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Desire or Passion: What You Need to Succeed

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It was a beautiful Friday morning last week here in Chicago. I took my cup of coffee and sat in my recliner looking out into the lush green yard. The squirrels were busy burying nuts for winter. A baby bunny scampered out from underneath the bushes to take in the warmth of the sun. And the birds were telling the neighborhood about the feast I have prepared for them around the house.

I picked up “Think And Grow Rich” and opened up to the chapter on desire. As I’ve mentioned before, Napoleon Hill’s classic is a book I make a point to read at least once every year. One of my early business mentors gave me a beautiful leather bound copy to encourage the practice. After all, more millionaires and billionaires have been created throughout the world from the principles in this book than from anything else.

As I picked up my cup to take a sip of coffee, a magnificent blue jay appeared on my feeder just outside the window. Mind you – blue jays are a rarity in my yard. In the 10 years I have lived here, I can count on one hand how many times I’ve seen a blue jay....

Prepare for 2017: Goal Setting for Winners

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Welcome to the unofficial start of autumn! This is my favorite time of year – the beautiful colors in nature, cool crisp weather, and pumpkin bread! Although I’d rather be switching out my wardrobe to comfy sweaters and boots this week (except it’s near 90F in Chicago), I decided it was time to look ahead to 2017 and start with some business goal setting.

Being the logical and structured person I am, I opened up an Excel spreadsheet and started to put together some numbers. I took a realistic swipe at my intentions and was quite pleased with the results. The numbers worked out to support my business and personal goals. But the numbers alone didn’t feel right.

The standard wisdom for achieving any goals that they should be SMART: Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time Driven. This framework is helpful in curing the common pitfalls of goal setting – irrelevance and ambiguity. However, this structure does nothing to capture motivation and vision.

Quite frankly, it feels clunky and as if something critical is missing.

When I work with clients, and on my own business, I utilize a slightly different approach to goal setting and execution. Vision and desire are equally important in growth and business building....

Mastermind for Business Success

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One of the secrets of my entrepreneurial success has been the fact I sought out a mentor and joined a business mastermind community. Just last week I spent 3 days in San Diego with my peeps to assess, adjust, and create new goals for my business.

Within the mastermind, I have developed business partnerships, life-long friendships, and accountability partners. They have helped me to see where I’m getting in my own way and supported me to push through obstacles.

In fact, that’s me discussing new ideas with my fellow mastermind entrepreneurs Amy Andrews of Feel Good Again HealthTeena Evert of Ignite Love Now, and Anne Dickenson of Eye On Your Business. If you are looking to improve your health, find true love, or make more money in your business you must check out their work.

Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich is chock full of wisdom for entrepreneurs and results-driven individuals. One of his critical points is that successful people are not going it alone. Using the collective mind of other success-minded individuals pushes you toward greatness. He calls it the “Master Mind.”

“Coordination of knowledge and effort, in a spirit of harmony, between two or more people, for the attainment of a definitive purpose.”  – Napoleon Hill

The concept of a mastermind is not new....

Release What Is Holding You Back

Release What's Holding you back

Did you happen to catch the “Strawberry Moon” Monday night? Not only did we celebrate the Summer Solstice, but we also were witness to a full moon. It’s such a rare occurrence – the last time was 70 years ago!

Now, I’m not completely “woo-woo”, but you cannot deny the powerful energy of Monday night. I took full advantage of the longest day of the year to have a fire outside and absorb the serene sunset and magnificent full moon.

There is something about fires that I really love. Perhaps that’s why I really enjoy camping. I don’t need an excuse to have a fire in the morning, the afternoon, AND the evening. The crackling wood, the smoky smell, and the jumping flames mesmerize me. Relaxing by a fire helps me to unwind, let go of the thoughts running rampant through my mind, and instead get caught up in a mystery.

With the power of the full moon and summer solstice, I decided that it was a perfect night to “let go” of some things. I mean, why not? When you have that much universal energy supporting you, it felt like a perfect time to throw a few things into the fire....

There Is Still Time To Make A Change

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Lately, I’ve been on a Led Zeppelin kick. Every so often, I find myself listening to the soulful sounds and lyrics of my all time favorite band. Some times it’s about nostalgia. Other times it’s about kicking myself in the butt to move forward.

The transition from the corporate world into entrepreneurship has been quite the journey. When I took the leap almost 2 years ago, I thought I had everything figured out. Yeah, right. I had some things in order – a plan, money in the bank, a website, and speaking engagements. But then there were things that came up that I had no idea were around the corner.

For instance, my network. With 20 years of experience in multiple industries spanning corporations, niche businesses, and consulting firms, I had tons of contacts to help build my business. Except, now I was in the entrepreneurial camp – not corporate. Who knew that I would end up feeling so alone? The mindset is completely different. I needed a new network of like-minded individuals.

Through this transition, I have been undergoing a transformation of sorts. Of course, I didn’t realize it until recently. My overly analytical and logical mind was getting the best of me....

Change Your Environment – Change Your Results

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The late great motivational and personal improvement guru, Wayne Dyer, wrote the book “Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life.” In this best seller, Dyer shared his thoughts and review of hundreds of translations of the Tao Te Ching – producing 81 distinct essays on how to apply this ancient wisdom. The basic tenet was the concept that when you change your thoughts, you can make significant changes in your life results.

When things aren’t going the way we want in our lives and businesses, we have a tendency to jump right into taking action. Any action to produce results. We do create some short-term gains, but a long-term sustainable impact eludes us.

Getting to the core thought that keeps us stuck, frustrated, and not implementing new ideas is the only way to create lasting change that will impact our long-term results.

That’s great to know, but can be hard to implement. Spending time to deep dive into our core thoughts takes effort and can be an unfolding process. It takes time to discover the deeper values and beliefs we hold. So it can be frustrating when you need results fast. Especially if you are in a time crunch to generate cash flow or launch a new product or service to grow your business....

Lead Magnet: How to Leverage Speaking to Find Prospects

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How successful are you in leveraging speaking as a lead generation tool in your business?

Honestly, I thought I had this technique all figured out when I launched F.A.S.T. Women in Business in 2014. Speaking was second nature to me. Heck, I’ve been speaking to audiences (and anyone who would listen to me!) since I was a teenager. Throughout my career, I spoke on the big stage at industry conferences, taught breakout sessions, trained sales and dealer operations personnel, and successfully sold my big ideas to executive management. Small intimate groups or massive auditoriums – it didn’t matter. I loved sharing my knowledge in fun, interactive ways.

So, when I first started on the speaking circuit for my own business, I followed the structures that had been successful for me in the past. Heavy content, lots of teaching, and sharing my expertise. The audiences were amazed and grateful for all the information. But getting members of the audience to want more or to schedule a consultation call with me was non-existent. They loved my material, but I had no way to engage them further.

What I came to realize was that the structure I was using from my past experiences did not work in this new environment....

Hot Prospects, Cold Cash

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Are you sick and tired of riding the revenue roller coaster in your business? Ready to FINALLY create a steady stream of qualified leads that convert into high paying clients?

On of the top challenges my clients face is attracting new prospects to build consistent cash flow into their business. Even if you think your business is unique, let’s face it – attracting new clients is not rocket science. There are proven strategies and techniques to invite pursuit from your ideal client. When clients easily see the value in working or buying from you, the sale is easy.

I interviewed 20 experts in lead generation and sales conversion for my upcoming virtual event “Hot Prospects, Cold Cash.” They are enjoying more freedom, flexibility, and financial independence because they are utilizing proven strategies and techniques that build a revenue generating machine for their business.

Our featured expert, the Queen of Sales Conversion, Lisa Sasevich, will share her insider secrets on how to book more sales using irresistible offers. You will learn tactics on how to leverage speaking, writing a book, video, Facebook advertising, and LinkedIn. You will also gain insight on how to convert high ticket sales in less than 90 minutes, tips to enhance your money mindset, prepare for an online launch, host your own live event, and hire the right support team to achieve the biggest results....

Being Fearless: How to “Fear Less”

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Ever feel like the universe is conspiring against you? I don’t mean that only bad things are happening. Rather, that you can feel at your core that there is a lesson to be learned here but you can’t quite see what the heck it is.

I’ve been going through a lesson of sorts. Only recently have I started to figure out perhaps what this life-altering lesson is really all about.

When I was starting my business and working on my branding, I loved the FAST Woman in Business concept. It embraced my essence as a powerful professional woman with a nod to my experience in professional motorsport. But, I felt it needed a bit more of a descriptor. That’s when I arrived at the acronym for F.A.S.T. – Fearless, Ambitious, Strong, Trailblazing.

Being “Fearless” is one of those concepts that we inherently think we understand, but in reality we are conflicted by it. Can anyone be truly fearless? I’m not sure. But if we separate the word slightly, I believe the core energy behind the word comes through.

FEAR LESS

Yes. Simply fear less. Whether you are coming up on a breakthrough, or working through difficult times, it’s easy to get caught up in the fear of the unknown....

Do What You WANT

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It was October 27, 2007. As I boarded my Southwest flight from Chicago to Los Angeles, my mind was cluttered. I was looking forward to the next 3 ½ hours to decompress, sort out my thoughts, and rest. The trip had been planned for weeks. Off to celebrate my best friend’s milestone birthday. A weekend away with old friends was just what I needed to get out of my funk.

Instead of resting and relaxing on the flight, though, my mind was racing. Stress and anxiety filled my body. My job was stagnating. I had been at the firm almost 4 years and did not see any real path for advancement. Finances were ho-hum. I made enough to live comfortably and save some, but nothing extraordinary.

My romantic relationship made me feel like I was stuck in mud. After nearly 3 years together, we had reached that proverbial fork in the road – were we walking down the same path or headed in different directions? Oh, how I wish I knew! My body was giving me signals, but I was ignoring them. I wasn’t working out or eating as well as I knew I should be, and my energy levels were low....