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February 2, 2013 ~~ Issue 63

Hi Friend,

Welcome to February!  Are you wondering where January went?  Since I live in South Dakota I am always very happy to say good bye to January as that bring me one step closer to spring.

My parents are turning 89 and 90 this year and every time I visit them I realize how fast our lives are flying by.  I'm really enjoying asking them questions and listening to their stories of their life and the lessons learned.

In today's article I'm sharing with you about my amazing Grandpa Vogel.
I shared in my January 2013 Extrordinary Results newsletter (please take a minute to read this!) what my theme is for 2013 and how I claimed my theme from the chorus in a Country and Western song (believe it or not!) I stumbled upon.  My theme is Full Throttle Wide Open and every article this year will be helping both you and me live and work to our highest ability.

Love & Confidence,

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Have you heard the song "Who I Am" sung by Jessica Andrews? If not you can listen here. I think you'll love it!

The chorus is:
I am Rosemary's granddaughter
The spitting image of my father
And when the day is done my momma's still my biggest fan
Sometimes I'm clueless and I'm clumsy
But I've got friends that love me
And they know just where I stand
It's all a part of me
And that's who I am

Recently I found the newspaper that had my Grandpa Vogel's obituary from March 6, 2000. They titled the article "Leaving a Legacy" and showed this precious picture of my grandma and grandpa in their Dutch costumes.

My grandpa was born in 1896 in Holland and came to the United States when he was 17 years old. At one time he had 75 cents to his name. After he tried farming he decided to start painting which his father did in Holland. He realized the quality of the paint here did not match the quality used by his family in Europe. He bought a pigment grinder and started making his own paint. By the 1940's the company was known as Vogel Paint & Wax. Eventually his children joined him in the business including my dad. The company became Diamond Vogel Paint in 1967.

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Grandpa and his boys! My dad is 2nd

from right.

If you've done the math you realize my grandpa lived to 103!

As an entrepreneur and small business owner you know the highs and lows of being in business. Perhaps you feel like there are far too many days of wondering how you can make your business grow.

Look at your legacy. Who in your family tree can you pull strength from?

I am Andrew Vogel's granddaughter (and my mama is my biggest fan!).

Who are you?

By the time I was old enough to learn my grandpa's story Diamond Vogel Paint was a big success. But I know that there had to be many days/months/years that my grandpa faced the same challenges I do in my business and you do in yours.

But, he didn't quit. Giving up in not in his legacy to me and it will not be in my legacy to my children and grandchildren.

Who are you?

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Growing up Dutch!

Trust me when I tell you I can look in my family tree and find examples that are not like my grandpa! Perhaps you can, too. But let's not dwell on those examples.

I want you to think back to your family members that showed amazing strength and realize that their legacy is in you.

Make a list of these amazing people and what you most admired about them. Then pull out one strength you will focus on in February.

My Theme for 2013:
My theme is 'Full Throttle Wide Open' and every time I face a fear, or doubt myself, or am tempted to do less, etc. all I have to do is say 'Full Throttle Wide Open' and I jump past any fears and doubts. You can't live or do a business full throttle wide open and be hiding!

My grandpa lived and worked 'full throttle wide open'.

Post at my blog the family member whose strength you will focus on this month!.

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Live near Denver, CO or

Minneapolis, MN and are ready to be fearless and extraordinary?

Friend, then join me for my signature presentation "There's a Confidence App for That: 3 Apps in 3 Hours to be Fearless and Extraordinary".

Are you ready to start achieving your dreams, live confidently every day, work out of an organized office, have the keys to maximize your focus and get more done every day?

After this workshop you'll walk away with my best practices for:
* Confidence
* Organization
* Focus

When & Where:
sday, February 21 from 6 to 9 pm at the Hilton Garden Inn, Denver, CO

Saturday, March 2 from 8:30 to 11:30 am at the Holiday Inn, Bloomington, MNNote - only 12 seats available in Minneapolis.

For information and to register for Denver or Minneapolis - click here.

Want to attend but don't live in Denver or Minneapolis? Call me at (605) 357-8767 and let's talk how to bring this workshop to your area!

Friend, thank you for taking the time to read the 'Growing Your Business with Confidence' tip and I'm excited to help you accelerate your success. Of course we want to grow our business and make more money, but let's not forget - the busier we are the more people we get to help. And the happier our clients are the more they will tell others!

Member of the National Speakers Association

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Mark LeBlanc's Small Business Success Coaching Network
Certified Professional Organizer and
Member of the National Association of Professional Organizers

Ready to have Me by Your Side as Together We Make Something Great Happen in your Business?

Whatever you are facing and want and need to get resolved or if you want to be in a coaching relationship with me, now is your time.

This past month I:
** Gave a client her 2013 marketing plan
** Consulted with a client to give her 1st teleclass
** Helped a client script what to say to get great speaking engagements
** Consulted with a client to put together her presentation that she can give to a variety of groups and how to
follow-up and get clients
** And more - what I teach works!

Call (605) 357-8767 to find out about my coaching options. It's as simple as starting with one session!

There is always an option to fit the best of what you need and want.

Elizabeth Speaks
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