Ignite Your Personal Power!

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Where your focus goes, your energy flows”… Walt Emerson.  I have experimented on his words and can attest they are true!  Could this be the reason we seem to be short of energy most days?  Because it is constantly flowing out of us in a million different directions?  personal power

I believe that we as women are constantly receiving the subtle message that more is required from us.  In many cases we are managing the finances, have primary responsibility for the care and nurture of the children, planning the family vacations, keeping the house, doing the laundry, the grocery shopping, tending the pets, preparing the meals, the yard work and in some cases even running a home based business!

When is enough ever enough?  When we recognize and mobilize our own inner voice that’s when!  Now I’m not talking about selfishness; I’m talking about high levels of achievement on your own terms!

Everyone’s definition of success is different. To some it may be becoming a New York Times best-selling author.  To someone else it may be being a good mother.  To yet another it may be living an authentic life or being a good daughter to aging parents.

My definition of success is achieving your goals (whatever they may be) on your own terms with an authentic expression of who you are.  With so many voices talking to us; it is sometimes hard to hear the most important one… the one who really does have all the answers… our own voice!

It is possible to live a joyful energetic life; counter balancing the myriad of responsibilities we have.  We can even make more money in our businesses if we choose to!

The secret is living a life by design!  A life YOU design and that’s what igniting your personal power is all about!

I’m sharing my journey and the way I achieved my life by design at the upcoming Interactive Women’s Conference at Boise Centre on the Grove, May 11, 2013.  Boise Idaho.  I hope to meet you there!

Until then, Onward & Upward My Friends!  Lisa

A Carrot, A Stick or A Drill Sergeant?

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Fulfilling an entrepreneur or sales position of any kind is no easy task.  Half the battle is knowing what your tasks are!  Having a great plan is not enough.  You’ve got to have a great plan and work that great plan consistently every day!mm-drill-sgt_132376c

Last week I found myself completely derailed on one of my health goals.  As I  talk with my coach I discovered that when I began I had that goal tied to a purpose. During that time I did great!  Once the purpose was removed I let up on the committment, pulled out of the process, starting beating my head up against a wall and wondering why I needed so much “will-power” to get it done!  We all know “will-power” will get you going but it won’t keep you going.  In order to get realigned with my health goal I had to put another purpose in place… another BIG WHY for Lisa!  Once that was done; I am happy to say committment has once again taken over and I’m back on track.

Many of you know I firmly believe coaching.  Coaching others & receiving coaching from others.  Currently I am receiving coaching in the following areas:  Health, Speaking, Writing, Sales and even coaching on being a great coach.  My “coaching” coach is a world-class coach, Mr. Ed DeCosta.   Here is what he ask the other day:

“What do you need, a carrot, a stick or a drill sergeant?”  After my recent experience with my health coach I’ve learned I NEED A CARROT!

What do you need to be impeccable with your word, to honor your daily agenda and to work your great plan consistently?  I would appreciate hearing your experiences.

Onward & Upward My Friends,  Lisa

 

 

 

Free Quick Fix’s

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ProductivitySolutionsTwo days ago; in my post on ritual rhythm; I shared how we can ride a wave of productivity every day and achieve more than we ever thought possible.

Today I would like to share with you a process I completed in my own business that has greatly increased our teams effectiveness, time management, organization and overall productivity.  As with anything it takes a slight up front investment in time but once you get it up and running it’s smooth, efficient sailing!

Ultimately you are capitalizing productivity through effective use of technology.  One of the issues we were having was scheduling conflicts.  We were always having to check with each other to see if time was available to schedule this, that or the other thing.  Know-one knew what the others availability was.

The solution was simple. We all started using google calendar and shared our calendars.  Now we can immediately view one another’s calendars, (in real-time) make client commitments and notify everyone involved with one mouse click.  We can confirm the appointment with the client on the spot with no need for future follow-up.  Free fix!

Next we set google calendar alarms to notify us of appoints via text messages.  We even set “leave now” alarms so we are never late for an appointment.  Another free fix!

For file sharing we installed Dropbox so we can all access the working files in real-time.  This was a $9.99 per month investment.  As our need grows and projects become more interactive we will begin using a project management program called Asana.  Another free fix for up to 33 users.

Lastly, we are using Evernote for clipping things from the web, note taking and file and receipt storage.  It’s so cool!  As an aspiring writer one of the things I do every day is read and file.  Filing quotes in Evernote is wonderful!  You can just scan them in as a pdf file and joila!  Now when you want to talk about courage (for example) you type the word in, hit search and all the articles referencing that word are pulled up and ready for your review.  You can even scan your home depot receipts in and search that way.   When you want to make a return, no more searching for the receipt.  It’s in your evernote.  You just grab your iPad and head off to the store.   When you get there, you type in “Home Depot,” the receipt pulls up complete with the bar code.  The store scans it and completes the exchange.  It’s been a great way to go paperless and have a rock’in filing system that you can literally take with you everywhere you go!

Those are the big three that, if implemented, will give you an immediate return on your investment.  Remember though, ultimately excellence in time management still remains in our human hands!

Time Management Is Self Management (liesthatlimit.wordpress.com)

Onward & Upward My Friends,  Lisa

 

 

 

 

 

Can You See It?

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If you have taken the Productivity Challenge you should be almost ready to create a plan!  Let’s recap the first three rules of productivity.

Productivity Rule #1  – Cornerstone of All!  This rule explained that the cornerstone of any and all productivity is positive self leadership.  This rule discusses the need to live our personal value system and be authentic. “Get our minds right.”

Productivity Rule #2  – WHY?  This rule showed us to the need to figure out our purpose… our purpose is our “Big Why.”  It is imperative that we have clarity around why are we doing what we are doing and that our why is big enough!  If we don’t have both of those elements, when the going gets tough we won’t have the tenacity necessary to stay the course against all odds and we will have wasted a lot of time.

Productivity Rule #3  – What?  This rule showed us how to take our purpose (our why) and connect it to our vision. Our vision is really our “what,” it shows us who we want to be and what we want to do and have.

The process of completing productivity Rule # 3, creating my vision, was an amazing experience. Writing a detailed look at “a perfect day in my life five years from now” really opened my eyes to what it actually is that I desire to create.

As I was completing that process I realized that a few of the action items I was ready to “pull the trigger on” were things that were not going to create the lifestyle I desired.  It’s sure great to know that now.  I would hate to arrive at a destination five years from now only to find that it’s the wrong one!

It was a wonderful exercise that has thoroughly prepared me for the next productivity rule… charting our course!

Until tomorrow ~ Onward & Upward My Friends, Lisa