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Goal Setting for Entrepreneurs

Goal Setting for Entrepreneurs

Goal Setting for Entrepreneurs

Goal Setting for Entrepreneurs

Goal setting for entrepreneurs can often be a tedious and time-consuming chore. Many entrepreneurs have this view of goal-setting because they do not see many positive results from the exercise. Have you ever felt that way? You set goals at the beginning of the year, then you set aside the paper with your written goals, and never achieve any results.

If that sounds like you, then you are in the right place. Today, I want to share with you my approach to goal setting for entrepreneurs that is not tedious or unproductive.

1. What is Goal Setting for Entrepreneurs?

Most business experts will tell you that you need to set S.M.A.R.T. goals. These same gurus will tell you that without setting S.M.A.R.T. goals you will never achieve the business and financial success that you desire.  At one point, I wrote an article advocating S.M.A.R.T. goals.

Now, I am ready to explode when I hear the experts talk about S.M.A.R.T. goals.

I have come to realize from personal experience, that S.M.A.R.T. goals can limit you. The biggest goals that I have achieved have come from setting outrageous goals, not S.M.A.R.T. goals. Just think about what S.M.A.R.T. means: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-bound.

While that looks great on paper—and clearly, it is easy to remember—it does not go far enough for those who want to achieve important things. I agree with the premise that goals should be specific, measurable, and timely. However, I do not agree with the other two premises that goals should be attainable and realistic.

2. Does an “Attainable” “Realistic” Goal Inspire You?

Think about it. Do you want to be stuck with “attainable” and “realistic” goals when what you really dream about is a 3-day workweek, frequent international travel, and enough money to fund a college endowment? It seems clear to me that those safe, S.M.A.R.T. goals are not going to get you there.

In fact, they might even do worse than simply “not get you there.” They may actively hold you back.

Have you ever, set a goal to increase your earnings by 10%? That is often viewed as an “attainable” and “realistic” goal. But did that 10% goal inspire you to work harder? Or did it create a subconscious ceiling on your earning potential that you are unable to break through?

When I was 8 years old and I set the goal of becoming a lawyer. No one would have said my goal was “attainable” or “realistic.” Some would say my goal was outrageous. My goal required an expensive college and law school education. Then I would have to take and pass an expensive and tough bar exam before I received a license to practice law. My parents were not wealthy. I did not know any attorneys. But I had a burning desire to help people who were left out and locked out of full and equal participation in our social, legal, and economic systems. Despite, the seeming appearance of my goals being unrealistic and unattainable, I became a licensed attorney at the age of 25.

3. Goal Setting for the Savvy Entrepreneur

The savvy entrepreneur, rather than focusing on goals that are “attainable” and “realistic” knows that the key to incredible success lies in creating lofty goals that feel out of reach—maybe even UN-attainable. Savvy entrepreneurs do not strive to earn 10% more than last year. They want 50% or even 100% more. The savvy entrepreneur stretches herself. She finds new, and better, ways to do things.

Of course, you cannot simply declare crazy goals and expect to achieve them. However, when you shun the attainable goal for the outrageous goal, you push yourself beyond those self-imposed limits and reach for the stars.

Conclusion/Call to Action

Goal setting for entrepreneurs does not have to be a tedious and worthless exercise. When you learn to set the right kind of goals, you can achieve results far beyond your wildest desires. Remember to set goals that inspire you! You have a much better chance of achieving your goal, if it motivates your heart.

At My Biz Dream Team, we can show you how to develop an internet lifestyle business that can help you reach your money goals. Check out The Strategic Pathway to Success Program™. Let us help you accelerate the growth of your business so that you can reach your goal of creating a lifestyle and a business that you love! Act today.

Pamela Montgomery

Pamela Montgomery

I am Pamela Montgomery, attorney, author, entrepreneur, and speaker, helping you create the life of your dreams as you achieve uncommon results in your business and in your life.

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10 Practical Self-Improvement Tips for 2018

10 Practical Self-Improvement Tips for 2018

10 Practical Self-Improvement Tips for 2018

10 Practical Self-Improvement Tips for 2018

The following 10 practical self-improvement tips will help smooth the transition, if you are looking to break old habits and become a better you. Soon you will be creating new habits in no time at all.

Are you ready to improve your well-being and health? Is 2018 the year that you stop fretting about your life? Is this the year that you will take action to make a difference in your life? Will you finally lose those 20 pounds? Is it the year that you will finally have time to be more active in your child’s PTA?

Whatever you want to achieve in 2018 for yourself or for others, you may find that you struggle with the mindset for change and often return to old habits. This year can be different! Try following these 10 practical self-improvement tips for 2018.

1. Make Time for You

While you might associate being a better person with doing more for others, the truth is, you first need to take time for yourself. If you are burnt out and stressed, you will not make a positive contribution to anyone. Taking time out for yourself is not being selfish; it gives you the opportunity to refresh and recharge.

Once you understand that taking time out for yourself is making a positive contribution to others, then it’s time to schedule it. It is important to honor your commitment to yourself when declaring your “me time”. Set aside some time daily. If you are like most of us, this may seem near impossible; but guess what? You can find 15 minutes every day.

If you don’t respect your personal time, no one else will. Take 15 minutes for meditation in the morning or your daily “me time” out on the front porch or the back deck and just listen to nature; read a few pages from a book that uplifts your spirit; drink a cup of coffee or tea! This is your choice!!
Once you have decided on a set amount of time and a set time of day for your “me time,” let everyone know you are not available. This is your time!

2. Choose How You Jump Start Your Day

You can choose to start your day grumpy and irritable or you can choose to start your day being grateful that you were given another chance to enjoy life and to love. The choice is always yours. Choose to wake up declaring out loud a few things you are grateful for and watch how this daily habit changes your day and your life. Choose to read something positive, think something positive and say something positive. Your day will be that much better and you will have done this by your own power. Be intentional! This is your choice!

3. Start a Journal

When you are feeling overwhelmed, grab a journal and write down your feelings – even if they are negative. Then, give it a new spin. For example, you might write, “even though I didn’t get the promotion I wanted, I now know what the process is and what I need to work on to better my chances before I put in for the next promotion. I am exactly where I am supposed to be in this moment and am grateful for the great things to come.” Journaling releases negativity and toxicity from your body, soul and mind. Journaling also resets your mindset. Focus on what really matters in your life!

4. Keep Positive People Close to You, in Your Bubble

Keep positive friends close by and reel them in when you need a boost. Have you ever started your day by tripping over something, losing your car keys, or finding that the squirrels knocked over your garbage? Don’t be ashamed of your bad moods, just take responsibility for them. Rather than getting upset, grab a friend, talk about it, laugh it off, and then let it go. You’ll be glad you did. Keep these positive people in your bubble!

5. Keep Negative People out of Your Bubble

You will never rid yourself of all the negative people in your life. After all, some of them are your employers, co-workers and family members. You can, however, keep them at a distance while enclosing yourself in a more protected Bubble. You don’t have to let their negativity into your space. Make a choice to slowly distance yourself from them and know that their negativity has nothing to do with you; it’s their stuff don’t own it for yourself. Be intentional about who you let in and who you keep at a distance.

6. Choose Your Filters Wisely

If you read negative stories, watch too much news, or get involved in gossip, you will most likely end up with negative thoughts. After all, negative stories are what so much of the media focuses on these days. Intentionally choose what people, books, music, and television you let in. Stop ‘hanging out’ on social networking gossip sites and take responsibility for your own actions. Listen to the right type of music. Uplifting music will change your brain waves and fast music will give you a boost of adrenaline. If you are feeling low, pop on some dance tunes and watch how quickly your toes will begin to tap. Remember, it’s your choice!

7. Take Time to Get Organized

2018 is the year to finally set up a filing system, get a calendar and keep it updated, and throw out your junk. Once the initial work is done, all you have to do is maintain the organized systems. Don’t want to do it yourself? Pay someone else to do it for you.
You can also use an app to help you organize and plan everything today from traveling to paying your bills. When you are on the train commuting to work or waiting in line at the store, you can get things done that would normally have to wait for your lunch hour or day off. Being able to accomplish more during these wait times will give you more free time for yourself.

8. Take Time to Shut Down and Unplug

After you have used technology to get organized, take time off from technology and unplug from your social devices. If you want to be a better you, you need connections – real life connections. You need to see faces and hear voices and so do other people. Take the initiative and plan a real-life coffee date. You’ll make a difference for yourself and for someone else.

9. Set Meaningful Goals

Set goals that will challenge you enough to demand your best effort and impact some aspect of your life. If they are set too low, achieving them is inconsequential. Set them too high, achieving them is next to impossible.

10. Grab an Accountability Partner

When you set a new goal, it’s important to get an accountability partner. When you know you are scheduled to meet with your accountability partner you will work that much harder to achieve your goal. You also have that partner encouraging you from the sidelines.

Conclusion/Call to Action

You want to be the best you can be. By following these tips you are well on your way to a more balanced, focused, energized life. When you feel balanced, focused, and energized you will feel better about yourself and everything else around you.

For more practical self-improvement tips see the following blog posts:
3 Mindset Habits of a Super-Successful Entrepreneur
Negative People: How to Protect Yourself from Them
The Entrepreneur’s Mindset: Taking time to Relax, Refresh, and Relax
Finding Time for Yourself: Finding “Me Time”

At My Biz Dream Team, we can show you how to develop an internet lifestyle business that can help you reach your money goals. Check out The Strategic Pathway to Success Program™. Let us show you how to reach your goal of creating a lifestyle and a business that you love! Act today.

Pamela Montgomery

Pamela Montgomery

I am Pamela Montgomery, attorney, author, entrepreneur, and speaker, helping you create the life of your dreams as you achieve uncommon results in your business and in your life.

 

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How to Quickly Overcome Your Fear of Public Speaking

Quickly Overcome the Fear of Public Speaking

Quickly Overcome Your Fear of Public Speaking

How to Quickly Overcome Your Fear of Public Speaking

You can quickly overcome your fear of public speaking by following a few simple strategies. Do your knees start to knock and your throat start to close thinking about public speaking? Do imagine forgetting everything you planned to say? You can rid yourself of the overwhelming anxiety in the pit of your stomach. These symptoms of the fear of public speaking can be overcome by following the advice on this episode of My Biz Dream Team: Opportunity Wednesday Training Series.

1. Being Nervous vs Being Afraid

I understand your fear of public speaking. My entire professional life as an attorney, presenter, and spokesperson was all about public speaking. As an entrepreneur, I am often asked to make remarks or speak about my business. Each time I stand up to speak, I am nervous. Being nervous is a good thing. It gives me the edge to do my best. I do not want to be complacent about the opportunity to influence and persuade my audience. However, being nervous and being afraid are two different emotions.

2. The Solution

To help you overcome the fear of public speaking, I recommend that you what I did. Schedule yourself to speak in public on a regular basis. The more you speak, the less afraid you become. Like swimming, you just need to jump into the water! As you do more public speaking, you become a better public speaker and more confident in your abilities. You will quickly overcome your fear of public speaking after a few months of regular speaking. You realize that you will not forget your prepared remarks. You realize that the audience will not laugh at you. In fact, the audience will support and follow your lead if you provide them valuable information that helps them solve their problems.

3. Implementing the Solution

You can quickly overcome your fear of public speaking by making sure that you speak in public at least once a month. When six weeks passed without making a presentation, I felt rusty and more anxious when I returned to the stage. Make sure that does not happen to you. Make public speaking a habit. There is no better way to position yourself as an authority.

You can find opportunities to speak online or offline. I highly recommend that you start podcast. For example, you can interview guests or discuss issues of concern to your audience. To receive more in-depth information about the power of podcasting see the following blog posts.

How You Can Make Podcasting Absolutely Enjoyable

How to Quickly Identify Your Ideal Client 

How to Attract New Clients Through Speaking and Writing

 

You may also want to pursue opportunities offline in your local community. Local business associations, libraries, and civic organizations are always looking for speakers. Prepare a speech or presentation on an interesting topic and then schedule yourself to speak. It has been my experience that the best way to quickly overcome the fear of public speaking is to start speaking in public on a regular basis.

Conclusion/Call to Action

Are you ready to quickly overcome the fear of public speaking? If so, schedule yourself to speak regularly. The more frequently you speak the more confident you will become.  You will find that will quickly overcome the fear of public speaking when you begin to speak in public on a regular basis.

 

At My Biz Dream Team, we can show you how to develop an internet lifestyle business that can help you reach your money goals. Check out The Strategic Pathway to Success Program™. Let us show you how to reach your goal of creating a lifestyle and a business that you love! Act today.

 I am Pamela Montgomery, attorney, author, entrepreneur, and speaker, helping you create the life of your dreams as you achieve uncommon results in your business and in your life!

 

 

 

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How to Make Self Responsibility the Cornerstone of Your Success

How to Make Self Responsibilty the Cornerstone of Your Success

How to Make Self Responsibility the Cornerstone of Your Success

How to Make Self Responsibility the Cornerstone of Your Success

“If it is to be, it is up to me”

Acknowledging that you must make self responsibility the cornerstone of your success can be a daunting challenge. But, if you want to achieve extraordinary success in your business and in your life, you must make self responsibility the cornerstone.  It was certainly difficult for me to accept the truth of this concept. I wanted to blame someone else or something else for the deal that I lost or the client I did not get. But once I understood that I controlled my own destiny, I was ready to seize the opportunities that came my way. Remember, “There are no excuses!”

Other People are not Responsible for Your Success

I realize that there may be economic setbacks such as the Great Recession of 2008. Your suppliers may go out of business. Your virtual assistant may decide to quit. Although these circumstances may impact your business and your life, you must realize that they are beyond your control. You can however control how you react to these setbacks. You alone are responsible for the success of your business. Have you planned for these eventualities? Are you taking responsibility to meet the challenges of these circumstances?

Other People Probably are in Worse Circumstances than You

No matter how bad you think you have it, others probably have it even worse. So, stop crying and start taking responsibility for your success.
Here is a simple creed that is worth repeating throughout the day. It is especially helpful when you start to feel sorry for yourself:

“If it is to be, it is up to me.”

 

These ten simple two-letter words remind you that self responsibility is the cornerstone of success in achieving extraordinary results in your business and in your life.

Be Committed to Your Success

Once you decide to go into business, totally commit to it. There is no holding back. Jump in with both feet! Even more important than getting into business, is getting the business into you. You can indeed love your business and your life.

Make a commitment to yourself that you are going to succeed, no matter what. Remember to go the extra mile to achieve extraordinary success in your business and in your life.

Conclusion/Call to Action

Learn how to make self responsibility the cornerstone of your success in your business and in your life, if you want to achieve extraordinary success in your business and in your life. Remember: (1) other people are not responsible for your success; (2) other people are probably in worse circumstance than you; and (3) be committed to your success. Throughout the day repeat these ten simple two-letter words to remind yourself that self-responsibility is the cornerstone for achieving extraordinary success in your business and in your life.

“If it is to be, it is up to me.”

At My Biz Dream Team, we can show you how to develop an internet lifestyle business that can help you reach your money goals. Check out The Strategic Pathway to Success Program™. Let us show you how to reach your goal of creating a lifestyle and a business that you love! Act today.

I am Pamela Montgomery, attorney, author, entrepreneur, and speaker, helping you create the life of your dreams as you achieve uncommon results in your business and in your life!

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How to Dramatically Increase Your Chance for Outstanding Success

How to Dramatically Increase Your Chance for Outstanding Success

How to Dramatically Increase Your Chance for Outstanding Success

How to Dramatically Increase Your Chance for Outstanding Success

Imagine if you knew the one extra ingredient that would dramatically increase your chance for outstanding success? What a difference it would make in your business, career, and life!  I have discovered from years of experience that the real secret to success lies in your willingness to go the extra mile. It is the extra effort…the extra work that will make the difference.

Wisdom from My 8th Grade English Teacher

I learned this secret many years ago. My 8th grade English teacher, Mrs. Young, told us to always “Go beyond the call of duty.” Her words of admonishment and encouragement have stayed with me over the years.

There are many influencers and gurus who often toot short-cuts and get rich quick schemes. Do not believe them.

Wisdom from Zig Ziglar

Nothing beats “Under promise, over deliver.” As the great salesman Zig Ziglar said, “If you are always willing to do more than what you get paid for, eventually you will be paid for more than you actually do.”

“The Law of Reciprocity”

Robert Cialdini, in his seminal book, Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion explains how when you do something for someone, it sets the stage for them to do something for you in return. Cialdini calls this “The Law of Reciprocity.”

When you go the extra mile for your client, you have set the stage for “The Law of Reciprocity” to start working. “The Law of Reciprocity” does not work for “normal,” “average,” or even “special” service or products.  It takes much more to trigger “The Law of Reciprocity.” You must do something “extraordinary” in today’s highly competitive market to gain an advantage.

Look at What Your Competitors are Doing

Look at what your competitors are doing. Then do something different. Your clients want and deserve something better than what everyone else is doing.  Start doing what your competitors cannot do or are not willing to do.

Get a new perspective on your business and then go the extra mile for your clients. Only then will “The Law of Reciprocity,” create a compelling reason for your client to want to reciprocate.  Dare to be different!

Conclusion/Call to Action

Contrary to what the experts say, there is no short cut to success. If you want to dramatically increase your chance for outstanding success, you must be willing to go the extra mile. It is lonely on that extra mile, but is where you will find the outstanding success that you dreamed of achieving.

 At My Biz Dream Team, we can show you how to develop an internet lifestyle business that can help you reach your money goals. Check out The Strategic Pathway to Success Program™. Let us show you how to reach your goal of creating a lifestyle and a business that you love!

 I am Pamela Montgomery, attorney, author, entrepreneur, and speaker, helping you create the life of your dreams as you achieve uncommon results in your business and in your life!

 

 

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How to Absolutely Overcome the Deadly Procrastination Habit

How to Absolutely Overcome the Deadly Procrastination Habit

How to Absolutely Overcome the Deadly Procrastination Habit

How to Absolutely Overcome the Deadly Procrastination Habit

Imagine learning how to absolutely overcome the deadly procrastination habit! What if you learned several time-proven strategies to help you conquer and defeat one habit that keeps you from realizing your dreams?

If you are like me, you may have developed the deadly habit of procrastination. Do you keep putting off writing that novel? Have you finished the training course you wanted to launch? Perhaps it is perfectionism that is holding you back from finishing a project or even getting started.

This episode of My Biz Dream Team: Opportunity Wednesday Training Series tackles the issue of  procrastination. We discuss 7 strategies that you can implement right now that will chase away the deadly habit of procrastination. Don't put off listening!

Our Background and Experience

Dexter and I just love to serve new entrepreneurs looking to leave their 9-5 jobs to create a lifestyle of working from home doing what they love. One of the first issues we address with all new entrepreneurs is developing a mindset for success.

Procrastination may be keeping you from developing a mindset of success. Procrastination may be holding you back. There are hundreds of books, blogs, and articles on time management and procrastination. In this post, as a supplement to the podcast, I have included a link to a short report that provides you with 21 strategies that you can use to learn how to absolutely overcome the deadly procrastination habit. Click here: How to Absolutely Overcome the Deadly Procrastination Habit Handout

 What is Procrastination

Procrastination is a deadly habit that saps your energy and hinders your success. As you sit there twiddling your thumbs, life goes on without you and your wonderful ideas. You remain trapped in a brain fog that does not allow you to move forward with your goals and dreams. Slaying this deadly procrastination habit is the first step in building a successful lifestyle entrepreneurship business.

 

 Conclusion/Call to Action

Procrastination is a deadly habit that can sabotage your success.   Listen in as we share 7 strategies that you can implement today that will help you learn how to absolutely overcome the deadly procrastination habit.

(1) Tame the time Stealers

(2) Put Your Mobile Away!

(3) Go Outdoors

(4) Ask Yourself what is Really Going On!

(5) Break Down Your Project into Smaller Steps

(6) Make it a Game

(7) What is Your Preference?

Using these strategies will help you develop a success mindset and overcome the deadly habit of procrastination.

 

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How to Find Your Inspiration: What is Your Why?

How to Find Your Inspiration: What is your Why?

How to Find Your Inspiration: What is Your Why?

How to Find Your Inspiration: What is Your Why?

To find your inspiration is the first step in achieving the goals that excite you. Only when you know your why will you find the courage and inspiration to start or to grow your business. Having the proper mindset is the key for the determination you will need to succeed. The German philosopher Frederick Nietzsche once said, “He who knows his why can endure any how.”

When you find your inspiration and know your why you will be able: (1) find the courage to take the risks needed to succeed; (2) stay motivated when you face setbacks; and (3) move your life into an entirely new, more challenging and rewarding direction.

When you first decided to start your business, you may have been thinking:

·       “I am tired of working in this terrible job.”

·       “I need to spend more time with my family.”

·       “This job just does not pay enough.”

These thoughts and others go through the mind of many people thinking about starting a business. But you will find, that these reasons will not be enough to sustain your motivation once you start your business.

These primarily negative thoughts will not inspire you:

 ·       To increase your skills;

·       To be brave and authentic in your marketing;

·       To find the courage to launch a new product or service;

·       To make your business thrive.

What is your why? What inspires and motivates you?

Is it Your Passion?

Many business owners are motivated by passion for a topic, a market, or a product. They would spend their entire day talking and learning about it. Whichever type of passion-based business owner you are, learning to harness that passion will help you elevate your business.

Is it Your Lifestyle?

Other business owners are inspired by the desire for the lifestyle that comes from owning their own business. Are you motivated by the freedom of having a lifestyle that allows you to travel or to drive beautiful cars? Whatever your big dream, you knew that you would never make it with your day job. There is nothing wrong with desiring a lifestyle that you find thrilling and fulfilling. Be sure to maintain your integrity and authenticity in pursuit of your dream lifestyle.

Is it Philanthropic?

Many business owners are inspired to go into business so that they can give more to charitable concerns. Are you motivated by a desire to give more to charities at home or abroad? Perhaps you want to have the freedom to volunteer with local hospitals, animal shelter, or churches.  If you have a heart for a cause, a philanthropic why can be the motivating cause that elevates your business.

 

Conclusion

In this episode of My Biz Dream Team: Opportunity Training Series we explored how to find your inspiration by focusing on your why. To find your own why, consider your biggest dreams. What brings joy and a sense of fulfillment into your life!

 

At My Biz Dream Team, we can show you how to develop an internet lifestyle business that can help you fulfill your biggest dreams and aspirations. Check out The Strategic Pathway to Success Program™. Let us show you how to reach your goal of creating a lifestyle and a business that you love!

 

I am Pamela Montgomery, attorney, author, entrepreneur, and speaker, helping you create the life of your dreams as you achieve uncommon results in your business and in your life!

 

 

 

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3 Harmful Money Habits that Sabotage Your Business Success

3 Harmful Money Habits that Sabotage Your Business Success

3 Harmful Money Habits that Sabotage Your Business Success

3 Harmful Money Habits that Sabotage Your Business Success

These three harmful money habits can sabotage your business success. They are certainly blocking your path to prosperity and keeping you broke.

You have an excuse. After all, most of us were not born knowing how to manage money.  Your schools certainly did not teach you how to handle money. Like me, most of you had to figure it out along the way. Much of what I figured out was through trial and error as I navigated throughout life.

Your lack of knowledge, mindset issues, and harmful money habits can wreak havoc in your personal finances. They can also ruin your businesses if you are not careful.

This article addresses three harmful money habits that maybe keeping you broke and holding you back from prosperity. I also offer alternative strategies to get you on track.

1. Chasing Each New “Thing” that Comes Along!

The first harmful money habit that you need to kick is chasing each new “thing” that comes along. Do you find yourself buying the newest electronic gadget? Joining the newest, coolest gym in the community? Must you join the latest training program? Do you hire the “hottest new guru?” Somethings are just hard to resist. This is especially true when your friends and colleagues are all jumping on board!

If you are not careful, these new “things” can quickly distract you from your current goals.

Rather than chasing each new “thing” that comes along, try the strategy that I use when tempted. First, think will this new toy or program make me money immediately.  If not, add it to your “someday” list.  You will get it “someday” later.

 

You must learn to trust yourself and invest in your business.

2. Failing to Invest in Your Business

The next harmful money habit to kick is failing to invest in your business. As you can see from this harmful money habit, everything is not about overspending. Sometimes spending too little is bad for your business.

You cannot build a high-quality long-term business, by totally relying upon free products. You must learn to trust yourself and invest in your business. You must invest in quality if you want to attract quality clients. High quality investments pay back dividends!

3.  Failing to Stop Paying for Things You Are Not Using

The third harmful money habit you need to kick is failing to stop paying for things that you are not using. I know that it can be difficult to unsubscribe from products and services.  Sometimes you cannot find the right place to unsubscribe. Many vendors do not make it easy for you.

However, if you want to prosper you must cut unnecessary expenses. Take a few minutes and review the products and services that you use on a regular basis for your business. Then unsubscribe from those services and products that you have not used in the last 90 days.  Get rid of those unnecessary monthly fees!

Chasing after each new” thing” (Harmful money habit #1) probably put you in the situation of paying for things that you do not use! (Harmful money habit #3)

Conclusion

This article is about 3 harmful money habits that sabotage your business success. If you want to build a high-quality business, then you must stop:

  1. Chasing each new “thing” that comes along;
  2. Failing to invest in your business
  3. Failing to stop paying for things you are not using

I would love to help you get on track with The Strategic Pathway to Success Program. Let us hear from you!

I am Pamela Montgomery, attorney, author, entrepreneur, and speaker who helps you create the life of your dreams as you achieve uncommon results in your business and in your life!

 

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Is Your Money Mindset Keeping You Broke?

Is Your Money Mindset Keeping You Broke?

Is Your Money Mindset Keeping You Broke?

Is Your Money Mindset Keeping You Broke

Your money mindset is often the difference between prosperity and hardship. Do you realize that the stories that you tell yourself about money could be holding you back from the success that you desire?  This episode of My Biz Dream Team: Opportunity Wednesday Training Series looks at how your money mindset may be standing in the way of your prosperity and keeping you broke.

What is Your Money Story?

In this episode, we discuss two typical money stories that may be stopping your prosperity.  One money story is the “Doomed” story. In this story, you are cursed never to have any money because your entire family is cursed with bad luck when it comes to money. You are “the victim” of someone’s bad luck or bad deeds. Does this sound familiar?

The next money story that may be standing in the way of your prosperity is the “Evil Money” story. In this story, you tell yourself that having money is bad. You do not deserve the good things of life. You tell yourself repeatedly that money is evil. Does this sound familiar?

If you take a close look at that often misquoted verse (1Timothy 6:10) it says: “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.”  In context, the quote is about those who are tempted by riches and make foolish decisions that lead to their ruin. Unfortunately, some people may become so afraid of materialism, they often go the other way. They often create money stories that do not allow them to provide for their families’ basic needs.

Katherine Keller, in her insightful article in Entrepreneur magazine “5 Beliefs that Keep You Broke,” highlights how those beliefs may be keeping you from using your energy “towards creativity, peace, joy, happiness, the ability to solve problems, or to feel that [you] have control over [y]our [life].”

Create a Money Mindset that Brings You Prosperity!

The Truth About Money

Do you know the truth about money? Money is a tool. It is a tool that you can use to create the freedom to give. Money is a tool to give you freedom to help others when help is most needed. Instead of giving out of guilt, it is much more effective to give out of a feeling of empowerment. It is more effective to renew the well, so that the more you give, the more you receive. That is what creating a strong, positive financial story allows you to do.

Once you understand that money is a tool that you can use to shape your world, then you can begin to remove the blocks to your prosperity.

Changing Your Money Mindset

It does not matter which type of negative money mindset that you have. If it leaves you feeling financially fearful and disempowered, it is a money story you need to change.

Your money mindset will shape how you view your business and the decisions that you will make. Will you decide out of fear or out of power?

Listen to the podcast as we discuss the seven symptoms that show that you are prosperity blocked and doomed to stay broke if you do not change!

 

I am Pamela Montgomery, attorney, author, entrepreneur, and speaker who helps you create the life of your dreams as you achieve uncommon results in your business and in your life!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How to Keep a Journal that Will Help You Discover Your Purpose

Discover Your Purpose

Discover Your Purpose

How to Keep a Journal that Will Help You Discover Your Purpose

Discover your purpose! If it were only so easy. We would all be blissfully happy in our careers and our lives. Instead many of us struggle with the choices that we have made and are searching for other options. One strategy to help you discover your purpose is to engage in writing in a journal. This article will show you exactly how to keep a journal that will help you discover your purpose.

The 30-Day Journal Challenge

Step 1: Keep a Daily Journal

Perhaps you already keep a journal. But, if you do not, I want you to start writing in a journal. Your challenge for the next 30 days is to keep a daily, purposeful journal. Here is how that works.

First, set aside time each day for writing in your journal. This can be first thing in the morning, last thing before you go to bed, or even right after lunch. It does not matter what time you set aside for writing in your journal. What is important, is that you make an unbreakable appointment with yourself.  You must commit to doing the work—even when it feels hard or uncomfortable.

#mindset Your challenge for the next 30 days is to keep a daily, purposeful, thoughtful journal!

Step 2: Answer Specific Questions  in Your Daily Journal

The next step in the 30-day journal challenge is try answering specific questions each day. This practice contrasts with the usual practice of merely writing random thoughts. This type of journaling helps you maintain focus. Answering specific questions will also allow you to look back later and know exactly what works. You will also be able to tell exactly where you might want to focus your energy.

Here are a few suggested questions to include during the challenge:

1.     What was the best thing that happened to me today?

2.     How did I make someone else’s day better?

3.     How could today have been better?

4.     What is the one big thing I want to get done today?

5.     What is one thing I did today just for me?

6.     Who made me smile today?

7.     What has been my biggest achievement this week?

8.     Fast forward to next year. What has changed about your life or your business?

You do not have to answer each question every day. There may be other questions that you would like to add to the list. Have fun. Use your journal as a source of inspiration, reflection, and creativity. Spend some time looking forward to what you hope to achieve. Also, take time looking backwards at how much you have already achieved.

Review your journal periodically. Taking note of recurring themes in your journal is a powerful way to discover your true purpose.

 

Step 3: Add a Few Words of Gratitude to Your Journal

As you grow accustomed to using your dedicated time to answer these questions in your journal, try adding a few words of gratitude. Every day, you are surrounded with reasons to be grateful. For example, I am grateful to have a roof over my head and food to eat. I do not take such things for granted. Some people are not as fortunate as I am.

Be sure to note both the small and large things for which you are grateful. Reminding yourself of all these things will help keep your attitude positive. When you are in a positive frame of mind, you are more open to discovering your life’s passions. 

Read the following article to find additional strategies to finding your highest best purpose for your life! 

 

 

Conclusion/Call to Action

Discovering your purpose in life can be a daunting task. But I have discovered that keeping a daily journal is a fabulous way to discover my purpose. Remember to follow these 3 steps as you take “The 30-day Journal Challenge,”

1. Keep a daily journal

2. Answer specific questions in your daily journal

3. Add a few words of gratitude

Remember that your journal is for your eyes only.  You will be more likely to use it if it is as colorful and unique as you are.

Leave us a comment to let us know that you will join us in “The 30-day Journal Challenge.”

 

I am Pamela Montgomery, the attorney, author, and entrepreneur who helps you create the life of your dreams as you achieve uncommon results in your business and in your life!

 

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