Spoil Alert! A coach doesn’t do the work for you

Although I've heard about people "hitting the wall" while training for a marathon, I never knew what it meant until I DID hit the wall... hard.  My legs were burning, my feet were on fire, my mind played tricks with me and my energy hit zero.  I first noticed an energy drop at mile 12. At mile 15 I wondered ...
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What a rescue horse taught me about integrity

“Can I talk to Karen?” Randy asked, sounding out of breath. “Really. Uh-huh. Wow! Okay, I’ll be right over,” Karen got more excited, with each passing second. “The rescue arrived. Randy says she’s pretty frightened. See you later,” Karen said over her shoulder as she slipped out the door. I ran to the side porch, looked across the sprawling lawn ...
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7 Steps to Success in Marathons and Business

A few days ago I had my longest marathon training day to date - 16 miles of power walking. In a few days I'll be going beyond that with an 18 mile training day. In between I'm doing anywhere from 3 - 6 miles a day. All this is in preparation for the Eugene Marathon on May 9th.  Finishing the ...
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The more you speak… the more you speak!

The more you speak… the more you speak! The first time I heard, “The more you speak, the more you speak,” I was just beginning to use speaking engagements to build my business. It took me a few times hearing this before I actually got what this means. Simply put, the more people hear your message, the more opportunity you ...
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Are you spinning your wheels to the point of ineffectiveness?

You’re a woman, you’ve had a successful career, and now you’re ready for your “second act.” What is the second act? It’s the time in your life you are going to do things your way. You’re going to grow a business and leave a legacy of why you’re here in the first place. You’ve raised the kids, had the career, ...
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Make More Money Speaking for Free Than You Ever Can Getting Paid

Lots of people dream of being paid to speak. If you love to speak, you’re really good and you have outstanding material, getting paid to speak is a great way to make a living. Yet, there are many people making a heck of a lot more speaking for free than they ever would by getting paid. Some experts make thousands, ...
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Is Your Business “Attitude” Foolish?

A few weeks ago I progressed from a weekend warrior, self-trained power walker to hiring a coach to train me for the Eugene Marathon in May, 2015. I hired my coach because I want to minimize my chances of injury and increase my likelihood for success. I’m no stranger to coaches, having hired several over the years to guide me ...
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3 Common Mistakes Authors Make With Amazon Books Listings (and how to fix them!)

3 Common Mistakes Authors Make With Amazon Books Listings (and how to fix them!) by Karon Thackston It is finished! You've completed your book and it's time to show off your moves with a rousing rendition of the Happy Dance. As part of your marketing plan, you decide to list your new publication on Amazon. With glee and excitement, you post ...
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Is Facebook Responsible for the Demise of News Anchor Brian Williams?

If you doubt the power of social media, a quick look at recent events regarding Brian Williams should put any doubt to rest. If it weren’t for people speaking out, primarily on Facebook and Twitter, it’s likely Williams would not be taking temporary leave from his post at NBC. According to reports, Brian Williams shot down his credibility by telling ...
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It’s about pushing the limits

Life is about pushing limits. At least for some of us. In my world, if you’re not pushing limits you’re not seeing what you’re really made of. If you’re not seeing what you’re made of how will you know what you’re capable of? When I push the limits I tend to feel incredibly alive. Something that helps me in my ...
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Productive…or not… it’s your choice

Seems lots of people are "doing it differently" in 2015. No resolutions, no goals, no pen to paper with "this is what I am going to do." There's a trend underfoot of simply going with the flow. Not that there is anything wrong with going with the flow... people have been doing this since the beginning of time. But there ...
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Will Indie author, Patrick Shannon McGoey see success like Amanda Hocking?

Recently I wrote a blog post entitled, 5 Must-Know Trends of 2015.  One trend I mentioned was the leveling of the playing field for indie authors, singers, artists and creatives willing to put their work out to market. Barriers to entry for the work of Indies are almost nonexistent. Shortly after publishing the post I received an email from an ...
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7 Common Ways People Sabotage Their Success

Have you ever said you wanted something so much all you can think of is the "thing", but your actions said something different? I daresay at some point most everyone has, myself included. Such was the case with Oregon Ducks wide receiver Darren Carrington. As the result of a bad choice shortly before the College Football Playoff National Championship against ...
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Fitbit ChargeHR – Good marketing or bad planning

I’ve been passionate about health and fitness for a number of years. Decades actually. That doesn’t mean I’ve always done exactly what I know I need to do to stay in top physical shape, but I do know when I’m focused on eating healthy and committing to some strenuous physical activity, I tend to do better in all areas of ...
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From $10 in my pocket to this…

“Stop. Let’s go in here,” I turned to Wayne, as we drove down auto row just outside of Sacramento, California. After abruptly leaving a town in Nevada, I was starting my life over. With a little over 100 people in the off-the-beaten path town and having experienced my fair share of trouble, I was literally being forced to leave because ...
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Do you know how this one trend is impacting your business right now?

Trends come and go. Some trends are playful, insignificant to quality of one’s life and just plain dumb. Circa December, 1975; Pet Rock. The Pet Rock craze lasted about six months, ending after a short increase in sales during the Christmas season of December 1975. Virtually any social gathering consisted of conversations around the people who had the easiest to ...
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Do you have 16:09 minutes to improve your business and life?

Over the last few days I've had numerous conversations with friends, colleagues and clients about thier desire to create more balance, abundance and purpose in all they do. Additionally, most want far less stress in their life and business. The topic of meditation came up several times. What I know to be true is this; when I take time to ...
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Top 10 Trending Videos of 2014

Video has become one of the best ways to get your message out to market. There are videos for virtually anything you might have an interest in. Some are fantastic, while others leave a lot to be desired. Video marketing is a hot trend that you should consider adding to your marketing mix if you have not already done so ...
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What is your calling?

It’s not uncommon to look at someone who seems to have it all together and compare our insides with their outsides. Dig deeper and you may be surprised that even the most successful people deal with fear, doubt and uncertainty. The difference though, is they have a different way of handling situations. Successful people can also have these universal questions ...
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Have you watched this video?

Chances are you've received messages from friends saying, "You just have to see this!" while sharing the latest and greatest videos ranging from simple "how to" videos, cute animal videos, business training videos, spiritual videos, and everything in between. There are incredible advantages to creating videos to spread your message to the masses. By far, videos are one of the ...
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