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Just Stop It Already! 15 Quick Ways To Amplify Your Success

When looking to make improvements in our business, we often turn to books, articles, podcasts, and the like to learn what things we should be doing. Quite often, though, we really need to stop doing things to see positive changes in our business, which is entirely counter to our culture. Stopping activities is overlooked as a way to amplify our success in a world that’s constantly bombarding us with messages to do more, spend more, eat more, and be more, yet it works! Nike tells us to Just Do It but sometimes, you’ll be more productive and get a lot more traction when you Just Don’t Do It. Stop engaging in the following activities and you’ll gain desired traction in your business, plus win back some sanity.

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My Ultimate System To Whip Your Bottom Line Into Shape

My Ultimate System To Whip Your Bottom Line Into Shape

Another tax season came and went but boy, did it send entrepreneurs everywhere scrambling! Like many, you probably blocked out hours upon hours to get caught up on 12 months of bookkeeping. It took you tons of hours to tax prep because you had to piece things together, find missing receipts and invoices, and strain to remember why you bought certain items so you could expense them correctly.

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My Blooper Reel From 7 Years In Business

My Blooper Reel From 7 Years In Business

No entrepreneurial journey is free of missteps. Even those who make it to the top swiftly can tell you tales of bad decisions, costly errors, and embarrassing moments in their business. I prefer to call these growing pains bloopers and I’ve had my fair share of them. Now, I haven’t had any Three Stooges-type bloopers where I tripped up the stairs in front of a large audience or slipped on a banana peel walking to the podium, but I’ve done a number of silly things along my entrepreneurial journey. And when I was living out some of those bloopers, it seemed the world was crashing in on me. There were even times I cried hysterically. In my rearview mirror, though, those giant bloopers just look like tiny speed bumps along my road to success. I am able to look back and laugh at them – at every single one of them. I’ve discovered that bloopers create character and they force you to grow.

Enjoy your journey through my blooper reel from seven years in business!

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Productivity Pit Stops: Smart Stops On Your Journey To The Top

Productivity Pit Stops Smart Stops On Your Journey To The Top

Have you ever been on a long road trip? It can be fun, right? Or you at least try to make the most of it. You pack yummy snacks and drinks. Maybe some books and magazines. Great music. You play license plate games, point at all the funky looking buildings and signs you drive by, and sing silly songs. With the right and willing company, road trips can be an enjoyable bonding experience.

And with every long road trip comes the inevitable pitstops. You must stop for gas. Clean the windshield. Stretch your legs. When Mother Nature calls, which can be every hour if you have small children. You might even stop to take in some sights along your journey. Pitstops ensure you’re capable of making it to your final destination and work to re-energize you for the next leg of your trip.

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10 Tips To Make Your Fresh Start Last

10 Tips To Make Your Fresh Start Last

A new year can be a great thing for your motivation and determination because it feels like you’ve won a clean slate or a start-over, complete with new goals (perhaps even amnesty goals not achieved last year), a new planner, and 365 days of opportunity. But the question is, how will you sustain beyond the optimistic and hopeful feelings you’re having right now simply because you feel you're getting a fresh start? How will you stay the course, run the marathon, and get back up when the struggles of running a business knock you down? How will you make this year different? You do everything in your power to make your fresh start last. Here’s how…

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Bookmarks: Unlocking The Hidden Time Savers In Your Browser

Bookmarks Unlocking The Hidden Time Savers In Your Browser

My guess is you use webpage bookmarks to some degree. After all, they’re shortcuts to your favorite and most utilized webpages so... why not? And who doesn’t love shortcuts? Bookmarks are easy to use and their benefits are great. They save you time, remember what you fail to, keep you organized, and they’re ultimately safer than typing in websites.

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Creating Your 4th Quarter Strategic Plan To Finish The Year Off Strong

Creating Your 4th Quarter Strategic Plan To Finish The Year Off Strong

Everyone loves a great comeback story. The greatest one in NFL history was the AFC wild card game of 1993 between the Buffalo Bills and Houston Oilers. The Bills overcame a 32-point deficit to win the game 41-38 in overtime. It was a fourth quarter to behold! Well, comeback stories aren’t only in sports. They exist in business, too, and you can live out your own comeback story in the fourth quarter of this year!

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6 Quick Tips For Meeting Your Internal Deadlines

6 Quick Tips For Meeting Your Internal Deadlines

Having deadlines is necessary for your business and critical to your success. Deadlines are basically goals with due dates that keep your business moving forward. They should be held sacred and viewed as unchangeable. The magic of deadlines is they require you to focus because they leave no other option.

The problem is, as entrepreneurs, we are our own bosses and generally have no one to answer to when we don’t meet our deadlines. As such, it becomes a tendency to miss our deadlines or continually push them back when we get “busy” or “sick” or “overwhelmed” or “just don’t feel like doing it.” And that is no way to charge forward toward your goals and vision of success.

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Sidestepping Distractions Dressed Up As Opportunities

069tps Sidestepping Distractions Dressed Up As Opportunities

Are you overwhelmed by the wealth of opportunities all around you? Perhaps you allow yourself to be pulled in many directions for fear of missing out on THE opportunity that could change the trajectory of your business? Are you tempted to say yes to everything because you think you should?

The giant underlying problem with saying yes to every opportunity is the opportunity cost. When you choose one alternative, you lose the potential gain from other alternatives . That’s because you cannot do it all! That is a fact. When you say yes to one thing, you’re essentially saying no to something else, and possibly something better. Each opportunity requires your time and focus or that of your team, so you must be discerning with which opportunities to take on. Filter opportunities against your strategic plan and vision of success to know if they support your goals or derail you from them.

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5 Things You’re Doing That Threaten Your Success

067tps 5 Things You're Doing That Threaten Your Success

Glance around a room full of entrepreneurs and everywhere you look you’ll see a saboteur. That’s because all entrepreneurs, no matter how kind-spirited and well-meaning, engage in various forms of self-sabotage that hold them back from reaching new heights in business. The entrepreneurs who recognize where they’re making those missteps and change their ways, are the ones who continuously reach their goals and go on to set and achieve bigger ones. The road to entrepreneurial success is hard enough. Stop adding your own twists, turns, and obstacles to your path by engaging in these five forms of self-sabotage, so you can go on to achieve your own vision of success.

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