What it Takes to be a Winner

You already know the score here: dedication, perseverance, persistance, consistency.

OK, end of blog post, let's just get on with it.

Obviously not.

There is, obviously, more to be said.

When I started up in business 3 years ago, I remember thinking: "This is gonna be like when I first started teaching: at first, there will be a steep learning curve as I seek to acquire new skills, I'm not expecting to become an overnight success. I'm in this for the long haul. I know that I will have to persist if I want to succeed."

So it is with everything of real value in life, and in one sense, this extends to the entire physical realm that we're part of.
 

Kneed The Dough (Not Need the Dough)

Everything has to be worked, like kneeding dough to make good bread.

Now I'm not saying that there aren't some good ways to speed up the process. There are, and I will allude to what I believe is one very important "success accelerator" in a minute.

And in fact, I believe that that key is the one which unlocks all the other doors that must be opened to enter into the success journey.

But before I explore the nature of that key, I want you to understand what I personally mean by success – what are the metrics I use to determine whether or not I'm pointing my life in the "right" direction?

Two key metrics for me are summarized in these two words:

  • Fulfilment 
  • Fruitfulness 

The "Superkey" for Success

If I have a sense of fulfilment in my life, and evidence of being fruitful – making a difference – then I believe that I'm travelling on the success journey. Then I'm winning.

So winning, success, is a journey into fulfilment and fruitfulness.

What about the destination then? If I believe success is a journey, where do I think I'm going?

That brings me neatly onto the "superkey" that unlocks the other doors to be passed through.

Simply put, in order to be a winner, I must have a strong sense, a vision, of why I am doing what I'm doing.

Confession time: when I fisrst started on this new journey of entrepreneurship, my far view was very blurred and foggy.

At the time, I simply want to have more time for my family, to have more fun. Actually, that could be enough as a why, but in my case, I also wanted to make a wider difference.
 

Defeating Death

You know, that "legacy thing". Many of us feel this way as a way of combatting own own mortality: it's a natural desire to want to leave a mark so that long after our DNA molecules have returned to the Earth, we somehow live on in the minds and on the lips of future generations.

And I'm not knocking that one iota. I feel the same way, and have done ever since those explorative teenage years when I began to emerge from the protective shell of self-centeredness.

Back to this "superkey": how do I find my why, how do I unlock that synergy within my being that will lead to harmony in my inner and outer life, and how do I know when I've reached that sense of purpose?

In other words, how do I judge when I'm winning?

Finding Life's "Why"

You've almost certainly guessed what I'm thinking by now, and if I've done my job well, the answer will be self-evident.

To know when I am winning, I must have a clear sense of my why – my aim.

"Why am I doing what am I doing?" is the question that will help me determine my focus, and then I will be able to see more clearly my target, so I can constantly refine and trim the direction of my life to achieve that fulfilment and fruitfulness that I desire.

Pretty easy then?

Obviously not.

Kneeding the dough requires a lot of energy, time and commitment.  BUT, if I have a clear sense of why I'm doing what I'm doing, and how I'm going to proceed along the journey, then that energy, time and commitment will seem much, much easier as life's curve-balls batter me into shape.

Let the Journey Continue…

In conclusion then, you, me, everybody, in fact, must discover our unique "why journey", and even more importantly, build and become part of a tribe of others who also want to discover a clearer sense of  that same journey together.

Everything else: the how and the what should stream from that greater sense of shared purpose.

Find your why.

Begin the journey.

Share that journey with others who become part of your tribe.

That's what it takes to become a winner.

Oh, and finally. notice that the dart board above has lots of holes in it.  Don't give up simply because you haven't hit your target yet. The process, the journey, is a fundamentally important part of the journey towards success.

For more information on how to find your why, read Start With Why, by Simon Sinek.

FusionHQ Review

 

 

 Today I'm going to let you know all about one of the coolest pieces of software I have ever seen for managing and building an online business,  called FusionHQ. It's perfect for non-techies and seasoned marketers because it requires no coding at all and is really simple to use. 

 
 
The biggest challenge that typically confronts would-be marketers is the technical hurdle that must be successfully jumped even before an idea can even begin to be turned into something tangiable.
 
FusionHQ changes all that because it eliminates the need for programmers and designers (which is why I'm so excited about it). You can now do it yourself or get outsourced staff to do it – it's really that easy (I'll explain in more detail shortly).
 
I've got nothing against being able to roll up my sleeves and coding manually, but the time-saver that FusionHQ provides is incredible.
 
For the first time ever, I can actually *think* about where I'm going, and what I want to achieve, instead of getting bogged down in technical blind alleys.
 
 

So What is FusionHQ?

 
FusionHQ is a multi tool platform that allows anyone (even a non-techie) to build an unlimited amount of professional, fully customizable sales funnels, membership sites and affiliate programs without a single line of code.
 
No HTML, no PHP, not even FTP – it's all automated.
 
(BUT – and this is the coolest thing, you can *still* do all the tech-head stuff if you have those sort of skills).
 
 

Building Websites

FusionHQ uses drag and drop technology which is very intuitive. You can literally drag an optin form onto the page (fully coded). The same goes for videos, buy now buttons, images and much more. This is awesome especially since most other people only allow you to use a WYSIWYG text editor.
 
I love FusionHQ's split-testing feature because it's very simple to do: I can set up a split test in 20 seconds – all without a single line of code, and then analyse which page converts better…all within the FusionHQ interface.
 
When it comes to building your site, there are plenty of professional templates to choose from and you can create your own, or modify the existing range. 
 
You can then build out your sales funnel by adding pages to the drag and drop process map. This is where you plan out your upsells, downsells, exit popups, etc. FusionHQ codes it all together automatically. Perfect for non-techies and advanced marketers.
 
 
My favourite part of FusionHQ is the membership site builder. It makes it so simple to build an entire membership site in no time at all. 
 
FusionHQ allows you to manage your members, give unlimited membership levels, and build your membership site using the drag and drop technology (again no coding at all).
 
There are a lot of membership scripts out there that aren't real membership sites. 
 

FusionHQ membership sites…

* Give everyone a unique username and password
* Only allow one person to login at once per username (preventing people from sharing login details)
* Drip feeds content (great for making money with membership sites)
* If someone refunds they will actually lose access to the membership (unlike many other membership scripts out there)
 

Hosted on Your own Server:

Once you're happy with your site, FusionHQ allows you to upload your website to your own hosting or FusionHQ's cloud Hosting. With the FusionHQ cloud hosting you don't even need to worry about changing DNS settings – it's nice for non-techies who don't know how to do that kind of thing.
 
Note: FusionHQ is not one of those platforms that force you to upload your website on THEIR server. Platforms that do this usually take your website should you decide to move on to something else (it doesn't make good business sense). 
 
FusionHQ isn't like that, you can upload your files to your own hosting and you can even export your site to a zip file if needed. Giving you all the control. As a retired Linux geek, that's music to my ears 🙂
 
 

Payment Gateways

If you intend to sell anything via your website, you're going to need a way to process payments.
 
Currently FusionHQ easily integrates with Clickbank, Paypal, 1shoppingcart, 2checkout and Authorize.net (with more on the way in future upgrades).
 
 

Autoresponders

FusionHQ has it's own in-house autoresponder, making it more of a fully integrated system for online business owners. 
 
Obviously you don't have to use it if you don't want to. You can continue using your own autoresponder. For some of my existing campaigns, I've carried on using Aweber, but for my main membership website, Web Video Explosion, it made much more sense to use the built-in autoresponder, as it allows for easy integration with the Affiliate setup.
 
FusionHQ integrates with all the other popular autoresponders (as well as Aweber), Getresponse and iContact.
 
 

Go2webinar integration

Webinars are a great way to make money provided you have something to sell. Well FusionHQ allows you to set up custom squeeze pages that register people to multiple webinars AND a list simultaneously from one form. 
 
This is very powerful and will help you get more people on your webinars, which means more money. It's also a great way to build your list because they sign up for the webinar(s) and your list at the same time – all from one form.
 
When I first started using FusionHQ, I didn't spot this feature, and only discovered after we ran our first webinar for Web Video Explosion that it was a pretty much 1-click process.
 

Affiliate Program

You can build an affiliate program without any coding. Fill out your settings, create your tools and you're ready to recruit affiliates. The affiliate software has double layers of protection – IP tracking AND cookie tracking – which ensures accurate stats for affiliates.
 
FusionHQ's affiliate software enables you to manage affiliates, create custom commissions, custom tools for specific affiliates, etc. 
 
It can also be used to integrate with Clickbank much in the same way as EasyClickMate.
 

Conclusion

FusionHQ is an impressive multi tool platform that saves a ton of time and money. If you're serious about building an online business then this is a platform that I'd highly recommend, and I'm using it as the platform of choice for delivering my forthcomging Web Video Explosion Training Program.
 
I love its drag and drop simplicity, while being fully customizable and professional at the same time. It's an all-in-one business platform that integrates with popular softwares without a single line of code. 
 
I didn't think software like this would be possible (especially doing all this without a single line of code) – but I'm happy to say I've been proved wrong. There are a few platforms on the market though FusionHQ is definitely way a head of the game.
 
FusionHQ have a complete team behind them and have big plans for the future. As a member of FusionHQ you get all future updates for free – which is great. 
 
FusionHQ has now made the technical side of managing and building an online business simple and I applaud them for that. This is definitely something that is now an essential core part of my business. 
 
No need to waste thousands of dollar on programmers – not to mention all the time it takes trying to explain what you want.
 
If you're a non-techie, this is dream come true – so many people get stuck on the technical stuff (or, in my case, badly side-tracked!!)). 
 
Now you can focus more on the marketing and getting the money coming in.
 
Check it out now at:
 
 
Dez.

Welcome to the Mad Web Scientist!

Here’s a recent example of a video embedded with Easy Video Player 2:

 

 

The actual video is on the Web Video Explosion website, which is running FusionHQ – a very powerful marketing platform which allows me to generate websites, sales funnels, "launch trees", affiliate campaigns, and much more.

If you’re serious about online marketing, then both Easy Video Player 2 & FusionHQ will allow you to produce quality online content very quickly.

I’ll be showing you more about both these tools over the next few weeks, giving you a "sneak peak" on how they are used, and how to build sales & marketing funnels using them both.

Dez.

(PS The links to FusionHQ & Easy Video Player 2 are affiliate links, so I will get paid money if you subsequently buy either of the products through my links. I highly recommend both, and am using both on my online marketing).

As you might know by now, I’m part of a community of online marketers who are committed to mastering the changes necessary to become successful in business.

I was recently listening to a call from one of the top marketers in this community, and she made the following statement during the call:

 

"Write down the top 20 qualities of the type of person you want to work with".

So, here it is. As you read down this list, if you’re saying "yes" to these, then click on my picture at the end of this post, fill in your name, email address & phone number, and I’ll give you a call.

20 Qualities of People Who I Want to Work With

  1. Self-motivated
  2. Committed to self-mastery and personal development
  3. Primary focus is on making a difference in the world, rather than being motivated by a large bank balance
  4. Hungry for change
  5. Not afraid of failing forward
  6. Understands that success is a process
  7. Plays a bigger game than just self-interest
  8. Is other-centered more than self-centered
  9. Places a high value on other people
  10. Is willing to forgive even when it hurts
  11. Understands the importance of masterminding with others
  12. Seeks out to learn new skills
  13. Is committed to leadership through serving and by example
  14. Wants the best outcome in any situation, even when it’s a challenge
  15. Understands the great value of human relationships
  16. Is courageous, and is able to face into the wind of challenges and ride with the wind of success
  17. Invests time in people
  18. Understands that money is just a vehicle to bring change, and not an end in itself
  19. Loves working with others, but is committed to accountability to self
  20. Always begins with the end in mind.

Click here to add your 20!

Aim for at least 5 if you’re busy 🙂

 

What exactly does it mean to fight from victory? Put in another phrase, and it’s clearer: Fight from a position of victory.

Just to clarify, I’m talking about the context of your life or business goals (and hopefully both at the same time). The reason why this is so powerful is because it acknowledges the role of your mindset as being crucial in determining the outcome.

Not for a second am I saying that skill set isn’t important, it’s rather that the results that you get from your skill set are 100% determined by your mindset.

How you think and what you think about will have an undeniably profound effect on the eventual outcome of your efforts. You may think that this is completely obvious. If that’s the case, you should congratulate yourself on being in the small 3% of people who understand the paramount importance of mindset in determining outcome.

How do you get to the place where you know you have the right attitudes and patterns of thought required for success?

Here’s a simple test: Look in the mirror. Stare at yourself for about 30 seconds, and after the 30 seconds is up, say, out loud "I know I’ve got what it takes", three times. Make a note of how you react to this.

Do you feel like a fraud, or feel derision or cynicism for doing such a strange thing? (Or even, perhaps foolishness).

Or, do you feel scared, perhaps realizing that you just don’t believe what you’ve just said. Or maybe you want to believe it, but you’re not sure how to get there.

The reason why mindset is so fundamental to outcome is because our thoughts and attitudes do shape the resulting actions more than anything else.

So, how do you get the mindset required for success in your life or business? Here are some things I’ve learned and am applying in my business:

  1. Find your core why – why do you want what you are straining for? Find what motivates you more than anything else to push through, and use your imagination (include all 5 senses if possible) to see that outcome in your mind, as if it is already real.
  2. Take measurable action every day to help you work towards that core why. If it’s in business, that should at least translate into income-producing activity. In your personal life, it could mean setting aside quality time to spend with the significant person or people around you.
  3. Mastermind with others – find a small group of others who are wanting success in their lives, and give one another permission to help, evaluate and train each other.
  4. Spend time in your own personal development – read, watch or listen to great leaders who share their story…let what they say impact you and  write it down.
  5. Commit yourself to leadership.

Lastly, you might find the following video helpful:


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I’ve just been listening to Mike Dillard & Brian Fanale on a webinar talking about how to build your own home based business.

Mike Dillard started in Network Marketing 5 years ago, and Brian a bit less.

Both of them have come from ground zero to now form multi million dollar businesses.

Both of them work with top companies, but they both realised early on that to be a true business owner, you must market yourself, not the business whose products you are wanting to sell.

The reason for that is obvious: companies fail, distributorships get revoked.

The real secret that both Mike & Brian model is that they both decided early on to offer value to their potential clients more than selling to them.

But how do they continue to build their own businesses in the face of so many opportunities and potential distractions?

Mike’s simple answer is to make sure that every single day before he goes to sleep, he does the following:

  • Make a list of the top 5 things you must do to move your business forward
  • Be specific in those top five tasks
  • Don’t go to bed until you’ve completed those tasks
Obviously, getting to the point where you’re able to accurately judge your ability to complete those tasks is a skill in itself..but the more you practice, the better you’ll get at laying these bricks.

Mike Dillard is an industry leader in the network marketing industry because he has combined this “build your mansion brick by brick” with a tremendous desire to give value to others.

If you’re looking to move your business forwards, and want to look over his shoulder (and those of other 7-figure earners in the home business industry), then make sure you get on the early-bird list for his next product, “What’s Working Now” – as it looks to be one of the key skillset & mindset products of 2010 to help network marketers move their businesses forward.

Click on the image & fill in the form on the next page to get early-bird access.

The Millionaire Mindset

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I love the stories that Tony Robbins, Frank Kern and John Reese tell in the videos I mention in the above clip.

All three come from humble beginnings:

Tony was a janitor

Frank sold cash machines for shops

John worked in a video store.

If they looked at their circumstances they would have never had every reason to think that they were never going to aspire to anything great.

So what changed?

Very simple: Mindset.

They all worked on what goes on between their ears.

And they didn’t give up until their dreams were realized.

Their hidden secret?

Certainty.

They knew that if they just kept going, sooner or later their visions would happen.

By the way, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out how big the vision had to be be: BIG.

It seems that we all too easily believe the lie that life’s knocks are meant to help us rid ourselves of child-like dreams.

Whereas, in fact, life’s knocks are meant to help us find the diamonds in the tonne of coal that surrounds them in each one of us.

And the knocks must continue until the diamonds are found.

If you don’t relish the prospect of the pain that you have to go through to get to that point, then maybe that’s because you’ve let others, or even yourself, shape a small vision or no vision mindset.

But what if you chose to embrace the pain?

What if you decided to accept that the inevitable pains of this life are there to focus your attention on what really matters.

I’m hungry to find the diamonds. Sure, I don’t like the pain. It hurts.

But for every bruise to my ego, I see more clearly the diamonds being slowly revealed.

And when I glimpse at the diamonds, I see the most amazing colors, patterns and almost unimaginable pictures of what like could be like.

So I’ve decided to keep going until all the coal is gone and just the diamonds remain.

That’s the journey that Frank, Tony and John have travelled on, and now they no longer have to clean toilets, sell cash machines or work in video stores.

Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of good people who do these things.

But there are few who reach the summits of their lives, stopping short of the high views that life can bring to those who are hungry.

How about you?

Winners Know How to Lose Well

In his groundbreaking book Integrity, The Courage to Meet the Demands of Reality, Dr Henry Cloud outlines what he considers to be one of the most important character traits that any child can gain as they grow up. As the title suggests, the ability or skill in learning how to lose well is that character trait. Why is this? What is Henry Could wanting to communicate here?

After all, if you’ve read the book or seen the film Apollo 13, you’ll probably remember the phrase that echoes down the corridors of time, cheering us on:

"Failure is not an option!".

The tenacity, brilliance, creativity and sheer dogged determinism to save the precious lives of the astronauts aboard the Apollo 13 spacecraft will be studied and remember for decades, if not centuries.

So, is failure ever an option? What would 77 year old Gene Kranz say to Henry Cloud’s ideas?

Obviously I think they both have some valid things to say.

Here’s my angle on it: winners want to be successful in what they work at, they are not satisfied with second best. They want to achieve the best possible result for the goal they have in mind. They don’t want anything else. When winners don’t achieve their original goal however, they recognize that they have lost, but they know that they haven’t failed.

This is a very important point. Think about the last time you lost. Did you feel like a failure, coming down hard on yourself for not having achieved what you might have done had you just been that much smarter or perhaps if you had worked that bit harder….

It’s an easy thing to do.

But, and listen up here: it’s a killer way to analyze your loss. Losing is, after all, is as much part of life as winning. But in a real sense, failure is not an option, winning or losing. If Gene Kranz hadn’t managed to pull the team together, if they hadn’t been able to save the lives of their friends some 250,000 miles from home, they would have indeed lost.

But they would have done everything in their power to make a success – to get a win – out of what was understandably an almost impossible situation.

How they responded to their reality made ALL the difference.

They were tenacious, focused and determined. But they knew that success was not an automatic given.. Gene Kranz and his team of engineers, scientists and technicians also knew that their mindset would play a huge part in the chances of success, however. AND THIS IS THE KEY.

How we respond to the challenges, setbacks, lack of desired outcomes, makes all the difference to whether or not we are winners or not.

You see, I believe, we can be winners whether or not we get what we want. We might not always succeed in our goals. We might, if our lives are anything like the other billions of people on the planet, sometimes suffer hardship, pain, or disappointment.

But despite this, if we have the right mindset – if we know how to lose well – to accept that things might not always go the way we want – then we are far more likely to maintain our sense of destiny, courage, tenacity and enthusiasm for life. Whilst there is always something to be sad about in life, there are many things a grateful heart has to be thankful for.

So make it your goal to know how to lose well, to gain the type of thinking which has resilience and creativity in the face of adversity.

How do you do that? Well, the only way I know is by letting others into my space, either via my personal development through books and courses, or ultimately via the process of relationship with an important other or others. In my case, my wife, family  and my faith in God are the biggest influence on an on-going basis.

But if you have a different outlook on life, or are not in a close relationship, you can achieve a very high degree of success by surrounding yourself with a like-minded community of people who all share the same quest for wholeness (one of the six faces of integrity as Henry Cloud defines it).

Masterminding, finding a group of people with whom you can be honest with, and many other methods, can all help improve our mindset, our outlook on the world, our perception of ourselves and others.

Don’t make the mistake of confusing this with developing skills. Real winners know that the main difference between winners and failures is not skill. It’s our mindset and character.

As Jim Rohn famously said: work harder on yourself than your job. More than ever n the current economy, we know that a job is a fleeting hope for many. But real winners have the courage to face the reality of their situations and turn them to a new direction to create the circumstances for success.

They know they might not always achieve what they want. But they know how lose well.

Dez.

PS: I’ve recently started a new website called the 365 Secrets of Success Please do pay the website a visit and add your comments. Share your wisdom and insight.

 

Admission: I started this article purely as a way of being able to record my thoughts online from my mobile phone – this wasn’t aimed as being a blog post to start with 🙂

Without further ado, here’s what is going through my mind at the moment: How do I become more productive in my business with my daily routine?

Here’s the plan: – Organise my most productive hours (before everyone else in my family is awake) to focus on the key traffic-generation strategies that are essential tol my online business. – Use less productive times to exercise, eat, rest, relax, communicate, do admin tasks such as cashflow analysis, filing, emails.

Eban Pagan & other "productive experts" reckon we have at most 2-4 hours/day when we can create the most effective results.

For me, the ideal time is between 5-7am, but it will obviously be different for you.

So, in my case, getting high quality leads for my business is my top priority every day, and I know I must make good use of those first two hours of the day to grow and maintain traffic generation strategies which work in my sector.

I’ll be sharing more about what I do over the next few posts, so stay tuned. Dez.

If you’ve followed my progress on YouTube last year, you will be aware that I did a 90 day video series on internet marketing.

At the start of this new decade, I’m announcing a new challenge I’m setting myself:

Complete one hundred articles (using Ezine Articles) in one hundred days.

Easy? Perhaps for some, but consider my circumstances:

  • Family: lovely wife & 3 lovely children
  • Work: Nearly full time Physics Teacher
  • Two Businesses: Several clients for my web development business, very active online marketer for one of the top direct internet marketing education companies, and I provide marketing services for businesses in my locality

Obviously I don’t try and work all these at the same.

But I’ve had to give up a lot of things to be able to work the above in harmony.

Here’s how extreme it is:

  • I don’t have a TV
  • I rarely keep up with the news
  • I only check emails once/day, if that (maybe that’s a luxury!)
  • My only hobbies are photography and driving a car

If that sounds hard, yes, sometimes it is. But I have a rock solid vision for my family and our future.

True success always requires consistent discipline and hard work. There are no real short cuts.

So, writing one hundred articles in a hundred days isn’t going to be easy. I will have to sacrifice some sleep.

But I know the benefits to my online business will be huge. And that feeds into my vision like nobody’s business.

So, why not star the year with a S.M.A.R.T. goal which will propel your life, (and your  business if you have one) to a completely new level?

Oh, by the way: here’s another added spin-off when you set such challenges:

IT BECOMES MUCH, MUCH EASIER TO TAKE ON SUBSEQUENT CHALLENGES IN THE FUTURE.

I make no apologies for shouting this. I just want the message to be loud and clear.

Happy New Year, Happy New Decade. Make this *the* year that makes a positive difference to you, to those who you care about, and to those who aren’t  in such a privileged position as yourself, whatever and wherever that may be.

Dez.