Essential Ingredients

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Essential Ingredients

For me… the ‘work week’ is just another friendly reminder that the dream is free, but the hustle is sold separately.
— Chef Bai

What are the key essential ingredients for you to have a perfect week of work?

How then is that culminating with the big dream you have for your business and life?

You know the dream that you first created in your imagination of the who, what and where of your business life.  What you believed would be doing for that basic 40 hours and plus each week when you were “working.”

Dreams are interesting phenomenon’s when they get mixed in with real world situations.  Sometimes they happen just as we imagine and sometimes…well… many other things have been known to happen.  We each have our stories to tell.

This week I invite you to explore your dreams and the essential ingredients required for them.  Many more times than not it’s those key ingredients or stepping stones are what we don’t spend enough time imagining – especially if there are curves in the road.  And for those of us who have been on the road for awhile we know the curves can be plentiful!  ;)

I invite you to listen to a special podcast this week (linked below). A new episode that is near and dear to my heart with my daughter Bailey, or as the thousands of followers on her Instagram refer to her: Chef Bai.

We talk about her challenges along the way to becoming a classically trained Chef, finding the need to add a holistic and natural food flair to it, and getting her dream life in place after a very rocky start. For sure she has struggled as we all do at times – she has come to learn to trust that struggle and reap in the rewards.

Wishing you a fantastic week ahead and here’s to living the dream!


Ep. 31 - Essential Ingredients

Courage to Be the Difference Podcast

Join me for this week’s podcast share as I get the opportunity to share with you the journey of my daughter, Bailey Ruskus. She has become known in the culinary world as Chef Bai and shares her philosophy on taking the time to eat guilt-free comfort food. At the young age of 26 she has indeed learned how to trust her struggle and help thousands of people redefine their relationship with food! Learn more about Chef Bai on her website: chefbai.kitchen

 

Good Marketing Vibes

Marketing doesn’t have to be manipulative. Marketing (a skill every business must have to stay alive) can be inspirational and positive as you share your product/service with the world. Can’t join the Victory Circle live? Be sure to register to receive the live recordings so you can watch at a time that works best for you. Cost is free, however you must reserve your seat to gain access to this Victory Circle.


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To Your Success and Victories,
- Cheri

Cheri Ruskus
Business Strategist and Founder of the Victory Circles

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

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Truth or Dare

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Truth or Dare

In the flush of love’s light
we dare be brave
And suddenly we see
that love costs all we are
and will ever be.
Yet it is only love
which sets us free.
— Maya Angelou

Do you remember the game Truth or Dare?

The objective of this game that many of us played in our teens is to have the choice to share an uncomfortable truth – no matter the question asked. If we didn't want truth, the alternative path was to be dared to do something that made you super uncomfortable.

The process of the game was scary at first yet incredibly freeing to either have the courage to speak your truth or the courage to do something you might never have thought to do on your own. In other words, to get out of your comfort zone.

The simple basics of this game can really make you stop and think especially as you look at yourself as a creative person. We talked about the importance of truth last week with finding your inner creative.

Our fear of what others may think of us can stop our truth from ever happening. Our inability to dare ourselves from doing something new can also stop us in our tracks. 

One powerful tool I have been thinking about alot lately is the ultimate ability we have to love and honor our own unique being. There are many reasons this is so important including finding the creativity inside of us that allows to make all the difference in our world and the world around us.

Last week’s Wednesday Wisdom live stream on Instagram was about the topic of Love Mastery. I discussed these 3 elements I feel are important to allow self-love to thrive!

1. Love Yourself
Dig deep into your heart and discover what you love most about you. Get past the things you don’t like and just focus on what makes you so special and unique.

2. Do the work you love
The definition of work is mental or physical effort to achieve a purpose or result. Without purpose or result our days can become fruitless and draining. Too many people do work they don’t love – don’t allow yourself to be one of them.

3. Forgive Yourself
We all screw up it’s just part of the human experience.  Once we can forgive ourselves for all the little and big things we have done in a perceived “wrong way” then we can truly begin to love ourselves. Then loving the world around us is so much more doable and opens us up to more truth and daring.  


You've read to the bottom - now it's time to play Truth or Dare!

Select one

Truth: Are you happy with your business today? If you answered no, send me an email :)

Dare: Who is 1 person you can call/text/email today and forgive?

As you head into this week ahead look around yourself and see how your own self-love can fully enrich your experience along with the experience of those around you.

 

 

Good Marketing Vibes

Location: Private Webinar
Tuesday, June 12 @ 12-1pm MT (2pm ET)
60 Minutes via Online Victory Circle
FREE (must register)

Please join us on Week 1 of this new online Victory Circle. Over the course of the next 3 weeks we will discover that marketing doesn’t have to be manipulative. Marketing (that skill set that every business must do to stay alive) can in fact be inspirational as you share your product and services with the world. Can’t make it live? Be sure to register to receive the live recordings so you can watch at a time that works best for you.

 

Wednesday Wisdom: 
The Power of Your Imagination

Wed, June 13 @ 12pm MT (2pm ET)
15 Minutes via Instagram Live
FREE

Come spend a few minutes with me live at the half way mark of the week as I share three tools that can unlock one of your greatest internal gifts – your imagination. Bring your energy and questions.


To Your Success and Victories,
- Cheri

Cheri Ruskus
Business Strategist and Founder of the Victory Circles

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

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Taking Air

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Taking Air

Do not let kindness and truth leave you. Tie them around your neck. Write them upon your heart.
— Proverbs 3:3-5

Today’s quote were the words spoken by the school principle at the recent graduation ceremony of my nephew and godson Jack as he graduated from Niwot High School.

These words that started off the commencement were a message that touched my heart. I loved how this principle’s intention was to send these students off into the world thinking about two important basic elements that make the world a better place – Kindness and Truth.

With Jack’s graduation gift we gave him a card that contained little colored tissue papers to make wishes on. The idea was to write your wish on the tissue paper and then over the bonfire allow the wish to take air. Sending the wish upwards towards becoming a reality.

What was cool to discover is that if the paper was wadded up and crinkled it would not fly. It had to remain in the original flat state in order to grab the air it needed to fly. That simple balance of air flow made all the difference.

This got me thinking this past week about the energy we can lose if we get too tight in a ball within ourselves and lack the kindness and truth in our lives – both in what we give and what we receive. The result can make us feel stuck and out of sorts. I came to think of changing this energy as “taking air” and allowing ourselves to fly.

As I pondered on this and worked through the process it takes to get back to the place of energy that comes with kindness and truth four key steps we can take became very clear:


1. Remove Judgment

From the person in traffic who isn’t going the pace you want them to go, to people who love you who expect you to do and be more. In other words, stop and look at both those you are judging and others who may be judging you. Take steps to remove those judgements and refocus on what really matters most in order to be kind.  


2. Return to Love

Find the sources that you can give love fully to and who can love you in return. Love as we know is the single most powerful source that can change the world. In many cases here is where the truth in knowing others’ real intentions versus perceived intentions can allow us to love them more.


3. Rejuvenate Your Energy Source

Losing our internal energy can make us lose hope. Stop and assess any situation that isn’t working for the good of all parties including yourself. Find what works specifically for you to get fully back in the game to speak your truth. From taking a walk (or 10), to getting a Reiki treatment, to having a meaningful conversation with a mentor or coach – whatever it is you need.


4. Find Your Inner Creative

This is also known as your Inner Child. Remember her or him? The one who was curious, happiest at play, and had an imagination that took you so many places without leaving your own backyard.  In today’s podcast I am going to talk more about how to connect with this essential ingredient for catching and taking air.  See more below in the Toolbelt.


As Summer officially gets underway with the coming of June get ready to take air and enjoy the beauty of this season. We have focused on imagination during the month of June over the last 11 years here in the Victory Circles because let’s face it there is a special energy with summer that allows our imagination to come out and play.

My best wishes to my godson Jack as he gets ready to set off for CSU in the fall to find his own successes and victories.  ;) 

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Ep. 30 - Finding Your Inner Creative

Courage to Be the Difference Podcast

Creativity lies innately inside each of us. One of our more awesome human conditions.  In this weeks Courage to be the Difference podcast I share with you some tools that will allow you to take the time and space to let your imagination come to life or get even better.  

 

Good Marketing Vibes

Understand your target market and more through this online summer camp for entrepreneurs. Join this free webinar course in June 2018 that allows you to get to the why, the who, and the where in creating a marketing plan that takes you away from manipulation to inspiration.


To Your Success and Victories,
- Cheri

Cheri Ruskus
Business Strategist and Founder of the Victory Circles

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

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Passion for Compassion

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Passion for Compassion

My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.
— Maya Angelou

On a recent bike ride I came across a Pagoda, a landmark in town near where I live. Now I have ridden past this tower many times on my bike yet this time life reached out to offer me a message.

We happened to stop for a quick break near a plaque for the tower that I had never seen before.  I learned that the Pagoda even had the name, The Compassion Tower.

It was built and dedicated to the city by the Kanemoto Family in 1973.  In doing more research later, I found out that this family did so to share their gratitude to the city (along with donating the land for the park it sits in) for their kindness after World War II when many Japanese people were being jailed in concentration camps.

The City of Longmont embraced this family who went on to do many great things for the community in return.  The words on the plaque for this five-leveled tower, intentionally built for the five levels of compassion say so much on this topic:

Compassion is to live the life of love, empathy, understanding and gratitude of all things, and giving selflessly of oneself for the happiness of all beings.

Love (First Level)
If I truly love someone, I must love all humanity. How can I really love someone if I hate others?

Empathy (Second Level)
Your happiness is my happiness, your sadness is my sadness, I feel your pain, I feel your joy.

Understand (Third Level)
Mankind is one, we are all interdependent, how can I alone be happy if my family is sad? How can we Americans be really happy when over half the world goes to bed hungry?

Gratitude of All Things (Fourth Level)
I am here because of my parents, food I eat comes from the land, clothing I wear comes from the animals, shelter I live in comes from the trees, the knowledge I have comes from my parents, teachers and others. Therefore, I am the total sum of others, so I must have gratitude in all things.

Giving Selflessly of Oneself (Fifth Level)
As I give myself to others strangely enough, I find myself and I find real happiness. 

All these things put together become the essence of compassion and this is what the tower of compassion stands for.

As we head towards Memorial Day weekend ahead  that culminates in a day that is dedicated to those who have given their lives in service to our country, I think it’s a wonderful reminder of all that we have the power to be even with one simple word: compassion.

Wishing you passion for compassion in the days ahead!

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Ep. 29 - A Mother's Story

Courage to Be the Difference Podcast

This week’s podcast is a personal story from me to you keeping mind the value of compassion. In the podcast I share about a special experience I had with my mom before she left the planet in 2009.  My mother, as mothers do, taught me so much about gratitude. I want to share what she taught me with you!

Yesterday I rode in the Wheel to Survive Fundraiser with my mom with me every pedal of the way. Thank you for everyone for your generous donations so far for this important cause. If you haven't yet had a chance, there is still time to donate.

 

Social Media Essentials: Amplify Your ROI

For those of you local to Colorado I encourage you to take a drive up into the mountains of Woodland Park on Wednesday for this 2-hour workshop. A great excuse to get out of the office, breathe in the mountain air, and look at ways to grow your business via social media.

RESERVE YOUR SEAT(S)  •  LEARN MORE

 

Good Marketing Vibes

Understand your target market and more through this online summer camp for entrepreneurs. Join this free webinar course in June 2018 that allows you to get to the why, the who, and the where in creating a marketing plan that takes you away from manipulation to inspiration.

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To Your Success and Victories,
- Cheri

Cheri Ruskus
Business Strategist and Founder of the Victory Circles

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

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Good Marketing Vibes

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Good Marketing Vibes

Most of coaching is just removing the stuff that gets in the way, and reminding them of what they wanted to do in the first place.
— George Henshaw

When it comes to you connecting with your customers (past, present and future) answer these 3 questions in how you create good vibes:

1.  Why is my message important to share?

2.  Who do I want to share that message with?

3.  Where do I want to share that message?

Today we are going to dig into the importance of telling your story and sharing your message. I like to think of it as creating good marketing vibes.

When I say the word marketing what do you experience happening within your mind and body?  Is it good vibes or bad vibes?  Take note of those feelings and how you might switch that up if bad vibes are what comes up first for you.

What if you thought of marketing as inspiring instead of manipulating?  Does that make you feel better?  It sure makes me feel better…both on the giving and receiving of marketing.

Recently I read a blog post that talked about thinking of marketing like brushing your teeth…in other words to do it every day.  Making it a habit or a practice in one form or another. 

I couldn’t agree more because what we do most often is what ends up defining us.  Why many people avoid marketing is two fold; first, they don’t know what they are doing and second, it doesn’t make them feel good because of how others have marketed to them.  You can feel that selling always has to be in the equation and it does not.  In fact, if you look at it in that mindset it could be detrimental.

What if you could inspire people every day?  Would you be more inclined to make marketing a habit because it makes you feel good by making others feel good too?

Marketing today has changed so much for the better for all of us.  Unfortunately not everyone got the memo.  Good marketing today is not about beating your prospective customer over the head and manipulating them “buy your stuff” it’s about engaging them in talking to you in one form of communication or another.

When I started this letter I wanted to reach out to people with an inspiring message every Monday morning based on how to get through the peaks and valleys of owning a business.  Some weeks have been about celebrating the highs and some just finding the deep-rooted message in getting through the lows.

The reason I have continued this letter year after year every Monday morning is because it became a habit to inspire others to get through their peaks and valleys as I also get through mine.  Coming together through good vibes.

My marketing message has primary free information sharing my knowledge and experiences gathered along the way.  As a result my business has grown because it has allowed me to stay connected to so many great people - yourself included.  When the time is right to hire a Business Coach the goal is that I have built the trust required for you to take the next step.  I believe in complete transparency built on good vibes.

Wishing you a great week ahead and remember we are in the two week countdown for the Ovarian Cancer Fund Raiser for the Be the Difference Foundation.

 

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Ep. 28 - Slow and Steady with Sue Van Raes
Courage to Be the Difference Podcast

"Sue and I sat down at her kitchen table for a conversation about the balance of running a business, parenting, and taking on the role of a leader. I have had the honor of working with Sue as a client over the past few years and loved this opportunity to have her share her challenges and successes with you. Sue has created a thriving business in Boulder Nutrition over the past 16 years while raising her two sons as a single mom. No small feat to be sure." - Cheri

Learn more about Sue Van Raes and Boulder Nutrition: www.bouldernutrition.com

If you enjoyed this episode please rate and review on Apple Podcasts: www.victorycircles.com/itunes
 

Start with Why
by Simon Sinek

The opening words of this classic must read book says so much, “There are leaders and there are those who lead. Leaders hold a position of power or influence. Those who lead inspire us. Whether individuals or organizations we follow those who lead not because we have to but because we want to. We follow those who lead not for them but for ourselves.” This is a book for those who want to inspire others.

And remember if you have never ordered an audio book from Amazon before… your first one is free. ;)  


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Last but not least I want to say Happy Birthday to the guy who has made my world go round for 30+ years now.  That’s you Ed Ruskus.  I Love you. If you are reading to the bottom of this letter as I know you normally do here’s to your having another great year on the planet. Lucky me to be along for the ride…

To Your Success and Victories,

- Cheri

Cheri Ruskus
Business Strategist and Founder of the Victory Circles

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

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Making the Difference

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Making the Difference

It wasn’t even an option for it not to be okay.
— Julie Shrell

Each of us has gotten to where we are along our journey thanks to those who have cared enough to support us along our way. Maybe not every step of the way but during those moments that really counted.

I wanted to take a moment out of your week to share the idea of how each of us has the power to not only make but in fact to BE the difference in another person’s life.

Motherhood is probably one of the greatest leadership roles of all time and one of the most challenging. Mother's Day is coming this Sunday and with that in mind I am going to be sharing in the weeks ahead some stories of courage in this arena – starting today.

As many of you know, 9 years ago I lost my own mom after a 3-year battle with Ovarian Cancer.  She actually died from Leukemia brought on from the chemo to battle the disease. I want to share more of her courageous journey next week but first – this week I want to share the story of an organization I discovered while trying to help my mom get her arms around the disease.

There were a lot of huge organizations out there doing work on research, etc. and quite frankly I found many spending a lot of money on just existing and doing little for the cause. And some were just downright pompous and unavailable unless you wanted to donate money.

Then I found the Be the Difference Foundation. A small organization with a powerful message founded by four women who actually had contracted Ovarian Cancer. They had a burning desire to make and be a difference for other women like themselves whose lives were struck with the disease.

Sadly one of the co-founders have since passed away from Ovarian Cancer and three remain strong in supporting the cause. In today’s toolbelt below I share a podcast with one of the organizations Co-Founders Julie Shrell.

I know so many of you helped in the Team in Training Leukemia fundraiser I did last year helping to raise over $5,000 towards that disease as I rode 100 miles around Lake Tahoe, not to mention the 1,000 training miles that got me there. Once again I thank each of you who contributed for your generosity.

This year the Pedal Girls fundraiser event will be consisting again of my dear friend Erica, as well my daughter Bailey, and even my husband Ed is stepping up to ride with us. The riding consists of a 3 hours team spin cycle event here in Denver on May 20th.

What I would like to ask today is that you open your hearts to help battle this disease so many women face and help out with a fundraiser that is happening in Denver. Here is the scary fact: 1 out of 75 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer in their lifetime. Of those diagnosed only 50% currently survive.

If you would like to know more about donating to the cause or even putting together a small team like we did to ride in the 3 hour event (every team member takes a turn over the 3 hours) go to our website www.pedalgirls.org.

In an attitude of gratitude take a moment out in the week ahead to say thank you to someone who has made a difference in your life. If you are lucky enough to still have that person be your mom celebrate in style. Otherwise seek out the ones you still can for being that difference for you.

Here’s to being the difference in another persons life :)

 

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Ep. 27 - Making the Difference

Courage to be the Difference Podcast

“It wasn’t even an option for it not to be okay.” - Julie Shrell

Listen to how Julie along with her Co-Founders of the Be The Difference Foundation had the courage to be the difference not only for their own life but also to fight against ovarian cancer with everything they had.

Donate to our upcoming ride: http://www.pedalgirls.org

Learn more about Julie and the Be the Difference Foundation: http://www.bethedifferencefoundation.org

 

May 23
Social Media Essentials
Woodland Park, Colorado
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Finding Your Sweet Spot: Understand Your Target Audience
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To Your Success and Victories,

- Cheri

Cheri Ruskus
Business Strategist and Founder of the Victory Circles

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

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Curiously Speaking

A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it. It just blooms.
— Koshin Ogui

The Victory Circles kicks off the topic of Leadership for the month ahead. This Victory Letter has been designed to open your thinking on where you stand as a thought leader and embracing the curiosity required to make that happen.

The cool thing about having curiosity in your tool belt as a leader is that when done with the right perspective it opens you up to a great realm of creativity.  Creativity allows you to begin the process in speaking out loud as you share your discoveries and thoughts around them with the world.

These discoveries can come in all shapes and sizes. This includes a wide range of options from understanding a specific need of your target audience to coming up with an innovative new approach to have them hear your message.

We have been given an amazing set of tools in the last nearly 20 years with all of our options online (can you believe we have had the internet that long?). The key to making it a tool that fully works for you is getting clear in how you want to use the important elements including what I teach all the time around your website, email marketing and of course social media.

The question becomes how can you best share the message(s) you want to share with so much other noise out there? How do you keep your audience curious with the creativity you encompass in your business message?

A great motivator in driving your creativity forward is the passion that comes from the process.  The process of how you will share your thoughts online indeed takes  thinking, planning, and DOING.  Consistently taking action with the all-important doing piece makes the greatest difference.

This is one of the reasons I love Instagram so much right now as my social media platform of choice.  It gives me a space to be creative every single day, and see engagement from my followers.  It also allows me to hang out with other thought leaders whose ideas inspire me further.

As you head into the week ahead, think about using your curiosity and creativity to become a thought leader in your business.  Then take that key ingredient of action!    


Weekly ToolBelt


Workshop

Discover the Power of Instagram

If you haven’t been spending any time on Instagram or just head over there once in a while I encourage you to get the app on your phone and start following those people who inspire you.  This will assist you in starting to inspire more people yourself and just imagine if we all just kept inspiring each other, what a powerful way to speak out loud. 

Learn the ins and outs of Instagram in a recent Webinar I did that was hosted by the East Colorado Small Business Development Center. It’s worth the listen and time investment I promise.  

Follow me on Instagram @VictoryGirl and get notified when I go live every Wednesday at 11am mountain for Wednesday Wisdom: 3 ideas to help you boost you through the workweek. See you on Wednesday!


BOOK

Big Magic – Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

Take a new look at creativity with the brilliance of writer Elizabeth Gilbert in her 2015 classic. Even better yet listen to the Audible recording to hear her read it to you.  A great way to travel in your car, talk a compelling walk or putter around the house and garden.


COACHING

Marketing Clarity Strategy Session

  • Create unique, profitable goals
     
  • Learn how to use the social media platforms that matter
     
  • Evaluate & improve your current email marketing
     
  • Strengthen website first impressions
     
  • Create or modify your marketing plan and content calendar
     

Gain the strategy, tools, inspiration, and feedback to get your business moving in the right direction when it comes to your marketing efforts. Gain expert insights to remove the roadblocks that may have been stopping your marketing success from moving forward.

Immediately after you sign up for a session you will have access to our Victory Circles Members Area, where there is a marketing plan outline available for you to get a head start on.

Let your coach, Cheri Ruskus, guide you toward Marketing Clarity as you discover the answers that will strengthen your marketing efforts for the long-term.

What time works for you?

1 hour via Phone or Skype
(In-person available for those local to Boulder, CO, USA)


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To Your Success and Victories,

- Cheri

Cheri Ruskus
Business Strategist and Founder of the Victory Circles

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

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Embracing Grace

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Embracing Grace

Grace is free.
— Father Ed

This week’s letter took a bit more heart than usual to write, and as always I hope my words assist you with your journey as it stands now and moving forward.

Do you believe that there is a special enlightenment in your business that comes from being in the state of grace?

Grace is feeling free of judgment and allowing the truest form of our genuine inner self to come to the surface in the form of gratitude.  It allows us to fully honor our time and what we bring into the lives of others.

Grace has been heavily on my mind since I learned of the passing of my Uncle, Father Ed, and traveling to Southern California to say the final goodbye to him.  Having had a priest in the family has been such a privilege and a blessing in so many ways over the years.

Father Ed was there for countless important moments in my family.  Always bringing with him grace, a smile, and the most infectious laughter.  He always made you feel safe and somehow at peace.  His grace was always present even without him saying a word about his spiritual beliefs – you just felt it.

He was also greatly beloved by the people of his parish that he had been the pastor of for over 30 of his 60 years of being an ordained Catholic priest.  He passed away at the age of 89.  Although he owned very few materials things throughout his life, he always appeared so happy and content.

Many examples of his grace kept coming up as we celebrated his life together.  After the service I was standing on the steps of the church with my niece when a man walked up and shared how Father d had transformed and actually saved his life.

This man had been a gang member who had already been to prison twice in his 20’s when Father Ed invited him to find peace within himself.  He shared how he left the gang, met his wife and raised 3 happy children, getting them all through college.

We all have our own special mix of grace that I believe is a unique gift we each bring to the world.  No matter our faith or spiritual beliefs, the power of grace can give us great peace of mind.  The grace that Father Ed brought to my life will always be with me all the days of my life and my hope is that I can further his legacy by sharing my own form of grace as well with others.

I would invite you today to stop and think about how grace best serves you in your life today and who it is that you know that gives you the extra dose of grace at the times you need it most. 


Weekly ToolBelt


BOOK

The Go-Giver Influencer

by Bob Burg and John David Mann

A Little Story About A Most Persuasive Idea.

I have been a big fan of the Go-Giver series since the initial Go-Giver book a decade ago. In cooperation and divine timing with today’s topic of grace, this book showed up just when I needed to read it on my trip to California. Hope that you enjoy it as well.  


VIDEO

See the Light by Claire Ryann

The little girl in this video, Claire Crosby, just makes me smile – sheer grace in this song.  Give it a listen and see if it raises you’re the beat of your heart.  ;)


Upcoming Victory Circles

How to Create Engaging Content (Loveland, CO)

Social Media Essentials: How To Amplify Your ROI (Woodland Park, CO)


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To Your Success and Victories,

- Cheri

Cheri Ruskus
Business Strategist and Founder of the Victory Circles

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

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Negative Free Zone

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Negative Free Zone

Every adversity carries with it the seeds of an equivalent or greater benefit.
— Napoleon Hill

Could you be positive for 7 days in a row?

One night last week I woke up in the middle of the night.  After lying there for a bit I grabbed my iPad to help me fall back asleep (yes, I know probably not the best option).

The first thing to come up on You Tube was a Tony Robbins audio from a few years back called the 7 Day Challenge Against Negativity. The funny thing was that it reminded me of his Infomercials in the middle of the night from years ago.

Before drifting back off to slumber his words deeply impacted me and got me thinking about the negativity that had been slipping into my life.

The next morning when I woke up I decided to take those words to heart and start looking at the sources of negativity that I had allowed into my mind.  I took with me these five keys that Tony recommended:

Key 1 - Decide to create the habit of what is right in your world
To do this he recommended taking the 7-Day Mental Diet Cleanse.  Basically it is this:  when a negative thought comes your way and it will, find within yourself a way to let it go.  Start to avoid the elements in your life that you have allowed in that are just too negative.  Keys 2 through 5 will help you with this.

Key 2 – Become curious instead of judgmental
Understand why others do what they do.  Notice what you do have in your life versus what you don’t have and what that person you might be judging doesn’t have. In other words, judge less and perceive more.  

Key 3 – Appreciate where you are right now
Do some critical thinking and allow the positive and negative to balance seeing the good in something that hasn’t been working for you and how you can change it.  Take an inventory of what is great and what isn’t.

Key 4 – Decide not to be perfect
Perfection is hard if not impossible to achieve – it is an ever-changing slippery slope that causes pain and negativity along with it. Especially, if you are continually beating yourself up for not being perfect.  Doing your best in this day is all you can ask of yourself.

Key 5 – Use the F word: Faith
Create certainty inside of yourself with the power of faith, going beyond fears by using your courage (remember we talked about this several weeks back).  Whenever a negative element arrives say to your self,  “This too shall pass.”

What I discovered was one of my big sources of negativity was getting myself in the habit for the first time in years of watching the “news.”  The constant negative spin from all sources was really getting to me.

What I realized was that I can’t change the news rhetoric, but what I could do was change my contact with it.  

Letting go of this “need to check in” on a constant basis allowed me to get my positive mind back and put me in a more enlightened Negative Free Zone.  Now when I do hear bits of news I know not to engage with the negativity.

Entering the Negative Free Zone requires taking the first step. I would love to hear your progress.  If you have the courage, write a comment of one negative thing you will commit to let go in the days ahead. 

As you move into the days ahead keep a journal and each day write about your positivity level and how best to create your unique Negative Free Zone. 

Be Positive! Be Free!


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BOOK

Building a StoryBrand: Clarify Your Message So Customers Will Listen

by Donald Miller

Story is everything when you are trying to get your message out into the world.  And not just your story but how your story connects with your customers (past, present and future) story.  

This is an excellent book that gives you some real world examples and a playbook of how to really examine the story you are sharing. For those of you who have embarked in the Marketing Warrior Challenge this is one more excellent step in building your story. This book gets 5/5 stars.  


WORKSHOP

Discover Instagram

One of the social media platforms that brings to me great energy and joy is Instagram. So much so, that I find my time on Instagram as my positivity breaks.  The content that I share and those I continue to follow is from people who find the good in the world – especially in world of photography.   

Join me and the East Colorado SBDC for this action packed workshop where I will be showing you how to get the most out of Instagram.  


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Vulnerable Obstacles

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Vulnerable Obstacles

Vulnerability is the best measure of courage.
— Brene Brown

We each have the opportunity to stand in the moment to consider whether to move through the challenges life may present to us, or stay stuck in the overwhelm they bring. When we move away from the stuck place, we face the ultimate fear attached to being vulnerable.

Let’s face it - some obstacles presented by our challenges are small and some are gigantic.

In this weekly letter I have come to share many personal elements of my life with you because we all have stuff going on that makes us vulnerable – myself included. Every morning when we open our eyes anything is possible.

On March 30th after an incredibly valiant fight a dear and sweet little girl who became a cancer warrior, Hazel Hammersley, lost her battle. It was especially heartbreaking because she was only 7 years old.

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Hazel had contracted Neuroblastoma, a very nasty cancer. I knew of Hazel’s journey because she is the grandniece of my dear and lifelong friend Laura, who was my knight in shining armor during our time together in high school.

Hazel’s family including Laura fought long and hard over the past 5 years watching the cancer come and go. What is really unique about their story is how open and vulnerable they allowed themselves to be beginning with Hazel’s initial cancer treatments when she was only 2 years old.

Sharing Hazel’s journey with the world allowed hundreds of thousands of people to connect with them online via social media and at the many cancer fund raisers they participated in and orchestrated along the way. The people they connected with gave Hazel, her family, and many other’s in the cancer battle so much support throughout this most difficult journey.

Hazel’s mother, Lauren, wrote many beautiful and detailed blog posts along the way to keep everyone informed.  Her final Facebook Live broadcast (because as she said, she just couldn’t write the words) a few weeks before Hazel passed showed remarkable bravery as she shared with the world that all hope was gone – the cancer had taken over.

You can learn more about Hazel’s journey on either Facebook or Instagram. My love and prayers are with Hazel’s very special family as they now cope with this huge loss in their lives.

While our own vulnerabilities are not always so dramatic, the fear they activate can stop us from fully living this precious life we have been given.

Taking action of some kind brings with it the much-needed element of courage. 

With a strong dose of courage in hand we can find the way to stop tolerating our need to hide out in the extreme discomfort of our “comfort zone.”

Heading into this week think where the fear of being vulnerable may have you stuck on any aspect of your life.  How can you take action today in order to engage the courage that you need to rise up and do what matters most to you and those who matter most to you?


Weekly ToolBelt


VIDEO

Living Brave with Brene Brown and Oprah Winfrey

In this 20 minute episode Brene Brown interviews Oprah Winfrey. They go deeper into this subject of vulnerability.  I love this conversation between two great women icons of our time that have shown great vulnerability in sharing their message with the world. I hope you find strength in it as well.



Program News

The Victory Program + Individual Courses

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We have been working hard here at the Victory Circles to make some significant changes and updates to our programs in order to make sure you get maximum results for your efforts. We now offer The Victory Program membership, which includes access of all our individual programs plus 2 private coaching sessions with me every month.

Say goodbye to no results, because I guarantee that this program will get you jumping forward towards your own personal Victory. Whether you want to learn how to reach a bigger audience or find clarity in the chaos of business operations, this program is designed to resolve your current pain points and get bigger results with your business.

Looking for a shorter program? We also offer individual courses (Morning Momentum, Marketing Mastery, etc.) for you to learn on-demand.

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