There is a Crack in Everything

 

Leonard Cohen wrote this lovely little poem:

Ring the bells that still can ring

Forget your perfect offering.

There is a crack in everything.

That’s how the light gets in.

We are full speed into the holiday season and so it seems appropriate to remind myself, and you now too, that there is a crack in everything.

Your clients and customers are feeling the pinch of parties and end of the year planning. Your family is wanting things from you, your friends are circling with invitations, and no matter how many layers you put on, baby it’s cold outside!

So here’s a 3 step process for getting yourself back on track during the holiday season.

  1. Expose your cracks – that’s how the light gets in and makes you relatable to everyone.
  2. Accept the cracks in everyone you encounter. When we look for the light in others we find it, and connect in a better way.
  3. Repeat this phrase often enough that you believe it, “Everything has a way of working out for me!” You’ll be surprised how true this statement is.

Here’s one more thing I say and believe:

“Everything works out in the end!”

And if something hasn’t worked out – I know it’s simply not yet the end!

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Blessings,
Shawna Schuh, CSP

Serving Leaders Who Ignite Others
Executive Coaching, Speaking, Columnist and Author
503-970-5774

Food for the Soul

Am I the only one thinking about food this month?

It seems you can’t turn around without seeing turkey, fixins and pies in abundance. In a loose poll I’m conducting in a very unscientific manner, I’m finding that many people love Thanksgiving more than any other holiday.

Reasons given:

It’s a time to gather with others without the expectation of presents;

The food is fantastic;

It’s time to go home or stay home;

The smells, the colors and fall clothes;

Football; and

Leftovers 

Here’s a quote from Dorothy Day that may spark some new thinking,

“Food for the body is not enough. There must be food for the soul.” 

What are your customers expecting from you this month of abundance?

What if you did something decidedly different so that you stand out with your pack?

  1. Put a quote card in every bag or purchase
  2. Answer the phone with a compelling question rather than hello
  3. Set up a smile contest
  4. Ask for a joke to be told to get a surprise

These types of activities make you and your business stand out, become memorable, and help feed the souls of everyone you touch. Now that’s food for thought!

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Blessings,
Shawna Schuh, CSP

Serving Leaders Who Ignite Others
Executive Coaching, Speaking, Columnist and Author
503-970-5774

Let me ask you a question…

According to marine biologist, Sylvia Earle,

“The best scientists and explorers have the attributes of kids. They ask questions and have a sense of wonder. They have curiosity. Who, what, where, why, when and how!”

And so we have a call to action!

What questions are you asking your customers, friends and colleagues? Are they merely for curiosity’s sake, or are you seeking to learn something?

There is a big difference. When I’m curious, I ask for my own edification, to compare myself, and to see if I stack up. This sometimes makes me miserable.

When I want to learn something I ask different questions like:

Who has influenced you the most?

What ideas do you have about this?

Where do you go for help?

Why did you select that option?

When will you know?

How do you make decisions?

These questions help me know the other person better, learn successful tools and techniques, and allow the other person to shine.

Are you like a scientist? Can you be today?

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Blessings,
Shawna Schuh, CSP

Serving Leaders Who Ignite Others
Executive Coaching, Speaking, Columnist and Author
503-970-5774

Something Really Scary is Coming

Halloween is two days away and you may have already done your costume parties, or will do so this weekend. Dressing up as someone you are not is fun, freeing and says quite a bit about us as a society.

Halloween is the holiday American’s spend the most money on second only to Christmas, and it’s a dentists dream I imagine with the amazing amounts of candy consumed by, well, everyone.

For me, and to challenge you, what do you like or dislike most about it?

Since my goal is to focus on good over bad here are my top three:

  1. The changing of the seasons – in many parts of the world, and more and more here, rather than a holiday about ghosts and witches and magic, the celebration is about harvest and the changing of the seasons. By the end of October it really does feel like winter, at least in my part of the world.
  2. Dressing up – living in a world where we are getting more and more casual, and, dare I say, sloppy, makes dressing up a treat (pardon the pun). Taking the time to dress in costume is something to look forward to, pop us out of the norm, and play a character simply for the joy of it.
  3. Kids – the true darlings of this holiday are the little ones who are so excited to be their favorite movie hero or princess. The joy and elation is more fun to watch than nearly anything. My favorite Halloween activity is parking myself with a front row seat in a small downtown cafe, and watching all the kids stroll by.

What do you think of this holiday, and what do you do to prepare or capitalize on it in your business?

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I adore you!

Blessings,
Shawna Schuh, CSP

Serving Leaders Who Ignite Others
 Executive Coaching, Speaking, Columnist and Author
 503-970-5774

Is Movement a Part of Who You Are?

What is it that keeps you moving?

As a child I don’t think I was full of courage however my folks loved to show a photo of all of us working outside with me in a bonnet determinedly marching across the lawn. Their comment was, “Even then we knew you were going places!”

To me the thing that stands out is the bonnet. Being a redhead, I still wear a hat when outside in the sun, and when I’m moving. Movement is something I crave, do, love and I’m not talking physically, though that too.

When you work for yourself, at least for me, you experience a lot of times when you’re uncertain, when the path seems unclear, when you question your good sense. And what I’ve found to combat those times is movement forward.

This is how I do it – and I’d love to find out how you move forward too.

  1. Read/listen to something. I’m a huge fan of Audible.com – and I listen to interesting books nearly every day. (Great when cleaning stalls.) This moves my thinking forward, this gives me ideas and insights, this lets me tap the best minds in the world because they were so gracious as to write their thoughts down for me and you.
  2. Write something. You experience my movement here. I’m committed to writing, to improving my writing, to expand my skills and thinking so that those that read my thoughts are edified, including me.
  3. Experience something. Notice I did not say, watch something which is passive and not about movement. When you experience something you get your whole self involved. Animals do that for me and touch most if not all of my senses. I experience my dogs, cat, and horses by touching, playing and participating in activities together.

Is movement something we are born with? Of course it is, and yet, I also think it’s a choice we make daily. To read, write, experience, and give. These movements make us better, especially when we have a plan for them.

What movements are you doing every day? Email me and let me know, please.

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I adore you!

Blessings,
Shawna Schuh, CSP

Serving Leaders Who Ignite Others
 Executive Coaching, Speaking, Columnist and Author
 503-970-5774