power of giving

The Power of Giving

After my son showed me a few inspiring videos I was just drawn to make a special area in WinWithFred.com to show the amazing gestures that are so often overlooked by some of the carnage we have in this world today. I am going to call this the Power of Giving portion of the blog.

I thought that if I can help spread the word of such kindness that it may become contagious.

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To start off, I wanted to recognize an amazing non-profit organization call Soldier Socks. Soldiersocks.org noticed that a lot of the military abroad where lacking sufficient necessities (mainly tube socks and wipes). Ever since it has started, soldiersocks.org has sent over 50,000 pounds of items to troops abroad. To Give to Soldiersocks.org visit here.

This goes to show that even the most simple things in life that we take for granted can make a huge impact for others!

Now onto a video that my son showed me that got the juices flowing for the #PowerofGiving

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Is Your Procrastinating Stifling Your Success

Is Your Procrastinating Stifling Your Success?

“I'll do it tomorrow” turns into “I'll start it next week.”

This is something I think everyone has dealt with at some point in their life.

So the question I ask you is: why do we do it?

It definitely isn't a productive piece in our lives. I personally have procrastinated in my own life and realized it eventually leads to a downward spiral if not dealt with. Eventually it becomes a part of your mental DNA and you go through life aimlessly.

So why do we procrastinate?

The biggest reason, in my personal opinion, is fear. Fear of failure or not being good enough. When you procrastinate you ultimately sell yourself short.

I can remember starting my first product to sell online. I kept on telling myself it was going to be a waste of time because there was no guarantee that it would sell. I procrastinated to even start the product for months. Finally, I sucked it up and completed my product, The Rebel Mouse Method, in two days. The outcome was 132 sales at nine bucks a pop. If I would have kept procrastinating it would have been a big fat goose egg.

If you want to stop the dreaded force we call procrastination then check out this article from Life Hack, 11 Practical Ways To Stop Procrastination. This opened my eyes to a few great tips to help me out.

 

Les Brown hits the nail on the head when it comes to procrastination…

“The graveyard is the richest place on earth, because it is here that you will find all the hopes and dreams that were never fulfilled, the books that were never written, the songs that were never sung, the inventions that were never shared, the cures that were never discovered, all because someone was too afraid to take that first step, keep with the problem, or determined to carry out their dream.”

― Les Brown

In closing, focus more on your ambitions and less on procrastinating. I say this because you're worth it.

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cross that line to greatness

Cross That Line to Greatness

Cross That Line 

I ask you why?

Why do you let others draw the line?

The line that you never agreed to

But you have no problem standing behind it,

living within its boundaries only to realize day in and day out that it is holding you back from what you are destined to become.

To cross that line out of your identity into your essence.

to become who you really want to be.

but you just can't fathom what others might say or do,

so you stay within that line and become somebody who just isn't you.

Behind the line is a comfortable illusion of what your life is and beyond that line is who you want to be.

Others are telling you from all directions to stay within the walls to keep you protected…

But that voice deep down inside whispers to you that you've been created for greatness and to cross that line someone else has illustrated.

Decide now

Decide today

To cross that line

And navigate your own way.

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I wrote this as I was pondering how long it took me to cross the line myself. I encourage you to look deep inside of yourself and ask yourself are you where you want to be in your life?

how to increase productivity

How to Increase Productivity and Stay in the Zone

Can you imagine a tight rope walker performing his craft 300 feet high and then suddenly his cell phone goes off? The question is would he answer it or wait until he made it to his destination?

I think we all know the answer to that.how to increase productivity

Distractions can kill productivity in a split second leaving you scratching your head wondering where the day went.

I have encountered some of the biggest distractions during my work day and it really jacks my mind up. Whether it's a chatty friend sitting next to me, social media updates or the wonderful ding that another email came in. I finally had enough and had to buckle down and cut out those distractions and re-visit them at a more opportune time.

Don't get me wrong, I love my friends, social media and sometimes email but come on man, there is a time and a place for everything.

One of the worst things you can subject yourself to is unnecessary distractions during your work day. It not only is a time killer it can cause unneeded stress.

Here are some of my methods of eliminating distractions throughout my day, sometimes it isn't easy but at the end of the day I find myself getting a heck of a lot more accomplished.

The WinWithFred guide on how to increase productivity

Tip #1 – I Work alone most of the time. This is probably one of the hardest ones to do because when you work from home it can get a bit lonely. I love hanging with other people at the coffee shop from time to time but I have come to realize I can get twice as much done in half the time. I do take a day or two out of the week to meet up with my friends but can't do it everyday. Working alone doesn't mean you have to be a hobbit in the house or office. Take the time to venture out to various places with wi-fi, this will spark creativity.

If I am with a group and I am in focus mode I put a pair of headphones on and zone out. I feel that sometimes it may come off rude but people should understand if you give them heads up.

Trust me, I am a talker myself but when it's go time I am better off going solo.

Tip #2 – Social Media can wait – I shut it down, No exception. When I first started working from home I found myself looking at social media for 2 – 3 hours a day. I understand how important social media is for networking but I leave myself an allotted amount of time to network, answer questions, and catch up. This goes for every social media portal.

I just find it much easier to do it this way because if I am focused on something I am the type of person that wants to get it done sooner than later. Your best bet is to make it a main focus for around a half an hour unless you are doing a webinar and plan on engaging through social media. You do however want to make sure you answer any questions and engage during that time period.

Tip #3 – Tabs can multiply like Gremlins – As your reading this look up and see how may tabs you have open. If you have 3 or more tabs open your setting yourself up to click on one of those tabs and lose focus. I usually bookmark an interesting page I want to look into and revisit it later that night.

When I started online I think I averaged as many tabs opened as Lebron James scoring average, it was sick. Keep your opened tabs to a minimum, this is a really good tip for the ADD type like myself.

Tip #4 – The cell phone dilemma solved – This one is a difficult one but there are ways of controlling it. The best way of doing it is to make it clear to friends and family to please call only if it's an emergency during certain times. My wife however has 24 hour access, but she knows when I'm in the zone. You however want to keep the line open for your clients.

Tip #5 – Skype – This is a main portal for business during the day. A message or a call can pop up out of nowhere when I'm in the zone. I usually leave this on available for the most part but if I am shooting a video or doing a podcast I go incognito and put it on do not disturb. At the end of my task I put it back in motion to make sure someone didn't try to get a hold of me. If you put do not disturb put a status on your Skype that you will be on shortly and to leave a message.  Also, try to schedule out meetings on Skype and make sure they don't conflict with other important tasks.

Tip #6 – Texting – I don't respond until the end of the day unless it's important, and if it is extremely important I would hope to get a call instead of a text. This is another thing that can be a giant distraction and I don't like ignoring them, I just feel that responding to them can wait until the end of the day. It's a case by case basis I guess you could say.

If you can control the distractions during your work day an 8 – 10 hour day can turn into a 4 – 5 hour day.

Just think of how many things you could do with that extra time. There hasn't been a day that has gone by where I have been 100% distraction free, but I can tell you it has gotten a heck of a lot better since I have implemented some of these habits.

I would love to get your thoughts if you feel I have missed anything or how you deal with distractions during the day. I really hope that some of these tips will improve your productivity and give you more time to spend doing the things that you love to do.

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getting back on track

Getting Back on Track | WinWithFred.com

Sometimes when your focused on something so hard you can lose sight of something else.

Yes, very true. That is exactly why I am posting this. You see, I was 173 lbs. roughly 2 years ago when I started working online. I hit it hard when taking off into the online world. I worked 12 – 14 hour days learning the basics of an online marketer. With that being said, I bet you can imagine what I wasn't focusing on…my fitness level.

Now let us fast forward to about 2 weeks ago.

getting back on track

Consider this, I was able to run 13 miles 2 years ago. Last year I ran 5.7 in a relay and finished without stopping. So when I looked at the scale at the doctor's office and it said 218 reality smacked me in the face!

What the french toast was I doing to myself? I gained 45 lbs since I started working online!

So in typical Fred fashion I laced up the good ol' Newton Gravity running shoes and hit the pavement. Garmin lock and loaded I started on the shorter route I used to run for training. The full route is about 2.6 miles.  I hit it hard as I did in the past, iPod blasting either Skillet, Eminem or Pearl Jam in most cases (I love my music).

Getting close to the 1/2 mile mark my body started doing something I really wasn't used to it doing in the past. I started to lose steam, and lose it really quick. Let me say I ended up doing a mile just under 10 minutes and I was spent.

My endurance was shot…toast that is.

I got home and my wife sorta chuckled as she explained to me you just can't get right back into shape.

So here is the point to this little rant. I am up to 1.5 miles and am determined to get back to my previous benchmark plus.

If you are not balanced in every area of your life it will show.

Looking forward to posting some progress next week so hold me accountable:)

– Fred

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face your fears

Face Your Fears, Do Not Let it Keep You from Greatness

Fear, it has crippling side effects and can stop someone dead in their tracks. When I was growing up I was terrified of what was going to happen, and 99% of the time what I thought was going to transpire never happened.

So the biggest dilemma for so many people is how to attack that fear.

F – False

E – Evidence

A – Appearing

R – Real


Face your fears

Now let that soak in for a bit and let's go back to what you may fear.

You may fear of speaking in front of an audience, you're not alone. Warren Buffet was terrified of speaking. He ended up facing that fear by enrolling in a Dale Carnegie course.

“ You’ve got to be able to communicate in life and it’s enormously important. Schools, to some extent, under emphasize that. If you can’t communicate and talk to other people and get across your ideas, you’re giving up your potential.” – Warren Buffet

 

I too had the fear of speaking in front of people and finally realized how trivial it was and conquered it. I still get the occasional knee wobble and butterflies in my stomach.

My son has a stuttering problem. He was so fearful of people making fun of him that he was not going to try out for Aladdin in the school play. My wife Kristy and I persuaded him to face his fear. Chase did just that and got the part of Genie and did one hell of a job.

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My son Chase (left) playing Genie in Aladdin

In the video below I met my fear of height head on by actually flying in an airplane at 3,500 feet. My son Chase did a fantastic job until the last 5 minutes, let me just say we had to do a little clean-up in the back seat.

Don't “think” yourself out of greatness. You need to face whatever you fear head on.

Too many times we tell ourself that “we can't” or “I won't” because we are so afraid.

Get that “stinking thinking” out of your head!

I believe the biggest tragedy is someone who lives a lifetime with numerous fears.

Just think, what if they did face their fears?

Quick task: Write down 1 – 3 things that you have been holding you back due to fear. Take the time to address each one so you can conquer them. Plan out a strategy and eliminate those fears from your life.

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