Struggling to Apply Coaching Advice to Your Business? Do This and Make it Work for You

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Have you ever invested your hard-earned money in an online course or coaching program with the hopes that it would help you achieve your goals, but it didn’t happen?

I see many people do that.

And if this has happened to you, you know what I mean. And with that, have you then tried to reflect on what you could have done differently next time? 

Why am I challenging you on this? Because I see too many entrepreneurs invest money in many different self-development tools, not getting the results they were hoping for. Then they blame the course, coach, or other circumstances on the situation and with that very often give up their self-development journeys altogether.

And that’s the outcome you definitely want to avoid.

So here is some advice on how to invest in self-development and apply the learnings to get your money back.

Be strategic about choosing what skills you want to grow. 

First, you want to know what your goals are for the next 3-6-12 months. What results do you actually want to achieve? Second, list the skills that you’ll need to get these results. Third, group them in the “I’m good at this” and “I need to grow here” buckets.

You want to avoid investing in programs that you don’t need right now because you aren’t ready. Trying to skip stages of your business development and learn something that you might be able to implement 3 years from now is a waste of money. Such material will quickly overwhelm you, and you’ll give up before even finishing the program.

The skills from the “I need to grow here” bucket are the skills you’ll want to acquire first. Prioritize them. Pick the one or two critical for your success: maybe sales, marketing strategy, or time management?

Chose the type of coaching that you learn best from

Once you pick, invest in the learning modality not solely based on price but on the type you respond to best to. You want something that will motivate you to stay consistent and apply the learnings. 

So what that you can save a couple of hundred $ on an online course as opposed to group coaching if you know you’re not going to implement anything from it? If you won’t get motivated enough to do the work this way, then it’s better not to do anything and at least save a few bucks from a course you’ll take nothing away from.

Have an open mind and commit

These two points are CRUCIAL to getting results and being successful on your self-development journey. Our thoughts about anything drive our feelings, and our feelings drive our actions, which creates our results.

So if you invest in something but let your mind create all the reasons why this is not going to work for you, you’ve already manifested the undesired outcome.

The key here is to have an open mind when you’re starting to learn. An open mind about the content of the program and the results you’re going to achieve. As Jim Kwick said in his book “Limitless,” we can indeed be limitless, achieving anything we dream about as long as we start with an open mindset.

The second part is the commitment. A decision that you chose to invest because you know the program will work for you, and you’ll do what it takes to get the results. It means that you’ll learn, do the work, adjust as needed, and stay consistent with it. There is this misconception about knowledge. People say “knowledge is power.” And yes, it is if you ACT on it. Knowledge without action just sits in your brain, collecting dust and slowly being forgotten.  

Do the work

As mentioned above: knowledge without action doesn’t serve you in any way. Action is the key. If you’re investing in a self-development program thinking that only listening to what the coach has to say will give you the results you want or that there is some magic easy button that’ll create a 100-mile shortcut, don’t waste your money.

In my experience, my clients who get the best results are those who take 100% responsibility for their part of the relationship, do the work, ask questions as they go, and don’t give up on the first sign of a challenge. No one can do it for you, but you. Self-development will speed up the journey if you’re ready to drive your car through the bumpy road.

Adjust the timeframe to your circumstances

Be realistic about the timeframe it will take you to learn and apply everything the coaching program offers. Many programs have A LOT of great material crammed into them. You might hope to go through a 6-week program in no time, but when each week has over 5 hours of learning, you might find it hard to learn and do everything in that timeframe.

Keep in mind that everyone’s situation is different. So don’t put unnecessary pressure on yourself. Maybe, apart from your business, you have a job and kids or parents that need your attention and creating all the time necessary, it’s just unrealistic. If the weekly material is too much for you, don’t stress out. Make sure you always have access to it and that you can go through it at your own pace. If you have invested in one-on-one coaching, ask the coach to adapt the amount of homework given to what you can do.

Adjust the timeframe to fit your current situation and be cool with it. You’re not competing with others here. You’re building your business on your own terms. As long as you learn and do the work, you’ll get the desired results.

Treat self-development as a never-ending journey.

To keep growing your business, you need to keep developing yourself. Let’s face it. Taking one quick online course on sales won’t make you a Zig Ziglar, but it will set you on a path to get there if you keep growing. You can do many ways: books, podcasts, online courses, one-on-one coaching, or mentorships. Combinations of these are great too!

The key is to never stop and always be strategic about the skills you invest in.

So tell me, what skill do you need to grow right now to get your business to the next level? Online marketing, sales, time management or you’re not even sure where to start. If you’re ready to invest in any of these or need some clarity on what you actually need to achieve your goals, then schedule a free discovery call here with me. I’ll be happy to help. 

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4 Ways Your Story Helps You Stand Out From the Crowd and Attract Your Ideal Clients

Sharing one’s own story might feel natural for extroverted entrepreneurs, but it’s not that easy for introverts. And yet your story and your voice with it are the most powerful marketing tools in your business.

Wasn’t part of your story what motivated you to start your business in the first place? Why not use it to inspire others, attract your ideal client so you can help more people, and grow your biz?

It’s not for me to convince you to do it, but what I can do is show you four reasons you should, at a minimum, consider it.

Your story is unique to you but can be an inspiration to many.

I love Winnie the Pooh – such a wise bear he is 😊

“I’m scared,” said Piglet.
“A story will help,” said Pooh.
“Oh. Don’t you know? Stories make your heart grow.”

(Milne, 1979)

People go thru similar things, and even though your story is unique to you, it can inspire others to change their lives for the better in ways you’d never imagine. Why do you think movies and books are so beloved? Because we develop connections with the characters, we learn from them and get inspired.   

Your story is as powerful as any blockbuster movie. Through it, you can create a real bond and connection with your ideal clients. Because people buy from those who they know, connect with, and get to like and trust. 

Part of my story brought me to this moment. Creating my coaching business with a mission to empower women to build wildly successful businesses with no overwhelm. Why am I so focused on eliminating the overwhelm? Because of what happened to me 3 years back. It had such an impact on me that I decided to help as many women as I can to avoid it. And here is how I’m doing it lately.

People learn best through stories

Storytelling is one of the most powerful ways to teach and learn. I remember always begging my grandmother to tell me goodnight fairy tales that she learned from her mother and grandmother. They were stories you couldn’t find in books and always carried deeper meaning about values. They taught me more about being kind and respectful to others than anything else.

So what do you want your audience to learn from you? What message does your brand carry? You can use your story to convey powerful and inspiring messages. 

Your story co-creates your brand.

As a solopreneur, your story helps you create your brand and be unique. It helps to cut through all the noise out there, you must stand out.

Is screaming louder, going to help you? Can you invent new colors that no one else is using? That can be a tall order. Even though don’t get me wrong, the colors will enhance and showcase your brand.

Screaming only adds to the noise. Colors look great but are not powerful enough on their own. Your story is what makes the hole in the wall fo noise like a river in a hag stone and flows through to reach those who need it.

And yes, I can almost hear thoughts coming up for you now (because I had them too 😥) …

… my story is not remarkable; who’d be inspired by it?

… what if people criticize me for sharing it?

… nothing is exciting about it …

What I want to tell you here is that all those thoughts ARE NOT TRUE. Your story has some serious power to help others, help you stand out, and grow your business. And you won’t even know how much power it has until you start using it.

When people resonate with it, they will share it with others.

I saved the best reason for last. Because you’ll inspire and help others, your story will spread. People love to share stories that helped them in life.

Remember the last time you recommended a book or movie you loved to your friends? Or the last time you shared a powerful TED Talk on your feed for others to see? Yes! That was a story that impacted you, and you wanted that impact to carry on.

The same will happen with your brand story. People who will resonate with it, who will feel inspired, will share it with others. And word of mouth is one of the best marketing strategies there is.

So are you convinced now? Will you take this blog and use it as your motivation to craft and share your story? I hope that you will. If you don’t know how to go about it and start, then schedule a free consult with me here. I’ll give you some tips 😊.

5 Reasons Why You’re Not as Highly Productive as You Want and What You Can Do About It

Have you ever felt like your workdays are nonstop “busy work”? Have you tried a bunch of productivity tips that were supposed to help you move the needle in your business and life, but nothing really worked long-term?

And now you often wonder how highly-successful people do it all: run multiple multi-million dollar businesses, are visible everywhere, seem to be happy, relaxed, and not stressed while having time for self-care and their loved ones …

What I can assure you is that high-performance is real. That you can achieve more, create extraordinary results in your business and life without being always “busy,” stressed, and overwhelmed.

And today, I want to share with you 5 reasons why all the productivity tips you tried so far didn’t work or bring the results you expected.

1. Approaching the tips with “it’s not going to work for me” attitude

Most people do not like change. And of course, introducing any new tools (“tips”) into our day to day routines means we’d need to change something and adapt. That’s why many people, before trying something new, find many reasons why these particular productivity tips wouldn’t work for them. The list of excuses can be long and creative.

As a result, many people never even try and stop the improvement journey at the “wannabe” stage.  Or from those who do try, they approach it with “it’s not going to work” mindset, subconsciously self-sabotaging themselves and squashing any chance of success. When you apply “it’s not going to work” attitude to anything, it will lead to poor results so that the inner you can stay congruent with its thoughts and say, “See! I told you so!”

My advice then is, whenever you want to learn something new, have an open mind. Forget about things you know or things someone else told you about the subject. Become like a curious child that wants to explore the unknown treasure chest. Have an open mind, learn, and implement the things you learn. The real change and progress happen only in doing.

2. All or nothing mindset

Secondly, perfectionism is a killer of any new endeavor. Let’s say you decided to try scheduling your tasks into your calendar. Out of the 4 times, you did it in the first week; 2 times, you somehow couldn’t stick to the schedule because “life happened.” Some people will adopt the “see, I told you it’s not going to work” attitude and drop the tool altogether, even if the other 50% of the time it worked well. They won’t even take time to realize and acknowledge the benefits those two times that worked brought them.

The thing is no one is perfect. And it’s the trial and error attitude coupled with time are precisely what allows us to create long-lasting positive changes in our lives.

3. Lack of patience

Like most amazing things in life and business, high-performance is a journey. You don’t just go from stress and overwhelm, continually running like a hamster in a spinning wheel to the calm, Zen, and extra productive entrepreneur in one day or after applying 2-3 tips for a week.

Unfortunately, not many people have the patience to develop beneficial things in their lives in the current instant gratification world. Many are looking for some magic “get rich or super productive or calm” quick tools that really do not exist.

John Wooden, an American basketball player, and coach, said it best.

Good things take time, as they should. We shouldn’t expect good things to happen overnight. Actually, getting something too easily or too soon can cheapen the outcome.

John Wooden

4. Trying to fit your life into the productivity tips

One of the things I see and coach my clients on is that you need to see how new tips fit into your current day to day whenever you learn and apply them in your life.

It’s not necessarily about you trying to fit your life into “the shoe,” but actually adjusting the shoe (tips) to work with your current lifestyle. Why? Because it makes it easier to adopt and stick with it. And the key to high-performance is to slowly, piece by piece, create routines and a system that helps you become highly effective.

It’s hard to do that, though, when you try to turn your current lifestyle upside down right away. No wonder people give up and drop the idea altogether. So, if you try to establish a morning routine thinking, you need to get up at 5 am, but you’re a night owl and go to bed at 1 am, of course, it won’t work. But what if you establish that routine at 9 am or whatever time it is you want to wake up?

5. Treating high-performance as a bunch of tips, not a system

If you treat time management techniques just as tools, loosely related to each other without an overall look at how all of them affect your life, you might become organized and productive but still not become a true high-performer.

High-performance is a lifestyle. It’s creating a system of routines and habits strengthened by a proper mindset that allows you to create time for anything that is important to you at any time in your life and actually accomplish what you decided to accomplish.

And I get it that all I’m telling you here might seem not possible and out there. I was there myself over 3 years ago. I was actually burnt out, never imagining that one day I’d be helping others redefine what they can do with the time they have.

Here’s a sneak peek of my story & journey to high-performance and into the details of the High-Performance Kickstart program.

If you’re really serious about taking back control of your time, eliminating constant stress and overwhelm, becoming clam, and overhauling your idea of what you can achieve, then take a look at the video and the program details. The registration is open, and time to get your spot is limited!

How to Manage Personal Stress and Still Keep Showing Up in Your Business

“Life” happens to everyone. Even if you don’t experience extreme hardships, there are still unexpected family emergencies, you or kids getting sick, smaller incidents, etc. None’s life is filled with rose petals making it easy to go through it.

But somehow, some people, when starting their business, forget about that and have this “entrepreneurial ideal” of the sun always shining.

On the contrary, when you’re an entrepreneur, and the business depends on you to run, such unexpected events can create a lot of personal stress and potential loss of income. Unlike in a  9-5 where maybe you have paid sick days, or even can take an extended leave of absence to deal with whatever comes your way and still have a job to go back to when running your own business, that cushion might not exist.

That’s why being able to keep showing up consistently in your business in order not to jeopardize your income and with it creating more stress is so paramount.

How do you do that? Here are the 4 key steps to managing your personal stress while running a business.

Take care of yourself first.

To run a strong business and support your loved ones in any aspect, you need to be healthy and strong first. Getting enough sleep and rest to recharge, eating healthy wholesome foods, staying active, and nourishing your mind & soul are not luxuries but non-negotiables for you to function at your best.

It’s much easier to handle stress and think clearly when quick decisions and pivots are needed when you’re nourished, well-rested, and grounded. Establishing healthy habits in your life ill allow you to adopt and maintain all this with ease and consistency.

Develop robust systems in your business

If you’ve already been running your business for a year or two and haven’t set-up any supporting systems, you need to start doing it now.

First, ensure you have a back-up for all the critical information.

Second, automate as much as possible so certain things “run themselves” without your constant oversight.

Next, ensure that you have great relationships with everyone who provides critical support to your business: employees or outsourced tasks, suppliers, vendors, etc. Build these relationships on mutual trust, work ethic, and integrity. With that, establish clear expectations of everyone’s roles, provide them with tools, training, and clear direction.

They can help you run your business when you’re unable to do so from time to time. You should take it as far as creating and training everyone on your business continuity plan. It can be as simple as a listing of who does what when unexpected events happen.

Establish an emergency fund

Unless you are already financially free, you should have an emergency fund. It’s an X amount of quickly available cash that will not only allows your business function without income for a minimum of 3-6 months but also will cover your personal expenses.

And yes, I know that it might be hard to achieve but just like personal savings, but it is indispensable to get to. Having such a fund will reduce your stress and allow you to focus on whatever emergency you need to deal with at the time of need.

Become proactive and a highly performing CEO

Lastly, the same way you set up healthy habits to support your well-being, you must set-up high-performance routines and habits that will allow you to be highly effective and proactive in our business. Both support and complement each other.

Strategy and weekly planning are the first two vital must-have high-performance habits.

Why? Because strategy allows you to focus only on your business’s most essential things and not give in to “time-wasters” keeping you busy but unproductive. In the time of personal emergencies, it creates time, allowing you to switch to dealing with them without jeopardizing the business as much.

Moreover, a weekly planning habit puts you in charge of your time. Days and other people’s agenda’s no longer run you. You control what you do when you do it, and how. So again, when unexpected things happen, you can quickly understand how this will affect your week and be able to proactively rearrange things (contact clients, suppliers, employees, or vendors) and tend to the emergency.

The next high-performance keys are your mindset and ability to make quick decisions.  

Keeping your cool when “things happen” instead of panicking allows you to better assess the situation. You can better remember all the critical things you need to arrange in your business to focus on dealing with personal life. Making fast decisions in those moments is a must.

And if right now you’re overwhelmed by the amount of “must have’s” to set up and are not sure if it’s even possible, I can assure you it is. We’re capable of waaay more than we give ourselves credit for. Sometimes, we just need a little push.

Read this piece from one of my clients and see for yourself:

After trying every productivity strategy, I read about online with lacklustre results, I found Maggie. In the same month, I started receiving coaching from Maggie; I doubled my income even in the midst of a family emergency. After another family emergency came up in the second month of coaching, with her guidance, I doubled my income again. In the third month, I maintained my new income level, hired a staff member, and scheduled myself completely for the month ahead with plans to expand my business and do some more hiring. Beyond that, her insights go so far beyond building good habits. She has a way of completely shattering your perception of what you think you can achieve, then replacing it with mind-blowing possibilities that you suddenly realize are completely achievable. Those new mindsets alone have taken me farther than I could have imagined. This is how she has changed my life for the better at least three times over. It happened so often, I started losing count.

Jenni, founder of WP Pros(e)

So if you feel like you’re ready to step up your game and establish proper strategy and habits in your business to grow it in the best of time and also to able to run it (and even grow it 😉) in not so great times, then we might be a for to be working together.

But wait, working with me is not for everyone. I only work with women who are ready and want to grow. If you’re 100 % committed to doing the work and want to invest in yourself and your business, then let’ stalk and see how I can help you. Step 1 – Click here to schedule a free discovery call with me now.

5 Best Pieces of Advice I Have Ever Gotten that Keep Serving Me in Business and Life

Have you ever gotten a piece of advice that was an AHA moment for you? Advice that you decided to follow and has been serving you in business and life ever since?

I’m sure you have. I’ve been blessed to have many people in my life share their wisdom with me, and through it helping me grow.  So as a way to give back, I decided to share some of this advice with you in this blog. I hope it brings you as many fantastic outcomes as it has been for me. And that in turn, you’ll connect with me to share your golden nuggets of advice :).

Never assume

This is the best advice ever that I got from one of my first Canadian mentors. It’s great for any situation and works wonders in interpersonal communication and dealing with issues that involve other people. This advice helped me personally resolve many hairy misunderstandings, untangle snowballing miscommunications, and have better relationships with people in my personal and professional life.

This advice has the art of listening at its core.

When people communicate, they often assume that others know certain things and understand the reasoning behind what’s being said. However, quite often, this is not that case, and such assumptions and lack of attentive listening lead to misunderstandings.

“Never assume” allows you to listen first to understand when you communicate with people.

Understand what are they know or don’t know;  understand their point of view.  It helps you ask better questions before expressing your opinion and coming to conclusions on the situation.

It’s not an easy nugget to follow, but I saved myself lots of trouble whenever I did.

How this advice can help you in business? Here’s an example from sales.
When you’re having a conversation with your ideal client, never assume that they know something and remember everything you told them. Don’t be scared to ask clarifying questions or repeat anything important a few times.

Patience pays off

This advice doesn’t mean just sitting around patiently doing nothing and hoping that our dreams come true. What it means is that as long as you take action and consistently do the strategic things you need to do to grow your business, you’ll start reaping the benefits of that work sooner or later.

It also applies to relationships and other areas in life (ex. your health).

Strategic, focused actions, consistency, and patience are key to success. I have experienced it many times when following it in different areas of my life. Compared to 2019, in my business, most recently, I have seen exponential growth despite COVID 19.

Do the right thing

This is a hard one to follow, especially in relationships or parenting, when our emotions are involved. I know because I’ve been there.

Being a person that does the right thing and takes a higher road isn’t always popular. It even can make you not so popular having to face other people’s negative emotions towards your decisions and actions.

And very often, this is your duty as a leader of your business or family.

If you’ve ever said ‘NO’ to your child for something they really wanted but wasn’t right for them, then you know what I mean. However, doing the right thing, taking a higher road always wins and pays off (advice # 2😊).

It also saves you energy for bigger and better things. When you get to hang up on little stuff, chasing things, or trying to prove others wrong, you lose time and energy on trivial matters.

People need what you offer.

When I first started my business, I was scared of selling like most of the new entrepreneurs. I didn’t want to be pushy or ‘salesy.’ My whole philosophy and mindset around sales were plain wrong.

Then I read this advice: “there are at least 5 people out there who need what you offer.” They need your help to grow their business, get rid of overwhelm, and lead a balanced life.

And you know what … ? I knew this was true because I was talking to them regularly. I saw their struggles online, yet I was scared to convey how much value working with me can bring them.

And this one piece of advice helped and switch my mindset around sales. It helped me understand that if I’m not the one who will support my ideal client, someone else will. Someone who might not even be as good as me. This was the first steppingstone in reframing my whole mindset around selling.

If you don’t grow, nothing in your life will grow either.

If you were to take out only one golden nugget today out of this entire blog, I hope this is the one. Everything starts with us. If we become better and grow as a person, everything around us will grow as well. Be our relationships, health, self-confidence, and business.

Whenever you want to take things in your business to the next level, you need to get there first.

Conscious self-development and growth have been an essential part of most of my life. It helped me get to where I am now, and it’ll help me achieve the next stage. I made it a point in my business to invest 10% of my income into my strategic self-development. It’s a non-negotiable item baked into my budget.

How about you? Do you treat self-development as a non-negotiable part of your business growth? Or rather a nice to have once you “get more clients” or “reach X$ income”?

If you’re a bit like me, think about how where your business could go if you made self-growth and development a part of your daily, weekly, and monthly routine? Where could you take your marketing, sales, or productivity, or mindset?

And if you decide that you’re ready to take any of these to the next level, then I’m here to help you. How? Schedule a free discovery call with me here, and let’s have an exciting conversation about it 😊

5 Simple Steps to Creating a Unique Selling Proposition that Strengthens Your Brand

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Do you know why your Ideal Client would choose you over the others out there offering solutions to the same problems you solve? Do you know the unique benefits they get when buying your offering?

If your answer is “No” or “I’m not sure,” then it’s time to get on it and become clear on your Unique Selling Proposition (USP).

What’s Unique Selling Proposition & why you need it?

USP is the thing that makes your business different from competitors. That allows you to stand out from the crowd so that the Ideal Client can notice you and say ‘YES’ this brand is perfect for my needs. Because it isn’t just enough to be visible, you must stand out to be noticed.

And if you don’t know how you stand out, how would you expect your client to understand why they should buy from you?

Unique Selling Proposition is not synonymous with your brand.

It’s part of it but a very distinct part. Your brand is your story, your promise of what you deliver, and what you stand for. USP are concrete benefits that your Ideal Client gets when buying from you that are different from your competition.

For example, Walmart’s USP and competitive advantage is being one of the cheapest retailers on the market. If you go there, you know you’re getting a bargain. This USP has been baked not only into their marketing but the whole operation to ensure they deliver it.

On the other hand, Tiffany & Co. chose a style that brings experience and love as their USP. See how it’s not luxury itself, even though you definitely feel the luxury when you buy a piece of high-quality jewelry from them.
Just read this: “Since 1837, the masterpieces of Tiffany & Co. have defined style and celebrated the world’s great love stories.”
If you close your eyes now, can you imagine what type of clients such USP attracts?

So now your turn.

And to help you figure out how to come up with your Unique Selling Proposition, here are 5 necessary steps:

1. Brainstorm

Write down the features that your offering has and then the benefits those features provide to your clients. Because really, no one buys anything for its features. People buy for what the products or services will do for them.

Here is an example: you don’t buy a laptop because it has a keyboard, screen and is light. You buy it because of the convenience it provides. You can work with it from anywhere, move it around it and store it easily.

2. Do market research

Go out there and do some social listening. What are your clients looking for, what are their specific needs that your offering fills? How do they describe them? Know what really motivates your Ideal Clients to buy.
Also, look at your competitors and see what their USP is. Because you want to come up with something different, something they have missed. Think about how your offering is better than theirs.

3. Be creative

Think about what is unique about you and your brand. And how can you pair it with the unique benefits of your offer? Definitely don’t try to please everyone. You want to attract only your Ideal Clients. More on how to define your niche, here.

4. Be bold

Don’t try to hide. Be bold. Stand out in your own unique fantastic way. That’s where your brand comes in. Just don’t forget to be personable. You don’t want to come across as stand-offish but rather someone who people can relate to and look up to simultaneously.

If you look at Oprah, even when she talks about the successes she achieved in her life, it’s not to show others how much wealth she accumulated. It’s to inspire them and show them that if she could do it, anyone can.

5. Ensure your messaging is clear

Once you have an idea of your USP, start messaging it to your audience. Make sure that you’re not using expert language. Communicate it clearly ideally in your Ideal Clients’ language.

So are you ready to get to work and define your USP?

When you do it, be creative and make the process fun. I bet that you’ll learn a lot about your offering and Ideal Client while doing that. And if you ever need more guidance on how to go about it, connect with me here for a free brainstorming call.

7 Bad Habits That Are Harmful to Your Business Now and How to Change Them

Success is non-negotiable for you as an entrepreneur. And you have plenty of good habits that are leading you there right now: your drive and creativity being two examples.

However, since building an empire is exciting and daunting, you might have accumulated a few bad habits. Whether you have all 7 of them or just one, it’s time to cut them out.

So let’s look at what they are and how to change them.

1. Overscheduling yourself

Do you have a vast weekly to-do list that never gets fully completed? How do you feel each day when you look at it and know that most likely, you won’t be able to cross too many things off?

The overscheduling usually stems from two leading causes:

a. Most people tend to overestimate what they can accomplish in a week or a day but underestimate what they can do in a year;

b. Many people have a hard time saying ‘NO’ to various opportunities, other people’s requests, etc.

The result?

A busy schedule that feels like a hamster spinning wheel with never-ending tasks not leading to desired results.

So, to stop the vicious cycle and become more effective, it’s time you got clear on your priorities and started saying no to everything else. It’s time not only to create a to-do-list’ but also to prioritize and schedule the things on it into your calendar. The calendar will quickly tell you that it’s full and has no more room for anything else. 

2. Wasting TONS of time scrolling through social media

Have you ever caught yourself wanting to check one thing on your business Instagram account but then “woke up” a while later to realize that from one post to another, instead of working on a client project, you just wasted 45 mins?

Or even worse, you were scrolling thru FB groups’ posts and fell into a comparison trap, making you feel like a fraud that will never achieve the results and dream that everyone around you seems to already have?

This one is one of the worst habits ever. Not only does is consume time like a dragon, but it also makes you feel small, unimportant, and kills the enthusiasm and motivation to work on your dream businesses!

So it’s time to use social media only intentionally. Use your good habit from above and schedule intentional social media time into your calendar. We’re all marketing online, and yes, it’s important to participate n conversations happening there, esp. with your ideal clients. Still, you need to be in control of social media and not the other way around. You need to use them for your benefit, not your demise.

3. Not creating systems and routines

I get it, it’s hard to create systems in your business when it’s very new, and everything changes daily. However, more businesses fail because they cannot scale fast enough when real clients’ boom comes (from the hard work they do at the start-up phase) than from lack of clients.

So you want to be different. You want to think of systems in parallel to getting new clients. You want to think of ways to do things better and organized every time you add a client. It will benefit you and also add value to them.

And as far as good routines go, they apply to you as a holistic person and the most critical asset of your business.

Do you have a self-care routine? Do you ensure you are active each day and nourish your mind, body, and soul? Do you have a routine that helps you reduce stress, ground you, and bring calm to the everyday?

It’s not difficult to establish a few simple good habits; it’s fun and has massive positive effects on your performance and results.

4. Putting off self-development

I often hear and see entrepreneurs saying: “well, I don’t have any money to invest in myself now”, “I’ll do it when I get some clients.” But yet, they don’t know how to get the clients, and they’re putting away the very skills that will help them with that.

Or another excuse, I’m too busy to learn. This one reminds me of the story.  A man was trying to cut a tree with a dull saw. He was so busy working hard that he didn’t have time to sharpen it. Another man did the opposite and finished the task in half the time.

Delaying your focus on the essential things in our business also delays the results you are working so hard to achieve.

So now that you know that, what are you going to do differently?

5. Analysis-paralysis

While trying to focus on too many things at once isn’t great, obsessing about making one thing perfect sits on the opposite spectrum of bad habits. If you work on one thing too long, trying to make it perfect, you’ll find yourself behind your competition. Too much analysis leads to paralysis.

Making your ideas good enough is good enough to release them to the market. As your customers try them,  their feedback is an effective way to test the ideas for viability, get some income early, and improve on them.

6. Being too risk-averse

This bad habit is weaved together with the previous two. When you are risk-averse, you are scared to invest. Too scared to invest money in your self-development, technology or anything else that can help you grow your business.

No business grows without taking some risks. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not asking you to be reckless. I’m saying you need to be strategic, assess the risk, and make the final decision.

Say yes to things that are right for your business. Yes, indeed, they require the investment of time, money, and other resources, and the return is not 100% guaranteed. But really, what is?

7. Being reactive instead of proactive

When you don’t have the right systems and habits, it’s tough to be proactive. You get into a day to day spinning wheel and become too busy to plan and be strategic.

But without strategy and proactivity, you allow things to happen to you, not for you. You lose control of the course your business takes. You become stressed and, at some point, may burn out.

Ensure to spend time away from day to day duties to think about where you want your business to be in the near future. Become clear on how you want to get there. Develop a plan and break it down to know each month, each week, and each day what you’re going to do.

When you get to that point and combine it with a good habit from point 1, you’ll achieve more in a month than some people accomplish in a year! Don’t believe me? Schedule a free brainstorming session with me here, and I’ll show you how you can do it.

Why Any Business Success Starts with Self-Love

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Self-Love has become THE BUZZ WORD lately. And you know what, I’m glad that it has. Because without self-love, it’s tough to become successful at anything, your business included.

“So what’s self-love, and why is it so important to my business success?” you ask.

Read on and find out.

Let’s start with the definition.

When I think about it, for me, self-love means:

  • self-respect and self-appreciation;
  • respecting our bodies, minds, hearts, and souls by doing what’s best for us now and in the long run;
  • treating ourselves the way we treat others we love the most (kids, parents, siblings, best friends);
  • not beating ourselves up for the smallest mistakes or speaking negatively to ourselves in a way we would never talk to a friend.

Self-love is dynamic. It evolves and grows as we practice it.

How would you define self-love? Take 3 mins and write down what it means to you …

So now that you’ve done it, let’s explore how it translates to success in business.

Energy, enthusiasm, empathy.

When you show up with those 3 E’s regularly, you will attract your ideal client through your passion, positivity, and understanding of their problems. You’ll be able to show them how you can help them in a way that energizes and motivates them to action.

Taking care of your mental and physical health through nutrition, exercise, mindfulness, and other self-care practices will fill you with 3 E’s. Empathy starts with us first. When we have it for ourselves, we can also show it to others.

Doing what’s right for you and your business.

The same way we all know what to do to be healthy, we also know what foundational things are needed to achieve business results. Strategy, consistent marketing & sales, serving your clients the best you can.

And yet we don’t always do what we know we should so we can have what we want.

Why? Because it takes time, it’s work, and the rewards don’t come instantaneously.  Doing what we told ourselves we will do, and when we said we’d do is self-love. And it’s indispensable to achieving the results we’re looking for.

It’s hard to be patient long enough to build habits and routines to stay consistent, but not impossible. Self-love builds patience and consistency.

Valuing your self-worth

With self-love, you value yourself and your work. You are more confident in yourself as a business owner and your pricing. It’s much easier to find clients when you project that. Because either you’re confident you can help them with your solutions (and they trust you about that) or they’re confident you can’t.

Believing in your self-worth also helps with escaping the dangers of self-comparison. In the social media age, the comparison is hard to avoid. It can be destructive to your self-esteem and, with it, your business growth. 

We all get into this mindset from time to time. But when you love yourself, it’s easier to get out of the comparison black hole. It’s easier to remind yourself how precious and amazing you are. And that your journey is unique. That’s why your clients love you – not because you’re trying to be someone else but because you are you.

Changing the narrative.

With self-love, we take back control of our lives and business. We change the narrative from “I should do this or that” (as if someone was forcing us to do it) to “I chose to,” “I want to do this.” When we want to and chose to do something, it doesn’t feel like a chore, like an imposed action that our minds rebel against. Taking ownership of your decisions aligns your mind and heart with them. It’s much easier to take action consistently.

So what are your favorite ways to practice self-love?

I have many simple ones that don’t even cost much money. Taking a bath, reading, self-development, meditating, spending time with the loved ones, and admiring nature.

Are you doing enough of them? Are they part of your day to day routine? If not, I challenge you to chose a few practices and find ways to include one of them in your daily routine starting today.

Don’t know what to do or how to do it? I can help 😊. So no excuses anymore, schedule a free consult with me here, and let me get the self-love working magic for you and your business!

10 Thoughts Killing Your Business Dream and How to Fight Them

Once your mindset changes, everything on the outside will change along with it.
Steve Maraboli

Most of us can be our own worst critics. And when those moments happen, the negative thoughts in our mind can shut down our confidence, lower self-esteem, and kill pretty much any dream and million $ idea we have. That’s why learning how to turn these thoughts around and make your mind works for you, not against you, is one of the keys to entrepreneurial success.

So what are the ten most common thoughts killing your business dream? And how can you get overcome them? Read on and find out.

1. It will never work.

Usually, additional thoughts that aren’t too helpful follow this one: “it’s a slow market,” “there are too many people doing the same thing already,” etc. The underlying root of these thoughts is the lack of belief that you can succeed and make your dream a reality.

The thing is, we’re responsible 100% for our actions and how we react to circumstances that happen to us. Those who embrace that mindset take control back into their life. They have hope and can act on it.

Reminding yourself of past successes or progress you made so far, despite the adversity you’ve encountered, is a great way to turn these thoughts into the belief that you can achieve anything you desire.

2. It’s not the right time to do it.

Or other variations of it: “I’m too old,” “I’m too young,” “I’ll do it when …”.

I learned that the same as with having kids, there’s never a “perfect” moment to start something important in our lives. If we procrastinate too much, the moments will pass sooner than we realize. The best time to act on your million $ business idea is when they come to your mind. Even if it’s just writing them down in the notebook, otherwise, within 5 mins, our mind will either talk us out of it or forget it altogether.

And once you’ve written it down, take intentional time to sit down and plan it out more. Think of the steps you could take in the next little while to start implementing the idea. When you have a plan, start implementing it step by step.

3. What will others think of me if I do it

It’s though to be vulnerable; to put yourself out there and expose yourself to a potential risk of criticism by others or lack of support from the ones you care most about.

But on the flip side, do you want others’ opinions and perceptions shape how you live your life? What you do and what you don’t? The vulnerability allows you to take charge of your life and do things that are important to you, making you happy. In your business, it will attract your ideal clients!

Affirmations help me and my clients believe in our capabilities and let go of worrying about what others think of us. Try ones that you believe in, and you won’t believe the difference they make 😉.

4. I’m too busy as it is to do it

We all have 24/7/365, and yet some people seem never to have it enough, while some are achieving incredible things.

Not having enough time is quite a common excuse. My take on it is if you know what you want, you can create time for it. The secret to having time is making it for the things that are important to us.

As I write this blog, I have a full time demanding corporate leadership role; I run my coaching practice; I’m in the middle of completing an online executive MBA; I volunteer and am a mom in a blended family of 4 kids. How do I do it and still have time for self-care and not burn out? I created time for all those things. I established routines and learned high-performance habits that allow me to be highly effective with my time.

Now I teach those techniques as part of my business coaching to empower women to build wildly successful businesses without the overwhelm. If you’re interested in knowing more, then reach out to me here.

5. I can’t afford to do it now.

Like with time, how we spend our money tells a lot about what we truly value: material things or experiences, spend items or investments (ex. a new purse vs. a book).

Running a business requires investments that may or may not pay off in the future. It requires taking risks. No business is successful without it. However, as leaders, we can minimize the risk and find creative ways to figure things out.

How do you do that? Market research, prototyping, and Beta testing are great ways to reduce cost and risk when launching a new offering.

Collaborations and bartering are great ways to get outsourcing help without the exchange of money. And the list goes on.  As Marie Forleo says: Everything is figureoutable and I 100% believe that as well.

6. I’m not good enough to be successful.

Followed by “Who would ever buy from me,” “Who do I think I am, thinking that this could work.”

The imposter syndrome is familiar to many, even the most successful people. I wrote a separate blog on how to deal with it.

Journaling and affirmations will help you with this thought as well. And there’s another powerful thing I want to mention here. It’s your associations. It’s critical to surround yourself with people who will support you, believe in you, and help you succeed.

These people can be your fellow entrepreneurs, mentors, coaches, friends, and family people who already achieved what you want to in their businesses. They will lift you when you’re feeling down, teach you things that will help you get stronger, faster, and smarter and show you that anything is possible for those who want to go after it.

7. I’m scared of failing.

Here there is always a lot of “what if’s.” But this is focusing your whole energy on the future, something that doesn’t exist. Don’t get me wrong; it’s good to be realistic and prepare for certain risks, have a plan B. That gives you a peace of mind.

But once you have it, it’s time to focus on the present and things you can control. Because your choices now that lead to action or inaction are the ones shaping your future.

8. I’m good where I am; I don’t need to change anything.

If that’s really the truth, then stay where you are, why change? But if deep down, you know that this is a dream killer thought, then it’s time to act.

Journal. Write up your dream ideal life five years from now. How would it look like? Where would you be? What would you do?

Then write down what your life will look if you don’t do anything. Read it out loud. Think about how does it make you feel?

Most people will not change if they are cozy and comfortable. So if you’re there but have a nagging feeling you want more, then create discomfort that will motivate you to action. Picturing yourself in 5-10 years can be a great way to do that.

9. But it’s so much work, where do I even start.

Building a dream business is a lot of work, especially in the beginning. But hey, you’re creating your dream, isn’t that exciting?  It’s the journey that makes us better human beings, that’s fun and memorable.

But if in the beginning, you feel overwhelmed and can’t take the first step, talk to someone.  Through my free strategy sessions, I help many women gain clarity on what next steps they should take to get unstuck and keep moving forward.

10. What if I try this or this, wait this is even better.

Shiny object syndrome – if not a dream killer, it becomes a dream-delayer. Establishing momentum in your business takes time and those who aren’t patient enough fall prey to believing that this technique or this strategy will deliver their dreams super fast and without too much work. They end up switching from one thing to another, losing all the momentum gained from the previous strategies.

Consistency, patience, and sticking with the established strategy long enough is what will help you fast-track your business success. It’s establishing habits and routines that support your chosen plan.

Don’t fall for the “make a million in 3 months” promises. If it ever happens to anyone, it’s like winning a lottery – the likelihood for it is close to zero. Growing a 6-8 figure business takes time, resilience, strategy, and consistency. And yes, it’s possible! Any person who truly got there and stayed will tell you that.

If you don’t know what business strategy is best for you, then reach out. I’ll help you create one that makes you stand out and attract your ideal client.

Entrepreneurial Resilience: 4 Reasons Why You Need It and 4 Ways to Build It.

 I tried and failed. I tried again and again and succeeded.
― Gail Borden

If you’re planning to run your business for 10 years or more, then resilience is something you’ll want to grow and nurture. The American Psychological Association defines resilience as “the process of adapting well in the face of adversity.” 

Why is being a resilient, particularly valuable quality for those running a business?

Because according to US Bank data: 

  • Roughly 20% of small businesses fail within the first year.
  • Roughly 33% of small businesses fail within two years.
  • Roughly 50%of small businesses fail within five years.
  • Roughly 66% of small businesses fail within 10 years.

And the leading causes for these failures are:

  1. Cash flow problems account for 82% of failures. Such issues can have different root causes or their combination: lack of a business plan, pricing issues, lack of or poor budgeting, or insufficient financing. 
  2. Poor understanding of the market, therefore not having the right marketing strategy. Or being too rigid and not changing fast enough with the market needs.
  3. Fast growth and with it the entrepreneur not being able to hire and lead proper teams or put systems and structures in place, allowing for controlled growth. 
  4. Not being prepared properly to be a business owner and, therefore, not being ready to take on all the responsibilities that come with running a business.

I want to point your attention to the 4th reason why the businesses fail.

Why? Because it all starts with you, the entrepreneur, the leader. If you don’t continually prepare and grow yourself to run your own business, the other three reasons will happen. If you do – you’ll be able to deal with anything that comes your way. 

So what can you do to prepare yourself to run a long-lasting and successful business? 

Here are a few steps you can start taking now and never stop.

Learn some foundational skills you need to run the business.

Most of those skills fall into the following areas: marketing and sales, time management, strategy, leadership, money management, and technology.

These foundations will serve you no matter what happens in the market. And as you continue expanding them and developing more expert knowledge, you’ll be able to stay ahead of the market, predict the needs to change, build highly-performing teams and avert financial catastrophes before they happen.

If I was to give you only one piece of advice, it’s this one: never stop learning and investing in yourself. Your business will grow if you grow first.

“How can I learn those skills then Maggie,” you ask? There are many different avenues: schools, online courses, mentors, and coaches. There’re an in-person, online, group, self-paced, or one-on-one learning? The one thing is sure, you cannot blame the lack of sources and opportunities to learn what you need ad set yourself up for success.

If you’re not sure where to start or are interested in hiring a coach, then book a free chat with me here, and I’ll be happy to point you in the direction that will serve you best right now. 

Work on your mindset

Learning how to have your mind work for you, not against you, is one of the millionaires’ secrets. Even when doubt, fear, or self-sabotaging thoughts happen, the most successful know how to get out of the rut and shift their mind to self-belief, confidence, and enthusiasm.

It’s easy to get discouraged when the one thing you’re working on fails 5127 times. You’re thinking: “Are this many fails even possible?” – yes! This was the number of failed prototypes before the Dyson vacuum was ready to hit the marketplace. 

And I get it; it’s easy to stop believing you have something precious when you get rejected repeatedly (12 times or even more, for example, Stephen King or J.K. Rowling). But yet, some people keep going, and these are the ones that win. 

One of the best mindsets you can adopt as an entrepreneur is treating roadblocks as learning opportunities and puzzle pieces to solve. Just like Ray Dalio describes in his book Principles:

By solving the puzzle, I get a gem in the form of a principle that helps me avoid the same sort of problem in the future.

Ray Dalio

Collecting lessons and applying them without beating yourself up will get you closer to success.

Innovate constantly

As you read before, resilience is the process of adapting well in the face of adversity. Part of it sits in innovation. Entrepreneurs who have this skill, always look for better ways to serve their clients and run their businesses.

This is where the skills you acquire from self-development help you gain the knowledge of the market, and then the rubber hits the road with you applying all this to stand out of the crowd. That’s how you’re showing your Ideal Client, you’re the only one who can meet their needs best.

Build a support system.

No one can succeed without a proper support system. And by that, I mean two things: people who’ll help you and systems and habits that will help you be innovative, consistent, healthy, and enthusiastic throughout your journey.

Who are the people? These will be mentors, coaches, fellow entrepreneurs, friends & family whom you can turn to for help in different things: self-development, sounding board, moral support, or collaboration. Additionally, as your business grows, you’ll add employees, suppliers, and subcontractors.

The second part is system and habits, processes, and tools in your day to day that will support you as a business leader growing your business creatively through innovation without being overwhelmed or burned out.

Don’t underestimate this part. Enthusiasm and motivation can get you started, but without the habits and routines, you won’t be able to keep going consistently. They’re vital in building your resilience.

If you’re thinking: “Great, Maggie, but what systems and habits do I need now and how they’ll help me?” let’s talk. My Dream-Plan-Do coaching formula in all my programs empowers you not only with new skills but also with such routines that carry your results to the next level. If you want to know how – contact me here.