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You Don’t Have to Be the Best to… (and another one of my favorite sculptures)

Sculpture by Creative Heroine Paige Bradley

You don’t have to be the best mother to be the best mother to your child.You don’t have to be the best at relationships to be the best date with solution and understanding the partner you’ve chosen, and whose chosen you, has ever had.

You don’t have to be the best at helping others live better lives to actually be doing that ~ helping others live better lives ~ who, as a result, feel their best or feel the best they’ve felt in weeks/months/years.

You don’t have to be the best in championing for worthy causes to be the best you making a you-sized dent in your chosen part of a movement, in your part of the world.

You don’t have to be the best, but you might have to be ~

Present.

Committed.

Attentive.

A better listener than a talker, yet also always inching towards being a more loving, more responsible, more honest and more courageous communicator than the day before; a connector of those words to actions.

Resolve to being.

That may just be it.

Resolve to being.

Enjoy your business, enjoy your life!

Life is good,

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p.s. If you need to hear it another way — You don’t have to be the best to be so GOOD.

You are an artist (how about that for perspective)

If you normally look at things, the entity or project you’re working on, the one others, or most, have said isn’t possible or won’t work that way and don’t entertain it, not even for a second, you’re an artist.

A writing artist.

A fashion artist.

A business artist.

A marketing artist.

A student artist.

A relationship artist.

A growth artist.

You may or may not call yourself that out in the world, but knowing it can make all the difference. It changes the way you walk, talk and allow yourself to think about everything else that comes in front of you, giving you multiple angles and perspectives to get to the solution, the solve and ultimately to true, authentic success.

Powerful branding ~ and a colorful, expressed, unprescribed life ~ is allowing yourself to look at what’s in front of you (yourself included) and calling it as you feel it.

Enjoy your business, enjoy your life!

Life is good,

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What Breaks Your Heart Most (+ 2017 p.s. message)

You’ll have enough. In fact, you’ll have more *and* enough…

The more you continue growing your business in 2017 allowing yourself to be motivated by philanthropy (self-serving ~> soul-serving), you’ll find an emotional currency and purpose-driven energy, that’s almost impossible to match.

With that greater purpose and unique energy, the money that rolls in, won’t stop. Giving or, let’s say, energy genuinely going out, is energy that comes in… it’s love and it’s law. Love law. (Love that law).

But, the first domino, especially today, is the ‘getting hands dirty/being more supremely involved’ domino. 2017 asked us loooong ago to step.it.up.

If you’re your own boss and even if you’re not, get a plan together for how this will happen.

You are a philanthropist.

A human for humans, a humanitarian.

You are both the woman who is known for forgiving (no time for drama when you’re here to change the way we all live, for the better) and the business woman known for her giving.

There are many, many causes already started (or those who need a woman just like you to start them), aligned with your business/movement/brand.

There’s no shortage.

These causes are looking for hands (yours) to bring, lift, write and carry, and hearts and ears (also yours) to sit alongside to listen…to be with those who don’t feel loved, a part of, or listened to.

Having experienced it first-hand this year in Greece at the Filippiada refugee camp and via hospice locally in Los Angeles the last six months, I can tell you these ongoing direct experiences, have completely transformed everything I think/do/say and, most what I work towards and will be supporting others to do more of, alongside building their brands. And, it’s the same thing.

All of it, everything you do or don’t do, either grows or builds you and this entity we call your personal brand ~ or it doesn’t. When you consistently build, or help others grow, you meet next level, “external” revenue growth.

In short, your brand is most powerful when you’re either heard/seen having grown yourself or when you’re heard giving from it and telling *those* stories…

I know you feel it as deeply as I do because I’ve had countless courageous conversations with many women about all of the above…let’s ride that wave of genuine emotion and be that feminine force, the enriched echo of creativity, purpose and service.

There may problems and challenges around us and around the globe, but, part of the solution(s) lie in using our genius, creativity and ability to create something, seemingly out of “nothing”. When we do this, we’ve begun to realize our true potential as entrepreneurs and human beings.

The way many of us have been doing business no longer feels in exact alignment with what the world actually needs. Continue sending money to your chosen organizations, and also consider folding in the getting hands, hearts and ears involved on-the-ground piece. Having a direct experience with what moves you will move the world.

You’re here to move the world.

Enjoy your business, enjoy your life!

Life is good,

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p.s. The CEO Soul Circle (business) mastermind: Uniting Creativity, Purpose and Service for Meaningful Leadership (MMSS 2.0) opens its doors mid-February.

If you’d like to learn more about CEO Soul Circle, our next business mastermind group (+ service trip) starting in February, email us back and we’ll send you the PDF on it!

Here’s hoping our collective 2017 is filled to overflow with hope, peace and the spirit of generosity. We are all so much better with all three.

Unlikely Brand Thoughts

Anything that grows you, grows your movement (the thing we confusingly call your business).

Spend less time worrying about what makes you look good and more on what makes you grow good.

Self awareness + responsibility in all the ways that comes.

Tough conversations.

Break ups.

Make ups.

Travel.

Supporting others who will never become your clients (service/true generosity).

Eventually what makes you look good is what’s grown you — good. More now than ever in your world, these two need to become the same thing.

Personal development IS brand development.

In fact, it’s everything development.

Enjoy your business, enjoy your life!

Life is good,

michelle-black-sig-md-light

 

 

 

p.s. If you’d like to learn more about CEO Soul Circle, our next business mastermind group (+ service trip) starting in February, email us back and we’ll send you the PDF on it!