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6 Easy Steps To Making A New Year’s Resolution That’s Achievable!

January 1st, 2012 • By: Vinden Self-improvement

How do you successfully set New Year’s Resolutions?

Here are some great tips to help you ensure that your resolution actually makes a difference…

1. Create a Plan

You know the saying: “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” And it’s very, very true. Having a goal without formulating a plan is merely wishful thinking. In order for your resolution to have resolve, (as the word “resolution” implies), it must translate into clear steps that can be put into action. Ensure that you have a good plan by including 1) What to do next and 2) What are all of the steps required to complete the goal.

2. Create Your Plan IMMEDIATELY

The first few days of January are a critical time in which you need to harness your motivation. After that, enthusiasm wanes…. so there is a limited window of opportunity to create your plan. So get that pen and paper out…. or switch on your PC!

3. Write Down Your Resolution and Plan

…Which brings us nicely to Step #3. You must, must, must write your resolution down AND your plan. Look at it often; record your progress in a notebook or journal.

4. A Resolution Isn’t Just For New Year’s

Nothing big gets accomplished in a single day. The easy part is to create a resolution – the hardest part is to accomplish the tens or hundreds of tiny steps that happen throughout the year to ensure your resolution is a success. New Year’s resolutions should be nothing more than a starting point. Develop a ritual or habit for revisiting your plan.

5. Remain Flexible

Life has a funny way of throwing unexpected things at us, so expect that your plan can and will change! Sometimes, the goal itself will even change – at some time along the journey you might decide that it is the wrong goal, so continuing along this path would be foolhardy. It’s OK to change the goal, so long as it is for the right reasons.

And finally…

6. Celebrate Success

This is a very important part of the journey. Recognize even partial successes at every step along the way – identify milestones and put these into your plan. Just as a resolution isn’t accomplished the day it’s stated, neither is it accomplished the day you reach your goal. Rather, it’s accomplished in many small increments along the way. Acknowledge these incremental successes as they come.

Wishing you all a successful 2012!

Pass it on – share with as many people as you can – make it their year as well!

 

The Importance of Researching Salesletters Before Buying

March 11th, 2011 • By: Vinden Internet Marketing

Well, there have been lots of comments on Facebook, on blogs and in forums about a recent launch on ClickBank where other experienced Internet marketers have been horrified and annoyed at the sales pitch put forward for apparently being unbelievable, over-hyped and thereby damaging our (Internet marketing) industry.

Some of my Marketers’ cruise friends on Facebook, such as Cindy Battye and Soren Jordansen have been fairly scathing.

Omar Martin’s blog has an interesting review of the sales letter (not the product).

The old Latin adage Caveat Emptor (‘Buyer Beware’) is still true on-line folks, so DYOR (do your own research!) before buying.

It doesn’t even matter if the product is not that expensive: don’t waste your time – that can never be replaced.

Another saying to bear in mind when sales letters are pitching hard for your money: if it sounds too good to be true,then it probably is!

These aren’t new sayings, but they’re still true whether you are buying in a shop, a market or online.

You’ve been warned 🙂

Safe shopping!

Vinden Grace

 

Caribbean Cruising Again With 400+ Entrepreneurs, Internet Marketers And Mentors

January 17th, 2011 • By: Vinden Internet Marketing, Travel

A New Year, Another Caribbean Cruise And Another Joint Venture For Vinden Grace And Eve Grace-Kelly Of Dunedin Consultants And QCC Group!

We took our first ever cruise last year when we sailed to Mexico, Honduras and Belize on board a brand new ship, the Carnival Dream. We joined around 400 other top marketers, entrepreneurs for their 2nd annual cruise with Mike Filsaime, Captain Lou and Donna Fox.

This year, after 3 weeks chilling out in sunny Florida, we boarded the Carnival Miracle in Fort Lauderdale, a smaller ship, with easier networking possibilities. We visited the Dominican Republic, Turks and Caicos Islands, Curacao and Aruba.

It was so nice to see old friends, Joint Venture (JV) partners and meet new friends and potential JV partners. We didn’t try to cram everything in like we did last time, as we’re now marketers’ cruise veterans   One of our New Year’s resolutions for 2011 is definitely work-life balance!

Last year, we set up a JV on the first night! This year, it took as long as the second night to get one 😉
Looks to be a potentially fantastically rewarding one!

We also found some possible affiliate partners for a health-related project we’re working on – 2 doctors no less! You meet all sorts on these Marketers’ cruises….

Watch this space for details of our projects!

Eve is now off to Albania for a week’s coaching and consulting followed by more of the same in Luxembourg for a week.
Pleasant but the Caribbean it isn’t!

Vinden Grace & Eve Grace-Kelly - Dominican Republic - Marketers' Cruise - Jan 2011

Vinden Grace & Eve Grace-Kelly - Dominican Republic - Marketers' Cruise - Jan 2011

Vinden Grace-breakfast in bed on the Marketers' cruise in the Caribbean

Vinden Grace-breakfast in bed on the Marketers' cruise in the Caribbean

Vinden Grace & Eve Grace-Kelly on Grand Turk-Marketers' Cruise Jan 2011

Vinden Grace & Eve Grace-Kelly on Grand Turk-Marketers' Cruise Jan 2011

Eve Grace-Kelly - on a wet day in Curacao - Marketers' Cruise - Jan 2011

Eve Grace-Kelly - on a wet day in Curacao - Marketers' Cruise - Jan 2011

Vinden Grace & Eve Grace-Kelly - lunch on Aruba - Marketers' Cruise - Jan 2011

Vinden Grace & Eve Grace-Kelly - lunch on Aruba - Marketers' Cruise - Jan 2011

The Launch Of Our Latest Coaching And Mentoring Book On Amazon: ‘Ultimate Life Lessons’

Our Book, ‘Ultimate Life Lessons‘, Launches on Amazon

It now seems a long time ago that we started this Joint Venture (JV) with one of our former mentors, Amazon best-selling author Tracy Repchuk.

We established this JV on the first night of our maiden cruise with Mike Filsaime and over 400 other top entrepreneurs, Internet Marketers, coaches, and mentors, travelling around the Caribbean on a brand new cruise ship.

Marketers' Cruise-Donna Fox, Lou Edwards, Vinden Grace, Mike Filsaime, Tom Beal-January 2010
Marketers’ Cruise-Donna Fox, Lou Edwards, Vinden Grace, Mike Filsaime, Tom Beal-January 2010

The concept of the JV is that of:

  • people sharing key wisdom that they have acquired during their lives,
  • so creating a multi-authored book of ‘life lessons’ for people to learn from,
  • carry out exercises we provide and so embed the learning and hence change their lives for the better.

The process to create the book is:

  • we find experts in their fields;
  • make contact with them;
  • introduce the concept of the life lessons book;
  • show them samples of what life lessons we are contributing as coaches, entrepreneurs and mentors;
  • agree that they will definitely contribute and then set a deadline for their contribution(s);
  • progress chase them for the contributions;
  • create the book in an order that makes sense for the readers;
  • send the copy to the authors for proof-reading;
  • proof-read the whole book again for errors;
  • then send the book out to authority figures to ask what they think of it, i.e. will they give us a testimonial if they like the book;
  • finally, publish the book on Amazon and get it into shops world-wide.

Sounds relatively straightforward, right, especially as we’re very experienced Project Managers? Not so! Successful people are very busy people and quite rightly.

Getting in touch with them is a challenge and another hurdle is then persuading them to find time in their hectic schedules for your project over all of their other projects and those that other people are submitting to them for JVs, but happily, our super co-authors loved the concept of our life lessons book, so they responded very well. Nonetheless, the whole project took 8 months versus our initial estimate of 4 months, but then this is our first time of putting together a multi-authored book, and there are over 30 distinguished co-authors in our book!

We’ve been truly humbled and honored by the fantastic quality, success and helpfulness of the great co-authors we’ve assembled.

There are lots of superb life lessons that they’ve passed on and from which we can all learn.
The coaching / mentoring / personal development exercises will really help to embed the learning from those lessons and assist people to alter their lives to get the fantastic results they desire to see.

Our book launches today December 14th 2010! Here’s to success, fulfilment and happiness for all our readers!

Our Ultimate Life Lessons book

Dunedin Consultants / Vinden Grace – Travels In 2010

November 30th, 2010 • By: Vinden Internet Marketing

Places Vinden Grace Visited For Dunedin Consultants In 2010:
The Perks Of The Internet Business Lifestyle!

January 2010: a month in the USA & the Caribbean – Florida, America; Cozumel (my wife, Eve, and I have dived there when we holidayed in Mexico a few years previously), Isla Roatan (Honduras), Belize, and seeing Mayan ruins in the Yucatan Peninsula. 

This long vacation was followed by lots of separate trips, some business and some holidays but let’s face it, when you own online businesses, so long as you have a laptop and an Internet connection, you’re ‘in business’! 

 

In 2010, we’ve visited these places in addition to those above (USA & the Caribbean):  

  • Bulgaria
  • Luxembourg
  • Ireland
  • Portugal
  • France

Paris in November for my birthday was fantastic. The sun shone and it was really warm. Paris looks so very beautiful on a clear, sunny day such as we had.

Here’s to more travel to fun places nex year!