The Slight Edge in Quebec

Here I am on holiday, enjoying the sultry autumn weather and brilliant hillside vistas of the Eastern Townships of Quebec.

My husband and I find vacation time a great way to step out of the habits and patterns of everyday life and review our goals and visions.

We talk a lot more. We pray together more. We read motivational books and listen to instructive CDs. We are away from the Computer more. It appears to be a healthier time for our future. Vacation is important.

I just finished reading the book The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson. Olson shows us how we can learn habits-- what we think and what we do-- that will allow us to practice the miracle of "compound interest" in all aspects of our lives. Boiled down to its bare essentials, you simply do one small, uncomplicated, focused activity each day towards your individual goals. It's an irresistible concept that I will expand upon over the next few blogs.

As a bonus, you can download a free audio copy of "As A Man Thinketh" by James Allen here.

Good News Lurking Behind the Bad News?

Joan writes:

It sure does look like the financial world is falling apart. Major financial institutions are going bankrupt, smaller banks are in danger of closing, government bailouts are taking place, and the words "recession" and "depression" on everyone's lips.

The immediate threat seems to be a serious tightening of credit, which would affect consumer spending. This in turn would hurt the US economy. At the same time, the problems in the US are affecting economies around the world.

So what's the good news?
This financial crisis has been a long time in coming as regulations were eliminated or not enforced, and greed took over. Those out for the big bucks made risky investments, and the more they got away with, the more risk they took. Then it all started to collapse as securities backed by subprime mortgages went bad.

Here's the good news: I see the current situation as a major correction as the greed and corruption come to the surface, which will allow the system can start healing itself. The dysfunction goes very deep, so it could be a lengthy healing, but it will heal. And the system that emerges will be stronger--until greed and corruption take over once again. But that will be years in the future.

Should you be afraid? No. And you can minimize your fear if take steps to protect yourself.

* Do everything you can to reduce your debt and cut down on spending.
* Downsize if you have to in order to feel more secure.
* If you can't stop spending or you keep living on the edge, find out why you hold on to these habits.
* Think through all of your purchases and ask, "Do I really need this?"
* Keep making plans for a positive future and developing strategies for income building.

We are in the down side of a cycle, that WILL turn around in time. The people at the top don't want the whole system to collapse and will do what they can to save it. It's going to take a while, because the problem is global. This is a good time to find your place of peace in the midst of the chaos.

In the meantime, this is an opportunity for you to clean up your money mess and prepare for prosperity.

The above helpful post was by Joan Sotkin, money wizard at Prosperity Place. The first month of the six-month Build Your Money Muscles for Financial Strength & Security program has an audio, Overcoming Financial Fear, that can help you get yourself out of fear and into positive action.

**image of Hong Kong courtesy of Edwin Stemp as stored at

Start Seeing Success... Everywhere You Look!

There’s an amazing phenomenon of the mind that can be harnessed to attract
absolutely anything to you – including prospects.

This is not some phoney-baloney, be-one-with-the-universe type thing either.

I GUARANTEE you that you’ve experienced this at some point in your life and you
will immediately know what I’m talking about.

It’s just that maybe you didn’t understand the exact process that was going on when
it happened or you’ve never applied it to your business in a concrete way before.

Let me explain...

Just last week my husband and I gave our eighteen year old son an ultimatum: Either
you start paying insurance on the car you’ve been driving around for the last
two years or we’re getting rid of it.

He thought about the high insurance premium he’d have to be paying AND the
high cost of gas and thought that maybe now’s the time to buy a scooter and skip
all the high end costs of owning and operating a car. So my husband went with
him to go pick out his new mode of transportation.

The next day he came home grinning from ear to ear, happy with his new purchase.

Then he went on to tell me about how many other scooters he saw on his way home.
He couldn’t believe how many there were! He figured there must have been at least
13 or 14 of them.

Of course those other scooters were there all along... it’s just that he wasn’t
focused on them.

Maybe you’ve had an experience just like this, or, most likely when you decided in
your mind that you really wanted something – a new car for example.

Before you picked out a particular model you probably never even noticed them on
the road. But as soon as you decided you were going to save up to buy one... you
started seeing them everywhere!


But you’ve heard this all before right?

Visualize yourself in possession of your goals and they will magically appear in
your life – all by themselves!

See, what most of us are taught to do is focus ALL our thoughts on our LONG TERM
goals. Things like making $30,000/mo... a 10,000 sq ft house... etc... etc.

And that’s fine.

But what most companies DON’T teach you to do is figure out what’s going to be needed
to take you from point A to point B (things like skills sets, marketing systems,
business procedures, etc) and to focus on THOSE THINGS, more so than your material

What I’ve found is that by concentrating all my thoughts and efforts on acquiring
the right skills (and I do mean the RIGHT ones)... and putting them to use... all that other stuff is literally unavoidable.

Your goals just happen by default – almost as an after-thought.

The key of course – just like with a new car – is knowing WHAT to look for.

Once you understand the simple (almost embarrassingly simple) formula of how
attraction marketing works and how to get hungry crowds of people to come to you,
you’ll see opportunities to do so EVERYWHERE.

You won’t be able to sleep at night because of all the different potential
streams of new leads you saw that day.

That’s what the interview I have for you today is about.

I got a guy named Scott Rogers on the phone for about 40 minutes and he shared
how he shifted from a “prospecting mindset” to a “marketing mindset” and how it led
to him generating well over 6,600 leads for his business online.

Pay attention to the first part where he talks about studying the marketplace and
differentiating yourself. Sooo crucial, yet NOBODY in network marketing talks
about this (even though all the big wigs – yes even the ones who tell you “don’t
reinvent the wheel” or “the internet doesn’t work” – are doing it. The truth
is, in many cases, they don’t even realize they’re doing it).

If you want to receive a link to Ann Sieg's interview with Scott Rogers, just fill in the widget below (your name and email address WILL NOT be given or sold to any third party).

To Your Success,

Ann Sieg

Ann Sieg is the Renegade Network Marketer. <--Click here to learn more about Ann and what she can offer you and your business.

**The image of the orange scooter is complements of Michal Zacharzewski at

Dress: Optional

Just as there are any number of different 'costumes' being worn to the office, there are probably as many different forms of dress being sported in the home office.

Yes, you might enjoy working in your pyjamas, but most of us spend at least part of our time in the public eye: taking part in our children's school activities, mailing letters, buying groceries, answering the door to the FedEx deliverer. While you are likely okay answering the door in your PJs, you might choose to dress up a little more formally for other aspects of life.

There are folks who work home businesses and look like they are ready to go do a hotel presentation, even in their own home. They iron their shirts, shine their shoes, and probably shave their legs regularly. They shower before they start their day. These are they you could burst in on and they would greet you with grace and aplomb in an orderly home, the kind you sometimes daydream about for yourself.

But most of us are probably closer to working fulltime in our PJs. Comfort is a basic feature of being your own boss.

You get to choose how you dress when you work your own biz as a part of my Dream Team-- for a free, no risk evaluation, watch the video at

**photo called "Relaxing" is courtesy of Craig Hauger at

Lifelong Learner

I'm a lifelong learner myself, and so it is important for me to work with other lifelong learners. Why?

What is a lifelong learner?
Lifelong learning is "all learning activity undertaken throughout life, with the aim of improving knowledge, skills and competence, within a personal, civic, social and/or employment-related perspective." The lifelong learner, therefore, would be the person who integrates all of their life experiences with a focus on continued self-improvement and social contribution. Lifelong learners tend to look at all experiences as 'learning opportunities'.

Today I took a walk with my business-mate and good friend, L. She told me about an earlier time in her life when she was traveling and needed a job (in Australia). She did some research and found that the better-paying jobs involved sailing and diving, neither of which she knew how to do. Did that stop her from applying? No. She put herself forward as a candidate, she found someone happy to train her, and she had a rich, exciting experience for several months of her stay DownUnder.

The classic example of the feisty lifelong learner is the 54-year old woman who decided that now was the time for her to study to become a doctor. When she was interviewed by the Dean, he said, "But Mrs. ___, you will be at least 60 years old when you graduate from Medicine!" The woman replied, "With God's grace, I hope to be sixty, so why not be sixty with a medical degree?"

Lifelong learners are people who tackle new experiences with enthusiasm -- they start new jobs, new romances, new hobbies and activities. They throw out their old recipe books when they find that the 'raw vegan' lifestyle is just so much healthier and satisfying for them, or they buy back the family farm in a community where their forebears have not lived for generations, but that keeps figuring in the family anecdotes at funerals and other reunions.

Lifelong learners don't put artificial limits on themselves. They have big goals and a confidence that continues to grow as they expand their neuro-pathways well into their mature years.

Are you a lifelong learner? If you are, and you are looking for an exciting new business with a stable long-term supplier, I'd like to speak to you... first, go to and watch the flash movie. After the video, fill in and submit the inquiry indicating a desire to evaluate the business opportunity. No surprise costs for this evaluation process.

**Wild Horses image courtesy of photographer Mark Miller at StockXpert

Feeling the Financial Pinch?

Are you like the many people I've spoken to recently who are really concerned about their financial future?

If you listen to the news, then there's no avoiding the gloom and doom. But did you know that there are plenty of people who have decided not to be victims of the prevailing economic winds and they are taking action to secure their financial future.

I bet that if you knew what to do, you would do it too.

Well you can. Worrying about your future is not going to help. As a matter of fact, it will likely to add to your inability to alter your financial situation.

What will help? Creating a strategy that can lead you in a new direction, learning how to manage money well, and getting yourself into the right place internally--that's what can keep you safe financially and gently lead you into lasting prosperity.

And I'd like to help you do this so you can develop financial strength and confidently feel secure.

Most of you know about the Law of Attraction. So I'd like to ask you this--

  • Is your current state of mind and how you are dealing with your money really in tune with attracting a free financial flow?

  • Are you taking proactive steps to make sure you are not a victim of the current economy?

Here's how I'd like to help you move out of financial fear and worry, out of having just enough or less than enough, and into an improved financial flow so you can live comfortably and worry free.

I have just introduced what I call Build Your Money Muscles for Financial Strength & Security. It's a six-month program that will provide you with the information and support you need to survive this economic storm and move into financial comfort and security.

Get more information about this valuable (but affordable) program , by going to
and learn about the special introductory offer that I am making.

I hope you'll join me and the other people who are going to walk together towards financial freedom.



P.S. If you are looking to get rich quick, this program is not for you. It's only for people who are serious about creating a solid financial future for themselves. If that's you, visit

If you would like to subscribe to Joan's Prosperity Quick Tips visit

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Comments or questions? e-mail Joan at

Other related blogs you might want to read:
Changing Who You Think You Are Financially
Baby Steps to Creating your Financial Identity
**The image titled "Oranges2" is courtesy of Daniel Vattay and is available at

This is to have succeeded...

“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of leave the world a better know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph really got that right! Are you a fun-loving, intelligent person who attracts other merry-hearted people? If you are looking for a business that you can happily operate from your home, check this out:

Have you read these blogs?
Closet Entrepreneur?
Open Minded?
Did you ask your Doctor?
Becoming the Blessing
Are You Wise?
Changing Who You Think You Are Financially
Baby Steps to Creating your Financial Identity
Coming Apart
Willingness to do Whatever it Takes

Willingness To Do Whatever It Takes....

It seems to me that some of the most effective entre- preneurs are those who have had a few episodes of laziness and mis- direction followed by a slam- to- the- concrete recognition of what they could have achieved had they taken a risk or found someone to give them guidance in a previous business foray.

I am that person. I didn't have a clue about network marketing and bought into all of the really negative information out there. Yes, there are a lot of scams in the MLM community, but there are also a number of honest, ethical, and excellently-run companies. I had opportunities to learn about what to do, and the ability to practice, but instead I chose to let my businesses hit the skids.

After a lot of intervening research and excellent tutelage, I am ready and willing to do whatever it takes to succeed in the same arena (different company). I have a blueprint for just what that means (i.e., 'willingness to do what it takes'):
~I need to be attentive to the lessons of the successful elders in the company
~I need to do as they do-- follow in their established footsteps-- even at times when I think that I know better
~I need to learn first-hand about the products
~I need to advertise
~I need to seek and give emotional support from the outset and onwards
~I need to take joy in learning
~I need to be a blessing to those who come to me with questions
~I need to enjoy all who are brought within my sphere of influence, and practice a positive, grateful life

That's "whatever it takes"...

Are you also someone who is willing to do 'whatever it takes' to be successful this time around? Why don't you check out my business opportunity at Fill out the form at the end of the flash movie and I will get right back to you...

You might also be interested in reading the following blogs:
Closet Entrepreneur?
Open Minded?
Did you ask your Doctor?
Becoming the Blessing
Are You Wise?
Changing Who You Think You Are Financially
Baby Steps to Creating your Financial Identity
Coming Apart

**Reaching for the Sky? Willing to Do Whatever it Takes? The lovely image at the top of the page is courtesy of Steve Woods, photographer storing works at

Coming Apart

I love my business because it involves being in relationship with many interesting people from different parts of North America and beyond. The internet makes this possible (as well as today's competitive phone rates). We are an intentionally positive team. Can you imagine what it would be like to go to a family reunion and have EVERYONE in your immediate and extended family looking for ways to be encouraging and consciously positive and optimistic?

Inspite of the blessings of my work, I need to take one day to separate the 'work' part of me from the more private part of me. I am refreshed spiritually by doing this. I highly recommend it. There are many articles on the internet about the benefits of having a weekly day off-- a sabbath.

**The image above is labeled "Peace on Earth," and is used with the permission of the photographer, Maria Herrera, whose work is found at Thank you Maria!

Baby Steps to Creating your Financial Identity

Your financial identity is made up of many elements including your thoughts, beliefs, and emotions regarding money and yourself. It also includes your financial behaviors, goals, and expectations.

Given this, the best way to approach building a new identity is to choose one item to focus on with intensity and observe the changes you go through. Altering one element of your identity will automatically alter others.**

For example, if you tend to criticize yourself a lot and you alter that behavior, your self-image is going to improve and your relationships will also change. Because you feel better about yourself, you are bound to upgrade how you take care of yourself and your finances.

This can lead to improved health and vitality, which would alter what you attract. Better cash flow is bound to follow. And it all resulted from focusing on how you talk to yourself.

In the last Quick Tip, I suggested that you write down where you are now and where you would like to be in two years. Take one item on that list and work towards reaching your goal.

I realized a while back that I tend to make impulsive financial decisions. Because I'm a risk taker, my habit was to act first and worry about the consequences later. I realized that this behavior wasn't serving me and wanted to change it.

I started being much more deliberate when making decisions about things like what to buy and who to engage to help me with projects. Instead of accepting what came along easily, I started taking the time to do research and ask many more questions. The results were rewarding on many levels, and in the long run, I definitely saved money and felt better about my decisions.

Which of your behaviors are not serving you well? Don't criticize yourself for that behavior, just make a decision to change it. Try different approaches rather than settling on just one alternative. And keep in mind that you'll have to repeat the new behavior over a period of time in order for it to take hold.

**An example for altering chronic negative thoughts and statements would be to wear an elastic band around your wrist and snap it when you find yourself thinking or saying something negative (eg., unkind, unjust, judgmental, untrue, hurtful, malicious, cynical, pessimistic, etc.) Check out these classy adult wrist bands that can be printed up with helpful reminders or slogans on your computer.
Good News: Build Your Money Muscles will be published in Spanish by a major publisher and will be available in about a year in Mexico, Latin America, and the United States. The book is already published in Saudi Arabia and Italy, and this month, Russian and Brazil obtained foreign language rights.
***The above is from Joan Sotkin's newsletter at Prosperity Place <--Click to learn more.
I have a beautiful business opportunity that really fits for anyone who has done some real serious work on their 'financial identity' and who is ready to move forward with their life. If this is you, please to and after you watch the presentation, submit your intent to evaluate the program further (free with no obligations).

Other blogs of interest to the aspiring entrepreneur:
Closet Entrepreneur?
Open Minded?
Did you ask your Doctor?
Becoming the Blessing
Are You Wise?
Changing Who You Think You Are Financially
Coming Apart

Changing Who You Think You Are Financially

In order to move to an improved financial position, you have to create a new financial identity. If, for example, your financial life is characterized by under-earning, constant financial worry, or longing for more and you want to experience abundance and security, your concept of your financial self has to change.

In order to replace financial discomfort of any kind with financial peace and prosperity you have to develop the thoughts, beliefs, emotions, and behaviors of a person who always has more than enough and never worries about money.

For many people, this means making major alterations in how they deal with themselves and the world around them. I don't think, for example, that a person who has been under-earning for many years, can rapidly evolve into a person who is well-paid or runs a consistently profitable business.

That's why, for the majority of people, prosperity programs don't work in the long run. Altering the characteristics of your financial life takes commitment and conscious attention, over an extended period of time.

You need to know two things: where you are now and where you want to be a few years. Not just financially, but also emotionally. Then you can develop a strategy for gradually altering the thoughts, beliefs, emotions, and behaviors that contribute to your current position.

Start by honestly defining where you are now. Perhaps you have already started altering how you deal with money. Start with where you are now, not where you were when you first started changing. Write down how you think and feel about your finances, what beliefs you harbor about what you deserve and what being wealthy means, and how you behave with money. (See the chart in Exercise 1 in Build Your Money Muscles.)

Then write down how you want to be thinking, feeling, and behaving two years from now. Also choose a realistic goal in terms of increased earnings or net worth. Doing this opens the door to deciding which steps you want to take in order to develop your new financial identity.

There is no magic answer and unless you are expecting a large inheritance, no one is going to swoop down and drop a load of money into your life. You have to move in a new direction and planning how you will move is up to you. Once you make the plans, it's up to you to take action.

**The above is from Joan Sotkin's newsletter at Prosperity Place <--Click to learn more.
I have a beautiful business opportunity that really fits for anyone who has done some real serious work on their 'financial identity' and who is ready to move forward with their life. If this is you, please to and after you watch the presentation, submit your intent to evaluate the program further (free with no obligations).

Other blogs of interest to the aspiring entrepreneur:
Closet Entrepreneur?
Open Minded?
Did you ask your Doctor?
Becoming the Blessing
Are You Wise?
Baby Steps to Creating your Financial Identity
Coming Apart

**The image, "Angel of Metepec, Mexico" is from a photo at by Maria Herrera.

Are You Wise?

2 Ys U R
2 Ys U B
I C U R 2 Ys 4 Me

That little ditty has stuck in my head over the years. Someone printed it in my autograph book-- Suzanne Labelle, I think. My 12-year old mind pondered how anyone could be TOO wise... and how that could be a bad thing.

Now I understand that they were using wise as in wiseass or wiseacre... it is interesting how a noble character trait like wisdom could be twisted to mean foolish, impetuous, a cynical joker...

In my mind, "emotional intelligence" is the New Wisdom.

Do you have a good EI?

Here is a group of definitions from Wikipedia:

1. Perceiving emotions — the ability to detect and decipher emotions in faces, pictures, voices, and cultural artifacts- including the ability to identify one’s own emotions. Perceiving emotions represents a basic aspect of emotional intelligence, as it makes all other processing of emotional information possible.
2. Using emotions — the ability to harness emotions to facilitate various cognitive activities, such as thinking and problem solving. The emotionally intelligent person can capitalize fully upon his or her changing moods in order to best fit the task at hand.
3. Understanding emotions — the ability to comprehend emotion language and to appreciate complicated relationships among emotions. For example, understanding emotions encompasses the ability to be sensitive to slight variations between emotions, and the ability to recognize and describe how emotions evolve over time.
4. Managing emotions — the ability to regulate emotions in both ourselves and in others. Therefore, the emotionally intelligent person can harness emotions, even negative ones, and manage them to achieve intended goals.

If you rate yourself as having high emotional intelligence and you are looking to work in a business that values EI more than all the other little initials one can accrue after one's name, perhaps you would like to work with me? Take a look and sign up for a free evaluation at

I've written about other business assets here:

Closet Entrepreneur?
Open Minded?
Did you ask your Doctor?
Becoming the Blessing
Changing Who You Think You Are Financially
Baby Steps to Creating your Financial Identity
Coming Apart

**The image of two young women talking is courtesy of

Becoming the Blessing....

When I was younger I struggled with what I saw as my parents not appreciating me-- maybe not even loving me. I know that this is a pretty common response to hurts inflicted (purposely or not) by those people who brought us into the world.

As I aged and got roughed up more and filed down some by life, I recognized that my parents had done the best they could with what they knew about parenting and child psychology. They had all of their own baggage and issues from their own bringing-up. I had many 'advantages' that they had not had. It became my responsibility to take charge of my own healing and to make amends to those I had personally offended and hurt with my reflexive words and behaviours.

Healing is, of course, a work in progress, but the fact is that I now know a kind of peace in my life that provides a clarity and calm that I didn't realize existed during the chaos of the past.

One of the things I see most clearly is that I have the choice about WHO I will work with in my business. I am able to let go of my social work tendancies (well, I was a social worker, after all) to want to drag poor souls kicking and twitching along my perceived route to wholeness and prosperity. I continue to feel compassion, but I believe that I understand that not everyone is at the place in their journey to appreciate my intent. To participate as a peer. To give back.

BENEFICENCE. Have you heard that word before? Actually said it outloud? It is a lovely word, isn't it, sounding like a cross between magnificence and benediction... and indeed, it IS a meld of those two concepts.

And I am looking for someone to partner with in my business who is at a place in their life where blessing others-- however that might take place-- comes at least as easily as opening email or punching in at the ATM.

These are features that I would see as indicating a high probability of beneficence:
  • caring enough to care that others really love your presence, even when you are feeling a little world-weary and cocoonish-- you go to the event anyhow
  • moving beyond the lock-step trend of "setting boundaries" to occasionally embrace the eccentricities and unlovelinesses of our planet-mates-- to be inconvenienced, maybe even have our toes knowingly trod upon-- to recognize that we have done the same at times ourselves
  • vision of greater beauty (what you consider beauty)and a willingness to make small daily concessions to provide some sort of oasis of beauty for self and others caught up in the not-so-beautiful stresses of life
  • grace, laughter, tears-- all the responsive emotions that allow others to feel valued and loved
  • generosity of spirit and a willingness to make some sacrifices to self-comfort to mentor someone who really desires to emulate these beneficent qualities, but who doesn't quite get it... or not yet

  • This might be you. Or potentially. I want to work with you... please go to my website at and sign up for the (very thorough) free evaluation after you watch the flash video and take a look around. I'll be waiting here.

    I have also blogged on other qualities I am looking for in my Dream Team:

    Closet Entrepreneur?
    Open Minded?
    Did you ask your Doctor?
    Are You Wise?
    Changing Who You Think You Are Financially
    Baby Steps to Creating your Financial Identity
    Coming Apart
    This is also what I believe about blessing!