Have you ever thought about your evolution as a writer and what mindset you're operating from?
Psychologist Carol Dweck researches and writes about mindset, specifically the fixed and growth mindsets, and I only just put together how these impact us as writers. You see, in a fixed mindset, you gravitate to easy, or what comes “naturally”. Which means you find the topics that are easiest to write about. Which is fine, you can write a lot about what is easy, but do you really grow your skil…
I used to have extrovert envy, especially at networking events until…
I discovered two invaluable introvert networking cheats.
I’m convinced that the networking “rules” that most of us have been taught, are written by an extrovert! You know, where successful networking is marked by speaking to as many people as possible over the course of an event.
Which, as an introvert, I never pulled off, instead watching in amazement as my extrovert friends moved about the room like the queen of the ball…
Have you ever swum in salt water?
The water is soft, caressing your skin and as you lay back, you float effortlessly. A few lazy kicks of your legs and you are gliding.
You feel the sun, warm upon your face as you gaze up into the blueness of the sky and wonder at the ease of this new way of being in the water.
It’s unlike the freshwater lakes and swimming pools you’ve been before. It’s… Bliss.
Now, imagine that this is the experience for you and your client after they give you a happy yes t…
How would it feel to know that you have complete control of your technology?
Imagine sitting down at your computer, confident that you know what tech will best support your unique business….
….and using it feels delightfully easy and in flow with your business?
One of the things that I hear new business owners of a “certain age” stress over, is technology. The truth is, using technology can be a huge pain.
And that’s because…
… there’s always some new thing, or some way you’re supposed to u…
Of the many things I wish I had learned younger and better is how to use failure as a teacher, instead of considering it a personal weakness. Let's face it, from the moment we enter school, and sometimes before, the last thing we want to do is “fail” .
“Fear, embarrassment, and intolerance of failure drives our learning underground and hinders innovation. No more. Failure is strength. The most effective and innovative organizations (people) are those that are willing to speak openly about their…
One of the biggest life lessons for most of us, is how to exercise our gratitude muscle.
It's the means of feeling on a daily basis, good about your life, even when things are tough. Maybe, especially useful, when life is tough. We all have pivotal moments in our lives, the older we get, the more we have. One of mine falls on February 1st, 2012.
That date, that year is etched in my mind because it began the chapter of my life where chronic pain started. A journey which would be the catalyst fo…
Do you have a role in synchronicity? Well at first, it wouldn't seem so. Isn't synchronicity all about random events that just...happen? Like the call you receive from a friend you have been thinking about? Or the subject of a blog post that then seems to show up in conversations or books or a movie?
It's hardly as if you have any control, or at least not a conscious one. Here's the thing though, you do.
Where you put your thoughts, is where your attention and your energy flow.
Take for inst…
What do you consider your biggest achievements? Are they from work, in your community or perhaps in your family? Or maybe you have more personal achievements. A physical or emotional challenge which required you to really decide if and how you would rise to the occasion.
One of the hallmarks of self leadership is the belief that you can meet and handle any challenge that comes your way, it's called "self efficacy". It's not an everyday term, but it is powerful and different from self worth, or…
One of the most challenging aspects of creating a bigger life is confronting all the “nots” that lie buried within us. Often we are unaware of how many there are, how deeply buried and how much we let them affect our lives. Not good enough, not smart enough, not strong enough, not pretty/handsome enough, not talented enough – not, not, not.
Compress the phrase and it is “not enough”.
Cultivating positive self talk
As a child or young adult it is helpful to have an adult who helps you understa…
How many old stories continue to be a part of your inner dialogue? When is the last time you tried something new? Recent conversations have highlighted how important creating new stories are in creating a happier and more fulfilled life.
Instead of accepting dated and often limiting beliefs, trying new activities allows us to see and enjoy new parts of ourselves.
Have you ever found yourself uttering statements like, “I don't do that”, or “I'm no good at that” ? Chances are good you're guilty…
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