Having a Positive Attitude

by Elizabeth Rose

A year and a half ago, I left my job and started working for myself. Since then, the one thing that I have learned over and over again is that mindset is crucial to success. The attitude I bring to my work each day has a huge impact on whether I am successful and effective, both in my day-to-day work and longer term. No where has this been more clear to me than in my own marketing.

In January with a new year starting and the economic slowdown in full swing, I made a commitment to spend more time networking and looking for new clients. Marketing my services is always a struggle for me -— I am much better at promoting my clients' businesses than my own. As part of my marketing effort I set a goal of doing 10 cold-calls a week, every week. Sitting down for my first calling session, my thoughts were centered around how much I hate cold-calling. My calls that first day were agonizing. I wanted to be anywhere other than at my desk with the phone in my hand. Why was I torturing myself this way?

Needless to say I didn't enjoy the calls, and I am sure the people I was calling didn't enjoy them either. By the end of that first session, I was already coming up with excuses for not doing the next round of calls. Clearly, my calling system wasn't working. No one wants to talk to someone who is nervous and unhappy. Even more importantly, who wants to partner with someone like that to grow their business? I wouldn't be receptive if I was the recipient of a call like that! My outlook on cold-calling needed to change if I was going to have any success with it.

Turning the problem around in my head, I started thinking about why I am making the calls: I want to know if these companies have a business problem that I can help them solve. Right there, my attitude changed. I don't call because I like bothering people -—I call because I might be able to help them. I started looking at cold-calling as a challenge and a chance to connect with other people. Being friendly and relaxed when making my calls means that I have more fun with them—and so do the people I am talking to.

By turning the calls into a weekly challenge, I am looking forward to checking them off my to-do list. Some weeks I have even made more than my required 10 calls. So what have I learned? Attitude makes all the difference. I don't know if my cold-call program will bring in a flood of new clients (though that would be fabulous), but if I approach it with a positive attitude at least I am on the right track.

Elizabeth Rose is an independent graphic designer, specializing in helping small businesses and non-profits create effective marketing materials on an affordable budget. Starting in March, she will be offering her own email newsletter that focuses on design issues for small businesses. Her design work can be seen on her website, elizabethrosestudio.com. Elizabeth lives in Natick, MA, with her husband and dog.

Due to popular demand...

by Sophfronia Scott

Yesterday's book launch was a HUGE success! Doing Business By the Book quickly hit #1 in three major categories on Amazon.com and was in the top 25 overall! Next week in my newsletter I'll be sharing what I learned from doing this kind of amazing campaign!

Of course with so many people getting involved with the launch, there seemed to be just as many people who got the email too late or couldn't get the book yesterday for different reasons. My launch partners kept emailing me today about people who missed out and wanting to know if there was anything I could do.

Okay, I've decided to extend the launch!


You now have until MIDNIGHT, EASTERN, MARCH 2, 2009 to get Doing Business By the Book as well as the FREE GIFT collection, "The Savvy Entrepreneur's Toolkit"---an awesome series of eBooks and training audios designed to outfit you with the best information available on how to build and promote your business.


I'm happy to offer this extension, now it's up to you to take advantage of it! I'm already hearing from aspiring authors telling me how they're going to put all this great information to good use. You can do the same and start planning for a breakthrough 2009


Best wishes,
Sophfronia Scott

PS: Next week we'll be turning over the campaign site into a media site for Doing Business By the Book, so we'll really have to end the offer on March 2. So get your book--and your gifts--today!

Ready to Start Writing Your Book Today?

Now is not the time to remain silent. In this economic climate the best thing you can do for your business is to showcase your skill and expertise, and the best way to do that is to become a published author.

My friend, author and journalist Sophfronia Scott has written just the book to show you how to do it the right way: "Doing Business By the Book: How to Craft a Crowd-Pleasing Book and Attract More Clients and Speaking Engagements Than You Ever Thought Possible."

In this quick, easy-to-read book you'll find ideas for powerful lead generation strategies as well as the basic nuts and bolts on choosing and assembling just the right stories to tell in your book.

In these challenging times, you go with what works. And if writing books works for the likes of Timothy Ferriss, Robert Kiyosaki and Jack Canfield, it can work for you!

Plus, if you pick up "Doing Business By the Book" before Midnight, EASTERN on FEBRUARY 26, you'll also receive an exclusive bonus package called "The Savvy Entrepreneur's Toolkit" assembled by some of the savviest business experts working today. I urge you to look at this important offer now!

Go to: http://www.DoingBusinessBytheBookToday.com
Here's to your success,

Coach Deb

Building Book Chapters

By Sophfronia Scott

When preparing to write a non-fiction book, most aspiring authors have no trouble coming up with a list of chapters for their nascent books.

They might even come up with snazzy titles for those chapters. But after that? Nothing. That's where they get stuck. They don't know how to begin filling up those chapters with writing.

One of my private book coaching clients recently hit this same wall. As we worked through it, I realized some of the points we covered would be good to review here.

The Break Down
When thinking about your non-fiction chpaters, it's best to keep it simple. Cover just one main point in each chapter. Then, to write the chapter, think in terms of WHAT, WHY and HOW. Each chapter, to certain degrees, will contain each of these concepts.

The "What"
With the WHAT, you're introducing your main point for that chapter and explaining what it is. Let's say, for instance, that you're writing a personal development book and you have a chapter on "Persistence". You might begin by discussing what persistence is and perhaps give a few anecdotes showing what it looks like in action in a person's life.

The "Why"
In the WHY, you'll talk about why your main point-- in this case persistence--is so important. This is where you really get the reader to "buy into" the concept. You can drive this section home by showing what it looks like when the thing is absent. You can tell stories (either your own or client examples) of what happens when someone lacks persistence.

The "How"
The HOW is a little tricky. Ideally you're telling the reader how to gain/fix/work with/eliminate the concept. But it's up to you to decide how much HOW you'll give. Some authors give very little HOW because they want to sell their expertise. You have to come to them to get the HOW. Some authors can afford to put more HOW into the book because their HOW is very difficult and the reader would still have to buy a product or hire the author to help implement the HOW. You have to take a pretty good look at your business strategy for your book--that will help you decide how much HOW you're going to give away, if any.

The Writing
Now all you have to do is come up with your WHAT-WHY-HOW for each chapter until you've written your whole book. Yes, it can be that simple. You can always add or subtract material once you've written the first draft. The great thing is...you'll have a first draft. I challenge you to get started today. Let's see how fast you can build a book!

© 2009 Sophfronia Scott

Sophfronia Scott is Executive Editor of the Done For You Writing & Publishing Company. Learn what a difference being a published author can make for your business. Get your FREE audio CD, "How to Succeed in Business By Becoming a Bestselling Author" and your FREE online writing and book publishing tips at www.DoneForYouWriting.com.

Having the Right Mindset

by Dawn M. Nakash

Did you ever wonder why some people, diagnosed with the same ailment, recover or heal quicker than the others? Or some always have positive comments on your ideas, while others only find why it won’t work? The difference is a positive attitude. It’s been said that the mind is the most powerful organ.

I was a nay-sayer at one time until I tried it for myself. I started with a few daily affirmations; I have short positive sayings and prayers around my office so that I see them all day – while I am on the phone or looking out the window – they are working to give me a positive attitude. Then, I started to spread the good news. A colleague was trying to sell her business and her associate was throwing a wrench into the works and I coached her through some positive thoughts and actually “seeing” the actual outcome and she is a convert!

My Dad was hospitalized over this past Christmas holiday and we tried to talk him into letting his mind get him home for Christmas. “See” himself at the dinner table, surrounded by family, laughing, enjoying good food and sharing conversation, his ailments healed. He didn’t believe in this approach and we spent Christmas Day in the hospital and eating Chinese take-out. He still is not fully recovered – he just repeats how bad he feels and how he doesn’t feel like he’s getting better.

The right attitude is priceless – add it to your goals for 2009 and reap the results!

Dawn M. Nakash
Daybreak Marketing Services, Inc.

Free Telephone Group Coaching Session

with Johanna Sawalha

Mar 17th 7-8pm EST

This free hour-long session is designed to allow you to experience the coaching process first hand, without any financial commitment. This is not just an informational lecture, but rather an interactive dialogue from which you will gain valuable insights about yourself as well as find out if coaching is right for you.

Bring a notebook and pen. An experienced Handel Group Coach will lead the call. Email us with any questions, to RSVP or for instructions on joining the call.
Email to RSVP: coach@handelgroup.com

In the Flow

Listen to my guest spot with La Tanya Junior founder of The Corporate Boutique TCB 360 network and business radio. We discussed how to be in the flow in order to create an abundant business and life. http://www.thecorporateboutique.com/

Lori Greiner on Women Entrepreneurs Radio

Lori Greiner was always thinking of ideas for products. She would then see something identical to her idea on the best sellers list or in a store and say “why didn’t I do it”?

When Greiner came up with the idea for an earring organizer in 1996, she got her husband on board and said “this time let’s do it!” That’s exactly what she did! From finding a patent attorney to market research across Chicago neighborhoods (even camping out on Michigan Avenue with her organizer, stopping ladies that walked down the street to see if they liked it), to finding a tool maker, injection molder, packaging supplier, graphic designer and more, Lori was on the right path to discovering what it took to become a successful inventor.

Lori has been inventing products ever since that help make people’s lives easier, more organized, and fun! Currently Lori holds over 71 U.S and International Patents and has conceptualized and brought to life over 100 clever and unique products. She has become a brand, due to her innovative, practical, and aesthetic designs for the home. Greiner not only makes homes beautiful, she organizes them!

In addition to being the creative force behind her company, For Your Ease Only, Inc., Lori has also accumulated quite the following as a QVC TV personality. Lori has her very own show, Clever & Unique Creations by Lori Greiner appearing live each month on QVC TV. Each product in her personal line was developed to solve a problem she encountered in everyday life. She sought to develop a solution to share with other frustrated consumers. For more information about Lori you can go to www.lorigreiner.com or www.qvc.com/lorigreiner.

Listen to the archived show on Libsyn: http://womenentrepreneursradio.libsyn.com/entrepreneur-inventor-lori-greiner

YouTube:  https://youtu.be/uFn0Dujonus

Are the Things Taking Up Your Time Really What You Want?

By Alaia Williams

What is it that you want out of life right now? A successful business? A romantic partner? An organized home? A vacation?

Are you living a life that reflects what you want for yourself and what you value? Not sure? Try this:

Grab a piece of paper, a journal, or open up a new document on your computer. Ask yourself, "what's taking up my time?" Make a list. Here is an example of things you might include: work, time with your spouse or kids, time with other family, time with friends, volunteer commitments, spiritual development, errands, home improvement, etc.

Examine your list. Your list reflects who you are - but is that who you want to be?

What do you want for your life? Do you wish you could adopt a dog, yet you have a schedule that keeps you away from home 18 hours a day? Do you share with your friends how much you want to have a "special someone" in your life and yet you don't leave room for dating? Or maybe you are already in a relationship, but you aren't taking the time to cultivate and nurture it with your partner?

Take time to carefully plan out what you can scale back on or cut out entirely so that you can create room in your life for the things that you want. Go to the next step: now that you have created the time, what else do you need to do to bring those things into your life? Just because I took two weeks off from work does not mean that I have the resources to take a trip to Argentina. Most likely I'd need to put in more hours at work for a short time, curb any unnecessary spending, apply for a passport, and so on.

While it can be nice to fantasize, wouldn't you love to turn those flights of fancy into reality? How can you turn these things you want into tangibles? How can you get your time to reflect your values and the things you really want?

  • Decide what you really want.

  • Figure out what you need to do to get what you want.

  • Turn that list of things you need to do into goals and priorities.

  • Create milestones and deadlines for your goals.

  • Tell people you trust about what you want to create accountability and support for yourself.

You won't get what you want by sitting around on your butt all day - unless what you want is more time to sit on your butt. Dream about it, but make sure you back those dreams up with actions. We're given 24 hours in a day. Leverage your time and create the life you want.

Alaia Williams is a Professional Organizer who loves helping people create spaces they can feel good about. You can find out more about Alaia at her website and get more organizing tips at the One Organized Life Blog.

Introduction to Constant Contact Webinar

An online Webinar presented by LisaMarie Dias
Wednesday, February 25th

11:00 - 12:30 est
Online at YOUR desk!

Have you heard about Constant Contact but are not sure of how it can help you?

Have you signed up for a free trial but were lost or overwhelmed when trying to get started?

Are you thinking about starting an e-newsletter but just don't know where to begin?

Then this class is for you!

During this basic, 90 minute, introdution we will:

* look at the various graphic and marketing tools Constant Contact offers and how to use them.

* talk about Constant Contact's contact management interface and how to use it

* discuss the metrics Constant Contact offer to monitor your mailings, what they mean and how they can help you

* discuss the basics of setting up a newsletter

* discuss the basics of setting up a survey

NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED but you will need to be online, in front of a computer to participate.

NO NEED to have a Constant Contact account to take the class!

Open an account thru our website www.LisaMarieDiasDesigns.com and receive discounts on future LMDD services.

Offered through the Professional Women's Center - $20 per student please click here to learn more about the class and to register:


Chef Ana Garcia on Women Entrepreneurs Radio™

Chef Ana Garcia is one of the youngest, most vivacious traditional Mexican chefs in Mexico today. Born in Monterrey, Mexico on December 19, 1972 and raised in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico, Chef Ana traces her lineage well beyond the Mexican Revolution.

The inspiration for Chef Ana's recipes and hospitality grow out of this long, rich family history in central and northern Mexico. Her abilities as a chef are intricately linked to her close relationship with her mother, aunts, grandmothers and great grandmother, as each passed down their culinary wisdom. She has taken this extensive knowledge and incorporated it into a culinary repertoire that includes traditional central and northern Mexican specialties as well as experimental nouvelle Mexican cuisine using traditional ingredients in new and gastronomically adventurous ways.

In 2000, Ana and Robb founded La Villa Bonita Culinary Vacations® (www.lavillabonita.com) a cooking school and culinary vacation destination that combines Chef Ana's cooking skills and inviting hospitality in a breathtaking setting beneath the Tepozteco Mountain range. Since opening its doors, La Villa Bonita has received several distinctions including being named one of the 5 best culinary vacations worldwide by The Food Network as well as one of "The 100 Best Vacations to Enrich Your Life" by National Geographic Books and author Pam Grout.

La Villa Bonita would also like to offer listeners to the show a special discount for the LVB 4-day “Relaxation Package.” For more information, email reservations@lavillabonita.com or visit: http://lavillabonita.com and mentioned that you listened to Ana's show.

Founded in 2000, La Villa Bonita offers 4-day and 7-day culinary immersion packages to guests ranging from amateur chefs making their first tortilla, to professional chefs looking for new ideas. www.lavillabonita.com

La Villa Bonita was named “One of the 5 Best Culinary Vacations Worldwide” by The Food Network as well as one of "The 100 Best Vacations to Enrich Your Life" by National Geographic Books and author Pam Grout.

La Villa Bonita is a convenient travel destination because it is only one hour south of Mexico City in Tepoztlan, Morelos, Mexico, and most major US airports have several direct flights daily into Benito Juarez Airport. The resort is situated on a 33,000 square foot organic citrus orchard, and features 6 luxurious guest rooms, and a specially-designed open air kitchen with an incredible view of the surrounding Tepozteco Mountains and the Tepoztlan Convent.

Listen to the archived show on Libsyn:  http://womenentrepreneursradio.libsyn.com/chef-ana-garcia-of-la-villa-bonita-culinary-vacations

 YouTube: https://youtu.be/m900aFqrCF8

Will You Join Me?

Would you like to know exactly how to leverage your time, become an established expert in your field, attract new clients and turn your computer into a limitless cash machine?

I know I would!

This is my personal invitation for you to join me for an exciting new teleseminar series.

My friend, Sydni Craig-Hart, Expert Internet Marketing Strategist, is going to show us EXACTLY how to easily, quickly and inexpensively create our own information products!

Information products (eBooks, special reports, MP3, CD programs and more) allow you to turn your knowledge and expertise into additional sources of revenue AND help more people at the same time!

Who wouldn’t want the freedom of making MORE money, while doing less work and reaching more people with their expertise?

That’s why she's offering a 4-part teleseminar series that will give us step-by-step start-up strategies we must have before you take action and leap into the world of information marketing.

Get more information here: http://www.craighartconsulting.com/easyinfoproducts.htm

The teleseminar series is called “Easy Info Product Bootcamp - 4 Simple Steps To Information Products That Make You Money”.

And Sydni has promised, by the end of this information-packed series, we WILL know:

* The ONE secret you MUST know about information marketing that will make or break your business.

* A step-by-step system of how to turn your knowledge and expertise into a limitless stream of passive revenue.

* Easy to follow strategies on the quickest ways to get your knowledge out of your head and into a profit-generating information product. (Even if you’ve never created a product before.)

* How to craft your powerful marketing message. One that grabs your prospects’ attention and compels them to fall in love with you and what you offer.

* How to cover all your bases and avoid any unpleasant surprises or hidden costs.

* Valuable, proven and highly effective money making tips that will reduce your marketing learning curve to a fraction of the time it would take you trying to figure out information marketing on your own.

* And much, much more!

I've already registered my spot and encourage you to go to the information page and get yours too!

Get the details and sign up now! http://www.craighartconsulting.com/easyinfoproducts.htm

I'm looking forward to getting started and "seeing" you in the class!

Coach Deb

P.S. Feel free to share this with your friends, clients and colleagues, but make sure to register for your spot first! http://www.craighartconsulting.com/easyinfoproducts.htm

Achieving Your Dreams in Today’s Economy

by Melissa Borghorst

When I turn on the TV, open a newspaper or hop online, all I see and read are the negative stories about our horrible economic situation. This news is very important, as it affects the lives of every American, but I’m beginning to wonder—are we focusing on it too much?

We all need balance in our lives. Unfortunately, right now many are weighed down by the discouraging news. I’m beginning to see people’s dreams crushed by the economy and many losing sight of their dreams.

So I decided to write this article to begin balancing lives with positivity. My goal is to give you and every American a little hope—hope that your dreams can and will come true.

Don’t have any money to achieve your dreams? Don’t let that stop you! I am living proof that you truly can accomplish your dreams with little or no money. I’ve done it time and time again, and you can too. Here are a few of my tips and secrets to help you achieve your dreams in today’s economy.

  • Focus on the Positives
    The best way to lift your spirits is to focus on the positive aspects in your life. While growing up, each night we’d go around the dinner table with stories from our day. But before we could begin, we had to answer one question: what good thing happened today? At the time I’d roll my eyes when it was my turn, but as an adult I look back and see the value in this. It trains your brain to think positive, which brings more happiness into your life. So the next time you sit down for dinner or breakfast, or your meal on-the-go, stop and ask yourself: what good thing happened today?

    Another great way to focus on the positives is to surround yourself with cheerful and positive things. I like to place quotes or pictures around my desk, so I have something that inspires me throughout the day. You could also try watching a TV show that sends a positive message or even pick up a book or magazine to read a positive story.
  • Remember Past Achievements
    When I’m faced with a challenge or if I’m feeling blue, I like to reminisce about the great achievements in my life. It reminds me that I’ve overcome obstacles and succeeded in the past, which means I can surly do it again.

    Flip through old photo albums and journals to reminisce on the good ol’ days. Better yet create a book about your lifetime accomplishments. Dream List Photo Journals are a great way to capture your past achievements all in one place and one book. (Ok, so I’m doing a little self promotion. Since this is my blog, that’s allowed, right?)
  • Give Yourself Permission to Dream
    This is the most crucial piece of advice I could give you. Stephen Leacock once said, “It may be those who do most, dream most.” This quote pretty much sums it up. If you don’t give yourself permission to dream, then you’ll never achieve your dreams. So what if we’re faced with some difficult financial times right now. It doesn’t hurt to write down your dreams—both big and small.

    Take some time right now, to start creating your dream list. What would you like to do? Where would you like to go? What would you like to see? Who would you like to meet? Dream Big!
  • Be Aware of Opportunities
    Once you write your dream list, you’ll start noticing more opportunities related to your dream. If the time is right, jump on it. Don’t let those opportunities pass you by!
  • Start Simple
    Boost your confidence by starting with a simple dream first, that you can achieve with little time and money. When you’re able to check off a couple items, you’ll notice your spirits rise and your heart will feel more fulfilled.

    Another way to start simple is to break your big, complicated dreams into smaller steps and goals. This is important for achieving any dream at any time in your life. I guarantee you’ll feel less overwhelmed if you focus on small steps. Before you know it, you’ll find yourself accomplishing your dreams.
  • Get Creative
    Here comes the fun part…well at least for me it’s fun. Try to find creative ways to achieve your dreams with little or no money. Believe me, anything is possible. You just need to think outside the box. Many of the dreams I’ve accomplished happened with little or no $$. Here’s how:

    1)Trade Your Products or Services: If you don’t have the money for your dream, why not see if you can trade your products or services?

    2)Work in Exchange: If you don’t have the money and you don’t have products or services to trade, see if you can work in exchange. Even if you work fulltime, you may be able to find a couple hours each week to work in exchange for your dream.

    3)Find Free Services: We are very fortunate right now. We have an amazing tool that has never been available in our history until now. It’s called the internet. Jump online and do a little searching on your dream topic. You’ll be surprised to find out how many products and services are free online.

    4)Network: Share your dream list with others who might be able to help you along the way. You may get tips and connections from others who accomplished your dream. Join online groups or forums to connect with like-minded people. Maybe you can join forces to make your dreams come true.

    I could write a book about all the different ways to get creative, but I won’t go into them now. Be on the lookout for future blog posts where I’ll go into a little more detail on getting creative with your dreams.
  • Make It Happen
    Don’t let the financial crisis crush your dreams. Tell yourself, I CAN and WILL achieve my dreams. So stop giving yourself excuses and start making your dreams come true!

    Remember that the economic downturn is only temporary. Be aware of what is happening, but don’t let it get you down. I’ll leave you with a quote that I read quite often when I’m faced with challenges. It gets me pumped to overcome my obstacles and I hope it inspires you too.

“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”
~ Albert Einstein

Copyright © 2008 by Melissa Borghorst

Melissa Borghorst is the founder of Dream List Media, aimed to educate, empower, and inspire individuals to follow and achieve their dreams. She is a life coach, motivational speaker, host on Dream List Radio and the author of the Dream List Photo Journal series. Since her childhood, Melissa has been dreaming up fun and exciting things to accomplish in her lifetime. By following a few simple steps and creating her own Dream List Photo Journal, she has achieved extraordinary feats: skydiving, river rafting, riding in a hot air balloon, backpacking across Europe, snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef, singing, dancing and acting in a musical, and becoming an author and entrepreneur. Through her coaching, workshops and seminars, her positive spirit and can-do approach has inspired audiences to follow their dreams and celebrate their accomplishments. For more information visit www.DreamListMedia.com.

Julie Barnes on Women Entrepreneurs Radio™

After 18 years in the corporate jungle of crunching numbers all day Julie Barnes broke free of the cubicle and realized her entrepreneurial dream of starting her own business. In September of 2007 Julie started the groundwork rolling to make Let's Coordinate a reality. This included obtaining a domain name, setting up a website, proper business insurance, filing the LLC and branding the business with a logo.

Julie continued the foundation by obtaining training in specialized areas, such as, real estate, publishing, internet marketing, e-commerce and blog design.

She stays on top of the latest trends by reading business books, magazines, industry related blogs and attending webinars. Julie provides virtual assistant services to coaches, speakers, authors and online business owners.

When Julie is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, walking in the park with her dog, Hank, reading, listening to music and shopping.

Set Goals and Get Going!

by Kelli Wilkins

Every January, people all across the world make New Year’s resolutions. They start out with good intentions and are excited to start the year right. Great! But after a few weeks, the novelty of the new year wears off, and a lot of people find themselves in a rut, losing interest, disheartened, and just plain give up.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. Setting goals is an excellent way to instigate change, motivate and energize yourself, and it builds your self-confidence. What do you want to accomplish, give up, or change in the next eleven months? Maybe you want to get in shape and eat healthier. Perhaps you want to give up a bad habit. Or you might want to change something about your daily life that will make you happier.

Now is the perfect time to sit down and make a list of all you want to accomplish. Having a list of goals and priorities will help keep your objectives on track. Spend some time thinking about what you really want to do, then develop a plan.

As a writer, I set different goals for myself each year. My lists (and there are many!) change from week to week and month to month depending on my projects and ideas. One thing I always remind myself is: one step at a time. Remember, you can’t do everything all at once. The pyramids weren’t just stacked up overnight - things take time.

When you set goals, try not to overwhelm yourself with unrealistic expectations. One goal might be to completely de-clutter your house - that’s great! But don’t push yourself too far and try to do it in an afternoon. Set small goals for yourself at first, and as you accomplish them, cross them off your list and move on.

Every so often it’s nice to look back at your lists and see all that you’ve done. It gives you a sense of pride and encourages you when you know that you’ve made progress. So take ten or fifteen minutes to evaluate your goals. What did you accomplish last year that you’re most proud of? (Or, what didn’t you do that you’re determined to do this year?) What would you like to achieve this year? When you look back at 2009, what would you like to say that you’ve done?

After you’ve made the list, take note of what you need to do to get started. This could include setting aside an hour for yourself each day, joining a gym, or taking a class. Then, pick one goal (the most time-sensitive one, or your personal favorite), and get to work. Before you know it, you’ll be on your way!

When she’s not making lists, multi-published author Kelli Wilkins writes in several genres, including romance, horror, and non-fiction. To learn more about her writings, visit her website at: www.KelliWilkins.com

There Are No Limits

My first Animoto video!


March Teleclass: Build Your Business. No Cold Calls Necessary

with Bonnie Marcus

Learn how to dramatically build your business through your network contacts in this interactive group teleclass. Create your own sales plan. Workbooks included.

This class is perfect for entrepreneurs and business owners to get a jump start on building their business!

Tuesday evenings, 7-8pm EST. March 3, March 10, March 17, March 24th
Participants call into toll-free bridge line for each session.

Four one hour sessions $199. (25% discount for registration before March 1st)


Bonnie Marcus, M.Ed., C.E.C.
Certified Business Coach and Consultant

Check out my blog at www.womenssuccesscoaching.com/blog/

Melissa Borghorst on on Women Entrepreneurs Radio™

Melissa Borghorst is the founder of Dream List Media, aimed to educate, empower, and inspire individuals to follow and achieve their dreams. She is the author of the Dream List Photo Journal series, designed to store your dream list (a list of all the things you’d like to do in your lifetime). The journals also provide photo and journal space to highlight your amazing accomplishments.

Since her childhood, Melissa has been dreaming up fun and exciting things to accomplish in her lifetime. By following a few simple steps and creating her own Dream List Photo Journal, she has achieved extraordinary feats: skydiving, river rafting, riding in a hot air balloon, backpacking across Europe, snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef, singing, dancing and acting in a musical, and becoming an author and entrepreneur.

Through her workshops and seminars, her positive spirit and can-do approach has inspired audiences to follow their dreams and celebrate their accomplishments. For more information visit www.dreamlistmedia.com.

Having the Right Mindset

by Valerie Taloni

The right mindset isn't everything; it can't stand alone to make a business successful, but without it your dreams won’t come true. If your dreams allude you, the problem is probably on the inside, in the form of your mindset or attitude. Mindset is the first part of a simple three-part equation:

Mindset + Action = Results

In other words, our mindset (or the way we think) determines the actions we take and the actions we take determine our results. Observe successful people you know and you’ll find they naturally have their thinking aligned with what they want to achieve. They focus on what they want, not on what they don’t want. They have the right mindset.

The right mindset is getting lots of play these days, but knowledge of it has been around for years. The first individual to bring it to light was Norman Vincent Peale. Back in 1952 when he published The Power of Positive Thinking, Peale came under heavy criticism. However, his book was on the best-seller list for 186 weeks; it’s a classic, having sold around 5 million copies.

Thirty years later, Louise Hay, who believes every thought we think is creating our future, introduced us to this concept along with the power of positive affirmations in her book, You Can Heal Your Life. Lynn Grabhorn was a student of the way in which our thoughts format our lives and she taught us about the right attitude in her best-seller, Excuse Me Your Life is Waiting. Then there’s Abraham-Hicks and their many CDs and books on the Law of Attraction. More recently, the DVD, The Secret, brought the idea of the right mindset (aka the Law of Attraction) into the mainstream.

Do you have the right mindset? Are you a positive thinker? One way to find out is to become your own self coach. Become a diligent observer of yourself. Check on your mindset often throughout the day. What do you notice about your attitude? What messages are you sending yourself? If you don’t have the right mindset, flick that bad attitude and replace it with a positive one and little by little, your dreams will start to come true.

Valerie Taloni is Chief Results Officer of All About Results LLC. A certified coach and facilitator since 1998, Valerie leads 100% virtual peer advisory/mastermind groups for solo entrepreneurs. Results are guaranteed. www.peersuccessgroup.com.

UNDERvaluing What You Offer? You May Be Losing Clients and Money

by Fabienne Fredrickson

Years ago, there was a question in my intake packet for new clients titled, "What is holding you back or slowing your progress?", as it relates to attracting all the clients they need and having a full practice. Having worked with hundreds and hundreds of clients over the years, I've seen it all. Other than "no knowledge of marketing," one thing seems to come up over and over again, and it happened again this week, with a brand new client.

The client answered this: "Sometimes, the 'Little Voice' inside me asks, 'Who needs my program anyway? This is basic information that I offer. People already know this stuff!'" This is so common, but in most every case, this is absolutely not accurate.

I have to admit, in the past, I too have taken for granted what I already know and teach everyday and started questioning my value in the marketplace. For example, when I was teaching holistic nutrition years ago, I sometimes wondered why people were paying me (or WOULD pay me) to teach them about whole foods versus processed foods. To me, it was a no-brainer that brown rice was more healthful than white. But to a person who grew up on Twinkies, it was crucial that I explain it to them in detail, and then the shortcuts to fitting in those brand new foods into their busy life.

I would also question the value of the cooking classes I gave once a month to 15 or 20 people crammed in my living room. As I was stirring carrots and onions on my Coleman grill in the middle of my tiny apartment, I couldn't help but think "Are these simple recipes REALLY of value to them?" (I'd been through serious Boot Camp at the French Culinary Institute, so this came naturally to me.) But they kept showing up, asking questions, and referring friends. Go figure!

Even in the early years of my business coaching practice, I sometimes wondered about my value. Clients asked me daily about the secrets of getting clients to call THEM and making a lot more money with smart marketing techniques and even smarter systems. For me, it was now ingrained and like second nature. I took for granted that I knew it, and because I'd been doing it for so long and knew that it worked, I thought everyone knew it too and that it was common sense.

On the contrary! What's common knowledge for us, is a secret to someone else. Because we "bathe" in our information all day long, and for years, we start taking for granted what we know. We forget what we know is actually a secret many others would do anything and everything to discover. It becomes the answer to their most pressing problem. It becomes the solution others have been praying for. And that's when they call us.

If you're in this situation, you are probably OVER-estimating what everybody else knows. The more common what you teach is to YOU and the longer you do what it is you do, the more you tend to undervalue what you know.

The irony here, as I've discovered, is that the more we teach things to our clients in SIMPLE terms, the happier they are, the more referrals we get and the more we make. It's not the convoluted teachings that people are looking for. It's the practical and simple solutions.

The real shame about the whole undervaluing what you know is that as a result, you may be undercharging for what you offer. This is actually one of the major reasons why most people don't have enough clients. Because they don't see value in what they offer, they don't charge enough, and there is therefore a low perception of value from the prospective client's point of view. They then go somewhere else for the same exact information. Talk about a self-fulfilling prophecy!

Some entrepreneurs even go so far as discounting their services, or offering a sliding scale, because of their lack of confidence and low perception of value in what they offer. In my book, discounting is a BIG no-no. Again, it portrays a devalued product or service and it's NOT Client Attractive.

Your Client Attraction Assignment:

  • Notice that your clients came to YOU for the information you take for granted. Sometimes, they may even have known some of what you know, but didn't have the discipline, accountability, resources or structure to do it on their own. Many of my clients KNOW how to attract other clients, they're already somewhat successful, but they don't have the discipline or accountability to do it consistently on their own. So we do it together. This is actually my favorite type of scenario, because these clients are very driven and since we're not starting from scratch in the learning process, we move at warp speed.

  • Be confident in what you offer. Read your testimonials over and over until your confidence comes back.

  • See yourself as their problem solver. Charge accordingly and never discount your services. Ever.

If you're not sure how much to charge or how to position your value in the marketplace, then it's time to take action and invest in a step-by-step marketing system that will feel easy and authentic to you. The Client Attraction Home Study System™ avoids all the unnecessary stuff and instead gives you the most important things to do to get out there in a big way, set up simple, solid systems, so you consistently fill your pipeline and continually get new clients. It's all step-by-step, not a big mishmash of things. So, you do step one of the system, and when you're done with that, you move on to step two, and so on. So easy. All the tools, scripts, templates, and examples are handed to you on a silver platter. You can get it at TheClientAttractionSystem.com.

© 2009 Client Attraction LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Fabienne Fredrickson, The Client Attraction Mentor, is founder of the Client Attraction System®, the proven step-by-step program that shows you exactly how to attract more clients, in record time...guaranteed. To get your F.R.E.E. Audio CD by mail and receive her weekly marketing & success mindset articles on attracting more high-paying clients and dramatically increasing your income, visit www.ClientAttraction.com.

6 Simple Steps to Launch a Small Business

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by Michele Dagle

1. Choose a business—and domain—name. 

Unless you’re not planning to ever create a website for your business, a company name that is not available as a domain name (and ideally, one that is a .com address) is nearly useless. You can search for domain names at a registrar such as Network Solutions.

Once you choose a name, consider purchasing it and the hosting of your planned website from the same company to save money as well as time spent contacting the company’s technical support (more on creating a site in Step 3).

2. Form an LLC. 

You may choose to move from being a sole proprietor to a limited liability corporation (LLC), which offers business owners some protection from personal liability for the debts and actions of the LLC. Even though you’ll be required to pay a filing fee, starting an LLC is relatively easy to do. Legal-guide publisher Nolo offers information online about LLCs, including how to form one.

3. Hire a graphic/Web designer. 

Although the design of your brand identity (logo, stationery, etc.) and website may consume most of your start-up budget, it will probably have a huge influence on your business’s success. If you have the money to hire a graphic/Web designer, do so. You can browse designers’ portfolios at Coroflot. Yes, there are sites and programs that allow you to “design” your own logo and website (usually through templates), but the finished product almost always looks exactly like what it is: a shortcut created by an amateur.

4. Get an Employer ID Number. 

You also may need an Employer Identification Number (EIN), also known as a Federal Tax Identification Number, particularly if you plan to have employees. To find out if you need an EIN and to learn how to apply for one, visit the IRS website’s small business section.

5. Write a business plan. 

It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the length and complexity of the business plans found in how-to articles and books. Before you find yourself several months post-launch without one, check out the intuitive—and (thankfully) straightforward—business-plan mini-guide from The Renegade Writer Blog. Although the mini-guide comes from a writer, it’s useful for most small-business owners.

6. Announce your launch.  

Once your site is live, or you’re planning an open house or grand opening for your brick-and-mortar business, begin an email campaign to publicize the launch of your business. An email marketing company, such as Constant Contact or Emma, can help you build your contacts list and create an professional-looking email that matches your identity—and will deliver it on the day and time you choose.

Some of these steps can—and should—overlap: You can start the design of your identity and website during the LLC process (but make sure your business name is either registered or reserved first) and begin writing your business plan during Step 1 (but don’t worry about completing it before moving on to the next step, as you’ll find it will change as your business develops).

The email campaign to announce your website launch or grand opening should be just the beginning of your marketing efforts. From there, start thinking about writing and distributing a press release, in-person and online networking, placing ads on relevant sites and in magazines and newsletters, and joining industry and entrepreneurial organizations.

Michele Dagle is an editor and writer, as well as the founder of Editorial Studio, which provides copyediting, proofreading, publications management, and writing services for publishers, corporations, and individuals.

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Guest Bridget Bardge shares her personal story.

My first job was at the age of 12 as a volunteer at East Orange General Hospital. From that experience I gained the courage to ask parents if they needed a good babysitter or tutor for their kids. Parents started calling on me for services and I’d negotiate prices and duties. I decided then and there I LOVE BUSINESS and wanted to be my own boss!

Years later after completing a year of Business in college I had to drop out to get a job and help support my family when my father was diagnosed with cancer; unable to work.

Ironically as a waitress back then I always made the highest in food sales and tips! I got a job working at a shoe store and within my first week on the job I outsold the other sales staff! My manager was amazed how I had managed to gain regular customers who came to the store to shop and talk to me.

After working at various jobs over the years from office assistant to store management building sales for other business owners I still wanted to be my own boss. Yet since I hadn’t completed college my bosses told me I didn’t have the chops to run a business on my own.

Then I got a job as a receptionist for an Insurance Agency. Without anyone asking me, I began sending referrals and leads to our other US offices. Regional Managers began noticing how much I helped increase their sales. Within two years as a receptionist I became the assistant to the CFO. I learned the insurance business from the operations standpoint of Processing, Licensing & Contracting, Commissions and Brokerage Department.

I now feel that a diploma or degree doesn’t stop a person from succeeding.

Listen at: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/CoachDeb.

Shift Your Attitude: What You Say to Yourself Matters

by Alaia Williams

Everyone has flaws. No one is perfect. NO ONE (that's my story and I'm sticking to it!). Beating yourself up for every little thing you do wrong is not going to help your situation. Most of the clients I've worked with have very similar thought processes, regardless of the fact that they range in age, gender, socioeconomic background, nationality, and ethnicity. The clients that just need a little jump start to get the ball rolling are different from the ones who struggle and trudge along in one major way - the way they talk to themselves.

I can usually tell by someone's "self-talk" and the way they explain their situation how they are going to approach the project they've hired me to help them with. Client's who tend to say the following tend to have more success with their efforts:

"I know my situation isn't terrible, but I am not happy with it. I know it could be better and I just need some help to get it done."

"I used to be organized but __________ happened and things got hectic. Things have settled down now and I just need to get things back to normal."

"I'm ready for things to change. I know they can be better."

Clients who express things in the following way also tell me immediately after that any attempts they've made at organizing go awry and they are back at square one:

"This is just too hard. I can't do it."

"I don't know how to be organized. It will never work."

"I don't even bother anymore because I know it won't do any good."

Though I don't think it is appropriate in all situations, I think in this one, the "fake it 'til you make it" method can work.

Rather than saying:

"I can't...." say "I can..." even though you are struggling.

"I don't know how to..." say " I will learn how to...." even if you don't have the answer now - because you can find the answer.

"I wish I had..." say "I will have...." to motivate yourself to accomplish your goal.

"I would like to, but...." say " I will achieve that, and I will do it by...." and think of things you can do to help you get what you want.

It's very rare that anyone accuses me of being an optimist. I actually tend to label myself a "hopeful pessimist." But I have noticed that when I say:

"I can knock those dishes out in a few minutes,"

"I can sort through all the clothes to figure out what to donate with no problem," or

"I can get everything under control,"

I'm much more likely to get through those projects, even though they are things I really don't want to do. When I tell myself I don't have the time, or it will take too much effort to try everything on to see what still fits - well, you would be amazed at how long it takes me to get around to doing those things.

Get a picture in your mind of what you want, and then stop telling yourself you can't have it. If you want an organized house, picture it - and then get real. Tell yourself you can have an organized house, but don't stop there. Take out a piece of paper and list when, where, how, and why you can have it. When you start to come up with some solutions, you can change your situation. Don't settle for "I don't know how...." If you don't know how - who does? Take a class, call your mom, hire an organizer. Get help and change that "I don't know" into "I'll learn how to."

While the suggestions seem simple, their application isn't so easy. If you struggle with negative self-talk and notice that it hinders you from achieving what you want, I invite you to try these things. Be deliberate. Give it a shot - it can't hurt.

Alaia Williams is a Professional Organizer who loves helping people create spaces they can feel good about. You can find out more about Alaia at her website and get more organizing tips at the One Organized Life Blog.

How She Does It: Lydia Trvalec, Part 2

by Lydia Trvalec

What are your lessons learned?

The biggest lesson I learned that feed my business is: learn to take care of yourself first. Often we focus on everyone else around us and we forget about us...in business we focus on building relationships with others...but we need to build one for ourselves as well. To be successful in anything, we need to learn to pay attention to ourselves and what we really want out of life.

When we do that, we have more energy for others...and we’re also more aware of our brilliances and strengths, what we’re good at. And this skill or art comes through developing self-awareness and from intuitive insight into ourselves. I could have stayed at my job and been miserable but instead choose to listen to what my body and my emotions were saying and choose to create a life that felt more right for me...and to create a life that reflected what I was good at and what resonated with me.

What advice would you give to a woman who wants to start a business someday?

To take the leap, build a framework of safety and security around you. To build a business and make a move or transition is scary and normal, right? It takes us out of our comfort zone. So, what we need to do is create a framework for ourselves that builds in security and safety. I suggest:

a) Getting informed, go out there and talk to people about their experiences or do some research online. When we are informed and have a sense of what we are getting into.

b) I also like to have an exit plan because it makes me feel safe and it’s an added level of comfort for me since I don’t feel trapped if something goes wrong. I can say to myself, okay, I wasn’t making money by such and such a time, so I can go out and get a part-time job or something. Find the things that feel comfortable for you, create a sense of security around yourself so you feel more confident and able to take a leap.

Connect with the wealth of resources around you. Look for programs in your area, training program or assistance programs, support organizations. Surround yourself with people out there who have been there and done that or are on the same path. The resources are there: LWL is one of them, I landed 2 interviews through this magnificent group. I also secured government funding for my business training, (which was free) for over 6 months.

Get a mentor. When you take a leap like that, you want the best people around you who have been there and done that and can guide you. When I started working with my mentor/coach I again took a huge gamble and took out a loan to pay for her...because I wanted the best. You can find a mentor in other ways, research online, ask for advice, go to seminars, read books. Some loan programs even have mentors that come along with it to increase success.

Take care of yourself. This is so hugely important. It’s the center of my coaching philosophy and it’s been my biggest lesson in all my life adventures. I highly encourage anyone who plans on building a business and going through some huge transition to take time out for you, get to know you and what you REALLY want, Why do you want to start your own business? What does it mean to you? How can you build a business that reflects your strengths? What are your strengths and what do you enjoy? Is this reflected in your business? When we are more connected to our business on a deeper level, this motivates us even more to be successful.

Lydia Trvalec is a distinguished graduate from one of Canada’s most prestigious universities. After realizing that her life lacked the meaning and fulfillment she needed, she surprised everyone by deciding to leave a promising academic future to move across the country with nothing but 2 suitcases and a dream! This was her first experience with stepping into her power and confidence. Lydia created Sassy Classy Coaching to help empower, support, and encourage young women to step into their power and confidence and create meaningful lives for themselves. Visit her at www.aspiringyoungwomen.com.

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Lorraine Howell started Media Skills Training in 1998 after 12 years as a television news and talk show producer in the San Francisco Bay Area. She coaches top executives and professionals on how to be more effective when speaking to the media or making public presentations.

Lorraine is a specialist in message development, presentation skills, media interview skills, and crisis communications. In October, 2008 she returned for the second year to coach the five finalists in the Forbes.com national Boost Your Business Contest in New York City.

Her book Give Your Elevator Speech a Lift! (Book Publishers Network, November 2007 Second Printing) is a step-by-step guide through her proven process for creating a winning elevator speech. Lorraine's method helps eliminate the verbal clutter when answering the question "What do you do?"

She speaks on media relations and presentation skills at conferences and seminars. Her clients include Starbucks Coffee Company, Microsoft, REI, Group Health Cooperative, Seattle Children's Hospital, The Mountaineers Books, Vulcan, Inc., ZymoGenetics, Attenex, Avvo, Kibble & Prentice, People To People Ambassador Programs, Edelman Public Relations Worldwide.

She is a Cum Laude graduate from the University of Washington, Phi Beta Kappa. Lorraine is also a member of Women in Communications, Women Business Owners, eWomen Network, Public Relations Society of America, the National Speakers Association, and the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce. In 2008 Lorraine received the Georgina Davis Founders Award from Seattle AWC and the Member of the Year Award from NSA Northwest.

Listen at www.blogtalkradio.com/CoachDeb

The Corporate Boutique

My interview with LaTanya Junior of TCB360 Radio is up on her site, The Corporate Boutique. LaTanya's broadcast has a global audience of over 50,000 listeners.

We had a lot of fun talking about entrepreneurship and how to connect with your passion in order to create a profitable business. http://www.thecorporateboutique.com/

How She Does It: Lydia Trvalec, Part 1

business success
by Lydia Trvalec

What is your business?

I am a life coach and actually I call myself an Empowerment Coach.

My business is focused/specialization on working with young, motivated and aspiring women, usually in their 20s and 30s. And I work with them on building their sense of confidence and self-esteem (and a lot of this usually comes up as self-doubt and fear) as they work towards their goals and dreams. Often I work with women who are looking to make a work shift into something that expresses who they are and using their strengths and brilliance.

My business using an inner and outer approach and teaches clients a process for managing their emotions and energy. This process is holistic and integrates beliefs, thoughts, feelings and actions. I take them through the process and they learn how to shift their thoughts and beliefs, so that they can begin to feel more relief or feel better, change their point of attraction (I also integrate the law of attraction into my work) and when they do that, they can begin to identify actions that are comfortable and manageable for them instead of overwhelming and trying to do everything at once. (A lot of very motivated women overwhelm themselves with trying to do too much!)

Often times, I work with women who are making some type of work shift or career shift and looking to find their place in the world.

Why did you to start it - what is your compelling story?

My story starts back about 5-6 years ago when I was back in school and on a promising academic path (scholarships and so on, entrance, research) and I was unhappy it just wasn’t a fit for me. I always had a sports background and I was watching the Olympics back in 2002 and saw speed-skating for the first time and really loved it. And decided okay, I want to be an athlete and train seriously. So, I moved across the country and did that. It was the first time in my life I really followed my feelings/listened to myself and what I wanted and needed. And it was scary but also exciting.

I used to work in the corporate world; I was a project manager of a large scale nation environmental project and I had worked towards this position. I thought this was the way to go, I thought I was set to becoming the next VP and I thought this would make my career and I thought this was the impact I was looking to make on the world.

So, imagine my surprise when I got there and it wasn’t all that I thought it was going to be. I was feeling really depressed all the time, drained of energy, I had to force myself to get out of bed and go to work, I was bored often, I couldn’t connect really with my co-workers, I just didn’t want to be there. And then I realized I needed to leave and find something that really worked for me. I thought this was it, but it wasn’t. So, I left my job, took my very first vacation on the beach and let myself just think about what I wanted.

I had spend a lot of time in the past working and being involved in personal development and I realized two things:

1) I wanted to create a great life for myself on my terms and what I felt I needed and not based on what anyone else thought of me or what I should be doing with my life. And part of this was that I knew I wanted to start my own business.

2) I wanted somehow to be involved with helping others develop their confidence to take leaps in life and make changes as well that they felt called to.

Over time, I got involved in coaching and that’s how my coaching business grew and came to be.

Lydia's story will be continued in Part 2.

Lydia Trvalec is a distinguished graduate from one of Canada’s most prestigious universities. After realizing that her life lacked the meaning and fulfillment she needed, she surprised everyone by deciding to leave a promising academic future to move across the country with nothing but 2 suitcases and a dream! This was her first experience with stepping into her power and confidence. Lydia created Sassy Classy Coaching to help empower, support, and encourage young women to step into their power and confidence and create meaningful lives for themselves. Visit her at www.aspiringyoungwomen.com.

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Lydia Trvalec is a distinguished graduate from one of Canada’s most prestigious universities. After realizing that her life lacked the meaning and fulfillment she needed, she surprised everyone by deciding to leave a promising academic future to move across the country with nothing but 2 suitcases and a dream! This was her first experience with stepping into her power and confidence.

Lydia created Sassy Classy Coaching to help empower, support, and encourage young women to step into their power and confidence and create meaningful lives for themselves. Connect with us! Visit us at www.aspiringyoungwomen.com

Does Your Elevator Pitch Work for You?

Bonnie Marcus, contributor and one of the previous guests on "Women Entrepreneurs - The Secrets of Success" has a special offer.

Send her your current pitch and she will help you take it to the next level.

For $20 you'll receive 20 minutes of laser self-promotion coaching.

Contact Bonnie at: bonnie@womenssuccesscoaching.com

Bonnie Marcus, M.Ed., CEC
Certified Business Coach and Consultant

Choose to be Successful

by Bonnie Marcus

One thing that all successful people have in common no matter what their career or talent is that they see themselves as successful and they have an abundance of positive energy.

Do you realize that you can CHOOSE to be successful?

Do you realize that your thoughts create your reality and that if you believe you will be successful, you WILL be successful?
OK. If this is true you ask, then why isn’t everyone successful?

Herein lies the challenge. It is simply not that easy for many of us to BELIEVE that we can be successful, that we have the ability, the talent, the experience, the temperament, the drive for success. For in our minds, we believe the opposite, and therefore, we consistently sabotage our efforts. If our thoughts create our reality, then our self-doubt will keep us from achieving our goals.

The very first step to success is to plant the positive thought in your mind and embrace this thought wholeheartedly. Again, this is easier said than done. Why? Because we have so much negative chatter going on in our conscious mind that we drown out the positive thoughts.

If this is true for you, then it is extremely important to be aware of all the negativity and self-doubt. Changing our language helps to change our thoughts over time. Here are some tips for putting a more positive spin on the “put-downs” in your head.

  • Be aware of your language. Eliminate phrases such as “I’ll try” or “I’ll attempt that” or “I’ll do the best I can”. What are you saying after all when you use this language? that you will stop short somewhere BEFORE you are successful? Eliminate the word TRY and replace it with WILL and see how powerful that sounds.

  • Eliminate vague language such as “kind of” when speaking about your goals and actions. Show your commitment and feel the power of using “I will”.

  • Speak in the present tense when speaking about your intentions. Embrace the feeling that you have achieved your goals.

  • Be decisive. Instead of “I would like to get that done this week,” use “I will complete that project this week."

  • Ditch all the negative statements such as “I hate making cold calls”. These statements are limiting your behavior and therefore sabotaging your success. Reverse the negative statements so that they work for you in a positive way. You have the CHOICE. “I know that making cold calls is part of my responsibility and I choose to do this well as it will open up doors that will lead to more revenue and more commission. I like having this opportunity to be successful.”

We all have the choice to be successful. Once we realize that we often make the choice to limit ourselves with self-doubt and negativity, we can move forward and CHOOSE success.

Bonnie Marcus, founder and principal of Women’s Success Coaching, is Certified Empowerment Coach with over 25 years of sales and management experience. Her passion is to help women in business achieve success through effective self-promotion and believes that whether you are looking to advance your career, build your business or increase your sales – confidence and belief in yourself is essential; feeling comfortable with promoting yourself is the key. She specializes in assisting professional women with little or no sales experience to sell themselves and their services. Bonnie is well known for her innovative workshops and motivational speaking. Women’s Success Coaching, www.womenssuccesscoaching.com, offers individual and group coaching, workshops and teleclasses.

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Mary C. E. Robbins, LCSW, owner and founder of Beautiful Kids Natural Products, LLC. Mary has dedicated her career as a Licensed Clinical Therapist to working with children and families. Her undergraduate degree comes from Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri. While she was earning her Masters Degree in Social Work at Southern Connecticut State University, Mary studied and worked at the Yale Child Study Center at Yale Medical School.

Throughout Mary's career working in Group Homes as a mental health consultant and in her thriving private practice, she has always enjoyed helping people find their personal power to improve and change their lives. As an LCSW in private practice, she worked with so many amazing teenage girls who couldn't see their beauty, their gifts, or their world as a positive and supportive place for them. She's also met many adult women with the same issues.

Developing the Sassy Line of Beauty Products has helped Mary combine her expertise in counseling with her strong desire to have healthy products available for young people (including her own tween daughter). The Sassy label and website is a positive influence for girls, especially before they become teenagers where things seem to get permanently imprinted in their memory (and are thereby harder to change - not impossible to change - just harder).

BKNP also includes a team of wonderful women, including parent coaches, computer gurus, sales genies and shipping experts.

Mary lives in Orange, CT with her husband, daughter and their dog, Spot.

Help Britt Menzies Win Top 200 Mom-Owned Businesses

Britt Menzies of StinkyKids, who was a guest on "Women Entrepreneurs - The Secrets of Success" on Monday, Feb. 1st is up for an award.

You can vote once a day until the contest is over. Help support Britt and her inspirational and positive business. Here is the link to vote.


Embracing My Inner Entrepreneur

by Deborah A. Bailey

When I started my writing business three years ago, I was certain that I knew exactly what I wanted. After all, I’d been a writer for most of my life. Leaving the corporate world to become a freelance writer seemed like a natural extension. What I didn’t anticipate was that though I’d read business books, joined business organizations and went to business meetings, I had no idea how it would feel to be in business. I didn’t realize that my multitasking skills (honed in the world of corporate IT) would be stretched to the limit. I didn’t know that I’d become bored with being alone as I worked long hours from my home office.

Three years after going into freelance writing, I found a reason to get excited again when I started a coaching practice. Inspired by the prospect of being able to support and motivate others, I signed up for coach training. The unexpected benefit of the training has been that I’ve connected more with my real desires. The clarity I’ve gained has shown me that there are no limits to what I can do or how far I can go.

One thing I’ve finally accepted is that I am an entrepreneur. Yes, I know that’s something that should have been obvious since I’ve started two businesses. I’d just never known that being an entrepreneur was deep within me all along. Through all those years in corporate life, I hadn’t understood why I’d been so restless. Now I know, and I am embracing it fully for the first time.

Have you ever found yourself at a crossroads? If you’re wondering if you should go in a new direction, consider this:
  • Has your dream become a disappointment? Write down the things you love about your business. Then write down the things you don’t like. Consider both lists and make an honest assessment in order to find out if you’re just in a slump, or if it’s time to make some major changes.
  • Do you want to start a new business or add a new service, but you’re afraid of making a change? Listen to that “small voice” within. It may lead you to new opportunities if you trust it.
  • Entrepreneurs dislike being bogged down in details. If you can delegate or outsource some of the work that you dislike (for instance, administrative or bookkeeping work) you may find yourself with more time to focus on your business – and reignite your passion.

Recently I bought a camera, and I’ve been rediscovering my love for photography. Perhaps I can find a way to put all of my interests together into yet another business.

At first I was reluctant to release the past, or to change direction. I had to remind myself that I left the corporate world because I didn’t want to stay confined within a box – or a cubicle. The best advice I can give is to dream big and to continue to walk through those open doors.

Deborah A. Bailey is author of two non-fiction books including, “Think Like an Entrepreneur: Transforming Your Career and Taking Charge of Your Life .” She's also the creator and host of Women Entrepreneurs Radio, a weekly podcast. Her fiction work includes a short story collection and a novel, available on Amazon.com. For more information visit http://dbaileycoach.com and
This post originally appeared in Women&Biz magazine.

Britt Menzies of StinkyKids on on Women Entrepreneurs Radio™

Britt Menzies is a graduate of Florida State University with two degrees — accounting and finance. While enjoying a career with a successful Fortune 500 company that allowed her to travel the world, she always had a passion for art. The birth of her son inspired her to leave the corporate world and revisit her creative side. Today, a few years and a daughter later, the result is StinkyKids.

StinkyKids is a brand built around a community of 10 diverse characters; little "stinKers" sharing a philosophy of making right choices, and spreading their motto "Always Be A Leader Of Good." At www.stinkykids.com little stinKers can write to the characters, print coloring, meet each character, watch StinkyKids animated shorts and purchase tee shirts featuring the StinkyKids.
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