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Friday, December 31, 2010

Burning Bowl Ceremony

Since today is the last day of 2010 and tomorrow begins a new year, I knew exactly what I wanted to write for you. It is a technique I learned some time ago, used and found to be very effective. Ironically, Randy Gage, author of Randy's Success and Prosperity Blog, had the same idea. He wrote a blog about it as well as created a video. Since he said everything I would have said and explained everything so well, I will let him deliver the message to you.

Giving Yourself a Fresh Start by Randy Gage

January 1st is a great time to give yourself a fresh start.  And one of the best ways to do that is to conduct a “burning bowl” ceremony.

This is a process where you figuratively and literally release and burn the things you want to leave behind.  Then you replace them with the things you want instead.  So for example you may release overeating and replace it with exercise, or let go of revenge and replace it with love.  I do this every New Years Eve, and sometimes do it again during the year.  It’s powerful positive programming for your subconscious mind.

Folks, whether or not you do the Burning Bowl ceremony, do give yourself a clean slate for the new year. Best wishes for your most incredible year every. As we say in Hawaii, Hauoli Makahiki Hou!  Janet

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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Confidence is a Key by Chris Brogan

As we wrap up 2010 and prepare for 2011, master blogger and entrepreneur Chris Brogan gives us the practical “how to” advice that can make a difference in all the years to come. Chris Brogan is President of Human Business Works, a company dedicated to equipping you for business success. He also blogs at http://chrisbrogan.com Janet

If there’s any particular personal trait that’s brought me forward more than any other, it would be confidence. Everything I’ve done in the last several years has come from building up my own confidence a step at a time. Everything I’ve accomplished comes from confidence. Here’s a quick video I shot about it for you: Chris

Great advice from Chris. Will you follow it?

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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

How to Get What You Want by Janet Callaway

Here are two powerful keys to help you get what you want.

1. Admit that you want it. Seems obvious, doesn't it? However, far too many people are unwilling to acknowledge that they want something. This applies to relationships, learning new skills like marketing with social media or social networking, athletic achievements, losing weight or even building a home business or network marketing business.

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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

How to be the CEO of Your Life by Janet Callaway

Sounds good, doesn't it? The CEO of Your Life means that you are in charge, you make the decisions; you're in control of your life. Guess what, you already are the CEO of Your Life; you already have 100% responsibility for whatever happens in your life. You need to recognize it, accept it and take action.

If you were a Company, you would be doing year end reviews and planning for next year. As the CEO of You, it is time for you to do the same. Let's begin.

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Monday, December 27, 2010

Let Go to Have by Janet Callaway | The Natural Networker

It may sound contradictory yet it's so true. Richard Bach, author of the best sellers Jonathan Livingston Seagull and Illusions: Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah says it this way: “Argue for your limitations and sure enough, they're yours.” Let's take a look at how this might show up in your home business or network marketing business.

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Sunday, December 26, 2010

How to Make 2011 Your Best Year Ever by Janet Callaway | The Natural Networker

2010 is drawing to a close and the promise of 2011 is drawing near. This is the time of year when people think about how next year will be different. Unfortunately, just thinking about how it will be different, will not make it so. If you want it to be different, you have to think about it, plan it and then action--consistently!

On December 20th, Mari Smith, dubbed the “Pied Piper of Facebook” by FAST Company and a “go to” lady for most all things social media or social networking, wrote a terrific article on what she does to plan for each year. Below are a few excerpts from her post which I particularly like. For your convenience, I have included the link to that blog post because from there you will be able to connect to Chris Brogan's similar post. He chooses 3 words each year; in his blog post, he explains the how and why of them.

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Saturday, December 25, 2010

Mele Kalikimaka from Janet Callaway

Let me begin by wishing you the gifts of the season—Peace, Hope and Love—to last the whole year through.

Today as you are celebrating this special day with family and friends, take a moment to give thanks for the people who are NOT at home celebrating with their families and friends. Instead, they are working today to keep you healthy and protected. Please join with me in acknowledging and appreciating the military, medical personnel, fire and police departments who give their time for us.

May you be surrounded by the love and laughter of family and friends; find beauty in all things great and small and know always the Joy of Appreciation.

Mahalo for being a faithful reader of this blog; I appreciate you. Mele Kalikimaka. Janet

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Friday, December 24, 2010

“For the Man Who Hated Christmas” by Nancy W. Gavin

In the spirit of giving, caring and sharing, enjoy this wonderful Christmas tradition. Click on the website for details on how you can participate. Janet

For The Man Who Hated Christmas... from Giving101 on Vimeo.

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Thursday, December 23, 2010

How to Create Powerful Affirmations by Janet Callaway

Earlier this year, the video clip in this post circulated. It had a powerful impact on everyone who watched it. At this time of the year, many people are thinking about changes they want to make in their lives for next year, new year's resolutions as well as other promises to themselves. Before connecting you with the clip, let me give you a couple of thoughts along with two book recommendations.

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The Recession Proof Business That's the Last Bastion of Free Enterprise by Janet Callaway

Strong statement for a powerful industry—the network marketing/direct selling industry. In this economy, it is more important than ever to understand the strength of this industry and its history. When you do, you will appreciate why world-renowned economist Paul Zane Pilzer, a highly successful social entrepreneur and author of nine best selling books, believes this industry is unstoppable.

He sees this industry as recession proof vs. what we see happening in the auto, real estate and most other industries these days.

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

5 Leadership Lessons from Geese by Janet Callaway

To build a successful business in most any industry, a person must become a leader. Yet, with experts often giving conflicting advice, becoming a leader is difficult. Being a good leader is even harder. If we are patient, observe and think we oftentimes find that Mother Nature gives us the very answer that we seek.

She does it again with the leadership lessons of geese. Most all of us have either seen in person or in pictures, geese flying in the “V” formation. When you understand the Why of the formation, you will have learned valuable leadership and teamwork lessons.

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Monday, December 20, 2010

You are Enough! By Janet Callaway

Earlier this year, Brene Brown, research professor at the University of Houston, Graduate College of Social Work, gave the following talk at a TEDx event. For the past ten years she has studied a concept that she calls Wholeheartedness posing questions re authenticity, worthiness, imperfection, vulnerability and connection.

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Sunday, December 19, 2010

What is Social Media by Kimberly Castleberry

Recently my friend Kimberly Castleberry was awarded quite an honor. Her blog http://just-ask-kim.com was named, by voters, “The Best of the Best” and came in #1 on the Top 50 MLM Blogs list. Though the category was NWM/MLM, Kim's blog goes way beyond that topic. Her blog is an excellent resource for all things about social media. Her explanation of What & Where is Social Media and How to Use it for Marketing is excellent for newbies and the experienced alike. Janet

Social Media (SM) has lately developed a lot of buzz for anyone looking either to promote something (often themselves) or to stay current on the latest news trends. The questions most often asked are: “What is Social Media”, “Where is Social Media”, and “How to use social media for Marketing.”

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Saturday, December 18, 2010

12 Lessons from Nike to Help Build Brand Awareness by Colleen Coyne

inbound marketing,

Colleen Coyne recently posted this on Hubspot's Blog. She does a great job using Nike and its commercial to demonstrate what we should do with our marketing to build our brand awareness. Hats off to Colleen! Janet

Nike is famous for creating commercials that make you want to jump out of your chair or off the couch and go do something. "It" to be specific. I was doing some research (I promise, boss) on the importance of preparation when I came across this Nike commercial for Nike.com.hk. It struck me that pretty much every two-word cue they include can be applied directly to inbound marketing. My ideas are below.  What do you think

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Friday, December 17, 2010

7 Truths of Network Marketing by Michael Clouse

Years ago, business consultant, author and trainer Michael Clouse wrote an excellent article on “The 7 Truths” of the Network Marketing industry. Though time has moved forward, technology and social media are moving center stage, the basics of the business remain the same. Janet

A wise man once defined success as a refined study of the obvious. How true. Most of what we need to know, say, and do to achieve mastery in Network Marketing could be easily taught—and understood—by a 12 year-old.

Why then are we making this business so difficult?

Let’s agree to start teaching The Seven Truths of Network Marketing to those who actually want to create their own destiny, and leave the rest of the world alone.

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

3 Social Marketing Tips by Janet Callaway, The Natural Networker

Social media marketing changes so quickly that this article could well be called “3 Social Marketing Tips of the Hour.” Within the past couple of weeks, Facebook changed its profile pages, twitter reached 100 million users and Bing 90 million users. Mashable's list of “what's new” is about 30 items per day—and those are just the major items.

While the “how to” will change, the basics are remain the same.

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The Eagle, You and Change by Janet Callaway | The Natural Networker

The American Bald Eagle.

What a majestic and an inspiring symbol. Any of us involved with personal development and coaching, know Jim Rohn's famous comment about the fact that you can dress a duck up in an eagle jacket, send it to eagle school and it will still be a duck.

Jim also taught us that for “things to change, you have to change.”  After you read this story, decide if you have the heart of an eagle; decide if you will change.

The Eagle has the longest life-span of its species living up to 70 years. However, to reach this age, the Eagle must make a hard decision in its 40's. Its long, flexible talons can no longer grab prey; its long sharp beak becomes bent.

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Expect—The Success Word by Janet Callaway, The Natural Networker

If you were to interview achievers in business, sports, the arts or any other endeavor, and ask them to pick a single word which best describes the reason for their success, no doubt you would hear the word Expect repeatedly. When each of them thought about whether or not they would be able to achieve their goal, they knew they could and would achieve it. If you Expect Success and act accordingly, you will achieve that success.

You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and Expect to Win.” Zig Ziglar

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Monday, December 13, 2010

Information: Are you an Addict or a User? By Janet Callaway The Natural Networker

No doubt about it, we're in the information age. Everywhere you look information is readily available in whatever form you want. With the click of a button you can have print books, e-books, reader books, CDs, DVDs, webinars and audios delivered to you for free, for a great price or for an exorbitant price.

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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Everyone and No One by Seth Godin

Simple words with a powerful message by Seth Godin who is also a natural networker. Remember them when you are making the choices in your life. 

Two things are always not true:

Everyone likes this.

No one likes this.


If you try to please everyone, the few you don't delight will either ruin your day or ruin your sense of what sort of product you should make.

And if you believe the critic who insists that no one is going to like what you made, you will walk away from a useful niche.

One other thing: Sometimes it's easy to confuse, "the small cadre of people I want to impress because my ego demands that this 'in' group is important," with "everyone." They're not the same.

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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Be Your Own Hero by Anthony Iannarino

Earlier this week on Escape Velocity, Anthony Iannarino was a guest poster of Chris Brogan's Escape Velocity blog. Anthony's message is so powerful and important, that I wanted to share it with all of you to help spread the word.

Janet, The Natural Networker

Be Your Own Hero

It sounds arrogant, doesn’t it? This week at my Toastmasters meeting, I was given two minutes to give an extemporaneous answer to the questions: “Who is your hero? And why are they your hero?” Without skipping a beat and without delay, I answered: “I am my own hero.”

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Friday, December 10, 2010

6 Simple Things for Success in Network Marketing by Janet Callaway

Yes, that's right; only 6 simple things are needed for success in Network Marketing. Having been successfully involved in this industry for almost two decades, I truly appreciate the simplicity of the way one of my mentors and dear friend Cindy Samuelson defined the 6 simple things that will enable anyone to achieve their goals. Having earned millions and millions of dollars, Cindy always says that she only does 6 simple things every day to build her business, however, she does them exceedingly well. Follow this advice and live life on your terms.

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Thursday, December 9, 2010

What Is Social Media By Janet Callaway

Simply put, social media is a way of people communicating online. Using free tools and platforms, people connect 1-to-1 or 1-to-many. People use social media for both personal and business reasons.

With social media, what used to be word of mouth quite quickly becomes World of Mouth. Studies show that people trust peer recommendations 78% vs. only 14% for advertisements. Let's look at how this works in action with social media.

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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

10 Leadership Quotes

Leadership blogger Terry Starbucker who promotes the concept of “half-fullism” and uses as his tag line “dealing with the literal world in a positive way” is a gifted writer who consistently shares solid content. A couple of days ago he wrote a post sharing his favorite leadership quotes. Since he told me I could borrow it to share with you, here it is. Enjoy Janet

My (Terry Starbucker) 10 Favorite (and Most Effective) Leadership Quotes

One of my favorite things to do as a leader is make a big speech or presentation.   The kind that is designed to “jazz up” and inspire the team. I’ve been delivering them on a regular basis for the past 8 years in my (soon-to-be) former position as an SVP of Operations, and throughout that time I have sprinkled a few famous quotes here and there, to really bring home the point I was trying to make.

These quotes are quite useful because of their eloquence, and the way they bring a certain gravitas to the discussion.

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How to Save on your Taxes with a Home Based Business By Janet Callaway

Did you know that your Uncle Sam will actually pay you to start a home based business? That's right, Congress has approved over 100 tax benefits that are available ONLY to home based business owners. These deductions, found in the Federal Tax Code, are 100% legal and 100% audit proof.

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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

6 Universal Principles of Social Influence by Janet Callaway

Years ago I listened to an audio cassette program that has had a lasting impact on me. Instant Influence: The Pscychology of Persuasion by Dr. Robert Cialdini was the name of the program. The information has since been included in his book Influence: Science & Practice as well as Yes! 50 Scientifically Proven Ways to be Persuasive co-authored with Noah J. Goldstein and Steve J. Martin.

Because his work explains why we (you, me, all of us) react a certain way in a given situation, I have become a better communicator and more effective in helping others. When you read these 6 principles, guaranteed you will have an “ah ha” moment.

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12 Mondays to Changing your Life by Janet Callaway

Internationally known leadership consultant, educator, speaker and author of more than twenty books David Cottrell gives terrific advice in Monday Morning Choices. He tells you, and I agree, that if you change your Mondays you can change your life. What he suggests is that each Monday you focus on one personal and positive choice for the week. 

Following are his timeless and proven principles for successful living; I have selected one quote for each choice.

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Sunday, December 5, 2010

What do you expect? By Tamsen McMahon

Tamsen McMahon, Director of Digital and Strategic Initiatives at Sametz Blackstone Associates, a Boston-based brand strategy firm, writes a post that is especially appropriate for this season. At this time of reflection, it is important for us to realize our ability to control how we see the world, how we see our work and how we see ourselves. Janet

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Saturday, December 4, 2010

World's Top Social Media Sites by Cindy Carver

Cindy Carver, a contributing columnist for Socialnomics researched and wrote this interesting post on the world's top social media sites.

What are the top social media sites in the world?  Below is a list of the world’s top social media sites.  Some are networks like Facebook, while others focus on a niche like photos, country, age, dating, etc.

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Thursday, December 2, 2010

You Can't Move Ahead by Looking at the Past by Chris Brogan

In yesterday's post I spoke about the importance of keeping the doors open for business during the holidays. In today's post, I am going to have master blogger and best selling author Chris Brogan of Escape Velocity, speak to you about looking forward to move ahead. His post is especially timely because at this time of the year many people have regrets about what they didn't do, didn't accomplish. Get over it. You can't change the past. Pay attention to what Chris says. Janet

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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

7 Ways to Show your Genuine Self Online by Janet Callaway

Genuine people are sought after both offline and online because of the way they treat others. Someone who is genuine can have the loftiest of titles or no title at all. A genuine person is someone who is truly interested in others; someone who listens and hears what others have to say. Genuine people are comfortable with themselves, can laugh at themselves, are open, approachable and accepting of others. Genuine people are the people you want to have relationships with and do business with because you know them, you like them and you trust them.

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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

How to Catapult your Business into 2011 by Janet Callaway

What you say?  How can I do that?  The holidays are here, no one wants to listen and besides I don't have time.  After reading this post, you just may want to rethink your position. Opportunity is truly in the eyes of the beholder.  Let me tell you a story.

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Sunday, November 28, 2010

One Millimeter Philosophy by Tony Robbins

What will it take for us to realize our potential? Could we be so close that the next step could be the one that opens the door?

I love the 1 millimeter philosophy. We are all closer than we might imagine. Dr Terry Paulsen even goes so far as to say that we might be winning and not have realized it. Whether we have already won and haven’t realized it yet or are 1 millimeter away focus on what you want to accomplish and why you want to accomplish it.

Know that you can make a difference by persevering. Having met and worked with a lot of very successful people I know that they are not much different from everyone else. They have had doubts, fears and frustrations along their paths but they believed in themselves, knew why they were making the necessary sacrifices and went the extra millimeter. One Millimeter is the difference from average to great.

Take the next step and change the world.

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Saturday, November 27, 2010

The Top 10 Ways to Start Living Your Life by Liz Strauss

Everyone Gets the Same 24 Hours

Life — it’s what we do between the time we get here and when we go. We only get one, and despite what other folks might suppose, it’s ours to determine what to do with it.
We don’t measure life in hours and minutes. We measure life in memories and moments.

What do you think of when you read this sentence?

It was the time of my life.

We don’t say that often enough.

The Top 10 Ways to Start Living Your Life

Life either happens to us, or we take hold of life and live it. Here are 10 Ways to get a life and start living it.

  1. Give yourself permission to claim your life. That’s right — permission. You’re the only one who can decide you are in charge of your life. Even though it feels like you’re not supposed to do so, turn off the internal editors, the old tape recordings, the “shoulds, have tos, and musts”, and the rules that didn’t come from you.
  2. Define what living means to you. It’s not as hard as it sounds. Just picture yourself at the end of your life looking back. What words would you want to describe how you lived your life and who you are as a person?
  3. Stop living in the future. Every time you think “someday” or “when I have time I will,” stop. Ask yourself, “Why not now?” Think about this sentence, “I always wanted to, but never did.” Start doing the things you always planned to do. Choose your life every morning. Plan one thing you will do that day to feel alive.
  4. Surround yourself with people who enjoy living. They’ve obviously discovered how to have a life and live it. Why not hang with the pros?
  5. Lay down your pain and your anger. Carrying them around makes living harder and less fun. It doesn’t bring anything, and it steals a lot.
  6. Let the losers win. Don’t argue about things that you don’t care about. Unless there’s some real threat, let the folks who have something to prove, prove what they need to. Why waste your living time trying to fix what’s wrong with them?
  7. Create energy. Jump to forgiveness and love, then figure things out. Most conclusions we jump to are not only wrong, they’re negative. Negative conclusions lead us to prepare a defense. Being on the defensive isn’t living. It’s hiding from life.
  8. Learn the physical symptoms of when your head and heart become disconnected. We know when we’re having a knee jerk reaction, when we’re feeling sorry for ourselves, and when we’re being blind to people’s feelings. We can remember how it felt physically while we were behaving badly. Get to know those symptoms, and you can stop the behavior. Living life will feel a whole lot safer because you won’t be in danger of shooting yourself in the foot.
  9. Take small risks that push your boundaries in every way. The joy of life is packed in learning that matches our skill set. When we stretch just a bit intellectually, physically, emotionally, we grow. Living is growing. Even your cells know that.
  10. Value and protect the people and the places you care about. A job isn’t a life. It’s just a part of one. Let the people you care about come first, and let everyone know that you do. Re-read numbers 1 and 2.

We come into life with whatever we’ve got. It’s ours to do with. It took me a while to figure that out — that my life isn’t just what happens to me, that I could take hold of it.

I want to have the time of my life.

You’ve already got a life too. Are you living it?

Please do let me know if you enjoy this favorite post by media strategist Liz Strauss as much as I do.

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Friday, November 26, 2010

5 Thoughts on Relationships by Janet Callaway

Since people are everywhere and part of most everything you do, it is stands to reason that the better your relationships, the better your life will be. Any interaction with another is a relationship of sorts; it can be a one time payment in a convenience store, a business relationship or a personal relationship. Let's take a look at some connections between actions and relationships.

Follow the Golden Rule. How many times have we heard “do unto others as you would have them do unto you?” Yet, how many often do we forget that when we are rushed, angry or overwhelmed? How many times has our impatience caused us to treat another rudely or as if they were insignificant? Years ago I heard a man say his goal was to leave each person he met feeling better for having met him. What a fantastic goal! If you keep that thought in mind in all your interactions with people, you will make the day a little brighter for many people; PLUS, you'll feel good too.

Reciprocity. To a certain extent, this follows along with the Golden Rule. How you treat others will come back to you. However, reciprocity is even wider ranging. When you treat others with respect or give generously to others you start a cycle which brings more of that into your life. As more comes to you, you likewise respond by doing or giving more and thus the ripples of your actions spread further and further.

Make New Relationships. New relationships enhance and enrich the lives of all involved. Consciously seek out others and begin relationships. A new relationship does not have to be an “all the time” thing rather it can be a casual checking in be it for coffee, a call or an online connection. There is a lot to be said for that phone company slogan “reach out and touch someone.” Think how you feel when someone reaches out and touches you.

Value People. Too often people categorize people and their “worth” by their job title. A job title is not who a person is. Each of us has innate value. When you listen to people you will be surprised at what you learn about who they are. Treat everyone with respect; you will make a difference for many.

Value Yourself. Your relationship with yourself is your one lifelong relationship. Nurture it. If you do not respect and love yourself, you cannot respect and love others. Pay attention to your self talk. Do you say things that lift you up or do you say things like “I'm such a ______” or “_______ always happens to me” or I never _______?” If you fill in the missing blanks with negatives, that's what you will bring into your life. Change your self talk; change your life.

Have you ever noticed the effect of giving a smile to a stranger?

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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Give Thanks Because You are You by Janet Callaway

Probably no one exemplifies better a life of love, giving and appreciation than Mother Teresa. Below is one of my favorite quotes of hers. Take her advice to heart. Give thanks for all that you are and all that you will become. Celebrate You.

"People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.   Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you.   Be honest and sincere anyway.

What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight.  Create anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous.   Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, will often be forgotten.  Do good anyway.

Give the best you have, and it will never be enough.  Give your best anyway.

In the final analysis, it is between you and God.  It was never between you and them anyway.”

This is your life. Live It!

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Attitude—It Makes the Difference by Janet Callaway

A number of years ago leadership expert, speaker and best selling author John C. Maxwell wrote a book entitled The Difference Maker. Because we all hear how important it is to have a good attitude, he felt it was important to write a book explaining what a good attitude can and cannot do for people. While attitude isn't everything, it is, as he says in the title, The Difference Maker.

Let's look at three things your attitude cannot do for you. Your Attitude:

Cannot Substitute for Competence. No matter how great your attitude, if you don't have the skill or competence for a certain task, you will never get to where you want to go. John Maxwell uses the example of being an opera singer. He loves to sing and would love to sing opera, unfortunately he simply cannot sing. All the voice coaches in the world and all the practice would not make him an opera singer. It is not an attitude problem; it's a competence problem.

Cannot Change the Facts. Facts are facts. You can have a terrific attitude yet if you are 5' you'll never be a center in the NBA. As Maya Angelou said: “If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain.”

Cannot Substitute for Personal Growth. With just a few words, Bruce Springsteen said it perfectly: “A time comes when you need to stop waiting for the man you want to become and start being the man you want to be.”

Now that you know a few of the things attitude cannot do for you, let's talk about what it can do. Your Attitude:

Makes a Difference in Your Approach to Life. This is the flip of an oft heard phrase. Think “all's well that begins well” rather than “all's well that ends well.” Your attitude going into a project, a game, a relationship or virtually any situation is a determining factor in the outcome. Whether you are talking about Monday morning pep talks or pre-game talks, the purpose is always the same—to lift up, improve people's attitudes.

Makes a Difference in your Relationships with People. Your attitude towards people has a huge impact on your relationship skills. If people consistently have a difficult time with others or continually experience failed relationships, it's almost always an attitude issue. They need to look at their attitude towards others.

Makes a Difference in How you Face Challenges. When you read the many and varied success stories of triumph over adversity, you realize that the common denominator is how those people responded to the challenge. Their successes were not a matter of background, education, ability, wealth or connections, rather it was their attitudes that caused them to persist when others would quit.

In closing I will give you a few lines from Chuck Swindoll who wrote the great piece The Power of Attitude:

The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we embrace for that day. We cannot change our past . . . . We cannot change the fact that people act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude . . . . I am convinced that life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent how I react to it, and so it is with you . . . . We are in charge of our attitudes.”

Isn't that great news?

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

The Wealth Formula by Janet Callaway

Though I am writing this article on The Wealth Formula, it did not originate with me. My mentor, Cindy Samuelson, gave this precious gift to me which was given to her by her beloved mentor G. A. “Curly” Smith. 

Now G. A. Curly Smith did create The Wealth Formula and his success is a testament to its efficacy. Born in 1922, a sharecropper's son raised in depression racked Oklahoma, Curly went on to sell airplanes to multi-millionaires. He consistently asked those wealthy individuals how much time they'd invested in building their wealth. When he died at age 78, having followed their advice, he left a legacy to support three generations.

Curly believed that people failed, not because of their pasts or circumstances, rather they failed because of their indifference to time. In teaching people about time, Curly would ask a simple question. Take a minute to think about your answer before you continue reading after the question. Here it is:

How many hours are there in a week?” That's it.

Now, what did you answer? Most people answer 24 hours x 7 days a week while other people answer 40 hours! Neither is correct for purposes of The Wealth Formula. Let's do the simple math; you will be astounded.

The Wealth Formula
168 hours in a week
  • 56 hours for sleep (7 nights/8 hours)
  • 40 hours for work (5 days/8 hours)
  • 42 hours for living (7 days/6 hours)
         30 hours remaining

It's what you do with these 30 hours that makes the difference. Unfortunately, most people spend those 30 hours watching television or playing games on computers. Wealth is built in everything over 40 hours. What was the consistent answer of the multi-millionaires who bought planes from Curly? On the average they worked 70 hours a week; their wealth came from the 30 hours beyond the standard 40.

How you spend those 30 hours is up to you. Your decision will determine if you live the life you design or if you live a life designed by someone else. You can choose to have control over your life or to let someone else have it. Which do you choose? Will you invest those 30 hours wisely?

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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Lifestyle—It's Your Choice! By Janet Callaway

Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching with Christmas not far behind. Right after that it is the new year; time for resolutions and new starts.

Why not start now?

What we have to be thankful for are a result of our choices. Take some time to look at your life and appreciate the good things in it. If you are not living the Lifestyle you want, now is the time to take action.

Remember changing things in your life requires only one Big step and the rest are consistent little steps. The Big step is your choice; your decision to change. The little steps are what you do each day, each week, each month to implement the change. Let's look at a few changes that can have a profound impact in your life.

Exercise: If the “proof is in the pudding,” this pudding is done. Research abounds on the physical benefits of exercise. If you are not exercising, add some form of it to your daily/weekly routine. Walk around the block, up stairs or park your car across the lot. Anything that will get you moving. Aside from the physical benefits, you will no doubt find that while you are exercising ideas come to you, solutions for problems become apparent and friendships flourish.

Financial Health: If you have too much month at the end of the money, you need to do several exercises to improve this condition. You could take a part time job, however, I think a better option is to start a home based business. With a home based business you can earn additional income as well as take advantage of significant tax benefits. Also, look at how you are spending your money each month then make some better choices. Whether you are stopping for lattes at Starbucks or buying numerous meals/snacks at fast food restaurants, you are spending way more than you need to for those items. Skip the lattes and the snacks; you will be surprised how much you save. Look to Dave Ramsey or someone similar to get your finances under control so that you are back in control of your life. Sir Richard Branson is right:
There is only one reason to be wealthy. It allows us to choose how we wish to spend our days.”

Personal Growth: Invest in yourself by reading books that will fill your mind with positive thoughts and ideas; listen to CDs and watch DVDs that do the same thing. Associate with people who lift you up rather than pull you down. If you don't feel better when you are with someone, then don't hang out with them.

You can be or do or have anything you want in life. Lifestyle is a choice. What's yours?

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Saturday, November 20, 2010

What do Astronauts and New Habits have in Common? By Janet Callaway

The answer is much more than you think. No matter what “habit” you want to develop, you always hear “do it for 30 days” and then the habit will be set. Personally, I always thought “they” said that because it gives you time to get used to a new routine and a month is a convenient measure of time.

It turns out that's true though probably not for why you think. In fact, there is a physiological reason for it that was discovered quite by chance by NASA.

Back in its early days, NASA designed an experiment to determine the physiological and psychological effect of the spatial disorientation the astronauts would experience in the weightless environment. What NASA did is outfit the potential astronauts with convex goggles which flipped everything in their field of vision 180 degrees.

In other words, their world was turned completely upside down. The potential astronauts were required to wear these special goggles 24 hours a day—even when they were asleep. The scientists then sat back to observe what happened.

Initially, according to elevated blood pressure and other vital signs, the potential astronauts suffered from extreme stress and anxiety—hardly surprising since their worlds were upside down. As time went on they gradually adapted to some of the stress though not all of it.

On the 26th day, something amazing happened for one of the astronauts. His world turned right-side up again even though he continued to wear the goggles 24 hours a day. From days 26-30, the same thing happened for each of the astronauts; their worlds turned right-side up.

What the scientists discovered is that after 26-30 days of this continuous stream of new input—think new habit—the astronauts' brains created neural connections to “rewire” their brains. This would be an amazing story if this were the end; it's not.

NASA did the experiment again with a slight change. This time the potential astronauts  took the goggles off for a short period of time partway through the experiment. The result? They had to start over. When they put the goggles back on and left them on until the 30th day, their worlds were still upside down.

What the scientists discovered is the brain needs about 30 uninterrupted days for new neural connections to form.

Next time you are ready to develop a new habit, learn a new skill, start a new diet or implement your action plan for success, remember the astronauts. Allow your brain the 30 days for the new neural pathways to be built and keep your commitment to yourself. Do the activity for 30 continuous days. The “good” news is there is scientific proof that it works; the “bad” news is you are the only one who can do it for you.

How about you? Are you ready to invest in yourself for 30 days to get something that you want? Would love to hear your thoughts.

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Friday, November 19, 2010

Does Social Media Marketing Make Sense for the Smallest Businesses? By Emarketer

Small businesses unsure about reaching audience on social sites
eMarketer estimates that 127 million people in the US, or 57.5% of internet users, will use social networks at least monthly this year. Facebook alone has over half a billion active users worldwide. Still, many of the smallest businesses don’t believe their customers can be marketed to on such sites, according to an August 2010 survey from customer review platform RatePoint.

Respondents, the majority of whom were business owners with just one to five employees, were split on whether social media was a quick way to connect with current or future customers, but sentiment was largely negative. When asked if they thought customers wanted to hear from them on social sites, only a quarter of businesses thought they did.

In addition, 20% of small businesses did not think their customers spent time on social networking sites; another 27% were undecided. And nearly a quarter did not believe their customers did research online before doing business with their company.

With a majority of US internet users on social networks, chances are the customers of even small local businesses are there. According to BIA/Kelsey and ConStat, 97% of US internet users used online media to look for local products and services in Q1 2010, and 90% used search engines. Research from comScore and TMP Directional Marketing shows that, looking for local businesses, searchers are much more likely to use a search engine than a social networking site as their primary resource, but both are used, especially among young people.

Social media use is no longer limited to one demographic; everyone is adopting,” said Neal Creighton, CEO and co-founder of RatePoint, in a statement. “While many small-business owners are uncertain, big brands are investing heavily in social media. Social media can be a great equalizer for small businesses to compete alongside larger brands and SMBs are missing out if they are not involved.”

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

How to Get the Appointment by Janet Callaway

No matter your business, you have to be able to talk with your prospective customer, client or partner in order to move to the next step. To do this, you need to get the appointment. Unfortunately, many people simply cannot seem to do this on a consistent basis. 

Before his tragic accident a couple of years ago, I was fortunate to be able to work with network marketing icon Bob Schmidt. His common sense approach worked extremely well for him for over three decades earning him millions annually. It also worked for literally thousands of others who were led to correct actions and thus success by his teachings.

Bob maintained that there are five legitimate reasons that someone would want to meet with you for an appointment. Take yourself out of the equation, focus on the other person and use one or more of these phrases in your conversation. Here are the five reasons they would want to meet with you.

1.  Because knowledge and good information are never a disadvantage.

2.  Because it always makes sense for good people to meet.

3.  Because if your situation changes I want to be the first phone call you make.

4.  So that you can be crystal clear on what you are saying no to.

5.  Because even if you don't have an interest you may know someone who does and since all good business is a referral business, I would appreciate the referral.

To take the pressure of the other person, let them know you want to tell them about something and then say: “You may have an interest or you may not, either way is fine.”

How do you like this approach?

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

What Drives Creativity? By Harvey Mackay

Whether you are working on a project, starting a business or writing a blog, creative thinking is essential. Unfortunately, it seems that at those times when you most need to be creative, the mind doesn't function at its peak. Harvey Mackay, author of five New York Times bestselling books, two of them considered to be among the top 15 inspirational business books of all time -- Swim With the Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive and Beware the Naked Man Who Offers You His Shirt, offers some practical advice. Janet

Imagine if you could turn on creativity like starting a car, rev the engine to get up to speed, cruise along in the fast lane, and then park it in the garage until you needed it again. Is there anything you couldn't accomplish?

We've all had days when the engine stalls, the tire is flat, or road construction brings traffic to a screeching halt. Nothing seems to get us going.

You can't always sit around and wait for inspiration to strike. Amateurs wait for inspiration. The real pros get up and go to work. They understand that you are not born with creativity... and you have to cultivate creativity on an ongoing basis. Here are some ideas: 

Keep a journal.  Record ideas as soon as they come to you by keeping a notebook close at hand all the time. A real notebook, not a digital one, is best, allowing you to make sketches and drawings, but anything that lets you capture your thoughts will work. When you need to charge up your creativity, search your notebook for ideas and examples. 

Search your environment for inspiration. Artists find inspiration in many unlikely places. If looking at the same four walls every day limits your perspective, add some elements that help you see things in a new way -- pictures, plants, books, even toys. 

Question everything. Ask "why" and "how" to determine if there's a better way to solve a problem. Another favorite question of mine: "What's missing?"

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