“Good for her, not for me.” (BPP #034)

“Good for her, not for me.” (BPP #034)

I can’t go far without hearing the statement, “You do you.” It seems to be the quote-du-jour. This idea of “You do you” is similar in sentiment to Amy Poehler’s words, “Good for her, not for me.” These words come from her hilarious book, Yes, Please! The full quote reads: “That is the motto women should constantly repeat over and over again. Good for her, not for me.” When I heard this, I thought about just how true the statement is, and yet how much we fight against it. And the thing is, business is hard enough without working against ourselves, so let’s sink into what it would really mean to live Poehler’s words. Enjoy today’s episode:   Recommended Resources: Yes, please! – Amy Poehler Better than before – Gretchen Rubin Four tendencies quiz How to create a personalized success plan How to live a good life – Jonathan Fields Submit Your Question: Starting next week, I’ll be adding a new episode to the weekly line-up where I get to answer your burning business and leadership questions. I wanted to add this to the mix in the spirit of being more useful to you in 2017. Here’s what that looks like and how you can be involved. You can visit the link: bit.ly/bppquestions and submit a question for consideration. I’ll answer a listener question on a first come, first serve basis every Thursday. Now, you might wonder what kinds of questions you can and should ask. First, let me be clear that I’m not looking for business mechanics questions. Asking me what type of shopping cart to use, or whether you should be...
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 create a personalized success plan (BPP #027)

How to create a personalized success plan (BPP #027)

“Not my monkey, not my circus!” As a business owner, sometimes it’s easy to jump on every bandwagon that comes along because we think it’s what we ‘should’ do, what will work and what will get us to success. While there’s always merit to learning from others’ experience and implementing proven tools, over the long haul it won’t be sustainable to simply follow someone else’s path. You have to define your own definition of success. And that’s what we’re talking about on today’s episode. Your business will only work if it works for you – in all aspects. Even if it doesn’t line up with the common and over-hyped success indicators we see online. A personalized success plan is tailored to you – your values and priorities – anchors into the whole picture of your life. The only way to live your life by your design is to get clear on what you truly want and then incorporate strategies, habits, checks and balances that support you. Enjoy today’s episode!      Recommended Resources Work, Sleep, Family, Fitness or Friends: Pick 3 The advice that changed my life (BPP #003)  CEO Fast Track – on sale until February 18 for just $25 My PRO Plan – a comprehensive planning system for small business owners Your business will only work if it works for you. Click To Tweet By design – not by default – that’s where your business sweet spot is! Click To Tweet Success is nebulous. Define it for yourself. Click To Tweet   Thanks for listening! I want to thank you for listening and to those that have...
Nothing is ever wasted, it is all useful (BPP #020)

Nothing is ever wasted, it is all useful (BPP #020)

Here’s a couple of patterns I see play out again and again at this time of year. Pattern #1: To completely ignore all past business missteps and hard knocks, in favour of focusing on the bright shiny future and possibility. Pattern #2: To completely dwell in the past, get locked in a story/personal narrative, and never go beyond it. Naturally, neither are constructive. Pattern #1 misses the critical opportunity and gift of past experience to shape the future direction and decisions we will need to make in business. Pattern #2 keeps us stuck, miserable and never moving forward. It does a number on our self-confidence and worth, and becomes a never-ending destructive cycle of doubt, shame, fear and guilt. I want you to embrace a third pattern. One that holds the perspective that nothing you’ve done is ever wasted, and contains valuable inside to drive your business forward, while not keeping you locked in past mistakes or regrets. The idea of making New Year’s Resolutions has come under fire the past few years because they simply set us up for failure. Why is that, do you think? We talked last week about implementing an intention for the year and how it differs from goals or resolutions. Along with setting an intention, reflection is a necessary tool to replicate more of what works and to learn lessons from what didn’t. As you review the past year, regardless of when you’re starting, do so with a perspective of curiosity rather than judgment. The past is the past, and the future still awaits your design. Learn from the triumphs and the challenges...
Break free of your addiction to possibilities (BPP #017)

Break free of your addiction to possibilities (BPP #017)

Is there a way out of the rabbit hole? The old Chinese Proverb that says, “He who chases two rabbits catches neither,” rings true still today. We are tugged at and bombarded by everything new – new ideas, new products, new courses, new connections – and they can immobilize our ability to get anywhere. What rabbits are you chasing? Have you caught any of them? Have you fallen down one of those rabbit holes? On today’s podcast we discuss the idea that being addicted to possibilities traps us into doing nothing. In the land of possibilities, information overload and new, shiny courses, we are bombarded with endless possibilities. How do we end the madness? Escape the trap? “In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities. In the expert’s mind, there are few.” ~ Suzuki Roshi 3 Big Possibility Pitstops we uncover and focus on: 1. I’m worried I’ll make the wrong decision. 2. Fear — as long as I don’t pick a path, I’m not open to criticism, failure or even success. 3. Lack of focus and clarity, leads to major distraction and rabbit hole finding. Experiencing next-level living requires we acknowledge, reflect, make necessary changes and take focused steps to become experts in the land of possibility. I provide actionable steps we can all take to ensure we don’t stay trapped. Enjoy today’s episode!      Recommended Resources Taking fear out of the equation with Tiffany Han — episode #016 Unemployable Podcast with Brian Clark The comfort of your chaos (my tough-love love letter)  CEO Fast Track — tool to help you create time for what matters most The One Thing by Gary...
Taking fear out of the equation with Tiffany Han (BPP #016)

Taking fear out of the equation with Tiffany Han (BPP #016)

Welcome back to Season #2 of the Beyond PRO Podcast! Not only is this the first episode back, but it’s also our inaugural interview. Today, I’m talking to the formidable Tiffany Han. I am a big, big fan of Tiffany. When I see a woman who clearly has decided to choose courage over fear, and action over hiding, I know I’m in the presence of someone great. Tiffany and I are in a small online coaches group together, and over the past year, I’ve watched her go from birthing twins to launching a year long program to getting her self out there with speaking gigs, interviews and more. This woman is a force. I’ve watched her raise her hand and say yes to getting 100 Rejection Letters and growing her business like gangbusters in the process (all while raising newborn twins btw!). Tiffany is an inspiring example of what happens when you take bold action in your business, embrace creative risk and go after the things you want – even if they’re outside the boundaries of your comfort zone. In our interview we talk about:  What would business be like if we took fear out of the equation? How do we reconcile being a leader with embracing rejection? Whether we can ever rid ourselves of fear How Tiffany deals with setbacks, rejection and when she slips into fear Tiffany also talks about her program, 100 Rejection Letters, which is currently open for enrolment (I’m a proud affiliate). This year-long program is designed to help you cultivate the courage and ‘scrappy resilience’ (love this term from Tiffany!!) to choose action over fear. 100 Rejection Letters is...

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