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Make a Lasting Impression in Under 5 Minutes: 14 Ideas

Most entrepreneurs expect to find themselves at networking and industry events at least a few times per calendar year, if not per month. But far too many promising conversations turn into one-sided pitches punctuated with a business card.

Before you head out to your next event, why not practice a more thoughtful approach to conversation with a like-minded stranger? You might even end up with a new business partner, customer, investor, or friend. Here are 14 ideas to try:

1. Ask a thoughtful question.

Ask something that will get a unique conversation started. Instead of “What do you do?” ask, “What do you hope to take away from this event?” Or ask them what they think of a new idea you have. People remember having an interesting conversation.–Caitlin McCabe, Real Bullets Branding

2. Listen.

Most people launch right into their pitch or chitchat. You’ll make a more positive, memorable impression if you allow the other person to speak first or if you pose an open question and then listen attentively to the answer. The more the other person talks, the better a conversation partner you’re perceived to be. My grandfather used to say there is a reason you have two ears and one mouth–use them accordingly.–Lindsey Pollak, Millennial Workplace Expert

3. Ask what you can do to help.

When meeting someone new, a great strategy is to quickly get a sense of what he or she does, and then immediately look for ways to help that person. Ask, “Can I make an introduction to so-and-so?” or “Would it be helpful if I connected you with X?” Far too many people look at networking as a way to get things. By approaching it as a way to give, you’ll forge great relationships with tons of amazing people while paying it forward.–Brittany Hodak, ZinePak

4. Give them a reason to remember you.

I find that one of the most important things you can do during the first five minutes of meeting someone is give them something to remember you by. At a business event, they may meet many individuals, but when you make a strong and memorable first impression, your new acquaintance will remember you the next time you reach out.–David Schwartz, EMMDeavor (DBA Qruber) & Wireless Watchdogs

5. Focus on quality, not quantity.

Show genuine interest in the conversation. Write the event name on their business card, then follow up within 24 hours. Go for quality of connections rather than the quantity of business cards you collect by the end of the night. Business cards aren’t going to get clients at the end of the day, but connections and strong relationships will.–Erik Severinghaus, Simple Relevance

6. Ask what makes them happy/excited/lose sleep.

… Anything but what they do. Networking events can end up like an elevator pitch on a time loop. Stop the cycle by asking about something unrelated and see where the conversation takes you. And listen!–Alexis Wolfer, The Beauty Bean

7. Remember their name and story.

Business events are an excellent way to grow your professional network by meeting in person with other professionals. You never know who you will meet and how you two may work together in the future. I have met some incredible people at events; folks who have been extremely instrumental in my success.–Lane Campbell, Syntress SCDT

8. Clearly define what you do best.

Have your elevator pitch ready to roll. Try to make it interesting and deliver it with passion. Be proud and excited about what you do and make the message clear and sticky.–Vinny Antonio, Victory Marketing Agency

9. Tell a story.

Be authentic and tell a story. Stories are the best way to create a metaphor and allow other people to understand the type of thinker that you are.–Ryan Shank, Mhelpdesk

10. Smile and make eye contact.

People make judgments within the first seven seconds or so of meeting you, and that’s statistically around the point at which they start tuning out if you don’t engage them. Smiling at them and making sincere eye contact shows them that you’re warm and interested in speaking with them. These tiny gestures will set the stage for you to engage in a meaningful conversation.–Darrah Brustein, Network Under 40/Finance Whiz Kids

11. Say their name.

Say their name. Everyone likes to hear the sound of their own name and it helps you form a connection. That, matched with solid eye contact and a firm handshake, creates a positive first impression.–Ashley Mady, Brandberry

12. Send an intro email on the spot.

It’s 2014! I don’t get the value of business cards anymore. Anytime I meet someone and they try to end the conversation with “Here’s my business card …” I stop them, pull out my phone and ask them to enter their email address. After that, I send them a quick intro email and boom! We’re connected. While it’s a little awkward in person, it has exponentially increased the amount of follow-ups I get after meeting them the first time.–Mike McGee, The Starter League

13. Talk about your passions.

Tell them about your passions and ask them about theirs. This can be as simple as saying “So what is it you’re passionate about?” after the typical “here’s what I do” back and forth. This tends to catch people off guard in a good way, and allows them to either wax poetic about the aspect of the work they love, or something outside their work to which you may have a connection. Either way, it helps build the relationship.–Colin Wright, Asymmetrical Press

14. Compliment them.

Make sure that your appearance and demeanor radiate health and energy. Be genuinely interested in the people you meet; ask them questions about themselves and try to find something on which to compliment them.–Vladimir Gendelman, Company Folders Inc

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After Broken Engagement, Man Gives Prepaid Wedding Funds To Kids In Need

Had everything gone to plan, Phil Laboon would be getting married this weekend.
Instead, following a broken engagement, the Pittsburgh marketing exec is turning lemons into LemonAID, a charity event that’s putting all his prepaid wedding expenses to good use.
“I decided instead of just letting it go to waste at the last minute… we just tried to come up with an idea real quick,” Laboon, 32, told Trib Total Media.
Laboon says he paid somewhere between $15,000 and $20,000 for a wedding reception at Pittsburgh’s Priory Hotel on Sunday. Now, instead of the reception, the location will host a fundraiser for Surgicorps International, a nonprofit that provides surgeries and medical care for needy children mostly in developing countries.
The group has performed more than 4,000 surgeries in 18 different countries since its founding in 1994, repairing cleft lip and palate deformities, burn scar contractures, and other operations as needed, according to a media release.
“I give him all the credit in the world for taking a less-than-ideal situation and making it into a potential circumstance where he can really give back,” Dr. Jack Demos, the physician who founded the nonprofit, told Trib Total Media, commending Laboon for being “down, but … not out.”
Laboon told The Huffington Post he wasn’t sure how much money, exactly, ticket sales for the event have raised so far, but said there’s a goal of at least $50,000 — the average cost of a Surgicorps medical mission. He added the event is completely sold out, and that money will also be raised in a silent auction at the event itself.
“Pretty much everything” from the reception has been repurposed for the fundraiser, Laboon said, including food, alcohol, the DJ and ice sculptures, but he was quick to emphasize the focus of the event is helping people in need, not his own backstory.
“Bad things happen,” Laboon added in a statement on the event’s website, “but nothing I experience will ever be equal to the obstacles these kids face each day of their lives.”
“I’m just happy I can help,” he said.

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Let’s help disabled people fulfil their potential

If there’s one thing that we progressives believe in more than anything else, it’s the power of people. That’s why at the core of us there’s so much passion and determination to unlock people’s potential, potential that’s wasted by the right’s politics of “you’re on your own”. And it’s potential that’s wasted by social security that fails to empower disabled people and their carers and, instead, traps them in poverty. That’s not something we’re prepared to stand and watch. That’s something we want to change.
In Australia, someone is registered as disabled every half an hour. In Britain, it’s every three minutes. In both Australia and Britain, one in five adults has a disability of some kind. That means that unless we give all disabled adults the chance to contribute, we’re only drawing on 80% of our power. We’re only firing on four out of five cylinders. That simply can’t be right.
It’s not right morally and it’s not good economically. The result is bad for the country – and it’s bad for disabled people. We believe in something simple: because disability can affect anyone, it affects everyone. That is why social security has got to change so that we make the right to live as full citizens in a free society a reality for disabled people.
In Australia, the Labor government laid the foundations for a revolution in services for thousands of disabled people, their families and carers.DisabilityCare Australia will mean that Australians with significant and permanent disabilities will have more power to choose their support and more control over how that support is provided. The programme, gradually being rolled out across the country, is creating personal plans that put the goals and aspirations of individuals at the centre of the support they will receive.
The scheme will also give Australians peace of mind that their child or loved one will get the care and support they need in the event that they have a significant and permanent disability.
We think that Britain has a lot to learn from Australian Labor, so we’ll work together to study how the ground-breaking ideas pioneered by Labor can help make a difference in Britain.
Currently, in Britain, we support disabled people by putting them in the middle of a labyrinth and telling them to find their way out. There are assessments for social care. There are assessments for personal independence payment. There are assessments such as the work capability assessment.
Of course we need assessments – but at the moment, hundreds of thousands of the assessments are wrong. Years are wasted in court, where eventually 40% of appeals around employment and support assessments are won.
It is a monumental waste of money – £74m, according to evidence provided to the public accounts committee by Disability Rights UK. We spend £900m on Atos. We’re about to spend £540m on Atos and Capita.
It’s time to end the labyrinth. We’ll be looking at how we take the radical ideas of “whole person care”, developed by Andy Burnham, to bring services and benefits together to support disabled people in a new way. And we’re delighted that in Britain, Sir Bert Massie, a great pioneer of disability rights, will be working alongside us to make sure ideas are co produced with disabled people every step of the way.
Labour will be publishing a green paper on the idea next summer. It’ll be far stronger for the advice from down under.

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Caring for yourself while caring for others

When you’re looking after someone else it can be easy to forget about looking after yourself. But keeping your physical health in check is a really important part of being able to care for someone else. Similarly, if your emotional health is not supported, it can be really difficult to get through the day. There are a number of services available which can help you get the right balance of physical and emotional wellbeing.

 

This might help if…

  • you are a young carer
  • you know a young carer
  • you want to know about maintaining physical and emotional health as a carer
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Caring for someone can be emotionally and physically exhausting, particularly if they’re someone you deeply love. There are many times when it can be easy to forget about your own needs and focus entirely on the needs of the person you’re caring for.

Physical health

Looking after your physical health can be particularly difficult when you’re caring for another person. But if your physical health is not maintained, it can be difficult to feel on top of everything else. Some things you can do to stay physically healthy include:
  • Get moving - Try to get out and about every now and again, not only to get fresh air but also get your body moving.
  • Eat well – Don’t sacrifice your physical health by not eating wholesome food. Try to make sure you’re eating enough fruit and vegies to make your body function well.
  • Sleep well - Sleeping is such an important part of your physical health but can be easy to overlook. Make sure you’re getting at least 8 hours, even if you need to take naps during the day.

Emotional health

Maintaining your emotional health can be just as important as looking after your physical health. Some of the things you can do to keep your emotional health in check include…
  • Stay balanced – make sure you’re not doing too much of one thing. Try to find a hobby or something to do that gives you pleasure.
  • Ask for help – Don’t feel you have to do everything on your own. Take some of the pressure off by asking someone you know to help out.
  • Have a break – Make sure you’re taking time out and giving yourself time to catch up. This will help ease the stress and exhaustion that many carers can experience.

Other things you can do

Learn more about the illness/disability of the person you’re caring for
Knowing about the illness/disability may be helpful in understanding the behaviour or moods of the person you’re caring for. It’s also a great idea if you are giving medication, as you’ll be better able to understand possible side effects.

Try to share the care

Caring for someone can be exhausting. It may be helpful to share the responsibility of care with someone else, so that you don’t get too worn out. This may be a sister, brother, aunt, uncle or grandparent. Another suggestion is to talk to someone at the Young Carers Respite and Information Services who can be contacted on 1800 242 636.

Support activities

When you are caring for someone you may sometimes feel you are doing it all alone. Talking to people who are in a similar situation could be helpful. You might like to do this by taking part in activities specifically organised for young carers.
Talking to someone about how you’re feeling and what you’re going through can be a great way of looking after your health. Just seeking support and knowing there’s someone out there who will listen can be a great relief.

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What Makes a Good Logo

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Your logo is a visual representation of everything your company stands for. Think of McDonald’s golden arches or the Nike swoosh-these two impressive logos embody these companies well. But many companies still skimp on developing this key identity piece.

Ideally, your company logo enhances potential customers and partners’ crucial first impression of your business. A good logo can build loyalty between your business and your customers, establish a brand identity, and provide the professional look of an established enterprise.

Consider Allstate’s “good hands” logo. It immediately generates a warm feeling for the company, symbolizing care and trust. With a little thought and creativity, your logo can quickly and graphically express many positive attributes of your business, too.

Logo Types

There are basically three kinds of logos. Font-based logos consist primarily of a type treatment. The logos of IBM, Microsoft and Sony, for instance, use type treatments with a twist that makes them distinctive. Then there are logos that literally illustrate what a company does, such as when a house-painting company uses an illustration of a brush in its logo. And finally, there are abstract graphic symbols-such as Nike’s swoosh-that become linked to a company’s brand.

“Such a symbol is meaningless until your company can communicate to consumers what its underlying associations are,” says Americus Reed II, a marketing professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, who’s conducted research on the triggers that lead consumers to identify with and become loyal to a brand. But building that mental bridge takes time and money. The Nike swoosh has no inherent meaning outside of what’s been created over the years through savvy marketing efforts that have transformed the logo into an “identity cue” for an athletic lifestyle.

Growing businesses can rarely afford the millions of dollars and years of effort required to create these associations, so a logo that clearly illustrates what your company stands for or does may be a better choice. Even a type treatment of your company’s name may be too generic, says Placitas, New Mexico, logo designer Gary Priester, principal of gwpriester.com, the Web arm of design firm The Black Point Group. Priester believes customers should be able to tell what you do just by looking at your logo.

Getting Started

Before you begin sketching, first articulate the message you want your logo to convey. Try writing a one-sentence image and mission statement to help focus your efforts. Stay true to this statement while creating your logo.

But that may not be enough to get you started. Here are some additional tactics and considerations that will help you create an appropriate company logo:

  • Look at the logos of other businesses in your industry. Do your competitors use solid, conservative images, or flashy graphics and type? Think about how you want to differentiate your logo from those of your competition.
  • Focus on your message. Decide what you want to communicate about your company. Does it have a distinct personality-serious or lighthearted? What makes it unique in relation to your competition? What’s the nature of your current target audience? These elements should play an important role in the overall design or redesign.
  • Make it clean and functional. Your logo should work as well on a business card as on the side of a truck. A good logo should be scalable, easy to reproduce, memorable and distinctive. Icons are better than photographs, which may be indecipherable if enlarged or reduced significantly. And be sure to create a logo that can be reproduced in black and white so that it can be faxed, photocopied or used in a black-and-white ad as effectively as in color.
  • Your business name will affect your logo design. If your business name is “D.C. Jewelers,” you may wish to use a classy, serif font to accent the letters (especially if your name features initials). For a company called “Lightning Bolt Printing,” the logo might feature some creative implementation of-you guessed it-a lightning bolt.
  • Use your logo to illustrate your business’s key benefit. The best logos make an immediate statement with a picture or illustration, not words. The “Lightning Bolt Printing” logo, for example, may need to convey the business benefit of “ultra-fast, guaranteed printing services.” The lightning bolt image could be manipulated to suggest speed and assurance.
  • Don’t use clip art. However tempting it may be, clip art can be copied too easily. Not only will original art make a more impressive statement about your company, but it’ll set your business apart from others.
  • Avoid trendy looks. If you’re redesigning your old logo, you run the risk of confusing customers-or worse, alienating them. One option is to make gradual logo changes. According to Priester, Quaker Oats modified the Quaker man on its package over a 10-year period to avoid undermining customer confidence. But don’t plan to make multiple logo changes. Instead, choose a logo that will stay current for 10 to 20 years, perhaps longer. That’s the mark of a good design. In fact, when Priester designs a logo, he expects never to see that client again.

Watch Your Colors

One thing you need to be careful of as you explore color options is cost. Your five-color logo may be gorgeous, but once it comes time to produce it on stationery, the price won’t be so attractive. Nor will it work in mediums that only allow one or two colors. Try not to exceed three colors unless you decide it’s absolutely necessary.

Your logo can appear on a variety of media: signage, advertising, stationery, delivery vehicles and packaging, to name just a few. Remember that some of those applications have production limitations. Make sure you do a color study. Look at your logo in one-, two- and three-color versions.

Hire a Designer

While brainstorming logo ideas by yourself is a crucial step in creating your business image, trying to create a logo completely on your own is a mistake. It may seem like the best way to avoid the high costs of going to a professional design firm, which will charge anywhere from $4,000 to $15,000 for a logo design. Be aware, however, that there are thousands of independent designers around who charge much less. According to Stan Evenson, founder of Evenson Design Group, entrepreneurs on a tight budget should shop around for a designer. “There are a lot of [freelance] designers who charge rates ranging from $15 to $150 per hour, based on their experience,” he says.

But don’t hire someone just because of their bargain price. Find a designer who’s familiar with your field . . . and with your competition. If the cost still seems exorbitant, Evenson says, “remember that a good logo should last at least 10 years. If you look at the amortization of that cost over a 10-year period, it doesn’t seem so bad.”

Even if you have a good eye for color and a sense of what you want your logo to look like, you should still consult a professional designer. Why? They know whether or not a logo design will transfer easily into print or onto a sign, while you might come up with a beautiful design that can’t be transferred or would cost too much money to be printed. Your logo is the foundation of all your promotional materials, so this is one area where spending a little more now can really pay off later.

Using and Protecting Your Logo

Once you’ve produced a logo that embodies your company’s mission at a glance, make sure you trademark it to protect it from use by other companies. You can apply for a trademark at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Web site.

Then, once it’s protected, use it everywhere you can-on business cards, stationery, letterhead, brochures, ads, your Web site and any other place where you mention your company name. This will help build your image, raise your company’s visibility and, ideally, lead to more business.

Creating a logo sounds easy, doesn’t it? It can be. Just remember to keep your customers and the nature of your business in mind when you put it all together. In time, you’ll have succeeded in building equity in your trademark, and it will become a positive and recognizable symbol of your product or service.

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11 Ways To Create More Time To Think

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In the course of the last 10 days or so, I’ve had three in-depth conversations with businesspeople (two of them entrepreneurs) that I truly respect.  The theme: Carving out more time to think.
All three people–two men and a woman–had been searching for ways to do it.
The three don’t know one another, but why they had this quest in common is easy to understand.
While it is undoubtedly  true that superior execution is better than any great idea you can think of, you need new ideas if you are going to stay ahead of the competition. And it is awfully hard to come up with those ideas if you don’t have any time to think.
And so those three people were looking for ways to create “white space” in their lives that they could fill with new ideas.
Let me share with you the things they are trying.  Then, I am going to ask you to tell me what works for you.  But first, their 11 ideas.
1.  Breakfast could be the most important meal of the day.  One of the men has taken to getting up earlier and is in his local coffee shop by 5 a.m.  He says he always buys a newspaper, “so I won’t look even more weird than I am,” but he spends virtually all of his time just staring into space. “The key, I find, is not to distract myself with things like checking email or voice mail, or making to do lists.  I just sit and think.”

2. First things first. Intriguingly, the other two people I talked to also tried to carve out thinking time early in the day. But they did it before breakfast. Typically, they said, the first they used to do was check email and skim the headlines.  Now, they are putting that off, until they have spent some time thinking about their most important objectives.
3. Simplifying.  Stress and needless distractions (“where the heck did I put that file”) detract from your ability to think.  Each of the people I talked to said they were taking steps to become even more organized. One of the ideas I particularly liked: Creating an agenda for the following day–with all the necessary supporting materials at hand–before they turned off their computer at night.
4. Reinstating the lunch break. Unless you are meeting with a client, there is a natural tendency to work through lunch; you have a quick sandwich or salad at your desk while tackling yet another thing you have to do. One of the ideas that surfaced was walking away from your desk and finding some place where you could find 30 minutes to get away from everything.
5. Relaxing before taking a break. “I really am one of those guys who gets his best ideas in the shower,” one of the men told me. “But I noticed that the ideas only occur if I am not stressed.  If I am worried about something, that’s all I concentrate on in the shower.  Now, I try to be stress-free before I step into the tub. It doesn’t guarantee I will get a new idea, but it seems to increase my chances.”
6. Building in a break. Within a five minute drive of her house, one of the entrepreneurs told me, is a upscale gym and a place where “I can grab something healthy to eat. I have made it a point to budget an hour  a day to take advantage of both places and I refuse to check email or voice mail during that time.”

7. Fly first class.  It used to be people said they used their travel time up in the air to think. But with packed planes and smaller seats that option has become more difficult.  One option: Fly first class whenever you can, said one of the men I talked to.  “It’s about equivalent to what coach used to be about 30 years ago.  I find it helps.”
8. Schedule it. I have my doubts, but one of the people swears by it.  He blocks off 15 minutes every day–in the middle of the day–which is labeled “thinking” on his calendar.
9. Shake up your routine.  I found this one interesting.One of the reasons people say you are able to generate more ideas in the shower is because the task of showering is so routine. Since you do it by rote, your mind is free to wander.  No one I talked to disagreed with that theory, but they said they noticed that that they got more and different ideas when they were doing something out of the ordinary like seeing a movie in the middle of day or taking a break at an unexpected time.
10. In praise of dead cell phones. “I would have never believed this one, if it hadn’t happened to me,” one of the people told me. “I was driving to a client meeting four hours away and my cell phone battery died and I didn’t have a car charger.  After about 20 minutes–20 long minutes of panic and withdrawal pain–I came to appreciate the fact that I was not about to be interruptted.  I am still not great about turning off my phone for long stretches, but I try.”
11.  The old ways still work. I was curious, so I asked about the idea of taking some time off–a long weekend perhaps–where you tried to do nothing but contemplate what’s important.  All three endorsed the idea and then promptly said they can’t remember the last time they did no work over three consecutive days.
My guess is this is an important topic so I would love to know how you handle giving yourself time to think. Do ideas come to you when you nap.  I find I tend to get them when I am doing something boring like folding laundry.
How do you find the time to think?

Please let me know by logging in and commenting. If I get enough intriguing comments, I will do a subsequent post–crediting you, of course.

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Setting Goals And Making Them A Reality

How is it that successful people become successful? Some write it off as pure luck — they believe that only a select few become successful and they become so because fate would have it so. Others believe that success involves knowing the right people, that networking is the key to success. Others still believe that success requires one thing and one thing only: hard work. The reality of it is that success — like everything else in life — is not just black and white.
There is not just one ingredient for success, but a lot of ingredients that make up the recipe. Networking and knowing the right people that will help you reach your goals, working diligently and constantly, as well as having some luck are all required ingredients for success. So where does one start? Where do we begin? Having the ingredients alone is not enough — you also need the hardware, the bowls, pans and spoons. You need the backbone of success; you need goals and a way of attaining them.
Setting goals for yourself seems like an easy task. You think about what you want and then you stamp it as a “goal.” Done. Sadly, it isn’t quite that simple — at least not if you want to actually attain any of your goals and eventually deem yourself as being successful. There is a methodology that ought to be employed in order to maximize your chances of success. I say maximize your chances because in the end, the one and only thing that will guarantee your success is your will power, your persistence and your perseverance.
Setting out on an unfamiliar journey is best done with a roadmap. Allow me to give you some pointers as how to best attack the problems at hand and how to climb to the summit of success.
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First off, it is important to understand that the route to success is a long and arduous one. There are no shortcuts and pleasantries will be few and sparse. If you are trying to change your life then you will need to think of your journey as a life detox; you will have to give up your nasty habits and leave your comfort zone far behind. A good number of people have a good grip on the life they wish to have, but those that are capable of actually transforming themselves are few in number.
As soon as most of you begin to feel the intense discomfort that often accompanies such transformations, you will put your tail between your legs and walk away. When those times of discomfort come, remember that with time everything fades and eventually your discomfort will come to comfort you.
Looking at your ultimate goal from such a distance is incredibly disheartening. You may feel all fired up at first, but the longer you work toward that goal, the more you will realize how long it will really take to reach it and how much blood and sweat will be poured into it. In order to prevent for such a realization from driving you to madness and leading you astray, you must create several stepping-goals to stand on for support along the way.
These goals must be specific and must be plenty. The more of them you have, the easier it will be for you to keep focused. With each goal that you accomplish, you will become ever so more motivated and will begin to pick up steam — create momentum.
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You should begin to use the powers of visualization and of constant reminding to your benefit. Write down — in physical form — your main goal and your next attainable stepping-goal on a piece of paper, cardboard or whatever surface you wish. It does not matter how or on what they are written as long as they are kept in a place where you will have no choice but to look at it. You want this piece of paper to serve as a constant reminder of where it is that you are going.
It seems too simple to be of any use, but some of the most successful people to have graced this world used such simple tricks to their benefit. Then when you read these goals every day — several times a day — make sure to take a brief moment to think about them, give them mind. Don’t simply acknowledge that you have a piece of paper taped to the inside of your laptop, but think about what it means to you. Visualize accomplishing those goals and imagine how freaking amazing it will feel once they are under your belt. Make sure to keep the goals specific in order to make them more real to you.
You may also want to write down a specific timeframe for achieving such goals (I wrote mine in with the goals themselves on that piece of paper). Setting a time restriction on your goals will help motivate you and serve as a reminder of how much time has gone by — making sure that you do not lose track of time and inevitably fail. We all have a lot going on in our lives. Adding our goals and dreams into the mix only makes things more complicated — and at the same time more interesting.
However, often at times you will find yourself getting caught up on some other aspect of your life and not even notice how far behind schedule you are on reaching that success you so badly desire. Set deadlines for yourself and do your best to follow them — forcing yourself to meet them whenever it is possible to do so. Later is better than never, but sooner is better than later.
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Set up a system of rewards for yourself. Sure, the accomplishment of a goal is reward in itself. But so is a bottle of whiskey — or a weekend getaway to Barcelona. Downtime is a very important part of the process. Working yourself to the bone won’t to anything but kill you — you need to allow some time for unadulterated fun and debauchery.Just make sure that it doesn’t send you into a drinking or partying binge. Take off for a few days or a week (depending on how big the mountain you just conquered was) making sure to give yourself some time to calm your mind into peace, and then get right back into the ring — swinging hard.
There is time for pleasure, time for work and time for meditation. Do all in just the right proportions and your journey to success will be the most beautiful and fulfilling experience of your life — more so than the end goal in itself.

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