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Could You Be Doing More With Your Career?

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How to Find a Meaningful Career

How to Find a Meaningful Career

Are you in search of meaningful work?  Would you like to feel a sense of fulfilment at the end of each day, knowing that you’ve made a difference?  I’ve found that being clear about this intention has led me to the most amazing careers in my life and given me incredible job satisfaction.  

  • As an Aerobics Instructor, I’ve seen ladies I taught get slim, fit, toned, energetic and confident
  • As an Aromatherapist and Reflexologist, I’ve seen clients relax, unwind and release tension and stress
  • When I sold Nutritional Supplements, I saw customers overcoming health challenges, becoming radiantly healthy, happy and well.
  • As Head of Network Marketing, I saw lives completely transformed through our products and our opportunity
  • As I’m building my blogs I’m able to touch lives with my posts and interviews with inspirational Moms
  • And now, as Business Development Consultant for The Kids Gym and Public Officer for the Non-Profit, Physical Literacy for Children, I’m able to see children’s lives impacted by our fabulous program.

There’s no doubt that when you’re involved in something that gives back to the community, something that helps or heals the world in some way, you feel more connected and more fulfilled.

Being in contribution reminds you that you matter, it’s your chance to leave a legacy, it’s your chance to make an impact on the world around you.  It gives your life meaning and purpose.

Have a look at the fulfilling careers detailed in the contributed post below.

Could You Be Doing More With Your Career?

Are you looking for meaning and purpose in your daily work? Would you like to make a difference and leave a legacy? Here are a few ways you can do that. #HowtoFindaMeaningfulCareer

Finding the right career can be a genuine challenge. After all, not only is the modern job market more competitive now than it has ever been before but there are also all of the difficult and complicated things that have always come with looking for a job.

One of the of the biggest issues that a lot of people come up against when it comes to finding a career that they really want is the fact that it can be incredibly difficult to find something that you really enjoy.

After all, not everyone is going to want to hire you for what you’re passionate about. This can be made even more difficult if you want more from a career than just a paycheck.

Trying to do something good with your time while earning a living is something that a lot of people would love to do but they might feel that there are no options out there. However, that’s simply not the case. Here are some career options for anyone who’s hoping to do some real good with their career.

Education

Education is one of those career paths that sadly can go underappreciated a lot of the time.

However, the truth is that it’s one of the most important parts of any society. After all, being able to help young people learn and achieve their goals is one of the very best things that you can do with your time.

Not only that but you don’t even have to be a teacher to work in education. Doing something like an online masters in school counselling can give you the skills and qualifications that you need to help kids outside of the classroom. Whatever role you’d want to take on, there are few things more fulfilling than working as an educator.

Medicine

Let’s face it, there are few things better than being able to spend your time literally saving people’s lives. Of course, a lot of people assume that to work in medicine then you’ve got to spend decades studying. And sure, if you want to become a doctor that is definitely true.

However, there are plenty of roles in medicine outside of being a doctor that is just as important. From nurses to care workers to hospital administrators. After all, doctors couldn’t do the things they do on their own.

Nonprofit

It can sometimes feel as though there are so many issues all over the world that it’s impossible to know where to even start. It’s fortunate then that there are so many organisations all over the world that are dedicated to doing just that.

Not only are a lot of nonprofit organisations out there looking for volunteers but many of them need people to come on board full time. There are few better feelings than being able to say you earn your crust by making the world just a little bit better.

Of course, these are just a few examples.

The reality is that there are plenty of ways that you can earn a living while also being able to both find something that you really enjoy as well as giving something back to the world around you.

Hear, hear.  I know first hand the deep fulfilment that comes with being part of something greater than yourself.

What is the most meaningful career you’ve ever been involved in?   Or is it time for a career change?

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4 Ways to Prepare for Job Loss Before it Happens

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How to Prepare Job Loss

How to Prepare for Job Loss

Have you ever found yourself unexpectedly jobless?  I’ve been there. The company I was working for closed down just when I was on the highest salary I’d ever earned.  It took me way longer than I expected to find another job so I started living on my credit cards.  Soon I was using one card to pay another every month.  Emotionally I was a mess.  Take it from me, it’s worth being prepared for this eventuality.  Some great advice in the contributed post below. #HowtoPrepareJobLoss

4 Ways To Prepare For Job Loss Before It Happens

Losing your job is always a scary experience. You don’t know how long it will be until you work again and you’ve only got a finite amount of money to get by on until you can find another job.

If you’re not careful, you can easily land yourself in a lot of financial trouble. But the thing is, it usually doesn’t come without warning. When the company isn’t doing great and a few other people have already been laid off, there’s a chance that you’ll get made redundant as well.

When the threat of job loss is looming, that’s the time to start making preparations. That way, you can be ready if the worst does happen and it’ll be a lot easier to survive until you can find work again. These are the best ways to prepare for redundancy.

Have you ever found yourself unexpectedly jobless? Here are 4 Ways to Prepare for Job Loss Before it Happens. #HowtoPrepareJobLoss1. Get Your Finances In Order

If your finances are a mess and then you lose your job, they’re only going to get worse. The first thing you need to do is clear any debts that you’ve got. You don’t want hefty repayments eating into your safety net if you do end up losing your job.

Cut back on spending where you can and put all of that money back into clearing your debts. Once you’re debt free, resist the urge to resume spending as normal.

Instead, continue with your new budget and start putting the extra money into a savings account. The more you can build up now, the easier things will be if you are made redundant.

2. Improve Your Credit Score

This one is tied into clearing your debts. Your score should improve as you pay off your debts but even after that, you need to take steps to build it up again.

You might need to borrow money when you’re out of work and the better your credit score is, the better the interest rate on that loan will be.

Take out an interest-free credit card and use it to make small purchases, and then pay it off right away. That’s the easiest way to start building good credit again.

3. Look At Your Loan Options

Regardless of how much money you’ve saved up, there’s always the chance that you’ll run out before you can find another job and you’ll need to borrow money to make ends meet.

Redundancy is one of the most common reasons for short term cash advance so don’t be surprised if you have to take one out.

But don’t wait until you’re out of money before you start sorting it out. Look into your options now and see who will lend to you. That way, you’ll be prepared when it does happen.

4. Look For Other Funding Sources

Getting a loan is the most obvious way to get extra money when you aren’t working but there are plenty of other options.

You might have some back pay (from a holiday that you didn’t take, for example) that wasn’t included in your redundancy package so always make inquiries about that.

You might also be eligible for some government assistance while you’re out of a job so look into that as well.

If you make these preparations before you lose your job, you’ll find it a lot easier to get by without ending up in financial trouble.

Do you feel prepared should you ever find yourself out of work? 

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From One Millennial to Another: Saving to Buy a House

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Okay, so you got me… I’m not a Millennial. Far from it.  But the author of this guest post is.   And his post is just as relevant to me (at age 45) as it is to Millennials.  Enjoy!

From One Millennial to Another: Saving to Buy a House

Guest Post submitted by Hard Money Lenders Online

When I was in junior high school, the American public and private sectors were suffering from a major crisis. Due to the heavy, controversial issues—which took place with the subprime mortgage market downfall in 2007—the United States, and many other nations across the globe spiralled down a path that nearly destroyed the worldwide economy.

I didn’t completely understand the full weight of this debilitating crash at the time, but the anxiety apparent in my parents’ faces sent the message that something was wrong.

Among those markets most heavily impacted by the devastating financial anomaly was the real estate industry. Generally, adults who endured through this could likely have a word or two to say about the foreclosures which took place in the late 2000s.

What seemed like golden opportunities to finance in gorgeous homes in 2006 resulted in disaster for many families, leading to shattered dreams and grief-stricken households.

My heart goes out to such individuals who were forced to deal with such tough trials, given that I was fortunate enough to be in a family in which our finances were in check.

But that’s beside the point—the American economy has since moved on from such financial woes, and the housing market at large has since been rejuvenated.

MILLENNIALS: ARE YOU MOTIVATED TO SAVE FOR A HOUSE?

Millennials, are you motivated to save for a house? Here's why you should be and how you can. It starts with a mind-shift. Read more at laurenkinghorn.com #howtosavetobuyahouseWith that, the Millennials (such as myself), whose previously youthful minds could not fully comprehend the issues at play during the Great Recession, are now old enough to own real estate unto themselves.

As a young married man who is fast approaching the end of his college career, I often find myself contemplating what the future holds.

My wife and I consistently discuss and ponder as to what our ideal home may be, and then thoughts transition to the image of our first house after we eventually leave our puny apartment behind us.

But here is the problem therein: we are poor college students that barely earn enough to scrape by.

Rent, groceries, gas fill-ups, insurance, and other basic expenses constitute the consistent bills we must pay to live our simple existence.

Whatever financial goals we may have only seem more daunting as the pay stubs are posted. Yet, we keep the end in sight.

The result of owning a sizable amount of real estate may not be an easy accomplishment by any stretch of the imagination, but it is attainable. Budgets and restraint help my wife and I make conscious monetary decisions each day, and we make an effort to save so that one day we can obtain the house we often dream of.

These words immortalized by Confucius should provide encouragement (and some context) for some people:

“When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.”

So, if you’re reading through my ramblings and also share a house-related goal, then that’s great. But like myself, I would hope that you have a response for this next question: are you doing the right things to get you into that eventual house?

If such is the case, my hope is that these personal suggestions for “action steps” will be beneficial to anyone who applies them.

Have I reached my eventual financial goal? No. Nevertheless, I am confident the baby steps taken day by day will lead to the seemingly gargantuan end.

HAVE THE DISCIPLINE TO SAVE

Money is hard to part with; a common stigma is that “money doesn’t buy happiness,” but it sure does make life more convenient and fun. Needless to say, in order to properly afford larger investments, one needs to enact self-discipline with their funds.

Depending on personal income, the rates at which one sets aside money for their savings account could be lower than usual. With my current income, I can only manage to save 10% each month.

One thing I highly recommend is that, regardless of percentage, you should definitely set up your direct deposit function through your employer so that the percentage of money you want in your savings is automatically deposited after tax deductions.

However, Paula Pant in writing for the Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America offered this bit of advice as far as saving percentages are concerned:

“…rule of thumb: at least 20% of your income should go towards savings. More is fine; less is not advised.”

 As Paula noted, it’s never a bad thing to save more either for emergencies or, in this particular case, setting aside funds for a future down payment on a home. The important thing is that once weekly, monthly, and perhaps even yearly budgets are consolidated; any honest Millennial concerned with their financial stability should consider how they might approach saving for their future house.

Such should be the case for any American household, but in my opinion, it’s especially so for the Millennial generation since we are now generally in a transitory period into adulthood.

College will soon be behind most of us (if it isn’t already by now), so heavy decisions regarding finances, real estate, potential marital relationships, and the prospect of children will surface for many people.

Keeping money reserved for all these important life developments is not just a good idea—it’s an absolutely crucial practice.

IN SUMMATION: DON’T SETTLE FOR LESS

Millennials, are you motivated to save for a house? Here's why you should be and how you can. It starts with a mind-shift. Read more at laurenkinghorn.com #howtosavetobuyahouseAccording to a CNBC article from January 2017, a Federal Reserve analysis on financial demographics revealed that the Millennial generation is “falling behind” the Baby Boomers, who, in many cases, constitute the parental generation of current Millennials.

The data presented statistics of a median household income of $40,581 for those in their mid-20s to early-30s. Such was a comparative 20% lower median income than Baby Boomers at that same stage in life.

For the Millennials like me who want to transform their dreams into reality, this alarming trend should raise red flags. Whether or not someone works toward buying a home via methods such as working with hard money lenders online or enlisting the services of a local investment agency, the future needs to mapped out and journeyed towards.

It may be easy to resort to a quiet, entertainment-focused life living with one’s significant other in a small apartment with simple jobs. Such is a doable life for many Millennials, mine included.

However, if we who belong to this dynamic generation want to make names for ourselves, hopes must be translated into action. Just as we might stand up for noble causes we believe in, make the extra effort to invest in your financial future.

It’s in your grasp; you just have to take the steps to get there.

Are you gearing up to buy your first house? Or your last?  Either way, I’m sure you have a comment you can’t wait to leave below…

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How To Stay Organized Blogging when You Travel

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How to Blog and Travel

How to Blog and Travel

Aah… I love contributed posts like these. Because although I’m not travelling at this stage of my life, I’m a big fan of AND rather than OR.  If blogging is a passion and travelling is a passion of yours too, why not combine the two?  And they make such a perfect combination because blogging can fund your travels and travelling can fuel your blog (if you’re blogging about your travels of course).  

Oh my goodness, I think I’ve just talked myself into starting a travel blog one day (when the travel bug kicks in again). 

Since having my son we haven’t travelled much but hey, he’s getting old enough to remember and appreciate trips now. Could be a fabulous idea. Don’t they say travelling is the best education you can give a child? 

So. A new goal. When my blogs are making $10,000 a month, we’ll start travelling as a family. And then I’ll come back and read this post again.

How To Stay Organized with Blogging when You Travel

Blogging and Travelling? What a dream life. Right? At least it can be, if you're organized. #howtoblogandtravelWhen you want to be able to travel the world, being a blogger can open up so many opportunities for you to do it. Being a blogger is a job that can often be done from anywhere. When you’re a solo entrepreneur and all you need is an internet connection be able to run your business, the world really is your oyster.

But one thing’s for sure, that doesn’t mean that you can dash off on exciting travels and just enjoy yourself whenever you want. Of course, you do often get to make the most of the time and have a lot of fun. But you still have to work.

Because when you have your own business and you’re the only one running it, you can’t just walk away from your work for weeks on end. You’ll find that you just lose business that way!

So, you have to work. But how do you balance the two?

It’s easy to think that this would be easy, but it’s not. When you’re travelling and you’re out of your usual routine, it’s hard to make sure that you can still get everything done and see the place that you’re visiting.

So, to help you here, you need to be organized. When you work for yourself and even work from home as part of that, you know that organization is key. And when you decide to take your passion on the road and fit more into your daily schedule, organization becomes incredibly crucial. So let’s look at how you’re going to do it.

Plan Ahead

The very first thing you have to do is make sure that you’re always planning ahead. While things may not be set in stone, you have to know what you’ve got coming up when you’re looking to plan a trip.

Think about your upcoming work schedule and what projects you have planned in for the next few weeks or months. Then plan in time that you think you can travel, and ensure that you can complete work to the right deadlines.

Find Suitable Accommodation

Next, you’ll want to get your trip booked. Flights can be fine – just make sure that you choose a time that will help you to be productive either the day before, on the flight, or the next day.

You don’t really want to lose three days if you don’t have to. When it comes to the accommodation, use an online search like https://www.rumah.com/tanah-pribadi-dijual/di-area-jakarta-pusat-idjk02 to find something suitable in the local area. Above all, ensure that you’re finding somewhere you know you can work from when you need to.

Try To Get As Much Done As You Can Before You Leave

So now you need to be thinking about what you can do to prepare for the trip. This is going to involve a lot of work.

Get basic things done before you leave, like informing your clients or customers, and managing your admin. But also try and close off any projects you can, so that you’re ahead of the game.

Know What You Want To Do While You’re There

It’s also important to know what you want to do when you’re travelling. Don’t just turn up and hope for the best as this is one way to ensure that you miss out. So do some research and figure out what things you might like to see or do while you’re away.

In the same way, you might want to plan out some content before you go.  If you’re a travel blogger, you could already write or half-write a few posts while you’re doing this research. Then you can complete them once you’ve seen the sights for yourself.

Blogging and Travelling? What a dream life. Right? At least it can be, if you're organized. #howtoblogandtravel

Work Out A Rough Itinerary

Then, you’re going to want to pull together a rough itinerary of what your days look like. Take a look at something like https://thetrustedtraveller.com/planning-the-perfect-travel-itinerary/ to help you. It doesn’t have to be concrete, just make sure you know what yours days will look like so you can be sure you’ll balance your travel and work well enough.

Make The Most Of Your Mornings

If you’re wondering exactly how you’re meant to get any work done when you’re travelling, think about using your mornings. If you can, get up super early and enjoy a productive morning of work before you head out for the day to see the area, explore, or do the things you want to do.

Be Patient

But also make sure that you don’t overpack your schedule. Remember that wifi may not be overly strong, or you may not be able to locate it when you need it. So be patient and take your time with work. You’re travelling or on a trip after all, so it’s okay to just go at a slower pace and take it easy.

Have An Assistant On-Hand

From here, it may also be a good idea to have an assistant on hand. Working with a virtual assistant or someone back home to work on things when you need them is a great support option. Just see https://www.skilledvirtualassistant.com/virtualassistantbenefits.html and you’ll know why.

If you need them, or you have urgent emails coming in or work that needs doing, then knowing you can push back to them often gives you peace of mind.

Have Some Kind Of System

Alongside your itinerary, you’ll want to work in some kind of routine for when you’ll work too. Whether it is those early mornings or even late afternoon before you head out again, it’s handy to have a routine if you can. This will allow you to stay productive and ensure you still get work done.

Allow For Downtime

Above all else, you really will need to make sure that you’re planning in some downtime. Remember, you’re travelling.

If you’re on a particularly short trip, you will want to make the most of it. Don’t overpack your schedule.

This is why pre-planning and trying to do as much as you can before you leave – particularly when we’re talking about getting ahead with campaigns and scheduling.

This way, you won’t feel stressed out, you’ll stay organized, and you’ll have that perfect balance while you travel.

Are you already out there, travelling and blogging? Are you doing it on your own or with your family?  

I absolutely love reading stories of family travel bloggers. So inspiring!!   

Feel free to drop some travel and blog tips and a link to your travel blog below.

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7 Skills You Need to Live a Successful Life

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How to Have a Successful Life?

Aah.. the million dollar question… and here’s a million dollar answer.  

Every so often I receive a contributed post that’s so brilliant I wish I had written it myself. This is one of them. ENJOY!

7 Skills Needed to Live a Successful Life

Apart from, “what do I want for breakfast today?”, there is one question that people ask themselves on a tri-daily basis more than any others and that’s, “what does it take to succeed?”

Most of the time, the answer boils down to a positive outlook and a go get ‘em attitude, but that’s not going to be enough on its own.

That’s not to say there isn’t a huge amount of truth to in books like The Secret because the Law of Attraction is definitely a thing no matter how far-fetched and hysterical it may sound. It’s a concept that has a way of kicking us into action, giving us something to focus on and the persistence to keep hunting it down.

However, without said actions, the Law of Attraction is pretty pointless. That’s to say, it won’t do much.

This is because success – no matter how you might define it – is all about taking action. Actually, scrap that. It’s about taking the right action and that requires a lot more skill than people are at first aware.

The good news is: a lot of these skills are taught in places of formal education. You know, like schools and colleges and whatnot.

The bad news is: not enough of them are taught to us. Of course, this is partly because some skills can’t be taught in classrooms; they have to be picked up on the job, in the workplace and, most importantly of all, while wandering through the terrifying labyrinth of life.

Anyway, we have pulled together a list of general skills that will help you find the Holy Grail of success no matter what you do, what sector you are in, what niche you have chosen or what hobby you have taken up. Of course, every field has special skills that will make your search for success a whole lot easier, but we’re focusing on the kind of life skills that transcend across every single discipline you can imagine. Not only that, but they are skills that can be learned by pretty much everyone.

So, without further ado, here are the skills you should start working on as soon as you can. Trust us, they will make a huge difference to your life.

What skills are required to lead a successful life? Here are 7. It may not be an exhaustive list, but these will take you far. Read more at laurenkinghorn.com1. Learn How To Write & Write Well

The greatest invention of all time is the written word and that’s why it takes the top spot on our list of epic skills to have in your arsenal.

The written word is what took ideas and helped us document them, save them and savour them.

Instead of us having to remember everything, we suddenly had a new way of keeping records of them and passing them onto other people. That’s what writing did when it first came along.

Nowadays, though, good writing gives you a whole host of benefits. It makes you better at selling products, ideas and even yourself, which is especially important now with so much content splattered across the bathroom stalls that is the internet.

Of course, learning how to write well doesn’t just mean knowing how to use an Oxford Comma.

It means learning how to organize your thoughts, write with emotion and target a specific audience in the best way possible. Learn how to do that and you can open up doors in pretty much every field imaginable.

2. Speaking In Public Is A Gift

If you’ve ever seen a list of the most popular TED Talks, you’ll already know the desire to master public speaking ranks highly on people’s lists.

Why? Because it is one of the most devastatingly incredible skills anyone can ever hope to develop.   It’s that idea of being able to speak – whether that’s to one person or a room of a thousand – and have them listen to what you say; really listen; engaged as if there is nothing else going on the world.

The issue is, well, not everyone has that unrelenting self-confidence to talk loudly, clearly, persuasively and (to an extent) forcefully.

The trick is practising. Yes, it might take time, but it will be time well spent because those who are great at speaking come across as more comfortable with themselves, more confident, and more attractive to be around – that’s good for everyone and anyone.

That’s good for selling products, selling services, selling ideas, ideologies, concepts, worldviews, yourself, everything. Basically, it’s how you get that next promotion, that bigger client and that investor.

3. Always, Always Be Learning

The aim of the game is not to know everything there is to know because that’s not possible.

Even if you had a million years to kick around this world, you still wouldn’t remember everything (which is probably because you’ll start suffering from memory loss around 120 years old).

Even if we narrowed this down to your field, you still won’t know everything there is to know. Not even close.

Luckily, you don’t need to know everything – you just need to be really good at learning what you might need to know in order to become more successful.

If that’s having something extra to stand out on your Resume, then learn what that could be, from taking the Basic Life Support test to adding Blue Peter badge winner.

If it’s just knowing where to go for the answers, then make sure you know how to use the Internet to its full-potential, know your way around the local library, subscribe to blogs in your field, read the right publications and have the right people on speed dial.

There are so many ways knowing how to learn effectively will make your life easier.

4. Networking Is A Mega-Skill

Buzzwords have a way of becoming totally misunderstood and that seems to have become the case with the word “networking”. People think it’s just something you do to find a new job or a new client, but that’s not the case.

Networking is one of the most amazing ways to come up with new ideas, advance ideas and witness them flow to life, which is super-duper important because the modern economy thrives of innovation and ideas. It’s the new currency.

Don’t look at networking as just something to do when you need to get something new; accept it is one of the best ways to become a part of something exciting – idea-sprouting relationships.

5. Decisions Are There To Be Made

Everyone knows how important it is to analyse things. You need to analyse data, you need to analyse why you did what you did when drunk last night, you need to analyse how to get from here to there. Analysis is life.

But it’s effective decision-making that takes you from analysis to action, which means being able to look at the information you have available and then knowing what to do with it in the best possible way.

Oh, and quickly too. Yeah, speed is definitely a key part of good decision-making.

It’s being able to see something and respond fast, instead of waiting for more information or over-analysing or not being critical. It ain’t easy, but then being a doer and not a wannabe was never meant to be easy.

6. Relaxation Deserves A Nod Here

Nothing good ever came from stressing out. Nothing.

Decision-making goes to pot, mouth ulcers erupt, sleep becomes a longshot, thinking gets murkier, networking feels trickier and death seems imminent.

“What’s the answer?” We hear you shout. Knowing how to relax.

But this isn’t just something you need to do to prevent your other skills from feeling the heat; it’s something you deserve to do. Working yourself to death is pointless if you never give your chance to enjoy the fruits of all that hard work.

Of course, like everything else on this list, learning how to relax is a skill that needs to be learned and the best way to do this is to set aside some time each week, each day, each morning – whatever – and do something you love doing.

Trust us, it will help you operate in the most effective and productive way possible.

7. We All Need To Manage Ourselves Better

All the skills we’ve chatted about above are there to help you succeed. They are the actions that will make success less of a pipedream and that little bit more attainable.

That said, action is only possible if you know where to focus your attention at any given time. It’s only possible if you know where your focus is needed the most.

That’s the secret to success, which means self-management is hella important. We’re talking about better organisational skills, having the right habits to boost productivity and the kind of self-discipline that would put the Karate Kid to shame.

Improve in all of these areas and you will find yourself staying on the highway to successville – no detours, wrong turns or crashes.

We’re almost sure this isn’t a complete list. It can’t be. There have to be other skills out there we have forgotten about.

Hmmmm. Like umm… ummmm… Basic accounting and math and critical thinking and that sort of stuff.

Not to mention the more specialist skills to suit your role. But, like we said somewhere near the beginning(ish), these skills are the ones that transcend the nitty-gritty details to make success more possible.

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What skills would you add to this list?

Are there any particular skills you’ve adopted or learned to ensure you lead a successful life?

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How to Achieve Goal after Goal

What's holding you back from achieving your goals? Here's how to achieve goal after goal. Everytime. #howtoachievegoal

What's holding you back from achieving your goals? Here's how to achieve goal after goal. Everytime. #howtoachievegoal

How to Achieve Goal After Goal

Ever heard of the execution gap?  Well, I hadn’t until today. In fact, it sounds like a scary term to me.  I picture an executioner at the gallows… Not a happy thought.

But actually, it has nothing to do with that kind of execution, unless of course, you failed at your goal of being a hardened criminal. Hehe.

Because The Execution Gap turns out to be the answer to the age-old Question…

Why do we fail to achieve our goals?

When people set up goals and fail to achieve them, there remains a known gap between what the strategy says should be done and what actually gets done.

Let’s simplify that answer.  Here’s a Definition of the Execution Gap:

We set our goals and plan our strategy but we fail to TAKE ACTION.

  • We know what we want.
  • We know what’s required.
  • We just don’t follow through.

So how do we close the Execution gap and get our goals accomplished? Every time?

WARNING:  This is going to involve a MINDSHIFT.

Here are a few powerful questions you can ask yourself right now to start seeing your goals magically unfold.

1. Are you making excuses or taking action?

Excuses paralyze you and stop you from executing anything at all.

Any of these sound familiar?

  • I just don’t have enough time
  • The economy is too bad
  • The competition is too high

Have you noticed that most excuses come up when you feel fearful, anxious or uncertain?

At these times it seems easier and safer not doing anything at all than tackling the goal you have set up for yourself. It makes you abandon your goal before you even start pursuing it.

Excuses also make you stop working for your goal.

You may well keep saying that you want to achieve a goal but if you’re not doing anything about it, then how can you hope to achieve anything?

If you want results, you must take action first.

So before you even think of procrastinating, practice this little mantra:

Action precedes results. Action Creates Results. I Will Act Now.

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2. What does your goal mean to you?

To bridge the execution gap, it is very important that your goal means something to you.

What will it mean to you when you finally achieve your goal?

To make any goal motivating, be it:

  • Losing weight
  • Overcoming addiction
  • Completing a course
  • Writing a book
  • Expanding your friendship circle
  • Setting a new business
  • Growing your client base

You need to have compelling reasons to achieve your goal.These reasons will then become the driving force that fuels your motivation.

Setting the wrong goal takes motivation out of the execution equation.

If you set a goal for the wrong reasons and chase after something you don’t really need, you will not be driven to achieve it and the execution gap will never be bridged.

So set yourself up for something that’ll mean something for you.

Let’s take the first example on our list: Losing Weight.

List all the reasons why you want to shed a few pounds.   They may be:

  • To get in shape
  • To feel healthier
  • To feel more comfortable in your clothes
  • To avoid having to buy a whole new wardrobe
  • For more energy and vibrancy
  • To feel more attractive to your partner once again
  • To feel happier in yourself

But do any of these reasons compel you to lose weight?

Usually, people only really get in touch with the meaning of their goal when they associate:

  • Massive pain in not achieving their goal

Or

  • Immense pleasure in achieving their goal

So get in touch with what would really help you shed those pounds once and for all.

Massive Pain

Get in touch with the worst thing that could happen to you if you continue to pack on weight.

For example, massive pain caused by overweight could be a heart attack or your spouse leaving you for someone slimmer. Imagine the end result in vivid detail.

But don’t leave it there.

Immense Pleasure

Now get in touch with the best thing that could happen to you once you’ve lost the weight.

How would you feel? What could you wear? Would your spouse fall in love with you all over again?  Would you fall in love with yourself all over again? With life? How would it feel to be 10 pounds, 20 pounds, 50 pounds lighter?  Would you have a whole new lease on life? Would you be able to do things you haven’t done in years? Would you have more energy to play with your children?

What, in your heart of hearts, are you really really really doing this for?

3. Have you taken on too much?

Moms are notorious for taking on too much. Whether you are a working Mom or a work-from-home Mom, you’re juggling a million things on any given day.

If you’re going to have any chance of achieving your goals, you’re going to have to:

  • LEARN TO SAY NO
  • Set your priorities straight
  • Focus on one goal at a time

When you divide your attention, energy and focus into too many parts, you fail to hone your expertise and skills where they could flourish the most.

When was the last time you considered any of the following questions?

  • What are your strengths?
  • What do you excel at?
  • What are you passionate about?
  • What are you most driven to do?

As Moms we’re often so busy that we’re on autopilot, doing what needs to be done, right?

So take a moment to take a deep breath. Stop. Look.

Consider whether the very next action you’re going to take is going to help you reach your goals.  Or steer you further away from them.

Investing in the wrong goal will only stop you mid-way without ever being able to bridge the execution gap.

Think of examples of highly successful individuals who excel at what they do. Take your pick from your favorite athlete, celebrity, scientist, inventor or just about any other category and you will see that these people succeeded because they focused on their strengths and mastered their crafts.

4. What’s Your Plan?

This could also be asked this way: Whose plan are you following?

Because not having a plan generally means you’re on everyone else’s plan.  Or at least someone else’s plan.

Have you ever started a diet on Monday and then given it up the very next day just because your best friend arrived with some delicious nibbles for tea? You didn’t want to offend her so you thought that you would just start again the next day.  The next day becomes next Monday… or maybe New Year… before you know it, your dieting idea has slipped your mind completely.    Oops!

We’ve all heard the saying: When you fail to plan, you plan to fail.

So what’s YOUR plan?  

Have you broken down your goal into actionable steps?

A good plan is integral to achieving goals and bridging the execution gap as it gives you direction and helps you stay on track. Not having a plan will have you running amok.

And without a plan, there can be no commitment.

Commitment is key to execution and without any, you will keep getting derailed from pursuing your goals.

5. Do You Have a Deadline?

Do you remember back in school what it felt like just before exam time?   How much knowledge did you manage to cram into your head those final hours before your exam?  Having an exam deadline looming is a certain way to get you to spring into action, right?

So set yourself a deadline and make sure it’s not too far in the future.  The sooner you have to deliver the work, the more you’re going to get done. In the shortest space of time.

Because working within a timeframe establishes a sense of urgency and focus.

This alone should be enough to get anyone going towards their goal.

If you do not give yourself a deadline and keep things open-ended, then you are setting yourself up for failure. Open-ended scenarios are an easy road to procrastination and pushing things to the back burner.

6. How Can You See Your Plan Through?

How can you go the distance?

Because if you give up when the going gets tough, you won’t be reaching that goal.

We all live in a world that seeks out instant gratification and when perseverance doesn’t deliver, quitting is viewed as an acceptable option.

Now… let’s cast our minds back to Question 2 for a second.  If your goal really means something to you, you’re going to see your plan through, come hell or high water.

Does that mean you’re never going to fail?

No. It’s quite possible you’ll experience small failures or setbacks along the way to reaching your goal.  Who am I kidding? Sometimes you’ll experience humungous failures and setbacks.

The trick is not to see these as a sign to give up.  This is when you have to develop grit. Tenacity.  Determination.

This is where the rubber meets the road.

Often people may fail to reach their goals because they do not know how to handle failure. They either choose to give up or change their goals when they face problems or do not get quick results.

Distractions

Or you may get distracted as other things come along making you neglect or even forget about your initial goal. That’s why it’s important to commit your goals to paper.

To avoid getting distracted and veering from your path.

  •  Write Your Goals Down
  • Add Your Most Compelling Reason(s) for Achieving Your Goals
  • Add Your Deadline Date
  • Place Them Where You Can See Them Every day

Are you ready for this?  Go go go. What are you waiting for?  It’s now or never.

I will Act Now. I will Act Now. I will Act Now…

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How to Make Your Blog More Exciting (And Get More Views)

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How to Get More Blog Views

I am absolutely delighted when I receive contributed posts like the one below.  It not only has an enticing title, it contains awesome advice as well.  There was only one point that didn’t ring true for me.  

Read on to find out which one (I’ve voiced my opinion in italics within the post).

How to Make Your Blog More Exciting (And Get More Views)

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People rightly love blogging. It’s an outlet; it’s a project, it connects you with the wider world: any of these things on their own are positive, and a blog gives you all of them wrapped in one webpage.

But if you’re putting your energy into your blog, then wouldn’t it be nice if other people were reading it, too?

If your view count is low, it might be because, while your content is good, the blog isn’t quite as exciting as it might be. Below, we take a look at how you can make your blog more exciting, and thus improve your readership figures.

Give an Opinion

We are a world of opinions. Everyone who has ever risen to a high spot, or made a mark on the internet, has been unafraid to give their opinion. Indeed, reading what other people are thinking is one of the main reasons for the internet’s popularity!

So moving forward, look at offering your own viewpoint; you might find that it’s not to everyone’s taste, but that’s not the point. It’s better to lose a few internet users and build a loyal readership than it is to cater to everyone and find no-one is visiting your website.

Agree 100% with this advice.  The idea is to attract readers who resonate with you on your blog and in so doing build a tribe, a loyal following of like-minded individuals.  

Diversify Your Content

Your blog might be focused on one particular topic, but it’s important that you don’t go too deep into just one thing. No matter what subjects you’re covering, there is going to be plenty of spin-off topics built around those subjects.

For example, if you run a dieting website, then you could also focus on exercise, and how to keep a healthy work/life balance. Essentially, think of your audience, and then think of the other issues that they may be affected by.

Use Original Photos and Videos

Spend enough time browsing blogs, and you’ll quickly discover something: everyone’s using the same old stock photos for their posts!

Using original photos and videos on your blog is easy enough to do, and will help to boost your search engine ranking.

The key is to ensure that they look high quality; if you’re unsure of how to do this, look at taking an Adobe Photoshop course with Training Connection. Once you’ve got the hang of it, you’ll soon find that your images and video form a big chunk of your blog’s overall appeal.

Keep it Tight

You can take any topic in the world, and no matter how interesting it may be, you’ll find that people give up on reading after a certain point.

Blogs aren’t supposed to be long, rambling posts that take fifteen minutes to read. They’re supposed to be short and get to a point using short sentences.

If your blogs are currently too long, focus on learning the best editing practices to get them down to the 300 – 500-word mark.

Aah, thanks for giving me the perfect opportunity to voice my opinion.  I beg to differ on this point.  

I’ve heard that on many Top Blogger’s sites, it’s not the short posts but the long ones, that are:

  •  their most popular posts
  • their most read posts
  • and the posts that receive the most comments and social shares

And when I say long, I mean much longer than you would think: 

Over 1,500 words,  over 2,000 words and even over 3,000 words long.

What’s more important than keeping a post short is keeping it interesting and targeted to your audience.

Let’s use an analogy here: 

People say that teenagers have short attention spans… until you give them a tablet or IPad with the latest version of their favourite game and then their attention span magically expands.  Because you’ve captured their interest.  

Another real-life example: 

I took my 4-year-old son to his first Ninja Zone class a couple of weeks ago and he managed to stay the whole distance, an entire hour’s lesson.  He was riveted!  And came out smiling. Now get him to do housework with me for an hour? Fat chance.  Unless… I turn it into a Ninja lesson.  Now there’s a thought.

Now let’s translate this into a real-life BLOG example:

Currently, my most popular post on this blog is my 2nd Income Report because what my audience wants to know is how I make money blogging – and how they can too. 

  • This kind of information is worth its weight in gold to a new blogger, so they’ll read the entire post, all 1,806 words
  • And read a bunch of the comments below the post. 
  • And leave a comment of their own. This post has 35 comments so far. 

To keep blog posts interesting, what should be kept short is:

  • paragraphs
  • sentences (you can even try using one-word sentences)

And there are a couple of other formatting techniques that work really well on the net:

  • Using bullet points also draws in the reader
  • A well as using punchy headlines.

Because most people only skim-read an article. And if they like the headlines and the bullet points, they may actually go in and read the rest of the post.

Mix up the Form

Finally, think about mixing up the format of your content. A blog post could be turned into an infographic, or a video, for example. It doesn’t always just need to be text!

I love this point!    And I have one more important point to add to this post. To get organic page views you need to be using Long Tail Keywords. I’ll write a post to elaborate on this point next week.

Bloggers, which of your posts have been the most popular and why? 

Were they short (300 to 500 words) or long (1,500+ words)? Be nice to know if my theory holds true.  

Please drop a comment below.

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How to Start a Blog (FREE)

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Do I Start Blog Free?

The answer is YES and NO.  Here’s why.

When I first started blogging, I started with a free WordPress Site.

It didn’t look too hot (ugh) and I never really got anywhere with it. So in this case, my answer would be NO.

Maybe it’s because I wasn’t ready to start blogging yet but I suspect it’s more likely because I lacked SUPPORT and TRAINING.

Then, a couple of years ago, I discovered a far better way to start blogging free. And this is the way I recommend you start blogging free. This is how to turn that NO into a YES.

Because this is how to start a blog free AND get Support and Training.

The Better BEST WAY to START A BLOG FREE

Affiliate Disclaimer: I get commissions for purchases made through links in this post.

In November 2015, I stumbled upon Wealthy Affiliate and signed up for their Free Starter Membership which includes 2 free websites. 

While I was a Starter Member, I did Wealthy Affiliate’s Free Online Certification Course.

In this course I learnt:

  • How to make money online
  • How to find my niche
  • How to create a niche site
  • How to drive traffic to my site (free) using keywords  (WA even provides a free keyword tool)
  • How to create my first few pages of content

I created this blog:  Toddler Teacher

I’ve done nothing to this blog since mid-January 2016 because that’s when I decided blogging was for me and it was time to up my game.

You can Start Free but Don’t Stop There

After doing this course and creating my first site, I realised there was real money to be made in blogging.

I also realised that to make money down the line I would need to invest some money upfront.

You can get some real figures in the first income report I published about 18 months after I started blogging.

On the 18th January 2018, I signed up as a Premium Member so that I could take advantage of the rest of the Training, Tools and Support Wealthy Affiliate had to offer.

Which is a whole heaping LOT.

This was the best decision I ever made as a blogger.  

Or should I say decisions?

Because I’m referring to my first decision – to try out the free membership and start a blog free.

And my second decision – to invest in more training and support once I was ready to go Pro.

To Go Pro it’s Best to Purchase Your Own Domain

Did you notice that my free site Toddler Teacher, has a long URL?   Its full name is toddlerteacher.siterubix.com

Whenever you create a free blog it’s going to advertise the free service you’re using in your title.

My blog could just as easily have been called toddlerteacher.wordpress.com or toddlerteacher.wixsite.com.

Once you’re ready to start blogging as a business, you’re going to want to change that.

You’re going to want to buy your own Domain.  

So in this case, if I’d decided to go pro with my test site, I would have purchased the Domain:  toddlerteacher.com

However, by this stage I had a couple of other names in mind.

Ready to Go Pro?

On 19th January 2016, I bought my two .com Domains, Happy Human Pacifier and Inspiring Mompreneurs from Wealthy Affiliate (for $13.99 each per year).

Are there brilliant bloggers who are self-taught?

SURE.  But at some point, every one of them has invested in their education.

Either through trial and error, blood, sweat and tears. And years of experience.

Or through buying a blogging course and actually doing it, going through the steps.

  • For me, I was ready to invest 2 months in.
  • Others may only invest 2 years in.
  • And others know they’re ready to invest 2 minutes in.

But I’ve never heard of any Top Earning Blogger succeeding without any training or support.

In fact, many of them learn the ropes and then offer their own Training and Support.

Which is what Kyle and Carson at Wealthy Affiliate are doing.  Paying it forward so to speak.  They have the know-how and they are sharing it.

So… if you’d like to start a blog FREE and, in time, turn it into a business, here’s what to do next:

Sign Up Free Here.

Start Blog Free

Looking forward to welcoming you to Wealthy Affiliate.

If you have any questions, please feel free to pop them in the comments below.

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Jump Starting Your Business

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How to Jumpstart Your Business

Ooh, this is such an awesome contributed post to land on my desk, err, in my inbox this morning.   I think I may have just got the jumpstart I’ve been waiting for in my business.  I just got featured in an eBook, “Affiliate Marketing Secrets” (seen to the right).  This may be just the thing to launch me as a Pro Affiliate Marketer. 

On with the contributed post…

Jump Starting Your Business

Sometimes it is just really hard to get a business off the ground for one reason or another. It might be that the ideas don’t flow, you haven’t got the money, or you just really don’t know what you’re doing and what it takes to become successful.

If you’re just starting up your own business, then you’re completely new to everything, which makes things even scarier, doesn’t it?

But, jump-starting your business really isn’t that hard if you know what to do, and we’ve put together some tips that should help you with the process of it all. Read on to find out more.

The Money

The money can be a really stressful thing for some people. You might have the idea sitting waiting to go, but the money is just holding you back.

The main thing you shouldn’t do is jump into business if you don’t feel financially stable. A lot of people have to get a loan to get their idea off the ground, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

Starting a business does cost a hell of a lot of money, not just the initial start off, but as you go along the way as well. If you know you’re lacking the money to get your idea  off the ground, visit this site.

But if you are going to borrow money, only borrow it if you know you’re going to be able to pay it back, even if the business venture doesn’t work.

You also need to be pretty thrifty in the beginning. Each penny you have and each penny you make needs to be put to good use. It should always be invested back into the business, or be used to pay off the money you borrowed in the first place.

The Idea

Your idea plays a big part in whether you can actually jump start your business.

In this world, well, in this business world, it is pretty hard to be unique. There’s already pretty much everything been invented in terms of technology or clothes etc. So you need to do something that is going to stand out from the crowd. Something that is going to draw your customers in.

Make sure you’re putting your own twist on things and at the very least, doing better than your competitors. This could be better in terms of quality of the product, price etc.

The Competition

Now we need to talk about beating your competition in the long run. Once you’ve managed to jump start your business, you’re going to need to figure out a way to stay head of the game.

One of the main ways of doing this is through marketing and actually getting your ideas out there. The next is always making sure you’re beating them in terms of customer satisfaction.

You should always welcome feedback, and you should always be looking at the criticism of your competitors. What they’re doing wrong you should always be trying to build on. Beating your competitors is one of the most rewarding things you’ll do.

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If you’re looking to jumpstart your business, you may be interested in some promotion. Self-promotion doesn’t always cut it.  Sometimes you need someone else to promote you. That’s my forte.  

And exactly what I do when I interview Mom Entrepreneurs, Mom Bloggers and Mom Inventors on Inspiring Mompreneurs. 

Alternatively, a guest post may give you just the exposure you need.  Take a look at my shop and you can pick an option that suits your pocket.