Barefoot Executive Business Tip

January 24, 2014 by  
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ID-100224548-jesadaphorn by Carrie Wilkerson, The Barefoot Executive

If you are a service provider and you are using social media to VENT or RANT about non-ideal customers or frustrations with those that you serve…please consider that there are untold numbers of your ideal prospects watching & listening.

They are NOT anxious to work with you if you are clearly not ‘crazy about them.’

Even if clients frustrate you…they are your income. You agreed to work with them. Fulfill your contract to the best of your ability and then part ways. Next time…change your intake process and screen differently to prevent yourself the angst.

Think before you post. Save your rants for your peer mastermind, your spouse or text your BFF.

Every post is prospecting. Every post is marketing. Every post is branding.

999076_10151574500877361_1497641579_n Carrie Wilkerson is known as the “big sister in business” Carrie is a dynamic wife, mother and business owner. To find out more about The Barefoot Executive visit her on the web @ www.carriewilkerson.com. Carrie is the author of the best seller, The Barefoot Executive: The Ultimate Guide for Being Your Own Boss and Achieving Financial Freedom. and Motivation & Encouragement by The Barefoot Executive: Reclaim Your Time, Determine Your Income & Change Your Lifestyle (while keeping your priorities intact).

 

Do You Have A Poverty Mindset

January 24, 2014 by  
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stuartmiles-dpby Donna Partow

Is a poverty mindset holding you back?  Have you been taught that money is evil?  Rather than the truth, which is that the LOVE of money is evil?  Money itself is just a measure of how much we are helping other people.  How much value we are adding to the world.

I have struggled with that poverty mindset myself.  I grew up believing rich people were bad people.  And since I certainly didn’t want to become a bad person, even when I earned money–sometimes lots of it–I quickly gave it all away or lost it in unwise investments.

It took me many decades to discover the problem wasn’t “out there” somewhere.  The problem was right between my ears.  The enemy was my poverty mindset.  (You can watch the short video I recorded on this subject, too.)

Why Is a Poverty Mindset So Destructive?

A poverty mindset is incredibly destructive because it puts us in the role of helpless victim.  It tempts us to sit back as spectators to our own destiny.  We believe everything that happens to us is the result of outside forces.  We have no control.

I see this among Christians all the time.  The bible commands us to be diligent and wise and promises that those traits lead inevitably to a prosperous life.  The opposite of diligence and wisdom is folly and the life of the sluggard.  If you think God has good things to say about the foolish, unwise person, you might want to re-read the Book of Proverbs.

But instead of embracing the principles of Proverbs–of hard work, discipline, sowing and reaping–we embrace the poverty mindset, which says, “The mess I’m in isn’t my fault, so I’m powerless to change it.  I’ll just sit here watching TV, surfing the internet and chit chatting with my peeps.  God is in control, so I’m sure He’ll figure everything out eventually and make my life better.”

One of my pet peeves is the way people love to “throw God under the bus.”  Hey, I’ve done it myself.  I neglected His principles, then when life turned out badly, I fell back on, “Well, God is in control, so He must have wanted me to gain 30 pounds and lose a fortune in real estate.”

No, I gained 30 pounds by consuming more calories than I burned. I lost money in real estate because I was foolish.

Let’s keep God on His Throne, where He belongs, ruling a universe that is governed by principles that are clearly spelled out for us in His Word.

It’s time to take responsibility.  It’s time to admit our lives are where our own choices have taken us.  Time to break free from “poor, poor, pitiful me.”

3 Signs You Have A Poverty Mindset

Clue #1: Blame

You blame the economy, you blame the government, you blame the stock market, you blame your employer (or your employees).  If you’re in the direct sales industry, you blame your up-line or your down-line.  You blame your parents.  You blame your spouse, you blame your kids.  You blame your genes.  And the ever popular: it’s your thyroid’s fault.

It’s always something else or someone else. The problem is always anything or anyone else, but you.  It’s not any of those things.  It’s a Poverty Mindset.  That’s what’s holding you back from God’s best.

Clue #2: Justify

Or you justify your situation by saying you don’t really care.  You justify being broke by declaring yourself too spiritual for money.  ”Money isn’t important,” you say.  But can you name one good thing that can be accomplished in this world without money?  Not a single missionary can remain on the field without money.  Not a single medical facility can operate without money.  No church can keep it’s doors open without money.  And the truth is, financial stress is the leading cause of divorce in America.

Stop justifying your lack of prosperity by declaring yourself too spiritual to abide by the clear principles of scripture:

Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth.  Proverbs 10:4

A little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the hands to rest—
11 and poverty will come on you like a thief
and scarcity like an armed man.  Proverbs 6:10-11

Whoever disregards discipline comes to poverty and shame.  Proverbs 13:18

All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty. Proverbs 14:23

The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.  Proverbs 21:5

Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies will have their fill of poverty.  Proverbs 28:19

God told Abraham:  ”I will surely make you prosper”  Genesis 32:12

The Lord was with Joseph so that he prospered  Genesis 39:2

Walk in obedience to all that the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper.  Deut. 5:33

The Lord will grant you abundant prosperity—in the fruit of your womb, the young of your livestock and the crops of your ground  Deut. 28:11

Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.  Joshua 1:8

Well, you get the idea.  I could go on listing verses.  But the message is clear.  Faith and diligence bring prosperity.  Period.

 Poverty Mindset   3 Signs You Are Being Held Back From Gods BestBy the way, if you are wondering, “What about people who live in poor countries?”  Let me highly recommend The Book That Transforms Nations: The Power of the Bible to Change Any Country Poverty Mindset   3 Signs You Are Being Held Back From Gods Best by Loren Cunningham, founder of Youth With A Mission (YWAM).  It’s one of the best books I’ve ever read.  God’s principles are true and they are true for every person and every nation on earth.

Let’s stop throwing God under the bus.  If our lives are marked by poverty rather than prosperity, let’s accept responsibility to change the way we are living.  Let’s break free of that poverty mindset and begin to prosper!  Let’s press in for God’s best!

Clue #3: Complain

Complaining is the absolute worst possible thing you could do for your health.  And I mean every aspect of your health: spiritual, physical, emotional, mental, relational and yes, even financial.

Because there is a universal law that says, “What you focus on expands.”  That’s why God commands us to focus on the positive (Phil. 4:8) .  When you are complaining, what are you focusing on? What’s right with your life or what’s wrong with it? You are obviously focusing on what’s wrong with it and since what you focus on expands, you’ll keep getting more of what’s wrong.

I used to call myself a “weird experiences magnet.”  Almost every week, it seemed, something bad would happen and I’d hear the words, “This has never happened before but….”   You won’t be surprised to learn that I talked constantly about those weird experiences.  Anyone who got near me heard an earful about the latest frustrating turn of events.  And since no one wanted to be near me, I had to call people and inform them by phone.  Which I did.  All day.

 Poverty Mindset   3 Signs You Are Being Held Back From Gods BestI’m not into New Age mumbo jumbo, but after five decades on the planet, I have no doubt: there’s something to the Law of Attraction.  Here’s how T. Harv Eker, author of Secrets of the Millionaire Mind Poverty Mindset   3 Signs You Are Being Held Back From Gods Best puts it, “Have you ever noticed that people who complain a lot seem to have crappy lives? It’s like everything bad keeps happening to them. They say, “Of course, I complain, look how crappy my life is.” Now you can finally explain, “No, it’s BECAUSE you complain that you have a crappy life.”

What’s So Great About A Poverty Mindset?

We have to admit there is one great thing about a poverty mindset.  We get to play the victim.   And what do victims get? Attention!  Is attention important? Absolutely, for many people it’s what they live for.   But as Joyce Meyer often says, “You can be pitiful or you can be powerful, but you can’t be both.”

God wants us to be powerful spiritual warriors.  And he wants us to prosper, not play the victim.  ”Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers”  3 John 1:2.  That’s God’s best for your life.  Why settle for less?

Are you ready to say goodbye to the Poverty Mindset?  I’d love to hear about it!

donnaDonna is a best-selling Christian author, international motivational speaker and life coach for women.  She’s on a mission to empower women to Live Their Best Intentions:  To Get Free, Get Focused and Go FAR!  Donna studied at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Arts & Sciences and Wharton School of Business, where she maintained a 4.0 GPA. She holds a B.A. in English summa cum laude from Rutgers University.

To learn more about Donna visit her at www.donnapartow.com

Visibility is a Game-Changer

January 24, 2014 by  
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ID-100206892-Stuart MilesVisibility is a game-changer.
—ME // Marshawn Evans

Branding is one of my gifts. It’s one of the things that comes to me easily… and when someone tells me they don’t have the influence, income and impact they yearn for, I almost always know what’s wrong. They’re usually making some (or all!) of these 13 classic branding mistakes.

So if you were coaching with ME, here are the questions we’d look at together…

1. Do you have Poor Messaging? You’ve got to get really clear about what you want and what you need to share. Are you leaving your audience in the dark? Remember, a confused mind does nothing. “Nothing” is not what you want your clients or customers to do.
2. Do you have Poor Packaging? I know you’ve got great potential, expertise and ideas, but do you know how to put them together? If you don’t have a concise vision and mission, you’re going to end up with a scattered, bewildering brand.
3. Do you have a Poor Income Stream? You’re not attracting as many opportunities or making as much money as you could… because you’re not diversifying into a true brand empire—with multiple revenue streams. It’s possible to position yourself to make more money, get more visibility and be known as an expert in your industry.
4. Do you have Poor Visibility? That’s right… You have NO platform and NO following. Visibility is a game changer! Visibility gives people access to you. If they can’t see you, they can’t find you. If they can’t find you, they can’t work with you.
5. Do you have Poor Promotion? So many people tell me, “Oh, Marshawn, I’m really good at what I do, but I hate marketing!” Here’s the reality, baby doll. This isn’t about YOU getting attention for YOU. It’s about sharing the message God has given you. When you say you don’t like marketing, it’s like saying that the desires and ideas God has given you are not worthy to be shared. Poor promotion is simply not valuing what’s been placed inside of you. And, really… If Christ had to leave where he was to go spread his message, what makes you think you don’t have to do the same thing, too?
6. Do you have Poor Planning? Winging it is not an option. Although hope is necessary and it’s a feeling that inspires and motivates us, it’s not a brand or business strategy. Believers can really struggle with this one. We’ve got to shift from a mindset of ministry to a one of industry. At ME University, we’ve got a plan… for events, for social media, for emails… We know what we’re doing and where we’re going.
7. Do you have Poor Habits? Do you give too much away? You wisdom is designed to prosper you, but you need to have the right habits in place. And face it… you can’t blame people for not buying what you don’t have available. If nothing changes, nothing changes. Having better habits makes you more confident and successful. Being in business is like being a hunter… You have to be able to see opportunity, so self-investment to hone that skill is a very important habit to create.

8. Do you have Poor Systems? This just means you don’t have a game plan and a way of executing it. Here’s the key: Every struggle is just the sign of a missing system. You’re only one tweak away—you simply need a blueprint.
9. Do you have Poor Guidance? You’re listening to the wrong people and getting the wrong information. Or you’re listening to too many people and getting information overload. You need to get under the guidance of someone you trust, someone who has been sent and assigned to you. Stop window shopping. True understanding requires “standing under.” If you’re standing under the wrong training, THAT is why you’re confused. Look for RICH guidance: “Really In Christ’s Hands.” You know when you’ve met the right person. Trust your discernment.

10. Do you have Poor Accountability? Do you start, but never finish? That’s why people hire trainers and coaches. They keep you on track, ask you the right questions, understand what’s holding you back or keeping your stuck—and help you get past those barriers and reach your goals.

11. Do you have Poor Community? You may be alone and struggling in isolation. Some of you may be the smartest one in your circle and the only one who wants to go to the next level. If your friends and family don’t have the “next-level” wisdom you need, you need to get into a community where you’ll have that kind of iron-sharpening. Online communities are a great place to network, share ideas, get inspiration and create supportive, inspiring friendships.

12. Do you have Poor Investments? You gotta have skin in the game or there’s no congruency. I see a lot of people waiting around for leftovers. You know, the ones who sign up for all the free information they can get. But they are not getting to where they want to be. Here’s the truth: You have to invest different if you want to reap different—and you can’t get a return on an investment you don’t make. Besides, you’re going to attract people who are just like you…. Do you really want tire-kickers? I like to think “expansive, not expensive.”
13. Do you have Poor Thinking? If you want to be a millionaire, you have to act like a millionaire. I iron-sharpen with people who make more than I do—and I look at worth vs. cost. There is a cost to everything—ignorance, being stuck, being depressed. But there is a cost to growth! As a woman thinks in her heart, so is she. Broken thinking and stinking-thinking keep you stuck! If a church invests in a construction company to build—we see that as the cost of expansion. So it is with you. Let me just remind you: You are not designed to be small. God brings the opportunity, but the outcome comes through you! “Greater works than these shall you do!”

DSC9501Marshawn Evans is a Global Mentor and Catalyst for Women looking to Launch Their Dreams and Live Their Purpose. She equips others to AMPLIFY their lives, their leadership and their legacy by teaching the principles of influence, branding, and divine purpose. Her weekly eZine goes out to thousands of subscribers. Are you ready to unleash your brilliance and align with your REAL destiny? Sign up for a FREE subscription at http://marshawnevans.com.

How to Take Initiative and Accelerate Your Results

January 24, 2014 by  
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One of my favorite mantras is “don’t talk about it; be about it.”  I have been that way since I was a child. I mean seriously, what is the point of you telling me you’re going to do something?  I’d much rather you show me than tell me.  As it’s said, the proof is in the pudding and I think that means that you find out by seeing, eating and experiencing the pudding, right?

So at the end of the day, regardless of whether you’re an entrepreneur or a corporate business leader, instead of talking about what you are going to do, you have to position yourself to do it. And the way you do that is by taking consistent action.  Period. End of story. After all, implementation is what separates leaders from losers. Sorry, I feel like that may have been a little harsh :-(, but I need to drive the point home.  To read more of this article visit Darnyelle A. Jervey at www.incredibleoneenterprises.com

©2014 by Darnyelle A. Jervey. All Rights Reserved. Darnyelle A. Jervey, MBA, The Incredible Factor Speaker, Business Coach and Marketing Mentor, is the founder of IncredibleOneEnterprises.com, Incredible Factor University® and the Leverage Your Incredible Factor System® a proven step by step program for more clients, more income and more leverage in your business. For more information and a FREE audio CD “7 Critical Mistakes Entrepreneurs Must Avoid When Unleashing Your Incredible Factor So You Attract More Clients, Make More Money and Gain More Leverage” visit IncredibleOneEnterprises.com.