Another Day, Another Catastrophic Failure – What Do You Do?

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I’ve got a list of failures, like a criminal rap sheet. It’s just another day living in paradise (no I’m not listening to Phil Collins right now but thanks for asking). Life can slap you around sometimes and my last twelve months have been somewhat of a challenge.

The old me would have gotten all frustrated and thrown in the towel. See, the funny thing is that once you discover personal development, you have a kind of discipline that stops you from losing your sh*t. Things are not always going to go your way.

I’ve hit the inevitable stumbling block that we all experience at different stages of life. The one thing I wanted blew up in my face yet again. It seems so hard to reach, yet I’m only millimeters away most of the time. Is it me? Am I somewhat inferior? These are the questions my mind ponders.

Not for long, though. Pretty quickly, my self-development brain kicks in and overrides the negativity that is building up. We’re designed to struggle, and we can’t avoid it. When your time comes, you have to be prepared. You’ve got to build your war chest up with self-development tools.

So what do I do now? Simple: I share what I’ve learned and how you can overcome this very same challenge. I’ve done it before and I’ll do it again, cowboy. You just have to get back up on the horse and start all over again. It’s hard, exhausting, and emotionally draining. That’s what success is though, so get used to it!

Here are the 5 things you must do when you experience multiple catastrophic events all in the space of twelve months:

 

1. Practice discipline

When the hard times roll around, the easiest thing to do is give into temptation and addiction. All the nice things that you think will help you forget start becoming front of mind. The worst two are drinking and smoking. Stress and pain should be a trigger to ramp up your discipline, not scale it down.

“During catastrophic failure, you need your positive habits more than ever”

It’s not time to give up the green juices, stop exercising or invite troublemakers back into your life. You must stand guard at the door of your mind continually, and this time stand at that door with a freaking Uzi, ready to attack anything negative that tries to walk through.

My biggest challenge, when the tough times hit, is not giving into poor diet choices. There’s nothing better when you are feeling a bit off than to get into some nachos, or go and eat a hamburger. Instead, when I think of these bad habits, I go and double down on green veggies.

You need your mind clear, and bad habits will only fog the windscreen of your vision. You need to be able to see your challenge clearly for what it is, and not let your mind blow things out of proportion. Yes, you failed, but so does everyone at some point.

dv484061You can find success again, and you can choose to redefine your life any way you want. You’re in the driver’s seat, and it’s so crucial to stay in control. I know it’s difficult, but if you can keep your disciplined approach going, you will ultimately become indestructible.

When this happens again – and it will – you’ll know how to handle it. Stay focused. Stay positive. Never give up on yourself or your dreams.

 

2. Take two days off and volunteer

My go-to response to catastrophic events is to go and volunteer. This time around I’ve chosen The Salvation Army Homeless Shelter. They inspire everybody to help people in need.

By going and volunteering at an organization like The Salvation Army, you can surround yourself with positive people. Find an organization that has the same values as you, and offer two full days for free. Reach out to them via social media and tell them in one short sentence what your skills are.

These challenging times can be made so much better if you make smart decisions like volunteering. You must give as much as you can in everyday life, and during hard times you’ve got to double your giving. This will take the focus off your problems, and help you repair yourself.

 

3. There’s always a lesson

The frustrating thing about catastrophic times is that you feel like you’ve wasted your time travelling down a certain path that had now ended. Because time is limited, the failure makes us feel a sense of loss. What if you didn’t lose any time at all?

That’s what happened to me. While I suffered from failure, I learned so much about the world. Finding yourself and your purpose is about experiencing catastrophic failure more than normal. You’ve got to be committed to learning from every event, even when it seems like there is no lesson.

Through my own recent failure, I discovered more of my spiritual side, learned that I’ve become a really kind person, and I’ve seen how I can give it 110% which I never used to be able to do. It’s not all bad, you know. Learning and growing is what makes us happy. Use this happiness to defeat these catastrophic failures. Slay them like a dragon with your happiness.

 

4. Be prepared for sacrifice

One of the reasons we fail is because we’re not willing to budge on something. We have to get better at sacrificing, and not having everything our way. If we still fail, even after we have sacrificed everything, then we’ve done all we can do. It may be people or events that just can’t be controlled the way you would like them to be.

 

5. The tide will change again

The tide rolls in, but it always rolls out again. Hopefully, you’ve built the “ship of you” in such a way that the tide compliments your desired life destination rather than the other way around. I’ve seen the tide so many times now that it’s become like second nature.

I can almost predict its exact pattern. Even when you can see how events will play out, it doesn’t shield you from catastrophic events. All you can do is have faith in the process. Know that the tide will be back on your side before you know it.

The only other alternative is to give up and let this negative world win. That’s not even an option, so stop thinking like that. Contemplate how good it feels to see the positive in all situations. Remember how your optimism is the driving force in all things good. Remember that your optimism got you to this point in the first place. It’s how you might have met that special someone.

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How To Be More Assertive In 6 Basic Steps

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Many of us struggle to find our voices, even at times when we know that we should speak up. Being assertive is linked to your self-confidence, and not doing it could be holding you back both in your personal and your professional life. Follow these steps below to become more assertive and stand your ground.

1. Write down your thoughts

If you are feeling that you need to stand up for yourself, write down what you are thinking. Plan out how you can tell someone what you think. Even if it’s not for a specific conversation, write down what you need to say and how you can phrase it. This exercise is not intended to be read by someone else but rather to help you practice what to say. It could help with your confidence the next time an opportunity to say something comes up.

2. Choose words carefully

Start training yourself to not say certain words that will interrupt you and make you sound (and feel) less assertive. These include um, like, you know, ah, and so on. It’s much better to take a pause, take a breath, and think about what you want to say. Silence is powerful, and can be a better tool for assertiveness than filling that silence with meaningless noise. Practicing this will also make you feel better able to talk without using these words as time goes on.

“Handle them carefully, for words have more power than atom bombs.” – Pearl Strachan Hurd

3. Positively reinforce

When you do stand your ground or speak out, especially if you normally wouldn’t, be sure to reward yourself. Tell yourself about what a great job you have done, or give yourself a treat. Allow yourself a small celebration, even if it is only inside your own head. No matter what the outcome was, reinforce the behaviour in yourself by feeling positive about it.

4. Stand up at home

If you are not assertive in any area of your life, then standing up to your friends and family could be the easiest first step. This will help you to feel more confident before you increase your levels of assertiveness at work. It’s easier to stand up to people we know and like, because they will forgive us even if they think we have spoken out of turn. With more self-confidence, you can tackle the office head-on too.

5. Follow your own rules

If speaking up isn’t possible, think about ways that you can be more assertive through your actions. If you have a colleague that is always trying to involve you in other projects rather than your own work, consider setting a rule that you will only help them when you have finished your daily tasks. If you find that your work runs over into your lunch hour and leaves you with no break, get up from your chair and go for a walk where work can’t find you.

“Make your own rules or be a slave to another man’s.” – William Blake

6. Use body language

Having a slumped posture indicates defeat before you even consider raising your hand. Use body language to convey authority and your voice will be better heard. Straighten your shoulders, stop crossing your arms, keep your head straight, and keep your chin up high. Look people in the eye when you speak to them if you can, and you will find that your words feel stronger when they come from a stronger position.

The most important thing about becoming more assertive is to try. If you never go for step one, you will always struggle to be assertive, and you will never help yourself. Get a backbone and a voice for your own sake – with these steps it comes easier than you might think!

How have you helped yourself become more assertive? Leave your thoughts below!

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April 12, 2017 at 08:01PM

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The Art of Relaxed Productivity

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It is so easy to become frantic when you are in the middle of a busy workday. Even when you are making good time, the sheer amount of items on your to-do list can start to play with your mind. How will you get it all completed in time? How will you keep your energy up? Before you know it, you find yourself lagging and your productivity dropping.

This is something that happens to everyone. For that reason, one of the most common suggestions for productivity is taking frequent breaks through the day. But should we really stop there? Being relaxed through the day will help keep you focused and on track, without the panic.

What you need is to learn the art of relaxed productivity. Luckily, all that takes is a couple of tips.

Hang Out on Social Media

Yes social media can be distracting and you may be rolling eyes seeing it mentioned in the article about productivity but it all depends on how you use it.

Social media is ideal for making connections in the first place that work well for your personal and career growth. Primal has a great guide on using Twitter to build useful relationships. Social media can offer you a few minutes to relax while doing something useful for your personal growth!

Read a Book

Read a Book

Nothing is quite as relaxing as curling up with a good book. Schedule a couple of minutes out of your day every few hours to read a couple of pages. Not only will it calm you down, but it is a great way to find time to tackle that book list.

It’s not easy to find some time for reading but social media driven motivation can help a lot! Try Goodreads – it’s like a reading community that’s always with you!

Go For a Walk

Go for a Walk

Another favorite of the fitness crowd, walks do more than burn calories. They slow your mind down, release endorphins and improve your mood.

This is a great ace up the sleeve for those especially stressful days.

Sneak In a Workout

Sneak In a Workout

You might think that exercise is the last thing you want to do at the office. After all, you don’t want to get sweaty. Well, you don’t have to.

There are some great, simple toning and relaxation inducing exercises that you can find all over the we. Sparkpeople has several dedicated to at-desk workouts, and some that don’t make you sweat at all. YouTube is another good place to search.

Get Quirky With The Furniture

I am a firm believer in the power of an environment to affect someone’s mood, in both a negative and positive way.

When it comes to remaining relaxed and cheerful, having some good furniture can really help. A comfy chair is fine, but why not go with something a bit more energizing and fun? Like a bean bag chair, for example.

Office Depot is great for that, especially with their Office MaxPerks Rewards Program. I use this site to track new deals and programs including the one from Office Depot. It’s very inspiring!

Have a Snack

Have a Snack

Hunger is a killer of productivity and calm alike. You should always be prepared with a snack, and not something that comes out of a vending machine.

Fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins are nuts are perfect to boost your energy and leave you feeling more relaxed and focused.

Try a Breathing Exercise

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Calm.com… that is a site everyone should have bookmarked. It has short, medium and long breathing meditations, including tiny ones that last only a few minutes. Y

You would be amazed by how much difference those few minutes will make.

Do you have some tips for relaxed productivity? Let us know in the comments.

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13 Daily Habits You Need to Instill Into Your Life Immediately

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No one performs at fever pitch all the time. But that doesn’t mean there are no tricks to boost your productivity. These 13 suggestions, make them daily habits, and never look back. “I regret becoming more efficient, more productive, more effective and more successful” said no one, ever. If you want to become a dynamo rather than a dawdler at work or in your personal life, take notice. It won’t take long to notice the change.

1. Keep a calendar

Whether it’s on the wall, in your pocket or on your smartphone, there’s no substitute for being able to look at your commitments and know what your time constraints are for the day, the week or the month. The part that will take some getting used to will be religiously filling out what your duties are. Make a habit of filling out your calendar as soon as you know a deadline, start date, etc.

2. Prepare in advance

Trust that you know yourself well enough to block out a few minutes each day to plan ahead.  It doesn’t matter whether it’s first thing each morning, or last thing at night. What matters is that you never forget to think about what you will accomplish during the next 24 hours. Written lists work for many people, and at least a portion of your daily planning should include evaluating the previous 24.

3. Get enough rest

Everyone is different. Whether you need 10 hours of sleep or function well on 7, strive to stick to a schedule so that you wake at approximately the same time each day, ready to go! We are all creatures of habit, and operating on too little or too much sleep can throw everything off.

4. Eat right

Your energy level, physical health and moods are largely determined by what you eat. So learn what your body needs and make sure to supply those needs. That doesn’t mean you have to weigh your portions to the ounce or that you can’t be tempted by a latte and a jelly doughnut on occasion. Just resolve to make a habit of consuming fresh, nutritious food – and take the time to enjoy it!

5. Find your niche

That’s an overworked phrase, to be sure. But it’s true. Formulas that work for most people don’t necessarily work for everyone. Find ways to remind yourself of what’s important each day, and learn what time of day is your best time. Develop your schedule and design your day with your strengths in mind. Schedule meetings and solo work when your brain is most engaged for those activities. Evaluate and embrace your individuality.

“Life is very interesting… in the end, some of your greatest pains, become your greatest strengths.” – Drew Barrymore

6. Regularly set goals

Write them, don’t just think them. Use a whiteboard in the office or a notebook on your desk. Share them, if appropriate. Give each goal a specific deadline, whether it’s a week or two years. Establish benchmarks if that seems like a logical way to accomplish those goals. Evaluate and analyze along the way, until it’s time to mark each goal “accomplished.”

7. Give up the “Try” mentality

Do or do not; there is no try“, as a small green man has taught many generations. If you commit to doing something, give it your all. People who consistently “try”, find themselves quitting at the first sign of adversity, rather than committing to complete the task.

8. Learn to say no

There are limits to what one person is good at. If you’re not the best one for a task, decline or delegate the duties to someone you trust. Whether it’s chairing a committee, writing a brief, directing a project, or promoting a product. There are also other limits: time, energy, interest, money, appetite, location and expertise. Know your limits, and insist that family, friends and business associates respect your limitations and your choices.

9. Get outside

Sunlight and fresh air do wonders for the mind as well as the body. Physicians and mental health specialists concur. The Environmental Protection Agency notes that typical humans spend as much as 93% of their time indoors AND that spending just five minutes a day outside can improve your mood and boost your self-esteem.

10. Get moving

This doesn’t mean relocate – although finding the right kind of space to run your business is helpful in its own right. But it’s important to disrupt your normal routine a bit during the day. If you work at a desk, get up and walk around a bit. Talk to coworkers, get a drink of water, take a slow lap outside, or just close your mind for just a few minutes every couple of hours. If most of your time is spent standing, take a break and sit a spell whenever possible.

11. Disconnect on occasion

Realize that you are not only what you do. Unplug. Take small vacations. You’ll be better and more motivated when you need to be. Almost no one can go full speed all the time, and many who try end up becoming less productive as a result.

“Sometimes you just need to disconnect and enjoy your own company.”

12. Develop single-task focus

Acknowledge that multitasking is largely a myth, and resolve to eliminate distractions in your life as much as possible. Move from one task to another in rapid succession if need be, but try to concentrate on one thing at a time. Even if it’s a small task such as writing an email, let your mind stay on topic until you’ve hit send.

13. Set aside time to laugh

Productive, healthy people are often happy people. Know when it is time to lighten up and have some fun. Find things that make you happy and make sure to revisit them regularly. Use that calendar to find days or chunks of time to be entertained – you won’t regret it.

Which one of these habits are you going to start today? Leave your thoughts below!

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April 11, 2017 at 07:02PM

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16 Things Your Successful Friends Have Given Up

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Sit down and think, for a moment, about what your successful friends do compared to your loser friends that complain. If you don’t have any successful friends, then you need these tips I’m about to share more than anyone.

Your successful friends think differently, speak differently, and work 10 times harder than your loser friends. Success is easier than you think it is, but you’ve got to model and learn from the right people. Your unsuccessful loser friends are the ones that are feeding your mind lies.

They’re telling you that you can’t do it, or it’s too hard, or there’s no meaning in it all anyway. What total crap! Listen to your successful friends. Divorce your unsuccessful friends once and for all. You’re destined for big things, young Skywalker.

Here are 16 things your successful friends have given up:

 

1. They’ve given up believing they can’t change the world

Elon Musk TeslaYour successful friends believe that it’s not where you are born, how much education you have, or how much money you start out with; success is about believing you can change the world. All of us have the power to do something incredible.

We don’t need anyone to tell us we are worthy, or deserve to be phenomenal. Your successful friends let the belief in themselves guide their vision for a better world. Your successful friends believe they can be part of the positive change that helps humanity rise to a higher level.

 

2. They’ve given up on luck

“Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity” – Oprah Winfrey

Luck is a myth straight out. Your successful friends stopped believing in it a long time ago and have replaced luck with “hustle.”

Get out there and make stuff happen. Stop waiting for the right time because it’s never the right time to do anything. You’re in charge of your success, and you’ve got to grab it by the curly ones. The lottery is not going to make you have good luck and be rich; your mind is.

 

3. They’ve given up on numbing pain

Your successful friends are not trying to escape life by numbing the pain; they’re trying to discover the pain and then push through it like a bulldozer. Rather than sit at the pub and drink beer, indulge on carbs/salt and mingle with the other losers, they’re out there having meetings and making the stars align towards their vision.

They’re frustrated not at the world, but at how much harder they’ve got to work to make their dream come true. Instead of forgetting their failures by numbing the pain, they’re trying to etch their failures into their brain so they can ensure they learn from them, rather than be pushed into darkness by them.

 

4. They’ve given up on negative people

Battery-negative-positiveMore than anything, your successful friends have left their loser friends behind. They’re no longer going to sit down and listen to people who have no idea about anything. Your successful friends avoid losers and treat them like they’re infected with malaria.

The only time your successful friends are willing to hang out with a loser is when that person has committed to turning their life around, and they’re asking for help. Your successful friends believe in helping others and sharing their advice.

Don’t let negative people tell you how the world is supposed to be. Find out for your yourself. Grab a piece of the map that guides your life from each of your successful friends. Combine all of their knowledge, and then stop consuming content like this. Then go out and execute on it.

 

5. They’ve given up on time wasting

Procrastinating is something your successful friends are really bad at. They have faith in what they can achieve and just get started on the goal. They treat life like every moment is precious, and they don’t want to waste a second of it.

When your successful friends are old and have gray hair one day, they want to be proud of how they spent their time. Ideally, they want to have changed the world in some significant way, and for their legacy to last generations to come.

When they enter a room, they want to be given a standing ovation for the way they have lived their life. They are humbled by the gift of wisdom that they first saw, and then embraced with every cell in their body.

 

6. They’ve given up only consuming

Rather than consume YouTube videos all day long, your successful friends have given up consuming for creating. They spend as much time as possible doing the “doing” instead of sitting there watching others have the success they’ve always dreamt of.

As a rule of thumb, spend more than 50% of your time creating and leave the rest of the time for consuming.

 

7. They’ve given up selfishness

Your successful friends put their vision, family and goals before everything else. They also are insanely focused on giving and serving others. Put simply: life is not just all about them.

 

8. They’ve given up wasting their money

Money is one of the key differences. Successful people pay themselves first and invest a large amount of their income. They also never forget to make giving money a habit, even when they don’t have much money to give. How much you give will determine how rich you become.

 

9. They’ve given up on not believing in people

You can’t build Rome if you don’t have people to help with the workload. Your successful friends believe in other people, and pick their “A Team” wisely. They see raw talent, and love to polish certain people into beautifully shining diamonds. Your successful friends want to create more leaders rather than be the sole leader.

Your successful friends can see through all the imperfections someone might have, and notice the light that is desperately trying to shine through. They love to help people transform, and they believe anyone can be successful.

 

10. They’ve given up on negative thoughts

“World War 3 is not being fought on the battlefield like prior wars; it’s being fought in our own minds” – Tim Denning

Your successful friends have oodles of discipline when it comes to their minds. It’s the center of their universe, and they know that all success starts in this one place. They train their mind every single day to avoid the default response of the brain that tells us negative things.

Rather than embrace their negative thoughts, your successful friends do everything they can to let these thoughts pass by like clouds in the sky. They’re an observer of their thoughts, and they choose to focus on the rare positive thoughts that come into their consciousness.

 

11. They’ve given up on BS

Life is full of so much meaningless nonsense. Your successful friends have made a conscious choice to give up on bullsh*t. Things that don’t serve them, like the news, are eliminated from their schedule. Meetings for the sake of meetings are frowned upon.

People who only serve their own interest and have disgustingly ugly egos are forgotten about, like last year’s bottom-of-the-ladder football team. Being successful is centered around not letting BS get in your way. You’ve got to sort through the dirt to find the golden nugget tasks that make you fulfilled.

Your BS tolerance has to be at an all-time low for you to be successful. Don’t put up with your own BS and other people’s BS anymore. Make a change for the better and do what successful people do: make a habit of permanently escaping it for the dream island called “meaning.” Now that’s an island we should all want to live on for the rest of our human existence on this beautiful planet we take for granted.

 

12. They’ve given up on being stuck in failure

“Failure is a cheap lesson in what’s not going to make you successful” – Tim Denning

Your successful friends don’t let failure stop them; they use it to become more. Failure allows your successful friends to learn things they didn’t know. Failure equals education rather than a negative experience that stops them in their tracks.

 

13. They’ve given up on being single

Given Up On Being SingleNow to love: your successful friends have figured out that being single is a myth. Their partner is the one who supports them through all of the challenging times, and reinforces their successful nature. Your successful friends know that they need a good man or woman to come home to.

Your successful friends know that love is what makes all of the madness of life worthwhile. Rather than avoiding love or postponing it, they make it their life mission to stop at nothing until they find it while they work away at their vision.

Being single is cool for about thirty seconds until you’re an old wrinkly person sitting in your chair and watching all the happy couples dance at the charity ball. You’ll have that sinking feeling that somehow you missed out. Somehow you got so busy with achieving that you forgot what we were put on this planet to do: Love.

 

14. They’ve given up on wearing a mask

Unlike the corporate politicians, your successful friends have taken the mask away. They’re happy to be vulnerable, and they share even the most personal of stories. Being fake is the ultimate crime to them, and letting who they are shine through is the only way they will live their life.

 

15. They’ve given up on people’s opinions of them

Your successful friends couldn’t give a rats a$$ what anyone thinks about them. They’re not trying to impress anyone other than themselves. That’s why they’re not afraid to have a go and fail.

 

16. They’ve given up on giving up

You’ve come a long way so far. The final thing your successful friends have given up is giving up. They’ve figured out that you can’t work three months on something and then say, “I’m not getting enough traction and quit.”

meet-the-millennials-who-found-happiness-by-giving-up-on-dating-body-image-1484849832Your successful friends are not quitters. They push through all of the struggle and pain to earn the title of “successful.” It doesn’t come easy and what they do, more than any of the tips I’ve mentioned above, is NEVER GIVE UP!

Quitting is not an option, and they let their passion push through all the barriers. They’re insanely obsessed not to lose, and nothing is going to stop them. Could you adopt this mindset and then go on to join your successful friends on cloud nine where they all hang out after a day of winning at life? I believe you can. Do you?

What are you going to decide today to give up on so you can be successful?

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Two-Person Facebook Live, The Effect of Facebook Ad Campaigns & More: The Social Scoop 4/10/17

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Greetings from Dublin, Ireland!

I just enjoyed a wonderful week with my family in Scotland. Then, this morning, I hopped over to Ireland to keynote at the Social Media Summit here. Whee!!

Of course, this has been a ‘working vacation’ and I’ve been tuning in to all the latest Facebook updates.

Just starting to roll out to more users is the ability to do Live video and invite guests to join you on camera!

To see if you have access, just swipe left on the comments/reactions on your Live video and (if you have the 2-person feature), you’ll see profile pictures of your live viewers. Those who can be invited to join you live on camera will have little green camera icons – see screenshot below:

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The two-person live can be portrait/vertical (picture-in-picture, PIP) or landscape/horizontal (split-screen). See screenshots below. The feature is rolling out to more users slowly, although Facebook tells me it’s still quite buggy.

NEW: Two-person Facebook Live!

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The screenshot above shows the portrait style 2-person Facebook Live with PIP (picture-in-picture). I’m broadcasting live from a café in Perth, Scotland with my friend and Team Mari member, Chloë!

Here’s the actual Facebook Live video of the above broadcast. (For some reason, embedding portrait Facebook videos does not seem to work on my WP blog, hm! #facebugs)

 

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Then, this screenshot above shows the landscape style 2-person Facebook Live with split-screen.

Here’s the actual Facebook Live video embedded below:

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This Week’s Top 3 Articles

1. The Real Effect of Running a Facebook Ad Campaign in 5 Charts via Wordstream.com

This in-depth post shows how effective investing even a small amount in Facebook Ads can be. Because of the relationship between paid and organic performance, investing in paid has a positive effect on organic. The numbers are impressive to say the least: Facebook advertisers outperform businesses that aren’t advertising to the average tune of 77% more page fans, 96% more page clicks, 225% more post impressions and the list goes on.

2. The State of Social Media Marketing in 21 Instagram Posts via Spark.Adobe.com

I love these visual notes from the recent Social Media Marketing World 2017 conference! Visual communication is becoming more and more important and posts like the ones shared here make your message quick and easy to understand. Given that we only have a split second to stop someone from scrolling past, this post is packed with excellent tips and inspiration.

3. Secrets Facebook Insights Can Uncover for Your Small Business via NCRsilver.com

Do you know which metrics to watch on your Facebook page? There’s a lot of information available and knowing what to look for and what it means can really benefit your business and help you get more out of your page. Lots of great tips from my good friend Andrea Vahl here!

That’s all for this week’s issue of The Social Scoop. I hope your week is off to a wonderful start!

P.S. Thank you so much to everyone who read and replied to my postscript last week– your kind comments meant a lot to me!!! 

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April 10, 2017 at 08:38PM

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The Part of Success No One Wants to Talk About

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Every single seminar will tell you the same thing. Every self-help, money management, business, and entrepreneurship book says the same thing. Every stress management, law-of-attraction, manifestation, and chant will do the same thing for you. The thing you are missing is the truth.

No one wants to talk about the cold hard truth of the journey of success. Success isn’t the end-all-be-all…it’s a choice. Entrepreneurship isn’t a destination, it’s a journey. Being a person of influence isn’t a celebrity title, it’s a task. Being “rich” won’t solve your problems, only you can do that.

There are so many topics around success, so many topics about how to be and how not to be. There a lot of important things which need to happen within you before you will see real success, such as forgiveness, gratitude, grit, purpose, self-control, and so much more. Every topic and every step to growth starts with one word, but I won’t sugar coat this. It takes choice.

“Every choice you make has an end result.” – Zig Ziglar

I know, I know, yes people talk about choice all the time, I just needed a catchy title! I’m just kidding. I want to talk with you about the choices you have to make that you won’t want to make and why you aren’t successful yet.

The choices you have to make

If you have been doing this “entre-porn” thing for a while now and not seen many results, I will tell you why. You don’t want it. You don’t want to go through the “what-if’s” or the uncertainty that comes from jumping head first into the freezing waters of success. And yes, the water is freezing.

If you have been working your tail off but you haven’t seen success, you haven’t given it that last bit that you know you need to give in order to become successful. You are holding onto that piece that you hold dear and cannot give up.

If you truly wanted to be successful as bad you say you do, you would have it. Success isn’t just a “result” it’s a feeling. It is defined by society as rich but success looks different to every person on this planet.

Success is different to everyone

To a single mother in Africa whose husband died from famine, success might be that her children make it into school and make it out of poverty themselves. To a young man in the Philippines success might be moving to America and starting a business. To an elderly man suffering from depression success might be spending an entire day without shedding a tear.

What does success mean to you? And what are you willing to give up to reach it?  Are you ready to work 4 jobs to have the money to pay off that loan? Are you willing to sleep 2 hours a night for 6 months straight to get things in order before launching a product? Are you prepared to face the people who only want to leech off of you once you start to make money? What are you willing to give up? Your sleep, your tv, your coffee, your booze, your friends, and even your sanity?

We all know the story from Eric Thomas about the boy being held under water… “When you want success as bad as you want air, then you will be successful.” Do you want success as much as you want to breathe?

“If you don’t sacrifice for what you want, what you want becomes the sacrifice.”

The only way you will find that is to look in the mirror. Face the cold hard truth that the journey to success, which you may hit and then have to fight to get back to again and again, is in freezing water. The only person who can keep you from getting hypothermia is yourself. You have to face yourself.

Figure out what is holding you back and that ultimately comes down to asking yourself – “What am I waiting for?” Have a conversation in the mirror. Once you do that, you will see that the journey through freezing water to that beautiful place that is success for you is very tangible. You just have to choose.

What choice are you going to make today to lead you towards success? Leave your thoughts below!

April 10, 2017 at 08:02PM

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from Stephen Dela Cruz

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