When Life Throws a Curveball (Or a Concussion)

4 Tips to Keep Moving Forward

Life never chooses a good time to throw a curve ball, does it? It’s been nearly four weeks since we took a swing at our curve ball. Or rather, since it took a swing at me. And since it happens to all of us, in one way or another, I thought you’d appreciate the story and what I’ve learned from it.

It was a Saturday afternoon packed with two birthday parties, one right after the other. My seven-year-old and I had left her friend’s party and were on our way to celebrate with my little nephew. We stopped at a Chevron to fill up on gas and when that was done, ran into the quickie mart for a potty break.

We hustled back to the car and hopped in, not giving a second thought to the F350 extended-cab-with-a-camper Ford truck that was stopped at the pump behind us. It’s Idaho. Trucks like that are a dime a dozen around here.

My car still in park, I made sure that Madison was buckled and buckled myself. Then, before driving off, I grabbed my phone to check my husband’s progress…he was supposed to be bringing the gift and the salad (and our three-year-old) to the party.

I was looking down at my phone when BAM! Something crashed into the back of our Yukon. My head whipped forward and although it didn’t hit anything, I can still remember the sensation that traveled up my neck, to the very top of my head, and then receded.

But then I looked in the rearview mirror and saw something even more horrifying. Between my car and the truck that just smashed us…was a man

3 Steps to End the Year Strong

Because It's Really Not Over Yet!

Early last week at my local mastermind meeting, we were bemoaning the fact that the holidays were “just around the corner.” For the love, Costco already has all their Christmas stuff out! (I’d be willing to bet you’ve had a similar conversation recently.) But then I went back to my office and came across a coaching video for one of the programs I’ve joined. And I was given the timely reminder that the year’s not over yet.

There’s still a quarter left.

Almost a full 90 days.

You can do a LOT in that length of time.

Such a good reminder. I immediately challenged my masterminders to revisit their goals for this year, hubby and I did as well, and I want to see you do the same.

Here are three steps to make the most of what’s left of 2015:

Give Yourself a Break

And Keep Moving Forward

In the last two posts I’ve tried to challenge your thought processes a bit. So this week I was going to take it easy and share with you some of the tools that I’m really loving. But then my husband said something that really struck a nerve for me, and I thought, I bet you need to hear this too. 

Five Reasons It’s Never Gonna Happen

And What To Do About It, Of Course!

This is a painful post for me to write. I think the best of everyone and like to focus on the positive. As you might imagine, I’m an optimist. But the glass isn’t just half full…it’s half full and there’s an overflowing pitcher next to it with a faucet behind it, just waiting to be turned on.

I also don’t like to “call people out.” But these scenarios are literally hurting my heart and I can’t stand it any longer.

Here’s the deal. I know of too many people who have great potential to make a significant impact in the lives of others and grow a profitable business, but they’re struggling to make forward progress. Or any progress. 

The Reason You Never Have Enough

Three Secrets to Living a Life of Abundance

We’re just wrapping week three in The Boardroom, and things are taking a bit of an unexpected twist. It’s so much fun! (That’s not the unexpected part.) To my surprise, I ended up with a couple pastors in the program. Which I think is awesome. And as I created a one-off lesson for them, this week, I was compelled to challenge you with one aspect of it as well. If you’ve ever felt that you just never have enough…or you have just enough…or you pay attention to how much you have at all…this is probably why. 

Let me back up.  You might not expect it, but there are many similarities between growing a business and growing a church. And the church…well, it has the most important message and benefit to offer of any organization.

In the lesson for the pastoral Boardroom members, I encouraged them to give a free gift to first-time visitors, as a way to delight visitors. And I encouraged them to not become concerned with people “taking advantage” of the free gift.

Because when operating from a tight budget, it’s easy to get concerned about what things cost.

Whether you’re a church that’s giving away a gift to delight first-time guests, or you’re a business giving away valuable content in an effort to help your audience know, like and trust you….you may struggle with this too.

Can I afford to give this away?

My question to you would be…can you afford NOT to?

FREEDOM – Does It Really Matter?

As those of us here in the U.S. get ready to celebrate Independence Day, I have a challenge for you. But first, I must say…if you or your loved ones have or are serving to protect our country…THANK YOU! We are truly blessed to live in this country and I’m glad we get to celebrate this weekend.

Freedom is a gift. We should not take it for granted, and we must be sure to use it wisely.

But in a sense, many of us aren’t free. We’re slaves to our job, business, kids’ sports schedules, our phones, perhaps TV shows…and probably a lot more, but you get the idea. These other things have taken hold and been granted ownership over our lives. We’re left spinning in the pursuit of everything, barely able to catch a breath. Even our vacations are so full that we typically need a vacation to recover from the last one.

Have you noticed that anymore, being “busy” is often celebrated as a sign of importance?

How to Get Unstuck and Move Forward

Turning Your Goals into Actionable Steps

Last week we talked about the importance of a midyear review and taking time to reflect on the year to date, as well as what you want to accomplish in the remaining half of this year. From that, you should have identified some goals for the next three to six months. But how do you actually take the next step to make it happen?

Do you know how to eat an elephant?

One bite at a time.

Maybe you’ve heard that old saying before but it’s easy to forget when you’re trying to accomplish new goals while keeping up with the day-to-day demands of your business and life.

Consider someone brand-new to running, who has set a goal of running a marathon. Whether or not you’re a runner, you know that they’ll need a training plan…and it’s probably going to start with running one mile (or a half)…but certainly not 26.

FOUR STEPS TO HELP YOU MOVE FORWARD

Whatever your goal may be, you’ve got to take it and turn it into small “bites.” So today, let’s get really practical and look at four steps that will help you get where you want to go in the next three months.

How to Avoid Shiny Object Syndrome

Today as I write you, it’s a gorgeous 67 degrees outside. The birds are chirping, the trees are even starting to bud. Whether it’s spring fever distracting you or the wearing of numerous hats in your business, it can be hard to focus on and do what’s most truly important, that will make the greatest impact in your business.

Recently two of my friends were struggling with this, not sure of how to spend their time to make big strides forward. They weren’t lacking for things to do, but prioritizing them and actually executing on the plan was a challenge. It really helped them to see my simple yet strategic way of scheduling my week. I thought it might help you too.