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Action Steps: 1/14/08

Are you treating your business like a business or like a hobby?  Ask yourself the following questions:

1.  Am I ‘open for business’ every day?

2.  Do I take my business seriously and set aside time to ‘work’ on a regular and consistent basis?

3.  Am I keeping neccessary records and engaging in business activities like I would if I were an employee?

To gain the support and assistance of family members and maximize your efforts, be sure to –

*Express your appreciation for your spouse and childrens’ support by planning special outings, organizing a box of special toys, or some other form of reward for when they are assisting you.

*Make a plan for keeping everyone in the loop and notifying them of what is happening and what expectations you have.

*Determine which services you will take advantage of to  increase your productive hours by using free and inexpensive services such as delivery, babysitting, cleaning services, etc.  If you would like to take advantage of cleaning services but do not feel that your business is generating enough income at this point to do so, make a goal for yourself and determine at what point you will do so.  Then, when you reach your goal, be sure to reward yourself by carrying through and hiring a cleaning service.  This will keep you motivated to work towards that goal, knowing the reward that will come at the end.


Add a comment January 12, 2008

Action Steps: 1/11-12/08:

1.  Hold a scheduling meeting with your family to review the calendar and make sure that everyone knows what blocks of time you have set aside to work your business.

2.  Set a regular date and time for a family scheduling meeting.  Make sure that everyone knows it is important for them to attend this meeting every week.

3.  Set a date for a Business Kick-Off event.  Set goals for the number of guests, total sales, new bookings and new recruits.

4.  Begin your FRANK list and commit to add at least 3 new names every day.

Add a comment January 10, 2008

Action Steps 1/9-10/08

Getting to the Core:

1.  Make a Commitment.  Draw up a written contract with yourself that states your intent to uncover your core beliefs and your commitment to bring energy and honesty to the process.

 2.  Find Resources.  Make a list of resources including books, CDs, audiotapes, etc. that will help you shore up any wavering beliefs in yourself, your product, your company, or the business.

3.  Find a Role Model and Mentor.  Take a mental tour of your upline and make a list of women who exemplify solid core beliefs and an attitude of service to others.

Add a comment January 8, 2008

Action Steps: 1/7-8/08

1.  If you haven’t done it already, sit down and formally define WHY you are building this business.  Be specific!  Include details and people and everything that applies to your ‘why.’

2.  Find or create a picture that represents your ‘why’ to you and invokes the feelings of your ‘why’ for you every time you see it.  Post this picture somewhere that you will see it daily.

3.  Spend time EVERY DAY with this picture, looking at it, feeling it, making it a part of your very core. 

Add a comment January 5, 2008

Action Steps: 1/2-3/08

Actions for today and tomorrow:

1.  Start a journal of your accomplishments and the things you need to improve.  Pat yourself on the back for your good points and make immediate plans to improve any weaknesses you note.

2.  Visualize!  Take time each morning and throughout the day to visualize yourself as the true champion you are.  See yourself speaking to others with confidence and ease; see yourself meeting new people and receiving new business; see yourself achieving company incentives and rewards.  See yourself how you intend to BE!

3.  Choose a favorite quote or picture that inspires you and place it in your workplace in a highly visible place.  Look at it often and remember why you chose that particular saying or picture and allow it inspire and revitalize you.

Feel free to share your favorite quote, thought or picture in the comments below. 

Add a comment January 1, 2008

Action Step 2: Charting Your Course


  . . . to Success

This is the first step in the Build Your Business BIG challenge. This assignment should be completed prior to January 1, 2008, or as soon as possible if you are joining us after the new year. Here is the assignment:

1. Read the Article.
2. Take time to set your timeline, action steps, evaluation and celebration.
3. Record it, along with any thoughts or insights you had, in your Build Your Business BIG Journal.
4. Feel free to share here in the blog


Your Dream Can Be Your Future

by Chris Widener

Here is a basic truth you must accept and believe if you are to achieve your dream…

Your dream can be a reality! That’s right; your future can actually see you living your dream. It doesn’t just have to be a big wish!

When we are young we are dreamers. Nothing seems too big for us to accomplish. Nothing seems too outrageous. The world is ours on a string as the old song goes. Until…

“Reality” hits. Reality is what others want to box you in with:
“You can’t do that.”
“Nobody has ever done that before.”
“It will never work.”
“You’ve gone off the deep end now!”

All dreamers (who eventually become accomplishers) have heard these things.

Yet they overcome them. They refuse to accept someone else’s “reality” for their own life. They let the average people live their average lives, bound by fear, while they pursue their chosen future – their dream! So don’t believe the people who tell you that you can’t or won’t. Believe your dream. Believe that it can be your future!

Once you have determined that you can actually live your dream, I want you to memorize this acronym. I’ve shared it before, but I found that it is tremendously helpful for reminding and motivating us toward our dreams.

D is for Dare (dare to dream while others don’t)
R is for Relentless (relentlessly pursue your dream no matter what)
E is for Excellence (strive for excellence in all you do)
A is for Abandon (abandon any other alternative plans)
M is for Measure (constantly measure where you are in your dream journey)

Okay, that’s great and motivating, but what about the practical stuff? Well, there is certainly practical stuff. No matter how lofty your dream, no matter how spectacular, you will live most of your life in the mundane. Richard Nixon said of the presidency that you “campaign with poetry, but govern with prose.” The vision is beautiful, the actual is mundane (not bad but “everyday” so to speak).

If you are to achieve your dream, you need to plan and work and work and plan. Here are my thoughts on how to go about reaching your dream and securing it as your future: Decide that you will do it. This may seem elementary but many people never decide and commit fully to their dream. They simply keep “thinking” about it. Tell others that you are going to do it. This puts you on the record as to what you are dreaming about. It makes you accountable. It will help you do it if for no other reason than to avoid embarrassment!

Develop a step-by-step plan. This is absolutely essential. You must sit down and write out a few things:

1. A timeline. How long will it take to the end?

2. Action steps. Point-by-point, what you will do and when you will do them.

3. Resources you will need to draw from. What will it take? Who will need to be involved for help or advice?

4. An evaluation tool. You need to evaluate from time to time whether you are progressing or not.

5. A celebration. Yep, when you are done you should already have planned what you will do to celebrate. Make it big!

I have found that there is no better time than now to start making your dream a reality. So, set aside some time today to get started on your dream. Follow the action plan and set your sights for the top of the mountain! You will be glad you did!

— Chris Widener

Add a comment December 25, 2007

Action Step 1: Journal

1.  Get yourself a notebook or special journal to use as your Build Your Business BIG Journal.  This can be a simple notebook.  Feel free to decorate it if you would like to make it a representation of the your year to come.

Add a comment December 24, 2007






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