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Daily Disciplines for Effortless Success

by Jack Canfield

“Jack, what daily practices have played the biggest role in helping you achieve your level of success?”

This is one of the most frequently asked questions I get from almost everyone I meet – from my students, to top CEOs, to the great Oprah Winfrey, who asked me this very question before I appeared on her show.

I find that the most powerful actions I take every day are those that help me shift my attitude, cultivate a success mindset, and keep my most ambitious goals and dreams top of mind so I stay on target and achieve them faster.

Here are the six daily practices I use to stay inspired, keep my energy and confidence high, and accomplish more with greater joy and ease.

Add them to your daily routine and I guarantee you will experience similarly great results.
 
1. Visualize your goals and intentions

As soon as you wake up in the morning, take five or so minutes to focus your mind on your desires, goals, and intentions. Sit in a comfortable position, close your eyes and visualize what your life will look like once you accomplished your biggest goals and dreams. How will you spend your days? Who will you spend them with, and where?

Spend 30 seconds to a minute on each of your core goals and desires. Focus on imagining how you will FEEL when you have manifested your ideal life. The intensity of this feeling will fuel the intensity of the results you will get.

Once you have that energized feeling of achievement running through you, visualize your day ahead going exactly as planned and moving you closer to your goals. This will motivate you to stay on target and accomplish so much more during your day.
 
2. Use external images to keep you focused

Another powerful way to keep your biggest, most ambitious goals top of mind is by surrounding yourself with visual images of the experiences you want to create in your life. There are many tools you can use for this, but my favorite is creating a vision board.

Cut out pictures of the things you wish to own (such as your ideal car or home) and pictures that represent the experiences you want to have (the perfect relationship, your ideal job, optimal health, being at your ideal weight, more joy, inner peace or balance in your life) to remind yourself of the life you’re striving to create.

Put these images somewhere where you will see them every day—on the mirror, the refrigerator, or in a vision book.

For even greater impact, combine your pictures with words that reflect your desired outcome, such as abundance, romance, fun, or vitality.

(My team and I developed a complete vision board system that allows you to create a beautiful vision board for yourself – complete with inspirational words, affirmations, and quotes, and assorted blank templates that allow you to add your own personal messages to your vision board. You can check it out here.)
 
3. Release negative thoughts

As you go through your day, you might notice yourself thinking negative thoughts such as: “I could never afford that,” “there’s no way I’ll ever get that,” or “who am I kidding?” These limiting beliefs are the result of negative programming from your childhood and no longer serve you. If such thoughts arise in your mind, as you become aware of them, simply let them go. Don’t fight or argue with the thought; just release it.

(If you're interested in learning a powerful releasing technique, check out my book Tapping Into Ultimate Success.)
 
4. Think a better-feeling thought

When you notice yourself reacting to a person or situation with disappointment, resentment, frustration, or anger, consciously shift your focus to thoughts that make you feel a more positive emotion. Your thoughts create your feelings and your feelings create your circumstances – so the best way to change your experience is by focusing on thoughts that raise your vibration and allow you to become a vibrational match for the experiences you want to attract into your life.

For example, if you want to be happier, focus your thoughts on things that bring you joy – such as your lover, your best friend, your grandchildren, or your favorite vacation spot – and your actions on the things you love to do, such as petting your cat, working in your garden, or listening to your favorite music. Where attention goes, energy flows.
 
5. Cultivate an “attitude of gratitude”

This is a big one – it’s absolutely critical to take some time every day to focus on what you are grateful for! The more you feel gratitude, the more you will have in your life to feel grateful for. It’s that simple.

All you have to do is spend a few minutes every day focusing on all of the things in your life that you are grateful for—your health, your children, your job, the nice weather, electricity, running water, a nice stereo system, your flower garden, your pets, your friends.

Some people do their daily gratitude practice in the morning, either before or after they visualize their desires. Others prefer to do it in the evening. You may wish to carry a “gratitude rock” in your pocket – and each time you feel it, remember to feel gratitude for all the good things you are experiencing at that moment.

Or you could take a few minutes to record all the positive things in your life in a Gratitude Journal. No matter what your situation, there are always things to be grateful for – and the more mindful you become of them, the richer your life will be.

6. Acknowledge what's working

If you start to see something change for the better, acknowledge that it’s happening and appreciate it. When you find the perfect parking space, acknowledge it. When you get the table you want in the restaurant, acknowledge it. When you receive unexpected income, acknowledge it.

When you meet someone who can help you reach your goal, acknowledge that the universe has your back and is sending you who and what you need to achieve your dreams. The more you acknowledge that it’s working, the more it will work. It’s that simple.

When you make a commitment to taking these simple actions each day, you will move forward with confidence, in the direction of your dreams. Believe that they are not only possible, but that they are already in progress – and they will be.

Take a deep dive into this work this summer – and accomplish more, faster than you can imagine

Join me for Breakthrough to Success this August and spend five life-changing days letting go the limiting negative behaviors that have been holding you back and replacing them with powerful success habits that will help you align your life with your soul’s purpose – and transform your wildest, most ambitious dreams into reality.

With the right tools and training – and with a network of positive and enthusiastic people to encourage and support you both during and after the training– you can accomplish anything you dream of, faster than you ever thought possible.

You can learn more about this life-changing event here: BREAKTHROUGH TO SUCCESS


Jack Canfield, America's #1 Success Coach, is founder of the billion-dollar book brand Chicken Soup for the Soul® and a leading authority on Peak Performance and Life Success. If you're ready to jump-start your life, make more money, and have more fun and joy in all that you do, get FREE success tips from Jack Canfield now at: www.FreeSuccessStrategies.com.

How She Does It: Shaina Louis of Laglasseslipper

Shaina Louis was born and raised in the island of  Haiti. She recently launched her start-up Etsy shop, laglasseslipper which came from her life-long motto "my foot is too big for the glass slipper."

It's inspired by the idea that women don't need a "prince charming" to come and rescue them out poverty. Her shop features handmade products styled to being an island vibe to your life, created by Haitian women who are single mothers. Handmade goods for you. Empower a Haitian Woman.


Deb Bailey: Welcome to the blog, Shaina. Please share with us how you got started as an entrepreneur. 

Shaina Louis: I'm happy to be here, Deb. You could say I started when, during my freshman year,  my advisor gave me the "ok" to take Social Entrepreneurship when I was looking for an extra class to add to my schedule.

I loved it, and I started thinking what I would do if I had the opportunity. Haiti came to my mind and I was already thinking about adding Women and Gender Studies as my minor. I submitted my idea to the Clinton Global Initiative foundation and got accepted to their conference in March 2015.


Deb: That's impressive. So, how did you get started with your Etsy shop?

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Shaina: Laglasseslipper is the shortened version of my brand message, "my foot is too big for the glass slipper." My shop is helping women in Aux Cayes, Haiti make a living selling handmade goods.

The goal is to empower Haitian woman financially to reduce male financial dependency, which is very common in Haitian culture. I help other women to see they do not have to get married in order to get out of poverty.


Deb: That's a very powerful mission. Any "lessons learned" from building your business?

Shaina: I learned not to measure my success from applause and validation from others. When you start looking for validation from others, you forget why you an entrepreneur in the first place. My passion is everything.


Deb: What is your inspiration?

Shaina: My mother is my inspiration. She is an example of the "foot is too big for the glass slipper" motto. She raised 3 children in Haiti while going to law school. She gave up the career she worked so hard for, to restart a life in a foreign country in order to give me more opportunities than she had growing up.

My childhood friends, and a lot of women from my hometown, don't have a lot of my opportunities, so I am bringing it to them.

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Deb: I can understand why your mother would be your inspiration. What are some of your successes and challenges?

Shaina: I was fortunate to get my products into a very well-established retail shop in my area, My goal is to be inside another retail location next year.

My biggest challenge of my brand is making sure that prospective customers recognize  laglasseslipper as a brand and not a non-profit.


Deb: Defining your brand is certainly an important part of building your business. Speaking of that, what's your vision for your business going forward?


Shaina: I am always thinking and coming up with new ideas, My vision is that in 5 years, my small atelier would grow into employing the majority of women that live in the poor area in Aux Caye, Haiti.

The women are currently working  on designing pillowcases and clothing. I want to grow into a lifestyle brand where people can count on laglasseslipper for environmentally friendly home decor, authentic handcrafted jewelry, art, and other goods for the home.


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Deb: That sounds great. Thanks so much for stopping by the blog, Shaina. Please share where everyone can find you.


Shaina: It was my pleasure, Deb. Here are my links:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/laglasseslipper
https://www.facebook.com/laglasseslipper/

Why it’s Hard to Trust Your Intuition

by Deborah A. Bailey

Have you ever been in a situation where you made a decision that didn’t turn out well, then when you looked back you could see the warning signs?

We’ve all had those experiences. As we were having the experience, we couldn’t see the pitfalls. It wasn’t until afterwards that we could understand where we went off track.

The catch is that usually we have to experience discomfort in order to be pushed to a higher level of understanding. As long as things are comfortable, we won’t do very much to change the situation. Why should we? It’s the discomfort that leads us to look for opportunities for change.

Though in some cases we may get stuck hoping that things will change without our efforts, it’s not very likely that will happen. Even if we don’t make a decision about which action to take, that in itself is a decision! By not deciding we are deciding to go along with things as they are.

Once we find ourselves in an uncomfortable place, it becomes extremely important for us to trust our own judgment. Often we can go in circles, asking anyone and everyone for their advice.

You know what happens then? We get so many different opinions that we become paralyzed and stay stuck.



There’s nothing wrong with having a mentor or other person who you can trust to give you good advice. However, in the end only we know what’s best for us. That’s where trusting our intuition becomes most important and the key to our success.

When we listen to ourselves we can maintain focus on our goals and our vision for what we want.

Trusting yourself can be a very tough if you’re not used to doing it. There will be times where you’re the only one who can see your vision. You won’t get support and you may even be ridiculed.

In those times it is so important to be able to see and feel what others can’t.

Copyright © 2010 – 2016 Deborah A. Bailey

Excerpted from: Think Like an Entrepreneur: Transforming Your Career and Taking Charge of Your Life

Deborah A. Bailey is a writer, coach, blogger and author of several non-fiction books, novels and a short story collection. She's the creator and host of Women Entrepreneurs Radio™ , a weekly podcast featured on iTunes and Podomatic. For more information about Deborah and her books visit her blog: http://dbaileycoach.com and her site: http://DeborahABailey.com

The Struggle is Real: Is it Fear of Success or Fear of Failure?

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by Deborah A. Bailey

Sometimes you can be in love with the struggle. It can ignite your desire to work harder and to push when all you want to do is give up.

It’s like when you’re lifting weights in a gym; when you go to the edge of your endurance you get to the point where you have nothing left. That’s the point where the breakdown happens that leads to the rebuilding.

Over time you can feel yourself going longer, having more energy to push through. I’m not talking about pushing too hard and burning out. That’s a different thing entirely. I’m no stranger to that.

Being a workaholic is probably the only acceptable addiction. The one you can talk about openly without someone either wanting to call the police or stage an intervention.

But after a while the struggle can get to be enjoyable. It can get your adrenaline flowing as your stress levels surge. You’re going against the odds. Getting it done. Aren’t you proud of yourself?

Always pushing and never giving up. You can fall in love with the struggle. when that happens, it’s hard to let things flow. Because if there’s no fight, something’s missing.

    “Every great work, every big accomplishment, has been brought into manifestation through holding to the vision, and often just before the big achievement, comes apparent failure and discouragement.” ~ Florence Scovel Shinn

I’ve had that happen with my writing. When I write, and I’m in the flow, it feels great. It doesn’t feel like work. Or how we think work is supposed to feel. Painful. Awful. Exhausting. Without a doubt writing can be that way at times when you’re reaching for something and can’t get it on the page.





So if you’re working on a business idea. You’re all excited and stressed and ready to put it all out there. Putting in time and money and whatever else you’ve got. Priding yourself on what you’re willing to do to get it done.

What happens if you get to a place where you don’t have to struggle?

What if you can get into a mode where you can, for the most part, get things done without running yourself into the ground. Without skirting the edge of your endurance?

    “Go all the way with it. Do not back off. For once in your life, go all the goddamn way with what matters.” – Ernest Hemingway.

Either though experience, or getting help or gaining knowledge, you’ve arrived at the place where you’ve reduced the need for constant struggle. There’s still effort, but things get done with less drama and exhaustion.

What happens when you achieve the goals you’ve set?

You’re on the top of the mountain. You’ve done it. Now what? Where do you go from there?

When you’ve achieved the thing you’ve been giving all your energy to –what then?

Sometimes the love of the struggle…the getting…is stronger than the desire for the having.

Where are you on your journey? Are you putting off reaching your goals because the struggle feels so much better?

Copyright © 2016 Deborah A. Bailey

Deborah A. Bailey is a writer, coach, blogger and author of several non-fiction books, novels and a short story collection. She's the creator and host of Women Entrepreneurs Radio™ , a weekly podcast. For more information about Deborah, visit her fiction blog: http://www.BrightStreetBooks.com and her site: http://DeborahABailey.com.  

How Telesummits Can Help You Accelerate Your Business Growth; Your Top Three Questions Answered

by Lisa Sasevich

You may have heard that a telesummit can grow your list sky-high and build your credibility in record time - and it can!

But maybe this economical list-building tool never landed for you because you weren't quite sure what a telesummit was or how it works - let alone how in the world you could possibly pull one off yourself.

And that's why, today, I'm going to bring everyone into the telesummit tent by answering the top three questions I get about telesummits, so that you can begin to consider whether you might be ready to host one yourself.

1. First, what is a telesummit?
A telesummit is a virtual training, where a host pulls together a collection of experts over a designated period of time and interviews each one on the same topic, while an audience watches or listens for free on their computers, tablets or phones. For instance, in my telesummit, "How to Sell to Women," I interviewed expert guests, asking them to share with our listeners how they made millions serving women at the highest level.

2. How does a telesummit give you instant credibility?
A telesummit is an amazing tool for getting known, because, when you interview top experts in your field, your audience will see you as a top expert as well. It's human nature. In fact, hosting a telesummit can put you on top of the pack...overnight. And if you weren't already the top expert in your field, by the time you finish interviewing your twelve experts, over three days, as I recommend in my Ultimate Telesummit Formula® you will be by the time your t raining is over. It's like hosting a mini university for your audience and yourself!

3. How does hosting a telesummit build your list?

If you structure your event as my step-by-step formula recommends, with the perfect balance of the four types of speakers, you and your twelve guests will each promote the chance to listen to the entire telesummit for free to your respective followings, inviting people to opt-in (sign up) for the event. Since it's free, there's nothing to lose, so thousands will provide their email address for the opportunity to learn about the hot, specially selected topic from the amazing experts that you've gathered. When they opt-in for the event...voilà!... They're now on YOUR email list! And that's how you can go from no list to hundreds or thousands of super-targeted devoted fans and followers at the blink of an eye.

I have time to sneak in one more top question, so here goes:

BONUS: If the telesummit is free, how do you make money from it?

Great question. As you interview each guest, you will give the audience free access to the playback of each interview for a 24-hour window. Since it's difficult for most people to listen to four interviews a day for three days, as a courtesy, you offer the opportunity for the listener to purchase the series so they can listen at their convenience and have the interviews in their success library forever.

But the real money in telesummits is what you do with all the hot, new leads after it's over. You can offer strategy sessions and make one-on-one high-ticket sales. Or, as we highly recommend, you can position your telesummit so that it leads into the online launch of some other offering. Using our 6-Figure Teleseminar & Webinar Sales System to make an Irresistible Offer™ right after your telesummit finishes is a perfect one-two punch. Plus your ideal clients will thank you for giving them the opportunity to have further support in the topic area of the telesummit. We call this kind of planning "reverse engineering," and it's one of the things you become great at in our trainings.

Reverse engineering is only one of the many strategies you will learn from my Ultimate Telesummit Formula. In fact, if you'd like to get a big taste of exactly how to structure your telesummit so that it fills your list with happy, super-qualified, ready-to-buy prospective clients practically overnight, I have something special planned for you. Join me next Wednesday for the first class of my Ultimate Telesummit Formula training at no cost to you. That's right. It's module 1 of the actual training. And it takes place on Wednesday, Aug. 17 at 1:00 PM Pacific/4:00 PM Eastern. Module 1 Ultimate Telesummit Formula training  Register now 

If you love what you do, but hate the "sales part," sales conversion expert Lisa Sasevich will show you simple, quick and easy ways to boost sales without spending a dime...and without being salesy. Get this FREE Sales Training and Sales Nuggets now at www.FreeSalesTrainingFromLisa.com.

"3 Reasons Your Business is the World’s Best Kept Secret" with Sandra Fidelis on Women Entrepreneurs Radio™

Topic: 3 Reasons Your Business is the World’s Best Kept Secret

Show #380

Sandra Fidelis is an Online Business Coach, Speaker, and Author who works with women entrepreneurs who want to be in the top 5 percent.

She teaches women the exact marketing techniques to fill their client roster with ease, shows them how to charge what they’re worth and create a booming business from the ground up without the overwhelm.

Download Sandra’s FREE Consistent Cash-Flow Formula here: http://sandrafidelis.com/about

http://sandrafidelis.com

Listen on Podomatic:

http://dbcoach.podomatic.com/entry/2016-08-10T04_00_00-07_00


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How She Does It: Amanda Dicker, Co-Founder & Concept Director of The Chapel

The Chapel's "un-salon" environment, focuses on the client (or "guest" as The Chapel team refer to them), with the view to not only give an excellent service but educate them on the process involved in their hair transformation.

Firstly opening in Tunbridge Wells, The Chapel has now expanded their reach, opening another 3 salons in Sevenoaks, Islington, and Verbier.

Each is luxuriously finished, to create a 5 star hotel like setting: with the Islington salon even having its own drinks and coffee bar. Since opening, the Islington salon has seen outstanding success, being named the best salon in London.


Deb Bailey: Thanks for stopping by the blog. Love the idea of hair transformation. Sounds wonderful. So, how did you get started as an entrepreneur?

Amanda Dicker: Great to be here, Deb.I've always been a hairdresser, but I took a year break and worked in a bar. When I was there I talked to women about their hair, and noticed that it wasn't really about their hair itself, but their experiences that they discussed, telling me what they hated about going to the hairdresser, and how they often left a salon disappointed. I found that so many women didn't understand the language, and hated the whole clinical set up.

For me it was about taking that feedback and combining it with my soul purpose to help women feel better about themselves. I wanted to change the environment of the hairdressing salon, making it more like a hotel environment which was completely different to what women had experienced before. And that's just how it grew: from simply listening to women, and acknowledging that it wasn't just about their haircut or colour it was about the experience that they had. I wanted to encourage women to have a much better time in the salon. My job was to build a bridge between stylists and their clients.


Deb: Love your emphasis on the experience. That's key. Any  "lessons learned" that you'd like to share?

Amanda: Always keep to what you know best, your brand values, and your soul purpose. Prioritise what you really enjoy, and always keep in mind why you started your business. Once you start diverting you lose sight of your business. I always try to make my business different, better, yet give a consistently high level of service: they're all key to success. 

Deb: How would you define your ideal client?

Amanda: Somebody that actually wants to learn about their hair, be educated on how to feel better themselves, and those that are open to change.


Deb: What are some of your successes and challenges?

Amanda: My main challenge has been being the best mother, lover, wife, and employer: keeping a balance of that. My burnout has taught me that you can't be everything to everyone all at the same time, you have to have great like-minded people around you and keep a well-balanced measured perspective of it all. If you dedicate yourself too much to one role, and not enough to another it will 'bite you in the bum' in the end really. 

For me success is keeping to our core values. I liken The Chapel to a 007 movie really: you don't have to change the setup of the film but if you keep moving it with the times to stay current, you'll always attract new customers and audiences. Connecting with our customers has been key to our success, making sure that they are involved in our brand.  

Deb: Great point. Staying current is important in order to keep growing and evolving. What's your vision for your business going forward?

Amanda: The Chapel keeps true to its values and in tune with me as a person. When I'm happy my son, my husband, my workplace, and my employees will be happy too. The vision is to build a community of amazing stylists who are constantly driven and are proud of what they do, and also a community for our guests that they always feel a part of our brand and at ease with the conversations they have with their hairdresser. For me, it's about building a much bigger community of people that enjoy doing what they do, and emphasize the importance of hairdressing.

Deb: Thanks so much for stopping by, Amanda! Please share your website and social media URLs.

Amanda: It was a pleasure, Deb. Here they are:
http://www.thechapel.co.uk/
https://www.facebook.com/THECHAPEL.Co/?fref=ts
https://www.instagram.com/thechapelplace/
https://twitter.com/TheChapelPlace


Author, Speaker & Intuitive Advisor Lynn Robinson on Women Entrepreneurs Radio™

Show #379

Lynn Robinson is the author of the book, Put Your Intuition to Work. She suggests that intuition is our “Inner GPS.” When we listen to it and act on its wisdom, it will point us in the right direction — towards success!

She knows how our intuition can get us what we want and take us where we want to go.

Lynn has been sought out internationally for her intuitive advice and counsel.

She’s a popular and widely recognized author and motivational speaker who works with businesses and individuals as a trusted intuitive advisor, offering valuable insights into goals, decisions and strategies.

Lynn has authored seven books on intuition, which have been translated into more than a dozen languages.

She has a passion for teaching people how to access their intuition and develop it for practical use in everyday life. You can find out more at LynnRobinson.com.

Listen on Podomatic:
http://dbcoach.podomatic.com/entry/2016-08-03T04_00_00-07_00

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The Secret to Achieving Your Biggest Goals and Dreams

by Jack Canfield

As you probably know, I have achieved an enormous amount of success in my life, and I owe it all to two things:

The first is that I have learned how to access my intuition and tune into my inner guidance, which comes from both my own subconscious mind and the Higher Power that created this Universe and wants us to thrive. I have learned how to meditate, use guided visualization, and read the kinesthetic signals from my body (what some people call “trusting your gut feeling”).

The second is that I have learned to take immediate action on my inner guidance—the quicker, the better!

The power of asking for inner guidance


Asking for inner guidance through meditation has provided me with some very powerful ideas, ones that have accelerated the rate and magnified the size of my personal and professional success.

Here’s an example:

When Mark Victor Hansen and I needed a title for the book of inspirational and motivational stories that we had compiled, I decided to meditate an hour a day in search of the perfect title. My approach was simple: I asked God to give me a title – and then I sat in silence waiting for it.

Nothing came to me the first two days... But on the third day, a green chalkboard suddenly emerged in my mind. I watched as a hand appeared and wrote the words, “Chicken Soup” on the board.

I contemplated that for a moment, then I asked what I assumed was God’s hand: “What does chicken soup have to do with this book?”

I heard, “Your grandmother used to give you chicken soup when you were sick as a kid.”

I replied, “But this book isn’t about sick people.”

The voice responded, “People’s spirits are sick.”

This was in 1992, during the recession that accompanied the first Gulf War, and many people were indeed living in fear, hopelessness, and resignation.

I played with the title “Chicken Soup for the Spirit,” but that didn’t sound quite right, and then it morphed into “Chicken Soup for the Soul” – and I immediately got goose bumps (what Mark likes to call “God bumps”). They almost always seem to accompany an idea that is deeply aligned with what is for my highest good.

I immediately got up from meditation and told my wife, who also got goose bumps. Then I called Mark, who got goose bumps, and our agent, who got goose bumps as well. By the end of the day the full title had emerged—Chicken Soup for the Soul: 101 Stories to Open the Heart and Rekindle the Spirit.

And the rest, as you know, is history.

Inspiration must be followed by ACTION

Sometimes inspirations occur without expectation or warning. Other times, we have to consciously ask for them – and then create the quiet space within ourselves to receive them.

Inspiration can strike when you’re lying in bed in a semi-conscious dream state, taking a shower, or walking along a beach or through the woods. But however and whenever it comes, it should be acted on as soon as possible.

I have come to believe that when inspiration strikes, it comes in a certain window of time that is ideally suited for the action to begin at that moment.

So once we had our divinely inspired title, Mark, our agent, and I headed off to New York City to sell our book.

Unfortunately, during the three days, we were in New York City, no one at the fifteen publishing houses we visited was as excited about our book as we were. Everyone told us that nobody bought collections of short stories and that our title was stupid. Our agent became so discouraged that he gave us the book back and said he could not sell it.

Action must be consistent and persistent

We found ourselves having to choose between believing in our dream and trusting our inner guidance or believing the naysayers in the publishing industry and trusting their judgments.

One of the secrets of success that I have learned over the years is to never give up on the dreams that come from deep in your heart. And by this time, our dream had become more of a divine obsession. We couldn’t let it go.

So we took more action.

Over the next five months, we were rejected by 144 publishers. Eventually, we went to the American Booksellers Association Convention and walked the floor of the exhibit area for three days asking hundreds of publishers, “Will you publish our book?” It wasn’t until late in the third day that Health Communications, Inc., a little publisher in Deerfield Beach, Florida, decided to seriously look at our book. A month later they decided to publish it.

The Rule of Five

When the book finally came out in July 1993, it was not an overnight success. It wasn’t until a year later that it hit its first bestsellers list. But it was during that year that Mark and I came up with what we dubbed the Rule of Five.

We agreed to take five action steps every single day, except on holidays and vacations, to promote and sell our book. One day, we called five radio stations and asked them to interview us about the book. On another, we sent out five free review copies to book reviewers and influential people.

One of those people was the producer of the hit television show Touched by an Angel. She was so taken by the book that she required all of her writers, directors, cameramen, and other crew members to read the book. She said that the feelings generated and evoked by our stories were the same ones she wanted to create in their TV episodes. That story made it into Variety and later onto the Associated Press wire and generated thousands of book sales.

We also bought the book, 1001 Ways to Market Your Book, by John Kremer, and wrote each way on a Post-it note and stuck them all on a long wall in our office. We did five of those suggestions every day. Eventually, Chicken Soup for the Soul reached number one on the New York Times list and stayed there for almost three years, selling ten million copies along the way.

Stop for a moment and ask yourself, “What are the five action steps that I need to take every day—no matter what—to achieve my number one goal?”

Perseverance is key

My last piece of advice to you is this: NEVER GIVE UP.

If we had stopped trying to sell the first Chicken Soup for the Soul book after one hundred rejections, I would not be sitting here writing this today. If we had stopped trying to promote, market, and sell the book after six months of no major results, I would not be a multimillionaire who has traveled to more than forty countries speaking and training people on the principles contained in that book and my other books.

It has taken more than fifteen years to build a brand that has generated more than a billion dollars in retail sales and has created more than twenty licensed products, including Chicken Soup for the Pet Lovers Soul dog and cat foods.

So also remember to be patient!

If you follow your heart, believe in your dreams, trust your inner guidance, take action, and persevere no matter what, you will eventually find yourself living a life far greater than you ever could have imagined.

How to fast-track your journey

If you have some ambitious goals and dreams that you would like to accomplish sooner as opposed to later, I invite you to join me at Breakthrough to Success this August.

During this life-changing five-day event, I will teach you how to look inside yourself to find the wisdom that’s already there – so you can get clear on what you really want in life and what you need to do to not only achieve more success and career in your business, but also create the joyous and meaningful life you desire.

To learn more, visit: BREAKTHROUGH TO SUCCESS

What is your inner guidance telling you to do?

Jack Canfield, America's #1 Success Coach, is founder of the billion-dollar book brand Chicken Soup for the Soul® and a leading authority on Peak Performance and Life Success. If you're ready to jump-start your life, make more money, and have more fun and joy in all that you do, get FREE success tips from Jack Canfield now at: www.FreeSuccessStrategies.com.

Lakesha Rose, Founder & CEO of Rose Phillips Online on Women Entrepreneurs Radio™

Show #378

Lakesha Rose is the Founder/CEO of Rose Phillips Online, a multimedia platform that showcases the best in Chicago living.

Lakesha has been part of Chicago’s thriving interior design industry for more than 15 years as founder of L Design Group, which has brought classic but accessible luxury to several homes in Chicagoland. Lakesha’s motto is “modern polish with traditional comfort,” which is reflected in the effortless style of her newest venture.

Lakesha previously served as one of Chicago’s leading lifestyle experts, making special appearances on shows with WGN, ABC, NBC and others. Lakesha’s background in interior design, combined with her culinary skills and social knowhow, made her a frequently sought-after guest for talk shows.

She currently fills in as an anchor for WCIU’s morning show, You and Me.

Lakesha launched her lifestyle site Rose Phillips in 2016 to help bring the Chicagoland community the most empowering, engaging and culturally relevant content possible. There’s something for everyone, including style, food & drink, travel, home decor and even family life in the Second City.

It’s a place where readers can get a unique look at exciting Chicago businesses, including interviews, behind-the-scenes tours and sneak peeks at upcoming collections.

http://www.rosephillipsonline.com/ 


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Paths to a Healthy Retirement for Entrepreneurs

Today I have a graphic from Rosland Capital, a company with gold IRAs and other ways of helping entrepreneurs plan for their retirement years. Paying yourself first is crucial, regardless of the way you do it, and you’ll notice the graphic has some general information on different ways to go about your future, from self-directed IRAs to more traditional retirement accounts.








Annie Abraham, Medical Scientist & Inventor of Jewelinx Jewelry Organizer

Annie Abraham, medical scientist, has created JEWELINX, an innovative fashion gadget that will save you time and help to pair jewelry with your outfit.

The idea of JEWELINX came to Annie as she struggled each morning to multi-task between taking care of her family and getting ready for work… often forgetting to complete her outfit with her favorite jewelry.

"I really wanted something that would help me organize my jewelry and accessories. Ideally, I wanted to see it displayed on a hanger with the outfit without having to try everything on. There was nothing on the market that fulfilled this need," states Annie. 

"For some women, accessorizing can be a time-consuming challenge. During my morning rush, I found myself constantly forgetting my necklace, ring or a bracelet, which was quite annoying."

The result was the creation of JEWELINX, the first product from her newly formed company, A Fabulous Idea, LLC. 

Jewelinx is a 4.5-inch-long by 3-inch-wide flat jewelry holder that hooks directly onto a hanger to display and hold jewelry. It has protruding prongs on the front for attaching necklaces and below two hooks, which can hold rings, watches, fitbits and bracelets. Several holes allow you to display earrings.

Clearly, Annie's product solved a common problem. Orders came pouring in. In just over eight months, more than 40,000 Jewelinx have been sold nationwide.



Demands came from everywhere, from bridal parties, to the fashion industry, stylists in TV & film, to name a few. Soon enough, JEWELINX was featured on NBC's Today Show, HSN, CBS, American Dreams, Huffington Post, LA Times, Miami Herald, Philadelphia Enquirer, and Denver Post.

JEWELINX is available in white, black and pink. You can purchase directly through the company's website, unique boutiques and soon-to-be found at Bed, Bath & Beyond.

To learn more visit: http://HangerJewelinx.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/officialjewelinx/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Jewelinx-1660911470857253/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/jewelinx

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