5 Signs You Need to Grow


This is a business truth: When YOU grow, your BUSINESS grows.

Sometimes you are clear you are ready for growth but quite often it sneaks up on you. Catching you unaware and wondering what the heck is going on with me?!

I had this happen recently where I was feeling really irritable with the weather, the flu going around, and generally anything that came in my direction for a couple of days. And I just wanted to nap! Finally I gave in and realized over the weekend that something was brewing underneath the surface and that I needed to stop forcing it and just let it come through. Let me say it involved a lot of binge watching “This is Us”, napping, journaling and getting coached!

There are very distinct signs that it’s time for focusing on what is going on under the surface that wants to be seen and heard that needs your attention, your reflection, your time and your energy so that you get out of the low level energy of stagnation or frustration and make room for what wants to emerge.

Here are the five signs that something needs to shift:

1. You are CRAZY BUSY – This one is the most obvious. If you are crazy hair-on-fire busy then it’s time to grow so your business can continue to grow. What are the systems you need to put in place to get more done in less time? Where can you delegate? What team or support do you need? Is it time for a coach to help you leverage your work so you can make more money, reach more people without the craziness?

2. You are feeling IRRATIONALLY IRRITABLE – You don’t understand why you are so dag-gone irritable but it’s there. In all its itchy, venom-filled glory. You may find yourself irritable with others for no real reason but what’s happening is that you are pissed at yourself! You might feel pissed at your business. This is actually a good sign (good coaches get excited at this kind of energy!) It’s a sign that you need to express. You have something pent up inside and it’s time to let it out. It may be in writing or speaking a new message, it might be time to stand in your leadership or it might be that you finally need to focus on that new body of work that is desperate to get created and is trying to get your attention.

3. You are SO BORED – When you have to drag yourself to the office or the thought of writing another email feels like the keyboard has leprosy, then you are bored. You might even want – to – take – a – nap. Again. Let yourself nap. It’s good to nap! Research shows that the shifting work gets done in our brains during nap time. Then you need some time to reflect, write, and talk it out so it makes it’s way to your heart. That’s when the real action will finally happen.


Celebrating 17 Years, Remembering My 1st Email… and Other Stories

by Laura West.

I’m so proud to say I’ve been in business as a coach for 17 years!

Happy Anniversary to the Center for Joyful Business!

I made that leap in 2001 from my corporate Marketing VP position with all the travel, benefits and six figure income into my unknown passion – I knew I was passionate about the power of coaching but wasn’t sure how the business was really going to play out!

Over the last month, I’ve been reflecting back through the years to those pivotal moments and all the different learnings.

I thought I’d share some of those with you…

* I will always remember sending my first email. I was announcing my new coaching business to about 100 of my friends, family and former colleagues from my corporate job. This was before I had a shopping cart or list manager so I had them loaded into Outlook and was sending these emails by hand in batches while hoping they wouldn’t get blocked since I was sending to so many people. I distinctly remember staring at the SEND button on my email. I was so full of JOYFEAR – feeling both excited, nervous, scared, and on fire! I remember finally telling myself to stop thinking about it and just do it. And with that email I felt officially launched.

* I can remember being signed up for my coach training certification program (hello – fellow CTI community!) and I had to have 5 clients to “practice” on. I was quaking in my heels wondering where I was going to get clients before my February 1st start date. Fortunately, my passion and courage prevailed and I enrolled clients. My very first client was a VP of Marketing colleague I used to work with from a different company. It was such an incredible thought that someone else believed in my message and in me enough to say YES to working with me.

* My very first teleclass had only 3 people signed up. I remember panicking, thinking it wasn’t enough to have an interactive class. So I cancelled the class. I called all 3 people and ended up enrolling 2 of them in private coaching! You will always have to get creative and find ways of making lemonade!