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6 Steps to Growing Leaders: by Deborah Francis

What makes one leader attract other leaders and another only followers?

Some leaders attract other leaders who want to not only do what they are doing, but they have the desire to be and to do more.

Then there are other leaders who are comfortable with having followers. These leaders find followers that look up to them and never help develop these individuals to reach their full potential. In contrast, these followers listen to their leader, follow every step and remain average, thus choosing to be a follower rather than becoming their own leader.

Developing Leaders vs. Followers

If you are a leader that is passionate, leading the charge to change, breaking the path and staying steadfast and true to your dream and vision, you will notice and nurture other leaders emerging from within your team that will do the same.

What about those leader-followers? They too follow their leader and do what is modelled for them.

Sure, you will grow a team, you will earn money, and find fulfilment in your achievements but you will not see the passion and ignite the fire for your team members? Not until you live the passion and ignite your own fire.

You must live it before others will see it and want what you have!

You must lead the change and become a leader with passion, confidence and a belief in yourself, a leader with a self-sacrificing spirit to develop other leaders.

Recognizing this important principle is the first step, in making the change for yourself and your team.

Here is how you can begin to grow leaders rather than leader-followers.

  1. Grow yourself: read a personal development book a week and listen to a productive audio a day.
  2. Be organized: consistent and follow through.
  3. Be authentic: share your challenges, your insights and your celebrations! Be real!
  4. Love yourself, then others! You cannot love others if you do not take care of yourself.
  5. Be an example of confidence and success, whether you feel like it or not.
  6. Keep a telescope on your goals and your vision for your business. Narrow your goals down to the very core and then eat, sleep and ACT on those goals every day! What is at the heart of what you do? What is your heart’s desire? Go after it with everything within you!

Through this journey you will not only change yourself but you are giving a gift to your team by developing other leaders. You have the ability, now put it into action!

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Developing the Power of Belief in Yourself by Hasheem Francis & Deborah Francis

Believing in yourself is essential toward achieving personal success. Without self-belief, we tend to make poor decisions based on self-doubt and fear rather than what is best for us. These decisions may lead to self-destructive behaviour such as working at a job you hate because you believe you can not find a better job, staying in a bad relationship because you believe you do not deserve a better one, and so on and so forth. If you do not believe whole-heartedly in yourself, you will not allow yourself to pursue success.

  1. Visualize success, not failure. Whether at work or at home, train yourself to substitute success thinking for failure thinking. When put in a competitive situation, think “I am equal to the best” not “I am inferior to everyone else. Let the “I Will Succeed” mentality overwhelm the negativity in your mind. Visualizing success conditions your mind to create ways to produce success. Conversely, visualising failure does the exact opposite.
  2. Be your own biggest cheerleader. Look at yourself in the mirror daily and remind yourself that you are better than you think you are. Success does not require super powers or super intellect. Nor is it based on pure luck. Successful people are just ordinary people who believe wholeheartedly in themselves and in what they do. Never short-change yourself.
  3. Believe big. Dreaming big is an important part of achieving success for anyone. The size of our success is only limited by the size of our belief. Often people are scared to think big because they think they are incapable of or do not deserve success. But remember this, BIG Dreamers, BIG Thinkers achieve BIG Results. Do not limit yourself.

Develop the power of belief in yourself by following the three simple tips presented above and watch your life grow in abundance and prosperity. Remember, you can only be as much as what you believe yourself to be.

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It Is Time To Slay the Procrastination Monster

Procrastination is a monster that lurks in the lives of every single entrepreneur. It is the enemy of productivity, the number one cause of lost opportunities, and the ultimate killer of momentum.

Therefore, to be able to effectively control your activities and make every second count, it is vital for you to slay that procrastination monster!

Like all other important activities worth doing in life, slaying the procrastination monster is something that requires a huge amount of discipline and willpower, especially at the start.

The master key to doing that, however, is pretty simple. It is to simply start the day doing the activity you dread most. In self-help guru Brian Tracy’s words, “Eat That Frog!”

The rationale behind this method is that once you are done with the most dreaded activity, you would feel such a sense of accomplishment and invincibility that you know nothing else can stop you. You will also gain a huge amount of momentum that will leave you rolling over the rest of your daily activities without delay.

Instead of slaying many procrastination monsters all throughout the day, all you have to do is to slay the king at the start of the day, and the rest of the procrastination minions will automatically diminish in power, or even disappear altogether, making your day much more pleasant, with a much clearer sense of direction and focus.

However, do note that this activity does need some getting used to, as I believe there are people who have successfully slain the procrastination monster and ended up feeling traumatized about all the time they have lost during their life.

Do not underestimate the power of this skill due to its simplicity. Simplicity is where beauty resides! Once you start getting the feel of how to slay that procrastination monster, you will start shaving hours off unwanted shuffling and deliberating, and finally start getting things done in the fastest and most effective manner!

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5 Ways To Develop A “Get It Done” Attitude! by Hasheem Francis & Deborah Francis

1. Take consistent little action steps:

The steps to bringing discipline to one’s business are similar to growing up in life; both require consistent small steps. One cannot achieve success in being disciplined over night. Many people try using overnight methods and fail miserably and out of frustration return back to their undisciplined life. It takes time to develop discipline and one needs to be determined. You could begin with the smallest thing possible like exercising for 15 minutes everyday or getting up 30 minutes prior to the time you do now. It could be reducing the number of cups of coffee you drink in a day, even if it is reducing the number by one every week. The basic rule is to take smaller steps and try reaching your goal.

2. Do not procrastinate:

It is a good idea to place things on a “get it done” list and then decide on taking action on achieving these items immediately. Try to set a deadline and promise yourself to stick to the plan of action until you achieve your goal. Avoid procrastination; it makes the path to developing a “get it done” attitude take longer. Once you are successful with little goals, it strengthens inner resolve; helps set more goals and helps in achieving them.

3. Every day changes:

It is a good idea to start with a smaller goal to move toward discipline. It can be as small as waking up at 5am to do your personal growth study or waking up 30 minutes earlier than usual to perform some exercise. Every day must be taken into account; if a day is skipped the discipline level falls and it will weaken your determination to achieve the goals you have set.

4. Visualize your final achievement:

Take time and visualize how it would feel to achieve yours goals and remember it will only be possible if you take smaller daily action steps. If you know what it would take to achieve a particular goal make an outline and take action to immediately set out to achieve. The visualization process helps you to focus and maintain your goal even if you get distracted.

5. Get someone to mentor you:

If you could get someone to record your progress, it would definitely help. It could be a professional or a friend. Having a mentor has many positives; firstly, for example, you would be less likely to procrastinate when you have someone vested to hold you accountable.

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How To Effectively Market Your Business To Get Results

A BTP LIFESTYLE 13 2When your business is up and running, you need to reach out to the masses so that the public is aware of its existence and the kind of services you are providing. Hence, one of the major steps in setting up a business is having a marketing plan. Marketing your business is not necessarily expensive but it does require an investment. Read on to discover several effective yet low cost methods to promote your business to all your potential clients!

1. Website / Blog

Create a professional website or a blog containing all information on your services or products. Your website should be professional and well designed. If you have little knowledge about website designs you can consider using WordPress, GoDaddy, or 1and 1 which offer templates and some simple customizable features for a website. Having a website gives you access to a bigger client base as you can direct practically anyone across the world to your website for valuable information about your business product or services.

2. Social networking

Capitalize on social network e.g. Facebook, Linked In , Twitter, Google+, Instagram. Use them to get in touch with your clients and potential clients as well as to understand their needs. Imagine asking a question regarding your product on your business’ Facebook page and almost instantly you get responses from your clients. Where else can you get such quick and direct feedback?

3. Article marketing

You can do this by publishing articles about your business in online article directories such as Ezine Articles which have high traffic for people looking for certain information on niche areas. Alternatively you can also write your own eBook on any interesting subject, publish and distribute it. Give it to your existing clients or make it available for download on your website. In your eBook, include some details of your business and a link to your website. Those who think your eBook is good will share it further with their friends and family – it is free viral marketing strategy!

4. Business cards

Develop a professional a business card which provides the details of your business as well as your contact information.  Having a professional and quality business card shows potential clients that you are serious about your business. It is very important that you have a professional business card on quality stock paper.  It doesn’t hurt to make an investment in your business and its image.

5. Ask for referrals and leads

You can start off by asking family members and friends for referrals.  Some may be a little hesitant in giving you referrals at first, if you are new to business. Over time you can gain their trust by showing them that you are committed and serious about your business.  You can also mail out flyers and your business card to schools, universities or other businesses that might require your services or products. Bring your business to them instead of waiting for them to come to you!