Monthly Blog Archives: April 2009

A Gentle Nudge in a New Direction
Marty Marsh - Follow-Up & Stay-In-Touch Marketing Strategist

Well, we’re surrounded by it. Doom and gloom. Dire warnings. Run for your lives!

It seems like we can’t turn on the TV, listen to the radio, or talk to a stranger on the street without somebody bringing up how dire and desperate these economic times are.

If you’re like me, you’re sick of it, and I’ll apologize right now for bringing it up myself, but I wanted to share some things with you that I’m observing in the Soul Proprietor Community.

By Marty Marsh

Laura West on Thrive Connect Radio!
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I had an incredible interview with Jordan Mercedes of Thrive in Balance. What a joy it was to connect with Jordan, she has this great enthusiasm about her. She is definitely a Joyful Business owner in action! Her show, Thrive Connect is right in line with the Joyful Business philosophy – showing entrepreneurs how to get organized and live your most exuberant passionate life. We had such fun talking about how you can create and experience a Joyful Business.

To listen in on this episode and find out more about Jordan click here:

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Are You Part of the Hype? Why Letting Go is the Fastest Way to Move Forward
Sandra P. Martini - Business Growth & Marketing Expert

It’s interesting how many of us are shy or uncomfortable about acknowledging where we are in our business (or life) because we think we *should* be further along than we are or that we don’t measure up.
I’ve been noticing a trend with some of my “Get Acquainted” calls:

Entrepreneurs are frustrated that they’re not achieving the level of success others perceive them to already have.

Read that line again.

Why do others perceive you to have success beyond where you are?

By Sandra P. Martini

Find Time to Boost Your Energy, Productivity, and Satisfaction – 7 Tips!
Paula Eder - The Time Finder Expert, Founder of Finding Time

Finding time for accomplishing daily tasks or working toward long term goals requires focus and discipline. Building in small rewards for yourself along the way can help you stay on track, as well as providing breaks that motivate and refresh!

When you are consistent with yourself, you build self-trust and integrate your energy by matching your words with your actions. In the end, this also strengthens your self-discipline. That’s because, when you follow promises with concrete action, you heighten your incentive to focus on problem tasks.

By Paula Eder

Email List Management: What Happens When You Choose the WRONG Email List Management Service!
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Over the years I have worked with many solopreneurs helping them to create their online marketing systems and stay in touch with their audience via a regular ezine (or electronic newsletter).  Usually they come to me having already started to build their list, and have even subscribed to an email list management service so that they can deliver their ezine on a regular basis.

But what has happened several times is that the email list management service that they’re using isn’t working as well as they hoped it would, and they’re faced with the dilemma of either muddling through with their current provider, or switching over to a different provider and risk losing a large percentage of the list they’ve worked so hard to build up in the process!

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Perfection Paralysis Can be Overcome with Logical Questions
Paula Eder - The Time Finder Expert, Founder of Finding Time

Next time you say, “But it’s still not perfect,” ask yourself:

*  What is perfect to you?
*  What will benefit you more, perfection or overall productivity?
*  How would your project appear to an impartial observer?

Being a perfectionist can, indeed, paralyze or inhibit your ability to move forward. Even though it might feel essential in the moment, perfectionism truly keeps you from maximizing your potential.

By Paula Eder

Find Time to Weed Out Spam
Paula Eder - The Time Finder Expert, Founder of Finding Time

I find myself awash in spam (again).  Needing to find time to deal with this is frustrating – but it is a reality of on-line work.  Since April 1 we have had an onslaught of spammers signing up for our Finding Time Tips and E-zine.  Have you seen an increase in spam on your sites and in your e-mail, too, this month?  We take a deep breath and do what we need to – but it surely feels annoying and invasive, as each sneaky e-mail lands on our server and has to be dealt with!

According to Wikipedia, Spam is “the abuse of electronic messaging systems (including most broadcast mediums, digital delivery systems) to send unsolicited bulk messages indiscriminately.”  The most common form of spam is e-mail spam.  In 2007, the California legislature estimated that spam “cost United States organizations alone more than $13 billion in 2007, including lost productivity and the additional equipment, software, and manpower needed to combat the problem.”

By Paula Eder

Finding Time to Learn About Your Inner Critic
Paula Eder - The Time Finder Expert, Founder of Finding Time

Today, we identify the methods and the repercussions of this inner voice.

1. The inner critic is dualistic and absolute.

The inner critic survives on rules and regulations. Its
primary mission is to maintain the status quo; therefore,
it classifies everything as right or wrong, black or white.

2. The inner critic attacks through both words and actions.

Like a coordinated tag team, the inner critic uses both
judgmental words and controlling actions to keep you in
your place. So this subself attempts to intimidate you
into making life choices and life decisions that are
narrow and constrained.

By Paula Eder

Do These Limiting Beliefs Resonate with You?
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Over 450 people signed up to learn about shifting their resistance and limiting beliefs about marketing – that tells me a lot!

The other day I led a Teleclass with a delightful and talented colleague, Stacey Mayo, also known as the Dream Queen. We had a packed house on the call! We received emails afterward with joyful business owners sharing how “unjoyful” marketing can be for them and how excited they are to be shifting their limiting beliefs.

I know this happens for many of you as a heart-centered entrepreneur! Every time I stretch into a new level of growth in my business I have to make sure my own energy is aligned with my authentic marketing efforts or they’ll fall flat and I’ll get frustrated.

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Rich People Aren’t Nice – Are They?
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One of the fears I used to have about making more money was that I would become someone I didn’t like. After all, I could cite plenty of examples where well-to-do people weren’t very nice people.

It took me quite a while to realize that the reason they weren’t very “nice” was that they were coming from a place of lack and scarcity. Having more money didn’t make them feel more secure, only more threatened that they could lose what they had.

That’s when I saw that it isn’t the amount of money we have that determines whether we’re a good person or not. It’s being clear on who we are to begin with.

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