Category Archives: effectiveness

Perfection is the enemy of good.

Are your standards unreasonable?

What do you suppose ultimately does your business more good: kick-ass, intermittent marketing, or good marketing done regularly and strategically? (Hint: The answer is behind Door Number Two.) Yet I suspect many entrepreneurs shoot themselves in the marketing foot by … Continue reading

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Focus + action = success.

Decide. Then do. Here’s how.

  I love when lessons from the personal side of life can be so profitably applied to the business side. As President of the Board at Peoples Church Unitarian Universalist, I’m kept in the loop of all sorts of discussions. … Continue reading

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The outcome is what really drives you.

Do ACTIVITIES or OUTCOMES drive your goals?

A few days ago I excitedly shared with one of my accountability partners that, as part of the process of creating a series of e-books, I’m going through all the content I’ve created over the years to see what could … Continue reading

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Stress stifles success.

9 simple things you can do TODAY to be less stressed

You know what I’m talking about: the kind of day where it feels like your head (or your chest; possibly your entire body) is about to explode. We live in a fast-paced, always-plugged-in, changing-at-the-speed-of-tech kind of world, so explosive days … Continue reading

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Success is a choice.

Do you make success impossible for yourself?

Have you ever had the experience of bopping along, taking care of your clients and living your life, when suddenly you decide this is not what you signed up for? Welcome to the club. I believe many entrepreneurs deal with … Continue reading

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Don't sabotage your outcomes!

Are you strangling your business in the name of quality?

  While Mae West once declared, “Too much of a good thing can be wonderful,” it’s probably more accurate to say that “Too much of anything is toxic.” It’s true. Whether we’re talking about a physical activity, a food, a … Continue reading

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Successful entrepreneurs learn lesson wherever they can.

Is your business going to the dogs? I hope so.

    Last week, I explored lessons from my canine mentors. This week, I realized that I hadn’t covered all of them. Here are more tips from these entrepreneurial-minded beasts. Create conditions that make it easier for you to succeed. … Continue reading

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Is your ego getting in the way of your success?

The “things you don’t know about me” blog format: ego or engagement?

I recently came across the suggestion to write a blog post titled “20 things you didn’t know about me”, and I had a very mixed reaction. I love bulleted or numbered lists, so that’s attractive I know the subject matter … Continue reading

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Mistakes aren't fun, but they're great teachers.

3 ways to dig yourself out of that embarrassing hole

Many moons ago, back before Big Pharma became truly evil, I sold pharmaceuticals for a top-tier company. Every month, those of us in the field waited with trepidation to see what sort of product-related give-aways the marketing department would provide … Continue reading

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You've gotta be optimistic AND realistic.

5 ways you’re choking the life out of your business

    A few weeks ago I was the lay leader of the service at my Unitarian Universalist church. This meant I was responsible for choosing the theme, finding readings and stories to illustrate the theme, selecting congregational hymns, and … Continue reading

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"Ask" is not a bad word.

What’s the worst that can happen?

  The other day, Joseph (my hubby) went in to purchase an amp for his electric guitar. While he was willing to spend the money on it, he naturally wanted to get as good a deal as possible. So when … Continue reading

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You can't succeed if you can't commit to tasks.

It’s a jungle out there. Which animal are you?

  The entrepreneurs I work with most successfully typically represent one of three members of the animal kingdom: the mynah birds are continually seduced by shiny objects, AKA anything that’s touted as new, exciting, sure-fire, or what “all successful ____________ … Continue reading

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You need to be both effective AND efficient.

Are you effective or efficient? And what makes you think you have to choose?

  Sometimes it’s easy to confuse efficiency for effectiveness, and that confusion can really trash your business results. Why? Because efficiency is the ability to accomplish something with the least waste of time and effort, while effectiveness is the ability … Continue reading

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It's hard to succeed if you're wimpy.

Could you be the star of “Diary of a Wimpy Kid”?

  If you’ve spent any time in a book store recently, you’ve probably passed by a whole slew of books by Jeff Kinney, author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid. This series explores the trials and tribulations of a middle-school … Continue reading

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Winners quit strategically.

Quit. I dare you.

  “She’s a real quitter.” How many of us would consider that to be a compliment? Not many, I’m guessing, because the concept of quitting typically carries a tremendous amount of negative baggage. And that’s a curious thing. The dictionary … Continue reading

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Procrastination often creates crises.

Is damage control ruining your business?

  There you are, minding your own business, when all of a sudden something blows up in your face: Your hard drive crashes, despite your anti-virus protection; your usually reliable shipping company goes on strike, leaving customers without the products … Continue reading

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Due dates enhance productivity.

Three ways to make counting down add up

I recently celebrated a birthday, which means I’m less than a year away from the Big 6-0. While I expect my family and friends to throw me a seriously butt-kicking party to celebrate this major milestone, I also realize that … Continue reading

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Can you solve their problem, or not?

Does this “four-letter word” slip into your marketing?

  In America, referring to something as “a four-letter word” is another way of calling it a swear word or obscenity – something to be avoided in polite and professional company. While the swear words that led to this euphemism … Continue reading

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Action must be purposeful.

Are you a human being or a human doing?

  Sometimes it takes a cosmic 2X4 to get my attention. Other times, a Nerf™ bat will do. This has been a bat week, fortunately. I’ve been getting all kinds of nudges that have a similar theme: slow down, be … Continue reading

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Success requires courage.

What’s stopping you now?

  If you’re like most talented entrepreneurs, the tendency to procrastinate can be a major obstacle to your success. If you’re like some successful entrepreneurs, you’ve committed to a “do it NOW” approach to the myriad tasks facing you as … Continue reading

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You need to meet success half-way!

Haven’t you started YET?

  As I addressed in last week’s post, procrastination is a fabulous way to quickly and efficiently derail your success.  If this sounds less than appealing, here are some more ways to fight your put-it-off tendencies and, instead, propel yourself … Continue reading

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Procrastination is a choice. Just not a good one.

Waiting for success = speeding toward failure

  If I had to choose the most stubborn, ubiquitous, and effective obstacle to entrepreneurial success, my hands-down favorite would be procrastination. According to Etymology Online, this word comes “directly from [the] Latin procrastinationem, ‘a putting off from day to … Continue reading

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Success requires both flexibility AND focus.

Kicking back? Kicking it up? How ‘bout both?

  Folks in the northern hemisphere are basking in the start of summer. If you’re like most such people, you’re looking forward to vacations and road trips and some lazy days off. The question is, Can your business afford to … Continue reading

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Commitment leads to success; obstinacy...not so much.

Are you resolute or just obstinate?

  Years ago I was working with a counselor to help me deal with having been widowed at a very young age. Once we did most of the grief work, we started exploring other areas. During one of those later … Continue reading

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Allow prospects to choose you.

You can’t make me!

  You’ve heard children say to their siblings – and sometimes even their parents – “You can’t make me!” Childish and defiant, right? And yet haven’t you, a mature and self-assured entrepreneur, implicitly said the same thing when someone tried … Continue reading

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Resistance and success don't mix.

Resistance is STILL futile. What are you doing about it?

  Last week we explored the topic of resistance, but stopped short of addressing how to actually deal with it. Since self-awareness without action is fairly useless, let’s figure out how to address the question that will actually improve your … Continue reading

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Are you resisting success?

Resistance is futile. Give it a rest!

  Have you ever watched two hard-core arm wrestlers? Both are exerting all their strength to resist the force of the opponent’s hand. This typically involves a lot of sweat and strain, grunting and grimacing. And, sometimes when a wrestler … Continue reading

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Courage is feeling fear and taking action anyway.

If it feels good, should you do it?

  Some would-be successful entrepreneurs may be tempted to look at their peers who are already enjoying success and wonder if those peers are simply lucky. After all, why else would they be getting the results that are currently eluding … Continue reading

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Do your habits enhance or hinder your success?

Is your auto-pilot leading you straight to a dead end?

  In a perfect world, life can flow a lot more smoothly when you have systems, processes, and productive habits in place. You don’t have to continually re-invent the wheel, and your effectiveness soars. In a perfect world. In the … Continue reading

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Stress and success don't mix.

Time for a change! 5 ways to squash your stress

  Are you normal? For your sake, I hope not. “Normal” entails—at least in America—feeling overwhelmed, under-appreciated, tired, and stressed out.  And while that may be the norm, that doesn’t mean it’s natural, and it’s certainly nothing that most of … Continue reading

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You can't succeed if you don't take action.

Is your train stuck in the station?

  While travel by rail is not as popular as it used to be (like it was before, say, airplanes even existed), you can probably still imagine the thrill of being prepared to go on a fabulous train trip. Bags … Continue reading

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Does your morning routine set you up for success or failure?

Bad breath is the LEAST of your problems.

You wouldn’t think of leaving the house for your first appointment of the day without brushing your teeth, would you? No way; such basic physical hygiene is a habitual part of your morning routine.  Skipping it would definitely lead to … Continue reading

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Will you choose to use your power well?

Don’t let them kid you: Knowledge is NOT power!

  Okay, so you’ve taken purposeful steps to identify what you and others see as your key strengths. So what? Remember: Knowledge is not power. Applied knowledge is power. That means your next step is to figure out a compelling … Continue reading

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Do your views help or hurt you?

Is your glass bigger than it needs to be?

George Carlin once made the following observation: “Some people see the glass half full. Others see it half empty. I see a glass that’s twice as big as it needs to be.” There are an infinite number ways to view … Continue reading

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Ready to fail? Just lose your focus.

Are you in there?

A premature burial is a great way to sabotage your success. While an actual in-the-ground burial will certainly slow things down, there’s a more subtle but almost equally effective way to bring your forward motion to a grinding halt. You … Continue reading

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Success requires authenticity.

5 fool-proof ways to sound like a snake-oil salesman

One of the quickest ways to sabotage your success is to come across as a snake-oil salesman.  You know just what I’m talking about: the person who has an oily, slimy manner to go with their oily, slimy product. Some … Continue reading

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Failure results from running on empty.

3 quick and easy ways to run your tank dry

Most of us would agree that running a business requires a fair amount of energy. You can probably identify activities that charge you up—as well as activities that suck all the life out of you. But if you’re concerned about … Continue reading

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Choose!

How to move from chaos to calm: 5 steps to making easier choices

One of the most common self-sabotaging habits out there is indecisiveness. For a business owner, the number of choices to be made each day is truly staggering. What are my top three priorities for today? Is this prospect likely to … Continue reading

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Success!

5 steps to protect your business from YOU

Each year, people in the United States celebrate Independence Day on July 4th. But if you’re a solopreneur, you can choose any day to declare your independence from self-sabotaging habits. That’s what we’ll be exploring this month.   ****************************************************** Of … Continue reading

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Successful entreprneurs know accountability is key.

The top 5 lies about accountability

Accountability. It’s often mentioned but rarely practiced. When you’re held accountable for your actions, you are, according to Dictionary.com, “subject to the obligation to report, explain, or justify something; responsible; answerable.” Knowing you’re expected to report on your progress or … Continue reading

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Focus and a clear direction will get you to your goals.

Are you driving the bus or getting dragged behind it?

When you’re a business owner, you want to be in the driver’s seat. After all, a big reason many people start a business is so they can be their own bosses. The problem is that, if you’re not strategic, intentional, … Continue reading

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Smart entrepreneurs listen more than talk.

5 networking mistakes that make you look dumb

I wish I could tell you that my knowledge of these mistakes comes from observation rather than personal experience. However, that would be such a huge lie that my tongue would probably fall right out of my head if I … Continue reading

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Focus!

Are you looking at the world through flies’ eyes?

It’s often challenging to be an entrepreneur, but it could always be worse. You could go through life as a fly. Not only are flies short-lived, annoying, disgusting disease carriers (let’s not even mention what they eat), but their view … Continue reading

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Don't miss opportunities because you're fighting fires.

Warning! Only you can prevent business fires.

Which would you rather manage—a crisis or an opportunity? Most entrepreneurs have more experience with the former. Whether due to procrastination, or trying to do too much, or not focusing on the important activities, or whatever, it’s all too common … Continue reading

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