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5 Steps To Finding Your Joy

5 Steps To Finding Your Joy

Working in the business arena, we often hear the following complaint from our clients, “I’ve lost my joy.” Perhaps you feel this way too?

When I was child, my father explained that while you can do what you love as a hobby, you must do what you have to in order to earn a living. I had noticed how many of the adults around me as well as those depicted on television and in the movies endured or even hated their work, and seemed to reserve their enthusiasm for the evenings and weekends.

So, my father’s counsel felt accurate, if depressing. Needless to say, my first forays into the world of business were disillusioning and I, too, couldn’t wait for quitting time.

Eventually, like many others, I made the transition from working as an employee to becoming an entrepreneur. “Now,“ I thought, “I will be doing something I love and making money!” Oh yes, and I thought I’d be working less and earning more …we all know how that goes!

It’s so easy to get lost in the minutiae, and succumb to a false sense of urgency that sucks us into the perceived need for 24/7 availability.

The five steps I have for you are not quick fixes, as finding your joy is not a one-time thing but stabilizes through the consistent demonstration of your commitment to it.

  1. Reclaim your authenticity:
    Most of us place a value on “fitting in,” we believe that it will help us feel more connected to our business and social community.
     
    And yet, does it really? And, what price are you paying? Perhaps your attempts to fit in are in fact an assault on your authenticity? Perhaps you prize fitting in more than you prize standing out from the crowd?
     
    We give ourselves away piece by piece whenever we compromise what is real and true for us. It’s not a surprise that experiencing joy is connected to your authenticity – it’s built in to who you really are!
  2. Address your needs before your wants:
    Your needs are the things without which you do not function well. In other words, they are the basic requirements of your body, mind and spirit in order to feel good.
     
    Feeling good is your body’s normal and you can build from there. Whether you have never taken the time to explore your needs or whether you believe that they are impossible to address or no one will support you doing so, you can see how much easier it appears to be to go after your wants.
     
    The problem is that addressing your wants without satisfying your needs will never make you happy!
     
    I need intimacy and touch, to be seen and valued, connected conversation, quality alone time, eight hours of sleep and time for stretching my body. I want the latest designer handbag and those gorgeous strappy sandals. Get it?
  3. Rediscover your curiosity and give yourself new experiences:
    Remember when you were a child and were insatiably curious about life? “Why and how.” were my two favorite words.
     
    Did you love to learn new things, have new experiences – even if your enthusiasm was short-lived – your joy was in the moment. Over time, it’s all too easy to settle into a routine, to play the “been there, done that” card, and to do what you feel is expected of you.
     
    Where’s the joy in that?
  4. Simplify your life:
    I read an article recently called, “The Joy of Wanting Less.” It seems to be all the rage. More and more people are finding their joy underneath the mounds of their possessions.
     
    The trend is towards doing stuff not buying It makes sense to me! Just look at the amount of time you spend on maintaining all the stuff when you could be out and about enjoying yourself! There are a number of tried and true ways to go about this without overwhelming yourself.
     
    My favorites include:

    • For every one new thing you buy, you give away, toss or sell, three others. For example, buying one new CD means getting rid of three, etc.
    • Organizing one drawer, closet or cupboard a day is manageable.
    • Keep out only what you use on a daily basis, pack up all the just in case items or duplicates. If you don’t go looking for something in 6 months, let it go.
  5. Spend more quality time with your family of choice: Who are the real loves of your life? Family of birth or family of choice? Or, both?
     
    Don’t you want the loves of your life to get the best of you? What is it that you love about spending quality with your loved ones? Do you feel appreciated, seen and valued, heard and emotionally supported?

Do you experience the joy of reciprocation? The best and most long-lasting relationships are balanced between giving and taking.

So, prioritize this sacred time, go for quality and not quantity, make sure you have some gas in your own tank before you show up and let your innate joy bubble back up!

It is, of course, possible to combine some of these ideas. For example you can be learning something new and making new friends or doing it with existing friends. You can support each other in simplifying by having clothes swaps or a joint garage sale.

Your joy has not left you forever, you can find it – it just got buried! I wish you success in your own journey and encourage you to reach out and comment below if you have any comments or further questions.

Aimée Lyndon Adams

About the Author, Aimée Lyndon-Adams

Aimée Lyndon-Adams is both a seasoned corporate executive and a metaphysician practicing spiritual energy healing. She has provided coaching and healing sessions to individuals, couples and groups and has offered an energy management curriculum of training classes for many years. She is an articulate and charismatic speaker and facilitator.

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The Urban Myth of Newsletter Provider Deliverability Rates

The Urban Myth of Newsletter Provider Deliverability Rates- What metric you SHOULD use to get the best deliverability rates

What metric you SHOULD use to get the best deliverability rates

In recent articles, I’ve talked about the importance of article/blog writing to help boost your business. I’ve listed reasons why you should add blogging to your marketing repertoire and also provided important tips on getting the most out of your blogging efforts.

In each of these articles, I talk about using those articles to send out to your newsletter list in order to keep top of mind with your subscribers.

This article will help you decide which newsletter provider you should choose and actually debunks the urban myth that deliverability rates should factor into your decision-making process.

After reading, you’ll be well equipped to get going with your newsletters. Do you already send out a regular newsletter? If so, share in the comments section below your experience with your newsletter provider and if not, tell us why you haven’t gotten to it yet!

Clients often ask me which email newsletter provider they should choose. So much so we decided to do some research and find out if one service can provide better deliverability rates or if this is just an urban myth.

Many people are under the illusion that choosing the “right provider” for their email newsletters has a direct impact on the deliverability of their newsletters; that choosing one over another may result in their emails being caught up in spam filters, or vice-versa.

Fortunately, that really isn’t the case.

Major Email Service Providers (ESP’s) such as Mailchimp or Aweber, comply with strict anti-spam policies to ensure the best delivery rates possible. They even work with Mail Service Providers to ensure their services aren’t black listed.

This includes tools such as providing customers with spam score analysis, tips on avoiding spam, and warning (or even disabling the accounts of) customers should their messages result in higher than acceptable spam filter ratings.

Nowadays, the difference in delivery rates between major ESP’s is negligible.

Sending out an email blast with the same content, one through a provider such as Infusionsoft, and the other 1ShoppingCart, isn’t going to affect the amount of people that see your email.

In saying that, the one thing we have noticed is that 1ShoppingCart can be a bit slower at sending out emails than its competitors. This can be a detriment to your marketing campaigns if people are not receiving their confirmation email right away.

What Does Affect Email Deliverability?

The important aspect of keeping your emails going to your recipient’s inboxes, and not their junk folder, is remembering to avoid common spam-triggering mistakes that will get your newsletters marked as spam.

Things like using:

  • Subject lines with “Free Offer” or “Once in a lifetime opportunity!” in them,
  • Excessive exclamation or dollar signs in the subject line, or
  • Using poorly coded HTML

So, how do you choose the right ESP for you?

That all depends on what you’re looking for; often it boils down to costs and ease of use. Here are five of our top picks and their benefits:

  1. Mailchimp

    Mailchimp is a very simple to use and most importantly, free email service provider for accounts with up to 2,000 subscribers, with monthly subscriptions available based on list size for larger accounts.
     
    The minimalistic user interface makes setting up newsletters and autoresponders a breeze, and Mailchimp offers a robust feature set, including advanced analytics, third party application support, and even a mobile app.
     
    We often recommend using Mailchimp to new business owners who are just building their list. With the cost being free (unless they want to set up an auto responder series), there’s little reason to not go with them.

  2. Aweber

    A monthly subscription-based service, Aweber offers premium features such as a selection of hundreds of customizable templates, over 6,000 free stock images to use, unlimited autoresponders and subscriber segmenting.
     
    The monthly fee starts at $19 for lists of up to 500 subscribers, and they also offer a free 30 day trial.

  3. Constant Contact

    Constant Contact offers unlimited broadcasts and lists as well as a plethora of application integrations such as Facebook and Salesforce, image and file storage, and real-time stat tracking for a monthly fee.
     
    Constant Contact starts at $15/month for up to 500 subscribers, and they currently offer a 60 day free trial.

  4. 1ShoppingCart

    Combining an shopping-cart and payment processing system for selling products and services online with a fully-featured email service platform is a great way to operate an online business.
     
    With support for up to 10,000 products, digital product delivery, unlimited autoresponders and questionnaires, an affiliate program and more, 1ShoppingCart is designed as an all-in-one service for online businesses.

  5. InfusionSoft

    InfusionSoft is an alternate option to 1ShoppingCart. I often refer to it as a Cadillac that offers a lot of email marketing, CRM (Customer Relationship Management) and eCommerce tools all under one roof.
     
    If you have plans to build your list into the thousands and also offer products or services for sale on your website, InfusionSoft is worth exploring. It’s monthly costs are higher and the learning curve is quite steep, but well worth the investment for serious marketers.

If you choose one of the major newsletter service providers to use for your sendouts, you shouldn’t have any problems with THEIR deliverability but it is important to ensure YOU create newsletters that won’t get caught in the spam filters.

We have first-hand experience using all of the above email services; for more information and additional service options we recommend, visit this page.

Do you send out consistent newsletters? Which is your favourite newsletter service provider? And if you don’t send out newsletters… tell us why?

To your success,

About the Author, Susan Friesen

10 Critical Questions You Must Ask to Get Maximum ResultsSusan Friesen is the founder of eVision Media, a boutique web development and Digital Marketing firm of over 15 years that specializes in designing, building and marketing professional, unique websites for entrepreneurs, businesses and organizations.

Visit www.ultimatewebsiteguide.ca and grab your FREE "Ultimate Guide to Improving Your Website's Profitability - 10 Critical Questions You Must Ask to Get Maximum Results".

Marketing eTip: Building Your Social Reach on Twitter

Today’s eTip is about using Twitter to help build your network…

Twitter is a great social media network that can help build your reach in a big way.

Listen to today’s 1 minute tip that explains what you can do on Twitter to help build your social reach and garner new clients from your efforts.

Be sure to follow colleagues, big brands, people in your ideal target market and also leaders of your industry that share the same target market as you. Also follow those in your local community and build a presence with those that live in the same geographic region as you.

Avoid playing the numbers game on Twitter. There are a lot of people who will follow anyone, no matter who they are, just to get those people to follow them back. If they don’t follow them back, then they’ll unfollow them.

This type of game enables bragging rights to how many followers they have but the problem is, those followers are not going to convert into clients if they are not in their target market, so the number is very misleading and it ends up being a big waste of time.

To me this is not at all what Twitter was meant to be.

Follow the people that you want to be engaged with and have an interest of, don’t worry if they don’t follow you back – instead, watch the conversations, reply to posts of interest, RT posts you know your followers would be interested in and get visible this way.

These people will see how much you are interested and will naturally follow you because of that. Do this daily and watch your fan base and client list grow.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this – do you use Twitter to help build your social reach? Or if you have a question, I’d be happy to answer.

To your success,

P.S. New to Social Media or you find online marketing overwhelming and confusing? Check out Social Blast: eMarketing for Entrepreneurs. It’s a monthly group coaching program for those just starting out or wanting more advanced strategies to help with their online marketing and social media efforts.

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About the Author, Susan Friesen

10 Critical Questions You Must Ask to Get Maximum ResultsSusan Friesen is the founder of eVision Media, a boutique web development and Digital Marketing firm of over 15 years that specializes in designing, building and marketing professional, unique websites for entrepreneurs, businesses and organizations.

Visit www.ultimatewebsiteguide.ca and grab your FREE "Ultimate Guide to Improving Your Website's Profitability - 10 Critical Questions You Must Ask to Get Maximum Results".

How to Attract More Abundance In Your Business – Law of Attraction Style!

Attract More Abundance In Your Business

Every entrepreneur wants to have ‘ABUNDANCE’ in their business. In fact most entrepreneurs would say they would like to have a whole lot more abundance than what they have right now.

You might be surprised to learn that when you are using the principles and tools from the ‘Law of Attraction’ we think of abundance as a feeling and not a thing!

That piece of information may just be the missing piece that allows you to attract more abundance in your business.

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Let’s take a look at ‘how’ this actually works.

The Law of Attraction is a very powerful and hidden universal law of energy that operates 24/7 365 days of the year. It is your energy that attracts things, people, situations and circumstances to you.

And when you attract things, people, situations and circumstances to you – you always want to observe how you feel about what you are attracting. Do you feel in lack, or do you have feelings of abundance where you are grateful for what you already have in your life?

Your energy gives off a mood or a feeling or as we call it in the Law of Attraction a ‘vibration’. That vibration is either positive vibe or negative vibe. When you look around at your business ask yourself how you feel about what you have going on.

You might be someone who when they think about ‘abundance’ you immediately think that ‘abundance = money’ this is actually not entirely true. Money can give you a feeling of abundance but ….

The best way to attract more money is actually by removing money from the equation!

You can get all caught up in thinking that they only way you will ever feel abundant is by having more money and while we all love more money. Try focusing on what makes you feel abundant.

You just might have to re-frame some of your negative thoughts from a feeling of lack:

  • My clients keep cancelling at the last minute and that ticks me off
  • Everybody else is making money except me
  • Seems like all I do is work, work, work
  • I just don’t have enough time to get everything done and I feel overwhelmed.

To a more positive reframe like this to feel more abundance

  • Isn’t it great that I have clients contacting me – feels great to know my services are needed
  • I am in the process of building great relationships with my clients
  • I love it when my clients ask me out for a coffee – it feels great when I take breaks
  • Super excited that I completed that last project and I’ve prioritized what I need to do next – feeling good!

The job description of the Law of Attraction is this:

Match Vibrations

So this is where the attraction starts – by you paying attention to ’what makes you feel abundant’. Put these memories of those abundant feelings into your conscious mind.

Start looking for people, situations, things, circumstances that make you feel abundant and you will start attracting more of the same!

Express Gratitude Always

What have you attracted today that makes you feel abundant? What did you attract yesterday? What did you attract while you were reading this article? Did someone contact you to take you out for a coffee? Did you thank them?

Did you just get something on sale that you’ve been putting off buying in your business? Did you get excited and tell your friends about the great deal? Were you out networking and you won a bottle of wine? How did you feel when you won it?

Look at everything you have in your life right now and start thanking the Law of Attraction for all that you have already attracted. And since abundance is a feeling think of what makes you feel good, start expressing gratitude for that.

Look for the evidence that is already surrounding you and become a ‘proof seeker’.

When I have asked my coaching clients where they ‘feel abundant’ they came up with this list:

  • When I go for a walk in the woods I feel connected to Source and I feel good
  • If someone offers to buy me a coffee, lunch or dinner I’m totally grateful
  • When I see something I like I take a picture of it and think about how it will feel when I have it
  • The times my family gets together and we have a really great time
  • When I get a Notification of Payment from Pay Pal
  • Imagining myself taking time off for a vacation with my family
  • When my husband makes me a delicious dinner and pours me a glass of my favorite wine
  • When I can buy anything I want without thinking about the cost

It doesn’t matter what makes you feel abundant. If it’s helpful then you might want to keep a journal and write down what you are grateful for daily, for some people taking a picture of something you love or would love to have on your iPhone and looking at it whenever you need a smile.

Find your way of attracting more abundance and do it deliberately and you will attract more!

This is my mantra. If you like it use it, if not, create one of your own that has a high vibration for you:

I am open to receiving Infinite Abundance from Source however it may come to me.

Thank You Thank You Thank You

About the Author, Dana J. Smithers

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Dana J. Smithers is on a mission to inspire and empower women entrepreneurs around the world. At 50 she left a high-paying corporate job and over the years launched 3 businesses earning a 6-figure income.

As a Certified Law of Attraction Trainer she you how to use LOA tools to build a business by working on your limiting beliefs. As a Certified Sacred Gifts Guide she helps you discover what makes you feel on purpose and fulfilled. As an Emotion Code practitioner Dana knows how to release your trapped negative emotions that have built up over the years and are now holding you back from moving forward. She invites you to sign up for her enewsletter for tips, insights and inspiration and her FREE ebook 'The POWER of your WORDS' at Empowered Women in Business. She looks forward to making a real connection with you on www.FB.com/coachdanasmithers. Her NEW Law of Attraction Gratitude Journal is available on www.amazon.com.

Joint Ventures Aren’t Just for Coaches

How Typical Businesses Can Benefit Too!

Joint Ventures Aren't Just for Coaches: How Typical Businesses Can Benefit Too!

As an entrepreneur and small business owner, no doubt you have attended many marketing Webinars, read a lot of marketing books and listened to podcasts etc all so you can learn more about how to market your business.

During your quest, you have probably heard a lot of hype about joint ventures to market your business.

Marketing gurus will tell you they are a powerful way to grow a coaching business.

But what if you’re not a coach? Heck, what if you keep hearing that term but have no idea WHAT it actually means? I was that way for a long time too – I just figured it was reserved for those that had hundreds of thousands in their list and not for a typical start-up or growing business.

However, I have good news for you – what I came to realize is that joint ventures work for regular small businesses too!

So what exactly IS a joint venture? Basically it’s when you partner up with someone else and help each other out by marketing the other person to your list and visa versa.

Typically, you would want to find someone who has a list size that is similar to yours (or a colleague that doesn’t mind helping you out if you’re just getting started) and also someone that shares a similar target market as you.

This way, it’s an even “I help you and you help me and we both benefit” scenario. If you each share a similar target market but are not in competing fields, then each list will be happy to hear about the other person’s offering.

So without further ado, here’s some inspiration to help you tap into the power of JVs for your business:

  1. EXPAND your customer base fast. 

    When a joint venture partner promotes your product, it instantly exposes you to an entirely new audience.
     
    Imagine being a divorce mediator and having your colleague who is a therapist recommend you in their newsletter.  While your business email list may only have 1000 subscribers, the therapist may have 2500 subscribers on her list.
     
    When she personally endorses your divorce mediation services, people trust her recommendation. So it QUICKLY multiples the amount of leads you are exposed to.
     
    It also BUILDS instant trust and rapport when someone they know is introducing your services to them.

  2. Build your EMAIL LIST fast by offering freebies to a joint ventures list

    This could be a free report, article, checklist, audio, or webinar.  When your joint venture partner announces your freebie to their list, you benefit from having people opt in to receive the freebie.
     
    For example a chiropractor could offer a “10 Ways Low Carb Diets Help You Lose Weight Fast” report from a nutritionist joint venture partner.

  3. Get raving REVIEWS to use in your marketing

    When a joint venture partner writes a review or testimonial for your product or service, you can use that on your website, blog, brochure, or social media.
     
    There’s nothing like a great testimonial from another respected business person to build trust with potential buyers.

  4. DOUBLE YOUR SALES with half the effort

    When you agree to cross promote products with a joint venture product you both benefit from a boost in sales.
     
    People want to buy, but they don’t want to be sold. Often a third party endorsement from a Joint Venture partner promoting your product will bear more weight than a self-promotional effort.

  5. Enjoy great benefits with FREE MARKETING. C’MON

    Who doesn’t love marketing that doesn’t cost you a dime?
     
    As an addition to, or alternative from the typical Facebook ads, pay per clicks, and other advertising, when you are working with a small marketing budget, JV partnerships are a smart way to grow your business at zero cost.
     
    Plus, they often convert better too because you are marketing to a warm list versus cold call marketing.

  6. Add More VALUE to your List Members

    Think about how grateful you are when your friend tells you about a great movie or a fantastic new restaurant they have tried.  Your email list feels the same way.  They love hearing about products you have tried that you find really helpful.
     
    Recommending great products from joint venture partners is something your list members will look forward to.

  7. Bring NEW IDEAS and creativity to the table

    Sometimes having someone else market your product can add a new “flavour” to your pitch – one that will spur new interest and sales.
     
    Plus your JV partner may have ideas for fun promotions that you haven’t even thought of.

So don’t think that joint ventures are just for authors, speakers, and coaches.  Joint ventures are a highly effective way that everyday businesses can promote their business.

It’s free, easy to implement, and a fast way to boost sales.

By the way, if you love the idea of JVs, but are unsure how to start, we can help you plan and implement a joint venture campaign that jumpstarts sales for your business.

Have you ever participated in a Joint Venture?
Did you think JV partnerships were out of your league?
Will you give one a try now that you have some suggestions to work with?
Share in the comments below!

To your success,

About the Author, Susan Friesen

10 Critical Questions You Must Ask to Get Maximum ResultsSusan Friesen is the founder of eVision Media, a boutique web development and Digital Marketing firm of over 15 years that specializes in designing, building and marketing professional, unique websites for entrepreneurs, businesses and organizations.

Visit www.ultimatewebsiteguide.ca and grab your FREE "Ultimate Guide to Improving Your Website's Profitability - 10 Critical Questions You Must Ask to Get Maximum Results".

Marketing eTip: Make This The Hub of All Your Marketing Efforts

Today’s eTip is about creating a diverse marketing plan…

If you think your website will do all the marketing for you, then you are wrong.

Listen to today’s 1 minute tip that explains why you need to create a diverse marketing plan with your website as the hub of all activities in order to get the new clients and customers you seek.

If you think your website will do all the marketing for you, then you are wrong.

Not only is the “if you build it, they will come” fantasy going to get you hardly any traffic to your site, it’s only one piece of your marketing pie that you should be focusing on.

Begin by identify the marketing channels that will best reach your target audience and then diversify your efforts by bringing them into the mix.

But do this always with the intention of driving qualified traffic back to your website in order to get the conversions you are looking for.

Always think of your website as the hub of all your marketing efforts, everything you do should lead people back to your site.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this – do you have a diverse marketing plan in place or are you only focusing on one or two areas? Or if you have a question, I’d be happy to answer.

To your success,

P.S. New to online marketing or you find it overwhelming and confusing? Check out Social Blast: eMarketing for Entrepreneurs. It’s a monthly group coaching program for those just starting out or wanting more advanced strategies to help with their online marketing and social media efforts.

CLICK HERE: www.socialblastcoaching.com

About the Author, Susan Friesen

10 Critical Questions You Must Ask to Get Maximum ResultsSusan Friesen is the founder of eVision Media, a boutique web development and Digital Marketing firm of over 15 years that specializes in designing, building and marketing professional, unique websites for entrepreneurs, businesses and organizations.

Visit www.ultimatewebsiteguide.ca and grab your FREE "Ultimate Guide to Improving Your Website's Profitability - 10 Critical Questions You Must Ask to Get Maximum Results".

Why Bill Gates is Wrong; Life IS Absolutely Fair

Why entrepreneurs should see adversity as an opportunity

Why Bill Gates is Wrong; Life IS Absolutely Fair

Bill Gates recently gave a speech at a High School about eleven things that kids did not learn in their time at school. The eleven points are believed to come from an educator, called Charles Sykes from his book “Dumbing Down our Kids”.

Of course because of Bill Gates’ success these rules may get etched into the minds of the people listening as if they are sacred rules, or perhaps they would have acted as fuel for contemplation… I hope the latter is true.

Rule 1 states Life is not fair- so get used to it, and I began to wonder about this statement and the likely upside or downside of sharing it with our new generation of entrepreneurs, business leaders and change-makers in such a categorical way.

Yes, life will bring different circumstances to different people, and yes on the surface a “good person” may end up facing many adversities and other “not so nice people” may enjoy successes perceived to be unjust.

Yes three siblings born to the same parents will end up enjoying three very different lives and extremely different to those born in an underdeveloped world, but is it ALL because life is not fair?

Yes, all entrepreneurs and business leaders need to be psychologically equipped for life and thus not feel entitled and roll over at the first adversity that they face in the world, but how appropriate is it to plant a seed that sounds so disempowering?

I definitely remember in my younger years feeling sorry for myself that life had turned out to be so unfair, according to my perception, but I know that none of those emotions truly served me, and in fact caused me excessive suffering that could have been avoided, had I been directed better.

My own take on this rule is that it could be as much misleading and disempowering, as much as it was intended to be a reality check to force our new generation to work at their dreams and visions with sacred determination.

From what I have seen, based on my own lived experiences, the world has manifested  like a mathematical formula- so it has proved to be absolutely accurate in every minute for every chapter of my life.

Despite adversities that I have had to face, every occurrence in my life was designed to help me gain inner strength and reclaim my power, and thus in the end every “unfair event” helped me to take full responsibility for my life, and so I have no complaint…..it was totally fair because I gained so much!

The world wants evolution in consciousness and growth in self-awareness, and so everything that happens is designed to assist us with that objective. In the end the world is like a big school in which we get to learn how to live our fullest potential, and transcend the lower vibrational traits of competitiveness, jealousy, separation, etc. etc. and reach up to the ecstatic state of living in creative joy and love.

We as human beings are like radio frequencies emitting a certain “vibration”, and when we are emitting “well-being” internally, naturally life then bestows us with external circumstances that offer us a matched state of well being, be that in our health or in our business life/ home life.

Like attracts like. There is nothing unfair about this arrangement.

When we emit a vibration of “negativity, victimhood, helplessness, lack of self worth” etc. etc., of course life then quickly offers us outside circumstances that match this state of lack.

Again, like a mathematical formula life is attracting like with like.

To be educated in this understanding early on and be shown in a practical way, how to increase our vibration to a better state of allowing, we become empowered to see life as an opportunity and not something that has to be endured because it is not fair!

Endurance is an old paradigm of thinking and the accompanied resilience is not a badge of honor that we must get used to wearing. Instead we must learn to look for the silver lining in every occurrence and take charge to heighten our own vibration.

Each generation arrives more intelligent than the previous one. Perhaps this new generation of business leaders and entrepreneurs do not want to live in a world of hard toil and sweat where they are forced to prove their worth? And in the process they become manipulated by their fellow beings to become obedient commodities in the current status quo of society.

I courageously declare that life is doing what it needs to do and there is nothing unfair about it.

Yes there is much suffering, but that suffering is man made, through our egos created by false beliefs and conditionings. To condition anyone into a rule that says “life is not fair- so get used to it” is discouraging. Instead lets inspire one another to increase our vibration and step out of those old conditionings that are no longer serving us. Old patterns and behaviors of living are not necessarily right just because we found a way to cope.

As a CEO, I found a way to hide my fear, but that certainly did nothing to help me! Because the more I hid the fear, the more life sent me circumstances that were frightening.

Like attracts like. The responsibility to change and transform that fear was mine, and until I did so, my world could not be altered for the better. If I had stayed in the loop of endurance I was guaranteed poor health and stress that I had begun to experience! I suffered from angina problems, along with vertigo and sleepless nights from the excessive stress.

So lets move with the mantra that says life is absolutely fair.

It will always lovingly offer us what we need, so that we might grow wings to truly fly, so keep looking out for the silver lining in every situation and take charge to find your bliss and success…. because it is absolutely waiting for YOU!

Can you think of situations where you felt like life wasn’t being fair and how things ended up being for the good? Leave a comment below and share!

About the Author, Kindi Gill ACA

Kindi Gill

Are you extremely responsible but tired and wish someone could now nurture YOUR needs? Is your family life in need of a boost and ready to be revitalized into unity? Is there room for improvement in your relationships at home so that your work-life is better supported? If you are struggling with adversity, contact Kindi Gill for a complimentary 30 minute consultation.

Kindi is a CEO, Revitalization Consultant, Inward Leadership Mentor and Keynote Speaker. She has 30 plus years of experience in leadership, is trained as a Chartered Accountant and is a member of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers. Kindi is also one of 11 people trained as a facilitator of the Self Healing Dalian Method, an evolutionary tool that bypasses the mind, created by a modern day mystic, Mada Eliza Dalian who revolutionized Kindi's own life back into wholeness.

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7 Blogging Tips To Get You More Raving Fans

7 Blogging Tips To Get You More Raving Fans

In a previous article I wrote about the benefits of blogging and how it can greatly affect your long term business success.  Judging by the comments it generated, it looks like my goal was achieved by inspiring entrepreneurs and business owners just like you to put some serious blogging effort into their online marketing efforts.

So now that I have you all fired up to start blogging, there’s a few things that you need to be aware of for those benefits to materialize and get you some raving fans who will happily comment on and share your posts to their followers.

After reading this article, you’ll know what you need to do, and not do, in order to be successful at blogging. When done, leave a comment and let me know about your biggest blogging challenges – did this article help at all?

Here’s 7 tips that will help with your blogging success:

  1. Update frequently or don’t bother at all.

    There are two reasons to add new posts to your blog on a frequent and consistent basis. The first one is that if someone visits your blog and sees that the last article posted was 6 or more months ago, then their immediate impression will be that you are no longer in business.
     
    Yes, it will be that drastic! They won’t assume that you’re too busy to tend to your blog. What they WILL assume is that you’ve abandoned your website; therefore, your business as well.
     

     
    The other reason is for SEO (Search Engine Optimization). The more you write and post an article in your blog, the more Google and other search engines will see that you are actively updating your website and will reward you for it.
     
    Over time, you will notice that your articles will get picked up in the search engines quicker and, as long as you are using good keywords that your ideal target market is using in their searches, your article will show up higher in their search results.
     
    How often should you post? Let me put it this way: once a month is better than every 6 months, once a week is better than once a month, every day is better than once a week. You get the idea…

  2. Provide substance over quantity.

    I recently participated in a Facebook group daily blog challenge where the idea was to motivate members to write a blog post every day. When a new blog is posted, that member must go to the previous two blog posts and add a comment. I think the concept is terrific but when it was my turn to write a comment on other posters’ article, it was a challenge to come up with something to say!
     
    The reason is, many of the times, these articles, if you call them that, were thrown together with, what seemed like, very little thought. It was obvious they were only in place so that the author had something to post for that day. Essentially, they were posting useless crap.
     
    This is not how blogging should be done. The articles that you write must be topical to what your target market wants to learn about.  This is why doing your research on who your ideal client is first is critical.
     
    You want to write about things that they will find of interest, of value or find entertaining and captivating. Write for them, not just for the sake of having something posted.
     

     
    So be sure to write about topics that your target market will find of interest and value. And always have a purpose in mind: what do you want your readers to get out of this and what do you want them to do after reading?

  3. Give them a reason to keep coming back.

    One of your objectives when blogging is to create a community – a place for people to keep coming back to get more of what you’re offering.
     
    This means your blog posts must be either entertaining, informative, compelling and/or emotionally charged to keep people engaged and wanting to come back for more.
     
    You know you have accomplished this when you get lots of subscribers and lots of comments on each post where your followers are eager to add their two cents worth.

  4. Be specific to one thought, idea or topic.

    I’m guilty of this. often.
     
    In fact, what you’re reading right now was part of the previous article I wrote on blogging. Luckily I’m getting better at recognizing that I have tried to add too many ideas or topics into my posts and have learned to put my editor’s cap on and break out my “extra” thoughts into articles of their own. I remember one article I wrote not long ago provided me with three separate articles!
     
    The point here is to avoid sharing everything you know all in one article. Instead, pick one specific topic or idea and write about it.
     
    It’s harder than you think because if you’re anything like me, that one specific topic will compel you to explain in more detail an idea you’ve shared and the next thing you know, you’re going down a rabbit hole.
     
    So remember, you can always save those other ideas for your next article like I’ve done many times before.

  5. Include at least one large image.

    Blog preview on Facebook exampleImages are a must for blog posts. Not only do images help your readers get a visual idea of what the article is about, they also help break up text, emphasize important points, and create more interest than just a long article full of text.
     
    Each article should have, at minimum, a large image at the top of your post so that it’s sharable to Pinterest.
     
    But it’s not just for Pinterest; many social media channels provide a preview of the blog post that gets displayed and usually, if your blog is set up properly, the image is grabbed and provides something visual when sharing to those other social media channels.

  6. Don’t use 3rd party blogging services.

     
    Be sure to have your blog hosted on your own domain where your website is hosted. Do not use 3rd party services like Tumblr or WordPress for your business blog.
     
    Unfortunately, because these services are free and usually easy to set up, they make it very tempting to go that route instead of hiring a web developer to install WordPress and theme it to match the look and feel of the rest of your website.
     
    But using these services negate the whole SEO reason why you want to be blogging in the first place.
     
    Essentially what you are doing is sending people to THEIR services instead of to YOUR website – and that, at the end of the day, is the whole point of blogging! To get people to go back to your website so they can find more about you. If you are just sending them to a 3rd party blog, you’ve missed that boat entirely.

  7. Fix the spelling and grammar mistakes.

    Honestly, this shouldn’t have to be said by oh my goodness, does it ever need to be said!
     
    I remember once reading someone’s blog post and it was so hard to read due to grammar mistakes that I gave up. The irony is, she was a copywriter! Can you guess what impression her readers have on her ability to write well? Not so great.
     
    Understandably, not everyone has a Masters degree in English. I don’t either and more than likely, if you looked hard enough, you’ll find mistakes in my writings. But that’s not the point here, nor the expectation. What you do want to strive to achieve is something that is readable and not full of obvious mistakes.
     
    If you’re one of those people who have great ideas and lots of information to share but are terrible in the English department, this is the time to hire someone to help you. We do this a lot for our clients – they will send us their rough draft of the newsletter, we’ll edit it, make it look pretty, add it to their blog, SEO optimize the post, and then send out their newsletter that includes the post as well. Easy peasy for the non-writer.

Ok now that you are aware of all the benefits of blogging and what you need to know to make your efforts successful, it’s your turn to get writing!

What are your biggest blogging challenges? Share in the comments section below!

To your success,

About the Author, Susan Friesen

10 Critical Questions You Must Ask to Get Maximum ResultsSusan Friesen is the founder of eVision Media, a boutique web development and Digital Marketing firm of over 15 years that specializes in designing, building and marketing professional, unique websites for entrepreneurs, businesses and organizations.

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Marketing eTip: 5 Ways to Build Your Reach Through Writing

Today’s eTip is about building your reach through writing…

If you want to get more known, then write articles. Writing is an excellent way to gain visibility and credibility.

Listen to today’s 1 minute tip that shares all the ways one article can be used to build and expand your reach.

If you want to get more known, then write articles. Writing is an excellent way to gain visibility and credibility.

With each article you write, you will want to add a byline with your contact information and a call to action for a lead generation free give-away at the end of it.

Then post the article on your blog, share that blog post to all your social media channels, and use it in your newsletter.

The article can also be submitted to various article repositories like Article Base. Plus see where you can be a guest author on someone else’s blog to build even more of a reach!

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this – do you currently write articles for your blog? Are you taking advantage of all the various ways you can use those articles to help build your reach? Or if you have a question, I’d be happy to answer.

To your success,

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About the Author, Susan Friesen

10 Critical Questions You Must Ask to Get Maximum ResultsSusan Friesen is the founder of eVision Media, a boutique web development and Digital Marketing firm of over 15 years that specializes in designing, building and marketing professional, unique websites for entrepreneurs, businesses and organizations.

Visit www.ultimatewebsiteguide.ca and grab your FREE "Ultimate Guide to Improving Your Website's Profitability - 10 Critical Questions You Must Ask to Get Maximum Results".

Self-Care and the Cost of Entrepreneurial Freedom

Self-Care and the Cost of Entrepreneurial Freedom

A top reason that most entrepreneurs go into business for themselves is freedom: freedom to pursue their dreams, freedom to be their own boss, freedom to set their own hours.

The surprise that comes for many small business owners is how many hours they have to work and how irregular the income can be, especially in the beginning. It’s stressful enough to make practically every entrepreneur seriously consider giving up and getting a j-o-b.

I’ve certainly been there, digging up old résumés and updating them in a way that might make a corporation not immediately dismiss all of my experience as that of an “expensive hobby.”

All those months of fluctuating income, all those unexpected expenses, all those nights and weekends spent at my desk instead of, I don’t know, at the beach—like the “expert industry” loves to promise us.

And yet, like so many fellow entrepreneurs, I’m still here.

The stresses of learning new skills, doing tasks you don’t love, worrying about money, going to endless networking events, and working more hours than could possibly exist in a week seem to pale in comparison to working for someone else.

It’s amazing what that sense of freedom does to us. It gives us the focus and the commitment to realize our dreams. And it makes us relentless in the pursuit of our dreams, no matter the cost to our wellbeing.

I have found that working for myself is generally good for my wellbeing. I’ve heard the same thing from my entrepreneurial friends and colleagues. We tend to be happier than when we work for someone else. We’re more productive, in better spirits, and may even get sick less often.

But the stress of owning your own business does sneak in. And many entrepreneurs ignore the signs of stress . . . until it finally hits them over the head with a sledgehammer.

All those nights and weekends spent working mean less sleep. Less sleep means a weakened immune system and vulnerability to illness.

All the client calls and networking events can easily overtake time for exercise or meditation. And all the worrying about money and clients affects blood pressure, neurological circuits, digestion, overall health, and eventually mood, memory, and concentration.

The irony is that you may have left a full-time job to avoid depression, a heart attack, and ulcers only to end up with those very things.

That’s why self-care needs to be an essential, non-negotiable component of every entrepreneur’s life. Preventive self-care is more effective than reparative self-care, for example, to recover from heart, brain, or digestive issues.

Here are a few suggestions for fitting regular self-care into your schedule:

  • Breathe
    You’re always breathing. But most people’s breathing is shallow, which contributes to stress and muscle tension.
     
    I’ve got a little routine of taking three deep, mindful breaths whenever I sit down at my desk. Doing nothing else, eyes closed, put all of your attention on your belly. Breathe in slowly and deeply, noticing the breath going all the way into your belly. Exhale fully, noticing your belly releasing and your muscles relaxing. Do this two more times, or as many as you need to relax both your body and your mind.
  • Go outside
    Going outside, even for 10 – 15 minutes, will give your brain and body a nice shot of vitamin D and oxygen.
     
    OK, in the winter, if you live far enough north, vitamin D is out of the question, but you’ll still get the fresh air and moving your legs to help circulation and concentration.
     
    As with the mindful breathing, make your time outside mindful. If you’re not exercising at all, set a short destination or time to walk. For example, at a minute, I walk to the park and back during the winter and around the park and back during the rest of the year.
     
    That’s 10 minutes in the winter and at least 20 the rest of the year. Make it part of your daily schedule. Easy to fit in times could be right before or after breakfast, right before lunch, or during the 3pm slump.
  • Have fun
    Every single week, set aside time to do something fun. It will lower your stress and heighten your creativity.
     
    Julia Cameron writes in The Artist’s Way about taking a regular artist’s day—a day when you do something on your own, out of the house and the studio, to spark your creativity.
     
    I teach my clients to take regular “being days.” As entrepreneurs, we spend so much time doing that we need time to unwind and simply be. You should create your own being day to fit your needs.

For me, a being day involves no reading or writing. Those are two things I do every day and would happily do all day every day. And my brain needs a break occasionally!

So my being days involve going hiking or kayaking, going to a movie, going to a museum, meditating, walking, napping, seeing friends. My suggestion is that whatever you normally do is what you don’t do during your being day.

What about sleep, food, and exercise? Yes!

Getting enough sleep (7 – 9 hours), eating real food, and moving your body daily are all essential. I’ve purposely left them off of this short list because if you’re deficient in one of those areas, it usually feels daunting to make improvements there.

In fact, sleep, food, and exercise are three of the top issues for which people seek coaching. If you need improvement in these areas, you can take it slowly and start by focusing on breathing, going outside, and having fun.

All three will facilitate better sleep. Getting outside is more than halfway to exercising. And improvements in these simple areas can inspire eating better.

So step outside, breathe it in, and have some fun—taking care of your self while enjoying the freedom of entrepreneurship.

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About the Author, Kelly Eckert

Kelly Eckert is an author, professional speaker, and shamanic leadership coach. She is a graduate of Harvard College with a bachelor's degree in biological anthropology and Tufts Graduate School of Arts and Sciences with a master's degree in biology.

Kelly is a certified MentorCoach® and a certified coach member of the International Coach Federation. She is the creator of the Fear Releasing Method™ and Coaching with Animal Archetypes™. Kelly speaks nationally and internationally on the topics of fear and unleashing the animal within. Her latest book, What's Your Spirit Animal?, is now available. Find out more at kellyeckert.com.