It’s that time of year again! As my team and I come together and prepare for (what we believe to be one of the most anticipated events of the year) Money, Mindset and Marketing, we couldn’t help but map out a list of previous event fails. Yes, event fails. Let’s be honest here- no matter how much time you invest, how much effort you attempt to put into your flawless execution or how much energy you put into planning an event, things can, and likely will, go wrong.
A little while back, somebody within a Facebook community I am part of shared a situation about the financial struggles they were having in their business and was seeking guidance.
I was immediately struck by the number of women that responded to this post stating; “You have a money-mindset issue.”
The first time the squirrel showed up, I was sitting on the deck with my husband and dogs. I quickly looked over at Paul and said; “Hold the dogs!” as I got up to chase him away.
He was a tiny red squirrel, and he moved at the speed of light. I shut the door to our house just in time and chased him away then promptly went searching for his “nest” but I couldn’t find one. I assumed his appearance was a one-off because our deck is high up and you have to climb a flight of stairs to get to it. Not to mention, we don’t have any bird feeders or food outside to draw him to us.
Do you ever feel like you are drowning in overwhelm and unable to prioritize what needs to be done next? Chances are, if you run a business, this has happened to you. When it does, typically our default reaction is to stay stuck and to focus on tasks that are easy, instead of those that are important as a way of coping.
Defining moments have the ability to completely shift and shape your future. When I think about my own personal defining moments, two different memories come to mind.
Flashback to 2006 when the idea of starting my own business and leaving my (very safe and secure) corporate job was tinkering around in my brain. My mom had just lost her husband and she was going through a terribly difficult time. She was also trying to sell her house but hadn’t had any showings in several weeks, let alone any offers.
Overwhelm can deplete the energy out of the most enthusiastic business owners and bring the most creative entrepreneurs to their knees. The more ideas you have, the harder it becomes to harness that creativity and tame it into simple steps you can take action on each day.
If your ideas are big and the amount of action you take is small, you start to second guess everything, and you might even find yourself questioning whether you have what it takes to succeed.
When this happens to you, it’s time to get back to the basics and organize your overwhelm.
Last year, a client of mine gifted me a book that she thought would be powerful for my private coaching clients. That book was called The Awakened Woman and it was written by Dr Tererai Trent. You may recognize her name, as she was the woman that Oprah called her all-time favourite guest on the final farewell episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show.
Two amazing things happened last summer when I was in Rhode Island.
Starbucks had gluten free breakfast sandwiches, and I came up with the idea to host a mastermind retreat in Florida at a fantastic beach house. Both of these things have come full circle with a couple powerful lessons you might be interested in around the power of asking for what you want.