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  • Anticipate

    When I first became a mother, my own mom told me that I would need to be able to anticipate what our sweet girl might do next.  Would she reach for the stove?  Would she rub sand in her eyes?  My mother was a wise woman and her advice has served me well. There are times in life when keeping our eye on the kids, or whatever ball is bouncing around us, is not enough.  We need ...

    Posted at February 22, 2013 | By : | Categories : Mind,Our Lives,Relationships | 0 Comment
  • What Next?

    The development of a Business Plan forces us to identify ways to help our small businesses grow and improve.  Particularly for entrepreneurs, the crush of daily crises and essential tasks can make it easy to let your strategic (i.e., long-term) needs slide.  Self-employed people tend to run leaner operations, perhaps without any employees in the beginning.  So, on top of everything else, delegation is difficult, if not impossible. As you’ve ...

    Posted at February 20, 2013 | By : | Categories : Our Work,Plan | 0 Comment
  • The Gift of Discipline

    It should be no surprise that discipline is important to me.  We’ve looked at the discipline to act, to wait, to form habits.  Discipline is a mind-set ...

    Posted at February 15, 2013 | By : | Categories : Body,Mind,Our Lives,Spirit | 0 Comment
  • Dreams Meet Reality: Strengths and Weaknesses

    We entrepreneurs tend to be dreamers, and that is a critically-important attribute.   But, we get ourselves into trouble when we do not evaluate our selves, our opportunities and our small businesses in a realistic way.  Thus, one of the most important ...

    Posted at February 13, 2013 | By : | Categories : Analyze,Our Work,Plan | 0 Comment
  • The Habit Of Discipline

    My husband and I have a friend who recently retired from the United States Army after twenty-nine years of service to our country.  His next step was to become an entrepreneur!  Those two environments are completely different in that the military sets the objectives and defines the actions for each of its people.  On the other hand, as a self-employed person, he has few constraints.  We predict success for him in his brave new world, ...

    Posted at February 8, 2013 | By : | Categories : Body,Mind,Our Lives | 0 Comment
  • Tactics To Move Business Forward

    A Business Plan is not a document for entrepreneurs and small business owners to put on the shelf and think about occasionally.  Rather, it is a tool that will define and prioritize the processes our businesses can and should take in order to become more successful.  We’ve covered several key elements:  Objectives, Mission Statement, ...

    Posted at February 6, 2013 | By : | Categories : Our Work,Plan | 0 Comment
  • The Other Side of Discipline: Focused Waiting

     You will never see more focused waiting than dogs, sitting quietly, watching the hand that is about to feed them.  Of course, to do this, they have to have been trained well. Maybe humans need better training.  It can be hard to be patient, even if we know we will end up ...

    Posted at February 1, 2013 | By : | Categories : Body,Mind,Our Lives,Relationships,Spirit | 0 Comment
  • Formulating Business Strategies

    Every self-employed person should have a Business Plan to force us to think through ways to make our businesses stronger.  We’ve looked at Objectives and Mission Statements for small business owners.  Strategies are also important for that Plan to be effective. What is a Strategy?  To put it simply, each Strategy is a broad look at the ideas, concepts or changes ...

    Posted at January 30, 2013 | By : | Categories : Our Work,Plan | 0 Comment
  • The Discipline To Act

    One of the most important aspects of self-employment is to take care of business in a timely manner.   Discovering the way to successfully manage your time is essential for small business owners and entrepreneurs.  Some of us keep regular work hours, while others choose to be deadline-driven – working or not working as the need demands. Since starting on my own in 1989, I have learned to manage my work time, often while juggling the needs ...

    Posted at January 25, 2013 | By : | Categories : Mind,Our Lives | 0 Comment
  • Why We Need Marketing

    You, like me, are self-employed.  You know your industry, your product, your target audience.  But, how can you get a handle on marketing?  There are so many choices – enough to boggle the entrepreneur’s mind! First of all, think about what you want to accomplish by spending money on marketing.  What are your marketing goals?    Here are two critical reasons why marketing in some form is needed by small business: #1 – We need ...

    Posted at January 23, 2013 | By : | Categories : Market,Our Work,Plan | 0 Comment