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Though I don’t feel as strongly about it as some, I do think there is value in stopping to consider what balance really means or looks like in our own lives.

Achieving Balance—The Truths Behind the Buzzword

The more integrated our work and home lives become with working remotely on the rise, the more we hear people talking about finding “Balance.”  Whether it’s a healthy work-life balance, a balanced diet, a healthy give-and-take in a relationship, we all understand the fact that the “good” comes with the “bad”—the hard with the easy, etc.—and we are forever trying to find that perfect in-between space.  Balance has become a romanticized, idealized buzzword we throw around…and a lot of people want to call bullshit on it. It can feel like a false construct—something unachievable or bordering on toxic positivity. And, that is true in a lot of cases.  A whole lot of unhealthy and unproductive shit is pushed around under the guise of “Achieving Balance”

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How to stop selling and start serving by Heather Vickery

How to Stop Selling & Start Serving Your Clients

Are you in the business of selling or are you in the business of serving? Because there’s a big difference. Let’s break it down… SELLING is completely transactional. You are convincing someone else that they want/need what you have for YOUR benefit and it can feel forced, unwanted, disingenuous.  The dictionary definition of selling perfectly encapsulates my point—to “give or hand over in exchange for money” or to “persuade someone the merits of.” BLAH. SERVING, however, shifts the focus from the product/service to the client/customer. It’s transformational. It’s knowing what you have to offer and strategically finding OTHERS who could benefit from it.  Service is selfless, relational and comes from a place of passion and authenticity. When you serve your clients it’s because you know

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TAKING ACTION—HOW TO MOVE FORWARD DESPITE FEAR & UNCERTAINTY - Vickery and Co Blog

TAKING ACTION—How To Move Forward Despite Fear & Uncertainty

One of the best, cliché pieces of advice out there is: “don’t compare your beginning to someone else’s middle or end.” This sounds obvious in theory, right? Then, why is it that, when looking at successful people, it’s easy to feel small instead of inspired?  With social media, we only see and focus on someone’s single snapshots in time, instead of considering their full, beautifully-imperfect cinematic film.  EVERYONE has a unique, complex story with ups and downs that led them to where they are today. And EVERYONE has to be a beginner before they can be anything else. Including YOU! And, as a beginner, taking that first step is often the hardest part.  Every career has a first day. Every movement starts with one voice.

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Growing from Goodness -- Building your Biz from Contentment over Competition

Growing from Goodness–Building Your Biz From Contentment Over Competition

Have you always wanted to be “the best” at something? Or have you always thought you HAD to be the best at whatever you did? What if you didn’t have to be the best?  Imagine, for a moment, what it would be like to let go of all the pressure you feel in your work or business to: go bigger, be the best or strive for more. As ambitious—sometimes tunnel-visioned—entrepreneurs, it’s easy to attach our self-worth to our work. (I’m working on this, admittedly.)  This means that slowing down, taking a breath and saying no to “bigger” and “more,” when the opportunities present themselves, can feel impossible—ridiculous, even.  Dreaming up big goals for your future can be a wonderful thing, but feeling pressured to want

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Are you coachable? – 4 questions to help you determine if coaching is for you

Are you coachable? – 4 questions to help you determine if coaching is for you

Have you ever wondered what makes someone coachable?There’s a common misconception that having a coach will solve all your problems….or that having a coach will make things EASIER for you. If you’re searching for a business coach as a quick-fix solution to your problems,  you’re going to find yourself disappointed. Coaching is never a quick-fix. Coaches—well, GOOD coaches—exist not to give you the answers, but to guide you along a journey of SELF work. Really good coaching is client-led and it is designed to challenge you, push you outside of your comfort zone and require you to work harder than you ever have before.  It’s kind of a “hurts so good” feeling, because, while it’s hard, deeply personal work, it’s also wildly rewarding, energizing and

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How I Successfully Live with Fear written by Success and Leadership Coach Heather Vickery

How I Successfully Live with Fear

A few weeks ago, I held my breath as I hit send on the first, very messy, draft of my new book to a few Beta readers from all different corners of my life. I was terrified. I had ALL the fears. Imposter syndrome struck hard.  Would it suck? What business did I have thinking I could write a full-length book (somehow even the two other books I have published didn’t give me peace of mind). Would they hate it? Am I a good writer? What if they all came back and said “maybe you shouldn’t do this.?” Then, feedback slowly started streaming in. And, you know what? They didn’t hate it. In fact, they actually LIKED it! I got great, constructive feedback that re-energized

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THE ROAD TO RESILIENCE—4 Truths for the Ambitious, Imperfect Entrepreneur

THE ROAD TO RESILIENCE—4 Truths for the Ambitious, Imperfect Entrepreneur

In a society that views academic grade letters, test scores and other external markers for achievement as measurements of our worth and success, it can be easy to miss the real – and wildly beautiful – growth taking place within us. Brilliant University of Pennsylvania psychologist, Angela Duckworth, has identified “that it's resilience, not IQ, that is the best predictor of success.”  In fact, as Duckworth defines it: true grit…combines resilience, ambition, and self-control in the pursuit of goals that take months, years, or even decades. Read that again.  Resilience. Ambition. Self-control.  What if, instead of working to fit into other people’s expectations—society’s expectations and even your OWN expectations—of who you are supposed to be…You chose to become the best, most resilient, ambitious and self-disciplined

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Action through Accountability

Action Through Accountability – 3 Ways To Set Yourself Up For Success

Even if you have all the elements of a successful business, without accountability, you’ll never be able to truly maximize your potential.  Why? Because YOU CAN’T BE ALL THE THINGS. It’s impossible. You’re just one human. Relying solely on yourself for accountability will run your ragged and leave you disappointed. It just does not have to be this hard! There are three components that can help you find and maintain accountability in a healthy way. Each piece of the puzzle works in collaboration with the others and, with all three, you can set yourself up for future success: Asking for help Having a system in place Finding a community Asking for help People often overlook this piece, but I think it’s important to address it

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It’s time to start living for your dream future, today.

Dreamscaping Part II – Start living for your dream future today

In my first dreamscaping series post, I discussed the power of creating a clear vision. To better understand what dreamscaping is—and how it can help you achieve your goals—I highly recommend popping over to read that one first! Once you’ve got a great foundation of knowledge for WHY dreamscaping matters, it’s time to step into action and make some magic happen.  It’s time to start living for your dream future, today.  And, no, that isn’t some fluffy inspirational Pinterest quote bullshit. These are REAL, actionable steps you can take to bring your dreams to life in the here and now.  It starts with envisioning a clear picture of the future you want and equips you to build a roadmap for intentionally manifesting it in your

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Get out of your own way and take your business seriously

Get out of your own way and start taking your business seriously!

Do you believe in your work—your business, your side-hustle, your passion project? I mean, do you REALLY believe in it?  Does it get you excited? Does it make you feel good? Do you passionately and whole-heartedly believe that there is purpose in it and that it will make a positive impact on the world AND others?  Do you really believe in it and yet….you’re not doing it. Or you’re kind of doing it…in a one-foot-out-the-door sort of way. Maybe you find yourself making excuses or talking your way out of doing it. Is that you? Did your heartbeat quicken and your stomach tighten reading that? If so, I want you to sit with me and imagine for a moment…what would be possible for you if

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Though I don’t feel as strongly about it as some, I do think there is value in stopping to consider what balance really means or looks like in our own lives.

Achieving Balance—The Truths Behind the Buzzword

The more integrated our work and home lives become with working remotely on the rise, the more we hear people talking about finding “Balance.”  Whether it’s a healthy work-life balance, a balanced diet, a healthy give-and-take in a relationship, we all understand the fact that

Read More »
How to stop selling and start serving by Heather Vickery

How to Stop Selling & Start Serving Your Clients

Are you in the business of selling or are you in the business of serving? Because there’s a big difference. Let’s break it down… SELLING is completely transactional. You are convincing someone else that they want/need what you have for YOUR benefit and it can

Read More »
How I Successfully Live with Fear written by Success and Leadership Coach Heather Vickery

How I Successfully Live with Fear

A few weeks ago, I held my breath as I hit send on the first, very messy, draft of my new book to a few Beta readers from all different corners of my life. I was terrified. I had ALL the fears. Imposter syndrome struck

Read More »