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Don’t Do Like Steven Slater: 5 Questions To Ask Before You Quit
August 12, 2010 at 9:20 am 0

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With Jetblue's Steven Slater famous "jump" from his job after yelling at unappreciative flight passengers and the recently staged "Jenny" video showing her quitting her job after her boss called her a HPOA (hot piece of ass) there's lots of news about -what to do when you quit your job -when to quit -what "going too far" can do to your career -how to know when it's time to quit But before you get to the point of desperation when you're ready to light your office on fire, tell your boss where to go and leave with guns a blazin' make sure you ask yourself these 5 Critical Questions To Ask Before You Ditch Your Job Photo Credit: from Steven Slater's Myspace profile
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Using LinkedIn To Grow Your Business: 8 Tips
August 9, 2010 at 7:28 am 0

Succesful Woman

For many professional women managing a career profile on social media sites is extremely important. You've come this far, right, so you need to make sure that all that hard work pays off! Hands down the best social media site for professionals is LinkedIn. But how do you get the most out of it? Victoria Ipri from www.theconfidentcopywriter.com has these 8 tips: 1. See the future: How much new business can you comfortably handle? Be realistic. One new client a month is 12 for the year. Not bad. 2. Choose a target market and do not stray from this focus 3. Join groups for those markets and actively participate in a meaningful way 4. Educate yourself on effective LI search…there are ways to search and findspecific information about specific people 5. Stand out: Be active! Be proactive! Be visible! Get out there and get involved. Create a highly compelling profile; not a resume rehash. 6. Answer questions to highlight your subject expertise 7. Accept connections and request connections. People want to connect with you! 8. Talk to people. I mean, really talk. Show an interest, look for ways to help each other…seeking connections isn’t only about having lots of connections! This advice also works if you are an employee and not an entrepreneur. Managing your LinkedIn can be the key to your success. Make sure that your profile is updated regularly with job information, great articles, and get involved in discussion boards related to your area of expertise. Don't wait until you need to find a new job to refresh your profile. You will have missed a lot of opportunities if you wait until you need something. Recruiters are constantly scrubbling LinkedIn for professionals - make sure you are easy to find! Have you joined the Cashmere Clutch Women In Business group on Linkedin yet? It's the network for fulfilled and fabulous women looking to connect with like minded ladies.
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New! Cashmere Clutch Women In Business Networking Group
August 4, 2010 at 8:57 am 0
cashemere_clutch_successful_women Cashmere Clutch Women In Business Network is a meeting place for positive, motivated and "take life by the horns" type women that have carved out their own concept of success. Featuring everything from interviews with successful female entrepreneurs to investment advice, to fitness challenges, to fashion and travel, Cashmere Clutch Women In Business Network is the network for fulfilled and fabulous women looking to connect with like minded ladies. Make sure you join us here
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5 Tips To Deal With Office Conflict
July 16, 2010 at 4:32 am 0

Ready for boxing

Recently Ali de Bold of ChickAdvisor asked me to write an article on office conflict. Office conflict is soooo incredibly stressful, and how you deal with it determines how successful you will be in your career. For the article I wrote about how to deal with office conflict, escalate to senior management, and when it's time to move on. Check out the article here
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Need a Boost? Top Tips To Get Your Dream Life
June 12, 2010 at 3:56 pm 0

For many of us we dream of what our fantasty life is like...we even go down to the details of what kind of food we would eat, what kind of purse we would wear, and what kind of great parties with lovely canapes we would serve while all our guest laughed, mingled and had a wonderful time. But how can you get that? Here are some great posts on how to move on to your fabulous life: Leave Behind The Negative Things In Your Life Break Up With Your Negative Friends Negative friends are just miserable themselves but they also affect you in ways you'd never expect. Read on to find out why it's absolutely critical to break up with your negative friends now. Personal Success Is Not Just For Rich People From Happy Families Think that happiness is much easier for everyone else, but it's not available for you. Think again and learn how the cashmere clutch founder left behind a miserable life to travel the world and find true happiness. Get What You Want How Daydreaming Can Help Your Dream Life Come True How are you going to get what you want out of life if you don't know what it is. Read on to find out how daydreaming can really help you get your dream life. Dream Big & Have A Clear Picture of What You Want We've all heard of vision boards from the Secret. What's on yours...do you have a clear picture of what you want? Read on to see a dream house, and how having a clear idea of what you want, whether it's a Gucci purse, yacht, or dream home helps you creat something to work towards, instead of just treading water with what you have now. Women and Weight Loss: Two Women's Journey From Fat To Fabulous Being healthy and feeling great about yourself are absolutely crucial to your personal success. Learn how two girls lost fifty plus pounds and discovered a happier life. Career Success How To Make Sure People Remeber You At Events We all know networking is absolutely essential to career success. Read on to find out how you can make a great impression and make sure people remember you after networking events. Top 10 Lessons From Successful Female Entrepreneurs Want to be a business superstar? Learn the top 10 lessons from successful (gazillionaire kind of successful) entrepreneurs. How To Build Your Own Financial Fortune How to Live Like a Diva on a Dime Feeling the pinch? You don't have to settle for Kraft dinner and re-runs even if your bank book is suffering. Read on to find out how you can still have a fabulous life while also saving a bundle! Investment Success: Condo Sale Pays Big For women there's nothing more empowering than financial freedom. Read on to discover how real estate investing the financial goods and ended up delivering some handsome returns.
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Top 10 Lessons Of Successful Female Entrepreneurs
June 8, 2010 at 10:39 am 0
Many female entrepreneurs struggle to make their businesses succesful, sometimes wondering if it's worth it. But it doesn't have to be so difficult! There are a million opportunities for women and also a million lessons we can learn from other women who are successful female entrepreneurs. The following article is from a post on smartcompany.com - written by Amanda Gome. It's a great read and provides excellent information that every women will find valuable! --- Recently I interviewed a young female entrepreneur, Lisa Messenger. Although she had almost 10 years experience working in large corporations, her first venture was a disaster. The reason? She spent all of her time doing favours for other people, and told everyone that she didn’t care about money but just wanted to follow her passion. Soon after she launched her sponsorship company, she paid $30,000 for a staff member and an office, but took no salary for herself. Of course she went broke before coming to her senses and launching a successful business, Messenger Publishing. Unfortunately this is a story I have heard many times: the ambitious businesswoman who tells anyone that will listen that money does not matter, shuns any talk of profit and works long hours in low growth or no growth businesses. Often they start their business because they see a niche and want flexibility and independence. They end up, if they are lucky, barely replacing their salary and wondering what the hell they have done; this was never the plan. But then there is the breed of extremely successful female entrepreneurs. By successful I mean bringing in revenue of $1 million and $100 million. They operate in a very different way. From day one, they start with adequate funding. They are not afraid to think big, take a risk and borrow. So what makes a woman a successful entrepreneur? What differentiates her from a struggling business owner? And what traps does she need to overcome – traps that are often specifically related to her gender? Lesson One: Money is good – talk about it, borrow it, control it, embrace it Nice girls don’t talk about money. Nor do nice businesswomen. In fact women in Australia have been so indoctrinated that many (like Messenger) try to use an anti-money statement to position themselves in the market. Entrepreneurs that I interview often proclaim that they are in business not to make money but to “make a difference”. Even highly successful business women like Amanda Briskin who founded Mimco, refuse to discuss revenue. In 2006 I researched 100 successful female entrepreneurs and found that 28% say they hate to talk about money, and most agree that most men are far more at ease talking about money than women. This has profound implications for the business. It can mean the focus is not on the bottom line nor on revenue. It is not on getting money in the door to ease cashflow, and it is certainly not about badgering clients for money. (Nice girls don’t confront.) About 54% of the female entrepreneurs also admit that generally women in business are more risk averse than men and that they are conditioned to take less risk. The difference in ambitions and the way this is communicated means women are often misunderstood by financial institutions. They cautiously start smaller enterprises with a longer start up period, often in traditional industries (which may be low growth). Financial institutions consider them unworthy of investment. This lack of external financial support means many businesses never get launched or at a later stage, fail to expand. It’s a vicious circle because with so few businesswomen talking money, the culture does not change. My research also shows that half of them needed between $5000 to $100,000 to start their businesses. When asked what had held them back, 51% nominated lack of money. A third say they struggled because they could not get enough funds at the start. They regret not starting with more and say it held them back. About 30% say they faced enormous problems getting money to grow while 17% say they tried but failed to get a bank loan. None got money from a venture capitalist and only one entrepreneur got money from a business angel. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Lesson Two: Find time and brain space to read that BlackBerry brochure The digital economy was going to increase opportunities for women. Women could embrace new technology, work remotely and combine families with business. So what happened? The current landscape is characterised by a low uptake of e-business by women, research shows. While women lead in the use of computers, they lag in the uptake of e-business. Women also take less advantage of mobile business opportunities. A research paper called “Women entepreneurs in the digital economy: What skills do they really need?” by Patrice Braun of the University of Ballarat, concludes that many women with their family commitments and limited leisure time prefer self guided and learner-managed modes of learning. The report says there is ample research to show that male and female entrepreneurs possess different business profiles – they start and run businesses in different sectors, develop different products and pursue different goals. Yet since the majority of entrepreneurs are males, perspectives based on the male experience have dominated the business skilling arena. Anecdotally many women also complain about the technical language and time it takes to get used to new technology and programs. Yet a high proportion of successful female entrepreneurs love their gadgets and are quick to update, knowing that new technology saves them time and gives them the flexibility and independence they crave. Design software and systems that act as an automatic audit check of your work to compensate for times when you cannot adequately focus, was a recommendation from Wendy Erhart of Withcott Seedlings. Lesson Three: Have a life partner who doesn’t travel Sad, but true. Behind most successful female entrepreneurs is a very supportive life partner. In my research, the majority (68%) of successful businesswomen, when asked what has been a very significant help in expanding the business, report that their spouse was of enormous help. Equally, women report that one of the biggest drawbacks is an unsupportive spouse and a spouse that is resentful about earning less money. Successful female entrepreneurs have one word of advice – dump an unsupportive spouse and find one that backs the dream. Lyndal Thorburn, who runs Innovation Dynamics, advised that it was best to have a husband who doesn’t travel. Lesson Four: Fight discrimination and bullying Women face a range of cultural barriers that do not exist for most men. It starts when they first enter the workforce; they earn less than men the higher they progress, despite doing the same work. Women also report that some men, particularly older men, hate having a woman boss. Marie Hatzis who runs Hussy Clothing, said “some men hate the fact that I am dominating at work”. While some say they have no problem, many report that men play power games and “bulldoze” decisions. Successful women entrepreneurs say they deal with this in several ways. First, they don’t pretend it doesn’t exist. They learn to look for these traits when recruiting or dealing with clients. Many say they don’t recruit older men with entrenched attitudes. What they don’t do is ignore bad behavior from men. As for direct gender-based discrimination, they confront it head on. My research found that a third of women say they have suffered direct gender-based discrimination when setting up the business, and half say they took action. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Lesson Five: Make the baby part of the business plan Yeah, yeah, unexpected things happen, of course. But successful female entrepreneurs take a very strategic approach to having their families. Almost 70% of the successful female entrepreneurs have children. Half of those say it has been very hard combining entrepreneurship with having a baby. But they also say long-term planning is the key. The best time to have a baby is when the business is between six and 10 years old and when the woman is in her 30s. But half of the successful female entrepreneurs say they deliberately slowed the growth of the business on occasion to cope. While half say they did not mind, the other half say they were not happy to slow growth. Lesson Six: Don’t feel guilty Society still has high expectations that women are the primary carers of children. Carmelina Pascoe from My Coffee Shop sums it up: “It’s bad enough that both mothers and fathers have to sacrifice their time with their families to start a business. It’s criminal that mothers also get a guilt trip laid on them for doing so. We’re already berating ourselves about this without the community’s help.” The most successful female entrepreneurs are ruthless time managers and are determined to run their own guilt-free race. Tamerlaine Beasely, who runs Beasley Intercultural, said she had learnt to “multi-task, constantly prioritise” and to use “flexibility, use technology and systems and good child care”. “Ignore the guilt placed on you by the community,” advised Nicole Dickson of Beyond The Square Communication. Margaret Lomas, who runs Destiny Financial Solutions, said: “Don’t listen to others. Do what feels right for you without guilt.” Lesson Seven: Pick businesses in high growth industries I have consistently found when researching female entrepreneurs that they tend to lean towards industries that have less financial barriers, less sexism and are less technologically oriented than men. Even successful female entrepreneurs congregate in four industries; property and business services, personal and other services, education, and retail. In fact the research I did in 2006 showed that none ran businesses in the booming industries of mining, construction, infrastructure or utilities. Only 3% ran information technology companies. This does not mean you cannot run a highly successful business in traditionally “female” industries such as retail. Janine Allis started the highly successful Boost Juice but came up with an innovation that changed the industry. Diana Williams started Fernwood because of her observations while at the gym that women preferred to exercise away from men. Besides, many traditional industries are dominated by highly aggressive companies dominated by men. Gillian Franklin, who runs the cosmetics company The Heat Group, with revenue of $75 million, says her competitors are run by men. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Lesson Eight: Join the right networks Women are great communicators and have extensive networks. Right? Well partly. But are they the right networks? My survey of successful female entrepreneurs showed what while they rely on mentors, accountants and business people, very few use industry groups, consultants, business coaches or government bodies. Research from the European Business School in Germany shows that women have a limited access to social networks that are crucial for career development. They also have a tendency to avoid occupational activities, which eats into their individual free time. Researchers have already noted that the differences in network access between men and women could have a significant impact on the rate at which women start ventures and their subsequent performance. Another recent study has shown that there is no significant difference in the overall number of networks, with entrepreneurs accessing more than four different networks over the course of a year. However male entrepreneurs did make a more intense use of formal networks while females made more intense use of informal networks (friends and family). The research says that too much time spent networking with family and friends is likely to be counter-productive. The research, from the University of Western Australia called “Gender Networking Differences” and its association with firm performance, concludes that entrepreneurs need to monitor the resources they devote to networking so the benefits they receive exceed the costs. Lesson Nine: Don’t wash the tea towels Women can wash tea towels quicker, better and cheaper than anyone else. So they do. Besides who else is going to do it? A common trap for businesswomen is to take on a whole range of small tasks, from preparing invoices to paying the wages. Female business owners loathe outsourcing. Money is tight and why pay for something they can do themselves? This is the classic trap, and means they are always working in the business not on the business. A further disadvantage is they spread themselves too thinly, keep the company small to cope with the workload, or burn out. But successful female entrepreneurs learn to overcome this trap. In fact they become ruthless outsourcers. Cleaners, cooks, nannies, accountants, a top management team and child-tolerant staff are all essential…. and so is a sense of humour. The female entrepreneurs also say they learnt to take on skilled workers earlier and delegate more. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Lesson Ten: Get tough with staff; they are not your friends Female entrepreneurs are usually excellent communicators. They also prefer a consultative, inclusive style of management to a hierarchical, aggressive style. This leads to a big problem, often acknowledged by the women – they are too soft on staff, who subsequently take advantage of them. The answer? Don’t adopt the traditional male style of managing. Just learn to manage a lot better and walk a comfortable line between being friendly, but not necessarily being a friend. This article was originally published here http://www.smartcompany.com.au/premium-articles/top-story/20080214-top-10-lessons-of-successful-female-entrepreneurs.html
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What It’s Like To Be Your Own Boss
May 27, 2010 at 11:22 am 0
employee of the month...every month!

employee of the month...every month!

If you are like most women climbing the corporate ladder you have dreams that one day, you'll have your own office, your own employees, and yes, your very own company. But what will that be like? Recently I started my own business. It was a huge transition from the standard office environment, and for me a very welcome one. I always knew that I wanted to work for myself - partially because I'm an incredibly independent person, partially because I didn't want to be held back by corporate culture, and partially because the very thing that makes you a great entrepreneur makes you a not so great employee for the vast majority of the companies out there. If you are a super motivated, forward thinking individual that loves to try new things, test things out, and always looking to advance there is often not a spot for you on the corporate ladder. Corporations exist because a lot of people are just doing what they always do, and that keeps things rolling along nicely. If you aren't happy to just toe the line you either become a threat, an easy target, or you just don't fit in and find yourself standing alone on an island at work. Or worse yet, you work at an intensely political environment where it's more like a snake pit than an agreeable workplace - and in those places the entrepreneurial mindset does not work at all. And that very thing that doesn't work in corporate cultures does WONDERFUL things for you as an entrepreneur. Quite frankly, you just get shit done. And you do it well. And it's cool stuff that you get to work on. There are some amazing things about owning your own business: - You set the hours - You figure out how hard you want to work - You figure out who you want to work with, and who you'd rather not - You don't have to pussyfoot around irritating office politics; as an outsider you don't have to care - You don't have to deal with a boss - If you know a project will work you just go with it...often your gut will not lead you astray - You get to feel proud of what you have achieved on a daily basis - And best of all only you place limitations on your success. If you can break beyond your comfort zone and try new things, pick up the phone to make a few calls and keep it all together you'll soon find out it's pretty easy. And then there are some not so amazing things: - You may miss the company of having colleagues around - It's harder to bounce ideas of other people and build something great as a team...it's just you, and the few friends that answer your calls for creative input - You can so easily start working all the time! Last month I worked everyday (but it was worth it) - If you are not outgoing making those cold calls, introducing your company or asking for business can be absolute torture! - You may have dry periods where no work comes in and that means no money! But overall working for yourself is truly amazing. The very simple things in life are so easy again; going to the doctor is now possible without seven cancelled appointments first because your office life took a priority. You can take a walk in the afternoon for an hour to brainstorm ideas, and it actually is work! If you are exhausted on Tuesday and the work is just not happening you can stop, and pick it up when the ideas start to flow again. And it's that exact freedom coupled with discipline that makes the entrepreneurs life a dream! If you are interested in starting your own business be sure to read the following: Introducing Fabulous and Fearless Female Entrepreneurs Interview with Lisa Ng: Owner of Hello DJ Interview with Ali DeBold: Owner of Chick Advisor
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What’s Better: Happiness VS. Contentment?
May 25, 2010 at 11:04 am 0
Happiness vs. Contentment
Today is a guest post from Lily, our recent divorcee who is learning hapiness post divorce. ----- Why is it so hard for us to jump in with both feet? When given the opportunity to start over so many of us end up back in the same path they were before. Recently divorced and laid off, the world is my oyster; or at least it should be. I spent the first 30 years of my life with a very specific path, so much so that I stuck on my blinders whenever something popped up that could derail me (like marrying the wrong person). I had a plan, and come hell or high water I was going to execute that plan; only it was a bad plan, an un-executable plan, a plan that never no matter what I did would come to fruition. So now I am at a crossroad, left or right? Get back onto the path I had before and just try again, or realize that things need to change, that I need to take some risks, try something new? Sounds like an easy choice to an outsider; “get out there” people are saying to me “take some risks! Try something new! You’re being given a second chance at life!” but to me one road is paved with a guarantee of something, not necessarily happiness but contentment and the other is sheer uncertainty. So ladies I ask you, when your life has been turned upside down, and all your plans thrown out the window, is that the time to go down the same, solid, well known path of safety or is it time to throw caution to the wind and step into the unknown for a chance at a whole new life? --- Get to know Lily better: Read her hit article that was posted earlier on Men Vs. Women: Who Brings Condoms
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How To Deal With A Diva Boss: Get Ahead Tips
May 17, 2010 at 11:00 am 0
Bitch I'm Da Boss With all the craziness in the economy over the last two years even the top bosses are feeling insecure in their jobs...which doesn't bode well for the underlings. Crazy deadlines, no praise, damnation for small errors, and ignored emails are tell tale signs that all is not well with your boss. Here are some great tips on how you can deflect the bad energy that's being downloaded on to you from the levels above. Your boss says: It's late I know, but have this ready for me tomorrow by 8am" What she means: I know this is a crazy request, but my bosses are on my ass to get this done ASAP, so help me out and get it done! What you do: Involve your boss in the process and ask her what she would do to make it a success - by asking her and getting her advice it's harder for her to blame you later if things don't go well. Your boss says: Zip, zilch, and she never replies to any of your emails. What she means: I'm really, really, busy and very, very stressed. Keep me in the loop, but don't ask for direction unless it's urgent What you do: Don't leave all the decisions in her hands. You can keep her in the loop, and tell her the actions you are going to take by a certain date - just make sure you've given her enough time to read the emails and respond if necessary. If you really need something set up a meeting so you can have your questions answered, but make sure you come in with clear questions and have strict objectives for your meeting. The last thing you want is for her to get annoyed because she thinks you wasted her time with an unnecessary meeting. Your boss says: You haven't finished that yet???? What she means: I'm stressed, very busy, have lots of pressure to make miracles happen. Since I'm overwhelmed and you're standing in front of me, I'm taking it out on you! What you do: Take it. Sorry, that's the truth. Sometimes you're boss is going to need to vent, and if you happen to be the unlucky person standing in front of her, than you just have to take it. Don't get weepy, and don't take it personal - we've all freaked out at someone because something else was bothering us. *Image courtesy of Jewlzbailey
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Career Success: Make Sure People Remember You After Events
April 30, 2010 at 11:19 am 2
For most women it's fun to go to events, meet new people and find new connections. It's all a part of the career game - expanding your sphere of influence and building a solid network of connected people. This can help for anything from finding inspiration from other successful women, meeting new people in high places that can help when you are job hunting, or even meeting people that can help you fundraise for your favourite charities. If you look at almost any successful person, they are surrounded by a network of other successful people. But how do you get these people at parties and events to remember you? Here are a few tricks to make sure you stick in people's minds: fun_hat Accessorize with something different This may sound silly, but it works. Wear something that sets you apart and is a good conversation starter with strangers. At a recent event I wore this crazy feather and lace hat, because I wanted to wear something that people could talk about, but also if I contacted them later I could mention that I was the lady with the feathered hat and they would remember me. It worked too - everyone I approached and introduced myself to commented on my hat and everyone responded to my emails when I said hello from the lady with the feathered hat! Wear bright colours When you go to events take a look at how many women and men are wearing black or dark colours. Probably more than 75%! So if you want to be easy to find later at the event wear something bright. It will make you stand out and you will also be noticeable in any pictures that are taken. When you contact the people you met again you can mention how you were the girl in the yellow shirt and everyone will remember. Ask about your new contacts hobbies, interests, or anything slightly different If you can start a conversation and somehow tap into your new friends interests, passions, or hobbies you might find that you have something in common, and can develop an emotional connection...which is the best way for people to remember you! Even if you don't have much in common you can ask questions and learn some cool new stuff that you didn't know before! Smile, and look like you are having a good time People like to surround themselves with other people that make them feel good. So when you meet people smile, nod, laugh (not fake though), and loosen up. It's more likely for people to remember you if you leave a positive impression in their minds. Introduce the people you just met to the people you already know If you seem like you are connecting people and can offer something to others they will appreciate it, and think more fondly of you...therefore remembering you. If you seem like someone who is dominating a conversation, won't introduce your new friend to others and don't really offer anything the person will likely forget you...or worse yet, avoid you in the future!
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Spring Success Resolution: What’s Yours?
March 24, 2010 at 12:59 pm 0


Succesful Woman
Inside all of us there is a super duper successful person. Whether you want to be the president of your own company, the best mother in the world or a Nobel prize winner almost every single one of us has a secret dream of doing something amazing. What's your dream? And more importantly, what are you doing about it? One quick way to keep yourself on the path to success is to set regular goals and resolutions for yourself. Take five minutes and come up with your Spring Success Resolution! Choose something that is challenging, but not intimidatingly huge. Instead of starting out with a resolution like make 1 million dollars in May, make it bite sized, and perhaps set your resolution to meeting one potential client for coffee each week. New business equals more money, so you will be on the way to your goals, but you won't be crushed if you don't make 1 million! If you think you can handle a few resolutions why not make monthly goals - here's an example to follow, and don't be afraid to make mistakes and look over your plan at the end of the month to see what went wrong and how you can fix it for the next month. So goal away, and start on your own path for massive success! Good Luck!
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Fall Cleaning:Rid Yourself of Stress and Find Balance in Your Life
October 5, 2009 at 10:29 am 0

Like most career girls, there comes a time in life when you step back and take inventory or your life, health and everything else. For too many women when their career takes off their health and wellbeing suffers. Does this routine sound familiar? 1. Go to work at around 9 am every day 2. Sit down all day 3. Buy something convenient, and unhealthy for lunch 4. Get home 5. Continue working 6. Eat a convenient dinner as fast as possible 7. Continue working while watching tv 8. Spend a few minutes around the house before going to bed If that's you it's time to put some balance in your life and get healthy! 1. Find Balance Between Work and Life. Set aside work free times when you are enjoying your friends, family and relaxing. 2. Get Some Exercise Everyday. Instead of meeting up with your friends for dinner have exercise dates. Make sure you spend a minimum of 30 minutes being active everyday. 3. Avoid Regular Restaurant Meals. The amount of salt and fat in your food will creep up on you slowly. Restaurant meals should be treats, not daily occurences. 4. Think Before You Drink. Many beverages are hidden calorie bombs - read labels and make sure you know what you are drinking. If you are thirsty water is your best choice. If you want a treat proceed with caution before sabotaging your diet. 5. Enjoy Your Down Time. Reduce stress and remind yourself of the simple pleasures in life - relax and unwind in your favourite healthy way. 6. Prioritize Your Life. Too often we spend most of our time responding to the latest crisis instead of living consciously. Step back, remind yourself what's most important, and plan accordingly. Make sure you are spending the majority of your time with things that matter to you most. 7. Enjoy The Fruits of Your Labour! You have worked hard to get to this point in your life, and there's no point in continuing if you can't enjoy it. Stop thinking about what you don't have, and embrace all the great things you do have. Don't sweat the small stuff...it really doesn't matter. You've worked too hard to have a lost button or cancelled plan ruin your day. Start Enjoying!
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