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This just about says it all…

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“Being realistic is the most commonly traveled road to mediocrity.” ~Will Smith

If you want a little more inspiration from this amazing man, check out this video:

Going for your dreams, believing in yourself and knowing that anything is possible for you can create a miraculous and incredible life. And a, “ridiculous, sick work ethic” helps! :-)

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Get Your Head Into The Game

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Professional athletes are masters at many things, arguably the most important being the ability to get, and keep, their head in the game.

When life or business throws you a curve ball, which it inevitably will, how you handle it mentally will dictate your level of success.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not suggesting that you ignore emotions or over-ride them or anything. I’m simply suggesting that there are moments in time when you may have to refocus your attention for a period on the task at hand, letting go of whatever else might be going on, whether it was a really badly flubbed catch in the previous play, or it’s something really tough going on around you.

Your ability to control your thoughts is one of the single most important keys to your success.

Are you letting anything take you out of the game today?

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Little Hinges…

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“Little hinges swing big doors.” ~ W. Clement Stone

This means so many things to me…

One of the first that comes to mind is taking small, consistent steps toward a big goal will get you there.

Another is thinking about it in reference to relationships… all of the little things you do in relationships build a real connection that can definitely swing big doors.

What are some ways you would interpret this?

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3 ‘Shocking’ Things In My Apartment

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I know. It’s a weird post. And, it has nothing to do with marketing… or does it?

First, I’ll tell you a bit about why this is today’s topic…

I was having a lunch with a friend last week and somehow we got onto the topic of one of the things on my list… she absolutely could NOT get over the fact that I have one of these somewhere in my apartment. She was shocked. In a good way… <grin>

So we decided it might be fun to do a list of shocking and surprising things we have stashed away somewhere – we started out with the thought of 10, but it seemed a bit too much, so we narrowed it down to 3.

Here go my 3 things…

1. A bead on leather that I remember finding in a park when I was 3 years old.

2. A high-powered, fancy-schmancy microscope. No, I’ve never been a scientist. I learned engraving using one, so bought one. It comes in handy when you get a splinter, and at other times too.

3. Bagpipes. Yes. I have bagpipes. They were given to me as a Christmas gift some years back because I’ve always wanted to learn to play. (This is the one that my friend couldn’t get over… )

What about you? What are 3 things you have hidden away, or even in plain view, that would surprise or shock people if they knew you had? (And, let’s keep it clean, ok?)

By the way, it’s coming down to the wire for the special offer on the Rapid Fire Session™, so, if you’re on the fence, you might want to make up your mind and get off now, before it’s too late. Besides, it probably hurts to be straddling that things for so long, come on down and let’s get some kick-ass marketing going for you… what do you say?

Oh, and you might be asking what I meant in the first line about this having something to do with marketing… only thing I can come up with is that we are all very surprising individuals. We often have interests no one would ever know about, unless they asked. What don’t you know about your customers and clients that might help you market to them better? (I know, it’s a tiny bit of a stretch, but I feel compelled to tie it in somehow…)

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When you start to feel yourself being pulled to think negatively about something that is going on with your business, it’s important to turn to your skills at ‘re-framing’ the situation.

You want to practice being able to view things from all different angles, when you are not feeling stressed, worried or like something isn’t working the way that you want. By practicing without the stress you will train yourself to see a variety of alternatives in every situation.

Then, when you are faced with something that doesn’t look all that great at the outset, you can rely on your skills to be able to see possibilities and know that things are not always as they seem.

A very simple example of this type of scenario might come up at a networking event. You see someone you haven’t seen in a while and smile at them – they seem to meet your eye, and turn away frowning and then say something to someone else.

At face value, it looks like they responded negatively to your smile and acknowledgement. You could react to that and get upset, deciding not to speak to the person, or, some people might even get angry and confront them…

If you decide to re-frame what you witnessed and understand that it’s possible the person didn’t really see you, as they may have been deep in thought. Perhaps the conversation they were having was upsetting them in some way. Maybe something difficult or challenging is happening in their world right now, and it’s affecting their overall energy and ability to observe the room around them.

Taking a moment to see the other possibilities, frees you up to decide if you want to say hello, and maybe even ask them how things are going, giving both of you a chance to connect on a deeper and more meaningful level.

Watch for opportunities to re-frame things that occur around you today and every day. You’ll find yourself feeling more balanced, less stressed and easily able to see the glass half full.

And, don’t forget about the special I’m running on the Rapid Fire Session™. At the end of the month, or if the last couple of spots fill, it will be returning to it’s regular rate.

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