Digital Marketing Trends on the Rise for 2017

Digital marketing trends change often, but it’s your job to keep up with those changes as they occur.

Running an online business is only different in that it is being run online, but the work it takes behind the scenes is a real, everyday occurrence. It takes commitment, hard work, and consistent actions to make it work.

A part of that consistent action is researching, analyzing and testing out various marketing methods to find out what works, and getting rid of what doesn’t work.

What have you tried that does work? 

What do you see changing?

Furthermore, is your market changing?

These are all important questions to ask if you want to stay ahead of the game and be successful with marketing your business online. There are numerous pieces of the puzzle that you must put together if you want to make your business a success.

Today, this article is going to explain to you more about the digital marketing trends that have been changing, and what you can expect to continue to change and work better in the New Year!

What Digital Marketing Trends Have Changed?

Okay, so you want to learn more about what is happening in the digital world, but most importantly, you want to know how you can build your business to be more effective online, right?

Here are some of the digital marketing trends we were talking about last year in the online marketing community, and what we made a big push for.

  1. Social media engagement. You can post all you want on social media, but getting true engagement from those who follow you is what you want most. Get people talking, and open up that conversation about you do and how you can help people solve their problems. What is your niche market? Do you know everything about your niche market? How can you best help those in your niche market? This is still the very foundation that you will build your business on. Don’t make the mistake of speaking to your audience when you update your social media, as well as the content you share. Always share valuable content that will attract more of the folks you want, and use that content that will get your followers talking back to you.
  2. Video marketing. Making videos will allow your audience to see the real you. If you aren’t making videos, you are missing an important piece of the puzzle for your marketing campaign. Show your face, and let others hear your voice. The more exposure you can get the better off you will be. Don’t  make videos that are animated to deliver a message or videos that have audio of you. Those are okay sometimes, but allow people to see you so that they can relate to you on every level.
  3. Content marketing will NEVER die. Content is always king, and it’s so important that you deliver on a consistent basis. There is nothing worse than lacking content or lacking to provide really valuable content. Your content delivery can be written, audio, video, and you can even write eBooks. Constantly get your name in front of people, and the more you do the more you’ll show up. It’s the action of producing high-quality content that gets traffic, engagement, and more sales.
  4. Mobile, mobile, mobile! Everyone has a mobile phone, and if they don’t, they are most likely not running a business or staying in touch with the world. (That’s a fact). Marketing via mobile is smart, and it will ensure that you get in front of lots of faces. Don’t make the mistake of believing that folks are always on their PC to view content. This is not the case at all. Not only should your site and your blog be responsive in terms of layout, but you should also consider marketing with SMS, as well as creating an app that your customers can use. It’s practical and above all, it’s useful.
  5. Social media newsfeeds still reign. Social media continues to change, and the use of algorithms is even more popular. However keep in mind that what you see in your newsfeed will be based upon the content you like. This means that you should only really be seeing what you are interested in and genuinely look at on a consistent basis. Likewise, if you chat with someone on a regular basis you’ll see their updates in your newsfeed.

There are still questions about trends and how they will play out, and some are still up in the air. Like SEO; what will become of it? Voice search has been a big deal this year, but does that affect anything?

We aren’t 100% sure on that one yet, but in the meantime, focus on what is working. If you have success with any marketing method, continue to repeat that as you try new things.

The fun of marketing online is that it never gets dull. It is part of your dedication to your business to stay on top of these digital marketing trends, so that you know where to allocate your marketing dollars.

 

Meditation for Healing-Simple Steps

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Meditation for healing is now a more common way to heal the body naturally and easily, and it’s catching on for those who are attempting to avoid the outrageous costs of healthcare.

These days, it’s a struggle for most families just to pay higher co-pays.

While the promise from the President-elect is to repeal and replace the current healthcare for the country, it will still take time for that to happen. This isn’t an overnight switch, and he isn’t in office yet.

The stress alone from the cost of healthcare can make you crazy.

This is why many Americans are turning to the healing power of meditation. Meditation is effective for calming the mind and body, and it can be very healing for common ailments as well.

The more centered and at rest the body can be, the more positive the outcome.

Today, I want to focus on meditation for healing, and why it’s effective for anyone regardless of age or health concern.

Why Meditation for Healing is Effective

Meditation for healing is now a more common practice in America than in times past.

The conventional medical community has frowned upon the use of natural methods for decades, but these natural therapies that are often referred to as alternative treatments are really not an alternative.

These methods have been in existence for many years, and they are by far the safest. The cost of prescriptions medicines is troublesome, but the side effects of most medicines is troublesome as well.

Calming the body with the help of the mind is a solid concept that is being utilized more frequently even with homeopathic physicians. While IV fusion with vitamins and minerals is the most common form of treatment with holistic doctors, they now often turn to meditation.

Meditation is essential for doctors getting their patients to calm down prior to treatment.

When a patient appears to be agitated it is difficult for the treatment to take full effect. In fact, these holistic doctors tell their patients that they need to eat a lot of protein before coming in and they need to meditate.

Getting centered may determine how well the body heals itself, and how effective the treatment session becomes.

An article that was published at www.consciouslifestylemag.com, talks about how a woman began to meditate to lower cholesterol. She used the same meditation that she used to end her addiction to food, and she figured if it was that powerful she could use it for this too.

She was right.

Meditation is powerful, and it is especially powerful when it is done with intention for something specific. Here are a few things that this article talks about that you should know before you start.

  1. You must be consistent. Daily meditation is the only way for it to be most effective. This isn’t something you can just do once in a while. If you use it consistently, you will consistently get results.
  2. Visualization is essential for success. It is absolutely imperative that you learn practice visualization in order to be healed. See yourself as a healthier and happier person, but you will need to get more specific. You will need to visualize the healing process itself.

For example, if you are battling a brain tumor, you should see yourself as healthy and actually see the brain tumor shrinking. I personally visualize God reaching down and removing the brain tumor himself.

This is really powerful for me, and I base my specific meditation on scripture and the healing power of prayer.

This is my form of meditation, and it is something I utilize every single day. I choose to focus on God and how He heals, rather than how we think about illness and healing in our humanness.

Whatever you believe, I can assure you that meditation is effective. You will have to choose your own path, but mine has proven successful on many occasions. God’s will is what determines the outcome.

Meditation for healing works, and it’s worth trying no matter what.

Magnetic Therapy for Pain-is it a Trend?

Magnetic therapy is still something I hear folks talk about every day, and when they do, it’s often positive. Yet, there are still individuals that believe it’s pure hokum.

However, I would argue that it probably depends on what type of magnetic approach you’re talking about. This therapy with the use of magnets is often referring to wearing bracelets or even necklaces.

Sure, it isn’t the most fashionable jewelry on the market, but the purpose of it isn’t fashion. The purpose is most likely to get pain relief, and pain has become a big problem in the United States.

If you have tried this therapy and you have had success, then you would most likely outright defend it. I would too. Any type of pain is not welcome in my body, so I know it all too well.

I decided to do my own research and discovered that magnets used for therapy have a long history. Some of this history is attributed to the early 16th century when lodestone was being crushed and added to a salve to help people.

Some reported feeling better as a result, and some did not. This form of therapy although very early was crushed by science when it was realized that crushing the lodestone took away the possibility of any magnetic strength.

It was later in the 1700’s when Dr. Mesmer concocted his own solutions, and while some found relief from gripping magnetic rods, others discovered that they found no relief whatsoever.

Could it be that in this case, this is the same principle as “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”?

Today, I’ll shed some light on a powerful form or magnetic therapy, and WHY it has been proven to be a true solution for those seeking pain relief and much more.

Magnetic Therapy in a New Light

Oftentimes, I find that most individuals seeking relief don’t really do the scientific research behind the therapy to find out WHY it works. There is no doubt that something natural and powerful in its own right would have such a strong effect on the body.

This is the very basis of which many have come to see that magnetic therapy is a real form of therapy.

Some doctors that use natural methods for healing have been called “quacks”, by others who choose NOT to use natural therapies. At a time when there is an epidemic of addiction to pain-killers, it certainly warrants a closer look at treating pain naturally.

Therapy using electromagnetic fields is the primary way in which doctors believe that this therapy is the most effective. There are some medical doctors that support this therapy outright, but it’s usually limited to what is known as PEMF therapy.

PEMF stands for pulsed electromagnetic fields, and those are fields that the Earth produces naturally. The Earth gets its charge from lightning strikes each day, and that energy is what we receive naturally from the Earth when we walk barefoot in the grass, sand, or even in the ocean.

If you spend a lot of time around microwaves, wireless internet, and cell phones, your body becomes void of these electromagnetic fields. Doctors and researchers that use PEMF therapy have discovered the following benefits.

  1. Improved circulation. This is the results of increased blood flow. PEMF therapy has been shown to oxygenate tissues and repair damaged cells. This is great news for those who are diabetic and have problems with circulation.
  2. Reduced fluid and swelling. Blood samples prior to a PEMF therapy session and after shows that cells are in alignment and they look healthier than they would otherwise.
  3. Reduced nerve pain. Those who suffer from debilitating nerve pain have found relief with the use of PEMF therapy. Nerve cells conduct electricity, and the research is varied so it’s important to read an in-depth study on how this works.
  4. Healing for numerous diseases and conditions. While there are no claims stating that this is a cure, there are numerous patients that have experienced healing or improvement with cancer, diabetes, hypertension, RA (rheumatoid arthritis), osteoarthritis, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s and many more. It is important to find the research studies linked to these conditions so that you can quickly find out what was done, and how this therapy was used so you can model your therapy after these cases.

There are many different ways to use this therapy, but one of the newest ways I’ve discovered is through the use of a PEMF therapy mat. This mat is the most common product, and it’s the most affordable in North America today.

The mat allows for full-body therapy, because it contains 8 pure copper coils that deliver the pulsed electromagnetic fields to the body. These fields pass through the body and that is what makes the therapy easy to use and with little side effects.

In fact, the only real side effects proven are those that the manufacturer warns against. One of the warnings is that you avoid caffeine prior to your therapy if possible. This is because PEMF therapy can bring you renewed energy. Can you imagine if you were able to get a natural boost without the jitters without drinking coffee?

All magnetic therapy is not created equal, and it’s important that you do your own research to learn more about how this therapy works. What conditions or challenges are you struggling with?

Do you struggle with severe nerve pain, joint pain, or even muscle pain?

Those who suffer from fibromyalgia, and have brain fog, joint and muscle pain and nerve pain have found relief using this mat. There are numerous ways to improve your health, and you still need to do the research to find out for yourself.

Don’t put off finding out whether or not this therapy is right for you. It’s up to you to take care of yourself and improve your health.

I hope that you found this article to be helpful, and that you’ll take some time to research how “magnetic therapy” can help you feel better.

 

 

 

Attraction Marketing Formula-Can it Help?

I’ve written about the attraction marketing formula before but if you have not been following my blog until now, you may have missed out. Whether you are an affiliate marketer or a network marketer, you need to attract business.

You need buyers.

You need revenue.

So, how do you get it? Marketing online is easier than you think if you put in the work. It takes time, to get known but if you work at it, you can become the industry leader. You have to be diligent, you have to be innovative, and most of all, you have to be attractive.

How can you attract the right customers to your business?

Today, I’m going to share more insight with you on attraction marketing, so that you fully understand how you can best use this to grow your business, but most importantly your online following.

You need an audience, and you need to make sure that you are so attractive that they cannot resist you.

What you say, what you write, and what you show in videos and all other media is critical. What is the ideal attraction marketing formula? I’ll share with you what I believe it is, and how it has evolved for me since I first started several years.

Learn the Attraction Marketing Formula Before You Do Anything Else

Attracting the right customers and clients is important.

If you own your own business, you MUST be attractive in order to develop a huge customer base. If you own a franchise, you MUST be attractive to your ideal customer if you want them to eat your Chick-Fil-A or your McDonald’s.

If you are a network marketer, you MUST be attractive to your ideal customer or buyer. If you don’t give them a warm and fuzzy feeling, you won’t get very far.

People need to know that they can trust you, and if you don’t build a social following people will feel that you are shutting them out. This is where the attraction marketing formula becomes a key component to your success.

Without it you won’t get very far.

  1. Choose your niche market. Narrow it down and get so specific that you make no mistake on who your customer is and what they want. How much are they likely to spend? Where do they live? Shop? Dine? All of it matters. If you want to know your customer, really get to know them on a deep and personal level.
  2. Build an online following. This isn’t just about social media, but it has to do with everything you do online to make sure your customers know you exist. Your website, your Facebook page, your Twitter, your Pinterest, and any other platform you use MUST convey who you are and how you can help them. If you pinpoint their problem and you tell them how you can solve it, you’ll have business for life.
  3. Create valuable content on all levels. Content has often been thought of as the written word but it’s so much more than that. Content is anything you produce that delivers a message to your customer. This can be video as well as your articles or other published works. You want to build excitement and make it so compelling that you get them to click. Those individuals who want to have their problem solved are going to be willing to give up their name and email in exchange for your information. They will see it as valuable and they will count on you to deliver every single time. Your blog, your YouTube videos, your articles you publish will all make a major difference. People will look to you as the expert, but you must position yourself first.
  4. Follow-up and build relationships with your customer for the long-term. It has been said that the fortune is in the follow-up. Do you believe this? If you do, then you know that it’s true! People don’t want to give up their information for nothing. They want to be spoon-fed most of the time, even if they don’t admit it. If you are in network marketing, then you are targeting those who are seeking a home business opportunity. You need to market to those individuals, and then gear all of your marketing toward them and their goals. What do they want to do? Can you help them? Ah, if you can then you have a viable business. Teach them, get to know them, and they will be your customer forever.
  5. Always PROVIDE value. When you share valuable information, make sure it’s valuable. If you don’t, you’ll lose your readers. You’ll lose those who are looking to you for help. Create value with real solutions, and then send them to your blog where they can get that content and digest it. Always leave them wanting more, and command them to want to read more. It’s so crucial that you do this. Learn how to write great copy, and learn how to be persuasive. Once you do, you’ll have your readers eating out of your hand. It’s that simple.
  6. Be their friend. Sometimes, people just want to know that you care. People are tired of being sold. They want to know that people care and that they are going to help them and listen to their problem. If you want to be attractive, then you need to learn how to attract others with the right information. Be a problem solver and you’ll never go out of business. Listen, and always teach. Be their friend, and you cannot go wrong.

Ultimately, when you provide value through educating your customer and you get to know them, they will want to work with you. Your customers will ALWAYS rely on you for great content. If you deliver, you’ll be building a relationship with them from day one.

The more value you give, the better quality of leads you’ll get.

You’ll be talking to REAL people with REAL desires to be REALLY successful.

Isn’t that magical?

Kind of.

If you would like to learn more about the attraction marketing formula and how it can revolutionize your business, be sure to check out the rest of my site here and I’ll be in touch.

 

 

VA Administration-Will 2017 Budget Crash?

Earlier in May of this year, the Senate passed a separate budget for the VA administration that included better plans for 2017.

Spending plans have always been included in the budget as a whole, but now they are completely separate. The goal was to boost the fiscal budget for the VA in 2017 after many problems with benefits as well as getting the funding for VA programs.

The last 5 year has shed light on what is happening in the VA and the potential problems they are running into with medical benefits for not only long-time veterans but for those who are combat veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Early this year, there were numerous negotiations under way to get more funding for the VA in order to increase funding for medical needs at multiple VA centers and to ensure that they would all have access to better care as well as to care at the time they need it.

Many VA centers, including Cincinnati, have been closing the doors to their emergency rooms on weekends and holidays. This is unfortunate, and it puts veterans in a poor position when they need help immediately.

What you may not know is the amount set forth in discretionary spending, as well as for other aspects of veteran care. Today, I’ll share the details we know about the White House and what they have done to support the budget for the VA administration as well as what discretionary spending means.

What the VA Administration is Expecting in the New Budget

New initiatives for veterans means more money is needed, but this also means that support needs a boost.

The House Plan was also rolled out, which in turn allows for $73.5 billion increase in spending for the VA administration. This sum of money falls under the category of discretionary spending, and that means it is used at the discretion of the administration.

However, the Democrats in the House opposed it strongly. The Senate plan actually called for a higher amount, coming in at $74.9 billion. This was passed. The White House issued a dollar figure that surpassed these a bit, and the administration supported the Senate plan, out of fear that the higher amount would never be granted.

These funds are much needed and much deserved by the veterans for their service to the country. These men and women often return with external combat wounds but their wounds will run much deeper than this.

Obama was set to veto the House, and that is because it was under the amount set forth by the White House. This looked good for veterans, and it was a welcome change from the lack of support from Obama in times past for military spending and the feeling toward veterans and the issues we face.

Here’s the thing; Obama wanted someone else to fix the problems in the VA rather than get to those problems at the core of why they exist. This is why so many were disappointed by his actions or lack thereof.

Some of the issues included:

  1. Long wait times. This was to see a doctor and get a procedure.
  2. Severe backlog for disability claims. Those with disabilities need help faster, and instead of getting the benefits they were told they were getting, they were refused at the appointment or the bills poured in with no accounting for the insurance.
  3. Lack of basic services. The most basic of services including dental check-ups, physicals, and other stuff that many consider typical is often taken for granted, yet our veterans were not getting any of this. Even if they were able to get emergency care, they were unable to get the most basic of services. That’s an affront to our men and women for all they have done.

Additional funding is helpful, but it certainly doesn’t fix the issues that are ongoing in the VA. There is a lack of leadership and there is also a major lack of understanding as well.

Those who have served this country do understand what it’s like to feel as though your service doesn’t matter. If you fight hard to protect the freedoms of this country you should be cared for by this country.

End of story.

Much reform has been needed, and Republicans have voted for more funding but they still need to see that the work gets done. When there are veterans in a position to get things done and they don’t do the work, then yes, they should not get bonuses.

The fact remains that we have a long way to go concerning veteran care.

Hopefully this year, and with a new President-elect we can look forward to positive changes in the VA administration.

Network Marketing Companies to Watch in 2017

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Did you know that there are some network marketing companies on the list to watch in 2017?

Over the last 5 years, some companies have been launched that are on the radar for great things to come in 2017. The network marketing community has struggled to get notoriety as well as to overcome the label of “scams”.

This industry can be messy, but great leaders in the industry have come forth and have started companies as well as programs to help train individuals to become great within the marketplace.

Starting their own companies has been a vision for quite some time for most of these men and women, but starting a new company in network marketing takes a lot of work and it takes a lot of commitment to research and funding.

If you were to start a company in this industry where would you start? What would be your ideal company? Today, I’m going to share some of the newest network marketing companies, and their vision to build a future for themselves as well as the individuals that choose to join and build a business with them.

Today, I’m going to share some of the newest network marketing companies, and their vision to build a strong community and culture that will allow individuals that build a business with them to thrive and gain the financial freedom and time freedom that they long for.

Network Marketing Companies that Exemplify Leadership in the Industry

One of the biggest challenges that the network marketing industry faces is transparency.

When leaders in the industry are recognized for their accomplishments, transparency is one of the most notable qualities of all of them. Individuals that tend to be more focused on transparency are least likely to join companies that attempt to draw people in with bad recruiting tactics.

There are also companies that tend to recognize individuals that recruit heavily, or they put a strong emphasis on car bonuses or cash bonuses. Network marketing companies that leave this impression should be heavily scrutinized in their business practices.

If you want to know more about a company before you join, you should take the time to research this company and their founders as well as their team members. Here are a few things to look for as you research to learn more about a company.

  1. Who started the company? Does this individual have a bad track record? If you want to join a company that is changing the game in the network marketing industry and that has longevity, take a look at the founder and his or her leadership team. The predictions for a company are easy to make when you can see who is at the head of the company. Some of the top leaders in the industry include names like Mary Kay, Richard Wright (Advocare), Jere Thompson (Ambit Energy), Steve Van Andel and Doug DeVos (Amway), and Frank VanderSloot (Melaleuca). There are still more great leaders, but these names have been around for awhile and their companies have multiple million dollar earners. Always look at the CEO and the leaders they have chosen as an indication of what you can expect.
  2. Does the company have longevity? When a company first launches they won’t have a huge following. However, this doesn’t mean that they cannot prosper early on. Within a year or two, a company should be hitting a specific goal to determine whether or not they will be able to make it to the 5-year mark. If the company has been up and running, and making progress for at least 5 years or longer, it’s a good sign that they will continue on for another 5 years. Look for longevity with the leaders as well, and look for detailed success stories from these leaders. Also, consider as to whether or not this company continues to create goals for growth and expansion.
  3. Does the company have a thriving community and culture? It is true that individuals join a company because they like you and trust you. This means that they are joining you, but there is something bigger than you that people want. Everyone wants to be part of a thriving community and culture, and that means that they want to know whether or not they will get the support they need from their team leaders, team members, and that the company fosters this growth among members. All too often, network marketing companies remain focused on bonus programs. One such program that is a scam is the car program. The program only gives you the money to put towards a lease in most cases, rather than actually give you a vehicle. Why not put more emphasis on growth, training, and how to impact the lives of others?

With these top three items of interest, what should you keep in mind about the companies that are sure to excel in the coming year?

Network Marketing Companies that are Growing Into 2017

There are numerous companies experiencing rapid growth, but will they all be able to remain stable as we head into the new year?

Here is a list of companies in the network marketing industry that you should keep an eye on for growth, advancement, and profitability in the coming year and beyond.

  1. Forever Living. This company is focused on wellness, and the primary product is an aloe vera drink as well as skincare and cosmetics. The annual revenue for this company is $2.5 billion, and they provide ample training for their members. The commissions are generous, and there is no initial cost to start. The “no cost to start” has been attractive in an uncertain economy, and it means that more individuals are more willing to try the product and check out the company prior to purchasing a package that gets them started as a viable business. This company also has a generous commission structure, with commissions as high as 48%. That’s a big number! Put this company on the map as one to watch.
  2. Melaleuca. This company is another wellness company, with a wide array of products that address going green in your home as well as nutrition and overall better health. Melaleuca has always stood behind their product, with a money back guarantee as well as environmentally safe products. They offer a loyalty program that allows members to earn free product, and members can earn bonuses back on their own shopping through the online catalog. Those who want to join with a low sign-up fee may wish to consider Melaleuca, especially if the interest is wellness!
  3. Amway. Amway has been around since 1959, so longevity is a word that aptly describes this company. This company features a money-back guarantee, and they offer a wide array of products for home, healthy and beauty. The low start-up cost is attractive to everyone who has been considering building a home based business, and there is a step-by-step training approach. This approach and the solid foundation that the company was built on gives new members a real sense that they can achieve the success they desire. There is ample support and there is ample training and tips for all of those new to the business.

These three companies are just the tip of the iceberg, but it’s a great start for viewing as examples on leadership, growth, and stability in the network marketing industry.

If you are looking for a quick fix, this may not be for you! However, if you want to research and consider building your own business with a little help and some great training from successful leaders, these “network marketing companies” are expecting more growth in the near future.

Attraction Marketing Formula-What is Yours?

Have you heard about the attraction marketing formula?

This formula has been around for decades, but each individual has their own formula for attracting their ideal customer. Regardless of the product or service, you choose to sell, you still need to attract buyers.

This is true even for those who own a brick and mortar location for their business. Opening a store does not mean that everyone will come running to you. You still have to market yourself, and your product and service if you want to sell anything.

There are numerous leaders in marketing that have used the phrase attraction marketing. I wrote an article on what it is, and how it works, yet so many folks still ask me what this means.

It’s simple.

It’s important to attract your ideal buyer to you through the creation of highly valuable content on a consistent basis. Teaching people what you know is important, and it’s valuable.

If you can solve a problem there is a need for what you can do, but you have to find out what it is that bothers people most. What one major problem can you solve for others?

Do people often ask you for advice?

Okay, you’re onto something now. This is how you determine how you can help others and build a viable business with what you know. The attraction marketing formula is nothing more than finding the customer’s pain point, and helping them solve their problem.

Attraction Marketing Formula-Figuring Our Your Magic Potion

Has anyone ever told you that you are good at something?

What about “great” at something. I’m sure you have heard it all, but perhaps you didn’t believe it to be true. If you are a good writer, someone may have told you that you have a way with words.

Whatever it is that people come to you for most often, is a good indicator that you know how to solve a problem. This is what you want to focus on in order to attract customers.

Grab a pen, paper, and start jotting down all of the things people have asked you for help with. If someone keeps coming to you for advice in one specific area, this means that they have trust in you.

This is how you begin to mix up your magic potion. You clarify what you’re good at and where your strengths are, and then you begin to formulate a plan. This is your key to the attraction marketing formula.

  1. Inspect what you expect. Is there a real and viable need for what you know?
  2. Clarify. How can you use your skills and your knowledge to solve the problems of others?
  3. Identify your target audience. Once you know who you can help most, narrow down the demographics for this individual. You need to know them inside and out.
  4. Create content just for them. While you may not believe this, just remember that your audience needs and wants valuable content to help them wade through the stuff that won’t work or isn’t of value to them. Are you centered on helping your customer specifically? You’ll be able to win them over.
  5. Test your marketing. Once you begin to target your audience with online marketing, keep testing and monitoring your results. This is important because you need to know what you did that got results. What didn’t work needs to be cut out of the picture. Don’t waste your marketing dollars.
  6. Keep giving them what they want. When you give your audience what they want and need, they will be forever grateful to you for this. Those who follow you believe you have something great to say, so don’t let them down. Keep giving and helping others get what they want, and you will get what you want.

You’ve probably heard this before, but just in a different way. You have to be friendly to make friends, and in business you need to be attractive to get others to listen to what you have to say.

Do you have value to share? If so, then focus on putting together your very own attraction marketing formula, so you can help your audience get to where they want to be!

 

Meditation for Depression-Letting Go of the Past

Meditation for depression is a great practice to help you let go of past hurts and other events. Depression often comes about when you dwell on the past and things you cannot change.

Depression may also come when you begin to think about things you didn’t finish, or perhaps you have let a promotion you didn’t get to hold you back emotionally and in your journey towards being a leader.

Meditation has been a viable practice for decades, and it has been used by many religions to help individuals remain focused and to be at peace with their lives.

Do you feel depressed because of something that has happened in your life? Do you feel overwhelmed by bouts of depression because you can’t seem to make progress in certain areas of your life?

Today, this blog post is going to be focused on teaching you how you can learn the practice of meditation for depression, and how you can overcome the feelings of sadness that accompany this depression.

Meditation for Depression-Learn the Basics

Depression is more chronic than we think, and it can be debilitating when it gets worse.

There are millions on anti-depressants, and also what we know as anti-psychotics. These drugs can be dangerous when they are not taken as directed, and in some cases, patients are trying out new medicines that may have dangerous side effects.

This is just one of the many reasons that meditation for depression is so important. Here are some basics you should know before you get started.

  1. Start at the beginning. There are many folks that have been using meditation for many years, and they may be meditating now for an hour or two at a time. This isn’t a requirement, and it takes a really long time to get to this point. The practice of meditation cannot be rushed. You may discover that you can only meditate for a few minutes, or possibly 15 minutes at the most. Don’t compare yourself to others when you are getting started, and remember to start at the very beginning.
  2. Whatever happens, happens. When you start the practice of meditation you have to keep in mind that whatever happens, happens. You may be into your meditation for only a few minutes when you can’t sit still or you feel the need to open your eyes. This is okay, and just remember that it will take some time to work through this. Don’t be fearful of your meditation sessions, and don’t feel bad if you can’t keep your eyes closed or if you feel the need to move around. Again, don’t compare yourself to others as you begin the practice of meditation.
  3. Find a quiet place that you can call your own. Meditation will work best if you have a spot that is just for you, and one that is dedicated to meditation alone. The main thing is that you try to get into the habit of meditating every day, but if you can use the same dedicated location it will work much better. It’s all about habit! Find that quiet place and commit to a time. It’s also important that you focus on finding a place that is free from distraction.
  4. Make this meditation a complementary therapy. Everything you do should work in conjunction with what you and your doctor have discussed, and it should work well with what you are working on with your psychiatrist or counselor. Everyone’s depression is different, and as a result, the therapies you are using will be different as well. Keep in mind that your situation is unique, and all good things take time. Using the practice of meditation along with your medications and your therapy could result in a winning combination for you.
  5. Be consistent. All of the points I’ve listed above are important, but keep in mind that unless you are consistent, you won’t make the progress you hoped for. Be consistent, and remain focused. Set goals for your health, and for your personal relationships as you work through your issues. Don’t give up on the practice of meditation, and be sure that you use it every single day.

There are many different ways to meditate and to deal with stress. Don’t forget that you are not alone in your journey as you work through your depression and as you work with your doctors to make a dramatic improvement in your life.

Meditation for depression should not be your only therapeutic solution, but it can be a wonderful key to unlocking the success that you want and deserve both in your personal life and in your emotional journey.

 

5 Leadership Lessons I Learned from a Real Leader

True leaders are few and far between, and there are 5 leadership lessons I learned from a true leader not so long ago. I was so surprised at this individual’s openness and willingness to share her story, as well as what she believes made her a leader in direct sales.

Direct sales can be extremely rewarding as you build your own business over time, but it’s important that you learn and understand why this is so, and how you can become a leader in your direct sales business.

You can take these lessons and apply them in network marketing too.

The business you have chosen to work in doesn’t really matter at all. In fact, what matters most is that you want to have an impact on the lives of others and that you want to help others build their business and reach their goals.

There are numerous individuals that I can think of that have been instrumental in my life, and they have taught me to become a better person and a better leader.

I’ve also met and read about numerous individuals that have impacted my life, but they didn’t know it. Today, I’m going to share 5 of those lessons that I’ve learned from a great lady, and she doesn’t even know it yet!

I’ll share some insight into what these lessons are important, and how they can change your results in your business and how they can change your life.

5 Leadership Lessons that Are Simple Yet Profound

It’s so rare that you can find true leaders, but when you do, you want to pay close attention to everything they are sharing with you and teaching you about how to lead others.

In fact, what this lady had to say might surprise you.

Misty Kearns, Founder of CEO of Me, wrote a great article on the 5 leadership lessons she says she learned the hard way. Misty talks about the fact that the lessons that had the greatest impact are the ones she learned the hard way.

She talks about failing in order to learn and be effective, and it’s true. I can personally attest to the fact that this is true, and when things see easy I don’t learn as much as I do when things are difficult and strained.

Here are the leadership lessons she learned.

  1. You don’t have to know everything to be a leader. There is no way that we can know everything, in fact to be a leader you will continually learn as you go. Building a team means that you need to get them to look for the answers and find things out on their own. Not having the answers is okay, and it will force your team members to learn the same. Don’t believe that your team will lose respect for you if you don’t have all of the answers. Let them dig for a little bit and try to learn some on their own.
  2. Always invest in your team members, but not their choices. Every individual will make their own choices, but some of them won’t be the best choices ever made. Remember, it’s wise to invest in people, but this doesn’t mean that you have to invest in their choices. You will invest your time and energy into people, and hopefully, you’ve left them better than you found them. Misty, makes a good point here. You can teach someone the path, and you can continue them to follow it, but you won’t be able to always keep them on it. They have to choose.
  3. Find the balance between professional and personal relationships when working with your team. Business is business, and your personal is personal. This is why the two don’t mix together well. Building relationships is important, and it’s important that these relationships become stronger through networking. Misty opens up here about her need to be a people pleaser, and how it ended up working against her with her team. Misty says that being a real and relatable person is still good and wise, but that doesn’t mean that you have to be everyone’s best friend.
  4. Leaders should always be building up their teams and their business. Once you get to a “leadership” or a management position, this doesn’t mean that you are done. If you are a leader, you will continue to build up your team and be a leader. Don’t be unprofessional in anything you do. Focus on keeping the professionalism, and if you are facing frustrations, keep reaching out to other leaders.
  5. Failing or missing goals does not make you a failure. Failure isn’t final, and although the word sounds horrible, it’s important to remember that not reaching your goals doesn’t make you a failure. What this means is that you have to go back and re-evaluate what you are doing to get to those goals. When your team members see you pressing on and working hard, they will have more respect for you, in that you kept trying and pressing toward the mark.

It can be difficult when you miss goals, or when you feel that you’ve fallen short. The good news is that you don’t have to worry about what others think of you. Failing is a major part of success, and these 5 leadership lessons from Misty Kearns are the gold standard in direct sales.

Veterans Health Benefits-Are They Being Denied?

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Veterans health benefits are still being denied, and the one question that veterans and their spouses are asking is, “Why?”

The United States of America has long been the greatest country, but it hasn’t always been the most forthright when it comes to explaining how things work regarding the VA and the benefits that veterans and their families should be receiving.

Recently, I came across some information regarding a veteran and his sweet family, and how they are struggling financially because insurance doesn’t cover the illness that his wife and two daughters have. That disease is Lyme Disease.

This veteran also has outstanding claims on his health insurance that are not being paid by the VA. Can you imagine the stress and strain on this young family?

It seems to me that veterans should be well taken care of for all that they do for this great country, but benefits are being promised without the delivery on those promises.

Is positive change coming for the veterans in 2017?

My hope as a veteran is that the answer is yes, but we can only hope that what Trump promises he delivers. So far, we know that more money has been given to the funding of benefits for these men and women, but what does the benefits package look like in the near future?

Today, I’ll give you an inside look into what is on tap for the VA in 2017, and I’ll also share with you what those benefits involve and what you can expect in the new year as a veteran.

Veterans Health Benefits-What is the Truth?

Did you know that veterans health benefits have never been laid out in a clear-cut fashion for these men and women?

Over the last 8 years, we have seen massive change in the healthcare industry, but that change wasn’t what we were expecting to see. This was especially true for veterans.

I myself am a veteran, and I can assure you that I thought a different plan was in order, however, it proved to be a really bad idea. Veterans were returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with injuries both external, mental, and emotional.

The difficulty in returning as a combat veteran isn’t just with the transition, but it’s also discovering that benefits you thought you had are not effective and are not covering your wounds in any regard.

When coming home from leave, it’s difficult to understand why something that happened to you while defending your country would not be covered by your veterans health benefits. The plan is far from perfect, and perfect is a word that just doesn’t go in the same sentence when you are talking about the VA.

There are numerous individuals suffering from health insurance problems, but the strange thing about the veterans plans is that they were supposed to have been worked out already. Here are some quick facts regarding benefits through the VA.

  1. All veterans get care through their benefits. This means that they can get treatment at the hospital or at the doctor’s offices through the VA.
  2. Benefits are based on active duty. Every veteran will discover that their benefits are different, ranging from the time they served to the type of military discharge. There are many factors that play a role in the coverage, so it is important to do your part and find out what your coverage includes.
  3. Service-connected disabilities. There are numerous things to consider with benefits from the VA, but one of the most important facts is that service-connected disabilities do play an important role into whether or not coverage is granted for injuries or illness. Those challenges that are related to time serving are taken into account for coverage.
  4. Medical conditions that developed during your time in service. All benefits are based on the facts and medical conditions that developed while serving your country also play an important role in your coverage. Where you served and when you served are also important, and this is because war-time is considered one of the most important times for veterans in terms of healthcare coverage.
  5. Not all veterans understand their benefits. It’s important that you educate yourself on what your benefits include rather than assume that you know what they include. Your benefits won’t include everything just because you served our country.

It’s important that you know your benefits package, and that you get what you need. If you aren’t sure, it’s time to ask for help. It’s okay to ask questions, and while there are many imperfections in the system, make sure that you do your part, and learn more about your veterans health benefits.