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PLAY : Progress

by lorikoop on March 30, 2014

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The water hyacinth floats across the surface of ponds, thriving in warm climates around the world. It is one of the most productive plants on earth. Although it can produce up to 5,000 seeds, the method it prefers is doubling itself — sending shorter runner stems out, which then become “daughter plants.”

A pond will be completely clear on day 1. On day 15, the plant will cover a single square foot of a pond’s surface. On day 20, two-thirds of the way to the end of the month, there may be a cluster the size of a small mattress. On day 29, one-half of the pond’s surface will be covered. And by day 30, one day later, the entire pond will be covered with water hyacinth.

It is a single day’s work, compounded over time, which leads to success. In fact, you can take any goal and break it down into a series of very small, easy steps. So small, they take hardly any time and appear not to matter – but the beauty is they do. If done routinely, in time, they will fill the pond.

Just be aware, as with all tasks that are easy, they are just as easy not to do. That’s where self-coaching comes in. Refer to your “why” to empower the commitment. Do not look around and judge the progress. Underneath, progress is brewing. Show up. And trust. Do your task for today. And watch success bloom.

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Moving . . .

As hardworking entrepreneurs, I want to encourage you to get outside and PLAY! I want to, too. With this in mind, I’ve decided to deliver PLAY during the week, the work week. So our weekends are free. And open for whatever wants to show up. Look for it to arrive every other Tuesday morning. xo

Image.by Kathy Clark.

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PLAY : Goals

by lorikoop on March 16, 2014

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So, you want to start using social media to promote your business? Last time I wrote about how important it is to start with your “why”. Why do you want to use social media? What is that heart-based reason for the effort? Knowing your why is essential; it is the first part of any goal because meaning inspires action. Once you feel it, you can create it.

The next step… the action, or the actual “doing” of it. Here’s where most people’s plans go awry. Their social media strategy begins with 15 minutes twice a day, 6 days a week, over 4 platforms. They are on fire! For about a week. After that, things start to slip, days are missed, and eventually, “nothing’s happening.” Again. (Often works the same with healthy eating… or with any goal that is too big, all at once.)

As we know, entrepreneurs are busy. Most are wearing many hats. In order to add one more thing, they’ve got to start small… super small. So small it may seem ridiculous. Personally, I will start with 5 minutes. (Yes, I’ll admit that I’ve been meaning to start forever, too.) Most of us can find 5 minutes, and that is a great starting commitment.

Next, how many days a week? Well, what seems reasonable? Write it down. Now halve that number. And halve it again. For me, my initial 5 days became “once a week.” It sounds do-able, and (more importantly) it feels do-able. Next, add it to the calendar. It is best to book the same time each week, so it is easier to remember. I’ll choose Tuesdays from 8:30 to 8:45 am.

It’s easy to doubt starting so small could have an impact, but this little commitment done consistently adds up to a big difference. Remember, you were doing nothing before, now you’re doing something. You are someone who “does social media.” You’re showing up, engaging, and building friendships.

Success inspires success. As you experience the benefits of your commitment, it will grow organically. Five minutes becomes ten. Because it’s fun. Because enthusiasm fuels the growth, not hard-a**! discipline. Treat it as play, and you’ll notice success is just a sweet natural by-product.
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Just found this quote . . .

“I call each of you to open your inner ears, to see with spiritual eyes, and to trust that even amidst the outward chaos, all is working toward the wholeness of humanity.”
– Psalm 145:50-56

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PLAY : Why

by lorikoop on March 2, 2014

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Many people say they want to do more, play more, with social media to help grow their business. Maybe you’ve heard yourself say it, but nothing happened. Why is it so hard to turn a desire into real action?

My hunch is because your plate is already full. The most precious resource for an entrepreneur is time. To make room for anything new requires a shift in tactics. Try this: instead of adding another to-do to your list, start with the heart. Answer the question “why do I want to use social media?” If it’s because everyone else says you should, forget it! You’ll never keep it up. You may initiate, but without a deeply felt reason to continue… well, you won’t. The effort will be temporary.

You see, for anything to be ongoing, and joyful, it must have meaning. It must be something you value… something that gives you a warm feeling inside. Is it because you love meeting new people? Is it to help others live happier lives? Find your answer. The why is the thing you cling to on a cold, dark night when the urge to quit is looming; the why-thought is the reason you carry on. It reconnects you to your mission and the energy needed to continue. Keep it in your back pocket. And pull it out whenever you feel your commitment starting to wane. The right thoughts empower the actions you desire. They make room where there seemed to be none at all.

This holds true for any goal. What else is on your wish list? Keeping up with taxes. Making regular cold calls. Better time management. Choose one to work on at a time. Find your powerful why. Why do you want to do it? Get clear about that, and you’re half way there.
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RAIN

Good or bad? Depends on who you listen to. If you listen to the news, the recent rain was a threat. If you talk to Southern Californians, it was a gift.

Interesting, huh?! How powerful the stories we choose to believe can be.

It.begins with a vision.
 
The Right Brain Business
Plan class plays with
vision boards.

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PLAY : For fun

by lorikoop on February 16, 2014

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After you buy a red car, isn’t it funny how many red cars you suddenly see on the road? Since starting PLAY, the subject keeps coming up. Entrepreneurs admit they want to play more… but they are also believing “there’s no time.”

Wait a minute! But we’re the bosses. As entrepreneurs, we make the decisions. So how come we can’t have what we want?

“Work” happens when our job becomes more about the money and less about the passion and the people we help. When we have to muster the energy to repeatedly do tasks we no longer feel inspired to do; when fear prevents us from trying new things. Over time, this kind of activity leaves us empty and exhausted. We feel trapped and depressed… not playful.

Yes, this is work, and it’s painful… especially when you’re the boss!

Play, on the other hand, comes from a place of peace. It happens when we are connected to our truest self, and know that what we’re doing is what we’re here to do. When our actions are aligned with our spirit, they feel effortless. They feel like play. And we feel a deep sense of fulfillment and purpose. Instead of feeling exhausted, we feel energized!

To play more, you need only decide to let your spirit lead. Decide to trust that still, small voice within. It is The Real You, and it was born to play.

Looks.like we all like to play!
 

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PLAY : Risk

by lorikoop on February 9, 2014

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When children play, they are motivated by pure curiosity. They intuitively question… naturally, innately. Then set out to find the answers. Why? Because it’s fun.

Then, over the years, things change. We tell ourselves a different story: a story of fear and worse case scenarios. We don’t experiment like we used to. We see the consequences — well, the bad ones. There are good consequences, but our mind focuses on the bad ones. And thus, we begin to limit our choices. Narrow our opportunities.

Play requires an attitude of allowance, and openness to possibilities — to risk for the good outcomes. For essentially the same growth outcomes we experienced as kids. When we start listening again to our true self, we resume “inspired action.” Action that is suggested by our spirit. And is supported by that “gut feeling.”

Questions arrive, such as, “wonder what would happen if I advertised on Yelp?” That thought came to me recently, and my whole body lit up. Because my body reacted that way, I knew my spirit was saying, “do it!” So, I did. I signed up for a year. Due to my body, not my logical mind. Logic was saying, “are you crazy?!! There’s no proof.” And wanted to play it safe. Or rather, not play.

Fear will never lead to play. It stops new outcomes and possible incomes. Insanity is described as doing the same thing and expecting different results. If we want something bigger, better, we’re going to have to do some things differently. Things that require us to head straight into the unknown.

Am I scared? Heck yeah. I don’t know if it will pay off. That’s part of play, and why some people don’t. But without play, we lose the fun. And isn’t that why we’re entrepreneurs? I mean, aren’t we really just big kids?!

January. 1, 2014
 
A new year.
Will you play?
 
Rose Parade
Pasadena, CA

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PLAY : Emerging

by lorikoop on January 20, 2014

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Ahhh! It’s time to emerge. I have missed you! Hope the holidays brought many gifts.

Since we last spoke in October, I have been digging deep into my purpose and who I’m here to serve. It’s an important thing to do as a business owner. Even though my heart is to serve everyone, it is not feasible. To really create something magical, I must focus.

I discovered entrepreneurs are my passion. Those individuals working for themselves either full or part time. Those determined to make a living doing what they love. Those wired to create something great! Thus, TRU has turned into PLAY and will contain tools + tips to inspire their success. It will be delivered every 2 weeks.

For those who are entrepreneurs, I encourage you to resubscribe. I have some fun things up my sleeve. And the flavor of my writing will remain. To stay connected,
CLICK HERE. And please forward anyone you know who could benefit.

For those who are not entrepreneurs, I thank you for being a part of my journey. I trust there has been some valuable exchange. And I wish you the very best. If you feel inspired, please stay.

You never know, the bug might get you too! I have intentionally been transparent. To show you there are no super heroes… just people who work hard. And risk. I haven’t hidden my process, because I’ve wanted you to see… it’s all possible, if you’re willing to play. (And I hope you will.) xo

Follow.the fun!

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Reconnect : Sacred Pause

by lorikoop on October 6, 2013

in Reconnect

I am borrowing this title from a friend. It just seemed too perfect. (Thanks, T!)

It’s time for me to take a break. Not a “go on vacation” kind of break, but one that will allow me some time to think. Reflect. Dream. And redesign. We desire that sometimes, because that’s what we need. If we listen deep, the guidance is there. When we reconnect.

My plan is to pause this writing but not close shop. I will continue coaching. And with the new time, I will clarify my message and my methods. For instance I recently met Betsy Chasse, one of the makers of What the Bleep Do We Know?!, here in LA. I LOVED her story… all the sacrifice it took to make that movie, back in the day, before internet. She graciously agreed to an interview. That SUPER excites me! Because I want to empower and excite YOU to do your work in the world!

My new home page talks about where I’m headed. My plan is to provide inspiration to the dreamers. The go-getters. The non-21 year olds that want to connect with their life’s work and make a difference! When I first started this blog almost 4 years ago, it was called UPWORD, and its purpose was to share my pottery. We’ve come a long way!

THANK YOU! Thank you for supporting and believing. Thank you for reading and being a part. For commenting and sharing your stories. I will definitely be in touch. My guess is around January.

God bless.

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Join Me

In the meantime, I will be sharing the shift on Social Media. Any of the red buttons on my home page will allow you to join me there. And I would LOVE that! xo

Eat.to Live
It does matter what we take in.

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Getting Clear : Decide!

by lorikoop on September 27, 2013

in Mountain Views News

(Mountain Views News, Sierra Madre published Sep 21, 2013)

Many of my clients want to make a career move, but are unsure of what they love to do. They have guessed wrong in the past, and they’re afraid of doing it again. But moving forward requires a decision. So, many are stuck, waiting for “the right answer.”

To help find it, they ask others. They look to the past. They reference culture. Their left brain clicks into high gear — it is determined to find the answer. It looks and looks. (And makes us crazy in the process.) In the end, it doesn’t know… it just has to guess. It can’t know, it does not have access. The answer lies in the right brain, and it lives in the left.

To get to the right brain and your answer, use your body. The spirit uses the body to communicate our tru* path. If you’re stuck, find a quiet, peaceful place and try this:

1. Make a list of the options you’re considering.
2. Take the first one and imagine doing it. Close your eyes. Engage all the senses: sight, sound, touch, taste and smell. See yourself in action and really feel it.
3. On a scale from 1 to 10 (10 being the most excited), score your excitement.
4. Go to the next option. Do steps 2 and 3 again. Don’t worry about why, just stick to the body sensations.
5. Experience each item on the list with your body and score it.

The option that scores the highest is the “winner!” It most aligns with your true self and the work you’re here to do. Start there! I know, it’s not how you’re used to making decisions. It’s a NEW way. Try it, if you’re tired of waiting.

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Reconnect : Fearless

by lorikoop on September 22, 2013

in Reconnect

Fear is part of EVERY decision. It’s my new hunch.

I had been wanting to rename this newsletter and finally decided on “Reconnect” because it felt so tru. Then I heard the fear: what will others think if you change the name again.

It was there that I saw it, the “safe” choice and the “risky” choice. I could play it safe and not change, OR I could become more tru and change. There was tension. There often is when there’s fear. Even when the risky choice feels so right.

The best way to decide… Reconnect.
To the truth of who I am and why I’m here. To the Truth that is only found in my spirit.

The world will tell me all kinds of scary stories, but the spirit is fearless. It is concerned only with my tru path. And it’s mission is to help me stay on it. If I want to KNOW what to do, I need to go there for wisdom.

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Coming TRU*

When you stay close to your spirit, you too will feel the right decision. In its presence, you will gather confidence and strength. It makes it a lot easier to face the fear. And remain tru.

( * = The Real You)

How.will you play?

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Lori Koop

Getting Clear : Giving

by lorikoop on September 15, 2013

in Mountain Views News

(Mountain Views News, Sierra Madre published Sep 14, 2013)

My daughter regularly puts these rescue videos under my nose. Hurting dogs living on the streets, and one man’s commitment to save them. They are beautiful stories. Have a look: HopeforPaws.org.

When I viewed the newest one yesterday, I was filled with gratitude. The sacrifice. The offering. The impact. THANK YOU, Eldad. For the humanity you call us to. For the compassion you uncover. For the giving heart that expects nothing in return.

And thank YOU for your service. Whether you are volunteering at school or the local animal shelter, making a meal for a neighbor, or giving clothes to Goodwill, giving matters. It changes others, and it heals you.

If you are feeling lost, unneeded, or hopeless, reach out. It’s often the opposite of what you’re inclined to do; depression often leads to isolation, but it doesn’t help. If you can, reach into your heart pull out a part. Give it to someone else, someone less fortunate, and feel it heal back up. Stronger. Bigger. Better. That’s how it works.

Let us all be reminded to make time. To do what we can. To care.

Let us not be satisfied with just giving money. Money is not enough, money can be got, but they need your hearts to love them. So, spread your love everywhere you go.” ~ Mother Teresa

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