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Pulling the Weeds

So, I sprained my ankle recently - for the second time in a week - and I decided the Universe was telling me that I needed to slow down. I'm trying to do too much and I need to reset. 

I do this to myself sometimes.  Somehow I've got this idea that being busy means you are valuable, needed, important. 

What a load of BS.  

shutterstock_638929270.jpgI got a healthy dose of perspective today while my wife and I cleaned out the garden.  We ripped out weeds, pruned bushes, and re-potted...

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Being Self-Disciplined about Self-Care

Being an entrepreneur means being self-motivated and self-disciplined. 

There’s no boss standing over you requiring a specific action by a certain date. There may not even be a demanding group of customers expecting that you produce a program or product on schedule.

And yet we nonetheless create powerful work that can transform people’s lives. 

shutterstock_1176901459.jpgWe must be a pretty self-motivated bunch!

That comes naturally to me and I imagine the same is true for many of you.

The...

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How to Ask for Help

shutterstock_1159110763.jpgAsking for help is an important skill to master.  We all need to ask for help sometimes, in both our personal lives and our work lives.

Asking for help can move us forward when we're stuck.  It helps us feel that we're not alone, that we have each others' back, and it feels great to support a friend, partner, stranger, or team member.

However, if we bring the wrong energy to asking for help, it can achieve the exact opposite: We end up feeling hurt and alone,...

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Belly Breathing

Every once in a while, we get support tickets with subject lines or messages in ALLCAPS and with lots of exclamation points.

shutterstock_171308849.2.jpgSomething along the lines of:

Subject: “IT’S NOT WORKING!!!!!”

It is clear that the writer is pretty stressed out.

I’ve been there too.  I bet we all have.  And it’s no fun. 

When we are feeling that way, we are usually too upset to communicate effectively about what is not working.  Which means it takes longer for...

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Messing Up

I was talking with Calvin the other day about my experience as a new Simplero staff member.  Somehow, we got on the subject of messing up. ;)

I ended up sharing something that happened to me years earlier.

Once upon a time, I was a social worker in a program that provided crisis intervention to survivors of domestic violence, stalking and sexual assault.  Most of the time, the crisis was emotional or logistical, but sometimes, it was literally life-or-death.

One woman called me ...

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Movement

I had the pleasure recently of speaking with Joy Duling, creator of The Movement Summit, about how to engage with your customers, so they will be with you for the long haul.

I love that Joy has taken this approach with her summit. Technology and marketing are just not the things that are going to make the difference to the people that matter: Your customers. Your tribe.

The summit starts on Monday, and has participation from a number of inspiring teachers. Check out their thoughts on...

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Visualizing

 

I've been really excited about visualizing things recently. I suddenly remembered that when we moved to New York a couple years ago and struggled to find an apartment, Gay Hendricks did a visualization with us where we pretended it was a year from that day, and we were sitting in the perfect apartment, and we were thinking back at just how easy it all had been. Just a week or two after that, we were in fact sitting in our own apartment, and it had indeed been super easy!

These days I'm...

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It ain't over till it's over!

After writing that email last week about knowing who you are, and Baeth's event Gifted, something magical happened.

Calvin-News-10-medium.5.-2.pngI was upstate for the week to play around with clarifying my message, and work on a talk. At the time I wrote you, Nomi (my wife) and Yasmine (our dog) had joined me, and we ended up having some deep conversations about all of "this stuff".

And that's when I suddenly felt a flash of a new desire, something I'd never felt before.

It felt just as strong as that time four years ago...

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Know who you are

Knowing yourself is the foundation of everything in life and business.

When you know who you are—and who you're not—you can stop criticizing yourself for being who you are, stop trying to fix what you think's wrong about you, stop doing things that don't work for you, and instead get on with doing the things that do work, that get you results, that make you feel fantastic.

There are so many people offering advice, strategies, step by step processes, and they can be useful, but are...

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Comparison

I spent the weekend at Esalen at a Byron Katie workshop.

It was an amazing trip, even though I have to say I found Esalen to be a bit of a shithole. I’ve been wanting to go ever since Sofia Manning urged me to go in early 2011, but I didn’t make it until just now. My excitement and expectations were sky-high. And let down.

The food was crap, and I realized about a day in, that the entire place is literally amateur hour. Most people I talked to who work there come from some other...

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