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Word of Desire

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Word of Desire

No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.
— Robin Williams

This week I want to share a very simple concept with you that can assist you in the quest to focusing better on the things that matter to you in your life.

One of the elements that can start your day in a positive way (morning momentum) is to choose a word that will guide you throughout the day. 

By spending time in the morning to get your head together and gaining perspective for the day amazing things can happen especially around your inner joy.

With all the thoughts that pop into our head each day (50,000 of them on average) this one word will help to ground you.  You could change it on a daily or weekly basis depending on what you are wanting to achieve in your life currently.

Simply either write it down on a post it note that you will see throughout the day or even have it pop up on your phone as a reminder every hour or so.  When the world starts to scatter you throughout the day come back to that word.

For example, if your desire in the day ahead is to insure you have confidence make the word confidence.  Looking for purpose?  Make the word purpose.  

The difference between those who find their hearts desires and those who don’t is not taking the mandatory time each and every day to recalibrate your inner GPS.  By doing so you can figuring out where you in fact really want to go and with whom. 

Start with one word, that’s all… let’s get focused and make it happen.
 

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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Sunflower Power

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Sunflower Power

Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.
— Oprah Winfrey

One of my favorite symbols of summer is the majestic sunflower.  Here are 3 key ingredients that parallel between the power of the sunflower and the power of your business.  

1. Attraction

What I never imagined when I first started growing sunflowers in my garden was how much the birds love them.  Wasn’t even on my mind and it has been one of the greatest joys of this flower.  

Business Power Analogy – Many times we start a business expecting one thing and yet we attract something else entirely that gives us even greater joy.  The key ingredient is to fully pay attention.  

2. Beauty

These are the moments when you think there can’t be anything better.  And then one day the flowers begin to fade and you know that it’s time to move onto something new.

Business Power Analogy – Our businesses have seasons.  Some of us have seasons of customer interactions determined by time of year and then there is a season of product/service life.  We need to be prepared for the next stage of the journey.  

3. Planting

The action of the birds munching on the sunflowers inner seeds actually distributes the seeds throughout the garden. Some people might find it annoying, but I find it magical. I have plenty of players helping to support the growth in my garden and keeping the flowers blooming year after year in places I wouldn’t have thought to even grow them.

Business Power Analogy – How do you spread the seeds within your business?  What is the support you have to spread your thoughts ideas not only within your organization but beyond.  Something tells me my neighbors benefit from the fruits of my gardens labor…who benefits from the spreading of what your business has to offer?  


Wishing you a powerful fall season ahead!
 

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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5 Second Rule

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5 Second Rule

You can’t change the past but in 5 seconds you can change the future.
— Mel Robbins

Today of course is a day in history that those of us who lived through it will never forget.  9/11 has become a day that represents courage beyond our wildest imagination.  It also reminds us how drastically life can permanently change in 5 seconds.

With that in mind, I want to ask you to now shift your thinking in the opposite direction and think about the positive changes that have come to you over the span of 5 seconds. 

Maybe it’s the moment you said “Hello” for the first time to that person who became your significant other. 

Maybe it’s that moment you said “Enough” and decided to quit your previous job and pursue something new.  

Maybe it’s that moment when you step outside in the morning and feel the fresh wind blowing on your face to inspire you for the rest of the day.  

I want to share with you a transformational book that that I just recently read that is a game changer.  It’s based on the idea if you don’t act on something positive in the first 5 seconds it may never happen as you want it to. 

This new book is called The 5 Second Rule – Transform Your Life, Work, and Confidence with Courage by Mel Robbins.  I urge you to either pick it up hard copy, eBook, or Audible audiobook (one of my favorite ways to read these days).  

What is one thing you have been saying you want to do that you keep finding excuses (time, money, courage, etc.) that keep you from getting it done?

How would your world change if you acted within 5 seconds of having the desire to do something? 

What positive desires come to mind as you read this? 

Ready?  5, 4, 3, 2, 1.  Go!  
 

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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Hurru for You

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Hurru for You

The point of power is always in the present moment.
— Louise L. Hay

Hurru (verb): Move with haste. Let love guide you and be confident that you will arrive as you are needed.

Change is an inevitable life phenomenon that we can either embrace or fight. 

The key I have found in this life-long journey so far is to pay attention to enjoying life as it is today, ready to fully embrace the possibilities that tomorrow brings. In the process, to find ways to keep stress and worry from taking over whenever I try to stop the change that happens when the unfolding of life events don't go as planned.

You know the ones that make your stomach gurgle and your head start to hurt...maybe a little and depending on the situation maybe a lot.

Have you ever felt that somehow you lost control of a situation?

In the past few weeks as many life and world events have unfolded I have been paying very close attention to the ways we collectively handle stress. Especially in the process of continuing to get everything done and be everywhere we need to be at the same time.

In all of this a brand new word has come into my vocabulary that was created while I was rushing to an event on a recent Saturday afternoon...

A client, who was hosting the event texted the word “Hurru” to me as she mistyped the word “hurry.” 

The reason I paid attention to the typo was because I was in deep reflection that day and that word “hurru” kept coming up again and again. Throughout the event, which was one of deep spiritual reflection and meditation, "hurru" really implanted itself in my mind. So I decided to give “hurru” my own definition (at the top of this letter).

This past week I had the opportunity to put the word to a tough test as I headed to speak to a group at a college facility I had not been to before. Life already had me heading there without my usual 30-minute grace period buffer when it became apparent that I was at the wrong campus and the one I needed to be at was 15 minutes (at least) away. 

Having relied on my GPS, which had let me down big time, I continued to give it my trust as it continued to send me down the wrong roads because it simply did not know where this particular campus was located.  As the minutes quickly ticked by I knew I would be at least a half hour past the time I was due to be standing up in front of the room. 

At that point I felt like I was in a dream which I had experienced so many times. In the dream I am trying in vain to get to a presentation – knowing there was a room filled with people who were waiting for me!  It was happening now in real time.

I could have completely freaked out in that moment but not only was the coordinator of the event awesome assuring me she would keep the audience engaged, I also remembered to repeat the word “Hurru” over and over.

Doing so gave me the wear with all to toss the GPS, along with the stress aside and find my way to the right campus - giving the audience the very best of my expertise without skipping a beat.  

So can you “hurru” too? I believe you can.

No, this doesn’t give you permission to blow things off, continuously procrastinate, or be constantly late to everything... it instead gives you permission to forgive yourself when you do screw up, something we are all guaranteed we do. Just take a deep breathe and remember that time marches on without us at times and that’s okay.

In all of this I can’t help but think of Louise Hay who passed away this past week at the age of 90. She had forgiven herself many times over and inspired the lives of so many in the process. If you have not read You Can Heal Your Life I would highly recommend you put it on your reading list. She has sold over 50 million copies.

As Louise said many times over - "Let's roll."

Give “Hurru” a try this week. Forgive yourself and remember you are human with imperfections. Love yourself for staying in the game with grace even when the going gets tough. Every storm eventually leads to sunshine.

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Gaining Torque

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Gaining Torque

This time of year can be exhausting as we leave the quieter days of summer behind. The noise of our life can be distracting, including the “dirty feet” of others who pull us into their wants and needs as Gandhi shares in today’s quote.

Cuddling into my sweaters on these cold mornings brings a new essence which makes me look further into the changes within the inside world of my mind as well.

To honor the summer coming to a close I attended a yoga retreat with my daughter in a beautiful spot here in the mountains of Colorado.

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The Endless Chase

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The Endless Chase

Hopefully you have had time over the weekend to quiet your mind and are now ready to get back into action with all the tasks that need your attention. 

As you look at your week ahead, what are the absolute items that you must achieve in your life to make you feel satisfied? Perhaps it’s that big project that must be started, the content that needs to be created, or maybe those people you recently met that you want to follow-up with.   

It’s great to put together that list at the beginning of the week and feel motivated to get all those to-do item done, but as is true with my own life it seems that there are always a few things at the end of the week that even with 12-hour work days I just can’t seem to check off the list. 

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Disruptive Habits

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Disruptive Habits

In the Victory Letter last week I shared some thoughts around creating good habits to help us from our distractions. This week how about we talk about distractions that have become a bad habit?

First, let’s clarify what quantifies as a distraction. The dictionary states that it is, “A thing that prevents someone from giving full attention to something else and creates extreme agitation of the mind or emotions.”

Last week I disconnected my home phone number, a landline that I have had since we moved into our home 24 years ago. What I had come to realize was that it had in fact for the most part become a distraction. Something I had been putting up with for a number of years.

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Fruits of Labor

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Fruits of Labor

Last week our Victory Circles embarked on a 30 day-challenge to create an audio recording, or photo or video every day.  The goal is to get focused on creating content that will drive their marketing efforts.

Not an easy challenge to be sure, however, the end results will be extremely beneficial for each person who actually does it.  The key and the reason to do any kind of a challenge is to get yourself into the habit of doing something of value in your life: whether it is to get healthier or to build your business skills.

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Laughing Flowers

 
earth laughs in flowers

he Autumn Equinox arrives here in Boulder this Wednesday morning at 2:22am, and as the summer begins to fade around us I feel compelled this Monday morning to pay homage to the beauty of flowers.

As a gardener, these special little creatures are the most sacred part of the peace I find in my garden.

One of my morning meditation rituals over the summer has been the removal of flower buds that have passed their prime and are left dying on their stem. Also known as deadheading, it’s important for the remaining flowers to thrive by removing those that have given their all.

During a recent morning ritual as the sun was rising I thought of how this practice also allows for removing the distractions of the dying flower bud from the thriving ones. And yes, as it goes with this mind of mine, it is a great metaphor for looking at what happens when unhealthy distractions that are not removed can stop healthy growth of just about anything - from flowers to your business. 

As we have explored the Master Mind Principle of Concentration this month I have stopped and looked at my own path and how I can let go of distractions that aren’t serving me. Just as quickly as a flower can fade we can allow distractions to stop us by becoming part of our every day normal actions.   

The questions I ask you to ponder for yourself as we head into this new season of change – What are your distractions costing you? What is the deadheading you should be doing to remove the distractions that are no longer serving you in your business and ultimately of course in your life. 

I recently tried an experiment with one of my biggest distractions in life as part of a performance challenge I am in over the next 90 days. One of my biggest distractions is my email inbox and I am now looking at it much differently… starting with the way I let it enter my day. 

The idea is to not look at your inbox for the first hour of your day. Instead, make your own list of what you need to get done in the day before you. What will serve you best? Then head to your email to respond and deal with those emails that assist you in getting that done.

More on this as I continue to experiment with it, but I can tell you my productivity has really increased. Good thing too, because I am getting ready for the Getting Your Message Out Fall Tour. I will be on the road for the most of the next three weeks.

If you would like to, please share in the comment section below what your favorite flower is.

Happy Autumn and lets make this season the best it can be!

To Your Successes and Victories, 
- Cheri

Cheri Ruskus 
Author, Business Growth Coach, 
and Founder of the Victory Circles   
www.VictoryCircles.com

 

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Courageous Concentration

The word courage has come up many times during the past couple of weeks. One of those ways was a direct question to me from two very different places. Both times the question shot right through me like an arrow, bringing every fiber of my being to attention:

What would you do differently if you were being totally courageous?

I really gave myself much introspection with this question – including pondering it during a recent hike up to the Royal Arch here in Boulder (See pics over on the blog).

Sure, my schedule especially moving into September has been incredibly demanding. Yet I felt there was more to what I was feeling other than just the fact that I was “busy.”

I found myself blaming the problem my tendency towards ADD symptoms (which I readily admit as an entrepreneur I can get a full dose of on a regular basis).  

Something was missing in all this busyness that wasn’t allowing me to reach my full potential and purpose. What I finally had to admit to myself after much introspection was that it was a lack of courage that really was throwing me completely out of whack!

Have you ever felt this way? 

While some people (including myself to be sure) might look at the things ahead as already pushing the envelope, I further had to ask – was I pushing the right envelopes?   

Was I fully underestimating my potential and not fully playing the game I needed to be playing?

September is a month that finds us easily overfilling our plates with a lot of to do’s.  How about the “to be’s” that designate what you want to become.

What if we started each day with not only looking at what we have to do, we looked towards each how we wanted to feel and wanted to be. How do you want to be enjoying your life right now in this day ahead and how do you touch the lives of those around you in the process?

In one of her many great talks, Brene Brown talks about the fear that shame brings. By asking the simple question: “am I meaningful?” Each of us needs to answer individually because we each march to the beat of a different drum. 

If you have been thinking that ADD symptoms have gotten the best of you, I want to share this week some great insights from the book, Driven to Distraction.

There are certain common signs of not putting your best foot forward when it comes to looking at courageously at the way you concentrate. Below please enjoy The 19 Keys of ADD.

Pick one or two out of this list that you want to change that show up most often for you. So many things can change when awareness is brought to the table… Wishing you great courage to make a difference - today and tomorrow!

To Your Successes and Victories, 
- Cheri 

Cheri Ruskus 
Author, Business Growth Coach, 
and Founder of the Victory Circles   
www.VictoryCircles.com

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