Davis New Year Tradition

It is probably too strong to say this is a tradition. It’s more like a lightly held belief. We say that what you are doing as the new year comes in foreshadows the new year. So we try to do something significant at that time.

Last year I don’t know what our plans were, but shorty after midnight we were on the way to the hospital because my father in law had a stroke. That had a huge impact on out lives, this year, but I’m not sure exactly if it was a foreshadowing.

Other years we’ve been praying shortly after midnight. Had sex as the clock stroked 12. Spent the time with friends, and just slept through it.

Today’s idea was to go to a party at a friends house and I planned to wear a kilt. We’d get to meet new people and I could be exuberant.

Instead Suanna got home from her conference suffering from vertigo to the point of sever nausea. So no party for us.

But I’ve got a new idea. I think I’m going on a run. I’ll bring in the new year, 30 minutes into a run. I like running at night and the weather is taking a turn for the warmer.

What this will mean for the rest of the year, I don’t know. But it is doing something. Overcoming a setback and doing something else.

The Photography Instructor Mastermind

Just today I saw on twitter a discussion of how every photographer hurt by the current economic woes was starting to teach workshops. In a sense the market is getting flooded with new photography instructors, which is causing a flood of supply. So I started thinking, how can we give ourselves an edge in a market flooded with competition?

It made me think of another market I’m part of as a consumer. The “internet marketing” niche. Everyone who has ever read a biz-opt book wants to start selling their own how to make money on the internet product. How do the people who lead that market – the guys making huge money – succeed when others don’t? And how can we apply that to our market?

All of them say they are selling the secret. Cooler launches, better sales copy, wizbang video products. But I think I’ve figured out what their real secret is and now want to do that same thing in our photography instruction market.

Who Am I?

I’m Ron Davis, the guy behind the Photographer and Model blog, podcast and academy. I teach in the specific photography niche of photographing models. I’ve also got an online course teaching Pinup Photography.

This is my personal blog, where I talk about all kinds of things, including my business and trying to make a living teaching photography online. If you got invited to read this, it is on my personal blog because I don’t talk about the business of Photographer And Model on photographerandmodel.com, my model photography instruction site.

What is a Mastermind Group?

The most successful people are part of a Mastermind group. The term was coined by Napoleon Hill in the classic “Think and Grow Rich”. He studied industry leaders like Andrew Carnegie, Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, John D. Rockefeller, Sr., Charles M. Schwab and found one of the things they had in common was they were part of a mastermind.

A mastermind group is a group of people dedicated to accomplishing one purpose. There are two kinds, one where you are trying to do one particular thing – like corner the steel market. The other is a group of like minded people all working toward a similar goal – like making a living teaching photography online.

I’m trying to form a group of like minded photography instructors to work together to help all of us accomplish our goals to make money teaching online.

Advantages

There are lots of advantages to being part of a mastermind.

Encouragement. It is tough trying to do this on your own. You need friends and colleagues who understand what you are going through.

Accountability. They can also hold you accountable to your own goals. Giving you that kick in the seat of the pants that helps you get things done. And they can tell you when you are producing crap and need to step it up.

Learning from each other. We all know different things. Some people are excellent bloggers, some great with video, others understand email marketing. By getting together we can all bring our strengths together and increase each other’s success. Also it is sometimes good to just get another perspective on what we are doing.

Social proof networking. Image you are in a new city looking for somewhere to eat. You see two restaurants, one has a bunch of cars in front of it and one’s parking lot is empty. More than likely you are going to pick the one with lots of cars because it indicates that one is good. This is social proof. If everyone is talking about something then it must be good. Our mastermind members can coordinate talking about each other products to create social proof as well.

How It Would Work

So how does an online mastermind work? Details will have to be worked out and tested, but here’s my plan to start.

A monthly conference call.
We need a deadline and a monthly call is a good place to start. A call also is a higher bandwidth exercise than just email. On this call each member would be asked three questions:

What have you done since last month?
What is you biggest struggle we can help you with?
What are you going to do before next month?

This would accomplish all the benefits of the mastermind as succinctly as possible.

A email discussion list. Between meetings we’d still be able to toss around questions, problems and new things we’ve learned via email.

There is no cost to be part of this mastermind. Some masterminds have a charge to make more advanced people be willing to be part of it. We’re all in this together with no one getting paid to be there. Other groups have a monthly charge to make the members take it seriously. Hopefully we won’t need that.

Call to Action

To qualify for the group you need to have the following:

A website dedicated to your photography teaching.
A willingness to do and not just talk.

and at least one of the following.

An email list with over 100 people on it.
A twitter account with over 1000 followers.
A facebook page with over 100 followers.
100 subscribers to your RSS feed for your blog.

If you are qualified and interested in being part of the mastermind group send me an email (mastermind at photographerandmodel.com) telling me about what you are trying to do with your online teaching business.

I’m thinking we’d have our first call in early January.

Feel free to leave questions in the comments as well.

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-12-27

  • Just watched The International with Clive Owen and Naomi Watts. Interesting and twisty ending. #
  • @pixelatedimage As if Artist and Photographer are mutually exclusive. in reply to pixelatedimage #
  • How To Not Seem Creepy When Communicating With Models http://su.pr/2lfaKC #
  • OK, posting into the future gets trickier at the end of the year. Have to remember to change the year too. Last tweet was a false alarm. #
  • @JonWarrenPhoto That's a find and replace bug. I Fixed it. Thanks for the feedback. I'm in the middle of testing right now. in reply to JonWarrenPhoto #
  • My Favorite Images 2009 http://su.pr/2p6KIs #
  • Fear is a crazy thing. Trying to have courage. #
  • The biggest reason someone doesn't buy your product is they aren't going to buy _any_ product. #
  • I just unfollowed someone because they had no Avatar and it was driving my OCD crazy. #
  • @marenkate Don't know if I'm an expert, but I might be able to help and you even have my phone number. in reply to marenkate #
  • Someone should create a delivery service that tells you when they are actually going to deliver. Instead of telling you to stay home all day #
  • @Greg_Easton Yeah, but a guaranteed delivery time would set you so far apart from your competition. Would radically change the field. in reply to Greg_Easton #
  • #10 – Voltaire Concert http://su.pr/2EPwPH #
  • @strobist Stopped using vimeo a year ago when they said it couldn't be used for "commercial" purposes. in reply to strobist #
  • I am unsubscribing to email lists for the new year. 3 this morning. #
  • #9 – MUA Janet's Smile http://su.pr/1k7nud #
  • Just added a new lesson to my free model #photography mini-course. http://su.pr/Amll1c #
  • @jasminestar I think that requires a youtube video. 🙂 in reply to jasminestar #
  • this set has so much going for it the pure virginity of white milk with the models ink creates fun imaginative allusions.http://su.pr/2BXBIq #
  • I favorited a YouTube video — Why Tiger Cheated: "Mars Venus" Author Explains http://youtu.be/whg9p65hOEM?a #
  • Had a nice lunch with the Mrs. #
  • "Statuettes of well-known people defecating are a strong Christmas tradition in Catalonia" WTF? http://su.pr/2A1IvA #
  • I just learned that paranoia is genetic. #
  • I am so loving John Ringo's Princess of Wands I can hardly stand it. #
  • Rental cars are the most taxed things I know. Rental fee: $198.12, Taxes and Fees: $96.01. That's a 48% tax. #
  • Time for work Xmas party. #
  • We're holed up at the HiWay Inn in Broken Bow OK. #
  • Ep 29 – The Christmas Special http://su.pr/1Ama83 #
  • Read about the cool origin of NORAD Tracking Santa http://su.pr/1iGy9K #
  • #7 – Toxic Punk Headshot http://su.pr/6dSMY7 #
  • [Reactuate] There is No Such Thing As “Your Customer” http://bit.ly/5t0uPW #
  • [Reactuate] Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-12-20 http://bit.ly/57bJSP #
  • [Reactuate] 4 Kinds of Tired And How To Fix Them http://bit.ly/4Oy7YT #
  • #6 – Brit Build Like A Rock http://su.pr/4BepGP #
  • Hanging out with your parents and grand parents puts be old in perspective. Dad's 70 grandma's 89. 45 don't seem too old. #
  • #5 – Milk And Body Art http://su.pr/1Tt1G0 #

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There is No Such Thing As “Your Customer”

If you think you are the only person your customers buy from you are mistaken.

You would have to not only sell something totally unique, the customer would also have to only need one. In the vast majority of cases you make something that is one of a group of things your customer buys multiples of.

If your business like mine is based on selling information about a subject, your customer is buying from lots of people. (I teach model photography online). I don’t have any illusion that people who buy my online pinup workshop don’t ever buy another photography course.

Heck, I assume they buy other courses and attend other workshops.

I hope they do, then I can make more courses to sell them, and I can promote other people’s course as well.

Do You Really Have Competitors?

If I know my customers are going to buy other people’s stuff, are those people really competitors?

Do you know what the biggest indicator that someone is willing to buy your product? That they’ve actually bought before.

The biggest reason someone doesn’t buy your product is they aren’t going to buy any product.

If you want to find good potential buyers for your product, look for people who have already bought a different product. There are two places to find these people: buyers of your other products, and buyers of your “competitors” products.

Puts your competitors in a different light, doesn’t it? Now they are a source of high quality customers. All you need to do is give them an incentive to send those customers your way.

The easiest incentive is to just pay them. Give them a cut of what you make when one of their customers buys your product.

Second is to offer to sell their product for them. Promoting their product first is an act of good faith and shows you aren’t worried about losing something by sending prospects to someone else.

You may have to convince them this is a good idea. You can send them to this post, where I try to convince you don’t really own your customers.

Might be easier if you aren’t directly competing with them. For instance if you are wedding photographer, it might be hard to get another wedding photographer to send you prospects. But if you don’t do weddings, but do do seniors, you could find someone who does weddings and doesn’t do seniors. Then you could each send the prospects you don’t serve to the other. (This was one of the few instances I could think of where someone bought a one unique product.)

Obviously this is something you need to think about. It may in fact not be true for you, but hopefully it opens your eyes to the possibility. And if your business doesn’t lend itself to competitors as partners, maybe you need to find a different way to do business.

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-12-20

  • [Reactuate] Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-12-13 http://bit.ly/7EgOjz #
  • I forget how bad work internet sucks. Monday mornings remind me. #
  • Model Photography: What is It? http://su.pr/2yqYD4 #
  • @bwebster That's possible, but he's got the same problem. He blames the sites that don't work of course. in reply to bwebster #
  • @bwebster It's not every site. Some are fine others are unusable. Like Google maps for instance. So Google must have a problem. in reply to bwebster #
  • Firefox auto fill on mac is broken. #
  • @jmuscara Websurfing is an integral part of code writing. Eveyone knows that. in reply to jmuscara #
  • How to Model : Smiling Tips for Model Photo Shoots http://su.pr/1Y5DjZ #
  • Good night, there are over $50 of taxes on a car rental in Houston. #
  • @JonWarrenPhoto A week. It looks like much of the tax is just a flat fees. in reply to JonWarrenPhoto #
  • @jasonvo Not really. If the content is interesting they won't notice if it is HD. in reply to jasonvo #
  • Surpriesed a co-worker when she walked by the office and I was showing another co-work the AR-15 I have here for a photoshoot tonight. #
  • Hey my accountant got my Franchise Tax return filed. #
  • Another co-worker told her.."Don't you feel safer here today?" (She meant the positive). I love Texas. #
  • Don't know why, but this add cracked me up. http://tweetphoto.com/6480489 #
  • 4 Creative Projects that Bend the Reality of Street Scenes http://su.pr/1cWnpW #
  • I could survive for 57 SECONDS after kicking a bear in the balls http://theoatmeal.com/quiz/bear_balls from @oatmeal #
  • Modern Fitness Standards: http://su.pr/1gp10S #
  • If someone retweets in the new style, do you see it in your Mentions column in TweetDeck? #
  • Just added a bunch of new photographers to my follow list because of the photogs on twitter flickr group. #
  • Hugh Laurie vs Ellen: the British vs the American Idioms Really Funny. http://su.pr/1qhdWR #
  • 2009 in photos http://su.pr/6H6Vk1 #
  • RT @iamthescarlett: Glitter is the herpes of craft supplies, it's true. LOL #
  • Grab the Quick Reference PDF on Best Practices for Digital Workflow. http://su.pr/1HjyPk #
  • @iamthescarlett You said herpes…. 🙂 in reply to iamthescarlett #
  • Off to a photoshoot. Girl, gun (AR-15), Dreadlocks, nudity, punk, fetish, @zivity. Should be interesting. 🙂 #
  • Publishers don't get it and are doomed. Stephen Covey's digital rights deal with Amazon startle New York publishers http://su.pr/1vGWfa #
  • Shoot was fun last night. Lots of images. #
  • Had a great shoot with Jennifer Frnka last night. Only problem is there are too many great images. 🙂 http://bit.ly/7rzhXx #
  • For the person who has everything….Private Ninja Lessons http://su.pr/2TyUAm #
  • @pgshooter They'll probably just think they need more PS now to look like Avatar. Kind of like all the Sin City knock offs. in reply to pgshooter #
  • Expecting life to treat you well because you are a good person is like expecting an angry bull not to charge because you are a vegetarian. #
  • Does posting a party invitation on your facebook wall = inviting all your FB friends? #
  • Our mattress is done and will be delivered on Monday. Woot. #
  • New 4HWW is waiting for me at home. #
  • @artistatlarge Hi, @wampoline . in reply to artistatlarge #
  • My producer just finished the podcast post for this week. Great that I don't have to do this stuff anymore. #
  • More Pixie In Red http://su.pr/5xgyPm #
  • I favorited a YouTube video — Improved bootleg CD envelope folding howto video http://bit.ly/45rSDl #
  • Episode 28 – Photographer Ian X http://su.pr/Ar5oDG #
  • @ian_x In case you missed it, your episode is live. http://su.pr/Ar5oDG #
  • @ian_x I fixed them. First episode with new producer. in reply to ian_x #
  • It is amazing how much you can miss when writing a procedure list. Seemed complete to me but was woefully inadequate. #
  • @TreyRatcliff Sure Trey. I'll stop for an hour. No more tweets. Really….I can quit any time. in reply to TreyRatcliff #
  • I get to shoot a fine art figure model who is an experienced ballet dancer tomorrow and I have no idea what I'm going to do. #
  • @jeremyfrandsen Do you mean something like VIDBlaster? Here's a video from @shwood http://bit.ly/7hWcQO in reply to jeremyfrandsen #
  • @Model_Melissa That's a good start. in reply to Model_Melissa #
  • Post like my last one is why you keep an inspiration and idea file. I now have a couple of ideas. One that has been in my head for awhile. #
  • Some of these are so wrong. The Guild Sells Out! http://su.pr/1itgGj #
  • @jb_photography I use @evernote -well for everything- but specifically I have a note book of inspiration images and idea notes. in reply to jb_photography #
  • @alyshanett Visually stunning and gave me ideas for a shoot tomorrow. in reply to alyshanett #
  • @VampireKitten That is 52 seconds of my life I will never get back. in reply to VampireKitten #
  • Just made reservations at the melting pot for Saturday. @iamthescarlett will be jealous. #
  • @pgshooter Thanks and a great article that goes with your mentions. Every one read this : http://bit.ly/7IzjJO #
  • Ron added 'Vorpal Blade': Ron gave 4 stars to: Vorpal Blade (Looking Glass, #2)
    by
    John Ringo
    http://bit.ly/8fiZyV #
  • Ron added 'The Hero': Ron gave 3 stars to: The Hero (Posleen War, #5)
    by
    John Ringo
    http://bit.ly/8K7a2R #
  • Ron added 'Live Free or Die': Ron gave 4 stars to: Live Free or Die (Hardcover)
    by
    John Ringo
    http://bit.ly/4Ht7Yp #
  • Ron added 'World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War': Ron gave 4 stars to: World War Z: An Oral History of th… http://bit.ly/79cLC7 #
  • JACOBthePHOTOGRAPHER Model Photoshoot & photoshop http://su.pr/707nwr #
  • Last night at the shoot I was explaining what I was going for and Pixie goes, "Oh, Tank Girl". "Yeah, Tank Girl." And I think we hit that. #
  • Valley of the Damned by DragonForge via Pandora kind of rocks. #
  • Preview image from my gun shoot with Pixie for @zivity http://tweetphoto.com/6628127 #
  • @bdebauchery Did you know you were mentioned by @ian_x on my podcast this week? You can here it here: http://su.pr/Ar5oDG in reply to bdebauchery #
  • Pixie Dark http://su.pr/61ah7U #
  • @jeremyfrandsen I'll be interested to see how you use it. I expect an Academy video on it. 🙂 in reply to jeremyfrandsen #
  • Josh Gooden, photog/cinematog, Watch the Emily Video http://su.pr/2Kni3R HT: @lensflare35 #
  • Grabbing some lunch before shooting figure model dancer Hope Hoffman this afternoon. Themes Fine Art Figure with Color and Pull. #
  • Seems like 90% of my lighting keeping light off the background. #
  • Every time I listen to @tferriss I think of new metrics to check. Figured out something sig on opt-in location. Watched http://su.pr/1S3IB3 #
  • Go vote. RT @photojack: pretty cool list of photography Podcasts from todays poll! http://bit.ly/6VmfCA (have to click "see results") #
  • Trying to pick my top 10 images for 2009. Getting to top 17 was mostly easy. Top 10 hurts. #
  • Top 10 picked and ordered. Now time to put on the suit and go to Handel's Messiah. #
  • At the studio's Fine Art workshop. #
  • @pgshooter Check out my pinup product. Http://pinupphotographyhowto.com aff info linked off the bottom. #
  • Money doesn't change you; it reveals who you are when you no longer have to be nice. @tferris #
  • My first @zivity set is now life. Body Art & Milk. http://bit.ly/8z9rQu #
  • 4 Kinds of Tired And How To Fix Them http://su.pr/1kSaQ5 #
  • Fromatting a new page for Pinup workshop. Also exported my 10 favorite images of 2009 so I can create blog posts about them. #

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4 Kinds of Tired And How To Fix Them

“I’m tired.”

“I’m exhausted.”

“I need a nap, then I’ll feel better.”

I hear this all the time and I used to be just like everyone else believing that there was only two reasons for being tired and there was only one solution to that tired.

Tired From Lack Of Sleep

This is the kind of tired most people think of when they feel their energy dragging. They think they need sleep.

If you don’t get the amount of sleep you need you will develop a sleep debt and the only way to fix this is to catch up by sleeping.

Tired From Extreme Exertion

For most of us, this is actually rare. After a marathon you will be tired. After walking up a flight a stairs you probably aren’t really exhausted unless you are sick.

If you have just finished a very hard workout to the point of exhaustion, then you may need sleep or you may need food to replace what you have lost. Often you just need to rest – exert yourself minimally – food and water.

Tired From Low Blood Sugar

Another reason your energy level may drop and make you feel tired is that you had a bunch of sugar or simple carbohydrates about 30 minutes ago and your body just dumped a bunch of insulin into your blood.

You use sugar to fuel your immediate actions. When you eat a meal with sugar, or simple carbohydrates, a bunch of sugar gets into your blood stream. At some point your body goes, “OMG THERE’S TOO MUCH SUGAR.” Then it drops insulin into your blood to take that sugar and store it.

If the sugar you eat is slow to get in your system when your body has too much sugar it can release insulin slowly and balance your blood sugar to your needs.

But if you dump sugar fast into your blood stream, you body has to react just as fast and dumps insulin into your blood stream. Unfortunately it sends too much, which then removes every bit of sugar/energy from your blood and you crash.

If you are having a sugar crash, what do you do? Really there isn’t much. You have to wait until your system gets some sugar from its stores to balance things out. The real solution is to only eat slow carbs in the first place.

Tired From Lack of Movement

Ever felt tired, but couldn’t sleep? You lay down to take a nap and can’t sleep but you are so tired you don’t feel like doing anything else and your brain is wrapped in cotton?

This is what I call, slow body tired. Basically you haven’t done anything and your body decides it doesn’t have any reason to do anything. It doesn’t want to sleep because it doesn’t need sleep.

The solution to this kind of tired is exercise. Seems strange but really it is the most common solution to being tired. Go do something physical. Wake your body up.

This also can help with sugar crash tired as well because it makes your metabolism start working and cleans out your body faster.

So next time you feel tired, think about what kind of tired you are before you just try and take a nap.

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-12-13

  • [Reactuate] Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-12-06 http://bit.ly/4UnQoB #
  • Just watched Watchment. Very long and strange. #
  • My New Daily Ritual. @ebenpagan inspired daily habits. http://su.pr/1nV9zl #
  • How To Approach "Models" In the Real World http://su.pr/1WZr6m #
  • Haven't Dugg anything in a while but How To Approach "Models" In the Real World could use some digg love http://digg.com/d31C6jw?t #
  • Switching over the Snow Leopard at work too. Already had an install, so I'm now migrating apps. Good thing most stuff in cloud. #
  • Off to lunch with the Mrs. #
  • Created my first Squidoo page: Websites for Photographers and Models / http://tinyurl.com/y8t23ad #
  • Seven Segal's been a cop in Louisiana for 20 YEARS? http://su.pr/33CWFM #
  • How to Plan and Get TFCD Shoots http://su.pr/9nU8d1 #
  • The Brick House has a Robert Heinlein quote on the wall. I'm more excited about that than the scantly clad waitresses. #
  • Last nights image proof are uploaded. Now to upload the Mrs new Business Cards for printing and then back to looking for models to shoot. #
  • Models, when writing your profile text sometimes less is more. #
  • Dressing Professional Yet Sexy http://su.pr/6XvnGG #
  • I can't stay away from the pierced, tattooed girls. I try really. #
  • OOOO oooo what if I did Zombies with guns! #
  • Co-worker showed everyone at work the proofs from Sunday's shoot and they loved them. Good way to start the day. #
  • Model Pixie In A Square http://su.pr/22vOpw #
  • I favorited a YouTube video — WESTHAVENBROOK 2009 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amuSIwnLDZo&feature=autoshare_twitter #
  • Mrs approached by a student who makes a livin blog'n to blog for him. Now analyzing his websites w/Market Sam. Wondering how he makes $$. #
  • Dragon Dictation comes to the iPhone. FREE. http://su.pr/9w47bM #
  • Just wrote a job description for a podcast producer. I've got three people in mind for the position. Then the podcast will be on autopilot. #
  • On Squidoo if you link to possible NSFW content do you have to say it is R-rated? Or just if it is on the page? #
  • @iamthescarlett I do Bambi. Ooops wasn't suppose to say that was I? in reply to iamthescarlett #
  • Spent the last 1.5 hours talking internet business with a student of the Mrs. Diff business model than me. He makes money though. #
  • Free Lighting Diagrams iPhone App http://su.pr/30krZW #
  • Yeah not. I have my first running injury. Twisted my ankle. Limping toward home till I get picked up. #
  • If pain = gain I should be gaining big time. #
  • @masonworld It is amazing how small they are hot off the press. #
  • Model Pixie Looking Up http://su.pr/2xqWFt #
  • It is nice to hit a photography blog and realize the author understand your business model. #
  • Just ordered a new mattress for our bed. Will be custom made for us. It may sound boring, but it ain't to me. #
  • I favorited a YouTube video — Chase Jarvis RAW: Nikon Festival BTS http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gb1eir8z9P4&feature=autoshare_twitter #
  • "There are 3.3 billion men on this earth.One of them will ever get to "tap" this.You should probably just give up now." http://su.pr/2Bltuq #
  • Just discovered this review of the HSS open house. NSFW images http://su.pr/3Fa8yD #
  • @tweetdeck should have a Picture column, where it just show images in tweets you are subscribed too. #
  • Photography Bloggers, Focus. Not all of you can be the "premier photography website" #
  • Taking @shawnarencher to the Brickhouse before recording our Xmas episode of the podcast. And she has no idea I'm going to offer her. #
  • Just recorded the P&M Podcast Christmas Special. #
  • Ep 27 – Model Kimberly Boenker http://su.pr/1Dffny #
  • Just discovered my pinup site http://bit.ly/4uuWxu isn't in the google index. I'm pretty sure it used to be. #
  • Working girls with gun themed shoots in the next week or so. #
  • For my dev geek friends RT @netik: RT: Asshole Driven Development. http://www.scottberkun.com/blog/2007/asshole-driven-development/ #
  • I just realized I made hotel reservations for the marathon on the 15 but they should be on the 16. The marathon is on Sun not Sat. #
  • Is there a way to get Google Analytics to tell you what day of the week gets the most visits? #
  • I favorited a YouTube video — Conspiracy Weary http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDTrengZZyQ&feature=autoshare_twitter #
  • @cyantist I need more zivity invites. That possible? in reply to cyantist #
  • Pixie Down Low http://su.pr/1bgSD2 #
  • Pages are the redheaded step child of facebook #
  • My fetish model stored all her clothes and I wanted that aesthetic for a shoot next week. We'll figure something out #
  • Ahh, tattoos, would never get one but can't not shoot them. RT @macjw2: Shooting some more tattoos for my project in a bit. #
  • @CourtneyCrave 1) Use tweekdeck, 2) There is an app that only posts if you include #fb in reply to CourtneyCrave #
  • I have pizza, salad, and @jasonvo for lunch. #
  • Or not because that's in an hour with @jasonvo I hate time zones #
  • @iangordon You just have your mind in the gutter. 🙂 in reply to iangordon #
  • Ray Bradbury Prunes Commercial via @sciencecomedian http://su.pr/7ooDBE #
  • #ff #followfriday @photojack, Lots of great photography links and polls. Worth the follow for sure. #
  • Now watching @jasonvo . Getting ready to show some of his documentary. #
  • #ff #followfriday @strobist My go to website for people who want to learn lighting online. #
  • @jasonvo Great ideas about making online content meaningful in this weeks show. #
  • I need to fire my accountant, but I'm a big chicken. #
  • I favorited a YouTube video — Ray Bradbury Prunes Commercial http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5NxG_rr5aU&feature=autoshare_twitter #
  • Wow portfolio RT @Fotoholik: The Glamour Maker: Another great portfolio http://xrl.in/3zhp #glamour #photography #
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My New Daily Ritual

All the credit for this new habit must go to Eben Pagan. I recently bought into one of his products and in the end it turned out not to be right for me, but the bonus teaching he gave with it is really working.

Its why you are seeing this post right now.

Eben says we are all creatures of habit and if we want to succeed in life, or at a particular task, we need to create positive habits that get us there. As sort of a general principle for entrepreneurs he has three daily rituals you need to have.

1. Daily exercise and revitalization. You need a time where you are using your body and letting your mind not focus on the task at hand. The exercise has all the long term health benefits, but it also has short term mental and emotional benefits. I like to think of exercise as clearing out all the emotions in your body. So much of what we feel isn’t in our heads, but in our body. When you exercise that kinds of gets pushed out. In general the emotion of working out is positive, or at least becomes positive as you make it a habit.

I actually made a video on my old video podcast about emotion and the body.

I have to confess this one isn’t a daily ritual for me yet. I’m still running in training for the Houston Half Marathon, but not on a daily basis. Not even on a 5 day a week basis, but I am going to pick that up.

2. Business Dashboard. Peter Drucker said “Measure what matters”. And what you measure is what changes for the better. I’ve found this idea very relevant in all walks of life. Eben says you need a business dashboard that you – or someone on your team – updates on a daily basis with the most important stats in your business. And he gives you a very easy way to do it.

Just make a spreadsheet. Dates down the side, stats as colums across. Mine basically has traffic to my websites, sales of my products, subscribers to my email list and podcast. I now update it every morning for the day before.

3. Create a piece of content every day. Just create something. For me that has mostly been blog posts, but it could be video scripts, or emails, or info products. It’s the reason I’m writing this post today.

That’s it. Really simple and can make a big impact on your life and your business.

Now I’m off to update my dashboard.