Drive. Align. Shift. Spirit Driving Institute Blog by Leila Johnson

21Dec/09Off

Are You Perfectly Stuck? – Guest Blogger, Donna Toothaker

From Leila: Donna Toothaker was my first virtual assistant (pun intended). Her business is called 1st VA and she helped me to launch my Spirit Driving teleclasses back in 2004. Her business has grown because she is a high achiever with great ideas. In this article, she provides some insight on challenges that high achievers face. I agree whole-heartedly. Enjoy!

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As creative, entrepreneurial people, we are often gifted with the world's greatest ideas.  Our imaginations abound with business plans, information products, and new ways of marketing our services.  So, why aren’t we acting upon, and manifesting all these brilliant dreams of ours?  We're perfectly stuck, that's why.

We have high standards, and are high achievers.  We also have the tendency toward perfectionism - wanting everything to be just "so" before we put it out into the world.  The difference between being a high achiever and perfectionism is that high achievers relish the process of creating and manifesting something, and once they start they don't look back – they keep moving.  Perfectionists, on the other hand, are focused solely on the goal, and are so driven to succeed – or rather, not to fail – that many times they don't even begin the creation process due to overwhelm.

How many people don't move forward with projects or in their business because they're waiting for things to be perfect, the perfect business name, domain, website, information product, program, the perfect timing... the list goes on.  The sad truth is, if they just took action without waiting for perfection they'd be so much further in their business.

How do we move the perfection roadblock from out of our path to manifesting our dreams?  Consider a few small things that can make a huge difference:

As perfectionists, we're our own worst critics.   Nobody can possibly be scrutinizing you or your work as much as you are.  Most imperfections we notice in our work are unimportant, or invisible, to others.

Small moves, made repeatedly, are better than one big effort.
Just as we are told about the cumulative health benefits of short bursts of exercise, so do small actions add up to big gains in manifesting your ideas.  What small action step can you do today - every day - to keep your dream in motion?

Mistakes can be springboards for success. No matter how seasoned you are in your business, you will make mistakes – even when things seem to be going smoothly.  It's just a fact of life.  And, often it is the larger mistakes that teach the most meaningful lessons.   Learning from mistakes, and learning how to implement that knowledge immediately into your creative process can spring you more quickly toward achieving your goals, or launch you in a whole new direction.

Be kind to yourself.
When mistakes do happen – and they will – be compassionate toward yourself.  Practice positive self-talk, replacing name calling ("How could I be so STUPID") with self-encouragement ("Next time, I will slow down and be more careful so I don’t overlook important details.")

The bottom line is, while a desire to do well, to do your best work and to explore your full potential can give you sense of satisfaction and personal fulfillment, you have to learn when it is 'good enough'.  Only then, will you be able to move forward with confidence and bring those brilliant ideas to life.

Donna Toothaker is CEO and founder of 1st VA the highly sought-after online marketing and consulting company. 1st VA specializes in providing online marketing support and services to entrepreneurs and solopreneurs who wish to effectively build or improve their online presence. To discover how 1st VA can help your business - visit http://www.1stva.com.

15Dec/09Off

The Search for a Cover Designer

Since I'm close to finishing my manuscript, I've decided to start the search for a book designer for Driving to Success: Let Your Spirit Take the Wheel. I've received referrals from other authors and have performed my own research. So far the response is good. I'm always impressed by those who have an artistic flair.

Once I have a close-to-final concept, I'll use the cover and a sample chapter to continue drumming up interest in carrying my book.

If you are a cover or interior designer who is interested in submitting a quote, feel free to contact me.

Also, if any other authors have suggestions for a stellar cover or interior designer, you can post them in the comments.


11Dec/09Off

New Spirit Driving Web Site

We just launched our new Spirit Driving Institute Web site. You'll find information on upcoming books and joining or facilitating a coaching group. You'll be able to register online for our upcoming introductory and series Webinars on Driving to Success: Let Your Spirit Take the Wheel. Plus, we've added this blog and recent articles related to spirituality in your professional life.

In the coming months, we plan to expand the Web site to build more of a community around the Spirit Driving concept. Stay tuned.