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It’s 2017!

According to the Chinese New Year, 2017 is the Year of the Red Fire Rooster. This is the year when you will need to work hard and be patient in order to achieve your goals.

Working hard isn’t an issue for me, patience may be more of a challenge.
awesome goal 2017
 
As I look back on 2016 I’m a little disappointed with the progress I made. I realize I have a tendency be hard on myself, but I expected more from the effort I put in during the past twelve months.

I thought long and hard about all of this, analyzed the past year’s business ups and downs with my husband, looked back month-by-month at everything I did during 2016 to work the business and came to one realistic conclusion:
 
I need to laser-beam focus my energy on why I began my business twenty-five years ago – I need to go back to basics. My mission has always been to show women how to end self-sabotaging behaviors and give ourselves permission to succeed and enjoy success.

Well then, I’d better start walking my talk! Stop wallowing in what’s not working and start duplicating and expanding what is working.

Here’s what I’ve decided do personally and professionally and how I broke it into bite-sized pieces. This may be something you’ll want to consider doing also.

1. I am going to focus on making sure my thoughts, words and actions are positive at all times.

2. I am going to become more diligent about setting my personal and professional monthly goals.

3. I am going to break my monthly goals into reasonable and workable weekly and daily tasks that I can and will be motivated to achieve.

4. I am going to have a positive monthly theme for all my blog posts, Facebook posts and other social media venues. Those themes will keep me organized and on track for achieving my monthly, weekly and daily goals.

5. I am going to use my time very wisely. I’ll be doing more of what is producing positive results and stop doing those things that zap my energy and aren’t getting me the results I want.

My 2017 is going to be laser-beam focused on empowering women to greater personal and professional success. My positive themes, books and classes will center on showing women how to:

Personally – Create consistent positive self-talk, focus on enhancing natural skills and talents and giving yourself permission to succeed and enjoy life.

Professionally – Gain the day-to-day skills to enhance self-confidence and self-esteem in your profession, eliminate self-doubt and believe in yourself enough to go for and achieve your “awesome” 2017 goals.

  • Who is going to join me in this journey?
  • Who is willing to look long and hard at the past year and plan for the New Year?
  • Who is willing to write and believe in their “awesome” goals for 2017?

Please take a minute and share your thoughts about the coming year. Any New Year’s tips you’d like to share with us?

Here’s to your happy, healthy and prosperous 2017!!!

 
 
 
 
Sharon Michaels
Author, blogger and success teacher
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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Entrepreneurial Women Radio icon Join coach and author of 21 Days to Living Your Dreams Sharon Michaels as she shares success strategies and tips for setting and achieving your goals during the coming year. Get pen and paper ready because you’re going to want to write down the five simple basics of goal setting and achieving. Sharon shows you how to do business successfully!

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I’m a collector of quotes, success tips and how-to’s for succeeding in life and business. I recently started cleaning out my file cabinets and found a whole folder filled with “goodies.”

Leadership poster motivation
 
Here’s some of what I found – maybe you can use a few in a newsletter or on social media:
 
 
1. According to a survey by Sam Houston State University, in a work environment you’re more likely to get a favor if you ask via sticky note. Attention grabbing memos made the message more personal.
 
 
 
2. Don’t send a proposal to a client, instead record yourself presenting the proposal. It’s a chance to personalize the message, walk them through each step and ask for the sale in your own voice.

3. “Human beings always act and feel and perform in accordance with what they imagine to be true about themselves and their environment.” Maxwell Maltz, author of Psycho-Cybernetics

4. Is it time to look at your financial plan for the future? Here are the areas to be addressed:
a. Estate Planning
b. Tax Planning
c. Insurance Planning
d. Retirement Planning
e. Budgeting and Cash Flow
f. Asset Allocation
g. Long-Term Savings
h. Short-Term Savings
i. Investment Goals
j. Emergency Funds

5. This is the perfect time to refresh some of your business “why’s,” “who’s” and “what’s”?

  • Why are you in business?
  • Why did you start your business?
  • Who are your customers?
  • What value do you bring to your customers?
  • What is the #1 benefit your product or service provides for your customer?

6. According to the survey Project: Time Off, four-in-ten workers are leaving vacation time unused. These employees understand the consequences of not taking time off has on their spouse/significant other, children and themselves. Yet, they feel it is not easy to take time off.

7. Recent research found 48% of Americans say they don’t get enough sleep each night.

8. “Concentrate on what you are doing right, not on what you are doing wrong.”
Sharon Michaels, author How To Give Your the POWER to Succeed

9. Are you creating valuable blog posts? Ask yourself these questions:
* What action will my reader want to take after they’ve read my post?
* Does my post shed light on or solve a problem my readers may be having?
* Am I using visuals or stories to illustrate my points?
* Have I eliminated “fluff”?
* Is there a call to action at the end I would like my readers to take?

10. Regularly keep in touch with your customers. Make care calls, send how-to and did-you-know emails and invite them to special events. Come from a place of service when dealing with customers and not from having to make a sale.

Do you have a “this or that” to share with us?
Please, leave us a comment, we’d love to hear from you.
 
 
 
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A couple of posts about the jolly man in the red suit…

Time Management Lessons From Santa Claus

santa clausIsn’t it amazing how much Santa Claus gets done in one evening? Think about it, he delivers presents to boys and girls all over the world in just one night. There are definitely some valuable time management lessons we can learn from this jolly, and obviously well organized, man in the red suit.

Time Management Lessons from Santa Claus
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
santa dadThe Real Santa Dad

I have a personal story about serendipity, Santa Claus and my dad. I’ll tell it through the eyes of my husband and myself. Everything we are going to share is true – believe me, you cannot make something like this up. (The story is a little long but worth reading and seeing the picture at the end.)

The Real Santa Dad
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Be sure to purchase your copy of Sharon’s newest empowering paperback and Kindle book, How To Give Your the POWER to Succeed on Amazon.com – Recognizing the things you’re doing that may be keeping you from the things you want.
 
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Even in this electronic social media age, it is important that we make time to meet new people person-to-person and face-to-face.

I’ve been working with women in business for over twenty-five years and if there is one good piece of information I could give you, it would be: If you want to grow your business you have to get up, get out and grow your sphere of influence.

business peopleWe’ve all heard it said hundreds of times: Potential customers/clients and business associates want to know you, like you and trust you before they commit to doing business with you.

Is it a part of your business plan to regularly attend networking events? I’m talking about the events where you’ll be mingling and meeting like-minded success-oriented entrepreneurs. Networking and learning from business owners who want to grow, succeed and thrive just the way you do, is a valuable use of your time.

 
Is it part of your marketing plan to regularly network with your target market? This means picking and choosing the right events that will place you at the same venues attended by your target market. These networking opportunities can mean attending meetings and mixers or planning speaking engagements or exhibiting your products at shows and conventions.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big believer in Twitter and Facebook but I also believe that sitting in front of your computer for hours and hours won’t and can’t take the place of talking face-to-face with a potential client or customer. Your successful business and marketing plan should have a powerful combination of person-to-person “live” interaction and social media time.

Here’s my advice:

1. Balance your time carefully. Pick and choose your networking events with an eye on your target market. Your valuable moneymaking time and effort should be spent meeting your target market so you can better serve your market. I use this rule of thumb: How many ways will I, my business or target market benefit from my attending this function or event? If the benefits are great enough to out weigh the time it takes to get ready and travel, then I happily attend.

2. Plan your social media marketing carefully. Literally plan out social media time. It’s easy to get caught up in answering emails, posting blogs, tweeting and writing on your Facebook wall but is it growing your business? Are you charting the results of your social media campaigns? Bottom line: If it’s not producing business, getting your name out to your target market or making money then it may not be the best use of your time.

The connections you make by face-to-face networking can prove invaluable both personally and professionally. The most successful businesses use word of mouth referrals as a foundation for continued success. The best referrals come from established relationships that are built upon trust and mutual respect – the type of relationships you build over coffee or sitting next to one another at a networking function.

In my opinion, the best business relationships are still built face-to-face.
 
 
 
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Sharon Michaels

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