Category: overcoming challlenges

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The Secret To Growing Your Business

The secret to growing your business is putting it on a regular schedule.

No doubt you’ve heard the axiom, “a business is like a baby.”  If you’ve had the experience with both you know that this axiom is true.  Just like your baby, your business is constantly on your mind.  A baby grows stronger and healthier because of a regular schedule. Eat, sleep, poop are the rhythms of life that helps baby to flourish.

Well, your business may not eat, sleep and poop but it also requires a regular schedule-a rhythm to help it to flourish- as well.  Some critical elements of a regular schedule consists of:

  • Quiet time to process thoughts
  • Time for writing
  • Time for creating
  • Time for learning
  • Time for planning
  • Time for processing paperwork
  • Regular business coaching
  • A weekly mastermind

A business schedule helps you to remain calm about the ups and downs.  Just like with baby, no matter how erratic your life may be, you make sure that you do not interrupt baby’s schedule.  Why, because you know that he needs a regular schedule to grow healthy.

The most important rhythm in my business schedule is my regular business coaching call and my mastermind group call. My business coaching call for my business is like a regularly scheduled doctor’s visit for baby. It helps me to stay focused on my goals. If you have a business coach, you know that once a week there will be someone to talk to who cares about your success and her only agenda is to see you succeed.  When you have ideas and decisions circulating in your head but can’t come to a conclusion, a business coaching call will help you to prioritize and determine the best ones for you.

My mastermind group is with Lynn Terry’s Self Starters Elite Group. She is awesome and her group forum is exceptional! Many of them I have met at conferences but even without meeting them they are generous with their knowledge and willingness to help. There’s no way I would have continued navigating through the confusion of internet marketing without them. Having an entire GROUP of people to support you is critical and should be scheduled into your business.

Many moms run their business like a hobby; they do what they can do when they can do it. Do not be named among them!  Give your business the time and attention that it deserves by putting it on a regular schedule so that it can grow up to be a big, strong man business.

If you’re looking for a business coach to help you get focused, set realistic, non-limiting goals and carry you off to your success then contact me and we’ll get your business scheduled.

Three Things To Do Before 2011

If you find that your excitement for your business is diluted and you’re not looking forward to the new year, 2011, keep the faith. There are some things that you can do to turn things around and rebuild your excitement.

We all know that your success is not based  solely on techniques, skills, talents or resources.  A good portion of it is determined by your thoughts and attitude. Both are intrinsically tied one to the other. Manage one and the other will fall into place.

So to get your thoughts aligned with success and to take control of a negative or fearful attitude here are a few things to do before 2011.

1. Stop following every freaking guru who claims to be a guru! There’s a teaching going around that says, “proclaim yourself as a guru and you are one.”

WHAT?!

If I proclaim myself to be a man am I one? Even if I have my breasts removed and shot myself up with testosterone, I’m NOT a man.

If I proclaim myself to be a doctor am I one?! Even if I read medical books and went to school for a couple of semesters, I am NOT a doctor.

We’ve taken the word “guru”- which was applied to a holy teacher  who had years of study and wisdom and dispelled spiritual darkness on his followers- watered it down  and stuck it on a person who figured something out and wants you to pay for his knowledge!

One is not a guru because they’ve proclaimed it.

One is not a guru because one paid a bunch of money to learn something.

One is not a guru because one has a website.

That person may be very knowledgeable. That person may be well-learned.  But that doesn’t necessarily make him a guru.

For 2011 unfollow all but 2 people. This will save you a lot of time (less emails to read) and money (less stuff to buy) and more hard drive space!

2. Make changes Don’t get lost in what you did or didn’t do. Determine what you need to change.  It may be your business model, your eating habits or your family set-up. You may feel like you’ve invested enough in your business and haven’t recouped your investment. Change the way you invest. For instance stop buying more stuff to help with your business and invest in something that will help you (yes this is a plug for business coaching. It’s the only thing that I know that is guaranteed to move you to the next level). Be willing to make whatever changes and do it quickly.

3. Say Thank You There’s so much that went right this year. There’s so much that you’ve learned. There’s so much that could have gone wrong. Allow your mind and heart to be filled with gratitude as you paused 2-3 times a day for the remainder of the year to say “Thank You”.

You can start saying with “thank you” now. Leave a comment telling us all what you are thankful about this year.

Motivation-Quotes for the Mompreneur

quotesIn my travels and conversations with mompreneurs I’ve noticed that we all have periods where we’re not very enthusiastic about our home-based businesses. There are times that we find ourselves bored or overwhelmed. One thing that I like to do is post a quote that inspires and motivates me. Here are some quotes that have encouraged me through some down times with a bit of business advice from me.

“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson

When a mom is given the opportunity to start a home business I always advise her to choose passion over money. With crying children, messy diapers, and 8-12 hour work days a mompreneur needs something to be excited about.

“I not only use all the brains I have, but all I can borrow.” –Woodrow Wilson

You exceptionally competent superwoman you! Don’t forget to delegate, barter, outsource and/or  ask for help.

“If you hype something and it succeeds, you’re a genius; it wasn’t a hype. If you hype something and it fails, then it’s just a hype.”–Neil Bogart

Mompreneurs, offer minimum and give extra.

“He is rich who owes nothing.” –Hungarian proverb

Forget about what “they” say, there is no such thing as good debt and bad debt. That’s like good poison and bad poison. In the end both kills you.

“The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you’re still a rat.” –Lily Tomlin

As a mompreneur you must determine what success means for you. If you allow the world to determine it for you you will be forever chasing it.

“When the horse dies, get off.” –Kinky Friedman

This  doesn’t mean give up. It  simply means react quickly to the fluctuating markets, changes in your industry, and your changes in your customer needs.

These quotes have been an inspiration for me. Do you have one that keeps you inspired?


Trust The Process

headshot_marlo_reduxI just got off the phone with Marlo Wallace Boux of The Greg and Marlo Show. She is a super fun mom and talented woman who has had to learn how to trust that God was bringing her where He wanted before she ever got there.

How many of us has had THAT challenge?!

Today Marlo is the co-host of THE very popular talk show, The Greg and Marlo Show, but she struggled while she tried to make money as a stay home mom. One day she met a man on Twitter and…the rest is history. Listen to her tell her story.

At the end she gives tips to other radio show hosts on how to step up your game!

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/forpowerfulwomenonly/2010/06/16/trust-the-process

Set Up For A Comeback

Olalah NjengaI just spent 50 minutes interviewing a dynamic woman! Many people look at others and admire or envy their success without ever trying to understand their past.

This is the reason that I do my Blogtalk Show every week!  For Powerful Women Only likes to look at the background-hidden-in-the-forgotten-past-story behind today’s successful woman. It’s the background story that offers inspiration for the mompreneur who’s struggling today.

Olalah Njenga is the CEO and senior marketing strategist at YellowWood Group where she helps growing and mid-size companies align marketing strategies with sales goals. She the author of, 37 What Were They Thinking Moments In Marketing as well as an awarding winning entrepreneur.  But just 16yrs ago she was 8 months pregnant standing in a court room divorcing her abusive husband!  She tells us more jaw-dropping stories about her life but leaves us with 5 tips to help us make a comeback from life’s traumas and dramas.

This is an interview that you must hear! Click here to listen.