Monday, July 14, 2014

Entrepreneurs and Professionals: Measuring The Distance

Today, July 14th, is National Tape Measure Day in the United States.  A tape measure is something made out of cloth, plastic, fiber glass or metal and has markings on it for linear measurements.  Earlier methods of measurement included using a marked piece of rope, leather or chain.  Source:

Today, along with tape measures, we can use lasers for linear measurement. This is something fairly new, considering the tape measure dates back to the Romans! However, tape measures are only effective linear measures.

Yet, there are other things we want or need to measure, such as happiness or success. How you measure these can bring you different results. I wonder how you measure these in your life. I suggest a moment of reflection to determine if you are using ancient methods which may no longer be relevant or effective. 

The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have. 
~ Vince Lombardi

If you are experiencing summertime,  long, summer days may have you moving more slowly.  AND, if you are a business owner and find yourself slowing down and losing energy, the distance from where you find yourself standing today and the goals you have set for this year can begin to seem daunting. Business owners know how important it is to relax and take time off. The danger with relaxing can become long term lax or career stall.

Attempting to measure progress at this point can feel like dragging a heavy chain from the valley floor to the mountain top to see how much further you need to go. Before you give in to the urge to just give up, I invite you to quench your thirst to get your business going again. Here are some questions to ponder while you relax. Allow yourself to entertain whatever thoughts arise without judgment or anxiety or angst. 

What measures do you use to determine your present position in business? 

How do you assess the effectiveness of your marketing funnel? 

Can you be more clear about your service, your clients' needs and your message? 

Can you recognize ways you undermine your own success? 

Do you have inspired ideas that you neglect to act on?

Is your corporate identity solid, focused and well planned enough to put and keep your business on the map?

How often are your decisions based solely on cost first and not value add and investment?

These are a few question offered as a way to jump-start your business and give you the momentum necessary to cause measurable gains throughout the remainder of the year. 

New Perspectives bring New Ideas which turn in to New Opportunites! 
Grow Your Perspectives!

*You can check out the resources offered at #IdeaThon2014. If you should miss the dynamic interaction, don't quit there-reach out to the speakers and explore their offerings.  

Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome. 
~ Booker T. Washington

Monday, April 14, 2014

Procrastination Sabotages Success

Success. That somehow illusive yet desirable state most of us yearn to experience.

When we move about the earth as influencers, we have glimpses of success often enough to know what is possible for not only others, but for ourselves. Success affects lives in a big way.

Why does it seem that success is sometimes illusive? Aren't we taught that success is a result of hard work? Most of us begin our search for success by doing what we are told and following the rules. Yet we find ourselves trapped in a discouraging situation, feeling overwhelmed because we blindly follow conventional wisdom, hoping success will show up soon.

If success occurs in the process of drifting around, why aren't more people enjoying the level of success they yearn for most?

What stands in the way of reaching success is the habit of procrastination! Procrastination begins subtly by putting a few things off until it is convenient to do them; until we get around to it. Procrastination begins as differed action and, if it is not given conscious scrutiny, becomes a habit.

The habit of procrastination leads drifters to settle for what they get in life. Mild restlessness gradually becomes frustration which builds to exasperation. Procrastination is negative mental inertia which sabotages our chances at achieving success!

Influencers understand that procrastination is deferring decisive action; a motivation to stay hidden and to play small. In order to influence the lives of others and our own results, we need to modify the mindset we are using to determine what we desire our lives to be.
  •      We must decide to do the most important things first every day. Our daily actions must be prioritized.
  •       Plans must be made, followed and updated; not just talked about.
  •       Our goals must be accelerated, achieved and modified.

Effective Influencers truly understand that it is our complete and unchangeable right to use our minds. Exercising this right often is necessary for us to break the mental inertia that encourages us to settle for less than we deserve, or than we can create for ourselves.

Breaking stride with the drifter mentality is declaring our genius. To experience success over and over again, we must be resolute in our efforts to break away from the menacing mind games that convince us to underperform and settle for what comes our way.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Get It Together-Bag It!

On her live stream event February 19, Sylvia Henderson, The Clarity Queen for Implementation, asked Effective Influencer Mia Reed, "As a business owner, what can you do when you are in a fog and can't seem to get it together? Does health have anything to do with Brain Fog?" 

Mia Reed, Wellness Strategist and owner of C.H.A.I.N. 2 Prosper, says brain fog is a result of our health and our health is a result of our eating habits.   First, we have to understand that eating is not the same as nutrition. Eating is the act of putting something in your mouth and swallowing it, usually with the purpose of satisfying hunger.

Food is actually any nutritious substance that people or animals eat or drink, or that plants absorb, in order to maintain life and growth.  Many of the things that we eat would not necessarily qualify as food! Soft drinks, loaded with sweetener (artificial or not), candy, processed meals are examples of things we eat that do not add nutritive value or assist in the maintenance of life or growth.

Eating things with little or no nutritive value is what Mia refers to as TOXIC eating. Toxic eating is a cause of brain fog. Being dehydrated is another cause of brain fog. Brain fog is the absence of clarity, concentration and impaired memory. This is what Sylvia described as her inability to Get It Together.

Sylvia posed the question, “What can we do NOW to improve our concentration, memory and clarity?”

If you practice eating for nutrition, you will develop that as a habit. Health is a habit, too. Our health affects our attitude. When you are stuck and feeling like no progress is made, you can choose to feel just one degree better. Make one conscious choice to provide your brain with nutrition.

 Here are 4 Tips from Mia for immediate benefit:

1.   Hydrate- Our bodies are between 80-90% water. If we are dehydrated, we are “less” in the sense that we are operating at a lower level than we are capable of. We are out of balance.

Become more balanced by hydrating more. Mia uses the guideline of drinking the equivalent in liquid, preferably water, as half of your body weight. How can you make water more palatable? Infuse it with strawberry and basil, cucumber and mint. 

2.   Consume more nutrients- Increase your intake of fruits and vegetables. The closer to their natural state (raw), the better quality nutrition you receive.

One of the best energy boosting habits to get in to is to consume natural sugar when facing a slump. Grabbing a handful (12-14) of almonds and a few raisins to munch will help that afternoon dip in energy.

3.   Understand what your body is saying when you experience the nibbles. That urge to snack is your body’s way of telling you it is deficient in a vitamin or mineral. Responding by snacking on processed foods and empty calories is Toxic Hunger. 

Stop and think for a minute when toxic hunger calls: what have you eaten so far? What might be missing? If you have consumed only carbohydrates, add some vegetables or fruits. Drink water before heading to the pantry or refrigerator. 

4.   Concentrate on receiving nutrients as you make food choices. Instead of merely satisfying hunger, strive to balance the nutrients your body craves. Eating is a habit. Nutrition is a conscious habit. For example, many of us have the habit of “finishing everything on your plate” or rewarding our children or ourselves with something to consume. 

Your stomach empties every 5 hours or so. If you are eating more often, you may be experiencing Toxic hunger. Take time to concentrate, choose and consume consciously.

Mia teaches people how to revise their food habits into nutritional habits. Most people today eat for comfort or out of boredom. She calls this unconscious use of food and food products TOXIC Eating. To replace TOXIC eating for long term results, Mia suggests that we BAG IT.

Cut up a few fruits and vegetables during commercials at night, or while you are preparing dinner. Use these pieces for a nutritional smoothie the following day. Just zip the ingredients in a stay fresh bag, refrigerate them overnight and pull them out in the morning. Pop the contents into a blender, add milk (Mia suggests milk other than cow’s milk, such as almond) and blend.

Drink a toast-Chain2prosper!

Change- Our current state of health is built on many incorrect beliefs and habits which were formed by those beliefs. You must decide when enough is enough!

Health- We must consciously get our health and our body into alignment. To do this we need to understand that eating and nutrition are not the same thing.

Attitude- We can change our food consumption habits by discarding our “stinkin’ thinkin’”  to a conscious process of nutrition. Z
       "We all need a check up from the neck up to avoid stinkin' thinkin' which ultimately leads to hardening of the attitude." ~ Zig ZiglarIntuition- Having and using knowledge of the process taking place throughout our bodies and affecting the mind-body connection at a cellular level.

Nutrition- Using foods for proper nutrition elevates our health. Proper nutrition, Mia says, encompasses the use of many raw foods.

2- Two people working together from different perspectives (internal and external) to achieve the desired health goals. We need an objective viewpoint to pull us from our rut and see things accurately.

Prosper- Why we are all here on earth. We cannot prosper from a position of “stuck”. Prosperity is achieved through action; it must be “right” action.
For your 3 Meal one day plan, send an email to: with the subject line: Bag IT. She will send you the details.


Monday, February 17, 2014

Getting it Together and Getting Out of the Way!

Where you end up in any process is always dependent upon where you begin. Where you begin encompasses how you operate in the world, how you view the world and what you expect from the world. Put another way, your results are determined by who you are, your view of reality and your assumption or judgments about what is possible.
Each life begins as an idea. The idea of "you" can be viewed from many perspectives. Let's choose for today to see the idea of "you" as a creative and joyful expression of love. Each life is born from energy;  an energy which contains curiosity, imagination and inspiration.
Curiosity creates wants. Curiosity demands that we seek out what is possible for ourselves.
Imagination creates opportunity. We imagine things  that do not yet exist in our experience.
Inspiration fuels our desires. We act in sprit with the laws of nature, the laws which govern all things.
As we grow into our predetermined purpose, well meaning influencers in our lives guide us with their imaginations.  Their imaginations contain the original energy along with distorted energy that is created from the experiences they have  had and the filter through which they view these experiences.
It is these filters through which we learn to view life that cause us to see a distorted truth. We see distortions in the form of fears, distress, confusion, overwhelm. At times we take the perspective that we can't get these innate powers together enough to bring about those conditions we desire.
These filters cannot detect curiosity. Imagination becomes something to avoid because imagining anything brings with it a risk too great to overcome. Inspiration takes the shape of a dream-an idea meant for fools.

Three Tips to help get it together:

1. Begin to question each decision you make. Ask, "Am I making this decision from desire or fear?
    CLUE- fear-based decisions keep you feeling "safe". You justify them by saying things like
    "I could do worse" or "At least I know what to expect"

TIP: Ask, " What would I do if I were not afraid?"

2. Identify the source of overwhelm, procrastination or confusion. Generally you will know who you sound like. Someone else's filter has been installed and you are making decisions for yourself using their filter.
    CLUE: When these ideas are in your mind, you are not living from your own values.  "I  sound   just like..." or "My (mom, dad, sibling) always told me XXXX."

TIP: Ask, "What would happen if I made a mistake?"

3. Take action from a new perspective. Become really clear about what specific result you want. You need to know how you will feel when your goal is reached, how it will change you and your perspectives on life.
     CLUE: When you are making decisions from your values, you feel both excited and scared at the same time. And you are eager to take action even though it seems you are unsure.

TIP: Ask, "If I don't do this, will I be happier? healthier? More true to myself and my desires?

Be curious. Be imaginative. Be inspirational.

Life begins where you begin. Where life takes you is your decision!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Harvest Happiness

Your happiness is an internal happening. Happiness is a feeling being transmitted through your senses in order that it may be expressed outwardly. The way you express yourself on the outside influences how others respond to you.

Walk into a room and notice the “mood” of the room. What is happening inside of us is always expressed on the outside. We may carry ourselves heavily when we feel burdened; we may bounce as we walk when we are truly ecstatic.  We wear worry lines and frowns and laugh lines.

If we seek what is true, we realize that our level of happiness is influencing how we participate in the world around us. We influence the world around us and those who operate in that world through communication. 

Wearing our emotions on our bodies is one way we communicate. How we speak to others is another. The feedback we get is a third way of communicating. BUT, in my way of thinking, the most important form of communication is how our minds translate experiences, feelings and beliefs to us.

For most of us, our internal dialog is silently running in the background and is secretly affecting how we view our day. By tapping into our minds, we can choose to substitute one unfruitful thought for another, more beneficial thought.

Last month, I challenged everyone to play a game of Conversation Tag: to have a conversation each day with someone new and to observe their responses and your reactions.

Now I invite you to share what effect this exercise in communication had/has on you: 

  •   Are you more aware of auto responses? “Hi, Can I help you?” “Fine, and you?”

  •   How often do you anticipate someone’s reactions?   Or do you experience their reactions as they occur?

  •   Do you feel more comfortable connecting with strangers now?

  •   How has this exercise changed communication with those familiar to you?

         "Prepare your mind to receive the best that life has to offer."
            Ernest Holmes

**How do you feel about communication in today’s world?

**Do we connect with those around us each day or are we losing at the “game” of communication?

Second weekof November

The next stage of this game is to now pay attention to how you talk to yourself. What conversations do you have in your head?
  •  Are they full of positive feedback and encouragement?
  •  Do you find that you admonish yourself for forgetting or not doing something?
  •  Are your internal conversations useful in moving you toward a goal, dealing with a difficult situation?
  •  When you listen to the chatter in your mind, is it harmful? Negative? Full of doubt? Or is it light, thoughtful, empowering, and supportive?

         "He is able who thinks he is able.” Buddha

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Conversation Tag-Play The Game!

Trying something different can help you break out of an old pattern and can have a positive effect not only on you, but the person you engage with in conversation. Do you remember the last time you were struggling through the day and someone started a conversation with you that changed your mood?  
Become an influencer through conversation!

Objective: To have at least one conversation with someone new each day for a month.

  •  You must smile and initiate the conversation. 
  •  If the person you choose as your conversation partner chooses not to play, give them a big smile and choose a new partner.
  •  Think of new ways to start the conversation other than, “How are you?”  
  •  At least 5 out of 7 conversations must be with a stranger or someone you very seldom   talk with, like  someone in another department at work or a neighbor you seldom run into.           
  •  One point for each conversation you attempt. Two points if the person responds. 
     Five points for making them smile. 
     Ten points for initiating a conversation with someone you usually avoid.

How to play:
The game begins with your first opportunity to speak with a stranger or someone with whom you usually do not talk. You can choose specific times each day to focus on playing, or you can play all day long. There are three levels of experience: novice, intermediate and expert.
-Novice: Asks a question which demands a safe response, such as “Where are the restrooms?”
-Intermediate: Starts a conversation by making a personal observation,” That is a unique tie. I’ve never seen one with actual feathers on it!”
-Expert: Engages the person in an exchange for a minute or more. “You are always cheerful when I come in here at lunch. What’s your secret?” “If you were to sell your secret to me, how much would you charge?”
  Communication works for those who work at it. John Powell
Each day after you have a conversation with someone new, make a note on how they responded. Were they eager to “play”? Did you feel like you came from Mars (or Venus)? Did you leave them smiling? How did the “game” affect you?

The Final Challenge:
Encourage your family, friends and co-workers to “play” as well. Make a mental note about how you feel during this process. See how many times you notice yourself on a cell phone ignoring those around you, like the person serving you your meal, ringing your purchase or trying to listen to a movie, speech, etc. Make it a conscious effort every day to connect with someone new around you. We all need human contact in our lives. Technology sometimes robs us (if we let it) of opportunities to enrich that contact. Take the challenge and connect with someone!

In order to support your efforts in playing Conversation Tag, here are some suggested ways to begin a conversation with someone new to you:

  1. Smile and say, “Nice to see you!”
  2. “How are you enjoying this weather?”
  3. Comment on their pleasant demeanor, brightly colored shirt, their kindness towards someone nearby that you may have observed.
  4. Thank them for smiling at you.
  5. Tell them something you appreciate about them, such as speedy service at the drive thru during lunch or their suggestion on how to save money at the office supply store.
  6. Say something to help turn around a negative experience, such as “It’s a good thing that person took the parking space you were waiting for…that one is reserved for people having a bad hair day.”
  7. While waiting in a long line, ask someone next to you, “What would you think of them turning on a sprinkler to keep us cool?”
  8. If you work somewhere (UPS, FedEx, store associate) that you would require someone’s signature, instead of “Sign Here” say, “We’re collecting autographs of important people and I noticed we don’t yet have yours.”
  9. Break the ice at a meeting by asking someone what their favorite vacation spot is and why.
  10. Ask someone what game show they would participate in and why.

If not, try one of the above conversation starters on yourself; the funnier or more creative, the better!

Speak well: others might be listening!