Sometimes “No” Means “Yes was the title of Alexia Vernon’s post of earlier this week. She packed a lot into her two minute vlog, reminding us along the way of the value of tuning into ourselves for clues — clues that will help us identify what we are really saying “no” and “yes” to. She also reminded us of how a “no” can frequently be an invitation to make room for what a “yes” will bring about, i.e., what we really, really want if we’d just get out of our own way.
We often think of “no” and “yes” in the context of our own voice. But what about the “nos” and yeses” we receive in response to a request we have; how do we process and internalize our feelings and reactions when we hear “no” but were hoping for “yes?” Continue Reading »
I started using a new strategy this year for my business – Focus on Three.
Yes, that’s correct. I’m setting three goals. Three big goals for the year where I can review at the end of the year the impact that they made on my business. Three focused one liners that are already starting to make a difference how I spend my free time, my resources and where I focus my energy.
Why? Because there is so much a great information out there and it’s easy to become overwhelmed. I sat on Twitter the other night and just counted how fast the info came in on my news feed. And that’s not counting my RSS feeds, Facebook and email. Everyone has great info and great ideas.
But the problem is how to use the ones that work – and spend less time debating about the ones I “should” try. Continue Reading »
I started my business – Sterling Investment Management, Inc. – in 1995. The company’s focus today is very different than what it was when I initially launched the firm. Four years into it, I realized that managing money wasn’t my calling. Instead, my gift and purpose (and passion) was to help people demystify how the human complexities of money show up in their lives everyday.
Whether managing money for others or helping them discover how to be better stewards and manage it for themselves (or be better educated clients if working with an advisor), I was always clear about one thing: I never wanted employees. I wanted to be a successful, multi-million dollar company of one. Continue Reading »
Wikipedia: Change- The process of becoming different.
Allan Volcy, owner of a small videography business asks: I have been in business for over five years and would like to make some drastic changes to my business strategy. What factors should influence my change, and once the factors are realized, how can I predict if the change(s) will be a success or not?
Over the last five years, I have had several conversations on this topic with my clients. Today, it still seems to be one of the most dominating concerns lingering in the minds of small business owners. News Flash: There is no reason to panic! This is definitely not just a small business concern. In fact, many big businesses are also faced with this kind of challenging question.
There are an unlimited number of reasons why a business owner may decide to switch gears and head in a different direction. Whether that change comes in the form of showcasing a new product, updating a website design or management re-structuring, timing will play a paramount role in the way things play out. Continue Reading »