Small Business Diva

October 8, 2008

What Drives You?

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While reading the Pink Heels blog today I found a post about being motivated to get out of bed?

The motivational videos posted there, including one from Anthony Robbins, were a good reminder for me to listen to his CDs again. I found Anthony’s CDs extremely motivational the first time I listened to them however it’s easy to begin to forget a lot of this information over time. Every few months or so I play them again and it’s amazing how much my productivity increases.

Here’s a video clip to share with you where Anthony Robbins talks about the Power of Belief, something that is essential to being motivated:

Here’s to your success in business,



March 24, 2008

When You Are Looking For Inspiration

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Here’s a short, inspirational and uplifting video that I thought you might like:


I find this uplifting both professionally and personally, with many good philosophies for living a life to be proud of.

Here’s to your business success…

March 19, 2008

How Do You Get Motivated?

When it comes to getting motivated, particularly when you have a business to run, some people recommend starting your day by doing a few quick and easy jobs from your ‘to do’ list. This helps to get you started and hopefully the momentum will keep you motivated to continue working through your list.

Meanwhile others, such as Dale Carnegie, suggest that you “Do the hard jobs first. The easy jobs will take care of themselves.”

So who’s right?

The easy answer is… whichever works for you!

Personally, I find a mixture of the two methods helps me. I usually begin the day by getting stuck into a few quick, simple tasks, then hit the biggest, most challenging job for the day. The quick tasks get me into the flow of the day, then by getting the most difficult task on my list for that day completed it’s such a huge relief, leaving me feeling like I’ve really achieved something. Then it’s easy for me to keep going through the rest of the list.

What works best for you? I’d love to hear your ideas, or any other methods and suggestions you can offer.

Here’s to your business success… 

March 5, 2008

Being Grateful

Here’s a great article I thought you might like – Being Grateful. This was written by Sharon Clark for her Dreaming Miracles website. When you read this, keep in mind that Sharon’s husband was recently diagnosed with Cancer so they’re facing a pretty rough time. Yet Sharon & Colin, most days, still share a positive energy, love and optimism with everyone around them.

I know sometimes, when my day doesn’t seem to be going that well, I can turn it around just by changing my attitude. This often begins by being grateful for the little things… the good things. This helps take the focus off the not-so-good things.

Next time you’re having a bad day at work, think about the good things related to your work – perhaps the flexibility, the pay, the benefits or the fact that you get to go home soon! If you’re having trouble balancing work and family responsibilities, start by being grateful that you have a family and that you have work. If you’re really stuck for ideas, be thankful that you’re breathing – that’s always a good start!

Right now, I am grateful to you for reading this post  🙂

Thank you Sharon, for reminding us to appreciate the little things; the things we often overlook.

Here’s to your business success…

February 27, 2008

Accept Only the Best

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Here are some ‘short and sweet’ words of wisdom for today:

“It is a very funny thing about life – if you refuse to accept anything but the best you very often get it.”
W. Somerset Maugham
1874-1965, Novelist and Playwright

February 11, 2008

Finding Time to Achieve Those Big, Hairy, Audacious Goals

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Reading Jenni’s blog at Papercraft Designs I came across this great quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson – US essayist & poet (1803 – 1882):

“That which we persist in doing becomes easier, not that the task itself has become easier, but that our ability to perform it has improved.”

I really love that quote. It is perfectly in line with one of my theories in life, that if you want to be the best at something – or at least up there with the best – you should practise it or learn about it daily.

One of my mentors many years ago told me that if I wanted to be good at something I should learn or practise it for at least 15 minutes every day. Even just 15 minutes a day, over time, will greatly build your knowledge or abilities.

In my last post I mentioned that “small deeds done are better than big deeds planned.” Sometimes we think of big deeds, or goals, but just can’t find the time to take action – often because it’s going to take a lot of time. However, if you commit to focusing just 15 minutes each day on your ‘big hairy audacious goal’, you’ll be amazed at how soon that time, and those small achievements, will add up.

Now there’s no excuses!

Here’s to your business success…

February 8, 2008

Big Deeds or Little Deeds? Friday’s words of wisdom

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Sometimes we make great plans for these huge, wonderful things we are going to do. Then, for one reason or another, we never quite ‘do’ them. Or we may start, but never actually complete them.

Here’s a great quote from Peter Marshall, Clergyman (1902-1949)

“Small deeds done are better than great deeds planned.”

Now, don’t get me wrong – I’m all for setting those ‘big hairy audacious goals’, but don’t forget the little things you can do too.

Who knows, over time those little things – the small deeds – may well grow into ‘great deeds’.

Here’s to your business success…

February 4, 2008

Does Your Working Environment Inspire You?

I was just reading a post at Annette Piper’s Under the Loupe blog where she proudly displays the picturesque view from her front verandah. While some may find it tempting to sit and admire this view all day, Annette says that she finds this setting inspirational.

This got me thinking… does your work environment inspire you? I must admit, I’ve moved around a lot – from the bush to the beach and now to the suburbs – and I can honestly say, my work setting does affect my motivation levels and inspiration.

For some of my work, particularly planning and some writing, I find I work better by the beach so I make an effort to get to the beach with my laptop on a regular basis. (No, I don’t take my laptop onto the sand, but I do sit near the beach or somewhere where I can see and hear the waves crashing). 

Unfortunately we can’t always work in the setting that works best for us as individuals, but there are things you can do that will help:

  • If you work from home and have a choice of which room to work from, make sure you choose the one that makes you feel the most motivated, productive and inspired. One where you’re truly comfortable coming to work all day. For some, this may be a room with a view, while others may be distracted by the view and be better off somewhere else.
  • Is there a lot of noise around your house, or noisy neighbours or traffic? If so, try to choose a room that’s quieter than the rest.
  • Make an effort to fit your main workroom in a way that inspires you to be there. Clear the clutter, decorate it appropriately for you… if you work best with soft music playing in the background make sure you’ve got music in there; if you like fresh flowers around, add flowers; if you like a stylish, colour co-ordinated office with no personal items around, visit your local stationer and invest in the products that make you feel good.
  • Make sure you have enough room to move and do what needs to be done. Working in too small a workspace can be incredibly stifling to productivitiy.
  • Ensure you have enough lighting and if not, do something about it. Lack of light can be another factor that discourages us from spending time in a room.
  • If you love working in a particular setting – such as the beach or the country – but this isn’t possible right now, consider adourning your walls with some quality pictures/prints of the settings you like and look at them often.

Those are just a selection of ideas. If anyone else has some ideas you’d like to share, please let us know.

Here’s to your business success…

January 18, 2008

What is a mistake really?

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I tend to refer to mistakes as ‘learning opportunities’ or ‘errors in judgement from which we learn’.  I really like John Powell’s comment:

“The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing,” John Powell.

Next time you make what appears to be a mistake, take the time to really look at it and learn from the experience.

Trust me – running a business can be full of learning opportunities.  🙂

Here’s to your business success…

December 23, 2007

Wise words from Abe

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“I’ve noticed that folks are generally about as happy as they make up their minds to be,” Abraham Lincoln, 1809-1865, Sixteenth President of the United States.

Have you ever noticed that some people seem to be constantly happy and smiling? Perhaps they just made up their mind to be happy.  🙂

 Here’s to your business success…

December 14, 2007

Which do you find – ways or excuses?

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“Where the heart is willing it will find a thousand ways, but where it is unwilling it will find a thousand excuses,” Anonymous.

Next time you have an excuse for not doing something (or doing something perhaps), stop and think about why you’re really making excuses. Is it because you don’t want to do something and you’re trying to get out of it? If you really want something, you’ll find a way.

Here’s to your business success…

December 8, 2007

What do you use to build firm foundations?

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Here’s another quote I love:

“A successful person is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him,” David Brinkley.

 Here’s to your business success…

October 26, 2007

What’s the difference between discipline and devotion?

Filed under: Bits & Pieces,Words of Wisdom & Inspiration — smallbusinessdiva @ 12:34 pm
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Here’s another quote I love.

“People think I’m disciplined. It is not discipline. It is devotion. There is a great difference,”

Luciano Pavarotti (Opera Singer – 1935-2007)

Think about it… what are you devoted to? Do you ever feel like it’s a chore to work or practise at something that you’re devoted to? Not likely. If you’re not already doing it, how can you spend more of your time earning a living by doing what you are devoted to; what you are passionate about?

October 22, 2007

Are you making the most of your time?

Filed under: Bits & Pieces,Time Management,Words of Wisdom & Inspiration — smallbusinessdiva @ 10:03 pm

I came across this quote today:

“The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot,”

Michael Althsuler.

I like the sound of that!

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