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A big breakdown of systems often precedes a big breakthrough in client attraction. Fabienne Fredrickson shares three ways to shift your mindset and move through a business breakdown.

Karen Cappello shares some simple ways to practice self-acknowledgment and self-appreciation so that it may help support your business.

Most solo-entrepreneurs know they need to create compelling content on a regular basis. It's the way to maximize SEO as well as generate income. The problem is, it's hard to get around to it, and it can even be hard to create. That's when "content guilt" sets in and you really get stuck. Here are 3 signs it's time to let go of the guilt.

The average career professionals will work approximately 90,000 hours in their lifetime; so finding happiness and satisfaction is critical. The good news is that life doesn’t have to be perfect for you to find happiness at work. Laureen Wishom shares 10 ways to achieve happiness and satisfaction while working for someone else.

Dana D'Orsi shares some strategies for dealing with people who are pushing your buttons. It’s all about taking personal responsibility for being triggered (no one can MAKE you feel upset), figuring out how to get back in control of your emotions in the moment, and learning how to use the experience as an opportunity to grow.

Some business people dismiss the impact mindset plays on their level of success because they look at it as “woo woo.” But Dana D'Orsi will tell you that it’s not – it’s actually based in neuroscience. And understanding how to uplevel your mindset could be the most important factor in upleveling your business results.

If you’re not taking full responsibility for your self-care, you are daily sending yourself out into the world undernourished and unprepared. Paula Eder shares self-care tips to remain alert, appreciative and grounded as your day unfolds.

We all encounter stress from day to day and minute to minute. It’s a fundamental fact of living for everyone, stress is. Since it’s built right in to the human condition, it’s not the absence of stress that we should strive for – but better ways to manage it. Paula Eder explains that it’s in our hands to decide whether our stress moves us forward or holds us back.

It’s unavoidable – all new passions demand your attention and excitement. But there’s a fine line between a healthy interest in your own success and an obsession and if you’re teetering on the latter then Jeannie Spiro has some suggestions she'd like you to consider right away.

Self-care is a fundamental key to our health, success and enjoyment of life. Yet, when our days get busy, self-care is often the thing that we set aside. Paula Eder explains how we need to move self-care much closer to the top of our priorities.

It’s critical to control what programming you are “fed” in your life. Otherwise negativity will take over you. It’s sadly what most of the world is made of. So, what’s a happy, positive entrepreneur to do?

Patience really is a virtue! However, it takes a lot of work to develop. This is especially true if you’re accustomed to having a short fuse. But relax! Eva Gregory explains that it’s possible to develop patience in as little as one week. So if there’s an event coming up that may test your patience, you can learn how to keep things under control quickly.

Sometimes stress can be good for you, especially when it gives you the motivation to complete a task. Successfully dealing with stress provides a feeling of satisfaction and the belief that you can handle challenging situations. A certain amount of stress is necessary for an organism to thrive. Eva Gregory shares tips on how to cut down on your stress.

Values, and, more specifically, the congruence between our values and our activities, form the foundation for our choice-making and our time success. Paula Eder shares 5 Timely Tips to help you clarify your core values as you explore Heart-Based Time Management™ even further.

Time alone can either be embraced or eschewed. You might not have much opportunity for solitary moments, or perhaps you spend a lot of time alone and struggle with how to fill your hours. Regardless of whether time alone excites or frustrates you, Eva Gregory shares some ideas about how to make the most of your solitary moments.

Intuition is the reason that you know more than you think you know. Once you recognize how much of your mental activity takes place subconsciously, you can make better use of the knowledge and abilities you already possess. Eva Gregory shares strategies for finding a healthy balance between critical thinking and gut feelings.

Our values lie at the very core of who we are. The more clearly we understand and articulate our values, the more profoundly we know ourselves. Paula Eder digs deeper to see what values are all about.

Maybe this sounds familiar — you work and work until something happens and you stop for awhile. Maybe you get sick. Maybe you get over tired. Maybe a personal emergency happens (and be honest — it probably happened because you were neglecting your personal life to begin with) and you have to drop everything to deal with it. Whatever it is, outside circumstances force you to take a break. You’re not taking a break for YOU. Michele Pariza Wacek shares 3 reasons why you need to take regular breaks and be good to yourself.

Meditating on the road can be challenging if you’re feeling tired and overloaded. Eva Gregory shares some guiding principles and practical strategies to help you remain consistent with your practice while you travel.

Traveling for business can be unnerving for entrepreneurs at all levels. Most of us get so busy keeping shop that we forget to make the transition from personal traveler to professional traveler—and the result is wasted hours, money, and time. Below are a few tips on how to start traveling like a pro. Remember, as a business owner, your time is money!

Many jobs and businesses require significant thought, but internal and external distractions can make it difficult to concentrate. Eva Gregory shares some methods to use in the workplace to help you think better.

Concentration and focus is so huge in business. Do you ever feel like you need to get away from the office to get work done? In business, sometimes you need time to get away and be by yourself. You need some peace and quiet. Justin Krane shares his list of strategic stuff you can do on your block-out-time days.

So what is Work-Life Balance?  Very Simple - it is the idea that one’s life outside of work is just as important as one’s working life and that the time a person spends working should be balanced by the time spent doing things such as: spending time with family and friends; staying healthy and fit, enjoying hobbies, traveling, and just relaxing. Dr. Laureen Wishom shares four things that you can do that will help you have more of a balance between running your business and doing what is expected of you from family and friends.

Living a healthy lifestyle is something that all women should aspire to achieve by maintaining a healthy, balanced diet and engaging in regular exercise. More than just looking good and keeping thin, the main purpose for exercising should be for fitness and overall health – then all the other benefits become an added bonus. Dr. Laureen Wishom shares her top 9 great fitness tips for working women.

If you’re not experiencing success and you’re struggling in your business or in life, your mindset is running you! You have to release the ego’s mindset and come from the abundant mindset of your Soul. Eva Gregory explains how to let go of old beliefs, thoughts and behaviors that have kept you stuck, so that you can have success in your world!

Prioritizing is a powerful time management skill that not only helps you enhance your efficiency and effectiveness; it also allows you to declutter your time and free up moments for what is most important to you. Paula Eder suggests that you consider self-care as a priority, as you read on. It is a vital element in any time plan, and one that often falls off the table when busy people are prioritizing.

Being on overload or in overdrive for long periods of time can turn the good stress of a challenge into the bad stress that leads to chronic unhealthiness and emotionally drain. If you aren’t aware, stress can develop into some bad habits; these in turn can set about a chain of events that can lead to all sorts of problems. In Battling Burnout Part 3, Shannon Cherry covers the the emotional part of warding off burnout.

Many of us are so busy these days that we don’t even know the true meaning of the concept "take a break". But, when referred to by most people, the answer involves making an escape from everyday life, taking the time to stand back from our hurried existence and getting a look at the “big picture.” In Battling Burnout Part 2, Shannon Cherry explains that it’s time to give yourself a break.

A boss in the workplace is required by law to give employees two 15-minute breaks and at least a 30-minute lunch each eight-hour shift. But what do you do, if your boss is YOU? If you are an entrepreneur, you know that it takes a significant time investment to get your business off the ground and turning a profit. But, when your body reaches its limit, you are no good to yourself, your family or your customers. Shannon Cherry lists ways that you can physically nurture yourself to avoid "burnout".

Recent studies have indicated that we have the potential to dramatically affect our productivity by paying closer attention to our health. In other words, when you feel good inside and outside, you can accomplish more. So how healthy are you? How good do you feel? How much energy do you have throughout the day? Are you able to accomplish everything you need to do in the time allotted? Dr. Laureen Wishom shares how you can get on the road to healthier productivity by adopting these 10 tips.

Taking time off.  Those three words just might be the most confusing words in the entrepreneurial lingo.  How do you actually do it?  How do you turn your brain off?  How do you rest when your business isn’t actually stopping?  How do you explain it all to family and friends? Monica Shah shares 6 rules that will make separating vacation time and work time so much easier.

Time management tips that value efficiency over well-being forget that without self-care you undermine yourself and your ability to live fully! Paula Eder shares these 3 central self-care strengths to maximize your effectiveness.

It happens. For many of us entrepreneurs, our business is built around us. So when we get tired, stressed, overwhelmed, burnt out or lose our mojo, our business suffers. And when that happens, it can impact us in all sorts of negative ways. So when we do lose our mojo, what can we do to get it back?

Do you remember that inner voice? You know - the one that we have to put a muzzle on, and train? The one that says that "we can do better", what we did was "not good enough", and even "you're a failure". Can you tell why that voice needs to be silenced? First and foremost, because it is wrong!

I’m noticing a trend that is holding many of my clients back. It may be affecting you as well: you are taking things personally. Here are some examples that I’ve worked with my clients through. Perhaps you can relate.

If you want your business to truly thrive – and you want the time to create and grow personally – you need to monitor what you’re tolerating. Kendall SummerHawk lists some “areas of toleration” that may be holding you back in your business.

Have your own words ever shocked you?  Have you noticed that sometimes your story is not quite what you think it is? Lisa Bloom talks about how life is just a story. And if the story is painful, stressful or uncomfortable, maybe it's time to question it and tell a different story.

Clarifying your values is a great way to come to know yourself better and to make sure that when you spend your time, you are spending it on what matters most to you. Paula Eder shares 5 tips and insights that will help you clarify your values and, perhaps, revamp your time priorities based on that new clarity.

As long as you are trying to win appreciation or approval from someone else – there will never be enough. Monica Shah shares 4 steps you can take to accept yourself for who you are and stop trying to prove something to others.  The approval and appreciation you are seeking lies within you.

Many people have the need to be “prepared”, “ready” or “perfect” before they really put themselves out in the world. Perhaps you relate? If this is you, or even partly you, Monica is about to show you how to avoid this syndrome that she affectionately calls the “hiding behind perfection syndrome”. Be gentle on yourself as every entrepreneur goes through it – but realize that stepping out of it is your path to success.

Do you have fun everyday? The kind of fun that Cyndi Lauper knew that girls wanted to have, although she chose to ignore the poor guys! The fun that makes you run out on a sunny day and play in the park, with or without children? Or that makes you crank up the stereo and go dancing through the house bellowing at the top of your lungs, despite the fact that dogs are howling outside? If you don't do this on occasion you're really missing out! In fact, you could be self-sabotaging your everyday goals by not incorporating fun into your daily existence. Yes, you read correctly, I did say daily!

In life, as we go about our daily tasks it is so easy to lose sight of a very fundamental important fact: you are your most important resource. Your ideas, skills, qualities, and characteristics...the essence of you... are what will propel you towards success, or hinder your progress if you allow it to. Which will become your reality?

When you are building your business and working on your mindset, your energy is on the rise. You are plugging away, implementing, and keeping your head in the game. You may even be seeking new friends and surrounding yourself with people who share similar beliefs to help pull you forward. But, what about current friends and family who don’t think the way you do and aren’t ready to embrace the new way of life you have chosen?

Aging. What images come to mind when you hear that word? Do you embrace it? Try to deny it? How does the idea of aging fit into your world? Paula shares 5 Timely Tips to help reframe your view of your aging, so that you can truly be with yourself as you live your moments, days and years.

Finding time requires something only you can provide – self-motivation! As with your Time Energy™, there’s no scarcity when it comes to self-motivation. You have an endless supply, and the trick is to know how to tap it.

Time management tips help revolutionize your potential, if you re-envision what makes you powerful. What is power to you? When are you happiest and most effective? Using your time energy to convert this wisdom into time choices generates profound contentment. So what is Time Energy? It is an inner abundance that enriches your life as you age, even as you experience age-related losses.

Who actually wants coaching? Here’s the big secret. Here’s the truth. The shocking truth about coaching is that no-one wants it. There may not be a person on earth that actually wants coaching. They don’t want coaching, they want the results that coaching provides.

Experiencing rejection, disapproval and doubt from others can be devastating. When you’re putting yourself out into the world in a big way — whether it’s through speaking, launching teleseminars, hosting a live event, making an offer from stage or simply trying to get your business income flowing and stabilized — you open yourself up to creating amazing success…or failure. The question isn’t whether or not you might fail, but will you allow a letdown to define you. Kendall will share her best, personal tips to help you bounce back from any business breakdown, with greater wisdom and clarity…and even a massive boost to your self-esteem.

Finding time is easier when you’re mindful, and mindfulness is enhanced when you activate your Time Energy™. Not only that, but following through with your wise time choices becomes more straightforward, too! Mindfulness is heart-based. It focuses and opens you so you fully enter into each moment. What could better position you for making your best time choices all day today?

Time Energy™ serves as your secret weapon against overwhelm. But that's just the beginning… this inner powerhouse coordinates all your strengths so you can stretch in new directions! Here are 3 Tips to help you utilize your Time Energy™ right away.

Time management skills are powerful keys to productivity; and one of the basic elements in optimizing your efficiency and effectiveness is self care. It can be a challenge, especially when you are very busy, to slow down and take care of yourself. But when you invest in self care, the pay-off is big!

If jealousy had a wicked sister, it would be comparison. Yes, it’s human nature to compare, but many women entrepreneurs get caught in a destructive cycle of first comparing, then finding fault with themselves, only to then feel inadequate and play small. Ladies, you gotta get a handle on comparison and stop “feeding the beast”, otherwise you’ll never get your message out into the world and help the people you’re supposed to be in service to! To help out, Kendall will share 3 HIGHLY PERSONAL tips with you.

Finding time for what matters most demands both flexibility and focus. And when it comes to activating these two powerful keys, compassion makes all the difference in the world. That’s because compassion opens the door to insight – and when you need to be productive, responsive, and zero in on your priorities, compassionate insight is at once clarifying and freeing.

Finding time to age gracefully is a goal for many of us who are Baby Boomers or beyond. Is this something that’s on your mind? We each respond in our own, unique ways to the developmental changes that we encounter. However, with such large numbers of us hitting particular milestones at the same time, there’s more and more attention being paid to the aging process. Paula offers some questions to ponder.

So you know about your Inner Critic and you think he or she is residing on your biz’s board of directors, which is impacting your business. So the REAL question is how do you do you get him or her OFF your board of directors? Here are 3 keys to get you started.

Finding time to reinvigorate and restore yourself is one of the best things you can do with your time. When it comes to efficiency and effectiveness, pausing to give yourself an energy boost is usually preferable to plowing through and working longer and harder. You simply can’t get as much done when you are running on empty!

You know that voice. The one that berates you and criticizes you. “So-and-so has a successful business, what’s wrong with you?” “Your mother (or spouse or friend) was right — you’re not cut out to have a business.” “You only have 6 months left this year and you STILL haven’t accomplished anything on your to-do list.” And on and on. You get the picture. Your Inner Mean Girl/Bully can show up in all sorts of instances. This article is about when she/he decides to put herself on your business’s board of directors.

Have you ever noticed the phenomenon that when someone else is complaining about something, that it just feels darn good to pipe in? And before you know it, you’ve spent the full hour commiserating and complaining. Could be that you need to be utilizing the principle of “playing up”. Monica explains the principle and offers three keys to “playing up” in your business and your life.

You most likely started a business for one reason: FREEDOM. And that includes call the shots on when you will work, including how long and how often you are taking vacations. Oh yes, vacations… remember those? When was the last time you had an honest-to-goodness more than a couple days vacation since you started your business?

Time management tips create peak effectiveness - but only if you generate intuitive priorities. Use 5 key questions to stand in your power, aligning your time choices with your priorities each and every day!

Finding time, not just to survive but to thrive in today’s 24-7 plugged-in, non-stop environment may be the major challenge that faces us today, both as individuals and as a culture.

Most coaches love to help others and they genuinely enjoy seeing them succeed. But that same eagerness to serve can sometimes lead to coaching burnout – a syndrome that can sneak up on you quickly when you find yourself doing anything and everything to satisfy clients’ needs. Over-coaching may feel like you’re going “above and beyond” to deliver great service, but it ultimately disempowers the client and limits your ability to offer higher end coaching programs. Just how much coaching is too much?

Finding time to dance with your priorities is a graceful and empowering way to remain effective in times of transition. In much the same way that dancing requires balance between your right foot and your left foot, transitions require coordination between your right-brain intuition and your left-brain planning and Priority Power™.

Finding time is especially challenging when you are facing changes. Maybe events take you quite by surprise. Or maybe you’re called upon to fill a new and demanding role. Each turning marks a transition, and life, offering so many lessons and potentials, can frequently loom much larger than your best laid plans. So it’s helpful to affirm that you can always choose how you respond to whatever life presents.

Many entrepreneurs have the need to be “prepared”, “ready” or “perfect” before they really put themselves out in the world. Perhaps you can relate? If this is you, or even partly you, please keep reading. Monica will show you how to avoid this syndrome that she affectionately calls “hiding behind perfection syndrome”. Be gentle on yourself as every entrepreneur goes through it – but realize that stepping out of it is your path to success.

Do you have a screen free zone? Do you take time and space to get away, I mean really get away, and disconnect? Can you remember the last time you spent more than 24 hours without checking email, your phone and text messages, Facebook or other internet favorites? It’s hard to believe that this is how life is for so many of us!

Life is often bigger than your plans. When your schedule is disrupted by unanticipated events, you can always choose how you respond. You can view these changes as special opportunities to grow and broaden your vision of life.

Finding time to nourish yourself through your transitions is a time management skill that will stand you in good stead, no matter what changes and challenges life presents. And it’s helpful to remember that your transitions also are affected by and have an impact on the lives of those around you.

Time management tips can work against you if you over-value productivity. Do you habitually plunk yourself down at your desk for hours on end, wrapping up tasks without regular breaks? If so, you risk shortening your life dramatically.

Finding time to support yourself as you go through your life transitions is a time management skill that is key to maintaining your energy, productivity, and perspective … no matter what! The reality is that your schedule is already busy with relationships, work, and the logistics of daily living. And then there are times when you are faced with a major life transition. What are major life transitions?

Do you find looming deadlines stressful to the point of stopping you in your tracks? It can be a nightmarish feeling when the clock is ticking, your panic is mounting, and you feel like you’re losing ground with each passing moment. Sound familiar? The harder you try, the more your mind goes blank. Ideas and inspiration dry up.

What can you do when stress hits? When feeling overwhelmed by stress, it’s important to try to identify specific stressors and to examine how you cope with them. You can then work to avoid, alter, adapt to, or accept the stressors in your life. Shannon shares 5 ways to deal with stress.

Children are a blessing and a joy, but there are days when they know exactly which button to push! It's typically on a day when time is short, things are in chaos, tempers are flaring, the head is pounding and that light at the end of the tunnel is barely recognizable (meaning there are still several hours till bedtime.) How does one find their way back to a peaceful existence when there's soft music and a date with Calgon™ waiting in your mind's eye? The Universe has you covered, as always. You just have to focus and remember the basics.

Women make the perfect entrepreneurs because we love to connect, network and support others. We’re super creative, resourceful and we know how to get tons done. So why aren’t more women successfully creating 6 and 7 figure businesses? Why are most women entrepreneurs walking around, outwardly smiling but inwardly feeling like a fraud? Because of the inner b.s. they let themselves believe! Kendall will share three PERSONAL and CANDID tips with you, so you can quickly let go of what’s keeping you from experiencing entrepreneurial freedom.

Finding time to manage the changes we all experience as we navigate the developmental stages of living involves a constant process of recognition and adjustment as we age. It’s a process that brings great rewards, because it keeps us in sync with ourselves; and it can be particularly important as we move into middle age and beyond.

This is a lesson I’ve been learning over and over again in my business the past few years. Know my strengths and weaknesses.

Genuine self-empowerment requires both realism and compassion. Only then can you develop the resilience to flex without giving yourself away. Any place you start exploring and experimenting with Empowered Compassion™ is fine. Just remember, any growthful change works best when you start small and work up. These 7 tips will help you take your first steps.

Time management tips find you new time. Yet it's how you actually use each moment that promises to reshape your life. By embracing these suggestions, you will fundamentally transform your relationship with time.

Will your parents' priorities become your destiny? Not if you seize the initiative to do some detective work! Here's your chance to actively explore how their time choices still shape yours!

Do you feel that pull towards the very thing you know you shouldn’t? You think I’ll just have a quick look, I’ll just check my email, I’ll just see who’s on facebook, I’ll just eat one piece or slice. And here’s the thing, it’s a fine line. There is no harm in the ‘just quickly’ whatever. The harm is in doing it all the time.

There’s nothing quite like the thrill of signing up for a new coaching program, filled with anticipation and excitement for all the new ideas and inspiration for achieving your goals. Not only is it motivating for you, it’s a great way to keep your enthusiasm and creativity high for your own coaching clients. It can be disappointing, then, when the program or the coach does not turn out to be all that you expected it would be.

Finding Time to accept all of who you are is a gentle, deliberate process that will transform your time and give you a solid base for action. That’s because being your most productive self, your most empowered self, means being your WHOLE self. And that’s where Empowered Compassion™ comes in.

Have you ever heard the expression that one bad apple can spoil the barrel? Unfortunately not only do many people believe this, but they actually live their lives by it. What about all those good apples, don’t they count? How many times have you let failures rather than successes define who you are and what you can do?

What makes you stop? What are your triggers? It seems like a simple question, but ask yourself to go underneath the surface. Use these steps to help you determine your own triggers.

I love trees! Actually I’ve been a closeted tree-hugger for years, never admitting that I always listen for their whispers and believe that we get the best energy in forests. So there you are, it’s out. And here’s my story gift for you, one of my favorites!

Yes, spring is on the way! And it’s a perfect time to plant a few seeds in your imagination for growing fresh ideas. I love pairing words together in stimulating new ways, and have found that "Empowered Compassion™" really sparks my interest! Here's why ...

Finding time to be productive starts with taking care of yourself. And taking care of yourself starts with knowing what you need. And going a step deeper, here’s where it all starts: Knowing what you need begins with finding time to listen to yourself!

Some solopreneurs go for their goals and Client Attraction assignments with amazing zest and enthusiasm. Nothing gets in the way and they just get things done. The majority of folks, however, at one point or another, get stopped in their own marketing tracks. You may have asked yourself, “If I know what I want, and I know how to do it, and it’s all spelled out for me here, then WHY am I not getting it done?"

When was the last time you built an igloo? It makes me wonder, what are we waiting for? Why not decide to do something out of the ordinary, to celebrate what is, all the time, or at least on a regular basis.

If there is one thing that we all do – it’s compare ourselves to others. We look at other women’s clothes, their bodies, their houses, everything. And we usually end up judging ourselves to be worse. Unfortunately, many of you are probably doing the same thing with your businesses. You are comparing your business achievements to the successes of others, and it is causing you to feel bad about what you have accomplished. The problem with this kind of comparison is that you never stop to enjoy your own milestones. Here are three steps to help yourself enjoy your own milestones and appreciate the journey.

If you're someone who does not yet have a ton of extra money, do you think it's within you to enjoy a sunset more than someone with lots more money? How about a meal? How present are you able to be with a slice of perfect fruit?

We spend a lot of time dealing with what I call “the mice in our heads”. We beat ourselves up for things we’ve done in the past, worry about how to do things perfectly in the future, and obsess about all there is to do in the NOW.

Ever wish that you could have the lifestyle of someone you truly admire? Perhaps it’s the lifestyle of the “rich and famous” like a movie star, or a singer? How do you think people would react if one day you decided to start acting like a “diva extraordinaire,” or a megastar actor? Unfortunately this type of behavior occurs all the time. Someone realizes that they don’t have what they want, so they look at the people who do and decide to copy their actions expecting to achieve the desired result. Alas, they frequently find themselves disappointed.

I wonder what is on your mind right now? Does it concern what is happening today? What are you thinking about and worrying about, most of the time?

We have big goals for our businesses, don’t we? However, I often find, with those big intentions of success can come work around the clock. After all, there’s always something to do. But if you aren’t careful, you can wind up sick. You can burn out and lose passion and interest in your business. You can also lose friends and upset family members. However, perhaps most importantly when you work too hard, you can lose yourself.

Finding time to explore in new directions is a ‘stretch’ that will both challenge and nourish you. It requires your flexibility and courage and in return offers you great rewards. One of the biggest ways that your courageous explorations will nourish you is that, with each step, you find that you actually have more of yourself to enjoy your time with!

Time management tips may appeal to the perfectionist in you because of your drive to excel. But if you constantly aim for the ultimate, you know first-hand that perfectionism can actually interfere with your being as productive as you'd like to be.

As a woman entrepreneur, learning the right marketing strategies will help you create success, but unless you also master certain key emotions, you’ll continue to find yourself challenged as you try to grow your business.

I know what it's like to think that the lifestyle you want is out of reach. Just over 12 years ago, I would lie on my bed in my tiny 400-square-foot studio apartment and flip through magazines, wishing I could have the luxurious lifestyles I read about.

A morning ritual is a special promise you make to yourself – and keep. In solitude, you craft a bridge between your essential self and the challenges you meet as you go about your day. For a morning ritual that refreshes you, try these five tips.

You know those days when you wonder why on earth you are still doing this job, this work, this relationship, this blog. The days when you think, who’s out there, who cares. What difference does it make. And then there are the days when everything is crystal clear. Have you ever wondered about these two opposite states?

Finding time to balance your energies is especially potent as you start your day. That’s why Paula warmly recommends that you create a morning ritual for yourself.

Finding time to know, right down to your bones, that mistakes are okay and that when your heart is open nothing is lost, is a life lesson that gives you access to energy and insight that you didn’t know was possible.

What story do you tell yourself first thing in the morning? It’s cold outside, though the sun is shining there’s that sharp frosty feel to the air but inside it’s warm and snug. It’s early. You’ve gone to bed too late again the night before and you wonder… just a few more minutes, will it make such a difference?

It is so much easier to succeed in life when you love your work. Why is it that so many of us are not doing what we love? Did our passions change? Have we settled in our lives and careers to just kind of float by, doing mediocre stuff?

How many times have you done something amazing and yet felt sad? When was the last time you celebrated yourself? Can you remember a time when your accomplishment was celebrated or rewarded? No matter how big or small your accomplishment, or event is you need to celebrate it or reward yourself.

Are you stuck? Stuck trying to rework a project or looking for the “perfect” solution? Stuck searching for the latest brainstorm, new business idea, or product stream? Are you stuck waiting for that “light bulb moment” that will pull all of the pieces together in their rightful place? Well, so are a lot of other people. As a whole, we spend a great deal of time being stuck, waiting to find “perfect,” and making ourselves stressed and miserable in the process. Why? Because we think that it’s our job to find the solution.

When you begin to feel overwhelmed it may an indicator that it is time to STOP and GET PRESENT. The past no longer exists. The future does not exist. Time for a NOW Moment!

Time management tips can help protect your time from inner demons, like guilt, that are undercutting your potential. Keep guilt from carving a big hole in your day!

Do you check your work a thousand times before you let others see it? Do you find yourself delaying your plans and projects because they're not yet exactly as you want? Are you trying to be perfect?

If you feel trapped in a routine doing the same thing over and over again… if boredom and monotony has crept into your days… if you wake up each morning and wish you were on vacation rather than at work… then it’s time to shake things up in your life! Repetitive habits and unchanging patterns make us feel comfortable, and so we tend to stick to doing them. Being comfortable is fine—but, staying within your comfort zone too long can lead to lethargy and apathy. A change can be as effective as rest when it comes to rejuvenating yourself and increasing productivity levels. So, how do you change your I-wish-I-could-take-a-break feeling into a this-is-fun, I-am-more-energized-than-ever situation? Read on and get ready to take action today…

Your workplace is your productivity center. When productivity begins to wane, consider looking at your home office for the cause. A few small changes can make all the difference.

Does guilt color your daily choices? Do you easily say No to others' excessive demands? Or do you give away your time to avoid their accusing stares? And how big a bite do regret and remorse take out of your day, your month, and your year? Well, here's encouraging news: no matter what mistakes you've made, or who feels disappointed, guilt does not belong in your life!

Do you remember the saying, 'everything I needed to know about life I learned in kindergarten?' One of the most important ones is the wide-eyed wonder and delight that children seem to be able to find in almost everything. As adults we often do not appreciate the enormity of this wide-eyed sense of adventure. What would it be like to look forward to each and every day with so much excitement that sleep is like punishment. Can you imagine how different your days would become?

When was the last time you just switched off? I mean really switched off? No television, no email, no Facebook, no cell phone? Can you even imagine it?

What is holding you back? What's getting in your way? Have you got amazing ideas, wonderful plans, but don't seem to be able to see them through? There are always really good reasons why not to do something. And they're genuine reasons. Time is short, resources limited and it can become so overwhelming, where do you start? But what's it really about?

Learn how hiring a Virtual Assistant can help you find more time to take care of YOU! You can make time for doctor's appointments, massages, spa days, shopping and vacations knowing your business will be taken care of while you take care of you!

For a quick dose of inspiration and focus, read these 10 Business Success Tips to get you back on track and in the groove. Let these tips serve as a beacon for your business success. You’ll make more money, have staying power, and make the impact on the world you’re destined to make.

Most successful entrepreneurs will tell you that to stay passionate about your work, you must infuse new life and purpose into your business on a daily basis. It’s not always about throwing out your old ways of doing things. Sometimes, all it takes are a few small changes. Read on for six ways you can revive your passion and purpose in your business.

Have you ever noticed the phenomenon that when someone else is complaining about something, that it just feels darn good to pipe in? You might not even realize it, but those little comments, distracting phone calls and unreasonable requests are killing your mindset and your focus. Here are three keys to “playing up” in your business and your life.

Opportunity knocks. You open the door and invite it in. But then you begin to suspect something’s not right.

Time management tips can't help you see with new eyes - or can they? Try 3 techniques to welcome the very changes you might ordinarily brace yourself against.

Time management tips can save the day when you're paralyzed over a project. You can have fun with them, too! Never underestimate the power of creative play to restore flow.

Time management tips sometimes require courage! Do you struggle to say No to important people in your life? Asking yourself 3 questions can keep your day from disappearing beneath the dead weight of others' demands.

Time management tips that find you time open doors to great possibilities. But what happens when you then lose that time to procrastination? Some tasks seem to bounce along, from one To Do list to the next, never getting accomplished. This might provoke guilt, anxiety or frustration in you. Feeling paralyzed by procrastination can sap your energy and make you feel out of control. But there's no need to be hard on yourself. Instead, try a fresh approach to make whatever task you avoid much more manageable.

Time management tips can lead to life-expanding opportunities. That's because making tough decisions about your time helps you to build courage and decisiveness. So instead of letting fear or external pressures push you down a path you'll regret, ask yourself a friendly question that fights urgency. Urgency, and the fear that drives it, is one of the biggest enemies of your priorities. What are 3 good alternatives to rushing ahead?

Finding peace of mind and a few moments of stillness and calm is not easy. So, sit down, make yourself a cup of tea and breathe deeply while you read the story of A Picture of Peace.

I like to think of my business and my life as flowing in the Universal Abundance Current. When I am aligned, this current flows naturally and easily, full of abundance, success, and joy no matter what is coming my way. But too often we find ourselves fighting against the current, paddling upstream by reacting to our circumstances, sure that if we just work hard enough and long enough that we'll get to where we want to go… which is actually located somewhere downstream! How do you let yourself trust the UAC?

I thought I’d show you how to love yourself more, so that you can become the best boss you’ve ever had. I mean really, didn’t you start the business because you wanted more freedom, more time and less stress? I’m going to give you my “renew your business love” 2 time saving, income-generating strategies for easing the pressure on yourself so that you can start to enjoy your business more and have the energy and passion to go the long haul.

Loyalty to self helps communication flow. Establish a loving and supportive inner climate so you can weather others' responses. Here's how.

If the end of the year has your brain blinking in and out as often as your holiday décor, it’s time to infuse your workday with a few mental rechargers. Despite your best efforts, putting in more hours at your desk is usually NOT the solution. Stop banging your head against your laptop and try one of these quick solutions to reboot your business brain!

It happens like clockwork each day until spring. Gray clouds give the sun a little time off, and we’ll feel the effects in our mood and productivity. Studies show that when our eyes detect darkness, our brain releases melatonin, and we get a signal that it’s time to go to sleep. For entrepreneurs with daily deadlines and major milestones to hit, it means we have to be smart about working through a gloomy winter work day. Here’s how.

Learn how to make the most of an event while you’re there and after. Attending an out-of-town event is an investment, but it pays for itself if you attend with goals in mind, make connections, get training, and gain skills you need to catapult your business (or hit the ground running if you are just starting out).

Are you capable of letting things go easily; like water rolling off of a duck's back? Can you put things in the past and let them remain there? Are you predominantly temper-free? If so you're in the minority. I'm sure you've heard the saying "Live life in the present." It's one of the best pieces of advice for obtaining and maintaining a happy, healthy, and prosperous life.

Home businesses are great and we can all expound the advantages: flexible hours, no commute, working in your sweats, convenience, and independence, etc. But when was the last time you got out of your bunny slippers and attended a live function with real people?

Finding time today to create a sanctuary for flexible focus can feel heavenly! Take a few steps to cultivate this open focus right now. It can be accomplished in a few minutes, and it will always repay you richly!

Over the years I’ve had many wonderful women clients voice their concerns and worries that if they really follow through, take the right action steps, work hard and grow their businesses, wouldn’t they have to really sacrifice quality time with family? Even though the idea is exciting, they fear the reality of success. Is the key to success sacrificing time with the important people in your life?

Juggling a million projects at once, burning the midnight oil, and traveling nonstop may sound like roads to success. But they’re also a recipe for burnout. Once you reach that point, it can be difficult to pull yourself out of a funk. Your health and productivity will suffer, and you’ll find it tougher to get jazzed about going to work or coming up with creative ways to market your business. Here are five ways to beat burnout – before it beats you down.

You are living the dream and running your own business, but you should be careful not to sabotage all that you have worked so hard for. Women can sometimes be their own worst enemies—bad habits and behaviors hold us back. What you learned as a girl could bring your business career crashing down. So, to help you forge ahead with the skills you need to succeed, we’ve come up with 16 quick fixes to change your behavior.

Giving out online visibility and social media tips to someone who’s NOT READY for the business is like handing a highly charged 16 year old the keys to a Corvette. Not always the right mix… gas pedals tend to be engaged before brains. What happens? For some it’s a thrill ride to be remembered, but for many others it brings on anxiety and the risk of crashing. Here are 3 things you can start doing RIGHT NOW to recharge your Profitable Essence so you can step into the spotlight full, whole, and powerful when it's time.

Time management tips can help you shape your quality of life. Ultimately, you determine how to use each moment of your life to promote your balance, your satisfaction, and your productivity. Perhaps you are so busy now that it's hard to assess just how well your time choices are working for you! Maybe you are tired, rundown, frantic, or simply out of sync with yourself. Now is the time to create a personal sanctuary with solitude.

If you're in a rut with your business and you're struggling to find the next big idea, then putting in more hours at your desk is usually NOT the solution. Stop banging your head against your laptop and try one of these quick solutions to reboot your business brain!

For many working moms, the biggest challenge is achieving work/life balance. We feel pressure from unseen forces to be at the top of our field professionally and to make ourselves worthy of Mother of the Year. Why are we constantly chasing unrealistic expectations, both at home and at work?

Are you greeting each new day with optimism and energy or are you feeling a bit lackluster? Are you dragging in the morning, slogging through mental, physical, and emotional quicksand throughout your work day, when school lets out, or any of those other times you want - and need - to be bright, cheery, energetic?

Despite our best intentions, time with family and friends often gets pre-empted by deadlines, meetings, business trips, and other obligations. But spending quality time with the people you care about not only nurtures those relationships, but it can also nurture your business because it relieves stress and reminds you of your priorities.

Keeping up with business and social engagements sometimes means sacrificing our personal hobbies and relaxation time. But making time for ourselves, even on a busy day, can and will help us feel better and function better. Although it's admirable to spend time taking care of work, friends, family, and pets, it's even more important to spend time taking care of ourselves. 

Let's face it: most of us are afraid of trying something new for fear of failing. We don't want to look silly or incompetent in front of our colleagues, friends, spouses, or children, so we make excuses.

If you're like me, you're almost always on the go. Whether you're juggling projects at work, balancing your personal and professional lives, or being there for the people you love, your available time may constantly be stretched to the limits. When was the last time you really took some time just for yourself?

What if you could use what is hardest in your life right now to build a better life for yourself? This simple inventory exercise will help you maneuver through tough times.

What to do when you are on a budget? While in-depth courses and high-level mentorship programs deliver a complete plan for those who are ready to invest and move forward quickly, don't forget about tried and true low-budget learning options.

One of the definitions of drain is to exhaust physically or emotionally. Does this sound like what you are feeling? Do you lack the energy, drive, or ambition that you would like to have in one or more areas of your life? If so, it's time to recognize where your drains are so they can be properly exorcised.

What does your heart tell you when it speaks to you? What about your "gut?" Do you actually listen to it? Thoughts, feelings, health clues, etc. are ignored daily; often to the detriment of the person being oblivious, or simply unsure of which course to take. It's time to tune out the extraneous interference and concentrate on the inner melody.

Are we talking about drugs? Well not the traditional form, but a type of drug--the inability to make the best of a situation and accept something that is not perfect but is completely acceptable.

Right now, the mood of the world is focused more on giving and abundance than ever before. No matter what your personal situation is, there's much to feel gratitude for.

Here it is, a morning ritual to get your creative juices flowing ...Creative Bagel Time!

Three "mantras" to assist Solo Entrepreneurs to get back in balance when feeling stressed, overwhelmed or just plain tired!

Learn how snorkling can help your business!

It's so important to be sure that you are bringing your distinctive fingerprint – your unique value proposition into the brand you are creating out in the world in a way that is authentic and right for you. So, how do you present yourself in the marketplace?

Marnie has been a Solo-Entrepreneur for over 15 years. She is self-taught, she is raising six wonderful children, and she takes time to enjoy life (either reading, writing, or walking in her fields). She takes time for family regularly through up-building spiritual study, and movie nights, her numerous websites which she designed and updates herself . She is a novelist having written and published nearly 10 books and collections of business and inspirational articles, and get this=manages to have "date nights" with her husband every Friday night! So, if you are like me and beg the question - how does she do that? Read on!

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"I can't seem to get motivated or focused. I feel stuck, I feel tired, distracted - like I should be doing more and I just don't feel like doing very much." Sound familiar? Learn the difference between procrastination and when it's time to re-energize YOU!

SUCCESSFUL Solo-Entrepreneurs approach life and business from a perspective that is new, fresh, and rather unorthodox. The differences are subtle, yet significant. These distinctions are more than just fads or interesting tips; they are direct, measurable SHIFTS in how you will approach your business, your personal life, your relationships, etc. - for the rest of your life! They are direct from the experience of hundreds of successful solo-entrepreneurs!

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