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    3 Easy Steps to Motivate Yourself Daily by Klaudia Kovacs

    Spring is approaching and New Year resolutions are history for many. Let’s face it: It’s not easy to stay self-motivated. Life happens and sometimes it’s easier to respond to whatever life throws at you than to stay focused, regardless of what happens. Below are three of my favorite methods to keep re-generating motivation on a daily basis.

    1. In the morning, resist the urge to get out of bed and immediately start on your daily tasks, like checking how many emails you got or what comments were made on your Facebook page. Instead, leave most of your electronic devices turned off. Stay in bed and after taking a few minutes to be grateful for the morning, listen to your pre-recorded goals for 2014. Pre-recording your goals for the year is a very effective and easy way to grab some inspiration in the morning, or for that matter, any time of the day. I like recording my goals on my iPhone and listen to it before I start my day. In addition, I also listen to it at places where I have to wait, like at my dentist’s office. By tuning in daily, the recording will remind you of your goals as well as it will empower you on a conscious and subconscious level. As far as the mp3 files goes, make sure it’s at least 10-20 minutes long. In other words, if your list of goals is short (which it should be, because having too many goals is overwhelming), you need to repeat your goals several times, so you’ll have a long enough mp3 to listen to.

    2. Another great way to stay on track is to create automated reminders in your iPhone or computer. You can time those goal-alarms to go off in the afternoon, when many people get hit with a feeling of being tired or wanting to take a nap. Makes sure to choose a cheerful, positive, or uplifting ring for these reminders, so you’ll be in a good mood just by hearing your alarm.

    3. Create a vision board and use it actively. There are many ways to use a vision board, instead of just hanging it on the wall. One clever way I found is to create it the same size as your desktop, dining or coffee table. Once your vision board is completed, put the vision board on your chosen surface and then buy a piece of transparent glass or plexiglass to cover it, so you preserve your pictures for as long as possible. If you created a vision board that you truly love, you won’t be able to resist looking at it every day and reminder yourself of the grand life you’re in the process of creating.

    Please share how YOU keep yourself motivated. I’d love to hear from you! 

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    5 Steps to Achieve Your Goals in 2014 by Klaudia Kovacs

    To welcome the New Year with all its possibilities, I find it necessary to bring closure to the previous year first. Acknowledging the things you have achieved is as important as reviewing where you fell short and what you can do to avoid repeating the same mistakes. Here are 5 suggested steps to have a solid plan for 2014:

    1. Create a few hours of solitude when you won’t be interrupted. Pick your favorite place in your home and beautify it with flowers, candles, or something that makes you feel peaceful. If you have it, grab your list of goals for 2013 and start reviewing them. Take a careful look at the goals in the three major areas of life: Health, Career/Finance, and Personal Relationships.
    2. Name the very decisions and beliefs that helped you to achieve your goals. Then identify the ones that made you lag behind in other areas. Make sure to do the second part of the process without self-judgment and with acceptance. Take a look at the “cost” of these unfulfilled goals. Now examine how your life would be different if you have met those goals. Linger right here and imagine the benefits of how those goals would effect your life, if they were fulfilled.
    3. Now, write a list of things you need to do to accomplish them in the future and add additional goals for 2014, if you want to. Be careful not to have too many goals, since too many of them can be overwhelming and set you up for failure. Be specific about your new ones and carefully examine what you need to give up to meet those goals. Feel energized by your renewed commitment and pick a theme, a song, a color, or something relating to your senses that will remind you throughout the year what you’re trying to achieve. Creating a vision board would be a fantastic reminder!
    4. Identify the community or people who will be your support system in 2014. Find the individuals whom you can exchange regular empowerment “sessions” with.
    5. Last but not least, find a way to really reward yourself for what you did accomplish last year. Give yourself a gift or several gifts if you want. Spoil yourself especially if your accomplishments feel significant. You deserve it! 

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    How to Live Your Dream Life by Klaudia Kovacs

    It amazes me how many times I hear people say that they are waiting for the right moment to start living their dreams and then they sit around for months, years, sometimes decades… and then nothing happens.

    My friends who have children tell me that there is never a perfect time to have them. You just decide to have kids and then move forward. The same goes for change. There is never a perfect time for change either. You just go for it with everything you have, whether the circumstances are right or not.

    Self-actualization is not effortless and it takes courage to embrace it. Success is not a straight line as many imagine; it’s rather complicated and sometimes downright difficult. No wonder many people are afraid of it. If you shoot for excellence in one area, it’s likely that other areas of your life will have to change too.

    Also, once you start excelling, some people who are not on a committed journey of success like you are, might feel left behind, and therefore start resenting you, or making you feel guilty for your achievements. While it’s true that the higher you go the better the view, it’s also true that the higher you go the smaller the crowd. Some people just won’t be able to keep up with you...

    However sad that might be, I don’t think there is any greater regret than not fulfilling your calling as a human being. Upon figuring out one’s calling, there are two reference points to consider:

    1. What were your biggest childhood dreams?
    2. Upon dying what kind of a life would you need to leave behind to feel fulfilled?

    These are not easy questions to answer but you must answer them if you’re going to live your dream life. Sooner is better than later.

    Once you answered these questions, the next step is the process of reverse engineering. In other words, for you to have the life you want, what are the things you need to do daily, weekly, monthly, annually? Then comes the most challenging part: unwavering commitment. That’s hard. Well, kind of. But what is the alternative? To have a blah life? I don’t think so!

    Now, how do you stay committed? Many people ask me this question and my response frequently surprises them. Let’s go back to your childhood for a second. Do you remember the first girl/boy you were so in love with? Did you need to be reminded to be excited when you saw her/him walking by? No, of course not. If your life is at stake, do you need to be reminded to take it seriously? I hope not.

    Yet, life is life, and we’re human beings and most of us are far from perfect. So, it’s good to create a support system that is specific and can be relied on regularly. Responsibility partners, coaches, consultants, mentors are all options. Whoever you choose to travel the path with you, make sure that person, in fact, holds you responsible and is not too gentle or accepting when you don’t show up 100%.

    We’re a month away from the New Year. There is plenty of time to figure out these important answers and start living your DREAM LIFE when the ball drops on Time Square. I’m rooting for you!

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    The 3 Top Secrets of Business-Generating Business Cards by Klaudia Kovacs

    I use postcards instead of business cards. But the concept is the same. Do you have a business card collection? I do! I have a gigantic business card book organized alphabetically. Despite the fact that we live in the electronic age, I love having people’s printed information. The paper they choose to put their contact on is as telling as the design or lack of it. As I was flipping through my collection the other day, I noticed how few truly inspired me--or even worse--were memorable.

    About 15 years ago, I got a special card designed. Everyone seemed to remember it. When I phoned after a brief meeting they usually said something along the lines of: “Oh, you’re the woman with the red card!” So I knew, my business card was different. But it was not perfect just yet.

    Since then, I studied plenty of marketing techniques to know how to master the genre. Here are my top secrets that you should follow too!

    1. Always, I mean ALWAYS put a fantastic portrait of yourself on your business card. Do invest in a true quality, professional photo. You want to come across approachable, positive, inviting, friendly, and a nice smile never hurts. You may ask, “why do you need to put your picture on your card?” Well, if you are in business, you probably know a lot of people. People who you do business with most likely know a lot of people as well. Therefore, make it easy for people to remember you and find you in their collection of cards. That’s especially imperative if you have a common first name.

    2. Also, it’s important to have a unique business card. Get one designed by a professional if you have to. Using a rare color is one of the easiest ways to make a memorable statement. One of a kind fonts and logos are good as well. 

    This is the back of my postcard that I use as a business card. It has a call to action as well. 3. Now here is a super secret everyone seem to miss: Have a call to action on your card. It could be on the back or in the front but do have one! In case you’re not familiar with the term, call to action means, you ask or inspire a person to take an action that will move your business relationship forward. It could be many things, like signing up for your newsletter, “like”-ing your Facebook page, “follow”-ing you on Twitter, requesting your free offer, etc. Your call to action, especially if there is a complimentary gift involved, will prompt prospective clients to keep your card and continue developing a business relationship with you. And that is the very point of business cards.

    Once you have a great card made, go out and start generating business!

    If you have one you are proud of and want to share, please post it right here: I’d love to see it and at the same time you will advertise your business on my Facebook page for free. Grab the opportunity!




    Finish 2013 as a Financially Abundant Year by Klaudia Kovacs

    Remember your New Year resolution and the amount you decided to make this year? I trust you do and I hope that you’re right on track!

    In case you need assistance, or want to go beyond your original target number, I want to help you to meet your goals and finish 2013 as a financially abundant year.

    I have put a few tips together for you so you can really boost your business in the last quarter. Of course, every business is different; so pick and choose the idea that fits your type of enterprise the best.

    Step 1: Focusing on public speaking at the end of the year can create a new stream of customers quickly. Being a speaker automatically creates credibility and people will perceive you as an expert right away. Upon speaking, always have a call to action for your audience, and sell existing services/products immediately after your speech. If you do a good job as a public speaker, people will want to get more of what you have to offer.

    Step 2: Creating a VIP day or weekend can help you close a financially successful year. How does this work? Your customers hire you for a full day or weekend to get your undivided attention and knowledge just to themselves. You can make this day/weekend luxurious and make this event life-altering for your clients. For example, let’s assume, that normally you sell 10-hour packages to your clients. Usually, it takes them to use up their time approximately 6-10 weeks. They need that much time to resolve a given business matter and they have to wait that long to really get going. You can do the same thing over a day or weekend and there is no waiting time! You can truly elevate their lives/business over a day or two. How fabulous is that?

    Step 3: Organizing a high-end private retreat or virtual live event can also boost your revenue. By the end of the year, people are getting tired, and a private retreat with special attention to delightful details while getting them ready for 2014, will make you a memorable entrepreneur. Private retreats can be very uplifting and extremely useful at the same time. If you prefer online, you can also do a virtual live event. Your costs will be significantly less, yet you can still create a lot of buzz and interest, and therefore revenue. Choose a relevant and “hot” topic for your audience, and find a way to make it unique. The more you fulfill your customers’ needs during the event, the more profitable your event can be.

    Step 4: If you are interested in info publishing or training, re-launch a past offering. If you are an established company owner, you’re likely sitting on a “pot of gold,” specifically on your existing inventory. Think of a product or service that sold well in the past, and reintroduce it to your market. Or maybe there are products that you just want to get off the shelves, so have a big closeout sale. The concept is to put something out there that will bring you income with little effort. You don’t need to reinvent anything, just leverage what you already have or know.

    All the above-mentioned ideas can be implemented within weeks. Whichever step you choose to take, make sure to market you new business move intensely: 

    • Sends emails to your email list.

    • Run a new ad on your website.

    • Reconnect with your top 10 referral sources.

    • Use social media to spread the word.

    If you need help with closing 2013 successfully, make sure to reach out now.