With only 41 days left in this year, now is the perfect time to plan your income goals for 2014 so you can enjoy the holidays and cross the threshold into the New Year with a confident plan of action.
On Thanksgiving Day, as we sat around the table enjoying a delicious meal, my mom gave her annual celebratory toast to my Great Aunt Flossie (yes, that was her real name) for teaching her the “secret” to making a turkey that melts in your mouth. I’ve been hearing this story since I was a child so you can imagine that when I think of Aunt Flossie, I associate her memory with Turkey.
Aunt Flossie was well-known for something. What are you well-known for?
When we get sick, have the flu or some other ailment that we can’t seem to cure on our own, we go to the doctor for a checkup. The same is true in our businesses. If you feel like your business is not growing the way you had envisioned, maybe it’s time for an entrepreneurial checkup. This week, I’m going to share some simple, easy solutions that you can use to give your business a “checkup” to ensure healthy success.
My new book, “What’s Next?: The 7 Steps to Discover Your Big Idea and Create a Wildly Successful Business” is now available soon but I’m sharing a sneak peek of it here with you. Here are the first couple of paragraphs from my sneak peek:
Over Memorial Day weekend, I unplugged completely from the online world and left the office behind. Even though I work out of my home, I made a conscious decision not to enter the office or think about anything having to do with business. I do this periodically because I know the dangers of staying “on” all the time can cause burnout, loss of motivation and derail creative thinking.
Yesterday, we had tree-trimmers here at our house to clean up the trees that were overgrown and also to make room for new growth in the future. We live in a house that is very light and bright, however I was surprised how much more light and clarity of vision we have now that we’ve peeled back the layers of debris and overgrowth. Today, I have views of nature and blue sky that were not visible to me yesterday. This got me thinking about how Smart Women know the importance of trimming back the layers of their lives so that they can keep their vision clear and focused on what’s most important.
I remember when my son was much younger and he came running into the house with the Sunday paper exclaiming, “Look, they gave us cereal!” And sure enough, there was not one but three mini boxes of cereal included with the newspaper—all sugar cereals they had never tried. My children were jumping up and down begging to try these cute little conveniently packaged products. This got me thinking about how Smart Women understand the power of sampling.
A few nights ago, we watched “Mr. Magorium’s Magical Emporium” with Dustin Hoffman and Natalie Portman. It’s a fun and light family movie with a wonderful message. I won’t give away the plot or ending, however at one point in the movie, Dustin Hoffman (Mr. Magorium) smiled and said to Natalie (who at the time was going through a big life transition) “Your life is an occasion; rise to it.” This got me thinking about how Smart Women know this well.
If you think about the word “occasion”, what comes up for you? For me, an “occasion” means a special or important time, a celebration or ceremony. When I wake up on the day of an important occasion, I feel a quiet excitement inside—anticipation about how this special time in my life will unfold. Don’t get me wrong. If I’m in charge of the occasion like planning a family member’s birthday party or some other big event, there’s some anxiety that goes along with the “occasion.”