I’M PICKIN’ UP GOOD VIBRATIONS

I’M PICKIN’ UP GOOD VIBRATIONS

The familiar past becomes the predictable future.  (Dr. Joe Dispenza) The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes of mind. (William James) I attract to my life whatever I give my attention, energy, and focus to, whether positive or negative.  (Michael Losier) It doesn't matter whether you like the music of The Beach Boys, believe in the Law of Attraction, or if you've never heard of either one! At its essence, research in quantum physics continues to highlight the power our minds have over our lives.  More than you realize, success or failure really does often hinge on how you think and feel.  I have found examples time and…

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Mid-year Business Reality Check

Mid-year Business Reality Check

"Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning."  (Benjamin Franklin)   I've been reading and listening to Dr. Joe Dispenza (Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself: How to Lose your Mind and Create a New One), and something he says frequently has really stuck with me in a big way. It has impacted me personally and professionally. The statement that Dr. Joe often repeats is that the familiar past becomes the predictable future. The VERY basic idea is that most of us get up every day and repeat the same tasks and the same routine mindlessly. We even tend to think the same thoughts--day after day after day--without realizing we do it, or…

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Weight Loss And Marketing Plans…What’s Your Recipe For Greater Success?

Weight Loss and Marketing Plans…What’s Your Recipe for Greater Success?

If you’re like me, losing weight always seems to end up on the annual New Year’s (or mid-year, or every other Monday) to do list. I’m pleased to report that 2019 is finally the year I'm tackling my weight loss goal.  I want to nail it once and for all.  So far this year, I’ve lost almost 30 pounds.  (In case you’re wondering, I’m using the Weight Watchers Freestyle program.  And, no, I'm not being paid to endorse it!) So, how exactly does my weight loss journey inform my marketing? First, let me offer my personal weight loss success strategies: WW Freestyle offers a specific plan and I follow it daily. It helps me stay focused, and enables me to…

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Bold Business Owners THINK BIG And WORK SMALL

Bold Business Owners THINK BIG and WORK SMALL

When you're self-employed your DO list never seems to shrink.   It's always up to you to make sure that you're generating enough profit from your work to pay the bills and then some.  If you're anything like me, you started the new year with optimism and a list of great ideas.  Yet, the first quarter of the year is almost over and I have no choice but to admit to myself that I haven't made nearly the progress I intended.  Projects that should have been launched in January are still languishing on my desk. What's a business owner to do?  THINK BIG and WORK SMALL.  A bold business owner sets clear business goals (the THINKING BIG part): What are my…

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Fearless Freelancers And Solo Professionals Focus On Excellence

Fearless Freelancers and Solo Professionals Focus on Excellence

Self-employment tests your courage and commitment every single day. Trust me, I know.    Success or failure is up to you. Lack of focus, negative work habits that pull you off course, isolation, and fear-based thinking will sink you.   Fear-based freelancers: Are always planning and never implementing Are afraid of looking stupid Keep changing their niche or industry or services Make excuses Blend in, instead of STANDING OUT Think about making the call or taking action... Are slow on follow-through Will work with anybody  Sell based on price because they don't value what they're offering Are constantly looking for the #1 secret to success.... I can feel the fear just writing that list....! FearLESS freelancers: Believe in themselves and what…

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Struggling To MOVE FORWARD In Your Life? Maybe It’s Time To CLEAR THE CLUTTER

Struggling to MOVE FORWARD in your life? Maybe it’s time to CLEAR THE CLUTTER

“Simplicity! Simplicity! Simplicity! I say, let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand; instead of a million count half a dozen, and keep your accounts on your thumb-nail.”  (Henry David Thoreau) IF YOU’RE FEELING STUCK, CLEAR OUT THE CLUTTER Have you ever considered that your level of dissatisfaction is proportionate to the amount of clutter in your life? Our lives become cluttered in so many ways.  You can probably relate to the idea of too much stuff in your life—attics, garages, closets, corners, or your email box—any available space is filled with stuff. Add to that the clutter on your desk and/or in your office.  Stacks of “important” documents that are now many…

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Are You A New Leader Lost In The Weeds?

Are you a New Leader Lost in the Weeds?

If you're new to leadership after years of serving as a technical expert, taking on responsibility for other people--in addition to completing projects on time and on budget, serving clients, and nurturing new business leads--can result in stress and overwhelm if you go into the role thinking you can just wing it. Taking on a supervisory or leadership role means that it's no longer just about your success.  You are now accountable for the success of each member of your team, and each one will be at a different level on the technical/behavioral learning curve.  You need to be accessible.  You need to serve as a role model.  You need to think strategically.  You need to keep your team engaged…

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When It Comes To Marketing Your Professional Services, Are You A Marathoner Or A Sprinter?

When it comes to marketing your professional services, are you a marathoner or a sprinter?

"Either you run the day, or the day runs you."  (Jim Rohn) When I think of marketing my services, I remind myself regularly that I'm in it for the long haul. Marketing is not a one and done task.  Even professionals who've been in business for years can share a personal horror story or two about how they stopped marketing during a busy stretch only to start a new calendar year with nothing on their plate and an empty marketing pipeline. Here are some ways to think about your Marketing: Identify your daily/weekly/monthly numbers: Know your daily or weekly revenue goal needed to meet your annual income goals. Begin and end each day asking yourself if you met the goal…

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Are You MASTER Of Your (career) Domain?

Are you MASTER of your (career) domain?

"Switching from one career to another can be scary, but it can also be a thrilling experience.  Look at it as an opportunity to really go after what you want to accomplish in life and make a difference in the world.  The key is to take small, conscious steps and prepare yourself for a successful transition."  (Jack Canfield) Are you the master of your career domain?  What's your ultimate career goal?  Do you have a long-range plan with specific objectives and a time line to keep you on track? What interim steps must you take to position yourself for success? Or, maybe you're just muddling along hoping for the best... The reality is that most of us settle for less…

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Are You Struggling To Attract More Business?  Identify Your Daily Marketing Habits.

Are you struggling to attract more business? Identify your Daily Marketing Habits.

"Good work habits help develop an internal toughness and a self-confident attitude that will sustain you through every adversity and temporary discouragement."  (Paul J. Flyer) "When obstacles arise, you change your direction to reach your goal; you do not change your decision to get there."  (Zig Ziglar) For greatest business success, identify your DAILY HABITS--actions you commit to implementing every single day to ensure continued success. These are actions I take outside of serving my individual clients.  Here are mine: DAILY--- Send 25 emails per day to members in my networking groups to introduce myself. Read for one hour on a topic relevant to my specialty or on marketing. Create new content--a client worksheet or assessment tool, a "how to"…

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