Here are the 3 things I’m doing to achieve more this year

Here are the 3 things I’m doing to achieve more this year

Sometimes, you just don’t feel it. After attempting to record a different episode for this week’s podcast and struggling to get it done, I had a stroke of insight about why I was feeling so indifferent to doing the work. Instead of spending the morning deep in my own work, I had instead spent it consuming other people’s content. I fell down the rabbit hole of link after link after link, and before I knew it, I had whittled away too much time ingesting information and not making anything. This noticing gave the idea for today’s podcast as I experiment with a new way of navigating the way I do my work. I identified three core things I need to be putting my attention toward in 2017 to grow my business. And while none of this is particularly new, what was clear is that the order of when I do these three things matters. A lot. Listen to today’s episode and find out the three things I’m doing to achieve more this year.    Three ways to achieve more this year Click To Tweet Recommended Resources The case for drinking as much coffee as you like StrengthsFinders 2.0 by Tom Rath What questions to ask when your business needs to change CEO Fast Track Guide Thanks for listening! I want to thank you for listening and to those that have taken the time to review the show. If you like the Beyond PRO Podcast, please consider leaving an honest review in iTunes. Your review goes a long way to help this podcast get found by more people. Thank you! You can...
What questions to ask when your business needs to change

What questions to ask when your business needs to change

Happy New Year! As we jump headfirst into 2017, you’re probably thinking a lot about where you want to take your business this year. And if you know that it’s time for a change, today’s Beyond PRO Podcast will help you ask yourself the right questions. A couple of quick housekeeping items before we get into the heart of today’s content. If you’re in planning mode for 2017 (or need to be), I’m running a free email course called Plan with Purpose 2017. In it, I walk you step-by-step through my planning process. You can register for it by clicking here I wanted to share that last week, Entrepreneur Magazine named this podcast as one of 24 Exceptional Women-Hosted Podcasts for Entrepreneurs in 2017. I am thrilled to be included in such amazing company, and I wanted to thank all my long-term listeners for their support, and welcome my new listeners to the podcast. Thank you. I have big plans for the podcast in 2017. Now onto today’s content — Last episode we spoke about what to do if you’re facing a crisis of confidence. If you want to go listen to that episode, you can find it here. One of the challenges that can easily put the most confident entrepreneur into a tailspin is when they realize that their business needs to change. It might be small, it might be big or somewhere in between, but regardless – something has to shift (and most likely soon). You know your business needs to change when: You’re no longer excited to do your work (day after day, not just once in...
How to bounce back after a crisis of confidence (BPP #031)

How to bounce back after a crisis of confidence (BPP #031)

“Life will not always deliver your desired outcomes. It has to teach you that your spirit will get its muscle by bouncing back and giving it all you can.” ~Dodinsky At some point in your business journey, you will likely find yourself at a crisis of confidence. It might be because of something that has happened in your personal life – a baby, a divorce, a death, a marriage, or a financial change. Or it might be because of something specific inside the business from a shift in the market, an economic downturn, disinterest in the current business or a failure that stung. Everyone has moments where they are shaken to the core of what’s true. We all experience times when we wonder if we are on the right path, or if we’ll ever be able to get back on it to begin with. But we don’t talk about it – it’s like we are not good business owners if we aren’t sharing our big successes from the mountaintop (or Facebook). I want to talk about it today. Because I KNOW it happens over and over again in business, and when you’re in the thick of it, it’s hard to know what to do next.  And  I’ve seen it more than a few times lately with clients, friends and colleagues. These challenges include things like: An unexpected death in the family which made this entrepreneur just not want to work on her business at all (and wondered if it would be ok while she grieved) An ongoing struggle which  made this entrepreneur wonder if they could take the toxic...
Where to focus when you don’t know where to focus

Where to focus when you don’t know where to focus

It’s not that you don’t want to be focused. You get how staying focused on what matters most is crucial it is to the growth and development of your business. You’ve probably tried a number of strategies to get yourself more focused. Perhaps you’ve set a timer while you work. Maybe you’ve turned off all social media distractions on occasion. You may have even buddied up with a fellow entrepreneurial friend to keep yourself accountable. And yet, you find yourself wandering. You can’t seem to complete the things you start, and you often question where you’re actually working on the right things in the first place. I am ALL for focus. I believe it’s a skill that we must develop as business owners, and those that do will lead the pack. But focus for the sake of focus isn’t the goal. If that were true, you could easily find yourself ‘focusing’ on reading cat memes on Facebook instead of writing a blog post. Or you could find yourself focusing on client work and never on the growth of your business. Focus matters. But what matters more is WHAT you focus on. And that’s where you might be getting stuck. So let’s talk about where to focus when you don’t know where to focus. I want you to be clear about where to put your valuable time and attention so that you can get the most from it and start to see results quickly. And by extension, I want you to know where NOT focus, giving yourself permission to say “No” or “Not right now” to the activities that aren’t...
Take your business personally (just not too personally)

Take your business personally (just not too personally)

If you’re like most business owners I talk to, your business likely feels like an extension of yourself — like it’s a part of who you are. It eats up a lot of your brain power and you probably find it hard to turn off.  I bet that you’re thinking, scheming, planning and processing even while you’re making dinner, playing with your kids or walking your dogs. (or is that just me?!?)  As small business owners, we care deeply about our work and the impact it’s having in the world, alongside how it’s feeding us, both emotionally and financially. Our business matters and we take it seriously AND personally. And that’s the way it should be if you want to build a business that endures. As Starbucks CEO, Howard Schultz said about business: “You can’t build something unless you take it personally.” You already know this, I’m sure. You care about your business deeply, and you are heavily invested in its success. But here’s where it can get a little messy – particularly if you’re a one-person shop. While you must take your business personally, you must also separate yourself from the business. Because you are not your business. And your business is not you. This is a critical distinction that most small business owners miss and one that leads to massive frustration, self-doubt, fear and playing small. It’s normal and natural that this happens, because as micro-business owners, we’re likely doing 85% or more of the tasks inside the business — it’s no wonder it feels like an extension of us. This is where you need to flex your...

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