Monthly Archives: December 2013

The Two Greatest Powers You Possess And How To Use Them To Get What You Want

The new year is a future of blank pages that have yet to be written.  The only question is who is holding the pen?  And the only answer is you are.

You have the power to take hold of each new day and make it into something truly extraordinary.  Do this every day and you’ll have an extraordinary life. How?  By first deciding to do it and then by taking action on your decision.

Decision and action are the two greatest powers you possess.  Without making a decision you are left floating like driftwood on the great sea of life.  You end up wherever you end up not because of choice, but because you were indifferent to making a choice.

But decision alone won’t take you from where you are to where you want to be .  You’ve got to follow it up with action.  How many people talk about wanting something different but never take the action necessary to get the difference they want?  How many people wish and wait?  They’ll be waiting for an eternity.

It’s time.  Time to decide what you really want and time to take the action necessary to get it.  No more holding back.  No more letting fear stop you.  No more saying tomorrow.  No more procrastinating and wasting time!  Your dreams are at stake, and dreams have the power to transform your life when they are realized!

I’m going for it!  Are you with me?

Decide to make that leap and let’s do it together!

See you in 2014!

To your riches,

Kim Hillman

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How To Make More Money In 2014 In Three Easy Steps

Everyone wants to make more money in the coming year – from the large corporations to the solo-preneur.  The difference between the ones who will do it and the ones who won’t comes down to having a plan.

The good news is writing a plan for the year is easy!  Not only that, it’s kind of fun because you can see exactly what you’re going to be accomplishing over the next year!  And, it’s not set in stone so if something doesn’t work you can change it.  

Here’s how I create my own plan in just three easy steps and how you can do it too!

1)  Make a list of everything you would like to accomplish over the next year in your business.  That might be writing your first booklet and getting it on the market, or it might be expanding what you’ve already got into new products and markets.

2)  Break down your list by month.  For January write what you want to get done first, then for February write down what you want to do next and so on.  You might not have enough on your list to fill every month if you’re just starting out.  That’s ok.  You can always add more later as things come to mind.

3)  Now look at each month and break it down by the week.  Each accomplishment you want to achieve can probably be broken down into steps.  Decide which steps and how many steps you will do each week.

That’s it!  Now all you will need to do is look at what you’re going to accomplish each week and decide what to do each day – and you can do that for each week at the end of the previous week.

If you haven’t already, spend some time creating your plan for 2014 over the weekend.  You’ll be amazed at how much you can come up with that you would like to accomplish and how well this tactic will keep you on track toward reaching your goals!

To your riches!

Kim Hillman

PS:  Have you signed up for my free ecourse yet?  “12 Ways A Booklet Can Turn Your Writing Into Cash” is available here!

Check out my ebook, “Publish Outside The Box” here!

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How To Write A Better Booklet – One That Sells

It never ceases to amaze me just how many dull reads there are on the market.  I was recently browsing amazon, searching for a good title, and I ended up leaving the site empty handed.  Nothing interested me.

It wasn’t that I wasn’t interested in the subject matter.  I was.  That was why I was there in the first place.  But after spending several minutes on the site browsing this title and then that one, not a single one piqued my interest enough to get me to buy.  

I should tell you at this point that I don’t read fiction.  I’m purely a non-fiction reader.  But, even non-fiction can be written an a way that is both concise and interesting.  In fact, that is how it should be written.

Booklets are concise.  They have to be because there aren’t enough pages for much elaboration.  And that’s the whole point.  Most people today want information and they want it now.  They don’t want to wade through tons of information to find the few nuggets they need.  When you write a booklet, concise automatically comes with the territory.

Interesting, however, is another matter.  Just because a booklet is concise doesn’t mean it will also be interesting to read.  A perfect example of this is the tax booklet you can get from your local library at tax time.  It’s a necessity yes, but interesting?  I think not.

Your booklet should be interesting to your reader from the moment they read the title on the front cover until they finish the last page.  And, if the title doesn’t grab their attention immediately they’ll never make it to the last page.

So, how do you write a better booklet?  Write to your reader, not at them.  Write as if you’re talking with your best friend, trying to explain something to them.  Use words your audience will understand and that will resonate with them.  It’s ok to spice up your manuscript with descriptive words, but don’t over-do it.  Have a little fun with your manuscript, but don’t get too cute or you could lose your readers.  Your booklet should, first and foremost, be informative.  But, it should also be a pleasing read.

Creating a booklet manuscript that is filled with golden nuggets, and writing those nuggets in a way that will spark the reader’s interest and make them want to read further will help you get those booklets sold!

To your riches!

Kim Hillman

PS:  For more information on how you can make money writing booklets, get my free e-course, “12 Ways A Booklet Can Turn Your Writing Into Cash,” here!

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How To Stay Motivated And Keep The Excitement Going

Have you ever been excited about starting something, and then once you got going you just weren’t excited anymore?  Maybe you even avoided that very same thing which, before, you couldn’t wait to get out of bed in the morning to go and do.

It happens to all of us.  We start something with great ambition and the best of intentions, but somewhere along the way to our goal all the excitement fizzles out.

But, we can’t keep starting new things over and over and never finishing or we’ll never accomplish anything.  This is especially true when you own a business – booklets or otherwise.  So, once you start down the path of your own booklet adventure how can you keep things fresh and interesting so you’ll look forward to getting out of bed in the morning and going to work?

Here are a few tips for you to keep the excitement going:

1)  Start a new project.  There’s nothing like a new booklet or a new product to spice things up!

2)  Don’t work too much.  Get your work done, but don’t work all the time.  Take some time for other activities.   This will help you feel refreshed when you’re ready to go back to your work.

3)  Remind yourself why you’re doing what you’re doing.  Is it so you can help the grandkids with college?  Or maybe you want to leave a legacy?  Or it might be that you just want the extra money so things aren’t so tight.  Whatever your reasons, keep reminders of them in front of you wherever you do your work.  This might be photos, or an unpaid bill, or it could even be something as simple as a poem that you’ve framed and put on the wall.  Reminding yourself why you’re doing what you’re doing will help keep you motivated.

4)  Keep your energy up.  Be sure to eat healthy and drink enough water.  It will help you feel better and that will help you through the rough spots!

5)  Treat yourself.  Create milestones for yourself and deadlines for meeting them.  Each milestone should bring you closer to reaching a goal.  For each milestone you reach treat yourself.  You might even create a schedule with the milestones and deadlines listed on it as well as what you will give yourself when you reach each one!  You could start with something small for the first milestone and give yourself bigger and better treats as you get closer to your goal – such as a trip to Starbucks when you reach the first milestone, A new book you’ve been wanting when you reach the next one, and so on.

6)  Tell others what you do.  Seeing how interested or excited others are when you tell them will help to create new interest for you.  It will also help you want to get your work done because you won’t want to look like a dismal failure in front of your friends and family!

7)  Always do your best.  This means taking pride in your work.  As an author you have a right to be proud.  Most people view authors as celebrities regardless of what you write.  Doing your best means you have something to be proud of, and that pride will help to generate excitement and keep you motivated!

8)  Look how far you’ve come!  Take a moment to reflect on all you’ve accomplished with your booklets and in your business.  Looking back will give you new ideas and motivate you to move forward!

9)  Clean up your work environment.  Once upon a time my own work environment was a disaster!  Then, I moved into a new office and fixed it all up and I keep it very clean.  Now it’s a pleasure to go to work!  Your surroundings can motivate you or bring you down.  Make sure yours are doing the former!

10)  Find the meaning in what you do.  Who are your booklets and other products helping?  How will your work benefit others?  What happens if you quit?  Looking at how others are impacted because of your work is another way to stay motivated and get excited about each new day.

And there you have it!  The next time you find yourself dragging your feet to get your work done remember this list!   I hope it helps to spark your excitement again and freshen things up.

Can you think of anything to add to the list?  I welcome your comments!

To your riches,

Kim Hillman

PS:  You can get my free ecourse, “12 Ways A booklet Can Turn Your Writing Into Cash” here.

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How To Keep The Holidays From Throwing You Off Track

It’s holiday time again and that means it’s time to focus harder than you have over all the rest of this year!  Why?  Because business tends to slow down this time of year as the holidays can be very distracting for everyone.

Decision makers go on vacation, your phone calls don’t get returned, and it can be very discouraging.  Things were going well and now, all of a sudden, everything has stopped and the silence is deafening.

But, take heart!  Things may be slow but you can still keep the momentum building.  Now is the time for you to make plans for next year, and to refine your ideas and your latest booklet or product you’ve been working on.  Doing these things will help you stay connected to your business and keep your energy up – which will help you create even more and build even more momentum so that when the holidays are over things will continue to happen for you.

But, how do you keep writing and keep working on your goals for your business with so many extra things to get done on your list?  And how will you get everything done for the holidays if you continue devoting so much time to your writing and your business?

The answer is to scale back on your business, but don’t stop working for more than a day or two.  You need to stay connected to your business even if you’re only doing the bare minimum each day.  Otherwise your focus will be completely gone, your business will stall, and you may find it tough to get going again when you’re ready to go back to it.

Does this mean you can’t ever take a vacation?  A week or two off?  No, it doesn’t.  The point of owning your own business is to be able to live the kind of life you want to and have the freedom to travel, take time off and do what you want to do. But, during those times, you still need to check in with your business and keep tabs on things to make sure things are running smoothly while you’re gone.

And, if your business is still in the start up phase and doesn’t need you to check in, you might stay connected by doing a little writing while you’re on vacation, or by doing some related reading.  It doesn’t need to be much, just enough to keep you excited about getting back into the swing of things when you are ready to return.

This advice comes from my own firsthand experience.  I’ve found that if I am away from my business for more than a couple of days it’s much more difficult to pick up where I left off than if I stay connected.  Of course, there have been times when extreme circumstances forced me to be away, such as a death in my family or when I moved.  In those cases it was impossible for me to work for a few days.  But, as soon as I could I got right back to work and started building up the momentum again.

Don’t let the holidays throw you off track.  Stay focused.  Do what you need to for the holidays, but make sure you’re getting your work done too – even if you’re only able to do a little.  Take off a day if you want or need to, but don’t stay away for too long.  When you stay connected the momentum you’ve worked so hard to create will keep building and things will continue to happen.

To your riches!

Kim Hillman

PS:  Have you taken my free ecourse? “12 Ways A Booklet Can Turn Your Writing Into Cash” will give you some great ideas for getting your booklet sold!  Get it here.

My ebook, “Publish Outside The Box” is available here.

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