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What are you willing to do to get it?





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For entertainment purposes only (and networking of course)

Dinner Table for Christmas

Dinner Table (Photo credit: camknows)

When was the last time you had a party? For some people entertaining is a regular thing. For others, it seems impossible and tiring. It seems to take forever to decide what to wear, who to invite and what to talk about when everyone gets there. The details can be daunting but the good news is getting together with friends, family and colleagues does not have to include an event coordinator. You can keep it simple. The main point is staying connected to your connections.

There is a saying that goes, “your NETWORK determines your NET WORTH.” In other words, if you hang out with successful, powerful, wealthy people you should in time become more successful, powerful and wealthy.

You don’t always have to organize a networking party to get together with your network. There really doesn’t have to be a purpose or theme, you can get together for any reason. You can have a “it’s Sunday party.” You can have a “are you hungry, come on over I cooked party.” There is always the “come meet my friends and bring your friends party.” Of course, if you like you can attach a theme and party with a purpose as well.

It does not matter if you are entertaining clients, friends, venders or family you should put a little of yourself in the theme and let the rest create itself. You do not have to have control at all times. As I once heard hostess Danielle Rollins say “something will go wrong and things will get broken.” Don’t worry about what will go wrong just think about all the memories you will create for yourself and your guest.

You can plan several small parties where there are just 10-15 guests or you can wait for a holiday and invite everyone you know. Pick a day, stick to it and grab a friend to help you. The two of you can put your heads and pockets together to come up with a great reason to entertain. Make the calls, send the invitations and wait for the door bell to ring. Yes you will have a mess to clean up tomorrow but at least you got to see all those smiling faces for a few hours. And guess who is going to be on their minds for the next few days; wonderful, beautiful you.

If you need any ideas go to she can help you with the details. Send me an email afterward and tell me how it goes. Remember you are working on (C.A.L.M) Career And Lifestyle Management this year. So work hard and play hard.

Entertaining…Now That’s Presidential!

What will people say?

In a perfect world how you see yourself is how others will see you, but this is not always what happens in the real world. Sometimes, we think of ourselves one way while others see use differently. We often get so caught up in what people will say that we can’t be ourselves. Which is more important to you how you see yourself, how others see you or that they both match.

If the way others see you is most important you may be tempted to people please and adjust your values. If it is more important to you how you see yourself you may be tempted to be selfish and arrogant. When creating your persona or character you should consider what others will think of you, especially if those people affect your life; like a spouse or boss. On the other hand, you also have to consider what makes you happy and as long as those decisions don’t hurt anyone, especially your love ones, everyone should be fine.

The first thing you should think about if you have not already is what words do you want people to use to describe you when you are not in the room. What feeling do you want them to feel when you leave the room? Do you want to be multi-talented or a specialist, easy going or high strung, good listener or talkative, life of the party or wallflower. If you want to be known as helpful then initiate assistance to others. If you want the title of friendly say hello and start genuine conversations. If anti-social is what you are going for then turn down invitations and stay to yourself. If you give some thought to the idea you want to leave people with first and purposely act according to these characteristics then you and your network will have the same perception.

Later you can determine if this is right for your life and your goals or if you need to adjust. Right now focus on exercising control over your reputation and self-esteem. If you get it right the first time you can adjust it as needed because you now have the recipe, you just have to change the ingredients.

When being you becomes easy…Now That’s Presidential!

Keep the best of you do the rest of you

Pile of gorgeous gifts

We all have gifts (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We all have gifts we just need to find the few things that are broken about us and fix them. Some people have love but no money. Others have money but no love. Many people are pretty on the outside but ugly on the inside. There are those who have power but people don’t like them. Some people are shy to speak but have an incredible message. We all have talents, gifts, blessings and features that stand out. Sometimes those features stand out in a good way and sometimes they stand out in a way we don’t enjoy, those are our insecurities. Insecurities can make us or break us so we have to gain control over them. We have the option to accept them or change them.

We should use the talents we have to their fullest, but that doesn’t tell us what to do with our weaknesses. You should first try to strengthen your weaknesses but ultimately you should put your energy toward delegating those weaknesses.

Think about the things you are uncomfortable with, the things you cover up or complain about. Are there ways you can improve those things? Then why don’t you. If you don’t like your grammar take a speech class, if you are overweight change your eating habits and workout, if cosmetic dentistry is the answer ask your dentist for advice. Color your hair, getInvisalign to straighten your teeth, go to the dermatologist or get a very sexy bra from Victoria Secret. Do what makes you feel better.

You should feel 100% good about yourself. That means getting to the root of the problem. Do not have surgery on your body when it is your mind frame that needs to change. Find positive things about yourself to premier while you work on the imperfections. If you cannot think of anything you like about yourself you are going to have to first change your way of thinking. You are being negative and judgmental. This way of thinking is unproductive and will not allow you to enjoy yourself.

No complaining, no excuses and no blaming others. Know what is good about you and what you are willing to adjust. Give serious thought and come up with a plan for how to make the necessary changes. Next take action with the idea that you are preparing yourself for a successful future where you love yourself and you love your life.

You may not be perfect in anyone else’s definition of the word but if you feel perfect and confident about yourself that is all that matters. Once you have identified your weaknesses, whether they are mental, physical or emotional, decide if and how you can strengthen them. Put together your Extreme Dream Team and give yourself a makeover. Find a Dentist, Therapist and Personal Trainer. Once that is done you have made the rest of you match the best of you inside and out, so it should all work out fine.

Making adjustments…Now That’s Presidential!

Maximize your life

ACT is Adventure Culinary Arts & Tourism

ACT is Adventure Culinary Arts & Tourism (Photo credit: Thompson Rivers)

There are more people who regret not taking risks than there are those who regret taking them. A good calculated risk can propel you forward and boost your confidence in your future. A missed opportunity can keep you stagnated and discouraged. You have to be ready for the possibility of success or failure so hedging your risk can help break the fall if there is one. When you are cautious, research the possibilities and prepare for the worst, risk is not so scary.

It may take preparation and calculation to alleviate the stress but the pre-work is worth it if it creates peace of mind. There are levels of risk and applying the right level of risk will keep you save in the face of uncertainty.

Maximizing your life does not mean supersize your life. Maximize means get the most out of everything you do and every opportunity that comes to you. You don’t have to show off, brag or parade your blessings. You do have to appreciate, utilize and share them. If you do this you will multiply your blessings on multiple levels.

When you give of yourself you get back more than you can imagine. When you vocalize your needs you get what you ask for. When you listen to the right voice inside of you, you minimize the risk. No matter what happens you will feel good about your life because you weren’t afraid.

If you don’t have a bucket list create one and begin to check things off. You don’t have to do it all this year just make sure you get them done soon. We never know when we are going to kick the bucket so check things off as soon as you can.

Be daring, courageous and enthusiastic. Get out of life all that you can. There is nothing stopping you.

Adventure…Now That’s Presidential!

Is a maxed out 401(k) the new luxury item?

President's Advisory Panel for Federal Tax Reform

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Most of us have no idea what retirement is going to look like but we know we can’t work forever. After working hard for 30 years nobody wants to be stressed out about not making ends meet or out living their savings. Let’s talk about balancing the delicate mix of enjoying life today while saving for a comfortable future. When balancing fun and sacrifice the three things that you have to consider and adjust are how you spend, save and invest. It is not as much about how much money you earn but more about how much of it you can keep. Whether you earn $50,000 a year or $500,000 if you spend all that you earn you are broke either way.

Many are in the mind frame that we earn money to spend it. Where that may be true we don’t have to spend it all at once. Some money is for today and other money is for a rainy day or a later day. There is a battle between what we want and what we need. The best way to always end this battle quickly is to have a spending plan that reminds you of how much money you can spend and when. If you do not have one, visit my website to download the one I use with my clients.

The percentage of spending, saving and investing is based on the risk tolerance, goals and time horizon of the client. I also consider their bad habits or vices. If you know you have a sibling who borrows and doesn’t pay back or if you know that you are going to travel 2 or 3 times a year just work it in. Do not try to pretend that it doesn’t exist. At least this way you may be able to sacrifice in other areas to prepare for these things. If we don’t account for them we are setting ourselves up for failure.

In your spending plan it is natural for living expenses to take up the majority of your earnings. The amount will be based on how much fun you plan to have verses how much sacrificing you plan to do. When it comes to saving and investing you decide how much you want to put there based on how many goals you have and how far off they are. The earlier you begin the less stressful it will be when the goals are right around the corner.

Savings are the liquid accounts that you would use if you became unemployed or if there was an emergency. Investments are the longer term goals like college and retirement. These goals are the two most common areas we have to invest for and it is often difficult to juggle how much to put toward each when you have to invest for both. There is a saying in wealth management, “you can borrow for college, but not for retirement.” For that reason retirement goals should take priority over college. The idea is that you should first save up 6 months of expenses, next max out your 401(k) investments and then invest for college. Also, most people want to include a portion of their spending plan to giving to church, charity and/or organizations that are dear to them.

All these things are important and choosing which one to fund can be tough when you want to live the luxury lifestyle. This is where you have to make decisions on what makes you feel better, driving a Lexus or knowing you are financially secure for your future. If you try to breakdown your earnings in to four sections and allocate a certain percentage to each section you will be able to keep yourself in line.

Give 10%, save 15%, invest 15% and spend 60% of your after tax income to enjoy life today and in the future. Cut cost where you can and make good financial decisions along the way. Impressing others with a remodeled kitchen or fancy cars will not make you feel safe. So secure your future first then by the luxury item.

Redefining luxury…Now That’s Presidential!

Focus on C.A.L.M. to create a peaceful life


Harmony (Photo credit: Jamison Wieser)


This year’s blog is going to focus on Career And Lifestyle Management. All year I will work to give you a little wisdom here and there about pursuing your business goals without losing sight of your personal goals. It is important to excel in your career but you cannot neglect your personal life in the process. Understand that the word management does not translate into the word balance. However, it can translate into the word harmony.

Harmony is different than balance. You have harmony when things move together at a different rate, temperature or pitch. They move in a way so that they compliment each other, not compete with each other. When you listen to an orchestra all the instruments are not playing at the same time at the same pitch. Balance by definition means equal. You have to apply the same amount of weight on one side that you have on the other. Your career and personal life can move together in concert like an orchestra. They do not have to be balance. You only have so many days and hours in a week and in order to afford to have a personal life you have to give a good majority of your time to your business life.

Your work may call for you to spend 75% of your time at work and 25% of your time with your family. This may be the best you can do, the most realistic mix for the lifestyle you want to live. In a later blog I will give you a formula on how to figure out exactly how much time you spend in each area in your life. Once you have this answer you can decide if that is the life that you desire or decide if you need to make adjustments.

Do you want to love your life? Well in order to do that you have to have the right mix of career & lifestyle. You have to know when to do what you have to do verses what you want to do. Knowing where to apply the delicate mix between hard work, discipline, and sacrifice along with experiencing the attitude of carefree enjoyment makes for a harmonies life. It is not easy; it takes practice and attention but you can do it. We will figure it out together. I will share with you what I learn and you can share what you learn; the result will be our happy lives.

Harmony…Now That’s Presidential!