Your outside reality is created by your inner beliefs.
If what you’re doing right now is not creating the level of success you want, then you MUST changewhat you are doing. Until you learn how to master the “inner” game of success, all of the other business building and personal development techniques in the world will not help you reach your goals.
How do you begin the process of mastering the rules to the “inner” game of success?
Here are three suggested resources:
Building Self Confidence by Hani Al-Qasem
Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
Personal Journal Journal about your journey of development
As you begin the journey of enlightening your inner perspective, one key to being successful is to make a personal commitment to your dreams and goals. Once you have a clear vision of where you want to go with your journey – then you must make a personal commitment to that vision. Commit in the same way you would make a promise to someone else you love.
Use the resources above and get started immediately. Don’t delay!
Below are seven steps for managing ALL of those business cards that you collect at networking events and/or from being out and about at various business functions. You may be able to increase your revenue by 1 – 2% over the next 8 months, by simply following up with the business cards you have laying around and stacked up around your office.
Categorize your business cards by industry
Sub-categorize them according to the products are services you offer
Decide what data you need to keep
Set up your database according to industry, products/services you offer, and the data you need to collect in order to market effectively
Create a script for email, snail mail, and/or phone – for each industry and each product/service
From the scripts – create templates for follow up email and letters
Send out your messages to each each of the databases
THEN, let those business cards go – recycle them. Literally shred them. Any info you want to keep and/or follow up on from the cards, simply put in to the database.
Don’t have time to create a database system of your own? No problem! Lucy M. Barela, a business colleague, suggested the following resource. This website is a good start for getting in the habit of collecting, inputting, and following up with your potential leads – immediately after you get them. Its getting in the habit that matters the most.
Lucy recommended www.zoho.com. This website will allow you to set up a database that will facilitate the execution of the seven steps above. Zoho’s introductory level is free.
Every time you attend a networking event and/or meet someone and collect their biz cards, immediately plug those cards in to your follow up system and then – let the cards go. By letting them go I mean shred and recycle the paper (smile). Remember – any and all info you want to keep regarding those cards, you can put in to your database. Why not save a tree, or two, or three (smile).
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