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Making Tough Decisions Leads to Happier Business Owners

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“Well – I did it,” she said.

There was no fanfare. No high fives. No confetti drifting down from the ceiling.

If anything, there was uncertainty in her voice, as if she wasn’t quite sure how to feel, or what to say. She’d made her choice, and she’d mailed the letter. Should she be proud? Excited? Worried? Maybe terrified?

She was all of the above.

As the owner of a thriving counseling practice, Holly had experienced her share of success. When she opened her doors a few years earlier, she couldn’t imagine that anyone would actually pay her for what she did.

Do you really think I can do this?” she asked.

You know me. You know what I said to that.

So she made the decision, signed a lease, set up her space, and opened her doors. And because she had a strong network — and was really really good at what she did — it didn’t take long for her days to fill.

Word got out. Her phone rang off the hook. And before long, there were too many people wanting too much of her for too many hours a day.

If you’re just starting out, that sounds great! Too many clients? Really? Ohhh to have such a problem!

And yet – it wasn’t just her clients. It was her family. Her friends.

Her own soul.

All of them wanted her attention, her energy – and she had less and less of that to give.

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How One Daily Habit Helps Sustain Your Success

I wasn’t at all sure I could still do this.

A friend invited me to join her for an overnight hike to LeConte Lodge, a roundtrip of roughly eleven miles to the top of Mt. LeConte in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

It was a very steep, straight up (and straight down), kind of hike. And I hadn’t done anything like that in a very long time.

But I had no intention of missing this opportunity.  So of course I said a big, happy yes.

And then, on the day of the hike, it rained.

And rained.

And rained.

It rained so hard the creeks overflowed, and new waterfalls were born where none had been before. There were times when I felt like I was hiking through a car wash, with a 1,000 foot drop-off at my side.  

And there were times when it was immensely beautiful, with water dancing off the rocks and mist in the trees.

So I slogged along in my own wet little world, tucked under rain gear, singing every rain song I could think of. (Raindrops keep fallin’ on my head…)

I tried not to think about how soggy my boots were, how hard it was to breathe, or how much farther I had to climb.

It was steep. Messy.

Intense.

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The Most Effective Ways to Start Your Day

I drove her crazy.

And it was so much fun.

In college, I had a roommate who had a very clear, personal rule that said no one was to speak to her until she got back from her first class. To say that she was not a morning person was an understatement.

So I had a lot of fun with her.

“Good MORNING, Debbie! How are you this morning? Is this a great day, or what?!”

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How To Find Your Entrepreneurial Sweet Spot

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Ahhhh…This is the good life!

That’s how it feels when you know you’ve made it; when you’ve finally crafted a life, and a business, that actually works.

And serves you in all the best ways.

But unfortunately, for too many entrepreneurs, running their business is nothing more than another burden. 

     I have so much to do, I don’t even know where to start.

     This isn’t really the kind of work I like, but heck, at least I’m making some money.

     Vacation? Who has time for a vacation?

As Dave Ramsey often says, they swing from “Thank God it’s Friday!” to “Oh God, it’s Monday…”.

But what if it didn’t have to be that way?

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How to Design a Group Practice That Works

Feeling by Moyan Brenn on FlickrDo you work alone in a solo office?

Depending on what you do, you may very well spend your days behind a closed door, working with one client at time, all day long.

That’s certainly the case with psychotherapists, some coaches, and holistic health practitioners such as massage therapists or acupuncturists. It may be the case, too, if you’re an herbalist, an attorney, or even a graphic designer.

(And if you work by phone or Skype, you may never see anyone but the cat!)

No need to complain, though. After all, isn’t that what it means to be a “solopreneur”?

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