The other day, I was in the pasture with my horses and decided I would catch our gelding, Wizard, to spend some time with him.
He is a willing partner, always curious about what we might do together. He doesn't hesitate to let me halter him, unless of course something spooks him.
I always take it easy, its not an abrupt or demanding process. I invite him to participate and he lowers his head and I halter him up. We breathe together and stand for a minute.
As we begin to walk, our mare (Barbie Slew), starts to get ahead of us and blocks our path. I pivot and try to move around her and she pivots too. It becomes a game of how far I can get around her before she blocks me again. I can feel the frustration boiling up.
I'm definitely focusing on the "obstacle" and how to move around it. I'm thinking about why she is blocking me. Is it because she doesn't want me to take him? Does she wish I was taking her? WHAT is...
Chances are if you are feeling burned out in your business, you have some thoughts or belief systems that aren't helping you.
I think it's important to remember that no product, service or system is created without a vision and a belief that it is possible.
If you are struggling to believe, it's time to tackle those limiting thoughts and make a choice of what you want to believe on purpose.
Why? Because our thoughts and feelings determine our actions and behaviors which lead to our results.
If what and how you think is paramount to your future desired state, don't you think it's crucial that you "mind your mind" and change it if need be?
The first step in this process is to track your thoughts and become more aware of the current beliefs that are swirling around up there.
What thoughts or beliefs do you have about your business - that might not be serving you?
As you track these thoughts, notice the sensations or feelings that come up for you.
Then, make a...
Some goals are measurable and some are intangible and hard to quantify but are just as important to plan for and to track their success.
At the beginning of each week I set the intention for where I want to put my time, energy and focus both in my personal life and in my business. At the end of the week, I reflect back and see if my actions followed my intentions.
This routine allows for some closure to the week and some clarity around where I am on track toward my larger business and life goals.
These are some of the key questions I ask:
What went well this week?
What went off the rails and why?
What did I learn?
How did or do I move forward?
Who am I grateful for this week?
How did my actions create a positive impact at home, work or in the community?
What is one tiny way I can celebrate (however big or small the accomplishment)?
This weekly practice has a cumulative impact over time as it helps to create new intentions and...
Thinking about the end of your business while you are starting it or navigating its growth can seem counter intuitive, but it can actually be one of the most powerful planning strategies. This process can be just as much fun as planning an adventure, road trip or vacation.
In each of those scenarios, you are likely to have a purpose for your adventure, a destination and some idea of what you want to experience, right? And at the end - you can picture getting home safely, having some time to decompress and unpack, and then having memories to return to.
Your business is no different. All things eventually come to an end and it can bring great peace and joy to know what that desired state looks like ahead of time, so that you can make decisions along the way to support that end.
While some of these ideas have been interesting...
When we lose site of our vision and purpose in business, this leads to feelings of overwhelm, "swirling" in indecision and ultimately feelings of burnout.
One of my favorite exercises with clients who are just starting out or re-visioning their businesses is to go back to the core drivers and values...the big "why's".
I have found that spending time answering these basic, core questions can result in insights that I wasn't expecting (both for myself and my clients).
For example, if one of your "why's " is more time freedom, but you find you are glued to your computer with endless feelings of "there's not enough time"- then something is not in alignment and its worth exploring strategies for making a shift.
The true "bottom line" in business is not how much money you are bringing in... it would be better...
I was thinking this week about my plants in the garden and how some of them thrive in certain spaces and some of them don’t.
On the back of their seed packets are specific instructions for how deep the seeds should be planted, how far apart from each other, when they should be planted (soil temp), etc.
Are people really any different?
Do we each actually have a set of ideal planting and cultivating instructions that if we followed we would set ourselves up to thrive and be more resilient?
What would those be for you?
If you were to write a description of your planting instructions- what would those look like?
Here are some ideas:
When I think about the freedom I want most for myself and for you…
it's freedom from suffering.
Suffering from thoughts that make us feel like we’re somehow not enough, or that there isn’t enough or that any good measure of success starts and ends with our financial statements.
Suffering from ideas that the weight of the world, family or business rests solely on our shoulders.
Suffering because a mindset of productivity and responsibility without balance, leads to results of disconnection and overwhelm.
Suffering because we know that inequities of freedom for “some” are at the cost of freedom for all and sometimes we feel powerless to affect change- even in ourselves.
As we enter a weekend intended to celebrate America’s independence and freedom, I invite us to consider if our freedom is in balance or if we are shackled to ideas or ideals that actually create less freedom in our lives or the lives of...
If we were going to plan a road trip or a vacation together, we would probably start with one of two guiding questions:
1. Where do we want to go?
2. What do we want to do?
I'm not saying those are easy answers- but they are crucial questions to ask if we are going to get on the same page about our experience together.
Once we've nailed those questions down, then we can begin planning our route.
If we encounter roadblocks, then we can re-calculate.
Without our shared vision...both of those next steps would be pretty challenging and probably lead us to either give up or have some serious conflict along the way.
Any shared vision has to begin with shared ownership and buy-in individually. Which means that each person needs to clarify for themselves:
1. What matters most to me?
2. What am I willing to let go of?
3. How do I want to show up in partnership and communication?
This year, 2020,...