February 28, 2012
Just wanted to share this with you — a good article on how to utilize your great content to draw new clients to your door!!
February 28, 2012
Of all the things that can trip us up in our quest to be fully-realized human beings, the toughest one may be inside your own head. That negative self-talk can rip the guts out of a perfectly innocent encounter or put a choke hold on your creativity. My top tip? Love what you do
That’s it. Love what you do. Do your tasks with love. If you have this mindset, you will no longer feel the tasks as chore. Instead they will be something you happily do. They will befun.
To really see the awesome power of this one, lone idea: look to your life for examples. Remember when you did something just completely, 100% for the love of it?? Remember how that felt now….and keep it growing. This feeling is the energy that can and will envelop anything and everything you do — as long as you hold that feeling. I know, I know…there are plenty of things out there you simply have to do or even hate to do….but, what if you could just remember this feeling and let it flow? Might those less-loved tasks take on a better and shinier glow? Yep. Thought so.
You may think this is a crazy exercise but try it. For one week, bring love and this feeling to everything. Notice the difference in how you perform. The tasks will flow much easier if you’re not dragging yourself to them, kicking and screaming.
Now, how can we change our mindset to love what we do? I wish I could give you many tips on this, but the more I think about it the more I realize that all the tips I think of boil down to just one:
Replace your negative self-talk with positive one
It all begins with our mind. We love something because we have positive self-talk about it and we don’t like something because we have negative self-talk about it. For instance, for something we love we may say something like:
- I love it.
- It’s exciting.
- I can’t wait to do it.
On the other hand, for something we don’t like we may say something like:
- It’s boring
- It’s difficult
- I wish I don’t have to do this.
Can you see the difference?
1. Find something positive about the task
Each task can teach you something. For example, putting together my receipts and tax information. I do believe this is one of the most universally disliked tasks. However, this task feels good to me because I am feeling organized and getting things straight instead of hiding from it. Try it!
2. Watch your self-talk
Our self-talk may run automatically that we barely notice. But, if you take closer look, you will recognize the kind of self-talk you have. So don’t just do things on autopilot. Watch your thoughts and identify the kind of self-talk you have.
3. Use negative self-talk as trigger for positive one
When you notice that negative self-talk takes place in your mind, use it as a trigger to initiate positive self-talk. You already find positive things about the task (from step 1 above), so you can start using them to say something positive about the task in your mind.
4. Be persistent
Replacing negative self-talk with positive one takes time, so be persistent along the way until you startliking the task. Perhaps it hasn’t yet been love, but liking is a good start. When you have positive attitude toward a task, you will see that your productivity improves.
As you may have guessed, or already understand, these tips don’t just happen – and nor do they stick around if you don’t practice them. Keep at it — and the many benefits you reap will be beyond your imagination.
February 25, 2012
Actual story used in discussion with client today: “Two wise men came into a village where the natives believed that watermelons were a sign of the Devil.
The first wise man tried to convince them of the error of their ways. They called him a heretic and killed him.
The second said, ‘how interesting. Why do you think that?’ and he discussed the possible virtues of watermelons for months. Eventually, the natives realized their folk wisdom was superstition and they dropped it. The wise man became king.” Use it as you wish.
February 23, 2012
I love the quote from Henry Ford, “If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.” SO right.
This is particularly on-target when it comes to building something that takes a long and sustained effort — like building a business. And it has not escaped my attention that I, just as my clients, am very susceptible to the winds of confidence. Being an entrepreneur is not so much about the business, though….it really is about the frame of mind you have to have to do that sort of thing. The ability to weather anxiety, insecurity and the nagging thoughts: am I doing the right thing?
It seems to me – and this is just my two cents – that if you believe a thing to be true, and can see it being true, it’s much more likely to BECOME true. This is just as true with the positive things as the negative ones. So – what say we stop proving that a thing is true (I have few clients, the bank account is dwindling and my confidence is crumbling) and start proving the positive to be true (I have great clients, my bank account is building and my powerful ideas are building) and just call it TRUE, huh? Take a stab at being absolutely 100% positive you are on a “mission from God” to share your talents with the world and what do you bet – the road rises up to meet you in that completely light-filled glorious space.
February 21, 2012
Like most of us, I started out my working life learning. I was hired by a TV station to be the new weekend producer and after one weekend of training with the previous weekend producer – who was now the 11pm producer – I was on my own. It was the kind of job that went by you like a freight train on fire. But – you learned.
The next thing that happened was I “did”. For many years, I wrote, ran tapes, edited stories, assigned reporters to cover stories and managed the “children”. I was a doer. Next thing you know, I am teaching. Teaching the next weekend producer who came in when I was promoted. And so it goes.
Each of us are a combination of doers and teachers – which one do you like best? If you can zero in on which makes you the happiest, perhaps this is a bit of knowledge you can follow – right into a new career.
Are you a teacher or a doer? If you’re a doer, you’ll probably charge by the hour – if you’re a teacher, you’ll charge by the lesson. Think about it.
February 17, 2012
I know most of you – if you’re anything like my clients – are overwhelmed by the new social media marketing options. And that’s on a good day. So – let’s really throw you in the deep end — VIDEO.
Before you get scared — you can do it. It’s NOT painful. You won’t lose consciousness. AND – best of all – you can do it YOURSELF.
But why, MJTVgirl? Why are you killing me with more “to do’s” on my already huge marketing to do list?
Well, because. It’s literally 50x more effective at getting your website to the top of the Google search engine. That’s why. And – it’s a great way to broaden your reach, engage your clients, customers and potential customers; AND (breathe) it’s really helpful in starting and engaging brand new people in your conversation.
So….want to get started? Check out my video on video….of course
February 17, 2012
Many thanks to Darla LaDoux for this gem of wisdom.
When I sit down with my clients, I ask them “who is your perfect client”. After working through a few “must haves” we usually get to “my perfect client is one who can afford…..”
Stop right there.
I’ve got news. They can never afford you. I don’t care what business you are in – if you are selling a product or a service, or if it is cheap or expensive. No one is sitting around with a pile of money that they are waiting to spend with you.
It’s only when they connect with the benefit of what you are selling in a way that is beyond a transaction that they will be willing to invest. They buy for their reasons Do you know the reasons your prospects buy from you? What is the bigger “why,” that is the true benefit in their life? If you design websites, what does your client really get from you? Is it more sales and profit? Is it the peace of mind that comes from finally getting it off their to-do list? Is it personal pride and enthusiasm about their brand that really drives them even more than money? You’ve got to know the motivation of your people. When you describe your ideal client, it should never be about what they can afford. It needs to be about what they believe.