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Episode 55: Think Big to Avoid Playing Small with Geraldine Carter

Thinking BIG! That’s what my guest, Geraldine Carter, and I will be talking about on today’s show. We’re having a conversation about where we play small, how to think bigger, and the importance of mindset. Geraldine shares with us her favorite tips for having a more positive growth-oriented mindset, and I share some of mine, as well. Come join us!

Geraldine Carter specializes in coaching CPAs to help them grow their accounting practice. Her podcast, She Thinks Big, supports business owners to think bigger about what is possible while creating new thought patterns that lead to higher levels of profit. Geraldine co-founded a company in 2008 that has gone on to generate millions for sustainability, completed an Ironman in 12 hours, and is an ICF Certified Coach with more than 800 hours of mindfulness training. In her spare time, she rides her mountain bike in her hometown of Missoula, Montana, or runs after her 2 tiny kiddos.

Show Highlights:

  • Geraldine’s favorite tool to share with clients that really helps them grasp the ideas of mindset being at choice is borrowed from Mel Robbins: the “54321” with breath behind it. When you’re feeling annoyed, agitated, upset, stuck, you take 5 breaths, and you count back from 5.
  • Dr. Sabrina’s favorite tool is The Choice Map™ by Dr. Marilee Adams. It’s a visual, and we get to choose whether we want to go down the Learner Path or the Judger Path. If at any time we find ourselves going to the Judger Pit, which is where the Judger Path takes us, we can change our questions to get ourselves on the Learner Path.
  • How mindset plays in to designing your business so that you can reclaim your life.
  • Geraldine explains how to move past an identity crisis in order to fulfill the role that we would like to be creating.
  • Dr. Sabrina discusses where fear comes from, and how the mindsets that are grounded in fear no longer serve us.
  • Same thinking = same results.
  • Where money leaks out of our business because of our mindset:
  • Accounts receivable over 90 days & various examples
  • How to have the awkward conversations
  • Tips for course-correcting boundary issues:
  • self awareness
  • observing the thoughts that go through your head
  • being curious with kindness
  • mindfulness that it’s happening
  • asking yourself what can you do differently the next time it happens
  • Observing the impact (to yourself and others) of not keeping boundaries can often be a motivator to do things differently next time.
  • How to meld bookkeeping, which, by nature, is historical, and coaching, which is looking forward.
  • Focusing on wins and successes: do more of what works!
  • Learning to systemize what works is where we really start to grow.

Links and Resources:

Apply for Tap the Potential’s Exclusive Small Group Coaching Program:

https://www.profitgift.com

https://www.tapthepotential.com

Connect with Geraldine!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shethinksbig/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/geraldine-carter/

Instagram: 12geraldine406

Opt-in Gift from Geraldine!

Books Mentioned:

The 5 Second Rule: Transform Your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage, by Mel Robbins

Change Your Questions, Change Your Life: 12 Powerful Tools for Leadership, Coaching, and Life, by Marilee Adams, Ph.D.

About The Author

Dr. Sabrina Starling, The Business Psychologist and international best-selling author of the How to Hire the Best series and The 4 Week Vacation™, is the founder of Tap the Potential and host of the Profit by Design podcast. At Tap the Potential, we work to free business owners from the constant demands of a growing business.

We believe work supports life, not the other way around. Clients in our Better Business, Better Life coaching program have more time for what matters most and more money in their bank account than they’ve ever had. Next, we send them off on a 4 Week Vacation™ to celebrate their hard-earned journey to take their life back!

Dr. Sabrina and her team at Tap the Potential are on a mission to change the story of entrepreneurship from one of long hours, grinding it out, to one of sustainably profitable businesses that support and enhance life. The Tap the Potential Solution™ and our Tap the Potential Family of Business Owners are disrupting small business as usual. We are on our way to making the Tap the Potential Solution™ the mainstream model for growing business.

By 2023, 150 Tap the Potential clients will have taken 4 Week Vacations. These are the trailblazers, role modeling what’s possible for entrepreneurs. In many entrepreneurial circles, it is becoming more and more common for one entrepreneur to ask another, “Have you taken a 4 Week Vacation™?” (as opposed to asking “How many employees do you have?” or “What is your annual revenue?”). Taking a fully unplugged 4 Week Vacation is rapidly becoming the recognized symbol of entrepreneurial success.

Never one to accept the status quo or back down from a challenge, Dr. Sabrina’s How to Hire the Best series grew from her desire to solve the toughest hiring challenges interfering with her clients’ growth and profitability. What sprang from her experience working with entrepreneurs in rural areas catapulted her into becoming the world’s leading expert in attracting top talent in small businesses—no matter what hiring challenges those businesses are facing—and earned Tap the Potential’s reputation as the go-to resource for entrepreneurs committed to creating Great Places to Work with thriving coaching cultures and highly engaged team members working from strengths.

As The Business Psychologist, and with her years of driving profit in small businesses, Dr. Sabrina knows what it takes to find, keep, and motivate exceptional performance out of your biggest investment—team members.