Nuggets to Help You Step Into Big
Guideposts for Your Journey to Genius                              9/9/11  
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I think one of the trickiest balancing acts faced by entrepreneurs is the one between "you" and "I".  


It's certainly crucial to focus on "you", the client and prospect. After all, if I don't have you, I don't have revenues, and I don't have a business.  You're obviously essential to my ultimate success.


On the other hand, if I don't pay attention to myself and my own needs, I'm at risk of a whole slew of unappealing consequences: burnout, stress, financial struggles, shattered self-esteem....You get the idea.


We owe it to our clients as well as ourselves to devote time to our own well-being - physical, mental, and emotional.  I trust that, when you're updating your own self-care program, these Nuggets will provide helpful ideas you can use to step up to a whole new level of performance.

Tip of the Week
At professional development workshops, take notes using the word "I" rather than "you."

It's fairly easy to develop this new habit, and it really makes a difference when you review your notes.  Since everything is written in the first person, you'll easily put yourself in the picture and start thinking of ways that the information applies to you and your specific situation.

Feel the difference between these two sentences: 
  • How can you use your strengths to craft your USP?
  • How can I use my strengths to craft my USP?
Lots more power and motive force in the second.  Take advantage of it!
How's This for Success?   

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Joseph Watson is a very gifted companion caregiver.  Through his company, St. Joseph Sent Me, he offers a wide range of services, from helping his clients dress and feed themselves through taking them on outings.  One of Joseph's best marketing tools is networking.


Recently he met a former colleague for coffee, and they naturally started talking about their current activities.  Joseph did such a great job of not only describing what he does but modeling the energy and enthusiasm with which he does it, he got a call the next day from a women his colleague referred him to.  The result?  She is getting her sanity back, and Joseph has a great new client.

A Really Good Resource

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If you've been threatening to develop some 
sort of meditation practice as a means of staying centered, calm, and creative, check out the offerings from The Chopra Center.

Started by Deepak Chopra, the Center offers live training sessions as well as recorded meditations you can listen to on your laptop or your mobile device, whichever works better for you.

Since I'm lousy at meditating on my own, I really appreciate the lead-me-by-the-hand approach of these downloadable meditations.
Thanks to my friend Flickr.


Here are this week's heroes who graciously allowed me to use their images, posted in the Creative Commons area of Flickr, in this issue of Networking Nuggets
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Personal and professional development are activities that fall into Stephen Covey's "Quadrant II"; in other words, they're important but not urgent.  As such, I suspect that, for most of us, they're all too likely to be relegated to "later"...which, of course, rarely comes.

Rather than risk looking back with regret over things you didn't address, why not step into a bigger game and do the uncomfortable things that ultimately make it easier for you to succeed?  

If you realize that a helping hand (and an occasional butt-kicking) will get you closer to that bigger game, I'd be delighted to talk with you and see if the 90-day Stepping Into Big ideas-to-action program is one of the tools that will catapult you ahead.

Wishing you the wisdom to care for yourself as well as your business...

Stepping Into Big

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