From time to time…I really feel like writing… and tonight…is that time… I can’t sleep…Why?
My kids are not home right now and whenever they leave…I struggle with sleep… I tried to work… And did some of it… but my mind is elsewhere…
I know you are used to seeing posts of successes Internet Marketers have…And how great our lives are…
Keep in mind…all of us still have challenges to overcome…Both on the personal and professional side…
So here is something personal…
Just 7 years ago, my life was not in order. Actually, it was a total mess. I did not know where to begin with changes…
For the past 4 years I’ve been working on making changes to my mindset… and working on personal development…and about 2 years back… things started to change…
WHY/HOW? I made a decision to start fixing one thing at the time…Fixing it all at once was not possible…
And slowly my life has gotten to the point where I am happy with it.. and where I am at now in my life, with my kiddos and it is great to see them turn into wonderful human beings, and finally with my business…with the direction it is moving to… and overall…things are good…
Why am I saying this…
In our industry…or at least people who are coming into the industry expect quick fixes.
Most people get disappointed quickly and blame others for their problems and lack of success.
YOU are the only person who can change the outcome of your life… And it won’t happen overnight for sure…
So if you are starting out… and everything feels overwhelming… Start taking small steps… Don’t expect miracles overnight to happen, but with small steps, consistent action working toward your goals things will change for the better…
I know you are use to seeing review posts from me…but today you are getting something different…It is actually very late my time…but I got inspired to write this…
Today I have spent 3 hours with a mom of 5 who has just gone through removing a tumor from her neck…Who is in a really bad financial situation…and her life is a total mess – to say the least… My heart really goes out to her…I know that what she is dealing with is not easy and I hope the outcome of the results will be positive so she can start working on improving her life for the better…
Now…the reason I am writing to you today is to reflect on huge changes I’ve made in my life over the last 4 years…And talking to her actually reminded me of the growth I’ve gone through…and how much my life has changed for the better…
What I share with you below is written in hope that if you are reading this…And if you are struggling, or having a hard situation in your own life…that at least one word or suggestion will help you make the change for the better…
YOU are the change!
Most people in life expect change to happen…Dreaming of better days… BUT in most cases they are not willing to make any changes in their lifestyle to see the change… IF you want better life..YOU have to start getting YOUR life in order… Wishing for it is just a wish… Dreaming about it just a dream… Doing something about will make the change!
How to begin?
One problem at the time… Sit down at your desk…Take out a piece of paper and start writing all the good things in your life and all the bad things… Make it kind of like a to do list… Organize your problems as goals… Meaning… List them in order that you can start fixing one at the time… Set real goals with dates next to it… Prioritize them in order that you can start scratching off one by one as you turn them from problem to resolved issues.
Fill up your brain with GOOD stuff!
Reduce your TV time to a minimum. Instead, read inspirations and motivational books… Talk to people who are uplifting. Watch inspirational videos on YouTube. Get a life coach if you are fighting with fears and cannot seem to get yourself in order. Be selective of who your friends are. It is ok, to make new friends and get rid of some old ones who are not good for you any more. I know I’ve gone through that…
Respect your body!
Most people start eating healthy when they gain way too many pounds… If you want your business and life to function, respect the body YOU are inside of and give it what it needs…Lower the junk food intake to the minimum, and replace it with veggies, fruits and organic meat.
Now, you might wonder why am I listing all of this here…What that has to do with the Mom of 5. As you don’t know me… Here is the story…
About 8 years ago I got divorced…and a lot of health issues happened due to the stress I’ve gone through… My kids were just 3 and 5 at the time… My business was just getting off the ground and I became primary provided for my family…I was actually getting sick ever 3 weeks…I was on so many antibiotics that my stomach could not handle those any more…Slowly from the demand of it all, I was getting depressed and losing the will to keep on going…
Fast forward to today…I am a successful business women working on expending my business… I am still a single parent and truly proud of it… Three of us have a very good life…I am able to provide for my kids. We live in a great city… My kids are turning into great people and it is awesome to watch them grow.
I was in a bad place in my life 4 years back… TODAY, I am back to being myself again… Enjoying life and its challenges…but without the steps I took above…I wouldn’t be where I am today…
Some people want to go on…some don’t… But if you want to live a better life… Start making the necessary changes! Remember…YOU are the change that needs to happen!
Thanks for reading…I hope it will help you…And if you feel someone would benefit from this post…share it…
p.s. For some reason, people expect life to be easy… Life is not easy…In my opinion, it was never meant to be easy… It was meant to serve you with challenges that you need to overcome…Every time you do get through one…YOU grow as a person! You become wiser… So if I may say so myself… STOP complaining… Get your behind moving and start getting your life in order! In the end…all the hard work is worth it!
For MANY years now, I’ve been marketing online I had ONE photo of me on all my material. But shoot 🙂 I am getting older… so which photo is better in your opinion.
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I’ve decided to make this post for couple of reasons… One is…I feel, most fights occur because people don’t understand both sides. In addition, there are few ways to prevent this. And as you are about to read this whole story, I hope you will get an understanding of both ends.
Recently, I’ve had a customer of my message me saying how one particular vendor was really rude towards him. (Vendor I know personally, so I was actually shocked that it went down like that.) Vendor is very nice, I spent 4 days with him, and he genuinely loves helping people. So imagine my surprise when I heard about this whole issue. However, at the time I was busy with my own work, so I said, I would look into it a bit later, and discuss it with that vendor.
So here is what happened. Vendor has a support group designed to help with the software. Customer was asking gazillion of questions inside of the group and this made vendor upset. They started arguing, cussing at each other and it ended up getting to them completely blocking each other on Facebook and vendor issued a refund to the customer.
Customer felt like he was badly treated. I am sure, vendor feels the same way… What is worst here… Customer actually loved the product and wanted to use it in his business.
Here is my personal opinion on the whole situation. And here is where I hope understanding will happen and this post might help someone and solve frustration on both ends.
Vendors normally sell 1000+ products in a week. That is 1000+ customers they try to help. Often times, even when they are working with a team…There is very little sleep happening during that product launch week. Vendors get very tired. They don’t mind helping customers and this particular vendor was really on top of it providing support. Now imagine if that vendor had 1000 customers asking 6-7 questions per day… They would go crazy.
NOW, not to sound as I am on the Vendors side…just trying to show both ends. If there is a support group, and you do have questions. Write them all in 1 post and ask it in one setting. Because maintaining 6-10 threads it gets crazy and no reason for that. Also, sometimes you really can get the answer on YouTube or Google. (Of course, I don’t mean those related to that particular product, but for overall questions)
One thing that I personally did not like about that whole WAR between customer and venodor was that their private conversations where shared publicly in the group. I feel that is totally unprofessional. And before you say, you did not have it happen to you…I wanted to share this…
As I just recently launched Commission Drill. I was on the vendors side. As an unadvertised bonus, we also added VIP group for our customers. People often have questions, and we want them to succeed.
I don’t advertise vip group on the sales page… WHY? Simple if the above situation was to happen to me, I have a right to remove that person from the group…
So going back to the situation I’ve experienced.
I had a person message me for the past 6 months, on an off, asking how she can get into Internet Marketing. And there are really so many ways… She was more interested in Affiliate Marketing so Commission drill was a perfect way to get going. This person actually purchased all the funnel products total $133. However, we were just on the first product, she paid for 12.81. She previously wanted me to coach her 1 on 1, but she could not afford it – which I totally understand.
So it is Sunday… she is added to the group.. And she asked few questions. 30 min. later as neither me or my partner responded to her question, she sent me PM. She said, no body responded to my message. I explained that we are not available at the moment, but we will respond shortly.
So I took the moment to see what she asked and responded to all the questions. And left to spend time with few of my friends and my kiddos.
Less than 4 hours after, I got back to find a mile long message. How unprofessional we are, we are not there to help her and that my partner blocked her… I was actually surprised as I saw he had a note to her in the group, that he would help her privately as it seemed like she had many challenges.
I had a talk with my partner, he said, Ivana, she was creating such a bad environment… I had to. So ok…I tried to talk to her… She sent another mile long message and at the end, she said, I don’t think this JOB is for me. And few times already, I’ve tried to explain, that this is NOT a job, it is a business.
The problem was, she wanted to get started and learn it all in 2 hours and generate 1000’s of dollars per month WITHOUT website and she wanted our coaching on top of it – to be there to guide her at moments notice…For a product she paid for $12.86. As the one we were discussing was at that price.
So how did I handle it? I asked her politely to send her e-mail address. I did say that I feel this is not for her. I refunded all, purchases and asked her nicely not to message me again.
You see, if you are totally new, it will take you a bit longer to wrap your mind around a strategy you are learning. IF you don’t have a website, to get accepted into CPA network, you do need one, so you will have to create it. If you don’t know how, learn or outsource. BUT don’t expect to learn to run a full business over night.
If you have purchased any of my products…you do know that I really do care about my customers… BUT anyone adding negativity is not a customer I want to work with. Keep in mind, product sold is the training you have purchased. …Group support is extra help if you need it.
Our group that we have is really a positive group and our members are seeing results already.
Now I know this was a little bit of a long post. I don’t feel we as vendors should publicly lash at our customers or share our conversations publicly. Private is private. But for me personally, if a customer is rude, hostile, negative, it is not a customer I want to work with.
Like I said in my group yesterday… I would rather help 100 people succeed than have 1 ruin it for all!
On that note… have a great day 😉
I have to say… I have my own beliefs and I do find Christmas to be a family holiday… It is the joy of the tradition we have that brings joy to my heart… As I write this, I am heading over to see my family and spend 4 days with them… That is the best part of Christmas for me.
Having said this… During this Holiday season… I wish you peace, joy, and all the happiness!
May this incredible time of giving and spending time with family and friends, bring you joy that lasts
throughout the year.
All the best to you and your family!
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