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2012 has had its generous share of major horrific events all around the world;  Social and Political turmoil in the Middle East and Africa, financial melt down in Europe, mega storms and freak shootings  in the United States, not to mention the celestial events like solar eclipses and  meteor showers.

Despite all the chaos on earth and the Mayan predictions about an apocalypse happening on 12/21/12 we have once again risen like the phoenix and are about to celebrate yet another year.

In spite of all the doom and gloom, 2012 was also a great year for celebrations and achievements  too not just because of our Queen’s Diamond Jubilee which made us the focal point for all eyes, all over the world, not even because of the London Olympics which enthralled us all for weeks and made us realize what success is made of  but also because I actually got to have a little taste of success for myself.

The year started well, continued to be fantastic  and ended up as an award winning year for me, personally.

I launched  my copywriting video tutorial in February 2012, which turned out to be an amazing success, sold like hot cakes.

I then went on to create and launch two more video products, one on list building and one on Niche Marketing in the first half of the year with spectacular results.

In the second half of the year, I wrote and published my first book, “Baby Steps To Seasoned Strides” created my own brand and completed my second book, ready to be published.

Now I have a decision to make: Do I publish the second book now? Just before the year ends or do I save it as the first thing I do in the New year? Decisions decisions!

It was not the fact that I achieved most of my own goals in 2012, but the fact that I realized that it was possible to accomplish whatever I set my mind on, if I stay determined and work hard at it.

The realization that success is a product of industry was confirmed when I found out about some of the Olympic gold medalists’ stories.

How easy they made it look but how much hard work and effort they had put in, to get to where they got.

2012 may be coming to an end, but for me it was a year to remember. Not only did I achieve all the goals I set for myself, I also got my golden award when I published my book.

Oh, wait, it was a glass award!  And here’s a picture to prove it!

And here I am receiving it at the Ultimate Author Boot camp in December:

It has been a happy, productive, successful and memorable year for me.  I know 2013 will be even better, happier and more productive.

So Here’s to a Happier New Year for all of you.

 

 

 

Every year, round about this time, I begin to think that I am really lucky. Having dual nationality, I have two new years to look forward to.

 

One is almost upon us,  and the other, the Persian new  year, which will come in spring.  In a way, I get to enjoy the best of both.

 

But the major event in my calendar is the start of 2012. There are so many things I’m looking forward to and excited about in 2012.

 

Not only do  I have hopes, dreams, goals and aspirations, I have solid plans that I have been working on for a while now and real projects that are almost complete.  Well at least two of them are!

 

Knowing that I have one project  completed, another one more than half way through, and two further projects all lined up, fills me full of energy and enthusiasm.

 

My first launch will probably be in early 2012.  It’s the first of four products I’ve been working on so watch this space.

 

It has been my persistence and hard work  that enabled me to achieve certain goals and some success too but one thing I realized during my four years of Internet Marketing learning cure is that hard work will eventually pay off but you must take a breather now and then in order to be able to carry on working  otherwise you risk a total melt down!

 

Take the human heart for instance, it’s the most important part of our body and it works inexorably throughout our lives.  In an average lifetime, the heart beats over 2.5 billion times-38 million times a day without interruption. Amazing isn’t it?

 

The heart accomplishes this constant work  by taking frequent and regular rests.  We may not notice it but that’s what it does after every beat, it takes a short rest.

 

So I’ve taken a lesson from knowing this fact that for every day that I work hard, I take a little break and for every week that I work relentlessly, I have a little time-out. I sure bellieve this is the only way to achieve success.

 

But rest doesn’t mean doing nothing, it simply means doing something different, something that’s not classed as work, something that feeds the soul and relaxes the muscles.

 

I personally don’t believe in making new year resolutions but if you have to make one, let it be this; that you will work hard to achieve the success you deserve, but take time to nurture your finer qualities too.

Happy new year everyone!

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As we approach a new year, it’s customary to reflect on a few very important factors that can make or break us. This applies in everything,  in business, in health and personal life.

 

2011 may have been a tough year for some but I’ve had the time of my life. It has been a very productive year and I’ve had to reward myself for some small victories too!

 

Unlike the previous year, when I had a really discordant time, what with two surgeries, three deaths among friends and family, one really tricky product creation process, plagued with all sorts of problems, an Internet Business that I really worked hard at but wasn’t working all that well and many other little problems and snags I don’t even care to remember!

 

There were also hoards of hindrances, complications and hurdles I had to tackle to achieve my goal which was to retire early from my nine to five so I can engage fully in my  internet business which Id been building from the grounds up for three years. There were moment of doubt, moments, when I was so stuck, I thought I would never get through!

 

But even in my darkest hours, I always had hope.  It was that hope that kept me going until I finally made it to the end of the year.  I pushed on relentlessly and fought Murphy’s Law all the way to the end and succeeded. I managed to get my cake and eat it too.

So this year, 2011, has been comparatively easy going and It’s been somewhat enjoyable too. I had achieved my most important goal and that was to free myself from my nine-to-five drudgery! I have been running my own internet business from home and created some new products too.

 

Remember, “Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which one has overcome”.

 

What kept me going is something that I want to talk about here. Certain kind of belief that holds many people – people who are quite capable and talented – back from reaching goals, realizing dreams, and becoming all that they can become.

The concept of the “Absolute Presupposition” is central to this dialogue. (The term was originally coined by the British philosopher R.G. Collingwood, in a somewhat different context.)

 

What is an absolute presupposition? For our purposes here, I will define it as a statement that is necessarily, unquestionably and inarguably true. You cannot imagine circumstances under which it can be false. “Two plus two equals four” is a statement of this kind.

 

So is “If you throw a ball up in the air, it will fall back to Earth.” Absolute presuppositions are statements we must accept as true if our world is to make any sense to us at all.

However, as I will explain in a moment, sometimes we mistakenly believe a statement to be an absolute presupposition…and it turns out that it really isn’t.

 

What I have discovered is that if you are encountering an unusually tough problem in life – whether it is in business or in your personal life – it is because you are believing something to be an absolute presupposition when it really isn’t one.

You believe something to be necessarily true that isn’t even true at all, never mind necessarily so! Let’s look at some instances:

 

In the Middle Ages people believed that if you sailed a ship out to the line of the horizon, where the sea and sky met, you would fall off the edge. Why? Because they believed the Earth was flat. They could not possibly imagine that it could be otherwise because they had no knowledge of the laws of gravity and physics – a round Earth was simply inconceivable. “The Earth is flat,” was an absolute presupposition, and every single person who was alive on the face of the earth at that time, believed it to be true. Yet we now know it isn’t true.

 

Similarly, at one time in history it was thought to be impossible for a human being to run a mile in less than four minutes. People believed this to be true for untold centuries – millions, even billions, of people at one time took it to be an absolute presupposition. Yet it was shown to be untrue when Roger Bannister did it in 1954. I watched the film “Four Minutes” not so long ago.  If you ever get a chance to see it, do so. It is inspiring.

 

So then beliefs exist in your own life that are similar to the two examples I gave you. These beliefs are what hold you back from your greatest potential.

We set up obstacles and impediments by taking for granted, and by not questioning beliefs that we mistakenly hold as sacrosanct.

 

By identifying these beliefs, and by examining how we might break free of the restrictions they impose upon us, we begin to make incredible progress in all we want to do.

 

Dreaming of success doesn’t make you successful, setting goals and fighting to achieve them does. Success is not a given right, it has nothing to do with luck and it’s not an accident.

 

You can only achieve success if you have the desire to succeed and the desire to realize your dreams. All you need is determination and some hard work.

 

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This was a question I saw in the Warrior Forum. It is actually a question worth considering if you are not making money right now. Why do some of us make money online and most do not?

1. Sacrifice something. When the Super Bowl is on they work instead of watching it, or while they are watching it. Virtually everyone who succeeds on the Internet has to give up something to get where they are at.

2. Reinvest profits into outsourcing. Once you make some money put some of that back into automating as much of your business as possible. One way to do that is to pay somebody to do things for you.

3. Do not quit to soon. If you give up too soon you probably really didn’t want to succeed bad enough. To make money quick on the Internet takes a little bit of time when you first start out.

4. Have an exact plan. As you begin to understand how to use the Internet to make money you will develop your own success plan. Then it’s just a matter of following it on a daily basis.

5. Mindset. Some people do not really believe they can succeed. If you do not think you deserve success you need to work on your self-esteem as well as your Internet marketing skills.

6. Lack of money. I do not totally buy this as a reason why some marketers fail. There are many ways to get started online that do not cost any money.

Affiliate marketing is a very good example of this. You can also implement free marketing strategies such as blogging and article marketing to promote your business.

Once you start to make money then you go into the mode of reinvesting some of your profits to automate your business. However, when you first start out you may need to trade some of your time for lack of money.

7. A winner is a loser. This simply means that people who reach any level of success probably have to fail before they get there.

This is okay because everyone who tries to do something online will fail at one time or another. Do not take it personally and just pick yourself up and get back in the game.

8. Inernet marketing skills. The World Wide Web is a very big place and you need to learn how to compete in it.

Probably the most important thing you can learn is how to generate website traffic. If you can master a least one or two meaningful forms of traffic generation your chances of succeeding greatly increase.

If you are not succeeding take a close look at this list. You may want to add some reasons of your own that you feel are causing you to fail. You can also go over to the Warrior Forum. Finds the thread in the Main Forum and read more of the comments by some of the members there.

Certainly one of the most important things you should be doing for your success is tracking visitors. When most people think about tracking, they think its just tracking the response to their various ads and promotions find out which ones are profitable and which ones are not. That’s all crucial because you do not want to be losing money from your advertising efforts. But there is a whole lot more to tracking than that. After a visitor responds to one of your ads or promotions, it’s just as important to track what they are doing after they arrive at your site as it is to track how they got there. I am going to explain this strategy in more detail because it’s very important to your success.

I plan to talk about how tracking visitors is really done and what it will do to help your business. Let’s talk about what individuals are doing when they arrive at your website. Someone has found your site through one of your promotions and reads a couple of paragraphs then leaves. A few minutes later someone else arrives and does the exact same thing. Then a while later another visitor shows up and looks around a for a few minutes then they leave without spending much time on your site. Chances are it’s occurring more than you think. For whatever reason, the majority of visitors leave before doing whatever it is you want them to do.

If you are tracking visitors you are going to be able to determine just how good your website really is. One of the worst things that could happen with your visitors is when they’re interested in what you have to offer and don’t take the action you want them to take once they do arrive at your site. Maybe your site is difficult to navigate and they somehow got lost, maybe they got confused and frustrated. If your website is not as good as it could be, you are losing money. A website is never finished and that is why top producers are continuously tweaking their website to try to improve the response to their promotions. Most webmasters do that almost everyday to convert visitors into more revenue.

If you’re tracking visitors properly it will take out the guess work. Guessing is what most people do and they base their changes on that. Chances are you will not guess the correct answer and you can actually end up making things worse which would cause your sales and profits to actually decrease. It’s among the biggest reasons a lot of people are not making much money. Basing your marketing decisions on guesswork can be a sure-fire way to go broke. However, if you have a tracking system set up that will tell you what your visitors are doing once they arrive at your site, it would be relatively easy to resolve your problems.

While tracking visitors it is always extremely important to know how your various ads and promotions are working for you. It’s also just as important to track what your visitors do after they arrive at your site. With the proper tracking system in place you’d have the ability to start with your homepage and you could focus on tweaking one page at a time until your sales are where they ought to be. Provided you’re tracking everything you’ll know what is generating success and what is not. The bottom line is, you don’t want to be wasting a great deal of your time, effort and money advertising your website if it will not do a good job of converting visitors into revenue. That is why tracking visitors is so important for your success.

Here are ten steps that will assure your success:



1. BE A GOAL SETTER. What do you want to accomplish? Do you want to save for college education for your children? A new car? A new home? You can have whatever you want, but you must want it enough to do the things that have to be done to get it.


Whatever your goal, write it down and set a target date for reaching it. Divide the time period into blocks of achievement that are reachable. Work consistently toward accomplishing each day, each week, each month what you set out to do. Goal-setting is a must in every area of life. Little is ever accomplished without definite goals.


2. BE A LIST MAKER. Each evening list all the things you want to get done the following day. That gives you an organized approach to each day. As each task is finished, mark it off your list. It is amazing how much gets done when one works with a “things-to-do” list. Also, have a notebook listing appointments, potential clients, repeat clients, and referrals, and keep it with you at all times. You will be adding to it constantly.


3. BE ENTHUSIASTIC. Enthusiasm is the high-octane “fuel” that salespeople run on. Enthusiasm generates its own energy. Energy and good health are synonymous with busy, happy people, people who are achieving.


4. RECOGNIZE THAT THE MAGIC WORD IN EVERTHINH IS “ASK.” In Internet Marketing we don’t have to wait for business to come to us. We create our own business by asking for it.


Ask for email addresses to build a list, Ask for payment then you will close sales. Ask for referrals, then you always have a full list of potential clients. Be quietly, yet firmly aggressive.


5. EXPECT NO’S. Realize that no’s are not personal. In sales, as perhaps nowhere else, the law of averages works. Every No getsyou closer to a yes. Keep track of your ratio. It will helpimprove your techniques.


Are you getting ten no’s to one yes? Is your ratio five to one? Remember, the yes’s are your income. Also remember that “no” does not necessarily mean “no.” Often a “no” is simply a stall for more time to think. It may be a request for more information about your product or your service.


What your client is actually buying is assurance. Assure here by your helpful attitude and your complete honesty, that you want what is best for her. She will most likely respect you and do business
with you.


6. SCHEDULE TIME WISELY. A schedule is the roadmap by which salespeople travel. It takes the frustration out of the day. It assures that the necessary things get done and get done on time. Plan your work then work your plan.


7. BE POSITIVE IN YOUR ATTITUDE. Success in sales, as in all areas of life is 90 percent attitude and 10 percent aptitude. All of us must work at developing habits of constructive thinking. I am proud to be a salesperson. Sales make the wheels of our economy turn. Bernard Baruch, advisor to several presidents, is quoted as saying, “If every salesperson sat down and took no orders for twenty-four hours, it would bankrupt our country!”


Every company that manufactures any kind of product depends upon salespeople to move that product. Without salespeople business would be paralyzed.


Remember, sales is one of the highest paid of all professions. Statistics show that good salespeople enjoy incomes far above the average.


8. HAVE AN OFFICE AREA. Most direct salespeople work from their own homes, but it is essential to have a place where you can work in a organized and efficient manner. An office plus a strict working schedule gives you dignity. Both are absolutely essential for efficient operation and accurate record keeping, so important to the success of any business.


9. BE  INVOLVED. Most sales organization offer contests to stimulate production. Include winning contests as part of your business goals. Contests make your business fun as well as adding considerable dollar value to your income.


10. LEARN TO HANDLE MONEY INTELLIGENTLY. A regular nine-to-five job usually means a paycheck at the end of the second week. Direct sales “reps” handle money constantly. Direct sales is instant income and constant income. Therefore. it is absolutely necessary to become an efficient money manager.

Deposit every penny collected from clients into a checking account set up especially for business. Since bank statements show an exact record of all monies collected, and business expenses can be verified bycanceled checks, record keeping becomes simple and accurate.
Everything except a few “petty cash” transactions can be directly
taken from bank statements.

Money saved regularly and put at interest, soon develops a second
income in addition to earned income. A long-term goal, which is
realistic in direct sales, is to be able to live in retirement off the interest earned on savings.

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Dale Carnegie said:
“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all”.

And guess what! I’ve done it. I’ve accomplished what seemed impossible a week ago!

Remember when I talked about my tech hell which brought my efforts to a halt? Yeah, I got to a point when I was totally stuck. Stuck like super glue! I was just getting to finish my huge project (the internet marketing course I’m creating) when this happened and after rising above all the other problems I had throughout this project, I reached the point when I couldn’t go any further.

But you know what? I may be lot of things but I’m certainly not a quitter!

Well, my perseverance paid off. I’ve just finished all my recordings. All I have to do now is to put the whole thing together and I’ll be ready for launch.

It’s not quite time to pat myself on the back yet but I think I deserve a good night’s sleep at least and I know I will have that tonight because I know tomorrow I will complete this project and I’ve still got a week left of my free software trial. So at least I accomplished that goal.

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