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4 Mental Roadblocks That Stop You From Succeeding

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4 Mental Roadblocks That Stop You From Succeeding

Since we were kids, the importance of being successful has been instilled in us. May it be ranking first in the class or winning a running race. Every kid wanted to succeed to feel the pride that came with the elder’s appreciation or to escape the nagging about the need for success.

As we grow up, our tests and races change, but the need to succeed is constant. The meaning of success can be different for everyone. People have become obsessed with achievements and the pursuit of wealth. After we get our degrees and find jobs, it pretty much turns into a constant race to see how much we can achieve in how less of a time.

Everyone we meet wants to know how much money we make, and if it isn’t a lot, then future plans are asked. Don’t even get me started about being an entrepreneur. The constant questions of if your business is successful yet come pouring in even from people you don’t know well enough.

There are a lot of things that affect our success. External roadblocks are much easier to pinpoint than the ones we create in our minds. As an entrepreneur starting the journey, you might be familiar with how low self-esteem, self-doubt, bad habits can all keep us from achieving the success we want.

1. You don’t have a clear vision

4 Mental Roadblocks That Stop You From Succeeding

How you see the world has a huge hand in what steps you take to get where you desire to be. Believing in your potential, believing that this was what you were meant to do, believing in the purpose of your actions are all the things that allow you to keep moving forward. When even one of these beliefs becomes clouded in your mind, you will find it difficult to keep traveling the difficult part towards a successful life.

“When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.”

-Audre Lorde

How you look at everything also determines how you go about achieving your goals. Do you see failures as full stops or just commas? This determines how much you are willing to push. Do you believe in doing whatever it takes to achieve something? This determines how far you are willing to go. Would you trade your dream for a comfortable and secure life? This shows what hold priority in your life.

When your perception of life or perceptive of how you view things is flawed, you hit a mental roadblock. Because no matter what comes your way, you will find something in it to fit it into your flawed narration. Most of the times, problems seem bigger or smaller depending on how much we let them affect us. When you keep your vision clear, it becomes easier to follow the tunnel-vision towards success.

“One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.”

-Arthur Ashe

2. You are confused about traveling the unknown path

4 Mental Roadblocks That Stop You From Succeeding

Now, that we have knowing-what-you-want cleared, we still have the how-you-want-to-get-there to focus on to. When the path you want to travel isn’t clear, you can easily feel lost. The lost feeling is one of the difficult mental blocks to get out of. You feel like you have nowhere to go from here. You can’t seem to find a way to reach your destination. You feel everything is pointless. These feelings can haunt the living light out of your productivity.

“Unless you walk out into the unknown, the odds of making a profound difference in your life are pretty low.”  

-Tom Peters

Figuring out what you want in life is very important when all you see is a void ahead. If you feel like you have no clue where you are going with any of what you are doing, then take some time off to just focus on that. Because once you know what path you want to travel or what destination you want to reach, it becomes easier to focus on getting there. You just need to know your destination, you will find the way. Better yet, you will pave your own way.

3. You are mentally unprepared to put in the work

4 Mental Roadblocks That Stop You From Succeeding

This happens to the best of us, especially when starting out. We let our emotions dictate our work ethic, and to say the least, that can be disastrous. Procrastination and laziness are examples of how we ruin our chances of getting what we want. Entrepreneurship is already hard, demanding,  and needs you to put in work every day.

“The really happy people are those who have broken the chains of procrastination, those who find satisfaction in doing the job at hand. They’re full of eagerness, zest, productivity. You can be, too.”

– Norman Vincent Peale

Some days you might not feel like working when you should be. Maybe you want to binge-watch the new show you have started or want to go out with your friends or watch a movie. There can be a lot number of things you would want to do instead of working, and that is exactly what you need to fight.

If you let your feelings get into the way of achieving daily goals and targets, you will get that much farther from your end goals. While everyone has lazy days, too many can kill your productivity altogether. Knowing what you want isn’t enough to succeed if you are not ready to put in the work needed.

4. You are undisciplined

4 Mental Roadblocks That Stop You From Succeeding

Jobs give you the discipline of working every day, achieving daily targets, working consistently. When you work for yourself, you don’t have that privilege. You need to have a routine and make yourself follow it. When you work a job, you have someone to answer to. The sense of accountability makes you get the work done, no matter if you want to do or not. You don’t get to procrastinate.

You will get reprimanded for not doing your work. You will feel humiliation if told your work isn’t good enough. You will even feel a sense of dread about losing your job if your sloppiness goes on. These feelings aren’t present when working on your business, not to the extent of a job.

“No discipline seems pleasant at the time, But painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.”

-Hebrews 12:11

When you work for yourself, you for the most part only have yourself to answer to. This makes it easier for your mind to use any reason to justify your procrastination. You have to hold on to that sense of accountability even when you are technically not answerable to anyone.

Most of our struggles are internal. Once we learn to point out where our problem lies within, it becomes easier to pin it down and bury it. Getting rid of your mental roadblock prepares you to face any obstacle heads on. You get to give your 100 percent, to put your best foot forward, to achieve what you want. Think about what’s holding you back and fight it. A sound mind is an important asset; use it!

“Don’t wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles, and less than perfect conditions. So what? Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident, and more and more successful.”

– Mark Victor Hansen



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How Reading can impact your Day to Day Life?

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Reading is a healthy habit, which, if practiced daily, can change your entire life around. Do you want to know why? Through Reading, one can not only gain knowledge but also stay acquainted with the outside as well as the inside world. The best thing about reading daily is to have an isolated place for yourself in your mind, where you can run off to. Most people don’t have the patience or intention to read, and that too, daily. Though this is a habit that takes time to settle in but trust me, once it does, you would never regret it. So, here is a list of reasons why you should read daily?

Why should you read daily?

  • To gain knowledge

Once you start reading daily, and by Reading, it can be anything – you can read few pages of a novel, or a magazine, or newspaper, or even poetry – you would notice within weeks how much your knowledge regarding the outer world has improved. Through Reading, one can have clear information regarding the current affairs, and hence, stay updated.

  • To improve your vocabulary

Through Reading, you can definitely learn new words and hence, improve your vocabulary. Most people make it a habit to learn a new word from the dictionary every day, but if you read daily, you are bound to get new words and make a list of them on a notebook with their meanings, which is definitely going to be helpful for you.

  • To have a make-believe world

The most beautiful consequence of Reading is having one’s own imaginary world, where one can live a life full of magic. This is the extraordinary superpower one acquires while reading. In this busy daily life of ours, we all look for a secluded place where we can feel the essence of peace. Reading can fly you off to the imaginary land of sunflowers, daisies, and cats who can indeed talk.

  • To become more attentive

Most people lack patience nowadays. Being impatient and restless has become a severe problem in today’s world. Here, Reading can help you calm your mind and improve your observation skills. It works like meditation. In no time, you would find your mind focusing on details and becoming more attentive to events, which used to go unnoticed.

  • To reduce stress

Reading is similar to meditation, and hence, it definitely helps to reduce your stress. Books always have a calming effect on one’s mind. It takes you away from daily problems and stressful situations and helps your mind to gain stability. Not only it helps in reducing stress, but it also helps to decrease the anxiety levels of a person. 

Everyone should make reading a daily habit. One should switch off the mobile phones, turn off the television and take some time out to read. It works wonders on one’s day-to-day life and changes one person’s entire personality. Though it can be hard at first, with time, you would cherish the moments alone, reading in a corner while your mind is flying off to Narnia.

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Post-COVID: Transformation of work Culture

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The environment and situation around us promote us to adapt to change. The epidemic COVID 19 has not just changed the structure of a workplace but also changed the idea of communication between individuals. Technology has become the survival kit for many organizations as they move their offices online. Applications and communication websites such as zoom, slack, Trello have become the organization’s best friends. With the fast-growing online base, the future of companies post-COVID 19, is something that needs to be considered or discussed. Work from home scenario was first seen to be frustrating but now people seem to have become accustomed to it. Hence when they do make the shift from a virtual office to a real-time office, it is sure to transform the meaning of work culture.

Working from the comfort of your bed to a flexible job timing, you log into your meeting this work from home has become the new normal. Companies have been changing the way they function, and it has been a chaotic few months for everyone due to the corona pandemic. This has made virtual offices a reality. Trying to function at times like this has been difficult, the change has been both positive and negative, while also requiring improvements. But, going back to office spaces and resuming work, would include massive changes and adjustment from both parties. Businesses would try to survive with the conditions, while the employees would be trying to adjust to the void that COVID left behind. Going back to work would be defined differently. The definition would include people coming in and out at their preferred timings, as well as for deciding how much time they want to work in proximity with people. This means that people would come into office spaces, but with their own weekly schedule and pace. Therefore a great cultural change would take place for many industries and setups. Working form home includes the dress code of wearing pajamas and thinking of comfort, which would affect the concept of dress codes in office spaces. The idea of comfort would change the dressing culture of organizations. 

The culture of meetings and communication would have a different understanding among the organizations. Working with virtual mode to communicate for so many months meant adapting to it, and has become the most efficient way. The technology in real-time offices would just be a means of connection, and not requiring everyone to be in the same room. Not just this but the idea of meetings all together might be re-evaluated. Commuting ideas or messages would turn into email threads or chat rooms. Presentations could be shared online and interaction between people would remain in these mediums. Meetings defined this way would lead to co-working spaces being promoted by companies for their employees. Hence, the idea of buildings as an office space would change as the organizations would pay for their employees to use such spaces and would cut down on real estate for organizations. This would be different for different sectors of work, but nonetheless the culture of working in an office building would change. 

With business comes, traveling and the idea of the same would truly change. People would be more hesitant to take up traveling, and if they do they would be more careful and take precautions. Paranoia might seep in and travel to other countries would be avoided as much as possible. Further companies might even evolve traveling, by making it online. Organizations would convert meetings in other countries online and it would seem more efficient in terms of cost as well. Post pandemic companies are going to be in a crunch in terms of finance, their idea would be to survive. The ones who adapt to change and shift with time are the ones who survive, but to survive they would try to cut the extra expenses. Survival kit would also incorporate the sacking of employees. Many companies have already started to fire employees due to the sudden downfall of the economy. Various sectors are trying to survive and keep afloat, and making difficult decisions. 

Final Thoughts

Safety being a huge concern during COVID would still remain post-pandemic as well. Individuals are going to be more aware of their surroundings, and their health would be their priorities. So, when they do meet their colleagues, greetings would be different. People would be careful and social distancing would now become a part of their normal behavior. Companies too are going to take more precautions with their employees’ health. Routine check-ups would be very common, and temperatures would be checked when employees enter the buildings. When individuals open the door to enter their office they would not just be greeted by the view of their cubicles. They would also spot sanitizers placed everywhere, and trying to guess who is under the mask. Health care rules would be altered, an employee feeling under the weather would be asked to work from home. The time of the employees is monetized and hence it wouldn’t matter where they work as long as they do the required days work. Work culture would be under construction Post-COVID and only time can tell what the new look truly holds for everyone.

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Tools to Find and Work With Influencers to Market Your Business

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Tools to Find and Work With Influencers to Market Your Business

For any business to grow, marketing its products and services to the right audience is necessary. One marketing channel that many businesses seem to avoid due to ignorance is influencer marketing

“Influencer marketing is the modern word of mouth & is eating the lunch of traditional digital media in many ways.”

-Kinser

In simple words, with influencer marketing, you will be using popular people with a large following on social media and blogosphere to promote your product. The outcome can be tremendously positive. Today I will help you explore how you can find influencers in your business niche and how to negotiate with them.

Finding Influencers

“Influence marketing is an art and science. The art is the crafting and creating of content that adds value to people’s lives, personally or for their business. The science is the tactics and tools of building tribes and followers on the big social networks”

-Jeff Bullas

The first step for using influencer marketing is finding the top influencers in your business niche. For this, you can use any of the following tools –

Buzzsumo

This is a freemium application in that you can use certain features for free but will have to pay to use its full set of features. Even with its free mode, Buzzsumo is extremely useful for marketers to identify and categorize influencers into various types, like bloggers, reviewers, trainers, beauty experts, and so on.

This will later allow you to use them appropriately for business promotion activities. In addition, Buzzzsumo is also a great tool to know what types of content is trending for a particular day or week.  

Tweetdeck

If you wish to focus largely on twitter influencers, then Tweetdeck is the perfect tool for the job. While you can certainly use this tool to identify influencers that have a large number of followers, its true usefulness lies in the fact that you can also see how many Twitter lists these influencers are on. 

This will allow you to accurately gauge the popularity and impact of the influencer enabling you to avoid those who have the least impact and hire influencers with the biggest reach.

Kred

This is another great tool that will help you judge the quality of an influencer. The tool will use various metrics like replies, follows, mentions, etc. of the influencer to see how impactful they are. Finally, Kred will provide a rating based on the criteria that will make it much easier for you to find top quality influencers. If you are just starting out with influencer marketing, then Kred is the tool for you.

Group High

If you do not wish to waste time on research and finding influencers, then you should try the influencer marketing software – Group High. They maintain a centralized data of some of the biggest influencers on the internet.  Plus, the influencers are categorized based on different niches like sports, travel, beauty, tech, and so on. This will make influencer marketing an extremely simple process.

Working With Influencers

Once you have found the important influencers in your niche, you can start approaching and negotiating with them. For this, the following tips will be useful:

Reviews

Tools to Find and Work With Influencers to Market Your Business

The first option is to ask the influencer to review your offering. You can allow them to use the product or service for a few days and ask them to post their honest reviews about it on their social media page. Customers always conduct in-depth research about a product they are interested in.

“95% of people trust recommendations from others over branded content, even if they don’t know them personally.”

-Josh Hager

As such, if they come across a review from an influencer they are following, then an extremely positive review may push them to choose your product. Now, it is also possible that the reviewer may not like your product. As such, you can ask them not to post a bad review but do not ask them to post a false review. It is unethical and will eventually turn against you.

Sponsored Post

If you don’t want influencers to review your product, you can negotiate with them to publish a sponsored post. Though a sponsored post might seem like a review, there is a big difference. In a review, the influencer is free to say negative things about your product. But, in a sponsored post, you will be paying them to publish a post about your brand.

“People influence people. Nothing influences people more than a recommendation from a trusted friend. A trusted referral influences people more than the best broadcast message. A trusted referral is the Holy Grail of advertising.”

-Mark Zuckerberg

This will ensure that there is nothing excessively negative published about your product or service. However, you have to understand that some bloggers will likely state in the post that it is a ‘sponsored post’ if they are a strict follower of the FTC guidelines. But, do not let it stop you because the exposure gained through a post by an influencer marketer is well worth the money spent.

Giveaway

Tools to Find and Work With Influencers to Market Your Business

Another way to use an influencer is through giveaways. This can be a great strategy since a giveaway allows the influencer to hold a contest for their followers with your product or service as the prize. As a result, they are very likely to agree to such arrangements.

Plus, they will also be neutral when talking about the giveaway and only mention its benefits. So, as far as you are concerned, a giveaway is the perfect tactic to get a positive mention of your product from an influencer to their numerous followers. This is essentially a win-win for both parties.

Make sure to work with the influencer to come up with a great contest for the giveaway. It should be exciting for all participants. And remember, the objective of the giveaway is to ensure that many people participate in it. So, don’t complicate the contest. Keep it simple and you are guaranteed to see a fantastic response and exposure.

Guest Posts

Many influencers will be contributors to big media outlets that will have a reach to millions of readers. And this is an opportunity you must fully explore. In addition to posting favorable posts on social media and personal blogs, you can ask the influencers whether they are willing to publish a post about your product or service on the website in which they are a contributor. Or you can ask them to let you write a guest post on their blog.

Now, do not have any expectations of how much exposure you will receive in such posts. After all, they are publishing to a third party website and will usually have to contribute a useful piece of content. The best they can possibly do is mention your product or service briefly. But, considering the exposure the article will provide your brand, this is a good marketing strategy that you must definitely try out.

Final Thoughts

In today’s times, social media is a life-changing tool for small businesses. The plethora of platforms available at our disposal to use – to benefit us and our businesses in ways that didn’t seem possible before – offers a huge opportunity to engage with a community of prospects at a fraction of the cost. 

“Influencer marketing is something to pay attention to. We’re used to influencers being people like the Kardashians, but we all have our Kardashians at our events. These people are called micro-influencers and they can have a large impact when used strategically.”

-Alex Plaxen

Influencer marketing lets you tap in on a community of people who can be potential customers. The right influencer can allow you to gain many prospects. It is important to learn what works for the current times, and influencer marketing doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon so you might as well use the opportunity to the fullest.

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