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Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Entrepreneur: Monkey on your back: do all bad habits hurt your business? Decide which ones to give the boot

Bad Habits can feel like a monkey on your back. Take a look at this article it will give you some insite to getting rid of that monkey.

If you're like most entrepreneurs, you probably have at least one habit you'd like to change or get rid of forever. Perhaps you waste too much time watching TV, procrastinate when it comes to marketing your business or fail to update your financial records in a timely manner.
As entrepreneurs, we have the freedom and choice to work at what we love in a manner that supports us rather than "how it's supposed to be done." What others view as poor habits may actually be important facets of our business success.
For instance, we don't need to have fixed work hours. Some days, we begin work at 6 a.m. and keep going until lo p.m. Other days, we work in the morning, take the afternoon off and complete our business activities late at night.
Become energized by the freedom of being your own boss. The trick is to figure out which habits are just your personal choices and which are eating away your success.
1. LIST ALL THE HABITS YOU FEEL PREVENT YOU FROM ACHIEVING YOUR GOALS. Create a list of work-related behaviors you want to change. Distinguish these behaviors from lifestyle choices, like eating too much junk food. Don't think too hard about them--just write them down. Your mind-set is important: If you feel that something you do is negative, then it is negative.
2. IDENTIFY THE HABITS THAT HAVE THE LONG-TERM POTENTIAL TO HURT YOUR BUSINESS, AND TAKE ACTION. If your habits prevent you from completing tasks that move your business forward, don't get mad--get assistance. If you procrastinate updating your financial records, consider finding a coach, hiring a bookkeeper or attending a class to discuss your habits and create strategies to deal with them. Or find another entrepreneur to help you come up with proactive steps you can take to succeed. An objective person who reviews your situation will lead you to a world of possibilities.

3. LIST HOW YOUR REMAINING HABITS BENEFIT YOUR BUSINESS. Adjusting how you feel about certain habits allows you to transform them into benefits. Does taking a long lunch help relieve your stress? Does napping calm your mind so you can work more effectively? I know people who develop many wonderful advertising ideas by watching TV.
Instead of wasting time making up excuses, concentrate on what you learn from your unique behavior patterns. You'll be amazed at how you can actually use them to move your goals forward.
4. STOP AUTOMATICALLY REACTING NEGATIVELY WHEN YOU SLIP INTO OLD HABITS. Practice reversing your feelings by focusing your attention on the outcome you hope to achieve rather than the action you are taking at the moment. This positive attitude provides you with an incentive to discover unique ways to complete tasks.
5. TAKE A FIVE-MINUTE, DEFY-THE-RULES BREAK. Let yourself have some odd habits--it's part of being alive. As you experiment with breaking the rules, seek to create positive results, no matter what action you take. Become curious, and investigate the un limited possibilities that are revealed. Set yourself on a path to discover something new.
Speaker and consultant ROMANUS WOLTER, aka "The Kick Start Guy," is the author of Kick Start Your Dream Business Write to him at Romanus@kickstartguy.com.
COPYRIGHT 2005 Entrepreneur Media, Inc.COPYRIGHT 2005 Gale Group

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Monday, January 30, 2006

How to Break a Bad Habit

"Habits are automatic behaviors that can be changed with patience and persistence.

1. Decide how serious you are about breaking the habit. In addition to a strong commitment, you'll need time and energy to pay attention to your behavior so that you can change it.

2. Keep track of when you do the behavior. Keep a notepad or journal handy.

3. Write down when it happens (what is the situation) and what you were thinking and feeling. Writing increases your awareness of when and why you have this habit.

4. Read and think about what you write down. What does this habit do for you? Is it a way to deal with feelings of boredom, anxiety, stress, anger?

5. Think of what you could do instead of the habit that would be a more positive way to deal with the feelings or situation. Write down some simple alternative behaviors that you could do instead. Pick one you want to practice.

6. Try to catch yourself when you find yourself doing the habit and stop yourself as soon as you can. Start the alternative behavior you decided you wanted to do instead.

7. Aim to do this once a week and increase the number of times per week over time. The more you practice a new behavior, the more it becomes the new habit.

8. Get support from others by letting them know you are working on the habit and telling them what they can do to help.

Be patient with yourself. Habits are so automatic and unconscious we don't realize we are doing it until we are already doing it!

Be kind to yourself. Beating yourself up is another bad habit to be broken. "

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Sunday, January 29, 2006

Tying to quit smoking cold turkey!

Looking to quit smoking and want to quit cold turkey! Well, cold turkey seems really easy at first, but over time especially when in certain situations it can be a real bear!

Habits are one of those things about human nature that can take control of what we do and how we act. Don't be afraid to look for some support. Get support from your family and friends. Lean on them when you get weak. Most of all remember that at one time in your life you did not smoke nor did you rely on it. You can do it again. Stay strong and be confident and you will make it!!!


Friday, January 27, 2006

One of the first steps in changing your behavior is to write everything down. Write down what you want to change about yourself. What your dreams are. What things about you bother you and you want to change. Don't be afraid to think about it. Take your time! You want to really dig deep inside in order to take the best look. This process is shown here in the forllowing article by john Halderman. You can also fond this incredible process in Lee Milteers "Bust any Habit in 21 days course" which is outlined in a easily understandable 54 page workbook. Get your copy here now: www.breakyourhabits.com.

What Do You Want To Accomplish In Life?
By John Halderman

Do you know all the things you want to have, do and be in life? Have your listed them? Not too many people do, but it's interesting, of the people who accomplish a lot in their life, most all have a list.
Though the years I have noticed that most highly successful, adventurous and accomplished people have a list of all the things they would like to do. And most of them did not know how they would accomplish all the things on the list when they initially wrote them down, yet they do it.
There is magic in a list of this sort; the people who do make a list eventually come up with ways to accomplish much or all of their list. And those who do not make a list usually don't even try to figure out how to do something. Even if you think about something it is not nearly as powerful as when you start by writing it down.
This looks so simple, so why don't many people do this?There are several reasons:You don't think about it.No one ever told you about doing it.Why list things that are clearly out of your means?I don't have any experience in those things.
But I bet you do have some things that you still think would be exciting, rewarding, fulfilling or just fun to do. We all do, but generally we push them aside as unattainable.
Why don't you do a list for yourself now? Here's what to do and not do when making a list.
Think bigDream bigImagineIf money and resources were no objectDisregard perceived skills neededTime is of no concernPeople you want to meetPeople you want to do something withSomething you have always wantedPlaces you want to see/goActivities you want to experienceChallenges that are calling youAccomplishments you seekRecords to setWhat you should have done beforeNo restrictive reasonsThink you are worthy
Consider worry or fearConsider doubtsConsider current situationConsider knowledge, skillConsider education or positionConsider social statusConsider your opinion of selfAnalyze howListen to naysayersBe 'reasonable'Be 'logical'
OK you get the idea, get to it. First, do a brain dump. Write down 100 things as fast as you can, don't think for 5 minutes. Just write whatever comes to mind quickly, abbreviate. However many you get down is good. Skip about 4 or 5 lines between items to allow room for step three.
Second, keep the list handy and look at it at least once a day for a week, adding whatever comes to mind.
Third, After each item write how you will benefit from accomplishing each item. Is it personal satisfaction, fulfillment, serving others, whatever you feel about it? What emotional feeling would be attached to its accomplishment? This helps support the item with reasons why, which is more powerful in your mind.
Setting into your mind the desire to do this will activate your inner thoughts. For some people it may take a while for some of the things to surface. Particularly if they have been emotionally buried deep in your mind.
Then, look at the list at least once a week, daily is better. Read it over; think about what it would mean to fulfill each of the items. Say, 'what if I could. . . ?' Don't allow negative critical thinking to come in, just dream and enjoy the possibility.
Pick out one or two that you think you may be able to accomplish. What can you do right now to move towards it? Even just a small step, I can just be learning more about it. Do whatever you can at the time to move towards at least one item.
Look at the list on a regular basis to keep the ideas active in your subconscious.
The reason why you have not moved towards any of them up to this point is you have not formally stated them as desires. In the past you may have even negated the idea of attaining them. Don't close the door on any possibility, if you can't see yourself stepping out tomorrow to do something, let it be. Don't negate it forever, let it be a possibility that someway, somehow you can.
I'm not going to guarantee to you that they will magically come to be, but remember, the people who write down their wants and their goals get more of them than those who don't.
Having great goals attract more energy than do small ones. Set your sights on grand ideas that are exciting, glorious, support personal growth, assist others, and expand human potential. Let your emotions get involved.
Protect your ideas, feelings and energy, be careful about sharing your grand ideas with people who are likely to negate them and any possibility of your accomplishing them. Only share them with people who you know to be supporting of big dreams.
You get what you expect to get, so expect big things. Plant the seeds of grand ideas, keep nurturing them while paying attention for messages and opportunities to move closer to them. Keep it up read the list often and imagine how it will feel to accomplish each one.
Your personal development is your responsibility, become active in your growth every day because you're worth it.
John Halderman, writes and speaks with intent on helping you get effective results with your personal growth. For self-improvement tools, tips and resources for living a satisfying life get the "Effective Personal Development Newsletter" and a bonus report http://www.activepersonaldevelopment.com

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Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Goal Setting the SMART Way

The first step in trying to break any habit or to change something in your life is to set goals for yourself. Every year millions of people including you set several goals for themselves for the new year. Unfortunatly, by the end of January these goals slip away and are no longer important. This is where Busting your habits in 21 days is so important. Not only will this program help you take control, but keep you on track. It is worth a try! Get you copy here: Bust any Habit in 21days

The following article highlights how to create the goals you want! Read it and take action!

Goal Setting the SMART Way
by Hanif Khaki

Goal setting is a task that is often overlooked until the New Year, when people decide to set resolutions. However, these resolutions are nothing more than wishes and are far from what we would call "goals". Hence these "so called" goals have very little chance of being realized. Just ask any fitness club owner when the greatest number of sign-ups occur and when the greatest number of drop-outs occur. Clearly, these "resolutions" don't work!So just what does work? When it matters and you really want to accomplish your task, you will want to use tried and true goal setting techniques. Among the more successful methods is the SMART method of setting goals. SMART=Specific Measurable Attainable Realistic Time-sensitive.Goal setting starts with making sure that your goals are indeed SMART. Let's examine this briefly shall we.A goal cannot be something general. It must be substantial and detailed. The goal must answer the questions who, what, where, when, how, and why. As an example, if your goal is to get a raise, this is not specific enough and doesn't meet our criteria. If your goal is to get a 10% raise within 6 months, this is specific. Measurable means exactly that. Your goal must be able to be measured or quantified. In the above example, a raise is not quantifiable, but a 10% raise is definitely quantifiable because the 10% number can be counted and verified.A goal is attainable when it is realistic or feasable given your skills and resources. If you wish to be a pilot in 2 days and you have no money and no one to teach you, this may be considered "unattainable".Realistic refers to your goal being "reasonable", meaning you are not 35 years old and setting a goal to have 3 kids before you turn 36! Your goal must be reasonable or surely you will have no chance of achieving it under any circumstances. This doesn't mean that goals that are "impossible" to achieve should not be attempted. History has shown us that what seems "impossible" to achieve for most people is indeed quite possible for others to achieve under the proper circumstances.Lastly, "time sensitive" refers to all goals having a completion date. This is what separates goals from activities, activities do not require an end date. This is a very important distinction between a goal and an activity. Using our previous example, obtaining a 10% salary raise during your lifetime is not the same as a 10% raise within 6 months.We certainly hope the above information will aid you in setting and achieving more goals during your lifetime. For further information, be sure to check out the many goal setting resources available to you online. In fact, make that your first goal!

Hanif Khaki is the acclaimed author of numerous business related articles and the founder of the popular business help site www.setting-goals.expert-knowledge.com

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Quit Smoking, For You, Your Family and Your Wallet!

Smoking has been regarded as one of the nastiest, dirtiest bad habits that ever existed. Millions of people around the world have tried and tried to quit everyday. Unfortunatly they find it extremely difficult and most of the time they need a little help. This is where breakyourhabits.com comes into play. Check it out!

The following is a great article where David dicusses the best reasons to quit smoking. Take a look!

Quit Smoking, For You, Your Family and Your Wallet!
By David Getchel

Just think of how much money you are spending on cigarettes. $3, $4, $6 a PACK? That is a lot for one pack of cigarettes. Now, how many packs do you go through a day? One, two, three, maybe more?

If you smoked a pack a day, in one year you would spend almost $2000. Yes, Two Thousand dollars. Over $3600 if you smoked two packs a day. Sticker shock? What would you do with an "extra" $2000 dollars. Go on vacation with your family? Get that piece of jewelery that a loved one has been talking about? Buy a new wardrobe?

That is only one of the benefits of not smoking. Think of the health benefits of not smoking. You will breath easier, cough less, more energy, smaller risk of cancer the list goes on. You will have whiter teeth and fresher breath, your cloths will not smell as bad. A better sense of taste and smell will gradually come back. Your skin will look healthier.

You will make your friends and family safer by not smoking because they will not breath second hand smoke. Family and friends will be proud of you for quitting. All the benefits of quitting are positive and it will be for the better.

Strokes and heart attacks, are things for you to expect if you keep smoking. There are no benefits to smoking. It makes your skin wrinkly, makes you smell bad to people that don't smoke, shortness of breath, wheezing and coughing not to mention all that money you spend on it. I have not even talked about future medical bills. How much will treatments cost? They might not be covered by your health insurance and cost hundreds or thousands of dollars.

So take control of your life, health and happiness. Start the process today!

David Getchel runs the http://quit-smoking.worldcondition.com website. It has a 10 reasons to quit report and other good information so check it out.

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Monday, January 23, 2006

Habit Change-- Six Steps to Success!!

As every New Year approaches, many of us are doing the usual…thinking, “This year will be different. I’m going to change…(fill in the blanks)…my work habits, my attitudes. I’ll lose those pounds; I’ll make that difficult choice that’s long overdue.” We re-make these resolutions throughout the year.

But will really follow through until the goals are accomplished? Or will this new “determination” be like the others…lots of good intentions, plenty of wishes, but basically, life goes on as usual?

Research on personal change (Prochaska, Norcross, and Diclemente; “Changing for Good”) has demonstrated that successful change comes in six well-defined stages. Perhaps the failure to recognize these stages has been responsible for your past frustrations and failures in following through on self improvements.

You see, each of these stages has a series of tasks that must be completed before you can progress to the next. You set yourself up for failure when you either try to accomplish changes you aren’t ready for or when you stay so long on tasks you’ve mastered (such as understanding your problem) that you become stuck indefinitely.

Think about your past experiences as you read what happens in these six stages.

STAGE 1: PRECONTEMPLATION When you’re at this stage, you aren’t even admitting you have a problem. We’ve all seen unhealthy denial in others. We often have trouble seeing it in ourselves.

Writer G.K. Chesterton said, “It isn’t that they can’t see the solution. It’s that they can’t see the problem.”

Precontemplators don’t want to change themselves. They think others are to blame for their difficulties. Likely, others are experiencing the precontemplator’s problem and may be applying pressure for him or her to change. The responses…denial and resistance.

Are you in this stage? Chances are, you are with at least one of the destructive and self-defeating behaviors you need to change.

STAGE 2: CONTEMPLATION When you move to the Contemplation stage, you acknowledge you have a problem, and you want to get unstuck. You begin to think seriously about solving your problem. You try to understand its causes, and you begin to investigate your options. At this point you have indefinite plans to take action within the next few months.

However, you can stay stuck in this stage for months or years. (Is this where you are now?) You know you need to change, and you intend to…someday…just as soon as…after…when the rush is over (when would that be?). You know your desire and your destination, but you’re not quite ready to go.

Fear of failure can keep you searching for an easier, more dramatic, or more complete solution to your problem. The irony is, failure is guaranteed if you don’t move on to the next stage.

STAGE 3: PREPARATION “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.”

You greatly reduce your success probability if you suddenly wake up one morning, say “This is the day,” and dive headfirst into a change without realistically and specifically planning how you will make the change happen.

At Stage 3, you develop a detailed plan of action and you may announce your intentions publicly. Your awareness is high, and you may have already begun small behavioral changes. Before moving ahead, however, you need to know exactly how you will keep your awareness and commitment high throughout the struggles of the next stages.

STAGE 4: ACTION This stage is the one that requires the most commitment and energy. It’s where you actually DO IT! You receive the most recognition and support during this stage, because others can see that you’re working at it. You follow the plan you’ve made in Stage 3, make revisions as necessary, and “keep on keeping on” even when it’s inconvenient or difficult.

Here’s a caution: Action doesn’t necessarily mean that lasting change has been made. It’s an essential part of the process, but the failure to do what’s necessary in the next stage, Maintenance, can sabotage the progress you’ve made so far.

STAGE 5: MAINTENANCE The maintenance stage is a long, ongoing process. From my experience, it’s the most difficult. (How many times have I dieted, for example, only to gain the weight back?)

The Action stage must be followed by constant vigilance and a systematic plan for dealing with those temptations that can draw you back into the old, destructive pattern. It’s hard work to consolidate the gains you’ve made during the first four stages and to prevent relapse.

Celebrate achieving your goals, but don’t relax and tell yourself, “Whew! I’m glad that’s over!” Develop a menu of mental and behavioral coping strategies that will take you through the times when your feet begin to slip. (More on that in the next article.)

STAGE 6: TERMINATION There is lively debate about whether this stage is possible when the behavior you’ve changed is an addictive habit. The ideal would be that you no longer feel tempted, and the habit is absolutely not a problem for you. Some say, however, that you must always maintain a life of vigilance.

I tend to agree. Some can progress to the point that they are not constantly tempted, nor do they think about it every day. However, I believe that once you’ve had a deeply ingrained habit or addiction, you are always more vulnerable than if you’d never had it. Keep a level of awareness, especially in times of stress. Studies show that in times of stress or conflict, people are most likely to slip.


Wouldn’t it be nice if we smoothly progressed from one stage to the next? It’s possible, but not probable. Most people have episodes of backsliding into Contemplation or even Precontemplation before trying again. In fact, studies show that New Year’s resolutions are made, on average, five times before the changer moves all the way to Maintenance! (That’s average. You don’t have to do it that many times if you know how to move more effectively through these six stages.)

Don’t give up! If you have a setback, don’t stay there. Pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and try again…this time with a revised and better plan.

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Freash Start!

You almost can’t help yourself: cleaning up the house after the holidays practically forces you to take the broom and vacuum cleaner…not to mention the Windex, counter scrub and mildew repellent…roll up your sleeves and wipe up any and all messes throughout the house.

Having spent the good part of last week settling Nick into college 650 miles from home, I needed to attend to the business of taking down my Christmas decorations at the earliest possible moment this week. When I could find a whopping eight hours with nothing better to do (mail-bill-laundry-catch-up notwithstanding).

If it were up to me, the tree would stay up all year long. In fact, about ten years ago, I did just that: never took my stuff down. Kept it all up ‘til the next Christmas. I loved everything about it: it provided enormous savings of my personal time, it was quite beautiful to look at—all lit up at night—and it served as a near-constant reminder to keep the spirit of Christmas alive each and every day of the year.

And then I got a phone call one night from the driver of our local pharmacy, asking a most perplexed: “Mrs. Fernandez, I’m just calling because as I was making a delivery in your neighborhood, I happened to notice that you had a Christmas tree in your living room window. Just thought you’d like to know.”

(So was he calling to make sure that I knew I still had my tree up or did he want me to know that he knew that I still had my tree up? As if I couldn’t see for myself….)

Point is, although it was truly wonderful, it was a tad bit too eccentric to carry off year after year after year.

So I endure the ritual—as you undoubtedly do, too—of taking everything down a week or so after the holidays. I spent the good part of Sunday dismantling swags. Lovingly wrapping angel wings. Putting my Spode Christmas Tree china back into protective boxes. And now my house looks lighter. Emptier, to be sure. No twelve-foot tree in my entryway. No lights in the windows. No angels. Nor Saint Nicks. No greens. Nor scent of Votivo’s “Joie de Noel” candles wafting through my home….

But it is cleaner. New Year. Clean slate.

Wiping things clean provokes an energetic response to action. To tackling resolutions. Writing letters. Paying bills. Organizing calendars. Initiating social invitations. Sewing on loose buttons. Removing stains. Filling in photo albums. Organizing closets. Donating clothing to charities. Throwing away garbage. Discarding old medicines. Filing medical stuff. Alphabetizing CD’s. Re-grouping books. Polishing silver. Waxing the furniture. Reupholstering. Finishing paintings. Hooking new rugs. Tying new flies.

OK. Now I’m exhausted.

But they don’t call it “New Year” for nothin’. It’s a time to start anew. To wipe the slate clean of all of your baggage, garbage and overage. And get on with brand spankin’ new. Fresh. Vibrant. Clear. Clean.

Surely you’re ahead of me. Did this a couple weeks ago. But have or have not: now is the time to grab the New Year by the horns and tackle ideas and issues, projects and plans, and agendas and activities and find homes for them. Be they homes within your home or homes within your brain; homes on your kitchen calendar pages or homes within your children’s drawers. Grab hold of the energy and power which this New Year brings and move forward. With creativity and verve! Take a step. Any step. And begin!

Carolina Fernandez earned an M.B.A. and worked at IBM and as a stockbroker at Merrill Lynch before coming home to work as a wife and mother of four. She totally re-invented herself along the way. Strong convictions were born about the role of the arts in child development; homeschooling for ten years provided fertile soil for devising creative parenting strategies. These are played out in ROCKET MOM! 7 Strategies To Blast You Into Brilliance. It is available on Amazon.com, in bookstores everywhere, or by calling 888-476-2493. She writes extensively for a variety of parenting resources and teaches other moms via parenting classes and radio and TV interviews. She has recently launched the Rocket Mom Society, where moms are “encouraged, equipped and empowered for excellence.”

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