Learning a new skill can sometimes become stressful. We all like to stay with the familiar – it’s human nature. To go forward in positive ways, it is important to make time to stretch out of what is comfortable and learn those new things that will take us forward in empowering ways.

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Here are 5 steps to help you feel more confident when learning new things:

1. Pick just one new thing at a time.
There’s an old saying that states: “It’s better to be excellent at one thing, than mediocre at many things.” When I think of learning something that is new and unfamiliar to me, I always begin with just one new skill. I know from personal experience that I can only give my full attention to learning one new thing at a time.

Whatever you decide to learn, commit to learning and don’t give up until you’ve accomplished your goal. Give it at least two or three months and then take the time to decide if this new skill is right for you and your business. If the new skill is important enough, you’ll keep working at it until you’ve mastered it.

2. Enlist the support of an accountability buddy.
It is easier to stay motivated and on task when you have someone who also wants to learn a new skill and is genuinely interested in your success. Working with another person and being “accountable” allows you the opportunity to discuss your progress and/or challenges. It’s also fun to have someone with whom you can share new ideas and “aha’s.”

I would like to be your Success Accountability Partner! My goal as your accountability partner is to support your goal achieving success. Here is a direct link to all the details: Success Accountability with Sharon Michaels

3. Keep a record of your progress and your successes.
Keep a journal or diary of your progress. Make time to write down what you’re learning and the effect the new skill is having on your life and/or your business. Write down all the successes – the little ones and the big ones. It’s encouraging to look at the progress you’re making while learning this new skill.

4. Share your successes with those people who want to encourage and empower you.
Keep family, friends and business associates up-to-date about what you are learning and how it is enhancing your life. You can share on Facebook, begin a new blog or keep everyone updated with weekly or monthly emails.

Share the positive things and also the bumps in the road you may be encountering along the way. You can use these Facebook postings and blog posts as part of your journal. You’ll often find that writing these updates can be motivating for you as well as your Social Media audience.

5. If you hit a bump in the road, seek out a coach or mentor.
You don’t have to stay stuck if you happen to run into a snag. Seek out advice from someone who has been there and succeeded. You don’t have to spend time struggling when there are coaches and mentors who can help you.

If your new skill is important enough to you, don’t give up before “payday.” Have patience, be persistent and go for your goals!
 
 
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Even in this social networking age, I believe face-to-face meetings are still the most powerful way for women in business to build solid professional relationships.

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Purpose of Meetup.com
Meetup.com is an online way to organize and find face-to-face meetings in your local area. The purpose of Meetup.com is to make it easy to network with other like-minded people. Meetup.com combines the power of the Internet with the power of face-to-face meetings. You can search the Meetup.com Internet database to find the local Meetup that will fit your personal and professional preferences. Or, you can begin your own Meetup group.

About Meetup.com
Founded in 2002 and according to the Meetup.com website, their mission is: “To revitalize a local community and help people around the world self-organize. Meetup believes that people can change their personal world, or the whole world, by organizing themselves into groups that are powerful enough to make a difference.”

How Meetup Works
1. You go to Meetup.com and type in a topic of interest, your city and zip or postal code. You will find all the local Meetups within fifty miles of your location. This is basically a “key word” search for your interests: Small business, women in business, women entrepreneurs, etc.

2. You register to become a member of Meetup.com first and then you join the local Meetup groups of your choice. The organizers of each individual Meetup group can charge a fee for membership, a per meeting fee or it may be free – that is up to each individual organizer. If you cannot find a local group that meets your networking interests, you may want to start one of your own.

3. You join, then RSVP for the next scheduled meeting and attend to meet and network with like-minded individuals.

4. You can easily organize your own Meetup group. There is an organizer fee.

5. There are even opportunities to sponsor local Meetup groups.

My thoughts and experiences with Meetup.com:

Pros of using Meetup.com – It is an easy and effective way to begin a networking group. They provide a website, help with publicizing your group, offer quick customer support and provide easy to use tools for building a Meetup website for your group to use. Professionally, as the organizer, it is a way to develop yourself as an expert in your field and to become a recognizable figure within your niche market.

Cons of using Meetup.com
– Developing a successful Meetup group takes work, time and effort – I think of my Meetup as a part time job. It takes consistency and dedication to develop a successful networking group and to benefit from being a member – you cannot hold or attend a meeting once in awhile and expect business-building results. There is a fee to be an organizer and there are rules from Meetup.com that you must follow to remain an organizer. As a member, choose your group carefully and make sure it is a fit for you and your business.

Starting my own Meetup group has been one of the best business-building experiences of my career. I recommend Meetup.com to my coaching clients as a tool to grow their businesses and as a way to gain personal and professional self-confidence, whether as an organizer or a member.

Note: I am writing this article without any prompting from Meetup.com and am NOT being paid to write a review. My opinions are solely mine.
 
 
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I know you’ll find my Entrepreneurial Women Radio interview with Future Facilitator and author Tess Denton of TessDenton.com interesting and enlightening. Tess shares why creating a vision for your future is so important and how her own quest for finding a vision led to starting a business and writing two vision board books. Be sure to turn up your speakers!

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When I read something interesting I file it away because you never know, you may need it someday for a blog post, newsletter or a post on Facebook. Here are a few money facts I’ve collected over the years. Let me know what you think or if you have a “fact or find” you’d like to share – we’d love to hear your thoughts.

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1. The American Psychological Association’s 2007 “Stress In America” survey found that money and work are two of the top sources of stress for 75% of Americans.

2. According to a study done by the University of Michigan, overspending patterns among men are the result of an evolutionary drive to attract women.

3. Scientists have found that we buy more if we use a credit card or are unhappy.

4. Assets are everything of value that is owned by a person or company.

5. The Federal Reserve System was established in 1913 and is the central banking system of the United States.

6. The three c’s of good credit are: client history, collateral and capacity.

7. You should never put your account number on the outside of any payment envelopes.

8. According to Forbes.com, more than 20% of the 292 self-made American billionaires either never started or completed college – including Bill Gates and Steve Jobs.

9. The definition of revolving credit is: As repayments are made, it is a line of credit that may be used repeatedly to certain amount.

10.According to the American Bar Association, nearly 90 percent of all divorces over the past decade can be traced back to disagreements about money.

11. A recent Pew study of U.S. consumer spending habits, found that women make 80% of all expenditures.

12. According to the latest statistics, the average income for a woman over 65 years of age is less than $7,000 a year.

13. In a recent Bankrate.com survey, men expressed more optimism about their future retirement comfort than women, with 34% believing they would have more than enough money, compared to just 20% of women.

14. The Fair Credit Billing Act requires your credit card company to provide prompt correction of charge and credit card billing errors.

15. 1.2 billion dollars is the estimated amount employers could lose in productivity during the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, as employees direct their attention to predicting the winning teams.

16. The most common credit scoring model used by lenders is FICO – which stands for Fair Issac Company.

17. The definition of identity theft – when someone accesses essential elements of a person’s identifying personal information in order to commit fraud or theft.

18. In 2004, the median retirement income for women was $12,080 compared to men at $21,020.

19. In 1946, household debt was 22% of personal disposable income and today it is around 130%.

20. In 2007 the U.S. savings rate was 0.4%, the lowest rate since the Great Depression.

21. “Riches begin with a state of mind, with definiteness of purpose, with little or no hard work.” Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich

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This summer I decided to read this classic personal development book The New Psycho-Cybernetics by Dr. Maxwell Maltz and Dan Kennedy, and I am grateful I did. I read the original version of Psycho-Cybernetics probably twenty years ago and I have to admit I enjoyed that book more. The new version is good, but the original had only the writings of Dr. Maltz. With that said, I strongly recommend you make time to read either copy – it will change your life for the positive.

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I’m going to write my review using quotations directly from the book:

1. “Humans beings always act and feel and perform in accordance with what they imagine to be true about themselves and their environment.” Dr. Maltz provides example after example of plastic surgery patients who after experiencing successful surgery, still saw themselves as disfigured or flawed.

2. “In an article in Tennis World Magazine, they noted ‘an important element of self-healing is a mental image that projects a positive future outcome.’” How we see ourselves living our lives in the future generally predicts how we will probably be living our future lives.

3. “When you see a thing clearly in your mind, your creative ‘success mechanism’ within you takes over and does the job much better than you could do it by conscious effort or willpower.” Dr. Maltz reinforces the importance of visualization as part of the ongoing goal setting and achieving process. When you see a goal clearly in your mind’s eye, as if it is already reality, it will be easier to create that goal in your life.

4. “The essence of Psycho-Cybernetics is the accurate, calm, and ultimately automatic separation of fact from fiction, fact from opinion, actual circumstances from magnified obstacle, so that our actions and reactions are solidly based on truth, not our own or others’ opinions.” That says it all – that is the premise of this book!

5. “Life is worthwhile only when you have firmly fixed in your sights worthwhile goals.”

These quotations are just the tip of the iceberg of powerful information found in this book. You will also find practical and useful mental training exercises, real-world examples, success stories, and Dr. Maltz’s “prescriptions.”

This isn’t just a book you read and discard, this is a book you continually work throughout the years. I honestly believe reading and working The New Psycho-Cybernetics is a must for anyone looking to make positive changes in their lives.

I rate The New Psycho-Cybernetics a must read!

Note: I am NOT being paid to write a review. My opinions are solely mine.
 
 
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