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Are you Uncomfortable Enough?

It’s a great idea to review the past year and look for the evidence of your commitment to ‘live full out’ and take actions on your long held goals and dreams.

I recently did this review and noted what I had accomplished this year including both personal and professional goals. I went for it and really ‘stretched’ myself this past year – A few of my stretch goals included the completion and production of my Dream Card Game a product that I envision to be in every household as the way to ‘jumpstart’ and take action on personal and professional dreams. Another stretch goal was to increase my business revenue in spite of recession. Mission accomplished. Another one of my goals? To continue to improve my technique and style as a ballroom dancer. My stretch involved dancing my first latin dance public performance I can tell you that I was without question, pushed past my comfort zone…..a couple of my “buttons” that were pushed?

First time to do a “showcase’ in front of an audience
- Dancing a sexy number (I’m no Spring Chicken)
- I had to learn AND remember more advanced techniques
- I almost ‘bailed’ at the last minute… stage fright isn’t comfortable!

With some spot coaching from my partner friends and dance teacher I was able to pull it together & danced my heart out.
The result? I did it. Its a great feeling to set your goals and to achieve them.

The beauty of setting stretch goals is that they DO make you feel uncomfortable. When you choose a goal that scares you a bit you know you’ve got a ‘good goal’ Being uncomfortable is actually a really good sign. Let your dreams and goals pull you forward to manifest the results that you want. I invite you to really truly go for what you want. Please do share what you are ‘taking on’ this year. What will stretch you to your greatness?

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Got a Great Idea? Here’s what to do next…

So you’ve got a great idea for a new product or service. Now what? How do you know if your idea really is a good one? What’s the “process” for successful  innovation?  Here are 3 tips to take you from idea to implementation:

Brainstorm Potential Solutions – I recently did a call that is jam packed with “how to” jump start your creativity so that you have fresh,viable new ideas to work with. I highly recommend you listen to this as a starting point. They say that necessity is the mother of invention and on this call I teach you 7 ways to Rev’ Up Your Results with these creativity jump-starters. Here’s the link to the MP3 recording: Click here to listen…

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Turbo-Charge Your Goals in 2009 – Write It Down, Make It Happen!

Lots of people I know make elaborate To-Do lists as a way to get things done. These lists help to organize and prioritize the things they want to accomplish.

List making is actually an excellent tool to use — if you are okay with average results.

But it’s just not enough. If you want a really robust and rich life, you can’t make it happen with a To-Do list as your main strategy. I’m not knocking the To-Do list. In fact, I use one every day! Typically, the To-Do list is an ongoing list of tasks we need to take care of, such as checking out an online newsletter vendor to picking up movies at Blockbuster for your kids.

These tasks range from the necessary to the mundane AND usually are missing a critical piece. Your Big Picture Goals and Dreams!

What do you want to be able to say that you accomplished and experienced at the end of 2009?

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7 Ways to Rev Up Your Business In a Changing Economy – How to Turn Straw into Gold!

Absolutely everything has a cycle, a rhythm to it and your business is no different! Every business goes through cycles of highs and lows. How’s business for you? In my recent conversations with clients and colleagues, the consensus is that many are experiencing a “lull” in business activity. These “slow” periods in our businesses can be linked to a variety of reasons and two of the biggest factors are: the changing economy and seasonal effects (the holidays can either ignite your business or cool it way down).

So, how to make the best use of your time during a slow down period in your business? Well, I’ve got good news for you. Slow downs are a remarkable opportunity for business owners to revitalize their business, create a sharper focus, and position themselves for better results!

When your calendar suddenly reveals to you some open spaces, don’t panic. Better idea? Get excited and roll up your sleeves. Now you’ve got some extra time. Use it to fine tune your business plans, goals, and dreams.

7 Ways to Rev Up Your Business During a Slump

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