Being in Relationship with Your Business: Looking for Love in All the Right Places

“I love how vibrant you are about your business…”

That’s what a client wrote after I explained the thinking behind my not-quite-like-everyone-else business model.

We’ve only been working together for a few weeks, but she’s already taking off like a rocket: putting together packages, revamping her pricing structure, and taking a much-needed fresh look at self care.

To say that she was ready is an understatement – and it’s soooo much fun to see her becoming.

So when I got her note, this is what I wrote back.

“You know that tag line I use?
Love your business, love your life?
I live that. :))
I really, really, really, really, really love seeing people grow….”

And it hit me how absolutely true that is.

I really do love my business. I really do love my life.
(And sometimes I cry when I see people grow.)

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Your Love-Hate Relationship with Money, and Why You Need to Fix It

There was a time when I wouldn’t even touch money.

Back when I ran a department at a top notch treatment center for troubled teens, the last thing I thought about was money. We were busy saving lives, and that’s all that mattered to me.

So when the CEO reminded me to make sure the staff were monitoring insurance benefits, that really irritated me.

Why would I care about that? That was someone else’s job. All I cared about was helping those kids.

So of course, when I started my own practice, I took that attitude with me, and ran right into trouble.
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What I Wish I’d Known When I Started My First Business: A Message to My Younger Self

It’s true what they say about hindsight.

When I started my first business back in (gasp!) the early 90’s, I had no idea what I was doing.

I’d never taken a business course or read a single business book. I didn’t know anyone who ran a business other than an aunt who sold insurance.

There was no such thing as the internet, and the only coaches I knew were men with whistles yelling at the football team.

But that was a long time ago, and the world is a very different place today. When I think of all the mistakes I’ve made, and lessons I’ve learned, I wish I could talk to that young, clueless, but courageous, young woman I was back then.

If I could, this is what I would say to her.
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Getting Clear is a Messy Business

Well – that was fun.

Recently, a small but intimate group of entrepreneurs gathered for my Love Your Business, Love Your Life Vision-Board Workshop. For one entire day, they gave themselves the gift of time.

Time to think.

Time to dream.

Time to imagine what was possible for their business – and what that could mean for their lives.

Their decision – to set aside sacred time to be intentional about what they want – has already begun the transformation that I know they are about to experience.
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How A Mistake Led to My Best Year Ever

Remember that story about Peter walking on water?

As I remember it, the story goes something like this.

Peter was on a boat, bouncing along on the stormy, wind-tossed waves of a great big lake. The weather was rough, and he was spooked.

He sees his friend, Jesus, walking towards him on the water, and now he’s really spooked.

But Jesus calls out and tells him to quit worrying so much, to just step over the edge of the boat and come on over. On the water that is. As if it were nothing.

And he did.

Peter clambered right on over the edge of that boat and just started walking. I’ll don’t think he even took his life vest. :)

It’s fun to imagine what he must have thought…
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