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9 Steps To Create A Better Life

Would you like to create a better life? These are the 9 steps that will take you from a life that frustrates you to the one you envision in your dreams. I learned learned these through my own personal experience.

1 Release any victim mentality and acknowledge and absorb the fact that you have the right, permission, and privilege of creating the life you desire.

create better life2 Envision the life you desire. Seek a divine confirmation that it’s in your highest good.

3 Emotionally engage with your vision. What does it look like? How will you feel when it’s here? Immerse yourself in the vision and the emotions of it. Bathe in it.

4 Make any personal changes you need to be worthy, deserving and capable of receiving and enjoying the vision. Let the vision hold you accountable in the little decisions along the way.

5 Grow a spine. Say no to anything that is outside your vision or will lead you away from it. Say yes to anything that aligns with it. Clear boundaries are essential.

6 Keep refining your vision, allow God to have input into it. What you thought you wanted may not be best for you. Allow the vision to morph.

7 Surrender to God how, when, where and who else is involved.

8 Trust God’s timing is perfect. Live in gratitude that the vision is on its way to you.

9 Embrace it when it arrives and continually live in gratitude and wonder to God for His divine orchestration, mercy for mistakes you made along the way, and generosity. What comes will be much better than anything you envisioned.

Notice nothing in this says you have to think or act perfectly along the way. You’re going to make mistakes and sometimes royally screw up.

You’ll struggle with doubt, negative thoughts and maybe even depression. You may even feel betrayed by and angry with God.

Adjust, get back on track, ask for forgiveness but most of all forgive yourself. You probably will feel you didn’t deserve the blessing in the end. Forgive yourself and accept God’s amazing mercy and grace.

Are you ready to create your own amazing life? Click here to learn more.

About Marnie Marcus

Marnie (Pehrson) Marcus is a best-selling author and marketing and social media consultant specializing in digital content creation and Facebook Ad Management. Get a FREE 20-minute strategy session with Marnie here.

Create Information Products: Leverage Your Wisdom-Serve More People

  • Are you ready to stop trading hours for dollars?
  • Would you like to create more revenue streams without taking personal time away from your family?
  • Would you like to reach more people with your work and your message?
  • Would you like to help more people with what you do best?

Information products and online training programs are a great way to do all of these. Downloadable information products can bring much needed cashflow into your business while you sleep or vacation.

Busting A Couple Myths About Information Product Creation

Myth 1: Most people assume creating an information product or program has to take a long time. It doesn’t. Not if you have a system for creating it.

Myth 2: A lot of people also assume an information product wouldn’t fit well with their business. Even businesses built around physical products (like essential oils, clothing, makeup, extermination services) can all benefit from information products.

Myth 3: Many feel like they aren’t an expert in anything and that no one would pay for an information product they would create. You’d be surprised at what people will pay to learn.

In my Free Training Series, “Is There An Information Product In You?” I share ideas for determining if creating an information product is a good route for you. (You can get this free tutorial using the signup form on this page.)

If you’re not sure if you are ready to create an information product, here are a few questions to help you determine if you’re ready to leverage your knowledge or life lessons into programs and products.

Consider These Questions

create information products1) “I help people solve what problem?” What problem do people struggle with that you can solve? You may help people solve multiple problems, but could you pick one?

2) “Who do I help?” Describe this person in as much detail as you can.

3) “I help them by teaching them what?” Could you break it down into three steps or points?

4) “And here are the results they get…” What kind of results do people get from working with you?

5) Name 1-3 people you have helped who have received positive results from working with you.

If you can answer those questions, you’re ready for my system of creating products in a week or less.

If you can’t answer those questions, here’s a little homework you can do to get ready to leverage your influence through my duplicatable product creation system.

1) Start a Focus Group – think of 2-5 people who fit the audience you’d like to work with.

2) Take Your Focus Group through the Process – Invite the list of people to participate in your training. You might put them in a group and help them together in 1-3 phone calls. If you’d rather, you can work with them one-on-one. It doesn’t have to be as a group format. Offer participants your training in exchange for them giving you feedback and testimonials (assuming they benefit from working with you).

3) Give participants an assessment before you work with them. This is as simple as several questions asking them to rate themselves on a scale of 1-5 in different areas that relate to the problem you intend to solve.

4) Give participants the same assessment again at the end of the training to see how they improved.

5) Document the process. Record your calls. Hang onto any handouts or items you create for them.

6) Ask for testimonials.

Now you have a process. You know whether it works and you hopefully have some glowing testimonials you can use.

Once you’ve done this (or something similar to it), you’re ready to offer training programs that can be resold as a product. To learn more about my free tutorial on preparing to create information products, go here.

If you’ve already watched the training series and want to get started, go here.

 

About Marnie Marcus

Marnie (Pehrson) Marcus is a best-selling author and marketing and social media consultant specializing in digital content creation and Facebook Ad Management. Get a FREE 20-minute strategy session with Marnie here.

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How to Accomplish Big Things

Want to know how to accomplish big things? Here’s a lesson from history on how…

Whether you’re LDS or not you probably have seen one of their 155 temples. “The Mormons” are known for their gorgeous temples. But do you know the story of the first one?

Back in the 1830s God told Joseph Smith to build a temple. Joseph shared this with the people. They owned a piece of land in Kirtland, OH they would use. Three months came and went with no work on the temple. And the Lord started to chastise Joseph for not acting on this project.

When I read this I thought. “That’s a huge undertaking for a small new denomination. They didn’t even know what it really was for or what it was supposed to look like. You’d think God would cut them some slack. Give them more information.”

Have you ever felt God tell you to do something that seemed huge? So you waited for more instruction but all you got in time was a feeling of “why haven’t you done anything with what I told you to do?”

When the Lord sort of fussed at Joseph and the people about this, Joseph’s brother Hyrum Smith went out to the property and started digging. He had no idea what the thing was supposed to look like, but he knew it needed a foundation. So he started digging that.

accomplish big thingsOnce Hyrum started digging, God sent a revelation to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery of what the temple should look like. They saw a full holographic image over their heads. They saw the dimensions, the completed exterior and interior.

But the details weren’t revealed until Hyrum did the only thing he knew to do — dig.

What is the first baby step you know to take toward your big dream? Or big project? The secret to making big things happen is to stop concerning yourself with all the steps you don’t know yet, and focus on the one right in front of you.

It’s been my experience that once you take that step, the next will reveal itself. Do the next, and the next will follow. “Line upon line, precept upon precept.” This is how God instructs you to build big things.

Are you ready to dig into that perplexing tech, business or online marketing project? Need a hand? Book a FREE 20-Minute Strategy session with me to talk about how to Get It Done!

About Marnie Marcus

Marnie (Pehrson) Marcus is a best-selling author and marketing and social media consultant specializing in digital content creation and Facebook Ad Management. Get a FREE 20-minute strategy session with Marnie here.

Work on my existing marriage to see if I can bring it around.

Big Dreams Require Big Sacrifices

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about going for big dreams and achieving them. While I do believe we can set goals and achieve them and envision big dreams and navigate toward them, how they materialize isn’t always what we expect.

In fact, the bigger the dream, the bigger the price you’re probably going to have to pay.

For example in August 2011 on the way home from a family beach vacation, I caught the vision of a loving, connected marriage. I envisioned being with a lively, energetic person who would travel with me and share a true connection with me. I wasn’t sure how that was going to happen because I was not in that type of relationship at the time. The plan I laid out to achieve that looked something like this:

  1. Get in shape, get healthy. In other words, make myself energetically capable of achieving the dream.
  2. Work on my existing marriage to see if I can bring it around.
  3. Hope that somehow my spouse would start taking care of himself and get passionate about life.
  4. Keep making the great money I made at the time and travel and see the world.

Big Dreams Rarely Materialize As Planned

When I envisioned my big dreams, I never would have chosen the route I ended up traveling. I do believe it was important for me to have a plan and step out onto the path. Getting in shape and getting healthy gave me the strength for the more rigorous path that I ended up traveling. Also, having a compelling vision kept me going when I otherwise would have thrown in the towel.

Here’s how the road to my big dreams really looked…

  1. Lose your business overnight.
  2. Scramble to re-invent yourself FAST.
  3. Get divorced after 28 years.
  4. Make some stupid dating mistakes.
  5. Get your heart stomped on after giving a relationship all you had.
  6. Learn how to set boundaries with men and truly value yourself.
  7. Give up on the whole idea of getting married and just be okay with yourself.
  8. Find the love of your life (the son of one of your good friends) right under your nose. In fact, you’ll pass him every day as he directs traffic outside your son’s middle school.
  9. big dreamsFigure out how to open up your heart again and release the fear to let him in.
  10. Get married after a brief engagement.
  11. Suffer a health challenge that negatively impacts your business.
  12. Lose confidence in yourself mentally, spiritually and financially.
  13. Lose your home and property you bought with your grandfather’s inheritance.
  14. Start over in a smaller “new for us together” house.
  15. Take your business in a different direction – a direction you’ve been resisting.
  16. Find some great clients to work with who send you lots of word-of-mouth referrals so you can get back on your feet again.
  17. Find more peace and harmony in your home than you’ve ever had in your life.
  18. Love the man you married more each and every day.
  19. Take that beach vacation together that you envisioned 5 years earlier.

Not in a million years would I have crafted a plan including that much disappointment, heartache, or loss.

Was it worth it? Yes, absolutely!

Lessons Learned from Going for Big Dreams

  • the path you are resistingThe path we keep resisting is often the path we’re supposed to travel.
  • Nothing comes without a price. Within everything bad is an equal and opposite good. And sometimes the road to heaven takes a detour through hell.
  • Through it all, God is with you. You may have times when you can’t hear His voice and you think He’s abandoned you, but He is found in the tiny little tender mercies – the friend who comes to your aid in your darkest moment, or the scrap gold you find in an old jewelry box that you can sell to pay a bill.
  • It’s all about learning to TRUST. You come to the end and KNOW — absolutely KNOW it wasn’t you that created the happy ending, because there’s no way on earth you would have created such a crazy path to get there.
  • Only God is creative enough to give you your dream with the added bonus of all the character traits, life lessons and valuable experiences to shape you into the person worthy of the dream.

So craft that vision that makes your heart sing and propels you forward at all costs. Formulate your plan to get started. Take action. Let go. Let go. Let go. And hang on for the ride, knowing in the end it will all be worth it.

About Marnie Marcus

Marnie (Pehrson) Marcus is a best-selling author and marketing and social media consultant specializing in digital content creation and Facebook Ad Management. Get a FREE 20-minute strategy session with Marnie here.

An Author’s Golden Elixir

I’d been fascinated by the life of my 4th great grandmother, Dicey Langston, for nearly two decades before deciding to write a book about her life. Her story was the first fiction novel I ever wrote. It hooked me, reeled me into the power of fiction and the golden elixir of story. Over the next few years, I wrote at least nine more novels, eventually tutoring with editors to further perfect my craft.

Writing fiction was a part of my “hero’s journey” as an author. I traveled to other worlds and brought back the elixir of story. In every nonfiction book I’ve written since then, you’ll find stories woven throughout. Stories are what engage your readers, draw them in, connect to their hearts. Once the emotional connection is established, it is much easier to convey principles.

When you emotionally connect truth to a memorable story, it’s like linking a memory to a song. You know what I’m talking about. There’s that song that comes on and suddenly you’re transported back in time to a funny memory of the sixth grade or back to your first kiss. Stories that tug at your emotions implant truths deep into your mind where they stick. Remember the story, and you “feel” the principle. It becomes a part of you at a deeper level than if someone just “preached at you” insisting, “you should do this or that.”

This is why the central focus of my Create a WOW Book System is my Collaborative Creation and Story Method. Once you learn how to craft a compelling story, you have the building blocks of a page-turner.

Use the magic of story to create a WOW with your book – join my Create a WOW Book System 

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About Marnie Marcus

Marnie (Pehrson) Marcus is a best-selling author and marketing and social media consultant specializing in digital content creation and Facebook Ad Management. Get a FREE 20-minute strategy session with Marnie here.

A Journey of a Thousand Miles Begins with Hope

A journey of a thousand miles begins with HOPE. But what if you’ve lost hope? You feel stuck, sad, maybe depressed. 6 years ago I had lost all hope in an important area of my life.

A Journey of a 1,000 Miles begins withI noticed some verses in the Bible about Jesus being the resurrection and the life. I caught hold on the idea that Jesus could resurrect this dead thing. It gave me HOPE… and with hope, I set my feet on a path that led to something beautiful and wonderful.

It didn’t happen in the way I expected or with the people or conditions that began my journey, but that dead area of my life came alive.. more beautiful, blossoming and wonderful than it ever had been before.

Let Jesus resurrect what is dead in your life… and let go of how He does it or what it’s going to look like in the end. Just know that it will be glorious!

 

About Marnie Marcus

Marnie (Pehrson) Marcus is a best-selling author and marketing and social media consultant specializing in digital content creation and Facebook Ad Management. Get a FREE 20-minute strategy session with Marnie here.

Regardless Of Appearances, I Choose to Believe

It was such a gorgeous day, I decided to go for a walk. I feel so blessed to live in this beautiful place.

It’s the first time I’ve been out here since our neighbor planted sod. I sat down to enjoy it and was so overcome with the beauty of it that I started to cry. To think 2.5 years ago this field was overgrown with briers, bushes and trees.

I stood out here and spoke aloud the new life I chose. In prayer I co-created the lifchoose to believee I envisioned with God —

  • That this field would be cleared and beautiful,
  • that I’d be out of the painful marriage I was in and married to a man I could connect with, love and respect deeply, and
  • that together we could turn this place into what I envisioned in my mind.

As I sat here looking at this field that’s been entirely cleared and beautified by our neighbor, Mr Sims, I thought of my husband whom I adore and realized if God can do this much, He most certainly can do the rest. Why stop now? I choose to keep on believing, regardless of appearances!

About Marnie Marcus

Marnie (Pehrson) Marcus is a best-selling author and marketing and social media consultant specializing in digital content creation and Facebook Ad Management. Get a FREE 20-minute strategy session with Marnie here.

Can you own an idea?

In one of my favorite books, “Return from Tomorrow,” George Ritchie shares the account of his 9 minute death and subsequent visit to the spirit realms. He saw people in various locations. Some were still tied to their old lives and others had moved on.

imageHe saw a heavenly lab where ideas were created and dropped like lightning bolts onto the earth. Raining ideas on everyone. Those who were in tune, picked them up. Of those, a few took action and implemented them. I like that way of looking at inspiration.

I think that’s why we get three asteroid movies released at the same time! Lol

In my opinion, you don’t own an idea until you implement it. And even then there’s probably someone else out there who got it at the same time you did and implemented it with their own spin. So more likely, ideas aren’t owned at all.

In fact, ideas are rained down on us to serve and bless lives. We’re all building and improving on ideas… Hopefully for the benefit of society.

Some people obsess so much over ownership of an idea, they forget that it’s all about serving others. When Moses was called by God to deliver the Children of Israel, he kept making excuses about how he was a nobody and he couldn’t speak. God kept painting a picture of Israel’s deliverance and reminded him of His power. In other words, “This isn’t about you, Moses. Get your ego out of the way and let Me bless lives and liberate people through you!”

I think when ego’s in the way there are two main groups of people. Those who won’t implement because they are concerned they’ll look dumb or fail, and those who implement because they want all the glory and accolades. Both of them forget the real purpose behind the idea… To be of service.

So when a great idea strikes, forget yourself, think of the lives it will bless and get to work!

About Marnie Marcus

Marnie (Pehrson) Marcus is a best-selling author and marketing and social media consultant specializing in digital content creation and Facebook Ad Management. Get a FREE 20-minute strategy session with Marnie here.

Money Is a Means to an End. Not the End.

I’ve been a big proponent of barter and synergistic relationships for years. I know a lot of abundance and business experts don’t agree with me. They believe that you need to always ask for the money, and to do less is devaluing yourself.

money plantMoney is a symbol of value. It’s a way to quantify energy – the energy of labor, goods, services, time, etc. While I certainly do enjoy having money for things that must to be paid that way, I get super excited about the way nature pays.

Nature is much more generous with me than I would be with myself. What I would ask for in cash value is rarely as much as I’m paid in use value by natural laws. But even if I don’t ask enough, I believe by law the excess energy will come back around when I need it.

In any free energy exchange (whether money is used or not) at least two people are blessed. Not only am I getting what I want or need, but at least one other person is as well. This is one reason why theft is wrong. It’s also why forcing someone else to be charitable is wrong. You’re taking the energy, but nothing is being given in exchange.

I have had so many wonderful things come to me that did not require money on my part. They did require relationship capital and sometimes an expenditure of my mental capital. Here are a few things I’ve received through collaboration and synergistic friendships that I did not have to pay cash for:

  • Professional branding and rebranding consulting
  • Disney tickets for the whole family
  • Web design and graphics work
  • Instruction on web design
  • New clients, referrals, leads
  • Programming code and instruction
  • Free sales and marketing advice
  • Private mentoring on abundance that in time multiplied my revenue 10-fold!
  • A friend and I once generated $40,000 in a month through collaboration and repeated it for the next 3 months.
  • Private tutoring on creative writing and editing from a university professor
  • Private instruction on copywriting, including re-writes of my copy, critiques of my copy, and even complete sales pages and emails written for me.
  • A round table of experts who’ll brainstorm with me on virtually any idea I come up with as needed.
  • Amazing insights from gifted visionaries who’ve helped me along my spiritual path.
  • Professional advice on structuring and optimizing group coaching and mentoring.
  • Assistance at my events – people who manned book sales tables, brought refreshments, found locations for the events.
  • Two #1 Amazon bestsellers and #1 Amazon Movers and Shakers and a Barnes and Noble bestseller
  • Private coaching and product development advice.
  • A team of people who gathered around me with professional advice, support and encouragement when I took the biggest leap ever in my business.

That’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Money is a means to an end. It isn’t the end. What’s important are the things you trade the money for — the resources, time savings, energy savings, wisdom, work and goods. I’ve been richly blessed to receive the things I need, often without money being involved at all.

In my asking and envisioning, I try to focus on the outcome I desire. For example I see myself traveling, or enjoying the lifestyle I desire. Or if it’s an item, I visualize myself in possession of the item and owning and enjoying it. It doesn’t matter “how” I get it (ethically of course). My earning the money to pay for it may never be a part of that equation.

For example, years ago when my oldest 3 kids were little they wanted to go to Disney World and we were planning a trip. I happened to be working on a database programming project for the VP of Sales at Coca-Cola. He was a nice family man and one day he mentioned he could get me free tickets to Disney. I figured he’d give me a ticket or two. He ended up giving us full multi-day hopper passes for the whole family!

I believe there always has to be an energy exchange. When we visualize something coming to us, we must give some energy to receive it.

For us to tap into this type of abundant living, we have to be open to inspiration that tells us to “do this,” “help this person,” “give that person this.” As we listen to those promptings and act, we sow the energetic seeds to later receive what we desire in return. I’ve found that while sometimes the person I help is the person who brings me my answer, more often the person I help is not the person who has what I need. It comes from someone else.

I must release WHERE it comes from, WHO else is involved and WHEN it will arrive. My job is to take care of ME (the only WHO I have a say about), WHAT I desire and WHY I desire it. Release the outcome, and let nature take its course. In the end not only will I receive what I need, but also several other people will probably have their desires met as well.

 

About Marnie Marcus

Marnie (Pehrson) Marcus is a best-selling author and marketing and social media consultant specializing in digital content creation and Facebook Ad Management. Get a FREE 20-minute strategy session with Marnie here.

Fine Tuning Your Dreams

old radioI’m noticing that as you approach your dream, there seems to be a fine tuning process. You know how on old radios you turn the dial to find a station and you start picking up something? It’s fuzzy at first, then a little clearer, a little clearer, clearer, until you know you are precise enough that the music comes through loud and strong.

As you maintain your vision and act on inspiration, you’ll be brought opportunities that are close to what you want, then even closer, and closer, and then so close you might think you’ve got it, but one more tiny adjustment and POP, you’ve found the clear channel. This is the opportunity you seize because it’s the one you’ve been waiting for.

There is a temptation to settle for “close enough”… but wait, let the opportunity have some growing room, see if it holds or if the static returns. Ask, listen and if the clarity holds, seize your dream. It’s yours. If it doesn’t hold, maintain your hope and vision. Something better’s just around the corner. And when it arrives, you’ll know why you never would’ve wanted to settle for the previous opportunities.

About Marnie Marcus

Marnie (Pehrson) Marcus is a best-selling author and marketing and social media consultant specializing in digital content creation and Facebook Ad Management. Get a FREE 20-minute strategy session with Marnie here.