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Next Top Spiritual Author competition

Posted on 15 Jun 2010 | Author Stefanie | Comments 1 comment | Tags

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Next Top Spiritual Author competitionMy friend, Farhana Dhalla has written a book titled “Thank You for Leaving Me”

It is an insightful, funny and revealing book of her own struggles and the empowering discoveries that she made when her marriage came to a sudden end.

She is an eternal optimist and has a knack of seeing things from another point of view.  And what I really like is how truthful and raw she is in this book.

She is a semi-finalist in the Next Top Spiritual Author competition and needs our support  to help her make it to the final round.

Would you please give a moment of your time and a few clicks of your mouse to get her the votes she needs.

Please vote for her at http://bit.ly/FDRound2 and pass it along to your friends to do the same.

Enjoy, Stefanie

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And the Winners are…

Posted on 08 Mar 2010 | Author Stefanie | Comments 2 comments | Tags

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The time for the announcement of the Red Mitten Contest Winners are here!  We had a hard time as all the stories were fantastic. 

Stefanie and I both read every comment and went back to every store to SURPRISE everyone who posted with Mittens but only found 2, they were all sold out – we did mention it was the hottest 2010 Olympic commodity.
 
EVERYONE WAS SO HEARTFELT so we left it up to the gods (and flipped an Olympic coin) – and the 2 winners are:

Angela & Kat!

Honorable mentions too:
Barbara Semple
Kat Altine
Judith Wilcox
Sahana & Dee Dhaliwal for originality
Janet Smith
Angela for giving back – passing it on.
Coach Laura

Congratulations!  (I promise we will have another great giveaway soon as well!  So hang on for that!)

Warmly, Tania

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Red Mitten Contest!!

Posted on 24 Feb 2010 | Author Stefanie | Comments 22 comments | Tags

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I was so excited because this year my Exclusive Mastermind Group – the Business Olympians received a special gift from me.  I sent each one a pair of the HOTTEST and most coveted Olympic souvenir – the famous red mittens.  It was all over the news that people were lining up at stores around Vancouver, Canada for hours and hours and there were NO MITTENS to be found.

Luckily I have a connection at the Hudson Bay and imported directed mittens for my special group.

Then – I watched Oprah and the Today Show she was wearing the mittens and her audience went NUTS when she revealed she asked Hudsons’ Bay to send her mittens.  Ok, so she copied me.  LOL.

BUT you saw it here first!  Ha Ha!

So I have 1 special pair left!!!!!

If you would like it – write a comment below and we will choose a winner & ship it to you – remember to add in your email address so we can contact you!!

These will be a FABULOUS souvenir for you and by the way – now there is security round the store, a 4 mitten minimum per person AND a 4 Hour line –up wait.

So exciting!!!!

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Stefanie

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What to do if your New Years sucks!

Posted on 06 Jan 2010 | Author Stefanie | Comments 24 comments | Tags

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Ok, this is a strange blog post I know, but hey- sometimes it happens – and this year – boy did it ever happen to me.  So I’m figuring that you may have had a similar bad start to the year – maybe not this year, but at least once in your life – and if you did – please share it with me and if there were any lessons learned.  And I tell you what –  the best 3 stories will get a special prize!  But – hey I may win my own prize.

But I figure if my first day was this bad in the New Year, then the rest of the year should be GREAT!  Just getting it all out in the beginning.

So here’s what happened…

December office was busy, trying to shut down for the holiday plans, the “holidays “(really we need another word here) were also at a fast pace as my family chose to split up the festivities this year, so it was 3 days of prep and 5 days of different cities and celebrating (not including new years).  But I love the holidays, giving presents and feeling all the warm vibes of the season, so I was tired but enjoyed it.  But I did feel I was trying to make everyone else happy and exhausted myself in the process. That’s sign #1.

But then I came down with a 2 week sinus affection that didn’t allow me to sleep, eat or breathe properly.  I had black eyes from this infection. And I am the person who doesn’t get colds even when I have sick people around me, so it was surprising.  Perhaps a sign to slow down.

During this time I also found out that a good friend of mine died and I attended the funeral and Shiva.  So that was a hard reminder that love and friendships are precious.  It was also a reminder that we’re all on a silent egg timer and we never know when the bell will ring for us.

A few days later I return to work and a business deal and relationship I am deeply involved in (and really enjoy) seems to have gone to hell in a hand basket (who made up this expression, it’s really good).  I am hoping this will end on a positive note, but the journey to get there is really horribly difficult, time costly and dragged me down emotionally for 3 days where I couldn’t even move – which is weird as I am typically the girl you call in any traumatic experience.  I am a rock and a strong guide in tough situations.  I was a crisis manager for pete-sake!  I can handle pressure.

But I must have been so sick, so exhausted and overwhelmed by the feeling of being let down, that it contributed to my emotional state.   In fact I almost missed New Years over it because I was so devastated by their actions.  Mostly because when they were really making big mistakes and I covered for them and was as forgiving as Mother Theresa.  Why don’t people appreciate or remember those things?  Do we have to be feared in business to get respect and appreciation?   I should be furious but I mostly feel disappointed.  I rationalize it thinking that even good people can do strange actions when they are emotionally or financially struggling, it helps people act from fear and lash out at others.

That same day (my first day back to work), my staff accidentally erased 3 of my main business websites.  Thank god for back-ups!!  This has created a few days of me trying not to panic, but it is slowly being resolved as we speak. But I couldn’t get mad because who can get upset at someone who is more upset at themselves, than I could ever be?  Mistakes can happen.

Then for some strange reason my outlook refused to open, so I had no way of looking at past, present or future emails.  Weird.  It later repaired itself.  It may have been a sign to walk away.

Did I mention that my grandmother is ill?

Seriously, I’m not sure you can top 8 years of work being wiped out in 1 day, a death of a friend, a possible end to a part of a business I enjoyed, computer failures and feeling like crap? – but hey you can try.  Be my guest.

So what do I take from all this????  Well you may have more enlightening answers (and if you do please send them my way).

Here was my thought process:

Ok, someone cursed me.

Ok, everyone but me is crazy.

Ok, I must suck at business.

Ok, I must be the crazy one and don’t see it.  Well, I am talking to myself here.

Jeez, I am dehydrated from crying.  Can someone get dehydrated from tears? 

Ok, maybe a possible (hopefully not) end to a partnership deal, my business being deleted is a signal for me to become a vet.  I love animals – but no, can’t operate on them.  Vet is out – plus I don’t look good in white, I need more color. 

Hmmm, Ok, I should go back to bed, and hide under the covers until I can smell tulips in March.  Hopefully my husband will remember to keep feeding our dog.  He probably won’t. Damn!  I have to get out of bed.

Ok, am I going to let this get me down???       Hell yes! 

……Ok, try again, am I going to let this get me down and quit?      Well, maybe I can look at the positives; maybe SOME people still love me.  Maybe I shouldn’t take this one weird week as the representative of my 8 years of doing good work on the planet and helping so many people find their way and reach for more.    Ok, feeling better.

Getting Proper Perspective Back
Why is it I pay more attention to negative actions of a few, than the many more positives?  I know why, because I try so hard to please everyone, and it just doesn’t work all the time.

Maybe the world has better things to do than single me out for a take-down, after all, I’m not one of the bad guys – just an imperfect woman trying to be perfect 24/7 and make the lives of others a better place.  Bound to make some errors, maybe I have.  Maybe I should forgive others and forgive myself.  Hmm, good start.  That feels better.

Next – look at the bright side:  Ok, I have my health back, which is so important.  My personal relationships are great right now.  My dog is super cute and definitely still loves me.

I have incredible circle of people in my group this year – really top notch and include some of my favorite people.  I am also looking forward to seeing my new MIT members change & grow and helping them along the way like a proud mum.

I may have lost 3 pounds from my cold, which makes up for the chocolate binge on the 3 days I was feeling sorry for myself and not getting off my sofa.  Ok, I’m on to caramels now – and I am currently accepting chocolate or caramel donations.

I am also reminded of an email my good friend, our fabulous MIT coach and circle member Nat said to me last year.  He said his computer froze, and at first he panicked – but then he sought to see the beauty and positive in his situation.  He realized that all he needed to do was do a “de-fragmentation” repair on his computer – this also mirrored his office.  So he took this spare time to clean up all the bits of paper and stuff cluttering up his office and felt a weight lift.  Both he and his computer got a clean-up that day.

So taking Nat’s advice (after all not only is he a rocking MIT Coach, but he is also a Buddhist monk and entrepreneur.  That’s a strong combination) I reflected …

… And thought- if my whole business disappeared (which it did temporarily) – would I be ok?   Yes, I can rebuild.  I would find a way.  Or maybe this is a wake-up call that I should look at changing the program and starting with a fresh perspective.  I have been meaning to do updates.  Or maybe start something totally new.  Is there something else I have been meaning to do?  Is there a new path?

Regarding the deal and partnership that I so treasured… I will keep in my thoughts that both my partner and I will be very happy with whatever the outcome or resolution may be and remain friends and still send each other business.  Perhaps letting go is good – even though it scares me and fills me with unanswered questions about the future.

This also made me realize – when things went – poof! Gone!  That we have a CHOICE to be here.  We have a choice to keep offering the same programs or start again from scratch or even change what we do every day. No one is forcing you to stay at your job, even though it may feel like that sometimes.   We always have a CHOICE to look for new solutions or not. 

It made me remember that in ANY industry you will meet villains, saints and people who do things you just don’t understand (out of fear, jealousy, negative belief systems or desperation), so accept that.  There will be people you help who may resent you for your help later.  I think dogs are the only animals that won’t bite you after you feed them.  People unfortunately can sometimes.  What’s with the dog theme here?

Letting Go Of My Maps
I don’t have everything planned to perfection as I typically do at this time of year.  I choose to not feel panicked about that.  Ok, I repeat, I choose not to feel panicked (I feel like Dorothy clicking her heels and deeply concentrating here – this is hard).   After all I think if there is one life lesson Stefanie Hartman is supposed to learn it’s that you can TRUST life more.  Life has a way of working out.  Life has its own map & timeline.   I hate not having full direction by now, not seeing what is to come.  I can adjust plans, but I typically need to have some direction.  I love maps!  So I’m easing up on that somewhat.  Yes I will identify a few goals, but if I don’t know where my next income is going to be made I will TRUST more that it will (back to the shoes clicking).

Letting Go & Taking a Stand for Me
I will not compare myself or my progress to others as that only ends badly.  I just realized that when I compare myself to others, I never compare to those ‘below’ me, just ‘above’ me (basically whoever has something I would also like to have)?   Really this is not a fair comparison without the two perspectives.   While there will be people smarter, more successful, “luckier”, prettier, taller, whatever, there will also be people whose life you would never trade for.  Many people have greater challenges and discomfort or pain.  I will remember the bigger picture and be grateful every day. 

There are very successful people who can feel like failures because they hold themselves to ridiculous standards or ‘fail’ their own self-imposed timelines.  I do not want to be one of them.

I will also retain my own successes in my mind and heart with personal pride and not let my achievements diminish as soon as they are accomplished for fear of being egotistical.  Being happy for myself is not a negative thing, especially when I am genuinely happy for those around me too.  I will no longer put my own happiness in second, third or fourth place.

I will continue to run my business in a way I am proud of, even if others are “getting ahead” faster through not so pleasant methods. 

I will be proud of myself and TRUST that my life has its own timeline and I cannot plan everything.

I will stretch time and spend 8 hours a month connecting with a business & personal relationships – out of the blue.  Telling them how much I care for them.

I will not hold onto what I think ‘should happen’ with a tight grip, even if I am sad or have fear – as I will trust that if it is not meant to work out (no matter what it is), gripping it will only give me a hand cramp and waste time and energy.   Letting things fall where they may, makes room for something better that I may never have even imagined.

It is possible that the plan I have is not as great as the plan the universe has.  I am betting on you universe – so now’s your chance. 

I will do more things in love of life and in spite of fear.

Humanity has gotten me down a bit this past year, so maybe I should add a project that will show the charitable and unexpected sides of people, or do something to help rescue distressed animals.  I will meditate on this.  Having a positive project may be good for me.

I will learn how to meditate.

I will continue to take the risk of opening myself up to the world (and who ever reads this, thank you), keep being transparent, VULNERABLE and real – and hope that I don’t need to be ‘perfect’ and a shark for others to see that while I have vulnerable moments I have many more moments of great strength, that in fact being vulnerable, not putting on a persona in public takes great courage and strength. 

I will try not to take to heart the 1 or 2 negative emails I get from people every so often.  I will instead put more weight on the hundreds of positive ones.

I will let myself be wrong occasionally and forgive myself.  I will forgive others as well.

Whenever I feel fear, I will remember its ‘made up’, not real, and I will trust more.

I will work on getting my body into a gym, and getting my mind/soul into some fun activities as well as some soul searching.

I will go and get some more chocolate caramels because I just missed lunch.

I will not be so hard on myself.

I will keep my sense of humor…it may be the last thing I take with me on earth.

Foreshadow: I‘m thinking my next year’s blog post may be about visiting the dentist from all these milk duds I am eating.  Ok I’m done with eating chocolate – free milk dud boxes for those who think they can top this!

Maybe if I keep saying MILK DUDS the company will sponsor my blog, milk duds, milk duds, and no calls yet…I will keep trying later.

Thanks for listening…..

Your friend, mentor (hopefully still after this crazy blog post) and person who may be YOUR biggest fan and cheerleader,

Stefanie Hartman

PS – Please post your proper email address as will will be contacting the winners!

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Subject: Is Your Name On the List Below?

Posted on 17 Aug 2009 | Author Stefanie | Comments No comments | Tags

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Subject:  Is Your Name On the List Below?
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Wow!  Who says Monday’s are boring?   This is so exciting!

Today is FINALLY the day I can REVEAL the proud winners of the Private JV Club Contest.

Here’s the story:

A few months ago, I asked several of my famous friends to participate in a joint venture contest to help unknowns get a big break.  Many agreed and the JV Club Contest was born.  After 6 weeks of coaching JV Members on how to write a proposal Continue Reading

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How About a Chance to Win the Joint Venture Partnership of Your Dreams?

Posted on 01 May 2009 | Author Stefanie | Comments No comments | Tags

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How About a Chance to Win the Joint Venture Partnership of Your Dreams?

How About a Chance to Win the Joint Venture Partnership of Your Dreams?

What would you say if I told you that in a short period of time you could be entering into a Joint Venture agreement with the business partner of your dreams?

But first let’s discuss the numerous advantages of Joint Ventures.  Whether you are experienced or are new to JV’s you can take gain tremendously from the benefits.  One single most important pros of entering into a JV with another company is that neither business loses control over their own business.

Rather a JV is simply an arrangement to co-create a single product or multiple aspect marketing plans together, cross advertising campaigns or an agreement to reciprocate referrals.  Many JV deals can get off the ground with a very simple agreement done in a short period of time, even though the relationship can last a life time.

The right JV partnership can help to:

  • Create credibility through that association
  • Bring an influx of warm market referrals
  • Create free advertising
  • Grant access to large pools of constant customers
  • Grant access to new technology
  • Assist in opening new target markets and/or territories

ALL of this is done with zero funds exchanging hands which translates into zero risk to both JV Partners.

The riskiest aspect of creating a Joint Venture agreement is finding the right business to partner with.  This is where the Private JV Club comes in.

Joint ventures have been said to be the greatest trend in business history, not just for one country but the whole world. Global markets are open now to do business. This means that because it is a global market, it is a 24 hour 7 days a week business market. You can build your dream using this amazing business strategy: Joint Ventures.

The Private JV Club does the hardest work for you – matching you up with the powerful CEO’s, entrepreneurs and businesses that are a part of this amazing club.  Through a combination of unique matchmaking technology with this pool of wildly successful alliance partners, the Private JV Club takes away not only the guess work but the hard leg work too.

You may already know about the Private JV Club, but did you know that just by signing up to this Thursday’s FR.EE tele-cast you will be entered to win a JV with one of the successful experts who are part of this exciting business??

On Thursday, April 30, 2009 at 5:00PM PDT/8:00PM EDT join me, for the “How to Market with Partners for Profits & Leads! No-Cost, No-Risk Marketing Strategy Tele-Training.”

Just by signing up and joining us you will automatically be entered in the contest to win a Joint Venture partnership with one of our Multi-Millionaire Entrepreneurs’!!

Now is the time to take advantage of this fantastic opportunity, to make your product or company an established and recognized entity in a business community. Now is the time to take full advantage of the offer I’ve mentioned here today.

April 30th is just a few scant days away so you have a very small window to line up your business to be partnered with and become one of the great joint venture players.

Looking forward to seeing you on the call this Thursday!

How About a Chance to Win the Joint Venture Partnership of Your Dreams?

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