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Core Values: Is it time to examine yours?

As a busy, and sometimes maxed out business owner, we often have to weigh out priorities, cutting out important things for seemingly more important things. But is that wise? What should you be prioritizing? 

I would like to share about an impromptu conversation I had with a busy business owner today. This conversation prompted this post because I see this area as lacking in the many, possibly the majority, causing them ultimately to make decisions they think they should make for reasons they think they should. These choices DO NOT resonate with who they really are. They do not align with their core values. They conflict with their purpose and diminish their drive.

Years ago I worked with a company who did not understand this, nor did they understand how to encourage and motivate me. They would attempt to motivate me to work hard for the money that could be had. They would always talk about money. I like money. I need money. I have fun with excess money. I find satisfaction in my bills being paid. I am not motivated by money. It is not my core value. Not even close. This type of practice to motivate a team will demoralize someone like me. It is contrary to who I am and shifts my focus into a place that is not healthy for me, and causes me to shut down. I abhor being pushed to think about money when I am thinking about a person. They are not a dollar sign, they are a valued human being. I am not driven by money. Yet I need and want money, and will be wealthy. This is not for the sake of money. This is for the sake of freedom and choices, helping others, making a true difference. This might be giving you a clue into some of my core values. 

When I spoke with the business owner, it was so uplifting and exciting to me. I was able to convey the importance of defining your core values and operating from that place FROM THE GET. Often we work too hard, trying to get to the point we think we have to be. We often think that we can then operate from a place that speaks to our core values and be the person we truly are. This is backwards and denotes a person operating with a mindset of lack. “I cannot afford to prioritize those things that were the reasons I went into business for myself, because I first have to make it in business.” I propose that when you step into who you are, operating from your strengths and core values, you will make it in business faster, avoid burnout, walk in a sense of joy, have fun in the work you have chosen that aligns with who you truly are, and you will carry a confidence you have, as of yet, not known. We must stop operating from lack. We must stop putting our truth, passion and purpose on hold. You don’t have to earn the right to work that way. It is inherent to who you are and you are hurting yourself, body, mind, soul and spirit to do it any other way. 

The conversation I had today empowered me. I was able to speak some truths to this new connection of mine and add value to his life, in an unexpected way at a time I was busy doing something else. I saw a local call coming in and took it thinking it might be important. And it was.

If you have never been through the defining process of determining your core values and want to, I am putting together a workshop to walk you through the process so you can operate from a place of peace, power and passion. This will be part of the signature course I will be launching soon, but there will be a stand alone product, a workshop or DIY product.

When you operate from your core values the lie that tells you you’re a fraud has no hold. The lies that you have to measure up to someone else’s standards loses grip. You begin to find yourself feeling happier and feeling better about what you are doing, and people will be more drawn to you because you are operating in your true identity. What a beautiful thing! This is where you will shine. People will see this glow, energy or light about you that draws them to you. You will begin to attract those whom you are called to serve.

I realize this post may be a little different from what I typically share, and I am just writing it off the cuff and posting it today because it is so needed. I just had to jump on in my great desire to share this with you. Your core values are just part of your identity. It is time for the world to see you shine. The only place you grow is outside your comfort zone. Are you ready to take that leap, stretch and thrive? If you need a coach, mentor, buddy in adventure, I am here. This is what I do for people and I have a passion to see exceed their wildest expectations. Live a life you love. There is no need to put it off another moment. <3 Much love to you, my friend. This may have been written just for you, and that makes it worth my time. Be blessed!

Are You Building a Business or Longing for Someone Else’s Success

As a busy, and sometimes maxed out business owner, we often have to weigh out priorities, cutting out important things for seemingly more important things. But is that wise? What should you be prioritizing?

I would like to share about an impromptu conversation I had with a busy business owner today. This conversation prompted this post because I see this area as lacking in the many, possibly the majority, causing them ultimately to make decisions they think they should make for reasons they think they should. These choices DO NOT resonate with who they really are. They do not align with their core values. They conflict with their purpose and diminish their drive.

Years ago I worked with a company who did not understand this, nor did they understand how to encourage and motivate me. They would attempt to motivate me to work hard for the money that could be had. They would always talk about money. I like money. I need money. I have fun with excess money. I find satisfaction in my bills being paid. I am not motivated by money. It is not my core value. Not even close. This type of practice to motivate a team will demoralize someone like me. It is contrary to who I am and shifts my focus into a place that is not healthy for me, and causes me to shut down. I abhor being pushed to think about money when I am thinking about a person. They are not a dollar sign, they are a valued human being. I am not driven by money. Yet I need and want money, and will be wealthy. This is not for the sake of money. This is for the sake of freedom and choices, helping others, making a true difference. This might be giving you a clue into some of my core values.

When I spoke with the business owner, it was so uplifting and exciting to me. I was able to convey the importance of defining your core values and operating from that place FROM THE GET. Often we work too hard, trying to get to the point we think we have to be. We often think that we can then operate from a place that speaks to our core values and be the person we truly are. This is backwards and denotes a person operating with a mindset of lack. “I cannot afford to prioritize those things that were the reasons I went into business for myself, because I first have to make it in business.” I propose that when you step into who you are, operating from your strengths and core values, you will make it in business faster, avoid burnout, walk in a sense of joy, have fun in the work you have chosen that aligns with who you truly are, and you will carry a confidence you have, as of yet, not known. We must stop operating from lack. We must stop putting our truth, passion and purpose on hold. You don’t have to earn the right to work that way. It is inherent to who you are and you are hurting yourself, body, mind, soul and spirit to do it any other way.

The conversation I had today empowered me. I was able to speak some truths to this new connection of mine and add value to his life, in an unexpected way at a time I was busy doing something else. I saw a local call coming in and took it thinking it might be important. And it was.

If you have never been through the defining process of determining your core values and want to, I am putting together a workshop to walk you through the process so you can operate from a place of peace, power and passion. This will be part of the signature course I will be launching soon, but there will be a stand alone product, a workshop or DIY product.

When you operate from your core values the lie that tells you you’re a fraud has no hold. The lies that you have to measure up to someone else’s standards loses grip. You begin to find yourself feeling happier and feeling better about what you are doing, and people will be more drawn to you because you are operating in your true identity. What a beautiful thing! This is where you will shine. People will see this glow, energy or light about you that draws them to you. You will begin to attract those whom you are called to serve.

I realize this post may be a little different from what I typically share, and I am just writing it off the cuff and posting it today because it is so needed. I just had to jump on in my great desire to share this with you. Your core values are just part of your identity. It is time for the world to see you shine. The only place you grow is outside your comfort zone. Are you ready to take that leap, stretch and thrive? If you need a coach, mentor, buddy in adventure, I am here. This is what I do for people and I have a passion to see exceed their wildest expectations. Live a life you love. There is no need to put it off another moment. ❤ Much love to you, my friend. This may have been written just for you, and that makes it worth my time. Be blessed!

A Healthy Diet Leads to a Growing Business

One key to a successful, growing business is the ability to make wise decisions and to be productive. One way to achieve these daily goals is to maintain a healthy diet. However, that is no easy feat these days when we’re constantly bombarded with ads and information about all the different menu plans and ways of eating. However, one common denominator in all of these health plans is to eat organic, whole foods in their most natural state.

In the simplest of terms, avoid all the center aisles of the grocery store where the prepackaged foods are found. I know that’s tough to do! But the freshest choices will be found in the produce, seafood, and meat sections of your local grocery store. If you’re still tempted to buy a box of something because it’s convenient, read the ingredient label first. If you can pronounce all the ingredients and there are a small number of ingredients listed, it’s a smart choice. Anything that you can’t pronounce is likely a chemical which has no business being ingested.

Ditch the Carb Coma Lunches

You know that carb coma we all fall into after Thanksgiving dinner? Not a good thing on a regular work day. Overloading on carbs can make you feel sleepy, which will zap your energy and limit your decision-making ability. Instead of grabbing high carb lunches, choose lunches that have more protein and fewer carbs. For instance, a salad with chicken, turkey, or salmon is a better choice than a greasy burger and fries at the fast food joint. If you add some avocado to that healthy salad, the good fats in the avocado will help you feel full but will also give you brain power to have a productive afternoon.

One note: even fruits and vegetables have carbohydrates in them but they are still whole foods that your body can digest easily. So don’t get freaked about having a salad and still ingesting carbs. The simple carbs, such as breads, cereals, baked goods, and anything loaded with sugar are what’s bad for your body, your blood sugar, your weight, and your business mind.

Is Buying Organic Worth the Increased Price?

Many people argue that it’s too expensive to buy organic produce or grass-fed meats, even though the health benefits are many. When it comes to budgeting, it’s all too easy to opt for the cheaper options.

However, some produce have higher concentrations of pesticides than others, which obviously can cause harm to our bodies over many years. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) creates an updated list every year of the Dirty Dozen and the Clean 15, which are foods that have the highest and lowest concentrations of pesticides, respectively. If you’re on a limited budget, take a look at the Dirty Dozen list and buy organic versions of these foods.

Stimulate Your Brain with Daily Exercise

One way to clear your mind while also relaxing the rest of your body is to exercise daily. It doesn’t have to be an hour at the gym; you can simply go for walks during your day, take the stairs instead of the elevator, or do some yoga stretches before the kids wake up. Exercising increases your flexibility, lowers your chances of injury, keeps your weight in check, and also improves your productivity. Additionally keeping limber with daily stretches helps protect your body, and breathing deeply as you stretch provides oxygen to your blood, increasing mental acuity and decreasing stress and anxiety. Often we think we do not have time for these self-care activities, but one could easily argue that the benefit received would more than outweigh the time and energy expended.

More Self-Care Tips in My Webinar

Making healthy dietary changes will improve your health and your business productivity but you should also take time each day for self-care. This special time allows your brain to quiet down and relax. It releases anxiety and stress and helps you focus on your personal life instead of always thinking about your business. In my newest webinar I’ve got 5 easy tips you can implement immediately that you can do at the beginning or end of your day. Come join me August 28th! Go to our business services page and scroll to the bottom for the link to register. We will see you there!

Are You on the Verge of Business Burnout? Look for these Signs…

Burnout is a very real problem, especially for solopreneurs. Even though partnerships can have their ups and downs, at least you have someone to handle some of the stress and responsibility. Solopreneurs are by themselves and feel the entire weight of their success on their lone shoulders. This large responsibility often leads these business owners to work 14+ hour days and lose track of what’s happening at home with their families. But is focusing so much attention on your business a wise decision?

No, not if you want to achieve a work/life balance that makes you and your family happy. Even if you’re single, making time for self-care and relaxation will improve your overall health and mental wellbeing. Let’s talk about the signs to look for that indicate you might be headed toward a burnout.

1. Insomnia. If your brain can’t shut down because you’re consumed with work, your sleep pattern will get disrupted, leaving you overtired, lacking energy, and possibly lacking the mental energy to make wise business decisions.

2. Procrastination. Do you cringe at the length of your daily to-do list? Did these tasks once excite you but now they make you want to crawl under a rock? Procrastination leads to missed deadlines and opportunities to promote your business.

3. Fatigue. The human body is only capable of handling so much stress on limited sleep. Certainly you’ve heard the phrase “burning the candle at both ends”? That’s what happens when you work yourself to the bone and don’t give your body and brain enough time to recover before starting another high-stress day. At some point your body will want to give up, causing severe fatigue and possibly other illnesses that will keep you out of the office.

4. Changes in appetite. For some people, stress causes them to overeat; for others, stress reduces their appetites. Neither extreme is good for your body. For optimal health and mental clarity, take lunch breaks away from the desk and choose natural, healthy food choices instead of fast food items.

5. Anxiety. High stress causes anxiety, which can cause crippling fear or other physical symptoms. Keep in mind: there’s a big difference between the anxiety you feel when stepping out of your comfort zone versus stress-induced anxiety that doesn’t seem to go away.

Think about this: as a solopreneur, if you are not physically able to run your business, what happens to it? Chances are, you’d have to close your doors and any streams of income you currently have will disappear. Let’s avoid this happening! Take care of your whole body, mind, and spirit. Take quiet time to relax. Get outdoors and breathe in some fresh air. Unplug for a whole weekend and live in the moment with your family. Reconnect with old friends. Start a hobby. The choices are limitless.

Follow these 5 Tips for Easy Self-care

I’m hosting an upcoming webinar dedicated to this self-care topic. I discovered changes in my own business and my mindset once I started taking care of myself and living life outside of the office. My webinar is titled, “5 Ways to Practice Regular Self-Care, Even if You Think You Don’t Have Time” and I promise you don’t need to dedicate hours a day or make any pricey purchases. Implement these tips in the privacy of your home. Grab your seat today by requested your invitation here in the comments, or use the contact us form on the site.

Micro niching - should you?

Micro niching – should you?

Many times as business owners we find ourselves trying to serve everyone. We do not want to miss out on potential customers, so we try to meet everybody’s needs. This often leaves us depleted, spread thin as we attempt to cover all the bases. But isn’t this often when we feel we ought to do?

I would like to propose a thought. What if narrowing your focus could bring you people you can relate to, people you like, people who think like you do, who want your help, and are willing to pay for it? What if you narrowing your focus into what seems like an unbelievable way, you can specialize in what you love the most, have the most skill in, and never get tired of? I know, that seems like a tall order. But it is possible.

When narrowing your niche it can feel challenging and uncertain. It can be a guessing game. Where do I begin? Who is my most ideal audience? Who do I most want to help?

Micro niching allows YOU to be the expert in what you do. It is a necessity, so you need to know how. Schedule your call today and see how we can help you create your avatar, your ideal client..