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Do I Really Have To Network In Person?

This Self-Care Sunday, I’m starting a series on networking as an introvert. I work on talking to strangers when I’m out because I know I need that help, and am trying to work with my daughter about getting more out of her shell.

For this example, let’s use “Rachel.” Rachel had always been an introvert. She enjoyed running her online business and participating in virtual conferences and video chats. When she decided to give networking in person a try, she was nervous.

For her first event, Rachel attended a small conference and found she really loved it. Not only did her business grow as a result of participating in the conference, she also discovered the benefits of networking in person.

Magic Happens in Person

If you only do online marketing, you’re often left to guess many things, including the chemistry you have with another person. But in person events give you a chance to discover who you click with.

Often, you’ll discover more common ground at one event than you will in fifty online messages. That’s because messages can be carefully worded and edited repeatedly. While networking in person, you don’t have that luxury. As a result, you’re more likely to make genuine connections based on who you really are.

Partnership Happens in Person

Maybe you’ve had an idea for a new course that you’d like to create that’s been in your head for months. Maybe you’re listening to one of the event speakers while you dream up a new project idea. Maybe you’re participating in a mastermind session and another participant is so passionate about what they’re doing that you know you want to partner up with them in the future.

While it’s true that you can find partners online to share in a project, it can be fun and rewarding to partner with someone that you’ve had a chance to meet in person. You know their personality, their energy, and their style from spending time together at events.

Branding Happens in Person

It’s easy to think that your brand is simply the colors you use on your website or the logo that’s on your social media accounts. But branding is so much more than that. Branding is your personality and the way you communicate it.

When you attend in-person networking events, you get the chance to see your brand through fresh eyes. You might discover that you need to tweak your brand’s story so that it resonates with your customers. You might learn that you need to let more of your quirky personality shine in your content, something that’s scary to do online as well.

When you’re an introvert, in-person networking can feel scary. But it’s also exciting and can help you grow your business in new ways.

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Look for more in this series!

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“The Invisible Path To Success” Review

It’s What We Learned Wednesday and I recently read the book “The Invisible Path to Success” on the advice of a friend. The idea behind the book is that there are “unseen forces” that operate in our lives every day and that those unseen forces can be consciously tapped by us. It does sound a lot like prayer, but may help people who are more spiritual than religious (myself included).

The author proposes that the primary unseen force is actually a part of us–higher self, if you will. He calls it the “director” and uses the analogy of your life being an immersive movie, like a really good 3D movie at the theater. He says that we can get help in our daily lives, either understanding something that’s happening or getting what we want, by addressing this director directly via journaling. My friend said that she thought the author said to name your director, but I did not see that in the book. However, I can see how it might be easier to be able to address your journal entry to a named entity.

Further, many of the unseen forces are the directors or higher selves of others. When you make a request of your director (e.g. “I want to have this type of love experience next.”), your director sends out a casting call to the other directors to see who would be willing to play that part. This aspect of the author’s theory is used to explain why things like children with cancer or widespread starvation such as in Ethiopia decades ago can occur–they are actors who have agreed to play certain parts. Feel like you’re living in a simulation yet? It’s like the Matrix, but with a little more control!

The author gives seven steps for using the Invisible Path to Success:

  1. Let go of opinions and do what works for you. Try things to see if they work. Don’t accept someone else’s truth as absolute.
  2. Take your seats to the best show in town. Part of you is the star of your life’s movie, part is the crew (subconscious) setting it up, and part is the movie director (higher self).
  3. Turn off the cruise control. Live more mindfully. Try to ask consciously, at least sometimes, “What does this mean?” and “How should I respond?” instead of all decisions being based on prior programming.
  4. Reach out and touch someone. We constantly send out “ads” for what we want in our movies (lives); all “ads” are taken literally, including any post scripts such as “I want ____ dollars and this kind of house, but I’m not good enough for that.”
  5. Tap all your resources. Communicate with your director and crew. Increase your intuition using books, CDs, etc. to better be able to listen to your director.
  6. You don’t always get what you want, especially if it goes against your movie script or the current movie scenes. Your conscious self is not running the show.
  7. Sail with the winds of change. Don’t be anchored down by constantly living in the past or future.

He also includes sections on the following:

I found the book very interesting and empowering. It’s kind of comforting, in a way, to think that maybe I agreed to the (major) bad things that have happened in my life rather than think that (1) it’s just random chance or (2) God/Goddess either doesn’t care or has it in for me. I feel like it gives some of the power back to me and that’s a liberating feeling.

I wrote a note down at the end of my notes from the book that I don’t know if it’s the author’s words or mine. Probably the authors:

“You’re never alone and you can’t make a mistake.”

Comforting, don’t you think?