The Chronicle of a Life Coach: Permission Granted

Awesome article by Kristie Kennedy. Everyone needs to do this at one time or another!!

My world changed dramatically the moment I granted myself permission to live magnificently in the face of adversity.

In regards to women, supporting and nurturing others is inherently ingrained in our genetic makeup. As a life coach I have the honor of attending to some of the most intimate and authentic thoughts of a woman.Permission

Listening to her share private dreams, frustrations, fears and aspirations is a very humbling position to be placed in. I am inspired when they take a bold stand to confront their inhibitions. Transformation occurs the moment they embrace truth, which requires courage to become vulnerable, naked and unashamed in the presence of another.

In the chamber of confession, a common thread that reappears time and again is the need to grant oneself permission to be, to do or to have.

The definition of permission is the act of allowing someone to do something, authorizing something to happen, or granting approval to proceed forward.

Your current state of being is often a reflection of your mental condition. Typically, if a person is unhappy their internal disposition is more or less rooted in negative thought patterns.

As women we must begin to grant ourselves permission to be human in order to inoculate the poisonous lie of perfectionism. A diamond is still a diamond even if a gemologist discovers apparent flaws.

How are you showing up in the world? In what areas of your life are you shrinking back instead of plunging ahead? Are you ready to grant yourself permission to be, do and have anything your mind can conceive?

Affirmation of Approval:
On days when my energy level is running extremely low,
Permission Granted to step back and refuel.

On days when I feel like succumbing to fear,
Permission Granted to slay imaginary bears that aren’t even there.

On days when my mind is burdened and my heart heavy with blues,
Permission Granted to sing something happy and new.

On days when I’ve stretched myself paper thin,
Permission Granted for me to live, love and laugh again.

On days when I don’t have the stamina to be the poster girl for strong,
Permission Granted to find a steady shoulder to lean upon.

On days when nothing seems to be going my way,
Permission Granted to scream out loud – the walls will be ok!

On days that it appears I can’t find one set of listening ears,
Permission Granted to sit still in silence for God is always near.

On days when it would be easiest to throw in the towel,
Permission Granted to fight with all my might, strength and power.

On days where it seems life is handing me the short end of the stick,
Permission Granted to rise to the occasion for I have vowed never to quit.

On days where I become weighted down with the cares of this world,
Permission Granted to embrace peace over turmoil.

On days when I forget the rare and valuable treasure that I am,
Permission Granted to shine brighter than ever and showcase
the beauty of greatness!

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Join The Paperless Digital Revolution!

A report by Capgemini Consulting and the MIT Center for Digital Business found that the most successful companies are those Going paperlessgoing digital – with a 26 percent higher profitability. Who knew that letting go of paper and trading into digital could increase your bottom line by that much!

In an interview with Capgemini’s Global Practice Manager, Didier Bonnet, it was stated that the most successful companies that went digital did the following:

• Stayed committed! Successful businesses that went digital didn’t do it as an experiment, but as a complete company transformation.
• Applied digital technology to what they did the best or the most of, whether it was sales, customer experience, or compiling customer data, in order to have a clear starting point from which to build.
• Made sure all of their business investments were “digital” first.

A Bottom Line Example…

A local construction company here in our town knew they were losing money and productivity because they had no systems in place – and worse, they were tracking everything on paper in lieu of digital technology.

In order to reel things in they purchased software and also iPads to manage their construction teams, inventory and service processes. With GPS built into the iPads, and software that had each construction worker sign in and out from the jobs they were on, a huge positive impact hit this small business’s bottom line. No longer could workers “claim” they were on a job for 6 hours when in fact they were only there for 2… and that is only one of many positive changes that going digital had.

To really take advantage of digital technology, you can’t just give iPads or some kind of gadget or technology to your work or sales force. You need to be sure that you have software, processes and training in place so that your digital investment pays off to the maximum. The more you commit, the more you’re going to get out of it.

The digital revolution, driven by cloud and mobile technology, has also lowered entry barriers to accessing enterprise-level technology for growing your small business.

These days, the availability of internet-based cloud services for everything from document storage to email and collaboration tools is a huge boost for small business owners.

Using the cloud allows for buying services on-demand with a more cost effective subscription platform – and the flexibility to scale business needs up or down at any time.

And then there is mobile connectivity that enables you and your employees to access cloud-based services from anywhere and any device, whether from a PC in the office, from a tablet out on the road, or working from home with a laptop and smartphone like we do all the time at Showcasing Women.

Mobile connectivity is allowing small businesses to process credit card and debit purchases from literally anywhere in the world by simply using a smartphone or tablet. And companies like Visa Business are providing tools and resources to easily integrate with your digital technology for greater productivity.

The digital revolution is a big leveler for small business owners, giving them the platform to compete locally, nationally and globally on an equal playing field with larger and more established companies!

Here at Showcasing Women, we have converted into a paperless business with a more profitable bottom line by using digital and cloud technologies. These are just a few things that we use:

• For incoming faxes we use Kall8.com and all faxes are delivered to our email inbox. For sending a paper document that isn’t already in document form in our computers, we scan it and email it… no more fax machine!
• For virtual communications and screen sharing we use Skype.
• For document sharing and having back-ups of important documents, we use Dropbox.
• For processing credit cards we use Square… it turns your smartphone or tablet into a credit card reader.
• We use GoogleVoice for our voice messaging and receive an email every time a message is left.

We could go on with a long list of tools that we use in order to remain virtual, mobile and fully digital with our team around the country. The point is that going paperless, going digital, and streamlining your business will add profits to your bottom line without fail!

On top of going paperless, “I Challenge” everyone reading this post, to Click Here!!

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Joy In The Journey

Great article by Angela Giles, one of the founders of Showcasing Women.

As the New Year begins to unfold, we all resolve to make changes and set goals.

So why is it that only 8% of people follow through and achieve their New Year’s resolutions? It isn’t for lack of wanting to. JoyGenerally, people really want to make changes. Yet, the biggest excuse at the end of the year is that “life just got in the way.” But what is the real reason?

There have been many articles written around the subject as to the reasons behind the vague excuse that “life just got in the way.” In fact, Forbes recently outlined some of the major reasons in their latest blog post “Just 8% of People Achieve Their New Year’s Resolutions – Here’s How They Did It”, on January 1, 2014. Here were some of their most popular reasons:

➢ People have so many competing priorities it is near impossible. The solution recommended is to keep resolutions simple.
➢ Many resolutions are too vague. The solution was to set specific tangible goals.
➢ Resolutions were not obvious. The suggestion was to chart your goals in a specific manner.

However, there is an inherent underlying reason that eclipses all of those mentioned above. If this “challenge” could be handled, than all of the other reasons and excuses would just melt away and not be an issue.

The REAL reason is that people just don’t find “Joy in the Journey” of achieving their goals throughout the year.

We’re all on a new journey in 2014. Let’s do this together! Here are 3 tips for how you can find joy in your journey this year:

1. Avoid Making Comparisons
Comparing ourselves with others usually leaves us feeling either prideful or defeated, and most definitely joyless. Be grateful daily for who you are and for the gifts that make you unique and special.

2. Squash All Negative Thoughts
Someone once said, “Whatever you think, you say. Whatever you believe, you do.” Negative thoughts can only poison our minds if we carry them around on our shirtsleeves daily. As soon as you’re aware of a negative thought, imagine squashing it under your foot and grinding it into the ground. Then immediately replace the negative thought with a positive one. Our thoughts have a powerful effect on our beliefs and actions once they find a home in our minds and hearts.

3. Applaud Each Day’s Successes – Including Those Of Others
You lost another pound. Give yourself a hand! You took another step towards starting your new business. Good for you! You pushed through a fear. Yeah!

Seek out ways to contribute to the success of others. Celebrate someone else’s triumph each day, no matter how small or insignificant it may seem. Life is filled with small blessings that add up to a joyful journey; so don’t miss a single one. Write them down in a “Joy Journal” that you start now and continue with throughout the year.

We look forward to hearing from you. Share your joys with us on our Facebook page and inspire other women in process. Joy to you!

Look the Very Best You Can this Year. Live Healthy and Wealthy!!

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