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Volumn 2, Issue 3
February 1, 2008
Susan L. Reid, Publisher & Founder
Small Business Start-up Coach & Consultant
Author of Discovering Your Inner Samurai:
The Entrepreneurial Woman’s Journey to Business Success
Mary Ellen Whitaker, Editor
An online newsletter for the entrepreneurial woman transforming her life and making a difference in the world.
In This Issue
Today’s Topic: Transitioning Gracefully
- Business Quote by Martha Beck
- Featured Article: Help! I am Having a Career Transition Crisis!
- Discovering Your Inner Samurai Book Update
- An Inner Samurai Story from Jina Daigle
- Alkamae Blog Highlights
- Q & A: “How does traditional marketing differ from attraction marketing?”
Note From Susan
Greetings, fellow entrepreneurs!
Are you finding yourself beaten up by the romp of turbulent energy that has ripped through 2008? Or are you riding the wave of this awakening energy and letting it catapult you to business success?
No matter what your experience, with Mercury in retrograde, President Bush’s last State of the Union address just given, the housing market plummeting, and the United States Presidential Primaries well underway, it’s easy to see that change is in their air. And with change comes transformation.
How do you stay centered, grounded, and focused on your business success in the midst of this transformative pandemonium? “Help! I am Having a Career Transition Crisis!” was written expressly with this question in mind. In it, you will find 10 helpful inner practices for the transitioning soul. Next, you won’t want to miss reading Jina Daigle’s Inner Samurai Story about how listening to her inner knower made the world of difference to someone else. Finally, learn the key to using the Law of Attraction to your marketing benefit, and join the Alkamae blogging community for support and sustenance.
We are living in extraordinary times, folks. Rejoice!
Fun News: Discovering Your Inner Samurai kicked off its Virtual Book Tour this month and is touring around the blog community. Check out where my book will be next!
Business Quote Of The Week
Any transition serious enough to alter your definition of self will require not just small adjustments in your way of living and thinking but a full-on metamorphosis.
~ Martha Beck, Author
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Help! I am Having a Career Transition Crisis
Have you been waking up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat, panicked about your future, wondering if you're going to be able to make things work out?
Is your stomach all tied up in knots? Is your mind racing as you contemplate options, unsure about what to do and where to go from here? Do you find yourself wistfully thinking about the way things were, wondering how you could have it back? If so, then you are in the middle of a career transition crisis.
It’s a crisis because you’re feeling unstable, realizing that you’re at a crucial turning point. It’s a transition because you’re making the passage from one thing to the next and feeling out of control. Nobody likes feeling out of control. This is especially true when making a career transition — either changing from one type of job to another, or moving from being traditionally employed to being a solo preneur.
Transitions are rough. They’re hard on your body, spirit, and emotions. They’re tough on the people around you, your wallet, and your ego. Major life transitions beat you up, roll you over, and spit you out the other side. Even if you planned your transition ahead of time, had all the kinks ironed out, and had everything lined-up and ready to go, chances are . . . it’s still going to be rough.
The good news is that there are things you can do to stabilize your transition. Here are the 10 main things I did to ease my transition from working in the ivory tower of academia to starting up and becoming a successful small business owner.
10 Inner Practices for the Transitioning Soul
Allow the process. Big change often feels like death, as if an old part of you must die in order for the new part of you to be born. The birthing of something new requires a deep integration. So allow that to happen. Some things will cease to be. Others will take on a new form.
Stay in charge of your happiness. Understand that you determine your happiness — not someone or something outside you.
Reach beyond what you fear. Don’t go through it. Reach beyond to something greater, something more important than what you fear.
Trust that everything in your life is unfolding exactly as it is meant to be. Spend as little time as possible asking why or looking for answers. Trust and know.
Make your inner voice the predominant voice you listen to. Turn to others for support. Turn inward for guidance. Not the other way around.
Remain unattached to outcome. Fretting about the future or worrying about the past keep you attached. Stop doing both, and you’ll be surprised at the number of doors that open, pathways that light up, and possibilities that present themselves to you.
Stay connected. Don’t allow your fears to multiply by isolating yourself. Remain in contact with family and friends who support your vision, and stay involved with leisure activities that you enjoy.
Take good care of yourself with a balanced, healthy lifestyle. Eat nutritious food, exercise regularly, and get plenty of sleep. Weekly massages are terrific at releasing and balancing the body.
Meditate and practice T’ai Chi or Chi Qong to center and ground yourself, increase your energy, and sooth your psyche.
Avoid jumping into anything new too soon. Go slowly. When your life is disrupted by a transition — even one you initiate — it takes time to adjust to the new reality. Use that time to reflect and think about what is really best for you.
Will doing these ten things make your career transition crisis go away? No. However, they will go a long way toward giving you some breathing room to explore what matters most to you and how you’d like your life to be. Doing these inner practices will help relax the tension in your body, clear away the fog of confusion in your mind, and allow your inner voice to speak to you.
Getting in touch with your inner voice and allowing it to guide you
will put you back in the driver’s seat and
turn your career crisis into a career transformation.
Discovering Your Inner Samurai
The Entrepreneurial Woman’s Journey to Business Success
****Virtual Book Tour ****
We're on tour! Come along and check out the stops on my Virtual Book Tour Schedule
Call to Action: It takes a village to publicize a book, especially for new authors. If you have already read my book, it would be great if you would head on over to Amazon.com and leave a book review for me. In return, I'll send you a free gift!
Discovering Your Inner Samurai: The Entrepreneurial Woman's Journey to Business Success is now available from WME Books, Amazon.com and directly from me, if you would like a signed copy.
This is the perfect book to zoom zoom your business success!
An Inner Samurai Story
Wondering what in the heck an Inner Samurai is?
Jina Daigle is a licensed therapist, trainer, consultant, and coach. She has over 26 years of experience working with individuals and groups and is the Founder and Owner of Creative Team Solutions. Here is her Inner Samurai story:
A while back, a friend of mine sent out emails to various people asking for support for her sister who was a recovering addict. She had slid back into old habits, had some legal issues pending, and was out of a job, a car, and hope. I immediately ordered “Discovering Your Inner Samurai” for her (though it would be a while before they were ready to be shipped) based on nothing other than a strong inner desire to do so that I decided to trust.
A recent report from my friend told me that my inner knowing had been right on target. Her sister reported that she had received the book in perfect timing. She had moved in with her mother, had begun to get her life back together, and declared that the book spoke to her, inspired her and gave her hope again.
Currently, she is engaged in a new job that she loves and is gaining momentum as she moves forward. We can celebrate successes in our own lives—and those of all our “sisters”—as we make our way on this life journey together, listening to our Inner Samurai and taking action on what we feel called to do.
Wondering about how to access your Inner Samurai knowing?
Call to Action: Do you have a story to share about your Inner Samurai? We’d love to consider it for possible publication in this e-Zine and possible inclusion in the forthcoming collection of Inner Samurai Stories. If you enjoyed the new Inner Samurai Story spot above, consider sending your own story to Susan.
Alkamae Blog Highlights
The Alkamae blog, is a blog created for women on the journey from Accidental Pren-her™ to entrepreneurial woman. For women building successful businesses from the inside out, from the place of their inner knowing, their Inner Samurai.
“Sisterhood of the Rope” - The term “Brotherhood of the Rope” in mountaineering and climbing circles refers to the interdependence inherent amongst members of a climbing team and their reliance upon one another for safety, security, and success. Read this post to see how it applies to women entrepreneurs.
“Can Intention Change the World?” - Check out this under-a-minute video of Lynne McTaggert talking about the power of intention.
“The Marriage of Music and Business” - This post on whole brain thinking received many interesting and stimulating comments. Do read the comments!
“10 Reasons to Become a Midlife Entrepreneur” - What does retirement mean to an entrepreneurial women who has successfully woven passion into what she does as a small business owner? Does she or doesn’t she plan on retiring? Inquiring minds want to know.
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Come. Embrace your Inner Samurai and add your voice.
Ask The Accidental Pren-her
Q: How does traditional marketing differ from attraction marketing?”
A: The basic difference between attraction marketing and traditional marketing is that attraction marketing is based on the Law of Attraction, and traditional marketing is not.
Although attraction marketing uses many of the techniques and tools of traditional marketing, it does so with an expressed intent to give something of value (product or service) to clients and customers. Traditional marketing is more about getting something from clients and customers.
When I work with clients from an attraction marketing perspective, everything we do is based on the Law of Attraction. This means that before my clients start marketing to their niche, we examine their thoughts, feelings, and actions to make sure they are fully aligned and integrated with their passion for the product or service they are offering.
Tip: When you use the Law of Attraction to draw to you what you want, you will find yourself taking much more pleasure in what you do and enjoying unexpected business benefits as a result.
Dr. Susan L. Reid is a Small Business Start-up Coach & Consultant. She has helped hundreds of women take the fear out of starting up their own businesses. She is also the author of Discovering Your Inner Samurai: The Entrepreneurial Woman’s Journey to Business Success. To get your burning business question answered, e-mail Susan.
That’s all for this issue, folks.
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