Okay, so my strong intention to produce a weekly blog article has, well, um, faltered.
I have a good excuse, of course. In fact a number of them. But I had a big wakeup call the other day when I attended a workshop which one of my readers was also attending. She said to me, “I’m so glad to see you here. I haven’t been receiving your emails lately… And I was beginning to worry about you!“
Yikes! Here was I, complacently thinking that an extra week here or there wouldn’t make much difference. Isn’t it funny how we can talk ourselves into insignificance!
What really matters (online)…
You know, my web developer always tells me that on the internet, and on your website “Content is King.”
Wanna know what he means? (more…)
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Ok, so I’ve had a tough month. Business-wise.
Well, actually, life-wise. As in life has been happening, bringing a confluence of intense challenges. And in tending to the needs of the moment, my business has practically ground to a halt.
I actually started wondering if this was some kind of ‘divine sign’ that I should give it up altogether…
Thankfully, I got another ‘divine sign’ that suggested something else entirely… (more…)
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Have you heard that story about the professor who fills a jar first with larger stones, then with pebbles, then sand? There’s various versions of it around on the internet, but here’s one to remind you:
A philosophy professor stood before his class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly he picked up a large empty jar and proceeded to fill it with rocks, about 5 centimeters in diameter. He then asked the students if the jar was full?
They agreed that it was.
So the professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles, of course, rolled into the open areas between the rocks. He then asked the students again if the jar was full.
They agreed it was.
The students laughed. The professor picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else.
“Now,” said the professor, “I want you to recognise that this is your life…
“The rocks are the important things – your family, your partner, your health, your children – things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house, your car. The sand is everything else. The small stuff.”
“If you put the sand into the jar first, there is no room for the pebbles or the rocks. The same goes for your life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you.
“Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your partner out dancing. There will always be time to go to work, clean the house, give a dinner party and fix the disposal.
“Take care of the rocks first – the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.”
The last few weeks have been incredibly intense here. I mentioned a few posts ago that I’m pregnant… And in addition to the usual exhaustion, nausea and constant hunger, I’ve faced the scare of threatened miscarriage, followed by minor surgery to protect the pregnancy, and post-operative migraines as the spinal anaesthetic wore off.
So, um, business… What’s that again?
This week I feel relatively normal for the first time in ages (hooray!)… And I’ve had some moments to reflect on what it all means for me and for Soul Business. To have to grind to a halt for a month or more, then pick up the pieces and re-evaluate.
I’ve learned some powerful lessons for Soul Business. And I suspect they might be helpful for you and your business too… (more…)
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So, you’re feeling overwhelmed…You’re wondering why – no matter how many times you pull back and take a break and reassess things – Why does your business keep taking over your life?
Perhaps you notice the social symptoms first… social life? What’s that again? Or perhaps your family is starting to complain… or a loved one feels like they have to compete with your business for your time…
What’s really going on here? And does it have to be this way?
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