In the United States, there are around 30.2 million small businesses in existence (source: 2018 Small Business Association – Small Business Report). That’s a lot of businesses, right? It’s pretty incredible to think that 30.2+ million people had a dream or a vision and they are pursuing it. Each business is defining their space in the world by finding solutions for customers or providing services or selling products that meet a need. Some of these businesses have been around for decades and some are just starting. As I have been meeting with clients to help with their 2019 marketing goals and needs, there is one feeling that I didn’t prepare myself for during the meetings – and it’s sheer INSPIRATION.
It’s no secret that I LOVE PODCASTS! They are entertaining, informative and inspirational. With over 630,000 different shows to subscribe to, you can take your pick on whatever topic your little heart desires. Many of the podcasts I discovered in 2018 were related to helping me learn about a new topic for my business or on the inspirational side for personal & professional growth. I have enjoyed tuning in when I am on the road, working out or as part of my morning routine. It makes me laugh because now that I have transitioned to working from home, listening to podcasts makes me feel like I have a little inspirational buddy giving me a pep talk every now and then – and I love it! Continue reading → What’s Your Word for 2019?
December can be a hectic month with many activities and things to do, but it’s absolutely one of my favorite times of the year! I love the time with family, the good food and finding thoughtful presents to give!! I also love the reflection and planning that takes place during this time of year. It’s the conclusion of the year – a time to reflect on what has happened and a time to start planning for the new year. Continue reading → New Year, Fresh Start – Planning for 2019!
I recently attended a conference where they talked about a fixed mindset vs a growth mindset. It’s an interesting concept about how we can approach our personal & professional lives and I thought it was worth sharing.
Here’s a little background (from Carol Dweck, author of Mindset: The New Psychology of Success):
In a fixed mindset, one believes their basic abilities, their intelligence, their talents, are just fixed traits. They have a certain amount and that’s that, and then their goal becomes to look smart all the time and never look dumb.
In a growth mindset, one understands that their talents and abilities can be developed through effort, good teaching and persistence. They don’t necessarily think everyone’s the same or anyone can be Einstein, but they believe everyone can get smarter if they work at it.
Ever wonder why some things in life come natural to you while you seem to struggle with other aspects? It all has to do with where your strengths lie. I have always been fascinated how people’s personalities work. We are all unique & different. God made each and every one of us for a purpose. As I get older (and wiser, right?), I realize the importance of truly wanting to live out those strengths to my fullest capacity each and every day.
Recently, a colleague mentioned that she took the CliftonStrengths assessment to understand her particular strengths. The last formal personality test I had taken was in college – the Myer-Briggs. So I decided to take the assessment and here’s what my top five personality themes are: Continue reading → Unlock your Potential by Understanding Your Strengths