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Well, you can love your life and your business far more than you can possibly imagine!

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Be Scared. Be Very Scared.

Fear

 

I know that Halloween is a time of catharsis by way of being scared of goblins and witches and all sorts of unspeakable creatures from horror films and the dark depths of our psyches.

But it’s over now.

And we actually need to work on not “Being scared. Very scared”.

Most of us find ourselves in fight or flight mode most of the time. And it seems there are so many things that we can be scared of these days that our early ancestors didn’t even have to think of. They were scared of basic things like being eaten, not having enough food and freezing to death.

We still have those fears (minus being eaten in most cases) and it seems we have added so many other things we can be scared of…

We are scared of the IRA, our credit card company, our landlord, our bank officer, or that if we don’t act the way we should, others won’t like us, or that bots will attack our email signup list, that our kids will not be the best in their class, that someone will damage our car…or that it  will need expensive repairs, that we will be rejected, that we will not get what we want, that our business will fail if we start one, that our website won’t be perfect, that we will be gypped, that our internet service will go down,  and that we might even get booted off of by the Twitter/ Facebook gods if we don’t play by their rules…

The list goes on and on and the worst part is this vague backdrop of general fear that is not even named. An anxiety of things that are in hiding and waiting to jump out and eat us, like in a horror film.

And I see people in this fear-based thinking every day. This kind of fear-based thinking is a disease that keeps us from living our lives to the fullest and taking measured risk. And I know this fear-based thinking well, because I used to be in it myself.

I’m not saying to be careless and irresponsible. And I’m not saying that there are not scary things in life. But to really look at what we are thinking and what we are scared of. And that it’s how we view these things. We can have the same exact situation to solve, but to solve it from a non fear-based perspective.

And to really go for what we want – in the version of our life where we are not paralyzed by these fears.

If you feel that the credit card company is going to charge you being late, call them up and negotiate with them (some people don’t even know you can do this). Take the fear out of these entities for a start. Every time you do, the curtain is pulled back a bit. And when it’s pulled all the way back, you will know you are living your life to the fullest and that you are not living behind some false curtain of fear.

And every single time, you will feel more and more powerful.

If you want to start a business, just do it. Find out what it takes regardless of all of the fears involved. And do it. Invest in your success.

And if you need help in working through these fears, look at my article: 5 Ways to Stop your Fears From Strangling your Success.

If you have pulled back your curtain on fear even just a little, please share with us by commenting below. You might just inspire one of the people who is on here looking for inspiration, so don’t be shy!

 

With much love and to your Success,

shiv

 

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5 Ways to Stop Your Fears from Strangling your Success

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We went to the Bahamas a couple of weeks ago to the famed Atlantis Water Park. As soon we arrived at this amazing place, we were met with fantasy pools, astounding aquariums, water rides and thrills of every kind, wonderful beaches –  just a Disneyland of Water Worlds. And everyone there (it seemed) was  on this high of pleasure and vacationing Nirvana…except my four-year old daughter.

As we arrived late the first day there, we were scurrying to at least get one ride in before the park closed for the day. So we headed to The Rapid River. My daughter was very keen to get in the blowup raft, but as soon as she was in the seat, she froze and started screaming that she was scared and to get her off NOW.

I was trying to figure out how to get in the raft myself and trying to listen to the attendant who was instructing me on all the ins and outs amidst the screeching. In the meantime, her older sister had already taken off so I was concerned about us being separated.

So, I tried to reason with her. Nothing. More screaming of how scared she was.

More reasoning, coaxing, explaining how I was holding her the whole time, that it was safe, and how fun it was going to be. More screaming.

Finally, I realized that we were not going to be able to do anything on this vacation at all if I did not help her face her fears (and that my other daughter would be lost somewhere). So, I calmly said that we were going on the ride, hugged her tight, and said that she would see how fun it is. She was still screaming but after about 10 seconds, she stopped, her face lit up and she was squealing with delight. Phew.

After that, she couldn’t stop taking about how fun the ride was. So, we overcame that fear and she clamored to go on that ride over and over during our stay.

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Learn the ONE Non-Negotiable Thing You need to Succeed

The recipe for success has many ingredients, including a pinch of sheer luck for some people. But what comes up again and again with me and my clients is the one vital ingredient that is non-negotiable and very learnable: Persistence.

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Are there times when you think of giving up on what you just know you are supposed to be doing? And somehow at the time, does this giving up seem to be a good idea for so many reasons?

Have you ever noticed that whatever you do, that this moment will come up for you at some point? That there is no escaping it?

With whatever I have wanted to do and have done in my life, I wanted to succeed immediately. I wanted to speak other languages with the wave of a magic wand, paint like the masters in two weeks and well, I wanted to learn how to sing opera yesterday, of course! I was not patient and definitely not persistent if it took too much sustained effort.

I found myself in this situation many times because somehow, I thought and hoped that something would be immediate or effortless or “Magic Wandish”.

Sound familiar?

But that’s not life and I can tell you that when I started singing lessons many years ago, my voice was trapped – potentially a good voice but I needed training and lots of it. I stuck with it and practiced almost every day for years, and I got better and better and ended up loving singing. Did I give up. No. Was it frustrating. Yes.

But it taught me about process and development and persistence. And I gained great satisfaction from the results, to boot. And this has served me well, especially in my business.

Why Be Persistent?

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Hard Hitting Strategies to Get Ideal Clients on Linkedin

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Are you on Linkedin but not really sure why? Are you afraid to actually “engage” because you aren’t even sure how to engage? Are you wondering why you are even spending time on there if there is no obvious ROI?

Well, in this episode of Skyrocket your Business, my guest is Dionne Kasian-Lew, CEO of The Social Executive®, a consultancy advising boards and professionals on social media.

And she takes us through EXACTLY how use Linkedin and not have Linkedin use you! In this show, Dionne will take us step-but-step through a clear and do-able action plan to getting clients on Linkedin. Because after all, that is why we are on there, whether we are supposed to admit or not.

So, head over there right now to start using Linkedin to your advantage:

And her brand spanking new book just came out and it is equally actionable and informative. It’s called: The Social Executive – how to master social media and why it’s good for business and you can nab it right here.

Dionnne is also a regular columnist for Leading Company, Smart Company, Firebrand, & Salesforce and has written for Company Director.

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Voracious Follow-up and Having your Clients LOVE you for it

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There are a few things that no business can succeed without. And one of them is proper follow-up.

Why won’t a business succeed without proper follow-up?

Because if you drop the ball when someone has expressed interest in your service, product, or working with you in any way, it translates into a direct fall or loss of prospective clients, and earnings. And it’s probably not helping your business image much either.

Follow-up was always necessary but especially these days because people are bombarded with information and you need to rise above all of this noise.

And proper follow-up is an art. It can’t be pushy, it must be pleasant at all times, but it must be persistent.

And I call this art: “Voracious Follow-up and having your clients LOVE you for it!” And that is what your follow-up has to be.

Voracious yet nice and not weird or brusque or in any way forcing. You need to follow up and have your potential clients see you are “Cool”. And I don’t mean cool in some arty way, but just a really great person to deal with.

That is the key. You need to be seen and regarded as someone who is just always cool, no matter what. Because that cool person is the one that people want to deal with, buy from, and hang out with in life.

Now, I have a question for you. Have you had a customer experience, either from a salesperson in a shop, or a phone support person or anybody and left that experience feeling great because that person was cool? Friendly and nice, yet did their job?

So, you see, it’s a great feeling. And that is the way you want your clients to “Feel”.

And I completely agree with what Maya Angelou said: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

The key is being unforgettable in the best possible way.
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