Asking for Permission - EP 74

 

“We are masters and captains of our own ships. And most of the time, we know exactly what to do.”

—  Julie Greenham

 

Be prepared — I get a little bit fired up in this episode! That’s because this episode’s topic is one that pops up far too often in the lives of entrepreneurs. Yes, even in my own life.

 

I want to talk about the act of asking permission for things… in our own businesses.

 

Put up your hand if you’re guilty of this. I’m guessing that a lot of listeners have caught themselves seeking the permission or approval of other people when making decisions in their role as founder and CEO. 

 

This type of behaviour can often be traced back to childhood, to the idea of raising our hands, waiting our turns, and relying on authority figures to guide us.

 

But if we need to seek approval for every step that we want to take in our businesses, that slows us down… and can even...

Being Creative (Even If You Think You Aren’t) - EP 73

 

“Creativity is really broad, it’s not that you have to be able to paint or draw. I think everybody has creativity in them in some form. It might be in baking, it might be in gardening, it might be in sewing or knitting.”

—  Lorraine Thomson

 

Do you consider yourself creative?

 

While many people may answer “no,” creativity can mean many different things! And there can be no telling where your creative journey can take you.

 

My guest for this episode is Lorraine Thomson, who always knew that she wanted to be an artist... even as she set it aside to pursue a career in nursing.

 

10 years into her career as a nurse-practitioner, the urge to create became too overwhelming. Lorraine left her job and returned to school, where she earned a degree in Fine Arts from Western University.

 

Lorraine now works full-time as an artist, creating and teaching others how to create through the Zentangle Method, a relaxed...

The Word "Expert" - EP 72

 

“You can be just a few steps ahead, and you’re still able to help someone else.”

—  Julie Greenham

 

How do you feel about the word “expert”? Or how about “leader”? Many of us feel ambivalence or a sense of disconnect about being referred to as an expert or a leader in our fields — no matter how long we’ve been doing our work!

 

For a long time, I felt very uncomfortable with the word “expert.” It’s not a label that naturally occurred to me when I thought about myself and my work, and I resisted having it applied to me. I had very definite ideas of what it meant to be an expert: I thought that you had to know everything inside and out. That you couldn’t stumble over your words or concepts while doing Lives, or even while talking to other people. That you needed to know the answer to every single question, always.

 

These were very unreasonable standards. And very, very...

Tapping Into Your Introvert Strengths To Thrive In Business - EP. 71

 

“We want other people feel unstuck when it comes to seeing the world.”

—  Garrett Oler

 

If you have chronic wanderlust or just want to experience a change of scenery after being locked down for the past couple of years, you’ll want to check out this episode!

 

My guest, Garrett Oler, is the co-founder of Connected Family Travel, a business that is dedicated to helping families experience the dream vacations they never thought they could afford, through ‘travel hacking’ with travel points and smart action plans!

 

While Garrett identifies as introverted, he enjoys doing Lives and showing up in front of his audience. In this conversation, we talk about how to avoid being pigeonholed by labels and expectations, the state of the travel industry post-lockdowns, and why it really does take a village, whether we’re talking about raising a family, starting a business, or even doing your marketing!

 

In‌...

Creativity and The Mindful Entrepreneur with Emily Milling - EP.65

“Creativity does not demand perfection. It just asks that you put something out there.”

—  Emily Milling

This episode of the Quiet Powerhouse Podcast is just a little bit different.

The guest this week… is me.

In this crossover episode with The Ultimate Creative podcast, host Emily Milling interviews me about the Mindful Entrepreneur Membership — and we find ourselves in a fascinating discussion about introversion, mindfulness, and the creative process along the way! 

As a multi-passionate creative and entrepreneur, Emily is used to moving a mile a minute, but recent health concerns have forced her to slow down… and she’s discovered that sometimes pumping the brakes is the very best thing that you can do with your business.

Emily is an absolute delight, and the discussion not only digs deep into the true meaning of creativity and how to best harness it… but it’s also completely hilarious!

Press play now to...

Being Hard On Yourself - EP 64

 

“The inner critic is hard with us, so we’re going to be harsh with the inner critic.”

—  Julie Greenham

 

The topic of this episode was actually requested by many of my listeners, and it’s one that I think will be especially helpful to the perfectionists out there: why are we so hard on ourselves... and what can we do about it?

 

As entrepreneurs and introverts, many of us deal with worries that we’re not good enough. We can tell ourselves things that we would never think of saying to another person! 

 

Negative self talk is a problem that can have very real and harmful consequences, keeping us from taking advantage of exciting opportunities or taking the vital next steps in our businesses. It can also cause us to set wildly unrealistic goals… and then feel terrible when we can’t hit them.

 

When we believe that we’re not ‘fill-in-the-blank’ enough to succeed, these thoughts...

The Mindful Entrepreneur Routine - EP 62

 

“It’s very hard to see past that grey cloud of judgment when we are in it.”

—  Julie Greenham

 

This episode explores the three most common challenges that introverted entrepreneurs discuss when they first join the Mindful Entrepreneur Membership… and the magic that happens when they connect with a supportive community that understands their unique situation. 

 

Many introverted entrepreneurs struggle with the visibility aspect of their business — showing up in front of their clients and prospects, whether through Instagram or Facebook Lives, Zoom webinars, or even just through social media. Others aren’t sure how to incorporate mindfulness into their daily lives, even though they understand the incredible benefits that come from having a regular practice. 

 

The biggest challenge that new Mindful Entrepreneur Membership members face is cultivating resiliency and learning how to bounce back from the...

Are Your Subconscious Beliefs Stopping You From Achieving What You Want? - EP 61

 

“Go inwards. That’s where all of our answers are.”

—  Julie Greenham

 

In this episode, I reveal the two fastest ways to grow your business.

 

These two methods of growing your business may not be what you expect. I’m not going to talk about how to find investors or which tech to invest in for your sales team. I’m not going to recommend a specific style of email sequence or give you tips on how to optimize your sales page. 

 

Growing your business effectively is not just about your next marketing funnel, or your copy, or your web design. Or course, all of those things matter and contribute to your success! But at the core, the fastest way to grow your business is by doing the inner work.

 

The two fastest ways to grow your business are to acquire a miracle mindset and build or join a supportive community.

 

A miracle mindset is a shift in your inner perception that changes both the way you feel and the...

Creative Visualization For Your CEO Mind - EP 60

 

“I call visualization a mental rehearsal for what we want to create in our physical world.”

—  Julie Greenham

  

What do high-performing athletes and successful CEOs have in common? Creative visualization.

   

Creative visualization is a technique that helps you clarify your goals internally... and bring them into your exterior world. Did you know that the brain cannot tell the difference between something that you visualize in great detail and something that you actually experience? Talented performers and speakers use this to their advantage by visualizing themselves on stage delivering the perfect speech or monologue. Athletes visualize themselves scoring winning goals or completing challenging moves. And musicians use visualization to “practice” their music… without even touching their instrument.

  

Not only is visualization a useful tool for “training” your brain, but it’s...

How To Overcome Negative Self-Talk - EP 59

 

“Your business only grows as much as you do.”

—  Julie Greenham

How can we quiet our negative inner voices?

  

We all deal with inner criticism — especially those of us who suffer from imposter syndrome. If we give our negative inner voice too much power, it can stop us from chasing our goals or taking the kind of risks that can have big payoffs for our businesses.

  

Why is it so important to counteract those pesky, negative thoughts? Because thoughts influence our feelings, our feelings shape our behaviour, and our behaviour leads to our results. Negative thinking can lead to procrastination, inability to make decisions, fear of moving forward or taking action, self sabotage, and anxiety. A strong negative thought can actually have a big impact on your life, relationship, and business!

  

Many people say that mantras are an effective way to redirect their inner voices. Mantras are important and they have their...

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