It's time for a mid-year review!

We’re half-way through 2018...what the whaaaa? While I believe in doing monthly/weekly check-ins with how your goals and biz are doing, I also think it's important to do a bigger-picture review mid-way through the year. Let's tackle that here!

Let's start with the wins...

  • What amazing things have you achieved so far? Big or small, write them all down.

  • What did you do to achieve them? That's your success strategy right there! Keep it up in 2018! 

Ok, I get it, not everything so far is all wins and celebrations. That's ok, it's good to reflect on those things as well.

  • What did you want to achieve but didn't? Don’t feel bad about the fact that you didn’t make it happen. I like to remind myself that everything happens in the right way, at the right time, and everything I experience is a stepping stone to get me to where I want to be.

  • Why didn't you achieve them? If you want, give yourself permission to release the goal, park it to one side.

  • What were your biggest frustrations and challenges?

Get it all out! Once you know what holds you back and what’s stopping you, you can make a plan of action for how you can make sure it doesn’t hold you back moving forward.

Now let's get down to logistics...

  • What tools and resources have helped you to succeed this year? Blogs, websites, online tools, training programs etc. – it’s good to make a note of these things so you can continue to use them next year.

  • Which products/services were your most loved and generated the most revenue?

  • How much revenue did y our business generate? What were your expenses? What did you pay yourself? What was your net profit?

How is your marketing going this year?

  • How much has your reach grown so far? Look at your social media and compare your numbers to last year; not only followers but engagement.

  • Over the past 6 months, what has been the most effective way to attract new clients and raise awareness of your business?

  • What are the biggest marketing lessons you've learnt?

Take a moment to really think about everything you’ve done this year and celebrate it – the good and the bad.

Make sure you give yourself credit for what you’ve achieved and experienced. You are an amazing person and the very fact that you took the time to do this review means that you’re going to achieve incredible things. 

You’re ready to take on the rest of the year and manifest your dreams!

So now, do a little dance, smile, pat yourself on the back and be grateful for all the wonderful things that happened.

Posted on June 3, 2018 .

Here's my unpopular opinion on multi-tasking...

Why is multi-tasking so rewarded in our society? Just go to LinkedIn and read through a few job descriptions, and the statement “able to handle multiple responsibilities at once” seems to be baked in.

Here's my unpopular belief... no one is good at multi-tasking! Meaning, no one can perform at their highest level while doing more than one thing at a time.

And this doesn’t necessarily mean writing a blog post and posting to Facebook within the same 10 minute time frame. Look at this from a project level: You’re trying to multi-task if you’re trying to work on multiple projects in your business at the same time.

If you’re re-designing your website and working to launch a membership site in the same period of time, you’re multi-tasking.

What’s the natural result of too much multi-tasking?

Work that is INCOMPLETE.

If you’re in the habit of bouncing from one idea and project to the next, you’re bound to leave 1/2 done work in your wake.

---1/2 written blog posts...
---Courses that never got completed...
---Partially baked business ideas...

This is not only a waste of time, but it ends up being costly financially.

Finish what you start before moving on to the next project or business objective! You’ll work faster and much more efficiently.

I'd love to know, what is your take on multi-tasking? Comment below and let me know your thoughts!

Posted on May 14, 2018 .

Unmotivated? Try my top 3 strategies to stay laser-focused on your goals.

Raise your hand if you’ve ever gotten really excited about a new, big, exciting business goal and then gotten about 20% into the project when you decided it wasn’t fun anymore.

Me! Me! Me!

Life is complicated. Things don’t ever go exactly to plan. It’s messy and complex and chaotic.

But as business owners, movers, and shakers, the only way we can realize the true potential of our ideas is by taking the boring, mundane, often unenjoyable actions that bring them to life.

Specifically, I started adding more fun and accountability into my daily responsibilities by creating systems that would make working toward my goals much easier.

Here are my top 3 strategies that I use every single day to consistently take action toward my goals even when I’m bored and uninspired:

1. STOP BEING A PERFECTIONIST + START EMBRACING THINGS AS THEY ARE

The key to happiness is loving the hell out of your current situation no matter how far away it is from your ideal life.

Ask yourself the following questions when your plan gets off track:

  • What is the end goal? 
  • Is this action / strategy getting me towards my end goal?
  • Is the effort / cost worth it?
  • If not, what other strategies could I explore? In other words, what’s the backup plan?

2. STOP MEASURING RESULTS + START MEASURING ACTIONS

This is one of the biggest “ahas” I’ve experienced in the past 6 months: It’s better to measure the things you can control than the things you can’t.

You can’t control your revenue.
You can’t control your list size.
You can’t control your website traffic.
You can control how many leads you contact.
You can control how many blog posts you write with content upgrades.
You can control how often you post to social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram…

Measure the actions you take, not just the results of those actions. You can’t control the results, but you can control your output.

3. STOP DOING IT ALONE + START ENLISTING OTHER PEOPLE

Here are some ways to enlist other people to hold you accountable:

  • Get an accountability partner who also wants to stay focused on her goals. You can find people in Facebook groups within the next hour. 
  • Hire a VA and start documenting the step-by-step process to publish your blog each week.
  • Join a mastermind group where you will hold each other accountable every week to take specific actions toward your goals.

Listen guys, I KNOW it can be hard to stay motivated; need a few more tips? Check out my other favorite tips to keeping you moving forward!

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Posted on April 30, 2018 .

Let's Get Back to Basics

This week I want to get back to basics.

When I start working with a client, one of the first things I ask them to do is to complete my 12-month goal worksheet. Something happens when people plan their success strategically; not only do they meet their goals, but they exceed them by leaps and bounds.

What didn’t seem possible previously suddenly becomes reality.

That is why in addition to establishing realistic goals to achieve, I also ask them to write down their “Hairy Scary Goals” - a goal so big, it almost scares them.

Why?

Because as you become better at goal setting and execution, your reality is going to change. What is not possible now may just be possible tomorrow.

So really take some time to think about it; what do you want your life and business to look like and feel like in 12 months? What is reasonable to achieve and what would be amazing to achieve?

The next step when I work with clients is to take one of their 12 month goals and to set out a plan to accomplish it by organizing it into 4 main objectives - each taking no more than 90 days to complete.

So if your 12 month goal is to hit $200,000 in revenue, what are 4 major areas of your business that you will need to focus on?

  1. Launch new program? 
  2. Hold a holiday sale?
  3. Attend a retreat to raise your vibe? 
  4. Add an affiliate program?

These are all hypothetical, but an example of how you could break up your year into four 90-Day segments and then create goals within those.

Make sense? Now tell me, what did you select as your main 12 month goal?

Posted on March 8, 2018 .

Keep Your Short-Term Work Aligned with Your Long-Term Goals

I call this “connecting your day to your dreams”.

I believe that the #1 reason people struggle with productivity is because they don’t know how to connect their long-term dreams with their short-term schedule.

Are you filling your days with work that isn’t actually connected to getting you where you want to go? If so, you’re probably experiencing an inner struggle that manifests itself as doubt and procrastination.

You may feel distracted because you aren’t actually honed in on WHAT you should be doing or HOW you should be spending your time.

Who else has struggled with this at times?

Here are my fave tips to keep you aligned...

***Keep your long-term goals by your workstation to keep them top of mind when prioritizing tasks.

***Distinguish between compulsive and conscious behaviors. Are you acting out of boredom or blind habit (like logging onto Facebook) when you could be doing something that would be serving a more important goal?

***Prioritize your important work. Doing busy work is easy, doing your best work is hard. It’s the hard work, the process, that makes us better and builds character.

***Use progression markers to track your progress. When working on significant projects it can be hard to know how much progress you’re making. You need a system to make yourself feel like you’re making progress and to help keep you motivated.

***Make your progress visible. Marking progress is a huge motivator for long-term projects. Make your daily achievements visible by keeping a "Done" list!

Posted on March 1, 2018 .

It's Time to Step into the CEO Role!

We all started our own businesses because we wanted to be our own boss, calling all the shots with no one to answer to except ourselves. Except,
a lot of women entrepreneurs (myself included!) seem to fall into the trap of replacing ONE boss with a dozen or so clients, who we often put in the BOSS role.

If you’re not being the CEO, who is? Whose business is this?

Over and over again, I see amazingly talented, brilliant, genius women who spent the vast majority of their time NOT as the world-changing leaders and messengers they are meant to be.

It’s time to step into your role as the CEO of your business and life!

Too often, women entrepreneurs find themselves feeling trapped and burned out by their business because they are constantly checking things off the to-do list without making time to reflect on the progress of your business. This is more than just planning the next thing to do…it’s really ensuring that the action you’re taking each day, week, and month is moving you closer to your DREAM business and life.

Have you ever felt like other people were taking over the boss role in YOUR biz?

Posted on February 23, 2018 .

Let's Get Focused

The single most important change you can make in your working habits is to switch to creative, productive work first, reactive work second. This means blocking off a large chunk of time every day for creative work on your own priorities, with the phone and email turned off.

Here is a tip that has absolutely transformed my productivity: get your most creative work done FIRST THING in the morning. Don’t put off your intensive challenging work for later; you’ll rarely have the energy to get to it even if you do have the time.

It takes willpower to switch off the world, even for just an hour. It can feel uncomfortable and sometimes people get upset when you don’t put their needs first. But, it’s better to disappoint a few people over small things, then to surrender your dreams for an empty inbox.

Little distractions suck away our potential to do big things!

Ok, now that you've figured out WHEN you are most creative and productive, let's talk about what that looks like.

When it comes to creating your best work, environment is everything. Where can you go to be inspired, get your creative juices flowing, and minimize distractions?

The most successful people always have their “routines” or “rituals”.

Try different things out. Test out working outside, alone in silence, or surrounded by the buzz of your local coffee shop. Once you find what works, stick to the same tools, the same surroundings, even the same background music so that they can become associative triggers for you to enter your creative zone.

Personally, a coffee shop is way too distracting to me, so I prefer my local library for a change of scenery. At home, I ALWAYS have background music on, I can't work in silence.

How about you?

Posted on February 9, 2018 .

Protect Your Time!

Or, in another words, “If it’s not a ‘Hell Yes!’, it’s a 'no'.”

Setting up the daily and weekly schedule we chatted about earlier this week is a great way to protect your time. If your time is blocked off in your calendar to be working with clients or actively creating paying clients then this isn’t the time to be running errands or getting distracted by other tasks or requests.

By knowing your goals and why you’re doing them it makes it much easier to say ‘no’ to the activities that aren’t actively moving you towards achieving these goals.

Remember that your time is one of your most valuable resources, so make sure wherever you regularly spend it is on something that’s important to you and that you love.

How are your boundaries when it comes to your schedule?

Posted on January 26, 2018 .

My Fave Productivity Tips

I’m all about setting and achieving goals, but there’s A LOT that goes on behind the scenes to make that happen. Today I want to talk about productivity. I know, I know, it's not the most exciting or sexy topic, but let's get real, as entrepreneurs we need all the help we can get with staying on track.

Here are a few of my favorite productivity tips...

***Plan your day
This is essential. Without planning, you can go multitasking and not really know what you do. Set top priorities for your day. Decide what's urgent and important to do (consider deadlines if you work for clients or launch dates and other necessary work in your own biz).

***Switch off your phone's notifications
I know, it's not realistic to switch off everything for the whole day - we live in a world where social media is part of our life and more importantly our business. We need some time though, when we have a clear focus and concentrate on our work.

***Be excited about the final outcome
Productivity is all about self-motivation. What are you looking to achieve? Think about the big picture. FIND REASONS to get you through your slump. Think about the final goal. Envision yourself there, and make it happen.

What are your favorite tips?

Posted on January 18, 2018 .

Looking Ahead

Last week we did our year in review, so this week I want us to look forward.

You know that I'm all about setting strategic, SPECIFIC goals in order to scale-up your biz. And while I still 100% believe in that, I want to do things a little differently this time. I'm feeling a shift in myself and in my biz and I want to explore it a bit.

Instead of focusing on concrete numbers, let's focus on how we want next year to feel. Danielle Laporte's "Desire Map" book is a major inspiration for me and this is exactly what it's all about; setting goals around how you want to FEEL.

I want you to take some time to really think about what you want to achieve next year. Then I want you to vividly imagine that it’s one year from now and you had the BEST year ever! You achieved some incredible goals, you completely excelled and made it happen. Close your eyes and take a few moments to picture that – really connect with how you FEEL.

If you don’t want to think all the way to the end of 2018 (I get it, that can be overwhelming), then just focus on the first 90 days and get super clear on what you want the first quarter to be like.

THAT is your perfect year! Tell me about it in the comments.

Posted on December 22, 2017 .