2011 december blogging challenge: Day 28 of the 2011 December Blogging Challenge - Seeing It Before It Happens - 12/28/11 07:39 AM
 
 
"Picture yourself in your minds eye as having already achieved this goal.  See yourself doing the things you'll be doing when you have reached your goal."  Earl Nightingale  a

 
 
Many people have a written business plan but few have a written business vision. Today I asked all of my team - 16 of them - to write out at least two paragraphs of their vision of what they want their life and business to look like for one year from today - December 28, 2012. I wanted them to take the time to "see" themselves in … (7 comments)

2011 december blogging challenge: Day 27 of the 2011 December Blogging Challenge - Write Your 2012 Business Vision BEFORE Your Business Plan! - 12/27/11 03:15 PM
 


Many people are writing their business plans for 2012 but what about a business vision?  Before you can adequately write a business plan, you must write a vision statement of what you want your business to actually look like in 2012. Most of us would agree in the real estate business that to begin to build a house with a set of plans while having no clear picture in your mind of what that house would look like after it was built would not be the best idea! The same is true for making plans to build a … (5 comments)

2011 december blogging challenge: Forget New Year's Resolutions! Instead Write Your Three Words for 2012 as the Foundation to Achieving Your Goals and Plans - 12/26/11 10:44 AM
 

As 2011 is winding down and 2012 is just days away, many are beginning to consider their resolutions, goals, plans and dreams for the upcoming year. Chris Brogan suggests an alternative plan to achieving your 2012 goals.Chris Brogan is the New York Times bestselling co-author of Trust Agents, and a featured monthly columnist at Entrepreneur Magazine, who has shared an idea which he calls "My Three Words".  Your three words are chosen for the year and your goals and plans center around those words.  You can check out his (and several others) three words for last year HERE.
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2011 december blogging challenge: NO! I Will NOT be Glad When Christmas is Over! This is a Season I ENJOY - Not a Season I ENDURE! - 12/24/11 09:53 AM
 
 

NO! I will NOT be glad when Christmas is over! How many times have you heard someone say "I'll just be glad when Christmas is over....". That bothers me every time I hear it. It always has. It always will. Many people get bogged down in the stress of buying gifts they cannot afford, cooking so much food that most of it gets thrown away and going to parties that they really don't want to attend. The true Spirit of Christmas is so much more than this. Is my life stress free at Christmas?  NO! 

I am … (5 comments)

2011 december blogging challenge: Writing Articles For Industry Publications to Promote Your Business - Make it Part of your 2012 Business Plan! - 12/22/11 03:18 AM
Can writing articles for industry publications help to promote your business?  Yes it can!  Today is Day 22 the December Blogging Challenge and also the deadline for submitting my articles for the January editions "Origination News" and "National Mortgage News", both national publications in the mortgage industry.



Have you ever considered the benefits of writing for national publications in your industry?   Until this year, I had only occasionally submitted articles to industry publications, with the most submitted and published being four articles within one year.

While my goal was to have at least six articles published … (11 comments)

2011 december blogging challenge: The December Season of Celebration and Sharing.... Why Not Give a Special Gift to a Wounded Warrior? PLEASE SHARE THIS - 12/16/11 09:46 AM
 
During this season of giving, I would like to share with you an incredible opportunity for you to give a very special gift to some very special people - the wounded warriors of "Operation Enduring Freedom" deployed from our very own Fort Polk, Louisiana. These heroes were welcomed home this past Saturday, December 10, as the local Vernon Parish, Louisiana, community recognized and honored approximately 3,800 returning soldiers in the "I'll Be Home For Christmas" celebration and parade. This unit deployed to Afghanistan in October of 2010 and began returning to Fort Polk in August of this year. Over 1,200 … (6 comments)

2011 december blogging challenge: Day 16 of the 2011 December Blogging Challenge - Preparing an "After Action Review" - 12/16/11 09:42 AM
 

 

Day 16 of the 2011 December Blogging Challenge and I am to write an AAR - an "After Action Review" of our event last week, the "I'll be Home For Christmas" parade and celebration. As a civilian and business professional, I would have called it a "survey" - or maybe even a "testimonial". However, the chairman of the Military Affairs Committee which spearheaded this event is a retired military commander, therefore, it was an "AFTER ACTION REVIEW". Ed Williams was an incredible chairman and his former military experience served him well for this leadership position. He asked … (5 comments)

2011 december blogging challenge: December's Season of Celebrations and Sharing - A Community Comes Together To Welcome Home 3,800 Troops! - 12/13/11 05:16 PM
 
December's Season of Celebrations and Sharing - A Community Comes Together to Welcome Home 3,800 Troops!

The heroes from the 4th Brigade, 10th Mountain Division were welcomed home  this past Saturday, December 10, as the community, community leaders and the city of Leesville recognized approximately 3,800 returning soliders, in the "I'll Be Home For Christmas" celebration and parade.
 
 
 



The 4-10 deployed to Afghanistan in October of 2010 and began returning to Fort Polk in August of this year.

Welcome Home, Heroes! 
 
 
 
 
 
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2011 december blogging challenge: Sifting through the Photographs.....Day 13 of the December Challenge - 12/13/11 07:49 AM
Today I will begin to sift through the photographs from the "I'll Be Home For Christmas" parade and celebration held last Saturday in Leesville, Louisiana, home of Fort Polk Army Base and Joint Readiness Training Center.  This event was to celebrate the return from Afghanistan of 3,800 warriors of the 4th Brigade, 10th Mountain Division.
As you can see below - it is going to be hard to pick the "best" photos! 
A portion of these photographs will be used by the Vernon Parish Chamber of Commerce along with other area businesses in sharing with others what this community did … (3 comments)

2011 december blogging challenge: December Season of Celebration and Sharing - Playing Santa to Twelve Children of Four Military Families - 12/12/11 08:29 AM

This year my team and I decided we wanted to play Santa for 4 military families. Two familes were from Barksdale Air Force Base in Bossier City, Louisiana, and two were from Fort Polk Army Base, Leesville, Louisiana. These are families who have requested assistance through organizations who connect the families to businesses and/or individuals who are wanting to give back to our warriors' families. The majority of these families have a deployed father or mother. One family of four children which we chose are with their grandmother and their parents are both deployed.  The team was so excited as … (5 comments)

2011 december blogging challenge: "I'll Be Home For Christmas" Celebration - Heroes Coming Home - 12/11/11 03:46 PM
The heroes from the 4th Brigade, 10th Mountain Division were welcomed Saturday as the community and the city of Leesville recognized returning soliders, complete with family activities, a change of command ceremony and the Leesville Christmas parade.  The event was appropriately named the "I'll Be Home For Christmas" celebration and parade. Approximately 4,000 soldiers from the 4-10 participated in the activities, which were highlighted by a change of command and responsibility ceremony. The change of command and change of responsibility ceremony included the passing of colors from Col. Bruce P. Antonia and Command Sgt. Maj. Steven L. Womack to Col. Mario … (0 comments)

2011 december blogging challenge: Inviting Others to Share the Joy of Giving - 12/11/11 09:29 AM
 
One of my fellow BNI (Business Networking International) members, Everado Recendiz, a certified business coach with Action Coach, recently shared a cause with our BNI group, the Shreveport Closers.  He told us that at any given time in Caddo Parish, Louisiana, along with 9 surrounding parishes, there were over 300 children living in foster homes. These foster parents receive no additional assistance from the state to provide gifts for these children at Christmas. 
Everado was so moved by this fact that he sent out an e-mail to our entire group, asking if any of us wanted to participate in … (2 comments)

2011 december blogging challenge: What's YOUR "Give Back Program" for 2012? - 12/11/11 08:40 AM
 
In planning for success in 2012, one of the non-profit organizations in which I want to become more involved and one where I want to give even more next year is the Boot Campaign.  Our "Give Back Program" for 2011 was to purchase and give away 365 pair of boots and we have almost reached our goal.   For every pair of boots purchased from www.BootCampaign.com, a portion of the proceeds go to several wounded warrior projects.  But for 2012 - we want to do more!
The Boot Campaign is a non-profit organization which was started by five women … (6 comments)

2011 december blogging challenge: Do You Have A Business Vision For 2012? What Would You Choose to do if You Thought ANYTHING was possible? - 12/07/11 05:18 PM
 As me and my team are preparing our 2012 business plan and setting our goals, we will also talk about our business vision. One of the questions I will ask my team this week-end will be concerning their vision for 2012:  "What would you choose to do if you thought ANYTHING was possible?"




One of the exercises will be to write out some of the HUGE dreams they have always had and goals they wanted to accomplish - holding nothing back - thinking anything is possible!
 
Then beside each of these goals, I will ask them … (4 comments)

2011 december blogging challenge: 2012 is almost here - Remember to Set Big Goals! - 12/07/11 04:49 PM
 

One piece of advice I give to to my team - Always set big goals!



Goals can be defined as the ongoing pursuit of a dream or “dreams with a deadline”!  I apply the S.M.A.R.T. method of establishing goals, i.e., they should be Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely.
 But don’t start stop there.  I have asked my team to answer the following questions after they have written each of their goals:
(1) Why is reaching this goal important to me?
(2)What are the benefits of reaching this goal?
(3) What are the … (4 comments)

2011 december blogging challenge: Success Means Asking the Hard Questions - Even of Yourself! - 12/07/11 04:15 PM
This week, I have been focused on preparing for a gathering in a few days with my team.   My team's success is extremely important to me.  I know that for them to achieve success - personally and in business, they have to be willing to ask (and answer) themselves the hard questions. 




Before we gather in a few days, I have asked my team members to take a good hard look at their life, business and their daily disciplines and ask themselves these questions:
 

1.  Where am I now?
2.Where do I want … (2 comments)

2011 december blogging challenge: Preparing to Write the 2012 Team Business Plan - 12/07/11 03:29 PM
 
My team of sixteen will gather at my office in Leesville, Louisiana, in just a few days.  I am preparing to share with my team the principles for developing and writing a business plan for 2012 - individually and as a team.  Because I believe in the power of a plan and it has become an extremely crucial part of both my own life and my business - I am also passionate about sharing this concept regularly with my team.





Creating a plan – both a life plan and a business plan - has … (3 comments)

2011 december blogging challenge: The Last 31 Days of 2011 - Let's Finish STRONG and Reach Success! - 12/01/11 06:53 AM
 
The definition of success I like is this:   “….the achievement of intention:the achievement of something planned or attempted….you do what you say you will do”.  You have defined what success means to you personally, you have mapped out a plan to achieve it, and then you just do it!  You are INTENTIONAL with seeking success!




 
Therefore, in order to discover true success, you must get very INTENTIONAL with your thinking, planning, and doing.
The last 31 days of 2011 are before us. In our homes, Christmas trees are being decorated and sparkle with … (3 comments)

 
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