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Our biggest critic is ourselves

It is no secret that our biggest critic is ourselves. Every day we wake up and we say our prayers and then we start our daily routine of self-sabotage. We talk ourselves out of a deal. We talk ourselves out of a approaching a potential business client. We even talk ourselves out of going to the gym to ensure our bodies are in tip top shape. Why do we do this? It is different for everybody. Some do it out of fear; others do it unconsciously; but it is a learned action which means we can unlearn it if we really put our minds to it. So before you talk yourselves out of understanding why we self-criticize first we must understand that whatever we keep repeating to ourselves will manifest in our lives every day. We do not even realize that in very small ways we are sabotaging our own business.

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So for example you have started your business from home and you think you have limited resources. You say to yourself, I cannot print business cards now because I do not have the money; or I cannot approach this investor at the next meeting because I do not have all the skills necessary to provide a proper service. But what would happen if you started to say positive things to yourself like, I am going to print my cards at the end of the month so I can promote my business; or I am going to speak to the investor and share with him what I already know. Having a strong belief in yourself and your idea goes a long way in your own business success. Speak your success into being. From today, take stock of all the negative things you say to yourself out of fear or uncertainty and change the conversation you have in your head.

You can do it because you said so!

And in case you need help in finding clarity for your business and removing your self-sabotaging voice, feel free to contact us at mkgdynamics@gmail.com or book a Discovery Call!

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My home is my office, my sanctuary and my prison!

When people talk about the freedom of being an entrepreneur, one of the things they always site is the freedom of working from home. They paint this picture of waking up whenever you want, not having to endure long commutes and not being hounded to attend mind numbing meetings that serve absolutely no purpose. The picture is beautiful. It’s serene and to some it even sounds magical. But nobody tells you about the downside of working from home.

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How sometimes you have the tv on in the background just so it sounds like someone else is in the house, or how you pull all your curtains open wide so that you get rays of sunshine so you do not feel as isolated. Or how about feeling suffocated because the walls are literally closing in on you. Granted not everybody who works at home experiences these feelings but many of us whose business is mainly online and who do not have to physically meet clients or even meet stakeholders, we sometimes experience a sense of loneliness and isolation in this world of entrepreneurship.

Working from home has many benefits. It is something that millions around the world seek out and few really get to enjoy. It is rewarding in its own way yet scary at the best of times. It means sometimes starting work at 7am in the morning and not shutting off till 10pm at night only to realize you did not eat a meal or even speak to another human who was not a client or potential client. Your computer and your phone become your new best friends. Many days you enjoy the solitude of working from home, basking in the silence of the day as birds fly by your window and dogs bark in the distance. Most days you say thank god you did not have to sit through 2 hours of gridlock traffic to get to and from a freezing office. But on other days you feel trapped! Yes…trapped! Between 4 walls, loads of paper and a blinking laptop that is on its final breathe.

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Some days I go to the mall and order a coffee chiller and just watch people walk by. Or go to the bank because somebody will actually talk to me as I wait in line…lol. Or call a friend and meet them for lunch just for an hour to get other human interaction. Many people don’t tell you the truth about working from home. I wouldn’t replace it for the world but some days as an online entrepreneur, I need a vacation from my own little sanctuary.

Have you experienced any of these feeling working from home? Tell me in the comments below.

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My strange addiction

I never realized how much I was addicted to my wifi until the day I was busy trying to put together the email sequence for my first webinar and when it was time for me to test the software…poof. Nada. Zilch.

Restart modem and still nothing. Call the company and still nothing and of course panic started to set in. How would I get this done? My night was ruined and I felt stuck and unmotivated. So I had myself a 20 minute pity party ( as we all do) and then I started to make a note of all the other things I had to get done for my business.

I had a lot of content to put together, for my blog, my website, my emails, my challenges, my programmes etc. I also had to plan my calendar for next month and set my monthly goal. I had to update my client files and my invoices and I had to get my paper work together to complete my taxes.

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After writing out my list, I stepped backed and realized that we think we need one thing so desperately to get all our work done but the truth is that we have so much other things that we can be getting done that will not require it.

Yes having the wifi was important but it should not and did not stop me from getting work done. For the next 2 hours I pounded away on my laptop working on all my content. At the end of the night I felt fulfilled and accomplished knowing that I did not let that my strange addiction keep me back from pushing through and staying focused on growing my business.

Do not let the little things side track you from your bigger goal. Your strategy may change but your goal remains the same…which is to grow your business!

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The first day of the rest of my life

The first day of the rest of my life

Today is the first day that I am free. Free to fully pursue my dream and my passion and live the life that I really want. It has been months, even years in planning. Many things stopped me in my tracks every time I was ready to make this leap of faith but finally…finally I have done it.

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Why? Because I got really sick. Like physically and emotionally sick and after spending thousands of dollars by the doctor and surgery I realized that I could never be fully healthy if I was not living my best life possible. I studied and then I hired 2 coaches. I got better at my craft and I asked for feedback. I worked on manifesting exactly what I wanted and I reaffirmed my spiritual connections.

I work with entrepreneurs everyday who have made this jump before me and I hear the fear in our conversations, so I totally get it. As a biz coach I was also wracked with fear and like I tell my clients, it’s about taking massive action and believing in yourself. And I believed in them so much that I had to step back and realize that I had to believe in myself as much as I believed in them.

Over the last year I have worked on myself inside and outside. I have prayed, I have cried and I have pushed myself out of my comfort zone till I got anxiety and panic attacks. I have been ready for months and now I am free. I hope you join me on this journey. I hope you can learn from me and I hope that I can help as many of you as possible. Let’s do this!

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What to outsource in your business

The excitement of starting your own business venture is exhilarating. You have your perfect product or service and you have clients pounding at your door. Things are exactly how you envisioned. Fast forward to three months later and besides dealing one on one with your clients every single day you have to balance your books, post pictures and notices on your social media platforms, you have to update your website on a weekly basis, you have to network at least twice a week, then develop strategies to grow your business even further which may mean bringing in new staff and new salaries and paying taxes and NIS plus still find time to spend quality time with your family. It gets overwhelming pretty fast!

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But the good news is that you do not have to do it alone. Not because it is your dream means that you have to be chief cook and bottle washer. In fact many businesses fail because the owners do not relinquish some control of the day to day activities of their venture. Some of the most successful business owners understand that they need to outsource some of the running or activities of their business so they can focus on their strengths in the business. The time you may take to load a new blog or post pictures to your Facebook page can be spent meeting with clients and closing a new deal. The revenue you make taking care of the core of the business will far outweigh paying someone to take care of the back end items.

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Outsourcing does not mean not understanding the methods and procedures. In fact it means that you manage what is done from a distance. It means you understand what your revenue and expenditure is but you hire somebody to do the paper work. It means you have an eye for detail and you understand how your website should look but you hire somebody to create the design and populate your site.

Some of the most common outsourced jobs include:

  • Web developer/graphic artists
  • Accountant
  • Sales
  • Packaging and Distribution
  • Social Media Management
  • Writing/Editing/Blogging

Outsourcing is one of the best things you can do for your business.

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A vision board for your business

My vision board is my guiding light; the thing that spurs me on to keep on pushing till I achieve everything I want to achieve. My vision board is what I know I deserve. One thing I encourage my clients to do is create a vision board for their business. Everyone’s board looks different and is a reflection of the direction you want your business to grow and the ultimate outcome of all of your hard work. A vision board is a visual manifestation of what you want to attract. If you want to become unstuck and take massive action to drive your business to the next level, then a vision board is highly recommended.

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Creating a vision board not only focuses you on the individual things you want to achieve to create a life of success and purpose but it works with the principle of the law of attraction. What you believe is what you become. Use words that inspire and motivate you like:

  • Success
  • Vision
  • Quality
  • Customer service

And be very specific about what you are trying to achieve like

  • Increase sales by 50% by December 
  • Attract 20% more female clients
  • Earn $100K in revenue by end of quarter one

Part of the success of the vision board is how specific you make it. You can choose to do a vision board with pictures or merely with words. Either one works. The key is to place the board in a spot in your home or office where you will see it every day as a reminder of what you are working towards. Place it where people can ask you about your board so you can share your goals and dreams and speak you success into reality.

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Some people have 2 or 3 vision boards but it all depends on what you are trying to accomplish. Doing a separate board for your family life and one for your business and one around planning your dream vacation or some other tangible effort is exactly what you need.

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When is the right time to leave?

At some point in our lives we have had to make this very difficult decision. When is the right time to leave a bad situation to make our lives a little bit better. It is never an easy decision, but if it is truly something that you desire as an entrepreneur then its something that you should plan properly for because you can never foresee what obstacles may come your way.

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I remember when I had to make the hard decision to start my own business, it took months of indecision and planning. And yes it was a hard decision, because even though I would be doing something I loved and was passionate about, I also understood that it came with many sacrifices not only for myself but for my family. Financial, emotional and physical changes would take place.

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4 ways to greater visibility

It makes no sense to have an awesome service to offer your clients and they do not even know about it. You need to be visible and you need to be heard. Below are 5 simple tips to get more visibility:

Join Facebook Groups– ­ Facebook Groups are a gold mind to get visibility. You not only get to share your services with your ideal clients but you also get to learn more about what they are looking for. FB groups work once you are super engaged. Do not just sell sell sell but listen and apply as well. Providing valuable information consistently to group members build like and trust and will encourage your ideal clients to buy from you.

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Start a blog­ – Blogging helps you share information about the service you can provide to your clients. Sharing your knowledge and expertise is a great way to put yourself in the face of your clients and position yourself as an opinion leader. Post your blog and share it thru different channels like your fb groups, linkedin, google + etc.

Do a video– ­ We all know videos are much more powerful than the written word. Let your clients see your face and hear your voice so they feel connected to you. You can post video on your website, on your Facebook page or even post on YouTube and then let people know where they can find you. Personal touch makes a big difference. Video puts a face to all the valuable information that you have been posting where ever your ideal clients are.

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Volunteer to speak at an event­ – Getting word out about you and your business sometimes means speaking in front of an audience. There are a ton of networking events and podcasts who are always looking for speakers. Once you are confident about yourself and what you are offering then speak up. Get up from behind your laptop and let your voice be heard. Build trust by letting others know about your journey.

Your visibility is important to your business success so do not miss out on any opportunity to get in front of your ideal clients. Want more, then book your discovery call today!

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Let’s talk websites…

When you decide to start your business, one of the things you should consider is how you are going to reach your audience to showcase your products or services. Most people start their business and immediately launch a Facebook page not taking into account the huge potential of a website for their business.

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That being said, do not be caught in the trap of asking your neighbour or your cousin’s friend to build a website for your business. If you are serious, then part of your business budget should be allocated to building and maintaining your website. You get what you pay for. So if you are planning to pay $500, be prepared to get a basic site. Your website is an investment in your businesses future and success.

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Your website is your store front and it is a reflection of your core business values, your products/services. It is a growing organism and should be updated and refreshed regularly to keep customers interested and encourage repeat visits.

Make the wise choice and invest in your website today!

Still have questions about investing in your website? Feel free to ask me questions in the comments section or drop me an email at info@mkgdynamics.com

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It’s all about the SWOT!

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When was the last time you conducted a SWOT analysis of your business? Maybe when you were now starting up a few years ago? But sometimes it is necessary for you to step back and do a thorough assessment of where your business is positioned in the market. How many new businesses offering the same or similar services have opened since you started? Has your main competitor expanded or closed down? Is there room to grow into a new market? Your SWOT analysis will help you answer all these questions and more. So let’s begin:

Strength: What is your business strength? What makes your business stand out in the crowd. You and your competitor offer the same product/service. What will make a potential client come to you instead of them? Is it your location or your customer service or your flexibility?

Weakness: What does your business need to work on? What is the missing link that is keeping you back from achieving your success? Who is your weakest link? Ask yourself these questions and then get to work working to turn your weakness into a strength.

Opportunity: What opportunities are now available that may not have been available before? Is the Government offering grants for businesses? Is a new market opening that you can tap into? Look around at all the opportunities for your business growth and development and then jump right in. A new opportunity could be the turning point to your success. Can you create an opportunity for somebody else?

Threats: All businesses have to overcome some threat. The economic crash or the real estate crash was a big threat to many businesses. Some threats you can foresee and others you cannot. How can you turn a threat into an opportunity to expand or step out of your comfort zone.

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When first planning your business, you may have had a very clear vision for what your business would be and how it would grow. Over time this vision may change because of changing circumstances or the economic or political climate. Change is not always a bad thing. Doing a SWOT analysis every year or so can allow you to plan for the evolution of your business.

Still have questions about how to complete your SWOT analysis? Feel free to ask me questions in the comments section or drop me an email at info@mkgdynamics.com

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