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April 28, 2014 -  How often do you feel distracted and pulled in many directions? How often do you find yourself wishing you were doing something other than what you are doing right at that moment? If the answer is "often" or even "sometimes" to either one of these questions, you may be on the verge or already are disengaged in your own life. Do you feel frustration, lack of fulfillment, exhaustion, stress, unending demands and obligations, and are wishing for some form of escape from it all? Guess what? Escaping, even for a short period of time, may be exactly what you need.


Take an MM&I Moment to write down what you could do for 30 minutes or a couple of hours that would help you feel more engaged and satisfied today. Now write down where you would like to go or could go to enjoy this period to its fullest. Write down what you would do over an entire afternoon, an entire weekend, or even an entire week of escape. Look at your calendar and literally block off some time to do exactly what you have recorded here. No ifs. No ands. No buts. Giving yourself permission to be engaged in your own life is the first step towards having a life you absolutely adore.   


Synergized Quote of the Week

"We live but a fraction of our lives ... Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads."  - Henry David Thoreau


Savvy Secret Tip of the Week

How are you engaging your employees and other people in your marketing initiatives to reach your customers? How are you truly making the promotion of your services and products a community affair and a teambuilding initiative? Growth companies understand the power of people both inside and outside of their companies. Learn more by reading Secrets #12 (Systemized Marketing), #14 (Relationships vs. Transactions), #25 (Circles of Influence), #31 (Purposeful Affiliation) and #37 (A Sense of Community) in my book, 50 Marketing Secrets. To order the book, CLICK HERE!

 "CORPORATE CURE" BEING PRESENTED ON MAY 5TH: My client, John Owens, CEO of Ameritrust and Owens Management Group, will be the dinner speaker presenting "Corporate Cure: What it Takes To Build a Company of Endurance" to the Institute of Management Consultants of the Carolinas on May 5th at their Regional Meeting being held at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro, NC. I was a part of the development team who designed and beta tested the Corporate Culture Assessment tool called CURx. John's book, Corporate Cure, will also be coming out in pre-publication copies this summer and will be nationally released late 2014 or early 2015. If you are interested in registering to attend IMC Carolinas' Regional Meeting, non-members are welcome to attend. This is a can't miss program! CLICK HERE for more information and to register. CLICK HERE to learn more about the CURx Assessment.

I will be at the North RCCC Campus in Salisbury, NC, to conduct a workshop for the Small Business Center entitled "How Do I Market My Business." Back by popular demand, I always look forward to sharing the marketing secrets of growth companies based on the CRISP Principle shared in my book, 50 Marketing Secrets, as well as other value-added insights based on 30 years working with successful entrepreneurs all over the country. The course is in the evening from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at 1333 Jake Alexander Blvd. Thanks to funding from the Small Business Administration, the course is free, but you must register in advance to attend. CLICK HERE to register.

My April Me, Myself & Inc. column in Sophie Woman's Magazine is a very personal reflection while paying tribute to a woman whom I admired deeply, Lynne Rahe Byrd. A special gift she gave me and her meaningful words inspired this writing that was waiting for the right moment to be shared. I hope it will make you pause to reflect as well on how each of us can embrace every day by counting and creating treasured moments in our lives and the lives of others. To read the column, CLICK HERE and read to page 29.

ARE TOO MANY HATS SLOWING YOUR MOMENTUM? In my April BizGrowth 5.0 column, I tackle the issue of wearing too many hats or the wrong hat, but from a different angle than expected. Read the column by CLICKING HERE to see if your business' momentum has been losing its zeal as a result of these five issues.

In my March BizGrowth 5.0 column, I share five areas where entrepreneurs may be causing more harm than good. See if your company is practicing any of these missteps with regard to standards, processes and procedures by CLICKING HERE.
READY TO GROW IN 2014? 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 Motivator

SLD Unlimited Biz Growth Inc. 



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