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August 19, 2013 -  Have you recently felt as though a myriad of little things has happened that have accumulated into a big distraction for you? Have unplanned or unexpected little things occurred that are consuming your thinking? Are you continuing to think about or talk about them, adding further to your distraction?  Too often, when small annoyances occur, we get too caught up in the annoyance and do not see the opportunity in the occurrence having happened. We also are not using these moments to help us truly understand what we may need to better know and understand about ourselves.

Take an MM&I Moment to attempt to explore the opportunity in these small challenges versus feeling only the frustration. Delays in traffic, having to look for your keys, an unexpected phone call as you were leaving, an inconvenient request for assistance - whatever it is for you, try to see what could possibly be the underlying opportunity for awareness or refocus. For instance, instead of allowing a delay in traffic to stress you, make the necessary phone call to confirm the delay and then use the time to better prepare for the meeting in your mind, or determine alternative routes for the future. Ask yourself if the small challenge is truly a distraction or if you are allowing it to avoid having to do something else you need to be doing. Ask yourself if the challenge is actually bringing you enlightenment to be better aware, prepared, knowledgeable, or even more patient. Once you shift to trying to see the opportunity in even the smallest challenge, you will soon find yourself saying it was a blessing in disguise.


Synergized Quote of the Week

"Once we begin to see, we are challenged to seek the strength to see more, not less." - Arthur Miller


Savvy Secret Tip of the Week

Why is a relationship mindset better in marketing? When you are in a transaction mindset, you get caught up in inking the deal, which makes you leave the prospect or customer feeling like a mere means to an end versus a meaningful beginning. When you focus on the customer first, ongoing opportunities will transpire with them versus that single transaction. To learn more, read Secret #14, Relationships vs. Transactions, in my book, 50 Marketing Secrets. To order the book, CLICK HERE


TAPING A PODCAST ON FRIDAY FOR MESH TV'S ENTREPRENEUR EXCHANGE: I will be a guest for a podcast interview on the topic of low cost marketing ideas for small businesses. The taping of the podcast occurs this Friday, the 23rd, with co-hosts Jeff Neuville and Gary Muller. Stay tuned for when the podcast will be available for downloading.
SECOND ANNUAL DAM2DAM JET SKI CHARITY RIDE ON LAKE NORMAN AUGUST 24TH: SLD Unlimited is a Promotion Sponsor of this unique fundraising event and also was the creative force behind its identity and brand graphics for its inaugural event last year. Anyone with a jet ski and some community spirit should plan on fun on Lake Norman August 24th. The event will raise funds through the Denver Lake Norman Rotary Club Foundation to support local charities, including the East Lincoln Rescue Park, which will be breaking ground later this year. For more information, CLICK HERE. To donate or sign up as a participant, you can CLICK HERE.

I will be among the experts offering insights and perspectives based on the Business Wellness Checkup results of participating CEOs and Executive-level leaders of their companies. If your company is seeking to grow through strong management and operational practices, then you should also be taking the Business Wellness Checkup and attending this unique event designed to give you immediate insights, guidance and direction that can enable you to better operate and manage your business for strategically smart exponential growth. The event takes place from 7:45 a.m. to 10 a.m. at The Employers Association in Charlotte, NC. To learn more about the event and if your business qualifies, CLICK HERE. Do you qualify and want to be my guest? Email me at

ARE YOU EMBRACING THE JOY IN YOUR LIFE AND WORK?  This is the topic of my Me, Myself & Inc. column in the August issue of Sophie Woman's Magazine. We can too easily get so caught up in the mundane day-to-day that we can lose sight of what really matters and what can best help us cope. Learn more about how you can embrace joy on a daily basis. CLICK HERE to read the column on page 29.

HOW ARE YOU LINKING CHARITY AND PROFITABILITY? In August's BizGrowth 5.0 column, I ask the question, "How does charity and profitability link in your organization?" Research and countless examples are proving time and time again that a business that gives back realizes return on investment in a variety of ways.  Read the column by  CLICKING HERE.

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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Yours in synergistic thinking,




Author, Strategy Maestro & Chief Marketeer

SLD Unlimited Biz Growth Inc. 


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