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10 Best Reasons to Get Published NOW

  1. Fulfill Your Dream of being a Published Author – Many people hold the dream of being published. Have you been told “you should write a book”? Do you have a message that is intriguing, inspiring, or entertaining? Do you feel it is your purpose to help others, and do you feel your life is a great example of what to do or what not to do in life? Many people hold the dream of getting published – and it’s probably 50/50 as to how many people allow themselves to fulfill this dream. Your dreams are here for a reason – don’t let your dreams stay dreams.
  2. Share Your Story – Everyone has a story to tell. Heck, you’ve lived a lot of life and you’ve learned lots of lessons along the way. Much of what you’ve lived may be inspirational, motivational, educational, and perhaps even entertaining for someone to read. Maybe it’s your purpose to share your story for the benefit of others. Maybe it’s their purpose to hear it. Maybe, in sharing your story, you’re doing what you were born to do. And maybe, just maybe, your story will make a difference in the lives of those who read it.
  3. Reach & Teach More People – Do you consider yourself a teacher, trainer, mentor, or coach? Is that part of what your business or practice is about? Are you here to enlighten others and help them grow? Are you here to assist people in making their lives better? Books help you reach more people than you already do when you’re in the same space with them sharing your lessons and message. Books are shared, saved, and read over and over again. They are used as references and guides. Your story and the lessons you share in your published book, will reach people you may never even know about, so by getting published you’ll be doing an even greater service to the world than you can imagine.
  4. Automatic Credibility & Credentials – Published authors position themselves as experts in their field. Not everyone has the wherewithal to write a book or to share their story in a published anthology. Imagine all the speakers you’ve listened to who are published authors. Think about the published authors who are interviewed on talk shows, on summits, or in a panel at a conference. Being a published author, or a bestselling author provides immediate and recognizable credibility. You will have the esteemed credential of “published author” to use on your business card, in your bio, on your website, in your signature. Does this matter? You bet it does. Notice how often you see this and what it means to you about the person who holds this credential.
  5. Increase Your Influence – Influence is the capacity to have an effect on the character, development, or behavior of someone or something, or the effect itself. Who do you want to influence? How many peoples’ lives do you want to touch? How do you want to make your mark on people and the planet? Being a published author helps you do this in a bigger, broader way than not being published.
  6. More & Better Speaking Engagements – Do you love to get in front of people and share your message? Do you consider yourself a teacher, trainer, healer, or messenger of hope and inspiration? Think of the many people you have listened to at a conference or a meeting, and think of how many of them were published authors? It’s because published authors have more credibility and people listen differently to someone who has been published than to someone who does not hold this distinction. As a speaker, you can attract more potential clients to you.
  7. More Targeted Prospective Clients – When you share your story in a book, you are attracting people to you. Your written words have power and energy and as people read them, they’ll want to know more about you – perhaps, they’ll even want to work with you. They’ll visit our website or YouTube channel or follow you on facebook. Your vibe attracts your tribe, and so does your book. Do you want more clients? Write a book or share your story in an anthology book.
  8. Posterity, Legacy – What message do you want the world to hear if even when you’re no longer living here to tell it? A book lives on in print longer than the author does. Look at your bookshelf – are all the authors still living? I imagine, if you’re like me, you have plenty of books by authors who have passed whose messages of mastery still live on in their books. Many of these messages are timeless. Is yours? Will your message and lessons help people in 10, 20, or 50 years from now? Will your grandkids who you haven’t even met yet benefit from your message? Will throngs of young entrepreneurs or healers learn from you even when you’re not here? What legacy will you leave?
  9. Make Money – You make money when you sell your books; this happens through direct sales from your inventory as well as through royalties from your publisher. You also make money when you use your book to get in front of prospective clients – In fact, this is the real way all non-fiction authors make most of their money. It is in using your book as the ultimate marketing tool that it is.
  10. The World Needs Your Story – Do you believe that everything happens for a reason? Do you believe you’ve lived through, overcome, and learned what you did for some higher purpose that is way bigger than just you? Do you think other people will benefit from your story, lessons, and message. Then you owe it to yourself to start writing, start talking, and stop waiting for the right time to do it. The truth is that right now is the right time for sharing your truth. If you lived it and learned from it, then sharing it is exactly what the world needs you to do. Imagine all the people you can help with your story. Don’t let your story die inside you. You lived it for a reason, and someone is waiting to hear it.
    About Powerful You! Publishing – We’ve helped more than 300 women become published authors. If you have a story or message that will inspire, empower, encourage, and motivate others, then we want to help you do it. Please reach out to us. Getting published is faster, easier, and more valuable than you think – and complete, professional publishing services are more affordable than you imagine. Get published now with Powerful You! Publishing.

How Poise and Good Posture Can Help Your Career

There are countless ways our careers can be helped with improved poise and good posture.  Whether it is how we conduct ourselves in a job interview, talk with a client in person or on the phone, give a presentation, or network, the way we carry and hold tension in our bodies can determine if we are putting the people we are interacting with at ease, or drawing them into our own tense state.

How we balance ourselves through life speaks volumes about how we manage our thoughts and actions. Most people don’t think about their poise or posture when communicating with others.  However, take a moment to think about someone that you know who moves with exceptional ease and agility.  Does their lightness illuminate their surroundings? Now take a moment to think of someone you’ve encountered who seems stiff and seemingly immobile.  Do they bring weight and heaviness to the room? Which of these individuals would you prefer to portray?

Moving with ease requires balance. Poise can be viewed as an expression of how we use our bodies. It suggests an active fluidity in our body use.  As we move through life, we encounter an abundance of stimuli that can often stress our nervous system and impact the way we respond.  This can quickly throw us off balance and create tension in our bodies.

Repeatedly feeling stressed and performing regular activities with tension result in what appears to be a fixed state of our bodies. We often refer to this state as our posture. You may have glanced over at a co-worker and noticed that they are sitting slumped over in their chair. You might have also caught yourself doing the same thing. Perhaps you’ve even noticed how short the necks of some bodybuilders are, or a protruding arch that some dancers carry with their backs. These types of postural positioning are the result of years of misuse of the body. They are the outcome of not paying attention to the body while sitting, standing or carrying out an activity. Our posture is the physical manifestation of our thoughts, actions and most importantly–our daily habits.

Our poise and posture can either lift us up, or pull us down; they can help eliminate tension or create it. A study  published in Health Psychology, found that posture has a direct influence on stress responses. Namely, adopting upright seated posture in the face of stress helps maintain self-esteem and increase positive mood compared to a slumped posture. Furthermore, participants with a slumped posture used more negative emotion and sad words. Not surprisingly, the study suggests that sitting upright may  help build resilience to stress.

When engaging with prospective clients, making a good first impression is a pivotal moment. We strive to appear calm and collected, but sometimes our stress and nerves get the better of us.  In trying to appear confident, we often do things that give the opposite impression. We might lift our chests up and arch our backs thinking that it makes us look more confident or convincing. But what that position actually does is create tension and stiffness. It also restricts our breathing and makes it difficult to speak.  Likewise, using space with nervous energy looks contrived. Working the room with big gestures, walking around to try and take up space are empty attempts of wanting ‘to show’ who you are rather than ‘be’ who you are.

The Alexander Technique is a method that is used to help us recognize what we are doing that is hindering our growth and potential.  It is widely used by performers and presenters in various trades to improve performance and enhance their careers.

So often my Alexander Technique students have asked me what they should be doing with their bodies when they present or perform.  What should they do with their hands? Where should they move? Should they sit, stand, walk around?  My answer is the same for everyone: rather than look around yourself for things to do, look within yourself for what you should not do.  What does that mean?  It means that rather than try to be a circus clown and entertain superficially, the real connection with an audience happens when you find that poise–the balance– within yourself.

The notion of doing less to achieve more is also consistent with an article from Forbes about powerful body language. In situations where you want to maximize your authority, minimize your movements. The article suggests that taking a deep breath, bringing gestures down to waist level, and pausing before making a key point, help you appear more calm and contained, which in turn make you look more powerful.

The next time you want to impress, think about doing much, much less.  If you don’t know how to do less, begin by thinking about your body as a whole.  Don’t focus on doing things, instead, think about not doing them.  Rather than roam around the room, think about your feet. Are they rooted into the ground?  If they are, you don’t need to roam.  Trees never cease to impress with their grandeur. They do nothing but stand tall and still.

In order to know how we come across to others, we must first recognize our behaviors.  The next time you have a presentation or interview, practice in front of a mirror or with a video recording.  Rather than criticize yourself and nitpick about superficial things, pay attention to your poise and posture. Is your head leaning more towards one side? What about your shoulders? Are they pulled too far back, thus making your torso shorter? What about your neck, is it strained? What is this body language communicating to others?

Try this exercise again by speaking to the mirror or recording while imagining that your neck is free of tension.  Imagine your head pulling you up towards the ceiling. Relax your shoulders without collapsing your chest. Talking with less tension in your body will set the tone for how people will perceive you.

The awareness of unwanted habits is the first step to changing them.  The next step is finding a professional that specializes in teaching how to stop repeating these habits so that you can exude calmness, confidence and fluidity in your personal and professional life.

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STOP CHASING YOUR ZEN…it’s right in front of you.

Do you think God/Spirit/Source is ever confused or overwhelmed? Do you think s/he/it gets worried and anxious about health, relationships, or finances? Then why in the world do we?

If we are indeed made in the image and likeness of God, as we’re told, then we, too, have a divine center, a peaceful calm at the core of our soul that is accessible anytime we stop and remember to connect.

The famous Zen saying, “Before Enlightenment chop wood, carry water; after Enlightenment, chop wood, carry water” is a simple reminder that we can transform any task, whether we love it or not, into a calming meditation, an opportunity to breathe, reflect and connect. Even the laundry. Or carpool. Or mundane business tasks.

Each day, as you wake, and before you begin the noisy, busy and possibly insane day that comes along with 21st century living, force yourself to be still.

You see, the most important tool to keep things moving (in the direction you want, most of the time) is to actually take a few minutes to be still. Let’s repeat that: In order to keep things MOVING you must be STILL. What in the world does that mean? It means get out of bed in the morning, sit somewhere, and practice being STILL and SILENT.

“Well what do I do during that time?” you may ask. NOTHING. Listen to the silence, to the space between your thoughts. “BUT WHY?” you may ask. BECAUSE THAT’S WHERE YOUR ANSWERS LIE. They do NOT lie in the busyness of your day. They do not lie in DOING more. Everything you’re looking for – ideas, decisions, clarity – will sort themselves out if you simply stop long enough to BE STILL and QUIET at the beginning of each day.

I encourage you to find your version of quiet and stillness, whether it’s simple breathing, formal meditation, or traditional prayer. It doesn’t matter what it looks like. Just do it. Your Zen is waiting.

No Balance = No Satisfaction, No Success

Tired of chasing success & satisfaction? Not sure what you’re doing wrong?

Our research shows that most women are following the wrong strategies as they work tirelessly to achieve success and satisfaction. In fact, our studies reveal that most of you are working against yourselves. Ouch!

When you follow your proper human design strategy, and you make sure that your Mind, Body & Spirit are all strong and in alignment, then you’ll start experiencing the results you envision with less effort. I know this firsthand, as I’ve been personally experimenting all year, and am eager to share this info it with you!

Consider this:

Your mind can be the LEAST HELPFUL tool in your toolbox unless you know how to train it and control the negative thinking that overtakes it. When you use it for your benefit, it’s quite powerful, but most people simply rehash the same negative thinking over and over, and then expect their life/business situation to change. Get a handle on your mind, and you’re much closer to achieving your goals.

But that’s not all –

Your body is Command Central for your entire life.

And while we know we need it to exist – it literally supports us – often we either ignore or even abuse it. I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “You’re a spiritual being in a human body,” and so your body (often called “the body temple”) enables your Spirit to exist and move freely through life. It provides you with not only needed energy to live your day powerfully, it’s also one of the best decision-making tools on the planet. Think about how many times you’ve said “It doesn’t feel right” or “Yes, that feels like a good idea.” The only place we actually feel things is within our bodies, which provides invaluable wisdom and knowledge. However, if you’re disconnected from it, you’ll miss these precious signs.

Some wonder how in the world Spirit can help in business. First of all, when we say “Spirit,” we’re referring to something you cannot see, that is larger than you, that you can access for support. To you that may be “God,” “Nature,” “Universal Intelligence,” “Jesus,” Buddha,” etc. What you call it does not matter; what matters is that you call upon it. Plugging into this Source provides access to intuition, resourcefulness, serendipity, flow and trust. It’s like connecting your electrical cord to the outlet in the wall; instantly you’re provided with power, energy, and flow.

If you’re feeling out of balance, or you’re not sure what’s wrong, take our quick Something’s Missing Quiz to find out. At the end you’ll get a bonus First Aid Kit customized to help you strengthen whatever’s off in your system.


When to Break the Rules

breakrules-300x290A few questions for you:

Where have you been following the rules – in life or in business – even though there’s a part of you that knows it’s not good for you?

What have you been doing that just doesn’t FEEL right, even if:

1. Everyone else is doing it or

2. Some highly respected authority tells you, you should?

For me, 2016 has been a year of rule breaking. Of shedding the yoke of indoctrination and walking away from “proven” systems that I’m told will lead me to my pot of gold.

See, the rules I was following made me feel like I was standing on a street corner, wearing a chicken suit, hawking my wares. To me, this whole internet marketing thing feels like it’s one big Kmart Blue Light Special.

Can anyone relate?

That’s how I’ve felt for a while now, especially when I’ve followed what the “experts” say I should do.

chickenSo instead, I’ve removed the shackles, turned within, and discovered what really lights me up and feels authentic and I’m building my business/life from THAT place instead. Now, don’t get me wrong – from time to time we need expert advice for things we actually don’t know how to do – but then we must take the crucial step of making sure those steps feel in alignment with who we are. Otherwise you’re just wearing the chicken suit.

If you feel you’re working way too hard following all the rules and you still can’t find your pot of gold, then rest assured there’s a MUCH EASIER way to go about building your life/business.

To Breaking the Rules!

Let’s get you firing on ALL pistons, so that you not only survive the fickle tides of the marketplace, but you also create the sacred business & life that you deserve.


Tired of chasing success & satisfaction? Not sure what you’re doing wrong?

The Something’s Missing Quiz will reveal exactly why you may be feeling frustrated or bitter about your business/life.Answer a few brief questions to find out where you’re off/what’s wrong, and then receive a customized First Aid Kit that will help you tweak a few things to create more satisfaction and success.

It’s simpler than you think… Find out more here:

Do You Suffer From “Not Enoughness”?

I’ll start by sharing with you the thoughts of Lynne Twist, a remarkable thought leader in the field of abundance and money. She dives into the mindset of scarcity, of “not enough-ness,” of ‘poverty consciousness’ (vs. prosperity consciousness) as it’s called.

Before we even sit up in bed, before our feet touch the floor, we’re already inadequate, already behind, already losing, already lacking something. And by the time we go to bed at night, our minds race with a litany of what we didn’t get, or get done, that day. We go to sleep burdened by those thoughts and wake up to that reverie of lack.

This mantra of not enough carries the day and becomes a kind of default setting for our thinking about everything, from the cash in our pocket to the people we love or the value of our own lives.

True, huh?

This is why doing inner work is vital, because my/our thoughts are creative and produce our experience. So we must declutter, release, unearth, and replace the faslehoods with goodness and Truth so that building a business is not so hard. Ease and grace are your birthright, but many of you are still slogging through. I say that with love because I am guilty of that too, more often than I care to admit.

So we must remove the cobwebs of our conditioning, clean up our psyches so our Spirits can shine through, and invite in the wealth that is ours to have.

Most people I talk to will say that their biggest obstacle to true success is themselves…

And one of the biggest culprits holding us back is the “Not-Enough Syndrome”:

I/You/They are not enough.

When you come from a place of not-enoughness, you are actually doing everyone a disservice. You disempower yourself, and you disempower others. This applies in business (“my clients aren’t this or that; my team members aren’t this or that; my husband isn’t this or that”…you get the idea…”)

This is a cancer. You MUST be watchful and nip it in the bud. Do you realize you’ll never be able to change the conditions you don’t want, whether it’s your marriage or your bank account, unless you see these things as perfect and whole and not broken or in need of fixing or not enough? It doesn’t mean you can’t improve, but you may never feel satisfied and at peace if the glass is always half empty. So begin with gratitude for what IS and of course set your intention for what you want while you root out old beliefs that don’t serve you.

If you hear me, then choose to push past this. Be vigilant about your ideas about success and money, and pipe in Truth on a regular basis. You deserve to feel successful & satisfied and YOU ARE ENOUGH!

Let’s get you firing on ALL pistons, so that you not only survive the fickle tides of the marketplace, but you also create the sacred business & life that you deserve.


Tired of chasing success & satisfaction? Not sure what you’re doing wrong?

The Something’s Missing Quiz will reveal exactly why you may be feeling frustrated or bitter about your business/life.Answer a few brief questions to find out where you’re off/what’s wrong, and then receive a customized First Aid Kit that will help you tweak a few things to create more satisfaction and success.

It’s simpler than you think… Find out more here:

Dinosaur or Puffer Fish: Which One Are You?

Earlier this year, I realized that the Women’s Wealth Revolution™ needed its own revolution! And so I painstakingly went about the process of dismantling the old and reinventing who we are and why we exist. In so doing, some tough truths about the marketplace revealed themselves, which I’ll share in a minute.

But first, a question for you: do you want to be a dinosaur or a puffer fish?

Millions of years ago both species existed. Dinosaurs, the experts tell us, couldn’t adapt to the changing climate and vanished entirely. Puffer fish have been around since then and are a ninja species: to avoid predators, they can change colors to blend into their environment, puff themselves up to four times their normal size, and release enough toxins to kill 30 adults. Talk about an adaptable species able to weather the changing tides! Now, stop for a moment and honestly ask yourself: when faced with adversity and changing conditions, are you a dinosaur or puffer fish?

The reason I ask is because now more than ever the old ways of doing business have stopped working well (this is especially true with the parts of your business that are online – and if you’re not online yet, you’re getting left behind). Whatever is working well now may in fact become obsolete sooner than you think. Most formulas, models, and strategies that were cutting edge just a few short years ago are losing their effectiveness at an alarming pace. So what should you do?

Here’s a few suggestions to ride out the business storms:

1. If you’re learning/following a model that’s been around for 2+ years, begin to innovate or you could become extinct soon. Don’t be that dinosaur; become part of what’s called the “pre-adaptive” group – those who stay ahead of the curve. Pay attention to the trends and leaders in your industry, and shift quickly and nimbly when needed.

TIP: You can shift in small or big ways.

Example of a small shift: make life easier for your customers with automated online bill paying.

Example of a bigger one: completely rework your business model and/or programs to stay relevant, solvent and leveraged.

2. There are no clear rules anymore – it’s the wild wild west out there – so follow your intuition. However, you may not be able to hear it loudly enough to actually use it. In that case, you must sharpen it, so that it becomes one of your biggest business assets and trusted “advisors.”

TIP: You don’t have to go find your intuition. It’s been inside you this whole time. Chances are it’s a bit buried under layers of information and indoctrination. Clear all that out so that you can hear it loudly and regularly. It’s your inner GPS. Practicing contemplation, meditation, reflection, connection, and/or exercise are some of the best ways to do this.

3. Stop letting your Mind run the show. If you’re strictly relying on what’s between your ears to lead your business/life, you’re like the dinosaur AND you’re working way too hard for too few results.

TIP: Engage your body and your spirit in addition to your mind when growing your business and making important decisions. Now that may sound odd or even like nonsense to you right now. However, think about how many times you get a gut feeling or sense that’s something’s right or wrong. How often do you say “I can’t put my finger on it…something just feels off…”? That’s your body’s intelligence at work. Similarly, how many times do “coincidences” happen (e.g. someone you’re thinking about happens to call, or a client lands “out of the blue”)? That’s your spiritual connection/law of attraction/the universe listening and responding to your inner desires and intentions. Imagine if you strengthened both body and spirit and used them as much as you do your mind. I invite you to give it a try and see what shows up.

Let’s get you firing on ALL pistons, so that you not only survive the fickle tides of the marketplace, but you also create the sacred business & life that you deserve.

Tired of chasing success & satisfaction? Not sure what you’re doing wrong?

The Something’s Missing Quiz will reveal exactly why you may be feeling frustrated or bitter about your business/life. Answer a few brief questions to find out where you’re off/what’s wrong, and then receive a customized First Aid Kit that will help you tweak a few things to create more satisfaction and success.

It’s simpler than you think… Find out more here:


So You Think You Want To Be an Author

Have you ever said or thought these words … “I know I have a book in me, but I don’t have the time to write it” or, “I know my story would help lots of people, but it costs too much money to publish a book”?  There are lots of people out there in the same boat and they are trying to find the answer.

The truth about being an author is that there is a myriad of incredible benefits and it is worth the time, energy and money to make it happen.  But life sometimes has other plans for us.  It beckons us with bills to pay, relationships to tend to, jobs to work and kids to raise.  And then we have our subconscious mind to tempt us with limiting beliefs – but that’s not what this is about.  The truth is that if you want to be an author, there is another way to go about it besides writing a whole book by yourself.  It called an anthology or compilation book.

An anthology or compilation book (these are one and the same) is a collection of stories by several different authors on a specific topic.

The benefits of telling your story in an anthology format are many:

  1. You don’t have to spend months or years writing a whole book – usually just one chapter.
  2. You don’t have to spend tens of thousands of dollars to get your book published.
  3. You have someone else handling the whole publishing process for you. (editing, cover design, layout, printing, etc.)
  4. You don’t have to market the book on your own; instead you have lots of other partners marketing it with you.
  5. You reach a new, like-minded audience through the other authors.
  6. You get to be a part of a collaborative project, not a lonely author.
  7. You make money when you sell the books.

AND you get all the additional benefits of being an author:

  1. Automatic credibility – As an author, you add to your list of credentials.
  2. Reach more people – books provide open doors and share your story with the masses.
  3. Business growth and increased sales.
  4. Positions you as an expert in your field.
  5. Personal satisfaction of realizing a dream.
  6. Public accolades and acknowledgements from your peers and clients.
  7. Charge more money for what you’re already doing.
  8. Make money from book sales.
  9. More and better speaking engagements.

Since publishing my first book two years ago, I have personally enjoyed all the benefits of being an author.  Perhaps the greatest of these benefits comes in the form of notes and emails I receive from readers telling me how much my book or a specific passage resonated with them or helped them through a particular period in their life.  There is not a price that can be put on such pleasures; it is a deep feeling of gratitude and joy in the heart.

If you want to take the plunge into ‘authorhood’, and change your life and the lives of others, join us for our next anthology book. CLICK HERE

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Sue Urda is your Good Vibes Guidess. She has impacted thousands of individuals through her transformative talks and inspirational writings that teach people to embrace the power of feeling good. She is a two-time honoree on INC Magazine’s list of the 500 Fastest-Growing Private Companies, and she is an award-winning and Amazon #1 bestselling author. Sue has connected thousands of women for business, personal, and spiritual growth, and as co-founder of Powerful You! Publishing she has helped more than 300 women achieve their dream of becoming a published author. Sue is passionate about helping people make meaningful decisions that they feel good about, and move them to actions that are aligned with their values. Sue’s personal mission is to help people find the feel good and live in that space every day.

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