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Guest post by by Cass Mullane, Accountability Coach, Right-Brain Business Plan® Licensed Facilitator, Prosper Creatively, LLC

Don’t you just love getting up in the morning? You pop out of bed, hop in the shower and zip into work because you love arriving bright and early. You sit down and start tackling the tasks of the day and by the time everyone else is rolling in, you’ve already gotten in a couple of hours of good, solid work.

Wait a minute…

Don’t you just hate it when that alarm goes off and you have to get up in the morning? You drag yourself out of bed, stumble to the shower and haul yourself to work, sucking down the coffee just to keep your eyes open. You sit down, look at the stack of work to be done and lay your head on the desk wishing for a few hours more sleep.

As business owners, we all have to deal with getting up and going to work. And we all have models of behavior that are ingrained in us that relate to work. For example, some of you of you come from environments with a time-clock and you punch in on time and leave on time. Others come from a corporate environment a where there are set hours for arrival and departure and you know the minimum work day is generally 8-9 hours.

So, what happens when you decide to head out on your own? How do you set your work hours?

Here are a couple of things to consider when thinking about your work hours:

  1. When do your clients and customers expect you to be available to them
  2. When do you want to be available to your clients and customers
  3. When do you need to spend time working on your business
  4. What are your body’s natural rhythms in terms of when you are most productive and when you need to be doing something else.

I have a client who found herself struggling to get into her office by 9:00 am each day and who would berate herself about not being able to arrive on time and how unprofessional she was. She was also causing herself some discomfort at home as she was unable to enjoy morning chats with her spouse because she was in such a rush to get to the office. In addition, she was forcing herself to work through the last two hours of her day and beating herself up for not getting much done those last two hours. She did not understand why she was having such frustration with what she “knew” was the “right” way to work. After all, she had done it as a corporate professional for many years. Plus, she had read that super successful people always arrived at the office early and stayed late.

When we looked at her self-imposed requirement to be at the office at 9:00 am and not to go home until 6:00 pm, we discovered a few things:

  1. She was not “required” to be at the office at all; much of her work could be done at other places like home, coffee shops or even outside in the parks.
  2. She was not “required” to be at the office at the crack of 9:00, especially since the building itself did not open to the public until 10:00.
  3. She was not “required” to stay until 6:00 every day, especially since the building closed to the public at 5:00
  4. Her body was telling her in no uncertain terms that late afternoons were her least productive time so forcing herself to stay with the expectation of being productive was not such a bright idea.
  5. Her soul was telling her that she needed to change something or she’d go nuts.

So we decided to break the time box that she had encased herself in.

As the CEO of her business she realized that she had the flexibility to set her own schedule to match her body’s natural rhythms with the needs of her business, her customers and clients and her family.

So, are you encased in a self-imposed time box? Are there adjustments that you can make that would allow you a better flow with your business needs and your personal needs?

Is it time to break the time box?

Cass Mullane is an artist with an MBA. Cass’ calm, comfortable approach consistently yields positive results for clients. Her business and personal coaching practice, www.ProsperCreatively.com, specializes in delivering solid left brain business skills to right brainers and creatives in a fun, visual way. She’s a best selling author, textile and mixed media artist and creator of the Cool Stuff Jar™ coaching program. You can also visit Cass on Facebook!

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Guest post by by Lisa Dolce, Right-Brain Business Plan® Licensed Facilitator,

Do any of the following sound familiar?

• You feel and process things more deeply than most people.
• You tend to soak up the energy in your environment like a sponge.
• You have exceptional empathy for others.
• You’ve got keen intuition and the ability to envision the future.
• You think of your business as a natural extension of your soul’s purpose.
• You want to use your gifts to transform people’s lives and better the world.

If you answered yes to all the above, you are a Sensitive Entrepreneur.

Welcome to the club.

Only about 20% of people in the world identify with these descriptions. It wasn’t until 1996, when Dr. Elaine Aron wrote the groundbreaking book “The Highly Sensitive Person” and coined the term HSP, that our unique skills and behaviors were classified as in a league of their own.

In her book, Aron describes HSPs like you and me as the “royal advisor class.” She explains that we are the creators, explorers, and protectors of society.

As an HSP-turned-entrepreneur, I hope to take Aron’s work one step further. Because I know that when we start soul-centered businesses, we act as light-shiners in the world.

At this moment in history, the voices and services of Sensitive Entrepreneurs are needed more than ever. And we desperately WANT to make an impact—that’s why we started businesses in the first place!

But the truth is? Most of us shy away from the limelight.

Which means we inadvertently hide our gifts from those who need us most.

That’s because being a Sensitive Entrepreneur includes some unique challenges:

• You tire out more easily than the other 80% and need lots of downtime.
• You tend to be quiet and avoid situations with sensory overload.
• You question the material value of your skills.
• You have a greater fear of being judged or criticized.
• You feel like you must be like everyone else to fit in.

And how could you not feel that way??

We live in a world that doesn’t fully understand or appreciate people like you and me—yet.

What’s more, we’re bombarded by messages that say we need the loudest voice and most aggression if we want to “win” in business. Not our style!

So we stay behind the scenes. We’re not comfortable enough to step out in our own skin—which means we avoid sharing our gifts with the world.

But here’s the thing:
Your sensitivity is not your weakness.

I repeat: It’s NOT a weakness.

As a Sensitive Entrepreneur, your sensitivity is your greatest strength.

Unlike 80% of the world’s population, you have a set of superpowers that can make a deep and lasting impact on the world.

Here are just a few:
Powerful vision and intuition. We can reach into the future and see what is possible when others cannot.
Immense creativity. We are known as the “mothers (and fathers) of invention”. HSP’s come up with the most innovative ideas, services and products that can transform the way people work and live.
Ability to develop deep relationships. We can connect with people on a much deeper level, creating great trust and intimacy.

Once you activate your Sensitive Superpowers, you will become unstoppable!

Some of society’s greatest and most respected teachers, artists, healers, counselors, writers, spiritual leaders, and social entrepreneurs are HSPs just like you and me.

Embrace your role as a Sensitive Entrepreneur. Use it to shed light on goodness and beauty and what is possible in this world.

Remember, people are looking for the light shiners right now. They are looking for YOU and YOUR BUSINESS.

This is time for us to emerge from the shadows.

Because you are needed. And you are enough.

Stay tuned for Part 2: “How to Activate Your Sensitive Superpowers!”

Lisa Dolce is a Business Coach and Mentor and Licensed Facilitator of the Right Brain Business Plan ®. She is the founder of The Launch Studio and loves to help sensitive entrepreneurs start and grow soul centered-businesses that make a deep and lasting impact in this world.

Start Seeing Your Success

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Guest post by by Cass Mullane, Accountability Coach, Right-Brain Business Plan® Licensed Facilitator, Prosper Creatively, LLC

You know how it feels when you see someone you care about finally coming to grips with a situation and arriving at a quality solution? You can see that a weight has been lifted, they are smiling and they give off an energy that is infectious. They are happy and practically bouncing off the walls. Don’t you just love to see that happening?

Recently, a number of my clients, friends and colleagues are finding great clarity on their vision for themselves. It’s a wonderful thing to watch, especially as I see the stress and confusion suddenly being replaced with calm and lovely smiles. I feel the positive energy flowing through them and I share their enthusiasm. I can see their success.
How are you feeling about where you’re headed for your foreseeable future? Are you still feeling uncertain and frustrated or are you relaxing into the excitement and joy that accompany a clear direction?

There are lots of tools that can help you get clear on your direction and your purpose. They can include things like vision boarding, meditation, journaling, mind mapping or slathering a board with sticky notes. They can center around picking a word or phrase for the next year, goal setting, strategic planning. It does not matter what the tool is, here’s the key:
1. Pick a tool (or three)
2. Do the work (Dig deep inside yourself)
3. Do the work (Create your plan)
4. Do the work (Make it real!)

Picking a tool is a simple process of trying out each option and determining what’s most productive for you. You’ll probably find that these tools have value for different tasks. You need to pick what works best for you. For example, I meditate at some point most every day to relax and clear my head. I use sticky notes and big sheets of paper to plan and I use vision boarding and mind mapping to lay out my direction. I usually achieve clarity on my direction and on what’s most important to me while I’m outside in the fresh air, whether it’s playing softball, taking a walk or just sitting on my deck watching the breezes waft by.

Doing the work means really digging deep and figuring out what’s most important to you. It means clearing away the fluff and other people’s expectations and diving deep into what makes your heart sing. It means really listening to what stirs your soul and welcoming that into being. What does your perfect day look like, taste like, smell like, feel like. Start seeing your success. The time you spend on this work is time extremely well spent.

Next comes doing the work to actually figure out how to go after it. Here’s where the rubber meets the road. You get to plan it out, put some dollars and cents to it so you know how you’re going to thrive financially and put a timeline on it so you know when things are going to happen. Do not be shy about this step. See your success. Dig in because this is where you get to see it all start coming together and moving from desire into reality.

Finally, start doing what you’ve planned out. I mean, really start executing your plan. Commit to it. Start making the content or the products, start connecting with the people you need to connect with, start generating the revenues and tracking your expenses, start designing the next launch.

Start seeing your success.

Cass Mullane is an artist with an MBA. Cass’ calm, comfortable approach consistently yields positive results for clients. Her business and personal coaching practice, www.ProsperCreatively.com, specializes in delivering solid left brain business skills to right brainers and creatives in a fun, visual way. She’s a best selling author, textile and mixed media artist and creator of the Cool Stuff Jar™ coaching program. You can also visit Cass on Facebook!


With the end of the year upon us, I highly encourage you to carve out some quiet reflection time to acknowledge your learnings, accomplishments, and milestones from the year. I’m sharing one of my favorite year-end review tools – the Exploding Box.

You can click here to sign-up for a replay of a fun, interactive video I did awhile back that walks you through this creative activity.

I’ve made this project super-easy for you (no measuring required!! Yay!). The accompanying booklet includes a supply list, simple cut out templates, coaching questions to help you reflect on your year, and step-by-step instructions to make your Exploding Box.

Even if you’ve done the Exploding Box exercise before, it’s worth coming back to because you’ll end up with a wonderful tangible keepsake of your year.

By the way, if you do make a box, please send us pics or tag me – I’m @jennlee on Instagram. Looking forward to your celebrating your year with you!

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Guest post by by Lisa Dolce, Right-Brain Business Plan® Licensed Facilitator,

Did you know that when you feel grateful, your brain releases dopamine and other “feel- good” neurotransmitters that decrease your stress level and make you feel more optimistic about life? If you hold a positive thought for 17 seconds, the brain begins to attract the same type of positive energy?

These two little words (“thank you”) pack quite a healthy punch — for you AND your business too! Customers have a lot of options these days and reaching out to them and showing how much you appreciate them reminds them why they like to do business with you.

Now that the holidays are here—what better time to show your appreciation for your customers and those who help support your success.

A great way to do this is to hand write a thank you card. Yes, I know that sounds so old school. We have so many methods that are easier and less time consuming to communicate with people but– Gratitude Cards go a long way. I know because my customers have told me so.

For 15 years in a row, I’ve handwritten a holiday card to thank each one of my customers and those who support me in my business. But last year life got busy and I could not get my cards out. I justified it by thinking no one would probably notice and considered ending this tradition.

I recently walked into a client’s place of business and saw one of my Gratitude Cards from two years ago, pinned up above her desk. She said it made her smile every day. That made me smile too!

Like you (and all heart-centered business owners), I have a gift for making deep connections with others. I know that my words have the power to make others feel special and valued. I know yours do, too!

That’s why I’m inviting you to join me this holiday season and make Gratitude Cards of your own.

Let’s both set aside time from our busy lives and give thanks in the most meaningful way we can. Together, we’ll remind customers, colleagues, and the people that support us how much we appreciate them.

Imagine how that person will feel when she reads something like, “How wonderful it is working with you! Your smile and beautiful spirit infuse me with warmth every time we meet. I am so thankful for the opportunity to work together.”

Savor how grateful you both will feel. And remember how many feel-good endorphins you just created!

Lisa Dolce is a Small Business Coach, Start-Up Mentor and Licensed Facilitator of the Right Brain Business Plan ®. She helps heart-centered entrepreneurs bring together their brilliant ideas and beautiful gifts and talents to design, launch and grow their own profitable business.

A Time to Give Thanks


Thanksgiving is coming up and that means I’ll be indulging in some yummy food and reflecting on all that I’m thankful for.

Practicing an attitude of gratitude is a great right-brain booster and helps me appreciate all of the good stuff in my life, especially when I’m going through a rough patch or life feels more challenging than usual.

Here are a few fill-in-the-blanks to help prompt your attitude of gratitude:

  • I’m grateful for…
  • I don’t know what I’d do without…
  • My life would be dull if it weren’t for…
  • The following people make my life richer…because they… (these could be people your personally know or people who simply inspire you)
  • I appreciate the following things about myself…
  • This year I’ve been blessed with…

I’d love to hear what you’re grateful for! Either share in the comments or email me at info@artizencoaching.com.

Elect Yourself President

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Guest post by by Cass Mullane, Accountability Coach, Right-Brain Business Plan® Licensed Facilitator, Prosper Creatively, LLC

The U.S. election has happened and the results are… the results. Someone wins, others don’t. That’s how it works in a democracy. What’s important now is what you choose to do about it. If you need to, step away. Breathe. Take a walk. Get your head back on straight and really take a look at what’s important in your business and in your life.

The sun comes up again each day and each day you get to choose how you’re going to show up. If you choose to show up as a whiner and complainer or as a boaster and gloater, you accomplish nothing except to perpetuate the divisiveness that a segment of the population finds appealing.

Here’s a novel concept: choose to show up as President of Your World. Show up as the competent, hard-working, delightful rock star that you are. Now doesn’t that sound more appealing? Choose to go to work on the things you can directly control and have an impact on. Choose to make your world a good place to be.

This does not mean you don’t have an opinion or that you’re an ostrich with its head in the sand. What this means is you’re being proactive and choosing how you want to live and how you want to show up in your business and in your life.

It also means you’re setting an example that others can follow. Be an adult, be a leader, be confident in yourself and your abilities. Go out and show others how your world is thriving. Your creative work matters regardless of who is in office. You’re able to roll with the things thrown at you. You’re able to work through obstacles or around them. You’re in charge of you and you just happen to be the newly elected President of Your World!

Create a world that you want to play in.

Cass Mullane is an artist with an MBA. Cass’ calm, comfortable approach consistently yields positive results for clients. Her business and personal coaching practice, www.ProsperCreatively.com, specializes in delivering solid left brain business skills to right brainers and creatives in a fun, visual way. She’s a best selling author, textile and mixed media artist and creator of the Cool Stuff Jar™ coaching program. You can also visit Cass on Facebook!

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