Monthly Archives: August 2012

Back to School

Yesterday was the first day back to school after summer break.  I remember all of the mixed feelings of going back to school.  I didn’t want summer to end but I was also excited to see all of my friends that I had missed over the summer. There was  lots of anticipation and trepidation about who our teachers would be…and of course everyone had an opinion on if they were “good” or “bad”.

Let’s transport ourselves back to a time of learning, growth and development.  It’s the second day of school.  Who is in your circle of influence?  Do they have a positive or negative influence on your life, business and pursuit of dreams.  What “classes” are you taking to keep you mentally and physically engaged, excited and fit?  Have you chosen teachers and coaches to help keep you focused, motivated and accountable? Is your curriculum balanced between requirements, electives and advanced courses?

I encourage you to make this semester your best ever.



The Power of Words

We are intelligent people.  We know the power of words.  We don’t need to be reminded of this.  Or do we?

We have choices to make when we decide what words we will use to express ourselves.

I remember when my son was very small reading that his self-esteem could be strengthened or weakened depending on how I chose to discipline him.  For example if he did something “wrong” I could say “you are so stupid” or I could say “could you have made a different choice?”.

I admit I made plenty of mistakes but I made it a point to be mindful of my words so that he know it was his action not him that needed to be changed….and he is a very confident young man today.

The same principle applies to our own self-talk.  We are sometimes running old tapes that someone else helped us to record.  This is not a habit easily broken but it worth breaking.

One of the best tools I know of came out of my Sassy Mastermind with Lisa Sasevich when she introduced Edwene Gaines book “The Four Spiritual Laws of Prosperity” and Edwene’s 21-Day Challenge where she made a commitment that for 21 day she would not Gossip, Criticize or Complain – not to others or even to herself.

No negative language at all for 21 Days!

Don’t worry if you don’t make it to 21 Days all you have to do is start over with a new 21-Day cycle.

I promise you… this is a life changing tool that will help you reclaim your power.

Will you take this on?


A new twist on business planning

I was talking to my graphic designer,Linda Anderson, yesterday and she said something that made me laugh and gave me the idea for this blog! Thank you Linda.

We were talking about how we could help each other in our businesses and I mentioned that if someone said to her “I feel like I have no control” or “I feel like I’m going in circles” they would be a good referral for me. She said “you know that reminds me that when I talk to people in my home state of South Dakota, where the economy is much better than here in Nevada, I tell them that our idea of a business or retirement plan in Nevada is to win the California Lottery or just plane old wishful thinking”.

Even though she was joking it made me wonder…Is this a new twist on business planning? Have people given up? Is this your plan?

Just in case it is…I did a little research for you on Google and found this…”The odds of winning the California Super Lotto Jackpot are 1 in 18 million. (1) … If one person purchases 50 Lotto tickets each week, they will win the jackpot about once every 5000 years. (4) … You Win? California State University, Hayward.”

I could not find any statistics on wishful thinking but my “gut” tells me the odds are not much better than winning the California Lottery.

I’m not saying DON’T buy a lottery ticket or have wishful thinking but I am saying DO have a solid back-up plan in place where you have control over the outcome.