March, 2018
CONNECT TO YOUR PURPOSE:
PUT YOUR HEARTBEAT BACK INTO YOUR BUSINESS.


Your life depends on the beat of your heart. A strong heartbeat means good health. Same as your business…it has a heartbeat, it does have a “life”. Can you hear and feel it’s heartbeat? Is it strong…or is it not beating at all?

Symptoms of a weak heartbeat.
The masterpiece of your story is your heart; your purpose. You naturally flow from the heartbeat of your WHAT. It’s easy to get caught up in the flurry of “doing” rather than acting from your “being”. Are others hearing your heartbeat of being or your frantic “doing”? Some clues of missing heartbeat:
You feel successful yet hollow, have that nagging feeling of knowing things are going well (or you are trapped on a hamster wheel, spinning…stuck) but you are unsatisfied, frustrated with teams, partners, or you own communications. You know your big ideas, why don’t others?
1. Team members are not enthusiastic, are “showing up” rather than showing each other and you solutions.
2. It seems to take 10 times (or more!) longer for things to get done. Processes are slow or completely stalled out no matter how much you tell people “what to do”. New bold ideas do not find their way to your office and you see other business and people racing ahead of you while you stand still.
3. Income and ROI are slow or in the red, audience attraction is nil, and folks are confused as to the value you offer.

Your foundations are no longer guided by or share purpose, and your exhausted heartbeat stops.

How to get your heart beat going again.
Your heartbeat (or purpose) is the masterpiece of your story…take its pulse:
1. Go back to the point of your big idea, your excitement and enthusiasm for your business or product to be seen, accepted, talked about and bought. That moment you decided YES, this is my reason for being. Write that feeling and idea down on paper, put it big and bold where you can see it everyday.
2. After you sit with your original story or purpose, take a “purpose pulse” survey. Ask friends, partners, teams if they know your passion, value, brand essence clearly? Are they seeing it in your product, service and communications?
3. Summarize: If the answer is a resounding YES (I know and value your true purpose) and they totally understand the value of your passion…the heartbeat is strong. If folks do not know, are not building “more” from that passion or WHAT, teams are not synched into doing from that “being”…then you have no heartbeat in your business…you have a working entity with little passion or true story connection. You are in the stuck zone of frustration.
4. If you are off your heart path, not telling your story from your heart’s masterpiece of purpose, you may need to “re”-view:
A. Do a purpose re-discovery…see if you are now reflecting or ignoring your WHAT.
B. Check in with your close partners or business associates and ask them for help
in a re-view of your brand communications, mission, or vision statements. Is your
business heart being fed by strong “arteries” with flowing purposeful parts
and pieces?
C. Physically re-view your WHAT for your life and business (they are totally
connected) by drawing out in visual picture storytelling to show and share with
others. Use the universal language of pictures to create a touchstone that keeps
your heartbeat out in the open, seen, and understood by all. Quick sketch
doodles (Drawing out purposeful pictures is my masterpiece, my “heartbeat”) are
fast ways to show folks your talent and true value. Let your heart beat loudly by
using picture storytelling in presentations, webinars, internal and external meeting
summaries, mapping out future scenarios, even for process reviews and shifts.
All can be communicated clearly in a quick focused manner with quick-sketched
visuals.

Your business heart beats from your enthusiasm, clarity, focus, ability to communicate your purpose to others. When your heart beats strongly it connects with all who are aligned with your unique purpose. You empower their hearts to powerfully to speak the beat of their values.

Make some good noise, let your heartbeat be heard, felt and seen!

I’m Paula Brown, Graphic Facilitator / Purpose Discovery Guide / Author. I am a visual storyteller and “purpose guide” getting you unstuck by drawing out purposeful paths and communications. Showing you many possibilities to IGNITE YOUR STORY, YOUR ENERGY, YOUR WELL-BEING for business and life. My site is: www.chilightful.com and www.picturestorming.com Connect on: Linked In, Twitter. and you can “like” my facebook page at: www.facebook.com/ChiLightful 

February, 2018
DISCOVERING YOUR PURPOSE:
FIND YOUR EXTRAORDINARY IN YOUR ORDINARYWhat do you consider “ordinary” in what you do? What do you do or think that you take for granted and feel “oh, everyone can do that”? Most of the times we are not aware of the unique attributes or WHAT we are doing, saying, contributing.

There is a huge message in what we all consider our “ordinary”.

Our true extraordinary is found in our ordinary. (…more)

February, 2018
DISCOVERING YOUR PURPOSE:
FIND YOUR EXTRAORDINARY IN YOUR ORDINARY
What do you consider “ordinary” in what you do? What do you do or think that you take for granted and feel “oh, everyone can do that”? Most of the times we are not aware of the unique attributes or WHAT we are doing, saying, contributing.

There is a huge message in what we all consider our “ordinary”.

Our true extraordinary is found in our ordinary.

As example, I am a quick sketch artist who has the uncanny ability to find the essence or heart of communications, people, nature…I find the heart of things…I find “purpose” or the WHAT and WHY of things and bring this to focus for folks. For myself, I truly feel everyone is an artist, all can doodle and tell picture story…what is so special about that? THAT is my unique purpose, my unique WHAT and it comes so naturally I assume that this is not that extraordinary.

Take a bigger look to actually see the unique details of you.
Take a look at what you are in flow with from a distance…a larger view. Imagine you are in an airplane looking down at YOU from 30,000 ft up. Take some time from that perspective and watch what you do for at least a week. Journal your “doings” during the day. Jot down what you feel comfortable doing and what is challenging. Could be as simple as how you are thinking and how you respond to needs and solutions. Do you have a repeated way of “doing” or “being” that you just do automatically? It’s like the ketchup in the refrigerator door…it is there right in front of you…you just do not see it!

Call out your extraordinary.
Your ordinary is really not ordinary at all it is your map to your WHAT! Your purpose is what you do over and over again and again. It is your department of redundancy department. To actually write down or illustrate your extraordinary is very important. Get a piece of paper, draw a bullseye with your named extraordinary in the center…then put all the benefits of your unique talent in the rings around the bullseye. Post this where you see it everyday. Give yourself “credit” in this physical world, name it, share it, be it…stand in it. It is so important to tell yourself and others what you naturally excel at and find value. We hide by telling ourselves “that is just my ordinary”…nope, we are camouflaging our extraordinary by not claiming it and finding value in it. Understanding the unique value of what is inside our ordinary easily communicates our extraordinary.

Draw out your extraordinary!
Find focus, build confidence, attract your audience, spark your heart purpose and pass that spark to others by claiming and knowing the value of your WHAT, your extraordinary.

Show your extraordinary with pictures. You can create pictures, quick sketch doodles or hire a person (that’s where my unique extraordinary quick sketch talents come in!) to help you draw up and discover your WHAT, your value. Quick sketch doodles are fast ways to show folks your talent and ideas in a non-intimidating manner. From power point slides, meeting summaries, mapping out future scenarios, even for requests for event sponsors, all can be communicated clearly in a quick focused manner with quick-sketched visuals.

It’s all about “show and tell”. Look into your ordinary to get to the heart of your extraordinary, then and show it to yourself and others…it’s there, draw it out, show up and show it!

I’m Paula Brown, Graphic Facilitator / Purpose Discovery Guide / Author. I am a visual storyteller and “purpose guide” getting you unstuck by drawing out purposeful paths and communications. Showing you many possibilities to IGNITE YOUR STORY, YOUR ENERGY, YOUR WELL-BEING for business and life. My site is: www.chilightful.com and www.picturestorming.com Connect on: Linked In, Twitter. and you can “like” my facebook page at: www.facebook.com/ChiLightful 

July, 2017
IS YOUR BUT IN THE WAY?
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Have you looked at your “but” lately?

Is your “but” worthy of recognition, unabashedly mentionable?

I bring this up is due to a recent experience that occurred on my flight back from Hawaii. I stood up to get something out of my bag in the overhead and had it fall under my assigned seat. With my head searching between my seat and the back of the seat in front of me, on my hands and knees in the small aisle…I heard a female voice laugh out to me “Excuse me, but your butt is in the way” claimed a light-hearted flight attendant holding a tray of water.

Finding my item, I stood up, answered with a laugh as I sat down; “so sorry, but it is a very fine but!”

My derriere had been duly noted, told it was an obstacle, and that for progress and good things to happen, my butt needed to be removed from the traffic lane.

Yes, I do have one fine physical butt, and I silently mused “I also have many other buts.”

Do you have more than one but?

The “buts” most of us hold so dear and comfortable in our lives are what keep us from moving forward and finding our joy, abundance, love.

When you were young other buts started appearing in your life. Think back to team picking in gym class, hoping to be one of the chosen ones for the best team. You may have been introduced to some buts then like:

but I am too short, but I am too heavy, but I am too slow…buts given to you by your peers or by your own doubts and fears.

Common very big BUTS:
But I am not good enough, But I don’t know that, But I don’t have time, But I am not safe, But I don’t have enough, But I am not worthy.

All the way to the HUGE “But no one loves me…I am not worthy of love”.

You may have some buts that get in your way.
As “but patterns”, shift into positive “am patterns” you will encounter resistance.

That “but pattern” has kept you safe creating the resistance of your analytical barrier (your mind…the wall that buts hide behind). Be aware of ALL forms of resistance and put the voices of “no I can’t change” behind you as you shift! Your but is behind you, YES? Put all your buts behind you and move forward with new positive pattern shift.

Time to change some patterns your ego has followed for years…
Pick one of your buts…as example: “But I am not enough.”
1. You already know you are whole, nothing is broken, talk to the voice that cries “broken”…offer it a new pattern that would result if you ARE enough. A new car, relationship…feel it, visualize it…keep telling yourself YES, you are enough for whatever you desire…check your feelings, your talk, keep your thinking in the present moment…I am enough, I have my new love, my new position.

2. To change the pattern to “I am enough” you need to really believe it…ask yourself WHY you feel you are not enough? Look deep within your big interior YOU “when and where did you come from”? When you find out, accept it and wave your hand to push the but behind you, say “behind” and then state the new pattern.

3. State one thing that you LOVE. Place what you LOVE into the material; express it, touch it, feel it, see it, even smell it. Make it REAL. This will persuade your but to turn into the new pattern that serves you.

The buts are all around you, your family, your business partners, teams, friends…start noticing how everyone’s buts are stopping traffic flow.

A great way to “see” your buts is through illustrating them out…that is what I do for people…doodle all your buts and then doodle new patterns. As I mentioned, when you SEE your but, your belief, you recognize them quicker to then find solutions, new patterns faster as you see the shifts.

So, get off your butt and leave your buts behind and get back into the flow of joy, abundance, love.

In my book you only need one butt…and please keep that out of the airplane aisle!

I’m Paula Brown, Graphic Facilitator / Purpose Discovery Guide / Author. I am a visual storyteller and “purpose guide” showing you many possibilities to IGNITE YOUR STORY, YOUR ENERGY, YOUR WELL-BEING for business and life. My site is: www.chilightful.com and www.picturestorming.com Connect on: LinkedIn, Twitter. and you can “like” my facebook page at: www.facebook.com/ChiLightful 

 

 

February, 2017
THE BIG PURPOSE IN HONORING YOUR “SMALL CHANGE”.
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“Small change”…taken literally, most of us have this rattling in our pockets, purses, in jars, in our car consoles.

What’s this small change “worth”? Small change is usually referred to as “loose change”, a hassle, not worth counting OR keeping. We toss it into charity boxes, tip jars…we get rid of “it”. No value, not worth our time.

Time to erase that attitude about “not worth much”, looking at each bit of small change BY ITSELF and not what it amounts to when it is all together.

KA CHING! This “small change” when gathered up is worth quite a bit. (…more)

February, 2017
THE BIG PURPOSE IN HONORING YOUR “SMALL CHANGE”.
Small step top art500

“Small change”…taken literally, most of us have this rattling in our pockets, purses, in jars, in our car consoles.

What’s this small change “worth”? Small change is usually referred to as “loose change”, a hassle, not worth counting OR keeping. We toss it into charity boxes, tip jars…we get rid of “it”. No value, not worth our time.

Time to erase that attitude about “not worth much”, looking at each bit of small change BY ITSELF and not what it amounts to when it is all together.

KA CHING! This “small change” when gathered up is worth quite a bit.

It is with the small changes, going step by step that you
accomplish BIG things.
Small change in business is very valuable. Small change is more digestible, comfortable, for both you and your customer. You AND your business are evolving all the time…by taking small steps, small change and then some more small change…you find and tell your story as you grow, get from where you (and your customer) are to where you want to be.

When it comes to change…whether we want it or not,
we are all consumers.
Change is always happening. If we do not accept it, honor it, and flow with change by breaking it down into small steps of shift, then we are eventually confronted with changes that are so huge, we stop, get paralyzed…what folks say as “being stuck”.

I KNOW STUCK! Being an artist, every time I begin a painting, I am confronted by a big blank canvas. HOW does that change into a painting?

A painting evolves from small steps, small change. First a foundation of values is put down, then basic forms, then the juicy lights and darks, adding step by step until “finis”! Each brush stroke for an artist is a “small change” boat for the journey from start to completion.

Step by step change is your ship to create safe and purposeful shift.
Your step-by-step small changes create your trusty boat that takes you across the big sea of change to what you need to accomplish.

Is your “boats’ hull” strong enough to stay afloat in the seas of change? To float safely through the sea of change takes a foundation made up of the true WHY, your purpose of doing business.

The sea of change:
1. Change is the catalyst to find your unique purpose, your big WHY and HOW of doing life and business.

2.  Change encourages brainstorming new process or ways to express your value, service, or product.

3. Change gives you opportunities to clarify your communication…evolving your story, aspects of your brand.

4.  Change gives you a chance to see if you are being opaque or transparent with your customer base as you grow…trust me, people CAN feel and notice as you change or NEED to change.

Change makes noise.
Are you listening to the sounds coming from your audience, the jingle jangle noise of needing to initiate some small changes that could grow some big positive results?

I invite you to look at small change as valuable…it is.

Next time you empty your pockets, purses, look at the small change and pause…offer yourself the opportunity to see the small change as more than the coins …see your opinions, beliefs about worth, value, small change…

Accept small change…find and assign unique purpose in the small shifts. Step by step turn your small change into big Ka Ching valuable purposeful shift!

I’m Paula Brown, Graphic Facilitator / Purpose Discovery Guide / Author. I am a visual storyteller and “purpose guide” showing you many possibilities to IGNITE YOUR STORY, YOUR ENERGY, YOUR WELL-BEING for business and life. My site is: www.chilightful.com and www.picturestorming.com Connect on: LinkedIn, Twitter. and you can “like” my facebook page at: www.facebook.com/ChiLightful 

January, 2017
GET GREATER EXPOSURE BY BEING IN THE “PICTURES”!
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How do you get more recognition, exposure for your story, your brand, your communications? Get into “pictures”.  You don’t have to become a Hollywood star to be in the pictures. By simply telling your story in the universal language of pictures, your communications can and will be better understood and also shared by many folks, your audience, your team…so, your circle of people grows! (…more)

January, 2017
GET GREATER EXPOSURE BY BEING IN THE “PICTURES”!
IN PicturesTop500
How do you get more recognition, exposure for your story, your brand, your communications? Get into “pictures”.  You don’t have to become a Hollywood star to be in the pictures. By simply telling your story in the universal language of pictures, your communications can and will be better understood and also shared by many folks, your audience, your team…so, your circle of people grows!

It’s in our genes to communicate with images.

We are hardwired to understand images from our time of birth. 90 % information sent to the brain is visual and 93% of all human communication is visual.

These facts are brought to you by www.business2community.com  which boasts an article on “The Physiology of Visual Communication” stating that we indeed have to work harder to process text than pictures or visual input. At birth a baby can understand the image of his of her mother, many months before understanding what the word “mommy” is or what it means. We are born with the innate ability to understand images…and we understand images INSTANTLY!

Speed is favored in today’s quickly changing life and business.
60,000picture500dpiNot only do we recognize images instantly…the fast of “instant” is pretty amazing: pictures  are processed 60,000 times faster than words.

And, how fast do and can we “share” our ah ha moments, our learnings, our new ideas? The era of all text is gone, people respond and share a printed page that has images or pictures on it at the rate of 94% with all copy page content only landing a 16% recognition.

The gurus at “Hubspot” also say: thinking is sparked by seeing…visual content is more than 40 times more likely to get shared on social media than other types of content.

Visual storytelling is the new “talk”.
Get more folks on the same page, your page, your ideas expressed with quick understanding, expressed uniquely in simple visual imagery that captures the spirit and content of your story. As you see, the numbers support finding a greater possibility for recognition, sharing, learning, and growing by telling your story with pictures. Give it a try, become a star in your own picture story, connect up with me for some “picturestorming” for new fame, fortune, and fun!

I’m Paula Brown, Graphic Facilitator / Purpose Discovery Guide / Author. I am a visual storyteller and “purpose guide” showing you many possibilities to IGNITE YOUR STORY, YOUR ENERGY, YOUR WELL-BEING for business and life. My site is: www.chilightful.com and www.picturestorming.com Connect on: LinkedIn, Twitter. and you can “like” my facebook page at: www.facebook.com/ChiLightful