2005 Rich Minds, Rich Rewards E-Newsletter
WEEK 35: Start small. Start now!
August 28, 2005
be sure this e-newsletter arrives in your inbox each week, add
email@example.com to your address book or approved list of
THIS WEEK'S TOPIC:
Start small. Start now!
to our 142 new subscribers since last week! To invite others to
subscribe, email them the newsletter or send them to
http://www.valorieburton.com where they can enter their email address
on the home page.
In the July 11th E-newsletter, just as we
surpassed the 9,000-subscriber mark, I asked you to help me reach
10,000 subscribers. You did! On Friday, August 26th, I welcomed our
10,000th subscriber. Thank you! My goal is to reach 15,000 of you by
the end of 2005. Will you help me get there?
If the newsletter is
inspiring to you, please pass it along to friends and family who could
use some weekly inspiration and invite them to subscribe!
previous newsletters, click on the Rich Minds, Rich Rewards
E-newsletter archives at http://www.valorieburton.com/vnewsletter.html.
IN THE NEWS:
NEW FINANCIAL COACHING GROUP TO BEGIN SEPTEMBER 13th! -- Ready increase
your income, control your spending and eliminate stress? I am launching
a small coaching group this fall for those interested in taking control
of their financial life. Space is limited so enroll today! The coaching
fee is a special rate of $95 per month. Go to
* Watch an in-depth, CBN.com interview with me about life coaching and What's Really Holding You Back? online at:
* LISTEN TO YOUR LIFE DVD NOW AVAILABLE in the online store!
new 8-session television seminar based on my books Listen to Your Life
and What's Really Holding You Back? is now available on DVD for just
$29. It includes a downloadable study guide and a 20-minute Bible-based
bonus teaching about how to overcome self-doubt and fear. Go to
* NOW SCHEDULING 2006 SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS!
you want to schedule a seminar or keynote, fill out your request at
http://www.valorieburton.com/request.html or contact Angie Steele at
* Read and post your messages,
questions and prayers in the ValorieBurton.com COMMUNITY MESSAGE FORUM
at http://pub23.bravenet.com/forum/1950087918 .
For more schedule information, visit http://www.valorieburton.com/vevents.html .
THIS WEEK'S TOPIC:
Start small. Start now!
"Does anyone dare despise the day of small beginnings?"
- Zechariah 4:10
at my desk at home one sunny morning in May 2001, just a few months
after I sold my public relations business and began pursuing my purpose
full-time, I had an idea. Why not send a regular e-newsletter to
inspire people to live fulfilling lives? I would use it as a countdown
to the Random House release of my first book, Rich Minds, Rich Rewards,
in October of that year. With the email addresses of 60 friends and
colleagues, the Rich Minds, Rich Rewards e-newsletter was launched that
day with a column called "Bask in the Beauty of Life." In January of
this year, I began sending the newsletter every week and I've learned a
lesson in doing so: Consistency breeds success. There are over 5,000
more of you reading the newsletter since January!
This week, I
would like to remind you that just about every great opportunity begins
small. Whether you are ready to lose weight, build a healthy
relationship or achieve financial independence, start small, but start
When legendary publishing pioneer John H. Johnson, who
started his business with a $500 loan in the 1940s and created a $500
million empire that includes Ebony Magazine, Jet and Fashion Fair
Cosmetics, died earlier this month, I was intrigued by a 2001 interview
clip that ran on PBS' NewsHour on August 9th.
"If I tried to
envision Johnson publishing company then as it is today, I simply
wouldn't have tried," Mr. Johnson reflected. I say to young people they
should dream small dreams, because if you dream a small dream, it can
become a reality."
His quote seems counterintuitive. Dream a
small dream? Not exactly the advice I expected to hear from a business
tycoon, but he makes a significant point. Start small and you lay the
groundwork for something big. I encourage you to dream big, but
remember big dreams come to life when we create small goals that we can
accomplish right now. Too often, we become overwhelmed by the vision
because we never break it down into small, manageable pieces.
are you stuck in your life right now? How could you "start small, but
start now"? I love the question asked in the Old Testament book of
Zechariah, "Does anyone dare despise the day of small beginnings?"
Creating the life you really want is a process. It is the journey that
builds you into the person you were created to be. Don't despise small
beginnings. That is where the fulfillment of your greatest potential
In my books, Listen to Your Life and What's Really
Holding You Back?, I talk about the importance of finding fulfillment
in the five key areas of your life: Relationships, Money, Work, Health
and Spiritual Life. Today, consider how you can start small, but start
now to enhance and enrich each of the key areas of your life. Here are
a few ideas:
Is there a grudge you need to
let go of or someone you need to forgive? Could you be gentler or
kinder to the people you love? In what "small" way could you improve
some aspect of one or more of your relationships this week?
2. MONEY & RESOURCES
"start small, start now" principle is especially measurable with your
money. By what small amount could you increase your savings or
retirement? What expenditure could you cut back on? What small change
could you make to increase your income?
make your work more enjoyable or meaningful? Find something small that
you can focus on this week that will make a difference for you and
possibly even for those you work with.
haven't been eating well or working out as consistently as you'd like?
Identify a small change you could make today. A ten-minute walk.
Fifteen minutes of stretching. Or maybe you want to drink one more
glass of water per day. Start small, but find something you can do
TODAY that will benefit your health.
5. SPIRITUAL LIFE
perceptions of what it means to be "spiritual" can sometimes hinder our
ability to develop a more meaningful, fulfilling relationship with God.
Identify something small that you can do - pray during your commute,
count your blessings when you wake up, listen to uplifting music in the
background while you work, or deliberately find someone daily that you
can bless through your words or actions.
MY CHALLENGE TO YOU THIS WEEK:
small, but start now! Identify one thing you are willing to do
differently this week that will support you in moving closer to your
vision of your ideal life.
of your vision for your life overwhelms you? How could you apply the
"start small, start now" approach to help you break it into small,
manageable steps and move forward today?
Until next time ...
P.S. Encourage your friends and family by sharing this newsletter and invite others to subscribe! Just send them to
http://www.valorieburton.com where they can enter their email address on the home page.
Burton, a life coach and speaker, is the author of Listen to Your Life,
Rich Minds, Rich Rewards and her latest, What's Really Holding You
Back?. She has been interviewed by CNN, InStyle, Self, Real Simple,
Ebony, Essence, Black Enterprise, The 700 Club, The Los Angeles Times,
and hundreds of other media outlets nationwide.
Subscribe to her FREE, inspirational e-newsletter at www.valorieburton.com.
feel free to forward the Rich Minds, Rich Rewards E-Newsletter to
friends and colleagues, but please forward in its entirety. The Rich
Minds, Rich Rewards E-Newsletter is written and distributed by Inspire,
Inc. Copyright (c) 2005 Valorie Burton. All rights reserved.
Send mail to:
938 E. Swan Creek Road #202
Fort Washington, MD 207444