The Proven Evergreen Strategy That Will Help You Grow Your Online Business

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Ever wanted to know how you can grow your online business?

 
Maybe you are one of those who has been told, “If you want to make money online, sell something.”

 
And off you went to create your own product to sell.
And bang…Cricket. No one bought your product.
No click, to add the product to cart.

 
I know this will get you worried that you might end up asking yourself if you are meant to have an online business.
And I also know growing an online business isn’t easy.

 
Today, I’ll let you on, into the proven evergreen strategy that will help you grow your business.
First, let me tell you my little story.

 
Three months ago, I bought a freelance writing training course online. I didn’t buy the freelance writing course because I saw an ad and clicked through. I didn’t buy the freelance writing course because I had enough money to throw around any random course online. No matter the sugar-coated promises to help me become an awesome freelance writer.

 
I have known Walter, the freelance writer and internet trainer behind FreelancerKenya writing course. It was a time I was trying to make a career out of my passion -writing. Looking to hone my writing skills to become better. And one day, while searching for useful information related to freelance writing, I stumbled upon his blog.

 

With the articles I saw there, I subscribed. I started to receive newsletter and content from his blog. Rich, helpful and valuable content consistently.

 
Walter was committed to helping people like me become awesome freelance writers. After following his blog for a year, I bought his freelance writing course. I bought his course because he positioned himself as the go-to- guy to help me achieve my goal of learning how to write as a freelance writer.

 
Now, this is where many businesses get it all wrong.
Dangling their product in front of everyone they meet.
Buy my product! Buy my product! Buy my product!
But sorry dear, no one’s gonna buy your product just like that.

 
And why you may ask?
See…
They don’t know you. They don’t like you. They don’t trust you.
Yeah.You read it.

 
In business, there is a marketing strategy called “The know, like and trust factor.”

 

What is the know, like and trust factor about?

This is the fundamental principle of marketing people go through before they can buy from you. Businesses are becoming more relationship-oriented than transactional.
Before people do business with you, they get to know you first, then like you. And trust you to buy from you.

 
This is the secret to many online businesses raking in more sales than their competitors.

 
In the little story, I told earlier, I first got to know the freelance writing trainer through the content he writes about on his blog. About freelance writing. He was consistent in providing useful information. I started to like him and everything about what he does. His stories resonated with me and my struggle to become an awesome freelance writer.

Then, I finally got to trust him enough to buy his product¬freelance writing course.

 
My story is exactly the same process people go through before buying a product or service.

 
The know, like and trust factor works for all forms of business online. Product or service.
And now that I’ve told you the effective marketing strategy to help you promote and grow your business, the next point is how you can build the know, like and trust factor.

 

How to build the know, like and trust factor

Know: As I mentioned before, businesses are now relationship¬oriented.People don’t buy from strangers. They prefer to buy from people they know to avoid being scammed online.Or taken advantage of.

 
To get people to know you, you have to become visible. Create awareness by putting valuable content out to get the attention of potential customers. Promote free content related to what your business is all about.

 
Let me cite an example.

If your product is body cream and lotion, you can offer free useful tips on “3 fruits that will give you a glowing skin”, “5 tips for a healthy skin”.

 
Or, if you run a traveling agency, you could share on “7 awesome places to go for your next vacation”.
These are just a few. And with this, people will get to know you exist and also know what you are all about.

 
Did I also mention all these examples fall into content marketing? Creating content related to your product to become visible and attract customers. These content are housed on your website, social media wall, and page.

 
I was able to know my freelance writing trainer, Walter, exists through the content he shared on his blog. Your content should not be limited to articles. You can share video related content too.

 
LIKE: To get people to like you, be human. Be yourself.Put a face to your name. Empathize with people and share your own experience, so they can relate with your brand. This is your Unique Selling Point.

 

But Let me quickly tell you this: Not everyone will like you and what you do.Don’t let it bother you. The idea is not to get everyone to like you. Well, your business is not for everyone. Is it?
Know who your ideal customers are.Your customers are also called buyer persona. Buyers who are attracted to you, what you do and how you do it. To help you picture your buyer persona, you should start with these simple questions:

  • Are your customers male or female?
  • What is their age range?
  • What is their profession?
  • What is their income?
  • What are their likes and dislikes?

These questions when answered by you, will help you know and understand your buyer persona. You will also be able to create content that provide a solution for them.

 
TRUST: We don’t buy trust. Rather we earn it.In order for people to trust you, they have to know you have their best interest at heart.
Give away free stuff. Valuable and helpful content related to your business. Let it also be something your target audience will benefit from.

 
Be consistent. If you say you’ll send out newsletter weekly, do so.Don’t break promises as it will affect your credibility.

 
Seth Godin, author and entrepreneur said,” Making promises and keeping them is a great way to build a brand.”

Your consistent dishing of free and helpful content will endear you to them, to trust you. For then, you’ve appealed to the emotional part of them.

 
Offer guarantee. There are nothing people like more online than a product with a money back guarantee or a 30-day trial. People love it when they know they’ve got nothing to lose. They won’t be taken advantage o, when they make a buying decision online.

 
Summing it up

Growing your business online isn’t rocket science. It starts from building the know, like and trust factor.
People only transact business with people they share a relationship with. Not strangers.So, the game changer for your online business is creating useful content to provide a solution for ideal customers. It is having their best interest at heart.

 

It is positioning yourself [Brand] as the product [Body cream] your customer thinks about when she wants to have that glowing skin.
Now, are you ready to grow your online business?
Go get your ideal customers.

 
Over to you, have you been building the know, like and trust factor for your business?
Use the comment section. Let’s engage.
Also, don’t forget to share this post if you find it helpful.

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What if There Were no Challenges?

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What if there were no challenges?
I’ve been trying to imagine life without challenges.But the picture I keep seeing in my mind is that of a robot.
A robot doesn’t have a life.Heck,it has no will or sense of emotion. So,how can it be challenged?
We aren’t a robot.We are human.
And challenges only presents itself to the living.

I don’t know how many times I’ve wished away challenges. The wishes only end up becoming a smoke that dissapears into thin air.
Truth be told,challenges aren’t sweet.Nobody likes it.This comes from the fact that we lean towards anything that’s not stressful or challenging.We will always seek the easier route and pleasurable ways.Hedonism: human nature.

 

Recently,I read a story a man told on Quora.The story happened in his college days.Then,he was a timid young guy.In his own words,a coward.
It was his first day in college,and he happened to be the first student to walk into the massive hall,where his first lecture will be held.
Being the coward he was,sitting at the back was the safest and logical thing to do.
The proffesor wouldn’t call him or talk to him.No one will notice him and he will hide at the back seat for the rest of the semester.
The timid young guy walked into the hall,moving to the back seat in the hall.He sat down.

On a second thought,he told himself he couldn’t continue being a coward.He stepped out from the back seat with the little confidence he could muster,and walked back to sit at the front row of the lecture hall.
He slided into the first chair in the front row,feeling his confidence leaving him and flying off the window.Again,he thought of going back to the back seat.But the thought that people has seen him leave the back seat to move to the front,will seem strange to those people who saw him.
So,he took a heavy breathe and sat,glued there.

He wasn’t going to pass out;he thought.
No sooner had he settled on the front seat that the professor walked into the hall.
The professor hasn’t noticed him.He exhaled within.
He was still alive.
Then,he had a voice that shouted,signaling some guys to move to the front row.
There was a sudden rush,as the guys sprinted to seat at the front row,next to the timid guy.It happened with the guys all relaxed;joking and laughing.

The timid guy couldn’t believe his eyes.
For all the coercion and bravery it had taken him to sit on the front row,it took these guys next to nothing to sit on the front row.It hadn’t been a challenge for them.Probably,they wouldn’t remember this,but him,the timid guy will.

 

The man concluded his story with these words: “we forget what was easy because there’s no achievement in what we do with ease.”

 

This story made an important discovery about life and challenges.
What might be a challenge to you may not be a challenge to the other person.Again,challenges presents itself either in small or big form.
So,it’s logical to say,life is a challenge itself.

 

While everyone have their own share of challenges,the big question is this: How Do You Handle Challenges?

 

How do you perceive challenges and how do you react to them?
Can I tell you this? Perception is everything.
The way you regard challenges,the way you perceive them with your senses and beliefs,will determine if you can handle and raise above the challenges.
Do you see challenges as a stone or a stepping stone?

 

Do you allow difficulties to keep you to the ground without a fight?
Do you even know you are the one to decide if your challenges will break or build you?
I love these words of Joel Osteen.He said, “You wouldn’t be who you are today without all the things you’ve been through.Don’t complain about the challenge.It’s not hindering you.It’s preparing you.”

 

Challenges will help you see and tap into the inner strength you never knew you possess.It will make you see other ways to get things done.
You see,life is full of road bumps here and there.The more you understand this about life,the easier it will be to brace yourself up and handle challenges when they show up on your doorstep.
When you develop the right attitude about challenges,you’ll benefit and grow from them.
Incase you are wondering what life will be without challenges,let me indulge your curiosity.

  • Life will be boring.Bland.No spice.We’ll keep repeating the same thing over and over.
  • We wouldn’t learn something new.We never learn in our comfort zone.Because there’s nothing there to learn.
  • We wouldn’t know our strength,weakness,or capabilities.When you face challenges,you’ll engage your thoughts to seek ways out of the difficulty.
  • We’ll have nothing to keep us on our feet.Challenges are the reason you are not curled up in your couch 24 hours a day.
  • We’ll loose the drive to create and invent.Then we’ll loose life itself.

Don’t allow challenges swallow you.There’s always a way out of it.Think of many ways to beat challenges when they show up
The adversity of life is not peculiar to anyone.It’s what comes with life.

Now over to you.

Have you had any challenge,lately?

How were you able to scale through the  challenge?Use the comment section and tell us.

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Which Gospel Are You Hearing And Preaching?

Hi everyone,
Good to know we are all on board,2018.
I’ve been away here for a long time.It was a journey of unlearning to relearning about God,Jesus,and Christianity.
I was shedding off doctrines that held me back from embracing the truth that’ll set me free.And it’s been an exhilarating and too good to be true experience.
This will bring me to the subject of this post:Which gospel are you hearing and preaching?
It’s saddening and discouraging when we go to church to hear the gospel,only to end up being fed “sin and hell” sermons.
“Thou shall not sin unless you’ll end up in hell.”
“God’s wrath and judgement is against you,sinners.”
And it goes on.
Now,does these sermons depict the goodnews?
Does it even portray God as a loving father or an angry God?
I have always thought Christianity to be hard.It’s all because of the rules and law sermons that were hard to keep.
“Do this”.”Don’t do this.”
This rule keeping sermons unarguably set ideas in my heart that,God is lurking behind me,waiting to punish me because I couldn’t fulfill the rules.
And guess what?
It made me so miserable and guilt-trapped.It was like how can I come before God when I’ve not been holy in my acts.
To me,it was a servant and a no- nonsense master relationship.
I had lots of fears.I concluded walking with God is burdensome.
But then,that was what we were told on the pulpit.
Thanks be to God;it’s now in the past.
Grace found me.I saw grace.And grace is a person.His name is Jesus.Now He’s teaching me the goodness and love of God,expressed through Him.
The Problem With Christianity
Christianity as depicted by some preachers,is all about rules and regulation.Preachers focus on sin,rather than God’s love in the person,Jesus.
Preachers make salvation so hard for people.They condemn people first,then tell them to give their lives to Christ or perish in their sin.
I’ve read Jesus’ account when He was on earth.His encounter with sinners and how He related with them.
Jesus never condemned sinners.He never exposed their bad behavior,(except the Pharisees and religious folks who claimed they were more righteous,depending on their own righteousness.) Rather what they received was the gift of no condemnation and forgiveness of their sins.
A case in point is the woman caught in adultery and the Samaritan woman at the well.
For the Samaritan woman,Jesus didn’t begin by saying: “repent,you adulterous woman who has had 5 husbands, yet living with someone not your husband.”
Jesus treated the woman with courtesy.He let her know He’s already aware of her sins.”For you have had five husbands…”
Here,Jesus revealed her sins,so she’ll know Jesus knows her past,yet still loves her.

 

John 3:17 says,”for God did not send His son into the world to condemn the world,but to save the world through Him.”
So,where is the goodnews when you condemn people or threaten them with hell?
That’s not good news.It’s bad news.

 

And what is the goodnews?

It’s a revelation of what Christ has made right for you;not what is wrong with you.
Or have you not read Romans 2:4 which says,it’s the goodness of God that leads to repentance?
So it’s not the threat,wrath or condemnation of God,folks.
When people come to church,they come because they are hungry and tasty for the truth that’ll set them free.

Acts 13 is a word for word documentation of what Paul preached in Antioch

 

And what did Paul preach about?

The death and resurrection of our lord Jesus Christ.The abundance of God’s grace expressed in Jesus.
God want us to focus on his goodness and love.Rather than on sin.
God came down to have fellowship with man.
When people know how much God loves them and start overflowing with the love of God,they will fulfill the law and rules effortlessly.
Yes.
God’s word says, “love your neighbor as yourself.Love does no harm to his neighbor.Love is the fulfillment of the law.

Folks,we are been called to preach the gospel,which means goodnews.Not badnews.The gospel ought to enrich people,bring enlightenment;and not fear.Jesus had a laid down approach in reconciling men to God.That’s the approach Christians should adopt.It produces bountiful results

The world needs to hear that God loves them and He isn’t counting any sin against them.For Jesus took the sins of the world upon Himself at the cross.

No wonder  Jesus said,”…whosoever believes in me will not perish but have eternal life.”

And to believers,He told them:”Now you are the sons of God.Walk in the spirit and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.”

Know the gospel to preach and take heed to what you hear.

Now,I leave you to the word of His grace that is able to build you up,and give you an inheritance among those who have been sanctified.

God’s grace is the goodnews.

I will love to know your thoughts.Use the comment box.Thanks

7 Reasons Why You Should Never Give Up(Even when you want to)

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Reasons Why You Should Never Give Up

I’m giving up!

I can’t see any result yet

My challenges overwhelm me.It’s getting the better part of me and I already feel like a failure right now.

Can you relate to either of them or all? I want you to know that you are not alone. Everyone feels and experiences it.

Life challenges suck!

It makes us question ourselves, our capacity and leaves room for self-doubt to creep in. And in such moment, we get drained of our mental strength. We can’t continue again. This leaves us no choice than to give up.

But hold on, why should you give up?

Here, let me give you reasons why you should hang in there and never ever give up.

7 reasons why you should never give up

1.You are alive; this is hope

You are reading this post right now. It means you are alive. It’s a plus and the most important reason for not giving up. There is hope for a life that’s still breathing, even a living dog is better than a dead lion. You have lots of opportunities. Opportunity to make your dream happen, be who you want to be, another chance to sit down and come up with another plan to start again. Now smarter.

It’s only those who are alive get such chance. Not the dead. When you don’t succeed the first time, you can try again. Your breakthrough might be next door. Giving up is not an option if you are alive.

2.Everyone passes through life challenges

The adversity of life is not peculiar to you. Everyone goes through the ups and downs of life.

Why is this so?

Life is not a smooth ride. There are road blocks and bumps here and there. Because you live on this planet called earth, you will face challenges. Everyone.

The more you understand this about life, the easier it will be to brace yourself up and handle challenges when they show up on your doorstep.
3.You owe it to your dreams

The ‘you’ within you have a dream. A dream that can only find expression outside.

I watched a young woman on TV two days ago. She came for an audition. The voice Nigeria. The host interviewed her before she went up to sing.There, she told the host she’s been on 20 auditions. The voice Nigeria is her 21st audition. She hasn’t given up. She won’t. Yeah, she told the host so. It has been her dream to become an artist and this might be the platform to help launch her dreams.

And you know what?

She sang so well that she got picked by one of the judges.

Ok.while yours might not be to become a singer, you do have a dream waiting to be birthed. Give yourself that joy of pursuing it and make it a reality. Nobody said it will be easy and effortless. Don’t deny yourself the fulfillment that comes with making your dream happen. When you live your dreams, you live life without regrets.
4.Nobody has got it all

Do you know everything?

You don’t. I don’t. No one knows it all. It is only human that we can’t figure everything out. Your challenges do not make you less human. We are bound to make mistakes, as we look for solutions to our problems. It does not make you less human. When you fail or don’t get it right, don’t give up. Pick yourself up, try again. There is no hard or fast rule about how many times one can fail.

It’s OK to admit not to know all. It’s OK to admit a fall. But they are not a reason to give up when we face them. They are only events, the result of a strategy that will not work. A fall, a mistake doesn’t define you. Rise up and move forward. Launch out again, now armed with tested strategies and the ones untested.

 

5No lesson or experience to gain

Life is a teacher; the more you live, the more you learn. Adversities are great teachers for life. If you give up on your dreams, how will you grow?

Thomas Edison, the inventor of the light bulb, failed many times before he got a breakthrough. His friend who went down to Thomas’s laboratory to see him asked him this question:

“Isn’t it a shame that with the tremendous amount of work done you haven’t been able to get any results?’’ Thomas replied him, “Results! Why, man, I have gotten lots of results! I know several thousand things that won’t work!”

If he had given up on his project, he wouldn’t have become successful. And even had to know a thousand things that will never work.

We grow through trial and error. Keep trying, but never give up. Your next attempt might be the key to your breakthrough.

 

6. The stronger the wind; the stronger the tree

What doesn’t kill you will make you strong. A verse from the Bible says, “If you fall in the days of adversity, how small is your strength. Life challenges make you strong. It exposes you to the inner strength you never knew you have. I can tell you that you become open to possibilities to help you overcome the challenge. You learn how to use life challenges to make yourself better.Here is a helpful post on how to fail and succeed

People are not able to get a grip on challenges because of how they perceive setback and failure. When you develop the right attitude towards challenges, you stop seeing them as one. Rather you start to see it as a strength booster. To make sure you don’t get discouraged and give up, when you face challenges, ask yourself these questions:

What can I learn from this challenge? How will I grow from it?

This will put you in a positive state. And a positive mind will make you embrace your challenge, seeing it as a learning tool.
7.You are the answer to someone’s problem

Have you for a moment thought that without your contribution or story, someone out there will be missing out?

If you’ve not heard it elsewhere then here it now, you are the answer to someone’s problem.The world will care if you give up. Yes, you didn’t give them the solution you have inside of you to cure the world of what ails it.

Do not for a moment think that you are here to fill a space on earth. You are here to contribute your own quota to make the world a better place.To tell your own story as a source of inspiration.Thomas Edison never gave up and today he’s a source of inspiration to many lives.  Look around. There are needs. People are looking to find comfort and inspiration. No matter how little, your contribution will speak volume.

You have what it takes to help someone out there. That God-given gift seats inside, waiting to be unleashed.

A whole lot of people have been there before you. They were courageous and stood their ground. They kept showing up till they became a success in their different field.

See..

Check out these inspirational quotes which will inspire and encourage you to never give up.Great minds have written them. They have been there before, but they never gave up.You can also be like them too.Here we go

Inspirational quotes encouraging you never to give up

“Remember that guy that gave up? Neither does no one else “_unknown

“Winners never quit and quitters never win.”_Vince Lombardi

“Your hardest times often lead to the greatest moments of your life. Keep going. Tough situations build strong people in the end.”_Roy T.Bennett

“Sometimes adversity is what you need to face in order to become successful. “_Zig Ziglar

“When you feel like giving up, remember you held on for so long in the first place.”_ Unknown

“There is no failure except in no longer trying.” _Elbert Hubbard

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” _Thomas Edison

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” _Thomas Edison

“Successful men and women keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit. ”_Conrad Hilton

“Never stop dreaming, never stop believing, never give up, never stop trying and never stop learnings.” _Roy T. Bennett

“Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.” _F.Scott Fitzgerald

Summing it up

Today, you should make the choice to keep trying because you are stronger than you think and still alive.Everyone has their own share of life challenges.Challenges are not there to break you but to build you up.See them as opportunities to grow.You are not here on earth by mistake.You are here to fulfill a purpose.The world awaits you.

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Don’t Waste Time! 5 Attitudes That Will Help You Succeed In Reccesion

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5 Attitudes for People Who Want to Succeed in the Midst Of A Recession

Success begins with an attitude…not just any attitude.
Success is intentional. It is planned. It is an act that yields expected results when the right approach, principle, and attitude is applied. From the small goal to the big project, the attitude you put up matters a lot, as it will affect your desired result.

Attitude, in psychology, is the way people respond to an idea, object, person or situation through their emotion, belief, and behavior. Attitude influences people’s choice of action and their responses to issues and challenges. Your mental position is very expedient on your goals.

Yeah, I know. Life is filled with ups and downs, the world has enough bad news to make someone jolt out of their sanity
We’ve been listening to economic and financial experts tell us their opinion. And gradually, we’ve structured our lives based on their opinion.

Jeez….There is a recession!

But people are still buying cars, going for a vacation, building moon scrappers, living large…..all in the midst of the recession.
They are still with us…. and succeeding right under our nose.

You might ask, “How are these people succeeding in the face of economic recession? What are they doing that I’m not doing?”

Ask no further.The answer lies on how they react to situations and event they encounter. It is in the attitude they put up in the face of their daily challenges as they journey through life. They know that attitude is everything. They also know that it’s not what happens to them that matters, not even what they hear but how they choose to respond to it.

So, if you really want to up your game and succeed in the midst of a harsh economy, then you need these attitudes:

1. A Positive Attitude. A positive attitude will let you do everything that a negative attitude won’t let you do. In the midst of the recession and negative news, people are still being optimistic, pursuing their dreams and living comfortably.

The word ‘recession’ is a conspiracy against your success. It stagnates and limits your chances to achieve your desired result

HERE….let me tell you a brief story of one of the most influential businessmen and personal development experts from America.
Paul J Meyer.Before he clocked 25, he built the largest insurance agency in North America, recruiting 820 agents in 12 months at a time when the average agency was comprised of about 5-20 agents. He and his family operated more than 40 successful businesses in a multitude of industries.
How did it happen?
He had an unusually positive attitude summed up in this phrase, “the whole world is conspiring something good for me.” If there was any information or situation contrary to that, he would keep away from been negatively affected by that information. During a recession, he and his team were struggling to find new business and generate more sales. Seeing that they were surrounded by negative messages coming from all directions, the company set a goal not to read the newspaper, not to watch television and not to listen to any gossip for 30 days but simply go out and work. As a result of that decision, they increased their production by 50%.
Some people are busy listening to the news and reading media reports while some have shut their ears to this news.
‘There is a recession’ is for people who are not ready to succeed. If you fuel your journey to success based on what they are saying, you will run out of gas!
Shut your ears to any information that is against your goals to make it!
Be positive minded!

2. Guard Your Heart. Do you know that your success begins from within….your heart? The Bible says, “Guard your heart very well; life starts from there. “The battles of life are won or lost in your heart. The human mind is the seat of choices and decisions. What you allow and entertain in your mind will replicate itself as the result.

If you will succeed, you must be prepared to guard your heart. It’s ok to admit negative circumstances but it’s not ok to dwell on them. Our thoughts release brain chemical and one thing about negative thoughts is that it saps you of your mental strength. It erodes the ability of the brain to function. Guide your heart against the negative things you see and hear. Don’t entertain such thoughts.Stop listening to how there is a recession. Fill up your mind with positivity!
3. Be Persistent. Persistence in the midst of a recession is the difference between a successful life and an unsuccessful one. It is the ability to keep pushing whether circumstances are favorable or not favorable.

I love the words of USA 30th president, Calvin Coolidge, about persistence.

“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan ‘Press on’ has solved and will always solve the problems of the human race.”

If you possess everything and you don’t have persistence, you have nothing. If people give up at every slightest challenge, they will have no victories or success.

Your determination and persistence will keep you going, stay focused and true to your desire to achieve success.

4.Be Consistent. Just as persistence will keep you going, it will also knock off every wave of inconsistency. Consistency is always a sign of one’s commitment to their goal, ambition and success story.It is the difference between success and failure. Don’t underestimate the power of showing up. Don’t forget to do the things that will bring you closer to your desired result consistently.

The reason why some people fail to achieve their goals is their inconsistency in following through. Today they are showing up, putting up the right attitude as listed here, tomorrow they are packing up. It will only turn out to become futile. You need to work in a consistent manner in view of your goals. Stay on your goals and plans to succeed.

Be consistent every day. You are not going to succeed because you showed up today. You will only succeed when you show up every day.

5. Go to Work. Yeah…leave the news.
Whatever legit thing your hands find to do, do it well…..with all your being.

Summing It Up

Your reactions to what happens in your plan to succeed will determine whether you succeed or not. A positive attitude will let you do everything that a negative attitude won’t let you do. Human brain functions best when you react in a positive way.

The heart works like a computer garbage in, garbage out. What you entertain in your mind will reproduce itself as an end result. Dwell on thoughts that support your ambition, dreams, and goals to succeed.

Persistence will keep you going in the midst of setbacks and vicissitudes of life. Persistence pays.

Your commitment to following through will reward your efforts with your desired result.

When you concentrate on the right attitude, you stir up the desire to get moving, to seize the day, to take action, to conquer every adversity that jeopardizes your well-being or prosperity.
To Your Success!

Now over to you, do you have other great attitudes that will help? Use the comment box and tell us.

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Relationships:5 Classes Of People To Value

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Hiya lovelies! It’s another new month…beautiful and full of expectations.

A Happy new month!

Today, I’ll share a post I made on one of my social platforms,nairaland

You know life is all about building great and valuable relationships.So, this post will help us all as we journey through life.

Here we go…

“You don’t know the value of what you have until you lose it”.

TRUTH!!

Too often, we take for granted the people who deserve our gratitude, respect, and recognition.We don’t even know who we should appreciate, realize why we should recognize and value them…We never realize this, until they are gone.

If you don’t know the people to appreciate in your everyday walk, never take these people for granted.

5 Classes Of People To Value

1.Those That Worry About You

Trust me, not everyone goes around looking for ‘extras’ to worry about.Everyone has got their own personal issues to be concerned about.

When people go ‘extra’ to see to your well-being, to check on you; they surely have your best interest at heart.Such people are rare to come by-Do cherish them.

2.Those That Correct You

Taking correction is hard.Most people see correction like that bitter pill we always avoid taking when the pill has come to make us better.Somehow, somewhere; we mess up, take correction and move on.That’s life.

No one is above mistake, neither is anyone beyond correction.When people correct you, they only want to see you move on to succeed and take the right path.This act is love-driven.Don’t make light of corrections.We all need it to make progress.Respect such people.

3.Those That Are There For The Good Times And The Bad

Success has many friends, while failure has no friend’.This popular maxim is coined from the human disposition.Everybody wants the good times, nobody wants the bad times.

There are people who are with you for the benefit and when the benefit stops because of circumstances: they will turn their back against you, denying ever knowing you.When you have friends/people who are ready to stick with you through thick and thin, share your happiness and sadness: never let them go!Such folks come with the tag ‘priceless’.Appreciate them.

4.Those That Want To See You Do Well

Everyone wants to be an exact representation of ‘I am doing well’.A successful life is not gotten by mere wishing.There must be a deliberate move and effort.

Everybody is striving to beat the other person to the side at all cost.It is survival of the fittest.People are just too busy to offer a helping hand, just a very few who throw in their support.For people/friends/family whose got your back, who go out of their way to support and lend hands to your elevation and success story: always keep and appreciate them.

5.Those That Tell You The Truth

 One thing people hate accepting and facing is the truth.People prefer living in deception, lies just to keep themselves from pain.As bitter as truth is.it always set minds free.

Truth never damages a cause that is just.It is always fulfilling and rewarding to know that choices and decisions we make are based on the truth.While it takes courage and strength to admit the truth: when people/friends tell and admit the truth, when they are being honest with you, never let them go.Value them.Honesty is a scarce commodity very few can pay for.

Holding people in high esteem is just one of the ways of appreciating their impact and effort towards your wellbeing.
Value What You Have Before It Becomes What You Had.

So, this is it! I hope this post helps you to build up great, strong and valuable relationships that will help you in future.
Do you have other class of people we should value? Use the comment box.
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7 Awesome Benefits Of Social Media For Your Business

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Have you secured a place for your business on social media or are you wondering how social media can help boost your business?

Social media is no longer the meeting, chatting or hook up zone that we all take it to be. Social media have now become the hot spot and hub for many businesses. The engagement on social media is now constantly on the increase daily and people have been tapping into the opportunities created by it.From the confinement of their homes, city, state and country, people now send or receive email, interact with friends, search for information, get news, book tickets, buy products or even learn online.

To support the increase in social media engagement and it being the way to go, check out these statistics:

  • According to internet usage statistics, there are over 3.6 billion internet users as at Dec 2016, making up 49.2% of the world population who accessed the internet 2016.
  • In another statistics, 3.5 billion Google searches are made every day while 2.7 million blogs are published every day.
  • The average person spends nearly 2 hours on social media according to Social Media Today.

These statistics are all pointing to one thing:

Social media is now a marketing place to position and expand your business. No matter the size of your business, whether big or small, there is a place for your business on social media.

A week ago, a friend called, asking for help on how to grow his business on social media. He already had a website built and needed help with content creation for his site. He has taken his business to the digital marketplace. This is the mindset for every business owner.

This post will help you make the most of the social media for your business.

Let’s look at how social media can benefit your business.

Benefits Of Social Media For Your Business

  1. Builds Product Awareness

With the rise in social media engagement, your product has a better chance of been visible to many online users. People will become aware of the product or service you offer through the contents you share. Your product visibility will enable you to get connected with new and existing customers. Social media is an easy and faster way to get your product out for the world to see and get acquainted with your product. For example, a regular Facebook user could get to know about your product after seeing your presence through your Facebook page.

  1. Increases Customer Base

Your presence on social media is an opportunity to increase your customer’s base. You get to have access to new customers through your brand awareness. Your blog post, video, image or comment is a tool to reach out to more potential customers, interact with all your customers. This may all lead to your product been patronized by potential customers.

  1. Builds Loyal Audience

Your connection with your customers on social media is a strategic way of building a loyal audience. According to a report published by Texas Tech University, brands who have social media engagement enjoys loyalty from their customers. Building a community of loyal audience through your interaction with your customers will help to boost your business.

  1. Increases Sales

The more people become aware of your product, the chance of you making sales from new customers. Social media helps businesses to rake in more sales through their marketing techniques. Gaining the trust of customers and attending to their needs will generate more sales for you.

  1. Efficient Customer Service

Having an online presence for your business helps you to reach out to customers in the most efficient way. The fact that customers expect immediate response and attention should bring a sense of commitment to meet their needs. Answering questions and getting feedback will help you improve on your product. Also, when your customers see that you have their interest at heart and that you are doing everything to satisfy them, they will remain loyal to your product or service.

  1. Attracts Target Market

Attracting your target market, not just any audience, is made possible by some social media tools like Hootsuite.This social media marketing tool helps business owners to target their desired audience based on a geographical and demographic parameter. By this, you will get to reach potential customers who have a need for your product.

  1. Increases Web Traffic and Search Ranking

Search engine optimization (SEO) is a great way to get traffic to your site.This is done through the search engine for some specific keywords by Google users and others. These keywords come from blog posts made on your site. As your online presence grows, your site will be visible in search engines.

With these benefits, the use of social media for your business is now a necessity to grow your business. Social media provides great opportunities for businesses, whether small or big.

Now, are you ready to go social with your business?

Use the comment section and tell us.

If this post was helpful, you may  also like 7 Powerful Tips To Help Your Startup Business

Swallow, Chew: How Do You Eat The Word Of God?

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Yearning to know God more, live victoriously and bear fruits are the desires of every true Christian. And how you eat the word of God goes a long way in determining if you become successful and live victoriously in your walk as a Christian.

Food is a necessity for the human body. We need food. We eat food to help build up our body, to stay alive and working too.

The Bible describes the word of God as the food for our spirit. As our physical body uses food in other to build up the body system to function effectively, so, our spirit man needs food to build up the spirit to enable victorious and prosperous living as a Christian.

Suffice to say, a glorious and victorious living is a function of how you feed on the word of God.(Jos1:8)

How Do You Eat The Word Of God?

There are different ways Christians feed on the word:

Some read the word of God, which is swallowing.

Some meditate on the word of God, which is chewing.

An explicit description for swallow is when people take pills. You pop a pill into your mouth and snap, it is gone down into your stomach or wherever it goes in there. Chewing doesn’t happen like this. It takes time because you are breaking food down into small pieces with your teeth for easy digestion.

The Christian who swallows (read only) the word and not chew, doesn’t get much out of the word of God. Such Christian had a quickie feed on the word of God. And as described in James1:24, he only took a glance at the word, walked away, and two minutes later, have no idea what he read.

That is spiritual malnourishment.Feeding poorly in the spirit affects one’s daily walk as a Christian. When challenges come up, he will cower, he bows and gets defeated because he couldn’t remember the word of God to help him overcome the challenge.

Swallowing or reading the word of God without meditating on it is catastrophic for Christian living.

Now….

This will bring us to the other way some Christians eat the word, which happens to be the best and productive way of eating the word of God.

Most Productive Way Of Reading The Word Of God

Meditation.Chewing.

Meditating on the word is the most productive way of reading the word of God. It’s the only way to get the word ingrained into your life. Meditating on God’s word is pondering over what God says and relating it to your own life. This could be a particular scripture or promise in God’s word concerning a situation—health, finance issue etc.

You see, when you ponder or think about something over and over, it registers in your mind. And there is where God wants His word to remain. Not on the pages of the Bible.

“Keep my words within your heart” (Pro4:21).

Reading the word does not keep it within your heart. Meditating on God’s word drives the word into your heart. The Heart is the battlefield where life’s battle is either won or lost. The word of God that will help you to become a victor, is not the one on the pages or chapters of the Bible. It is the word of God you carry in your heart.

God’s word is like a seed. Seeds don’t grow or gain root on the surface of the soil. They need to be rooted inside to whether the storms, winds and bear fruits.Colossians3:16 says, “Let the word of God dwell in you richly”. Not on the surface.

Swallow, glance at, flip through or skim-read are on the surface ways of reading the word. They don’t produce fruits. They do not help a Christian to live victoriously.They either do not bring joy or gladness to the heart.

Do you want to grow in your walk with God? Do you want to be victorious and prosperous?

Then, whenever you want to read Gods word:

Sit down with the word.

Think of the word.

Meditate on the word.

Chew the word.

Don’t put the word of God in a box, expand it.The Holy Spirit helping you, you will experience true freedom, prosperous and victorious living,joy and gladness of heart as you walk with God.

How have you been reading the word of God? Use the comment section and tell us.

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It’s Hard Being A Christian

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Will I ever be able to obey God’s commands completely?

This question never stops coming up in my walk as a Christian; one who have received the free gift of salvation-Jesus.

The sermon on the pulpit on Sabbath days keeps exhorting me to be holy, ’’without holiness you won’t see God. Without holiness, you are ending up in hell’’.

Who does not want to behold God?

Who isn’t afraid of hell? (Those stories of hell, did you hear about them too?)

Now, wait…..

I know that Jesus was the sacrificial lamb, who took my place at the cross. He saved me from sin, sickness, fear, poverty etc.

But….

I still bear the guilt of sin when I fall.

I am still afraid that I might disappoint God since I’m unable to obey God’s commands completely and live a holy life.

It’s just really burdensome being a Christian because I don’t fully understand what I’ve been saved from and what I’ve been saved into.

I took up a request to God each day, asking Him to help me live a holy life always. He pointed me to this scripture.2corinthians 12:9a”My grace is sufficient for you. My grace is enough and it is all you need.’ I started to meditate on that scripture to know His grace. As I was on it, a verse came up. ’May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ………….2cor13:14a, for the grace of God that brings salvation, has appeared to all men…….Titus1:11

Ahaa!! Jesus is the grace to help me.Jesus is enough. Jesus is all I need.

It was at this point that I came to the understanding and realization, that I’ve been trying to live holy on my own and by my own effort.

Paul, in his letter to the Galatians, had asked them in chapter3:2-3,

“I would like to learn just one thing from you. Did you receive the spirit by observing the law, or by believing what you heard? Are you so foolish? After beginning with the spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort?”

I started with Jesus. I believed and accepted Him, but now, I want to run off to continue on my own, thinking it’s by my own human effort.

No one can keep the whole commands. When you stumble in one, you’ve stumbled in all-Jas2:10

The Truth About Christianity

We are not saved by works-human effort. We are not saved by obeying laws, doctrines, regulations and all that. The bid to live a holy life on our own is a dead end street. It’s not about works lest any man boasts-Eph2:9.You can’t even work it out, because the more you try, the more you fall

If obeying God’s commands will make us holy, then Jesus died for nothing. It’s because we can’t keep God’s law on our own, that was why Jesus came to fulfill the righteous requirement of the law on our behalf. Jesus was the spotless lamb who carried our sins so that by believing in His finished work on the cross, we automatically become holy. This makes salvation what it is-FREE gift. Not something we earn by works.

So, Jesus bore our sins that we might be dead to sin and alive for righteousness-1pet2:24a.It is no longer us living but Christ living and expressing His life through us. When He lives in us and work through us, we won’t have any need to struggle to obey God’s commands-Living a holy life now becomes effortlessly.

Saying yes to Jesus and His finished work is all it takes to become a child of God.

“But to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to be children of God.”Jhn1:12

When we come to the knowledge and understanding that it’s not about us and what we do,but it’s about Jesus and embracing His finished work on the cross, we will grow and become who God made us to be-His righteousness.We will experience true freedom and peace.

It’s all about Jesus.

“In Christ, the law is fulfilled in us, but not by us.”

Do you have such experience in your walk with God?Do tell us by using the comment box and if you find this post helpful,then share.

 

 

5 Simple Ways To Take Charge Of Your Day Each Day

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In a society that is becoming more busier, demanding and dynamic every day, taking charge of one’s life is now daunting and almost impossible. With the demands and distraction getting at us, we no longer focus on what matters.

Life is busy!

It’s so easy to get caught up with external activities, situations that have turned us to be passive participants in our own life.

But wait…

We are all responsible for own lives and just like the tides do not command the ship, the sailor does; it’s time to take charge of your life.

Yeah…You see!

The tides, obstruction, and distractions of life will always be there. But it’s now up to you to take the rudder and stir the ship of our life in the direction you want our life to go each day.

And if you don’t know how to take charge each day, these 5 simple ways will help you to take charge.

How To Take Charge Of Your Day Each Day

  1. Have A Quiet Moment

Quiet moments are stellar moments…..bliss!

There are a whole lot of things one could do during quiet moments. A quiet moment is simply a time to be still; to think clear of what you want out of each day and how you want to achieve it.

This is quiet moments for me,

“In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my request before you and wait in expectation.”Pslm5:3

A lot goes on during my quiet moments. I connect to the spiritual side of me.I seek God to draw from His ocean of grace to help me through the day.

Quiet moments are time taken out each day to remain still from distractions. Mornings are ideal. Such times are moments to chart the course of your day, time to purge your system from every negative vibe that will stand in your way.

It can easily be likened to a man who is about to go on a journey. He makes preparations in view of the journey. So it is with quiet moments. Quiet moments are preparation moments. When you take out some time alone before you begin your day, you position yourself to take charge of your day.

  1. Speak Positively Into Your Day

Life is governed by laws. Laws are a system of rules recognized in a place and as such, controls the action of its inhabitant. Your days only respond to the laws that govern them. And it is depended on your actions -what you say or speak.

One of such laws is the cause and effect law. It says that what we choose is what we get. What we speak is who we become. If you sprinkle positive words into your day, you attract or get a positive result. If you sprinkle negativity, a negative result follows you.

And as it turns out, nothing good comes out of negativity. Taking charge of your day means learning to speak positively, think positively and act positively. Use your lips to send your life in the direction you want it to go each day. Words are powerful.

Tell yourself each day

I am ready to take charge of my life today.

I will reach my goal.

I am stronger than my challenges.

I can do all things that benefit my life, through Christ who strengthens me.

  1. Have A To-Do List

Who wakes up each day and barges in without a to-do list? Without a plan of how he/she intends to spend 24hours? With a to-do list, you get to see your entire day before you.

A to-do list is a list of tasks that need to be completed during the day. Whatever task you want to get done should find its place on your to-do list.

It will keep you from getting lost in the busy-ness of the world. You can’t stop distraction, but you can set, do the things that are important to you with a to-do list.

My daily activities revolve around a to-do list, which keeps me organized and helps me to take charge of my day.

  1. Be Focused On Your Goal

One of the reasons why people do not get what they want is a lack of focus. A lot of things are vying for our attention….things out of our control.

Each wanting a piece of us…..Everyday

Having a to-do list, plan or goal needs a focused mind to be able to achieve them. It will help you to get things under control. A focused mind has no room for distraction.

Be determined to focus your attention and efforts on your daily task to achieve your desired goal.

  1. Be Grateful For Each Day

You may be wondering,” what has gratitude got to do with me taking charge of my day?” A grateful heart is a happy heart. Happy people exude positivity and confidence.

Showing gratitude for each day will always give you more positive energy to face each day. No matter how yesterday went, a grateful heart will always see each day as an opportunity to keep doing that which will position him to take charge every day.

Be grateful for little things…Be grateful for big things…Be grateful for each day

Summing it up

Your life does not get better by chance. It gets better by the choices you make. Making the choice to take charge of your day is a huge step in the right direction. Your life takes up a new shape and meaning.

Always remember….it’s one day at a time.

That’s what life is all about.

Take charge today!

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