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More On Promises…

promiseIn my last blog, our focus was on promises we make to ourselves and how we keep them. Have you ever broken a promise to yourself and let yourself down? Of course you have. When I considered that question some years ago, I realized that I was breaking promises to myself more often than I cared to admit.

I was ready to take better care of my health: I’ll start exercising tomorrow. I was ready to stop working 10 – 12 hours a day: I promise to spend more time with my family and friends. I was ready to get out of debt: I will be smarter about expenditures.

And of course, none of those things actually happened because my intentions and attention were not in alignment. Read more

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Promises

In my years as a business coach I’ve seen some common themes in my work with business owners. One is a sense of urgency that prompts them to hastily sign up for various coaching and marketing programs, but the programs somehow never seem to produce the promised results.

The reasons given include that the business owner was too busy to attend the sessions, dropped out, or simply failed to get whatever value the sessions were supposed to deliver. It happens more than you think; that the sense of urgency slips away. Or it was a response to the crisis of the moment seeking an instant solution. Or the businessperson just couldn’t sustain the motivation to stick with the program. Read more

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Stop The Overwhelm!

overwhelmhelpHave you noticed that most entrepreneurs and business owners seem to be struggling with the thing we call overwhelm? When the overwhelm buttons are pushed, it seems that madness takes over and clear thinking goes out the window!

The feeling of overwhelm takes on many forms. For instance, it can be an excuse for not taking action. Or it can be the easy position to take when asked how things are going and we don’t want to engage. Or perhaps it’s just a chronic and pervasive feeling in the non-stop environment we live in. Read more

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Where Is Your “A”?

letter-aWe learned early on that excelling was expected. Getting A’s in all subjects meant you were a good student. If you were only average, the next step down was failure. Striving with great motivation meant you would succeed and “be somebody”.

One of the exercises I usually ask my coaching clients to do is the Strengths Finder assessment. The top 5 strengths that are revealed are usually not a big surprise — but they turn out not to be the same strengths that were celebrated by parents and teachers. Read more

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The KLT Quotient

KLTWe all know the often repeated mantra, “People do business with people they Know, Like and Trust.” Have you ever considered what that means?

The Know, Like and Trust factors don’t just happen because you show up at lots of networking meetings every month. What actions do you consciously take to get to know other people? Remember the song from the play, The King and I, “Getting to Know You”? Read more

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We Are At The Half-Way Point

Hello July

July 1st is the beginning of the rest of 2016. Half of the year is behind us. And this half-way point is an ideal opportunity to look in the rear view mirror and review our year-to-date endeavors.

Let’s take a moment and honestly recognize the great things you’ve accomplished from January to June, 2016. Celebrate with enthusiasm what you’ve committed to and what you’ve achieved.

Then, let’s take another moment and tune in to what you hope for, but haven’t achieved yet. The big word here is YET. There are another 6 months ahead to reflect, consider, reorganize, and determine if your behaviors, practices, approach, feelings, thoughts, stance, strategies, etc., are helping or hindering your goals.

Are you on track? Do you even remember what goals you set at the beginning of the year? Have you exceeded your expectations? Are you close to the finish line?

LET’S BE HONEST…

If you are not overjoyed with your progress so far – if it doesn’t have you doing the happy dance of success – then you have some choices. You can delete this message, keep doing what hasn’t worked for the first half of the year, and continue nurturing the habits that keep you stuck. If that delusion is comfortable, then keep sitting on that couch.

BUT…

If you really want to dig in and step up your game, get the results that are possible and knock it out of the park in the second half of this year, then we want to help you do that.

The first step to take is to sign up for the A-Game that starts on July 27th. It’s a perfect way for getting faster and better results for your business. Laura W. said, “I signed up for the A-Game several times, and each time I learned something new. And my business grew every time. I can’t say enough about the positive impact the A-Game has had on my business.”

Go to www.lanebc.com/events right now and sign up. If I don’t deliver on the promise of results that the A-Game will have for your business, I will refund every penny + $100 on your investment. I am that serious about helping you make the rest of 2016 bigger and better than ever.

Stop putting your goals and dreams aside because you’re busy! Or preoccupied or swamped or whatever …

Do you really think that you’ll get better results if you don’t step up your game, get off the couch and strengthen your resolve and intention to just do it?

Commit to one hour per week for 10 weeks where we focus on the A’s of AWARENESS, AUTHENTICITY, ATTRACTION & ACTION to build your referral based business. If you don’t make this commitment to yourself, what else will you commit to?

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Mind Your Business

What does it mean to mind your business?

The “minding” of your business means paying attention to the basics of marketing, sales, financial systems, production, distribution, regulations, efficiencies, the customer experience and more. Read more

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Good Intentions

Have you noticed that you have great and good intentions? Intentions such as walking every day, exercising, dusting the fan blades in the dining room, cleaning out the garage, unpacking the boxes in the garage from your move 10 years ago, writing a blog (yeah right!), calling your brother, going to the movie everyone is talking about, etc., etc.

If all it took was good intentions, then we’d all be healthy and fit, rich, living in picture perfect homes with a car in the neatly organized garage, published with a huge following and perfect in all ways imaginable. Read more

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Thriving or Shriveling?

Why do some businesses never make it?

This is a question that haunts me as I coach, observe and interact with many small business owners.

My theory is that the businesses that thrive are constantly and consistently on the look out for new customers while they nurture and foster the relationships they have with their current clients and customers. They are ever conscious of both prospecting and cherishing. If the answer is this simple, then why do business owners neglect these activities? Read more

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Don’t Be Jeff — 7 Keys to the Follow Up

Follow upOne of the top motivators for networking activities is to meet new people and make connections, right? As business owners, we know that expanding our audience will help grow our business.

Building a successful network takes more than a series of meet-and-greet events. When your networking is integrated with your daily marketing activities, it can be simple and easy – natural. Your consistent investment of time after each networking event will pay off in big ways for your business, but making that time investment requires a plan. Read more