Long time, no speak. I’ve been working on a new book idea along with my other responsibilities. When I get in that deep thinking creative zone, sometimes my blogging gets put on the back burner. [...]
Publishing a blog is likely one of the lowest cost, highest impact marketing tools every brand has access to. No matter what you do or sell, it’s a tremendous opportunity to tell your brand stories, help customers, influence and educate readers and enhance your brand edge.
“Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it.” Salvador Dali Some days writing is effortless, fun and comes like breathing, easy and without much effort. Other days writing can be really hard. It’s like climbing the tallest mountain with no sight of the top and brutal weather beating up every inch of your soul.
The last 60 days I’ve been MIA from social media. Except for a few random tweets, my social channels have been inactive. While social media is seductive, persuasive and can influence behavior and actions that impact my economy and help build my brand, I consciously opted out. WHY? My plate has been full with other branding projects, speeches and personal obligations that required my brain and bandwidth.
NOTE TO ALL READERS - Starting next week my blog updates ezine will hit your mail box every Wednesday. Instead of 3-4 posts in one mailer, it will only have one blog post per week, but will be on a regular schedule.
Call me crazy. Yes, I did. I said no to a luxury vacation in the mountains of North Carolina in a $2.6 million dollar, 5,000 square foot, McLodge just off Cedar Cliff Lake. My boyfriend and his family rented this gorgeous place and invited me to join them and I opted out in the eleventh hour, even losing a $300.00 plane ticket. Why? Because the past 6 months, I have been super busy, and have not had my ample "just me" time, to think, write and create beyond my obligations, including my blogging. And as a creative, highly sensitive (HS) person this is like cutting off my oxygen. I’m not complaining, I am grateful my life has been filled with giving keynote speeches on branding, working on a very exciting global brand transformation, enjoying two great relationships, one with a smart guy and the other with a very cute dog.
Condensed soup, perfume and now skimmed news, all pack an intense punch of value in a smaller space than their fuller counterparts. In a world with seemingly less time and so much more to consume I've identified three tighter, smaller and concise was of getting three important things done in my world. 1) Read theSkimm.com. This daily feed of the top 3-4 news stories keep you informed even when your day does not allow any news reading, TV watching or much dialogue with your well-informed friends.
When people ask me what one most important action I take every year has contributed to my achievements the answer is simple. I work from a success plan. This success plan includes what I really want in life and in business and how I will get there. I've been doing this for the past 12 years and I believe it's a fool proof way to manifest any set of goals. If you've never done a success plan before, it does require some soul-searching, deep thinking and a good chunk of time the first go round. But once you've done this the first time, then every year all you do is update and the time investment is minimal. If this process is seems overwhelming, don't procrastinate. Break it down into small pieces. Just write one section a day. In a week or two, you should have a critical tool to speed up your path to success.
Creativity is the fuel for all progress in life and business. And the good news, CREATIVITY is within everyone's reach. While some people are born with a stronger creative twist to their thinking, creativity is a skill that can be learned. Developing a deeper creative mind is one of my favorite passions in life. I'm always looking for new resources and thought leaders that can help me produce more creative juice so I can enjoy my journey and achieve my goals. Here are three books on the subject of creative thinking and enhancement methods that have helped me be more creative thus adding more value to what I offer the world, my clients, followers and friends. If you are looking to boost your creative power, I highly-recommend you check these out.