Balanced Success Bulletin
by Karl Patrick Webb
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The NFBS 'Balanced Success Bulletin' has been designed to provide you with powerful success tips that can be vital ingredients for your own personally created roadmap for Balanced Success. Read on and discover a carefully integrated collection of news, views, tips, ideas and strategies aimed at providing you with a recipe for successfully balanced growth in your life.
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Table of Contents
  1. Inspirational Words of Wisdom
  2. The Essence of Time
  3. Business Booster
  4. Healthy Living
  5. Our World
  6. Recommended Resources
  7. NFBS Announcements
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1. Inspirational Words of Wisdom
"Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced everyday; while failure is simply a few errors in judgement, repeated every day. It is the accumulative weight of our disciplines and our judgements that leads us to either fortune or failure." - Jim Rohn

Highly acclaimed business philosopher Jim Rohn has hit the nail right on the head with his definition of success. Success means different things to different people but this concept of applying simple disciplines, that have proven to be effective, on a consistent basis is a guaranteed way of achieving success. It sounds so simple because it is so simple.

Think about it. Have you ever seen someone close to you complaining about their life. They don't like their job or their business is failing, they feel tired all the time, they can't afford the luxuries of life, their relationships are strained. People like this, and sadly there are a lot of them, see themselves failing in life and yet they seem to apply the same errors in judgement every single day. Failure becomes the routine and instead of changing the ingredients, the tendency is to complain about the results....a lot! This is mad! Imagine actually spending energy and time complaining about the results that we ourselves are responsible for producing. It just doesn't make any sense and it can be 100% scientifically proven that complaining about the results that you yourself are responsible for producing will not enhance future results!

The key to success therefore is to review the various aspects of your life and identify what's working for you and what's not. If it's working, apply it consistently. If it's not working try something new and keep trying until it provides you with the results that you want.
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2. The Essence of Time
The great paradox of time is that "nobody has enough of it, yet everybody has all that there is". Nobody knows exactly how much we have but we should appreciate that time is precious. During the next 24 hours another 86,400 seconds will have passed by. Will you have had a good return from it?

I received a great tip from Jim Edwards last week(we'll talk more about Jim in a minute). Jim's lesson was all about spending our 'spare change' time more effectively, learning from the habit of putting our spare change in a child's piggy bank every night and reaping the rewards in a years time. How much of our "spare change" time do we actually waste?

I know I was wasting quite a bit. Now, when my computer is rebooting, or my anti-virus is running a full system scan or when I'm on hold on a telephone call, I'm consciously not twiddling my thumbs. I'm now spending the time either clearing my desk, reading or scribbling some notes on my daily to-do list. Even if it's just a minute or two, don's stare aimlessly at your computer screen. Invest your spare change time wisely.

The spare change lesson lends itself to the Japanese philosophy of Kaizen. Kaizen is the belief that many small improvements leads to massive leaps in excellence. Roughly translated 'Kaizen' means 'continuous improvement' and the principles behind it are being adopted by many businesses throughout the world with astonishing results.

We too can achieve excellent results by adopting this Kaizen philosophy in our lives. Being aware of the immense power of incremental improvements can inspire confidence and drive as we move towards a goal. In fact one of the most significant causes of 'giving up' on a goal is being demotivated by a seemless lack of progress. We can often become overwhelmed by the sheer magnitide of a goal and lose focus when it is not achieved quickly. By giving ourselves time, and appreciating that outstanding results can be achieved by piecemeal, incremental improvemnents, regardless of how insignificant these improvements seem at the time, we stand a much better chance of achiveing our goal.

Have you ever given up on a goal that you would still like to achieve but somehow lost hope through a lack of substantial progress? I challenge you to redress that goal and change your approach by adopting the Kaizen philosophy. Break your goal up into a series of incremental steps or sub-goals, attaching a timeframe to each one. Your goal should still seem challenging but each step should be managable. Now give it a go. There is no time like now!
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3. Business Booster
Readers of our free report 'The Psychology Beneath The Maketing' will know about the great story of Joe Gerard, 'the world's greatest retail salesman'. Joe had a very simple success formula that helped him earn the title of "number one car salesman" for 12 years straight. According to Joe, his success was due to him offering two things: "a fair price" and "someone they liked to buy from".

Joe also had an effective way of reminding his customers how he felt about them. He mailed every one of his customers every month. What he actually sent to his customers is the most surprising part of his formula. He sent each of his 13,000 customers a holiday greeting card (each one appropriate to the that particular month) and added the message "I like you" and then signed it 'Joe Gerard'.

Such a simple message goes a long way. The fact is, we like to be liked. We love compliments and tend to like whoever pays us the compliment.

Joe's success can teach us several lessons:

  1. By extending your business relationship to one that is more personalised and social, your customers will see you more as a person and less as a salesman, inspiring them with confidence
  2. By keeping regularly in touch, you earn a place in your customers' hearts and minds. The relationship is strengthened with every positve communication
  3. By building a more personalised relationship with your customers, they are much more likely to buy from you again and/or refer your services to others

I'm not recommending that you start sending 'I like you' cards to your customers but let them know you care. Come up with an interesting way to inform, educate and bring extra value to your customers. Keep in touch. Enjoy the lifetime value of your customers and make sure that they enjoy it too! It's never too late to start doing this. Your customers will feel even more refreshed if it is something that they do not expect from you.
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4. Healthy Living

We are living in an increasingly health conscious society. Government initiatives in many countries have seen the ban of smoking in public places. The foods we buy at the grocery store are labeled with nutritional information and some products are even labeled with health warnings. Many fast-food outlets now offer healthier alternatives. Most brands will offer a 'lite', 'low' or 'diet' alternative. We are definitely more educated about the health issues in our lifestyle and the trend looks set to continue.

However, although I have no doubt that the food we eat and the type of lifestyle that we lead has a massive impact on our level of health and fitness, I strongly believe that we continue to under-utilise our own minds in our quest for healthier living. Listen to this:

In a recent US study of almost 200 men and women, scientists were keen on discovering the impact of a visualising technique on an individuals effort to lose weight. The visualising technique basically required the individual to visualise himself/herself having lost a substantial amount of their body-fat. Participants of the study were exposed to exactly the same conditions for the duration of the study, eating the same food and engaging in the same amount and type of leisure activities. The results of the study showed that those who incorporated the visualising technique into their daily routine, shed significantly more weight than those who did not.

Obviously this is just one demonstration of the immense power that we have within our own realm of capabilities. The real beauty about the power of the mind is its simplicity. Just by visualising a result, we are significantly more likey to achieve that result. You only have to listen to champion atheletes for further confirmation that this technique can have a powerful impact on results. When you hear an athelete being interviewed after winning, we often hear of how they visualised themeselves on the winning podium. This is no coincidence! To achieve success, you should first perceive success.

As a seven-year-old, Cathy Turner pretended that she was an Olympic Champion speed skater. Although she was a promising skater, her Olympic dream was on hold as she pursued a career as a singer/songwriter. A few years later Cathy was battling severe depression and an identity crisis but eventually "found herself" and set about pursuing her Olympic dream once again.

In October 1991, a sports psychologist told me that I had to visualize my race, see myself win it in the Olympics and see myself receive the gold medal—all in my head! How hard could that be?!

There were many challenges along the way but Cathy never stopped visualing that gold medal around her neck and in 1992 was crowned as Olympic champion.

From the top of the awards platform, the view was everything I had imagined when I was the little girl standing on my parents’ overstuffed chair. At that moment, I had become my own vision. We can make it happen.

Whatever you do, you should a have a goal in mind. To achieve that goal, first visualise yourself having already achieved it. Results are not always guaranteed but this is guaranteed to massively increase your chances of success.

If you truly want to be healthier, be healthy first in your mind.
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5. Our World
Watching the news on television or reading the newspaper these days can often be an uncomfortable experience. The news from around the globe is nearly always bad news. Newspaper editors will tell you that 'bad news sells'. To me there is no doubt that this news is important and that the issues warrant our attention, often our sympathy and even sometimes a proactive response. I think that it's important to be up-to-date with current affiars throughout the world and it is important to form your own opinion on these events.

However, I also feel that it's important to search around for the good news from around the world. Good news can bring a smile to your face, or even a tear of joy. It can inspire you and it can just be a great source of conversation. Here's a story from my own hometown of Belfast, Ireland.

The big local news story in Belfast last month was that somebody in Belfast had purchased a winning lottery ticket and had not yet cashed it in. I'm not a regular lottery player so I made no attempt to shuffle around my pockets to see if it was me but I could just imagine hundreds doing exactly that. A few days later, Iris Jeffrey made the discovery that the crumpled ticket hiding in the deep passages of her purse was the key to over £20million.

The touching part of this story is not in the winning itself but the winning selfless attitude of Iris Jeffrey. Iris was diagnosed with cancer just a few months before news of her jackpot win and is currently undergoing treatment. When asked by the swarms of media how she planned to spend her winnings she talked only of how she was going to spend the money on her family and friends..."I am going to make sure that my family and friends are secure for life" and her excitement was focused more on the imminent arrival of her first grandchild. Her only extravagance will be replacing the broken washing machine - "That`s all I want," she stressed.

I don't know Iris Jeffrey but her kindness and selflessness was there for all to see. And while she selfishlessly dreamed of spending her money on those around her, her family and friends were only eager for her to spend her winning on her own recovery. Winning the lottery can bring many things but Iris Jeffrey was already blessed with the true riches of life and I only hope that her health improves so she can enjoy all the other riches that she deserves.

The lesson here is not about becomig rich by winning the lottery. The lesson is about how you can be truly rich by pouring love and kindness to those around you, in whatever way you can. Iris Jeffrey always shared her love and kindness to her family and close friends. The only difference now is that she has a new way of extending that kindness. Being a generous, sharing and charitable person does not require you to be a millionaire. These are all values that can be incorporated in your life regardless of your financial situation. So you do not have to wait until you can afford to be generous, you can be generous with what you have now. Be generous and enoy the true riches of life!
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6. Recommended Resources
I spend much of my time these days, finding the best resources on the internet. Over the last couple of weeks, I have had my head buried in the materials of one author more than any other and I cannot express how much I have been blown away. This guy really goes out of his way to reveal to us, everything he is using in his massively successful onine business. I just can't believe how much he reveals without asking anything in return! The strategies and techiniques revealed by Jim Edwards have helped me to boost my list by 300% in the space of 4 days...and it is still growing. The thing I like most about Jim is that he keeps everything so simple. Check out his amazing '2-Part Traffic Report'.

PART 1: "Increase Sales By Flying Under Your prospects' Radar Defences"
PART 2: "How to Get 72,000 Qualified Visitors To Your Website...Without Spending a Dime on Advertising"

Click http://www.turnwordsintotraffic.com/cgi-bin/a.cgi?balanced to access this free report (or copy and paste the link if it is not highlighted)

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7. NFBS Announcements
  • You should have already received our Free Report 'The Psychology Beneath The Marketing' but if you have not set aside the time to download the report then here is another chance ...
    Click http://www.balanced4success.com/pbtm.asp to access the report (or copy and paste the link if it is not highlighted)


  • The 'Seeds of Balanced Sucess' mini-course is now available online. This may be particularly useful if your email does not support html (which may have caused some funky formatting!)
    Click http://www.balanced4success.com/cornerstone1.asp to access the mini-course (or copy and paste the link if it is not highlighted)


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