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  • 7 Essential Email Marketing Tips You Need to Implement Into Your Business Today

    Posted 2017-05-26 12:25:35 by: Dave A

    While Email might seem like a fading beauty, this technological dinosaur continues to be the preferred method of communication for the digital age. The rise of smartphones and mobile devices has only added to emails popularity by putting constant communication right in the palm of our hands. In fact, According to Custora, Email marketing was the biggest driver of Black Friday transactions last fall, with 25.1% of sales originating from email promotions. With that in mind, here are some tips that are guaranteed to take your Email Marketing to a whole new level: 1. One Element, One Job Most people try and do way too much with their emails, and you may be guilty of this as well. Follow the simple rule of making each element of your email do just one job, and your emails will become much more effective. The subject line of your email, for example, exists for one reason only: To get your email opened. Your subject line doesn’t need to explain what’s in the email. It doesn’t need to sell, or get clicks. It JUST needs to get your email opened. That’s it’s job. The body copy of your email exists just for the purposes of getting clicks. That’s it. Each element has its proper place, and if you just make sure they do their job, you’ll see great results. 2. Keep It Short And Sweet People are busy, and their attention span is limited…So always remember that you’re writing an email, not Homer’s Odyssey. Remember, the body of your email has one job: To get the reader to click. So say what you have to say, keep it short and sweet, and get them to click away from the inbox, and moving along the path towards where you want them. “Good content is a commodity, great content is a scarcity.” 3. Train Your Subscribers To Click Every email you write – Every single one – Should have a link in it that your readers can click on, and a call to action encouraging them to do so. If you’re selling ...

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  • How To Look In The Mirror And See Greatness

    Posted 2017-05-25 20:50:23 by: Dave A

    We all doubt ourselves at one time or another. The temptation to believe that we are not enough or that we somehow “must” be so much more plagues us all. We look in the mirror and see disappointment and our forever aging bodies. We have this so-called “ticking time bomb” of things we must get done today, tomorrow and in the years to come. We see our face in the mirror and try not to take a glimpse for too long. We think that we are only worthy of truly looking at ourselves in the mirror when we have earned the recognition we believe we deserve. The goal posts always change, though, and we run the risk of never having the opportunity to look at ourselves and be proud of who we are. We’re all becoming something each and every day. For the vast majority of us, I believe that we’re all becoming something special. We all have hopes and dreams, and we’re doing our best to achieve them. For me, things started to change when I was able to look in the mirror and see greatness. Things changed when I was able to honestly believe that I was going to change the world in some meaningful way and that my life mattered. This same experience that I have been lucky enough to have is something that I want for everyone. That’s why I wrote this article in the first place. I want you to know what that feeling is like when you look in the mirror and see how phenomenal you really are. Here’s how to see greatness in yourself:   1. Ignore the voices “There are voices in your head that are there to make you survive” These voices tell you that it’s easier not to try or that you’re not ready. For you to see greatness, I want you to start ignoring them. I want you to question those voices like you were a police officer interrogating someone accused of murder. These voices often lie to us and help us make comfortable decisions. What you should follow is your heart and your intuition. Try ignoring the voices in your head for a while and see what it does to ...

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  • 5 Simple but Important Ways You Can Defeat Perfectionism

    Posted 2017-05-25 14:42:12 by: Dave A

    Most of us have at least one role model in our lives. Someone who inspires us to be better, follow after their footsteps and who wants us to reach heights greater than they did. Thoughts like “I want to make them proud” become synonymous to “I don’t want to disappoint them”. But then you come up short or fail. And it breaks your heart. Not theirs, but YOURS. You punish yourself for apparently not trying “enough”. You consider your actions “unacceptable” and you feel like you’ve disappointed not only yourself, but everyone around you as well. Setting high standards is not completely a bad thing; in fact, it is actually a good motivation technique. Refrain from taking on more tasks than you think you can handle though. Before you know it, you’re drowning in work that could’ve been finished long ago just because you don’t feel like it’s commendable enough. You constantly find yourself taking a step forward only to take two steps back.   All these, plus the refusal to accept any standard short of excellence, categorize us as a perfectionist. Instead of helping you become better, extreme perfectionism eventually ruins you. It brings nothing but unending stress, sleepless nights and a perpetual feeling of unworthiness. Here are five ways to gradually help you prevail over perfectionism: 1. Find alternative ways to get things done On days where you just “don’t feel like” doing what you usually do, mix up your routines. There is more than one way to accomplish something, so try to enjoy the spontaneity. Allow yourself to get help, rather than trying to accomplish everything on your own like you usually do. Letting others help you may even result in finishing the job faster, leaving more time for revisions and any fixing that has to be done. 2. Break big goals into smaller ones First, start off by creating realistic timelines and schedules. Give yourself enough time to finish a task without having to cram. The more you cram, the more ...

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  • Overcoming Your Demons And Reaching Greatness Again

    Posted 2017-05-24 22:22:23 by: Dave A

    Over the course of my life, I have seen some people face some really big demons. These demons have taken the form of broken relationships, drug abuse, violence, lack of purpose, failed businesses and the list goes on. Some of these demons have scared people into living a meaningless life. That’s because unless you face these suckers head on and overcome them, they’ll ultimately win. Their goal is to take away your happiness. So thus far it may sound like a blog post full of nothing but bad news. That is wrong! I’ve seen these demons be tamed and be the cause for certain individuals to achieve greatness. It’s often these demons that are the catalyst for something magical. You could say these demons are a blessing rather than a curse. So if it’s so easy Mr. Tim then why is everyone not battling their demons and kicking butt? I put it down to four things: – Lack of determination – Lack of being present – Fear – Sheer guts and hard work So can we implement a strategy to execute on these three setbacks? You bloody bet you!   1. Lack of determination Your demons are big and ugly, and probably very hairy. The sheer sight of them is enough to make anyone want to give up and settle for a life of mediocrity. That’s why when you look at this beautiful planet you see so many people doing exactly that. These people settle for living a small life full of no dreams, no goals and no vision to change the world. “Determination requires you to be unwavering in your focus” To be determined is to believe in yourself! When you believe in yourself, the size of your demons shrink, and they suddenly become manageable. For you to believe in yourself, you have to love yourself first. So what you are saying Tim is that to be determined, you have to believe in yourself and that belief can only come from loving yourself? Are you completely delusional? Definitely not. I’ve studied all of the greats and this is the differentiating factor. ...

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  • How to Lose and Still Be a Winner

    Posted 2017-05-24 15:19:24 by: Dave A

    You may be wondering, How does one lose and still be a winner? Surely once a person has suffered defeat, they are deemed the “loser” of the bout right? In the tangible sense, this would hold true. However, one can take a loss and still be considered a winner based on their reaction to losing. There are several instances in life besides sports and friendly competitions in which we would say we took a loss. For example, not getting selected after an interview for your dream job, getting rejected by a girl after mustering up the courage to speak to her, receiving a lower grade than you expected on a project you spent several weeks creating, and many other areas in your life where you have fallen short of your goal. These failures and shortcomings are just a few examples of what humans experience daily. Some handle these losses better than others and will usually find ways to learn from their mistakes. From there, self-improvement develops. Thus resulting in a higher chance of success when another opportunity arises. True winners understand that there is no victory without struggle. Those who adopt that mentality will benefit greatly. A Loss Doesn’t Define Who You Are To remain a winner after a loss, you must realize that a loss or failure doesn’t determine who you are as a person. Just because you didn’t make the basketball team doesn’t mean you weren’t meant to be on the team. The coach may have decided that you lack a particular skill or ability that he seeks within his players. Use that opportunity, not to quit and self-loathe, but to continue improving your skills. A true winner knows that when plan A doesn’t work, he doesn’t automatically switch to plan B. He goes back to plan A and revises it relentlessly until he crafts a strategy that will be more effective. Your instructor told you that your art didn’t qualify for the competition? Don’t give up and throw your canvas away. Keep pushing every day, not to satisfy your instructor, but to ...

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  • The 7 Things You Must Do While Managing Your Business

    Posted 2017-05-24 03:25:37 by: Dave A

    Did you start your business for specific reasons such as the loss of a job or due to your desire to be independent? However, do you think you have the right personality to manage an enterprise successfully? Are you aware of the common trait found amongst successful entrepreneurs or are you frustrated and struggling along? Anyway, just keep on reading; to discover what might be missing in your personality. Because, once you dabble into business, you have become a different animal. If you want the business to survive and meet its set objectives, it must also be in tandem with your own self-survival and inner peace. Here are 7 things you must do while managing your business: 1. Become a student for life Seek knowledge. Go after many sources. Get an insightful mentor, preferably older than you. I lost mine about 4 years ago. I miss him greatly. Learn about winners and even losers in life. Learn about the lowly and the mighty. Learn about the hidden and the obvious. This new habit of learning will spark and build your inner confidence. It makes it easier to develop and arrive at your own full conviction. Why? Because, today, there is so much confusion around our world. 2. Master your emotions You will have to be a master of your emotions. It is not easy because we are human. But you can strive to keep away from taking knee-jerk decisions. With deliberate practice you will be rewarded. “Your intellect may be confused, but your emotions will never lie to you.” – Roger Ebert 3. Take care of your business Your business needs all the attention. Self-discipline and your lifestyle have a lot to do with it. Imagine you are a guest at a sumptuous dinner and you have a business appointment out of town the next morning. Your friends can choose to eat or drink anything, in any amount. But not you. Maybe a bite or a sip. An overnight rumbling stomach may prevent you from doing that job out of town. 4. Build your business network You will need to cultivate some ...

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  • 3 Rules Gary Vaynerchuk Lives by and So Should You

    Posted 2017-05-23 13:47:45 by: Dave A

    I found out about Gary Vaynerchuk a few years ago, when he started to post seriously on YouTube. At first, I didn’t think much of it. He was a successful wine entrepreneur who spoke extremely passionately about his beliefs. I simply found him interesting and moved on — but things change. Over the years, Gary and his content were mentioned and shared more and more frequently. I started seeing him pop up in podcasts, blogs, Facebook pages, YouTube videos, and other venues. Top influencers I followed quoted him and talked about him. I started following his Q&A videos and slowly started binge-consuming everything he put out. I learned a lot and put some of it into action. I want to share with you some of his top rules of success and what happened when I lived it. Here are 3 things I learned from Gary Vaynerchuk: 1. Family First A key motto in Gary’s messaging is “Family first, then…”. I think this is admirable, but not because family should always be everyone’s main priority. It’s because it tells people that money shouldn’t always be your main goal in life. I’ve seen so many successful people sacrifice things they shouldn’t have for money and live to regret it. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t sacrifice to get what you want. Sometimes, you have to sacrifice sleep or free time. But it does mean that there are values you shouldn’t and don’t have to sacrifice. I’ve used this as a constant reminder to be clear on my values and priorities in life outside of just money. Define your values and prioritize moving forward. For you, it may not be family first. It may be religion, relationships, giving back, love, impact, legacy, or something else. I value family time, fitness, being a great person to everyone I meet, relationships with friends, and making the world a happier place. Therefore, I have used what Gary has taught me and infused these priorities into my work. Sometimes, that means pausing my money-making side-hustles to invest ...

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  • 5 Ways to Let Go of Anger and Live a Happier Life

    Posted 2017-05-22 17:29:32 by: Dave A

    Someone once said, “Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die”. Anger destroys happiness, and letting go of anger and resentment is one of the main keys to living a happy life. Listed below are several ways to let go of anger and start living a more peaceful, happy life: 1. Change negative thoughts to positive ones Negative thoughts can fester in a person’s mind like open wounds, and the quickest way to get rid of them is to change them into positive thoughts. When you find yourself thinking negatively of a person or situation, try to seek out the silver lining. Look for the good in that person or situation, and focus on that. Like it or not, our attitudes are the product of our thoughts adding up over time, and negative thoughts lead to anger and resentment. Positive thoughts, though, can at least lead to peaceful acceptance and tolerance, even if you never truly grow to like the person or situation itself. According to the Mayo Clinic, “When your state of mind is generally optimistic, you’re better able to handle everyday stress in a more constructive way. That ability may contribute to the widely observed health benefits of positive thinking.” Start turning negative thoughts into positive ones, and you’ll find that anger and resentment (as well as the stress and unhappiness that they bring) are a lot less likely to form. 2. Let it all out Self-help magazines, blogs, and books are filled with advice telling you how damaging it is to hold anger inside you, and they’re right. Anger and resentment never really goes away, it just builds and builds like pressure inside of a rocket until eventually it either explodes or severely damages your mental health and well-being. The trouble is that people who hold back their anger most often do so because it feels like it’s the right thing to do. They don’t want to be confrontational or bothersome, and they may feel like bottling up their frustrations really is ...

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  • Too Much Personal Development Is Not Good

    Posted 2017-05-22 11:21:16 by: Dave A

    Some of you just wet your pants and now want to kill me. That’s okay, I’m a big boy now. I’m supposed to be the Gen Y poster boy for personal development so why would I say such a horrible thing like that? Like anything, it’s because that statement is true. Too much personal development is not good for you. Social media tells us we have to keep growing every minute of every day. I agree we need to keep growing, but you can overdo it. Too much personal development makes you one of those over-achievers that can’t shut up for even five minutes about how much they’ve got done for the day. At cocktail parties, they keep dropping in the lines about how hard they work and how awesome their hustle is. I switch off when I hear this sort of talk. The world doesn’t necessarily need more personal development; what the world needs are: 1. More people prepared to give everything of themselves and get nothing in return 2. More people willing to help a brother or sister out when they are in need 3. More people to flip problems on their head and solve them in new ways 4. More people that are obsessed with teaching the art of love Okay, the last one was a little soft for a bloke, but you always ask me for the truth and I’m going to give it to you like a cold shower at 4 am on a Monday morning when you are freezing your tits off.   Be present Instead of overdosing on personal development, concentrate on being more present. You’re here some of the time, but when you do too much personal development, you are in your head a lot. That’s because too much personal development causes you to live in the future and become obsessed with progress. How does Uncle Tim know all of this? I know all of this because what I’m describing is what I suffered from. I was the guy that woke up at 4 am, wrote a bunch of inspiring articles, did some exercise, drank green juice and threw on a Tony Robbin’s audiobook. I still do a lot of these tasks now. The key is that I ...

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  • 5 Steps to Silence the Chaos Within Yourself and Achieve Self-Control

    Posted 2017-05-21 15:36:15 by: Dave A

    Although the outside world might be calm and fetching, there will always be a certain desperation within your mind that prevents your world from being so. This constant fear for unexpected and uncomfortable situations always hides in the back of your head and prevents you from pursuing your true desires. We do indeed possess chaos within ourselves. A chaos that obstructs our road to self revelation. Sadly, as our society constantly generates new norms to worry about, the insecurity among men increases rapidly. The uncertainty of what’s expected from one forces men to neglect their dreams and settle with that which is just ok. It has become severely underrated to chase your dreams, and our own society is the one to blame for this. However, if you manage to break this circle and gain control of your restless mind, you might break free from the boundaries of our society, and consequently enable yourself to chase your true desires in life. Here are 4 things you need to do to gain self-control: 1. Know yourself The most crucial requirement for gaining control of yourself is to know yourself. If you don’t know your weaknesses and strengths, you won’t be able to adapt yourself to the surroundings and situations you might run into. Self-knowledge is the key to control your impulsive acting and emotional control. It’s therefore essential for you to be completely honest with yourself and evaluate the potential outcome of any situation by your own personal means. For example; if you’re a guy that easily gets caught up in the insignificant details of your work, it might be beneficial for you to give yourself some working space. Avoid setting deadlines that are too early for you. This way you won’t start stressing out, and will attain a more controlled and relaxed way of working. This will eventually improve the outcome of your work. 2. Look at the big picture According to several studies, self-control is encouraged to a great extent when abstract or high-level ...

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