3 Steps to Do What Scares You

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Last week I presented a “How to Self-Promote Authentically, with Confidence” keynote to 250 people and that was big deal for me. I had convinced myself that my content was best delivered in more intimate settings.

When I accepted the invitation, from the Women’s Executive Network in Toronto, I assumed the group would be 30-50 people, 100 max.

Well I was wrong.

The week before the talk, I found out over 200 people had registered.

I was so scared, but I knew that quitting wasn’t an option.

Earlier today I posted “How to Do What Scares You” on the Huffington Post that I wanted to share with you.

I hope you enjoy the read!

 

 

How to Self-Promote: Even when you think you hate doing it.

When you think of self-promoting what words come to mind?

  • Cheesy
  • Sickening
  • Awkward
  • Desperate
  • Not me
  • Uncomfortable
  • Pushy, etc….

If I haven’t said yours, fill in the blank here…….

If your response is positive, that’s awesome, and feel free to stop reading here.

If it’s negative, you are not alone.

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What Are You Waiting For?

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Where has the time gone.

I last signed off with an idea of what I wanted my summer months to look and feel like.

It didn’t happen.

My summer and months to follow were rocked by Cancer.

I’m not complaining, it’s just our family’s truth.

Since then, my aunt passed away and my mom underwent a successful colon surgery.

All this to say, I am even more inspired and committed to getting out of my own way.

To do exactly what I encourage so many other women to do.

For me, it’s about an idea I have been thinking about for far too long.

Disrupting my status quo.

I know that so many of you too want something different, but a week, a month, a year goes by… and nothing’s changed.

Maybe for you it’s because:

  • A fear of failure?
  • A fear that if you change something, someone else will be sacrificed?
  • Your family or your life’s equilibrium will be rocked?
  • You are worried what people may think?
  • Something different?

Whatever it may be, our answers are excuses.

A reason to keep status quo.

To stay in our comfort zone.

It’s all about #GOOYOW. Choosing to Get Out of Your Own Way.

So….You up for a kick start?  A challenge?

If so, I’ve created one called 3 Days to Disrupt Your Status Quo: Drive your desired results at work and in life.

You can join HERE for free.

I’ve taken the challenge and disrupted my status quo.

I’m launching a new platform called Your Power Outlet.

It’s still a work in progress, but if I wait until it’s perfect, I may wait forever.

It’s where real women plug in to drive their desired change at work and in life.  Where you equip yourselves with tools that transform the habits that are not serving you and replacing them with ones that will.

It feels so good to take inspired action.

To stop thinking, wishing and hoping for something to be different.

It’s about taking one step at a time.

So…..what’s it going to be for you?

Not sure?

Take the Challenge.

Welcome to the #PowerTribe

3 Ways to Make Your Everyday Count

I used to get frustrated when the end of the week would roll around and I still hadn’t done what I said I wanted to do.  Even with the best of intentions, I just got too busy.

One week would flow into the next and nothing would have changed.

Life got in the way.

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Dare to Dream…Bigger

Dreaming doesn’t come easy to me.

I only started giving myself permission to dream a few years ago.

I avoided it at all costs out of a fear of not achieving whatever I may have aspired for.  I equated dreaming to setting goals, which I also avoided.

I didn’t want to fall short of them, to fail.

I can see the shortcomings of my old approach in how I operated my previous company Pippalily.  No clear direction of where I was going or what I was working towards. I chased shinny object, was easily distracted and wasn’t aware of the impact until after I had sold.

My old approach can be equated to taking a yearlong road trip without a final destination.

Spending a lot of time, energy and money but at the end of the year, in spite of some good times, may not be any further ahead than where I had started.

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Recently, before our Canadian boys took to the ice against Russia to win GOLD at the World Junior Championships, my husband, our oldest kids and I had an incredible opportunity to be inspired by two exceptional Canadian athletes, Jennifer Botterill and Chris Pronger, in a Fireside chat hosted by RBC.

One of the vivid takeaways was when Jennifer shared a memory of a dinner with her father at the age of 15.  He asked her about her dreams. She told him she wanted to play for Canada in the Olympics, but didn’t know if she could do it.  His response was “Why not you!”.   She’s since won 3!

Her dream was bold.

It was going to take a lot of work without any guarantees, but she owned it anyway.

She allowed herself to dream BIG….and I realized that I too want to play BIGGER.

I now dream, but I realized I was still muting them. 

In that moment, I realized that despite the fact that I’ve been planning my 2015 when I look at my goals from this perspective I was still playing small.

I was limiting myself.

How about you?  Are you also playing small?

It’s not about discounting our original goals or desires for 2015, but what if they were stepping stones to something even bigger than we had acknowledged for ourselves for this year or in the future?

Let’s do this.

Let’s dream ……BIGGER than you may have already planned for (or maybe you haven’t yet) in 2015.

3 STEPS TO DREAMING BIGGER

1.     Trust that it’s OK not to know exactly HOW it will happen.

2.     Ask Yourself:

  • What are some things that would be so incredibly delicious and amazing to have achieved or experienced in the years to come?
  • What do you want to accomplish this year that will position you to be well on your way?

3.     Write Them Down.

The process can be thrilling if you allow yourself.

Dare to Dream…..Bigger!

Here’s to an awesome 2015!!!

What are you tolerating?

No matter who I speak with, at work or in life, the common consensus is “Life is BUSY!”  Children or no children, we seem to fill our time.

My days are full with to dos but what I’m noticing is all of the wasted time.

I’m talking about the things that are consuming my time because I haven’t been bothered to deal with them.

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