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Soaking It Up

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Soaking It Up

Every one of us at some time or another has had the opportunity to wash a sink full of dishes - whether we wanted to or not.

During the aftermath of recent party we hosted, the dishes were over the top – literally - and my main goal as hostess was to be with my guests and just make sure the food got put away and the dishes were “soaking” in the sink.

As I thought through this whole idea of letting dishes soak, I realized I had learned the most important part of washing dishes at the young age of 10 when my dish washing days began. Soaking was and is such an easier way to wash dishes. It made my mother crazy back then and my husband crazy today because technically the task is not complete.

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Empty Nests

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Empty Nests

Last week I felt my brain go numb as my daughter Bailey headed off for her new life adventures in Southern California.  Watching her drive down our street waving all the way until we could no longer see each other (a long term family ritual) my heart broke in two. My baby was leaving the nest once again. 

Did I know this day was coming? Of course. It had been the plan that she would leave the nest again after her return home a year and a half ago from her college adventures. A brilliant business opportunity in Southern California had come her way recently and it was crystal clear she should move forward with the offer. 

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Forward Momentum

The discussion we have been having this month on the Master Mind Principle of Accurate Thinking would not be complete without discussing the value of having a thinking spot to call your own. 

The kind of spot that takes you from being fully present in your own mind today right into imagining your possibilities for tomorrow. 

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Humble Beginnings

As today’s quote implies it indeed has been a series of construction projects along the way.  Some that have brought fabulous results and lots of smiles to my life, and some… well let’s just say needed a complete remodel in just a short period of time.

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Turn Down Day

What are you currently struggling with that if you just allowed yourself to let it go, even briefly, allowing you to see the situation in a whole new light and potentially find a far better route to take? 

Perhaps there is a turn down day that is in your immediate future.  Everything from letting it all go and just finding a day to have fun, to maybe even singing a song out loud.  

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Precious Commodities

This past week was full of many events and experiences for me that are bubbling through my mind as I sit to write this week's message to you. Through all that transpired it brought to light 3 main lessons that encompass entrepreneurship, relationships and the precious commodity of life itself…

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I Do

if its what you do and you can do it then you do it

What are things in your life that you are the most committed to doing?  Those things that you are completely committed seeing to completion. This could be anything: a relationship, career aim, business plan, and so much more. 

Recently while attending the wedding of my nephew, Ryan, and new niece, Katie, it struck me that when you get married you say two simple words to seal the deal “I Do!” 

It isn’t, “I might”, “I’ll try”, “Most Likely I will”, or even “When I get the time I will get around to it”.... No. It’s “I Do”.

Ironically or not, Ryan also works for Nike, the company who became infamous for the tag line, “Just Do it.”

What is it that makes us commit so strongly to some things, fairly strongly to other things, and then not at all to what’s left? Is it what our skill set is around, our desire to see it happen, fate, or a combination of it all? 

One element I think is true for the proper “I do” - we spend the time to accurately think it through.  We give it the time and space to fully look at it from every angle then move forward with the love, passion, and desire to bring the vision for it to fruition. 

When it comes to getting to the altar, look at the marriage proposal itself.  That usually seals the deal when a couple is going to get married.  Sometimes during the engagement period, however, it can all come tumbling down because while either party said yes or no to the question, “Will You Marry Me?” They think it through and come to realize that they can’t actually say, “I do”.

So when are the times you have said  “I Do” and meant it with every fiber in your being? Please share your answer in the comment section below! 

Remember this week ... either you do or you don’t.  It’s always your choice. 

And just for fun this morning because the song came into my head while writing this, here is a song dedicated to Ryan and Katie - Do Wah Diddy! By Manfred Mann. I hope it takes you right into a week that gets your do’s going strong!

 

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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Adventures Away

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Whether you are living your life day-to-day at home, or off on vacation, life certainly can hold an element of adventure because we don’t always know what will happen next.

 

Last week I shared with you that I was headed out on vacation. As I write this letter this morning, I am back home with 3,000 plus miles put onto my little Fiat 500. Indeed, with an adventure under my belt I officially got a year older as well.

 

On a scale from one to 10, the trip was definitely a 9.5! The wedding in Bend, Oregon of my nephew Ryan and my new niece Katie was lots of fun. The miles in between were incredibly eye opening, giving me lots of miles to just relax and reflect on the journey this far into my life. The scenery from Colorado to Oregon and back was just what the doctor ordered.

 

The family members I had the joy of reuniting with as well as other new acquaintances that I met along my way were the icing on the cake. Relationships that matter (whether personal or business) are all a part of the journey that I think makes it all so worthwhile.

 

What I hadn’t expected, was to turn on the car radio at one point of my journey and immediately to hear the words that Robin Williams had died - and even more unbelievable - by his own hand. Most definitely one of those moments in time I won’t ever forget.

 

This morning’s letter in fact has been difficult for me to write. For the first time in many years of writing the Victory Letter, I found myself getting through a fair case of writers block.

 

I am thinking it’s primarily because I want to be very concise and clear around my feelings of grief - especially knowing that many of you reading this letter are feeling the loss as well.   Someone who many of us considered a dear friend and ally on the planet - is gone. Gone because his mind was in so much pain that he found no other solution.

 

And as I drove the miles through Utah I thought about how the pain in our minds is just as real as any other part of our bodies.

 

That night at my hotel in Park City I watched the first episode of Mork and Mindy on YouTube. As I watched it, he reminded me why I loved this man so much. The TV show Mork and Mindy was on the air at the same time I had decided to move to Boulder. Of all the places on the planet, Hollywood decided that Mork should land in Boulder...and I had made that decision as well - a decision that has served me well in my life.

 

In the months before I was actually able to move to Boulder I would watch the show to excitedly see glimpses of Boulder, my new home to be - and Mork was an added treat. I became endeared to him and think of him (and Mindy’s ponytails too) every time I drive down Pine Street in Boulder and see the “Mork and Mindy House.” What a trip!

Funny thing my sister Robi and I even named our puppies after the show...her's was Mork and mine was Mindy.

 

What really hit me in the rest of my travels home was thinking through why Robin Williams felt like such a “friend” when I had never even met him. The why I came up with was because he continuously, for so many years, did what good friends do best...he made me laugh. Here are a few of the highlights of an amazing body of work that Robin gave to us all.
 

And whether it was his times with Johnny Carson or pulling off Mrs. Doubtfire so beautifully - or his flamboyant antics in Birdcage, he made us feel joy.   Isn’t that what our job here is really supposed to be? We have no choice at this point but to honor his decision that it was time for him to go...

 

If we can each make an adventure out of our lives any thing is possible. If what you do gives joy to others in one form or another than you have lived well. You have entered others into your adventure.

 

Open your mind to the possibilities and honor your mind and the thoughts you think. Good, bad or indifferent they are yours to have and to hold.   Of course, find the support of people that can help the mind pain when it comes...none of us are immune to it.

 

After this well needed summer break I am back full force this week with several events you can enjoy from your home or office. See the info in the box below.

 

Would love to know one of your favorite Robin Williams moments. Please share below.  

 

In his role as Mork, when he would see an egg (the same apparatus that got him to earth) he would throw it in the air and say “Fly and be Free”.  Wishing that freedom to Robin this morning and to each of you as well.

One of his quotes from a movie clip in the video link above he says, "It only occurs [real loss] when you love something more than you love yourself." 

Here is to your next adventure! 

 

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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Apples to Applesauce

young cheri ruskus

As long as we are living and breathing, one thing that each of us holds in common is that each year we have the opportunity to celebrate the day we arrived here on the planet. Sometimes we celebrate in grand style, and sometimes we reflect on what has occurred during the days of the year that have gone by. Sometimes we sit there trying to anticipate what is to come.   

During this week, I will get to celebrate my Birthday. It will be a bit different for me this year, as it will find me on the road traveling by myself. This travelling will allow me to take in a new perspective of who I am, what I want for the year ahead, and the gratitude of the years that have passed by. 

I love road trips and having miles stretching in front of me. This time on the road gives me time to think and absorb the world as it speeds by - allowing me to think, dream, and just be.  Some good tunes and singing out loud as I choose is nice too.  ;)

A few weeks back I stood in my backyard looking at our apple tree and wondering what I was going to do with the abundance of apples that it has produced this year.  That particular day, I decided to make apple and banana muffins. 

Heading into the house with my apples, I found a recipe and realized that one of the ingredients that was required on top of the chopped apples was applesauce. My first instinct (as silly as it may seem) was a disappointing, “I don’t have any applesauce, so I can’t make these!” Now had it not been a Saturday morning with extra time to hang out with my thoughts, I might have left it at that and not made the muffins. 

However, luckily my brain cells kicked in and the little light bulb went off in my head reminding me that I could make the applesauce with my plethora of apples right outside my back door. I did just that and was excited about the process with the plan to make more and freeze it for the winter months ahead.

My process of making something with the apples lead to a solution that would utilize many more apples. “Apples into applesauce” is similar to the thought of “lemons into lemonade.” Both methods take something that poses a problem, and through clever thinking, a solution is made. The solution may not be world changing at times, but can definitely improve our corners of the world.    

So in the week ahead as I drive from Oregon to Utah to Colorado, speaking with groups of small business owners along my way, I will celebrate my opportunity to be able to do the work I love and celebrate the power of my brain’s thoughts as I go. 

What are the challenges - big or small - in front of you right now? How can you make lemons into lemonade or apples into applesauce? Take the time and space to look at the issue from different angles in order to fully see what you need to see. 

Sometimes it takes biting fully into the apple to get what we need the most.  Would love to hear your stories of thinking transformations in the comment section below. After all, it’s what we share with each other that makes our thinking even more life changing as we go! 

As I mark another notch on the doorway of life - here’s to making the week ahead all that it can be.

Happy Trails!     
 

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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Fore!

operate from the inside out

Today’s Victory Letter pays homage to the power of the mind - especially as it applies to the game of golf. I am not talking about the business that one might get done on the golf course, but more the mind over matter in getting that little white ball to go where you actually where you want it to go.

At the beginning of the summer my friend Sue reached out and asked if I would be interested in taking golf lessons with her. It sounded like fun and especially awesome to spend some time with her.

We have known each other for years and years, yet the busyness of our lives has kept us from spending much time together. And so began my new found relationship with that little white ball.

Golf was a passion of my parents, leaving me to want to play well. Yet again with the busyness of life I never got around to really fully understanding and thinking through what was required to get that little white ball where I wanted it to go.

My husband Ed and I would hit the course from time to time, but sometimes husband and wife golf can be tricky…to say the least. We had some fun though – but knew it best to never keep score.

As my new teacher Courtney has given Sue and I instructions over the past few months, the analogy of golf to this month’s Master Mind Principle – Accurate Thinking - became so very crystal clear.

Golf and Accurate Thinking go hand in hand. Both involve mind over matter and putting lots of thoughts together correctly. The amazing part is the more I learn about golf, the more I am enjoying it. 

Here is my assessment on what it takes to think accurately in business and in golf.

1. Form is Everything – It’s your arms, legs, torso, and feet positions that make all the difference in golf. Mind over matter in assures that you are doing the steps you need to get the results you want.

2. Don’t Overthink by Practicing – There are some things you do now that initially wasn’t so easy. Just think of all you know how to do from tying your shoes to driving a car, to even writing your own name!

Once you got it down, it comes easy and naturally because you have done it over and over again. Imagine if you had to think through each of these tasks step by step as you did in the beginning… you would never get through your day!

3. Avoid Rushing – Rushing is when we don’t take the time to learn. And then once we learn it we don’t take the time to apply it because we are too “busy” and on the run. Slow down - it’s amazing what can happen.

4. Clarity = Power – Knowing where you want the ball to go can make a big difference. Just like knowing what you truly want in your life can help you think things through to get the best results.

5. Starting Over – Just when you think you have it down, you don’t practice for a week or two.. and walking back onto the green can seem like starting over. I am most definitely working on this one and making time in the month ahead to get some games in. Anyone want to play? ;)

It’s exciting as we think about thinking in the month ahead. I would love to know where is your most favorite thinking spot... Be it the golf course or wherever! Mine is my garden and on my bicycle. Where’s yours? Share your thinking spot in the comment section below.

Here’s to clarity and the power it brings for you in the week ahead.
 

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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