What’s your Better Normal going to be?

I’ve been talking a lot about what I’m calling the “better normal”… how to use this time well so that that your life and business is better on the other side of it. 😉
 
In my business, one of the ways I’m doing that is to further firm up some boundaries, both to protect my mental and emotional energy and to further simplify my biz and my life as a result.
 
For example, right now, our kids are back to in-person school, but I know that may change any day – and on a day-to-day basis.
 
In order for me to be as flexible as possible around that as well as to lessen my own stress about being available at moment’s notice, I’ve designed my scheduled for this entire school year so that I’m only booked for two hours one day a week.
 
Funny, this is how I ran my business for years when the kids were small – in fact, it used to be only once a month – but I loosened up that schedule as they grew up and needed me much less, and especially the last few years when they’ve been at school most days from 8-5.
 
Only booking for a couple of hours one day a week enables me to be as flexible as needed during this time.
 
It’s also given me back time to work ON my business more, which I’ll talk about in another post.
 
What changes have you made or are you making in your business right now so it allows you more flexibility and less stress?
 

What’s your unique message?

What’s your unique message?

You may wonder what your ‘unique message’ has to do with building your business.
 
It’s simple, really…
 
If you come from an authentic place, success is inevitable.
 
Your message is what you do and who you do it for.
 
And the more you make it uniquely you, the more it will resonate with the right people.
 
Here’s something I do with my Lively Biz Business Club members.
 
It’s called the Center of Authenticity question.
 
(hat-tip to my very first coach for teaching me this – thanks cb!)
 
If you’re just starting out in your online business, then answering this question will move you leaps towards making it stand out from the crowd.
 
If you’re already in business for yourself, answering this question will help you define the benefits of what you offer from an even deeper authentic place that will not only make you more memorable, but will draw more of those ideal clients to you as well.
 
Here’s the question:
 
‘What has happened in your life, good or bad, that would be the most useful to share with others?’
 
For example, maybe you’ve gone through a divorce that was difficult and the people in your life seem to remark frequently how well you’ve handled things. You could create a service business around helping others through the same experience.
 
Or maybe you’re a teacher and you constantly get accolades from parents and colleagues about how well you work with the difficult kids in the classroom. You could create a service business where you work with those kids specifically.
 
Or perhaps you’re a stay-at-home mom who is exceptionally good at living well on a budget. You could create a service business based on your tips and techniques that have worked well for you.
 
Or maybe you’re a yoga instructor, massage therapist, day spa owner, or provide other healing arts services. You can take your experience and knowledge about your industry online to create additional income streams for your business.
 
All of the above are real-life student examples, by the way. 😉
 
Once you have a compelling answer to the Center of Authenticity question and have weaved a story around it that you can share with others, you will be creating a connection with them that simply doesn’t come from saying, ‘I’m an author and a speaker’ or ‘I’m a life coach.’
 
Telling people your story – how you got to where you are and why you are doing what you do – makes them feel connected to you.
 
It helps them get to know you, learn to like you, and trust that you are who you say you are and know what you’re talking about.
And you know that people only buy things from people they know, like and trust, right? 😉
 
Your answer to the Center of Authenticity is one of the easiest roads to building your own successful and sustainable 6-figure business.
 
So, what’s your story?
 
PS: Figuring out your unique message is something I LOVE to work on with members of the Lively Biz Business Club inside the Foundation Pillar of the Club.
 
Interested in finding out more? Click here and I’ll fill you in. 🙂

How to LEAP Forward in Your Business (and Personal) Growth

For the first year in my business, I tried to do it all alone. Then I joined a group here and there, mostly free forums and free classes. And they helped some. But the real momentum and shifting came when I joined a paid mastermind group.

It was $5400- and at the time, I couldn’t afford it. And yet, I couldn’t afford not to get the expert help and the group support I so desperately needed so I wouldn’t have to resort to getting a J-O-B.

The first year in that mastermind took my business from $15k to $43k. Ok, so not to a million bucks or even 6 figures, but I was pretty darn happy with tripling my income, considering I was still only working about an HOUR a day on my business, as I tended to my young family.

The second mastermind I joined had some private coaching peppered in, and that year my income doubled, getting me to just shy of that $100k mark, while still only working about 15 hours a week.

Then I took the big leap into a high-level private program, and that pulled me into the 6-figure+ mark, with a net of $127k cash in the bank. And I still only worked less than part-time AND took the entire summer off (again).

I’ve been leading my own successful masterminds since 2010, and I’ve noted three things that seem to help the members make the BIG shifts they’re seeking:

  1. Focus

In our intimate mastermind, you get to focus on monetizing what you already have or are about to create. You get to focus on where you’re headed, instead of staying stuck in where you are. You get to focus on getting crystal-clear on who you’re serving and how you love to serve them, within a structure that honors your highest values.

  1. Implementation

You get the support you need to implement everything you already know (and especially the things you don’t) to get money in the door sooner than later, all while honoring your values and lifestyle. And when you invest in yourself at a high level, it spurs you into taking the big leaps so you get the most out of your investment (that certainly happened for me!).

  1. Sacred Support

You get the kind of support from the other members that may be really hard to find otherwise. Your spouse, best friend, or mom may not ‘get’ what you’re doing but your mastermind members do – and they are available to you in a moment to help you push past your fear, give you that next piece of information you need to take that next step, listen to you vent, offer advice and suggestions on how to move past any challenge, and giving you loving support whenever you need it.

So here’s what I know:

When you’re going it alone, it can be much more difficult to focus, to implement and to get the kind of sacred support we all need to bring our messages out into the world in a much bigger way.

In the beginning, I resisted this – I thought I liked being a lone-ranger. But once I open up to the possibility of allowing a group of lovely like-minded people to support me (and vice versa) everything changed in my business – and my life – for the better.

In my Lively Biz Mastery, you get this kind of personalized coaching and sacred support from an intimate group (max of 12) of other like-minded and lovely lady entrepreneurs.

Interested? Limited spots open in a few days so join the VIP waitlist here.

Make Your Desire Bigger Than Your Doubt

If you’re wondering if you can make your online business work, here’s something I often say to my clients and members…

Your desire has to be bigger than your doubt.

And in order to get there, sometimes we have to MAKE our desire bigger than our doubt.

So, think about why you want to have a successful business? What’s driving that desire? Journal that out. Talk it out with a supportive colleague or your coach. Get deep in touch with that.

Because it’s usually not IF, it’s HOW that causes the doubt.

And when we connect – emotionally and energetically – to our deeper why, we often find the HOW. ❤️

8 Ways to Grow Your Business During a Summer Lull

Have things slowed down for your business now that we’re in the midst of the warmer months and people are on vacation or otherwise taking a break from their usual routines? Use this downtime to focus on getting your business ready to rock for the fall by implementing some of the 8 ideas below:

1. Evaluate your staffing needs.

If you haven’t hired an assistant yet, whether that’s a virtual assistant, an in-person assistant, or a combination of the two, now is a great time to do so. Begin by creating your ideal profile of what you want your assistant to look like, and then start putting out feelers to your networks about exactly what you’re looking for in an assistant.

Once you’ve found the right person for you, the summer months are a great time to train someone so they are up to speed come the busier fall months.

If you already have help, take some time to evaluate their performance. This includes taking a look not just at your current assistant(s) but also any outside vendors you work with, like your web designer, your shopping cart system, your list service, or your copywriter.

If you’re finding their work to not be meeting your needs and expectations, follow the same process as you did for hiring an assistant. Start with creating the ideal profile of who you’re looking for and then put that information out to your networks for recommendations.

In the Lively Biz Business Club, we have a complete Done-For-Your training on Hiring Help, which includes delegation lists, job description, non-disclosure agreement, employment agreement and more. (Find out more about the Club here)

2. Increase your learning to increase your earning.

The summer is a great time to educate yourself on whatever it is you need to know to take your business to the next level.

Choose a business-building project, like building your list or increasing your search engine rankings, and invest some of your education budget into a program or product that will help you learn what you need to know.

Then plan the time to actually learn and implement the material, and you will reap the benefits come the fall.

3. Make-over or create your keep-in-touch collateral.

Take an objective look at how you keep in touch on a regular basis with your market, and ask a few colleagues or your coach to offer you some feedback on it as well. Make any changes you think might help it be more effective as marketing and sales tool.
If you haven’t started a consistent keep-in-touch method for your business yet, the summer is a great time to put one together and start sending it to your list regularly.

4. Clean out and organize your email.

Is your inbox an energy drain?

Mine was! But I was committed to having less than 0 emails in my inbox before leaving for vacation this summer, which I managed by being ruthless with the delete key, answering what was necessary, and delegating the rest.

Take a look at your inbox and either respond to, file in the appropriate folder, delegate or delete. Once I did this, I felt the drain from hundreds of emails just sitting in my inbox slipping away. Take some time each day to delete old emails, reply to ones that only require a quick response, and set the ‘rules’ feature to automatically sort future incoming mail into appropriate folders.

In the Lively Biz Business Club, I just released a video training on How to Detox Your Inbox. (Find out more about the Club here)

5. Revamp your office.

This is something I do just before I leave for the summer as well. I love the feeling of throwing out so many old files and restocking my bookshelves so I can actually see what I own! And by doing so, I’ll be creating space for more clients and more abundance to come into my business!

But revamping your office doesn’t just include cleaning out and reorganizing your stuff. If you also have tools that aren’t working the way they should, get them fixed so they do, or replace them. So, if you’re printer only works when it feels like it, get it fixed or get a new one!

6. Clean up your computer.

Tired of wasting time searching for stuff on your computer? Take some time this summer to clean up your files, delete ones you don’t need anymore, reorganize what you do need into appropriate folders, and remove old software that you no longer use. Your hard drive will thank you!

7. Write down your accomplishments so far this year.

It’s important to pause periodically and recognize your successes. And now that we’re halfway through the year, take some time to write down and savor your accomplishments so far. Then plan out what you’d like to achieve for the rest of the year. This will motivate and inspire you going forward.

8. Enjoy yourself!

While this summer is certainly different than in the past, it’s still a special time of year when life takes on a more leisurely pace, and the weather (at least here in New England) invites us outside more often than now. Make sure you take some time to enjoy this time for yourself too. After all, isn’t time freedom one of the reasons you went into business for yourself in the first place? 😉

If you want to learn more about the Lively Biz Business Club, click here.

Break the Rules

“Break the rules.”

But I didn’t understand what that meant. Well, not in business, anyway. I’d broken the rules plenty in my personal life over the years.

But in business, I thought I was breaking the rules, by having boundaries and following my intuition and creating a calendar that worked for me, among other things that other entrepreneurs raised their eyebrows at.

It’s been a few years since I’d asked for clarification on what was next in my business when this particular piece of advice came through (quite literally from my guides ;-)).

I’ve only just understood it now.

It’s not just about having boundaries. It’s about tightening up who and what they even apply to. It’s not just about following my intuition, but trusting that my deepest desires ARE my intuition. And it’s not just about creating a calendar that works for me, but also about creating a calendar that allows me to have a much greater impact much sooner.

Breaking the rules means not worrying about what others think about what I’m doing – or not doing. It means standing stronger in my resolution to serve myself first so I can serve others better. It means doing it my way, no matter what, and trusting that as long as my intentions are good, all will be well.

How that plays out going forward is exciting, liberating, joyful and life-altering for me – and I can hear clearly and distinctly, “It’s about time!” in my head and my heart. 🙂

Personally, my priorities are always to take care of my family first, then my inner community, then my outer community. That includes several initiatives that aren’t served by sharing publicly (and frankly would only be self-serving if I did). It’s included stepping back from being online earlier this spring to have the time and energy to dedicate to those initiatives. As they continue on, this is my best and most powerful way to contribute – and it feels right too.

Business-wise, it means letting go of some things that no longer align with who I’m becoming and where I’m going and how I can best contribute. It means being on purpose with my purpose. It means more of what I love to do and unapologetically cutting out the things I don’t love to do – no matter how popular they are or what other people consider ‘musts’. Nope, no more. It’s time for my brain to step aside so my heart can lead.

For me, this is doing it my way.

Want some help with doing it your way?

I’m putting together a practical step-by-step guide on the how (because I am the how-to gal ;-)) for my Lively Biz Business Club members. If you’re interested, go here to find out more when it’s ready.

Cheers,
~ A

 

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