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There are three questions you’ll want to ask yourself if you’re thinking of starting a home-based business, telecommuting or spending more time working in your home office. Working from home takes planning and skill.

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1. Do you work well alone? One thing I’ve learned working from home is that you spend many hours alone. Even if you have family in the house, you’ll be spending time working by yourself.

It can get lonesome without coworkers to talk with or with whom to discuss ideas. It is important that you are comfortable spending hours by yourself. Even if you’re comfortable working alone, I suggest joining networking groups or participating in a mastermind group of like-minded entrepreneurs to exchange ideas and interact.

2. Do you manage your time wisely? It is easy to lose track of time or waste time when you’re working from home. There is the luxury of flexibility working from home in fact, you can even work in your slippers if you choose. With that flexibility comes the tendency not to use time wisely. Sometimes, there’s almost too much flexibility.

It is just as important to have a well thought out work schedule when working from home as it does with any job. Planning out the workday is a must! It is important to set goals, write out a to-do list and have well thought out moneymaking activities.

3. Are you easily distracted? There are many distractions working from home. There can be the family, telephone interruptions, television, computer games or finishing the laundry. It takes an almost laser-beam like focus to work effectively while life goes on around the house.

I’ve learned a few tricks to block out the distractions: (1) I plug in earphones and listen to music; (2) A few mornings a week, I get up early to work a couple of hours while the family is asleep and then take a nap during the day; (3) I set up a sign with a big $ (dollar sign) on the edge of my desk that means, “I’m making money, please do not disturb.” Those are a few suggestions, but you’ll want to find what works for you and your household.

Working from home is wonderful. The downside for many work at home entrepreneurs can be the discipline it takes to work alone, manage time wisely and eliminate distractions. I know if you want to work from home successfully, you’ll find a way to fine-tune your laser-beam entrepreneurial focus.

Here is a link to my YouTube video of this blog post: https://youtu.be/NDfGyNIB8ZY

Please, share your thoughts and comments with us. We’d love to hear from you.
 

 
 
 
 
Sharon Michaels
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Owner of WomenWhoWantToSuccessfullyWorkForThemselves.com
 
 
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I’ve posted this before on an older blog of mine and wanted to share with you again.

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A few years back my friend Barbara emailed me this story. I was impressed by the message because it is one we can all learn and remember – don’t wait to achieve your life’s goal tomorrow, begin today. All our great successes begin one small step at a time.
 
This story has been around for a few years but I wanted to share:

Several times my daughter had telephoned to say, “Mother, you must come
to see the daffodils before they are over.” I wanted to go, but it was a two-hour drive from Laguna to Lake Arrowhead “I will come next Tuesday”, I promised a little reluctantly on her third call.

Next Tuesday dawned cold and rainy. Still, I had promised, and reluctantly I drove there. When I finally walked into Carolyn’s house I was welcomed by the joyful sounds of happy children. I delightedly hugged and greeted my grandchildren.

“Forget the daffodils, Carolyn! The road is invisible in these clouds and fog, and there is nothing in the world except you and these children that I want to see badly enough to drive another inch!”

My daughter smiled calmly and said, “We drive in this all the time, Mother.” “Well, you won’t get me back on the road until it clears, and then I’m heading for home!” I assured her.

“But first we’re going to see the daffodils. It’s just a few blocks,” Carolyn said. “I’ll drive. I’m used to this.”

“Carolyn,” I said sternly, “please turn around.” “It’s all right, Mother, I promise. You will never forgive yourself if you miss this experience.”

After about twenty minutes, we turned onto a small gravel road and I saw a small church. On the far side of the church, I saw a hand lettered sign with an arrow that read, “Daffodil Garden.” We got out of the car, each took a child’s hand, and I followed Carolyn down the path. Then, as we turned a corner, I looked up and gasped. Before me lay the most glorious sight.

It looked as though someone had taken a great vat of gold and poured it over the mountain peak and its surrounding slopes. The flowers were planted in majestic, swirling patterns, great ribbons and swaths of deep orange, creamy white, lemon yellow, salmon pink, and saffron and butter yellow. Each different-colored variety was planted in large groups so that it swirled and flowed like its own river with its own unique hue. There were five acres of flowers.

“Who did this?” I asked Carolyn. “Just one woman,” Carolyn answered. “She lives on the property. That’s her home.” Carolyn pointed to a well-kept A-frame house, small and modestly sitting in the midst of all that glory. We walked up to the house.

On the patio, we saw a poster. “Answers to the Questions I Know You Are Asking”, was the headline. The first answer was a simple one. “50,000 bulbs,” it read. The second answer was, “One at a time, by one woman. Two hands, two feet, and one brain.” The third answer was, “Began in 1958.”

For me, that moment was a life-changing experience. I thought of this woman whom I had never met, who, more than forty years before, had begun, one bulb at a time, to bring her vision of beauty and joy to an obscure mountaintop. Planting one bulb at a time, year after year, this unknown woman had forever changed the world in which she lived. One day at a time, she had created something of extraordinary magnificence, beauty, and inspiration. The principle her daffodil garden taught is one of the
greatest principles of celebration.

That is, learning to move toward our goals and desires one step at a time–often just one baby-step at time–and learning to love the doing, learning to use the accumulation of time. When we multiply tiny pieces of time with small increments of daily effort, we too will find we can accomplish magnificent things. We can change the world …

“It makes me sad in a way,” I admitted to Carolyn. “What might I have accomplished if I had thought of a wonderful goal thirty-five or forty years ago and had worked away at it ‘one bulb at a time’ through all those years? Just think what I might have been able to achieve!”

My daughter summed up the message of the day in her usual direct way. “Start tomorrow,” she said.

She was right. It’s so pointless to think of the lost hours of yesterdays. The way to make learning a lesson of celebration instead of a cause for regret is to only ask, “How can I put this to use today?”

Use the Daffodil Principle. Stop waiting…..

Until your car or home is paid off
Until you get a new car or home
Until your kids leave the house
Until you go back to school
Until you finish school
Until you clean the house
Until you organize the garage
Until you clean off your desk
Until you lose 10 lbs.
Until you gain 10 lbs.
Until you get married
Until you get a divorce
Until you have kids
Until the kids go to school
Until you retire
Until summer
Until spring
Until winter
Until fall
Until you die…

Don’t be afraid that your life will end, be afraid that it will never begin.

Please take a minute and share your thoughts with us.


 
 
 
 
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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Here is a prosperity fact: What you’re saying to yourself day-to-day about having and enjoying money is either programming your mind toward or away from abundance and wealth.

In other words, you can’t afford to say you can’t afford it.

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* By saying something as simple as “I can’t afford it,” you’re literally programming yourself to be broke. Why? Because you mind believes as fact whatever you repeat to yourself.

* How could something as simple as “I can’t afford it” make me broke? By saying and believing negative things about your finances, you’re programming yourself to live in and accept “lack.”
 
 
 
 
Here’s how it works:

Your mind is a fabulous machine that remembers absolutely everything you say, see, experience and feel emotionally. Everything is stored deep in your mind/memory just waiting for a time to be retrieved and used. And, your mind does not know the difference between fact and fiction. Whatever you tell yourself goes into memory as truth, with no questions asked.

Are you making money a struggle? Take a few minutes and list all the things you believe about money and your ability to enjoy abundance and wealth. Ask yourself, “When I think about money this is how I see myself living my life…”

What came to mind about money, abundance and wealth? Are the words written down mostly positive or negative? Are you optimistic about your financial future?

You can begin changing some of the negatives programmed into your mind with sentences called affirmations. Affirmations are short, present tense positive statements. Affirmations can be used to help change negative beliefs into more positive ones.

To be most effective your affirmations should be positive, personalized, easy to understand and remember, and form vivid pictures of prosperity in your mind.

Here are a few examples:
1. Money is constantly flowing into my life.
2. I use my money for my own good and for the good of others.
3. My mind is filled with many creative and prosperous ideas.
4. My financial worth increases daily!
5. I hold the keys to my abundance and wealth.

I’ve said it before; abundance and wealth are as much a state of mind as a dollar amount. Affirmations help prepare your mind and belief system for prosperity.

It’s important to say your affirmations seven to ten times each day for at least twenty-one to thirty days. Changing old habits and thought patterns can take that long or even longer. It’s important not to give up and to be patient with yourself.

How about writing some of your own prosperity affirmations:
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The future is limitless, no matter the economy, when you believe in your ability and right to be abundant and wealthy.

Please, share your thoughts and comments with us. We’d love to hear from you.
 

 
 
 
 
Sharon Michaels
Author – Blogger – Coach to Women Entrepreneurs
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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We have a guest blog post from Marilyn Sarno, Independent Consultant Apriori Beauty.

I will admit that since I was little in the 1950’s my hair was an issue.

The issue is that I was born with very straight hair in the days when curly was the fashion. I remember fussing and fretting at a young age that my hair was straight. My perception was that I looked like a little witch and even more so with a hat. Hats for adults and young ladies were fashion. I dreaded the Sunday church-going hat on my very straight hair that seemed to just stick straight out from under my hat. I was one of seven children; four sisters and two brothers.

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All my sisters had straight hair except my youngest sister Liz who was born with the most fabulous soft curly hair that crowned her sweet face. In reviewing my younger days I unconsciously made friends with girls that all had curly hair! I was shocked and surprised to discover they hated their curly hair and wanted straight hair!

My mother tried to compensate by spending hours giving each of her 3-straight haired daughters a Toni perm. One month later there was no trace of a perm in my hair! I finally tasted victory with the dawn of the sixties (when I was a teen) Straight hair reigned and I was ecstatic. My curly-haired girlfriends were ironing their hair on ironing boards or twirling their hair on 3 inch diameter rollers and sleeping on those monsters through the night. What we all won’t do for beauty and fashion. Post 1960’s – 70’s we entered the age of stack perms, blow-dry styles and curling irons. The consequences of excess heat, shampooing and chemicals on our hair are damaging.

Did you know that skin includes hair and nails? Hair contains keratin, a durable protein that makes hair cells more rigid than cells in our skin. Each hair stems from a hair follicle and there are about 80,000 to 120,000 hair follicles on our heads.

The most important intrinsic factor to the health and beauty of our hair is optimum nutrition which is adequate vitamins, minerals and macro-nutrients especially protein. Remember keratin is a protein. Causes of hair loss could be from hormonal changes, pregnancy, surgery, illness, high fever, stress, poor nutrition, chemo, radiation and certain medications.

Extrinsic factors that can damage your hair leading to brittle, dry, and oily hair are: straighteners, hot combs and rollers, curling irons, too many permanents, hair dyes, and hot blow drying. Excessive use of any of these treatments can strip the hair of natural and protective oils leading to breakage of hair and split ends.

My tips for healthy and beautiful hair are:

      * Use a natural, chemical free shampoo and conditioner
      * A shampoo ph between 4.5 – 5.5
      * Make sure to rinse well of all soapy residue- ‘squeaky clean’
      * Towel dry hair to damp
      * Use cool – moderate warm blow dryer
      * Avoid conditioner or body building shampoos for oily/fine, limp hair – it will weigh hair down
      * A great hairstyle that flatters your hair type (curly/straight) and easy to maintain.

You are all set and here is to beautiful hair every day of the week!
 
 
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How about making some time this month to invest in yourself and your financial potential? Believing in your financial decision-making skills equals healthy self-esteem and healthy self-esteem equals the willingness to invest in one of your most valuable assets – a belief in your ability to create an abundant and wealthy life.

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Investing in your financial self-esteem means:
* Learning more about personal finance, investing and wealth
* Believing in your financial ability and going for your goals
* Having a positive outlook that keeps you going forward
* Expanding your financial comfort zone
* Trusting in yourself and your financial abilities

Food for thought: Healthy self-esteem enables you to thrive in life, not just survive!

Healthy self-esteem allows you the emotional self-confidence to go for your financial goals and dreams. Investing in your financial self-esteem is about spending the time, energy and money to go forward, toward your financial goals with less doubt and indecision.

Let’s take a closer look at how you can enhance both your self-esteem and financial potential.

1. Read any good books lately? Feeling prepared and competent can be a big boost to your self-esteem. If you want to become more proactive with your financial life, it’s time to invest in your financial education.

Can you name the last personal finance or investment book you’ve read?

If you can, congratulations! If you can’t remember, then it’s been too long. Investing in yourself is about believing you deserve a prosperous, abundant and wealthy future. It’s about investing in your ability to go financially forward in positive, powerful ways.

How about making a plan to read at least one new financial self-development book every couple of months? If you truly want to invest in yourself, you’ll begin your own financial library. Surround yourself with the best of the best financial knowledge and expertise.

2. Attend any good classes lately? If you want to learn more about securing your financial future, it’s probably a good idea to learn from the experts. Someone who has been there, done that and made it happen.

Community colleges generally offer classes taught by professionals in the field, school districts offer community education classes and many small business organizations have retired professionals who will gladly share their expertise. If you’re serious about learning, you can find a class.

Your financial self-esteem will be greatly enhanced by knowing you have the knowledge to make financially wise decisions and well thought out choices.

3. Have you networked with any positive financially like-minded people lately? We can learn so much from one another. Have you thought about joining a local investment or “cash flow” club?

I’ve found that being with positive like-minded people seems to raise the bar for me. I want to aim higher and work harder. I also found that I’m more accountable and focused.

I’ll share this quote by Alton Barbour with you, “Flocking together creates birds of a feather.” Who have you been “flocking” with lately? Do they raise the bar for you personally, professionally and financially?

Our internal self-esteem barometer is more often then not based on how competent we believe we are in the important areas of our life. The more competent you feel financially, the more willing you are to invest in your financial future.

Here’s to your healthy financial self-esteem!

Please, share your thoughts and comments with us. We’d love to hear from you.
 

 
 
 
 
Sharon Michaels
Author – Blogger – Coach to Women Entrepreneurs
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.
 
 
© Copyright 2008-2017 SharonMichaels.com – All Rights Reserved
 
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Be sure to purchase your copy of my Kindle ebook, How to Create the Mindset of Prosperity and Wealth available on Amazon.com
 
 
 
 
I’m Sharon Michaels and I teach you how to do business successfully. http://SharonMichaels.com

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