"Decided my 2016 starts again on February 1st ... this was a trial month"
I saw a great quote today on Facebook that inspired my desire to write this particular blog. You see, too many times already I have heard you grumbling about how quickly January flew by, and that you still feel like you are trying to catch their breath and get over the holiday hangover. You already feel the grind happening TO you all over again, and are starting to feel overwhelmed by all the things you HAVE to do. Priorities and commitments continue to build, and you are right back doing the same things you did in 2015.
Which means, you are going to get the SAME results!
So, I am here to tell you to STOP the nonsense! You ARE better than that! YOU DESERVE MORE! And, not more "to-do"s, "got to"s, "need to"s or "have to"s -- enough already! When are you going to truly give yourself permission to say YES to YOU? Because, YOU matter! The only "should" in your life is that one saying you "should" be living the life you desire. You "should" be happy, which by the way, is a choice only you can make.
But, here's the best part ... you don't have to go at it alone! Consider enlisting an accountability partner, coach or mentor to help you create a plan for you to take the action required to get the traction you really want most. It's almost impossible for any of us to see the forest for the tress, myself included. Which is why I invest in a business coach for myself, as well as being part of a mastermind and accountability group. I struggle like you to see beyond what's right in front of me. I tend to be very myopic when it comes to ME. Things I can see as opportunities and barriers for others, I am often blinded by for myself. It's human nature. And, I accept that.
What I don't accept is sitting idle, allowing that to be my reality. I desire so much more, and I know that I am worthy of creating the lifestyle I dream of. I also know that if God gave it to me to carry in my dreams, then He also gave it to me to step fully into. And, in order to do that, I need help.
Like you, I get in my own way repeatedly. And though, I had a really great year in 2015 ... I know there is more I can achieve, more I can impact, and more people I can serve with my gifts. As such, I choose to step fully into my potential, doing so more and more every day, as it is a journey, an evolution, and not a destination.
As I share my own vulnerability with you, I understand how scary it can be. Trust me, my coach hears my fears often and we discuss ways for me to break through them. Sometimes, just in talking them out loud, I can see the very things preventing my greatness and ways to take immediate action. Other times, it is a bit more challenging to step out of my comfort zone. having her to help me assess those barriers, being a sounding board, and truthfully the kick in the ass I need at times, I am able to move forward with leaps and bounds. And, I am able to help my clients BECAUSE I CHOOSE to walk the same walk myself. I invest in ME.
So, my question to you: What will it take for you to invest in YOU? What are you waiting for?
Every moment that goes by is another moment you are choosing not to serve those who need you most. It is our biggest roadblock as individuals. As a result, I have my clients ask themselves three questions when they find they are playing too small:
So, are YOU tired of playing small? If so, then message me and reach out if you are serious about taking your life and business to the next level and making 2016 the year YOU #goBIGtogrowBIGGER ... and, if not me, then find the right accountability resource(s) to help you take the action you need in order to life the live you desire. No more dragging your feet. It's time to say YES to YOU!
Now, it might "hurt" a little. Lol ... I say this because I'm going to be tough with you and push you OUT of YOUR comfort zone, and I want you to come to the table ready. For "if it isn't big enough to scare you, it isn't big enough to grow you!" Regardless of how tough and uncomfortable it might be at times, I promise I will love you through it and be with you every step of the way!
Together, we can create a plan to help YOU achieve explosive growth, fulfillment in your life and great capacity for you to shine you light and serve others. The question that remains is: Are you ready?
As always, I am here, and I am listening.
Sending lots of love and heart-to-heart hugs.
Happy New Year! Hard to believe we already are well on our way into 2016! It feels as if we were only just celebrating the 4th of July … last year! And, I know you are off to the races, pounding the pavement, and getting things done! Or, are you?
Do you have what you need to up your game and take your business and life to the next level? Are you surrounding yourself with the people who are going to challenge you and help you grow? I ask this as I am coming off a 3-day mastermind with my business coach and accountability group … and, let me tell you, it was beyond POWERFUL and eye-opening!
You see, to be surrounded by people who think BIG like you, without judgement or competition, only love and support, is one of the MOST EMPOWERING things you can do for yourself and your business! Because, you simply cannot go at it alone! Well, I suppose you can, if you want lots of frustration, headaches and the feeling of being isolated from the rest of the world.
But, why, on earth, would you want that?
When, instead, you can purposefully and intentionally surround yourself with people who shine a light on your strengths, who keep you motivated when things get tough (and, trust me, they will and do, repeatedly), who will pick you up when you lose a big deal and find your confidence slipping, who will be a sounding board to the ideas and vision you desire to continue to grow, and who bring an abundant sense of what is possible to the table.
There is this incredible power and energy in being part of something bigger than yourself. Being part of a community where you can “just be” and allow yourself to be vulnerable as an executive, an entrepreneur, or as an emerging leader.
For me, the pace was fast, the content was rich, and the camaraderie was electric! As a result, I walked away with a full marketing strategy for 2016, along with so many nuggets to help me streamline, segment, and sequence my business so I truly can move into a place where I am only playing at my highest and best level. I NOW get to position myself fully as a CEO within my business and build a team around me. All that from tapping into the experience, the knowledge, and the strategies shared within my coach and with my mastermind.
So, are you REALLY ready to go to the next level your business? Are you READY for 2016 to be the year for you to #goBIGtogrowBIGGER? Then, who are you choosing to surround yourself with? Do you have a business coach, and/or an accountability group to push you, to support you, to challenge you, and to lift you up?
I invite you to explore the possibilities of bringing both into your business.
To start, I encourage you to take my FREE assessment: http://sayyesquiz.com to gain a better understanding of where your current gaps and opportunities are.
And to build community, I invite you to check out the Empowerment League, an accountability group designed especially for solopreneurs, entrepreneurs and business owners.
This is a community of like-minded individuals designed to bring YOU a monthly virtual training call and monthly Q&A call to help you think bigger, execute bigger, and grow bigger, as a result. Check it out: http://www.candybaroneinternational.com/empowerment-league.html
Now, as you reach for the stars in 2016 (for they are yours for the taking), may you truly have a blessed and prosperous year! Make this YOUR year to #sayYEStoyourself and know that you ARE empowered strong!
Sending you much love and heart-to-heart hugs!
Candy Barone is a leadership development expert, trainer & executive coach. She also is an international speaker, author, and the CEO & Founder of You Empowered Strong, LLC.