How are you getting in your own way?

I  was on a call with a new client earlier this week and we were talking about her frustration around not moving forward in her business. She already has one successful business, but was feeling called to pivot and start a new one (that's when she reached out me).

She has a lot of amazing ideas and is excited about her new venture, but is stuck and spinning her wheels. I looked at her (we're on Zoom) and said exactly this:

"You're using all these great ideas you have to stay right in your comfort zone. You're avoiding making a decision on one because you're afraid it might be the wrong one and you'll fail, and THAT'S what's holding you back from moving forward. You need to get out of your own damn way."

She stared at me in silence for a good 10 seconds. We were near the end of the call, so we signed off shortly after and I immediately thought "oh geez, was I too hard on her??"

20 minutes later I received a message from her thanking me for saying what I did, that it was EXACTLY what she needed to hear to get her off her butt and take action.

Are you in the same space as her?

Here's the thing, we've ALL been there at one point or another; and sometimes you need an outside perspective to kick you right out of that comfort zone, and sometimes you just need to do it yourself.

So tell me, where you are you getting in your own way lately?

Posted on February 28, 2019 .

Are you truly marketing your services bravely?

I've been pretty open about the start of my entrepreneurial journey and how EVERYONE in my life questioned (and doubted) me. 

That sucked at the time, but it's ok, because you know what I've learnt along the way? When you put yourself out there bravely and boldly, it's going to make some people uncomfortable. Fact.

And when you market your services in a truly authentic, brave way, that can ALSO make some people uncomfortable.

But here's the truth, it's not until you share your TRUE authentic (and weird?!) self that your soul mate clients will find you.

So here's what I want you to think about...are you truly putting yourself out there bravely and boldly?

Are you shining your light every day?

It's time to say what you feel and help others find what they need as you bravely market your special brand of energy.

Someone out there is looking for what you offer and will be thrilled to find you when you are marketing that energy. You will help them by simply being you.

When you market honestly, others will take notice.

Because here's the thing, it's not a gorgeous brand, or fancy polished pictures and a gorgeous website that will make your soulmate clients want to work with you. It's your ENERGY.

So, are you authentically sharing your energy every day?

Posted on February 14, 2019 .

What type of energy are you putting out there?

Can we get real for a minute?

What type of energy do you put out?

I want you to really think about this. 

Are you super passionate and excited about yourself, your business, your services? Are you bursting at the seams with how awesome you are?

Or, are you showing up from a place of fear, neediness and desperation?

I have news for you, people can smell that a mile away. It's harsh, I know, but I say that with all the love in the world.

If you put out an new program that you're only half-hearted about, but you feel like you have to sell it because you need the money, it's not going to sell. 

If your prices are too low because you think you don't deserve a higher rate, or you're desperate to sign a client, any client, so you low ball yourself, you're not going to sell anything.

How do I know all this?

Because THAT WAS ME!

2 years ago I WAS that desperate, scared and needy entrepreneur. 

Ouch, that's not easy to admit, but there it is.

It wasn't until I recognized and owned my own value that I was able to really step up and have the business I have today (that I freaking LOVE).

How did I get there? Honestly, it was my coach kicking me in the butt and saying forget all that strategy stuff you cling to so desperately and instead focus on the ENERGY that you are putting out!

I want that for you!

If any of this resonates with you, we should chat. Click HERE to learn more about how we can work together to get you EXCITED about your business again!

Posted on January 31, 2019 .

So you set your big, dreamy 12 month goals...now what?

So you set your big, dreamy we month goals...now what?

The first step I take when working with a new client is to clearly outline and define what they're next left self/life/business looks like. And we then create goals that will actually GET them there.

Now, you may already have that next level identified and you've created your goals to get there, but now you're stuck. 

The actual PLAN and roadmap to getting there is often a stumbling block. I get it. 

So here's what to do..take one of your 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?

Launch a new program? Hold a holiday sale?
Attend a retreat to raise your vibe? 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.

Because here's the thing, 90 day goals should focus on projects - or steps of progress you want to make within the next 3 months that will contribute towards you achieving the feelings of success that you outlined in your 12 month outlook.

90 day goals are your building blocks.

Think...What do I need to do to get there? What do I need to grow? What do I have the time, resources, knowledge and experience to start working on right now?

This will help you set realistic goals.

And, remember to focus on how achieving those goals will make you FEEL, that will help keep you motivated!

I also recommend using a project management software to keep track of everything and stay on track with your timeline. Asana is pretty straight-forward and very user-friendly.

Now, who has their goals outlined and roadmaps created? 

PS If you don't, don't worry! I can help!! This is exactly what I do with my clients...I take them from overwhelmed and trying ALL the strategies out there, to having a clear vision of their next level self and an aligned, personalized strategy and action plan to achieving it. Click HERE to learn more about my services.

Posted on January 17, 2019 .

How a hiking trip impacted my business...

How the heck did a hiking trip impact my business??

About 6 years ago I decided, very last minute, that I was going to take a hiking trip in the mountains of Vermont. I had never done anything like before, and wasn't even entirely sure that I liked hiking, but it was October, so I figured the foliage and weather would be perfect. I was half right.

It rained EVERY SINGLE DAY. And we still hiked up mountains for about 10 hours a day.

I'm not going to lie to you, there were many times I thought to myself "I am doing this willingly?! What the hell was I thinking??" Every inch of me ached and muscles I didn't even know I had were screaming at me.

But, there was no other option then to keep going; I was halfway up a freaking mountain, where was I going to go? So, I kept at it. I should note, I was with a group of more experienced hikers, so I didn't make this trek solo (I'm not THAT brave!).

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The week finished and while I was more exhausted then I had ever been in my entire life, I was also more exhilarated. I did something I never thought I could or would do. I showed myself that I am capable of more than I thought possible and I was PROUD as hell.

That's how I feel about my business. I had a rocky start (no one supporting me, boy friend telling me I would fail, starting at 40), but I felt called to do it...so I kept at it, even when that voice inside me was screaming that I must be crazy. I mean, I'm halfway up a mountain, right? Only thing to do is keep going. Eventually, you see the results. I promise.

Feeling like you’re halfway up a mountain and you’re stuck? Let me help! My guide to Finding the Flow gets you into that sweet spot in your business where you’re finally reaching your goals, your days are flowing with ease and you’re excited again!

Posted on October 9, 2018 .

It's time to flip your "what if's"

Some of the most frequent comments I hear when I'm working with a client on reaching their goals are "What if I don't achieve it? What if I'm dreaming too big? What if no one buys this?"

You get the idea.

When you're stuck in the "what if's" you're really just holding yourself back from making your ideas a reality. You're overthinking everything, doubting yourself and eventually, getting stuck.
But what if you take those "what ifs" and flip them?

What if your program is wildly successful? What if people love it and everyone loves it?

This is what I remind my clients...things don't need to be perfect. You don't have to have it all figured out. You just have to allow yourself to move FORWARD.

Now, what are your biggest "what ifs" and how can you flip them?

Here's what I find are the biggest "resistants" that are at the root cause of them:

1. Lack of clarity: You have to know what you're trying to achieve, in very specific terms.

2. Lack of confidence: So often our fears and doubts cause us to lack confidence in ourselves and our ideas, and this holds us back from actually moving forward.

3. Lack of competence: Not knowing how to do what we need to do, so we end up procrastinating and not getting anywhere.

Luckily, you CAN overcome these. Reach out for help with a coach or an accountability partner to get you moving.

Seriously, ASK FOR HELP! I know this was one of my biggest stumbling blocks when I was first starting out and I'm kicking myself for not asking for help sooner in my journey. If you find you're stuck in the what if's, let's chat! I'm positive we can get you off that hamster wheel and back to moving forward.

Posted on September 3, 2018 .

Truth time...

A year ago I was so frustrated and alone in my business I was submitting resumes to go back to a corporate gig.

Yep, I was ready to throw in the towel and go back to a 9-5. And, while I don't think that's necessarily a bad thing (I always enjoyed my corporate gigs), it didn't feel right to me. It felt like I was quitting. And in a way, I was. But it just felt easier than struggling in my business any longer.

Thankfully, I didn't go on those interviews because you know what, I would have been really tempted if I was offered one of those jobs. But, I knew that a year later, I would be regretting it and wishing I had instead spent that time really focused on and building my business. Which is exactly what I did.

Yes, there were hard days (weeks, months!), but I kept at it. I hired another coach. I took a HUGE step back and really dove deep on what I wanted to my life and business to truly look like, not just what everyone in the online space tells you it should look like. I worked on figuring out my purpose, what was I meant to do, what did I want my legacy to be. Like I said, it was some deep stuff and it was uncomfortable as hell. But, I got crystal clear clarity on all of it and felt exactly right.

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But, fast forward to today, and I LOVE my business; I have AMAZING clients who are rocking their lives and businesses and are in total alignment with their ideal vision. And, I have this great group! I love how empowering and encouraging everyone is in here.

I've achieved all that by aligning my goals with that vision and purpose I worked so hard to define.

What's the point of this rambling post? It's to remind you that you CAN figure things out and make your business exactly what you want it to be. Be prepared to do the hard, uncomfortable work, but the results are totally worth it.

I'd love to hear, did you ever have an ah-ha turning point in your business?

And, if you're ready to finally feel in total alignment and rock those goals, then let's chat!

Posted on August 5, 2018 .

Be honest, is it time to reassess your goals?

This week over in my community we're talking all about the value of reassessing goals.

We are more than halfway through 2018. Halfway! It's the perfect time to revisit goals, create new ones, and refocus. If you are in a valley, haven’t been planning for success, or have just been feeling off-kilter…. shake it off, let it go, and refocus!

Sometimes having check-in points on your goals also helps to pause and assess where you are, where you need to be, and it allows you to reset or shift goals if needed. If there is one thing I have learned, it is that your original plan rarely ever comes to fruition exactly the way you imagined.

I want to share my favorite actions steps to reset and look at goals and making sure at the end of the year you have progress on them and you are closest to being the version of yourself you want to be!

***Checkpoints

As discussed above, checking in. Are you making progress? Are you heading in the right direction? Like this mid-year checkpoint here. Schedule in these checkpoints; depending on the goal it could be weekly or monthly. But checking in with your goals and accessing progress and action steps help you to clearly see progress or lack thereof.

***Accountability

I know, I know I preach this all the time. But it is THAT important. You are so much more likely to quit on yourself but you won’t always quit on others. Picking the right people is crucial as well! I have different people that hold me accountable for different goals. Having people that are a positive influence in your life is HUGE! I am thankful I get to be that for a lot of you...It is why I do what I do!

Here's my MOST favorite step in reassessing your goals...

***Forgiveness

I know this is a weird action step, but you might slip. You might be reading this because you have slipped. I have slipped on goals, I have had launches totally flop, I have let others down. I have let myself down. I have needed some serious resetting here lately. I am learning to give myself grace; if I bask in those mistakes then where would I be? Nowhere.

So, if you are reading this and thinking yes I have failed. Stop. Learn from it and let’s move forward!

Goals are there to continuously be striving to better yourself and your life. It is important, this is something we don’t do once a year but we are constantly looking at and planning our schedules accordingly. We are halfway through 2018….. lets reach, reset, and GO!!!

If you're still feeling a bit stuck, be sure to download my FREE GUIDE with my top tips to getting (and staying!) motivated.

Posted on July 21, 2018 .

It's time to take MASSIVE action on your goals

Get ready for some tough love regarding your goals...it's time for you to take MASSIVE action towards them.

We overwhelm ourselves by spreading ourselves way too thin; you’re capable of more than you know so don’t disperse your energy. Take massive action and move forward on just ONE thing. Of course there will be different projects and tasks within the one thing you’re focusing on, but that singularity of purpose will move you forward in an incredible way.

Look, I know that planning can be more fun than taking action. Especially if you have a really pretty planner and love writing down your thoughts and ideas. I get it, I'm a stationary addict too.

But let's be real, prettiness and fun is probably not what your business is all about. If you don’t actually schedule things in to the pretty calendar and take action on it every month, week, and day, nothing is going to change.

You’ve got to be willing to take massive action on the activities that you’ve planned so that you can truly move forward.

Here’s the caveat: hustling yourself into the ground is NOT the same as massive action.

If you do your planning properly then you’re being deliberate and INTENTIONAL about your time and you're not focusing on activities that are busy work but not moving your business forward.

Don’t be busy for the sake of being busy. Focus on the activities that are really going to move the needle in your business.

Now tell me, are you REALLY taking action on your goals?

Posted on July 11, 2018 .

Are you an overwhelmed overthinker?

In my work with clients, I've found that there are typically two ways that people think of goals:
"I'm super excited to tackle this big goal and get shit done!"

Or

"I’m afraid to set goals. By the time I research and then think through every possible step and outcome, I'm so overwhelmed I don't even know how to start."

If you fall into that second category (and let's be honest, we ALL have at some point), I'm going to be sharing some of my favorite tips this week to get over that overwhelm and get you moving in the right direction!

Look, the reality is that you’re NEVER going to be as productive as you THINK you should be or it SEEMS like everyone else is. What you need to realize is — that’s okay! You just need to work differently and set expectations for yourself that are NOT based on what you BELIEVE everyone else is doing.

First things first, do a brain dump. Write down every.single.thing. that you feel like you should be working on. Give yourself 15 minutes. Use a piece of notebook paper, a journal, or type it on your computer. This list will be long, and it should include vague future goals as well as all of the little tasks you keep putting off.

Move the little tasks to a separate list. Block time daily or weekly to knock out a few of these at a time, but don’t let them distract you right now. If you leave them on your “big things” list, they will take your focus off your main goal. Once the little things are off your list, forget about them until your scheduled time block.

Next, take 30 seconds to force yourself to choose the most important thing from your “big things” list. How do you know what’s most important? Simply put, it’s the thing that bothers you all the time — the goal or task that your mind dwells on no matter what else you are doing. This is THE ONE THING you will work on.

Now, break your ONE goal into actionable steps. You’re not writing a how-to volume here, just spend 10 minutes to work out the basics.

Now that you've broken down your big and little tasks, and you're in the planning stage, don't get stuck! Stop reading books and blog posts about how to do things related to your goal. Limit your research to something reasonable — say 1-2 SHORT books and 3 articles. That’s enough. You really will have the information you need to move on.

Also, as you get more comfortable with your daily capabilities and accomplishments, don’t get distracted by your other goals. Just because you’re making progress working toward the one “big thing” doesn’t mean you can start adding various tasks related to your other goals. It’s not going to work.

Remember, you CAN be successful at setting goals and crushing them. Just because it may take you longer doesn’t mean it won’t happen. Focus on ONE GOAL and don’t give up!

Posted on June 26, 2018 .