The 30 Day Bucket List Challenge

Are you ready?

It is mid-January, and time is already flying by in 2020! Have you made progress on your New Year’s resolutions and goals? I know it is easier for me to DREAM BIG and be accountable when other people are taking the trip with me. If you need some motivation, accountability and bold thinking, join our 30 Day Bucket List Challenge!

How will you fill your bucket?

Sign up by clicking on the “Join the 30 Day Bucket Challenge List” button below. We are kicking off on February 1, 2020. Sign up now to receive the 30 Day Bucket Challenge workbook. Then, start filling your bucket with whatever you want to accomplish, experience and achieve in 30 days!

Get ready to Go Wild and Have Fun!

-Dr. Connie

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The Future of Women & Megatrend 3: The Decentralized Global Marketplace

Business is in the age of the “Empowered Consumer” who has a buffet of buying choices. Empowered consumers decide how they want to purchase goods and services. Big Data [collecting information (data) from multiple sources to detect trends, identify patterns and make decisions] is one tool that can be used to develop marketing campaigns, study human behaviors and determine patterns. It is also being used to examine and redesign various areas of the consumer experience.

Entrepreneurs and leaders can use Big Data to capitalize on consumer patterns and demands while creating more customized consumer experiences. Data is collected with every click, and some metrics can be used almost immediately. In 2014, Black Friday was November 28. Data from IBM’s U.S. Retail Black Friday Report was available almost immediately and was published on December 2, 2014. According to IBM, online Black Friday sales grew by 9.5 percent from 2013 to 2014. Retail ecommerce (orders via computer) and mcommerce (orders via mobile device) are predicted to increase by double-digit margins well into 2018 (eMarketer, 2014). Data demonstrates the continued growth of the digital marketplace, and rural businesses must find ways to capitalize on these trends.

The world is fast-becoming an “Add to Cart” society for anything and everything. Individuals are creating local, national and global communities of meaning and change that are self-selected and self-formed. Many of these same individuals are transforming commerce and communities in new and innovative ways.   The definition of community is not limited to a physical location. Technology, combined with the need for meaning, self-expression and self-actualization, has created an increasingly decentralized marketplace.

People are choosing how to meet virtually, and when, where and whether or not to meet face-to-face. They are also connecting around common causes. Commerce, along with so many other areas of life, is becoming increasingly decentralized. Savvy consumers seek and create value they crave to transform their lives. Technology enables the delivery of information, goods and services anytime, anywhere, and from anyone in a way that makes sense while adding value to the lives of consumers.

For example, companies like Stitch Fix (http://www.StitchFix.com) initially get to know their customers with a personal style quiz and continue to gather information about the clientele every month by sending them personalized clothing selections. Orders are delivered to clients and customers pay only for what they keep. Stitch Fix tracks the feedback on likes and dislikes after every shipment and learns how to better serve its customers with the data it continuously collects.

Consumer demands are shaping the marketplace and future trends. Empowered consumers want unique experiences that add value to their lives. Future-focused leaders and entrepreneurs who ask and answer not, “What is the lifetime value of a customer?” but rather, “What value can we add to a lifetime?” will be in a better position to compete in the increasingly decentralized marketplace.

Coaching Tips for Female Entrepreneurs and Leaders:

  • Connect and work together online and offline. Build your support network to generate ideas and get help growing your business.  The most successful entrepreneurs and leaders help one another.  I see this all of the time with authors too!  They promote one another while helping each other grow their businesses and ideas.
  • Get rid of assumptions and use data to make decisions. Take a few ideas from places having success in the marketplace, such as Stitch Fix.

Future-Focused Entrepreneurs and Leaders:  

Take Action with Cooperation, Creativity and Purpose

Interestingly enough, the hottest jobs at Facebook require a “human touch.” Why? Facebook is looking for people who can close sales because its revenue relies heavily on ads (Anders, 2014). Perhaps the most future-focused entrepreneurial leaders are blending “high human touch” with “high-tech” in new and interesting ways that holistically add value to the lives of others.

Future-focused, entrepreneurial leaders can use megatrends and technology to change the game of life. One person cannot do it alone in a world that continues to change at an increasingly rapid pace; rather, rural entrepreneurs should innovate in communities with a spirit of cooperation, creativity, and purpose. Together, with a common purpose, female entrepreneurs and leaders can examine megatrends, utilize emerging technologies, and monitor analytics while creating meaningful experiences and innovating rural businesses in ways not yet imagined.

Go Wild with the Decentralized Global Marketplace!   Watch the video below for more details on how you can innovate your companies and communities with cooperation, creating and purpose!

-Dr. Connie

PS:  Share your thoughts, ideas and actions with the Ask Dr. Connie community.  We would love to hear from you!

 

Join Me Today on 1110 KFAB Radio!

Status Update: I will be on from 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM today, and Clint will be taking callers!

In addition to the topics I listed in the original blog post below, we will be discussing the 3 Mega-Trends I recently wrote about and presented on: 1) The Rise of the #GigEconomy, 2) Living with Purpose and Meaning and the 3) Decentralized Global Marketplace.

Plan on calling in with your questions!

Looking forward to hearing from you all!
-Dr. Connie

I am counting down the hours to my interview with Clint Bellows this afternoon on 1110 KFAB (www.kfab.com). I will be in the studio at 2:30 PM.

Our conversation will focus on creating your desired future in the current economy. We will touch on the power of your beliefs and talk about how your brain impacts finances, the future and of course fun!

Let me know if you have any questions you want me to answer on the air. Clint talked about taking live calls. I would love to hear from you if he opens the phone lines!

Going Wild!
Connie

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Fred: The Key Indicator of “Gone-to-Muchness”

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Fred: The key indicator of “Gone-to-Muchness”

I think Fred is trying to tell me something!

Granted, Fred usually gets pretty upset when I get the suitcase out and start packing.  But, this was the first time he actually sat in it!  Animals have great instincts, and he is sharing an important message with me.

It has been a busy couple of months and it is now time to do some “Spring Cleaning” of life, which includes my home, office and vehicle!  I need to clean out the old so I make room to invite in the new.  An all around freshening up of my Inner Leader is in order!

How do you go about “Spring Cleaning” your life and work?  How do you Spring Clean your Inner Leader to make room for innovation in family, work, business and life?

Go Wild with Spring Cleaning Life!

-Dr. Connie

 

I Need Your Help before Friday!!

I need your fresh insights about confidence before Friday? Why??

Clint Bellows, a man I truly admire, invited me to be a guest on the Tom Becka show this Friday at 3:30 PM. Clint is hosting the show, and I am starting to get my thoughts on confidence, leadership and coaching together. Your ideas, perspectives and experiences will make this radio experience on the Mighty 1290 a much richer experience for listeners.

Here’s a question to get the conversation started:
What do you do to strengthen your confidence and the confidence of others?

I would love to hear from you!

Go Wild with Confidence!!
-Dr. Connie

Jagger’s fun and amazing drawing represents my feelings about being on the show (I am so proud of my little artist):

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Starting the New Year with True Intentions!

 

It’s the perfect day for writing.  The snow is falling and the new year is full of positive energy and gratitude!

If you are contemplating your resolutions or goals for 2014, my updated SMARTER Intentions and Authentic Goals Coaching Guide may be of use.  It is designed to help get you started or to help you refine what you may have already established.

Intentions influence our actions and behaviors.  If intentions are established with awareness, truth, and meaning, they help us experience a life filled with passion and personal fulfillment. Lack of understanding around our true intentions often causes frustration and confusion, which is one reason people oftentimes do not achieve their goals.  Many goals are written; however, they are not established with honest intent.  It’s time to get brutally honest about your true intentions so you can achieve authentic goals.

Intentions have the power to strengthen your Inner Leader and help you move forward in a meaningful way as long as they represent what you truly want to accomplish and experience.  Honest intentions, based on personal fulfillment and purpose, can also keep you motivated and focused while measuring progress and celebrating success.

What we truly intend will happen, so I use this coaching guide to encourage my clients to create SMARTER Intention Statements that support their personal vision.  So, what exactly are SMARTER Intentions?  They are statements designed to help you achieve your vision while holding your accountable and having some fun along the way because they are Super Cool, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time Bound, Evolved, and Rewarded.

The SMARTER Intentions and Authentic Goals coaching guide can easily be downloaded via the web by going to the University of Nebraska Extension Kimmel Education and Research Center Digital Commons site.  Simply click on: SMARTER Intentions and Authentic Goals.

Go Wild with your SMARTER Intentions and have a VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR!

-Dr. Connie

 Happy New Year

Shop Small this Cyber Monday

One way to shop small this Cyber Monday is to support authors and artists.  Online sales are incredibly important to this group of individuals.  I know because I am one of them.   We are entrepreneurs and small business owners working to support ourselves and our families by adding value to the lives of others.

Purchase Go Wild with Confidence! (available in both paperback and Kindle) via Amazon today (for yourself or as a gift) by clicking on:  http://amzn.com/1467949329

Make sure to search Amazon for other favorite artists and authors as well.  Or, simply go to their web sites and buy directly from these talented individuals!

Give the Gift of Going Wild this Christmas!

-Dr. Connie

Strengthen your Inner Leader and live your best life with purpose, passion, and fun!
Strengthen your Inner Leader and live your best life with purpose, passion, and fun!

A Note to Future Generations

In light of the recent tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut, I reworked an article I previously authored focused on the kindergarteners who started school this year.  Children are our future.  We need to realize their importance in this world and take our roles as adults more seriously.

The kindergarten class that started school in the Fall of 2012 will be the graduating class of 2025.  Yes, you heard that right-2025.  Only a few years ago I thought the year 2025 would have us flying around in personalized flying saucers like the Jetsons.  Maybe we would even be more like Star Trek and beam ourselves where ever we wanted to go with the simple click of a button.  As fast as technology is moving, we might make it there-at least with the flying saucers. However, it seems there is something more important we need to focus on-keeping our young people safe.

The massacre at Sandy Hook and the Class of 2025 has special meaning to me.  My first-born is a kindergartener this year.  The first five years of her life have given mine new meaning, and they have flown by faster than the Jetson’s personal space craft.  When I watch and listen to her, I am amazed by her intelligence, creativity and ability.  I wonder at her pure potentiality.  What is she feeling right now?  And, what does she want to be when she grows up?  What will her life be like?  It is my job to help my kindergartener on her journey.  I want her to truly experience all life has to offer.  Unfortunately, the children and school officials killed at Sandy Hook will never reach their full potential.  Their lives were tragically cut short.  Our deepest sympathies go out to the families impacted by this tragedy and others going through challenging times.

As a mother, I also feel like I owe it to my children to leave this planet in better shape than I found it.  I question whether or not this is happening, and it gives me great pause when I think about her graduation day in 2025.  Will her formative years have been wonderful and full of global advancement?  Or, will her generation experience a dynamic global economic and environmental shift that takes humankind down a path of destruction and chaos?  Will the world be safer and more secure than it was when I lived on this planet?

Kids today have words in their vocabulary I can’t help but laugh at sometimes.  Their worlds are full of things like sanitizer and sunscreen.  They are more familiar with the iPad than a coloring book and a Smart Phone more than the older rotary phones that hang on the wall.  Phones are also multipurpose.  They are cameras, camcorders, and things to play and learn on-plus, you can use them to see the person to whom you are talking.  Even bar soap has become a novelty.  My kids are so used to using liquid soap that they now enjoy the uniqueness of using bar soap.

There are also more ways for strangers and people to find our children.  We need to rethink how and what we are doing.  These are a few of my thoughts.

 To my daughter, the Class of 2025 and all children, we older generations owe the following:

  1. Water in Both Quantity and Quality.  Water has the potential to be the biggest issue of your generation.  It is truly the elixir of life.  Water should be there for you and the animals to play in and drink. It should also be available for you to grow real food, which is not something that comes in a box, bag or can.
  2. Healthy Minds and Bodies.  Health is the foundation of life.  Take care of your mind, body and spirit.  They are all interconnected and should be valued and nurtured. We are just beginning to understand the mind-body connection.  I have come to believe that our subconscious mind is a very powerful tool, and that our beliefs do influence our biology and our lives.  The energy of your mind and spirit is very powerful.  Use it wisely.   Food is fuel, so eat nutritious foods to be happy and healthy.  Move your bodies.  Exercise can and should be fun.  It will do wonders for you mind, body and spirit.  Dance. Play, stretch, and breathe.  Goof around with your family and friends.  Get creative and enjoy moving your bodies and minds.
  3. Less sanitizer and sunscreen and more time in nature. Get dirty and enjoy the sunshine.  It is actually good for you!  There is no need to take vitamin D-just soak in the sun!
  4. Real experiences.  Get away from the TV and the video games.  Get out there and do things.  You are connected to the world and must develop a global mind that values diversity, creativity and innovation.  Exposure to different things expands the body, mind and spirit.  There is much to see and experience in this world.  Make sure you travel and experience what happens in other communities and cultures.  There is a world outside of your home that has much to offer.
  5. Confidence. Your time on this planet is short.  It may not always seem that way, but time will go faster the older you become.  Define success on your own terms, and have the courage and confidence to pursue your passion and your dreams.   Take risks, learn from your mistakes and keep moving forward.  Let your intuition and personal fulfillment guide your actions.
  6. Privacy.  I am so glad every second of my life was not recorded on Facebook, You Tube and other web sites.  You are probably going to do stupid things.  Realize that your parents and grandparents made a lot of mistakes along the way too.  We just didn’t have every stupid move recorded and put online for everyone to see. You have to be a little more careful now.  The stakes are high, and the Internet is forever.  Use your gift of common sense when it comes to you and your friends.  Don’t put your life on display for everyone to see and I will try to keep my parental bragging to a minimum.
  7. Opportunity Recognition.  Realize that behind every challenge there is an opportunity.  Sometimes when life or situations seem the most difficult, they are actually at the cusp of being the most amazing.  Rather than staying mucked in drama, choose to clear your heart and mind and look for the opportunity.
  8. Responsibility.  You truly are responsible for your destiny.  No parent or caregiver can make your life great.  We can offer strength, support and understanding, but you must ultimately take responsibility for your actions and your life.
  9. Our time and full attention.  This is an ongoing challenge, but it is important for all of us to disconnect and truly be present with each other.  This means we all need to put our phones and mobile devices down and focus on those few precious moments we truly have with one another.  We need to be there for you while you put up that awesome hook shot at the buzzer in the state finals.
  10. Fun.  Never underestimate the value of fun in your life.  Fun is absolutely invaluable.  It is foundational to creativity and innovation and is a wonderful stress reliever and relationship builder.  Fun also keeps us young and is the fountain of life!
  11. Safety.  Growing up in a small town, I took safety for granted.  We must keep you safe from predators at all times.  Major tragedies like Sandy Hook and Sandusky must be stopped.  It is our responsibility to help you all be safe at school, in shopping malls, in movie theaters, churches and in your extra-curricular activities and families.

The take home message today is this:  Live a fulfilling life with purpose and passion.  Share your true talents with the world, have fun, and live your best life every single day! Be safe and sensible.  Let us know-in any situation-when things are not right.  Trust you intuition and let us know when things are not right.  You should have great childhood memories and experience so you can make the world a better place.  It is our job to help.  We are expecting great things from all of you because you all have something positive to contribute to the world.

Thanks for your confidence and support throughout 2012.  I am looking forward to serving you even better in 2013!

Happy Holidays From My Family To Yours!

-Dr. Connie