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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.  ;)


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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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Fresh Start

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Fresh Start

You don’t have to be great to start but you have to start to be great.
— Zig Ziglar

We are so lucky that every single morning when we open our eyes to a new day we get another chance to have a fresh start.

Life has a bunch of twists and turns. Some twists can bring us to our knees with overwhelm, grief, stress and despair. Others turns along the way are delightful surprises continuously bringing unexpected joy from the simple pleasures and simplicities of life that we all have at our fingertips.

The problem is that our extremely complex brains can get overwhelmed with tasks and then the stress slowly creeps in. Stress over time can have serious consequences.

So how do we maintain joy over time? The key to maintaining joy is how well we navigate the stormy seas within our own minds. How carefully we enter into our days respecting the power of our very own mindset.

I have spent many years refining my own morning routine and lately I have been seeing a growing need from my clients for creating a morning practice that creates positive energy for the day. Every day.

There is a huge need for entrepreneurs to move beyond the challenges and have a mindset full of clarity, creativity, and courage. Every day.

Today I am so excited to the release my latest online program: Morning Momentum. Every day for 21 days you will get a new lesson unlocked that will teach how to start your days in a whole new way.

What could be more important than the attention and respect you give to your very own mind, heart and soul at the very start of the day? The new dawn each day wipes the slate clean and gives us the chance to have a fresh start. 

In this program I will share with you the practice I have developed that gives me great joy and allows me to remove a great deal of stress from my life. Every day.

Over the course of 21 days (the number of days it takes to create a habit) I will give you the tools via a daily audio recording. By building your own personalized practice one day at a time it will allow you to start making your morning a time of personal empowerment. A time to develop a deeper understanding of what YOU want to have happen in the day ahead.

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Day 1 - Own Your Morning (unlock now)
Day 2 - Your Happy Place
Day 3 - Finding the Sunrise
Day 4 - No Alarm Clock
Day 5 - Coffee First Please
Day 6 - Spiritual Bliss
Day 7 - Excuses Be Gone
Day 8 - Journaling
Day 9 - Reading
Day 10 - Intention Cards
Day 11 – Meditation, Breathing, and Letting Go
Day 12 - Music for the Soul
Day 13 - Candles, Incense, and Essential Oils
Day 14 - Creating the Habit
Day 15 - Peace and Quiet
Day 16 - Daily Word
Day 17 - Acts of Gratitude
Day 18 - Being in Nature
Day 19 - Planning Your Day
Day 20 - Stretching Your Body
Day 21 - No turning back

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Imagine finding the time in your life to give yourself an extra hour each morning starting tomorrow morning! You can step into your own morning groove that refocuses the way you are looking at the world. In the process… you are giving yourself the respect and attention you deserve. 

Question for Reflection
Today is a fresh start. Where are you going to take yourself?


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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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Deep Joy

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Deep Joy

We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.
— Buddha

Last week I shared with you the three characteristics of Clarity, Creativity and Courage that I talked about in my recent keynote, A Leap of Faith.

It seemed to hit a vein with so many of you, my readers, that I thought that this week I would share with you a condensed version of the talk in my Courage to Be the Difference Podcast.

This podcast I share with you today starts at the point of asking yourself just how happy are you today and then moving forward from there. Why? Because taking a leap of faith can actually takes us closer to our deepest joy filled moments.

One of the elements I talk about in using these characteristics is getting past the metaphorical corner, that intersection between here and where we want to go.

Sometimes because we want so much we have a hard time focusing on the exact roadmap we need to get us there.

In this talk I share my challenge this year to get my self in the physical shape to ride 100 miles around Lake Tahoe.  That feat, as those of you who have been with me all year know, I accomplished last June proceeded by 1,000 training miles.

As with anything a key in all we do is the support we have along the way.  I want to give a shout out to long time friend and fellow coach, Don Smith who gave me so much support in preparing for Leap of Faith.  His expertise in the field of coaching people to speak on stage was invaluable to me.

From my vantage point it is all about the joy in the journey – no matter where each of our journeys are taking us.

Have a most awesome, focused and empowering week 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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Leap of Faith

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Leap of Faith

In order to be who you are, you must be willing to let go of who you think you are.
— Michael A. Singer

Without a doubt the twists and turns life takes us on are something that actually can serve us … in one way… or another.

3 months ago my son Travis said to me, “Mom you should do more just purely motivational talks.”  I smiled at the thought and immediately let it go because my primary focus over the last 5 years has been business and marketing.

The very next day I got an email from the Executive Director of a Performing Arts Center that I had done marketing workshops for this past spring asking if I did any… “Motivational speaking.”

A coincidence – I think not.  Of course I knew without a doubt I had to take on the challenge.

The topic was domestic violence for a local women’s shelter benefit in Artesia New Mexico that the Arts Center was hosting.

I pretty quickly came up with the title, Leap of Faith. The last few months on and off I created the message taking some real world experiences from my childhood onto the stage with me.

This required many hours of thinking, creating and heart felt searching on this important topic.  Shockingly 3 out of 5 women will experience some kind of severe domestic violence in their lifetime. It’s more of an epidemic than I ever realized.

I gave the talk, and while I have always loved connecting with people in order to make a difference in their businesses… this gave me the opportunity to make a difference at a much deeper heart level.

The icing on the cake was the people who came up to me in the lobby of the event afterwards and shared how my words had been so impactful to them. My message was about finding joy in your own life no matter your adversities. Finding joy in the journey everyday to in fact help you get past the adversities.

One woman came up to me and shared that she hadn’t found many reasons to smile in five years and starting the very next day she was going to take my suggestions to heart (literally) and change the way she had been dealing with the grief of her husband’s death.

The speech required me to step up to find this message about what it takes to create a Leap of Faith.

1. Clarity
Happiness matters. Asking yourself where you stand on the happiness scale everyday – from 1 to 10. 1 being you can’t get out of bed to 10 loving life. What is stopping you today from having a 10?

2. Creativity
When our creative genius comes to life (yes we each have it) it gives us freedom to live with our truest self.

3. Courage
It’s our greatest challenge to move beyond the stories of our past in order to create our present and future.  What do you need to let go of in order to leap to your next best self?

Here’s to finding your leaps in the week ahead that will bring you closer to the joys of your life.

 

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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Heart Opportunity

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Heart Opportunity

You take it on faith, you take it to the heart, the waiting is the hardest part.
— Tom Petty

My wish for you and for each of us as we head into the week ahead is to continue to find ways to work together in harmony. It might take a little more time to achieve what you want, and as our beloved rocker Tom Petty sang so well.

Watching what unfolded with the Las Vegas tragedy confirmed once again that the most important opportunity is to fully embrace our human connections. This includes both personal and business relationships.

Authenticity in all of our relationships is what allows us to be our best self.  Sometimes it seems like we have to make up stuff to make others happy. The best relationships are the ones built on trust and honesty.

With this in mind I would love to share with you my recent podcast episode with Author and Sales Coach, Liz Wendling.  

In this podcast, Ditch the Pitch on LinkedIn, Liz and I talk about how to be authentic on LinkedIn and in any environment. Liz gives some great insights in how to get out of your head and into your heart when it comes to maintaining and creating new business relationships. Here’s to a great week 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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Brave Connections

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Brave Connections

People are wonderful and they can be hard.
— Brene Brown

Who would you love to collaborate with using ease and grace?

The important art of cooperation gets lost in the needs to be right and usually all parties lose in one-way or another. 

No matter what side of the fence each of our beliefs sits on - when do we stop blaming someone for not believing what we believe and work towards being able to blend ideas and opportunities? 

With the Master Mind Principle of Cooperation on our plate to explore this month here in the Victory Circles I was surprised and delighted when the next book on my reading list became Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown (the audiobook version is my favorite).

While the book was not exactly what I expected it was exactly what I needed. I was pleasantly surprised and quickly got into the message of her next no doubt best selling book.  

Here are 3 key elements from the book that got me stop and think about this important and life-changing topic of cooperation:


1. Conflict Transformation

Changing the term conflict resolution to conflict transformation and really thinking about what that implies. Transformation in its definition includes change in position of axis.  How can we change our axis – our alliances to include more thoughts and ideas that differ from our current ones?


2. Brave Leadership

Creating a culture of true belonging and having others feel as they belong even if you share different belief systems. This is when true growth and learning occurs. This is the place where we can find peace though the road at first might be bumpy.


3. Human Connection

Moving beyond having things being lousy and spending our days looking at the world pissed off because we cannot find perfection.  Having the difficult conversations not with anger at the core but with a desire to find that true resolution for all parties concerned. 


Questions for Reflection

  • How brave are you in your daily quest to collaborate and cooperate?
  • What is getting in the way from asking a potential collaborator to meet over a cup of coffee?
  • How can you remove this obstacle?
     

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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Dream Deadlines

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Dream Deadlines

A deadline is a time limit to get something done and acts as milestone in the accomplishment of an achievement you desire.  Without accountability to a given deadline it’s like adding more air to the wind. It really does not serve a purpose.

Without the measurement of when something must be done, it could take many years to get the things we want in our life accomplished.

Last week I traveled to my nieces wedding in Orlando, Florida.  If you ever want to see the stress caused by the fear of not meeting a deadline, just talk to a bride just a few days before her wedding.  For so many brides, their wedding day is the day they have dreamed of most of their life and doesn't really have the ability for a do-over.

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Face the Uncomfortable

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Face the Uncomfortable

Did you ever stop to notice that honesty takes a whole lot of courage? 

There is a growing concern I have been observing lately - the avoidance of sharing honest feedback.  It seems to be happening because of a fear in hurting the feelings of others or that maybe that others won’t like us anymore when we speak our truth.

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Make the Change

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Make the Change

People resist change. Most times people even resist talking about change! However, this element brings the potential for life altering transformation. What is your attitude and movement towards a current change you need to make in your life?

Why seek change?  Because change brings growth and opportunities. Even if it seems quite uncomfortable and unwelcomed at first, our life progresses towards a new direction. The truth is we can get too comfy and cozy in our lives and this time of year it’s always a good reminder to see where you are standing when it comes to creating change for yourself.

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Influential Energy

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Influential Energy

Have you been noticing all the birds flying around in massive flocks these last couple of weeks in your part of the world?   As the fall season gets into full swing here in Colorado I have watched the robins, geese and black birds hanging out with each other – sometimes literally hundreds together at a time.

Part of their gathering together is migration patterns as they begin to move to different climates.  Some of it as well is that they are foraging together to get the abundance of the fall harvest from seeds in my garden to the corn leftover in the nearby fields.

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