Do you ever look up and wish you could fly? I read an inspiring story recently about a baby eagle who got separated from his mother and landed in a chicken farm. He was cared for there and learned to act like chickens act – that’s all he knew, because that’s all he was ever taught. Then one day he saw a big eagle flying overhead and something inside him stirred. He had always felt that there was something different about him… Now he knew: he wanted to fly, not strut around on the ground!
“Could I?” he wondered. “How do I do it? What if I fall? Why am I stuck here in this barnyard, instead of being up in those treetops?”
How? What if? Why? These questions are double edged swords:
I am having so much fun watching you achieve things. You keep doing and doing and doing more, looking for that satisfaction and happiness that you think will come. But it’s oh so temporary, isn’t it? I just love that roller coaster ride of emotions you go through. Happy and high for a bit, and then poof! It’s gone and you’re down craving that next accomplishment.
It’s so much fun watching you actually identify with your accomplishments and depend on them to make you happy!
Now I’m going to make the game even more exciting.
What do you see here? Are the orchids bursting out of their jail-like window, free at last? Or are they held back by the bars, unable to experience anything more than a fleeting glimpse of freedom? What you see in the world is guided by your beliefs – and many of them are limiting beliefs.
In fact this whole image is an illusion. It was constructed from two separate photos: one of the orchids I found in a hotel lobby, and the other of a street level window along an interesting graffiti –filled lane I visited one day. The marriage of the two photos took place in Photoshop. I erased the background around the orchid photo, and copied it into the window image, manipulating the layers so that it looked like the flowers were peeking out from behind the bars. Once this was done, I played with the lighting, so that the two parts of the image looked like they blended more naturally and belonged together. The result is what you see above: a believable image created entirely by my imagination
Before you can develop your brand, you need to develop your state of mind!
Branding happens from the inside out. It is very much a product of who YOU are and how you got to where you are today. What other skills do you bring in to the picture? Why do you do what you do? How do you do what you do? What bugs you about how everyone else in your profession does things and what do you do differently?
During a business workshop I took part in, we were given a 12” x 12” board and some markers, with instructions to draw our present situation on one side of the board and our desired future on the other. Yippee! I love drawing and went to it immediately. The board was square, so it mattered little to me which way I oriented it. (That turned out to be important later!)
Once we had our drawings done, it was “break through” time: break the board with our bare hands (karate style!), which represented breaking through our limitations
You probably know that proverb: fail 7 times, get up 8. But do you do it? So many people are held back in the prison of their comfort zone by the fear of failure, or the fear of not being perfect enough. Here’s a funny video of what happens with penguins...
Do you ever feel like you’re on top of the world, but then these clouds of doubt suddenly creep up and threaten to totally engulf you?
Look at this photo. See how solid and stable and majestic the mountains are, despite the constant movement of clouds around it. What a lesson! The mountains don’t move over to avoid the clouds: they stands fast.
Others can stop you temporarily; only you can stop yourself permanently. (Zig Ziglar)
Are limiting beliefs keeping you from where you want to go with your business? Limiting beliefs are the ideas or reasons underlying your behavior. You assume they’re factual, and incontestable. Most often, they come from something in the past that you misinterpreted, and your inner critic keeps alive. Other times, a limiting belief comes from a “should” that someone taught you that in fact is his/her limiting belief that you don’t have to buy into.
One of the areas in which I see limiting beliefs play a huge part is in talking about, or promoting your business.