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Proven Business Success Principles and Systems for Working Less, Making More Money, and Enjoying Better Work Life Balance.

You will discover proven and practical ideas you can immediately apply in all areas of your business and personal life so you can achieve your goals in the time frames you desire.

Wouldn’t it be great if our ‘good intentions’ worked the way that we think they should? Not even enthusiasm guarantees positive results. There’s often a wide gap between our intentions and our actions. We fail to take the action necessary to be in alignment with our good intentions. This can be very frustrating.

Good intentions don’t magically lead to good results. They are a start; however, they are unfortunately not enough. This is just the truth! We all can use a little accountability in our life to help us stay focused so we can achieve all our goals in the time frames we desire.

Anne Bachrach is author of Excuses Don't Count; Results Rule!, Live Life with No Regrets; How the Choices we Make Impact our Lives, No Excuses, and The Work Life Balance Emergency Kit. Listen to the Podcasts and you can create the kind of life you have always dreamed of having. Go to www.AccountabilityCoach.com/landing today and take advantage of 3 Free gifts that you can immediately use to help you achieve your professional and personal goals.

Visit www.AccountabilityCoach.com and receive 10% off all high-value products and services along with many complimentary resources and tools available to you under the FREE Silver Membership. You have access to tools like the Quality of Life Enhancer™ Exercise, a Wheel of Life exercise for helping you find balance in everyday life, assessments, articles, and so much more.

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    • Management

Proven Business Success Principles and Systems for Working Less, Making More Money, and Enjoying Better Work Life Balance.

You will discover proven and practical ideas you can immediately apply in all areas of your business and personal life so you can achieve your goals in the time frames you desire.

Wouldn’t it be great if our ‘good intentions’ worked the way that we think they should? Not even enthusiasm guarantees positive results. There’s often a wide gap between our intentions and our actions. We fail to take the action necessary to be in alignment with our good intentions. This can be very frustrating.

Good intentions don’t magically lead to good results. They are a start; however, they are unfortunately not enough. This is just the truth! We all can use a little accountability in our life to help us stay focused so we can achieve all our goals in the time frames we desire.

Anne Bachrach is author of Excuses Don't Count; Results Rule!, Live Life with No Regrets; How the Choices we Make Impact our Lives, No Excuses, and The Work Life Balance Emergency Kit. Listen to the Podcasts and you can create the kind of life you have always dreamed of having. Go to www.AccountabilityCoach.com/landing today and take advantage of 3 Free gifts that you can immediately use to help you achieve your professional and personal goals.

Visit www.AccountabilityCoach.com and receive 10% off all high-value products and services along with many complimentary resources and tools available to you under the FREE Silver Membership. You have access to tools like the Quality of Life Enhancer™ Exercise, a Wheel of Life exercise for helping you find balance in everyday life, assessments, articles, and so much more.

Subscribe to the high-content Blog and receive valuable information. https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/blog/

    5 Quick Fitness Tips for Busy Entrepreneurs

    5 Quick Fitness Tips for Busy Entrepreneurs

    Staying in shape while trying to run a business can definitely be a challenge. When you are so busy getting everything done, what time do you have left to exercise or go to the gym? If you are struggling with getting enough exercise to stay in shape or get in shape, then here are some tips that might definitely help you! These tips are easy to implement, take very little time, and will definitely help you to stay in shape as you invest your energy into getting your business to the next level.

    “Discipline is doing what you know you should do at the time you should do it,
    even if you don’t feel like it.”
    – Rowena Szeszeran-McEvoy, Fitness Educator

    Ride a Bike
    Some people live fairly close to their place of business so that they can be there without spending too much time commuting. If this is true for you, then you could definitely make use of this tip! Start riding a bike to work instead of taking the bus or driving your vehicle. This can give you a regular amount of exercise each day, and may not take you that much longer than your normal commute. You would be surprised at how quickly you can get to work on a bike! Plus, it can save you money on gas, and is also a habit that will keep the planet cleaner by limiting your carbon footprint. It is really a win-win on all fronts! Join a biking group to add a little accountability. Doing exercise with others sometimes helps to motivate you to get out there and get moving.

    Stand Up
    A lot of business owners find themselves sitting for prolonged periods of time during the day, which is definitely part of the problem when you start to talk about fitness. Since you, as an entrepreneur, are so vital to the success of your own business, and because your presence might be needed at a desk for most of the day, it can be difficult to find time away from it all to get some exercise. However, even though it is difficult to find the time necessary, you can still ‘tweak’ the rules in your favor with this incredibly easy tip that will save you a LOT of time and that can really help to contribute to your overall fitness… just stand up!

    When you talk on the phone, go to meetings, or read documents, practice standing up and pacing in your office instead of sitting at the desk. This behavior might seem foreign to you at first, but it is actually a great way to get the blood flowing in during the day. When it comes to exercise, every little bit helps… and this is a simple step that anyone can utilize to get better results out of your time spent at work. You can also quickly and easily do 100 sit-ups and 50 pushups once a day to get your heart pumping.

    Get Up 30 minutes or an Hour Earlier
    One great idea for getting in an extra workout is to get up 30 minutes to an hour earlier and use that time specifically for fitness purposes. This can be done once a week, twice a week, or even every day… depending upon how often you want to work out each week to get started. You could use this time to hit the local gym, to take a morning run, to lift weights, or you could rotate your options to mix it up on different days. Getting up earlier is a great option because you will probably find that fewer people will try to bother you or pull you away than would if you tried to work out at a different part of the day. Getting your heart pumping a little harder first thing in the morning can help you start the day in an even better mood.

    Work Out on Your Lunch Break
    If your schedule allows, you could take an extended lunch and hit the gym for a half an hour before returning to work. Getting some exercise in and taking a quick shower before hitting the grind for the second half of the day can not only lead to better fitness, but can also lead to you feeling more energized during the part of the day when a lot of people are tired and dragging.

    Take Up a Sport
    If you have trouble sticking to a

    • 7 min
    How to Embrace Your Inner Power to Stick to Your Game Plan

    How to Embrace Your Inner Power to Stick to Your Game Plan

    Embracing your inner power is important if you want to continue to progress as a successful businessperson, though learning to get past your own self-imposed boundaries can be a challenge. In order to fully understand how we can use our ‘inner power’ to stick to our game plan in life, we are going to first examine what it takes to unlock it.

    Unlocking your ‘inner power’
    You will hear a lot of people talk about inner power, what it is, what it does, where it comes from, and how to unlock it. You will hear a lot of people say that we, as humans, are actually made up of two different parts. There is, of course, of physically manifested body… but there is also the non-manifested consciousness. In theory, humans often hold themselves back because they only gauge and perceive the physical… not what lies beneath the surface. In theory, if you can learn to recognize that you have control over your destiny, you will be able to think, dream, or plan any reality that you want for yourself. It is all about believing in yourself, and about ‘being’ the person that you want to be.

    Unlocking this ability, generally, requires you to step outside of your typical thought framework and to bypass your own self-imposed boundaries. You need to open yourself up to the idea that you CAN create any reality for yourself that you choose… even if it means taking your already successful business and making it even more successful. If you believe that this will happen, to the point where you don’t really see how anything else is possible, then you will begin to feel what it means to unlock your inner power. To go through life with an attitude so positive that you literally don’t see failure as an option is going to make ALL the difference in the world.

    In order to unlock this power, you need to stop setting yourself up for failure! Stop being surprised when things work out. Don’t plan on failure… plan on DOING until what you envision for yourself is accomplished.

    "It is never too late to be what you might have been."
    - George Eliot

    Using you inner power to stick to your game-plan
    If you already have a game plan, then using your inner power to accomplish it will make it far more likely to succeed. First, you need to realize, within yourself, that failure is not an option. You can literally accomplish ANYTHING if you set your mind to it… so don’t think for a moment that your game plan might lead you to a less than ideal outcome. If you have put thought into it, believe in it, and can see it working in your mind, then you are set up for success, IF you do not allow doubt and negativity to creep back into your mind.

    It is important to remember that setbacks and small roadblocks are going to occur… and many people come to these small problems and give up. They get burnt out, and they believe that the small problems are signs that their plans are not going to work… but this is the biggest mistake that you could ever make! Roadblocks and problems are not really signs of failure… they are signs of opportunity! Every time you encounter a problem and fix or bypass it, you are perfecting your vision and your plan. This won’t change the fact that you are going to be successful; this is just the journey to success that everyone needs to take to some degree.

    Sticking to your game plan, even when you face roadblocks and problems, is going to feed your inner power. When you can continue to visualize the end result actually occurring, then you can continue to move forward. And when you can stay strong enough to keep doubt from creeping into your mind, then you will finally begin to realize the extent of the inner power within you. To go through each day KNOWING that you, at the end, are going to be an even bigger success than you are now is the ABSOLUTE key to achieving whatever you set your mind to.

    Also, keep in mind

    • 6 min
    How to Keep Up and Stay Relevant in Today’s Fast-Paced World

    How to Keep Up and Stay Relevant in Today’s Fast-Paced World

    There is no doubt that things change as time goes by… but never have things (especially pertaining to business) advanced as rapidly as they do now. With technology evolving and changing on a day to day basis, it can be a challenge to keep up. Marketing, communication, networking, technology, infrastructure… all of these are areas that are constantly affected by the metamorphosis of who we are as humans, and how we do business with one another.

    Keeping up with the business world can be a challenge, but it is definitely possible. In fact, those who are the most successful at business in the long run are usually those who are good at adapting to changes as they take place in the world around them. Regardless of what type of business you are in, you are probably going to be hard-pressed to run it without adapting to new technologies as you progress.

    Communication is Only the Beginning
    If anything has changed in the last twenty years, it has been communications. Businesses now communicate with other businesses, employees, and potential clients in ways that were unheard of just a few short years ago. There was a time (and not that long ago, either) when you mailed checks with order forms if you needed a product from a store far away. There was also a time when landline telephones were a primary method of communication. Do you remember the days when the fax machine was a revolutionary way to receive information on short notice? Even these modern-day wonders have been all but replaced by the advent of newer and more effective technologies.

    Where we used to rely on catching people at home on the landline phone, or leaving a voice mail on the physical voice mail machine, we now all carry cell phones that make us reachable 24/7. Instead of fax machines, we use texting and email to send instant written messages back and forth. Even face-to-face meetings have changed! With services like Skype available to anyone, you can have a face-to-face meeting with your colleague, virtual employee, client, or prospective client from the other side of the world in real time!

    How can you keep up with these changes? How do you know what is being used and what is just a passing fad? These are great questions, and the answers are not as difficult to figure out as you might think.

    Staying Current in a Changing World
    The first thing to remember about staying current is to pay attention to growing and changing trends. Listen to your employees, mentors, and peers. Find out what other businesses are doing. Be active on social media websites and try to get as much information as you can about new technologies.

    And, surprisingly, listening to your kids or to other younger people is often an overlooked way to hear about newer changes first. Often, the younger generations are more likely to accept newer technologies and quicker to assimilate them into their lifestyle. By paying attention to what younger consumers are using, buying, and communicating with, you can usually stay pretty on top of what the next fad is going to be before it goes main-stream on a major level.

    In the end, the biggest thing is not being afraid to embrace new technologies or ways of doing things. A lot is going to change as you operate your business. In five years, you will likely not be doing things the same way that you are now. In twenty years, what you are doing now will most likely seem archaic by the worlds standards. What got you to where you are now is not what will take you to where you want to be. By the time you retire, you will remember back to the early days of your business, and the methods that you used to get started will seem quite ancient.

    The truth is that things are going to change, and unless you can commit to changing with them, you and your business are going to quickly get left behind.

    What Can You Do?
    The best way to stay current in today’s b

    • 6 min
    5 Tips for Developing and Keeping Great Habits

    5 Tips for Developing and Keeping Great Habits

    Your success relies, at least in part, on you spending your time wisely. As a successful businessperson, you no-doubt realize that time is the most precious commodity that you could possibly possess. You also know that moving to the next stage of success will only be possible if you continue to permeate your life with good habits that will help you to make the most of your time.

    “Every person who has become successful has simply formed the habit of
    doing things that failures dislike doing and will not do.”
    --John Maxwell

    Good habits are an asset that every successful person has to develop… but doing so is not always easy. Developing great habits can be challenging, especially when old habits threaten to rise up again during times of weakness. Therefore, we are exploring 5 tips for developing and keeping great habits. This list will help to remind you of what it takes to create those great habits, and it will also help you to keep from falling back into your old routines that aren't serving you.

    1… Define Your Objective
    Why do you want to develop a certain habit? What are you hoping to achieve by it? Before starting a new routine, it is always a good idea to figure out exactly what you hope will come of it. Are you looking to do away with a bad habit by implementing a new one? Are you looking to lose weight? Are you hoping to make more effective use of your time during the day? Figuring out exactly what you hope to accomplish will enable you to look past the difficulties that you might face.

    2… Visualize Overcoming the Obstacles
    Every new habit is going to be tempted with obstacles. It is important to visualize exactly what might happen that could keep you from sticking to your new habits, and to figure out beforehand how you are going to deal with them. If you are trying to effectively lose weight through better eating habits, then you are going to have to find a way to deal with how to avoid caving in when your mother sends you a box of fresh-baked cookies, or you not eating desert when your spouse regularly eats it after dinner. If you are trying to develop better workout habits, then you are going to have to plan on saying no when your friends want you to skip out on a night at the gym to watch a movie.

    The truth is that good habits are not developed completely overnight. It is going to take some effort to implement them, so make sure that you can visualize a way to get through obstacles before they happen. Don't let these 'obstacles' be your excuse to not follow through on what you know you need to do in order to achieve the results you truly want.

    "View each obstacle in life as a little gift. Open it and see what is inside."
    - Mother Teresa

    3… Stay Consistent
    Most good habits take effort to implement. Researchers have not really found conclusive results on how long it actually takes to develop a particular good habit, but most of the figures point to somewhere around a month, or even a little bit longer. I believe you can change a habit in 1 second - the second you choose it is no longer acceptable for it to be the way it currently is now. While you are attempting to institute a new good habit, keep in mind that there are going to be times when it is going to get difficult. In fact, there are going to be times when you mess up. If you are trying to lose weight, you are going to break your zero carb habit at least once… but this does not mean that you have to give up.

    A lot of people give up if they experience a slight weakness and break their new habits, even if it only happens once. It can be easy to lose heart. You can become disappointed and discouraged in yourself, and it is usually more difficult to continue on than it would be to fall back into your old ways. But it is EXTREMELY important that you remain consistent during this time. If you mess up, just move on and make it a point to

    • 8 min
    Getting On Top and Staying On Top

    Getting On Top and Staying On Top

    Operating at the top of your game and being the very best you can be is essential to being successful. If you can find a way to always give 100%, no matter what you are doing, then you will most likely find yourself in a successful position if you keep at it long enough. But how do you continue to do your best, every single day – day in and day out? How do you keep from burning out?

    Burnout happens to all of us at some point along the way. We try our best in the beginning, but eventually ‘other’ things start to sneak into our mindset and overwhelm can quickly and easily take over. We allow ourselves to take shortcuts and to lose focus. We get lazy about things that are hard to focus on. We start to let quality drop in certain areas. We start to feel run-down and tired, and sometimes, we even end up losing interest in doing a great job altogether.

    Now we are going to explore 5 tips for always doing your best. These tips are simple, and can really help you to get on top of your game. And once you are there, they will also help you to stay there!

    Tip #1-Get Enough Sleep
    This might seem like a no-brainer, but sleep is essential to doing your best. Having enough sleep is actually so vital that you could find not getting enough of it can actually physically keep you from performing tasks at the height of your ability. A lack of sleep can not only cause drowsiness and the inability to focus, but can also result in impaired cognitive function, making it harder for you to reason and think logically. If you normally stay up late and find yourself drowsy and half-asleep in the morning, you might need to re-think your sleeping pattern. Try going to bed a half hour or an hour earlier than normal, so that you allow your brain the kind of time it needs to wake up on its own. Statistics actually show that many of us go through life sleep deprived. Imagine the difference that you could make in your life if you were fully rested and raring to go each and every day! Wouldn’t it be great if you didn’t wake up wishing you could sleep for another hour or two?

    Tip #2-Maintain a Healthy Diet
    Eating right is actually essential to doing your best. Some people have a huge problem with this. Their diet consists of soda, chips, cookies, and anything else they can get out of a vending machine or at the fast-food restaurant. A bad diet saps your energy, makes you tired, and hurts your immune system. Try going on a special whole-foods only eating plan (fruits, vegetables, whole grains, eggs, etc.). The difference can be astounding! You will not believe how much better you will feel, even if you don’t think you feel bad now.

    Tip #3-Get Enough Exercise
    By now, you might feel as though you have heard more ‘health’ tips than you care to… but that is actually a good thing! Staying healthy is the most important thing that you can do to get on top and stay on top at work, and exercising is absolutely no exception. Try to get at least twenty minutes of exercise a day, whether it is a walk around the block several times, a run on the treadmill, playing a sport with your friends, or even doing strength training exercises right in your office (sit-ups, push-ups, squats, etc.). If at all possible, try to get outdoors for your exercise, though bad weather might restrict you to the treadmill from time to time.

    Tip #4-Focus on Individual Tasks
    Doing your very best can be extremely overwhelming if you look at everything at once, which is why breaking your day down into smaller tasks can really help you. Instead of looking at your entire day, first just think about getting to work and making those revenue generation calls (the ones you may not like making but are critical to your success). Focus first and foremost on the highest payoff activities that will put you in the most advantageous position to achieve your goals. Then you can do your low

    • 8 min
    4 Steps to Building Persistent Behavior in Your Business

    4 Steps to Building Persistent Behavior in Your Business

    Persistence is sort of like a ‘magic word’ when it comes to success, in my opinion. Persistence is basically the repetition or continuation of behavior, and it is an absolutely essential part of business. As a successful business owner, you no doubt have at least a pretty good idea of what it takes to be persistent, though it never hurts to revisit a subject that is this important.

    The whole idea of persistence revolves around the fact that motivation has a tendency to wax and wane a bit as time goes by. Persistence is a behavior that can be learned, but it is also a behavior which will render this troublesome waxing and waning of your motivation harmless in the long run, which is why it is so instrumental to expanding your current level of success. However, since persistence is an attribute of longevity, it can take some strength of mind and some psychological fortitude to really believe in it enough to make a commitment to practice it day after day. We are now going to discuss 4 steps to building persistent behavior. Following these steps will help you with the process of more consistently being a persistent person so you can experience even better results.

    Step #1… Realize That Motivation Is Not Enough
    Getting motivated is a great way to start your day, but unless you are an enigma with an endless supply of motivation… you are going to experience some downtimes. The sad truth is that, to put it quite bluntly, motivation is GOING to fail you at some point or another. A lot of people will look at a lack of motivation and think to themselves that maybe they are not doing the right thing. They will wonder why they used to be so excited about it, only to now believe that they have lost their excitement forever.

    This can be a big problem if you do not know exactly what is going on. Motivation, very typically, comes and goes much like the waves on a sandy beach. One day, you might be filled with motivation. You might feel like you could conquer the world. But, as time goes by, you may notice this motivation begin to leave you. At some point, you will realize that the tide has completely gone out. You will feel drained, exhausted, discouraged, and you may even have thoughts about wanting to give up.

    These are the typical ups and downs that you will experience in business, and this is EXACLTY why you need persistence! Without it, you would be more likely to act on these highs and lows instead of just riding through them and moving forward to persevere.

    Step #2… Focus on Your Big Goals
    Persistence will be a lot easier to achieve if you stay focused on your big goals. Think of the upsides to what you are doing. Imagine where you will be when you finally DO succeed at your highest level. You have been working for it, and you are going to have to continue to work towards it… but the good news is that, if you stay persistent and keep going, despite occasional lapses in motivation, you will be MUCH more likely to achieve that next level of success! In fact, persistence is such a HUGE common denominator among successful businesses, that ‘when’ is actually a better question to ask than ‘if’.

    Step #3… Learn and Adapt
    Persistence is not JUST about doing what you do without changing. In fact, trying to do the same thing, day after day, while expecting different results is not at all what persistence is about. Being persistent is not JUST about continuing onward. It is also about growing, adapting, and changing to get better at what you are doing. If you are continuing in what you are doing, but NEVER get good results, then you might need to change and/or adapt to better meet the needs of your potential clients.

    Step #4… Recognize That the Results of Persistence Can Be Long Term in Coming
    Finally, you need to remember that the results of your persistence might not be evident for a while, especially if you

    • 7 min

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