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What I Learned from a Gym Locker About Expectations

When I go to the gym, I stop in the locker room to put my extra things in a locker. I noticed one day that I had a habit of hesitantly opening each locker to see if it was free.

Sometimes I would find a free one first off and sometimes I would have to open several to find one empty. But it was that sense of hesitancy that I suddenly realized one day was always there. [Read more…]

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8 Great Ways to Finish the Year Strong

The weeks of Christmas and New Years are usually a time when people (especially employees) go into “coast mode,” just doing the bare minimum of work until the end of the year.

But if you’re a small business owner or sales professional, it’s important to not let the opportunities of these last 2 weeks slip past you because you become “complacent.” In fact, you may have “year-end sales quotas” to fulfill–either from your employer or from yourself (hopefully you set an annual income goal at the beginning of the year).

Here are 8 ideas for making the most of the final weeks of the year and finishing strong.
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Is Your “Money Thermostat” Set Too Low?

Have you hit an income ceiling in your business (or job) that you just can’t get past?

* Do you find it hard to raise your rates yet are barely getting by with what you do charge?

* Do you have a hard time holding on to money, especially when you finally get to a certain amount?

* Do you feel like you have to “work harder/more” to make more money?

These are all signs that you have a “stuck” money setpoint. And until you raise your money thermostat, you will continue to experience this barrier to earning–and keeping–more of those dollars. 

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david neagleHow Can You Get Help When You Have No Money to Pay for Coaching?
Guest Blog, David Neagle

Today's blog post comes from one of my favorite mentors, David Neagle, from his portal “The Neagle Code: Directions for Life.”

Question: When your world is falling apart and you do not have the money or access to money to get help from ‘a coach’ how do you keep pushing for the breakthrough?

Answer:  Fantastic question!

First, let’s get some perspective. Your world is never REALLY falling apart. I know at times it may seem like it, but take comfort in knowing that you create your own reality. Instead of looking at your situation as negative, try to identify how it serves you for it to be happening.

Do you need to let go of something you should have let of a long time ago?

Are you experiencing changes in your life that will eventually lead to a better and more free “you”?

OR ….

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hot tip7 Hot Tips to Get Clients in December

It’s December. Time for the dreaded holiday lull! Or is it?

Unless you’re a retailer, the commercialism of the season can divert funds from your service-based business, which can’t usually be purchased to give as a gift (unless you can do gift certificates, but that’s a much lower price point). People also tend to allocate their “spare time” to shopping, cooking, decorating, parties, and travel.

But your business can’t take a holiday. If you need to drum up more business for the month, how can you possibly “compete” for peoples’ time and wallets amongst those additional distractions?

Here are 7 tips that have worked well for me and for colleagues who are in coaching, holistic & other service-based businesses:
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gratitude why get moreHow Gratitude Improves Your Bottom Line (Especially When Times Are Tough)

What do you do when business isn’t going so well, and all the “doing” you are doing still doesn’t seem to be yielding new business, and you’re starting to feel the fear well up?

Do what I have learned to do: Stop and be grateful.

“What?!” you may exclaim. “How can I be grateful when more money is going out than is coming in?”

It seems counter-intuitive, but being grateful for both what IS and what ISN’T, for what you HAVE and what you DON’T HAVE, is a big key to helping turn things around.

I have proven this time and again in my business (even when I forgot for a while and had to bring myself back to this knowing). So have others.

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belly buttonAre You an "Innie" or an "Outie"?

Did I get you curious with this question title? And what does a belly button have to do with business?

What I'm actually referring to here is whether you are someone who focuses on the outer environment/circumstances as the cause & effect of their business success (or lack of success) or someone who focuses on the internal (mind) environment as the cause & effect of their business success (or lack).

Which one is better to focus on?

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The One Crucial Mindset Shift You MUST Make to Have a Successful Service-Based Business

If you are thinking of starting your own business (or keeping your current business going) helping people and making good money doing it—not just “getting by,” the first thing you must do is make a crucial mindset shift. 

What is that shift? I'll share it with you in a special video blog today.

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Secrets to Getting What You Want

Do you have a pattern of attracting more of what you DON'T want than
  what you DO want?

* Are you frustrated with Law of Attraction principles that don't seem to work
  (or take a long time)?

* Is there something specific you have been trying to manifest in your business (or life) that
   keeps eluding you?

Believe it or not, you are a POWERFUL MANIFESTOR! You just might not be PURPOSEFULLY manifesting in a way that creates what you want, or that lengthens the time it takes.

This is one of the 3 Keys I teach my business clients in order to more easily and quickly create the business success they desire. And to share a bit of that with you, I have created the 30 Days of Manifesting & Prosperity Challenge on Facebook.

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oh no faceOh No–I Lost A Client When I Raised My Rates!

One of my clients recently sent me an email telling me she lost her first long-time client as a result of her fee increase and change in service structure. She said it didn't feel good.

We made these changes in order to grow her business and help people in a bigger way, and devised a plan to phase her long-time, loyal clients into the new structure and fees and communicate with them about the changes and the benefits to them.  

She was totally congruent about the change, and until now all of her current clients were okay with it as well. But when she encountered the first one who said they would not be continuing to come see her, the "Oh no!" thought came in and she started to doubt and feel bad/sad about losing someone she had worked with and developed a relationship with over the years. Here's some perspective and a tapping script I shared with her:

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