A Fun (And Useful!) Tool For Business Growth In 2013

I’ve recently been looking for ways to brainstorm for 2013 goals, and how to keep moving my business forward.   I guess that’s just natural around New Year’s.

Yesterday I mentioned Leonie Dawson in my blog.  She is someone I recently discovered who is an expert in helping entrepenuers (mostly women, I suspect) grow their business(es).

She has a lot of super charged tools available, at a really reasonable cost,  that are fun, easy and very enlightening to use.  She jokingly says they are “spare change cost” – and she’s right.

My current favorite (and I still have a couple of her creations in mind to play with) is the 2013 Create Your Incredible Year Calendar & Workbook .  This has been incredibly easy for me to use.  It’s been very productive, and as a bonus, it has a lot of jazzy artwork in it.  I did a lot of smiling while looking at it.  It was very freeing to just brainstorm in response to her simple questions – and I got amazing answers!

One my favorite parts was the 2012 wrap up section that begins the workbook.  It’s a great idea to formally close out the past year.  She helped me clearly see how far I’ve come (a long, long way!) and summarize what I’ve learned in 2012.  Also, I have more clarity on what I’m ready to stop doing – which is a great bonus.

Then it was onto 2013.  I moved fairly quickly through the workbook, it was so enjoyable that I just kept at it, didn’t really want it to end!

And now I have a lot of goals for 2013.  Goals that I’m excited about.  Stretch goals, but not insane, pie in the sky goals.  Goals with timelines, broken down into doable steps.  Goals that I might miss, but I think there are a huge number of goals I’m going to hit too.

photo credit http://www.justintarte.com/
photo credit http://www.justintarte.com/

It’s going to be a great year!

Her website also has lots of free videos and articles.  You can sign up for a newsletter too.

There’s a personal life version of the 2013 calendar, too.  It’s all life changing (and highly amusing) stuff at her website!  Hope you enjoy exploring it all.

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The Answers Are Within

Some days things get kind of crazy around here – it can all feel out of control.  Ever have one of those days?

And then there are the days with lots of questions arising, about my business, my creativity, what to have for dinner – you get the idea.

Some say the answers are within me, can this be true?

I do believe the answers really are in there, and waiting for me to access them. One way is through meditation.  If I only ask questions without waiting for any answers (which I do tend to do in “real life”), it’s really not possible for the solutions to come through, right?

I am trying to find meditation techniques I can fit into my busy day without devoting a big chunk of time.  I need ways to access my inner wise woman that I can do on the fly, in small pieces, and where ever I find myself.

I found an interesting technique recently.

Merci beaucoup to Goddess Leonie who turned me on to this very easy, very portable way to quiet my mind and go within.

I sit down somewhere (she suggests in the outside in the sunshine, which is in short supply right now in Indianapolis!), close my eyes, set an intention to access my Inner Goddess and receive her wisdom, and begin counting breaths.  I count to 100.

This has been amazing!  It can completely transform the energy of the moment I began into a calm, centered, peaceful one.

You many have some questions.

Q – Doesn’t this take a long time?

A – It doesn’t have to.  I don’t take 100 deep long breaths, I start out breathing deeply and gradually let the breath become whatever it needs to.  Too many deep breaths make me dizzy(er).

Q – I’m not comfortable with this Inner Goddess stuff – it’s not compatible with my religion.  Can I do this meditation technique some other way?

A – Think of it as a prayer time.  Whatever supreme being you recognize/worship can get through to you more quickly if you are quiet and receptive.  Make it easy for your information to get through!

Q – What if I lose track of the numbers?

A – Guess where you were.  Or you can always start again if you feel so inclined.

Q – What if I don’t have time to count to 100?

A – Try 75, or 50.  I don’t really feel like I’m relaxing into it until I’m at about 33, but results may vary.

Q – What if I want to do it somewhere that I’m not comfortable closing my eyes?

A – Just focus on some unmoving object.

I’d love to hear your results and if you adapt this technique at all, I’d love to hear about that too!

A beautiful image to close today.  I do not remember where it came from, unfortunately, I will try to be more careful about that in future.

Blessings to all my readers.

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