You’ve Got to Stand for Something or You’ll Fall for Anything

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“You’ve got to stand for something or you’ll fall for anything.  You’ve got to be your own man, not a puppet on a string.”  – Aaron Tippin

Are you a bold person?  Do you have strong convictions and only share them with friends and family?  Is it your nature to be reserved and easily intimidated?  For me, it is.  I’ve always been more concerned about what people might think about me than what I truly believe in.  Recently, however, I’ve come to the realization that my own selfishness is stopping me from carrying out God’s will for my life.  Who am I to squander the gifts and knowledge he has instilled in me and keep them for myself?

This morning as we prepare to go out into this world, let’s challenge ourselves to do something bold today.  Let’s push ourselves out of our comfort zone.  For you, it may be asking a prospect for new business, showing someone how much you care about them, seeking out a new job, or pointing out something that a friend needs to hear instead of what they want to hear.  For me, I plan on telling a random stranger how much God has changed my life.  Be bold, live a life north of average, and do it TODAY!

I Smell Results

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Have you ever been on the cusp of doing something you never thought you could do?  Perhaps as you read these words you feel like you are destined for something greater?  Maybe you’ve dreamed a dream and are longing to feel it, see it, and taste it?  Does the very thought of it seem so exciting you can actually smell it?  If so, all that’s standing between you and your dream is FOCUS…

In today’s society, focusing isn’t easy.  I’m willing to bet that right this very moment you are battling one or more distractions.  Look around you.  Think about your day. Can you name more than one thing that bothers you?  So how on earth do we reach our goals when we’re overwhelmed with everything and everyone that pulls us in different directions?  I’ll tell you how.

This part is important and it hit me square in the face when I first heard it: “devoting a little of yourself to everything means committing a great deal of yourself to nothing,” says author Andy Stanley.  Think about that.  Re-read it: “devoting a little of yourself to everything means committing a great deal of yourself to nothing.”

Could this be why you aren’t living your dream?  Something’s gotta give…so what is it?

Who’s the Ying to Your Yang?

Balance is everything
Balance is everything

In business and in life, balance is one of the hardest things to achieve.  We are being pulled in different directions at any second of the day.  Whether it’s keeping up with e-mails, marketing ourselves, handling customer phone calls, keeping the books up-to-date, prospecting, managing employees, tracking and analyzing results, ensuring quality control of our products or services, planning for future growth, managing risk, and the list goes on and on and on, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed!  Maybe you feel that way right now?!?

If you’ve been blessed with a great spouse, you understand how having someone to balance you can be the secret to holding it all together.  If not, you get that failure is not an option because who else would pick up the pieces if you drop the ball?  Owning a company isn’t really that different if you think about it.  Going solo can mean tremendous pressure.  Having the right partner, however, can be the key to incredible success!

Take my financial advisory practice for instance – my business partner, Trent, balances me in every area I need it.  Not only do Trent and I share in the workload, we also get to bounce ideas off of each other.  If we have an issue, we can rely on each other to work through it.  If we have an idea, we serve as each other’s filter and can easily play devil’s advocate to ensure an idea actually makes sense.  When we are ready to run, it’s more like a relay than a sprint with a cheerleader always on the sidelines.  In a world where you can’t be everything to everyone, we are free to specialize and come together to provide a deeper and more well-rounded level of expertise and service.

Partnerships do take work, but they can be extremely effective in balancing your business, your life, or your projects.  Stick around and we’ll explore some more tips on how Trent and I have achieved an incredible partnership, and I’ll also share how my husband, Rob, and I work together in his window treatment business in the same way.  But I’m curious…what questions do you have about partnerships that you’d like us to explore first?

The North Side of Average

Rob, Jake, Addie Claire, Valerie and Kaitlyn
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One of the greatest gifts we’ve been given is the ability to affect other people and inspire with our language.  In the beginning of all creation God spoke and said “Let their be light, and there was light” (Genesis 1:3).  God’s words created light and, hence, sight for us all!

In my career, I’ve worked with those who couldn’t see how they could possibly become successful or were blind to how they could take their lives or businesses to another level.  My prayer is that my words and the gifts God has instilled in me will be a light to your life.  My mission is to help inspire others to become extraordinary in all that they do!

I’m a mother, a wife, and an owner of multiple businesses.  I’ve had incredible success and have also made many mistakes personally and professionally in my 33 years of life.  There’s a good chance I’ve been where you are today!  If you’re ready, I want to help you avoid the mistakes I’ve made and achieve success much faster than I have.  Please join me on my life’s journey to the north side of average…

-Valerie Leonard