Happy New Year! Start living a long healthy life

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Happy New Year!!!

Barrrp!! Happy New Year!

This year I have written about everything from, hunger to humour, and lots in between. But what about living a long healthy life so you can enjoy your success? That’s something to ponder at this time of the year #excess.

National Geographic has an amazing article about ‘Super Seniors’. It focus’ on Sardinians, Okinawans and Adventists from California. These groups of people have the highest rates of centenarians on the planet.

How do these people live longer? The three groups shared a number of habits despite the differences in where they live, beliefs and backgrounds. They all:

  • don’t smoke

  • put family first

  • are active every day

  • keep socially engaged

  • eat fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

A few of the different things they did were; keep lifelong friends, find purpose, have faith, eat small portions, drink red wine, observe the Sabbath and share the work burden with their spouse.

Pretty simple stuff that could add 10 years to your life and let you enjoy your success.

Maybe one of these is something worth doing this 2019. Adding one thing a year could be life-changing and easier to do than everything at once.

So, let me be the first one to greet you a Happy New Year! Maybe 2019 be the best one yet.

Kind regards,

Glenn Edley

Quote for the week

“Life is like a ten-speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use.”

– Charles Schulz

 

Happy New Year! Start living a long healthy life

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!

Happy Holidays!

Being your best involves knowing what you can do and striving to do better. Focusing on what you can do, not on what you can’t.

Being the best you is in your hands. No one can tell you what your best is because only you know.

Being the best you is being yourself. It isn’t being someone you’re not. It isn’t placing unrealistic expectations on yourself, nor allowing others to put them on you.

Life is about who and what you are today. Congratulate yourself on what you have achieved and where you are now, because life doesn’t stand still, so do everything possible to be the best YOU can be now.

The new year is about to start, make it a point to start it when the best version of you. And until then, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Kind regards,

Glenn Edley

Quote for the week

“Believe in the best, think you best, study your best, have a goal for your best, never be satisfied with less than your best, try your best, and in the long run, things will turn out for the best.”

 

Want to come up with some great ideas? Check this out!

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Ideas

Hi you,

At this time of the year, it’s either crazy or you’ve eased back to the point of being horizontal and ready for a break. Whatever pace you’re at you’ll always need some ideas though so today I’m going to give you Matt Furey’s three ways to come up with great ideas:

    Number 1. Go for a walk (just did this, awesome) and whilst walking focus on your breathing. Pay attention to your feet pushing into the ground. Notice the air coming in and out of your lungs. This will keep your conscious mind focused on “something else.” From time to time, make a mental image of your goal. Visualize it in the theatre of your mind. Do so for 30-60 seconds. Then let it go. If you walk and do the above for at least 40 minutes – you will come up with a great idea that can help you improve your life.
    Number 2. Take a shower. And take it for reasons other than, “Peww, I stink.” Take a shower because it is the place that MOST creative people get their best ideas.
    Number 3. Before going to bed at night, visualize your goal – and then, just before going to sleep, pose a question to your subconscious mind, directing it to search for and retrieve a great idea whilst you are dreaming.

In each of the cases listed above, you will need to make sure you immediately write down the great idea – so it isn’t “lost.” Remember, as the great Earl Nightingale once said, “Ideas are like slippery fish.” This means that you must write them down right away to prevent them from getting away.

Once you have your great idea, you’ll need to see yourself successfully completing it. Sadly, this is where most people fail. They get great ideas, then lose enthusiasm for them because they don’t back up the idea with “internal” exercise.

Don’t let that happen to you. Increase the belief you have in your idea by amplifying the emotion you have for it in the Theatre of The Mind. I’m coining this “active visualisation” You actively visualise what you want to happen and this will become your belief. Or, as Charles Donoghue says, Expectations that you hold to be true.”

This week, put one of Matt’s three ideas to the test and remember to have a notebook handy to write down your “Great Idea’s”.

Kind regards,

Glenn “Taking notes” Edley

 

Got grit? I bet you do.

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Grit

Grit.

Do you know what it is?

Do you have it?

Can it be learned?

How many people failed at something because they gave up just as they were about to succeed? I would suspect lots. If they had known how close they were to succeeding, would they have given up?

Grit is the major difference between success and failure. You are gritty if you are persistent, focused, see things through, aren’t deterred by setbacks and are passionate about what you do.

To become gritty, do something you are passionate about or find something to be passionate about in your current job. Realise you don’t have to be good at everything. Stick to the one thing you have chosen and work at being the best at that.

If you are enthusiastic about something you are more likely to persevere and deal with any obstacles that are put in your way.

In my opinion, grit is more important than talent in that your willingness to stick at something, you are passionate about, will inevitably propel you to success.

Got grit? Imagine Clint Eastwood with squinted eyes, hat pulled low, toothpick between his teeth and his hand resting on his holstered gun ready for action! That’s grit.

Get some!

Kind regards,

Glenn “Quick draw” Edley

Quote for the week

“It’s easier to go down a hill than up it, but the view is much better at the top.”

– Henry Ward Beecher

 

Do you have a purpose for your life?

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Purpose for your Life

Hi there,

Do you have a purpose for your life?

Successful people always appear to have one they are putting out into the world. And, it is always a higher purpose. A purpose that helps others first and yourself second. A purpose that puts you in the service of others. Be that customers or a group of people they’re helping raise the game with.

It is a little-known truth that helping others to achieve their goals and ambitions automatically allows you to achieve yours. It’s true.

In my experience, it can take you a while to nail your purpose and it can change as you move through the chapters of your Life. But, if you have a think about it, by yourself with no interruptions, you will work out a purpose that works for YOU now.

Having purpose makes life more exciting and easier to get through the times when you’re not succeeding. So, take yourself off to a quiet place, relax, and be surprised at what pops into your head that will grab you, excite you and have you leading a Purposeful Life.

Kind regards,

Glenn Edley

 

Do you take “responsibility” for your actions or play the Blame Game?

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Responsibility

Hi there,

Something serious is happening in New Zealand and the World; personal ethics are being abandoned to justify end results with the facade of personal accomplishment.

We are at the point where we can drive off from McDonald’s with a cup of coffee held between our knees, then sue them (and win), when we spill it on ourselves.

What about choosing to smoke for 20 years, ignoring all the health warnings and then suing the tobacco company when we are diagnosed with emphysema. Yup, apparently we can do that too.

Choose to do whatever you want, no worries, someone else can be hit with the consequences. Trump is the epitome of this sentiment 🙁

Laura Compton (Chronicle Magazine) writes, “The world seems to reward people who excel at shortcuts, resume inflation and other nefarious ways of getting ahead. . . Sometimes it seems like ethics are only for suckers.”

For a long time, it has seemed to be like this in New Zealand too. And it sucks for everybody because we’re not being out best people or country. We must become actively ethical, taking responsibility for our own choices, and demanding personal responsibility from others.

In order to accept personal responsibility you need to develop the ability to:

  • Seek out and to accept help for yourself.

  • Be open to new ideas or concepts about life and the human condition.

  • Refute irrational beliefs and overcome fears.

  • Affirm yourself positively.

  • Recognise that you are the sole determinant of the choices you make.

  • Recognise that you choose your responses to the people, actions, and events in your life.

  • Let go of anger, fear, blame, mistrust, and insecurity.

  • Take risks and become vulnerable to change and growth in your life.

  • Take off the masks of behaviour characteristics behind which you hide low self‑esteem.

  • Reorganise your priorities and goals.

  • Realise that you are the party in charge of the direction your life takes.

Before you make a choice this week, THINK, am I taking responsibility or playing the blame game?

Have a terrific week.

Glenn Edley

 

Everybody Sells Strawberries 🍓🍓🍓

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Everybody Sells Strawberries

Hi there,

What are the strawberries or strawberries & cream we’re talking about? In the sales profession, strawberries & cream can mean all the little things that make up the 100% in terms of helping people make a decision in favour of your product or service.

In an article entitled Everybody Sells Strawberries, written by James Levinson, we see the results of a simple enquiry made by the new owner of a hotel, into how the staff communicated to customers about the range of services available.

James Levinson found out that the people on the telephones accepting bookings for accommodation, when asked, what’s the difference between the $80 room and the $120 room, they answered $40! In their minds, it was $40 because no‑one had sold them the benefits (strawberries and cream) that came with the $40.

Reading this article in detail will make a significant difference to the way you speak about your product with passion and belief.

All of us need to regularly fall in love with the products and services we sell. This is how we turn strawberries into strawberries & cream, so that the belief and passion about what we do gets transferred to our customers. To paraphrase James Levinson, you have to love your product 100% before your customer will choose to participate in this love affair.

Have a terrific week.

Glenn Edley

 

Do you follow things up?

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The Top 10 Procrastination Busters

Hey there,

New Zealand, we have a PROBLEM! A culture of not following up and/or not completing tasks.

Following up; sounds easy, doesn’t everyone do it, do you follow things up? I have heard numerous examples and had it happen often enough to me to know that most people DON’T follow up.

You might be thinking “that’s not me, I follow up”, but have a good think about it. Following things up requires work and thinking of others before yourself. Successful people return phone calls, reply to emails, follow up their quotes and proposals, complete tasks, make sure they are on time and actually turn up.

A big part of not following up seems to be procrastination so here are Lorna Stewart’s Top 10 Procrastination Busters contributed by Eddie Higginson from Unlimited Success.

The Top 10 Procrastination Busters

  1. Take time to plan – at the end of each day, plan for the next.
    Write a to‑do list that not only includes the things that need to be done (deadline‑oriented items) but also long-term projects that propel your strategic plan.

  2. Set priorities – Do the most important things first. Check periodically that your daily to-do list and activities are in keeping with your personal mission statement. Don’t climb the ladder to the top and realise that it is leaning against the wrong building and not fulfilling what is meaningful to you.

  3. Do the most difficult task first – if it is a priority, tackle the most difficult thing at the beginning of the day or when your energy is the highest. If you put off the difficult tasks until the end of the day or the end of the week, they will “grow” in size and seem even more challenging.

  4. Reward yourself – pat yourself on the back when you finish a task, especially a task that you saw as difficult or challenging.

  5. Understand that you’re worth it – determine that you are worth having a procrastination-free life. You no longer want to be a victim to this behaviour. When you believe this is your soul, you’ll learn to say “no”; you’ll take care of what is important to your personal/professional wellness; you’ll stop aggravating yourself with procrastination.

  6. Become extremely selfish – This gives you the time to eliminate those things about which you are procrastinating. Remember the visual of the oxygen mask extending down in an airplane. Put it on yourself first, then minister to others.

  7. Choose accountability – hire a coach, create a success team, or find an “accountability partner.” Being accountable to another person who really cares about your success and won’t be critical if you fail is a giant step towards eliminating procrastination.

  8. Use the one touch system – whenever possible take care of the task before it gets on a possible procrastination list. For instance, pay your bills when they come in the mail; open your mail, sort it, file it, act on it or throw it away immediately. Do this standing up!

  9. Lighten up – procrastinating is often just the little person inside you saying “I won’t do it” because they haven’t been taken care of. They’re mad that you never take them out to play so they’re trying to create space for themselves by keeping you from doing “just one more thing.” Sometimes this works. However, wouldn’t it be better for the “adult” in you to choose when to “go out for recess” thus allowing the child within to leave “the working person” alone?

  10. Get some rest – sometimes we procrastinate because we’re just too tired to do another thing. Go to bed really early at least once a week. Get eight hours of sleep whenever you can. Go back to #6, maintain boundaries around your day so you can take breaks and end your work at a reasonable time. Take time for yourself!

So start this week to follow up. You will wonder at the difference it makes, why you have never done it before and just how easy it is.

Have a terrifically successful week.

Glenn Edley

 

Trust is the glue of relationships. So how can we build trust?

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Motivation

Hi there,

Trust. What is trust? Trust is the glue of relationships. The thing that makes you able to be yourself around others and know they respect you and will not take advantage of you. It is placing confidence in others so that they will be supportive of you even if you show your weaknesses. Trust is being in a vulnerable position and relying on others to treat you in a fair, open honest way.

Without trust relationships, business or personal, are as fragile as a china doll and just as likely to break. So how can you build trust?

Here are 10 actions successful people take to build trust.

  1. To build trust: Solve problems through direct communication. Yourself and your peers; yourself and your direct manager; yourself, your manager and their manager.

  2. To build trust: Share credit generously. When in doubt, share.

  3. To build trust: When in doubt about taking on a commitment, air your concerns with the relevant parties. When engaged on an ongoing commitment, communicate anticipated slippage as soon as you suspect it.

  4. To build trust: Spend “informed” time mingling, asking non-assumptive questions, making only promises you can keep, working back through existing lines of authority.

  5. To build trust: Be explicit and direct. If compromise is productive, do it in communication, not in your mind alone.

  6. To build trust: Be timely; be willing to be wrong.

  7. To build trust: Acknowledge the intent and risk of innovation first, then address the issue with your honest opinion.

  8. To build trust: Extend yourself beyond your own short-term feeling and validate success or new effort.

  9. To build trust: Get into direct, tactful communication, airing your problem and seeking win/win resolution.

  10. To build trust: Schedule regular meetings for input and feedback for those reporting to you; develop systems for employees to evaluate supervisors and managers.

This week implement action #1 until it is a habit. Then next week #2 and so on. The difference trust will make is astonishing and well worth the effort you put in.

I trust you will have a successful week.

Kind regards,

Glenn Edley

Quote for the week

“Few things help an individual
more than to place responsibility
upon him, and to let him know
that you trust him.”

– Booker T. Washington

 

Most People Aren’t Willing To Evolve Email Marketing, But You Should

Magic!

Yup! We are all aware of those popular social media channels like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Pinterest and so on. And on …

We all know, and might have used, new age communication tools like Slack, Messenger, Hangouts and Skype.

All these NEW tools are enough to make people feel like email is outdated, ancient and unnecessary. It’s only there for people who have yet to move on to the more modern and savvy way of communications.

We hate to be the one bursting your bubble, *pop!*, but that isn’t simply true. (#EmailAllTheWay)

We have said it time and time again. Email is the digital glue. It provides the cohesion between all other online channels.

“Emails are sticky, they cut through, and when customers open and read them, it demonstrates that they are active, interested and want to be engaged with your company.”

Guy Hanson, Return Path

There’s a certain simplicity and clarity with how email works.

If you take a look at your own email inbox, you’ll see newsletters, promotions and social messages and probably still the emails from companies you have dealt with about the current changes in lieu of EU’S General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

LOL! There was a heap of those, aye? Anyhoo …

Email is not going anywhere and it is crucial for businesses to understand the importance of emailing with purpose. The other channels like might look like they offer useful direct communication, but it is not the same as the personalised outbound comms email marketing provides. Email is still the King of Konversion. #hattip #nevillemedhora

Measuring your customer’s engagement is a pretty straightforward task when you have all the data email provides and can integrate with. In the first place though it could come down to open rates, people clicking links (CTR) and rates of people who are not engaged (haven’t opened or clicked for some time, unsubscribes and spam reports) and these are fairly easy to measure.

But, you have to remember, you can’t just “build it and send it”. There are many components that play a part in a successful email campaign and one of them is having a plan. #emailwithpurpose

Studies show that an email with a clear objective will do really well. This can be achieved by utilising the emails Subject Line, content, Call-To-Action Buttons and Links and the email layout. One clear way to ensure that your emails are getting through your subscribers is personalisation. Always remember to personalise your emails. It’s the one sure way to get your readers clicking and reading and clicking through. There are various ways to personalise emails apart from Hi %%FIRST NAME%%. Try them out.

Also, keep in mind these factors that come into play with how your list interacts with you.

  1. The level of trust between sender and consumer
  2. Relevant offers and content
  3. WIIFM to open this – value exchange for their time
  4. Not aligning with what else is happening in the company (e.g. poor customer experience, negative press, etc)

This is why higher levels of consent, for example GDPR, can actually work for email marketers in the long run. With stricter consent, you’re building a higher level of trust between yourself, the brand, and the customer. This will mean higher value data which in turn allows email marketers to deliver better emails – which leads to higher levels of engagement and greater ROI. #winning

So can we easily dismiss email because it’s not a shiny new thing?

No, absolutely not.

Taking it out of the mix is not the smartest decision. Remember that email is the digital glue with a whole lot of potential when it is utilised properly. Every business should have email in their marketing and communication plan – not as an afterthought, but a centerpiece of its communication strategy.