The time you waste each day will shock you

clock“Just one more minute,” is often the dialogue people have with themselves as they check their emails for the umpteen time in a day or hop on their favorite social media site to read the latest joke, update or watch a short video.

Several hours later they realize they blew yet another would-be productive day. Then they wonder why they’re not making the kind of money they want to.

In any given day there are ample things vying for your attention. Most of which are not producing notable results.

Recently I wrote a blog post about what I refer to as the Hour of Power. http://www.powerupforprofits.com/2014/06/quit-lying-to-yourself.html

This came from me realigning how powerful it is to put the first hour of my day aside to monetize my business. I tasked my high end clients with implementation of the Hour of Power. The results many received were nothing short of amazing.

One client increased the value of a five figure contract three fold. Another signed a tidy five figure client. Another got several revenue generating projects done in record time.

If you’re not as productive as you want to be isn’t it time to get honest about how you’re spending your time?

Try this… for a the next three days don’t go onto your favorite social media site first thing in the morning. Avoid checking emails first thing in the morning. Don’t watch any fun animal videos first thing in the morning.

Nope. Rather than doing something that sucks your time from you use the most productive hour of your day to monetize your business.

This would include:

  • Calling potential clients
  • Working on a giveaway designed to build your list
  • Creating a landing page for a complimentary teleseminar
  • Writing a series of emails leading potential subscribers to one of your giveaways
  • Writing an email message that creates value for your subscribers
  • Recording a short training video that will benefit your clients

You will be amazed at the results you get when you focus on those activities that create results rather than watching your day dwindle away due to activities that produce no results whatsoever.

Usually I have one or two people write and say, “My most productive hour is not first thing in the morning. This would be a waste of my time.”

If the first hour is not the best hour to choose, pick another. And rather than immediately discounting the process in order to hold onto your unproductive ways, why not give it an honest effort? You WILL be surprised at the results if you are sincere about what you’re doing.

Not sure where your time is going? Keep a time log for a few days and mark down every activity as well as how much time you spend on each. You’ll likely be shocked at what you’re actually doing (or not doing) that is minimizing your success.

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The #1 reason you’re not succeeding

accountabilityHow often do you say you’re going to do something, or for that matter, not do something and within a short period of time you forget you what you said?

This happens frequently with the goals we set. We say, “Today is the day! Today I will…”

  • Not eat sugar
  • Walk a mile first thing in the morning
  • Call five prospects
  • Clean out the junk drawer
  • Be kinder to my children
  • Put the first hour of my business day aside to work on a client proposal
  • Write a blog post every day for the next three days

In reality, most of what we say we are going to do is what we’ve been tolerating. The change happens for a short period of time and then we move right back into our old behaviors. This is especially true if we conveniently avoid telling anyone about the change we want to make.

It’s easier to lie to ourselves if we keep our “today I will” goals to ourselves. We’ve tolerated something for so long we fail to realize just how much we continue to justify behaviors that sabotage our success.

One of the best ways to accomplish what you say you want is to have checks and balances to hold yourself accountable.

There are a few ways to do this. First, get really clear on what you are tolerating and why you must make a change. It usually takes more than just saying you want to make a change.

If you simply say you want to accomplish something, it’s likely you will buckle under because you don’t have enough leverage on yourself.

A strong point of leverage is to identify the big “why” of your outcome. Why do you want to give up sugar? Why do you want to walk a mile first thing in the morning? Why do you want to call five prospects every day? Why….. ( you fill in the blank)?

The next thing that assures you will stick with your goal is to have an accountability partner. It’s amazing how powerful this can be.

By having someone you check in with on a regular basis you tend to stick with things for a longer period of time.

However, you need to make sure your accountability partner is someone who is not going to listen to your excuses.

mentorOften, your accountability partner can be a mentor or coach. This may require you pay for their guidance.

Something else that assures greater success in achieving your outcome is to write down what you want and track your progress. This allows you to measure your success.

If you don’t measure what you are doing how will you know exactly what your progress is? 

The main thing to do is get really honest with yourself. Quit justifying a behavior that no longer serves you. 

Look at your life on all levels; physically, professionally, emotionally and spiritually. Is it where you want it to be? Have you been blaming outside forces as to why you are where you’re at or have you been taking full responsibility for where your life is at?

With 2014 beyond the halfway mark, have you accomplished what you set out to accomplish this year? Will you achieve what you wanted by year’s end?

If yes, congratulations. You’re among a very small percentage of people who will do so. 

If not, what do you need to change to move closer to the outcome you set? 

Only you can know what the truth is. And only you can get completely honest with what needs to happen to live the life you know you are capable of. 

If it means enlisting the help of others, what will it take for you to finally do so? Isn’t it time to live fully and reach your greatest potential?

If not now, when? If not you, who?

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Likely the most powerful marketing strategy ever

marketYour most powerful marketing strategy is often the most underutilized. It is you. That’s right. Your experiences, point of view and perspective are the best marketing messages you have.

Often people try to be someone or something they are not. They fear that if people really know who they are they won’t be liked.

Here’s the rub; even if you try to be someone you think everyone will like, you will have those who don’t like who you are pretending to be.

The most powerful step you can take is to bring yourself to the equation as much as possible.

Will there be those who don’t like you for who you are? Absolutely. Does it matter? Only you can determine that.

But imagine this… when you are fully who you are, living in your truth, you never have to wonder if you are saying or doing anything that is not congruent with who you know yourself to be.

Today, more than ever, we have the resources available to reach our community of people who appreciate us for who we are.

We are also able to more fully impact the lives of others simply by virtue of all the resources available such as social media.

You no longer need to wait to express your perspective. You can do so through any number of social networks, your blog, a podcast show and Blog Talk Radio to name just a few avenues.

The only question that remains to be answered is this, “What will it take for you to step fully into who you are and speak your truth? The truth that will not only set you free but impact the lives of so many men and women who are eager to hear your message.”

koolRecently, I shared an important message called, “Don’t Drink the KoolAid” on my podcast show. See if you are drinking the KoolAid and what to do about it if you are. Click here.

Live fully, live passionately, live in gratitude.

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Host an Expert Series; A great way to reach more buyers and make more money

Looking to increase your market reach, increase your visibility and credibility?

Enter an expert series. Working with experts is a great way to gain instant credibility, penetrate a large market, and generate revenues. It’s also a great list building process. By partnering with the right experts for your market it is more likely to build a responsive list. A responsive list equates to more sales of your offerings.

As you position your expertise, you increase your opportunities on many levels, and other experts become extremely willing to work with you.

It’s actually much easier than most people realize to find experts who are willing to join in on a series, especially if you position the opportunity as a win/win for all parties involved.

Who to Interview
Interview anyone your market is interested in learning from. You can survey your market to find out who those people are. Put together an “expert wish list.” When you have three to twelve experts on your list, begin to contact them.

Experts Abound
Virtually any industry has experts who would be happy to be interviewed. Considerations should be:

*Who has something to offer your market?

* Who can you share markets with?

*Who would be willing to let you use the material for a product?

Finding Experts
There are countless places to find experts. They can be as close as your own backyard. Start here:

  • Your own circle of influence
  • Your social networks
  • Forums
  • Web search

A great way to find experts to partner with is at conferences. Whether you approach the coordinator, a speaker, or an attendee, nothing can compare with this kind of networking. However, it’s absolutely essential to respect their time and space. It can be very frustrating for a speaker to be approached by countless individuals who “just want five minutes of your time to pass an idea by” during a conference. The best approach is to introduce yourself, get the other person’s card, and contact them after the event if they appear to be pressed for time. You are likely to get much farther this way.

Repurposing Interview Content
It’s one thing to interview someone and something completely different to get the word out about it. An expert interview is a great opportunity to repurpose information in these ways:

  • Sell recordings of the interview.
  • Sell transcripts of the interview.
  • Be an affiliate seller of your guest’s material.
  • Sell e-reports written from the transcript.

You can develop a free or for-sale product from the interview. Base your decision on your overall goals. If you have a relatively small opt-in list, a free offer can increase the size of your list.

If you plan on selling any of these products, make sure the expert knows about it. You can add it to your written agreement. You can offer your guest a high percentage of whatever you make from these information products. If they will draw a large number of buyers, this is a great option. Keep in mind that you will need to market the products.

There is really no limit to repurposing an expert interview. It’s a matter of how creative you are willing to get.

One of the most common types of expert series is a telesummit. A telesummitis a virtual online conference that offers a lineup of a variety of speakers over a few days or several weeks.

There are other types of expert series such as hosting one expert a week on a teleseminar or webinar for a specified or indefinite period of time. Over a period of time you build a following with those who have an interest in the speakers you host.

One of the main reasons to host an expert series, regardless of the format, is to position your own status as an expert. Many an unknown person became quickly well-known due to bringing top experts to their market through an expert series. You build relationships with top people who can catapult you to a very visible position. When you share the virtual stage with leading experts, it is assumed you, too, are a leading expert.

There’s no reason you can’t benefit from hosting your own telesummit or weekly expert series. The only way to find out is to do it.

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When are you going to quit lying to yourself?

lieToday I received a message from a new client who hired me to help her get on track with growing her service based business. Her greatest challenge is knowing how to streamline her efforts to accomplish more in a shorter period of time.

Like many people, she is busy all day long, but not necessarily productive.

There’s a saying, “In order for things to change, I must change.”

A primary reason people hire a coach is to change the way they are doing things to be much more productive.

If you hire a coach and continue to do things the same way you’re wasting your time and money.

With productivity in mind, I recently tasked a few of my clients to keep track of their daily activities for a period of one week with the focus on the first hour of their workday. I call this the Hour of Power.

The Hour of Power, when used right, can be an incredibly productive time for you. During this hour you do only those things that monetize your business. What this simply means is this; any activity during this hour results in bringing money into your business.

  • Lead generation
  • Follow up on leads
  • Product creation
  • Email promotions
  • Proposal writing
  • Product launch

The process can be somewhat tricky. This is where complete honesty comes in. You must quit lying to yourself.

For example, if someone is always in the product creation phase, but never launches, then product creation is a time waster rather than a good use of time.

Another example is when someone uses their phone calling time to touch base with family and friends. Nope! That’s not what the Hour of Power is used for.

Recently, one client proudly sent me her list of what she did during her first Hour of Power. She had at the top of the list, “Catch up with my Facebook messages.”

“That is NOT a productive use of time,” I immediately told her.

Why? Because nothing was done to bring money into her business. What she did was create busy work, not money-generating activities.

Here’s the deal; building a successful business takes discipline. Anyone who tells you otherwise is likely not running a successful business.

There are things you have to be willing to let go of and other activities you absolutely must incorporate into what you do on a daily basis.

Ready to implement your own Hour of Power?

1. Commit to an Hour of Power for the next three days. The reason it is only three days is to make it manageable. If you commit to much more than that you might convince yourself it is more than you can do.

2. Spend the first hour of your day 100% focused on revenue generating activities. This means you do nothing for that hour but what’s in front of you to make money. No email, no social media, no watching cute videos, nothing.

3. You may need to set your alarm to get up an hour earlier than usual in order to complete your Hour of Power activities.

4. Keep track of what you accomplished over the three days during your Hour of Power.

By starting your day with only those activities that add revenue to your bottom line, you will be amazed at how quickly things can (and will) change. But again, you must be completely honest about what you are doing.

It’s a matter of letting go of the time wasters (and being really honest about that) and incorporating money makers.

If you’re not sure you will stick with it, enlist the help of an accountability buddy. Still not sure? Then maybe you’re not serious about wanting things to change and you’d prefer to keep lying to yourself.

Where do you find yourself lying about how productive you are? What needs to change for you?

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Self-Published Books Can Create Multiple Streams of Revenue – But Readers Need to Know they Exist

amazonIn the past becoming a self-published author was a very different experience from what it is today. There were many obstacles that are no longer limitations for today’s self-published authors.

Not only was the process much more cumbersome than it is today, there was no such thing as Kindle, Nook or Apple iBooks.

An author was limited to publishing physical books. Add to that minimum purchase requirements with offset printing of thousands of books, and often it was a recipe for disaster for many aspiring authors.

It usually meant the author’s spare room or garage was filled with boxes of books that were destined to remain there for years because most authors had no plan for marketing and sales.

One of the greatest opportunities happened when digital printing came on the horizon.

Digital printing initially meant professional printing where an author could do small runs of their books. There was a higher cost per page compared to offset printing, but for authors on a limited budget, it was a great way to go. This still required an author to store the books.kindle

In the late nineties, we didn’t have the resources we do today such as POD—print on demand. Amazon.com released the first Kindle reader on November 19, 2007.

One of the most revolutionary changes happened when print-on-demand options, such as Lulu and CreateSpace came on the horizon.

There is no storage whatsoever required if an author sells his or her books through online bookstores like Amazon.

With these new technologies came lots of opportunities for authors from every genre. Yet, one huge challenge still existed—selling books.

Countless authors have not understood nor have they been willing to take responsibility for sales of their books. Many still believe all they need to do is get a book to market and somehow readers will find it. Nothing could be further from the truth.

As with physical books, it is necessary for authors to take control of marketing their books, regardless of the chosen format.

In the past few years, online book launches have become very popular. In the late nineties a few progressive marketers gathered together dozens (even hundreds) of joint-venture partners, who would help spread the word about the author’s book.

In trade for promoting the book, the partners would offer an ethical bribe in hopes of getting lots of opt-in subscribers. Launches came and went in one day. There was a big hurrah for 24 hours but then things fizzled out.

Although an author could feasibly sell hundreds, even thousands, of books with a one-day launch, most had no plan for what came next.

Additionally, most book buyers are no longer interested in a bunch of useless bonus gifts they will never use. Today’s reader would much rather get a quality book. Bonuses can still work, but fewer are better, and they absolutely need to be a high complement to the topic of the book.

Today, more than ever, an author needs a more sophisticated approach to a book launch. Not only does the author need to plan for what I refer to as a rolling launch, but to get the greatest result, the launch needs to begin as much as 6-12 months before the book-release date.

A rolling launch simply means it is ongoing and has more benefit than simply being able to say the book hit bestseller on Amazon.com and BN.com for a day.

Fortunately, many authors are finally realizing that in order to have a successful book launch they need a long- term view for the success of their book. Below are a few considerations for your own book launch.

To get the most out of your book promotions it is best to have a three-pronged approach.

  • Prelaunch
  • Launch
  • Post Launch

Your prelaunch efforts should be to build a community of potential buyers. You can do this by being highly visible on social networks, building your opt-in subscriber list, submitting articles to various online article directories, guest blogging and interviews.

Your launch will include many of the same aspects as a prelaunch but now you are driving traffic to either an online book store or your own website.

Post launch is where you create other opportunities for readers to invest in other products and services you offer.

To get the most out of your efforts you need to identify your ideal readers.

  • Who are they?
  • Where do they hang out?
  • Forums
  • Social networks
  • Blogs
  • Magazines
  • Radio programs

You should also prepare as much of the following as possible:

  • Media releases
  • Interviews opportunities
  • Blog posts for your blog and guest blogging opportunities
  • Articles for your ezine
  • Book video trailer
  • Affiliate partners who will promote your book with an up sell opportunity on the back end.
  • Optimize your profile on all your social-media platforms
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Slideshare
  • Goodreads
  • Pinterest
  • Images, videos, presentations to be dripped out during launch
  • YouTube videos – Develop a series of videos with tips that tie into your book.
  • Slideshare can be huge for a book launch.

If your goal is to simply write a book and get it listed on Amazon then you need not do much else other than write and publish the book. However, if your goal is to make money from your writing and generate multiple streams of revenue then you absolutely must have an extremely strategic approach to all you do.

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Be the Change – Cherif Medawar

Cherif MedawarAfter 20 years of successful real estate investing, Cherif started his own Real Estate Fund in California in 2009, www.MIGSIF.com. His focus is on high-end residential properties and distressed commercial real estate opportunities from retail to hotels nationwide.

Between Cherif’s personal portfolio and his Hedge Fund holding, Cherif manages over $100 Million Dollars in capital and assets.

In 1999, Cherif also founded and continues to operate a training and investment company, www.CMREI.com. The main focus is providing high net worth investors and companies with opportunities to work with his fund.

Through his entities and his team of professional advisors, Cherif assists high-income individuals and companies with methods to take full advantage of the best US Congress Tax incentives. Cherif also provides high net worth investors with the Ultimate Asset Protection Structure.

His passion and depth of knowledge in the world of business and investing are second to none.

Enjoy his insights on Power Up for Profits Podcast. http://powerupforprofitspodcast.com/041-cherif-medawar-be-the-change/

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Does Crowd Funding work?

Does crowd funding work?6

Let’s start with defining crowd funding;
crowd•fund•ing
ˈkroudˌfəndiNG/
noun
noun: crowdfunding; noun: crowd-funding

1.    the practice of funding a project or venture by raising many small amounts of money from a large number of people, typically via the Internet.

Although I’ve contributed to a few funding projects, I’ve never sponsored one… until now.
Actually, I’ve been curious how it would be to start a project and now I get to find out.

4Anyone who knows me knows one of my greatest passions is animal rescue. The crowd funding project, Vet bills and feed for 3 rescued horses, we hope to raise at least $1,000 to offset costs associated with the recent rescue outside of Eugene, Oregon.

The three horses desperately need funding for veterinarian care and feed. They were seized from an abusive owner on June 7, 2014.  http://www.gofundme.com/a19ia4

To give you an idea of how bad their health is, a healthy horses body score is 10. The three horses rescued were at a 1/2, 1 and 1. They are barely surviving and with your help can be well on the road to a healthy life.

Emerald Valley Equine Rescue is caring for the horses. Emerald Valley Equine Rescue is a non-profit organization dedicated to the care, rehabilitation and placement of abused, neglected and unwanted equine. The mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and place these animals in new, approved homes.

You can visit the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Emerald-Valley-Equine-Assistance-Horse-Rescue-EVEAHR/125513637499731?id=125513637499731&sk=info

The goal is to raise at least $1,000 to offset the many upcoming expenses that will be incurred.  Of course, more is better, but we wanted to start with something that WILL make a difference. To learn more and donate go to http://www.gofundme.com/a19ia4

I would love to know that crowd funding will work for these horses. With your help, it will.

Please hit the share buttons to help spread the word about this campaign. We are donating 100% of what we raise from this.

Please share your best Crowd Funding ideas as far as spreading the word and raising the money we hope to.

Do NOT put links to any other Crowd Funding projects as we are really wanting this space to be for the horses rescued.

Be a rock start podcaster with FREE webinar

Podcasting is hot. People from around the globe are jumping in on the podcast space at record speeds.

Yet, as quickly as some people join in, they quit. Why? Because they aren’t experience much success at all with their efforts.

There’s a simple reason for t#3his; they don’t realize there’s more to the process than putting up a podcast episode.

A little over a month ago I launched Power Up for Profits Podcast show. Within a week the show hit #3 in two huge categories; education and careers.

This didn’t happen by chance or by luck. It happened because I learned what to do, how to do it and did it based on what I learned from one of the sharpest minds in the podcasting space, John Lee Dumas.John Lee Dumas

John is one flipping amazing podcaster and holds nothing back when he teaches others what to do.

Best part of all, you can sign up for his FREE webinar to learn a ton about podcasting. This is a great opportunity to see if adding podcasting to your business model is a great fit.

Check it out by clicking here. You have nothing to lose and a ton of great information to gain.

If you’ve been looking for something to position yourself as a thought leader, podcasting might just be it.

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Entrepreneur on Fire

JohnLeeDumasEvery so often, someone takes the world by storm. Such is the case with John Lee Dumas. Recognized as a thought leader in the podcast space, John proves that no matter when you start, where you start and how you start, you can leave an incredible legacy.

John Lee Dumas is the Founder and Host of EntrepreneurOnFire, a top ranked podcast named “Best in iTunes 2013”. John interviews today’s most inspiring and successful Entrepreneurs 7-days a week and has been featured in both TIME and Inc. Magazine, and is the founder of Podcasters’ Paradise; a community where Podcasters can create, grow, and monetize their podcast. EntrepreneurOnFire generates over 450,000 unique downloads a month with past guests such as Seth Godin, Tim Ferriss, Barbara Corcoran, Gary Vaynerchuk, and Guy Kawasaki. Recaps of the 500+ episodes and MUCH more can be found at EOFire.com.

Listen in while John shares how he went from complete unknown to one of the most recognized names in the podcast world.

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