Viewing entries in
Leadership

Essential Ingredients

Comment

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!


Cheri Salad Bitmoji.png

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

Comment

Taking Air

Comment

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.  ;) 

Free Weekly Tool Banner.png

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

Comment

Passion for Compassion

Comment

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!

Free Weekly Tool Banner.png

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


Cheri Heart Bitmoji.png

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

Comment

Good Marketing Vibes

Comment

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.

 

Free Weekly Tool Banner.png

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. ;)  


Cheri Heart Bitmoji.png

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

Comment

Making the Difference

Comment

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 :)

 

Free Weekly Tool Banner.png

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
REGISTER | LEARN MORE

May 30
Finding Your Sweet Spot: Understand Your Target Audience
Online Workshop
REGISTER | LEARN MORE


Cheri Bike Bitmoji.png

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

Comment

Comment

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)


Cheri Brain Bitmoji.png

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

Comment

Cutting Back

Comment

Cutting Back

Art is the elimination of the unnecessary.
— Pablo Picasso

 

The year of 2017 is now officially half over and it’s always a good time to stop, take a breath, and really see what's in your world that is and isn’t serving you in a most excellent way. 

Over the long 4th of July weekend I stayed home getting in some nice family time, some hiking, biking, gardening and diving into a couple of projects that I have come to think of as my mid year purge.

Purging, or cutting back as another way to think of it, allows you to take an introspection of things in your life that have overgrown or just piled up when you were busy paying attention to other things in your life. Easy to have happen when you are busy moving through all the activities that day to day of life brings our way.

The benefits are that it can free the mind in so many ways and is very good Feng Shui (system for harmonizing your environment) as well giving you the feeling like you have just been given more space and some great new energy.

In my garden, serious tending and cutting back is required in order for it stay healthy and allow upcoming buds to have the sunlight and water they need.

Indoors I tackled the kitchen desk area that had three major junk drawers – finding things I didn’t even know I still possessed. Then I headed into my home office and began clearing there as well, removing items that just were no longer serving my business.

With that said, how about you? What is it in your life that you could cut back on in order to help your inner self shine and get closer to seeing that Inner Selfie that I talked about last week?
 

Here are three quick tips to keep you moving forward with your cutting back projects:

  1. Baby steps
    Set aside the time and then take on the projects in small increments remembering not to get overwhelmed and give up.
     
  2. Get support
    Ask someone who respects what you want to do and also understands that you may need extra nudging around some resistance that can come up when you try to let things go.
     
  3. Visualize it completed
    Imagine the project done. Savor the freedom and energy you are about to get as you embark on purging the things that are no longer serving you!
     

Sometimes it can seem overwhelming and that’s where timing can help. Give yourself 30 minutes to start. Once you get started it can leave you rolling up your sleeves to cut more and more.

By eliminating what is overgrown and no longer serving you – it opens you up for the possibilities of what is ahead for the rest of the summer and the rest of the year ahead.  

Would love to hear from you on your cutting back projects that are upcoming or perhaps some that you have already completed. Please share in the comments below.

Here’s to cutting back in ways that serve you best. Happy 2nd half of 2017!

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

Comment

One Thousand Miles

Comment

One Thousand Miles

Courage is grace under pressure.
— Ernest Hemingway

This morning finds me in route to Lake Tahoe as I begin final preparations for my century ride this coming Sunday!

I did in fact get my 1,000 miles of training in for this ride since February 1st… proving once again, when you put your mind to anything, anything is possible.  

So many of you rallied after the last Victory Letter and the Pedal Girls exceeded our goal by over 65% of our donations goal to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society!!!

The countless well wishes that will be carrying me as well. Each of you has given me the ultimate Atta Girl!  Thank you, Thank you Thank you! Each of you along with the loved ones you have lost or are struggling with the disease will undoubtedly be riding with me just a few days from now on June 4th!  

As with any goal this huge one happened for me – not easily by any means but moment by moment, pedal by pedal.  

The hope in sharing this with you today is that it uplifts you to stop and think about how you will implement your own special 1,000-mile goal. 

As fate would have it I also received an email from the Society that after 40 years this organization I promised my mom I would ride for in her honor has been instrumental in funding the research to finally begin actual treatment trials to tap into the beginning stages of finding a cure for AML (Acute Myeloid Leukemia).  

Of course it’s bittersweet because it’s way too late for my mom but to save another family from the pain we had to bear is so rich, so awesome. My mom would be doing a happy dance if she could - I am sure she is somewhere.   

My mom, Jeannine Landreau, wrote a beautiful poem many years ago that we never read until after she had passed away. 
 

"Do not take this moment lightly for it is the most important moment of your life—it is all there is of the present. 

Live it to the fullest for it will never come again. 

All that has gone before it is a memory and all that will come after it is only a hope or dream of future things. 

It is more than the beginning of tomorrow and the end of yesterday. 

Make it a great moment, it is your life right now and you will never live it again!"
 

For me, the time has come to take the training goal and now put it into action with the ultimate goal of pedaling 100 miles around Tahoe.

You can watch the Tahoe experience unfold as I share it over on Instagram: @victorygirl

Looking forward to connecting after I cross the Victory line next of my ride next week! 


To Your Success and Victories,

- Cheri

Cheri Ruskus
Business Strategist and Founder of the Victory Circles
Email me: cheri@businessvictories.com

Comment

Atta Girl

Comment

Atta Girl

My first Century bike ride (100 miles) around Lake Tahoe is now less than two weeks away. Training has become a constant in my life.

This has been a challenge like none I have ever taken on in my life before. Yes, even more than running a business or raising kids.

What I am discovering is that a constant challenge like this one utilizes a firm balance of mental and physical strength.

That is until you start to question yourself as to whether you are wimping out or in fact need to push a little harder. Last week, I reached a physical pinnacle where my body was screaming at me that something was wrong as I kept pushing up the current mountain I was trying to conquer. 

I gave myself the “Atta Girl” mantra while trying to look past some shooting pains that were going down my legs like I had never felt before.  So I calculated in my mind the need to do exactly the team ride that had been mapped out for that day or risk doing some serious injury to my body.  

Do you ever wonder what makes you get stuck in turning the ship around when you realize that something in your life or business is definitely going in the wrong direction?

There is a theory called escalation of commitment. How excited was I when I learned of this during some other research I was otherwise doing for my book I am currently writing.  

Basically, it is a theory of our human condition and how we look at a given situation when there is a decision to change course or not, when things go wrong.  


Here is the Wikipedia definition:

“Over the past few decades, researchers have followed and analyzed many examples of the escalation of commitment to a situation. The heightened situations are explained in three elements.

Firstly, a situation has a costly amount of resources such as time, money and people invested in the project.

Next, past behavior leads up to an apex in time where the project has not met expectations or could in a cautious state of decline.

Lastly, these problems all force a decision-maker to make choices that include the options of continuing to pursue a project until completion by adding additional costs, or canceling the project altogether.”


My decision at that moment on the mountain was to cut 10 miles off and go back down the mountain.  Being sure not to beat myself up, I gave myself an “Atta Girl” for the 60 miles that I did ride that day. By doing so I prevented further injury to keep me riding for the long run.

With the ride in mind, tomorrow marks the last day I can collect any donations for the ride. I am so close our team goal and am $247 from my personal goal. Would appreciate if you could help if you haven’t done so thus far with only 24 hours left and every dollar counting towards the cause!

For those who have donated so far a huge thank you!  

Think about the current “ride" you might be on that is difficult at moments and makes you want to quit.  Do you need to add more resources, change the route (as I did on that ride up the mountain) or drop the project all together?

No matter what, keep pedaling forward towards what matters most.

 

To Your Success and Victories,

- Cheri

Cheri Ruskus
Business Strategist and Founder of the Victory Circles
Email me: cheri@businessvictories.com

Comment

Storm Strength

2 Comments

Storm Strength

Storms make the oak grow deeper roots.
— George Herbert

As this past week progressed, I watched as the varied trees that are on our property regain the momentum for their spring growth. The freezing snowstorm that blew through a few weeks ago stopped a few of our beautiful trees in their tracks while others seemed to hardly notice.

When you think about the overall strength of these trees and their ability to withstand the change of seasons it’s imperative of course that they also maintain a healthy root system underground.

Interestingly an Aspen tree can live between 40 to 150 years above ground yet their root system can live much longer. There is actually an Aspen colony in Utah that is known to be 80,000 years old! Wow!

Trees simulate the strength in our human lives in so many ways.  The strength of a tree as it stands up to the adversity around it, based on that strong root system, is in many ways the perfect symbolism of leadership. 

We have heard the saying strong as an oak. Let’s face it - the process of leading can be fairly easy when everything around you provides the perfect conditions. However, any of us who have been on the planet for any length of time knows that life is rarely perfect.

Sometimes life can hit us hard and knock us right off our feet. How well and strategically we fight back determines our rate of survival and "thrival" as I like to think of it.  

"Thrival" is not just getting by each day according to the agenda around you but actually thriving and enjoying life in the process. Allowing our adversities to in fact become our strength that we continue to build on – like a good root system does.

Each of us carries with us our roots – the tidbits of our lives that got us to where we are today - some good and some not so good - those life experiences that have taken us this far into our journey. 

How are you using your experience to create the legend of your unique life?

How can we gain the strength from our collective roots to make it a better world?

I would love your feedback on these leadership questions in the comments below. Here’s to regaining our momentum even when a storm might slow us down!


To Your Success and Victories,

- Cheri

Cheri Ruskus
Business Strategist and Founder of the Victory Circles
Email me: cheri@businessvictories.com

2 Comments