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dinosaur-to-dynamo-2Are you a dinosaur?

A dinosaur is a term used for those who are behind the times in technology and business. Maybe there was a time when you were ON YOUR GAME and well paid for it. Or maybe there was a time you were a whiz at something but that something has become ‘nothing’ and you don’t know what the NEW thing is all about. What happened? Well, life happens, and just like when you purchase electronics and they become outdated the moment you walk out the door with them, the same goes for any of us who may have ‘left’ our industry. Did we become extinct?

Well, what happened is that things really changed and all of a sudden you don’t know how to use Microsoft office anymore and what the heck happened to just mailing out your marketing pieces? When did life start going so fast and how did I miss it?

Whether you stepped out to be a stay at home parent, decided to do something different or maybe you just re-entered the work world after a long time away for personal reasons, things change and if you didn’t stay on top of them, I’m sorry to say, you are now considered a dinosaur.

So what do you do? Do you have to go back to school? Start all over? Give up? They are all options of course, but as a life and business coach who works with many baby boomers who are starting over for many reasons including transitioning from corporate America to Entrepreneurship or living out a life’s passion to make a difference in the world, I know only too well how challenging it can be to delve into the world of the new and different.

While I always encourage my clients to get educated in some way about what’s new in business, I want to speak to those who are repulsed by the thought of learning something they don’t care about or can’t comprehend.

I’m here to tell you that being successful even though you are a dinosaur is very doable. Many people are doing it right now. You may not even recognize a fellow dinosaur because they are implementing some of the following tips and to be honest, they look like they know what they are doing!

Take a look below and before you throw in the towel on your vision, give your new adventure another try. Even if the items below still scare the daylights out of you, keep reading and do those things that you are willing. Who knows, the rest may fall into place. Dinosaurs typically move slowly…. But they move just the same.

Here are my top 7 Tips to go from Dinosaur to Dynamo. You can do this!!!

  1. List of your strengths and weaknesses – Right now you may feel like a dinosaur in ALL areas of business. Chances are you are only falling short in a few. Make a list of those things you feel confident in. Then make a list of the areas where you need support or training. Now that you have more clarity, you will be able to fill in the gaps more easily.  Example: You many be excellent in your trade or with Networking but you are computer challenged and don’t even know what Social Media is and why it’s important.
  2. Subscribe to your industry related magazine – Most industries have a magazine that will keep you up to date on the changes being made and how to keep up. Find yours and read it religiously. Even if the wording is foreign, absorb what you can. Read the rest of these tips to help with the vague areas.
  3. Research industry related software programs – I have had 3 separate industry related software programs in my career and I will tell you that it was a life saver and a business creator. When you invest in a program specifically for your business, the creators of the software KNOW your world and usually provide what you need to look like a pro instantly. These features often include a contact management system, a ready built website, a blog, a predesigned autoresponder program, invoicing and so much more. They often offer a free trial for 30 days. Try it by adding a few sample clients to it and test it out. Warning, once again, if you are a true dinosaur, this will be very confronting – your job is NOT to learn it completely, but to know your options for future action.
  4. Seek out Freelancers – If you are really great at what you do and yet you aren’t great with marketing or social media, I hope you realize that your talents mean something. I always say, ‘you don’t have to do everything; you just need to get it done’. Learn who is out there serving people just like you – those who need help in marketing and technology. There are many sites where you can hire a freelancer, two of my favorites are fiverr.com (where most items are only $5) and Upwork.com (where you can hire a professional from all over the world at very affordable prices) You are NOT alone as a dinosaur and there are people who cater to you… REALLY
  5. Build your Team – Invest in outsourcing – You may be thinking, “I don’t have the funds to build a team”. I certainly understand that. I too have been in that predicament. I have been known to hire someone for just 2 hours a week until I could do more. Most of my trial people moved on to full time employees or outsourced professionals. Once you choose your team of desired business vendors, start outsourcing slowly. Choose a budget and find the largest need. Start with one freelancer at first and build as you get steadier.
  6. Join an existing team – As a former Realtor, I am often approached to coach new Realtors. Many of them are full-fledged self-starters and I am able to help them be autonomous in the business. However, there are those who are neither able to nor interested in doing all the facets of their industry. Or maybe they are not willing to put in all the hours that are necessary to build themselves. To those people I suggest they join a team of people who strategically work together where each provides a piece of the business puzzle. One may get leads, one may do leg work or review contracts and others may do administrative work. If you don’t want to build your own team, then join one. If you are a coach, join a coaching group. Chances are there is a co-op or group in your industry either locally or on-line.
  7. Hire a Coach – Speaking of Coach – Hiring a coach who can help you with resources, structure and motivation is always to your advantage. Look at how many successful people out there have their own coach. Why shouldn’t you? I will strongly suggest this however, many coaches go at their own pace and if you join a program of theirs and you are a dinosaur, chances are you will fall behind. Find a coach who will give you personal service and go at YOUR pace, not theirs.

These are just a few of the ways a ‘dinosaur’ can thrive in business. It’s possible and it’s done all the time. What you want to do is trust yourself if you feel inclined to build a business and trust that there is a way to get there in spite of your limitations. Just so you know; we ALL have limitations. A good business person typically does not do it ALL anyway. We don’t call them a dinosaur, we call them SMART!  So get smart and let someone else help you shine.

 

Fran Asaro is the founder of Thrive Any Way Personal and Business Coaching. Helping entrepreneurs thrive in all areas of their lives. Contact Fran at Fran@thriveanyway.com or go to www.thriveanyway.com

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This article will probably raise some eyebrows. I do hope it raises those that could really use it.

Are you over performing in life and possibly underachieving? I work with many people who are out there day after day, beating the pavement, going to workshops, taking classes, organizing, envisioning and doing everything they are being told to do. Often the results are not satisfying. Is that you?

If you’ve been operating at a pace that isn’t yours but you think you need to in order to succeed, think again.

If we are supposed to be doing it someone elses way than why are so many people still struggling? I know there are many people out there who have amazing programs and systems that do work. But if you have tried and tried and it hasn’t, then don’t beat yourself up. While they work for some or many, they don’t work for all.

No need to let that worry you. If you are not succeeding doing it someone else’s way then consider doing it yours! What does that mean? It means to start listening to your own inner guidance system that will show you what to do. Begin sitting in silence and asking and listening for your personal direction. Believe it or not this is the shortest path to your vision. It really is.

Life isn’t supposed to hurt. I see so many people hurting in spite of their actions. Maybe the actions need to be more inspired than received at a seminar.

No one says you have to stop learning. Just be particular about what you allow into your belief system. Does it feel like a good fit? Or does it feel like it may be good for someone else but not for you. It’s ok not to follow a very successful person if it doesn’t feel right.

Today, take some time to plan your own path and feel the difference.

Enthusiastically,

Fran

For more information about Fran Asaro go to www.thriveanyway.com

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[tweetmeme]Often we find ourselves in a relationship that tugs at our patience. Whether it is due to incompatibility, intolerance, control or disrespect, some people sit uncomfortably with us or downright annoy us.

I remembering hearing for years how important it was to sever such relationships for self preservation. It was a way to relieve ourselves of all the discomfort. While at some level it made sense and still does, eventually you might find yourself disconnecting or running from anyone and anything that challenges you. In time, some of us begin to feel as though all we do is end relationships and wonder if severing is the only answer. Is that you?

There are times when we can’t or no longer want to cut the cord with others. This could be because they are family or co-workers, colleagues or friends. Whatever the reason, you are not willing or able to separate yourself from them. What do you do then? Stay miserable every time you are in their company?

There is another way. It may not be as easy as cutting them off, however, it could restore your sanity when cord cutting is not an option. Severing the AFFECT that others have on you keeps you in the driver’s seat of your life. Let’s face it; people will always get your goat. They will say and do things that annoy you, they will run you off the road, they will be embarrassing to be around and they will suck all of your energy. You can’t kill them all off. So the next best thing – maybe even the most self empowering action – is to release the affect they have on you.

Easier said then done? Yes, it takes practice and intention to carry this out. Once you commit to protecting your own boundaries emotionally and physically, others will no longer have the same impact on you as they once did. People can only affect you when you allow them to infringe on your personal boundary. When you stand strong on what you will and will not let into your own thoughts, feelings and physical self, you become the keeper of your mood, your power and your sense of well being.

Options – sometimes that’s all we need to know in order to feel better in these situations. Knowing that we can choose to sever or not provides a sense of relief. So, the next time you are feeling completely affected by someone else and severing is not possible, know you have one more resource. Know that you are in charge of your boundaries. Know that you can learn to rise above and even beyond the impact others have on you and your world.

Enthusiastically,
Fran
For more information about working with Fran Asaro click here

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[tweetmeme]Are you the type of person who likes to try many things? Do you have several balls in the air at one time? Do those around you encourage you to focus and stop being ‘all over the place’ or better yet joke about your being ‘scattered’?

Many of us who diversify our hobbies, businesses, friends, relationships are probably seeking a center for ourselves. We might be open to having one special ‘thing’ but don’t know what that is just yet. Could there be value in expanding your horizons until you find the ‘right’ place or thing for yourself? What if you consider this the way of life for you to continue? Isn’t that OK too?

Diversification is a very common characteristic of those starting over. They might want to ‘taste’ all that life has to offer. I remember doing this myself after a divorce. After years of being connected, I had a clean slate before me to create my new life. I wasn’t going to choose just anything. After all, it’s MY life and I am entitled to design it right? So I tried several business opportunities, social activities, volunteer positions, and even friendships. I formulated myself from those experiences and continue to do so. And let me tell you, there are those who continue to prod me to ‘stay on track’. Whose track I say?

It could be frustrating if you have opposing thinkers in your life or your own negative self talk that tries to rush you into something you are not ready to commit to. Don’t sell out because of pressure.

Why not try to embrace your diversification. Enjoy it, allow it and even encourage it. What? Yes, encourage that you try new ways until you find the way that feels like you are ‘home’. I made a list of categories I wanted to explore- career, social, personal development etc. Then I continued to add new possibilities choices to the list. I checked one off at a time. Some were a YES and some were an emphatic NO. I am so glad I gifted myself this wonderful experience. I hope you do so as well.

Happy Monday!

Enthusiastically
Fran

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From Now On


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Even if you used to take things personally, from now on you don’t have to.

If you used to lose your temper easily – from now on you can manage your anger differently.

If you used to play small in life – from now on you can tap into your courage.

Whatever the old behavior was, even if it was a few moments ago since you last behaved that way – from now on you can be different, better, or healed. Which do you choose? If you are satisfied with the way things are and they way you are, that’s fine. If you see something else for yourself, then choose it.

What happens often is we see a ‘thing’ ‘we would like to change about ourselves and yet we keep allowing ourselves to be that. We have more power than that. We can resolve to have a shift.

Yes it takes something, but not as much as you think once you commit. There is so much to be said about your conviction to do something. It creates a path to the outcome. It paves the way to the new you. From now on, connect to your vision and become the optimal you.

Enjoy.

Happy Thursday

Enthusiastically,

Fran

Is it time you expressed your uniqueness to the world or even to yourself? I work with creative people, supporting them in full self expression.

Who would benefit from my sessions?

* Those looking for loving, gentle support

* Those coming from oppressive environments

* Creative people blocked by outside influence.

* Right brained people living in a left brain world

* Gentle, creative people looking to build a conscious and lucrative business or lifestyle.

Call me if this is you. 954 370 8001

Follow me:
Blog: www.franasaro.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/thriveanyway
Facebook: Life by Design with Fran Asaro
Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/in/franasaro

For more information on ‘From Stuck to Unstoppable’ workshops, contact Fran Asaro
954 370 8001
www.thriveanyway.com
fran@thriveanyway.com

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You may have heard a version of ‘The clothes don’t make the person – the person makes the clothes’.

My interpretation of this statement is that sometimes we go out of our way to look good or to appear a certain way to cover up what we are not. If we live a façade – it’s a hard role to play. We cannot maintain a level we are not on and eventually something has got to give. Hopefully what gives way is our authenticity.

There is no one else in the entire world like you. Not even a twin if you have one. Imagine showing up today and every day as the absolute real you. Imagine letting your true light and full expression shine through. The silliness, the daringness, the color and uniqueness. You have it and you know it.

Can you feel how great that would feel? Can you anticipate the receptivity of it? Do you really think it will matter what you are wearing or driving if you are playing full out from the inside out? No, to the right people it will not matter at all. The would rather have this.

So the next time you have to choose between your outside or your inside shining through, remember this: Any old shoe will do if you are truly being you.

Happy Friday

Enthusiastically,

Fran

My life and my work are taking a wonderful turn. I have begun working primarily with those who have a unique message or expression. I enjoy working with creative people, supporting them in entrepreneurship as well as their personal lives.

Who would benefit from my sessions?

* Those looking for loving, gentle support

* Those coming from oppressive environments

* Creative people blocked by outside influence.

* Right brained people living in a left brain world

* Gentle, creative people looking to build a conscious and lucrative business or lifestyle.

Call me if this is you. 954 370 8001

Follow me:
Blog: www.franasaro.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/thriveanyway
Facebook: Life by Design with Fran Asaro
Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/in/franasaro

For more information on ‘From Stuck to Unstoppable’ workshops, contact Fran Asaro
954 370 8001
www.thriveanyway.com
fran@thriveanyway.com

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Every so often we feel inadequate, insecure or just plain broken. Although it may not be comforting to know it, we all have this experience once in awhile. Some more than others.

These ‘broken down’ times come for a reason and it’s not to make us feel bad or less than. These ‘broken down’ times are meant to strengthen our character and teach us something. They are to show us who we truly are in the face of adversity and to point out our greatness when it’s over.

While many of us try to have someone or some thing put us back together again, our real successes occur when we obtain the tools to do it ourselves.

If you are finding that you are ‘lost’ or scared during this time… slow down, calm down and get down to the solution. The solution comes when you face it, address it and agree to take on your situation with power. There is ALWAYS a solution.

Feeling broken is an uncomfortable feeling. It’s natural to want to be ‘fixed’. But know that you have what it takes from within to do it. It’s ok to find support as long as it encourages your building your own muscle.  But as with Humpty Dumpty – All the kings Horses and all the kings men couldn’t help him… if he wanted to put himself back together…he had to do it himself.

Happy Thursday

Enthusiastically,

Fran

My life and my work are taking a wonderful turn. I love that I am attracting those who want to connect with their unique message or expression. I enjoy working with creative people, supporting them in entrepreneurship as well as their personal lives.

Who would benefit from my sessions?

* Those looking for loving, gentle support

* Those coming from oppressive environments

* Creative people blocked by outside influence.

* Right brained people living in a left brain world

* Gentle, creative people looking to build a conscious and lucrative business or lifestyle.

Call me if this is you. 954 370 8001

Follow me:
Blog: www.franasaro.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/thriveanyway
Facebook: Life by Design with Fran Asaro
Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/in/franasaro

For more information on ‘From Stuck to Unstoppable’ workshops, contact Fran Asaro
954 370 8001
www.thriveanyway.com
fran@thriveanyway.com

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