Monthly Archives: March 2011

Is There Power In Goal Setting?

One of my favorites, John Assaraf, here in this video talking about the power of goal setting and how it works.

Take a few minutes to view this and see if it resonates with you.

Are you a goal setter?  What goals have you set?  What has happened as a result?  Feel free to share with us.  We’d really enjoy hearing from you about it.

Phone Wars?

Today is the day we address ‘The Internet and Social Media’, but I have actually enlarged the scope of Wednesday’s posts to include technology in general.

Recently I caught a promo about the price of the iPhone 3GS being only $49.  Now I know enough about all of this to be a bit dangerous…  I feel I know some stuff and then hit the proverbial brick wall.

When I heard the commercial that you could get an iPhone 3Gs for $49, it intrigued me.  I have the original iPhone, the model which is almost four years old!  Oh horrors!!!

I’ve had this phone for over three years, which qualifies me for whatever promo AT&T may be running for their ‘loyal’ customers.  Recently I was speaking to a customer service rep about a billing question and sure enough he was able to answer my next questions about pricing on the phones.

As far as I can tell, there must be a glut of the iPhone 3GS phones on the market (this is the model that they made before the iPhone 4).  So, it appears that they are selling these at a very attractive price.

Well, it has gotten my attention.  I’m considering my options here.  My current phone has been reacting much slower now and also for quite a while the touch part at the bottom row (in the vertical position) is difficult to activate.

Here is an article I found that gives a comparison of features vs. price and may be helpful.

Let me know what your thoughts are on this.

What Is Success After Sixty To You?

The following post is a repost, but always relevant to our topic… Success After Sixty.  Enjoy!

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There are so many ways to achieve success.  Tuesday is the day that we recognize success after sixty.

What does success mean to you?  Are you a success as an entrepreneur?  Are you a success as a small business owner?  Are you a success as an artist?  Are you a success as a grandparent?

Success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal, according to Bob Proctor and some other personal development teachers.  So what type of success have you strived for in your life?  What has interested you now in your sixties?  It may be a different type of success than what interested you in previous decades.

How do you achieve success now at this age?  Are you even interested in success now?

I remember from a tape series I listened to many years ago from Bob Proctor, that he used an analogy of the growth of an oak tree to our striving for success:  does the oak tree decide to stop growing at a certain point, believing it’s done with growth and success as an oak tree?  So why should we stop striving for all that we can be?

What are your thoughts on this concept and what are you successful at now?  Would love to hear from you.

Is It Just Me?

Is it just me, or does everyone have the feeling time is going faster now?

This past weekend, starting Saturday morning, I delineated a list of things I would get done.  You know, some of those things you just don’t take the time to do during the week.

Well, Saturday a few of those things on that list were pushed to Sunday.  Now Sunday always has certain things on the list to prepare for the week ahead.  And now we added some additional to-dos.

By 7PM Sunday evening, it was obvious to me that the to-do list was not even close to being accomplished.  Wow!  Where did the time go?  How could the time have gone so fast, that before you know it, it’s Sunday night?

Does everyone experience this?  Is it related to our age?  Well, that was a rhetorical question, because I know everyone relates to this concept.  I’m sure because I remember over the years experiencing the same feeling.  Not every weekend, but many.  Especially when you have certain things you want to get done.

To answer my own question, ‘Do we have the feeling that time is going faster now‘, my own answer is that time is time.  What we expect to accomplish in a certain amount of time may have increased.

How about you?  What do you think?

How Do You Feel About Being Upsold?

How do you feel about being upsold?  Ahh!  You may ask…  What is ‘upsold’?

Actually that’s the past tense of ‘upsell’…  Does that help?

The term ‘upsell’ is a marketing term and it means that if a merchant can sell you a widget, that’s great.  But if they can sell you the widget and an accessory to go with it… that’s really great.

Think about the various ways you’ve experienced this in your everyday experiences.  You buy new tires for your vehicle.  They ask if you would like the warranty.  Or, you buy any electronic item from cell phone to audio/video equipment, or appliance, etc.  I think you get the picture.  They will ask if you want to buy the warranty.  That’s upselling.

Personally, I don’t feel there is anything wrong with this concept.  In the world of marketing products and services, it’s HUGE.  It’s where a lot of revenue is generated.  And, again personally, I don’t feel there is anything wrong with this concept.

That is, as long as you, the consumer, knows exactly what they are charging for what you will receive.  You, the consumer, can determine if you would like to opt in.  Buyer, beware!  Buyer be aware!

Recently I took some small area rugs into a very reputable rug company in the area to drop off for professional cleaning.  I’ve done business with this company a number of times and know their work is high quality.  However, the experience I had the other day was astounding.  It was the epitome of ‘upselling’.

The young man waiting on me meticulously measured each rug and entered the information into the computer after each measurement.  I had cautioned him that one particular rug was rather inexpensive and I wanted to make sure I wasn’t paying more to clean it than it was worth.

Well, when it was all said and done, the grand total was close to $350 to clean these four small area rugs/runners.  Incredulous, I inquired about the details of how this was computed.  Four years ago, I had brought in three of these same rugs and paid around $85 for this process.  Interesting, that as we dissected the estimate, we were able to whittle it down to $78 for the four rugs!  He had added about 2-3 processes and extras per rug in the prior estimate!

Buyer beware!  Buyer be aware!  Upselling!  How do you feel about being upsold?  Be a savvy consumer!

{Note from author:  Heard in every Mac Donald’s drive-thru and in-store:  “Would you like fries with that?” or “Would you like to supersize that?”}

More About Achievement

This is a repost of an earlier one in January this year.  Enjoy…

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Achievement: A Proven System for NextLevel Growth

Above is a link to Amazon, if you choose to order the book that I am getting so much value from.

Yesterday I posted about this book and some concepts contained in it, and referred to a link, but the above gives a link right to Amazon, which may be a more straight-forward way if you want to get it.

This book is all about achieving and achievement, so there are a series of concepts discussed to get to the ultimate goal of achievement.

Here’s an interesting concept covered in this book:

Mental Toughness–5 Steps

1.  Maintain positive expectancy–Achieve and accomplish your dreams first in your mind before they will be realized materially

2.  Manage daily choices according to your goals not your feelings–you’re not always going to feel like working on your goals and you need to work through that

3.  Consciously decide who you want to associate with–your associations with others will either promote your growth or deter it

4.  Live in the moment–living in the past or future is impossible, a waste of time and of no importance–really it’s called living in your comfort zone;  living in the moment will propel you toward your goals

5.  Believe–you may not see it, but you need to know it is possible

These are ways to manage the choice of attitude.

Managing a positive mental attitude is not a natural thing.  Now you are aware of some of the pitfalls out there.  You must develop a positive, productive attitude.  It won’t happen naturally, but you can do it!

Let us know how you choose to keep your positive mental attitude.

Achievement

This is a post from a few months ago, and I thought this was a great time to re-post it.

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Actually I am reading a great book by this name, Achievement–A Proven System For Next-Level Growth, by David Byrd & Mark Smith.  We’ve had this book in our home for a while as it was given to my husband by a colleague.  I didn’t pay any attention to it until a friend of mine promoted it heavily as having helped her.

So… I’ve been reading this book and I am amazed that it is such a simple step-by-step plan.  What struck me most is that they start out with the ground work of the basics and then build from there.

‘Your first step toward achievement is learning to make effective choices on a consistent daily basis.  If there is such a thing as a secret to achievement, a significant part of that secret is… being aware of the power of your choices and learning to choose effectively.’

They discuss the qualifying factors of achievement being four things.

1.  Commitment to a goal–burning desire

2.  Courage to persevere–follow a system

3.  Open-mindedness–coachable

4.  Accountable for your actions–choose effective actions

One of the first concepts that is discussed is that of our life’s choices.  Every choice we make in life has a consequence.  An effective choice would be one that is directly related to our immediate goals.  So effective choices are goal-directed choices, not instinctive choices.  In other words, when faced with a choice, if it is an important decision related to a goal you have set, you need to make the choice not based on how you feel at the moment, but on how it will impact the outcome toward your goal.

Our brains opt for status-quo because our natural human instinct is for one thing:  our safety and security.  Your instincts will fight against achievement, since it always involves change and growth, which are both contrary to our comfort zone.  Hmmm!

There is so much packed in this little book.  You’ll be hearing more about the concepts from this book.  If you would like to order the book, click here.

What’s going on with you?

Asus Eee Slate and Windows 7

Asus Eee Slate & Windows 7… To be fair to all my friends who are PC based, here is the latest ‘toy’ from Microsoft.  In the article appearing on Tuesday March 22nd in Mashable, where they talk of all things tech,  it mentions the incredible timing on the part of Microsoft, bringing this out, just when Apple is touting their iPad 2.  In fact it indicates that Microsoft ads are attempting to steal iPad 2’s thunder.

Now, what do you think?  Would two very successful tech companies have concurrent competing advertising campaigns?  Ummm!

The Secret To Success

John C. Maxwell is the author of a book I’m currently reading, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership.  He is seen here in this video giving a short, succinct talk about the secret to success.  Pretty powerful!  He is definitely someone who is successful after sixty.  Actually, his success started way before he turned sixty.