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North Royalton, OH, United States
Everyone needs success partners to come along side and help them to achieve the dreams that they envisioned for themselves. I am the Dream Partner Catalyst because I come along side small businesses, nonprofits and faith-based organizations and leaders and help propel them toward their dream visions. I hope you find these posts encouraging!

Friday, October 2, 2009

How to Be and Get Dream Partners for Success: Secret #3 Invest in Yourself

"The most expensive piece of real estate is the six inches between your right and left ear. It’s what you create in that area that determines your wealth. We are only really limited by our mind." -Dolf de Roos. What will it take for you to acheive your dream? Will it take a few classes or a higher education? Maybe it will take thinking outside the box, or taking a huge risk.

I like to partner with people who love to learn and challenge themselves all the time. There is creativity and excitement in learning. If you are not learning, you aren't growing and in this day and age, can you really afford not to be growing? I have found that the learning curves of trying to figure out everything I need to do for my business are mountainous. You can go the free route and it will get you a little ways on your journey, but honestly, those learning curves climbing that mountain can really be exhausting.

Why do I invest in myself? Because as they say on the L'Oreal commercials, I'm worth it. Thankfully, the Redwood Sisterhood offers the opportunities to learn and get support of other amazing women. Invest in yourself and others will want to invest in you. Are you worth your own investment?

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

How to Be and Get Dream Partners for Success: Secret #2 Work Hard for What you Want

"Apply yourself. Get all the education you can, but then, by God, do something. Don't just stand there, make it happen." Lee Iacocca. There are actually two secrets in todays post: the first is to know what you want and the second is to work hard to get it. Successful people are very clear about what they want and day by day they work toward it. Part of knowing what you want is knowing who you are. Your dream is an extention of you. Your ideal client is a reflection of you. What would you want to do if you knew you couldn't fail? Who do you see yourself being in the future? A CEO? A small business owner? An inventor? A published author? Retired at a young age?

Remember when you were in school and got in a school project with a partner or a team. Invariably, I was the one that got stuck doing all the work. I would pray that the next time there was a partner opportunity, I could find someone who would do their part. Nothing is more frustrating than being paired with someone who doesn't pull their weight. You have to want your dream enough to really work for it. Not all of the work that it takes to make it is fun. Do it anyway. Nothing frustrates me more as an executive coach or organization development consultant than hearing someone say that they want something and then they don't work for it.

I want to partner with hard workers and so do you. If you know exactly what your gifts, talents, services and contributions can be to another person's dream and you are willing to share them, you make it easy for them to want you to come along side you as a dream partner.

Do you know what you want? Are you a hard worker?

How to Be and Get Dream Partners for Success: Secret #1 - Be a Person of Integrity

"To reach great heights, a person needs to have great depth." (Anonomous) When someone becomes your dream partner, they choose to actively help you to acheive success. They become your informal sales force and, done properly, you become theirs. The right person's word of mouth can be just enough to take you to epidemic levels of success. If I plan to endorse you to my friends, family, colleagues and Redwood Sisters, I want to know that you are worthy of that endorsement. So, first and foremost, you better have integrity. The definition of integrity is: steadfast adherence to a strict moral or ethical code. Honesty, trustworthiness, reliability, generosity, service mindedness, helpfulness; these are some of the values that I like to see displayed in the behaviors of potential dream partners.

If you say that you will do something or be somewhere at a certain time. Do it, be there. If you promise something, deliver the highest quality promised deliverable that you can. As a dream partner catalyst, I am looking for quality over quantity. If I am going to come alongside you in your dream and have you come along side me in mine, we both need to know each of us is worth the investment. Don't tell me you are reliable, be reliable. Don't say that you have a high quality service, show me that you have a high quality service.

Two of my dream partners jump to mind as living this philosophy. I can count on Lisa and Maia to do what they promise, be there to tell me the truth, push me lovingly and always give more than I ever expect them to give. I am the same way to them and to all of my dream partners. No one will want to be your dream partner if you aren't worthy. Are you a person of integrity?

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

"If I could solve all the problems myself, I would." Thomas Edison Hmn, maybe that's why we should get help from others.
"Trust that little voice in your head that says "Wouldn't it be interesting if..."; And then do it." Duane Michals

Monday, September 28, 2009

"Dreams are illustrations... from the book your soul is writing about you." Marsha Norman