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Someday Isle

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Someday Isle

Someday Isle

Picture calm waters, swaying palms and a gentle ocean breeze; you are resting on a peaceful island.  Sounds like paradise.  Dreaming of paradise seems like a wonderful way to spend your time.

What are you doing right now with your time?  If you are spending endless hours dreaming of Someday Isle, your life is quietly slipping away.

What else is on your “someday I’ll” list?  Have you examined your priorities and promised yourself that you will spend more time with your family?  Promises to spend more time with the kids, attend all of their school activities and even follow up on their homework assignments frequently slip off the priority list and drift off to “someday I’ll.”  After all, you have responsibilities.  You have your career, your household duties and your golf game.  You really plan to spend more time with the family; you just run out of hours.

Giving back of our time and talent to the community frequently drifts down the priority list to the bottom or even off the list completely.  We give it lip service and promise ourselves that next year we will do better.  Next year seldom arrives.  Next year’s community service is also on “Someday I’ll.”

Have you given lip service to improving your income, getting out of debt, or restoring your credit rating?  Maybe you are saying to yourself, “I just don’t have the time to research all of the options.”  “I know I need to research how to get out of debt and get my credit rating up but by the time I get home from work, I’m just too tired to deal with it.”  “If I go to a debt reduction firm, half of my money goes to them rather than paying down my debt.”

These are all valid thoughts.  Nothing changes until you take action.  If not now, when?  Just as dreaming your life away may be pleasurable, but unproductive, so is procrastinating about important details for your future.  Putting off handling your financial future will be damaging to your retirement years.  Once time is gone, it can not be retrieved.  Every day you put off taking action is one less day you have to recover.

Let’s put it in terms of your physical health.  If you know smoking, high blood pressure or excessive weight is shortening the life of someone you love, wouldn’t you try to help them?  Of course you would.  I don’t mean to nag but at least speak lovingly to them.   Tell them you want to enjoy their company for many more years.

If you can do this for someone you love, why not help yourself and your family when it comes to your finances.  There are low cost solutions.  Help is available.  Just like the loved one with health issues, nothing positive happens until someone takes action.

Living on Someday Isle does not solve problems, it only postpones decision day.

For more tips, techniques and genuine help, join me at www.Elaine4Success.com.

Workplace Attitude

Attitude is a Major Key to Success

Has anyone ever told you they would call you, but didn’t? Did you make excuses for them? Maybe some emergency popped up. Maybe they didn’t write the phone number down correctly. Maybe they forgot. Did you give them several excuses? Sure most of us have done that from time to time. Some of those excuses may actually be valid reasons at the time; however, it does not ease the feelings of the one who was expecting the call.

Did you ever tell someone that you would do something and then didn’t do it for whatever reason? Ah, now those excuses are somehow magically transformed into reasons. Amazing what a difference it makes whether we are the caller or the one expecting the call.

You can choose to believe the best about the person or assume the worst. Believing the best works for the first few times but after awhile when the failed promise occurs too many times, it becomes a pattern. When we keep making excuses for someone, even ourselves, we remove the necessity to change the behavior.

Are you doing the same thing with your career? Are you making excuses why you should hang on to that job you really do not like? Maybe you are saying to yourself, “How do I know that something better is out there?” Guaranteed, you will never know if you do not step out of your discomfort zone.” Yes, I said discomfort zone.

Why are you staying in the job if you do not really like it? Are you staying because it is familiar? Honestly examine the circumstances. Take a large yellow legal pad and draw a vertical line down the center of the page. On the left side write everything you do not like about the job or things you would like to change about the job. On the right column, write everything you desire to have in your career. Include the amount of money you choose to earn, the freedom of time, freedom of duties, and opportunity to advance. Your workplace attitude, career focus, has a significant effect on your future.

Carefully examine both columns. Be honest with yourself. Are you living the life you dreamed you would be living? What is stopping you from stepping out of that self-imposed box and reaching for your dreams? Is it fear? For some it is fear of failure and for others, it is fear of success. The way to overcome the fear is to make what you desire more important than your fear. Your workplace attitude is a major part of your success plan. Are you making excuses in order to avoid making a change?

Just like the person who did not call, by making excuses you remove the desire and necessity to change. What is it that you truly desire and deserve?

Nothing happens until you stop making excuses and start taking action. It is your future. The longer you delay, the less time you have to enjoy the future. You may choose excuses or prosperity; however, it really is an “either or” choice. Are you ready to implement your success plan by changing your workplace attitude?

Let me help. Join me at www.Elaine4Success.com. Together we will design the life you desire and deserve

Workplace Attitude

Careers and Life Do Not Have to be Puzzling

Has anyone ever told you they would call you, but didn’t? Did you make excuses for them? Maybe some emergency popped up. Maybe they didn’t write the phone number down correctly. Maybe they forgot. Did you give them several excuses? Sure most of us have done that from time to time. Some of those excuses may actually be valid reasons at the time; however, it does not ease the feelings of the one who was expecting the call.

Did you ever tell someone that you would do something and then didn’t do it for whatever reason? Ah, now those excuses are somehow magically transformed into reasons. Amazing what a difference it makes whether we are the caller or the one expecting the call.

You can choose to believe the best about the person or assume the worst. Believing the best works for the first few times but after awhile when the failed promise occurs too many times, it becomes a pattern. When we keep making excuses for someone, even ourselves, we remove the necessity to change the behavior.

Are you doing the same thing with your career? Are you making excuses why you should hang on to that job you really do not like? Maybe you are saying to yourself, “How do I know that something better is out there?” Guaranteed, you will never know if you do not step out of your discomfort zone.” Yes, I said discomfort zone.

Why are you staying in the job if you do not really like it? Are you staying because it is familiar? Honestly examine the circumstances. Take a large yellow legal pad and draw a vertical line down the center of the page. On the left side write everything you do not like about the job or things you would like to change about the job. On the right column, write everything you desire to have in your career. Include the amount of money you choose to earn, the freedom of time, freedom of duties, and opportunity to advance. Your workplace attitude, career focus, has a significant effect on your future.

Carefully examine both columns. Be honest with yourself. Are you living the life you dreamed you would be living? What is stopping you from stepping out of that self-imposed box and reaching for your dreams? Is it fear? For some it is fear of failure and for others, it is fear of success. The way to overcome the fear is to make what you desire more important than your fear. Your workplace attitude is a major part of your success plan. Are you making excuses in order to avoid making a change?

Just like the person who did not call, by making excuses you remove the desire and necessity to change. What is it that you truly desire and deserve?

Nothing happens until you stop making excuses and start taking action. It is your future. The longer you delay, the less time you have to enjoy the future. You may choose excuses or prosperity; however, it really is an “either or” choice. Are you ready to implement your success plan by changing your workplace attitude?

Let me help. Join me at www.Elaine4Success.com. Together we will design the life you desire and deserve

Entrepreneurial Mindset

Challenging economy? Yes, but it is not the end of the world. In fact, at least ten of the top companies in the Dow Jones average started in a down economy.

Money does not disappear, it simply changes hands. Those with a creative entrepreneurial mindset will profit in any economy. The economy changes. Does your mindset take a dive off the top diving board into the black hole of depression? You may not control the economy but you do control your attitude. You are in 100% control of your entrepreneurial mindset.

Henry Ford reminds us that “whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.”

You are in control, or at least can be in control, of your thoughts, feelings and attitudes. Despite the events of the economy, you still have the ability to control your mind.

Have you read stories of a petite woman who lifted a car to save her child’s life? Have you read other seemingly impossible feats of strength and courage? Unless you have been hiding in a dark closet somewhere all of your life, you have heard of some extraordinary feats of strength or courage.

Your abilities are largely controlled by your mind. If you believe strongly enough that you can accomplish your goals, you will find a way to do so. Are you looking for reasons to succeed or excuses to allow yourself to give up? The entrepreneurial mindset absolutely requires courage, conviction and determination. True entrepreneurs keep searching for a path through the turbulent economic waters until they reach a stretch with true flow.

Flow means when you are making more forward progress than backward movement. Have we all experienced the one stroke forward and two or three strokes backward? Absolutely. The difference is that an individual with a true entrepreneurial mindset does not allow the temporary backward strokes to stop them.

When you make the achievement of your goal more important and more powerful than your challenges, you will find your flow. Make the achievement of the goal a firm feature of your entrepreneurial mindset. With your attitude set and unwavering, you will succeed. Without an unwavering entrepreneurial mindset, you will swim in circles. You may be moving but you will not be progressing. Strive for upward spirals, not circles.

For more information, tips and techniques to overcome obstacles join me at www.Elaine4Success.com.

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