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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). 

With this five-step system, you'll clarify the activities that are mission-critical to your success. You'll then be walked 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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It's become a cliche to say that time is the most valuable resource available to an entrepreneur.  But, like all cliches, this one is based in fact.


I happen to think that "time management" is a myth.  In fact, I went on a couple of controlled rants about this topic in my blog.  But it remains undeniably true that you have only so much time in a day, and it's up to you to use is as wisely as possible.


One of the best ways to do that is to become adept at saying "no".  Since there's obviously not enough time to do everything possible to grow your business, you get to choose to do only what's smart to do.  Unfortunately, that's sometimes easier said than done.


If you suffer from a chronic case of yes-itis, use the following tools to become more of a creative, intentional naysayer. 

Tip of the Week
Be ruthless in saying NO to anything that does not serve your primary objective.

This is a lesson Joseph and I learned quickly during the process of preparing to move from Minnesota to Iowa.  Whether it was a matter of preparing the house for sale or packing what we wanted to take with us, we soon became very clear on what was a crucial activity and which one was simply a nice idea we could afford to ignore.

Result: our house sold in 18 days, and we saved thousands of dollars by not paying to move items we no longer cared much about.
A Really Good Resource

light bulb
While I don't want to appear to be endorsing something that looks like a magic pill, I do think there's much of value in Tim Ferris' book, The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich.

One thing I especially like is how to, as he puts it, "cultivate selective ignorance - and create time - with a low-information diet."  Sounds kind of like sacrilege in a way, doesn't it?

The good news is that you don't have to overwhelm yourself trying to apply everything in this book.  If you're time challenged, you could do very well to just focus on chapter six, where he discusses this intriguing concept. 
How's This for Success?   
An entrepreneur who knows the time value of saying NO.

Saying "no" appropriately can not only save you time, it can also make you money.  This is something Robin Schlinger knows well.

Robin is an expert resume writer and founder of Robin's Resumes.  She recently had the happy experience of saying "no" to working with a job seeker.  Although she knew she could help this man, she also knew that he was not her ideal client and that he would be better served by one of her professional colleagues.

Robin made the connection between job seeker and colleague, thus keeping her time free for working with her ideal clients.  The bottom-line results?  The job seeker got exactly what he needed, the colleague got a good client and made good money, and Robin gathered a lot of goodwill from both those parties AND had space open to accept an ideal client into one of her high-end programs.

"No" is often our friend.   
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

We all get caught up in doing things because "I can handle this myself."  I did that just recently, when I tried to figure out the joys of "FTP-ing" my website from one hosting program to another.  Fortunately, I came to my senses, and I opted to pay my geek to do that tech work so that I could (a) stay sane and (b) do the business-development work that no one else can do for me.

What about you?  Are you huffing and puffing to impose some sort of coherence and order to your business development?  Or are you one of the entrepreneurs who's still saying, "What business development??"

If so, I can help.  My specialty is showing you how to hurl aside the extraneous stuff that's not making you money but is, in fact, slowing you down.  Once we've identified the smart activities for you to work on, we then develop step-by-step action plans so that they become a reality, rather than more items added to your never-done To Do List.

If you're ready to stop spinning your wheels and get into high gear, 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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