Category Archives: inspiration

Your Very Best

 

Entrepreneurial Quote of the Day:

“What would you attempt to do if you knew you would not fail?” Robert Schuller

 

 

Hello Fabulous Women!

We all have days (or weeks, or longer!) when we just don’t think we can do it.  When the problems seem way bigger than we are.  When the last thing we feel is that we are powerful or effective.  When even surviving seems in question, and thriving seems like a fantasy we can’t even relate to.

It’s not always that way, but maybe some of you are even having that kind of day today. 

If you are, I urge you to remember two things:

You are bigger than you think you are.

You don’t have to do it alone.

Those two things really are the essence of coaching, and why I am a coach.  I know, from my own life, that coaching allows me to step outside my own limited vision of myself and what I’m capable of.  And it forces me to stop trying to do it all on my own – something I should know by now, but it’s been a hard habit to break.  (I was always the queen of “It’s all up to me,” and “I’ve got it handled.”)  But coaching takes me out of that old pattern and frees me to see both how big and unstoppable I really am, and how much help and support is there if I’ll only be open to it.

I recently came across a fabulous clip from a movie, “Facing the Giants,” that captures, in a few minutes, the power of coaching and what becomes possible when you stop believing in the limits you’ve created and start to give it all your very best.

If you do nothing else today, watch this video: Your Very Best   

Give yourself permission to be inspired.And then ask yourself where in your life would coaching make a difference.  Consider scheduling a free coaching session with me, and see what coaching makes possible.  I passionately believe in the power of coaching to change lives, businesses, and the world.  Call me and find out why for yourself.

Have a fabulous day and give it your very best!

–Ann

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Is Your Sex Life Affecting Your Business Success? Hmmm…

Entrepreneurial Quote of the Day:

“May you live as long as you wish and love as long as you live.” – Robert A Heinlein

Hello Fabulous Women!

Have I got a great business tip for you – and perfect for a Friday!  A“multipassionate” woman entrepreneur, Marie Forleo has a great question for us all: Is Your Sex Life Affecting the Success of Your Business?

Please check out this great blog post from Marie, which includes 9 reasons why more sex will boost your business.  It’s a great article, and let’s face it, we all need a little reminder and nudge on occasion to get our heads – and the rest of our wonderful bodies – out of our businesses and into – well, that’s up to you!

After all, we aren’t putting all this time and energy into building our businesses just for the business – didn’t it have something to do with being able to spend more time with the ones we love?  I believe it did…

Have a GREAT and successful weekend!

–Ann

 

On Track and On Purpose, Business Coaching for Women Entrepreneurs, Business Woman Coach

You have all the time in the world – just like everyone else

Entrepreneurial Quote of the Day:

“Don’t say that you don’t have enough time.  You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Theresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson and Albert Einstein.”  — H. Jackson Brown, JR.

Hello Fabulous Women!

How many times a day do you say – or think – “I don’t have the time,” or “There’s not enough time!” ?

When I ask women entrepreneurs what their biggest obstacles are, not having enough time is always right up there at or near the top of their lists.

Several years ago, I had a huge breakthrough in how I relate to time, to my time.  One day someone asked me to do something, and I found myself saying that I didn’t have the time.  I was suddenly struck by the fact that that wasn’t true. 

This realization challenged me at a very deep level and forced me to be honest about myself and my life in an uncomfortable but very powerful way.

Now, I don’t mean that I suddenly remembered that I had hours of unplanned time available to me.  What I mean is that I realized I had plenty of time, all the time there is, in fact, all the time anyone has ever had, BUT I was going to be doing something else with that time.

That realization made me see that if I say that I can’t do something because there isn’t enough time, then I am the victim of a circumstance called “not enough time.”  And since there is no way I or anyone else can ever create more time, then I am the victim of a circumstance that is insurmountable and can never be changed, which is about as much of a victim as I or you can ever be.

On the other hand, I can choose to get real about the fact that I do have “the time” – I have all the time anyone else has, all the time anyone has ever had. Being honest about that, rather than hiding behind the idea of not having the time, means that I can be responsible for what I choose to do with my time.  In fact, it means that I have to be responsible for those choices.

This does not mean that I no longer struggle with finding the time to do all the things I want to do and am committed to doing.  I wish!  Between being a mom and a wife and an entrepreneur and a friend and so on, I am challenged with time every day, believe me. 

However, I truly no longer say “I don’t have the time.”  If I am saying no to something, I say that I am already committed to doing something else with that time instead.  Instead of “I don’t have time to write another blog post,” it’s “I’m going to help my daughter with her homework now.”

And more importantly, if I don’t get something done that I had on my list that day, I don’t bemoan that I didn’t have the time.  Instead, I acknowledge to myself that I did something else with that time.

This is not only being honest with myself, it also helps me to acknowledge how I used my time that day, and every day, and that is POWERFUL. 

Here’s the difference:

If I am coming from a context of “not enough time,” all I can see is what I didn’t accomplish because I “didn’t have the time.”  This leaves me feeling like someone who never gets enough done because I am a victim of something I can never overcome, the demon called “not enough time.”

BUT, if I am coming from a context of “how did I spend my time,” I can see what I did accomplish and also see how I might have made different choices and how that would have led to different results.  This leaves me the victim of nothing. 

It leaves me the master of my life, the one who is responsible for using her time wisely and well, and for dealing with the consequences when I don’t.

That is not always comfortable, but for me, it beats being a victim any way you look at it!

Here’s my challenge for you:

I invite you to take the phrase “I don’t have the time” out of your vocabulary entirely.  Take it on that you are not allowed to use that, and see what else you find yourself saying in its place, how else you can look at and make choices about all the opportunities/demands/desires/commitments in your life.

Then let me know what happens!  All you powerful women entrepreneurs, suddenly making even more powerful choices about how you spend your time?  Watch out world!  

–Ann

On Track and On Purpose, Business Coaching for Women Entrepreneurs, Business Woman Coach

Mind-boggling Science and the Economy

Entrepreneurial Quote of the Day:

“The key to managing crises… is to keep an eye on the long term… while you’re dancing in the flames.” — Sir Philip Hampton

 

Hello Fabulous Women!

I highly recommend that you watch this absolutely fascinating presentation, by Juan Enriquez, on the state of the economy and the role of amazing technological breakthroughs in “rebooting” our world.  How mind-boggling science will outlast the crisis.

Juan Enriquez is a best-selling author and one of the world’s leading authorities on the economic and political impact of advancing technology in the life sciences.  The talk he gave at this year’s TED awards is fascinating and highly entertaining and will really get you thinking, both as an entrepreneur and as a human being.

Our world is changing with amazing rapidity, and one of the things all successful entrepreneurs must do is to pay attention to those changes and be thinking ahead.  Who would have thought, even 5 years ago, that you’d be seeing all those Blockbuster video stores going out of business?  Well, I’ll tell you who – people who were paying attention to changes in technology and could see that there were better ways to do business, like Netflix.  In other words, savvy entrepreneurs who were paying attention – and are now making millions.

The specific technologies which Juan Enriquez is talking about in this presentation may not be directly related in any way to your business, but then again, maybe they are, or maybe their development will impact your industry in a positive or negative way in the next few years.  Who knows?  Bring your entrepreneurial mind to bear and see what opportunities the future may have in store for you.

Go check it out: How mind-boggling science will outlast the crisis.

–Ann

 

On Track and On Purpose, Business Coaching for Women Entrepreneurs, Business Woman Coach

Make a Difference with the LOVE Ebook

Entrepreneurial Quote of the Day:

“It is love that makes the possible impossible.”  — Indian Proverb

Hello Fabulous Women!

I have a wonderful, inspirational and absolutely free gift for all of you, and for you to share with those you love.  The LOVE ebook, a collection of original love poems, is available for you to download right now through the end of Valentine’s Day. 

 

The LOVE ebook is absolutely free, and it also comes with an opportunity to donate to CareerGear, a national non-profit which helps men to find jobs and keep them by providing training, professional clothes for interviewing and relationship building.  Please consider supporting their work in whatever amount you wish – another way to spread the love in a real and tangible way that makes a difference long past February 14th.  Many thanks to Julie Roads, whose brainchild this was, for making the LOVE ebook possible and available.

John Sanful, Executive Director of CareerGear, has this to share:

“Career Gear is thrilled to be receiving the proceeds from The LOVE ebook. Clients of Career Gear learn self-confidence and motivation. After gaining employment they continue to work on themselves and improving their relationships; professional and personal. The LOVE ebook is about relationships as well. Enjoy The LOVE ebook and cherish the relationships around you. Career Gear is honored to be associated with this project and is so grateful for this outpouring of support for our organization.”

The poems are beautiful and you will love reading them and sharing them with your own loved ones.  Please download the LOVE Ebook and please spread the word to others as well.  It’s only available through the end of Valentine’s Day!

Happy Love Day to all of you!

–Ann

On Track and On Purpose, Business Coaching for Women Entrepreneurs, Business Woman Coach

 

Inspiration for the Whole World

Entrepreneurial Quote of the Day:

“Entrepreneurial success depends on how often you ask this question: Do I HAVE to do it this way?”  –- Scott Ginsberg, aka NameTagScott

 

Hello Fabulous Women!

I think one of the most important traits a successful entrepreneur has is not only an openness to new ideas but a devouring curiosity about the world and how to make it a better place.  Today I find myself inspired by three people who exemplify this, the three 2009 TED Award winners. 

For those of you not familiar with the TED Awards, TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design, and TED started out in 1984 as an annual conference to bring together people from those three worlds and from all over the world.  The short version of their mission is “TED is devoted to giving millions of knowledge-seekers around the globe direct access to the world’s greatest thinkers and teachers.”

This year’s winners are deep sea explorer Sylvia Earle, astronomer Jill Cornell Tarter and maestro Jose Antonio Abreu.  If reading about these three remarkable people and what they are committed to and have accomplished does not inspire you, I suggest you check your pulse – you may no longer be with us. 

Seriously, take a few minutes to get inspired, and bring that energy back to your workday and see what opens up for you in your life and your business.  One of the great things about creativity and inspiration and innovative thinking is that they are contagious.  Seeing one person’s breakthrough thinking and results can impact any of us in ways we can only discover when we allow that inspiration in. 

What impact will you let some of the world’s great thinkers have on you today?

–Ann

On Track and On Purpose, Business Coaching for Women Entrepreneurs, Business Woman Coach

Women Entrepreneurs – Exercise Your Bragging Rights!

Entrepreneurial Quote of the Day:

“If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people.” – Virginia Woolf

Hello Fabulous Women!

I want to direct you to a fabulous post by writer/blogger Julie Roads – please check out this great post, “You have the right NOT to remain silent about how cool you are,”  which itself was inspired by two other great posts by women bloggers, Bonnie Marcus and Jessica Smith.

What are they all talking about?  Well, as women, we are sometimes woefully deficient in giving ourselves credit, blowing our own horns and generally owning our own greatness.  So read on, get empowered and start tooting that horn of yours, hear me?

–Ann

On Track and On Purpose, Business Coaching for Women Entrepreneurs, Business Woman Coach