Do you feel defeated?

“Opportunity often comes disguised in the form of misfortune, or temporary defeat”
— Napoleon Hill,

Does this quote resonate with you?

Just when you think you are not able to take another step, an opportunity walks around the corner. I don’t know about you, but I cannot count the number of times I have hit the wall only for something to clear the clutter and whisk me off to great new things.

The word defeat is an interesting one.  It can mean

: win a victory over (someone) in a battle or other contest; overcome or beat.”  

: to cause (someone or something) to fail

: to control or overcome (something).

The definition tells us that we can defeat something or someone, and this reflects a success.  On the flip side, it can be a low point reflecting a failure or a lack of control.   Just like a coin, how you view defeat is based on which side you are seeing.

writing_block1.1.1.1How does this relate to your business?  Well, over the past 25 years in business I have faced some situations where I was focusing on the positive side and kept my eyes and mind open.  In these instances, the hard work I had done previously set me up perfectly to be opportunistic when something new came along. I refused to see failure – only opportunity.  Much of this mindset came with the help of  my mastermind group or Coach, who’s insights, ideas and support have helped me focus on the positives, set myself up for success and speed up the process from idea to action.

If you want to avoid hitting that wall and to know you have someone to turn to so you can quickly ignite your actions, then now’s the time to step forward and explore your options.  A free Ignite Business Assessment session offers you that opportunity.  You have nothing to lose.  I know you will walk away with some great insights.

What will it cost you if you don’t take action?  The opportunity cost of inertia is through the roof.  Don’t let it take away from your goals and the success you aspire to achieve.   Book your free Business Assessment session right away.

Mastermind CEO Groups

In a recent article “The Benefits of Belonging to a CEO  Group” author Christopher Haan discusses how a peer mentoring group can help you manage your business better.  In this article, Haan states that participants must be ” active participants …–for doers, not just listeners”.  Mastermind participants who are CEOs participate because they are ” not always going to hear what they need to hear from employees or the board,” he says. “They come because people will tell them what they need to hear, not just what they want to hear. They really like having an objective sounding board of CEOs whose only agenda is to help you and your business get better.”
StudyBuddy2How does a mastermind group improve your business or career?

When you join a mastermind group you have an opportunity to join a select group of motivated and dedicated business leaders who are open and willing to take the steps toward collective success.  Each participant brings their knowledge, skills, experience and insights.  They also embrace the concept of sharing & supporting each member of the group in a frank yet

Receiving honest, frank feedback is not always what you want to hear but when given in a supportive environment, it allows you to seek solutions to turn negatives into positives, gain insights into how others perceive a situation or brainstorm new ideas.

Virtual or In-Person

There are a variety of different mastermind groups available for entrepreneurs, professionals, CEO’s and more.   Each group brings its own culture and can be run in both facilitated and non-facilitated formats.

Virtual groups offer you the ability to connect with others in your city, province, state, country or globally all from the comfort of your home or office.  There are great time savings because you don’t have to travel to the meeting location.  Technology allows groups to video-conference together and improve the connectivity over telephone calls alone.   Not meeting in person takes self-discipline to turn off your cell phone, email notifications and any other distractions.  A mastermind only works when every member of the group is fully engaged and involved.  I have loved my virtual groups.  One of the mastermind teams I belonged to was global.  Since we all had similar businesses, the distance geographically was a benefit because we weren’t targeting the same clients.

In person groups offer participants a very focused meetings where you can directly connect with each participant.  For some, this format works much better than a virtual group.   I really enjoy getting together with my mastermind team.  We have created a great environment to share and gain the support we need to really step up and into new arenas.  A face-to-face group does have some drawbacks — most importantly is that everyone must live in the same geographic area and you have to allow extra time to travel to the meeting location.  Timeliness is also critical – Time is money!  Respecting each other enough to arrive on time, stay focused on the topic at hand, and being willing to discuss the “hard” areas will make this type of group a valuable addition to your business or career.

Facilitated or Self-Run – There are two different approaches to mastermind groups.  Some groups self-run, usually with one or two members taking on the role of leader.  many self run groups have a loose agenda and experience a shorter lifespan.  I have belonged to several self-run masterminds in the past two decades and two of them have survived for more than 10 years, although members came and went.

On the other hand, facilitated masterminds offer members an opportunity to focus on their business and participating instead of organizing and leading the mastermind.  The facilitated meetings generally have a fee attached and the facilitator will organize and lead the group, keep everyone on schedule and help coordinate resources, guest speakers and screen new members.

Take the next step

If you are ready to catapult your career or business to the next level, a mastermind group is for you!  As your mastermind facilitator, I bring groups together who are at the same phase or have a common focus and I run both in person and virtual options.   A 6 month commitment to the group is requested, with membership month to month thereafter.   Groups help to create their mastermind culture.  Members also have input into the approach, topics, schedule and format.

As a member of a mastermind you will be supported in your goals and accountability is a built-in component of each group.  You will receive a Mastermind Success Tracker, access to monthly book reviews, expert interviews or tele-seminars for added support.


Apply today for one of my new groups starting in September 2016

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A lesson learned

Last evening I attended the book launch event for the  Financially Empowered Woman by  Tracy Theemes.  Not only was the event a cozy welcoming environment, it also offered good networking opportunities and some great insights into the time and effort necessary in becoming a published author.

Tracy offered some great insights in her usual forthright and humorous fashion.  I thought I would share my interpretation of her comments.

1.  When a good idea bubbles to the surface, you don’t always act on it right away!

How many times have you had a good idea only to push it aside because you don’t think you have the confidence, time, energy or resources to accomplish it.  Many good ideas have to percolate and will keep resurfacing until you make a firm decision.   Is it a “go” or “no-go”?

Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.

Napoleon Hill

2.  Your idea will always take more work than you think… but that’s ok.

I know… this can be a big draw-back from making the decision to move forward on your idea.  It’s human nature to want to get the biggest reward for the least amount of energy.   Push that idea aside and just start taking small steps and set aside time to focus on your idea.  Before you know it you’ll realize good progress until it’s done!

Decide what you want .. believe you can have it, believe you deserve it, believe it’s possible for you.


3.  You can’t do it alone!

I hear this statement over and over… and I remind my clients of this  fact too.   Your capacity to achieve greatness is greater than you can accomplish alone.  Every great leader or successful business leader share one common trait… they leveraged their network to help them reach their goals.   For some it may be family or close friends.  For others it may be colleagues at work, a boss, a sponsor, mentor or customer.  A Coach or a mastermind group are other resources available to you to gain the support, accountability, encouragement, and brain power of others.

“Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish,

but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything.”

Napoleon Hill

As a business leader, are you motivated to take your career or business to the next level?  Do you want to expand your network, improve your personal and professional self-confidence and expand your knowledge and leverage the skills and ideas of others to broaden your  understanding of key business issues, trends and explore opportunities?

If this sounds like you, I recommend that you consider joining a mastermind group.   

I don’t know anybody who has become supersuccessful who has not employed the principle of masterminding.
Jack Canfield  Author Chick Soup for the Soul

I have participated in one or more mastermind groups for over 20 years.  Each group shared some key attributes which have enabled them endure changes and the ups and downs that naturally occur with groups.   I cannot count the number of times my mastermind partners were the nudge, power, support or cushion as I grew, recreated and regrew my business over that time period.  I truly believe that every business person needs to find and get involved with a mastermind team.

“You CAN NOT achieve your major definite purpose in life with out using the power of the MasterMind.”

Napoleon Hill

I am so committed to this concept I decided it was time to create an option for others who are motivated to be better, offer more, and achieve more to themselves, others and their community.   There are lots of different options available to you… so why consider mine?

->  I have build and participated in a lot of masterminds.   You can benefit from what I bring to the table as your facilitator.

-> Groups will be created to compliment the skills and needs of each participant so we maximize the benefit from the ‘many minds’ effect.  My goal is for you to learn and receive as much as you give.

-> You are joining a group where expectations are shared up-front, and everyone joins with a similar commitment to the first 6 months.

-> It doesn’t matter where you live or work… you can join my virtual boardroom via telephone, computer or skype from the comfort of your office or home.    Mastermind groups offer personal and professional development with a twist!

Take action today to reserve your spot for sessions starting September 2013.

Set up a complimentary session with me so we can place you in the appropriate group before spaces fill up!

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Don’t Plan to Fail

Do you take time to plan your projects, goals or do you just “wing it”?   

Do you write down your goals, action plans and the desired results or just keep them locked in your head?



Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire and begin at once, whether you are ready or not, to put this plan into action.

Napoleon Hill


Planning offers every business leader or professional many benefits  … yet so few actually take the time to plan appropriately.

In this post we will explore 3 common excuses used by business leaders for not planning.

1.  Planning takes time I don’t have.

 This is the most common excuse given for why people do not plan.  Planning does take time but the reason people don’t make time to plan isn’t because they don’t actually have time.  Instead, they don’t value this step in goal achievement because they have failed to make the connection between creating a strong plan and long-term success.

There are ways to minimize the workload and feel great about the process.  The great value is in the process of discovery, not the end result.  A business coach is a great resource to help you create a solid plan.  Together you can brainstorm, discuss and explore options to improve your ultimate success.  Your coach also becomes a great accountability partner during the planning process.

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2.  Things change.

Many people believe they have a clear plan in their head and therefore they do not have to write it down.  Others reject being kept accountable by someone other than themselves and therefore resist writing down their plan.  They also resist writing it down because things change and therefore the plan would be out of touch with reality.

Life and business are full of constant changes, distractions, opportunities and challenges.  In any given day you can easily become focused on what is right in front of you and lose sight of your longer term goals.

A solid implementation plan is the tool which will help ensure you keep your eye on the true goal.   It is a living, breathing document which needs to be reviewed and tweaked when and where necessary based on outcomes or new information.

Your implementation plan provides the road map that will guide you toward your long term vision.  It helps ensure your long-term success.

3.   Don’t want to Fail

One underlying factor that may or may not be recognized is the fear of failure.  Creating a written plan sets your course and the results you want to achieve.  Your plan identifies the steps you will take, who is accountable, and the timelines for completion.  Interestingly enough, a written plan increases your chances of success — completely the opposite to why many people don’t want to create the plan.

If you want to be successful, create your plan!  You’ll reap the rewards 

Contact me for your complimentary Exploration Session.  

We will explore how I can help you create your plan and successfully reach your long-term vision!

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