A Matter of Taste

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A Matter of Taste

“You eat with your own mouth”

– Josephine Leanza

Each of us are the same in that we are human, yet different in so many ways. Different in our good qualities and then again different in what some might consider not so great qualities. Our uniqueness lies somewhere between the two.

The judgement that can come from looking at another’s life without really knowing their true-life story, or the road it took to get them where they are seems to be plaguing us these days. Resulting in keeping many from being the best that they can be. I think it’s important to talk about.

This month as we focus on the mastermind principle of our Unique Personality it leads me to ask this question...

How can you stay unique if you are trying to just conform to what you and others think you are “supposed” to be?

Last weekend I facilitated a table at a large women’s empowerment event. My task was to ask each woman at my table of 10 to articulate the story that she needed to share about a critical incident that had happened in her life. From there, the values that carried her through and what had happened within her head and her heart because of it.

Then finally what was the commitment she had already made in her life or wanted to make in her life because of the story so that she could empower her life and also touch the lives of others in a meaningful way.

Some pretty powerful stories were shared that moved me deeply and reminded me that there is a lot that goes on for each of us beneath the surface of our skin. I see this in my role as a Coach all the time. The sheer weight of self-doubt and fear of judgement from others can either empower us to make a difference in the lives of others or pull us down to not even fully live our own life.

While I was driving home from the event my mind wandered back a few months when I had the opportunity to spend a couple of days in San Diego with a coaching colleague turned dear friend, Dr. Gloria Miele. One night as we dined over some yummy sushi we talked about the different taste in food we each had, her loving spicy foods and me not so much.

Gloria shared with me the profound words of her Grandmother Josephine Leanza who said, “You eat with your own mouth.” Those words stuck deeply with me and I thought it was an important topic to share more on.

So today I have the honor to share with you a podcast that Dr. Gloria and I just recorded taking our roles as not only women who have lived on the road of life for quite a few years but as Coaches. Gloria also has the rich experience of having been a Clinical Psychologist. Together we explored this topic deeper which I am calling – A Matter of Taste. I hope that you enjoy.

Here’s to your own special taste.


To Your Success and Victories,
- Cheri

Cheri Ruskus, Business Growth Coach
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Come as you are

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Come as you are

Within each personality lies a unique individual spark that allows you to come as are…

As I write this week’s letter we are wrapping up the long 4th of July weekend. Hope you had as many smiles as I was fortunate enough to share with friends new and old.

This month we are taking a look into the Mastermind principle of Your Unique Personality and honoring the elements within each of us that lets our special spark shine – if we allow it to come to the surface.

Amid these thoughts of shining I have two special things to share with you today…

First, the marriage engagement of my daughter Bailey last week to her boyfriend Steve. As a parent, loving your children seems to come full circle when they find someone to love them, honor their special spark and create a life together that brings additional joy to their lives. I am so looking forward to the 2020 nuptials and watching their lives together unfold in their special and unique way.

Second, is the launch this Tuesday, July 9th of my son Travis’s first book, The Rock Balancers Guide: Discover the Mindful Art of Balance. This beautiful book contains both words of wisdom about balance and life as well as pictures of his beautiful art created through rock balancing over the last 5 years.

You can get your copy here.

It seemed appropriate to share with you this week once again my very first podcast (we are at episode #70 now) that I did with Travis 3 years ago. We called it, The Spark for the Future and I hope that you enjoy the thoughts shared around letting your spark shine as Travis shares his journey as an artist. See link above.

As you move into the week ahead ask the question - How do you allow yourself to come as you are by letting your special gifts and spark shine brightly?

To Your Success and Victories,
- Cheri

Cheri Ruskus, Business Growth Coach
cheri@businessvictories.com • 303-652-1718 • @victorygirl

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Creativity to Profitability

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Creativity to Profitability

“Harmonize with that moment that is in front of you.” – Michael Singer

With the summer solstice right behind us and the summer before us … what is your plan for tapping into the creative juices of summer?

June seems to always put me into creative overload which I believe is a good thing. This is the month each year that brings on my favorite time of year… summer. Flowers are in bloom everywhere and it smells so sweet from their fragrances when I walk out my door.

BTW…Thanks to all of you who sent sweet notes about the Victory Letter now coming every other week in honor of the 18th Anniversary of this letter. I tried to get back to as many of you as possible and if I somehow missed you know it meant a lot to me.

Now back to creativity as I can hear some of you say… “Creativity? I have no time for that I need to be making money.” Trust me I hear this quite often and am here to share with you today 3 reasons why creativity is so important to the profitability of your business.

1. Using your imagination leads to innovation and innovation is important to long term business success.

What is your latest innovation?

2. Creativity used on a regular basis within your business gives you a competitive advantage making you and your brand unique and interesting.

When do you create?


3. Being in creative flow is fun and studies show that when you and the team around you are having fun… you will be more profitable.

What do you consider creative fun in your business?

Want to know more on this topic? Listen to this week’s podcast above where I really break it down a whole lot more.

Remember that the treasures within you are your greatest treasure because you take them with you where ever you go. In other words, creativity is an inside job.


To Your Success and Victories,
- Cheri

Cheri Ruskus, Business Growth Coach
cheri@businessvictories.com • 303-652-1718 • @victorygirl

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Consistently Consistent

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Consistently Consistent

“Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable.”  – Mary Oliver

 Who would have imagined all those years ago when I set out to write my very first Victory Letter that I would still be writing these words of inspiration to you all these years later. This week marks the 18th year!

If you can bear with me, this week’s letter is a tad longer than usual to mark this occasion and it seemed like a good time to make some changes.

So many letters (936 approx.) and so many life events later what I know to be true is the importance today, as when I started, of taking a closer look at life’s lessons and allow them to inspire us. To use the crevices of our minds to imagine and create words that weren’t there before. To look for the victories in our lives both big and small.

To stretch yourself to create even when you might not feel like it in the moment. To be consistent in your work so that you can remain in the flow of creativity.

When I began writing this letter we had just experienced the downfall that came with the Dot Com bust of 2001 soon followed by the unthinkable events of 9/11. I needed to write the words as much as my readers needed to read them. The bond was quick and real.

Since that time, I have written two books from the contents and stayed connected with so many special people (yourself included) through the words, thoughts and ideas of this letter.


Here is what I have found about consistency, writing, fully committing to creating on a regular basis, and what I believe to be the most important message for today’s momentous occasion…


A lot of our best stuff lies beneath the surface. In our fast-paced lives with the need for instant gratification we can lose out on the juicy elements within us that take time and ongoing focused effort.


While you think you may have given something your all, when you dig a little deeper or even wait out something to its fruition some pretty amazing things can almost magically happen. In fact, Elizabeth Gilbert in her book Big Magic believes it is magic.


Another example of this happened about a week ago while I was still in California. My husband texted me a picture (today’s picture) of a yellow Iris that was growing in our driveway. Maybe not miraculous in itself (even though I think all flowers are miracles) the fact is that in the 26 years we have lived in this house that Iris has never bloomed.


The purple Iris’s near it bloomed but never a yellow one. I believe this flower was just waiting below the surface to come to life when it was the right time. The right time was that day.


What is lying beneath your surface that consistency would allow you to further bloom?  


What is something you have been dreaming about but not doing anything about or staying focused long enough on to make it happen?


You could argue that the yellow iris didn’t need me to bloom, heck I wasn’t even in Colorado when it bloomed. But by hanging around on this property, enjoying, and creating all the other realms of our home when this beauty did arrive it was just a wonderful bonus.


With consistency we also need to learn to be flexible. Not so long ago I changed the mailing of the Victory Letter from Monday to Sundays. The idea was to allow those who wanted to get a jump start by getting the inspiration a bit earlier than the busyness of Monday to do so. This change has been well received and so that change will remain.


By an unexpected turn of events I also started recording this letter with extra goodies as part of my ongoing podcast. Sometimes it’s just me and sometimes I bring on a guest. If you haven’t taken a listen make today the day because I share a lot more about this journey and the power of consistency.  Take a listen above.


With today’s words I have been playing with the idea of sending this letter every other week as opposed to weekly. As time has marched on I realize that your inbox is fuller than it used to be, and my hope is that you will make the time to read each one when these letters do arrive less often. Or, perhaps you will miss the weekly reminder to be inspired? I would love your feedback about this change.


Please keep in mind that I have also begun to post daily inspirations on Instagram @VictoryGirl. In my Instagram stories each day for the past 6 months or so I have been throwing out a daily word to ponder along with some thoughts or question to go along with it. 


My time on Instagram allows me to also share my photography which has become another creative muscle I love to stretch. If you haven’t followed me on Instagram yet … please do and watch for my smiling face at the top of your feed waiting to inspire you.


On this auspicious 18th anniversary of bringing an idea to life I celebrate our travels together in whatever form they have taken. Here’s to us! 


To Your Success and Victories,
- Cheri

Cheri Ruskus, Business Growth Coach
cheri@businessvictories.com • 303-652-1718 • @victorygirl

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Breaking open the silence

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Breaking open the silence

“Thank you for showing up, bringing curiosity, and letting silence answer the questions words never could.”  
- Melissa Reid

The words from today’s quote really jumped off the Instagram post I read them from. This woman, Melissa Reid, who I don’t know, led a trek of people including Mandy Moore (who I do follow) to the Everest Base Camp.

This quote were her words of thanks to her travel companions. They were wise enough not to try to go for the Summit with so many others, some of whom lost their lives.

Her words got me to thinking about what a wonderful tool silence can be. Silence allows listening and listening allows you to discover so much more about yourself, about others, and your surroundings.

With that said, it also made me stop and once again ponder about the current leadership crisis the United States is experiencing. How much better would it be if leaders on “both sides of the aisle” let go of the endless name calling, blaming, and ongoing power trip tug of war.

Just imagine if they took the time to truly listen to what we (the people they are supposed to be leading) really want and need.  

It’s hard to believe that there is anyone out there that isn’t feeling unheard because leaders seem to stop listening when it’s all about the need to “win.” The result, too many people are talking, and not enough people are listening.

As I put in another week watching my grandpuppy while my daughter is off seeing the world I indeed felt the importance in the silence around me. Through the silence I could actually hear myself so much more clearly. Getting past the noise of life when we can’t even hear our own minds true thoughts after a while.

So here come 4 burning questions for you to ponder this week…

1.    Who or what are you are actually leading? 

2.    Do you stop and take the time to fully listen to yourself and others?  

3.    When working alongside a customer, staff member or anyone in the course of your business can you find a nice silence together? A time when you are in flow with what you are achieving - together?

4.    Do you feel the need to fill in so much of the silence that you find yourself stressed out and not getting the things you need done, done?

I have been lucky to watch some amazing sunsets since I have been here in San Diego and taken so many pictures of them. The one I chose for today’s Victory Letter was truly an amazing experience. I kept thinking about the phrase 1,000 points of light, along with the quote from the late George H.W. Bush, "a brilliant diversity spread like stars, like a thousand points of light in a broad and peaceful sky."

As I watched the sun streaming through the clouds and fading sunbeams hitting the water in so many different places it filled me with such peace inside. No words were spoken yet I was filled up so much inside. As if the universe was talking directly to me and reminding me that at the end of the day (literally and figuratively) we live on such a beautiful and amazing planet.

Are you in with me to focus on breaking the silence by listening more, caring more and giving an extra gleam of light to someone who could use it in the week ahead? I love the thought of focusing on lifting each other up.

Remember in the process, in a world that can sometimes get way too noisy some silence can really make all the difference in making us as opposed to breaking us.

Join me in todays podcast above where I share this and a little more...


To Your Success and Victories,
- Cheri

Cheri Ruskus, Business Growth Coach
cheri@businessvictories.com • 303-652-1718 • @victorygirl

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Making Me Time

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Making Me Time

You didn’t come this far only to come this far.

This week’s Victory Letter seemed to be stuck deep in my head not wanting to come out. Normally I have this letter done mid-week prior to sending it your way. This week I found myself not in my regular flow and now here I am – the day before publication looking for the light I am supposed shine out into the world. Ever have that happen to you?

This past week took me on a journey that was filled with many question marks of what to expect once I reached my destination. My daughter Bailey had asked me if I would come to California to help take care of my 6-month old grandpuppy, Coco, while Bailey and Steve traveled half way around the world on a journey of their own.

I agreed, feeling blessed that my coaching work allows me to work with clients for the most part anywhere. What I found though was that I had packed my days pretty full of clients and puppy obligations giving me very little me time to just to hang and be – something I have found myself longing to do.

Now don’t get me wrong, there were moments filled with enjoying the garden nursery right next door (today’s pic) that had me digging in the dirt and filling up pots on Bailey’s balconies. There have been morning walks on the beach, evening walks back to the beach to watch amazing sunsets in between the rain storms scattered throughout the week.

What has been so interesting is just what it has taken to get used to a new normal and settling down to a new daily routine. With needing to get Coco out the door first thing and on a walk to take care of her morning “business” I found myself getting easily distracted and missing my usual meditation practice for a good part of the week.

Earlier today, as I washed the breakfast dishes, from somewhere out in the ether came a podcast with Tara Brach over my phone.  Her interview gave me words I needed to hear to get me to re-focus on connecting with myself as she used the word RAIN as an acronym to do a little self-reflection exercise.

Recognize what is happening…

Allow the experience to be there, just as it is…

Investigate with interest and care…

Nurture with self-compassion…

Now as you read this remember our minds are pretty complicated tools that can work either for us,  against us, or somewhere in between.

Now come along with me as I sit with each rain statement from above and how I put it into perspective in helping me to reconnect with myself.

Recognize what is happening…

I am out of my routine, not sure what I should or shouldn’t do – work vs. not working so much – why am I feeling I am not doing enough. Especially after just giving a client the advice to give herself a break and take the weekend off.

Allow the experience to be there, just as it is

I have been here a week with about 10 days left to go. It is beautiful here and I have a sweet puppy to spend time with. I am here to connect and enjoy myself more.

Investigate with interest and care;

What is it that I want in this time that that I am perceiving isn’t happening. What can I shift and change?

Each day seems to be going by so quickly, could it be because I am really enjoying myself?

Nurture with self-compassion.

Bottom line for me is that I have been messing with my morning routine and it’s really throwing me off. I really need more meditation time and less doing time. That is the nurturing the body is craving right now.

And for the days ahead – less work, much more play.  Meditate in the morning and throughout the day. Keep my fingers crossed for some beach days as well if we can get more sunshine! ;)

That’s me … how about you. Give this exercise a try – it really can help if you are feeling stuck inside your head! 

Hope you are finding yourself in a play mode as we officially welcome the summer season with the coming of Memorial Day Weekend. Here’s to a summer full of discovery.  What if you really honored your own “me time” and along with it discovered your true inner best friend.  



To Your Success and Victories,
- Cheri

Cheri Ruskus, Business Growth Coach
cheri@businessvictories.com • 303-652-1718 • @victorygirl

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Cracked My Screen

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Cracked My Screen

Do no harm, take no sh*t.  – Yoga Girl

Well, let me tell you about this cracked screen situation. Recently I had the first time ever experience of cracking my cell phone screen.

Some might say I have been lucky to have gone this long without cracking one – especially as much as I use this ever-present device in all aspects of my life. The funny thing was that I had a protective shield on the screen and for about a week because I didn’t want to know whether it was the shield or actual screen that was broken, I tried to ignore the situation.

Finally, one day I found myself working with a client sharing some Instagram tips and tools and of course needed to use my phone to effectively do so. In that moment I realized how silly it was that I was not facing my cracked screen.

As soon as she left I pulled the shield off and sure enough it was the shield that was cracked not the phone. Cost to replace? $5.99. The irritation it took away from having to look constantly at a cracked screen – priceless.

I share this with you today because it is a reflection of how we can put up with so many things in fear of what “might happen” if we try and fix the problem. Putting up with things in our life, or world, that we could have been made so much better by making the extra effort. Of course, adding to the effort, is the courage to face the problem or situation by taking the lead to fix the problem.

Embracing our own overall leadership skill sets can be like that as we look at what we like and don’t like in other people’s leadership styles. We can fear fully taking the leadership reins in our business or community in fear that we will uncover something that we can’t handle or control.

While there are many ways to look at leadership. Yesterday in an Instagram story I heard the simple words, “Do no harm - take no sh*t”, as shared in today’s quote by Yoga Girl aka Rachel Brathen on the topic of you being you. This got my attention as I thought wow, that’s leadership in a nutshell. Because after all leadership actually starts from deep within each of us as we look at doing good in the world.

From within our cracked beings sits the jewel, the flower of our greatest selves and the gifts we can give to others in the process.

Add in a few other essential leadership ingredients and you are heading towards being the leader that you would want at the helm of your business, community, country or even your own inner family.

On today’s podcast I share some of the gems from this past weeks Growth Mastermind on the Authentic Leader that I facilitated. This includes the 5 Leadership Essentials of Communicator, Peacekeeper, Motivator, Visionary, and Caregiver.

What have you been putting up with for too long that a little tenacity and leadership skills could take care of for you and the world around you? 

Break free from the chains that bind you and make it a great week ahead!  

Thanks to @Zoltan_Tasi for todays beautiful picture.


To Your Success and Victories,
- Cheri

Cheri Ruskus, Business Growth Coach
cheri@businessvictories.com • 303-652-1718 • @victorygirl

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A Good Cry

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A Good Cry

"Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children." – Khalil Gibran

Happy Mother’s Day to all the Moms who are reading this right now. This is the day each year we honor what I believe is such a sacred nurturing being within women. Whether you are a mom, have a mom (which each of us got to have in one way or another), or mother many through your leadership as a woman…my deepest respect and love goes out to you today.

It has been 10 years to this very day that I last got to spend the day with my mom on Mother’s Day.  She left for her eternal life just a few short weeks later. For all those of you who have the angel of your mom flying over you my heart is especially with you today as well.

One thing we do really well as women, especially as moms is how we cry. My emotional being changed so much once I became a mother. Tears of joy when I first laid eyes on Travis and Bailey, then so many more tears along the way for their joys and sorrows. In fact, as I write this just thinking about it makes me cry.

But don’t get me wrong or think this is a downer letter because crying means we are feeling something deeply and feeling something is better than feeling nothing. Have you ever gone from tears to laughter in a flash because you were so filled with emotions? It’s a beautiful thing.

I will share more on this topic on today’s podcast (link above), including something that recently gave me an extra big cry! For now, my friend, I just ask that you give a mom a hug (especially if that’s you!) and honor the feelings and emotions that is involved in having one of the deepest loves on the planet. And don’t forget the mom’s of our four legged friends - that counts too!

If you haven’t had a good cry in a while ask yourself what you are bottling up inside.  In addition to today’s quote above from Khalil Gibran, I love the words of the great author Paulo Coelho that also come to mind as a reminder that gals and guys can cry. Paulo said, “I cry very easily, it can be a movie, a phone conversation, a sunset – tears are words waiting to be written.” 

What are you waiting to write about?

Remember crying doesn’t mean you are a wimp. When a mom (human or animal) has someone messing with her babies she can be the fiercest of all! In fact, as I was just now finishing up this letter I watched a Mama Robin bird actually pin down a squirrel on the ground who was messing with her nest. Go Moms!


To Your Success and Victories,
- Cheri

Cheri Ruskus, Business Growth Coach
cheri@businessvictories.com • 303-652-1718 • @victorygirl

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How the program works: we meet twice every month via phone/skype to discuss your pain points along with custom solutions to resolve them. I’ll provide simple homework for you and your team to execute in order to achieve the complex results you desire. This is for committed entrepreneurs only and space is extremely limited. Let’s partner up!

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Perfect Timing

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Perfect Timing

Tis a lesson you should heed,

Try, try, try again.

If at first you don’t succeed,

Try, try, try again.

-      William Edward Hickson

It’s that time of year when here in Colorado we can go from 80 degrees to 30 degrees sometimes in just a few hours. As a gardener here in this climate I have learned that having patience in the spring can be such an important gift to give myself and my garden.

In fact, gardening has taught me so much about patience and the reality that perfect timing can really equate to enjoying what is right now … in the moment. To keep planning for tomorrow to be sure while I am changing my mindset right now today if things aren’t going so well.

Last week as the snow began falling on my beautiful flowers I had two choices … to freak out (which never serves me) or to bring in what I could indoors and just pray for the rest. That is exactly what I did.  And you know what? Yes, the world carried on and my spring flowers were pretty dang tough.


Marketing is a lot like gardening because you plant and sometimes watch new growth and sometimes… nothing grows at all. Or, you watch what has grown get dismantled in what seems like no time at all.


I believe and have watched throughout my career that perfect timing has less to do with being perfect and more to do with having plenty of patience and tenacity topped off with a positive mindset.


Think about some of the days of your life when everything seemed to be clicking beautifully and you couldn’t ask for a better day. The universe was in harmony and seemed to be existing just as you had hoped. The way you came into the day guided you towards all that needed to happen for you in both your business and all the other juicy elements of your life.

Think about the marketing or persuasion efforts you have engaged in that brought not only great things into your business but to those whose lives you touched in the process.


So much of what we do has to do with our mindset. Let’s break it down with a little acronym (why not!). ;) 

M – Mental capacity fully engaged.

I – Intuition implemented.

N – Negativity thrown out the window.

D – Discovery fully open and ready

S – Stress free zone is all around you.

E – Excitement is engaged.

T – Time belongs to you.

As you set into the week ahead stop and ask yourself what do you need to create perfect timing in your week? Do a mindset check in. What are your beliefs and disbeliefs? Believe and you can achieve. What you seek will come in its own beautiful timing.  

The key is to not give up prematurely, have patience, and enjoy the ride. You got this!  


To Your Success and Victories,
- Cheri

Cheri Ruskus, Business Growth Coach
cheri@businessvictories.com • 303-652-1718 • @victorygirl

New clients start here: businessvictories.com/clarity


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How the program works: we meet twice every month via phone/skype to discuss your pain points along with custom solutions to resolve them. I’ll provide simple homework for you and your team to execute in order to achieve the complex results you desire. This is for committed entrepreneurs only and space is extremely limited. Let’s partner up!

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Worry Less

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Worry Less

In a given week, day, month and year how much of your time do you spend worrying about what might happen in a not so great way? You know those late-night “staring at the ceiling” stress filled moments when you are envisioning everything that could go wrong, going wrong.

 The acronym that came to me when a client was having the daytime version of worrying was this…

 W  Wasted

O   Overwhelm

R    Ruining

R    Radiant

Y    You

The thing is she wasn’t alone. I get a number of clients that I have to talk off the ledge as the saying goes because of too much worry leading to hopelessness.

What is the story you tell yourself when you allow worry to squeeze out the picture of your dreams and hopes for today, heading right into tomorrow?

How much of your time, energy and efforts do you spend worrying about something that never comes to fruition? Or how often do things just not happen at all because you are worrying so much. Leaving you worse off because of the worry not so much because of what you are worrying about.

Feelings of rejection, fear, shame, stress, depression and loneliness are just a few of the emotions that worrying can lead us towards. Not a pretty picture. Especially, if we do it on a regular basis.

The worst part, if we allow worry to fully take over our mindset we can end up either taking no action because we get ourselves into such a state of overwhelm, or we come towards the problem or situation with such hesitation that we never gain full momentum in the action we want to achieve.

Here is an exercise to help you start to get the upper hand of your worries by taking action…

Write down everything and I mean everything you are worried about right now or have been worried about in the last 30 days. The key here is to be specific.  For example, don’t just write the word money (a top worrier topic), write something to the tune of – Creating enough money to pay the mortgage. Then ask yourself the reason for that worry, how long you have you been having this worry, and then what action steps can you take to keep the issue you are worried about from happening.

In other words, the more we can really hone in on what the source of where the worry is coming from, the more we can actually find the solutions through action steps to eliminate the worry. I have created a Worry Less Worksheet that you can download here. Keep it handy and the next time you are in that place start taking matters into your own hands.

Worry less, smile more.  In fact, try it right now – smile – yes I mean really smile. It’s funny how this simple action can make our troubles dissipate as well.

I hope you find yourself singing those words to the song … Don’t Worry – Be happy! 

 


To Your Success and Victories,
- Cheri

Cheri Ruskus, Business Growth Coach
cheri@businessvictories.com • 303-652-1718 • @victorygirl

New clients start here: businessvictories.com/clarity


Join the Victory Program

Gain confidence and clarity in your business

Need more help with your goals? It’s time to get the confidence and clarity you desire for your business. Hire me as your business coach and in return I’ll provide the strategy, support, and accountability to take your business to the next level in the year ahead. After joining this program you will get instant access to all of my online courses and will be able to schedule your first meeting as soon as next week!

How the program works: we meet twice every month via phone/skype to discuss your pain points along with custom solutions to resolve them. I’ll provide simple homework for you and your team to execute in order to achieve the complex results you desire. This is for committed entrepreneurs only and space is extremely limited. Let’s partner up!

Have a few questions first?
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