Why Do You Want Money?

Why Do You Want Money?

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Why do you want money?!?  Sounds like a silly question, right? Like, duh! I want money because…

How did that sentence end for you? What was your first thought?  To be happy?  To relax? To buy X? To do Y?

The fascinating thing about money is that everyone wants it, but most people don’t know truly why, or are unclear as to what it will actually get them.

Money makes the world go round

Money happens to be the vehicle of exchange in our society, and is required in order to pay for shelter, goods and services. And so, while many of us might wish that we didn’t have to deal with money, that fact is, is that it’s a necessity.

In my experience working with clients on success and fulfillment, many people are chasing more and more money believing it will make them happy, but this is a trap. Research has shown that once a person has their basic needs met, there is no correlation between more money and more happiness.

You can, in fact, train your brain to be joyful and happy regardless of your money circumstances, but that’s a blog for another time.

Joy and happiness can come indirectly from what money can help you do, be or have, but if you are not clear on what those specifics are, then happiness will elude you.  In fact, if you are chasing money for money’s sake, you will never have enough. The acquisition of the money will feel empty, without some meaningful outcome that will bring you happiness.

Now, there are always money stories that we’re carrying that are not serving us.  These need to be released and healed.

And there are always fears and doubts around money, no matter if it’s about having too much or too little.  These need to be released and healed.

Regardless of whether you are wealthy or poor, whether you have an abundance mentality or a scarcity mentality, whether your money situation is up and down like a yo-yo… unraveling your relationship with money in order to create a healthier one is life-long work; the layers run that deep.

The first task is to get clear on the impact that money will have on you. And to understand what you want to do with it to improve your life and create happiness.

What’s important to you about money?

The key question to uncover the meaning of money for you is:  What’s important to you about money?  When you uncover the deeper nuances of this question, you will know precisely what you want to create in your life with money in order to reach optimal levels of happiness and joy.

So, go ahead… Find your money-happy!

If you’d like to explore this further with us, our Money and Meaning Mastermind group starts in Aurora, Ontario on February 8th, 2016. Contact us to see if it’s a fit for you now.

And leave a comment to let me know what you find out about yourself.  What did this bring up for you?

Until then, be free… and wild,

Sue

How Do You Grow: Part 2 of the Traps of Scaling Business

How Do You Grow: Part 2 of the Traps of Scaling Business

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In Part 1 of this blog, we introduced the scenario that many business owners face once they are through the initial start-up phase and are generating momentum… and that challenge is scaling business effectively and sustainably.

We’ve addressed the first two traps to scaling: neglecting profitability and neglecting culture.  Let’s look at the other 3 common pitfalls of the rapid growth phase of business.

Adjusting to Market Changes

The marketplace has changed since you successfully launched with your unique proposition. Customers are more savvy and demanding, and your customers have innovated to bring new features and services that rival yours. When Yellow Tail wine was introduced in 2001, it was the first blended wine to offer a more complex flavour experience that was still pleasing to most, an economical and everyday wine experience. It enjoyed tremendous success until competing products of equal value joined the offering, and Yellow Tail needed a new strategy to continue to compete.

Question to Action: What is your next move to reclaim your competitive advantage while meeting customers’ needs in a unique way?

Different Strengths are required from your Management Team

Your management team includes you, as the CEO and Founder, and one of the most common pitfalls of rapidly growing businesses is the loss of control.  As you build out your extended team in the business, you and your managers need different competencies and strengths than when you launched. You will need to be effective at delegating, coaching and holding accountability in order to ensure you are aware of action and progress, and your direct reports are clear on their responsibilities.  You will also need to increase your capacity for complexity, removing yourself from detailed hands on activity, and overseeing more diverse activity, and provide more of a visionary role in anticipating future needs and mobilizing resources to address these. You and your management team may grow with the business, or you may not.  It might be time to make changes in the team now so that management capacity will carry your business successfully into the future.

Question for Action: What leadership strength gap in you or your team is hurting the business right now?

Business Operations cannot handle the Volume or the Complexity

Operations and systems is what most people think of when thinking of scalability challenges. You may reach the limit of the capacity of your manufacturing equipment, or your labour hours, or your processes and IT systems cannot handle the load as business grows.  Perhaps you need to finance the purchase of new capital, or you need a larger facility, or your distribution channels need to be expanded.  Or possibly you need to do a hiring blitz, revamp the process flow of documents through the office, or make improvements for efficiency. You took great care in choosing your operating model before you launched, and it’s important to revisit that regularly to keep it working optimally.  Often the biggest problem is not knowing where the true problem lies.  You may need to call in the expert team such as an Advisory Board to troubleshoot for you and develop the best solutions. Talk to us to find out how our Expert Advisory & Implementation Team can help.

Questions for Action: What one thing, when resolved, would have the greatest impact on your business’ ability to grow?

There is nothing more rewarding than building a business from the nothing, into a thriving and profitable workplace, making a positive difference in the world. And we want you to be aware of the potential pitfalls so you can maximize your chances of success.

How are you navigating these scaling challenges in your business? We’d love to hear from you so leave us a comment below to join the dialogue.

Until next time, be free… and wild,

Sue

The 5 Traps of Scaling Up Your Business

The 5 Traps of Scaling Up Your Business

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As a business owner, you know that change is inevitable… especially when you’re scaling up a business.  You built your business with passion, blood, sweat and tears, and while your start-up challenges may be behind you, there’s a whole set of new issues to face on the horizon.

These are the growing pains of the SME entrepreneur.  Is my initial objective to build to sell still what has meaning for me? Do I have the right people on the bus for growth rather than launch activities? How do our financial targets need to change to reach a profitability that is sustainable?

Over 95% of new businesses never grow beyond $1 million in revenue.

Here’s why…

Too Little Attention to Bottom Line Targets

During the start-up phase, it’s all about making sure there’s enough cash coming in to cover the expenses and payroll going out. And all too often, there isn’t, which is why start-ups often rely on personal, private or public financing. Once the demand and the supply are established, however, it’s time for the business to start focusing on gross margins and profit.  Entrepreneurs assume that in order to increase profit, they need to increase sales, but that’s not necessarily the best, or easiest, way to do it.  All expenses (fixed, variable, and payroll) need to be re-assessed in order to create and sustain a profitable business early in the growth phase. The inability to become profitable is the number one reason businesses fail.

Questions to Action: What is the monthly $$ we would have needed last month to make a profit AFTER paying expenses, payroll, owner’s pay and pay down debt?  What would it take to reduce our cash outflows by that much next month?

Culture is Neglected

Without deliberately cultivating the culture of your company as you grow, it will run amok like a class full of teenagers when the teacher doesn’t show up. Your business culture includes the values and beliefs of all the staff, and the way they behave at work.  As the entrepreneur, if your company values are not communicated and expected behaviours are not made clear, then you’ll lose the unique strength that made your business successful at launch and you’ll see declines in cohesion, trust and productivity.

Question to Action: What do we stand for and how does that show up in our day to day actions?

In part 2 of this blog, we explore the next 3 traps of scaling business, and what you can do about them.

As the CEO, what are your business growing pains?  Leave a comment below to join the discussion.

Until next time, be free… and wild.

Sue

Which Fears are in Your Way?

Which Fears are in Your Way?

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In Part 1, the first blog in this series, I shared with you two ways to know if you are getting in our own way – one is recurring problems that are actually patterns for you, and the other is unconscious programming that is running your behaviour without you being aware of it.

Now let’s look at the third way to know if you’re getting in your own way.

3. Your doubts and fears are causing you to second guess yourself

Everyone has dragons to face. As a successful business owner, you’re no different.  In fact, most of us have become quite adept at masking those dragons with compensating or offsetting habits, rather than facing them head on.  But they are still there, those doubts and fears, in the deepest undercurrent of our being, and they are consuming valuable energy that would serve you much better if it were released!

A Harvard Business Review article exposes the top fears of CEO’s and it can make your hair curl. It’s both shocking and a relief to a) learn that high-powered executives are, after all human, and b) that we’re not the only one with dragons under our beds. Take a look at what CEO’s are most afraid of, in rank order below. I have added the limiting belief system that underlies each fear, and adapted the resulting effects from the HBR article, so that you can check-in with yourself to see which of these dragons is running your show.

FEAR

LIMITING

BELIEF

EFFECT

1

Being found out to be incompetent I am an imposter

Reduced confidence; undermine relationships; silo thinking

2

Underachieving I am a failure

Take bad risks; lack of ownership and follow-through

3

Appearing too vulnerable I am weak Avoid honest conversations; inauthentic; hiding parts of oneself

4

Being politically attached by colleagues I am not safe

Mistrustful and overcautious; too much political game-playing

5 Appearing foolish I am a fool

Avoid speaking up; avoid honest conversations; tolerating bad behaviour

Notice your inner reactions to the statements in the chart. Your conscious mind will attempt to argue with you that that fear or belief is not true, but deep down you will know that you know that it’s running at your core… you will feel the familiarity, feel the resonance, feel the truth of it.

Every single fear is driven by a limiting belief, which when changed, will eliminate the fear. Your natural state of being is love, not fear.  Fear is never truth. And it wreaks havoc with our confidence and self-esteem. So let’s release the veil of fear shall we?

Do some self reflection. List your greatest fears. Then let’s get together and transmute them into success-driving programming so you can get on with creating the success you dream of.  Now that’s Wildfire Alchemy!

So, are you getting in your own way?

If any of these scenarios is describing you, then it’s time to up-level your personal leadership mastery.  Contact me today to schedule a complimentary consultation.

Until next time, be free… and wild.

Sue

Are You Getting in Your Own Way?

Are You Getting in Your Own Way?

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It might be time to up-level your leadership development

There’s a common expression that is a great are-you-getting-in-your-own-way tool in the personal & professional mastery industry.  When we get caught up in the reasons and excuses about why we aren’t getting what we want in life and we start playing the blame-game (come on, you know what I’m talking about) then our colleague or coach will remind us that whenever we point our finger at someone or something, there are always 3 other fingers pointing back at us!

It’s a great time to laugh at ourselves. Because really, when we’re struggling and fighting with all these external things in our lives, we can step into the relief of realizing that it’s something within ourselves that needs to be addressed, and great news – that’s totally within our control! And that means it’s time for some inner leadership development.

Here are 3 ways to know if you are getting in your own way.

  1. You have a problem that keeps recurring

It’s sometimes difficult to see the forest for the trees, when you are in the thick of it.  But when you take a moment to pause and reflect on a challenge or issue, you will often see how it’s been repeating in your life.  It may be repeating within a certain area of your life, for example you realize that your staff is just not understanding what you expect from them, and your customers are misunderstanding the delivery process and your vendors are confused about the timelines… the common denominator is your communication.  At other times, it may be a recurring theme in different areas of your life, such as you tolerating your office manager being habitually late, and your friend reneging on their promise to help you paint the rec room, and your daughter always managing to squeeze that extra $20 out of you… the common theme is your lack of boundaries.

A recurring problem is always pointing to a pattern and it it’s a pattern in your life, then it’s all about you.  So resolve the pattern rather than a specific issue and you’ll clear out all the problems connected to that pattern.

  1. You’re using all your education and training and you’re still not getting the results you want

Knowledge and intellect are not the only factors in success. Whether you trained in B-school or the school of hard knocks, you likely have unconscious programming that is placing a ceiling on your success, and it’s completely out of your awareness.  Perhaps you are a sceptical kind of person, always considering the downside and risk, and planning contingencies. On the surface that sounds like a good business practice, however the negative possibilities need to be considered and handled swiftly, and preferably not by you as the business owner, so that you can get on with focusing positively on your future targets.

Your thoughts are best focused on your vision, your goals and the positive results you are in the process of creating.  There is scientific evidence to show that those who remain positively focused on their desired outcomes are more likely to succeed.  Leave the risk management to your right-hand guy or gal and be the visionary that you need to be in your business.

When you’re not getting the results you want, your first place to look is in the mirror. Here’s an amazing arrangement of Michael Jackson’s Man in the Mirror by PATAX and special guests.  Stay with it to the end for the wonderful latin-inspired jam. The lyrics are powerful too.

There are an unlimited number of unconscious programs like this that can overthrow the most brilliant leader.  And it usually takes an intimate conversation with a trained professional to identify and change them into success programs so you can get on with growing your business.

In Part 2 of this blog series, we reveal the third way that we get in our own way and some shocking insight into the top fears of the most senior leaders.

Until then, be free… and wild.

Sue

Are You Leading From Your Values?

Are You Leading From Your Values?

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As a business owner, when do you get a performance review?

It may sound like a strange question, but it’s worth considering.  In the entrepreneurial world, we don’t have a supervisor who will give us regular feedback on our performance. What do you use to monitor your leadership performance? Which business metrics will have you take a hard look at yourself to find the source of the results in your business? Sometimes these metrics will tell you that you need to change how you’re leading your business.

All learning, behaviour and change is unconscious.  That is, the unconscious part of our minds digests learning, drives behaviour and initiates the change that we seek.  We may well consciously set a goal and take action on that goal, but our unconscious mind is running patterns and programs that affect that action, far beneath our conscious awareness.   Values-based leadership is the process of making the unconscious, conscious.  Then once the new, desired patterns are created, we can allow the unconscious to run them once again, so that we don’t need to expend valuable time or energy on them.

Values and Beliefs drive Performance

Values and beliefs drive behaviour, and behaviour drives performance.  If we want to increase performance, the most effective and sustainable way to do that is by aligning with, or shifting, values.  And values are the most unconscious of our unconscious programs.  Two of the prime directives of the unconscious mind are to store memories and to store values and beliefs.  In order to change behaviour and performance in a lasting way, we need to uncover our personal values to work with them.

Values-based leadership is a competency.  When our values are out of our awareness, we’re operating in unconscious incompetence.  We then uncover our values from deep within our psyche, and determine which values that are not serving us and which values are absent that are needed to achieve our goals, as we move into conscious incompetence.

As we choose new values and identify missing values that are needed to reach our goals, we enter conscious competence. Using the power of the unconscious mind we can swiftly insert the new values and/or change the hierarchy of our values to align with reaching our goals, and then new behaviours will be generated immediately and we move into unconscious competence in values-based leadership.

Decision-making is Unconscious

Decision-making is a great example of an unconscious program at work.  In early times, people made decisions based on instinct.  Survival depended on instinct-based decisions that were undoubtedly at the unconscious level.  As humanity evolved, we began making decision based on beliefs – again, unconscious programs.  Belief-based decision making is focused on beliefs that were formed by past experience.  When x happened, then y was the result, therefore I believe that x causes y, so I base my decision on this knowledge.

Values-based decisions are not concerned with what has happened in the past, and they require a conscious pause in order to prevent falling into default (belief-based decision) mode.  A values-based leader asks “What is the choice that will be in greatest alignment with our core values?” and in doing so, opens up to new possibilities that are not based on the past.  Values-based decisions are expansive, innovative and serve to create the future that is wanted.

The next time you review your business metrics, ask yourself how your core values and beliefs are driving that result.

Making the unconscious, conscious through values-based leadership is the key to high performance.

Do You See What I See?

Do You See What I See?

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I see a future that is different from most. And I see it deliberately, because I choose to hold a vision of the future that I want to create. Some believe in business as usual, others think we’re doomed.  I choose to believe that human ingenuity and compassion will steer us into a very different way of life than we have now.

We can’t keep going like this after all.

We’re using up the world’s natural resources faster than we’re replenishing them. We’re destroying the elements – earth, air and water – at an alarming rate; natural elements that we depend on to breathe, drink and eat. We’re struggling with a financial system that relies on illusion and fabricating money to keep it propped up. We’re at war for control over lands and oil, and killing our fellow human beings in droves. And sooner, rather than later, this will catch up with us; likely within our lifetimes.

More and more of us are waking up this reality and choosing to change our ways. It can only be done one person at a time, one family at a time. We’re reducing our consumption of disposable goods, we’re simplifying our lifestyles and learning how to supply our own food and other needs, with far less energy than if we purchased items shipped halfway around the world. And we’re becoming better stewards of the land and plants and animals, and learning that if we take care of it well, the land can sustain us for all of our basic needs.  And we’re learning that…

…we don’t need to buy into the material growth agenda, and that simplifying your life and reducing your cost of living can actually increase your quality of life.

So I see a future where we are not so concerned with who owns what, and we work together to make sure everyone is cared for. There is no need for boundaries on the land, because the land does not belong to anyone but Mother Earth. We are free of fear and that freedom allows us to express the truth of who we are, and we are accepted for who we are, quirks and all.  We work to live, and our work is an extension of our unique gifts and talents as we help others and contribute to a better community.

It all starts with each of us individually, taking charge of our lives, empowering ourselves to focus on what matters and create more meaning and freedom.

Will you join me in dreaming this future into being?

As always, I welcome your feedback. Please leave a link back to your own blog too if you have one, via the commentluv feature right here on the site.

Until next time, be resilient.

Sue

When the Next Blackout Hits Will you be Ready?

When the Next Blackout Hits Will you be Ready?

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When the Next Blackout hits Will You be Ready? Here in North America we’ve been bombarded with winter storms and extreme temperatures this winter. It seems that almost every week there is a city or state in the US declaring a state of emergency due to heavy snow, winds, and electricity outages.  We had our turn over the holidays here in Canada with hundreds of thousands of people across Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes without power for days, many of them for over a week. There were thousands of cold, hungry and miserable families who eventually relocated to a friend’s home, a hotel, or a public warming station.

This will happen again.

Are you going to be ready next time?

Weather patterns are becoming more extreme with climate change, and our old electricity grid is fragile and vulnerable to wind, ice, lightning and snow storms.

Blackouts are the new normal.

So what will you do to ensure your family is safe, warm and well fed during the next natural disaster?  Short of planning an evacuation location, building resilience and self-sufficiency is the only way to ensure peace of mind knowing you can weather any chaos, in the comfort of your own home.

For some, a self-sufficiency plan involves knowing their family will be able to thrive for 2 weeks without power and basic services.  For others, their dream of self-sufficiency is to be living off the grid, able to meet all their family’s basic needs for a year or more!

It takes fore-thought and planning and yes, change; doing research, uncovering the options, and making sound decisions.  Your self-sufficiency plan is not something to be taken lightly.  It could mean the difference between your family’s comfort and safety, and their panic and heartbreak.

Leadership Unleashed is proud to announce the new Earth Wisdom Living program,

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EARTH WISDOM LIVING is for you if you’re aware of the rapid and risky changes in the world and you want to live with a smaller footprint, more connected to the land, and in more empowered and resourceful way, but you’re not sure where to start, you’re overwhelmed with the options or you feel trapped by our current culture’s lifestyle options.

Plan you Dream starts March 4th, 2014!  Come see what it’s all about by clicking here. You can register online and secure your family’s safety. It’s that easy.

I welcome your feedback!  Please leave a link back to your own blog too via the commentluv feature here on the site.

Until next time,

Sue

The 3 Beliefs to Master Change

The 3 Beliefs to Master Change

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Have you ever felt like you’re between a rock and a hard place?  Like you don’t have any options and you’re stuck?  We can feel frustrated and powerless in the place.  And my suggestion to you is that there are ALWAYS options when you have the 3 beliefs to master change.

1.  I can create my experience.  Every moment of every day we perceive the world around us as a reflection of what’s going on in our psyche. In other words, who we are at the core impacts how we experience the world.  So if you want to change your experience, change your Self.  Do the work – whether it’s personal growth, spiritual, or professional development – do the work to transform yourself, in order to change your experience of life.  I worked with a woman who had a challenging relationship with her father in her family-based business.  While in my office that day, she transformed her perspective and understanding of that relationship, and that was the day her relationship with her dad changed for good.  Do the inner work, to create a better life experience.

2.  I can choose how I respond. With every experience, we have a choice how we respond, but first we must believe we have that choice. A very wise man once said to me “No one can make you feel anything!!” This can be a difficult pill for some to swallow because it’s human nature to blame those around us for how we’re feeling.  You get to choose your feelings by choosing your thoughts, beliefs, and physiology… unless you want to continue to give away your power and not take responsibility for your life.  Choose your response (consciously) or react (unconsciously). The choice is yours.

3.  I can handle whatever comes my way. …and I will be ok. This belief is at the heart of empowerment and resilience. Every time I learn a skill, I’m empowered. Every time I adapt to a new circumstance, I’m resilient. Every time I lean on my network for support, or tap a new resource, or resolve an old pain, I’m strengthening my foundation and increasing my flexibility.  The more you stretch and grow and flex, the better able to handle unexpected events you become.  Think of it like building a muscle. You build muscle by working it regularly in a cyclic pattern of stretch-and-heal. Stretch into the new every day, and you’ll be better able to handle whatever comes your way!

I’d love your feedback! And don’t forget to leave a link back to your own blog too if you have one via the commentluv feature here on the site.

Until next time,

Sue

 

3 Reasons Why People Stay Busy – The Busy Syndrome

3 Reasons Why People Stay Busy – The Busy Syndrome

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We’re heading into our busiest time of year, the holiday season, and yet, don’t you find that it’s busy all year long?!  As the commercials recently are saying, Is that good busy? Or not so good busy?  I’ve noticed some interesting things we do and say that are completely counter to what we truly want…something I call the ‘busy syndrome’. “Hi, how are you?” “Oh, I’m SO busy!” <smile>  (as if that’s a good thing) Sometimes it is a good thing, and, often it’s not.  What are your life balance goals?  What are your work or business goals?  Do they include being busy every waking hour? Is it your desire to be booked up with work, volunteer, and family commitments every day and most evenings? Who wants that? Yet, most of you have built your lives this way.  Why? Continue reading