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a monthly newsletter from Crystal Communications April 2006

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Events to Help You
Create the A+ LIfe

Living the A+ Life

Puzzle Results

Excuse me, can you tell me how to get where I am going?

Great Ideas on Attracting More Clients


Events to Help You
Create the A+ LIfe
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It's time for a party!
My birthday was March 28, Renee Watson's was April 1, and Crystal Communications turns 7 years old on April 9. Join us at Ruta Maya, 107 E. Martin at Soledad on Wednesday, April 19th from 6 PM on. No presents necessary - just show up!

Texas Ukelele Festival?!
Come to a lesser known
Fiesta Activity
the Texas Ukelele Festival.
Click here for more info.

Excuse me, can you tell me how to get where I'm going?Thursday, May 4, at 6 PM at Landa Library, 233 Bushnell Ave. See info at left or call 210-308-6669, and ask for Kevin Moore.

Networking Calendar
Probably the best way to find networking events in the area is to visit Joel Christopher and Terry Negley's Networking Calendar. Just about every event is listed there, including a new NW networking luncheon at Johnny Carino’s, every Monday.


April in San Antonio means Fiesta! What's your favorite Fiesta event?

  • Living the A+ Life
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    Set priorities for your goals. A major part of successful living lies in the ability to put first things first. Indeed, the reason most major goals are not achieved is that we spend our time doing second things first.
    --Robert J. McKain

    The simple fact is that there are only 24 hours in a day. As I said last month, we can do everything we want; we just can’t do it all at the same time. We choose our priorities.

    One of my students at St. Philip’s College told me she hadn’t had time to work on an assignment. I asked her if she had taken a shower that morning. When she said yes, I explained that it’s never about not having enough time. It’s about priorities. Every day, you fill your time with the activities that have made it to the top of your to-do list. If you don’t get something done, it’s because something else held a higher priority. I’m not suggesting that my students forego their showers. But we all make choices every day in how we spend our time.

    Filling your life
    One of my favorite stories is the one about the mayonnaise jar and the philosophy professor. (If you haven’t read this one, drop me an email and I’ll send it to you.) The professor makes the point that we need to fill our life with the important things first because otherwise there will not be room for those things. I can fritter away time better than just about anyone just by downloading my email. But if I focus on writing first thing in the morning, it gets done. Somehow, the email still gets answered (and the spam still gets deleted.)

    When we are asked to do something that requires our time, money, or energy, we need to decide if that activity or contribution gets us closer to our dream. If it does, then it’s a simple matter to find the resources to make it happen. If it doesn’t, a decision needs to be made. For instance, if my dream is to have $100,000 in savings, and I’m asked to contribute to a worthy cause, I have to be aware that the resources that I donate are resources that could be put toward my dream. It may be that the cause is one that I especially believe in, but I have to be aware that I am diverting those resources from the stated dream.

    Directing the resources
    The same thing is true of our time and energy. If the activity I am asked to participate in takes my time and/or energy, I need to be aware of the redirection of my resources. Some activities take my time, but actually energize me so that I can work harder or longer on the projects that get me closer to my dream. Some activities, however, rob me of time and energy. I have to be especially cautious on those.

    What energizes you? What extracts energy from you? What would your life be like if you could eliminate most of the activities that deplete your energy? Keep a notebook for a week, writing down the activities each day and rating them on a -10 to +10 scale. If the activity wears you out so much that you have to sleep afterward for an equivalent amount of time, rate it a -10. If the activity seems to add hours to your day because of the energy it adds, rate it a +10. (Most of your activities will probably be closer to the baseline.) At the end of the week, look back over your list and see how many of the “energy-depleters” you can eliminate. See how many you can reschedule to a time when you are not your best. On the “energy-increasers,” see how many of them you can do more often. (Even better, figure out how to make money doing those activities!)

    Make conscious decisions on these activities. Know that your dream is within your reach, but only if you are willing to make it a top priority.

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  • Puzzle Results
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    Last month's creativity exercise was to find all the words you can make out of the letters in St. Patrick's Day that have at least 7 letters in them. Walter Williams from Medina Children's Home won with 21. If you want the list (I have 35 on mine), email me and I'll send it.

    This month, share your favorite Fiesta memory. The best one submitted will be featured here and will win a gift certificate from Entree's .

    Need help with Unlocking Your Creativity?
  • Excuse me, can you tell me how to get where I am going?
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    My financial advisor, Kevin Moore, is an amazing guy. He's smart and capable, has a great sense of humor, and genuinely cares about people. He's giving a FREE presentation on Thursday, May 4, at 6 PM at Landa Library, 233 Bushnell Ave. (near Trinity). Learn how to live your own A+ Life and make financial decisions based on what's really important to you. Find out how to get to where you want to go in this entertaining two-hour presentation.

    For more information, call 210-308-6669 and tell Kevin I sent you. Click here for info on Kevin.

  • Great Ideas on Attracting More Clients
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