Massage and fresh fruit not motivational

Massage and fresh fruit not motivational at work? I suggest chcolate. http://ow.ly/fea1W

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4th Quarter Hail Mary Pass

Owning a business is like being a first year head coach of a promising football team working toward the regional championship.

It’s the beginning of the 4th quarter and the score is tied…plenty of time on the clock to win or lose the game.

As the coach, you have to assess your own team’s remaining energy, the field conditions and the strength of your opponents. You have to decide whether to try and slam as many points on the scoreboard as possible or whether to stall and put points on the board at the very last minute with a Miraculous Hail Mary Pass.

What is your Game-winning Finish Strong (thanks Lance) strategy for 2011?

  • Straighten out your financials and figure out how in the world you really are doing

  • Define what you want the company to be when it grows up

  • Figure out how to free up 5 hours a week to work ON the business not just in it

  •  Turn loose of that energy-draining employee that makes you grit your teeth

  • Develop a hiring plan so you get solid, energetic employees to help you grow

  • Create a Tactical Marketing Plan so you spend your hard earned $$ on actions that truly bring in customers, clients, patients and Raving Fans

  • Take a vacation, go to a ballgame, call your mom and dad, play your guitar…. your choice

  • Stop repeating yourself…wishing, hoping.guessing….and GET MOVING!

    The clock is ticking and it’s your call, coach.

Conquering Kryptonite (via Catalytic Connections)

Inspired to conquer my own Kryptonite!

Conquering Kryptonite Legend has it that Superman is “faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive and able to leap tall buildings at a single bound.”  Yet exposure to a little green rock robs him of his super powers and will eventually kill him.  So what does Superman do to overcome this critical shortcoming?  Does he create an improvement campaign to transform his critical weakness into a strength?  No.  He avoids it.  He does everything he can not … Read More

via Catalytic Connections

Probably Will….

…Get closer to my goals & dreams because I’ve written them down

…Work with more interesting people because I’m clearer about who they are

…Meet new, fun, energizing clients because I am looking for them

….Get to be a matchmaker even more this year because connecting other people is tops on my to-do list

…Get to see more movies because I’m taking Mom to one every month

….Get better at playing the guitar because I’m practicing

….Be an even more delighted wife because Michael and I are exercising together…more fit..more fun together…definitely win-win

…Have a full and lively year because I’m making plan and efforts to ensure that it is!

It’s amazing how possible everything seems when you can visualize it.  Putting those goals and dreams down on paper makes them so much more real and much more do-able.

Today’s assignment:  Write down 3 things you MUST do this year.  Send me an email or post them… would love to see what you’re thinking.

If you need help getting started, I’m offering a fun and focused 2 hour personal coaching session.   http://wp.me/PSlVC-1C

Priorities…or where did all those weeds come from?

“Oh woe is me”  says the gardener who has not been weeding much this hot alternately steamy and dry summer….

As I was catching up on my weeding (wishing I was catching up on reading) early yesterday morning, I had the time to think about how much a garden mirrors life.  The weeds at our side gate had gotten so tall that it was hard to get the gate open…so I had ignored them and started to use the front gate which was neat and tidy thanks to my wonderful husband’s mowing.

Because I waited weeks before getting those pesky plants out of there, it made it a lot more difficult and took away a chunk of time I would have loved to spend doing something else.  It also looked awful for several weeks… not the greeting I want folks to have when they park and come into my yard.  I think that profusions of flowers make my white picket fence look artsy…but this was way beyond that..and definitely not artsy!

During weeding (which thanks to my neglect was sweaty work at 8am), I remembered those old nuggets…. “Pay now or pay later”…… “Reap what you sow” (or in my case sow but don’t weed!)….. “Taking my eye off the ball”  and then the biggest thought:

Why in the world did I wait so long to do it?

Obviously I thought that everything else was more important… in other words…it just wasn’t Priority #1.

So here’s what I decided to do to prevent  myself from being overwhelmed:

  1. Look around my workspace and home (inside and out) once a week and assess
  2. Take 2 hours a week to put things back where they belong
  3. Get up 30 minutes earlier during the week to enjoy the cool, quiet mornings to either “weed” emails or the plant variety
  4. Make the outside weeding meaningful by – being thankful for farmers, for growth, for being in good health and able to use my muscles, for the incredible design of the plant world.  And for a time to be quiet
  5. Make the inside “weeding” meaningful by – being thankful for the clients, friends, family who I’m in contact with through email, for work that provides for our needs, for new connections and new opportunities

Everything you choose means you’re un-choosing something else and making sure that your choices line up with your beliefs goes a long way toward having a satisfying business and home life.

My weeds were just a small consequence of not dealing with a problem.  In our businesses, the longer we ignore a problem… the harder it is to correct and the bigger the consequences.