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Helping You Connect With Confidence                         August 26, 2011 
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This time of year always strikes me as an interesting mix of endings and beginnings.  


Summer is winding down here in Minnesota, people with kids are looking forward (desperately, in some cases) to school starting, and even those of us whose school days are far behind tend to feel that the business equivalent of a new school year is upon us.


If you're feeling like that, I invite you to take some time to slow down in a different, perhaps more intentional, way.  Before kicking up the energy level of your work in your business, consider taking time to re-direct some of that energy to working on your business.


Specifically, check in with yourself to ensure that the reason why you started your own business is still clear to you, still acting as a powerful touchstone for your business decisions.  As you do so, I hope the following Nuggets will support you along the way.

Tip of the Week
Ask yourself:  "Would I rather be right, or would I rather be successful?"  
It's easy to fall in love with our own ideas.  In fact, I have a great deal of personal experience in this regard.  However, sometimes the smartest - and most profitable - thing to do is admit that we're not always right, let go of what's not working, and move on to another approach that is likely to lead to success.
So What Do YOU Consider Success?   

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There are as many different definitions of success as there are entrepreneurs.  What's yours? 


Are you focused on your professional achievements, your personal ones, or that elusive yet desirable "balance" of the two?


There really are no good or bad definitions, just different ones. If you're game to share yours, please let me know what it is. 

A Really Good Resource

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There are times when, as exciting as the entrepreneurial life is, it can threaten to make your head explode.  On occasions like that, it's in your best interests, personally and professionally, to slow down and re-group.

A lovely place to do that is Holy Spirit Retreat Center near Rochester, MN.  In fact, that's the place I mentioned last week.  I'm heading there to calm down before next month's launch of my new business, Stepping Into Big LLC.

Not lucky enough to be near Rochester?  Find a spiritual retreat center in your own state.

(By the way, even though many retreat centers are run by members of a religious order, it's easy to find one that suits your needs. Some will offer programs with a clear religious orientation, while others say nothing whatsoever about religion, but rather focus strictly on spirituality.  The ones I've experienced have been very nourishing, regardless of their orientation.)
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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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Staying aware of ourselves and our actions tends to be a challenge sometimes, and taking quiet time to tap into the awareness is something often shuffled off to the back burner...not always to our benefit. 

Wishing you the courage to take time to be still and calm...

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