Being an Entrepreneur is Scary. How Do You Overcome Your Fears?

~by Haley Lynn Gray~ As an entrepreneur, you take a risk, you put yourself out there for the world to see and hope things work out. It’s not always easy. So how do you overcome your fears? My family depends on me to make a decent living to be able to support them. I need to pay mortgage, school tuition, food, utilities, insurance and all the other costs of having an active and busy family. Some days, it leaves a weird feeling in the pit of my stomach and my knees knock in fear.  How do I overcome the fear

Are You Addicted to Busyness? Take the Busyness Test.

~by Rebecca Schaeffer~ We shame people who are addicted to drugs and alcohol, but as a culture, we’ve actually normalized and even praised our common Addiction to Busyness. We expect successful people to be busy, so we present a persona of busyness in order to be perceived as successful. This “busyness,” writes author Tim Krieder in a NY Times Op-Ed, “serves as a kind of existential reassurance, a hedge against emptiness… Obviously your life cannot possibly be silly or trivial or meaningless if you are so busy, completely booked, in demand every hour of the day.”  Sound familiar? In case

30 Self-Care Habits of Successful Business Coaches

~adapted from Sarah Liddle~ Business Coaches are committed to helping their clients become successful. But in the process, they sometimes neglect themselves; they fail to prioritize their own health and well-being. They may believe they are doing what is best for their business, but taking care of themselves is critical to the success of their business. It’s not always easy, but coaches must remain focused, clear-headed and healthy. Everybody, even coaches, can use support and reminders. The list below provides some great tips on self-care. This list is adapted from Sarah Liddle’s “40 Self Care Habits – For Coaches” Schedule

Understanding Why You Are Addicted to Busyness

~by Rebecca Schaeffer~ In technologically wired society, multitasking has become an expectation, but we’ve taken this Puritanical work ethic to an extreme, to the point that busyness has become a seeming hallmark of success! In our previous Leadership Girl post on being Addicted to Busyness, we explored the first step toward tackling your Addiction to Busyness – by eliminating tasks on your to-do list that you find draining, instead of energizing. The next step in overcoming this Addiction to Busyness is examining why we, as individuals, feel the need to stay busy. In the words of physician and author Dr. Lisa Rankin:

Addicted to Busyness? Just Say No.

~by Rebecca Schaeffer~ In our faced paced, 24×7 culture, Addicted to Busyness Syndrome (ATBS) has become an unspoken epidemic, most commonly among women. Women, especially those of us in business for ourselves, are expected to have it all – to be successful entrepreneurs, to raise a family, maintain a beautiful home, keep a robust social calendar, and somehow find time for daily exercise and fix healthy, wholesome meals. Not only does our society put these expectations on us, but we also set unreasonably high expectations for ourselves. How are we expected to achieve all of this? By doing more. By

How to Find and Release Hidden Blocks to Manifesting

~by Kristin Lloyd~ Have you tried manifesting but found it unproductive? Are you unsure how to go about manifesting? Does the concept sound mystifying? What exactly is manifesting anyway? Manifesting is allowing your desires to come through easily by harnessing the belief that whatever you desire, it will find its way to you in divine time. This is the simplest way to explain manifesting. Yet manifesting is not easy for everyone. Many people experience blocks which need to be cleared to allow those desires to flow with ease. Everyone at one time or another has experienced fears, limiting beliefs, has

My Lesson in Tactical Manipulation and Self Worth

~by Debbie Vandenakker~ . He said the words. The ones designed to hit at the heart of my self-worth. “You aren’t worth what I’m paying you.” I felt like a cartoon character that had all of the oxygen sucked out of the room. I left that discussion hurt, angry and ashamed. I spent two weeks hiding out with those words playing in a constant mocking loop … “You aren’t worth what I’m paying you. You aren’t worth…” It was the single biggest blow to my professional ego (and personal belief system) that I have experienced. And it taught me a

10 Ways to Spot an Online Business Course Scam

~by Stephanie Lynch~ . In today’s competitive market, whatever you can do to make yourself more appealing to potential hiring managers could make the difference. It may be tempting to add more education to your resume, but with the cost of post-secondary education on the rise and resources being stretched so thin, many people look towards taking business courses as a means of refreshing or adding new skills. In fact, some work at home companies may require you take a course before you are even considered.   How can you be sure that the course and company isn’t a scam?

4 Easy Steps to Becoming a True Business Leader

~by Rachelle Wilber~ . Becoming a leader in your business and industry is much easier than it may seem. The qualities of a true leader are actually present in a very small percentage of business people, making your rise to the top simple and natural. While some people simply are not cut out to be leaders, others will take on leadership roles quickly and easily. If you have the right personality and tenacity, then you can turn yourself into a business leader in four simple steps. 1. Develop a Manager Mindset Many emerging leaders shy away from really showing their

How to Gain Control of Your Thoughts

~by Debbie Jacobs~   Like many others, I had to learn how to gain control of my thoughts. Giving up sarcasm was huge. I had to come up with a new approach to humor. How could I be funny without being negative? I practiced saying things from a positive perspective, and if a negative comment came to mind, I simply did not contribute it to the conversation. No negative thoughts and no negative comments. It was a zero tolerance for negativity policy; because negativity doesn’t serve us at all. My new policy left a lot of what I thought unsaid,