Beyond Goals… the Power of a Compelling Vision

Beyond Goals… the Power of a Compelling Vision

Have you set goals this year that you’re excited about, goals that are worthy of you and how great you are, that give you something exciting to strive for… something that is worth a year of your life?

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The New Year has started, the dust has settled and if you’re that type of successful person that chooses their destiny, you’ve probably taken time to set your goals for the year.  If you’re a winner, you’re probably already acting on them…  Let me ask you, are your goals really worthy of you?  Are they what you really want out of your life?

Let’s say your goal is… I will make $250,000.00 this year, loose 30 pounds, I’ll get that promotion, that new house, work on my marriage, and be a better parent.  So maybe that’s not in your ball park but let’s pretend… 

Is that really a worthy goal for you?  Isn’t there a call in you to do something more, to be something more… to be who you are capable of being, to build a life that is meaningful, fulfilling, doing what matters to you and gives your life a sense of purpose?

Do you get how amazing you are?  You are magnificent.  You have the power within you to make a difference in the world, to do something with your life that is really worth doing.  Are you going to do it this year?

Whether we set goals or not, we often go through life accomplishing but is what we accomplish really what we want?  Is it what we want to spend our life on, or is it the shoulds and doing what our peers do? 

Have you had the experience of reaching that level of success you so longed for, got there and thought, “Is this it?”  Maybe you didn’t even reach your goal because it wasn’t exciting or compelling; it wasn’t what you really wanted to do with your life, and you end up not feeling great about your self or your life. 

We want more.  We want our lives to have meaning and purpose.  We want work that really values who we are and stretches us to fulfill our potential.  We want to make a difference in the world, to do something that really matters.  We want goals and a vision that show us that we believe in our selves and in what we can do.  Right? 

Imagine… believing in your self so much that you set big goals, goals that include you making a difference in the world.  You creating a compelling vision that inspired you to go for it because it sounded so exciting and filled you with so much passion, sense of purpose and gave your life meaning. 

Whatever industry you’re in, you could be a leader in changing that industry for the better.  You could run your business on your values, and even show how values-driven businesses are more profitable.  You could raise awareness and create change in how things are done – any industry, you name it.  You could express and lead in powerful social, environmental or even spiritual* practices through your business.  (*which could mean religious or could mean practices and ways of being in business that build someone’s spirit, for your employees and customers, and even bigger by your choice in the messages you send through your ads and commercials, etc.)

Maybe there’s a book in you, something that will inspire and empower others or raise awareness or consciousness.  If you work for a non-profit, maybe figure out how to make it more profitable, a healthier organization that empowers those you serve better – more social entrepreneurism.  The list goes on and on.

We all have something, whether you’re in a job or have your own business, there is a way that you could make a difference in the world though it.  Yes, you could be Gandhi, Mother Theresa… or think of the impact Bill Gates has had on all our lives, or the person who invented post-it notes.  Think of the impact all those people who didn’t stand up and say, “this isn’t right” that went along with things at Enron.

We are so amazing and living such small lives.  Most of us are living the status quo, even if successful.  Was being a CEO at Enron something to be proud of?  (Sorry I’m picking on Enron but the other companies I’d like to poke at are still around, and I don’t want to do that.  I’d rather have us change the way business is done so those businesses that don’t practice good social and environmental values go under.  Imagine that world.  Let’s build that world!  It’s up to us.)

Also, don’t get me wrong, I think we should make lots of money while positively changing the world – it needs to be sustainable, fun would be good too.  Making a profit should and can be done with values, with our humanity and consciousness intact.  A combination of The 3 P’s – Passion, Purpose & Profit ©.

Businesses are leading the direction of the world… why fight it.  Let’s just change the direction of business and do something worth doing though our work and be very successful at it.  On the cover of “values-driven business” by Ben Cohen and Mal Warwick is the line “how to change the world, make money, and have fun”.  That line is a great food for thought and I highly recommend the book.

So, how about you?  How about goals really worth your time, your life, and your talents?  Goals that excite and inspire you, that fill you with passion… something to do that gives your life meaning and purpose.  Goals and accomplishments that make you feel great about who you are, and how you are being in the world…proud of your self.  How would that change your life, your relationships?  How would that change your world… and our world?

Isn’t it time we really started being who we can be and living lives true to how amazing we are…and true to who we are in our hearts and souls?  We don’t have to sell out or play small.

What do you really want to do, not just this year but with your life?  And beyond business goals, what do you want to do through your business?  What impact do you want to have in the world?

 “Your willingness to create a new dream or vision for your life is a statement of belief in your own potential” – David McNally’s book “I Believe In You”

We can change the course of our destiny by setting a new direction for our lives.  Think of two planes leaving an airport… just a small difference in their direction will take them to two totally different destinations. 

Go back to your goals… what do you really want to do with your life this year?  Go for it!  You can make a difference!

 

 

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    Visual Goal  Setting Coach and Artist<br /><br />
Seattle, Washington<br /><br />
Brittany Faulkner
    Posted by Brittany Faulkner, Seattle, Washington | May 04, 2011  Flag_post

    Here’s to a life lived with purpose!

     
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    Photo Booth Specialist<br /><br />
Seattle, Washington<br /><br />
Ben Resnick
    Posted by Ben Resnick, Seattle, Washington | May 04, 2011  Flag_post

    Excellent article Lisa, I agree completely! One of the biggest problems in the world is people just don’t think big enough. As of this week, I decided that my ultimate goal is to be the ultimate success catalyst; to completely transform the world in all areas. I’m not afraid to say it, because I am 100% confident in my thorough and specific action plan and ability to take massive action to follow through.

    Another problem is that many of the people who do think big just don’t follow through on their goals. The biggest difficulty in influencing others through information products is there is a tendency to be temporarily inspired but let it wear off without taking action. This is where a coach or accountabilibuddy is so important and valuable.

 

 

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Harvest Your Successes, for an Extraordinary New Year!

Harvest Your Successes, for an Extraordinary New Year!

It’s the end of the year. Have you thought about your year, successes, accomplishments, failures? How will you clearly plan the next if you haven’t? Before setting goals for a powerful and successful future… Harvest!

Written Dec 27, 2010, read 1405 times since then.
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It’s the end of another year.  Was it successful?  Have you thought about your year, your successes and what you accomplished and learned this year?  Have you thought about how you grew as a person or business person, and what new skills you have?  How will you set solid goals for next year, if you haven’t answered those questions?

There are three big reasons to stop and harvest our successes: 

1.      To acknowledge our self and our accomplishments, because who wants to work hard and have their work taken for granted?  Not many of us, but we do it to our selves all the time.  Harvesting feels good, it lets us see our growth and therefore empowers.

2.      To clearly see who we’ve become and grown into so that next years goals and vision are bigger, not our old comfortable status quo, something new and exciting to us.  Seeing how we’ve changed lets us know that we can do that next big thing.

3.      To learn what worked and what didn’t.  Harvesting is about looking at our “crop” so to speak and seeing if we’re happy with it.  Are we growing what we wanted?  It’s so easy in life to set a direction, move toward it, and not check in later to see if it’s right for us.

Harvesting is about celebrating all that you’ve done and all that you’ve become, and then clearly looking at your harvest before setting out and making next years goals and vision (which will be January’s topic).  Both will lead to a more powerful and successful future.

Think of farming… you plant your crops, you work hard at helping them thrive, and then you pick them.  You get to enjoy the fruits of your labor.  The Harvest is walking back through your year, your project, your…whatever.  I do it with my coaching clients at the end of their coaching program to help them see what they’ve accomplished, how much they’ve changed, what tools worked and didn’t work for them, and how to take and use all of that to build their future.

The value of a goal is not just the result, it’s also who you become in going for that goal or dream… in going for something extraordinary.


Your Harvest.  Look back on your year…

1.  What Were Your Accomplishments and Successes?

So often, we will have a lofty goal or something new we should be doing in our business.  Let’s say the goal is blogging.  Our first step might be to just learn about blogging, look at some different blogs and read up on them.  The second might be to learn about the different blogging tools we can use.  The next, taking a class or jumping in and trying it.  We might have done all this and still not be blogging, or not to the extent we want to.  And what happens is, that’s what we focus on.  We often don’t focus on all those steps along the way, all that we learned and accomplished.  We focus on what we haven’t done.  How we aren’t blogging every day.

A couple problems with that, again, yes, who wants to work when their work is taken for granted… and there is another big one.  We tend to not to let our accomplishment empower us…

As a coach, as my clients learn and grow and move forward, I point out those accomplishments so that when it’s time for their next big stretch, they know they can do it… they clearly see they have in the past and that empowers their present.

Dig in, think about your last year… what did you accomplish?  What did you learn?  What new skills do you have now?  Were you tenacious about something, showing you can stick to it no matter what?  What did you gather – friends, knowledge, social networking people and skills?  What did you create along the way?  How much money did you make?  Did you reach a goal you set?  And what about those things that that you just felt really good about and then as time went on you forgot?  What about those good things that happened, those flukes and “miracles” (often times when we put those in context we see how we had something to do with them)?  What do you feel proud of your self for? 

Just let this flow.  I like to use bullet points.  I find it’s hard to start but once I start they poor out, then I get stuck again, then it flows again.  It’s just a process.  Just trust your way of doing it.  You can’t do it wrong.  Just start listing your successes… personal and professional.

2.         What Were You’re Breakthroughs and Stretches?

Some of these are those big bold breakthroughs, and sometimes these are those things that felt like failures at the time but now that you look back you learned a lot and grew a lot.  This is more the internal stuff or the lessons about your process.

What did you do last year that you hadn’t before?  What did you learn, maybe about your self, your life, business?  What were some of those work/life lessons you learned that knocked you down and you got back up?  What were some beliefs you had about you, business life, money, etc. that changed?


3.            What’s Changed In Your Business and Your Life?

This is the big picture and the results.  This is the place to look at the impact all of the above had on you, your business, and your life.  It’s easy to make changes and not realize the change… not acknowledge what you’ve done or how far you’ve come.  It’s important to see how far you’ve come.  This is that opportunity to really acknowledge what you’ve done and where it’s gotten you.

Between last year and this year, what’s different?  What changed?  How is your business better?  How is your life better?  How are you a better person? 


4.         What Worked, and What Didn’t?  What’s Serving Me, and What’s Not?

Now that you’re on that solid ground of knowing what you’ve accomplished and the impact of it, it’s time to dissect a bit.  Check in and make sure you’re going in the right direction, that things are working, that the things you’re doing are working for you.

Your answers to this question will really help you when it’s time to set your goals for next year.  Think of the farming metaphor again… the farmer looking at his crop.  Did he grow as many carrots as he wanted?  Did he like the flavor?  Do they bring in the money he wanted?  Are they good for the land?  What needs to change?  What could he try?  What did he try that didn’t work?  All with thoughts of growing a better crop next year.

Now look at your “crop” closely, with the thought of being more successful next year… What were your failures, what didn’t work?   What have you been doing that isn’t serving you?  Did you put your time and energy into things that didn’t pan out?  Were there things that created the desired result but felt like more work than they were worth?  Maybe you found a new method of getting customers but found that they aren’t the type of people you want to work with – so the method worked but next year you’ll need to tweak something.  Are you trying to do something because you think you should and you just can’t get it to work?  Are you wasting your time on something?

5.            Celebrate!  Enjoy Your Harvest.

What would you like to acknowledge yourself for?  You worked hard, I know that because a slacker would not still be reading.

When New Year Eve and that stroke of midnight comes, say and feel a moment of gratitude for all you’ve done and all it’s created.  Building a business, being a leader, and making a difference are not easy.  You have chosen a path worth walking, acknowledge your self for it… for who you are and what you’ve done.

Congratulations!

p.s.  If this was helpful for you, please share it with other who will benefit from it… we can all use help right now.  Thank you!

 

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    • Employment Associate 
Renton, Washington 
Sergey Dunayev
      Posted by Sergey Dunayev, Renton, Washington | Dec 29, 2010  Flag_post

      Interesting point of view, helps to deal with year-end results analysis; good points regarding planning goals next year.

    • Entrepreneur Coach, Business Consultant & Motivational Speaker 
Seattle, Washington 
Lisa Bradley, CPC
      Posted by Lisa Bradley, CPC, Seattle, Washington | Dec 29, 2010  Flag_post

      Hey Sergey!

      Thank you for your comment.

      It’s funny, while I was writing it up I did it myself, which I do every year, and every year I forget how great it is to look at my year with this perspective. It helps me to look at my year clearly when I’ve just acknowledged my successes.

      We did this in the last Mastermind Monday and it was great. It’s great to do in a group – we acknowledge our biggest success to each other. Very powerful. Next Mastermind, which I’m changing a bit is “Creating a Compelling Vision”, and February is “Strategizing for Greater Success”. I hope to see you at another one soon!

      Go For Extraordinary!
      Lisa

    • Career Counselor 
Seattle, Washington 
Laila Atallah
      Posted by Laila Atallah, Seattle, Washington | Dec 29, 2010  Flag_post

      Lovely, Lisa. Thank you so much for sharing this. Like you, my husband and I go through this reflecting and dreaming process almost every year. I’m going to enjoy incorporating some of your insights and interesting questions and takes on things. You’ve added more richness to an already enriching process. Wishing you a wonderful year ahead!

      Laila

      www.CareerCounselingWithaTwist.com

  • Copywriter and Editor, Specializing in Website Content 
Seattle, Washington 
Russell Smith
    Posted by Russell Smith, Seattle, Washington | Dec 29, 2010  Flag_post

    Powerful article, Lisa.

    You’ve put in clear steps so anyone can use this assessment tool.

    I think all of us are planting new seeds throughout the year, so harvesting at the end completely resonates with me.

  • Accounting Resource CEO 
Seattle, Washington 
Linda  Paffel
    Posted by Linda Paffel, Seattle, Washington | Dec 29, 2010  Flag_post

    Thanks Lisa- This is a wonderful recap, it would be a great help to review with this article several times a year.

  • Creative Entrepreneur Coach, Artist's Way Facilitator 
Seattle, Washington 
Victoria Dzenis
    Posted by Victoria Dzenis, Seattle, Washington | Dec 29, 2010  Flag_post

    Thank you Lisa!

    What a well-thought-out process for completing the year and preparing for the next!

  • Personal Wardrobe Stylist/Style & Beauty Coach/Image Consultant 
Seattle, Washington 
Debby Sutherland
    Posted by Debby Sutherland, Seattle, Washington | Dec 29, 2010  Flag_post

    Lisa,

    Thank you for your article! I love the “farming/harvesting” analogy. It’s easy to relate to.

    Assessing 2010 by focusing on successes definitely puts you in a better place to move forward in planning and setting goals for 2011. Evaluating what worked & didn’t work, celebrating what we’ve done and become will definitely lead to a more powerful and successful future. Appreciate your 5 steps to help you do the above.

    Wishing you an extraordinary 2011!

    Debby

  • Career Catalyst & Business Coach 
Phoenix, Arizona 
Richard Baum
    Posted by Richard Baum, Phoenix, Arizona | Dec 31, 2010  Flag_post

    How true, especially when we have loftier goals and expectations for ourselves than we might have for others. Very easy to focus on how far we are from our destination and dismiss how far we have come.

    This is very timely as we begin a new year by setting goals and developing a strategic plan for achieving them. Taking a look back at our accomplishments encourages and motivates us to continue the journey.

    Thank you for this wonderful template for ourselves and our clients. All the best for a truly wondrous and adventuresome New Year!

  • Entrepreneur Coach, Business Consultant & Motivational Speaker 
Seattle, Washington 
Lisa Bradley, CPC
    Posted by Lisa Bradley, CPC, Seattle, Washington | Jan 06, 2011  Flag_post

    First, I want to say how fabulous it is that I’ve met all of you… I love my mastermind groups for so many reasons, right now I feel so grateful that I’ve met all of you and supported you and your success! What a great year it’s been. That is FABULOUS! Obviously I did the Harvest too.

    Lovely Laila… You are so welcome. I’m glad you enjoyed it. Thank you for reminding me of years past when I did this exercise with friends. It’s so powerful.
    – I wish you a wonderful year too!

    Russell… Thank you. We do plant seeds and then often go on to the next without checking to see, and feel good about, what we’ve grown. And we so need that. It’s a good practice for our selves and it’s good to point our friend’s successes out to them, to remind each other of our wins and accomplishments.

    Linda & Victoria… I am so glad you were at my December Mastermind and got to do this in the group and celebrate your wonderful selves… and acknowledge your selves in front of all of us to celebrate you! Yea! That was fabulous. Thank you for coming and yes, this is a great tool to use throughout the year. It’s very useful after completing a project, or to do quarterly.

    Debby, Hi! Yes, what most don’t know is that I’m a farm girl at heart. I love the earth and grew up near farms. I’m glad the steps help and that you’re choosing to give your self the gift of them… I hope they support you in building an extraordinary year!

    And Richard, we miss you! Thanks for popping your head and your comments in. Yes, it is a great tool for clients. My clients work so hard, and often don’t recognize it until I point it out… I bet you experience that with your clients too. I hope you’re having a wonderful time in Phoenix, and that your business is growing in leaps and bounds.

    Happy 2011! Thank you again for your comments and your rating me… I do want to know what you think, and what I can do to support you.

    Make it Extraordinary!
    Lisa

 

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Face the Thing You Fear and Step Back Into Your Power

Face the Thing You Fear and Step Back Into Your Power

Is there that one thing that you know you should take care of, poking at you? It’s in the back of your mind, negatively impacting your self confidence and your business? Here’s help.
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Are you feeling overwhelmed? Is the current economy, the news and whatever adversity you’re facing in your own life making everything feel difficult? Are you feeling stuck?

Is there that one thing, or maybe a few things, that you know you should face and take care of poking at you? It’s in the back of your mind every minute. Maybe it’s a call from a creditor that you need to return, mail to open, a voicemail to listen to, or checking your investments or bank balance, maybe it’s about your business, or maybe something personal.

Whatever it is, when we avoid something, like that thing poking at you, and don’t face it… it eats at our self esteem. We start thinking we can’t handle things, not just that thing but other things. We start believing that whatever it is we’re facing is bigger than we are.

Is that how you’re feeling? Would you like to feel better?

Take a deep breath. There’s only one thing to do. You know you have to face it. Simple, but not so easy, right? Maybe it is?

Have you ever had that experience of finally facing something and finding out it wasn’t as bad as you thought? Or maybe it was as bad as you thought or worse but it was easier to face and know than to have it looming like some huge monster in the closet.

What it really takes is The Decision To Face It… and Just Do It!

What I know is… You’re courage and willingness to face whatever that thing is that you’ve been avoiding can build your sense of personal power. What does that mean? Facing the challenge head on can be just the thing to strengthen you enough to take the next step, and the next and start making things better for you.

Are you ready? Are you willing to face your adversity, to take the bull by the horns, to know “I am the power in my world and I can do this!” Yes! Go! Take that first step to turn things around. You will feel so much better about yourself, and life might still be challenging but you’ll have a chance and a choice to make it better.

Remember:
– You can do this.
– You are not alone, there are so many people out there having a hard time. Get in community with people that are challenged too – just make sure they’re also working on stepping forward too.
– Ask for help, or someone to lean on. Don’t isolate – that just makes it worse.
– Help someone else. It’s great to get help and often it’s equally great to give it. It helps you feel connected again and It helps you remember how capable you are and that you have something of value – who you are, your friendship.

Affirmation: Today I have choices. I am the power in my world. Today, I am doing what it takes to build a better life for myself. I can do this!

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You are the power in your world! Face your adversity and you’ll know it.

I know you can do it!

 

 
 

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    Volunteer Abroad Crowdfunder<br />
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PJ Harris
    Posted by PJ Harris, Seattle, Washington | Jan 14, 2010  Flag_post

    Just what I needed to read today! Thanks, Lisa.

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Getting ‘Your’ New Customers, ‘Your’ New Job…and Having Work You Love!

Getting ‘Your’ New Customers, ‘Your’ New Job…and Having Work You Love!

Are you having trouble getting new customers/a new job? It could be the economy or that the job/customers you’re looking for aren’t what you really want. What if you went for “your” new job/customers?
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Imagine having work that you love, working with people that bring out the best in you – both peers and those you serve (whether in a business or in a job).  Is that the work (job/clients/cutomers) that you’re currently looking for, or are you just looking for work?

It may seem that finding a job, or getting those new customers and getting money coming in right now is the only focus… but, what if you’re feeling resistant to getting that new job/those new customers?  What if in some way, that you may or may not be aware of, you’re holding back because they’re not what you really want?

Are you looking for anything that’s out there or are you looking for what’s best for you, what your passionate about, what’s great?  Whether it’s a new job or new customers, going for what you really want, what’s right for you, will motivate you, inspire you and support you in doing what it takes.  Think about it.  If you’re doing job search or marketing activities and you’re trying for something you don’t really want, is your heart really going to be in it. 

Now, what if you’re going for the job that you would love working at, going for the customers you would love serving?  It’s about finding the perfect job/customers for you, finding the right niche and target market.  What does that mean?  Read on…

Imagine it this way…. if you have grocery store experience (whether it’s as an employee, owner, or service provider).  You have a full range of the type of grocery stores available.  If being able to get things done quickly, or having the lowest price is important to you, and something your passionate about, there are grocery stores that offer that.  If you’re environmentally conscious, there are grocery stores that focus on that.

Imagine too, the type of people who work at those different stores and the people who will shop at them.  One group will feel totally right for you and one will probably feel wrong to you… and the opposite will be true for someone else.  Does that make sense?

Bring your values, and your skills and experience together.  What do you really want?  

Go for a job you want.  Go for those new customers that you will love being around.  That will propel your search. We can feel passionate about what we do, who we work with and who we  serve/work for.  It’s totally possible and it will bring us great success, long and short term.

Job Seekers:  What kind of job are you going for?  Open up to the possibilities available to you.  Say you have computer skills.  There is a huge range in the types of businesses out there looking for people with skills like yours.  Are you a good fit?  Would they want you?  Would you want to work for them?  If it’s more than a paycheck, if it’s a company you value and people you enjoy working with… think of the impact that will have on your success.  Imagine years down the road, where could you be if you were passionate about what you did and worked with the kind of people you wanted to work with today.

Business Owners:  What kind of service/business do you have?  What areas are available to you to work in (niche)?  What types of people could you work with (target market)?  What would bring out the best in you?  Who would you feel passionate about working with and supporting?  Open up to what could be.  Say you’re a marketing specialist.  How would you feel helping a client market something that you didn’t feel great about having in the market, not horrible, just not great?  How would you feel about them and yourself?  It may be subtle but it’s there, it’s not great.

Now imagine if you only had clients who you loved marketing their products/services.  You got to work with people who valued creating those products/services.  It’s a whole different ball game.  You will be so much more successful when you find your group of people to serve/create a product for.  You’ll love working with and for them… your best will come out, you will really want them to succeed.  You’ll feel better about you.  You’ll be more successful, and they will know that their success matters to you, that they are not just another dollar (referrals!). They are your passion, your purpose… what you value.  That will bring out the best in you.

Don’t you already feel more excited… you can have work you love!  Go for what you really want.

Imagine too the impact working around people that share similar interest, values, and ways of being in the world.  That too will impact your life… the quality of all your life.  You’ll feel that you fit in and belong, and you’ll know that you are valued and valuable.  Don’t you deserve that.  Value who you are and what’s special about you.  Go for what you want… and get it.

Okay, start thinking about what you really want.  Start looking for your new job, your new customers and notice the difference in your level of motivation and feeling positive about having it.

If you want more help doing this, combining your skills and work experience together with your values and passions, come to one of my “What Piece of the Puzzle Are You?” workshops.  I give them about every month on biznik.  Imagine how great it would be to love what you do, to have your work add to your life and your happiness, to have it build your confidence and your sense of personal value.  You can have it… and you deserve it!

Value who you are, find your opportunity… and have the adventure of your life!

Lisa

Be someone amazing… be Your Self! ©

 

 

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    Career Catalyst & Business Coach<br />
Phoenix, Arizona<br />
Richard Baum
    Posted by Richard Baum, Phoenix, Arizona | Jun 30, 2009  Flag_post

    Your passion for what you do shines through in everything you do. Thank you for an inspiring and thought provoking article. You have a gift. Thank you for sharing it.

     
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    personal trainer<br />
Auburn, Alabama<br />
Kate Conwell
    Posted by Kate Conwell, Auburn, Alabama | Jul 01, 2009  Flag_post

    Great article. Very thought provoking for me. I appreciate all that you do Lisa!

     
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    Life Wellness Coach & Educator<br />
Seattle, Washington<br />
Lilian Mavridara MA
    Posted by Lilian Mavridara MA, Seattle, Washington | Jul 02, 2009  Flag_post

    That was beautiful… Exactly what I needed to read today.

     
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    Healing Arts, Counseling<br />
Denver, Colorado<br />
Elizabeth Ocean
    Posted by Elizabeth Ocean, Denver, Colorado | Jul 10, 2009  Flag_post

    This article was very inspiring. I normally share the same truths but on occasion, agonize over choices. Connecting with these words, I was back in the flow in minimal time. Thank you and thanks for the add.

     
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    Seattle Printing, Mailing Services, Fulfillment Services<br />
Bellingham, Washington<br />
Jess Robinson
    Posted by Jess Robinson, Bellingham, Washington | Sep 03, 2009  Flag_post

    This is terrific, Lisa! What I love most about your article is the idea of digging a little deeper to find the types of people/organizations/causes to work with that you’re passionate about. That single nuance is something I had not considered until I tuned into your message. That can make all the difference in one’s willingness to make a real contribution through their work.

    Thanks for sharing this.

     
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    Postural Therapy & Movement Rehabilitation<br />
Seattle, Washington<br />
Sukie Baxter
    Posted by Sukie Baxter, Seattle, Washington | Jan 26, 2010  Flag_post

    Lisa,

    I stepped away from my target market for a while and went in a new direction. I had become frustrated, confused, and worn out. Lately, I have really, really missed that piece of my business because it’s where the joy is for me. Your article was spot on. Thank you!

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About Lisa K. Bradley Coaching & Consulting

About Lisa K. Bradley Coaching & Consulting

I specialize in working with entrepreneurs and leaders who have a personal mission to make a difference in the world socially, environmentally or spiritually through their businesses. I help them own and appreciate who they are, uncover their gifts and dreams, and the power and passion to go for them to build powerful, profitable businesses that make a difference.

My clients hire me to help them grow their business a bit… the possibility that they see before them. I help them see beyond that, to see what’s really possible and go for that… to Go For Extraordinary. Feeling empowered, going for what they really want, and experiencing the success and freedom that they didn’t realize they could have.

If you’re ready to do something extraordinary with you business, I’d love to support you. Check out my monthly mastermind, my workshops, my quarterly coaching/mastermind groups, or one-on-one coaching with me… whether a full coaching program or a single session to get you unstuck and powerfully moving forward.

Call today for a Complimentary Strategy Session to discover how I can help you make your difference through your business in a way that makes you come alive, creates greater success and profit. Call 206.937.1037 or go to www.LisaKBradley.com today.

Your success is my business and I’d love to support you in going for the success that you dream of and make your difference in the world. I am a Certified Professional Coach from the Academy For Coach Training and have been coaching and doing business consulting for over 15 years and I love it. I’d love to support you.

Go For Your Dream, Make Your Difference… Live An Extraordinary Life!

 

Specialties
 I challenge and inspire people to be all they dream of being. To believe in themselves, to know the value of who they are, what they do, their way, and their talents. Building success in innovative ways that value who you are versus sticking you in a box that doesn’t work for you. We build powerful personal success practices that strengthen you and will positively impact you throughout your life. Helping you to make your difference in the world in a way that empowers you and naturally leads to greater success and profit, while adding to your quality of life.

As a coach, I believe in my clients. I hold them big and I nudge them to be who they want to be in the world and do what they long to do… including living their personal values in all they do, trusting their instincts and leading their way in the world, and not settling for the status quo in any area of thier life.

Education

I am a Certified Professional Coach, trained at the Academy for Coach Training in 2001. I am a life long learner… I read about a book a week – a combination of business building, management, sales/marketing, success/personal development, spiritual, and coaching skills. I take classes whenever I want to learn something new. I’ve taken classes at the University of Washington, the American Management Association, at community colleges, and many other programs and venues. Life fascinates me and I love to learn and grow…

Experience

I have been coaching for over 15 years, and giving workshops for seven. I’ve coached Executives and Entrepreneurs (of companies from 1 to 60,000 employees), Service Providers, Leaders, Students, and Individuals wanting to step powerfully into their calling/right livelihood. Powerful, values driven people that wanted to make a difference in the world…or their corner of it.

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3 Steps to Un-Limiting Your Possibilities for New Clients?

3 Steps to Un-Limiting Your Possibilities for New Clients?

Whether you’re a business owner looking for clients/customers or a job seeker looking for a job it can feel impossible now… what if it’s not? Here are 3 simple steps to Unlimiting Your Possibilities even during this recession.
Written Apr 30, 2009, read 1779 times since then.
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The biggest block people often have about their future possibilities is thinking that what they really want can’t or won’t happen.  Thinking that what they want is too big, too much or just not possible…thinking there aren’t jobs, there aren’t clients/customers.  Or, thinking they don’t have what it takes, that they aren’t good enough to get them.

I think we’ve all been there at one time or another in our lives.  I have, depending on the size of my goal or what’s going on around me, and most of my clients have hit that wall too…no matter how successful they are.  Right now with all the negative news about the recession it’s even easier to feel those ways and we can get stuck.

We get stuck and limit ourselves by thinking something isn’t possible, for whatever reason.  Then without even realizing it, we don’t really try.  We might think we are but we’re not really putting ourselves out there and not going for it.

So, how do you go from limiting your possibilities to having what you want – that great new job or those new clients/customers?

Most say the first part of that process is knowing what you want.  I say there is a step before that.

Step #1:  Open Up To Possibilities.

This isn’t really a ‘to do’ step.  It’s an ongoing practice.  Often before we will even let ourselves know what we want, we have to believe that maybe, just maybe, it’s possible.

– Maybe that great job, the one that you really want is out there waiting for you to fill it.

– Maybe those clients/customers are out there looking for your services right now.

If you knew that, you’d have the positive attitude to go for it, to do what it takes and end up in front of them, ready and willing.  (I don’t want to minimize the challenges going on in the world or your life right now.  I can say this because my clients are getting good jobs/clients/customers even in this recession.  I know this works.)

So, before you even start, don’t pre-judge.  For now, let go of thinking about “How?” or “Is it possible?”  At this point, don’t limit your options.  As you move forward in this process, if those limiting thoughts come up just be aware of them and say, “I’m not sure if that’s true or not” and just leave it. It’s often just fear of the new and what we don’t know, or fear that what we want can’t happen so we don’t even find out.

This is a great place to strengthen that faith muscle… know that the end result will be good and that this is just the process of getting there.  You get to look at the feasibility in Step 3.  For now, just open up to what might be.

– Every truly great accomplishment is at first impossible! – Fortune Cookie

So, when you move into the next step and start thinking about what you really want, thinking of that next job/client/customer and how you’re going to get them just set aside ‘I can’t because…’ or ‘I want this but…’ Let it go.  Now is just a time for curiosity and being open to what you really want.

Step #2:  What Do You Really Want?

So, now… What do you want?  Not what you think you can have or what you think is possible.  This is your time to open up to knowing what you desire for you.

– Your Job – What kind of job, what does it pay, is it close to home, it is downtown, who would you work with, on what… add your passion and your purpose, what would you love?  What do you REALLY want?

– Your Business – How many clients/customers?  What kind of clients/customers?  How much income?  What would you love working with them on/with?  What would you love?  What do you REALLY want?

Be open.  Believe in the possibilities and in yourself.  Any time you get stuck or think it’s not possible… remember… Step #1:  Open Up To Possibilities… to Your Possibilities!  Now again… What do you really want?

– “Whether we think we can or think we can’t, we’re right” – Henry Ford

I’ll be writing a couple more articles to help you clarify what you want, and for now, just think of the highest and best of what you want.  What is your next stretch, your dream, or your vision… what do you want?  Make it realistic and exciting.

So, there’s your want…now the dreaded “but.”  But can it really happen?

Step #3:  I See, I See!  Are you ready to see clearly?

So, this is where the truth comes out.  Often times we pre-judge or limit ourselves without really looking at the real feasibility of things.  Well, so far you haven’t done that.  You have this vision of what you want, that may or may not be possible.  Let’s find out.  By the way, what I’ve noticed from years of working with clients… often when we don’t really stop and think about it, we decide something is impossible, when it really is possible.

The “I See!” helps me remember the deeper meaning of “IC,IC” or “It Can, I Can!”. (You’ll get it in a minute.)

So, “It Can!” is where you question, “Can it be done?  Is what you want possible?”  Think about it, are others doing what you want?

– Are there those jobs out there?

– Are there those clients/customers out there?

– Is someone getting them?

(This is also a great place to come back to and look at, “how?”  If they did, how did they?  What did they do?  What worked?)

So… Can it be done?  If the answer is yes, “It Can!”

Next, “I Can!” is where you question, “Can I do it?”

– Can you do what they’re doing?

– Is it really possible for you?

– Can you take the steps they’re taking and make it work?

Now, do you see clearly?  Can you do it?  Did you come up with, “Yes, It Can!  Yes, I Can!”?  If you didn’t, find something different.  You just saved yourself lots of heartache.

If you did… know that when you really believe something is possible, like now, and see that it is possible for you, that triggers your mind to find ways to make it happen.  Know that.  And, decide you are going to make it happen.  The “How To” comes when you believe you can.  Then you take the next indicated step and your way is already clear… I see!  I see!  Do you feel differently, a sense of possibility?  Greater hope?

Do you see?  You can have what you want. 

1.         Open up to what’s possible.

2.         Know what you want.

3.         Know “It Can! I Can!” and go for it.

So, what’s your next step?  What did the person that was successful do?  What do you need to do?  Go do it!  Now it’s up to you to go get it and if any step along the way feels too big, check in again, Can it?  Can I?  See Clearly.  Open Up To Your Possibilities and Live The Life That You Imagine.

–           “If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.”  – Thomas Edison

 

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    Publicist/Screenwriter<br /><br />
Mountain View, California<br /><br />
Danek Kaus
    Posted by Danek Kaus, Mountain View, California | Apr 30, 2009  Flag_post

    Just what people need to read at this time. Keep up the good work!

    Danek Follow me on Twitter http://twitter.com/DanekS

     
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    Entrepreneur Coach, Business Consultant & Motivational Speaker<br /><br />
Seattle, Washington<br /><br />
Lisa Bradley, CPC
    Posted by Lisa Bradley, CPC, Seattle, Washington | May 01, 2009  Flag_post

    Hi Danek,

    Thank you so much. And thank you also for your appreciation… people need to read that at a time like this too.

    To Our Possibilities! Lisa

     
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    Brand Consultant<br /><br />
Phoenix, Arizona<br /><br />
Ken Peters
    Posted by Ken Peters, Phoenix, Arizona | May 01, 2009  Flag_post

    Lisa

    I’ve spent the whole day unsuccessfully trying to avoid the doom and gloom of the news. The media can really bring you down, even when your own outlook is positive. They really hammered me today. I’m glad I took the time to read your article. It’s an affirming way to wrap up the day, and start tomorrow on a positive foot again.

    Thanks.

    Ken Peters | Nocturnal Graphic Design Studio

     
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    Internet marketer<br /><br />
citrus Heights, California<br /><br />
Viswanath Vundi
    Posted by Viswanath Vundi, citrus Heights, California | May 02, 2009  Flag_post

    Great article

     
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    Graphic Design and Marketing Consultant<br /><br />
Fairbanks, Alaska<br /><br />
Cassandra Cerny
    Posted by Cassandra Cerny, Fairbanks, Alaska | May 04, 2009  Flag_post

    Hi Lisa,

    Thanks for a great Mastermind today! Like your article, it was very motivational.

    Cassandra

     
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    Entrepreneur Coach, Business Consultant & Motivational Speaker<br /><br />
Seattle, Washington<br /><br />
Lisa Bradley, CPC
    Posted by Lisa Bradley, CPC, Seattle, Washington | May 21, 2009  Flag_post

    Hi,

    I am so glad you’re getting so much out of my article.

    It’s up to all of us to motivate and support ourselves and each other by spreading good, talking about what’s working and appreciating all that we have – in the world and within ourselves.

    Lisa

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A Prescription for Success: Are You Doing What It Takes?

A Prescription for Success: Are You Doing What It Takes?

Do you want to be more successful, make more money, have a better life, maybe even better relationships? Are you sure?

Written Jan 19, 2009, read 2237 times on biznik since then. 

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Are you committed to your success, having your life be better, creating strong relationships, or are you committed to… something else?

One measure, look at the results of your business and life. Do you have what you want? Is it the life and the business/work that you dream of?

WARNING: Before we go on, know that you might read the next paragraph and think, “That’s not me. I don’t do that.” But before you quit reading, consider whether you are having the results in your business and are reaching the level of success you want. If the answer is no, then read on… especially if you don’t want to!

The second measure is are you spending your time building and creating what you want? Do you have a plan, goals, are you taking steps each day to build your dream, to create the success that you want? Or… and this is where it gets uncomfortable… Or, are you spending your time making excuses, blaming, complaining, telling your story about why it didn’t or doesn’t work, using the economy as an excuse, or just avoiding thinking about it at all? Yeow!

That might be uncomfortable to read. What’s more uncomfortable is to have your business fail, your life turn out poorly, or to find yourself so deep in debt that you’re overwhelmed because you weren’t facing what wasn’t working. The only way to change things, to have the level of success you want in your business and your life is to face this: Either you are building what you want, or you’re trying to be comfortable with what is really not comfortable by putting the focus on something else.

It is up to you to decide… do you want the success and life you desire or do you want the excuse? You can’t have both. This may sound harsh but I’d rather get in your face now, get you uncomfortable with what’s not working so that you’ll make the changes you need to, to have the life you desire.

That sounds hard until you start doing it. Imagine… going for what you really want instead of settling, finding out that you are the person you always knew you could be, doing the great things that you always knew, somewhere within you, that you could.

There’s a side note here. Maybe you believe that you can’t, that you don’t know how, that you’re not good enough… whatever limiting belief… I’m here to tell you, “IT’S NOT TRUE! YOU HAVE EVERYTHING WITHIN YOU AND AVAILABLE TO YOU TO CREATE THE LEVEL OF SUCCESS AND THE LIFE YOU DESIRE!” You just need to take the first step, then the next… What if you really could have the level of success and life you wanted and the only thing that was stopping you… was you. If you’re not as successful as you want, that’s probably the case. So, let’s get to the solution. The way to change anything is to change what you think, say and do. That’s it.

The Prescription:

  1. Listen to Yourself. What are you saying, in the world and in your head? Are you talking success or failure? Are you talking and thinking, “I can” and “It’s possible”? You’re not going to find solutions if you’re not looking for them. If your thoughts are on “can’t” you’re not looking for solutions, you’re looking for excuses…and you’re smart and capable, so you’ll find whatever you’re looking for.
  2. Get Really Uncomfortable, Face What Isn’t Working. What do you want that you don’t have? Success, great relationships, enough money, time to play. What aren’t you doing that you need to be doing? Are you showing up and following through or not? Are you being the person, on a daily basis, that will get you the success and the life that you want? If you’re not, face it.
  3. DECIDE that you are going to do what it takes to change. Change won’t happen until you decide to make it happen. Get to the point that you say, “I hate this! I want something different! I’m going to do something about it!” Then…
  4. Change Your Thoughts & Words to Support Your Success. There is a catch to this, with all the self help and spiritual tools out there, people are learning to make the uncomfortable comfortable. So use your thoughts and words not to make yourself comfortable with what isn’t working but to believe in yourself and believe that what you desire is possible. Use your words and thoughts to support you in moving forward and going for it. Thoughts and words are often just habitual so stay conscious and practice thinking and talking like a winner until it become a habit, then keep doing it.
  5. DO Something. What I’ve found with my clients and myself is that we know what to do, at least the next step. The trick is, doing it. Do what you know you need to do today. The next step that’s right in front of you, do it. When you’ve done that, what’s next? Do that.
  6. Go For It! Take the risk to do what you really want to do. I know it’s not easy to really go for what you want, to step out on that limb, close that sale, publish that article, talk to that successful stranger, risk… but do you really want an easy life? Or, do you want a life filled with great experiences, being fully alive, believing in yourself and going for your dream, making it happen, going for the real deal?

Now that you have the prescription, use it to create the life and success you want. This may sound hard until you start doing it.  But… imagine going for what you really want instead of settling, and finding out that you are the person you always knew you could be!

 

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    Chiropractor<br />
Seattle, Washington<br />
Stephen Lachuta
    Posted by Stephen Lachuta, Seattle, Washington | Jan 21, 2009  Flag_post

    Great article. Brought up some great points to think about and help me get things back on track. Thank you. ~Dr. Stephen Lachuta Northgate Chiropractic

     
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    Interactive Marketing Consultant<br />
Portland, Oregon<br />
Jean Ann Van Krevelen
    Posted by Jean Ann Van Krevelen, Portland, Oregon | Jan 21, 2009  Flag_post

    Nice article…I like the kick in the rear factor!

     
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    Effectiveness & Efficiency Expert, Process Improvement Consultant<br />
Seattle, Washington<br />
Pete DiSantis
    Posted by Pete DiSantis, Seattle, Washington | Jan 21, 2009  Flag_post

    Right on Lisa. Get in my face! We have to notice what is not working so we can make a course correction and another, and another, etc.

    Dr. Robert Anthony says, “You can only have two things in life, Reasons or Results. Reasons don’t count.”

    I’m tickled you wrote this article.

     
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    Marketing Executive, Customer Relationship Marketing<br />
Kent, Washington<br />
Phil Germer
    Posted by Phil Germer, Kent, Washington | Jan 23, 2009  Flag_post

    Hi Lisa,

    Good job, I can tell you come from your heart.

    Thanks Phil

     
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    Entrepreneur Coach, Business Consultant & Motivational Speaker<br />
Seattle, Washington<br />
Lisa Bradley, CPC
    Posted by Lisa Bradley, CPC, Seattle, Washington | Jan 26, 2009  Flag_post

    Hi Fabulous Ones,

    I love that you are finding value in this article. That tells me that you really do what better, you want to be successful and go for your dreams. YES! That’s what I want for you too… and why I wrote the article.

    Now… are you (we :) going to do what it takes? Go for it! Do what it takes and have the success and life you dream of. If you need a push, you know where to find me and I’d love to support you.

    To Our Success!
    Lisa

     
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    Real Estate Agent, Realtor, Managing Broker, Real Estate Consultant, Waterfront & View Property Specialist, First-time Buyer Specialist, Trusted Advisor<br />
Bellevue, Washington<br />
Julie A. Hall, MBA
    Posted by Julie A. Hall, MBA, Bellevue, Washington | Jan 28, 2009  Flag_post

    Lisa, This hits home for me. The “just do it” action is really scary for a lot of people, but after last year as a Realtor I decided that I really wanted to be in this business for the long term, so I needed to make some changes, and that meant “just doing it!” Eventually you will get over the uncomfortable stage and your life gets exciting — knowing that you can create what you want for yourself in life is very powerful. Good luck to everyone in 2009! It’s going to be a great year ~

     
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    Online Community for Entrepreneurs<br />
Seattle, Washington<br />
Lynn Baldwin-Rhoades
    Posted by Lynn Baldwin-Rhoades, Seattle, Washington | Jan 29, 2009  Flag_post

    Lisa, your article reminded me of when I get caught up in knots, which is how I think of my “nots”:

    The website’s not up yet, the relationship with the client I want is *not” developed yet, etc.

    Time to loosen those stubborn knots and just move forward with things. Thanks for inspiring me.

     
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    financial services professional<br />
Seattle, Washington<br />
Ross Cottrell
    Posted by Ross Cottrell, Seattle, Washington | Jan 29, 2009  Flag_post

    Lisa,

    I really needed to hear this. Thank you for taking the time to write this article. Very helpful and positive.

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Will Your Business Succeed or Fail in This Economy?

Will Your Business Succeed or Fail in This Economy?

In every economy there are businesses that fail and businesses that come out ahead. The difference is often the owner of the business. Here are some tips to help you be successful, no matter what.

Written Dec 08, 2008, read 3774 times on biznik since then.

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If you’re an entrepreneur, business owner, service provider or in sales the economy right now may be affecting your business but whether or not your business succeeds or fails is up to you, not the economy.  That’s good news.

In every economy there are businesses within the same industry that fail and businesses that come out ahead. The difference is often the owner of the business.  Are they feeling stuck and paralyzed by outside influences, like the economy, or have they decide that they will do what it takes and be successful, no matter what.

There are two responses to what’s going on right now…either fear or opportunity… either you feel overwhelmed and shrink or you see what you’re made of, what you can do and strengthen yourself to meet those outside influences (Yahoo!).  It’s all perspective and choice.  In every economy there are people that come out ahead, that make money and do great.  Why not have it be you that succeeds! 

It starts with your attitude.  It’s not just about pushing harder, it’s about coming up with good ideas, following through on them, and doing so in a way that works.  With a negative attitude, with a belief that things are bad and won’t work, none of that is possible.  So, to create a successful business and be a winner, start from within and follow up with action.

Empower yourself by what you think and say and do… these tips may seem too simple but give them a try and see if they make a difference in your life and your business.

Start Your Day by Reading Something Positive.  Before you start looking at your To Do List, take fifteen minutes to read something positive, a book on success, prosperity, spirituality, wealth, positive thinking – something positive first thing in the morning.  Some of my current recommendations are:

  • The Slight Edge – Jeff Olson
  • Think and Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill
  • The Magic of Thinking Big – David Schwartz
  • Secrets of Six Figure Woman – Barbara Stanny
  • You Can Heal Your Life – Louise Hay

Read something that inspires and empowers you, that makes you feel good, like you could conquer the world, or at least your world.  Start your day on a positive note.

Decide What You’ll Accomplish Each Day.  I’ve noticed with my clients that when things get challenging and they get stressed they start doing busy work instead of going for it, they start feeling overwhelmed and freeze.  So, after raising your attitude and outlook by your positive reading, decide where you want to go next with your business, what you need to do to be successful and what you’ll do today to get there.  Set goals and make a plan for your day.  Decide what you want to do, where you want to go, and how successful you want to be.

Okay, your attitude is better, the next step is the doing.

Take Action – Do What It Takes To Succeed.  Do what you need to do today.  You’ll feel better.  Do something that will give you a sense of accomplishment and that will make a difference in your life and for your business.  Make some sales calls, go to a networking event and network, do that thing that you’ve been putting off… Do Something.  Show yourself that you mean business, that you’re going for it, and that you are going to get it.  Be a success today!

To keep it simple and powerful, pick 1 to 3 Priority Action Items each day that are musts, not just ‘to do’ items but what you know you must do to move forward.  These are items you are committing to do for you self.  Write them down, prioritize them, check them off when you accomplish them, and appreciate you for doing them.

Having a positive attitude is very important and it needs to be followed by directed action to create your good (success, prosperity, wealth, happiness).  It’s taking your power back instead of feeling controlled by outside influences.  Create what you want, not what you think is possible based on the economy or any other outside influence.  Decide what you want to create and take the action to do it.

Take That Action That You’ve Been Putting Off!  If you’re not at the very top of your game, leading in your industry, there are things that you could be doing that you’re not and you know it.  Pick one that inspires you, that will expect more of you than you are giving now and do it.  Choose something that you know would benefit your business.  We can feel insecure, we get scared, we don’t think we’re good enough to do that next thing or reach to that next level, but now is the time, the economy is giving us the opportunity to be more than we thought we could.  Stretch yourself.  Go for it.

Now that you’ve created a great day for yourself, appreciate yourself and all your hard work, and take stock of all the good that is.

Write a Nightly Gratitude List – One of the best things to get you into a better mental space, knowing that good is possible, is to focus on the good that already is.  Think about all you have – your skills, your friends, your opportunities, all the good in your life and business… your customers/clients past, present and future.  List what you do have.  To have a quick shift write a list of “100 Things I’m Grateful For.”

Then every night before you fall asleep write a list of *10 Things I’m Grateful For* so your subconscious mind thinks of all your good while you sleep.  You’ll sleep better and wake in the morning feeling better.  (Won’t that help your business… and all of your life?)

Acknowledge Your Successes – Along with what your grateful for, write what you did today to build your business and make your life better?  Before you go to sleep appreciate and value yourself, write a list of *5 of My Successes Today* so you are focusing on what you have done versus the things that you didn’t do.  There will always be things we didn’t do but focusing on them breaks us down.  Focusing on what we did empowers us to do more and do it better.  And again, you’ll sleep better and you’ll start focusing on what you are doing.  You’ll see the power you have to change your world and your business, you’ll feel better and want to do more because you’re appreciating and valuing you.

In every situation we have the opportunity to build ourselves up to meet the situation or to be beaten by it.  This is a great time to build new tools and create new habits for yourself.  Try these for a week and pay attention to any differences in your business and life.  If they work and support you now, imagine how great they’ll work when the economy swings back around.

You can turn this challenging time into your adventure… don’t you want to know what you’re made of?  Don’t you want to live to your potential?  What could you do now, that you haven’t done before?  We all want to fulfill our potential, to see what we’re made of and what we’re capable of.  The economy is giving you your chance, what you do with it is up to you…

 

biznik Comments on this article

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    Entrepreneur, Speaker, Profit Optimizer<br />
Renton, Washington<br />
Michael King
    Posted by Michael King, Renton, Washington | Dec 08, 2008  Flag_post

    Nice article and well said! I especially agree with the notion of gratitude. Funny, I watched It’s a Wonderful Life for the first time ever last night and that was also very prevalent there. Good job!

     
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    Joint Venture Specialist<br />
Bellevue, Washington<br />
Louis Weiss
    Posted by Louis Weiss, Bellevue, Washington | Dec 08, 2008  Flag_post

    Attitude does give us the short term direction. We choose what we do or don’t do today. Do you use social media for marketing? Does your referral networking provide you with high quality leads? Do you have joint venture partners that where you both profit from collaborating? I beleive that going past and beyond the short term attitude, is where the charater of a business person lives . Do we have sustainability to maintain our business efforts when family problems occur. Can you or I muster strength in adversity? These questions are really at the heart of each of us to persist no matter what feelings are getting present in the moment. If Edison can go through 10,000 expirements with failure he had something that compelled him forward. I suggest that atttitude is only a starting point for what we are capable of doing. That there is determination and courage we derive from a passion much deeper and more profound than surface attitudes and feelings of worry. That the passion in ones charater is enough to win at our lives and at ou business outsets.

    Thank you for getting me thinking,

    Louis Weiss http://businessnetworkers.blogspot.com

     
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    Managed Service Provider<br />
Escondido, California<br />
IT  TechPros, Inc.
    Posted by IT TechPros, Inc., Escondido, California | Dec 08, 2008  Flag_post

    You hit it right on the money, it is not what is going on externally that impacts a business, it is all about the mindset, the internal attitude of a business owner, and the business activities that impacts a business.

    Thank you for sharing this motivating and encouraging article. I think people will find this helpful regardless of the state of the economy.

     
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    Accountant/Marketing<br />
Kirkland, Washington<br />
Chris Maxfield
    Posted by Chris Maxfield, Kirkland, Washington | Dec 08, 2008  Flag_post

    Making a plan of action is something I know I need to do – and I’ve just started my weekly ‘action plan’; been doing it for the past several weeks – and it works!

    Chris Maxfield Account Services Inc.

     
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    Intuitive Coach: For Business and Personal<br />
Seattle, Washington<br />
Banu Sekendur
    Posted by Banu Sekendur, Seattle, Washington | Dec 08, 2008  Flag_post

    Great reminders Lisa. I especially like how you emphasize honesty with ourselves.

    Some of us aren’t born with a great attitude. :)

    My first reaction when I am faced with is adversity is usually either anger or denial. I don’t tolerate change too well (at first) so it leads to procrastination which is a way to give away my power.

    Here’s how I get around the automatic brakes that kick in times of adversity: I make a list of everything that I know will help me. Yes, including all those that I never ever want to do (either because they take too much time, because I hate asking for help or I am just plain stubborn).

    To me amazement, it usually ends up being a 15-20 item list. Then I look at my list and realize that I am actually not powerless and have plenty of options to improve or reverse this situation.

    I go over my list and scale them 1-10 in terms of how willing I am to take action towards that item. This helps me honor the reaction I have to them and gain control of my feelings back.

    The rest is easy. I immediately do the ones that day that I scaled 8-10. It makes me feel like I am making progress. Some items on that list I know I will never do- probably because of fear or other personality traits that block me. Maybe calling my uncle who is very business savvy but annoying as hell isn’t an something that will prove to be helpful (especially if it makes me waste an hour on the phone with my best friend processing the negative emotions that got stirred up by just hearing his voice).

    Now, the items I chose to follow through might not give me immediate results. But it will give me a tool to manage my emotions and a way to get to know myself better. (It’s hard to ignore those patters that highlight themselves!).

    Anyway, hope someone finds this helpful.

    PS: I have a MAKE YOUR LIST reminder by my computer. It’s the glass I break in times of emergency. :)

     
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    Workshop Facilitator & Month Off Enthusiast<br />
Seattle, Washington<br />
Ruth Hartmann
    Posted by Ruth Hartmann, Seattle, Washington | Dec 08, 2008  Flag_post

    Thanks for this article, Lisa. Sometimes the external factors in life, like the economy, can be very overwhelming. Gratitude, however, is something that is instantly within our reach and one of the easiest ways to change our perspective.

    An attitude of gratitude is empowering because it acknowledges all the amazing things that are already working in our life; and from this place it is a lot easier to take those actions that will contribute to our business success.

    I habitually look for things to be thankful for and am happy to report that the more I do it, the easier my life is becoming. Today I am thankful that I can breathe and that we have such clean air in Seattle.

    I’m also thankful for the great tips posted by fellow Bizniks. :)

     
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    Realtor<br />
Federal Way, Washington<br />
Karen Jackson
    Posted by Karen Jackson, Federal Way, Washington | Dec 08, 2008  Flag_post

    Great article. I completely agree that attitude is everything and it makes such a difference to be thankful for what you already have.

     
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    Intentional Interior Design: feng shui meets green design<br />
Seattle, Washington<br />
Piper Lauri Salogga
    Posted by Piper Lauri Salogga, Seattle, Washington | Dec 08, 2008  Flag_post

    Great article. I also believe that our attitude is everything. I just finished A New Earth by Tolle and he states that we need to be living from, Acceptance, Enjoyment or Enthusiasm to be living consciously — which is o key for me, and I believe all of us.

    I am still amazed every day at how effective putting our positive thoughts into action brings reality (like the Gratitude List you suggested, and focusing on Getting One Thing Done to further our business).

    I so believe in the power of intention and attitude that I’m teaching a Vision Boarding class this Wednesday the 11th at 5Focus from 7-9 PM. If this interests you or any one else reading up, send me an email and I can pass on more details.

    Piper

     
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    CEO / Author<br />
Mountain View, California<br />
Mike Hayden
    Posted by Mike Hayden, Mountain View, California | Dec 09, 2008  Flag_post

    Lisa, Great article!

    I use the following form to complete my day:

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    I fully participated in:

    I supported:

    I felt the support of:

    I give thanks for:

    What didn’t work today?

    Exercise today? Yes/No

    Good diet today? Yes/No

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Getting it all on paper completes the day and creates space for the next day’s magic!

    This form is also handy at team/employee meetings so team-members can clear the air, acknowledge each other, and complete their participation on a high note.

    Regards, Mike Hayden

     
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    Counselor<br />
Seattle, Washington<br />
Noreen Wedman M.S., L.M.H.C.A.
    Posted by Noreen Wedman M.S., L.M.H.C.A., Seattle, Washington | Dec 11, 2008  Flag_post

    Great article Lisa! Putting yourself in a different frame of mind emotionally and feeling that difference in the body do a lot to attract success. I call it Changing Gears. Some people can do it by remembering a time that they felt confident, successful, etc. Some people can summon up that space by visualizing the sensory details of what they would experience if they achieve their goal and then imagining how they would feel. It is that energy that attracts. It is not about ignoring the difficult side of work, but rather take the time to have gratitude and dream your Dreams into Life. Like anything else. consistent practice brings consistent rewards. cheers! Noreen Wedman, MS, http://www.ToolKitForHealing.com

     
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    Cafe DeWitt @ CWU<br />
Ellensburg, Washington<br />
rance dewitt
    Posted by rance dewitt, Ellensburg, Washington | Dec 13, 2008  Flag_post

    I learned from those people on the power of positive thinking…. but you put their philosophy of prose into pure poetry. A flower to you. Yes. The economy tells us something is wrong with us. My suggestions: 1. Surcharge all 4-wheel drives. The cost 10% in fuel and waste enormous resources. Front wheel drive was proven by Chrysler as equal to or better. 2. Bring the troups home and give them drug sniffing dogs to cure the domestic problem with Columbia, Mexico and Venezuela (by default). 3. Stop arming China with every hard earned secret of technology and corporate know-how. Some walls are worth having. 4. Expose the religious right for what they are and idle the left from attacking American Traditions to spite them. 5. Expose television for what it and Hollywood have become and get kids safely out on the streets and parks playing in the natural world of nature as we did when we were kids. 6. Recognize that global warming is an acronym as weapons of mass destruction was. Both came out of Huxley’s and Calwells dialogue. Global warming is just a nice description for over-population and environmental degredation on a cosmic scale…something not to get hot about..but get cool towards. 7. Automobiles are the American Idol. Merchandizing “Cars” was industries’ way of mind-control. Automobiles should be in one of three colors: chocolate, vanilla or strawberry. Re-tooling should be for high performance diesel and plug-in hybrids…not the yearly makeover in cosmetic maskology. 8. If everyone has an equal opinion…then no-ones opinion has any value. More commentary visit Rance DeWitt on Google Firefox.

     
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    Life, Prosperity, and Small Business Coach. Author. Speaker. Trainer. Singer/Songwriter.<br />
Seattle, Washington<br />
Kate Phillips
    Posted by Kate Phillips, Seattle, Washington | Dec 15, 2008  Flag_post

    Thanks Lisa. You’re right, the challenges in the current economy can help us be better at what we do, so that when conditions improve we’ll be set for exponential success!

     
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    Life, Prosperity, and Small Business Coach. Author. Speaker. Trainer. Singer/Songwriter.<br />
Seattle, Washington<br />
Kate Phillips
    Posted by Kate Phillips, Seattle, Washington | Dec 15, 2008  Flag_post

    Thanks Lisa. You’re right, the challenges in the current economy can help us be better at what we do, so that when conditions improve we’ll be set for exponential success! You’ve given us a good roadmap.

     
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    Chef / Business owner<br />
Kent, Washington<br />
Stevan Ahlbeck
    Posted by Stevan Ahlbeck, Kent, Washington | Dec 17, 2008  Flag_post

    Thank You!!

    I have been in a position where the economy has had a very diverse impact on my business and mental outlook. It has had the tendency to impact many aspects of my business and life that I never dreamed possible. This artical is very positive in a negetave related world. Lisa, you are going to hear from me. Once again thanks.

    Stevan Ahlbeck 253 874 3663 (work)

     
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    Entrepreneur Coach, Business Consultant & Motivational Speaker<br />
Seattle, Washington<br />
Lisa Bradley, CPC
    Posted by Lisa Bradley, CPC, Seattle, Washington | Dec 20, 2008  Flag_post

    Hi!

    You guys are so fabulous. I love your comments. You are so insightful.

    Writing this article and having my own experience with the economy has inspired me to find my own opportunities within this adversity… and I am having a fabulous adventure. Check out my new website: www.adversitydoctor.com and if you could use some help turning your adversity into an opportunity, go to my site and sign up for a free Personal Strategy Session with me and let’s see what we can do for you.

    Let’s make 2009 the year we really go for it… and be all that we can be.
    Lisa

    The Adversity Doctor, Turn Your Adversity into Your Opportunity… have the adventure of your life! (c)

     
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    Cafe DeWitt @ CWU<br />
Ellensburg, Washington<br />
rance dewitt
    Posted by rance dewitt, Ellensburg, Washington | Dec 20, 2008  Flag_post

    This is a wonderful stream of dialogue! I was raised Greek Orthodox. Then dialectics was thought of as two (or more) people walking down the railroad tracks and keeping their balance by holding hands. The only way to walk forward! Lately, I gave to my Chamber/University Toastmasters Club a remonstrative speech in which I told them that ATTITUDE has gone extinct with the advent of television and the medias. It is replaced with something called PERCEPTION. Attitude is from the person, perception is from the opinion. I went on to explain how Archemedes put the mathematics of Pythagoras into words. And defined from the Masonic tradition what the fulcrum and the lever symbolize. In fine, the ‘fulcrum’ of his thought actually rested on the word ‘change’. For he said that with a fulcrum (a pyramidal rock) he could move the world (with a lever). He did not say change the world. They understood ‘move the world’ is not to change it. For what moves need not change and what changes…cannot move. The summary that made them sad is that America changes everything and moves nothing. I have always been gladened from childhood by the stream of Carnegie-type people who knew how to keep a balance between building the world and changing it. For this reason I have a stone monument going up at the park for Chief Seattle …just for what he said so nicely in his ‘address’ to that theme.

    The wedding chapel I built with straw bales and spray-on stucco is being dedicated as a memorial to another of those who have gathered by this stream (Pope John Paul). In final I find myself…. gathering the stars that have fallen from Heaven…and putting them in some ontological arrangement. It keeps me in good company anyway. Rance DeWitt on google in Ellensburg with the Celtic Cafe and the Concertpark.us

     
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    Entrepreneur Coach, Business Consultant & Motivational Speaker<br />
Seattle, Washington<br />
Lisa Bradley, CPC
    Posted by Lisa Bradley, CPC, Seattle, Washington | Feb 13, 2009  Flag_post

    Hi!

    If you read this and you’re thinking about trying it…. Just Do It! Go for it…for one week! See what you think and if you notice a change.

    I’ve been getting some great feedback from people who decided to try it for a week and noticed a difference in their lives and businesses.

    I’d love to hear how it goes with you… keep me posted.

    To Our Success!
    Lisa

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If you want a great week, create it! Experience the power of a mastermind group. Be part of a team in which we are all supporting and supported by each other in reaching the goals and level of success that we set for ourselves.

Come ready to give and receive support. Take with you clear goals and action steps and an accountability partner or team to keep you moving forward.

Invite people that you wish were on your pa

yroll. If you’ve met someone and you value their wisdom, experience and insight invite them to be part of your mastermind group. This is a great way to get to know someone better and build your support team. At the event we will break up into smaller groups and mastermind.

For the most powerful experience commit to both the June 9th and 23rd sessions so you can come back together after your two weeks, and share your wins, and your experience of having a group of talented people on your team. Then set intentions for the next two weeks and see about creating your own group.

Bring your positive attitude, team spirit, your gifts, talent and wisdom and your desire to be part of something bigger and better…. Let’s Create a Powerful and Successful, Supportive Community!

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