I don’t know what’s up in Boston lately, but there has been a ton of traffic and not just any traffic, bumper-to-bumper, sloth-moving, stand-still traffic. I don’t know, maybe I’m just not used to the commuter grind like I used to be, but it feels like the volume of people on the roads has grown exponentially. While I cherish the fact we live in such an amazing city, I don’t cherish the gridlock that accompanies it. It’s virtually impossible to get where you’re going without becoming a master at switching lanes. But I gotta say, the thing that bothers me the most isn’t the driver who zips in front of me, that’s bound to happen. Nope, what makes my head spin is when someone is indecisive. You see it all the time. Someone starts to switch lanes, but then instead of following through, the driver hovers over the dotted line blocking both lanes. Or someone comes to a rotary where they have the right of way and instead of moving, they inch forward backing up everyone behind them. The reason it bothers me so much is because it stops the flow. Why make a move until you are sure of what you want? Just stay […]
We’ve all been there, we’re plugging along in life or business and BAM, something happens to knock us off our feet. Maybe you lose your funding, you’re hit with a health scare or maybe you’re even duped by someone you trusted or with whom you invested. When you find yourself in that situation, it feels like your world is spinning out of control. How could this happen? How did we let it get this far? But more importantly, how can you get back on track as quickly as possible? First of all, let’s have a dose of honesty here. Not always, but often these things don’t come out of the blue. There are usually red flags along the way, but instead of taking heed, we dismiss them and march forward. Or we try to gloss them over instead of acknowledging them as the major warning signs they are. The problem is, we have our sights so fixed on what we think we want, we can’t see what’s right in front of us or perhaps more accurately, we’re unwilling to see it. This is where I think most people get off track. It feels too dangerous to slow down or evaluate […]
This is the time of year when we do end-of-year reviews. We look at what went well and what we’d like to do differently moving forward. After all, we want next year to be even better than this one. What often happens, however, is January 1st comes and goes and before we know it, it’s March and things don’t look quite how we’d hoped. Why? The answer is simple. We tend to follow the same patterns over and over again. We get comfortable with what we know, who we know and how we operate. Although repetition can be wonderful tool in business, it can also become a crutch which stymies our growth. Further, it can make our businesses and brands stale. So how can you break the repetitive cycle to infuse your business with new life in the new year? Here are a few tips to help. 1. Decide what you want. Do you want more money?
Do you ever feel like you are spinning your wheels? If you are an entrepreneur my guess is you have felt that way more than once in your business. You may feel like you are doing your best, but you keep bumping up against obstacles. More often than not, however, what seem like obstacles are really just decisions you haven’t made yet. Unfortunately, failing to make good, swift decisions in your business can have serious implications. Clients are lost, money is wasted and precious, precious time is squandered. As author of Rich Dad Poor Dad Robert Kiyosaki says so clearly, “The only difference between a rich person and a poor person is how they use their time.” If you are spending your time hemming and hawing about what decisions to make, you are not spending your time accumulating wealth. A common mistake in decision making is
Sometimes the word “no” gets a bad rap. It sounds harsh or limiting. As children we were often told no when we asked for things we wanted. We may have wanted to buy a cheap toy or stay up past our bedtime. As teenagers we may have wanted to go to a party that “everyone” else was going to. When we were younger, we could not appreciate that our parents were protecting our health, keeping us safe and safe-guarding our future by saying no. As adults, however, we recognize their insistence on setting limits was a great act of love so we could grow into thriving, successful adults. As entrepreneurs, we must also learn to say “no” so that our businesses can thrive, though it’s not always easy. As parents, we know it’s often very tempting to just give in when our children beg and plead with us. It takes a lot of strength to stand our ground, but we do it because we know it’s in our child’s best interest. It’s the same with your brand and in your business. It is hard to say no when there are so many people and opportunities vying for your attention and energy. However, you must […]
Whether we like it or not, we are judged by the associations we keep. At first blush this doesn’t seem fair. However, if you think about it for more than a second or two, you can see the logic behind it. For the most part, we choose our associations with the exception of our families. Therefore, your associations are a reflection of YOUR JUDGEMENT and YOUR BRAND. If you are associated with someone who is unethical, you are broadcasting to the world that you have some tolerance for lack of integrity. On the other hand, if you surround yourself with people who are kind, thoughtful and smart, this also reflects on your judgement, in a positive way. Because your associations so strongly effect your reputation it is critical to choose wisely. Here are a few questions to help you evaluate your current associations and how to better choose future ones. 1. Does this person/business uphold the values I want to nurture? 2. Does this person have a positive attitude? 3. Does this person make me feel inspired to grow? 4. Do I feel good about myself when I spend time with this person/business? 5. Am I proud to say this person […]
We are so lucky to live at this time and in this society. Now more than ever there is an abundance of opportunity. However, with all this opportunity it is sometimes difficult to know which choices to make. If you are trying to decide between a good option and a bad one the choice is obvious, but what do you do when there is no obvious distinction between a good and bad idea? What if you have more than one appealing opportunity? How do you know what to do?
We live in a world where everyday there are more and more options available to us, especially for women. It used to be that as a woman your two main career choices were either nurse or teacher. Nurses and teachers happen to be my personal heroes so I’m not knocking those professions. Now, however, a woman can choose to be just about anything her heart desires. This is a great improvement, but it comes with its own set of challenges. With so many options it can be hard to choose a direction. Wouldn’t it be great if there was some magic wand you could wave that would just point you in the right direction? Well, there is and it’s call personal branding. At its core, personal branding is about clarity, clarity about who you are, what you have to offer, and how you want to express that in the world. When you are clear about what makes you tick and what your unique contribution can be, your decision process becomes infinitely easier. You start to recognize which opportunities will enhance your life experience and which ones will lead you further away from home base. You personal brand is always there for you to tap into like […]