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It’s been well-established by many successful entrepreneurs that intuition plays a crucial role in their success.

Steve Jobs, Sir Richard Branson, Oprah and Arianna Huffington …. among others have been quoted several times regarding intuition.

This is one of my favorites:

THE HARDSHIP IN CONNECTING AND RELYING ON INTUITION:

Yet despite the “understanding” that this is a necessary skill to succeed in business and life, few people take the time to immerse themselves into truly developing their intuitive gifts (unless they are of course healers or psychics).

But for the rest of us mortals, it appears like there’s something akin to: “yeah, yeah…that’s nice, but I need some REAL skills, I need some PRACTICAL skills” to grow my business.

Perhaps it feels like it’s such an abstract set of skills that we are unsure about HOW to develop them, HOW to practice or HOW to use them effectively in our business.

Our world is dominated by an over-abundance of masculine energy. The energy of yang is the energy of action, movement and getting things done. It’s the energy of manifestation and the masculine energy that we, Westerners, have come to revere so deeply.

This is the energy of action and results. What our entire economy is based on. We value “hard work”. We believe we must work hard in order to succeed and therefore if we want success the more we work, the more “exalted” we become in our minds.

There are so many common beliefs that cement this practice:

“No pain, No Gain”;

“Work now, Play later.”

“Money doesn’t grow on trees,”

“Early bird, gets the worm.”

And yet…consistent action, movement, and hard work are pointless if there’s no depth, no purpose and no integrated meaning behind our actions.

There’s also a point of diminishing results.

As a high-performance psychologist, one of the things we teach people is that there is this “Inverted U Theory”, which states that increases in effort and arousal will yield a performance increase…

Up to a certain point (ONLY), after which, further increases in effort and arousal will yield a DECREASE in performance. To the point that the harder you work, the worse results you will get.

As “old” as this theory and practical piece of knowledge is in our performance psychology field, it hasn’t actually permeated the everyday world.

People are STILL working as hard as they can, waving a flag of pride and martyrdom until they land in burnout or experience health consequences.

Then we have this “wake up moment”, but sadly, we don’t know HOW to do things differently, and as hard as we TRY…it’s difficult to circumvent well-established wiring and neuro pathways that “tell us” that hard work is the ONLY road to success.

So.HOW do we extricate ourselves from this merry-go-round?

How do we exit the fast train in which Gurus, exploit our doubts and sense of inadequacy by selling us on yet “another tactical skill” (webinars, live events, FB ads, you name it), that will keep us in this constant feedback loop of not-good-enough, overwork, overwhelm and burnout?

We need the balancing form of Feminine energy or yin. The RECEPTIVE, the intuitive and the loving, collaborative nature of this energy. It is an energy of depth, insight, wisdom, and magic.

The answer is simple in essence and complex in execution (which is why not more people are doing it.)

Yep. It’s that simple. The difficulty comes when our minds and egos get involved. And the smarter you are, the more you’ll struggle to listen and follow your intuition because you are so accustomed to relying on your cognition.

WHY IS INTUITION SO CRUCIAL IN BUSINESS?

When we can connect and use our intuition we are able to become more efficient and maximize the work we do.

In the most basic sense, intuition is about LISTENING…is about developing the listening skills to “hear” your Highest Guidance, but also to tune into your ideal clients and sense what do they need?

What would be most beneficial and valuable to them?

At what level would they be able/willing to invest in?

And if you can be perceptive enough to receive this information and KNOW what will be of most value, you will circumvent so much time, energy and frustration as you’d be tuned into what you need to provide.

Following this pathway, I’ve generated up to $18,500 in a single day and built a multi 6-Figure Business.

Intuition will allow you to KNOW WITH CLARITY AND CERTAINTY what is YOUR path.

WHO to hire as a mentor.

WHAT opportunity to pursue that will support your greatest evolution.

And it allows you to enter a state of grace and flow.

HOW DO I GET THERE?

There is a simple and joyful pathway to this: PLAY.

Yep, you heard me right. Play.

Play is the action that returns us back to our “natural selves”. That connects us to “our inner child” where creativity, innovation, adventure, intuition, and curiosity reside.

There is obviously so much more to developing your intuition in powerful ways that will serve your business and life, but PLAY can be a GATEWAY through which you can begin to establish this connection.

And of course, we’ll weave in some of the science and the practices to get you there!

To Join the FREE 5-Day PLAYFUL PROFITS Challenge click Here

Allow yourself to playfully learn and experiment with some tools to help you get more connected and in a spirit of fun and adventure.

Visit Here to learn how!

And if you are reading this after the challenge and THIS SPOKE TO YOU and you KNOW this is the path you must take to GROW your leadership and your business, then feel free to request a free consultation at:

www.intuitivebusinesmastery.com/schedule

Dr. Elena Estanol is a #1 Best-selling author, Peak performance psychologist & Intuitive Prosperity Business Mentor who has been up-leveling speakers, performers, athletes, coaches & purpose-based entrepreneurs to become extraordinary beings and legendary leaders for over 16 years. Her unique system In Flow and On Fire TM unlocks & unleashes your unlimited potential, to take courageous action to defy the ordinary and become extraordinary in business & life. Her unique system aligns mind, body & spirit to manifest her client’s visions and build profitable and transformational businesses that change the world.

 

 

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Tax planning is important. There is still time to take care of your finances in 2014 while you are enjoying the holidays. Today I share with you insight from Marvin Appel CEO of Signalert Asset Management that could potentially reduce your tax bills.

Here Are Some Steps You Should Consider:

• If you are older than 70 1/2 then you are required to take distributions from traditional IRAs (including rollovers) and other retirement plans. Federal regulations determine the minimum amount you must take out in total, although you do not necessarily need to take a distribution from each IRA account. This must be done before December 31, 2014. You are not required to take a distribution from a Roth IRA regardless of your age, except for Roth IRA accounts you inherited. If you prefer, we can calculate for you the amount you are required to take from your IRAs.

• Think about tax planning with your investments. In particular, before selling an investment now, compare the tax benefits and the potential risks of holding into 2015.

• Make gifts to children and grandchildren to reduce estate taxes. You can give each loved one $14,000 in 2014 without the obligation to file a gift tax return, reducing the ultimate burden of estate taxes. (Federal estate taxes apply only to balances over $5.34 million for each spouse, but some states like New York have lower thresholds).

• Consider timing charitable contributions for your best advantage: If you think your tax bracket will be higher in 2015 then hold off until January. Conversely, if you think your tax rate will be higher in 2014 then you should advance scheduled 2015 contributions to this year.

• Pay your estimated state income taxes or any local taxes (if you owe any) before December 31 in order to get the deduction on your 2014 return.

• Convert your traditional IRAs into Roth IRAs if you are in a lower tax bracket this year than you expect to be in the future, if you don’t need IRA distributions to meet living expenses, and if you have extra cash with which to pay the resulting tax bill.

• Take the time today to review your financial plan and see if you can take advantage of a tax benefit before the end of the year.

 If you need some assistance or have any questions call Bonnie at 516-829-6444 or E mail me at Bgortler@Signalert.com.

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