There’s no doubt we all know the importance of getting a good night’s sleep. If we need reminding, here’s a great infographic highlighting the importance of sleep and what happens when we don’t get enough.

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10 Habits and Behaviors That Sabotage Your Success – March 17, 2015

Sharon’s FREE Webinar for Women in Business

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Join author and coach to women in business Sharon Michaels as she shows you how to recognize 10 self-sabotaging habits and behaviors that can have you making success a struggle. Learn how to recognize and begin eliminating these 10 destructive time wasters and energy drainers.

** If you feel like there are days you take three steps forward and two steps back, you’ll want to be on this webinar.

** If you find yourself procrastinating, you’re going to want to be on this webinar.

** If you seem to be always preparing but can’t seem to get started, you’re going to want to be on this webinar.

Register today for this March 17, 2015 “live” webinar and make sure you receive a link to replay and the follow-along worksheet.

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An important and powerful life skill is learning how to make smart decisions. You know, those decisions that take you positively forward toward your hopes, dreams and goals. Wise decision-making is a learned skill. I want to share three ways to learn and perfect those skills.

The choices you’re making today can, and probably will, have a lasting impact on the future. Even small everyday choices and decisions can produce huge results. Frederick Speakman said it best when he said, “Decisions determine destiny.”

Quote Benjamin Franklin

When it comes to making smart decisions you have choices – you can decide to either be proactive or reactive. Proactive is when you weigh your options and then take the appropriate action. Reactive on the other hand means responding to a situation and often times leaving your fate to others.

Being reactive can take away your power – being proactive can give you the ability to think things through, weigh your options and make smart decisions. Being proactive also means making quality time to sift and sort through the possibilities and logically consider the probable outcomes and consequences.

Here are three methods to consider:

The Ben Franklin Method –
Ben Franklin made it a point not give advice but he did though share a method for helping others make wise decisions.
1. Draw a line from top to bottom of a sheet of clean paper so the paper is divided into two columns. At the top of the left column write Pros – at the top of the right column write Cons.

2. Think carefully about your situation and list all the pros (positives) and cons (negatives) for your potential choices. Be sure to take into consideration not only the logical but also the emotional aspects of your decision.

3. Weight all the pros and cons. Are there one or two from each side that have equal weight? If a pro has more impact upon you emotionally, spiritually or physically than let’s say two or three con’s, then cross out three con’s. Keep weighing and crossing out pro’s and con’s until you have a clear advantage one way or another.

List Your Options –

1. Take paper and pen or computer and list all your potential options for a situation. Potentially, there are many possible actions you can take for every situation. Just begin writing all the possible options for your situation – don’t analyze them, just write.

2. After you’ve filled a page with options, begin sorting through them and choosing the ones that could potentially work best for you. Next to your choices, write a logical / emotionally reason why this option seems feasible and could work.

3. Choose the option that you believe has the highest probability of success and is the one you feel most comfortable using.

4. Listen to your intuition. You’ll often get an instinctive “gut feeling” about the right thing to do.

Brainstorming –

1. Personally, this is one of my favorite decision-making methods. I get out a large pad of paper or a poster board and begin to draw out my options.

2. The “challenge” is in the middle of the page with lines leading to potential solutions. Usually I have 5-10 potential main solutions. Each potential solution is written in a different color.

3. Then, I take each main solution and draw 5-10 lines off them to make “sub-lines or sub-solutions” of the main solutions.

4. I find this opens my mind to the possibilities and also the pros and cons. I also enjoy looking at the visual representation of the solutions, especially when each potential solution is represented by a different color.

5. Now, analyze the benefits of each option. Look at the time, money, energy and effort for each one and also the payoff each one will produce. Which option is best for your situation?

What do you think? Are you ready to make smart decisions? You’ll want to remember the quote by Frederick Speakman, “Decisions determine destiny.”

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In today’s fast-paced business world, time management is a huge factor when finding and maintaining balance as a successful woman in business. Goal setting, action plans and to-do lists all combine to help make the most of your day, but there are a few more things to consider.

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1. Valuing Your Time:
A vital part of time management is making a conscious decision not to waste time. This means that you’re NOT pursuing time-consuming activities that give you little or no benefit. It also means that in your day-to-day work situations, you aren’t going to allow phone calls, “drop-ins” and unscheduled visits interrupt your moneymaking workflow.

2. Making an Emotional and Physical Commitment:
To manage time effectively, there must be an emotional and physical commitment to controlling your time. To manage time effectively, there needs to be a conscious desire to be in charge of your time on a day-to-day basis. It also means that you value each hour in your day and choose to spend them in the most productive ways.

3. Preparing and Planning:
Nothing wastes time like lack of focus and direction. Make the time to write your goals and plan your moneymaking activities. Part of that planning means anticipating and preparing to handle delays and, allowing extra time to accommodate them. If you work with others, let them know them your goals and plans so they can schedule their time accordingly.

4. Knowing Your Work Habits:
Do you know how you spend your time? Watch for and eliminate time consuming habits that waste time and are unproductive. Remember that you control your time and don’t allow time to control you.

5. Being an Active Problem Solver:
It is far more productive to be proactive. Spending valuable time being reactive is a waste of time and energy. Being consistently proactive can be a powerful time management and success-building tool.

6. Getting the Hard Work Done First:
Eliminate procrastination. Start with the difficult work first so you can relax with the easier tasks later. Work that remains undone will emotionally drain you and slow down day-to-day progress. Procrastination is not only a time waster but also an energy drainer.

7. Reviewing Your Progress:
At the end of the day, compare what you have actually finished with what you planned to do and then ask yourself, “Did I use my time wisely?” Make a note of what worked and how you could have used your time more wisely. Good time management is all about learning from the mistakes and moving on. I remember this saying, “If you keep doing what you’re doing, you are going to keep getting what you’re getting.” The question becomes, do you like the results you are currently getting?

The key to great time management is working smart and keeping the important things important.

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Think of self-confidence as the unwavering belief you have in yourself and your ability to succeed and thrive. With self-confidence comes the ability to take risks and go for your goals. Here are seven ways I’ve found to build unwavering self-confidence:

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1. Finish what you begin. The more you complete the tasks you begin, the more confidence you are building up in yourself and your ability to succeed. Too many unfinished tasks can send negative messages to your unconscious mind – messages of disorganization or even incompetence. Break your tasks into “bite-sized” pieces and develop a workable plan of action. Nurture your self-confidence one completed task at a time.

2. Once you’ve made a decision, don’t second guess yourself. Do your research, weigh the pros and cons and then make an educated decision. Once the decision is made, don’t play the “should have” or “what if” mind games with yourself.

3. Know what you want and why you want it. Self-confidence stems from knowing clearly and concisely what you want in life. The second element is knowing “why” you want it. When you can answer those two questions with conviction and unwavering belief, you’re radiating self-confidence.

4. Choose your friends and associates carefully. I remember a quotation that goes something like this, “Flocking together creates birds of a feather.” Friends can prove to be a strong influence on your mind, body and spirit. Choose your friends with care. Friends should be empowering, encouraging and supportive.

5. Know what’s working and what’s not. If you keep doing something over and over and you keep getting negative results, stop doing it. Figure out what’s not working and either change it or end it.

6. Dream big and have a workable plan. Write your goals and stretch out of your comfort zone – then be able to back up your dreams/goals with a viable and workable step-by-step plan of action. You don’t always have to know exactly how to make your goals a reality, but you do have to have an idea of where to begin.

7. Give yourself credit for your accomplishments. Pat yourself on the back for a job well done. Give yourself credit when credit is due – don’t underestimate your talents and your abilities. It is okay to “brag on yourself,” especially to yourself.

Be conscious of nurturing your self-confidence, it will become a powerful and unstoppable success tool!

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