Beauty and the Bump: 3 Lessons for Life & Business

by reviver on November 20, 2012

As of this writing I am about 18 weeks along in my pregnancy and my belly is growing. It’s exciting and I am happy to have the signs of a little one hibernating within me, yet with it comes other physical changes that take a bit getting used to. I don’t mean to sound vain but when your clothes no longer fit and you don’t look the same or feel the same in your body it takes some processing and reorganization of priorities to continue to feel self-confident.

What does this have to do with marketing and running a business? Paradigm shifting. Here are the lessons I am learning as my belly grows and how they apply to business:

willing to see things differently

Like Beauty and the Beast, Beauty and the Bump is about seeing what beauty really is and what is truly important. In the fairy tale we see Bell fall in love with what other people would consider to be a beast because she sees the good and the true beauty within him. In this analogy, growing in size has me rethinking beauty. It can’t be about being skinny or fitting in to a particular style that I once thought, and society says, is beautiful. Now it’s about being healthy, happy and radiant.

In business we get caught in this trap about what our business should look like based on what other companies are doing around us. This doesn’t mean it is the healthiest model for us to follow. Sometimes we have to think outside the box and see our role in the bigger picture a little differently so that we can function and thrive in the way we are meant to. For each of us this may look a little differently based on how we see ourselves now and what we are looking to grow.

changing rhythm and routine

How often do we change our daily routine and our habits when our life circumstances change? For some of my girlfriends they have continued to work until the very last day of their pregnancy. This seemed to work for them from the outset, however, I question how it has impacted their stress level and the preparation of giving birth. I know many other people who also have life altering circumstances come up and they try to keep their rhythm exactly as it was before any thing changed. Why do we do this? Perhaps it feels comforting to keep some consistency however, it’s important in business and in life to reassess our priorities and our routine based on the factors that are presented to us now.

Successful businesses are aware of how their environment is changing and are willing to shift gears to evolve with it. This takes the ability to embrace change and find opportunities within a new set of circumstances.

encompassing more than oneself

Thank goodness there are nine months of preparation time before giving birth. During this time, as a pregnant woman, I am shifting what I eat, what I drink and how I spend my time. It’s no longer just about what serves me but what serves me and my bump. Some of these changes I have easily embraced, others are challenging but knowing that it’s not just about me has helped to shift priorities.

This is a principle I have often seen in business as well. When we start out it may be about what we want to do and what is good for us, however, as we turn pro and evolve within our business, it becomes something greater than ourselves and begins to encompass a community of people. This community may be just your employees or your staff but as you reach out it likely will include your tribe and synergistic partners. When you start to see yourself as having influence and connections outside of yourself responsibilities evolve along with it making you a more valuable asset to society. 

How do you see these three principles being applied in your life and business? Please share as guided in the comments below, we’d love to hear from you.

 

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Are Bullies Keeping you Down?

by reviver on November 19, 2012

My husband shared an article with me this morning on the BBC about bullying being a key reason why kids are hiding their talents. It’s a bit sad to think that brilliant kids are having to hold back their abilities for fear of bullying. As Ross Hendry shares in the article, ‘It’s unacceptable that rather than celebrate their talent, they feel that they have to hide their gifts, purposely underachieve in crucial subjects and miss out on things they enjoy because of bullying.’

As a mother to be it has me thinking more and more about the type of education and opportunities I would like to give my kid. As a business owner it has me thinking about bullying in a very different way.

The fears that we may have experienced as a kid can continue to haunt us as adults when they become the tapes that we play in our heads over and over again. It becomes the voice of our ego that wants to protect us from ourselves. Yet, instead of protecting it limits us and keeps us from reaching our potential as individuals.

Some of our fears may be so deeply ingrained that we don’t even realize they are there. Fear of writing, fear of public speaking, fear of success, fear of being different, fear of listening to your inner guidance…I feel like I can write a novel on just listing out the fears that we have accumulated as a society over time.

The question to ask yourself is, “what fears are holding me back now and how is that helping me achieve my vision?” If it’s not helping, then you have the opportunity to do some work on releasing and reprogramming your subconscious to think differently. I love this video from Marie Forleo and Dr Cathy Callautt which gives great step by step tools on how to reprogram the subconscious mind to get what you want.

Now that you have no more excuses, what are you going to do? For me, I’m starting by writing more frequently and not allowing the old excuses to come up that keeps me from being committed to this process. Looking forward to having you join me!

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Human Design and Business

November 17, 2012

Have you heard of Human Design? It’s a fascinating tool that looks at our individual energetic blueprint. Other people like Karen Curry, Peter Roe, and Chetan Parkyn describe it much better than I but I have grown to love and appreciate the insight this tool provides both for personal life and for work. Why Human […]

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The Season of Sandy

November 6, 2012

She came in overnight and changed the lives of many here in the northeast. She affected many others before then on her way up the coast. It’s devastating to look at some of the images from Hurricane Sandy and to hear the stories of so many people displaced and struggling to regroup and find their […]

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Soul Sessions Experience

October 23, 2012

Recently James and I had the fortune to meet some incredible people who run an organization in Australia called Soul Sessions. The purpose of Soul Sessions is to bring individuals with enlightened and empowering messages to the people through live eventsand video interviews. It’s a great way to encounter new ways of thinking and to become […]

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The Future of (Medical) Education

October 18, 2012

One of my favorite authors is Seth Godin. His vision for the future of education has really been an inspiration for me, through his treatise “Stop Stealing Dreams” In this TEDx Video he asks the question few of us are asking… What is the purpose of school? I would ask a further question. What is […]

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The Most Common Analogy

October 15, 2012

In honesty, I don’t know if this is the most common analogy across the board, but it has been in my life lately: Giving Birth. This is true for me right now both figuratively and literally. I have just passed the threshold of the 2nd trimester, where promises of more energy and delight in the process […]

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Information Overload: are you being heard?

October 3, 2012

Do you find your emails are not being opened as frequently as they used to? Or your engagement has gone down, your classes not being filled up as quickly, etc? These have been common trends I am seeing in my own business as well what I am hearing from clients and friends. What’s the deal? […]

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Divine Passion

September 28, 2012

“Be honest with yourself: What is your heart’s true desire?” ~Doreen Virtue This quote came across my radar today from a friend’s post on Facebook, and it struck me as the perfect thing to write about. In a recent blog post I use the 7 Steps to Aligning Your Business as a way to get clarity […]

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How to take that Leap of Faith?

September 21, 2012

Inspiration quotes and posters are the main theme of my Facebook newsfeed these days. I love them and feel inspired when I see them, and of course click like or share to spread the love. But, I find myself today asking, what does it really mean and how do we practically “get rid of the […]

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