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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!


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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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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.

RESERVE YOUR SEAT(S)  •  LEARN MORE


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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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