Creating the A+ Life October 2007

In the September issue, I explained that sometimes it's hard to keep yourself from reacting badly. But the most important thing is to apologize when you are in the wrong.

There are so many situations in life where a simple apology from the heart, without excuses attached, can make a difference. Do you owe anyone an apology?

Thank you all for the outpouring of sympathy and offers of help after reading about the burglary of my home. It means so much to me. We are recovering and so thankful that no one was hurt.

I'm still updating my address book. If you would like me to have your phone number and address, please drop me an email with your contact info if you haven't already. Thanks!

A Mighty Purpose
"This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one... The being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy."--George Bernard Shaw

I've seen this Shaw quote a couple of times in the last few weeks and it seemed fitting for what I wanted to talk about this month.

Do you have one of those mighty purposes in your life? What is it? Are you a force of nature? We all spend so much time complaining about the world we live in and the one thing I know for sure is that what you focus on expands. If you spend time focusing on what's wrong in your life, what's wrong will become the major part of your life. If you spend time focusing on what's wrong in your spouse or children or friends, those qualities will take on immense proportions. Sadly, nearly all of us are guilty of this behavior at one time or another.

I guess for most people, spring is the season for renewal. For me, autumn has always been my favorite season and the time for me to plan my future, set goals, make decisions, aim in different directions. Maybe it's the promise of cool weather that gets me motivated. Maybe it's knowing that there are only a few months left in the year. Whatever the reason, I find October a great time to refocus.

As many of you know, I have spent a large portion of my time working as a volunteer for the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce. I am still very proud to be a member of that organization, but find that I want to devote time to other causes. But which causes? I am going to devote some time to a few nonprofit organizations whose mission is closely tied to my own - to help people live the best lives possible - those A+ lives. So far, I've found some that line up closely with my own beliefs. Here are some of my favorite organizations:

Planned Parenthood of San Antonio - This organization does more than any other to reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies in our community and help women (and men) achieve the best lives possible.

Texas Public Radio - We are so lucky to have two public radio stations in this city, one dedicated to music and another to news and features. Between helping me to calm down by listening to classical music or learn about the world and our environment, our public radio stations are a gift to the community.

KRTU - Trinity University's radio station has been smart enough to put Labkids Radio (my son and his friends) on for several years. Plus jazz is a substantial part of my A+ Life.

Too often we look at the problems in this world and decide they are too big for us to handle. The Clinton Initiative suggests that no matter how little time or money you have to commit to improving the world, you can do something. This website provides encouragement and resources to make a lasting change.

I heard about Kiva for the first time a few weeks ago from a good friend. This is an amazing organization that gives you the opportunity to loan very small amounts of money to entrepreneurs around the world to help them become self-sustaining. Click here for an article about the program.

Another great opportunity to show people around the world the true nature of American generosity is Heifer International. For very small amounts of money, you can purchase much needed livestock for a neighborhood to help build sustainable communities all over the world

Do you have some favorites? Please share them with me. I'll be deciding on a few to spend my money, time, and talents. I hope you are doing the same and finding your mighty purpose.

Last month, I asked what the hottest time of the day is. My friend, Migdalia Aponte knew that it was 3 PM.

This month, an easy one: What is the origin of Halloween? How old is the celebration and where did it come from? The person with the first correct answer will receive a $25 gift certificate from Entree's Catering.

CHERISH your Customers...
CHERISH your customers and they'll cherish you right back.

There are a huge number of programs on how to sell. Certainly, there are some programs out there that will make you more efficient and lead to bigger sales. But for those sales to continue over the long haul, there is only way to increase your customer base and increase the sales to your existing customers. You have to focus on the customer, not on the sale.

My new training program discusses new research concerning our need to connect with others. We've become so disconnected that it is easy to go through a whole day's activities without speaking in person to another living being. We email, we text message, we call on our phones. We connect through social and business networking sites online. But we yearn to be noticed.

I'll show you and your employees how to make the connections that your customers need. I'll explain the easy ways to connect while helping customers make the sales decisions that benefit your company as well as the customer. Call 210-863-2250 or email for a free consultation today.

business joy
I'm recruiting!
Wednesday, December 5, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, from 7 AM, the City of San Antonio and Bexar County are holding the 7th Annual Small, Minority and Women Business Owners Conference. I am in charge of volunteers and need a ton of people to help with registration, work in the exhibit hall, provide directions to conference attendees, etc.

Please save the date and contact me if you are interested in helping. I ask for 2 hour shifts and hope you will spend the rest of the day at the conference.

Upcoming Events
First Friday 7:00 PM, Fri, 10/5 More info...
Labkids Halloween Party 10:00 PM, Sat, 10/27 More info...
Northwest Growth Summit '07 7:30 AM, Wed., 10/31 More info...
Small Business Conference 7 AM, Wed, 12/5 More info...
Small Business Training 2007 Events More info...
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