Archive for May, 2013
Spring is here! I don’t know what it’s like where you live, but here in the UK it is just gorgeous! The weather is amazing, and everything is so green.
Have you done your spring cleaning yet? This is a great time to not only clean out your garage or attic, organize your home, and clean your car, but you can also save a lot of money and even make money in the process!
We are in the season of fresh and new things, so today I want to share a few fresh ideas with you to help you make the most of your spring cleaning:
Have a garage sale. As you’re cleaning your house, sorting through the clutter that has accumulated over the last year, and organizing the garage, use this opportunity to get rid of the things you no longer use. Have the kids grown out of their clothes and shoes? What about the boxes of “someday” clothes in the attic? (You know, the ones you will fit into again ‘someday’…) Do you have extra tools lying around that never get used? You can even get together with several other families and have a huge multi-family garage sale! This is a great way to make some quick cash AND rid your home of all the clutter.
Step away from the car wash! Steer clear of the automatic carwash places. You have soap, old rags, and a water hose at home – USE THEM! This is a fun thing for the whole family to do together. (Can anyone say, ‘water fight’???) Take advantage of the nice weather. Get outside and get some fresh air, and mark that task off your list at the same time.
Keep those coins! As you’re cleaning under the couch cushions and the bottom of the closets and behind the washer and dryer, hold on to those coins you find. You may think, “What’s a few pennies here and there?” but believe me, they add up! Cash in those coins and pay off some of your debt, or put them in your holiday fund.
Those may seem like 3 very small things that may not matter that much. But here’s what most people get wrong when it comes to money: They think they have to wait to pay off their debt until they can do it all at once. They think they have to make huge changes or no changes at all. They think the small changes or actions are insignificant, so they don’t make them.
But the TRUTH is, small, simple steps lead to big results. If you wait until you make more money or you win the lottery, or you can afford to pay off all your debt at once, you will stay broke and in debt the rest of your life.
So choose today to make the small changes. Choose to follow the tips I gave you today. And I would really love to hear your best spring cleaning tips as well – especially if they will help others save money or make money! You can leave your comments here.
It would also be great to spread this around your community. These days, everyone is looking for ways to save money, and these tips are some very easy ways to do that. Just forward this email, post this link on your social media platforms, and let’s help our families, colleagues, and neighbours get the most out of their spring cleaning this year!
Last week, I had a conversation with someone who was having a hard time with her manager at work. We’ve all had challenges like that before, where we seem to constantly bang heads with other people, whether it’s your spouse, kids, manager, or even your clients.
This particular individual was banging heads with her manager. I told her she needed to have a conversation with the manager. You know, it’s always so interesting to me that when someone has a problem with someone else, the last person they want to talk to is the person they’re banging heads with.
So I asked her if she knew what she needed to say, and she thought for a minute, and she said, “I should probably go directly to her, smile, sit & talk.” I said, “Yes, that’s probably a really good idea. I know the heart of your manager is FOR you. She wants to see you succeed. I also know your manager is probably harder on herself than she is anybody else. There is a way to communicate with her in a way that will bring harmony. As you work through this difficult spot in working with her, there’s going to be a great relationship that comes out of it. Trust is not developed during easy times. Trust is developed through the hard stuff.”
Do you realize that is the truth, ?
I said to this individual, “Tell me why you trust me.” She said, “Because you’ve helped me through some really hard stuff. You loved me through the hard stuff, and you didn’t judge me for my mistakes, but you shared your mistakes.” I told her, “Exactly! That is why you trust me!”
It is not in the happy, easy times that we build trust. We develop trust with other people through bad situations and things we don’t want to confront. As long as we’re confronting issues from the right heart and with the right mind, that’s when good relationships are built.
An easy way to understand complicated people
People can be complicated and hard to understand. Whether it’s your spouse, colleagues, clients, or children, confusion and miscommunications happen from time to time. The good news is there is an easy way to eradicate those communication breakdowns and create harmony instead.
People have it so backwards today. They think a good relationship means you never have an argument or a disagreement. That couldn’t be further from the truth! The truth is, a good relationship is built when you work through those times. It is built when you make it through the earthquake together. When you stick together through hard times, that’s when you see character come out. You get to see somebody’s heart and their motives, and trust is built through that.
So don’t be like most people, who believe a good relationship is always good, and everything is always perfect and everyone is happy all the time. That is a bunch of nonsense! That is a Disneyland fantasy – NOT a reality. People have that exact same mindset about money – “I hope to get lucky someday. All the rich people just got lucky and got the good jobs and know all the right people.” You have fun with that belief system, but don’t be surprised when you end up broke at 65.
If you want good, solid relationships in your life, and you want to be able to trust other people and yourself, you’ve got to get the skills that help you confront issues in order to bring restoration.
A lot of people don’t know how to confront conflicts.
You can start with the content I sent you today. Choose not to throw in the towel and give up on the challenging relationships in your life, whether they are work-related or personal. Instead, take steps in the right direction to build trust and bring restoration to those relationships.
In fact, it would be very wise for you to share this message with a few people today. We all know people who are banging heads with someone else – you know, the ones who call you and say, “, I just don’t know what to do about So-and-So. They’re driving me crazy!” Just forward this email to them! Or you can even print it out and physically hand it to them. You may even want to post this link on Facebook and Twitter. (Come on, social media is always full of people complaining about other people. This is your chance to spread some GOOD news on Facebook for a change!)
I would also really love to know your thoughts about today’s Daily Thought. Have you ever experienced what I shared today? Have you pushed through challenging times in your relationships and built trust along the way? Are you going through that right now? I would love to know. You can leave your comments here.
You see, in order to succeed in anything – your business or career, paying off your debt, growing your finances, family, traveling, helping orphans – commitment is a requirement. Success demands commitment. If you are not committed, you will never succeed.
When people are not committed, it shows. People are often not committed to a business they are in. Sure, they might be committed for a little while, but as soon as they run into some trouble, they quit. Others have a dream to feed orphans or to supply clean water to the poor in other countries, yet months go by and they’ve done nothing to either give their time and money, or even to spread the message about the need.
A lot of people say they want to do something, but more often than not, they just don’t do what they say they’re going to do.
Here’s a quick test to determine whether or not you are committed: Do you complain? Complaining shows you are not committed. It shows you are not ‘all in’.
The truth is, if you are not ‘all in’ for succeeding in your business, other people around you know it – especially your prospects, customers, and co-workers. So think about it. Why in the world would they follow you if they know you’re not committed? They won’t, because they know you will eventually quit.
It’s time to go ALL IN for your business success!
Right now you’ve got a choice to make. You can dance around the line between amateur and professional, or you can step up and get equipped with the skills that will make you a true professional in your field (complete with a professional’s salary). It’s up to you.
If you are not committed in your marriage, you probably complain a lot about your spouse. If you complain about your spouse, it shows you have already taken one step in the wrong direction towards quitting on the marriage.
It’s the same with your kids. If you are fully committed to being the best parent you could possibly be, complaining is not an option. Success is the only option. Finding solutions to handle those very challenging times, from your toddlers all the way to your teens, and with everything from homework to keeping their rooms clean.
If you are not committed in your job, you complain about your boss, your co-workers, and the work you have to do. That is a sign of no commitment! And a lack of commitment will never lead to success.
Where there is no commitment, there is no ownership. Where there is no ownership, there is no success. Period, end of story.
So if you’re committed in your business, you’re not complaining that your customer isn’t buying, or about your employees or distributers. You’re finding solutions. You’re tracking your results and improving yourself and the business model. You’re looking to learn the skills you must learn in order to succeed. That’s what a committed person does.
But someone who is not committed simply complains until they sell themselves on quitting. Do you understand that complaining is a form of sales? It is selling yourself and others and making a case against the thing you said you wanted to succeed in.
You’ve got to stop complaining and start finding solutions. There are solutions all around you, right in front of you.
And here’s the thing about solutions: They may cost you money and time. And why? Because if it doesn’t cost you something, it has no value to you. And if it has no value to you, you will not impliment those important solutions. But when you have to put skin in the game and make an investment of time or money into learning the skills you need to implement the solutions that will bring you success, you are ‘all in’.
I bet you can think of times in your life when quitting was absolutely not an option. I’m sure you can think of times when you never even allowed your mind to entertain the thought of quitting. You refused to see the down-side of what you were doing because you were so focused on finding solutions.
The bottom line is, you will either think about solutions, or think about complaining. Only one will lead to success in your business, career, family, finances, and life. So keep your focus on solutions, and shut the door to the complaints that want to come out of your mouth.
Can you imagine if your entire office, all your employees or colleagues, your whole family, and every single one of your clients could grasp this concept? Do you see how that would completely change the dynamics of your work environment, your relationships, and your bank account?
Guess what – it’s really simple to get everyone on the same page. In fact, all you have to do is share this message you just finished reading. Forward this email, and share this link on Facebook and Twitter. It may even be wise to print this out and physically hand it to your colleagues, business partners, and clients today. If you are truly committed to helping your organization succeed, you must focus on finding solutions – and I just handed you a solution today.
Have a totally blessed day
I hear all the time about zombies in today’s entertainment and media. It seems to be a common joke and popular movie or book plotline that the zombie apocalypse is coming, and we all need to prepare! But would you believe it if I told you the zombies are already here? The fight for your brain has already begun!
And I am being serious. Think about it this way. When you were a child, what did you envision for your life? What did you want to do for work? Did you want to put on your suit and tie and go to work like your father, or did you plan to get rich quick and retire early on a remote beach?
As you’ve grown, your dreams and goals become smaller and smaller until even the huge career dreams you once had are reduced to settling for a paper pushing job. Because man, the economy is in a bad spot and jobs are few and far between. And man, you’ve got student loans, a mortgage, and all these other debts to pay off.
Right there, you just became a zombie! Your mindset has transformed into dead matter that no longer strives for success or has higher goals or visions for itself.
Never again work a job you hate…
It’s time to completely immunize yourself from the diseased economy. It’s time to take total control of your finances and your career.
Because here’s what happens… Life changes constantly and you may have ended up at a job or career that you didn’t plan for. But how do you treat that job? I know for a fact you either do this yourself or you have people in your office who act like this. You become a zombie! You come to work, clock in and out and put in the required amount of time and effort to stick around.
I hear it from both sides, . I’ve heard the dozens of excuses from employees complaining they can’t find good work and the economy is terrible. And on the flipside, I hear DOZENS – if not hundreds – of employers complaining they can’t find good employees!
Look, if you act like a zombie, your boss knows it. Your coworkers know it. They can probably smell you out from a mile away. And sure, some of them might even share brains with you at the lunch table. But that mentality is NOT going to help you reach your goals or obtain the career you’ve always wanted. It isn’t going to help you gain the referrals or promotions to move up or move on to better things. It will keep you exactly where you are.
I was stuck in debt and I started a business from my home selling make up products. Do you think that is what I envisioned for myself? Do you think that was my endgame? Heck no! But you have to be faithful with the little things. He is who faithful with the small things, will be made ruler over much.
Basically what that means is if you take responsibility for what you have in front of you, you will be given more responsibility. If you are taking full advantage of your career opportunities now, you will earn more! And it starts with changing your mentality.
When you adopt a zombie mentality, you limit yourself. You aren’t living and you aren’t dead. You’re not moving backwards, but you certainly aren’t moving forward either. You need to wake up! We all need to wake up! When you start putting 100% into everything you do, I guarantee you will see a change in your life. I guarantee you will see major growth in your life and your career opportunities.
Today I just want to encourage you, because you may not be where you expected in life. Maybe you’re where I used to be, utilizing what’s in front of you just so you aren’t homeless. But you need to know that’s okay. If you’re always being faithful with what you’re given, you won’t get stuck in that mindset!
I think today’s Daily Thought needs to be a topic in your lunch room, instead of complaining about the fax machine or all the things on your to-do list today. Your email is already open, so send it to your colleagues and friends now! We all need encouragement and sometimes that push to keep moving forward. Like and comment here, I want to know you’re alive and kicking!
There are millions of people who are drowning in debt and suffocating under financial pressure, and most blame the economy for their financial struggles. “I can’t get a job because of the economy!” “I can’t pay my bills because of the economy!” “I’m in debt because of the economy!”
But then there are lots of others experiencing outrageous success in the exact same economy. It raises the question – if the economy was truly to blame for either success or failure, then why isn’t everyone experiencing the same success or failure?
Are you ready for this? It’s not the economy! It’s you. Those succeeding in this economy are obviously doing something completely different than the ones who are failing. They know that it’s never the circumstances that determine success in life – it’s how you deal with the circumstances.
What do circumstances have to do with all of this? Here’s the deal. You can either use the economy as an excuse and do what the other 98% of the population is doing – sit back and hope for the economy to change. OR you can become part of this 2% or people who is figuring out how to make themselves more valuable by learning how to thrive in any economy.
There’s a very simple principle I learned when I first got into business, and that is the marketplace pays for value. That principle has helped me, as well as hundreds of thousands of people to succeed in a downtime market. My clients have gotten giant raises, bonuses, and promotions in their jobs, and their businesses have exploded, all because they have increased their value.
I know you’re saying, “HOW can I increase my value?” It’s easy… The only way to increase your value is to increase your skill. It’s NOT about your personality, your looks, where you were born, your family, or your background. It’s your skill.
There are 3 skill sets that make you valuable in any economy – professional skills, people skills, and leadership development skills. All of these skill sets will increase your value and your income.
Professional skills. Whether you are a doctor, estate agent, mechanic, waitress, teacher, home business owner, or customer service rep, you must know the basics of your profession. You must be willing to learn new, specialized skills. The difference in a professional and an amateur is your skill.
People skills. People are everywhere! You work with them, live with them, buy things from them, and sell things to them. And where does money come from? People! If you learn more about people than you do anything else, you will be unusually successful. If you learn great people skills, you will attain income security. Those who do not have people skills are usually the first to be laid off.
Personal development & leadership skills. People with high leadership skills have extremely high influence and high value in the marketplace. They are consistently working on improving themselves, and they raise up other leaders. They have a “no excuse” mindset. They focus on producing results. They do not let circumstances define their success, but they take personal responsibility to create their own success.
It’s time to stop using the economy as an excuse. Because the reality is, if you do the same thing you’ve always done, you’ll get the same thing you’ve always gotten. So you have to take your skills to the next level. If you want to truly succeed in this economy, you’ve got to master professional skills, people skills, and personal development and leadership skills.
Go ahead and take a few minutes right now to evaluate your skill levels in these 3 areas. (How will you know where you stand? Look at the result – your income.) If you would like to increase your income, grow your business, get promoted in your job, and finally get out of debt and on your way to financial independence in 2013, this is where you must start.
Before I sign off for today, would you please help me with something? It’s no secret that people around the world are struggling financially. You have in front of you today a message that will equip people to pull themselves out of a financial pit. And all we have to do is get the message to them. So please just send this to them today!
Have a great day