People often think that there is an end point to learning, such as reaching a certain age or rung on the career ladder. It comes from a belief that we’re either too old for our brains to learn something new or that learning something new is no longer necessary. When we’re in our twenties and thirties, a love of learning is not only considered socially acceptable, but it’s also admired. Then as we get older, it starts to feel less so. While those in there forties and fifties are typically out … [Read more...] about Forget the destination – walk the path of lifelong learning
Wishing for something to come into our lives is a great place to start because this is where the inspiration comes in. However, the question we must ask ourselves is how much control do we have over making our wish come true? If it’s winning the lottery, then all we can do is buy a ticket - we wish it will be the winning ticket, but that key piece is left in the hands of fate. On the other hand, what if your wish is for a job you love to work in, an amazing place to visit, a successful business … [Read more...] about Don’t just wish for it – make it happen
Sometimes change is a choice and other times it is thrust upon us. Regardless of the circumstances, life is all about change - be it small, medium, large, or extra large. There are times in our lives, and perhaps for some that is right now, when we are stood at a crossroads deciding what to do next. Which way do I go? What should I say yes to? What should I say no to? What if I make the wrong decision? We’ve all been there. We think we need all the information and all the answers before we … [Read more...] about Take the leap and dare to change
It feels amazing when we are inspired by an idea and become motivated to put it into action. However, what is it that keeps us going when we start to feel insecure, experience setbacks, get rejected, and lose confidence? Some may slow down, lose energy or just give up altogether. So, what is it about those who choose to keep going with their idea, keep moving forward with it, and face the challenges head on? Resilience describes an ability to adapt, recover, and bounce back from setbacks. We … [Read more...] about Resilience – In the pursuit of a great idea
We live in an age where access to information is literally at our fingertips. If you want to know anything about anything, it’s just a keyboard stroke or mouse-click away. There is so much out there telling us what to do, how to do it, when to do it, where to do it, and even why we should be doing it. It can become distracting, confusing, overwhelming, and even paralyzing. We can find so many answers ‘out there’ offering us a quick fix to our problems and our pains. When we are struggling in … [Read more...] about Focus – when you can’t see the forest for the trees
I find myself using the word clarity a lot lately. Why is it when we finally get clear on what we want to create in our life, when we finally have that long-term vision, the fog of self-doubt still rolls in. Especially when we’re working on the day-to-day tasks that are meant to be taking us in the right direction. On those foggy days, we start to question ourselves. What if this is taking me in the wrong direction? What if it’s a complete waste of my time? Sometimes we look to others to tell us … [Read more...] about Clarity – through the fog of self-doubt
When you think of courage what image comes to mind? I’m sure there are many, but for now let’s imagine a lion - the king of the jungle! Now imagine one particular lion – the lion from ‘The Wizard of Oz’. He was not your typical lion. Not just because he could talk and walk upright, but because he was afraid – he was ‘the cowardly lion’. However, if you remember the story, this ‘cowardly lion’ acted courageously throughout the movie. Even though he was afraid of his own tail, he found a strong … [Read more...] about What does it mean to have courage?
As a business coach who helps women to discover their inner entrepreneur, I believe that the first step along this path is confidence. However, confidence can mean different things to different people. Rather than describe it with a formal definition, consider for a moment the following questions: - What does confidence look like? - What does confidence sound like? - What does confidence feel like? You may answer the first two questions by focusing on the external. It could be a … [Read more...] about What does it mean to have confidence?
Do you have a seed of an idea for your business, but question your ability to plant it? Or have you planted the seed, but now get frustrated because your business isn’t growing fast enough? This is why the metaphor of acorns and oak trees is so popular in business. It allows us to imagine the possibility of an idea or concept transforming into a fully thriving business and a lasting legacy. I love the metaphor so much that I chose it as my company logo. It symbolizes patience (for growth) and … [Read more...] about Acorns and Oak Trees – A Metaphor for Business
Whatever we choose to call it, we all have a desire, an aspiration, a passion, or a dream. Even if we can’t name it, we know it’s there because the want for it is physical – perhaps in our heart or our gut. As a business coach for entrepreneurs, I’m on a quest – in search of a sweet spot. Why is it sweet? Because we know it’s going to taste SO good when we find it, and when we take a bite there’s no going back. I call it a quest because it’s not going to be easy. Quests are not meant to be … [Read more...] about The sweet spot – to action