Encouragement goes straight to the heart. In fact, the word itself comes from a combination of the prefix en which means “to put into” and the Latin root cor which means “heart”. Knowing what a big difference encouragement makes in your own life, what can you do to help others to take heart when the going gets tough and the way feels long?

  1. Tell people how they’ve encouraged you! Learn individuals’ “love languages,” the special ways in which they feel most valued. In his book, The Five Love Languages, Gary Chapman explains that not everyone’s emotional needs are met in the same way and that it’s important to learn to speak others’ love languages. The five love languages are words of affirmation, quality time, receiving gifts, acts of service, and physical touch.
  2. Continue reading “Take Heart When the Going Gets Tough”


Most clients will enter your business through some initial contact where they can talk to you about your services.

- The discovery call.
- The free initial consultation.
- A getting to know you session.

Whatever you call it, we're talking about the conversation that takes place immediately prior to money changing hands.

There are two people involved in this conversation, and you're both going through your own (fairly predictable) emotional rollercoaster.

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My weekend routine includes posting links to a handful of tools I ran across during the week.

I don’t go into depth, yet encourage you to check them out if they sound interesting. The photo in the post is a favorite for the week from an online source.

  • Rapportive – This Gmail add-on shows LinkedIn profiles in your email dashboard, allowing you to see information on each of your email contacts, including their social media accounts and where they work.
  • Assistant.to – Assistant.to sets up your appointments by working with your email recipient, automatically adjusting time zones and even rescheduling meetings if something comes up.
  • Sighted – Invoicing and expense tracking software designed for solos and small business. The free plan offers 20 invoices per month.

What have you discovered recently? Let us know in the comments.

It’s never been easier to find ways to be disappointed in our performance. You can compare your output, your income, your success rate to a billion people around the globe… many of whom are happy to exaggerate to make you even more disappointed.

Comparing yourself to others is a trap! It’s hardly worth your trouble.

The exception is the dissatisfaction that is based on a legitimate comparison, one that gives you insight on how to improve and motivates you to get better. Continue reading “Do you compare yourself to others?”