With the holiday weekend approaching, it’s time to relax and enjoy the last weekend of summer! Here is a guest post from Relax Like a Boss that will inspire you to let go and take it easy.
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It’s that time of the month in January when people begin to slack or give up on their resolutions. Whether you have made personal and/or professional resolutions this year, now is the time to create and retain lasting habits that serve your end goals. In this blog, I’m showcasing a roundup of quotes from renown influencers and leaders that will hopefully help you create those daily habits, and if you’ve made resolutions, help you stick to them. Remember, setbacks and problems are part of the journey, but getting back on your feet and staying determined will define and demonstrate the level of success you wish to achieve. Here’s a mid-January pick-me-up just for you:
“I believe every human has a finite number of heartbeats. I don’t intend to waste any of mine.”
“It is not the strongest species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the most responsive to change.”
“If you can dream it, you can do it.”
“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”
“The stars will never align, and the traffic lights of life will never all be green at the same time. The universe doesn’t conspire against you, but it doesn’t go out of its way to line up the pins either. Conditions are never perfect. ‘Someday’ is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you. Pro and con lists are just as bad. If it’s important to you and you want to do it ‘eventually,’ just do it and correct course along the way.”
“I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.”
“Keep your face to the sunshine and you can never see the shadow.”
“Keep on going, and the chances are that you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I never heard of anyone ever stumbling on something sitting down.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.:
“If you can’t fly then run. If you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk, then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.”
“The purpose of our lives is to be happy.”
“If you can push through that feeling of being scared, that feeling of taking a risk, really amazing things can happen.”
“The real test is not whether you avoid this failure, because you won’t. It’s whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere.”
“People who succeed have momentum. The more they succeed, the more they want to succeed, and the more they find a way to succeed. Similarly, when someone is failing, the tendency is to get on a downward spiral that can even become a self-fulfilling prophecy.”
“If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.”
“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along. You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”
“The secret of change is to focus all your energy not on fighting the old but on building the new.”
“Step out of the history that is holding you back. Step into the new story you are willing to create.”
“Life is short, and it is here to be lived.”
Everything has to start with your vision. If I were to ask you what is your vision for 1 year, 2 years or 5 years, would you know?
For the purposes of this blog, we’ll focus on the vision for your business. This vision has to be so clear in your mind that you can painstakingly describe it in the smallest detail. Your vision is more than just a goal or a specific target to achieve something. It answers your why. It gives direction because it’s your desired future. It’s your passion and keeps you excited and motivated. It’s what inspires you to do whatever it is you want to do. Once you have this, you can create goals that are in line with your vision, particularly branding and marketing related goals.
One of the ways that I have focused (and refocused) my vision was through The Desire Map, by Danielle LaPorte. This book includes excerpts and exercises to help you create your vision based on how you want to feel. For many years, I’ve established daily, monthly and annual goals. I’m a list-person, so this process fueled my need for organization. However, I realized that it felt too routine-oriented and didn’t impact my true desires. This book focuses on how you want to feel in various parts of your life, instead of talking about external goals.
In her piece, entitled “The dark side of big goals,” Danielle writes:
“The ego loves big goals like a sugar addict loves sugar. The ego will tell you that the bigger the goals you have, the bigger the person you are.
I should probably tell you now that I’m the kind of person who has very big goals. And if we had tea to jam on your life, and if you had even an iota of ambition, I would probably take that iota and get alchemical with it and blow it sky high. So, I’m the last person to be down on big goals. But I am usually the first person to ask, “So…Why do you want what you want?” Because…
You are not your goals. Your goals don’t dictate your worth.
Why is it helpful to keep this in mind? Because when you can detach your identity and self-worth from the size of your goals, you can see your heart’s vision. It may be wildly ambitious. It might actually be very simple and sweet. (The simple goals often take you the deepest into yourself.) When you know that your soul is the steady power source, and that ambition is for play — you can choose to go big, or go home, and be fulfilled either way.”
This Holiday season, I challenge you to step back and think about your business’ vision, and when developing it, focus on the feelings you want to feel on your path to success!
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“How Do I Get the Word Out about My Business?”
This workshop is for those independent practitioners and small business owners who find marketing their businesses to be challenging, tiresome, disingenuous, and intimidating.
If you’re feeling stuck, lost, or simply wanting more out of how you currently promote your business, then this workshop will help you:
It’s time to empower yourself with tools that will help you generate more business, re-engage past and inactive clientele, and become more secure and confident in how you present your business to the world.
This marketing workshop series will include lecture, exercises, discussion, take-home materials and Q & A breaks. For those unable to attend the first workshop, a video link can be provided for the same price.
This is regularly priced at $50.00, but it will be discounted at a special price to celebrate the launch of the 2018 Marketing Series hosted by Tribe and CGC. Details for this series to come!
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The “official” last weekend of summer is fast approaching. As a long holiday weekend, you most likely have an extra day off to add to a normal weekend. My guess is you’re dreaming about the beaches, the parties and the backyard barbecues. But have you thought about the ways in which you could really take advantage of this time and improve your wellbeing? Research has shown that shutting down every so often helps us avoid burnout. There’s no better time than a long holiday weekend to do so! Here’s how:
Take a few days to rejuvenate and rest. Focus only on your friends, your family, and most importantly, yourself! Not only will you come back feeling renewed, but you’re more likely to be more creative and act more energized.
What’s your plan for unplugging this weekend?
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