Today in the U.S., we celebrate Thanksgiving — one of my fave holidays. I mean, how can you go wrong when you combine great food, football and gratitude?
This time of year I always like to talk about gratitude — in fact I have a little article I wrote years ago that I typically send out (you can read it here: 3 Ways Gratitude Can Grow Your Business). Today, I wanted to do something a little different — I wanted to talk about what’s stopping us from having a gratitude practice.
It’s not like it’s any big secret that taking time each day to celebrate what we have to be grateful for pays off in massive returns. Super successful people like Tony Robbins have a daily gratitude practice (which they credit for growing their business and their success). And I just saw the results of another study where people who practice gratitude have stronger immune systems, feel happier and more optimistic, and are more generous and compassionate.
Seems like a no-brainer to have a gratitude practice, right? Yet, for many of us, we don’t.
So, let’s talk about what may be stopping us from cultivating a daily gratitude practice: Continue reading
This post is dedicated to all of you who want your “gift” to be perfect before releasing it to the world. I’m talking about those books and info-products and any other projects that aren’t quite ready and need “another round of edits” before they’ll be “perfect” and ready for the world.
August 2014, I released my first Love-Based Copywriting book. While on so many levels it was a big hit (the comments and feedback I received took my breath away — people telling me my book and message made such a huge impact on their business and life) it was also pretty flawed:
* The title wasn’t quite right. This is evidenced by some of the comments on Amazon — if you look you’ll see several pretty negative reviews, which were very difficult to read and process.
Now, once I was able to soothe my very hurt writer’s ego (which included a lot of angst where I obsessively looked at other books and said “they don’t have negative reviews like that, what’s wrong with my book?”) I realized that the problem was the title promised something the book didn’t really deliver (and even though I tried to fix expectations in the intro of the book, I clearly wasn’t successful). The reviews I’m talking about are the ones who comment on the teachings in the book — the ones that attack my writing style, including one memorable one that said the book was “absolutely dreadful” and I’m “writing to a 6-year-old” I can’t do much about except to acknowledge you just can’t please everyone.
So clearly the book was flawed. And yet, I still released it. Continue reading