5 WAYS TO GET MORE CONFIDENCE

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Have you ever failed at something in life or business? Perhaps you failed at securing an important contract for your business, maybe you didn’t get the job you interviewed for, perhaps your relationship failed or you ate junk food on the second day of your diet.

We all fail, every day at various things in life + business.

The problem isn’t the failure but the meaning we attach to the failure – regret, anger, disappointment, shame or frustration – and the consequence is a blow to our confidence.

You might think that you either have confidence or not, but it’s not true. All of us operate on a sliding scale of confidence depending on the activity we do.

If you do something you’ve done before, your confidence will be higher in that activity. When you try something new, your confidence will initially be lower and you might even feel terrified to do it.

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HERE’S MY STORY
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I wanted to start making videos for my business as part of my marketing plan…

It took me about a year to pluck up the courage to record my first video from the first time I thought about it. Then it took me at least another six months before I actually posted one of the videos I recorded on Facebook.

You see, I didn’t feel confident that they were “good enough” and I worried about not looking polished enough in the videos I shot while I was on holiday.

For some people it’s the easiest thing in the world to record and post their videos or do Facebook Live sessions. I break out in cold sweat and look like a deer caught in the headlights when I make videos.

Here’s a photo of me recording video on green screen for the first time.
Alicia Menkveld recording videos

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What would YOU attempt to do if you had more confidence?

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When we don’t feel very confident about ourselves we might wonder…

Can I really do this?”  orWho am I to dream this big?”

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You’re not alone. Whenever I speak with business leaders about their greatest struggles in business or life, confidence always comes up as an issue in various activities.

So how do the confident people we admire like Richard Branson or Oprah accomplish bigger and better feats than most people?

They consistently face their doubts and fears head on, they take risks and they put themselves through anxiety-provoking situations to stretch their comfort zone and grow their confidence.

Luckily, studies proved that confidence is a skill that can be learned and practiced like any other.

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HERE ARE 5 STRATEGIES TO HELP YOU GET MORE CONFIDENCE 

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First off you need to identify where in your life or business you need more confidence.

Ask: “Where am I holding myself back because of a lack of confidence?”  or  “What would I do if I had more confidence in this area?”
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GET CLEAR

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Get clear about the outcome you would like to achieve and what’s at stake.

Outline the milestones, identify the people + resources you’ll need to achieve your goal.

Preparation is key and it will give you focus and ultimately the confidence to continue forward and win.

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GET A GROWTH MINDSET

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Many people have created a false belief that they are just not good enough.

Whether you’re asking for someone’s business or asking someone on a date there’s always a chance you could be rejected.

If we don’t actively control our thoughts and the critical voices in our heads, we could say:

I’m so bad at sales, I’ll never make it.” or “What does it help to go on a date, my relationships always fail.”

Confident people take the risk of being rejected, they focus on how far they’ve come instead of judging themselves for not being further along and they are kinder to themselves when things don’t work out as planned.

Every day, they choose to focus on what they want to achieve because they know that where attention goes, energy flows.

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GET INTO ACTION

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When you face what scares you most and stay the course, you’ll grow your skills and capabilities.

Most people wait to feel confident before they take action, but ironically it’s taking the action and getting through the experience, that gives you confidence and a belief in yourself that you can do it again.

Everyone wants to quit at some point but successful people never give up and the reward is confidence and a life and business most people only imagine.

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GET SUPPORT

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Leaders might feel that they need to have all the answers or can’t admit a weakness or vulnerability.

Confident leaders know they need others to help them reach their goals and they’re not ashamed to ask for help or admit when they were wrong.

Getting the right support will keep you motivated, help you get better results, keep you accountable and help you stay clear and focused.

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GET SUCCESSFUL

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The more often we try new things and succeed at it, the more confident we become in our ability to pursue bigger goals.

As we achieve our goals, it’s important to stop and celebrate our wins.

Confident people use the positive feelings and sense of pride they experience because of their win, to spur them on to reach new heights of success.

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Use these five strategies to get more confidence and start believing in yourself and your ability to turn your dreams into a reality.

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QUESTION:

Tell us about something you’ve achieved once you’ve improved your confidence? Leave your comment below.

 

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Alicia-MenkveldAuthor: ALICIA MENKVELD  Creator of: BUSINESS CONFIDENCE ACADEMY Alicia Menkveld, an award-winning entrepreneur for the last 16 years, loves to travel and lived on three continents to date. She is an international speaker, author and a trusted adviser to successful business owners and leaders. Alicia is an authority on business strategy, mindset and effectiveness for individuals and teams. Design your business to live the life YOU want.

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5 Steps To Chase Your Dreams

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Are you wishing for things to happen or are you actively chasing your dreams?

As a young girl growing up in a small town in South Africa I had many dreams. I fantasised about travelling the world, meeting interesting people and having fun.

To date I have lived on three continents and traveled to 65 cities and counting. It hasn’t always been rainbows and unicorns… far from it.

When I first moved to the UK in 1997 my parents were dead set against it and they didn’t support my decision emotionally or financially. In fact, my dad didn’t speak to me for the last month before I left!

My husband and I moved to Australia in 2009. We had to move house five times in three years, and I lost my job and 457-work visa within six months of moving here due to the global financial crisis.

We nearly had to leave the country before our permanent residency came through.
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When we try something new and get out of our comfort zone, we win and we lose.

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I have lost special places, friendships, possessions and identities but I also gained new perspectives, friends and experiences.

I had many moments of doubt. “What if I couldn’t find a job? What if it didn’t work out? What if I was making a huge mistake?

Are you waiting for the right time? Are you waiting until you feel ready, until you’re settled in, until the kids go to school or until they leave home?

There isn’t a perfect time to follow your dreams, there is only now. And all great adventures start with a decision to make it so.

Whatever your dream is — whether you’re halfway there or haven’t even started — you need passion, perseverance, self-belief and a plan to make your dreams a reality.

 

5 Steps To Chase Your Dreams 

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DEFINE YOUR DREAMS

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Make time to sit down in a quiet spot and get clear about who you would like to be in your life and what you would like to have and do in your life.

Get clear on what matters most to you (your values) and define what success looks like for you.

e.g. I was very clear about my dream to travel the world and freedom is important to me, so I set my life up to be as commitment-free as possible and I use all available money to travel often.

It’s different for every person and there’s no right or wrong answer, only what will make you happy and lead a fulfilled life.

Write your dreams down in a journal or diary and refer back to it at least weekly. This ritual keeps your dreams top of mind and helps you commit to make it happen.
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CHOOSE THE RIGHT PEOPLE

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You only need a few people who understand you and what you’re trying to achieve. This could be your family and friends or not.

e.g. I thought my family would be excited for me and support me, but they didn’t and still don’t in most of my endeavors. So I don’t speak to them about my dreams, I speak to my husband and a handful of close friends and advisers who support me.

You’re looking for people who can encourage you, uplift you, be honest with you and who live their own out-of-the-box version of life.

Make a list of 3-5 people – family, friends, mentors or peers – who will support you in chasing your dreams and keep you accountable to do what you say you’re going to do.
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WHAT’S THE PLAN?

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Writing down your dreams is a great start but nothing gets accomplished without a plan.

What are the steps you need to take to make your dreams a reality? Work backwards from the end result and write down everything that needs to be done.

Initially you can feel overwhelmed when looking at the list and that’s why we need to chunk it down in main sections before setting daily and weekly goals.

e.g. if you decide to live abroad there is quite a lot to plan for. Start by breaking it down into main steps or buckets of things to do:

  • Planning: where would you like to go, how long for, do you need visas, how will you get there, do you have enough money, what happens to the place you’re currently living in, what happens to pets?
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  • Accommodation: where will you stay, if long term do you need to speak to real estate agents before you leave, what’s included in packages?
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  • Packing: what will you take along, will you pack light and buy as you go, take unaccompanied luggage or ship belongings over?
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  • Work: do you need to work while you’re away, what do you need to do your job, do you need to find a new job, do you have the right to work abroad.
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There’s so much more I could add but you get the picture. There are a lot of things to do in each bucket, so now it’s time to chunk it down and schedule smaller monthly, weekly and daily goals in your diary with milestones.
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Remember what gets scheduled in your diary, gets done.

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Become aware of what might hold you back and what might stand between you and your dreams. Obstacles can include your mindset or everyday practicalities. List them out and come up with a plan to overcome each obstacle.
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STOP WAITING

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It’s never the perfect time to start a business, have kids, write a book or move cities or countries.

It’s easy to use one challenge or obstacle as an excuse when we’re scared.

Fear tends to be the #1 reason why we don’t take action towards our dreams – fear of the unknown, fear of failure, fear of rejection, fear of looking ridiculous and even the fear to be yourself!
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4 Great Reasons to Stop Waiting:
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  1. Tomorrow is not promised – things happen in the blink of an eye – let it happen while you follow your dreams
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  2. Nothing happens until YOU take the first step – the Fedex guy won’t deliver your dream at the front door… unfortunately!
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  3. Possibilities you cannot imagine are waiting for you – doors open when you take the first step
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  4. And the ultimate reason – you’ll die happy and avoid the #1 regret of the dying: “I wish I had the courage to live a life true to myself and not what others expected of me.
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Find a way to make it happen.
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ASK FOR HELP

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Someone somewhere in the world has done something similar to what you want to do. Connect with people and tell them about your dream and ask them how they overcame their obstacles.

People know people and when you talk about your dream you might just find people who can help you with the next piece of the puzzle – advice, resources, money or whatever else you need to make your dream a reality.

e.g. I spoke to people who lived in Australia to get first hand knowledge of what it’s like and I asked for recommendations from where to stay, which doctor and dentist to use to where to do food shopping and which brands to use.

And it was a good friend from a previous workplace who organised an interview for me in Perth, that resulted in my initial work visa being organised.

This is by far the best way to shorten your learning curve and not reinvent the wheel.

If you can find a mentor or invest in a coach grab the opportunity with both hands – it will save you money, time, energy and lots of frustration.

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Be careful what you water your dreams with. Water them with worry and fear and you will produce weeds that choke the life from your dream.

Water them with optimism and solutions and you will cultivate success. Always be on the lookout for ways to nurture your dream.

~ LAO TZU

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QUESTION:
Which dream are you chasing at the moment? Leave your comment below.
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Alicia-MenkveldAuthor: ALICIA MENKVELD  Creator of: BUSINESS CONFIDENCE ACADEMY Alicia Menkveld is an award-winning entrepreneur for the last 17 years who loves to travel and lived on three continents to date. She is an international speaker, author and a trusted adviser to small business owners and leaders. Alicia is an authority on business strategy, mindset and productivity for individuals and teams. Streamline your business to support your lifestyle.

Bad Business Habits (Part 1) Multi-Tasking

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We went into business to be our own boss, earn more money and have the lifestyle we only dreamed about while working for someone else. However, most business owners I speak to complain about:

  • working longer hours than they ever imagined
  • always having a fire to fight
  • worrying where the next customer and dollar will come from
  • missing out on events and having very little to no free time.
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I find that it’s our bad business habits that get in the way of having a successful business and one of these bad habits is multi-tasking – a huge business and productivity killer.
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CHASING TOO MANY RABBITS 

Does this sound familiar? You’re on a client call and it’s been going on for a while so you text your next appointment to let them know you might be 5 min late.

Then an email notification pops up so you decide to quickly check it that out before you need to wrap up this call and go….

But there’s silence on line… because the client is waiting for you to respond to their question. Oops! Has this or something similar ever happened to you… because it has certainly happened to me!

More frightening… studies have shown that people distracted by incoming emails or text messages (multi-tasking) have seen a 10-point drop in their IQ, which is more than twice the effect of smoking weed!

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“You can do two things at once, but you can’t focus effectively on two things at once.” 

~ GARY KELLER (Book: The ONE Thing)

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THE COST OF MULTI-TASKING TO YOUR BUSINESS
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The problem is, that by doing several things at once, we trick ourselves into thinking that we’re getting more done when in reality, study upon study has shown that our productivity decreases by at least 40% or more while we’re switching tasks.

That’s because we’re not actually multi-tasking – we are simply switching tasks – and while we’re shifting from one thing to another we lose time in the process.

After many studies, researchers have concluded that on average it takes 12 minutes before you get back into a state of flow once you stopped working on something. For more complex tasks, it can take up to 24 minutes to get back to your state of flow.

Let’s put this in perspective… if you switched tasks 5 times in an hour, and on average it takes 12 minutes to get back into a state of flow, you wouldn’t have done any productive work in that hour because you were multi-tasking! e.g.

  • you work on a client project (task 1)
  • an email notification catches your eye so you check your email (task 2)
  • while you’re doing that the phone rings, so you take the call (task 3)
  • you get back to answering that email (task 4)
  • you decide to get a coffee or check your social media before getting back into the client work (task 5)

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Poof! One hour of potential productive work gone… Can you business afford these distractions?

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HOW TO DO IT DIFFERENTLY

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As business owners, we’ll always be juggling various roles, tasks, projects, deadlines and ideas at the same time… perhaps it’s lots of client calls, employees interrupting you or maybe you have various client projects on the go.

But unless you find a better way to work, you’ll end another day, week or month disappointed with your results. 

You’ll wonder why you haven’t reached your goals and why there wasn’t any time for marketing or making more sales… again!

Luckily all isn’t lost! Here are a few ways to stop multi-tasking and be more productive.
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FOCUS

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Many business owners are stuck in their busyness instead of getting on with business.

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A lot of business owners aren’t very productive or highly leveraged in what they do in a day. If you want to reach your goals, stop multi-tasking and start focusing on the high-impact activities that will bring in money and create leverage in your business.
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NEXT STEPS
  1. Decide on the quarterly goal that will drive the biggest growth in your business
  2. Break the main quarterly goal down into monthly + weekly tasks and activities
  3. Schedule daily/ weekly progress check-ins with yourself and/or your team to ensure milestones are reached
  4. Say No to every invite, activity or distraction that won’t help you to achieve this goal
  5. Stop being reactive – do the work that will grow your business first before you do anything else – and stop multi-tasking.
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  • Where is my biggest opportunity for growth right now?
  • What is my ONE main goal for this quarter?
  • Which activities can I do today and this week to help me achieve that ONE goal?
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e.g. a Product Launch

  • Annual Goal: A main goal could be to generate $50k from a new product this year
  • Quarterly Goal: Launch the product in 3 months’ time
  • Main Activities: Finish the product >> market the product >> launch the product
  • Tasks for the Month: Create Module 1 + 2, create a sales landing page + shopping cart, create ads, post on social media, etc.
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In this example, the main rabbit is to launch the product, but there are many moving parts (activities + tasks) that need to be completed for the launch to actually happen.

The example above is only a glimpse of what needs to be done for a product launch.

That’s why it’s crucial to stay focused, stop multi-tasking and say No to any other distractions like new marketing tactics or revamping your website while you’re working on catching that ONE rabbit.

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KNOW YOUR DISTRACTIONS

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Over the next 30 days
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Come up with a few simple steps you can take when you catch yourself being distracted or multi-taking, so you can quickly get back to the tasks that will make the biggest difference in your business and to your bottom line.

Work on developing your self-discipline and the habit of catching only one rabbit at a time. It’s not easy, as I know so well, but I promise you it will make a world of difference to your business!

You’ll stress less about missing deadlines and start making consistent income because you’ll focus weekly on income-producing activities and not only when you run out of business.

You’ll feel more organised and in control of your days, and you’ll make things happen in your business at a pace you’ve never experienced before – you’ll experience tremendous growth and satisfaction not only in your business but also in your life.

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Starve your distractions. Feed your Focus.

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QUESTION:
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What is your Top Tip for staying focused during the day on one task? Leave your comment below.
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Alicia-MenkveldAuthor: ALICIA MENKVELD  Creator of: BUSINESS CONFIDENCE ACADEMY Alicia Menkveld is an award-winning entrepreneur for the last 17 years who loves to travel and lived on three continents to date. She is an international speaker, author and a trusted adviser to small business owners and leaders. Alicia is an authority on business strategy, mindset and productivity for individuals and teams. Streamline your business to support your lifestyle.

Avoid These 5 Common Marketing Mistakes

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[Article originally published in Business News]

The key to success is planning and consistency, so reassess your marketing strategy today to avoid these five common marketing mistakes that can stand in your way of success.

In general, business owners know they need to do marketing but it’s often coupled with urgency and no plan. In most cases, many marketing activities have been attempted but not on a consistent basis and results have not been tracked.

Enthusiasm without a plan will put any business at risk and result in thousands of dollars spent on marketing that doesn’t deliver results.

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NOT KNOWING YOUR POSITION 

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Knowledge really is power because you can’t improve what you haven’t measured.

Not taking stock of what you’ve done or knowing what results you got means you’re throwing darts in the dark. Start by knowing your position.
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WHAT TO DO NEXT:
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  • Make a list of all the marketing activities you’ve done in the past 6 months.
  • Decide what worked well and why it worked well.
  • Do the same for all the activities that didn’t work well.
  • Use your current results as a benchmark to judge future marketing performance against
  • Set realistic goals for the next quarter for each marketing activity.

With the right knowledge, smart decisions can be made and you won’t be caught off guard by the latest trends or bright shiny objects.
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NOT HAVING A MARKETING BUDGET

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Most business owners believe that creating a marketing budget is “too hard to do” and that it will limit you, so they don’t have one. The reality is that a budget will empower you and help you make smarter decisions.

If you’re clear on which marketing activities performed best and what needs to improve over the next 90 days, you can budget for the training and implementation needed to improve your results.

Allocate a percentage of the budget to activities according to its performance.

You’ll also be less prone to bright shiny object syndrome when you know what delivers results and you’ll know how much is available to spend in the next quarter.

Having a budget will give you peace of mind, lower your stress levels and keep the business on track to reach its goals.
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 NOT KNOWING YOUR TARGET MARKET 

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If you’re not super clear on who your target market is, what their biggest pain points are and where to find them, how will you be able to target them effectively with your marketing?

Get clear on the media your target market uses, both online and offline, and gain an understanding of when and how they search for businesses like yours.

A good way to get this information is by phoning existing clients and asking them a few questions or creating an online survey with SurveyMonkey* and posting it in Facebook Groups or directly to your email list. (*It’s a free online survey tool where you can create and publish surveys in minutes and view results graphically and in real time.)

By knowing your target market and where to find them, you can fine-tune your marketing message in a way that will really speak to your ideal customers and compel them to interact with your brand, products and services.
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 NOT REVIEWING YOUR MARKETING PLAN 

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A 90-day marketing plan encourages you to sit down and review your business and marketing numbers in a formal manner at least once a quarter.

This simple habit will put you streets ahead of the competition and anyone else who only think about doing marketing when the business dries up.

Reviewing the marketing plan with your team or an outside consultant will help you: blog-image-key-ideas1

  • be more effective in your business
  • focus your efforts to achieve specific goals
  • be more diligent about how you spend your marketing dollars
  • track the effectiveness of your marketing campaigns, and
  • create a road map of where to tweak and improve for the next quarter.

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NOT BEING CONSISTENT 

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Every marketing strategy has several key components that need to be executed successfully to ensure overall marketing success and reaching your sales goals.

Although this is a simple and logical concept, it seems to be human nature to get side tracked by everyday life in the execution of our strategies.

We tend to start with enthusiasm, a great idea and a plan but then before we know it, we find ourselves working on something else. We forget our aim and we lose our direction.

Stay consistent and on track this year by writing down your plan and using it as a blueprint for all your marketing activities.

Schedule time on a weekly basis to work ON your marketing, and use outside support and accountability like this business community to stay on track and combat procrastination.
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Small steps every day win the game, and marketing success is simply a collection of small steps.

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It’s never too late. Make a decision today to start spending time every day on marketing and other income-producing activities and you’ll achieve all the goals you set for yourself each quarter. It can be done.

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QUESTION:
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Which one of these marketing mistakes are tripping you up most often? Leave your comment below.
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Alicia-MenkveldAuthor: ALICIA MENKVELD  Creator of: BUSINESS CONFIDENCE ACADEMY Alicia Menkveld is an award-winning entrepreneur for the last 17 years who loves to travel and lived on three continents to date. She is an international speaker, author and a trusted adviser to small business owners and leaders. Alicia is an authority on business strategy, mindset and productivity for individuals and teams. Streamline your business to support your lifestyle.

3 Ways to Push Through Your Fears

say-yes-an-opportunityFears… when was the last time you leaned into yours?

Sitting on the black leather couch, I looked at the elevator and thought about running. I was quite intimidated by the floor-to-ceiling windows and the hallway of awards.

It’s 1999 and I wanted to partner with one of the world’s largest recruitment agencies in London as their international business partner.

All I kept on thinking was, “I’m not good enough, I don’t know what I’m doing. I should leave and save myself the humiliation.”

I stayed. I survived and they wanted to see a business plan. Theoretically, I knew what a business plan was but I had never created one outside of a class assignment.

I pushed through my fears and inexperience and… I got the contract!

In January 2000, I opened an agency in South Africa to recruit teachers for the UK. At the time, I didn’t even know how to send an email let alone run a business, but I believed I could and so I figured it out as I went along.

It turned out to be one of the most amazing opportunities of my life.

Now, I’m a seasoned entrepreneur in yet another country and another business venture.

I see so many people holding themselves back from amazing opportunities, success, love and even life because they believe more in their fears, limiting beliefs, excuses and negative self-talk than in themselves and their abilities.

Whoever you are and whatever you’re up against, lean into your fears and say YES to the next opportunity that lights you up, even if you can’t send an email!

3 Ways to Push Through Your Fears

 

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BE READY AND SEE THE OPPORTUNITY

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The best opportunities in the world can come along, but if you’re not sure what you really want it won’t matter.

I was looking for something exciting to do when I returned to South Africa after my UK working holiday visa expired.

My friend came home one day and said he was approached with the opportunity to become an international business partner for his teaching agency in South Africa but he wasn’t interested, as he wanted to stay in the UK.

I immediately saw an opportunity for myself in this and approached my own agency with the idea (something they hadn’t considered at the time). I researched the opportunity before going in for the first discussion and it turned out top be a win-win for both of us.

  • Which other agencies were doing it already? (competition)
  • What did I want from this opportunity – the terms? (contract)
  • Who would be responsible for what? (role allocation)

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1. Get crystal clear about what you want in your life and business – what does success look like for you? What do you dream about? A muddled approach will give you mediocre results.

2. Do your homework when an opportunity or project comes your way to ensure it’s right for you and aligned with your values and goals.

3. Remember, if you don’t have plans of your own you’ll become part of someone else’s plan, so be ready when opportunity knocks.

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SAY YES AND TAKE THE FIRST STEP
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The next time a project or opportunity comes along and your inner critic pipes up pointing out how you’re ‘not good enough’ or ‘don’t know enough’ silence it, check in with your plans to see if it’s right for you and say Yes as soon as possible.

Once you give your monkey-mind half a gap, fear will kick in and it will give you all the reasons why it’s bad idea, how you’re not ready for this and point out what else you need before you can say Yes.

Instead of giving in to your fears, take the first step to make the opportunity a reality e.g. pick up the phone and make the call, reach out to the right people who can help you move forward or take a pen and paper and jot down your thoughts to get the ball rolling.

Great questions to ask yourself:

  • How will this [opportunity/ project] help me to reach my goals?
  • What resources will I need?
  • Who can help me?
  • When is the deadline?

Remember, what is big and scary for you, will be easy for someone else and vice versa. If it’s right for you, say Yes and take the first step.
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ACT AS IF


You’re ready, you said Yes and now it’s time to take the first step. When reality sets in you might ask yourself “What was I thinking? How will I cope?‘”

It’s time to ‘become’ the person you’ll need to be to reach the goal so start by acting ‘as if’ you’re already that person.

In my case, I had to ‘become’ the successful business person that launches the venture successfully. I had to ask myself how Catherine, my mentor at the time, would do this or negotiate that?

Let’s say your opportunity is to speak at a business networking event. You know it would be a great way to promote your business (excitement) but the thought of it makes you sick to your stomach (nervousness), you can start here:

  • Who do I know that speaks well in front of crowds?
  • What makes them a good speaker – are they confident, funny, relaxed, knowledgeable?
  • How can you copy those traits but still use your own personal style?
  • What can you do/ say/ wear to achieve that trait?
  • Who can I ask for help to better prepare myself for the situation?
  • What are my specific fears around this and how can i overcome them?

If you want to be more confident, start noticing confident people’s posture and body language, how they talk and what they wear. See how you can incorporate some of the same things in your own life and practice it daily to make it second nature.
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WHAT TO DO NEXT
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1. Spend 5 minutes a day imagining being the person you want to become – how do you talk, stand and dress? What do you do in a day?

2. If we take the business networking event, see your more confident self successfully speaking in front of the crowd, their smiling faces and how proud you feel of yourself for pushing forward. See how excited they are about your offer and how you solve their problems.

The more often you start acting ‘as if’ you’re already the person you dream of becoming, the easier it will be to say Yes to new opportunities and make your ideals, real.
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QUESTION:
What opportunities have you won in the past because you said Yes, although you were scared? Leave your comment below.
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Alicia-MenkveldAuthor: ALICIA MENKVELD  Creator of: BUSINESS CONFIDENCE ACADEMY Alicia Menkveld is an award-winning entrepreneur for the last 17 years who loves to travel and lived on three continents to date. She is an international speaker, author and a trusted adviser to small business owners and leaders. Alicia is an authority on business strategy, mindset and productivity for individuals and teams. Streamline your business to support your lifestyle.

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