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Resolve to Hold the Vision

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

We’re into the first week of the New Year.   How are those resolutions holding up?  What’s working and what have you “put off” till tomorrow?  The problem with most resolutions is they are about fixing yourself, giving up stuff that’s not good for you or avoiding what you don’t want to happen again this year.   None of it is very appealing.Golden Hair Art Picture

What is exciting and affirming and joyous is having a vision or passion that gives your business or your life meaning and purpose.  Now that’s something to sink you teeth into.

If you were to write a Vision/Passion Statement for yourself or your organization, what would it say?  What are you passionate about?  What drives you to jump out of bed in the morning; eager to create something wonderful, something that matters?   How would you answer the questions, “Why does my organization exist?”  “Why did I launch this personal or professional enterprise?”  “What’s my gift to the world?”

These sound like heavy, ponderous questions.  But you already have the answers!   You just haven’t taken the time recently to focus on them.  A Vision Statement is not something you write with your head, but from your heart.  It isn’t based on a percentage increase over our last accomplishment, but based on a clear view of what’s possible.   It is the essence of what that Passion brings to our lives and our organizations.

It’s easy to feel great about our lives or businesses when things are going just the way we want, cash is flowing in, customers are calling, and our goals are being surpassed.  But what keeps us going on those days when we wonder why we ever went into business or started this personal venture?   A simple, relevant Vision/Passion Statement reminds us of why we do what we do.

A dear friend and colleague, Margaret Shepherd has just released her book The Visionbuilders’ Manual: 9 Steps To Panormamic Success For Your Company, Career Or Cause She says “Increasing your business success means increasing your personal power – and the right vision does that like nothing else.”

She adds, “How does vision empower your business? It is nothing less than your brand, your guiding direction, your criteria for decisions, your inspiration and your strength.  It is your economy of resources and your peace of mind. It is your team-builder and your best corporate culture. The deeper your devotion to your vision, the greater it’s benefits.”  Visit the Vision Builder Institute here.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll explore the logistics of visioning, taking vision from idea to action, inspiring others to share the vision and what it takes to allow the vision to evolve.

An ancient philosopher and mystic, Patanjali, said “When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds: your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world.  Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.”

Blessings and Peace,   Marla

P.S. If you feel good about your vision and would like to start manifesting that vision check out our upcoming 5 week Tele-Seminar Series: The 4 Pillars of Spiritual Entrepreneurship beginning in early February.

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Marla Riegel is the founder of The Inspired Business Center based in Lakewood Colorado. The Inspired Business Center collaborates with Entrepreneurs and Executives to transform their companies through a balance of practical spirituality, value-centered leadership and consistent profitability. Our team of experts guides clients on a path starting with an articulated, shared stakeholder vision to the results of fulfilling their organization’s purpose, satisfying customers, increasing profit margins and enhancing owner equity. Our approach combines purposeful people, best business practices, and proven systems.

You are welcome to more fully explore “Where Spirituality, Leadership and Profitability Meet” by visiting: http://www.theinspiredbusiness.com

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Are You Celebrating the Past or The Future?

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

As you look back at all you have or have not accomplished this past year recognize that your life and business will continue well after the clock strikes midnight on Friday. Here at The Inspired Business Center we started 2010 with some rather audacious goals. Some of those came to fruition and some did not. Regardless of what appears to have or have not happened, this year was an adventure in Spirituality, Leadership and Profitability. Our desire is that by reading our blogs, participating in our tele-seminars or any of the other ways we have interacted this year has served you in becoming more conscious of bridging spirituality and business.

As we share the final blog post of this year we want you to know what a pleasure it has been to serve you and your businesses up to this point, and we are fully prepared to offer some amazing experiences in 2011. We are building relationships that promise to bring you some amazing resources in the coming year. We have a great program planned based on the 4 Pillars of Spiritual Entrepreneurship starting in Feb. We have lined up some great friends that are willing to share with you their entrepreneurial successes. We are looking at various ways to help you bring the benefits of spiritual living to your company, organization or business. We promise to continue and provide the same thought provoking, inspiration and engaging material as we did this year. We promise to push the perceptions and perspectives of how business should be, or always has been done and help you bring a new paradigm of Spirituality, Leadership and Profitability to the business world.

As a special gift we are including here links to a Special Report we released in late 2009, Visioning: The Future of Inspired Business Propelling Your Business by the Power of the Divine. This powerful report is our gift to you as we believe it truly will serve you and your organization as we move into 2011. This report will serve you in looking into the future of your business and your life.

No matter how 2010 unfolded for you and your organization, the fact remains that you are still here. 2011 is almost upon us and you are moving forward in your business. At the Inspired Business Center we stand ready to support you in building, operating and profiting from a business that truly expresses your greatness.

On behalf of the entire team at The Inspired Business Center we wish you a Prosperous and Profitable New Year.

Until Next Year,

Peace and Blessings

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Robert Brzezinski is an expert team member of The Inspired Business Center based in Lakewood Colorado. The Inspired Business Center collaborates with Entrepreneurs and Executives to transform their companies through a balance of practical spirituality, value-centered leadership and consistent profitability. Our team of experts guides clients on a path starting with an articulated, shared stakeholder vision to the results of fulfilling their organization’s purpose, satisfying customers, increasing profit margins and enhancing owner equity. Our approach combines purposeful people, best business practices, and proven systems. You are welcome to more fully explore “Where Spirituality, Leadership and Profitability Meet” by visiting: http://www.theinspiredbusiness.com

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Pillar #2 Vision and Adaptability

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

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In our last post we looked at how our Beliefs influence and support our Character, as well as how these two aspects of life are the first pillar of spiritual entrepreneurship. This week we turn our focus upon the pillar of Vision and Adaptability. More often than not the business world hears the word vision and immediately jumps to the concept of vision and mission statements. While these aspects of your business are incredibly important and the process we teach will help to create vision and mission statements, we look at vision in a different light. (which is what? – need a sentence here)

Just over 9 years ago I was introduced to the Visioning Process which was developed by Michael Bernard Beckwith of the Agape International Spiritual Center. The process involves entering into a silent, inner conversation with your Higher Power. During the conversation you are able to catch a vision of something greater than you may have ever known for your life and your business. As I approach a decade of practicing the Visioning Process I have been witness to incredible insight, amazing leaps in consciousness and increased material wealth by the individuals and business owners using the process. As a business owner you are being provided with an amazing opportunity to take an “insider’s look” at the future of your business and how that future can benefit both you and humanity.

Using Visioning as a tool can serve your business in both the short and long terms. Many businesses made adjustments to their operations in the past two years, and many of those adjustments did little if anything to advance the company in the direction of their vision. The companies that remained true to their vision, however, are better positioned than ever before to quickly rebound as we enter what we believe to be a “full steam ahead” recovery. Those that reacted to the economic currents are now asking “how do we re-align ourselves with our original vision and mission?” Regardless of the action your business took in the past couple of years now is the time to reclaim and re-energize your vision of your business. At The Inspired Business Center we work with companies of all sizes in re-claiming, re-shaping or simply creating their vision by teaching and facilitating the Visioning Process for Businesses.

The process however is not a one time deal. Once a vision is realized the Visioning Process will inform you of the next greater possibility for your company. It’s here that we reach the pinnacle of the second pillar. Adaptability is incredibly important as the vision evolves and your business grows, and becomes more profitable. Adaptability is not a “do whatever it takes” mentality. Adaptability is process of checking in with the vision and discerning which steps, re-organizations, or changes in operation will move the company closer to the fulfillment of the vision in the current environmental conditions. This is not the time to throw things against the wall and see what sticks. Adaptability is the willingness to consider a different perspective to a situation other than what’s always been done before or what all the experts say you should do in a specific situation.

The Visioning Process is a never-ending affair. Once you begin you could stop at any time, but honestly, I don’t see why you would ever want to. Visioning gives you more to look at, and possibilities to explore. As you begin to implement the vision you’re presented with the opportunity to adapt your business or organization to meet a Higher Power’s perspective of how your company can serve you and humanity at the same time. Adaptability speaks to the opportunity to create something more than your imagination or ideas ever could. I find it refreshing to know that while my business remains mine to lead the vision itself is calling me forward. If I can remain adaptable to the situations of life and the economy as they occur, the vision itself will always be there showing me something I may not have considered. This unique perspective can only come through Visioning and will never let us down. The vision itself continually evolves and shapes itself into the highest and best possibility for the company.

The question becomes if you are willing to allow the Highest Vision of your company to serve you in building a company that is adaptable to the ever shifting world around you? If you allow the vision to guide you I believe you will find more good times in your business regardless of what the rest of the world is doing. You will be positioned to take advantage of the next great economic opportunity rather than being forced to sit on the side lines and wait it out.

If you would like to explore the Highest Vision for your business contact us and we’ll schedule a no obligation cost free consultation with you and look at how we might serve you in discovering the true vision of your business.

Next week we shall continue our exploration of the 4 Pillars by looking at how the pillar of Passion and Skills support the creating on your rock solid business and how you can engage others in the creation of the business you truly desire.

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Robert Brzezinski is a member of The Inspired Business Center based in Lakewood Colorado. The Inspired Business Center collaborates with Entrepreneurs and Executives to transform their companies through a balance of practical spirituality, value-centered leadership and consistent profitability. Our team of experts guides clients on a path starting with an articulated, shared stakeholder vision to the results of fulfilling their organization’s purpose, satisfying customers, increasing profit margins and enhancing owner equity. Our approach combines purposeful people, best business practices, and proven systems.

You are welcome to more fully explore “Where Spirituality, Leadership and Profitability Meet” by visiting: http://www.theinspiredbusiness.com

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What We’re Thinking About is Blending Business and Spirituality”

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

On June 22nd Rev. Marla was the Guest on Ken Ludwig’s internet radio show “What We’re Thinking About” This twice weekly show brings together leading metaphysical teachers, authors, ministers, visionaries and luminaries to share their unique style and perspectives on spirituality and life.

Rev. Marla was invited to share her perspectives of bridging business and spirituality. The recording below is a shortened version of the show. You can learn more about Ken Ludwig at his WEBSITE, or listen to the entire interview at the “What We’re Thinking About” archive page. Please stroll through the archives and listen to some of the past shows as well. There are truly some amazing conversations stored there.

As always The Inspired Business center strives to provide you with the most current information, perspectives and opportunities to express your unique form of Spirituality, Leadership and Profitability.

Feel free to share your comments below. If you have a topic you would like Rev. Marla to cover please let us know.

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