5 Ways Gratitude Can Increase Your Business

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We’re coming up on the busiest time of year… between holiday shopping and tying up end-of-year business, all of our plates are full.

I want to take this time however to remind you to stop and give thanks.  Not just in the traditional sense, rather to really sit down and take a moment to think about all of those who have made 2015 what it is for you.

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” ~ William Arthur Ward

There’s no better time than the season of giving to do this since it’s at the top of most people’s minds.  Plus, having an attitude of gratitude is good for the soul, as well as your business.

By now you know my motto:  Serve More. Earn More. Enjoy More!, and gratitude can help you better achieve all three of those things!  Here are five ways your  business can grow by simply showing a little thankfulness.

1. Personal Appreciation

A small handwritten thank you note can go a long way.  In this day of “shoot from the hip” text messages or emails, a personalized piece of snail mail is such a nice touch.  I’m sure you could even name the last person who sent you a written card/note.  Throw in a gift card or coupon for your services and you’re doing even better!

It leaves a wonderful lasting impression of thoughtfulness and creates loyalty.  The cost of stationary and stamps will prove to be minuscule when you see an increase in your profits and repeat business from satisfied customers/clients.

2. Bookend Your Thanks

This is a wonderful habit to get into.  Start and end each conversation, meeting, event by showing your gratitude.  Thank the person or group for their time, expertise, purchase (whatever the case may be) and end with another round of thanks.

This even goes for complaints, acknowledge them and thank the person for bringing the particular issue to your attention so that you have the opportunity to prevent it from happening again in the future.  Turn a negative into a positive with your gratitude; in the end this could prevent you from having larger problems and shows the person your true professionalism.

“Gratitude, like faith, is a muscle.  The more you use it, the stronger it grows and the more power you have to use it on your behalf.  If you do not practice gratefulness, its benefaction will go unnoticed, and your capacity to draw on its gifts will be diminished.  To be grateful is to find blessings in everything.  This is the most powerful attitude to adopt, for there are blessings in everything.” ~Alan Cohen

3. Pay It Forward

Be the conductor of the good karma train by showing your appreciation and others will follow suit.  I absolutely love the “Pay it Forward” mentality, and only wish more people adopted this thinking.

When others see your gratitude, compassion, humility, and expression of thanks, they will be inspired to do the same.  Then you’ll be top of mind to them, and when they (or someone they know) are in need of your products/services who are they going to call?  The conductor of that feel good karma train, YOU, that’s who!

4. Walk the Talk

Show your true leadership skills by giving thanks to those who help you on a daily basis, your team members, friends, family, clients and fellow colleagues.  By encouraging them and showing your humble gratitude for all they do, you’ll see an increase in performance and loyalty (retention).

Because, who doesn’t want to work for and with someone who is thankful and happy with their work?!  This will in turn inspire them to do number four on our list… pay it forward.

5. Live with Intention

This is something I write about a lot on my blog and that’s because of its overall importance in your personal and business life.  Living with intention is essentially a lifestyle of gratefulness, being of service and focus.

If you concentrate on the things you do not have, than how can you expect to attract the things you want?  Be happy and thankful for what you have and you’ll be living a happier more fulfilled life.  And when you’re happier you are able to connect better with others and create lasting relationships, both personally and in business.

“Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions.  The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.” ~Zig Ziglar

What are you thankful for in your business?  Shout it out in the comments below.

To Your Continued and Ever Growing Success,

Dana

PS – We are in the midst of our own November: Thanksgiving Appreciation offer, including bonuses worth over $1,500.  If you are interested in growing your success in and out of the office, contact us TODAY for a Complimentary Strategy call to learn how you can take advantage of this.  Limited Space is available and it will go quickly – Take Action TODAY!

3 Ways to Keep Your Business Spark Alive

Business Spark

Running a business is rewarding and, it can also be exhausting.

Whether you’re trying to keep up with the latest technology to motivating team members, it’s a mammoth task, and somebody’s gotta do it!

So how do you keep that entrepreneurial spirit alive?

Think of your business relationship as a life-long commitment through the high’s, low’s, droughts, floods, feast and famine.

Here are three tips on ways to keep that business spark of yours alive and thriving…

1. Be an Inspiration

Make a difference, get involved with your community.  It makes you a valuable member and someone people look up to.  Remember, you’re a human being first and a business person second.  Becoming a person that others look to for inspiration helps keep you on the track to living an authentic life as well.

Become a “brand” that people simply can not forget.  The easiest way to do that is through positivity and inspiration.  Knowing that your business is making a difference (to a charity, person, business or local community) will keep you motivated to do what you do best, because doing good makes you feel good.

Also, look to mentors or other business owners you admire to see what they’re doing.  Ask yourself, “why do they inspire me?”  The answer can instill new ideas for your own business.

2. Create a Plan of Action

Date night is important to keeping your relationship healthy in marriage right?  Same goes for regularly scheduled “dates” with your business.  Create a plan of action, one that will fuel your business to keep growing.

Growth in itself will keep your spirit and spark alive because, think about it… who DOESN’T want to see steady growth and profits?!

A plan of action should include your SMART goals (both long and short term) and specific times when you assess those goals.  By keeping track of your successes and actions, you’ll be better equipped to make appropriate business decisions.

3. Respect Your Business

Honor and respect your business just as you would your partner.  Expect there to be ups and downs over the course of your relationship.  Your ability to weather those storms will only make your business stronger in the end.

How do you keep on going when feeling overwhelmed with your business?

Or are you still struggling with dealing with these feelings?  I can most certainly help get you out of that rut and into a steady flow of increased success.  Schedule a complimentary Strategy Call with me today!

To Your Continued and Ever Growing Success, Dana

PS – We are in the midst of our own November: Thanksgiving Appreciation offer, including bonuses worth over $1,500.  If you are interested in growing your success in and out of the office, contact us TODAY for a Complimentary Strategy call to learn how you can take advantage of this.  Limited Space is available and it will go quickly – Take Action TODAY!

Are You Defined by Your Title?

Are You defined by your title

What do you do for a living?

It’s a simple question most of us hear on a regular basis.  Which we reply with something like:

“I’m an account executive.”

“I’m a coach.”

“I’m a fitness instructor.”

“I’m an artist.”

“I’m a stay at home mom.”

“I’m a business owner.”

Instinctively our job titles define us as human beings.  Aren’t you more than a generic label though?  Yes, of course!

You are so much more than your profession.  Loving your career is one thing, but you should never feel restricted by who and what your title says you are.

“Examine the labels you apply to yourself.  Every label is a boundary or limit you will not let yourself cross.” ~ Wayne Dyer

This goes far beyond careers as well…

“She’s a vegan.”

“He’s a teacher.”

“She’s a cancer survivor.”

For some reason we all want to slap a label on everything… preferences, characteristics, jobs/roles.  Perhaps, it makes things easier to group together and categorize.

Whatever the reason, we often allow titles and labels to corner us into thinking, “well that’s just the way things are because I’m XYZ.”  This can severely restrict your ability to make decisions.  And one cannot live an intentional life by having their choices restricted.

Coming from the corporate world, I struggled with finding my “true purpose” post career.  When my son was born, I tried taking on all the quintessential mommy/wife roles like preparing dinner and baking.  It just didn’t work for me, I DO NOT like cooking!  I’m many things, AND chef did not make the list and undoubtedly never will (I’d rather do the dishes)!

Just because I am a wife and a mother I don’t solely identify with those characteristics.  I find joy and happiness in all of the “things” that make me, me. That includes being a successful business owner, a fitness aficionado, a tennis player, a daughter, a friend, a sister, a leader, a mentor, a strategist – you get the idea, the list can go on and on for most of us.

So the next time someone asks the age old question, “What do you do?”, take a moment and craft your answer appropriately.

Hi, my name is Dana and I am a loving mommy, lover of books, hooked on learning and growing, avid gym-goer, educator of small business owners and an overall happy, healthy, optimistic woman.  How’s that for an answer?

Tag, you’re it!  What will your answer be?  Tell me in the comments below.

To Your Continued and Ever Growing Success,

Dana

P.S.  Are you allowing a title to define your life?  If so, I can help you sort through those labels.  Sign up for a complimentary Strategy Call today!

Dos and Don’ts of Self Promotion on Social Media

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The barrage of social media requests we get can be astronomical at times.  I don’t know about you, but I probably have several dozen notifications across a few social media platforms that I simply haven’t responded to.

Many people are confused about how to correctly use social media to promote their business.  The whole goal is to build rapport and visibility with existing and potential clients.

You want to serve more, earn more and enjoy more right? Then do so genuinely.  Self promotion on social media needs to be authentic, because followers can see right through a charade.

Connect with people through the use of inspiring quotes or words of encouragement.

Do not post an endless stream of sales pitches.  You will only end up hurting your business and pushing people away.

That being said, having a call to action and providing an opportunity to learn more about working with you, should be part of our plan.

Here’s a good rule of thumb that applies to all of your marketing: use the 80/20 rule.  80% of your posts should be provide value – be it educational or informational while 20% can be sales or promotion driven.  Here are four easy ways to do that:

1. Be YOU!

Authenticity is a recurring theme in my blog, and for good reason.  Be a human being on social media, not a sales person.  That personal, emotional connection you make with people will far outweigh any other impression you could make.

2.  Interact & Inspire

On every single one of my blog posts I ask you the readers a question or two.  Even if you don’t physically type your answer in the comments, it at least gets you thinking.  It gets you involved right?  So do the same on all of your social media platforms, provide value, engage and interact with your audience.

This can include inspiring them as well.  Prove to them why you’re the authority in your niche, why they should work with you over any other XYZ.  Accomplish this again by just sharing honest and useful content that your dream client would find helpful.

3.  Be Patient

Rome wasn’t built in a day, neither was Facebook.  So why would you expect to move mountains right out of the gate?  Sure, it can happen, and it is highly unlikely.  Play around with different types of posts to see what sticks and what doesn’t.

Some posts will perform better, more people will be receptive to one kind over another.  You just don’t know until you try so give things time.

Keep a journal or study your analytics to see hard evidence about what worked best and when.  The key (and hardest part) is to stay consistent and don’t give up.

4. Stay On Brand

I would never post something like, “The Top 10 Foods to Eat While Living in A Submarine” or “A Step by Step Guide to Fileting a Fish.”  Those aren’t my areas of expertise (surprising right?).  Stick to what you know.

I’m going to use the word consistency again.

Consistent voice, consistent themes, consistent information/advice.  Share what’s relevant to you and your brand.  Don’t do something or write about a subject just because another person did.  March to the beat of your own drum.

How do you measure up when it comes to self promotion on social media?  What’s worked and not worked for you?

To Your Continued and Ever Growing Success, Dana

P.S.  Be sure to sign up for a complimentary Strategy Call and I can help you prioritize your marketing efforts for 2016.

Why Networking is Necessary to Build Your Business

I’m a big proponent of networking.  Not only is it a fabulous way to meet like-minded business owners like yourself, but it’s a wonderful opportunity to receive quality leads and referrals.

The key to success in any networking group is easy: commitment.  Be an active, professional, engaging member that contributes to and respects your fellow networkers by supporting them.

Sound familiar does it?

It should because just like in business (or sales), networking all comes down to relationship building (in July I wrote about cultivating quality relationships, be sure to check it out).  Everyone knows we want to do business with people we know, like and trust, so what better way to attract new clients than from people you ALREADY know, like and trust?!

With all of the options out there how do you decide which networking group you should join?

Well, start by asking yourself a few questions…

  1. What do I want to accomplish by joining a networking group?
  2. Am I willing to refer other business owners to my family/friends?
  3. Do I have the time to commit to this group?
  4. Do the members of a prospective group align with your values and beliefs?

A few mistakes I’ve noticed at some of the groups I’m familiar with…

  1. People don’t view the meetings as a commitment.  If you want to see results (gain leads/referrals/do business) you need to put the time in!  Just like any other business meeting, put your weekly, monthly, whatever the frequency, networking group on the calendar.
  2. Taking calls and checking their phone constantly throughout the meeting.  Would you rudely pull up your email or text messages in front of a client during a scheduled meeting?  No way!  So don’t do it when you’re amongst your peers, it’s just being a good professional. As my mentor says (she wrote a book with this title), “They Way You Do Anything, Is the Way You Do Everything”.  Realize that how you show up at networking meetings is a direct reflection of how you show up elsewhere, including with referrals.
  3. Don’t be a lame referral source.  Some newbies join and are all hyped up and excited to do business so they write up leads for everyone and their brother.  Only those leads are dead ends.  Make sure you leads are genuine business opportunities for someone and the person you write down on the form is actually expecting a phone call.

In the end, networking and the act of giving out referrals to those trusted professionals you’ve cultivated relationships with is just good business karma. You are creating a win/win/win for your network, the business owner receiving the lead and yourself as being a great connector.

What you get out of a networking group is typically in direct proportion to what you give.  Just remember to give in the spirit of giving, not giving to get.

Have you had success with networking groups?  Do you think they are worth the time and efforts?

In the meantime let’s chat!  Sign up for a complimentary Strategy Call and let’s get you grounded and ready for your best year yet in 2016!

To Your Continued and Ever Growing Success,

Dana

Why You Need a No-Way or Not-Anymore List

Not Anymore listTake a look around your office or desk and I’m sure you’ll find a few to-do lists.  Most of us scribble down tasks we need/want to accomplish in an effort to organize our thoughts and goals.

I’m going to throw a wrench into that idea now… have you ever thought about making a “no way” or “not-anymore list?”

Most successful and high-achieving people have habits but also definitely have a good filtering process.  Having a no-way or not-anymore list helps keep you focused on the most important tasks and filter out the less important ones.

Here are a few things that should go on your “No-Way” or Not-Anymore-List” TODAY!

1. Setting up Meetings

We’ve all been guilty of this at one point or another… setting up meetings simply for the fact of setting up a meeting.  There’s no clear goal or agenda in mind, you’re just getting together for the sake of having a meeting.

2. Doing Everything

We’ve talked about delegating tasks and jobs to other members of your team before.  This is an area that is so important and should absolutely be on this list.  Don’t try to do it all by yourself as this is the quickest way to burnout, inefficiency and the slowest way to growing revenues.  Only take on those crucial activities that you do best!

3. Answering all Messages

It’s so easy to get bogged down with hundreds of emails, voicemails and texts throughout the day.  Don’t stress over answering them all immediately.  We have some how convinced ourselves that we need to reply to emails instantly and that’s just not the case.

For increased efficiency, I recommend that you set-aside 2-3 times each day (Monday-Friday or your standard operating business days) to check and/or respond to emails.  This puts you in a routine and creates a good habit.

I’ve even seen some professionals utilize an email autoresponder effectively that lets email senders know what times during the day they will be checking emails and if a response is needed prior to then, to please call their assistant or cell phone directly.  

4. People Pleasing

The only person you should be making sure is happy is yourself.  Yes, you want your clients to be pleased with the service they receive and as long as you are delivering on what has been sold, you should rest easy.

Don’t spend time with people you don’t trust or you can’t count on just because you feel obligated.  This only wastes your time, can often be felt by the other person.

5. Perpetually Problem Solving

Pick and choose your battles.  Not every problem can be solved and rectified.  If the problem is something you can control, than by all means, do what you can to solve it.  If, however, it is something you are not able to control or influence, my recommendation is to let it go and instead focus your intentions where you do have influence and can control the outcome.

6.  Worrying

If something is beyond your control do not, and I repeat do not waste your precious time worrying about it.  Don’t get hung up over details.

Agonizing over mistakes that were made or missed opportunities will only have you dwelling on the past instead of looking ahead to the future.  Afterall, worrying does not take away tomorrow’s troubles, it takes away today’s peace.

I’ve given you a starting point for crafting your own “no-way” or “not-anymore  list”.  What else will you add to it?

To Your Continued and Ever Growing Success, Dana

P.S.  Let’s connect!  Contact me for a complimentary Strategy Call and we’ll get your to-do list and no-way list in order!

5 Ways to Define Success

define successWe’re all after one thing in life… success.  But what exactly is that?

Is success all about the big paycheck, fancy cars, giant homes, elaborate vacations, gadgets and toys?  If your answer is yes to that question, than answer me this: would you deem yourself unsuccessful if all of that money and “stuff” were taken out of the equation?

We live in a culture where wealth is synonymous with success, and if we don’t accomplish anything than we therefore cannot be called successful.

That’s simply not true, because every single person on Earth has a different definition of success.

If you want to succeed, you must first define what success is for you.

Here are five ways to define success…

1. Give ’em something to talk about

“Success is not having to describe what’s been accomplished… others do it for you.”
~ Deborah Hopkins, Chief Innovation Officer of Citibank.

To many people the opinion of others is the highest form of success.  They believe if you are viewed from the outside as someone who “has it all” or are the envy of others, success is yours.

2. Balancing act

“Balance, peace and joy are the fruit of a successful life.
It starts with recognizing your talents and finding ways to serve others by using them.”
~Thomas Kinkade, Artist

Some would say a truly successful person is one who has managed to find that perfect balance between work and home life.  After all this really is an enviable talent not many possess… the holy grail if you will of life.

If a job is all-consuming, with no time for family, friends, exercise, hobbies, many would deem this an unsuccessful life.

3.  Achieving goals

“The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.” ~John Maxwell, Author & Motivational Speaker

Success can be defined as effectiveness as well.  Are you completing projects, meeting deadlines and adding immense value to those projects on a regular basis?

Many see themselves as successful when they are consistently making things happen… their participation is integral to the final result/ultimate goal of a project or venture.

4.  Happily ever after

“Success is not the key to happiness.  Happiness is the key to success.  If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” ~ Albert Schweitzer, Philosopher

Another popular definition of success is the joy one finds in his or her job.  Some people believe success is when your career brings a smile to your face and feeds your soul; your work adds to your overall happiness.   Do what you love and love what you do.

5. Leave a legacy

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi, Activist

What will people say about you when you’re no longer here?  Some would say success is how much good they contributed to the world.  Making a difference equals the ultimate success for many.

I believe that we’re selling ourselves short if we define success simply as monetary gain.  Success is so much more than the things we buy and fill our homes with.  The above examples are just a few of the many possible ways to look at and analyze the meaning of success.

How do you define success, what does it mean to you?  If you are ready to not only define what success means to you, you are ready to create more of it, schedule your complimentary Strategy Call with me today and let’s make it happen.

To your continued and ever growing success,

Dana

How to Work ON Your Business Versus IN Your Business

Work On Your BusinessYou’re a small business owner who wears a whole lot of different hats… you’re a sales person,client service deliverer, organizer, manager, mediator, problem solver, bookkeeper and decision maker among (many, many) other things.

With that said, do you know if all of those roles have you working ON your business or IN your business?

What I mean by that is this:  When you work IN your business you’re putting in countless hours in an effort to get your business to grow, and are heavily involved in the day-to-day operations, managing every single detail.  Simply put, you’re just a doer.  Positioned more as working a job, NOT running your business.

On the flip side, when you work ON your business you take on the role of leader instead of doer.

Here are a few of the best tips I’ve learned over the years about how to work on your business.

1. Choose Wisely

This one is huge.  Learn how to hire the right people for the job.  When you surround yourself with trustworthy, hard working vendors and/or employees who’s goals and values align with your business, you’re golden.

This means you won’t be constantly worrying about their performance and if “stuff” is actually getting done.  It allows you to focus on growing your business and not the smaller trivial tasks.

Bonus tip: If you need a little help in 5 different areas, hire 5 people who’s top strength falls into you area of need to support you on an as needed/part-time basis.  If this is one of their top strengths and something they enjoy doing the most, they will naturally attack what you need done first over other clients or other projects.  This is not the time to hire a “jack of all trades and master of none.”

2. Train Properly

While we’re on the subject of hiring, the next logical step is to mentor and train your support team properly.  It’s your role as a leader to equip your team with the skills and understanding of your business that they need in order to work to their fullest potential.

A properly trained team will make your life easier in the end.  Create a solid system with consistency and you’ll have a well-oiled machine at the core of your business.

3. Know What’s Important

Your business’s reputation and customer’s satisfaction are key to success and they are ultimately determined by what your business expects of itself.  Set your own standards high, and make sure they’re well thought out, planned and executed.  This creates a road map for your employees and customers.

What are your company’s core values?  Every member of your team should know and live by those morals, values and expectations.

4.  Pass the Batton

Know when to delegate.  I cannot stress this enough.  You really cannot work on your business if you’re doing everything yourself.  That in itself is the definition of working IN your business, doing it all!  This after all, is why you recruit and hire the right people.  See the trend we’ve got going on here?

Will things not always get done perfectly when you delegate?  Yes.  And you can afford to mend occasional mistakes more than you can afford to do everything yourself.

5.  Listen More

Always, always, always listen to what others have to say (and prepare yourself for the truth!).  It’s ok not to know everything. In fact it makes you more human and gives you an opportunity to go find the answer and report back (giving you another chance to impress your client, prospective client or potential partner).

You should always be learning, this separates the true leaders from the wannabes; the ability to adapt and change if need be.  Feedback is a wonderful tool to help build and grow your business.

A final thought I’ll leave you with… if you’re only making decisions that will affect your business in the next 30 days you’re probably making the wrong decisions.  Focus on the opportunities and possible obstacles you could face down the road, way down the road even instead of only immediate activities (instant gratification).  Building a business is about creating today’s money and tomorrow’s money on a daily basis.

With less then 90 days left in 2016, let’s get you working on your business instead of in it.  Schedule a complimentary Strategy Call with me today.

To Your Continued and Ever-Growing Success,

Dana

How Intention Will Bring Success To You in 2016

Intention in 2016Last week we discussed the power of intent and how it can transform your thoughts into tangible success.

Today I’m going to take things a step further and show you how to use the power of intent to finish out 2015 with a bang (and start the new year off right).  Take notes if you feel so inclined, this is going to be some great information to use over and over again!

The key to a balanced life is intention.

We already know that setting intentions will transform your life and business so let’s get down to the nitty gritty.

Who should set intentions?

Every.  Single. Person. Well, except those people who don’t want to see results or live life to its fullest potential.

When do I set intentions?

Great question!  And the answer is simple: all the time!  Before you head into a a big meeting, take calls with clients, make dinner, spend time with friends or family, whatever task you’re about to embark on.

Don’t just set intentions for your big picture dreams, use them everyday.  Nothing is too trivial, because all of those small intentions act as stepping stones toward the big important “things” in your business and overall life.

Practice makes perfect right?  So with all that warming up you’ll be an intentional machine in no time.

What do I do?

First, take a few deep breathes and ask yourself these three important questions:

  1. Who do I want to be right now in this moment?
  2. How do I want to feel?
  3. What is the perfect/ideal/most amazing outcome or result that I want?

Remember intentions are flexible and adaptable.  They are built to last, unlike a goal which is something that can be completed/finished and easily derailed by unforeseen circumstances.

Still not sold on the Power of Intent?

Using the power of intent in your business and everyday life WILL cultivate success and its scientifically proven.

The 2007 book, The Intention Experiment by Lynne McTaggart, explores the actual science behind the power of intent.  Her in-depth research clearly demonstrates an undeniable fact: thought is a thing that affects other things.  Mactaggart pulled together decades of research conducted at laboratories and universities including Princeton, MIT and Stanford.

“Intention is a directed thought, a thought aimed at something or someone with the goal of influencing something physical.  It is using your consciousness to change something in physical reality.  Intention manifests itself as electrostatic and magnetic energy.  Thoughts are ‘things’ too.”

~Lynne McTaggart, author The Intention Experiment 

I’ll leave you with this invitation to be intentional about one small thing today.  Simply shift your thinking.  Decide who you want to be, what you want to create or accomplish and how you want to feel in a situation.  Your result are in your hands – its that simple!

The little actions you take now will serve as rock solid foundations of success in 2016.

To Your Continued and Ever Growing Success,

Dana

Contact me today for a Complimentary Strategy Call and together we can plan a year full of your intentions for 2016.

The Power of Intent & 3 Ways to Harness It

Power of Intent

As children we are often told “you can do or be anything, just put your mind to it.

Intent has always been a part of our lives, hiding in the background, waiting patiently for us to take notice.  Well now is that time.

You could go so far as to argue that intent is the first step to success in business AND truly all aspects of life.

Are you ready to start harnessing the power of intent?

First, let’s go over the difference between goals and intentions.

When you set a goal, it tends to be more rigid, a process that involves a lot of planning, analyzing and reasoning.  We are in total control of the plan and all of the steps leading up to the ultimate goal.

Intentions are similar to goals, only there is no plan.  Scary right?  At first, maybe, but in all actuality, the power of intent is profound (and a little esoteric to many).  You simply intend an outcome, almost like making a wish.  It is based upon the Law of Attraction, which in theory allows you to manifest fuller, more robust outcomes than a goal can.

Goals may or may not be good for you but intentions are always good for you.

The Universe unfolds the journey for a person who has clear and connected intentions and presents them with appropriate opportunities.  A person with intentions may take detours but they do manifest intentions.  A person with a goal can get myopic and may lose opportunities as a result of their tunnel vision.

This may sound easy but the biggest challenge for many people is figuring out exactly what it is they want.  Clarifying your intentions will unlock that.  Here’s 3 easy ways to harness your own personal power of intent.

1. Identify Your True Intention

Ask yourself (and be sure to answer honestly)…
How do I want to feel at this moment?
What do I want to create as a result of my actions?
What is the final outcome I want to see?

Examples:
Is your intention to truly be conscious of the environment or to just look green?
Is your intention to start a business or just talk about it?
Is your intention to help someone in need or appear to be a hero in the eyes of others?

2. Align Your Intentions With Your Actions

Once you’ve identified your intention you then need to take action.  Is what you’re doing in line with what you’re intending/saying?

Walk the walk, don’t just talk the talk.  When you’re clear on your intention, you will take inspired action as a result.

3. Focus, Focus, Focus

So by now in this little exercise have figured out your intention in this moment.  Identify the specific ways you need to be acting, the words you should be using in order to manifest your intention.

Ask yourself…
What actions are appropriate for my intention?
When I fully embody my intention, what will that feel like?
How will others respond/react?

Revert back to your childhood for a moment and truly believe in yourself.  For the power of intention can propel you toward success in a way nothing else can.

I now challenge you to set an intention for the day and pair that with inspired action.

To Your Continued and Ever Growing Success,

Dana

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