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3 Easy Ways to Get Out of Overwhelm in Your Business

3 Easy Ways to Get Out of Overwhelm in Your Business

Here’s what I hear a lot of these days from my clients and other entrepreneurs in my community:

I’m so overwhelmed! There’s so much I need to do — and should to — to grow my business. I feel like I’m spinning my wheels and not getting anywhere. How do I focus and prioritize? Help! Something has to change.

Can you relate?

I definitely go through waves of feeling overwhelmed in my business and other parts of my life, especially when family demands or a crisis call out for my attention.

When you’re in overwhelm, it most likely means you have too much on your plate or the wrong things on your plate, you’re spending too much time on non-revenue-generating activities, or you’re not reaching out for support in the ways you need to.

As Abraham says “You’re never going to get it all done, so what are you racing toward?

Here’s a quick 3-question exercise to get you out of overwhelm and restore your focus on the things that really matter in your business, which I believe are revenue-generating activities that light you up so you can continue to make the difference you’re here to make!

Before you start, take a slow deep mindful breath.

1) What’s one activity you can give up or let go of?

2) Where’s one place you can say “no”?

3) Where’s one place you can clear up clutter?

Invest the 5 minutes now to honestly answer these questions, and let me know how it goes.

I just did this exercise and quickly deleted 4 things from my “to do” list and said “no” to a networking event tonight. I also committed to clearing the clutter of my desk by the end of this week. Now, your turn!

Affirm: I let go of overwhelm and practice saying “enlightened no’s” to people, situations, and opportunities that do not serve me at this time. Each moment of my workday solely exists to bring me joy. I remember to lighten up, laugh more and appreciate more. All is well.

Happy spring cleaning your business!​

Fall in love with your marketing

How to Fall in Love With Your Marketing

What does LOVE have to do with marketing your business?

Everything, I believe.

Because if you’re doing marketing begrudgingly, skipping over key marketing channels, not doing enough marketing, or avoiding promoting yourself altogether, then you’re missing out on serving your clients with your gifts and growing your business to the next level!

So, with the eyes of love, let’s take a look at your marketing and see how you can fall in love with this essential building block to making a big income and an even bigger impact!

1) Start with a mindset shift: see marketing as an act of service.

You might think of marketing as being icky, hard and a necessary evil that you HAVE to do, or do very little of it so that you don’t come across as salesy or overly-promoting yourself.

The truth is: when you come from generosity–educating with tips and resources and letting your audience know how they can take it further with you–marketing is an act of service.

The key is to share freely your inspiring tips, strategies and offer–without attachment to someone saying “yes” or buying from you.

Say to yourself the next time you go to call your next prospective client, write a blog article, promote your next event on social media, or create a video: This is an act of service. I’m passionately committed to what I offer, and I’m not attached to whether they say “yes” or “no.”

2) Simplify your marketing.

So many entrepreneurs I talk to are overwhelmed with ALL the ways you can market your business.

We hear the expert calls: LinkedIn! Facebook Ads! Speaking! Webinars! SEO! Referral-based marketing! Networking! Joint Ventures!

The truth is there’s no RIGHT way to market your business.

All of these strategies work in various degrees, depending on your personality, your target market, your business type, and what stage of growth you’re in.

So to not fall into the overwhelm-trap, discover what are the 1-3 ways you LOVE to market your business.

What feels light and natural to you? Is it speaking and networking? Is it social media and online marketing? Or some other combination?

Then, FOCUS on mastering these 1-3 areas FIRST before you move on to the next strategy.

Bonus Tip: Be sure to get support for the marketing strategies you want to master. Don’t go into avoidance just because you don’t know HOW to do something.

For example, I recently realized I had been avoiding important aspects of social media as a way to grow my business. I had the perfect excuse of “not having enough time.” Now, I’ve made a decision to get support in this area. What a relief that I don’t have to know HOW or figure it all out on my own!

3) Start a Daily Marketing Love practice.

Most entrepreneurs I meet don’t do nearly enough marketing in their business.

If you tend to full into that category or want to up your game, I recommend a Daily Marketing Love practice.

Start with scheduling at least 30 minutes in your calendar everyday for taking inspired marketing action. Go ahead and block this time out in your calendar right now.

Then, set a timer for 30 minutes to keep you on track and distraction-free. If your mind or your fingers start to do other things (like how many times do you lose track of time on social media? I’m totally busted on that one!), remind yourself to come back and focus on your marketing.

Use this time to connect. Make calls to prospective/former/current clients, follow up with emails, and reach out to group leaders to inquire about speaking opportunities. Or connect with your online audience, whether that’s creating your new online course or webinar.

Happy marketing… with love!

XOXO,
Rebecca

P.S. If you’re looking for marketing support (plus, judgment-free kick-in-the-pants) to grow your income and impact this year, I’d love to talk to you. Just click here, and we can set up a no-pressure chat to see if we’re a fit to work together.

Is Your Should Voice Getting in the Way

Is Your “Should” Voice Getting in the Way of Growing Your Business with Ease?

One of my least favorite words in the English language is “should.”

Why?

Because when I say it to myself (Rebecca, you should really do this, for example), it’s typically said in an authoritative, bearing-down sort of way that feels so disempowering to my spirit.

In the 5 years I’ve been in business and in my 20-plus-year marketing career, I’ve “shoulded” on myself plenty of times.

And more often than not, these “shoulds” have taken me down paths that have felt out of alignment or proved to be bad timing, resulting in some costly, messy or uncomfortable situations—a bad hire for a marketing assistant, investing in a costly online course that I never use, and, more recently, prematurely trying to launch a group coaching program.

What I hear from many women entrepreneurs that I coach and talk to in my community is how easy it can be to get tripped up by this “should” voice.

What happens is it can take you in directions that aren’t aligned with your inner knowing, such as taking on projects that are other people’s priorities or doing marketing activities that the “experts” say to do, but aren’t the right ones for YOU and your ideal clients.

Or you can find yourself stuck and spinning your wheels, so that you’re not building momentum, not consistently attracting new clients and not making the money you’re wanting in your business.

Here are 3 of the most common “should” statements I hear and my tips on how to transform that disempowering voice into soul-inspiring self-talk—and action!

1) I should be further along in my business than I am now.

This thought typically stems from one of these unconscious beliefs:

  • I’m not good enough.
  • Something must be wrong with me.
  • I’m not doing it right.
  • I don’t have what it takes.

To address these hidden beliefs, you need a good healthy dose of self-compassion.

Because without the practice of self-love and acceptance, we can beat ourselves up pretty good—and either push ourselves harder or give up completely.

Self-compassion is definitely not a luxury; it’s necessary for success!

Action: Acknowledge and accept exactly where you are in your business. You can simply say: I am where I am, and I’m OK.

 Secondly, from this place of acceptance, declare that you want more. Say: I am at peace with exactly where I am, and I want to create MORE—more clients, more money, more visibility, and more opportunities to give my gifts.

Finally, ask yourself: From this place of acceptance and desire for more, what support or training do I need to grow to that next level and attract my ideal clients? What do I need to let go of to create space for more of what I want?

2) I should take this client because I need or want the money.

Here are some unconscious beliefs that may be behind this “should”:

  • I better take what comes to me, as there may not be another opportunity like this.
  • This is probably as good as it will get for me.
  • The Universe has brought me this person, so it must mean he/she is the right fit.

Personally, I’ve gone through a lot of growing pains with this one. But this year was a turning point.

For example, earlier in the year, I made the tough decision to let go of a lucrative, but non-ideal client. Once I got still and quiet and asked myself this question: “If I take money off the table, what is the highest good in this situation?” the simple, clear answer I heard is: “Let her go.”

In another situation a few months ago, I quickly passed on a prospective client who I discovered wasn’t the right fit in our initial phone conversation and referred her to another coach who it turns out was thrilled to work with her.

The “old Rebecca” would have stayed longer in both of these situations and tried to work it out—because I used to operate under the paradigm that when money is on the table, I have to stick with it and make it work.

Now, I’ve learned to put a stake in the ground, trust my gut, and say a graceful “no, thank you” to ones who are not ideal.

Action: Practice listening to your intuition and noticing those bodily sensations in your gut. Be willing to pass on non-ideal clients and trust that your enlightened “no’s” will lead you to your ideal “YES’s”!

3) I should do this (fill-in-the-blank) marketing strategy or attend this networking event.

Typically, the unconscious beliefs for this “should” statement are:

  • I don’t want to be left out or get left behind.
  • Everyone else is doing it, so it must mean I need to do it, too.
  • I don’t want to look stupid or uninformed by not engaging in this marketing strategy or attending this event.

I get it. You don’t want to feel left out, not “with it” or like you’re not behind the 8-ball in your business.

But what can happen when you follow these “shoulds” is a big giant feeling of overwhelm—resulting in a lack of clarity and forward movement in your business.

Action: Pick 1-3 marketing strategies you want to focus on for now—that feel right and light for you, your personality and your ideal clients. And simply let go of the rest. You can always come back to them at a later time.

Between now and end of January, I’m offering a limited number of Complimentary Business Clarity Sessions designed to support you in paving a path to a powerful 2017.

This is a laser-focused session to discuss your business and life vision for the New Year. The intention of the session is to clarify where you are now, the transformation you are seeking, and if it makes sense to explore working together.

These complimentary sessions are my way of giving back and fulfilling my mission to support soul-inspired female entrepreneurs to create a big income and an even bigger impact with their gifts.

Go here to request your complimentary session now.

Where to Find Speaking Gigs

Where to Find Speaking Gigs to Grow Your List and Attract Your Dream Clients

More and more heart-centered entrepreneurs like you are using speaking as a way to grow your list and attract new clients. Which is great!

The problem is… where to find those places to speak?

Before sharing a few ideas to get you started, let’s start with your mindset.

You may be thinking there aren’t very many opportunities in your local area to speak or that it’s too hard to find those places.

Maybe you’ve put a few “feelers” out already, but haven’t gotten the response you expected, so you’re feeling disappointed and frustrated and have stopped putting energy in that direction.

Or maybe you’re just not feeling “ready” to speak: your signature talk isn’t put together; you don’t have clarity on your ideal audience; or you don’t have a proven strategy on how speaking can help you bring in new clients.

(If you need help with these things, check out my SPEAK, SHINE, SELL 1-Day Workshop here.)

Whatever may be holding you back from booking yourself to speak, let’s start by simply getting you in the highest vibration to attract those perfect speaking opportunities!

Here are a few affirmations to support those high vibes:

  • There are infinite possibilities and places for me to speak.
  • I easily attract the perfect speaking opportunities.
  • I’m prepared and take action toward the wonderful speaking opportunities that are abundantly here for me.
  • My ideal audience can’t wait to hear what I have to say!

Pick the affirmation that works best for you (or create your own), post it on a stickie in a visible place like your desk or bathroom mirror, repeat everyday for the next 21 days, and get into action with booking yourself to speak!

Here are 5 ideas to get you started:

1) Start with your inner circle, and ask for support.

Share with your closest friends, colleagues, business associates and family members that you are looking for places to speak. Be sure and let them know the specific audiences you want to reach as well as the topic you speak on.  Then, simply ask them, “Who do you know… “

2) Be intentional and detective-like in your networking.

When you meet a new colleague in your field or a complementary field at a networking event, inquire if they speak as a way to grow their business and then ask where they have spoken recently. Be genuinely interested in their experience and also share you are looking for places to speak. You can also share at a networking roundtable you are looking for places to speak (be sure and specify your audience) and ask for referrals.

3) Create your own event.

Speak in your friend’s living room or invite a group of friends and colleagues to your own home, as a way to get started. You can also book a room at your local library, community center or clubhouse.

Make your event fun and enticing, or give it a theme. I recently attended a free presentation put on by one of my SPEAK, SHINE, SELL workshop participants, and she called it a “Fashion Mimosa Night” and gave a talk on how you can dress to manifest success in your life.

Tip: Make your event FREE, and you will remove all barriers to entry and draw more people in the door. You can also get free advertising in your local paper when you position it as a free community event.

4) Go where your ideal clients hang out.

Brainstorm and create a list of groups, organizations your ideal clients are already part of as well as businesses and places they hang out.

For example, if you work primarily with spiritual and ambitious women entrepreneurs such as I do, you’ll want to list out places where these types of women gather. Do an online search for “women’s networking” or whatever your niche is. Check out local Meetups, civic organizations and entrepreneurial groups. Play the “who do I know” game and get creative here. In addition to speaking in more traditional business settings, I’ve spoken at a chiropractor’s office, a women’s workout studio, and even once at a socially-conscious hair salon!

5) Warm up your speaking “chops” by speaking weekly.

If you’re new at speaking or want to have regular speaking practice, then I highly recommend joining Toastmasters and/or a weekly networking group such as BNI or Team Referral.

In addition, service organizations such as Rotary Club, Kiwanis and the Optimist Club are always looking for speakers, so those are great audience members to help warm up your speaking “chops”!

I hold the belief there are infinite speaking possibilities waiting for you. Stay alert to the opportunities. Be willing and ready to take action, then move your feet, as you say YES to speaking as a way to grow your business!

Learn more about the SPEAK, SHINE, SELL 1-Day Workshop here.

 

3 Ways to Access Your Inner Wisdom Business Expert

3 Ways to Access Your Inner Wisdom Business Expert

I believe we all have an inner business wisdom expert.

It’s an inner voice, sense, knowing or nudge from our soul that is infinitely wise, calm, clear and directive on the decisions and actions to take in every area of lives–from our business, our relationships, our finances, our health, and even where to find that parking spot!

The key to hearing that wise expert guide in you is sloooooooowing down, taking time throughout your day to relax your mind and body completely, and setting aside regular intervals throughout your day to tune in and connect with that part of you.

Here’s an example of how I’ve been supported by my inner wisdom business expert: last month a Platinum client emailed me for coaching support in between our regular twice a month sessions. Instead of firing off a response in typical fashion, I breathed and felt into what she was really needing, and then I slept on it. I gave myself space for clarity and wisdom to emerge.

The next day I sent a brief email, saying what needed to be said to my client and asking her a simple question.

From that question a wealth of insights and clarity poured out of her, including articulating her genius, clarifying what she’s not good at and the specific areas where she is needing support.

I later heard back from her saying, “Look what your question inspired today. I have already written TWO blogs today that are very real!”

So how do we get in touch with this inner wisdom business expert (aka, our intuition)?

Because it’s typically not a loud, demanding voice, vision or sensation, although you may experience it that way.  More often than not, it’s more like a whisper, a subtle nudge, a rippling of a vision, or an inspired idea that comes in when you’re in a relaxed state of mind. That’s why some of the best ideas can come when you’re taking a shower or just waking up from a nap!

Here are 3 ways you can access your inner wisdom business expert:

1) Get your morning download! (Coffee is optional.)

Start your day off with your journal and an empowering question you want to ask your inner wisdom business expert. Set a timer for 20 minutes and then write down whatever answers come to you. Don’t censor anything.Here are some sample questions to help get you started:

  • What is mine to do today?
  • What are the next steps for me to take in my business?
  •  What steps can I take today to attract my ideal clients?
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  • As someone who easily attracts new ideal clients, who am I called to connect with today–or this week?
  • What do I need to know about growing revenue in my business?
  • What steps can I take today toward this project or goal of X?
  • In what ways can I choose to show up in my power today?
  • What do I need to let go of in my schedule or in my environment to create more space?

2) “Take two” throughout your day. 

Create small moments throughout your day to relax your body and mind completely.You may feel like you don’t have time or don’t want to sit for 20 or 30 minutes in a mindfulness practice each day. I get it. I’m someone who has “tried” to have a regular meditation practice for years. Lately, I have found what works for me with meditating and that’s to take time throughout my day to still my mind. So I now set an alarm chime to go off at five minutes before each hour. When I hear the chime, I stop what I’m doing to relax, take some deep breaths, empty my mind and just be. I often set a timer for 2 minutes when I get this reminder, and just sit and breathe. I call this my “take two” time.

3) Pause and ask: Does this activity feel heavy or light? Does it make me feel focused or scattered?

With every business activity you are engaging in or are thinking about engaging in, you can pause and check in. What do you notice? Does it feel heavy or light or somewhere in between? Does it make you feel clear and focused, or scattered and overwhelmed? Where is your motivation for doing this coming from? Are you doing an activity because you “should” do it or it’s what the “experts” say to do? Or is it coming from your natural joy and self-expression? Does it really light you up? What drives a lot of my business decisions and actions is this noticing.

When an idea comes up that lights me up–even though it can feel scary, too!–then I know it’s my inner wisdom business expert talking to me. When I’m doing an activity that feels “heavy,” then I stop and reassess: Is this really mine to do? Or maybe I’ll ask, what support am I needing here?

Give one or more of these a try, and comment below with your thoughts or experiences with accessing your inner wisdom business expert!

Why Sharing Your Hero's Story is Crucial to Client Attraction

Why Your Story is the “Magic Key” to Client Attraction

Your personal story is an essential “magic key” of your brand and ability to attract new clients.

It’s the thing that sets you apart from others in your field because it’s YOUR story, and not a single other person on this planet has your unique set of experiences, challenges or perspective.

Your story is essentially the narrative of your hero’s journey, revealing some of the hardships you’ve experienced, the ultimate challenge you faced, your turnaround moment, the steps or process you discovered to resolve the crisis, and, as a result, how your life is different today.

It gets to the heart of your “why”–why you are inspired to do what you do.

Here are 5 reasons why sharing your story is a “magic key” to attracting your ideal clients with ease:

1) Sharing Your Story Eliminates All Competition.

What’s true is there’s only one of you. And there’s only one story like yours.

When you share your hero’s journey, your personal why and your stand in the world, this becomes an essential part of your unique brand. Your particular perspective and set of experiences is unlike no other.

And by knowing and owning your story–and sharing it with the resonant audience you’re meant to serve–you literally eliminate ALL competition!

2) Sharing Your Story Makes You Relatable.

When your audience hears that you’ve struggled with things that they’re struggling with now, you become relatable.

You seem like a real person to them who has had her share of life challenges. And your clients will often think, “Well, if she’s struggled with this, figured out a solution, and is now enjoying the success I want, maybe I can have that, too!”

3) Sharing Your Story Creates an Emotional Connection with Your Audience.

People buy primarily from their emotions.

When you authentically share your story with prospective clients—via presentations, workshops, a free consultation, social media, your website—you tap into the emotional center of their brain, called the amygdala.

This is where true connection with your ideal client resides, and creating that bond with them is the real key to inspiration, influence–and sales!

I remember when I was interviewing virtual assistants for my business last year I spoke with one who seemed like she had all the right technical and administrative skills I was looking for. But when I asked her to share something about her personal life, she immediately clammed up. I knew right then that I couldn’t work with her, as I value having an emotional connection with the people I surround myself with.

4) Sharing Your Story Positions You as an Expert.

Sharing your story gives you the opportunity to position yourself as an expert–an expert who has been where your ideal clients are now, and knows the pitfalls and roadblocks. An expert who has traveled the path they’re currently on and can literally light the way and take them to the results they are wanting in their own lives.

This gives potential clients a lot of confidence in your offering and creates that know-love-trust factor.

5) Sharing Your Story Gets Clients Excited to Work With You!

Not only are you more relatable to your audience when you talk about a challenge you’ve faced and the steps you took to overcome the obstacles in your way, you also plant the seed of possibility for your ideal clients.

Telling your audience about some of the wonderful successes you’re now enjoying in your life shows them what’s possible in their own lives. That gets them excited to work with you—because they want those same results!

So, in brief: share your personal story at every opportunity! When done well and in front of your right and resonant audience, it literally magnetizes your ideal clients to you.

Be sure and include a 3-5 minute version in each of your presentations, webinars, classes, workshops, and free consultations. Include a version of it in your newsletters and email campaigns, social media posts—and, of course, the “About Me” page on your website. Here’s an example from my own About Me page.

The #1 Thing That Gets in the Way of Success--and What You Can Do About It

The #1 Thing That Gets in the Way of Success–and What You Can Do About It

The single greatest thing you can do every day to succeed in your business or creative endeavors is… what?

Marketing? Nope.

Sales? Nope.

Deliver over-the-top customer service? Nope.

Book more speaking engagements or engage more on social media? Nope, and nope.

Now mind you, these are ALL critical to having a successful business, and I DO recommend you give them top priority each day.

However, the single greatest thing you can do everyday to succeed in your business and life is to build the belief in yourself.

 Self-doubt, not believing in yourself and what you’re capable of is truly the #1 thing that gets in the way of your success.

So here are 3 simple steps to grow your confidence and belief in your amazingness every single day:

1) Appreciate and track your wins every single day (no matter how small).

As the old saying goes, what you appreciate, appreciates! Meaning it grows! So, take time every day to celebrate and appreciate the big AND the little wins in your business and life.

Particularly on the days when nothing seems to go my way, I especially make sure to take time to find at least 5 things to celebrate, no matter how small or insignificant they seemed.

Success breeds success—and what you focus on, grows and flourishes!

2) Do something everyday to exercise your courage muscle.

 Recently, I saw Brene’ Brown (famed TEDx speaker and author of bestsellers Daring Greatly and The Gifts of Imperfection) on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday, and she gave this definition of courage:

From the Latin word for heart, cour, courage is to share your whole story with your whole heart.

Where can you show up more fully in your business? What opportunities are in front of you to stretch and share “your whole heart” with strength, leadership AND vulnerability?

These past few weeks I’ve had at least 3 opportunities to exercise my courage muscle and share in conscious business settings parts of my story or hero’s journey.

It’s been exhilarating, scary and liberating! But I’m getting more comfortable with being uncomfortable and trusting that it will be awesome learning experience.

I also know each time I stretch myself to do something beyond my comfort zone, I’m growing my courage muscle—and my confidence.

3) Give yourself a testosterone boost.

We’ve learned that we can use the power of our thoughts or our mind to change our lives (our health, relationships, finances, career), and…

We’re also learning we can also use our BODIES to change our state of mind!

So, here’s what I mean by giving yourself a testosterone boost to grow your confidence and belief in yourself:

Anytime you are faced with a high stakes situation or even something that feels a bit scary or uncomfortable for you (like introducing yourself at a networking meeting or following up with a potential client), take 2 minutes before going into that situation and put yourself in a “power pose.”

A “power pose” is one that opens up your body and heart and has you take up space. My favorite one is the “X” pose where you raise your arms above you in a “V” and your legs are in an upside down “V.”

When you do this, you literally raise your testosterone levels, helping you feel more confident and personally powerful, AND you’re literally lowering cortisol in your body, which is the stress hormone.

This is one of my favorite practices that I’ve borrowed from Amy Cuddy, another famed TED speaker, Harvard Business School professor, and author of Presence.

I practice this confidence-booster everyday and typically say one of my favorite affirmations when I do it:

I expand in abundance, success, and love everyday as I inspire those around me to do the same.

Try these practices, and let me know how they work for you. Wishing you soulful success always!

 

The Essential Daily 3’s for Your Business

My yoga teacher often talks about the Essential Daily 5 yoga postures to keep your body balanced, aligned and thriving in everyday life.

So one recent day in yoga class I got inspired to create the Essential Daily 3 for creating a business that is balanced with the other important parts of your life, aligned with what brings you joy, AND thriving financially.

Essentially, it boils down to taking 3 daily actions in the areas of money, marketing and mindset to grow your business, your bank account, and the big impact you’re here to make.

Of course, there’s a lot more than these actions that goes into building a profitable business you love.

But when you consistently prioritize these 3 things, your success will skyrocket, your dreams will come true, the magic will unfold.

Essential Daily #1: Marketing

Action: Book a minimum of 30 minutes each day in your calendar for marketing outreach and then spend that time reaching out and connecting with potential clients.

Remember the ABC’s of marketing? ABC stands for Always Be Connecting! Use this 30-minute block of time to make calls, send emails and follow up with hot leads, prospective clients and referral partners, or to book yourself to speak in front of groups that are your ideal audience.

Bonus Tip: How to stay focused on your outreach and stop distractions in their tracks? Before you start your calls, set the timer on your phone to 30 minutes. This simple strategy works brilliantly!

Essential Daily #2: Money

 Action: Track your numbers every single day to the penny.

Most of us want to create a more harmonious and abundant relationship with money, and I’ve found this practice is a simple way to keep you mindful and on top of what’s coming in and what’s going out (revenues and expenses).

The practice of numbers tracking keeps you consciously engaged in a daily relationship with money, empowering you to make new decisions and take new actions that will certainly take your business to the next level.

Essential Daily #3: Mindset

Action: Spend a minimum of 30 minutes everyday engaging in a practice that cultivates a calm mind, uplifts you and raises your vibration.

Pick the practice(s) that you LOVE to do—whether it’s gardening, walking in nature, meditation, journaling, yoga, reading inspirational material, mindful movement or other activities that strengthen your inner wellbeing and inspire joy in your day.

What’s key here is that you practice it consistently.

One of my favorite practices is celebrating.

So I take time almost every day to celebrate and appreciate the big AND the little wins in my business and life. Even on crappy days when nothing seems to go my way, I force myself to find at least 5 things to celebrate in the day, no matter how small or insignificant it may seem.

Bonus Tip: Set a recurring calendar reminder at the end of your day and take 10 minutes to write down 5 things you are celebrating and appreciating. This super simple practice has a big pay off: Tracking and acknowledging your successes each day breeds more success!

5 Habits of Ambitious Heart-Centered Entrepreneurs

Do You Embrace Ambition? 5 Habits of Ambitious Heart-Centered Entrepreneurs

“There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”
– Nelson Mandela

For many spiritual, heart-centered entrepreneurs—especially women—I’ve noticed a tendency to shy away from ambition.

There’s a very real fear we have seemed to inherit that stops many of us from standing fully in our power, speaking up and out, and claiming our right to abundance and wealth.

This fear stems from any number of factors: cultural conditioning; things we were told growing up such as “children should be seen and not heard;” modeling what our moms did or didn’t do; and/or perhaps even having a past life or an energetic/DNA imprint from a time in history when women were literally burned at the stake for speaking up.

The fear of ambition may show up for you when you say things like:

I want success, but I don’t want to have to work so hard or work a ton of hours to achieve it.

It’s not about the money for me; I just want to help as many people as I can.

I’m truly happy with my life the way it is… Even though I’m not making the money I want to be making, it’s decent enough.

First off, to truly embrace your ambition, you’ll want to define what ambition means to you.

Is it having a 6-figure business doing work you love in a way that supports your preferred lifestyle?

As an aside, I hear SO MANY women solopreneurs say this is what they want. Yet they don’t take the actions (such as investing in themselves) or use their mind in the most productive way to get this desired result. (I’m here to change that, but that’s for another article in the works for you!)

Remember, you get to define what ambition means for you, and it doesn’t have to look like anyone else’s. And your definition will probably look much different now than when you were in your 20s.

Ready to embrace your ambition? Here are 5 habits to cultivate as an ambitious and driven heart-centered entrepreneur:


1) Stand out. Be willing to be fabulous and unique YOU.

There’s truly a unique part of you that many women business owners mistakenly believe they have to hold back.

You may be plagued by self-doubt or lack the confidence to really own your value, resulting in you significantly undervaluing what you do and charging far less than what you are worth.

The truth is… you have a gift, a unique viewpoint and a stand in the world to take.

AND it often stems from a childhood wound or something you’ve really struggled with in the past, have overcome, and now you want to be sure no one else has to struggle with it like you did. Be willing to come out with it and capitalize on that part of you!

One of my clients Miriam realized she had been holding back and undervaluing her talents and not appreciating her accomplishments as a designer and businesswoman. As her brand mentor and business coach, I helped Miriam to define her business’ brand essence, which included her owning her value and discovering the courage, clarity and conviction to confidently move forward with the launch of her women’s clothing line on her own terms.


2) Show up. Take daily consistent action to get the results you’re wanting—whether you feel like it or not.

Ambitious heart-centered entrepreneurs show up. Every frickin’ day whether they feel like it or not. 

It’s not about working harder or working longer hours. But it is about being really clear on your goal, taking daily consistent action, staying laser-like focused and minimizing distractions.

The old saying “Little hinges swing big doors” could not be more true.

And when you learn to take daily consistent action—not just every so often or once a week, but DAILY—in your marketing outreach, money tracking and personal renewal time, you’ll actually increase your fun and profits!


3) Act as if. Make decisions from where you want to be not from where you are.

Here’s a quick exercise for you.

Step 1: Think of a decision you need to make in your business. It could be as simple as: do I order new business cards now or wait until the New Year?

Step 2: Next, write down the most amount of money you’ve ever made in a year.

Got it?

Step 3: Now, add a zero to it.

Whoa! That’s a very different number, isn’t it?

Step 4: Now ask yourself: As someone who makes THIS amount of money, what decision would I make in this situation? As someone who makes this amount of money, what’s the next action step to take?


4) Know your edges.

The famous Kenny Rogers refrain from “The Gambler” comes to mind: You got to know when to hold ‘em. Know when to fold ‘em. Know when to walk away. And know when to run.

I’m not talking about cards or gambling in this case. I’m talking about knowing your edges and knowing when to hold ‘em, fold ‘em or walk the hell away.

In essence, it’s about you discerning what your edges are, your willingness to go to those edges. I’m not talking about jumping without a safety net. It’s also about knowing when to pause, stop and take a breath, or take a break. Or stop and rest.

Ask yourself honestly, am I going to the edge of the light I can see? Or am I holding back because it feels scary as heck and my insides are crazy?


5) Completely replace complaining, criticizing and comparing with…

Celebrating, Connecting and Collaborating.

Enough said! 😉

3 Ways to Relax on the Money Rollercoaster Ride

3 Ways to Relax (and Enjoy!) the Money Rollercoaster Ride as a Conscious Entrepreneur

There’s a saying that “how you do money is how you do everything.”

And what stops most women from getting their gifts out into the world isn’t their passion, drive or commitment. It’s their relationship with money.

Why is that?

Because money is at the heart of every decision you make — in your life, your business or your career.

However, for most women, money is a source of fear, confusion and self-sabotage.

And it can often feel like one big fat rollercoaster ride!

But money doesn’t have to be a struggle.

In fact, money can be your most powerful ally, especially when you learn to take practical, mindful actions with money everyday while staying relaxed and present with your experience.

Here are three of my top recommendations to help you “power up” your relationship with money:

1) Set a Bold Money Goal every 60 days and be clear why this amount of money is important to you.

Are you someone who only has a vague notion of your money goal for the year and the next 60 days? Or is it a figure you keep only in your head?

Having a clear dollar figure as your goal that you write down on paper and look at everyday is my top recommendation for relaxing and enjoying the money rollercoaster ride.

Why is this important? Two main reasons: it activates your brain into asking, “So if this is my goal, what steps can I take today to reach it? Who can I call and email?”

It also sends a clear message to the Universe, which then begins to conspire on your behalf to bring you what you clearly ask for.

Then, write down your “why.” Why is this amount of money important to you? What will you do with it?

When you bridge your money goal (your “what”) with the meaning behind it (your “why”), that’s where the magic can happen.

2) Track your income every single day to the penny.

Money loves attention! I’ve personally experienced that when I pay attention to where my money goes, money flows and GROWS.

Start by tracking your income every single day to the penny. I give all my clients “money tracking sheets” to put on their desks or post in a visible place.

Money tracking is an amazing practice that keeps you mindful of your money—and empowered to take the necessary action steps to increase what’s coming in and be conscious of what’s going out.

For many women, it can become all too easy to ignore your finances, or to go to the other extreme and be obsessive-compulsive about your numbers.

Tip: Set a recurring appointment time on your calendar at the end of your workday to track ALL sources of income that have come in that day.

This time is also the perfect opportunity to express appreciation for the money that comes in, and the value and meaning that expression has for you!

3) Start to notice your thoughts about money — and how you feel when you think those thoughts.

One of my favorite sentences in The Science of Getting Rich, written by Wallace Wattles in 1910, is this:

“The thoughts you think about money and how you feel when you think those thoughts directly relate to the flow of money in your life.”

So when you have automatic or reactive thoughts like “I can’t afford it” or “it’s too expensive” or you notice that tight feeling in your belly when you really want to buy something that seems out of your price range, become aware of that sensation in your body and the thoughts you are having.

Stop. Pause. Take a deep breath, and notice what’s there. Get curious.

When you can begin to notice what you’re noticing, that’s the first step in shifting from a reactive pattern around money to consciously responding to the “money moment” at hand.

This is good time to journal what you’re noticing and talk to a trusted friend, coach or mentor, as a way to begin reclaiming your power from the money trigger.

You’ll find that as you “gather yourself” and take back your power, you’re in a much better place to mindfully take the next step around money and begin to claim your financial freedom — in your business and life!