OK, I confess.
I've been sitting here staring literally right through this blank blogpost screen in my WordPress cPanel for more time than I'm willing to confess. I thought I had a lot to say a few hours ago, but it's like I'm in 1st grade and the teacher asked me to come up and talk in front of the class. Silence and a weird sheepish grin. Who is that girl? She usually talks non-stop! Did someone drug her?
There's something jarring about writing the first post. As if it will set the tone for all your future posts, your future success on the internet or in whatever business you're in, like it's the most important thing in the world… in this moment.
But it's not.
It's just a beginning.
It's just a pivotal moment or a non-moment. Your choice.
Your first posts are not written in cement nor are they posted on the front page of the New York Times. There's no test on the material and no one's grading you so RELAX already. You can change them, delete them, edit them, comment on them, trash-talk them, hide your head in embarrassment about them, laugh about them, curse them, blog later about how lame your first posts were…
It's all good.
In the big picture of life, it's just a quick couple of paragraphs. A miniscule event of little importance to the world or is it?
Think of the trillions of bits of information and insights and intuitions you have to share with the world. Where is it all now?
Is it hiding in the closet called "What will they think?" or "How will I look?" I say, bust the doors down and let it all out, baby.
The wise and cool stuff will come. The brilliant writing. The hilarious and witty repartee with your readers. The glistening gems of wisdom. The deep, sacred insights more profound than any ever spoken… yep they'll come when you just chill out, laugh at yourself, take the plunge and write. Once you trust yourself that you've been guided very clearly to start this little blog… you might just have some serious FUN with it and feel really good about yourself… just sayin'…
It'll all come as you need it, now that you've finally just started your darn blog.
I feel better already.
Comment, will ya, so I don't get a complex that no one will read it or want to hear me? Comment if you think I'm a jerk or a wizard or anything in between. Leave me your blogsite and I'll go check you out.
Why You'll LOVE Recruiting Professionals…
They don't complain or blame.
They are proactive and self-driven.
They're used to living on commissions and sales.
They are decisive and certain.
They love and OWN being an entrepreneur.
They don't have "entitlement attitudes". The know that their income comes from the work THEY do, nowhere else.
They have a huge sphere of influence – know lots of people
They don't need hand-holding, babysitting or chasing and they 'see it' fast!
We could go on and on about the amazingly appealing qualities of successful business professionals. I know them well. I've worked with them for much of my 30 year career. I love them.
We recognize one another.
I recruited a lot of business professionals into my MLM business over the last 9 years, but really just did it intuitively. No scripts. No system. Just gut. I definitely had some successes, but I also crashed and burned a lot.
Then, a couple of years ago I stumbled on to this guy named Todd Falcone. Blunt, direct, to the point, in your face (just a bit) and the guy is funny! 22 years as a professional Network Marketer. Million dollar earner over and over. I got his program called Insiders Secrets To Recruiting Professionals and it blew my mind. It was so incredibly detailed on the entire recruiting process, the scripts, live call recordings, strategies, exactly which types of professionals in which industries to call…
If only I'd had it in the beginning of my MLM career!
I highly recommend his 8 CD program. It might be a bit pricey for beginners or "tire-kickers", but you pros and fast-trackers out there will snatch it right up. A couple of enrollments and the darn thing is paid for in your first week or two.
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Learn to recruit professionals into your MLM business with no fear and with total confidence and take your business to a whole new level. Todd will teach you how to constantly create an unlimited stream of leads for the rest of your career at no cost, as well as many other professional level marketing strategies.
I personally guarantee, that if you follow his strategies, you will fall in love with your MLM business all over again and enroll more new people than you have in years.
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I hear a lot of people saying that they can't make videos to market or promote their businesses. Let me see, what are some of their comments?
- People aren't interested in what I have to say.
- I need to lose weight first
- I don't know how to do it
- I don't have a camera
- What if I look silly?
- I don't know what to talk about
- I don't have the right clothes
- It looks hard to do
- I'm not good looking enough
- I'm too old
- I'm not tech savvy
- I might make a mistake
- I'm too private
- I'll be embarrassed
- I'm too shy…
And the list goes on and on.
Recognize any of these excuses? You know they're excuses, right?
Check out this video to see exactly HOW you can make a quick YouTube video for your YouTube Channel, your blog posts etc.
3 Super Easy Ways to Make a YouTube Video (it's easier than you think)
I look forward to seeing YOUR videos!
Go down in the comment section and let me know what you think about the whole topic and if you've done a video, make sure you post your link so we can come watch it and comment! Also, remember to subscribe to my channel and if you like the video, I'd sure appreciate if you share it with your friends and click LIKE!
PS. this was my 2nd video ever. I didn't die.
Interesting article by Marko Saric of HowToMakeMyBlog.com. Reading this made reminded me how vital being in the silence is to creativity and contribution. Think about turning EVERYTHING off for even a day… your computer, your cell, your landline, your TV, no talking to anyone, not even your dog, no reading, no writing, no music, no radio… NOTHING BUT YOU. Marko did it for 10 days. See what he learned.
Digital Downtime And The Art Of Blogging
I ended 2010 and started 2011 by taking some digital downtime to participate in a 10-day Vipassana meditation course. Vipassana encourages students to disconnect, focus on their breathing and their body, and to generally live in the moment.
I will not go into detail about the meditation itself. If curious please check out Celestine Chua’s blog post. That post introduced me to Vipassana more than a year ago so thanks Celestine!
Noble silence and complete disconnection
The meditation retreat was located in the rural England, in a remote area near Hereford. Two very interesting details about the retreat are:
- Complete disconnection. There was no Internet, no computers, no TV and no radio. If you had a mobile phone, books, magazines, or a notebook and pen with you, it was all locked up until the end of the course.
- Noble silence. Every student had to practice the noble silence which meant that you couldn’t communicate with anyone at the course. No talking, no hand signals, no physical contact – nothing at all.
These two points meant the total disconnection from the “distractions” of the mind that we spend most of our time on in our daily lives:
- No communication with other people
- No Internet surfing
- No writing
- No reading
- No consuming media
You are left all alone with your mind and the noise in your head!
Reflections and forward planning
Spending 10 days being disconnected, I have found that having no distractions relieves stress and fosters creativity.
When you find yourself in a situation without any of the usual distractions, your mind tends to wander. You will notice that it looks back and ahead, reflects and plans forward. It concentrates on these areas:
- Past experiences
- Future hopes and expectations
- Good times
- Bad times
All this thinking is great because it gives a clear image of where you have been, what you have achieved, where you are now and where you want to be in the short-term or long-term future.
Another great thing by taking the digital downtime is that you reflect on the differences between the day without distractions and a normal day in your life.
From content consumer to producer
I found that I didn’t miss activities I spent quiet a bit of time on in my daily life. In a normal week I spend hours doing some activities, but while being disconnected I found that my life was no different with or without them.
When I got back, I spent some time optimizing my daily schedule.
I realized that my Google Reader had gotten so cluttered with different sites I subscribed to over the years. It took me quiet some time to go through the feed daily. The result was that I became a content consumer and stopped being a content producer.
The action I took was that I unsubscribed from some feeds that did not bring anything valuable to my life. This will save me hours every week, which I now can put into writing blog posts or working on some other projects that will bring me closer to the place where I want to be.
This was just one example of what I figured out while being disconnected and how that will shape my future work.
Your turn to take action
Reading about people taking actions and getting closer to their goals is inspirational and very good, but it is nothing unless the advice and experiencing it yourself.
Only by taking action you will be able to get the benefits in your life and only that will get you closer to your future goals. Consider doing this:
- Disconnect for a few days (my 10 days is a bit extreme but a weekend sounds very manageable to most)
- No Internet, no phone, no TV, no reading material, no contact with people… nothing except you and your mind!
- Just relax and let your mind wander
- Think about your current situation
- How did you get where you are? What worked well? What can be improved?
- Think about where you want to be in the near or in the long term future
- Think about which steps you will have to take to get there
- Start acting on the steps
Bound to become more focused and more successful
Internet is a great place that gave all of us many opportunities to realize our dreams but Internet is also a place where you can easily waste your precious time on mindless surfing, reading, chatting, watching and playing.
It is very important to be able to disconnect from time to time, relax and think about your situation, your dreams and the actions you will have to take to reach those dreams.
Doing this, you are bound to become more focused and more successful!
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Way back in the dinosaur age, circa 1980 or so, when I first started Chiropractic College, my education was all laid out for me, step-by-step, a brilliant curriculum. Courses all layered and positioned in sequence.
Our class at that time was only 36 people, so instead of us going from room to room, we all sat planted in one room all day and the professors came to us each hour (except for the clinical or anatomy classes) Everything was orchestrated with perfect precision, planning and thought. Nothing was left out. Every topic layered on the last one to create a rich, textured education and skill base.
We had to wear ties for Anatomy Lab
Take our first quarter anatomy lab for example. We were assigned to be in teams of 6, each team assigned to one actual human body (cadaver), someone who courageously donated their body to science. It was a reverent, haunting experience to say the least, especially in the beginning. Some people fainted, some literally got sick, others were in a kind of shock. Our anatomy professor was decidedly brilliant, yet a bit strange in that he required us to wear ties every class as a sign of respect for the dead, even the women. But, I digress…
So, in our first quarter we dissected the skin, muscles and bones… all the limbs. Then, the 2nd quarter, the same blessed being lay awaiting us again to discover all her internal organs. Twelve weeks systematically removing each organ layer by layer. Challenging, yet learnable. Then, the last quarter… our little lady, bless her heart, remained eternally patient as we got to the final precious layers, the brain, spinal cord and nerves. Each class was like this, step-by-step.
Now, wouldn't you think something as "trivial" as a darn blog would be easier than Chiropractic College? Hhmmm. Now, don't get me wrong, Chiropractic College was VERY challenging and comprehensive. 7-8 years of intense scientific training and clinical work resulting in an extremely rewarding and significant purpose and career. (I'll tell you my story one day in a future post, why I'm not in practice anymore)
So, why am I telling you this questionably unrelated snippet of trivia in a story about blogging?
Why so many people struggle with online marketing and blogging for business
–> All the training and life experience in the world don't mean diddly squat in the online marketing / blogging world! <–
Any type of intelligence, education, life experience, pedigrees, degrees or initials after your name doesn't bring you any kinda' happiness if you're trying to setup your first WordPress.org blog on your own! The online training world is a maze of trillions of bits of info in a fairly random explosion. The step-by-step curriculum is as elusive as the Loch-Ness Monster.
Yes, I know all about the easy, free blogs… Blogger.com and WordPress.com etc. I've had those before. Easy, point and click, drop and drag. Instant gratification. You can easily be set up, posted and published to the world, in an hour!
So why on earth would someone chose to put up a WordPress.org blog and what's the diff?
OK, here's the scoop.
TWO types of blogs, HOSTED and SELF-HOSTED
One is a dream, the other can be a nightmare if no one shows you exactly how to do it. What I've found in years of studying and using marketing strategies in my businesses is that it can be very challenging to find someone to train you who tells you THE WHOLE STORY!
Hhhmmm, now why wouldn't someone tell you the whole story?
1. They don't KNOW all the details of what they are teaching
2. They've never done it in real life, they've only studied it.
3. They don't want any competition (ie may not really WANT you to succeed)
Now, I'm not sayin' the good guys aren't out there, they are. They can just be darn hard to find. My job is to get you in front of the ones who you can trust to help you learn to market your business online to MASSIVE SUCCESS and to deliver top quality, accurate, complete info to you myself as well. Info you can count on and trust.
So, back to WordPress… why would you choose the nightmare one, you might inquire?
Well, there are pros and cons to both.
On the "self-hosted" blog, it's like you own the property your home sits on. No one can ever tell you what to do, nor can they kick you out.
On the "hosted" blog, it's like you're renting the land your house is sitting on. No yard maintenance or upkeep. Cool, but they CAN kick you out at any time. If the host ever finds your material not to their standards or guidelines, they can shut your blog down with no warning. So, all the brilliant articles you wrote, all the comments and thank you's you got, all the 1000's of fans following you, the great search engine optimization and Alexa ratings you've attained can all be GONE, BYE-BYE, Zippidy-do-dah vanished in an instant and you can't get it back. EVER.
Does it happen very often? Don't know. But it DOES happen.
But, again, they are EASY and QUICK and FREE TO SET UP.
Here are a few of the most popular places you can go to get your free blog hosted:
WordPress.COM (as opposed to SELF-HOSTED WordPress.ORG)
and probably 100's more places
If you're not sure you're going to be a blogger for the rest of your life, start with the easy hosted one.
* TIP – make sure you BACK UP all your posts and documents on your hard drive. You'd hate all that create work and creativity to be lost.
How to decide which one?
The key differentiating factor between deciding on SELF-HOSTED vs HOSTED is your intent and your budget. If you're just doing a little blog for friends and family or are just starting blogging for your business and are not sure if you're going to stick with it, HOSTED is for you.
A HOSTED blog if free to set up and run. If you go with a HOSTED blog, you'll have a couple monthly expenses, your hosting account and your email marketing software and autoresponder program (unless you have another autoresponder system to plug them into already) to capture the emails of your visitors and have automated emails sent to them.
But, if the thought of blogging to the world every week, sharing your insights and wisdom, growing a loyal community makes your hair stand on end with excitement, like it does for me, then a WordPress.org SELF-HOSTED blog is for YOU, baby! I'll teach you how to do it. Not just the how-to's, but the why-to's and the behind-the-scenes scoop!
Next post, I'll tell you why in heaven's name you might want to PAY to have a blog and sweat out the process of setting up a WordPress.org (SELF-HOSTED) blog. Stay tuned!
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I just saw this video for the first time today. It's been around for quite awhile, but I thought you might not have gotten to see it yet either. This moved me to tears of joy as I watched it.
It brought to mind how chained we sometimes allow ourselves to become… to our business success, to our desks, to our jobs, to our homes, to our goals, to our attachments of what we THINK our lives should be, how we think they MUST be.
As network marketers, internet marketers, wellness professionals or home business entrepreneurs, sometimes it's easy to lose site of WHY we're in such an eager pursuit of success in the first place.
Maybe it's time to unshackle ourselves in the midst of it all to fully enjoy the experiences of our lives and businesses just a bit more.
Where can we find more freedom in this society of exponentially increasing "busyness"… living amidst the neck-wrenching blur of technology and the relentless pursuit of achievements completed? I wonder if our sometimes hyper-vigilant drive, our over-focus on the end result and our chronic, frenetic "busyness" is actually SLOWING down our path to fulfilling our hearts desires?
Isn't it really supposed to be about feeling joy along the journey every day?
Well, maybe it's just time to dance.
Check out this fun video and see if you can't find a little bit more room for dancing and joy in your precious days.
(Watch for my two favorites from Tonga and Gurgaon, India towards the middle!)
We truly are all ONE. Do you feel it?
With love and gratitude,
PS let me what you thought in the comments area… if it struck you like it did me! Tell us how you experience JOY in your days.