Archive for August, 2010

CREATING A NEW POSITIVE BELIEF SYSTEM by Mark Victor Hansen

Posted in "Creating a Positive Belief System" by Mark Victor Hansen, General Management, Life Management with tags , , , , on August 19, 2010 by Robert Finkelstein

In addition to the inspirational quotes, the beautiful images, my own personal and business blogs, the recommended reading list, and information on my consulting business, I would like to share some of the writings of various thought leaders.

CREATING A NEW POSITIVE BELIEF SYSTEM by Mark Victor Hansen

It is because of your belief system that you are where you are in life right now. You have created your success or failure with the beliefs that you have established within yourself.

Most people would be astounded to know how many of their beliefs are based on lack, limitation, and shortage—and that these thoughts reproduce themselves directly into their life experiences.

You owe it to yourself to think only of unlimited prosperity, because abundance IS reality. There is no lack, no shortage. There are no limits except for those we impose on ourselves. Prosperity doesn’t start with someone or something outside of you.

Get the picture yet? Your success or failure begins and ends with you.

Wow! Think about that for a minute. What you think and what you believe determines your success or failure.

Your conscious mind is a powerful thing. What you concentrate on comes back to you—multiplied. Your mind is a source of unlimited, overflowing abundance—and its manifestation into the physical world depends on your thoughts and beliefs. Your belief in the possibility or impossibility of a situation determines the outcome. If you don’t believe in the possibility of success, it’s just not going to be possible.

So, how do you replace your old, self-defeating belief system with a new prosperity-focused belief system? Start from within. Delete any “can’t do” beliefs you may have lurking deep inside, and start believing that you CAN.

But simply eliminating old beliefs is not enough. You have to replace them with new positive ones, because something must occupy that empty space. Remember, the universe abhors a vacuum, so choose something positive to take its place.

The second step is to stay away from the “can’t do” people in your life. If you can’t avoid them totally, then don’t get infected with their negativity. Give yourself a “prosperity booster shot” by remembering that the beliefs and opinions of other people do not have to become your reality. Someone is always going to try to tell you it’s not possible. You have to train your mind to block out these negative words.

Every time you hear a “you can’t—it’s not possible” say “NEXT!” to yourself and flip back to your new way of thinking. Tell them that you have moved forward, and that old, negative way of thinking has no place in your life. If they can’t accept the new you simply stop discussing your goals with them. Stay focused in your new mindset and become a joyful example of what happens when you believe in yourself and what’s possible. Think big and prosperous and you’ll get big, prosperous results. Think small and lacking and you’ll achieve just that. The choice is yours.

“Our inner image of ourselves and what we want to accomplish in life makes us become what we were meant to be.”

– Mark Victor Hansen

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Recommended Reading – Updated

Posted in General Management, Life Management, Recommended Reading with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 14, 2010 by Robert Finkelstein

Every weekend, I update my Recommended Reading list with three new books. I think you’ll find my suggestions thought-provoking, inspiring and educational.

This week: Great books on DECISION-MAKING.

To see the entire Recommended Reading list of over 125 titles, please click on the link. “Recommended Reading

*If you’re interested in purchasing any of the books on my Recommended Reading list, for your convenience, I’ve linked all the covers directly to their respective pages on Amazon.*

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CHEATING THE CLOCK by Seth Godin

Posted in "Cheating the Clock" by Seth Godin, General Management, Life Management with tags , , , , , , on August 13, 2010 by Robert Finkelstein

In addition to the inspirational quotes, the beautiful images, my own personal and business blogs, the recommended reading list, and information on my consulting business, I would like to share some of the writings of various thought leaders…in particular, one of my favorites, SETH GODIN.

CHEATING THE CLOCK by Seth Godin

One way to do indispensable work is to show up more hours than everyone else. Excessive face time and candle-burning effort is sort of rare, and it’s possible to leverage it into a kind of success.

But if you’re winning by cheating the clock, you’re still cheating.

The problem with using time as your lever for success is that it doesn’t scale very well. 20 hours a day at work is not twice as good as 18, and you certainly can’t go much beyond 24…

What would happen if you were prohibited from working more than five hours a day. What would you do? How would you use those five hours to become indispensable in a different way?

Go ahead, try it. Just for a week. See what happens. Even if you go back to ten, you’ll discover you’ve changed the way you compete.

– Seth Godin

If you’d like a complimentary 30-minute business strategy session with me, for more information, please refer to my Behind the Scenes Consulting. If you have questions, please email me at Consulting@RobertFinkelstein.com. I welcome your comments below. Thank you.

WHY TOUGH TIMES ARE GOOD TIMES TO START A BUSINESS by Rieva Lesonsky

Posted in Business Plan, General Management, Life Management, Why Tough Times Are Good Times to Start a Business with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 12, 2010 by Robert Finkelstein

In addition to the inspirational quotes, the beautiful images, my own personal and business blogs, the recommended reading list, and information on my consulting business, I would like to share some of the writings of various thought leaders.

WHY TOUGH TIMES ARE GOOD TIMES TO START A BUSINESS by Rieva Lesonsky

The weak economy is making jobs harder to find. One option for frustrated job seekers is to stop looking for employment and start working for themselves.

A recession is an excellent time to launch a small business. Larger companies rein in their advertising and expansion plans when the economy slows, making it easier for new companies to get noticed and capture market share.

Newer, small companies also tend to have lower fixed expenses than older, larger ones — and that allows them to underbid their competition. That’s very important during a recession, when customers are particularly price-sensitive.

The trouble is that starting a new business is risky. Sinking all of your savings into a start-up or taking out a small business loan could leave you in a deep financial hole if the business fails.

There’s no way to eliminate all the risk from entrepreneurship, but you can greatly reduce your downside if you keep your business’s expenses to a minimum. Here’s how to launch a business for less than $5,000…

THINK SERVICE

The service sector offers the best opportunities for low-cost business start-ups. Unlike retail or manufacturing businesses, service-sector companies…

Rarely require major up-front outlays of cash for inventory or materials.

Often can be run out of the home, eliminating the need to rent an office, factory or storefront.

Tend to be local, so there’s no need for expensive nationwide marketing campaigns.

Four ways to come up with a low-cost service business idea…

Keep lists of the things that frustrate you and the things that you wish you didn’t have to do for yourself. Consider both your personal life and your previous professional career. Perhaps other people would pay you to help them avoid these annoyances.

Example: Two brothers in Irvine, California, were frustrated that it took them much of their lunch hour to get from the local business district to area restaurants for lunch. They started Restaurants on the Run, a service that delivers restaurant food to office workers at their desks. The company has expanded into multiple cities and now does millions of dollars in business each year.

Find out which service-oriented businesses (and other low-cost businesses) are thriving in big cities. Trends tend to begin in big coastal cities, such as New York and Los Angeles, and only later work their way to the rest of the country. Read the business and lifestyle sections of magazines and newspapers from major coastal cities to find out what new business ideas are thriving there. Consider whether similar businesses would be successful in your region.

Examples: Frozen yogurt franchises and bakeries specializing in high-end cupcakes are among this year’s hot new businesses in large, trendsetting cities. Buying a franchise or opening a bakery would not be cheap, but perhaps you could inexpensively open a street-corner dessert cart selling comparable frozen yogurt treats… or bake premium cupcakes at home and sell them through area stores or restaurants.

Target a growing demographic. Open a business that serves a rapidly expanding demographic, and the odds of success are in your favor. Currently the fastest-growing demographics are seniors and children. (Make sure these national trends apply to your local region before launching your business.)

Examples: Potential service businesses that cater to seniors include transportation services… shopping and grocery delivery services…adult day-care services… and senior “transitional” services, handling the details involved in moving to a nursing home or assisted-living facility. Service businesses catering to the youth market include day care… transportation services… tutoring… college-prep classes… and college-application assistance.

Search for service opportunities related to your professional experience. If your new business is in a field that you already know well, your learning curve will be shorter and your Rolodex will already be full of potential customers and other useful contacts. Make sure that your new business does not violate any non-compete agreements that you might have signed with former employers.

AVOID UNNECESSARY COSTS

Start-up expenses that your business can live without…

Renting an office. Work from your home if at all possible. Meet with potential clients and other business contacts in their offices… at the local coffeehouse… or in the lobby of a hotel.

Buying office furniture and business equipment. Try to make do with the furniture, phones and computers you already own. If you must purchase business furniture or equipment, search for used items. One advantage of starting a business in a recession is that other companies are going out of business and selling off their business furniture and equipment at low prices.

Expensive marketing efforts, such as direct mail and television ads. Their high cost makes them too risky for your start-up.

Helpful: Turn your customers into your marketing team. Tell them you’ll give them a good discount on their next order if they refer another customer to you and it leads to a sale.

FOUR EXPENSES WORTH PAYING

Not all start-up expenses should be avoided. Do try to do the following…

Incorporate your business. A lawyer might charge about $2,000 to help you set up a Limited Liability Company (LLC) or corporation, but it’s money well spent. If your business is not an LLC or a corporation, your personal assets could be at risk in a lawsuit.

Launch a Web site. A Web site does not need to be elaborate, but it must look professional. This is particularly important if your company doesn’t have an office or a long track record. To learn more about how to start a Web site for your business, go to http://www.allbusiness.com and type “Web site” into the search window.

Arrange for health insurance. Obtaining health insurance at a reasonable price can be a major problem for those who are self-employed. Find out if you are eligible for COBRA benefits from your last job or if you can get coverage through your spouse’s health insurance plan. If you are past your 50th birthday, you should be eligible for health insurance through AARP (888-OUR-AARP, http://www.aarp.org). Or find out if a health insurance plan is offered by a trade association that your business makes you eligible to join.

Buy Business Plan Pro. If you don’t have experience writing business plans, this software is the cheapest, easiest way to do so. (Palo Alto Software, $99.95, 800-229-7526, http://www.bplans.com.)

Business plans are like road maps. They help you lay out your route to get from where you are to where you want to be. Good business-plan software prompts you to think about factors such as competition, pricing, staffing and marketing.

– Rieva Lesonsky

If you’d like a complimentary 30-minute business strategy session with me, for more information, please refer to my Behind the Scenes Consulting. If you have questions, please email me at Consulting@RobertFinkelstein.com. I welcome your comments below. Thank you.

Quotes and Images – Updated

Posted in General Management, Inspirational Quotes and Images, Life Management with tags , , , , , on August 11, 2010 by Robert Finkelstein

“The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches, but reveal to them their own.” – Benjamin Disraeli

My Quotes and Images page is updated daily.

To see the entire list of 100s of great quotes and beautiful images, please click on this link.
Quotes and Images

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THE MOMENTUM PRINCIPLE OF SUCCESS By Brian Tracy

Posted in General Management, Life Management, Momentum Principle of Success with tags , , , on August 10, 2010 by Robert Finkelstein

In addition to the inspirational quotes, the beautiful images, my own personal and business blogs, the recommended reading list, and information on my consulting business, I would like to share some of the writings of various thought leaders.

THE MOMENTUM PRINCIPLE OF SUCCESS By Brian Tracy

Fast tempo seems to go hand in hand with all great success. Developing this tempo requires that you start moving and keep moving at a steady rate.

The Key Action to Orientation
When you become an action-oriented person, you activate the “Momentum Principle” of success. This principle says that although it may take tremendous amounts of energy to overcome inertia and get going initially, it then takes far less energy to keep going.

Increase Your Energy
The good news is that the faster you move, the more energy you have. The faster you move, the more you get done and the more effective you feel. The faster you move, the more experience you get and the more you learn. The faster you move, the more competent and capable you become at your work.

Get Onto the Fast Track
A sense of urgency shifts you automatically onto the fast track in your career. The faster you work and the more you get done, the higher will be your levels of self-esteem, self-respect and personal pride.

Talk to Yourself Positively
One of the simplest and yet most powerful ways to get yourself started is to repeat the words, “Do it now! Do it now! Do it now!” over and over to yourself. If you feel yourself slowing or becoming distracted by conversations or low value activities, repeat to yourself the words, “Back to work! Back to work! Back to work!” over and over.

Get A Reputation for Speed
In the final analysis, nothing will help you more in your career than for you to get the reputation for being the kind of person who gets important work done quickly and well. This reputation will make you one of the most valuable and respected people in your field.

Action Exercises
Practice makes perfect! Pick up the tempo! Whatever you are doing, resolve to move faster than ever before.

– Brian Tracy

If you’re interested in a complimentary 30-minute business strategy session, for more information, please refer to my Behind the Scenes Consulting. If you have questions, please email me at Consulting@RobertFinkelstein.com. I welcome your comments below. Thank you.

RSA Animate – DRIVE: THE SURPRISING TRUTH ABOUT WHAT MOTIVATES US

Posted in General Management, Life Management, The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 9, 2010 by Robert Finkelstein

In addition to the inspirational quotes, the beautiful images, my own personal and business blogs, the recommended reading list, and information on my consulting business, I would like to share some of the videos and writings of various thought leaders. The RSA Animate series is REALLY amazing!


DRIVE: THE SURPRISING TRUTH ABOUT WHAT MOTIVATES US
by Dan Pink

If you’re interested in a complimentary 30-minute business strategy session, for more information, please refer to my Behind the Scenes Consulting. If you have questions, please email me at Consulting@RobertFinkelstein.com. I welcome your comments below. Thank you.