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Leave it?…or Makeover Your Business

My friend and mentor, Al Levi, uses a powerful exercise to engage clients in business development.  He asks, “Imagine this.  You walk out the front door of your business, and cross the street.  You decide you are going to recreate, makeover, your business.  What, and who, do you bring with you?”

Or do you decide to do something completely new?  You get to choose and the beginning of a year is the right time to reflect and decide.

Leave it?   […]

The 5 Most Important Minutes of Your Day

I used to answer the clanging alarm clock by shouting, “NOOOOOO!” as I reached out to SHUT IT OFF.   While that may sound harmless, even humorous, I realized that it probably was not the best way to greet the day.

According to my friend, Robin Palmer, I’m absolutely right!  Robin says, “If you crawl out of bed stressed out and overwhelmed, you set yourself in motion to create a stress-filled, overwhelming day for yourself and those around you.”

Robin is one of the most positive people I know.  Her energy is off the charts.  (Next to her, I feel like I spend the day eating bon bons on the couch, so that will give you an indication.)  She and I connected at a women’s business event and fell instantly in love.  I’ve helped her with some business planning, and she helps me get out of the “right side” of the bed.  A great business is built on a powerful mission, a burning “why.”  Hers was born as a response to a challenge in her own life…

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Stumbling Blocks on the Road to Success

In this country, in these times, we have access to everything we need to be healthy, wealthy and wise. So…what’s getting in the way?

Maybe you are.

The stumbling blocks on the road to success are of your own creation. I’ve listed the most common ones below. Recognize any of them?

Wishing and wanting. Do you have a […]

My favorite Jim Rohn story…

Once upon a time, I saw Jim Rohn speak. There were 15 of us in a small room, thanks to my mentor Paul Swan for setting it up. Jim was a physically small fellow, but his presense was enormous. We sat, rapt, and he told the story below. I pulled it from his e-newsletter. Biz Tip: Subscribe to it. Buy one of his audio programs because his powerful voice is just as inspiring as his solid advice. If you are committed to success, Jim Rohn is an essential mentor. www.jimrohn.com

 

Nitty-Gritty Reasons by Jim Rohn
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be motivated to achievement by such a lofty goal as benevolence? I must confess, however, that in the early years of my struggle to succeed, my motivation was a lot more down to earth. My reason for succeeding was more basic. In fact, it fell into the category of what I like to call “nitty-gritty reasons.” A nitty-gritty reason is the kind that any one of us can have—at any time, on any day—and it can cause our lives to change. Let me tell you what happened to me. […]

Ode to the Working Dog

All dogs stink, chew, puke, poop, bite, whine, scratch, swallow objects which must be removed surgically and sleep in newly planted flower beds. The Working Dog also offers additional benefits.

If your best customer calls, The Working Dog will alert the staff by barking incessantly within three feet of the phone. The Working Dog will keep the UPS and Fed Ex drivers from getting within 50 yards of your office. While it would be convenient to have packages delivered directly to your door, consider allowing a possibly armed and dangerous FedEx employee to actually get out of his truck on your property. Crotch sniffing is a sure fire way to make co-workers feel loved and appreciated. The slimy nose print on your pants acts as a friendly reminder that Working Dog is on the job. […]