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The ‘know it all’ trap

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There is a big difference between knowing everything and knowing that you can figure out anything. Many service providers believe that they “have to know it all” before they can provide any value to their clients. And that if they don’t “know it all” yet, then they aren’t ready. So they don’t put themselves out there. They get caught in an endless loop of learning and taking courses. They lose sales because they bring their “I don’t know enough yet” mindset to the conversation, and essentially talk themselves out of clients. The drive to “know it all” is a dangerous trap, not only because it’s impossible to achieve (I have…

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Where do you stop? 

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After 1 time? 3 times? 10 times? On a podcast I was listening to recently the speaker shared a statistic that diets are way more likely to be successful after the 7th time of trying it. That each time a person tries a diet, they are developing and strengthening neural pathways that at a certain point become natural. They become habit. And that is when a person is more likely to find success. The other side of this coin means that the first 6 times will feel like a failure! <— and that’s the rub. That’s the hard part. How does this show up for us in business? When I…

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the big eek!

The big eek!

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One of the things we talked about on our Intersection call last week was the big ‘Eeek!’ And how one of the ways we know we are tapping into our zone of genius – our calling – is that it comes with some Eeek! attached to it. It feels scary. Risky. It might even feel downright terrifying. Why is the big Eeek! a part of this process? There are a couple of reasons: 1) Our resistance/ego is triggered when we come face to face with our calling – and it is going to stir up ALLLL our stuff. All our worries, doubts and fears. All the reasons why it won’t…

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letting go of this was a doozy!

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“Authentic growth comes from what we don’t know” ~ The Presence Process The question is – are we willing to go there? When I was on retreat back in August we did a ritual where we released something that was no longer serving us. I choose to release “needing to figure it all out”. I wanted to be purposeful to tap more into my intuition and spiritual guidance. Well beware what you wish for right? Letting go of the need to figure things out is a doozy! Especially when I’m really good at it. Especially when I’ve made a living from it. Especially for a control freak like me who likes…

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we need you 

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Don’t let anyone try to tell you that your calling is too small. That it should be some grandiose, “I want to be the next Oprah” kind of calling. That you should want to build an empire and make millions. That you should become “more like this person” and less like who you already are. That is some serious BS right there. Because callings come in all different shapes and sizes. The world needs visionaries & doers. Planners & leaders. Writers & speakers. Techies & artists. Designers & maintainers. Teachers & researchers. The world needs solopreneurs and entrepreneurs. It needs companies of one and companies of many. It needs those…

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celebrating 20 years in business

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I started my business in September of 1999. At the time I had no big plans. No big vision. Nor did I have any idea what I was getting myself into. 😉 I just said yes to a consulting gig that came my way and jumped in with both feet. And here I am 20 years later – a completely different person than I was in the beginning. I look back on these first 20 years as one of the greatest blessings of my life. Through my business I’ve learned who I am. I’ve owned my strengths – my gifts – and have seen where I’m trying to be something…

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ostrich or control freak?

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When it comes to dealing with the stress of running a business, as entrepreneurs we will default into operating from one of 2 categories – Ostrich or Control Freak. If you are an Ostrich, you default into avoidance mode. When challenges arise you put your head in the sand and cross your fingers, hoping that someone else will swoop in and save the day. Ostriches generally don’t like, or understand, the “behind the scenes” stuff in business. In fact, you may hate it. So you tend to rely too much on other people for the answers and to do the work that needs to be done. You will hire and…

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my 3 favorite things to do in the summer

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Ahhhh yes… summer. This is the last week of school for my girls so our summer ‘season’ officially starts this Friday. There are 3 things I like to focus on during this time of year as I juggle family time and down time with the ongoing needs of the business. 1) Catch Up – this is a great time to year to catch up on all the little (and sometimes big!) things that have been hanging out on our to-do lists. I like to start with the oldest stuff on my list and work my way backwards…. I either get it done, or let it go. My goal is to start…

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Solving the Root Problem

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I’ve seen too much time, energy and money wasted on trying to solve the wrong problem… the ‘symptom’ problem. We try different things over and over again and can’t seem to get it figured out. <– perhaps you can relate? It’s highly frustrating, not to mention costly, when we aren’t focused on solving the ‘real’ problem. The one that can make all the difference.

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How delegation led to my identity crisis

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2010 was the year that my business officially became bigger than me. It was the year that I shifted my business model from 1-1 service provider to a training/coaching model. And as part of the shift there was simply too much work for me to keep doing it all myself – so I needed to start hiring. My very first hire that year was my OBM Tiffany. She jumped in with both feet – working side by side with me to manage projects and move the business forward. I delegated stuff to her and she took it on. It was EXACTLY what I wanted, but what I didn’t expect was…

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