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November 11, 2013

Photo: Thanks to those who have and are serving our country!

Today we Celebrate the work our Veterans have done for us! THANK YOU!!!

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The Benefits of a Routine

November 1, 2013

I was raised in my childhood with a routine, actually a very strict routine.  Nothing we did was ever [rarely, if ever], done outside of one.  I believe habits are developed from routines.  Personal, I like a routine and I don’t think its just my personality or training that developed that taste, I believe there are qualities that support it that I am drawn to.

A routine makes me feel like I don’t or won’t forget anything.  It makes me remember tasks and not forget them because after I do one there is another that follows.  It makes me stay focused on all the things that have to be done each and every day.  It makes me make sure I do it the same way each and every time.  It makes me know where I left off when I stick to a routine.

Some days a routine is the only thing that saves me.

You know what I mean?  Ever have one of those days?

The phone interrupts every little thing you try to accomplish.  The computer shuts down when it supposed to be up and running.  The printer jams and doesn’t spit out the job you were trying to get out.  Sometimes so many of these interruptions make you forget what you were doing or trying to do.  A routine sometimes is the only thing that keeps these days anywhere near somewhere on track.  If you don’t have a routine, you are liable to come away with not having even accomplished even the little things, like eat, drink water and take your medication.

A routine usually means you have less wasted time because all efforts are accounted for.  A routine gives prediction to your life patterns of people around you and they create expectations out of your routine.  A routine allows you to plan.

The problem with always sticking to a routine and not throwing a routine out of the window is that you never get to enjoy something a little longer than normal, because you are focused on the routine and the next step.  You never get to do something out of order, because you are afraid if you do you won’t remember the next step or come back to the missed step.  A routine usually means you won’t make a mistake, but is not a guarantee of it.

Are you a person who enjoys a routine?  If not, share with us why.  If you do, then we would love for you to share with us one thing that you have developed to create your routine work for you.

Why Don’t You Comment on My Blog?

October 10, 2013

Last week we discussed why I comment on blogs.  Today we will discuss reasons why people don’t comment on blogs.

  • Words.  They feel they have no words to share.  Largely because their voice has never mattered. They don’t feel it will now either.
  • Impression.  They are more concerned about what impression people will have about them.  This means more to them then sharing their thoughts.
  • Interest.  They are not interested in making a difference.  They are not interested in making an impact.
  • Fear.  They are afraid of what people will think of them.  They fear what they will say will be understood.  They fear what they will say might offend.  They fear what they think will not matter.  They fear having what they write be out there for everyone to see.  They fear
  • Meaning.  They don’t have meaning in their comment.  They don’t take time to make it meaningful.

What did I just spell out here with the first letter of each word listed in those 5 points?

 

WIIFM = What’s In It For Me

 

If you haven’t heard  of this before, you might not be used to WIIFM.  What’s in it for me.  That is the typical way people look at any situation.  Their focus is not WIIFO.

 

WIFFO = What’s In It For Others

 

They are concerned about how the comment on the post will benefit them not others.  If this holds you back, may I encourage you to change from WIIFM to WIIFO!

Do You Comment on Blogs?

October 4, 2013

I am an avid follower of about 20 blogs, via email.  They vary in topics from personal life stuff, business topics relating to my industry, entrepreneurship, hobbies, spiritual, and minimalistic simplification blogs that inspire me.

I like to receive the blogs I follow via email because if a post is a good one, I can easily forward it to a friend.  If it’s one I want to keep, I just put it in a folder for the topic that it applies to.  Everyone has their own form, some people prefer RSS Feed.  I don’t.  Maybe it’s because I haven’t found a way to make it work for me.  Regardless, I love being inspired by blog posts.  I look forward to them each day.

Any topic the blogger writes about that grips me, I comment on.  I share.  I engage.  I reflect.  I ask questions.  Does the average person do so?  No.  Why do I say this?  Because I have blogged business wise since 2010 [two blogs with exact same content, a WordPress.com and a WordPress.org] and personally since 2007.  Do you know how many people comment?  Very few, ever.  The most comments I get on the business blog is SPAM material.  I believe there are lots of reasons for this, but that’s a topic for another post.  Today I want to share why I comment as I do.

I want the writer to know their efforts were not in vain.  I want them to know that their content was interesting and that it had value.  I want them to know what they shared meant something to me.  I want them to get feedback so if the topic could be expounded on even to a deeper level, they will use the comments to generate more blog posts with additional thoughts.  I wish to create a relationship.  I want them to know they matter to me.  I want to support them.  I want to learn.  I want to maximize the learning.  I want to engage other readers.  I want to share hope.  I want to make a difference.  I want them to be inspired.  I want the comments to increase their rankings through Google.

Are you a blog follower?  Why do you comment on blogs?  Will you share your blog if you have one?

Why do you Blog?

October 2, 2013

When people learn you blog, usually their first question is, why?

Is everyone a blogger? No, anymore than everyone is a doctor, a lawyer, a CPA, or any other vocation.  We all our different individuals with our own flair.

Are there bloggers out there that don’t know they are?  For sure.  I didn’t know I was a writer.  I thought all writers kept a journal, and I don’t keep a journal.  I didn’t think I had something to share that would benefit others.

For some people, they can’t write words.  Or they think they can’t.  They can’t share what is on their heart.  Or they think they can’t.  For some, even if they could, they won’t.  They can’t take the things that happen in life and make lessons out of them.  Or they are not spending time reflecting on their lives and the lessons that are presenting themselves.  They can’t share an opinion.  Or they think they nobody would want to hear their opinion.

What got me into blogging?  A simple desire to encourage and support.  To do what others don’t.  To take the passion for what I do and share it.  To have a platform to teach.  I love to learn and I absolutely love to help others learn too.  Entrepreneurship is more than just making money.  It involves the Wheel of Life [if you are not familiar with Zig Ziglar’s Wheel of Life – google it].  It is taking all those things and intricately making it work together with balance.

Are you a writer?  Are you a blogger?  Are you a teacher?

If so…will you share what has motivated you to write, blog and teach?

If not…will you share how reading, following blogs, and taking classes has benefited you and why you do it?

Learning to do what You Love

September 20, 2013

This week, we posted a picture to encourage you in your Entrepreneurship Journey…it read:

Do What You Love

Love What You Do

Today we ask you to consider:

  1. Are you doing what you love?
  2. Do you love what you do?

Are those the same things?

For some people they are.  For some people, they aren’t.

How can you align them?  First you have to figure out what you love.

What are you drawn to?

What makes you excited?

What do you think is a great thing to be involved in?

What makes you absolutely passionate about it?

What can you do even when utterly exhausted, you find more energy to pursue that?

What gives you energy?

What makes you want to make a difference?

Make a list of these questions.  Add more question to it.  Look inside.  Find the answer deep within you.  This is what you Love.  You LOVE!

Go do that.  You will find you will be happy.  You will be encouraged.  You will be blessed.  You will thrive.  You will bring life.

Why do you use Social Media?

August 14, 2013

As a society that has created a social platform online, I find it interesting the reasons why people use it, how the patterns vary, and what people expect to get out of it. I like to study them to learn what qualities I want to build in my Social Media presence.

I find a common thread that people want to be followed, but are not interested in following you back. They want you to comment on their post, but are not interested in engaging back. Is what you have to say more important than what I have to say?

To me, the online social presence shouldn’t be any different then your offline social presence. Do you have friendships just to be a one way street? Do you engage with people only to have a bunch of friends but not be a friend? Are you a giver or just a taker?

Why do we look at the online presence different then the offline? If God views what you think in your heart the same as what comes out of your mouth, why is more importance put on the online vs the offline?

If we really kept in mind that people do business with people they know, like, and trust…wouldn’t that impact how we interacted a lot more?

If we remember that if you help enough people get what they want, they will help you get what you want, don’t you think it would make a difference in how you interacted on Social Media?  What if we kept in focus that every person out there wants happiness, meaning, and significance…would this change how we interacted with them?  Would we spend more time encouraging and uplifting others?

So my question to you today is: What is your purpose in creating a Social Media presence?  Make it intentional!

a worthy vocation

July 18, 2013

I have been reflecting on work, specially my career work as an entrepreneur providing Medical Billing, Credentialing, Accounting, Consulting & Training Services to my clients.  What does it mean to be doing something worthy?  When I say worthy, I mean a vocation that is beneficial, has value, is serving?  

Growing up, my parents did not want me to continue schooling beyond High School.  And in reality, they wanted me to “get out of school” as soon as I could.  Thus, I graduated High School at 15, in the 2nd Semester of my Sophomore Year by taking the California High School Proficiency Exam.  This is a test for 16 year olds [or those who are in their 2nd Semester if not 16 yet] similar to the GED that is known nationally.  The test was 6 hours long.  I passed the first time and got my certificate December 1991.  No walking across the stage though I did get a certificate mailed to me.  Now what?  My parents plans for me were to get married and have kids.  They didn’t believe it was right for girls to work, in fact they believed it was independent and haughty to hold a job.  In case you don’t know, I am now 36, not married and will never be a birth mom.  This is another way I haven’t fulfilled my parents dreams.  In the interim to this plan, my parents wanted me to learn to type and I did on an old fashioned typewriter of my Dad’s.  I got my speed up really fast, nothing like a computer keyboard where you have auto correct and can easily backspace.  You had to put these tape stuff in the slot to correct your mistakes.  The goal was to type really fast, not looking at my fingers and reading from a script to the right or left of the typewriter.  After hours of perfecting my skill, timing myself, striving for 100% accuracy, I got really good at it.  Then my parents had me go door to door trying to solicit work to type.  Really?  Out in the desert where nobody lives you think someone is going to use me?  Nothing came of it.  I did some babysitting, until that infringed on my mom’s schedule.  I was forced to get a job when my Dad’s health insurance policy was going to go up $100 because of my age and to keep the option of staying on the family plan until I was 21.  They stated they could not afford this and I would have to get a job, though it was without their blessing.  I landed my first job from my first interview.  It was a job in the medical field at a Dermatologist Office, March 1996 at age 19.  I was hired as a Part Time File Clerk, but only worked Part Time the first day.  They had so much work for me to do they needed me to come back Full Time until they got caught up.  Needless to say,I have never worked Part Time.  They taught me more and more and more things and by the time I left that job, I was doing Medical Billing.  I have been in the medical field ever since. I started my own business June 2004 doing what I had learned to do on the job and through classes, continuing education, research, seminars and the like.  I have devoted my life to learning it so much that I know it backwards and forwards.  

In reflecting on all this, I have come to believe that my parents thoughts on what was a worthy vocation were wrong.  The “Group of Christian’s” I have met with my entire life believe that in order to be doing a worthy vocation, you have to do something that blends in with any skill relating to being a mother, anotherwards it would be best that be a midwife, babysitter, seamstress, or a massage therapist.  Any other type of work is “not profitable” or “not as God has called you to do”.  Your job can not take you away from attendance at “meeting”.  Your lifestyle must be simple and you can’t make much money.  Over and above this, our society believes that you are doing something great if you are a doctor, policeman, fireman or someone doing great work for or to people.  Don’t get me wrong, these are great professions, but I don’t believe they are more worthy than any other profession.  They may outwardly “help” people more, but they are not any more noble in God’s eyes then the clerk at the bank.

In reflecting on what God considers worthy, I have thought about Christ’s life here on earth.  Who could have had a more worthy vocation?  Complete service to everyone, not just the disciples, but even the Pharisees that hated and mocked him.  He clearly states he has given each of us different gifts.  Each of us have gifts.  To believe you don’t, means you don’t believe Romans 12:6.  God calls us to be Servants, to Serve and Love His People!  

What is a servant?  Simple.  A person in the service [an act of helpful activity; useful, providing; a supplier; to make fit] of another.

I believe with all my heart that if you do what you do as unto Him, with a servants heart, with the focus of benefiting other people, you will be doing a worthy vocation.  The career you choose or that you land by happenstance, will be a worthy vocation if you put your heart, soul and mind to doing it with a passion and for God.  It may not be your dream job, but you can turn it into a worthy job by making it the lifeline you use to serve.  You can be doing something nobody see’s, but the behind the scenes work also has to happen for the front row people to get in on it.  Don’t let the lack of title or professional experience keep you from serving and loving.  It doesn’t take much to serve, but you must have a willing heart and you must be willing to work with all your might…to serve well and often.

Awww, this is the true definition of a worthy vocation!

Punctuation is Important

July 16, 2013

Do you ever stop and think that the way you word something matters?

The other day, I was at a client’s office and they have an interoffice emailing system through their software.  An employee had messaged me and asked if they needed to bring lunch or would it be provided at the upcoming mandatory staff meeting. I was a bit perplexed why the question because after two years, we have always provided lunch at mandatory staff meetings.  However, I responded:

No.  Lunch will be provided.

I had one of the gals in the office order pizza like normal.  10 pizzas for 25 employees.

When I got to the waiting room where we were having our staff meeting, I saw nearly half the employees eating Sonic.  I was like, what staff doesn’t like pizza?  We always order pizza, I had no clue people didn’t like pizza!

Later in the afternoon, I was talking with one of the Team Leaders and asked why didn’t someone tell me before that people don’t like pizza.  She laughed at me and said, no, it was a simple miscommunication.  I was like, huh???  Miscommunication?  By whom?  She explained that my response had been read like this:

No lunch will be provided.

Wow!  I had no idea that I needed to rephrase what I wrote for it to be read correctly, though what I wrote had the correct punctuation, it was read as a run on sentence.  Ugh!

A lesson to not just think through using correct grammar and punctuation but to think of how it might be read, incorrectly.

Go ahead laugh…we did!

Book Review: The Strangest Secret…by Earl Nightingale

July 5, 2013

Why does a person become the person he becomes?  Why do you grow up to become who you become?

Estimates are that we use 5% of our potential of our entire day.  Most people desire to succeed, but what is success?  Success is nothing more than a progressive realization of a worthy ideal.  Any person working towards a goal is a success…because he knows what he is doing and why.  If you don’t know what you are working towards, you are unsuccessful. 95% of people are not successful.  If everyone is doing it, you probably won’t make a mistake by not.  Check your references, are the people you following going where you want to go?  You are thinking, acting, talking like people around you, and assuming they know where they are going.  Even without trying to or actually thinking about it, you are trying to be someone else.

You need a checklist:
1. A Goal – a man without a goal is like a ship without a rudder
2. Attitude – our attitude toward our world toward all the people in it that will determine the worlds attitude and all the people’s attitude towards us.  People will react to us according to our attitude.
3. Think – Think deliberately and with a purpose.
4. The Law of Laws (by Emerson, Cause and Effects) – our rewards in life will be in exact proportion to our contribution and service.
5. Truth – if it’s not based on truth we are building on sand and you can’t stand
6. Research & Development – your future depends on this; something to make you better, love a little more, hate a little less, do a little better job than a year ago…what are you pumping back into yourself and your future?
7. The Strangest Secret – your genetic pool and environment have influence on you, but you become what you think about most of the time.  This is why thinking is so vital and a goal is so important.  You will become that.  You have to establish goals to achieve them.

A man’s environment will change as he changes.  You must never conform to the big group, be an individual.  Be choosy in whose steps you follow.  Remember to think…imagination is everything.  Put your heart into your work and you will get the supreme joy out of life.

Part 1 of 3
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ajIRxdeCRZM only 6:35 minutes long
Part 2 of 3
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=es7UjzlSRcU&feature=related only 8:34 minutes long
Part 3 of 3
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AuPdzHd8idk&feature=related only 6:24minutes long

25 Random Facts about Me

July 9, 2012
In an attempt to let you learn more about me, I am doing a different type of post today.  This one is some facts about me.
  1. I am the oldest of 3 siblings, I have a brother and a sister.
  2. I graduated High School at 15 years of age.
  3. I absolutely love recharging by the pool (or other water venues).
  4. I love chips & salsa.
  5. I have only owned Honda Civics, am on my 3rd one.
  6. I have been an Entrepreneur for 8 years.
  7. I love to knit.
  8. I learned to play the piano as a child and wish I played it more.
  9. I love to read books, particularly books that help you develop as a person.
  10. I am addicted to Facebook.
  11. I love to help others.
  12. I can never eat enough sushi.
  13. My favorite movie is The Sound of Music.  Second favorite is The Titanic.
  14. I am an Android user.  I refuse to get on the Apple trail.
  15. As of today, I have 726 friends on Facebook.
  16. My favorite Starbucks drink is the caramel macchiato, iced or hot.
  17. I taught knitting lessons at a quilt shop for 3 years before they discontinued carrying yarn.
  18. I was not raised with nor own a TV.  Not sure where I would find the time for one.
  19. I wear a lot of white and black.
  20. Most all of my close girlfriends are married and have moved away.
  21. I send 2000+ text messages a month.
  22. I have work eyeglass since the 6th grade and contacts since age 14.
  23. My dream job as a child was to be a 911 Operator.
  24. I have owned my own home for 5 years.
  25. I dream of someday not working 6 days a week.

Lessons learned from Beta Client experience

April 23, 2012

If you follow my blog, you would have read a post here about my latest Beta Client experience.  This is not my first time to ever do this and I have never had a previous bad experience in being a Beta Client; however there is always a first for everything.

Anytime something doesn’t go as planned, I always try to evaluate it.  With that, here are 5 Lessons I learned from the latest Beta Client experience:

  1. Don’t take people at their word.  People change.  When the going gets tough, many times people quit and don’t fulfill their commitments and follow through on their promises.  This means even great Entrepreneurs that state they will do whatever it takes to make something happen.
  2. Define expectations in writing of what a Beta Client means and who will be doing what.  Even though someone says they will work with you jointly on a project, if they don’t do what they said they will do, you need something to fall back on.  No assumptions on what that means.
  3. Don’t expect the other party to put in as much “free” services as you do.  You will always have to give 150% more than the other party does.  Don’t go into a deal unless you are willing to be the one doing 150% of the work (or more).
  4. Be sure to have a backup plan in case the current plan doesn’t work out as anticipated.  You have heard the saying “Don’t have your eggs all in one basket”.  Another wards, don’t be so into this deal that you don’t have another option if it falls through.
  5. When the deal is off, realize its a done deal and move forward.  Don’t cry over spilt milk.  It is already spilt and no way to get it back into the cup.

 

Parenting & Being a Leader

March 16, 2012

I am not a parent.  I don’t know what it is like to hear the word “Mom”.  I don’t know what it is like to be needed 24/7.  I don’t know what it is like to go from being proud of your child to being humiliated.  I haven’t faced seeing the reflections of you in them and their mannerisms, many of which will haunt you.  I haven’t experienced these things…

But.  I am starting to understand parenting more.  I am getting more of a clue about what it takes to be a leader.  What is required to achieve the results you want.  I am learning a lot about me.  You ask, How when you are not a parent?

In my profession, I am the leader, director and manager of my employees.  It is up to me to guide them and make sure the job gets done.  It is up to me to educate and provide the training on the skills to perform the tasks.  The job requires them to follow through with my instructions.  I teach my clients employees skills, provide resources, information and understanding on various subjects related to the industry and their job duties.  This is what I do, it is my job, it requires skills and challenges in many ways related to parenting.

In my quest to be a professional and excellent at what I do, I have to evaluate the steps to this process.  It is not because I am a bad leader, I just want to be better.  If my employees are not getting it, it shows in their production.  If mistakes are continued to be made after the learning period, it means concepts were not grasped.  If the job is not done on schedule, it means they may not be being disciplined to achieve the deadline.  If they promise to be available to work and then are not, it means they have put other priorities above work and their yes is not yes.  If they don’t ask questions to get clarification, they are not trying to learn.  If I see them just staring at me like a zombie, I know that they have not connected and are not engaged.  Few things are more excruciating than to be spent at trying to help people learn and them not be learning.  These types of situations bother me, deep in my soul.  I want them to get it.  I want them to not make mistakes.  I want them to be disciplined because of the results it produces.  I want to give them more work when they can prove they do the work they were given well.  I want them to ask questions because there are no dumb questions when you don’t know.  I want them to have a vision and be a team player.  

When you face these moments, if you are anything like me, you spend time reflecting on how to be better.  You question your ability.  You question your method.  You question their choices.  You evaluate their skills.  You evaluate your communication style.  You may be frustrated and unsure what to change.  Good leaders however will evaluate the processes and seek support from those who can give us guidance.  Good leaders will realize that some things don’t always work and new methods will have to be implemented.  Good leaders understand that you have to try to get into the employees mind.  Good leaders realize sometimes things take longer than you originally planned.  Good leaders know they have to be firm, fair and consistent.  Good leaders know that the team is watching you and you have to stay strong.

That said, given all the support in the world, even the best leader can’t force his/her employees or clients employees want to learn, or actually learn.  They make choices about what they will and won’t learn, what they will or won’t do off the clock (that affects their job), what they will or won’t ask, what they will or won’t absorb, what they will or won’t choose; we all do.  Many of these choices affect our performance and the outcome because of these choices.  The leader is not the one responsible for the results.  You are.

The leaders that have been a true source of strength, guidance and inspiration to me are the ones that asked the tough questions, the ones that kept my feet to the fire, the ones that encouraged me to think for myself, the ones that inspired me to be different, not follow with the mainstream just because everyone was doing it, the ones that encouraged me to take the high road no matter how I was treated, the ones that strive for excellence because it matters, the ones that weren’t afraid of confrontation because that is apart of life, the ones that know your weak points and try to help you through them, the ones that encouraged you to say No – I don’t understand or No – I can’t do that, the ones that will never lie no matter what is asked of them, the ones that respected you for who you are, the ones that welcomed discussion and push you to your limits.  These are lessons you learn from good leaders and you never know when those tips will come back to you in your role as a leader…even if you are not a parent and don’t have those hands-on parenting skills.

You should just Quit!

March 9, 2012

Do you ever get told, “You should just quit!”

Really?  When was that an option?  Don’t get me wrong, there are times quitting is an option.  But is it always an option?

I have been in the Healthcare Industry for 16 years.  I have been through times when things have been trudging along at a nice pace, sort of like when you have your car set on cruise control and things just are chiming along nicely…and I have been through times when things are downright insane, you wonder if you have time breathe let alone eat, and you can’t see worth a flip because the work is piled up so high that all you can do is keep plugging away.  I have had one of those spells.  During it, I have been questioned why I don’t just quit.  I have been told I am crazy not to.  I have been told you can just do anything and there is no need to continue in that mess.

Let’s think about this.  What does quitting get me?  Starting over…doing what?  At the bottom and working up…to what?

The questions made me weary.  I was so tired from the grueling schedule and challenges that trying to think of why I wasn’t quitting made me even more tired.  I felt like I wasn’t being heard and listened to, let alone understood.  However, I decided I would answer the question, Why don’t I just quit?

In reflecting, it made me realize, I have answers as to why I don’t just quit:

  1. Quitting is a sure way of having No Money coming in.
  2. Quitting is a sure of leaving my clients in a lurch.
  3. Quitting is a sure way to not get any more referrals.
  4. Quitting is a sure way to not continue in following my dream.
  5. Quitting is a sure way to not know what might have been if I had just kept plugging along.
  6. Quitting is a sure way to not become better at what I do.
  7. Quitting is a sure method to avoid the pain of growth.
  8. Quitting gives an allure of peace but doesn’t mean it will produce those results.
  9. Quitting is only something discussed when things are not looking up.
  10. Quitting is always an option…but not for me.

So when you get asked, “Why don’t you just quit?”, what do you say?

May I encourage you to make a list of why you would or would not quit?  I promise you, if you do, it will answer the question.  It helps you regain your focus.  It makes it crystal clear why you are doing what you are doing.  It firms up what is important to you. It will dispel any ideas of quitting from your mind…or it will encourage you to do just that, Quit.

Why it pays to say Thank You!

March 2, 2012

What does Thank You mean to you?

Thank You = expressing one’s gratitude or thanks; a grateful feeling or acknowledgment of a benefit, favor, or the like, expressed by words (or otherwise)

Do you make it a habit to Thank people for what they do for you?  Do you know that when you make small habits they become a consistent pattern?  Do you Thank people, even in business?  Are you aware of the impact it will make?

I have always sent Thank You notes to my clients for little things, and they typically are shocked that I would take the time to do so.  They send me a response like, “Wow Misty, you amaze me!” or “You truly didn’t have to do that, but it was very kind of you.” or “The time you took to send me that note made my day!”  of “I should be the one thanking you.”  Glenn Shepard in the weekly issue this week with Work Is Not For Sissies wrote a great post about Thank You Notes which I would love for you to read here.

When you actually stop and take the time to spend a few moments reflecting on gratitude and letting someone else know how it impacted you or what your appreciative of, you will come away:

  1. With a heart soaring in appreciation
  2. Not focused on the problems and issues in your life
  3. Renewed in your spirit to be kind
  4. Thankful for the part that person has in your life
  5. With a keen acknowledgement that the small things truly do matter
  6. More grateful than you were when you started this moment of reflection
  7. Purposed in your heart to be on the lookout to Thank someone else as you go about your day

What does an Attitude of Gratitude do for you?  May I encourage you to be grateful…in everything!

[2012] Business Goals

January 2, 2012

It has been harder this year for me to come up with what I want in my business goals.  Some years, this is easy, this year with the horrific challenges being faced by my industry, I have had little time to reflect and focus on my plan.  I may revise this at a later date, but in order to get my post out…I will go with what I have decided is the focus of 2012:

  • Increase the number of Blog posts written each week from 3 to 4, include more than just information, tips, and motivation…make it more personal with stories and real life examples
  • Meet twice  a month with a Strategic Business Partner to share ideas, brainstorm and encourage one another
  • Resolve to delegate more tasks to my employees and eliminate the 6 Day Work Week
  • Increase Business by 25%
  • Schedule and perform 5 speaking engagements

What are your goals for 2012?

[2011] …YearInReview by WordPress.com

December 31, 2011

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,900 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 32 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

[2011] …YearInReview

December 30, 2011

I subscribe to Seth Godin’s blog and in this post he states:  “This might be a useful exercise. Doesn’t matter whether it was a hit or not, it just matters that you shipped it.”

Here’s a basic list from the 2011 year with some of the highlights in my business life:

  • business brochure and postcard were finalized
  • added three small windows to the home office to add more lighting
  • we lost 2 team members and gained 2 team members
  • were offered and accepted several speaking engagements with Armstrong & Purselley Wealth Management Group, to provide information to help others understand their medical benefits and how to maximize them
  • continued attending Networking events and met even more really great business people to refer to and coordinate business with
  • resigned as a Volunteer Board Member with Cowtown Netweavers the end of August 2011
  • expanded our services into the Massage Therapy, Chiropractic and Behavioral Health specialty markets
  • learned Quickbooks in the Mac version (yes, there are pro’s and con’s to it too)
  • obtained 13 additional Clients, providing Accounting Services to some and Medical Billing and Consulting Services to others
  • lost our biggest client and the client we have had the longest, due to the sale of their Medical Pediatric Practice to a large Medical Group
  • experienced loosing a proposal to a potential customer for the first time
  • business revenue up 30% from last year (though last year was down from the year before)
  • marketing expenses kept at the same as 2010
  • gave Dave Ramsey’s new book EntreLeadership released this fall to every client to inspire them in their business
  • provided each client with a pen engraved with their name on it to distribute with the book

Seth’s suggestion:
“You’ll probably be surprised at how much you accomplished last year. Go ahead and share with your friends, colleagues or the web… don’t be shy.”  So I challenge you to do the same!

If that is not for you…try this:
The Simple Dollar, another blog that I follow, suggests:
Think of the five best things that happened in 2011. What were the best things that happened in your life this year? What new relationships did you build? What ones did you reaffirm? What goals did you achieve? What changes occurred in your life that put you in a better place?

If you don’t like that suggestion, I have one more from Chris Guillebeau who writes the blog The Art of Non-Conformity.   He asks: What went well in 2011?  What didn’t go well in 2011?  Maybe that would be an easy approach for you?  You can read the article here.  He also asks: What is your word or theme for the new year?  Very thought provoking article here.

I would love to hear your thoughts…please share with me as I have done with you!

be thankful…

November 24, 2011

Today is Thanksgiving…and though I believe we should be grateful and thankful every day in our hearts and express it, today is a day many take the time to really do just that.  At the prompting of a friend, I am going to write down 25 things I am thankful for:

  • thankful for God being my friend, walking beside me and giving me the strength to face the trials, difficulties, hard times, and press on in life
  • thankful for true friends, the ones that still call, write and want to spend time together even if I don’t do my part to respond
  • thankful for the fill-in family I have, the ones that truly know what it is like to not have “blood family” and treat you like such
  • thankful for the doctors I can see to try to figure out what is happening to my body and how to make it better
  • thankful for the nights I do get to sleep and the feeling of rest it creates the next day
  • thankful for having my own little place to call mine
  • thankful for my clients and the opportunity to serve them
  • thankful for the abilities to work and make money to live
  • thankful for my morning walks each day that give me a fresh perspective and energy to tackle the tasks of the day
  • thankful for the skills my parents gave me in discipline and a good work ethic
  • thankful for the chance to begin new each morning with God’s mercies
  • thankful for all those who reached out to me September 1997 and encouraged me, helped me, and supported me in starting a new life here in Texas
  • thankful for the memories I have with girlfriends who got married and moved on to other places
  • thankful for my salvation and all the Lord did to save me
  • thankful for Facebook and all the people I can stay in touch with and connect with through this social media portal that I would not be able to connect with as regularly
  • thankful that I don’t live on a farm and have to grow and harvest my own food, I am a city girl
  • thankful for transportation that gets me to where I need to go so I don’t have to walk there
  • thankful for all the great tasting food we get to enjoy
  • thankful to be able to pray anytime day or night to an all knowing God
  • thankful to have people who will listen to my struggles, provide thought and help me work through issues
  • thankful for networking friends who believe in me and my services and wish to support my business
  • thankful for a few days off because I am in need of a break
  • thankful for understanding employees who know that I am going through a lot right now and being patient with the stress I am feeling
  • thankful for a loving Granma who still is generous, loving and kind in spite of not understanding many things that have transpired in my family
  • thankful for Gods love to me
I know there are many more things to be thankful for, but today…these are the things I am grateful for!

[2011] Business Goals

January 1, 2011

business goals
#1 obtain 3 new Clients this year with the goal of one a quarter

#2 complete design of business marketing materials: postcard & brochure by February 1st, 2010

#3 Home Office remodel will be completed by mid-January 2011

#4 enroll in accounting courses to further education -spring 2011; take a course in Microsoft Office to learn more about graphs and pivots

#5 review EntreLeadership materials quarterly for refreshment & encouragement (rehearse, execute, review); check in with EntreLeadership friends to motivate, encourage, gather ideas, share and cheer each other on success;  review & define motivation, delegation, responsibility, accountability, and authority in my position so that I have a clear picture in view to stay focused on what I expect of me & my team

[2010] Business Goals

January 1, 2010

business goals
#1 complete design of website (www.medicalaccountsolutions.com) by February 1st, 2010

#2 create P&P Manual by June 2010 to include vision statement, mission statement, expectations for excellence, bonus/profit sharing structure, other benefits, expense reimbursement guidelines, dress code, time keeping, HIPAA compliance, etc

#3 review EntreLeadership materials quarterly for refreshment & encouragement (rehearse, execute, review)

#4 enroll in accounting courses to further education -fall 2010; take a course in Microsoft Office to learn more about graphs and pivots

#5 quarterly check in with EntreLeadership friends to motivate, encourage, gather ideas, share and cheer each other on success

#6 stick to weekly plan to help employer achieve financial goals for 2010 for cash flow

#7 complete all back filing for employer by summer 2010

#8 encourage positive thinking, support and morale of all coworkers & team

#9 review & define motivation, delegation, responsibility, accountability, and authority in my position so that I have a clear picture in view to stay focused on what I expect of me

#10 as a leader, I must be different