Are Distractions Sabotaging Your Success?

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Running two businesses and having a life that includes the people I love and activities that fuel my soul takes determined focus. Like you, I wrestle with the myriad of interruptions and distractions that divert my focus from what’s really important when it comes to having thriving businesses. My biggest culprit: all methods of communication including e-mail, instant messaging, social media, phone calls, and texts. Communication is vitally important to me – it is one of my top five values, making it also one of my top five temptations! Adding to that temptation is the fact that most communication, in … Read More

7 Reasons to Check Your Hats and Lighten Your Load!

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I confess I have been a collector most of my life. As a child I collected a variety of things. Vacations were opportunities to hunt for the right salt and pepper shakers to help me remember the trip – no useless souvenirs for me! Writing letters to my grandmother and various pen pals turned into collecting stamps. Spare change? I collected pennies. My love for reading – I collected books. My love for collecting went beyond the hunt. I was captivated by the art of arranging of my salt and pepper shakers in my special cabinet and organizing the stamps, … Read More

3 Ways to Focus and Get in the Zone

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Illustration of a person's head with gears and wheels and a lightbulb that has the word "Focus" on it

Recently, I was so lost in my thoughts that I actually went right past my turn around point on my walk. As frightening as it may sound, I have had the same kind of experience while driving. If you were to ask my husband, he would say that it also happens when I am working. I get in the “zone” and time flies by! Things can happen around me without me even noticing. That’s focus! When it comes to being focused there are external factors as well as internal factors. You can do everything right to create an environment conducive … Read More

9 Ways to Get More Focused

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As the story goes, there was a preacher who made a bet with a friend that his horse would be able to walk up the stairs in his home. The preacher won the bet with ease! The real challenge was that the horse refused to make the trip back down again. No matter how hard the preacher tried to entice the horse down the stairs he would not move. In frustration, the preacher covered the horse’s head and remarkably, the horse obediently followed the preacher back down the stairs. In that moment, the clever preacher realized that restricting the horse’s … Read More