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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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When I'm driving from one appointment to the next, I occasionally find myself on auto-pilot: I take a familiar route, only to become aware that I've just added time and distance to my trip by not taking a more efficient route.  Once I realize what I've done, I get to figure out whether it makes more sense to continue on the roundabout trip or turn around and pick up the shorter route.  


Then there's the other fun driving situation: I blithely assume I know where I'm going, only to discover I actually have no clue. In trying to find a place to turn around, I've sometimes gotten myself totally frustrated by turning down an unmarked dead-end street.  If I'm not smart enough to get directions somehow - via GPS, MapQuest, or some compassionate stranger on the street - I'm likely to get myself even more lost.  


How often do we do the same things in business?  We get into such a routine about what we do and how we do it that it takes us a while to realize we're not being nearly as efficient or effective as we could be.  We come to realize that what may have started out as a promising path to our goals has become a dead end.


The next time you find your forward progress blocked, see which of the following tools will get you turned around on a more straightforward path. 

Tip of the Week
Actively look for lessons, then apply them.

While you're probably excellent at what you do, you'll never perform any task "perfectly". No matter how well a presentation/event/prospecting call goes, evaluate it: What specifically did you do great? What turned out so-so? Where do you really, really wish you could have a do-over? 

Once you've answered these questions, plan to retain the good and figure out how to improve the rest.
A Really Good Resource

light bulb

I realize this is a bit long, but it's well worth your time to read it. I came across this years ago, and have kept it close ever since. It's a poem by Portia Nelson called Autobiography in Five Short Chapters.

Chapter I

I walk down the street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I fall in.
I am lost; I am helpless.
It isn't my fault.
It takes forever to find a way out.

Chapter II

I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I pretend I don't see it.
I fall in again.
I can't believe I'm in the same place.
It isn't my fault.
It still takes a long time to get out.

Chapter III

I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I see it is there.
I still fall in; it's a habit.
My eyes are open; I know where I am.
It is my fault.
I get out immediately.

Chapter IV

I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I walk around it.

Chapter V

I walk down another street.
How's This for Success?   
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Sometimes you can be going down a perfectly good path and - if you keep your eyes and mind and heart open - discover an even better path awaiting you. Jennifer Brentano can tell you just how good that feels.

Jen had been a coach for a number of years; she did good work and found it rewarding.  But as a result of some major life changes and subsequent introspection, she realized that - if she wanted to play at her highest, most authentic level - she got to make some changes to her business.

Today, Jen's vision is to provide a mirror that enables people, especially the young, to see and celebrate their own brilliance. As the founder of Inspiring Radiance, Jen is now a motivational speaker who shares her own hard-learned lessons. Her goal: to help youth realize that not only are they "enough" - they're amazing. 
Out and About  

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
The Bottom Line

How's your journey to business success going? Does it feel like you're cruising on a superhighway? Or is it more like you're dodging potholes on a one-lane gravel road?

If your path is rough and has you starting and stopping, maybe I can help.  My specialty is providing you the tools that will get you in motion and keep you moving briskly toward your ultimate goals. 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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