Change Your Mind, Change Your Life

How powerful (and dangerous) is the mind?

I’ve recently joined Empower Network and got stuck into their training and am devouring it like a hungry wolf!

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It sure is empowering  – I’m feeling a transformation already in the way I’m thinking, and my excitement for tackling a new project – actively engaging in and promoting Empower Network –  is something I haven’t felt for a long time!

The training I’ve taken from Dave & Dave so far is actually a lot better than I expected.

It’s got both marketing and mind-set training which are BOTH equally the keys to succeeding online.

As I was listening/watching the fast-start videos, one point strongly stood out and has stayed with me for the last 2 days.

That is – and I’m paraphrasing here – “You can make a success out of anything you do – you just need to decide you’re going to do it and succeed.”

So many times we make excuses why we can’t do something.

We think it’s too hard or we don’t know how.. but these negative thoughts can lead to a downward spiral.

But when you make an affirmative decision in your mind that you CAN DO IT and you will do it, no matter what, the spiral suddenly turns upwards.

Positive thinking is contagious. The more positive thoughts you consciously make, the more positive thoughts will come subconsciously.

Get into a habit of consciously changing your mind to be thinking positively.

TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR MIND – Don’t let it control itself!

Your mind can be your best friend or your worst enemy.

It will take control of your decisions for you if you let it – and this is very dangerous. It will always tell you to take the easy way out – but that’s really NOT what you want.

You know what you want and know what it takes to get there – you just need to convince yourself you WILL do it and ignore the negative thoughts that tell you otherwise.

So the next time you have negative thoughts, smash them away – replace them with positive thoughts.

Remember the promise you made to yourself.

You will succeed if you have made the decision that you will succeed.

Stu Sensei

p.s. If you have any questions about Empower Network, hit me up! I’d love to help you learn more about it and share with you my plans to help my team kick ass with it.

The #1 Fear That’s Holding You Back?

It’s not the “fear of failure”.. which you probably guessed from the title.

Fear of failure is big… but I don’t think it’s the biggest fear holding back up-and-coming entrepreneurs like yourself…

It’s the fear of “putting yourself out there” in the “public eye”.

We all fear being ridiculed.. fear being shot down because we some how lack the knowledge or experience that the ‘gurus’ in your niche have.

The fact is… there is ALWAYS going to be someone more experienced.. more successful.. more beautiful.. more intelligent than you…

There is no use complaining and sulking about it .. so don’t.. you need to get over it!

Don’t compare yourself to others either..

Sure you see internet millionaires that make it look so easy..

But you know what.. they were once where you are.

They had fears.. they still do.. everyone has fears!

I have fears.. I had more fears when I started out but I was able to overcome them..

I was terrified to release a product with my name on it.

I was terrified to send an email to my list.. because I was afraid I didn’t know what to write..

“What if the content didn’t help them?.. what if they thought I was stupid.. and God forbid.. unsubscribe?! no!!

So how did I overcome the fear of “going public”?

Like Nike.. I just did it!

I sucked up my fear sent emails to my list (using P.L.R. articles which I put in my own words)

I set up M.R.R. digital products with my name on it..and sent promos out.

Did 100% of my subscribers open and read my emails? No.. and they still don’t.

Did 100% buy my products? No.. no one gets 100% conversion rates.

But some did.. maybe 10%..

Did the other 90% send me hate mail? No.

Did they unsubscribe? Yes some did.. not 90% though. Maybe 1% or less.

Did that make me run and hide and cry? No.

If you’re feeling unworthy to put yourself out there because you don’t feel confident or feel under-educated in your niche..

Then get some knowledge…. but don’t wait years or even months to start sharing your knowledge with everyone.

Don’t wait until everything is perfect because guess what… it will never be perfect.

You need to get out there with an “I ain’t care what people say” attitude..

It takes balls.. and you may get knocked down.. but shrug it off.. those who ridicule aren’t worth losing sleep over.. and you’re bigger than them.

Don’t let the fear of others’ opinions of you get in your way of getting what you want.

If you get over this fear you’ll be amazed at the things you can accomplish.

To your success!
Stuart Stirling

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How Many Times Should You Try?

How Many Times Should You Try?

Something to keep in mind on your journey to achieving your goals and dreams.

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Stu Sensei

How To Build a Better List In 2013

Happy new year! I‘m a little late in posting this as a New year’s post.. as usual.. it takes me a few days to get back into the groove of working after the festive season.

I hope you had a good time off and are raring to get back into the working habit! As for me I was excited to get back into the full swing because I’ve been thinking a lot about the changes I need to make to my business to make it better.

This year I really will be focusing on 2 things mainly..

They are…

1) Getting more order buttons online (launching more products and more services)

The more order buttons, the more chance of a sale – don’t you agree? Of course traffic plays a role in that too, but it’s easy to get traffic.

What I really want is to build a better list.. a list of buyers.

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It really isn’t the size of the list that matters.

I know how to grow a list… I can grow a BIG list very quickly if I want to but it won’t necessarily be a great list.. I don’t want a list full of freebie seekers and tire kickers.

Some of them become buyers but  I’d much prefer a list of people eager to get what I’ve got and to spend money.

So a big change for me is to build up my customer lists and engage with them on a more personal level so I can get them results. After all, what’s good for them is good for me too.

2) Producing higher quality products

I want to move my focus away from releasing cheap $7 products as much as possible.

Sure they have there place (as good lead generators) and I’m definitely going to use them as part of my sales funnel, but I’ve been spending too much time focusing around them.

I and going to be working on producing and offering higher priced, higher quality products and services.

I have no qualms about charging higher prices either… as I see it as a win-win. I earn more money which is a given, and my customers are more likely to get results because they attach a higher value to the product which gives them a feeling of obligation to actually use it to try to recoup the investment they’ve made. No one likes to waste money, especially a big sum, so when we pay a lot for something, we want to bloody well make sure we use it!

And I have set a goal that I’m positive I’ll accomplish by the end of 2013. I’ll actually most likely achieve it well before the end of the year. It’s an income goal and if I just follow the 2 steps I’ve outlined above I’m sure I’ll make it easy!

I encourage you to look at your business too and see where you need to make changes to reach your goal. It doesn’t have to be a financial earnings goal, but I think they are great ones to have. It’s measurable and a plan of action can be created with some simple mathematics.

Looking forward to this year and what it brings! Hoping you’ll stick along for the ride.

To a super successful 2013!

Stuart Stirling

p.s. Do you already know what changes you need or want to make in your business? Leave them below in the comments. I’d love to hear them.

5 Skills You Need To Be A Master Marketer

The biggest secret to becoming a master marketer is simply adopt and emulate marketers who have already mastered the art.

So then, naturally you’d be asking what are the skills that great marketers possess? What makes them different to the average marketer who gets average results.

I don’t claim to be the word’s greatest marketer or have any outstanding skills, but I strive to learn from and try to emulate them. So I’m always looking very closely at those more successful  than me so I can think act and run my business like them. Here are a few skills I have noticed among the great marketers I’ve had dealing with.. whether on a personal level or looking at from a distance.

Persuasion – This would have to be #1 skill when it comes to marketing. Marketing really is just persuasion. You’re trying to persuade people into trading their dollars and time for whatever it is you’re selling. From crafting offers, writing sales copy and emails to working with business partners, JVs and affiliates, your success is largely determined by how good your persuasion skills are.

Time management – Every entrepreneur or self employed business person will testify that time management is key to getting ‘productive’ things done. I can tell you as a work at home dad, it’s one of the biggest challenges I face. It takes real self-discipline to use (the limited) time you have to the best you can to get productive work done. This could really be the difference between the speed at which one succeeds. Sure if you learn the other skills but are slow at implementing them, then it’s naturally going to take you longer. As they say, “money loves speed”.

Delegation – Everyone has just 24 hours in a day, 2 hands and 1 brain. The masters of marketing have a team around them to tear through the work so they can ‘run the show’. The biggest trap online entrepreneurs get into is trying to do everything by themselves.  It’s inevitable that you will hit a plateau very quickly if you stick on this path. The only way to grow is to delegate work (outsource) to competent staff around you. It may take a little time to train them in the beginning, but it’s worth it to have more hands on the job and your mind free for the long-term success of your business.

Patience – Success simply doesn’t come over night and I’ve never seen any truly successful person who is always looking for the quick buck. The successful marketers are always level headed, calm and relaxed. Possibly because they’re already successful and don’t need to worry about money coming in, but I would think this is a skill or trait they’ve always had. They realize that for true success, you need a plan, and there are several steps in a good plan, and sometimes it just takes time for that plan to unfold. The result of waiting and executing a bigger plan however results in a much greater pay day.

Persistence – Winners never quit. Rocky was spot on there. Winners get to be winners because they never quit. This goes for any successful person regardless of it’s a marketer, sports person, actor or professional. Persistence is the key. If you really want to be successful, you have to hold on through the rough times. And realizing there are going to be rough times is a part of being in business or life. Expect there to be hard trials but remember just like there is night and day, if you hold on and try to overcome the hurdles, you will come out on top. It’s easy to quit, but quitting won’t get you to where you want to go.

To your success,

Stu Stirling

p.s. What other skills have you noticed that successful marketers posses? I know they have a lot so feel free to add your thoughts in the comments below.

Secrets To Success [Videos]

How badly do you want to succeed? I just finished watching these videos and was so impressed I just had to post them here on my blog for you to see.

It really drives home the fact that to be successful you NEED to sacrifice some luxuries in life (TV, chatting on the phone… sleep! oh not precious sleep!) to get what you want.

You have to give up something good to get something better. Get out of your comfort zone.. because that’s where the magic happens.

Ok that’s enough ‘cliche’s’ so here, watch Eric Thomas get angry at some university students in these videos:

Hope this gets you as pumped as it gets me! We all need someone to rip us to shreds like this from time to time.

If you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, you will be successful. I know I’ve pulled a couple of all-nighters to get projects done and out the door and the rewards paid off. Stretch yourself and see where it takes you.

To your success,

Stu Stirling

10 Things To Stop Doing In 2012

Whenever there is a new year, we think of all the things we’d like to do to make this the best year ever…. but have you ever stopped to think about things you should stop doing?

Sometimes we get caught chasing the wrong things and forget about the things that are slowing us down. Reaching greater success could be as simple as stopping something you’re doing.

There are enough list around the web of things you should do so this one is a little different: 10 Things You Should Stop Doing To Succeed In 2012

1. Stop Jumping From One Opportinity To Another

Chasing the magic bullet is the biggest killer of ‘getting things dine’ that I know of.

I love the theory of ‘one’. In order to get anything worthwhile done, you need to focus on one business model, one niche, one product, one website, one list, one keyword, one traffic method, one task at a time.

I’m not saying you should stick with only one business model or niche your whole life, just when you start one thing, stick with that one thing until it’s good enough. Then move onto another and focus on that.

2. Stop The Voice In Your Head

We all get it, when we start to actually do the work, that little voice pops in our head that says “are you sure this is gonna work?”. That’s the fearful side of you coming out. You need to stop him/her from coming out and swithc back to the positive side of you.

When you get negative thoughts, it may be painful, but you need to remove them. Even if your body doesn’t want to, force your body to get through that article, that sales letter, that chapter. If your body does, your mind will follow. Believe in yourself. Remember, you’re no different that anybody else. You’re human too with the same 24 hours in a day. If they can do it, so can you. And just imagine what would happen “if you could…”

3. Stop Letting Others Tell You What To Do

Are you a ‘yes’ man? If you hate being pushed into doing things you really don’t want to do, learn to say ‘no’. It takes guts, but once you say it once, you’ll build the courage to keep saying no to other things you don’t want to get into. Of course, you have to weigh up the consequences to what you agree or disagree to do, but you know the ones I’m talking about that you want to say no to.

4. Stop Relying On Others To Fix Your Problems

Take initiative to fix problems yourself. It’s an awesome feeling when you figure out the solution to a problem yourself. The best markters are excellent problem solvers. Become a problem solver and don’t depend on others – because they won’t always be there when you need them.

5. Stop Trying To Do Everything Yourself

This might seem contradictory to the above point but here’s what I mean. I don’t mean dumping problems on other people, I mean working together to create bigger and better things. In business, there comes a point were you can only do so much by yourself. Learn to work with others whether it be hiring outsource staff or working with other matketers in an old fashioned JV. Any big marketer will tell you that JV partnerships are essential to success.

6. Stop Being A Computer Noob

Get with the times! I know everyone has to start out somewhere but come on, this is 2012! Learn how to use your PC for crying out loud. Learn how to unzip and read PDFs! Learn how to use your keyboard shortcuts. Learn how to type properly (oh… I need to work on that one!) If you want to be an online marketer, learn how to use the tools that your business is built on. Learn FTP, HTML, cpanel for starters. I’m sure there are computer classes in your neighborhood where you can learn this stuff. Otherwise, use Mr. Google!

7. Stop Taking Short Cuts

There is nothing wrong with systematizing to save time, but somethings you ‘think’ will save you time often lead to bigger problems down the road. There’s a Japanese proverb that says: 急がば回れ (isogaba maware – if you hurry, you will go in circles). If you know it’s a short cut and could have possible negative repercussions, don’t do it. It’s better to do it well the first time.

8. Stop Looking For Instant Results

As much as we’d like to become millionaires overnight, it’s not going to happen (unless you buy a winning lottery ticket!)

Success and wealth often comes after much hard work. Hard to believe isn’t it? So get in there and put in the work. When you get serious about work, some amazing things will happen. Just keep a long-term mindset and keep chipping away. Business is a marathon, not a sprint.

9. Stop Being Spammy

The internet is full of spam already and everyone is sick of it. Everyone is wising up to spammers, even Google. Spam can be in the form of email of course, but any kind of junk you publish on the net. Spam blogs, spam articles, spam videos, spam pictures, pictures of spam (just joking – I love spam.. the food kind!). It goes along with the two points above. If you want to do something worthwile and stay in business, stop being a spammer!

10. Finally, Stop Worrying!

Life is too short to spend worrying about everything. The news headlines would love to make us believe we are all screwed! But in reality, the biggest problems the majority of us face are deciding “which t-shirt and I going to wear today”. Sure, some days we have some big problems, but in the whole scheme of the universe, are they really that big? Enjoy your time on earth. You only get one. Your life is the biggest “one time offer” of all! Don’t waste it worrying about everything.

To your success,

Stu Sensei

p.s. What do you want to stop doing in 2012? And don’t forget to share this post if you liked it. 🙂