Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Align Your Business with Your True Self for Maximum Success

Although the formal launch of my coaching program is still a few days away, I am already thrilled to be working with a great group of women - my inaugural class! I'm so excited! I can't remember the last time I was so eager to get up and get to work that I'm having difficulty sleeping! It's amazing! When your profession and your passion merge, anything seems possible!

This has been a question raised by some of my coaching team. How do we find the business that's right for us? And my answer is to find your passion and pursue it. How do you find your passion? What brings you the most joy in life? What makes you feel completely fulfilled? If you had the ability to do anything you wanted, what would it be? I love to help others grow and develop. Being present in that moment when someone takes that next big step or makes a breakthrough and knowing that I helped in some small way is almost intoxicating. What is it that makes you feel that way? You probably know. But, perhaps, like I did, you keep your true love buried.

Why? Why would someone deny their true calling? Lots of reasons. Whenever I mentioned teaching other women as a profession, my dear friends would look at me as if I wre insane. "Teach them what?", they would say. "What kind of money can you make doing that? Who would pay you enough to live on? What do you know that someone would pay you for?" Family members would remind me that they counted on me to help make ends meet and there was much to be said for a steady paycheck - even if it wasn't a very big paycheck. But the one that usually would make me sigh and turn away from my dream was the subtle hint that perhaps I thought I was too good for the likes of my blue collar family. That hard work every day was somehow beneath me. That I was, perish the thought, LAZY!

Is pressure from family members or others you respect and admire keeping you from your true profession? Don't listen to them! They may have the best of intentions, even playing match-maker with you and a career that seems to be a good fit… to them. Or it could simply be the fact that they gave up on their dreams long ago and they resent you for pursuing yours. Maybe not consciously, but deep down, they're jealous and afraid and if they can keep you on their level, they won't have to face their own failure.

Why? Why would you let someone else have control over your destiny? Perhaps you feel trapped, as I once did. A newly single mom with small children. No job skills really. I was military - in a career field that did not necessarily translate well to the civilian world. But I needed to find a way to make additional income to support my daughters. How could I possibly devote time and energy to pursuing something that may not ever pay off? I needed to make real money now for the sake of my family. Time enough for dreams later. But later never comes.

Do you feel trapped in whatever situation you currently are in? Are the doors for other opportunities closed? Perhaps you don't see a way to make it happen financially. Perhaps you think that you are too busy, too young, too old, or that it is too late. But it's never too late. And there are successful businesswomen from all age groups and walks of life. The only difference between them and you is that they dared to look beyond the barriers and imagine what could be possible. Instead of saying "I can't" they said "Maybe I could....". And once they started imagining ways to overcome the obstacles to their dreams, suddenly they were able to acknowledge that this was their purpose, their mission, their profession.

Do what you love to do. It's the key to true success. Take the time - right now! - to find your passion. Then do it! Don't worry about what others will say. Surround yourself with friends and mentors who understand that you HAVE to do this thing and will support you. Chart a plan of action to take you, step by step, to your dream. If you run into a roadblock, don't give up. Keep focused on your vision until you find a way over it, through it, or around it.

When I announced that I was FINALLY taking my business in a direction that just felt right, I received some words of encouragement from my friend and mentor, Beverly Mahone. I'd like to end this post by sharing those words with you.

"You sound so enthusiastic about this whole project and your new Boomer Biz Coach venture! If you do what you love, you'll love what you do! It definitely sounds like you have a winning combination!!!"

What's your winning combination?

Sunday, February 22, 2009

If you have contacts in the non-profit community, I need your help!

If anyone is being hurt by the current economy, it's the non-profit sector. And just when they are needed more than ever. Charitable giving is the lowest it has been since Katrina. And yet demands for help from charitable organizations are increasing beyond all previous records.

What can we do to help? My friend Ken McArthur is a genius. In fact, I'd say he's the #1 internet marketing genius today. Recently, while I was attending his latest business conference, he asked for my help. ME! What can I do for a multi-millionaire marketing expert? Well, it seems he knows I used to work in the non-profit sector. And he believes I can use those contacts to help him help them.

Ken just recently launched a new project called Impact: How to Get Noticed, Motivate Millions and Make a Difference in a Noisy World. He is hosting a huge training event May 1 -3, at The Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Florida. He says he is going to teach participants how successful Authors, Celebrities, Coaches, Newspapers, Magazines, Internet Sites, Non-Profits and Corporations Use the Internet, Publicity, Joint Ventures, List Building, Social Media Sites, Radio, Television, and Web 2.0 Techniques to Drive MILLIONS -- Instead Of THOUSANDS -- of Active, Targeted and Eager Fans, Clients and Customers to Their Best Ideas, Products and Services.

Now here's where we come in. Ken is truly one of the kindest, most generous people I have ever met. And he really does want to make a difference in the world. He knows how the non-profits are hurting. And he believes if he could just teach them these skills, it would make a HUGE difference to them. But he also knows that most of them couldn't afford the $1000 price tag his seminars command. So - he is inviting them to come and be trained AT NO COST! All they will have to pay is their transportation and hotel costs. The entire 3 day training seminar is absolutely free to any non-profit that wants to send some of their staff.

Ken has asked me to coordinate this project and I couldn't be prouder than to be involved in this. But I need your help. If you know of anyone involved in the non-profit sector that might be interested, have them contact me ASAP. Let them know that this is their opportunity to get free training from the man who practically invented PR and self-promotion.

Some of the things they will learn are:
How to get noticed in a world that doesn't want to listen to you.
How to motivate millions based on over 100 years of scientific research.
How to change peoples lives using time-tested persuasion techniques.
How to make a real difference in the world, one person at a time.
How To Stomp the Search Engines
How to Build Search Engine Optimization That Works
How to Write Effective Copy That Can Double Your Donations
How to Get Reciprocal Linking
How to Make Money From Blogs
How to Get Free Publicity For Your Organization
How to Build Your List By the Thousands
How to Use Multi-Media to Increase Your Donations
How to Use Booklets For Increased Donations

Please help me spread the word. This is truly an amazing offer from a wonderful man. There is NO catch. Ken just wants to pack the house. He has rented meeting space for 1000 people and he wants it full! And he wants if full of people he can help! Even if he has to pay for it all himself! I'll be at this event (and I don't even get to go for free) and I hope I can introduce Ken to a bunch of my readers! Please help us make an impact in the world. Thanks!

Want a copy of my upcoming teleseminar?

Just rewrote the home page to my FHTM site. I'd appreciate it if my readers would take a look and give me your opinion. If you do, I'll send you a copy of the CD of my upcoming teleseminar "Passion + Skill = Profit" as my thank you gift to you. Thanks!