Have You Incorporated Your Strengths into Serving in Your Business?

20130723_075030I love taking any kind of quiz that gives me insight into myself: Myers Briggs, DiSC, or even the latest Oprah.com poll. One of my favorite tools has been the Strengths Finder assessment. I was going through my bookshelves recently and came across the five strengths that came up for me the last time I took the assessment over 4 years ago.

Reading through the results, I was intrigued by how accurately those five strengths reflect how I currently think and operate. What’s interesting is that when I got the results 4 years ago, I had no idea how much these strengths would drive where I am today. Back then, all I knew was that I was in a corporate job that did not support my strengths and left very little opportunity for me express who I was and contribute in a way aligned to my purpose and passion. The six-figure job gave me financial prosperity, but with little passion and no alignment to my purpose, it was one of the most frustrating situations I’ve experienced.

According to that Strengths Finder assessment I took, my top five strengths are:

  • Futuristic
  • Maximizer
  • Intellection
  • Learner
  • Activator

I took some time to reflect how each of these strengths has shown up in my current path and how they help me serve the brilliant women messengers I teach and coach.

How Aiming for the Masses Can Keep You Blinded from Your Mission

Have you noticed it? There’s a shift happening. I’m calling it an ‘InRising’.

After years of being driven by external things and labels, people are shifting toward experiences, information, insight, and wisdom that satisfies their hunger for something that will nourish their soul. I see it in my clients that are choosing more holistic approaches to life, and ways to be more spiritually conscious and connected in their life and work.

The Brilliant Zone: The Law of Connected Brokenness

The law of connected brokenness: You stay broke and your potential clients stay broken when you refuse to pursue your purpose and work your passion.

“Broke” could be your bank account. It could be your relationship with yourself and others. Or maybe you are spiritually broken because you keep trying to hide your light, message, vision, or talents.

The message and gifts you have been given are not just about you. When you sow what your experience and expertise into the lives of others, you are stepping into the role of trailblazer. Trailblazers confidently own their brilliance, with expectation that they are impacting and influencing others.

Are You Chasing When You Should Be Leading?

I love ideas. Reading about them, coming up with them, exploring the possibilities of how to make them happen, and talking about them. There are some people who wish they could be more creative. And then there are those of you that understand the blessing and curse of having a mind that generates ideas all the time. (How many post it notes, notebooks, and scraps of paper do you have full of ideas for great blog posts and projects, and products?)

My clients love that I help them come up with new ideas and things they can actually implement when it comes to marketing their message and business. But I’ve had to learn over the years how to sculpt my ideas so that I don’t overwhelm clients with 25 possibilities when they just need 3 to get them started.

3 Simple Steps to Creating Content for Your Infoproduct

woman_typingThe typical reasons people give for not producing their own infoproduct are that they don’t know enough about the subject, or that they don’t have the time to create content. Let’s take a look at these two objections:

1 – The “I don’t know enough” excuse.

While it is true that having a great deal of knowledge on the subject makes it easier to write a valuable information product, expertise will not always ensure sales. In fact, many people that have expert knowledge tend to write over their reader’s head or overwhelm them with too much information. They have the tendency to believe all their readers will understand various concepts and do not take the time to explain their words to a complete beginner.

Blog Intervention: 9 Ways to Conquer Writer’s Block

blog interventionWriter’s block. It can happen to anyone. It can be extremely frustrating when you sit down to create content for your blog and find yourself sitting and staring at a blank screen for what feels like hours. Eventually, your writer’s block will pass. In the mean time here are a few simple strategies to help you work through writer’s block and breakthrough to brilliant writing sessions.

#1 Break your writing project into bite-sized tasks. Then, start with the easiest thing on the list. Perhaps it will be easier to outline your content first or create a rough draft for the piece. Another strategy is to focus on one paragraph at a time.  Taking baby steps helps you find a little motivation and sometimes that’s all you need.

#2 Manufacture some inspiration. If the desire to write isn’t automatically bubbling up on the inside  – create it! A few quick ways to manufacture enough inspiration to get started…

  • Go for a walk to clear your head. Sometimes the best ideas come to you when you’re away from your computer.
  • Spend 20 minutes meditating. Ask your intuition for idea and insights to share.
  • Listen to music or do something fun. Most often inspiration is lacking because you’re not feeling creative. Listening to music can tap into your creative side quickly.
  • Read. Visit other relevant blogs. Read the news. Read a magazine. There are inspiring content ideas everywhere.