7 Common Myths About Following Your Passions

7 Common Myths About Following Your Passions

You hear it all the time: “Follow your passion!” “Follow your heart!“ or “Follow your dreams!” But what exactly do those catchy phrases actually mean and, more specifically, what do they not mean?

As a brand strategist, I help ambitious solopreneurs use their strengths and knowledge to pursue work they love. To do this, I give them encouragement to share that unique thing that not only lights them up, but also simultaneously highly benefits a unique group of people and makes the world a better place. I also gently infuse a dose of reality when it comes down to what it actually takes to do what they want to do, with the intention of busting open some of their pre-conceived notions about the ever-so-popular phrase, “follow your passions.”

10 Steps to Develop an Abundance Mindset

10 Steps to Develop an Abundance Mindset

It is certainly no secret that mindset can radically affect outcomes and change the course of a life. Overwhelming research on mindset shows that the way you think about yourself and the world around you can drastically change the way you learn, how you handle stress, how you create success, your resiliency and even how your immune system functions.

Steven Covey coined the term abundance mentality or abundance mindset in his 1989 best-seller The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. He defined the term simply as ”a concept in which a person believes there are enough resources and successes to share with others.” He contrasts it with the scarcity mindset (i.e., destructive and unnecessary competition), which is founded on the idea that, if someone else wins or is successful in a situation, that means you lose; not considering the possibility of all parties winning (in some way or another) in a given situation.

How to Cultivate Lasting Success

How to Cultivate Lasting Success

“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.”  ~Zig Ziglar

Our current world demands speed. We want results and we want them NOW. And it appears that there is no hint of it slowing down anytime soon. Efficiency and quantum leaps are incredible experiences. On the contrary, instant gratification that stems from impatience or complacency is also often times short-lived, and who wants the experience of fleeting success? No one.

The reality is that the most rewarding type of results or successes do not happen overnight. It’s the journey that allows for true satisfaction and stability. It’s been said before that it’s actually who we become inside the process that matters most.

10 Emotional Triggers That Are Delaying Your True Purpose

10 Emotional Triggers That Are Delaying Your True Purpose

One of the least discussed but most powerful ways to align with your true purpose is to identify and release the emotional triggers that are slowing you down and guiding you off course.

An emotional trigger is essentially a strong, often negative emotional response. These triggers can happen anywhere at anytime and anything can can activate a trigger, it’s unique to each individual and their circumstances. The challenge is that you may possibly be so identified with your emotional triggers that you are either blind to them or possibly even righteously clinging to them even as they hinder you.

How To Listen to Your Heart

How To Listen to Your Heart

Here's the thing, building your abundant brand based on generosity, making a difference and living in alignment with your highest purpose requires a lot of heart!

There are bound to be times that your mind will come in and trip you up with why you should take the shiny new offer, or a reason you can't take inspired action, or that you don't deserve what you desire or even a list of what you "should" do instead. No one is immune to these moments.

In these moments, to move forward in a powerful way, it is essential to listen to the message that is coming from deep within your heart.

If you agree and want to know how to listen to that message, or especially if this all sounds a little cliche or fickle to you, there are some profound scientific facts about your heart that you will benefit from knowing.

As it turns out listening to your heart makes total sense from a physiological level and there is a simple way you can start to listen to the wisdom of your heart right away.

Interview with Steven Dyme of Flowers For Dreams

Steven is the Co-Founder & CEO of Flowers for Dreams, a craft flower company named one of Business Insider's Most Inspiring Companies in America. Steven is considered a leading voice on social enterprise in Chicago, having served on Governor Pat Quinn's Task Force on Social Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Enterprise, as a mentor & instructor at Northwestern University's Farley Center for Entrepreneurship, as well as penning op-eds on ethical business in the Chicago Sun-Times, Crains, and others. His company, Flowers for Dreams, is one of the first 30 B Corps in the state of Illinois. www.flowersfordreams.com