Your Momentary Retreat (Momentary Retreats)

When you are a business owner it’s all go-go-go. Yet if you learn to take a momentary retreat in your day and throughout your week you will realize 4 benefits that seem elusive otherwise.

It might seem counter intuitive to take a break right in the middle of your busy day, but it is exactly what you need to realize 4 critical “P’s”. Join me in this video on the road in Tofino, BC as I walk you through how one moment of retreat can bring you more perspective, playfulness, presence, and peace of mind and what that means for you and your business in terms of creativity, innovation, fun, and satisfaction.

Enjoy the view (and my hat!)

Laser-Like Focus is the Key to All Growth & Progress

Laser Like Focus for Business SuccessWhether you want to move forward in your business with steady, incremental growth or a big quantum leap, a laser-like focus on what is right in front of you is what is required.

How can the solution to two radically different goals be the same?  Let me explain by way of two distinct stories.

Yesterday I saw a man and woman in our local development walking on the sidewalk. I see this duo almost daily. What makes it unique is the way in which they walk.  He stays patiently by her side as she takes extremely slow, calculated, and exaggerated steps.  Clearly she is recovering from an injury and based on what I can observe, likely at least a portion of it relates to a brain injury.  The focus, patience, and determination she exhibits is what propels her forward and farther each time.

As someone who has rehabilitated more than a few injuries (including a dual Achilles tendon tear), I can honestly say there is nothing like pain and limitation to get you focused on the little things.  I can remember shuffling along at an agonizing pace (after all BOTH feet were injured) while dreaming of the day I went hiking and biking again. It took weeks, months, and frankly a good year before I could do as I please. Progress gets measured by seconds, inches, and steps not leaps and bounds. Yet the underlying law for growth is clear, focused action tied to a greater goal.

What if you want more than incremental forward progress?  The law is the same – clear, focused action.  Let’s look at the moving forward by leaps and bounds crossing chasms as you go story. [Read more…]

Roadmap to Self Employment – How Do I Get There?

People often say to me – Wow! You made the leap to being your own boss… how did you even know where to start? The answer is – I didn’t! In fact I never had any dreams about being my own boss. I was not one of those kids who sold lemonade. I was not the teenager who did small jobs or tried to create a fledgling business. I did not spend my college years drinking from the entrepreneurial cup.

So, how did I end up here?

Well… it was in the midst of my own personal transformational journey that the idea hit me like a big V-8 moment. I can vividly remember standing in San Diego during my coach training with Debbie Ford and looking at the harbor with a fellow participant. It was a beautiful spring day, the sun was shining, it was just blissful even with all the deep inner work that we were doing. He owned his own business (very manufacturing distribution widget like business) and I asked him how the heck he chose that as a career path. He responded that being his own boss and owning a company was his way of being in control of his destiny. A way to build his professional life to support his personal life (not the other way around). I was stunned. I had never even entertained the idea that what you did professionally could serve your personal goals (I know go figure – total DUH moment given what I do for a living today, right?). It was then and there that I decided I would learn whatever I needed to learn in order to discover how to do that too.

How to Transition to Self-Employment
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Becoming an entrepreneur, being self-employed is THE fastest path to personal growth known to mankind. Someone told me that at the outset and I thought they were full of crap, exaggerating. They were not! When you are your own boss and your livelihood (and that of your family) depends on YOU…there is nowhere to run and nowhere to hide.

There is no textbook out there on how to take this journey. Sure there are a lot of great books. For bigger entrepreneurial adventures there are launchpads and venture capitalists and even degree programs in entrepreneurism. For most of us, though, it is a big do-it-yourself project where you navigate your own journey and bring on support when and where you need it. For me, having a mentor and coach as a guide has been invaluable. I am humbled and honor to be that coach and guide for others now.

That is why I thought it would be great to create a multi-part series here on BlogHer on how to start your own business. The practical and internal things you need to consider as you walk the path. The cool thing about this roadmap is that even if you’re already in business, the inner inquiry is worth doing. Nothing stays static when you’re the big cheese and customer and business climates are in constant flux. So I invite you to follow along whether the idea of being your own boss is just a flicker in your mind or you already took the leap.

I’ll be covering topics from WHY you want to be self-employed in the first place to the importance of creating systems and metrics to mark your journey. You can expect an inner –> outer approach to the topic because that is what I know WORKS.

What are your questions about walking the entrepreneurial path? What are your questions? Fears? Concerns? I want to hear them here…in the comments right now and ongoing. I will do my best to address them as the series unfolds in the best way I can.

This post originally appeared on BlogHer.com.

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