Protect Your Progress – The Be Heard Podcast Episode 21

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Episode 21 - Protect Your ProgressProtect Your Progress

This is the last Mindset Minute before we launch into the second season of full podcast episodes for the Be Heard Show Podcast. I’m ecstatic and amazed at all of the good that comes from the conversations I’m having with business owners and others who inspire me on a regular basis. Interviewing them is like nothing else in the world. I love hearing truly powerful stories.

Just like everyone else, I get down a bit and this week was pretty trying for me. I had an impromptu lunch with 14 family members. This is one of the great benefits of moving back to Philadelphia. I get to see my family at the drop of a hat. My mother came to town, my nephew got married, and I went to this enormous lunch. As good as that was, it comes with a downside. I was confronted with the possibility of seeing a family member who hurt me deeply when I was a child. The therapy I got years ago helped, but I see now I may need a refresher. It’s important to stay on top of traumatic emotional issues so they don’t have time to morph into something that could destroy progress.

That’s this week’s mindset minute, protect your progress at all costs. Sometimes that progress is emotional, sometimes it’s financial, sometimes the progress is a series of achievements or maybe it’s just the way you see yourself – or a combination of all of these things. Whatever that might be, it’s important to hold on to and preserve progress. I look at this “close call” as an opportunity. Clearly, I have more work to do to ensure I’m approaching the world, and this one person in particular, with forgiveness. That’s the only way I’ll be able to continue my forward momentum in life. I have some tough questions to ask myself. Do I forgive this person? If not, why not? What does forgiveness look like? Do I run up and give the person a hug? Do I hang back and become sullen? Do I strategically avoid the person? What does forgiveness really look like? I think as I’m back in Philadelphia and as my family has more of these get-togethers, I will surely find out.

About Lisa D. Sparks

Lisa D. Sparks, a well known small business marketing expert, has shared results generating insights to more than 20,000 business owners in the United States. Through live workshops, teleseminars and manuals Lisa consults with national and international companies on starting and sustaining profitable email marketing, social media and blog campaigns. Lisa leverages her expertise to help small business owners unleash their voice through blogs, emails, web content and social media content.

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