• Faith,  Personal Development,  Work

    On Work Ethic and Fear

    On Work Ethic & Fear | SheWillRise.ca

    Yesterday, I started reading, “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” by Robert Kiyosaki. The very first lesson is that “rich people don’t work for money… they make money work for them.” And, within this lesson, another said, “we need to learn to control our emotions — to think before we act”.

    Robert shares that most people (the 99%) are driven by the emotions of fear & greed… fear of not having enough money, and then greed about what things they will buy with the money they do get.

    These two fears never completely go away. So, we need to learn to control them … to respond (after thinking), rather than react (without thinking).

    After finishing chapter one, I set the book aside, needing time to let it all sink in. And, as I put some of my other books back on my shelf (ones I’d been reading the day before), my eye landed on “The Motivation Manifesto” by Brendon Burchard. So, I pulled it down and started skimming through it, as something in my gut prompted me to do so. And, sure enough, there was a whole chapter titled, “On Fear”. So, I sat down, and read through that chapter.

    Where I started off, it talked about the “weaklings” — those who fear effort — calling them “worshippers of ease” and “escapists” (all of which struck a nerve). It talked about them having given up their power to absolve themselves of the responsibility of living a remarkable life. Ouch.

    Brendon writes, “They don’t have the resolve to pursue their highest selves, or any meaningful purpose … [But] what good is a life without struggle? … What mastery can there be without real effort…?

    This made me think, again, about how I’ve never been driven towards “mastery” or “excellence” in anything. I’ve never cared to excel; good enough was good enough.

    Yet, I’d also researched “work ethic”, this morning (along with what the Bible says about this topic), learning that it’s about dedicating oneself, and giving your all toward somethinghaving certain principles that guide your work behavior. And, in combining that with these two new insights from these books, I’m starting to see that the value of all of this isn’t the outcome or the result. Its value actually lies in the fulfillment that comes from knowing you gave it your all, and –more importantly– that God is glorified by our dedication, integrity, diligence, and commitment to the task at hand.

    For me, the outcome has almost never been worth the effort I’d have to expend; it wasn’t worth me forfeiting things I’d rather be doing with my time.

    But that, there, is also faulty thinking: that “my time” is my own!

    God says we are to be good stewards of this life, including — maybe especially — our time… because my whole purpose for existence is to know God, love God, and to make Him knownto do as He calls me to do… not to whittle away my days, being comfortable, scrolling social media, and gluttonously feeding my ego with motivational quotes.

    So, the true fulfillment isn’t in what we get from the work we do (eg. the money, or all that it could buy). True fulfillment lies in giving our all to the work, itself, because that honors God — which is the whole point! In using the gifts and talents God gave us, in service to others (with a good attitude, and with excellence), we are bringing glory to God, and being –proving ourselves– set apart for the Kingdom.

    And, honoring, and bringing glory to, God is FULLY worth my time… it’s the only thing that really is!

    By knowing that our joy and fulfillment come through doing the work, it seems all the more imperative to me, too, that we choose work that best uses the talents and gifts God has given us… choosing work that brings us joy.

    Do you know what work best aligns with YOUR talents & gifts? If not, feel free to set up a time to chat with me (30 minutes, no obligation), and we can get you some insight on that!

  • Entrepreneurship

    The Entrepreneur Mindset: It’s Not About You!

    The Entrepreneur Mindset: It's Not About You! | SheWillRise.ca When you first start out in business for yourself, it’s so exciting to get everything set up. You choose a name for your company, you set up your website and social media platforms, you pick out a color scheme, and you decide what you’re going to offer to your audience. Best of all, you’re finally escaping the 9-to-5 grind… or, you’re starting on the path towards that. It’s only a matter of time.

    After a couple of months of being “open”, and doing promotion and other things you’re supposed to do as a self-employed business owner, you start to get discouraged because, for all of your efforts, you’re mostly hearing crickets… maybe you got a little bit of interest, but it’s been nowhere near the fanfare (or income) that you’d expected.

    What’s the deal? Are you just not cut out for this whole entrepreneurship thing? Are you just not trying hard enough?

    Here’s a hint: Go back and re-read the first paragraph of this post, and notice the word that appears (in two versions), over and over throughout. Did you catch it?

    That’s the problem. It’s been all about you. In actually, “your” business is supposed to be all about …them.

    Who are they?

    “They” are your audience and potential customers. Without them, you’ll never have a business, only have a hobby. Because, they are the ones who are supposed to be paying for your offerings.

    Doesn’t it make sense, then, that it should be all about them?

    So, let’s come at this from this new perspective. Let’s go back to the beginning and put this together with our audience in the spotlight.

    START WITH WHY

    In this book (and TED talk), “Start With Why“, Simon Sinek talks about how the most successful brands (eg. Apple, Inc.) don’t start with what they offer, but instead, why they’re offering it. The reason for this is because we, as consumers, shop first based on our emotional response — and then we justify our decisions with logic. It therefore makes sense to start by thinking about why you’re offering this particular product or service, and why your audience needs it. Also, why did you decide to get into this particular business?

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    Next, you’re going to need to think about who needs what you’ve got to offer. Whose problem aligns with why you feel compelled to be an entrepreneur?

    After all, that’s what business is all about — solving the problems others have, and getting paid to do so. It’s an exchange of value.

    The tricky part, here, is finding a balance between who has a problem you can solve, but also who fits the profile of someone you’d most like to work with, or serve.

    Depending on your business model, this second bit may or may not matter. For example, if you’re opening a retail store, perhaps the customer’s personality type isn’t going to matter; whereas, if you’re offering a service like coaching others on-on-one (or, even in a group setting), it’s going to matter a great deal whether or not you and your customer get along!

    This topic needs far more depth than I have the space to go into, in this post, so I’ll do another post about it at a later date (or, you can dig into this more with me, one-on-one).

    HOW

    Simon Sinek also says that “customers don’t buy what you do; they buy why and how“.

    So, the next question you need to ask yourself is this: How will my product or service help my audience get what they want? How will it solve their most pressing problem?

    Notice that you’re not yet touching on what the customer needs. They may not even know, yet, what they truly need. All they do know is that they have this problem, and they want relief… they want it solved.

    So, answer the question they’re really asking, which is, “what’s in it for me?” How can you (your product/service) solve their problem?

    WHAT

    Finally, you’ll need to come up with what you can offer that answers all of the above questions. To recap:

    • Why are you offering this, and why does your audience need it?
    • Who needs what you’ve got to offer?
    • How does it benefit them? (What’s in it for them?)

    There are other questions you’ll need to answer, of course (like how you’ll offer these solutions, what you’ll charge, etc).

    The key, though, is to always keep your customer at the forefront of your mind in everything you do throughout “your” business.

    .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .

    How has this post opened your eyes to changes you could make in your business set-up or thinking? Let me know in the comments (or, message me!)

  • Multipassionate

    Why You Are Not Crazy

    Picture this: You find something to do that you really enjoy, so you dive in and completely, happily submerse yourself in learning all you can. You feel like you’ve found your “thing”.

    But, after a while, you start to get restless. You wonder if this isn’t really your thing, after all, and your attention wanders.

    All-of-a-sudden, you discover something else that ignites a spark in you! So, abandoning the first thing, you dive into this new thing and completely, happily submerse yourself in learning all you can.

    But after a while, you once again start to feel restless…

    Sound familiar?

    Why You Are Not Crazy | SheWillRise.ca

    I am here to reassure you that you are not actually “crazy” … or “flighty”… or “immature” … or “lazy”. You are, in fact, a multipassionate!

    MULTIPASSIONATE: “a person who has many different interests and creative pursuits in life.”  (aka: Renaissance Soul | Generalist | Scanner | Multipotenialite)

    When I first discovered the concept of multipassionates, through reading “The Renaissance Soul” (Margaret Lobenstine), I was so relieved! Family had always told me I needed to “settle down” and “just pick something, already!” So, I was constantly at war within myself. It felt nearly impossible to choose one thing, and accept that this would be my fate. It scared me.

    Yet, on learning that there were others who were just like me — that I wasn’t actually supposed to stay with one thing forever — I was overjoyed!

    Back in the Renaissance days, studying in multiple fields was actually encouraged. It was a good thing to be interested in music, and art, and mathematics, and scientific inquiries.

    And, check this out: It’s a very sought-after thing, these days, to be adaptable… to know a lot about many different topics is actually to your benefit! Employers love to see people who pick up new skills easily. You’re already ahead of those who don’t care to learn more, preferring to think they “know enough” already.

    Here are just a few ways you can use this aspect of your personality to your advantage:

    1. Highlight your adaptability and flexibility when applying for jobs.
    2. Become a resource — share your knowledge wherever you see a need.
    3. Combine several of your loves to form a new path of employment for yourself!
    4. Appreciate the variety in your life — that you’re never stuck in one place, forever.
    5. Think about the many new people you’re getting to meet, in all of these different areas — this makes you a master networker!

    So, be encouraged. Own the fact that you love a lot of things! Accept that you’ll always feel bored once you’ve “mastered” knowledge of a certain topic, and see it as a good thing that you’re ready to learn something new!

     

  • Entrepreneurship,  Network Marketing

    Why I Chose This Company (Part Three)

    If you’ve been following this series, I’ve been sharing about my journey through Network Marketing, and how I found the company that was the best fit for me … and how you can do the same.

    This is the final post.

    Why I Chose This Network Marketing Company (Part Three) | SheWillRise.caWhen we left off, at the end of last week, I shared how I’d just quit Team Beachbody, due to not being able to promote products I couldn’t (or wouldn’t) use, myself. I only quit, however, after finding another company that has all of the same things I loved about Beachbody, yet has products that I can actually use.

    So, what drew me to my current company? I’ll sum it up for you:

    1. Optimistic, positive company culture
    2. A wide variety of consumable products on offer
    3. The “attraction marketing” method, that I’ve grown to love, is taught all the way from corporate-on-down
    4. Their weight loss system includes a focus on the Mediterranean-style diet, plus drinking enough water, and walking — all things which I’d planned on doing, anyway
    5. I still have the opportunity to become a leader, and to build a large team
    6. On the all-expenses-paid vacations that you can earn, this company actually includes a day of “mission work” — being of service to the poor in the local community where the vacation takes place! (I know, right? Awesome!)
    7. We’re still encouraged to do regular personal development (I’d do it, anyway — let’s be honest 😛 )
    8. There’s the opportunity to earn residual income & bonuses, just from selling the products! (which is awesome for those who — unlike me — have zero interest in building a team of their own).
    9. This company’s compensation plan actually rivals Beachbody’s… it’s a bit confusing, at first, but once you grasp how much possibility lies within it, you’re crazy not to try this company out — just sayin’. 😉 It’s incredible how many ways they give you to earn, too. There are even certain bonuses that pay out daily, and the company gives you a debit card to go along with that!

    So, yeah. There are many reasons why I moved over to this new company, and why my intent is to stay here for as long as I possibly can.

    There is so much potential in Network Marketing, that I truly believe that everyone who has even the slightest interest in working for themselves, some day, should look into this model. Use it to “get your feet wet” — because, unlike with traditional self-employment, network marketing gives you that built-in guidance and support… you aren’t left trying to figure things out all on your own.

    That, and the products and ideas are already there for you. Plus, all of the hard parts are done for you (shipping, customer service, inventory, etc). The sales & marketing parts are what you’ll get to learn from those who’ve already been doing this.

    It’s just an all-around great deal, if you ask me.

    Now, add to all of the above the fact that there is far less risk involved, and a really tiny investment compared to traditional start-up costs ($39-$499, versus $1000+), and you really can’t go wrong.

    Even if the company you end up choosing ends up being not the right fit for you, there are still hundreds of other options to choose from (seriously).

    So, that’s why I love this industry, and why I want to highly encourage you to consider trying it out. See if this isn’t the best thing you’ve ever done. I dare you. 😉

  • Network Marketing

    Why I Chose This Company (Part Two)

    If you read my previous post in this series, you know that my first experience with network marketing was with a kitchen tools company (that I loved) called, “The Pampered Chef“. However, because I didn’t have the ability to grow my (then, face-to-face) network, and there weren’t any “consumable” products, it was time for me to move on, after a four-year stint.

    Why I Chose This Network Marketing Company (Part Two) | SheWillRise.ca

    My second company was Jamberry Nails (they sell nail wraps in a variety of patterns). This was around 2014/2015, and because I love doing my nails, I thought this company would be a great fit for me.

    However, I ran into a snag when I ended up being allergic to the adhesives, and not being able to continue using the wraps.

    So, since I didn’t feel comfortable with promoting something I couldn’t use myself, I had to let this company go, too.

    In April 2016, an acquaintance of mine started as a coach with Team Beachbody, and she invited me to take a look … which I did. But I wasn’t ready to join, mainly because I’d just signed a one-year contract with the local gym, so I didn’t need Beachbody. Yet, much as this gal never pushed me, she did continue to ask me about it, every now and then, so it stayed on my radar.

    I also watched this gal lose 30+ pounds over the following year, and make enough money to allow her and her family to live more comfortably. And, given that she’d started off in a very similar place to what I was experiencing, I started to think that, if she could do these things, maybe I could, too!

    As such, in April 2017, I signed up as a Team Beachbody coach.

    My favorite things about this company were these:

    1. the amazing company culture (the people) — everyone is so optimistic, friendly, positive, and upbeat!… it’s like one giant (and fun!) family!
    2. their products (shakes and workout programs) are “consumable”, meaning you get regular, repeat customers
    3. there is the ability to grow a team of people who are all working on bettering their lives, and you can become a “leader” (something that’s always appealed to me)
    4. they ask you to commit to doing daily personal development (anyone who knows me, knows that this is my jam … I love to read! …especially books in the personal development genre!)
    5. the compensation plan — the potential income you could earn from this — was better than anything I’d ever seen.

    So, what happened?

    Well, first off, while I loved the shakes, I ended up being allergic to one of the ingredients, so I couldn’t drink them.

    But, there were still the workouts… and, I tried several of them. I tried to find joy in the huge variety I had to choose from, and the convenience of working out at home (just 30 minutes a day, or less!). But, honestly, that previous year I’d spent going to the gym ended up being more my style. I actually prefer going to the gym over working out at home.

    I tried every which way I could think of to justify staying with the company… rationalizing that I could just do things my own way, but teach the original methods to anyone who joined me….I even left Beachbody and, for 3 months, tried Arbonne (too expensive for my crowd)… yet, I missed my Beachbody “family” so much, that I re-joined.

    However, I just couldn’t do it … I couldn’t be hypocritical, and ask others to do what I, myself, could not (or would not) do. So, I quit the company for good.

    … but, only after finding yet another network marketing company that offered all of the same things that I loved about Team Beachbody, yet had products that I could use.

    . . . . . . . .

    Stay tuned, because I’ll share more about this new company next week!

  • Network Marketing

    Why I Chose This Company (Part One)

    How do you know which network marketing company is right for you? Well, here’s a bit of my history, so that you can see what helped me to learn to make this kind of decision.

    (This is part one of a 3-part series).

    Why I Chose This Network Marketing Company: Part One | SheWillRise.ca

    When I originally got into network marketing, it was in 2001, and it was with The Pampered Chef, Canada. A friend had invited me to her house for a party, and once I saw the products, I felt like I just had to join to get a discount on them — I loved it all!

    These products (kitchen tools) appealed to me, because I hate to cook, and they promised to make my life in the kitchen quicker, more efficient, and easier. Add to that the fact that I could finally “be my own boss”, and have my own business (something I’d always dreamed of doing), and I was sold!

    I ended up staying with The Pampered Chef for 4 years, and absolutely loved it … except for two (2) main issues:

    First, because it was 2001-2004 that I was involved with this company, all of my business was conducted face-to-face, doing home parties. And, that was fine….while I had my warm market (friends, family, and friends-of-friends). However, because I’ve never been a “pushy”, go-getter type, I didn’t feel comfortable in promoting beyond that level. So I hit a wall, and my business couldn’t grow any bigger (side note: back then, I had terribly low self-esteem, too, so that didn’t help me to get myself “out there”, either… I hadn’t yet learned to develop myself in this area).

    My second issue was that, these products are so good that, once people have them, they don’t need to buy any more for many, many years (I’m still using some of the stuff I bought back in 2001… 17 years later!!!). So, with the products not being “consumable” (meaning, they don’t need to be purchased over and over, on a monthly basis), I’d also need to be finding new people to sell to, constantly, or else my business would die.

    And that’s why I moved on, despite my love of the company.

    I did try getting back into The Pampered Chef in around 2015, given I still love the products, and it’d been about 10 years. Plus, everything is mostly online now (I could just send people to my website). And yet, it just wasn’t the same. So, after a month, I quit again…

    . . . . . . . . .

    Next week, I’ll be sharing Part Two of this series, to give you more of the story of my journey to why I chose my current company. Stay tuned!

  • Faith

    How to Hang On When You’re Tired

    Do you ever just get so tired of trying to move forward? Do you have times where you’ve gone at things with such intensity for so long and, all-of-a-sudden, it hits you and you feel bone-weary? I do, too.

    How to Hang On When You're Tired | She Will RiseI’ve got a feisty, stubborn, independent spirit, so I tend to fight long and hard for what I believe in, and/or am passionate about. Yet, every now and then, I hit a wall, and I just cannot summon the strength to keep going.

    Can you relate?

    I’m not saying that I’ll give up entirely. Definitely not! But I think that life has a way of telling us that it’s time to slow down, step back, rest, and refresh. If we don’t pay attention, and we don’t take a breather once in a while, life seems to force us to do so, whether we want to or not!

    Some of the ways I’ve found to help me slow down and regroup include the following:

    LET IT GO

    Instead of fighting to continue, I recognize my soul’s need for a time-out, and I mentally tell myself that it’s okay — that I have permission — to let things go for a while. It’s not forever. And, by taking some time off, I know I will come back to things with more clarity, and renewed energy, later on.

    GET CREATIVE

    I got into the whole adult coloring trend, a year ago, along with the practice of Art Journaling. And, while I don’t pursue these things daily any more, I do find that they are very relaxing, they allow me to “zone out”, and they get me into a creative “flow” state for a while.

    LISTEN TO MUSIC

    Along with getting my creative juices flowing, I also love to put my earphones on, crank up my favorite music, and tune out the world for a couple of hours. Combining my coloring time with listening to music has a really beneficial effect on my state of being. It calms me and brings me joy.

    READ FICTION

    Because I’m such an avid nonfiction reader, I’m constantly soaking up knowledge, and learning, usually taking notes while I read.

    So, every now and then, I find I have to force myself to dig into a novel (fiction) in order to just relax with my book, and “escape” the world around me. I am always happy after having done so, too!

    Matthew 11:28-30 NIV

    Now, because everyone is unique, the things I do to step back and relax may be different from the things you would enjoy. The point, though, is to find what it is that helps bring you a sense of calm, and then make time for that in your day-to-day.

    How long you take time off for will always depend on your unique circumstances. If you pay attention, your body and soul will let you know when it’s time to pick up where you left off. If necessary, you can always set yourself a flexible deadline — once that date comes, you can then check in with yourself, see how you feel, and decide whether you need a bit more time, or if you’re ready to roll.

    We aren’t meant to always be “on”. Even the Master Creator (God) took time off after creating the world! Follow His example, and take a break when you need to.

     

    How do YOU make the time to relax? What are your favorite downtime activities that help you feel refreshed?

  • Personal Development

    Find Your Why

    When is the last time you tried to change a habit? How did you do? Were you successful?

    A lot of people do okay for a little while, but then things come up, and they find themselves reverting back to their old ways.

    Find Your Why | She Will Rise

    In the past, you might have been told, and/or believed that you just needed some stronger willpower. Nowadays, however, it’s coming to light that that’s maybe not the case.

    Instead, a better method is to find your “why”.

    Your why is the soul-deep reason behind the changes you’re wanting to make.

    In her book, “F.I.T: 10 Steps to Your Faith Inspired Transformation“, Kim Dolan Leto recommends that your “why” be rooted in one of three areas: relational, medical, or spiritual. The reason for this is that these are areas most closely tied to our core values. As such, our why— our reason for wanting to change — will be super-strong, and will have its roots deep enough to keep us motivated and moving forward, even when life tries to throw us curve balls, and derail our plans.

    To give you an example, my own “why” is two-fold: spiritual and medical. First, I want to be able to live life to the fullest, and I can’t do that if I’m unable to get my butt off the couch. Second, I’m tired of feeling like a “victim” in my life, and am aiming to build up my strength, physically. I started with going to the gym. Now, I’m turning my focus to eating better, and to continuing my strength-training from home.

    Life has definitely tried to mess with my plans, several times in the past year. But remembering my reasons for making these changes has helped me to continue. Thinking of my “why” re-lights that deep, inner fire to change my life for the better.

    So, give some thought to this. See if you can find a soul-deep reason for the changes that you want to make. Make sure that this reason really touches something at the core of you, as then it will be deeply-rooted, and nothing will be able to stop you from reaching your goals.

  • Personal Development

    You Always Have a Choice

    There are two individuals who come to my mind when I think about choices in life. Both of these people are in a spot where they’ve been beaten down in life — their choices have gotten the better of them. This has made these individuals very pessimistic. They don’t feel that life will ever get any better. They feel they’ve just had bad luck, and that things aren’t ever likely to change.

    You Always Have a Choice | She Will Rise

    What both of these individuals fail to realize, however, is that, if they could be open to the possibilities, they could begin to see that it’s all very much about choicesmindset, perspective, and practice.

    They can CHOOSE to see things differently. They can CHOOSE to work on their mindset. They can CHOOSE to work on finding a way to either (a) escape their current less-than-ideal circumstances, or (b) make their circumstances more bearable. It’s all a matter of CHOICE.

    God gave each one of us free will. And it hasn’t been revoked just because we got ourselves stuck in some “mud”. We can choose to continue playing the woe-is-me “victim” and settle for the mediocre life we’re in. OR, we can choose to make changes!

    It absolutely breaks my heart to see people giving up and settling for a life that is so much LESS THAN what is available for us!

    Trust me, I’m not always the optimist. Goodness knows, I’ve gone through a lot of stuff in my own life that could have left me hopeless (and just about did!). Heck, I’m still dealing with circumstances that are far from ideal! But, I also know that it could be worse… and it’s not (which I thank the Lord for).

    I just keep leaning on the Lord for my strength. He has given me hope to see that my current circumstances are not my final destination, and that “it can be well with my soul, even when it’s not with my circumstances”. God has used my less-than-perfect situation to teach me that life really is all about choices, mindset, perspective, and practice.

    What I truly hope is that I can help others realize that only they are responsible for what their life turns out like. It’s YOUR choice. If you don’t like your life, make a change. {Start here}.

  • Identity,  Personal Development,  Work

    Who Says?

    Have you ever gotten into something, realized it wasn’t the greatest fit for you, and then… accepted your fate and stayed put? Maybe you thought it was the “responsible” thing to do, or that, since you’d already invested this much time in it, you may as well keep going. But, what if I told you that it was okay to quit — to let it go?

    Who Says? | She Will Rise

    So often, we blindly follow rules and perform actions without questioning why. We accept that things just are the way they are, because that’s how it’s “always been”, or we do things a certain way because it’s what is “expected”. The problem is, we then end up just going through the motions in life, and things continue to feel boring, or routine, or mundane. We continue to do and think things, but then wonder why we feel so unfulfilled.

    Thanks to a couple of books I read, recently (see them here & here), I feel like I’m starting to wake up to the possibilities.

    Here’s a question for you: Who decided that you must keep doing things that way? What would happen if you changed things up? And, who said you can’t do this or that? What if you all-of-a-sudden just…did? (obviously, I’m not meaning anything illegal, or morally corrupt, okay?)

    Seriously, though… I think far too many of us are left with unsatisfying and unfulfilling lives because we forget the following 4 things:

    QUESTION

    It’s okay — and even GOOD! — to question things; to ask “why”. Until I was in my late teens, I never really questioned my faith or the things I’d been taught in church, or even the way we did things in that church. Yet when I learned to question, I saw the flaws, and I realized I’d fallen into legalism. My faith has actually grown by leaps & bounds, ever since I learned to question why I do & think the things I do.

    BE CURIOUS

    Despite what they say about our poor feline friend, curiosity won’t (normally) kill you. Instead, it makes life brighter, and it adds an element of fun! We are born curious… it’s how we learn! Which leads me to…

    TRY

    You know that thing you’ve been wanting to do, but you’ve put off doing out of hesitation? What would happen if you took a leap of faith, and just gave it a try? Sure, you might fail at it. Would that really be as bad as you think? Isn’t regretting chances not taken ultimately worse? Don’t let your fear hold you back, and leave you with end-of-life regrets. Take chances! Have an open-minded attitude. Decide you will try the thing, and if it doesn’t work out (or you end up really disliking it), you can just let it go and try something else! You have the freedom to choose. Use it! (and hey… maybe it will work out — maybe you’ll succeed — and you’ll have a blast! Only one way to find out!)

    practice makes progress | She Will RisePRACTICE

    All too many of us (myself, included!) tend to forget that it takes practice to become good at just about everything. All of us start at Level Zero when we’re first trying something new. Every single one of us starts as a beginner — a “newbie”. And that’s an okay place to be. Why? Because you can only go UP from there! By practicing, you may never reach “perfection”, but you –guaranteed!– will see progress. Yes, it may take a while. The more you do a thing, however, the better you’ll get at it. Keep practicing, and you’ll keep “leveling up“! It’s the only way to succeed.

    So, the next time you’re feeling stuck or bored, ask yourself if you need to throw out the old ways, and try something new. Be curious about how you can change things up. And, when you find something that does bring a spark back to things, accept your “beginner” status, and commit to practicing until you’ve gotten to your preferred level of excellence. And, don’t forget: nothing is ever permanent (except death)You ALWAYS have the freedom to make a different choice.