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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.

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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.

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In a fit of temporary insanity, I opted to purchase a new laptop and a new phone within a few days of each other.  (We won't even mention the new home in a new city.)  Since I don't yet have the hang of either new piece of technology, I'm currently juggling a total of two laptops and two smartphones simultaneously.


It's obvious to me that I need to become well versed in the main features of my new tech toys, so that I can be both efficient and effective moving forward.  At the same time, it's obvious to me that I want to be efficient now as I create my weekly ezine, develop a new promotion, and update the opt-in offer for my website.


This is a classic case of not having a clear-cut answer to the question, "What makes the most sense for me to work on right now?"  I'd love the answer to be obvious, but this is not a black-and-white situation. There are advantages to my spending time learning my new tools, just as there are advantages to my using my old tools to quickly get done what needs doing.  Instead of black and white, I'm faced with gray.  In other words, I'm a typical entrepreneur.


When you're faced with important tasks that pull you in different directions, see if the following tools can erase some of the gray.

Tip of the Week
Be clear on why you're doing a particular task.
When you're torn between two different demanding tasks, and you're not sure which one to focus on, review the reason why you're doing the tasks.  Sometimes decision-making gets easier when you get clear on the outcome you expect the activity to produce.  Which outcome is more important in the long run?  That's the task to work on.
A Really Good Resource

light bulb
Oftentimes, the "gray" I find myself dealing with is a fog of confusion over technology.  (Yes, I know this is a recurring theme for me.)  However, I've just been introduced to a resource that, so far, has been an excellent de-fogger.

Tom' is currently keeping my head from exploding with its well-illustrated and easy-to-understand explanation of the beast known as Windows 8.  It seems like, for non-geeks, the "Articles and News" tab - which leads to "Reviews" - is a good place to start when searching for software help.
How's This for Success?   
a resource for successful entrepreneurs


Individuals are not the only ones faced with a gray world.  Many organizations are also tempted to look for black/white, yes/no, either/or solutions.  The Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance is an organization that resisted this temptation and, in the process, created some great results.


The Alliance  was formed by a merger of the Chamber of Commerce, Downtown District, and Priority One.  It became clear that larger, more functional offices were needed for the expanded organization.  The Alliance board members could have taken an "either/or" view of things: Either we find space in an existing office building, or we build new. Instead, they came at the challenge with a "both/and" perspective: We choose to both use an existing space and not confine ourselves to traditional office buildings.


The result is a wonderful new Metro Alliance office in a building that formerly housed an IMAX theater.  By refusing to limit their options, these professionals created a great space with a unique history, great energy, and plenty of room for future growth.  Who says gray can't be beautiful?   

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

The reality of today's complex business world is that there are not as many clear-cut answers to questions as we might like.  Probably the most challenging question that every business professional is continually faced with is, "What should I work on now?"

If you occasionally (or often) find yourself running around like a headless chicken as you try to answer this question for yourself, maybe I can help.  My specialty is providing an easy-to-implement system for cutting through the confusion and overwhelm.  The result?  You're able to calmly identify what to work on now and what to ignore.

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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