Newsletter 12/29/14

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Hello,

Things to think about as we are in the season of ‘goal setting’

When setting a goal, it makes sense to find someone that has succeeded at what you are trying to do! If you do, your ability to achieve good results improves dramatically.

To be accountable to that Coach gives you the hope and guidance to succeed.

Mistakes are costly, emotionally and usually financially –  I know I have made mistakes many times!

May I suggest a better option… a Mentor – Mentorship is Leadership – Support – Results

The key to mentorship? The mentee takes the words, advice and actions with no backlash and/or question.

Where do you fit in?

  • Do it on your own and you have to learn from your own mistakes!
  • Coaches get you to the next level quicker because they help you avoid mistakes!
  • Mentors hold you accountable – action support results – and it gets done!

Enjoy Life!

Michele Foster

It Takes a Mentor

With millions of students returning to school — both K-12 and college — this is a good time to review the intriguing results of some research that Gallup did over the past year, exploring the linkages between education and long-term success in the workplace. That is: What are the things that happen at a college or technical school that, more than anything else, produce “engaged” employees on a fulfilling career track? According to Brandon Busteed, the executive director of Gallup’s education division, two things stand out. Successful students had one or more teachers who were mentors and took a real interest in their aspirations, and they had an internship related to what they were learning in school.

“We think it’s a big deal” where we go to college, Busteed explained to me. “But we found no difference in terms of type of institution you went to — public, private, selective or not — in long-term outcomes. How you got your college education mattered most.”

Graduates who told Gallup that they had a professor or professors “who cared about them as a person — or had a mentor who encouraged their goals and dreams and/or had an internship where they applied what they were learning — were twice as likely to be engaged with their work and thriving in their overall well-being,” Busteed said.

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Seven Reasons Most People Need A Mentor

Most of the mail I receive isn’t generated in response to my columns. Folks write to me because they believe, as a shrink, I have an answer to their questions about “how to make it” as a business builder. The prototype reads like this: “I’ve done well in school, am told I have great potential, but haven’t been able to board the bullet train in order to ride the fast track to success. What should I do?”

I’d like to answer all those letters now by offering one, and only one, suggestion: Find a mentor.

This isn’t my personal opinion, it’s a fact: Studies show that most people who succeed have a mentor, a Rabbi (the New York City vernacular for mentor), and only as a last resort an executive coach.

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Ten Steps to Finding Your Mentor

Source: powertochange.com ~ Authors: Pat Williams with Jim Denney

Are you looking for a mentor – someone who will build a relationship with you, someone to teach and advise you and enable you to become a wise and effective human being? Here are ten steps to finding that person:

  1. Look at the people you know. Look around at the people in your personal and professional life. Is there someone you admire? Someone you would like to emulate in some way? Someone who has the wisdom you need?
  2. Consider people you’ve never met. Research the top individuals in the businesses, organizations and trace associations of your chosen field. Find out as much as you can about them. Identify those individuals whose values and accomplishments you most admire.
  3. Select a mentor who is a good listener. The best mentor is one who gets to know you – your skills and strengths and weaknesses, your individual personality and your aspirations. A good mentor should not serve as a lecturer, but as a sounding board who will help you with your struggles and help you to clarify your principles and beliefs.
  4. Select a mentor who levels with you. A good mentor doesn’t just encourage you, but will also tell you the blunt truth when you are moving in the wrong direction. It is also a good sign if your mentor is candid and open about his or her own life. Anyone who has accomplished great things has made mistakes along the way and will share those experiences freely so that you can learn from them.

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What It Takes to Go From Dead Broke to 6 Figures in 6 Months

As entrepreneurs we know life is often a roller coaster with lots of uncertainty and chaos. When you’re in the struggle, it’s tough to see a clear path to success, but it’s crucial to let your vision guide you, not your current circumstances. You must embrace those challenges, because that’s where your hunger for a better life is developed.

Nobody wants to be broke, and nobody wants to struggle, but it’s part of the process. It’s asking the right questions, and taking the right action while in the struggle, that can change everything. When I was in my toughest spot I was dead broke but six months later I was earning a six figure income. What it took to make the change is available to everyone.

Absolute clarity.

It’s easy to make decisions once you determine what your real values are.

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Newsletter, 12/10/2014

Hello Friends:

This time of year is full of joy, magic and hope.

So let’s get to work of those resolutions NOW so that we can feel them developing through this festive time of the year. And, being with family and friends gives us the desire and will power to make change RIGHT – things are changing so we should manage that change to our GPS not to someone or something else?

I am going to share my Resolutions – I do this in quarters for a couple of reasons:

I believe – well let’s use the climb a mountain metaphor – we need to get to base camp 1 to get to base camp 2 to get to 3 and then reach base camp 4, which in this case is the mountain top of a yearlong “plan”.

There are so many categories in which to set goals that is I stretch myself too far out and I lose sight and even the ability to to make them achievable.

However, always starting with the end in mind, I will describe and visualize this time -December 2015 – then set base camp 1, specific goals with daily and weekly actions.

My mission or goal is to live this coming year within full integrity and to make a difference in the lives of others. To fulfill this mission I have clarity. I seek out each one regardless of their situation.

  • I sacrifice and I will devote my time, talents & resources to my mission.
  • I will inspire, I teach by example
  • I will be impactful, what I do makes measurably a difference in people’s lives.

The following roles take priority in achieving my mission:

  • Dale is the most important person in my life and together we will contribute the fruits of harmony, industry, charity, and thrift.
  • With my puppies I will progressively seek greater joy in their life.
  • As a daughter I am frequently there for support & love.
  • God can count on me to keep my covenants and to serve his other children.
  • My neighbors will see that the love of Christ is visible in my actions.
  • I will be a Change Agent and a Catalyst for developing high performance in large organizations.
  • As a scholar – I learn important new things every day.

Thought I would share the following article (and cartoons) to help you through the process of your New Years Resolutions.

Feel free to contact me at askmicheletoday@gmail.com if I can, in any way, help you with your New Years Resolutions,

Make the most of every minute!

Michele Foster

The 10 Most Common New Year’s Resolutions and How They Can Make You Rich

new-years-pictureIn less than 24 hours, the ball at Times Square in New York will drop and 2013 will be no more. This also means it’s that time of year when millions of Americans will make New Year’s resolutions that often revolve around their own health or well-being.

For a moment, let’s put aside the fact that a vast majority of those who attempt to change themselves for the better through New Year’s resolution will fail within the first couple of weeks, and instead focus on that percentage of the population who will be eating healthier and living better in the new year. That, right there, could be your recipe to riches.

With that in mind, let’s use a recent Harris Poll that examined the 10 most common New Year’s resolutions to find a few ways that these resolutions could help lead you to a happy retirement… if that’s your New Year’s resolution, of course.

Here are the 10 most common New Year’s resolutions, according to Harris, and some intriguing ways to prosper from them:  Read more…

Small Town Couple Become Isagenix Millionaire

Joni & Todd BTodd and Joni B. are high school sweethearts who live in the same small Washington logging community they grew up in. Just hard working people with the No. 1 goal of raising their three boys to be happy and productive, life was always a struggle financially because the local sawmill was their major source of income.

While Joni worked stints as a waitress, a mill worker and small franchise owner, ultimately her focus was raising her kids. She had always been a positive, happy person, but the stresses of raising their sons and struggling with her weight and finances for years began to take a toll. She began to lose her bright personality and describes it as losing her “happy.”

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10 Ways to Make Your New Year’s Resolutions Stick

new-years-resolution-dollsThere’s an inevitable rhythm to January 1 at my house. I take down the tree, vacuum up pine needles, and start making my New Year’s resolutions. The list usually looks like this: Lose weight. Swear off TV and saturated fat. Eat salads. Call Dad more. Write that novel. Floss. By midday I’m worn out, intermittently dozing in front of a football game and swiping my husband’s million-calorie nachos.

It’s not that I totally lack discipline. It’s just that I don’t sufficiently appreciate what’s going on in my brain, explains Joseph Shrand, M.D., an instructor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Self-restraint is a rational desire, which means it lives in the front of the brain, the section that’s most recently evolved and most vulnerable to being overruled by survival instincts. Pleasure resides in the brain’s most primitive part, which has spent millions of years learning to reward us with a deeply satisfying jolt of dopamine when we give in to these kinds of urges. And while that brain circuitry evolved to encourage life-prolonging desires like eating and sex, says Dr. Shrand, we now get a rush from giving in to anything we want, whether it’s an illicit drug, chocolate, or buying expensive purple peep-toe boots, even when the more evolved part of our brain tells us we’ll quickly regret it.

So how do you help the rational (i.e., your New Year’s resolutions) triumph over the pleasure-seeking? Read more…

5 Personality Traits of an Entrepreneur

Source: Forbes.com~John Rampton
What does it take to be a successful entrepreneur? Is it being born a prodigy? Is it having a Type-A personality? Is it being an extrovert who spends all their time tinkering around on projects?

While some entrepreneurs have those traits, they rarely define the characteristics that make a majority of entrepreneurs. Not everyone is born with an intellect that will change the world. That student who couldn’t make it through college, like Bill Gates, is more likely to succeed than the lifelong overachiever.

So, if you’re not a born genius or overachiever, what personalities actually make-up entrepreneurs? Here are our five common personality traits that entrepreneurs possess.

1. Passion

For those uninitiated, entrepreneurs are not in it for the money. While there have been some icons who have made more cash than most of us we’ll dream of, think Bill Gates or Steve Jobs, the reality is that most entrepreneurs work an insane amount of hours for little or nothing. Why would they put themselves through this? Because they are driven to either solve a problem or make easier.

How passionate are entrepreneurs? According to research conducted by Tony Tjan and co-authors Richard Harrington and Tsun-Yan Hsieh, 65% of founders have been identified as driven by “heart.” Tjan also added that most entrepreneurs are fueled “by an unshakable sense of purpose.”

Throughout all the trials and tribulations, entrepreneurs reward themselves internally by realizing that they’re on a mission for the greater good. No matter how bad it gets, it’s their passion that motivates them between paydays and during all the times when everyone else tells them to quit.

2. Resilience

Sir Winston Churchill once said, “Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.” As an entrepreneur, you’re going to fail. That’s just an unfortunate fact. While something that drastic would be too much for most people to handle, an entrepreneur has the uncanny ability to get up and dust themselves off. Instead of giving up, an entrepreneur will learn from their failures. What went wrong? How can I long from my mistakes? How can I succeed next time? These are the type of questions an entrepreneur will ask themselves. An entrepreneur doesn’t stay down when times get rough. They’re resilient and thrive off of the negativity.

If you need proof on the resilience of entrepreneurs, just look into the stories of successful entrepreneurs like Walt Disney, Donald Trump, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Henry Food or Thomas Edison. They all experienced setbacks during at some point to only become some of the most well-known and successful entrepreneurs in history.

3. Strong Sense of Self

Any entrepreneur will tell that there are numerous problems to overcome. Whether it be not securing enough funding, proving the naysayers wrong or facing the competition head on, it’s not easy being an entrepreneur. And, being passionate and resilient can only go so far. Which is why entrepreneurs also have an extremely strong sense of self.

For example, being self-confident and self-motivated are also key traits for most entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs don’t think that their idea could be good. They know it’s good. And, they’re going to be motivated enough to illustrate to others that it’s worth the time and money to go forward. While they also understand that they can’t do everything on their own, they realize that they are the only ones to make their idea a reality.

And, just how confident are entrepreneurs? According to a study by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation on behalf of LegalZoom, “91% of entrepreneurs are confident that their businesses will be more profitable in the next 12 months.”

4. Flexibility

Being able to adapt to changes and challenges is crucial for any business. In fact, most entrepreneurs will inform you that their idea or business plan is drastically different than when it began. An idea may be brilliant, but in reality it isn’t effective. Entrepreneurs are flexible enough to make the adjustments to make that idea feasible. Furthermore, entrepreneurs are prepared and willing to modify their plan when new information arrives and when there are changes in circumstances.

A great example of being flexible would be the recent story behind Hyungsoo Kim and his company Eone, which is short for Everyone. Kim initially develop a wristwatch that featured braille. He quickly discovered that people want to be included and not have attention brought to their disability. So, he trashed the original plan and came up with a watch that would not only be worn by the blind, but even people with sight.

5. Vision

Entrepreneurs see opportunity everywhere. They’re innovators who are always on the lookout to either develop a new idea or improve an existing product or service. And, chances are that’s the main reason why they became an entrepreneur in the first place. At some point in their lives they noticed something that could be better. But, instead of just saying that something could be better wasn’t enough. They actually put a plan in motion. In other words, entrepreneurs have the ability to see the future before it happens.

I always say Entrepreneurs are inspired by things that have never been seen before, things yet to be discovered. You must have the vision that nobody else does. Then the vision to see it through.