While Visions of Sugar Plums Danced in Their Heads

In the beloved poem, A Visit From St. Nicholas by Clement Clarke Moore, the children were nestled all snug in their beds, while visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads. Just what is a sugarplum? According to Wikipedia… A sugar plum can be a piece of dragée or hard candy made of hardened sugar in a…

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Gratitude: Experiences not things!

It’s Black Friday and the official holiday shopping season has begun.  I love giving gifts and have a special knack for finding just the right thing. Paying attention to something someone mentions in a conversation, and then tying that to a gift fills me with joy and gratitude for making another happy.  I love receiving…

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Connection through Conversations!

I love a good conversation with someone new or an old friend! Learning their stories, their gifts, being a resource for them, building on common interests and history. We all need to connect to other human beings and conversation is the way to start that connection. The happiness report on the website www.actionforhappiness.org states: “People with strong and…

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It Doesn’t Cost a Thing to Smile!

There’s hopeIt doesn’t cost a thing to smileYou don’t have to pay to laughYou better thank God for that – lyrics from the song There’s Hope by India Arie Give it a listen! Studies have shown​ that just the act of smiling (making the physical facial shapes and movements), whether the result of real joy or an…

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Gratitude: Joy of Entrepreneurship!

I love having my own businesses!  I have worked in a wide variety of businesses since my  first W2 job when I was 14 and worked in the corn and milo fields in Kansas.  I have worked in everything from small Mom & Pop stores to a large international wastewater treatment company to a law firm,…

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Mentors: Get One – Be One!

My mentor said, “Let’s go do it’, not ‘You go do it’. How powerful when someone says, ‘Let’s!’” – Jim Rohn I have this quote in my book, Vitamin C3 for Business, 52 Ideas to Connect, Contribute and Celebrate your way to Success!, in the section on Contributing.  It’s tip # 36 called Mentor O Mentor. …

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Who are your 5 People?

“Stay Away From Negative People. They Have a Problem for Every Solution”  Unknown Who are you hanging out with?  We’re social animals. The vast majority of us need the company of others in order to function and feel fulfilled. That’s why nearly everything that we do is built on a social framework. We play in…

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5 T’s of Accountability

Accountability is about delivering on a commitment. It’s about taking full personal responsibility and creating a strategic set of clear actions to reach a desired outcome.  Personal accountability is the belief that you are fully responsible for your own actions and consequences. It’s a choice, a mindset and an expression of your personal integrity. Here are…

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Accountability- Carrots and Sticks!

Accountability- Carrots and Sticks! Are you motivated more by the Carrot (treat) or the Stick (threat or task)?  In my 5 T’s of Accountability (which we will cover next week, so come back!), I talk about the Treat/Threat other wise known as the Carrot and Stick.   If you are not familiar with the concept, think…

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No one will know but me!

Accountability- No one will know but me! Last week we talked about the benefits a strong accountability partner can have on your business.One of them was Increased feelings of competence – when you are accountable to your goals and getting those tasks done every day, your confidence will skyrocket!  You are doing this!!! This week…

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