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December 29, 2011
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Are you busy cleaning, settling up your books, organizing, gearing up for your new diet and workout schedule?

What are your expectations for 2012? Are they reasonable and doable?

We love to heap everything up on one big list of grand dreams of getting rich, successful, skinny, fit and fabulous in the *next* year. We think we are going to zip down the list checking off things like lose 30 pounds, make gobs of money, win the lottery, paint the house, buy a new car, etc.

No wonder New Year Resolutions fail.

Or maybe it's that we fail in getting clear about what we really want, what's important, what's a priority and then how we'll execute a plan for taking action.

I no longer make resolutions. They don't work. Instead I developed an alignment exercise that I do once a quarter throughout the year. I run my life like my business. I don't wait to the last week of the year to review how I did. I do a regular check up throughout the year.

Remember success comes with small action steps. One action step gets you that much closer to completing that goal.

This amazing exercise is the Artist Compass Exercise. It's your way to ACE the year!

It helps me to get clear, to prioritize and to have 4 Compass Words to guide me through the next quarter. It's your True North, South, East and West! It's more than just a word for the year. It's a way to make sure you are always heading in the right direction, even when you are turned around.  We all have those moments right?

I post these words in my office, studio and even bathroom. I also like to make a commemorative charm to wear each quarter with my words.

If my daily actions aren't in alignment with my Compass Words, I get the opportunity to make a new decision on whether I'm doing what's best for me, my family, and my dreams.

That's what free will is all about. Making choices and not just plodding through life letting someone else do that for you or saying, I'll do it tomorrow.

Do it now. Take Action!

It's my gift to you! If you don't have it or can't find it in your files you are welcome to sign up for another F.R.E.E. gift ;-)

I want this to be an incredible experience for you. Here's some incentive to spend 30 minutes getting some clarity in your life and your business.

If you complete the A.C.E. and post your Compass Words on the blog, you can be entered to win these great prizes:

  • a custom silver handmade charm with your Compass Words to one special winner (minimum of 60 comments)

  • a DVD by Bill Fretz inventor of the Fritz Hammers, courtesy of Interweave Press

  • a fabulous book from the Whole Lotta Whimsy collection, courtesy of WLW

  • assorted tools

  • assorted beading/jewelry making components

Click here to leave your comment and enter to win!

We will award up to 15 prizes based on the number of entries.  One award for every 30 participants!  So spread the word and have more chances to win ;-)

Creative Blessings and Happy New Year,


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PS - I believe in you! You can do it. One small action step at a time.

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News

Have you been eagerly waiting for the next Artful Success Program?

You can now save the date! February 15th is the F.R.E.E. class. The all-new 6 week program will start February 28th!

It's the first of 2 six week programs for 2012 with a 3 day live event in August!

Stay tuned and make sure you get your ezine in January for the details. There's even more exciting things brewing. Can't wait to let the cat out of the bag!

Success Stories
Pam Hurst

After taking the Artful Success program I was able to strategically plan exactly where I wanted my art and business to go.

The program gave me the skills to know what and how to change the things I was doing.

The program also allowed things that were more abstract to become much more clear. For example: the fine details of how to set up your website, what to put in it, what NOT to put in it, colors, etc.

And mostly, the willingness of Tonya to be so supportive and helpful, sharing her knowledge and resources.

After making a few changes, I have at least doubled my prior income and doors keep opening up for me, sometimes without even trying.

- Pam Hurst
www.pamhurst.com


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Teacher, mentor, artist and founder of the Artful Success Program, Tonya Davidson helps artists take their techniques and business skills to the next level. As the CEO and founder of Whole Lotta Whimsy she has passionately empowered artists to live creatively from the inside out. Create the life you love by subscribing to her ezine, reading her blog, or following her on facebook/twitter!

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