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Your essence energy is the energy that you exude when you are feeling empowered and strong. Karen Cappello explains that each person has their very own essence energy and that you can define yours.
You deserve to enjoy the benefits that come with being a leader. But sometimes it’s difficult to live up to the expectations of others. And the reality is that sometimes you’ll make mistakes. Eva Gregory shares tips on how to recover from leadership mistakes.
Avoiding traffic and working from home can be a major blessing. There are always two sides to a coin though. Finding ways to combat the challenges will make life-work balance come much easier! Marley Majcher shares 5 tips for work-life balance when working from home.
I’m a firm believer that inspiration happens outside the office. Implementation happens when you are sitting in front of your computer. So if you are looking for fresh new, creative ideas, a different perspective or a shift in energy as you create articles, blog posts or work on that digital product, you probably aren’t going to find it sitting there, staring at your computer screen.
Self-help can be a great thing. What could be better than attempting to better yourself and improving your lot in life? A junkie is someone that does something because it feels good, but that action doesn’t provide any benefit. Eva Gregory shares these 8 clues peg you as a self-help junkie.
The secret to building your ideal business and life is to get crystal clear on your core values and then to let them guide every decision you make and every action you take. Dana D'Orsi shares a few ways she typically helps people identify their core values.
Do you want to explore a new concept, idea or philosophy but you aren’t sure if it will fly? Do you have a great business idea but the energy is heavy and you know you want to move forward but it feels like you are walking in quicksand? I recommend using that age-old creative strategy: Experiment!
You know this, right? That it isn’t just marketing that will make you successful in business. If that were true, everyone would be a millionaire! For women, if our inner truth isn’t in alignment with the outer actions we’re being advised to take, we’re going to stay stuck in neutral, never getting ahead no matter how much or how often we step on the gas. Kendall SummerHawk shares her favorite mindsets to get you on track.
For business owners, creativity is not simply a luxury. It’s an essential survival skill. Once you understand the creative process, you can intentionally apply it, boosting your creativity and efficiency while strengthening your initiatives. As Marley Majcher explains, it boils down to these four stages.
Life is all about the learning experiences. Opportunities to enhance your knowledge and growth make life worth living. And a significant part of the growth process is introspection. Eva Gregory shares the benefits of introspection to help you make morally appropriate decisions.
If you have a special someone in your life (husband, partner, significant other) then surely, you look to them for support and encouragement on your entrepreneurial journey. And no matter how much they love you, likely, there are times when they question what in the heck it is you’re doing. So to help you out, Kendall SummerHawk has listed her best advice for YOU and for your mate, about how to handle these key moments that may come up between you two.
When you receive and accept feedback, or if you are providing the feedback, be sure to summarize, clarify and interpret what has been provided and then apply it for short- and long-term success. Dr. Laureen Wishom shares the do’s and don’ts for receiving and accepting feedback.
Planning is a very important part of my philosophy and something I am passionate about teaching to others. I firmly believe that to get anywhere in life you have to have an idea of where you want to go and take steps to get there. It’s part of my Vision, Goals, Focus, Action philosophy. I also believe that as we make the best decisions we can, with the information we have, our plans have a way of working out (or not working out as the case may be) in a way that is best.
Don’t despair – you’re not alone. Following are some truths that Michele Pariza Wacek's wants to share with you. You can hang on to these as you navigate, the sometimes, choppy waters of entrepreneurship.
It’s been well documented that highly successful people tend to make decisions quickly and they rarely change their minds. Do you have these traits – or do you struggle to make decisions and then waffle back and forth afterward? Having a decision making process to follow can be a faster and more effective alternative. Eva Gregory shares this proven process that has worked well for others and it can work for you, too.
Getting from where you are to where you want to be starts with knowing where you are going. This is your vision, your big picture of what you want. It’s not important that you know how to get there, it’s only important that you have a place to go.
Every now and then, you may ponder the complexities and maybe even some chaos in your life. You might struggle to figure out what’s next. Maybe you feel confused at times about which way to go. Have you thought about setting your life priorities to make your life easier? Eva Gregory shares some tips on establishing priorities to give you a clearer focus on how to allot your time.
If you have ever created a vision board and felt disappointed because you haven’t realized any of the visions you put down, it could be that you were lacking the correct inner desire to get the full belief you need to achieve your dreams. When it comes to the theory of conceive, believe, and achieve, why we want something is as important, or more important, than what we want.
Time management is always a hot topic in the business community. Since time management is really about planning, it seems like the first step to improved time management is to start talking about putting a strategic plan in place. That’s what time management comes down to anyway – knowing where you want to go and having a plan to get there.
Keeping a journal is a technique that can help you make improvements in your life. To some people, the ability to keep a journal comes natural, while others struggle with it. Eva Gregory shares journaling strategies to help bring all your self-improvement goals to fruition.
Aging is a process that we are all engaged in from the moment of our birth. As we move through our developmental stages, we see our aging through a variety of perspectives. In youth, we are often eager to accumulate years. But as we get older that changes and we wish that we could slow the process down. Paula Eder shares 5 timely tips to keep in mind as you journey through time.
Sometimes, the fear of failure makes you hesitant to try new things. Often, the most powerful feelings you’ve experienced are those that come after a perceived failure. The question of, “What if I fail again?” can hinder you in the future. Eva Gregory asks you to look at failure in a positive way instead of a negative one so that it can benefit you.
Although life can have challenging and heartbreaking moments, it can still be pretty great. While you’re working your way through the struggles, what can you do to ensure you live a high quality existence? Eva Gregory shares these strategies to enhance the quality of your life.
Have negative thoughts hindered your efforts to live, learn, and grow? Your personal beliefs about yourself and your life matter more than you realize. In fact, those beliefs become the very foundation upon which you build your life. Eva Gregory provides strategies to start thinking in a new direction.
Wouldn’t it be great if we could achieve success without really trying? Well, wishing for instant gratification is a set up for failure. Long-term goals are achieved by applying basic principles over time. Find out 4 things you can do to set yourself up for success instead.
Dr. Laureen Wishom shares 13 tips for overcoming fear that you can apply to your business growth. Which ones will you try?
Do you suffer from workaholic/perfectionism/superhero syndrome? As entrepreneurs and small business owners, one of our biggest challenges is balance. How much time to spend on our business? On our families? Ourselves? And how do we fit it all into the only 24 hours we have? Michele Pariza Wacek lists questions to ask yourself so that you can find out how balanced you are.
I want to introduce to what I refer to as the #1 Secret Success Ingredient: what I call energetic and personal responsibility. You see it can be so easy in this day and time that we live in to blame what is going on “out there” for what you don’t have.
When it comes to completing a job, task, or project, have you ever choked under the pressure and wondered if you would finish? If this has happened to you, you might have ended up feeling guilty and profoundly disappointed in your own abilities. Even though your desire for an end result is high, the difficulty level or time required to complete the task could make you want to give up. If you struggle to complete what you start, these strategies from Eva Gregory are for you.
Have you ever been called a control freak? Being a control freak isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In fact, every awesomely successful entrepreneur shares this characteristic. So why is it working for top entrepreneurs...but for you, the issue of control is likely causing you to play small? What is the secret to being an amazingly successful feminine entrepreneur...versus feeling like a crazy person for trying to handle everything yourself? Kendall SummerHawk shares her tips to help you get a positive result from this often misunderstood personality trait.
Just when I think I'm satisfied, when I think I’m settled in for a while and have all the pieces in place for my business, I get bit with a new idea. You see, I’ve been blessed with what some call that true entrepreneurial spirit.
Have you ever noticed the phenomenon that when someone else is complaining about something, that it just feels darn good to pipe in? And before you know it, you’ve spent the full hour commiserating and complaining. And while in the short term, it feels amazing, in the long-term you just stay in the same cycle of complaining. Many of you are surrounding yourself with family, friends and colleagues that are literally pulling you down. Monica Shah shares three keys to “playing up” in your business and your life so that you can make the next six months the best ones yet.
Having goals will help you achieve the life of your dreams. Some of life’s most satisfying experiences are those that involve staying focused on a goal until you achieve it. Yet you’ll likely experience times when, no matter how hard you try, you’re stymied by obstacles blocking the way. Eva Gregory shares some some typical blocks to goal achievement and how to navigate those obstacles.
If there’s anything that’s going to block your light, that’s going to dim that lighthouse beam from within you, it is your engagement with lower-level energies. And when we are talking about level energy we are talking about – Fear and Doubt. There’s nothing like fear to turn out the lights, and there’s nothing like doubt to put a damper on your energetic signal of attraction.
We all have goals. As business owners it is in our nature to strive for something, and goals are something that we are driven to achieve. If we didn’t have that kind of internal motivation, then owning a business would really be a terrible idea. Holly Chantal explains that if done right, your goals can become the driving force on your business that you want them to be. (And you can actually achieve them).
Every coach wants her business to succeed, but sometimes, no matter how many tools, strategies, and systems you employ, financial abundance remains elusive. Why? The answer often lies in your mindset. As a coach, you’re well familiar with the importance of mindset to success. And you’ve probably often read about the mindsets needed for success. But it’s not enough to intellectually understand them. You need to put them into practice! Kendall SummerHawk suggests starting with these 5 key mindsets.
When you’re asking people for advice and suggestions on a decision you’re making, do you remember to ask YOU? That is, do you remember to tune into your intuition and ask your Higher Self for input and guidance? Kelly Eckert suggests to consult your Self first and gather as much external advice as you think you need. But base your decision on that internal knowingness your Self gives you.
If something feels out of alignment for you, make sure you’re not giving in to a sabotaging fear. But if it’s a business survival fear—in other words, if you know that the plan risks destroying YOUR definition of success—then create a new visibility plan. Kelly Eckert shares these four steps to make sure you stay aligned with YOUR definition of success.
Consistent daily actions will get you the fastest results. It’s all about going to back to the basics and doing a few things on a daily basis that support your overall vision. You can apply these principles to any area of your life that you are trying to improve.
If there’s one thing just about every entrepreneur can relate to it is the big “O” – Overwhelm! You know the feeling. So much information, ideas and opportunities rushing through your brain that you feel like your head will explode. In order to stop the overwhelm, the first thing you need to do is diagnose the reasons for your own particular case of overwhelm. Cindy Schulson shares the causes and what actions you should take to overcome specific challenges.
The more you take responsibility for every single aspect of your life, the more every part of your life will improve at the same time. You cannot ever achieve big success without personal responsibility. It’s a topic that very few marketing teachers ever really talk about in depth, but it’s one that is crucial for success. Fabienne Fredrickson talks about taking personal responsibility for the results that you’re experiencing in your business.
Put simply, most of us see life from one of two perspectives: we either see life as fixed or we see it as fluid. Incredible things happen when we see life as fluid and we practice the principles of thriving on change for growth, success, and acceleration. Thriving on change is like that evolving process of changing from a caterpillar to a butterfly. The key is to welcome change rather than resist it. Change is inevitable. Dr. Laureen Wishom shares tips for thriving on change when change comes and overcoming obstacles to change so that you can begin to use those creative juices.
It’s a new year, ripe with possibilities. Resolutions are being set with the best of intentions. But how will you make next year the year you truly create change—the year you start your business, write your novel, run the half marathon, or whatever you dream of accomplishing? Here’s a tip you’re likely not seeing around on the Internet today: DITCH the resolutions and commit to IMPERFECT ACTION.
Goals can be tricky because women often slip into a space of "inner negotiating". You know this is happening to you when you find yourself thinking of a goal, then immediately down-sizing it because of fear of failing. Or, you might be the opposite type, creating big, lofty, visionary goals that are not specific enough to get you into purposeful action. Kendall SummerHawk will show you the simple steps to set goals that pull you forward and challenge you to s-t-r-e-t-c-h yourself into a new level of financial and spiritual success in your business!
The ability to see yourself where you want to be, and with kind of life you want, is a powerful tool in helping you realize your goals. Learn some ideas for implementing this exercise and see how your life can change!
Goals either light you up or make you groan, but either way, if you’re not taking control of setting goals then you’re letting things "just happen to you" and you’re running your business by default instead of by design. Energetically speaking, goal setting is a masculine activity, which is why women often approach creating goals unclear or in doubt as to how they’ll achieve them. Kendall SummerHawk shares her favorite goal setting secrets with you from both the masculine AND the feminine perspective. This way, you’re twice as likely to reach your goals than you would otherwise.
Do you have a hard time reaching your goals because you lose commitment in what you’re working toward? Find out what sets successful people apart and learn how you can commit to what you want for successful completion of your goals.
It’s December and you know what that means. Not only is it holiday mania but this is also the perfect time to get yourself ready for the New Year.
Many times along your Entrepreneurial journey you will be called to step up or uplevel to a whole new way of BEing in your business. During these times you may feel a lot of internal turmoil or all your “stuff” coming to the surface. You see, after you’ve raised your energy vibration a bit, it’s important to address any resistances or lower level energies that pop up so that you can continue along your upleveled path.
If you are a woman business owner or career professional, being the Best is important for several reasons. Being the Best will help you grow your business, it will enhance your career and allow you to have a better overall life. Dr. Laureen Wishom shares her three principles and 10.5 tips practiced by those who are the Best.
How do you decide which coach/mentor to work with? Picking a coach can be confusing and downright frustrating. Monica Shah provides questions you can ask that will make the decision process easier.
How do you start adding a practice of gratitude to your life? Here are 3 tips to get you started.
Have you ever wondered how some entrepreneurs always seem to create such big successes, while you are stuck “just paying the bills” or struggling to make ends meet?The secret that those entrepreneurs have tapped into is what I use and coach my students and clients to cultivate… a mindset of what I like to call, Being Considerably Huge™.
What drives and motivates all of us, every day? Values. For many formally trained coaches, a “values assessment” is one of the very first tools of the trade they learn to use with clients. Kendall SummerHawk explains that the most important part of the process is actually applying them to one’s life and business. You can assess and apply your values in some surprising – and potent – ways.
When you follow your heart, you inevitably find peace. Your path becomes clear. Choices becomes easy. Your direction becomes obvious. The key is getting back in touch with who you really are. Following your heart doesn’t mean doing whatever floats your boat. It means being deeply connected with your soul and higher purpose. So how do you do that?
Who actually wants coaching? Here’s the big secret. Here’s the truth. The shocking truth about coaching is that no-one wants it. There may not be a person on earth that actually wants coaching. They don’t want coaching, they want the results that coaching provides.
Do you have perseverance? Perseverance is defined by the online dictionary as “steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement.” It’s definitely a quality that an entrepreneur needs to possess in order to achieve long term success. Without perseverance it’s too easy to give up.
Some people collect dolls, figurines, or baseball cards. I collect people! There’s nothing I love more than meeting someone new with an amazing skill or talent and learning from them. That’s why I’m thrilled to announce my new book, “Trust Your Heart: Transform Your Ideas to Income” because I get to share with the world some of my favorite people and how they transformed their ideas into income.
In college basketball, the term, "Cinderella Story," is often used for the underdog who comes out of nowhere to win the prize. It is a romantic idea about rising from the ashes and winning the prince or prize. Ponder what it takes to win a championship or bring home a gold medal. Read on where I show you what it takes to WIN!
We are all being recruited all the time. Walk through the airport and you'll be recruited for credit cards. Visit church with a friend you'll be recruited to come back. Walk through the mall and Auntie Ann's will recruit you to have a pretzel sample. As human beings it is in our nature to recruit. Read on for more insight on being recruited.
You probably started your business because you were “good” at something and/or you had a big message or dream to change the world. You may have been drawn to certain aspects of owning your own business, like being your own boss, calling the shots, working when and where you wanted, etc. But you weren’t driven by the “business” part of it. You may not know how to plan or map out your finances so you tend to live in a very stressed out money place. So what do you do? Well, it’s time to take a good hard look at your business and make a decision once and for all how serious you want to be about it.
Hitting financial goals doesn’t have to be about sweat and long hours. Sometimes we are so focused on the end result that we forget that it’s really all about the journey. We think that in order for us to double or triple our earnings and hit our financial goals, we have to double or triple our time at the office – or do work once our kids go to bed and get up at 5:30am to check email. Instead of asking how much money you want to make, ask yourself how many people you want to help.
Kelly offers 3 steps to follow when you need to make a decision.
Confusion is something we experience much more often than we need to. Actually, I don’t think it’s something we *need* to experience at all. We accept confusion as a normal part of life, but it’s really an abnormal part of life that sounds the alarm to find clarity. Here is a 4-step process you can use to end confusion so you can find clarity, and make a decision.
Everyone is really catching on to how powerful this simple creative process can be. I love that - deceptively simple and deeply powerful. Here are a few of my favorite tips for creating a Vision Board.
How you stop procrastinating and start taking action will in great part depend on why you’re procrastinating in the first place. Not every “get it done” strategy will work for every procrastination situation. For example, “make it fun” might help you do the dishes, but it probably won’t help with delivering bad news to a loved one. Before you pick a “get it done” strategy, ask yourself why you are procrastinating on this particular thing.
You do create your reality. You can create as much abundance and prosperity as you desire. The Universe is filled with infinite abundance and you can tap into that, if that is in alignment with your innermost true desires. The most common way to get in touch with your Divine Self is through meditation. By meditating you quiet your ego mind and open yourself up to the Divine Self.
Did you ever noticed how some people make even the most difficult task look easy? The trapeze artist simply flies through the air with a gentle smile on her face. The musician makes heavenly sounds that make us laugh and cry. The teacher explains the most difficult concepts and we understand. I used to wonder, is it just practice, practice, practice?
Working as a solo entrepreneur can be an effective and profitable way to make a living. However, it can also be a lonely life. After all, there’s no one else to motivate you. You’re on your own. So here are some ways to make sure you’re on track all the time.
Just how committed are you, really, to making your business a success? If you want to make a success of your business it is going to take work. You’ve got to show up and work. You’ve got to make a plan and then work that plan.
Many of you struggle because you have too many ideas and you don’t know which ones to institute first, second, third. And you often start one project, only to get distracted. Then you start a second project, and a third. Here are some steps to help you ground all those ideas into a solid plan to have you work less and gain more.
There seem to be two types of people who buy Nike products: the people who naturally “just do it” and the people who wish they naturally just did it. If you’re part of the second group, you’ve probably discovered that wearing the swoosh has limited effect. It may get you out running for a few days, but the effect seems to wear off quickly after that. If you’re part of the second group you need more than just a swoosh to get you started. You need a tool that works. Kelly will share a very effective tool called if-then planning.
which one do you think you are? Committed or interested in growing your business? It actually does make a very big difference. Because getting to the bottom of that question reveals how badly you want success. So, are you committed or interested?
Whenever you have any long-term goal, the motivation to stick with it may ebb and flow over time. One day you’re excited to put in the work to achieve it, and the next day you may forget all about it and lose focus. This is totally normal – but losing the love of your goals can put them further and further ahead of you. If you want to get re-motivated you have to do more than focus. You have to fall in love with your goals and ignite your passion so you can move forward.
When was the last time you heard a great story? You know the kind… where you find yourself repeating it to someone else. You may have heard it in passing. It may have been a friend or colleague that told you something that just kind of stuck. But you find yourself telling your partner or a friend. Can you imagine what it would be like if every time you spoke, this happened? Can you imagine how it would affect your life and your business if your story touched people in this way?
It makes complete sense that entrepreneurship is so attractive to women right now. The traditional work model has never been a good fit for women, especially for those raising families, so for us, being able to custom-design a business that fits the lifestyle we want is the ultimate dream.
We always look at successful people and think their rise to the top must have happened overnight. They must have had the big vision, the perfect plan, and lined-up circumstances. But that is NEVER the truth!
People seem to have the misconception that only a select few are able to unleash a steady flow of creative genius. That’s not true at all. The fact is, creativity is very much like a muscle that needs to be exercised in order to consistently give out great results. If you don’t practice harnessing creative thinking, this skill will very much atrophy and become extinct. But keep working and this skill will soon come to you in a snap. So how do you unleash your creative thinking?
Does being in business mean more to you than just making money? Do you want to make a difference in the lives of others? (Do you want to change the world?) Do you want to know wild success while making a great living doing exactly what you love? If you answered YES to those questions you are probably a “soul” proprietor.
What keeps some people moving forward while others struggle at the starting line? Michelle shares how things have changed for her and how her goals and vision are becoming more clear.
When you’re building your own business, sometimes it feels like it’s all confusing and complicated and overwhelming. It feels like we need X or we need Y or Q or M to succeed. But really it’s a series of decisions followed by a heck of a lot of energy and work and emotion and determination. It’s really NOT rocket science.
It’s easy to stay in the status quo, especially in business. It is very, very tempting to just stick with doing the things that we have always done and doing them in the same way we have always done them. After all, things are going okay. However, staying in your comfort zone and refusing to expand your mind and your horizons can cause you and your business to fail.
You know, those moments when you experience complete comprehension, total memory, or supreme brilliance. The moment when your problems have solutions, when your worries disappear, and you have "the" plan? I'm talking about your own personal Aha moment or the point in time when you realized that you were just on the cusp of something major? Just close your eyes and think of how good it feels in that moment. Wouldn't it be cool to be able to bottle those moments?
Have you learned from the lessons that everyday life has tossed out? Do you look at what life has to offer as challenges, but approach them as opportunities? If so, I would wager that you do learn from your experiences. If on the other hand you are more apt to place blame on yourself or others, use excuses to explain a circumstance, or prefer to be a spectator in life, then you are probably missing out on some awesome opportunities!
Age is a funny thing, it's something that people want to speed up and slow down all within the span of a few years. As a child do you recall saying "I can't wait until I'm all grown up?" I'll bet that at some point in life you'll also become wistful for a younger age. No matter which side of the longing scale you're on, your age or lack thereof need not be a deterrent for accomplishing your goals.
There’s something amazing about how athletes always play full out until the very end. It doesn’t matter whether they are winning or losing – they play until the buzzer rings. This concept of the “final two minutes” is so important in your business. I see business owners giving up before the metaphorical buzzer all the time and walking away from golden opportunities for huge wins at the last minute.
What is stopping you from getting out there in a BIG way to get clients. What is the MOST you could see yourself making being self-employed? Most people have very LOW expectations on what can be made in self-employment. You can totally change that to create an income that is FAR beyond what you’ve ever thought attainable for yourself!
Is your business starting to feel like a drag? It happens to the best of us. You begin to get bored or stop seeing the results you once had – then you start finding ‘distractions’ to keep you from the tasks at hand – or perhaps start looking for jobs. You can keep the passion for your business burning brightly; maybe even hotter than it was when you first envisioned going into business for yourself!
What happens when we set our sights on something magnificent? It may seem unlikely but it is our true nature. It may seem ridiculous but it is our heart’s purpose. It may be entirely unsupported.
How’s your life going right now? If you had to rate it on a scale of 1 to 10, would it be an 8 or better? Are you laughing, smiling and happy, or frowning, sad and worried? It seems as though negativity and dissatisfaction is quite commonplace and a happy, positive, upbeat mood and lifestyle is rare. Doesn’t it make you wonder if you’re on top of life, because you’re successfully calling the shots, or life’s on top of you, stealing your happiness and satisfaction, making you follow where it decides to take you.
So you have had your honeymoon with your business and reality is settling in, now what? Are you feeling like your passion is now your prison and you are stuck?
Can you feel the power that is brewing? It is the power from within that is waiting to be organized, so that you can manifest all that you truly desire when it is unleashed. Since we know that it is when one's desire, belief, and self-esteem, the core of success, comes into alignment that anything is possible. And I do mean anything.
Take a deep breath, close your eyes and imagine how you’d respond to the following scenario: You’ve been told that you have only two weeks left to live. Now, after the shock wears off, what would you do next? How different would the next two weeks be compared to the way you’ve been living thus far? Would it be any different at all?
Love and Passion ... are two words that bring to mind deep feelings for something or someone. For instance, the type of feelings that begins in the pit of your stomach and radiate outward, exuding brilliance, warmth, and joy. Do these words represent how you feel about your job and or position in life?
Finding time to be as productive as possible means taking the first step many, many times, as you work on different projects and tasks. Whether it’s big or small, long-term or short-term, the toughest moment in any project or activity is taking the first actual action step.
Talk seems to be plentiful about "getting real" and "keeping it real" these days. But what exactly does that mean? One of the definitions of the word real is "being or occurring in fact or actuality; not imaginary or ideal." So basically, the talk is about dealing with what actually exists and not putting a happy spin on things. While it is definitely a good idea to know what is going on around you, being real is not the complete solution. Striving for your ideal, your passion, and your purpose -- is.
Those of us who have been in business for a while know that being an entrepreneur comes with seasons of our own. We have seasons of growth, renewal, rest, and change—and all are vital to our prosperity and happiness. As we enter a new season after a relaxing summer, it’s an opportune time to get charged up for a strong finish to the year. Below, some helpful tips on how to set yourself up for a productive and prosperous season ahead.
As a society we are often stuck in a rut. Not satisfied with our past and our present, but reluctant to step up to the plate and make the future what we desire. Too often this occurs because we don’t realize that we created the path we are on consciously or unconsciously. But nothing is written in stone. Change begins first with a thought, followed by a choice, which becomes an action.
Are you a pro at setting goals, but not quite the master at achieving them yet? You’re not alone. And fortunately, you’re not a lost cause either. Breaking your goals down into a few key elements could be the difference between all talk and all action. One way to remember these key elements is to think of your goals as SMART. Let me explain.
We’re all affected with the ‘Bright Shiny Object’ Syndrome in one way or another. The Information Age that we’re smack in the middle of sometimes offers almost TOO many things to work on. You may find yourself caught in the web of all the bright shiny opportunities you want to take advantage of. The problem is, these distract us, pull away our focus and dilute our efforts. How can you stay focused?
It’s said our purpose here on earth is to create, and I see achievement as simply stepping into our best creations. Whether it be making a million dollars, or making our most delicious batch of cupcakes ever, achievement inspires. It encourages us to keep bettering our best and also excites others to reach for the stars as well. One of the best things I ever did for myself, and my success, was to start keeping a success journal. It’s my secret tool to winning big.
Many studies have shown that persistence, more than talent, is the key to success. If you’re stuck in a rut, or find that your persistence is starting to wane, these three steps will help you to “press on”.
I’d like to tell you a story. It’s about a particular woman, it’s about every person. It’s about me and it’s about you. It is a story about our stories.
You’ve heard that what you focus on expands. But do you realize that your brain loves to collect evidence to support that story you are focused on? Whatever story (and we all have stories) runs through your mind, your brain actually works to collect evidence to support that story exactly.
What does it mean to break out of your comfort zone? It means challenging yourself by reaching outside your normal range of skills and activities. As we all know, leaving the cozy confines of your safety net can be an unsettling experience. It quickens your pulse and induces feelings of anxiety and nervousness. You are leaving a realm where you know exactly what to expect in order to go and face the unexpected. So, how do you break out of your comfort zone? Imagine there’s a door with a huge exit sign hovering over it. Now, in your mind’s eye, turn and face it.
How do you usually make a decision? Do you act impulsively, or overcomplicate? Knowing our personal quirks and decision drivers can help control irrationality and impulsiveness, which can then lead to better decisions in tough situations.
Not many marketing gurus out there talk to you about walking your talk. That said; it’s important to have your image fit what you do. Living your message makes all the difference in attracting clients. Your image is just as important as your marketing message and your claim in the marketplace.
Isn't it true that everyone has a goal? Some may dream of wealth, some of travel, some of dedicating their lives to service others, whatever the goal ... it is human nature to have something to "aim for." If you were asked, "How willing are you to take whatever steps necessary to achieve your personal and/or professional goals?" What would your answer be? Are you willing to change your perceptions, learn new things, and embrace new ideas? Are you willing to grow in order to grasp your brass ring?
One of the guest speakers at Brendan Buchard's 'Expert's Academy' was Brian Tracey. It was a real treat to see this man live, a real inspiration. I wrote down a ton of notes and some things that he said really resonated with me. But one thing that really stuck in my mind was when he said 'you become what you think about most of the time'.
Finding time to set goals for yourself creates two states of mind that can improve your life whether you achieve your objectives or not. They are “awareness” and “flexibility”. Today I’d like to focus on the link between setting goals and “flexibility”.
Owning a small business is one of the best self growth paths I know—after parenting! Some people call this acquiring the entrepreneurial mindset. It pushes us toward examining the personal roadblocks, habits or ways of thinking or doing that are keeping us stuck where we are.
What is your real purpose in life? You may find yourself looking around you and asking “Ok world, I am here, now what?" The first step is deciding who is looking back at you in the mirror. The key to a fulfilling life is attuning to who you truly are.
You've got big dreams. Ideas that are going to take your life in a complete one-eighty degree turn, right? You're raring to go except for one thing - how to get started. Such a life altering goal is going to require some major serious action, right? Or will it? A few small changes may be all you need.
Do you know what you truly desire to accomplish, obtain, or become in life? Not just a vague idea, but what you really want to do? Achieving goals is a step by step process, with making a decision about what to accomplish being just a part of the whole process itself. So how does one select the appropriate goal?
In business, worrying about finances, whether we will have enough clients and make enough money is like a massive fog that can stop us seeing the amazing view. Don't forget to look at the view.
Have you ever had one of those days when you are busy working on your business all day, but at the end of the day you feel like you've accomplished nothing? Do you need some strategies to get your day moving in the right direction?
Let me share with you my three-step process which will make all the difference between your plan just staying a plan and never meeting with success. I call this my Living Business Plan.
Now is the perfect time to make new plans, set new goals and dream BIG! Feel the positive, invigorating energy that surrounds you, this energy helps us let go of the old and stake a claim for the new. Now can also be a time when you ask yourself some important questions, like, “What is my greater purpose in this life? Am I living it? And do my goals and dreams support this purpose?”
In practice building (and getting clients) it seems to be that most self-employed people just hope for the best. They simply keep doing what they've been doing and don't have a strategy for creating the practice they'd be truly and deeply happy with. This is a big mistake in my opinion.
Before the start of a game and during a game its team members get together to huddle, to discuss strategy make a plan and determine execution. Business is not different. A successful business has the proper team assembled to carry out a business plan.
What’s new in your life? Are you one of those exceptionally perky people who make the average person cringe? You know who I mean, the person who has the permanent smile whether it’s morning, noon, or midnight, is high on life, just loves practically everything, and can put a positive spin on anything that life dishes out? Are you the person everyone loves to hate, but secretly envies? Yes, they really do envy you because perky people generally always have new experiences, new ideas, or new adventures seemingly just waiting in the wings. Why? Because you have those attraction principles constantly kicked up into high gear. If you’re not a member of the perky club, here’s a question for you.
Let's face it: being self-employed, our businesses are fundamentally a reflection of every part of us. It's not like working for a corporation where you don't really control the outcome of the business unless you're at the top. Who you and I "are" as people literally affects our businesses, every day, every minute, every second, with every breath.
I had this delusion that there was a finish line in business. I had thought that I would hustle, build my reputation, fill my practice, fill my bank account, and watch it start to go on auto pilot. I've learned there is no such thing as "making it" and that your business is a journey.
The power of intention really works.
Have you ever been stuck on a project and convinced that you’re NOT making excuses? You really feel like you need to do another week of research or think about your plan a little more? I see this happen when a client has an “a-ha” moment, but can’t get around to taking action. Or another client won’t let go of their pet project and gets stuck instead in an obsessive state of revisions and re-revisions. According to Eric Maisel -- a creativity coach based in the Bay Area -- anxiety is most likely the culprit. Become aware of your anxiety triggers.
How do you put more cash in your pockets? Focus on those activities that generate revenue. So what is a revenue-generating activity?
I love the emails, cards, and phone calls from so many of you saying that you want to be fearless. You want to share your story, build the business, leave your spouse, buy the house, or leave the job. But, you're scared. I am too. Read on to discover how I overcome my fear.
When I first started my company, I was on a high. I had left my corporate job, was working for myself and doing what I loved. I stopped going against my own inner current and instead began to swim with it. With each new client, life became easier and much more fun. After a few months, I was totally addicted to my "high". I wasn't prepared for what came next, that inevitable low.
Many people have massive doubt about their ability to do something really big in this world, including myself up until recently. They wonder whether they have what it takes or whether they're "good enough." So what do you do with all the emotions that arise when you take a great big leap of faith and step into your purpose?
As entrepreneurs, we wear many hats, juggle many balls, and any other crazy-busy metaphor you can come up with. You write website copy and ezine articles, work with clients, speaking, design new programs, create a product, hire people, fire people, bookkeeping, professional development... Even when you aren’t doing it all and you have a team, you still have to manage them as well as do the creative work of your business. With all these tasks and things pulling at you, it creates scattered energy. Your energy is here.... and here.... and over here. What you need is focused energy. With focused energy, you get focused results. So how do you keep your energy from being scattered everywhere?
I was asked a really interesting question while being interviewed the other day. How did you know when it was time to make a change in your business?
Sometimes, despite the stellar marketing plans, our "positive thinking", our resolve, our determination and manifesting, we have doubts about whether we can really "do" this. Let's admit it. Sometimes fear steps in anyway, despite our best intentions. The inner doubt begins to take over and we wonder if it's really going to "happen".
Let’s face it. . .the world’s crazy. No matter how much you do, it seems as if there’s another avalanche ready to bury you and you’re constantly running, running, running to stay ahead or even to keep up. And that’s just for your business – add in personal stuff and it’s understandable why you want to put your head under a pillow some mornings. So how do you get things done, not just any old “things”, but the right things?
Do you have someone that you look up to? Is this someone that you would like to emulate? Someone that you feel has achieved the type of success that you would one day like to achieve? What if that person wanted to take you by the hand and show you the ropes, the steps that he/she took to get where they are? Well, if they did, you'd be mentored. Mentoring is the key to big-time success. The way that shortcuts are learned about, potential mistakes are avoided, and many contacts are made. So how does one find a mentor?
You know the feeling ... you want so much to move forward on a project, but somehow, you just can't budge. Frustration mounts and time passes. Wouldn't you LOVE to step beyond stuck?
When a whole lot of things are not going your way, it can be quite difficult to find a bit of optimism, seemingly impossible, in fact. But hold on, do you remember the old "is the glass half-empty, or half-full" adage? Well, it serves a dual purpose.
Are YOU caught in a scarcity trap without even knowing it? Here’s a quick quiz to find out.
After sharing my personal "Video Vision Board" with my more than 10,000 readers last year, I received a lot of comments and questions. One of the ones that stood out the most for me was this one: "Hey Fabienne, just watched the You Tube video. It's awesome. I'm not sure what it is that keeps me from living in the music of possibility. I keep holding myself to something small like "Hoping for another client this month." And here you are on Oprah and making videos with Bono. So cool!! What do I need to drop in order to step in to 'YES' and let go of 'HUH?'."
If you’re a sensitive, caring entrepreneur then you’re likely to face a situation with a client that I call, “Emotional Money Dumping.” This is where your client’s money issues suddenly become yours, leaving you feeling responsible, guilty or stuck. Let me share with you my ONE most powerful strategy for preventing Emotional Money Dumping from happening to you, including a word-for-word script you can use to ease the situation with love, caring and compassion.
One of the most misunderstood strategies of attraction is surrendering into your current reality. The topic typically comes up when you decide you want to upgrade one aspect of your life and yet you’re stuck facing a reality that you don’t love. What to do, what to do?
It’s funny how often I have tricked myself into thinking that I have a certain end result in mind but upon further examination, I notice that I’m really committed to something else. For instance, in the past I’d tell myself that I wanted to create a certain amount of income a month. Yet, month after month I wouldn’t hit my target.
I was recently a presenter at a Telesummit and even though I had a specific topic to present on the hosts thought it would be useful if I shared my biggest challenges and mistakes in running my online business. It was such a thought-provoking question that I decided to share that information in this article. Read on for my 5 biggest challenges and mistakes as a solopreneur.
Regardless of the way money is circulating in a country at any given time, there are people who thrive and enjoy their lives and people who struggle and suffer. If you’re not attracting what you want—and also enjoying the process, it may be time to adjust your dial.
I know what it's like to think that the lifestyle I want is out of reach. Just 10 years ago, I would lie on my bed in my tiny 400-square-foot studio apartment and flip through magazines, wishing I could have the luxurious lifestyles I read about.
You may have a dream of being on Oprah, for example, to share the message only YOU can share, and to give exposure to your book or business. You love the idea of it, you imagine yourself on her yellow leather sofa, talking to her and her live studio audience. You may even be able to feel the warmth of the studio lamps and the nervous feeling you would have in the pit of your stomach. Perhaps what you'll be wearing and what she'll say to you. Your imagination is strong about what it would actually BE like once you're there. And it feels great. But then it all stops. Your imagination shuts down once you try to think about HOW.
Part of what you signed on for when you started a small business was calculated risk-taking and moving outside your comfort zone. A client once asked when she’d get to the point where it would be easy and she could just operate her business on autopilot and just sort of float. When I told her never, she was shocked.
There are many skills it takes to grow, sustain, and build a business. Everything from marketing, mindset, and math has to be in play to make real money and a real difference. All of the education, time, and money you have put into growing your business won't much matter if you don't embody this - tenacity!
Many businesses fail within the first five years. One of the main reasons for failure is lack of planning, which results in an inability to achieve business goals. In fact, many business owners simply fail to plan their business goals. Setting goals is an important step in the process of starting and running your business.
Let’s face it—the world is not a perfect place. The economy is still in intensive care, crime rates are high, the health care reform bill is worrying millions, and we live on a planet that is heating up. But hang on a minute, the world has always been plagued by worries, woes, and doom and gloom merchants. Is it really all that bad now?
Have you ever found yourself bored with life, of the “same ol" thing, or the repetition of a job that just does not make your engine rev? Did you know that there are many people plagued with the same challenge? The quest for how to make life more exciting. Surprisingly, the same answer works for those looking for a bit of a change in life, and for those looking to safeguard their lifestyle, in a word – diversity.
Here are three simple ways you can transform feelings of jealousy or envy so that you attract more money into your life. I suggest reading these tips even if you rarely feel envy’s burn in your heart. You’ll be surprised at how subtle this green eyed monster can be in trying to rob you of the gifts of peace and freedom…and prevent you from healing your relationship with money so that more of the GOOD green flows into your life.
List building takes more than mere mechanics. Here are my personal secrets that will help YOU break through any energetic roadblocks you may be having, that are preventing your list from growing quickly and responding positively to your offers.
The power and force of optimism can never be underestimated. In fact, your personal development and growth over your lifetime depends upon it.
What if you could obtain the tools to revitalize your life? It's simpler than you think. Learn these 3 tips from Executive Coach, Marshall Goldsmith's, bestselling "Mojo" and get off to a strong start.
Whether you’re aware of it or not, every woman has her own “money cycle.” If you’re NOT aware of what your cycle is, you can end up feeling at the mercy of “having more month than you have money” or feeling frustrated and cranky as to why money seems to flow in and out of your life without any real predictability.
Women entrepreneurs secretly harbor a lot of pain, shame and blame about money. To the outside world they claim they want to make more, but secretly, in the privacy of their thoughts they feel the darkness of their money shadow side. Here’s what I did to shine a light on the shadow side of money. Try these tips for yourself and you’ll quickly find yourself healing some old money wounds and feeling more at peace with money…and making more of it!
Do you know that you have the power to succeed at everything you do right now, this minute? Are you surprised? Your thoughts control the actions that create your successes or failures. So if your thoughts are the foundation for success, if we spend some time focusing on the type of thoughts that are typically manifested and the ones that create success, you'll have the tools necessary for self-empowerment.
What are you asking for? When you go to a drive-thru (for me Starbucks - thank you! ) do you say give me what you want me to have or I'll take maybe a this or maybe a that. Nope! And if you did, who the heck knows what you would get later? You think it through, decide, ask, and it is given. Same with your business and success!
Hands down... bigger is better. No, not always. Not in the gas guzzling SUV sort of way. But when we're talking about the super-fly thoughts that are traveling through your mind, yes bigger is better.
I don’t hide the fact that I believe that marketing your business takes more than just going through the motions. If all it took was “just taking action” more women would be successful entrepreneurs. The reason more woman are NOT successful is because they don’t understand one simple secret that is so powerful, it can make the difference between having a successful business…or being forced to go out of business. The secret is simple...
What if you could ditch the stress while still moving forward? These 3 easy steps to realign your goals can work wonders!
Do you remember your childhood dreams of career choices, the man/woman of your dreams, or the prized sports car? Did you replace them with new dreams as you got older as most people do? Have you attained your dreams? If not, why?
The title of today's article sounds a bit like an oxymoron -- after all, leverage is that thing we all strive for in business. . .how can it possibly become a liability?
This may SHOCK you (I know it did me) but many women fear making more money. This fear may not “make sense” or seem logical, but it feels real, which means it must be released in order to move forward powerfully in both your life AND your business. Here are three strategies for releasing any fear, doubt or concern you may be secretly harboring about becoming richer.
Are YOU guilty of pushing money away from you? Here are three quick tips to make sure you’re sending the right message, aligning your energy with the right actions, and making the most of the opportunities that are right in front of you.
While many fears, like a fear of heights or of fire, are designed to save our lives, other fears can hold you back and prevent you from achieving (and enjoying) success. In extreme cases, fear of failure, change, or risks can have a debilitating effect on your business, too. Your company could get stuck in a rut, because you're unwilling to try something new or face a challenge head-on. Here's how to overcome fear and unleash the courageous spirit within.
Have you been in business for a few years and suddenly you aren't feeling the love? What do you do? Chuck it all and move to the Caribbean? (You probably would have done that if you could!) Here are 5 ideas for how to infuse new life in your business and discover what’s next – and, at the same time, fall back in love with your business.
What if you could avoid that over-full feeling that comes with too many goals and not enough time? These 5 questions will help you pace yourself for success.
Are you clear why you are in business? If you have been struggling with your business or making money (even a little) knowing and owning your legacy will set you free.
I recently spent an incredibly exciting intensive day with a client. She is one of those people that knows when to lead and when to follow. The reason she has been so successful in life and will be in her new business is because she is so open, willing, and hungry to learn, as well as apply. Do you know you need to be a follower in your business?
I often get told that someone is waiting to start their business or one of my programs or make a change when the time is right. Without being disrespectful, it is laughable - the right time is now!
It happens to all of us small business owners. Things are hopping along in our businesses: we are growing our lists, increasing our visibility and attracting new clients, and then suddenly… BAM! The gremlin inside you starts whispering sweet nothings, accompanied by a dull ache in your stomach or a tightening of your throat. Everyone, business owner or not, has some versions of this destructive self-talk. Here are seven tools for creating awareness and shifting your energy quickly.
Money is the thing that the majority of the population craves, but most people feel they don't have enough of. Why is that? Since we know how strong the powers of attraction are, and that like attracts like, the answer lies in the perception "but most people feel they don't have enough of."
Did you know that the Law of Attraction works perfectly every time? It’s a perfect match for wherever focus is being held – whether knowingly or subconsciously. Think about your lousy day as you’re drifting off to sleep at night and your day may revisit you through your dreams, or your bad experiences could persist the next day too. But it’s even more powerful than just what is happening in the present.
You can learn all the tips and tricks about how to make money, but if you don’t think and feel wealthy, you’ll be stuck in a rut forever. So you need to think rich, feel rich, and take action to become rich to obtain rich results. To help you start thinking and feeling wealthy, here are seven mantras I say to myself and share with my clients.
Having coached hundreds of small and solo business owners over the years, I’ve noticed certain roadblocks that can slowdown or stop a once enthusiastic start up from building a successful business and the life they dream about. So how do you succeed in your business without giving up when things get difficult?
Here are five creative planning tips for joyful success.
Are you are ready to embrace next year with a vengeance? Are you ready to set your intentions, and put the Laws of Attraction to use in the coming year? If so, the best way to bring in the New Year is by being prepared, by taking stock of all that happened last year. Ask yourself, how did the previous year measure up for you? Did you set your goals and watch them materialize? Did you have a few obstacles get in your path? What were some of your challenges and successes?
When you love what you do so much your sides could split, money comes easy. I know some of you are already discounting this after just my first sentence. When you love what you do.... when you wake up every day feeling like if you didn't do it then it would be criminal, then you figure out, learn, and do whatever it takes.
It just feels natural at the beginning of each year to reevaluate where you are in your life and in your business, especially since as a small business owner, the two are inseparable.
Every year millions of us diligently work on our New Year's Goals or Resolutions, determined that this year will be *THE* year, somehow different from all the rest which preceded it.And yet within a week, maybe two or three, reality sets in. We're the same people we were before midnight on January 1st and, likely have the same habits - good and bad. So how do we create results and not simply resolutions?
You’re a passion-based entrepreneur, which means you’ve created a business you love, that feeds your soul, fuels your passion, and gives life to your purpose. And for that business to be viable – to *really* make a difference – it – and you – needs to be profitable. What most entrepreneurs don’t understand is that there are revenue plateaus. You reach a certain level. You stay at that level. Here are some of the revenue levels, as well as their breakthrough points. What level do you want to achieve?
If you’re feeling like you can’t handle more growth it’s likely because you’re carrying around excess baggage, which means it’s time to do one of my favorite activities: let go to grow. So, to help you out, here’s a quick checklist of what you MUST let go of to grow.
How did you know when it was time to make a change in your business?. Here are a few clues...
To win in the game of business you have to be willing to change strategies, a lesson that I have learned in my own business over the past three years. Let me share with you five tips on how you can change your strategy today.
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what you have into enough and more than enough. Let me share with you a bit about what I mean... Gratitude turns denial into acceptance. Gratitude turns chaos into order. Gratitude turns confusion to clarity. Gratitude can turn a lack of clients into an abundance of clients.
Many people just assume that effective and successful people always set goals. If this is an assumption that you have made, please put it aside for a moment. Consider how such an assumption might sabotage your ability to realize your dreams. Too many people who set goals and begin to work on them do not complete them. For example, those who make New Year’s Resolutions – which are goals – often never attain them.
The #1 reason businesses fail is people stop - yep-stop. Read on for a few tips to stay in the game, even when you would rather throw in the towel!
In business, there needs to be a systematic way to grow your income and your money mountain. Before you start creating, developing, and running the marketing rat race, slow down and start here!
Read on for five must haves to make sure you are a wealth conscious entrepreneur and not just a hobbyist.
Are you planning your big breakout year right now? Waiting for the holidays to subside before you go big with your plans? Think January is when it’s all going to fall into place? NOW is the time to set the vision for your next move… and I don’t care what month of the year you’re reading this in. NOW is the time to set the vision for your success and impact.
Let me share with you 3 key tips that will help you achieve your goals so you can fulfill your desire to have a financially and spiritually successful business, even when fear tries to capture you in its grip.
Have you ever embarked on a long car journey, and suddenly realized that you have no idea where you are going? You drift, you meander, and you can’t figure out how to reach your final destination. Running a business without a strategic plan is like getting lost on a road trip. Your business fortunes should not be left to chance.
If you struggle with never seeming to have enough money, even when you’re making more, then I trust you’ll find these 3 tips illuminate what’s REALLY at the bottom of this pesky issue.
So you’ve been studying law of attraction. Reading the books, watching the videos, and going to the workshops. Still, you want to know why isn’t it working for YOU
If you’re serious about achieving the goodies of success: money, respect, freedom, happiness then let me share with you 3 quick tips for handling those moments when it feels like your plans are being threatened.
When I'm looking at making changes in my life or business, one of the biggest indicators of where I need to go next is my level of discomfort. I've come to learn over the years that those things that scare me the most are the things that I need to pay attention to. My biggest gifts always come from me stepping into something that I'm afraid of or resisting for some reason.
If you are rich, how you think and feel about money is even more important than how you earn it. But if you don't think and feel wealthy, then you'll never get to that point. You need to think rich, feel rich, and take action to achieve the lifestyle you want and to able to support the causes (and people) you care about. Here are seven mantras that can help you start on the road to riches.
Most of you want to ride the big wave and launch yourselves in a huge way, but it just feels too hard or too soon. You might be ready to jump in if you had your "life vests" in place...
When change comes, let the fear rise up. Let the fear soak in. Embrace it. Spend a few minutes trying to understand it and then move. Read on for my plan and tips for you...
90% of our daily activities are solely based on our faith and belief. If we had no faith, we wouldn't even be able to get out of bed in the morning. Faith fuels our very being; yet when it come to getting clients and building our business it seems that there is a faith shortage. Read on for four tips on how you can build your business on faith.
I share this information with you knowing that is it not the happy marketing pill magic that most people want to hear, but it is the truth and it has been on my heart and I have a sacred contract to always bring you the truth...
Our income, our environment, and our business are all based in choices. You can turn your environment, and thus your income, around just as quickly as you turn a light switch on or off. Try these quick tips in this article.
It is the most extraordinary experience I have with my clients and colleagues... watching how and when they stop. I see it over and over again... Temporary Defeat = I Quit. Read on to discover why you should never quit!
Have you ever driven with someone who turns their head to talk WHILE driving? It can be scary. I see helpingpreneurs do this in business all the time. They look left and right to see what everyone else is doing. So here are a few pointers to keep you from judging and comparing yourself, so that the BEST you and the AUTHENTIC you is always present.
How you support your clients is KEY to keeping them with you and them telling others to work with you. Here are some quick tips to support your clients authentically and fully!
Let me just spill the beans for you... business success has almost nothing to do with business know-how and everything to do with mindset. Read on to find out more.
The most authentic marketing strategy and the authentic approach to attracting clients is embracing our intuition and trusting ourselves to know the path. If you feel stumped in growing your business or frustrated with what you should be doing go back to the basics and embrace your inner marketing voice.
We live in an abundant universe. All the resources, support, and direction we need is all around. Failure is not an option in creating and growing your business. The economy of love in your business is what you can share with those you want to help, heal, support, inspire, and serve.
YOU are a gift. A gift to share with others. And if you are standing knee deep in your own worry, fear, self-pity or disappointment, then you are not living your highest purpose. It breaks my heart when I get emails/calls from people who are bursting with possibility and purpose, yet they can't make the quantum leap. Their reasons are always the same....
Blocked energy is, in essence, when you want to move forward in an area in your business, but you find yourself feeling stuck. It's a sign that there is a HUGE opportunity waiting for you! Remember, YOU are in charge of your business, NOT the other way around.
Investing in yourself is the key to a successful business. A car cannot run without gas, a stock cannot rise without being purchased and a business cannot run without investment fuel. But how do you determine the best investment for your business? Read on...
Most businesspeople present themselves as who they want to be instead of who they really are. Now, I believe in thinking big, but not at the expense of being true to ourselves. When we start off in business, we often have visions of who we think we need to be in order to please (or convince) our clients or customers.
If you desire to break into six figures and you haven’t reached it yet, (or you’re already in six figures and you’re frustrated, trying to double that) chances are good that you may be struggling with a few sneaky little self-sabotage mistakes that are keeping you from surging ahead with your income.
One of my favorite phrases is: "The Universe is always handing you the next steps for your business." Now you may think that this only refers to gifts: a new client out of the blue, a great connection, money in the mail. This is all true and absolutely possible (especially as an EnergyRICH® Entrepreneur), but honestly, what I'm really talking about are the problems that pop up.
As your business grows and you experience more success it becomes increasingly important to pay attention to your 5 Types of Energy to maintain the growth and also to enjoy the journey. Your energy is your #1 most important resource when it comes to growing your business. It's more important than money, ideas and, yes, even time. You see, if your energy is depleted, you'll never follow through, no matter how great the idea, how much money you can throw at it or even if you have plenty of time available.
Usually, when it comes to attaining our goals and seeing our dreams come true, we have set a timeline or, at least, have one in mind. That is a good thing. It keeps us focused, motivated. It is tangible; it is binary, measurable: have I been, done, reached such-and-such? Yes or no...
Close your eyes. Imagine that everything you desire is just a wish away. All you have to do is close your eyes, focus your thoughts and ask your genie to make your wishes, dreams, or goals come true.
I suppose that you would question me if I affirmed that there is enough abundance to go around - right? Why is that?
Self-sabotage is a term used when someone is blocking themselves from achieving their ultimate goal. Does the definition of this term ring true for you? Or have you never considered that the obstacle in your path could be...you?
Remember when you were young and played “pretend”? You could be anything that you wanted to be, there were no boundaries or obstacles. Do you recall the fun that you had being free to decide your path? It was fun wasn’t it? If so, why did you stop? Perhaps because it was time to “grow up” and be responsible? How limiting! Guess what, now’s the time to begin embracing your childhood again.
A lot of spiritually oriented coaches, consultants and healers struggle with how to handle some of the messier money situations that often crop up in their businesses.
Have you ever felt down after chatting with a friend or coworker? You may have felt fine before the conversation, but now, after hearing them complain about the weather, the economy, and a demanding neighbor or mother-in-law, you're starting to feel kind of cranky yourself, as if their negativity were somehow contagious.
We are constantly inundated about our "down" economy so it is not surprising that so many people are relating to the world right now as scary and unsettled, causing them in reaction to hold tightly to their resources, which only perpetuates the concerns with the economy. There is this crisis-oriented economy--and then there is our own economy and what we choose to create.
Whether you're wracking your brain trying to solve a business issue or deciding how to expand the company, there's a simple, time-tested concept that can help your business achieve its full potential. It's called Imagineering®.
Have you ever wondered why one of your business programs takes off like wildfire, while another one falls flat? Why some partnerships flourish, and others fizzle? How do you get yourself and your small business aligned and "in the flow"?
Last evening, after crowning American’s Next Drag Super Star, a lovely queen from Cameroon (who said she started doing drag when she got to the airport in this country), they brought all of the contestants back for a Roundup session. The lovely ladies got to dish and share their experiences of being on the show.
Most business coaches don't go near talking about fears and doubts, but my experience has shown me these lower level energies are extremely crucial to address if you are serious about being an EnergyRICH® Entrepreneur.
In addition to the Law of Attraction, there are other lesser know, yet powerful laws to be considered when traveling upon your path.
We each have an inner guide, that voice that has the right answer but is sometimes overlooked. Our inner guides are always with us, but often muted. Later when it is realized that the voice, intuition, or instinct should have been heeded once it's too late to correct the initial decision. But we are at choice at every moment! Sounds a little hard to believe, right?
How does time get away from you, and how do you feel about it? What if your values were so clear, that you could live by your priorities and love the results? Want to start today? Learn how to create a Values Journal that simplifies your time choices.
One of the best investments you can make in your business is in your continuous learning, by attending events, as well as investing in high-quality education products and programs. Part of my own marketing budget is dedicated solely to my learning (and believe me, it's hard to keep the lid on it!). So, are you thinking maybe you'll attend a live event in your niche? Here are some specific reasons why you should.
Every day you are faced with making decisions in your business. You are looking over your year and planning the next program you want to offer your clients. Do I launch it in this month or that month? Do I support it with this marketing strategy or do I use that one? Which virtual assistant do I hire? We search for information, ideas and resources outside of us and then at some point you have to bring it inside and make your own decision. This is where a well developed sense of your intuition to support your decisions is critical to your success. Here are 7 steps to help you hone your intuitive sense.
I remember six years ago making a decision that would change my life and business forever. I decided to travel across the country to attend a marketing seminar. Here are 5 reasons attending live events is one of the BEST ways to leapfrog your business forward.
Have you achieved the level of success that you desire? If the success that you envision has been elusive, perhaps the answer is not your goal, but your thoughts pertaining to your goal.
Deep within your being is your higher self. It is the creative force within you that's responsible for bringing abundance into your life. It does not know of any bounds and cannot be contained. It is boundless and eternal. Within this higher self is the spark of thought and creation. This is where our desires are born. How this desire is released and in what form is totally up to you.
Imagine for a moment that you are Aladdin. You just found the magic lamp and rub it. The genie comes out and says: "You have three wishes." What would you have wished for?
Stephen R. Covey states in his book "7 Habits of Highly Effective People" that you must begin with the end in mind. What does that mean? It means that you must first establish a goal or a dream. Once you have this goal, you must envision yourself existing in that goal in the future. You must be able to see, feel, hear, taste, and smell it. You must be able to close your eyes and be there, in that moment in the future, to truly be able to step on the path that will take you there.
As a solo entrepreneur, your mindset and energy are the most important resources in growing and running your business. If you are thinking small, feeling doubtful or you don't have energy behind your programs and services, then your growth will be small -if you grow at all. In fact, creating programs and new services when you are thinking small or are mired in limiting beliefs is a sure way to create the very thing you are worried about - failure! It's vital to your success that you create from abundance. Here's an example of what I mean.
This fact may surprise you but it’s actually easier to make six figures than it is to make less. But let me assure you, after coaching many soul-preneurs™ to break into six figures, I’ve figured out exactly what you need to do, think and believe to make this happen for you too. In fact, I’ve even boiled it down to a simple system that anyone can implement and be successful following.
What exactly IS "Strategic Implementation"? And how can you achieve it?
It's interesting how many of us are shy or uncomfortable about acknowledging where we are in our business (or life) because we think we *should* be further along than we are or that we don't measure up.
In order to bring those wanted changes in our lives we have to change the way we are asking. Once you have established a goal, reflect on the way you are asking for that goal to occur.
It is human nature to try to control the various aspects of life yet, fear is often allowed to wrest the control away. Why give anything that kind of power over your life? Isn't it time to stop letting fear hinder you from doing, being, or achieving what you desire? Here are five steps that can be taken to cross the barrier from fearful to fearless.
Here are Kendall's three PERSONAL tips on how to create a powerful emotional mindset. What this will do for you is help you take your business “platinum” this year!
Every time I would hear that to be successful in business, "you have to have a vision" I felt like I was missing something. I thought everyone else had some secret, super-cool way of laying out their business goals, and that somehow, my way probably wasn't good enough. That is, until I kept seeing my business blossom right before my eyes, with every goal met or exceeded.
Whether you realize it or not you have already set 2009 in motion for what kind of year you want it to be for you. Are you being consciously aware of what kind of year you want to create. You have the power to infuse your year exactly how you want it to be!
At every minute, of every day, you are at a choice. What choice will you make?
Words are a continuation of our thoughts, only verbalized. Do you always think carefully before you speak?
Recently I was a guest on a teleseminar for a Jill Badonsky training program for creativity coaches. It was a terrific call about attraction energy meets smart business actions. These coaches want a new way of doing business - one that honors their creative expression and right brain approach AND they are ready for more financial success in their businesses! We were a fit made in heaven - or soul sisters as one coach put it! One of the questions that came up is an issue I'm working with almost all of my clients on too. What do I do in these "tough economic times"?
Just the other day I was walking to the subway in my New York City neighborhood and just as I approached a woman walking the other way, I sneezed. “Bless you”, she said. “Thank you”, I answered, as we passed. Neither of us stopped or even slowed down (it’s New York, after all), but I smiled. Such a simple gesture; such a powerful impact. This is the energy of your heart in action, your fourth energy point.
One of the Million Dollar strategies that's helped me experience rapid growth in my business is to make certain that my environment supports my success. What I'm talking about goes beyond cleaning out your desk drawer and simply hanging a crystal from your ceiling fan string.
Are you just making it through the day? Are you just glad to lay your head on the pillow at night thankful that the day is over only to begin to dread that you have to get up tomorrow and face the whole mess again? If you answered yes, then you may not be truly living your life fully, you may just be surviving.
So What Myth Are You Here To Shatter? You know my experience has shown me that every person comes to this earth with a purpose. As an entrepreneur, you have the awesome opportunity to move your purpose into the world through your business. And when you do your clients benefit (in a big way!) and so do your bottom-line profits (in a big way!) One great tool for moving purpose into profits is to get clear on what myth you are here to shatter and start marketing your business with it!
Have you ever heard the expression that one bad apple can spoil the barrel? Unfortunately not only do many people believe this, but they actually live their lives by it. What about all those good apples, don't they count? Learn more.
When you constantly give your energy away to outside circumstances, you're left drained, empty and looking for ways to fill up. You search endlessly for the right "answer" to building your business, making more money. You take course after course, buy product after product and then, if you're honest with yourself, understand that what you're waiting for is someone to do it all for you.
Wouldn't it be great to feel that way in your business? That you could just be in action, really quickly, creating high-quality marketing materials, attracting ideal clients, producing new products and programs and not even notice anything else around you...
Here are seven modern business planning tools for the successful creative entrepreneur that support a new way of being in business:
Our society tends to "bond over stress instead of success". I see this in action every day in my own life and in the lives of my clients. So what's wrong with this you might ask? Read on.
Learn the top ten tips in becoming a "joyful" entrepreneur.
Remember the story of the "Little Engine That Could"? This little train had always pulled small loads, but one day it was called upon to deliver something greater. First, it had a hard time getting the load to move at all so it cheered itself on by puffing, "I think I can, I think I can, I think I can ..." The load began to move and then natural momentum began to take over at the top of the hill and it was pulled forward -smoothly and easily ..." Ahhh - such a nice story, isn't it? Think your business is any different?
Starting or running a solo entrepreneural business isn't always easy, however, here are 10 important tips to make it easier.
Do you at times feel torn between keeping the business you currently have going, and pursuing the new business direction you want to create? Here are 4 tips for helping you make a seamless transition that keeps your cash flow rolling in, the demands on your time reasonable and your feeling of clarity and focus sharp.
Of the three Universal Laws of Attraction, the Law of Allowing may be the most difficult one to get our hearts and minds around.
It is the lack of understanding of Universal Laws that has us creating our lives by default. Once you understand these Laws, you can begin to create what you want in your life consciously and deliberately. Learn how.
On Lou's 'leap of faith' into Entrepreneurship, he says: "It was really just a leap of faith and a fair amount of confidence that I could pull it off. I had been ramping up some of the freelance work while I was still working full time, but I found that it was really an all-or-nothing proposition. I discovered that it’s not something where you can just dip your toes in the water… You have to really dive right in! (And pray you don’t drown!)"
Learn this simple trick to double, even triple your income.
The "idea phase" is one of the most exciting parts of the entrepreneurial process. This visioning is really important–but it'll stay just a pipe dream unless you put together a detailed plan to make it a reality, set incremental goals, and become very pro active and focused about following the plan.
I've been talking about the law of attraction for some time. I just called it something different–the Entrepreneurial Mind Set. It's extremely powerful, but just like anything else worthwhile, you have to work at it.
Learn how to keep the ideas and creative juices flowing.
I remember attending a meditation workshop with Mark Epstein, a well-known 'Buddhist psychologist.' He told a story about a meeting he had with Ram Dass, spiritual teacher and author, where Ram Dass had asked Mark Epstein about his work with his patients. As Mark talked about his work, Ram Dass interrupted him and asked, "Do you see them as already healed?"
Every year I create a "theme" for my success coaching business. I call it my "dream theme." Your dream theme keeps you on track, keeps you from getting distracted, and fuels your dream, propelling you effortlessly forward.
In the Client Abundance coaching programs, we work on implementing several strategies that are designed to PULL your business forward, almost effortlessly. One of those strategies is creating a powerful vision for your business. My private clients have found this exercise to be both motivating and inspiring, and I'm certain you will too.
What's so amazing about gratitude? It's so powerful it can start turning things around for you. Now, granted, being grateful all by itself will probably not turn a sinking business into a profitable one. But, it CAN be the catalyst to a transformation.
Are there some people or situations in your life that cause you to react with anger or feel frustration? Do you find yourself revisiting things that have happened in the past that are upsetting and keep ruminating over the events in your mind so that your emotions become intensified? Learn tips to calm your reactions so that you can powerfully move forward.
Is there a part of your life that’s on pause because you’re just doing what you always do? Are you so caught up in commuting, trying to get clients, picking up the dry cleaning, and getting dinner on the table (or at least down your throat) that you’ve lost all sense of purpose?
I'm chuckling about the BUZZ that has been generated on the movie "The Secret". Everyone's talking about it. Are you? The Laws of Attraction have been topics of conversations for decades and the concepts have been around for thousands of years. But why do some intentions take so long or fail to manifest what you want? Learn why.
Have you ever had one of those days where everything just seemed to fall intoplace easily? It might have been a singular experience within the day or it felt like it was the entire day.If you have (and noticed it) you probably found yourself wishing that every day had that same ease to the things you felt and did. What is different about those days?
When you tap into the energy of Myth Marketing and put it to practical practice, your business profits explode.
Here are 6 steps to get your vision into focus and into your heart.
What gives your intention power and life force is the combination of these four crucial components.
Here is a list of what millionaire entrepreneurs think about so you too, can create your own PERSONAL million dollar mind set.
Here are 3 favorite techniques for keeping things simple, seeing solutions, and having a great time no matter what situation comes up.
How do you accomplish a goal when you're overwhelmed, not sure how to do it, and feel stuck? Learn how.
What's is YOUR dream theme? Read on.
Learn about the entrepreneurial mind set.
Learn the smart mind set for success.
More than half of all small businesses fail within the first four years. Some of these have achieved a certain level of success and thought they had it made. Whenever I ask small business clients why they think others fail, they usually think it was because the business was under capitalized or didn't have enough sales. Although these problems account for some failures, there are at least four other reasons to avoid that can send any business slowly spiraling downward.
As small business owners, one of the most daunting obstacles to reaching our Biggest Vision for our small business is our very unique personal fears. Learn how to face the fear.
Make a commitment to yourself to take steps to reduce struggle in your small business and to take the path of least resistance. Learn how.
The following is excerpted and revised from my Polished, Planned & Prepared Program. This is one of my favorite parts of the program. I love defining goals because I know that the simple act of writing them down increases the likelihood of actually achieving them by 70%!
Did you take some time this past week to think about and perhaps even write down your resolutions for 2007?
To be honest, I'm not exactly a fan of resolutions - really, what's so different about December 31 than January 1 that's going to make a dramatic difference in whether or not you keep your resolutions?
People talk to me about making personal and professional changes in their life. I hear comments about how hard they think it will be, concerns about their ability to be successful, pressure on themselves to produce results, etc. The anticipation (what you imagine or assume will happen) of the experience can be daunting enough to deter a person from taking the first step! How often does the anticipation match the reality of what happens? If your thoughts and emotions are getting in the way of what you want, read on for 10 tips to get going and stay moving.
Do you have some goals you want to achieve or dreams you want to fulfill? A useful tool in reaching the outcomes you desire is the creation of a vision. Learn more...
Do you make a list of yearly resolutions or goals but don't follow through? Read on to learn tips and strategies to get going and stay on track!
One of the most common issues that comes up for business owners is procrastination. There are many reasons why people procrastinate: self-doubt, boredom, fear of failure, the feeling of being unready or unprepared and so on, but these feelings by themselves don't necessarily lead to procrastination.. learn what does.