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4 Simple Tips to Help You Raise the Bar Higher This Year

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The year is still young. Our hopes and New Year resolutions are still fresh in our minds. For most people, this is the time when it sinks in that financially and physically – something’s got to change.

After the holiday hangover is done, you’re probably browsing the internet paying more attention than usual because you desire to get back in the game of life and business stronger than last year. Yet, have you noticed this is easier said than done?

The problem is, most of us aren’t really growing. We’re simply going around in circles. We read, attend seminars, watch Youtube videos from celebrities motivating us and we get pumped up. After that, we get back into the low standard status quo mundane lifestyle we’ve become accustomed to. I call it circling the wagon.

It isn’t that we’re not setting goals, it’s that we are setting tiny, realistic goals that we already know are achievable. This is no way to begin a new year for anyone who wants to experience a more passionate, liberating and prosperous lifestyle.

Which is why I picked up a few pointers from my good friend, world record breaker, high-performance coach and trainer to top Olympic athletes in the world, John McGrath. Not only has John been breaking world records in feats of strength and proving that a man can be stronger at 50 than at 20, he’s also become quite famous for helping athletes go from zero to hero.

When I asked him what his 2018 advice was for his high-performance students, he was quick to remind me that each of us is an artist, a performer, and genius in our own way. There’s a story we are here to tell, and as such, it is our divine duty to rise above the constrictions of status quo and define what our life will represent.

Setting the bar higher than ever before is the top recommendation that John gives whether you are a housewife, a student, an entrepreneur, a rockstar, a CEO or the president of a country. It doesn’t matter what tune you play to, learn to play it well and become a world-class individual.

Why? Because when you set your own high standards and expect that much from yourself, not only do you serve others at a higher level, you also invite others to stretch and discover what they are made of.

Shining your light bright is the best gift you can bring to our scattered, distracted and controversial world. I hope you’ve made a decision that it is your time to shine and prosper.

Here are 4 tips to get you started:

1. Become more aware of the paradigms that run your life

“The gyms are always full in January and by end of February most people have quit.” Well, it’s not the first time I heard that, and it’s because we don’t realize that we are running on habits and patterns of thought that won’t allow us to actually follow through on our goals.

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

2. Take full personal responsibility for your financial and physical health this year

John says there are 3000 diets in the world, maybe more. None of them work! You know why? Because the only way something works is if you work it! Same goes for making money online. There are so many systems and business models. The only one that will make you rich is the one that you learn to apply properly and take full responsibility for.

Do the necessary research and find the right fitness coach, business coach, and financial advisors. Find the methods that actually resonate and work with your values and purpose in life.

3. Implement the 80/20 rule to your physical and financial goals

You must learn to work smarter not harder this year. Whether it’s the gym or the business, make sure you’re working with and receiving mentorship from people who help you accomplish more with the least amount of effort.

“One of the greatest values of mentors is the ability to see ahead what others cannot see and to help them navigate a course to their destination.” – John C. Maxwell

4. Mastermind with great people

Since we’re on the topic of receiving mentorship and working smarter not harder, invest in a mastermind this year. Napoleon Hill coined the term mastermind in his famous book think and grow rich, and he offers extensive proof on how effective masterminding is.

Surround yourself with like-minded people who are healthy, wealthy and prosperous this year. They will not only challenge you to step up your game but also offer the encouragement and support needed to become a world class performer.

How will this year be better than the last? Comment below!

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Janette Getui is a mumpreneur and prosperity guide devoted to showing others how to produce more freedom and opulence in life. She is the co-founder of Bold Beautiful Blissful U and hosts transformational prosperity retreats and masterminds. Known to many as a powerful modern day mystic who has been able to prove through her own journey from the heart of poverty in an African slum to the abundant beach lifestyle that she gets to enjoy in Europe, that overcoming poverty consciousness, limiting beliefs and low self-worth is the fastest way to produce new beginnings and unfold a rich, blissful destiny. Her PH.D in overcoming harsh conditions and mind mastery make connecting with her worthwhile especially if spiritual and financial freedom matters to you. Get her free gift e-book that will enable you to unlock your version of heaven on earth.

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7 Ways to Share Your Story on Social Media

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Content marketing is “A type of marketing that involves the creation and sharing of online material (such as videos, blogs, and social media posts) that does not explicitly promote a brand but is intended to stimulate interest in its products or services”. In other words, explicit marketing is simply saying “buy my stuff!” whereas content marketing is the art of persuading people to do so through storytelling. (more…)

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10 Tips to Deal With Negativity While Starting a Business

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There are ups and downs in business but fearing failures can stop you from taking your first step towards excellence. With pandemic on tow, aspiring entrepreneurs feel a little stuck when ideating a business prospect. Here, we give you some actionable tips to deal with negativity while starting a business, even during situations like a pandemic. We also took the liberty to throw in some amazing book recommendations that’ll help you enjoy the process of being positive and achieving your business goals.

10 Tips to deal with negativity while starting a business in a pandemic

1. Get a mentor

The first thing to do as a new business owner is to find the right kind of mentor. That person could be someone in your industry or in general who you look up to. The guidance must be apt for your business, and it should be a mutual responsibility of sharing knowledge. 

2. Two big R’s – Routine and Refresh

Made a mess of something? Try to reboot the situation and make it work. Take a break once in a while and refresh yourself if you feel stuck or your ideas feel mundane. Plan a routine and stick to them – both personal and professional. Having a routine can increase productivity and engage in more activities apart from your pre-planned schedule. 

3. Inculcate problem-solving mentality

Do not panic once you are thrown a problem. Arrange a meeting with the respective party, listen to both sides of the stories, and make a decision that is more realistic and feasible. 

4. Hire half and half

Whenever you hire someone for your business. Make sure that half of the people contradict your ideas, and the other half have the same mindset as yours. The people who contradict can bring in more valuable points and their perspective might take the discussion to a whole new level.  Don’t take too much time finding the perfect one. Hire an apt person who can have the right attitude. 

5. Network, Network, and Network

Find like-minded people and mingle with them. Be more sportive in the learning process. Listen more and talk less – if you are a beginner. You can only be a constructive person who gives input to someone if you have listened to everyone’s point of view. If you feel down, your network might have something to uplift your mood and change your perspective on something. 

“Negativity, in general, is one of the things that holds people back, and you have to see what’s holding you back to get away from it.” – Lucy Dacus

6. Tech-savvy personnel

Learn a thing or two about the latest technology that you implement in your organization. Since the world revolves around technology, make sure your administrative authority knows as well.  

7. Don’t schedule a meeting, that could have been an email

Yes! I said it. Having unnecessary meetings will weaken the purpose of having a constructive discussion. Having back-to-back meetings drains the team members and yourself too. Always have a 10 to 15 minutes break between each meeting to feel refreshed and give your 100%. 

8. Have a pros and cons list

Always, I mean always have a pros and cons list. Let’s say one of your team members pitch an idea to improve the marketing strategies starting next month. Jot down the pros and cons before approving or rejecting it point-blank. It’s a systematic way of making a decision. 

9. Track your finances

Even if you have a team of accountants and auditors, make sure that you are present (both mentally and physically) – learn if you are not aware of it. Trusting your employees is a must, but not overseeing the records is a mistake that should be avoided. 

10. Remember your “why?”

At some point in your hectic schedule or not having ME time can get to you. During those tough times – ask yourself – “Why am I doing this?”. If you can answer this question with a valid explanation, you’ll feel energized. Because “A purpose drives you”. 

5 Best books to read to be more positive as an entrepreneur

Reading always puts me into perspective. Therefore, I took some liberty to give a sample of positivity and determination through words. 

These are the 5 books that’ll guide you to be a more positive and successful entrepreneur. 

  1. Attitude is everything by Jeff Keller – The decisions you make, the routine you set for yourself, and the affirmations you say to yourself every day are going to make a huge difference. If you feel tired, hopeless, and quitting – then this book is for you to boost you up!
  2. Mindset: The new psychology of success by Carol Dweck – You do what you think. In this book, the author talks about two mindsets: The growth mindset and the fixed mindset and what they’ll do to you respectively. She helps you recognize your mindset and change it for the better. 
  3. Innovator’s Dilemma by Clayton Christensen – This book is about technology uprisings all over the world and businesses that adopted and implemented technology in their firm. The author teaches you that just because your competitors and others are adopting something into their businesses doesn’t mean that you have to as well. Make an informed decision. 
  4. As A Man Thinketh by James Allen – This book specifically is about the power of thought and how it shapes your life into a more meaningful and fulfilling one.
  5. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle – The author talks about how people always keep thinking about what the future holds but then forget to live and enjoy the present. And also helps us understand how to make decisions more efficiently based on the present. 

Working towards inner balance requires consistency and perseverance. So does hard and smart work. Being negative is a part of our lives. It’s important to channel it appropriately and make things happen despite the roller coaster ride that is our lives. Hope you overcome your fears and negativity to shine bigger and brighter. Cheers! 

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Defining Your Own Success: A Step by Step Guide

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Everyone wants success in their lives, but success can be defined in so many different ways that it can sometimes seem daunting. In this blog post, you will learn how to make success easier for yourself by defining what success means to you. (more…)

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5 Characteristics of Athletes You Need for Business Success

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Michigan State basketball coach, Tom Izzo, wrote “Players play. Tough players win.” I would add to that, “It’s tough to win.”I think if you, as a leader, are looking to build an organization that is successful – that wins – you first have to accept that it will be tough. There are no shortcuts to success. In my 44 years of coaching, I was fortunate to coach a lot of tough players. I believe the toughness I have seen in athletes corresponds well to any organization or business. (more…)

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