Ninja Success

Enhance Success by Modifying Your Environment

By:Lewis Churty

There are many factors that contribute to success in business. Knowledge, skill, luck, timing, bravery, charisma; pretty much every personality trait has a part to play. Of dramatic importance is the mindset with which we approach our business endeavor; our opinion on our efforts, do we think we will succeed or fail and how happy we feel as we are working. The more tuned this mindset is to success, the more we start to change our behavior in small ways, to make such success a reality.

To attain such results is easier than you would think, in fact, merely by modifying your environment in a number of very small and subtle ways, you can start to pick up on subconscious signals which your brain will use to change your behavior and become more receptive to success. These changes do not have to be large or encroach upon your personal space and they should not require any major rearranging of your home or office.

The tips below are all things that have worked for me personally. Everyone’s work space is different of course so it is important to apply the concepts mentioned below to your own environment and see what works best for you.

Pictorial stimuli – Most of us have pictures of our loved ones somewhere around the area where we work. Being constantly in sight of those pictures resolves and reinforces the idea of affection and familiarity with those in the photos. The subtle introduction of a number of images of wealth and success (beautiful holiday destinations for example or expensive cars or homes) we will begin to associate these images with ourselves and our family and our brain will become more tuned to making such ideas a reality.

Get to the route of problems – This tip is actually based on a principle from Feng Shui and is primarily from those who work at home. If you have clear and easy paths to the areas of the house that you use for work related actions then you are telling your brain that you want to follow such paths. Try not to hide your printer or fax machine away behind a door if you need it regularly, if you make sure the walk from your computer to your coffee machine is clean and clear of obstruction then you are less likely to linger on the way eating up work time. Choose the areas of house that are most important when you are working and examine the routes between them. Now picture your office as the center of the web of these routes so they all lead back there and not to each other. The front door, the telephone in the other room, the bathroom, the kitchen, if the routes between these places leading back to your office are accessible then you are telling your brain that you want to walk them and get back t work.

Sort out your desk and your desktop – Effective organization of your work area is important both for efficiency and for creating a successful mindset. Lets consider the computer first. Making changes to your computer is easy and yet so important for the vast majority of business work is done on the screen these days. So make your computer up to reinforce the successful mindset idea. Have a successful image as your desktop background, change file and folder names to sound more successful (‘Past Conquests’ sounds a lot more powerful than ‘Old Accounts’ for example) and keep your desktop clean and organized so that nothing hinders the introduction of new work. Likewise your desk should be arranged to optimize success. Keep it clean and tidy and arrange your paraphernalia in the order that you would prefer to use it. For most this would mean having outgoing mail and waste paper basket, even shredder set far from the seat at the desk to tell the brain that we don’t want to make mistakes or waste time and we would prefer a situation where we receive opportunities and offers and are not the ones sending them out. Keeping certain items on the desk permanently is also important, having a constant spot where your coffee is placed means you don’t need to rearrange everything whenever you need a caffeine kick and having a permanent spot for a to-do list reinforces the idea that there is always something else to achieve.

Add some mirrors – There is often a significant feeling of isolation, even oppression for people as they work. Feelings that you are unsuccessful often manifest themselves in this way and we begin to associate leaving or expanding the work area with happiness. However, the clever addition of a mirror or two in strategic places can trick the brain into associating such expansion with yourself and your office or area. Ideal places for mirrors are opposite windows (and it is important that these are kept clean) or facing beautiful scenic pictures and photographs. Correct mirror placement can help the subconscious transcend the immediate surroundings resulting in more expansive thinking and a happier frame of mind.

When we are working we do not want to feel like we are just ‘working’, it is much nicer to believe that we are ‘achieving’ or ‘succeeding’ and all this takes is the correct outlook on our efforts. Start creating your outlook today, make a positive change to your environment and maybe you’ll attain just the level of success you are looking for.

A Successful Move from Blogger to WordPress

Recently I purchased The Work From Home Pro. There were a lot of things I liked about it. I liked the domain, I liked the posts all sorts of good stuff! What I didn’t like was although the domain and hosting were with GoDaddy, the blog was on a blogger platform.

I am a WordPress fan. I have more blogs than I care to count and they are all on WordPress. I like WordPress, I know WordPress. I have about a hundred themes for WordPress. Blogger I don’t know much about. It was awkward for me. I had trouble changing themes. I tried it for awhile, but I wanted to work with WordPress!

I started looking for how to make the switch. If you want to go from yourdomain.blogger.com to yourdomain.wordpress.com it was easy. I couldn’t find much on how to switch a self-hosted domain. I tried a few things and none of them worked. Thank goodness for backups!

Finally, John at RareVictorian.com came to my rescue! He had just moved his blog and he had the secret to making it all work.

I am going to assume you know how to install wordpress on your domain and all that. This is just how I finally got my blog where I wanted it!

1. Backup all your files. I just renamed the file where blogger FTP’d all my posts.

2. In your Blogger blog, go to Settings -> Publishing. Click on “switch to blogspot”.

3. Create an empty blog at wordpress.com (This is the free wordpress where you get yourdoman.wordpress.com)

4. From wordpress.com blog, use Manage->Import->Blogger to import from your blogger account into WP.com

5. From wordpress.com blog, Use Manage->Export to send them to a file on your pc.

6. Create a new, empty WordPress blog on your domain.

7.On your new WP blog, login and use Manage->Import->WordPress (at the bottom of page) to upload the file and import the posts.

8.Use Manage->Import->”Categories to tags converter” to get your tags from blogger converted to WP tags. By default, it imports them all as categories, which is higher-level than tags.

9. Go to Settings-> Permalinks. Choose custom structure and in the text box put /%year%/%monthnum%/%postname%.html
This will give your posts the same url as your blogger posts!

I know it is a bunch of steps. But this is what I had to do to make it work. When I tried to directly import from Blogger into my domain’s wordpress I kept getting time out errors.

All your posts and comments should now be in WordPress. You may need to fix some links and I had to move my image directory. Then you’ll want to go back and delete your wordpress.com blog and your blogger blog. You don’t want to have a bunch of duplicate content on the web!

There you go. This is what worked for me. If you give it a try let me know how it goes!

3 Tips for Small Business Success

Today I found a short and sweet post by Seth Godin. It is so short that I took the liberty of posting the whole post here. But I do suggest that when you are done reading my post that you hope on over to Seth’s Blog and take a look around. He writes an interesting blog with a lot of good information.
So here is Seth’s post from back in November:

Small Business Success

By Seth Godin

Three things you need:
1) the ability to abandon a plan when it doesn’t work,
2) the confidence to do the right thing even when it costs you money in the short run, and
3) enough belief in other people that you don’t try to do everything yourself.

That’s all. So much said in so few words. Of course, I can’t just leave it at that!

If most people were to write 3 tips on small business success, I don’t think they would pick these three things to write about. I know I would probably write about having a business plan, making sure you have enough money, finding good mentors, that type of thing. But Seth points out 3 tips that can really make a difference in a business’s success.

First, know when to cut your losses and move on. We have all had great ideas that turned out not to be so great. But it is so hard to give up on them. After all doesn’t the old saying go.. winners never quit and quitters never win. How about, if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. But sometimes it does make sense to quit. Even the best plans can fall short when put into action. A successful business person will know when it is time to give up on an idea and move on to the next thing.

Second, do the right thing, even when it costs you money in the short run. I can’t add much to this. Do the right thing, even if…. Even if it will cost you money, even if no one will ever know, even if it is hard. Just do the right thing.

And last but not least, believe in other people so you don’t try to do everything yourself. This is the big one for me. I want to be in control and I want to do it all myself. But I have found that I save myself time and money when I bring in other people. Graphic design is a great example. I have the software and a little bit of knowledge and in a few hours I can make a so-so graphic. But my friend Bob can turn out a killer banner that is 100 times better than anything I can do, and it will take just a few minutes. You can’t be an expert in everything. Find people to fill in your gaps and trust them to do a good job.

What do you think? What are your favorite business success tips?