Monthly Blog Archives: May 2009

Putting Your Mind to It Reaps Massive Benefits
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Find a quiet spot, close your eyes, and begin to breathe deep even breaths – in and out. Think back to the times when you were “in the zone”, when you achieved everything you put your mind to seemingly simply by giving it your full concentration, your full attention, your full focus. Didn’t it seem almost effortless? As if it just happened exactly as you desired it without serious work?

That is the weapon that we each hold in our arsenal of life. The power to commit our minds to a task, a project, a desire, a lifestyle and the ability to have it materialize purely from giving it our full attention and believing it to have already come to fruition.

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Read Your Own Stuff
Marty Marsh - Follow-Up & Stay-In-Touch Marketing Strategist

Nothing is more gratifying than getting an email from a reader or a comment on your blog thanking you for what you wrote and how much it meant to them.

It’s rare that you’ll get these notes and it’s not necessarily because you’ve not had any impact, it’s just that folks are busy and won’t take the time to write and others are shy and others might think we’re not interested in what they have to say.

And sometimes, what we write just ain’t all that good.

Have you read your own stuff lately?

By Marty Marsh

Stand in Your Power
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I had a painful reminder this past week of what happens when we don’t stand in our power, and instead give it away to someone else. It all started when I thought someone else knew better than I did what was right for me and my business.

The feeling of being disconnected to Source was highly uncomfortable. But instead of trusting that feeling of discomfort MEANT something important, I discounted it, telling myself, “Oh, I’m feeling that way because I’m just tired.”

Truth is, as entrepreneurs, we ALWAYS know what’s best for our business. We may not know how to accomplish it (that’s where training programs and mentors can help us) but our instincts for what basic direction we need to head in is always accurate.

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Find Time by Finding Balance
Paula Eder - The Time Finder Expert, Founder of Finding Time

This morning’s finding time tip offers ideas for building time for self care into your daily life.  Following these simple suggestions for regaining your balance will help you find energy that you didn’t know you had!

Tip:  Balance prevents burnout.

Action Step:  Claim your right to recharge your batteries and regain your balance, even when you feel like you’re “too busy.”

  • Start your day with a nurturing treat. Take a quick walk or dip into a book.
  • Alternate 45 minutes of work with a 5-minute change of scene.
  • Before you go to bed, plan your balancing activities for the next day, giving you something to look forward to!
By Paula Eder

Social Networking Landing Pages — How to Turn Your Social Networking Friends Into Customers
Michele Pariza Wacek (Michele PW) - Love-Based Biz Strategist and Copywriter

Isn’t social networking fun? You get to meet all these people and connect with them and spend hours looking at their profiles and videos and photos and…

Okay, so clearly social networking can take an awful lot of time. The question is, is it worth it? Will spending all that time doing social networking lead to an increase in sales?

And the answer is, yes it can. But you need to be strategic about it — just like you need to be strategic with all your marketing. And one way you can do that is to have a social networking landing page.

By Michele Pariza Wacek (Michele PW)

Step Out of Your Comfort Zone
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We are a learning society. We spend many years and countless hours learning things in school, taking refresher courses, pursuing post-graduate level course work, and internet classes. Yet, when someone does not succeed, it is a truly enlightened individual that remembers to label it for what it is … a learning experience. People that are able to recognize this when it shows up in their own lives are able to use it to their advantage. In fact, they are typically very successful because they possess a “willingness to fail”. They are able to look at what most would consider a failure, as a means to get to their final destination. Just because they go off-track temporarily does not mean they are no closer to their target. It is simply targeting, realigning, and targeting again until whatever they are after is achieved.

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Losing My Focus — and You
Marty Marsh - Follow-Up & Stay-In-Touch Marketing Strategist

If you’ve been in business for yourself for a while you can probably relate and if you’re new to being in business, then there’s a lesson to be learned here.

I’ve been self-employed and online now long enough to have made a lot of mistakes. Lots of ’em. Luckily, I’m the kind of guy who learns from his mistakes. Unfortunately, I sometimes have to make the same mistake over and over a few times before I finally “get it.”

One of the mistakes I’ve made relating to my business has been in losing my focus; forgetting what my business is really all about, what my early intentions were, who my audience is and so on and I’ve certainly paid the price for that.

By Marty Marsh

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People often remark upon my high level of confidence. Some even ask me where it comes from. There’s a wonderful quote by Aristotle that says, “Confidence is not an act, but a habit.”

So true. Yet, confidence isn’t something I believe is best to fake. Better to find what brings you confidence, then keep building on those situations and feelings so your sense of confidence continues to grow.

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Who Are You Serving?
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“We are here to serve people as they make the choice to invest in themselves…through us!”

I love this quote. I read it a recent issue of The Invisible Close newsletter by Lisa Sasevich. I consider her the goddess of authentic sales for solo entrepreneurs and especially women entrepreneurs.  We heart-centered entrepreneurs are great at our work and often have trouble closing the deal!

She really understands the relationship that happens during a sales experience (yes, it is sales) and knows that it’s about helping people make decisions to work with you or purchase your products (or not as the clear decision may be).

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Do you have the “Big 3”?
Sandra P. Martini - Business Growth & Marketing Expert

I was chatting with a local retired businessman earlier today and we got on the topic of management and leadership — of people, teams and business in general — and he said that as long as you follow the “Big 3”, you’re starting from a great place.

So what exactly is the “Big 3”?

Three little words which, when used to govern our behavior, in business and in life are a recipe for success: Firm, Fair and Consistent.

Firm with your time and boundaries.

Fair with everyone you interact with (I think of it as a win-win for all) and

Consistent in your actions so your clients know what they can expect from you.

How can you incorporate these three little words into your every day actions?

By Sandra P. Martini

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