“But my Spirit Guide told me to wait!”

by Tina on November 20, 2014

Ever read an article that someone else wrote and think “I wish I wrote that!”

Yep, that’s how I felt reading this article by Susan Hyatt this week.

It’s not often that I post something from other folks but this one is a definite MUST read imo. Cause we all get stuck in these excuses from time to time, I know I do. ;-)

—-

“But my Spirit Guide told me to wait!” 13 of the most ridiculous woo-woo excuses that life coaches and personal development professionals LOVE to make.

When you work in the personal development industry — surrounded by life coaches, healers, motivational speakers and creative business owners — you hear a lot of brave and amazing ideas.

And you also hear a lot of bullshit.

Yeah. I said it.

Some of the bullshit is pretty convincing. Because the excuses “sound” so good, wrapped in flowing, heart-sparkle, life coach-y language.

So beautiful, you want to print the words on an organic, eco-friendly cotton t-shirt and wear it to yoga class.

But… nope.

Still bullshit.

Still just an excuse (… usually, one that’s masking fear and self-doubt.)

In honor of personal development professionals everywhere (you know who you are…) here are 13 of the most hilarious and ridiculous excuses I’ve heard, over the years.

You know you’ve said at least one of ‘em.

Girlfriend, I know I have! ;)

1. “My Spirit Guide told me to wait.”

Oh rrreally?

Because I just talked to your Spirit Guide, and she was like, “Uh, WTF? I SPECIFICALLY said to GET OVER your fears and TAKE FREAKING ACTION. Tuh-DAY.”

2. “Oh, I can’t do [insert important & useful action step here]. I am in a resting cycle. I am practicing self-care.”

No, honey pie.

If there’s an action that you truly need to take — for your own wellbeing, or for the success of your business — and you’re not doing it, that’s not self-care. That’s self-sabotage.

Sorry. Except not sorry. ‘Cause it’s true.

[click to continue…]

{ 5 comments }

3 Things You Should Never Delegate

by Tina on November 14, 2014

3 Things You Should NOT Delegate

As entrepreneurs we know we need to delegate right? Otherwise we run the risk of trying to do it all, working 24/7, doing stuff we hate to do and driving ourselves (and potentially the people around us) nutty in the process.

I’m a fan of getting as much as possible off your plate, but there are 3 things that you should NOT delegate if you want to ensure your business success.

  1. Driving your Sales & Marketing Strategy

    Note that I said “driving” and not “doing.” This isn’t to say that you can’t get help with your sales & marketing efforts, however you need to be VERY plugged into your strategy. What is working? What isn’t working? What do you want to try more of? Less of? As the leader of your company it is essential that you play an integral part in making these key decisions until you have a proven process that you know is repeatable and effective.You would be delegating the success of your business if you try to do this too soon, and that is simply dangerous.

  2. Connection to your People

    I had a moment a few years back in my business where I was feeling out of sorts. I had grown to the point where a lot of the direct contact with clients, team and otherwise was being done by other people… and I was feeling it. I was losing touch with what my clients wanted and needed from us, and was also feeling disconnected from the people on my team who were rocking the biz. I decided to get “back in the conversation” and now make a point of having direct contact with all the people in my business on a regular basis.

  3. Managing the Money

    I remember hearing Oprah share years ago on her TV show that she was still the one to sign all the checks in her business. I don’t know how true that is for her today, but it demonstrates the importance of being the one in charge of the money. You need to be crystal clear on what money is coming in, what is going out and when. We’ve all heard the stories of people who have gone out of business due to money woes, and it’s not to say that can always be avoided but I am a believer that when we are aware of our money – even when it doesn’t look good – then we can do something to fix it.

{ 3 comments }

Waiting to Get to the End of Your To-Do List

by Tina on November 7, 2014

As an entrepreneur and CEO of your small business, if you’ve ever thought “I just need to get to the end of my to-do list and then I’ll take a break”… today’s video is for you.

A common question I hear from CEOs, entrepreneurs and small business owners:

How do you get to the bottom of your to do list?

My answer? You don’t.

Quite honestly, if you’re operating your business from the “when I get to the bottom of my to do list, I will _____”, I have bad news for you. In fact, I dare say that if you ever do get to the bottom of your to do list, you’re either not in business any more, or you’ve died.

As a CEO of your small business, your to do list never comes to an end. However, there are ways that you can still take time away, even without a complete to do list.

Step #1: Pick Your Non Working Hours
Yes, there will be times when you’re going to work past your regular working hours. But be clear on your non working hours.

For example, I have no problem working an evening or two through the week if I need to. But weekends – they’re my non working hours and I commit to ignoring my laptop or my email throughout the entire weekend.

Step #2: Find Something To Do
Once you’ve decided on your non working hours, you need to find something compelling to do I that time. If not, you will end up working.

Take time to do something fun with your family or your friends. Take a day trip or enjoy your hobby. Do something. If you don’t, you will likely be called to your email or computer and start working.

Step #3: Get Rid Of The Ping.

No one can resist the ping.

You should not get any email notifications coming to your phone. You and I both – we can’t resist the ping – that alert that tells you about the new email that landed in your box.

I personally don’t have an email coming to my phone. This helps me in taking my weekends off (my non working hours). You should do the same.

If you commit to these three tips, you will start to enjoy more time off. It may be tough to avoid the ping, find compelling things to do and make a point of sticking to those non working hours … but it will be worth it!

{ 2 comments }

Profit First – Book Review

by Tina on October 17, 2014

Let me give you a cliff notes version of my FAVORITE biz book of 2014… a must read if you want to keep your money.

{ 0 comments }

How Do You Measure Success?

by Tina on October 10, 2014

It’s not just about sales & revenue – you want to be actively measuring your success in these 3 key areas.

How do you measure success as the purposeful CEO of your small business?

You’ve likely heard some entrepreneurs share “I had a 6 figure launch.” or “Last year we reached 7 figures!” … and you’ve compared your success to theirs. Don’t let yourself fall into this ‘success trap’.

Here are 3 things you can measure to determine the success of your business:

1. Money

The money in your business is more than the revenue that’s coming in – it’s the profit.   

Do you know the dirty little secret out there in the entrepreneur world? Many business owners are not getting paid well by their company; yes, even when their company is making a whole lot of money.    That’s because their revenue may be high, but their expenses are also high … leaving little for profit.

Profit means much more than revenue.  You need to be getting paid in a way that creates success for you and your small business.

2. Meaning
You are a purpose led entrepreneur. I am too. I wouldn’t be sharing this information with you if I wasn’t building my business on meaning.

To measure if you are successful in the area of meaning, ask yourself if you’re happy with the vision of your company. Have you shared your vision with your team, and if so, are they excited about it too?

If you, as CEO, and your team are able to be the best of who they are in your business, you’re doing great in achieving ‘meaning’ success in your business.

3. Freedom
Freedom is the ability to do what you want to do when you want to do it.

Freedom is a big part of why I started my business. It’s the reason many other entrepreneurs have started their business as well.

To measure your success in the freedom department, ask yourself if you’re able to take a vacation and still have your business run without you, or is that virtually impossible? Can you take even a few days off here and there, enjoy weekends off and not work 24/7 … or do you feel like you need to work all the time – day, night and weekends?

If you’re business isn’t set up to run without you, you’re not successful in the freedom area. The good news is, this can be fixed.

I’m curious, as the CEO of your small business, how do you score in each of these three areas?

{ 0 comments }

My top tip for success?

by Tina on October 8, 2014

Simple – keep going.

There is no magic formula. There is no “one size fits all” path to get there. If you keep looking for an easier way to get there you probably won’t find it (or if you do someone is selling you a pipedream.)

The path is different for everyone and the only way to ensure success is to keep going.

It doesn’t matter how many times you fall down. How many mistakes you make or how often you feel like you’ve screwed up.

Failure only happens when we stop. Everything in between is simply part of the journey.

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. ~ Winston Churchill

keepgoing

{ 0 comments }

Hard work is sexy!

by Tina on October 6, 2014

It’s so easy to look at someone else and think they got lucky, they were in the “right place at the right time” or that they have opportunities that you don’t have.

That is simply not true – success comes from hard work.

It comes from taking a step forward every day, even when you don’t feel like it (especially when you don’t feel like it!)

It comes from daring to go for what you really want, instead of just settling for what you have.

It comes from being willing to do the things that other people aren’t doing, even if they think you are a bit crazy.

It comes from knowing your purpose and being 100% committed to doing whatever it takes.

I think that’s damn sexy.

luck

{ 0 comments }

The 4 Signs of Entrepreneurial Burnout

by Tina on October 3, 2014

Originally posted on July 4, 2013.

You may be in burnout right now and not even realize it.

I’ve had this conversation with a few clients recently about burnout and how their current challenges simply boiled down to the fact that they are in burnout and need to take a break.

(My favorite assignment to give someone is to take a week off – woo hoo!)

Here are my top 4 signs of entrepreneurial burnout:

  1. You are perpetually stressed – grumpy, frustrated, impatient, annoyed, overwhelmed. I don’t mean having a bad day here and there – we all have those as entrepreneurs! I’m talking about feeling this way for weeks on end and it’s not getting any better.
  2. The people around you are noticing that you are stressed – if those that you spend the most time with (family, team or clients) are noticing this, then it may be a bigger deal then you realize. And they might not want to mention it to you, so you may need to ask if you want to know what they are noticing.
  3. You aren’t able to get stuff done anymore – the things that you would normally do really quickly and easily you are suddenly not doing well anymore. You are dropping the ball, missing stuff that you normally wouldn’t miss or simply aren’t performing at the level you want to be.
  4. You are experiencing health issues – you may be having trouble sleeping. Or perhaps you are getting sick more often or for longer periods of time. For some folks you may suddenly find yourself getting hurt or having accidents.

Believe me I get it – I’ve experienced all of these myself over the years.

The solution? First step is to recognize it for what it is. In my experience, burnout is not something you can “push through”… it’s something you need to release.

When I have a client in burnout, my recommendation is that they start by taking a break – preferably at least a week of 100% unplugged time. For many of you, that will be enough to hit the reset button and you’ll be back in action… if not then there might be bigger issues at hand that you’ll need to explore.

{ 3 comments }

“But I don’t have the time”

by Tina on October 2, 2014

Forgive me if I sound harsh but if you tell me this I just might bop you over the head.

Why?

Because we ALL have the exact same amount of time in the day.

The only thing that differentiates us from each other is how we SPEND our time.

Consider someone who you admire. Someone who has created the kind of success that you crave? (perhaps you are even a bit jealous…)

How do you think they are spending their time differently than you?

What if you did the same?

As a CEO you can no longer use the “I don’t have enough time” excuse.

It’s time to start letting go of the things that you shouldn’t be doing anyhow. Find someone else to do them, look to automate them or stop doing them entirely (you might be amazed how often you can just stop doing something and it really doesn’t have an effect on your bottom line.)

Your time is valuable, spend it wisely.

makethetime

{ 0 comments }

Are we afraid that if we are REAL about what it takes then maybe we will scare people off? If so then allow me to do just that, because creating success is not for the faint of heart.

Maybe we are afraid that they won’t want to hire us if we tell them how hard it really is? I would rather have clients who are ready to do the work vs. those who are expecting me to make it easy (cause I can’t make it easy, I can just be on the journey with you.)

I’m not going to sugarcoat it – being successful in business will test us at every level – financial, spiritual, emotional, mental.

Success is created day by day, step by step – every time we risk putting ourselves out there in service of our clients, our purpose and to create our livelihood.

Yes, there are success *highs* along the way – hitting 6-figures, filling a program, that amazing client that says yes. But those highs are only temporary and will fade.

Once they fade what are you left with? The next step…

As the CEO of a purpose led business the key is to find success in the journey and not just the destination.

#Patience #hardwork #success

overnightsuccess

{ 1 comment }