“Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.”

~ Og Mandino

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I love setting goals and making lists of potential accomplishments. Each year, I write down several personal and business related goals for the upcoming 12 months. This list always includes an income goal for the year. In the past, I’ve written it down in December or January and not given it much consideration thereafter. Until, of course, the next calendar year rolls around and it’s time to do it again. Then, I would inevitably realize that I did not meet the goal I set. Not even close.

This year, I wanted things to be different. And, so far they are. I’ve exceeded my January goal by more than 46 percent and we still have a week to go! How did this happen? Was it just blind luck? I don’t think so. I implemented a couple changes and I credit them with my successful start to 2017.

First, I made sure that my goal was realistic. In past years I’ll admit I was guilty of just writing down a number that looked and felt good. I didn’t really give it much thought or research what it would take to get there. This year was different from the get-go. I looked at my numbers from the recent past and tried to gauge what I thought would be decent, acceptable growth from last year. I settled on a number 40 percent higher than 2016. Although a little lofty, I wanted to challenge and push myself, especially since I felt I didn’t do that last year.

Second, I broke down my goal into manageable chunks. By this I mean I simply turned my annual goal into a monthly one. I simply divided my goal by 12 to see what it would take for me to get there. This accomplished a couple things. First, it gave me clarity as to whether my goal really was realistic and achievable. I thought it was. Secondly, it forced me to think through various sales scenarios. What would I actually have to sell to meet this goal? What promotions could I offer to fit with my overall editorial calendar for the year? While there wasn’t detailed planning taking place, I did think through the year and what it would take to stay on track.

It makes sense to me that if I can consistently meet a monthly goal, I will be considerably above my total goal by December. Many of you may be in similar situations. Much of my income is generated at the end of the calendar year, before and during the holiday season. Meeting a monthly goal during the first half of the year will hopefully take some pressure off when it comes to promoting our Holiday Gift Guide and other similar promotions.

Lastly, I made a commitment to keep my goal front and center. Each week I create a to-do list so that I can keep track of tasks that need accomplished. At the top right corner, I wrote down my monthly goal. Each time I’ve made a sale this month, I’ve crossed it out and wrote what’s remaining to meet my goal. Today, I was able to cross the number off completely and instead write how much I had exceeded it by. Wow, that was a good feeling! Now, more than ever, I am committed to slaying the 2017 income goal I had set.

It has been easier than I thought to stay focused. By being realistic, breaking down my goal into manageable pieces and keeping it front of mind, I’ve been able to be successful. I’m looking forward to continuing the trend throughout the year. I’d love to hear from you! Tell us about how you hold yourself accountable in the comments!

Probiotics are now being recommended by doctors more and more due to increase in digestive health issues, especially in women.  There are more cases of IBS and other gut-related health concerns today then ever before. One of the main reasons for this increase is the diet we are eating. Overall, we get less of the good bacteria that we need to fight off sickness and sustain optimum health. So now we need to supplement our diet with good bacteria.

Microbiome Plus has developed a product that helps with several areas in human health, the main ones being digestive, immune and cholesterol. Their probiotic was proven in a study to lower bad cholesterol by 11.64 percent*. This probiotic also helps with mood and weight loss, as do all effective probiotics. This is because weight-loss research suggests that healthy microflora in the gut can speed up metabolism and for mood, the probiotics help you absorb the nutrients you need to increase energy. With more energy and a healthier stomach, naturally you are going to feel better.

Microbiome Plus GI comes with a prebiotic as well. The prebiotic acts as a fertilizer for probiotics. In fact, many people take the prebiotic on its own to promote the growth of any natural probiotics they have in their system. This combination of probiotic and prebiotic are very effective in improving your digestive health, including battling bad bacteria that can cause gas, constipation, bloating and other issues.  Many people wait until they have IBS or other more serious problems before taking probiotics, but this is not the best choice. It is obviously important to maintain your health today for a better tomorrow.

If you are feeling fatigued, probiotics are most likely your answer. Of course, eating properly and exercise should always be number one, but this allergy safe and gluten-free supplement is the next best thing. Microbiome Plus probiotics were developed by doctors and clinically tested, so you know you are getting the good stuff.

If you or anyone you know may be interested in trying Microbiome Plus probiotics, here is a coupon code for 30 percent off the 1 and 2 month supplies.

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*Cholesterol Lowering Study: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22990854

We all know the struggles of busy motherhood. Even if you haven’t taken the plunge into business ownership just yet, you are constantly balancing, juggling and yawning. In fact, that may be one of the reasons that you aren’t yet running a business. You may be frightened of the potential of being even busier and more tired.

Products and services that can make our lives as mom entrepreneurs easier are always a welcome sight. They come in many different forms and many different packages. Diapers.com isn’t just for diapers and baby gear. The site has a new section, Gifts for Mom, which specifically addresses things that can make our lives as moms easier.

For instance, there is the Nespresso Espresso Maker for the moms who need to stay caffeinated at all hours of the day. There is a large selection of video monitors so that you can work in your home office worry-free while baby naps.

Did you know that you can also order household items from Diapers.com and have them shipped directly to your home? Currently all toilet paper, tampons, vitamins, laundry detergent and grocery items are 25% off. This is extremely convenient for the new mom, or the mom who doesn’t want to take her little ones out to the store during cold and flu season.

The site offers free 1-2 day shipping on all orders more than $49. They also promote free and easy returns when necessary.

Today’s #MotivationMonday post is in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.”

~Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

 

It’s the New Year and many of us have set new resolutions and new goals for the coming months. Oftentimes, health and wellness is a big focus of those goals. Everyone wants to lose a little weight, eat healthier and improve their overall wellness in the New Year. This can sometimes be hard to do, especially if you are working from home, running your own business.

It’s easy to understand how the stress and time commitment can be overwhelming, leaving little time for healthy activities. The key is to stay focused and dedicated to living a healthy lifestyle despite your demanding work. Here are four ways in which you can help ensure your healthy success.

Meal Plan & Prep

Dedicating part of your Saturday morning or Sunday afternoon to planning out your week’s meals can go a long way in the quest of healthy eating. When you grab things on the go, or order in because you didn’t plan the evening meal, the chances of eating unhealthier dramatically increase. By planning ahead, you can ensure that you will get good, balanced meals each day. This can help with grocery shopping too, and you’ll have healthy snacks on hand for the days where you’re stuck at your computer for what seems like endless hours. You can also use this time to prep for some of the meals. Cut vegetables for different recipes or marinade meats; do anything that might help you save time later in the week. The goal is to make it easier on yourself to cook healthier throughout the week; if you have a plan it’s much more doable.

Manage Stress

Stress is a big deal in the life of the mom entrepreneur. There is so much to do and so little time to do it in. We have to balance the family with the business with the home responsibilities and so on. It’s easy to get overwhelmed and stressed out. Try to avoid stress and deal with it appropriately. Be sure that you are getting enough rest and taking mandatory time off. Don’t let yourself get burnt out. If you can minimize stress, your chances of being healthier are so much greater. Try not to let the pressure get to you. It’s reasonable to feel very possessive over your business. But, remember, you simply can’t do it all. If there are tasks you can delegate to help take the load off; do it. Focus on the big picture and don’t let the small issues drag you down.

Exercise

Movement is a huge key to health. Your overall wellness depends on exercise. Working from home should make it easier to find time to sneak in a workout, but in reality it often just complicates it. You must schedule time for it. If you have little ones at home, it may need to be before they wake in the morning. Usually by nap time there are several other things on your to-do list to take up that chunk of time and working out will be the furthest from your mind. Exercising in the morning can give you the clarity and resolve to start a new day. You can also schedule short breaks throughout the day. Even if it is just a few ten-minute walks around the block, it is better than being completely sedentary all day. Exercise will make you feel better overall and is a great way to improve your health.

Invest in Yourself

Another way to stay healthy is mentally and emotionally. It is a great idea to have a business mentor. An experienced entrepreneur that you can bounce ideas off of, go to for advice and look to for encouragement can be a great asset.  You may also want to attend a seminar or educational course to help improve your skills. Investing this time in yourself, and in your business, can help you grow healthy in more ways than one. Just reading a book or browsing educational sites online can be beneficial. Just be sure to focus on things that interest you and are relevant to your own goals.

There are many reasons to want to be healthy. There are a multitude of benefits. You want to take care of yourself because you are your businesses biggest asset. In the end, healthy individuals end up being more productive. So, your health and wellness goals directly tie into your business goals!

 

 

Modern businesses rely heavily on technology. They spend a lot of time, and money, on sourcing the best equipment and software.

Most company owners recognize the importance of using the latest innovations to help them to serve their customers effectively. However, there is one area of most businesses that is often neglected. Firms rarely invest in purchasing HR software for their personnel department to use.

This is a real shame, because using this type of software brings many benefits. Modern HR software can do so much more than help you to get your payroll right. Today, you can turn your HR department into an internal hub that brings everyone together and ensures that everyone is working as an efficient team. Below are just a few examples of how that can be achieved.

Run an efficient appraisal process

An important part of making sure that every member of your team is pulling their weight is setting targets, and measuring progress. Most firms do this using an appraisal process.

This approach works well. However, that is only the case when appraisals are carried out on time, and the data gleaned from the interviews is actually used. The best HR software includes modules that will help you to manage the process, and ensure that everyone does what he or she should to make your appraisal system work.

Manage absenteeism

Most firms use their HR system to keep track of hours worked and make sure that people are paid on time. This is important, but so is managing absenteeism.

If you want to, you can use the information you gather to make sure everyone is paid properly to spot members of staff that are taking more time off sick than average.

Once you spot a problem, you can take the time to discuss the issue with the person concerned, and find out what the underlying cause is. Often these conversations are enough to stop people taking time off sick without good cause.

Roll out best practice

Every company has to evolve if they want to stay ahead of their competitors. As a result, managing change is an important part of the modern business world.

The tools that are included in today’s HR software packages make it easy to roll out best practice and keep track of progress. Most of the best packages include scheduling modules that keep track of what needs to be done, when, and by whom.

Run staff bonus schemes

For any firm staff motivation can be a problem. It is hard to keep everybody enthusiastic and working hard.

A good way to do so it to set up and run some sort of staff bonus scheme. This task can be done more efficiently using a HR software package.

If you would like to learn more about how to set up a staff bonus scheme, you can do so here.

As you can see, using something like Cascade Human Resources Software brings many potential benefits. As a result, if you have not seriously considered investing in this type of package we strongly urge you to take the time to do so.