say yes and watch what happensWe hear the word “No,” 148,000 times or more by the time we are eighteen. We can become accustomed to rejection and can be afraid to try for fear we will fail. Because we hear the word no, we can fall into the pattern of saying the same thing to others; our children, our co-workers, partners, etc… and this propagates like that old Bret commercial, “And so on, and so on and so on…” We become conditioned to follow our own limiting beliefs and therefore fall into the habit of accepting “I can't do that.”
Focus Versus Flexibility – An Entrepreneur’s ChallengeAdmit it, as new business owners, we’ve all been distracted by the beautiful sunny day outside the office window and think, “It’s just one afternoon…I can get away” and, “It’s my own business, no one will know…After all, I became an entrepreneur for flexibility in my life” to, “I will work extra hard tomorrow and make it up.” Many use these excuses to justify our absence from the work that needs to get done to be successful, or as a way to escape the tasks that we find new and difficult. It’s a slippery slope from “It’s just one day…it’s only a few hours…” to, “Why isn’t my business succeeding? Where are my clients? Why is my revenue down this quarter? I can’t pay my bills!”
Behind Every Great Woman, There are WomenRecently while scrolling through Facebook posts, I saw a recent post quoting actress Charlize Theron, "I think today women are very scared to celebrate themselves, because then they just get labeled." and I disagree.
I think women are stretched so thin in any given day with the immense demands on our time, energy and daunting daily tasks, that our extraordinary accomplishments are ignored and minimized as we hurl through life at breakneck speed. We are so conditioned to manage our numerous roles such as mother, daughter, wife, friend, resident-psychologist, caregiver, business person, working mom, cook, cleaner, taxi-driver, Victoria-Secret-model-wanna-be etc. etc. that we...
The Power of Positive AffirmationsThis past weekend I was strolling through a large shopping mall with a friend and wandered into a store that catered to teen girls and young adults. Amongst the typical ripped jeans, tiny cotton T-shirts, loose baggie sweaters, were wall signs that could also be purchased. Amongst the “Go Jays” and “Go Habs” signs was a sign, for a mere $25, that said, “I HATE EVERYTHING”. When I read this I nearly physically recoiled and my mind felt like it was slapped. My immediate thought was: imagine if I was a 15-year-old girl and had that in my room: waking up to that every single day and closing my eyes at the end of the day with that negative message hanging over my head. Imagine the subconscious impact of that damaging message. I was going to take a picture of this sign and use it in this blogpost but then I thought twice. I don’t want to give any more power to the words or this sign then they already have.
A Mother’s Reflections – From Babyhood to University in a BlinkAn End of an Era or the Start of a New One? It's the Friday of the Labour Day weekend and never in a million years would I have thought this day would be here. Sure, in theory, 18 years ago I conceptualized the idea that this sweet-smelling newborn I currently held in my arms just hours old, would head off to University... one day... in the distant future... something that "old" and seasoned parents dealt with... That day is here. He leaves tomorrow. Blink. It seems like a lifetime ago and yet just a nanosecond has passed.
5 Reasons to Push Back Your BoundariesSometimes we become so complacent in our everyday established routines we don’t even realize we are in a bubble of stasis until we are forced to come out of the “box”. The “box” is what I call the comfort and stability of what we strive for in her life but unbeknownst to us at times it can become constraining instead of stabilizing. Why is it important to sometimes break out of our box?
Gratitude – A Reflection on the EverydayWhat are you grateful for?
Recently, my friend and colleague Jenny McKaig asked me, “What are you grateful for?” How many of us take the time in our day to think about this…my guess is not many of us. We go about our days in the bustle of busyness chasing the dollar, shuffling the papers, managing our obligations and forget to smell the roses and count our blessings, me included.
Leap of FaithHave you ever sat in your office, in the middle of a sea of other people in a corporate environment, thinking “I really want to work for myself and not this company!”? Or, you have what you think is a unique idea, think it could be a great new product or service the world has never seen before and want to run with it and start your own small business? Many of us have been there with the same thoughts. The next step is often the difficult one when you ask yourself, “Do I go for it and start my own business? Will I succeed? Do I have what it takes? Can I really do this? Do I take the leap of faith in myself and business idea?”
Claudia HarveyAuthor, Speaker and Business Leader
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