What is Fear Costing You? #choosefear

Shelagh Cummins
April 14, 2014
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Whether it’s fear of failure or fear of success – fear is likely manifesting itself somewhere in your business. Perhaps it is keeping you stuck doing the exact same thing day in, day out. Perhaps you are avoiding or procrastinating something that will help you, but is out of your comfort zone. Perhaps it is making you play small by not being proactive in your sales and marketing. Who knows – we all manifest fear in different ways – just like we all are afraid of different things. This video has changed the way some entrepreneurs are facing their week. They are choosing the fear as opposed to avoiding it. This can be a game changer – perhaps this is the week you will increase your prices, or reach out to the perfect client for you. Perhaps you will choose to grow your community filled with ideal clients or be … Continued

Overcome Potential Obstacles

Shelagh Cummins
March 17, 2014
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The Girl Scout Motto:  “Be prepared.” Before we look at HOW we’re going to get to WHERE we’re going (your vision), consider how you can be prepared for the obstacles that will come up.  Because let’s face it—bad things happen.  And while it’s unreasonable, and perhaps even just a bit neurotic, to have the backup plan for the backup plan for the backup plan, a little preparedness goes a long way when it comes to identifying potential problems along the road to success and planning ahead for them. Brainstorm potential roadblocks—some things that may throw your priorities out of alignment—along your particular path to success for this year.  You should have a clear vision of where you will be at the end of 2014.  Take a good, hard look at that picture. What things could get in the way of that happening for you?  Remember—this is not WORRYING or FRETTING.  … Continued

A Clear Vision Paves the Path To Success

Shelagh Cummins
March 11, 2014
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Tweet: You can’t get where you want to go if you don’t know where you’re going. via @ShelaghCummins http://ctt.ec/38AdY+ The saying may be old and overdone, but it’s tried and true, and a principle that’s easy to take for granted. Determine exactly where it is you want to go, so that when the rubber meets the road, you will have a clear destination in mind as you begin to navigate your roadmap to success. First things first—your vision, or that snapshot of where you want to be at the end of all of your blood, sweat and tears, depends greatly upon your priorities in life. And it is those priorities played out in your daily life that will drive you toward that end goal and ultimately success, in your relationships, family and business. Priorities vary from person to person, and can be anything from physical health, to rekindling the romance in your marriage, to making tons of money! … Continued

Powerful Decisions

Shelagh Cummins
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You know when you want something so bad you can taste it? You know when your goal seems so far and out of reach? Sometimes, the biggest step to take is simply to decide. Make the decision. It’s amazing what you are capable of when you put your mind to something. Tell me. What big decision are you making to help move you closer to your goal?

The Power of a Power Word

Shelagh Cummins
February 21, 2014
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  What’s In A Word?    So, we’re coming up on the end of February, and I’m wondering… How are those New Year’s resolutions coming along?   I know.  I know.  I can almost hear the groans… through the airwaves… as you momentarily put down that Little Debbie.  I’ve been there!  And I think we all have.  You see, it’s taken me a while to figure it out, but I’m not really much of a “resolution” girl after all, and I’d venture to guess, you’re probably not either.  After all, if we’re really honest with ourselves, just how effective is some totally blown-out-of-proportion goal that we actually stick to for oh… about two weeks?   So what’s a viable alternative to the pesky resolution that may just set you up for your most successful year yet?  It’s called the “power word.”  Yes!  There is power in a word.  And we all … Continued

What’s Hot and What’s Not at a Conference

Shelagh Cummins
June 15, 2012
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Conference season has started.  You want to be the coolest chic in the room – here’s your guide to what’s hot and what’s not at a conference. NOT – Giving a monologue about you and your product. Nobody cares. Seriously. People buy from people they know, like and trust.  If someone has just met you, they won’t be buying from you… yet. Stop talking. Get to know them. HOT – Listening and asking questions about everyone you meet. Find out who in the room can help you; who has a network that will benefit you; who will help grow your business. NOT – Giving out your business card to anyone within a 5 meter radius of you. I guarantee they will be filed in bin 13 – the garbage – because they won’t remember, they won’t have a personal connection with you and… they won’t care. HOT – Hand out … Continued

Does Your Business Fit You?

Shelagh Cummins
May 28, 2012
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3 kids in 5 years – my body has taken a beating. You know those women who pop back into shape one week after their baby is born? Yeah, that’s not me. I am 40 lbs heavier than my pre-baby weight, my entire shape has changed, I have hips – whereas I used to not have any… my body has changed. The problem is I have been trying to wear my pre-baby clothes. And they simply Do. Not. Fit. Anymore! I went and bought a couple items of clothing in a size I swore I would never wear and you know what? I feel so much better. Making that change has brought me more confidence, people have commented that I look nice… my clothes finally fit who I am today. You know, sometimes our businesses don’t fit us either. We change, we evolve, we grow – and so should your … Continued

Bring The Fun Back Into Your Business

Shelagh Cummins
April 23, 2012
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Life is too short to hate your work. Here are 3 ways to bring the fun back into your business. 1. Get outside and play The one thing about being an entrepreneur, is that you are only as far away from your work as you are far from your computer. The temptation to work around the clock is huge. Friend, you can’t work 24/7. It’s simply not sustainable. You will burn out. When you are reaching the breaking point, or are going in circles, or are struggling to get anything done, though it’s counter intuitive, one of the best things you can do is shut off your computer, get outside and play. Mike Lanza is the author of  Playborhood: Turn Your Neighborhood Into a Place for Play, he also blogs at  Playborhood.com. His whole mantra is the power of free play – how it helps to shape the minds of younger generations. I … Continued

Know When To Hold ‘Em, Know When To Fold ‘Em In Your Biz

Shelagh Cummins
April 9, 2012
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… He said, “If you’re gonna play the game, boy You gotta learn to play it right You’ve got to know when to hold ‘em Know when to fold ‘em Know when to walk away Know when to run You never count your money When you’re sittin’ at the table There’ll be time enough for countin’ When the dealin’s done Now every gambler knows the secret to survivin’ Is knowin’ what to throw away And knowin’ what to keep ‘Cause every hand’s a winner And every hand’s a loser… – Kenny Rogers  You have a choice when the cards are against you.  You have a choice when things aren’t going well in your business. You have a choice when a slump hits – you can either play your cards differently or you can fold. Let’s get the elephant out of the room – there are times you need to close … Continued

How To Stand Above Your Competition

Shelagh Cummins
April 2, 2012
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Imagine if there was only one jean brand on the planet? One label, one cut, one wash… they would look great on some of us, and be quite unflattering on others. The beauty of living in our free world is our right to choose.  We are fortunate that we have the right to choose in our country – we can choose basic things like what we eat, where we live, who our friends are, and … what we buy.  It is astonishing in this day and age that there are some people who still don’t have that right.  If we are going to have choice, then there is going to be competition.  That’s just the way it is. It’s time to embrace our freedom of choice and, as business owners – use competition to our advantage. The wise learn many things from their enemies. – Aristophanes I enjoyed an insightful … Continued