Your Personal Key to Business Success

key_to_successHow are things going for you? Do you want to get more of what you are already experiencing? Or do you want to improve? The definition of insanity is to keep doing the same thing and expecting a different result.

While blaming takes away your power, justifying your position blinds you to possibilities. Your desire to be “right” in your choice eliminates other alternatives and wastes your time.

When I was learning to dance, my teacher would go through the room during our exercises to give corrections. We were asked to shift our weight, align our feet or straighten out knees. One day after I had gotten a correction, the teacher stopped and looked at me. He asked, “Do you realize that you always have an excuse?”

I had just finished saying that my shoes were too tight and my leg sore. I was doing my best. My complaints were true for me. Then I learned a lesson I never forgot. Berle Davis, my mentor and teacher, looked me in the eye and said, “The audience doesn’t care. They will never ask you. All that matters is that you make the correction. You don’t need to say anything.”

That day changed my life. I quit justifying my actions. I take feedback and put it into action, and advise my clients to do the same. Feedback comes in all forms. It may be criticism or praise from clients. It may be the numbers in your checking account. It may be an audience who is either enthralled or yawning.

You will succeed in business much faster and easier if you stop justifying your actions. Simply accept feedback and make changes right away. Apologize when it is necessary and resolve to improve your personal best.

Kick-Start Your Motivation!

financialfreedom2Procrastination and wasting time are common ailments.  Even if you lose only a few hours a week to them, it can be annoying.  Why?  Because you may realize that you didn’t really ENJOY the wasted time.  If you had actually planned to take that time off, you might have done something much more enjoyable and relaxing.  And if you had been more intentional, you might be seeing profound improvements in your business.

If you are ready to rev up your motivation, here is the place to start:

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The Missing Keys to Great Negotiation Skills

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Would you agree that your success, in business and in life, is determined by your ability to successfully ask for, and get, what you want?  It may have begun when you first asked for a cookie.  Today, you may be asking for a $50,000 contract or a higher discount on supplies.  The principles are the same.

Yet I find people often miss the mark.  Clients tell me that they fear negotiations will result in anger, so they never even ask for what they want.  Or their negotiations bring about a stalemate.  In every instance, we find that four specific keys are missing.

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The Powerful Secret Your Mother Never Told You

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Say that word out loud.  Roll it around in your mouth.  How does it feel?  Does it excite you?  Or do you feel the “OW” in the middle?

Successful people know how to express personal power on a fairly consistent basis.  Yet for most of us, we fear power because we are at the mercy of someone else’s power.  This isn’t surprising: As children, we learned to submit to other people’s rules.  We were told to eat food that we didn’t like, to follow a schedule not our own, and to override our individual sense of inner knowing and self-determination.  As children, our compliance was a matter of survival.  We may even have forgotten how to hold on to personal power because giving it away was so automatic.

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Boomers are Changing the World AGAIN

boomer2The generation that “Can’t Get No Satisfaction” is creating a new age of “wise elders”.  For the first time in history there is a significant aging population.  Yet far from being the sickly, retirement bound grandparents of the past, this generation is healthy, active and changing the world AGAIN.

Now to avoid insulting the over 50 boomers, let’s drop the word “elder”.   While that name has applied to people within Indian, Egyptian, Hebrew and others throughout the world, it is not popular for the vital boomer of today.

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