What is Fear Costing You? #choosefear

Shelagh Cummins
April 14, 2014
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Whether it’s fear of failure or fear of success – fear is likely manifesting itself somewhere in your business. Perhaps it is keeping you stuck doing the exact same thing day in, day out. Perhaps you are avoiding or procrastinating something that will help you, but is out of your comfort zone. Perhaps it is making you play small by not being proactive in your sales and marketing. Who knows – we all manifest fear in different ways – just like we all are afraid of different things. This video has changed the way some entrepreneurs are facing their week. They are choosing the fear as opposed to avoiding it. This can be a game changer – perhaps this is the week you will increase your prices, or reach out to the perfect client for you. Perhaps you will choose to grow your community filled with ideal clients or be … Continued

Overcome Potential Obstacles

Shelagh Cummins
March 17, 2014
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The Girl Scout Motto:  “Be prepared.” Before we look at HOW we’re going to get to WHERE we’re going (your vision), consider how you can be prepared for the obstacles that will come up.  Because let’s face it—bad things happen.  And while it’s unreasonable, and perhaps even just a bit neurotic, to have the backup plan for the backup plan for the backup plan, a little preparedness goes a long way when it comes to identifying potential problems along the road to success and planning ahead for them. Brainstorm potential roadblocks—some things that may throw your priorities out of alignment—along your particular path to success for this year.  You should have a clear vision of where you will be at the end of 2014.  Take a good, hard look at that picture. What things could get in the way of that happening for you?  Remember—this is not WORRYING or FRETTING.  … Continued

A Clear Vision Paves the Path To Success

Shelagh Cummins
March 11, 2014
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Tweet: You can’t get where you want to go if you don’t know where you’re going. via @ShelaghCummins http://ctt.ec/38AdY+ The saying may be old and overdone, but it’s tried and true, and a principle that’s easy to take for granted. Determine exactly where it is you want to go, so that when the rubber meets the road, you will have a clear destination in mind as you begin to navigate your roadmap to success. First things first—your vision, or that snapshot of where you want to be at the end of all of your blood, sweat and tears, depends greatly upon your priorities in life. And it is those priorities played out in your daily life that will drive you toward that end goal and ultimately success, in your relationships, family and business. Priorities vary from person to person, and can be anything from physical health, to rekindling the romance in your marriage, to making tons of money! … Continued

Powerful Decisions

Shelagh Cummins
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You know when you want something so bad you can taste it? You know when your goal seems so far and out of reach? Sometimes, the biggest step to take is simply to decide. Make the decision. It’s amazing what you are capable of when you put your mind to something. Tell me. What big decision are you making to help move you closer to your goal?

The Power of a Power Word

Shelagh Cummins
February 21, 2014
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  What’s In A Word?    So, we’re coming up on the end of February, and I’m wondering… How are those New Year’s resolutions coming along?   I know.  I know.  I can almost hear the groans… through the airwaves… as you momentarily put down that Little Debbie.  I’ve been there!  And I think we all have.  You see, it’s taken me a while to figure it out, but I’m not really much of a “resolution” girl after all, and I’d venture to guess, you’re probably not either.  After all, if we’re really honest with ourselves, just how effective is some totally blown-out-of-proportion goal that we actually stick to for oh… about two weeks?   So what’s a viable alternative to the pesky resolution that may just set you up for your most successful year yet?  It’s called the “power word.”  Yes!  There is power in a word.  And we all … Continued

How to Balance MomBiz and Full Time Work

Shelagh Cummins
September 19, 2012
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September screams transition to me. The kids transition back to school, families transition out of summer mode and into new routines, women transition into their fall and winter wardrobes, and many moms find themselves transitioning back to work, even if they own their own MomBiz. Running a family and a business is craziness on its own.  Add into the mix the challenge of balancing a part time or full time job while building a MomBiz – and things can go downhill, very quickly. Here are 5 Tips for Balancing your MomBiz and a full time job. (At least this is how I manage it all!) 1. Priorities When you return back to work, your MomBiz gets pushed down the priority ladder.  That means priorities are going to shift inside and outside of your business. A little soul searching is needed.  Some questions to get you started: – Do I really want … Continued

5 Steps to Building My Community at BlogHer12

Shelagh Cummins
July 31, 2012
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4000 influential, online women. All in one place. Women who run their own blogs and their own businesses. Rooms full of brands that want to connect with online women. Welcome to #BlogHer12. This is the perfect community building opportunity. Having experienced it last year, I also know it can be overwhelming and crazy busy.  There are people everywhere, there are parties every minute, there are sessions to attend… and hello.. it’s in NYC so there is a city to see. My goal last year was just to experience the whole conference. It had been suggested that I create an intention for attending the conference – but I never turned my intentions into actions. I arrived home feeling shell shocked and wondering what had just happened during the previous days.  So this year I promised myself I would be crystal clear on my intentions for the Conference – and to create … Continued

5 Must-Read Business Books

Shelagh Cummins
July 24, 2012
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It can be lonely out there – facing your business on your own. So where do you get inspiration? Where do you learn? I am an avid reader, and when I find a book I love, I hang on tight. These are 5 books that have changed my outlook, my habits, my thoughts and my direction in my business. 1. The 4 Hour Work Week – by Tim Ferris The beauty of running your own business is making your own hours – the skill of managing your time effectively and not working around the clock is a pinnacle of success for many. Understanding how to work smarter, not harder, and embracing the concept of living large – instead of putting it off.  I love the concept of living more and working less!   2. The E-Myth Revisited: Why most small businesses don’t work and what to do about it – … Continued

How To Network When You’re An Introvert

Shelagh Cummins
July 19, 2012
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Just because you run a business, doesn’t mean you are an extrovert who can sell a dirty sock – loudly. In fact many of the most successful entrepreneurs are quiet, reflective and introverts. The definition of an introvert – according to Wikipedia is – someone who tends to be more reserved and less outspoken in groups. They often take pleasure in solitary activities such as reading, writing, and using computers. An introvert is likely to enjoy time spent alone and find less reward in time spent with large groups of people, though he or she may enjoy interactions with close friends. Introversion is not seen as being identical to shy or to being a social outcast. Introverts prefer solitary activities over social ones, whereas shy people (who may be extroverts at heart) avoid social encounters out of fear,and the social outcast has little choice in the matter of his or … Continued

A Night with the Toronto Mompreneurs Group: The 4 Pillars to Love Your Business

Shelagh Cummins
July 3, 2012
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I love speaking. I love facilitation. I love educating. I love helping others. When Sara Vartanian, Founder of the Toronto Mompreneurs Group asked me to speak at her launch, the answer was a resounding YES! Why? Because I got to delve into my passion and do what I love with a group of women I truly believe in. It was a no brainer. Sara had read my post about How To Bring The Fun Back Into Your Business and she thought it would be perfect topic for her women. I talked about the four pillars on which to focus when your business is no longer fun. 1. Priorities We evolve, we change, our schedules change, our priorities change. The thing is, our businesses often stay the same.  So when our priorities and our business are out of alignment – that is a recipe for disaster. It’s important to sit down … Continued