Knowing Who You Are – How to Be Authentic in Your Business

be authenticIt’s easy to tell what is important to someone, because their actions reflect who they really are. In fact, your life is a reflection of your actions. It’s important that you be authentic about who you are and that you authentically care about who those on your team are a well. What’s even more powerful is that what you put out into the world, you also get back. If you are negative, you’ll get negativity. If you are an optimist, you’ll get back optimism. People really do reflect back to you your own outlook most of the time. The same thing can be said for your people. Give them respect if you want respect; give them your time if you want time from them, show that you care if you want them to care, and so forth. Look at any truly successful healthy business – those businesses clearly understand that concept, and it shows.

Here are a few ways to be authentic in your business:

Always Pass the Credit – When you have success, it’s easy to want to take all the credit. But the truth is, you should pass that credit on to your team. The more you do that, the more they’ll want to give of themselves because they feel as if the successes are shared, appreciated, and celebrated. Success feels good, but always remember – so does getting credit for it.

Always Take the Blame – Sometimes things do go wrong. But, a real leader will take the blame. After all, it was your vision that wasn’t explained enough and that allowed the failure to occur. But, you can learn from it. Let your team know that you take the blame, why, and how you’ll proceed in the future. If you prove to them that you are all on the same team and that you are NOT a threat, you will get their best work.

Know Real Talent When You See It – When you bring on team members, bring on people who have a talent for something special, and then let them go. Don’t tie them up by having them do something not in their wheel house. Use your team members for what they love to do and are good at doing.  Using their gifts and talents will benefit everyone.

Be the Reflection You Want to See – In order to truly be authentic, it’s important that when you look in the mirror, you ask yourself, “What do I see?” Do you see a giving, kind, smart, hard-working person? Most of the time, your team will follow you and your example. Be the example you want to see, whether that’s how you talk to people, how you dress, how you handle stress, or how you do your work.

Know Who You Are – A real leader knows who they are deep down and doesn’t try to hide it. They are authentically themselves and want others to be authentically themselves too. Knowing what you’re good at is easy, but you need to also be the type of person who isn’t afraid to admit what you’re not good at as well, and use team member who are good at your weaknesses to create a strong team.

Know Your Team – Take the time to get to know each member of your team so that you know when there is a problem. Being able to build a relationship with each team member is essential to being able to work together. Know what makes them tick, what bothers them, and their favorite way to receive praise. These are important things to know to be truly authentic in your relationships with your team.

Listen to and Act on Feedback – Allow and encourage your team to give you constructive feedback. You want them to feel free to tell you things, even those things you may not want to hear.  As long as it’s meant for good, that’s all that matters to be constructive. To show that you’re listening, you should also act on the feedback – either by stating you heard them and will consider it, or by actually doing something.

To be successful in business, it’s important to be authentic enough to first know who you are as a person and as a leader, but it’s worth nothing unless you also take the time to get to know those on your team in the same way.  If you follow these tips, you will have a successful, healthy business, filled with team members who value you for it, and it will show in their work ethic and what they are willing to do for the good of the team.

Are you STRONG ENOUGH? Tips for Creating a Strong Password

strong passwordPasswords can be a real problem, not just for website users, but also for website owners. You have to trust that your users will create strong passwords and not share them with others, and you have to ensure that the security you create is safe as well. Also, don’t let old accounts hang around if you aren’t using them. If you have online bank accounts, social media accounts, shopping accounts and any accounts that you don’t use that have passwords, a hacker might decide to use it without you even noticing! When it comes to password safety, the best thing to do is teach everyone to create a password that is strong from the start.

7 Tips for Creating a Strong Password

1. Write Them Down – First, whenever you create a password you should write it down and store it someplace secure. Keeping a password notebook that you put in your locked file cabinet is a good way to go. You’re going to keep it like a diary so that any person who accesses it can flip to the back page and find your most recent changes. Don’t tell the world that you have this notebook; put it in your will for your family or business partner.

2. Create a Password Standard – You can create a password standard for yourself that makes it hard for people to guess but easier for you to remember. It should be random but make sense to you only. Use this standard for every password you create.

3. Use Two-Step Verification – On websites that have it, always choose two-step verification because this is your biggest deterrent to would-be hackers. It’s kind of like how robbers don’t like to go into a locked car or house. Keep your passwords locked up and your accounts hard to get into, and they’ll leave you alone.

4. Close Out Unused Accounts – If you have online bank accounts, social media accounts, shopping accounts and any accounts that you never use that have passwords, consider canceling them. If you’re not using them, a hacker might decide to, and you may not even notice.

5. Use Letters, Numbers and Symbols – The more random letters, numbers and symbols you can use, the better for security. Some systems don’t let you, but use everything you’re allowed to make the password the most random possible.

6. Make Longer Passwords – If a system lets you use 20-figure passwords, do it. The longer your passwords are, the harder it will be for hackers to guess or break into the account. It will take them much longer to guess 20 figures than it will seven.

7. Use Password Generators – These are really great for choosing truly horrible-looking and hard to figure out passwords. They’ll be truly random so that you can then use that as a password for the system. If you do this, be sure to copy and paste it someplace to save.

8. Ensure It’s Really Random – You want all passwords to be truly random without any identifying information within. No birthdays, anniversaries, locations, or anything like that, even though it makes them harder to remember. A strong password can’t be inked to any of your information. Also, do not use the same passwords for different accounts that you open.

9. Change Passwords Often – You should try to change all your passwords about every three to four months. You don’t need to do them all on the same day, but try to make it a habit to change them as often as you can in order to avoid problems.

Passwords hold the key to your personal information. If you follow this advice, you’ll likely not experience breaches as often as other people who do not use strong passwords. But remember – any service you use is still open to other types of breaches via the company, so make sure to choose where you create accounts and what information you share wisely.

Time Management for Business Owners: Work ON Your Business, Not IN It

time management for business ownersOwning a business can seem like the best thing in the world. But time management for business owners is the key to making it all happen.  When you’re in the planning and dreaming stage, it  may seem like you’ll have more freedom, time and money. In fact, you probably had visions of spending a lot of time at the beach or on the golf course as you made your plans.

Then, reality sets in, and you soon realize that your business is a daily drudge and actually is more demanding than a regular job. You start feeling like you want to run away, escape, and maybe even end your business. But, the truth is, all you really need to do is change a few things so that you can work on your business and not in it.  Time management for business owners is the key to keeping your business and your sanity.  If you make these few changes, you may be surprised at the results.

Tips for Time Management for Business Owners

Change Your Mindset – It can be hard, after years of having an employee mindset, to switch to an ownership and entrepreneurial mindset. It’s time for you to start thinking like an owner, or at least a manager, by setting up systems, delegating tasks, and finding ways to do less but still get more done.  Time management for business owners means being good at facilitating and getting the right people to do the tasks you used to do, not doing them yourself.

Set Up Systems and Standards – When you set up systems and standards, it will be a lot easier to get people to help you with your business. Time management for business owners starts with creating systems for what you do daily.  If you do, you’ll have a clear understanding of what needs to be done each day and which things you must do compared to which things your contractors or employees can do.  What is in your head isn’t always understood until it is systemized and put into words for others  to learn and understand, and ultimately be able to help!

Use the Right Tools – Part of setting up systems is to use technology and other tools to help you make the most of your time. Technology such as email autoresponders, customer management, project management, cloud storage, and more is important to use in order to make the most of your time.

Plan for Success in Advance – Don’t just work by putting out fires.  Instead, make plans of what you’re going to do each day, week, month, quarter and year. Planning out basic tasks and duties far in advance will give you time to include additional tasks at the last minute as your industry demands.  It will also allow for you to set and meet goals.

Outsource Strategically – When you outsource, ask yourself whether or not that particular task needs your special touch. For example, many tasks like customer service, data entry, posting blog posts, social media marketing, and email marketing are all things that someone else can do successfully.

Provide the Right Training – When you outsource to anyone, even though you’ll likely outsource to a specialist, you want to provide training about your business and your unique processes. Don’t control the process or their function, but rather control the due dates, quality, and style in which the deliverables will take so that your branding shows through to the customer.

Delegate and Compensate Fairly – When you outsource to someone, you need to ensure that who you delegate to can do the job, but you also want to pay them fairly. Many business owners make the mistake of thinking they can get something for nothing, or near nothing, and still get what they need. In truth, you get what you pay for. If you want to command higher rates, you need to be willing to pay for expert help.

Attract the Right Clients – One thing that will make your business less of a drudge is if you ensure that your marketing efforts are working to attract the right customers to your business. The right customers will be a joy to work with, and you’ll have fewer fires to put out and fewer mistakes to fix.  Attracting the right clients will grow your business in the right way.

Set Your Fees High Enough – Many small business owners make the mistake of setting their rates too low. You need to set them high enough to provide for your family in the manner you deserve, commensurate with the type of business you have and who your audience is. For example, high end life coaches will pay more for your personalized services than an internet marketer who uses “The 4 Hour Work Week” by Timothy Ferris as their bible.

When you set up the right systems and use the right tools, you’ll be able to manage your business in a successful way that creates the success you deserve.

Fire Your Worst Customers: A Bad Customer Can Stunt Your Growth

bad customerFiring a customer may seem like a radical concept, but in the quest to provide excellent customer service and keep customers longer, sometimes something important gets lost in translation. When you have a particularly bad customer who is expecting too much for too little, eating up your time and resources, yielding no profits or benefits, and generally making you feel bad about the whole interaction, it’s not healthy for anyone.  If that customer is, in essence, wanting your blood in exchange for the business relationship, it might be time to fire them.

Characteristics of Bad Customers Who Might Need to be Fired:

They Cost Money – The fact is, a client who is needy, doesn’t respect you, or is simply a wrong fit can be a money sucker too. If you spend a lot of resources putting out fires due to this customer’s actions or requests, you’re using up time and money that could be put to better use with customers who love and respect you.

They’re Not Your Ideal Customer – As you get used to targeting the right customer, you may find that some of your older customers just aren’t a right fit. They’re really not doing anything wrong, but they’re not really adding to your business in a positive way since they’re not the right customer. Letting them go makes room for more right customers.

Sunk Costs versus Opportunity Cost – Sometimes it’s hard to let go of a customer because of all the time you’ve already invested in them, and you hope that someday it’ll pay off. But the fact is, when you make any business decision, the thing you are supposed to consider is opportunity costs – not sunk costs. Sunk costs are those that you’ve already spent; opportunity costs are those that will happen in the future. If there are better opportunities out there, fire the customer and go after the right ones.

Too Much Emotional Investment Required – Some customers want you to be emotionally invested in them in a way that is draining. They require too much time and effort for the payoff due to their neediness. They expect you to be available at all hours of the day and night at their beck and call.  That is an unreasonable and unrealistic expectation, and the rest of your customers will suffer for it.

They Want You to Share Their Risk – Some customers are really selfish. They want you to share their risk, but get none of the rewards. This type of client is dangerous to your entire business, because they’ll blame you when things go wrong even if it’s due to them not following your advice.

They Control with Fear – Some customers will threaten you to try to control you. They’ll say things like, “If you can’t handle it, I’ll find someone who can.” and other types of threats, both direct and veiled. They truly have no intention of firing you, but they like keeping you off balance. Get rid of these types of customers.

They Don’t Pay on Time – Sometimes you will have a customer that you actually like but they tend not to pay on time. Plus they use a lot of delay tactics. They may eventually pay, but having someone not pay on time can be very stressful and affect your cash flow. The best thing is to let these types of customers go after giving them sufficient warnings.

They Don’t Share Success – Some customers will freely share blame when things go wrong but when they experience success, even if directly related to what it is that you do, they will not share that. When you experience that type of customer, it’s best to let them go as soon as possible because you’re not going to get anything more out of the relationship than what you’ve already got.

Firing a really bad customer will leave room for more of the right customers. Anytime any one customer, even if it’s not totally their fault, makes you feel like you’re losing your mind or investing too much time and emotion for the payoff, it’s time to consider letting them go. You don’t have to say, “You’re fired,” but you can calmly and politely end the contract per your agreement terms.  As with any breakup, it can be amicable and what’s best for both parties involved.  When you finally do get rid of a bad customer who is causing you anxiety and stress, you will feel light a huge weight has been lifted and you will be more productive in your business as a result.

8 Keys to Good Communication

keys to communicationWe all know that communication is a key component of personal relationships, but did you realize how just how vital they are to business relationships as well? Communication skills are just as important as any other area of expertise in your professional skill set. Think about your own individual niche. If you have the perfect solution for a problem your prospects have, then that prospect just became a CLIENT…but only if you can effectively COMMUNICATE that to them! In fact if you are reading this and thinking, “This is no big deal…I’m good at what I do, but communication just isn’t my thing,” then you need to understand that your potential customers will move on to someone who CAN communicate with them, even if YOUR product or service is better! Bottom line? You need a crash course in communication so that you don’t lose any more potential business! Effective communication can be tricky, but not impossible. It just takes practice and being intentional about your communication.

Try These Keys to Good Communication

Know Your Message

Study the message you want to deliver from all perspectives. Put yourself in the other person’s shoes. If you know their objections going in, you’ll be able to address them as you educate your audience. Know ALL the points – pros, cons, and anything in between – before you even attempt to share your message with an audience.

Know Your Audience

You can deliver the same message to many different audiences, but you should change your delivery method based on the audience. You need to understand the demographics of the audience as well as their values, education, and anything else so that you know the right way to address them to get your point across. If you really know your audience well, you can come up with examples that can relate specifically to them, which will in turn help you to earn their trust, which will make them better LISTENERS.

Choose Your Words Carefully

After you learn about the audience, you can figure out the best words to use to get your point across with them. Each audience will understand different reference points and examples to learn about a particular fact. When you work out what you want to say, it has to be individualized for each specific audience.

Focus on the Receiver

It’s not the receiver’s job to interpret what you’re trying to say. It’s your job to speak in such a way that the receiver is sure of what your message is. You don’t want the person who is listening to you to have to guess at what you’re saying. You want your message to be crystal clear, and one way to do that is to focus on the receiver and use the words, phrases, and even body language that they do. If you are “speaking their language,” they are more likely to listen.

Speak Last

Whether you’re in a disagreement, or just in a situation where many people are trying to speak, the best thing to do is let others speak first. This gives you a chance to listen to them, but it will also ensure that you have their undivided attention. The reason that most people will not step back and listen is because they’re too busy trying to be heard. If you step back and let them go first, you’ll be more likely to be heard when it’s your turn to have the floor. Once the other person’s thoughts and feelings are validated, they will become better listeners for you.

Start with Agreement

When you speak, it’s important that you start out by talking about the issues upon which you agree first. That sets a positive foundation upon which to build the rest of the conversation. When you start with agreement, it helps the listener not be offended by the points of disagreement later on in the conversation.

Be Positive

When you get to the point of discussing the areas of disagreement, it’s still best if you remain positive in how you convey that disagreement. Make sure it is clear that you are challenging the ideas and not the person who came up with them.

Educate and Inform

Remember that your first goal is to educate and inform, not to sell or promote. Even if you ultimately want someone to buy what you have, focusing on educating and informing will allow you to first gain credibility with your listener. Remember it is only after your audience trusts you and appreciates your expertise that they will buy from you or refer people to you, so make that your first goal.

Communication is SO important and SO powerful for relationships, both business and personal, yet for so many of us it can be real a stumbling block. Following these tips can help you learn to communicate better, one step at a time. Just like other professional skills, having good communication skills is vital to your business success!

Using Positive Language in Your Conversations

positive languageBelieve it or not, there is great power in learning and using positive language in all your conversations. When you learn this technique, you’ll find that you’ll be more persuasive in business meetings (and your personal life), and you’ll be able to work with people a lot better, both individually and in groups.

You might be confused into thinking that negative language works better, what with all the negativity in news headlines, and even on YouTube videos. But, the truth is that positivity works better every single time. In spite of notoriety of those horrible, negative headlines, study after study shows that the more positive that you can be, the better. As you focus on staying positive in your communication, remember these facts about POSITIVE COMMUNICATION.

Using Positive Language in Your Conversations

Positive Language Is Real Communication

Think about the person in the group who always has some wrench to throw into any plan, without giving any idea of what you can do to fix it. They only have negative things to say like, “That won’t work,” or, “That isn’t how it’s done.” None of that works to move anything forward. Therefore, it’s not even real communication, but ony venting for the sake of the person complaining, not for the greater good.

Positive Language Is Productive

Imagine how much more productive it is to say, “That’s true, but if you look more deeply…” instead of just saying, “You’re wrong.” Positive language is naturally more productive because it pushes people to think through an issue without feeling threatened. Even if you say something negative followed by something useful, most people still will not hear it – they’ll only hear the negativity. Always lead with the positive.

Positive Language Keeps the Peace

If you start any sentence with positivity, you will automatically calm any nerves and keep the peace. However, if you start out with something negative, people will just shut down immediately and it will be hard to get them back. It can make people defensive and on edge, while being positive pushes things forward and keeps everyone happy.

Positive Language Creates Victory

Imagine if the moon landing was reported negatively instead of with excitement and happiness. They certainly could have said something about the expense of the landing, how little time they spent on the moon for the cost, or how the astronauts lost muscle mass. Instead, they victoriouly proclaimed the positive side of it. Imagine the progress that was celebrated and that ensued with reporting the positive instead of the negative.

Practice Positive Language

Small changes in how you communicate can help you to practice positive language, and it will immediately begin to pay off. Instead of saying, “I don’t believe that,” say instead, “Here’s what I believe.” Instead of saying, “It won’t work,” say instead, “This might work better.” See if you can start to turn some negative statements into positive statements, and then keep practicing. Watch how it changes the produtivity and moral of your team or your peronal relationships. The more you can create positivity as a habit and the default, the better you’ll get at being positive in your everyday language.

Finally, take some time to understand what the trigger words or power words are within your niche or community. Avoid words like “bad,” “hate,” “problem,” or anything that has a negative connotation. Instead, try to think of a way to say the same thing, but without negative words. It will improve both your business and your personal relationships.

Subtle Ways to Persuade Others to Follow Your Lead

Ways to Persuade OthersGetting other people to follow your lead can seem like a daunting task, but in reality it’s all about psychology. If you’re seen as an authority in your topic, and you are committed and consistent about getting a particular result, you’ll be able to influence all types of people to follow your lead. As you set out on your journey to lead others, keep this tips in mind in order to influence people to really follow you:

8 Subtle Ways to Persuade Others

Be Committed – Your passion about your niche shows through your actions. If you are willing to stick with people and listen to them, you can come up with solutions based on their problems and concerns, and therefore be able to prove that commitment to their cause.

Be Consistent – Don’t say one thing yet do another; always be consistent in your words and actions. There is a saying, “actions speak louder than words” that is so important when you want other people to follow you. When people see that you walk your talk, they’ll follow you anywhere.

Give Back – Always be a giver if you want to be able to persuade people. Most people are naturally repulsed by takers, but they love givers. If you can show how much of a giver you are in some tangible way, your audience will follow be likely to follow you.

Collaborate – When you come to a concern or problem, make people feel as if they’re part of the process by asking for their input. Collaboration is the key to having people trust you and follow you. When people feel they have a voice, they are empowered to make choices, and that choice is usually to follow you.

Provide Social Proof – When other people give you compliments and testimonies that state your expertise, it will help people who don’t know you yet to trust you faster. You can do this via social media networks or in the form of testimonials on your website. It’s as easy as asking people for a quote when they are thanking you or complementing you.

Build Authority – Building authority means providing lots of great content for your audience. There are many ways you can deliver that content, including writing a book, blogging, posting on LinkedIn, and doing interviews. You can also host webinars using Google Hangouts or Blab.im.

Increase Your Likability – Be a positive person who stands by your convictions. If you show that you can be a source of solution or your audience, and that you can help encourage the people you serve while you are at it, more people will like you and trust you, making it more likely that they’ll follow your lead.

Set a Time Limit – When you want people to do something, the worst thing you can do is give them unlimited time to get it done. Always set a time limit for everything you want other people to do. It doesn’t matter what it is; limit the amount of people who can participate and set a time limit. It will give people the sense of urgency they need when they choose to follow you.

When you have proof that you know what you’re talking about, followers who will sing your praises, and you are simply a likable person with integrity, people will trust you and, consequently, begin to follow you. If you want people to follow your lead, be someone that people can be sure of and be proud that they are following! It starts with YOU.

Our 5 Most Shared Posts of 2015!

5 most shared postsAs we look back on 2015 we counted up all the content that was published and over 100 posts hit the Strategix Blog. With a huge variety of topics covered, the ultimate goal was to help our readers understand the marketing activities they need to be doing to have a significant impact on their business growth. Below we are highlighting the top 5 posts of 2015 based on the number of shares they received – in all we had over 160 shares on social media for just these 5 posts. This definitely means they were popular and helpful, so here goes:

Most Shared Post of 2015

#1 – Eight Tiny Steps to Help End Procrastination

You can end procrastination if you set up a plan to do it. It only takes eight small steps toward success to beat it. If you keep these steps in mind before you get started on any project, you’ll be able to stop procrastination before it even gets a foothold. Read More>>

#2 – 3 Options to Add Video into Your Small Business Practices

This post was a guest post from my friend Jack Klemeyer of Grow Your Business Coaching.

Sex, lies and video.

All three of those make for compelling stories on the Internet.

While I never use the first two in my business or with my clients, the third, video, is a great avenue for all business owners and there are lots of ways video can be incorporated into the business. I want to share three options for every business owner to use video in their business. Read More>>

#3 – 7 Web Design Mistakes Small Businesses Should Avoid [Infographic]

Making mistakes is inevitable, but when it comes to marketing, and especially the way your website answers the questions your visitors have, it can be extremely costly. We present 7 of the biggest web design mistakes small businesses make so you can improve your website, convert more visitors and ultimately increase your bottom line. Read More>>

#4 – Book Recommendation – The Ultimate Social Media Planner

Are you a business owner who wants to make the most of social media but doesn’t know where you will find the time? Most big businesses are heavy into social media and have someone who handles that specifically. But what if you are the small business owner or an online business owner and workforce of one? How can you manage 5, 10, 15 or more social media pages each week and still leave time for other business pursuits? Read More>>

#5 – Local Search Engine Optimization: 5 Biggest SEO Mistakes on Small Business Websites

Guest Post by SEO Expert and Author Phil Singleton of Kansas City SEO

Most small businesses understand that an effective SEO strategy must be implemented in order for the company website to rank highly in Google for targeted search terms, however most fall short of what could be accomplished if a few mistakes were avoided.  If you are a small business owner, you can learn from these mistakes and make your website more attractive to both search engines (in particular Google) and people. Read More>>

As you can see for the titles above, these posts represent a variety of key topics when it comes to marketing – your mindset, video marketing, websites, social media and SEO. These were definitely important topics in 2015 and will be even more in 2016.

If we can help you with your marketing strategy or website development, please contact us.

Eight Tiny Steps to Help End Procrastination

procrastinateYou can end procrastination if you set up a plan to do it. It only takes eight small steps toward success to beat it. If you keep these steps in mind before you get started on any project, you’ll be able to stop procrastination before it even gets a foothold.

End procrastination with these easy steps

1. Change Your Perception – Often when you think of the end project it can be overwhelming. It’s important to switch your perception on a project and not see it as an end product. Plus, you don’t want to let your false opinion of any one thing to cloud your judgement, whether that is that the tasks are dull, or that they’re worthless, or that you just can’t do them. You have to let all that go and try to find some excitement in doing the work.

2. Let Go of Fear – Realize that most procrastination is rooted in fear. Fear of failure, fear of success, and fear of not being good enough. Many people get so tied up in perfection that they can’t finish anything and never succeed, so that fear becomes self-perpetuating and never-ending. If you can let go of judgment and fear as you work through the tasks, you’ll be able to end procrastination.

3. Chunk Up the Project – No project is just the deliverable. All projects have steps that need to be done some in order, some together, but no project is just the end. In school, when you first started doing reports, your English teacher assigned to you different aspects of the project with due dates. You probably did the outline first, perfected the outline, worked on your topic sentences, and then each point of the report, a little bit at a time. Chunk up the work you need to do in the same way.

4. Just Get Started – You may not realize it’s that easy, but it is. Our minds change focus when we get started. It’s like that workout you don’t want to do; in the middle of it, you’re perfectly fine with it. And of course when it’s over, you’re satisfied that you did it. It’s the same with any work that you don’t want to do. Get started, and someplace in the middle you’ll feel differently.

5. Talk About It Publically – Social media is great for this. Just announce on Twitter or Facebook to your friends, or a special group, that you’re doing xyz right now and will be for the next 90 minutes. Telling people you’re doing it will help you actually do it because you don’t want to become a liar.

6. Work in Breaks – If you have a long day of tasks you don’t like doing, and you cannot outsource them, work in breaks. In fact, even if you like doing the tasks, you need to have breaks in order to be healthy. Eat right, exercise, and drink plenty of water no matter what you’re doing. It will help keep your mind clear and your body healthy.

7. Ask for Accountability – If you are having more problems, be sure to find an accountability partner. You can pay for that in a life coach, or business coach, or you can ask a trusted friend or family member to help you break your pattern of procrastination.

8. Reward Yourself – Everyone likes to be rewarded for a job well done. Work in ways to reward yourself that are healthy. If you finish a huge project on time, get a massage or go to a good movie with your partner.

Procrastination doesn’t have to beat you. You can control the desire to put off things by just taking small steps each day to end procrastination.

How To Speak Australian – Sparks Talk

I had the privilege of speaking for Sparks recently (Sparks is an Indianapolis-based, TED Talk-like event that happens once a month where you get 4 minutes to say what you have to say and at the end they clap you off the stage). I shared a topic I am passionate about – speaking Australian! Other than learning a few new words, there really was a point to what I had to say – you will have to watch to see what it was. and see how close to the 4-minute deadline I got.