Choosing to change

choose changeI’ve worked with business coaches to help me grow my business, life coaches to help me get out of my own way, diet gurus to help with meal planning and trainers to help me with my fitness. I’ve attended untold number of seminars and workshops on growing my business. And after all this, it feels that little has changed.

It’s not like I haven’t made any progress. It’s just that I’m not where I want to be or think I should be by now. I haven’t made the big, bold, in-your-face changes that would propel me to the next level.

You know, I thought I was good at change. Really, what’s the big deal? After all, I moved 2500 miles away from the people and places I knew to a place where I didn’t know a soul. I put myself into a situation where I had to make my business work because there was little to no opportunity for full-time employment. And I did it easily (at least that’s how I remember it!). So change is easy, right?

That kind of change – what I think of as external change – is easy for me. The internal stuff – not so much. It’s difficult and scary. And I resist it!

Or maybe it’s not so much that I resist – although resistance is definitely part of it. Maybe because it’s internal and I can’t see it, it’s not real to me. It’s intangible. And it’s not immediate. It’s not a one-and-done sort of thing.

And maybe the immediacy of it is the biggest factor. So many of us are looking for the quick fix. And yet, in most cases, the quick fix simply doesn’t exist. It takes hard work and commitment and patience because it can be a long, slow path to change.

And because it’s long and slow, many of us give up before we get there. We start something, and when we don’t see the results we want when we want, we give up on it and move on to the next quick fix.

Jumping from quick fix to quick fix gets us nowhere.

Let’s appreciate the steps we take each day, no matter how small they may seem. Over time they add up, and one day we can look back and see just how far we’ve come.

I am making the choice to give the small steps a chance to work for me over the long run. How about you?

What does it mean to be creative?

creativeI received an email the other day, addressed to the creatives in the group. My immediate reaction? “Well, that doesn’t include me.” I’ve never considered myself to be creative. But it made me stop to think, what does that really mean?

Sure, someone who paints mesmerizing landscapes or composes beautiful melodies, they’re creative. The person who designs websites and brochures, banners and business cards, they’re creative. Interior decorators and landscape architects are creative. Innovators and inventors are creative.

But me? I’m not artistic. I don’t have a great design sense. I don’t have fabulous, brand-spanking new ideas about the next great American novel, or space travel to the next galaxy, or even a better way to mop the floor.

And, to be honest, that has been a little distressing for me… like there was something wrong with me. And then I realized that creativity (and being creative) isn’t only about art and invention, color and design, music and dance.

We are each creative in our own way, in the work we choose and the way we live our lives.

I am creative in my work when I consider alternative ways to perform a task.

I am creative in my life when I change habits and routines that no longer work for me.

And maybe this creativity is not shared with the world. That doesn’t make it any less creative. And truth is, if you’ve created something that positively impacts your life and work, it will in turn impact the lives of those around you.

And, to me, that’s what being a creative is all about. No question that we are impacted by the obvious creativity in literature and art and music. Let’s not forget to acknowledge that we are also impacted by the quiet, behind-the-scenes creativity of efficiency and attitude and decisiveness.

Let’s all embrace ourselves as creatives in whatever form that shows up!

7 Questions to ask Your Prospective Virtual Assistant…

Virtual Assistant Interview QuestionsSo, you’re looking to bring a Virtual Assistant on board? I think that’s great! Because it means two things … Your business is growing. And you understand that getting help will accelerate your growth.

To help make this process as smooth as possible, I’ve provided a list of questions that you’ll want to ask your prospective Virtual Assistant.
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