Archive for 2013

What’s Your Problem? Are You Sure?

Solving the REAL ProblemIt’s often said that very few people have clearly defined goals. I agree. And I also think that very few people are clear on what their problems actually are—the ones that stand in the way of those loosely defined goals. They might complain about what they perceive as the problem and they may even diligently work on solving it. But in my 35 plus years working with business owners and leaders, it’s rare to find that they have the problem clearly identified and unambiguously articulated.

Charles Kettering said, “A problem clearly stated is a problem half-solved.” The way we define the problem has a lot to do with how we approach the solution. Many times a re-definition will work wonders on opening new and different possibilities.

Working on solving a problem when it’s not really the problem will almost always create poor results. It might even be worse than doing nothing at all.

To get clear, we usually need to challenge our premises, drill deeper into what the problem is really about, and make sure we have it identified and properly and effectively defined it. Only then can we achieve elegant results.

Jack Sparrow ProblemAn erroneous belief of and a misunderstanding of the actual problem is a large and very common situation. So is an unproductive attitude or belief. Captain Jack Sparrow, the lead character in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, used the line, “The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem.” Since he was a pirate, he most likely stole or paraphrased the line. But it does have some real truth in it.

We all have problems—some big, some small. And in most cases we must resolve them. In fact, that’s what we get paid to do. A business exists to provide for the needs and wants of its clients. It’s just another way of saying the business solves problems. As an employee, you’re paid to solve problems, too. But I’m guessing few people think of their jobs that way. And yet the better off you are at solving problems, the more value you bring to the marketplace.

So what are your biggest challenges? Are they truly the problems you think them to be? I would challenge you to question that. If you’ve been in a committed relationship for more than a few months, you’ve probably figured out that you rarely, if ever, fight about the things you think you’re fighting about. It’s almost always something deeper. And when you get to the real issue, it’s much easier to solve. It’s the same with understanding the real problem.

This idea of trying to solve wrongly defined problems and having erroneous beliefs and attitudes about them is a big subject indeed.

So on Tuesday, December 10th at 3 PM ET, I’m conducting a live training on how to identify, define and solve problems. It’s called Solving the REAL Problem.

I know you’ll find it helpful. And I’m confident it can make a big difference in helping you design, create and live your best life. In fact, I guarantee it.

Go to this page to learn more and register for this thought-provoking, problem-solving experience.

And I’ll give all attendees who qualify something worth in excess of $500.

When you register, we’ll make sure you get access not only to the live webinar, but also the recording in case you’re not able to be on the call live.
See more here . . .

Thanksgiving 365

This week’s holiday is one of my favorites. I love the focus on gratefulness for the things we have. And, of course, the food is pretty good, too.

We are super grateful to have you as a subscriber. Without you, we would not be able to carry on the work of informing, inspiring and empowering people to be their best. Thank you for your support. It means a lot.

After almost 18 years in business, SuccessNet is still about helping great people like you become even better. We’re just as committed as ever to helping you design, create and live your best life. We truly appreciate you.

Now, I recognize that many of our readers don’t celebrate Thanksgiving or at least are not celebrating it this week. But the art of gratefulness can—and I think should—be practiced all year long. I’ve said for many years that if you appreciate what you have, you’ll find yourself having even more to appreciate. And that’s because what we think about and how we feel about what we think about attracts more of the same. What you focus on expands.

This probably isn’t new information to you. But grasping the concept and PRACTICING gratefulness consistently are two different things indeed. Your attitude of gratitude truly is a powerful force. And it must be cultivated and nurtured lest the weeds of discouragement, despair and negativity take over.

If you start your day, live your day and end your day being specifically grateful for all you have in your life, you can’t help but improve your attitude and outlook.

One of my clients recently told me about a new hire who was extremely skilled and talented. This individual was head and shoulder above anyone else in her field. But she lacked a positive attitude and an openness to new ways of doing things. He wasn’t sure he could keep her on.
I’ve always advocated to “hire for attitude and train for skills” because it’s so much easier. A person with a good attitude will learn more and learn faster than someone who needs to learn to have a better attitude. My advice to my client was unless something changes quickly (not likely) to provide her with an opportunity to use her talents elsewhere.

A Formula for Gratefulness
Just before we go to sleep, my wife and I end each day by sharing three things we’re grateful for in our lives. It might be a thing, an experience, a feeling or a relationship. It’s whatever comes to mind.

We’ve done this for years and we’re thinking about adding it to our morning ritual as well. It’s much better to awaken and say, “Another wonderful day” than “Oh yuck, not another Monday.” A friend of mine says, “Every day above ground is a good day.” And yet another says it’s great to wake up looking at the right side of the grass.

All good attitudes. But intentionally calling to mind and saying specific things we’re grateful for having in our lives lays the groundwork for more happiness and having even more of those “things”.

It just may be that gratefulness leads to greatness. At the very least you’ll be happier and healthier. People will like being around you more and your outlook will be brighter.

Try it for 21 days. See the difference it makes. I’m willing to bet that you’ll end up making Thanksgiving a 365-day experience.

And let me know how you’re doing with it.

Dawn and I wish you and yours a truly Happy Thanksgiving.


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$300 is All it Would Have Taken

A number of studies over the years have indicated that a large percentage of personal bankruptcies could have been avoided with only an additional $300 a month.

It doesn’t seem like much, does it? $3,600 a year to avoid the pain, anguish, poor credit rating and embarrassment of filing for bankruptcy. And the losses incurred by creditors not paid, of course, get passed on to consumers. So we all end up paying for the insolvency and liquidation.

So if an extra $300 a month can prevent most bankruptcies, just think what an extra $500, $1,000 or $3,000 a month could do.

Imagine the vacations, college funds, retirement plans, new cars, better homes, debt elimination and charities that could be covered by generating the extra income.

And just think of the freedom that comes from KNOWING you can always create the income you need. THAT’S financial independence.

Whether you start a network marketing business, turn your hobby into an enterprise or create a lifestyle business, you will have greater freedom and also teach your children and others that profits are way better than wages.

Yes, you CAN create your own money machines. You really can. It requires some different thinking and it requires different training than you most likely have received.

It doesn’t take much money and there’s virtually no risk. You can start small and build from there. You can begin to monetize your knowledge, experience, interests and expertise.

If you think you’re ready, we recommend The Lifestyle Business System explained on this page . . .

If you’re not quite there yet, we suggest you get this super-inexpensive eBook. It will open your eyes to the possibilities. And when you decide to take the next step and enroll in the course, I’ll even give you credit for the few dollars you invested in the eBook. It’s called 20 Ways to Make $100 a Day Online. Find out more on this page . . .

Here at SuccessNet, we’re committed to helping you design, create and live your ideal life. Getting free from debt and being financially independent is certainly part of it.

P.S. One thing is for sure—things are highly unlikely to improve much unless you change something. And your financial freedom sure seems like it’s worth it. It’s never too late. You can do it. And we’d like to help.

P.P.S. If you’re already set financially and you’re living your ideal life, please share this article and these ideas with someone who is not yet as fortunate.

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