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You read it. You obsess over it.  It might even be your favorite blog.  (Well, besides this one of course!)  It’s the one, the only….

And who’s featured on it this week in the very popular biz ladies section?  As the expert that she is?  The one, the only….

Jackie Trepanier

MY Coach!  (That’s right people, I knew her when.)

In her article, she helps readers find their own mentor.  She leads them through the process including getting started, finding the right person and developing a meaningful relationship.  I really can’t encourage you enough to do this.  As you already know, having a mentor has been the difference for me.

Congratulations Jackie!  You’re going places.  Please don’t forget the little people when you’re at the top.

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Tums weren't going to solve my problem.

This past week I had a lot of anxiety.  I hate feeling this way, so I didn’t even want to admit to my coach, Jackie.  But luckily I did and she gave me three ways to alleviate the stress.

1.  Talk about the problem.  Don’t let your concerns swirl around your head and grow.  Discuss your thoughts with a friend or mentor.  Getting it off your chest will feel good.  Also, you might discover its not so bad after all.

2. Walk through the details. For me, I was concerned about a timeline.  By going through each due date to the ultimate goal I was able to find some wiggle room.  That extra space literally gave me some breathing room.  I bet you can find some relief in your details too.

3. Asses the true consequences. What will happen if you miss that deadline?  Don’t get that one deal?   Aren’t the first one done?  I mean, what will really happen?  My world wasn’t going to fall apart and I doubt yours is either.

What gives you anxiety?  What do you do about it?  I’d love to hear about your tips and techniques too.

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As with every Wednesday night, I coached with Jackie last night.  We talked about stuff.  Good stuff.  I might even tell you about it at some point.

But today I have more exciting news from her.  Cultivating Coaching – her business and her site – are officially launched!  (Check out the image above for a preview.)  The site design – including the custom social media icons below- were done by Kimberly Fisher.

I love supporting female entrepreneurs, but this one hits especially close to home.  Jackie’s coaching has been the difference between me thinking about having a business and actually having one.  I know she can find those differences in your life too.

Go to her site to see what coaching is all about, how you can change for the better and find out more about Jackie.   You’ll learn more about Cultivating Coaching, but more importantly, you’ll learn more about yourself.

Charming custom social media icons for Cultivated Coaching created by Kimberly Fisher.

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Jackie is the Timon my Pumbaa. Yes, I realize in this scenario I am a warthog.

My coach, Jackie, does a great exercise to help me get un-stuck.  We’ve used it so many times recently to solve problems, I had to share it with you.  Here’s how it goes – simplified, of course.

Me:  Jackie, I don’t know what to do!  I can’t figure out how to tie my shoes.

Jackie:  Hmmmmm.  Tying your shoes is difficult.

Me:  I know!  How anyone ties their shoes everyday is beyond me.

Jackie:  OK, how would you tie your shoes in the future?  Like 5 years from now?

Me:  Oh, well, by then I would be an expert at tying my shoes.   I’d make the loops with ease.  Pull just the right amount.  I’d never even need to double knot!

Jackie:  Then THAT is what you should do NOW.

Me:  <Slaps hand on forehead and nods vigorously.>

Do you see what Jackie has so gracefully done?  Taken me out of the nitty-gritty of the now and elevated me to the goal in the future.  Helped me visualize what’s possible.  REMOVED THE LIMIT.

Try this exercise yourself and removed your self-imposed limits.  I personally guarantee results.  Great ones.

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You did something you don't like, what do you want, a cookie?

“Our coaching calls definitely take on one of two forms,” Jackie said to me after we finished our meeting tonight.  “The first kind,” she continued, ” is the big thinking, big breakthrough kind.  The second type is more of what we had tonight.  Task oriented.”

Sounds thrilling, right?  Task oriented.  Barf.  I even dislike opening Numbers (the Apple version of Excel) sometimes because I know there’s a list of tasks in that program.

Jackie elaborated further, “Your voice even sounds different on these types of calls.  You really plow through it.”

As she said it, I realized there was even a crick in my neck from literally having my head down.  I was going through every task on the Big List, giving Jackie a status update and talking about the due date.  After we were done reviewing all my goals, Jackie gave me her input and I made some notes.

For all my ill will towards “task orientation” I feel great after these calls.  Having a coach as a sounding board keeps me focused, accountable and moving forward.  It makes me organized.  It makes me good at being detailed person when its not a natural strength.

I also feel a great sense of accomplishment knowing exactly where I am in every part of my business.  Its like the feeling you have when you dread getting off the couch to workout, but when you’re sweating and finished you feel awesome for doing it.

Who’s the person keeping you accountable?  How do you get the things done you don’t like to do?  And what’s the reward?  Please share any tactics you find valuable – I’m sure they will be for others as well.

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Jaz-Z: A man who takes risks. Seems to have worked out OK for him.

As you read earlier this week, I was mad I wasn’t taking enough risk.  Before our weekly meeting I sent my coach, Jackie, a list of things I wanted to discuss and that risk issue had stars and lighting bolts around it.  In return Jackie wrote back:

I suggest we cross #2, #3 and #4 off our list first tonight in coaching so you can have the space to think BIG. Empire BIG. Like, Empire State of Mind Jay-Z Nearly a Billionaire BIG.

Excellent.  She got it.  I played the song a few times.  Once I sat in my desk and watched the video.  Then I got up, danced around, did air punches.  It felt good.

One of my other issues was I didn’t feel like this blog was visual enough.  Most of my favorite blogs are very visual.  The subject lends itself towards that or the person is a photographer, designer, etc..  This lead Jackie to ask me:

“What is your strength?”

“Um…well my strength is finding all the right pieces and putting them together to complete the vision,”  I replied.

“And what parts and pieces are missing from the blog?”

“I don’t know…” I lamented.

Jackie tried a different angle, “Where do you see this empire in the future?  What are you talking about on the blog then?”

Easily I started rattling things off, “I’m writing about the next bags, the latest person to carry a bag and how they wore it, the women’s organization we are helping and the bags we gave them, the redo of our office lobby, the awesome people who work here and the promotions they get, my lunch last week with Martha Stewart…”

I was out of breath.  “Well, why not put all the in the blog?” Jackie questioned.

“Because it hasn’t happened yet.” I said matter-of-factly.

Then it hit me like a ton of bricks.  I actually had to fall back in my seat.  “Jackie!” I shouted, “THIS is the big risk!  Putting my goals out there!  Thinking big out loud!”

Jackie had a smile on her face I could see through the phone.  “WOW.”  she replied, “That IS it.  I got chills.”  We were both thrilled with the breakthrough.

“Now, you can dare to say it out loud.  You have permission.  You will get there faster by putting it out there.  This means you don’t have to be afraid.”  Jackie easily listed all the fabulous things that would happen by taking this risk.

This.  Is.  Huge.

Now I’m ready.  Ready for my “if you build it, he will come” moments.  Ready for the risk.  Ready for the reward.

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The Big List

The Big Gulp - What happens when you forget something on the Big List.

Everyone has lists.  Your to-do list, your follower list, your friend list, your grocery list, your Christmas list, your bucket list.

Well now I have the BIG list.

My coach suggested I come up with a list – and a subsequent timeline – of what needs to be done between now and my launch in April.  Line items include everything from interior fabric to waiting lists to 1-800 numbers to hosting to copyrights.  It is a BIG list.

Its not the size of the list that worries me.  (I get stuff DONE.)  And even though its a little daughting, its not even really the timeline that’s keeping me up at night.

Its the things that I have no idea about – the things I can’t even fathom I need/what – that give me the most strife.

What am I forgetting?  What am I leaving off the list?  What’s going to smack me in the face at the worst time and make my stomach drop to my toes?

If you’ve gone through a launch and have any suggestions, please let me know.  I’d love to learn from your big list/big gulp moment.

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