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July 18, 2003

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK
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"During [these] periods of relaxation after concentrated intellectual
activity, the intuitive mind seems to take over and can produce the
sudden clarifying insights which give so much joy and delight."
 
-- Fritjof Capra, physicist

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THE TOP 10 WAYS TO STAY IN THE BUSINESS FLOW WHILE YOU'RE AWAY
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1.     Set boundaries.
Decide when and where you will check voice mail and e-mail.  Limit your
time and frequency of checking to once a day.  You are on holiday.
 
2.     Business cards.
Take 100 business cards and pass them out along the way. You never know who will be thankful that your paths crossed.  A great habit is to pass out 5 cards a day, and while you are away let your journey take your card distribution into new territories!
 
3.     CDs and Tapes
There are so many motivational and educational tapes you can listen to as you drive, fly and relax.  This is a great time to soak in new information or review old information. You are taking time off, so don't act on it; just savor it!
 
4.     Books
Take one book and really get it read!  Rather than packing 5 that you "hope to get to."  Be serious about one and enjoy reading it.
 
5.     Ideas
Before you go, pick something you would like to discover or get new ideas about. Take the questions with you as conversation starters and gather information from those around you.  Pick their brains.  They have great ideas and you might be able to glean new resources and information that will be greatly applicable when you return.
 
6.     Perspective
Look at your business from a new perspective.  Look at your business from the framework of relaxing on the beach, enjoying the breathtaking mountains,etc. What is possible here?  What can you take from this view and apply to or bring into your business?
 
7.     Explore
Look at phone books, ads, posters and businesses around you. Check out the needs and saturation of your market.  Is your vacation spot your next target area?
 
8.     Focus
Evaluate your goals and progress.  Where have you been and what do you want? Revise your goals and set new ones.  While you are away from the office it is a great time to do some longer "thinking" activities that you do not have time for when you are in the chaos and rush of normal schedules and business life!
 
9.     Journaling
Spend some time just writing down and capturing your ideas.  What are you learning and noticing? What do you want to do differently when you get back? Brainstorm something new.  Write a top ten to keep your mind sharp.  Writing is powerful.  Even if you never look at the entry again, there is an amazing connection in the act of writing thoughts down and remembering them later!

10.    Keep Motivation Pieces
Look for an item (postcard, picture, souvenir, etc.) that is motivational to take back with you into your working day. Bring your trip and the inspiration from it back with you!
 
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COACHING CALL TO ACTION
THE TOP 10 WAYS TO STAY IN THE BUSINESS FLOW WHILE YOU'RE AWAY
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Vacation is a time for renewal and relaxation and at the same time can give you a new perspective. Take time this week to write down one idea that you would like to explore on your vacation. (See #5 above.)  As noted, in #9 -- Journaling, the act of writing down the idea has a way of opening up possibilities and awareness.

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