Category Archives: 1-Discovering Your Gifts

Expect Success and Plant Seeds for Greatness

Does the seed doubt it will become a sunflower? This month is a special month … for many reasons. It is a month of love, with Valentine’s Day marking the half-way point. And, since my father died last week, I’ve received an amazing outpouring of love from family, friends, acquaintances and even strangers. It’s been awesome.

Ironically, interestingly or just by coincidence, my father’s birthday is in February … and so is my half birthday. In fact, when I was growing up, I used to get ViewMaster slides on my dad’s birthday for my half-birthday present.

But if he taught me nothing else, it was to always go for what I wanted. And that leads me to two observances that I think are especially relevant to you, the creative professional, this month.

The first observance is Expect Success Month. Created 10 years ago by motivational speaker Karla Brandau, this observance encourages us all to “expect success–then work like there is no other option.”

The second observance is Plant the Seeds of Greatness Month. This observance encourages us to start working toward our own greatness now, even if all we do is take baby steps or plant seeds.

You see, both these monthly observations dove tail quite well together. You expect success, then you plant the seeds for that success and then nurture that seed until you obtain success.

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Release Hidden Barriers to Your Success

release fly away Last night I attended a teleseminar called “How To Release Your Hidden Barriers to Love and Become Magnetic to Your Soulmate.” Although I’m not quite ready to start attracting my soulmate just yet (still need to get the divorce), I was curious to what they might have to say.

What I experienced was quite interesting. Among the revelations I had about how I attracted the man I’m divorcing into my life, I also realized how much my love life and the steps to attracting a better one mirrored my business life and how to attract a better one. And I thought I’d share my revelations with you, just in case they might help you out, as well.

Step 1: I am the source of my experience.
The first step in attracting your soulmate is to get clear on how you’ve created the love life you currently have. The same is true of your business life.

If you are struggling in your business, if you are not attracting ideal clients at an ideal rate, you need to take a look at how you are creating that reality.

When I am honest with myself, I know that I have created the challenges I’ve faced. I’ve let myself futz around and not get clear on who it is that I serve and how it is that I serve them.

Action Step: Take responsibility for your life and your business. The first step to solving a problem is to acknowledge you have one. Embrace that you have created your life and business as it is now … and you have the power to create the life and business that you desire.

Step 2: You must complete the past.
Old unresolved resentments, agreements and toxic ways of being can hold you back in love, life and business.

For example, I have unresolved resentments around my dissolved Mary Kay business, as well as issues around self-worth that came about during the dot com crash in the late 1990s.

These bits of unresolved anger affect how I approach business and need to be acknowledged and pruned if I am going to move on.

Action Step: Take a look at unresolved anger around career and business to see if they affect your business success today. Are you holding on to agreements that keep you in check? (Such as I don’t want to be more successful than …?) Have you forgiven yourself for previous failures or missteps? Acknowledge and let that stuff go.

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Aligning with Your Purpose

marilyn jenett locations Normally, I post on the first day of the month, but I was engrossed in something else yesterday, so I’m posting today.

What had me so involved that I lost track of time? I was editing the audio from Marilyn Jenett’s Feel Free to Prosper Teleclass for Business Success and I’m very impressed.

Now, just for a little background of how I know Marilyn.

It all started a few years back when I first purchased The Women’s Business Gallery. She was listed as one of the experts for a membership program that really never did take off. Anyway, I contacted all the experts to see if they were still interested and Marilyn and I had a nice conversation. But I eventually dropped that part of the site and didn’t think any more about it.

Fast forward a couple of years. Another mentor of mine, whom I’ve mentioned before, Adam Urbanski interviewed Marilyn about her inspiring memoir on the Ryze network. You can get a free copy of the call here: The memoir talks about how she applied universal laws to build a very successful one-woman business that attracted large and lucrative clients.

This call inspired me to contact her once again. We chatted a bit and I decided to purchase one of her Feel Free to Prosper programs, the New Year Teleclass. It really made an impact on my life and started me on the path I’m on now.

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Entrepreneur FAQ: What is the difference between an interest and a passion?

Now that’s a doosy of a question, for all passions are interests, but not all interests are passions. When you are interested in something, you hold a sense of curiosity about that something. But, a passion is something much more … it has a stronger push, pull and draw. A […]

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The Importance of Passion In Business

passion for business I am a firm believer that if you want a sustainable business, one that you can make and keep profitable over the long term, you must be passionate about it.

And I’m not the only one who believes this.

Mark Cuban, billionaire entrepreneur, wrote about it in his blog: “The Passion of Business and the Business of Passion“.

Stephen Colbert, of Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report, has implied that passion is a key to his success: “You have to have a passionate opinion; otherwise you sound false. You end up telling the audience jokes they’ve already heard.”

And George Lucas, creator of the Star Wars franchise, says this: “If you want to be successful in a particular field of endeavor, I think perseverance is one of the key qualities.It’s very important that you find something that you care about, that you have a deep passion for, because you’re going to have to devote a lot of your life to it.”

Do a Google search on “passion business” and you’ll find numerous entries. One I found particularly of interest was Richard Chang’s article, “Turning Into Organizational Performance – the role of passion in business management and leadership“. In fact, he leads the article off with this: “Passion is not a privilege of the fortunate few; it is a right and competitive advantage that all organizations can leverage.”

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