Have you ever considered what getting clear on your dreams does for you?
Or what one simple action will do for your life?
You have the vision that is so far out of reach and you wonder every single day when will your dream turn into reality.
You plan, plan and then plan some more waiting for perfection and just the right time. You keep analyzing every single detail about your dream. You keep talking yourself out of it and your doubts and fears tell you that it just cannot happen.
I’m going to tell you something and you may not like it, but the right time will never come into reality.
And now I am going to tell you that you CAN turn your dreams into reality, with one single thing.
I’ve been attempting to read more but have struggled with it since graduating from college 7 years ago. And isn’t it funny the excuses we make because I was reading text-heavy academic books for four years I made the excuse that it caused a reading burnout!
And then I made the excuse I didn’t have time to read books, well hello audiobooks but then I made, even more, excuses like “I can’t listen to them while at home”. It’s crazy!
But growing and learning are important to me and so I made a bit more of an effort to read and here are the books I have read so far this year.
This one was perhaps a pivotal part in (finally) making the changes in my business I have been craving. Carrie Green not only talks about her own journey but gives some incredible steps to move your business forward even if it means to adjust the sails a bit. It’s definitely a good read and one that I will more than likely read again.
I think this one of those books that every business owner needs to read. It’s definitely about how to develop your own leadership and gives some incredible insight on why a business fails and what it will take to succeed.
This was definitely one of my favorite books, there are parts where Mel is so real about what she was experiencing but also sharing other people’s story where you could just hear her well up with tears. I listened to the audiobook version and I am glad I did. If you are a procrastinator, then this is totally the book for you.
I am in the middle of this book, listening to it on my walk for 30 minutes. Not five minutes into the book I was feeling a-ha moments and became emotional which is pretty interesting to me as this is not a fiction book. But if you are struggling in your life right now with anything, then this book is a goldmine.
There are leaders and there are leaders but what creates a movement is truly based on the kind of leader you are. It’s definitely one of those books that I read in a day because I wanted to know the next step and then the next step. If you are ready to share your message with the world, then this book is a must-read.
Have you read any of these books? I would love to hear from you what you thought about them!
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The journey of healing is hard, interesting and a powerful one.
It’s taken me more years than I’d like to admit to looking at my upbringing in foster care in a positive light.
But I am incredibly excited to finally can look back and not feel ashamed because the reality is there is so much better I have learned that has played a key role in how I approach life and business.
Taking Risk – Now this has come with good and bad experiences but one thing I have learned is to not be afraid of taking a risk.
Strategizing – This has been playing a role in my survival. Learning this skill has proven to be one of the most profound lessons.
I am in charge – I control how I show up when I show up and the actions I take. Creating the life, I want, is up to me and the past does not hold any dark clouds over me.
How all of this serve me now:
It’s really amazing what appears to be so small at times, really has the most profound impact. Because I am willing to take a risk, I have started businesses, close them when they fell out of alignment and changed course as needed. I have written books
I have written books to share my story risking judgment and ridicule.
I have taken a risk in agreeing to my son’s liver transplant even though there are a lot of risks involved and lifelong medical care.
Taking risks is the cornerstone of being an entrepreneur. It’s like laying everything on the line because your vision and mission are so much bigger than who you are.
The ability to strategize allows me to see how to connect the dots from the big vision, working backward to the point where I am now. I am a visionary, the kind of person that dreams big can see that bigger picture and my mind just channels all the pathways to make it happen.
It’s the thing that I rely on when I hit a stumbling block and feeling the frustration because it will ask me to take a step back and reevaluate the strategy and come up with a new plan.
And because I am in control, I can decide which step is the best one and the next one. I can choose to follow the initial strategy or make a change.
This life is a journey and so is your business. It isn’t easy no matter what your past but if you can look at your childhood from a different perspective can make all the difference in the world.
Lessons are always to be learned and it’s important to reflect and acknowledge them.
I would love to start off this post with saying that starting and having your own business is full of bliss and glory but I am not into creating unrealistic illusions.
When I first ventured into the business 11 years ago, I for sure believed and thought this would be a cakewalk, and in part that dreamer in me is certainly responsible for that. But the practical and logical person that resides within, new better.
And I want to share with you, some things that I have learned over the years when it comes to starting a business. I have had a few of them, some of them complete and utter failure – not because my heart wasn’t in it, but I was not working from my zone of genius – that thing I am so damn good at and that I could do all day long without batting an eye.
If you are thinking that started a business is perfect for you, read on because the next few tips will help you get on the track of knowing and doing what you love.
Know your Talents, Skills, and Knowledge
Take a piece of paper and make a list of all the things you are good at. Then next to it make a list of all the skills you have mastered and the knowledge you have gained – in life, work and going to school. Even if you are self-taught, this will help you find your zone of expertise.
This can include anything from being super self-disciplined, creative, technical, and your education. Maybe it’s having a unique perspective, overcoming challenges and having a killer mindset. Or maybe you are awesome at building websites, behind the scenes work or making things like painting or other art skills.
Acknowledge your weakness
This is so not a bad thing. I used to think it is but knowing the areas of where you could use more support will work in your favor as you are laying out your business. For example, even though I have a degree in Accounting, I am not great at tracking money. Being aware of this, gives me a few options a) find a system that works for me or b) outsourced to someone who loves doing this.
Self-awareness is the key to your success. The more you are aware, the more you what you need to, can do and want to do. If accounting isn’t your thing, and you don’t really want to find a system that works, then you already know outsourcing is going to be the thing.
But let’s say consistency isn’t up your alley, then hiring someone to hold you accountable may be the strategy you need.
What makes your heart sing?
Now, how do you tie your strength and weakness into something that you cannot stop thinking about and you would do it for free if it wasn’t for the fact you need to live?
Years ago, I had a book-keeping business because despite being dyslexic, I was good with all the details of debits and credits, creating spreadsheets and so on. But I didn’t love it. I struggle sitting behind the desk for hours on end, get tired and my energy bottoms out.
However, when it comes to helping people go after their dreams, taking action and holding them accountable, now that lights me up like a firecracker and my energy is… well a high that is hard to explain.
I also love helping people with some technical aspects i.e. link their opt-in to their newsletter, edit website pages, build websites – but this isn’t something I would want to do all day long either – ha. It’s just something I am good at and I don’t mind helping here and there.
But what about you?
What gets you so excited that you can’t stop thinking about in the morning or when you go to bed?
What gives you that “energetic high” that lights you up from the inside out.
What would feel like a dream come true if you could make money with that dream?
Take a moment and reflect on that ultimate dream and give yourself permission that it is possible.
Striking the match for women to help them find their spark in the pursuit of their vision in life + business! And when I am not holding the match I can be found reading shifter romance, writing, running, playing soccer, going to concerts and getting lost in another episode of a crime-riddled story.