Top Mistakes to Avoid When Following Your Passion

Life is all about deciding to follow your passion, but sometimes the journey can be overwhelming. Following your passion means taking responsibility for your path in life. The tendency is to want to ‘get it right’ on the first try and not make any mistakes. Unfortunately, this never happens. When you try to control a situation, it is usually out of fear, which you may not be aware that you have. Doing things out of fear usually ends in unintended, less than optimal results. Here are some of the most common mistakes people make when following their passion and how to avoid them.

The Perfection Trap

When you are pursuing your dreams, you want to try to avoid making grandiose plans. You don’t have to find the one perfect passion, but instead, you need just to follow the clues in front of you. Step back and look at what you can do today, and then pick what excites you. When you’ve completed that, look around you and take the next step that interests you.

Forcing Progress

As you start on your journey to following your passion, look at the options that you currently have available, and then notice which one holds the most interest for you, then do that. You don’t want to try to force things, If you feel overwhelmed, take a break. Lie down and relax, and when you start to feel better, ideas will emerge.

Thinking Ahead

Worrying about what will happen in the future doesn’t help. If anything, it will make what you are worrying about occur. Worrying about what’s ahead will stop you in your tracks, and you’ll never end up following your passion. Try to avoid thinking bad thoughts. Ask yourself more productive questions and guide your thoughts to what can go right.

Making Fear Your Enemy

When you follow your heart and go after your dreams, you will have to let go of your fears so you can soar even higher. Don’t let fear scare you, instead take it as a sign that you’re on the right path. If you want to follow your passion you have to feel your fear fully.

When following your passion, you have to start looking inside for answers and stop looking for permission. You have to stop making excuses for why you can’t take action and just take the next step, and the one after that, until you end up where you want to be.

Journey To Forgiveness (Columbia, South Carolina: Creative Life Publishing, 2018)

A Journey to true, deep-rooted forgiveness is a hard journey to venture into, leaving many to wonder if they are even willing to go that far. Going much deeper than the simple words of “I forgive”.  These stories and teaching will show you how to look at forgiveness differently.

Beginning to step forward in forgiveness takes resilience to be willing to start over in some way. It takes courage to consider the actions that are needed to heal as well as a melding of faith, love, and hope. Allow these stories to show how forgiveness can be achieved even when it looks like it can’t .

Reigniting Hope: Spark The Fire To Grow Hope In Your Life (Creative Life Publishing, 2018)

Hope, sometimes we feel like we have an abundant bucket of it and the next it can be like a security blanket ripped out from under us.

From moments in searching for hope to moments of holding on to the very last thread, these stories show how to go through the times where hope doesn’t seem to be there to when God shows up to ignite it once again.

9 Estilos de Liderazgo y sus fortalezas

Los líderes vienen en todas formas y tamaños, con diferentes enfoques y valores que funcionan para ellos. No hay ninguno bueno o malo cuando se trata de estilos de liderazgo, siempre y cuando usted está en la misma página con su equipo y tenga los mejores intereses de todos en el corazón.

Sin embargo, debido a que muchas personas confían en usted como la guía y la inspiración, es importante examinar sus hábitos y considerar cómo podrían ser percibidos en su papel de liderazgo. En su libro, “The 9 Types of Leadership: Mastering the Art of People in the 21st Century Workplace”(post Hill Press, 2017), autor Beatrice Chestnut, pH. d., define nueve estilos de liderazgo.

“Los nueve tipos… se basan en los nueve estilos de personalidad articulados por el modelo Eneagrama, una tipología en torno a un antiguo símbolo que tiene raíces en las tradiciones de la sabiduría atemporal”, dijo Chestnut. “Cada tipo se caracteriza por un enfoque específico en la atención, así como fortalezas específicas, motivaciones y puntos ciegos.”

De acuerdo con la Chestnut, estas son las áreas de enfoque de cada tipo de liderazgo:

1. Calidad. Este tipo de líder se centra en la mejora, haciendo las cosas bien, haciendo las cosas tan perfectas como pueden ser, siendo ético, siguiendo las reglas y aplicando altos estándares.

2. Agradar a la gente. Este líder se enfoca en ser querido, creando relaciones, apoyando estratégicamente a otros para hacerse indispensables y empoderando a la gente.

3. Tareas y objetivos del trabajo. Este tipo de líder quiere ser eficiente y productivo y tener la imagen de alguien que es un exitoso triunfador.

4. Emociones. Este líder está enfocado en su experiencia interna y en expresarse para que la gente los entienda y los vea como únicos y especiales.

5. Datos e información relacionada con el trabajo. Este líder se siente más cómodo operando a nivel intelectual (a diferencia del nivel emocional), y es objetivo, analítico, privado y le gusta trabajar independientemente.

6. Problemas potenciales. Este líder se centra en notar lo que podría salir mal, pronosticar problemas antes de que sucedan para que puedan prepararse para ellos antes de tiempo. Este tipo de líder es un solucionador de problemas perspicaz que vigila las amenazas, es un buen solucionador de problemas y se especializa en la evaluación de riesgos.

7. Innovación. Este líder se centra en llegar a nuevas ideas y planificar para el futuro. Este estilo de liderazgo es optimista, entusiasta y automáticamente reenmarca los negativos en positivos.

8. Potencia y control. Este líder prefiere el pensamiento de gran imagen para averiguar los detalles, le gusta hacer que las cosas grandes sucedan, y tiene un tiempo más fácil tratar con el conflicto y la confrontación que algunos de los otros tipos.

9. Creando armonía. Este tipo de líder lidera por consenso. Son un mediador natural y quieren asegurarse de que todos sean escuchados y que se consideren diferentes puntos de vista al hacer planes y llegar a las decisiones.

Enfocándome en mis fortalezas

Cada uno de los nueve tipos de líderes son iguales en su capacidad para ser eficaces, dijo Chestnut. Sin embargo, algunos tipos están más orientados a ser eficaces, basándose en las motivaciones del líder individual.

“Cuán eficaz es un tipo específico de persona… se basa en dos cosas: en primer lugar, su estilo de personalidad y su enfoque característico de la atención y los patrones habituales de pensamiento, sentimiento y comportamiento; en segundo lugar, cómo autoconscientes, desarrollados y saludables son, “dijo Chestnut.

“Cada tipo puede crecer para aprovechar sus fortalezas más conscientemente y abordar sus desafíos específicos para que puedan ser más eficaces. ”

“Conocer su estilo, su enfoque y saber cómo a otros les gusta ser administrados le da a un líder la idea de cómo motivar, administrar y desarrollar mejor a los demás”, agregó Peter Langton, Vicepresidente Ejecutivo y director de recursos humanos de Pierce Aluminum.

“Pero usted debe conocer sus propios límites, sus propios escollos y su propio enfoque para ser eficaz liderando a otros. ”

Chestnut señaló que los líderes son más poderosos cuando pueden modelar la auto-conciencia y el autodesarrollo para las personas que lideran. Es importante ser más consciente de lo que hace bien y lo que se interponga en su manera de ser eficaz.

Al entender las fortalezas de su tipo, usted puede aplicar sus talentos naturales más consciente y estratégicamente.

“Los líderes que son conscientes de sí mismos entienden sus verdaderas fortalezas, debilidades y puntos ciegos”, dijo Langton.

“El liderazgo no se trata de ser el mejor motivador externo o el campeón carismático, sino de entender cómo eres capaz de influir en los demás”.

Los tipos anteriores de liderazgo ofrecen un marco para entender que diferentes personas tienen diferentes cosmovisiones.

“Al ayudar a los líderes a ver sus patrones habituales, pueden… en última instancia, tomar decisiones más conscientes sobre las cosas que hacen y modelar un mayor grado de auto-conciencia como una manera de inspirar a la gente con la que trabajan”, dijo Chestnut.

¿Conoces cual es tu estilo de personalidad y como usar tus fortalezas para liderar tu equipo de una manera efectiva?

¿Te gustaria conocer cual es? Aprieta aqui para que aprendas de como puedes aprender mas de los tipos de personalidad y como descubrir el tuyo.

Video Countdowns for Your Presentations or Webinars

Keeping your presentation on the schedule is key. Using different media will help you give a professional look for your presentation. I created a couple of countdown videos to use in my presentations and webinars that can help you with yours.

Here you have a playlist with the instructions on how to add it to your presentation and the different countdowns.

English/Spanish Countdowns

Top Tips for Improving Your Marketing Strategy on YouTube

When it comes to marketing your business on YouTube, there is only one golden rule that you need to follow, volume. As soon as you start increasing the number of videos that you upload, you will see an instant uptick in the number of views that your channel sees.

Now, this doesn’t mean you publish low-quality, videos that don’t provide value to your audience. It means that you need to be consistent with posting high-quality content on a regular basis. Here are five other things you can do to improve the marketing strategy on YouTube drastically.

Do Your Research

Before you can start publishing content, you have to get a firm grasp on the landscape. You need to take some time to look at the competition in your market and see what they are doing to succeed. As soon as you’ve got a good grasp on your competition, and you’ve got a good sense of the content they’re publishing, you can start deciding on the content you’re going to develop.

Create Your Content Buckets

One of the best ways to become efficient with your YouTube marketing efforts is to divide and conquer. Your marketing strategy ultimately comes down to choosing a few key areas where you feel you can deliver some kind of value to your viewers, and then mass-producing content that falls into those larger buckets. Once you have your content buckets, you can start creating your videos.

Be Consistent with Your Content

Without consistency, youÕll never be able to build a loyal audience. The best way to build consistency with your videos is to set the tone from the start, so your audience knows what to expect. Start by making an introduction video that explains the kind of content youÕll be creating and how often youÕll be publishing, and make sure you follow through.

Add Subtitles to Your Videos

One of the best tools that YouTube has integrated into their video upload capabilities is the ability for publishers to add subtitles to their content. While it may not seem like a big deal, most people watch videos on their phones with the sound turned off. Without this secondary option, people are going to skip right on by. Subtitles allow viewers to watch videos in any setting.

With more people visiting YouTube in a year than Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram combined, it’s more important than ever for your business to start publishing online video content. With the right marketing strategy, you can begin to build a loyal audience and start to grow your business.

Top 5 Ways to Gain More Social Media Followers

If you own a small business, you are probably well aware of how important social media can be for increasing your bottom line. However, getting started on social media can be incredibly daunting.

With all the different options and ways to gain followers, one can quickly become overwhelmed. Here are the top five ways your business can gain more social media followers and increase your bottom line.

1. Create Strong Profiles and Pages

The best way to start growing your audience on any of the social media platforms is to create strong profiles and pages for your accounts. You need to include branded cover photos as well as profile photos, and detailed descriptions of your business.

2. Share Quality Content

As you begin your journey to gain more social media followers, you need to create and share high-quality, value-added content that your target audience will enjoy. This can include blog content, videos, podcasts, infographics, presentations, etc. This content can be created by you or by others.

3. Add Links

Not only do you want to be sure to include links to all your social media profiles on your business website, but you want to include your site link in all your social media profiles. It will also help to add links to your top social accounts in your email signature. Adding these links will help you to expand your reach and broaden your exposure.

4. Use Friend-Finding Features

Most of the social media networks provide ways for their users to connect with other people they know. As you first start to use social media to build your brand, you want to ask people you know to follow your account. By having them like and follow you on different platforms, you gain more exposure to a broader audience base.

5. Cross-Promote Your Social Accounts

If you already have a large audience on one of your social media accounts, why not use that to your advantage. Ask followers to connect with you on your other accounts. This can be as simple as sending out a tweet to your Twitter followers asking them if they are on Instagram, and if they are, asking them to follow you there as well.

Growing your social media followers is easy to do but will take some time. The more effort you put into creating valuable content for your target audience the more followers youÕll gain.

How to Market on Social Media and Gain More Followers

Utilizing social media to grow your business, generate leads, and build your brand may seem like a monumental task. However, there are specific things that you can do to increase your chances of success. Whether you are just getting started with marketing your business on social media or have been active on sites like Twitter and Facebook for years, but haven’t achieved much success, here are some proven techniques to help you gain more followers.

Create a Plan

If you don’t take the time to plan your social media marketing strategy, you will never achieve success. Don’t make the mistake of blindly jumping into social media without a solid plan. Your plan should consist of mini-plans for each of the social media platforms that you plan to use.

Post Consistently

Sending out a single tweet in a day isn’t going to cut it. While certain platforms like Snapchat and Instagram don’t move as fast as Twitter and Facebook, it still is essential to develop a posting schedule and stick to it. If you aren’t publishing new content on a regular basis, your business will quickly be forgotten.

Post More Images

Photos have been shown to be the most popular kind of content for engagement on social media. They continue to be the most shared kind of post on Facebook. It’s not a coincidence that both Pinterest and Instagram have been able to gain a ton of traction over the last several years. It’s never been easier to add images to your social media posts with a vast array of free and low-cost tools to help.

Interact with Your Audience

Interacting with your audience on your social media channels can be a game changer. The entire purpose of social media is to engage and socialize with others. This means it is imperative for you to interact on a regular basis with your audience. Engaging with your audience means replying to other people’s posts, retweeting, adding people to Twitter lists, liking posts, and adding @mentions to your posts. It is essential for you to switch from one-way communication to two-way communication if you want to build your audience.

With these social media marketing tips, you’ll be well on your way to establishing your brand and building an engaging and valuable audience across all your social media channels. Some of the largest brands have found success with these tactics, and they can work for your business too.

How to Get the Most Out of Your Instagram Marketing

As Instagram, the photo and video-sharing social media platform has become more popular; it has created significant possibilities for businesses to connect with their customers and market their brand.

If you’ve never considered using Instagram for your business, it might be time you did. With over 300 million active monthly users, it’s a social media platform that you shouldn’t be overlooking. Here are several of the best ways you can leverage your Instagram account to grow your business and achieve success.

Be Consistent

If you want to make the most out of your marketing efforts on Instagram, you need to post on a regular basis. You never want to go more than a couple of days between posts if you’re going to avoid being forgotten about. Once you establish a routine for posting photos, it is easy to continue to add more photos frequently.

Be Friendly

ItÕs rare for a company to have a built-in fan base. To start expanding your reach and exposure, search for hashtags that are in line with your industry. If you own an ice cream parlor, search for photos of ice cream and ÔlikeÕ and comment on them. Potential fans will be thrilled that youÕre checking them out, which might lead to them following you. The critical thing to remember is that you want to be genuine with your comments and not desperate.

Edit Outside of Instagram

While Instagram offers an abundance of editing tools and filters, sometimes they’re a bit too much. When it comes to editing your photos, simple is best. There are numerous free and low-cost online editing tools that you can use to edit your photos before posting them to your Instagram account.

Use Hashtags

A great way to help others find you on Instagram is by using hashtags. Using relevant hashtags in your posts can be highly effective for getting noticed. To determine the best hashtags to use for your business, look at other established brands in your industry for examples of what to do when it comes to creating unique hashtags. While Instagram allows a maximum of 30 hashtags, using fewer will get you the quality responses you want.

As Instagram continues to be a shining star in the world of social media, it has proven itself extremely valuable for businesses. When done right, large amounts of traffic can be driven toward your company helping to boost customer engagement and increasing your brand recognition.

How to Build Your Brand on Twitter

As of the moment I wrote this article, Twitter had more than 328 million active monthly users on its site.

This makes Twitter a potentially powerful business marketing tool if you know how to use it. Leveraging the popular 280-character social media site to drive more traffic to your business doesnÕt have to be difficult. Here are the top tips for successfully marketing on Twitter and building your brand.

Optimize Your Twitter Bio

To get the most out of Twitter, you need to make sure that your company voice and identity are branded and optimized. This means that your bio needs to tell people who you are and include a link to your landing page or website. It is also essential that you keep a consistent tone with all of your Tweets so that people can clearly understand who you are and what your business does.

Interact with Your Industry Influencers

As you begin to post to Twitter, find out who the experts and influencers are in your industry and interact with them regularly. You can use Twitter search or similar tools to find like-minded customers and influencers by searching the keywords that are related to your industry. Once you discover the right people, follow them and interact with them on a daily basis.

Tweet Regularly

One sign of an active and healthy profile is regular tweeting. If you are only tweeting once a week, or once a month people are going to forget about you and your business. To stay on the top of your audienceÕs mind on a consistent basis, you need to send out daily postings. The information you tweet needs to be useful and relevant that your followers will read, click on, and retweet.

Offer Discounts to Twitter Followers

Run Twitter contests to get your followers engaged with your business. You can give a specific number of people who retweet your posts special discounts off your products or services or hold a random drawing based on the people that upload pictures of them using your product or visiting your store.

Integrate it With Your Other Marketing Efforts

Twitter will become much more useful for your business if you integrate it with your other marketing activities. By engaging your audience in more than one marketing effort, you are increasing your reach and followers.

Like all the other social media platforms, the more effort you put into your marketing efforts, the higher the chances of you finding success. These simple tips can help you maximize your marketing efforts on Twitter to build your brand and increase your followers.