Archive for January, 2012

Time Management is crucial, imperative, critical!

1. Decide what you want and what you want to accomplish.

2. Write it down, clearly, exactly, both short-term and long-term.

3. Write down end dates or a timeline for accomplishing your goals.

4. Make lists of everything you need to do to accomplish your goals.

5. Organize your lists into a plan that has the tasks in chronological order.

6. Start immediately on the tasks that will enable you to achieve your goals.

7.  Do something everyday to achieve your bigest goal.  Never miss a day.  This is the most important step of all.

You can make your lists on paper and fill out a new paper list every day.  Or I suggest that you keep a text file on your computer, either a notebook or word or odt file, that is simple to constantly refer to and update.  It is easier to cut and paste and delete and add to that it would be to fill out a whole paper sheet every day.  If you want to see it on paper, print it out.

If you minimize it on your computer, it is always at your fingertips.  After you accomplish a small task at the top, simple delete it, and the other tasks move up!  You become a veritable conveyer belt of accomplishments!

 

You know what you want: success.  So decide what you want in concrete terms and write it down, exactly.

Set a deadline for achieving your goal.  Or rather, set specific deadlines for achieving your goals!  So for now, make a list of everything you need to do to achieve your goals.  Organize your list.  Shuffle the items and flesh out the list into something resembling a PLAN.  That is, first task first, second task listed second, and so on.

Admire your list handiwork for a second, then TAKE ACTION ON YOUR PLAN immediately.

Do something everyday to achieve your major goal.  Never miss a day.  Blog, jog, have some grog.  Go throw a bow.  Action.

Writing out your list of goals, short term and long term is action.  If you have not done this, please do it now.

Having a written list of goals is like having a college education: those that have it make a lot more money than those who don’t.

But if you did not finish college, not to worry.  You can make up for what you missed by trying harder.  If you did finish college, you also need to try harder because of the increased competition out there and the difficult economic circumstances we find ourselves in today.

Hey, try harder is a good plan for anybody, especially you…and me!

Temporay failure always proceeds success.  No one starts from success.  They achieve it through hard work and effort over time.

If you want to be successful quicker, double your failure rate.  Buying more software to store on your hard drive is not failure.  It is just wasting time…and money.

WRITE DOWN ALL YOUR OBSTACLES so you can see what you are up against.

Then the solutions will be obvious.

You will experience success and rise in life in relation to your ability to SOLVE PROBLEMS.  Problem is a skill that needs to be practiced.

Typically, most of lack concrete, realistic goals and a simple plan to achieve them.

In the internet marketing field, people want results.  Period.  They don’t want theory or pizazz, although that usually helps.  They want a product or service that can help them make money!

So build, buy or borrow a list.  Convert this list of leads into customers by offering them great products.  And always, Delight your customers with exceptional services and exceptional products.

Never get discouraged.  Just keep plugging away, and accomplish each step one at a time.

Our thoughts are simple self-fulfilling prophecies!

So think of your buiness as an super personal growth activity.  This is your chance to make an impact on a global scale!

As an internet marketer, your job is to turn people on; to entertain them and educate them.

Business gives you the opportunity to become the very best that you can become.

It is your path to personal freedom.

Which means:

Create a list of Actions for today, week, month, year, 5 year.

Assign each action a start time and an end time.

Do the action!

We are all desperate to maximize our efficiency!  To be efficient, you must really use your to-do lists as an engine that drives your productivity!

To make your list system work for you, follow these 8 guidelines:

1. Make and /or review your daily list each night before.

2. Have several lists ideally, a daily, weekly, monthly, 1 year, 5 year.  Have your daily list on one page and update it throughout the day.  Redo it each night on a clean sheet for tomorrow, and discard the old one at end of day.

3. Use columns.  Make a second page with four wide columns across the top: 1 week, 1 month, 1 year, 5 year, so you are always thinking about your goals and directing all your efforts to achieve them.  This is THE WAY to make money.  Lots of it, too!

4. Prioritize your lists.  Make your daily list chronological by hour, 7am to 7pm, top to bottom.  Give each task an END TIME too!

5. Follow your list, but don’t become tied to it.  Be flexible.

6. List tasks, but list Projects too.  Projects are your most important topics.  Give End Dates to Projects.

7.  Focus on results, not actions.

8.  Learn from your list.  Create it, add to it, review it, delete from it, all as you go.  Make it serve you!

 

 

SECRETS of TIME MANAGEMENT…Always A HOT TOPIC!

 

JESUS IS COMING: LOOK BUSY!

This old joke says a lot about time management.  There is a big difference between being busy and looking busy!

When we think about it, we know that we could be using our time better.  Unless we are monster work-a-holics that crank out work 24/7, we know we could focus better, handle interruptions better, and be much more productive.  So how?

Here’s how: Answer these three questions:

ONE: WHAT IS THE MOST EFFECTIVE USE OF MY TIME RIGHT NOW?

Answer that and go with your answer!  you could be mowing the lawn or washing your car (8 dollar an hour jobs), or you could be planning your next info product, which pays hundreds of dollars.  Be specific, and write down your daily, weekly, monthly, yearly, and 5 year goals and go for it.

TWO: WHAT IS THE PAYOFF OF THIS ACTIVITY?

Do only the activities that contribute to the accomplishment of your goals!  You have a goal staring you in the face.  You do if you have written your goals and they are taped to the wall.  Posting on Facebook is not one of them.

THREE: WHAT CELL AM I IN?

This refers to a chart developed by Dr. Merrill Douglas:

IMPORTANT

U                            YES                                   NO

R       YES           1 CRISIS                       3 TRIVIAL

G

E         NO            2 NOT HAPPENING  4 WASTE

N

T

Important needs to be done.  Urgent might not be so important.  If you constantly pay attention and attend to the urgent and neglect the important, you have your priorities misplaced.  If something is important but not urgent, cell 2, it is often ignored by many people.  But they should really focus there to be more productive. (more tomorrow.)

 

 

 

A great relationship with your herd will multiply your customer list times 2, or even 20!

How?  By generating referrals.  A referral is your best new customer.  They are expected to buy.  They are happy to be admitted to the club.  They have little skepticism and are more easily sold to and are happy with what they get.

How can you generate referrals?  you have to earn them.  Walt Disney put it this way, “Do what you do so well that people can’t resist telling others about you.”

Another example as reported by Dan Kennedy is a dentist that caters to children who came up with 300 things to improve his practice, after a seminar on creative thinking.

This dentist redesigned his office to make it really comfortable for the ‘short people’ who came there.  He lowered the reception staff into a pit behind the counter, so they were at eye level with his little patients.

He hung big photographs of each dentist and dental assistant on the wall along with descriptions of each’s hobbies and interests, so the little patients could pick their dentist and assistant based on which ones they had the most in common with.

He gave away bicycles, free!  Each patient got a home care follow up Report Card for their parents to fill out.  If the Report Card came back to the dentist with all A’s, the kid got a bicycle.  Imagine the child riding around the neighborhood on their new bike and people asking, “Where did you get that new bike?”  And they answered, “My dentist.”

The dentist called each new patient at home the night after a treatment, to see how they were feeling.  And he called the parent the day after too.

Every new patient left their first appointment with an autographed 8 x 10 glossy of the their dentist and their dental assistant!

Soon this dentist’s habits were the hot topic at all the neighborhood lunches and meetings.  How many referrals was that?

What to talk to your list about?

How can communication start?

The USS Nimitz aircraft carrier radar operator reported to the captain, “Radar reporting vessel dead ahead.”

The captain got on the radio on the common frequency, “This is the captain of the USS Nimitz, give way.”

“No can do,” came the reply.

“This is the captain of the USS Nimitz, the largest vessel afloat.  Give way, I say!  That’s an order!”

Came back the reply, “And this is the Grand Point Lighthouse.  Your call!”

We might have to jump through hoops to establish good communication, but it is so worth it to take the time to do so!

What I am talking about is that everybody in marketing is building a list of subscribers that are interested in their particular niche.  We do this order to provide them with the best products and services available.   You want to market to your list, of course!  And hopefully, you will be always building a relationship to that list that is absolutely awesome.  Don’t settle for anything less!

My niche is List Building, so listen up!

What do you talk to your list about to start and maintain this bonding?  Advanced, expert marketers call this list a “herd”, a group to be taken care of, managed, nourished, with the idea that it will grow in size.  And as any owner of a herd expects, you will be rewarded well for your efforts if your efforts are really the best for the herd!

So what can you talk to your herd about, as opposed to sending them a constant stream of not really too attractive affiliate offers?

Philosophically speaking, you need to talk about ideas specific to the core of the relationship, trends, great info, hints, how to instruction, motivational material, and lots of stuff they are really looking for.  More tomorrow.  Have some great conversations today.

WHERE TO DIRECT ALL YOUR ENERGY?

After your morning coffee, I bet you are raring  to go!  But to go where and do what? If we focus our energy with laser sharp focus, I bet we could triple our income!

If you want to make money online, well…first, choose a market you wish to serve. Choose your niche wisely, and you will be rewarded.  If you pick an area to focus on that has hoards of hungry buyers who can’t spend their money fast enough, chances are you will have some success or more likely a lot of success.

There are thousands of niches out there, but you should probably stay with the top three safe areas, health and fitness, personal relationships, and making money.  Thre will always be tons of people interested in these three areas.   Of course, you need to narrow it down, and take aim.

The more time you spend your research on likely target niches, the better chance of you finding a hot market that is under served.

Some claim that all the good domain names are taken but I know different.  When I searched last week for a domain for my latest Information Product, Advanced List Builder, is was available, so I snapped it up.  Since I have a deadline of Jan 31st for this product and today, the 15th, it is still not finished, I better get busy!

Every day when wake up to face another beautiful day of this wonderful life, let us count our blessings for being alive!

If it is Monday through Friday, we also go to work, typically.  If we want to work as internet marketers, we need to do only 3 things.  Yes, only 3 things.

First, we need leads, people to sell our products and services to.  We can get these leads from buying advertising, from people landing on our blog pages somehow, either from clicking on results from organic searches or following links from forums, other blogs, or articles, forum posts, recommendations, links in articles, and mentions somewhere.  There are a kazillion sources for traffic.

Second, we must use honest, transparent marketing and salesmanship to convert these leads we have attracted into customers.  We do this by presenting our high quality products and services to them in a way that helps them see, “Yes, that is what I want!”

We show our prospects what we have and explain what it will do for them.  Then we urge them to take action, to buy!

Third, we only sell stuff that is high quality and provides high value to the customer.  In short, we aim to delight and amazing our customers.

If my coaching customer has a gorgeous blog up and running in a week, they will be amazed, perhaps ecstatic!  If they have a working optin popup and are sending out a free report after six weeks of struggle, wow,  they are going to be happily building their list.

If you can do these three things well, congratulations!  You have achieved what more than half of the people who want to make money online have not been able to achieve!  Most people don’t know how to generate leads from advertising, don’t know how to converts leads into customers, and aren’t particularly concerned about delighting their customers.  If that is the case, they are not going to make money online.

If you would like to learn how to do these three things, stay tuned.

If you would like have a blog and build a list and start marketing to that list,  please email me at admin@michael-holcomb.com to find out more about my personal coaching program.  Here’s to your success online!  You can do it!  I know you can, and so do you!

 

 

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