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
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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

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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
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What's Missing?

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What's Missing?

Last week I took our 2018 tax info out to the barn to put it away in the boxes of other long term stored paperwork. As I stepped into the barn – well we call it a barn and others might call it a large shed – the amount of stuff we were “long term” storing took my breath away.

It’s not that I hadn’t seen the barrage of stuff building up in this barn for years, but suddenly in that moment, I realized that what was a quick task to put away paperwork was about to become a quest I knew I had to conquer!

What sat there in the barn before me was generations of “stuff” that had all found its way here. Things left behind from my parents, grandparents and even great grandparents. My kids precious items from their childhood and stuff that they had brought back home when they returned after their first trip out into the world to find themselves. Now my grown children are gone again exploring their lives in other places and have left all that stuff here as well.

Between inheriting things that were hard to let go of for sentimental reasons, holding on to things of my own past, and my children leaving things behind for us to “hold on to” my stuff cup was way over flowing.

What really hit me was how things that once held meaning to me and my family someone else could benefit from the “stuff” that had been sitting here for years that was still in good shape. There of course were things that were in not such good shape and I had to make the choice of what to do with it.

I started sorting, recycling, tossing and getting ready to give a whole bunch of stuff to charity. Sure, I could have taken the time to sell it on e-bay or somewhere else but I just needed to quickly let it go while I was in the right mindset and the charity of my choosing could use the donation.

In the days that followed as I discarded many of the items, I found myself finding a part of myself that I had been missing. Who I am today was having a hard time letting go of the past because there was so much of it keeping me stuck there.

We can find ourselves buried in memories of other people’s lives. Or a life that we once had that will never be again. There can be so much sadness in the loss that we cling on to items as if they will bring that part of our life back. Of course, it won’t and only stops us from fully being who we are today and what lies ahead of us.

What I realize as I write these words in this letter to you is that all the stuff keeps us from the joy that today has to offer.

As you read this, ask yourself if there something you may find missing in your life that could be covered up with lots of stuff from the past. Stuff that, as celebrity organizer Marie Kondo says, can begin to “bring the joy” to other people that once brought joy to you or one of your loved ones.

When we can’t find the forest through the trees the time comes to clear it away in a way that is respectful to your memories and also respectful to the earth. Tomorrow is Earth day and a great time to be mindful of the stuff we accumulate because bottom-line we are not taking it with us when we leave this planet. Do we want to leave it for others to have to be burdened with all of it? Do we want to have it end up in a land fill somewhere?

And truth be told the “stuff” can keep us from fully be who we are meant to be while we are here.

While this story is to be continued as I still have a many, many hours left of my clearing work to be done in the barn I am emerging with a new perspective. This perspective will keep me moving forward to get my important life work done.  Would love to hear from you and your experience with your own “stuff.”

Wishing you lots of great clearing as well in the week ahead and Happy Earth Day! 

“One man gathers what another man spills.”  – Grateful Dead   


To Your Success and Victories,
- Cheri

Cheri Ruskus, Founder of Business Victories
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Ask for what you want

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Ask for what you want

This week’s Victory Letter message has been coming to me from so many directions. Starting with the podcast I had the honor to record a few weeks back that I am sharing with you today. The podcast is with Erin Bagwell the creator behind the documentary Dream, Girl.

I will share more about that podcast here in a second, but first want to have you think about this burning question for this week. Are you fully asking for what you want on a regular basis especially around the money you need to run your business and your life? And I mean full out asking, not implying or hoping that it will happen - being bold enough to point blank ask for what you want.

The truth is most people are not – especially women. There are a variety of reasons for this with the biggest one being that we are not asking for our fair share. In fact, a Google search brought me these staggering statistics of overall earnings in the US as of 2018:

·      70,075,212 people earned under $25,000 – 42.85%

·      44,496,340 people earned between $20,000 and 50,000 – 27.21%

·      34,098,312 people earned between $50,000 and $100,000 – 20.85%

·      11,528,382 people earned between $100,000 and $200,000 -7.05%

·      3,322,360 people earned over $200,000 – 2.03%

I don’t share this to depress you – after all this is the Victory Letter – I share it to inspire you to start asking for what your talents warrant instead of someone else telling you your value. To look honestly at your current income and what you can do to make the needed changes to increase your revenue.

Sometimes we can be buried in debt because we aren’t earning enough and the financial hole can seem to just get bigger and bigger. 

In my podcast interview Erin shares her great success in raising $100,000 to make the Dream, Girl film such a big success including a screening of the documentary at the White House during the Obama Administration and being a part of Oprah’s top 100 list.

Erin also then told me how after the film started to wane down she suddenly found herself $20,000 in new business debt. She shared 4 elements in how she quickly got herself on a new path.

  • Face it – Stop blaming anyone else and looking the debt straight on.

  • Get out a whiteboard and make a plan.

  • Start paying yourself first! (Interesting how as business owners we tend to pay ourselves last.)          

  • Write out your Financial Manifesto including asking for what you want.

With these ideas from Erin (be sure and listen to much more in the podcast), and looking at your own annual income magic number, empower yourself to ask for what you want. While it may not happen instantaneously, consistency makes a great asking companion.


To Your Success and Victories,
- Cheri

Cheri Ruskus, Founder of Business Victories
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Can I Grow?

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Can I Grow?

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Can I grow?

Is this a question you ever ask yourself? After all what does it mean to grow? For each of us it looks a bit different – however, many of the components are the same.

Growth is one of those key elements in life.  Whether we are growing intellectually, growing our varied relationships or growing our bank accounts.  Each effort of growth requires some key elements that allow the growing to happen.

As I begin the task this month of nurturing my garden back to life I can’t help but consider the important elements that allow my garden to grow. For many years I have shared the analogy between my garden and growing a business because quite frankly they hold so many similarities of work, joy, and sorrow.

Growth after all is chocked full of all kinds of surprises. Most of us have had a love that we lost along the way that as time went on actually helped us to grow as a person. It uncovered some raw feelings in us that we didn’t even know existed. This opens us up to be more authentic when the “right” person comes along.

Perhaps we have some money triggers that keep us stuck with our money growth. Whether they stem from some financial misstep along the way or not fully learning to deal with money, acknowledging our current attitude with money is the first step.

Growth all starts with a desire and a dream for what you want to become. Is it happier, wealthier or maybe even wiser?

As I plant the seeds in my garden in the weeks ahead I am not sure what will happen. Some seeds will grow and some will not. What I do know to be true is that when I pay full attention to nurturing the soil and giving the seeds ample water, what is meant to grow will grow!

It’s interesting when you grow seedlings indoors too far away from the light source. They get pale and grow week. However, move those same plants closer to the light and they are able to become stronger than ever before.

Surround yourself with the people, thoughts and experiences that inspire you to grow.

Happy planting! 

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To Your Success and Victories,
- Cheri

Cheri Ruskus, Founder of Business Victories
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Show me the money!

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Show me the money!

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As a young entrepreneur I quickly began to dread the coming of April each year. The closer this month got in my early years I knew that I would have to have my annual “awakening” of the financial status of my business for the previous year. Not only did I have all the other responsibilities of the business to handle but by April 1st I had to deal with the dreaded “brown box.”

My “brown box” held my receipts and what I perceived was the secrets as to whether I had actually made a profit in the year gone by. Cash flowed to be sure, however it was the question of was I spending it wisely or not, and was I actually creating a profitable business?

Learning by the seat of my pants in those early years I just thought I should innately know how to deal with the numbers. As I moved forward in my journey I discovered that it didn’t have to be so painful and systems began to get rooted as I learned it was okay (and actually quite necessary) to get help from financial professionals.

Now it hasn’t always been easy, some years have been financially better than others. The juggle for the best use of my time as I approach my 34th year of being an entrepreneur always comes back to the most important element in the business - paying attention to the numbers.

Ironically, I started my first business on April 1, 1985. Yes, April Fool’s Day! However, running a business is no joke. Without a doubt surprises and the unexpected have come and gone like the tide over the years. Some long forgotten and some have left financial scars or better said, a permanent reminder.

Here is what I know to be true when it comes to self control with money…

If you are not a “money person” you need to learn to be one. Some years will be better than others and doing your financials on a monthly basis is key to getting to greater profitability.

Expenses have a way of creeping up on you. Making sense of them can come too late if you are only looking at numbers on a quarterly, bi-annual or annual basis. Look monthly.

Charging the right price for your goods and services isn’t just about what others are charging – they have to make economic sense for the value that your business provides.

Do not, I repeat do not, continue to beat yourself up as you waste time in regret for past financial mistakes made. Learn from your mistakes, moving on smarter and money wiser.

Knowing your numbers helps you to make educated decisions in your business. Included in this is financial projections – you can’t hit a target when you don’t know what it is.

Finally repeat to yourself on a regular basis “Show me the money!” as the Jerry McGuire movie so infamously shouted it out. Say it loud and say it clear. Make April a time to fully enjoy the gifts of spring and watch all the growth around you.

And if that is not inspirational enough, how about these words from Benjamin Franklin (you know the guy on the $100 bill), “Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.”

Have a month full of growth ahead.

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To Your Success and Victories,
- Cheri

Cheri Ruskus, Founder of Business Victories
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Avoid Giving Up Too Early

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Avoid Giving Up Too Early

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Have you noticed how life doesn’t always go according to plan? No matter how carefully the plan is orchestrated, sometimes the wind doesn’t align with our sails and we have to opt for plan B (or sometimes even plans C-Z).

There has always been the part of writing a business plan that never seemed to connect to the overall success of my businesses along the way. In between the beautifully crafted words, thoughts, and strategies of the business plan is really what matters most.

On paper it all sounds so realistic before the realities of life get in the way. What happens when real world 101 takes over the plan? Our mind started thinking about other business ventures or lost the courage to fully implement the original plan. Maybe the original plan had some fatal flaws that need to be readjusted first.

Planning and having goals is super important to make sure you know where you are headed. The key is being open to other ways to get you there once you are on the road, as the curves and bumps in the road can knock us off course. Sometimes this happens by coincidence and sometimes overlooked circumstances get in the way.

What I see brings most entrepreneurs to their knees (and I have had a few prayer sessions myself) is when things don’t go as hoped, planned, or dreamed. Many business owners just give up or go hide under a blanket waiting for a miracle to change the timing of things.

It’s at the point of hopelessness that we find a way to adapt, fix what didn’t go as planned, and create a new plan of action that will move things forward.

Take these 5 steps to avoid giving up too early

  1. Stop and take a breath to see where you currently stand.

  2. Honestly assess from all angles to see how hopeful or hopeless the situation is.

  3. Decide whether to abandon ship, adjust the sails, or find a new destination.

  4. Surround yourself with others who support your vision.

  5. Never stop believing in yourself and your team when seas get stormy.

As we finish up our conversations this month on honoring time, here’s to keeping the dream alive, dedicating the time to make it happen, and never giving up what matters most!


To Your Success and Victories,
- Cheri

Cheri Ruskus
Chief Encouragement Officer

Email: cheri@businessvictories.com 
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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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Make Time for Better Energy

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Make Time for Better Energy

May your day be touched by a bit of Irish luck, brightened by a song in your heart, and warmed by the people you love.
— Irish Saying

Last week we talked about using your time more productively.

This week I thought we would talk about another great way to spend our time: just be!

Take those precious moments in between everything else going on and simply enjoy the present moment.

When I can stop and enjoy the moment, I like to call this “BE time.

I have come to think of BE time as a time for Better Energy. It’s those snippets of time that let us truly feel content as we prepare for other things to come.

This past week I have talked to a number of people in cold winter climates who are experiencing cabin fever with the long-anticipated wait for warmer days ahead. What I have come to discover over the years is to look at ways to embrace the comfort that can be found in the solitude of cabin fever.

I like to find an extra minute, hour, or even whole day to give my mind some extra attention. Setting aside time to just be is an act of self-respect and helps me discover creative solutions to roadblocks.

Here are a few awesome benefits that come from setting aside time to just be:

BE Inspired 

BE Confident

BE You

BE Courageous

BE Happy

BE Creative

BE Effective

BE Valued

BE Grateful

When you stop to actually enjoy life instead of constantly rushing through it, there are endless ways to enjoy all the little delicious elements that life has to offer. Perhaps it’s just time smelling a flower or spending extra time with eyes closed letting the sun warm your face.

During those occasional negative moments of life, such as Jury Duty or having a difficult conversation with a loved one, just be. Try not to react in anger or frustration, just be and notice what these difficult moments are trying to show us in order to grow into the future.

As we head forward in time, let’s harness the beauty of whatever season you are in. Find time to just be and you will create a business and personal life that you love.


To Your Success and Victories,
- Cheri

Cheri Ruskus
Chief Encouragement Officer

Email: cheri@businessvictories.com 
Phone: 303-652-1718
Web: victorycircles.com


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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!

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