Friday, December 31, 2010

Reflections on 2010

The end of 2010 is here, and what a year it has been. I learned sooo much, and I'm very grateful. I learned that:
  • Patience is a virture (and it's something I'm still working on).
  • God is control, and I am learning to be okay with that.
  • Everything I went through this year, all my struggles, will make an awesome testimony very soon.
  • Right when you feel like giving up, you should keep going because your breakthrough is on the way!

I also accomplished some things I wanted to including:

* Getting an article published in a national magazine (BUST Magazine)
* Having 50+ subscribers on For Colored Gurls
* Redesigning FCG
* Creating e-newsletters for both Mocha Writer and FCG
* Attending networking events
* Getting more business than I did last year

So, although 2010 was a little rocky at times, I feel that all in all, it was a pretty fabulous year. I can't wait to see all the fabulousness and great things that are in store in 2011!

Happy New Year, all, and I wish you all much Success, Prosperity and Awesomeness : )

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Monday, December 27, 2010

Motivational Mondays- 12.27.10

Motivational quotes to inspire you!

"You control your future, your destiny. What you think about comes about. By recording your dreams and goals on paper, you set in motion the process of becoming the person you most want to be. Put your future in good hands- your own."
- Mark Victor Hansen

Monday, December 20, 2010

Motivational Mondays- 12.20.10

"You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face."
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Friday, December 17, 2010

Dreams for Kids

In an effort to make dreams come true for kids this holiday season, I'm helping my friend Stever Robbins and his favority charity- Dreams for Kids.

Stever is providing his best-selling audio coaching product "You Are Not Your Inbox" where he teaches you how to Overcome Email Overload, fast, easy and forever for just a small, $7 donation to Dreams for Kids.
100 percent of the proceeds will be donated to Dreams For Kids. To learn more about this special organization and to make your donation and get your free copy of Stever's Product, click here.
Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Motivationals Mondays- 12.13

Motivational quotes to inspire you!

"Faith causes you to pray, push and be persistent even when everything around you seems hopeless and too big to face. Faith is the bridge that connects you from where you are right now to your place of destiny."
- Alex Brown

Friday, December 10, 2010

Smart and Savvy Business Questions for 2011

By A. Michelle Blakely

Before you start the New Year, make a quick analysis of your current business condition so that you can make the appropriate adjustments. Review every aspect of your business so that you are clear about your position, how and why you got here and where you should go from there.
  1. Where have you been? Before you can look forward, you have to look back. Good or bad, history tends to repeat itself. Sometimes the old adage is true, if you keep doing what you've been doing, you'll keep getting what you've been getting. However, when you are not prepared to adjust to change, you get left behind. Get clear about what your priorities and objectives are, know where it is you need to be and how to get there.
  2. Who or what received most of your time, energy and resources? Have you been busy or productive? There is a difference. Busy work simply passes time. Productive work generates results. Have you allowed individuals or clients to deter you from your goals, objectives and priorities? Take the time to cut the fat, and work on establishing a pattern of discipline, and correct poor business habits.
  3. What are your clients' current needs? In the small business world, things change fast, and the only things clients are loyal to is ensuring their needs are met. How are you keeping up with the changing needs of your clients? When is the last time you asked your clients: "How can I help you take your business to the next level?" or "How can I be of better service to you?" or "What am I doing really well at?" or "What can I improve on?"
  4. Who can help you get to the next level? Real conversations cultivate real relationships. Developing a solid foundation of powerful connections can grow your business fast and effectively. Know how and when to ask for help. Social media is only a means for introductions. You have to put forth the effort to turn those introductions into relationships and then into opportunities. Everyone is only six degrees of separation away from the one person who can turn their business around.
  5. What received the least amount of your time, energy and resources? Avoiding those things that you don't want to know, do, admit to or need to change can stifle and eventually destroy your business, not to mention you are missing out on a golden opportunity to LEARN. The wisdom is in the journey. With each dreaded task or fear you face, you empower yourself to be stronger and more confident to face the next one.
  6. How can you make better business decisions? Decision paralysis and information overload plagues many small business owners. However, overcoming them is not as hard as you would think. Knowing your purpose, your priorities, your ideal client and your capacity keeps you armed and prepared to make quick judgments on how new ideas, thoughts, etc. fit into your bigger picture.
  7. What facet can I improve? How are you honing your business skills? Are you seeking wise counsel, attending workshops and conferences, reading business books, acquiring professional certifications, etc.? You can only rely on your current knowledge for so long. Keep your skill set, your awareness and principles current and up-to-date. Commit to improvement, and never be satisfied with your current level of knowledge.
  8. How will I measure progress? You won't know how far you've come until you know where you've been. How will and do you measure success and progress? Be specific and realistic. Lofty goals can be burdensome just thinking of them. Make sure your goals are measurable and check your progress at least once per month so that you can make adjustments and changes where needed.
  9. How can you be prepared for being in the right place at the right time? Plan appropriately, and allow for flexibility. Practice business discipline. Be consistent. Be clear and concise. Your power is not in the number of connections but in your relationships. Never be afraid to ask for help.

For over 18 years, Simplicity Mastered (TM) founder and CEO A. Michelle Blakely has owned or managed small businesses and nonprofit organizations. Expert in her field, Blakely personally guides her clients out of their Business Brain Freeze (TM) to streamline operations, increase return on investment and attain quantifiable results. and each recommend her as one of 30 Women Entrepreneurs to Follow on Twitter, joining the experts who know that Blakely is a master at growing small businesses...and doing it with "Simplicity."

Monday, December 6, 2010

Motivational Mondays- 12.6

Motivational quotes to inspire you!

"You, too, can learn to be as resilient as the grass. You may be cut down on a regular basis, yet your strength is in standing up, dusting yourself off, and starting all over again. Even when grass is covered in concrete, it finds a way to grow through the cracks... Take a 'leaf' out of the grass' book. Connect with your own resilience, and keep on growing."

- Jane Powell

Friday, December 3, 2010

December 2010 Goals

  • I easily and successfully earn the income I want through Mocha Writer & For Colored Gurls!
  • I come with really effin' awesome ideas, and create a fabulous plan that helps me do the things I want to do with my business and my blog!
  • I am very creative and generate superb marketing ideas for MW & FCG!
  • I increase the traffic to FCG by 10 percent this month, and help my sponsors gain more businesss!
  • I successfully finish the draft of my book, and I'm ready to move to the next step!
  • I release my writing e-report; it is a huge success that helps me get business!
  • I motivate and inspire people through FCG, and I help people achieve their business dreams with MW!
  • Colleagues and previous clients refer Mocha Writer to help those who may need my services!
  • I successfully write two great posts for YWB and Successful Southern Sistas!
  • I 'book' four FCG advertisers for January {let me know if you're interested! : ) }
  • I get 1000 'likers' on FCG's Facebook page!
  • I get 300 'likers on MW's Facebook page!
  • I begin freelance article writing for magazines and websites again!
  • I do better with balancing work and life, and make time for ME!
What are your goals for this month?

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