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Destroy and Sabotage Yourself the Business Success with a Reality TV Mindset

Tuesday, 25th September 2012

If you have watched any reality TV recently, it would be hard to not notice a popular trend of how to think about a huge opportunity. Almost all contestants from X-Factor, to America’s Got Talent, and American Idol will say, once they pass the first milestone or two, or some even before that, “You don’t know how much this means to me. It means everything.”

Ah, it makes a person want to throw-up. —Yes, they have a huge opportunity, but do they really put the whole value of their life on this one event— this one chance of fame? Really? Come on, there has to be more to life than winning this one coveted spot on some reality TV show. If the meaning of life boils down to winning a contest, then our society is in serious trouble.

Wake up. Yes, progressing through a contest and getting national exposure is a huge opportunity. For some, it will be enough to launch their careers. For others, it is a step along their journey, and if they use the opportunity well, it may have a positive impact.

You might not be on a reality TV show, but as you journey to grow your business, are you guilty of the myopic thinking of a reality contestant? “I have to get this deal” or “this launch has to work” or “I need this client.”

If you are guilty of that kind of thinking, you are putting way too much pressure on your performance in one moment’s time. That isn’t healthy, and in the long run won’t get you the results you want.

Those who fare better on the reality TV shows are those who are grateful for the opportunity and are committed to trying their best, but know if it isn’t meant to be that there are always other opportunities that will come along the way. They are learning a lot and getting much needed skills for what comes next.

That same mindset works better for a small business owner. It relieves the pressure of one deal, one campaign, and one company, allowing you to actually perform better in those instances. The more “opportunities will come attitude” also makes room for you to fall more into the right place for you and your company for the long term, and to ride out the inevitable waves of hit and miss without drowning.

Coaching Introverts for Business Success

Thursday, 20th September 2012

Let’s face it, the business world was created for the extrovert—be bold, ask for what you want, step it up and go for it, are often the messages we hear. So what if your natural inclination is to hold back a little? Maybe you’re more on the quiet side, well, at least until you get comfortable? Does that mean business is not for you?

No. It certainly doesn’t mean that. But it does mean that to be successful you might play at business in a little different way. Different is good, especially when you are honoring your true nature.

Let’s look at an example of this. Let’s say that you are new to the community and you are showing up at your first business meeting to get things going. How would an extrovert handle it? Well most extroverts would put a smile on their face and enter the room ready to sparkle.

An introvert? There is no sparkle for them, well at least not quite yet. Most often, if they are really out of their natural place of being, they silently slip in, take note of everything around them, and quietly observe. They absorb the place, the people, and get a feel of what the environment is like. Most often they won’t say anything until they are good and ready and have a grasp on what is happening and what the culture of the place is like.

The extrovert cares more about being seen, then figuring out where they landed. So in a very real sense, people will know who the extrovert is, but those who are more outgoing do run the risk of saying something that may not land well in the environment. The introvert, on the other hand, will take much smaller risks and say very little until they have a good feel of the place. Because the introvert is generally more quiet and careful, they will make fewer mistakes but be less known.

Really, taking in the environment and understanding it before you take action, is a really effective strategy plan on how to approach new situations.

Another difference between an extrovert and introvert is that an extrovert opens up their mouth and lets everyone know who they are and what they want. An introvert listens more often and gets a general sense of who everyone else is and what they want.

Naturally there is good with both the introvert and the extrovert way of approaching business. An extrovert that is wise does take some time and observes to get the lay of the land then moves forward. An introvert would benefit a lot from learning how to speak up and ask for what they want and to get recognition.

The most important thing to do before you adapt some of the characteristics from the other camp, is to become extremely familiar with what makes you tick and what the signs are when you are getting out of power, so that when you do extend yourself, you will know when you are pulling yourself off balance and you know just how to push it. For example, an introvert going into a meeting and introducing themself to someone may be a stretch. If you do this and you experience a slight twisting of the stomach, heart pounding, and a flutter of the nervous system, you know you are stepping up and doing great. But if, on the other hand, just thinking about talking to someone makes you throw up and become light headed, you might want to start with smaller baby steps.

Introverts can do very well in business, and they don’t have to push it so far that it throws them off balance. It is matter of utilizing the skills that you do have and to leverage them to your advantage.

How to have Effective Leadership for Business Partners # 18

Wednesday, 19th September 2012

Welcome to Biz On Your Terms!

Are you ready to step up your business your way?

Today, we’re going to talk about the very reason you would want a partnership. This is really important to learn and understand because if we don’t know the real reason of why you’re doing something, it can cause all sorts of problems.

If you want your business to rock by creating a powerful partnership, first you need to make sure that all the proper safeguards are put in place. The most important thing to decide even before you get into partnership is, make sure you’ve got the right reasons why you wish to forge partnerships.

Remember, nothing is worse in business than a bad partnership. So what are the things to watch out for?

#1 – If you are going into business partnerships to be saved, the relationships aren’t likely to work.
#2 – Common Mistake: People get into partnerships out of fear of launching the business on their own. They have a deeply embedded doubt that they can really make it alone.
#3 – Conflict arises when the partner becomes the “boss-partner”.

Think about these things first and then, create a really good juicy partners that is totally aligned with you!

Have a great stepping up business!

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How to Have Rapid Business Growth in 30 Days or Less

Friday, 14th September 2012

Do you feel there are not enough hours in the day? Pulled apart by the demands of your business, family, and personal interests?

Then the next Joan Muschamp’s teleseminar is one you won’t want to miss! Join us when Joan hosts the amazing Lisa Peck, The Step It Up Queen, for this terrific teleseminar. Joan met Lisa early this year, and was immediately drawn to her style and message.

Lisa has an incredible story, helping entrepreneurs and business owners grow their business and balance the needs of home for over 18 years. She wows everyone, because she is a mother of 8, author of 19 books, former radio show host, and an award winning speaker!

Lisa believes that balance and success is not only possible but vital to having the keys to a great business and life.

Register now, as you do not want to miss this event!

In this teleseminar, she will show you how to save time, energy, money and have the peace of mind that your business is growing successfully on your terms.

You will learn:

• If you are being your own best friend or your worst enemy in business
• How you are letting your outer environment influence you right off course
• How to take back control
• Discover hidden areas in your work environment that are sucking your energy dry and driving you crazy
• Get the remedy to help you overcome these challenges

Get it Done Small Business Bootcamp

Thursday, 6th September 2012

3 Critical Components of Successful Business Teleseminar

If you are a business owner or Solopreneur who is overwhelmed and not getting the results you want fast enough – then this is a teleseminar you won’t want to miss.

In this call we’ll discuss three critical components of a successful business:

You’ll learn to:

* Train your mind to focus and take the RIGHT actions daily to increase your income
* Design a customized marketing plan that compliments your sales style
* Execute plug and play online strategies to become an online magnetic influence

On this call you will hear from four amazing business experts – Lisa Peck, Julie Morrison, and the Buzzbooster Ladies – Nash & Shahar Boyanon.

We are giving out a FREE sample of this value packed training on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 via teleseminar at 1:00 p.m. MST, 12:00 p.m. PST, or you can listen to the recording.

This FREE call will be jam-packed with valuable business advice you could implement right away.

We hope you join us!

Can Partners be both Effective in Leadership? #17

Wednesday, 5th September 2012

Welcome to Biz on Your Own Terms!

We’re gonna talk about something that have caused a lot of problems for a lot of people that I’ve coached.

So let’s dive into it – and that is when partnering in business is a bad idea. Getting someone to team up with you and help you build your business sounds like a great idea especially when you think all the extra work you can get done in a less time. But there are still things you need to watch out for!

Number one is the same skill set bridge trouble. The second thing that you need to pay attention to is that “Do you have different work ethics?” Nothing breathes resentment more than how one person or more people in the partnership thinking that they’re doing most of the work. Another thing to watch out for is if one person likes to be in charge or one of the people really likes to be in charge.

So think about all these when you’re partnering and if you partner right, it will help you get the more results faster. So goodluck on your partnership!

Until next time!

Have a step-it-up business day!

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Overcoming Challenges and Coaching Yourself for Business Success

Wednesday, 5th September 2012

Have you ever been afflicted with too many things going your way? When it happens it can be so surreal. For me when it happened it shook me and has become a significant turning point in my life and in my business.

Recently I have moved to California; a dream that I have secretly had for about six years. When it finally became reality, I had a hard time believing that I actually did it. So far, every day I wake up, look out the window at my palm trees and feel this small wave of delight shoot through me. Palm trees! So cool.

The longer I have lived here, the longer I get those delight shoots going through me. There’s the blessings of multiple organic grocery stores, as well as the sun shining outside almost every time I leave my house. I am less than an hour away from the beach with its gloriously splashing waves that lure me into a trance.

Then I discovered speaking groups, writer groups, and book clubs. I attended them and found that people are welcoming, intelligent and dive deeply into discussion. After attending my first book club, where we spent the night asking profound questions about a book and considering various opinions, I was invited to join the group that had been going strong for over six years. I left with a stack of books nestled under my arms that were lent to me to read, and clutched a long list of great books that I had to also read.

As I drove home, I reflected on just how awesome that experience was. I had dreamed of that kind of group my whole life. The women were incredibly kind, interesting, and the type I would love to spend more time with. I teared-up with gratitude. I felt so blessed.

When I walked into the front door of our home, I announced to my husband that I didn’t want to work anymore. “There are too many cool groups to be in and too much fun stuff to do. You’ll just have to bring in more of the money. I want to play.”

The problem with that statement was I meant it. I had been working hard for years, and I was worn down.

This tiredness of working and the lure to play and to read and write for hours, called to me almost as much as the ocean and waves called for me to come play.

I found it almost impossible to pay attention to work. I didn’t want to bring on more clients because that took away from my playtime. That was a seriously different thought for a workaholic.

I brought this issue of having too many good things in my life and that work seemed like something that I wanted to toss aside, up to my coach. She agreed that it would be tempting, then she dove in and talked to me about boundaries.

She said that the biggest thing that keeps people from making high-end six figures is not the lack of working—often people making less, work more—but the difference is how strong their boundaries are.

She challenged me to look at my boundaries around my work. I realized that if I grew stronger with my boundaries, and gave myself more time to play, and honored that, then I wouldn’t have so much resentment about having to work when it was time.

We then drilled down on how to set a very structured schedule that would get my work done, my clients seen, and my play time in.

A funny thing: as soon as I saw that my play was going to be honored, I was on fire to work again—in the allotted times of course.