Do You Need to Get Business Brave?

Do You Need to Get Business Brave?

Today, I’m talking about what it means to be business brave.

Let’s get business brave.

This is a concept that came out of a coaching call that I had, where the coach was really asking me okay, what are you about? Like, what are you uh, you know, what’s your purpose? You know I talk about the brave yes all the time.

The YES is vital.

But what I’ve been trying to stress upon you all in these lists latest recent episodes is that there is so much more to our roles as leaders of our businesses. Beyond the Yes.

A lot of the work that we are doing is more understated, a lot of the courage work that we’re doing is much more, it’s more invisible.

And so today I’m talking about what it means to be business brave.

My passion and purpose is working with wholehearted, heart centered entrepreneurs.

These are entrepreneurs who believe greatly in making the world a better place, make helping people thrive, helping the land, thrive, helping systems thrive, whatever it is, but my people really want to see change, progress. And things just improve for people and systems and communities.

That is their passion. So yes, they are entrepreneurs. And there is more to it than that.

And so when I say let’s get business brave, what I’m really saying is, let’s really build businesses that are wholehearted, that are human centered.

And, by human, I mean you the founder, the leader of the business and those you serve, and those who are impacted by the work that you’re doing.

So money, meaning and the greater good.

You go to my website, you look at the homepage, the very first word you will see is money, meaning and the greater good.

And I say that because I really think that a business and the people that I work with and love to work with is not just business as usual.

When I say money, meaning in the greater good, what I’m saying is this isn’t just about a sales strategy.

This isn’t just about having a website and selling.

There is much more to it. It’s much more Spiritual, it’s much more aligned. And that is where we start to get into what it means to run and operate a wholehearted, heart centered business.

So when I say let’s get business brave, what I’m saying is, let’s do what it takes to run a meaningful business that is also about contributing to the greater good.

And let’s make sure that we are making money while we’re doing that, because this is our time, and our lives and our retirement on the line.

Listen to this episode now.

The Power of Knowing Your Worth

The Power of Knowing Your Worth

This month, I’ve been focusing on the importance of investing in your capacity as a CEO and entrepreneur — because in order to be braver, be bolder and do braver work in this world, we must have the capacity for it all.

Without capacity we are left exhausted and floundering. We never set our best intentions forward when we are burned out an exhausted.

Capacity ebbs and flows but at the end of the day, the number ONE capacity stealer that I see over and over in my work with entrepreneurs is this → a lack of self-worth.

There is no bigger drain on our creativity, our energy, our wellbeing than not believing we are good enough.

It just so happens that I have been coaching, studying and building a body of work around enoughness for years and it’s a huge part of my coaching program.

Listen to this SOULCAST episode now.

Breathe in Hope, Breathe Out Fear

Breathe in Hope, Breathe Out Fear

I’m feeling the good energy one feels after spending a positive, uplifting afternoon with other women. The spring retreat was yesterday and we really focused on exceptional well-being practices that would not only feel good but leave us lifted up and in a more optimal state emotionally and mentally.

It’s not the same as being in person but it’s oh so good.

One of the themes that came up a lot by the end of the retreat is the work that these women need to do around releasing fears.

And in coaching work, this is a big part of the work we do. It’s necessary to release fears in order to move forward in our lives.

When we are standing up for ourselves, our beliefs, our dreams … we are also putting ourselves out there. We are giving ourselves space to do something incredible, something novel.

In my recent podcast, I am talking about how we make decisions to act on our Brave Yes Leaps.

LIsten now …

6 Ways to Feel More Enough and Be More Resilient

6 Ways to Feel More Enough and Be More Resilient

Mothering is hard right now.

Work is hard.

Uncertainty is hard.

Feeling untethered is hard.

Feeling trapped in place is hard.

Staying strong is hard.

Being human is hard.

And yet … I know a thing or 6 about how you can rise up and be stronger right now.

In my coaching work, I bring a wholistic focus to helping you be fully resourced in mind, body and spirit so you can be your best self at all times. Yes, even in a pandemic and a recession.

The truth is the world needs you to be your best, to leave with grace and impact.

And so … how you show up for yourself matters.

  1. You can choose to focus on your strengths not your weaknesses.
  2. You can choose to focus on mindful positivity (not toxic positivity — there’s a HUGE difference) .
  3. You can choose to reach up and reach out for help, support, accountability and motivation because resilience withers in isolation.
  4. You can choose to open your mind to new perspectives and ideas to find momentum.
  5. You can — and your changing emotions! — fiercely and powerfully to be stronger than before.
  6. You can choose to grow forward and thrive in place vs. being trapped in place.

The choice is all yours.

I am so glad that I have an overflowing toolbox under each of these strategies to pull me up out of the gutter-like-feelings that take over as I hear the news and worry about the future.

It’s been a game-changer for my life, honestly.

Now when big feelings hit like a tsunami out of nowhere, I know what to do and how to move into a positive upward spiral.

Feelings that I am OK with allowing and honoring because I know how to rise up and be stronger.

Permission granted to YOU to .

These resilience strategies are a part of my that I am offering for FREE to teams of frontline and essential workers all over the world through Zoom through March. (I also offer the retreat workshops for business and organizational teams.)

AND, I’m kicking off my brand new 7-Day Rise Stronger in 2021 email challenge where I’ll offer you free daily emails and email coaching along the way. Register for that here. We start on Jan. 4.

Permission to Journey Toward Wholeness

Permission to Journey Toward Wholeness

For the longest time I was operating compartmentalized.

All the parts of me were scattered about.

There was the me as a working mom.

There was the me as a thriving business owner.

There was the me as a dreamer.

There was the me as a social justice activist and anti-racist.

And then there was this: the highly open-minded spiritual me.

Then one day this year, I decided I needed to bring all the parts of me together into one whole.

Your wholeness journey — when seen in the light — contains many multitudes and it leads to that whole-hearted enoughness I bring to my coaching work and programs.

And journey it is. Brené Brown calls this Braving the Wilderness (affiliate link)

I call it a journey into the messy middle.

Some call this the liminal space. ALL of it is wild and messy and beautiful and filled with a powerful set of lessons to learn.

The journey toward wholeness begins long before you are aware or conscious of it.

And most women will never give their wholeness the light of day. Most women will ignore their every dream and desire to please others. Most women will put their own needs behind others.

But you’re not most women … you want something more.

You know there’s more to you … and so … permission to journey toward YOUR wholeness. 

Listen to this latest podcast now.

 

How to Start a Meaningful Gratitude Practice

How to Start a Meaningful Gratitude Practice

When I feel my light starting to fade out, the first practice I return to again and again is gratitude. 

On really bad days and on really good days, grounding into gratitude saves me.

And it’s saved many of my clients over the years, too. 

This year I cracked open a brand new journal — my 11th — feeling like it was a practice I needed now more than ever.

And the longer we settle into these unsettling times, the more grounding into gratitude is vital for my own well-being. 

My gratitude practice is stronger than ever. In fact, I feel as if I could write for days every single night. Every day, right now, there is just so much to be grateful for. 

Not everything. I’m not grateful for a lot of things right now.

But so much. So many other beautiful things and people and experiences unfolding. 

Like the fact that my own creativity is on fire this year.

Gratitude gets a bad rap by some. But the truth is that it is one of the most scientifically studied happiness booster anyone can practice. And when practiced whole-heartedly and honestly, it can be the most powerful shift out of anger, frustration and impatience — which I think we can all agree is much needed right now in our world. 

8 Ways a Gratitude Practice Can Make You Happier

I can’t imagine ending a day without focusing on what I’m grateful for. 

But I can tell you that sometimes I open my journal and think there is NOTHING to be grateful for today. However, instead of letting that be the ending of that narrative in my head, I sit with pen in hand, close my eyes and reflect on my day. Sometimes I let the simple things take over. But most often some memory from earlier in the day returns and I am washed over with a beautiful feeling. When this happens, a smile of … “I told you so” washes over my face. 

Gratitude can make you happier. Here’s what it offers to you with consistent practice … 

  1. It can absolutely boost your self-esteem and self-worth.
  2. It can reduce your stress and symptoms of trauma.
  3. It can encourage a meaningful life that cultivates more compassion and kindness.
  4. It helps to build better quality relationships.
  5. It prevents forms of social comparison/jealousy.
  6. It decreases negative emotions and feelings.
  7. It reduces boredom and prevents living in the status quo.

So just what do you need to do to start a meaningful gratitude practice?

A WILLINGNESS

As long as you believe there is nothing to be grateful for it’s going to be hard to start let alone maintain a practice rooted in positivity. So the first step is just choosing to try it. Resistance is your teacher here. If you resist this practice, there is a message there for you to listen to. Ask yourself, why am I resisting this? What am I unwilling to experience? Or, what am I trying to cling to here?

TRY IT FOR 30 DAYS.

A day or two of gratitude — especially when inconsistently practiced — isn’t going to bring you the true life-changing happiness booster effect that a consistent practice will offer. So vow to try doing a practice for a substantial period of time. This might be 7 days. Or two weeks. I’m suggesting you give it a try for 30 days — long enough to really make it more of a habit. Some believe a daily practice is too much. But for many, a consistent daily practice keeps the habit sustainable rather than out of sight, out of mind. 

MAKE IT A RITUAL

Yes, doing your gratitude practice regularly is key. But learning to FEEL gratitude when it comes up is the practice and ritual of it all. Make it a powerful ritual in your day to take time in your day to recognize even just one thing you can be grateful for and spent a minute reflecting on that one thing. By making this a habit throughout your day you will start to really feel the gratitude “wash” that will lead to more positivity.

WRITE IT DOWN — OR NOT

I write my gratitudes down in a new journal each year and I save them to be able to give to my daughters some day. I re-read them from time to time as well for great memory keeping. But you don’t have to write down gratitudes to experience the happiness boost. Take a picture on your phone and store them in a special album to print at the end of the year. Meditate on what you are grateful for. Or start a family gratitude bulletin board. 

EXPRESS YOUR GRATITUDE

Better than anything is offering your gratitude to someone else. By sharing what you are grateful with someone else – or why you are grateful for them — you are spreading the positivity and good emotions. This is a joy injection for everyone, including yourself. So don’t be afraid to go out of your way to express gratitude to someone today. Your child or partner. A friend. A store worker. A teacher or principal. The postal worker delivering your mail. There are many needing a dose of gratitude right now.

What is your first action step to begin feeling more grateful today?