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Positive Attitude: I Think Therefore I Am

René Descartes had it right. What and who you are begins with a thought. The mind is a powerful tool that can make or break your life and your business success. Use your mind to fuel business success.

In these tough economic times, it is hard not to think about the possibility of business failure. No one said that business would be easy even if the economy is up. It takes work. Knowing that truth and truly believing it are two different things.

Anyone can go out today and say they want to start a business. Few will actually succeed in taking the steps necessary to start a successful one, though. This is not to deter anyone from following their dreams, but you need to have the correct mindset in order to triumph in your business. If you can’t make it through the rough times, how will you ever be around to celebrate the good ones?

What is the mindset you need to have in order to succeed, you ask? A realistic frame of mind keeps you and your business grounded in tough times. After all, you are the business. Anyone working with you and/or for you will follow your lead. Here are a few tips to help you keep on top of things and see your business goals through to culmination.

Know the Statistics – How many businesses of your type fail each year? What is the competition like? Filling your head with idealistic scenarios is setting yourself up for disappointment and failure. In business, like in life, everything doesn’t always go the way you imagine it.

Be Aware – Embrace the negative possibilities so you know how to handle them when they come. And, they will come if you stay in business long enough. One key to business success is planning ahead for trouble that you hope would not show up.

Don’t Let Others Bring You Down – Ignore the naysayers. If you’re running a business that you’ve always wanted to own, don’t let anyone turn you away from your goal. Say to yourself, “I have created a successful business.”

Preparation Breeds Confidence – This type of preparation brings with it an air of confidence, confidence in your ability to handle any situation. It is that confidence that will motivate you and your employees if the business takes a hit one day. Besides a business plan for your company, create a life attitude plan to go along with it.

Your reactions to setbacks show who you are when things are not going according to plan. Getting bent out of shape is not going to stop the sale from falling through or the market from slumping. Learn to use setbacks in positive ways.

There is not a tried and true formula for professional success. Much of it is trial and error. Allow the highs to outnumber the lows in your professional life by learning to ride the waves and keeping a positive outlook.

Is Your Mind Still Getting In Your Way?

We’ve all heard the talk about positive thinking and how our own thoughts can create our reality.  And, it is hard to argue that positive thinking is in any way a bad thing.  But could your negative thoughts really be a bad thing?  Could your own mind be part of your stumbling block?

The reality is that positive thinking is an extremely powerful force. I am not talking about the law of attraction or the power of attraction. Rather, your personal power to navigate change and challenges effectively, and maintain your personal power. If you are or plan to be a business owner then you have to acknowledge that your success is dependent upon your ability to think and stay positive and embrace the challenges that come your way and learn the valuable lessons hey have to offer.  If you choose to be taken over by challenges and sink into negativity, questioning your vision and your abilities you will sink.

Keeping focused on your vision and staying open to the possibilities; are two of the keys to staying positive. Some businesses die from lack of creativity and willingness to change when necessary.  Keeping your positive outlook and evaluating the possibilities as they arise will keep your business on a positive swing. Open your mind to the possibilities that can keep your business successful and not add you to the heap of the dead and dying.

Stay Focused On Your Plan:

Look back at that original vision and plan.  Evaluate where you are right now and where you need to refocus.  Often business owners get distracted from the plan by the day to day business.  It is a perfect time to look back and see if you are still on track.  It is also an opportunity to decide if your plan needs to be revised or changed.  Staying open to the possibilities also leaves the door open to add new products or services to your offerings.  It is important to evaluate each of these in alignment with your overall business plan.  Do they fit well?

Keeping your mind out of your way is easier when you are focused on your plan and each decision you are making fits well into your business and marketing plan.

You may have decided on one course of action to get the business started. Now could be the perfect time to niche into a more defined product. Here are the advantages:

  • More targeted marketing strategies
  • Higher sales

Success has its own rewards, but only if you are willing to pursue it. When you allow yourself to dream big, the sky is the limit. You won’t grow without the attitude and vision to see beyond where you are now.

Mistake Magic

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Humans will always make mistakes. The keys to overcoming your mistakes are to:

• Learn the mistakes.
• Know what you did incorrectly.
• Accept that you made a mistake.
• Use the mistake to better yourself and your business.

Not until you are willing to embrace those things, will you be ready to find out the hidden treasures that can be found when mistakes are made.

As a business owner, you know all about mistakes. You made little ones as you got started. For some, too many mistakes and they find that the business life is not for them. And, maybe it isn’t.

Being in business for yourself requires a thick skin. You will have customers that are impossible to please, competition that seems to outdo you at every turn and unsuccessful marketing strategies. But, you live and learn. You will only be able to continue building your business if you have the right attitude – a positive one.

Turn your mistakes into big money.

It is human nature not to want to feel isolated. That extends to the business world. A business owner, who is brave enough to point out the mistakes they have made and how they learned from them, will have a following among other entrepreneurs. You can take that on the lecture circuit and gain a wide audience.

Networking is a part of doing business.

Your connections can be helpful when sales are slow or when you are looking to put together a new business venture. Targeting budding businesses with your brand of sage advice is one way to turn a negative into a positive.

What about customers? Maybe you hired someone who wasn’t the best at customer service. Every business owner knows that poor customer service can break a business. Instead of sitting back and brooding about your misfortune, take action.

Use this opportunity to revamp your customer service policy. That employee may be better in another area of your business. This may be the time to automate your customer service with autoresponder messages, a FAQ section on your website or an answering service.

Challenges force you to take a look at your business. Is there a way to improve an existing process? Of course there is. Use a mistake such as sending the wrong product or a failed online checkout process to make changes that will increase sales in the future.

What sets you apart?

You are willing to learn from mistakes (by using suggestions like those above) to continue to move forward in your business pursuits instead of leaning on them like crutches. Excuses rarely accomplish anything good. Mistakes can sour your mood. Shake it off and find out what you can learn from them to make your business a success.

Procrastination: The Enemy of Success

Do you put off your work for later, only to find your deadlines steadily creeping in? Then you, my friend, are one of the millions of people afflicted by the procrastination virus. Procrastination is the biggest reason for loss of productivity and late output. Though many would not admit it, they would benefit greatly if they start their work on time.

For many people, putting off their work for later is more habit than desire. It can be so hard to get into a groove where starting your tasks in a timely fashion is a priority, especially if the consequences for being late are things that one can probably bear.

If you are one of these people, yet you desire to shake off your propensity for procrastination, then you have come to the right place. Here are a few tips to help you overcome this dilemma and become a more productive and reliable person.

1. Set schedules – It is very important that you have a list of activities to accomplish per day. This will help you realistically budget your time and resources. One of the cardinal sins people commit in regards to performing their tasks is to put off their work because they feel like there is so much time left. A journal, organizer, or calendar of events will help you plan and schedule your task so that you can start them promptly and finish them on time.

2. Save the Vacation for Later – Many people put their work off for later saying, “I’ll just have a little fun then buckle down to work later.” While it may be true that they may have more than enough time to accomplish their tasks, it would be better if they finished their work first and relax afterwards. Vacations are important, vital, in fact. But you can vacation with much more ease when you have completed your work!!

Wouldn’t relaxation be sweeter if it were after a taxing job? If you choose to lay back and relax before doing your tasks, you will be more prone to burnout and will have nothing exciting left to look forward to after accomplishing a task. It is always better to have slack period AFTER a job than before one, especially considering that people are wont to overusing their slack time. This is suicide if you are heading towards a deadline.

3. Never Underestimate Your Tasks – Sometimes procrastination sets in because people underestimate the resources, difficulty, and time spent for a particular task. They will usually say, “It’s just mowing the lawn, its easy; I could do it in a jiffy.” The problem is, no matter how trivial the task, it still takes time and resources to accomplish. If you underestimate a task, you will most likely set too little time to do it and schedule it too close to its deadline.

4. Don’t Allow Yourself to Get Comfortable Doing Nothing – It would definitely help if you kept a subconscious alarm whenever you are doing nothing. Get this alarm to remind you of things that may need to be done. This will help you foster the notion that jobs accomplished now means more time for relaxation later. However, even if this is the case, do not forget to put ample time in for rest and to remove all thoughts of troubles before hitting the sack. The trick here, however, is not to overdo you rest. There is a difference between resting and idling. Always set the right amount of time for rest and stick to that schedule.

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Newsletters: They are Still Working!

Title: Newsletters: They are Still Working!
Location: Tele-Class
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Description: Join me as I talk with LisaMarie Dias about Newsletters and their effectiveness as part of your marketing plan. Newsletters are still working and email newsletters are the most cost effective approach.
Start Time: 8:00 PM EST
Date: 2009-06-23
End Time: 9:00 PM EST

Are You Building Relationships With Your Marketing?

Business is all about relationships.  They are at the heart of marketing as well.  Strategically using relationship marketing is about building strong, long term relationships with your current clients and companies.  By having this type of focus you are increasing your business but not solely by seeking new clients or customers.  Relationship marketing improves your exisiting relationships. You assess the needs of individual customers and meet those needs, in fact -over-deliver.

The components of an effective relationship marketing strategy include: marketing; special sales; customer care/appreciation; communication and special events. These approaches improve the relationship and increase its longevity.  The client/customer realizes the value of the business relationship and they remain active and increase their loyalty. Relationship marketing focuses both on building a new relationship but also on retention.

Marketing research indicates that the cost of retaining an existing customer is ten percent of the cost of obtaining a new customer. This is why relationship marketing makes sense for business owners.  As much as eighty five percent of profit may be attributable to customer retention according to another study.  High costs are incurred when marketing to new customers and obtaining them as customers.  If you are able to retain an adequate number of your current customers you decrease your need for new customers.  This isn’t to say that you want to totally give up your marketing to new clients/customers.

When you gain customer trust, the chances of that customer moving to another company is significantly reduced.

Your costs are reduced in addition to your marketing dollars as the customers are already familiar with your processes.  You don’t have to spend time teaching them as they have already learned.   This reduces your staff time and improves their job satisfaction as well.  Imagine, regular, friendly customers using your service or product over and over.  Your staffs are familiar with them and they become familiar with your staff.  It is in this process and exchange that good (great) customer service is provided.  Customer service is a key in your relationship marketing strategy.

The goals of relationship marketing are to build long lasting relationships with your current and existing clients, increasing their commitment to you and your business.  Additional benefits are achieved through your strategy and these further build the business.

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Beyond a Good Cause

I just spent a couple of days with Terri Levine, author of Sell Without Selling and many other books and products.  She is working hard to raise money or Tabitha.  Read Tabitha’s story below.  I am buying books for kmany of my contacts and then will do a special tele-seminar about the book.  Please join me in buying books for your contacts and helping raise much needed money for Tabitha.

Imagine pain so severe the breeze of someone walking by causing excruciating pain so intense its as if someone just lit you on fire, the vibration of a vacuum cleaner shooting through you like knives, or muscle spasms so strong your body shakes uncontrollably. Imagine not being able to roll yourself over or sit up without help, not being able to swallow, waking up blind, or trying not to breathe because it causes too much pain. Being stuck in bed, feeling so isolated and alone, while life passes by and everyone you once knew moving with it, leaving you behind.

 

     This is the life, Tabitha, has been living for the past 11 years due to Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD).  Tabitha leaves quite an impression on everyone she meets. Her personality and positive attitude has helped her stay strong through her brave battle. RSD has stolen Tabitha’s life, but there is hope for some relief with a ketamine-induced coma, an experimental treatment being done in Germany and Mexico.

 

      Never in a million years did Tabitha’s mother think that she would have to remind her daughter to breathe in order for her to get through the  endless days and nights of agonizing pain. Tabitha’s ordeal began when she was 11 years old and dislocated her left knee while playing softball. Her knee continued to dislocate over the next 3 years and she had 3 surgeries to try to correct it. The pain continued and no one knew why. They thought that once her knee was working right that the pain would go away, but instead it increased and spread throughout both legs. She spent more time using crutches, canes, arm crutches, walkers, and a wheelchair than she did walking. For the past few years she has been unable to put any weight on her legs and confined to a wheelchair.

     

     RSD has invaded Tabitha’s body, stealing her life away bit by bit. She has bravely tried so many things to get any amount of relief, including spinal nerve blocks, acupuncture, ultrasounds, chiropractic care, electronic stimulation, and too many medications to count. Most of her young adolescent life was spent in physical therapy, including an inpatient RSD program that lasted almost 6 months combining strenuous physical, occupational, aquatic, and music therapies for 8 hours everyday. She has had to relearn how to walk more times than her family can remember.

   

     The pain quickly took over her entire body and she now throws up for weeks at a time, causing dehydration, and has seizures when the pain increases past her tolerance point. The nerves in her face and throat are affected by the RSD, which causes difficulty seeing, eating, swallowing, and speaking. She feels like she is being stabbed when anything, even something as soft as a blanket, touches her. This extreme skin sensitivity is one of the symptoms called allodynia. The RSD has also temporarily paralyzed her left side in the past and caused periods of short term blindness.

   

     Tabitha loves animals and she is now unable to care for her pets, even spending time with them is hard for her. She can only sit up for short periods of time limiting what she can do. Her muscles spasms cause her to shake severely making it impossible to do things like drawing. Tabitha is a wonderful artist, she loves to make clothes and jewelry, but soon after she starts her hands begin to hurt so badly that they twist inward and she is unable to use them. This is heartbreaking for her.

 

    Once her pain is gone, Tabitha hopes to walk and do all of the things she has been missing out on.

 

   There is only ONE possible solution for Tabitha and one that needs to happen fast and one her family can not afford.

 

   Ketamine is one of the most effective ways to treat RSD, but also one of the most controversial. In the beginning it was known for causing horrible hallucinations, along with other side effects, which has given it a bad reputation. Along the way they have made progress in their research with different combinations of drugs to counter act the side effects and the future of ketamine use looks promising. It is still a very experimental treatment and further research is needed. It may not be a cure yet but some have found relief where nothing else has helped. Those who suffer from RSD understand the risks and are willing to take a chance at gaining control over their pain. Next

 

     The U.S FDA has approved ketamine to be used as an anesthetic and the high dose coma has been okayed for up to 2 days. That is not enough time for the coma to be successful for the more severe cases of RSD, so people are traveling to Germany and more recently Mexico, where the ketamine coma is being allowed for 5-10 days, which researchers have found to be the most beneficial. Absolutely none of the expenses are covered by insurance.

 

     Ketamine seems to be helping because it prevents the brain from processing pain signals) Dr. Schwartzman is the professor and chairman of Neurology at Drexel University Hospital and has been studying RSD for over 30 years. He has treated over 4,000 RSD patients, and is working closely with the doctors in Germany and Mexico, who do the coma treatments. He describes the ketamine coma as if you are unplugging and resetting a computer. By shutting the body down you are giving it time to reset the nerves, brain, and spinal chord, which interrupts the pain signals and hopefully will put everything back to normal. While not everyone comes out of the coma completely pain free, about 30-40% do, and all of the patients have had at least some relief. After completing the coma, patients receive booster treatments to keep the ketamine in their system. 

      I appeal to your heart and your generous spirit to help this beautiful young girl.  I am sharing a picture of her prior to this horrible disease.

 

      Right this minute you can grab copies of my book Sell Without Selling: Lessons from The Jungle for Sales Success and when you do so 100% of each copy will be donated to help Tabitha get the treatment she needs in Germany and I will also match 100% each book purchased 100%.  This is a great way to help Tabitha and for you to get valuable books for Tabitha – please be generous… get a bunch!  Use them a gifts, giveaways, for your own back of the room sales – please, please be generous and let’s help Tabitha and make a difference together.

 

 

Please go here now and help make a difference to this special young person: 

 

http://www.terrilevine.com/orderinformation.htm

 

Thanks for supporting this !!!

Donna

Focusing on Your Own Personal Development: Take the Time

 

Do you ever wish you were someone else or somewhere else? Sometimes it happens that we get all wrapped up in our own doubts, fears and insecurities; that inner voice that nags at us and doesn’t say the nicest things. Do you ever feel that the grass is greener on the other side of the fence?  It might look like someone else is doing better, feeling better, more successful that you.  The reality is that many people, perhaps most people are having a similar experience and perhaps are more scared than you.

 

Focusing energy on your own personal development is a key to being truly satisfied with you.  Taking a dedicated amount of time each day and focusing that time on you can be the greatest gift you give to yourself.

 

The Internet offers a wealth of self development and self improvement opportunities.  There is a wealth of information available.  I use a system of self improvement that incorporates reading, audio and video programs on topics ranging from wealth and prosperity; to marketing; to self esteem, motivation and mindset. Learning and self development is part of a self development plan.  The next part is incorporating that learning into life.  With any educational program you have to sort through what is meaningful and what is not, for you.

 

The first step to self improvement is self love. It is perhaps the hardest love to achieve.  Whitney Houston has a song “Learning to love yourself is the greatest love of all.” It’s so true. Loving yourself gives you the ability to really love others.  It is hard to give what you do not have, yet people believe that they can love others without truly loving themselves.

 

Modeling self love and personal development are more powerful than telling people “they ought to”.  Their observation of your practices of personal development can model for them how to achieve similar success.  Self improvement makes us better people, we can then inspire other people, and then the rest of the world will follow.

 

What areas of your life would you like to improve upon? Are there areas of personal development that you would benefit from? 

 

Take a moment and create your personal development plan.  A plan you say?  Yes, a plan.  A personal development plan increases your commitment.  But you are also working to change patterns of behavior and habits.  This does not come easily.  A dedicated plan can assist you in doing this.  Start with 15 minutes a day of focused personal development time.  Choose your daily topic and take the time to read, listen, watch, participate in a personal development activity.  Then take 15 minutes to integrate what you have learned.  The effect of focused personal development only impacts your life when you integrate your new learning into your daily practices.  It is just a learning event or training event and then it is over.  Where to start?  Start with self love.

 

One of the programs that I am participating in for my personal development is Success University.  What is incredible about this program is the volume of resources that it offers AND the additional revenue that it provides to my family income.  Right now they are offering an incredible program as they are adding World Ventures in just a few days.  Check out the site, the 14 day free trial and see what you can do to benefit your personal development and your income at the same time.  http://www.compassrose.successuniversity.com/new

 

If you have questions — give me a call and I will gladly share with you what I have found extraordinary about this program.