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How trash talk can trash your bottom line

“What a jerk!” That was my thought early this morning when I opened my blinds to see my across-the-street neighbor had, once again, parked his pick-up truck – complete with attached fishing boat – in front of my house. Since … Continue reading

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Stories can lead to sabotage OR success.

Do the stories you tell help or hinder?

  Stories can celebrate or denigrate; fuel progress or impede it; make you feel on top of the world or at the bottom of the Mariana Trench. The good news is two-fold. One, you can always, always, choose which stories … Continue reading

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It's no secret: Thought without action is useless.

Are you still using positive thinking as a tool for growth? Then think again.

  When The Secret came out about 10 years ago, it was a mixed blessing. On the one hand, it introduced a lot of people to the concept that you’re truly more powerful than perhaps you ever gave yourself credit … Continue reading

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You can choose not to lose.

What would it be worth to stop making bad decisions?

How many times have you hesitated to make a decision because you were so concerned about making the “right” one? How many times has your hesitation led to missed opportunities? If you’re like many entrepreneurs, the answers are “lots” and … Continue reading

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"Hope" is not a success strategy!

“Hope” is not a success strategy, but this is.

Last year, I applied to be a speaker and behind-the-scenes crew member at an international conference. Since I’d already spoken at another conference held by the same organization, I was feeling confident – maybe even a bit smug – about … Continue reading

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You can always choose your response to irritants.

3 ways to take advantage of those annoying people

  You know who they are: the walking human ivy all around you whose sole purpose in life seems to be irritating you. Prospects, clients, vendors, collaborators, friends, neighbors, family members…any and all may fall into this category. Since you … Continue reading

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Imagination + action = success.

Have you been suckered by the LOA?

The first month of the new year is already half over. How’s it going for you so far? January is typically a time for planning and setting goals, and a lot of people are probably relying on the Law Of … Continue reading

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Are you sabotaging your success?

Who’s running your business: Dr. Jekyll or Mr. Hyde?

  My husband, Joseph, is a confirmed movie fanatic. While we have a fairly enormous collection of DVD’s, he’s always sampling new ones from the library, and I never know what will show up next. Recently he brought home a … Continue reading

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Break free from self-sabotage.

Isn’t it time to declare your independence?

  Soon, those of us in the United States will be celebrating Independence Day, a holiday we normally associate with a political event back in 1776. However, you don’t have to be creating a whole new nation to declare an … Continue reading

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Selfishness can be counterproductive.

The power of sacred selfishness

  According to Dictionary.com, to be selfish is to be “devoted to or caring only for oneself; concerned primarily with one’s own interests, benefits, welfare, etc., regardless of others; characterized by or manifesting concern or care only for oneself.” Sheesh. … Continue reading

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Faith helps, fear hinders.

Does faith or fear drive you?

  Of all the things my parents told me as I was growing up, one phrase loomed large: “Be careful!!” I grew up thinking of the world as a scary and dangerous place, with many fearsome people, events, and activities … Continue reading

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Negative emotions are a choice.

How well is your emotional GPS working?

  I’ve come to the conclusion that the newfangled gadget called a Global Positioning System is actually magic. You tell it your destination and start the car, and it tells you where to go (in very polite terms) so you … Continue reading

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Do you choose to stop or go on the road to success?

Do you allow success into your life?

  Say you’re about to go to dinner at your favorite local restaurant. Would you drive with one foot on the accelerator and one on the brake? Not if you wanted to actually enjoy the fabulous meal awaiting you. But … Continue reading

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Do your mental habits support success?

Do you have faith that it WON’T work out?

  William Shakespeare once observed, “All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players.” In my opinion, this is only partly accurate, because we are directors of as well as actors in the production called “life.”  … Continue reading

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Choose excitement; choose success.

Are you scared or are you excited?

  October is just around the corner, and many people are already looking forward to the end of the month − specifically, October 31st. Whether you’re talking about a kid eagerly anticipating Halloween costumes and candy, or a pagan planning … Continue reading

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Beliefs are the bones of your life.

Belief-busting for a better business

  Beliefs are like bones. You can’t see your bones, but they provide the structural framework for your entire body. Similarly, you can’t see your beliefs, but they provide the structure for the world you experience every single day. Your … Continue reading

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What outcomes do your thoughts create?

Ready for some positive paranoia?

Chances are you’ve heard the rather bleak joke that observes, “Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not out to get you.” Ouch. You may have come to realize you’re one of the many, many people who find it easy … Continue reading

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Are your thoughts sabotaging your success?

Mind-reading made easy

  You’ve gotta give a lot of parents “A” for “effort”, because they do their very best to keep their kids safe and free from emotional or physical harm. Unfortunately, some of us, as a result of our well-intentioned parents, … Continue reading

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Pessimism contributes to failure.

Should your nickname be Pollyanna or Eeyore?

  Even if you’ve never read Eleanor Porter’s most famous book, Pollyanna, you probably know that the main character’s name has become synonymous with a sunny, almost relentlessly cheerful outlook on life. Similarly, if you’ve ever seen any books or … Continue reading

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Is it an epic fail or just a mistake?

  There are just two groups of people in the world: those who have experienced the fateful moment when you realize your great idea turned out to be not so great after all, and those who will experience the fateful … 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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Are you confident enough to claim your own power?

Is “power” a four-letter word for you?

What do you picture when someone says the word “power”? Do you think of it in terms of physical strength?   Great intelligence?                                 Lots of money?     Does “power” have very positive connotations for you, or do you … Continue reading

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Successful entrepreneurs take care of their physical AND mental health.

Better a potty mouth than a potty mind

Few clients or strategic allies would find use of obscenities an acceptable business practice, so most of us make sure to avoid inflicting a “potty mouth” on our important stakeholders. However, as awkward and unprofessional as it would be to … Continue reading

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Are you a winner or a wannabe?

Are you playing to win or playing not to lose?

Successful entrepreneurs know there’s a big difference between playing to win and playing not to lose. I reluctantly admit that in years past I became quite familiar with what playing not to lose looks like. Fortunately, those experiences now serve … Continue reading

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Just how big a liar are you?

  Mindset. It’s a term that may be tossed around all over the place, but that doesn’t mean it’s not crucial to your success—or failure.  How you think and talk to yourself can propel you forward or keep you mired … Continue reading

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How being able to keep your balance while drying your toes is a predictor of business success

The mere fact that you’ve read this far is an indicator that you’re willing to learn and consider new possibilities. That already puts you ahead in the game. Woohoo for you! So why do I make this seemingly ridiculous claim … Continue reading

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What's ideal for you?

How to take action even though you’re a perfectionist

Perfectionism. It’s a chain I dragged behind me for many years. I hear many people admit to being perfectionists as if it were a badge of honor. However, I’ve come to believe that, in reality, perfectionism is just an excuse … Continue reading

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Successful entrepreneurs appeal to their clients' hearts.

How to use love and an attitude of service as powerful business-development tools

Think of the last time you had a major problem you needed help with. It doesn’t have to be work related. It could be a problem like the one we faced recently, when our furnace quit working the night the … Continue reading

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Successful entrepreneurs know better than to be pushy OR wimpy.

Authentic networking trumps “working the room” every time .

Did you see Ghostbusters back in the ‘80s?  One of my favorite lines in that movie comes in the scene where Bill Murray’s character has just had a very close encounter with a gooey green ghost.  When one of his … Continue reading

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Are clients comfortable doing business with you?

The politician’s guide to honest, authentic, and effective communication

Quick—what pops to mind when you hear the word “politician”? While there are certainly exceptions to every rule, I’ll bet money that you came up with at least one or two of the following (or similar) phrases:   snake-oil salesman … Continue reading

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Keepin’ the faith: three steps to staying energized and motivated

Instant gratification.  It’s hard not to expect it. Have a tough question you need answered? Instead of going to a library to search through books, you can use Google to research it and get back millions of hits in a … Continue reading

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Courage gets results.

Five strategies to grow yourself big and bold

If you read last Thursday’s post, you noticed it was just a bit on the gloom-and-doom side.  That’s because I pointed out some ways that even talented entrepreneurs can sabotage their own success. I realize that, if you’re like many … Continue reading

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Successful entrepreneurs are more concerned with results than safety.

Five strategies to keep yourself safe – and small

Many of us talk about wanting to grow our businesses big.  What’s curious is how frequently the “big” talk is sabotaged by small thoughts and small actions.  You may have found yourself in that very situation: You have great ideas … Continue reading

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Successful entrepreneurs create their own outcomes.

The minimalist guide to always getting positive outcomes

I know, I know.  Speaking in absolutes, like the word “always”, is a good way to get yourself in trouble.  But I contend that there is a way to always experience a positive outcome.  It just depends on how you … Continue reading

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Successful entrepreneurs claim their personal power.

Are you making yourself a victim with these 7 power-robbing phrases?

Wow – another year has flown by. Happy New Year to all! I wrapped up 2013 talking about how every self-fulfilling prophecy can work for or against you, and about how distorted thinking is a dangerously effective way to sabotage … Continue reading

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Blame will sabotage your success.

Take responsibility for your success, but don’t go overboard.

One of the key lessons parents teach their children is what it means to take responsibility.  The type of responsibility taught undoubtedly varies from family to family, but, unfortunately, there are some counterproductive views of responsibility that cross all kinds … Continue reading

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Your mindset creates success or failure.

Through a glass darkly: the dangers of faulty perception

One of the stories that was told in my family as far back as I can remember is that I was the child with “the good brain.”  (My older sisters were dubbed “the no-nonsense one” and “the sensitive one.”)  Needless … Continue reading

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Success or failure - both depend on your thoughts and definitions.

How do you define success and failure?

There are many ways to be your own worst enemy.  One common way is to fall prey to counterproductive thinking in which your definitions of circumstances and situations steal away your energy and personal power.  Here are some distorted definitions … Continue reading

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What results do you get from YOUR self-fulfilling prophecy?

The self-fulfilling prophecy: road to success or failure?

It’s all in your head. Wishing won’t make it come true. What makes you such a big deal? There’s an almost endless litany of messages that pound away at us, and many of them, unfortunately, are horrendously counterproductive. Are your … Continue reading

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Are you prepared for success or failure? Think about it!

Your greatest business ally and your worst business enemy are two sides of the same coin.  That coin is your habitual way of thinking.  As Sally Kempton once said, “It’s hard to fight an enemy who has outposts in your … Continue reading

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Mindset is crucial to business success.

Mindset, money, BrickBreaker – oh, my!

A positive, powerful mindset is crucial to business success. How’s yours? Continue reading

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Failure hurts, but it's not fatal.

How to fail your way to success

While rarely fatal, failure IS often painful. How can you encourage yourself to deal with the pain so you earn the future payoff of improved results? Continue reading

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Too much comfort leads to failure.

Would you rather be comfortable or prosperous?

Jeff Olson, in his book The Slight Edge, observed that “Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do.”  In other words, unsuccessful people value their short-term comfort more than their long-term results. This seems to be a … Continue reading

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