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So it’s a New Year — and what’s up with MOSONATION?!!

Ok, I thought it would only take 90 days to reassess, release, and rejuvenate! It’s closer to 120 days. Before you know it the whole month of January is almost over. I hope that you’ve had time to process all the emotions, motivations, convictions that must have taken place during your RRR time. I sure have, and I’m ready to roll. Armed with a new MBA Graduate School Intern (who will assist me with some strategic initiatives), I hope to get my MOSONATION house in order. Isn’t this always the story of the MOSO life?

I’ve come across some very useful resources that will help you get some of your personal and business things on the right path this year.  About those resources:

MOSOs take a gander at FREELANCERS UNION it’s a wealth of knowledge about the real important stuff we should know about — particularly when it comes to taxes, insurance resources, and oh did I mention retirement!

Don’t forget the awesome ON DECK if you’re looking to expand and need money to do it please use this resource to get your financial footing in 2012. Check out stories of some of their clients in the Main Street Matters edition of MOSO MAG (click on the tab called MOSO MAG above)!

Moving Forward in 2012!

Fuel Your Aspirations!

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Be honest — are you working your passion or just working?

Ok — this really spoke to me this morning. So I’m sharing with information with you so you too can experience how it fueled my aspirations! I worked with Elizabeth (Beth) Dowd and Office Angels several years ago — at a crossroad — on whether to get a fulltime corporate gig or staying out on my own, as a MOSO. Well, my issue was really about how I could successfully do both. I don’t believe you have to choose one over the other (that’s my opinion), until you HAVE to REALLY make a choice. Sometimes life just throws you that curve ball, right?

On the other side of that, I’ve got many MOSO friends who hold down careers (the 9to5 entrepreneur) while they pursue their passions. I believe that your full-time work should be your passion as well.  What Beth and Office Angels have put together in this program is awesome, and at the many crossroads you’ll face in life, it’s really good to know that you can WORK YOUR PASSION.

  • Do you jump out of bed when the alarm clock goes off, knowing the day holds adventure, challenge and satisfaction?
  •  Did you know that 80% of adults working in large organizations say they’re not using their strengths in their everyday jobs?
  •  Why is it that the longer an employee stays with an organization and the higher he climbs the traditional  corporate ladder, the less likely he is to strongly agree that he is playing to his strengths?

Forget what “everyone” is saying about the job market and global recession. Now is the time to _nd your dream job even if you have to switch careers to do it.

  1.  Discover what you were truly meant to do and where you were meant to do it
  2. Create a customized resume and cover letter that will set you apart from other candidates
  3. Identify target-rich posting sites
  4. Present a professionally packaged image
  5. Master the interviewing process
  6. Negotiate the perfect offer
  7. Execute follow-up activities to close the deal

Best of all, Beth supports you with unlimited telephone and email support until you land that dream job.

Don’t believe us—here’s what two of Beth’s former clients had to say:

I just landed my dream job! The smartest thing I did was hire Beth with Office Angels who re-wrote my resume and, even more importantly, coached me on what to do and what not to do to get my dream job. She helped me to know where to go to look and then she coached me on every aspect of the interviewing process. I felt extremely well prepared and competitivethanks to Beth.” ~Jan D. Geiger

Elizabeth D. Dowd, Career Coach
Working Your Passion – Office Angels beth@officeangels.us

Fuel Your Aspirations!
Monique

 

Personal Growth is a Choice

If you desire more opportunity in business and life then choose a path of personal growth.  Very often, people will say, “The personal growth stuff sounds good.  But what does it have to do with my business?”  

Personal growth has everything to do with your business.  It has everything to do with your life.  To have excitement and passion about what you do and your life you must embrace personal growth.

 Personal Growth:  The One Key Principle
Whether you are a self-employed business owner, entrepreneur, solo professional or an individual seeking more opportunity for success there is one principle you must understand. 

Seldom will your business and life exceed the size of your thinking.  Do you want more income?  Then you must change and expand your thinking to have more opportunities for income available.  Do you want a better family life?  Change your thinking and place greater value on your family and more opportunities for a better family life will come your way.

Personal Growth:  What Holds You Back?
Novelist Leo Tolstoy said, “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”  The ironic thing is that change is inevitable.  The oldest man in the world died inMontanaa few weeks ago at the age of 114.  He was lucid up until his last few months.  He was interviewed in 2010 about his thoughts on living a long life.  His first answer to living a long life was to embrace change. 

So everyone has to deal with change.  That’s a given.  On the other hand, personal growth is optional.  When you choose to grow it is much easier to accept change and to subsequently move forward. 

In coaching success I can assure you the people who are unwilling to grow will never reach their potential.  What holds most people back?  It is not circumstances or things.  It’s their unwillingness to embrace personal growth.  And this unwillingness to embrace personal growth is one of the most important killers of small business success and small business growth. 

Personal Growth:  The Difference Between Successful And Unsuccessful People
Most people don’t realize that successful and unsuccessful people to not differ substantially in their abilities.  They vary in their desires to reach their potential.  And there is nothing more effective when it comes to reaching potential than commitment to personal growth. 

Ask yourself this question.  In what specific ways have you changed lately to reach your potential?  In my personal business coaching practice the clients who embrace personal growth and the change that comes with it are the most successful and more satisfied.

Interestingly, the most successful people, very often, are not the ones that started with the best circumstances, funding, startup business plan or marketing business plan.  They started with one thing.  They were open to personal growth and change. 

Embrace personal growth.  Welcome the change.  You will change from within and as a result your outer world will change.  When you change more opportunity will come your way.  There are many keys to success.  A commitment to personal growth is one of the most important.

Fuel Your Aspirations!
Steve

Steve Scott is a personal business coach who collaborates with business owners and professionals who are committed to having more in their businesses and lives.  To learn more about Steve and what he offers go to www.TheHoustonBusinessCoach.com 

 

 

Become a Better Motivator by Steve Scott

Become a better motivator.  Everything rises and falls on leadership.  There are two components to leadership.  How you lead others.  Are you a great motivator?  That’s the more obvious one.  The second one is how you lead yourself.  Are you a good motivator for yourself?

 How you are a motivator for yourself will affect the motivator in your leadership of others.

Small business success and small business growth are about many things.  But one of the most important is the motivator style of the owner.  When you are running a small business or starting up your own business this can be a make or break proposition. 

Why?  Business conditions and circumstances will change.  Usually how you are as a motivator will not.  Sometimes all that has to change is how we motivate ourselves and others to have the success we desire.

Motivator Style-Compulsion

Whether you are a self-employed business owner, entrepreneur, solo professional or an individual your motivator style will determine your long-term success. 

If you are compelled to do something by someone else the odds are that the relationship will neither be happy or fruitful for the long-term.  You can enjoy some short-term success and satisfaction through compulsion.  But, ultimately being a motivator by compelling others to do something is a form of slavery. 

Compulsion has its place in motivation.  But compulsion is about doing something that for the most part you don’t agree with or don’t see the value. 

If you are a motivator who primarily uses compulsion then I can assure you that your life is short on happiness, satisfaction and trust. 

As I said, compulsion has its place but use it wisely.

Motivator Style—Persuasion
This motivator style, unlike compulsion which can feel like a form of slavery, is the method of free men.  Persuading requires an understanding of what makes people tick, and what motivates them, that requires a knowledge of human nature.  Great leaders possess this knowledge.

This motivator style requires more thought on your part.  If you are motivating yourself through persuasion then you have to buy into a concept logically and emotionally.  It can take more time.  But, the long-term rewards with stability and satisfaction are immense.

The Best Motivator Is Usually The Best Leader
In a survey seventy psychologists were asked: “What is the most essential thing for a supervisor to know about human nature?”  Two-thirds said that motivation—an understanding of what makes people think, feel, and act as they do—is uppermost.

When you understand what motivates people, you have at your command the most powerful tool for dealing with them. 

Seek to understand what motivates you and those around you or who work for you.  When you do you will become a better motivator and a more influential leader.

Fuel Your Aspirations!
Steve Scott

Steve Scottis a personal business coach who collaborates with business owners and professionals who are committed to having more in their businesses and lives.  To learn more about Steve and what he offers go to www.TheHoustonBusinessCoach.com 

 

The MOSO MAG 2011 Special Edition is Live! Check it out!

Consistency and application are what brings you victory, MOSO’s! No matter how difficult and challenging working on your passion can be at times, there is no explanation for the JOY that it brings when you’ve accomplished a task and it’s staring you in the face! I hope you enjoy this issue of MOSO MAG — I love it! If I should say so my self. Hope you’ll find value and a few nuggets to keep your aspirations fueled! Click on the COVER to view the contents of this issue.

Ok, folks. What do you do, when you can’t do anything?

Hello MOSO Tribers! I don’t want to complain. I try to really keep it positive most of the time, especially when it relates to my business dealings — but boy is it difficult sometimes for a micro business that has to rely on other solo sources to get the work done. It’s not always a bad thing. I am a huge advocate for working with and collaborating with other micro and solo business owners we can cause a lot of change out here in the world working together.

But reality often sets in. The very things that are weaknesses for a micro or solo business owners play out in the collaboration efforts. Really it’s no fault of one or the other — it’s just the REALITY. Many of you know I’ve been working on getting the MOSO MAG out to you since “June” and here it is almost 3rd week into July and, though I’m close — I can’t do anything to deliver it any quicker. There is so much that’s a part of the process( from a project management perspective). That I find myself asking the very question: What do you do, when you can’t do anything?

OMG — I’m about to have a COW! literally. I must say that there is something to say about micro and solo business owners that have tenacity, stick-to-itiveness (that probably means the same thing as tenacity — but you get the picture). What do you do? I hope you have some answers because folks — its times like these (when they are happening on a regular) that make MOSOs want to give up.

 

Let me be clear — Giving up is not an OPTION for you! No, no, no… I’m just rambling, might as well share my thoughts with you. Can we catch a break? Should not being able to do anything, in situations like this, help us relish the moment (sit back evaluate, recover, allow for new creative thoughts to flow). It’s yin and yang here. Like I said in the last sentence — I’m just rambling y’all hope you got something out of it. It was good for me to express it.

Fuel Your Aspirations!
Monique

Ok, folks. What do you do, when you can't do anything?

Hello MOSO Tribers! I don’t want to complain. I try to really keep it positive most of the time, especially when it relates to my business dealings — but boy is it difficult sometimes for a micro business that has to rely on other solo sources to get the work done. It’s not always a bad thing. I am a huge advocate for working with and collaborating with other micro and solo business owners we can cause a lot of change out here in the world working together.

But reality often sets in. The very things that are weaknesses for a micro or solo business owners play out in the collaboration efforts. Really it’s no fault of one or the other — it’s just the REALITY. Many of you know I’ve been working on getting the MOSO MAG out to you since “June” and here it is almost 3rd week into July and, though I’m close — I can’t do anything to deliver it any quicker. There is so much that’s a part of the process( from a project management perspective). That I find myself asking the very question: What do you do, when you can’t do anything?

OMG — I’m about to have a COW! literally. I must say that there is something to say about micro and solo business owners that have tenacity, stick-to-itiveness (that probably means the same thing as tenacity — but you get the picture). What do you do? I hope you have some answers because folks — its times like these (when they are happening on a regular) that make MOSOs want to give up.

 

Let me be clear — Giving up is not an OPTION for you! No, no, no… I’m just rambling, might as well share my thoughts with you. Can we catch a break? Should not being able to do anything, in situations like this, help us relish the moment (sit back evaluate, recover, allow for new creative thoughts to flow). It’s yin and yang here. Like I said in the last sentence — I’m just rambling y’all hope you got something out of it. It was good for me to express it.

Fuel Your Aspirations!
Monique

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