One of the surest ways to become overwhelmed is to try to do everything yourself in the workplace. In order to grow and be more efficient and successful, you must learn to delegate. Mastering the art of delegation is the idea of utilizing the knowledge, strengths, creativity and ingenuity of all the people in an organization toward creating continuous improvement in the workplace. This workshop helps attendees learn to identify what tasks and responsibilities to let go of, who to delegate to (hint: you can delegate to almost anyone, including yourself!), how to effectively delegate, and the tools to keep track of the path of delegation.

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Crazy Busy Isn’t a Badge of Honor: Be Productive, Not Busy!

Stop the glorification of busy… instead of bragging about being “crazy-busy,” start getting things done! Time is one of our most precious resources. Yet we battle daily to make the best use of it. This presentation addresses how to get more done in less time with less stress by maximizing your productivity and setting priorities. Learn to pinpoint where you need to take control. Improve your comprehension and focus and more effectively perform when juggling people, paper, and priorities. Topics include: self-assessment, tools of time management, how to say no, project lists and to-do lists, conquering procrastination, the myth of multi-tasking, and dealing with interruptions.

21st Century Tools to Boost Productivity

Mobile devicesConfused by all of the emerging tools that you can use on your smart phone, lap top, tablet, and at-home computer? Want to figure out a way to use old fashioned methods combined with newer ones? Finding it hard to keep up, let alone stay ahead and master the ones that are best for you? Then this workshop is for you! Learn tips, tricks and tools for boosting productivity, including electronic options, such as applications, software, and other technology-related programs.

Designed to teach participants how to master technology, use it to their advantage and not let it take over their life!  Many of us have powerful devices at our disposal, but don’t harness their power to boost our productivity. Learn the tools you have, expand your knowledge of what’s available, and ask questions to make sense of the ever-growing array of products available. Be the master of technology, not its servant!

Don’t Be a See-Saw Anymore: Go Beyond “Balance” and Engage in Life- Work Integration

The words Work and Life on a see-saw balance scale, showing thatOne of the greatest challenges for busy, successful and creative people juggling several projects, talents and ideas is to live a well-rounded life. If only we could “balance” the creative and the practical, the personal and the professional, the urgent and the important. If only we could do all that is on our personal and professional ‘to do’ lists while simultaneously attending to our health, nurturing our important relationships, and taking good care of our responsibilities. What if the whole concept of life-work balance is a myth that compels us to view an ideal life as a perfectly level see saw?

On one side is your personal life. On the other side is your work life. With heroic efforts, you can keep both sides exactly level. If one starts to tip too far, you make some kind of nifty move that balances them again. In reality, that perfect balance almost never occurs, except for those rare, fleeting moments when each side passes each other on the way up or down — and we’re often too frazzled to appreciate that brief moment of self-actualization anyway.

In this engaging, entertaining, and thought-provoking presentation, Lisa challenges the status quo thinking of trying to achieve the ever- elusive quest of life-work “balance.”  Lisa asks participants to shed their old way of thinking and embrace an integrated approach to the life-work model. She inspires participants to stop trying to balance the mythical see-saw so that work and family demands and rewards are exactly even and, instead, take steps to integrate the two for greater happiness and control.

What’s special about this presentation is that Lisa uses her performance background to engage the audience with clever and comical skits that deliver a powerful message with emotional impact.

 DECIDE to Be Organized!® An Empowering Process for Change

products organized sliderThe  single  most  important  characteristic  that  separates  organized  people  and organizations  from  disorganized  people  and  organizations  is  decisiveness.

In  this entertaining and engaging keynote, Lisa will share valuable tips on how to effectively organize your time, space, paper and possessions by practicing good decision-making techniques,  creating  a  system  that  works,  and  integrating  the  system  into  your  life. This presentation empowers participants to discover their unique organizing style and develop organizing systems tailored to their individual work habits and life style.

You will come away with great new ideas that will help you achieve results at home, at work, and in life!

Make Time for This! Effective Time Management

timeTime is one of our most precious resources.  Yet we battle daily to make the best use of it.  This presentation addresses how to get more done in less time with less stress by maximizing your productivity and setting priorities.  Learn to pinpoint where you need to take control.

Improve your comprehension and focus and more effectively perform when juggling people, paper, and priorities.

Topics Include: self-assessment, tools of time  management,  how  to  say  no,  project  lists  and  to-do  lists,  conquering procrastination, the myth of multi-tasking, and dealing with interruptions.

CULTURE: Creating a Positive Work Environment

networkingIn successful organizations, employees work together in effective and collaborative ways.  Research demonstrates that workplaces that prioritize compassion, diversity in work styles, and other positive behaviors can increase employee job satisfaction, personal and organizational productivity, loyalty, and collaboration among employees at all levels of the organization. Compassion for each other‘s needs and styles and having a “glass half full” attitude can make any job more enjoyable and rewarding.

In this entertaining, engaging, and educational presentation, keynote speaker Lisa Montanaro guides participants in exploring the important connections between compassion, productivity, and positivity, and how these qualities play out in the workplace and in our lives. Drawing on cutting edge research as well as inspiring success stories and models, Lisa will empower participants to use the power of positive psychology in various forms to create a more compassionate, productive, and creative workplace.

Using practical strategies, participants will learn how to practice Proactive Productivity, discover and engage their Moral Compass, and develop a success- driven attitude. This presentation is designed to help participants deepen their connections to other people, and to be more proactive and productive in their personal and professional lives.

Mastering the Art of Delegation: Using the Power of Other People

DelegateOne of the surest ways to become overwhelmed is to try to do everything yourself in the workplace. In order to grow and be more efficient and successful, you must learn to delegate. Mastering the art of delegation is the idea of utilizing the knowledge, strengths, creativity and ingenuity of all the people in an organization toward creating continuous improvement in the workplace.

This workshop helps attendees learn to identify what tasks and responsibilities to let go of, who to delegate to (hint: you can delegate to almost anyone, including yourself!), how to effectively delegate, and the tools to keep track of the path of delegation.

Goal Setting for Success

setgoalsGoal  setting  is  a  powerful  process  for  thinking  about  your  ideal  life/work,  and  for motivating  you  to  turn  this  vision  into  reality.    Discover  how  to  set  up  benchmarks, choose an accountability partner, and get motivated.

Learn how to identify and conquer the distractions that threaten to lure you from your course. Setting and achieving goals leads to increased productivity, greater happiness, and satisfaction at work. With tips that cover your business and personal life, this well-rounded program will get you on the right path to achieving your goals in the New Year.

The Brand Called You: Personal Branding in the 21st Century
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A personal brand is a way of communicating what is inherently you. It is up to you to create, mold, protect, and promote your brand in the workplace. This interactive, inspiring, and informative presentation is designed to assist participants in identifying their personal brand, and then using it effectively in their professional life.

Learn the components of showcasing your brand, including visual, auditory, print, and online through conducting a Personal Brand Audit, and how to showcase your brand to make the biggest impact. Through interactive exercises and examples, learn what makes you unique, how to stand out from the crowd, and how to use your brand to be successful in your personal and professional life. Create your Personal Brand Impact Plan for the future.

“So, What Do You Do?”: Perfect Your Elevator Pitch!

Three businesspeople waiting for the elvator and talking at offiNever hesitate or want to run and hide when asked the question, “So, what do you do?” again. Learn how to create your unique elevator pitch, which is an expression of who you are, what makes you stand out, and why others will want to work with you.

Discover what your Unique Selling Proposition is, your brand touch points, and how to convey what you do in a way that grab’s people’s attention and makes them want to know more. Learn how to tailor your elevator pitch to different recipients and situations.

Create Your Purpose, Live Your Passion

Success, Passion And Inspiration On Green Road SignWhat did you want to be when you grew up? It is never too late to be who you meant to be! Are you afraid to even say out loud what you want for yourself this month, this year, or this lifetime? What would it be like to receive acknowledgment and support for your vision, not to mention a complete toolkit for getting exactly what you want? In this inspiring presentation, you will be introduced to and have the opportunity to dream big, stake your claim and begin to take action toward  creating the future you desire and deserve.

Learn how to surround yourself with “believing eyes,” tap into your passions, and think holistically about how to be a multi-passionate person in your  career/work, hobbies, volunteer opportunities, and travel. Through her own experience of following her dreams, and incorporating her passions into her career and business, Lisa shows the incredible strength and courage inside of us all just waiting to be ignited.  Lisa says “Living your passion takes risk, but that risk is a small price to pay for being able to avoid a watered down version of your life and work!”

C’Mon Get Happy: The Power of Positive Psychology

43-pack12-021514-tmHappiness and the field of positive psychology is a fascinating topic.  It touches upon science, health, psychology, relationships, genetics, spirituality, and more.  Authors, researchers and thought leaders on the topic of happiness all take a different slant on it, which makes it a rich and diverse area to explore. Some of the research and findings are surprisingly powerful, and have a direct impact on us personally and professionally.

Learn how to incorporate these principles into your life, career, business, and relationships. Join in on the discussion of this thought-provoking, inspiring and uplifting topic that provides a rich tapestry of research that is appealing and applicable to our lives.

Harvest Your Potential in Business: The 6 Pillars of Powerhouse Success

6Pillars-v4Are you ready to create a thriving business that fits into your personal life, and allows you to tap into your unique brilliance? In this entertaining and engaging keynote, Lisa delivers a full spectrum of motivating, inspiring and applicable techniques to transform your business. Based on her signature system, The 6 Pillars of Powerhouse Success, this keynote provides attendees with actionable steps and a-ha moments.

Filled with innovative content, you will learn how to create your purpose and live your passion, while enjoying a profitable and productive business. Get ready to dream big, stake your claim, and create the future for you and your business that you desire and deserve.

Stand & Deliver: Dynamic Public Speaking

public-speakingWant to learn how to be a great public speaker? Look no further! Learn how to conduct engaging, informative, and interactive presentations to audiences large and small. Discover tips to improve your oral and nonverbal communication styles, inspire and motivate participants, and exude confidence and enthusiasm, while establishing credibility. Whether conducting formal speaking engagements, trainings, meetings, or one-on-one discussions, this interactive workshop will teach you how to overcome your fear of public speaking and connect with your audience/listener.

Lisa’s background as a teacher, lawyer, and performer has provided her with years of experience and expertise in speaking before live audiences. Lisa is a member of the National Speakers Association (NSA), the premiere organization for professional speakers, and was voted number 1 speaker by participants at the 2008 National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) Conference. Lisa’s presentations are informative, as well as interactive and entertaining. So get ready to have fun while learning how to be a dynamic speaker!

Develop a Can-Do Attitude: Success Principles Learned from Teaching the Deaf

Can Message Giving Encouragement Or InspirationThe Deaf have a popular phrase: “I can do anything but hear!” This presentation challenges outdated stereotypes and belief systems, and inspires participants to develop a Can-Do Attitude.

With some “deaf humor,” and entertaining anecdotes involving deaf family members and friends, as well as stories from her days as an instructor and interpreter for the Deaf, Lisa helps participants rid themselves of negative feelings that get in the way of their success.

A real eye-opening experience, participants walk away feeling empowered. For a keynote, this is an inspiring snapshot into a unique world, and for a breakout/concurrent session, Lisa can go even deeper and add interactive exercises that drive home the impact of the message.

 

Ah, New Year’s Resolutions. They come but once per year, and cause quite a stir. Indeed, people talk about their New Year’s Resolutions quite freely. A small portion of people even write them down. But how many truly achieve them? The number is probably dismally small. Why? Because most people do a great job of talking about their resolutions, but don’t do such a great job of taking action on them. They often set themselves up for failure by biting off more than they can chew!

2014_goalsTake, for example, the most popular New Year’s Resolution: to lose weight (get in shape, exercise more, achieve greater levels of fitness, shrink a few sizes… any version will do!). What most people do is come out swinging. They join a gym and try to exercise 5 days a week, when they were formerly a couch potato and led a sedentary lifestyle (not only is this setting you up for failure, but it can be dangerous too!). They deprive themselves of every food they love, instead of eating a little bit of everything in moderation or learning their trigger foods and slowly replacing them with better choices. In other words, they try to do too much in too little time. They experience set backs, or fail altogether, which then leads to a defeatist attitude and they say “See, I knew I couldn’t do it.” They then give up.

Does this pattern sound familiar? If so, try a different approach this year. Try taking it slowly, one step at a time, and actually taking action throughout the year. How? Here are some tips:

  • Start Small & Grow Your Goal Little by Little
    Instead of looking at your goal or resolution as a major project, think of just the first step. For example, instead of thinking that you have to get your entire life organized, try keeping your appointments for the first week, clearing out your email inbox the second week, saying no to some tasks and events you can’t handle the third week, etc. Get the picture? Take it step by step so each smaller goal feels, and is, more manageable.
  • Reinforce Goal Setting in Various Ways
    Use different learning styles (visual, auditory, kinesthetic, and tactile) to reinforce goal setting. Perhaps you can journal about your New Year’s Resolutions (one of my favorite activities!). Maybe you prefer to set up a vision board to see your goals. Or you can listen to podcasts and audio programs that reinforce your resolutions. It doesn’t matter which you choose, only that you choose a way to reinforce goal setting that works for you!
  • Ignore the Naysayers
    Often, you are making actual progress towards achieving your resolutions or goals, but someone tries to sabotage you. Try not to let this derail your efforts! You need to stay the course, despite what they say. The famous life coach Martha Beck talks about surrounding yourself with people who can be your “believing eyes.” I love this idea! Adopt it and use it as your own. Stay away from the Negative Nellies right now, and surround yourself with people who believe in your goal and will help you achieve it.
  • Be Accountable
    Some of the world’s most successful behavior modification programs are successful partly due to the strong accountability celebratefactor built into the program. Find an accountability partner, join a mastermind group, or hire a coach. You need motivation and someone to share your trials and successes with. Having accountability systems in place can be a powerful aid in accomplishing the goals you set.
  • Celebrate Success
    Make sure to reward yourself along the way for achieving success, no matter how small. Set up milestones, and as you achieve them, figure out ways to motivate yourself to keep going. The more successful you feel at each step, the more apt you are to keep moving on the path towards achieving your full goals.

Sometimes, we have a tendency to look at women with successful businesses and think “How did she do that?”, or “It looks so easy for her, if only I had that same opportunity or luck or gifts”.

But the truth is I too had bumps on my road to success, it hasn’t always been an easy journey. I had to break through fears and doubts, learn new tools & skills and build a strong foundation of support from those that travelled the path before me.

That’s why I’m sending you this email!

I want to personally invite you to be a part of an enriching virtual event that I’m so excited to be participating in. This virtual event is 100% FREE but loaded with value equivalent to being in a mastermind group of 20 mentors for 2 weeks!

I’ll be speaking at the The Feminine Energy Revolution Virtual Event along with 19 other amazing women and host Robin Cordova.

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Imagine what it would be like to get exactly what you need to start, grow and profit in your business the way you’ve always dreamed possible.

Just go to http://thefeminineenergyrevolution.com/Lisa and sign up now, and we’ll send you all the details so you can join us!

With free gifts and giveaways you’re not going to want to miss this content-rich virtual event, but if you can’t make it, we’ll send you a link to the replay.

Save your spot here at http://thefeminineenergyrevolution.com/Lisa, I can’t wait to “see” you there!

Personal e-Mail Coaching

Would you like to have access to your own successful online coach to get all your questions answered on a daily basis?

If yes, Personal e-Coaching is for you!

This program is an easy way for you to brainstorm, get support, and get your most pressing questions answered, exactly when you need it. And it is an affordable way for you to get the access you need without the big sticker price.

Do any of these describe you?

  • I’m building a new business and I could really use some help figuring it all out.
  • I’ve got some things figured out with my business, but I feel like there’s still so much to learn and implement.
  • I am a professional with a busy schedule that can’t find time to commit to in-person or phone/Skype sessions of executive coaching, but could use a coach to push me to reach new levels of leadership and professional development.
  • I need a trusted career coach who I can run job postings by, ask for advice before interviews and have on my job search team.
  • I am making some big personal changes and need a life/success coach to serve as an accountability partner and a “mirror” to reflect my journey back to me and keep me on track.
  • I’m self-disciplined and just need a sounding board, someone further on the path than I am, who I can ask questions, get guidance and support from so I can get results faster than I could on my own.
If any of the above describes you, then you would benefit from e-coaching!

I believe that e-coaching is just as powerful as phone coaching. Not only do you get my answer, but as soon as you send the email, your brain is already working on a solution, whether you realize it or not. The simple act of asking for help and getting it out of your head helps most people. (It’s why experienced coaches understand that the real coaching often happens between coaching sessions.) But then you also benefit from my actual coaching and consulting. In other words, you get instant results (okay, maybe not instant, but I do reply within 24 hours, and usually much sooner!).

And e-coaching is also just a whole lot easier for both of us — we don’t have to schedule a call, be tied to a phone, or even a computer (you can send me a question via your smartphone, if something occurs to you while you’re not at your desk). You don’t have to wait until your next session to get the support you need — you just send an email, and voila, the coaching process starts!

And you’ll have a written record of our coaching to refer to instead of trying to remember what was said.

In this program, you get private personalized coaching that will answer all your questions with a format that will be…

Personalized. This is truly a personalized coaching experience. You will get answers to your questions that are focused specifically on your situation. No boilerplate answers here.

Consistent. Not only will you get consistent coaching from me, you’ll also get the added bonus of consistent accountability. If we’re communicating almost daily, and you’ve made this investment in yourself, then you are extremely likely to take action. The most successful people have learned that consistency counts for a lot!

Comprehensive. One of the benefits of e-coaching that my private clients love is how comprehensive my responses are! I am known to write pretty darn good emails, and to not only give you the answer you are seeking, but other resources that may be appropriate as well.

No Nonsense. I’ll always tell you the truth as I see it. If you’re moving in a direction that I don’t think will serve you, I’ll let you know. You don’t pay me to sugar coat things, but to tell you the real deal! Sometimes what I share may not be what you want to hear, and sometimes you’ll be relieved for the validation. Either way, our e-coaching will be designed to help guide you in the direction you want to go in, while helping you avoid too many detours if we can help it.

If you’re feeling a strong pull towards this program, then I’ll encourage you to secure your private e-coaching spot so we can get started TODAY.

What Can We Cover in e-Coaching?

Really, the possibilities are endless. It’s really up to you what we cover. And in a format such as this, your most pressing questions are going to naturally rise to the top. Those questions may lead us in a different direction than you originally intended, but that’s my job as your coach — to guide you and hold a mirror up to you so that you can see the real you and not hide behind fear or excuses.

How to Get Started

  1. Sign up and get access to my private email address

    After you sign up for the program, you’ll receive a welcome email with my designated email address for private e-coaching clients. Your welcome email will also include some coaching questions that I’d like you to answer for me so I can get to know you and your coaching needs and wants.

  2. Send Me the Answers to My Questions

    (which will include Your First Coaching Question)

  3. Implement My Answers

    Every coaching day (Monday-Thursday), you’ll receive an email back from me with my answer to your most recent question. (Remember, if you don’t send a question, you won’t hear from me.)

    Then all you have to do is take action, even if it’s in some small way, on the answers you receive from me.

    By the end of our 30 days together, your business, career or life will be in a different place. How much so depends on how much you actually DO with the e-coaching I’ll be providing.

In order for me to offer this program and for it to run efficiently and successfully for both of us, there are some parameters. Please read these before you sign up:

Terms of the e-Coaching Program:

1. One email per day. Each day you may send one question for me to answer. If you have more than one question on that day, make a note to send it the following day so I can answer that one too. You are encouraged to share context for your question — just be sure that you end with asking a specific question that I can answer for you.

If you send more than one question in your email, I won’t be able to answer it, in order for me to honor the other participants on the program, as well to avoid overwhelming you with action steps. Remember, this program is designed to give you just the next step you need so you actually put it into action right away.

On that note, please keep your questions clear and concise to allow me to give you a clear and concise answer – making it much easier for you to take action!

2. Days off. Earlier I said that experienced coaches understand that the coaching happens between sessions. In order to provide time for you to process and implement, we will be taking days off of e-coaching — on the weekends, including Fridays, and any major holidays that occur during our time together, as well as days that I’m traveling, out of the office focused at an event or on vacation. I am trying to help you be more productive and embrace that downtime is just as productive, and many times more so, than always trying to DO something. In order to make best use of your days off of e-coaching, use them to process and implement, but also to take some time off and give your brain a rest!

3. This is YOUR program. What we coach on is up to you. You may have a certain goal you’d like to focus solely on with my help for your entire program, or you may have a bunch of different tasks and projects you need some guidance on — or you may want to use your program coaching on a combination of both.

4. Keep your questions realistic and reasonable. In addition to keeping your questions concise and focused, please don’t ask me open-ended questions. For example, please don’t send questions like, “Please tell me everything to do to prepare for an interview/speaking engagement/sales meeting, etc.” or “What are the exact steps to make 6-figures in my business or career.”

5. There may be some questions I can’t answer. I pride myself on having the breadth and depth to be an experienced and expert coach and consultant, but I do not profess to know everything! If you ask a question that I do not know the answer to, I will let you know and try to guide you to a resource or person who may be able to help.

6. If you don’t send a question, you won’t get an answer. I expect my clients to reach out for the help they’ve invested in. If you don’t send a question, you won’t hear from me. If you’ve sent a question in, you’ll get an answer from me within 24 hours and usually that same day. If you skip a day, you lose the opportunity to ask a question that day. So, if you skip sending a question on Monday, you can’t send two questions on Tuesday.

(Tip: if you have lots of questions, write them down as they come to you on a dedicated piece of paper or file on your computer, so you’ll always have a question to ask to take full advantage of your program.)

Your investment for one month of Personal E-Coaching is just $299.

To give you a sense of the value, one coaching session with me is $200. But you get to ask me all the questions you want for the next 30 days for just $299. That will add up to a lot more than a few hours, but because I am able to do this on my own time and in between client sessions, I am able to keep the rate affordable to reach as many people as possible that need help on a budget.

I’m ready to take you from where you are to where you want to be… It’s your move!

Click here to reserve Your Private e-Coaching spot now!

Please Note: Strategy Sessions and e-Coaching can be booked immediately online. All other longer-term coaching programs require a Discovery Call, so that we can make sure we are a good fit before we dive in and spend some time together.

Ah, New Year’s Resolutions. They come but once per year, and cause quite a stir. Indeed, people talk about their New Year’s Resolutions quite freely. A small portion of people even write them down. But how many truly achieve them? The number is probably dismally small. Why? Because most people do a great job of talking about their resolutions, but don’t do such a great job of taking action on them. They often set themselves up for failure by biting off more than they can chew!

Take, for example, the most popular New Year’s Resolution: to lose weight (get in shape, exercise more, achieve greater levels of fitness, shrink a few sizes…any version will do!). What most people do is come out swinging. They join a gym and try to exercise 5 days a week, when they were formerly a couch potato and led a sedentary lifestyle (not only is this setting you up for failure, but it can be dangerous too!). They deprive themselves of every food they love, instead of eating a little bit of everything in moderation or learning their trigger foods and slowly replacing them with better choices. In other words, they try to do too much in too little time. They experience set backs, or fail altogether, which then leads to a defeatist attitude and they say “See, I knew I couldn’t do it.” They then give up.

Does this pattern sound familiar? If so, try a different approach this year. Try taking it slowly, one step at a time, and actually taking action throughout the year. How? Here are some tips:

Start Small & Grow Your Goal Little by Little
Instead of looking at your goal or resolution as a major project, think of just the first step. For example, instead of thinking that you have to get your entire life organized, try keeping your appointments for the first week, clearing out your email inbox the second week, saying no to some tasks and events you can’t handle the third week, etc. Get the picture? Take it step by step so each smaller goal feels, and is, more manageable.

Reinforce Goal Setting in Various Ways
Use different learning styles (visual, auditory, kinesthetic, and tactile) to reinforce goal setting. Perhaps you can journal about your New Year’s Resolutions (one of my favorite activities!). Maybe you prefer to set up a vision board to see your goals. Or you can listen to podcasts and audio programs that reinforce your resolutions. It doesn’t matter which you choose, only that you choose a way to reinforce goal setting that works for you!

Ignore the Naysayers
Often, you are making actual progress towards achieving your resolutions or goals, but someone tries to sabotage you. Try not to let this derail your efforts! You need to stay the course, despite what they say. The famous life coach Martha Beck talks about surrounding yourself with people who can be your “believing eyes.” I love this idea! Adopt it and use it as your own. Stay away from the Negative Nellies right now, and surround yourself with people who believe in your goal and will help you achieve it.

Be Accountable
Some of the world’s most successful behavior modification programs are successful partly due to the strong accountability factor built into the program. Find an accountability partner, join a mastermind group, or hire a coach. You need motivation and someone to share your trials and successes with. Having accountability systems in place can be a powerful aid in accomplishing the goals you set.

Celebrate Success
Make sure to reward yourself along the way for achieving success, no matter how small. Set up milestones, and as you achieve them, figure out ways to motivate yourself to keep going. The more successful you feel at each step, the more apt you are to keep moving on the path towards achieving your full goals.

Copyright © 2010 Lisa Montanaro of LM Organizing Solutions, LLC.

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Copyright 2010. Lisa Montanaro, “The Solutions Expert,” is Principal of LM Organizing Solutions, LLC, a professional services firm created in 2002 that offers professional organizing, business and life coaching, and motivational speaking to individuals and organizations. Lisa publishes the monthly “DECIDE® to be Organized” e-zine for the general public, and “Next Level Business Success” e-zine for professional organizers and entrepreneurs. Subscribe today at www.LMOrganizingSolutions.com.  Lisa also publishes the DECIDE® to be Organized blog at www.DecideToBeOrganized.com. Through LMOS, Lisa helps people deal with the issues that block personal and professional change and growth. To explore how LMOS can improve your home or work environment, or help take your business to the next level, contact Lisa at (845) 988-0183 or by e-mail at Lisa@LMOrganizingSolutions.com.

I coined an interesting phrase recently when I was facilitating one of the teleclasses for my group coaching program, DECIDE to be Organized. I was speaking to the group about how so many high functioning, busy, successful men and women have all of these passions and get overwhelmed with trying to decide which to do and which to implement. I referred to the act of managing all of those passions as “Passion Management” (instead of Time Management, Project Management or Energy Management). Everyone loved the phrase and I realized I was onto something.

Passion Management acknowledges that we do, indeed, have multiple passions. I, for one, always refer to myself as a multi-passionate entrepreneur and person. Also, Passion Management is a much more positive way of describing our dilemma of what to do with all of these great ideas. Time management and project management are terms that are not only overused but, unfortunately, can be a negative reminder of our lack of time, as opposed to a motivating factor that leads to productivity.

Passion Management is the ability to manage all of the passions you want to tackle in business and life. Here are some tips to help guide your Passion Management.

Pick a Passion

Most multi-passionate people are swimming in a sea of great ideas, and often have the drive to make them happen. The conundrum is which passion to pursue. My advice — pick a passion and go for it! Author and life coach Cheryl Richardson talked about this when I heard her speak in NYC years ago. She said that so many of her clients get stuck because they have so many great ideas and passions, but don’t know which to pursue. So they wind up pursuing… yup, you guessed it — nothing. Don’t fall v ictim to passion confusion! It is better to pick a passion and allow it to blossom and flourish than to be trapped under a mountain of too many great ideas. If you pick a passion and it does not go well or does not take off the way you wanted it to, that’s okay. Regroup, learn from your passion exercise, and pick a new one.

Tap Into Your Passion

One of the best ways to determine what you should (and want to) focus on is to tap into your passion. Sometimes we lose focus with our business or personal projects and we need to take the time to remind ourselves what we value and why we are staying the course. It is all too easy to get bogged down in details and tasks. Try to ask yourself, “Why am I really doing this project?” and see if there is a reason that relates back to one of your passions, whether perso nal or professional. For example, maybe you are feeling the crunch of trying to blog several times a week. Ask yourself why you set this schedule and whether it taps into one of your passions. If your passion is to write, then write! Do you need to stay on a particular schedule? Will anyone, but you, notice if you only write when your passion strikes? Sometimes we set ourselves up for failure, or more likely, undue stress, when we remain too regimented. Yes, I am a professional organizer and see the value in systems, processes, and timelines, trust me. But it is vital to check in and ask yourself: “Is this tapping into my passion?” If so, it will help propel you forward and remind you why you are doing this particular task or project. If you realize this task or project does not tap into any of your passions, you may decide to abandon the project, delegate the task, or reevaluate whether you want and need to continue it.

Ignore the Naysayers

Often, you are making actual progress towards achieving your passions, but someone tries to sabotage you. Try not to let this derail your efforts! You need to stay the course, despite what they say. If you are truly passionate about the project, you will be able to withstand attacks. The famous life coach Martha Beck talks about surrounding yourself with people who can be your “believing eyes.” I love this idea! Adopt it and use it as your own. Stay away from the Negative Nellies, and surround yourself with people who believe in your passionate goals and will help you achieve them. Passion is contagious and can not only serve as strong motivation for you, but as inspiration for others. People notice passion. In fact, in my opinion, people often notice passion more than they notice productivity!

Celebrate Your Passion Successes

When we take on a project or task and successfully complete it, we often reward ourself at the c ompletion. But when we pursue a passion, we may not have any reward system built in. In some situations, it is hard to determine when we have “completed” a passion. Passions are often ongoing. They can be a particular way of approaching a topic, or a passion can be a mindset or belief. But it is important to come up with some way of rewarding your successes and milestones when pursuing your passions. Figure out ways to evaluate whether you have achieved a certain level of success for a particular passion. The more successful you feel at each step, the more apt you are to keep moving on the path towards achieving your passion goals. And most passionate people just want to keep the passion going! Copyright © 2011 Lisa Montanaro of LM Organizing Solutions, LLC.

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Most people/companies tend to focus on doing just one thing well, but that is not the path for everyone. For some of us, we have multiple areas of expertise and talents and a thirst to share them all with the world. Lisa Montanaro is one of those people. It is this sense of adventure and drive for reinvention that ultimately led her to create LM Organizing Solutions, LLC (LMOS). Read more…

I coined an interesting phrase recently when I was facilitating one of the teleclasses for my group coaching program, DECIDE to be Organized. I was speaking to the group about how so many high functioning, busy, successful men and women have all of these passions and get overwhelmed with trying to decide which to do and which to implement. I referred to the act of managing all of those passions as “Passion Management” (instead of Time Management, Project Management or Energy Management). Everyone loved the phrase and I realized I was onto something.

Passion Management acknowledges that we do, indeed, have multiple passions. I, for one, always refer to myself as a multi-passionate entrepreneur and person. Also, Passion Management is a much more positive way of describing our dilemma of what to do with all of these great ideas. Time management and project management are terms that are not only overused but, unfortunately, can be a negative reminder of our lack of time, as opposed to a motivating factor that leads to productivity.

Passion Management is the ability to manage all of the passions you want to tackle in business and life. Here are some tips to help guide your Passion Management.

Pick a Passion

Most multi-passionate people are swimming in a sea of great ideas, and often have the drive to make them happen. The conundrum is which passion to pursue. My advice — pick a passion and go for it! Author and life coach Cheryl Richardson talked about this when I heard her speak in NYC years ago. She said that so many of her clients get stuck because they have so many great ideas and passions, but don’t know which to pursue. So they wind up pursuing… yup, you guessed it — nothing. Don’t fall victim to passion confusion! It is better to pick a passion and allow it to blossom and flourish than to be trapped under a mountain of too many great ideas. If you pick a passion and it does not go well or does not take off the way you wanted it to, that’s okay. Regroup, learn from your passion exercise, and pick a new one.

Tap Into Your Passion

One of the best ways to determine what you should (and want to) focus on is to tap into your passion. Sometimes we lose focus with our business or personal projects and we need to take the time to remind ourselves what we value and why we are staying the course. It is all too easy to get bogged down in details and tasks. Try to ask yourself, “Why am I really doing this project?” and see if there is a reason that relates back to one of your passions, whether personal or professional. For example, maybe you are feeling the crunch of trying to blog several times a week. Ask yourself why you set this schedule and whether it taps into one of your passions. If your passion is to write, then write! Do you need to stay on a particular schedule? Will anyone, but you, notice if you only write when your passion strikes? Sometimes we set ourselves up for failure, or more likely, undue stress, when we remain too regimented. Yes, I am a professional organizer and see the value in systems, processes, and timelines, trust me. But it is vital to check in and ask yourself: “Is this tapping into my passion?” If so, it will help propel you forward and remind you why you are doing this particular task or project. If you realize this task or project does not tap into any of your passions, you may decide to abandon the project, delegate the task, or reevaluate whether you want and need to continue it.

Ignore the Naysayers

Often, you are making actual progress towards achieving your passions, but someone tries to sabotage you. Try not to let this derail your efforts! You need to stay the course, despite what they say. If you are truly passionate about the project, you will be able to withstand attacks. The famous life coach Martha Beck talks about surrounding yourself with people who can be your “believing eyes.” I love this idea! Adopt it and use it as your own. Stay away from the Negative Nellies, and surround yourself with people who believe in your passionate goals and will help you achieve them. Passion is contagious and can not only serve as strong motivation for you, but as inspiration for others. People notice passion. In fact, in my opinion, people often notice passion more than they notice productivity!

Celebrate Your Passion Successes

When we take on a project or task and successfully complete it, we often reward ourself at the completion. But when we pursue a passion, we may not have any reward system built in. In some situations, it is hard to determine when we have “completed” a passion. Passions are often ongoing. They can be a particular way of approaching a topic, or a passion can be a mindset or belief. But it is important to come up with some way of rewarding your successes and milestones when pursuing your passions. Figure out ways to evaluate whether you have achieved a certain level of success for a particular passion. The more successful you feel at each step, the more apt you are to keep moving on the path towards achieving your passion goals. And most passionate people just want to keep the passion going!

Ah, New Year’s Resolutions. They come but once per year, and cause quite a stir. Indeed, people talk about their New Year’s Resolutions quite freely. A small portion of people even write them down. But how many truly achieve them? The number is probably dismally small. Why? Because most people do a great job of talking about their resolutions, but don’t do such a great job of taking action on them. They often set themselves up for failure by biting off more than they can chew!

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