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The Three G’s: A Philosophy for Living Your Best Life

The Three G’s: A Philosophy for Living Your Best Life

I hate those commercials that promise their miracle product will somehow miraculously solve everything that’s wrong with your life. Shampoo that will grow your locks twelve inches in a week? A pet rock kit that will magically make your kids forget that you really really don’t think a new puppy is the right move for the fam? Yeah, right. The point is I don’t buy into these snake-elixir-type ads. I don’t believe in overnight fixes, and I don’t think that a magic potion will help you wake up 50 pounds lighter, living in a mansion, with adorable children who never color with permanent marker on the walls. That’s just not how life works. Read more...

Are You Hiding from Fears?

Are You Hiding from Fears?

I have some clichés I use to remind my clients they aren’t doing what needs to be done. Are you looking for clients under your desk? Are you hiding in spreadsheets and processes? Most of us have done it. I know I have been called out a time or two. When entrepreneurs get rolling sometimes the fear we don’t even acknowledge kicks in and excuses and distractions take the driver’s seat.

It’s no fun facing the prospect of getting a no from a client or colleague. Have you delayed getting feedback because of the fear it will be negative? If you find you are stalling, consider if you would rather get the negative feedback now or in six months after going even further in the wrong direction. Every no or negative you acquire on your journey is one piece of knowledge that brings you closer to the next yes. The sooner you can hear that No the sooner you reach your Yes. Read more...

Advice from our Moms

Advice from our Moms

Friday I attended Southern Colorado Women’s Chamber networking breakfast where we did the usual “Hello, my name is…” elevator speech with a twist. Each person added one piece of advice their mother gave them. I admit at first I thought it was schmaltzy. I was prepared for a lot of “unconditional love” and “do your best”, but the folks in this crowd really got me thinking that there’s a place for those tried and true statements. There were some unique suggestions that I realized really can help us all do better in life and in business. Read more...

Study Groups: Because You Can’t Go It Alone… and You Shouldn’t Have to!

Study Groups: Because You Can’t Go It Alone… and You Shouldn’t Have to!

Knowing Your Worth and Finding Your People

Study groups are a key ingredient for success. They provide a place for truth & honesty, positive feedback, accountability, not to mention cross pollinating your skills. I don’t have trouble convincing clients of the value of a study group, but I do run into people who discount the value they add to a study group. After being invited to a study group this winter, even I couldn’t help but ask, “Why me?” as in, “Are you sure you really want me?” Yep – it’s that old imposter syndrome rearing its ugly head again! I discounted the value I can bring to the group rather than realizing my own unique skills and insight that will add to the group dialog. My clients do the same thing time and again. Read more...

Why a Staff Retreat is Brilliant Business

Why a Staff Retreat is Brilliant Business

One of my favorite clients just had a retreat to launch her venture from a solo practice to an ensemble of staff and a junior advisor. She decided from the first moment the team started working together she wanted to create a winning dynamic. We worked through the steps to introduce the junior advisor to clients, and now the retreat has laid the foundation for a fantastic team atmosphere. In financial planning do you find it is more fulfilling to plan than to fix errors your clients make? In that same vein, I enjoy coaching proactively rather than reactively. Planning this retreat was a blast. It is exhilarating to move forward and watch a team grow so positively. Read more...