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Is Your Business Calling You to Grow?

Oh that’s B.S., and you know it!” my friend exclaimed.

Her lips were tight. Her voice tense. And there was a fierceness in her eyes that startled me.

I have a lot of friends who speak their minds, and I’m used to them coming from the blunt end of the interpersonal spectrum.

But this was different. I knew she was speaking from love – but for a second, I thought she was mad.

She wasn’t.

She was frustrated – and determined; determined to get me to see something I just couldn’t see.
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How to Talk About What You Do

Women Networking“So, what kind of work do you do?”, she asked…

…carefully balancing her coffee in one hand while digging out her business card with the other.

I was at a typical small business networking meeting.

You know the type.

You meet in some clean industrialized space full of neutral tones with carefully chosen abstract art on the wall.

Like being invited to the wrong birthday party, you stand around trying to figure out who the heck these people are and wondering why you’re even here. Sigh.

If it helps any, everyone else is as uncomfortable as you are. Maybe even more so. :)

But you’re not here because of what you do. You’re not here because you’re an event planner or psychotherapist or an insurance broker. Continue reading

One Magic Word That Will Change Your Life

magic-wordMy life turned upside down a few years ago. 

I found myself in the midst of an unexpected transition, an uncomfortable in-between time, when I knew what had been but had no idea what was to be.

Ever felt that way?

I’d just finished a term in public office where I poured everything I had into serving my community. I lived and breathed that work for four unbelievably intense years. And I loved it.

But when that ended, I was lost. It was as if I’d been pushing up a long, steep hill, eyes to the ground, carrying a weight that was worthy but so heavy… And suddenly the hill leveled out, the weight disappeared, and I looked up for the first time in days, not quite sure where I was.

I was disoriented, at loose ends, and had no idea what to do next.

And with a successful business, that I’d run for years, on life support, dying from neglect.

So I threw myself into rebuilding, and focused on doing what I knew how to do to breathe life back into it. I set up a super-simple business plan with a year’s worth of goals – then met them all within two months.

I was still restless.
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The 7 Deadly Fears of an Entrepreneur

Iceland - Moyan BrennEveryone’s got one.

In fact, most of us have several.

I’m talking about fear; about all those little self-doubts and worries that block our progress and suck the success right out of our wallets.

Some of them are so strong they practically shout at us. Others are so quiet, you don’t even know they’re there. But they are. And they are often disguised as a perfectly fine, oh-so-logical “reason” for not moving forward in your business.

You could be the exception, of course.

You could be that rare person who sails through the day with nothing but confidence in your skills, with total clarity about your direction, and with peace of mind about your profits.

But you would definitely be the exception. :)

The truth is, no matter who you are, how long you’ve been in business or how many zeroes are at the end of your income, odds are that you, too, have favorite fears that sometimes slow you down. Continue reading

How to get yourself to do what (you think) you cannot do.

Oh my gosh – now what do you do?

Now that you’ve made that decision.

Now that you’ve declared your Intent to the Universe.

And more importantly — to yourself…

Now what do you do?

It’s a little scary to think about, isn’t it?

A few weeks ago, I posted my first video ever – and that was a BIG step for me. Just making the dang decision that I was by-golly-it’s-now-or-never-gonna-do-this-thing was hard enough.

But following through on that decision was another step entirely.

And I’m worried that you may be in that exact same place right now.

Several of you wrote to say that you loved that video so much that you were – in fact – inspired. (Thank you!)

You were inspired to make a decision about something that was holding you back. You were ready to move forward in a significant way – and finally knew what you wanted to do.

That was cool. Way cool.   

And yes, it feels GREAT, doesn’t it? I always feel as if everything is a little lighter once I reach that point.

But that’s just the first step, y’all.

And if you stop there, you’ll never get the results that you really want to get.   Continue reading