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A Gift, From Me To You (Master Your Mindset)

I hope your week is off to a great start.

Hey, are you familiar with the Law of Circulation, as it relates to giving?

By Fabienne Fredrickson

Confessions From an Entrepreneur – The “Truth” About Taking Unplanned, Unexpected Time Off

You know those posts where someone talks about how “grateful” they are to be an entrepreneur and have the freedom and flexibility to drop everything for an emergency and have their business not miss a beat?

Yeah, they annoy me too.

They are especially annoying to me now as I begin to navigate the “new normal” and make my way back from the transition and passing of my mother.

It’s not that there isn’t some truth in what they’re saying, and I too am grateful I have systems in place and a team that can function at a very high level without me.

But, like I wrote last year about the “truth about working everywhere and anywhere” as an entrepreneur, it’s not the whole truth.

The whole truth is this — if you end up dropping nearly everything for 5 weeks unexpectedly (like I did) you’re going to get behind. (Unless, of course, you truly have set up your business so you don’t do anything at all except sit by the pool and count the money pouring in. But the vast majority of entrepreneurs I know do some sort of business work each week — even if it is only 3 or 4 days worth of work. And what’s being done on those 3 or 4 days isn’t going to suddenly magically disappear without some effort on your part.)

While yes, I did some work here and there, I ended up being more off than on — which means I am really, frickin’ behind right now.

So there are a few takeaways I wanted to share:

* After I finished being annoyed by all the “entrepreneur utopia” posts I saw cropping up (and, if I want to be really truthful — also feeling more than a little sorry for myself) I decided maybe I really was finally ready to make some changes to my productivity habits. Because another hard truth is I could have been more prepared business-wise — it’s not like it was a big secret she was sick. But between being partly in denial about just how sick she was, and not being as efficient as I could have been before everything really unraveled, I wasn’t as prepared for this as I could have been.

* Apparently the Universe also wanted me to change my productivity habits. Practically the moment I realized I actually was ready to change (instead of the dancing around with it I was doing earlier in the year) no less than 3 articles sharing tips on being more efficient and productive landed in my inbox. (Yes, it IS true that when the student is ready, the teacher will appear.)

* I took some time to start figuring out what my new habits were going to be and how my time was going to be structured.

I’m still in the implementation phase (which is going slowly simply because, I just so much more to get through than I normally do). So I’m learning patience and breathing into it and refusing to do what I normally do when I feel this overwhelmed and far behind — which is to get trapped in the “story” of how busy and overwhelmed I feel and make myself sick about it.

Instead, when the overwhelm feeling comes up, I breathe into it and feel it without the story about being overwhelmed (note — this feels super awful when you first do it so be prepared). In a few minutes, the feeling goes away and I go back to what I was doing before.

I’d love to hear any thoughts from you if you’ve ever found yourself taking an unplanned extended time off and how you got yourself caught up and back on track. And if you have any productivity tips to share, I’d love to hear them too.

Until next time.

By Michele Pariza Wacek (Michele PW)

This Dog Ate 62 Hair Ties

This is insane.

Tiki, a black labrador, ate 8 pairs of underwear, 62 hair ties, 4 rubber bands and a Band-Aid.

Holy consumption.

By Justin Krane

How to Stop Being Weighed Down by Money

Now this is a big topic, one that it takes me 3 days to cover at my signature event Money 2.0. But I’ve talked to so many people who are terrified about their money situations that I feel it’s important to address it. Believe me, I’ve been in the same boat.

By Monica Shah

Magic is Waiting For You Outside Your Comfort Zone

Greetings from Manhattan!

I’m hanging out with some truly amazing entrepreneurs on my Mindset Tour, sharing exactly what it takes to get out of one’s rut and play bigger.

By Fabienne Fredrickson

Never Ending Money Salad

You’re at a restaurant. You want to eat healthy and have a light meal.

You order one of those special fancy shmancy salads.

They bring your salad, and it is the size of outer Mongolia.

By Justin Krane

Are You Looking Up the Ladder?

I have been flying high for the past several days…

One of the things I put in my mind movie (basically a video vision board) many years ago is an image of me speaking in front of tens of thousands of people.

This week, it happened. Twice.

By Fabienne Fredrickson

How To Raise Your Rates (Free Template!)

You know your business is successful. You are getting plenty of clients, and you’re really enjoying the process of bringing them into your fold. But do you know how to tell when it’s time to raise your rates?

By Sophie Zollmann

What Are You Willing To Do To Win?

Are you an entrepreneur, a hobbyist or someone who has managed to create several jobs for themselves? The truthful answer to this question will 100% determine your future success.

Here’s why:

By Michele A Scism

An Easy, Free and Simple Way to Share Your Computer Screen

If you’ve been doing any kind of international training or coaching, you probably have skype installed on your computer. If you don’t have it, you can download it here:

By Karen Cappello

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