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

Dear highly sensitive entrepreneur:

I get it.

I know first-hand how hard it is to find the sweet spot between your desire for “perfect” and actually sharing your most valuable work.

Because you and I are the kind of people who set the bar really high for ourselves.

Because we’re highly sensitive, we notice subtle details about our ideas and projects. It’s a blessing—but it also can feel like a curse.

Especially when you start working toward your biggest visions, your inner perfectionist rears her head. You start to spend hours upon hours fine-tuning the details. You make tweak after tweak, never pulling the trigger, while your biggest dreams languish and fade.

For almost a year, I’ve been working on a book (which is a lifelong dream of mine). But as my submission deadline approached, I went into analysis paralysis and talked myself out of finishing it.

My perfectionist voice reared its ugly and powerful head.

“This is not good enough!”

“No one will read this!”

“It is going to be an epic fail!”

Fear set in (which quickly turns into overwhelm for us sensitive types).

So I stopped. I abandoned the idea completely…until a friend helped me turn it around.

She said, “What, are you crazy? This can help so many people!” She reminded me this was not about being perfect but showing up and sharing my gifts with the world–gifts that could really make a difference in someone else’s life.

Success can be as simple as showing up.

Once I reconnected with my ability to change another person’s life, my mission-driven, heart-centered side kicked into gear and told my inner perfectionist to step aside. I knew there was important work to be done.

Let your strong sense of mission pull you out of overthinking.

This helped free me from perfectionism long enough to pick up where I left off and get my work out into the world.

With my deadline looming, I adopted an “I’ll just show up and see what happens” attitude. Rather than the perfect “real” book I envisioned, I took one chapter from my book and made a simple little e-book. I launched with no attachment to the outcome other than to sharing the work I believed would be valuable for my fellow heart-centered entrepreneurs.

Nothing needs to be perfect. It just needs to be shared.

Since then, I’ve had lovely notes from people who said the e-book helped them. To my delight they even shared it with their kids and their friends! It also started some great discussions about what it is like to be a highly sensitive entrepreneur, which has been a true gift in all of this.

As heart-centered entrepreneurs, our biggest goal is to connect with others that need us and make an impact in some way. Yes, it is easy to stay in our comfort zone, but we don’t get the rewards of sharing our gifts if we do so.

So I’d love to know: Is your need for perfection holding you back from making a difference in someone’s life? What would you do differently right now, today, if you knew success was as simple as showing up?

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.

I know that managing the moola can be one of the more challenging aspects of running a creative business. That’s why I’m excited to share an upcoming online class crafted specifically for artists all about money. It’s being offered by my friend Mati McDonough and Certified Financial Education Instructor Christina Empedocles. You can watch them talk about the course in the video above (and how Mati saved $12k!)

These 2 seasoned artists who have been running their own creative businesses for more than 10 years, and their goal is to take you from being a financial novice though creating your own comprehensive, custom financial plan.

Right now is the best time to sign-up for the Money Bootcamp for Artists and Creatives. The price is going to increase after TODAY October 21st!

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