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Every Business Success Story Has Its Own Recipe

February 3, 2013 in Uncategorized

Despite the bad news we so often hear about the number of small businesses closing or moving, the news really isn’t all that bad.

Thousands of small businesses startup every year, and a good percentage of those companies have learned what it really takes to survive the early startup years and become successful enterprises.

But what elements or ingredients are important to ensure the success of small-business owners and entrepreneurs? Innovation, timing, start-up capital, product improvement, a good team  and so the list goes on and on. Yes, I know, this is all true, but I find that it is not helpful unless you can categorize all the elements and put them into perspective.

Although many enterprises may be in the same industry, every business has its own business model that it follows. Think about it for amoment…they might have to adapt their model from time to time, but they have found the right the “recipe” that works for them.

What is the “recipe” for your business success? I am going to tell you very briefly about my business model and use it as an example so that you can understand what I mean and focus on realizing your own model. Why?  Because if your business model does not start giving results within a short period of time (within +- one year), then you are wasting your time as an entrepreneur.

My business model (recipe) in a nutshell: I give computer training so I am naturally in that industry. This is a hugely competitive industry and my recipe is to focus on one-to-one training and in more specialized graphics programmes like Adobe and not Microsoft. It is as simple as that and it has been working for me for the past 18 years. So how do I survive and stay in business year after year? Firstly, because I have found the recipe that works for me, but also because, secondly, I have categorized all the success elements into the 4 P’s: 1. Principles, 2. People, 3.Passion and 4.Profits.

If you slip up in any of these 4 areas, you and your business will be in big trouble – no matter how successful your business model currently is. If you slip up, you will be on a downward spiral.

Now let me help you understand as easily and as quickly as possible what the 4 P’s stand for.

1. Principles: These are your core values on which you operate daily. Every minute of the day YOU set an example of trustworthiness.
My business mentor and life coach once told me: TRUST takes years to build, but once broken, it is like a rider on horseback who will gallop away from you very quickly.

Your business reputation is everything and there is no place to hide. A bad product/experience will go viral on Facebook like a runaway fire and people will not support your business. People have confidence in trustworthy individuals and want to work for them in a culture of integrity.

Just how trustworthy and honest are you in your business dealings. Remember: “Little white lies” = Untrustworthyness. These “little, self-justified, white lies” are the matches that will burn your business to the ground. Here is a slogan I have made my way of life: HONESTY IS THE BEST POLICY.

2. People: You will notice that I have placed people second and Profits at number 4. Should you place Profits second in your business, you will soon find that customers / clients will no longer support you.

The Customer is King. Stay in touch with what your client wants and give 100% customer satisfaction. Don’t bombard people with SELL, SELL, SELL, SPAM, SPAM, SPAM. Build a relationship with people and listen to their needs and you will be able to adapt and grow your client/customer base. The days of “make ‘em and the people will come” is long gone, but unfortunately, not that mentality.

Product quality today is a given. Present “short-cuts” on your product and you will lose very quickly. It is customer service, customer satisfaction, customer relationships that you have to focus on more than anything else. This is now scalable with the use of social media and  a blogging or website platform. So make a point to place people above profits.

3. Passion: You must have a  passion for your business. 
Work should be fun. Your passion will help you overcome difficult moments and persuade people to work for you and want to do business with you. Passion can’t be taught. And it should be renewed daily.

No one is ever going to be your biggest fan, more than yourself. It stands to reason that you are the champion and biggest cheerleader of your business. You must cultivate the habit of being inspired as well as inspiring to others. This will help you stay enegised through the up and down cycles that any business goes through.

Therefore it is up to you  to cultivate the skills and habits to keep yourself motivated and on track each and every day.

4. Profits: Results is the name of the game. Making a monthly profit is the life-blood of a success business. I live by the slogan that says: TURNOVER IS VANITY, BUT PROFITS IS SANITY. You cannot grow your business too fast and lose track of profits. Although turnover and cash flow is important…if you are an entrepreneur or small business, you cannot be tempted to think that profits within the first year is not important.

Financial discipline; adapting by cutting your losses early and understanding the importance of productivity are concepts that should become part of your business blueprint. Companies that don’t make a profit or hide their profits with “clever accounting” will soon be in trouble (Olympus and Kodak are recent examples that come to mind).

Starting and running a successful business can be rewarding and challenging. Success requires focus, discipline and perseverance. However, success will not come over night – it requires a long-term focus and that you remain consistent in challenging environments.

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Calvin Dorman is a Professional Online Business Consultant and Graphics/Web Marketing Lecturer from Cape Town, South Africa, offering companies and individuals more effective Web Marketing, one to one Computer Training and Graphic Design solutions. Give him a call on 084 632 6622. Read more of Calvin’s business and motivational articles at http://www.calvinbusiness.co.za

 

 

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My Top 5 Tips to Stay Motivated

January 26, 2013 in Uncategorized

calvin article imageThere are many aspects towards creating a successful business or thriving in your current business, but on the top of the list should be keeping your vision alive and yourself motivated regardless of the struggles and obstacles you have to face.

If you don’t truly believe in yourself or your product or your dream, how are you going to get anyone else to believe in it with you? How do you expect to get sales if you can’t even sell yourself on your your own dream?

No one is ever going to be your biggest fan, more than yourself. It stands to reason that you are the champion of your own dreams andvision.

Therefore it is up to you  to cultivate the skills and habits to keep you motivated and on track each and every day. It is what matters because you matter!

So here are my top 5 tips that you too can use as tools to stay motivated and on top of your game:

1. I keep only two mental snapshots of myself: a.) where I am and  b.) where I want to be in life.
This means that I don’t focus and mull over things of the past. I learn from the past, but I do not let the scars of yesterday haunt me or keep me from moving in the right direction. Momentum in the right direction is key.

2. I wake up each day and set achievable goals –  small improvements I can take action on today to improve my business skills and life skills.

3. I constantly repeat positive slogans to myself during the the course day. Example; “If it is to be- it is up to me” and another favourite: “It is not who I am, but who I am becoming that is important”. Motivational sayings and affirmations helps  us move forward in life and accomplish greater things than we could ever have imagined. After all, how can anybody deny the power of a can-do attitude.

4. I am always aware of seeking  opportunities by upgrading my skills and doing research on trends in my field of interest. I see an opportunity to make a difference in any small possibility that comes my way. All it takes to create a great opportunity is: an open mind, an open heart, an optimistic attitude, and the willingness to take action.  When you begin to do this on a regular basis, you can’t NOT attract exciting business opportunities into your life.

5. Lastly, and my most important tip that I practise…I surround myself with principled business partners and build lasting relationships with clients. This is a valuable sentence to grasp and internalize and I could write volumes about its essence.

I heard a slogan once which I apply to this day “if you are the smartest one in your team, then it is time to get a new team”. Having business partners, including my life partner (Elzette), who is constantly motivated, energizes me and helps me to perform better.

Gentle reader, these 5 tips can work for you too if you decide right now to put it in practise.

You CANNOT allow, nor wait for people and circumstances to get you motivated and fired up. 

Simply, pick up the tools each day yourself and stay motivated. Be aware that a motivated person has the energy levels to far out-perform any colleague or competitor. Motivated people are ACHIEVERS.

Believe in yourself, and the rest will fall into place. Have faith in your own abilities, work hard, and there is nothing you cannot accomplish. Lets believe in our dreams and achieve them with passion.
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Calvin Dorman is a Professional Online Business Consultant and Graphics/Web Marketing Lecturer from Cape Town, South Africa, offering companies and individuals more effective Web Marketing, one to one Computer Training and Graphic Design solutions. Give him a call on 084 632 6622. Read more of Calvin’s business and motivational articles at http://www.calvinbusiness.co.za

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Great product AND great product experience

January 13, 2013 in Uncategorized

We always hear that content is king. Content here referring to the Product offered by the company. But to have a great product is not enough. If you want to grow your business much faster (or in fact, even be in business in the next 5 years), you have to understand that you have to give your client A GREAT product experience as well. You can’t have one without the other.

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How many companies can you think of that has great marketing material (brochures, advertising, etc) but do not follow it through with a great product experience. Example: It’s lunch time and I am hungry. I go to a burger fast food outlet (not going to mention the brand) and look at this mouth-watering poster (marketing) of a burger, chips and coke. But the product is not as described by the words/pictures in the poster.

The burger is cold & thin and not “sizzling” and I was served by an employee that didn’t seem to care less if I would be about to have a great customer experience …no warm, friendly smile nor any connection with me with an “enjoy your day” approach.

My conclusion: the product and experience was BAD, but the marketing was GREAT.

The lesson here is that companies will no longer get away with it anymore, because we are living on the dawn of a new marketing era, namely the internet era where people are spreading their BAD/GREAT experiences on the social networks daily on a huge scale.

Soon that Burger Franchise branch will experience a drop in sales and then when they close down they will look all surprised.

Why? Because 10 years ago, you could tell 10 people…now you can 100 of your friends on Facebook and it is likely that 100 of their friends may see your “product experience” as well. Not to mention the power of Twitter.

This Blog might sound negative to you at first, but here is the up-side and GOOD news for small businesses and entrepreneurs who do not have the big marketing budgets of large enterprises.

Should you deliver a great product AND great product experience, you no longer have to spend large amounts of money on traditional advertising BUT can use the most powerful marketing means ther

e is, namely, WORD-OF-MOUTH, which is now scalable through the medium of the Internet and using the many free apps and tools available to everybody.

Should you build up a relationship with your clients/customers online, they will try your product. Should it be a great product/service and you continue to build the relationship for a life-time through regular conversations via web marketing tools, you WILL BUILD EMOTIONAL EQUITY with your clients.

You will no longer PUSH marketing “down their throats” but will PULL them in by LISTENING to what they are experiencing and respond to the necessary changes that needs to be made to improve your
business.

The result: Your business will grow, but you must not ignore or be lazy to implement the hard work. The easy days of solving “sales growth problems” with bigger marketing budgets and “throwing more money at advertising” are over. CONNECTING with your customer/client online and ENGAGING with them daily by talking AND listening to them will see your profits soar.
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What defines you?

January 7, 2013 in Uncategorized

calvinbusiness imageThere are many answers to this question. But a wider perspective I want to take  in my blog also includes the question: what defines great business leaders.

This is an important question to ask because it relates to a code of conduct or  principles we all live by. We all know that people of the same values will draw  closer to each other and this is not because of race, culture or financial  wealth. What draws people closer (or further apart) is the set of values they  live by and perceive others (true or false) to live by.

I relate this to business because I find that I tend to do more business and  develop business relationships with people who have high moral values of trust,  honesty, humility  and respect.

These values will always be reflected in true business leaders.  They   have a sense of identity. They are confident and “comfortable in their  own skin”. Your moral principles forms your beliefs or your belief-system which  will ultimately define you as a person / business-person as well.

My question. Will you compromise your beliefs to get a “huge financial kick-back”  or make promises to clients when you know you “cannot deliver” but you want to  take their money?

We live in the era of the internet and companies (their owners and staff) can  no longer have a mask for their business and personal life to hide behind.  Social media connections are exposing the “bad boys” in business and you can no  longer hide who you really are.

Gentle reader, do not be caught up in views, opinions, media influences or critical   people who tell you who and what you  should think or how you should behave.
Follow you own moral compass and be  influenced by the principles of love and tolerance which you were brought up by  and managed not to lose along the way.

Folllow  your dreams  and set your goals based on true values. Do not let any person stand in your  way and limit you. Remember that you are not defined by circumstances, but that  you shape your own destiny according to your beliefs.

You are the only one who should have the courage to define who you are, and not allow the opinions nor the beliefs of other people to do it for you. Once you realize that you matter not because of your business title, level of wealth or education, you will find your voice and purpose and achieve great things. This is what great leaders might refer to as your destiny.

Apply noble and honorable business principles in all your affairs and especially  in your business and you will attract success and successful people into your  life. Birds of a feather flock together, This isn’t just a cute saying.  It happens.

Define your own self and shape your own destiny.
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Calvin Dorman is a Professional Business Consultant and Web Marketing Lecturer from Cape Town, South Africa, offering companies and individuals more effective Web Marketing, one to one Computer Training and Graphic Design solutions. Send Calvin an email: info@calvinbusiness.co.za or give him a call now on 084 632 6622. Read more of Calvin’s motivational articles at http://www.calvinbusiness.co.za

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Self-Motivation: It’s like brushing your teeth

December 29, 2012 in Uncategorized

Do you have the ability to do what needs to be done, without influence from other people or situations?

How many people, do you think, are  self-motivated enough to find a reason and strength to complete a task,  even when challenging, without giving up or needing another to  encourage them?
Motivational speakers  are cashing it in worldwide. But why in the world would a boss need to motivate  employees? I know you’ll have a million good reasons as to why it is done, but  think about it for a moment.
I can understand that you can increase SKILL level with on-the-job-training, but should one actually be hiring or training  someone to be motivated at his or her job?
Here’s my theory on this topic of SELF-MOTIVATION: On the one hand, the person  is doing the job basically because there is some aspect to the job that is  fulfilling and that he/she is passionate or cares about and they can make a  living from it. Then, on the other hand, there is the person who cares only for  the pay-cheque; they would rather be doing something else, but that “something  else” is not bringing in the money like the “pay-cheque job”, so they simply do  the minimum.

Now, let me come back to my question I put to you in the beginning… Why in the world would you need to motivate employees?
The answer: because there are too many people who would rather be “doing  something else” but they have become “addicted” to the paycheque. (Are you  addicted to your pay-cheque?)
Gentle reader, are you self-motivated in your career path? Are you determined to be the best in your field of expertise and are willing to  grow and learn, whatever it takes or whatever it might cost you? This question  about self-motivation is an important question to ask.
Do not rely on friends, family or your boss to “pump you up”  to meet targets or set personal goals. This is your task.

Here is the simple truth: People who have found their passion  in life are by nature SELF-motivated. They stay on top of their industries and  market trends. They are self-motivated to learn more about their job. In fact,  they do not see their “job” as a job, but as a blessing to be able to learn and  do more EVEN if they do not get recognition for it. They do not care about  getting “appreciated” for their contribution – they are too busy focusing on their growth experience. There are many tools you can use to help you get  self-motivated. Books, seminars, mentors, role models, vision boards, etc, but  you have to realize that it has to start from within. Meaning: It is a choice  or a decision you make to be motivated each day. It is like brushing your teeth…  it is something you have to do each day and not skip.

You CANNOT allow, nor wait for people and circumstances to get you motivated  and fired up. Simply, pick up the tools each day yourself and stay motivated. Be  aware that a motivated person has the energy levels to far out-perform any colleague  or competitor. Motivated people are ACHIEVERS and you won’t find them procrastinating.  They set their goals and achieve them with passion.

Calvin Dorman is a Professional Business Consultant and Web Marketing Lecturer from Cape Town, South Africa, offering companies and individuals more effective Web Marketing, one to one Computer Training and Graphic Design solutions. Send Calvin an email: info@calvinbusiness.co.za or give him a call now on 084 632 6622. Read more of Calvin’s motivational articles at http://www.calvinbusiness.co.za

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Always place people above profits

November 24, 2012 in Uncategorized

A wise person once said that you will not meet the ‘right’  person to marry one day until you yourself become the ‘right’ person.

True words indeed. Similarly, I believe that it also applies to business. You  cannot have a successful (‘right’) business until you yourself acquire similar  thinking and habits of successful (‘right’) entrepreneurs.
You have to have business role models like Richard Branson and in my case, I  wanted to become a Raymond Ackerman (I also studied the life story of Harry  Oppenheimer). Raymond has always fought for customer service and he believes  that you should always place people above profits. Read the latest newspaper article about him here- Former Pick n Pay CEO says people are a priorityWeekend Argus 24-11-2012

At the start of my business career, I was obsessed with making money and paid  only lip-service to the importance of client service. When I saw my client, I  saw money. I did not care much about the service they were getting from my  teaching. I cared little if they understood the functions and tools of the  particular computer programme which I taught. I was already calculating the profits  I was going to make from my next student.

Three years later, (1996) I lost my business and I had to start all over  again. I learned some hard yet valuable  lessons. I then got myself a mentor and he suggested  that I get a business role model and study that person’s life.

I had to learn  from the life stories of successful leaders, the business principles they applied and I had to strive to do the  same.(years later, I still  regularly  meet with my mentor to discuss business growth as well as my personal growth).
Once I had adopted the principle of ‘always place people above profits’
I had  to change my inner-world (thoughts) until I truly believed it with my whole heart.

This was a slow process at first, but I knew I had to change. I was determined  to become the ‘right’ business person.

Today, I can truly say that I have a passion for my students. I have the  compulsion inside of me to see that each and every person that I teach will  always walk away understanding 100% of what I have taught them. That is why today,  I focus only on one-to-one training  and FREE consecutive repeated  classes until all course content is fully understood and the student can apply  it. For some students this takes 3 weeks and for others it might then take 6  weeks and yet they pay the same course fee This is to illustrate the length I will go to for my student.

You see, I not only had to change my business model,  but I had to change who I was as a person.

Gentle reader, if you want success in your business, you must be willing to CHANGE. This change has to come from  within which is vital for success.

If we are not prepared to adopt similar thinking and habits of   successful entrepreneurs, we will probably experience a longer  and tougher road to success.
The good news is that you can change  who you are by…
changing the way you think and then by changing the habits you form. Adopt the  thinking and behavior (habits) of your own business role model.
You  and I can change who we are if  we really want to; we are not robots -we are not “programmed”.We do  not purely follow our instincts and habits like animals. We have free-will;  we can make our own decisions.

Choose  to become the ‘right’ business  person….right now.

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What makes you tick?

November 10, 2012 in Uncategorized

Calvin_Business_Cape_Town_Blog_Image_Know_yourselfHave you noticed that successful entrepreneurs seem to know what makes them tick…. they know what they want and they know how to get there.

Only once you truly know yourself, will you be able to fully tap into your strengths & abilities each day, regardless of negative people and circumstances.

As an example, let me quickly give you some of my goals for which I need lots of strength and energy. It’s a good idea to list your own.

Firstly, I make a point, every day, to be productive from an online marketing perspective. My focus is to become educated to the point where I am able to fully understand and fine-tune my online marketing strategies.

 

Because there are so many successful online marketing strategies, I needed to choose a specialist area / method that complimented my passions and personal strengths.

 

I decided to select something where I could jump in head first, have fun, work hard and begin to really make a difference.

 

By focusing daily on my chosen subject of focus (which is business principles and web marketing in particular), I am able to build a solid foundation for the dramatic growth I have come to expect.

Life is always full of ups & downs but it is your ability to remain up and focused when you are going through a down that helps you to sail through the hurdles of life.

I need to know what I am passionate about and what makes me tick. Do you truly know yourself? You can’t appreciate yourself if you don’t know yourself.

Know your abilities, disabilities, talents, strengths & weaknesses. Do NOT compare yourself and your achievements with others who might have achieved much more. Stay true to yourself.

Did you wake up this morning and still have the same drive to succeed as a few years back? Do NOT dilute your DREAM by disappointments.

Have a clear vision and set realistic targets. It is pointless to attempt to achieve what you do not have the resources or natural ability to achieve. Dream BIG but set small achievable targets each day.

I am confident and comfortable in my own skin. I know what makes me tick! I know what I want and how to get there. Gentle reader, now is neither the time to give up nor get complacent. It is the time for you and me to stay motivated, focused and then step up a gear.

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Business success CAN be yours

November 5, 2012 in Uncategorized

Business success CAN be yours, but it is your personal responsibility. There is a saying… “If it is to be, then it is up to me”

Success in business is not an accident or luck… It is a choice! So many people look at the doctor, the lawyer practise or the restaurant owner and think “look at the lucky SOB, he’s got everything”. But remember, with few exceptions, everyone begins at the same starting line.

Getting ahead, doesn’t just happen. They weren’t just lucky. They were committed and prepared! They learned from their experiences and seized their opportunities.

Opportunity does no one any good if, when it comes knocking, we choose to NOT answer the door.

No Excuses- No Blame- No Pity pot- We determine our own successes through our efforts and the adjustments we do, or do not make, along the way.

We can’t choose our past, we can’t change the decisions that brought us here… but we can change the choices that create our future. Right now, today, we can make better choices that make for a better tomorrow.

You may say, “Ok Calvin, I have changed my attitude, I’m all motivated, my engines are revving, but HOW do I get RESULTS!”

ANSWER: CHANGE YOUR BELIEF and it WILL change your RESULTS.

Maybe not instantly, but over a period of a year or two, you will see dramatic improvement in your business, both in terms of sales and profits (focus on profits…size and turnover is vanity).

BELIEF: WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE?
The best and most personal example I can give is myself. I am not currently in the same league with Mark Zuckerberg. But I plan on rectifying that! (How’s that for attitude).

I believe in myself, my abilities and that I was not born not to be a good, but a GREAT business person. I believe it so much that you would have noticed that I do not call myself Calvin Dorman, but CalvinBusiness. (How’s that for focus?)

I am not saying you should change your name, but I am saying that you must have a 100% BELIEF in yourself – NOT 99,9%. Leave no room for self-doubt.

Attitudes and Beliefs ALWAYS manifest themselves in actions and choices. We are all the sum total of the actions and choices that we have made up to this point in our lives. If you are not satisfied with every aspect of your life, it is because attitudes and beliefs have motivated you to make choices and decisions that led you to where you are.

Within reason, if you, in anyway are less than satisfied with your business successes life, you can change it. It’s all in your hands and it’s all a matter of choice.

Realize no matter where you came from, no matter where you are, right now, today you can start making choices and decisions that can dramatically improve your income and your future. But it requires more than just reading and “knowing” these truths, it requires internalizing them so that they are a part of you.

You will notice that business people who believe in themselves will radiate confidence. They are easily motivated and can apply self-motivation.

Motivation is literally the desire to do things. It’s the difference between waking up before dawn to pound the pavement and lazing around the house all day. It’s the crucial element in setting and attaining goals.

Confidant business people who show results in their business, always seem to attract quality clients as people are inspired when they are in their presence.

So gentle reader, figure out what you want, power through the pain period, and start being who you want to be. Change your BELIEF and it will change your destiny.
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Do first things first and your success will start to unfold

October 27, 2012 in Uncategorized

calvinbusiness_first_things_firstHow would you describe your ideal life? I believe this is one of the most important questions that you should ask yourself from time to time.

Men and women who live out their Ideal life are by far the most happiest and most successful people I have ever met.

The greatest secret to living your ideal life is understanding the principle and power of priorities. Life on earth holds no greater challenge than the complicating daily demand of choosing among competing alternatives for our limited time.

Our life is the sum total of all the decisions we make every day, and those decisions are determined by our priorities. How we use our time every day eventually defines our lives. Life was designed to be simple, not complicated, and the key to simplifying life is prioritization and we all know that all of us do want a successful, yet simple life without any complications. But if you do not hold yourself accountable to design your Ideal life than your life will become more complicated or it already is

Priority is defined as: the principal thing, putting first things first, establishing the most important thing, and primary focus. It is also defined as placing highest value and worth upon. If our priorities determine the quality of life and dictate all of our actions and behavior, then it is essential that you must identify your priorities by having an Idealistic view of your Life.

The greatest tragedy in life is not a short life, but one without a purpose—life with the wrong priorities.

Your time is important because your time is your life. And the key to the effective use of your time is establishing correct priorities. Then do first things first.

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The trick is to seize the moment

October 21, 2012 in Uncategorized

When you are down and depressed and days feel like a burden to live, you tend to think that that is all there is to life. When you are on the ninth cloud and everything seems bright and promising, you feel that it is going to last forever. But nothing lasts forever. The moment comes and your life is changed again.

These ups and downs of  life, this roller coaster ride is what Life is. I have come to accept this fact and embrace it. It was’nt easy. I remember when I could’nt work on my business full time (for the 2nd time) back in 2007, I became very despondent and depressed. All I wanted to do was wallow in my misery.

When you are happy you let that happiness fill your soul and when you are filled with sorrow, you feel the emotion, BUT you cannot allow it to sap your energy and paralyse you.
I call this PARKING. This inactive, negative state will slow your personal and business goals.

The trick is to seize the moment. And how can you do so? By simply remembering and drilling this thought in your mind that nothing lasts forever. It is the one thought which has the capability to help you get through any “negative” event in your life.

I carry on fulfilling the daily, small goals that needs to be done in order to fulfill my BIG DREAM, regardless of the way I feel at that particular moment. I try to inspire myself and stay positive as this state of being gives me energy to do the things I have to do.

Yes, I seize the moment. If it is a “bad” moment, like a few days ago when I had to change the car’s tyre in the cold wind and rain, I summons my positive attitude and say to myself…this will soon pass. I make the choice to stay happy in the moment. I seize the moment.

I know this is easier said than done because you cannot compare a flat tyre with the loss of a friendship, soul partner or a business, BUT if one allows any circumstance in your life to make you PARK and not get moving on your goals…then you are missing out and could risk giving up on your BIG DREAM or purpose in life. This is truly sad.

Good and bad events are all part of  Life. We have to live life on Life’s terms.

The sadness gives way to happiness and the joys lead to sorrows. Just like the night gives birth to the day and the setting sun brings with it the darkness of the night. This interaction between light and darkness is what life is all about. Let’s accept it and embrace each day. Yes, lets seize the moment now and do right now what we have been procrastinating to do all day.

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