Monthly Blog Archives: December 2009

Speak From Your Heart With Kindness
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Each of us is graced with the most powerful gift. With it, we are able to make people soar out of orbit with happiness, or plummet to the earth with despair if we are careless. What is this almighty gift? It is the gift of words and the ability to communicate.

As a society we often forget how powerful our words can be. We are occasionally reckless or too quick to speak, when we should take time to think about the consequences of our words. We are taught from childhood to think before we act, but sometimes neglect to think before we speak!

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Changing Bad Habits
Marty Marsh - Follow-Up & Stay-In-Touch Marketing Strategist

When I was younger, I bit my fingernails.

This was a nasty habit that I desperately wanted to stop and so I did. But it took some time.

At first, I tried everything. I sat on my hands. I put bitter stuff on my nails, but soon learned to like the taste of it (I guess). I don’t remember how I quit biting my nails but I did.

But that didn’t keep my fingers out of my mouth. I’ve spent the last 40 years chewing everything on my fingers but my nails, which often resulted in painful tears in my skin.

By Marty Marsh

Why “Their” Killer Strategies Don’t Work for Everyone
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Ever taken a class, gone to a workshop, or enrolled in a program hoping it would be the magic pill to cure all your business woes?

The thinking is this: if you just apply this one strategy, follow this simple system, learn an easy to follow blueprint … then you too shall experience the same type of wealth and success as the person teaching the course.

I’m not knocking the possibility, because I’ve personally had incredible breakthroughs and success following strategies I’ve learned from others. But there’s a catch… my success had a direct correlation to my prior experience, my mindset, and natural skills.

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Keyword Density: To Stuff or Not to Stuff?
Nina East - Wordpress Customization & Setup Expert

What do you know about keywords? They improve how the search engines perceive your content. But, too many can also get you a bad name. Learn about keyword density and how to mix and match for the perfect combination.

A Keyword Myth

Common sense is not always the best approach, especially when thinking about keyword use. Your mind says that if such and such keyword is the one you should be using to attract customers, then it should appear everywhere. So far, you are right.

This next part is where many veer off track.

By Nina East

Find Time for Boundaries and Self Care During the Holidays!
Paula Eder - The Time Finder Expert, Founder of Finding Time

Finding time as the holidays approach gets harder and harder, doesn’t it? This time of year, it’s so easy to let yourself get swept up and swept along in the rush and bustle.

That’s why it’s so important to plan ahead and schedule in some time to breathe! Your ability to enjoy the holidays and not feel depleted (and, ultimately, disappointed) depends on your ability to find ways to take care of yourself throughout the season.

My advice to you?

First and foremost, change your view of self care.  It is not an indulgence, it is a responsibility.

By Paula Eder

Readying for Winter Harvest
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When you think of harvest, do you envision arms piled high, full of good things? Well, in essence that is exactly what harvest is. It is defined as “the product or reward of exertion.” What do you want to harvest in your life? Do you need more time to get things accomplished? Do you need to de-clutter your home for more spaciousness? Or perhaps, do you want to pursue some ideas to make more money? Since the word “exertion” is already present in the definition, I am sure it is no surprise that action is involved in the process. The key is to take action that comes only from inspiration!

So, how does one get ready for a Winter Harvest? First, over a period of one week, take some time to take several daily snapshots of your life. Second, use your snapshots as a tool to compose a list identifying the following three things:

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Get the Big Picture
Marty Marsh - Follow-Up & Stay-In-Touch Marketing Strategist

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Thanksgiving — The Gift in Itself
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Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of year. Why? Because it is the magical time of year when tradition dictates that you spend time putting life in perspective. This is typically done by reflecting on the things, people, and experiences that produce feelings of gratitude and appreciation.

When so much time is spent each year on acquiring more or worrying about not having enough, it is refreshing to have a day set aside as a reminder to take stock and count your blessings. Have you found yourself feeling a little down lately? Are your thoughts centered from a place of lack? Are you feeling the beginning of winter blues? If so, there is no time like the present to begin your “Giving Thanks List”.

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Is It Time to Hire Yourself?
Sandra P. Martini - Business Growth & Marketing Expert

Have you heard the story about the cobbler whose children had no shoes? Or the auto mechanic whose cars desperately needed attention?

The same is true for business owners.

We’re often SO caught up in caring for our clients and managing the day-to-day of our businesses, that we can neglect to give our business the same care we would a paying client.

After my recent private client retreat, I realized that while I certainly have written plans and goals for my business and systems in place so that things operate more efficient- and effectively, it’s been a while since I’ve taken my business through the “break it down, build it up” process we went through.

By Sandra P. Martini

Using Keyword Phrases in Your Blog: Variation on a Theme
Nina East - Wordpress Customization & Setup Expert

By now, you have heard of search engine optimization (SEO). You have t have been hiding under an internet rock not to have heard it…but that doesn’t mean everybody knows what it means. It’s become one of those jargon terms that people toss around without really knowing what it means.

Simply put, Search Engine Optimization is the process of using keywords to draw targeted traffic to your website business. But what about keyword phrases? They can bring in even more lucrative traffic.

By Nina East

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