Are You WILLING to Leap?

Are You WILLING to Leap?

leap-i-can-and-i-willAre you willing to leap? Notice I did not ask you if you are READY to Leap, but rather, are you WILLING? One of my mentors, Caterina Rando, always says “don’t wait until you’re ready, act when you’re willing.” This has always struck a chord with me because we are rarely ready to take the leap, or put ourselves out there in a big way, stepping out of our comfort zones, in order to get to where we want to be, but we have to be willing. It’s like parenthood, no one is ever ready and 100% prepared before their little ones arrive, but they are willing (and super excited!) to take the leap into parenthood.

In life and business, if we wait until we are totally prepared before we launch a program, make those phone calls, start an exercise program or write that novel, our lives will pass us by and before we know it, it will be too late.

Staying in our comfort zone can be comfortable, and it can also get really uncomfortable for those of us who are being called to something bigger. When you’re getting ready to face a fear, ask yourself, “What choice am I going to make right now? And I going to move forward and take a leap, getting closer to my dreams, or am I going to hold back and stay where I am? If I chose to stay where I am, what could I be missing out on?”

I want to challenge you this week to take the leap and build your wings on the way down. Yes, it’s scary! Yes, you will have to step out of your comfort zone. Yes, you will grow your business and change your life!

What’s more important to you-staying safe in your comfort zone, or having a thriving, incredible life? So, if you’re with me, I want you to decide which mountain you want to tackle first, step up to the edge, take a giant leap and flap like crazy on the way down. I’ve chosen my mountain, stepped up to the edge, jumped and am flap, flap, flapping.
Which leap will you take?

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Courage or Fear, Which Will You Choose?

Courage or Fear, Which Will You Choose?

Retro style image of a rustic wooden sign in an autumn park with the words Courage - Fear offering a choice of reaction and attitude with arrows pointing in opposite directions in a conceptual image.

Being an entrepreneur is not easy. It takes hard work, dedication, persistence, personal growth, and most of all, courage.

Courage is taking action IN SPITE of fear, something we all have. Fears of success, of failure, of the unknown, of being seen, of not being good enough…the list goes on. We have a choice when faced with fear. We can run, hide and take cover, or we step up, feel the fear, and do it anyway. We can take the opportunity to get out of our comfort zone, moving us towards our dreams or we stay in our comfort zone and live an ok life, keeping our dreams just that. Dreams.

One of the most powerful questions to ask yourself when making a choice is, “Is this decision moving me towards my goals?” If your answer is no, ask yourself “why am I holding back? What is my fear? What is the WORST that can happen if I take this risk? If I decide not to take myself forward towards my goal, what could I miss out on?”

You see, most people let their fears control them and never create the life of their dreams. A big difference between successful people and unsuccessful people is courage. Facing the fear and doing it anyway. Stepping out of their comfort zone. Giving it all they’ve got. Doing anything it takes to get there.

So I ask you, where are you holding back? Are your decisions taking you towards your goals? What’s the worst that can happen if you felt the fear and did it anyway?

I challenge you to do ONE thing out of your comfort zone, today, to move you towards a goal. When you do it, CELEBRATE! I would love to hear all about it too, so leave me a comment.

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Is Fear Running the Show?

Is Fear Running the Show?

Doubt Kills More Dreams Than Failure Ever Will cardDo you find yourself holding back in fear that your business will fail? That you will attempt something new and it won’t succeed? Are you pretending to be busy instead of REALLY building your business? If you don’t give your best and it fails, it will be less painful, right?

What if I told you that failure is essential to your success? In life and business, you WILL make mistakes. You WILL fail. You WILL screw things up. That’s inevitable. You have got to be willing to learn from your failures when they happen. A willingness to be vulnerable, to make mistakes and to fail is crucial to your success. 

“Failure is simply a price we pay to achieve success.” –John Maxwell

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Unleash Your Power to Become Your Unstoppable Self

Unleash Your Power to Become Your Unstoppable Self

Lady-in-red-cape-facing-RIGHT-direction-300x199This is part six in a series on how to create your best year ever as an introverted woman entrepreneur. If you have not read part five, you can read it here.

In the last article, I discussed gremlins and how they come up as you are starting to play bigger, causing fear and stopping you in your tracks. Introverts tend to have a harder time with seeing their value and feeling “good enough” as their extroverted friends. One of the most important keys to stopping these gremlins in your mind is to become aware of when you are living in your stoppable self. Once you are aware, you can begin to shift consciously into more empowering thoughts, and your Unstoppable self.
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How a Fear of Rejection Can Keep You from Being Successful

17600796_sThe fear of rejection is by far one of the most common among business owners and sales people. It’s not easy to reach out to a lead only to have them reject your sales pitch; but it is a common occurrence that we must learn to overcome in order to achieve any level of success in our field. To help you overcome your fear of rejection and achieve your goals, I have listed some of the most effective ways to deal with rejection. Continue reading “How a Fear of Rejection Can Keep You from Being Successful”

5 Ways to Get Over Your Fear of Exposure

You may be wondering what does fear have to do with PR? It has everything to do with it because if you don’t acknowledge/embrace it, PR won’t help your business growChange Ahead

I did an interview recently with SmartChic Cynthia Bazin (a fellow expert on Today’s Innovative Woman),  Wanda Baader, of Strategize Your Success, and Gail Foley, from One Awesome Community and we talked about why women are so often held back by fear.

I shared with them 5 ways to conquer it so your business can grow. The full interview is posted below. Continue reading “5 Ways to Get Over Your Fear of Exposure”

FEAR And Failure Are Not The Same Thing

When it comes to FEAR, you have two choices; you can either forget everything and run or face everything and rise. If you choose to run when you are faced with fear, you will likely fail every time; however, if you choose to face your fear you will find a way to succeed and overcome that fear. The choice is yours, below you will some effective ways in which you can deal with the fear you are faced with. Continue reading “FEAR And Failure Are Not The Same Thing”

Windows of Opportunity: Are you grabbing them?

zipperYou’ve either experienced it personally or seen it in a movie or on television. The patient’s odds for recovery aren’t really known. The doctor tells the family that the next 24 hours will tell the story.

Then we have a barrage of television shows, movies and documentaries that show us that all of the odds of solving a crime come from what happens in the 48 hours immediately following the crime.

Those critical shadow hours after the crisis are pivotal to the rest of the story. Continue reading “Windows of Opportunity: Are you grabbing them?”

“NEVER leave the cave!” and other life wisdom that stops you from being happy

Fear, Make Me Fly,  Els Deboutte, take actionSomewhere in the Stone age, a family lived in a cave. Because all of their neighbours and friends were eaten by monsters, the family survived by father’s wisdom only: “NEVER leave the cave!” and “Always be afraid!”. It’s the story of The Croods, a wonderful Dreamworks movie.

But they are also guiding principles for many of us. Each one of us has this caveman inside of your minds that tells us not to go for what we want because it’s way to dangerous. Unless we’re really hungry, so we have no choice. In all other cases, our choices are limited by fear and the way we learned to deal with it.

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Is the fear of looking stupid keeping you from asking the question?

Ditzy receptionist bubble gumIn a Facebook post, a woman asked her network how she could make just someone’s first name a live link instead of their whole name.  Several people responded with the answer right away. (After it’s filled in, just delete the last name; the link will stay live). What I found interesting is how many people responded about how glad they were that someone had asked because they had been wondering the same thing.
The woman who posted, said “I must admit that I felt a little stupid asking, but my need to know usually overtakes my need to look cool.” Continue reading “Is the fear of looking stupid keeping you from asking the question?”