Being poor, not enough clothes, and the emergence of a system

By Dawn Shuler Growing up, I lived in the worst part of Irving, Texas.  Before I could drive, I babysat for my biology teacher and his family, and as he brought me home for the first time, he remarked, “I didn’t even know there were houses back here.” I was beyond embarrassed and shamed.  I knew exactly what he meant and what he was too kind to say. It was what you might picture of a white trash neighborhood:  rusted out junk cars all over the yards, trash piling up on porches and spilling out in the yard, dogs and goats (yes, goats) wandering around.  To be fair, there were a couple of houses that were nicely kept up, but they were an exception. My parents did their best as well: keeping the house painted when it started to peel, planting marigolds in the front yard, keeping the grass mowed,
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[FUEL] The Trap of Work, Work, Work

By Dawn Shuler I recently coached one of my clients on scheduling. She has a lot going on, with several big areas of her business she is working at once. We talked about the never-ending to-do lists, everything seeming important, feeling like all you do is put out fires, not working on a big project because if you can’t get it all done right now, hey, why bother? Any of that sound familiar? If you’re a business owner, you’re busy. You’re either working directly with clients, marketing to get more clients, or running the back-end of your business. Throughout my own years in business, I’ve struggled to find a way to manage my time that didn’t result in ending my work day feeling stressed, frenetic, and worthless. One of those attempts was to experiment with making a concerted effort to limit my working day and create a solid ending time.
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My 15 Steps to Manifestation

By Dawn Shuler Over the last several years, I’ve done a lot of work on changing my attitudes, beliefs, and actions around money.  Over 10 years ago, my then-husband and I worked with a financial coach – for that very reason.  I’ve read books, I’ve taken workshops, I’ve worked on my mindset, I’ve become aware of my financial story. Yet still I seemed to struggle. Never enough. Never enough. Never enough. Well, that is changing.  Magic is happening. Tides are turning.  Money has come and is coming.  Sometimes out of the blue. What made a difference?  I believe it was these 15 things. Some of them I’ve been doing for years, as I mentioned.  But all 15 on the list were things I did in a focused, concentrated, conscious manner over about 3-4 weeks. As a result, we have two contract proposals out to NASA that are awaiting final approval,
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What are your indicators telling you?

By Dawn Shuler When I got in the car the other day, I took a look at the gauges, lights, and all the other information my car kindly shares with me.  I noted the gas level, where the temperature was, etc. Then, I really looked at what all these gauges and indicators were telling me. I had plenty of fuel. The temperature level was right where it was supposed to be. My lights were on. There were no warning lights or indications of any kind. For a moment, I just sat there in gratitude.  For having enough fuel in the car.  For having a car in good condition that gets me where I want to go.  For lights to illuminate my way – figuratively and literally.  For being the driver in a vehicle and circumstance where I was safe and being taken care of. What are your indicators telling you? 
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[FUEL] Don’t Let Your Dreams Scare You

By Dawn Shuler As a business owner who works with other business owners, I see a lot of dreams. Sometimes these dreams take the form of little goals… I want to offer a new coaching program. Sometimes they take the form of medium goals… I want to facilitate a writing retreat. And then sometimes they take the form of a big-ass fantasy… I want to create a brand-new business to support women in transition. The thing is – big, medium, or small – it’s scary to go after your dreams. That’s an easy word to use – scary – but here’s what that fear really feels like. A dream is like your child, your baby. Your dream needs to be nurtured to grow and succeed. But if you fail in nurturing and growing your dream, then it could die… and as many parents will tell you, the death of a
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Are your actions in alignment?

By Dawn Shuler A few weeks ago, I was feeling very low energy, which was unfortunate timing as I had tons to do on my plate: networking, marketing, planning the next marketing campaign. And I didn’t want to do any of it. So, I didn’t. I had just come off several weeks of working hard on my rebrand and new website launch, plus several speaking gigs, and potential client meetings (yay on all of the above). So, I knew my low energy could have just been a natural part of the creative cycle – the downtime part of the cycle. But I was worried that I was making easy excuses to NOT do work. Was I in alignment with my energy, or was I in fear? Fear over putting myself and my new brand out there and possible rejection? I don’t know that I had an answer to that question. 
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If you want to dig your own grave, I won’t stop you

By Dawn Shuler One of the things I’ve figured out about myself is that I am all about action.  Back when I was a new business owner working with other business owners, the moment they said, “I want to do _____” – Boom! Off I’d go and make it happen.  Sometimes, they were shocked; other times, they would go, “Um, I wasn’t really ready to do such and such. Take it back, please.” Not only did I figure out that I’m about action, action, action… other people may say they want action, but when it comes down to it, they aren’t really willing to take action. Case in point… I was talking to a prospective client who told me her (very real) tale of woe as an abused wife for twenty years.  For years, she had been thinking of writing a book about her experience, but there were some situations
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[FUEL] The Importance of Having Fun

By Dawn Shuler Business owners tend to be busy people. If your business is small, and even if you have a team (smart you!), you’re probably still pretty darn busy. There’s always more to do. Another networking meeting to attend. Another prospective client to call. Another program to design. Another marketing campaign to launch. More reports to run. The constant administrative work to do. Feel drained yet? Yep. That’s the problem. There is always more to do. You will not ever get to the end of your to-do list. Never. So give up on that dream that if you just work hard enough, work a little longer, find things to motivate you, set the timer, put your head down and push forward that you’ll get it all done. That’s the quickest way to burnout. You need fun in your life!! More fun = a happier life = a happier business
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[FUEL] Dreams are important, but you need more.

By Dawn Shuler Most of us have lovely dreams and big goals.  Your Big Dream might look something like this: I want to build a premier retreat center in North Carolina. I want to be a keynote speaker. I want to write a book. I want to design and hold a year-long program. And so it goes. These are lovely dreams, but the harsh truth is that they will stay dreams unless you take action. I have a coaching client (we’ll call her Diane) who works with companies and organizations to help them improve their employees’ lives.  She’s been dancing for months with a boutique store owner who wants Diane to customize a program for her and her employees.  The problem is that she is so busy, she’s not returning Diane’s emails to set up a meeting to solidify details. During a coaching session, we brainstormed some tactics for continuing
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[FUEL] Dream a Little Dream

By Dawn Shuler For some people, January can feel like this super productive, let’s get things done time of year. There are all these resolutions and goals and new year energy. Boom. Boom. Boom. Well, I like to do things differently (no surprise there). I slow down and go inward to see what wants to be created. Sure, I do the whole smart business planning thing, but all that smart business planning needs to be driven by something deeper. What do I want to bring into the world this year? What am I being called to do? Is the direction I’m going in the right one for me? How can I use my gifts and genius to an even greater level – and help even more people? So, while, yes, I did set goals for 2016, those goals were based on the deeper, more introspective work I did. I suggest
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