Business Break-Thru Blog

  • 19/07/2017 - Cindy Uhlir 0 Comments
    ​Breaking Thru the Darkness

    Thanksgiving of 2016 was the darkest day of my life. I was alone. My son was spending Thanksgiving with his dad. I ate Thanksgiving lunch by myself, and I tried to pretend it didn’t matter.


    At that moment, I was at my heaviest weight and had no idea how or plan to lose the weight, and, honestly, I did not have any real desire to lose the weight. Why should I? Who would care? I was on blood pressure medication and had just been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. I was in the depth of my own personal darkness with no idea how to break out, and I believed I could not get better and was destined to live with failing health and more medications to come. And, I was turning 61 the next day. I was miserable.

    Also, I looked around and my business was non-existent. I had taken a contract job as a temporary fix, and I had placed my own business, my own dream on a shelf. I was making money and keeping the lights on as a contractor, but I felt terrible physically and emotionally. The salary as a contractor was the only thing satisfying in my life. I had convinced myself that my life would be what it was. I was not convinced that I could really change my life, and I wasn’t sure I wanted to -- I was doing a good job of fooling myself and everyone around me that my life was good. Not only good, but also great; I was living a lie.

    What happened next was a critical reality check that changed my life forever. I got a text from someone who had been sending me messages on Facebook. I firmly believe that people come into your life for a reason. And, this person definitely appeared for a reason. During our conversation, he asked: “Don’t you miss being held and being a part of a relationship?” Not really sure why this question in particular was one to make me examine my life and business, but it did.

    Now you’re asking yourself – “What does that have to do with my business?” For some reason, this question awakened me like a brilliantly bright light breaking through the most impenetrable darkness. It awakened me not only to examine my personal life but also to examine my business life. I was awakened to re-envision my business and my life and, therefore, see my business and my life in a new way.

    While I was sitting on the couch responding to his messages, it became so clear to me that I was supposed to do something bigger with my life and my business. I was destined from that point to do bigger and better things!

    Everything in my life changed from that moment. I had been a person who ate starches and sweets all day long. I could not even stand the thought of putting those things in my body. I started working out and running again. I now run over to 20 miles a week. I am off all medication, and I have lost in excess of 50 lbs. More importantly I have Re-Envisioned my business and my life. I want to be the catalyst to help you Re-Envision your business and your life.

    Read More
  • 07/07/2017 - Cindy Uhlir 0 Comments
    Another Break-Thru

    Six broken ribs did not slow me down or deter me from re-envisioning my business and the trajectory of my business.


    Recovering from a fall that broke six ribs and that left both my body and ego bruised, gave me time to reflect on my own business as well as to reflect on areas in my own that tomorrow arrived and I ended up in the local Emergency Room, I was unprepared for my encounter with the "Cindy" I had ignored for weeks and months.

    Read More
  • a picture of cindy with one of her clients
    01/02/2017 - Cindy Uhlir 0 Comments
    Who Pushes you "One Step More"

    One of the greatest opportunities we have in life is our ability to connect with others. I would not be where I am today without some of the very special connections and people who had believed in me, often when I did not. This is where we really live our lives... is in making those connections that help us to grow as well as helping others to grow. We often overlook these connections and take them for granted when we should not.

    I have the excellent opportunity to be associated with a fantastic group of entrepreneurs who are also my close friends - We support and push each other to what we think are our limits then One Step More. It is the One Step More that makes the difference. It is that One Step More that really sets you apart from the crowd.

    For you to grow your business, you have to grow your life. For you to grow your life, you have to connect with others. You need a "One Step More Posse" a group of colleagues that hold you accountable and supports you through the rough times and the good times. Someone who will push you further than you are often willing to go. Someone who sees your success can hold that success for you when you cannot and understands what it takes to get you there. Someone who pushes you for that One Step More when you cannot. That does not let you give up.
    So who is your “"One Step More Posse"? Are they people that support you? If not you need to replace them with individuals who do. Someone who will push you the One Step More.
    For your Business Growth Strategies and to determine what your One Step More may be sure to contact:
    Cindy Uhlir Business Break-Thru
    - www.cindyuhlir.com

    Read More
  • 06/07/2016 - Cindy Uhlir 0 Comments
    3 Approaches to Gardening that work for Growing your Business

    I am an avid gardener as you can see from the pictures above. – the pictures above are taken on my deck. One of the challenges of gardening is dealing with what nature throws at you. But the reward is the beauty that you create. It is the same as running your business.

    You have to be ready to pivot – Just like growing a business you have to be willing to adjust at all times. I have been raising flowers on my back deck for several years and this year is the best so far. What I have learned over the years is how much water, fertilizer, etc. to use. I have tried a lot of different things some good results some bad but I always learned something.

    The same when growing your business. You have to be willing to course correct along the way. You have to be able to do something new and decide if you are obtaining the results you want then adjust accordingly.

    You have to have a system- I have several systems in my garden that allows it to grow and flourish. I have a drip irrigation which waters it for me. I have reminders in my calendar for fertilizing, spraying and other maintenance tasks.

    Having systems is paramount to having a growing business. And it lessens the dependence on you. You have to be confident that the business can go on without you for a period. You need to have indicators that show you what is happening and when you need to take action. If you haven’t put these in place, you have just given yourself a job.

    You have to be grateful and appreciate what you have done – One of the great things about gardening is you see your results. When you see the results, you cannot help but stop and be grateful.

    In business, you sometimes lose sight of how far you have come. You may become overwhelmed with the day to day and forget to look what you have accomplished. Take the time to be grateful, take the time to appreciate what you have done and to appreciate those who have helped you along the way.

    I would love to hear your comments on these ideas. Please let me know what you have done to grow your business or what you now see you may need to do.

    Read More
  • 09/05/2016 - Cindy Uhlir 0 Comments
    What is #Leadership?
    What a great question! When you ask that question to different people, you get different answers. Here is my take on what leadership and how it manifested in the work that we do.
    Read More
  • 29/12/2015 - Cindy Uhlir 0 Comments
    Your 2016 Break-Thru Business Model
    What is your break thru business model for 2016? How do you make 2016 your best year ever? If you knew you could not fail - how high would you be willing to set your goals? What is your dream?
    Read More
  • 22/12/2015 - Cindy Uhlir 0 Comments
    From "Always On" to "Space for Me"
    In a 24 hour world, how do we find time to be able to find "Space for Me?" A trend I would like to see for #Bigideas2016 is the finding "space for me" from being "always on." The onset of the digital devices has overtaken our lives where we have no down time. We are regularly called upon to answer, respond and continually provide service. We need to improve on creating space for ourselves.
    Read More
  • 15/12/2015 - Cindy Uhlir 0 Comments
    Put Your Own Oxygen Mask on First
    As a former road warrior, I use a lot of airplane references but not one rings truer to me than the safety instruction ....Put your oxygen mask on first...How many times do we just not do this. We continue to deplete our reserves until we become sick, depressed and lethargic. For your #Break-Thru Strategy, 2016 personal goals need to be an important element. Whether it is health, family connections, personal connections, vacations, etc. You need to include them and give them priority, not an if "I get around to it".
    Read More
  • 13/11/2015 - Cindy Uhlir 0 Comments
    What Problem do you Solve?
    As a business owner can you articulate the problem that you are solving for your customers? What is the value of your solution to that customer? Being able to articulate this is significant to your marketing efforts and results.
    Read More
  • 05/11/2015 - Cindy Uhlir 0 Comments
    Does Your Business Run Your Life?
    One day last week I called an Uber car to take me to pick up my son’s car from the dealership. Yes, I am such a good mom but that is an entirely different post. Regardless, we were talking about driving for Uber, and I asked her how she liked it. She was very excited about it; she said, “I love what I do, I have the freedom to do this as I want.”
    Read More

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  • 19/07/2017 - Cindy Uhlir 0 Comments
    ​Breaking Thru the Darkness

    Thanksgiving of 2016 was the darkest day of my life. I was alone. My son was spending Thanksgiving with his dad. I ate Thanksgiving lunch by myself, and I tried to pretend it didn’t matter.


    At that moment, I was at my heaviest weight and had no idea how or plan to lose the weight, and, honestly, I did not have any real desire to lose the weight. Why should I? Who would care? I was on blood pressure medication and had just been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. I was in the depth of my own personal darkness with no idea how to break out, and I believed I could not get better and was destined to live with failing health and more medications to come. And, I was turning 61 the next day. I was miserable.

    Also, I looked around and my business was non-existent. I had taken a contract job as a temporary fix, and I had placed my own business, my own dream on a shelf. I was making money and keeping the lights on as a contractor, but I felt terrible physically and emotionally. The salary as a contractor was the only thing satisfying in my life. I had convinced myself that my life would be what it was. I was not convinced that I could really change my life, and I wasn’t sure I wanted to -- I was doing a good job of fooling myself and everyone around me that my life was good. Not only good, but also great; I was living a lie.

    What happened next was a critical reality check that changed my life forever. I got a text from someone who had been sending me messages on Facebook. I firmly believe that people come into your life for a reason. And, this person definitely appeared for a reason. During our conversation, he asked: “Don’t you miss being held and being a part of a relationship?” Not really sure why this question in particular was one to make me examine my life and business, but it did.

    Now you’re asking yourself – “What does that have to do with my business?” For some reason, this question awakened me like a brilliantly bright light breaking through the most impenetrable darkness. It awakened me not only to examine my personal life but also to examine my business life. I was awakened to re-envision my business and my life and, therefore, see my business and my life in a new way.

    While I was sitting on the couch responding to his messages, it became so clear to me that I was supposed to do something bigger with my life and my business. I was destined from that point to do bigger and better things!

    Everything in my life changed from that moment. I had been a person who ate starches and sweets all day long. I could not even stand the thought of putting those things in my body. I started working out and running again. I now run over to 20 miles a week. I am off all medication, and I have lost in excess of 50 lbs. More importantly I have Re-Envisioned my business and my life. I want to be the catalyst to help you Re-Envision your business and your life.

    Read More
  • 07/07/2017 - Cindy Uhlir 0 Comments
    Another Break-Thru

    Six broken ribs did not slow me down or deter me from re-envisioning my business and the trajectory of my business.


    Recovering from a fall that broke six ribs and that left both my body and ego bruised, gave me time to reflect on my own business as well as to reflect on areas in my own that tomorrow arrived and I ended up in the local Emergency Room, I was unprepared for my encounter with the "Cindy" I had ignored for weeks and months.

    Read More
  • a picture of cindy with one of her clients
    01/02/2017 - Cindy Uhlir 0 Comments
    Who Pushes you "One Step More"

    One of the greatest opportunities we have in life is our ability to connect with others. I would not be where I am today without some of the very special connections and people who had believed in me, often when I did not. This is where we really live our lives... is in making those connections that help us to grow as well as helping others to grow. We often overlook these connections and take them for granted when we should not.

    I have the excellent opportunity to be associated with a fantastic group of entrepreneurs who are also my close friends - We support and push each other to what we think are our limits then One Step More. It is the One Step More that makes the difference. It is that One Step More that really sets you apart from the crowd.

    For you to grow your business, you have to grow your life. For you to grow your life, you have to connect with others. You need a "One Step More Posse" a group of colleagues that hold you accountable and supports you through the rough times and the good times. Someone who will push you further than you are often willing to go. Someone who sees your success can hold that success for you when you cannot and understands what it takes to get you there. Someone who pushes you for that One Step More when you cannot. That does not let you give up.
    So who is your “"One Step More Posse"? Are they people that support you? If not you need to replace them with individuals who do. Someone who will push you the One Step More.
    For your Business Growth Strategies and to determine what your One Step More may be sure to contact:
    Cindy Uhlir Business Break-Thru
    - www.cindyuhlir.com

    Read More
  • 06/07/2016 - Cindy Uhlir 0 Comments
    3 Approaches to Gardening that work for Growing your Business

    I am an avid gardener as you can see from the pictures above. – the pictures above are taken on my deck. One of the challenges of gardening is dealing with what nature throws at you. But the reward is the beauty that you create. It is the same as running your business.

    You have to be ready to pivot – Just like growing a business you have to be willing to adjust at all times. I have been raising flowers on my back deck for several years and this year is the best so far. What I have learned over the years is how much water, fertilizer, etc. to use. I have tried a lot of different things some good results some bad but I always learned something.

    The same when growing your business. You have to be willing to course correct along the way. You have to be able to do something new and decide if you are obtaining the results you want then adjust accordingly.

    You have to have a system- I have several systems in my garden that allows it to grow and flourish. I have a drip irrigation which waters it for me. I have reminders in my calendar for fertilizing, spraying and other maintenance tasks.

    Having systems is paramount to having a growing business. And it lessens the dependence on you. You have to be confident that the business can go on without you for a period. You need to have indicators that show you what is happening and when you need to take action. If you haven’t put these in place, you have just given yourself a job.

    You have to be grateful and appreciate what you have done – One of the great things about gardening is you see your results. When you see the results, you cannot help but stop and be grateful.

    In business, you sometimes lose sight of how far you have come. You may become overwhelmed with the day to day and forget to look what you have accomplished. Take the time to be grateful, take the time to appreciate what you have done and to appreciate those who have helped you along the way.

    I would love to hear your comments on these ideas. Please let me know what you have done to grow your business or what you now see you may need to do.

    Read More
  • 09/05/2016 - Cindy Uhlir 0 Comments
    What is #Leadership?
    What a great question! When you ask that question to different people, you get different answers. Here is my take on what leadership and how it manifested in the work that we do.
    Read More
  • 29/12/2015 - Cindy Uhlir 0 Comments
    Your 2016 Break-Thru Business Model
    What is your break thru business model for 2016? How do you make 2016 your best year ever? If you knew you could not fail - how high would you be willing to set your goals? What is your dream?
    Read More
  • 22/12/2015 - Cindy Uhlir 0 Comments
    From "Always On" to "Space for Me"
    In a 24 hour world, how do we find time to be able to find "Space for Me?" A trend I would like to see for #Bigideas2016 is the finding "space for me" from being "always on." The onset of the digital devices has overtaken our lives where we have no down time. We are regularly called upon to answer, respond and continually provide service. We need to improve on creating space for ourselves.
    Read More
  • 15/12/2015 - Cindy Uhlir 0 Comments
    Put Your Own Oxygen Mask on First
    As a former road warrior, I use a lot of airplane references but not one rings truer to me than the safety instruction ....Put your oxygen mask on first...How many times do we just not do this. We continue to deplete our reserves until we become sick, depressed and lethargic. For your #Break-Thru Strategy, 2016 personal goals need to be an important element. Whether it is health, family connections, personal connections, vacations, etc. You need to include them and give them priority, not an if "I get around to it".
    Read More
  • 13/11/2015 - Cindy Uhlir 0 Comments
    What Problem do you Solve?
    As a business owner can you articulate the problem that you are solving for your customers? What is the value of your solution to that customer? Being able to articulate this is significant to your marketing efforts and results.
    Read More
  • 05/11/2015 - Cindy Uhlir 0 Comments
    Does Your Business Run Your Life?
    One day last week I called an Uber car to take me to pick up my son’s car from the dealership. Yes, I am such a good mom but that is an entirely different post. Regardless, we were talking about driving for Uber, and I asked her how she liked it. She was very excited about it; she said, “I love what I do, I have the freedom to do this as I want.”
    Read More

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