Rise Up

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Rise Up

Master I have fallen into the abyss,” he says.  “The waters are deep and dark.”

“Remember one thing,” replies his master.  “You do not drown simply by plunging into the water, you only drown if you stay beneath the surface.
— Paulo Coelho

These words rang out to me while doing some early morning momentum reading this past week from one of my ongoing inspirational go to books by Paulo Coelho, Warrior of the Light.

The words rang out because they so depict how we can feel as if we are drowning in a failure that somehow has appeared or seems about to appear in our life. It’s one of the reasons we usually avoid making change because we fear so much that element of failure.

This is especially true when it comes the topic I want to talk to you about today… money. I heard from a number of people from last weeks letter that their missing ingredient was money.

When money is in flow it gives us many things including food on our table and a roof over our heads – which is why it is so important to us. Yet it can become evasive if we don’t understand how to manage the flow of it.

Money is usually one of the key indicators to tell us whether we are headed in the right direction or not when it comes to the success we are seeking in our lives.

The act of worrying about money never solves the issues it may have created in our lives – usually it only makes it worse and keeps us from getting to the surface to find our ultimate daily joy.

What if every time you started to think you were drowning in money troubles you shouted the words “RISE UP!” and in doing so envisioned yourself coming to the surface of your perceived current money troubles?

It’s not the money itself – it’s the habits we have around them and what we want to do with it that matters. When the weight of money troubles keeps weighing us down it’s easy to stay weighed down.

It’s much easier to face our fears when we know what they are. When we can give the needed attention to the exact elements within our money troubles that are in fact creating the lack we can begin to make the needed changes. 

A great book I just finished reading is You are a Badass at Making Money by Jen Sincero.  This is a book goes into the aspect of money in a pretty realistic and intuitive way. Jen shares her insights in going beyond how she was living her life constantly stopped by money well into her forties. 

I did an honest and quick book review on my podcast. Take a listen to the latest episode or dive in and get the book

It’s time to rise up on your money woes. Let’s go do this!


To Your Success and Victories,

- Cheri

Cheri Ruskus
Business Strategist and Founder of the Victory Circles

Email: cheri@businessvictories.com 
Phone: 303-652-1718
Web: victorycircles.com

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One Missing Ingredient

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One Missing Ingredient

Motivation gets you into the game – habits keep you there.
— Jim Rohn

What would you say is the number one missing ingredient in your business (or life) right now?  That one single thing that if it came together as envisioned in your minds-eye all would be good in your world?

It’s interesting how some things seem to come together so easy and some things in life that just seems to take forever!  We can get started, get distracted and then somewhere along the way try again and in the meantime miss an opportunity.

What’s important is to find the right formula to turn a good idea into a great idea without taking your eye off of it. That usually takes without a doubt what Jim Rohn talked about in today’s quote – motivation mixed in with some good habits in place around implementation.

This is also known as innovation that is more often than not is based on keeping our foot firmly on the gas pedal and not letting up until the idea has fully come to life.  Something that is much harder to do than just say.  Especially when you may lack belief and every two seconds you feel like you should be putting on the brakes.

In my initial work with my entrepreneurial clients I see all the time that they are missing the formula for creating a habit around keep to the course in order to bring the ideas fully to life.  And I say fully to life because you must look at it from all angles.

It inspired me so much I wrote an article for Colorado Biz Magazine last week – in honor of Halloween Digging into the Graveyard of Ideas

There are five major components:  

1.     Understand the Pain Point to begin with.

2.     Innovation Factor and the solution it will provide.

3.     Bring the idea towards Profitability and the role it will play.

4.     Passion Points - Know what will keep you interested and engaged.

5.     Marketing Reach – allow the world to actually see this idea as you bring it to life.

The reality of the all the work that may need to be done to get what you want can be overwhelming and scary all at the same time. An idea fully brought to life requires a whole lot of commitment.

When we cook we have to commit to using every ingredient. A lack of confidence on just one ingredient can completely ruin the recipe. To thrive with your business and personal ideas, they need every ingredient in the process to be used properly and confidently.

It’s a mindset thing. Our inner critic tries to protect us, but without the right ingredients this inner voice can restrict us from moving forward.

Question for Reflection
What is your missing ingredient to take that big idea where you need it to go in the immediate future? Is it courage, focus, belief, passion, creativity, profit, innovation, marketing, or  _______?

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Fresh Start

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Fresh Start

You don’t have to be great to start but you have to start to be great.
— Zig Ziglar

We are so lucky that every single morning when we open our eyes to a new day we get another chance to have a fresh start.

Life has a bunch of twists and turns. Some twists can bring us to our knees with overwhelm, grief, stress and despair. Others turns along the way are delightful surprises continuously bringing unexpected joy from the simple pleasures and simplicities of life that we all have at our fingertips.

The problem is that our extremely complex brains can get overwhelmed with tasks and then the stress slowly creeps in. Stress over time can have serious consequences.

So how do we maintain joy over time? The key to maintaining joy is how well we navigate the stormy seas within our own minds. How carefully we enter into our days respecting the power of our very own mindset.

I have spent many years refining my own morning routine and lately I have been seeing a growing need from my clients for creating a morning practice that creates positive energy for the day. Every day.

There is a huge need for entrepreneurs to move beyond the challenges and have a mindset full of clarity, creativity, and courage. Every day.

Today I am so excited to the release my latest online program: Morning Momentum. Every day for 21 days you will get a new lesson unlocked that will teach how to start your days in a whole new way.

What could be more important than the attention and respect you give to your very own mind, heart and soul at the very start of the day? The new dawn each day wipes the slate clean and gives us the chance to have a fresh start. 

In this program I will share with you the practice I have developed that gives me great joy and allows me to remove a great deal of stress from my life. Every day.

Over the course of 21 days (the number of days it takes to create a habit) I will give you the tools via a daily audio recording. By building your own personalized practice one day at a time it will allow you to start making your morning a time of personal empowerment. A time to develop a deeper understanding of what YOU want to have happen in the day ahead.

Here are the topics we will be covering:
Day 1 - Own Your Morning (unlock now)
Day 2 - Your Happy Place
Day 3 - Finding the Sunrise
Day 4 - No Alarm Clock
Day 5 - Coffee First Please
Day 6 - Spiritual Bliss
Day 7 - Excuses Be Gone
Day 8 - Journaling
Day 9 - Reading
Day 10 - Intention Cards
Day 11 – Meditation, Breathing, and Letting Go
Day 12 - Music for the Soul
Day 13 - Candles, Incense, and Essential Oils
Day 14 - Creating the Habit
Day 15 - Peace and Quiet
Day 16 - Daily Word
Day 17 - Acts of Gratitude
Day 18 - Being in Nature
Day 19 - Planning Your Day
Day 20 - Stretching Your Body
Day 21 - No turning back

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Imagine finding the time in your life to give yourself an extra hour each morning starting tomorrow morning! You can step into your own morning groove that refocuses the way you are looking at the world. In the process… you are giving yourself the respect and attention you deserve. 

Question for Reflection
Today is a fresh start. Where are you going to take yourself?


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To Your Success and Victories,

- Cheri

Cheri Ruskus
Business Strategist and Founder of the Victory Circles

Email: cheri@businessvictories.com 
Phone: 303-652-1718
Web: victorycircles.com

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Deep Joy

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Deep Joy

We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.
— Buddha

Last week I shared with you the three characteristics of Clarity, Creativity and Courage that I talked about in my recent keynote, A Leap of Faith.

It seemed to hit a vein with so many of you, my readers, that I thought that this week I would share with you a condensed version of the talk in my Courage to Be the Difference Podcast.

This podcast I share with you today starts at the point of asking yourself just how happy are you today and then moving forward from there. Why? Because taking a leap of faith can actually takes us closer to our deepest joy filled moments.

One of the elements I talk about in using these characteristics is getting past the metaphorical corner, that intersection between here and where we want to go.

Sometimes because we want so much we have a hard time focusing on the exact roadmap we need to get us there.

In this talk I share my challenge this year to get my self in the physical shape to ride 100 miles around Lake Tahoe.  That feat, as those of you who have been with me all year know, I accomplished last June proceeded by 1,000 training miles.

As with anything a key in all we do is the support we have along the way.  I want to give a shout out to long time friend and fellow coach, Don Smith who gave me so much support in preparing for Leap of Faith.  His expertise in the field of coaching people to speak on stage was invaluable to me.

From my vantage point it is all about the joy in the journey – no matter where each of our journeys are taking us.

Have a most awesome, focused and empowering week ahead. 

 

To Your Success and Victories,

- Cheri

Cheri Ruskus
Business Strategist and Founder of the Victory Circles

Email: cheri@businessvictories.com 
Phone: 303-652-1718
Web: victorycircles.com

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Leap of Faith

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Leap of Faith

In order to be who you are, you must be willing to let go of who you think you are.
— Michael A. Singer

Without a doubt the twists and turns life takes us on are something that actually can serve us … in one way… or another.

3 months ago my son Travis said to me, “Mom you should do more just purely motivational talks.”  I smiled at the thought and immediately let it go because my primary focus over the last 5 years has been business and marketing.

The very next day I got an email from the Executive Director of a Performing Arts Center that I had done marketing workshops for this past spring asking if I did any… “Motivational speaking.”

A coincidence – I think not.  Of course I knew without a doubt I had to take on the challenge.

The topic was domestic violence for a local women’s shelter benefit in Artesia New Mexico that the Arts Center was hosting.

I pretty quickly came up with the title, Leap of Faith. The last few months on and off I created the message taking some real world experiences from my childhood onto the stage with me.

This required many hours of thinking, creating and heart felt searching on this important topic.  Shockingly 3 out of 5 women will experience some kind of severe domestic violence in their lifetime. It’s more of an epidemic than I ever realized.

I gave the talk, and while I have always loved connecting with people in order to make a difference in their businesses… this gave me the opportunity to make a difference at a much deeper heart level.

The icing on the cake was the people who came up to me in the lobby of the event afterwards and shared how my words had been so impactful to them. My message was about finding joy in your own life no matter your adversities. Finding joy in the journey everyday to in fact help you get past the adversities.

One woman came up to me and shared that she hadn’t found many reasons to smile in five years and starting the very next day she was going to take my suggestions to heart (literally) and change the way she had been dealing with the grief of her husband’s death.

The speech required me to step up to find this message about what it takes to create a Leap of Faith.

1. Clarity
Happiness matters. Asking yourself where you stand on the happiness scale everyday – from 1 to 10. 1 being you can’t get out of bed to 10 loving life. What is stopping you today from having a 10?

2. Creativity
When our creative genius comes to life (yes we each have it) it gives us freedom to live with our truest self.

3. Courage
It’s our greatest challenge to move beyond the stories of our past in order to create our present and future.  What do you need to let go of in order to leap to your next best self?

Here’s to finding your leaps in the week ahead that will bring you closer to the joys of your life.

 

To Your Success and Victories,

- Cheri

Cheri Ruskus
Business Strategist and Founder of the Victory Circles

Email: cheri@businessvictories.com 
Phone: 303-652-1718
Web: victorycircles.com

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Heart Opportunity

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Heart Opportunity

You take it on faith, you take it to the heart, the waiting is the hardest part.
— Tom Petty

My wish for you and for each of us as we head into the week ahead is to continue to find ways to work together in harmony. It might take a little more time to achieve what you want, and as our beloved rocker Tom Petty sang so well.

Watching what unfolded with the Las Vegas tragedy confirmed once again that the most important opportunity is to fully embrace our human connections. This includes both personal and business relationships.

Authenticity in all of our relationships is what allows us to be our best self.  Sometimes it seems like we have to make up stuff to make others happy. The best relationships are the ones built on trust and honesty.

With this in mind I would love to share with you my recent podcast episode with Author and Sales Coach, Liz Wendling.  

In this podcast, Ditch the Pitch on LinkedIn, Liz and I talk about how to be authentic on LinkedIn and in any environment. Liz gives some great insights in how to get out of your head and into your heart when it comes to maintaining and creating new business relationships. Here’s to a great week ahead!


To Your Success and Victories,

- Cheri

Cheri Ruskus
Business Strategist and Founder of the Victory Circles

Email: cheri@businessvictories.com 
Phone: 303-652-1718
Web: victorycircles.com

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Brave Connections

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Brave Connections

People are wonderful and they can be hard.
— Brene Brown

Who would you love to collaborate with using ease and grace?

The important art of cooperation gets lost in the needs to be right and usually all parties lose in one-way or another. 

No matter what side of the fence each of our beliefs sits on - when do we stop blaming someone for not believing what we believe and work towards being able to blend ideas and opportunities? 

With the Master Mind Principle of Cooperation on our plate to explore this month here in the Victory Circles I was surprised and delighted when the next book on my reading list became Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown (the audiobook version is my favorite).

While the book was not exactly what I expected it was exactly what I needed. I was pleasantly surprised and quickly got into the message of her next no doubt best selling book.  

Here are 3 key elements from the book that got me stop and think about this important and life-changing topic of cooperation:


1. Conflict Transformation

Changing the term conflict resolution to conflict transformation and really thinking about what that implies. Transformation in its definition includes change in position of axis.  How can we change our axis – our alliances to include more thoughts and ideas that differ from our current ones?


2. Brave Leadership

Creating a culture of true belonging and having others feel as they belong even if you share different belief systems. This is when true growth and learning occurs. This is the place where we can find peace though the road at first might be bumpy.


3. Human Connection

Moving beyond having things being lousy and spending our days looking at the world pissed off because we cannot find perfection.  Having the difficult conversations not with anger at the core but with a desire to find that true resolution for all parties concerned. 


Questions for Reflection

  • How brave are you in your daily quest to collaborate and cooperate?
  • What is getting in the way from asking a potential collaborator to meet over a cup of coffee?
  • How can you remove this obstacle?
     

To Your Success and Victories,

- Cheri

Cheri Ruskus
Business Strategist and Founder of the Victory Circles

Email: cheri@businessvictories.com 
Phone: 303-652-1718
Web: victorycircles.com

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Word of Desire

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Word of Desire

No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.
— Robin Williams

This week I want to share a very simple concept with you that can assist you in the quest to focusing better on the things that matter to you in your life.

One of the elements that can start your day in a positive way (morning momentum) is to choose a word that will guide you throughout the day. 

By spending time in the morning to get your head together and gaining perspective for the day amazing things can happen especially around your inner joy.

With all the thoughts that pop into our head each day (50,000 of them on average) this one word will help to ground you.  You could change it on a daily or weekly basis depending on what you are wanting to achieve in your life currently.

Simply either write it down on a post it note that you will see throughout the day or even have it pop up on your phone as a reminder every hour or so.  When the world starts to scatter you throughout the day come back to that word.

For example, if your desire in the day ahead is to insure you have confidence make the word confidence.  Looking for purpose?  Make the word purpose.  

The difference between those who find their hearts desires and those who don’t is not taking the mandatory time each and every day to recalibrate your inner GPS.  By doing so you can figuring out where you in fact really want to go and with whom. 

Start with one word, that’s all… let’s get focused and make it happen.
 

To Your Success and Victories,

- Cheri

Cheri Ruskus
Business Strategist and Founder of the Victory Circles

Email: cheri@businessvictories.com 
Phone: 303-652-1718
Web: victorycircles.com

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Sunflower Power

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Sunflower Power

Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.
— Oprah Winfrey

One of my favorite symbols of summer is the majestic sunflower.  Here are 3 key ingredients that parallel between the power of the sunflower and the power of your business.  

1. Attraction

What I never imagined when I first started growing sunflowers in my garden was how much the birds love them.  Wasn’t even on my mind and it has been one of the greatest joys of this flower.  

Business Power Analogy – Many times we start a business expecting one thing and yet we attract something else entirely that gives us even greater joy.  The key ingredient is to fully pay attention.  

2. Beauty

These are the moments when you think there can’t be anything better.  And then one day the flowers begin to fade and you know that it’s time to move onto something new.

Business Power Analogy – Our businesses have seasons.  Some of us have seasons of customer interactions determined by time of year and then there is a season of product/service life.  We need to be prepared for the next stage of the journey.  

3. Planting

The action of the birds munching on the sunflowers inner seeds actually distributes the seeds throughout the garden. Some people might find it annoying, but I find it magical. I have plenty of players helping to support the growth in my garden and keeping the flowers blooming year after year in places I wouldn’t have thought to even grow them.

Business Power Analogy – How do you spread the seeds within your business?  What is the support you have to spread your thoughts ideas not only within your organization but beyond.  Something tells me my neighbors benefit from the fruits of my gardens labor…who benefits from the spreading of what your business has to offer?  


Wishing you a powerful fall season ahead!
 

To Your Success and Victories,

- Cheri

Cheri Ruskus
Business Strategist and Founder of the Victory Circles

Email: cheri@businessvictories.com 
Phone: 303-652-1718
Web: victorycircles.com

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5 Second Rule

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5 Second Rule

You can’t change the past but in 5 seconds you can change the future.
— Mel Robbins

Today of course is a day in history that those of us who lived through it will never forget.  9/11 has become a day that represents courage beyond our wildest imagination.  It also reminds us how drastically life can permanently change in 5 seconds.

With that in mind, I want to ask you to now shift your thinking in the opposite direction and think about the positive changes that have come to you over the span of 5 seconds. 

Maybe it’s the moment you said “Hello” for the first time to that person who became your significant other. 

Maybe it’s that moment you said “Enough” and decided to quit your previous job and pursue something new.  

Maybe it’s that moment when you step outside in the morning and feel the fresh wind blowing on your face to inspire you for the rest of the day.  

I want to share with you a transformational book that that I just recently read that is a game changer.  It’s based on the idea if you don’t act on something positive in the first 5 seconds it may never happen as you want it to. 

This new book is called The 5 Second Rule – Transform Your Life, Work, and Confidence with Courage by Mel Robbins.  I urge you to either pick it up hard copy, eBook, or Audible audiobook (one of my favorite ways to read these days).  

What is one thing you have been saying you want to do that you keep finding excuses (time, money, courage, etc.) that keep you from getting it done?

How would your world change if you acted within 5 seconds of having the desire to do something? 

What positive desires come to mind as you read this? 

Ready?  5, 4, 3, 2, 1.  Go!  
 

To Your Success and Victories,

- Cheri

Cheri Ruskus
Business Strategist and Founder of the Victory Circles

Email: cheri@businessvictories.com 
Phone: 303-652-1718
Web: victorycircles.com

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