Author: Mark Baker

3 Habits to Help You Master Your Mind

As an online entrepreneur, you must know how to master your mind if you’re serious about moving forward with your business. If you don’t, it’s likely your mind will get in the way, causing you to procrastinate no matter how much as you want to be successful. In this article, I’m going to cover three habits worth cultivating to help you better manage your mind. The Role of Your Mind Like many people, you probably don’t pay a lot of conscious attention to your mind. Big mistake! Your mind is like the software that drives a computer. Similarly, if it’s infected with a virus then no matter what you do, the software will not be able to give you what you want.     The minds of most people are infected with a negative bias ‘virus’. This means your mind, via your negative thoughts will drive you towards failure rather than the success. When this happens it impacts all your outcomes and the reality you’re experiencing. Whatever you’ve got going on in your life right now it was created by your previous thoughts, decisions, and actions. You create your own reality and are totally responsible for this.   Current Versus Preferred Reality Unless your current reality is exactly what you want in life you’ll also have a preferred reality, one you’d like better. Perhaps your current reality is working in a 9-5 job...

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Overcoming Emotional Barriers

Are emotional barriers such as fears and self-doubt causing you to procrastinate with your online home business? To be successful, overcoming emotional barriers is not only necessary but requires a formula in your thinking and daily living, to take you to where you want to go. In this article, I’m going to share this formula with you.   Where Do Emotional Barriers Come From? Firstly you’re not alone. Most of us encounter emotional barriers when we take on something new and outside our comfort zone. They come from your past. They are created over the years as you interacted with your parents, school teachers, friends, peers, enemies and your environment in general. Eventually, they become like your own personal software, either driving you or failing to drive you to success.   How Not Overcoming Emotional Barriers Stops You You have 40-60 000 thoughts per day. 90% of these come from your past. With that many thoughts do you think they might have a bearing on your life? You bet. ​ Obviously, you’re unaware of the vast majority of your thoughts. If that majority are negative and self-limiting then you can be sure they will impact your ability to take action to move forward. ​ Ralf Waldo Emerson said, “That which dominates our imaginations and thoughts will determine our character.”  What he meant is that what you think you become, what you think about...

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Stop Procrastinating Help

If you empower procrastination in your life you lock away your chances of being successful. This is especially the case if you want to be an online entrepreneur. Continue to procrastinate and it will lead to repeated failure. Sound familiar? Want to finally unlock your success? Here’s the stop procrastinating help you’ve been looking for. If you’re serious about your online business and yet you still procrastinate then it’s likely you do this for one or more of the following four reasons:   Wrong Goals This is assuming you even have goals in the first place. You often read that less than 1% of people set goals. I’m not talking about some iffy dreamy idea in your head or a flighty new year’s resolution, but defined outcomes you have written down. Without a clear goal, it’s like being on a road with no clear idea of where you’re going so of course, you will procrastinate since you have no idea where you’re headed. Assuming you do have goals, what do I mean by ‘wrong goals’? Someone else’s goals Sometimes our goals are not ours. We may have them because they are popular with others or because they sound impressive so they feed our egos. At times our goals belong to others close to us like our partners or our parents. A classic example is the case of a child...

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Two Reasons Why Many Online Businesses Fail

According to more than a few sources, many online businesses fail; over 90% within the first 120 days of start-up. Why? It’s not a straightforward question to answer when you consider how many factors go towards making a business successful. In this post, I’m going to focus on two main reasons. Every so-called ‘failed’ business must examine itself for specifics but I’m going to contend that the 90% failure statistic can broadly be divided into two camps, each defined by their own main reason for failure. Before looking at the main reason each of these groups fails, I want to qualify what I mean by failure.   Qualifying the Word ‘failure’ Author, C.S. Lewis said, “Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement.” What he meant is that we can’t be successful without failing along the way. Think of a baby, learning to walk. They don’t get up for the first time and sprint across the room. There is a process of learning that takes place which involves plenty of experimentation, falling, making adjustments, getting up and trying again, until they are successful. This is true for all of us otherwise, there would be a whole lot of adults languishing around our ankles having never learned to walk. There aren’t, and as far as I’m aware there is no secret place where such adults are being hidden from...

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How to Blog Professionally

A survey of 1,000 bloggers by Blogging.com in 2012 found that only 17% were able to support their families from blogging. 81% never even made $100. The remaining 2% were making $150 000+ p.a. It’s highly unlikely these numbers have shifted much since then. So should you even bother reading more about how to blog professionally? That depends on how serious you are about making money as a blogger. What was true then, still is. Some people are earning a living in this way, why not you? Knowing how to blog professionally won’t guarantee your success but every successful blogger had to start in the same place, at the beginning. That’s what this post is all about. If you do accept the challenge, you have just as much chance as anybody else to be successful and maybe even earn a lot of money. Here’s how to start your journey.   Choose an Idea to Blog About The great thing about blogging is you can choose just about anything as your focus. This means if you have a hobby, interest or passion it’s an ideal subject for your blog. So what are you passionate about? Cooking, travel, parenting, business, a sport, something else? It’s important to go beyond the bigger picture subject, though. This means you must identify a specific audience within your subject area to target. For example, If you wanted...

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