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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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As I prepared to write this ezine, I had to navigate an obstacle course on the way to my laptop; we moved a lot of stuff into my office (temporarily) to clear space for the painter who re-did all our walls and ceilings.    


Now I'm writing to the background music of front-end loaders. Our old asphalt driveway is being ripped up so a new one can be put in; this will hugely increase the curb appeal when we put this house on the market.


And in between all that, I've taken one dog to the vet because she's limping and the other one because of a serious stomach upset (that's all I'm gonna say).


Why do I mention all these exciting things? Because it's a great illustration of how successful entrepreneurs face the same craziness unsuccessful ones face - they just buckle down, accept responsibility for their outcomes, and do whatever it takes to get the results they want.  


Next time you could use some support for a "no excuses, no apologies, no regrets" approach to life and business, try one of these tools.  

Tip of the Week
Don't cut corners.

You know that driveway-tear-out I mentioned earlier? I was just shown how the cinder blocks supporting the front edge of our concrete garage floor have been eaten away by salt running off our cars during the long Minnesota winters.  Bottom line: If we don't spend an additional $600 to get that repaired, the garage floor will end up collapsing in bits and pieces.

Now, we're not going to be around to see that happen, of course, so it's not an issue for us.  However, do we really want to take the chance of having the new owners sue us after the fact for willfully not fixing an obvious problem? Do we really want to be that slimy and create that kind of bad karma?  I don't think so.

There's "fiscally prudent" and there's "cheap." Don't be cheap.
A Really Good Resource

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Any time you're feeling beat up and sorry for yourself (and we've all been there), re-charge your batteries with Soul Surfer, a movie based on the true story of Bethany Hamilton.

A passionate surfer, Hamilton lost her left arm to a shark attack when she was just a teen.  Since surfing is who she is as much as what she does, she was determined to get back in the water as soon as possible.  Not only did she learn to compensate for her lost arm, but she went on to become a professional surfer.

Hamilton is an amazing young woman.  Her focus remains her surfing, not her "disability". She makes no apologies for choosing not to cover up the stump of her arm; in fact, she's posed for fashion shoots in sleeveless garments. She is who she is and is comfortable with it. We should all do so well.
How's This for Success?   

Maintain what's working, then take it a step further. That's how  Wayne Jellison is creating his success story.


Jellison purchased Best Blacktop Company from the Griepp family in 2008.  The Griepps had spent over 60 years building a loyal customer base, and Jellison clearly saw the value of maintaining that connection.  While he re-branded the business with his own name, he also kept the founder's name visible.


After just three years, Jellison's Best Blacktop is busy throughout the Twin Cities metro area.  His focus on customer education, accommodating the client, and "no surprise" project consulting have contributed to his company receiving an unbroken (as of this date) string of "A" ratings on Angie's List.


(Gotta go now - I want to make sure my new best friends from Jellison's have all the water they need while ripping out my driveway.) 

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
light bulb by aloshbennett
We all know what it feels like to be strong and determined to get the job done.  Unfortunately, we also know what it's like to feel up to our adenoids in overwhelm, to the point where we feel as helpless to move purposefully forward as a turtle on its back.

Sound familiar?  Maybe I can help.  My specialty is providing a flexibly structured process that enables you to zero in on mission-critical activities so that you can act 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...

Stepping Into Big

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