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5 Things To Give Up To Be Truly Happy

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Did you know that the only thing standing between you and happiness is you? Nobody else should set limits on you and you shouldn’t believe that you have limits either. No matter how old you are, what gender you are, or where you are, you deserve to be happy. There are some things in life that you cannot control, but happiness is not one of them. If you truly want to be happy, there are things that you have to learn to give up. Here are the 5 best examples.

1. Give up excuses

Excuses are stumbling blocks people use as crutches to avoid certain unpleasantness. But excuses bar the way to true happiness. Giving it up can lead to a happier future. For example, if you've been thinking about losing weight but always find yourself being "too busy" to join a gym, then today is the day you say good-bye to excuses. This does not mean to say that you have to give up work or other activities that keep you busy. This means that you have to find time to workout if you really want to get fit and shed those stubborn pounds.Remember, if you want to be happy, then stop with the excuses. You have to make time for the gym if you want to be happy and reach your goals.

2. Give Up Toxic Relationships

Toxic relationships are physically, mentally, and emotionally draining. They eat up your time, and it is not benefiting you in any way. It also gets in the way of self development or pursuing other relationships, which could be more beneficial. At some point, you have to find a way to break away from a toxic relationship before it affects you even more. You have to find a way to let go of the person who is causing you all this stress and grief. It won’t be easy. Ironically, people in toxic relationships use it as a shield, because they are afraid of being truly happy. They become conditioned to the misery and forget how a normal relationship functions. In order to make room for happiness in your life, you have to cut off the toxicity and start thinking of the future and its possibilities.

3. Give Up Stress

Yes, it is possible to give up stress. Stressing out over a problem won’t help you solve it. In fact, stressing over something leads to even more problems. The best way to give up stress is to find out what is causing it and then finding ways to get rid of it. Let's say you need more money and it's causing you stress. Once you admit and find out what is causing money problems, you can find ways to solve it. A good idea is to re-examine your budget and find out where you are spending money. The next step is to find items you can give up so that you can free up some cash. Alternatively, you can find other means of employment to come up with more money. The important thing to remember about stress is finding ways to solve it, because it usually gets rid of the stress.

4. Give Up Bad Habits

Bad habits like drugs, alcohol, and smoking have serious career health and relationship consequences. Giving them up before it is too late can help save your career, relationship, and your life. Bad habits have a bad way of isolating us from coworkers and family aside from ruining our health. Smoking and drugs can have serious financial consequences too.The first step to recovery is to admit that you have a problem. Once you know what it is, you can take steps to solving it. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. There are many people who are trained to help you from consuming these substances so that you can correct your bad habits.

5. Give Up Regrets

At some point, you have to let go of your past so that you can focus on the future. As they say, what's done is done, and there is no way to go back to correct it. However, this does not mean that it cannot be undone. Stop regretting and start focusing on what you can do to correct your past mistakes. Make something happen instead of thinking about what happened. Regrets are good because you get to learn from it but holding on to them can also keep you from growing and maturing into a better person.
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Using Live Video To Double Your Business

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Instagram Live Video, Facebook Live Video, and Periscope - more than likely you would have heard of these social media platforms, but did you know they are the latest technological breakthroughs for users to incorporate into their business? These platforms allow you to connect powerfully and easily with your audience, which means as an entrepreneur, you are able to personalize your brand and business amongst targeted viewers.
Engaging with your audience is key to running a successful company. Gone are the days where you can just create a website, cross your fingers, and hope that people will find it and contact you for your products or services. We live in a new era, where billions of people are constantly connected to their smart phone. According to Facebook, there are 1.18 billion active users that visit their social network on a daily basis! So with the Live Video option, you are now able to literally interact in real time with your audience. Think what that can do for your business.The first thing you may be asking yourself right now is, how can I reach more people without a large following? Well, the easiest and quickest way to build a responsive following is to become Keyword specific. This means that you are targeting people specifically interested in your niche and what you have to offer. It is better to have 100 followers that are engaged and interested in buying your product or service than 1,000 followers that take little to no action on your offers. One of the fundamental keys to your business growth is to create an organic following. 

How to build a following organically

 

Content is king

The more value and content you post regularly on social media -- the more followers you are going to gain. People want to learn, be entertained, and see valuable posts from you.Assuming you’re doing this and you have a responsive following, now you are able to incorporate Live Video! Before you “go live” you must have a game plan on exactly what you will be talking about. Go in prepared or you’ll lose interest and engagement.Keep in mind the attention span of the average person is extremely short, so you have one chance and one chance only.  Make it count! Lucky for you, you don’t have to be on Live Video for too long to get your message across. A handy acronym to use is: K.I.S.S: Keep it short and simple! Your audience will love you for that, trust me!

Build a bond

Like anything worthwhile in life, the power of our bonds with others is what binds us together.  Strip all the technology away and we are simply human beings creating connection and bonds, which create trust and trust creates fans and buyers. With your current audience, you must build a bond, in other words, a relationship with them. You can do this with live video. Have a conversation with your audience, while keeping them entertained. Ask questions, acknowledge your viewers, and deliver value that they can take away once you’re done.Now that you’ve created a relationship with your audience ask them to spread the word by liking to share and comment. The more likes and shares you get, the further your reach gets. Now the way Facebook’s algorithm works is, with the more activity that is happening on your post or feed, they will make sure everyone can watch it and have the opportunity to engage. Whenever a user logs onto Facebook, they will see you first on their feed!

Create a contest

People love winning. Creating a giveaway or a contest that gives your users the chance to gain something by participating will spread your name and page around Facebook like wildfire. It’s scary how fast news will spread when done correctly. A word of caution: Make sure you set clear and concise rules to your contest to avoid unnecessary drama or miscommunication.On your post, make sure to include a form. Here, you will gather the user’s information: name and email address. These two requirements are essential for you. You have not only gained new leads for your business, but your new leads have also done free advertising work for you and your business. By liking, sharing, and commenting on your post, they have now expanded your message to their following, giving them the opportunity to participate in the contest and spread the word even farther. There are a ton of ways you can grow your audience exponentially with a few cleverly executed strategies.

Live Video Doubling Your Business

Providing value and entertaining info on your product or service without sounding like a door salesman will take you a long way. At the end of each video, provide a call to action for your audience to participate in. An example of this could be, “Click the link in my bio to learn more.” Keep in mind that you do not have to provide a call to action in every video. Spamming your viewers will only backfire.Another approach you can have is leaving a cliffhanger at the end of each video where your viewers will want to see your next Live Event. It leaves you with suspense, which ultimately makes you come back for more. That’s the effect you need to have on your audience.Your call to action could be clicking a link that you’ve posted on your page, tagging a friend on your most recent post, and/or leaving a comment with their email on your post. The link that the user will be clicking should direct them to a landing page where you will be able to provide the user with value and an offer. That ties back into a sales funnel, where you can convert leads into buyers.At the end of the day, Live Video allows you to connect with your audience on a personal level. This form of communication will be help you convey your message more clearly as they watch you live. You will have a better connection with your viewers as you build a connection through emotions. Live video allows your audience to learn more about you, your business and what you’re selling. Make it exciting, provide value,  develop creative call to actions for your audience and watch your business grow.
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How To Create Content And Build Your Audience Online

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During a recent conversation about networking and cross-promotion, a colleague expressed doubt about her ability to promote my business because she had little traffic on her website and social media. She said creating content would be futile because nobody would see it. The implication was, “I need to build an audience before creating content.” She had the equation totally backwards. Create content first, and the audience will come, over time. In this article we will go over several strategies that show you how to create content and help you build your audience online!

Introduction to Content Creation

Consider this analogy. You just moved into a house and want to host a party. Are you going to invite guests over to an unfurnished home? You need couches, chairs, tables, food, music, activities, etc. Is your website or social media page an unfurnished home? Do you provide anything to entice people to stick around? If not, don’t expect many people at your party. Would you visit an online magazine without any articles? How do you feel about a website when the last entry on the Blog was 18 months ago? I get a mental image of tumbleweeds blowing through a ghost town.People are attracted to websites and social media pages that provide engaging, valuable, current, and relevant content. We live in a time where we can create and publish our own content whenever we want! We don’t need the Yellow Pages or an advertising firm to share our message. If you want to promote yourself and build your brand, content marketing is paramount. There is no excuse for failing to create content. If you are passionate about your project, there are plenty of formats you can choose to broadcast your message, including:

Blogs

If you enjoy writing, this is a great vehicle to share stories about your product or service, and to share yourself. You can incorporate pictures, link to other sites, and share on social media.

Social Media

You can share your product or service on several outlets, both on your business and personal page. Share stories about the evolution and improvement of your product or service. Post pictures and show your product or service in action.

Shared Content

Share articles relevant to your project, but it is critical that you add your own commentary. Don’t just Share, Comment and Share!

Videos

People want to know the real you, and this is a great vehicle to share yourself while sharing your product or service. People need to know if they like and trust you before they decide to buy from you. Live videos are starting to explode on social media, so get out of your comfort zone and try it.

Cross-Promotion

Find strategic partners and cross-promote each other. Write guest blog posts, share each other’s content on social media, shoot a video together, or even create a page on your website where you promote and link to your partners.Regardless of your preferred medium, the following factors are critical to creating quality content: Value, Patience, Relevancy, Non-Monetization, and Storytelling.

Value

It’s all about your audience, not about you! You need to give them real value. Don’t waste people’s time talking about how great you or your product/service are. Talk about how your product/service will improve the reader/viewer’s life by filling a want or need. When I’m scanning a website, I’m looking for content that provides value to me. I’m subconsciously looking for content that makes me think, “I need to read/watch that.” I am looking for content that is conducive to my growth or appeals to my needs and wants.Your titles and substantive content should demonstrate how the material will appeal to the reader/viewer’s self-interest. When reviewing content, I take about 15-30 seconds to decide if I’m receiving any value. Time is too precious and attention spans are too short. I’m sure cat video metrics might suggest otherwise, but I venture that most people don’t go online looking for cat videos. When I find myself sucked into trivial content online, it’s almost always by accident, and I get out of there as soon as I recognize I’m wasting my time.Give your content real value. Don’t lure people with the promise of content as a ruse to grab personal information or even worse, hit them with a pay wall. Don’t do the bait and switch. Have you ever been tantalized by a link description, you click, and then presented with a landing page demanding your email address before revealing any content? When this happens, I know the content is just bait, and I will have to manually opt out from daily email blasts to escape the funnel. You might generate some leads that way, but you aren’t giving value or building a positive brand. Provide value on the front end, no strings attached, you will draw more people in over time, and you will build a brand that people appreciate. This leads into my next point.

Patience

It takes time to build a brand, so manage your expectations. Even if content unexpectedly goes viral, your fame will be short lived if you don’t have other content to entice people to stick around or return.You cannot have a mindset or expectation of immediate gratification. I once shared with a friend that I boosted a blog entry on FB, and he smugly responded, “What’s your ROI on that?” I wasn’t looking for immediate ROI! I boosted a blog post I thought would resonate. It led to hundreds of clicks, dozens of likes, and new followers on my business page. Certain people didn’t know about my business before, but they knew about it after. That’s the ROI I was looking for. Immediate business would have been great, but I am patiently building a brand here.When you are creating content for your business, whether it’s a blog post, video, or social media post, don’t expect an immediate ROI. If you’re doing paid advertising, then you certainly want to track ROI, but this article is about content creation, not advertising. Content marketing is a long game.Don’t get discouraged if your content receives little or no engagement at first. Keep plugging away, keep improving your craft, keep putting your message out there. The mere existence of substantive content on your website improves your SEO. Some people need to see you post multiple times before they click and check you out. Some people need to review your content several times before they engage or buy. Those people never would have engaged if you decided, after posting a couple videos, that you weren’t getting enough ROI, and shut it down. There is no instant gratification or overnight success in business, and anything violating this rule is likely illegal or immoral.

Relevancy

Simply put, your content must be relevant to your business’s mission. By all means, have some variance in your content. Change it up. Be original. Push the envelope, but ensure that all of your content is somehow relevant to your business.For example, if you own an auto body repair shop, don’t post about politics! (Avoiding politics is good advice to any business.)  If you own a nail salon, don’t post about gardening; if you’re an SEO consultant, don’t post about woodworking. You get the gist. I know someone in the printer repair business who shares random content on social media having no relation to his business, and every share includes a preamble pitch for his service. The shared content and the message have no synergy or place together. Would you prefer grapefruit with your steak, or mashed potatoes with your steak? The whole point of content marketing is to increase brand awareness. This purpose is frustrated when you post irrelevant content.

Monetization

The subtext of your content is for people to create a mental association with your brand. You want people to associate your product or service with their need, and quality content creates that connection. This is a legitimate quid pro quo. You provide valuable and engaging content, and consumers provide brand recognition and loyalty. Over time, that leads to revenue for your company. This kind of monetization is subtle, indirect and takes time, but is very powerful because the consumer ultimately initiates the sale. People are turned off by content that is overtly monetized. Unless one is shopping or sees an ad with cute animals, people do not actively seek advertising. Remember, people view your content because they are enticed by the proposition of receiving free value. People are guarded when they feel they are being sold, especially when they did not expect a sales pitch.I once attended a “seminar,” where the ostensible purpose was to teach about marketing, but the speaker could not stop interrupting himself to pitch his coaching service. He would tease with some marketing nuggets, then pull away saying we could hear the best parts if we signed up for his program. “Seminar” was written in quotation marks because I felt I was attending a live infomercial against my will. I got fed up and walked out. I feel the same way when I’m viewing disingenuous content online. Don’t publish thinly-veiled advertorials. The value of your content is tainted when it is overtly monetized.Don’t get me wrong here. There is nothing wrong with selling. If you want to overtly sell your product or service, then go for it! Just don’t be deceptive.

Story Telling

Facts tell, stories sell. Couch your messages in terms of stories, and people will engage with your content on a deeper level. People remember stories that touch them emotionally, and they remember the source of the story – your business. People are attracted to stories, it’s just human nature. Most people lack the attention span to delve into dense factual material, and you’ll lose most of your audienceDo not wait for an audience to build before you start creating content for your business. Start creating and publishing content now, and you will grow a following over time. If you seamlessly weave facts about your product or service into a story, while giving value and avoiding overt monetization, you can create powerful content and a powerful brand.
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Creative Traits We Can Learn From Kids

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Creativity is important, especially if you want to keep life and work interesting. Over the last decade, creativity has become an important part of the business world as well. Creativity has led to wonderful innovations like the iPhone, the Internet, and alternative sources of energy. Being creative leads to many wonderful things like self-reliance, self-expression, and self-confidence. There are many sources of creativity that we can tap into, including children. Here are some creative traits adults can learn from kids.

Endless Modification

We can see kids modify ideas time and time again by watching them play. Many children get bored easily, and one of the ways they cope with boredom is to make the same game or activity different every time they play. Drawing can seem like a repetitive activity, but to children they can draw different scenes depending on their mood. This endless modification of the same activity results in better ideas, more enjoyable play, and a different experience each time.So, don't stop modifying ideas. Make different and better versions each time.

Fantasy and Daydreams

Did you know that half of your thoughts are daydreams and fantasies? According to a neurological study, this is our brain's default setting. As adults, we often use our brains to solve daily problems at home and at work. A wandering mind hinders us from performing these tasks. However, a stressed brain is an unproductive brain. Kids, on the other hand, are free to daydream and fantasize to their heart's content. Do yourself a favor next time and allow yourself to become lost in your fantasies. Let your mind wander so that you can come back refreshed and ready to tackle calculus or your company's balance sheet.

Have Endless Solutions

Kids usually have lots of solutions to their problems. If they are confronted with something they do not like, they find ways to get out of it. When we become adults, it is usually about the best way to solve a problem. This way of thinking results in our being rigid and uncreative. Finding lots of ways to solve a problem can lead to resourcefulness and inventiveness.

Frequently Challenging Authority

There are children who frequently challenge teachers, textbooks, and authority figures. As adults we usually accept what the experts have to say, but not kids. When they feel that something is not right, they ask questions or find ways to modify the idea or belief. Challenging ideas and traditional concepts as adults can be seen as rebellious but it can also lead to something better.

Do Not Fear Being Different

Adults usually find that it is better to conform to the expectations of society. Children, on the other hand, have more freedom to be themselves, they do not fear being different. Always conforming to expectation is boring and leads to becoming stagnant. If you don’t fear what other people say about you, you can exceed expectations and even explore new ideas.The human brain feels restless or bored when it is uncreative. It is human nature to be original, to explore and to be curious. Finding ways to be creative can lead to productivity, new ideas, or serve as an outlet for self-expression.
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