Tuesday, December 20, 2005
Now I have to find all the codes again before they start threatening to take me off their list for not listing their link.
This is just one of those things that make me want to scream...... but we keep moving forward because this too, shall pass.
How are YOUR business goals?
How are YOU?
How do you stay positive in situations like the above? What are some of they things you do, or say to yourself when it seems like LIFE is against all you're trying to do? When it seems like something is trying to stop your progress?
Thursday, December 01, 2005
Personal goals and dreams are not formed over night; they are built with
each passing day. It’s important that you do something each day toward fulfilling your
personal dreams. Every effort, no matter how small or insignificant, can make a difference.
All those daily “blocks” build on one another and, slowly but surely add up.
Be patient with yourself and never give up. Your tower will slowly grow and sooner than you think, you’ll be standing at the top!
Meditations for Women. All rights reserved.
This was taken from the Yahoo group "ATL_Sistagirls" on the web. Contributed by Staci
Wednesday, November 30, 2005
Come to the edge, he said.
They said they were afraid.
Come to the edge, he said.
He pushed them and they flew.
Tuesday, November 29, 2005
1) I’m looking to buy in East Atlanta- by the East Atlanta Village where I intend to open the boutique
2) I am buying a house with equity, where I can take a loan against that to help open the store and help with inventory.
So all in all, it will work together. Although, I don’t see clearly it now, and it all looks sketchy I have the vision- a distant vision, but one no less….and really, that’s all you need; a vision!
Thursday, October 27, 2005
draw them out. - Proverbs 20:5 NRS
Being made in God's likeness gives us amazing potential. But sometimes ittakes
"a man of understanding" to recognize it and "draw it out." Toomany of us are
gifted at seeing the obvious. We're quick to label peopleas arrogant, quick-tempered,
or weak. But a person with spiritual insightsees beyond that to the hopes and fears
behind their behavior.
The people who knew Simon knew his tendency to shoot from the hip and be impulsive.
But Jesus saw something else. That's why He renamed him Peter,meaning a rock or pillar suitable for a foundation. Can you imagine thelook on the disciples' faces when Jesus said,
"You are Peter...upon this rock I will build My church, and...hell will not conquer it" (Mt 16:18NLT)? But Peter did become a pillar, a respected leader and founder ofthe church.
And all because of Jesus' ability and willingness to lookbeyond his surface-level qualities
to what was inside.
Today we need more: Parents who'll pray for their children, look beyond their flaws and
"draw out" their uniqueness; spouses who'll search forthe hidden treasure in their mate; business leaders who'll treat workers with respect and match their talents with their responsibilities; Christians who'll forgive the immature stumbling of young believers and
work to develop them; witnesses who see the lost through the eyes ofJesus and recognize
what His transforming power can do. So, ask God today for eyes to see what others miss.
Rhema Broadcasting Group
Taken from Julie Gaskins, a.k.a. "J"
Tuesday, October 25, 2005
Thursday, October 20, 2005
Years ago, a famous golfer, was invited by the king of Saudi Arabia, to play in a golf tournament. He accepted the invitation and the king flew his private jet over to the United States to pick up the pro. They played golf for several days, and enjoyed a good time. As the golfer was getting on the plane to return the United States, the king stopped him and said,
"I want to give you a gift for coming all this way and making this time so special. Anything you want. What could I get you?"
Such the gentleman, the golfer replied, "Oh please; don't get me anything. You've been such a gracious host. I've had a wonderful time.
I couldn't ask for anything more."
The king was adamant. He said, "No I insist on giving you something so you will always remember your journey to our country."
When the golfer realize that the king was resolute, he said, "Okay, fine. I collect golf clubs. Why don't you get me a golf club?"
He boarded the plane, and on his flight back home, he couldn't help but wonder what kind of golf club the king would give him. He imagined that it might be a solid gold putter, with his name engraved on it, or one encrusted with rubies and diamonds. The more he thought about it, the more excited he got,
as the King was rich from oil.
When the golfer got back home, he watched the mail daily to see if his new golf club had come yet. Much to his dismay, after several weeks he was disappointed, and figured the King had forgotten all about him, as the King has many other duties.
Finally after several more weeks, he had received a letter from the King, which he wondered, where was his golf club, the King must be sending a letter of apology, When he opened the certified letter, the King did indeed apologize for the delay, but told the golfer to rest assured he found him the perfect golf club.
Attached to the letter, was a deed in his name to a 500 acre golf club.
Sometimes people think "BIGGER" than you do!
EXPAND YOUR THINKING!!!!!!
Taken from SaySu of Something_Positive_Yes yahoo group
Wednesday, October 19, 2005
When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus. — Acts 4:13
Jell-O is an amazing thing. It can be made into almost anything and comes in almost any
flavor. Despite its use in something as simple as Jigglers for an after school snack or as the
key ingredient in an elaborate dessert, Jell-O, at its core, is quite simple. The movie, My
Best Friend’s Wedding, even used it to compare a person who is rather ordinary to someone
who is more like the elaborate dessert Crème Brulee. Jell-O is even used to celebrate
special events. For example, my 16th birthday fell during the Lenten Season, which I was observing for the first time. I had given up sweets (a critical food staple for any teenager)
so my mom made me a Jell-O mold garnished with fruit and candles. Although it
didn’t hold its shape after the initial cut, it was a beautiful thing…the ordinary made extraordinary.
That’s how our lives are described when we spend time with Jesus. In the Scripture above, Peter and John are on trial before the ruling authorities of the day called the Sanhedrin.
Peter and John have been healing the blind, crippled, and sick and were basically stirring up quite a commotion among the religious leaders. However, when they stood in front of the Sanhedrin, the rulers noticed something very peculiar. These are common men, fishermen
to be exact. They have no formal titles and no formal schooling or training. Yet, they
speak and act with a boldness and courage that obviously comes from somewhere else –
or more specifically – from Someone else. Take a look at what they say: They took note
that these men had been with Jesus.
Spending time with Jesus has a way of turning the ordinary, common, everyday life into
one that is dangerous, bold and courageous. Just as Jell-O takes the shape of whatever
mold it is poured into, our lives begin to take the shape of the One in whom we pour
ourselves. In all honesty, we’re all pretty ordinary. But, when we regularly spend time
with Jesus, others will take notice, for there is no doubt that time with Jesus transforms us.
Today, maybe you feel like just another ordinary person living an ordinary life. The good
news is that your life has the potential of being extraordinary. Spend time with Jesus
and let him remold your life into something extraordinary.
Taken from the SistersNhomeBiz Yahoo group
Friday, October 14, 2005
Where the grace of God cannot keep you.
Where the arms of God cannot support you,
Where the riches of God cannot supply your needs,
Where the power of God cannot endow you.
The will of God will never take you,
Where the spirit of God cannot work through you,
Where the wisdom of God cannot teach you,
Where the army of God cannot protect you,
Where the hands of God cannot mold you.
The will of God will never take you,
Where the love of God cannot enfold you,
Where the mercies of God cannot sustain you,
Where the peace of God cannot calm your fears,
Where the authority of God cannot overrule for you.
The will of God will never take you,
Where the comfort of God cannot dry your tears,
Where the Word of God cannot feed you,
Where the miracles of God cannot be done for you,
Where the omnipresence of God cannot find you.
-- Author Unknown
Wednesday, October 12, 2005
What is the difference between VICTIM and VICTOR?
Over the summer, I began to prepare curriculum for the awesome work of connecting with women in domestic violence shelters. One of the questions I asked myself in this preparation was, “What is the difference between victim and victor?”
I had my own ideas, but I perused Webster as well. It defined a victim as one that is injured, destroyed, or sacrificed under any of various conditions; one that is subjected to oppression, hardship or mistreatment. Victor, however, is someone that defeats an enemy or opponent: winner. Even still, victory is achievement of mastery or success in a struggle or endeavor
against odds or difficulties.
Both victim and victor imply some battle, some struggle that has taken place. But, while a victim’s story ends with the oppression, hardship and the subsequent wounds, the victor continues on toward mastery through overcoming the odds of what would appear to be her reasonable chances of success.
What is the difference between victim and victor? Two letters found at the end of each word. The difference is what happens in the end. Everything leading up to the ‘i’ and the ‘m,’ and the ‘o’ and the ‘r’ are the same. The beginning may appear to be out of our hands at the moment, but we choose our ending.
Going back to my classroom teaching days, we can use an acronym as an example:
Tension and an
Tension and an
Vile Injustice Causing Tension can serve as our experience, the backdrop of our choice to
stay a victim or to rise to a victor. And yes, I do say our choice. The way in which our story
ends has little to do with how it begins. It has more to do with whether we settle for an
Injured Mindset, or we take our Opportunity to Rise. We choose this all day everyday in
both large and small ways.
I was telling a friend what a rough week I had last week. It was filled with tension, struggle
and strain. Most of that struggle and strain took place right inside my mind. As I
teeter-tottered between remaining a victim to inconvenient circumstances and rising
to my highest, I asked myself a question.
"How do I want this story to end? What do I choose?”
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Thursday, September 29, 2005
Anxious soul, God is saying to you today, "Be still, and know that I am God."
And there's a reason He's saying it. Your activity, when born out of anxiety,
actually prevents Him from showing Himself strong on your behalf.
That doesn't mean you're to be passive or lazy; it just means you're to do
whatever He leads you to do without running ahead of Him in the energy
of the flesh! It also means you're to submit to Him first,then slow down and
wait! In other words, make sure you have a sense ofpeace to go along with
the ideas you believe He's given you. Ask Him to reveal to you His will in the
matter, then "be still" and acknowledge that He's God, He's in charge, He knows
what He's doing! Learn to trust Him without always demanding to know what
He's going to do, when He's going to do it, and how He's going to carry it out.
Jesus said, "I am the vine, and you are the branches" (Jn 15:5 NIV).
Until you really embrace those words you'll keep trying to do things that
only God can do - like blessing yourself, promoting your own ministry,
solving your own problems and answering your own prayers. Or worse,
you'll try to cover up for Him because you think He's not doing it fast
enough, or in the way it should be done. Give it up! Try less and trust more!
Jesus said, "I am the vine, and you are the branches."
All you have to do is stay connected!
Bible-in-a-year Reading: Eph 4:17 - 5:21, Jn 15:1-17, Ps 91, Pr 21:28-31
I received this in my email from one of my poetry groups.
This is what I needed to hear. BE STILL. Wait and lean back in his
comfort. I see there is real peace in knowing that I am not alone-
a HIGHER Power IS looking out for me. Not a mere human who can
fail me, but a HIGHER being who created me knowing that I would have
these issues, and created me knowing he would take care of me- he came
with answers and direction…..I just have to follow it.
Monday, September 19, 2005
A scripture I read last week has been haunting me.
In Luke 17, the disciples asked Jesus to:
Jesus’ response was to the effect of ..(not quoted) ‘if you had Faith the size of a
…. what a powerful analogy!
1) Do you know how small a mustard seed is? And
2) Some obstacles, aspirations and wants in my life are the size of a little rock
- but when I say “move” they are not shaken.
Should this give me an ideal of my faith in these areas? *
I am always amazed at God’s timing. His timing for everything.
Most recently, his timing for revelation and enlightenment.
I’ve known (memorized) this parable since I was a child.
I’ve heard many sermons on it. Had many ‘grannies’ repeat it.
However, it is only NOW do I understand and can relate it to my life.
And it is NOW that I (and maybe you) need to understand and apply it.
God’s timing is unmatched.
Anyway, I’ve been on the fence about a few of my aspirations…battling with
thoughts of “How can it be done?…” , “Will it be needed or wanted?”…
”Why, again, am I doing it?” ….
"Is it good enough?” …”Am I good enough?” and getting a bit discouraged,
and fearful. Many of life’s obstacles seem to keep interfering with the “smooth”
sailing I anticipated. –MY "perfect" plans are not being followed.
HOW DARE LIFE DO THIS TO ME? …lol…
This parable was JUST what I needed. The confirmation of the power I possess.
“MOVE FOREST! GET OUT OF MY WAY- BECAUSE I AM DOING
I know, without doubt, that I am called with purpose. A few purposes!
And I know that I can not live without fulfilling them. I just cant. I
t just WILL NOT happen.
I have made up my mind to DO- that which is my calling; regardless of
what may stand in front of me…and I need to reclaim my victory and begin.
There is no time for fear… no time for procrastination…no time for self-doubt.
No time for self-doubt!
…Why? Because my trust is not in myself- but in the LORD that dwells within me.
So this week, I am challenging myself…and all that believe.
Let’s exercise our faith and try to at least have it the size of a mustard seed…
if we can move a tree, imagine what we can do reaching our own small goals.
Peace & Blessings,
*I know that some things(‘crosses to bear’) are placed in our lives to
make us in some way- so all that I want to move will not just up and move...
and this is no reflection on my faith.
But I’m talking about things I KNOW, would be allowed by God if I had more
faith in him working in these areas and not myself. SELF is afraid, and has
totally let ‘fear’ drive, hence my idleness….
Wednesday, September 14, 2005
- Jeremiah 1:5NCV
There's a consistent pattern in Scripture of what happens in a life that God wants to use
(1) There's always a call. God asks common people to engage in uncommon
acts of trust,
like getting out of the boat and walking on water.
(2)There's always fear. God has a habit of asking people to do things that
scare them: like
Moses who told God, "I'm not a good enough speaker, usesomebody else."
(3) There's always reassurance. Listen: "As I was withMoses, so I will be with you."
That's what God told Joshua, the newleader who'd just taken over.
(4) There's always a decision. Sometimes,like with Gideon, we say yes to God's call.
Sometimes, like the richyoung ruler who spoke to Jesus, we say no, but
always we must decide.
(5)There's always a changed life. Those who say yes to God's call don't walkperfectly, not by a long shot. But because they say yes they learn and
grow, even from their failures, and become part of His actions to redeema lost world.
Those who say no to God are changed too; they become alittle harder,
a little more resistant to His calling, a little morelikely to say no next time.
Is God calling you?
Maybe it has to do with your work, yourrelationships, your money,
or facing your deepest fear. God's call willgo to the core of who you
are and what you do. If you say yes to Him,you'll never regret it!
Bible-in-a-year Reading: Song of Songs 1-4, Jn 11:45-57,
Ps 78:32-39, Pr20:20-21
Rhema Broadcasting Group (c) 2003
Julie Gaskins, a.k.a. "J"
Tuesday, September 13, 2005
“What to do Lord?”
That was what I asked. “God, what can I do? I, myself, am just a bit away from snapping! How can I help? What can I say?"
But something MUST be done…
Then it occurred to me. Since I haven’t “snapped” yet-lol- I should be strong for us both!
I have Faith enough in God to know that not only I can develop, grow and pull through the struggle but so can YOU!
Isn’t that why we have each other- to lean on?
I can’t stress enough that we ALL are created with a purpose. We all are created with the intensions of succeeding. Not success as we see it and know it, such as achieving these material things that can be given and taken…but spiritual and mental success.
We have the ability to pull ourselves out of these depressive states, in spite of what’s going on around us- in order to reach our goals. Fulfill our purpose. These emotional and mental attacks are on us for a reason- to stop us from reaching our goals. God’s goals. To stop us from having what God has offered us. Success. Peace. Joy.
But, we must have Faith! We must have faith and continue to persevere and not give up. Not give up mentally- no matter what our bodies are telling us. Train your mind, and the body will follow.
Have Faith, until you can, I will for you- because we are our brothers’ keeper.
Peace & Blessings,
Monday, September 12, 2005
We are all blessed with different gifts. God has equipped us with all we need to be productive people, but we do not take advantage of most of our talents. We figure if we can’t financially be a ‘blessing’ or support- than there is nothing else we can do.
One of the gifts God brought to my mind is the gift of Encouragement.
With a simple note, we have the ability to make someone’s day a little brighter.
I urge you in all your web surfing- if you see a site you’ve enjoyed just drop the owner a line, -leave a comment. Let him/her know that their hard work is not in vain. Their site is being viewed and was enjoyed.
Yes, many have site counters- but I’d rather get an emailed comment over 100 hits any day. I’d rather know that someone actually took time out to let me know that my hard work is seen. That’s what keeps me motivated. Not the number of hits, but is do someone walk away feeling better. Feeling empowered!
That’s what keeps me working harder to improve the quality of what I produce.
If you have the gift of encouragement, use it! You never know what your little comment could do- some are life changing, and some, life saving…
Peace & Blessings,
Friday, September 09, 2005
2. Your words, your dreams, and your thoughts have power to create
conditions in your life.
3. What you speak about, you can bring about.
4. If you keep saying you can't stand your job, you might lose your job.
5. If you keep saying you can't stand your body, your body can become sick.
6. If you keep saying you can't stand your car, your car could be stolen
or just stop operating.
7. If you keep saying you're always broke, guess what? You'll always be broke.
8. If you keep saying you can't trust a man or trust a woman, you will
always find someone in your life to hurt and betray you.
9. If you keep saying you can't find a job, you will remain unemployed.
10. If you keep saying you can't find someone to love you or believein you,
our very thoughts will attract more experiences to confirm yourbeliefs.
Turn your thoughts and conversations around to be more positiveand power
packed with faith, hope, love and action.
Don't be afraid to believe that you can have what you want and deserve.
taken from www.SisterPower.com
Thursday, September 01, 2005
This quote really touched me today. Sometimes we lose focus of God and start to look around us. We begin to look at other people, other businesses- and see that they are “flourishing”, growing or doing so much more than we are.
It seems as if, no matter how hard we try, we “can’t win for losing”.
I had asked God, “Why do you allow some to have more than others? Are they more special in some way? Is your favor on them, but not on the others? Is this JUST??”
God spoke to me.
Firstly, “His ways are NOT our ways…neither are his thoughts our thoughts” (in other words, “How dare I try to comprehend his justice and why he does things- I could NEVER begin to understand with my mortal mind”…)
Needless to say, that shut me up pretty quickly!! LOL
Secondly, we are ALL equal in his eyes. No one is greater. Actually- none of us really ‘shine’, when you get down to it. Compared to him, our greatest deeds and ‘best-of-the-best’ is like “filthy rags” .
Isa 64:6 “ But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags;”
However in spite of that, God still loves us. His mercies keep us. Even when I feel that I am going backwards, not progressing-but losing in this game of life…
I am a winner in more ways than one. You may not see it- but I know it.
So are you! I may not see it- but God know it.
…Now isn’t that what truly matters?
Peace & Blessings,
* Quote taken from Julie Gaskins, a.k.a. "J"
Tuesday, August 30, 2005
Thursday, August 25, 2005
PROCEEDING POSITIVELY IN PERSISTENCE OF MY GOAL."
There are four rungs of success:
Plan Purposefully, Prepare Prayerfully, Proceed Positively, Pursue Persistently.
-- African American folklore
Make sure the quality of your intent is one of truth, honor and love.
Prepare to pursue your purpose with prayer.
Ask for guidance, protection and direction.
Ask that closed doors be opened and that the
purpose of those that remain closed be revealed.
Give thanks for your answered prayers by proceeding without any doubt.
Keep your purpose in mind, trust the guidance you receive, have faith in the ability to succeed and accept all that comes your way.
If your purpose is clear, your prayers backed by faith,
your outlook sure and positive, never, never look back.
You may meet forks and turns in the road, by your obstacles shall all be removed.
Friday, August 19, 2005
- Les Brown
Fear is a very natural and normal response to the challenges we face in life.
Fear tells us there is something we must be cautious about.
Fear puts us on alert and tells us there is something we must be prepared for.
Fear means something we know nothing about is about to come upon us.
Fear of change, the unknown, rejection, failure, and success are like the barking of a ferocious bulldog.
For people of color, the fear of being bitten, again, immobilizes us.
A history that has not honored our sense of worth and value supports our fear.
The best thing we can do to fear is confront it.
We must believe we can conquer them.
The next time the bulldog of fear is upon you, stare it down, open its mouth and check to see if the thing has teeth.
Wednesday, August 17, 2005
After Elijah had delivered his powerful message to Ahab and Jezebel, the Lord told Elijah to go into obscurity--disappear for a while--and God would provide for him there.
Does Elijah's sudden turnaround sound a little familiar? Maybe things were going reasonably well in your own life, and God redirected you. It didn't necessarily make sense at the moment.
Maybe that's happened to you too. Things were humming along, then one day your spouse said, "I'm leaving. I don't want to be married to you." He's gone.
Maybe you got a call from the place you've worked for twenty years: "Sorry. We have to downsize." Your world ended. Or so it
Actually, it might be a whole new beginning. When God closes one door, He opens another. Elijah was about to discover this. In fact, God was preparing him.
God was getting him ready, step by step, challenge by challenge. Big things were coming. The next phase was about to start. It's the same with you. If you've been told to head for the hills and be fed by birds, so to speak, if your brook has dried up, if a door has closed in your life, don't think God is done
with you. You need to just trust Him. He may be getting you ready for phase two. He may be whipping you into shape for something beyond your wildest dreams.
--Greg Laurie, Losers and Winners, Saints and Sinners
Tuesday, August 16, 2005
Got something in you, you want to birth, and get out.
Or maybe you're multi-talented, and have a couple of things in conception mode
that you want to birth twins, triplet, or quadruple style.
Either way, too much going on inside your mind
creates nothing but static, confusion, and often times
Learn to develop "total" quiet time
No phones, No TV, No noise
but the thoughts inside your head
Especially when stressed and confused
and a call to a family member or friend, instead of a call to go quiet
is not in your remedy bag.
When you go into that quiet space.
What ever is deep in you
rings (LOUDLY) through,
producing clarity on what you gotta do!
Thursday, August 11, 2005
Have faith in yourself. You have gotten this far, haven't you? You have braved difficulties and made it through. Real satisfaction comes not when everything goes well, but in taking on a challenge and conquering it. You can achieve things you cannot fathom now. Whatever the challenge, you will continue to find a way through.
Virtual Office Suite
"YOUR office away from the office!"
*taken from the Yahoo Group SistersNhomeBiz
Wednesday, August 10, 2005
Friday, August 05, 2005
When customers are nowhere to be found and your company's on the brink of disaster, use this smart three-step strategy to get business in the door.
June 01, 2005By Michael Winicki
How's business these days? Is everything going along swimmingly--or have you recently thought to yourself "Help! I don't have any customers!"? Don't laugh--even if you've never felt that way, other business owners know the feeling all too well. In fact, I've come across clients in this situation more times that I could count.
What generally happens is that the business runs along fine for a long period of time and then suddenly, everything goes "haywire." The reasons behind the haywire can be discussed another time, but for now, because you need to get out of that type of situation as quickly as possible, let's look at how can you can turn this around quick!
I'm going to go out on a limb here and make a few more assumptions. First, I'm going to assume that a lack of customers means you have a bank account that's near zero, so you don't have a lot of money to spend on marketing efforts.
Next, I'm going to assume that you aren't a wiz-bang when it comes to marketing. You barely understand it, and you hate most of it because it costs you money and you never get a return from it, at least in your opinion.
The third thing I'm going to assume is that whatever type of business you have, for one reason or another, you haven't been maintaining a customer database. Now if you had a customer database of some kind, our job of turning this mess around would be much easier. But in this case, no database.
The fourth assumption I'm going to make is that your business depends on local traffic to keep the doors open. You could be in retail or food service or maybe you're a contractor of some sort, but your company needs to draw people in from the surrounding areas in order to make a go of it.
Finally, I'm going to assume you can turn your negative attitude around--at least for a month while we try to infuse some cash into your operation. And don't say you don't have one. Just as a lack of customers means no money in your bank account, the same can be said about what having no customers does to your outlook: It sends it right into the pits.
But the last thing we can allow is for any new influx of customers coming through your door or calling on the phone to come in contact with a bitter person who, in many instances, blames--inaccurately, of course--their putrid business situation on the very patrons that have the power of digging them out of their financial mess.
The bottom line is, you've got to change your attitude, or least be able to fake it, or you're not going to be able to pull this recovery off. So let's get started saving this business...
First thing you're going to do is get one of those small, portable, sandwich board signs that can be placed outside your business during normal operating hours. You would then put a captivating marketing message on each side of the sign. Please don't put something lame on it like "Open" or "Mike's Auto Repair." Instead, go with "Burger, Fries $3.99 and Get a Free Drink!" or "Free estimates on air conditioning repairs."
Don't leave the same message on the sign for days on end either. If you can muster up enough creativity to come up with a different daily special, then so much the better. And don't forget to bring the sign in at night. I'm still looking for one of mine!
This sign with plastic letters shouldn't cost you much more than $150, and it may just be the best marketing investment you'll ever make. Obviously the sign will only be as effective as the marketing message on it. But you can be sure about one thing: This sign will bring in business.
As a side note, let me just say that at some point, you're going to need to learn more about marketing. Any poor-performing business has marketing issues, and to survive long term, you need to either figure this marketing thing out or get someone who can do it for you.
Some great authors have written books the "non marketing" business owner can read, understand and apply. Jay Conrad Levinson's "Guerilla Marketing" books are golden. Dan Kennedy's The Ultimate Market Plan and The Ultimate Sales Letter are wonderful books for a beginner. And my book, Killer Techniques to Succeed with Newspaper, Magazine and Yellow Page Advertising was written specifically for the person who doesn't have a background in marketing.
Hiring a marketing mentor isn't a bad idea either. And while there are thousands of consultants criss-crossing the country at any one time, if you choose to hook up with one, please make sure you get one who has a lot of experience with small businesses. Many marketing consultants have experience with larger firms, those companies employing hundreds if not thousands of people, but I've found the consultants who really specialize in small businesses to number much fewer.
The second thing you're going to do is start a "door hanger" campaign. You know what door hangers are, right? They're those small sheets of cardstock you hang on the doorknob of an outside door. And they're one of the cheapest and best marketing tools you could ever use. You can get 1,000 blank door hangers for about $20 plus shipping. I did a quick search on the Internet and found many companies that supply them.
Once you get them, you can create an offer or special of some type using simple word processing software and then print them off using your own printer. The fly in the ointment with door hangers is getting them hung. If I were you, I'd either save the money and do it myself or hire a local kid or two to do it for you. Do as many as you can every week. Door hangers are great because in many parts of the country, no one's using them and they do attract attention.
The final thing to do is create an inexpensive black and white, two-sided business card. Just have your typical business card information on one side, and on the other, put a compelling offer to visit your store or call on you for the service you provide. "Free" still works, so don't ignore the potential of using that word in your offer.
One thousand, two-sided black and white business cards shouldn't cost you more than $40. And then you know what you're going to do with them? You and your relatives and friends are going to pass them out to anyone and everyone. And once those are gone, you're going to print more. Got it?
There you go, a complete mini-marketing campaign that should not cost you more than $250 to get started. And you'll see measurable results in a matter of days. Just keep repeating the process over and over until you reach a point where other and more costly marketing tools can be brought into play.
Tuesday, August 02, 2005
….I have glimpses of “success”- although the work and trails before I reach it, are sometimes discouraging. I begin to doubt, and when I doubt I am not as motivated to move or ‘do’….
I must hold on to my dreams, hold on to the vision and press on knowing that they WILL come to pass.
I ask that you do the same….hold on, and keep working hard, this is only temporary but the rewards will be that of a life time and then transcend generations….
Habakkuk Chap 2,ver 2-3
2] And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.
Tuesday, July 26, 2005
Don't worry that other people don't know you;worry that you don't know other people.
The old saying fall so true, when its said, its not about
"what you know," but "who you know"
that can make a difference.
How many of us, have "unused" talents and aspirations, that were not pursuing to the fullest capacity b/c we feel
that people don't know how great we really are at it
So sometimes we stop even working at it, or put down our passion, craft, for a regular 9-5.
Well maybe if you made it your business to
"know" those people are successfully pursuing passions
similar to yours, you would be back on track with your goals.
Is doesnt hurt to learn, the how's, what's and when's
who are doing what you want to do got started
Know about them, their works, and their paths...
And by knowing "other" people
And applying what you learned from and about other people
People will eventually know of you.
And knowing if half the battle.
I hope this helps someone, cause it certainly did help me today!
Monday, July 25, 2005
Too Busy Not To Network
By Robyn Henderson
How do we fit networking into our busy schedules?
One of the best ways to do this is by integrating networking into our lives. Some of the best networking opportunities take place in less formal situations—be it a baseball or basketball game or neighborhood or school get-togethers. When we combine networking with our social events, we will certainly be saving time.
In the networking ladder of loyalty, we can walk into a room full of strangers at any kind of event, not knowing anyone. Through communication—basically a combination of speaking and listening—we build trust. The more we communicate, the more trust we build and the faster we move our relationship up the networking ladder of loyalty from stranger to acquaintance to friend.
Some people shy away from the use of the word "friend," concerned that they either have enough friends already, or more "friends" mean more commitments. On the contrary! When you build up a network of friends you create communities full of open doors. Open doors where we can pick up the phone, send an email, offer information, ask for help, knowing always that the help is reciprocal.
By knowing who to call can save you time, money and effort. Networking is basically connecting like-minded people, communicating with friends and acquaintances and cementing our blocks of trust. In doing so, we form solid foundations of networks and contacts and often become known as a sphere of influence—someone who knows a little bit about a lot of things and a lot about one or two areas of our expertise. We are reliable, professional and great at accessing vital information.
You can develop a network of friends by doing the following three things:
Give without expectations. Do something for someone without the intention of getting something back. Basically as our BNI founder Ivan Misner has told us many times, "Give without remembering and receive without forgetting."
Have an "abundance" mentality. This is the belief system that regardless of profession or location, opportunities abound for everyone. Be generous with sharing information and connections, without fearing scarcity or lack.
Understand the universal law of reciprocity. This states that what you give out comes back tenfold. If you want referrals, start giving them to others.
Based on the above definition and examples we can see that networking actually goes way beyond attending networking functions. This in itself is a great time management bonus. Fifteen minutes per day keeping in touch, following up and being remembered positively will add to our networking profile.
Global Networking Specialist Robyn Henderson has authored seven books, including four on networking and business building. To receive a complimentary networking ebook, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her website www.networkingtowin.com.au.
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Tuesday, June 28, 2005
"Thinking of you with a baby, a husband, a too skinny you is like you were a different person. The many lives we get while here on earth is awesome. I'm learning instead of looking at this one as ONE life- I look at each phase as a new one. So when I switch gears and begin something new- it does not take away or make me feel bad for not completing the old- that was a different person...and maybe I'll be her again and pick up and complete what she started...if not- fine- because in my NEW life- I can begin again without her baggage"
Whoa. I just spoke that? And saw it with much clarity as I looked at her life and the different people she embody.
So many different people, cultures, thoughts.. made me think of MY lives. The people within me. The miles we've walked and who was left behind. Who's still walking with me? .....Only me.... this NEW me... yes, I've taken the baton and some instructions from her but she's back there- and I'M HERE...
I am a new creation, many times. Each level, stage in life is not only growth, but change and newness...
Why let the old life disappointments hold me down...?
Why be captive to old fears, in my new life?
Why am I clinging to someone else's ( that girl of the past) struggles?
Her fears should not be my fears...obviously she over came them, because she gave birth to me...
...and the crazy thing, I say .. "I don't believe in reincarnation" ...but I believe in being born again...in more ways than one....
The difference to me, reincarnation, I'm coming back still me in soul/spirit- just in a different from... born again, I'm new- not only in form, but also in mind- in spirit....
Today is the first day of the rest of your life!
How many times have you heard this saying?
It is a very powerful saying, and can really make one stop and realize that, this is so true!
When it comes to “taking care of ourselves” how many of us really do?
How many hours per week do we put into taking care of ourselves?
How many hours should we?
Us women usually take care of plenty, including but not limited to: maintaining a home, the
children, the pets, the spouse, the work-at-home-job, and on, and on, and on...
But, I have taken a good look around, and I have noticed that us "Wonder Women", really don’t
take as much care of ourselves as we should...
Well, I am here to tell ya that “Today is the First Day of the Rest of Your LIFE, take care of your Life!”
“We are too valuable to be rated # 2, always remember you’re # 1” -Lynda
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Friday, June 17, 2005
Things You Cannot Lose
When you worry too much about losing something, you've already lost it. For your worry prevents you from receiving any value out of whatever you're so worried about losing.
Things do change, and what is here today may well be gone tomorrow. You can worry and fret over that reality, or you can joyfully and lovingly make the most of all you have right now.
The joy that you fully experience, you will not lose. The love that you live and give, cannot be taken from your heart by any outside circumstance.
If you invest yourself too heavily in the fleeting, superficial things in life, you'll be setting yourself up for a shattering disappointment when those things are no longer with you. Instead,
learn to treasure those real, substantial, meaningful things that time and events cannot erase.
Get in the habit of fully living each day with meaning and purpose.
You'll find yourself worrying less about what you have to lose, and focusing more on what you have to use.
Express gratitude for all you have by making the very most of it.
And you'll always have plenty to be thankful for.
Encouragement received from the BBON on Yahoo groups!
Tuesday, June 14, 2005
Yes, you are enough.
Yes, you may be discouraged, but not defeated.
Yes, this is your time.
Yes, it will work out.
Yes, you can begin again.
Yes, you can let go.
Yes, life and people change.
Yes, you will pass the test.
Yes, you will graduate.
Yes, you can be debt free.
Yes, you can feel better.
Yes, you can heal.
Yes, you can say no to _____________
Yes, you will get the loan.
Yes, you can love again.
Yes, life is challenging, but greater is He that is in you, your provider, protection and peace.
Yes, you make a positive difference.
Yes, you are a role model.
Yes, you may feel misunderstood and unappreciated.
Yes, you can BE loved again.
Yes, better days are ahead.
Yes, God loves you.
Yes, new doors are opening up for you.
Yes, you can achieve your goals and dreams.
Yes, you may feel alone, but you are not alone.
Yes, can get back up again.
Yes, you are strong, wise and caring.
Yes, you can distance yourself from those who hurt, disrespect or stress you.
Yes, you know what to do.
Yes, you are forgiven.
Yes, you are blessed.
Yes, you can rest.
Yes, you don't have to do it ALL.
Yes, this is your time.
Yes, you may be tired but you are learning what is necessary and what is NOT
Yes, you will have victory after your valley experience.
Yes, you have discipline to stick with the task at hand.
Yes, you will finish what you start.
Yes, in spite of it all, today is a good day.
Yes, you will speak up.
Yes, you are awesome.
Yes, you are phenomenal.
Yes, I am talking to you!
~ Jewel Diamond Taylor, Motivational Speaker and author
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Thursday, June 09, 2005
Does it serve any purpose to complain about things you cannot change? So why would you want to waste your time doing it?Does it serve any purpose to fill your thoughts with regret and resentment over what happened long ago? So why would you waste even a single moment on such a negative, unpleasant pursuit?
You're far better off doing something that does serve a purpose. You're far better off using your time and energy to learn, to create, to love, to understand and experience life.
Your thoughts and actions are immensely powerful. Rather than using them to hold yourself down, put them to work on a valuable and positive purpose.
Use your energy to serve a positive purpose, and as a result you will have even more energy. Fill your time in the service of a positive purpose, and your life will be filled with truly meaningful treasures.
Choose the thoughts and actions that serve a purpose. And life will serve you its real rewards.
Monday, June 06, 2005
The stress you experience is not caused by the things that happen around you.
Your stress comes from the way you react to those things that happen. To experience less stress, you do not need to undertake some grand project that will change the world around you. It is simply a matter of observing and adjusting the way you respond to life. The things that really upset you are able to get to you because you allow them to do so. You may not be able to stop them from happening, yet you can absolutely choose not to obsess over them. Yes, your stress may indeed be telling you that you need to take some action or another. Yet after you receive the message, there is no need to continue holding on to the stress.
Reducing your stress is as easy as re-directing the focus of your thoughts. The more you practice doing it, the more quickly and naturally it comes.The thoughts you choose to hold in your mind will determine the amount of stress you have.
So choose to leave the stress behind, and put your energy into positive, fulfilling pursuits.
Thursday, June 02, 2005
I will strive to be a gift to others, always seeing to enrich their lives as they enrich mine.
“Whether dealing with a man, a mentor, someone in a position to further your understanding in life, or a friend, it should never just be about what they can give to you. You must always be mindful of what you can give to them. You must be willing to exchange resources.
When friendships are not formed from the heart, they will die the moment one of the party’s agendas has been fulfilled. In these cases, one always walks away feeling used, vowing never to be so free about sharing their resources again. But, if a rich deposit is left in the other person’s life, both are richer for he exchange.
What spice do you have to add to someone else’s life?
What thing of beauty?
What common ground or experience?
How much are you willing to give while pursuing what you want?
Diva’s are always considerate, never purposing to take more than they give.”
*Excerpts from the book: The Diva Principle by Michelle McKinney Hammond.
It’s funny that my “Diva Confession” is of this topic. I was speaking with a friend about this today. It’s very important to maintain our relationships. It’s even more important to develop relationships with the right motives. While we all want to prosper and ‘network for success’- we cant truly be successful where it counts *spiritually * if we do not develop relationship with the correct motives. Let’s search ‘us’ and maintain our networks, better yet, let’s establish our networks as friends.
Peace & Blessings
Wednesday, June 01, 2005
But, why are we dead in-between? Why do we suddenly get ‘writers block’, when we were on a roll?
Are we really seeing the things around us that could inspire us? Are we tapping into the resources we have at hand? Or are we blind and only looking for a major EVENT to inspire us?
Where is my muse?
That has often been my question… followed by “He left me and now I must search for a new one.”
But I was looking for the wrong kind of muse. I was looking for someone to give me the beginning of a piece so I could end it.
Yesterday I took time out of my “ALL ABOUT ME” world, and I ventured into speaking and getting to know people I already have semi-established relationships with. I ventured in solidifying my networking and nurturing them- versus- acquiring a new friend, heavily speaking to them for two days and forgetting about them. I ventured into caring about someone else and what his or her life is like.
In the process I was welcomed with a beautiful surprise. Not only do I have much in common on a business level with these people, but also on a personal level.
People I’ve known of for at least 2 years had the answers to my questions. People with stories that have not only touched me enough to write about, but people with stories that ‘Awed’ me and inspired me to preserver to reach MY goals.
Also, I’ve had a bit of ‘writers’ block on my novel. Unsure of the role a particular character will play, in the process of speaking to a new friend about the premise- it came to me!! Can you imagine the excitement?! LOL
These are all things that would have never opened up to me, it I didn’t open myself up to people. To life. To living.
Inspiration IS everywhere. Let’s remember that and not put on our blinders as we live each day.
Tuesday, May 31, 2005
I will be empowered as I empower others
I will not seek to control or even contain them
With my blessings.
Sometimes I get so caught up in my own motivators, goals and plans- that I forget others.
As part of being a leader, a motivator, a mentor- we must remember those that are
Leadership is not about US. But about helping each other accomplish his/her goals.
I say this because over the past few weeks, I’ve lead many people to requested
I lost sight of MY goal.
This week, let’s focus on our leadership goal. This could be applied to any area of
I’m sure we will reap the empowerment we sow, even when it’s unseen.
*Diva Confession taken from the book The DIVA Principle: Secrets to
Thursday, May 26, 2005
(Inserts from Care Takers of God’s Blessing by Larry Burkett)
A shrewd manager can do a lot more with few resources than a pretentious
manager can with many resources. In 1983 Ganga Stone brought a bag of groceries
to a man dying of AIDS. Arriving at his house, she realized he was too sick to cook f
or himself, she started phoning his friends. Soon this man was receiving a hot meal
every day. But Ganga met others like him. With less than $10 as start up money,
she created God’s Love We Deliver, which in 1994 organized 1,700 volunteers to
feed more than 600 shut-ins a day. Forty of NY’s best restaurants donated food
thanks to Ganga’s talent for persuasion.
“Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things;
I will put you in charge of many things” (Matt 25:21)
Ganga was faithful with $10 and a gift for persuasion; God eventually entrusted
her with a $5.5million organization.
Not all of us will find ourselves managing that much of God’s wealth in this lifetime,
but any of us can cultivate Ganga’s creativity. Along with a willingness to risk and a
commitment to God’s priorities, shrewdness or creativity is an essential mind-set
for a member of God’s management team.
Fear and embarrassment paralyze creative thinking. Courage and trust in God’s
grace free us to be shrewd. Sometimes it’s hard to muster courage when we feel
alone; that’s why we’re exhorted to “encourage one another” (1 Thes 5:11).
We’re a management team and we need each other.
I may have ideas that can help you grow. You may have a vision from God
I need to hear.
Being an encourager is serious business and we need to be sure we are doing our jobs.
Is there something you would like to do, but don’t know where and how to start?
ASK someone. Don’t be embarrassed to share your thoughts. You never know who
God will use in your life to help you fulfill your purpose. It’s time to stop wondering
and get the answers you need. Procrastination is a thief of time. Fear is a dream killer.
Let’s prosper together.
Wednesday, May 25, 2005
This is a beautiful day, filled with tremendous positive possibilities
And you can make it even better.
Be a source of joy today, and you can make the world a better place.
Be a source of joy today, and experience how great it feels. Take those things
that normally would annoy you, and simply laugh them off. Then overwhelm them
with your own joyful smile, kind words and thoughtful actions.
Do something helpful just because it feels so good and so right.
Put a smile on your face, in your voice and in your thoughts, and watch as your joyful _expression spreads far beyond you.Whatever you may be doing, make the
decision to truly and fully enjoy it. You'll be amazed at how quickly others will
pick up on your joy and return it to you in even greater measure.
Fill your heart with joy by filling the world with joy. Be a source of joy today, and
experience life at its best.
Monday, May 23, 2005
the words "Without Faith, it is impossible to please God” came to mind.
It was a wonderful confirmation on what I’ve been feeling and thinking.
A lot is going on in my life.
I want to accomplish much in a short period of time.
Basically, I want all that I messed up, -cleaned up NOW.
I want all on my "Lifes To-do” list- to be in the works, if not being worked.
But the obstacles are wearing me down. The hardships have made the
reachable seem unreachable, and have made my goals seem very unrealistic.
Doubt set in, followed by those old feelings of failure….
My prayer Saturday was "Why me? I just see no way out. There is no way on
earth to reach the goals I want, in the time frame that I’ve set…..I failed"
Because I took my eyes off the prize, dared to doubt what God and I can do,
I almost gave up.
I lost sight of my strength, and weakness tried to hold me captive.
I almost lost it all, because of my lack of faith to know beyond what was seen.
"Without Faith, it is impossible to please God…..”
So today with a renewed spirit and a renewed mind, I push on valuing even the little
things I’ve accomplished. They may not be the completed goal, but it’s a portion of
the bigger picture.
I have enough faith to keep on, enough faith to expand my goals, enough faith to
accomplish what I want.
Faith, even when I see nothing.
Tuesday, May 17, 2005
I love my store, and the people it attracts....but now it's time to move it up a notch. Big things are expected to happen in July.