Greetings All —

One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned in 2008 (so far!) is to ask for what I want. Sounds simple, right? But you’d be surprised how many people don’t do that and then wonder why people aren’t reading their minds.

It’s in that spirit that I’m dedicating the bulk of this newsletter to my life coaching client, Mirna Zapata, and asking you to click on the link below to vote for her in the USA World Showcase that took place in Las Vegas over Memorial Day weekend. Mirna recently won a first-place trophy in the Solo Female, Potential Performer category in this talent competition. Now, all the trophy winners are eligible for the $100,000 grand prize and it’s awarded by online voting.

You may recall from previous newsletters that Mirna was living in a homeless shelter when I met her and has since begun her life anew. I have heard her sing — she’s good! On June 18, I told Mirna’s story in my Game Plan column on in a piece called Homeless to Home Free and the response was terrific.


When you click on the link above you’ll see Mirna is listed under ‘Show 2’ and the first round of voting for her takes place from July 13-16. You can vote multiple times and you’ll see that it asks you to confirm your vote by clicking a second time. As is laid out on the page, each week the finalists narrow down until the voting concludes August 20.  (IMPORTANT NOTE: The finalists need to recruit votes on an ongoing basis in order to win).

Please do a good thing, vote, and forward this to lots of people so they, too, can cast a vote for Mirna. If you would like a weekly reminder from me to vote each of the next five weeks, I’d be happy to send an email to give you a nudge. Just email me with that request and I’ll create a list.



… For detailed information on how to best ask for what you want, check out the classic book The Aladdin Factor by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen.

… Writing Game Plan continues to be a blast. Read my take on the Sex and the City movie, the recent Rush Limbaugh piece in The New York Times Magazine, or checking in on lessons learned at the halfway point of 2008.

… There’s still plenty of time to make 2008 the year you start living. I’m currently taking new clients, so drop me a line and we’ll put a plan in place that’ll rock your world.