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POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE THINKING

by Jeff Saari

There are many people out there that think positive thinking is the holy grail.  There’s nothing wrong with that per se, but we can’t live up to the ideal of not thinking negatively can we?  We all have negative thoughts, judgments, and feelings from time to time; some more than others.  And then we have positive times.  Hopefully you have more of the former, but this isn’t the main event.  My mentor Robert Fritz once told us some years ago in a workshop that what actually matters is what you want to create.  The creator wants to create the creation just because it wants to be created.  I think there is a place for negativity and I am sometimes stricken by its hold.  There is great power in negativity because it is showing you that something is awry with what you are trying to create.  It helps us, or can help us, focus back on what it is we want and then keep the actions going to get it.  We never know if the creation will pan out or will be good or received well by others, but that is again not the main event.  Creating for creating’s sake is the name of the game.  So the next time you are betwixt with a negative (or positive) mindset, don’t overload it with some pithy ideal from The Secret, acknowledge your dismay and turn its eye onto what it’s telling you to bring into existence.  So talk to your challenging co-worker, clean out that office clutter, get to the gym.  Not because you have to, but because you want to.

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The Importance of Creating a Business Plan

Entrepreneurial success can often be attributed to the creation of thorough and well-constructed business plans. This is often true in most successful startup ventures, whether the business stems from a partnership or sole proprietorship. Wikipedia defines business plans as “formal statements of a set of business goals, the reasons they are believed attainable, and the plan for reaching those goals. It may also contain background information about the organization or team attempting to reach those goals.” Having a visual guide to reference and abide by is most useful when using this business plan platform.

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Management Tips

Kickstart 2019: Discover what is holding you back, why, and how to avoid getting stuck “again.”

By Carol Williams

First, some questions:

  • Who’s in charge, anyway? Is it you, or is it life?
  • Are you a planner, or, are you a “go with the flow” kind of person? Why?

i) If you are a planner, what do you fear might happen without a plan? Why do things have to go “your” way? “So what” if they don’t?

ii) If you “go with the flow,” what scares you about making a plan? Is your plan too rigid? Do you fear disappointing others or perhaps not having enough room to be spontaneous?

The answer is … a little of both.

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Super Strategic Strategies

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Let’s start with the how-to, shall we? (side note: You may know some of this and other strategies might be new for you. You have permission to take what works and leave the rest behind.)
 The REAL answers to your ‘Strategic Stuckness’ are embedded in the question raised earlier though, “if it’s so easy, why aren’t we all doing it?” We’ll dive deeper into THAT on our call 9/11/17, but for now, let’s jump into some effective strategies!
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Creating an Actionable Strategic Plan

Creating a strategic plan that is feasible and will benefit your business is not as daunting as it seems. By considering a set of simple and direct questions which you would like the plan to answer, an outline can easily be formed.

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