3 LESSONS FROM BLOWING IT, WANTING TO LIE, BUT CHOOSING NOT TO

Have you ever felt that horrible sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach when you realize that you have blown it big time… when you risk being embarrassed, disappointing others, and losing all your credibility with people who matter to you in more ways than one?

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It happened to me yesterday. I live by my calendar, yet I double booked myself for dinner.

Seven unsuspecting people I didn’t want to dissapoint were on the line.

EXPENSE VS. INVESTMENT MINDSET: SECRETS OF A PROFITABLE BUSINESS MODEL [INFOGRAPHIC]

I’m a big fan of The Profit, the reality television show where Marcus Lemonis rescues struggling businesses by making a capital investment in exchange for an ownership stake in the company and his expertise to turn the business around fast.

I highly recommend it if you want to be more knowledgeable about what it takes to build a profitable business—whether you sell a product or a service; whether you own a brick-and-mortar business or an online business; or whether your product is you, your book, your speaking, and your expertise.

By the way: if you are in sales, even if you report to a boss, think of yourself as an entrepreneur.

One recurring lesson is worth paying close attention: the connection between an owner’s mindset, the business model, and the profitability potential of the business. I decided to illustrate that lesson with the infographic below because I know that explosive growth in your business is only one investment decision away.

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Now let me ask: If you had a real magic wand in your hand that could transform your business by the end of this year, what would your business look like? How many hours would you be working? How much profit would you be bringing in? How would you spend the surplus? What causes would you be able to help?

3 BREAKTHROUGH OPENINGS FOR BETTER PRESENTATIONS

Imagine a Steve Jobs keynote opening with “Hi, my name is Steve Jobs. The name of my company is Apple” Or Howard Schultz opening a presentation with “Hi, my name is Howard Schultz and I’m here to talk to you about Starbucks.”

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Boring and not very engaging.

Yet, thousands of business presentations going on today will start exactly the same way, despite the fact that the audience already knows who the presenter is.

8 PIVOT POINTS TO IMPROVE LEADERSHIP, INFLUENCE, AND RESULTS [INFOGRAPHIC]

Effective leadership equals influence. Influence mobilizes effective collaboration, greater creativity and innovation, fruitful relationships, and superior business results. How can we become more influential and effective leaders today?

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Small, incremental improvements, not necessarily drastic changes, have the greatest impact on leadership and influence. The infographic above gives you eight communication-driven pivot points that will help you improve your ability to positively influence your team and stakeholders, so you can go further faster.

If you have audacious goals to reach this year… If you want to take your business to the next level, join me February 29 and design your BIG leap and business breakthrough.

Click here to find out more.

50 SHARABLE QUOTES TO INSPIRE YOU IN BUSINESS AND IN LIFE

I haven’t met the person who doesn’t enjoy inspiring quotes. Well, except for the occasional curmudgeon who will miss the point but will eagerly point out the grammatical errors and alleged cliches. Let’s ignore the latter for now.

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I have a theory: we love inspiring quotes because our brains are starving for positive nourishment, the type of mental fuel that propels us towards greater faith, focus, courage, perseverance, and the will to live with passion and purpose.

Truth be told, inspiring quotes can be nothing more than brain candy… if we just read them and quickly forget their inherent wisdom.

May the following fifty quotes be like mental vitamins that inspire you to learn how to build the life and business of your dreams.

50 BRILLIANT PHRASES TO HELP YOU WIN TODAY

How do you stay motivated and win the day when everything seems hopeless? One of my clients asked me recently.

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I was reflecting on her question as I watched Jeff Walker talk about Payton Manning on “Winning when You Are Not at Your Best” (in the video below).  In one word, the answer for me always comes down to mental toughness, which is developed over time by choosing what I will focus on day in and day out.

As Jeff puts it, it’s a matter of deciding what I will focus on next. In celebration of my Year of Jubilee (turning 50 this year), I decided to gather and share 50 phrases I focus on every day to build my mental resilience … to ensure that I can win the day, even if I don’t feel I’m at my best.

Neither of us can control our circumstances. But we can choose how we react to them.

I hope they help you win the day—TODAY!

7 UNLIKELY ASSETS I WISH I HAD AS A NEW ENTREPRENEUR

It’s  no secret that thousands of  people dream of owning their own business and that entrepreneurship is exploding. My father was an incurable and budding entrepreneur. Naturally, I was constantly surrounded by impassioned conversations about the business that would free him from his corporate job one day.

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I never imagined that I would inherit the entrepreneurial bug. Since I was six, all I wanted to be was a teacher. Yet, I constantly found myself turning my interests and hobbies into micro businesses.

A few cake decorating classes I took to relieve postpartum stress, turned into a designer wedding cake business I called Truly Scrumptious. A basket decorating hobby turned into a Valentine’s Day gift basket business. The recession of 1992, which contributed to my husband being laid off eleven times in twelve months, inspired a husband and wife janitorial business that supported our family for two years.

Then, while still in grad school I started Trivium Technical Communications, the first business that allowed me to turn my newfound knack for strategic communication into a business that helped clients improve their business and marketing results. And even when I finally arrived to the classroom of my dreams, I found myself thinking about how I could turn my curriculum ideas into a viable business.

I finally accepted the obvious fact that business is what I love, so four years ago I left a great job and haven’t looked back. Here’s what I learned so far. Starting a business is easy. Building a business that is scalable and sustainable, one that is profitable without becoming a ball and chain, takes strategic planning and the guts to pivot when it really counts.

HOW WILL YOU INVEST THE EXTRA DAY YOU GET THIS YEAR?

Yes, 2016 is a leap year.  We all get an extra day—February 29.  You can make it business-as-usual or you can invest it in designing your business breakthrough year.

Are you an expert, entrepreneur, small business owner, sales professional, author, or speaker who needs to reach more customers with your products, services, or ideas?  Do you want to know how to be part of a VIP day of strategy and inspiration… and how you can plan your BIG LEAP?

Learn more now and request your invitation for the VIP event of the year.

 

 

HOW TO HAVE BREAKTHROUGH WHEN YOUR TECHNOLOGY CONSPIRES AGAINST YOU

Every year I choose a theme that becomes the focus of everything I do personally and professionally. That theme is my compass, my focus, my inspiration, and my motivation. It is also the standard I aim for, especially when I face a foe that conspires against my resolve and my progress.

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Breakthrough is my theme for the year. My foe this week—the first one of my breakthrough year—is my MacBook Air, the loyal friend I acquired when I made the big entrepreneurial leap over four years ago. It’s never failed me since—until this week.

I wrote this post partly because I just woke up with nothing to show for long hours of work. Today I need to hear the advice I give to my clients when this happens to them.

I also wrote it because if the nuggets of wisdom inspire at least one person today, the frustration won’t be a total waste.

So here it goes.

Does any of this sound familiar?

You are inspired to move to the next level. Your goals and systems are in place to take your life, the people you influence, and your business to the next level. You’re up at the crack of dawn ready to take massive action because it’s a beautiful day to change the world.

Then your computer crashes.

IT MAY BE TIME FOR YOU TO DISAPPOINT SOMEONE IN ROUTE TO YOUR DREAMS

Those close to me know that I am a recovering academic. I thrived in academia for years, as a graduate student, as an academic technologist, and as a faculty member.

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I still have my final graduate “A” paper, the crown jewel of my academic career. I pushed myself physically and mentally like never before to analyze every piece of writing by Sylvia Plath and the women who influenced her writing. Then I set out to argue that misunderstood feminist ideals would always be at odds with a woman’s innate longing to be a wife and a mother.

The handwritten note on the last page, written by my most revered advisor, haunted me for years:

WHY YOUR SMART GOALS MAY FAIL IN 2016

Millions of people set S.M.A.R.T. Goals every year (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-bound). Yet, studies show that over 65% of people abandon them in the first 60 days of the year.

Here’s a another sobering statistic from Dr. Travis Berry, founder of Talent Smart:

The sad truth is that nearly 80% of us will fall off the resolution bandwagon by Super Bowl Sunday; and by this time next year, a mere 5% of us will have succeeded in reaching our goals.

For years, this was my story and the story of hundreds of people I work with every year.

If you are among those who are setting S.M.A.R.T goals for the year, chances are they WON’T help you take off in 2016… unless they are properly fueled with D.U.M.B. Goal Fuel.

Join me for a FREE 90 minute teleworkshop. I’ll share what I’ve learned in 20 years of failed attempts to achieve my most ambitious goals. And why learning to start out with D.U.M.B. goal fuel was the breakthrough I needed.

Come ready to work and walk away with the proper fuel to make it to the 2016 finish line. if you’ve failed in the past, things are about to change!

UPDATE:  You can register to receive a copy of the replay and it will be sent to you when it’s ready.

Consider this 90 minute teleworkshop my “Breakthrough Gift” to you and your team. CLICK HERE to see what I’ll cover and to RSVP.

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GIVE YOURSELF THE GIFT OF BREAKTHROUGH

If you are like me, you know that this week—the last one of the year—is the most important, because it sets the tone for the next 12 months.

Usually, I use it to assess and reflect on the past, to be more intentionally grateful for the present, and to prioritize what I want to achieve in the future.

How about you?

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Another thing I do is to make sure I close the year generously. I give away something of great value to those who have supported me and worked closely with me—and that includes my faithful blog readers.