Review: The EMyth Enterprise

April 14, 2010 by · Comments Off
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“An e-myth enterprise is a business that takes personal responsibility for the condition of the world it finds itself in; for the condition of the people with whom it interacts; for the condition of their children and their children’s children; for the condition of the very quality of life itself.”

 

This is the second book I have read by Michael E. Gerber. I can say that reading his books makes me want to meet him and buy him dinner so that I could have some time to hear his thoughts on how I might do what I am doing better. He is very accomplished and as I read his words; I feel myself becoming hypnotized or mesmerized by his words and writing. The way he writes pulls you in, it entertains, it builds a picture, it brings feelings to the surface, it brings questions to the forefront. I have gone through the process of re-evaluating what I am doing based on what I have read within the pages of Michael’s books.

Michael is founder of E-Myth Worldwide. E-Myth Worldwide was created in 1977 as a coaching, training and education company. It is now in its 32nd year and has helped more than 65,000 businesses in over 145 countries. His program is used in 118 universities in the world. He has authored 13 business books and founded 11 new ventures in the last four years. Michael is writing from a place of experience and from a place of caring about us making it work so that we can make the world a better place.

In this book he describes what an E-Myth Enterprise is; the essential ingredients. There are four; the visual, emotional, functional, and financial. These four ingredients work together to create an exceptional business. The first thing to realize is that a business exists only as others observe it. A business can not be without employees, customers, suppliers and lenders and they all have perceptions. Their perceptions count and Michael explains that businesses need to step up and DO MORE. They need to be cognizant of these four distinct group of interactions – the employees, the customers, the suppliers and the lenders all play a large role in how successful the company will be. A business needs to understand that these four groups have essential needs, perceived preferences, and unconscious expectations and the business must DO MORE to satisfy these. They satisfy them by paying attention to the visual, emotional, functional and financial ingredients. They need to have 5 basic skills in order to satisfy these ideals.

  • Concentration: Provides energy and attention needed for the right action to take place.
  • Discrimination: Provides us with intention and standards that help us know which action needs to be taken.
  • Organization: Important to realize that people can not be organized; time, space and work are the things that can be organized. Organization provides room for the right action to take place.  Time is the utilization of energy; Space is having the right tools in place in the right quantity to support the right action; Work identifies the natural way to take action, and the relationships between functions and the coordination of action and functions.
  • Innovation: Is about effectiveness. Doing things faster, cheaper, smoother and softer. Watch the child – they do it all the time.
  • Communication: Channel through which life is conveyed. Ideas and the energy of ideas are transmitted and how mind, spirit and body converge into a force for the right action.

I loved how he describes the process of getting more life in a business. The process starts with the development of standards and that develops discipline which results in the development of patience which leads to development of vision, which gives insight, which inevitably leads to the development of conviction, which leads to awareness, where you can’t help but develop empathy, which obviously creates deeper and real relationships which – the ultimate end of having more life.

The ideals by which to create the E-myth Enterprise are the ingredients to a successful idea and business.

Visual: Our first impressions are made visually. It is important that a business pay attention to leaving a good first impression; customers, employees, suppliers and lenders will create a perception based on what they see of your business thereby affecting the resulting relationship. Pay attention to your logos, your colors, scale, order, and consistency. Ensure that information is being transmitted visually.

Emotional: It is important to connect to the emotional side of people, to leave a mark. People need order, to feel heard, connected to something bigger than themselves, a purpose, to feel that what they do has moral weight and is important and that people they associate with love them. In order to reach the emotional side of people it is important to always ask questions – be like a child. A child always challenges the boundaries and asks questions and they keep going. If they get a no or fall down, they keep going, they keep asking.

Functional: As I read on what the functional ideal is, it reminded me of what I learned in Emyth Revisited (LINK TO THIS POST). For a company to be functional it needs to act great and to act great it must think completely different about what it does and how it does what it does. They need to focus on processes rather than the people. If great processes are put together than you don’t need to hire (and pay for) the best. Analyze what employees, customers, suppliers and lenders want the business to do and whether it makes sense to try and incorporate that in the way the business operates. Try and find out the most frustrating thing to these key stakeholders and then see if you can guarantee that this most frustrating thing will not occur.

Financial: Michael insists that you do need to worry about money, that it isn’t all about doing what you love and letting the money come. He writes that money has no meaning without people, that you must take care of it because it will not take care of itself and he stresses that you must have integrity when it comes to money.

The final chapter of the book will challenge your thinking and will test your defensiveness. I found myself having to read this chapter a couple of times in order to really GET what he is working to say here. To me, what I feel he is trying to get across is that we have fallen into a trap because we often forget to think. Actually, really, truly THINK. We fall into doing things, wanting things, that are the newest trends or hot new tools to improve our lives. He gives advice on how to get out of this – he says that we need to

  • Admit to the fact that we have fallen into a programmed trap
  • Be more interested in far more than just business; we must be interested in the dignity of ones own life and those lives around us; must set very high standards;
  • Be interested in how things look and how things feel and how things work and then finally in the money.
  • Realize that the economic model is a myth
  • Pay attention to people; what is imprisoning them, what is frustrating them, what is inhibiting them, what is restraining them, what is depriving them of a rich forceful life.
  • Be conscious of oneself
  • Be honest with oneself
  • Continually watch oneself

I highly recommend reading this book; it will make you really think hard about what you are working to achieve in your endeavor.

30 Day Challenge – No Gluten

April 9, 2010 by · Comments Off
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My next 30 Day challenge will actually be one of two challenges I have going on at the same time. I decided to do two this month. All of my previous challenges have dealt with NOT DOING something. This one falls in line with that same challenge. I will have a diet that does not include Gluten which means NOT eating anything with gluten (wheat). My other challenge (Meditate 30 minutes daily for 30 days) will deal with DOING something every day for 30 days.

I officially started on April 6th; thus day 30 will be May 5th. No Gluten will be huge for my diet. Bread, tortillas (my mexican food!) and pasta are items that play large roles in my meals. I believe that this challenge will be my most challenging one thus far and I also expect that it may have a large impact on my health.

Would love to hear from others that have gone through the elimination of gluten from their diets!

Rework – A New Release

April 7, 2010 by · Comments Off
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Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson

This new release that is for anyone who wants to be in business for themselves.
Seth Godin reviews it:

This book will make you uncomfortable.
Depending on what you do all day, it might make you extremely uncomfortable.
That’s a very good thing, because you deserve it. We all do.
Jason and David have broken all the rules and won. Again and again they’ve demonstrated that the regular way isn’t necessarily the right way. They just don’t say it, they do it. And they do it better than just about anyone has any right to expect.
This book is short, fast, sharp and ready to make a difference. It takes no prisoners, spares no quarter, and gives you no place to hide, all at the same time.
There, my review is almost as long as the first chapter of the book. I can’t imagine what possible excuse you can dream up for not buying this book for every single person you work with, right now.
Stop reading the review. Buy the book.–Seth Godin

E-Myth Revisited

February 1, 2010 by · 1 Comment
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I had someone that I admire recommend reading this book and I picked it up without knowing exactly what to expect. I had heard it mentioned before, but beyond that had not understood what it was about.

After reading this book, I have quite a few ah ha’s — and this, along with going through a Goals Development Program by Darren Hardy and success.com, I am now looking at my business in a different way. This book is a must read for anyone going into their own business. The book was written michaelgerberby Michael E. Gerber, who is the founder of E-Myth Worldwide. E-Myth Worldwide was created in 1977 as a coaching, training and education company. It is now in its 32nd year (if that isn’t something amazing to anyone trying to start their own business then nothing is!) and has helped more than 65,000 businesses in over 145 countries. His program is used in 118 universities in the world. He has authored 13 business books and founded 11 new ventures in the last four years. I have ordered his most recent book; however this one was absolutely awesome.

The most impacting realization I took away from this book is that all Entrepreneurs have started a business due chaosto the chaotic world we are living in. They are looking for order. Our world is a place of constant change and our corporations and larger companies (and smaller companies) are doing their best to keep up with all the changes; however they are failing miserably (80% of new businesses fail within 5 years). Due to the chaos and never ending change, the individuals working in companies are feeling discomfort; they feel no order, no real reason for being and they feel they are working hard for companies without any real satisfaction. The realization that this book led me to is that the reason that these businesses are failing are because we are bringing the chaos from the world and our companies with us and opening up businesses that result being ran on the basis of chaos. What Michael Gerber is teaching in this book is that we need to change ourselves in order to not only run a successful business, but to also help the world start to run without the state of chaos we seem to be in constantly.

multiple personalitiesThe other thing that the book points out is that each of us is a person with multiple personalities. For instance, we all have a skinny personality and fat personality. The skinny person gets motivated to exercise and diet to get healthy; the fat person is comfortable hitting the snooze button and going back to sleep or opening the fridge for that second helping of ice cream. We also have three personalities that come into play when starting a business; a technician, a manager and an entrepreneur. The technician likes doing the work; they are good at the work and they like being left alone. The manager likes order and process and tries to minimize as much change as possible. The entrepreneur thrives on chaos and constant change. Each of these personalities needs a chance to survive and thrive. If any one of these personalities takes over, the business will die.

Most small businesses have been started by the technician in us. The person who knows they can start a business doing what they know best and they feel they can do it so much better than the company they are working for. The entrepreneur steps in momentarily (in what the book calls an “entrepreneur seizure”) and the person is off to start their business. The problem then becomes that the technician steps back in and neither the manager nor the entrepreneur steps back in to balance the business out.

The book discussed 3 stages: infancy, adolescence and maturity. Infancy is the technician stage – it isn’t looking for growth and change, it is a time for work, work, and more work. Infancy ends when the owner realizes a change is needed and it is at this point that many businesses fail. This is where the entrepreneur and manager must be allowed in to move the business into the next stage and if this doesn’t happen the technician decides to either close its doors, goes for broke (hires people but doesn’t manage) or succeed in spite of it all (and will work until they literally can’t any longer). Adolescence needs a manager. A small business will stay in adolescence until the owner can’t work the business any longer or if it had been planned correctly enters maturity. Every business reaches a point where it goes beyond the owners comfort zone. Mature companies typically start out as a mature company; it is the owner that goes through infancy and adolescence to enter maturity. It is important to prepare yourself and your business for growth; by continuing to educate yourself so that your business can grow.

mcdonaldsThe turnkey revolution is what we saw when companies began to be ran like McDonald’s is ran. It was the start of the franchise. A franchise is either a trade name franchise or a business format franchise. The business format franchise runs by a system, the product is the system not the actual consumable good. This is where the owner works ON the business not IN the business.

The rest of the book discusses how an owner needs to innovate, quantify and orchestrate. These three things dance together in order to create a successful business. The business development program includes contemplating your primary aim, the strategic objective and strategies for the organization, management, people, marketing and systems. The book discusses the process of prototyping each position that will be done, or could be done within the business. Management development is discussed and how the system becomes your solution. They go through people management and discuss how to get employees motivated – it makes a point on how the owner creates the environment where the employees WANT to work for the company. Lastly the systems strategy is discussed – how to bring the hard systems, soft systems and information systems together.

I loved this book for what it has done to the thoughts for my own business; however I am feeling a bit cheated. I am looking for more thorough details and examples of the business development process; however there is enough information included that with a bit of research and time the details should become accessible.  To spite feeling cheated, I highly recommend reading this book if you are looking to be in business for yourself or if you are in business for yourself!

Self Analysis – My Head Hurts

January 27, 2010 by · Comments Off
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My goodness!   Since my last post I have been doing quite a bit of self analysis. I have gotten more of my 360 answers back.  The conclusions that I had come to last post were:

  1. 1.  My avoidance of conflict and speaking my own mind and opinion is something that I want to be better with.

2.  Past child hood pains (fear of the withdrawal of love when not meeting others expectations) is something I need to acknowledge and resolve as best I can.  Love myself!

3.  Improving my communication skills; being able to describe my authentic feelings and thoughts in such a way that do not come across defensively.

And with the additional feedback; I am finding that these things remain the same.  One of the responders was a former boss and her comments surrounded a lack of self-confidence which still falls into these three main conclusions.  

I would love to have any feedback on ways to improve these things; things that I can do.  Some ideas that I have come up with myself are:

  1. Continue Blogging being as authentic as I can
  2. Get active on some social networking sites where I can not only exercise contributing my opinions but where I can also meet others that are doing the same thing I am.  I have been active in Social Networking but I am looking more towards finding a group that I can be a part of where I may find mentors or people that I can help mentor.
  3. Books – Find books that I can read that may help me with these things.

 (Just got an update from the Goal Development Program and there was another suggestion on how to over come lack of self-confidence – GIVE it to someone else; so find someone that needs a boost and help give that)

 Others?  Would love to hear thoughts; book ideas, etc for working towards improvement around these items.

 The other exercise with the Goals Development Program is working on the actual goals – 2010 goals and then 10 year goals.  I had already done some work here so it wasn’t real difficult.  Although when I look at my mission and vision created through this program along with the content of The E-Myth Revisited by Michael E. Gerber I am re-thinking the ultimate vision of the company I want to have and the steps to getting the company up and running. More accurately, these two things are combining to show me I am not thinking far enough in the future about what I want this business to be ultimately. 

 The Internet Marketing I have been involved with for the last six months plays a role in the present and future.  I am a firm believer that the Internet must be part of any future business. This means that my primary product and the affiliate business that is being set up within the personal development industry is part of the picture. I love teaching; and my current path has led to a successful result directly in this direction; I will be teaching a Facebook for Beginners class in the spring through Colorado Free University.  Should I pursue teaching and build on to the technical aspects and then move more into the personal development and growth topics in the future.  Am I creating a business or another J.O.B.  What can I do around the things that I love (personal development and teaching) that create an actual business that can create the freedom that I am looking for?  These are all questions that I have been contemplating for the last week or so and my head is getting full!  If this, then this – what about this, what about that – WHEW!

Designing The Next 10 Years

January 19, 2010 by · Comments Off
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designIt has been a couple weeks since my last post and SO much is going on.  This post will center on a great program I started offered through Darren Hardy’s Success.com site. So far it has been two weeks of self analysis.  (It is an 8 week program and you can sign up to get the exercises (during the 8 weeks) – Click here to sign up)

The program started out by having me review the last 10 years, looking at my milestones,  risks and regrets.  It is amazing what has happened in the last 10 years.  I have had a beautiful daughter; we have moved from New York City to Denver, purchased our first home, I have held a Director position, was laid off; started over in a technical support role after 9 months of unemployment, was promoted to a manager within 2 years and as I worked to move my way up the ladder I held leadership roles in the women’s diversity group and… started my own company.   Just think  – if all this happened in 10 years without goals; what can happen in 10 years with goals!

The next part had questions and blanks to fill in about what I am grateful for.  The next tasks were a look at strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats; there was an exercise to look at how balanced (or like I learned from James Ray – harmonized) my life is.  Each category had several questions and I rated each question ipacmann each category; added up each category and then the total was graphed.  My graphed out answers made a PacMan.  This tells me I have done a really great job harmonizing my life in all categories but one – Financial.  James Ray, in his book Harmonic Wealth (Click here for a review of the book), teaches how balance is bogus; harmony should be the goal.  It is like music, at one moment all instruments may be playing together and the next the drums will stop; and then… the drums start back up.  This is our goal in life – to have all the areas of our life playing in harmony and be ok when one area isn’t playing at full level.  This exercise showed me I do need to focus some time on the financial part of my life.  Thus as I work through this eight week program I will be adding some financial goals to what I had already put together for this years goals. 

One final task was to send some questions to 3 people that are close to me.  There were three questions they were to answer.  1)  What skill or attribute gives me an advantage in life? 2) What one thing could help me better succeed with people and in life? 3) What behaviors, lack of discipline or attitudes do you think hold me back?  As of now I have not gotten back all the responses; however what I have gotten back has led me to some major self talk, analysis and time in thought. 

One response was that I do not thoroughly look at all sides of an issue prior to taking an opinion.  

My initial surface thoughts

  • this came from an individual that I avoid conflict with
  • the conversations referred to; happened over email

As I worked through this, my major objective was to see how I can benefit (and not point fingers or get defensive) from this feedback.  The conclusions I have come to are:

  1. My avoidance of conflict and speaking my own mind and opinion is something that I want to be better with.
  2. Past child hood pains (fear of the withdrawal of love when not meeting others expectations) is something I need to acknowledge and resolve as best I can.  Love myself!
  3. Improving my communication skills; being able to describe my authentic feelings and thoughts in such a way that do not come across defensively.

 The other response that I struggled with, and still am in many ways, was that I have rose colored glasses and that by being too Pollyanna others will not take me seriously… and also that I am doing “too much”; That I am trying to be super woman and that if I do this I will not be able to do things well.

 I have, myself, considered that I might be trying to do too much.  However, when I look at how my life is coming together right now; how some things I have been doing have led to ideas, to people and to other paths that have opened up new avenues – I think that my life – as busy as it is – is just perfect.  The things that I value the most; my family and personal growth are not being impacted.  My work/play takes place during the normal work day and early in the morning.  I am picking up my daughter almost every day from school and from this moment until we go to sleep is family time.  We have dinner together; we play games and enjoy each others company.  During the few times the TV goes on, I will pick up my computer but outside of that – work/play is placed to the side while we are all together.  My physical exercise is also something that I will not allow to be impacted by the tasks I am involved in.  Everything else – is getting done.  I have prioritized them and there are a couple of things towards the very bottom of the list that are not getting done as well as they could, however it is a very conscious decision.   I feel that what is happening here is that I am starting to do things that many others see as risky and that they don’t understand.  As I was contemplating this, I read a blog post from T Harv Eker; and in that post was the following message:

“… at some point we’ve got to tell the ego that it’s okay to step into the unknown and dare to be different. Think of all the people throughout history that, if they hadn’t stepped “outside the lines,” we’d have never evolved as quickly as we did. We’d still think the world was flat, or that the universe revolves around us, or that “normal” people couldn’t do amazing things.

When you stop playing it safe, your spirit is free to grow, expand and create.  Individual, family and social “rules” don’t apply.

It takes guts to be different; to stand out from the crowd; to break free from the “clone drone” society and be a true individual.

When others criticize you for doing something “different” it’s usually because they’re scared. Inside, they’re secretly stoked that you’re breaking free. They’re just frustrated with themselves for lacking the courage to do the same. Be their inspiration!”

As is usual, something comes to me and I see it as an answer to my contemplation and this was the answer for me on the “doing too much” comment.  I am going to continue doing the amount of things I am doing as long as this does not conflict with my values, I am good.  As far as the Pollyanna comment?  The mind is still contemplating this one!  Would love to hear your comments – Do you think that people that are optimists and “too nice” are people that don’t get taken seriously?

30 Day Challenge – No Sugar

January 6, 2010 by · 1 Comment
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sugarThis is Day 1 of my second challenge.  My first challenge was 30 days with no dairy.  I had to start this one twice to get it right; both times breaking it – not because I couldn’t stand it, but because I didn’t THINK!  After the third start I went the 30 days fairly smoothly without too much pain and cravings.  I have decided to do 30 days with no sugar.  I had one day off between the challenges.  My hubby thought I should do more than just the one day; but I am ready to go and with the reward of homemade TRUFFLES (THANKS TERRI) which broke my no dairy challenge and set me off with some yummy sugar before starting today – I am ready to go!  So, my rules…. this will be no white sugar, no brown sugar, no cane sugar, no corn syrup (I already do no High Fructose Corn Syrup!)    I will allow agave, honey and stevia which are all natural sweeteners.  Again, if I mess up I will start my 30 days over again. 

I am not a HUGE sugar/sweets person, but I also know that there are definitely some things I enjoy; ice cream for one.  I wonder if  there are things that I may run into on this challenge that I eat that have some type of sugar that I have not thought about.  We shall see!  Stay tuned for my progress as I move along! 

One very cool thing — for this challenge, I have a partner.  My friend partnerTerri and I will work together to motivate and support each other through this challenge.  It is always fun to share and this will not only make it fun we both will have someone to call on if we need to have a shot of motivation!

2010 Right From the Heart!

January 2, 2010 by · Comments Off
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Anyone out on the internet or anyone belonging to email lists is surehappynewyear to have noticed that the New Year is here.  Everyone is talking about goals, resolutions and other forms of starting out this New Year right.  We even had a “Blue Moon” this year! 

I am no different; I too have been excited and motivated around reviewing my goals and getting set for the New Year.  As I was walking with my dad on our Saturday morning walk I made a comment about how interesting it is that this one day can have such an affect on our motivation and plans.  What makes January 1st different and more unique then, lets say, March 1st or October 1st?  As we discussed this, I realized that it  IS a time where we just passed the Solstice which means our days start getting longer (we get more day light), there is a sense that winter will be moving on and Spring will be here soon.  Jim Rohn spoke of having seasons in our life, and I suppose that January is a time that represents the planning time for the spring.  We can think about the flowers and the pots and fertilizing and all of the things that will bring light and beauty to our springs and summers. 

I continue to feel impatience at times – over not getting “there” fast enough.  Where ever “there” is.  I continue to get messages on remaining patient and persevering – for instance,  I just signed up for Lolly Daskal’s Messages From Within (highly recommended) and through this I received a message talking about Beginnings.  Bottom line; we are all so wrapped up in getting “there” that we don’t realize that it is all one beginning after another.  There is no real destination but it is a journey to enjoy each day; each beginning.  She urged us to trust our intuition, trust our inner guidance and know that the actions we take each day are the right ones. 

 We get caught up in our day to day life, in the ultimate dreams and desires – often we don’t believe we are going to get there, and achieve it – that what results – is empty action.  We can be very busy and not feel that we are getting any closer to our actual goals and dreams.  There are times that I can spend hours surfing the net and end up feeling that I didn’t get anything done.  I wasn’t getting motivation, I wasn’t learning, I was just numbly reading through different things.  How much of this is our lack of self confidence kicking in and as we hear often – that our thoughts become our actions, perhaps the lack of confidence kicks in and the action is the mindless numbing activity that we can find ourselves in.  If we can learn to enjoy each day and know that we are going to achieve the things we want, trust our inner guidance and know we can learn to feel more confident and then start to take advantage of the inner thoughts and voices that tell us what step to take next perhaps the massive action that takes place will result in great beginnings. 

Medium I am excited to continue moving my life; continuing to work on my patience and enjoyment of the journey.  I want to do all that I do, Right From the Heart.  The one thing I DO know, I am not quitting!

The Week After — Bliss!

November 24, 2009 by · Comments Off
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blissThe feeling of bliss and motivation has continued to push me through my personal development this week. After the Breakthrough Event in Cancun and having the great motivational speakers and personal breakthroughs it was time to get rolling with the Lifepath Unlimited business. This week was free from training. I made a decision to actually take some action and DO some of the things that I have been learning up to now. When setting goals this week one of them was to work on the Article work. So, I got busy writing articles.

 
writingI wrote three articles this week. One that I wrote was about Sean Stephenson – he was extremely motivating and seemed amazing to me in Cancun and I wanted to share what I learned from him and also help get the word of his book out there. I hope to do a review of it some time soon. Another article I wrote was about having a plan. The one thing that I have learned as I move into this business that it is so important to know what I am going to do next. I know that much time in the beginning was spent feeling a bit overwhelmed and having a plan of attack helped me so I wanted to put together some advice for others on how to make a network marketing plan . Another article I did came from an audio I had listened to that highlighted Ellie Drake and the importance of being a good coach. Her message was around being a Great Listener in order to be a great coach and ultimately a successful entrepreneur – she gave 9 tips on being a great listener and talked about how listening skills are required . In addition, I put together a checklist for myself that I need to run through after each article is written:

1. Twitter It
2. Facebook It
3. Digg It
4. Submit it to Search Engines (found here)

This may get added to as I continue on with my work. So, one of the three weekly goals I set – are DONE. The next goal I had was to start back up on doing free ads. However, after thinking about this one and some advice I had gotten while in Cancun, I changed this to work on Press Releases. The work I did here consisted of:

press release
1. Wrote two Press Releases to test the grounds
2. Found a list of 50 Press Release sites
3. Created a tracking spreadsheet to track the sites, my id, password and articles submitted
4. Visited each site to determine if the type of Press Releases I would be working with would match the site. (19 did not)
5. Signed up for an account; read their terms of service (noted sites that had expectations like 1 PR per day, etc)
6. Posted one or both of my Press Releases. (sites that were more stringent I posted only one of the two PRs)
7. Am tracking which sites accepted and which did not accept the releases.

So, second of the three weekly goals I set – are DONE. The third goal will not get done and was associated with my corporate job. With some additional time taken off of work this week, this goal didn’t get accomplished.

Even though I took time off from training literally every day offers me something new that I learn with Internet Marketing. Every article I write, every tweak of a press release I learned more and more about the marketing side of the business.

One thing that has been put in front of me this week is the subject of purchasing leads. I continue to struggle with wondering if I have chosen the correct path. There are many people at Lifepath Unlimited that are seeing success and all they are doing is purchasing leads through one form or another. Besides the funding challenge, I am working on generating my own leads because of what kind of business I want.
multstreamsI want a business that has multiple streams of income. I want a business where it can be successful because I have branded myself and to do that, I know I must become a leader and I must be able to provide value to others. In order to do that, I need to learn how this works, I need to understand what others want and need. If I don’t go through these motions I am not sure how I can provide value to people. By learning this process, going through the motions myself and branding myself I will be able to guarantee myself multiple streams of income.

By generating my own leads I also know that my target market will be on the other side of the phone when we talk. This will allow me to listen and have a higher quality conversation. This seems important to me as I work to do this Right From the Heart!

I also started a 30 day challenge this week, but I am going to write about THAT in a different post.

To close out this Blog, I wanted to say a few words about a woman that decided to depart the physical world this week. Our Grandma Helen (Aliera’s great grandma) has made her way to release from the physical binds that had, for a very long time, had her tied down – not in a happy place. I found something that I highly resonated with and will share it here:

“Love is stronger than death even though it can’t stop death from happening, but no matter how hard death tries it can’t separate people from love. It can’t take away our memories either. In the end, life is stronger than death.” Author unknown

I know she is in a better place, but she will be missed. She had three kids and has a slew of grandkids and great grandkids. RIP!

Breakthrough!!

November 15, 2009 by · 2 Comments
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P1003845The event of my life! (thus far!!!!) What a great few days! I have never gotten to participate in something such as what I got to experience last week. I have heard so many things about seminars and great events. I have been to many personal development seminars and this event was different. I was pushed to tears (yeah, I know… for those of you that know me, know that this is not the hardest thing to do) however… I can not express fully in words what this experience did for me. The name of the event is Breakthrough. And … “BREAKTHROUGH” is what you could say I had. This particular event had the theme “Unstoppable”.

Everything focused on how unstoppable we can be and how unstoppable we all are.

The speakers and activities were all arranged to show us we can do anything if only we put our mind to it. We heard from Sean Stephenson about how we need to get off our BUTS – and he isn’t talking about our padded behinds (necessarily!) He was referring to our excuses. He categorized our excuses into three types of excuses. The BUT excuse: but I don’t have the (fill in the blank); BUT fears: but what if I (fill in the blank); and BUT insecurities: but I’m not (fill in the blank). All different types of excuses we use to keep us from reaching our goals. Deanna Latson, who we all love, spoke about food – and living to be a centurion – the steps 1) Eat sensibly, small amounts of unrefined foods 2) Maintain strong relationships and 3) Keep your mind active. Cyntia Kersey was the next speaker and she writes books and lectures on how others have been unstoppable and how we can be unstoppable. Our next speaker (and guide for an evening event) was John Maesel – very awesome man. Very connected to the earth and FIRE.  Our next speaker was a man who definitely defined the word unstoppable: David Goggins. David spoke to us about what he has accomplished – which is really – actually – unbelievable. He as a 290 pound man who decided to start raising money for kids of fallen military personnel and he did it in a HUGE way. It was in 2005 he started (at 290 pounds) to run marathons and triathalons and other major races (he finished 5th and then 3rd in the 204 mile Badland runs) and has raised a half million dollars for the kids.

We also did things over the three day event that challenged us to move out of our comfort zones, such as breaking arrows and bending rebar with our throats. We also did The Firewalk. All of these things showed me we can do things that our minds tell us we can’t do. These things pushed me to take steps – small steps (steps that our mind tell us are impossible) – to reach a goal (breaking an arrow, bending rebar or walking across a bed of hot coals).

I love the fact that the Lifepath events welcomes kids. This is a very family oriented event. My daughter and husband were able to attend all events and some things even catered to my daughter. I love being part of something that includes what means more to me than anything – my family!

 

 

P1003853My major breakthrough for this event happened after the firewalk. I did not get across without some minor (although it did not FEEL minor the night of the event) burns. Prior to the walk we were taught that we needed to be 100% present, that we needed to know where we were, where we were going and we needed to have a plan. I found that when I walked across the coals, I left the present. After dissecting this a bit for myself I realized that I often leave the present, I lose touch with my inner self which results in me — holding me back. It keeps me from feeling comfortable in social situations, it keeps me from being able to tune into myself, which keeps me from being able to be my true authentic self. Although I have had no issues with following my intuition, I feel I am not able to call on it at will. I feel that this stems from many things in my life. I obviously chose a life to learn the lessons needed to truly break free and learn how to be myself – to find the paths that would lead me to lessons where I would be able to see the gap and then find ways to close it. At this point in time, I am not sure of my steps to take to work on this, however, possibly just realizing it may be the first steps. My work now is to find some 30 day challenges that will allow me to reach my goals which include breaking through the self image that I have created for myself!

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