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January 28, 2013 -  What do you believe are the obstacles to your success right now? What do you think is holding you back from moving forward or progressing in the way that you would like to go? As I stated in the introduction to Section 2 in my book, Me, Myself & Inc., "Real or imagined, an excuse or reality, imposed or predisposed - whatever is keeping you from where you want to be personally or professionally is all a matter of what you believe or accept."

Take an MM&I Moment to list what you believe are your biggest obstacles or reasons for not achieving what you are trying to achieve. Then describe why you believe these are obstacles, challenges or even things that are stopping you dead in your tracks. Now, with each why, identify even the smallest step you could take to create progress again. Start taking these steps. Before you know it, what was once an obstacle is now merely a stepping stone of insight to help you more effectively move toward your achievement.


Synergized Quote of the Week 

"If you don't make things happen, then things will happen to you." - Robert Collier


Savvy Secret Tip of the Week

Could a strategic alliance help take your business to its next level of growth? In our CRISP Principle Study, more than 50% of growth companies formed strategic alliances with competitors as a means of growing sales through obtaining larger contracts as a partnering team. Seven out of 10 growth companies formed strategic alliances with non-competing, but complementary companies to pursue and secure opportunities. To learn more about Strategic Involvements that can help grow your business, read Secrets #31 (Purposeful Affiliations), #32 (Trade Collaborations), and #35 (Strategic Relationships) in my book, 50 Marketing Secrets. To order the book, CLICK HERE!


GETTING TO "AHA" FOR POWERFUL RESULTS ON THURSDAY, JAN 31st: I will be conducting a workshop from 2 - 5 p.m. on "Getting to Aha! Aligning Values & Goals for Powerful Results" in Lincolnton, this Thursday, January 31st, in conjunction with the Gaston College Small Business Center and the Lincolnton/Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce. The location is the Cochrane Science Building on the Lincoln Campus (511 S. Aspen Street). For more information about the program, CLICK HERE. To register for the seminar, call 704.735.3096 or CLICK HERE to go to events registration page. Click on the $15 button for a seminar.


A book signing, with my books available for purchase, will also take place at the event.


WHO IS IN THE ROOM WITH YOU? This thought-provoking topic for my January Me, Myself & Inc. column was inspired by a stimulating discussion at Carlos Salum's TheSircle in November of last year. CLICK HERE to read the column, which is located on page 27.


WHAT CHOICES HAVE YOU MADE FOR 2013? Decisions are never-ending when you own or run a business. Making the right decisions can sometimes be overwhelming. Making better decisions is driven, in part, by confidently knowing where your focus should be. Read my January BizGrowth 5.0 column titled "In 2013 - Make it about THIS versus THAT" for some additional insight. CLICK HERE to read the column.


READY TO GROW IN 2013?:  Are you interested in taking your company to its next level  or need some fresh ideas? To learn more, CLICK HERE.  Then, give me a call at 704.483.2941 or reply to this email to arrange a consultation.


SWIRLWIND - BUILDING MOMENTUM AMIDST ECONOMIC CHAOS: I am pleased to share a new publication from SLD Unlimited called SWIRLwind. Its mission is to provide information, tips, and inspiration to help entrepreneurial businesses build momentum amidst chaos in order to perform as the economic engines we know that they can be. The first issue will be distributed this week to clients and referral partners. If you would like to receive a copy, confirm via email and we will add you to the list.   



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SLD Unlimited Biz Growth, Inc.


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