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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Assumptions Holding You Back?

Assumptions Holding You Back?

This is part seven in a series on how to create your best year ever as an introverted woman entrepreneur. If you have not read part six, you can read it here.

Today I want to talk about Assumptions, one of the four big energy blocks that I’ve been talking about the past few weeks that hold you back from your dreams and success you desire. What are assumptions? It is the expectation that because something happened in the past, that it will happen again. That history will repeat itself. It’s like driving with your rear view mirror. You don’t drive with your rear view mirror, you look forward when you drive. Looking forward, not to your past, is how you want to live your life.

Anthony Robbins says “The quality of your life will be determined by the questions you ask yourself.”

When you have an assumption come up that stops you in your tracks, I want you to ask yourself this question: “Just because ‘this thing’ happened in the past, why must it happen again?” This will help you break through that belief to move you towards your dreams.

Join me next week for the last of the energy blocks, Interpretations.

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The many returns of the day, Part 4 – What is your ROE?

The many returns of the day, Part 4 – What is your ROE?

ROE_Laughman_040916Welcome back! We are continuing our conversation about achieving a positive rate of return on our investments outside of invested cash.

In this segment we are talking about ROE or Return on Energy. Just as with learning and relationships, the first place we look at is not the return, it is the investment. Our investment in energy includes three areas: Physical, mental and spiritual.

Physical energy may require some active review for you. One of the best ways to do this is by keeping an energy log for a week. Make a note of your energy level on a scale of 1 to 10 every hour. Keep this simple – just a simple note in a log you keep in a small notebook or even in your favored personal electronic device.

It’s important to do this at a minimum of every hour so that you can later see patterns. A word of caution: Do not try and interpret your entries until the end of your logging period. Then look for trends. Is your energy higher in the mornings or evenings? Do you see any correlation to eating and energy? Are particular days of the week standing out as higher or lower?

Look for both the high and low spots and consider what is routinely happening. This will begin to paint the picture for you and distinguish where you will see changes related to your diet, physical activity levels, rest and hydration. The log will also begin to show you where mental energies are manifesting in your physical realm.

One discovery of value for me from this was energy within the context of introvert and extrovert personalities. The basic difference here is just where energy is most quantifiably sourced. When I first went through this logging experiment is how I realized that I am in fact introverted. I have a natural love of people and value my leadership roles. I would not have ever considered myself an introvert. But the logs showed otherwise. Solitary activities spiked my energy. Group activities depleted them.

It’s important to understand that this is not a judgment, it is a simple observation. If we know where we get the fuel, we can frequent those sources with the right expectation and level of investment. And if we know where our energies deplete, we can also better manage those investments as well.

The spiritual aspect of investment is one that is often overlooked as we may not recognize that the energy of our spirit is in fact the most critical. We can overcome lags in our physical or mental energy by leveraging our spiritual energy. If it were a rock, paper, scissors contest, spiritual energy would always trump the rest.

How do you invest in your spiritual energy? Some of the most effective ways for me have been journaling, prayer, meditation, spiritual readings and music. What fills your spirit? Go to that well and invest.

Remembering that there is risk and reward for all of our investments is the key to achieving the success we want in our life and work. Whether it is about our money, learning, relationships or energy it comes down to the same factors. Our results are a reflection of our priorities and choices.

Live (invest) today like you want tomorrow to be. Live (invest) well!

What are Your Thoughts Whispering in Your Ear?

What are Your Thoughts Whispering in Your Ear?

Woman with tin can phoneThis is part five in a series on how to create your best year ever as an introverted woman entrepreneur. If you have not read part four, you can read it here.

“It’s not what you say out of your mouth that determines your life, it’s what you whisper to yourself that has the most power.” – Robert Kiyosaki

I love this quote because when it comes to gremlins (aka the Inner Critic), it is absolutely true. You do not hold yourself back because the voice in your head says you are amazing. You hold yourself back because the voice in your head says you are not “good enough” as you are. This voice stops us in our tracks, which is why I also like to refer to it as our “Stoppable Self.”

Our gremlins come up as we start to step out of our comfort zone, to play a bigger game. They are not trying to hurt us, on the contrary, they are attempting to protect us and keep us safe. The unknown can be scary, especially for us introverts who fear truly showing up, and being seen and heard in 100 percent our authentic selves. Continue reading “What are Your Thoughts Whispering in Your Ear?”

Are Your Limiting Beliefs Moving You Forward or Holding You Back?

Are Your Limiting Beliefs Moving You Forward or Holding You Back?

African elephant with dumbbellThis is part three in a series on how to create your best year ever as an introverted woman entrepreneur. If you have not read part two, you can read it here.

Being an entrepreneur requires personal growth in all areas of your life. Beliefs you never knew you had can come up and stop you in your tracks. You can know everything there is to know about growing a business, but until you do your inner work to break through limiting beliefs and other blocks holding you back, success will be a struggle. It is critical to work through these beliefs.

A limiting belief is one of the four main blocks to success. It is something that you accept about life, yourself, the world, or people in it, that limits you in some way. These beliefs turn down your bright light.

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Introverted Entrepreneur? Your Best Year Ever Starts With a Clear Vision

Introverted Entrepreneur? Your Best Year Ever Starts With a Clear Vision

“You won’t get anything unless you have the vision to imagine it.”  John Lennon

Congratulations on embracing the courage to become an entrepreneur! Not an easy decision, especially for someone blonde girl with glasses croppedwho probably fears being seen and heard, shying away from the spotlight, a place that is key to finding success in your business.

This article is part one in a series dedicated to you. In this series, you’ll learn how to capitalize on your introverted nature and how certain tools can build undiscovered skills into your best year ever as a woman entrepreneur.

First up we will explore how to develop a vision for your business–both short and long term. Future articles will help you set goals, understand and eliminate roadblocks to moving forward, turn your qualities as an introvert into advantages, creating opportunities for the success you long for, and more.

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