin again?

I’d love to hear your “wins!”  Please come back and share what happened!

Too Much of a Good Thing is Still Just TOO MUCH

With technology moving faster than the speed of light these days, we can get answers, and information faster than every before. We have computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones. Any information we want is LITERALLY at our fingertips. Answers are a good thing, right? …not if the answers and information come faster than you can sort, process or use it.too much

A recent workplace productivity survey from World One reveals that the biggest contributor to employee ineffectiveness is information overload. No matter your position, your level, you location or your workload, over 75% of employees feel overwhelmed and demoralized.

Over 1,700 white collar workers in 5 countries were surveyed regarding their experiences and attitudes toward information in the workplace. The study revealed that information overload is a remarkably widespread and growing problem among professionals around the world, and one that exacts a heavy toll in terms of productivity, performance and employee morale.

As professionals get too much information, too quickly, they get driven to an “information breaking point” where they can no longer process the information and, instead, they shut down. Since they can’t stop the flow of information, the pace continues, leaving them to feel insufficient to manage the information. This attitude leads to poor performance and morale on the job. As a result, their production suffers and the quality of their work diminishes over time.

Furthermore, this information overload leads to a constant “plugged in” condition in our personal lives. We are rarely without our smart phones, electronic devices or computers. When was the last time you were completely “unplugged” for more than 24 hours?

When looking at professional, and personal, productivity, we must consider the very real impact that information overload is having on our state of mind and quality of our work. Sometimes too much of a good thing is just too much.

CALL TO ACTION: Consider where you might be experiencing information overload–on the job and in your personal life. What are some strategies you might use to manage the information better at work? Set up a day, or weekend, where you “unplug” at home. What did you notice about the quality of your life, “unplugged?”

 

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