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Is Wealth Just About Money?


May 26, 2016
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Believe it or not, money doesn’t create happiness! You can be very financially wealthy and
yet you are not living a happy healthy life.

Let’s start with business.

I can tell you from experience and from helping clients, that there are certain things that must
be in place in business to attract more clients, make more money and ultimately to create success. For example:

  • You need to be very visible, which does not mean you need
    constant speaking engagements. It’s nice of course and will make
    you feel good however, in today’s world of technology there are a
    myriad of ways to get more visibility and to build relationships.
  • If you are networking, the importance of your 30-60 second commercial
    is very high on the list. You are not there to just have fun and make
    yourself feel good, you are there to meet and help people and to create
  • It’s important to make coffee dates with new people you meet at networking
    events so you can get to know them and their business better. In turn
    they will get to know you. However, this doesn’t mean every other day
    but it does mean on a somewhat regular basis. Maybe once or twice a
  • Visibility doesn’t just mean in person or brick and mortar. Today with
    social media it’s important and necessary to have a daily presence on
    both your personal and business page. This means you have to create
    a social media plan for yourself. You can use pre-set postings with some-
    thing like Hootsuite but posting on social media sites once in a while does
    very little for your business. People want to get to know, like and trust you.
  • Write articles and get them posted on article sites and blogs. Have your own
    blog and post something at least once a week. Send out a newsletter to your
    list on a regular basis.

One of the biggest mistakes I see entrepreneurs making is thinking that with their kind of business they don’t have to post on social media, write articles or send out a regular newsletter. Whatever your business, even brick and mortar, getting visibility in different ways is high on the importance quota. Today, social media is essential for business.

What does having good health have to do with business and wealth?

Wealth is not just about money! Good Health, A Joyful Lifestyle and Financial Freedom = Wealth. Staying healthy, especially as you get older, is essential if you want to live a long life have a sound mind, good energy and, be in a good physical condition so your children don’t end up having to take care of you.

Without good health you cannot create the success you want in business, relationships or life in general. Wealth is about being on an even keel in your life in all areas.

So, what does it take to stay healthy? There are illnesses that sometimes we just can’t avoid from the smallest, like a cold or flu, to the worst; some kind of cancer or disease. You don’t want to run to the doctor for every little thing but there are times when it’s necessity.

  1. Whatever age you are, having a yearly physical after you turn 40 is
    Don’t ignore something unusual if it doesn’t disappear
    within a few days. If anything is wrong it needs to be caught early so
    you can do something about it.
  2. Meditate and/or use visualization/hypnosis to keep your mind balanced
    and to create less stress for yourself.
  3. Exercise regularly, even if it’s a walk around the block during your lunch
    break. Practice yoga if that’s your thing, take a cycling or Pilates class,
    whatever it is, it keeps your body fit and helps your mind to stay sharper.
  4. Join a group. Choose something that is of interest to you and join a class.
    Do something you’ve always dreamed of doing and haven’t done yet.

Over the years I learned that to avoid an issue would just make it worse. This not only applies
to your health or your life it also applies to your business. If you are ignoring something that’s not working it’s important to make changes now so that next year can be different.

Being healthy means you will have energy and you will be able to live a long life and continue your business for as many years as you like.

I’ve been in business for over 25 years and although I’m 75 but why retire? I love what I do
and how I’m able to help people change their lives and their business. Now I’m also starting a new business to help entrepreneurs get more referrals and have much better client retention.

My business and my schedule are just designed differently. That’s the bonus of working for yourself.

There’s always something new you can add to life and business to keep you motivated and energized, it’s just a matter of deciding what’s important to you.

So, good health and living joyfully are as important to the success of your business and life as
is being financially wealthy.

If you are interested in finding out more about having an easy but powerful client retention strategy please email me at Hazel@YourStairwayToWealth.com

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Moving Past Fears!


May 16, 2016

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 “Ultimately We Know Deeply That The Other Side of Every Fear
Is Freedom.” ~ Mary Ferguson

 

I couldn’t have found a better quote.  When I turned 75 I decided that although I didn’t want
to retire, I did want what I call freedom money.  Passive residual income so that my business would earn money even when I’m sleeping or away for a couple of weeks!

It was quite fearful for me to be adding something else to my life at this stage but I decided
what the heck, what was the worst that could happen.  It could fail and I’d be no worse off.

I also knew that the only way to create the kind of income I wanted was to be in network marketing, which I had always avoided like the plague.  However, according to some of the biggest names in business this is now a very well respected business model.

So, after lots of research, I said to heck with the fear, I want complete freedom.  Although it’s only been a very short time, I can already see the results and, the bonus is that I get to help other people to achieve their dreams.  Never allow fear to stand in the way of reaching for what you want.  See my new business below.

‘Til Next Time
Have a wonderful week
To Your Success and Brilliance

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Decreasing Stress in Life


May 11, 2016

You don’t need to have a medical degree to know what stress is. The tightness in your chest or knots in your stomach when life situations become challenging.

Millions of people have stress to some degree in their lives. However, having stressful situations which are often part of life, doesn’t mean you have to internalize the stress so that eventually you get sick.

The reality is that although stressful situations can be part of life, you can break the cycle of stress and create a calmer, more peaceful, far more enjoyable way of living your life.

There are a number of ways to decrease stress.   You can learn how to break this cycle by putting in place a few simple techniques!  To read the rest of the article and relaxation techniques, click here.

The Emotions That Cause Stress

Although situations can trigger stress, bad or challenging situations are not what actually cause stress. You create the stress by internalizing the feelings instead of looking for a solution to a problem. For example maybe you are an entrepreneur but are finding it challenging to get your business to a level where finances are no longer a problem.

Maybe the reason for this is that you don’t plan in advance and although you are always busy you rarely feel very productive, which in turn creates overwhelm that turns into procrastination.  This tends to start a cycle of thinking that says, “I’m not good enough,” “ I don’t know how,” “I’m too old,” “ it will never happen” and so forth. This kind of thinking can gradually create tremendous stress in your life.

The lack of business is not what causes that knot in your stomach. It’s not what causes your heart to race or your blood pressure to spike. The stress manifests because of the emotion caused by not changing the situation.

When you’re dealing with anything in your life – whether it’s personal or business related, you’re going to have an emotional reaction.

Everyone likes happy emotions. Being happy make you feel good. You feel relaxed and more at peace with yourself.  Whereas, negative emotions create stress!

Let’s take a look at those negative emotions that lead to the stress being internalized. The first one is anxiety. Anxiety is usually feeling nervous or worried about something you think is going to happen.

Believe it or not some anxiety is normal. There are times when it’s healthy and even helpful to feel anxiety. Normal anxiety can actually help in some situations. It can motivate you. However I would not encourage even this kind of anxiety on a regular basis. If you believe in yourself you will know that you can achieve whatever you want.

Normal anxiety doesn’t usually cause health issues. On the other hand, if you have constant chronic anxiety it can make you really miserable and ultimately sick.

Chronic anxiety can affect the way you live your life. It can get in the way of your relationships, your job and/or business which in turn can make it challenging to function effectively in any capacity. This kind of anxiety creates a heavy burden.

When you have chronic anxiety, you feel anxious almost every day. You feel edgy and nervous. You keep thinking something will go wrong so you live in a state of waiting for the other to shoe to drop.

Fear is also an emotion that leads to stress. Fear of not having enough money to meet your needs, fear of something happening to a loved one – these are normal fears.

But fear can reach the point where it cripples you and stops you from living a full and happy life.  Mixed with this kind of emotion is a type of depression. This happens because your body and your mind were not meant to have that daily deluge of negative emotions.

Each one of these emotions is just a branch off the tree of stress. You can cut off the branches but if you don’t uproot the tree the branches just grow right back.

You have to deal with what causes the stress if you truly want to be set free. If you think that stress is no big deal and, you can handle it on your own even though you have that kind of pressure more often than not, you might want to check out how stress is working for you from the inside out.

Ask yourself if you prefer to feel overwhelmed most of the time or if you’d rather feel calm and relaxed.  There are some people who actually thrive on stress because it’s an adrenaline rush but I would not suggest this if you want to stay healthy.   In the meantime these few tips might help you to relax your body and mind.

Even when you are handling stress well, you need a breather. Taking the time to recharge ensures that you continue to manage stress in a healthy way.

Most of us want to simply unwind after a hard day at work or a long day of handling stressful situations. Stress can come from many sources – deciding which bills to pay when money is short, medical issues, family demands – not just your job and/or business.

Relaxation Techniques

The thing about relaxation is that you probably don’t get nearly enough of it. An ideal relaxing situation is one in which the stressor doesn’t figure – anywhere. You are not sitting down in an easy chair to mull over the events of the day. You are instead focusing on something more pleasant to recharge your batteries for future stress management.

  1. MassageIf you can’t afford to have a professional massage ask your
    partner or a friend if they would be willing to do this. There’s often nothing more
    relaxing then letting someone else do the work to relax your body and mind.  All
    you have to do is lie there and let any tension in your body melt away.

  2. An uninterrupted hot bathThis is not the time for your spouse to sneak in
    for a romantic rendezvous. Dim the lights and light candles. Aromatherapy candles
    in relaxing scents like chamomile and lavender will also lighten the mood. Enjoy
    the warm water. Maybe have a little relaxing music playing in the background.

  3. YogaYoga has been practiced for centuries as a way of enhancing the mind-
    body connection. By concentrating on your breathing and your body movements,
    you can learn to control your body responses. It might take a little practice but it
    frees your mind and helps you to relax.

  4. Exercise. This doesn’t mean you have to go to the gym or work out for 2 hours,
    go for a walk. Being in nature for a little while can really relax your body and mind.

  5. Watch a funny movieYou’ve probably heard that laughter is the best medicine?
    Laughter releases endorphins in your body. You can’t have two opposite thoughts
    at the same time so when you are laughing it releases the stress and relaxes your
    body and mind so that any stressful situations can be dealt with more easily. Find
    something to laugh about every day.

These are all simple techniques but they won’t help if you don’t make the time to do them.
Make a commitment to carve out time each day to relax. Put it on your schedule just like you
do everything else.  This is an important appointment with yourself to make sure you stay healthy and live a balanced life.

Start with the relaxation technique that appeals most to you. You can add others for variety when you want a change. Once you get started, you’ll look forward to those times knowing you are taking care of yourself.

 

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Gratitude is an Attitude!


May 8, 2016

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“It is impossible to feel grateful and depressed in the same
moment.”
~ Naomi Williams

Whether it’s something good or something bad, whether it’s success or failure, of all the attitudes you can acquire the attitude of gratitude is probably the most important and, can be absolutely life changing.

Two opposite feelings can’t exist in your mind at the same time! There’s always something to learn in life from every experience so whatever it is, be grateful you are able to experience it.

‘Til Next Time
Have a week of gratefulness
To Your Success and Brilliance

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Your Weekly Motivating Tip


May 2, 2016

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“I have about concluded that wealth is a state of mind, and
that anyone can acquire a wealthy state of mind by thinking
rich thoughts.”
– Andrew Young

I often say everything is a state of mind, whether it’s money, stress, illness or anything else. Although I know there are some who might disagree with me, I’ve seen how the power of the mind can affect the outcome of actions in ways that you would never wish to happen.

You can consciously say and think positive things but if your subconscious and conscious are not in alignment it can constantly trip you up.

Most entrepreneurs chug along going to networking events, meeting people, answering emails and signing up new clients and yet they continually sabotage their own success in one way or another without even realizing it. Often they have ongoing doubts which create a great disconnect between the results they want and the results they actually get.

The mind and its neurological pathways need attention and understanding so that everything on both an unconscious and conscious level is integrated to allow the highest kind of energy to exist for creating success. I encourage you to be aware of your deeper levels of thinking.

‘Til Next Time
Have a wonderful week
To Your Success and Brilliance

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