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SDN019: How I made $400,000 from a single conversation

One of the best things you can be in life and in business is more outgoing and more approachable when it comes to making new friends. I thought I’d use this time between us to talk about my history- how I’m more outgoing, more boisterous; how I make great connections, how I shake more hands, and how it’s benefited me in my life and in my business.

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It Is Time To Believe Again

You Are The Light

With the name Holly you cannot even imagine the number of holiday socks, ornaments, trinkets and cards I get.  Let me begin by saying I am NOT a Christmas, or holiday baby either.  I’m often telling people “Holly’s the name, holidays are the game.”  I do happen to love the holidays.  That time of year when everyone pretends to be happy and joy filled.  Yet when honest we all know that just beyond the surface of the Santa hats, menorahs and gifts is a little exhaustion, and fear.

As the hustle and bustle of the holiday season rapidly approaching and you feel the energy of exhaustion setting in remember you are the light.  When you see the menorahs going up remember you do not have to be Jewish to recognize the light in you.  As you witness the holiday trees full of colored lights and the homes in your neighborhood going up on the houses remember you are One in that light.

At the holidays we do not even have the opportunity to do nothing.  We must remember we are One in our one-ness as a spirit.  May you enjoy a holiday season just a little less stressful this year.  In the spirit of Stop Doing Nothing, this season.  Give yourself a little break.  Take one thing off your “to do” list so you can simply be with the energy of love that surrounds the holiday season.  Let me know, what will you take off your “to do” list this year to simply become a little happier.  Send me an email holly@hollyduckworth.com.  Me, I think I’ll take putting up that second tree off my to do list.  One is probably enough.

Love and light,

 

Holly Duckworth, CAE, CMP is CEO of Leadership Solutions International as consultant, speaker and facilitator on leadership and spirituality. Author of Ctrl+Alt+Believe: Reboot Your Association For Success, Holly is a columnist for MeetingsNet/IdeaExchange on the meetings industry and writes a regular international column on the future of spirituality in business for Science of Mind Magazine. She lives in Denver Colorado Learn more at www.hollyduckworth.com, on LinkedIn & follow her on twitter @hduckworth

 

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procrastination

How to get unstuck and started (even if you love to procrastinate)

We’ve all been there. You have. I have. Stuck.

Maybe you need to get your sales up or write a book. Maybe you need to deal with a staffing issue (or you need staff). Whatever the reason…being stuck sucks.

The good news is there are hacks that’ll get you unstuck, moving and productive again.

Before we get to that…

Advice is like water. Everyone needs it, but we don’t give it much credit for making life happen. Ask a person in the middle of a desert if water is “helpful” and you’ll get a different story. Why?

When you recognize the “cost” of being stuck the solution is much, much more valuable. So, before we dive into solutions I know work, think for a minute about the alternative. What is the real cost of being stuck?

If you don’t pick up the phone and call the client back. If you don’t create a deadline and start working on that book. If you don’t create those emails and ask people for the sale.

Procrastination has a cost.

Feel it? Good. Now, let’s move to getting you unstuck.

Ten ways to get unstuck, moving and productive again.

1. Get real

Think how many decisions you’ve to make in your life. In a year’s time this will seen minor, so why not just do it?

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” —Churchill

2. Take a break

When you focus your attention on a task completely unrelated, your mind can return to the original task refreshed and with a new perspective.

“Never taking a break from thought work actually reduces your ability to be creative” —Kimberly Elsbach, UC-Davis

3. Get physical

Stand, stretch, go for a run, walk your dog—physical movement increases the flow in your circulatory system, releases feel-good neurotransmitters (like Dopamine, and Serotonin) and puts you in a positive mood.

“Exercise is like fertilizer for the brain…it’s so good it’s like Miracle Gro.” Dr. John Ratey, Harvard.

4. Stop Doing list

What is filling your time AND holding you back? Make a list (Jim Collins calls it your ‘Stop Doing list’)—one of the fastest ways to get started is to stop doing those low-value tasks that are chewing up your time.

“The “stop doing” list became an enduring cornerstone of my annual New Year resolutions.” —Jim Collins, author From Good to Great

5. Change your environment

Clear the desk clutter, work from a local cafe, use paper instead of computer—sometimes, a change is as good as a start.

“As a species, humans have evolved to respond to novelty, once we’ve become accustomed to something, we may grow immune to its effects. —Hugh Thompson, Ph.D

6. Be kind to yourself

It’s easy to blame yourself—don’t. You’ve been here before, you are capable and you will succeed. Have faith you will get through this period, just like every other time.

“Practicing self-compassion provides us with the kind voice and warm embrace we need in difficult times so we courageously do the right thing.” Forbes

7. Let go of the past

It’s hard to get started when your attention is on what didn’t work in the past. Take a deep breath, let it go and focus on what you want to create in the today, for the future.

“Once we start a task, it is rarely as bad as we think.” Tim Pychyl, Ph.D

8. Get advice

Usually we can’t see the forest for the trees when we’re too close to the problem. Ask a good friend, hire a coach – even ask on-line. And then listen.

“When you ask for advice, people do not think less of you; they think you are smarter.” —Maurice Schweitzer, PhD of the Wharton School

9. Create a deadline

A little tension (like a deadline) can move mountains and end procrastination. Give yourself a Decision Deadline (for the full project or a practical solution) and stick to it.

“Deadlines allow us to clarify our thoughts and create an action plan.” — Dan Ariely, Ph.D

10. Create tiny wins

Frustrated about sales? Call one prospect. Want to lose weight? Start walking 20 minutes a day. Need to apologize? Write a card. Any forward motion is a tiny win in the right direction.

“When you feel good about what you did, your brain will change. It will want to do the behavior again in the future. That leads to making the habit stronger.” —B.J. Fogg, Ph.D

Ten ways to get moving. All work. Only one question…what are you doing here (get started).

Hugh Culver

Bio: Hugh Culver co-created the world’s most expensive tours (to the South Pole), started five companies, and teaches experts the business of speaking. Read his blog on the business of speaking. Follow him on Twitter @hughculver

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Harvest Your Good: 7 Things to Release Into the Wind

Every fall I take a moment to enjoy the leaves falling from the trees and truly recognize that with each leaf falling the tree is giving up a part of itself it no longer needs.  Trees do this naturally.  Human beings on the other hand, releasing means work.

Being a leader in this transformational time means being open and willing to try new things and expand your comfort zone.

7 things to consider releasing like the leaves:

  • your need to be perfect
  • your need to have all the answers
  • your past
  • friends or relationships that no longer serve you
  • fear you are not enough
  • lack of money or resources
  • attachment to the way things have always been

Together we harvest the garden this fall take a moment to harvest your good. You can do this in a variety of ways

  • Start a journal
  • Begin a meditation practice
  • Write a thank you note and mail it
  • Vision what you want for the holiday season

As the energy of this planet moves to the darkest parts of the year honor the change of seasons by choosing what you want to change about yourself.  Release those things no longer serving you and claim fully the things that will.

 

Let me know what you claim for yourself this fall via email holly@hollyduckworth.com

Holly Duckworth, CAE, CMP is CEO of Leadership Solutions International as consultant, speaker and facilitator on leadership and spirituality. Author of Ctrl+Alt+Believe: Reboot Your Association For Success, Holly is a columnist for MeetingsNet/IdeaExchange on the meetings industry and writes a regular international column on the future of spirituality in business for Science of Mind Magazine. She lives in Denver Colorado Learn more at www.hollyduckworth.com, on LinkedIn & follow her on twitter @hduckworth

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Five Must Read Books

5 Must-Read Favorites to Expand Your Successful Life

Summer is the easiest time of year to justify doing nothing.  What you do each summer also defines the successful and the not so successful.  I find summer to be a great time to read and learn.

For me a balanced life is about growing in five areas mental, physical, spiritual, emotional and financial intelligence.  So I give you 5 books one for each area.  I have read and loved these books.  Each one has given me opportunity to educate myself, reflect, choose to change and have great conversations with others.

Start with Why the-four-hour-workweek-by-Timothy-Ferriss Future of God, Deepak Chopra Emotional Intelligence, Daniel Goleman Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki The Abundance Book, John Randolph Price

 

Summer reading list:


Mental or business growth
:

Why by Simon Sinek

Physical growth:

4 Hour Work Week, Tim Ferris


Spiritual growth:

So many books here I wish I could send you my entire library.  Here is one of my recent favorites

Future of God, Deepak Chopra


Emotional Growth:

Emotional Intelligence, Daniel Goleman


Financial Growth:

Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki

And a bonus short book:

The Abundance Book, John Randolph Price

 

This summer even if you feel your body, mind and spirit telling you to take a break.  Slow down and pick up one of my favorite books as a way to keep learning, laughing and loving the life you are creating for yourself.

 

Holly Duckworth, CAE, CMP is CEO of Leadership Solutions International as consultant, speaker and facilitator on leadership and spirituality. Author of Ctrl+Alt+Believe: Reboot Your Association For Success, Holly is a columnist for MeetingsNet/IdeaExchange on the meetings industry and writes a regular international column on the future of spirituality in business for Science of Mind Magazine. She lives in Denver Colorado Learn more at www.hollyduckworth.com, on LinkedIn & follow her on twitter @hduckworth

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Dropped The Ball On Your New Year Resolution: 3 Mid-Year Tips to Rebuild Accountability

As Ryan Seacrest dropped the ball in Times Square did you drop the ball on the goals you set this year?  No matter if your life or business plan is on a calendar year or fiscal year you must pick up the ball again.  A resolution is simply a choice.  Choose to get back on track.

3 Choices To Get Back On Track:

  • Re-confirm what you really want. State your vision out loud. – Do you still believe it is possible to achieve the goal you have set toward your vision?
  • Confirm each task that needs to be completed and when.
  • Set up a weekly check in with yourself on your progress.

Bonus action – Celebrate your success along the way.  Now that we are six months into the year look back what are the action or actions you have taken to get yourself just a little closer to your dreams?  Share them with me via email at holly@hollyduckworth.com

Hold yourself and your team accountable! Be love and share your light in your business and your life.

 

Holly Duckworth, CAE, CMP is CEO of Leadership Solutions International as consultant, speaker and facilitator on leadership and spirituality. Author of Ctrl+Alt+Believe: Reboot Your Association For Success, Holly is a columnist for MeetingsNet/IdeaExchange on the meetings industry and writes a regular international column on the future of spirituality in business for Science of Mind Magazine. She lives in Denver Colorado Learn more at www.hollyduckworth.com, on LinkedIn & follow her on twitter @hduckworth

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Growing Your Life

Plant Your Purpose: 5 Things to Grow Your Life This Spring

Spring is finally here! April, our time for renewal, and planting seeds in the fertile soil. What if this year we really embraced planting new things as leaders?  I invite you, this spring make a commitment to spring into Spirit at work.

“There is nothing to be healed only the truth to be revealed.”  Ernest Holmes

Let’s reveal spirit in our businesses as we surrender our work as peace, joy ease and love!

PLANT These 5 Things this Spring & Watch Your Garden Grow

  • P – Purpose, this spring re-commit to the company vision statement. If you cannot do this find a way to update the vision statement.  Or choose to move to a company vision you can commit to.
  • L – Love – Make a commitment each day to love what you do. Love it or leave it.  This world needs people who are alive.  Spring into your life with love.  Do one thing you love this month simply for the art of loving it.
  • A – Authenticity – Brene Brown made vulnerability and authenticity cool with her book The Gifts of Imperfection, this spring be yourself a little more fully. If you love to draw, draw something.  Always wanted to take a cooking class, go for it.  Be you just a little bit more and surround yourself with others doing the same thing.
  • N – Newness every spring we are invited to step into the new ness of nature when we see a daffodil the promise of a tulip or a bee flying by. Take this month and plant a new thought, belief or action in your life.
  • T – Trust every gardener who plants a seed has full trust it will bear fruit. They know that a carrot seed produces a carrot and a tomato plant will create tomatoes.  What do you trust in?  You may not even be aware you trust in your next breath.  It’s always there, right?  Plant a new seed of awareness in your life.  Do you want more abundance; plant the idea of abundance in your mind.  Want more health focus on the seeds of healthy eating and exercise this spring and summer.

 

As the sun returns and our days get longer so to does our energy to plant a garden, plant a planter box or plant something new in your life.  I’m not so much a gardener, and I do love the harvest each fall.  When you break down planting into these simple ideas purpose love, authentic, newness, and trust this is the kind of planting I could enjoy.  Affirm the good in your business and more good will come to you.

We are one heart, and one mind. What will you plant this month to live the life of your dreams?  I look forward to hearing your thoughts.  holly@hollyduckworth.com

Holly Duckworth, CAE, CMP is CEO of Leadership Solutions International as consultant, speaker and facilitator on leadership and spirituality. Author of Ctrl+Alt+Believe: Reboot Your Association For Success, Holly is a columnist for MeetingsNet/IdeaExchange on the meetings industry and writes a regular international column on the future of spirituality in business for Science of Mind Magazine. She lives in Denver Colorado Learn more at www.hollyduckworth.com, on LinkedIn & follow her on twitter @hduckworth

 

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