5 crazy excuses I made before launching the podcast (BPP #011)

5 crazy excuses I made before launching the podcast (BPP #011)

Join me for a behind-the-scenes look at why the Beyond PRO Podcast almost didn’t happen Truth: I had been planning to start a podcast for almost two years. And yet, time kept on tickin’ and I wasn’t making it happen. The reality was that I was getting in my own way, and trying too hard to make it perfect. And while the 5 crazy excuses I made applies to launching my podcast, the lessons I learned are applicable to business in general. My hunch is that you’ve been there too. Have a listen and let me know on Twitter @steph_pollock what you took away for today’s episode.     5 Crazy Excuses I made before launching the Beyond PRO Podcast Click To Tweet 5 lessons I learned launching the podcast Click To Tweet Progress over perfection. Just start! Click To Tweet Getting in your own way? Here’s how you can make your idea happen. Or not. Click To Tweet Resources mentioned: >>>5 Crazy Excuses (and the lessons you can apply) PRINTABLE<<< My PRO Plan Early Bird Notification List  Jim Rohn – law of diminishing intent  She Podcasts Facebook group — I didn’t mention this on the show, but if you’re a want-to-be podcaster, come and join this awesome community. 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 review & rate the show...
BPP #009: Growth Strategy No. 4, Cultivate a growth mindset

BPP #009: Growth Strategy No. 4, Cultivate a growth mindset

Welcome to episode #4 of the Growth Series! In the previous three episodes we talked about how to deadhead your business, and how to position it for smart growth, and how to leverage the 3 key ways to grow. Missed them? Catch up here BPP #006  or BPP #007  or BPP #008. Today we’re talking about one of the most important pieces of your entire business growth — something I believe accounts for up to 90% of your business success — cultivating a growth mindset. What do you believe about your ability to be successful? Do you believe you have the capacity to grow and develop, or that you’ve got to work with what you’ve got? Do you get sidelined by obstacles or do you embrace them and make adjustments? In the show, I do a comparison and contrast between a fixed vs. growth mindset and how it relates to your business. So go have a listen, and download the free printable below to begin shifting from fixed into a growth mindset.       Win at business with a growth mindset. Click To Tweet Do you have a fixed or a growth mindset? Find out on today’s episode of the Beyond PRO Podcast. Click To Tweet Focus less on the outcome, and more on the process. Click To Tweet Resources mentioned: >>> Cultivate a growth mindset — free printable <<< TED Talk: The power of believing that you can improve  Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carole Dweck   Daring Greatly by Brené Brown  The War of Art by Steven Pressfield  Fixed vs Growth: The two basic mindsets that shape our lives   Subscribe...
“I’m no longer in a constant state of flux.”

“I’m no longer in a constant state of flux.”

Let’s get right to it. If there was a singular piece of advice I could offer a small business owner — whether they’re brand spankin’ new to business, or a seasoned pro — it’s to get clear on their strategic priorities and construct their workflow, activities and commitments around those priorities. Anything that doesn’t support them, gets cut or put to the back burner. Because there are always 86 quadrillion things you could be doing, but likely only a few you really should be doing in service of your business. When you honour those priorities, your business just works better and you stay out of the weeds. Focus isn’t always easy, but it is imperative. Click To Tweet And that’s exactly what Heidi did after taking My PRO Plan with me. Heidi and her husband run Rock Canyon Coffee (one of the MANY reasons I like Heidi so much- wink wink), and they’re looking to really scale up this year. She needed a plan. Here’s her story: “Rock Canyon Coffee is me, Heidi, and my husband Craig. He makes a great product, I make a great business. We’re a micro-roastery focused on the art and craft of roasting coffee – creating rich, deep, flavorful brews without bitterness and bite. We believe in bringing our community together, one cup at a time. My roles focus on creating systems to streamline all the nitty gritty details of running a business. I love connecting with both our wholesale clients and our retail customers by writing articles for our blog, posting to social media and creating old fashioned face to face events. Before...
Luck is the residue of design

Luck is the residue of design

Prevailing wisdom would suggest that luck is something that happens to us. That it’s external and not in our control. When we say things like, “She got a lucky break,” or “As luck would have it,” or “A stroke of luck” what we’re really saying is that some force stepped in to bring a positive circumstance to someone. And that force is in the driver’s seat as to who gets it and who doesn’t, and when it arrives. While this is a tempting and easy explanation for why it appears that some people get more of what they want (money, love, status, success etc), it’s simply untrue. Luck is the residue of design. You know those people you idolize or compare yourself to? They aren’t lucky, they just make different choices. They aren’t overnight successes, they regularly put into motion of a series of decisions and actions that cumulatively lead to the ‘lucky breaks’ you now witness with wonder (and perhaps a bit of envy). They may…. Have made a choice to publish content every week instead of only when they felt like it. Or they made a choice to reach out to influential people in their market instead of hiding out hoping to get picked. Or they chose to start charging a fee that would actually support the lifestyle they desired. Or they purposefully designed a work schedule that would afford them every Friday off with their family. They are intentional and deliberate about moving from an idea (desire) into action (outcome). Because business (and life) is just a series of choices. Click To Tweet Choices that bring you...
You won’t find the time, until you do

You won’t find the time, until you do

Time has been on my mind a lot. As I spoke of in this post, my schedule went through a radical 180 this Fall and I feel like I’m just now settling in. As a client and friend said last week, “I was so happy to turn the page to October.” I couldn’t agree more. As I’ve been navigating my new schedule, I’ve been acutely aware of time – the time I have, the time I don’t have and everything in between. I use the word “bandwidth” a lot. I use the word “capacity” a lot. I look at my planning calendar A LOT! I ask myself where I can fit X in, or whether Y still works, and if I could possibly squeeze in a little Z too (and no, not the sleeping kind of ZZZZ). I ask myself where my time leaks are. I plan out my launches. I strategize. And in my gremlin moments, I sometimes wonder if I can really do it. But here’s the truth of it all. I won’t make time for what matters until I do. Isn’t that really the bottom line? Yes, there are some real truths about my schedule – just like I’m sure there are in yours too. Kids to pick up, client projects to complete, birthdays, weddings, conferences, and more — all things that contribute to the busyness burden of business. And I’m not really interested in saying yes to 500 things just because I want them all yesterday. I want to have a life. I want to take Sundays off from technology. I want to pick my kids...
Let’s Talk About Failure: 3 Ways to Learn, Love + Move On

Let’s Talk About Failure: 3 Ways to Learn, Love + Move On

“There are secret opportunities hidden in failure.” ~ Sophia Amoruso I failed my coaching exam the first time it took it. An exam with a pass rate of 95%. I bombed it, spectacularly, in a white hot, fiery mess of snot and tears. The worst part? I knew it was happening and there was nothing I could do to stop it. Part of me was shouting inside to shut up, stop talking and another part of me was completely oblivious. In spite of failing, I lived to write this post. Fear is one of the most commons reasons folks stay in jobs they hate or don’t take their soloprenurship to the next level. Fear of failure, of making the wrong choice, of missing out, of being seen – the list seems endless. It’s easier to stay put than to open up and lean into the rawness of failure. It’s easier to feel the comfort and familiarity of being miserable than to risk the rawness of failure. I’m not gonna lie – it sucked when I failed the exam. It has a 95% pass rate! I cried for days knowing I was in the 5% bracket, that I was one of those. So, grab a chair and cup of coffee, we’re going to talk about failure. I really believe the only true failure is one where you don’t learn something. Scott Adams, author of How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win  says  “Failure is a resource that can be managed.” While Sophia Amoruso CEO + Creative Director of Nasty Gal echoes this with “There are secret opportunities hidden...

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