Vision, A Tad Bit of Courage, and a Step! All You Need!

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-images-spotlight-strategy-d-words-focus-planning-vision-illustrating-importance-big-ideas-success-image43759574You may be feeling a little stuck, or even afraid. You may not think you totally have what it takes to make an impact in your life, and in the lives of others.

You may have a vision or a dream, but feel that there is a missing link.

There is. Here it is:

 

Realizing your vision takes being brave!

BUT, guess what? You don’t have to have BIG BIG bravery, and you d don’t have to brave all at once…NO!

You just have to be a little brave, a little at a time!

You really don’t need the courage of a 007, or the bravery of a Purple Heart.

baby-stepsTo be a successful entrepreneur…

or to grow a successful ministry…

or to expand your organization…

or to make an impact with your important and meaningful life-work,

I have discovered that all you need (once you have a BASIC vision), is the courage and faith for JUST that very next step!

So YOU start like this: you have a vision, even a seemingly small one at first. You keep that vision in front of you (sometimes that means reminding yourself of it). Then, because you likely have no clue how to make that vision happen, you purposefully and expectantly ASK for the next step, and when it appears, you take it.

It really is that simple, and it really works!

 

So here is the way it goes down step by glorious step:

1. You have the vision (dream) in your mind (can be small or humble at first).

2. You ask for the next step (ask God, the universe, yourself…I find God is your best bet)!

3. That next step then appears. It’s time now for a tad bit of courage.

4. Use your courage to actually TAKE that step that was revealed to you. You just do it, by faith.

5. It feels good. You see you are actually getting somewhere.

6. You repeat steps 2-6

7. Your courage has rewarded you with growth and added prosperity.

 

So to wrap up, and to remind you of this truth once again (because it’s so simple you are likely to talk yourself out of it), once you ask for direction, you exercise just enough faith to take the step that appeared to you. Often (usually), that step requires you to stretch for it in some way.  It’s not necessarily a mega-step you must take, but it may be (and often is) a small leap of faith or courage that is do-able, but that requires some type of input or effort (faith with legs) from you. This can be in the form of your time, some physical energy, a mindset shift, or a slight financial leap, but it will be different from what you have typically done before..

So what are you waiting for? Start asking so you can start stepping!

Now go do it, and let me know how it goes!

7 Communication Tips for Successful Facebook Interactions

As a visibility expert, it is my job to help people gain great exposure for their business, organization, ministry, or community work. You would be floored at fb_some of the things I have seen and heard, both online and off. I have seen people with the most polished branding and external appearance behave horribly to others.

No matter how fabulous your marketing materials or how big your network is now, you will lose your influence in a heart beat if you are unkind, unfair, rude, unethical, or simply just flippant.

When I tell you I have seen things that would floor you, I mean blow your mind: “leaders” who react rather than respond thoughtfully, business owners who air their grievances publically to try to pull others in, individuals who have used social media to try and hurt reputations through private messaging, and even ministers who are sarcastic, cutting, and rude in comments to others.

I have seen the gamut, and those things are not good at all, but sometimes even well-meaning business owners make very simple (but actually huge) mistakes with social media, stating things they cannot take back (not even with a “delete” comment).

Here are seven things to keep in mind so you gain the BEST KIND of visibility possible, the kind that makes others brag about you, not talk about you negatively!

 

1. Always be positive, considerate and polite, even when you hold a strong opinion. it’s how you say it (and often what you say in the first place).

2. Send concerns through a private message. Never involve others (the public) in a concern or dispute you have with another individual.

3. It is never OK to be rude–and an LOL does not negate or cover up your rudeness.

4. Do not share anything specific about your clients without their permission. It’s OK to say something along the lines of, “I made a client so happy today with the salary report we completed”, but don’t share their personal info, photos, anything they said to you, anything they wrote or communicated to you , or any of the work you have done for them, without their permission. never share their name or info without their permission.

5. It is quite OK to delete rude or vulgar comments, and if rudeness persists, it is fine to “unfriend” a contact (and NO, that does not mean the person you “unfriended” is not your friend in “real life”. It just means you want to keep your wall “clean”. It could be your best real life friend, but you have a choice about what goes in your feeds).

6. If you accept a friend request and you feel you must share a “thank you” on their wall, don’t mention who initiated the request. A “glad to connect” is enough.

7. Be sure and celebrate others on social media. It is not all about you. Let others know that you admire them (without false-flattery).

Say “NO” to Jealousy Over “Copycats”

A lot of people struggle with jealousy when they see someone doing something similar to what they do, especially when that someone is seemingly more successful.  It causes very uneasy and unpleasant emotions to rise up (which come from the underlying thinking that someone else’s success is keeping us from our own). 

Many of my clients have been concerned with others “copying ideas” or out-right using some of their very words or phrases without citing the reference (of course there could be legal copyright issues there). 

The truth is, in general, you will see peeps everywhere using very close to the same ideas, doing very similar work, and at times getting as close to copying as they legally can (which is not good and most often unethical), but unless they are taking legally protected, copyrighted, or trademarked work, or copying more than a few words, word-for-word, you cannot stop it.   General ideas are all around us, and people will access these ideas, and play off of these ideas.  “There is nothing new under the sun” said Solomon! 

Then there are those ideas, words, and phrases that no one owns or can own, even if they use them all the time. Common phrases and ideas are just that-common!  We can stay all caught up, tense, angry, focused on the negative, ineffective, stuck, or we can be forward moving. We only have two choices about something that is always around us and a fact of human existence. 

So, let me help you when you see someone whose ideas are really close to yours, and they are not “legally” copying you (but they are coming rather close).  Just DECIDE to change your mindset about it or you’ll go nuts, and you will hinder your own success. Think of your work as a flavor in a niche!

I like to think of it this way. You may frequent 10 restaurants, but they all serve different food. Even two hamburger joints are never the same, and still, sometimes you want an In-and-Out burger, other times you have a hankerin’ for some Fuddruckers!  You may like them both. You may frequent them both, or some people may like one and avoid the other. It’s all good. They both manage to stay in business! 

Or take another example… clothing stores. There are thousands of them. I personally shop at a number of clothing stores. I get what I need for different occasions of my life from the appropriate store, so no need for one store to freak out over the other. 

Bottom line, stay positive. Don’t get caught in that jealousy muck. Do not resist what you cannot change (actually, don’t resist much of anything), instead be open and let your own creative thinking have a place to flow (don’t block creative thinking by letting negativity hang around). 

In life, ministry, and in business, we all bring our unique selves to the table, and we all have a message that will strike a nerve with a particular person or potential client at a particular stage or moment in their life. 

We all have a “flavor” if you will, a “Gift of Brilliance” that is uniquely ours.  Even if we seemingly sell the same thing, that “flavor” or “Gift of Brilliance” is the clear difference. It is the deciding factor for people based on where they are at in their lives. 

Let your “Gift of Brilliance” authentically represent in truth who you are in your work, and you will draw the right people and the most ideal clients right to you. With that, you will also work directly in a zone of flow where you are spot on and truly creative and effective. 

No need to trip out or allow jealousy a place in your heart and mind. At the end of the day, your client wants YOU at a particular time in their life, and that is why they buy! 

Life is too short to be jealous or to get into negative energy over what other people are doing–even when they seemingly are doing what we are doing. No matter what we say or how we react, we cannot stop the “copycats”, or the ferocious go-getters, so we may as well just stay in right thinking and focus on the amazing value we ourselves have to offer by being who we truly are.  Also know that many “copycats” means there is a market for that product or service. Find a way to use your “Gift of Brilliance” to make yours splendorously appealing! 

To Your Brilliant Success, 

Margo

Happy Thanksgiving: Three Goodies for YOU!

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Happy Thanksgiving.

I am so thankful today. I am excited about life, freedom, business, and about the possibilities for connecting with others and discovering all of the bounty life has to offer.

Today, you may be in a place of uncertainty, or in a place of transition. That is OK because it is all part of life.

Where you are today is a stepping stone for where you are meant to be, and nothing in that past matters today. The only thing that matters is your desire to be in THIS moment and go forward with purpose!

I want to share with you something that will help you see and confirm your purpose and calling, and help you to align with why you are here and what work you have yet to do.

Do you want to be happy? Get aligned.
Do you want to really impact the lives of others? Get aligned.

And that is easy to do. It is not some big puzzle to complete or mystery to solve. It all boils down to being who YOU are in each and every moment, and reaching out to self and to those in your immediate sphere of influence.

I have a few THANKSGIVING GOODIES for you this week!

THREE to be exact!

1. A casual video about purpose and alignment. If you have about 14 minutes to just chill, take a look at this video I made last year a day before thanksgiving. It will help you get clear about what you are meant to do and how to go forward in a meaningful and significant way from this point, regardless of what you did yesterday or last year!
http://www.margodegange.com/2011/11/thankful-for-todays-success/

 

2. I also have some goodies for you and for your kids and grandkids, from a previous blog post. This one has wonderful readings as well as some fun activities the kids can do to get into the spirit of thanksgiving. http://www.margodegange.com/2009/11/activities/

and Marshmallow Pilgrim Hats: http://www.margodegange.com/2008/11/1012/

 

3. I have a nice poem for you about AUTUMN, also a previous blog post. This is a lovely poem to help you stop going full speed ahead, and take a moment to smell the cranberries!

http://www.margodegange.com/2011/10/autumn-a-poem-by-charlotte-l-riser/ 

 

In addition, here is the link to last week’s message on what success really is, or what it could be for YOU! I thought we should all look at it again. http://www.margodegange.com/2012/11/defining-success/

If you are to create authentic and rich lifestyle design, you MUST KNOW that success is not about MONEY in and of itself. Success is about living in a way that is gratifying and of essence to you and those you care about. You cannot get this kind of “FULLNESS” from a turkey, or from running around like a chicken without a head, trying to become “SUCCESSFUL” or trying to be somebody “IMPORTANT”.

You already ARE full, you already ARE successful, you already ARE important!

RECOGNIZE!

Happy Thanksgiving My Friend!

Love and Hugs, and Positive Energy to You!

Margo

Defining Success: Is it What You Thought?

S-U-C-C-E-S-S,

THAT’s the way we spell SUCCESS!

Will we win it, the answer’s YES!

S-U-C-C-E-S-S!

That’s a cheer from my early schoolgirl days living on Long Island. I shook my pom-poms and sang that proclamation with vigor, hoping the Bulldogs would take it one more time.

SUCCESS! We all want it, yet we’re also often hoodwinked about what it really is. We seem to have a great deal of angst around it.

So many of us are running around all hyped up, intoxicated on high-doses of productivity and status and in a spell of anxiety, trying desperately and seemingly endlessly to gain “success”.

We work our keisters off, our hearts out and sometimes even our selves to death!

It’s as if we really believe we have “important” people…THEM… looking over our shoulders and following us around with big stop watches and fingers pointed right at us waiting for us to finally “succeed”.

I would not be surprised if most of us have lost sight of what it is we really wanted in the first place.

We scurry about trying to gain more status, make more money, and meet “better” people as we push aside the common or “insignificant” folks we see everyday. We rush off to create that “red carpet” event, to invent another impressive story, and to and post another  VIP pic to Facebook so people think we are “in the know” and “going places” with the “who’s who”!

Have we actually stopped to give a rat’s  thought to what it is we really need and want, and where it is we really want to go, and who it is we really want to know, and why it is we really want to have that, go there, and know them?

What kind of a LIFE do we really want to live, and how do we want to go about “getting there” are the REAL considerations, since after all, life IS the moments and the process, i.e. the journey?

Let’s also look at WHY we want to have “success”.  I think most of us actually seek  is not this thing called “success”, but what’s BEHING it. We want a better life, right?.  You have to know, though, that a better life is the one you can have RIGHT NOW if you choose to see it that way!

I thought this was something interesting to look at, so that’s what I did.   I looked at what others are thinking, saying and sharing about success: what it is, what it possibly is not, and what it can mean for us as individuals who at the root of it all, are looking for meaning & joy, and experiences that are rich, exciting, heartfelt, and real.

YOU decide what success is for you. As you do, consider the following words and allow them to help you reflect on this important topic!

 

DEFIING & CONSIDERING “SUCCESS”

 

From OxfordDictionaries.com:

“Success: The accomplishment of an aim or purpose.”

 

From Jeff Haden, Inc.com:

“To a small business owner, to an employee–to anyone–there is only one way to determine success. The answer lies in answering one question: How happy am I? That’s it. How successful you are is based solely on the answer to that question. How happy are you?

Extremely successful entrepreneurs–at least in terms of traditional business success–work impossibly long hours while focusing almost exclusively on building their business. In many cases (some would argue most cases) their personal and family lives are to some degree a casualty of that focus. Is that a fair tradeoff?”

 

From John Maxwell of JohnMaxwellOnLeadership.com

“In 1986, when I was 39 years old, I began to notice a terrible trend among my colleagues, college buddies and friends: divorce. This was happening in a variety of marriages – from the shaky to the apparently strong. Margaret and I didn’t think our relationship was in any kind of danger, but then again, we knew that many of our friends had thought their relationships were indestructible too.

At the same time, my career was really taking off. And while I was enjoying the new challenges, I knew that I didn’t want to lose my family in the process. That prompted me to make one of my key life decisions: rewriting my definition of success. Instead of acclaim or advancement or achievement, I decided that for me,

Success means having those closest to me love and respect me the most

 

From Carrie Underwood on VH1 Behind the Music:

On what it means to be a success:

“It’s important to me to know that I’ve done the best job that I can, to be a positive thing in the world. I feel like it’s not about the accolades, or the sales numbers, or the awards or any of that. It’s about helping people with their lives and making a difference that way!”

 

From Richard Branson:

“Ridiculous yachts and private planes and big limousines won’t make people enjoy life more, and it sends out terrible messages to the people who work for them. It would be so much better if that money was spent in Africa – and it’s about getting a balance.”

 

From Stephen Covey:

“Financial success—prestige, wealth, recognition, accomplishment—will always be secondary in greatness. Primary greatness is about character and contribution. Primary greatness asks, What are you doing to make a difference in the world? Do you live truly by your values? Do you have total integrity in all of your relationships?

Money, whether in government or on Wall Street, can change one’s motivation and integrity if money is the No. 1 objective. At this crucial time in our history, we need leaders who can affirm other people’s worth and potential to help them find their voice.”

 

From T.D. Jakes:

“I never asked to be bigger, I asked to be better.

I never asked to be successful, I asked to be effective. Being effective made me successful.”

 

From Oprah Winfrey:

“You can have it all. You just can’t have it all at once.”

“What I know is, is that if you do work that you love, and the work fulfills you, the rest will come.”

“Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire. This is your moment. Own it.”

“The key to realizing a dream is to focus not on success but significance – and then even the small steps and little victories along your path will take on greater meaning.”

 

From Joel Osteen for Success Magazine:

“I believe every person has potential that is still waiting to be released, or you wouldn’t be alive. I tell people all the time, ‘If you woke up and God gave you breath to breathe, then you’ve got something else you need to do. Somebody needs what you have. You have an assignment. You have something to offer the world.”

 

From Margo DeGange:

“Success and riches really have little to do with money! A rich and successful life goes back to the way you live your life everyday, what you give out towards others, and how well you let joy reign within you.”

“If you want to become rich, you must first stop thinking about money, and start thinking and focusing instead on what drives you with excitement and passion.”

In every moment of every day you are given, live like you mean it.  Be kind like you mean it. Love like you mean it. Have fun like you mean it. Do business like you mean it. Help others like you mean it.”

“Connect in this world like you have a God given purpose. THEN you can say you are a success!”

 

Margo’s NEW 5 P’s of Marketing: #2, Purpose

We all know that these days, people do business with those they know, like & trust, and they also seek to do business with those who will create a meaningful experience for them. If you can relate to, resonate with, and ADD VALUE to the lives of your prospects and clients, they will likely want and BUY what you have to offer them.

Using the Traditional 5 P’s of Marketing as a springboard for a greater conversation about client connection, visibility, and meaning in our work, I have created what I call Margo’s NEW 5 P’s of Marketing, which consist of Passion, Purpose, Positive Focus, Power, and Perseverance!  

If you want to THRIVE in the business landscape of today, you have to adopt the mentality it takes to connect and succeed! Your mindset must be to engage clients while adding substance and value to their world. This is what it will take for you to be successful in our current business climate.  Prospects look for more today because they have more choices, more information, more resources, and more guidance than ever before.

Create meaning and give value and you have a winning combination in your niche. Each one of Margo’s NEW 5 P’s of Marketing is a VITAL component when it comes to marketing, selling, connecting, and engaging others in your marketplace.  Each is absolutely necessary for your business success.

SO LET’S CONTINUE THE CONVERSATION on  Margo’s NEW 5 P’s of Marketing.

Last week we discussed PASSION as it relates to marketing, with the input and insight of two of my esteemed colleagues- Miki Strong and Amanda Howell – who I invited to join the conversation.

This week we take a look at PURPOSE, and I’ve asked another brilliant colleague- Eleanor M. Ross – to chime in with her wisdom too!

Enjoy, and when you are through reading, PLEASE SHARE a COMMENT BELOW!

 

 

The Purpose of Your Clients Clarifies Your Marketing

by Eleanor Ross

Eleanor Ross

Marketing speak is everywhere.  Our inboxes are full of experts telling us how to better market ourselves, how to position ourselves and what to say to our prospective buyers AND how to say it.  We all know the importance of marketing, of reaching our buyers yet so many of us find it challenging to keep up the consistency needed for effective marketing.

The biggest challenge is distraction and a lack of clarity.  With so much social media, the next best thing, and marketing gurus coming up with the “6 figure secret”,  it can all become too overwhelming for most of us.

I’d like to talk about the lack of clarity here.  This is where it can all go horribly wrong.  To have that clarity there has to be a purpose behind every marketing step we take and as entrepreneurs we must have insider knowledge on the purpose of our clients and future clients.  This means asking our tribe what their highest purpose is.  What do they want to achieve in working with you?  What do they want to achieve in their life?  They have a purpose and the more we know about it the more fruitful our marketing efforts will be.

We then need to look at our own purpose.  We must have that all important clarity around our highest purpose in our marketing and that should be filling that intention and purpose of our clients.  As business owners we have an even higher purpose which is usually freedom, flexibility, lifestyle and choice: Ask yourself how you can fulfill your purpose while offering that to your clients because ultimately they are coming to you to fulfill some part of theirs.

Make it part of your purpose in your marketing to reach out to those parts of them and if you are unclear of what that may be then ask them.  Use surveys, questionnaires or social media to interact and get to know the purpose of people connecting with you.  This can be used in your marketing, emails are more likely to be opened, courses will fill up, your social media page will be busy and you will have a loyal following allowing you to live your purpose and love your business.

About Eleanor

Eleanor Ross, of Edinburgh UK, wants you to become the CEO of your purpose.  Eleanor coaches women who want to ditch the
self sabotage and who are ready to allow, to live, and to love their purpose.

Website: http://www.eleanormross.com/
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/eleanormross
Twitter:  www.twitter.com/eleanormross

 

 

Come back next week when we talk about POSITIVE FOCUS, the 3rd P of Margo’s NEW 5 P’s of Marketing!

But for Now, PLEASE SHARE a COMMENT BELOW:

Which one of the NEW 5 P’s of Marketing  strikes a chord with you, and WHY?

 

A Business Lesson from De-Toxing & Fasting!

For the last 6 days, I have been on a 10-day detox juice-fast to reboot my health. Yep, today is day 6!

This veggie/fruit juice fast has not been too easy, but not too hard either. You just have to make up your mind. Yesterday we had a BIG family BBQ at my brother’s house. I froze my juice the night before and brought it along, and told no one about my fast. I made it through just fine! It’s 90% mindset.

Wheat Grass Juice Shots

When you stop eating, your thinking slows down, and you get really clear (it takes a day or two though).

A couple of mornings ago (my 3rd day of the fast) I woke up with a crystal clear thought about why so many people do not design lifestyles that are good for them, and especially why they don’t create successful businesses. Them I made this 12 minute video to let you know how my fast is going, and  to share with you how giving up something like junk food, smoking, or bad business practices requires discomfort, and why THAT IS TOTALLY O.K.

Enjoy the video (the business lesson is about 4 1/2 minutes in), then PLEASE SHARE in the comments below something you have given up for the short-term to benefit greatly in the long run!

Margo DeGange,

Business & Lifestyle Designer

 

 

RICH with Passion!

If you are involved in the fallacy that one day you will “make it big” and never have to work again, I can bet that you are not tapping into your passion—you are not doing what you truly love. The people who become highly successful are so motivated, so inspired to help others, and so driven to always have a RICH quality of life, that they never even desire a day when they can quit “doing” what they love.

Research proves over and over again that doing what you are passionate about, or at the very minimum what you are peaceful about and extremely motivated to do, is the key to financial rewards. This is because you end up in a zone of productivity, often called “flow”, that continues to drive you through all obstacles, and the energy you emit from doing what is meaningful to you actually draws others your way, and many of these “others” have money to spend.

Do you still want to “make it big”? Maybe so. I think you should. Here’s how you start…Here’s the RICH mindset you need in order to be financially wealthy and incredibly happy, too:

 

R- Reclaim your personal passion and redirect all of your efforts towards it.

I- Invest in yourself and in your business: education, extreme self care, marketing activities that have proven results and move you forward, and leisure time spent doing the things that make you happy and bring you peace.

C- Create environments where you can thrive: Ditch negative energy, spend less time with saboteurs and gossipy people, make your home a place of refuge, expression, and fun, and your office a station of peak productivity, connection, and creativity.

H- Hire Help. Spend time doing what you are good at, and delegate the tasks that are not directly tied to building your profits or caring for self. If you don’t, you will burn out because you are not doing activities that are profitable or that you are passionate about. Let someone else do your monthly newsletters or your daily books. If you are a designer, put together a small team of design assistants for the less complicated work. Hire a housekeeper because the money you pay for that is LESS than the money you lose on the sales you are not bringing in while you’re vacuuming the carpet!

And there it is. To “make it big” and to be “rich with passion”, simply get clear on what it is you really love to do, and do it FULL THROTTLE.  My friend Gary Vaynerchuk says “CRUSH IT”!  Either way, bring your passion to the table, take great care of your mind and body, engage yourself in pertinent, consistent activities to bring you towards your goals, surround yourself with good vibrations, delegate what slows you down, then buckle your seat belt to take the ride of your life to financial independence and true personal empowerment.

What are YOUR secret ingredients for making it big and being RICH with passion?

Share your comment below!

 

Have a Wildly Rich Week!

Margo

Get Rich Quick!

Are you ready to GET RICH QUICK? Well just hold your horses.

This week we’re going to look at the concept of the get rich quick mentality, and next week, I am actually going to tell you just what it takes to literally GET RICH—the money kind of rich (but not necessarily as QUICKLY as those greedy money-spirits insist you should).

Everyone wants to GET RICH QUICK, and there are a mazillion experts ready to take your money and tell you how. But don’t blame them.

For every peep who tries to tell us how to get rich quick, there are a mazillion more peeps who want to know how to get as much money as FAST as they can, so they can finally be happy. With that frame of mind, unfortunately, few will ever experience true wealth or true happiness.

Before we go on, let’s put this money thing into perspective, so when we do get the cash, we will have the mindset that’s fit for it. Here’s what some wise folks like Ben, Momma T,  and Ralphy have to say…

 

Who is wise? He that learns from everyone. Who is powerful? He that governs his passions. Who is rich? He that is content. Who is that? Nobody.   ~Benjamin Franklin

Even the rich are hungry for love, for being cared for, for being wanted, for having someone to call their own.   ~Mother Teresa

We are rich only through what we give, and poor only through what we refuse.   ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

To be able to give away riches is mandatory if you wish to possess them. This is the only way that you will be truly rich.   ~Muhammad Ali

That man is rich whose pleasures are the cheapest.   ~Henry David Thoreau

He who is contented is rich.   ~Lao Tzu

A rich man is nothing but a poor man with money.   ~W. C. Fields

I receive a ton of spam every day. Much of it offers to help me get out of debt or get rich quick. It would be funny if it weren’t so exciting.   ~Bill Gates

Think and grow rich.   ~Napoleon Hill

I had no idea that being your authentic self could make me as rich as I’ve become. If I had, I’d have done it a lot earlier.   ~Oprah Winfrey

There are people who have money and people who are rich.   ~Coco Chanel

 

Why do these super stars talk about riches this way? Because being RICH first and foremost has NOTHING to do with money! It has everything to do with the way you live your life and the happiness you feel every day. To get rich, you have to first stop thinking about money, and start thinking about what drives you with excitement and passion.

This is exactly why I am a business and Lifestyle Designer. It is my mission to help others live lives of fullness and true purpose, the kind of lives that look and feel wealthy in a variety of ways, not just in terms of money!  In your life and in your work, you can be rich every day in every way! Lifestyle design is about CHOICES and MINDSET!

I am RICH. I live my life with a mindset that is positive and that also draws me to amazing opportunities where I can connect with and help others in very significant ways. I have total freedom, and I can set my own schedule. My life affords me many exceptional experiences, and I have had the privilege of getting to share time with some extraordinary people. I have traveled to some wonderful places like Maui, Kauai, (Hawaii), Trinidad, England, France, Canada, Jamaica, and Mexico to name just a few. I have stayed in the finest hotels and eaten at world class restaurants many times over.  I have been invited to places and events some people only dream of going.  I have purchased clothes and shoes that made me feel very privileged.  I have experienced many crazy and adventurous activities, too. Yet those things are NOT what make me rich.

Why I am RICH

I am RICH because I am able to fully enjoy every moment of my life, and I am RICH because I have a clear purpose for living. I know who I am and why I am here, and every day in my life and in my work I live that mission and calling.

Yes, I have definitely experienced the finer things of life, but I have also found absolute joy, wealth, and clarity of purpose in the simplest things as well. I’ve sat with a friend who was horribly sick, and held her hand as she painfully recovered. I helped bring a baby into the world. I was in the room when a very dear loved one passed away, and I’ve dined fabulously on almost nothing with people who had very little food to share.  I’ve visited complete strangers in the hospital, and held onto faith myself when I thought I was going to die. I’ve stayed up all night with feverish children, and prayed for my puppy that miraculously came through.  I sat in a baby pool with a home-made (but fabulous) cocktail, and enjoyed sailing in an old rickety boat.  I’ve played battleship in the car with my honey on a frosty cold night at the lake as we sipped on hot cocoa, I’ve shared a burger with a pal when there wasn’t much cash, and made chicken and dumplings for 30!

Wealth?

Wealth and being RICH is a quality of being. It’s really all about who you are as a person and what makes you happy, and what you offer to others! That must come from within because unless it starts there no amount of money will bring you joy! Once you own that, you can confidently design the business of your dreams, based around your calling and your passion.

Passion

My passion—what drives me every day of my life—is empowering others to find their unique gifts and calling and use them to create over-the-top lives and businesses. I would do this for free. It is who I am.

For you it may be designing and creating super stylish interior spaces, or mentoring others to rise to the top, or helping people to get well and strong and energized, or it may be informing and entertaining your tribe through exciting seminars and special events. Your passion may be connecting with clients in the selling situation because you know you are changing their lives in unprecedented ways through the exceptional products that you sell.

To GET RICH QUICK, quit thinking that RICH means just money, and get a brand new mindset. You must be RICH well before you will ever see the first shiny dime of your small business fortune. Then, you will be well-prepared to receive the money, the actual CASH,  that is certainly yours for the taking!

Have a wealth mentality. In every instance of every day, live like you mean it.  Do business like you love it. Create like you are excited about it. Meet people like you care. Connect like you have a purpose. Savor each moment like it matters. Enjoy every event (big or small, simple or elaborate) as if you are attending the King’s ball. Then, see if you don’t discover just how rich you really are. THAT kind of RICH does happen QUICKLY! It’s simply a mindset.

AT THAT POINT you can begin to make the leap to GAIN FINANCIAL WEALTH, and this money-kind of getting RICH starts with your decision to drop a very dangerously deceptive mentality—the one that says you can be successful without working a plan or without putting a reasonable amount of time and consistent effort into your business.

More on that next week, when I’ll share with you the HOW so you can get the CASH in your business (because that’s loads of fun too)!  Stay tuned, and in the meantime…

Please share something about your own life that makes you KNOW you are rich today!

 

Have a Wild Week of Riches!

Margo