Thursday, June 30, 2011

A Step Above Elevator - Get It Repaired Right Now!

A Step Above Elevator's Services - With 24 Hour On-Call Emergency Service

We Service and Maintain:

•Elevators - Specializing in Hydraulic
•Wheel Chair Lifts
•Roped Hydros
•Traction Cars
•High Rise
•Mid Rise
•Low Rise


•State required yearly smoke test
•Fire Phase 1 and 2 testing
•Once a year Hydraulic no load test (which includes system pressure test for leaks and valve problems)
•5 year Full load test


•Clean Downs
•Minor Repair


•Minor Repairs
•Packing Replacement
•Valve & Pit Valve Replacement
•Rails Guide Replacement
•Water Removal
•and more...

Contractor License #954733

CCCM Qualified
CQCC Qualified

Centrally located in Vacaville to quickly serve Sacramento Valley and the Bay Area and everything in between. Call A Step Above at 707-514-7585, and visit their website at

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Folsom Lake Ford Fleet Service Department

Folsom Lake Ford Fleet Service
2441 Mercantile Dr
Rancho Cordova CA 95742


Mike Alumbaugh
Fleet & Commercial Service
916-353-2048 Main Line
916-825-0677 Cell Phone

Brad Weinrick
Fleet & Commercial Service
916-353-2048 Main Line
916-247-7017 Cell Phone

George Norris
Fleet & Commercial Service Manager
916-353-2048 Main Line
916-417-3088 Cell Phone

Folsom Lake Ford Fleet Service is a separate service department dedicated to fleet & commercial customers. We are located just a few miles from the main dealership. We understand that our clients use their trucks and vehicles for business and that time is of the essence to get regular maintenance or repairs done. We get the job done in the least amount of time necessary.

In addition, Folsom Lake Ford Fleet Service works on most makes of trucks. Our diesel mechanics are trained and certified for Ford, Cummins, CAT, International, and other diesel engines. Our goal is to help you with your entire fleet and make us your one stop service center. Give us a call and see what a difference we can make. We would love to earn your business.

We also work on motor homes, light duty and medium duty trucks.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Pierce Energy Planning


Leadership is the foundation of the energy conservation program. In order for behaviors to change in a school district, personnel must see the behaviors of leadership change. Thus, it is fair to say that as goes administration, so goes the schools. The governing board and superintendent must show initial and on-going support for the energy program giving it regular attention in public and school meetings and in other venues. Once administrators and personnel are convinced that this program has the support of leadership, they will most likely join in.


Data drives energy conservation programs in many ways. Initially, energy and building data allow the consultant to evaluate the energy performance of each campus (benchmark). A rule of thumb is that if a building performs poorly when benchmarked in Energy Star Portfolio Manager, there is an opportunity to save more on that campus through energy behavior changes. Data drives the initial analysis and continues to drive the program through monthly tracking of usage and costs. In many cases, monthly informational reports sent to each campus can motivate staff and students to work harder, especially if the usage information is made public. Energy education and “best practices” are other important types of information that must be effectively incorporated into the energy conservation program if it is to be successful.


People generally do not respond to a suggestion the first time. Good marketing firms understand that the message must be presented in various ways over and over again before it is internalized. Energy conservation programs require a constant and on-going message before the behaviors we are attempting to bring into the schools actually become habits. And when good energy behaviors become habits in the buildings, we know that the culture has been transformed. Each campus involved in the energy conservation program as well as district facilities must develop a marketing plan and implement it each year.

Pierce Energy Planning provides complete energy conservation services to public and private sector companies throughout the United States empowering them to create a culture that embraces the principles of conservation and supporting them in saving millions of dollars.

Contact Sue Pierce of Pierce Energy Planning at 480-563-0470, or visit

Monday, June 27, 2011

The Durable Power of Attorney

What is durable power of attorney?

At We The People of Fairfield CA, we can help make the process of the legal paperwork of creating a durable power of attorney as easy and inexpensive as possible. Call Rene or Tammy at 707-428-9871 and they will answer any questions you may have about this important decision and process.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Paul Brown's Tri-Tip In A Crock-Pot Recipe Is So-So Good!

Tri-Tip In A Crock Pot

Yes! You saw it correctly. Now, I'm a meat eater extraordinaire and I can tell you that when I first heard of this, I laughed. Then I tried it and let me tell you, it is so darn good! Matter of fact, at a recent large get together we did two tri-tips in the crock and several others on the grille, and guess which ones were gone first! The Crock Pot won by a landslide! It's easy to do and here's how:


Approximate 3 lb Tri-Tip
1/2 Cup Beef Broth
2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2-3 Tbsp garlic salt
1 Tbsp ground mustard
4 dashes of hot sauce (your choice)
A couple drizzles of olive oil


Assemble all ingredients in the crock pot on low heat for 6-8 hours
Remove tri-tip and let stand for 5 minutes before carving

How easy is that!? 

Recipe courtesy of Paul Brown, Commercial/Fleet Manager at Larry Geweke Ford, Yuba City CA.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Excerpt From Preface of Motivated By Pain Book by Patrick Moore

. . .All of my behaviors - the alcohol, steroids, avoiding my boys - were motivated by the desire to avoid any more pain. I just couldn’t take it anymore. I couldn’t do it. I was devastated by the loss of my family and couldn’t - hell, didn’t - know how to cope.

This book started when I decided to write a letter to my boys to help them understand that Daddy’s recent behavior was not conducive to being a successful person, nor was it evidence of his true behavior. I wanted them to learn from my countless mistakes so they NEVER have to endure the pain of losing a spouse. I want them to know I am a good man. I just didn’t manage myself well when times went terribly bad.

From the stress, to the ego being crushed, to the “friend,” it all precluded my demise. The more I wrote, the more I started to feel alive, liberated, and in control. After three years, I finally started to feel like me again.

Then I thought, “I can be the average guy who doesn’t just accept the butt-kicking that life had just handed me and turn this immense loss into a much greater victory.” What if my life’s destiny, my responsibility to mankind, is summoning the courage to share my story with millions of men and women? This may be a story we all share in one time or another. So here it is.

My hope is that this book will make you laugh, it will make you think, and it will bring a tear to your eye. But most of all, my hope is that you gain one thing to take away that can help you with your relationship today.

Here is my first request: Grab your cell phone and randomly send your partner an “I am thinking of you right now” text. This is how our journey begins. . .

See more about Patrick Moore and his book, Motivated by Pain at his website,

Friday, June 24, 2011

Electric - The Electrical Industry Search Engine

Upward Trend is proud to serve Electric Pilot is the search engine specifically for the electrical industry. It is fast, easy and extension and contains approximately 6,000 electrical distributors, 10,000 electrical contractors, 4,000 electrical manufacturers and 70 product categories.

See for yourself on their website at, along with their blog at

Thursday, June 23, 2011

At Corby's Collision, We Care!

Corby's Collision has been in business for 47 years in Vacaville, California. Current Owner, Paul Troutner, took over the company in November of 1993. They moved the business to the current 9,000 square foot facility in 1998.

Paul was born and raised in Fairfield, California but, because of his love for the town of Vacaville he moved his family there in 2000. Paul has not only come to love the town but, the people who live there as well and is on a "first name" basis with most of Corby's customers.

When you do business with Corby's Collision you will not only deal with their qualified and professional staff but, also with Paul himself. He is an Owner/Operator and likes to be "hands on" with everything that goes in and out of the shop.

Corby's Collision is at 1330 Callen Street in Vacaville and the phone is 707-448-1696. Paul will take excellent care of your car or truck.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Duct Cleaning by North Bay Air Systems

FACT: 50 million Americans suffer from allergies and typical household indoor air pollutants has been found to be up to 70 times greater than outdoor air. (USEPA)

Your duct system functions as the respiratory system of your home. When it becomes contaminated (mold spores, bacteria, fungus, mildew microbes' dust mites, etc.), and congested, it should be cleaned so it can breath normally and efficiently. Each time you turn on your furnace or A/C, these contaminants are spewed out and circulated throughout your home and can affect your health and comfort. Removal of contaminants from the entire HVAC system is recognized by industry experts as the most effective way to eliminate air duct pollutants.

Our HEPA-AIR cleaning system assures that your ducts are being cleaned with the most advanced source removal equipment available. This system allows our technicians to thoroughly clean your entire duct system.

Give North Bay Air Systems a call at 707-747-0422 to make an appointment or to get more information.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Jennifer Anderson of Just Cakin' It

Jennifer Anderson
Just Cakin' It


179 Elmira Road, Ste. C
Vacaville, CA 95687
Cell: 650-533-8117

From whimsical and modern to classic and elegant, a creation from Just Cakin’ It Cakery & Dessert Bar is sure to make your event a grand celebration. Our specialty is custom-designed wedding and celebration cakes that are both sophisticated works of art and mouthwatering, memorable desserts.

In addition to cakes, we create all kinds of specialty cupcakes and sweet-treats available in-store daily. Clients often look forward to planning their next party just so they can order one of our unique creations. Located at 179 Elmira Road Suite C in Vacaville, California, we service the Sacramento and greater San Francisco Bay Area.

Consistently referred by many event professionals, Just Cakin’ It has earned a reputation for both fabulous cakes, and, equally as important, warm and professional service. We are a boutique bakery accepting limited orders. People are passionate about our cakes, not just for their unique designs, but also for their delicious taste and moist texture. Each cake is handcrafted from scratch using only the finest ingredients: dark Dutch-process cocoa, Quality chocolates, real fresh fruits and pure butter.

About Jennifer:
All of the recipes used are from the bakery’s Executive Pastry Chef and Cake Designer Jennifer Anderson. Chef Jennifer has known from a child that she would go into the culinary arts. She attended The California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, CA with her focus on becoming a pastry chef. Chef Jennifer’s extensive menu includes an array of fresh delectable treats and a cupcake menu of over 100 flavors and counting...

If you want to wow your guest, you found the bakery. From the elegant wedding cake to the quirky birthday cake, they can do it all!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Bob Dias Joins Forces With Jack At West Coast Truck Equipment

Bob Dias has joined forces with Jack Schmidt at West Coast Truck Equipment in West Sacramento, CA. Bob Dias has been in the business for over 40 years and has closed his former operation, North Bay Truck Body in Cordelia CA and has joined long time friend Jack Schmidt in growing West Coast Truck Equipment.

Bob is excited about the opportunity to focus on what he loves the most and that is talking with people and selling truck bodies. That works perfectly because Jack has been looking for the right fit to take charge of that in his operation. It is a perfectly mutually beneficial arrangement.

Give Bob a call at the shop on Evergreen Avenue at 916-376-0690, or you can call him on his cellphone at 707-249-9902. Visit West Coast Truck's website at

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Ever Seen A 115' Seamless Rain Gutter Installed?

Here is an unusual task: Installing a 115' seamless rain gutter in tight quarters at a large apartment complex. It takes a team!

In this case, Above All Roofing of Fairfield and Vacaville tackles a large apartment complex reroofing job in Fairfield CA, and they also do seamless rain gutters. This is one of many very long seamless gutters they have installed and this video shows how it is not easy to maneuver such a product, but this team got it from the ground out front in the tight parking area to installation on the roof in less than 7 minutes at an easy pace.

A bit of fun from Above All Roofing. Call them at 707-446-8819 or in San Francisco at 415-989-ROOF.

Note: Above All Roofing is one of our new clients and we are building them a website now. I just happened to stop by to take some photos of a job they were doing in Fairfield and couldn't pass up the video opportunity of this gutter installation. It was big fun to watch this successful install.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Dee Bernhardt, Long Time Student Talks About FITBODIES I.N.C.

Dee Bernhardt who has been a student at FITBODIES I.N.C. (Individual Needs Customized) talks about staying fit and staying committed to fitness and how an environment like FITBODIES I.N.C. is so important in her life. This video was freely offered and was not planned.

FITBODIES I.N.C. is located at 97 Dobbins Street, Suite C, Vacaville CA 95688. Telephone is 707-628-5600, and website is

Friday, June 17, 2011

Safe Side Security Recommends the VMAX480

Available at Safe Side Security, Inc.

The VMAX480 Proven Better, Faster, Smarter - More of what you have come to expect from the VMAX family of products. The VMAX480 is an upgrade of the advanced H.264 Linux Embedded digital video recorder VMAX. This DVR has all the features of VMAX plus more. With double the speed of VMAX, VMAX480 also features HDMI and VGA Support, Optional Looping Output, Mobile Device Quad View, and PTZ Control. The VMAX480 is available in 8 or 16 channel configurations with basic storage from 500 gigabytes to 4 terabytes.

With this technology you are able to view what is going on through your iPhone or Blackberry!


* Advanced H.264 Linux Embedded DVR
* Multiplex - Live, Playback, Recording, Backup, Network, Configuration
* 8 or 16 Channel
* 120fps at D1, Total 480fps at CIF
* HDMI and VGA Support
* One Touch Video Backup
* One Touch Reverse Playback
* Scheduled Network Backup
* Covert Channel
* Call Monitor
* Web-Based Client with Multi-User Access
* Automatic Private IP Addressing
* Simple & Free DDNS Support
* NTP (Network Time Protocol)
* Watermark Verification (Digital Signature Verification)
* Network Bandwidth Control
* DVR Health Check with Email Notification
* DVR Calculation and Auto Recording Configuration
* Help Menu on Major Function
* Configuration Import/Export
* Auto or Manual Firmware Upgrade Available
* Screen Saver to Protect Monitor Screen
* 4 Sensor Input, 1 Sensor Output
* Looping Output (Optional)
* Email or Text Event Notifications with Snapshots
* Central Management Software, Up to 128 CH
* Mobile Application for Blackberry, iPhone, Android
* Mobile Device Quad View and PTZ Control
* MAC Compatible Remote Software
* USB Mouse, IR Remote Control GUI
* Optional External USB DVD-RW or HDD Available for Backup
* 5 Year Limited Warranty

For more information visit Digital Watchdog

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Business In A Declining Market - Business In Transition

Is your business in transition? How do you recognize it if it is? Better yet…what will you do about it? Often our business may be in transition, with obvious signs. However, if we do not pay attention to those signs, or are ignorant of them or even choose to ignore the signs there could be issues in our business. We could end up with less sales and decreased profits. We must pay attention to and learn from those signs during any transition times.

In late 1979, the entrepreneurial urge hit me and I quit my job to open a musical instrument store. Though we carried other musical instruments in small quantities our main push was guitars, focusing more on acoustic and acoustic-electric models. I was told music stores in general were a declining industry and that the guitar sales boom ended back in the early to mid-1970s. I’m sure they were right, but I did it anyway.

Although I owned the store for about two years, I closed it for reasons other than a declining market. Yet here in 2011, a good musical instrument store can still do very well. And we did well too. The key for us was to focus on a certain area of the wide musical market and concentrate our resources in that area. We did and thereby excelled in that area creating our own market so to speak. I believe it is a major key strategy for a store today to create a way to make significant profits in a so-called declining market.

In mid-2004, I began an online used book selling business with eBay and (owned by eBay). I grew it as fast as I could as a one person show, and within a little over a year had 12,000 items online and a warehouse for storage.

The used book business is a huge market, including a huge number of sellers. As a result of this competition, sellers were competing over the lowest gross profit. That is a total waste of time and energy. It amazed me how many people tried to sell a book for $.75 to $1.00 while trying to make a profit on the shipping. The volume anyone would have to do at that ridiculous low pricing would require so much space and so many people, that I think it is impossible to make a profit. Yet people fought over the right to be the seller in this way.

My strategy was different. I wanted an average sale of $10 and I refused to even consider taking the time to list an item on the Internet and then sell it for a dollar. It made no sense. My strategy worked and to help make it work, I included an actual photo of each and every book so the potential buyer could see the real thing. Most of the other sellers didn’t take this step and it is understandable considering the low price. It worked very well. If a book was listed with 10 to 15 sellers at under $4, I would sell the same book for $10. In other words, what some were thinking was a declining market…I found a good profitable niche. . .More

Shiloh Williamson, Certified Massage Therapist

Shiloh Williamson
Certified Massage Therapist

479 Mason Street, Suite 111
Vacaville, CA 95688

About Me:

I received my degree as a Certified Massage Therapist in 2004, with over 500 hours of study from the Massage Therapy Institute, Davis, California. My studies were concentrated on clinical and orthopedic modalities. Some of the specific areas of study were; Anatomy, Sports Massage, Trigger Point Therapy, Deep Tissue and Orthopedic Massage, Somatic Movement, Anatomical Kineseology, Medical Assessment, Quick Release Modalities, Asian Bodywork Theory, Pathology, and Oncology Massage.

As a part of my continuing education, I have also obtained many certificates through The Medical Office & Associates located in San Francisco and Sacramento in the following areas:

• Evaluation and Treatment of the Thoracic Spine
• Evaluation and Treatment of the Lumbar Spine
• Evaluation and Treatment of the Upper Extremities
• Evaluation and Treatment of the Cervical Spine
• Evaluation and Treatment of the Lower Extremities
• Evaluation and Treatment of the Pelvis
• Therapeutic Exercise
• Manual Therapy Techniques
• Neuromuscular Re-education
• Insurance Reimbursement
• Ethics
• Oncology

Upward Trend recommends Shiloh not only because she is a client, but because we are clients of hers!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Why Choose Solano Eye Specialists?

When choosing a practice, you deserve experienced doctors, advanced technology and a center with a focus on personal patient care. It is our commitment to these higher standards that sets us apart. Your decision on where to go for vision correction should not be made lightly. The practice and surgeon you choose can mean the difference between excellent results or real complications. That is why it is important to choose an experienced surgeon, the most advanced technology and a center with a focus on personal patient care.

At Solano Eye Specialists, we know every patient's vision correction needs are different. There's no "one size fits all" attitude here and we've invested in technology that lets us personalize a procedure that will be just right for your eyes. We specialize in a full range of services, including CustomVue LASIK, Cataract Surgery, Multifocal IOLs and comprehensive eye care. Let our caring staff help you reach your goal of better vision today.

We have two locations to serve you in Fairfield and Vacaville CA. Call us in Fairfield at 707-422-6500 and in Vacaville at 707-446-6500. Visit our website at

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Rick's Body & Paint Is AAA Approved.

Rick's Body & Paint is one of only three auto repair facilities in Vacaville to achieve the AAA Approved Auto Repair standard. We believe in honesty and integrity and provide the best customer service possible.

Meeting the Highest Standards

The AAA Approved Auto Repair program approves only facilities that meet the highest standards in vehicle repair, competency, reliability, cleanliness, overall experience and fair pricing. These repair facilities must also employ only trained, certified technicians, and offer timely repairs, convenient hours and courteous service. AAA makes sure that your automobile repairs are conducted only by professionals.

Other benefits of using this program include:

  • Free maintenance inspections
  • Written estimates that guarantee repair costs can vary by no more than 10 percent unless authorized by you in advance
  • A nationwide warranty
  • Return of old parts
  • Free vehicle inspection for items that most frequently contribute to roadside breakdown
  • AAA help in the event of a dispute

With its unparalleled network of associated repair shops and guarantees, AAA gives you peace of mind for your entire automobile repair needs.

Call Rick's Body & Paint for your body repair and paint needs at 707-446-0736. Rick, Tim, and their team will take very good care of you.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Upward Trend Recommends Brian Gilpin, CPA

Brian I. Gilpin, CPA Inc.
Full Service Tax and Accounting

318 Cernon St
Vacaville, CA 95688
Phone: (707)448-4001
Fax: (707)449-9185

Quality Tax Services
* Years of experience have given us the ability to do the most routine or difficult returns.
* Extensive continuing education programs to stay current.
* Open year round to handle issues that may arise and to do tax planning.
* Tax representation service should it be needed
* All returns reviewed by a second tax professional.
* We use the best software tools available.
* Excellent history of record retention and respect for privacy
* Foreclosure tax advice and preparation.

Other Services
*Small Business Accounting
*Estate or Trust Accounting
*Audited Financial Statements
*Quickbooks Solutions
*Individual Tax Preparation
*Peer Review Report

Brian Gilpin is Upward Trend's CPA. We highly recommend his straight forward, no nonsense approach.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Just Cakin It Cake Creations

Here's some fun for you! A sampling of specialty cakes. Give us a call at 707-447-2201 and let us create that special cake for your perfect occasion.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Tom Jackson, Owner of Vacaville Electric

Tom Jackson
Vacaville Electric

1011 Mason Street, Ste. 9
Vacaville, CA 95688
Cell: 707-398-1367

About Vacaville Electric:
Vacaville Electric is a full service Electrical Contractor based in Vacaville, California. Some of our company specialties include Residential, Commercial, Industrial, Service & Maintenance, Design, Lighting and Solar. When you need an electrician, you can count on us.

Whether you are a Business Owner, a Contractor, a Property Owner, or a Homeowner, we facilitate the smooth completion of your project. Working well with other trades, we look out for the owner's interests, delivering affordable quality every time. We always welcome new challenges and look forward to working with you.

About Tom Jackson:
My name is Tom Jackson, Owner/Operator of Vacaville Electric. I have been an Electrician for 15 years and have hands-on field training in Residential, Commercial and Industrial electrical work. When I was 19 years old, I took over a friend's job doing Residential electric work and have been in the Electrical industry ever since. After a few years of Residential work, I wanted to learn something new and switched to Commercial work. A couple of years later, the location of the company's work started moving too far south.

At that time, I made the decision to join Local 180 and to work locally. I was sworn (organized) in as a Residential Journeyman. After a couple years, I challenged the Board and tested out for Commercial Journeyman.

The last five years have been spent working in the Napa Valley, doing Wineries, Caves, Restaurants, Shopping Centers and Custom Homes. Last year I decided it was time to bring my experience home and begin the last company I will ever work for. My experience includes everything from Design to New Construction, Existing Construction, Remodels, Tenant Improvements and Service/maintenance of existing systems.

In July of 2009, I started Vacaville Electric. We are Locally Owned and Operated. I was born and raised in Fairfield, and have been residing in Vacaville for the last 10 years. My family is a part of this community and we are here to stay.

Vacaville Electric stands behind our work. We will get the job done right and in a timely manner. Customer satisfaction is important to us.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Peggy Nethery, Owner of Green Valley Floral

Peggy Nethery
Green Valley Floral

4160-A Suisun Valley Road
Fairfield, CA 94534
Call: 707-208-6838

Tuesday thru Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday 9:00am - 4:00pm
Sunday and Monday CLOSED

Peggy Nethery has been the new owner of Green Valley Floral for over three years. Before that, she managed the shop for 7 years. Green Valley Floral has been in business for 28 years now.

Peggy has a total of 15 years experience in the floral industry. "I found my love for flowers through my grandmother and in her beautiful garden when I was a young girl, for that, I am eternally grateful," says Peggy.

"I can honestly say that I love what I do! I don't think many people can say that. Providing my customers with the very best is important to me. Every Wednesday I go to the Flower Mart in San Francisco to hand select the flowers we use in all of our arrangements. We are also now carrying silk flowers."

There are presently five employees; Kristi, Ginny, Marsha, and Roxana. I couldn't do it without them. They are awesome. We will be happy to meet your needs from custom floral arrangements, plants, unique gift items, funerals and corporate events. We specialize in weddings ~ our favorite!

As we all know, these are tough times but, Green Valley Floral is here to stay. Stop by and see us. We are located at 4160-A Suisun Valley Road at "Rockville Corners" and deliver to Fairfield, Vacaville, Benicia, Vallejo, and Napa.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Upward Trend Welcomes Platinum Services Event Rentals As Newest Trend Setter Package Client

Platinum Services Event Rentals, located at 637 Merchant Street in Vacaville has become the latest Trend Setter Package client for Upward Trend. Owners Charles Lefluer and Elizabeth Robertson are looking forward to their new website to replace their existing one, a brand new blog, actively managing social media including Facebook, Twitter, Linked-In, YouTube and more, along with a monthly newsletter, video, and SEO Optimization as part of their Trend Setter Package.

Upward Trend will have their blog and social media running within a few days and the website within a few weeks. In the meantime, their existing website is

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Milestones. Achieving a milestone. Passing a milestone.

999B According to, in the 135 years of Major League Baseball, there have been a total of 17,538 MLB players. Out of that 17,538, only 25 of them have hit more than 500 home runs. Of those 25, nearly half are contemporary players who may have used steroids, but the others are among baseball immortals: Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Ted Williams, Mel Ott, Mickey Mantle, Eddie Matthews, Ernie Banks, Jimmy Foxx, Frank Robinson, Harmon Killebrew, Willie McCovey, Reggie Jackson, and Mike Schmidt.

I am achieving two milestones this month. This is the 500th issue of Sales Caffeine, and I just published my 1,000th weekly column. YIKES!

Milestones are NOT goals. No one ever set out to achieve a milestone. Milestones are reached with small, consistent achievements that, when added up over a 10 or 20-year span, equal something big (something more than a goal).

My first column was written and published on March 22, 1992. Not a milestone, just an achievement. Fast-forward to June 2011. Consistent work along the way and BOOM - a milestone.

Milestones are accomplished over time from achievement after achievement. Home run after home run. To start, think one at a time, not 500.

Here are the elements of what it takes to achieve a milestone:

* The skillset. Are your fundamentals solid? Do you have a genuine understanding or capability of where you are trying to get to?

* The drive. You have to wake up in the morning and be ready. Not because you have to, because you want to.

* The knowledge. Do you consider yourself an expert?

* The daily self-discipline. Making small achievements a habit is paramount in the milestone process.

* The desire. The more you "want" to do it, the easier it will be and the more fun it will be to create achievement.

* The practice. Every great ballplayer comes to the park two hours before the game starts to practice. If you're going for a milestone, practice is NOT an option. NOTE: The better you are, the more you have to practice.

* The action. Nothing in the milestone process will happen unless you make it happen. Action is a culmination of several attributes and is also a report card on how you have mastered them.

* The consistency. My milestones are based on my consistency. Achieving 1,000 articles came from one article per week for 1,000 weeks. Achieving 500 email magazines came from one email magazine per week for 500 weeks. One means nothing. One consistently over 10 years equals milestone.

* The intention. Intentions trump goals. If you do not intend to do something, the goal will never be achieved. Intention and milestone are brother and sister. In order for achievement to take place, intention must precede it.

* The "no matter what" (no excuse) attitude. Non-achievers are great at making excuses for why it won't happen or why it can't happen. (My definition of can't is won't.) If you are trying to achieve something, and you write it down, end the intention or the goal with the words "even if my ass falls off." It will automatically give you a clearer picture of intention and achievement.

* The love of it. When I look back at my milestone achievements, one of the most important attributes in the process is loving what I do. It makes intention automatic. But more important (perhaps most important) is that I'm always striving to be my best in all of my achievement. It may take extra time and it may take extra work, but the reward and the pride lead to fulfillment.

* The personal pride. Personal pride cannot be measured, only felt. And it's a great feeling.

* The personal sense of achievement. Personal sense of achievement cannot be measured, only felt. And it's a great feeling.

* The personal sense of fulfillment. Personal sense of fulfillment cannot be measured, only felt. And it's a great feeling.

Nothing and no one lasts forever. But for me, it's safe to say that 2,000 columns and 1,000 email magazines and are within sight and within achievement - all I have to do is maintain the pace, stay focused on my responsibilities, and do the hard work required. Keep thinking, keep collecting ideas, keep writing, keep working harder than everyone else, and keep loving what I do. Simple - not easy.

Milestones lead to more milestones. As a writer, my body of work has allowed me to complete my 11th book this year, and my intention is to write 10 more.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Zig Ziglar - Attitude Makes All The Difference

Zig Ziglar teaches people all over the world the fundamentals of sales and success. Here he tells a story of a woman with a negative attitude who hated her job, shifted her attitude and changed her life.

This video is from his Ziglar Inspire Podcast which I highly recommend you visit. Go here for more info.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Folsom Lake Ford Fleet Has A Huge Selection Of New Police Cars In Stock!

The Crown Victoria Police Cruiser is a classic and in final production, we stocked up, so we still have a large selection of police cars in stock ready to go.

Folsom Lake Ford is one of the west coast's largest government sales fleet departments. If we don't have it, we can get it. Give Mark Paoli, Government Sales Manager a call at 916-351-4202. He will help you get the right vehicle at the right price at the right time.

Folsom Lake Ford, Folsom CA. Fleet website is Main dealership website is

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Supreme Delivery Van Body

This is a Supreme 10' Cutaway Delivery Van Body with unique side roll up door, rear barn doors and full length steps. The truck is a new 2009 Chevrolet Cutaway Van chassis. Recorded on November 16, 2010 using a Flip Video camcorder at Fairfield Chevrolet, Fairfield, CA.

Call Fairfield Chevrolet at 707-422-7777 for more information on this great truck.

Rack-it Truck Racks Demo On Their Aluminum Rack

Gary Kank, Sales Manager of Rack-it Truck Racks gives an impromptu presentation of the Rack-it Aluminum Truck Rack to Terry Minion of Commercial Truck Success.

Aluminum racks are gaining in popularity to save weight and increase payloads and also for their corrosion resistance. The Aluminum version is the same design as the famous Rack-it Steel Truck Racks.

Contact Rack-it at 800-445-7666 and visit their website at

Friday, June 3, 2011

Upward Trend Welcomes Above All Roofing As Our Latest Trend Setter Package Client

We welcome Above All Roofing of Fairfield, CA as Upward Trend's latest Trend Setter Package client. We will be building a website, blog, social media including Facebook, Twitter, Linked-In, YouTube and more, along with a monthly email newsletter, video and SEO optimization. Look for their products very soon.

Above All Roofing does not currently have a website, but we will remedy that shortly. In the meantime, you can reach them at 707-446-8819.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Platinum Chevrolet Is Our Latest Trend Setter Package Client

Upward Trend is pleased to announce that Platinum Chevrolet in Santa Rosa, CA is our latest Trend Setter Package client. We will be building a new website for their commercial truck and fleet department, along with a blog, social media including Facebook, Twitter, Linked-in and YouTube and more, plus a monthly newsletter, SEO optimization, and video. We will begin immediately with their blog and social media and have it fully functioning in just a couple days.

We are pleased to have Platinum Chevrolet as a client and look forward to sharing more about this great organization in the very near future. Their current dealership website is