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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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When you're successfully running your own business, you'll typically do whatever it takes to get the results you want.


While this is normally a great success habit to follow, you can certainly overdo it. That's what happened to a realtor friend of mine. During this peak sales season, she's working 60+-hour weeks and, when she came down with "a cold,"  she decided to just push through it. She kept pushing, but so did the germs. I'm still waiting to here whether her trip to the emergency room resulted in her being admitted to the hospital or not.


When you're the main engine driving your business success, you are your most important business asset - and that means you deserve to and need to take care of yourself. Next time you're tempted to just "gut it out," use some of the following tools to make it easier to take some time for self-care, instead. 

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Take down time when necessary.

This means not only time to physically rest yourself, but also to mentally and emotionally recharge. A day - or even a half-day - off work can give you a much-needed energy boost.
A Really Good Resource

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When you're really serious about taking a break, consider going to a retreat center.  You  may want one that provides some organized activities, or one where they'll leave you totally alone. Perhaps you want one that's run by a particular religious group, or one that eschews religion for spirituality. No matter what you're looking for, there's a retreat center that offers what you need.

A great place to start your search is Retreat Finder. This site lists nearly 1500 personal retreats and retreat events all over the world. It makes it super-easy to search by not only location, but also environment (e.g., desert versus island), meal availability, type of food, special needs (e.g., allergies, access for the mobility impaired), and a lot more. This is a gem of a site for providing nurturing mental-health resources that just may save your sanity.
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If you're one of those "I can't afford to take time off" entrepreneurs, just remember: The Universe will whap you upside the head with as large a stick as necessary to get your attention. Just ask Pat Schuler, of KickButt Sales Training.


Pat actually decided to take a break for a week or so. She successfully ignored work for 3 or 4 days, but then was tempted to check on "just a few things." Her body apparently was not ready to go back to work, so it gave her a whopping sinus infection to keep her in bed and out of the office.


When Pat did recover and go back to work, she found that the time off had not only restored her physical energy, but boosted her creativity and focus enough that she accomplished more in the first three days back than she had the entire week before her break. Not a bad trade-off. 

Out and About   


Wednesday, August 15, 2012: breakout-session facilitator at Minnesota Women in Networking's Get Back to Business Summer Symposium in St. Paul, MN.   

Thursday, October 11, 2012: featured speaker at Career Directors International's 12th annual Global Career Empowerment Summit in San Diego, CA.

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
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Maybe you're already doing a great job on taking care of your physical health. If so, woohoo for you! The next question is, How's your mental health? Are you going crazy due to bouncing from one great idea to another and never getting any of them fully implemented?

Maybe I can help.  My specialty is providing a flexibly structured process that enables you to move from ideas to action with clarity and confidence.  If that sounds like something that could keep your head from exploding, call or e-mail me to set up a let's-see-what-we-see, get-acquainted call. 

Wishing you joy on your journey into Big...

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