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April 8, 2013 -  Are you avoiding conflict because you are concerned that it will cause you even more distraction than you have the time to devote to it right now?  Are you convincing yourself that allowing the particular situation to exist is better for you than the chaos that could result from dealing with it? Having courage to deal and cope with any situation of conflict begins with understanding what it is costing you right now mentally, emotionally, physically and financially. Understanding these costs could help you realize just how beneficial it will be for you in the long run to deal with the circumstance head on and then get beyond it.

Take an MM&I Moment to list all the ways your current situation is affecting you negatively. What is not dealing with it costing you in emotional and mental distraction, physical side effects, financial loss or inability to move something forward as you would like it to be? Also, list anything positive that you are still realizing from the circumstance. What value is still being realized? What relationship do you still value and do not want to jeopardize? Now identify the worst and best scenarios that could result from dealing with the situation right now. Is the worst scenario really all that bad in the long run, and is the best scenario possible with the right approach to handling the conflict? If your conflict still feels overwhelming, is there one piece or aspect of the situation that you could attempt to improve for the time being to make it more acceptable for you? The bottom line for you is doing something that will begin to move you toward ultimately dealing with the conflict and getting it behind you. Determine your next step, no matter how small, and notice how less overwhelmed you begin to feel by the entire situation.


Synergized Quote of the Week

"Peace is not the absence of conflict, but the presence of creative alternatives for responding to conflict ..." - Dorothy Thompson


Savvy Secret Tip of the Week

Business owners who understand they are never alone also understand the business-building power of joining forces with others. High-growth companies make developing and fostering strategic relationships a way of doing business on several levels. How are you leveraging relationships with your vendors, existing customers, competitors and other businesses targeting the same market segments? To learn more, read Secrets #15 (Connecting Customers), #23 (Coopetition), #24 (Cross Promotion), #25 (Circles of Influence) and #35 (Strategic Relationships) in my book, 50 Marketing Secrets. To order the book, CLICK HERE!
ARE YOU LIVING IN AUTOPILOT?  Our busy, demanding lives can all too often put us in a mode of autopilot as we manage our day-to-day existence. However, if this becomes our norm, we may be missing out on the true joy of living each day. Are you living in autopilot? This is the topic of my April Me, Myself & Inc. column in Sophie Woman's Magazine. 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 frequently 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?" in order to gain some additional insight into the five areas in which 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.


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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