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Renew Your Bigger Purpose: Recharge Your Life and Business

December 19th, 2011 by Sherry Collier

If you run your own business then you know how run down you can feel from time to time.  When the economy seems to be stacked against you and you feel like you are running on the hamster wheel of your own business, it is time for an intervention.

Remember when you first started your business or private practice?  You had such high hopes and wanted to help the world with your services and/or products.  Your business meant more to you than just making a profit or running effective marketing campaigns.  Most entrepreneurs start out with a vision, a mission, and a purpose . . . something bigger than themselves.  They want to provide services and products that will improve life, help people, bring folks joy.  AND, most entrepreneurs start out pursuing a business that appeals to them and utilizes their gifts and interests.

Somewhere along the way, business owners can lose sight of this bigger purpose.  They get caught up in the latest online marketing craze or the tedious administrative duties that must be accomplished.  If business owners aren’t careful, we turn into “business owners” and forget that we are entrepreneurs, path-blazers, creators, innovators, and adventurers who bring zest, zeal and joy to this life.

How do we stop the madness?  How do we intervene with ourselves and recharge our lives and our businesses?  We must get quiet.  Get quiet and go inward to our Creator and ask the questions all over again.  “What is my bigger purpose for doing this?”  “Who am I helping? And why?”

May I suggest that each and every one of us has a bigger purpose in life?  I believe that to discover true joy, we must unearth our authentic self.  Our authentic self was created with plans and purposes that only the Creator can weave into our lives.  When we learn to step out in faith and express our unique gifts, unique personality traits, unique passions, it is then that our Creator weaves all our thoughts, feelings, actions and inactions together in a beautiful tapestry. 

Once we get back in touch with the fact that we were created to lean on and follow our Creator, life has meaning again.  When life has meaning, then our business has meaning because our business is an outgrowth of our inner man or woman.  Our inner man or woman must have quiet time, solitude and time for reflection now and then.

As 2011 comes to a close, I urge you to get quiet, reflect, and re-discover your bigger purpose for life and business before doing one more marketing campaign or meeting with one more client.  After you have done your inner work and are ready to revamp and recharge your business, solicit the help of a mentor, trusted friend or business coach to rework your business based on the solid foundation of your bigger purpose.

Shameless plug:  Starting in January of 2012, I will be accepting 10 applicants for a Personal V.I.P. Day – a Business Boot camp.  This is an all-day “boot camp” style coaching session (with bathroom breaks and lunch break of course) where we will lay out your new business vision, plan out new goals and map out the steps to take to create your most successful business of purpose.  After our all-day session, you will continue your work “at home” and then check in for a follow-up session two to three weeks after the V.I.P. Day.  This ensures you are on track and gives you a chance for follow-up questions or planning.

If you have ever wanted to hash out all your business’s details with someone objective who is an expert at planning, managing mindset, and strategizing about the nitty gritty details of business, this V.I.P. Day package is for you.  Contact Sherry Collier through the form on the “Contact Us” page of this website ( to get more details.


The Path to Success: Act As If

December 13th, 2011 by Sherry Collier

We have all heard about the power of positive thinking.  “Just tell yourself you can – and you will”, they say.  But does this work on any level? 

The traditional teachings of positive thinking have proven to be disappointing for some folks in certain situations.  There are some problems with the way positive thinking has been taught in the past which has (ironically) caused some negative reactions when it hasn’t brought about the desired results.

The good news is that we do have the power to change our thoughts and thus, the power to effect change in our relationships, our businesses/jobs, and our self-concept.  Rather than repeating affirmations over and over again (such as, “I’m thin and beautiful, I’m thin and beautiful”) it is more effective to take the “act as if” approach. 

If you take some time to get quiet, relax, and visualize what your life would be like if you had already reached your goal, your mind stands a better chance of accepting this as a possible reality to work toward.

Not only do we need to get our conscious mind on board with our goals and aspirations, we also need to get our subconscious mind on board.  The best way to get both on board at the same time is to combine the power of visualization, hearing, smelling, tasting, and emotionally feeling what life would be like if the desired outcome had already happened. 

Let’s re-visit the above example (admittedly a slightly silly example) of having the goal to be thin and beautiful.  Just telling yourself over and over that you are thin and beautiful will not bring this goal to pass.  However, if you begin to take relaxed moments (on a regular, consistent basis) to really visualize yourself as thin and beautiful and allow yourself to really imagine how you feel emotionally as this thin and beautiful version of you, your subconscious mind begins to make more room for this expanded view and feel of yourself. 

As your mind begins to act as if you are thin and beautiful (which, by the way, you already are beautiful – regardless of girth, but then that is a topic for another article) then over time, you begin to hold your head up just a little bit higher, you walk with more of a spring in your step, and research has shown, then others will perceive you as attractive and be drawn to you.

Let’s see how acting as if could work for a business or job-related goal.  Let’s suppose you are one of the most talented artists in your area, but you can’t seem to get any gallery time or buying customers.  Get alone, get quiet, close your eyes and let the movie begin. 

See yourself walking through your opening night at a highly acclaimed gallery feeling very content to see your art work proudly displayed with lots of people happily viewing and discussing your work.  Imagine the smells, the tastes, the sounds, and your emotional state as you watch all these supportive people cheering you on and making purchases of your work to display in their homes or their businesses.  The more detailed you can get with your visualization, the better. 

When you move into the strategizing phase of marketing your art, really give yourself permission to act as if the desired outcome you pictured in your mental movie has already happened.  From this emotional space, create your marketing plan and commit to taking measurable actions to move toward this outcome. 

Each time you get ready to take an action step (toward your goal/desired outcome) take a few moments to play your movie in your mind’s eye.  As your conscious and sub-conscious mind begins to accomodate these new neural pathways, your whole mind-body system will begin to move in this new direction. 

Olympians have been using a similar technique for years.  They visualize with as much detail as possible the perfect dive, the crowds clapping and cheering and how they feel after they swim to the surface knowing they have executed their best dive. 

Don’t just mindlessly chant, “I think I can, I think I can” – act as if you already have to move your holistic mind-body system toward success.


Want Success? Get Stubborn!

October 27th, 2011 by Sherry Collier

The key to success in business, in a hobby, in sports, in any endeavor – is to hang there even when it seems like your endeavor is too hard to accomplish. One personality trait that successful business women and men possess is the ability to stay stubborn in the face of apparent defeat. When you […]


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Creativity is the Mother of Innovation: Five Ways to Spark Creativity

September 19th, 2011 by Sherry Collier

Innovation is the mother of great ideas, products, services, technologies and processes.  Creativity is the mother of innovation.  Knowing that we must spark creativity to keep our lives and businesses fresh and new isn’t enough.  We must act on this knowledge if we want innovation to pour forth.  Business owners often live in their head […]


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Forgive to Create Success in Life and Business

September 5th, 2011 by Sherry Collier

There are pages and pages of advice about how to succeed in life and business, but one aspect of success that rarely receives proper discussion is the act of forgiveness.  How does forgiveness lead to success in life and business you ask?  When you forgive a person or an organization for any wrong committed against […]


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Building A Business with Purpose: Five Tips

August 29th, 2011 by Sherry Collier

Have you started your own business but lost momentum, motivation and seen growth slow down or stop altogether?  If you are like some entrepreneurs, you may have started many different businesses over the years, but never really experienced the kind of success you desired.  In this article, I’m going to discuss an important principle to get clear […]


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Get Ready, Aim, FIRE!

August 15th, 2011 by Sherry Collier

Your life is going somewhere, but do you know where?  Where ever you are pointed, that is where you will go.  Much like an arrow in a bow – the archer must first aim for the center of the target to get the arrow to go toward the bullseye.  You must have a target for your […]


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Overcome Obstacles to Your Vision: Four Tips

August 8th, 2011 by Sherry Collier

When you have a “vision” that burns with passion in your very soul – you want to change what is to what could be or what should be.  You have been given a glimpse of how something (or someone’s life) could be bettered, improved, transformed.  Any time someone catches a vision and begins to act […]


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Accountability Works: Four Reasons and Four Tips

July 16th, 2011 by Sherry Collier

Accountability is an important aspect of any program designed to ignite growth whether it is personal growth, business growth, spiritual growth, or financial growth. Part of the value of any aspect of a personal/professional development  program is knowing why it works and how it works. In this article, I hope to highlight four of the […]


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Re-Discover Your Authentic Self: Five Tips

June 27th, 2011 by Sherry Collier

Have you ever struggled with a foggy concept of who you really are and the true nature of your life’s calling?  You may have found yourself working in a job or business that leaves you sapped of strength, void of passion and being tossed to a fro like a small boat on a stormy ocean.  […]


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