February, 2015

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Posted by: | Posted on: February 21, 2015

A little song just for fun

A few years ago a bunch of us were horsing around during a music practice and we ended up performing this piece at a local event.

Sometimes random things come together in a great way.

Hope you enjoy it.

Posted by: | Posted on: February 21, 2015

Easy way to make a meme using Powerpoint

There is more than one way to do something and sometimes we have tools we don’t think about. If you are using Microsoft Office, you can do more than make a presentation or write.

You can easily make an image with text and export it as a jpg image to use with social media.

I made a short video showing exactly how you can do it.

You can embellish what I show here with other fonts, colors, borders and many other things but this video will show you the basics.

What Could Be More Tempting

http://youtu.be/SP47Q1N_-mI

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Anita

anita-hales.com

Posted by: | Posted on: February 18, 2015

Kelwin Hagen Interview, spiritual side of marketing

In this podcast, I interview Kelwin Hagen about internet marketing, network marketing and a spiritual journey.

Posted by: | Posted on: February 14, 2015

Happy St. Valentine’s Day

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Happy St. Valentines Day to everyone.  Here’s a little history and legend for you.

The legendary St. Valentine supposedly was caught marrying Christian couples so the men could avoid going to war under Emperor Claudius who was short of soldiers. He also is credited with a miraculous healing of the blind daughter of the jailer when he was imprisoned for his offense against the Emperor.
It is said that when he was executed he left a note for the girl saying, “Your Valentine”.
Many of the current legends that characterize Saint Valentine were invented in the fourteenth century in England, notably by Geoffrey Chaucer and his circle, when the feast day of February 14 first became associated with romantic love.
Researchers say the connection between the saint and courtly love did not exist before Chaucer debunking the myth that it was created to supplant a pagan holiday.

At any rate, give somebody a hug or some flowers and share some love.

Anita

http://anita-hales.com

Posted by: | Posted on: February 14, 2015

What does a tomato have to do with success?

Being organized doesn’t have to be complicated or involved.

If you tend to be easily sidetracked, this method my help you.

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I was just reading about a getting-things-done method that is perfect for the sidetracked entrepreneur.

We have many daily tasks as entrepreneurs.

We have personal development which involves mental, physical and educational training and enhancement.

We have technical activities involving our computers and web site maintenance.

We have promotional activities involving advertising and prospecting.

We have team training activities that involve teaching and mentoring our team.

Keeping up on all of these can be problematic for a sidetracked entrepreneur.

We can start out with personal development and get sidetracked into purchasing yet another training program. We could spend all day on that.

So easy to get off track.

A guy named Francesco Cirillo came up with a management idea he called “Pomodoro” which means “tomato” in Italian.

He called it that because he used a tomato shaped timer to do it.

It’s pretty easy.

  1. Decide on the task to be done
  2. Set the pomodoro timer to about 25 minutes
  3. Work on the task until the timer rings; check it off your list
  4. Take a short break (3–5 minutes)
  5. After four pomodori or 25 minute sessions, take a longer break (15–30 minutes)

The stages of planning, tracking, recording, processing and visualizing are fundamental to the technique. In the planning phase tasks are prioritized by recording them in a list of things to do TODAY.

As pomodori are completed and checked off they give you a sense of accomplishment and give you a way to measure your progress.

The term “pomodoro” refers to the time spent working. In Italian the plural is “pomodori”.

If you still have time left in your pomodoro it is suggested that you do something extra. Or you could just take some extra time off.

They have actually found that if you study using this organization method, your assimilation of data increases.

I think it’s a perfect way for a sidetracked entrepreneur to divide the day up into bite-sized chunks so you are less inclined to overdo it on one thing to the exclusion of everything else or to take off on tangents and never get back to the task at hand.

I found that there are some pomodoro apps for cell phones and for computers.

But if you don’t have either, you can just use a pencil and paper.

So easy to do.

I hope you’ve found this useful

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Posted by: | Posted on: February 11, 2015

My Interview with Anji Long

No feed items found.I did a terrific interview with Anji Long today.  She talked about her reasons for starting an online business and the struggles along the way.

She also gives some tips to anyone wanting to start an online business.

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Listen to it here:

Here is a link to the Virtual Profit System:

http://magicalmarketingmachine.com

Enjoy!

Anita

Posted by: | Posted on: February 10, 2015

Confessions of a Sidetracked Entrepreneur part 3

Are you ever frustrated that you never seem to get things done? You may be a sidetracked entrepreneur. In this podcast, you’ll see that it’s not such a bad thing and you can use it to your advantage. Be empowered by your nature.

Read it here:

Sidetracked Entrepreneur part 3:

My children are always teasing me about how I jump from one task to another and take off on tangents. I don’t think I’ve watched a movie all the way through without getting up to bake cookies or something in years.

While I watch a movie my mind is cooking up things to do and the smallest thing in the movie will set my imagination off in a different direction unless the movie is particularly engaging.

The other day I saw something in the background of the movie that I liked and thought I could make something like that in my shop.

So I went to the computer and found a pattern I could doctor up to make it.

Then I went out to my shop and whipped it up on my scroll saw.

We sidetracked entrepreneurs are very creative people.

I’ve discovered that if something seems to be fun I never have any trouble doing it. If it seems like work, not so much.

My mother used to try to get me to like washing dishes by telling me that I could see lots of colors in the soap bubbles. That worked until the dishwater got dirty and the soap bubbles all popped. I still don’t like doing dishes but I do them anyway because I like clean dishes.

So I focus on the part of it I like.

I like to have a clean sink and toilet too and I hate washing them but I like the clean so I focus on that.

In my business, I just couldn’t get so I liked blogging even though I knew it could be a good part of my business.

Then I discovered podcasting. It was fun. I could put expression to my thoughts and make them sound exactly how I wanted them to sound. Plus I can add music to it and that’s fun.

Doing videos makes me nervous. I don’t feel like I look good on video so I haven’t been able to find a fun thing in that until I discovered screencasting.

I can record my voice over what shows on my screen. I can do a tutorial or show other things and talk about them without actually showing my face. It’s fun. I love teaching things.

People seem to like the sound and stuff too. They seem to make people happy.

Ever since I was a little girl I’ve loved telling stories and this has given me an outlet for doing just that. Plus I can make some money doing it.

What could be more fun than that?

The other good thing is that it takes me less than 30 minutes to put out a podcast from writing it to having it up on my blog. That fits in with my attention span.

I’ve also found that doing one podcast leads to me thinking about the next one. So my tendency to go off on tangents is a good thing.

Instead of worrying about being sidetracked. I’m embracing it and using it to my advantage.

We sidetracked people are really great people and fun to know.

Our innate creativity sets us off on tangents that you never quite know where they will end.

Life is an adventure.

All we need to do to make work get done is to make it fun.

Check out my blog at anita-hales.com and leave me a comment. Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss any new blogs.

There are some good resources there if you want to make money online.

Posted by: | Posted on: February 10, 2015

Confessions of a Sidetracked Entrepreneur part 2

Are you sidetracked? If your day goes like this at all, you probably are. Listen to the end of the podcast for a great little tip on increasing your productivity and getting things done in spite of your sparkling personality.

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Confessions of a sidetracked entrepreneur 2.
At the end of this podcast I’ll have a suggestion for you.
Here’s a typical day for me the queen of sidetracked entrepreneurs.
The dog jumped up on the bed and woke me up. I look and see that it is indeed daylight outside. My daughter is missing so I assume she has gone to work.
So it must be time to get up.
I get up and turn on my computer and get dressed.  I head out to the kitchen to forage for breakfast.
Looking in the fridge I see that everything edible requires cooking so I grab a protein shake and head back to my computer. I sit down and open up the internet browser.
The dog comes and scratches at my leg and I remember she hasn’t been fed.
I go back out to the kitchen and feed the dog.
Back to the computer to start my day’s work.
My phone pings and there’s a message telling me I need to make a phone call.
I make the call and look back to the computer to start my day’s work.
I pull up a training video that I want to watch and start on it. It’s some great stuff. While I’m watching it I get an idea for a podcast.
I pause the training video and write a short podcast, record it and post it on my blog.
Then I remember that I need to also post on Instagram.  Fortunately, my blog also posts on Twitter and Facebook automatically.
So I bring up my picture software and create a meme for Instagram.
Then I decide I need a cup of tea.
I go out to the kitchen to make myself some mint tea and decide I’ll make English muffins.
I go to the computer to print out a recipe and take it back to the kitchen where I make some dough for the muffins.
Back to the computer while they rise.
I start my training video again and decide I need to see if I got an email from someone so I check my email. There’s an email telling me about a new training video.  So I go look at that training video.
About this time I need to check on the English muffin dough. It still needs to rise a little but the kitchen is too cold.  I warm up the oven, turn it off and put the dough in there to rise.
Meanwhile the dog has peed in the hall so I clean that up.  I forgot to take her out.
Back to my training video. I start listening to it and get an idea about something I want to write about. I pause the training video and pop open Word and start to type my story.
Some music would be good so I open some music on my computer to listen to while I type. One of the songs reminds me about something else I need to do.
I get up to go do that and then I remember that I need to check the English muffin dough.
It’s ready so I roll it out and cut out the muffins to put on the tray.
About this time I realize it’s afternoon and I’m hungry.  I warm up some leftovers and eat them for lunch.
I pour myself another cup of mint tea and head back to my computer.
I start on the training video again.
About this time my daughter shows up with the grandkids so I quit everything to play with my grandkids.
That takes a little over an hour and they leave.
About this time I need to start thinking about fixing dinner. And so it goes.
My name is Anita and I’m a sidetracked entrepreneur.
Is there a cure? Probably.  But it might involve making a list and checking off things to do.
It actually may be the only way I’ll ever get things done.
Oh wait, I DO have a list.  Where’d I put it?
I’ll eventually finish the training and get those English muffins cooked. Hope I have some jam.
Here is one little hint for a sidetracked entrepreneur.
If you’re attention span is short, make sure your tasks equal your attention span. Take short bites out of the day. Make your daily tasks 15 to 30 minutes. Better to have lots of short tasks that you can complete than to have a couple of big ones that never get done.
If you are a sidetracked entrepreneur, join me and we can make a 12 step program for a cure.  Well, it might turn out to be 24 steps because we’ll do a lot of other fun stuff along the way.
This is Anita Hales. Check out my blog at http://anita-hales.com
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Posted by: | Posted on: February 5, 2015

Comments on The Path of Least Resistance by Robert Fritz

Here are some comments on a great book I’m reading.

You can read my comments below or listen to my podcast.

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I just started reading a really compelling book called, The Path of Least Resistance by Robert Fritz.

In the book Fritz starts out by telling you that people will always take the path of least resistance which can be an obstacle to change.

Our creativity and success in life depends on our changing our circumstances to a path of least resistance.

Picture a building. It has structure. We navigate that structure to reach where we want to go. We can use hallways, stairs or elevators but the structure determines how we will get there.

People are programmed to thinking that circumstances determine our fate.

Fritz says, “The reactive-responsive orientation contains the basic presumption that you are powerless.

If you habitually react or respond to circumstances, where does the power lie in these situations? It clearly lies outside you, in the circumstances. Therefore, because the power does not reside in you, you are powerless and the circumstances are all-powerful.”

Think about an alcoholic. In their mind, they are powerless against the pull of the bottle. It is the structure demanding how the alcoholic will react. They may go on the wagon for a while but unless the structure is changed, they will ultimately fall back off.

I love the movie, The Matrix. In this movie, everyone is in a structured system that they can’t control. They are being manipulated by the Matrix and are powerless.

Then along comes Neo. The first thing he does is give himself a name outside the system. The Matrix has dubbed him Thomas Anderson. Neo persists in identifying himself with his own created persona.

A group of other people who have escaped the Matrix, find him and offer him the chance to wake up and see what is real. He is offered a red pill and a blue pill. He can take the blue pill and stay in the Matrix structured world or he can take the red pill and discover the truth.

Of course, he takes the red pill.

In the course of creating his own new structure, Neo goes through a set of trials that challenge his vision of himself. He needs to know he is “THE ONE” before he can succeed in truly empowering himself with the truth that he can control circumstances instead of the other way around.

My favorite part of the movie is where he is shot at and he just holds out his hand and the bullets stop in midair. He takes one and looks at it and drops it to the floor. Then the others drop.

He sees the Matrix expand and contract with his breathing. He is in complete control of circumstances and structure.

Fritz is a composer and has worked with some of the greats in music. He has been appalled that so many great artists and musicians succeed so wonderfully at their art but fail so miserably in their own lives. They fail to apply the same principles they used to become great creators to their everyday life.

This book is marvelous. If you start reading it, I’d like to know what you take from it. Please leave a comment on my blog at anita-hales.com.

Anita Hales

I hope this has been helpful to you.  Check out some of the links on this page.  There is some good stuff.

Posted by: | Posted on: February 4, 2015

Clean Up Your Facebook For Success

I’ve got a new podcast for you today.

You can either listen to it here or read it below.

Sometimes it’s a real struggle to keep a positive attitude when there is so much negativity around.

I think it’s going to get even harder as the US presidential election starts winding up. It’s already beginning.

So-called “news” stories are beginning to crop up trying to pit one side against another.

I pulled up Facebook this afternoon to find the whole page riddled with shared political stories and memes. I almost got sucked into it.

So I’ve made myself a promise. I’m going to do my best to stay above the fray and make my Facebook timeline a positive place.

Why do I bother?

Well, someone posted something political on my page and I immediately started typing a rebuttal, annoyed by the insinuation in the post.

But then I stopped. I thought, “Is this really going to change this guy’s thinking or just annoy him and start an unpleasant debate?”

Would something about his post change my mind?

The answer was “NO”.

So there just isn’t any reason to get into it. It doesn’t make me feel better. It doesn’t lessen my frustrations. It doesn’t fix anything. And it certainly doesn’t make the other person feel better.

So I quit typing and never posted my reply. I’m so glad I did.

Here is my plan:

First step, unfollow people who constantly post negative or divisive posts whether I agree with them or not.

This is going to be hard because some of them are close friends or family. But I figure I can check up on them from time to time by popping in on their pages to see what they are up to.

Just because I unfollow them doesn’t mean they quit following me. They can still comment on my posts and share them.

I tried this out and it seems to be working.

They can still send me messages so we’re not out of contact.

But at least I don’t have to see their negative stuff every day.

Second step, block web pages, blogs and news outlets that participate in the stuff. That’s a no brainer. When a post shows up on your page that is a shared link, it’s pretty easy to block the link so you never have to see it again even if your friend posts another link from that site.

Third step, unfriend people who persist.

This is pretty drastic and is reserved for only the most negative people that I want out of my life.

But then again, it pays to be choosy what you you let into your life.

I love this quote: “People tend to be generous when sharing their nonsense, fear, and ignorance. And while they seem quite eager to feed you their negativity, please remember that sometimes the diet we need to be on is a spiritual and emotional one. Be cautious with what you feed your mind and soul. Fuel yourself with positivity and let that fuel propel you into positive action.”
Steve Maraboli, author of Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

So if you’re a positive person who is on their way to success, you are the kind of person I want to rub shoulders with.

If you liked this little thought, please check out my blog at http://anita-hales.com and leave me a positive comment.

Anita Hales