Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Dealing with Fear

A big part of being willing to fail is to get over the fear. There are lots of different opinions on how to do this and on our Courage Crafters Show we are interviewing experts on the topic.

One is Amanda Murphy, the Courage Lender. We like Amanda's take on many things including her thoughts surrendering to the outcome. This really does allow you to stop the constant fear and worry from taking control of your life.

Our next Guest is Susan Jeffers, author of Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway! The show is this Thursday, August 2nd. Be sure to come listen and download this podcast as well as all our other shows!

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

A Perfect Mess

Are you stalling out on your plans because you are afraid to fail? AKA: You are a perfectionist! You might be relieved to find out about the book, "A Perfect Mess".

There is some compelling research that shows a messy desk isn't as disastrous as previously believed. Could it offer some benefits of its own? The answer seems to be Yes! This is great news for me. I actually enjoy piling everything on my desk and sorting through. Tom Peters has a great interview with one of the authors of the book, Dave Freedman, on his website.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Stop Letting What Others Think Rule Your Life

One of my (Andrea) favorite "fun" books - not business books - is "Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination" by Helen Fielding. She also wrote the Bridget Jones books. It is a fun read about a crazy-ish girl who ends up as a "spy" in all kinds of unbelievable situations.

The main character, Olivia, has some Rules for Living that she goes by. Her "rules" while not maybe as powerful as those from Tony Robbins or Jack Canfield or other personal development gurus are actually quite profound.

Examples include: Rule 1) Never panic. Stop, breathe, think. Rule 10) Only buy clothes that make you feel like doing a small dance. But here is my favorite:

Rule 2) No one is thinking about you. They're thinking about themselves just like you.

This is a huge element to being willing to fail your way to success, to learn to go for no, to do things that stretch you that others may doubt your sanity over! Do you keep yourself from doing what you want because of others? Many people are willing to easily give you their thoughts, even criticsm but then they go on their own way - worried about their own lives, not even thinking about you!

Don't let your worries of what others will think of you ever, ever, ever stop you!

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Go for No Video

As part of our upcoming Go for No! Workshop-In-A-Box program, we include a 49 minute video of Richard Fenton delivering his Greatest Success Strategy in the World keynote presentation. Watch a clip of this video now on You Tube.

Thursday, July 5, 2007


We sure love talking about the power of "no." Today's episode on our VoiceAmerica Business - Courage Crafters Show was all about "Go for No!"

Next week, we have on the authors of "Repotting" Ginger Pape and Diana Holman. These ladies have written a great book. I think my favorite quote (although there are many) was Rule 6 in the "Rules of Repotting" which is to Find Your Authentic Self - Write Your Story. They say, "Women toady are asking themselves: Why put off being who I really want to be? We don't have the luxury of living a "practice" life."

We believe that life should be crazy, fun, mixed up, and an experiment. Fail! Succeed! Repot!

So, on the subject of "repotting" I, Andrea, had actually never repotted an actual plant. Truth be told no plant ever survived long enough. Except... for the last two years I have had a wonderful plant that has grown and grown despite being under my care.

So I took my plant, got in the car and went to the local nursery where I planned to have them repot my plant. However, as the nice woman at the nursery explained to me - who I was going to PAY MONEY to for this repotting service - they don't do it.

With instructions, a new yellow pot, and soil I left to repot. As it turns out the roots of this plant had become so twisted, tangled and long that I literally had to cut off the pot to finally get it out. The amazing news is I did it and the plant is still living. I was so excited that I called my mother to tell her and, buoyed by my success I repotted my other 2 plants.

So, lessons I learned: 1) If you don't repot often enough your roots get so long and tangled it gets harder and harder. 2) No one will repot for you. 3) I am a repotter both in my plant life and life-life.

Listen to our next show The Courage to Grow next Thursday, July 12th at 10 am!

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