Wednesday

Challenges, Mistakes and Get Right

 In our recent Mind Shift blog posting, we referenced the challenge of Panic vs Planting.  There are other challenges that hold us captive to unhappiness and despair. A major one is our relationship with 'mistakes'.  We have a very strange relationship with mistakes, and the sooner we learn to develop a better relationship with them....the better off life will be.

Yes... we want to avoid mistakes but....we shouldn't act allergic to them.  Mistakes are mostly uncomfortable right after they happen.  Please believe:  millions of other people have already made the same mistake that may be new to you, so give yourself a break.

Think about the clarity, experience, and insight gained long after making the mistakes.  Because we view a mistake as our arch nemesis, we refuse to make a move or take a chance.  Then, we get stuck while allowing fear to take  over.  All because..... we don't want to be 'embarrassed'.  *sigh*

When I began to understand that criticism comes to those who step out of what is expected of them, I knew it was time for some "Get Right".   I got right when I stopped living in fear of "what's gonna happen next?".  I got right by not allowing fear to rule my life, and I got right when I set my own goals.  Not the goals of my upline, not the goals of my downline, but My Goals.     

I started by establishing my own expectations of what I want out of life, then surrounded myself with others who have the same mindset.  Soon, I became an 'expert' at distancing myself from those who had no constructive criticism for me.  In my new mind shift, I no longer wasted time explaining why and how I was trying to better myself.  I began to step away from the tense aura of negative criticism and remained focused on doing what is best for me first.  Taking care of me first allows me to create THE most extraordinary ripple effect for others in my life.

No matter what you want in life....whether to become a successful business owner, expand an existing business, find a true love, encourage your children or to simply better yourself..... you must first look at two things:

1.  Who's around you and,
2.  What do you truly believe (not what you SAY you believe).

Your wealth will ALWAYS come in the form of those two things.  If you choose to hang around folks who are always using others, criticizing you, complaining and blaming the rest of the world for their bad experiences, then who's the fool?  YOU.  Because you're allowing your life force to be drained.  Slowly and painfully.  Stoppit.

BOTTOM LINE:  Before any of the tangibles (things you can see or touch) present themselves in your life, your intangible (something you can't see or touch) mind has to be pointed in the right direction.   We never really win until we're right within. 



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Thursday

Mind Shift

You would be amazed how LOUD your mind speaks to you when you get quiet and at peace within yourself.  It is truly an amazing gift.

Since forever, the topic of many discussions is always:  "What can I do to get myself out of this rut..... this debt.... this weariness?"

The Answer:  You need a mind shift.

Take the economy for example.  Think about how businesses are able to push past different recessions and growths to protect their profits and dividends.  Success or failure all depends on HOW the company deploys it's business strategies.

YOUR LIFE IS your primary BUSINESS.  It operates basically the same way traditional and online businesses operate.  Some things on your "todo" list happen every day at the same time.  Others occur once or twice a week.  Still, other items may need your attention only once a month.  Either way, you've got to have some type of plan to make sure the machine of life is well oiled.  Success or failure of said plan depends on HOW you implement your strategies to reach your goals.

So what if _________(<--- fill in the blank) didn't work out the first 2, 3, 4 times.  We are born with the power to stay down or get up.  We develop it and make it stronger as we go through the experiences of life.  Babies know this intuitively.....no one has to tell them when their legs are strong enough to kick or to stand on.  One day they're crawling around, and the next thing you know---- they are pulling up on everything!  Adults forget that "ability" so easily.  We forget that struggling is a process, and that growth comes only thru experiencing the process.   

When we allow "things" to pile up...frustration sets in.  And the pile gets bigger.  We start to worry about things we have no power over, i.e.,

  • What will family and friends say about my business failures?
  • How can I save face?
  • Why do I keep failing?
Yadda, yadda, yadda.

The list goes on and on until you quit, or.....go into mind shift mode.  There's nothing wrong with failing 99 times before getting it right.   You've learned 99 things NOT to do next time.  Which will save you tons of time on your next venture! :)

Business failure is defined as the closing of a business that results in financial loss for at least one of the business's creditors. An associated term, business dissolution, refers to the formal termination or closure of a business as well, but with dissolution, financial loss (for the business owners or for the business's creditors) is not necessarily a part of the equation.

The confusion comes in mixing up business failures with business dissolutions.  Lots of small companies go out of business for reasons that probably shouldn't be called 'failure'—the owner may have gotten bored, for instance, may be disappointed with the returns, or may simply want to try a greener pasture. If an entrepreneur closes one business and starts another one that is more successful, that's more reason for celebration than concern.

Us entrepreneurs fail because we don’t adapt to change.  For instance, at the beginning you have one thing in mind, an expectation, an idea of where you will be and what you will offer/sell. You stick to this idea completely, but that is not the key. After 3 business dissolutions, I learned the hard way to keep an open mind and be ready for change.

If you start off with $50 invested in your business, I can promise that you will NOT have that same $50 three months later.  Your either going to have more than $50, or..... less than $50.  The thing is.... you won't know until 90 days later.  Always make sure you start off with a cushion equal to double your investment in a new business.  Be flexible and ready to change your product/service, your packaging & shipping approach, and the way you sell.

Step out of the box and try something different....there's nothing wrong with trying things that won't affect your business if it doesn't work; for instance--- a new/different sales pitch.  The worst that could happen is a "no".


The problem with many of us is that we go around looking for "low hanging fruit" instead of seeds to plant.  Sadly, many of us will never see our own harvest because we panic (when there's no more low hanging fruit) instead of plant.

Wealth starts in our brains and in what we believe.  When we believe in what we're doing, we act accordingly, and our best potential emerges. That's when you KNOW the mind shift thing is working.








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Tuesday

Women's History Month Salute to Nancy Pelosi


Today we celebrate a powerful and effective leader who provides a great example for women everywhere--Minority Leader of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi.

Born in Baltimore, MD, Nancy Pelosi is the highest-ranking politician in U.S. history. Of the 200 nations in the world, 50 have had elected women leaders; yet only 22 nations have women leaders today.

Why are we so far behind?  While the US has a record number of women in the Senate (20!), there are still a long way to go in dealing with the male-dominated discourse and fighting the diatribe GOP War on Women, even when

Wednesday

The Divine Power Source


Happy New Year!  

Holiday celebrations are done for awhile, and many of us are already slowing down (i.e., "re-thinking"!) on those New Year resolutions we made....three weeks ago! As we rethink the resolutions, let's re-visit and re-connect with our divine guidance also. Although suggestions can come from many sources, personal experience has taught me that mere suggestions can't compare to good guidance! When we are open to guidance from the divine, we receive support of a powerful force greater than ourselves. That force is Love and it's undeniable that we are all in need; we can't afford

The Power of Choice

 Most of us don't even realize that we are gifted with the power of choice.  Think about it----every one of us makes countless choices every day, and every choice we make has an impact on our lives. Even insignificant choices can affect what we experience and how we feel. When hunger strikes, we can reach for a healthy, nutritious snack, or we can choose the sugar high of junk food. The more important the decision, the more profound its effect.  The tricky part of this power is knowing our own intentions (what we want as an end result) before making the choice.

For instance, how do I act towards that person who treated me badly? Do I generally choose to be passive, or do I actively set clear intentions and create what I want in my life? Every choice we make,

Friday

Be Yourself---Everyone Else is Already Taken

A couple of month ago, I had a conversation with my friend, a young lady who was struggling to decide which direction she wanted to take with her life. Not unusual, as we all have to face that same struggle at one point and time. This young lady had come to a fork in the road and had to choose either music or ministry. She proclaimed her love for both. Her love and admiration for music was to the point where she dreamed of being the next "Beyonce", however, her love to minister God's Word also made her dream of being the next (female version of) Bishop T.D. Jakes.  Although active in both arenas, she wasn’t getting the results that she expected. So......

Saturday


  Friends, let us all be grateful, gracious and never give up on our dreams!





Welcome to the Life and Business Journal. Check out our Recommended Tools section on the right side of this site. Feel free to comment on any articles and follow me on LinkedIn, Twitter and Technorati. Join our Community and share your links and ideas. In spite of all the hype, there's no such thing as an "overnight success" in any business. Our articles are designed to show the possibilities of enjoying life as you build a better business. The original post is on The LB Journal © copyright, 2012. Share it freely, but you must link back to this source. Regards, Dolle