Create Your Best Business, with Sammy Blindell

Brand Builders TV Best Business Sammy Blindell

In this articles series, Sammy is going to continue taking you through how to build your best business without burning out. In the first series, she guided us through a visualisation meditation to get you focussed on your dream 10/10 life and business. Now she’s going to take you back through, to that scene, before guiding you into another activity. There, you will look into who and what is supporting (or not supporting) your quest for your best business. 

Only once you’re super clear about what you want can you let go to be able to grow.

You may wish to watch the entire Brand Builders TV episode, How to Build Your Brand without Burning Out, Part 2, below. Or, just keep reading for article one in this series.

Meet Sammy Blindell

Brand Builders TV Best Business Sammy Blindell

Sammy Blindell, The Ripple Maker, is founder of the Brand Builders Club, The Ripple Makers Academy and the One Drop Movement. She is supporting entrepreneurs who own mission-driven businesses to grow and create an empowered world. 

Sammy focusses on collaboration rather than competition, on strategies that work and on achievement in months rather than a lifetime…and she shares it all with those in her circle.

Now let’s hear from Sammy, in her own words, about how to lay the foundation for your best business and life. So find a quiet space and join in with this next guided activity.

It’s time to learn it, model and get shit done. Let’s go!

Creating Your Best Business

Welcome! Today, I’m bringing you guided visualisations and meditations to take you to the place where you’ve got it all. Where everything is abundant. You’ve got the life you want, the love you want and the business you want.

Ultimately, the business is there to give you all of that. It’s not there to keep you so busy that you don’t have time to enjoy that stuff. I’m talking from experience. When I built the business that I sold back in 2013, I had everything that money could buy. I also had everything money couldn’t buy, like happiness, a husband and a family.

But that business was taking me away from those things.

Is This Really Your Best Business?

Previously, we got really intentional about what your best business would look like (Refer to How to Build a Brand from Scratch, How to Start a Business and Start a New Business). Now we’re going to the next part of this activity, which is letting go so you’re able to grow.

I’m sure you been in situations in the past when you dove in, tried to make things work, gave it 100 percent (probably more)…and it still wasn’t working. It wasn’t in the flow. Has that happened to you?

Brand Builders TV Best Business Sammy Blindell

That has definitely happened for me. The most memorable time for me was when I came to the end of selling that business—a branding, design and marketing agency. I had spent seven years building it, and had built four other businesses while running it. I had become incredibly burnt out (even though I didn’t realise it at the time).

I just kept taking more things on. They say, “If you want something done, ask a busy person.” That was definitely me. I just kept loading things on, but I didn’t realise how much stress and pressure it was putting on my body. I was so caught up in the day-to-day getting shit done that I forgot about what was important. I lost total sight of what my purpose was.

I kept working harder and harder to achieve what I wanted to achieve, and I wasn’t getting anywhere. The business was growing. We were making more money. But I didn’t feel happier. I thought more money would make me happier. I thought my dream home would make me happier. I thought my dream car would make me happier.

But none of it made me happy. What made me happy was being in complete flow. Over the course of the next two years, when my partner and I made the decision to sell the business, we went through a traumatic process. For nearly two years, our accountant introduced us to people who were interested in buying it, but I didn’t like any of them.

They didn’t share any of my values. I’m very much that person who breaks the rules when it comes to friendships and business. I feel that my business is a critical part of my life, and I will not do business with someone I wouldn’t invite to my boat for a coffee, dinner or a sunset cruise. I want to spend my time with people I enjoy being with, and that includes my business.

One Foot In, One Foot Out

After two years of trauma trying to sell that business, my business partner’s body caved in…and so did mine.

I was recently speaking to someone about this. She expressed that she felt really torn between where she is and where she wants to be. I could feel that too!

It was like I had one foot in one life, trying to keep that going—trying to make money for today, pay the bills, sort the team out, grow the business. And my other foot was in the future. It was wanting to move forward. I wanted to follow that foot, but realised I still had responsibilities elsewhere.

A Mastermind and a Revelation

I was part of a mastermind at that point (I’m always part of a mastermind that’s supporting me to grow). That’s what our Thinkubator does. So I’m sitting in this mastermind, surrounded by other amazing business owners who are also turning over millions of pounds. I noticed that every single one of them brought the same problem to the table they’d been bringing for the last six months. They were attending masterminds, but never did anything about their problems. They were just saying the same things each time—not actually growing.

I was growing, so every time it was my turn to speak, they rolled their eyes as if to say, “Here we go again.” They were getting fed up with me growing, and I was getting fed up with them not inspiring me because they weren’t growing. I realised that I had to let go of that. I took myself through a meditation and had a very strong visual. It made me see what was holding me back. And more importantly, who was holding me back.

This mediation happened at a networking event. I was an assistant director for BNI (Business Network International) while building my design agency. I was growing chapters and communities up in the North of England. We had training every  month, and they took us into a meditation. It really helped me to see the forest for the tress. I was able to focus on what I needed to let go of.

With me having one foot in the life I had and one foot in the life I wanted to have, I was constantly stretched. It was like doing the splits for nearly two years. It’s almost like holding a bottle of water. No big deal, until you have to hold it for two years. It becomes an incredible weight.

This was not by best business.

Are You Being Drawn Toward Your Best Business?

Brand Builders TV Best Business Sammy Blindell

Are you feeling the pull to go in a different direction? Are things not as in-flow for you as you’d like them to be? Maybe the people around you aren’t the ones you need to help drive you forward. Maybe your clients, or the people you’re in contact with the most, aren't supporting you the way you need to be supported. If they’re not, let’s evaluate why not. Maybe you haven’t communicated with them about the direction you want to go.

Let’s get clear on that in the next instalment, Wisdom to Build Your Team.

Your Best Business is About More than Business

I hope that Sammy’s words have helped you to better understand the weight you may be experiencing. Are you feeling the splits? Or have you been holding that proverbial water bottle for too long?

Please click on that link above to go to part two in this series. There, Sammy will take you through a visualisation to help you move toward your best business.

Have you heard about the Brand Builders Club Thinkubator? In just one three-hour session, you can learn how to take your business to the next level, stop working so many hours and reduce overwhelm. Register for a Thinkubator today!

Decide to Take License, with Sally DiCesare

Brand Builders TV Decide Sally DiCesare

Welcome back to this series all about finding your bliss with Sally DiCesare. First, we covered how to breathe, then getting organized and making lists. And now, for the final three steps in the BOLDLY acronym, we have Decide, License and Yes.

If you missed part one (Just Breathe) and part two (How to be More Organized), I suggest you read them before continuing to read here.

Or, you may watch the entire Brand Builders TV episode (Want to be Satisfied with your Life?) below.

Let’s learn a bit more about Sally and then we’ll get right to it.

More About Sally DiCesare

Brand Builders TV Decide Sally DiCesare

While working as a dental hygienist, Sally DiCesare experienced the physical pain that exhaustion and stress can bring. Today, she’s helping other dental professionals to live their best life as the Pain-Free Practitioner.

Also known as The Bliss Alchemist, Sally is the owner and curator of Your Blissful Journey, practicing energetic chelation, SomatoEmotional Release, CranioSacral therapy…as well as psychic readings.

Now it’s time to hear from Sally, in her own words, about how you can Decide, take License and say Yes!

Over to Sally…

Decide What's Important Today

Decide:  What is most important today? As a business owner, decide what you need to have. Do you want more clients or more connections? Do you want to be on more podcasts? What do you want? And then reach out to those appropriate parties. You’re creating a stronger bridge every time you reach out.

Think about how many times you haven’t responded to an email, or it’s taken you months to get back to it. You weren’t dissing them; you were not disregarding the importance of that email. It just went to the wayside, down to the bottom of the pile.

Brand Builders TV Decide Sally DiCesare

The same thing is happening on the other side. Reach out again. Add humor, but decide that you’re going to do what you know how to do.

How many times do we sign up for something because it sounds like a great thing to do—like a webinar—learn tips, walk away with them, and don’t implement them? That’s called Edutainment. It’s not education.

I’m asking you to learn it and decide to practice it. Give it a good try. If it doesn’t work, it doesn’t work. Move on. You’re good. You’re only moving forward.

Decide to Take License, Now

License:  I’m giving you permission to set out to do what you want. Give yourself permission to really show up, to reach out to people. Because you can’t show up too big or too bright. That’s what you’re here for. Marianne Williamson is famous for saying, “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.”

And I’ll continue with that writing of hers, because we don’t always hear the rest. Just let these words wash over you. “It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I  to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that others won’t feel insecure around you. You are meant to shine, as children do. We are born to manifest the glory of God within each of us. It is not just in some of us. It is in everyone. And as we let our light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do that same. As we are liberated from our fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

Who are you not to show up? You’re here to be you, to march to a different drummer; to be yourself. Who are you to hold back? Because you may be the one that one person is looking to—to guide them and open their eyes to possibilities.

Decide to Say Yes!

Yes:  I want you to say Yes Yes Yes!

Anchor your celebration of life with a resounding Yes. Whether that means taking a day of self-care, throwing yourself 100% into a project or giving yourself permission to be you. If it’s important for you to do, do it without feeling the draining emotions of guilt or unworthiness. Let each cell of your body feel your commitment to boldly living your blissful life, your blissful journey.

So today you heard my suggestions on how to live boldly, and you can have your own. This is something to get you thinking and creating.

We went over Breathe, Organize, List, Decide, License and Yes.

If you are looking for a  community of women stepping boldly into their future, I’d love for you to join me in Because your journey can be brighter if you walk with friends.

You Can Decide to Live a Blissful Life

Sammy here! Much of living a blissful life is deciding to find your own bliss. Sally DiCesare is helping us to do just that, with the BOLDLY acronym:  Breathe, Organize, List, Decide, License and Yes!

By following her advice, you can live a more fulfilling, blissful life. And there’s something else you can do. You can view more episodes of Brand Builders TV, then Like and Follow the Brand Builders TV Facebook page. There, you will find everything you need to live and do business with more ease and flow. Who couldn’t use more of that?

How to be More Organized, with Sally DiCesare

Brand Builders TV How to be More Organized Sally DiCesare

Welcome back to this intriguing series about finding your bliss. In part one, Just Breathe, Sally DiCesare taught us what bliss means, how to live boldly…as well as how to breathe for best results in all areas of life.

Now it’s time to move on with steps two and three in the BOLDLY acronym, Organized and List. You’re about to learn how to be more organized—and who couldn’t use more of that?

You may continue reading, or you may wish to watch the Brand Builders TV episode from which this series was taken, Want to be Satisfied with your Life? below. Whatever you prefer…you be you!

Let’s quickly meet Sally again, then we’ll get on with it.

Meet Sally DiCesare, Again

Brand Builders TV How to be More Organized Sally DiCesare

Sally DiCesare is The Bliss Alchemist, as well as the owner of Your Blissful Journey. Once a dental hygienist, Sally is also known as the Pain-Free Practitioner. She helps dental professionals to reduce exhaustion, stress and physical pain so they can increase their quality of life. She practices CranioSacral therapy, delivers psychic readings, and practices SomatoEmotional Release and energetic chelation.

And now Sally is going to tell us, in her own words, how to be more organized.

Let’s learn it, model and get shit done!

Learning How to be More Organized

Organize:  This is a struggle for me—to be organized. I now see a huge benefit with planning my week in advance. When my children were at home, I did this in a limited way by getting the meals together on Sunday. I planned the week’s menus, shopped, cooked…to have all the meals ready to roll. No matter what was coming up, we could pull out dinner.

Brand Builders TV How to be More Organized Sally DiCesare

We didn’t have to rush around, stop at a fast-food restaurant or a grocery store.

If I’d known then what I know now, I would have also asked everyone to bring their calendars to Sunday dinner so we could plan the week. Because everyone, no matter how young, has something going on that week. Even the youngest might have a birthday party to attend that week. And how many of us have found ourselves racing around a store, trying to find a gift for that child 15 minutes before your kid has to be at the party?

It makes a big difference when everyone is on the same page. How are we going to get to your sporting event? “I’ve got this meeting. I can’t be there for this. You guys are going to have to pick up. How can we make this all work?”

How to be More Organized in All Areas

If we’re talking about work, business or life, be organized in what you want to create. Start with a vision you have for five years from now and work your way back. Look at your life from an eagle’s perspective and then bring in mouse energy to help with the minutia.

For example, I start to see clients at 10:30 a.m., so early morning is my best time to focus. With my business, as well as my job, I must plan my month, week and day in advance…not to mention this five-year plan.

For me, the easiest thing is to focus on one goal at a time. So on Mondays, I might be looking at what can bring more money into my business. What do I have coming up that I need to invite people to? Tuesday can be creative time—content, blogs, Facebook posts, multi-purposing—organizing that and getting that together. On Wednesday, I can post what I created.

Notice my jobs are small. I’m not moving a mountain.

On Thursday, I like to call my previous clients. I aim for five. Five phone calls. And I learned a tip from my Women’s Prosperity Network tip: text first with something like, “Hey, I’m thinking about you. Do you have time for a chat?”

This not a sales call. It’s a connection call. If you happen to have something to help them, or if they have a problem that you have a solution to, you can ask, “May I offer a suggestion?” Or, “I may be able to help you with that.”

But don’t expect anything from this call except connection. You do not know how many people have scheduled with me after I just reached out to say hi. It opens the lines of communication. Maybe they were thinking of you, too. Who knows?

On Friday, I tie up loose ends. I finish those things I wanted to do, but never did.

The List

List: Now that you’re organized with your days’ plans, make a list with all the things you need to do. Make a list of your priorities, including your top three. If you get three done, that is cause for a ginormous celebration. Don’t worry about the rest.

Getting one thing done is an event. Take the time to celebrate that one accomplishment. Cross it off. Put stars by it. That’s why you write it down. Otherwise, it’s like cleaning a closet without stepping back to look and say, “Wow! That really looks nice. I’d forgotten about that outfit. Now I have all these ‘new’ clothes!”

Brand Builders TV How to be More Organized Sally DiCesare

Take the time to make a list and check it off. Your body and your spirit need to know that you’ve accomplished something, and that you appreciate the effort that went into it. Don’t fret if there’s only one thing you check off because that’s more than had gotten done before.

Now I Know How to be More Organized

With Sally’s help, I know how to be more organized in my own life and business. I can also see how lists can help me to accomplish it all. How about you?

There are still three more steps to cover in Sally’s BOLDLY acronym. They are Decide, License and Yes. If you’re intrigued (and you should be), join us for the final instalment in this series, Decide to Take License.

How will you move forward boldly? How will you organize your life and business in order to experience more bliss…and more success? If you’re not sure how to get started, then allow me to suggest RippleFest Quest. It’s filled with Global Changemakers, history in the making, tools to catapult your business and so much more. Join us today, won’t you?

Just Breathe, with Sally DiCesare

Brand Builders TV Just Breathe Sally DiCesare

Hello, and welcome to another article series taken from the popular Brand Builders TV episodes. Today, we’re going to start with part one by Sally DiCesare, all about the six steps to finding your bliss.

This first instalment will cover what happens when you know how to just breathe. The two subsequent articles will delve into the remaining five steps for finding your bliss. You won’t want to miss a single one.

You may view the entire Brand Builder TV episode, Want to be Satisfied with your Life?, from which this series is derived, below. Or, just keep reading for part one.

Meet Sally DiCesare

Brand Builders TV Just Breathe Sally DiCesare

Sally DiCesare, known as The Bliss Alchemist, is the owner and curator of Your Blissful Journey, where she uses CranioSacral therapy, SomatoEmotional Release, energetic chelation and psychic readings to help people connect with clarity and their truth.

She also works as the Pain-Free Practitioner to help dental professionals enhance their quality of life, with less stress, exhaustion and physical pain.

Now without further ado, let’s hand it over to Sally. She’s going to start telling us about finding our bliss, in her own words.

Find Your Bliss

Hello! My name is Sally DiCesare, and I’m known as the Bliss Alchemist. I’m a conduit for self-mastery. I guide you and support you so you can create a healthy, happy life. One of satisfaction that is totally yours. Today I’m going to talk about the importance of reminding yourself to just breathe. But before we dive into that, let’s talk about bliss.

I define Bliss with the acronym Boldly Living In a Safe Space.

You’re going to walk away with six steps to build a foundation creating your bliss. And you will be invited to join a community because a journey is more fun with friends.

As you know, to me, Bliss means Boldly Living in a Safe Space. So first, we’re going to look at Boldly.

Boldly is an acronym in itself. The B stands for Breathe.

Just Breathe

Breathe:  Let’s talk about a Luna Breath. I know in yoga, it’s a little different. They’ve got a different name for it, but it sounds like air passing over your soft palate and out through your nose. It’s a powerful grounding breath, and it’s a calming way to breathe. You breathe in through your nose and out through your nose while you open your throat.

Brand Builders TV Just Breathe Sally DiCesare

My dog breathes this way. I think of it as her purring. When I learned this breath, I noticed that it sounded like putting a conch shell to your ear.

I was told the story of woman walking home alone at night. It was dark and not many porch lights were on.

She saw someone approaching and the hair on the back of her neck stood up. There was nowhere for her to go. She didn’t want to knock on anyone’s door and wake them. She remembered this breath and started to breathe it.

The man walked by. She didn’t give it a second thought until the next day when she heard about an assault that had taken place in her neighborhood.

When You Just Breathe, Here's What Happens

She called the police and said, “I don’t know if this is appropriate, but last night around 10 p.m. I was walking home and I have a description of a man I saw.”

They sent her through all the channels she needed to go through. They got his description and arrested the man. He was shocked. He said, “How did you find me? There was nobody around.”

They found him using the woman’s description of him. He never saw her because she was on a different vibrational level than him. He was jazzed and she was calm and grounded. Those two energies did not connect.

So breathe before any engagement and before moving on to the next step. You can continue breathing in through your nose and out through your nose.

The Power is Yours When you Just Breathe

Sammy here! Were you aware of just how powerful a simple breathing exercise could be? And how important vibration is, for attracting what you want and repelling what you don’t?

I hope you learnt something like I did, and now it’s time to move onto the next two steps in the BOLDLY acronym, Organized and List. Find them in part two, How to be More Organized.

And now for your reminder to just breathe. As you move through life keeping your vibration high, please consider joining us in the Brand Builders Club. There, you will discover a safe space for entrepreneurs to get the guidance and accountability you’ll need to achieve your goals.

And you’re also invited to take part in a Thinkubator, where you’ll learn to take your life and your business to the next level. Join us, won’t you?

How to be Resilient, with Joké Hoetmer

Brand Builders TV How to be Resilient Joke Hoetmer

Hello, and welcome back to instalment number two in this series about how to be resilient with Joké Hoetmer. In part one, Find Your Emotional Resilience, Joké talked about how natural, inborn resilience in inside all of us. We just have to revisit our inner child and remember what it felt like to get up and try again.

Now, we’re about to learn about adaptive resilience—or what Joké likes to call your Bounce-Back Muscle. It’s fascinating subject matter, and I hope you’ll stay with us as she shares her wisdom.

If you’d like to view the entire Brand Builders TV episode (How to Put your Inner Resilience into Overdrive) from which this article series is derived, you may do so below. Or, simply keep reading for more from Joké.

More About Joké Hoetmer

Brand Builders TV How to be Resilient Joke Hoetmer

Joké Hoetmer is The Path to Purpose Mentor, working as a life coach and entrepreneur. She’s also a global best-selling author and social media influencer who has real conversations that are raw and life-enhancing.

Now it’s time to hear more about how to be resilient with Joké Hoetmer, in her own words.

It’s time to learn it, model it and get shit done!

How to be Resilient through Adaptation

The next type of resilience is adaptive resilience. With this, you’ll find that you have a bit more of a challenge. People have different ways of responding to stress and things that are happening in their lives. And that’s okay.

You’re going to learn how to build up that bounce-back muscle. You’re also going to learn that you’re born with resilience and that it’s going to be okay. You can manage to do whatever you have to do because it’s there.

Brand Builders TV How to be Resilient Joke Hoetmer

Just think about it. I would love to sing, but I can’t sing. But when I’m in the shower, and nobody’s listening, I can sing. That means it’s there, but through life, through someone saying “you haven’t got a nice voice or “you sound like a crow”…whatever it is, you have stopped something that is naturally inside of you.

When I was singing in the shower, my sister (who was an opera singer in her younger days) heard me and thought it was the radio. Again, it’s there. You just have to find it.

The Journey to How to be Resilient

This journey I’m going to take with you is all about getting you to find your resilience. You’ll find how you’re going to get there, even if you feel you haven’t got it.

I used to have a brother-in-law who said to me, “I wish I had your fight and your will to live.”

I told him, “You have it, you just need to exercise it.”

He died at a very young age because he just didn’t find it. You’ve got to fight back with your will to live, to do, and to live again after life hits you. Whatever’s happened, whether it’s losing your job, getting divorced, losing financial security, being depressed, finding your marriage isn’t what it should be…just get up. You’re alive. There is another side. Life has a silver lining. You just have to get up.

This has been my life. I have had such a lot of adventure in my life, but every time I’ve gotten up.

I’ve got a son-in-law who is always even-keeled. It doesn’t seem to matter what happens. The other day, it was raining and wind and water were coming into the house. All the windows were shaking. My daughter found it very difficult because every room in the house was upside down. It was hard, and she had to find her way around that, find her happy place and adapt to that. He, on the other hand, was naturally calm.

Joké Hoetmer Teaches us How to be Resilient

And there was Joké with more examples of what being resilient looks like. As we learnt in part one, emotional resilience is the type of resiliency we’re born with (we just have to go back access it again). Now, we’ve learnt about adaptive resilience, which is the type we use as it applies to life as it changes.

Next, in the third and final instalment in this series, we’re going to discover learnt resilience. Be sure to experience that last article at Finding your Resilience, with Joké Hoetmer.

And if you like what you’ve seen and/or read here, then you’re sure to like other Brand Builders TV episodes. Find them on the Brand Builders TV YouTube channel, and stay on top of announcements by liking and following the Brand Builders TV Facebook page. Let’s stay connected!