Monthly Archives: October 2011

Scary Mistakes That Sabbotage Success – Ten Bad Habbits That Will Hold You Back

Brian Tracy, a motivational coach for entrepreneurs, said, “If what you are doing is not moving you toward your goals, then it’s moving you away from your goals.”  As authors and business owners, we often think of the big things when it comes to reaching our goals.  But, it’s really the little things that matter most because it’s the little things – like your habits – that lead to big things.

Here are 10 bad habits that you MUST change in order to be a successful booklet author.  But, when you change these habits, you’ll find they not only create business success for you, but success in your every day life too!

1)  Getting up in the morning without a plan for your day.  It’s easy to let time slip through your fingers if you don’t have your day planned.  So many little things come up that only take a minute, and before you know it you’ve run out of minutes and it’s time for bed!  Plan your day the night before.  Make a list of everything you need to accomplish, and if you want to get really detailed you can write down the time at which you will perform each task.  That way when your head hits the pillow at night, you’ll feel a sense of accomplishment!

2)  Not treating your writing and your projects like a business.  Sometimes it’s difficult to connect the dots and see what you do as a real business – but that’s exactly what it is.  You’re writing booklets for money, and that means you’ve got a business.  Start looking at all of the little projects you do – from making calls to potential quantity buyers to writing your next booklet to mailing booklets to your readers – as part of a larger whole.  Each project adds up to create a business.

3)  Tardiness.  It doesn’t matter whether you’re meeting someone face to face, calling them on the phone, or sending an email –  Promptness should be a priority.  Being late for a face to face meeting is about the worst thing you can do.  It tells the other person that you don’t respect them or their time.  But, calling past the time your call was expected, or sending an email the day after you promised to send it is almost as bad.  In today’s high tech world, everything is wanted and expected right now.  If you need time to prepare an email or to prepare information for a phone call, let the other person know that and tell them when they can expect to hear from you.  Then, make sure you contact them at the appropriate time, even if gathering the information is taking longer than you expected.

4)  Inappropriate style of dress.  This one should be a no-brainer, but so many people mess it up.  When you meet with anyone who might offer you money for your booklets or other products or services, it is extremely important that you dress like a professional.  It doesn’t have to be a three piece suit, but it should be something nice and something modest.  Remember, you’re an author, and authors are viewed as professionals, and even as celebrities.  Jeans are a no-no.  Shorts, short skirts and immodest apparel are also no-no’s.  You can dress semi-casual, but your style of dress should present you as a successful professional who cares about what you do.

5)  Procrastination.  This is one of the worst habits because it will literally stop you dead in your tracks.  When you get an idea or you know you need to get something done – take action!  Even if that action is to decide not to tackle that new project right now, you can always make a note of it and come back to it later.  Don’t leave anything hanging.  Deal with what needs dealing with.

6)  Not keeping track of what you spend.  You should always keep track of what it costs you to do business.  If you don’t know the costs, you can’t be sure you’re making a profit.  Many entrepreneurs think that because their business is small or just starting out, they don’t need to worry about costs because they’re not spending large sums of money.  But, this creates a very bad habit that will keep your business from growing.  You need to know how much things cost, and you need to keep track of what you spend.

7)  Not getting the best deal.  When you need to buy something or pay for a service, you should spend as little for it as possible.  The more you save, the more you keep in your own pocket.  Businesses have gone bankrupt from spending too much.  It’s worth your time to do a little research to find the best prices.

8)  Focusing on the negative.  Chances are you’re not a pessimist, because if you were you wouldn’t be an entrepreneur.  But, sometimes we all get a little negative when things aren’t going the way we had hoped, and some of us have more of a problem with this than others.  If you have a tendency to see the downside of things you need to change this FAST!  Start looking for the positive and you’ll find that things improve.

9)  Thinking you have to do it all yourself.  This is a real problem for us entrepreneurs.  We think we are the only ones who can do what we do, so we never ask for or hire any help.  In the beginning stages of your business, you may not be able to hire help and you may not need to.  But, one day it will become necessary in order for your business to grow.  At that point, you must let go of some of the things you have been doing and allow another person to take over the job(s).  They may not do it the same way you did, but often you’ll find they can do it better.  And you’ll have more time freed up to work on the things that really matter in your business rather than all the little day to day tasks.

10)  Not taking care of yourself.  You are the top person in your business, and you may be the only person running your business.  If you become sick or injured, there is nobody to run your business until you are better.  Make sure you are eating healthy food, getting some exercise, and getting enough rest.  Allow yourself some downtime at the end of your work day, and take a break once in a while.  Keep your body and your mind refreshed and you’ll be able to accomplish more each day!

Can you think of some other habits that sabbotage success?  I would love to read your comments!

To your riches!

Kim Hillman

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Scary Mistakes That Sabotage Your Success – Have You Looked Into Your Future?

When you begin your booklet adventure there are so many twists and turns it can take.  You might think that you have absolutely no control over what happens, that things just occur, opportunities present themselves or they don’t.  But, although there will always be a few surprises down the road, you have more control than you think you do.

Take A Look Into Your Future

Anyone who starts a business should have a solid vision of what they hope to achieve in that business and how they would like the business to grow in the next few years.  Practicality is a good thing, but it should never keep you so focused on the present that you can’t imagine something better down the road.  Your vision is what will create your plan, and your plan is what will create your future.

Your vision is what keeps you on track, and keeps you from being tossed about by the winds of change.  When something unexpected comes up, you’ll be better prepared to deal with it because you have a sense of where you’re going and what you want to accomplish.

Plant Some Seeds Today

Every successful person on the planet had a vision for what they wanted to accomplish and where they wanted to be at a particular point in the future.  Each one worked hard toward achieving that vision before they saw it become a reality.

The present is constantly changing.  The present doesn’t last.  It is constantly evolving and bringing us into the future.  The present becomes the future.  This gives you control, because what you do or don’t do today will affect tomorrow.  You can plant seeds today that will sprout tomorrow, and at some point those sprouts will bloom.

Don’t make the mistake of getting too caught up in the present.  Think ahead.  If you don’t have a vision of what you want in the future, create one.  It will keep you on track when the winds of change try to blow you in a direction you don’t want to go.  It will give you enthusiasm and drive when you need it most.  And best of all, it will create a tomorrow for you that is better than today.

To your riches!

Kim Hillman

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Scary Mistakes That Sabotage Your Success – Is Stupidity Standing In Your Way?

Recently I’ve written quite a bit on this blog about what to do when you don’t know what your next step is.  Today, I want to go the other direction and tell you about another really scary mistake that can kill your business – knowing what to do and NOT doing it.

Why Some Will Not Take That Next Step

You might wonder why anyone would not take that next step when they know exactly what that next step is.  There are several reasons for this.  They may not have the funds to do it, or they may have a personal issue standing in their way, or, and this is the worst of all, they may be afraid.

If lack of funds is the problem, one only needs to find a way to overcome that.  There are many ways to do this and since this is a broad topic I won’t deal with it here as it’s out of the scope of this post.  Suffice it to say that when it comes to money, where there’s a will, there’s a way.

Personal issues can range from lack of funds, mentioned above, to family disputes – such as going through a divorce – to an illness of oneself or a close family member, to losing one’s day job, and the list goes on.  These issues are not as easily tackled and may take time to resolve.  But, once resolved you absolutely MUST pick yourself up and get going again.  You must take that next step.  You may need to regain some lost ground while you were dealing with personal issues, but once that ground is recovered you need to move on.

It’s All Up To You

Fear is the worst of these reasons because there isn’t anything holding you back except for your own mindset.  That next step might seem like a doosy, and it might scare you half to death to take it, but if you don’t do it you might as well pack up and go home.  You’re business will never grow.

So many wanna be booklet authors have had big dreams and high hopes when they started out.  But, their dreams were shattered and their hopes were dashed because they couldn’t get beyond a certain point in their own thinking.

Nobody else can make you a success.  It doesn’t matter how much education you have or how many self-help or whiz bang, million dollar business products you buy or books you read.  If you’re not willing to do what it takes then you will fail.  Nobody else can do it for you.

The True Meaning Of Stupidity

Not taking that next step when you know what it is really amounts to stupidity.  Stupidity is not like being uneducated.  The uneducated are willing, but they lack the knowledge needed.  This is remedied easily enough by seeking out the information or education that is needed.  But, in the case of stupidity, the information is there, the next step is known, and it is not taken due to fear of the unknown, or fear of something big happening – something good, but something that will change everything.

Stupidity is NOT when there is a personal issue or lack of funds.  In these cases the next step may be put on hold, but the plan is to overcome the obstacles in the way and then move forward once those obstacles are removed.  Stupidity is when you hold yourself back for no reason other than being afraid to move forward.  It means that everything you’ve done up to now, which has brought you to this point, has been for nothing.  You’ve worked hard for what – to throw it all away now that you’re standing on the precipice of something really big?

Don’t let stupidity stand in your way.  Take that leap.  You’ve worked hard to get to where you are.  You deserve to take that next step!

To your riches!

Kim Hillman

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Scary Mistakes That Sabotage Your Success – Are Your Expectations Too Low?

Remember when you first decided to write a booklet?  What did you expect to happen as a result of that action?  Were you expecting to sell alot of copies and make some serious money?  Or, did you expect to just get your feet wet and maybe sell a few copies and make a little spare change?  Or, perhaps you really didn’t expect anything to happen – you wrote the booklet with a wait and see approach.

Why Your Booklet Will Do Well

One of the scariest mistakes you can make in ANY business is having low expectations of yourself, your work, and those around you such as vendors or employees.  When you have low expectations, it’s like setting yourself up to fail.

When you write your booklet or produce other products, chances are your motive for doing so is to enhance the lives of others.  This means that you want to make your booklet and other products the best you possibly can.  This is a good thing.  Why should that fail?  Why should you expect it won’t do well?  If what you are creating is needed or desired, then you have every reason to believe it will do well.

Are You Creating Positive Or Negative Energy?

Your belief about what you are creating will give you energy – either positive or negative.  If you believe in what you’re doing from a positive aspect, that positive belief will pump you up and help you get through the next step and the next – the end result being that you’ll sell more copies or products.

But, if your belief about what you’re doing is negative and you really don’t think much will come from your actions in creating your booklet or other products, then that belief will drag you down like a self fulfilling prophecy.  If that is the case, why bother creating the booklet or whatever project you’re working on at all?  If you’re not going to be able to give it your maximum effort and enthusiasm, there isn’t much point because you’ve failed before you’ve even begun.

Don’t make the mistake of having low expectations.  Expect the best, and you’ll find that’s exactly what you get!

To your riches!

Kim Hillman

PS:  Expecting the best is one thing, knowing how to create the best is another.  If you’re contemplating writing your first booklet, you need to know the right way to do it in order to make it a salable one.  Interested?  Click here!

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Scary Mistakes That Sabotage Your Success – The One Thing That Can Bring You Down Fast

Are you at a point in your booklet adventure where you just don’t know what to do next?  Maybe you’re working on a project and it’s stalled because you don’t know what the next step is.  Or, maybe you’re contemplating whether you want to start your booklet adventure, and the frightening unknown is holding you back.  Wherever you are along the booklet path, one thing is for certain – if you’re going to succeed you can’t stay there.  You need to move ahead.

You Have Two Choices

Sometimes a project will be stalled due to circumstances that are beyond your control, such as when you’re waiting on a decision from a quantity buyer.  But, often the ability to move forward is simply due to a lack of information.  You don’t know what the next step is, or you don’t know how to do something.   In this circumstance, many people give up.  This is why so many entrepreneurs fail within their first year.  They come up with an idea, get stuck, and are never able to move forward.

If you are in this situation you have two choices.  You can remain stuck, or you can do something about it.  You do have a choice.  While most people make the decision to sit and wait, hoping something will change, you have the opportunity to make something happen.  How?  By taking the initiative and getting the information you need to move forward.

Difficulty Is Part Of The Game

Getting information isn’t always easy.  Sometimes the information you need is difficult to find or not readily available.  This is why so many people give up.  They think the information they need isn’t recorded or written down anywhere and that they’ll never be able to find it.  But, the information does exist.  Other people have done what you are trying to do.  They got the information from somewhere.

Sometimes you will need to pay for the information you need, and sometimes it can be time consuming to find the information.  The internet can be a big help, but it can also give you tons of irrelevant information and websites to slog through before you find anything useful.  And, libraries are full of books but they don’t always have the one you need.  And, people can be helpful but their success is based on their own experience which will be different from yours, and most people with good information won’t give it to you for free.  So, what can you do?

Overcoming The Obstacles

When you take that first step onto the game board of your booklet adventure, you have no idea what lies ahead.  It’s really a leap of faith that things will work and you’ll come out a winner.  You’re excited because you’re doing something new, and you can sense that something has changed in a positive way.  Perhaps now you’ll finally be able to sell your writing for the first time.  Or, perhaps you’re expanding on something you built before you started your adventure.  Remember that excitement, and how gung ho you were at the beginning?  Remember how determined you were to succeed?  How sure you were that you would succeed?  You need to revive those feelings now.

You must be determined to find the information you need to move forward.  Not doing so means remaining ignorant in a crucial area of your business that will keep you from succeeding in your goals.  If it takes some time and research, then it does.  If you need to pay someone for their information, so be it.  If the information is difficult to find, then you must resolve that you won’t rest until the answers you need are found.  They are out there.  I guarantee it!

Remaining in the dark and hoping to stumble your way through is a very scary mistake.  You’ll become frustrated, or you’ll become passive and time will just slip away.  Either way, your booklet business will come tumbling down- fast!  Don’t let it happen.  Information is your light in the darkness.  Find it.  Use it.  And, move forward!

To your riches!

Kim Hillman

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The Fundamentals Of Making The Sale – Monthly Review

Another month – gone!  This year is just flying by!  Here’s the monthly review for September in case you missed a post:

1)  How To Deal With Executives And Potentials Quantity Buyers

2)  How To Keep Your Customers Coming Back

3)  The Most Important Thing You Can Do To Build Trust With Your Customers

4)  Why Your Contact Information Is Not Enough

5)  Is Your Refund Policy A Deal Maker Or A Deal Breaker?

6)  The First Rule Of Sales

October’s theme is:  Scary Mistakes That Can Sabotage Your Success.  There’s some good stuff coming up!  Stay tuned…..

To your riches!

Kim Hillman

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