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I’ve written many times about self-care. You’ve probably read posts, articles and even books about how to take care of yourself. Let me ask you this: Are you taking care of yourself from the inside out – I’m talking emotionally?

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Here are my 10 tips for taking good care of yourself from the inside out.

1. Talk to yourself about yourself with respect and dignity.

2. Value your time and energy.

3. Rest when you are tired.

4. Say “no” without guilt.

5. Keep learning and growing personally and professionally.

6. Surround yourself with friends and associates who are supportive and empowering.

7. Realize you cannot be everything to everyone.

8. Enjoy your successes.

9. Make time to renew mind, body and spirit.

10. Believe you are worthy and deserving of success, happiness and unlimited prosperity.

What would you add to this list, please leave us your comments.

 
Take good care of yourself,
 

 
 
 
 
Sharon Michaels
Author – Blogger – Coach to Women Entrepreneurs
Owner of WomenWhoWantToSuccessfullyWorkForThemselves.com

P. S. If you’d like to coach one-on-one, join a MasterMind group or become a guest blogger on this blog, please email me at – coaching@sharonmichaels.com or use the Contact Sharon form on this site.
 
 
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The third and final part of our Secrets of Success series is the power of Dedication. I’m talking about the unwavering dedication you’ll be making to your successes. You know, the type of dedication that combines desire and determination with the powerful mental, physical and emotional focus that keeps you motivated toward the future.

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Let me ask you: Do you truly want to succeed at your goals? Are you willing to make an unwavering commitment to success? Those are just two questions I think about when I think of the power of dedication. If you truly want to succeed and to make your goals a reality then it takes an emotional, physical and sometimes even a financial dedication to your future.

Miriam-Webster Online Dictionary defines dedication as: A devoting or setting aside for a particular purpose. Other words associated with dedication are: unwavering, firm, steadfast, steady, untiring, dogged, resolute, and unswerving.

Maybe the best definition of all comes from legendary movie mogul Cecil B. de Mille, “Most of us serve our ideals by fits and starts. The person who makes a success of living is the one who sees his goal steadily and aims for it unswervingly. That is dedication.”

Question: How do you tap into your unwavering dedication to succeed?

Answer: As soon as you become convinced that no one can dissuade you from going forward, toward your goal, you have developed dedication. You are dedicated to a positive outcome as soon as you develop the positive mental attitude of success. A dedicated positive mental attitude is one that combines your desire and determination to succeed with an unstoppable belief in yourself and your goals. This unstoppable belief to succeed must be strong enough to keep you going forward, no matter the twists and turns in your path.

The practical aspect of dedication begins with developing and executing a viable plan of action. This is a workable plan that combines the emotional and physical aspects of success – it is a combination of your powerful “why” and the day-to-day how-tos for making success reality. Dedication comes from somewhere deep inside – it is a strong and powerful desire and determination to succeed.

Ask yourself these three questions:

1. Is there a modern day or historical figure who has inspired me with their dedication to a purpose, cause or goal? Could it be someone who accomplished what I am setting out to accomplish? How soon can I get to the library or bookstore to pick up their biography?

There are many motivational and practical lessons we can learn from successful people. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel – learn the lessons and strategies from those who have gone before and succeeded.

2. How can I break my goals for the future into bite-sized pieces? Going forward begins with the first step. Sometimes though, the first step can be the most difficult. Dedication means devoting yourself to doing at least one positive thing each day toward achieving your goal. Yes, each day!

Break your goal into daily, weekly, monthly and even yearly tasks. When you have a doable and viable plan of action, it is easier to see the practical “hows” for actually making your vision a reality. With dedication comes an inner commitment to going positively forward, one determined step at a time.

3. How will I keep my desire, determination and dedication alive and strong in the weeks and months to come? It’s a fact of life, we become discouraged when things aren’t going as planned. How will you tap into those inner motivators? Is it a vision board, motivational and inspirational audios, a telephone call with a loved one, journaling or maybe some time spent in nature? What will keep your dedication for achieving your goal alive and strong?

Dedication to making your goal reality takes an unwavering ability to tap into your inner motivators – the reason(s) you are determined to achieve and succeed. Successful people have the ability to motivate themselves toward success with a powerful desire and determination that comes from somewhere deep within.

Achieving your goal combines all three of our Secrets of Success – Desire, Determination and Dedication. The more in tune you are with your burning desire, unstoppable determination and unwavering dedication to success, the more success you will be enjoying today, tomorrow and into the future.

A final quotation from Patty Berg, a founding member and then leading player on the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Tour during the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, sums it up best: “What does it take to be a champion? Desire, dedication, determination, concentration and the will to win.”

I believe in your ability to succeed and thrive today, tomorrow and in the many years ahead – here’s to your unstoppable success!
 
 
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Women in business, here are three keys for developing a successful business or organization. Please, leave us a comment with your thoughts and if you have something you’d like to add to this list.

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Determination in life, and in business, is a combination of tapping into our unstoppable desire to succeed and knowing how to consistently focus time and energy on going positively forward. As we’re going for our hopes, dreams and goals the power of determination can help us find solutions and eliminate self-doubt.

In part two of our three part Secrets of Success series, we’ll be exploring the Power of Determination.

YourDictionary.com defines determination as: a firm intention; the quality of being resolute; firmness of purpose.

Claude M. Bristol, author of the classic book The Magic of Believing, wrote about determination this way: “It’s the constant and determined effort that breaks down all resistance and sweeps away all obstacles.”

How do you define determination? When you think of being determined, what comes to mind? Do you think of determination as being emotional, spiritual or physical? Or, is it a combination of all three?

Question: Can someone develop unstoppable determination?

Answer: Absolutely, “yes!” The key is discovering and tapping into your personal and professional desire to consistently go forward, until your goal becomes reality. Harnessing the power and passion of your compelling “why” can make the difference between giving up and triumphantly achieving your goals.

Ask yourself these three questions:

1. What motivates me to succeed? What provides me with the greatest joy/purpose/motivation to succeed? What in my life is so important that I will not give up until this goal is achieved? Write out in detail the powerful “why” that it is so significant for you.

2. Is this motivation to succeed powerful enough to keep me going, even when the going gets tough? On a scale of 1 – 10, with 10 being the highest, how important is it to surround myself with this joy/purpose/motivation? Is this motivation compelling enough to create a burning and unstoppable desire to succeed? If the score is 9 or above, this joy/purpose/motivation is a powerful and compelling “why.”

3. How will tapping into this feeling of joy/purpose/motivation, propel me to keep going consistently forward?
How will focusing on this joy/purpose/motivation produce an unstoppable desire to overcome unforeseen challenges and keep me motivated toward my goals? Write out in detail what makes this joy/purpose/motivation so emotionally powerful for you.

The power of determination takes hold as soon you create an unstoppable “I can,” mindset and attitude. Are you ready to harness the unstoppable power of our second Secret of Success, which is the Power of Determination?
 
 
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I’m often asked if there is a template for writing blog posts. I wouldn’t say there is a template. There are though certain steps you can take to make sure your post is skillfully written. A well written post gets noticed, read and shared.

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1. Know your topic well.
Write about something you know first-hand. Research is fine, but winging it on a topic you know nothing about will lead readers to distrust what you are sharing.

2. Be clear about what you want your readers to learn.
What is the goal of your post? When your readers finish reading, what do you want them to know, feel or do?
 
 
3. Write as if you are speaking one-on-one.
Pretend you are sitting across from your ideal reader. What would you say to them during a regular conversation? Write the way you’d talk.

4. Have an introductory paragraph and a concluding paragraph.
It’s important to let your reader know what to expect before they begin reading the post. It is just as important to have a wrap-up, summary or call to action at the end of the blog post.

5. Make the post easy and fun to read.
Have fun with your post. Use bullet points, lists, tips, how-to’s, short paragraphs, etc. Today’s readers want to absorb the information quickly and easily.

6. Spell and grammar check before posting.
Nothing will have you losing credibility with readers faster than misspelled words and poor grammar.

7. Don’t make your post too long.
I mentioned it earlier – today’s readers want to learn quickly. You have about eight seconds to capture and keep a reader’s attention.

8. Use your own words – your post must be original.
Understand plagiarism and copyright infringement. You’ll never have to worry about either when you write in your own words. Be original!!!

9. Write with your blog audience in mind.
Know your reader. What do they want to know or learn from you? Write to entertain, educate and inform your ideal audience.

10. Make sure your post is educational and informational NOT a commercial for your product or service.
A post shouldn’t be about selling and pushing your product. You will lose readers.

What do you think? I’d call this more of a checklist than a template. Writing for your blog or as a guest blogger is a great way for your ideal market to know, like and trust you as an empowered business women.

Rule of Thumb: Write a post you’d want to read. If you like reading the post you’ve written, so will your readers.
 

 
 
 
 
Sharon Michaels
Author – Blogger – Coach to Women Entrepreneurs
Owner of WomenWhoWantToSuccessfullyWorkForThemselves.com
 
 
P. S. If you’d like to coach one-on-one, join a MasterMind group or become a guest blogger on this blog, please email me at – coaching@sharonmichaels.com or use the Contact Sharon form on this site.
 
 
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I’m Sharon Michaels and I teach you how to do business successfully. http://SharonMichaels.com

I invite you to stop by and check out my Author page on Amazon.com – learn more about all my Amazon books Sharon Michaels Amazon.com Author page

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