The Second Annual Clean Sweep Challenge Starts this Friday

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Entrepreneur success coach overcomes challenges and finds inspiration for a new campaign using the Clean Sweep Challenge.

Melanie Benson Strick is no stranger to the challenges facing most entrepreneurs. After all, the California-based entrepreneur success coach has been in business for herself for almost a decade. So when technology problems started slowing her down, she dug into her own box of coaching tricks.

"My cell phone wasn't working properly. I had bought a new computer and half my files were on one computer and half on the other. Then things started to happen with my emails and my DSL company was not as reliable as they needed to be," Strick said. "The technology challenges were getting me behind in other things because I'd be sitting on the phone for two hours trying to get something working."

Instead of limping along at half-speed, Strick put her normal work aside and concentrated on remedying the problems.

"I did nothing but just work on getting caught up on all my projects," Strick said. "I didn't answer the phone, I didn't look at my email, and by at the end of the day, my headache was gone and I felt like finally I was getting some momentum again."

Based on her own success and that of several recent clients, Strick created a campaign to offer that same technique to entrepreneurs and small business owners around the country. The National Clean Sweep Challenge Day is a one-day clutter clearing blitz that Strick says will leave entrepreneurs with larger reserves of time and energy with which to pursue success in their businesses and their lives. This year's challenge is taking place on October 5, 2007.

The Challenge is online at It's free for everyone to register and includes a toolkit and support emails as well as a community website where participants can post their intentions and "wins" on the day of the challenge.

"That powerful energy happens after you finally start getting some of those energy-draining things, like clutter and unfinished projects, handled. Even if you just get a few things done, you feel a huge psychological benefit," Strick said. "You just feel so free."

Melanie Benson Strick, "The Entrepreneur's Success Coach," offers keynotes speeches, mentoring, training and products designed to get people out of overwhelm and onto the success fast-track. The National Clean Sweep Challenge Day toolkit is available free at

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