Business Failure; How to Cope

Both in my own business life and in my work as a business coach I find the biggest challenge we bump up against is coping with fear.  How do you get yourself to open that conversation with a stranger (who … Continue reading

Your Business Success in 2013

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays

Dear Friends,

This post was originally written in the spring of 2012 and now that we’re in the holiday season I will be taking some time to spend with family and friends preparing for the New Year and vacationing a bit (for a change–woo hoo)!  I thought I would reprise this post in light of the time of year–a time when many of us take a look at our goals and determine what we’d like to focus on after the holiday hub-bub has died down.  Barring the reference to April, I trust you’ll find some juicy nuggets or take-aways for your own goal setting program. Don’t forget the Resources page on this blog for additional success tools and tips!

Blessings & Happy Holidays!

Dee

Greetings Friends!

We’re halfway through April and now is probably a pretty good time to re-evaluate your success goals.  Modern life moves at a fast pace!  You will benefit greatly by keeping your eye on the ball and knowing when to drop a project or to inject new life into a situation by adding a hot new goal!

For example, perhaps you take advantage of coaching services to assist you in staying on track for success during the year.  As part of your work you may create an ezine, new blog or products.  These goals might not have existed–especially in their current form, at the beginning of the year.  Take the time to see what new opportunities have popped up on the horizon–and remember to do this check-in on a regular basis!

Why would you want to bother tinkering with the goals you slaved over earlier this year?  One of my favorite suggestions from Tony Robbins was his success formula; pick a goal, begin working on said goal, (and this is the really important step most of us overlook) evaluate what you’re doing to see if it is effective.  If it’s effective, keep going–if not, make modifications and then repeat the formula (from the top), as many times as necessary until you reach your desired goal.  Sounds pretty simple, doesn’t it?

Here are some additional ideas:

  • Try working with the Law of Attraction; if you’ve not read Money & the Law of Attraction by Esther & Jerry Hicks I highly recommend it as a valuable goal achievement tool.
  • Share your goals with a coach or if you don’t have a coach, pick a friend to confide your goals to.  This person must be 100% capable of a) holding you accountable and b) 100% on your side when it comes to your goals.  No nay-sayers allowed!
  • Work on your time management skills if you consistently find you’re not getting the job done; this area alone could kill your possibilities for success.

Remember goals aren’t set in stone, they change as your circumstances change–but ideally you are moving forward toward at least one major goal this year.  Maybe you want to quit that day job and do your thing full time.  Or maybe you just want to create a bit of extra cash flow so things aren’t so tight financially; either way, holding a firm vision for your future is the way to go.  Click the link for more out of sight goal setting tips and tools from Marie Forleo and Danielle LaPorte http://marieforleo.com/2012/04/how-to-visualize/.

Rich Blessings!

Dee

Eat That Frog

Eat That Frog!

 

Greetings Friends!

I know I said eat that frog to begin this post–a title borrowed from Brian Tracy, business guru par excellent, but I really prefer to just say I hate brussel sprouts.  I’m not a real picky eater, but I really don’t like bs (short for brussel sprouts) even a smidge.  You can imagine where this is headed, no?  Whether you hate brussel sprouts or anything else, I’m really discussing doing the things in your life that are best for you in the long run.  In this case, let’s discuss what’s best for your business as a successful entrepreneur.

You can run your business in an off the cuff manner, but I guarantee you that will catch up with you.  If you’re taking it easy and someone asks you what programs you’re running, how much they cost, if you have a website or can they have a copy of your bio–you want to be ready.  You want to look as professional as you can irregardless of how successful you are (or aren’t) or how long you have been at it.   So…

Have some business cards made that are professional in their appearance (read sharp looking); give your contact info (including website), blog, etc., if you have one, your title and any other pertinent info you’d like to share with a potential client.

Keep a list of the things you need to do–preferably in your planner and make the ‘frogs’ or ‘brussel sprouts’ your first priority.  Why?  Because if they scare you or you don’t like doing them, you’ll procrastinate; put them up to bat first,  finish up and you’ll feel like a million bucks as you move through the rest of your day.

Show up consistently in your blogging, social media and newsletter work so that your ‘tribe’ a) can find you and b) grow to trust you.  No one wants a doctor who is only in his office when he feels like it.

Take a look at this list of valuable ideas to help you do what you do with more panache.  Denise Wakeman put together a virtual blogging experience to encourage her tribe to be more prolific at their writing; here you’ll find a list of valuable tips and tools to help you with your blogging as well.  You’re probably familiar with that sinking feeling when you have to turn out yet another piece of blogging or newsletter brilliance–so here’s some help!

Need more great tips? Don’t forget to sign up for my bi-monthly business tips here.

Lastly, though I may hate brussel sprouts, if you offer them to me I will eat them.  And when it comes to frogs, I do what Brian Tracy recommends–I eat them first!  You can’t imagine how good it feels to be in control of yourself and your business–then again maybe you can!  And if so, kudos to you!

Rich Blessings!

Dee

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Time Management & YOU!

Greetings Friends!

It’s hot in Los Angeles of late; the beach and visits with friends beckon.  My son is done with his college studies and I myself wishing I had more time for relaxation and fun.  How about you?  Are you wishing for a lighter load?  Is your plate full to overflowing?  Well, I’d like to share this with you http://bit.ly/MsX4a0; it’s what I think of now when I feel I’m not managing my time as well as I’d like.

Rich Blessings!

Dee

 

Time Management Tips-Winning!

I’ll bet you didn’t want to be a juggler when you grew up–or maybe you did!  Social media, business chores, personal duties, care of self and family–hmmmm, sounds like juggling to me!

The biggest challenge with constantly being on the go is that sense of overwhelm that accompanies it; learning how to do the right thing at the right time–the first time, is a life skill in and of itself.  And those of us who intend great success for ourselves have to find a way to master the fine art known as time management in order to pare down our mountain of work into something more like a manageable mole hill.

Oh, you could just keep running in default mode and wind up with interruptions that throw you off track, disorganized work spaces or worse yet, psychological glitches that make you procrastinate.  I don’t know about you, but a dream deferred for too long frustrates the heck out of me.  Especially if I realize that I am the person who is causing the delay!  So…

  • Digital or paper; find out what type of planner suits you–and use it!  If you’ve been a reader of this blog for a minute then you know I love the planner pad; check it out https://plannerpads.com/index.asp.
  • Plan some planning time; go over your to-do lists each week and pencil those appointments, deadlines and chores into that shiny new planner (woo-hoo!).  Trying to keep track of all that information running around  in your head is just going to wear you out.
  • My desk is a mess; guess what I’ve penciled in for my day off–that’s right, some cleaning up and organizing.  A neat work space lowers your stress levels too.

Success is a wonderful thing, but I think we should be able to enjoy the ride!  Take good care of yourself, manage your time really, really well and enjoy the view as you make your way to the promised land of success.

Next up, click the link to see some additional hot time management tips from Ms. Marie Forleo of the Rich, Happy & Hot Business School http://bit.ly/HZazb3.

Please share this blog with friends and family and don’t forget to leave your own tips for organization, time management and the general saving of one’s sanity in the comments section below.  My sanity thanks you 😉

Rich Blessings!

Dee