028 Information Overload

Got too much going on in your head as you’re trying to master a new process? Here’s a simple approach to ending information overload. Standard Podcast [ 5:14 ] Play Now | Play in Popup | Download Information Overload Anytime you start a new process you work on learning/mastering the steps. But that’s the problem there are steps and there are multiple instructors with multiple methods. Chances are high that if you decide to to do something like… “start an email marketing list for my blog” that you will… 1. Buy a course or several to help you. 2. Get confused with all the technology and steps. All of that will hit your brain, which will see no linear process, so it will shut down and block you from moving forward because “I don’t know where to start.” Here’s how you ease information overload and start moving forward in peace. #1 What do you want to accomplish? #2 What can be done later? #3 What’s the ONE thing to be done now? (First step.) #4 What are the instructions for getting from where you are to that ONE thing? #5 Can that be simplified even further? Example… To “start an email marketing list for my blog” you need an autoresponder service that allows you to capture, store and market using their system. There are about 20 steps to get up and running completely. BUT the ONLY step to do first is open an account. You do NOT need to worry about a widget when you don’t even have an account, right? I can’t tell you the number of people...

How to Start Your Day

They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I’m not sure about that. All meals feel important to me! Heck, I’m not even finished with a meal, and I’m thinking about the next one. (I know, I know, first world problems.) The reason folks say breakfast is the most important is because it’s First Fuel. Nutrition controls our energy and emotion. (Ask any of my friends and they will tell you that a snack changes my mood!) While we can argue about the most important meal, I do believe there are two most important times of your day. The start and finish. And of those two, the start is the most important. How we begin our day impacts the rest of the day. If we are haphazard or unfocused or just going through the motions – it’s a lot easier for our day to get disrupted and “ruined.” How to Start Your Day Right 01 : Control Thoughts & Actions What are your first thoughts in the morning? What are the first few things you do? You need to control those because they can highly impact the rest of your day. You want thoughts and actions that push the ignition on your day. 02 : Create a Sequence You probably follow a morning routine. A routine that formed itself over time. It wasn’t designed by you; it’s the default setting of your life. Hmmmm… that’s not good. Even if you only create a 5 minute routine it will be worth it. At minimum write down the first thought and the first thing you want to...

Simple Questions

You can start right now by honestly assessing your business and your life by asking yourself these questions… 1. What gets too much attention? Is there some area where you seem to spend a lot of time, attention and other resources? One common problem is that people tend to spend too much time focusing on things that bring them the smallest results. In other words, they tend to focus on time-consuming, low- value tasks, which means they neglect the high-value task. Example #1: Email. Whether you’re looking at your personal inbox or your business inbox, you probably get a lot of email. And you probably spend a lot of time reading it, thinking about it, and replying to it. However, chances are this is a low value task for you, especially if you’re simply dealing with customer inquiries that someone else would be perfectly capable of handling. Example #2: Another problem is that these low-value tasks often seem to be urgent. You see that email coming in and you feel like you need to drop everything and answer it. Again, by giving a low-value task (like email) too much attention, you’re likely to run out of time to do your high-value tasks (like marketing). 2. What area needs more attention? Usually this is fairly easy to determine, because it’s the area where you’re getting poor results or something seems to be missing. You might feel like you’re spinning your wheels in a certain area, or maybe it seems like your progress has stalled. Chances are, this is because you’ve neglected a certain area. 3. Where should you focus your...

How to T.W.E.A.K. Your Way to Success

Tell me, what do you do after a win of any kind? You probably celebrate, right? That’s great. But if you want to rack up even more wins in your future, then you also need to take a moment and analyze your successes. Of course this goes for your failures too. You can’t just shrug off your disappointments and say, “Well that was some bad luck.” Instead, you need to reflect on them… and grow strong and better as a result of them. How? By learning how to T.W.E.A.K. your way to big success with these five steps: T – TAKE Inventory W – WEIGH Options E – ELIMINATE Waste A – ASK for Help K – KEEP Moving Let’s look at each of these components in more detail… 1. TAKE Inventory This is something you need to do on a regular basis. You might take inventory of your past week, a project you just wrapped up, or even take inventory of what’s happened in the last month. Basically, you ask yourself two questions: What went right? What went wrong? Both of those questions are important. If you’re only focusing on what went right, you’re just setting yourself up to make the same mistakes next time. And if you only focus on what went wrong, you’ll totally overlook taking the steps that made this particular project or time period so successful. 2. WEIGH Options Your next step is to take a good look at the mistakes you identified in step 1. You now need to figure out what you can do better and how you can avoid making this...

Rule Your Results #4 : Control Your Reactions

Review… Law #1: Control your time. Law #2: Control your thoughts. Law #3: Control your actions. New… Rule Your Results: Law #4 – Control Your Reactions. 020 Rule Your Results 4 : Control Your Action Play Now | Play in Popup | Download We’ve been talking about controlling YOUR time, thoughts and actions. But you can’t control everything. You certainly cannot control people. There’s no telling what those crazy folks might say or do! “You’re wanting to do what? Make money on the internet? Have you lost your mind?” “You’re wanting to lose weight and shape up? Didn’t you have that same goal last year?” “Quit dreaming and get a real job.” “Look, maybe you just need to face reality.” How do you react to stuff like that? Do you… Think they are right? Get angry and want to prove them wrong? Wonder why they pick on you? Wipe a tear and then think about giving it all up? Control, control, control all of that. But often the enemy isn’t “out there” and might not even be “them.” Sometimes the enemy is a lot closer. Right inside our own heads (that’s why controlling thoughts is so important). Sometimes it’s the bright red “hot donuts now” sign at Krispy Kreme (that’s why we control our actions). Sometimes it’s one more slap on the snooze button (that’s why we control our time). And if your head, a donut or sleep wins… then there’s a tiny, subtle reaction that can take place. It’s dangerous too. It’s called the “OK” reaction. OK creates a false belief. A way of convincing ourselves that this...