Change is in the Air

Change is in the Air

I’m sitting on the deck at my parents house, beautiful July morning, looking out onto bright blue Lake Superior, dotted with Madeline Island and Long Island.   As of about 9 am this morning the most valuable thing I own is my 2006 Prius.  I’m setting the bar fairly low in terms of using the word “valuable”, though I really love my car.  

Ten months ago I had a commercial mortgage, a few business loans, a house loan and owned a second car.  But the last of those items, our house, has been sold as of this morning.  

It is incredibly liberating and freeing to not be tethered to a place or institution.  

We are moving our family out west.  My husband, Jon is on the road with said Prius driving to Oregon from Wisconsin.  I am flying there with the three kids in 5 days.     

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The Most Powerful Word You Need To Use More

The Most Powerful Word You Need To Use More

We’re all told to be positive.  It is good for you in so many ways. Well F@#& that.

Ha!  Just kidding; I'm one of those annoying eternal optimists!

But there is one word that you positively need to say more in your business.

No.

It is a very powerful word. I realize it comes across as a “negative”.  As women we often say yes to way too much (especially us friendly and unoffending midwesterners).  It feels rude to say no.

Even my assertive self still had this midwestern inclination to say yes to everyone.  Until I started saying no….

When I owned a coffee roaster and cafe we were constantly bombarded by ideas to "help grow our business".   We had numerous areas that brought in revenue; coffee drinks, beans, bakery, made to order food, wholesale, and online sales.  We were pulled in too many directions and didn't have energy to do all the areas well.

We decided to complete our business roadmap and do an in depth look at what our business was and what we wanted it to become.  It brought some interesting things to light.

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The Heart of Your Business

The Heart of Your Business

Your business has a Heart. When I look up the word heart there are two definitions.  One is the innermost or central part of anything.  Another definition is spirit, courage or enthusiasm.  Your business has both.

Identifying the Heart of your business is one of the most important things you can do.  Once done, you can focus your energy and make decisions based on this one thing.

What is the heart of your business?

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