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It's Time 
To Get Off The Hamster Wheel!
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Just being in motion will never get you to your Big. To do that, you need to be sure you're doing the right things, in the right order, for the right reasons.

Enter the Take Action Now System (tm). 

This seven-step system clarifies the activities that are mission-critical to your success. It then walks you through a process for creating step-by-step action plans to implement those key activities.

The result? You get off the hamster wheel of motion-without-progress and get on a more direct route to more clients and more money.

Forget about being busy; start getting focused by downloading your no-charge PDF version of the Take Action Now System (tm) today.
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Back in the good ol' days, a sculptor named Pygmalion created a statue of a woman that was so gorgeous, he fell in love with it and yearned for it to become human. (Okay, so he had some issues.) Long story short, the gods changed the statue into a living woman so Pygmalion and Galatea (that was her name) could live happily ever after. This led to the term "the Pygmalion effect", also known as a "self-fulfilling prophecy." It's a way of referring to the common experience of getting what we expect to get.


I heard somewhere an even more powerful statement of this relationship between what we look for and what we receive: Expectation rules outcome. That can be either really exciting or really scary, depending on what you're in the habit of expecting.


As you step into big, I invite you to pay very close attention to your unspoken, and perhaps unacknowledged, expectations. If you find you typically expect success - woohoo for you! If, on the other hand, you realize you very often are braced for mediocre results or outright failure, now would be an excellent time to start managing your expectations so you can create outcomes you'll be delighted with.

Tip of the Week
Set crystal-clear expectations - for yourself and others.
While I do this well as a general rule, I had a big "Duh!" experience when watching the latest video blog put out by my friend and accountability buddy, Nancy Tierney of Firecracker Communications, and I wanted to share it with you. 
She pointed out how important it is to let recipients of your value-packed ezine know that every once in a while they can expect to receive information about purchasing another high-content product or service. That's a very reasonable form of tit for tat - if I'm on your mailing list, I can expect to get huge, no-cost value from you on a regular basis, and you can expect me to willingly (and occasionally) read about your other fabulous offerings that available for sale.
Like I said: "Duh!"  (Thanks for the reminder, Nancy.)
Oh, by the way...Did I mention that, as a recipient of this ezine, you can expect to receive occasional information about other products and services I offer?
A Really Good Resource

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A really efficient way to manage expectations about situations new to you is to get feedback from people who have already been there and done that.

This is the thought behind a great weekly ezine called SpeakerNetNews. This free offering is comprised solely of tips, tools, and recommendations from successful speakers. They offer helpful information on everything from packing for international trips to staying on top of technology. If you plan to develop your speaking skills, this is an excellent resource. Actually, even if you're not focused on developing them, you'll still get good value from the ezine.
How's This for Success? 


When several professional women decided they were ready to uplevel their businesses through a Mastermind program, they called me to ask if I would facilitate the group.


Rather than jump right in, we got off on the right foot by setting a variety of expectations:  roles and responsibilities of both participants and facilitator, outcomes to strive for, evaluation criteria, and a clear statement that everyone will be able to weigh in with what's working great and what needs to be improved. In other words, we did everything right to ensure that this is a powerful, high-value process for everyone.


Stay tuned for more specific success stories from these committed women: Darlene Dassy of Dynamic Resume Solutions; Lisa Dolce of Pinnacle Career Resources; Jeri Dutcher of WorkWrite; and Beth Benatti Kennedy of Benatti Training and Development.

Out and About

I've got some fun activities coming up in the next few weeks. I'd be delighted to have you join me!
On Wednesday, 3/21/12, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., I'll be speaking to Minnesota Women in Networking at Rojo in St. Louis Park, MN. If you're a first-time guest to this terrific organization, just enter the code 1stxguest when you register and save $10!
Tuesday, 3/27/12, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., is our next in-town business development retreat, held in the Fireplace Room at the Landscape Arboretum in Chanhassen, MN.
On Thursday 4/19/12, from 11 a.m. - noon, I'm offering a free teleseminar called Dream It And Do It: Seven Steps To Your Bigger, Bolder Future. If you've got a sneaking suspicion that you're playing smaller than you'd like, this will put your feet on the path to Big.
Note:  All times shown are Central Daylight Time (U.S.).
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 Stepping Into Big
hamster on her wheel by Heindraus
light bulb by aloshbennett
trophy by Longs and Shorts
Sometimes setting expectations is easier said than done. There are so many opportunities bombarding us every day that it's a challenge to figure out which ones to take advantage of, much less get clear on exactly how we expect them to grow our business.

If that deer-in-the-headlights feeling is uncomfortably familiar to you, maybe I can help.  Call or e-mail me to set up a free get-acquainted call, so we can figure out whether or not we could get you out of the headlights by working together..

Wishing you the fulfillment of all your Big expectations...

Stepping Into Big

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