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Are You Ready To Go Pro In Your Business?

 

JoyceDecAre you ready to go pro in your business?

What do you need to learn?

This year I ventured into a new business. As I delved into my new business, I realized I had much to learn. Each day, I am learning about our product line and how to run a successful business from home. Pursuing income-producing activities is more important than non-income producing activities.

Through this process, someone recommended a great book to help me become a professional in my new business. After reading Go Pro by Eric Worre, I realized a truth about any business you pursue. There are skills we can learn and master, but we must be willing to take the time to read, listen to audios, participate in conference calls with other leaders, and put the time in to learn. When you invest time and money into resources to help you become better at your profession, guess what happens? You get better!

I am not better than anyone else. I have invested time into growing myself personally and professionally. People will say things like, “Oh, you know so many people!” or, “You know how to talk with people.” I did not always know how to deal with people and objections they give. I am still learning! Over the years, I have listened to mentors and supervisors, and I have read books by many great leaders. I watch videos about how to be better at business or how to be a leader.

Growing professionally needs to be viewed as athletes view preparing for the Olympics. They are focused. They rearrange their lives and schedules to practice and compete to get better each day on their game. They can’t be involved in every volunteer opportunity or watch TV two to three hours at night and expect to get better if they are not focused on the goal.

Growing professionally takes sacrifice and commitment. You must say no for now to some things so later on you can enjoy the reward of working hard.

I love to read books and watch videos, as I mentioned earlier. I have learned from many strong leaders how to organize, how to blog, how to lead, how to market, and how to stay focused.

When I started to blog and write, I read Michael Hyatt every day! He inspired me and helped me get more organized in my blogging and in my personal life.

 

“Bad habits are similar. You can focus your attention on eliminating them.
Or, you can focus on developing positive habits."As you do so, you will naturally—and more easily—remove the bad habits.”
—Michael Hyatt

 

Create the habit of learning for life! The more you learn how to do your business, the better you will be. Sometimes, you need to heal your own hurts and wounds to be better at business, which involves working through painful life circumstances.

Reading, listening to books on audio, watching videos, and conference calls are so readily accessible to everyone now with a computer or smartphone. You can learn so much without leaving your home.

One of the best things in my new business is the great network of support and camaraderie among the ambassadors. We support each other’s victories, we help each other learn, and we give each other hope for the next step. This is what makes a great company: great people sharing from the heart with each other.

 

“You can make positive deposits in your own economy every day by reading
and listening to powerful, positive, life-changing content
and by associating with encouraging and hope-building people.”
—Zig Ziglar

 

What positive deposits are you making into your personally economy this week? NACWE is great way to learn more about business and being a professional. The support of this group, the many great webinars, and business coaching I have received from Diane have helped propel me on the path God has laid out for me. There is so much to do, it can become overwhelming. Learn how to make goals, prioritize your day, and make baby steps in your big projects each week. Diane teaches how to look at the big picture, and then break it down into manageable steps.

 

 “The great secret about goals and visions is
not the future they describe
but the change in the present they engender.”
—David Allen

 

Create the habit of learning. Find resources daily to study and learn how to grow in your business and personally. Get focused. How do you need to rearrange your schedule to create room to develop your personal and business skills? Find people who will support you and help you on your journey in business. NACWE is one place I have found many friends and supporters along the way. We have a few weeks to finish the year. Start learning now, and plan how you can grow your business through the end of the year to start off with a bang in January!

Share in the comments below: What positive deposits are you making into your personally economy this week?

 


JoyceGJoyce Glass is a writer, speaker, and lover of God's word even more than chocolate! Her desire is to encourage you to walk closer to God. Dig deeper in your faith. Pray in earnest daily for God to teach you His ways, and serve Him right where you live and work now. She is the author of  iNeed God - daily downloads for your heart.  A 90 day journey closer to God! You can connect with Joyce online at www.TheDailyGPS.com.

Does God Expect Perfection?

 

JoyceHeartGod loves you when you hurt someone else.
God loves you when you disobey Him.
God loves you when you judge others.
God loves you when your business fails.
God loves you when you let a friend down.
God loves you even if your house is dirty.
God loves you, even if you didn't tithe.
The truth is, God loves us no matter what.

 

Does God expect us to follow His Word perfectly?

I think the answer to this question is, “Yes!” He wants you to follow His word.

But, the answer is also, “No!” He knows you will not live the Christian life perfectly, because you live in a fallen world.

However, He does expect you to come and ask forgiveness for when you fail and sin.

He knows you will fall. (Romans 3:23)

He knows your heart. God provided you a way to be cleansed when you fall, slip, or jump into sin. Jesus died on the cross and shed His precious blood so you can know God’s mercy, grace, and unlimited forgiveness.

No matter how many times you fall, God will forgive you. God gives you mercy. Give yourself mercy.

 

He will forgive you over and over.

At some point, you need to take responsibility for your sins. King David jumped into the pit of adultery, Bathsheba became pregnant, and David tried to cover up his trail of deceit with one horrific sin after the other, leading up to murder. Read the full story in 2 Samuel 11 - 12.

Nathan confronted David, and the truth of David’s deep black sin was finally revealed. In this moment, David saw the depth of his sin for the first time. He cried out in Psalm 51:4, “Against you, and you alone, have I sinned; I have done evil in your sight. . .”

When you rebel and go your own way, at some point you know and realize you are going down the wrong path. It may take many times of confessing your sin to God before you turn completely back to Him. Some sin may be easier to let go of than others. The enemy knows how to entice you and drag your heart down into his dirty mud pit.

 

What sin do you struggle to tame?

A sin I struggle with is saying a not so nice word as a reaction when I am mad or startled by something. Usually, I immediately confess. It bothers me that this word became a habit at one point. Most of the time, I replace the word with something more appropriate to say, but this word comes flying out faster than I can stop many times. This sin does not hurt anyone, but it does not bring God glory.

I believe you may some sins struggle with for a lifetime and at certain times do better than others. You will be able to walk away from other sins completely. The stronger the hold on you, the harder it is to let go. For the alcoholic, this could be a lifelong battle of relying on God for the times it is hard to resist. For the lazy Christian, this could mean a lifelong battle of making God a priority in life.

None of us are perfect. No, not one (Romans 3:10). We all have our sins, struggles, and ugly places we like to hide in our lives. Yet, no matter what, God still loves us and offers us freedom to be in a relationship with Him through confession.

1 John 1:9 sums up the grace of repentance best: “If we confess our sins to Him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.” (NLT)

 

Does God expect perfection?

No, God does not expect perfection from His children. He expects us to come to Him daily to gain the power and wisdom we need each day. He expects us to be real honest with him. Through many struggles, I am honest with God and let him know I want to do His way, but I really would rather do my way. He listens to me and lets me work through it until my heart changes.

The world does not need perfect, plastic, judging Christians. The world needs us to be honest. You and I struggle to be the women God calls us to be. ONLY through the blood of Jesus can you and I have the power and grace to live the Christian life.

Do you struggle with how God views you?

Please share in the comments below.

[This post was adapted from "Week 2iRepent" in Joyce's Bible Study, iNeed God: Daily Downloads for Your Heart.]

JoyceGJoyce Glass is a writer, speaker, and lover of God's word even more than chocolate! Her desire is to encourage you to walk closer to God. Dig deeper in your faith. Pray in earnest daily for God to teach you His ways, and serve Him right where you live and work now. She is the author of  iNeed God - daily downloads for your heart.  A 90 day journey closer to God! You can connect with Joyce online at www.TheDailyGPS.com.

Are You Drowning in Information?

 

JoyceEvernoteDo you ever wonder how to keep up with the barrage of information thrown at you daily? Where do you save the great idea you found on Facebook? What about the great blog post you read about keeping your clients happy? Where did you put those meeting notes from last week? Where is the phone number for the conference call, and don’t forget the pesky nine digit PIN? Where do you store all this information in a way you can find it when you need it?

We live in a digital world now. I love it! Some people still love their paper calendars, folders, highlighters, and sticky notes. I use all of them on a rare occasion!

Three years ago, I purchased my first iPad and, not long after, an iPhone. Since then, I keep all my important documents, information, and calendar on them. I love the syncing feature between the two devices! If you have an Android device, you are able to use this app as well, but it may look a little different on the Android device.

 

My Favorite App

Evernote is Ever-Awesome used with the Dolphin Browser on your devices.

Evernote is a cloud (internet) program to save information and will sync on all your devices. There is a paid version and a free version. The paid version is $45 for the year, or you can pay $5 monthly. It is worth every penny and more to help organize mass amounts of information.

Watch these videos to learn some tricks you can do in Evernote.

Evernote for Computer

Evernote for iOS devices

I use Evernote how I formerly used a file cabinet. There is a notebook (a.k.a. “folder”) and tags to organize all of my information.

Evernote revolutionized the way I keep up with information. I had notebooks, folders, and a gazillion folders in my web browser to keep up with all the information in my life. I am a writer and speaker. I do research on the computer and find information everywhere!

Then, I realized I could organize my personal information on Evernote as well! I can keep up with all my receipts for business and personal purchases. I have a notebook for all of my personal bills; I email or scan in the bill each month and mark it paid. No need to clean out folders in my file cabinet every six months. If I ever need to reference a document, I just type in the powerful search box and all the notes with that word or company name will come up. I can tag similar items or put them all in the same notebook.

Evernote lets you customize the set-up that works best for you. This is what makes Evernote so awesome!

 

Things You Can Do In Evernote:

a)    You can forward emails into Evernote to save and organize. I use Evernote to keep up with important emails. Every Evernote account has an email address associated with it. You can find it under → Tools → Account Info (watch the video to learn more). Then, simply save this email address in your contacts. You can forward any email you want to save directly to Evernote by sending it to your Evernote email address.

I forward all the email receipts when I make a purchase to Evernote. For personal receipts, I tag them “Receipts 2014.” If it is a business expense, I tag it “2014 Taxes,” “Office Expense,” and “The Daily GPS Receipts 2014.” You can use as many tags as you want for each note.

I can take a picture of or scan in receipts I do not get by email. Next year, when it is time to put my information together for my taxes, I have all my documentation in a central place already organized by category.

You can email anything into Evernote!

 

b)    You can “Clip” web pages (the full page or a section) into Evernote.

Go to www.Evernote.com. Search for “Web Clipper” to download for your browser.

Instead of having a gazillion folders in my browser, I now put all those websites into Evernote. I can search for them by name in the search box, even if all I remember is something on the page. The powerful search box in Evernote will pull up every note you have with whatever word you searched for.

The best part is all the links on the web page are live in Evernote, meaning if you click on a link on the saved page, it will take you back out to the Internet to view the link. Shazam!

This was profound for me! Now when I do research, I save all the websites, and I can search for the information in Evernote when I need it! I can keep all kinds of different information for the same project together: emails, web research, and Master Task List for each project.

When I find a great quote on Twitter, I can email it to Evernote. When I find a great blog post on Facebook, I can “Clip” it to Evernote.

If I am on my phone or on my iPad, I use an app called Dolphin (a FREE app; see the video below about the Dolphin app). I can copy links from Facebook, Twitter, or the Safari browser and put it in the Dolphin Browser. Dolphin will then give me the option to save it to Evernote.

(NOTE: You sign into your Evernote account in the Dolphin app to be able to save notes to your Evernote account. You only do this once in the set-up, not every time you want to save a note.)

 

c)    You can drag and drop INTO AND FROM Evernote. Pictures and files can be dropped into a note in Evernote. You can click on a picture and drop it into a Facebook post or into a folder onto your computer.

 

d)    Evernote allows you to save all forms of documents: PDF, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Pages, Numbers, or Keynote. If you open the document from Evernote, make changes, then hit “save”—NOT ”save as,” and close the document. The changes you made will be stored in Evernote.

 

These are just a few of the things you do can in Evernote. You can find many videos on YouTube to help you as well. Happy Organizing! No more notebooks necessary! No more folders on your browsers or even in your email. You can organize it all in one place! Evernote is EverAwesome!

Learn more about the Dolphin Browser to “Clip” Websites to Evernote on your iPad or iPhone.

 

JoyceGJoyce Glass is a writer, speaker, and lover of God's word even more than chocolate! Her desire is to encourage you to walk closer to God. Dig deeper in your faith. Pray in earnest daily for God to teach you His ways, and serve Him right where you live and work now. She is the author of  iNeed God - daily downloads for your heart.  A 90 day journey closer to God! You can connect with Joyce online. Connect with Joyce on her blogFacebookGoogle+, or Twitter.

 

 

Focus On Your Journey

 

JoyceFocusI am an entrepreneur at heart. My journey as a writer and speaker started four years ago. However, this is the year I feel I am finally taking off.

The past four years have been my boot camp. I took classes, joined groups, and watched more webinars than I can count. I’m still striving to learn how to share the calling God placed on my heart.

Now I am ready to fly solo, but I still need a wing man or woman.

Take Baby Steps

In June, I released my first Bible Study, and I have learned so much. My journey is speeding up now, but I have much more to learn. When I look at other writers and speakers much further down the road than me, I erroneously think I need to do everything they are doing to grow my influence. After a few moments of feeling overwhelmed and wondering how I can accomplish all they are doing, I remind myself they did not start their journeys with five published books, a podcast, a YouTube channel, and a monthly program for women to join!

They started just like me: with one book, one blog, and few followers. They worked hard every day to write more and grow their presences online and offline. Now five, ten, and fifteen years down the road, they have book series they have written, podcasts, and thriving followings who want to hear from them. They paid their dues, consistently produced, and worked hard.

Keep Your Focus

I can’t compare my beginning to their middle. I can, however, stay focused on the calling God laid on my heart. Be consistent and continue to grow as a writer, a speaker, and a woman of influence.

Four Ways To Enjoy The Journey and Stay Focused:

  1. Take it a day at a time.
  2. Set 90-day goals every quarter.
  3. Track your progress financially, through social media, and through any other ways you track your business.
  4. Hire a business coach to guide you, encourage you, and cheer you on.

I have made some lofty goals I had to adjust, because they did not work out. As an entrepreneur, keep your focus and adjust what you do each day to align with your focus. Have a plan for each day to take steps towards your goals.

Have goals for the month and the quarter. Write them down!

Recently, I learned the importance of tracking your progress. If you don’t know where you have been and where you are right now, how will you know if you made progress? Set up an Excel sheet or Word document to track your progress each week. This has really helped motivate me and keep me focused.

This is the first year I hired a business coach. It is one of the best decisions I’ve made. It is not easy, but it is worth it to have someone stretch you to do more than you imagined you could. Someone who is further down the road than you can help you navigate the murky waters and map out the best path to take for your business.

Realign Your Priorities

This week has helped me realign my priorities and focus. I made a big decision to drop a program for now. It was putting undue pressure on me and taking me away from my true focus. It was paralyzing me. I had so much to do, I did not know where to start, and I knew I would end up going in circles to nowhere.

Being an entrepreneur is a journey. Each year, you want to get further down the road. Life may throw you some curve balls in the form of illness, divorce, or major financial struggles. The economy can take a nose dive, and you have no control over how people spend their money. Keep pressing on!  God will show you the path to go when you seek Him daily!

JoyceGJoyce Glass is a writer, speaker, and lover of God's word even more than chocolate! Her desire is to encourage you to walk closer to God. Dig deeper in your faith. Pray in earnest daily for God to teach you His ways, and serve Him right where you live and work now. She is the author of  iNeed God - daily downloads for your heart.  A 90 day journey closer to God! You can connect with Joyce online. Connect with Joyce on her blog, Facebook, Google+, or Twitter.

 

I Need Community

 

COFC2A community is a group of people working together for a common goal. All of us are involved in different communities each day. You have community where you work. If you work for yourself, you may have clients or accountability partners for your community. You have community when you attend a church, a Sunday school class, or small study group. You have community in your own family and in your neighborhood or apartment complex. Some communities help each other grow to be better at their passions or gifts. Some communities help you with a particular area in your life.

I am so blessed to be a part of the National Association of Christian Women Entrepreneurs community! This group has challenged me to do things I never thought I could do. They have supported me on the journey to become a writer and speaker. They have rallied around and prayed for me during dark moments in my life. They are my sisters in Christ, my friends, my co-workers, my business coaches, and my support group. I joined one year ago this month, and they helped develop my dreams into realities!

COFC1This past year, I completed my first Bible study, self-published the study, created a membership program called My Organized Life, and stepped out to schedule speaking engagements. I have been praying and talking about doing all of these for the past three years. NACWE gave me the ideas, tools, and support to bring into reality what God has called me to do! If I did not know how to do something or needed to find a virtual assistant, a graphic designer, or someone to help me with social media, all I had to do was ask NACWE. Either someone knew the right person, or the right person spoke up and could help me!

I can’t imagine working without my NACWE Community. They gave me the encouragement to be bold and try different things! Come join our community to take your business or ministry to the next level.

 

JoyceGJoyce Glass is a writer, speaker, and lover of God's word even more than chocolate! Her desire is to encourage you to walk closer to God. Dig deeper in your faith. Pray in earnest daily for God to teach you His ways and serve Him right where you live and work now.  You can connect with Joyce online at her blog, The Daily GPS, or on her Facebook page. You can learn more about her new Bible study, iNeed God, at www.iNeedGodBook.com.