Here we are at the end of 2017! Get a jump start for the new year and make your new business plan now. December not only means a time of celebration with our families but it is also time to celebrate what we have done in our business! Take some time to review your accomplishments for the year. It will give you a boost when you begin to plan for the new year. Block out some time for you to think about what goals you want to achieve and what your focus will be.
School is out for the summer, but I want to talk about one equation we all need to master for maximum success in life and business. Focus + Action = Results. You can be laser focused on your results and have the best information available, but without action you will not move forward. By contrast, you can be very busy taking action every day without focus and not achieve the results you want. With a clear plan, you will take less time to get further.
We know this, but it can be challenging to decide where your focus should be. In business, one great question to ask yourself is, “What income-generating activities am I going to do today?” Then make those the first priority of the day. This way you can feel accomplished and not get lost in the minutiae.
Try a different method to achieve better results
One example I want to share is I recently wanted to find a new way to engage my customers when they come to my web site. Many web sites now have chat bots that pop up when you visit. I wanted to see if these would make a difference for me. I found a company called Drift.com. The free version of the program makes it possible for me to interact with customers when they visit my site. The chat bots will also make it possible for customers to leave messages when I am not online. If you are interested, the paid version will schedule appointments for you.
To see how these chat bots work in real time, please visit my web site at MariaLuchsinger.com. I would love to hear from you!
Focus + Action = Results. If you do not produce the results you want, you can use the information you learn to make your products and services better.
Do you ever take time to think about your achievements? I don’t need to remind you that life is moving very fast these days. Phone calls, email, deadlines, client appointments, children’s schedules, and numerous responsibilities are part of every day. Congratulations. In the middle of all that activity, you have managed to achieve success! People have been helped. Projects are finished. New ideas have been generated and innovation applied to your business and your life.
My father once told me, “Take a little time each day to think about what you have accomplished.” I think he said this because when we reflect on the progress we have already made, it builds our confidence and gives us fuel for future endeavors.
So when you are reflecting on your day, celebrate the small successes as well as the big ones. I want to encourage you to write down your accomplishments in a journal every day. I believe you will see a significant difference in your energy levels and you will find inspiration for the future.
Note to Women: There is a place in the paperback journal I developed called The Queen’s Journal: Inspiration for Action to record your accomplishments for the day.
The Grow Washington Store of Everett at 3013 Colby Avenue will be hosting the Everett Art Walk and a book signing with Maria Luchsinger. Maria will be sharing her new Amazon best-selling book, How to Get Your Joy Back!: A Women’s Guide to Midlife Career Transformation.
The event will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 pm. on Thursday, July 20th, 2017.
Who doesn’t need a little extra cash? These suggestions are great for you or a young person in your life who needs to make a little extra money this summer (or maybe a lot).
Midlife women have career challenges when it comes to returning to the work force, leaving a frustrating position, or planning for retirement. They often seek a career change. After working almost seven years in downtown Seattle, I left a stressful corporate job with a long commute to pursue my strengths that were in the area of creativity.
A flexible work schedule and time to visit family who lived far away were important factors in my decision for career change. My career reinvention includes substitute teaching for the Everett School District, writing books, and coaching women so they can find their own paths to joyful careers.
As a career strategist, I coach women using this philosophy, “You owe it to yourself to explore the possibilities of how you want to spend your time because you can never get it back. I encourage women to visualize, strategize, and energize their dreams!”
I wrote my new Amazon best-selling book, How to Get Your Joy Back!: A Women’s Guide to Midlife Career Transformation, to provide a step-by-step formula for helping women match with careers that take their strengths, talents, and personality into consideration.
Part One helps women identify where they are now in their life. Part Two includes worksheets, online tools and self-reflection. Part Three provides direction and resources for a number of ways to develop multiple streams of income. Some of the opportunities included are starting a business, writing, and speaking. References include how to find career related information along with internet link addresses to over 100 resources.
“This book is an excellent tool for women that want to become empowered, go to the next level in their lives, and start following their purpose. I recommend it as a must-read.”
-Althea Ledford, Editor of E The Magazine for Today’s Female Executive
“A practical and soul-nourishing balance of strategies to support your career goals. Vibrant with possibility.”
– Ana Rosenberg, Best-selling Author
For my free e-book called Three Secrets to Career Transformation visit Maria Luchsinger.com.
As a teacher and author, I have always been extremely aware of the difference that reading out loud with our children can make. I was excited to be able to discuss this on the Reading With Your Kids podcast. Here is my interview with the host as we discuss the Sammy the Centipede Book series and the importance of reading with our children.