Anticipation Formula

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Anticipation Formula

It’s not about having luck or hope – it’s about having the right formula.
— Jeff Walker

I have to say this morning brings a smile on my face that goes from ear to ear.  This morning at 4:28 am here in Colorado… Spring arrived!!  Now begins the chain of events of welcoming my favorite two seasons of the year: spring and summer.

Spring represents anticipation to me.  Anticipation such as when you are about to open a present.  You know it’s going to be awesome and the anticipation of the gift is almost as magical as the gift itself.

As the earth yawns and begins its deep awakening there is such a great reminder of all that is possible.  This reminder includes the fact that all that is possible won’t happen all by itself… confirming that anticipation and the hope it brings will not be enough for a full and fruitful garden.  

Ideas without action lead to broken dreams. We have to do something proactive in order to bring our ideas to life! The time is NOW to roll up our sleeves and productively get to work. 

Yes, there will be cold weather flowers that will start to appear now like magic. Yet to have a fully abundant garden that can stand the heat of the summer months I have to begin composting and planting seeds.   

This is exactly what happens in our businesses to promote new growth.  We can’t just sit around dreaming of what seed we want to plant... We have to get out there and actually plant these new seeds when the timing is right.   

Remembering snow is of course still possible until May, I will start first with planting the cold weather crops such as lettuce seeds.  

Even if I am unsure of what exactly to do with a new crop I am curious about I have consistently found that by simply following the instructions on the seed packets this tells me when and how I should be planting.

The good news is that I am not the first person in the world to grow these different types of seeds :)

Many people don’t plant seeds because they take time and patience to reap the rewards.  Everyone wants the finished product after only one watering.  The reality is that things like lettuce pop up quickly, whereas my beloved Zinnia Flowers will take months of watering and nurturing in order to go from seed to blossom. 

Seed selection and timing of the seasons determines how quickly things will grow.  

The fastest growth usually has the shortest life span.  A tree takes years and years of growth, versus a flower which will live through just one growing season.  

In my work as a Business Coach I see too many business owners wanting to grow a massive tree and are disappointed when they only end up with a small flower.  The difference is because of seed selection, patience, and the nurturing that follows.  

To understand what your growth requires is all about having the correct anticipation formula…


For Gardeners
Seed selection + watering + time = GROWTH

For Business Owners:
Business idea + action + patience = GROWTH


In celebration of this day I want to give you the gift of spring with a free download of my e-book and companion audio recording: Planting Seeds for Business Growth and Success (normally $35!)

In this gift I further share the steps to how planting seeds in your business and life can make such a difference. 

Here’s to your abundance and growth possibilities in the seasons ahead.  Happy Spring!

 

To Your Success and Victories,

- Cheri

Cheri Ruskus
Business Strategist and Founder of the Victory Circles
Email me: cheri@businessvictories.com

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Time Zones

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Time Zones

Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.
— Harriet Beecher Stow

Well we have sprung forward here in the U.S. and daylight savings time has come to pass. Hopefully by now you have been sure to set all your clocks where they need to be today.  While you were at it, have you had a chance to pay attention to what is going on with your inner clock?

Since none of us got an all-inclusive pass to stay forever when we were placed on this planet… time is an element we look at to monitor our past, present and future selves. 
 

  • Do you spend most of your time thinking of the way it used to be?
     
  • Do you simply notice what is right in front of you in the present?
     
  • Are you always dreaming of what could be in the future?
     

Have you have found a nice balance of all three of these time zones?

Over the course of the past week I have had the joy and opportunity to spend some really awesome time with my daughter, Bailey, while we attended a conference together in San Diego, California. 

What a joy for me at this point in my life to enjoy my children as adults.  Loved them to pieces as kids, moved through the turbulent teenage years, felt the sadness of their leaving the nest, and now I simply enjoy being with them in their new homes whenever the opportunity comes to pass.

Since both of my grown children live in another state, I find these times of connection fuller and richer because I don’t want to live with regret or not get the most out of our time together.

Acceptance of what is and what is possible is a fine balancing act to be sure. Winter turns to spring and life continues to evolve.  The question becomes can we evolve along with the changing of the seasons of our lives?

I would challenge you this week to fully look at how much you are enjoying the present.  No regrets about the past and no angst about the future.  Just enjoying the moments of what is right now - today.

Sitting in the presence of today can actually bring us our greatest joy as we count our blessings, even if it is simply the ability to breathe fully each day. 

With that said, it’s important to still learn from previous failures in the past as well as have a clear vision for where you want to go in the future. Awareness of all time zones will enrich your present moment experience even further.
 

  • Can you look toward the past as having given you just what you needed at that moment in time?
     
  • Will you accept what was, so you can fully be happy with what is?
     
  • What gives you the most joy right now? What restricts you from experiencing it? How can you consistently move past that restriction?
     

Gather up your thoughts of time and relish in the fact that you are still here to enjoy the life you have been given with those who love spending time in your company.

I wish you a week full of happiness… in whatever time zone you are in ;)

 

To Your Success and Victories,

- Cheri

Cheri Ruskus
Business Strategist and Founder of the Victory Circles
Email me: cheri@businessvictories.com

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Crack the Code

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Crack the Code

If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.
— Maya Angelou

Now I will admit right out the gate here today that I have never been “normal” - to be sure.  In fact, during the formative career days of my 20”s I was fired and “laid off” from 3 different jobs.

These events were not because of lack of talent or not getting the work done in an exceptional way, I was released from these positions because I could not conform to just being normal and robotically nodding my head up and down when given direction whether I agreed or not.

So I did what anyone should do in my opinion at that point – I became an Entrepreneur.  While it was a scary and a much more difficult path than ever imagined I was able to fully be me.  Without a doubt it has been quite a ride.

Last Sunday I sat in the morning sunlight of our new sunroom enjoying the leisurely aspect of the day and reading the book TED Talks by Chris Anderson.

His words were circulating through my head as he shared what I think is a key group of questions that we should be asking ourselves on a regular basis.

In fact, I had shared the words from his book the previous Friday morning at a Victory Circle Master Mind meeting with the women entrepreneurs at the table with me.  

It seems appropriate to share them with you now as we dive into this months’ Master Mind principle of Honoring Time. Those 24 hours in each day that we are given to utilize in the ways that benefit ourselves, and everyone else that we get the opportunity to spend our time with.  

Here is what Chris asked in regards to coming up with a fresh idea:

Think back to your work of the last three or four years; what really stands out?

What was the last thing you were really excited by? Or angered by?

What are the two or three things you’ve done that your most proud of?

When was the last time you were in conversation with someone who said, ‘That’s really interesting?’

If you could wave a magic wand, what is the one idea you’d most love to spread to the other people’s minds?
— Chris Anderson

As you step into the month of March which brings with it the season of Spring what will be your contribution the blossoming and unfolding of a good idea?  What will allow you to crack the code of finding your ultimate joy and purpose in each day?

Signs are all around us sharing the direction we should go if we open our mind wide enough to see them. Just as I knew the path I needed to take all those years ago as scary as it was.  We just need to step out and let our true self-shine.

Wishing you peace in finding your answers.
 

To Your Success and Victories,

- Cheri

Cheri Ruskus
Business Strategist and Founder of the Victory Circles
Email me: cheri@businessvictories.com

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Ten Love Truths

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Ten Love Truths

Self-esteem is made up primarily of two things: feeling lovable and feeling capable.
— Jack Canfield

Today’s quote seems pretty spot on to wrap up the Master Mind conversations this month around self-confidence.

Love along with the ability to live our life within our own unique skill sets is pretty ideal.  Add in a few trips along the way outside of our comfort zone and the uncomfortable can soon give you a great deal of confidence.

The key truths I have discovered about love stems from accepting all the individual things each of us loves as we find a way to joyfully co-exist.  Here's 10 little truths that can make all the difference...


Ten Love Truths

1.     Be grateful for what you have in your life right now.

2.     Be grateful for what is all around you in a given moment.

3.     Calm down - not necessarily slow down.

4.     Take the time to share your love with those who matter most to you. 

5.     If things aren’t going so well – take a nap (or maybe a bubble bath).  If anything, at least take some long deep breaths… breathing out the negative and breathing in the love.

6.     Reach out to a good friend by having lunch, a glass of wine, or even a quick conversation over the phone.  

7.     Appreciate the talents you have been given just as they are right now.

8.     Savor every little laugh, smile, and song.

9.     Don’t forget those who love you the most by thanking them on a regular basis in whatever way you choose. 

10. Enjoy the ability to dare to dream as you build for tomorrow and all that is yet to come.  


It was an interesting self-confidence experiment I engaged in this month through my social media posts joining the #28daysofLOVE challenge on Instagram. 

Today’s pic at the top of this letter was the number one post that was liked the most by my Instagram followers!  

Now I need your love… I had a goal to hit 1,000 followers this month on my Instagram (@victorygirl) and currently as of this writing I am at 968 with 2 days left.  If you haven’t joined my journey on Instagram, I would love to have you be part of the tribe of my first 1,000 followers!

Here’s to opening up yourself to LOVE of all shapes and forms as you unlock the confidence it brings!


To Your Success and Victories,

- Cheri

Cheri Ruskus
Business Strategist and Founder of the Victory Circles
Email me: cheri@businessvictories.com

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Pedaling Forward

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Pedaling Forward

It doesn’t matter what the tool is, it’s what you do with it.
— Casey Neistat

I bet every single one of us has known someone who has lost a cancer battle.

In fact, just this last week  another friend of mine lost his life to a multi-year battle with cancer.  His passing further enforced the need to find a cure for the many cancers that are still out there. 

Eight years ago right around this time of year I heard the word leukemia in a way that I had never heard it before.  

The word took on a whole new context as my mother’s Oncologist shared with us that my mother had Acute Myeloid Leukemia for which there was no cure.  Her 3-year battle with ovarian cancer and all the chemotherapy that had come with it had produced this new form of cancer within her. 

When my mother left the planet just a few short months later I vowed to do something to help the organization that had helped me to understand more about the disease.  

The LLS.org organization has a program called Team in Training that does physical challenges such as marathons and long distance cycling events.  

Having been a bike enthusiast most of my life, the idea of riding my bike in honor of my mom as I raised money for the cure has been with me all these years.  It has taken me 8 years to get to the courage to register for this ride that is way out of my comfort zone.

The time is at hand to go all in and I am completely focused with the training that is required to complete the 100 mile ride around Lake Tahoe in a single day on June 4, 2017.    

It is now completely clear to me as someone who asks others to step beyond their fear levels on a regular basis – that it's time for me to do this thing that brings up so much fear and emotion in me.  

With that I need your help and support.  There are two aspects to this ride… 

The first one is 100% on me and requires intense training. I have started in full force and will have to continue to increase in the months ahead.  I will be keeping you posted at the bottom of each Victory Letter of my weekly biking miles I have traveled to have you help me stay accountable to do the work.

My long time friend Erica (@bonosgrl on Instagram) has joined forces with me and together we have formed a team called the Pedal Girls.  Erica shares my passion because she too lost her beloved sister to cancer. 

The second piece of this effort is the fund raising commitment to help support this amazing non-profit.  If you are reading these words and any of this is resonating with you, I am asking for your help.  Check out our Pedal Girls website for more info and a link to donate.  

I want to ask if you donate and also have someone you loved that who lost his or her life to cancer to let me know via email: cheri@businessvictories.com . Share with me their name and story of how they made a difference in your life.  I will be riding for them as well on June 4th.  I would also like to share their story on our Pedal Girls website! 

My bike is going to be the tool that brings this home for me along with those who donate and share their stories.  I hope that you can ride along with me.  

Here is to a week of pedaling forward!


PS Here is one more tool that will be of benefit to you if you are looking to increase company profits.  My good friend and colleague Mike Michalowicz is releasing tomorrow his revised and expanded copy of Profit First – an amazing book that started a bit of a revolution in the way that small business thinks about the best way to look at profits.


To Your Success and Victories,

- Cheri

Cheri Ruskus
Business Strategist and Founder of the Victory Circles
Email me: cheri@businessvictories.com

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Love the Work

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Love the Work

Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.
— Confucius

As a kid I fondly remember Valentines Day.  It was a big event in our lives growing up.  The annual class Valentine Party where you shared gifts of sweet little cards with wishes of love and friendship on them.  

The cards along with the sweetness of candy always made the day special because it allowed everyone to freely share how much they cared.   

Raising my own kids I did the same thing and added in my own version of ideas from heart shaped pancakes or French toast to even a heart shaped meatloaf for dinner.  

Little unexpected gifts of love were always there as well as helping my kids create the cards for their classmates.  

Sharing love is simply a cool thing to do.  Which is why it’s nice that we make a day just for that reason.  Especially right now with the lack of love that seems to be in the air.  However, that seems to be shifting too!  

Be sure to join me in #28daysoflove over on Instagram.  

I was impressed by the number of Super Bowl commercials this year that focused on love – as did Lady Gaga’s brilliant performance.

Love is not just for our personal lives – it slips into our business lives when we love the work that we do and who we get to do it with. 

This week as my valentine gift to you I have a bunch of new "love the work" mobile wallpapers for you to download and enjoy throughout your busy moments when you look at your phone!

 
 

The thought is this … Life can get crazy… and in the all the “doing” we can forget the blessings our work provides us each day.  It starts with the things that our work gives to others and to ourselves.  The icing on the cake is when we actually enjoy the act of the work itself.  Let’s love the work!  I know I do and hope you do too!

Happy Valentines Day!  


To Your Success and Victories,

- Cheri

Cheri Ruskus
Business Strategist and Founder of the Victory Circles
Email me: cheri@businessvictories.com

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A Special Gift

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A Special Gift

You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars you have a right to be here.
— Max Ehrmann

The End Leads to the Start

Sometimes when least expected the universe can hand us a nice beautiful gift that gets us to thinking differently. 

This past week – my husband returned home from a boy’s only, week long “epic” ski trip to Telluride. We then sat at one of our favorite restaurants sipping on margaritas and munching on tacos as he shared the stories and pictures of the amazing time he had with his east coast buddies.


Self-Confidence Has Many Forms

As one discussion lead to another I got to thinking about self-confidence in it’s many forms including the ability to head down double black diamonds with others of your same skill level (something I know nothing about). 

As my mind wondered looking towards this month and our focus on the tool within our psyche that serves us best – self confidence - the words from a poster that used to hang on my wall as a teenager popped into my brain.

I was originally thinking of it with the wrong words – no less than the moon and the stars you have a right to be here. I can remember looking at that poster (super cool at night with the black light on it) and feeling there had to be a reason I was put on this planet. Many nights I looked at it for hours through a blaze of tears trying to not feel so unraveled and alone. 
 

Searching for the Light

Finding positive connections back then was super critical for me as I tried to get through the craziness of my parents divorce and all that came along with that life crisis. All the while I was dealing with being a teenager as well. To say I was an extremely lost soul at the time is putting it mildly.  

Fast forward to our return home after our taco feast that night I scoured the internet trying to find this poster from the late 60’s early 70’s. Sadly, the original beloved poster was not to be found.  However the origins of the words were. I really love the discovery process Google can put us on at times even if we can’t find what we were originally looking for.    

It was then that I discovered the full writing of this poem called Desiderata that somehow has missed coming into my life other than that one line on the poster.  

So the rest of today’s Victory Letter is my gift to you in sharing this beautiful poem Desiderata – Latin for “desired things.” Enjoy it and I urge you to share it with someone who could use a little boost this week.  Remember in doing so - the more we can boost the self-confidence of others the better we can be fully in step with our own. 

It’s the little things like these words from a poem or a meal with a loved one that really matters most.


Desiderata

A Poem by Max Ehrmann

Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons.   

Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.

Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.

And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be.

And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.


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To Your Success and Victories,

- Cheri

Cheri Ruskus
Business Strategist and Founder of the Victory Circles
Email me: cheri@businessvictories.com

P.S. Join the #28 days of love challenge on Instagram!

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Step by Step

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Step by Step

Everything big starts small.
— Peter Thiel

No matter what daily obstacles flare up, each one of us has the power to make positive changes happen in our lives and in the lives of other human beings we serve in the process.

In a time when everyone has found the easiest route towards complaining and feeling powerless, it is the power you possess inside of you which can set you free.  

Remember way back… 30 days ago to be exact… when we welcomed in a brand new year?  Along with it we had our hopes, dreams, and goals to get us there. Those beautiful ambitions that made the year ahead seem a whole lot more inspiring!

Well here is the deal: goals take a whole lot more to achieve than just thinking about them.  They take focused work and attention to the details as we have been talking about all month.

The reason 92% of the people never complete a new goal is because they don’t know how to take action step-by-step, inch-by-inch. 

If you are having trouble creating goals in the first place, here is a link to our free Goal Planning Worksheet.

Once you have the rubber meeting the road, it’s time to take those goals and start building them into small pieces that you can actually drive towards. Use the Race to Victory Productivity Worksheet to keep the momentum going.

If this year is the one where you want to make a difference no matter what else is going on in this crazy world of ours then keep asking yourself – “if not now, when?”

To take it one step further, world famous photographer Chase Jarvis had a great little video I stumbled upon this week in which he asked, “What if every time you found the words I don’t have the time coming out of your mouth in response to doing something you responded to yourself loud and clear this is not a priority for me right now.”

When we find the time for what matters most to us, then what matters most to us happens. Look at your calendar… when are you actually making your new years goals a priority in your daily life?  

You also to believe so strongly in your idea that you can look past the naysayers (including your own inner critic) to go ahead against adversity and make this the year you make a difference in a whole new way!

If you are having trouble completing these exercises by yourself I am more than happy to help you with some custom strategy and support.   Simply send me an email with your current pain points and we can talk about how to take the next steps forward. 
 

To Your Success and Victories,

- Cheri

Cheri Ruskus
Business Strategist and Founder of the Victory Circles
Email me: cheri@businessvictories.com 
 

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Energy Remedy

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Energy Remedy

Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.
— Barack Obama

Stop – Look – Listen

Life gets busy.  There is always so much to do when you are fully in the game. 

Energy by definition is the “ability to do things, vigor, forceful effort, power supply or source, capacity to do work.”  

As I sit to write todays letter to you, these three words are the message I am clearly hearing – and how they affect the energy we walk into each day possessing. 
 

An Easy Solution

Late last week I came home from teaching a workshop, sent out a few emails, and looked at all I had to do that was on my desk, in my calendar and on my mind.  Then I did something I haven’t done in quite some time. 

I went into our new sunroom, laid down on the couch that was full of sunshine coming in through the windows and… took a nap.  Not a quick power nap, but a long, juicy, deep and fulfilling hour and a half nap.  If felt great!

By stopping myself literally in my tracks, I was able to clear my mind from all that was spinning in it and calm myself at my core.  It makes me smile now thinking of how something so simple as a nap can make such a huge difference in terms of energy and workflow.

This is a gift we can easily give ourselves when we take the time to listen to our own inner wisdom.  Turns out the to do’s could wait because the biggest to do was to re-energize!
 

Energy Suckers

What is currently zapping your energy?  What can you do to remedy this?  

Energy comes in all shapes and forms.  Our resistance can be holding us back more than the lack of time we usually blame it on.

Perhaps it’s resistance to daily movement and exercise.  Perhaps it’s resistance to not hanging out with people who you know continue to create negative energy.  

There are many types of energy suckers and when we can realize what’s causing them we can find our own best remedies by not letting them come into our lives.   

There are some people we cannot avoid in our lives both personally and professionally such as a close relative or co-worker.  

However, we can change how we allow their negative energy to affect us.  Sometimes it can be by taking a brisk walk after encountering them or talking to someone else who you know will uplift your mood.  Maybe it’s even playing your favorite playlist! 
 

The Path to Positive

The key is to understand your own best energy sources and utilize them as much as possible. This could be finding time to rest during the day or getting out and exercising - depending on what your body is telling you it needs.  

Focusing on what matters most to you, your business, and your physical body that allows it all to happen is really what will assist you the most in attaining the goals you set for yourself. 

Have a great week ahead doing what serves your personal energy the most!


To Your Successes and Victories,
- Cheri

Cheri Ruskus 
Author, Business Growth Coach, 
and Founder of the Victory Circles   
www.VictoryCircles.com

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Measured Practice

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Measured Practice

What would you say has been your greatest masterpiece to date?

As we craft our year ahead and take the needed look how we want it unfold, it is important to plan out the race before you and insure your masterpiece takes on a new flow in the year ahead.  

There will be shifts in the planned road for sure – and that is when the good stuff begins.  

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