Getting Started…

So many people have amazing  ideas. These ideas represent their greatest passion, their strengths and their creativity. Too often, these ideas just become idle dreams, tucked away for another day. They are locked away inside minds that just don’ t know where to start. How do you get that idea out of your head, anyway?

If you have an idea that you are passionate about, then you need to get started. Today is your lucky day! You are going to neatly un-tuck your vision. This un-tucking is going to require action; just a little bit of work. It may be uncomfortable, but it will be worth itl!

To get started, you need a plan. Oh no! I scared you. You just quit… You can’t write a plan. You won’t write a plan. Focus! You can do it! It doesn’t have to be fancy or lengthy. This isn’t for the bank or investors- it’s for your eyes only. First: Just write down your amazing idea. What is your vision? What exactly do you have to offer and what do you want to do? What do you need to get started? Who do you need to get started? Let your ideas flow freely. There is no right and there is no wrong. (If you get side-tracked, feel free to doodle until you gather your thoughts again.)

It is also helpful, to list your fears. What is your greatest fear in pursuing this venture? Are you afraid of failing? Is there a financial fear or a fear of your own abilities? Be honest with yourself.

This sounds like such a simple activity, yet it is extremely powerful in driving you to action.  This masterpiece will become the backbone of your business plan and propel you to expound on your vision. It will help you create a plan that you can present to a bank or investors- or it may remain- for your eyes only. One things is for sure: This simple plan will ignite your passion and light a fire of ambition. It is almost as if something magic happens when you move your ideas and passion from your head to paper.

Some of the greatest business plans began as scribbles on napkins. Who knows what your pen and paper (or keyboard) may be creating at this moment. Today is the day you quit playing small and start thinking BIG!

Worthy. Loved. Enough.

Perfect: Adjective

  • conforming absolutely to the description or definition of an ideal type
  • excellent or complete beyond practical or theoretical improvement
  • exactly fitting the need in a certain situation or for a certain purpose
  • entirely without any flaws, defects, or shortcomings

I could write volumes about my imperfections and failures. We all could, but no one does. We all want to present this façade that we are perfect; that our lives are flawless. We paint pictures and images that are not authentic. We equate limitations with weakness and faults with failures. We are as guilty as the media venues that we crucify. We persecute them for their images of models, graphically corrected to look thin or chiseled, taller, more voluptuous- you name it. All the while, we are fighting a battle in our own mind. “Am I good enough? Am I pretty enough? Am I skinny enough?” Most often, our mind wins. We walk away defeated. Perfection rules. It has stolen your peace again. It is a daunting battle.

But the good news is, you can overcome! Perfection does not have to rule your life. The war in your head can be won. After all, you are in control of your mind, body and spirit. You have to transform your idea and image of perfection. If your idea of how you are supposed to look, feel and act is gleaned from Victoria Secret or The Housewives, you will never attain that vision. You are feeding your mind with images that are not real. If you are comparing yourself to other women in your social circle, you are feeding the monster. Comparison will steal your joy. You must change your images of perfection. Your ideas and your thoughts must be transformed to something you can reach for. I am 5’4”. I can reach all I want, but the reality is, I will never be a 5’9” model. I have freckles and reddish blonde hair. I have never had flawless skin. I have had three children and the loss of my first son is something I will never recover from. It changed my heart. I did not meet my biological father until I was fifteen years old. My scars are deep and sometimes visible. I will never be perfect, but I will always be enough.

My reality is flawed and I accept it. I embrace the imperfections that have shaped my heart and mind. I often feel like my faults are loud and obnoxious, but they are me. They shape me. My abundance of energy, crazy ideas and compassionate heart have fueled my success. My story is flawed. My life is not a fairy-tale. I have made bad choices and I have many regrets. My joy does not hinge on my ability to face the day without failure. I engage my life from the heart and hit it full-force every day. Most days, it hits me back- hard. But still, I smile. Still, I go on. I am far from perfect, but I am loved.

Perfection is like a monster that menaces you on a daily basis. This monster is fueled by the images and information we feed it.  I realized that I had the power to control my image of perfection. In doing so, my reality could be transformed. My images of perfect are replaced with my daughter and my son whom I love more than life. My desire for them to grow strong, independent and authentic far surpasses perfection. My images of strong and vibrant women do not come from the pages of a magazine. They come from my circle of friends whom I adore. My friends who rise an hour early to walk, run or pump some iron. My friends who are dedicated to a clean and healthy life-style. My picture of faith is not formed or affected by a corrupt or charismatic televangelist. My picture of faith is formed from watching individuals face the fire and yet they come through refined. My faith is strengthened by watching others face great loss and still possess great joy. My mind is fed with praises of those fighting insurmountable odds, refusing to give up, refusing to let their light grow dim. These images; these experiences- they are life-changing. They are mind-changing. They are not perfect, but they are worthy.

Don’t let perfection be an obstacle to living a life you love! Your life is a canvas. You are the Artist. You are not perfect. But, you are worthy. You are loved. You are enough.

Do the unexpected for your employees and your customers. Going the extra mile will always build LOYALTY!