We have a holiday coming up this weekend. It is one of my favorites because my humans take  time off from work  and I get extra attention( and yes of course I know they work from home but when they work it is not all about me and as most of you know I think it should always be about me). But I do know that the holiday is a celebration of independence, do you know what that really means?

In my case I do a lot of delegating tasks to my humans and my sister so I can be free to enjoy the things I enjoy doing. Do you know how to delegate tasks to gain your independence and get more freedom? If you are not sure then chances are you are not doing this at all or not enough. If you whole day is filled with things that you have to do or you are sure they will not get done then you have not truly learned to embrace your independence yet.

So listen up let me explain how this works for you:

First look at all the things you do in a day, week or even in the month, Does it all need to be done by you and you alone? Or are there some things that can really be handed off to another to complete with little or no effort on your part.

If the answer to that was yes then you are walking down the path to accomplish this in your life. But just knowing it is not doing it. Take me for instance I always thought only I could keep my yard safe then one day I really wanted a nap and I could not do yard patrol and a nap so I delegated yard duty to my sister and got the freedom to nap in peace.

You next step should be then to hand over the things you can assign to another, I know letting go not easy to do but in the end you will be happier for it, trust me.

Once you have done this step back take, breathe and decide what you WANT to do with the time you have just gained in your life.

Now if you will excuse me my humans are discussing 4th of July and food and I have to be present for the conversation.

I wish you all a HAPPY and SAFE 4TH OF JULY!

 

Till next week. Emmy

 

I am assuming that my title this week has gotten your attention, so let me explain. When we are little and still growing we get leg cramps some so bad you could not sleep, or was that just me? And before you know it you are all grown up and those pains go away. But just when you think that you are all done with growing pains, new ones appear…..The grown up kind.

You all know the ones I am talking about the ones that either come on because of a growing family or even a growing business. They make you stop and think about how to make the changes or adjustments that are needed to continue on the smooth and successful road in your business.

For me, I had to stop and really think if I was willing to share my house and life with my feathered brothers and sisters when my humans first added them to our house. And trust me I had some growing pains, I had to learn to share the attention and to deal with my parrot brothers and their loud broadcasting of the thoughts of the day. But in the end, I decided that my family growing was okay and worth it even if there was a little discomfort and pain that came with it. Now do not get me wrong it is not always fun and games in my house but after the growing pains stopped, our house is better for the changes.

Now you may be experiencing a similar thing in your life or business. Do you know what you need to do? One tip is just to face the discomfort of those growing pains. Then take a breath and make a plan.

Trust me and take the plunge and make the right adjustments to grow. Once the change is done and the plan is in motion you will find out that it is not so bad. Now you, your family or business will be better off and stronger for it.

Ready to move to the next level and tackle what comes next?

Just take a deep breath and maybe an aspirin or two for the pains and make the steps that are needed to grow and expand and make it happen. Take it from me, it really can be a great thing when it happens.

Till next week. Emmy

 

Okay, so here is the deal, I was asleep last night and woke up in a great mood ready  to take my 2 AM yard patrol (this is one of my favorite night time activities, usually it is quite and just me and my mom and my sister. And my mom will sit patiently until we patrol the yard in enjoy the cool night air). But last night turned out to be a drag because when we got to the door and it was raining. I do not mean drizzle, which my sister and I will still usually deal with, but I mean a down pour. So we had to give up our plans and just return to bed.

So as I lay there kind of sad and disappointed, I came to the conclusion that I could let it get me down or I could just accept it as it is and wait for the next go round.

Now I am sure that all of you at one time or another have had this happen to you, you had a wonderful day and all is running smooth, then bam something goes wrong or does not happen like you would like it to have. You are now presented with something you just have to accept.

As I see it you have two choices, you can either continue to be upset about the situation; which let’s face it will not solve the issue, or fix the problem. You can make a conscience effort to accept the thing you cannot change and not let it ruin your great day or if it is something you can fix then do that and salvage what I am sure was a great day for you.

But the truth be told, life is not always smooth sailing ( I am told this because I do not own a boat…but I think I should ask for one. I would look so cool steering one don’t you think?) There are bumps and hiccups along the way, how you decide to deal with them is totally up to you.

In business, things happen just like in life. You have to be able to pick up the mess and accept the responsibly of fixing the issue, whatever that may be.

Okay, well I have to go as it is sunny and bright here and I need to go patrol my yard.

Till next week. Emmy

 

I was just listening to my moms talk the other day about loyalty and trust, and that got me to thinking. Do I have loyalty? Have I built up a trust factor with all those in my life?  Do they know they can count on me to always have their back and stand beside them even if it is not always the best thing for me?

And if so, can I count on the same thing from them?

Have I taken the time to show them that I am thankful to them for standing with me and allowing me to stand with them? After a little pondering on this thought, (of course after my nap, because you know I always think better on a rested brain) I came to the conclusion that I do have those loyalty relationships with my family. As a token of my appreciation, I even took one of my many bones and gave it to my sister (now just so you know this was a big deal for me). And I gave extra snuggles to my humans.

Now take a second a think, do you have this in your life or business? And if so, how do you show those people that you appreciate them. In life it is the little gestures that mean the most. I am not saying give up your bones, but I am sure you can think of something.

Now in your business there are many ways to show your gratitude for the loyalty your clients or customers show you, take the Hilton for instance they reward you with points that you can use for free stays. In today’s world, there are many companies that know the importance of showing your gratitude for loyalty offer something like this to their customers.

Even my moms do this. They show their loyal clients the appreciation for the continued working relationship and loyalty but giving a yearly credit of free hours of work. Now they do this on a sliding type scale to be fair. The longer the client has been with them, the more free hours they receive.

Now this may not be right for you or your business, but you should think about showing your loyal clients some love. And it should go without saying that this should be practiced in your personal life.

I think it is time for me to get my afternoon brushing, this is one way my moms show that they are grateful for my love and loyalty to them.

Till next week. Emmy

 

Okay so let’s talk, I mean really have a chat. I have been watching people and learning a lot of those in my life (and just so you know people watching is a thing I like to share with my grandfather when he is home). And I have come to the conclusion that people try to be something they are not in life. They will either do this or that to impress others or to make others happy. They pretend to like something or be comfortable in a situation that they truly are not, or they just are not true to themselves. Or some even pretend they are happy in their personal or business life and except things that are not good for them, I call this: I am a door mat.

Now I know we are all guilty of this, even me.  I know it is hard to believe, but I have been known to act a different way to impress. But in the end either you become unhappy or the truth comes out and everyone loses.

I have found out that you need to be you in both life and business, if you spend the whole time trying to be what you think that somebody wants or needs, then you truly have no time for you to shine in what you do and who you are. You cannot please everyone in this life. The best you can do is be you and highlight your talents and gifts. Be kind and considerate and hope the others in your life will do so also.

Your challenge for this week is to be you and share all who you are with those in your life or business. Share your assets and stop letting those close to you dictate how you should feel, what you should do or what you should have to accept to make them happy. And if you are the door mat stop that, if they need a door mat they sell them at Walmart.

Till next week. Emmy

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I have been doing some thinking of my old neighborhood and city. I lived there for a long time and made some friends, but since my family as moved I do not get to see them. And let’s face it I am not one for long phone conversations, I mean that would really cut into “all that is me” time. I am sure you know what I am talking about, you either are looking for a different way to share things with either your friends and family or maybe even your clients or target audience ( not sure what this means but my moms say it is important).

Well let me share an idea with you that either you might be using but not taking full advantage of or maybe one that you have not even started to use but should be. Social Media it is a great way to share your message with your audience or clients or reconnect and stay in touch with those in your life.

Now there are many channels to choose from and they will not all be for you, and let’s be honest you cannot do it all (even I have to admit that to myself). You will need to take a little time and choose which ones will work for you to either communicate with your loved ones or share with your clients and target audience, But a few of the more popular ones to check out are:

Facebook – You can post text and images as well as run ads targeted to your community. You can even do Live Video streaming now. For those of you who would like to visit my page: Click here.

Twitter- You can post messages, videos and images (please be aware they limited you to 140 charters total that includes links and images).

LinkedIn – You can post Text and images and share your weekly blog, be aware this platform is very business related.

Pinterest – You can create boards and pin images with a descriptions, this is a very visual platform and very popular with women (I know this because my moms are women).

Instagram – Allows you to snap a photo with your phone or pad and upload and share.

Now all of the above except LinkedIn allow you to use Hashtags, which will allow your post to show up if somebody searches for a certain thing or topic. You can also create company pages to use in your business marketing.

That is just a few for you to look into. I myself use Facebook so I can post photos and share as much as I like with my people (my people sounds so cool).

I know it seems a little scary to get this going but trust me once you get it down it can be a lot of fun and very informative to you and those you share with.

That is all for this week, I need to go and watch the vacuum, my feathered brothers and sisters do not like it so I watch to make sure it does not scare them too much, a big brothers work is never done.

Till next week. Emmy

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Till next week. Emmy

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I know some of you are thinking how boring, doing the same things over and over daily. And for certain things I would have to agree, but not for all things, sheesh let me tell you. In our house we have my feathered brother and sisters, I think I have spoken to you about them before.

And in this bunch of little people as my mom calls them are my green brothers ( who think they run the place, but they do not but I do let them think that and as my mom says what they do not know will not hurt them, but let’s save this for another conversation.) Okay so back to the subject at hand, the greenie babies have to be in bed by 7:30 at night not a minute later, if they have to wait they are unhappy and boy do they let you know it. So our house has a birdie bedtime. But if I am being honest I have a bedtime I like to be in bed by 8PM, now I get unhappy if I have to wait for bed but not as upset as some.

This is one is one of the routines that is followed in our house and it works for us.

Another routine in our house is I like to have my breakfast by no later than 9 AM, I have learned to wait until this time because on the weekends my moms like to relax a little and since they work hard to make sure I am happy and taken care of I figure it is the least I can do.

We have more routines in our home but I think you get the point of this and maybe even where I am going with it.

Routines may sound boring and tedious but sometimes creating and following a routine will make things run smoothly and get done quickly, efficiently and correct the first time around. Now I am not saying it will always be that way. But think of it this way if you do something in your business and or your life the same way every day, then you will find that you do it without thinking.

Now think about how you can use this in your life or business daily:

Do you have tasks that must be completed in your business or for a client daily? If so do you do them at the same time and same way every day? If you answered yes to both, then that is a routine.

Got you thinking huh? Routines are not always boring and can turn out to be helpful to accomplish things in your daily life.

This is where I leave you, it is my time to visit all my humans (it is part of my routine.)

Till next week. Emmy

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Okay, so today let’s talk about one of my favorite subjects, for those of you who have been reading my thoughts or know me, this is not a big surprise for you. I love to have fun and enjoy my life. I mean I have a pretty great life. And I have learned to come to appreciate the idea of having fun and enjoying what you have been blessed with.

Do you make time to have fun?

Do you have time to do to enjoy the things you work for?

Do you laugh in your life?

I am hoping that you answered yes to all of those questions but if not, please keep reading this message is all about what you need to do be able to answer yes to those questions.

I know you work hard and I am sure you enjoy your business and clients but if you do not take time to have fun and enjoy your life, then you are not truly able to give you best to anything you touch or create. I mean if life was meant to be serious all the time then comedy and laughter and smiles and happiness would not even be things we knew existed, right?

I am not saying change everything in your life but what I am saying is take some time to enjoy your life and have fun, as we all know you only get one. So make the most out of your time in this world, I know I am.

You might just find that you enjoy all aspects of your life better work and personal. And that you are more productive and less stressed at work and at home.

So I am prescribing to you to take time and do something fun for yourself and maybe even share it with those you love. (Wow, could you see me as a doctor…I would so rock that.)

Speaking of fun it think it might be butt scratches and treats time for me.

Till next week. Emmy

I know I took a couple of weeks off, hey I needed a break. But now I am back and I know you missed me.

Everyone is getting ready to show that special woman in your life how much she means to you, whether she be your mom or the mother of your children. You want to share the love you have for her on this special day. Now my only issue with this is you should do this every day, I mean you should not have to have a special day to show those you love or care about what they mean to you. Life is short and if ended tomorrow did they know? The person in your life that no matter what had your back and was there in the good and the bad times, did they know? Or did you sometimes take advantage that they would just always understand and be there?

Well enough of that, I have some really great humans and my moms are the best in the world. They cook for me and make sure I am a happy and healthy guy. And every day they show me how much they love me.

So I decided this week I would share some of the things they have taught me, since between you and I they are also pretty smart. I hope that you can take something away from this and even share it with those you care about, or even your mom on her special day.

  1. Always treat those as you would like to be treated. This means if you are not nice to somebody do not expect them to be nice to you or continue to do so if they are nice to you now.
  2. Always be fair. This could be used in many ways: Be fair in game playing, do not cheat to win. Be fair in life do not make everything about you, Be fair when working make sure to pull your own weight ( now I of course do not have this issue but in business make sure you would not ask somebody to do something you would not do and do not ask them to do more than you.)
  3. Always Share. I learned that sharing can be the easiest thing in the world and the quickest way to get a smile. (Yes, I share with my sister.)
  4. Show love. I think I explained what this means in the beginning of my thoughts today.
  5. Be considerate. Do not just think about yourself take the time and energy to consider those in your life and show them this, it could be as simple as asking them if they would like a drink. (When I do this for my sister I always get rewarded with a Doggie smile.)
  6. Be helpful and kind. ( I think you all know this without too much explanation) But do you practice it? If not you should.

Those are just a few of the many things I have learned from my moms, now my life did not start out great, but I was a lucky one. The day my moms  found me was the best one in my life. So make sure to show your mom how much she means to you on her special day, but more importantly show her and all the others you care about ( friends, family, clients, etc.) that they are special everyday as well.

if you want to share some special time with your pet children how about cooking them this it is one of my favorites!

So if you are like me you have a certain way of doing things or like things to be handled or completed in a certain way to get the results you are hoping to achieve, NO? In my case my humans have to cook for me (I think it is because I am king and all, they say it is because I have too many allergies) and I like it done a certain way. So to make sure that the food they make for me and my sister is good EVERY time we have a set of steps that my humans follow. Now in the human life, this is called a recipe. But did you know that you can use the same principle in your business? At least that is what my moms say.

In business these are called SOP (Standard Operating Procedures) and these can help to make sure that a task that you perform daily for your clients or in your own business are completed to the standards that are expected. These can also be helpful when you need to add a team member or VA to take over that tasks. This is great even when you go on vacation and another needs to take over these tasks in your absence.

So let me tell you how this works for me, my humans also like to go on vacations.  When they do, I never get to go. So they have nice people come in and take care of me, my sister and all my feathered brothers and sisters (my mom says they are my brothers and sisters because we were all adopted by them). Anyway we have an SOP of sorts that tells whoever is in charge of us how we eat, when we eat, when to give treats, when to go play and all that jazz. With this SOP, each time they leave on vacation, they can rest easy knowing that it is all running smooth and there are no mistakes or unanswered questions.

I know it seems like a lot of work, but if you do a little at a time you will be surprised how quickly these steps and be created and documented. We all know a little time spent now can save a lot time correcting mistakes and redoing things.

Till next week. Emmy