Easter Reflections

Happy Easter

Well we’ve made it through 2020 and are moving along into 2021.

Most reading this post have had hard times during the recent pandemic and the shut-downs which ensued.  And here we are wondering what 2021 might hold in store for us.

Traditionally Easter brings us a message of renewed hope and promise.

In the religious interpretation of Easter we have the story of how Jesus conquered death by rising from the tomb on Easter Sunday.  Those who thought it was all over were surprised to see Him walking, talking and moving among them.  Where hope had been dashed, it was now restored.  He Was Risen!

And it is no accident that Easter falls around the time of Spring.

During the season of Spring we see a similar pattern of dying and rising.  When winter hits, the flowers and vegetation die leaving a bleak and barren landscape.  It seems that all is finished.  But the seeds lying quietly in the tomb of the Earth have other ideas.

When the warmth and moist weather of Spring arrive, the seeds of the Earth begin their annual cycle of rebirth and regeneration.  The landscape comes back to life once again out of the coldness of winter.  Life begins anew.

For those of us who have suffered loss and setbacks, Spring and Easter both can give us a renewed sense of hope.  And we can choose to grab that hope and boldly move forward again inspired by it.

Today make a conscious choice to focus on life and rebirth rather than mourning the losses of the past.

See this as a time to start over again, instead of regretting the past or looking fearfully towards the future.  Plant your seeds, nurture them, and watch them grow.

Our families, our lives, and our home-based businesses can be seen as the plants we grow from seed.  This Spring take the time you need to grow the things that are important to you, your family, and your community.

Now is not the time to be looking back at the past in sorrow.  Now is the time to be moving ahead into a brighter future.  And it is in our hands to begin co-creating that future by taking action now.

Equipped with the lessons taught to us by our past mistakes, and inspired by this season of hope, let us move boldly into the coming year and realize our goals together.

Best Wishes For A Happy Easter 2021,

-Ralph

Happy April Fools Day!

OK…so there’s nothing strange going on with Weird Al (that is, stranger than usual) or any other celebrities that I know of.  Just a post in good fun for the annual celebration of April Foolishness Day.

Hope you are having a great day so far, and remember the above saying by Mark Twain.  It is easier for people to be fooled than it is to convince them of their own foolishness.  So keep your eyes open, and don’t accept any wooden nickels!

Till Later,

-Ralph

My 5 Favorite Motivational Quotes.

Lately I’ve been doing a lot of work on Pinterest crafting pins of motivational and inspirational quotes.  So I have had some time to reflect on a few of my favorites.

What follows are just 5 of my favorite motivational quotes, a few of which I was raised with from childhood.  They helped to shape and form me at an early age, and I hope you find some value in them as well.

1. Change your thoughts and you change your world.

This thought from Norman Vincent Peale is a powerful one for me.  Dr. Peale was one of the original leaders in the “Power of Positive Thinking” movement (he literally wrote the book on it!)  And Dr. Peale knew very well how our thoughts shape our outer reality.

This quote serves as a reminder to be careful what kind of thoughts you allow to motivate you in life.  What you focus on and think about the most, you empower in your life.  Be careful who you give that power to.

2. Attitude is important.  So choose a good one.

Wayne Dyer was another great teacher in the world of non-sectarian spirituality and positive thinking.  And this quote goes right along with the first by Dr. Peale.

Our inner attitude, right along with our thoughts, play a powerful role in shaping our lives.  If we focus on toxic energy and cultivate a negative attitude within ourselves, we will tend to drive people and opportunities in life away.  But if we cultivate a positive attitude seeking to build our world out of the positive energy of love, we will tend to attract good people and positive experiences into our lives.  Not saying life is going to be perfect 24/7 if we do; but it will be better.

Build your life using (wisely) the power of positive thoughts and a positive attitude and see if things begin to turn around for you.

3. When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.

This is another goodie from Dr. Wayne Dyer.  It focuses on the power of perception.

If you think that you are screwed and that nothing you can do will ever have an impact in your life, how likely will you be to succeed in anything?  Not very likely.

But, if you think that there is hope even in the most desperate of circumstances, you will find the energy and strength to overcome the obstacles that face you and to succeed in spite of them.  Perception is important.

You can also think of it this way; if you see the people around you as idiots and enemies, they will tend to act as such.  But, if you treat the people around you as having some good and value in them, you will tend to treat them accordingly, and they will be more likely to treat you in the same way.  There will always be some exceptions, but the basic rule still holds.

Do you see yourself living in a dark and hopeless world?  Or do you see yourself living in a good world waiting for you to help make it a better place?  Your perceptions in life will change how you see the outer reality and what you make of it.

4. If you don’t like your life, change it.  You’re not a tree!

This quote from Jim Rohn is one I have grown with over time.  There have been many instances in which I felt like I was trapped by circumstances beyond my control.  And I acted accordingly.  But, when I seriously considered the above quote by Jim Rohn, I began to see where I had certain options in life and began to empower myself by making use of those options.

Some people act very much as trees.  They are stuck in one place being battered about by the winds of fate.  But, when you open you eyes more fully and see the options that are open to you, you see where you can make change and begin moving forward.

5. Either you run the day, or the day runs you.

This is my final quote and it also comes from businessman and entrepreneur Jim Rohn.

This quote focuses more on the practical side of planning and organizing your life.  Many just drift through life with no goals and no plans to achieve them.  They are run by the things that happen to them.  Others have a good understanding of who they are, what they want out of life, and how to get it.  These are the ones who run their days, rather than allowing circumstances to dictate their lives to them.

This quote serves as a reminder to live your life intentionally.  Know Thyself (another great quote from a very old source) and choose wisely the goals you wish to achieve.  Then sit down, make a daily plan of action and go for it.  Run your own life.  Don’t let life run you.

Well that’s all for now.  Hope you found value in some of these musings.

Until later, take care and find the power in your life you were born with!

-Ralph

Going From Stuck To Unstuck In Home-Based Business

Getting Started

I think we have all been there.

Feeling like you are stuck in your life (and business) and not knowing how to get unstuck.

The trick that I have discovered to overcoming this blockage is simple, yet at the same time elusive;  you just have to make a decision to put your best foot forward once again and get moving ahead.

Sound too easy?

Probably because it is such a simple solution.

You see, we as human beings generally tend to overcomplicate things.

We look for complex and complicated solutions where simple common sense approaches are more to the point.

And when we are busy looking for complicated solutions to simple problems, we become afraid to move forward until we at last find the solution to our uncertainty.

Become willing to learn as you go.

We need to realize that life is full of uncertainty.  And to overcome it, we just have to accept that we will never have all the answers, and that is OK.

We just need to take the answers that we do have and use them to get moving forward once again, trusting in our ability to figure things out as we go.

There is a lot to be said for planning and doing your own research.  But don’t work your way into analysis paralysis.

Take the best information you have, and then make your decision.

Do you want to move ahead in a certain area or not?

Make your plans and begin taking definite steps to reach your goal.

Daily and consistent progress will eventually get you to where you want to be.

So focus on daily actions.

Get started.

Build up your momentum.

Keep moving forward day by day.

Eventually you will become a force to be reckoned with!

A Home Business Pre-Planning Checklist.

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Having a plan before you get started in business is important.  Here is a checklist to help you get organized in launching your own Home Based Business.

Home Business Pre-Planning Checklist

Those just starting a home based business may not be fully aware of the many things to watch out for before jumping into their first business.  What follows is a checklist of things to be mindful of based on my experiences when we first got into our home business back in 2011.  This list is not all inclusive, but it is meant to serve as a starting point for the Entrepreneur in the making.

1. Are you building your business around something you love, or something you may grow to hate?

It takes time and effort to build you first home based business, as well as long term dedication to the task.  I find it is a lot easier to get excited everyday about building a business you love rather than just one you are going to tolerate to earn a living.  So get started off right by choosing a business you are going to love and be willing to stick with for as long as it takes.

2. Is the business legit?

This may seem like a no-brainer, but there are some really disreputable businesses out there that the right sales person can build up to look like the “next big thing.”  Take your time before diving in and check the business out for yourself before buying into a business opportunity.  Beware especially of internet startups with no proven track record of success.  I tend to look for business opportunities that have been around for at least 3 years or longer.  Remember: if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.  A little caution in the beginning can save you a world of regret later on.

3. Is the business legal in your area?

This may seem like another obvious warning, but sometimes an illegal business can be packaged to look legitament.  Also be aware that laws will vary from nation to nation, state to state, and province to province.  So a business that is completely legal in one area may be forbidden in another.  Take the time to research the laws in your area before jumping into a business, especially if something seems fishy to you.  Hiring a good lawyer to help you check things out may save you a world of legal trouble down the line.

4. Is the business sustainable?

Is the business you are considering something that is sustainable and scalable for the long term, or is it something likely to burn itself out (and maybe you as well) over a short period of time.  If the business you are considering is seasonal (like lawncare) do you have plans on how you may support yourself in the off season?  I like to build businesses that are going to last more than just a few months.  Long term sustainability is an important thing to consider when building your future.

5. How are you going to monetize your business?

Think of all the different ways you can monetize your business embracing every viable income stream you can think of.  If one revenue stream fails in your business, another may be able to make up for it.  Consider also Active Income vs. Passive Income.  Active Income is the money you make for the work that you do.  Passive Income is money you make that keeps coming in even while you sleep.  We will discuss this more deeply in later posts.  But, for now, make sure you take an inclusive look at all possible ways you can be earning money in your business.

6. Are you in this business for the long haul?

Do you have a long term attitude for the business you are wanting to build, or are you just looking for a “get rich quick scheme?”  Be willing to give your business the time it needs to build up and grow.  Also give yourself the time you need to learn the business as you go.  Businesses are different and develop over different periods of time, depending on how well you are able to work them and other factors.  Some businesses may succeed in just a few months; others may take years to reach their full potential.  Are you willing to give your business as much time as it needs to grow?  Or are you going to throw in the towel at the first sign of trouble?  Having the right mindset is key to success.

7. Do you have an income stream to support you while you are building up your business?

Some people dream of being able to fire their boss and start their own business from scratch.  But it takes time to build up a successful business, and their is no guarantee of success in any entrepreneurial enterprise.  If you already have a job, I recommend you keep it and build your home business on the side in your spare time.  If not, find a reliable income stream to support yourself while you build your own business.  Part time work, online gigs such as Fiverr and other companies can help you earn needed cash while you build your own business.

8. Do you have the startup capital needed to begin?

There are many different business opportunities out there that you can buy into at a variety of levels.  Some allow you to start for little to no money, while others may recommend you buy in at the highest level to maximize your chances of success.  Do not put a couple thousand dollars on a credit card and then have no money left to buy food or pay rent with.  Remember that success in home based business takes time and overnight success is rare.  Be frugal and budget your money (and time) well.

9. Do you have a business plan?

Many people are attracted to home based business opportunities because they want to be their own boss and set their own schedules, essentially working when they feel like it.  But, if you don’t put enough time into your business, your business will not be likely to succeed.  Set a realistic work schedule for yourself and stick with it.  Make your plans…and then follow through with them.

10. Do you have training resources to get you started in your business and keep you going in your business?

When first starting out, many new business people do not fully know what to do and how to proceed.  Avail yourself of all the training resources you can to help you get started in your business and help you grow into a better business person.  If you are getting into a “done for you” type of business opportunity, make sure you use all the training they have to give.  If starting your own business from scratch, find good training courses online that can help you get going and stay going.  Invest in yourself to become the best entrepreneur you can be.

Conclusion:

After  reading through this list, are you still ready to begin your first home based business?  If so GREAT.  I think you will find it the adventure of a lifetime.  Just do your preliminary ground work to make sure you are getting started on the right foot with the right attitude.  Planning, preparation and hard work are essential to any business enterprise.

Creating The Right Business For You

Home Based Business Success Podcast

Catch our new Home Based Business Success podcast Monday through Friday on Spreaker and Spotify.

There are so many different business opportunities out there for people to choose from.  But which business is the right one for you?  I feel that if you are going to be spending the time and the energy to build your own business, you may as well build one you’ll love rather than just one you can tolerate.

In the podcast below I give a few tips on how to figure out the best business for you.  Start by asking yourself the following question:

What would I love to do that I can ethically monetize; that can support both me and my family, and that I can use to make the world a better place?

In the following podcast I break the question down into four parts and begin unpacking some key points for consideration.

Catch the podcast below: