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Plan to take action now!2/22/13
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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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Iowa is turning out to be delightful. At least once a week we have someone offering unsolicited help or warmly welcoming us to the community. It seems that Iowans know how to play nice with others and actually enjoy doing so. Maybe they just feel this is the right thing to do.
J. C. Watts defined character as "doing the right thing when nobody's looking."  Needless to say, this sometimes feels challenging.  However, committing to doing the right thing - no matter how uncomfortable it may sometimes be - results in peace of mind, self-respect, and, I believe, long-term success.
I also believe that more and more business owners are willing to make spirituality (NOT religion) an explicit part of their business philosophy and practice.  In very broad terms, I like to think of spirituality as the framework people use for bringing light to and doing good in the world.  Acting on your spiritual beliefs is, again, not always easy, but so rewarding.
If you sometimes find yourself needing help in making the right thing happen, use the following tools for that extra boost.
Tip of the Week
Be a good consumer of services as well as a good provider of them.
It's tempting sometimes to throw our weight around when we're the client; after all, we're the ones spending money, right?  But when we make it a point to appreciate the services we receive, we endear ourselves to our service providers and become the type of person for whom they enjoy going the extra mile.
A Really Good Resource

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If you want to relax this weekend with a movie that has some great messages about doing the right thing, watch A Bug's Life.
Flik is a well-intentioned but accident-prone ant who's the laughingstock of his colony.  Undeterred, he set out to find a way to protect his home from bullying grasshoppers who steal the ants' food.  His commitment to doing the right thing for home and friends brings out his courage and imagination and, ultimately, results in his gaining the respect of all the other ants.  Trust me, you'll enjoy this!
How's This for Success?   

good folks and successful business owners 

When you do the right thing by your employees and your clients, you reap the rewards - both emotional and financial.  Shane Burgeson and Ann Sangpan of Check Engine   Express know this first hand. 



Check Engine offers amazing car-maintenance services.  They're so thorough, efficient, friendly, and cost-competitive that their business has mushroomed; in fact, they recently  moved to a new facility that more than doubles the square footage of their previous location.


During the move, they couldn't use the car lifts, so they were actually not taking any customers for a period of a few weeks.  Despite this, Ann and Shane kept all their employees on the payroll throughout the move, and in fact sent them to classes so they'd be even better trained once the business re-opened.  They didn't have to do this, but they both felt it was the right thing to do.


In the same vein, Joseph and I have benefited from their commitment to take care of their customers.  On the day we closed on our house in Minnesota, Joseph's check-engine light came on.  Shane fit us into his schedule and spent five hours making sure the car was running well, so that we could safely make the five-hour trip to Iowa.  The result?  We got here safely, and I made a trip back to Minnesota so Shane could be the one to do the 200,000-mile maintenance on my Toyota.  It's worth it to travel out of state to get the level of care and service they offer.


Another example of how doing the right thing = raving fans.

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

While "doing the right thing" often applies to your dealings with clients and vendors, it also refers to how you run your own business.  Sometimes the right thing for that business is to get some help figuring out how to do the right things at the right time.

If you're currently swamped by your To Do list, maybe I can help.  My specialty is creating action plans for the important tasks, so that you're clear what will benefit you most and confident about how to achieve it. 


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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