Get ready to enjoy my Entrepreneurial Women Radio interview with Shaklee Independent Distributor and entrepreneur Grace Anderson. I know you’ll find what Grace has to say interesting and enlightening. You can hear and “feel” the passion and enthusiasm in Grace’s voice as she talks about working her business for over 43 years. Be sure to turn up your speakers!

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As a woman in business, do you know what motivates you to succeed and thrive? Do you have a separate personal and professional purpose or, are they intertwined into one purpose? Let’s look at purpose as comprising of seven parts:

1. Pursuit
A major component of purpose is striving toward something that will satisfy your emotional, spiritual and/or physical need to accomplish a meaningful goal. To have a purpose in life means that day-to-day you are motivated to go forward in positive powerful ways – in the consistent pursuit of your purpose.

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2. Unique
Your purpose is something that is uniquely yours. It’s this uniqueness that makes it a powerful motivator. Although your purpose may be part of a larger plan, which is also pursued by others, it is still unique and distinctive to you.

3. Results
To have a purpose means knowing what you want and why you want to accomplish it. A true purpose has the power to give you clear direction. It allows you to aim at a goal with the determination to achieve your desired results. One of my favorite quotations is by Oprah Winfrey “The greatest lesson of life is that you are responsible for your life.”

4. Plan
To have a purpose is to be on purpose and to be on purpose you need a well thought out plan of action. As I share this, I’m reminded of this quotation from Napoleon Hill author of the classic book Think and Grow Rich: “There is no hope of success for the person who does not have a central purpose, or definite goal at which to aim.”

5. Opportunity
Purpose opens your eyes to the opportunities surrounding you. The emotional determination that develops from having a purpose can become unstoppable. Purpose is motivating and inspiring.

6. Success
You will succeed when your purpose is well defined. Purpose is the reason for doing what needs to be done day-to-day in order to reach your goals. Your purpose defines your goals and your goals become your road map to success. Success is based on the consistent quality of your actions.

7. Enthusiasm
Purpose can be so powerful that when your feet hit the floor in the morning, you want to smile and say, “I love my life.”

Marion Wright Edelman,” the founder and President of the Children’s Defense Fund, and the first African American woman admitted to the Mississippi state bar, spoke of purpose this way: “I’m doing what I think I was put on this earth to do. And I’m really grateful to have something that I’m passionate about and that I think is profoundly important.”

What is your purpose? What gets you excited to say, “I love my life” every morning as your feet hit the floor?
 
 
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As Tweeter, YouTube, Facebook and Pinterest become easier to use and more popular, women in business seem to be relying on these sites more and more to conduct business and interact with other like-minded women. Aside from the obvious marketing opportunities, it seems to be the powerful emotional connections that keep women returning to interact, share and network.

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Women know and understand the importance of having a quality support community. We are looking for other like-minded success-oriented women with whom we can share the ups and downs of our lives and our businesses. With social media, we can easily connect twenty-four hours a day with women entrepreneurs from all over the world – other women who seem to know and understand exactly what we are going through.

Why Is Social Media So Necessary To Women In Business?

1. You can connect with other women anytime day or night. When you want to share something important, ask a question or make a new friend all you have to do is turn on your computer and log into one of social media sites.

2. Women like to share thoughts and feelings in a safe environment. Social media provides a non-threatening way to interact with other women. For even the shyest businesswomen, Twitter and Facebook can provide a safe place to express yourself.

3. For women in business, social media is a powerful marketing tool. It is an easy and convenient way to meet new clients and make sales. There are many ways you can market your business using social media – video, audio, articles, blog posts, book reviews and more. It is up to you to decide how to use your social media opportunities.

4. You can find like-minded social media communities with a few key words and the click of a mouse. Community is a huge part of who we are emotionally and physically as women. Being able to find like-minded kindred souls all in one location is a powerful emotional and mental success tool for thousands of women in business. The feeling of being connected is an important stabilizer for many entrepreneurial women.

5. There is emotional comfort in knowing that we are not alone. Being able to have an emotional connection with other women is often a necessary element to staying the course and achieving our goals. Nonjudgmental emotional comfort is a powerful need for many businesswomen. It may be difficult to find an empowering community of like-minded women within the city or town in which you live so for many, the Internet has become our networking community.

Word of caution: Choose your social media connections carefully. Be wise about what you share and with whom you share it. As with any social interaction – choose your friends and associates carefully.
 
 
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The past is the past. Financial setbacks happen. It is what you do and how quickly you act that often determines how well you’ll be moving forward. Financial recovery takes time, energy and effort. Here are some suggestions for emotionally and financially getting back on your feet.

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1. What’s important to you financially?

It’s time to do some financial soul-searching. This is where you begin looking at your values and beliefs about money and, your relationship with making, keeping and enjoying abundance. If these financial setbacks were caused by lack of financial planning or overspending, then this question is especially important for you.

Money is an emotional thing. Make the time to study and appreciate your conscious and unconscious relationship with money. How well you treat money is generally a reflection of how well you treat yourself. A few years from now you do not want to find yourself recovering from yet another financial setback.

What do you value most about money? To discover your most important money value, ask yourself, “Money has absolutely no value to me without_____.” Here are a few ideas to get you thinking – family, integrity, adventure, happiness, self-esteem, etc. This will tell you what you’re willing to do for money and what you will not do for money.

2. What are you willing to do to go forward financially?

Are you willing to temporarily take any type of job you can get to pay the bills? Are you willing to ask relatives for a loan? Are you willing to go to school or to seek out more training? Are you willing to come out of your emotional comfort zone? Make a complete list of what you’re willing to do to move yourself forward financially.

What can you do today to take a first step? It’s time to write down all your options, even if some of them seem ridiculous. Brainstorm all types of ideas – in there will be one or two great ideas that will take you positively forward. Don’t spend time judging your ideas, spend time doing something to keep moving forward.

3. Are you willing to take positive action everyday?

Wallowing in what hasn’t and isn’t working right won’t help you to go financially forward. Begin by evaluating your resources. Basically, you’re looking to increase income and reduce expenses. What do you have that you can turn into money on EBay, a garage sale or a flea market? It may not sound glamorous but it’s taking positive action and moving forward.

It is also time to develop a budget. Take a long hard realistic look at what can and can’t be done with your money. At this point, it’s all about prioritizing and discipline. This may also be the time to seek out a financial advisor.

Recovering from a financial setback can be stressful and often times disheartening. It can also take time, patience and planning. Your biggest job right now is to think clearly, act logically and take consistent positive financial action. Learn from the mistakes and head positively toward a brighter financial future!

 
 
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Writing your blog post, newsletter or even a simple email message, does your Internet personality and voice shine through? Isn’t it far more interesting to read something dynamic and filled with life and personality than one that is flat and boring? Here are tips for finding your Internet voice.

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When I receive an email, browse a web site or read a blog I want to see, hear and feel the author’s personality. I want to believe they are talking to me as if we were friends sharing a cup of coffee or tea.

 

Here is what I don’t want to read:
• Someone “yelling” at me with a hardcore sale pitch
• Someone talking down to me
• Someone writing a term paper filled with facts
• Someone who doesn’t proof-read their materials
• Someone who goes on and on and says nothing
• Someone wasting my time
• Someone who isn’t offering me value.

Here is what I do like to read:
• Someone writing from personal experience
• Someone speaking to my wants, needs and desires
• Someone who gets to the point quickly
• Someone who values my time
• Someone who is talking to me and not at me
• Someone who is friendly and personable
• Someone who treats me like a person and not just a sale.

How do you develop your Internet personality and voice?

As with anything, it takes practice to find and develop a comfortable Internet style. Here are a few tips:

Write from your own experience. Don’t try to be someone you are not. You aren’t Tony Robbins or Oprah Winfrey – you have your own personality and your own story. If you write from your experiences, you are writing from your heart. When you write from your heart, your personality shines through.

It is fine to get emotional. Yes, you can show excitement or anger in your writing. When I sit down to write, I picture myself sitting across the table having lunch with a friend or client. I write as if I’m talking with them. What would I say to them face-to-face and that’s what I write on my blog or in my email. Express your thoughts the way you would speak them!

Make your reader your friend. Write to me as if I were your friend and not your student. No one likes to be lectured to or talked down to. I don’t know about you but a lecturing tone of voice turns me off immediately – I shut down and I’m not listening to or reading your message. Don’t be the teacher in front of a class, be my helpful and knowledgeable friend.

If you don’t know how to tap into your Internet personality or find your Internet voice, here a couple suggestions:

Let your support network read a few of your blog posts or articles. Ask them how they felt as they were reading it – could they “feel” your personality and “hear” your voice?

Make a video talking about a subject you plan on sharing with your readers. Does your personality shine through? If not, try it again and talk to the camera as if you were talking with a friend. Now, take the recorded video and transcribe it with the same conversational and friendly style you just used for the camera.

I know it takes practice but a loyal readership waiting eagerly for your next email or post will be well worth the time and effort. If you write from your heart and share with us those things you truly care about, your Internet personality and voice will come shining through loud and clear.
 
 
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