It’s never too late to get started (and other mantras for entrepreneurs)

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Do you have a mantra in life? Many people do and while it sounds dumb or silly to a lot of people, having a motto to live by can actually be very helpful. Anytime you feel particularly stressed or lost, you can remind yourself of it. Mantras can give purpose and be a grounding force.

If you don’t have a mantra, here’s a good one to go by:

It’s never too late to get started.

While this is a very simple motto, it can apply to many different areas of your life and work. Too often people think that it’s too late to get started – from the little things, such as working out, up to the bigger things, like pursuing their dreams. It’s never too late. The moment you think it’s too late is the moment when you’ve been defeated. Whatever your goal is, there is always time to get started. If you keep that mindset, you’ll find that your productivity and overall happiness will increase significantly.

It’s never too late to start that big idea.

Many people are scared to pursue a goal or dream because they think it’s too late. But as another saying goes, it’s never too late. The longer you wait to start that business you’ve always wanted to or make a career change, the harder it will be. Even if you’ve pushed it off for awhile, do it now before you waste anymore time. The right time is today.

It’s never too late to try again.

After failing at something, it can be difficult to pick yourself back up. You think that just because you’ve failed once, you’ll failed again. However, many successful entrepreneurs don’t succeed on their first try. It’s takes two, three, or even four more try before they see success. Don’t be deterred by failure. It’s a learning experience. You’ll be better positioned and more knowledgeable the second time around.

It’s never too late make a change.

Change is good and it’s never too late to make change. When we are too set in our ways, it’s hard to see things from another perspective. Making some change in your life will allow you to see things differently and maybe even spark some new ideas. Yes, change is scary and sometimes, it won’t work out. But you will never know unless you try. Even though you might feel like it’s too late or too risky to make a change, you can always start small and test the waters.

4 Tips to Help Set Achievable Goals

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Remember those goals you made a few months ago? Yes, I’m talking about your new year’s resolutions. Now that we are a few months into 2014, it’s a good time to think about the resolutions, how much progress you’ve made, and whether you’re on track to achieve them.

Unfortunately, at this time, many people will look back at their New Year’s resolutions and realize that they haven’t gotten very far. While one issue may be motivation, another more common problem is the goal itself. Many people set unrealistic goals that aren’t achievable, which means they are just setting themselves up for for failure. The goals with the highest success rates are those that challenge you but are still attainable at the same time.

When setting goals, here are a few things to keep in mind:

1) Be realistic

The number one reason why people fail at the their goals is because they aren’t realistic about it. It’s important to create stretch goals that are challenging but at the same time, there is a fine line between challenging and unattainable. If the chances of you succeeding at your goal are just short of a miracle, then you aren’t being realistic. Achievable goals are ones that are within your control.

2) Create checkpoints

Goals can seem big and audacious as a whole. That is why you should break them down into smaller goals. This helps you get a better sense of what you are trying to accomplish. Create checkpoints for yourself when you hit a certain milestone or a specific time period. This will help you achieve a little but a lot at the same time. It will also help your motivation overall knowing that you are making progress.

3) Make a plan

People often set goals and then hope that they happen without doing anything. Success doesn’t just show up at your doorstep. You have to work towards it. Instead of sitting around hoping to reach your goal, make a plan. How are you going to get started? When do you want to achieve your goal? Do you need to ask for help? Ask all these questions and create a realistic game plan for yourself

4) Tell someone about it

If you’re making a goal, don’t keep it to yourself. Tell someone about it. When you make your goal public, it makes it feel more real. The chances of you just forgetting about it are less likely since someone else may hold you accountable. You can also find a buddy to work on your goal with. If someone you know has a similar goal, work on it together. This will double your chances at success.

The ‘Three C’s’ of Social Media Marketing

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The following is cross-posted from EngageGravina.com, and provides some great tips for any entrepreneur or business owner looking to market their brand online:

A local business group asked me how I would frame an upcoming presentation to its membership on the topic of small business social media.

After thinking it over, I suggested an event focused on “the Three C’s of Social Media Marketing”: Continue reading “The ‘Three C’s’ of Social Media Marketing”