Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Relationship Workshop

Information about Power for Positive Relationships is available on my website.

This one hour workshop uses Biblical characters to explore patterns in relationships. After the workshop, I will post some of the resources.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Resolution Improve Relationships

How often do you pause and evaluate the vital signs of your relationships? In our health conscious society, we think about exercise, calories, pulse rate and body mass index (BMI) scores. What are the indicators of healthy relationships and how can the assessment help you make choices that improve the quality of your relationships?

Healthy relationships are a great advantage in maintaining physical health. Better yet, relationships are a key component in reaching goals. Take any of your New Years Resolutions and pair it with a buddy and you will be more likely to keep the resolution and you are likely to enjoy the process of making the changes. Almost everything is better with a friend.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Resolutions - Encourage Stories

Hana's Suitcase is a story of how a Japanese Holocaust museum became a voice for the story of a Jewish child who lost her life in Auschwitz. I saw the play last evening. It reminds me that life moves quickly and that the story of a life has tremendous value. The short life of some children tells us a lot about living. I hope this week you will tell someone some of the stories of your life. May your stories live on long beyond your life and may they transform others. Are you living the life that creates the story you want to tell?

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Resolution Success

Some may have stumbled in keeping new resolutions, but others are right on track! I just checked and noticed that this respondent has already met her goal for January. Her plan was to make a monthly entry on her blog. It looks like there are January entries.

Sometimes goals are easier to accomplish when we look forward to celebrating the success that comes with achievement. Think of the victory in a sports event that makes the practice and the playing worthwhile. Take time today to celebrate something you have accomplished.

Tuesday, January 9, 2007

Resolution - How long?

When you "resolve" to do something - even something you enjoy or that is really important to you, how long do you usually succeed? A few days? In the second week of January, I have met two people who already "gave up" their New Year's resolutions. Pick them up again if the resolutions you made are important to you. This time see how long you can sustain your new behavior. Can you make a game of this that you can win?

Saturday, January 6, 2007

Resolution Business Growth

Small business owners are planning to see their business grow in 2007. Every small business needs to know how to grow. Do you have a specific plan for the growth and how you plan to achieve it? A formal business plan is a great tool. If you haven't made time to construct one, that might be the first goal. If you are not running your business with a plan, you might at least try making a daily goal. Once you get good at that, make a weekly goal, then monthly, then yearly and begin to train yourself to be strategic and planful in growing your business. A good coach is a wise investment for solo-preneurs.

Starting a business can be very fulfilling or very hectic. Take time each week or month to read about developing your business or find support in other successful business owners. Owning a business is more complicated than many entrepreneurs realize.

Have you read The E-Myth Revisited Rev Ed: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What To Do About It?

Friday, January 5, 2007

Resolution - Finances

Money on the mind? This is the time of year when the mailbox fills with financial statements, tax forms and credit card bills. Several readers have financial resolutions.

Saving money is easier said than done. Look for the easiest ways you can find first. Once you have a few of those mastered as life habits, take on the goals that make the most sense for your life stage. Consider the easy ones first because they are fun and EASY. Examples - save spare change, give up something you regularly buy and put the money aside (cigarettes if you smoke, latte if you favor that kind of drink, use coupons and SAVE the savings, etc.). If you are ready for a weekly or monthly savings goal, the 401k or IRA is an area everyone needs to look at these days. Open a savings account or investment that will meet your particular needs. Try creating something automatically deposited from your paycheck or deducted from your checking account. David Bach talks about these strategies in his book The Automatic Millionaire: A Powerful One-Step Plan to Live and Finish Rich.

Remember that goals are attained when they are specific, time focused and rewarding to achieve. What are your financial goals in 2007?