Tuesday, March 4, 2014

What Success Looks Like on a Monday

RECAP FROM LAST WEEK'S POST ON REFLECTION:
The important thing is to incorporate what we see going on behind us into our decision making, while maintaining our focus and speed moving ahead. That is the beauty of taking time to reflect on your business performance even when you are doing okay --you can focus on your strengths and build up your weaknesses.

Get over it, people. Monday morning, with all its tricks and detours, comes each and every week. And, as an entrepreneur, I can attest to how Mondays never get better. Even with an alternative schedule, Monday morning still finds me.


All Who Wander Are Not Lost

I am a wanderer. I don't even expect my to do list to be touched Monday morning. Not that it doesn't; I just don't beat myself up about spending a couple hours reading and "listening" online. In my parallel universe, where I live as a writer, it is important to wander to find future readers and build community. Performance and Change Facilitator, Deb Nystrom, believes that the time people spend on Monday morning can actually be a healthy part of productivity. "Some people are in learning mode, others need time for reviewing what's going on in the world..." 

Success is Showing Up

Any time you step out with your best foot, you are showing up. Whether your best foot be represented by appearance, effort, or preparation (or all of the above), make sure you BRING IT and much of your job will be done. Sometimes, especially on a Monday, showing up is all you can muster.  I went to a career conference recently, and the keynote presenter, Jocelyn Giangarde, began with a quote that I live by: "Eighty percent of success is showing up." Sometimes, that's what success looks like on a Monday.

Much Success this Week,

The Educated Emotion

Monday, February 24, 2014

Take Time to Reflect

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This February marks two years since Whitney Houston died and fans are still mourning.

We start each day looking at our reflection in the mirror. That reflection is powerful. In a glance, we make an assessment of our appearance and what we have to offer, what we may be able to change right now (like tucking in a shirt or smoothing a collick), what we may be able to enhance now (such as lip colour or adding jewelry), and what we can improve upon over time (such as weight loss or reducing acne).  Later, we drive to our destination using the reflection in the rear view mirrors to help us make decisions on how to move forward and stay safe.

This month marks two years since Whitney Houston's untimely death. So many positive interviews, quotes, and contributions have been unearthed since her death that I can't help but wonder what would have happened if her last days had been brightened with some of the encouragement, compassion, and perspective on her life that was shared after her death. Unfortunately, death tends to be when our contributions, accomplishments and talents are celebrated. Similarly, in business, some of my most heartfelt advice has come from former business owners, small business owners after product failure...

The important thing is to incorporate what we see going on behind us into our decision making, while maintaining our focus and speed moving ahead. That is the beauty of taking time to reflect on your business performance even when you are doing okay --you can focus on your strengths and build up your weaknesses.

Wanna know more?

Good. Because I have more to share next week:)

Peace,

The Educated Emotion





 





Saturday, February 22, 2014

New Blog Post Coming Monday!

“Every person needs to take one day away.  A day in which one consciously separates the past from the future.  Jobs, family, employers, and friends can exist one day without any one of us, and if our egos permit us to confess, they could exist eternally in our absence.  Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for.  Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us.” 
― Maya AngelouWouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now
If you live in the midwest, you are probably weather-weary by now. There is a much bigger demand mentally and physically on us as we move about with a host of weather-related obstacles. It seems only right to compensate by sacrificing your off day or personal time - but don't do it! 

Have a nice weekend and see you back here on the Educated Emotion next week!

Peace,

The Educated Emotion


Monday, February 3, 2014

Is Your Pricing Sorry?


I made the decision about a month ago, to quit playing with my prices and use the price points that I researched extensively. My research included web searches, informational interviews, and senior business advisers. I wanted to have the fairest pricing available. I have had a couple people that have known me for awhile question my pricing. I lost confidence in my pricing and tried to appease people at prices that were not at benefit to me or them.  Today, I am pleased with the increase and consistency in quality and detail I am able to provide to clients. I know that I am competitively priced  for the services I render.

A couple weeks ago, I finished up a 90-day strategy with a debut author that had no previous digital footprint and started working on action steps. I charged him my standard rates and was able to create a practical, creative, strategy for him that I am really excited about. He sold 18 copies of his self-published book within one week of us working together. When I told him how much for next week's session, his response was "that's all?" Note to self: Value yourself and the rest will follow.



Monday, January 27, 2014

Remember Your Dream


MLK Day is not a holiday for slackers. The Martin Luther King Day of Service was created to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through reflection and service. Instead of blogging last Monday morning, I used that time to reflect and have meaningful discussion with my son about some of the lesser known allies to the civil rights movement such as Bill Cosby, Harry Belafonte, and Charlton Heston. 

In addition, this entire month I have been revisiting my current projects to see how they aligned with my overall goals. Last week, I reflected on the reasons why I constructed this blog. I have a blog that deals with personal and professional development. I have a poetry blog...well, because I'm a poet. But, this blog is the one I chose to associate with my business. The Educated Emotion debuted on December 1, 2011 and has several meanings, both personal and professional. 

On a personal level, it was to capture and communicate what I have learned and continue to learn about my own emotional health.  My modus operandi early in life was to keep my emotions bottled up until they exploded (or imploded).  Through spiritual exercises, I  have gained tools to understand, share, communicate, and channel my own emotions in a positive way.

On a professional level, the Educated Emotion was purposed to convey a different perspective on community, small business, social media, and customer service. I could have shared my expertise in content, engagement, relationship and experience marketing in a more academic manner. I chose a different route because my top priority was not to compete for the title of industry expert, but to become an ally to the solopreneur, small business owner, or artist by helping them engage in authentic communication with their customer. A client once told me, "your greatest assets are your heart and mind; they together create the value to your services."

Oddly enough, I came across this MLK quote (below) last week. It was the first time I have ever seen this quote, but it embodied the ideal I had when I began this blog. And, so I restart my journey with the Educated Emotion.

The Educated Emotion: Remember Your Dream
2014 Refresh


What
Emotional and Spiritual Intelligence: How to Listen to the Emotions of you and others to receive personal and professional success and problem-solving (and problem prevention) on an individual and organizational level. It would be extremely difficult for a large corporation to communicate a sincere gesture or advertisement to its customers; it's just too large. However, a small business or artist has tremendous ability to listen and respond to consumers. Listening to your body, mind, and soul; this will help you listen and respond to the needs of your customers.

Who
Solopreneurs, Entrepreneurs, Michipreneurs, Intrapreneurs, Small Business Owners, Writers, Bloggers, Photographers.

Why
Emotions are at the root cause of much of our societal issues. 90% of emergency visits are manifestations of some sort of stress or depression, the amount of money it takes to be "happy" is increasing by the decade, and companies are spending more money than ever on health care and sick days. Also, look up at the "What" section.

How
News, stories, reflections, studies, interviews, tools and testimonies of how you can increase the emotional and spiritual intelligence of yourself and/or your organization! I feed off of others so I hope to hear about you, your successes, and challenges as well as anything you would like to see discussed.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Good Morning Sunshine

In general, entrepreneurs and small business owners tend to practice healthier lifestyles. That may be because many entrepreneurs understand that losing time or illness can hurt business. Still, that healthy lifestyle is not the reality for many startups or female entrepreneurs who tend to have increased demands on time and unique challenges that can leave them depleted.

Fresh and New

The new year is a good time to think about beginning a new project or starting over, and Monday is a good time to begin a new project. But, most small business owners do not have a clean break between work and play, week and weekend. Friday is not the jubilant release and Monday morning does not always bring the refreshed promise that we see and hear around us.  

However, each morning is actually a new opportunity to start again. Whether you practice yoga, journal, exercise on the treadmill, or just still -- find some time to rejuvenate this morning so that you can have enough of you left at the end of the day to carry on. 

From one entrepreneur to another,

Les
The Educated Emotion



Monday, January 6, 2014

Starting Over

Personal development and continuing education are two key factors in professional development. When I am blogging here on the Educated Emotion, I try to keep my focus on the unique needs of entrepreneurs, solopreneurs, and small business owners. However, I also maintain a community and lifestyle blog entitled, Tru Story. A new blog series, addressing the subject of 'starting over', begins this Wednesday, Jan. 8. Feel free to tune in...