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What Transparency Looks Like

For you who are familiar with Creative Mornings, this month’s theme is “Transparency.” The word “transparency” brings to my mind synonyms like “clarity,” “vulnerability,” and “authenticity.” These words have really been on my radar the pasts few weeks.

Transparency = Vulnerability + Authenticity

 

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Last week, I was giving my presentation entitled AWEthentic Branding to a group of artists at the Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville. The group included artists of varying mediums, from graffiti artists to jewelry makers to singer-songwriters, and everything in between. I was discussing the importance of understanding and embracing your uniqueness as an artist so you can become comfortable articulating it to your own unique market.

At the end of the session, one of the youngest participants spoke up and shared how much the principles she had just learned gave her some relief from all the fear she’s been experiencing. She began crying as she talked about what it does to her self-esteem when she starts to compare herself to her competition and how she now sees she doesn’t have to compare herself when she can pinpoint what makes her unique. She then began apologizing for crying and said she was embarrassed for doing so.

I stopped her and said, “It’s this kind of transparency and vulnerability that helps everyone else here know they are not alone in those same feelings.” By being transparent, she gave others a sense of relief. By being the one brave enough to express what no one else had the courage to share, she set an example. Her example illustrates it’s not only okay to be transparent, but that type of authenticity also impacts others in ways none of us could imagine. I could immediately sense the impact on the rest of the group when she shared this. It would have been such a shame (and a less meaningful program) if she had never spoken up.

Transparency = Clarity + Clearness

 

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Recently, I had my 90-day follow up session with a favorite client of mine. One of the many reasons why she is a favorite client is because she is so creative in using metaphors and analogies to make ordinary concepts come to life.

When I asked her what our previous coaching sessions have done for her, she said, “Going through our coaching sessions is like taking my car through the car wash. The car wash gets all the dirt off the car and windshield, making it so much clearer to see. I’m the one who still has to drive the car, but at least now I can see where I’m going and feel refreshed. I have so much more clarity about my career path and my path in life.”

It’s this kind of clear perspective and clarity that comes from the process of being honest and transparent with yourself. Sometimes though, it’s not always apparent to everyone how to do that. The coaching and advising methods I provide my clients shows them how, leading them to an understanding of their own uniqueness and how to be transparent about their uniqueness.

Learn What Makes You Unique

 

You too can learn this in my next AWEthentic Branding program that will be hosted Oct. 12th by the Virtual Collective’s “You Gotta Eat” speaker series. It is a lunch+learn format, and lunch is included in the registration fee. Click here for more details. I look forward to seeing you there!

Stay connected on this and other events by subscribing to the paNASH newsletter. You’ll receive a complimentary Goal-Achievement Plan along with useful tips, articles, and other resources!

What words come to your mind when you think of the word “transparency”? (Share in the comment box below.)

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Starved for Purpose

Starved for Purpose

Many clients come to me starved for purpose in their work. They are aching to use the skills with which they’ve been blessed. For this reason, I wanted to share an article I recently saw in the Nashville Business Journal. It is entitled “That Time When My Soul was Dying at Work” and was written by Clifford Jones.

The “Walking Dead”

Are you feeling like the “walking dead” because you’re currently in a job that makes you question your purpose in life? Have you been starved for meaning and purpose in your work? If so, you’re going to want to read this! (Click on the graphic below to read the entire article.)

After you do, you may just want to subscribe to the paNASH newsletter to receive a complimentary Goal-Achievement Plan (GAP) so you can start discovering your purpose and set goals toward achieving your purpose in life and work.

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When Too Good To Be True Feels Icky

Icky Schemes

Am I the only one who feels a little (or a lot) “icky” when I see social media posts and ads that say things like, “I went from no business experience to a millionaire in 5 months – here’s how you can too!!!”? Or, “I quit my job and now make six figures a month while vacationing instead of working – you can do the same!”?

These ads tend to pop up more and more on my social media platforms now that I am listed as a coach who helps people pursue work they are passionate about and find meaning and purpose in. (I notice even more so on my Instagram account!) But what I do is NEVER to be lumped in with these cheesy, icky “get-rich-quick” schemes.

Realistic Expectations

When you’re serious about the pursuit of your purpose and passion, it requires the realistic expectation of an investment. This investment includes:  personal growth and reflection, sacrifice, time, effort, and money. Without those investments, the pursuit is not authentic.

That doesn’t mean, however, the investment has to be hard or laborious. If it’s something you’re truly passionate about, it doesn’t feel much like work. Instead, you’re excited to get up each morning and create whatever it is you have a vision for.

This is why my upcoming webinar, “5 Ways to Pursue Your Passions in Life & Work,” is different from the ones you see advertised that make you feel like you need a shower afterwards! While it is free, it requires time to listen to it, participation in the discussion, and follow-through on the implementable action steps laid out in the program.

It includes ways to not just set goals (anybody can do that!) but to also achieve goals by sticking to a plan, ways to overcome the inevitable stumbling blocks that can prevent you from achieving your goals, and useful and unique tips for job search success that most career coaches don’t typically share in such a format.

The webinar is designed to get you started on a track to potential success, but you will have to do your part and follow the tips and steps laid out in the program in order to begin seeing success. Once you begin seeing initial success, you’ll be motivated to keep going and dig deeper.

In no way should this program sound too good to be true. As with anything, you only get out of it what you put into it, whether it’s participating in a coaching program, starting your own business, or conducting a job search. If you’ve read this far and you’re willing to sacrifice a little time and effort to participate, then claim your spot below. You’ll be several steps ahead than you were when you started!

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Claim Your Spot

Register for the complimentary live coaching webinar “5 Ways to Pursue Your Passions in Life and Work,” hosted by Passion & Career Specialist Lori Bumgarner. By the end of this free coaching session you’ll be equipped with implementable action steps and tools to help you overcome obstacles and achieve job search success.

July 26th @ 6:00 pm CT

 

You’re going to learn:

  1. How to not just set goals, but also how to achieve goals by overcoming obstacles
  2. Ways to overcome and re-frame the negative beliefs you have about yourself that are keeping you stuck where you are
  3. Ways to discover new passions and to pursue your long-held passions
  4. How to incorporate your passions into your work by utilizing successful networking and job search skills
  5. Ways to nail the interview for a job that fulfills your purpose and passions

“After the first session, I was blown away by the experience and could already see how beneficial Lori’s coaching was going to be!” Lauren F.

Register to Claim Your Spot

Space is limited, so click here to register today at no cost.


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Faith and Failure: The Road to Success for Joel Anderson

Last week I had the honor to sit down with Spirit of Nashville illustrator and owner of Anderson Design Group, Joel Anderson, where he discussed how both faith and failure lead to success in pursuing your passions. I especially loved his description of what he and his staff do with their so-called failures (the artwork that didn’t quite hit the mark):  they stick it in the freezer!

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Joel also shares in this interview how he started his business with no money and how his pursuit of his passion was an adventure that increased his faith and his exuberance in taking chances, doing things to the best of his ability, and then leaving the rest to God.

“Everything in humanity is a process of growing, stumbling forward and learning as you go by making mistakes…Failures are just ways of teaching you how not to do something.”

Joel talks about how to take calculated risks. He says there will always be reasons why you shouldn’t take chances, but be bold in taking them, while remaining prudent, recognizing confirmation, and ensuring there’s a sense of peace in your decision.

Some questions I ask:

  • Who is the man behind the “Spirit of Nashville” prints and what has been your career path?
  • What kind of fears did you have when starting your own design company, and again when you decided to re-organize and focus just on your passion for illustrative poster design and product development?
  • How did you overcome those fears?
  • Had you waited for the “perfect timing” of starting your own business, what would have happened?
  • What’s the greatest lesson you’ve learned from failure?
  • Tell me about your experience traveling to all the country’s national parks while working on your most recent coffee table book. What was that like? What makes you glad you did it?
  • How do you think your work helps others? 
  • What advice would you have for someone trying to pursue their own passions as a career option?

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In this interview you will learn:

    • How Joel made the decision to leave a secure job to pursue his own passions. (1:19)
    • Ways to pursue your passions on the side of a full-time job. (1:30)
    • How to overcome the fear of leaving a secure job. (1:44)
    • How defining moments in life can spark your decision to pursue your passion. (2:09)
    • What it’s like to start a business with no money. (2:41)
    • Why you can’t wait until the perfect timing or until your circumstances are perfect to start your own business. (3:33)
    • How the worst-case scenario can be a little less scary. (3:40)
    • How you can’t be successful without failures and mistakes. (3:48)
    • What to do with your failures. (5:29)
    • How to enlarge your territory with your gifts and talents. (7:06)
    • How an entrepreneur can work collaboratively and avoid isolation. (10:10)
    • How creative work contributes to the whole economy. (11:01)
    • How to give back with the gifts you’ve been given. (11:38)
    • How to know if you’ll be successful at your passion. (12:12)
    • Ways to begin putting your passion into action. (12:53)
    • Ways to spur creativity. (14:03)
    • Where to purchase Joel’s designs. (14:54)
    • How to make your own creations accessible to the public. (15:29)
    • How you can give back. (15:58)

Joel mentioned in the interview above that he was raised to always give back, and true to that form he is generously giving copies of his 10th Anniversary Edition of his The Spirit of Nashville:  The Art & Soul of Music City poster book to those who make a donation to the paNASH fund. This fund is designed to provide job search skills to those served by local non-profit organizations. For more information on how to donate and receive a copy of Joel’s book (while supplies last), click here.

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Your Passion, in Beta

I’ve been working with a client who tends to be a bit of a perfectionist. He puts a lot of pressure on himself to have it all figured out and running smoothly when he starts a new venture he’s passionate about.

The problem is, those ventures never see the light of day because he’s still waiting until he’s perfected them. Since no one is perfect, his ideas may never be seen by others, all because of his unrealistic standards.

I explained to him that it doesn’t have to all be figured out completely before he starts putting his ideas out there.

Take it in stages. Work on Phase 1. And when it’s ready to stop being tweaked (not necessarily when it’s perfected), put it out there. Learn from it, then apply what you’ve learned to Phase 2, and so on.

Put your passion in Beta

Just last week I was having a meeting with a strategic partner who was telling me about her own venture she’s passionate about. I loved how she described the beginning of it. She said,

“I just did as much as I could figure out to do at this point, slapped the word ‘Beta’ on it, and moved forward!”

Beta is a great way to test what you’re trying to do and then make tweaks, no matter what kind of offering you have. It’s a valid method for software and app development. So why can’t it be a valid method of development for your own thing?

Take One Small Action Step

It can definitely be scary putting your idea out there to the world for possible criticism. And that fear can cause paralysis.

Do whatever it takes to light a fire under you to fight whichever “P” you’re dealing with. Perfectionism, paralysis, or straight up procrastination.

Just start. Just share.

Don’t wait until it’s perfect (or for the perfect timing). That will never happen.

NOW is the time for phase 1, the beta testing period.

Phases 2, 3, and 4 will eventually come, but only after you’ve accomplished Phase 1. And Phase 1 may mean just taking one small action step.

My Personal Experience With taking Action

I remember how scary it was when I was starting my first business. But the thing that motivated me to move forward instead of becoming paralyzed by fear was the simple act of going down to the County Clerk’s office and paying $20 for a business license. That one small action step was what I needed to keep me from chickening out of my plan.

Once I got a business license, it became real to me. I said to myself, “Well, it’s official now. I guess I really have to do this!” That piece of paper is the thing that held me accountable to my passion.

Holding You Accountable

What’s holding you accountable to your own passions? What’s holding you back from them? Feel free to share here in the comment box. Maybe just by sharing it with our readers it could be the one thing that will break you free from your own analysis paralysis!

One small action step you can take today is to view my free webinar 5 Ways to Pursue Your Passions in Life and Work. You’ll learn:

  • How to get unstuck and get out of your rut.
  • Ways to overcome your obstacles and re-frame your negative beliefs.
  • Ways to discover new passions and to pursue your long-held passions.
  • How to incorporate your passions into your work with successful networking skills.
  • Ways to nail the interview for a job that fulfills your purpose and passions.