Did Your Book Idea Knock On Your Door?

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Do you own an idea or does it choose you?

If you don’t respond to an idea immediately, will it go find someone else to play with?

Is it possible to have the same idea for a book that someone else has on the other side of the planet (or next door)?

These are questions that Elizabeth Gilbert (author of the bestselling book, “Eat, Pray, Love”) addresses in her new book, “Big Magic.” She writes about how ideas are living energies with one primary target: to partner with a human and become made manifest.

From her magical point of view (which I really dig) – an idea CHOOSES you. It will knock on your door. Are you listening? Are you receptive to it? Is now the time? Do you say YES or do you say NO?

If you’re caught up in the busyness (and business) of the moment and don’t hear the knock – OR – you hear the knock but decide now is not the time, the idea will move on and knock on someone else’s door.

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What does receiving mean to you?

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I’ve been looking at my life and business, grateful for all the abundance and gifts and yet KNOWING…

More Is Possible

I started wondering,

What would it take to create and receive MORE? 

And then my business coach asked me,

“What is receiving to you?”

My response?

“Wow… on some level I still believe that receiving is dangerous. I see it as taking on other people’s sh*t.”

F*ck! (And how’s it get any better than that? Now at least I SEE this.)

If that is what receiving is to me, no wonder I’ve been blocking myself from receiving the MORE that I know is possible!

My coach and I cleared out the lies I had bought into about receiving so I can now open to receiving more. This will require practice as I unlearn the old story and create a new one about receiving.

So I wanted to invite you into this receiving ride, too! 

2 Questions About Receiving:

  1. What is receiving to you?

Really allow yourself to go there… to...

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Top 10 List for Overcoming a Creation Hangover

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So perhaps you’ve just birthed a huge project (like me) and there’s more to create. And yet, you hit a hangover phase of creation.

Symptoms? Foggy, tender, dazed and perhaps a little disoriented.

Here’s my Top 10 List for Overcoming a Creation Hangover:

10. Acknowledge what you created and the new future you’ve set in motion.

9. Celebrate what you just created (this taps you into fuel and inspiration to keep creating)!

8. Give thanks for yourself, your creation, your muse and all that contributed to your creation.

7. Sleep. Without an alarm. With earplugs and eye mask, preferably!

6. Move. Dance, hike, walk, run, climb. Allow the creative juices to keep swirling!

5. Don’t believe anything your mind spews that’s of the lower vibrational realm. (Like, “Oh my g*d, does it suck?” and “Will people want this?”)

4. Touch nature. Lay on the earth. Hold a stone. Remind yourself...

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7 Tips For Creating Like A Mofo

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I’m a little high on the drug known as “CREATION.”

Okay, I confess, I’m a lot high. I’ve been creating so much over the past month especially and I’m riding way more than fumes. I’m fuelled by inspiration, possibilities and magic.

I had a strong desire to share with you what I’ve discovered and been reminded of about CREATION in the past few months to support YOU, too, in riding the high of creation.

‘Cause the truth is, we’re either in creation-mode or destruction-mode. We’re either living or we’re dying. Which do you choose?

When we’re in creation mode, we’re freaking CREATING and choosing more of what we desire:

  • More money? Check.
  • More clients? Check.
  • More leadership? Check.
  • More adventure? Check
  • More expression of our authentic crazy wild selves? Check.

All there, coming to us on a silver platter, when we CREATE!

So why wait to get creating? Here you go – my 7...

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10 Writing Prompts To Move Beyond Writer's Block

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You’re always writing. Always.

Well, okay, except for when you’re sleeping, reading, eating, in session with clients, binge-watching Gray’s Anatomy…

But when you’re not doing any of that you are writing: emails, sales pages, articles, social media posts, video scripts…

And sometimes, well, the well runs dry and you’re thirsty for new ideas, fresh perspectives and different ways to talk about what’s important to you and your ideal clients.

So what do you do to give your creativity a nudge?

Use the writing prompts below to stop spinning your wheels and get momentum with your writing.

What are writing prompts?

Writing prompts serve as keys to unlock the brilliance beyond writer’s block. They are simple yet powerful tools that spark your creativity and inspire new perspectives and possibilities.

How do you use a writing prompt?

  1. Pick a prompt from the list below.
  2. Write in a stream-of-consciousness style for 5-15 minutes...
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Don't Let A Bully Silence You

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I had a strange experience recently.
 
A colleague of mine was mocking certain things on FB. He was making fun of people for doing things that I myself do and encourage clients to do; things that relate to showing up authentically and catalyzing conversations.
 
I saw many of his posts like this – each one filled with such judgment – over the course of a week. In some cases, other people who I view as leaders in the industry were agreeing with him, joining in the mockery.
 
This is a subtle form of bullying, and for a little while, it worked. It put me on guard.
 
I admit… I got triggered. 
 
What most triggered me was not the actual mocking itself, but my reaction to it. Somewhere deep inside I reacted to these posts with an old fear: It’s not safe to express myself here.
 
Damn, this fear of being judged, mocked, even publicly shamed, runs deep. Beneath the fear was a sense of shame and wrongness....
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How to get raving fans (it’s not what you think)

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A beautiful man in our community asked me:

“What’s the best way I can share my work so that my audience receives it and becomes raving fans (and clients)?”

Great question! There are actually many questions within this one question. Today, I’m going to focus on the question about the raving fans.

(More on how to share your work so your audience receives it – and becomes clients – another time.)

First of all, let’s get on the same page with what Raving Fans are.

Raving Fans = people who love your work, have most likely experienced it first-hand and are excited to tell others all about you.

So what are the most common mistakes entrepreneurs make that block them from having raving fans? Check ‘em out…

Mistake #1: Making it mean something about you and your business.

What are you making the # of raving fans you have or don’t have mean about you and your business? That you’re good? That...

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3 Questions to Be a Magnetic Invitation

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So what’s love got to do with your marketing message?

EVERYTHING!

I have worked with so many women entrepreneurs who get caught in the comparison trap as they write their copy and market their programs.

This fills them with judgment and even shame as they struggle to find the words that will set them apart and showcase their unique offers.

Do you get caught in the comparison trap? Do you judge your offer as not good enough and become anxious that people won’t sign up for it?

How does your judgment and anxiety impact your marketing copy?

How can your copy be an open door invitation for your ideal clients when you are closed down with doubt?

So what do you do instead? 

BE THE INVITATION

It’s not about ignoring all the judgments and shame. You’ve got to get support and clear those so you can infuse your words with your open inviting energy.

And before you write your next piece of copy, whatever it may be, take a few...

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Are you uninviting clients?

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Recently I had a first-hand experience of being “uninvited” by a practitioner who I was really excited to see…

She was an acupuncturist who I’d been referred to. On the day of our much-anticipated appointment she called to tell me she had caught her daughter’s cold. We cancelled the session.

And she never followed up with me to reschedule.

I sought her out again because she had come so highly recommended. Yet she was slow to respond and didn’t convey any excitement to connect with me. Instead, in her email I felt the unspoken message:

“Agh! My practice is really full, my kids are sick… I don’t have the bandwidth to take on a new client!”

In other words, “Leave me alone!”

So what did I do? I left her alone! And I sought out another acupuncturist.

Now this is a practitioner I was really excited to work with and would have probably invested a lot of money in to work with over many months. And...

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3 Big Mistakes I Made During My Solo Writing Retreat

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I designated this weekend as a Solo Writing Retreat. I envisioned diving in deep to work on copy for 2 big client projects. Me, my Mac, and my Muse. It was going to be sweeeeet!

And yet even with the best intentions set, I made some big, very commonvery painful mistakes. The kinds of mistakes I COACH my clients on how to avoid. As I found myself in the “deer in headlights” pose I felt totally humbled.

It took a girlfriend to help me see what I already knew. She snapped me out of the fog and into a focused flow. I had to laugh. And then I had to share these mistakes to make sure this doesn’t happen to you.

Mistake #1: Fantasy Expectations

I had this fantasy of getting dozens of emails written for several email campaigns and a couple chapters written for a book I’m ghostwriting. Up until Saturday morning this seemed doable. Realistic even.

Saturday morning came and I felt like I was at the foot of Mt. Everest, expecting to reach the...

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