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March 18, 2013 -  Are you having a difficult time focusing on essentials due to feeling a bit overwhelmed or is your focus so laser sharp that you could be missing critical opportunities? At either extreme, where and how you focus is pivotal to getting you where you ultimately desire to go. If you are having a difficult time focusing due to so many things demanding your attention, it is time to take a step back and determine what everything means to your big picture and to what you are attempting to achieve. If you are intensely focused and have been diligently working on a particular effort, but not seeing it moving forward as you had hoped it would, it is time to step back and review your efforts to-date in order to determine whether an infusion of new insights are needed.

Take an MM&I Moment to understand what your lack of focus or intense focus means in the scheme of what you are ultimately trying to achieve. If you are feeling a lack of focus, create a list all of the things that you are dealing with right now that are pulling you in multiple directions. Which things are absolutely critical because you are the only one who can move the project or situation forward? What are you doing that you would prefer someone else to be doing? What can you delegate to someone else? What is urgent and essential versus what is essential but can wait? Prioritizing in order better will help you see real progress again and help you gain a sense of being back in charge of what you are striving to realize. If you are frustrated because you are not seeing progress on something you have been purposefully working toward, then it may be time to take a slight break and concentrate elsewhere. List some other important initiatives toward which you can refocus your energies toward. Countless times, this fresh challenge opens up thinking, realizations and opportunities that help other initiatives move forward as well.


Synergized Quote of the Week

"No other principles of effectiveness are violated as constantly today as the basic principle of concentration." - Peter Drucker


Savvy Secret Tip of the Week

How are you creating marketplace preference in your business? How are you assuring that when someone asks about or is in search of a business in your area of offerings, your business is the first that is recommended? How are you reinforcing that when potential customers realize they need your types of products, services or expertise, your business is the first that comes to their mind? A strategy that effectively combines customer relations, referral relations, Internet presence, strategic involvements and public relations will create and maintain preference and an in-flow of business on a steady basis. To learn more, read the about the power of the CRISP Principle in my book, 50 Marketing Secrets. To order the book, CLICK HERE!

ARE YOU EFFECTIVELY USING THE POWER OF ASKING? My March column in Sophie Woman's Magazine focuses on "The Power of Asking." You have probably heard it said that it never hurts to ask. Too often, our fear that the answer we will get is not what we had hoped holds us back from truly exploring and realizing all the opportunities before us. CLICK HERE to read the column, which is located on page 27.


ARE YOU REINVENTING FOR THE WRONG REASONS? During challenging economic times reinventions occur more than new inventions as a means of strategic survival and growth in a business. However, sometimes reinventing is ineffective and business owners are left scratching their heads as to why. Read my March BizGrowth 5.0 column titled "Are You Reinventing for the Wrong Reasons?" to gain some additional insight into the five areas I have witnessed reinvention gone awry. 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.


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Yours in synergistic thinking,




Author, Strategy Maestro & Chief Marketeer

SLD Unlimited Biz Growth, Inc.


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