Are You ACTIVELY Creating Your Future?

Bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert posed this brilliant question on Facebook:

“How old were you when you stopped drawing?”

She then told the story of cartoonist, author and art teacher Lynda Barry and her book SYLLABUS, which is about teaching art to “non-artists.”

You may think you’re not an artist – being the lawyer, the personal trainer, the dentist, the doctor, the insurance wizard, the money genius, the architect, the real estate wonder, etc. You may think drawing and colouring is “just for little kids” but the truth is, we’re all kids at heart.

We all have dreams and aspirations that we get to materialize through the work we’re doing, no matter our chosen profession. Are you ACTIVELY creating your future?
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There is something very powerful, unique and energizing about drawing, which gives us new energy to put towards how we show up in our professional lives. It activates a part of our brain that opens up our ability to think creatively, which is crucial for any business to succeed and thrive.

That’s why I created the Niki Owl coloring book for people of all “ages” to ignite their inner creative, and apply that to whatever their line of business is.

Since NOW is as good a time as any to start, here’s a reminder that you still have the opportunity to win a free copy of the Niki Owl colouring book, because TODAY October 31 is the last day to enter the special giveaway I’ve organized in partnership with Goodreads.

Over 600 people all around the world have entered this giveaway so far! I’m thrilled, honoured and excited 🙂

If you haven’t done so yet, enter below for your chance to win one of 5 signed copies of “Niki Owl, Leap of Faith – The Colouring Book.”

CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY

Please share this post or this link with your friends and family so they can also colour their world with Niki Owl, because life is supposed to be FUN.

Oh and, Happy OWLoween,
Karin

The True Mission & Vision of Coaching

(this post is dedicated to all my coach friends and colleagues, and all coaches around the world)

A Genius in sports development for whom I have massive respect asked me what I usually do before I start working with a coaching client. She asked if we talk about their past and what’s happened to them, or what? I love this question!

I said we spend a couple hours talking about the FUTURE. What is their life vision? Their business vision? Their project’s vision? Their relationship vision? We establish where they are now and where they want to be. We agree, in the most powerful way – with a handshake and their coaching investment paid in full, up front – to embark on an amazing journey together to empower them in the realization of their vision and dreams.

During this time we create a powerful relationship in a trusted space. There will be laughter, tears, awakenings, epiphanies, boldness, gentle whispers, loud roars, tall orders, passion, and above all IMPACT as we move through the ebbs and flows of how they’re actually living what they say they want. Some things from the past will come up, but we’ll glide through them based on their strong desire for a better future. They may not always realize it at the time, but just like I do with my coach, I ABSOLUTELY become a better version of myself every day.

It stems from my 100% willingness to grow, to achieve what I set out to do in my whole life, and get to it with zest and inspiration. That is the minimum I expect from anyone I engage with, because I set a high benchmark for myself. We’re not here to prove anything to anyone, we’re here to BE and allow that awareness to imbue our daily actions in this playground of Life.

That’s what the power of commitment does. That’s what standing in integrity does. These qualities help us embrace more of what we desire by celebrating that which we have right now, and letting go of what isn’t working (including certain people).

Integrity and Commitment to our path helps us actually BE the change we wish to see in our world, because whilst many people talk about wanting change, they chicken out of actually doing the work it takes to be the change they seek. That’s the whole f***ing point!

BE THE PERSON YOU WANT TO ENJOY THE REST OF YOUR LIFE WITH.
BE THE PERSON YOU WANT TO DO BUSINESS WITH.

AND SEE HOW QUICKLY THOSE PEOPLE SHOW UP IN YOUR LIFE!

These brilliant words by Werner Erhard summarise the value and ultimate service of this transformational work beautifully:

My notion about service is actually that kind of relationship in which you have a commitment to the other person. Now, I don’t mean to the person’s body or to the person’s personality, or to the person’s stomach, or the person’s almost anything. What I mean in fact is that for me what service is about is being committed to the other being. To the person spiritually. To who the other person is. Now the problem with that is that, to the degree that you are in fact committed to the other person, you are only as valuable as the degree to which you can deal with the other person’s stuff, their evidence, their manifestation, and that’s what service is about. Service is knowing who the other person is and being able to tolerate giving space to their garbage. What most people do is to give space to people’s quality and deal with their garbage. Actually, you should do it the other way around. Deal with who they are and give space to their garbage. Keep interacting with them as if they are God. And every time you get garbage from them, give space to the garbage and go back and interact with them as if they were God.

Some people interpret “dealing with who they are” as the less-than version of themselves because their self esteem is scattered on the floor somewhere. In this coaching realm we sometimes have to rattle and shake things out of people who think that way, because we KNOW deep inside that the best of you is IN there, waiting to come out when you decide to come out. It’s safer than you think.

We’re here to shine the brightest light on you until you ultimately BELIEVE that you Are Great, you Are Magnificent, you Are Genius, and so much more… Now start living it.

LIVE BOLDLY. LIVE BEAUTIFULLY. AND MOST OF ALL, LIVE THE ABSOLUTE GORGEOUSNESS OF YOUR EXCELLENCE(TWEET THIS)

Big Love,

Karin

The REAL Rewards & Compensation of Writing

I received our first Niki Owl coloring book sales reports from the US & the UK. This covers Canada too, eh.

I AM AMAZED BY WHAT I SEE, and I have to share it with you for several reasons. 

But first, a bit of back story…

After independently publishing my first book in 2012 through another company, I decided to integrate publishing and book design into my company (nvision media group) as its own boutique independent publishing house. This means that besides the web and SEO work we do, we also collaborate with other authors and companies to curate their publications – whether these are in-house training manuals, guides, special collaborations, private creations or books for the general public.

It also means publishing under our own brand, which is how the latest Niki Owl book was put out into the world.

Yes, I write books for the sheer joy and passion of it, BUT at the end of the day, writing books is also a business. This story is an example of the perfect marriage between creating with an integrated heart and mind, so let’s take a look…

HEART:

Seeing my publishing revenue report for the coloring book this morning brought up the same joy I felt receiving my first book royalty check in the mail a few years ago. It’s the feeling of excitement that I get paid for doing what I LOVE (and you know writing is one of several things I love to do)!

MIND:

Then I put my business hat on… and I looked at both sets of numbers to see the business growth. I tallied up the totals from the first month of sales for each book, and calculated the percentage growth.

RESULTS:

725% increase in sales.

Yes…

725% increase.

As a publisher, I generate a higher revenue than simply being an author with another publisher. So there is obviously also a difference here in the revenue, which is also worth noting from a business perspective.

In both cases, the difference is HUGE.

To be able to say you’ve seen a 725% increase in your sales is – well – are there even words for that? It is an astounding growth that not too many people even realize because they do not pay attention to this stuff.

I’m asking you to pay attention, and to look at what you’re creating in your life. Because your results come from YOU.

Now, I want you to know that the key to all this is acting from inspiration. I did not publish the coloring book on a whim with a, “Hey let’s just try this,” approach. My decision came from listening within, “Wow this feels so good, I HAVE to do it… because I KNOW this creation comes straight from my HEART.” Not that the first book didn’t come from the heart, mind you, but my heart has expanded so much since then and this is a perfect testament to that, so much it’s even trackable!

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I ASKED for this book to do better than the first book because I feel better about me. It is LAW for such results to happen. I honestly didn’t know the details, I simply trusted in my Big Ask and took each logical step as I felt inspired.

“Wouldn’t it be nice if this book generated more sales than the first one?”

In fact, I was in a coffee shop the other day talking to a fellow traveller, who’s excited about this book. His parting words were, “I hope it sells a million copies.” My coach hopes it sells billions.

Well, YES PLEASE, and thank you! More than this, my hope is that it reaches as many people as possible that are inspired to take their own inspired leaps of faith through it, because that is what ignites me most.

THIS is what the real power of letting our dreams happen through us is all about.

I followed the powerful heart beat that told me, “Make this, now.”

And look what’s happening!

I hope you’re following your own heart beats in the direction of your dreams.

Whilst my books are out there inspiring people from all walks of life and “ages” to play, create and believe in what IS possible for them, these books are continuously showing ME more of what IS possible for me. Simply because I got inspired one day to put out another book, on purpose with what I stand for. I’m loving it, and life is loving me back 725% more, and it keeps getting better and better…

How cool is that?

How cool is it that we get to wake up every day and experience the FULLNESS of putting one foot forward every time in the direction of what excites us, and experience tremendous results in a flash?

I get to put this right back into all my businesses and client work, and right here with you.

THANK YOU for reading my books, my blog posts and anything that I share with you. That’s essentially what any writer ever wants – to be read and shared with the world. Mostly because we feel deep inside that something we write will ignite some part of you, and what you do beyond that is in your hands. It’s exciting for us to see how US showing up to life inspires YOU to show up to life and make your own impact in this world – today, tomorrow, a thousand years from now.

I hope my results here inspire you to greater results in your own life and business, because what you desire truly IS possible, as long as you breathe life and joy into every step you take.

Thank you again,

Karin

PS: artistic credit to this fan art from the coloring book goes to Pam Q & Nicky Tanase.