Do you want to play fun and exciting games? Have you got a busy schedule and feeling abit burnt out? Well you need a break then.
IRF Media is a game development studio based in the United Kingdom that makes awesome and fun games for iOS and Android devices. IRF Media was founded in 2015 and plan to release many more great games and apps in future.
Currently they have released three games for both iOS and Android. The first being Blast Off which is available to download on the App Store, Play Store and Amazon App Store. Blast Off is an exciting endless space shooter which you have to use your skill and tenacity to get as far as you can.
The second game IRF Media have released is Balloon Assault. Balloon Assault is also available to download on the App Store, Play Store and Amazon App Store. Balloon Assault is a fun game in which you have to pop balloons as quick as you can.
To download Balloon Assault on iOS devices click here.
The third game IRF Media have put out is Bird Flight. Currently Bird Flight is only available on Android devices. Bird Flight is a simple game in which you have to get to bird to fly as high as he can and setting a high score.
To download Bird Flight for your device click here.
At present IRF Media are planning to release a lot more games and apps for iOS devices including the iPhone and iPad as well as Android devices. They are going to bring their games to as many platforms as possible.
The company is also planning to go into publishing and animation so watch this space! Check out IRF Media for the latest updates on the company. Be sure to follow them on Twitter and Facebook for latest news, competitions and giveaways.
Fiverr is a good way to make money. In case you don’t know what Fiverr is it is a website which you can offer anything to potential buyers for $5. This can include anything from a service or even sending a physical product. When I mean you can sell anything, I mean anything. Check out this gig and this gig.
I have been selling on Fiverr for quite a while now and to date I have made 257 sales. Obviously not all these orders were for $5 and with the addition of extras I may have made more on each order.
If you are new to Fiverr and want to make money on Fiverr but you don’t know where to get started I recommend you check out this article that shows you some easy gigs you can start right away. As well as that you should check out this article on promoting your gigs the right way.
From my time selling on selling on Fiverr I have learnt a lot of things on how you can have a thriving business and what you can do to earn more money in your business. In this article I will share with you the various things I learned by making over 200 sales on Fiverr. I will show you how I make money on Fiverr.
1. Provide Value
The number one thing you should be doing when selling on Fiverr is providing value. Actually you should be doing that in any business. And you shouldn’t just be providing value, ideally you should be over delivering.
If you over-deliver the customer will be over the moon and they would be likely to recommend you to other people and come back to you again to order from you again. This is the number one thing you should be doing if you want to make money on Fiverr.
The thing I normally do is that I either give them a free bonus which can be in the form of a free ebook, report or checklist or I either deliver it to them much quicker than the estimated delivery date. You can even do both, your customers will surely be delighted.
You could also offer a money back guarantee if your customer does not like the final product.
2. Never EVER Deliver Your Orders Late
Don’t deliver your orders late. I learned the hard way. People on Fiverr like punctuality on their orders and want them for when you say you will deliver them for.
If you have a legitimate reason to deliver the order late like your dog died or your goldfish got flushed down the toilet then fair enough. You can email your customer and explain to him. I’m sure they would understand if your goldfish got flushed down the toilet. But if you don’t have a proper reason then deliver your order before time.
Don’t make it into a routine of delivering your customers orders late. Otherwise it will come to bite you back in the ***. You will get negative ratings and once the negative ratings start to add up you will notice that your sales will drop.
According to Fiverr if you deliver a gig late it can result in 10% lower buyer activity. This can be because buyers start to lose trust in you. If you are struggling to meet deadlines you can always change the delivery times to suit you.
3. Keep it Simple
Make it easy for your customer to understand what they will be getting and what they will need to do and what you will be needing from them. For instance if you have a gig that offers custom logos, you will probably be needing the customers business name, what colours they want to use in their logo and what style they want. Make it clear for the customer so they can understand.
Don’t use over complicated words or jargon to explain your gig. Simplify your gig description to let them know what the customer will be getting, what your gig extras do and how long your average delivery time is (remember over deliver).
Another good thing that I do is when I am delivering the customers order, in the delivery message I put check out my other gigs as well as asking them to subscribe to my email list. You can put anything else such as asking them to like you on Facebook, follow you on Twitter or leave a positive review.
4. Offer Discounts
Discounts enable you take your business and your gig sales to the next level. For example you can if you sell custom ebook covers, you can put an offer together that if your customers buy 3 covers they get the 4th for free.
This will not only increase sales but will also help with conversations, customer retention and loyalty. Your customers will keep on coming back to you and they will recommend you to their friends and others. Just remember the first rule. Provide value and over deliver.
I hope you enjoyed this post and found it helpful, if you did then why not share it on Facebook or Twitter. If you would like more advice on becoming a top seller on Fiverr check out our book Fiverr Domination.
Do you have any of your own tips? What ways do you use to boost your Fiverr sales. How do you make money on Fiverr. Share below!
When you’ve got a bad habit, it can be more than difficult to break. But it could be essential to your success or business to make it stop.
After all, bad habits are the sneaky masters that prevent you from reaching your goals.
So how can you even get started?
Think about it this way – your habits define who you are as a person and a professional. You want to have good habits in order to steer your way right to success.
Your bad habits are more than just the bumps in the road that can stall you from getting there. Habits are powerful factors and it can be difficult to make and break them.
The key: control.
Like most things, it’s going to take some hard work and self-discipline. Results aren’t going to come overnight. But once you’ve got it, you’ve got it. You’re there to stay so stick with us!
Let’s take a better look at habits.
How? Why? When?
How Bad Habits are Formed?
Habits are formed from one place – our behavior. They are the byproducts of how we act, developed over countless instances. You wake up one day and do a certain action, then go about your day.
You wake up the following day, do that action again, and then continue your day.
After you do this for a few days, it begins to stick with you.
Which could be a good thing, if you’re getting up and your action is exercising.
But it could be a bad habit if you get up, blow off your responsibilities for an hour or two and then go about your day.
Most people crave routine. Why? Because routine equals predictable. And when we hear the word predictable, we automatically think of the word safe.
Since the process of forming a habit takes some time, it works on the other side too – breaking a bad habit takes time, too.
The best way to break a bad habit: Replace it with something else. A good habit.
Developing a good one
Replacing your Bad Habit with a Good One
Let’s say every day, you pack yourself a healthy lunch. But most days, you end up going out to lunch. Not only does this cost more money, but odds are, it takes up more of your time.
That’s time you could be spending improving your business or getting closer to your goals.
A lot of people make the mistake of quitting cold turkey. This dramatic change usually doesn’t stick and people tend to fall back into their old ways.
So keep it small.
If you go out to lunch three times a week, tell yourself you’ll only go out to lunch twice this week. Keep this up for a few weeks and then cut yourself back to one day a week.
If you’re trying to create a new habit, you want to make sure it occurs each and every day. All it takes is one missed day to completely set you back. And then you have to start all over again.
Eventually, your new habit becomes a huge part of your routine. And before you know it, you’ll be doing it without even thinking about it, which is exactly what you want to happen.
Routine and repetitive behavior are what you need.
Breaking a bad one
We’ll say this now – you can’t really get rid of a bad habit completely. Instead, you should try to replace it.
Why? Because, even though it has been deemed as a bad habit, it’s technically still bringing some kind of benefit into your life.
So replace that bad habits with a habit that has a similar impact on your life.
For example, if you surf the Internet after your lunch break, you don’t need to stop doing that completely.
Instead, try to replace it with reading you can relate back to your industry or field. This way, you’re still giving yourself what you want – browsing through articles and reading – but it’s more positive and it serves an actual purpose.
The best way to do this? Plan ahead, plan ahead, plan ahead.
When you have a habit, odds are it happens every single day. That means it happens 365 days a year. And that’s a lot.
That also means you’ve got some time to plan ahead, so you can plan what you want to replace it with.
Going in with a plan of attack of how you’ll respond promotes good habits forming. What do you plan to do when you want to read after lunch? What are you going to do when social media is calling your name? Make a game plan and stick to it.
A simple way to make sure you stick with it – get rid of any little reminders or trigger items that go along with the bad habits.
If you go out to lunch and then sit on your computer and surf the web when you get back, don’t leave your desk. Take your lunch at your desk. If you check your phone all morning for personal texts and social media, leave your phone in the car.
Environmental factors make it waaaaay too easy for your bad habit to stick around – and harder for good habits to stick. So change up the environment to change up the outcome.
What if I break?
Make it easier to break bad habits by making it harder to do the actual habit.
Recruit some help
Nothing is quite as successful as getting people on your team to help you out. A lot of people do things on their own, so no one gives them a hard time when they give up or when they fail.
But that can work in your favor. Getting someone on the same page as you doubles the chances of becoming successful. Why? Because both of you are celebrating victories and making sure the other is responsible when they stray from the path.
After all, when someone expects you to be better and break your bad habits, it serves as a boost of motivation – you don’t want to let that person down.
If you don’t feel comfortable counting on one person, surround yourself with others who want to have similar habits. While you shouldn’t completely dump your old friends, it’s time to get some new ones.
You might have a friend who demonstrates some pretty great business practices after work that you want to pick up on. The more you hang around this person, the more likely it is you’ll develop similar characteristics. And the more likely you’ll apply these behaviors in your every day life. x
You can help yourself succeed, too! So many motivational speakers tell you to envision yourself succeeding at something. Picture it in your mind – visualize yourself keeping your phone in your car or reading a business-related article. Whatever bad habit you’re trying to break, picture yourself doing it, then smiling and reveling in your ability to take a step toward success.
Remember your goals
Don’t try and change yourself into someone you aren’t. That’s not the goal of breaking the bad habits. Instead, just go back to the person you were before that habit. You don’t need to change yourself into a working machine, you just need to go back to being focused and driven.
Need a way to get yourself over all the negative talk? All you have to do is transform a sentence or two.
If you say:
“I haven’t been focusing on my work at all lately…”
Add “but” and finish the rest of it:
“…but I’m working toward getting my focus back.
Stay positive and don’t beat yourself up anything. You’re going to fail sometimes and guess what – that’s OK. Everyone messes up and fails from time to time. So make sure you plan for it.
The worst thing you can do is completely give up once you get off track. What separates the successful people from the less-successful people is this: Successful people plan for failure, accept it, then get right back on track, working toward their goal.
So get started breaking that bad habit and replacing it with a good one. Here’s what you should do from here.
Ask yourself the following questions to help boost your change:
– At what point/time/place does the bad habit happen?
– About how many times does it occur during the day?
– Are you with anyone specific when it does happen?
– Are there any certain elements that jumpstart it?
Just recognizing the answers to these problems can help you change the behavior – and it’ll give you some ideas on the best methods to fix it.
Keep track of how many times your habit happens during a normal day. You can carry a pen and paper with you to make it even more convenient. Then, every time you find yourself doing the bad habits, track it.
At the end of the day, you’ll be able to count how many times you did the bad habit.
This awareness of not only how many times it happens but when it happens help you understand that you need to break it.
Even if you aren’t successful right away (most people aren’t!), keep up with trying to break your bad habits. Whether you want to quit cold turkey or replace it with a new one, do whatever it takes to reach your goal.
It can be hard to quit your bad habits but if you keep at it and don’t give up when you face cravings of your bad habits then you will get rid of your bad habits forever.
What are some of your bad habits that you currently do (or used to do)? How did you manage to replace them with good habits?
If you need anymore help with getting rid of your bad habits then drop us a comment in the section below and I will get back to you.
You should be looking to learn and self educate yourself so you can get ahead with your business. With books you can learn many things . The greatest people are avid readers and they learn so much from reading.
There is a great quote by Harry S. Truman which he says, “Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers. Harry Truman was the 33rd president of the United States of America from 1945 – 1953.
The world is changing quickly. It is very important to keep up with the rapidly changing and developing world. Technology is developing at an even faster pace. It is very important to have the right mindset.
The Mindset of an Entrepreneur tells you how you can develop the correct mindset and offers you a blueprint on how you can achieve a positive mindset and change your mindset into a successful entrepreneurs’s mindset.
The Mindset of an Entrepreneur is a very actionable and informative book. It includes inspirational stories of successful entrepreneurs and innovators who have successfully changed their mindset and shows you how they did it.
It features a step by guide on how you can reprogram your mindset to become a better entrepreneur.
Social Media is one of the most effective ways of spreading your word out. If you use social media properly it can make your content go viral and increase your popularity and website traffic by a landslide.
If you are struggling with social media and just can’t get your head around it then you need help. This guide will cover everything you wanted to know about social media.
It includes practical tips and advice on how you can instantly increase your following and fanbase on different social media channels like Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and Tumblr.
It is very easy to understand and very simple to follow. You will love the practical layout and concise instructions and you will take something valuable away from the book every time you read it!
This is one of the easiest and simplest guides to follow and has a no BS approach to it.
The Blueprint to Success provides an insight on some of the successful people of today. Some of the people featured in this book include Donald Trump and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
You will hear of the different stories of adversity and difficulty the various successful people were faced with and how they overcame their problem.
You can also learn the different secrets and principles of their success and what helped them get to where they are today. This book will help help you to get inspire you and help you achieve great things.
The Blueprint to Success is written in a nice friendly and easy to understand style while also trying to inject some humor into it.
You will also learn how to;
– Learn how to build your own online business empire and start growing your business.
-Learn how to create a powerful brand that has a lasting message
– Get Inspired by other successful people’s stories
– Get Advice on how to become successful
– Learn how to achieve and accomplish what you want in life.
– Discover some great keys to success that will help you get more out of life and your business.
– And Much More
This book will seriously change how you think about business and life.
Everyone needs a break once in a while. If you just work all the time and don’t have a break then you going to risk burnout and just end up doing yourself more bad than good. Even Superman needs a break every now and then!
You know what they say all work and no play makes you a dull person. And you don’t want to be a dull person. You need a change and you need a break.
We are pleased to announce the launch of IRF Media, a mobile games and app developer and publishing company. IRF Media is a different mobile games company and does not release normal standard mobile games. They are different and plan to do different things then most mobile games and mobile application companies.
IRF Media specialises in making awesome industry changing games and apps for the iPhone, iPad, Android and Windows smartphones and tablets. They also publish apps to the Amazon App Store.
They have plans of expanding their mobile game and app portfolio and in future plan to expand to media, publishing and merchandising.
Currently they have launched their first game, Blast Off. Blast Off is a free to play game which is available on Android and iOS devices. This game is very simple to play with simple tilt controls to control the rocket. The mission of the game of this endless game is to get as far as you can while blasting down and dodging incoming asteroids.
Many people spend their entire lives chasing one thing. Do you know what it is? They spend most of their lives chasing money. Most people spend a lot of time of their life making money, chasing money and just doing near enough anything for money.
Some people will go to any length to get more money. They do not have a limit. Check out this story of what people will do for money. Here are some more disgusting jobs people do for money. Loads of people spend their entire lives making money.
Some people will even go as far as killing their own loved ones for money. Whereas there are people out there who just do plain retarded stuff. But why?
In this article you will find out why people do what they do for money, why some people want more than others and what you should be doing instead.
Why Making Money Is Useless?
Back in my granddads day people used to work to make money for one simple reason. To survive. They did it to provide for their family and make sure that they would not go hungry. They did it to make sure they weren’t cold at night.
Yes they did have more of a struggle making money back then. But they did value money more back that as well.
However if you are making money, it can buy you a lot more things than just food and drink. Money can get you more respect, more power, bigger house(s), better cars, better education, better help (butlers, driver, chef, etc), more opportunities and other materialistic possessions (Smartphones, Tablets, Games Console, TVs, etc).
But why do we want these things? What makes us buy these things? What drives us to make the purchase and spend our hard earned cash on these things.
One of the main things that drives us to buy the latest smartphone or buy the latest gadget is because of clever marketing. It is placed into our heads and we have that constant remainder of it in our heads.
According to a report by The Guardian we are bombarded by up to 3,500 ads everyday during an average day. This leaves it constantly in our heads and our brains are thinking about the latest gadget everyday. So that is why we are tempted so much to buy the latest iPhone when walking past the Apple store.
“Man, I see in fight club the strongest and smartest men who’ve ever lived. I see all this potential, and I see squandering. God damn it, an entire generation pumping gas, waiting tables; slaves with white collars. Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don’t need. We’re the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our Great War’s a spiritual war… our Great Depression is our lives. We’ve all been raised on television to believe that one day we’d all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars. But we won’t. And we’re slowly learning that fact. And we’re very, very pissed off.” – Tyler Durden. Fight Club.
Another thing is we are always wanting to compete with other people and deep down most people want to make people jealous with the things they have. Some people just want to show of the fact that they can afford a Ferrari. Or even just to prove that teacher wrong that said that they would never amount to anything and just be a cleaner.
To many people money is a measure of success. For example if Person A has lets say, a couple of million dollars in their bank account. Person B sees how much Person A has and might think ‘this guy has made it’ and would think he is successful.
How long do you spend working?
Lets imagine the average full time employing working 9-5 everyday for 5 days a week. The average employee spends 40 hours working a week. Some even spend more than that a week working.
Some people spend that sort of time at a job they do not like and hate. Why would you spend doing something that you do not like just for money? Making money should not be the only reason you work at your job. If it is then you seriously need to look for something else.
One third of your life is actually used up working. That is 30% of your life which is a massive chunk of your life. This percentage does not including travelling/commuting time and getting ready. Throughout your life that is 99,117 hours spent at work in total on average.
Why would you spend the majority of life working for someone else and trying to get him or her rich. What would be the point of doing that? You would just be making your boss richer then they already are.
You can just start your own business and work for yourself and make more money then your boss and his boss combined.
Is Money the Root of All Evil?
Now I am not saying that is the root of all evil. Once you are making money, it can provide you with some awesome things. Donating money to charity or someone who needs it more. Donating money to people who need it for life saving operations. Providing infrastructure for countries or people that do not have it. Provide joy and happiness to others.
Money can generally change the world and make the world a better place. Money can bring change, bring joy and happiness to the world.
Making money does and can cause humans to behave rather greedily. It is like kinda like a drug. Once you start take a couple of hits of a drug you are hooked which is similar to money, once you start to make money you just want to make more and more.
You do not see anything else. That does not happen to everyone but there are many people out there who are hooked to money and have some kind of attachment to it.
“The greatest legacy is that which benefits the widest number of people for the longest period without limit to value. No one but the Prophet Muhammad was given that role as the seal of God’s message.” – Cat Stevens
Really it doesn’t matter how much money you have because after you make a certain amount of money it is all a numbers game.
Let’s say you are the richest man or woman in the world. You had billions of dollars in the bank. What would you buy? A couple of expensive properties across the world? A couple of super cars? Your own private island, maybe? You can really buy whatever you heart desires.
But do you really need billions of dollars in your bank account to buy all that? Not at all! They do say more money brings more problems. When you have that much money, you going to have loads of people hating on you, getting jealous and more expenses. Life isn’t all about making money.
Leaving a Legacy Behind
Instead of trying to earn more money and spending your entire life on a quest to get more money you should spend your time in leaving your legacy behind.
Your time is actually limited. We don’t know when we are going to die neither do we know what is going to happen in the future. No-one can tell the future.
If you know your time is limited in this world why would you waste that time working for someone else just so you could be making money. You will not be able to keep your money with you when you die.
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.” – Steve Jobs.
People are not going to remember you for how much money you had. They will remember you for what you did. They will remember you for the change that you made to the world. They will remember you for your legacy.
Think about it. All the great people out there past and present have are remembered for their legacy. The great Steve Jobs who was the pioneer of the iPhone, iPad and iPod and also founder Apple and Pixar changed the way people listen to music, communicate and much more.
Mark Zukerberg the man behind the sensational Facebook helps people connect with each other and make friends. He changed the way people communicate and meet each other. He wants to make the world more connected.
The greatest boxer of all time Muhammad Ali was not only a great boxer but he was a great man as well. He worked hard on getting justice and equality for black people while also volenteering, helping, contributing and donating to charities.
All 3 of these people have a great legacy and will leave something behind that people will remember because they changed and impacted the world. These people never had making money as one of their primary goals. Their are countless amounts of people who have a legacy which after they die people will remember them for. Be one of those people.
Instead of trying to earn a ridiculous amount of money, work on building your legacy. Work on changing and impacting the world. Work on leaving your mark on the world. Making money is a by-product of being successful.
Making money is useless. You should work on building your legacy.
What do you think about money? Do you think it is important? Let me know what you think in the comment section below.
The way we care for ourselves mentally and physically has as much to do with being a successful business person as does any of the entrepreneurial routines we do. In this business series we are covering the body, mind and spirit of the entrepreneur. It’s nice to see how our daily health and schedule routines stack up to what surveys and interviews have told the world that our successful entrepreneurs are doing.
Most of us think that because we are entrepreneurs we are now a machine. We eat, drink, sleep and digest work 24/7. We believe we have to be ‘on’ constantly and burn ourselves out in order to reach success. We don’t. We are our own worst enemy when it comes to feeling guilty about how much work we needed to be doing in order to justify our days off. Making sure we are not killing ourselves in the interim is the key to our success. We won’t have anything to give our business or our clients of we look and feel overtly burned out!
So, what do successful entrepreneurs do? They make sure they create and maintain daily health and well-being routines. Sticking to it has its many rewards. You have to simply prioritize the important aspects of your life to create a balance. Not everything that works for you will work for someone else. You have to come to the determination of what works best for you. Only you know what your priorities are. Don’t make the mistake that so many others make. Don’t try and model your priorities around someone else. You are like a finger print and are vastly different from others. So, treat your schedule and routine this way.
If you are a morning person then capitalize on that. Wake up and be ready for the day! If you do lousy in the middle of the day then take a few hours off—take a nap or read for fun, meditate. Do whatever gets you back on track.
Exercise in the Morning:
As much as so many of us want to not do this—we have found through polls and interviews with the most successful entrepreneurs that exercise of some sort—even just walking is the key to a healthy head that is clear and ready to work. Blood flow and lymph circulation are essential for a clear mind and healthy body. We have to have a healthy mind in order to process the information we will be collecting all day.
The fact that everyone says this is the most important mean of the day is no myth. It’s essential. Your body has been resting and healing itself all night. So, now it needs fuel other than coffee and stimulants to get started. If you don’t you’ll experience fatigue crash by the early afternoon and this is a real productivity downer.
Get Up Before the Family:
Most successful female entrepreneurs will actually get up one hour prior to the family in order to get some time to themselves. There is a lot to be said for this. The best rituals are the ones that will put you in the mood you need to be in for the day. If by chance you start off your day badly or negatively in any way, you will snowball that into your day for sure.
Crazy Routines of the Famous and Successful:
Winston Churchill, one of the former Prime Ministers of England had an unlikely routine. However it is a great example of tailoring what works for your success and it will certainly pull you out of your 9-5 grind.
Churchill would begin his day in bed until 11:00am. He woke at 7:30. He was brought his breakfast, made his secretaries take dictation and read his mail.
He stopped by his office space in the house for about an hour and then, ate lunch from 1:00 to 3:30 pm with colleagues and family. Discussed his day and made small talk over a 3-4 course meal. He believed that quality time made him better at what he did. He worked until roughly 5pm and engaged in a nap for about an hour and a half. Then, he worked until dinner at 8pm. This is with the same family and his guests. He would then work for another hour or so before turning in again.
Set Goals in the Morning:
First, give yourself a list of choices. If you meditate and exercise then make it an either or choice. Give yourself plenty of flexibility so you don’t feel in a forced rut. If you are a night owl—then try to get the bulk of your work done at night. You can even work this around deadlines you have with clients if you work smart. Choose the beginning of the week for prioritizing your schedule for rest of the week. Mondays can be for that. If you are the type of person that likes weekends off—this is a great way to make it feel as if you have another off day to just reorganize your week! This will give you the energy you need for what you need to do the rest of the week. You would be surprised at the psychological impact a Monday has. There has been songs made about it like “Manic Monday” etc… so, you know that if you view Mondays as a hectic day—then it will be. If you are this type of person—make it a better Monday by using it as a lead in to the week and not a fully fledged business day. You may just see that your week is a lot better and you are so much more productive. This way, the weekend can be yours. All yours.
Creative Work May Be Best When Tired:
When you’re tired, sometimes you may fare better doing whatever creative work you have. Make sure you are putting off any strenuous administrative work at that time. Now, your body clock will tell you a lot of things. One, it will tell you when to sleep, eat and work. You may or may not have the luxury to do everything according to your body clock. If you can though, listen to it as much as possible. Even if it’s one to two times a day. You’ll feel so much better and think so much clearer if you aren’t working through hunger or fighting off tired.
Watch Your Alarm Clock:
Believe it or not—the way we wake up has a lot to do with the alarm clock sounds we wake up to. That incredibly harsh generic alarm clock sound can send waves of stress through our body’s. The best alarm clocks are those that mimmick nature like chirping birds or water falls or pleasant classical or meditation music.
Winding Down from Work:
Winding down from work takes a routine that works for you specifically. The best advice out there is to disengage from the work day. This means all electronic equipment being turned off. After a certain hour, no notifications are on and nothing gets checked. Make sure that if you have family that may need to get to you that you have a certain ring tone for them as well as a text tone. This way, if you need to speak to them you can and ignore the rest. It’s important that we are closed off from the world at night. Sleep and total relaxation before bedtime is essential.
Write in a Journal:
Yes write in a non business journal. Do the “Dear Diary” type of personal journaling and make it positive. Write your gratitude for what you have accomplished and not only that—what you have taken for granted that you have in your life right now. It doesn’t matter how silly it looks or sounds. It doesn’t matter how large or small it is. It can be about the weather was great today and I am so grateful. My kid brought home a B on their report card and I am so grateful today. I have healthy senses to hear and see all the beauty around me on my walk today—I am so grateful for that! After you’ve done this for so long—maybe a matter of weeks—you’ll see a change—a big change.
Being an entrepreneur or a successful business person is more about how you take care of yourself than it is about any business strategy. It’s a general lifestyle because each thing will affect something else. You are made successful by being clear minded and focused on what you need to accomplish. You can’t be an innovator if you are battling sleep deprivation or malnutrition. If we have ill health of the body, mind or spirit we cannot be fruitful. It’s interesting and comforting to know that from the least to the best entrepreneurs the advice is not that different at all.
As an entrepreneur, you probably measure your level of success on a day to day basis. And you want that to grow every day as often as it can.
But the question is: Are you enabling that growth? Are you more successful today than yesterday? What about tomorrow? A week from now? A year from now?
You want your success to keep growing, so you and your business are never just moving along in cruise control. And no matter what type of situation you come across, your time and attention is still spend on improving and growing.
After all, this type of motivation and self-propel mindset are two qualities that almost every entrepreneur has.
Instead of trying to completely overthrow your current routine, there are a few simple steps you can take to help yourself become more successful.
Do you want to become a better entrepreneur? From boosting your productivity to connecting with customers, here are 6 ways you can make sure your success continues to grow.
Rise and shine:
A lot of seriously successful business owners will tell you they’re up before the sun rises. Sometimes before 6 AM, sometimes before 7 AM. And there’s a reason why they all have this in common.
Waking up and getting in the office before anyone helps you stay motivated and focused on the tasks at hand. You can get projects and tasks out of the way before you’re thrown into the sea of daily emails, phone calls and other distractions.
Plus, there is a ton of research and studies that show people who wake up early tend to be happier and healthier. So it’s not just good for your mind – it’s good for your physical health, too!
You don’t have to make this switch overnight. Instead of a dramatic overhaul of your sleep schedule, try this: Set your alarm one minute earlier every day. So if tomorrow is your first day waking up earlier, and you usually wake up at 8 AM, wake up at 7:59 AM. The second day, wake up at 7:58. Keep going until you’ve reached the time you’re working toward.
To make this transition easier, go to bed 1-5 minutes earlier every night. You’ll get the same amount of sleep and be rising with the sun before you know it!
We all like to maintain a healthy lifestyle – or at least as healthy as we can with our busy schedules. But it can be easy to forget that you’re a human, not just an entrepreneur/robot. You need to focus on your well being too. And if you want to absorb more information during the day, you’ll keep reading about why this is important for you and your business.
A few studies have shown that people who get exercise every day are able to weed out irrelevant information that comes their way. This isn’t all – the participants were also able to concentrate better on what was in front of them. Needless to say, this can do wonders for the entrepreneur, since you tend to get every little thing thrown your way during the day. After all, it would be pretty helpful to be able to quickly race through tasks and see what needs your attention now and what can wait until later.
Take a look at your schedule and see when you can squeeze in a jog. If you have a big meeting coming up or lunch with a big client, try to go for a jog. You’ll show up on your A-game and be ready to think. Or give your morning a boost (and yourself an easier wake up!) by taking a job before work. You’ll be impressed with the surprising results it has on your day.
Here’s a concept that a lot of entrepreneurs don’t take advantage of: gratefulness and thankfulness. Your customers are part of the reason why your business is succeeding. And, like you probably tell your staff members, every customer counts, including previous customers.
Reach out to customers you haven’t done business with in a while. Whether you want to send a thank-you note for their business in the past or a gift to let them know you’re thinking of them, either way, you’re doing something great – You’re opening up the lines of communication and getting the customer thinking.
You’re giving their memory a jolt by sending them a token of your appreciation. It’s like saying Hey! Don’t forget all the great things we were able to accomplish for you. Come back when you’re ready to get some business taken care of.
And now, when that customer needs business again, he or she will remember your act of kindness and bring more business your way. It could even help make a short-term professional relationship into a long-term one. And long-term customers are some of the best to have.
Plus, a personalized thank you note from you and your business means so much more than an email. It shows you were really thinking about the person and wanted to bring a certain level of tailored thanks to it.
Organization is the key to many things – and one of those things is ongoing success. An organized workspace and office equals an organized mind. And an organized mind ensures your overall success.
When your workspace is cluttered and full to the brim with papers and files and who knows what else, it sends a message to your brain. That message says one word: CHAOS. Even if you don’t feel like you’re under stress and pressure, your brain is registering the mess around you under that category. So inadvertently, you’re stressing yourself out. And when you’re stressed, everything gets a little messy, from your decisions to your productivity.
So what do you do if your workspace is currently a sloppy mess? You might not have the flexibility to take the time to organize it all in one sitting. Instead, spend the first or the last 20 minutes of your day organizing. And as you go on throughout the day, don’t contribute to the mess!
Find your thing:
Imagine that being an entrepreneurship is much like playing dominos. As you place a domino down, each one gets bigger and bigger. Instead of sitting down and looking at all of the dominos, focus on the one directly in front of you. Dedicate all of your focus to that one specific domino. Once you’ve climbed over it, move to the next.
You might be asking yourself what dominos have to do with being successful. Well, let’s take a look at your to-do list for the day. Do you have a million little tasks on it? Do you feel like absolutely everything on your list needs to get done?
Every little tiny task is not going to propel you forward. In fact, you can easily get caught up in the tiny little things of life and hold yourself back. Instead of wasting time on all of these little tasks, focus on the one thing that’s going to keep you moving forward. Odds are, this is bigger than everything on your to-do list.
No, we aren’t talking about ringing some wedding bells. We’re taking about getting involved in the wonderful world of the Internet.
Reading a book can do awesome things for your creative juices. It can spark some new ideas or give you an entirely new perspective on something. But that’s about all it can do – if you have any questions, odds are you can’t really get them answered.
… Until you turn to the Internet. Various communities and forums are available online and these seemingly simple answers can provide you with some great assistance.
When you get involved with the online community, you can get some answers from your peers. So if you’re struggling with something with your business, and are looking for some real-life answers, you’ve got the place to go. It’ll be a relief to get some professional advice some people who know what it’s like to be in your shoes!
Added bonus: You get to do some networking! Who knows the different types of people (and business owners!) you’ll get to meet every day. You never know who you might meet – and who could help mold you into a more successful person.
Of course, this will never happen if you don’t go ahead and start reaching out to the community.
We know, we know – you’re super busy and might not have the time to do this. But just like you’re making time to clean your workspace and get organized, make time to do this as well.
We get that it might not be easy to make these steps every day. But these improvements are necessary in order for you and your business to continue growing and being successful. While it’s difficult to make time for these seemingly small advancements, it’s imperative to do so. Any little small action or step you can take will lead you in the right direction and help you achieve all types of success.
Have you failed at something before? Odds are, you have at some point in your life, even if you tried your absolute hardest. It happens to the best of us. Sometimes, successful people just fail, despite their heroic efforts. And while you might sit there and scratch your head, wondering why it didn’t work out for you, there’s likely a reason why it happened.
You might think it was from an environmental factor, like another company, or because the economy isn’t so great. And while these are possible answers, you may have been the reason for your own failure.
Often times, there are mental barriers that people unknowingly put up that can hold them back from succeed. These fatal mistakes can sink your ship fast and leave you treading in deep water. Make sure you aren’t falling victim to these malicious mistakes.
When people set their future goals, they’ll usually imagine something at the finish line, like a certain amount of money, a materialistic item (like a new house or car), or even a big achievement (like getting a Pulitzer Prize). You may think these things can help keep you motivated, but they can actually do the opposite.
Your mind is racing and thinking “I’m going to do this to get this, I’m going to get this to do this,” and it’s causing some major havoc. You’re completely missing the point! You should be working one step at a time in order to succeed. And part of success means you’re having a fulfilling life.
Plus, once you get that “thing,” what next? Are you just going to consider your goal accomplished and stop moving forward?
Instead of picturing a specific thing or object you’re working toward, imagine how you’ll feel once you reach your goal instead. You’ll feel full of pride and enlightenment and, most important, you’ll feel successful because you will be successful. And you’ll do whatever is necessary is order to get there.
And once you’ve met the goal, you can move right onto the next one. You’ll be eager to continue to thrive, since it produces such awesome feelings.
Letting fear take over:
It can be difficult to take a giant leap toward that risk. It isn’t easy and sure, you might fail. But what if you don’t? What if you thrive? The potential success that waits on the other side is enough to push you off the edge and take the risk. You can’t let fear take the wheel and determine your path in life. You have to overcome that fear and determine if the risk is worth it.
After all, what if you were afraid to leave your boring job, because you didn’t want to take a financial risk, and now you’ll never own your own business? It can be as simple as picking up the phone to call a possible client, even if they’ve already turned you down. You’re constantly moving forward in order keep yourself going – you can’t let fear stop you in your path.
You have to take these risks in order to achieve the goals you’ve set for yourself. Simple as that. Risks are necessary for success.
Develop the mindset that fear is a temporary feeling for you – and so is failure. If things don’t go your way or according to plan, that doesn’t mean everything has completely derailed. Your plan is still alive and kicking. You’ve just got to direct it back the right way. It’s a small bump in the road and you’ll jump that obstacle as you approach it. But that’s all it is – an obstacle. It’s not the end. You’ve got to keep going.
Being afraid of success
Just like people can be afraid of fear, there are people who are afraid of success, too. Let’s say you’ve achieved one of your top goals – getting a huge amount of income from your business really quickly. Well, what if that doesn’t make you happy like you thought it would? What if you don’t have the clients and recognition you thought would come along with it? Now what are you supposed to do? What if your family and friends started treating you differently? What if people had significantly higher and different expectations of you? What if you let everyone down? What if you can still fail and it’ll hurt even more? How will you bounce back from a failure now?
You could drive yourself crazy asking these kinds of questions. And it’s a surefire way to freaking out even the most motivated person. You’re headed right towards sabotaging yourself.
Here’s how you can get past that – you have to tell yourself that you will be happy, no matter what the circumstances. Instead of dedicating all of your focus to worrying about problems, focus on how great it’ll feel to succeed. It’s a feeling unlike any other.
Plus, you can help those around you succeed, too. From family members to friends, people will come to understand that you’re the go-to person for help, since you’ve already proven your methods to be successful. And you’ll get a great feeling when you help out those you love.
When you come up with a game plan, you probably want to execute it RIGHT. THIS. SECOND. But that isn’t the way to success. Remember the expression ‘slow and steady wins the race’? Yeah, that’s the mindset you’ve got to develop and maintain.
A lot of people make the mistake of severely overestimating what they can accomplish in a week’s time. They think Okay, I can just put everything else on hold for a week or two and bang out this plan.
But that isn’t really how things work, especially because then you underestimate what you should accomplish in a year. Everything starts getting all messed up and before you know it, you can’t make your timeline for longer than a week from right now.
Odds are, you’re trying to jam in too many actionable tasks into a short term schedule. Instead, these events should be evenly spaced out over a longer schedule.
Think about what this does to your motivation. When you set these unrealistic time limits for yourself, you probably aren’t going to meet them. And when you don’t meet them, you’re going to get discouraged. And when you get discouraged, you’re going to lose motivation. So you’re either going to fail or feel like you’ve failed. And that takes a huge toll on your entire process.
You want to set realistic goals and a timeline for yourself. This way, you’ll be helping yourself achieve what you want.
To avoid burning yourself out with an unrealistic timeline, create a list of everything you need to do in order to get to your goal – and we mean everything: activities, events, steps, training, everything. Then set up your schedule so there’s some extra room in between. If all of one day is going to be spent on a difficult task, switch to an easier task the next day. Your brain will appreciate the break. Try to limit yourself to 2-3 extremely difficult items a week. Either way, remember you’re on your way to success. There’s no rush – slow and steady!
Worrying, worrying, worry:
Face it – we all worry. We worry about things like bills and health and jobs. We worry about leaving one job for another. We worry about a major career change. We worry, worry, worry.
But worrying doesn’t change anything about the situation. The only thing worrying changes is your mindset. And when you keep worrying about problems or bumps you may run into, it can seriously discourage you and take you further away from your goal.
Let’s say you need to become an expert in a certain area before you can advance toward your goal. While you made some major progress in the beginning, now you’re kind of stuck and not getting any better at it. You start to worry that you’ve exceeded your knowledge. And you may start to panic that you won’t get any better. So what do you do? You give up.
When you’ve reached this point in the worrying stage, it’s time to take a step back and reflect back on what you were able to accomplish. It could be something small, like understanding a specific aspect you have been trying to comprehend for a while. But still – it’s an accomplishment worth celebrating! You’ve just got to have the belief that you’re getting somewhere, even when you aren’t physically moving. And keep in mind: Even when you stall, the engine is still running.
Even if you’ve fallen victim to some of these mistakes, you can still come back from them. In fact, you might have fallen victim to every single one of these mistakes. But if you’re still working toward your goal, you’re doing the right thing. Overcoming these mental barriers is key to being successful. And avoiding making the same mistakes over and over again in the future will ensure you’re on your way to success.
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What does having a successful business mean to you? Sales, customer relations, a recognizable name – all of these things are important to your business, as well as your success. But on top of dealing with the every day battles at your company, you’ll likely dealing with another battle. What is it? Distractions. Deadly, deadly distractions. They slaughter your productivity and take you far away from your end goal. Even the most successful individuals still deal with their fair share of distractions. But you need to make sure you handle these production-killing mistakes correctly, or your focus will be shot, among other things. Being able to develop focus is the key to a successful business. Why? Because you have to be able to focus on the most important blip on your radar. And that’s your business and its growth. Your business growing and becoming even more successful means you’re growing and becoming more successful. So how can you make sure you keep your focus sharp and directed toward the right objectives? Here’s what you need to do to succeed and develop the right mindset: Revenue is key. There are certain distractions you deal with during the day that can seriously mess with your focus. And when your focus gets all screwy, your profit intake gets all screwy. This is a mistake you literally cannot afford to make, especially on a regular basis. So here’s how you handle it: Steer each and every little thing back to revenue, no matter what. An employee asks you what to do about a certain problem in your company? Think about revenue and direct the convo toward it. Dealing with a really tough customer? Think about revenue and take action from there. Considering launching a new product? Think about how it’ll contribute to revenue. Contemplating hiring a new employee for a specific task? Think about how this could add to revenue. Ready to get your business online with a blog and other social media accounts? Ask yourself – will this help our revenue? Do you see a pattern yet? Your focus always needs to be on revenue. And while you may feel like you’re being greedy, push those feelings of guilt aside. Revenue is the foundation and structure of your business. When you want to have a successful business on your hands, you need to have revenue. Plain and simple. It’s not so much about getting mass amounts of income and becoming a multi-million are – it’s about keeping your business afloat in its industry. You want to be able to shine in a sea of competitors and revenue will help you do that. Take the right steps. Think about what it takes to tackle a truly difficult task, goal or achievement. Odds are, in the past, you didn’t just wing it and do the work necessary when you had a free second or two. You probably buckled down and got to work, pouring everything you have into the projects. And you probably didn’t let anything get in your way – including damaging distractions. And just about any owner of a business will tell you that building their company was certainly considered a huge achievement. Of course, in this day and age, it can be beyond difficult to stay focused. We’ve got emails coming in constantly, phones chirping and singing, and the Internet constantly tempting us with new features and technologies, not to mention the usual obstacles that come with owning your own business. Soooo……. how can you possibly concentrate on important tasks that need your undivided attention? There are a few simple things that you can do that’ll make a surprisingly large impact. Business Insider mentions that a lot of wealthy and successful people generally avoid watching television. And by avoiding, they mean less than 1 hour of TV per day. Think about it – watching television can turn your brain to mush. It’s such a mindless distraction. Instead, read in your free time or try to get some exercise. If possible, limit yourself on emails and phone distractions when you’re working on a high priority task. How do you determine if something is high priority, you ask? Give it a rating of importance based on – yep, you guessed it – its revenue. If a task is a 10, you should have all interruptions safely locked away. Let your employees know you’re involved in something very important and should only be distracted in the event of an emergency. If it’s a 4 or lower task, you can take less extreme measures. Get up and moving. We know that not everyone likes to rise with the sun, especially if you’re up late working or getting caught up on life. But there is something to be said about early morning risers – they get a lot more done with their day! To put it simply – get up earlier and you’ll get a lot more accomplished. Mornings – more specifically, early mornings – should be your power times. You get into work before anyone else and guess what? No one will be there to distract you. No one will be stopping by your office with questions, blowing up with your email with problems or calling your phone constantly. This is the time to buckle down and get stuff down while you can. Plus, your brain is well-rested and ready to go for the day. So take advantage of this time while you have it! Whether you want to get into the office an hour before everyone or two, make this your productive time. Save any tasks that need your sole attention for the early hours. You’ll find yourself getting better results and staying more focused! Go with the flow. When you’re truly focused and moving along at the speed of light, you are in the zone. What does this mean? This means nothing can stop you. You’re going strong and you plan to stay there. Now, you can’t just wake up tomorrow morning and think, Okay, I’m going to flow all day. It doesn’t work like that. If it did, everything would be a lot easier. Instead, take the time to practice developing flow and the three qualities that go along with it: focus, awareness, and of course practice. You can carve your way to success, too. Make sure you have the following three requirements ready to go:
You know exactly what you’re working toward
You will get feedback on the quality of your work right away
You have both the knowledge and the skill it takes to overcome any challenges that may come your way
Got it? You can definitely make the most of this flow, too. Make sure you’re doing something that you enjoy doing. This could be a challenge or even something you consider important. Get rid of all your distractions and focus on the work, not how your flow is feeling. A lot of people determine when their “peak time” is in order to make the most of their flow times. Your peak time is when you’re at your most productive and you’re flowing right through your tasks. Keep a journal and document when you’re at your most productive. It could be morning, afternoon or in the evening. Then plan your most important tasks for this time. Your flow will come naturally and you’ll provide the best results for these items. Grow every day. We know this might sound harder than it seems – but it really isn’t! Focus on getting the right tasks and projects done. A lot of successful people make the mistake of focusing on the amount of things they can get done, rather than the impact or significance of those things. Your time is truly sacred, so make sure you’re making the best investment with it. And by doing some small thing every day to make your business grow, you’re ensuring the best use of your time. Take a step back from it all – everything; the calls, the meetings, the emails, everything that goes along with your day-to-day routine. Now, look at your business from an outsider’s point of view. Are there any hurdles you could move out of your business’s way? How about feedback from customers? Is there a certain product or audience you should be targeting? How can you finally close that tough client? Ask yourself these questions and make it your goal each day to take a step toward answering it. Develop the mindset that each and every day, you will work toward something. Even just reading this article has taken you a step in the right direction – you’re willing to do whatever it takes to make your business grow. Eventually, all the pieces will fall into place and your successes will make it worth all the hard work: you’ll finally be able to land that huge account or you’ll make some awesome changes that’ll completely transform your business. Either way, every business owner gets his or her Wahoo! moment. And all of this comes with staying dedicated, motivated, but most of all, focused.