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Never throw out Anyone, including Yourself!

December 15, 2010

People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone. ~ Audrey Hepburn

I want to add to the end of Miss Hepburn’s quote, including yourself. When we are in that limbo stage of staying where we are or taking that step forward into the unknown we tend to forget about ourselves and only think about everything and everyone else. When you start your new business or you’re looking for ways to increase your client base don’t forget that you also have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; so never throw “yourself” out, by putting yourself on the back burner. Take care of yourself as you’re putting in those long hours of building your business, getting ready for the holidays and all that that brings into your life! There’s a Haitian Proverb that says “Beyond the mountains there are mountains again,” so you have to continue through the process by taking a step back, breath, look at the progress you’ve already accomplished, the goals you’ve already achieved, and pat yourself on the back for a job well done so far. If you burned out then you will not be any good to your clients, your business, your family, or yourself, and those mountains that won’t go away will seem too hard to climb so you will hit that proverbial wall and do nothing.

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Part 3 of 3 of Lessons I’ve Learned from Quilting and How it Apply to Your Business

November 4, 2010

Pieced by Karen Heck Quilting design by Northern Light Quilting in MN Picture taken by Richard Heck

 

Part 3 of 3

Lesson 9. Working with substandard material didn’t and hasn’t stopped me from sewing. If I waited until I had my sewing room just the way I wanted, I would never quilt. I have had back aches, hurting knees, and I tend to quilt until my eyes hurt. One year I pieced 9 quilt tops in 5 months from a hotel room.

– When you love what you do, you will do whatever it takes to make it work. Regardless of the conditions, what you’re lacking, no matter the time or how much time you put into it, etc. When this happens and you find you would whether be doing this instead of anything else then this is YOUR PASSION!

Lesson 10. I let someone else (I’ve partner with someone) do the quilting design for me. I could do it, but I find it’s not worth the time or energy, it too difficult to do because I don’t have the proper equipment, and at this time it’s not what I’m interested in doing. I add the cost of having this service done to the total price of the quilt.

– You need to apply the same concept to your business. If there is an action that you really dislike doing it will be worth hiring someone to do it for you. Yes you might have to pay for the service(s), but when you add up the time, energy, aggravations, and your lack of interest, it will be more worth letting someone else do the work. Plus it will get done more efficiently and allow you to concentrate on your top income makers. You can add the cost to the price of your service and/or product.

Lesson 11. When I started quilting I felt others knew more than me and was a little envious of them. If there was a technique I wasn’t comfortable with and ask someone else to do it for me. What I found out was that they didn’t do it as well as I could so I started doing it myself and the more I did it the better I got at it.

– Don’t be envious of others, because, your unique voice and style will reach the people YOU need to reach and others can’t get your message out the way that you can!

Lesson 12. My inner voice and spirit guides me on the direction I want or need to take with my quilts. I once had someone tell me not to do a certain technique, but it’s what I liked and what my clients like.

– Stick with your true style and don’t let anyone talk you into something different. You know deep down inside what you want to do in your business, what you want it to look like and what you want your end result(s) to be.  Because others don’t have your business vision or plan then it’s hard for them to tell you what yours should be or look like. If you allow yourself to go by other’s agendas then you will find that you lose your drive, vision, and passion to do what you want to do.

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ABOUT KAREN: Karen, is a Creative Career Expert and owner of Give Yourself Power. She has helped others find their true calling to work at what they love and love what they do. She love it when the light bulb goes off for a client when they realize that with hard work, belief, and the willingness to do their part they CAN do what they love and make an income from it!

If you’re serious about laying the foundation to starting your own business go towww.giveyourselfpower.com/contact.html to sign up for your free 15 minute intake.

Karen Heck
Creative Career Expert and Owner of Give Yourself Power
http://www.giveyourselfpower.com
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1. Working with substandard material didn’t and hasn’t stopped me from sewing. If I waited until I had my sewing room was just the way I wanted it, I would never quilt. I have back aches, knees hurt, and I tend to quilt until my eyes hurt. One year I pieced 9 quilt tops in 5 months.

a. When you love what you do, you will do whatever it takes to work it. Regardless of the conditions, what you’re lacking, etc. When this happens and you find you whether be doing this instead of anything else then this is your passion!

2. I let someone else (I’ve partner with someone) do the quilting design for me. I could do it, but I find it’s not worth the work, time, too difficult due to the fact I don’t have the proper equipment, and right now not what I’m interested in doing. I add the cost of having this service done to the total price of the quilt.

a. You need to apply the same concept to your biz. If there is an action that you really dislike doing it will be worth hiring someone to do it for you. Yes you might have to pay for the services, but when you add up the time, energy, aggravations, and your lack of interest, it will be more than worth letting someone else do the work. Plus it will get done more efficiently.

3. When I 1st started quilted I felt others knew more than me and was a little envious of them. There was a technique I wasn’t comfortable with and ask someone else to do it for me. What I found out was that they didn’t do it as well as I could so I started about doing it myself and the more I did it the better I got at it.

a. Don’t be envious of others, because, your unique voice and style will reach the people YOU need to reach and others can’t get your message out the way that you can.

4. My inner voice and spirit guided me on direction I wanted to go with my quilts and I had someone tell me not to do a certain technique, but it’s what I liked and now it’s what my clients like.

a. Stick with your true style and not let anyone talk you in to something different. You know that you know what you want to do in your business and what you want it to look like.

Part 2 of 3 Lessons Learned from Quilting how it Apply to Your Business

October 26, 2010

Pieced by Karen Heck in 2009 Quilting design by Northern Light Quilting in MN Picture taken by Richard Heck

Part 2 of 3

Lesson 5I find I’m always learning something new, even with old designs and techniques.

– As I was working on two new quilts I realized that a particular pattern I love working with, I finally figured out how to put the block together easier and correctly. Even though I didn’t completely understand how to do this in the beginning, I didn’t let it stop me from using it, I just stayed with it until I finally got it. Never stop wanting to learn or believe you don’t need to keep learning. Learning strengthen you, gives you wisdom and encourages you to step out of your comfort zone and try something new. It provides you with staying power…the power to keep going when you want to stop or quit. Most times we need to hear things over and over to finally get them and/or we need to hear them in different ways from different people in order for it to sink in, catch hold, and remind us of what we are doing and why.

Lesson 6. I find myself sometimes having to go back to the beginning and re-read the directions to know what I need to do.

– When you find yourself stumped in your business, you might need to go back to the beginning, rebuild, and start back with the basic. You might have to step away and come back with a new view. I had to do that recently with Creative Consulting business. I went back through the binders from my course, had my website re-worked, started re-posting on my blog, set up a Facebook business fan page, and more.

Lesson 7. When I started quilting I would tell everyone that, that’s what I’m doing and had a client purchase 2 of my quilts within a year.

– PUT IT OUT THERE! – Valerie Young at http://www.changingcourse.com, Barbara Winter author of Making a Living Without a Job, and others says that we need to put it out there and do it constantly, because, every time you put it out there you’re promoting your business, letting others know what it is you’re doing, and joining in the business conversation. Every chance you get, tell people what you do. Even if your 5 minute elevator speech isn’t perfect. I find that you will perfect your elevator speech the more you have to tell others what you offer.

Lesson 8. Know your worth!

– With my quilting I had to learn my worth, not doubt myself or my product. Once learning this lesson, I don’t find it hard to ask for the price I ask for my work. I get a lot of “wow that’s too much,” but that’s o.k., because I know they are not the ideal client for me or what I have to offer. The same goes for your business. If you know your worth then you will be more comfortable about what you do , what you offer, and what you charge.

WANT TO USE THIS ARTICLE IN YOUR NEWSLETTER, EZINE, OR WEB SITE? You can as long as you include the following:

ABOUT KAREN: Karen, is a Creative Career Expert and owner of Give Yourself Power. She has helped others find their true calling to work at what they love and love what they do. She love it when the light bulb goes off for a client when they realize that with hard work, belief, and the willingness to do their part they CAN do what they love and make an income from it!

If you’re serious about laying the foundation to starting your own business go towww.giveyourselfpower.com/contact.html to sign up for your free 15 minute intake.

Karen Heck
Creative Career Expert and Owner of Give Yourself Power
http://www.giveyourselfpower.com
karen@giveyourselfpower.com                                                                                                                                                          http://www.facebook.com/GiveYourselfPower http://twitter.com/KarenMHeck- Twitter – Linkedin

There will be Mountains

September 15, 2010
Magical Mountains - On Explore

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