I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about how good is good enough, and where you’re willing to draw the line to have the life or business you really want. Is it about having vision, intuition, or skill? Or could it be the courage and leap of faith to make a drastic cut to make room for what‘s coming? You can only decide what’s important and meaningful for what you truly want, and where you want to go. Not something that’s just OK. For now. Until something better comes along or in the meantime.

Do you ever get a feeling in the pit of your stomach when something’s not right – and you know it, but silently sigh and then catch yourself sighing? It’s interesting to stop and listen to what you say to innermost self, quietly when no one can hear. It’s amazing how we justify answers to questions that are tough, and sometimes teeter on the edge because there are positives in every situation or relationship – business or otherwise. The answers you’ll hear are not always true, but they can be safe. They protect you from harm in some way, and make the road easier to travel, and often, tolerable.

Is good enough, good enough? Depends on what’s important to you, and what you think you deserve.

It’s a Universal Law that nature abhors a vacuum, and where there is a void (and a desire) it must be filled.

Making the decision to make space can be terrifying.

Just as you can’t jam new clothes in a stuffed closet, you can’t bring someone new into your life if you’re busy every night of the week. Or, add new exciting clients to your roster, if you’ve got a handful of yucky ones who drain your time and energy.

For just a minute today, think about what you are settling with in your life. The future of your business? Getting rid of a toxic situation that you are so done with? Plans for bringing your company to a new level?

You know what’s important, and ultimately know where you want to go.

It’s powerful to make choices to change.

“Welcome Back”, I said to myself. I took a break, visited with my kids, wrote some articles and a bit for my upcoming book. I emptied my head. Kayaked. Cooked new recipes. Danced in the moonlight.

I’m just sayin’ — It’s summer, and I gave myself a well-deserved break from my normal routine (though I might like to keep dancing in the moonlight as an activity).

My million dollar tip today is this: For your head, for your heart, for your health –Take a break.

When it’s time (you’ll know), just get back to what’s important to you.

For me, it’s helping entrepreneurs with their lives, and promoting their businesses, and making more money, so it can FUEL the life they want to live. And, how they’ll give.

It’s pretty easy to figure, once you get to what’s important.

Last week, I got a call from the group at T. Harv Eker , with the Millionaire Mind Intensive seminar.  They offered me two complimentary tickets to attend a three day conference in the Boston area for this coming weekend.  There was a $100 deposit to hold my space, and I hesitated to commit. Would it be a waste of time? FEAR. It was for a full Friday, Saturday and Saturday in June, and finally, we have beautiful weather!  Hmmm.  Would I be losing out on a weekend? FEAR. What if it was boring?  FEAR. Honestly, I resisted for days. I asked about cancellation policies. I noticed a pattern of “if it’s not good enough”, I would leave.  My time was more valuable than a seminar, that didn’t provide value.

What I realized was that I was making excuses for something that hadn’t even happened.  I was focusing on failure, in the future — instead of the possibility of growth, prosperity, and creative expansion.

If I got just one MAJOR insight, then I could apply it in my own life and business, and teach it to my clients.

There are free trainings every day available on the great www.

You could listen for days on end, and be a student for life. Some of those trainings are fantastic, some not so much.

If I find the conference useful, I’ll stay, and be delighted.

If not, it’s June.  I’ll work in my garden.

Last night I talked to a group on How to Thrive, not just Survive in Today’s Economy. The audience, a mix of professionals and job seekers, listened as I spoke about the importance of getting out of the comfort zone to try new tactics, and approach non-traditional opportunities with a different mindset, for new results.

For a moment in front of the room, there was a flashback to the Summer of 2008, when I myself became a student of the Law of Possibility in a time of uncertainty. Desperate for a change in my life, I was open, ready and willing to learn how to shake up my world, and live a bigger, better and bolder life.

My words last night, and today are the same. To change your life, or your business, it begins with a decision, to do something differently.

Results come in all flavors, and you’ll not always get what you want (exactly), when you want it (exactly), but more of what you need. You have to be open (ready or not) for each step as it’s presented to you. And of course, not be one of the 80% or more of people who quit because it’s too challenging, uncomfortable, fill in the blank with any excuse you want here _______.

My offer is the same every day. I offer folks to call me and talk about how they want to improve their business, or life. We talk strategy.

Last night, one couple told me about a niche tour idea they had for Boston, and I smiled at the thought of it. A discouraged friend of a colleague promised to call me about launching a career as a personal assistant for entrepreneurs. And a woman, new to this country, with a passion for gardening — never even considered reaching out to help someone, to make extra money. (Hey, I need help in my garden)!

This leads me to You.

Are you using your passion to make more profits, get more attention in a crowded marketplace and get recognized for you really are?

If not, how come? We’re almost at the halfway point of the year.

Helping entrepreneurs is my passion, so if I can help you, here’s my number: 617 – 921 – 3448.

Best money ever spent? Buying one of the companies I was working with for commission only on future sales. A TOTAL win for me,since I didn’t have to come up with big bucks to get Fortune 500 clients,and existing work.Company still thrives 9 yrs later!

Thanks to The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur for sharing this tip in the The Best Money We Spent In Our Business compilation.

I’ve often been asked to look at a business situation, assess it, and offer recommendations for new ideas to re-energize both the entrepreneur and small business. It’s not about fixing a problem so much, but finding out where the soul of the vision or actual implementation went off track or lacked luster. Other times it’s about creating a plan of action, or powerful promotions campaign to get BIG BOLD results and refocus on what’s important to the client I’m working with.

On a recent Make Money Monday coffee house tour, I had a visit from a young entrepreneur who has a web-based business connecting people and opportunities. She was very passionate about her work, but needed some direction and a sounding board to confidentially address her concerns, and a double espresso of inspiration to move to the next level. I was impressed that she traveled from another state to visit with me at a coffee shop in Cambridge, where we sat for an hour and put together a skeleton plan to build a new platform for her business.

Today, almost two weeks later, she called me with a flushed out plan and details of pricing, levels, and prospects to launch her program. She’s going to the market with a targeted list of opportunities, and has thought out many of the ideas we co-created at our coffee shop session. I love the fact that she knows that building a business is about doing it, getting out there — and that course correction happens. It’s OK. It’s part of business.

I write this today because perhaps YOU may need a cup of coffee, and boost in your business. A confidential sounding board to express your concerns, or someone to help you re-energize your dream.

I will be hiring my new business friend because she has the qualities I look for in building my team. She’s smart, bold, talented, and is willing to put in the hours to make her business work. She has the guts, passion, and drive to make her business successful, and went out of her way to search me out – in Inman Square in Cambridge, MA on a random Monday morning.

Are you willing to get out of your comfort zone, and get the help you need to re-energize, build, or promote your business?

My mission at Let’s Make You Shine is to help you Take Your Brilliance to the Bank.

My recipe for success?

20 Years of Business Savvy
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Fortune 500 Promotional Strategy
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More Profits, More Attention, and Recognition for What You Deserve.

Let me know when you’re coming to the coffee shop. I’m there till the end of June. You’ll find the dates and locations at www.MakeMoneyMondays.com.

Coffee (and business advice) is on me.

Give + give freely. Your time.Your insight.Your expertise.Share your successes and failures.Your community wants to connect with you to solve a problem,be more successful,learn and grow.Give and you will receive. Serve and you will be served, all ways!

Thanks to The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur for sharing my tip! Be sure to read all of the tips by clicking here: Ways to Embrace Your Community and Audience

Milton, MA…Business and Life Strategist, Robin Samora, recently interviewed celebrity photographer, Nikki Incandela from La Jolla, California on her monthly interview series.  The title was Put Some Pizzazz in Your Picture: What Your Image Says About You.

Nikki spoke about the importance of images in your personal branding. “With the prominence of Facebook and other social media, consistent branding is very important for your on-line presence and distinguishes you in the marketplace,” she said.  Nikki also offered some pointers on the different ways to use your image in your marketing and collateral, and shared her vast experience about being comfortable in front of a camera, style, and how to have an image that “attracts business.”

“A bad image can follow you for years,” said Nikki, “but a great image makes you confident and empowers you in your professional and personal life.  You have about four seconds to create an impression to say who you are as a person.”

“Nikki incorporates an important lesson I’m offering,” said Robin.  “No risk, no reward. Go for it. Don’t wait for someone to discover you. Put yourself out there and celebrate your brand – and  pretend it’s bigger than it is. If you do what it takes, you’ll grow into your new shoes. Nikki works at her public image using networking, social media, and she is a fabulous photographer,” continues Robin. “She also aligns herself with who she is, and where she wants to go!”

Incandela, who started as a fashion designer, was just at the Oscars not only to shoot the most glamorous Hollywood stars as they came down the runway but also had an opportunity to get fitted for a couture dress to wear at the gala event.

“Nikki and I have been working together informally for a couple of years,” said Robin, “but recently – she made a decision to make it big. I see fireworks in what she’s doing. It’s a combination of her inner flame, talent, and doing what she loves. Nothing makes me happier.”

About Robin Samora

Robin’s career began in advertising and then transitioned to media buying in the film industry. She owned two restaurants, became a Major League Baseball licensee, and worked in cable television as an Event and Promotions Manager – with major networks such as ESPN, HGTV, CNN, and MTV.  Robin eventually started her own company in 2002, Partner Promotions, a

Brand Ambassador firm for Fortune 500 companies like Comcast, Tivo, and NBC, marketing products and services – one-on-one in the retail sector, at business events, and in the community.

Wanting to utilize her talents, and years of coaching experience, Robin realized she loved working one on one, with clients, entrepreneurs and small businesses – not just major corporations.  She couldn’t help but notice that she would attract people who wanted to talk, and ask her advice. It became clear to her and those who sought Robin out for her insight, wisdom and advice — that she would be a “calm voice of reason, in a storm,” and provide a path for “next steps” to get recognized and promoted in the marketplace.

With years of business knowledge under her belt, Robin launched — Let’s Make You Shine a business and life strategy company for entrepreneurs who want to boost their bottom line, get attention and stand out in the marketplace. Now, Robin takes great pleasure in teaching others how to realize their dreams and potential, while also making a difference.

Let’s Make You Shine has been created with more than two decades in business development, operations and execution, sales and marketing, and extensive professional training. It’s Robin’s mission to help her clients make more profit, share their gifts and passion with the world, and get recognized for who they really are.

It’s my first Make Money Monday, and I’m in coffee shop not in my local area. How cool. Perfect opportunity to say hi, to business folks, entrepreneurs, and soloists working at perhaps “their” favorite coffee shop. Everyone has one, right?

So my million dollar tip, besides a million dollar smile, is to just get out there and take a risk. I’m working it, and feeling good about my life and my business.

“Nothing ventured nothing gained”, my entrepreneurial Dad would tell me. I’m showing up, fully present, reading the Money & Investing section of the Wall Street Journal for free, and agreeing with the trend of bankers to look at the person, their character, and centers of influence when they are making judgment about a loan. Going back to the “past”…in some instances.

I find it a good sign that banks are realizing that it’s people behind businesses, and that good people with character will work through their problems, with good intention. It’s small business owners all over the world, that help the economy get better, that give people a chance, and owners that take chances themselves – even when they may be feeling a little afraid.

Calculated risks , knowledge, visions of a better life for their families, and a good dose in faith that what they’re doing is right, for right now – cause that’s all we have. If we’re talking about investing — It’s not just about the Mega-Machine. I’m putting my dollars in Mega-Me. I know her pretty well.