[FUEL] The Year of Floaty Downstream Action

By Dawn Shuler A few months ago, I had a business breakdown. I felt like I had been pushing, pushing, pushing. My inner well was depleted. A couple of weeks before that, I uncharacteristically cancelled a coaching client and essentially took the day off. The next two weekends, I was going to do some administrative work and bookkeeping to get caught up, and I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. Then, during a a supposed “work” day, I just couldn’t bring myself to do anything. I stared and stared at my computer, and nothing was happening. So, I took myself to my favorite red chair in the living room, lit candles, opened the windows, no music on, and I just listened to the wind chimes gently blow on the front porch. I wasn’t unhappy, just unmotivated. 🙂 Well, that’s not entirely true. It was more than just being unmotivated.
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One of my favorite stories…

Every year around Christmas, I read a collection of Christmas stories from a sci-fi author, Connie Willis. I love these stories, especially the first one. Every time I read this story, and especially the following passage, it makes me think about what it is we really want. My gift to you at the end of this year is this excerpt, as well as a great wish for you to believe you’re worthy of what you want and to ask for your heart’s desire. “When I was eight,” [Fred] said thoughtfully, “I asked for a computer for Christmas. Home computers were new then and they were pretty expensive, and I wasn’t sure I’d get it. I was a lot like Natalie Wood in Miracle on 34th Street. I didn’t believe in Santa Claus, and I didn’t believe in miracles, but I really wanted it.” “Did you get the computer?” “No. Christmas
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[FUEL] Are you working an outdated vision?

By Dawn Shuler I’ve stated for years that I don’t do five-year business plans, not detailed ones, anyway. When I started my business back in 2002, I wrote a business plan that projected five years out, but not with specifics about exactly what I’d be doing to reach those revenue goals, other than just work x number of hours at x hourly rate. Things have changed a bit for me. 🙂 Actually, that’s the point, Back in 2002, all I could see five years ahead was that I would be doing the same thing as what I started out doing, just with more clients and regularly raising my fees. Well, that didn’t take into account my practice taking off, becoming Chief Operating Officer of a virtual training company, and launching a second company. All that happened within three years after I started my business. Since then, it seems as if
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[FUEL] Are you at a threshold moment?

By Dawn Shuler We all have those times where we can just chug along in our businesses and lives…. la la la la. We’re good. We’re happy. It’s status quo at its best. And then that all changes. We want more. We’re ready. Status quo is not good enough. So, then we have a decision to make. I call this a threshold moment or a choice point because it usually involves taking a conscious step – passing over that threshold or choosing a different path from the one you’re on. It can be scary, and what I know is that in order to cross over that threshold, the potential result has to be stronger than the fear of change. And many people can’t do it. The unhappily married woman who complains day after day about her husband not taking any responsibility for the kids or the house, and yet won’t
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[FUEL] The Truth About “Being ready”

By Dawn Shuler If you’re a business owner, more than likely you want something more: more clients, more revenue, more free time, more speaking events, more expansion, more products. As a business coach, I have a lot of conversations with other business owners about where they are in their business and their goals. During those conversations and follow-up, people tend to be in two different camps: 1) those who are ready to move forward and take action, and 2) those who “aren’t ready.” “Give me a couple of weeks to figure things out.” “I need to get clearer.” “Let me get ready, and I’ll get back to you.” What does “ready” really mean? Most people who say they aren’t ready either mean they don’t have the money (but that’s almost always a reason that covers up something deeper) or that they aren’t clear enough. They think that once they get
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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] Are you at a threshold moment?

By Dawn Shuler We all have those times where we can just chug along in our businesses and lives…. la la la la. We’re good. We’re happy. It’s status quo at its best. And then that all changes. We want more. We’re ready. Status quo is not good enough. So, then we have a decision to make. I call this a threshold moment or a choice point because it usually involves taking a conscious step – passing over that threshold or choosing a different path from the one you’re on. It can be scary, and what I know is that in order to cross over that threshold, the potential result has to be stronger than the fear of change. And many people can’t do it. The unhappily married woman who complains day after day about her husband not taking any responsibility for the kids or the house, and yet won’t
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