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How many times have you used the phrase "touchy feely" in a negative way?


For many of us, this phrases leads to a lot of eye rolling and even downright mockery.  And that's too bad.


For those of us who are used to being rewarded for our logical and analytical capabilities, it's tempting to ignore "softer", more emotion-based aspects of a situation.  Likewise, those of us whose strengths lie in our ability to consider the human-capital consequences of our actions may tend to disparage a reliance on "cold, hard facts."


Well, here's a cold, hard fact:   As a small-business owner, you can't afford to ignore data (in the form of ROI, for example) or emotions (say, a message from your gut telling you something is too good to be true).


The skilled entrepreneur knows how to handle her own emotions and appeal to those of the people she wants to serve.  Simultaneously, she's willing and able to apply cold-blooded logic in deciding how to profitably provide her services.


If you could use some help getting your logical and touchy-feely sides talking to each other, these tools will help.  

Tip of the Week
Too much of anything is toxic.

Or, put another way, "Everything in moderation."

Some entrepreneurs try to rely on nothing except data, numbers, and the latest research when making decisions.  Others focus solely on whether a decision "feels good."  Both types are making sub-optimal decisions by using just one or the other.  In other words, too much logic is toxic, just as too much emotion is.

Decisions that have both "head" and "heart" components tend to be best in the long run.
A Really Good Resource

light bulb
For many years, my gut and I had nothing to say to each other.  (Yes, I'm a card-carrying member of Left-Brainers Anonymous.) Once I started paying attention to my gut and my emotions, however, I started realizing that there are many more success resources out there than I'd ever dreamed.

One such heart-centered resource I really enjoy is the writings and programs of Alan Cohen.  I think the value of Alan's work lies in his ability to help us claim (or reclaim) our personal power.  Since all of us have felt like and acted like victims at some point or another, learning how to let go of victimhood and move into a place of centeredness and power is a huge gift.
How's This for Success?   


One of the most gifted teachers I know happens to be my sister Barbara.  Although she taught for many years in traditional school systems, she eventually got burnt out in those settings.  However, she found another teaching venue - one where her attitude and heart-felt concern for her students are at least as important as her teaching skills.   


Barbara now teaches GED classes at a moderate-to-maximum-security prison.  Although she knows her students are in prison for sometimes horrific crimes, she's able to keep that knowledge completely out of her classroom.  Instead, she lets the offenders know that the only thing she's concerned about is whether they apply themselves to their studies with her.


Barbara has somehow figured out how to let her students know she cares about them, while still maintaining the distance necessary between teacher and student/offender.  Her caring comes through very clearly.  In fact, when she gave an assignment to describe how someone had positively influenced the student's life, one man described the impact of Barbara's teaching. That's a big payoff for being willing to bring both her head and her heart to work. 

Thanks to my friend Flickr.


Here are this week's heroes who graciously allowed me to use their images, posted in the Creative Commons area of Flickr, in this issue of Stepping Into Big
hamster on her wheel by Heindraus
light bulb by aloshbennett
apple, bell, and schoolbook by toddwendy 
The Bottom Line

Maybe you're one of the many entrepreneurs whose head knows what to do to build your business, but whose heart quails at the thought of taking those scary steps, or even figuring out how to take them.

I think I can help.  I know from personal experience the huge value of having someone in my corner who will help me:
  • identify how I'm shooting myself in the foot 
  • offer specific suggestions on how to improve my performance
  • hold me accountable for following through on my commitments, no matter if they're hard or scary  

That's what I can do for you.


If that sounds like something that could keep your head from exploding, call or e-mail me to set up a let's-see-what-we-see, get-acquainted call. 

Wishing you joy on your journey into Big...

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