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Embrace the Lion

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Bravery. The kind that’s required to step up and be who you want to be. The kind that’s required to be deeply, authentically who you are. The kind that you need to say “no.” The kind that you must have to speak your mind to someone you care deeply about who doesn’t feel the same way. The kind that’s required to believe that you soul’s whispers know what they’re talking about.

How do you find this elusive lion? How do you embrace it so you can have what’s on the other side of fear?

First, know that by being brave and facing your fears is the way to tremendous growth. Know that if you don’t push your fears aside to live your life, you will become stagnant and much smaller.

Second, focus on what’s beyond the fear. Focus on just how much you want that and how great it would be to have it.

Bravery. Dig deep and find yours. It’s worth it.

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How to Stand Out Using Who You Are

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Do you feel lost in a sea of others in your profession as a solo entrepreneur? Do you see the people at the top and how their personalities really grab you? Do you feel blah in comparison?

It’s time to use what you have naturally to set yourself apart. How do you do that?

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Ask your friends and family what makes you unique. Often we can’t see it for ourselves so it’s great to ask others who know us well. Send a quick short, email with questions like “What are my top 3 gifts or genius?” and “What are the top 3 positive character traits?” It can be a bit scary to put yourself out there like this, but if you explain it’s for your business and then take a deep breath, you might be surprised by the responses.

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What have you been called “too much” of? Are you too sensitive or too strong? Do you laugh too much or are you too loud? Any qualities you are told to tone down are actually clues to things that you should embrace. These are things that you should play up in your business.

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Take these qualities and build your story around them. Show these to your clients in your blog posts and social media. Show them you are human and if they have the same quality, they can relate to you.

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Put a little of this flavor into the images you use. Do you laugh a lot? Use light, fun images. Are you sensitive? Use peaceful, maybe mysterious images.

Your business should not try to be cookie-cutter or like the top people in your niche. It should be unique and authentic to you and your personality. Your strengths should come through in order to set you apart from others.

 

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Are You Avoiding Growth?

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I’m at a point in my business where I need to grow. The hardest part is actually my personal growth. I know what I have to do and what path I have to take, but all of a sudden I find myself wanting to shift course. I have a desire to do the fun, easy stuff. I find myself getting bored with the things I need to do, and wanting to shift and do other, more enjoyable things.

I’ve realized that I’m bumping up against an area where I need to grow and that makes me afraid. Instead of recognizing the fear and facing it, my brain tells me something else and tries to turn toward more pleasurable things.

I’ve realized what I need to do is stay the course. I have to do what I need to do and push through the fear. If I want to grow my business and myself, I need to have courage.

Where in your life are you bumping up against fear that is preventing you from growing? How can you find the courage to move forward? The best of luck to both of us!

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How to Achieve Your Goals

To Achieve Business Goals, Focus and Simplify

Lately, I’ve been distracted. There’s so much going on, everything from conventions, to summer vacations, to new gadgets, and of course, interesting new things to learn. However, I’ve realized that to get where I want to go in my business and life, I have to focus and simplify.

Focus

I have to focus on what is going to help me achieve my goals. I want to be a great coach and help a lot of people find their niche in life and business. So I have to focus on what will best help me do that.

Simplify

I have to simplify. There is so much noise out there on the internet on how to run your business and coach and achieve. I have to simplify and trust the most obvious path. I can’t be distracted by shiny new ideas that won’t get me anywhere. I have to streamline my tasks and focus on what will get me toward my goals.

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