Motivation has been on my mind a lot in recent weeks. I know I recently wrote about whether motivation is born within us or learned. (I hope you’ll take a few minutes to review that article). As an avid Vancouver Canucks fan, I watched the Boston game this past Saturday where the Canucks were on their game, followed by Monday’s game against the Florida Panthers, where the game was slow and unexciting. The rivalry for the Bruins game was high, especially after the Stanley Cup Finals in June 2011. On the other hand, getting that same motivation for a team that most likely isn’t a play-off contender, and they only play once a year is a lot more difficult. [Read more…]
Have you ever wandered off course when trying complete a project or reach your goals? If you are like most people, the answer is most likely a definite yes! In my Entrepreneurial Woman Magazine article 5 Secrets to Turning Good Intentions into Great Results, I mentioned how creating a board of directors can be valuable in keeping you on course. Staying on track can be a huge challenge. Each day we are pulled in different directions by clients, suppliers, employees, our own career or entrepreneurial tendencies for innovation and by life itself. Engaging with a Coach is one way to keep yourself on-track but this approach may not be for you. Another option is to find an accountability partner or group, also referred to as a mastermind or peer mentoring group. Groups can be facilitated by a Coach or self-directed.
I personally have used, and continue to use both approaches to keep my business growing and developing. Without the support of my coach and mastermind partners, I do not believe that I would have achieved the growth and fulfillment I have. I never stop learning from them. I also love to share in their successes too. [Read more…]
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When you have a goal that you want to achieve, what keeps you motivated to do what it takes to succeed? A recent discussion with colleagues had us exploring this exact question.
In my opinion, people fit into three categories… [Read more…]
Do you journal regularly? Have you tried it and then gradually ‘fall out of habit’? Well, you are not alone!
Journalling does require you to create a new habit but it’s a habit is strongly linked to success. Who’s success — yours, if you journal.
A look at successful leaders throughout time reveals they all journal in some way. Journalling help them gain the clarity of their vision, learn from successes and mistakes, and capture ideas when the iron strikes. Proponents of journalling state that putting pen to paper to write your vision and goals, sets a stronger intention and makes them seem more real than if you were to type that information into a computer. I have to agree with this suggestion. Every year I write (or draw) my plan for the year and all the milestones I want to achieve. I tried using a mindmap software program and writing my list of goals, also using the computer. After about 2 months I realized that I didn’t have a strong connection to my plan and went back to pen and paper (and colouring pencils) and copied the information from the computer on to the paper. After this change, I was much more connected and successful in achieving what I set out to accomplish. [Read more…]
This week is Small Business Week . The theme of this year’s theme according to the Business Development Bank of Canada is “Power Up Your Business – Invest. Innovate. Grow.”
On September 8th, 2011, President Obama stated “Everyone here knows that small businesses are where most new jobs begin.” Bloomberg Businessweek writer, Charles Kenny states in his article “Rethinking the Booseterism of Small Business“, “the notion that small business is the force behind prosperity is not true. The longer the U.S. and other countries cling to this myth, the harder it will be to carry out the kinds of economic policies that might actually stimulate job growth.” An interesting thought particularly with the “Occupy Wall Street” protests happening worldwide.
If you have, you know how much a dedicated group of people committed to the success of each and every member can be to you achieving more in less time.
If not, you are missing out on one of the greatest tools available at your disposal.
Last week I attended the SOHO SME Expo. This expo attracted small and medium business owners in a wide variety of sectors. I had the opportunity to connect with many attendees while assisting a colleague, Sue Clement, Success Coaching with her booth at the event. I had the opportunity to share my programs as I networked around the room. I was amazed at how many people had not heard about mastermind programs. This struck a chord and I knew I had to share more information about this tool for success.
Are you a great reader? Love connecting with other business professionals? Do you love to discuss business topics and learn at the same time? Why not join me this coming Wednesday (Sept 21) to discuss the best seller, Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy. I am facilitating a Make-It-Business BookClub meeting… A coffee shop MBA. Don’t procrastinate… take action and sign up today!
In his book, Tracy examines procrastination and offers 21 tips to create new habits so you achieve more in less time. Each point he addresses includes some realistic and achievable remedies that you can implement today. I’m already noticing some big changes in how I am working — and you can too.
Don’t have time to read the book before Wednesday… check out this summary by Yolanda Allen
Sign up at www.makeitbusiness.com 1st meeting is complimentary.
I hope to see you at the bookclub meeting.