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Plan to take action now!01/11/13
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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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By the time you read this, we'll be the proud owners of a new home and in the throes of the moving-in frenzy.  I so relate to the Grateful Dead's observation: "What a long, strange trip it's been..."


While I might have preferred closing on both houses the same day, rather than having this l-o-o-o-o-o-n-g three-week delay between closings, I find that this enforced time in limbo (complete with intermittent cell-phone access and slow Internet service) has allowed me to do a great deal that will ultimately benefit my business.  I've:

  • slept and re-charged my batteries 
  • ruthlessly weeded out under-performing newsletter subscriptions 
  • left MeetUp and LinkedIn groups to which I was barely giving lip service  
  • slept
  • researched and purchased a more efficient and effective smartphone
  • outlined my business plan for 2013
  • clarified goals and strategies for accomplishing them
  • slept.

There are so many demands on the typical entrepreneur's time that I suspect self-care rarely makes the list of "Top 100 Important Things to Do Today."  Taking an enforced break from both the insanity of moving and the many activities I'd be doing if I were in an ideal office setting has given me greater calm, focus, and renewed energy - not a bad way to start a new year.


If you're looking for ways to make life easy on yourself while getting more done, take advantage of the following ideas.  

Tip of the Week
Get a headset if you don't have one already.

I can speak eloquently about this particular tip, having just spent nearly an hour and a half getting my new phone service set up.

If you do a lot of phone work with your clients, a headset will save you endless physical pain as well as aggravation - it's so much easier to take good notes, grab a resource book, and stay focused on the client's words rather than on keeping the phone secured between your ear and shoulder. 

While I still love my Bluetooth device, I find that, for longer phone calls, a headset creates a better listening experience for my clients. 
A Really Good Resource

light bulb
You know how crazy-making it can be to try researching any sort of technology. There are so many options and users and opinions - where do you go for accurate information?

I've had very good success with a site called CNET, which offers what appear to be unbiased reviews on a wide variety of electronics. For example, you can scope out your new headphones here.

This is a terrific way to implement the over-used yet still-smart advice to "work smarter, not harder."
How's This for Success?   


Sometimes just surviving a major challenge counts as a great success.   


I hope you'll celebrate with us how, during this extended stay with my sister and her pets, no humans injured each other, no dogs fought, and no cats got eaten.   


My perceptive sister and hubby both pointed out that some of the skills that enabled us to accomplish this feat are the same used by successful entrepreneurs:

  • setting clear boundaries for onself 
  • respecting others' boundaries
  • communicating wishes and expectations clearly
  • knowing when to be active and when to take some time off
  • keeping your sights on the desired outcome instead of any obstacles that lie between you and said outcome

That's my success story, and I'm stickin' to it. 

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
trophy by Longs and Shorts 
The Bottom Line

Sometimes the very best thing you can do to move through a tough situation - whether personal or professional - is to get help where you need it.

If your obstacle is struggling to figure out when to do when, maybe I can provide that help.  My specialty is creating action plans that get you to  your goals 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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