Believe In Yourself
Posted on April 18th, 2016
Believe in yourself. If you don’t, who will? Someone has to make it, and nothing is stopping you from being the person who accomplishes your wildest dreams. Pretty much every person who has ever failed has had some sort of excuse.
Successful people have stories of their challenges that they have overcome. When you confidently feel that there is nothing you can’t learn or develop to solve the most complex of problems will be a moment of guaranteed greatness.
If you still aren’t sure how to begin, start with a promise to work towards the achievement of consistency every day.
Keep it simple and remember that success is not an entitlement. If you really want to excel, you have to get out there and earn it every day for the rest of your life.
Have You Branded Yourself Yet?
Posted on March 28th, 2016
How to Build Your Brand Name Through Social Media:
1 ~ Carefully select the social media platform you’ll use.
There are many social media platforms for you to pick from to begin your branding journey. However, you need to carefully choose the right one to prevent yourself from being spread too thin. Opting for multiple platforms at one time will negatively impact your brand since you won’t be able to reach your potential audience. To help you decide on a platform, here’s a quick look at three big ones:
Facebook is the biggest social network in terms of name recognition and number of users. Through this platform, you have access to more than 1.55 billion users as well as a range of tools that could boost your business. If you’re new to branding via social media, this is where to start. Not only can you share photos, videos and updates without worrying about limitations, but Facebook also allows you to advertise your business with a well-made platform.
Despite the 140-character limitation, Twitter is a great platform for posting updates, videos, images, polls and much more. Though trickier, it’s one of the best social networks for interacting with other users, and has more than 320 million active users worldwide. As a result, it’s the best choice for marketing brands as well as for handling their customer service.
You may have expected to see LinkedIn in third place, but the truth is, Pinterest has risen to the top of social networking tools for branding. The platform offers digital bulletin boards that you can use to organize collections of pictures featuring your offerings, your work space and the people behind the company. However, Pinterest is more of a niche network, as a majority of its users are women and the most popular categories there are related to fashion, food, beauty and exercise.
2 ~ Keep imagery consistent throughout your social media accounts
Branding is all about imagery. From your logo to your brand name, and all the way to your profile picture, everything should be instantly recognizable. You should also create a unique identity through your design. For instance, you can use the color palette and style of your logo to design your pages and establish your brand. For inspiration, check what the leaders of your industry are doing, and take a page from their books.
3 ~ Create valuable and shareable content.
Most businesses make the mistake of producing content only they’d want to read, or else they simply meet the deadlines marked on their publishing calendars. What you should be focusing on is how to create useful content that your readers won’t think twice about sharing. You can find out what engages your audience by asking its members directly or by checking out what your competitors are doing. However, don’t share blindly or plagiarize, as these moves will affect your branding efforts. Instead, consider the following expert tips:
- Make sure that the content you share supports your brand image. One factor you should definitely try adding to your posts is humor. However, make sure that it goes down well with your audience.
- Take care that the tone and content you post is relevant to the brand. You cannot post a blog just because the topic is trending or you have personal interest in it. Everything you post should be relevant to your website. Consider: How would your visitors feel if you wrote about ghosts on a website dedicated to finance? Any post discussing an irrelevant topic will be met with criticism, no matter how well it is written. Even if your visitors have interest in knowing about ghosts, they would still consider the post irrelevant and spammy and might also decide your website to be unreliable.
- Find out which content will gain the most visibility on your social networks. Use analytics to figure out whether your audience prefers blogs to images for instance.
- Don’t shy from using visual content. Images guarantee up to 94 percent more views. Even Twitter content with images receives twice as many views as text-only posts.
4. Take part in the discussion.
One of the important ways of generating a fan base and building your audience is to socialize your content. So, first, you’ll need to get in touch with the social influencers in your field as they’ve already established their brand. Then you can mention their names in your posts, inspiring them to connect with you and, ultimately, share your content with their followers. You should also take part in the discussions to show off your expertise even as you create a bridge between you and your audience.
Need a More Engaging Facebook Page?
Posted on March 23rd, 2016
1 ~ Photo posts get 39% more interaction
Not only do photo posts get more engagement than links, videos or text-based updates, they actually account for 93% of the most engaging posts on Facebook. Self-explanatory photos seem to perform best. Photo posts get 120% more engagement than the average post, and photo albums actually get 180% more engagement. If you have multiple images to share, you’d be better of putting them into a Facebook album than publishing separate photo posts.
2 ~ Shorter posts get 23% more interaction
Writing shorter posts isn’t just handy on Twitter. Keeping your posts below 250 characters can get you 60% more engagement than you might otherwise see. You can even get up to 66% more engagement if you cut it down to less than 80 characters. Getting to the point quickly and concisely works best. Perhaps that’s why Facebook fans like photo posts so much?
3 ~ Using emoticons increases comments by 33%
If you thought emoticons were only for teens, you might want to rethink that idea. According to this AMEX OPEN Forum infographic, emoticons can make a big difference to your engagement rates. No only do posts with emoticons get 33% more comments, they also get shared 33% more often. Even better: they get liked 57% more often than posts without emoticons. Emoticons tend to add a more human side to your communications, and it seems like this comes across fairly well with users.
Here’s just a few examples…
5 ~ Question posts get 100% more comments
If comments are the kind of interaction you’re after, questions might be the way to go.
What I found really interesting about this stat is the most popular being ‘should,’ ‘would,’ ‘which,’ and ‘who.’ This makes me think that closed questions which have a very limited answer option are the highest attractors of comments. Open question words like ‘why’ and ‘how’ which make the user think more to articulate their answer sit at the bottom of the chart.
6 ~ 35% of Facebook Fans like a page so they can participate in contests
If you’re chasing down new fans, a contest seems like a fairly good way to encourage likes. A report from earlier this year showed that 35% of Facebook fans liked Facebook pages specifically to compete in contests. Contests obviously solicit interaction by asking for people to enter. It turns out this can work, as ‘caption this photo’-style contests actually bring in 5.5 times more comments than regular posts. Contest-related words like winner, win, entry, contest, enter and promotion were all more likely to engage users.
7 ~ 42% of Fans like a page to get a coupon or discount
According to Socially Stacked, 42% of Facebook fans like a page in order to get a discount or coupon. A study by Wildfire Interactive showed that coupon-based campaigns received the highest engagement rates. Giveaways and sweepstakes came in just behind coupons as highly engaging post types. Before I forget, if you’re a Buffer user, you can see analytics for Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn right from your dashboard!
8 ~ Best time to post
Engagement rates on Thursday and Friday are 18% higher compared to other days in the week, Buddymedia’s study found that engagement rates for Facebook are 18% higher on Thursdays and Fridays. As they put it, “the less people want to be at work, the more they are on Facebook!” more engaging Facebook page – best day to post
The study also looked at different industries, including sports, retail, automotive and healthcare, to see which days worked best in each industry. Although they did vary, most of them sat around the end of the week, from Wednesday-Friday. Apparently no industry has users that are engaged on Mondays or Tuesdays!
Why Some People Fail and Others Succeed.
Posted on February 18th, 2016
Have you ever wondered why some people fail in this industry and others succeed? It’s their core level of desire. That’s it! That’s the secret.
Those who don’t have 100% core level of desire to accomplish their goal to completion will not succeed. If attaining your goal, whether it be to pay off your credit cards, buy a house, save for retirement or fire your boss is not a 100% core desire, you will not succeed. Period!
The sad truth, is that most people in this industry did not buy a business, they bought hope. And hope is never backed by true desire. Hope is for the undecided.
Do you know 80% of people who join you will never sponsor more than 1 rep or customer? Most people simply don’t have the desire at a level of 100% to accomplish their goals through their new business. They just bought hope in order to quiet that little voice inside them that keeps nagging them to make a change. So sad, yet so true. People are funny aren’t they?
So my question to you is…
What is your desire level to achieve your goal through network marketing?
Is it at 50? (like most people)
Is it at 80? (not enough)
Is it at 90? (not enough)
Or is it at 100? (The only number that WILL produce results).
How can you tell if your prospect is going to succeed or fail from the very first phone call?
Ask them this question:
“So which books are you currently reading on self-development and marketing?”
Anyone who is TRULY serious about being a successful entrepreneur will be able to name at least one book they are reading right now. Those who can’t…well they are just kidding themselves.
Ask yourself this…
What do you do each day to build your business?
How many books on the industry do you own?
How many conference calls are you on each week?
How many people do you talk to about your business/product each day?
What would you be willing to give and sacrifice to succeed?
I hope the answer to that questions is “whatever it takes”,
because I can promise you the end result is worth the sacrifice.
Change your mindset today and get involved.
Take responsibility for your personal success.
Set aside the excuses that have kept you in that JOB for so many years.
Start increasing your value to the world by increasing your knowledge and abilities.
All of this means your success is totally guaranteed.
It will no longer be a matter of IF, but when…
Only then will the world be willing to pay you back with freedom and wealth.
Don’t give power to past mistakes you’ve made.
Become bigger than your excuse.
If you have 100% desire and guidance.
You CAN achieve your financial stability with long-term residual income every single month.
Posted on February 13th, 2016
“Heinz Ketchup has recently been banned in Israel from calling its product ketchup as it doesn’t include enough tomatoes. But there are more reasons why you should be cautious about this product.”
The general public is becoming more aware that processed food is toxic and full of chemicals. We’re understanding that organic is a better option and it’s better to make something at home with fresh, organic ingredients than to buy it from the store. There are certain store bought little things though that we may not think much about making ourselves because they seem simple, I’m talking about condiments like mustard, sauces, dressings and ketchup. Whether you’re a meat eater or a vegan you may still love that ketchup taste and use it on a variety of foods or to dip foods into. Recently I was doing some research on high fructose corn syrup and what I found shocked me.I’ll get to that more in a minute, but first I want to share with you why you should read and understand the Heinz ketchup ingredient label. At first glance you may think that there are a few questionable ingredients but by digging deeper you’ll actually find it’s not only not healthy but extremely toxic and in my personal opinion quite dangerous to consume over time.
Here’s the Heinz “ketchup” ingredient label:
If you aren’t already familiar with how ingredient labels work, the label lists ingredients in order from most to least in the product, meaning that tomato concentrate from red ripe tomatoes is what is in this ketchup most, followed secondly by distilled vinegar, high fructose corn syrup etc. Onion powder and natural flavoring are a small percentage of the overall content of this bottle. Now that you understand this I want to share with you what is actually in Heinz ketchup served at mostly every restaurant, fast food or not in America and in many other countries.
Here’s the full ingredient list:
1. Tomato Concentrate
2. Distilled Vinegar
3. High Fructose Corn Syrup
4. Corn Syrup
5. Salt, Spice, Onion Powder, Natural Flavor etc.
When I first read this label I laughed to myself because Heinz is already trying to trick you, the consumer into thinking it’s a healthy condiment by labeling two of the ingredients differently even though they are the exact same ingredient. Can you guess which two? It’s quite obvious right? High fructose corn syrup and corn syrup are the same exact thing, they are both ‘high fructose corn syrup’ but they are going with adding a second corn syrup name to try to trick you into thinking there are more ingredients than there really are for two reasons.
First, they probably want you to think that corn syrup is healthier than high fructose corn syrup so they separate the two. They also want you to think there is a difference, which there is not and lastly they most likely did this because consumers are becoming aware of the higher the ingredient on the ingredient list the more there is contained in the product. So if they just took “High Fructose Corn Syrup” and put that on the label with no ‘corn syrup’ that would probably be much higher on the list. The ingredient label may look more like this:
1. High Fructose Corn Syrup
2. Tomato Concentrate
3. Distilled Vinegar
4. Salt, Spices etc.
Their label would be ruined! It would create transparency and show you that you’re buying and eating more corn syrup from GMO corn than ACTUAL tomato based ketchup. This is just the start too, wait until you understand the rest of the label. This is already a tomato-red flag in my opinion though. They are already using the labeling system to try to deceive you. The second issue I have with heinz ketchup and another reason why I will not consume it is that they use distilled vinegar. Guess where most vinegar comes from? Genetically Modified Corn.
With the high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup and distilled vinegar we already have three corn based ingredients in what should be tomato tasting ketchup, but wait! there’s more.
The label goes on to say ‘salt, spice, onion powder, natural flavoring’ at the end. The salt they use is the cheapest form of salt that can be bought which is the type of salt that causes high blood pressure, toxicity in the body and mineral imbalances (high sodium in the blood) which leads to many health challenges if consumed too frequently. They go on the label to say ‘natural flavors’ and what they mean by that? Only God knows. If we look at the rest of the Heinz label (as you can see below) you’ll notice that there is no fiber or protein but there is sodium and sugar. Where does the sugar come from? Maybe ‘natural flavor’ is sugar. You’ll see that 1 tbsp is 7% of your daily sugar value so each spoonful of ketchup you consume on anything you increase your sodium daily value by 7%, count away… 7-14-21-28. Do you see how quick that adds up? you could consume a large chunk of your daily sodium value with just a condiment, let alone the food you eat along with it.
There are multiple reasons to avoid Heinz ketchup for the sake of your health and well-being but i’ll sum it up in 3 solid reasons why you should avoid Heinz ketchup like the plague and why I’ll be doing so also.
1. High Fructose Corn Syrup: Heinz Ketchup is LOADED with high fructose corn syrup. I wonder if that would be the number one ingredient in the ketchup if they didn’t play this “list the ingredient twice under two names” trick on us. High fructose corn syrup is extremely unhealthy and toxic. It acts like a sugar in the body when it’s metabolized, somewhat… only worse! because it comes from genetically modified corn it is even more toxic. It spikes your blood sugar levels and will damage the liver over time. High fructose corn syrup can lead to obesity, heart disease, diabetes, a weakend immune system and so much more. You may already know this but what frightened me even more was what I read from Dr. Mark Hyman’s website recently. He noted that an FDA researcher contacted the corn producers to send her a barrel of high fructose corn syrup for testing, they wouldn’t send her a barrel even though she attempted to receive one multiple times. Finally, she changed her approach and asked a new beverage company on the market for a barrel. They sent her one gladly. After doing the testing she found that high fructose corn syrup contains high levels of Mercury, an extremely toxic heavy metal. This information and research comes from an FDA researcher! Mercury affects the brain, nervous system, can lead to autism and it really harms children. I highly recommend avoiding Heinz ketchup or ANY other food containing high fructose corn syrup with your children.
Remember, Heinz decided to list high fructose corn syrup and ‘corn syrup’ as separate so they actually have a higher level of high fructose corn syrup in ketchup than you’d think, meaning higher levels of mercury also if their corn syrup correlates with corn syrup that has been tested thus far.
Not only has high fructose corn syrup been proven to be unhealthy and toxic, genetically modified foods have also, this is both a GMO food and a toxic poisonous sweetener.
2. Distilled Vinegar & Sugar: Heinz ketchup contains distilled vinegar as another ingredient and on their label they list 4 grams of sugar per serving which is each tablespoon. Distilled vinegar is created from genetically modified corn which is grown with toxic pesticides and chemicals. Ingesting this in the form of vinegar is not beneficial in any way to your health, it’s only toxic. They list ‘natural flavors’ on the ingredients and list 4 grams of sugar above it. This leads me to believe they not only added high fructose corn syrup in a all to generous amount but they added sugar also and labeled it as ‘natural flavors’ on the label. Most sugar in mass produces products come from GMO sources. GMO beet sugar is the most common used. If the toxic high fructose corn syrup wasn’t bad enough for your pancreas, liver, metabolism, immune system, nervous system and brain the super generous Heinz Corporations decided to add some more chemicals, gmo’s and sugar into your ketchup to add fuel to the fire for you!
This much sugar without any fiber or anything else has been shown to spike blood sugar levels and begins to weigh on your pancreas and your liver.
3. No Nutritional Value Whatsoever: Heinz has NO fiber and NO protein and NO nutrition in their ketchup. The miniscule amount of ‘tomato paste’ may contain a very very small amount of cooked lycopene that won’t even be available by your body to absorb. This ketchup is a chemical shit storm of genetically modified ingredients, sugar and toxic sugar like substances. It’s void of any nutrition yet full of GMO’s, sugar, and chemicals and even possibly mercury, a heavy metal that is extremely toxic to the body.
If you care about your health and well-being, and the health and well-being of your family you’ll avoid this ketchup and opt for a healthier organic non-gmo ketchup, there are plenty of options on the market. Another option is to simply click here to learn how to make your own organic ketchup, it only takes two minutes to make!
Recommended Reading: Buyer Beware High Fructose Corn Syrup Has Been Rebranded As A “Natural Sweetener”
The New Year…
Posted on December 28th, 2015
The New Year is almost here….
Many of you will start the year on FIRE with a VISION until you meet your first obstacle, and then you’ll RETREAT.
You are SMART and STRONG. That obstacle only becomes a failure when treated as a failure.
Failures are gifts in wolf’s clothing. Failures are the steps to SUCCESS. Nothing more. LEVERAGE them to produce something even better.
Let’s ALL make 2016 our best year yet!
Regular Routines and Steady Disciplines
Posted on December 27th, 2015
I believe that regular routines and steady disciplines are true for most successful leaders.
Why? Because the secret to your success can be found in your daily agenda.
The first step in determining your daily routine is figuring out what really matters to you.
You can’t prioritize if you don’t know your priorities.
If you need a starting point, feel free to use my list below as a starting point for your success in 2016
1. Attitude: I will display the right outlook daily.
2. Priorities: I will act on the things most important to me daily.
3. Health: I will follow healthy guidelines daily.
4. Family: I will communicate with and care for my loved ones daily.
5. Thinking: I will practice good thoughts daily.
6. Commitment: I will make and keep proper promises daily.
7. Finances: I will properly manage dollars daily.
8. Generosity: I will model kindness daily.
9. Values: I will embrace good standards daily.
10. Growth: I will seek improvements daily.
If your routine is going to be effective and successful, prepare the night before.
Before you go to sleep, do two things.
First, reflect on the day that’s ending.
You will never make the most of the new day that’s coming until you evaluate the day that has passed.
Ask yourself, who did I help? What did I learn? Did I do my best?
Second, look at the next day to see what you need to accomplish.
I know I can’t be at the top of my game every minute of the day.
So I look at my schedule and to-do list and decide what will be my main event.
Then I make certain I can give my all to that most important thing.
Don’t try to prioritize your whole life, just prioritize the day.
If you can figure out the best possible way to spend 4, 8 or 12 hours, you can be successful.
Because I wake up knowing how I will spend my day, I’m able to hit the ground running.
That leaves me with just one question to consider each morning:
How can I add value to people today?
Asking this puts me in the right frame of mind as I approach my responsibilities.
I want to make a difference. If I look for ways to add value to those I encounter,
I will likely be satisfied with how I use my day.
Give Your Best
Parts of my day are routinely the same:
I prepare at night. I try to carve out time to exercise.
If it’s cardio day, I listen to an audio to get my Mindset right for the day.
Next it’s time to check in on my social sites.
I do this 3 times a day so don’t feel you have to complete the below steps the first time you log in.
Scroll through the news feed and congratulate others on their success.
Send those birthday wishes, post a message or inspirational picture.
Then move on, don’t get lost in the distractions.
It’s important to stay on track…YOUR future matters more then watching that funny video.
Then my day varies.
Sometimes, like any normal mom, I have your typical housework, laundry or errands to run.
After lunch I’ll check into my social sites again which means it’s time to post, like or perhaps
start a conversation with someone whom you have not chatted with before.
Focused completely on them and your conversation with them.
Make them feel important because they are.
Remember…Keep your time on these sites short to avoid distractions.
Whatever the day holds, try to give your best.
Success in life and leadership consists of being good in the moment.
If you can be totally present physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually, you will become a “100-percenter,”. Those people are the ones who rise to the top and make a difference.
Learn to add value to people and you’ll have a successful day.
But how do you sustain the above over the long haul?
By adding value to yourself every day.
I grow by practicing what I call the “Rule of Five”—five things that I do every day:
1. Read. I am constantly feeding my mind. I try to read a book every week.
I also listen to podcasts and other audio messages.
2. File. It’s not enough just to read. The No. 1 time-waster for most people is searching for lost items.
Whenever I find a good quote or idea, I file it. That way I can retrieve it within seconds or minutes because I am organized.
3. Think. Perhaps the most valuable thing I do every day is stop doing and just think. I evaluate experiences, weigh opportunities, consider how to help my team.
4. Question. Good questions unlock doors and reveal opportunities.
5. When I reach the end of the day, I repeat the process.
I plan tomorrow and reflect on today.
If you have added value to others your mission was accomplished.
Posted on December 25th, 2015
To all my Blogging Friends, Facebook Friends and Family…
This year I have been so blessed to have all of you in my life.
Without all your love and support my year wouldn’t have been the same.
Wishing you all a Very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year!
Why I Made The Switch To Ditch The Margarine For Grass-Fed Butter
Posted on October 16th, 2015
Twenty Health Benefits of REAL Butter
1 ~ Butter is rich in the most easily absorbable form of Vitamin A necessary for thyroid and adrenal health.
2 ~ Contains lauric acid, important in treating fungal infections and candida.
3 ~ Contains lecithin, essential for cholesterol metabolism.
4 ~ Contains anti-oxidants that protect against free radical damage.
5 ~ Has anti-oxidants that protect against weakening arteries.
6 ~ Is a great source of Vitamins E and K.
7 ~ Is a very rich source of the vital mineral Selenium.
8 ~ Saturated fats in butter have strong Anti-Tumor and Anti-Cancer properties.
9 ~ Butter contains conjugated linoleic acid, which is a potent anti-cancer agent, muscle builder, and immunity booster
10 ~ Vitamin D found in butter is essential to absorption of calcium.
11 ~ Protects against tooth decay.
12 ~ Is your only source of an anti-stiffness factor, which protects against calcification of the joints.
13 ~ Anti-stiffness factor in butter also prevents hardening of the arteries, cataracts, and calcification of the pineal gland.
14 ~ Is a source of Activator X, which helps your body absorb minerals.
15 ~ Is a source of iodine in highly absorbable form.
16 ~ May promote fertility in women.
17 ~ Is a source of quick energy, and is not stored in our bodies adipose tissue.
18 ~ Cholesterol found in butterfat is essential to children’s brain and nervous system development.
19 ~ Contains Arachidonic Acid (AA) which plays a role in brain function and is a vital component of cell membranes.
20 ~ Protects against gastrointestinal infections in the very young or the elderly.
6 Kid-Friendly Thanksgiving Traditions to Start This Year
Posted on November 19th, 2014
Create a Thankful Craft
Go beyond just naming the things everyone in the family is thankful for, write them down and put them on display. Seeing these things every day during the season will help remind everyone what Thanksgiving is for. Combine them into a fall wreath or grab a branch and cut leaves out of construction paper and have everyone write on the leave and glue to the branch to create a thankful family tree. Not very crafty? Just pick up a chalk board and have each family member write what they are thankful for.
Help the Less Fortunate
It’s often hard for kids to be thankful if they don’t realize how much they really have. Teach older kids how fortunate they really are by spending some time volunteering at a charity in your area like a soup kitchen. Even younger kids can help out too. Ask them to pack up a box of toys they don’t play with anymore and donate them. Involving them in the process and sharing that there are kids who don’t have any toys to play with.
Explore Something New
The pilgrims started Thanksgiving after exploring something new, why not do the same every year with your kids? Check out a museum, park or zoo you haven’t been to before. Take the little ones out to try something they’ve never done before like ice skating, rollerblading or playing laser tag. Try a new local restaurant. Explore a nature preserve and collect acorns, pine cones, leaves and other natural items and use them for a center piece. The possibilities are endless.
Involve the Kids in the Preparation
Lets face it… A lot of Thanksgiving tradition happens in the kitchen, where kids often get shooed out before they get in the way. But getting the little ones involved is a good way to create Thanksgiving memories. Older kids can help out by decorating cookies or assisting in a favorite dish. Tots too little for cooking can still get involved. Ask them color place mats to decorate the table.
Watch them Grow with an Annual Project
Reminisce every year by creating a project that shows how your family has grown over the years. Add the kids hand prints to a table cloth, table runner or placemat every year. You can also add what they’re thankful for that year. Bring it out for your Thanksgiving feast every year to adorn the table.
Take New Family Photos
The fall is a great time for new family photos with the leaves making an excellent backdrop. Celebrate coming together as a family for the holidays by getting a new family photo session every year. If you get them taken a bit before the holiday, you can share the prints with extended family as everyone gets together.
The holiday season is packed full of traditions, but a lot of them don’t quite make sense to little kids. But by getting each family member involved in the Holiday, it’s much easier to create memories that will last for years.