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Do you have a business manifesto?

Do you feel you are going in circles with your business sometimes? You get a new idea, start to work on it, change your mind, get another idea...lather, rinse, repeat. Usually, ideas don't work out if they don't align with your business. What you need is some way to test all of your ideas to see if they fit. What you need is a business manifesto.

What is a manifesto?

A manifesto is a formal declaration of what you you believe in, your values, your purpose, and your goals. It is pretty much a mission statement on steroids. This formal declaration will give you a rule in which to make all your business decisions. If it doesn't fit, it doesn't happen.

Step 1: Identify

Your manifesto is made up of your guiding principles. So, in order to write them out, you need to identify what they are. To get your idea muscle pumping, I've got an exercise for you. Using the questions below write down whatever comes to mind for each topic. Brainstorm it out - fast and furious. Don't be worried about what is right and wrong at this point. You'll have time to edit later -- but first, idea generation!  Try to write down five to ten responses for each topic.

  • Who are you?
  • What do you do?
  • What do you believe in?
  • What do you want to accomplish?

From your list above, circle the key phrases that excite you and make you all tingly.

Step 2: Organize

Next, start organizing your manifesto in an outline using the key phrases you circled. The way you organize your principles is how you tell your story, so be thoughtful with the order.

Try cutting out your ideas or writing them on a sticky note or note card. It makes it easy to experiment and reorder your ideas quickly.

Step 3: Make it powerful

Now that you've identified and organized your principles, write out your manifesto in sentences using powerful language. A few power words include: amazing, blissful, bold, breathtaking, courageous, daring, excited, magical, spectacular, triumphant, wondrous. You get the idea.

Viola! Now you not only have a badass business manifesto, you have a guide to go by for all your business decisions.

I'd love to hear your manifesto, share it below in the comments!

 

Posted on January 12, 2017 and filed under Business Management.

You Deserve a Break!

Entrepreneurs have a reputation for burning the midnight oil, and with good reason--it takes a lot of time, energy and other resources to make sure your awesome ideas get off the ground and grow into something amazing. But, if you're thinking of skipping your vacation, think again. A break can actually mean a whole lot of improvement in your business and life. I know what you're thinking, I don't have time! I can't leave everything for a week! What about my clients?? Don't worry, we've rounded up a few tips to help you keep your vacay stress-free.

Make a Plan

The more you plan your vacation, the more likely you are to take it. Schedule your time off weeks, or even months, in advance and be sure to tell everyone about it. This works two-fold; people can plan for your absence, and, if you panic and back out at the last minute, you'll be stuck answering everyone's questions of "Aren't you supposed to be away right now?" Who wants to deal with that?

Delegate or Postpone

For each task, including your ordinary day-to-day responsibilities as well as emergency situations that might pop up periodically while you’re gone, decide whether to delegate or postpone your action. To delegate, designate one of your team members  to take on the task in your absence. This is a great opportunity to utilize your Virtual Assistant. Haven't hired one yet? Now is the time! To postpone, deem the task “unimportant,” and know that you’ll handle it only once you get back. Once you've determined how tasks will be handled, you should be worry-free for your getaway.

Disconnect

Disconnecting may seem like simple step, but in reality, it's probably the most difficult. Who else is glued to their smartphone? *raises hand*  When you’re on vacation, it's your chance to disconnect from the world. Turn off your phone, disconnect your Internet and try not to turn on any of your gadgets. Doing so could serve as a gateway back into worrying about work -- it’s almost unavoidable, and who wants that while you're sipping margaritas under a beach umbrella?

Practice

Ok, if the thought of leaving your business for a week sends you into a full blown panic attack, start with baby steps. Schedule an afternoon off to start; turn off your phone and go to a movie or a museum. Once you’ve become comfortable, try taking a single whole day off every once in a while. From there, you can scale to two-day, three-day or even weeklong vacations and more. Like anything else, you’ll get better with practice and experience.

Being an entrepreneur requires significant dedication, but that doesn't mean you're not entitled to a break. In fact, taking some time off is one of the best things you can do for yourself,  your friends and family and, of course, your business. Whether it's a short weekend getaway or a few weeks of deep retreat, going on vacation needs to be on your calendar. The only question now is, where to? 

Posted on December 18, 2016 and filed under Productivity.

Building Up Your Resiliency

Rejection and failure are tough, anyway you look them. We've all been in that really vulnerable place where we feel like a loser, but it's how we bounce back from that and re-start that makes all the difference. Think of the people you most admire — many of them didn’t get where they are just by sailing through life without any negative experiences or failures. Most of them distinguished themselves by their ability to get right back up every time they fall. But resilient people aren't born that way or have magical skills that the rest of us normal folks weren't blessed with; they developed it and work at it every day! Here are a few ideas to get you going on the right path, so the next time you're knocked down, it's not quite as hard to dust yourself off.

Business Coach, Life Coach, Wellness Coach

Be Realistically Optimistic and Keep Things in Perspective

Building resilience isn't about blind optimism. Rather than looking only on the bright side and pushing away negative emotions, resilient people let themselves experience what they’re feeling in any given situation, whether it’s good or bad. They don't try to push the negative feelings away, rather they accept that it's part of life. Try to consider stressful situations in the bigger picture. Keep a long term perspective and avoid blowing things out of proportion.

Build Up Your Support System

When you get knocked down hard, it’s important to have the resources to help you get back up again, which includes having people to lean on. Build up your relationships with those close to you that you know you can trust, and will be there for you when you call them in a complete funk and/or panic. My oldest brother is my biggest cheerleader, but will also kick me in the butt when I need it; we all need a person like that in our life.

Notice and Appreciate the Little, Positive Things

Notice and appreciate the little joys and victories — which will keep you from feeling like “everything” is going wrong. Remember, there's always a little positive in every day, even if it's teeny tiny and hard to see. Heck, sometimes my morning coffee is the best part of my day, but I accept that and know that tomorrow will bring new positive things.

Keep Growing and Learning

Seek out growth experiences that boost self-reliance and individual decision-making skills, this will give you confidence in your ability to bounce back from failure. Those who have mastered the art of resilience know that setbacks and challenges can be our most powerful learning opportunities. Some of the world’s most successful people have been fired from their jobs, and used the experience to learn something about themselves.

Always be Grateful

Gratitude boosts well-being--those who are thankful may enjoy better physical health and mood than those who focus on hassles and complaints. Every day spend a few minutes writing down everything you are grateful for. While doing this, allow your body to open up and notice what it feels like. Try to do this daily for 30 days and see if you notice a difference in seeing the positive in things, even when things go wrong.