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There was a children's TV program aired in England about 20 years ago, where the primary prop in the setting was a lighted floor. Basically, the lights on the floor were off, and only as the people on the show took a step did the light appear.

They had to take a step forward before any light went on.

This is quite the opposite of how people really want to move forward. Most of us prefer to "see the light" before we take the next step. We want to know where we are going, and see all the steps illuminated and lined up, so that we can go from point A to point B, B to C, C to D, D to E and so on.

But the truth is, that is not really how we move forward. The truth is that often, only the first step you take will be visible. The only way to see the second step is for you to be one- hundred percent wholly committed to taking step one.

That is truly what change is like. There's no denying that change is uncomfortable, but if you want to accomplish your goals, you're going to have to step up, move forward and make changes as you go along. The more comfortable you get at doing that, the more stepping up will be a constant experience in your life.

So, if you are serious about doubling or tripling your income, for example, you could go to Vegas or play the lottery, but the real way to accomplish your goal involves doing some things that up until now, you've been resisting.

You may not even realize that you've been unwilling or unable to make changes. It's amazing how creative people can be at avoiding change.

But, whether you want to make ten thousand, a hundred thousand, a million, or ten million, whatever the level or the goal, the process is exactly the same

In order to affect any kind of change, in your life or in your business, you have to take the first step without being one-hundred percent certain about where your foot is going to land.

That takes courage, and it takes faith. That is what change requires.

Commit one-hundred percent to taking step one. You don't need to know what's going to happen after step one if you never get there. You will only know what happens next when you take that step. You won't ever get there if you keep asking questions.

You've got to act, and jump right in with both feet, even when you don't know where that jump will land you.

Once you master this process of change, and just keep stepping through it, you will find yourself more and more comfortable with moving forward without knowing where the next step leads.

As you find the courage to take one step after another, I promise, things are going to change for you.

Bernadette Doyle specializes in helping entrepreneurs attract a steady stream of ideal clients. If you want to get clients calling you instead of you calling them, sign up for her free weekly e-zine at http://www.clientmagnets.com

There are many ways to become a client magnet. Here are 20 proven methods that will help you to achieve astonishing business results.

•      Carefully choose the niche that you want to be known as an expert at.

•      Learn everything there is to know about your declared area of expertise. Go through the experiences and learn the lessons, connect with a mentor and then put it into practice to be successful. Only then can you teach and help other people to do the same.

•      Pick something that you're passionate about; when you're passionate, that really shows through.

•      You will make a greater impact in a place where you genuinely have some value to offer.

•      Realize that you don't have to try to get every person you ever encounter to become a client.

•      Build your relationship with the people who have already "raised their hands" and expressed an interest in your product or service.

•      Focus your effort and energy on people who are pre-qualified to buy. It is more pleasurable to work with and for them than to try to convert people who will never be interested or will never be qualified to buy your services.

•      Approach your tasks with the right energy. A positive attitude will resonate with your clients; conversely, so will negativity.

•      Be a congruent model for success by focusing on and being committed to your prospects and clients.

•      Use one-to-many methods for connecting with clients and offering services, as much as possible.

•      Put systems in place to start building your list.   Then continue to grow and improve your lead generation systems.

•      Know the principles behind offering ethical bribes, such as a free report, and have processes in place to handle responses.

•      Incite a call to action by creating a sense of urgency for people to sign up with you or purchase your offer. Deadlines work well for this.

•      Don't underestimate the value of affiliates and joint venture partnerships.

•      Be consistent. Systematize and automate your process so that you can make money even when you aren't working.

•      Use articles, teleseminars and social media to increase your exposure and the perception of you as an expert.

•      Use quality software to build and maintain your websites and blogs.

•      Always offer an upgrade with every sale.

•      Build relationships by following up with the people you meet at networking events right after the event.

•      Offer something for free or do a product giveaway at an event, collecting contact information in exchange for entry.

Implementing just some of these strategies today will add many more prospects to your list and take you closer to a more profitable business.   When you've applied them all, you will be a true client magnet.

Do you dream about creating an amazingly successful business?

Do you have a plan mapped out inside your head?

Do you dream about creating an amazingly successful business?

Do you have a plan mapped out inside your head to get it started?

Or are you looking for miracles to make your dream a reality?

Whether your starting out with your business or planning for growth, both of these seemingly conflicting concepts
need to co-exist inside your head.

It is very important that you have realistic expectations.

If you don't have a budget and you don't have any spare time, can you really expect to make an extra £20,000 a   month from your business? While it is certainly possible to earn that much money, you're going to have to invest a certain amount of your time, effort, and money to make it happen.

But before you do anything at all, you need to have a plan. What I would like you to do right now is to take a moment, grab a sheet of paper, and draw a long line on it.

At the first end of that line, write the words "me today." This represents where you are now. At the other end of the line, write down the words "1 year" and "revenue target."

Write down whatever that number is that you want to reach in one year's time. It could be £100,000, £250,000, £500,000, or even a million plus. When you have this goal clearly expressed on paper, then you can work out the steps you need to take to get there.

The first step toward reaching your revenue target is to take stock of your current assets. Think about your time, resources, and money.

If you find that you don't have an abundance of all those assets, don't panic. Consider the marketing concept that addresses the balance of money and time and creativity. If you're short in one area, expect that you will need to put in more effort in the others.

So if you're short on money, for instance, you will probably need to spend a lot more time to get your business going. If you're short on time, then you'll probably think about outsourcing from day one in order to maximize the hours you can devote to reaching your goal.

If you're short on both, then you need to put your creative juices to work.

Don't let any of these scenarios deter you. Building your online business and earning the income you desire is a very realistic and very attractive prospect for you. An online business has a very low in startup cost. The overheads are low. And, the percentage of profit that you get to keep is high. Keep your expectations and your evaluation of your assets realistic.

At the same time, it is also important to remember this other concept –

Believe in miracles.

In fact, plan on them. This may appear to contradict keeping your expectations realistic, but really, it doesn't. It is harder to quantify, but there's definitely a magic in just getting started. Doors are going to open that you can't even imagine right now.

Until you get started down that road toward your goal, you have no idea where it is going to lead you. Once you actually take physical steps on that path, the universe will take 10 steps toward you.

Balancing your realistic expectations with your belief that miracles await you will tip the scales in your favor and assure you a very successful year ahead! Go ahead, set your expectations high, plan for the future AND always remember miracles await you.

Bernadette Doyle specializes in helping entrepreneurs attract a steady stream of ideal clients. If you want to get clients calling you instead of you calling them, sign up for her free weekly e-zine at http://www.clientmagnets.com

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