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Hi all!

A little later, I’ll pop up the post I promised about some useful books to read.

But do you remember in yesterday’s post I mentioned the Darren Daily videos from Darren Hardy? Well, I just watched today’s, and it was superb. Spot on timing as our business moves away from a time of some challenges, and a reminder about keeping things in perspective.

I just thought I’d share this with you, as these videos are a regular source of inspiration for me. They’re free, delivered by email each weekday morning, and refreshingly free from promotional spam. Go ahead and watch this one, and if you like it sign up to the free daily emails.

As I have done here, if you get some value from it, pay it forward and send the link on to someone else who might appreciate it.

Have yourself a great day, speak again soon.

Carl

The Tools of Personal Development

Hi Folks

So, I spoke in my last post about the need to invest some time and money on personal development. This is no less true for a homeworking business than it is for a more traditional business or job.

A doctor needs to commit to continuing professional development, going on courses of study and/or on the job training to stay abreast of the latest advances in medicine. The dustman’s job is not as it once was, there is the need to be able to accurately categorise waste, how to deal with hazardous materials, understanding which materials can be recycled, and the environmental impacts of those that cannot be recycled.

With your homeworking business, you’ll need to develop the correct mindset in order to capitalise on your opportunities and deal with challenges that arise. You’ll need to learn how to balance the books, or how to outsource such tasks to free up your time. If yours is an MLM business, you’ll need to learn how to manage sales and how to handle leads.

So, what will you need on your personal development journey? Well, lets have a brief overview of some options on this post, and then look at those options in more depth over the next few posts.

Books

Yes, books. Different sorts of books for different kinds of information. Books that deal with mindset and positivity. Books that deal with the nitty-gritty of the sales process such as dealing with objections. Books to help you with business planning including such things as how to pitch your ideas to a bank for funding. Books to deal with keeping records and taxation.

Some favourites of mine include Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki, The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy, and Seven Strategies For Wealth And Happiness by Jim Rohn.

Audio

Usually, these are just the transcript of a book rendered into an audio format, whether that be a CD, a download, or something on a flash drive. But there is something about hearing a favourite author telling their stories in their own voice.

Some people, of course, might not be great readers. And these audio formats make the information more accessible if reading is not your thing. But even for those of us who do read, a few audiobooks can be useful for those times when you can’t have a book in front of your face. You can listen to your MP3 player while you jog or do the housework. Personally, I very often listen to Dave O’Connor, Andy Andrews, or Jim Rohn while driving, turning that otherwise lost time in the car into a ‘rolling university’.

And let’s not forget podcasts and similar kinds of broadcasts. Kerry frequently listens to a few minutes of Darren Hardy’s ‘Darren Daily‘ while sorting out the kids’ breakfasts.

Videos

Actually, those ‘Darren Daily‘ broadcasts that I just mentioned are videos, delivered by email each morning. While we both gain a lot by listening to Darren Hardy’s insights, neither of us feels it necessary to actually watch him sip his coffee.

But some videos contain informative graphics and explanations that do enrich the information given, and so we generally would watch those types.

If you are in an MLM business, it’s likely that your company has a range of training videos available. It’s well worth watching those a few times, they usually describe what is known to work well, so that there is no need for you to re-invent the wheel.

Webinars sit somewhere between a video and the next category. They can be a little more interactive than a video, but not usually as immersive as a meeting.

Meetings

Meetings can be one of the most immersive forms of personal development, when you can interact with team members, and more easily interact with the leader who is running the meeting.

Training exercises can be participated in, whether they are based on some of the books mentioned earlier, or on your company’s internal training protocols. Best practice can be shared, and solutions to challenges discussed.

But, more than that, they can re-charge your batteries, giving your business a boost if you start to flag. They are the glue that holds a team together, adding a chance for members who may live miles apart to get together socially and form strong friendships.

So, have a root around in your ‘toolbox’, and see what personal development options you have.

Next post, we’ll have a more in-depth look at what sort of books might be the most helpful.

To your success,

Carl

Have Your Cake AND Eat it!

Hi all

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Looks tasty, eh? But there is a saying that one cannot HAVE one’s cake AND eat it. And overall, it seems to make sense.

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After all, if you do EAT your cake, you no longer HAVE your cake. It’s gone! Exhaustive tests have been conducted by small children over a period of centuries that seem to bear this out. Of course, the experiment is always worth repeating another day ūüėČ

But, the old saying does miss a vital point. One can learn how to make more cake. Maybe even how to make a bigger and better cake!

The point of all this is about how you view investment. Those with a poor-thinking mindset will eat that cake (or spend that money on ‘stuff’), and then mourn its loss. Those with a rich-thinking mindset will set about finding out how to make sure that there is a regular supply of cake (or money).

An investment in your financial education will reap rewards in a similar way to learning how to make more cake. You are learning how to make more money. You must learn about how to read the numbers, not just how much your investments may cost upfront. What is the expected return on investment (ROI), and over what period? How can you manage the risk? What is the risk/reward ratio? Are the figures you see realistic or pie-in-the-sky, and how can you tell?

Of course, you will then also need to invest in some raw ingredients and expend a little time and effort in order to secure your regular supply of cake. Similarly, whether you invest in a business, property, stocks and shares, or whatever, you will need to part with SOME of your money in order to make MORE money.

And there, in a nutshell (or a cake case), is the biggest difference between rich thinkers and poor thinkers. Deferred gratification. On payday, poor thinkers immediately use their money to supply their needs.

On payday, rich thinkers immediately use their money to invest in assets that will create even more money. Some of the extra money generated is then used to supply their daily needs. And some of the extra money can be used to buy even more investments, thus ensuring that their money grows even further still.

So, to join the rich, we must learn not simply to earn more (although that’s always a good start), but also to spend smarter so that we get to eat that bigger, better cake another day.

Over the next few posts, we’ll look at some of the tools you can use to improve your financial education.

Just some food for thought.

Carl

Guard the Gates!

Hi everyone!

‘Guard the gates of your mind’ was one of Jim Rohn’s most important lessons. Over this past week, I have seen a number of social media posts from some former members of the company I work with, who have an axe to grind, and a clear intention to spread fear and rumours.

Perhaps they’re right, it’s time to abandon ship and save ourselves from the inevitable fallout of a few issues that we have recently faced. And then, naturally, we should all hearken to their wise council and join them in their new venture.

I have equally seen posts from stalwart members of our current company, portraying the folly of these former friends, and decrying the business that they have joined. And naturally, extolling the virtues of staying put, as we should all feel the benefits of a business which is past all those problems.

So, which should I listen to? One or the other? Both? Neither? To be honest, I’m not sure that it really matters that much. What does matter is that I don’t allow either to drag me down with negativity, not allowing them to distract me from my purpose.

If you allow rubbish into your mind, then rubbish is what will come out. Far better, I think, to concentrate on my own personal development, improving my business acumen so that I am equipped to deal with whatever challenges my business will face.

Of course my business will face challenges, all businesses do. That’s when you learn. Life itself is always a mixture of difficulty and opportunity. Sometimes the difficulty leads to the opportunity. And if you do take advantage of an opportunity, don’t be surprised if it throws up some difficulties along the way.

Whether the ramblings of others fill my mind with rubbish, or whether I can learn something from what they are saying, is all about how I interpret the information, which bits I choose to take on-board. And which I choose to discard.

I am the guard to the gates of my mind, and like the guard in the picture, it is for me to discern who is friend and who is foe.

Is the guard to the gates of your mind at the ready?

Until next time,

Carl

The Demon of Distraction

Hello Folks!

This morning I made the mistake of checking Facebook first. It’s a bad habit that I need to change, and I know it. I should set aside a particular time slot each day for checking social media and emails, and then I should stick to it.

So, why am I telling you this?

Well, the tagline of my blog says that it’s about the up¬†and downs¬†of working from home. Too many blogs of this kind can make it seem like a land of milk and honey, all advantages and no challenges. Not so with my blog.

All businesses have challenges, and distraction is a major one to look out for with homeworking. There’s the kids, the dog, the relatives who have the impression that you don’t actually work, and the lawn that needs mowing. And then there are the very tools you use for your home business, your phone and your computer.

So, how did my day go? Did I get my basic tasks done? Yes. I made my target for calls, and we made some sales. So, not a total wreck, then.

Could I have gone the extra mile and done more? Um, that would be a yes. I could have called a few more people, and I could have strengthened my advertising efforts, and probably a few things besides. Should I have done more? YES!

Why didn’t I do that bit more? Because I saw an amusing opportunity to increase my Facebook activity levels (which is¬†actually important if you do a lot of work on FB), but I allowed it to grab hold of me and take up too much of my time.

The amusing post asked for glaring issues with film and screen shows, such as hiding behind a car door in a shootout, or the interior of a house not matching up with the exterior shots. Some of the comments were hilarious (including some of mine, I hope), and I had a whale of a time getting hooked up in the general banter.

Now, I wouldn’t say the time was entirely wasted, it has left me with a working idea for a book that I could write (not the first), and a concept about how that book might work as a film. But, while that sounds great, did it move me towards my homeworking business goals? Er, that would be a no.

So, what weaknesses do you have that get in the way of reaching your goals? And what sort of things drive you to distraction as you try to avoid being distracted? Answers on a postcard, please. Or just in the comments section will do.

To your success,

Carl

Lights, camera… Action!

Wow, there’s so much to learn on this new WordPress blog platform I’ve found, I’m gonna need more hours in a day to absorb it all. And then I’ll need to take action on what I’ve learned.

Oh, wait, I’m doing that right now, aren’t I?

But learn all you like, it’s only info in your head if you don’t use it by taking action.
Take learning to drive as an example. It’s tough to begin, but if you listen to your
instructor and carry things out as they teach you to, less ‘weird things’ happen.
With practice, eventually you become good enough to pass your test.

Yay. Now you have a piece of paper that says you did the learning. And you get on the bus.

Why do you get on the bus? Because until you take action by buying a car and driving yourself to places, it’s all just information locked up in your head.
It only does you any good when you take action on that information.

So, learn all you like about network marketing, homeworking, and how to make money online.
But you won’t earn a penny from it until you take action on what you learned.
You can take at least some actions while you are doing the learning.

Until next time.

Carl

If you’re going places, you’ll need a plan

If you’ve set some SMART goals, whether in business or in life, you’ll now need a plan¬†for how you’ll reach those goals.

To paraphrase Jim Rohn, if you don’t first plan and set out for a well-designed destination, you’ll end up somewhere else. And probably not somewhere that you would have liked to end up, either.

Something I’ve learned is that the best way to plan is to start by having your end outcome in mind. It’s a bit like planning a road journey using a map. First, put a pin where you want to finish. No point in putting a pin in Peterborough if you want to arrive in Penzance, no matter what your starting point may be. Next put a pin in that starting position. While it might be fun to plan a journey to Penzance from Liverpool, that won’t help much if you’re starting out from London.

Now put in pins for all the stopping points along the way. Do you need to pick someone up in Bristol en-route? Or might it be prudent to make a fuel and comfort stop near Basingstoke?

So it is with achieving¬† home business and life goals. If you want to achieve a six or seven figure income, put a pin there. Now, what’s your current reality? Put another pin there.

Take a look at the financial distance between those pins. What will need to happen in order to get there? What is the first step backwards¬†from your destination pin? Perhaps it might be a premises you’ll need to acquire, or an item of machinery, or whatever. Now what’s the next step backwards? Maybe funding for that premises – how will you get that? And the next step back?

And carry on like this until you get back to your current reality pin, filling in the gaps with pins as necessary for each stage of your home business journey.

Now, having arrived back at your current reality, let’s go to work on that plan. Looking¬†forward¬†now, what actions can you take TODAY¬†towards that first pin? And what actions can you take this week, or in the next 30 days. What can you do in the next 90 days? And in the next year? How many pins could you reach?

So, what are YOUR plans? Feel free to leave a comment.

To your success,

Carl

Oops!

Oh dear. Guess who forgot to write a blog post yesterday? Well, forgot is too strong a word, there was lots to do, and life can get in the way sometimes.

But it has lead me to think about something that is so important in business, and especially in most types of homeworking business. Consistency.

Those times when it’s sooooo hard to get out of bed in the morning? Well, there’s no boss to moan, but your bank balance might suffer. If you were your own employee, would you employ you?

So many things that are easy to do are also easy not to do. Of course, you don’t have to make that 10th phone call today. But if you don’t, you might miss out on the person who skyrockets your business.

Jeff Olson writes in his book ‘Slight Edge’ about how small actions, compounded over time, can work massively in your favour, or work massively against you.

Consistently eating an apple a day would lead to what? Well, probably a lot better health than eating a cake a day, that’s for sure.

So, consistent positive actions each day in your business, not focusing too much on the outcome, but focusing on continuing all those small activities that give you a slight edge over your peers would lead to what? Well, I would think a rather healthier business than if you neglect things a little every day.

What do you think?

To your success,

Carl

Goal!! Part 5

Hello again!

 

And so we reach this, the fifth and final part of the series on SMART goals. You’ve decided specifically what it is that you want your goal to achieve, and you’ve considered how you’ll measure how effective you are being in the process of achieving it. You’ve made sure that your goal is achievable, and that it is relevant to your needs and priorities.

 

All well and good, but when did you want to achieve this objective by, exactly? It’s fine to say that you want to be ¬£1000, ¬£100,000, or ¬£1 million richer, but what good will it do you if you don’t achieve it for another 14 years, 27 years, or some other indeterminate point in the future? I wonder exactly how much ¬£1000 will buy you in 27 years time?

 

To be a truly SMART goal, it needs to be time bound. You must decide what is a reasonable time-frame by which you will have reached your goal.

 

Now, it is all too easy to set an arbitrary time-frame, such as one week, month or year from now, or whatever multiples thereof. But, really, why should your business or personal goals be dictated by something as far beyond your control as the movements of a planet around a star? The calendar should only serve as a point of reference. Of course, if your business is seasonal, then it may be reasonable to set a time-frame dictated by the calendar.

 

The point of the above paragraph is, why should we so often set a goal to be achieved in, say, a year, when it might be perfectly possible to achieve that goal within eight months? Or, why should we set a goal that we might struggle to achieve in a month, if we have a strong chance of managing that goal in six weeks?

 

It could perhaps be reasonable to set a goal which may be split into elements to be achieved at different set points along a time-line

 

So, a truly SMART goal might sound something like: “I want my business to generate an additional one and a half million pounds in profit, by adding a further 10,000 internet customers, within the next eighteen months”. This does, of course, assume that this goal passes each element of SMART for your particular business. If not, adjust the figures as necessary.

 

A more personal goal might sound like: “I want to lose a stone in weight before my spring holiday this year (by careful eating habits), and a further seven pounds (through exercise) before my winter holiday.”

 

As we reach the end of our series on SMART goals, what new goals might you set yourself? Or do you have any adjustments or additions to the SMART goal process that you already use? Have you successfully achieved some SMART goals? Feel free to share some of your experiences in the comments box.

 

To tour success, (Hey, that’s a good typo! To tour success sounds like a great trip!)

 

Ahem!

 

To YOUR success (ah, that’s better!)

 

Carl

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