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How flexible are you?

FlexibleOver the last few of weeks there has been a lot going on in the land of Claire.  Between long days of filming in London, travelling to see people for work, helping to look after my new baby nephew and getting things ready for an exciting launch (that will be taking place in the next few weeks!) things have been a bit manic.

Normally I write my blog posts and newsletters slightly ahead of time, so that on the day that things go out the maximum that I need to do is to make a couple of tweaks and then send it on it’s way.

With everything that’s been going on, today’s article had been half written, but still needed a bit of work to be ready…but the theme was set, the bulk of the content there, I just needed to finish it off before I could send it out.

This morning was insanely busy for me.  There were so many things that needed to be done…and in between working my way through the ever-increasing to-do list, I managed to find a couple of interesting challenges to add to the mix.

The high point had to be the moment that my shower decided to finally blow and spray water all over the bathroom…rather than on me!

By mid afternoon (after a couple of important meetings) I was painfully aware of how late in the day it was and how I still had to finish the article and get it sent out.

I finally sat down to work on it, and I discovered a problem.

You see, this afternoon I have spent over an hour trying to get the article right in order to get the article out, when it would normally have taken less than half that time….and I wasn’t even close to a final version.

The challenge has been that between the time that I wrote the first draft and today, some major things have happened in the lives of people who I care about that mean that the subject is very sensitive right now.

Today’s article was supposed to be about leaving a legacy….and sharing the very important and touching legacies that two friends who I lost many years ago, long before their time, left with me.

But in the last week, some dear friends have learned that someone very close to them is deteriorating very rapidly in heath, and an amazing man who I (and a lot of people very close to me) hold in very high regard has lost his only son in sudden and tragic circumstances.

It didn’t matter how I tried to re-word, adapt, alter or change the text that I had written, it didn’t feel right any more.

I tried different approaches, telling different stories, finding new ways to explain and share the message.

Nothing was working.

The more I tried to make it work, the more acutely aware of the feelings of these dear friends I became, and the more upsetting the process of writing the article was becoming.

I’d got so caught up in the fact that I hadn’t got another piece ready, that I had a limited amount of time today and that I’d already written the majority of the article that I wasn’t listening to my instincts.

My intuition was telling me, loud and clear, that this wasn’t the right time for this piece…and when I stepped back from trying to ‘make it work’ long enough to see that, it became obvious what the answer was.

The second I realised what I was doing, I saved the article, opened up a fresh window and began to type a new piece from scratch.

Now, I promise at some point in the not so distant future, when the time is right, I will finish the article I planned for today…but for now, I’m listening to my intuition and switching themes.

Because today was a lesson for me in staying present to my intuition (regardless of the circumstances) and on being flexible and changing the approach at a moment’s notice if it feels right to do so.

This article has only taken a fraction of the time that I’d already spent trying to make the other one work for today.

It has flowed so easily, and it feels right to be sharing it.

So today I would like to invite you to ask yourself…how flexible are you?

If time didn’t appear to be on your side and you were up against a deadline, would you start again from scratch if your instincts told you to do so?

As feminine women, staying in flow and listening to our instincts are crucial, in business and in life….and when something is emotionally charged it’s even more important to feel what is right.

So the next time your intuition steps in…listen.

You might be surprised where it leads you.

Stay Fabulous,

Claire x

P.S. If you are a single woman, I have a little gift for you….I am running some free webinars on “Femininity for the Single Woman” in the coming weeks…click here for all the details: http://feminine1st.com/free-webinar-ffsw/

The Feminine Way to Business Success – The Complete Collection!

As you know, recently I took part in the 30 day YouTube business challenge, where I recorded 30 (…well actually it ended up as 32!) videos showcasing hints and tips on “The Feminine Way to Business Success”.

Since the challenge ended I’ve had lots of people contact me to say that they loved the videos, but they missed one or two of them along the way, and is there somewhere that they can find all of them in the one place?

So…here we are! I’ve created a playlist with all 32 videos on “The Feminine Way to Business Success” for you to catch up and skip through in order to find any you might have missed, or that you might find particularly useful 🙂

So, which has been YOUR favourite video from the YouTube Challenge?

Also, tonight will be my first live online radio interview on “The Waking Passions” radio show, where I’ll be sharing about “Clearing your masks and finding the true feminine you”

Where: http://www.talkshoe.com/talkshoe/web/talkCast.jsp?masterId=118494&cmd=tc

When: Wednesday 7th March 2012 – 10PM GMT / 5PM EST / 4PM CST / 3PM MST / 2PM PST / Thursday 8th March – 9am  EDT.

Stay Fabulous!

Claire x

The Feminine Way to Business Success – Emotions in Business – Day 30 of the Youtube Challenge

Day 30 of the Youtube challenge!

Over the last few years women have got the message that emotions and business don’t mix. We’ve been told to ‘check our emotions at the door’ and ‘don’t get emotional’. While at times these are helpful pieces of advice, on the whole I have to say that I disagree. Would you like to know why emotions are key to the success of your business? Watch the video to find out more:

So, in the past have you made the most of the emotions which will help your business succeed? What difference do you think that harnessing these positive emotions would have on the success of your business?

Today is due to be the last day of the 30 day YouTube challenge, but be sure to subscribe to the Feminine 1st Youtube Channel, because tomorrow I will be uploading an extra BONUS video that you won’t want to miss! Subscribe here now: http://www.youtube.com/feminine1st

I’d love to know what you are going to do differently to harness and utilise the emotions which will move your business forward, so leave me a comment below, drop me a message on Facebook or tweet me “@Feminine1st”.

Looking forward to sharing tomorrow’s tip with you…

In the meantime, Stay Fabulous!

Claire x

P.S. If you missed yesterday’s video on “Intuition” you can find it here: http://feminine1st.com/youtube-day-29/

The Feminine Way to Business Success – Collaboration – BONUS video for the Youtube Challenge

A BONUS video for the Youtube challenge!

In the past business has very much been about competing with everyone around you. You need to do more, perform better, win at all costs. But what if there was another way? What if there was a way to succeed by working WITH the people around you, rather than against them? Would you like to know what a dramatic affect that could have on the success of your business? Watch the video to find out more:

So, in the past have you focused more on competing than collaborating? What difference do you think that collaborating and working with the people around you would have on the success of your business?

I’d love to know what you are going to do differently to find people to collaborate with for the success of both of your business goals, so leave me a comment below, drop me a message on Facebook or tweet me “@Feminine1st”.

As this is the last video for the YouTube Challenge, I hope that you’ve enjoyed the videos I’ve shared! Which has been your favourite video from the last 30 days?

Stay Fabulous!

Claire x

P.S. If you missed yesterday’s video on “Emotions in Business” you can find it here: http://feminine1st.com/youtube-day-30/

The Feminine Way to Business Success – Recognition & Reward – Day 29 of the Youtube Challenge

Day 29 of the Youtube challenge!

We all know how nice it is to be recognised and acknowledged when we’ve done something well…so why is it so often overlooked in a business environment? It’s important to understand how taking the time to recognise and reward the people around us can make a huge difference to the success of your business. Watch the video to find out more:

So, in the past have you made enough time to recognise and reward the people around you? What difference do you think that making the effort to recognise and reward the people around you would have on the success of your business?

I’d love to know what you are going to do differently to recognise and reward the people in and around your business, so leave me a comment below, drop me a message on Facebook or tweet me “@Feminine1st”.

Looking forward to sharing tomorrow’s tip with you…

In the meantime, Stay Fabulous!

Claire x

P.S. If you missed yesterday’s video on “Balance of Giving and Receiving” you can find it here: http://feminine1st.com/youtube-day-28/

The Feminine Way to Business Success – Intuition – Day 28 of the Youtube Challenge

Day 28 of the Youtube challenge!

We’ve all heard about Female Intuition…whether you think that it’s some sort of supernatural ability or just a subconscious link between awareness and experience. So the question is, how can your intuition help you in business? Watch the video to find out more:

So, in the past have you ignored your intuition? What difference do you think that following your intuition would have on the success of your business?

I’d love to know what you are going to do differently to help make the most of your natural intuition, so leave me a comment below, drop me a message on Facebook or tweet me “@Feminine1st”.

Looking forward to sharing tomorrow’s tip with you…

In the meantime, Stay Fabulous!

Claire x

P.S. If you missed yesterday’s video on “Balance of Giving and Receiving” you can find it here: http://feminine1st.com/youtube-day-27/

The Feminine Way to Business Success – Balance of Giving & Receiving – Day 27 of the Youtube Challenge

Day 27 of the Youtube challenge!

In the past business has had a bit of a reputation for being focused on what it can get…out of situations, out of resources, out of people. It has been so focused on the bottom line, on results and numbers and what it can get, that it sometimes forgets about how important it is to give first. Watch the video to find out more:

So, in the past have you been a little too focused on what you can get in business? What difference do you think that focusing on giving value first would make to the success of your business?

I’d love to know what you are going to do differently to help get the balance of giving and receiving in your business right for you, so leave me a comment below, drop me a message on Facebook or tweet me “@Feminine1st”.

Looking forward to sharing tomorrow’s tip with you…

In the meantime, Stay Fabulous!

Claire x

P.S. If you missed yesterday’s video on “Failure” you can find it here: http://feminine1st.com/youtube-day-26/

The Feminine Way to Business Success – Failure – Day 26 of the Youtube Challenge

Day 26 of the Youtube challenge!

Nobody likes the idea of failing…and no-one wants to fail at anything in life. But what is failure? …and how can failing actually help you to create success in your business? Watch the video to find out:

So, have you let a fear of failure hold you back in the past? What difference do you think that changing your perspective on failing would make to the success of your business?

I’d love to know what you are going to do to differently to use failure as part of your education, so leave me a comment below, drop me a message on Facebook or tweet me “@Feminine1st”.

Looking forward to sharing tomorrow’s tip with you…

In the meantime, Stay Fabulous!

Claire x

P.S. If you missed yesterday’s video on “The Brand of You” you can find it here: http://feminine1st.com/youtube-day-25/

The Feminine Way to Business Success – The Brand of You – Day 25 of the Youtube Challenge

Day 25 of the Youtube challenge!

When working in business people sometime have a habit of focusing on their business brand, and they forget that they have a personal brand themselves. Your personal brand is so important as it is what everyone you meet and interact with will judge you on. Having a personal brand which is completely congruent, inside and out will make a huge difference to the success of your business. Watch the video to find out why:

So, do you know what your personal brand is? What difference do you think that developing the brand of ‘you’ would make to the success of your business?

I’d love to know what you are going to do to define your brand values and make sure your brand is true to the authentic ‘you’ inside, so leave me a comment below, drop me a message on Facebook or tweet me “@Feminine1st”.

Looking forward to sharing tomorrow’s tip with you…

In the meantime, Stay Fabulous!

Claire x

P.S. If you missed yesterday’s video on “Fearless” you can find it here: http://feminine1st.com/youtube-day-24/

The Feminine Way to Business Success – Fearless? – Day 24 of the Youtube Challenge

Day 24 of the Youtube challenge!

Most people believe that in order to be successful in business, you need to be fearless. I don’t agree with this at all, watch the video to find out why:

So, in the past have you been a little too focused on trying to be fearless? What difference do you think that being able to acknowledge fear and move forward anyway would make to the success of your business?

As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts on this, so leave me a comment below, drop me a message on Facebook or tweet me “@Feminine1st”.

Looking forward to sharing tomorrow’s tip with you…

In the meantime, Stay Fabulous!

Claire x

P.S. If you missed yesterday’s video on “The REAL key to your profits” you can find it here: http://feminine1st.com/youtube-day-23/