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Set the S.T.A.G.E. for Success

This past weekend, I was a guest panelist during Monica Shah’s 3-day “Master Your Money” conference in Atlanta. As our time slot approached, I found myself nervous and apprehensive (always happens when doing something new in front of a couple-hundred strangers). Yet I knew once I stepped up onto the stage, my “Professional Cathy” brain would kick in and all would be well.

When preparing for speaking events, I use the acronym, “S.T.A.G.E.” to calm my nervous jitters:

  • S = SLOW DOWN. Remember to breathe.
  • T = TRUST THE PROCESS. You’ve done this before, you can do it again.
  • A = ACT AS IF. You were invited to participate because someone knew you would make a positive contribution. Just go do it.
  • G = GET GOING. One foot in front of the other — “. . . and soon you’ll be dancin’ out the door”. (I sometimes use this one at the dentist, as well.)
  • E = EXPECT THE BEST. You can do this.

Working with a business coach has allowed us to set-the-stage for building a better business.

As a member of the “Money Club Success Panel”, I was invited to share three things:

  1. Where was our business BEFORE we began working with Monica?
  2. How has our business changed over the past year?
  3. What encouragement can we offer to other small business owners?

Before we began working with Monica, we were riding the “Hope and Pray” roller-coaster with varying income extremes for WA-A-AY too many years. Deciding to work with Monica as our business coach gave us a PLAN, a PURPOSE and a way to project a PROFIT.

Within 9 months of consistently following her guidance, our confidence grew exponentially along-side our client list, and in 4 out of the last 5 months, we have doubled our income over last year’s numbers.

Whether working with a business coach, or following a different path, once you make a commitment to grow your business . . . just stay focused and do the work . . . you WILL see results.

Be willing to take the next-best-step for YOU.

How are YOU setting the stage for your business to succeed?

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