Self-empowerment begins with self-understanding. Personal power comes from understanding and making peace with yourself, your past and your present. The future is bright when you believe you have the power to go forward in positive ways. Here are seven positive and powerful self-empowering suggestions.

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1. The next time you’re feeling down, take five minutes and write the first thoughts that come to mind. Could your thoughts be making you disempowered?

Keeping a journal is an excellent way to stay in touch with your feelings. Writing a journal can help identify patterns of negative and self-sabotaging behaviors. Your journal is also a way to monitor progress. You never know, your writings may turn into a best selling book some day.

2. Limiting beliefs produce limiting results. Self-sabotage and discouragement goes hand-in-hand with limiting beliefs. To begin to intelligently and rationally conquer negativity and self-sabotaging behaviors, it is time to become fully aware of the disempowering beliefs that may be lurking in your unconscious mind.

Ask yourself these questions:
When I try something new, what’s one of the first things I say to myself? Is it positive or negative?

When something goes wrong, what’s one of the first things I say to myself? Is it positive or negative?

3. Begin enhancing self-esteem by writing down an entire page of your positive qualities. Fill the whole page with words, phrases and sentences. You’ll spend less time focusing on the negatives when you concentrate energy on the strong points.

4. Start acting the way you’d like to see yourself in the future. For example, if you’d like to be more outgoing, start taking social risks. Go places where you will meet new people. Once you begin acting more outgoing, you’ll actually become more outgoing.

5. Take out a photo album and look at yourself. Are you smiling? Are your arms folded defensively across your chest? Is your posture slouched? Use the photographs to help see yourself as others see you.

6. Make time to understand what makes you tick. You’ll accomplish more in less time if you truly understand what motivates you to achieve and succeed. Can you sit down and explain what really makes you excited and self-satisfied about your personal and professional life?

7. Laugh and smile often. Life is meant to be enjoyable, exciting and beautiful. Sit back and appreciate the experience. Taking everything seriously, and even personally, turns life into an insurmountable mountain of one crisis after another. All this mountain climbing can keep you emotionally off-balance and physically drained.

Being in control of your feelings and emotions doesn’t happen by accident. Self-empowerment is an ongoing lifestyle. Read these seven suggestions again and choose the one you’d like to begin working on today. The future is bright when you choose to go forward in positive ways. Live each day knowing and believing you have the power to create great things for yourself!
 
 
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A few years ago I self-published my first Kindle eBook on Amazon.com. I have to say it was a learning experience and took some time and patience. I’m glad I did for many reasons: income, publicity, marketing opportunities and more.

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Maybe writing eBooks and self-publishing is something you should consider. If you write regular blog posts, submit articles to eZine directories or have finished manuscripts you’ve been waiting to publish, then this could be the perfect time to consider self-publishing your own eBooks. Here are several “aha’s” I’ve discovered while writing, formatting and uploading my own eBooks.

1. Just because you are self-publishing doesn’t mean you can skip the proofing and editing stage of fine-tuning your book. Proper grammar, punctuation and words that are spelled correctly are still an important and necessary of a well-written manuscript. It is so difficult to proof your own materials. I suggest you have two or three proof readers edit and read your book before you upload it as an eBook ready for sale.

2. Make time to learn the “in’s and out’s” of eBook publishing. The way you format your pages for Kindle and Nook are different than if you were formatting a manuscript for a paperback edition. I recommend Lisa Shea’s website as she has many suggestions about writing your book and preparing it for uploading to Kindle, etc. http://www.lisashea.com/lisabase/writing/gettingyourbookpublished/ (off site link)

3. Prepare an inviting and professional looking cover for your book. Covers are the first impression your potential reader will have of your book. Remember, you never get a second chance at a good first impression and the same holds true for an eBook cover.

4. Write a thought-provoking and interesting summary to appear on your product page. Let your readers know why they should be buying and reading your book. Draw them into the story if it is fiction. If it is nonfiction, let them know how the how-to information you are sharing can change and/or improve their lives. Get them excited about buying and reading your book.

5. Even before you upload your book for sale, you should begin the promoting and marketing process. Develop a workable week-to-week marketing plan. How will you let your potential audience know that you have written a “must read” book? Here are a few suggestions:

*Start your own BlogTalk Radio show where you can highlight parts of your book. Your radio shows can also be downloaded to your website or blog as a way to promote your book.

*Contact radio hosts and ask to speak on their show about your new book.

*Begin a blog just about writing your books – write about your writing process, why chose to write on this subject, have excerpts from chapters, etc.

*Become a guest blogger on blogs read by your target market. You can mention your book in the author box at the end of your guest blog post.

*Create YouTube videos about writing your book.

There is money to be made by self-publishing an eBook. The tech savvy population of readers purchasing eReaders is expanding rapidly and that means a potential ready-made market for your next book.

By the way, Kindle doesn’t charge you to upload your book and begin selling it on Amazon.com – they take a percentage of the sale of each book.

I recommend you start with a small book and test your wings. You never know, this could become an entire business for you or a great way to grow your hobby. I also believe that having a book in print is a powerful way to market yourself as an expert in your field. Happy writing and eBook publishing!
 
 
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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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I believe a huge part of professional success is being able to consistently grow ourselves personally as well as professionally. If we’re not growing personally, we may end up inadvertently self-sabotaging our successes.

I’m also a big believer that we should be filling our minds with a steady stream of motivating, empowering and inspiring materials. Let me ask you this – do you regularly read personal development books?

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Here’s my suggestion: Begin a book study group with members of your team or a few like-minded success oriented friends. Read via teleconference line or in person at least once a week. I know women who have daily book study groups. They are reading over the phone at 7:00 AM in morning to the women and men who have chosen to join their group. Both women will tell you that it has empowered not only their lives, but the lives the group members as well.

With that in mind, here are my 17 favorite personal development books:

1. Think and Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill

2. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen R. Covey

3. The Power of Positive Thinking – Dr. Norman Vincent Peale

4. Awaken the Giant Within – Anthony Robbins

5. Getting Things Done – Robert Allen

6. The Magic of Thinking BIG – David J. Schwartz

7. The Greatest Salesman in the World – Og Mandino

8. Developing the Leader Within You – John C. Maxwell

9. How to Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie

10. Psycho-Cybernetics – Dr. Maxwell Maltz

11. The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho

12. Johnathan Livingston Seagull – Richard Bach

13. The Traveler’s Gift – Andy Andrews

14. The One Minute Manager – Kenneth H. Blanchard

15. Secrets of the Millionaire Mind – T. Harv Eker

16. The Magic of Believing – Claude M. Bristol

17. 21 Days to Living Your Dreams – Sharon Michaels (My personal favorite!)

There are so many more great books I could add, but I’ll stop here.

I challenge you to read at least one of these books each month. Start a journal of “aha’s” to document how your business and life begins changing for the positive. I’m going to predict that reading at least one of these books each month, you’ll begin to see positive changes in your thoughts and probably even your life.
 
 
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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
 
 
 
 
 
 
Disclaimer: I am the author of the paperback and Kindle ebook and an affiliate of Amazon.com – if you purchase the book through this link, I will receive a commission.

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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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Be sure to purchase your copy of Sharon’s goal setting and achieving paperback and Kindle book, 21 Days to Living Your Dreams on Amazon.com
 
I’m Sharon Michaels and I teach you how to do business successfully. http://SharonMichaels.com
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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
 
 
 
 
 
 
Disclaimer: I am the author of the paperback and Kindle ebook and an affiliate of Amazon.com – if you purchase the book through this link, I will receive a commission.

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