Recently I’ve been writing about some heady topics in my Morning Musings (What happens when your best isn’t good enough, Learning from Failure) and Life, Biz and the Pursuit of Happiness. And, of course, this is causing me to realize all the places where I’m not showing up in my biz and life, and where my growth edges are.
And there’s a part of me that just wants to scream “Oh for the love of God, can’t we all be healed already?”
I mean, all of this focus on healing ourselves — is there ever a time where it’s counterproductive? Continue reading
I know I’ve been a bit quiet lately with this column. That’s because I’ve been in a place of exploration with how I can best show up each day in my writing (actually in all phases of my life and business but for this column we’re talking about writing).
And, oddly enough (or maybe not so oddly) even though I am a writer, writing about it didn’t feel right. I felt like I needed to be IN the process, rather than outside and observing the process. (Because no matter how deep a piece of writing can feel and be, you still need a certain level of objectivity just to discover the words to describe it.)
So what I’ve focused on is the actual writing. I’ve been working on my new novel (gasp!) and my next business book. And, it’s actually been coming along really well. Continue reading
What? Paint your marketing plan? Is that a typo?
Nope. This weekend’s assignment is to take a typically left-brain activity and turn it into a right-brain activity.
Don’t feel like painting your marketing plan? Why not compose a song? Or an interpretive dance? Or make a sculpture? Continue reading
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Does this sound familiar?
You’re getting ready to launch (or relaunch) your business — which means you need a new logo and a tagline.
You excitedly sit down to work on it. Because this is the first step to getting a new brand together, right?
If you listen to me, I’m a firm believer that “Taglines are the Devil.” Continue reading
I’ve stumbled upon another growth edge for me. (Sigh.)
This is one of those deep wounds that I really didn’t want to touch because it was so deep. And, quite honestly, I didn’t feel like dealing with the crap that would bubble up by touching it. Plus, it was a personal situation — it had absolutely nothing to do with business, so I really hated the idea of taking one of my weekends off to move though it.
Alas, your spiritual work doesn’t always show up when it’s convenient. Sometimes it shows up when it truly is the next thing you need to do. And I could just feel how this was what I needed to do to continue to take my business and life to the next level. (I have long stopped questioning how things are related and how working on my spiritual development has brought me more financial abundance — I realize it makes no sense on a practical level but yet, it works.) Continue reading
Successful people have successful habits.
From the how they start their day off (for many of them, their daily habits consist of some sort of combination of physical activity, meditation and reading) to how they’ve structured their time to be as efficient as possible, their habits tend to reflect their outer success.
And many successful people are very willing and open about what their daily habits are. So, if you’d like to duplicate their success, it’s pretty easy to find out what daily habits you should start integrating into your day.
Well… Continue reading
You may have noticed my past few blog posts have been about sports, and comparing sports to business.
Now, while putting sports and business together is a fairly common comparison, for this Creativity Jolt, I’d love to encourage you to “look outside the box” and see where you can find inspiration. Continue reading
A number of Olympics ago, there was a Russian male skater who didn’t win the gold. So, he decided to completely reinvent himself.
He moved to the US, hired new coaches, started a brand new workout routine — actually he started doing pretty much everything different.
And, 4 years later, he won the gold.
And those are the stories I love — how someone turns failure into success. When you hear those stories, you applaud how the person didn’t allow failure to deter them, that they picked themselves up, dusted themselves off and came back bigger and better.
Those are the stories that are easy to love.
But what happens if you fail, try again, and still fail? Continue reading
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If you’re anything like me, you have a noisy, negative and just plain mean little voice in your head.
That little voice is constantly nagging, berating and criticizing you — sucking your energy, your dreams, your joy and even your life.
My good friends, best-selling authors Christine Arylo and Amy Ahlers, call that little voice your Inner Mean Girl, and they’re on a mission to reform millions of Inner Mean Girls (and Dudes) around the globe. Continue reading
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You may have heard — podcasting is all the rage.
But it’s more than just podcasting, hosting your own podcast, radio show, telesummit, video summit, etc. if a fabulous way to build your credibility and expertise.
However, it really isn’t as easy as what some “gurus” would have you think. Sure, you can just pick up the phone and line someone up to interview, but if you’re not a good interviewer, you probably aren’t going to succeed as a podcast/radio host.
And that’s where my friend Raven B. Davis (otherwise known as Raven “The Talk Show Maven”) comes in. Continue reading
If you’ve been following me for any length of time, you already know I’m a sports fan and have been avidly watching my Wisconsin Badgers dance their way into the Final 4 in the College Basketball tournament.
On Saturday night, they took on the Arizona Wildcats in the Elite 8 — this was actually a repeat of last year’s Elite 8 where the Badgers won in overtime by one point on a controversial foul to get to the Final 4.
(Stay with me here even if you’re not a sports fan — I promise it will be worth it.)
Needless to say, it rankled AZ that Wis knocked them out of the tournament last year and they spent the summer doing whatever they could to get back to the Big Dance and finally end up in the Final 4.
And lo and behold, here was their big shot. They had the chance to beat Wis in the Elite 8, send Wis home and prove they were the better team all along.
Except it didn’t go that way. Continue reading
In January, I was sooo excited. I created my very own Creativity Journal.
I spent time making the cover (which was a blast) and had a lot of fun with the first couple of pages.
And then what happened? I put it away and forgot about it.
Yikes. Continue reading
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Do you know what’s the fastest way to get a business off the ground and making money? (Not to mention also making a difference at the same time.)
But, just getting on a stage and having a presentation isn’t enough. (And, if you’ve ever tried your hand at speaking and ended up not making much, or any money, you’re probably painfully aware of this.) You need a system if you want to use speaking as a way to grow your business, make a difference and possibly even change the world.
And that’s what my guests, Mark Grainger and Shannon Law from Big Impact Live (also affectionately known as Mark & Shannon) chatted about in today’s PW Unplugged Radio. Continue reading
I spent the weekend watching a whole lotta college basketball (Go Badgers!) and as always, I’m always amazed at business lessons you can pull from sports.
For instance, the Notre Dame’s coach’s mother passed away in the morning and that night coached a win against Butler. And since Notre Dame is in the Sweet 16, that means he’s still going to be coaching for a while.
The story reminded me of the game Brett Farve played, when he was still the quarterback of the Green Bay Packers, after his father died. It was a Monday Night Football game in Oakland and it was a game for the ages. He threw something like 4 or 5 touchdown passes and it was just a thing of beauty. For him, playing the game was his way of honoring his father.
Now, I’m certainly not saying you shouldn’t take time off to grieve nor should your business trump your life. What I AM saying is that it’s not always so clear cut. Sometimes the best thing you can do to honor yourself and whatever is happening in your life to pour all that energy into the opportunity in front of you. Continue reading
What?!?! Did you really read what you just read???
Yep, I’m advocating taking a break from your glass of wine, beer or cocktail and see what happens with your creativity.
I personally have been taking an extended break from alcohol as I’m working on a program to take my health to the next level.
Now, you may be thinking the only reason why I’m suggesting it is because “misery loves company” and while you wouldn’t be entirely wrong, that’s actually not why I’m suggesting it. Continue reading