How to Conquer Self-Doubt to Become the Best You

conquer self-doubt Can you really conquer self-doubt? Self-doubt can be insidious.  This is the word that seems to capture all the elements of self-doubt.  According to one online dictionary, insidious means, “Proceeding in a gradual, subtle way, but with harmful effects.” 

Synonyms to “insidious” are

stealthy, subtle, surreptitious, cunning, crafty, treacherous, artful, sly, wily, shifty, underhanded, indirect, sneaky

Each of these words is appropriate because self-doubt does not come dancing in front of you and announce its presence.  Rather, it’s subtle, it’s sneaky, and usually creeps up on you without your knowledge.  You become aware of it when you see the tendencies, inclinations, and results in your life and business.

How Self-Doubt Manifests Itself

Self-doubt has the ability to keep you feeling locked away in your own insecurities, which can create mental bars that feel like a prison from which there is no escape. It will suffocate your ability to explore and be free to engage with opportunities and adventures, and it will hold you back from ever achieving the things that you really want. Continue reading

Entrepreneurs Succeed with Winner’s Mindset

entrepreneurs succeed with winner's mindset“An entrepreneur is a man who knows he can fail, but he does not accept to fail before he actually fails, and when he fails he learns from his errors and moves on.”
― Bangambiki Habyarimana, Pearls Of Eternity

Entrepreneurs succeed with winner’s mindset. They are a special breed.  Entrepreneurs are not born; they are made.  They are courageous and risk-takers. Entrepreneurs think outside the box.

The foregoing are sentiments often expressed about entrepreneurs, all true.  Yet, the inner game of every individual who desires to be a successful entrepreneur has to be given as much consideration, or perhaps, even more than the outer game.

The Inner Game of Entrepreneurship

Life is not a stage on which we were created to struggle — it’s the place where we are daily invited to dance in the spotlight. – Dr. Shannon Reece Continue reading

3 Characteristics of Entrepreneurs Who Build Relationships

characteristics of entrepreneurs who build relationshipsThis post originally appeared on my LinkedIn account:


“The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.”— Theodore Roosevelt 

The need for entrepreneurs who build strong relationships with peers, employees or outsourcers, and customers or clients is essential to success. In this post, we will cover three characteristics of entrepreneurs who build strong relationships. These entrepreneurs maintain a positive mindset, demonstrate excellent communication skills, and stay on top of trends in their industry.

Entrepreneurs Who Build Relationships: Mindset

Entrepreneurs who build relationships know that mindset is an essential trait in planning and growing a business. People often think of mindset in connection with Personal Development and rarely connect it as an important trait for entrepreneurs. 

The importance of mindset cannot be minimized because without the proper mindset anything you want to accomplish is as good as dead, even before it gets off the ground. Persistence and flexibility are two major components of the proper mindset required to effectively run a business and build strong relationships.  Continue reading

Invest in Personal Development

inestment in personal developmentPersonal development is one of those terms that’s used frequently but not always clearly understood.  Wikipedia defines it this way, “Personal development covers activities that improve awareness and identity, develop talents and potential, build human capital and facilitate employability, enhance quality of life and contribute to the realization of dreams and aspirations. “

Personal development may also include improving self-awareness, increasing self-esteem, improving wealth and health.

Why Invest in Personal Development?

Personal development affects your entire life, not just your work life or your personal life. If you do not invest in personal development, you may be limiting your true potential.

You can only go as far as you know, therefore, you can only take yourself to a certain level.  In order to expand your thinking, and rise to a higher level of awareness, you need someone who has walked that walk and climbed to the next level to reach down and pull you up. Continue reading

Seniors Use Internet Marketing to Supplement Income

senior citizens use internet marketing to supplement income Are seniors ready to use internet marketing to supplement income? A few short years ago when I heard the term, Senior Citizen, I thought it referred to only persons 65 and over. Perhaps you felt that way as a younger man or woman.

With the introduction of Loyalty Programs at department stores, restaurants, and so forth, persons 55 and older are cheerfully and eagerly embracing the title of Senior Citizens or Seniors, as they enjoy discounts on products and services.

A saving of 15, 20, 25% adds up quickly and it’s nice to be able to save money. Everyone who qualifies should take advantage of these benefits. The reality, though, is that many seniors, and especially women, 55 and over, are struggling economically.  Continue reading

Email Marketing Success through Relationships

email marketing success through relationshipsSmart business owners understand that email marketing success stems from relationships with the subscribers on their email list.

Unfortunately many businesses do not send out emails to their list on a regular basis.

People buy from people they know, like, and trust.  If you are in business, it means that you have a product or service you want someone to purchase.  It follows that to get people to buy, it’s important to develop a relationship with them. 

If you did your research you may already be hanging out online where your clients are.  Inasmuch as businesses can no longer afford to ignore social media, sending messages to your clients on social media or in forums does not have the same personal feel as when someone opens your email and sees, Hello Your Name.

In addition, not everyone who is connected to you sees your status updates.  Facebook, for example, decides whose News Feed they will show your updates to. You have no control over those parameters.  Your clients too have options on how to set their privacy settings, and may choose to only see updates from segments of their connections. Continue reading

How to Use Focus to Manage Resources and Results

how to use focus to manage resources and resultsOne of the most valuable resources available to business owners is time. There are, however, many other valuable resources we have that are readily available to us at all times.  How much focus you give to these resources determines the level of success you’ll have in your business. 

In this post, “How to Use Focus to Manage Resources and Results,” we’ll explore three areas you must focus on to get the results you desire in your life and business.

Focus on Yourself

“Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found, not in finishing an activity but in doing it.” Greg Anderson

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson Continue reading

Empower Your Entrepreneurial Journey with Big Thinking

empower your entrepreneurial journey big thinkingEntrepreneurs and small business owners know the value of thinking big.

At the same time, female entrepreneurs especially have been cautioned to stay “within the lines” or advised “not to think outside the box.” Sometimes the advice comes from well-meaning friends, family, and associates. However, this type of negative thinking is exactly what contributes to entrepreneurs not achieving the goals they set for themselves and the level of success they deserve.

According to an impact study sponsored by EY on successful entrepreneurship, the  ability to think big and be bold came out as the number one differentiator between success and failure. Continue reading

Quick and Easy Ways to Develop Relationships with Customers

developing relationships with customersShould you spend time to develop relationships with customers? It’s been interesting that as I do research for my upcoming book that revolves around customer relationships, I find that there are so many polarized views on building customer relationships.  In fact, I read one article which suggested that Customer Relationship Marketing is hard; it’s time-consuming, and results are not guaranteed.

My response to that is that nothing is guaranteed.  No other form of marketing is guaranteed. You must have a plan and keep implementing the plan with consistency.  Building relationships takes time. The results are loyal customers and clients, as well as increase in revenue and profit, because people come to know, like, and trust you.

Have you decided to incorporate relationship marketing in your business, and are not sure where to begin? The following quick and easy ways to develop relationships with customers can serve to guide you.

  1. Who is Your Customer?

Do you really know who your customers are? Can you write a summary of a typical customer, what they like, where they live, their income and age? If not, then this is your first step.

You should also find out what other places they like to visit when online. Do they visit certain forums or are they all members of a certain group? When you discover where they hang out, get into the habit of visiting the same places. This will provide you with even more valuable insights into who your customer truly is. Continue reading

Build Relationships with Customers – Ask For Referrals and Feedback

build relationships - get referrals and feedback

When you build relationships with customers, it makes it much easier to ask for referrals and feedback.

 As a small business owner, solopreneur, or entrepreneur are you always looking for new customers or clients? If your answer is yes, do you have current clients or customers?  If you do, you may be overlooking a valuable resource you already have; one that you can readily tap into: your existing customers.

For this strategy to work effectively, however, you must have an ongoing relationship with your clients and customers.  You must consciously build relationships with customers so that they become emotionally connected to you.  When your customers are emotionally connected to you, they are more likely to refer their friends, relatives, and associates to you.

Build Relationships with Customers: Feedback

When you ask for feedback from the type of customers described above, you’re more likely to receive honest feedback and gain insight into the workings of your business.  Continue reading