What You Resist, Persists

Have you ever noticed that when you focus on what you don't want, you seem to attract more of it? I call this "the downward spiral". It's usually set off by someone or something that puts us into a bad place, and then when we focus on getting out of that bad place, it just seems to get worse and worse. This usually creates a domino effect that sends us spiraling out of control towards impending doom and disaster! Ok, it's probably not THAT bad!

Here are a couple of reasons why this happens, as well as what to do about it:

Tip of the Month – Your Ideal Life

Have you ever taken the time to sit down with yourself and write down what your ideal life would look like? If not, this can be a powerful exercise. My challenge to you this month is to take some time away from the day- to-day grind, find a quiet place, and write down what your ideal life looks like. Where do you live? What do you do? Who are your friends? How do you spend your time? What is your family like? Thinking about your ideal life can put things in perspective for you. By creating an ideal vision, we create a gap from where we are now to where we would like to ideally be. Once we build this gap, we now have something to strive for. By focusing on our vision, we can grow and improve ourselves.

Tip of the Month – Upgrading Who You Are

I always tell my clients, "wherever you go, there you are". What I mean by this is that if you want to improve any area of your life, you have to start with yourself. One area that can have a huge impact with respect to who you are is who you associate with. Here are a couple of tips to upgrade this area of your life:

Tip of the Month – Become An Angel’s Advocate

Have you ever noticed when you come up with a great idea that most people like to play "devil's advocate" with you and tell you all the reasons why your idea won't be successful? Do you do this to your co- workers, teammates, or employees When I was working in corporate America, I found that this was usually the rule, not the exception. After awhile, I, like most of my coworkers, just gave up. Since management was constantly reinforcing all the reasons that we could not be successful, I finally realized that I was fighting a losing battle.

Tip of the Month – The Solution To All Your Business Problems

As a Professional Business Coach, I have literally worked with hundreds of business owners, sales people, and entrepreneurs. What I have learned from working with all these people, as well as my own personal experience and that of other coaches that I know, is that 85% of all business issues are just personal issues in disguise! Yes, that's right! 85% of all business issues are personal issues in disguise. I spend a majority of my time as a business coach working with my clients on their personal issues - the ones getting in the way of their business success. For example, if you are having problems getting things done at work, you will most likely find that these things are issues outside of work as well. I always say, "wherever you go, there you are!", meaning that you bring your issues with you wherever you go.

Tip of the Month – Effective Communications – Your Key To Saving Time

When I was working in Corporate America, I always wondered why so many people were working so many hours and not being very productive. One thing that I noticed is that people are not very effective with managing their communications. For example, I would notice that my co-workers would have a desk phone, a cell phone, a pager, a couple of e-mail accounts, and an instant messenger. When someone wanted to get a hold of them, they would simply go through each device until they got through. For example, someone would call the desk phone and leave a message, then leave a message on the cell phone, then the pager, then fire off a couple of e-mails, and finally try the instant messenger. Once they made contact, they would get their question answered, and off they would go. However, the other person would have to ferret thorugh the voice mails and e-mails, thus wasting valuable time.

You may not think this is a big deal, but when you stop to consider how many people contact you in a day, this can waste hours of time. Perhaps you are the type that is a slave to your phone, where you answer every call right when it comes in? Come on, admit it! You know who I am talking about. If this sounds like you, here are a couple of things you can do to be more effective in your communications, and save yourself hours of time everyday:

Tip of the Month – Eliminate Your Office

Are you looking for a great way to become more productive? Would you like to spend more time being proactive? Do you need to be spending more time on sales and marketing, and less time on paperwork and time wasters? If you answered yes to any of these questions, it's time to eliminate your office!