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Your choices create success. Or not.

What are you choosing in this moment?

  I’ve been feeling a bit blah for a few days. Nothing’s been going particularly badly; it just feels like nothing’s been going particularly great, either. In response to people’s greetings of “How are you today?”, I’ve been coming back … 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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Success requires clarity in the face of overwhelm.

Courage, change, and choice: the power of possibilities

Whether you’re one of the Americans sharing congratulatory fist bumps with other Trump supporters, one of the ones walking around in a shell-shocked daze of disbelief and fear, or one of the other billions in the world, you know changes … Continue reading

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Do your words and your actions support each other?

You have the right to remain silent. Use it – but wisely.

  A young friend of mine recently demonstrated that actions truly can speak louder than words. She and some girlfriends were at a nightclub, enjoying themselves on the dance floor, when a young man decided that Elizabeth and her friends … 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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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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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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Lack of boundaries dooms success.

Caught any trespassers lately?

  Last week we explored two different types of boundaries: those which are so porous they fail to keep out things which ought to be kept out, and those which are so rigid they fail to let in things which … 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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Act as if you're successful.

Are you a supporter or a saboteur of your own success?

  Many of the world’s great wisdom traditions emphasize the creative power of your beliefs and thoughts. You’re probably enjoying a successful life right now if you believe you can create the outcomes you want in life; if you habitually … Continue reading

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You can choose not to live in fear.

3 clues there are chickens in your family tree

  In U.S. vernacular, “chicken” is synonymous with “coward.” While it’s most often used by and applied to children, even we grown-ups can get scared. The difference is that adults have (one hopes) more effective ways of dealing with the … 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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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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Are you cluttering your plate with the wrong clients?

How to receive more by refusing more

Have you heard the old story about the student and the tea cup? A young man who’s very proud of his existing knowledge seeks to learn even more from an older, wiser man, but the student’s pride and arrogance are … 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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Courage can be developed.

Three ways to baby-step your way to brave

Anyone who looks like they’re fearless is a great actor. Everyone is afraid of something: snakes, clowns, cats… This doesn’t even begin to consider one of the biggies—fear of public speaking.  But one of the most powerful habits of successful … Continue reading

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Successful entrepreneurs are choosy about their clients.

What are YOUR clubhouse rules?

Back in the old days, children would create clubhouses for themselves and their special friends.  Membership was by invitation only, and—depending on who “owned” the clubhouse—highly coveted. In a way, things are not that different today for adults who have … Continue reading

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Too much comfort leads to failure.

Would you rather be comfortable or successful?

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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Powerful people have the courage to let their light shine.

Are you willing to claim your power and let your light shine?

One of the most compelling and empowering writings I’ve ever encountered is called “A Return to Love.”  While often attributed to the late Nelson Mandela, it was really Marianne Williamson, author of A Course in Miracles, who first challenged us … 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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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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Young entrepreneurs naturally appreciate a good story.

How to Use Personal Storytelling as a Powerful Business Development Tool

You’re the chief storyteller of your life. Do your stories build your self-confidence and personal power, or tear them down? 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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Don’t worry. Be happy. Make money.

Research indicates that happiness is one of the critical success factors for entrepreneurs, and that happy people make more money than unhappy ones. Continue reading

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Is it time for a mental makeover?

How do you let go of harsh, unrealistic judgments of yourself? Start here. Continue reading

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How women “just do it”

See if this explanation of how many women develop low self esteem rings any bells for you. Continue reading

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Are you using “Why?” as a whip or a compass?

Do you know the one question that can stop you in your tracks AND propel you forward, depending on how you ask it? Continue reading

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Warning! Your “practical reasons” are often nothing more than excuses for playing small.

Are you kidding yourself that you’re logical when really you’re scared? It’s okay if you are. It’s just time to do something about it – NOW. Continue reading

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