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How Strong Is YOUR Will to Survive?

While the economy is showing signs of recovery, many business owners are still being cautious about their investing and spending. Last year was a real challenge for many.

As a business yourself, you may be experiencing the results of this with reduced revenues for your own business.

DeadDandelionLast week, while I was gardening, I noticed how persistently the weeds were continuing to grow in spite of my efforts to spray the life out of them.  (On a spiritual level, it bothers me to kill anything but in the case of crickets in my house and weeds in my yard, I make an exception).

Anyway, I noticed that even after the poison had taken effect and the bulk of the plants were brown and decaying, the seeding process seemed to get stronger than ever.  Have you observed that?

It made me wonder if my business owner friends were being as tenacious about their marketing and sales efforts as these weeds were about their own survival and propagation.

Sales, after all are the most critical aspect of having a thriving enterprise.  And even in a slow economy, we can’t afford to just sit a back and wait for the storm to blow over.  Companies that choose that option likely won’t be around to enjoy the recovery when it’s in full swing.

So, last week as a reminder for the topic of this edition’s article, I snipped off some unopened buds from one of my victims.

Imagine my surprise when I walked in my office a few days later and found that these unopened …and detached…buds had continued their maturation process and produced seed ready to fall to the earth and begin life anew!

How persistent are you?

Are you acting like your life depends upon your ability to press forward even when you’ve been poisoned by the economy…crippled by being cut off from that which sustains you…denied the things you believe are most important to your success?

If this is true for you, even just a tad, WAKE UP!

You are in more control than you think.  The key is, you have to TAKE that control. Get on the phone. Connect with people. Add value to your community.  Invest in your business. Invest in yourself.  Do what you know works. Try something new.  Stay focused on your purpose. Take decisive action.

Not out of desperation, but out of a keen sense of survival and will.  Allow yourself to be guided to new opportunities and act on them when they arrive.

Here’s a quote I found helpful.

Success is almost totally dependent upon drive and persistence.” Denis Waitley

Take it to heart and plant your seed everywhere it belongs.

Clutterlessness: Access to Power

I have to confess…OK, this is a bit embarrassing….My office is sometimes in shambles. When I return after a series of meetings with multiple project folders and an action item or two for each, I haven’t always been disciplined about sorting through everything before calling it a day.

It had gotten to the point where I couldn’t think straight anymore. I hated being in my office. I felt confused and tired and finally I’d had enough!

I spent a good part of the weekend clearing out old files and making room in my file cabinets to store some of the piles that had been accumulating on my desk, bookcase, floor and…You get the idea.

I filled up half of the recycle container and salvaged enough paper that had only been printed on one side to last for months of printing. If felt as though the fog had lifted.

I was actually surprised and delighted with how easy it was to make decisions about what to keep and what to discard.  Over the last several months, working with my coach and mastermind group, I’ve organized my energy around three primary topics.

I speak, train &coach on:

  • Leadership & management
  • Sales & marketing
  • Personal effectiveness

So as I went through folders, it was immediately obvious what needed to be retained and what could be tossed.

Why am I telling you this? Well, whether you’re a neat-nick whose desk is always clear or more like me, it’s important to periodically take stock and release the things in our lives that no longer serve us.  The purging process clears the mind and heart I believe and opens us up to receive more goodness in our lives.

While the sky is grey in the photo, the rainbow to me symbolizes a brighter future…the doorway (or skyway) to new opportunities, better times, unlimited potential and unseen possibilities.

Here are some tips for clearing away the clutter in your life…

Buy a label maker if you don’t have one

My label maker was one of the most fun and productive tools I used in this cleaning process.  Papers that didn’t have a ‘home’ found one in a folder with their ‘name’ on it.  Printed labels will make the folders easier to find in the future, saving even more time.

Make a commitment and set aside a few hours

It had been so long since I last did this, it took several hours.  Make sure you  have enough time to devote so that you get an experience of satisfaction with the progress you make.

Keep items you’ll use the most, the closest to where you work

Prime real estate is right around your desk.  Keep only those projects you’re working on RIGHT NOW on your desk.  Files you access regularly can be nearby.  Things you access only rarely can be in file cabinets

Put on music that moves you

I find music energizing and uplifting.  Have you ever noticed how much faster your workout routine seems to go when you’re listing to your mp3 player?  The same dynamic helps with the clean-up process as well.

Label the storage boxes for easy retrieval of those items

I’ve seen some people whose clean up process is to take everything not needed right away and stick it all in a box..  Then they shove the box into a closet or garage with no label for later retrieval  When they need to find the item, they don’t know if it’s in the box from last week, last month or the several from last year.  Big time wast.  Put similar items in the box then label it.   f

Remember to drink lots of water

Our bodies need water to thrive.  When we’re focused on a task, however, we forget (or ignore) those faint yearnings for refreshment. I LOVE water, yet I can hear myself sometimes say “in a minute” and before I know it an hour has passed and I’m even more parched.  Listen to your body and respond when it talks to you.

Take breaks more often than you think you need to

Do something completely different.  Sing, play music, go for a walk. Set time frames for your efforts.  “I’ll work 1 hour on purging this file drawer”   “I’ll spend 30 minutes filing these receipts” Be disciplined and focused but resist the urge to keep your nose to the grindstone for too long.  You’ll drain your brain and your body unnecessarily.

In the future, before filing a project away, throw out the interim emails and sticky notes

As I went through my files, I found many emails and sticky notes that were important at the time, but that were completely irrelevant once the project was complete.  If you puge the files as you ‘close out’ the project, you’ll save yourself lots of time later on.

Purge yourself of relationships that are no longer serving you

People can really drain you.  If there are people in your life that you dread being around, stop being around them.  If you’re in groups, teams or a family where it’s difficult to avoid them, set boundaries for the behavior you’ll tolerate.  You ARE in charge of your life and if you’re suffering silently, you need to stop.  Either drop the relationship or take responsibility for altering its direction.

Whew! That was a lot. The bottom line is…Just do it!

Choice Points: Decisions that alter our future

choices-760701You’re probably heard me say this before…

“We have more options than we generally see and more control than we tend to take.”

No matter how enlightened we are or how highly accomplished, we all operate within personally designed and self-imposed constraints.

Every day, and many times throughout the day, we are faced with choice points, opportunities to impact the future of our professional and personal lives.

What we consider in those moments and what we ultimately end up choosing to believe, think, feel and act on, are our levers of control.

5 powerful questions to consider as you go about your days…

1. How does this action (or conversation) I’m about to start fit in with what’s really important to me or am I just about to tick something off my to-do list?

2. What do I really want or need from this situation or this moment?

3. If I were just 10% more courageous, what would I do or say right now?

4. If I were granted one wish related to (X), what would I ask for?

5. Of whom could I make that request today or what can I do to get the desired result myself?

Next time you find yourself at a choice point, ask yourself these questions and then move powerfully forward into the future of your choosing.

Goal Setting and New Year’s Resolutions

Goal setting and New Year’s Resolutions: how are they connected?

In my Fox10 interview, I spoke with Rick D’Amico about how to give New Year’s resolutions staying power so they (and your resolve) last longer than a New York minute.

Here are a few tips from the video, but I encourage you to watch the 5-minute clip.

1.  Use SMART goals.  Be clear and specific. Quantify the end result (lose 10 pounds by March 15)

2.  Be realistic – Start with something you believe you could achieve.  Don’t set your sights so high that your subconscious mind says “no way”.

3.  Be in action – Rita Mae Brown said the definition of insanity is “Doing the same thing expecting a different result”. Start consistently doing the behaviors that support the goal you have set.

4.  Be connected – Get an accountability partner or coach; take a class.  Surround yourself with people who will encourage you to stay on task and on track.

Check out these goal setting resources.  They’re on sale **50% off** through Saturday Jan 3. (Enter code NYRBO at check-out time.)

Also, take time to reward yourself when you hit milestones that let you know you’re on your way to that Big, Bold Goal you set.

Strive to Arrive and Thrive

I’m pictured here with Brittanee Perkins, the 2009 Miss Black Arizona (and former Band student of my husband, Karl) along with Rozan Latham, Miss Black Teen Arizona.

I attended the Phoenix Black Chamber Awards Banquet last week and noticed two ‘princesses’ walking through the crowd. Then said to myself, “Hey I know one of those princesses!” So I want over to congratulate them.

One of the first things Brittannee said was “Wish us luck!” I said, ‘Luck? For what? You just won!’

She replied, “We’re going to compete at Nationals!”

Forward progress depends on goals. What will you strive for next year?

Here are some tips to help you get on your way:

Release your limits & let go of negative thinking

We often talk ourselves out of ‘going for it’ before we even begin.  We think we can’t so we don’t try.  They guess what?  We won’t!

Consult your heart & unleash your dreams

Your heart knows best.  Your brain will try to talk you out of your dreams in order to ‘protect’ you from failure. Don’t listen to it.

Lay out a plan

You can’t just snap your fingers and make it so.  You need to figure out the steps to reach your goal.

Get the resources you need

Don’t try to do it alone.  You’ll exhaust yourself.  There are people around you who want to help and who would love to participate with you in some way.  Take classes if you need more knowledge.  Outsource as much as you can

Get to work

As one of my clients, John Ficorelli, sales executive extraordinaire, said “It’s one thing to have a plan.  It’s quite another to actually execute it!”

Take some time over the holiday season to intentionally dream and plan for next year.  Extract yourself from the hustle-bustle and give yourself a gift – the highest, best future you are meant to live.