[FUEL] Business Vision Check-up

By Dawn Shuler Last week, I talked about how in this highly-charged, energetic world, we’re constantly evolving and changing, and our businesses change as a result. And sometimes we’re working visions and plans that have become outdated. Yet, here we are…. in the midst of taking action for a plan that no longer fits. Our vision has changed. In order to make sure your actions are in alignment with your Current Vision, you need to do a periodic Business Vision Check-up. This is a way to check in with what you want to do, what you want to be offering, and then how all that plays out in the next 6-12 months of your business planning, marketing, and promotional calendar. First, sit quietly. This isn’t a quick exercise to go through during the commercial break of your favorite show, or in between scrolling on Facebook. Get yourself ready to hear
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Work is love made visible

By Dawn Shuler Every morning, Mark and I (and the girls when they’re here) have our tea ritual.  It involves tea (duh), some sort of crumpet (scones, banana bread, whatever), and reading from a book on prosperity and abundance. Our current book is The Dynamic Laws of Prosperity by Catherine Ponder. I was particularly struck by her quoting Kahlil Gibran, “…work is love made visible.” Wow.  Doesn’t that put what you do in a whole new light? Instead of thinking of work as, well, work, you can think of work as a manifestation of love you feel for others. I talk, teach, and coach around how most of us entrepreneurs want to be of service.  We want to change the world for the better – with small or medium or large ripples.  We want to make a difference. We want to make things better. Imagine how thinking of the work
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[FUEL] The Spirituality in Creativity

By Dawn Shuler Earlier this week I was at one of my favorite networking events where I highlighted my upcoming Create Your Own Power Words Oracle Deck workshop with my own decks of cards as examples. One woman exclaimed, “Oh, but I have no artistic skills!” I assured her that no artistic skills (in the traditional sense) were required. Another woman commented that while I was claiming not to have been “artistic,” I had been creative. And that’s a big piece of this particular workshop – to allow women to be creative, and to play – with paints, stencils, markers, stamps, and more. This “being creative” piece is of uber importance. We need to let that side out in us. We also may need to redefine what being creative is. It’s not just being able to paint or sketch or draw, although it could be. It could be anything from
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Is your vision big enough to pull you forward?

By Dawn Shuler As entrepreneurs and business owners, it can be hard, this job of running a business.  As CEOs of our own business, WE are the ones who have to design the long-term strategy, find new clients, launch new products and programs.  We don’t have a president of board of directors setting the direction and the plan to follow. We have to do that. That means in the midst of life and everything around us, we have to keep the vision strong.  We have to make those marketing calls.  We have to go to the networking events.  We have to follow up. We have to send out that “last chance to register” email. Sometimes we don’t want to.  And, again, there’s no one else setting the direction.  So, if we fall short and don’t sail the distance that day, well, who is really going to notice? The key to
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