As A New Year Fast Approaches, Skip The Usual List Of Resolutions….

As a new year fast approaches, skip the usual list of resolutions….

"And now let us welcome the new year, full of things that never were."  (Rainer Maria Rilke) "The first step toward getting somewhere is to decide you're not going to stay where you are."  (JP Morgan) 2018 beckons----are you ready? I love the feeling of possibility with the start of the new year.  It's an opportunity to let go of the previous year.  Living in the past can keep you stuck.  Letting go of what was can free you.  A new year (and, frankly, every single day of every year) is a great time to make a fresh start.  Rather than feeling regretful and disappointed, it's so much better to appreciate the here and now and, yes, decide to do…

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A Mindful Thanksgiving

A Mindful Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving, as you get ready to relax into the LONG weekend of family (if you're lucky), football, Black Friday shopping and leftovers eating, take a few minutes to just be.  Take a few minutes upon arising, or step out into the dark night and walk around the block.  Be still.  Be in the moment.  Think about all that you can be grateful for right now.  For just a few minutes, forget about work issues and money issues and world events (and how to get your diet back on track after eating ALL THAT FOOD...) and appreciate all that you have.  Here are a few items on my list this year: My parents--both gone now--I miss them always but especially…

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The Key To Greater Business Success Is Taking The Time To Hire The Right People

The key to greater business success is taking the time to hire the right people

"Never hire someone who knows less than you do about what he's hired to do."  (Malcolm Forbes) "Great vision without great people is irrelevent." (Jim Collins) "Time spent on hiring is time well spent."  (Robert Half) Great leaders hire great people.  But most leaders are impatient and don't want to spend the time it takes to find the right person for the job.  The reality is that your business is best served when you take the time to hire well.  Here are a few of my top suggestions: 1.Each new hire is an opportunity to reevaluate the right "fit" for the position.  Ask yourself what you'll miss most about the departing employee.  What aspects of the departing employee did you…

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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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Ready To Play A Bigger Game?  It All Starts With A VISION QUEST!

Ready to play a bigger game? It all starts with a VISION QUEST!

"Create the highest, grandest vision possible for your life, because you become what you believe."  (Oprah Winfrey) "A vision is not just a picture of what could be; it is an appeal to our better selves, a call to become something more."  (Rosabeth Moss Kanter) "Vision always precedes strategy."  (Michael Hyatt) What exactly is a vision quest?  Maddisen K. Krown writes that a vision quest is most commonly used as a rite-of-passage ceremony practiced by certain Native American cultures performed to mark significant life transitions or changes.  Says Krown:  "The vision quest can be a powerful way to acknowledge, mourn, release, welcome, and celebrate important life transitions of any kind.  They give us the opportunity to turn changes into sacred…

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The Signs Of Mid-Career Muddle

The Signs of Mid-Career Muddle

You know you're experiencing mid-career muddle when: You don't feel refreshed and energized when you return to work after a two week vacation. Your Monday through Friday life is a blur.  Most of your non-work activities have fallen off your "to do" list.  Who has the time or energy to work out? You've been passed over for promotion and you have no idea how to re-energize your career momentum.  You're beginning to feel invisible.  It's finally dawning on you that most of your colleagues are half your age. You've been in the same job for more than a few years and can't remember when you last updated your resume. You never volunteer for anything.  You're not proactive with your clients…

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