Set Your Compass – What are Your Guiding Principles?
My Dad would often say “If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.” When I was younger, I thought he was just quoting a hokey country music song, but as I grew older – especially when I became a business owner – I knew what he was saying loud and clear. You need […]Continue reading
In order to grow, you need to break….
Tomorrow I am going to a four-day training course to become a Registered Maine Guide. I have wanted this designation all my life, and at the tender age of 40 I am finally going for it. Admittedly, I am a mix of anticipation, excitement and nerves. Thanks to GPS and technology – it’s been years […]Continue reading
How to Flaunt Your Flaws and still be Fabulous
Let’s face it – no body is perfect – but when we are small business owners, sometimes we pretend to be. But we all have quirks that make us unique, problems that tangle into our lives, and issues we wish we didn’t have to deal with, and flaws that we’d rather pretend don’t exist. But […]Continue reading
4 Steps to managing fear to forge ahead….
Fear. Is it the ultimate survival tool, or the barrier to your dreams and your true self? Fear can be a very powerful force – but it can also be a farce. Fear can disguise itself in many ways to convince you that you are being wise to avoid risks so you can avoid making […]Continue reading
The Road Not Taken…. YET
Most of us are familiar with Robert Frost’s poem “The Road not Taken”… and as I sat with a friend sipping tea in a waterfront cafe, listening to his dilemma, the poem came back to me in waves. Over the years, we have misinterpreted Mr. Frosts poem. We have condensed it down to a choice […]Continue reading
Rainbows, Unicorns and other “secrets” of marketing….
I admit … the most frustrating part of being a business owner for me is marketing. Sometimes, I feel like a lowly pigeon amongst peacocks. In my industry especially, there are coaches with flashy websites, fancy teleclasses, webinars and “squeeze pages”…. I’m not saying there is anything wrong with elaborate marketing techniques, but for someone […]Continue reading
Persevere in icy conditions …
Yesterday morning, I woke up and peered out my window at the new coating of shimmering ice on the ground, roads and trees, and contemplated skipping my morning walk. The conditions are treacherous. I’ll fall and break something. Yup, my Ya-But excuse maker was working overtime. Ya, I could go for a walk, BUT…. its […]Continue reading
My dog is a lousy networker …. lessons from Lexi
Ah… my dog Lexi. She is a cutie. You can’t help but love her. She loves all dogs, all people, all children…. but she is a terrible networker. When I take her to dog parks, she often gets growled at, scowled at, and snapped at. She can’t understand it – after all, she is freaking […]Continue reading
How to be a natural salesperson….
Over Thanksgiving weekend, my mother, sister and I went to a few local craft fairs. We aren’t “Black Friday people” – we prefer to avoid the crowds, but we do enjoy perusing the aisles of arts and crafts made by local artisans. We enjoyed looking at, tasting, and smelling all the wonderful wares that were […]Continue reading