“What you think is what you are.” Nothing in the world feels truer than the things we tell ourselves within our mind. So how do we manage those self-inflicting thoughts that quite nearly drain our confidence and motivation to do or be more?
Let’s face it, approaching toxic people and saying, “You know what? I’m good. We’re not going to do this anymore,” is probably one of the more harder things to do as a human. Especially if you’re not sure how to identify these people from the start.
One of the hardest parts about becoming a business owner is deciding when to make the transition from “passionate side hustle + a full-time job” into “my full-time job = my passion.” Although the process is different for everyone, there are definitely some frameworks to have in place.
After almost 12 years in business, I could tell my fair share of horror client stories with you. I’ve worked with absolutely perfect people and others that have left my team and me in tears. But those dream clients are 110% obtainable – it only takes these few steps.
Ep. 16: Business Advice from Entrepreneurs Like You
Do you ever find yourself saying, “If I knew then what I know now, there is no way in HELL that I would be doing this”? On this episode of The Gutsy Podcast, we get into the heads of entrepreneur’s as they provide business advice they’ve learned along their journey.
The Sweet Success of Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone
Guest Blog, by Kelsey Lorman: Your comfort zone can seem like a beautiful, safe place. It is where you feel confident and in control. But once you overcome the fear of letting go, you allow an opportunity for growth and success.
A lot of people associate empathy with weakness, but after really exploring and understanding it more myself, I realized that couldn’t be further from the truth. Empathy is truly a superpower. It’s a chance to feel some of the most beautiful, colorful emotions that have ever existed.
If there were an award for screwing things up in business, I’d have a nice little trophy wall in my office. I’ve made a ton of great decisions in my business, but only because I’ve made A LOT of bad ones too.
If you have ever found yourself working way too hard for way too long, you have most likely found yourself in the place of burnout. Which is why this week, we are going to talk about common burnout signs, why we do those things, and how to overcome them.
The fear of success is an actual, legit thing. And it is something I have come to better understand and realize throughout the years. But which areas of success are the ones that really freak people out? Well, let’s talk about it.
It is important to recognize that there is a cycle to the way you think and the emotions that come along for the ride. The more you understand them, the easier it will be to accept and work through them.
The best way to attract your tribe is to be who you are, regardless of who is around. Your energy is like a magnet and you’ll attract the love and support of the ones that appreciate you for who you are.
On this week’s podcast, I open up about something that is pretty uncomfortable for me to talk about. It’s been taunting me for years and just a few weeks ago I decided to own it and share my situation with you.
Branding is fascinating because it’s the difference between someone spending $20 vs. $200 on a haircut. The same service is being performed, but the company has been positioned to create an experience that people want to be part of.
It’s interesting how certain phrases can take someone from smiling to weeping in a matter of seconds. The things we tell ourselves can be brutal and damaging and the emotional scars that unresolved life events have on us are traumatic.
A few months ago, I asked my Facebook community “Looking back when you started (or if you’re just starting now) what business help/guidance do you wish you had?” Here are some of my favorite responses that I hope resonate with you on some level..
Don’t become so consumed with the numbers that you lose sight of people, relationships, and company morale. Use them as a tool to strengthen your culture and client relationships so you’re making stronger, more sound decisions that lift everyone involved.
Many of the businesses that come to us started their brand with this same scenario. As your business evolves, so do you and the visual presence you give your company should too. Here are some signs that it may be time to give your branding and marketing a little extra love by bringing on a team…
How can you dig deeper into your business? How can you lay a more solid foundation for yourself and your team? Opportunities can only stand tall on top of the solid foundation you have built. Work together. Communicate. Visualize both with yourself and as a team. If you feel like you’re digging in the trenches, good.
JUST WHEN I THINK I CAN’T DO IT ANYMORE, I DO IT AGAIN.
I’ve accepted that when the going gets tough, were usually on the verge of something incredible. It’s usually the universes way of asking, “Are you ready to grow, and how dedicated are you to doing it?” Coming out on the other side of whatever challenge you’re facing is the most incredible feeling as an entrepreneur. Not only did you get through it, but you proved to yourself that you’re resilient.
Sometimes life can be unpredictable and it feels like the world is against you. It is ok to ask for help. You don’t always have to be strong. Other people can seem like they have it all together when you don’t even know how to adult. All of these feelings are valid. Julie’s advice: Try to find something funny about what stresses you out the most. When things go wrong – reflect on it and think about what you’ve learned.
When you’re going through a growth spirt, be the visionary that leads the team but also the person who rolls up their sleeves and gets in the trenches with everyone. And most importantly, make the decisions that positively affect the team and your clients in the fastest and most efficient way.
Oftentimes when companies market themselves or choose what type of content they want to put on social media, their website or in ads, they’re overwhelmed by what they want to say. Do we talk about services? Do we talk about trends in the industry? Should we or should we not share that company picnic photo? The amount of information that passes through our business doors every day is incredible. But what is right to promote?
I was sitting at Starbucks. Staring out the window. Listening to some non-descript artist. Out of the corner of my eye, an elderly gentleman played musical chairs. Two tables over. One table over. Standing beside me, slightly bowed over, hand extended toward mine and asking about my heritage.
It was a common question, but his was an uncommon reaction that started a great dialogue.
Make a good honest effort to do good. Make sure you’re eating food and drinking water. Go to bed at a reasonable time. Be present when you’re with someone (put that phone away). The sooner you’re able to accept that you are only one human, the sooner you’ll find peace and happiness. Presence is the best balance you can give yourself and anyone around you.
If some professionals (like tattoo artists or doctors) aren’t able to multitask, why do we ask ourselves to every day? Just in writing this blog, I’ve had about six opportunities to stop. The ding, the random memory, the feeling that I need to do 100 things at once. We’re putting our foot down and saying no more. We’ve adopted a word of the year at Worx, and it’s FOCUS.
With over 400 million users to date, LinkedIn is the largest professional network on the internet and is surely a handy tool to promote your skills and business online, but in such a large pond how do you stand out? Who are you? Let’s explore some simple steps that you can take today to become a big fish.
How many times have you gone into work, focused on a specific goal and before you know it, the end of the day has come and you haven’t even looked at that goal? Sally needed this. Joe needed that. The phone rang and turned into a 40-minute call. Lunch went long. An emergency request comes in. It’s like playing a game of whack-a-mole while they’re on fire.
Everyone likes to be admired, but some of us have trouble accepting a compliment gracefully. Many of us have been guilty of this. Downplaying or rebuffing the compliment can backfire. Denial, deflection, and self-insults can be insulting to the person that gave you kudos. They could see you as socially awkward, ungrateful or insecure. Not only will you offend the person, but you are downplaying your abilities and your worth.
I often get hung up on how things are not going fast enough or what the next goal is. But when I take the time to reflect, I realize just how quickly those goals have come to life. It’s kind of like being a parent. Your child grows up right in front of you, and it’s not until you flip back through the photo album to realize just how much they’ve grown.
Humans can be incredibly interesting. Conventions, expos, wedding receptions, award shows, waiting to catch a flight and even daily life situations are all opportunities to practice the art of small talk.
Anytime you feel a disconnect with your business it’s an opportunity to dig deeper and get in touch with who you really are and how you want people to experience your brand. The beautiful thing about being in business for yourself if you do not have to follow the “business rules.”
Have you ever been afraid of being a fraud, so you hold back just a little bit? You say nothing because you aren’t sure, or you wait to share your idea with a group until you think it is safe. I am no expert, but I feel like everyone has been in this mindset at least once.
The first time someone comes to your website sees your business card or interacts with you is an opportunity to share who you are, what you do and how it makes a difference. Are those materials positively representing you in a way that makes you feel strong and proud of your business? Do you shy away from sending people to your website? Are you avoiding getting the next run of your business cards printed because they’re outdated?
Your progress timeframe may be different than the people you admire or follow. Everyone has had his or her own struggles or setbacks. They may just be a different part of the journey than you are. The progress you make, whether one step or a huge leap, is important and valuable to your success. One day you’ll crack open the figurative business photo album and say, wow, look at how far I’ve come!
Most entrepreneurs aren’t in it for the dollars. If you are willing to take a risk, have a good reason why. Find that one thing that excites you and turn any discomfort into motivation to keep your dream in motion. Doing so leaves you open to the critics, open to the risks, and open to self-doubt. That’s OK.
Company culture is the direct influence on how smoothly the ship is sailing. Effects derived from poor company culture are often missed deadlines, negative employee body language, tension, lack of ambition and static routine. If a company is not happy, it will reflect in many aspects of the workplace, unfortunately, and most crucially the clients. Your company culture IS your brand.