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February 11, 2013 -  Is stress affecting your judgment or making you question things that you once appreciated or valued?  The impact of stress on your physical, emotional and mental well-being can cause doubt and confusion that is oftentimes displaced in ways you may not even realize. When you allow something that was once valued and appreciated to be distored by stress, it causes you to believe that even the good things in your life are not as good as you thought.  What was once a source of confidence for you becomes infiltrated with doubt, which causes you to question what you are doing and why you are doing it. Instead of allowing stress to take control of your well-being, take charge of your well-being by putting your stressors into perspective. Don't let what has been good and valuable for you to be tainted by stress. Allow these things to help you take charge of your stress. 

Take an MM&I Moment to identify the true triggers of the stress that you are feeling. Typically, stress happens because of what was unexpected or unanticipated.  If it is financial stress, what was unexpected that is now causing you more financial difficulty? If it is relationship-oriented stress, what personal situation occurred that was unexpected? If it is work-related stress, what has changed unexpectedly?  Now think back to just prior to any of these trigger points. What was happening that excited you? What was occurring that you valued and were truly grateful to have in your life?  Who have you been grateful to have in your life or work?  If you have lost sight of the good things, or even allowed your stress to negatively impact these positive life areas, take this to heart and take action. Reach out and embrace the good in your life in people, activities and opportunities to help you refocus. You will be surprised how this will help you conquer your stress and move you confidently forward .


Synergized Quote of the Week 

"Our greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another." - William James


Savvy Secret Tip of the Week

Are you ready to take your company to its next level of growth, but not quite sure how to begin? Growth-oriented business owners are continuously revisting their strategies to confirm they are in alignment with the changing times and market needs. They understand that next-level growth can only be attained by gaining the right insights and meticulously executing a strategy based on these insights with targeted initiatives. To learn more about where you should begin, read Secret #50 in the CRISP Principle: Formulas for Success section of my book, 50 Marketing Secrets. To order the book, CLICK HERE!


KEYS TO WINNING AWARDS PROGRAM ON FEB 19: This will be my seventh year as moderator of the popular "Keys to Winning Awards" program hosted by NAWBO-Charlotte at the Institute of Entrepreneurship at CPCC on February 19 from 8:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m.  Panelists include: J. Kevin Toomb Ph.D., Director of Business Entrepreneurship at the Belk College of Business (UNC Charlotte) and an experienced judge of numerous award competitions; and Angela Key of Premier Resources/Premier Healthcare, who is a multi-award winner including being a NAWBO Woman Business Owner of the Year award. The panel will share insights from a judge's perspective, an award winner's perspective as well as a marketing and public relations perspective. As a bonus for the 2013 nominees for the NAWBO awards, I will provide an added insights session from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. to review their draft applications and provide tips and recommendations prior to their submittal. NAWBO members should register by Feb 15th by emailing Gina Herald at


ARE YOU A SHADOW OF YOURSELF? My February column in Sophie Women's Magazine focuses on the reasons why you may not be allowing yourself to be all that you can be. 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 - DOWNLOADABLE VERSION: Since I had such an overwhelming positive response of interest about receiving SWIRLwind, each issue will be available as a PDF download via my Monday Motivation. CLICK HERE to read the first issue online. 


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Author, Strategy Maestro & Chief Marketeer

SLD Unlimited Biz Growth, Inc.


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