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The ONLY Resolution You Need to Make in 2015
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Welcome to 2015!

On behalf of the entire Firepole Marketing team, I want to wish you and your loved ones a healthy, joyful and prosperous New Year.

And with another “dropping off the ball” comes yet another shiny list of resolutions.

Now let’s get something straight about the whole New Year’s Resolution thing. Some people love’em, others hate’em.

In fact, if we’re being honest about it, it’s been quite trendy in recent years to flat out decry resolutions as nothing but drunken utterances and mindless drivel.

“Screw resolutions – Where the hell’s my bubbly!”

(Overheard at my last NYE party… proclaimed emphatically enough to hear over Ryan Seacrest’s broadcast).

I prefer a middle ground.

You see, I believe there are two main problems with resolutions:

The first is that we have this awful habit of treating resolutions like a wish list of things we feel that we’re entitled to… something the universe will magically grant us if only we wished hard enough.

This becomes problematic when we never actually stop to think about the practical steps needed to achieve it. A critical path if you will.

The second issue is that we simply make too many resolutions to sustain. Sure I’d enjoy a 7-figure bank account, 6-pack abs, and copious amounts of free time to spend with loved ones while pursuing creative, emotional and spiritual bliss.

And yes, it’s great to have all those goals, but if we’re going to have any shot at creating lasting change in our lives, why not start with just one?

But with so many options on the table, how do you pick the most important… the most impactful – the one, that if accomplished, would really push the envelope in all other areas of your life?

“One Ring to Rule Them All” for all the LOTR fans out there.

Another issue I frequently here is the supposed conflict between personal and professional resolutions. Many people fail to realize that the two actually aren’t mutually exclusive, but interdependent.

If done right, creating lasting success in your business AND leading a fulfilling life are simply two sides of the same coin… and a well-thought out resolution has enough horsepower to cover them both.

So what kind of resolution are we talking about here?

If you want to know what I *truly* believe, it’s this:

The single most important resolution you can make this year (personally and professionally) is to make as BIG an impact as possible on the lives of as many people as possible.

Sounds simple enough, right? But it does require some deep thought as to how you’re going to apply it.

And the focus and clarity needed to properly align your goals and resolutions with your most authentic, impactful vision DOES require dedicated space and time.

For me, *retreats* are the ultimate form of conscious withdrawal as they give me a chance to escape from the hubbub of everyday life, both renewing myself and giving me a chance to create a clear vision for the upcoming year.

That’s why my team and I will officially be heading off to the mountains (officially off the grid) between January 4-11. And I totally encourage you to find some personal retreat time yourself… even if it’s just in a quiet corner of the local coffee shop.

We’ll have more on the topic of retreats in an upcoming podcast (stay tuned), but for now, just know that there’s nothing more conducive to pulling back and carving out some solid intentions for what you’d like to create in your life.

For me, personally, I’m devoting 2015 to empowering more entrepreneurs than ever to light the way for others. That’s how I go from making a positive impact on a few thousand, to helping improve the lives of millions.

Stay tuned over the next few weeks as I reveal exactly how I plan to fulfill this resolution. Hint: It involves you. ;-)

And if you’re still trying to cement your resolution for 2015, may I suggest you declare this as the year you FINALLY share your gifts with as wide an audience as possible, and extend your reach and impact?

It may not be so obvious on the surface, but when you make this your goal, then you open the doorway for more profit, a larger, more engaged audience, and of course, greater personal fulfillment.

I believe that everyone (yes, even YOU) was born to teach, lead, and inspire… but sometimes we get so lost in the tactics and challenges of running a business that we lose sight of what comes most natural to us.

So let’s all reconnect with that leader within, and make this the year we clarify our mission, sharpen our expertise, and learn the most effective means for sharing our insights with those who stand to benefit from them the most.

And if we do that… the profits will follow, too! :-)

More on the “how” in a few short weeks, but for now, enjoy this special moment with your loved ones, and start envisioning how this truly can be your best freakin’ year ever.

To shining even brighter in 2015!

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17 Ways To Explosively Grow Your Audience Based Business

Part 3: Increase Your Profit Per Sale
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Editor’s Note: this is the third post in a series on how to explosively grow your audience-based business. Hassan had so much to say on the subject that we asked him to write 3 in-depth posts all about how to grow your business!

Do you ever feel like your audience based business isn’t living up to its potential?

Your fingers ache from creating killer content, you’re burnt out from all the networking you’re doing, and your brain is numb from thinking of new ways you can help your audience.

But you still feel as if your business could be better. You feel as if your audience could be bigger, your relationships stronger, and your profits higher…

The first step to living up to your business potential is to generate more leads. And thanks to the strategies in part one of this series, you’ve got loads more people viewing your website, product, or blog.

The second step to explosively growing your business is to increase your conversions, which is the percentage of people that buy from you. We covered that in part two of this series.

This week, it’s all about profit per sale.

Let’s go.
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3 Simple Email InBox Management Hacks to Give You Back 1 Hour a Day
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nine o' clock Tweet it! Oh, email. We love and hate you all at the same time. We use you to stay in touch with long lost (or newly made) friends, build our businesses, reach out, learn, grow.

And we simultaneously despise you for interrupting every. single. thought. with your little pop up of new messages dropping in our inbox.

Remember the 90’s when the words “You’ve Got Mail” were so exciting that they were turned into a movie? It’s time to bring that love back.

I have 3 simple hacks for your email to give you back (at least) an hour of your day.
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Firepole Funnies #015: Holiday Planning
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Comic15Enjoying the Firepole Funnies?

If you liked what you read here, please let Christina (and the rest of the Firepole team) know in the comments below. Feel free to suggest future comic strip ideas – we can’t guarantee we’ll use your idea, but we’re always open to suggestions!
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CEI 102: Becoming A Socially-Conscious Entrepreneur with Ryan Eliason
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Many of us do what wedo because at the root of it all, we want to make a difference for the better in the world. Very often, however, it seems like what is getting in the way of that is the same thing that so often makes it possible – money.

Money and social change have not always been the most comfortable of bedfellows. But, long time socially conscious entrepreneur and coach Ryan Eliason wants to change that and start viewing money as a tool to accomplish the good things that you want to see done.

So let’s get started! All you have to do is click the play button below.

Podcast runtime: 24 min 34 seconds | Transcript

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