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Good Morning!
I Have Been Thinking
Surround yourself with success.

You are a direct reflection of the people you surround
yourself with, so surround yourself with smart, successful
people.

I only hired those that I felt were better or had the
potential to be a better leader than I was. By surrounding
myself with great people, my standards were raised.

Surround yourself with lesser people, and you lower your
standards.

When I was younger, my best friend’s father, a very successful
man, gave my best friend and I the following advice:

“I want you to hang out with the smart kids. Because
when you hang out with smart kids, you tend to act smart. If
you hang out with dumb kids, you tend to do dumb things.”

Much later I heard, “decide what you want to be, then act as you already are.” I also heard, “fake it till you make it.” Which is a far cry from the previous statement. We can truly be that person inside us that we should be.

There is another statement I would like you to think about… “Our greatest fear is not that we will fail but that we have it within us the ability to succeed.”

Opportunity is never lost
It goes To Those Ready to Accept It!

Carolyn

Start every day with a smile Ice Breakers
Listen

Grace says: Barb’s granddaughter is in kindergarten.
There was a boy in her class that wasn’t listening to the teacher.

The teacher said to him, “Since you don’t want to listen, you sit at that table by yourself.”

After a few minutes, Barb’s granddaughter raised her hand and said, “I don’t want to listen either. Can I sit with him?”

Thought for Today:
“Shall we make a new rule of life from tonight: always try to be a little kinder than is necessary?”
– James Matthew Barrie
Author of Peter Pan

Tips and Techniques

Who do you surround yourself with? Do they help to keep you motivated? Do they help to keep you intellectually stimulated?

Happy designing!

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Good Morning!
I Have Been Thinking
My goal is to transform you into a successful person. I want you to have free time to spend with your family. I want you to have a lot of money so that you can live debt free and rid yourself of the stress of not having enough money. I want you to succeed so that you may start enjoying life and spend your time and money the way you choose to spend it.

Success Habit #4

Model successful people or successful businesses to
attain similar results. By modeling successful people or businesses, you can accelerate your success by avoiding the mistakes made by the people or businesses that failed. For example, if you model
the most successful stockbroker or fund manager and invest in the same companies he invests in and sell when he sells, you would experience similar results. If you want to have the physique of a body builder, all you would have to do is model what the body builder does to get the results you desire. Eat the same foods, work out the same number of hours with the same level of intensity, sleep the same hours, and over time, you will have the physique of a bodybuilder.

If you would like to model my success, that’s easy because I am providing you with the Habits of Highly Successful Webmasters, and the “secrets” to succeed.

I can’t promise you that it will be easy. It wasn’t for me and it isn’t for most people. There is a learning curve but if you want to learn we can help you.

Opportunity is never lost
It goes To Those Ready to Accept It!

Carolyn

Ice Breakers
Skydiver

A new skydiver and his instructor were high in the air
when the student was getting ready to jump. Just
before he was ready to leap his teacher gave him some
final instructions.

“Listen carefully! You jump…count to 3…and pull your
rip cord! If that doesn’t work, pull the cord on your
reserve chute! There will be a truck down there to pick
you up!”

The new skydiver took a deep breath and plunged into
the open air. After free falling he counted to 3 and pulled
his ripcord. Nothing happened. He pulled the cord on his
reserve chute, and nothing happened. Totally disgusted,
the skydiver said…

“DARN! I’ll bet that truck’s not down there either!”

Thought for Today:
“When faced with a challenge, look for a way, not a way out.”
– David L. Weatherford

Tips and Techniques

Modeling isn’t all that hard to do. You can put yourself into the persona of anyone you know well. Close your eyes, sit back and relax then ask yourself “what would ____do?” The better you know that person, the easier it will be to get the answer.

Happy designing!

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What Can You Control

Good Morning!
I Have Been Thinking

Concentrate on your circle of influence, not on your circle of concern. Everyone has a circle of influence, and a circle of concern.

In my circle of influence are things that I have influence
over, such as:
– my attitude
– ethics
– how I treat my family
– my health
– how I react to good and bad news
– how I spend my time
– whether or not I plan my day
– how much money I invest in the stock market

In my circle of concern are things that I am concerned about, but have no influence over, such as:
– the weather
– earthquakes
– volcanoes erupting
– the stock market

Too many people concentrate on things they have no influence over. Do you?

How do you know if something is within your circle of influence or circle of concern?

If what you say or do will change the outcome, then it is within your circle of influence.

When my husband passed away and later when I retired from the hospital I knew I needed to change something. My position was no longer within my circle of influence and had moved to my circle of concern.

Because I knew that in order to succeed I had to concentrate on my circle of influence, I was able to successfully launch multiple internet businesses and am now in a position to help you succeed.

Opportunity is never lost
It goes To Those Ready to Accept It!

Carolyn

Ice Breakers
Village Drugstore

The proprietor of a small village drugstore was called out one sleepy summer morning, leaving the establishment temporarily under the sole management of a very young, and very uneducated, clerk.

“Just answer the phone if it rings, Jim,” instructed the proprietor.

The phone rang.

“Hello,” said the clerk.

“Do you have streptomycin and aureomycin?” asked a voice at the other end.

The clerk scratched his head, then said, “Ma’am, when I said ‘Hello’ I told you everything I know!”

Thought for Today:

Even the things you cannot imagine are possible.
– Eloise V. Gary

Tips and Techniques

Take the list above, at the end of each day for the next 30 days ask yourself – How well did I …? It can make a great change in your life.

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Good Morning!
I Have Been Thinking

Habit #3 – Set deadlines and block out time for your tasks and goals. If you don’t make the time to do a thing it will never happen

There are only 24 hours in a day, and of those 24 hours, only
so many hours can be used to work. How do you use your time?

This is how I use my time:

8 hours – sleep
1 hour – wake up & exercise
1 hour – shower, get dressed, have breakfast
30 minutes – lunch
1 hour – dinner
5 hours – quality time with family

TOTAL = 16.5 HOURS

This leaves me 7 hours to accomplish my tasks for the day.
(Less if I have appointments or have plans to go out with
friends in the evening.) People working a full time job have to factor in 8 hours of work and commuting time as well.

For each task I have to accomplish, I block out the
appropriate amount of time to accomplish that task and don’t
allow for any! interruptions. If I only have enough work time to accomplish 5 tasks, then so be it… that is all the tasks I will schedule for the day. I just make sure that I
accomplish those tasks in the time allotted. When I say
“don’t allow for interruptions” I mean it! Tell anyone that
calls that you are in a meeting and will return their call
later. They don’t need to know that you are in a “meeting”
with yourself. Block out time to make your phone calls and
answer your email.

Most people get “caught up” answering phone calls, answering emails, or dealing with unscheduled events, then find that they don’t have the time to accomplish their scheduled tasks. If you have to use an egg timer on calls or emails – do it.

Opportunity is never lost
It goes To Those Ready to Accept It!

Carolyn

Ice Breakers
Remember

Madison, 6, and her grandmother were watching an episode of her favorite TV show. The show featured a girl, about 11 years old, who went to the movies with a boy.

Madison’s grandmother told her that 11 is too young to start dating.

Madison said, “I’m not going to date until I’m 18.”

Her grandmother said, “Be sure and remember that when you get into your teens.”

The 6-year-old replied, “Oh, Gramma, I will remember. You know I’M not the one with short-term memory loss!”

Thought for Today:
Dreams are…illustrations from the book your soul is
writing about you. – Marsha Norman

Tips and Techniques

Who, what, where is your circle of influence? In knowing this and being responsible for it, you will leave behind a legacy.

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Good Morning!
I Have Been Thinking

Know the difference between a task list and a goal list.
Knowing the difference will prevent you from overloading yourself and getting frustrated or giving up. A goal is made up of multiple tasks that must be completed in order to accomplish the goal.

Before I fully understood the difference, I would create daily task lists, but would list goals down on my task list, instead of tasks. At the end of the day, I would be able to check off one item from my list and would get frustrated for not being able to accomplish all of the items on my list. I finally realized that the items on my list were not tasks, but actually goals that were made up of multiple tasks that needed to be completed before I could check off the item on my list.

So even though my list only had 5 items (goals) to complete, 50 tasks would have to be completed before all ite! ms could be checked off. This explained why I could never complete my daily task lists! Once I understood the difference between goals and tasks, I was able to better plan my day and not overload my schedule. This resulted in a more positive attitude and increased productivity. After all, you can only complete so much work in a given day.

To plan your day, week, month, and life, I suggest that you
use an electronic planner such as a palm pilot or a handheld pc. Phones these days are even made to synchronize with your pc. Why? Because the information can be synchronized easily with your computer, and that means that you can take your information with you everywhere you go.

Opportunity is never lost
It goes To Those Ready to Accept It!

Carolyn

Ice Breakers
Nail Biting

Two elderly women were having a conversation.
“I do wish that husband of mine would stop biting
his nails. It’s a nasty habit that just gives me the
shivers every time he does it.”
“You know,” says the other woman, “my George
used to do the same thing, but I broke him of the
habit.”
“Oh, I’d love to know how.”
“I hid his teeth.”

Thought for Today:

I try to avoid looking forward or backward, and try to keep looking upward. – Charlotte Bronte

Tips and Techniques

Take a goal you have, any goal. Break it down into its doable steps. Now get just one of those steps onto your action plan and done today.

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Good Morning!
I Have Been Thinking

Success Habits

Habit #1 – Plan your life.

When a couple decides to get married, they plan their wedding.
When you go on vacation, you plan your trip. So if you take the time to plan such “important” events in your life, why would you live your life day to day without a plan for
success?

Here’s one for you:

Let’s say you and I both decided to drive to Florida from
Chicago. I plan my trip, get a map and map out my route to Florida. However you don’t believe in making plans. If we both leave at the same time, I would get to Florida (the end goal) before you would. You would eventually get there by driving southeast (the general direction to Florida from Chicago), however you would make wrong turns (mistakes) along the way, get frustrated, and waste time and money.

This example holds true for those that plan for success, and those that don’t plan but know they would like to b! ecome successful “some day”.

Take 15 minutes each night to plan out your tasks and goals for the next day.

Opportunity is never lost
It goes To Those Ready to Accept It!

Carolyn

Ice Breakers
What is a Grandparent?
(taken from papers written by a class of 8-year-olds)

*Grandparents are a lady and a man who have no
little children of her own. They like other people’s.
*A grandfather is a man grandmother.
*Grandparents don’t have to do anything except be
there when we come to see them. They are so old
they shouldn’t play hard or run. It is good if they
drive us to the store and have lots of q! uarters for us. *When they take us for walks, they slow down past
things like pretty leaves and caterpillars.
*They show us and talk to us about the color of the
flowers and also Why we shouldn’t step on “cracks.” *They don’t say, “Hurry up.”
*Usually grandmothers are fat, but not too fat to tie
your shoes.
*They wear glasses and funny underwear.
*They can take their teeth and gums out.
*Grandparents don’t have to be smart.
*They have to answer questions like “why isn’t God
married?” and “How come dogs chase cats?”.
*When they read to us, they don’t skip. They don’t mind
if we ask for the same story over again.
*Everybody should try to have a grandmother, especially
if you don’t have television, because they are the only
grown ups who like to spend time with us.
*They know we should have snack-time before bedtime
and they! say prayers with us every time, and kiss us
e! ven when we’ve acted bad.

A 6 year old was asked where his Grandma lived.
”Oh,” he said, ”she lives at the airport, and when we
want her, we just go get her. Then when we’re done
having her visit, we take her back to the airport.”

Thought for Today:
“A pessimist is someone who complains about
the noise when opportunity knocks.”

– Michael Levine

Tips and Techniques

Do you have a daily planner where you post your todo’s for the day? If not that is a must. EasyNoter is my favorite application to use for this daily activity. You can find a free version at http://www.artplus.hr

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Good Morning!
I Have Been Thinking

It is not surprising that for almost every subject or topic you can think of today, somewhere online you will be able to find a source of information to guide you.

Think of a promising business opportunity and there is no doubt that someone will have already cornered the market somewhere.

Coming up with an original idea, something a little different from the rest, is not easy, and if you do eventually make a start, the competition is guaranteed to be tough.

So why not take a look closer to home, at your home town itself.

Depending on the size of your home town you may possibly have thousands of potential customers eager for a product that you could place in front of them – something guaranteed to make them want to purchase it, and with no competition to be concerned about. I have discovered such a product, something that few people associated with my home town can resist. The best thing is that they are willing to come back month after month for the same product. In fact, when I think about it, those people, my potential customers, actually give me something that they are willing to purchase back from me!

So what’s all this about? What is it that local people find so irresistable? A community magazine of course.

Now before you head off to the next offer, stop for a minute and give it a little thought! . What exactly are we talking about? What exactly is a community magazine?

Do not mistake what I am telling you with some of the other community magazine ideas available on the internet, which entail you publish a free booklet full of local business advertisements to be distributed freely around your local neighborhood. The magazines I am talking about here, have served me well for over two and a half years and provide factual information and interest that are not available in such format anywhere else. This is not a plan that is going to cost you thousands of pounds simply to purchase the idea or franchise – in fact if you follow what I did to the letter, you could establish your own community magazine without any investment whatsoever. I did it without any capital or previous experience and I now distribute almost 3,000 commercially printed magazines around my home town every single month. I give people what they want. There is no hard selling involved because the magazines, by their very nature, sell themselves.

Take a look on the internet and search for something connected with publishing a community magazine and I believe you will discover that this opportunity is one of the few that is yet to be exploited. That will change no doubt, but by that time you will have already taken control of your own area – won’t you?

About The Author: Michael Norfolk publishes The Digest
magazines http://www.thedigest.co.uk two local community magazines full of local interest. You can read about how he began publishing magazines at his web site
http://www.magazine-publishing.co.uk

Opportunity is never lost
It goes To Those Ready to Accept It!

Carolyn

Ice Breakers
Giggles

Crystal, our 5-year-old daughter, recently met an Amish girl her age. Within a few minutes they were off, hand-in-hand, to play.
I caught glimpses of them chattering and giggling. Even though Sylvia, the Amish girl, spoke only a Pennsylvania Dutch dialect, she and Crystal got along well.
Later I asked Crystal, “Could you understand anything Sylvia said to you?”
“No,” she replied.
“But you played so nicely together. How?”
“Oh, Mommy, we understood each! other’s giggles.”

Thought for Today:

“Life is an adventure in forgiveness.”
– Norman Cousins

Tips and Techniques

Even if you don’t write a community newsletter, how else can you serve you community and at the same time extend your on line business to the off line world.

Happy designing!

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