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10 Ways to Attack the Email Monster

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Every day, we get questions from smart, successful, self-employed professionals who want more in their business and their lives.  Today, we attack the email monster…

Janice asks: Ack! Help! What do I do with all this email?

There’s only one thing I hate worse than mopping the floors …

…and that’s dealing with the endless emails that come into your inbox.

I’m not talking about the stupid once-in-a-lifetime-do-it-right-now-or-die kinds of emails, Read more

4 Steps to Create a Turn-Key Business (and life)

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You’re a smart, hardworking entrepreneur, and you’re moving fast. You are highly educated in your field and your business is growing and getting busier each day. But somehow, you find yourself stuck. You’re doing more tasks that take you away from your core business, you are working more and earning less. You need help. Wouldn’t it be great if there was someone, anyone out there who could help you take away some of the daily tasks so you could focus on the things you really love?

Maybe you’ve looked, tried to work with or even hired people to help you manage your business. Read more

Why the Law of Attraction Doesn’t Work

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Dallas is a beautiful town, I think.  I wouldn’t know because I’ve been in a  hotel conference boardroom with a speaker client doing a 2 Day Turnaround session to clarify her business message and clear her head.  We’re knee deep in “stuff” and it’s a blast getting everything organized into a plan.

Just as I thought we were finished, she looked over at me, her eyes softening and said “Let me ask you a question.  When you really want something, I mean REALLY want it, and you’ve tried everything to get it – visualization, inner work, negative beliefs, when do you know it’s just not going to happen and you give up?” Read more

How do I prioritize all the stuff I have to do?

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I get questions all the time about how to get more done with less stress.

This week, Nancy asks:

Q: Nancy asks, “How do I prioritize what’s important, when it all seems so urgent?”

A: You know I’ve got a list right now of 234 tasks that I absolutely want to get done. The question is: how many of those things do you think are A priorities? Realistically, maybe two. Read more

3 Things You Can Learn About Business from the Wild Animal Kingdom

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Have you ever stopped, I mean really stopped for a minute to listen, hear, smell and feel the sounds of the wild animals around you?

They’re everywhere…in the city, in the suburbs, in the skies and underground.

And they have something to say to you…can you hear them?

If there is something on your mind, a problem you’re trying to solve, a situation that needs a resolution or an unanswered question in your head, chances are the answer is right in front of you.  Animals are a symbol, Read more

5 Steps to Let Go and Leap Forward

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I was speaking with a client the other day.  She was angry.  Really angry.  Nothing was working right, her bank account was fluctuating wildly,  and she was working harder than ever.  She had every right to be angry.  For a very long time, she had struggled, hoping, praying and pushing through whatever came her way to be able to offer her services to those who needed it most.  Except those who needed it most didn’t know she was there.

She didn’t have a marketing problem, a sales system problem, a follow-up problem or a technology problem. Nope, none of those.  It also wasn’t that she wasn’t qualified, smart, knowledgeable and could solve a problem quickly and expertly for her clients.  She was all of those things in spades. Read more

Stop wasting time!

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Today was a weird day.  It started out with me being wide awake for most of the night, thoughts dancing through my head, trying to convince me that something was seriously wrong.  Sort of like the tail wagging the dog, my brain had control of my emotions and random thoughts turned into full blown stories about the things I am most afraid of.

Um, not so helpful.

With very little sleep and early morning meetings coming up, I got myself ready and guess what?!?  EVERY meeting I had went south, people were upset, random weird things kept happening and communication went haywire.  Read more

The emotion isn’t important… or is it?

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Twenty years ago, I was mad.  Angry.  Trying to get ahead.  Pushing it.  Using all of my mental powers to build my business, enhance my career and working hard just to get a little bit ahead.  I was running a $5 million business at the time, and I didn’t have the luxury to stop and ask for help with my emotions.  They weren’t important…

…or so I thought. Read more

You’re only 6 steps away from living your passion

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Have you seen the movie “Up In The Air?”  I went to see it recently and found the main character’s passion interesting.

In case you haven’t seen it, the movie is about a guy who travels the country, 300 days per year, and fires people for a living. He loves every aspect of traveling, especially the parts that require him not to commit to any relationships – not family, not friends and certainly not a love interest.  He just doesn’t have time.

Then he meets someone and his life gets turned upside down. Read more

Breakdown? Or Breakthrough?

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“Worry is a waste of energy”

The year was 1984 and Iwas a year out of high school.  Having decided that I was grown up enough to live in my own apartment, (even though I couldn’t really afford it), with a rusty old ugly green sedan for transportation, I muddled through.  Working a part time job and going to school part time, I spent most nights at home eating baked potatoes because they were cheap and filled me up.

During the day, my thoughts were constantly on worrying about what my future would hold.  Read more

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