It’s so easy to give up and conform…

…And then…..”most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.”-Henry David Thoreau

You have a choice.

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What Will Tomorrow’s Results Be?

Tomorrow’s results are largely about the seeds sown today.

How many seeds have you sown today?

Who have you introduced?

How many have you touched today?

Who have you helped connect?

Who did you LISTEN to today? …..just to be there.

Getting booked solid CAN be as basic as sharing your compassion, connections and knowledge but ONLY ONLY ONLY if they are OPEN and given you permission.

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…you can make difference? Impact a life? Make a quantum shift in one moment?

You CAN …..and WILL!

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Book Yourself Solid—It’s All Up To You

I asked a close friend that is a very “booked” speaker and trainer  “do you want your business to be booked solid?”  She responded, “oh no, I don’t want to be booked solid.  I’m already on the road 3 weeks of every month and am in front of plenty of people”.
Curious, I asked her “so what do you think being booked solid means?”.  She responded “speaking every day of the week, on the road all the time, sleeping in hotels, missing my daughter and friends.  Pretty much no life!”

Does that sound like something good or bad?  I can’t tell you that.  For my friend in the story, it was NOT a good thing. For someone else, they may sound like heaven.

The question is personal.  And to achieve more in your business.  To live a more harmonious and fulfilled life, you and you alone define that.  The fun thing about this is there is no wrong answer and it’s all about to you.

  • What does being booked solid mean to you?
  • What is the immediate feeling that comes to mind?
  • and more importantly why is your business being booked solid important in your life?
No matter your business, this is one of the key questions that must be answered or we’re just wasting time.   You’ll NEVER be booked solid and you’ll NEVER have “enough”.

I’ve asked many people over the last 5 years “what does being business booked solid mean to you?” and I don’t think I’ve had the same answer twice.

You see, there have been assumptions on their part of what they thought I was getting at.  But I’m not “getting at” anything other than THEIR definition.

For me, when each time I ponder the question, I think more along the lines of “If my life is ideal, it looks and feels like this….”.  I include all the elements of quality of relationships, the way I feel, who I work with, how they operate, what I earn, health, fitness, time.  Those are all in my expanded definition of being booked solid.  Health is a big one for me because I look at this way.  If I’m not healthy and feeling good, then having all the business in the world isn’t worth anything to me and my family is it?

The more thoughtful and expansive your definition, the more likely you will “be booked solid”.     The clearer that destination will be for you and those you engage to help you along the way.

Remember that you make the rules.  You define the elements you love and those you don’t.  You and you alone have the choice to move more of the positive elements of being booked solid into your business to live a more fulfilled and harmonious life.

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It’s Not Marriage, It’s A Mastermind Group

A Mastermind is an Experience, Not An Academic Pursuit.  It doesn’t require in-depth study.  Just get started!

Most Critical Element of a Mastermind

The critical piece of the mastermind group after creating the structure that will work for you and yield results, is that each person be fully “present” on the other person and come away with more than they contributed.

How do I become “present” for someone?
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Choosing Gratitude for Those Around Us

Received this message from The Gratitude Guru, Paul Taubman.  It kinda rocked my world, so I’ve kept it.  Hope he doesn’t mind me sharing it with the world. 🙂

“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.”

-Albert Schweitzer

You are where you are today because of people around you now and in the past. You may not like where you are, or you may be happy where you are. In either case, you are there because of others in your life.
Be grateful for them – they helped make you who you are.

Be Well.
The Gratitude Guru

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Context vs. Content = Magic Moments

If you’re looking for “magic moments” in your mastermind group, you MUST focus on the context, not the content.

Yes, I know that content is king in other areas, but here, context is king!

It isn’t about the CONTENT; it’s about the CONTEXT, otherwise known as the “structure” of your group.

It’s not just the information and data you bring into your meeting.  The key is the structure you create that facilitates creativity that gives birth to fresh solutions.

Imagine this: You attend a meeting with your team, each one bringing their own agenda.  It’s assumed that you are all there for the same purpose because there is a written agenda for the meeting itself.  But are you sure that everyone is also playing as a team?  Does Jim want what you want?  Is Maria’s top priority to increase sales for the company or to just keep her job?   Are you there to support your team members or to simply air your case?
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How To Keep A Mastermind Group Motivated?

How do you keep a mastermind group going?
How do you keep a mastermind group motivated?

I get these questions in one form or another on a REGULAR basis.

Remember this:  In a mastermind group, performance is accelerated to the degree you get real with yourself and your mastermind group members.

If you want it, ask for it.  Don’t compromise.  Don’t small down because you think your mastermind group members will hate you for being honest.

In my research, the primary reason mastermind groups fall apart are a “lack of keeping it real” and in my book that means not asking for what you want.

I had this mentor once that was fond of saying, “You gotta get real to get rich.”  Now that motto applies to pretty much whatever you want to apply it to.  In this case motivation in your group.
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Dumping the 400 Year Old Paper Business Card

I’ll admit I’ve never been a fan of the paper business card.  And did you know the paper business card is over 400 Years old?

Relationships are everything.  I thrive on a juicy, connected, authentic conversation with an individual doing what they can to add something to this world.

And like the next guy, I abhor the superficial leisure-larry at the event that believes he’s networking by collecting as many business cards as he can and making sure he distributes as many of his as possible.  Because, ya know “it’s a numbers game, right?”.  BAH! That’s an opening for another post, at another time.

Sure, if we connected at an event (you know “clicked”), I want your contact information but now I have to scan the paper business card in, type it in or get an assistant to input the data.
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There comes a time when you walk away

There comes a time in life, when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it. You surround yourself with people who make you laugh, forget the bad, and focus on the good. So, love the people who treat you right. Forget about the ones who don't. Life is too short to be anything but happy. — via Kat Alessi's friend.

Absolutely beautiful.

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