Goals

Knowing what you want is simple but actually doing and putting it into action seems the hardest.

You want to make this year big, so here are 4 easy steps to help you get more done and achieve your goals this year and the future.

  1. WRITE DOWN your goals on paper. This is probably the most important step you can take to achieving your goals. This simple idea of having your goals down on paper makes it more tangible. It becomes sort of like a written contract to yourself. In addition, describe your goals down as specific as you can and set a deadline for each goal. Here’s an example:

    It’s not “I want to lose weight”, it’s “I want to lose 5 kilos by the end of June, 2013″.

    Instead of “I want to buy a house”, it’s “I want to buy a house in (location) for $XXX,XXX by December, 2013″
    Additionally, you want to write goals down for all areas of your life – Financial, spiritual, relationships, health, career/business, personal,etc.

  2. BREAK DOWN your goals into bite-sized chunks. The reason why a lot of people don’t achieve their goals or resolutions is because they try to bite off more than they can chew. Here’s the secret. Go through each goal and break it down into small, bite-sized sub-goals.
    An easy way to do this task is to ask yourself: “In order to achieve this goal, what would I need to do?” This task will give you a blueprint to achieving your goals. It’s as simple as following through with it.
    Let’s use the “buying a house” as an example. Here’s how you would break this goal down:

    * Research for properties everyday by browsing online.
    * Get a loan approved for $XXX,XXX.
    * Attend inspections of potential properties.
    * In the mean time, I will keep saving and stop splurging. More deposit upfront means less interest for me in the end.
    * Move in with family by the end of January to save up more.

    You get the idea. So for each of your goals, break it down like the above example.

  3. The next step is to DO IT, REWARD and CELEBRATE! It’s not enough to just to set your goals and sub-goals, you have to celebrate the achievement of each step. Give yourself a pat on the back. Reward yourself for completing a sub-goal. This will help build momentum and develop a good habit.

  4. VISUALIZE your goals everyday. You mind needs to be aligned with your goals. Writing your goals down is one thing, but actually picturing yourself having achieved your goals is another. Imagine you have already achieved your goals. Feel the excitement, pleasure and pride of this fulfillment. Put your goals down in front of you where you can see it easily.

As Confucius once said, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”. Make that first step and everything else will magically follow.

Good luck and embrace the year ahead and the future!

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copywriting tips

Apart from writing an eye-popping and benefit-driven headline, bullets, call-to-action messages, what are other things you can do to improve your copy?

Here are 5 of my top tips:

1. Know What You Want to Say…Then SAY It. There are many hallmarks of good copywriting. But all of the tools and advice in the world won’t help you if you don’t know what you’re trying to say. The first thing you should do when writing copy (or anything else) is ask yourself exactly what you intend to communicate to your reader. Not something generic like “I want to write a sales letter.” But something specific, like  “I want to write a funny letter that will convince middle-aged women to buy this wonderful shampoo.”

2. Learn the Rules of Grammar, Punctuation, and Word Usage by Heart and Follow Them…Most of the Time. The rules are there for a reason. Learn them. You’ll be surprised at how many of the ones you learned as a kid aren’t really “rules” at all. But you need to know which ones are, and which ones you can break, if you want to write credible copy.

3. Don’t be Wordy. No one likes a windbag…so don’t be that guy or gal. Use tight, concise, and punchy language. This is especially important when writing for the web.

4. Don’t be a Bore. Keep your reader engaged by using fun words, varying your sentences, and making interesting points. If you bore your reader, you lose them.

5. Go with Your Gut. It’s true: your instincts as a writer are probably a lot better than you think. If something just doesn’t “sound right” then it’s probably not right. But if your gut tells you a sentence sounds perfect…go with it. Getting in the habit of developing and trusting your writing instincts is one of the keys to composing great copy. Now get out and write!

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No doubt, creating software, apps or information products isn’t an easy task. It requires a lot of time and planning. Believe me, I’ve done it. I’ll show you some examples in this post.

Most people are perfectionist, and that’s what stops them from getting their idea out there. They want everything to work right from the get-go. Unfortunately, this thinking is very old and stagnates a lot of businesses and individuals from getting things done.

My mantra is to keep it lean to get it going. Keep things simple and improve as you go along.

Keep It Lean

Most people invest a lot of time and money to build or create something they don’t even know would be great.

When I created SeeGoal, the list of features I proposed to my developer was just six features. Yep, just 6 features was all I wanted the app to do. Imagine starting out with 20 or more features. How much more overwhelming would that be? Not to mention, the costs.

The five features I wanted SeeGoal to do were: Continue reading…

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I’d like to share a “How To” article and special report I wrote at NitroWealth.com. This is a “skinny” version of the full-fledged How To, but I really wanted to feature some of the valuable content I share at NitroWealth with you.

Apps are hot nowadays! Almost everyone has a smart phone which enables them to download certain apps for specific purposes.

Heard to story of Instagram being bought out by Facebook? Yep, that was sold for $1Billion. And another app called ‘Draw Something’ which was sold for $200 Million bucks! This company were almost going to call it quits, too!

There are apps for almost anything you can imagine – weather, social, games, productivity, business and more. You name it.

how to create iphone apps

I’m sure you thought about creating your own app but don’t know how to go about it, which is how this post came about. Continue reading…

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Email Marketing

No matter what business you’re in, you need to implement email marketing. In fact, it’s the first thing you should do before doing your other marketing strategies such as social media, paid advertising, and so on.

In this post, I’m going to layout an email marketing plan for you to follow so you can build a list of targeted leads, build your brand and maintain a positive relationship with your subscribers.

Here are the steps…

Step 1. Get an autoresponder

An autoresponder will allow you to collect your leads and follow-up on them, plus a whole range of other tools which are available with most autoresponder services.

I recommend you get an AWeber account. Not only is their deliveribility rate high, but you’ll also get a range of tools that will make email marketing a lot easier. Continue reading…

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