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How to Conquer Self-Doubt and Launch the Business of Your Dreams

How to Conquer Self-Doubt and Launch the Business of Your DreamsBy Jackie Mendoza

The thought of leaving the ‘safety’ of a regular 9-5 job for the big unknown of self-employment can be as exciting as it is scary. I know this first-hand, because I’ve been there and I’ve also had the great privilege of working with women of all ages who’ve wanted to make their dreams of self-employment and working from home come true.

Through personal experience and working with clients, I’ve found two of the biggest things that stop many of us from taking the plunge is … self-doubt and lack of confidence or self-belief. This was certainly the case for Gabby, a client of mine who’d been working in customer service for an online retailer for years. Gabby described her job as ‘safe’ and comfortable, but deep down she knew the job wasn’t moving her on in any way.

Gabby had also trained in sports massage and her ultimate dream and goal was to work for herself as a massage therapist. She already had some massage clients and enjoyed doing this work much more than her office job, but because she felt so stuck in her regular job, she was beginning to question 1) her ability as a massage therapist and 2) whether she had it in her to go it alone and launch her therapy business.

This is when Gabby came to me for some help. Together we worked through a 5 step process that helped her conquer her self-doubt and lack of confidence, so that she could finally leave her ‘safe’ job and launch her business in just six months. (more…)

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Are Your Relationships Unconsciously Affecting Your Home Business?

Are Your Relationships Unconsciously Affecting Your Home Business?  By Kelly Robbins

Most of us spend thousands of hours working on ourselves and striving for more. We have a vision and are going all out for it! We invest in our personal growth and development. We hire coaches. We may even do yoga or change our diet or exercise to put ourselves in a different space. We read books and attend trainings in order to discover what our next steps are to achieving happiness and success.

We strive to hone our skills and strengthen our energy, and yet it doesn’t stick. We continue to struggle to achieve our goals, which seem to be right there and then we lose it! The goals we KNOW are in alignment with our purpose and passion and that are rightfully ours are always a step or two away.

One often overlooked area that negates all the work we do is the people we surround ourselves with. 

When you think about your relationships what might first come to mind is your partner, children, and immediate family. And there is absolutely no doubt these people play an integral role in where you are today. Books have been written on the subject and the self-healing involved in examining these relationships is something I believe all of us should examine on the roadway to conscious living.

However, beyond that, in order to maintain the higher energy of the work we do – to set a goal, achieve it, and keep it so we embody that new space of being (more…)

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How Women In Business Can Use Emotional Intelligence

How Women In Business Can Use Emotional Intelligence By Yvette Bethel

Women in business operate in an environment dominated by male business owners. In this context, we learn to exhibit behaviors that help us to sustain successful businesses, sometimes allowing masculine traits to override our natural nurturing strengths because in the current business paradigm, nurturing traits are sometimes viewed as weak.

To survive in a male dominated environment, as women, we program ourselves to use logic, sometimes to the exclusion of intuition, we focus on goals centered on making a profit and we view those who can support us as competition. While more and more women are shifting their mental models to embrace their natural strengths, we need even more women to buy into a balanced approach to entrepreneurship.

There are wounded women entrepreneurs who operate from deeply buried pain. These wounded women tend to exhibit low self-esteem, so they surround themselves with people who echo their thoughts and values. They become extremely offended by employees who express ideas for improving the business, because they identify so closely with their business that the suggestions are translated through their filters as negative. I have observed these women justify ignoring valuable ideas by recounting all the mistakes of the employee making the suggestion, because they are unable to separate a good idea from how they feel about the person. (more…)

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7 Steps to Radical Self-Love and Why it’s Mandatory for Your Success

7 Steps to Radical Self-Love and Why it’s Mandatory for Your SuccessBy Kelly Robbins

Running a business can be stressful enough. Throw on top of that our families, children, jobs, health, that extra 10 pounds that snuck up on you, bills and other stressors, it’s easy to be hard on ourselves and so busy spinning our wheels we lose track of what’s really important.

I heard the term ‘Radical Self-Love’ a few months ago and I just can’t let it go. What is radical self-love and what does it look like to the successful entrepreneur? Why is radical self-love important (vs simply loving yourself) and how does that affect me? What does it have to do with my business and it’s growth and profitability?

I’m glad you asked, because in actuality, I’ve discovered it means everything …

  1. It means putting yourself first. Above sick family members. Above your kids. Above your spouse.
  2. It means speaking up for yourself.
  3. It means having dreams. Or finding a way to make the ones you do have happen.
  4. It means wanting to live your life your way.
  5. It might mean leaving the relationship you are in, because it no longer meets your needs. Relationships with family, lovers, friends, even kids.
  6. It means following your own spiritual journey. That might look different than what you grew up with, than what your friends and family share.
  7. It means self-discipline in regards to your health. Your time management. Life balance. Spiritual growth.


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Actionable Tips For Dealing With Mental Health Issues at Work

Actionable Tips For Dealing With Mental Health Issues at WorkBy Robert Palmer

I’ve struggled with severe anxiety and depression over the years. For me, it’s been something that I can control fairly well. However, when I jumped into the world of a professional chef, those fronts I put up in every other place of work ceased to exist. Anxiety and depression hit me hard. During those month, my confidence plummeted and so did my overall self-worth and well-being. I began to notice myself spiraling into a state of repetitive depression and was experiencing unhappiness in many ways.

This does not have to be the case for everyone! Living with a mental health condition is definitely not easy but it can be manageable. After working in a make or break type of workplace, I have identified many things that I did incorrectly that were causing me more and more grief. Consider the following tips as my way of sharing what I learned through this process.

Take your breaks, even on your busiest days.

No matter how busy you are, it’s important to use all of your break time. Realistically the harder you work, the more your mind and body need a break. I used to work up to thirteen hour shifts at restaurants without taking a break. (more…)

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