Ramping up Your Marriage in the New Year

Here is an opportunity to ramp up your marital relationship in 2009-- this is the acclaimed Alpha series by Nicky & Sila Lee that you may have taken part in or heard of... for your own viewing pleasure-- or maybe you will want to make it a weekly study with other couples-- or you might want to purchase it for your Church or School library.

Amazon says: The Marriage Course is very practical, giving married couples the tools to build a strong and healthy marriage that lasts a lifetime. The eight week course is suitable for any married couple, whether or not they are churchgoers, and is based on The Marriage Book by Nicky and Sila Lee.

It includes the 4-set (8-hour) VHS Marriage Course program and both the organizational booklet and the full-length Marriage Course book-- mint condition. Go here to read more about The Marriage Course: http://themarriagecourse.org/marriage /welcome/

The cost of the VHS-set and books is $25 CAD and I will determine your postal shipping costs at the time you indicate you are interested. Leave a message under "Comments" or close the gaps in the following address and email me there: cynthia @ positivelyvibrant.com

Happy New Year!

"In addition to reading ten pages a day of a motivational or inspirational book...listen to a self-improvement CD for at least 15 minutes every day... If you spend that time listening to educational and self-improvement material, you'll have the equivalent of a Ph.D. on any subject you choose in just a few years. That's the Slight Edge." ~Jeff Olson, author of "The Slight Edge: Secret to a Successful Life"

Goal-Setting for the New Year

So, here I am, armed with sage Zig Ziglar's Success for Dummies, reading my ten pages a day (please see the quote at the bottom of this page for context)and thoroughly enjoying it, and then struck by how very "old school" this book's approach probably seems to many blog readers... especially readers under a certain age.

Zig Ziglar was a phenomenally popular motivational speaker who at one time had sold over a million copies of his book "See You At the Top". His famous I CAN course was taught in more than 3,000 schools and businesses. But that was all before the discovery of "The Secret" or "The Law of Attraction"... OR WAS IT?

Here are some quotes from ZZ that put him firmly in a positively vibrant contemporary camp:

  • "If you want to reach a goal, you must "see the reaching" in your own mind before you actually arrive at your goal."
  • "You have to ''be'' before you can ''do,'' and "do" before you can "have."
  • "Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalize on what comes."
  • "You are the only person on earth who can use your ability."
  • "When you put faith, hope and love together, you can raise positive kids in a negative world."

    Hmmm. As I said, I am very engrossed in what he has to say-- maybe you would benefit from some of his teachings as well. He has written quite a few words on the subject of "Goals" for example-- what most of us used to call "New Year's Resolutions" when we sat down and listed what different things we would strive for over the next year. If you are interested in a way of approaching your Goal-setting that draws upon the inspirational wisdom of Zig Ziglar and Brian Tracy and other 'motivators', go ahead and sign up for the Positively Vibrant Tips ezine below. (It doesn't have to be the beginning of the New Year to set goals, either, by the way!)

    "In addition to reading ten pages a day of a motivational or inspirational book...listen to a self-improvement CD for at least 15 minutes every day... If you spend that time listening to educational and self-improvement material, you'll have the equivalent of a Ph.D. on any subject you choose in just a few years. That's the Slight Edge." ~Jeff Olson, author of "The Slight Edge: Secret to a Successful Life"
  • Positively Pessimistic?

    I know that I have harped incessantly on Jeff Olson's challenge in The Slight Edge--i.e., Read 10 pages of a classic, inspiring, self-development book each day and in a year you will have read, absorbed and acted upon the wisdom of ten to twelve books written by successful individuals-- but it makes so much sense to me!

    Now, if you want to start the New Year with a couple of really inspiring books, how about books about climbing mountains? Good metaphor, that. But what about books by the only blind person to have climbed the "Seven Summits", the highest peaks on each continent? That would be Erik Weihenmayer, author of The Adversity Advantage and Touch the Top of the World. You can read excerpts and get these books at Erik's Touch the Top.com website.

    One of the excerpts on the site tells of how a climbing partner deals with some of the frustrations of these grueling climbs. He uses something he has dubbed "positive pessimism". It operates, as far as I can tell, along the same line as the old "two negatives make a positive" theory ("She don't gots no dogs" is grammatically translated as "She gots dogs".)

    Positive pessimism requires a pretty advanced sense of the absurd. Confine your practice of it (as with all negatives) to times of dark adversity, and with a companion who can link into the pathos with the same sense of humour as you. Here are some examples of Positive Pessimism from Erik's second book, The Adversity Advantage:

    On Aconcagua, I had just struggled to the 22,841-foot summit. I was barely hanging in there. Chris gave me a big hug and croaked, "Big E, you may be blind . . . but at least you're slow!" As hammered as I was, I laughed and shot back with, "Chris, you're not the nicest guy in the world . . . but at least you're stupid."

    I have seen people use positive pessimism in all aspects of life. Once a guy was hiking with me in Colorado and was struggling to keep the pace. From behind me I heard him say, "I may be fat . . . but at least I'm old."

    How about a well placed positive pessimism in the office? "I'm going into a three hour meeting . . . but at least I didn't have time to eat lunch." Or: "We didn't get that big account . . . but at least our stock price went down." At home, try this one: "Honey we're on a real tight budget . . . but at least our heating bill doubled." Or: "We may be moving into a smaller house . . . but at least your mother is coming to live with us."

    I love these examples of scathing wit, a private joke between two intimate friends. I will, however, be cautious not to use 'positive pessimism' myself, since my neuro-pathways are still somewhat rutted by a cynical humor that hurt me and others more than it inspired or uplifted. Just as I occasionally get a kick out of watching drunks portrayed in movies (Dudley Moore in "Arthur" being my favorite), I have no desire to go down that road again myself, although I did have some uproariously funny experiences.

    I am going to get hold of Erik Weihenmayer's books-- I think they would also make excellent Christmas gifts to be savoured into the New Year, that time of universal 'good intention' and positivity.

    Will Your Ship Come In This Year?

    The idea picture of "my ship coming in" seems most apt for me. I live on an island and in the winter I can look through the gaps in the leafless trees and see the Comox Harbor just a walk down the hill.

    In his book The 45-Second Presentation That Will Change Your Life, Don Failla dedicates a chapter to this metaphor of "Ships At Sea" as it pertains to network marketing. He states that "you really CAN have your ship come in" if you read and apply his teachings, a synthesis of hundreds of other successful network marketers' teachings.

    Who is Dying to Leave You a Fortune?

    Most of us don't have much of a chance of being left a major inheritance by some long-lost relative. But the exciting thing is that as a network marketer you can offer HOPE to people that isn't reliant on daydreams about winning a lottery-- hope that they don't have to spend the next 30 or 40 years working for 'The Man' so they can draw a pension and retire.

    Imagine having the opportunity to see your 'retirement' dreams come true without having to wait 30 years for that to happen? And, what if you are truly loyal to your current job/boss-- how about the option of working part-time 5-10 hours a week from your home to realize much much more than the half an income that your pension might turn out to be?

    This is a pretty good illustration of "your ship coming in".

    Failla extends this analogy of ships to include the kind of people you want to work with in your ideal business. He sketches 3 ships at sea and labels them as "GOLD", "SILVER" and "M.T" (Empty). (You can draw a shore-line where you wait, like Bobby Darren's lover, for your ship to come in).

    Naturally, you don't want your ship to be empty when it comes in.... you want a gold-stocked cargo. Failla points out that it is very interesting that like the squeaky wheel, it is generally the 'MT SHIP' that gets attention during the business-building process. They are the worriers, the skeptics, the whiners who need to be convinced at every turn in the road that it IS possible to succeed in the business. They can be enormously costly to maintain, these MT Ships. Their negativity can bring you down, their constant need for encouragement can take you away from the other fleet, especially the Silver and Gold Ships.

    As a business leader looking for success, you want to make the absolute best use of your time and energies.

    You are looking for a GOLD SHIP to work with-- a SERIOUS person intent on succeeding. Failla describes these GOLD SHIPS as having the following qualities:
  • Eagerness to learn-- they call you with questions they want answers to.
  • They ask for help and want to extend your mentoring to a friend or candidate they desire will come into business with them.
  • Excitement-- their excitement feeds yours-- the result is creative synergy!
  • They COMMIT to the 'system' that is in place to ensure success: they field test the products that they will be telling others about, they commit to using the products that work for them on a regular basis and let go of all the 'cheap' stuff that doesn't have the backing of the kind of research and development that is possible with network marketing suppliers
  • They are GOAL-driven. They know what they want and they are willing to do anything proven and ethical to achieve their goals.
  • They are fun to be with-- and they are contagiously POSITIVELY VIBRANT.

    These are the folks I want to have on my team-- what about you?

    **Thanks to Karen Lindstrom at StockXpert for the great photo of the sailing ship.
  • Business Success Coming Right Up

    Here is some interesting information from Northwood University's introduction to their dual-major Entrepreneurial/Management degree program:
  • More than 90 percent of all business enterprises in the United States are family-owned, and 35 percent of Fortune 500 companies are family firms.
  • The greatest part of America's wealth lies with family-owned businesses.
  • The leadership of 43 percent of family businesses will change by 2010. One quarter of all family firms expect their next CEO to be a woman. The average life span of a family owned business is just 24 years.
  • Family businesses account for 78 percent of all new jobs, 60 percent of the national employment, 50 percent of the gross domestic product, and 65 percent of all wages paid.

  • My question to you: Do you want to have your own business, an enterprise that you can shape to suit your needs and to have operate around your life, instead of having to accommodate it?

    If you are a woman you will be pleased to know that you actually have the ability to "lead out" as an entrepreneur that still isn't equally available to women in the traditional job market... on-line stats show that although women make up to 55% of the university-educated job market, they are still much more likely to be working at lower-paid jobs and still less likely to be promoted to higher-ranked executive positions.

    Here are some quotes from some of the world's successful women entrepreneurs:

    Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve.
    ~Mary Kay Ash American entrepreneur

    I made a conscious decision to earn enough to be able to choose my husband rather than not have a career and marry someone who would have to earn enough for us both to live on.
    ~Sarah Beeny,British real estate developer

    When you have a pile of bills that you have no idea how you are going to pay, you cannot focus on the bills, because you will continue to attract more bills. You have to find a way that works for you to focus on prosperity, despite the bills around you.
    ~Rhonda Byrne, Australian author of "The Secret"

    A successful life is one that is lived through understanding and pursuing one's own path, not chasing after the dreams of others.
    ~Chin-Ning Chu, Chinese-born author, consultant, lecturer

    What great changes have not been ambitious?
    ~Melinda Gates, American philanthropist leader in the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

    Is 2009 your year to step out boldly and start a business-- to pursue your dreams for success-- to lead your family to the prosperity that assures abundance for generations to come? I invite you to take a deep breath, watch the video at my business site, and submit the form so that I can show you some possibilities that match your dreams. http://positivelyvibrant.me/special.htm
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    The Cozy Home Office: Let It Snow

    Tonight I'm all hyped up-- it's cold and icy outside, but in my heart it's summertime! I just took one of my team through a simulated 'initial contact' with her training buddy. Shannon (not her real name)is in her early 20s. She is newly married and decided to take some time out from the pretty bleak job market to think about a business instead.

    Her young husband came home with a newspaper from the nearby larger center. He had found an ad that he thought she would be interested in checking out. She was.

    She went in to my website at Positively Vibrant.me and watched the video there (you can too-- click here). She watched it a couple of times, because, frankly, it just seemed too good to be true... work at home, choose when you work, where you work, and who you work with; choose how much you work and have an excellent escalating income within the year-- Shannon figured there was probably a hitch of some sort.

    She had answered a few such type ads on the Internet and they had either not gotten back to her or had phoned incessantly with high-pressure tactics meant to extract large sums from the young couple in exchange for outrageous instant fortunes. Shannon and her husband both came from rural, hard-working stock... they could spot shysters from a country mile away.

    So, with some skepticism, she read over the testimonials on the site, and toured a cyber classroom where the evaluations of the program would take place. Shannon is a bit of a computer geek. The interactive classroom was really intriguing to her.

    And so she took the next step and filled in the submission form.

    I received it the same day, called her, and made the 'initial contact' call that just a few weeks later-- after having completed the evaluation in the three computerized classrooms-- Shannon made in her very own business.

    I'm excited that in these turbulent times there are amazing business possibilities for all kinds of people who have only dreamed of being entrepreneurs-- early retirees (like myself) and young women like Shannon and everybody in between! Maybe you are looking for an ethical (green) business with an established (52+ years) and highly-esteemed supplier (#1 in the industry). Perhaps you would like to 'evaluate' this business yourself? Just go to the PositivelyVibrant.me website and watch the video and fill out the form there. The three-classroom evaluation is free. 2009 is going to be a fine year to start and build a profitable business.
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    Getting Off The Plastic Pills

    Those who follow this blog will know that I am a big promoter of reading 10 pages of a motivational/ inspirational book each day. If I read just 10 pages of one of the classics in the field (say, Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill), absorb much of what I read and put even one learning into action, by the end of a year I will have read, absorbed, and acted upon sage advice from 10-12 successful authors. **This information was absorbed and acted upon by reading Jeff Olsen's The Slight Edge.  I have also read more recently that if one reads (and applies what one reads) for an hour a day in an area of great interest or passion, at the end of seven years you will be a recognized expert in your field of interest.

    This morning I finished reading The Automatic Millionaire (Canadian Version) by David Bach. Bach developed a theory called "The Latté Factor"-- the idea is that each of us spends money everyday on something that we could live without, money that can go to work for us if we invest it instead. He also covers a number of other helpful points for building wealth.

    I particularly resonated to his advice around paying down credit card debt.

    In my (former) business I had the opportunity to speak to a number of people-- young and old-- who were often desperately looking for a way to make extra money to pay off their credit card debt. Here are some of the tips that Bach gives:

    (1)Continue to pay yourself first- Every paycheque have an agreed upon percentage of your banked money automatically redirected to a high interest savings fund, RRSP, etc. When you are straddled by credit card debt, Bach suggests that you use 50% of your self-pay to pay down your debt, and invest the other 50%. Once you have paid down your credit cards, you can invest the full 100% percentage.

    (2)Negotiate with the issuing agency/bank to pay lower interest on your credit card principle I didn't know that you could actually do this. Do your homework and find out what the average credit card interest rates are in your country. You can find a chart here that shows you the average Canadian rates, ranging from 10.9% to 18.59% According to Bach, you can ask your bank (and he suggests to speak directly to a 'supervisor' who can actually effect the change) if you can pay half of the average percentage. If they drag their feet, you can state that you will be obtaining another credit card with a better rate. Then do that, but make sure beforehand that the rate is not going to go from bliss over the initial six months to 20% interest in the seventh month.  If you have successfully done this, could you comment below? Thanks!

    (3)Get off the Plastic Pills Bach suggests that if you have escalating credit card debt, that to walk around with that credit card in your wallet is akin to an alcoholic walking around with a bottle of vodka in his briefcase. Cut up the card and look for more appropriate ways to pay for your purchases.

    (4)Have a systematic way of paying off debt on multiple credit cards Bach suggests that you list all of your credit cards and the amount owing and their minimum payment requirements. Then rank them according to the least amount owing to the most owing. Now pay down the cards with the lesser amounts (in order)as quickly as you can (divide how much you owe into expedient sums, such as $4XX/month divided by $8XX owing on my Bay card means that I can pay off my Bay card in two months.) For your other cards, with higher balances, pay them using the minimum monthly payment. When you have paid off each subsequent card (and cut it up?), pay down the next card with a 'smallest balance' as you did the first. In this way, of course, you will soon not have several interest-generating debts, but only one. You will have a real sense of accomplishment. Paying off these suckers is liberating in more ways than one.

    I won't give away all David Bach's great suggestions. You can see where activating even one tip can make a huge difference in the lives of those of us with credit card debt.

    **Thank you to Santa Claus at Flick'r.com for the use of the lovely photo called "Between the Shadows".

    Christmas Letters and Mental Posture...

    Do you get Christmas letters? If you are a recipient of these epistles, you will know that some of the letters are sweet and to the point-- they tell you a little about what the writers have done or gone through over the course of the year. They are written in the writer's own hand and are solicitous of you-- they are old-fashioned letter format-- easy on the "I's". Some are verbose and full of bragging. How you receive either letter will depend largely on
    your 'mental posture'.

    If you are a single (unattached, separated/divorced, widowed) individual, a letter from a married 'friend' or acquaintance that goes on and on about the accomplished children in the family, the cute grandkids, the talented and attentive spouse, and the writer's own satisfying and fulfilling life, might be galling-- unless, of course, you have that great "mental posture".

    If you are a married person whose partner was just laid off and whose kids are going through the throes of adolescent angst and experimentation, you might also need that particular "mental posture" to get you beyond paragraph two.

    The "mental posture" I keep alluding to is nothing more than a combination of kindly detachment, self-confidence, gratitude, and a sense of humour.
    The more you are aware of your thoughts-feelings the more you are detached, and the less you identify, the greater the self-knowledge; and it is this self-knowledge that dissolves ignorance and sorrow. In understanding the self, right thinking comes into being. ~J. Krishnamurthi

    If you are "triggered" by the odd Christmas letter (and who hasn't been?) you will likely be flooded by feelings like jealousy, injustice, anger, and if you are a discerning soul, fear. Indeed, fear is frequently the base/basic feeling that prevents most of us from moving from disturbance to peaceful detachment and acceptance.

    If you feel jealousy, you will need to acquire more love and acceptance in your life. Find a quiet place and think about all of the people you love. Think of all of the people you know love you. Broaden your circle of people you love and wish well to include the letter-writer. Rejoice in their joy. If you are not able to celebrate their good fortune, then work on truly letting go of your bitterness-- you know, let go and let God. This is a good 'quicklist' for anyone who is feeling blinded by jealousy and temporarily unable to feel the goodwill that is their natural 'default':

  • Prayer works. You don't have to look far to find people who can give you testimony of the way prayer has affected their lives... perhaps it is the unrelenting prayer of a believer on their behalf or the intercessory prayer for someone they care about. If you recognize how deleterious this jealousy is in your life and are a praying person, go for it! Ask and you shall receive!
  • Energy Psychology can help. The Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) developed by Stanford engineer Gary Craig operates on the belief that "blocks to our energy system" (an inability to move forward) can be traced to unresolved emotional issues. You can learn the EFT process through well-made, inexpensive DVDs and pass the same DVDs on to up to 100 others to copy.
  • Continue with your Self-Discovery Work. Keep on with the work you are doing-- attending recovery support groups, practicing your particular discipline, talking to those who assist you on your journey. Do an inventory of the jealousy that is getting in the way of feeling pleasure for and love towards others who are experiencing a happy, positive season in their lives.

  • There are, of course, many other ways to temporarily 'feel better' about the bragging missives. You could get together with your other relatives and do a sharp, brittle, witty take off of the Christmas letter... but when the snide laughter has vaporized, you won't feel particularly positive. You won't have improved your mental posture by deriding someone else.

    Check back in with "kindly detachment". Just what does it mean for you?

    I feel so very blessed to belong to a team in my business who practices "kindly detachment" in our work. As we learn to understand and accept ourselves, we are better able to understand and accept others. This acceptance is what allows me to throw back my shoulders in the sort self-confident gesture that keeps the blessings pouring in. If you want that kind of experience in your business life, take a look at this video and see if this is maybe where you want to put your energies.

    Hanging In There

    When I was a child my parents harped on "anything-worth-doing-is-worth-doing-well" which often resulted in, I'm ashamed to say, not even trying some things, like sports that I wasn't particularly good at or interested in, or Math, which I usually did a full-blown fade on. The idea was to encourage excellence. And that may well have worked for kids who had some understanding of the "process" or who had a natural love of whatever it was, or who had no shame-based fear. But for us little jelly-bellies, it often worked in reverse. We dropped out.

    I love Brian Tracy's take on this old saw: "Anything worth doing well is worth doing poorly at first. Everything is hard before it is easy. A primary reason that people do not realize their full potential is that they try something new, and when it doesn't work perfectly the first time, they quit and go back to their old, lower level of performance. Anything worth doing well is worth doing poorly at first, and is often worth doing poorly several times until you master it." (Focal Point)

    Most of us have heard about the skinny little German who developed himself into a magnificent specimen of musculature (Arnold Schwartzenegger), a movie star, husband to a wife from one of the American aristrocratic families, and now Governor of California. We have also heard the story of Edison and his thousand plus attempts to invent the incandescent light. I am quite sure that you have examples from your family or your community of individuals who have kept on keeping on with a project way past the point where others would have given up, and who have 'proven the point' that anything worth doing well is worth doing poorly until you master it.
    My business is an example of the fruits of perseverence and dream... for those who understand that building a business is not an overnight feat and might take a few years of steadfast focus, planning, and work there are vast rewards that you simply will not find in most traditional business models. There is much to be achieved just through simply 'keeping on keeping on'. And fortunately, the people in the process are largely self-selected so you will have fun on the journey. If you are interested in learning more and joining my team in your own home business, watch the video here and then submit the form for more information. The thorough evaluation is FREE. You will not be bothered by pushy salespeople or asked for upfront fees.

    Sharpen Up Your Focus

    Having trouble really defining what your true goals are? Here are 7 questions that will help you...

  • If you could wave a magic wand and have whatever you wished for in any part of your life, what would it be?
  • If you could design your perfect lifestyle, day in and day out, what would it look like?
  • If you could create your perfect calendar, how would you spend each day, each week, each month, and each year?
  • How would you change your life if you received $1 million cash, tax free, today? What is the first thing you would do?
  • What parts of your work do you enjoy the most and do the best? Where do you excel? What sorts of activities make you the happiest?
  • What would you do, how would you spend your time, if you learned today that you only had six months to live?
  • What one great thing would you dare to dream if you knew you could not fail? If you were absolutely guaranteed success in any one goal, large or small, short term or long term, what would it be?

  • Ask these questions when you need some way to sharpen your focus. They are from Brian Tracy's book, Focal Point:A Proven System to Simplify Your Life, Double Your Productivity and Achieve All Your Goals. (p. 96)
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    Mo Simple

    In his book, Focal Point, Brian Tracy talks about the big picture in simplifying your life (the Seven Rs, two of which are dealt with in previous blogs as Re-engineering and Re-inventing) and about the everyday process of simplification.

    Here are some excellent tips for simplifying your daily life:

    1- Clean up the clutter on your desk-- use "project boxes" or the like to catch the papers and books as you no longer focus on them. I favour the stationary boxes with lids that you can pick up at Staples, etc.-- If you want to keep your project, just put the lid on and store it, labeled. Whenever possible, don't keep reams of printed materials (recycle what you do have). Keep only one task at a time on the desk in front of you.

    2- Go through your stacks of reading material and recycle (he says 'toss out' but I'm against that). Tracy points out that most materials put aside for filing or storage (see above) are never looked at again by human eyes. Sell what books you can and check out your local Freecycle.com to see if anyone wants what doesn't sell, or donate it to the Salvation Army, hospital book sales, etc.

    3- Try leaving things off and increase breathing space in your life-- don't turn on the TV for a day, take a break from your PC or laptop, turn your phone off. Create periods of silence. You will be amazed at the improvements in your face-to-face relationships when you 'fast' a little from all the external bombardments.

    4- Go through your closets, car, and garage and purge yourself of everything that is out-of-fashion, out-of-date, unnecessary, or irreparable. Tracy suggests that we "break ourselves of the 'pack rat' mentality" of our parents and grandparents.

    5- Practice some form of solitude everyday.

    Want more simplicity in your life? How about a business that can be done almost exclusively with a phone and a computer in your home office? Ditch the lengthy commute and the rigid 9 to 5 workday and create a business AROUND your life, instead of the other way around. Is it possible? HIGHLY! Check it out here.

    Reinventing Me-- Another Step in Simplifying My Life & Business

    Re-invention is not a new concept by any means. I remember reading a while back about Madonna who was described as "re-inventing herself...again." A google scan shows that indeed this has been a headline for Madonna repeatedly.

    Now, what her motives are for re-invention, I am not exactly clear. But if you decide that you want to experience "more" of whatever you truly enjoy (profit? creative energy? time with those you love?) and "less" of what gets in the way of joy (that living-paycheck-to-paycheck cycle? long, tedious trips between your home and your j-o-b?)you will likely want to do a M.E.(mental, emotional)-makeover.

    A M.E.-makeover doesn't have to be complicated, although whatever steps you take to become more optimistic, future-focused, and self-aware will exert a profound effect upon your life.

  • Practice what Brian Tracy calls "zero-based thinking"-- keep your self-talk fresh and youthful-- imagine yourself in a place where you are not shocked by a question like, "If I were to do this over again, knowing what I now know, what would I do differently?"
  • "What would I start doing, and what would I stop doing?"
  • "What will my next really fascinating project be?"
  • "Five years from now, when I look back to this place as a "turning point", what am I turning from and turning into?"

  • Ask yourself these "hard questions" and answer them. If you don't, in Focal Point Brian Tracy warns that someone else may come along and answer them for you.
    I had a long career in private business and as a professional working for
    a provincial government department. If I had had the tiniest encouragement to start a home business I would quite certainly have experienced more of the benefits that I am experiencing now. The blessing is that I don't have to limit myself in this delightful re-creation to the next two years or until I turn X years, or whatever-- this is MY business! You too can have a similar fresh new experience as an entrepreneur and dream-weaver... take a look at the video here and if it seems like something you would like to explore further, don't hesitate to submit the request for a FREE evaluation.

    KISS Tip: Re-engineering Your Biz

    KISS=Keep It Structurally Simple

    Our lives are pretty cumbersome things in 2008. If you are like I am, sitting down at the computer in the morning doesn't mean that you will accomplish more than half of your day's to-do list by nightfall.

    In his book Focal Point, Brian Tracy, billed as "one of the world's most successful... consultants on...professional development," covers what he calls "The Seven Rs of Simplification." In the days to come I will look at each of the steps he talks about, in terms of your business. Today I wish to address what Tracy calls Re-engineering. It is his fifth R but he identifies it as "one of the most powerful practices" for producing "newer, better faster, cheaper, and easier ways" to accomplish tasks and achieve goals.

  • Begin by making a list of all the steps in a particular work or business practice, from the beginning to the end of the process.
  • Set a goal to reduce the number of steps on the list by 30% the first time you use the process after the re-engineering. That means if you begin with 30 steps, then you should be able to shave off 10 steps during the planning process. If you have 10 steps in your process, you should be able to eliminate at least 3 of those steps.
  • Look for ways to bring many tasks together into one task.
  • Instead of assigning several tasks out among several people, use "Job Compression By Responsibility Expansion"-- assign several tasks to just one person to do.
  • Outsource tasks that someone else is 'specializing' in
  • Delegate jobs to free yourself up to do what you want to do, are more effective in doing, and/or just plain enjoy more
  • Eliminate some tasks that just are not necessary or essential to the finished product or service
  • Switch the order you do tasks in to avoid time-wasting bottlenecks
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