Posts Tagged ‘success plan’

Grow or Go

The question of when to “grow or go” faces every business owner.  You stand at the precipice and ask yourself if you want to

Grow into your goal

Grow into your goal

expand the business or sell.  How do you decide?

The questions come down to priorities.  The quantifiable ones are the easier ones.

Are you making money?

Are you making money?  Seriously what profit are you generating on a consistent basis? Look at the focused hours you are investing in order to generate that profit.  What is your time and effort worth?

On the good days when business is flowing and you are receiving the emotional satisfaction of achievement, the monetary amount seems less significant but on the bad days when customers or employees are unhappy about something, the significance changes dramatically.  At 8 am this business may feel like the best idea you have ever had, but at 2 am when you awake from a restless sleep wrestling with a problem, it seems like the worst idea.

Is it enough?

Profit vs time and effort

Profit vs time and effort

On a strictly quantifiable basis, is the amount of money you are earning enough to pay your bills, save some money for your future retirement and support the lifestyle you envision for yourself and your family?  If you just felt the twinge or a knot in your stomach, then perhaps this calculation deserves a more serious analysis.

I remember when this very dilemma arose in my business.  The first time it arose, the industry was growing, my market share was growing and the potential appeared strong that my income would be increasing.  I streamlined a few details with the operations and overhead to improve the current service to my clients and staff.

My business was property management.  At that time I was working primarily with executive clients (non-rental clients who were absentee owners) and owners and tenants in long term rental properties.  Since my company was located in a ski resort, the decision was to expand into vacation rentals as well.

Vacation rentals required considerably more employees to handle housekeeping, reservations and maintenance.  It also required expensive marketing and an entirely new segment of owners who wanted to rent their homes to vacationers.  The increased cost to the company was enormous but so was the profit potential.  Vacation rentals generate a much higher profit margin for the company and the owners when everything works: the snow, the flow of renters and wise management decisions.

The risk and initial company capital outlay was scary high.  The reward potential was also temptingly high.  My decision was carefully weighed from all angles.  The decision was to go for it.  Thankfully, it exceeded my most optimistic projections.

How long will the profit be sustainable?

At that time the profit potential appeared to be increasing.  15 years later when the same decision of “grow or go” arose, the

Time is Valuable

“Time Thinking”

decision was to sell.

Analysis:

  1. Profit – amount, trend up or down, consistency, and potential for the future
  2. Hours – total personal hours, rate per hour actually earned, potential for the future
  3. Industry- trend for the industry locally and nationwide

These are quantifiable considerations.  Numbers are absolute.  If the decision is to sell as mine was 15 years later, these are the numbers which a potential purchaser will also scrutinize.

Emotional factors

What is your personal passion level?  How passionate are you about your business?  This is the intangible which weighs heavily on the decision.  Even if you are not earning enough money in total or enough money per hour, the personal passion factor can outweigh the quantifiable.  If you are so passionate about what you are doing that you would do it even if you were not making any money, then by all means continue.

thinking and feelingThe emotional factor weighs heavily.  What are your priorities?

Analysis:

  1. Financial needs
  2. Future planning
  3. Personal satisfaction

There comes a time when we look at what we are doing and determine the future potential.  If you continue on your current trend, will you reach your retirement goals?  Even more pressing is the question of paying your current bills.

Deciding to grow or go is not easy, quick or non-emotional.  You invested your hard earned capital, brain power, precious time and emotions.  The economic climate changes as does your personal situation.  Deciding to “grow or go” is intense.

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The One Element You Can Always Control

With the world spinning at a crazy pace, what can we actually control?  Probably not politics other than to exercise our right to vote.  Probably not the economy other than to pay close attention to our personal income and expenditures.  Probably not the weather.

What can we control?  We can control our own thoughts, words, actions and our personal attitude.

Improving relationships and peace

Key to better relationships

A bad attitude is like a flat tire.  Change it or you are not going very far, very fast or very smoothly.

Situations happen and not all of them are exactly the way we anticipated or desired.  We cannot always change what has happened but we can always control our attitude.  We have the right, the ability, and the responsibility to control our personal attitude.

We can choose to growl, grumble and complain – none of which will be likely to achieve any positive result for anyone, including ourselves.  We can choose to ignore it and hope that it goes away; that may work for an ostrich which sticks their head in the sand, but not highly recommended for humans.  We can choose to adopt the attitude of “what good can come from this?”

When you intentionally look for the good, you are far more likely to find it.   

You apply to refinance your house.  You go through all of the hoops, loops and mountain of paperwork with assurances that all is well and everything is going forward.  Days, weeks and perhaps a few months drag by only to be ultimately denied.  What can you do?  You can apply to another financial establishment, you can plead your case with this one, or you can go to work correcting whatever element caused you to be denied.  If your credit score was too low, start working on raising it.  If your income was low, find a way to earn more money.  You can adopt the attitude of being appreciative that they flagged you on the items to make your life better.  The situation is the same; it is your attitude which can find the positive now and for the future.

Adopt the same mindset for a big sale, relationship or promotion.  You may have had your heart set on the achievement.  You were already dreaming

Choose your attitude

Choose your attitude

about the future with as a fact.  Take a moment to adjust.  What good can come from this unexpected result?  Could it be that something better is just around the corner?  In any case what benefit is there to you or anyone else by adopting a negative “oh woe is me” attitude?  None.

What good can come from this? 

Though it may feel like it for a short time, no sale, relationship or promotion loss is fatal.

No matter what happens in your daily life, the one element you can always control is your attitude.

“People may hear your words, but they feel your attitude.”  John C. Maxwell

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Create a legacy

Create a legacy

Elaine Love for your next sales training, executive meeting or personal growth presentation.  Let me inspire you to reach your potential.  www.Elaine4Success.com, www.Elaine4Success.com/contact.

Strategies for Goal Achievement

Would you like to improve your goal achievement?  Goal setting is easy.  Goal achievement is the ultimate victory.

Write it down.  Written goals have a way of transforming wishes into wants; can’ts into cans; dreams into plans; and plans into reality.  Don’t just think it…ink it!”

Achieving your goals is important.  The process of achieving them and the person you become in getting there is everything.

See your goal as achieved

See your goal as achieved

3 Strategies for Goal Achieving

  1. Adopt and Maintain a “Can Do” Attitude

 

A positive mindset is the foundation for every successful action.  Success flows first from an emotional basis.  You don’t feel good because you achieve your goals; you reach your goals because you are in a positive emotional mindset.

 

You have heard that you always receive more of whatever you give your time, energy and focus.  If you believe in yourself and you are grateful for what you have, you will attract more.  If you are grouchy, pessimistic, depressed, discouraged and “down in the emotional dumps,” you are totally focused on the negative.  Whatever attitude you choose will attract more of the same. You can choose to spiral upward or downward.

 

Now for me, that is an easy choice.  I prefer success.  One of the keys to goal achieving is adopting and maintaining a positive mindset.  You may not have control of everything and everyone in the world, but you always have the ability to control your personal mindset.

 

Challenges occur to all of us.  We are occasionally disappointed in events, circumstances or people (that includes our own personal performance).  We can choose to be emotionally down or we can choose to say “What good can come from this?” and find the potential good.  We can choose to brush it off and say “I’ll do better tomorrow.”  When unexpected results cross our path, we can choose a positive or a negative attitude.

 

When something happens which we did not anticipate or want, we can choose the downward attitude spiral or choose to do a mindset shift.  I prefer success.  I choose a “can do” attitude.

 

  1. Simple Little Success Boosters  Motivating Passwords

 

Change your passwords.  We know with cyber-crime on the rise, it is smart to change our passwords every quarter.  Have a different password for each online account.  I know it is harder to remember the passwords when each one is different, but it reduces the risk of invasion of your accounts.  I use a formula for my passwords and change all of them every quarter.

 

As long as you are changing the passwords anyway, why not change them to something which motivates you?  Pick a word, phrase, aroma, place, sound or sight which lifts your spirits.  Maybe it is a private family phrase or something the kids said when they were small which always brings a smile to your face.  Typing that word as your password (even having to look up the password in order to type it) can reset your attitude to a positive.

 

Use the events of your daily life to continually bring your attitude up to a more positive level.  Accomplish a double purpose of protecting your identity and improving your attitude all at once.  I prefer success.

 

  1. Visualization

 

See Yourself Hit the Target

See Yourself Hit the Target

You know the advantages of visualization and meditation.  You know that your subconscious is a powerful force working to bring you more of whatever you are thinking.  The predominant thought running through your mind acts as an order to your subconscious mind.  The subconscious is powerful but not able to decide what is good for you.  It can only respond to your predominant thoughts.  If you are focusing on, seeing and believing something, the subconscious is programmed to make it come true.

We each possess an awesome power that most of us have not been taught how to use effectively.  Super star athletes use it, mega millionaires use it and top producers use it.  That power is Visualization.  Visualization triggers the subconscious to bring your thoughts into reality.

Visualization works hand in hand with the subconscious mind and the law of attraction.  They are a triple force working together to bring you whatever you are focusing on.

You know about the Law of Attraction.  It was featured in The Secret and numerous other books in the 1980s and 1990s.  There have even been network marketing companies based on the law of attraction.  It is a law, just as gravity is a law.  How do you direct the powerful combination of visualization, subconscious mind and the law of attraction to assist you in achieving your goals?

Activate the Law of Attraction through Visible Images

  1. Picture your goal as achieved. Look at it as if you were watching a movie and you are the star.  You are seeing yourself
    Celebrate Victory

    Celebrate Victory

    in living color with all five senses activated; you are picturing a live scene.  This is real.  Feel the emotions you will feel when you have achieved your ultimate goal.  See the ones you care about beaming with pride for you.  Hear the cheering.  Savor the sweet taste of victory.

 

Hold that image in its entirety in your mind.  Breathe it in and allow it to permeate every cell in your body.  Feel all of the emotions of pleasure.  You have worked and earned this victory.  You have achieved your ultimate goal.  Ingrain it so completely into your being that you can recall it completely at a second’s notice.

 

  1. Create a vision board. Draw or cut out pictures which symbolize your goals.  Post the pictures and words on the board.  Place it where you will see it constantly.  The vision board works similar to the chart on the wall; they both focus your attention and positive expectation of goal achievement.

Take a mental screen shot of your vision board.  Take a photo of the vision board and use it as the screensaver on your smart phone.

  1. Create affirmations of your goals as already achieved. Write them on index cards. Paint them on your bathroom mirror.  Post them on the refrigerator.  Create screensavers or images on your computer screen.  Post them as sticky notes around your desk.

 

Write every affirmation in the positive.  “I am so grateful that. . .”  “I am so excited to be . . .”  “I feel so thrilled that . . .” Adopt the attitude of knowing that your goals could and did come true.  See each goal in your mind as accomplished.

Congratulations

Congratulations

“Nothing is impossible.  The word itself says I’m possible.”

Goal setting is important, but goal achievement is the ultimate victory.  Three strategies to enhance your goal achievement are: adopting and maintaining a positive attitude, using simple success boosters such as changing your passwords, and visualizing your goals through mental/emotional movies, vision boards and affirmations.

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The Goal is Bettering Your Best

Who do you compete against?  You might say your team members, other leaders in the company, or other companies.  What if you thought about competing against yourself?  What if your goal every day was not focused on those outside but instead focused on yourself?  Yes, normally I’ve said not to focus on yourself but others.  In this case, focus on yourself and better your own best.

Lead, follow or step aside

Lead, follow or step aside

When you focus on all of the people and factors outside, it is easy to be overwhelmed.  There are factors such as the economy, the job market and the weather which you cannot personally control.  Being powerless and out of control is not a feeling entrepreneurs building a successful business readily identify with; they certainly do not strive for a feeling of being a victim or being powerless.

You have 100% absolute total control of competing against yourself.  You are in control of striving to better your own personal best.

“I am in competition with no one.  I have no desire to play the game of being better than anyone.  I am simply trying to be better than the person I was yesterday.”

Better Your Best

Of course you observe what your co-workers, team mates and the other companies are doing, but the focus is always on bettering your own personal best.  Focus on improving your own statistics and suddenly you glance at the leader board and everyone is chasing you.

Athletes strive to shave seconds off of their time, score more points through improving their techniques, and increase their endurance in order to perform at their best for longer periods of time.

In network marketing we track our ads placed, leads generated, follow up contacts, and sales generated.  We monitor our marketing costs in relation to revenue generated.  Our goal is always to improve our own individual statistics.  Statistics do not make you profitable but statistics are a quantitative method of measuring your progress in building a successful business.

Beauty of a rose

Symbol of beauty and appreciation.

Think Like a Flower   

“A flower does not think about competing with the flower next to it, it just blooms.”

Concentrate on your own blooming success.  Focus on bettering your own personal best.

When you focus on improving yourself through personal development and professional skill development, you will automatically improve.

It is not a matter of having the latest and greatest iPhone or software, though having the best tools does help; it is a matter of improving your skills in utilizing that software.  It is about improving your skills.  It is about bettering your own personal best.

golf lessonA golfer was struggling to improve his score.  As he was considering yet another purchase of new clubs, the pro came by and casually said, “It’s not the clubs.  Instead of buying new clubs, take lessons.”  

In network marketing, owning the most efficient and most applicable software certainly helps.  Owning it isn’t enough, it is learning how to use it most effectively which makes the difference.  It isn’t the software; it is your own skills.  Take lessons from your mentor/sponsor and improve your own skills.  Focus on bettering your own personal best.

“Competition is a good thing; it forces us to do our best.”

Your own personal competition is the best motivator possible.

One day you will look at the leader board and discover that everyone is chasing you.  That is a good thing because the more time they spend trying to figure out what you are doing and analyzing your performance, the less time they are spending on developing their own skills.  You continue bettering your own personal best and continue leaping forward building a successful business.

“The moment you become wrapped up in worrying about competition, you’ve missed the message of your own destiny.”  Valarie Hurst

But how????

The most direct method of improving your statistics and thus your results is to select one aspect at a time.

Select the top item on your “I want to be better at this” list.

If you are time-challenged and need to maximize your productivity during your limited time availability, select an efficiency generating software.  Once selected, contact your sponsor immediately and learn all of the nuances of the software.  Software by itself is similar to a book on your bookshelf which you never open – money spent without value gained.

Contact your sponsor and learn the most efficient and productive ways to implement the software.  Time, money and energy are all critical to the entrepreneur building a successful business.  You can purchase the best software on the market, but until you use it in to its fullest capability, it is just money spent.  Learn the best tricks, tips and techniques to use the software and then go do it.  It’s putting it into action with knowledge which makes it valuable software.

It is not a fact of ownership, but of skilled implementation of the knowledge combined with the ownership which is most productive.

Master it and Move On

mirror“We are really competing against ourselves; we have no control over how others perform.”  Pete Cashmore

When you have mastered one element on your chosen improvement list, select another.  Roll up your sleeves and start working.  Check them off one by one.  Personal development and professional skill development are your keys to building a successful business.

“The only way to succeed is to not worry about what anyone else is doing.” 

The Key to Success is Constantly Bettering Your Own Personal Best

Make a list of skills you choose to improve.  Achieve them one by one.  As long as you are focused on bettering your own personal best at all times, you are building a successful business and a successful person.  Don’t worry about what others are doing.

“Look in the mirror. . .that’s your competition.”

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Reach Out – It’s Yours

How many times have you felt that you are running to catch the success train and it is just beyond your

Your thoughts create or remove emotional blocks

Your thoughts create or remove emotional blocks

fingertips?  Have you felt that your goals are eluding you?

Stand Up – Speak Up – Step Up

“Live daringly, boldly, fearlessly.  Taste the relish to be found in competition – in having put forth the best within you.”  Henry J. Kaiser

Success is a state of mind as well as the tangible, quantifiable results.  As a new business owner just starting out on their journey to be a successful entrepreneur, it can at times feel like a daunting task.  There will be the “what do I do about this situation?” moments.  There will be the disappointments when an anticipated sale does not come through as quickly as desired or even needed.

It is not what happens to you or around you that truly drives your success, it is what happens within you that really matters. Do your best to look at each individual situation as progress toward your goal.  Each time you face a challenge, you can view it as a toe-stubbing bolder, an impenetrable road block or a stepping stone.  The situation is exactly the same; it is your attitude toward it which is different.

Success is in Your Head

‘With everything that has happened to you, you can either feel sorry for yourself or treat what has happened as a gift.  Everything is either an opportunity to grow or an obstacle to keep you from growing.  You get to choose.”  Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

Circumstances are what they are.  We cannot control everything which happens around us but we can ALWAYS control how we feel about the situation.  We have control of our own attitude.  The situation does not change until our view of it changes.

When Brian Tracey was a new door to door encyclopedia salesman, he spent endless hours knocking on doors and going home at the end of the day with no sales.  As soon as he changed his attitude and expectation, his results changed.  Intentionally or unintentionally, our inner belief in ourselves, in our abilities and in our expectations projects to those around us.

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up.  The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”  Thomas Edison

Success is in the Law of Numbers

Keep presenting.  You will not reach every prospect at the perfect time, with the perfect presentation, and receive the coveted signature on the dotted line.  Even the best of the best sales professionals do not walk away with a sale every time.  The difference is that they keep presenting.  The better they become at targeting the right audience and improving their presentation, the greater the ultimate success.  Keep improving and keep presenting.

When you believe in what you are doing, believe in yourself, keep improving and keep presenting, you will succeed.  This formula always works, if you do.

“Believe in yourself!  Have faith in your abilities!  Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful.”  Norman Vincent Peale

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Entrepreneur’s Toolbox – Recruiting

Recruiting is not only a useful tool but an essential tool in the entrepreneur’s toolbox.  Recruiting the best is an even

Believe in your vision of the future and take action to make it great.

Believe in your vision of the future and take action to make it great.

more valuable tool.

Recruiting is generally associated with recruiting employees.  But is recruiting, just about employees?

Wait, I’m just starting my business, what do I care about recruiting employees.  I’m a long way from hiring employees.  I hear your mind protesting and see your fingers poised to hit the delete button.

The Law of Numbers

Network marketing entrepreneurs are constantly recruiting new team members.  They want top producers who will in turn recruit more and more top producers.  The compensation structure of every network marketing, MLM, or direct sales company is based on recruiting team members who will produce team members several levels deep in order to generate passive income.

Every salesman everywhere knows that not every prospect will become a customer.  This law of numbers is even more significant in network marketing.  Why?  The expression I learned when I started my first sales position (longer ago than I choose to admit) was “Some will, some won’t and someone’s waiting.” 

The law of numbers means not every prospect will join the team.  Of those who join the team, some will enter at a minimum level.  Some will do very little regardless of the level they join the team.  Some will only stay a short time.  Network marketers are seeking the high producer who joins at a high level and recruits large numbers of others who join at a high level.  Massive dollars of passive income are generated when this process continues many levels deep and wide.

The law of numbers means that the entrepreneur building a successful business in network marketing must develop the skill of not only becoming an excellent recruiter but also training his team how to become excellent recruiters.  Recruiting is an essential tool in the entrepreneur’s toolbox.  The entrepreneur’s toolbox encompasses the skills which are essential to implement the master success plan.

Recruiting Customers

What if your business is not network marketing, but a more traditional brick and mortar business?  Every business recruits customers.  Without customers, we do not have a business.  Without customers, we do not have an income.

The goal of every sales professional and every successful business is to recruit customers who will not only become repeat customers but customers who will be so enthusiastic that they will recruit additional new customers.  Every successful entrepreneur knows that the most effective and the least expensive marketing for customers is repeat and referral business.

BI – before the internet – a happy customer told three and an unhappy customer told 10.

AI – after the internet – a happy customer or an unhappy customer can tell hundreds with a few keystrokes.

How willing are you to play the law of numbers game?  If you are like me, you will work very diligently to tip the scales in favor of happy customers and happy team members who will assist you, your marketing budget, and your bottom line in recruiting more enthusiastic team members and customers.  Filling your entrepreneurs toolbox with essential skills is critical to implementing your master success plan.

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Living on Someday Isle

It's your future.  Go for it.

It’s your future. Go for it.

Every day is a new beginning.  Yesterday is recorded and closed.  Tomorrow is a possibility.  Today is the fresh screen before you.  Are your fingers poised over the keyboard ready to compose?

You have a choice.  Either you compose what you choose for today and plan for tomorrow or by default others will do it for you.  Each day is your opportunity for a fresh start.  You know what you want for your future.  Go for it now.

Dream bigger, let go of regrets, manifest miracles, live fully.

Dream Bigger

Your future is can become whatever you choose.  Age, background, ethnicity, financial status, education nor intelligence are factors in your dreams.  If you knew that you could succeed, what would you start today?  Just for a moment, set aside any self-limiting beliefs and allow yourself to dream.  What would you really, really, really like to do with your life…your future?

What is stopping you?  Be honest with yourself.  Think about what you are telling yourself in response to that question.  How many of those “reasons” are truly self-limiting excuses?

Remember the old question about what is the worst that could happen?  If you shoot for the moon and miss, you still land on a star.  Why not go for it now?  Create a success plan and achieve it.

Let Go of Regrets

Focusing on “I could have,” “I should have,” or “I would have” is only significant if it serves as a lesson for what to do better, differently, next time or as a confirmation of what to do again in the future.   Regrets are negatives. Either turn them into growth lessons or let them go.  Don’t give regrets free rent in your head.  Save that valuable real estate for positives.  Regrets are your nemesis.  There is no room for regrets in your success plan.

Manifest Miracles

Today and your future are fresh screens waiting for you to compose whatever you choose.  If you want to achieve your dreams, take examples from those who achieved their dreams.  “I have a dream. . .” made history and changed the world for the better.  (Martin Luther King)

“Excellence is a better teacher than mediocrity.  The lessons of the ordinary are everywhere.  Truly profound and original insights are to be found only in studying the exemplary.”  Warren Bennis

What would you do if you knew you could not fail?  What is the worst that could happen?  If you can live with catching a star instead of the moon, what are you waiting for?  Go for it.  Your future is in your success plan.  Start achieving it.

“If you can dream it, you can do it.”  Walt Disney

Live Fully

As far as I know, we only have one shot at this life, go for it now.

It has been said a thousand different ways, but the message remains the same.  In order for your dreams to come true, it is essential that you get started on the process.  Stop talking about it or living on “Someday Isle” (Someday I’ll…).  Live fully.  Live as if your future depended on it.  It does.  Start achieving your success plan.

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Time to Go Fishing

Relationships play a significant role in personal and professional success.

Beauty of a rose

Symbol of beauty and appreciation.

Relationships within a business impact the culture of the organization.  In the final analysis, attitudes are the core of all relationships.

“Relationships never die a natural death.  They are always murdered by attitude, behavior, ego, misunderstanding or ignorance.” 

Attitude and the manner in which it is displayed can enhance or destroy a relationship.  There is a quote “My attitude toward you depends on you.”  Conversely, the attitude of others toward you depends on your attitude toward them.  Relationships are a two sided coin; both parties are responsible for the result.  We can never control the feelings and behaviors of the other person, but we can certainly take responsibility for our own attitude and actions.

Paul Oldaker, internationally renowned hydro geologist, wrote “I went fishing and caught a new attitude.”  In order to improve the quality of our relationships, sometimes it is wise to go fishing for an attitude adjustment.

“Attitudes are contagious.  Make yours worth catching.”

We are each responsible for our own attitude.  The blame game is alive and active in relationships; the core of all relationships is individual attitude.

If you are like me, it is occasionally necessary to do an attitude analysis; the most significant determination is usually a self-analysis.  I admit that occasionally I am the one who needs to catch a new attitude.  Long hours, busy schedules, and stress can cause attitude deterioration.

“A bad attitude is like a flat tire.  If you don’t change it, you’ll never go anywhere.”

When was the last time you went (or should have gone) fishing for a new attitude?

Attitude Adjustment

What is your most effective attitude adjustment?

For me it is to step back and take an objective look at the cause of my attitude.  A friend of mine once told me that he used HALT as his guideline.

HALT = Hungry – Angry – Lonely – Tired

Overloaded schedules and tight time frames are perfect opportunities to reach for fast food or snacks rather than balanced nutritious meals.  Poor nutrition leads to low energy and reaching for the Tums.  Stock your office refrigerator with carrots, apples or other healthy snacks rather than attacking the candy dish.

Anger can be a killer emotion.  Anger rarely solves any issue; it frequently makes the situation worse.  The major portion of the destruction is personal damage to the angry individual.  Feuds between nations and individuals have lasted for generations.  In many cases these prolonged conflicts could have been prevented or at least mitigated by both parties catching a new attitude.

Lonely can be solved by doing something thoughtful for someone else.

Production increases dramatically when you are rested and refreshed.

Frequently negotiations get deadlocked by an inability or unwillingness to consider the opposite point of view or an inability or unwillingness to accept personal responsibility.

The solution is clear, but not easy to do.  Go fishing for a new attitude.

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Success is a Wild Wonderful Adventure

Leadership brings with it the opportunity to inspire and empower.

Leadership is putting into practice our philosophies, vision and life ethics.  It is more than the words we say, but our words and actions linger as our impression on the lives of others.  Building a successful business is a delicate, yet indelible image.

Actions create results; the inspiration and empowerment for those results begins with significant words of wisdom.

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”  Maya AngelouJim Rohn

I’ve been writing about the icons of industry.  Here are some of my favorite words of wisdom from the masters of business.

“You’ve got to find what you love.  Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work.  The only way to do great work is to love what you do.  If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking.  Don’t settle.”  Steve Jobs

“Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration.” Thomas Edison

Young Thomas Edison

I never did a days work in my life. It was all fun.

“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.”  Henry Ford

“The cost of being wrong is less than the cost of doing nothing.”  Seth Godin

“You don’t learn to walk by following rules.  You learn by doing and falling over.”  Richard Branson

“You will get all you want in life, if you help enough other people get what they want.”  Zig Ziglar

“As long as you are going to be thinking anyway, think big.”  Donald Trump

Put Fun on your Priority list

De-stress – Add Fun to Your Life

“If you can dream it, you can do it.”  Walt Disney

This last one has been posted on my office wall for decades.

“Excellence is:

The result of caring more than others think is wise

Risking more than others think is safe

Dreaming more than others think is practical and

Expecting more than others think is possible.”

As an entrepreneur building a successful business, select your favorite words of wisdom from the masters and create your own for future generations.

Are you seeking more success in your life and career? Inquire about hiring Elaine Love for your next sales training, executive meeting or personal growth presentation.  Go to  www.Elaine4Success.com or contact Elaine at Elaine@Elaine4Success.com

You Choose

“Empowerment is being aware that there is no one to blame for my

Your thoughts create or remove emotional blocks

Your thoughts create or remove emotional blocks

choices and actions; that I have a personal choice and responsibility for my life.”  Steve Maraboli

Success is not about the outside world.  Great leaders, outstanding entrepreneurs and star athletes have come from very humble beginnings.  There is a special something inside which nudges, encourages, tempts and pushes until you yield to the pressure and pursue your dream.  There is a spark inside which is struggling to become a flame. You have a choice to let it flicker and eventually die or to fan the flame and allow it to come alive.

Life is a series of choices.  The differences between the successful and the not-so-successful are the choices we make and the actions we take.  Life is in constant motion.  Doors open, but they do not stay open forever; eventually they close.

Success is in the Alphabet

Success is not about blame, benefits or benefactors; it is about the choices, chances and changes.  Make a choice in order to take advantage of a chance to make a positive change.  The secret to building a successful business and building a successful life is to make a choice and get started.

The key to becoming successful is to make choices based on your dreams, passions, and goals.  Make a choice, take a chance and take the action to make the change.

The beauty of choices is that today is a new day, a new beginning and a new opportunity to make new choices.  Choices are our opportunities, maybe not for a mulligan (a do over), but always for a new starting point.  As far as I know, there is no way to go back in time and “do over” the past, but we can always start from where we are and go forward.

Andy Andrews was an angry orphan who was broke and living under a bridge as a young boy.  A mentor advised him to go to the library and start reading.  Andy took the advice and started making different choices in his life.  Today Andy is a best-selling author, professional speaker, and very successful entrepreneur.

His life radically improved when he changed his choices and took the action to transform his life.  (Read The Travelers Gift, and The Noticer. These are only two of dozens of books by Andy.)

“One of the greatest gifts we can give our children is the empowerment to create a life filled with purposeful, enjoyable work, and relationships they hold dear.”  Sarah L. Cook

As entrepreneurs building a successful business, we have the right and responsibility to empower our co-workers as well as our families and ourselves.  Create a success plan and take the action to make it come alive.

You don’t have to be good to start.  You do have to start to be good.

Are you seeking more success in your life and career? Inquire about hiring Elaine Love for your next sales training, executive meeting or personal growth presentation.  Go to  www.Elaine4Success.com or contact Elaine at Elaine@Elaine4Success.com

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