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Negative thoughts were not anything I prepared for after an incredible European vacation. 

Are Your Reinforcing Negative Thoughts

I knew coming back from a 24 day trip around Europe with my daughter as a way to celebrate her college graduation even through her battle with MS was going to take a bit of adjustment time.

My mind was still on the other side of the world jumping off cliffs in Croatia, or tasting wines while listening to traditional music in Hungary,  lifting a stein yelling “Prost” at Oktoberfest in Germany or savoring every single bite of pasta in Italy.

After being home for three days, the jet lag was subsiding by Sunday.  But my mindset was still experiencing a little turbulence.  Multiple times that day I found myself saying, “I am dreading tomorrow.”

Tomorrow was back to the office.  Back to demands and deadlines and high heels.  It was traffic and chatter, the hustle and the bills.  It was catching up, hoping no one was upset I was gone for so long and could not perform and produce content at the pace I normally do because wifi was spotty all over Europe.  For an entire day, I was stuck there.

By Monday morning I was shuffling my feet down the hall to get ready saying the same thing to myself in my head… ”I am dreading this.” Suddenly, I stopped dead in my tracks.  I stood there and in one split second caught myself mid thought.  I could almost hear screeching breaks of negativity coming to halt.  The next thought was , “What the hell are you doing?! Are you really going to keep reinforcing negative thoughts, literally reinforcing dread?”

I am one of the most positive people I know.  It is rare that I get stuck in negative thinking patterns that effect my behavior or my goals let alone steal an entire day from me that could have been spent celebrating.  Celebrating what? Well, life in general to start with.

I marched straight to my bathroom, looked myself square in the eyes and swapped out the word dread with excited.

“I am excited about today.”

Then I continued…

“I am excited to be a woman business owner.”

“I am excited that I am smart.”

“I am excited that I have the opportunities that I do.”

“I am excited to be able to earn a living doing what I love.”

I am excited that I get to travel the world on the income I make.”

“I am excited I have a car to drive, a home to live in, an office to go to that I decorated and pay for.”

“I am excited about life, and being who I am.”

“Michelle, you are blessed.  Live in gratitude every single day, be excited and go out there and kick some ass. You got this!”

Everything shifted. 

By choosing to reset my mindset, focus on being positive, recognizing all that I have in my life to be excited about, I began, in an instant, reinforcing all that is good.  My meetings went incredibly well.  I felt so much love going back into my office and seeing everyone, sharing stories of our travels.  I realized I missed being in my office space that reflects so much of the hard work my business partner and I have done to grow our business.  From gripping the wheel driving down the freeway to editing videos for hours, I was back on track and not a single thought of dread entered my mind that day or since.

Is it normal to feel overwhelmed, get behind and think of something being dreadful to face? Yes.  The difference between success and failure, however, is how long you allow yourself to stay in that space and if you choose to dig deep enough to gain value, knowledge, and insight to take with you as you move forward and through it.

How long do you stay stuck in a negative mindset?

My advice:  Fine tune your listening skills.  Not listening to other people, but listening to yourself so you can stop negative self-talk before it stops you from being the best version of yourself every day.

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3 Tips For Becoming A Better Tweeter

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Michelle Renee

VERB Media Group

Founder | CEO

Michelle@VERBMediaGroup.com

 

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3 Tips to Be A Better Tweeter

 

If you are not tweeting for your business, you are missing the mark.

We’ve discussed the importance of incorporating social media into your businesses marketing strategy.  Today we’ll dive deeper into the subject with the world of Twitter.  Twitter is a wonderful social media platform with over 300 million active users daily.

For those of you looking to boost your engagement with your brand followers on Twitter here are ‘3 Tips For Becoming A Better Tweeter’.

1. Tweet Frequently

Twitter Tips for Businesses

 

Stay active with your followers on Twitter.  

Statistics show that businesses who tweet as often as possible have higher engagements with their followers.  Be sure to respond to followers who directly tweet your or send you a personal DM on Twitter.  This is a great way to build relationships with customers.

2. Use Trending Hashtags

3 Tips for Better Tweets

 

Twitter allows users to view what hashtags and topics are trending on the platform at any time in any location worldwide.  Trending topics have a large amount of people viewing what’s being tweeted about them.

Incorporating trending topics into your tweets occasionally is a great way to put your brand in front of more people and build your following.   Also, be sure to keep some of your tweets sounding personal so that people can easily relate to your brand.

3. Use Photos When Possible

Tips for Successful Tweeting

 

As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words.  

Nothing is truer than this.  Bright high quality photos that tell a story help your tweets to catch eyes and stand out.

Standing out of course is vital for businesses in a day and age where the majority of markets are flooded and oversaturated.

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Have a great day Verbies!

 

Tyler Matl

Creative Content Specialist

VERB Media Group

 

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15 Ways A Dog Can Improve Your Life

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That soft fur, those floppy ears, that quizzical look, how could you not fall in love?

1. Dogs increase your mood dramatically! 

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Spending just 15-30 minutes with your dog can help you feel more calm and relaxed, reducing stress and increasing happiness.

Playing with your pup increases your brain’s levels of dopamine and serotonin, both of which are neurotransmitters associated with pleasure and tranquility. So the next time you’re feeling down, grab a toy and spend some time with your pup! That wagging tail will be sure to put a smile on your face.

2. Having a dog may help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

 

Studies show that talking to and petting your pooches are often accompanied by lower blood pressure, and that means a lowered risk for a myriad of different illnesses.

3. Step aside, kitties! Dogs protect children from skin conditions and allergies.

Puppies can improve your life

Children who grow up with dogs have a lower risk of developing eczema than those who have cats or no dogs at all. Yes, it’s true! In addition, children also develop fewer pet allergies if they grow up with a dog.

4. Having a dog improves your physical wellbeing and encourages a healthy fitness routine.

Of course! Your dog requires daily exercise, and so do you! Dog owners carry the responsibility of playing with and working their dogs, so it only makes sense that dog people tend to be more active.

5. Humans with dogs recover more quickly from illnesses.

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Dog owners have a much higher rate of recovery from being sick than non-dog owners. In fact, humans with pooches who suffered from heart attacks were twice as likely to fully recover than those without!

6. Dogs make excellent service and alert animals. 

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Canines make excellent service companions when trained properly for people with disabilities. They can be trained to bring medication, alleviate a stressful situation for their human, and even detect an approaching epileptic seizure.

7. Children with dogs in their household miss less school.

Yes, it’s true. We all know that children absolutely adore pups, but research has shown that children from dog-owning families have better school attendance due to better overall health and less sickness from having a pup at home.

8. But wait, there’s more (for your kids)!

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Having dogs has actually been shown to improve a child’s self-esteem, and makes issues that cause stress easier to handle.

9. Simply put, they are a human’s best friend.

Dogs are mans best friend

Because of their heightened sense of smell, sight, and hearing, dogs are extremely intelligent creatures with a loyalty to their humans that is unexpectedly strong. Those with dogs will know–your pups can sense human body language, emotions, and feelings, and this paves the way for an unbreakable bond.

10. They make excellent watchdogs.

How dogs can improve your life

From puppyhood, dogs innately learn to watch and be aware of anything rotten coming your way. Potential burglars are put off by a barking or watching dog in the window. Rottweilers, German Shepherds, and Scottish Terriers are among the top watchdog breeds, but even my fluffy American Eskimo dog is known to be great at alerting families of anything odd or suspicious!

11. Dogs help increase social interactions.

Yes, not only do dogs need care and playtime with their humans, but they need time to socialize with other pups too! This means that their humans will have a chance to socialize while they oversee the puppy playdates. Those of you with pups know that even going on a walk in the neighborhood can bring many friends and start many conversations!

12. There’s never a dull or boring moment.

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Have you ever found yourself sitting at home, wondering what to do today? There are so many things you can do with your dog, whether that be taking a trip to the park, training, playing, running, or just watching them chew a toy. It’s all fun, for both of you.

13. Dogs may save your life.

Our lovely canine friends seem to be able to detect the smell of cancer in human bodies. There have been stories of pups who continued to lick and sniff at moles or lumps on their human’s bodies, who eventually found out that those skin conditions were cancerous. In fact, since humans made this discovery, dogs have even been trained in just 3 hours to detect cancer!

Dogs can change your life

14. Stressed at work? Let me prescribe you one adorable puppy.

Notice the increasing trend in workplaces allowing dogs to come to work with their humans? There’s a reason for that! Studies have shown that people who take their dogs to work have lower stress levels during the workday.

15. Having a dog makes YOU a better person!

Dogs and humans

The responsibility, patience, selflessness, and commitment that comes with having a dog makes us stronger, all-around better people.

The dog-human relationship is a two-way street. We’ve heard the phrase, “Who rescued who?” and it’s certainly something to consider. Dogs have proven that they improve our physical and mental health, as well as the health of those around us.

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I was driving down Interstate 5 over the weekend.

I looked over to my left and flying by me was a sexy, beautiful jet black Maserati. I grew up with four brothers as a complete tomboy fascinated by cars, engines, and craftsmanship of everything from furniture to architecture.

When that Maserati flew by, I was absorbed in the thought of the engineering it took to get that beast of a car on the road.

Then I got to thinking about my business. In terms of engineering, it took years of hard work, engineering on so many levels, to get VERB Media Group to where it is today. Lately, we are in overdrive.

This led me to ponder the idea of how I would take care of that car if I owned it. That led my mind to wonder further and ask myself why not take care of everything that I own, including my business, the same way.

What would happen if we began, and continued, treating our business like that brand new dream car that we are so pumped about driving?

You will get way more mileage out of your business.

Drive your business to success

Here is how you keep your business purring like a brand new Maserati.

Three Ways to Keep Your Business On the Road of Success

1. Keep it Shiny on the Outside

People can see your business in more ways than ever today.

Social media is a MUST for businesses to reach the broadest audience possible and disseminate information to the masses. What I mean by keeping it glossy and fresh on the outside like a brand new dream car is that you have to maintain an image of your brand.

That means top to bottom, inside and out, branded with messaging that speaks clearly to your audience. Your cover photos, Instagram posts, newsletters, logo, and anything else with your company’s name on it has to shine.

2. Keep it Clutter Free on the Inside

Don’t be that person who invites someone to get into their new ride and has to say, “Oh, sorry about the mess.”

You leave your possible passenger (AKA customer) standing there as you scramble to throw stuff in the back seat so they have a place to sit. It is the same for your business.

Presentation is everything! When someone walks through your door make sure they look inside and are in awe with the well thought out engineered details. You want your clients to be excited about the bells and whistles, as well as the people, the product and service you provide.

You want them to remember the “feeling” they get sitting down as you rev up your relationship building skills and get ready for the closing pitch!

3. Schedule Regular Business Tune Ups

Like a car that never gets a tune up or is always late getting oil changes, and is just plain neglected overall engine TLC department, your business will not run smooth or last as long without regular maintenance.

You need to be vigilant about this and look deep within the engine that keeps your business going. Ask yourself what does your business need for top performance? What do you need to change out to make sure your business is firing on ALL cylinders?

Ask others if they can see that you are doing all you can to ensure ROI is above expectation? Sometimes we, as big thinking entrepreneurs, are hyper focused and need some outside feedback from people we love and trust.

How often does your business need a tune up? Quarterly, at least.

Do yourself a favor and treat your business like it is your brand spanking new dream car that you want to drive every second of every day because you are so excited about it.

Drive your business to success.

Michelle Renee is the Founding Partner of VERB Media Group, a speaker, and published author. She lives in Southern California.

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