The Mental Game

Are You an Entrepreneur or a Freelancer?

September 3, 2015 by

The most successful freelancers I know are very entrepreneurial. They have nearly as much (if not the same) business sense as they have talent in their chosen craft. ...

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#028: How Focus@Will Improves Focus, Productivity and Creativity

March 19, 2015 by

Music has been a big part of my life since I was a kid. But for years I had the hardest time finding music that enabled me to focus on my work.

I spent hours carefully curating playlists on iTunes. I tried dozens of Pandora stations. And, of course, I ...

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#024: Why So Many Women Struggle in Business — and What to Do About It

January 22, 2015 by

I remember when one of my female colleagues first told me about the struggles many self-employed women face. It was about 10 years ago.

"Yes, there's discrimination," she said. "But much of it is self-sabotage. We just weren't brought up like men. We're not supposed to be driven and assertive."

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#021: Forget Goals! Focus on Habits Instead (Pt. 2 of 2)

November 25, 2014 by

In the previous episode, I shared my recent experiments with habit development techniques ... and why I'm getting away from traditional goal setting.

Today's show is the second part of this important discussion. I've brought in my colleague James Clear to delve deeper into the topic.

James has done extensive ...

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Fill ‘Em Up Phil vs. Negative Nellie: A Fun and Practical Way to Drive Out Negative Self-Talk

August 30, 2013 by

Oh, the joys of self-employment!

There's nothing like having full control over your schedule, making your own decisions and working on projects you enjoy.

But that kind of freedom also has a dark side. When you work alone, there's no one to turn to when negative thoughts start creeping in. ...

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Massive Action: The Unspoken Ingredient of Freelance Success

June 27, 2013 by

If I had to name just ONE reason why so many solo professionals fail to achieve their goals it would be this:

Failure to take MASSIVE action on a continual basis.

Action alone will usually move you in the direction of your goals. But it's not guaranteed. However, if ...

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The “Factor of 3” Challenge: Achieving Uncommon Success By Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone

April 12, 2013 by

In this training episode, I'll explain why the standard advice many success gurus talk about keeps us from realizing our biggest dreams. I'll then introduce you to a new concept: The "Factor of 3 Challenge."

I'll show you why it's a much more sensible approach to accomplishing your biggest goals. ...

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How to Create a Marketing Plan You’ll Actually Enjoy Implementing

March 28, 2013 by

Most of us would rather do boring chores around the house than to go out for a run.

That's what Dan Ariely, a behavioral economics professor and author of Predictably Irrational, discovered a few years ago when he surveyed almost 3,000 Oprah.com.

Ariely found that even though all of us ...

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How to Sell Your Services More Effectively and With Great Confidence

March 14, 2013 by

The topic of "selling" rarely gets the attention and respect it deserves — especially among freelancers and solopreneurs. Some freelancers think it’s too hardcore for what they do. Others are scared of coming across as a stereotypical used car salesperson.

But if you can’t persuade prospects to hire you — ...

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How to Tap Friends, Colleagues and Clients for Leads and Referrals

March 1, 2013 by

Referrals are one of the best ways to grow your solo business profitably — especially when they come from friends or colleagues you trust.

Unfortunately, many of us don't get as many referrals as we'd like. Which begs the question: Is there a way to get more and better referrals ...

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