Is Business Coaching Necessary?

Many would argue that business coaching is necessary, but is it? Many years ago, it was believed that coaching individuals in business was simply a trend. Now it appears that the great leaders of our time have stepped forward to prove it’s fundamental.

A tough economy and tough times in your personal life can make you NOT want to go to work. Tough times can make you NOT want to care about what happens at your job. In fact, most employees and even those at the executive level are getting burnt out early on in their day.

Turning to taking time off isn’t always an option, so what you are left with is the option of getting a coach or a mentor. Business coaching is now deemed fundamental, and today, I’ll share with you more why more organizations are requiring that their upper level management can do it.

Why Business Coaching is Essential

Those who coach others in a full-time practice, are generally experienced and committed to not only bettering others but bettering themselves.

These individuals aren’t perfect, but they know what they have to work on and at what pace. The biggest challenge for organizations that want managers to coach employees must understand that they need to provide managers with the proper training.

Those who are qualified to manage should know how to manage a business and people, but they may not necessarily have tip-top coaching skills. This is generally because most managers are better at telling others what to do, than listening to their needs.

Here are the 5 categories that skills for business coaching are broken down into.

1. Relationship building. Getting to know people and what THEY want is important. This transfers into how you conduct business. If you don’t know anything about your customer or what they want, then it’s highly unlikely that you’ll be able to earn their business. Managers also have to set boundaries for themselves and the employee. It’s important that the roles are understood and solidified.

2. Proper assessment. Managers need to be the key in helping their employees get clear on what they want, and where they want to go. You as an individual have the responsibility to yourself to be aware of who you are and your skills. You need to clearly identify any problem areas and you also need to clarify what your intentions are.

3. Coaches need to challenge others. It’s important that coaches and managers are able to ask open-ended questions. When faced with an issue, are you able to think of a different way to handle the problem? If you are pushing your employee or client, then talk to them about taking risks. Even if they are calculated risks they have to be taken.

4. A support and encouragement all in one. Did you know that as a manager, support and encouragement are all rolled into one? At least, they should be. If you don’t have managers that are coaching employees into making progress and setting new goals, then neither of you will have the bigger picture in place. It’s all about providing a support system while pushing them to do more, be more, and have more.

5. Be results driven. Did you know that getting results is the key to helping your employees or clients achieve success? If you didn’t think that pushing them was ideal, think again. While you offer support, you still need to push your employees and clients to do more. Stretch them, and ask them to do things that are more challenging each time. If it’s easy, growth is unlikely.
If you select the right people you’ll know as things progress. Making progress is important. When you can’t see positive change, you’ll have to reconsider your methods and those in charge.

While the fundamentals are all there, business coaching is NOT without its challenges, but nonetheless rewarding.

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5 Signs of Financial Suicide

Have you ever heard the term “financial suicide”? Chances are you have heard something like this, but maybe the word suicide didn’t quite make it to the table. It’s harsh, but it paints a great picture for people that are making horrid mistakes of a financial kind.

Financial responsibility comes with an education, and it also has to come with a strong commitment. What would you do to change your life for the better financially? What are you doing right now that is killing you financially?

Today, I’ll share with you some of the top ways that people commit financial suicide, but they may not even realize it.

Facing Financial Suicide

If you want to retire with plenty of money and be able to leave a legacy for your family, I suggest that you take this list of 5 ways that you are committing financial suicide very seriously.

1. You depend on others to help you fix your finances. Did you know that depending on others for money is one of the worst things you can do? If you borrow money from others for everything you’ll grow dependent upon them for everything. You are responsible for your own life, and you should never expect others to bail you out.

2. You borrow from payday loan houses. Payday loans are one of the worst resources you can turn to for money. These loans are extremely high interest which means you’ll pay a high fee on top of the money you are borrowing. The concept is to borrow money until you get your paycheck. If you don’t have the money now, why would you have it then? These loans are too hard to pay back, and you should avoid them at all costs.

3. You charge it all of the time. Do you pay off your credit card and charge everything on it again? If you are doing this, you are considered high risk. Think about whether or not continuing to run up the debt is really doing you any good. Do you have to buy those shoes right now? The answer is always NO.

4. You just have to have that house. When you bought your home, did you take a loan that you knew you couldn’t afford? You were probably well aware that the loan was helping you buy a home you didn’t need and couldn’t afford. Buy only what you need and move on.

5. You aren’t planning for retirement. Did you know that most people are not ready to retire by retirement age? This is because they don’t have enough saved up, and they most likely still have debt. You should be buying less “stuff”, and putting more away to retire. Do you want to work until you are 80?

Your finances are everything, and if you don’t plan ahead you’ll not only face tremendous stress, but you’ll live with the pain of working when you should be enjoying your family. Don’t waste your money!

If you want to be comfortable later in life and enjoy your family time, stop committing financial suicide and find someone to help you forge a new path.

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Catering Content to Your Customer

Whether or not you believe in content marketing as a way to market your business, your campaign is all about catering content to your customer.

Writing content is never really about how great it is, or even how clever you are with keywords. You need to focus on hitting your customer’s pain points, and the challenges they may face as they go through the buying experience.

So, why is it that so many marketers fail to focus on perfecting content marketing? Today, I’ll share with you how you can start catering content to your customer and overcome the barriers of online sales forever.

Catering Content to Your Customer to Get Them Talking

Writing content is a great way to market your business, but if you aren’t writing to your target market then it’s all in vain.

Even if you believe that you are writing to your target market, what is it that tells you that you aren’t doing so hot? It’s not built on the right buyer persona.

There are tons of tools out there that you can use to help develop your content but none of them are really designed to help you build a buyer persona.

Here are some of the tools that are highly promoted for marketing content.

1. Google keyword tool.
2. Google insights.
3. Google trends.
4. Social media monitoring/ management.
5. Demographic tools/ geo-targeting.

These tools are only for the writing and research portion which means that you’re going to have do a lot more research than you planned originally. You need to know everything about your buyer including:

• Where they live
• Where they work
• What type of house they buy
• Their hobbies
• How they work and live in the community
• What they eat
• Where they shop
• How much money they make per year
• How much money they save per year

Building a buyer persona should be easy to understand, but most marketers don’t get that it’s essential to marketing every type of business. This just isn’t for online marketing folks; this is the end-all-be-all for ALL types of content.

When you made your last video, did it target your ideal buyer? What did you say? What did you wear? Everything about all of your media formats should click with your buyer.

The message has to resonate otherwise there is no point in creating a message. Writing a blog is a great tool for you to use to market yourself, but what about the customer? Shouldn’t it really be for the customer instead of you?

When you create a buyer persona, it’s all about being definitive. You need to be so clear that you can build this person as a clone! The brain, skin tone, mannerisms and everything that follow should be a part of building this persona.

Go back and review your content. Does it speak to your ideal buyer persona? If not, you need to be clear on how you can start catering content to your customer.


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How to Invest Wisely and Retire for Good

Have you been trying to find the perfect formula to invest wisely so you can retire without worry? So many Americans are trying to figure out what they need to do in order to retire without owing money and having enough to travel and give to charity.

Traveling is a great way to spend your time when you retire, and giving to charity is also a great way to spend your time. However, it’s all dependent upon how you invest your money and your time right now.

Do you spend time focusing on getting projects done that will bring you more income? Do you spend all of your free time in front of the television? If you are spending too much time getting entertained rather than working on activities that produce income you aren’t likely to retire well.

Today, I’ll give you some tips on how to invest wisely so you can retire without working part-time and worrying about how you’ll pay your expenses until the day you die.

Invest Wisely and Avoid Mistakes

You have probably heard that being conservative is a good thing when it comes to money. Yes, this is true. However, when you invest wisely in stocks it’s about breaking out of that conservative mold.

Here are some things to think about:

1. Purchasing power does account for something, so mix it up and put your money in different places.

2. Equity markets aren’t as volatile as you think they are. If you are retiring in 5 years or longer, your portfolio will grow and outlive inflation. Growth will occur and thinking long-term is always more secure.

3. Don’t feel pressure to invest all of your money right now. This is especially true if you have received a lump sum. This could be from an inheritance or a settlement. Invest in various area over time, and you’ll be so glad you did.

4. Plan to live long and prosper! Don’t worry or stress about your retirement age. Plan to live until you are 100. This is a good life, so consider that once you have hit age 65 or beyond, you still have many more years to go!

5. Put your cash where it will earn the most money. Even if you had a stockpile of cash, and it’s not earning interest, inflation will beat you.

More than half of all Americans are not quite prepared. This is a big number. Even prior to the hard hit from the economy it’s too big a number to say that people took the time to think about how they would store up their funds.

When was the last time you sat down with a financial planner? You don’t have to know everything about investing in order to get it right. There is no need for you to fake it until you make it. If you don’t know what to do then ask for help.

Once you get the advice and guidance you need, it’s time to invest wisely and focus on a comfortable retirement.

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6 Exercises You Can Do While Watching TV

There are tons of exercises you can do while watching TV rather than buying an expensive membership to the gym. Even if you’ve been a member of a gym you’re whole life, you’ll discover that working out at home can be just as beneficial.

A membership isn’t what makes you fit, but rather your discipline. This is why working out at home is just as effective as working out at the gym. It’s all about your discipline and your faithfulness in keeping up with your workouts and tracking your progress.

Here are 6 exercises you can do while watching TV, and you’ll save a bundle by NOT going to the gym!

  1. Curtsy Squat for the Ladies. Squats aren’t just for guys, but hey gents, you can do them too. You’ll start in a standing position, with your feet about hip width apart. Bring one leg behind you as if you are going to do a curtsy. Then squat down, as low as you can go. Then, you’ll go back up. You can do reps or you can do by seconds. Reps are what I like. J
  2. Push-ups. You can do these any way you wish, because you may need to modify them. A great one is walk-out push-ups because they are the most challenging. You start out standing, bend at the waist to touch your toes, and then you’ll walk down into a push-up. You’ll then go back up to the touching your toes position, and then you’ll stand.
  3. V-Crunch or variation. Crunches may not feel simple but they are in nature. However, if you are ready to kick it up a notch, try a v-crunch. This means that you’ll take a ball and hold it in your hands. Start by lying flat on the floor with your arms above your head. Hold a ball in your hands, and start moving into a crunch position while holding the ball straight up in the air as you move your legs up into the air as well. You’ll move your body into a v as you crunch those abs. Feel the burn! J
  4. Downward dog movement. While you aren’t doing this during a yoga workout, you can do this to work those abs and stretch out your back. Get on your knees into the downward dog position, and as you exhale push your back up while drawing your abs in. Squeeze them tight as you can while rounding your back. Then you’ll move into the true downward dog position as you inhale. Then repeat. You’ll feel the stretch and work those abs at the same time.
  5. Dumbbell press. Even if you don’t have a weight bench, you can still use dumbbells at a weight that you’re comfortable with.Start out with 2 pounds if you have to, and slowly work your way up. You’ll lay flat on the floor with the dumbbells in your hand. As you exhale, push the dumbbells up. As you inhale, bring them back down to your chest.
  6. Everyone wants to look good from the rear! Lunges are a great way to solve that problem. You’ll start in a standing position, and then step out in front with your right or left foot. Keep your back leg right where it’s at, and lung without touching the floor. Stay in that position for a few seconds and then go back into a standing position.

These exercises are great, and you can do them right in the comfort of your own home. Start out today doing these 6 exercises you can while watching TV, and you’ll look and feel great without breaking the bank!



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Why You Should Never Let Your Problems Drive Your Decisions

While problems are only temporary, there is good reason for you to never let your problems drive your decisions. Oftentimes, when challenges come, it’s easy for us to be driven by our emotions.

You can easily take control of your life by controlling your emotions. If you can control your emotions, you’ll be able to put your problems into perspective and think before you take action.

It’s tough to think about your reaction first when pain is so immediate. What can you do when you feel as though you are desperate for something to happen or change? How can you make sure that your problems don’t tempt you to make exceptions that you normally wouldn’t make?

Today, I’ll share with you why you should never your let problems drive your decisions and the steps you can take to make sure this doesn’t happen.
Never Let Your Problems Drive Your Decisions is Great Advice!

What should be the driving force behind the decisions that you make? It should never be your problems, but rather your values. This can make or break you in the course of your life.

There are many things that will impact the decisions you make, but above all they should be driven by your values. Money is important, but it should never be what turns the key for your business.

The very FIRST question you should ask is, “Does this line up with what I believe?” Secondly, “Am I being authentic?” If you can’t answer these two questions with a yes, look for other options. However, I personally believe that the amount of money you can make should be the first question you ask.

You should also use a specific process to make your decisions.

1. Make your decisions with certain constraints. Are your resources limited? Do you have a certain amount of money you have to work with?

2. Use a checklist of what lines up with your integrity. By what standards do you hold yourself accountable?

Don’t always assume that you have to make a certain amount of money or come from a certain zip code. Don’t believe that you have to graduate with honors in high school or in college. There is absolutely nothing wrong with any of those things, but they don’t determine who has the most success in life.

You’ll find that when you study the lives of millionaires, CEO’s and other top-notch executives come from orphanages, have a history of abuse, or even extreme poverty. They probably worked their tails off to overcompensate for their life story.
These are all great stories, and they should prove something to you. That something is that you don’t have to start out with great wealth or means.
You can be a person of values and morals and achieve anything you desire if you set your mind to it. Never let your problems drive your decisions, but always let your core values be your guide.



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Top 5 Home Workouts for Those Who Want to Avoid the Gym

Buying a gym membership can be expensive and home workouts are just as good to help you trim down and get into shape.

While there are a plethora of choices when it comes to equipment you still have to exercise discretion when choosing the best equipment for you.

Most likely, you feel as though you need the most expensive equipment in order to get the best workout or the best results.

You can work out at home near your television as well as your backyard if you plan your workout just right. Today, I’ll share a few tips with you on home workouts.

Home Workouts for Every Week

There are tons of exercises that you can do in the comfort of your own home every single week. Home workouts are simple, and they won’t cost you a thing. Here are some exercises you can do and easily keep a chart of.

These are easy to do in your own home, and you can easily do 2 sets of 20 to start. Work your way up.

Flat Bench Leg Raises. These are easy to do as well, and all you need is a flat surface like a workout bench. The workout bench forces you to use your core to lift your legs versus just raising your legs up and down. 2 sets of 20 anyone? Feel the burn.

Sit ups. It has been said that doing sit ups is a great way to trim the tummy. These can be stressful on your lower back if you don’t use your abdominals to pull you up. Sit ups can be done in variations to help you achieve a sleek look on the side as well. Start out with 2 sets of 20. Feel the burn yet again!

Bicycle with your legs. Riding a bike is great exercise, but if you don’t have one you can still use the movement to build strong abs and trim the hips too. Lay flat on your back and lift your legs off the floor. The last step is to move your legs as if you are riding a bike. Try 2 sets of 20, but if you struggle with low back problems, start out with 2 sets of 10.

Planks. Planks aren’t the easiest exercise to do, but they are worthwhile and it’s hard work. You’ll be laying on your abdominals, then raise your body up off of the ground while raising yourself up on your toes. You’ll support yourself with your arms, forearms on the floor and fists on the floor. You’ll use your abs to hold your position. This is a great core strengthening exercise. Try doing these for as many seconds as you can, and try to get in as many reps as you can. This isn’t a marathon, so start small and keep working at it.

Lunges with dumbbell. Lunges are great to do alone because you can really shape the legs as well as the buttocks and hips. Lunges are great but it may take time to get your balance. Increase the challenge by using dumbbells.

This is a list of just 6 exercises you can do to get moving at home, but they are a great foundation to build upon.

You don’t have to spend a ton of money on a gym membership to get into shape, but with home workouts you need even more commitment to keep going to get into shape.


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Healthy Foods to Eat for Weight Loss

Have you ever wondered what healthy foods you could eat for weight loss that actually worked? What about healthy foods that you could eat without feeling deprived? Chances are, you found this article as the result of your search online for more information on weight loss and how to achieve it quickly and in a healthy way.

There are far too many folks eating less and less to lose weight, believing that this is the only way to achieve real weight loss long term. Eating less doesn’t equate to real weight loss, in fact it could mean that you gain weight. The real challenge is that you want to be able to eat for weight loss as well as to boost energy, build stronger bones, and to reduce cholesterol and to lose real fat.

If you eat for weight loss these same foods are going to help you prevent chronic diseases that are plaguing Americans everywhere. Foods that help you lose weight are not only going to be healthy for losing real fat, but they are going to help reduce inflammation over time and increase mental clarity. Today, I am going to share with you the evidence that suggests this is all true!



Superfoods You Can Eat for Weight Loss

Have you heard the term superfoods? Superfoods is a term that has been used for the last ten years among health nut circles. Holistic practitioners use this term all the time because they promote a diet rich in superfoods and fiber.

This is because this list of foods traditionally includes foods that heal quickly and foods that are “whole foods”. This means they are not processed or loaded with preservatives and fillers.

These superfoods that you can eat for weight loss include:

Black beans
Brown rice
There are so many more, but this list is a great start. Many of these foods are rich in antioxidants which combats a lot of health problems. One of the biggest challenges Americans face is inflammation. Inflammatory diseases lurk behind what we refer to as diabetes, heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, ulcers, skin diseases, and even cancer.

All of these are considered inflammatory and these foods can quiet these conditions and diseases down quite a bit. In the process you’ll lose weight which can relieve the pressure on the joints and muscles. Think about how much better you would feel just by getting pressure off of painful joints?

Even if you didn’t lose a ton of weight right away, wouldn’t you feel better overall and much happier if you were getting natural pain relief? I am sure you would, and if you could stand to get some relief and lose weight, why not start eating some of the foods on this list?

Eat to Lose Weight and Keep Your Mind Sharp

When you eat for weight loss and reduce inflammation you’ll notice that a lot of other things improve. Your eyesight will be better, you’ll notice that you won’t get sick, and you’ll also discover that you can think clearer. This is because chemicals in preservatives and fillers cloud the mind.

Your body was not designed to take in tons of sugar, gluten, and preservatives. All of this isn’t natural and the body doesn’t really need it. If you put this stuff into your body you’ll see changes. This is like adding glue to a piece of paper and laying it up against another piece of paper. It will stick.

High fat foods like fast food, fried foods, and foods that are loaded up with refined sugars are going to stick to your arteries, blood vessels, and your joints in some cases. You can’t afford to feel bad like this when you have work to do and a family to take care of. If you eliminate the unnatural you’ll shed the pounds, feel better in your body, but you’ll think better too!

The best part of this is the part where I tell you that once you lose the weight you’ll keep it off. Many of these foods are negative calories and so low in fat. They are also thermogenic which means they help your body burn fat. It’s amazing what you can eat, and how the foods you choose can change your mind and body.

I hope you’ll start eating some of the foods from this list if you aren’t right now. You’ll soon find out that if you “eat for weight loss” it can change your entire life!  Learn how you can also lose weight and make money also

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Why Self-Promotion is a Bad Idea

Building your business is important, but did you know that self-promotion is not a good idea? When you start a business venture, you want to start building your brand. However, building your brand doesn’t start with you bragging about yourself.

Building your new business happens over time and it happens as you gain a following. The question is, how do you gain this following? The only way to get others to follow you is to be a leader. Following is what conformers do, but a non-conforming individual will always stand out in the crowd and think big.

This means that leaders are born through a series of failures, only to discover that they are onto something big. If you think big and you want to bring great change to the world, it’s time to get started. You’ll find that creating value for others is the only way to build your business, and that self-promotion is the last thing you want to do.

Avoid Self-Promotion At All Costs

Have you ever told someone about something that you did? Were you proud of what you did? Were you looking for the other person to say something great about you?

If you were looking for praise then reconsider your strategy. Looking for praise from others is not only selfish, but it’s detrimental to your new business.

If you just started a business and you are worried about self-promotion, you shouldn’t be. If you are starting a new business you’ll be amongst the ranks of others that were once brand new in the world of business.

You had a concept that you wanted to share, but ultimately you ended up sharing information more about your skills and your educational background which really have nothing to do with your business. No one really cares about where you went to school or your grade point average.

In fact, what people really care about is themselves. They don’t care about you or your ambitions. People only want to know that you can help them by talking about their problems and how you can help them solve their problems.

Here are some truths about what make a business grow.

1. An idea that moves from an idea to something actionable.
2. Taking daily action steps that produce a result.
3. A business that helps others solve problems.
There isn’t any other way to build a successful business. Creating value for others means teaching others, giving them valuable information and insight into how to do something or how to get something done.

You make yourself available to answer questions for others, and you also let others know that your failures are real. Promotion should be something that you do for others, not for yourself.

If you are willing to help promote others and their cause, you’ll find that others want to follow you and support your ideas and they will ultimately support your business. If it’s fans you want, you can easily create a Facebook page or group.

If you want a loyal following and you want to make sales, then it’s time for you to stop focusing on self-promotion and focus on building up others and their cause.

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7 Ways to Work Smart and NOT Hard



You have probably heard that it’s best for you to work smart, right? The key is knowing how to work in this way versus working too hard. You may have your own definition of what this means, but if you aren’t sure what working smart is really all about, it’s time for you to take a journey with me.

What if I told you that you don’t have to work hard ever again? Would you believe me or would you think that I am absolutely insane?

Today, I am going to share with you 7 ways to work smart and not hard, so that you can achieve more in less time, and you’ll inspire more folks around you too!


Work Smart and Get More Done in Less Time

Working less is one thing everyone wants to do, but if you work less can you get more done? That all depends on how you work. You can work smart by doing things more efficiently in less time.

This means that you’ll be more focused and you’ll hit your goals every time. So, how can you work in a way that helps you accomplish more in less time and with no aggravation?

1. Know your skills. What skills do you possess? You should know them all, and then go out and use them to your advantage.

2. Know the various types of skills. There are several types of skills, and they don’t all serve the same purpose. What type of skills do you need and what do they do for you? Examples are; people, basic, thinking, personal qualities.

3. Make a list of your skills. If you want to complete something to the best of your ability, make a list of all of your skills. This will give you the clear advantage. Go over your list, and if there is something missing that you would like to perfect, work on that skill. Make it a point to work at that skill, and do whatever is necessary for you to build that skill.

4. Know your strengths. It is important that you know what your strengths are. You can take a test called the Strengths Finder 2.0. This is a great book, and a great test. Everyone should read it in order to identify your strengths.

5. What skills are needed for your ideal job? If you want to land a job or build a business, you need to know what skills are absolutely needed. Make that list, and make a real assessment of yourself and whether or not you have them.

6. Communicate effectively. Whether you know it or not, you need to be a good communicator if you want to achieve more in life. Communication is the essence of life, and without it you won’t be able to accomplish much of anything. Always, always, always, keep the lines of communication open with everyone!

7. Continue to learn new things. Whether you know it or not, there is tons to learn in this life. You’ll never know it all. If you continue to learn, you can add new skills to your list. Wouldn’t it be great to know that you are the first choice for an employer?

Learning new things every day is a great way to make yourself better and the first choice on everyone’s list. If you want to be more in this life, you’ll want to learn how to work smart and get others to come around to your way of thinking!

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