I am in awe of the majestic sky that has been draped across Regina, my hometown, over the past few days. I seriously cannot get enough of the texture, colour, and shape of them. On Canada Day my family always heads down to the celebrations in front of the legislative building and this year there was some seriously ever-changing weather: from sunny, to windy, to cloudy and ready to rain — the sky danced.
Perhaps it is the fact that I’ve been working on refining my fine art skills in my spare time (A.K.A. time I force myself to invest in my self-development instead of work, family, or friends) and staring at classic paintings in old textbooks, but I’m really fascinated with clouds right now. They bring storms, they take them away, and they decorate the curtain of the sky above us. They reflect light, they cast shadows, and transform our landscape. I feel so blessed to be from the land of the living skies and it is on my goal list to become an expert at painting different cloud formations.
Often, in business, we are surrounded by an ever-changing skyscape. Pressure systems move in, light peeks through, and there are unexpected storms. There is beauty, there is chaos, and there is a whole lot of unpredictability. So what can we do about this? How can we prepare for the unexpected and give ourselves the grace to roll with the changing dynamics?
There are two things I want to encourage you to do if you are experiencing clouds in your business.
VISION - Take Time to Dream
FIND ADVISORS - Seek Outside Wisdom
1. VISION - Take Time to Dream
In 2016 I had the honour of working on the Hillberg & Berk blog, H&B Life. The CEO and founder, Rachel Mielke, talked about living at 10,000 feet. This state of “head in the clouds” is above reality, in a state of vision. It is so important to make sure you stay inspired and looking forward as you build your business.
In university, I had a professor who talked about the magic of fiction as an escape from reality. In my world, dreaming is that fantasy. To be honest, I can’t stand fiction but I spend a lot of time visioning and dreaming about what is, what is to come, and the infinite possibilities of business. There is a lot of my childhood I can’t remember but I can remember the ideas and daydreams I had. I had hopes and dreams, and when times get tough I find that I can snap myself into a state of joy and excitement about visioning what is to come. It is my fantasy.
2. ADVISORS - Seek Outside Wisdom
I know that for me one of the most important things is to do is surround myself with both learning and mentors. This helps me see what is happening now and how I may adjust it. As we navigate business it is important to lean on the peripheral vision that comes from advisors.
Here's a joke for ya..
Have you ever heard the joke about the stinky cheese?
As I remember, it goes something like this:
On a Sunday afternoon my grandpa, who had a moustache he was quite proud of, fell asleep on his recliner. I, being the trickster I am, pulled a tub of stinky cheese out of the fridge and ever so slyly rubbed it into his moustache.
He started to stir, and I hid behind the sofa. “This room stinks!” he said as he pulled himself to a stand. He walked around the house. “This whole house stinks!” He went outside looking for the source of the smell.
The look on his face turned to horror.
“This whole world stinks!”
Sometimes, when we are going along in business we need an outside perspective to let us know where the source of the stink is coming from.
Are you experiencing a hangup that is holding you back from moving forward?
Do you have great sales, but struggle with keeping your profits strong?
Are you missing sales when you know your program or idea is strong?
The problem could be right under your nose.
Let me help you find it.
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In a Clarity Session you will get two hours with me where we will talk about what is working, what isn’t, and I will tell you my secret formula for how you can grow an authentic business that is soulful, connected, and MAKES MONEY. In these sessions, I’ve helped people map out sales funnels, re-price their products, and even redo messaging and logos. I can’t promise you the world but I can promise you, I will give you my best.