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accountability groups

accountability groups, success

For the most part, I am a solopreneur.

On the other hand, I rely on a number of people in my life who have become my ‘board of directors’ of sorts.  Through various accountability and collaborative groups that I’ve participated in over the years, I’ve strengthened friendships, made measurable progress towards goals, and continue to grow thanks to the support I’ve received.

What are the benefits of an accountability group?

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what's your superpower

Growing up, I just loved comic books.  I read Batman, Superman, Lost in Space, Hulk, Captain Marvel. And then, there were the tv characters. Every week I would tune in to watch Adam West as Batman. Of course, I was fascinated by Julie Newmar as Catwoman, Yvonne Craig as Batgirl , and Lynda Carter as Wonderwoman, as I strived to try to figure out where I would fit in when it was time to save the world. Pippi Longstocking’s adventurous spirit fascinated me and I read every one of the Nancy Drew Mysteries books. Just imagine what a young girl could accomplish with focus, determination, spirit and – maybe, just one superpower.

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So, I am two weeks into a six-week committment I have made for myself.  One hour a week, I am meeting with Kemi Sorinmade of the Growth Studio.  We are reviewing “The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth” as presented by John C. Maxwell.

write it down - make it happen

One thing that Kemi mentions over and over; “If you write it down, it is more likely to become a reality.  Just by writing it down, it seems to be internalized.” So, I have decided to blog about this experience. This is a tool to help me review and internalize the content I am ingesting at these meetings. Read more

Transition.

First installment in the #YourTurnChallenge in which I answer “Why am I doing the Your Turn Challenge?”.

I have always asserted that transition is a very subtle, but extremely compelling state of being.  I am not even referring to big transitions like buying a house or starting a new job. I think that even the small transitions are worthy of our attention.

At my house, December was a month filled with transitions.  I was blessed with so much household activity and energy.  Our annual latke making party resulted in 2 nights filled with family, friends and oniony, oily aromas. I was thrilled ( and I truly mean this when I say this) to have over 20 house guests stay over on the second latke eve.  My kids’ friends bring wonderful energy and creativity to Buttonwood Farm. A last-minute change of plans brought my eldest home from California to spend the last week of December with us. My home was full of energy and light.

As January approached, life settled back to normal. This was not necessarily a bad thing. Having the time to catch up on my professional reading, webinars, etc would seem like it was the right thing to do.  But I found that I was becoming more anxious.  I had feelings of self-doubt. I thought that, perhaps, I should be doing more – pushing more.  Comparing my self to others began to weaken my self-esteem and my own resolve.

I spent the first week or two in January talking with old friends, as well as folks I had just met, about this particular sense of coming to a path in my profession that was asking me to go one way or another. I found that by voicing my ideas, my concerns, my fears, I was able to gain a bit of clarity in to the direction that would guide me to the place where I am able to live, work and play as the person I truly am.  I was putting pressure on myself to do what others in the social media marketing field are doing in the form of self-promotion. I have come to the realization that the services that I offer as a personalized guide for increasing online presence are the essence of my professional self. I have made it my intention to be a teacher, a guide, for those small business owners who are passionate about their own work and would like to communicate their range of products and services on the internet. Teaching these folks to be a resource, to be able to identify and communicate their own personal brand, to share and engage

 I have made it my intention...

I will continue to create those symbiotic relationships with my clients in which we learn more about each other’s area of expertise and work within that knowledge to build up their empowerment while increasing their presence. In addition, once I have learned a good amount about their business, I will be better able to identify their challenges, and at that point have the insight as to which social media tasks they might consider outsourcing in order to continue their online growth while focusing on their own strengths and talents. I am committed to meeting my clients where they are, and sharing the next part of the path together.

Why am I doing the Your Turn Challenge?

I am doing the Your Turn Challenge as a week-long exercise to help me find clarity in my professional path, as well as to become more comfortable and prolific in my blogging.

 

 

Just sayin’My dog does this thing

In the 10 years that I have been with WBN I have been an artisan, a birthday party entertainer, a multi-level marketer, a quilter, a database manager, a graphic artist, a technical support staff-person, a computer files organizer, an electronic e-newsletter designer, a social media manager, an event planner, a website project manager, and a 6-foot tall monkey mascot.

Women can do that.  

Of course, men can do it, too.

But this piece focuses on women as a reflection of my 10 years of having the great honor to collaborate with an outstanding group of women.  These women work together in a variety of platforms to inspire, educate and motivate each other to be the very best they can be in their personal and professional lives. Read more

start

Start by doing what is necessary, then what’s possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.

-Francis of Assisi

How ironic.

time managementMy husband still can’t get over it.  I have recently become a social media community manager for a productivity expert.  Mitch still laughs when he thinks of me researching, tweeting and posting on the topic of time management.  He is of the impression that I, Susan Finn, just might be the worst time manager in the history of the world.  Aha – but he is so very, very mistaken.  As with so many things in life – it is really all about from which angle you approach an issue.  What Mitch sees as poor time management, may actually be excellent time management. If I can fit a few more things into those last 15 minutes before leaving for a party or serving dinner, then, I feel that I have, indeed, used that time wisely. In fact, I will probably keep tweeting and posting while we are driving to the party or to the market. (No worries – he’s driving, I’m posting – I always practice safe text)  I happen to think that is an excellent use of time.

So now, as I have become more engrossed on this topic of time management and productivity for my client, I am actually quite intrigued by it.  I am beginning to start to use many of her strategies in my day-to-day life.   Simple changes such as only working on emails at certain times during the day, creating a ‘filing’ system for my email inbox to isolate the tasks that will be most effective for productivity, and not just be busy-ness, setting a timer and more.

I found this helpful infographic on Project Eve. It was originally sourced from Success Sculpting System via Visual.ly.12-ideas-to-increase-productivity

compensation

 

It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

world needs

 

Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.

– Howard Thurman

people believe“People don’t believe what you tell them.

They rarely believe what you show them.

They often believe what their friends tell them.

They always believe what they tell themselves.”

– Seth Godin