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How to take action now!7/20/13
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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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I'm willing to bet money that you've heard some teacher or trainer  encourage people to ask questions by saying, "The only dumb question is one you don't ask."


Funny how that rarely gets learners to open up and admit that they don't get it.


It's way too easy to think that asking questions or asking for help is a sign of weakness, and that it's in your best interests to act as if you already know everything you need to know.  Unfortunately, the opposite is usually true:  Not asking for help or clarification is a pretty sure way to shoot yourself in the foot.


If you tend to have a hard time asking for help, take advantage of the following tools to tap into a huge array of resources. 

Tip of the Week
Celebrate your strengths and acknowledge areas where you need help.

Why should you waste time working outside your strengths?  You'll decrease your stress and get better results if you let other professionals apply their strengths to helping you solve your challenges. 
A Really Good Resource

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I admit that I'm a sucker for all kinds of self-assessments, and I've taken a lot of them.  One of the ones I've found most valuable is the StrengthsFinder assessment.

This instrument, initially developed by Donald Clifton and Marcus Buckingham, identifies over 30 themes - areas of talent which you can consciously develop into strengths. You can learn about the themes in depth in their book, Now, Discover Your Strengths.

When you're able to work in your strengths, you get great personal satisfaction and typically deliver great results to your clients.  What I've especially valued about learning my own strengths (Input, Learner, Communication, Analysis, Individualization) is how I've been able to incorporate them into my unique selling proposition and my marketing messages.
How's This for Success?   
successful entrepreneurs solve problems



When Julie Gilbert Newrai's firstborn was just eight weeks old, Julie's husband suffered a severe stroke.  As she tried to figure out a way to be a business owner AND a mom AND a wife, Julie  found it was horrendously difficult to get up-to-the-minute status updates on her loved ones.  


Knowing there were literally thousands of other people facing these same challenges, Julie turned to technology to solve a problem, and PreciouStatus was born.   


Although the concept was hers, Julie knew that she didn't have the expertise to develop a mobile application that would enable caregivers to share patient updates with their loved ones.  As she puts it, "...why would you be so arrogant to think you know the solution? You need to be vulnerable enough to ask the people who ultimately use it to build it for you."  So she got input from doctors, social workers, child care providers, and other care workers, asking them how they would want a mobile "update" app to work.


The result?  By playing to her strengths and involving other people who played to theirs, Julie was able to raise over a million dollars in start-up capital, and PreciouStatus now has customers in several states who care for a total of over 300,000 people.

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

If you're one of those entrepreneurs who's strong enough to acknowledge there are areas where you need help, here are some ways that my strengths can propel you forward:
  1. Input:  I like to describe this strength as "I don't know how I'll use this information, but I love having it."  That means I have a lot of resources available to share with you.
  2. Learning:  Since I love the process of learning, I do a lot of it, which, again, means that you can tap me for information on a wide variety of topics. 
  3. Communication:  I can easily and effectively share information with you.
  4. Analysis:  I'm able to quickly and accurately assess what's working and what's not for clients.
  5. Individualization:  I can combine all my other strengths and put together an action plan that works for you and gets you charging down the road to your important goals.  

If that approach sounds like something that could keep you from stressing out and bouncing from one business-developing task to another, 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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