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Ten Tips to Getting Back on Track!

MGS Designz & More is all about helping you succeed in your business and we know that sometimes that success starts in how you live your personal life.  Today we’d like to bring you another great article focused on getting you on the path to success from the Bridge Business View. The Bridge Business View is full of wonderful content – every now and then we’ll share some of that content here with you. If you’re looking for a place to network – check out The Bridge Networking Group today! 

Taking Charge of Your Life – Ten Steps to Getting Back on Track!

By ITSC

Have you been experiencing that there are times when life just seems to get away from us? We seem to have many distractions that are pulling us in several different directions at once. We seem to be pressured to be perfect at everything we do, pressured to produce, to perform to the standards that others have set for us but we accept  as our own. We have work pressures, family pressures, societal pressures and financial pressures. This has become our norm so much to the point that we do not even realize that we are pressured. It can get very overwhelming. We, without realizing it, just react to what is going on in our lives.

The good news is there is something we can do about this in order to take charge of our lives. Life does not have to be this way. We can change it. You can change it! You can change anything and take charge of your own life.

These are just a few gentle reminders of what you can do when you find yourself having an
experience that seems to be pulling you in a direction that you do not want to go in.

  1. Be responsible – take responsibility for your life. It is your life, own it!
  2. Choose wisely – you can make different choices that you are currently making.
  3. Define your desires – what it is that you want out of life?
  4. Quit the Blame Game – it is very easy to blame others when things do not go our way.
  5. Follow Your Heart – Listen to your inner voice and follow it, trust it.
  6. Stay Focused – do not lose sight of what it is you desire
  7. Be who you really are – Be the real you, not the you others think you should be
  8. Do not let others control you – Others will try to control you, do not let
    them. Stay away from them if you have to.
  9. Take time for yourself – make it a point to take time for yourself and do something that is pleasing to you.
  10. Act not react – Do not just react to what you are experiencing, take a step back,
    process it and then decide how are you going to act, what action are you going to take.

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We at ITSC can help you get more out of life than you are currently experiencing. We
facilitate a process that will lead you to having the life that you desire. All along the way we incorporate guidance, support and encouragement.

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5 Steps to Living in Gratitude

MGS Designz is all about sharing the positive and inspiring you to become GREAT at what you do! Today we’re going to share another great blog post from Lee Knapp! We help Lee put togehter her blog and newsletter every month and we’d love to help you! Please contact us for more information!

So this month Lee’s Success Blog has been focusing on Gratitude! First we talked about having an attitude of Gratitude and how gratitude is a state of being that can bring you closer to the success you desire in life. Then we discussed the POWER of Gratitude and how it can really transform your life and the lives of those that you come in contact with on a daily basis. Today’s blog continues the topic…

Give thanks – show your attitude in word or deed. “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” William A. Ward

So now you might be asking OK – all that sounds great, but how can I stay focused and LIVE in gratitude on a daily basis? Well – here are five easy steps to LIVING in Gratitude:

1.)  Gratitude Journal – A journal is a wonderful way to notice all the things in your day that you have to be grateful for. Sometimes we tend to take for granted all the great things that life offers us. So I suggest you write them down, every day! Even if it is only 5 things a day – just jot them down! Soon you will start to notice your life transforming and more beautiful unexpected surprises coming into your life because you are not only taking note but you are feeling grateful for them as well.

2.)  Gratitude Stone – Sometimes we just need a reminder to stop and give thanks to our creator for all the many blessings we receive on a daily basis so I suggest a Gratitude Stone! Find a smooth, soft stone and make it your special rock – then place it your pocket, on your dresser, on your desk or in the kitchen. Place it anywhere that when you feel it or see it, you are reminded to name your list of gratitude. Why the stone? Because it is a concrete reminder of expressing your gratitude.

3.)  Vision Board – What better way to be grateful than to show gratitude with a collage of all the things you are grateful for and what you want to draw into your life and visualize on a daily basis. That’s what a Vision Board is – a place to showcase your dreams and pause every now and then to connect to them and just give thanks!

4.)  Visualization – There is no right or wrong way to use this technique, however, having a quiet, serene “time out” from the distractions of the world is helpful in really focusing on what you are grateful for and what you want to draw into your life in the future. Seeing a mental movie of all you desire or using Visualization is a powerful tool in attracting good and in living in gratitude.

5.)  Meditation – They say prayer is talking to God but Meditation is Listening to God speak to you. Connecting with God, the universe, your source – this is meditation. Turn off the noise and the distraction and just BE for a few minutes. Spend some quiet time connecting, listening and recharging your energies while filling yourself with gratitude and love.

Count your blessings. Name them, list them, draw them, but count them. To truly feel gratitude as part of a lifestyle of a grateful heart, you have to acknowledge your blessings. “The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.” Eric Hoffer

Business Consultant & Motivational Speaker Lee Knapp’s goal: “We help our clients gain, train and retain satisfied customers and employees.” As the President of Knapp Consultants, for over 20 years, Lee has been inspiring people to raise the bar and exceed their greatest expectations. Our mission is to “Provide high-energy, educational and motivational programs to assist clients in achieving results”.

We thank you for sharing a few minutes of your time with us to read our blog and learn more about gratitude. Now we invite you to share your gratitude stories with us in the comments below, we love hearing from you! Don’t forget to subscribe to our blog if you haven’t already done so – you will automatically be entered into a drawing to win an autographed book by Lee Knapp – Discover your Inner Strength.

For more information on our services, please feel free to visit our website at http://www.leeknapp.com  or call (239) 481-8557. Click here to view our latest newsletter.

It’s all in the Attitude!

MGS Designz is all about bringing you the GOOD STUFF! Every time we have the opportunity to showcase an article on our blog you know it’s going to have good, positive and valuable content. The below is from a good friend and client who has dedicated her life to inspiring others to find success and be the very best they can be.

Today we’re happy to introduce you to Lee Knapp from Knapp Consultants, please read on! MGS Designz proudly works with Lee on all her blogs and email marketing campaigns. Please let us know if we can ever be of service to you!

Knapp Consultants would like to take this opportunity to Thank You for taking the time out of your busy day to share a few moments with us. 

Here at Knapp Consultants, we understand that the level of success we have in our business and in our lives can be directly measured by the level of gratitude we have in our daily life. On this note we’d like to share a few thoughts on gratitude with you today and in the days to come.

ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE

Think about this … what if you took just ten minutes each morning to focus on your “attitude of gratitude?”  What do you have to be grateful for? 

 Gratitude gives you purpose.  When you have purpose, you’ll find success. 

Gratitude is best reflected in how you act toward and respond to others. 

Create your culture of being grateful.  How can you be more gracious with you’re your family and your customers?  

Are you anticipating the needs of people you care about? 

 It’s within the smallest details where we uncover the greatest opportunities.

 Gratitude is a state of being. 

You only live once – but if you work it right, once is enough  

JOE E. LEWIS

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Is Networking Really Working for You?

MGS Designz & More is all about helping you succeed in your business. We’ve aligned ourselves with some really talented people that help us bring you some exciting and useful tips and information that will definitely put you on the path to success. Today we’d like to bring you some important Networking Tips brought to you by the Bridge Business View. The Bridge Business View is full of wonderful content – every now and then we’ll share some of that content here with you. If you’re looking for a place to network – check out The Bridge Networking Group today!

12 Tips for Getting the MOST out of Networking – by Sam Black

  1. DO attend lots of networking events each month. The more you attend, the more opportunities you have to meet that person who needs your product or service.  Make it a point to attend at least one a week… and more is better.  Go to several different Chamber events within a 30 minute drive each month – breakfasts, lunches and dinner programs are available to meet every busy schedule. No excuses!  Also attend meetings of relevant professional associations and groups and Rotary or Toastmasters. Networking is like dating – you won’t find that match if you are sitting in your office. Plus, networking is so much more fun and productive than COLD calling. It allows you to make a WARM call to a prospect you met at an event and might even get you some HOT referrals if you do it right! Referrals are good!
  2. DON’T go with a friend or business associate to stand or sit with that person during the socializing time and/or meal time. Your goal is to meet new people. And, when you sit with people from your company, you not only limit the number of new people you will meet but you also limit the new prospects the other table members will meet. That’s not fair to them. They came to meet people from many companies, not just your company. I see this so often and am puzzled. Five sales reps from the same printing company sat at the same table – even after I jokingly said while on the check-in line “you all are sitting at different tables, right?” It would have been much better for that company to come back with 5 x 7 = 35 possible printing connections instead of only the 3 they got! I also watched bank managers do the same at a different event, all four from the same bank at one table – why?

    Sandra “Sam” Black

  3. DO come prepared with a sufficient number of your business cards (please, never run out of them), your 30-second powerful “elevator” introduction, and 3-4 open-ended key questions you want to ask anyone you meet. These are questions about THEIR business that show you are interested, give you information about what they do and need, and might give you insights on how you could help them. People like to talk about themselves and these questions help you get the conversation going. Some suggestions -“How did you get into this business?” “What are some projects you are working on right now?” “How are you planning on building your business this year?” “What key challenges do you face trying to build your business?”
  4. DON’T talk about yourself – it’s NOT about what you need – it’s about what they may need from you…or from the people you know who you can direct them to for assistance or solutions. Its building relationships and their confidence in you as a resource – the business you want from them will come because they will view you as that “go-to” person.
  5. DO pay attention to what they are saying, and make appropriate notes on the back of their business card so later you can think about resources for them. In fact, as you enter them into your database later that evening, you’ll probably think of several other people in your database that you can connect them with to help with a need they may have verbalized that day. Shoot off an email with those contacts “Great to meet you. I thought about what you told me today – here are some people that you might want to talk with about the ______ you mentioned today…” A good networker should be able to send that type of email out to at least 2-3 people after each networking event. Think of all the good will and credibility you build as a resource when you do this!
  6. DON’T let your eyes wander looking for other people in the room. For stand-up networking, the person in front of you is the most important person in the room for the next 3-5 minutes.  You may break away graciously to meet someone else after you have made your connection and followed #9 below (if applicable.) Then, simply say “I’ve enjoyed meeting you. Let me let you circulate some more so you can meet a few more people and make other connections. (I will call you _______.).”
  7. DO ask, “what type of help can I give you to be successful in your business?” You never know what resources you have in your mental rolodex right then and there that will be perfect for their needs.
  8. DON’T transact business or try to sell during a social networking event.  It’s a time to make connections and start relationships, not promote and close on a product or service you want to sell.
  9. DO ask for either a firm appointment later in the week or for the best time to call to schedule that time to meet. If you believe this person and you can help each other, make this time valuable by verbalizing that feeling so the individual will be eager to schedule the appointment when you call (and know that it will be a two-way street.)  “I think I might have some ideas to help you, and I suspect you might know someone who needs my product/service or you yourself might benefit from my product/service. Let’s get together for a coffee to discuss how we can help each other build our businesses. I’ll call you on _______ to schedule it, OK?”  In addition to at least one networking event each week, DO schedule at least one networking follow-up “coffee” meeting a week.  That’s where substantial value comes from your social networking event.
  10. DON’T monopolize the table conversation if it is a sit-down event.
  11. DO, however, initiate introductions and conversations if you are at a quiet table. The participants will appreciate your effort and you will earn a reputation as someone who makes the table interesting and fun. Bring everyone out of their shell!
  12. DON’T go to the networking event expecting immediate business! You will be disappointed.  So many people tell me they don’t go to networking events because “I never get any business out of them; they are a waste of my time.”  Please change your view of networking!  Networking is the start of a process, the beginning of relationship building. If you avoid networking you will be missing a viable way of building your connections in your business community. If you are nervous about doing it, the more you do it the more comfortable you will get. Practice makes perfect! Most successful business people – owners and sales reps – will tell you that networking has been an integral part of their marketing model.  Remember, networking leads to WARM or HOT calls…and those are the ones we want!

See you next week at a networking event! 

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