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What’s Your Theme for 2014?

I usually have a theme for each year—something catchy and memorable to keep me focused on my most important goals.

And this year’s is the same as last year’s: “Lean and Green in 2014”. I’m lighter, earning more and helping others earn more than a year ago, but it’s still my focus. And because I’m committed to helping even more people generate more income, freedom and confidence, “Lean and Green” still works.

What’s your theme for this year? What would you like it to be?

Having a yearly theme has worked well for me and the many others whom I’ve recommended it to. And it will work for you.

We all need more focus and concentration. It’s the 2nd C of The 3C Formula (see The Achievement Code: The 3C Formula for Getting What You Truly Want). In fact, if you can accomplish your top goals without a lot of focus and intention, you probably don’t have very big goals. If so, you may want to re-evaluate.

All you have to do is select your top one or two goals and make them into a theme. It doesn’t even have to rhyme like mine ;-).

Let me know what your theme is for 2014. You can comment on this post below or comment on our FaceBook Fan Page.

PS: If you didn’t see my brief article on listing your Tolerations for elimination, it’s on our home page.

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 . . .

Working at Wal*Mart, Cleaning Houses. Really?

lifestyle_couple_sidebarSomeone I play tennis with told me recently that the woman who cleans his house is 74 years old. Can you imagine that?

And every time I go to the grocery store, I see retirees working there.

I give them a lot of credit for their willingness to work. And maybe some of them just like to keep busy and earn a little extra money. But I’m guessing most of them simply aren’t able to get by very well without supplementing their Social Security checks.

It’s very sad.

According to a survey by the Employee Benefit Research Institute, more than half of all workers (56%) say they have less than $25,000 in savings.

And the Deloitte Center for Financial Services found that 58% of U.S. workers don’t have any retirement plan at all.

What’s YOUR plan?

Can you count on a pension? Do you have a couple of million in your IRA? Could YOU live on a social security check?

The vast majority of Baby Boomers simply can’t.

These are some of the reasons we created the Lifestyle Business System.

A lifestyle business is one that operates on your terms with lots of flexibility, low to no overhead, no risk and usually no employees. It works for YOU instead of you working for it. It’s simple and it’s part time. And ideally, it’s in harmony with your core values and leverages your many talents, skills, your knowledge and your expertise.

It sure beats punching a time-clock at Wal*Mart.

Our very complete (12-module) course shows you exactly how to create a micro-business that can generate extra income for you now and a retirement income when you leave your current job.

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And it’s all explained on this page . . .

You deserve to create an income while doing meaningful and interesting work.

P.S. Just the tax benefits of having a business of your own can make it worth your while. Let us show you how to monetize your knowledge, skills and experience. Click here to see the syllabus . . .

P.P.S. If you don’t take this route, I hope you have another good plan. Because I don’t want you to end up like so many others.

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