What Are You Willing To Sacrifice?

While this blog post may not be a huge news flash to you, I’m going to bet, it may not be something you’ve put as much thought into as maybe you should have. Trust me when I tell you that if you don’t deliberately do this ahead of time, you can easily find yourself on a very slippery slope to a place you do not want to go.

Dress Rehearsal

My daughter’s dance class backstage at dress rehearsal.

What am I talking about? Sacrifice.

This practice is employed by anyone who excels at their craft. People who are incredibly productive don’t have more time than the rest of us, they simply make To Do lists and the all so important NOT To Do lists. Look at high performing athletes or performers, they make decisions every day about what they are going to do and what they will not do.

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Is Work/Life Balance A Myth?

Balance

I don’t think we go an entire week, or maybe even an entire day, without thinking about work/life balance. We hear about it from HR departments, on the news, from our spouses (especially when talking about after school care for kids), and from ourselves  – usually in the form of guilt.

Lately, I’ve been thinking about it quite a bit. See for the past two and a half weeks, I’ve been traveling to clients conducting training sessions. So for 13 out of the last 17 days, I have either left my house before my kids were even up, not getting back until 6:30 pm or I was gone for multiple nights.

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Are We Just Going In Circles?

Spiral

Have you ever had those moments where you feel like you’ve been in this situation or gone through the day once before? A deja vu moment? Do you ever feel like you’re repeatedly putting out the same fires or reminding others to not make the same mistake?

At these moments, have you asked yourself, “Are we just going in circles or do we have a destination?”

It’s very easy to fall into this cycle and I’ve been there myself. Want to break out of your own personal Groundhog Day movie? Here are the six strategic steps I try to follow every morning. I don’t do all six every morning (that’s not the point), but I usually get at least three or four of them in each day. These steps help me stay focused, on task, and achieve more of my goals. How’s that for a strategic plan? Continue reading

The Best Business Decision I Ever Made

Winning

In one of my earlier posts (The Blessing in “No”) I talked about my struggles last year trying to grow my business and despite all my efforts seeing our client work slowing down. One of the reasons I was able to successfully make it through that challenging period was because early on in my business I made a key decision. This decision not only got me through last year, but other lean years as well. In fact, it has become a cornerstone of how I run my business. If you are in business or considering launching a business I would strongly encourage you to make this decision too. What is it? Continue reading

5 Keys to Being A Better Entrepreneur

Photo credit: iStockPhoto.com

Photo credit: iStockPhoto.com

 

In the seven years I have been an entrepreneur, I have learned a thing or two about succeeding (and failing) as a business owner and a mom. When you don’t apply or follow these keys, business and life is a huge struggle that saps your energy, focus, and can make you want to throw your hands up and quit. On the other hand, when you do follow them, everything just seems simpler and runs better (not always easier – you are still running a business). So whether you are considering launching a business, in the start-up phase, or working on growing your business, these keys are all applicable.

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The Blessing In “No”

Looking up

“What if Your blessings come through raindrops,
What if Your healing comes through tears,
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near?
What if trials in this life are Your mercies in disguise?”
– Laura Story, Blessings

I’ve recently gone through a period of time with my consulting firm where I had to learn to see the blessing in “No.” Have you ever been there? During that time, I listened to the song quoted above and struggled with finding the blessing in “No” until just about two months ago.

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You Can Fire A Client But Not Your Child

Youre Fired

Do you ever have one of THOSE days? If you’ve been a parent for, oh I don’t know an hour, you’ve had one of THOSE days. Mine was this past Sunday.

My son is now almost 7 years old. He is very high energy, very bright, and very strong-willed. (Don’t know where he got that from….) While I’m usually pretty good at channeling his energies, it wasn’t working on Sunday. The entire drive home from church consisted of him asking me questions and then arguing with every answer I gave, even to the point of whether or not there were strawberries in the refrigerator! (which there weren’t but he insisted there were.) Once we got home the conversation switched to what needed to be done (hanging up church clothes, eating lunch, and playing with his sister) and him emphatically not wanting to do any of it. And on it went…

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Overcoming the Obstacles to Your Dreams

It breaks my heart to see and hear so many parents who want to be more involved in raising their children and yet feel trapped in their current situation unable to make a change. It’s as if they are standing on the edge of a cliff and can see the promised land, but just don’t know how to get there.

When I talk with my friends who are still working full-time, they often will say, “I wish I could run a business from home like you do, but…”

“… I would never make as much as I do now.”
“… I have no idea what I would do or how to start.”
“… I just don’t have the discipline.”
“… my spouse would never go for it.”
“… it seems so risky.”

Maybe you’ve said this, or something similar. The problem is, they are all lies.

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The Proverbs 31 Woman versus Super Mom

I had posted a question on The Naptime CEO Facebook page about which characteristic of the Proverbs 31 woman is your favorite. Surprisingly, some of the responses were that she hires people to help. This is a topic that is full of conflict for many moms.

If I asked you if you could use help around your house, how many of you would say yes?
Now, how many of you would feel guilty for having someone else come in to help around your house?

I fully admit I need help around the house, but for the longest time I felt like I was failing as a wife/mother/business owner if I didn’t do it all myself. The problem was I wasn’t getting any of it done well.

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