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Secret Thoughts Women Have About Getting Old!

 

This is a touchy topic…

I’m writing this to you because I want to address a secret thought you might be having about being too old.  You know some days you feel like you could take on the world, and yet other days you feel that you are waaaay too old to tackle anything challenging or new.

Let me clear the air with some inspirational content on this topic for you!

I will always remember a friend telling me she felt too old to run a marathon at forty five.  Then we watched a local marathon event and you could have rocked the stadium with the cheer that went up as the oldest runner crossed the line who was aged 73.  My point is, what you are telling yourself is in your head.

Are you determined to create the life and business you want, or are you choosing to let the opportunity to pass you by because of secret thoughts of being too old?  It’s an important difference.

Being single, babies, kids, age or even having a spouse can all become excuses to hide behind rather than taking the risk to build a business that excites you and makes you feel alive.

I’m not going to kids you and tell you it’s easy to build a business.  There is also no rule book that says you have to have it built and complete within four months!  If you have children, a full-time job, or both—you still have the power to build a great business.

I’ve always thought of building your own business as one of the most incredible self-empowerment tools on the planet.

The things you have to do physically and mentally to bring it all together are life changing and you should never under-estimate your efforts.

Why take the effort to build your own business?  Because it can give you freedom and flexibility.

Freedom comes from generating as much money as you want so you can do whatever you want when you want to do it!

Here are some tips to handling those little voices that can chatter away in your head and become quite STRESSFULL …. 

1)  Forward planning with mini focus

Set out a year long plan, and then decide on one main focus for each month.  This makes everything very achievable.  Let’s say you want to learn the new skills of creating videos. Do your research and gather your learning materials and study everything closely for one month. Every week create three videos as your main focus.  By the end of the month you’ll have new traffic to your website and offers just through this one new skill.  The more videos you create, the longer people will stay on your website and the more Google juice you get!

2)  Let go of things you can’t do anything about.

If you have kids, family, spouse or other commitments that you need to work around, stop stressing about them.  It could be that you need to set some new boundaries that benefit both the quality of family time you have and your business.  Re-focus on delegating tasks so you can focus on

what’s most important.  Perhaps for six months it’s time to get someone else to do the school run, or the cleaning or shopping so you have some precious time for business building activities and family time.  Your personal life is important and so is your business. If you want your business to be more than a hobby, your business needs to be given the respect it deserves now!

3)  Get out and move!

Many of you know that I love to include physical activity in every day (well six days out of seven at least!).  For me it’s lifting weight at the gym, outdoor running or cycling.   Here’s the truth.  It’s important to get up, get out and just move!  It might seem difficult for you at first but the more you practice, the better you get.  Before you know it you will LOVE being active. It really does fire you up to be mentally alert every day and it relieves stress.  Being active will keep you mentally and physically in shape.

4)   Feel the fear and do it anyway.

Indecision and fear are two forms of self abuse.  They will beat you up and leave you with tonnes of reasons why you should simply do nothing.

To live into your true potential you are going to have to get strong!  Once you take the step past your comfort zone, indecision and fear subside.  You’ve got talent.  You’ve got skills. You can do this – so trust that everything will work out for the best once you make a decision to take yourself out of where you currently are. This could mean taking on a speaking opportunity, moving house or hiring a business coach.

Whatever you are uncertain or fearful about today, make a decision and move toward it now!

5)  Most of all be HONEST with yourself!

You want to be a good example to your kids and your family. If you give up your dreams, you are out of integrity with what you would most likely tell your own children. Don’t live your life for your spouse, your kids, or even your parents.  It’s critical for you to be a shining example for the people you love.  You may need to implement some new boundaries from today. People around you will respect you more once you take a stand to love and respect your desire to build your business.  Everyone around you will be better off when you do so!

Everyone has a desire to do something great with their life.  Some of us know what that is, and others need to scrape some rust off the outside to uncover what is deep inside. Either way, creating your own personally designed lifestyle is a choice, and I suggest that it’s a choice you make soon.  You are never too old and you still have plenty of time to make it happen. Leave me a comment below in the box provided.

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Here’s to your success,

Fay

Create A Simple Marketing Plan That Works

 

Do you have a simple marketing plan in place, or is this what you’re doing……

You’ve found some time to work on your business and you sit down at your computer ready to make your mark in the world.

1. First, you check your email to see who’s popped into your inbox today.
2. When you’ve checked your email, you go to Facebook.
3. When you’ve seen what everyone is talking about on Facebook you go to your second email account.
4. When you’ve checked your second email account, you go back to your first email to see if there is anything new, even though it’s only been 5 minutes since you were in there last.
5. When you’ve deleted a new junk email here, you go back to Facebook to see what everyone is talking about (again!)…..

Does this cycle sound familiar?

Why is it you do this?

Is it procrastination? Is it overwhelm?

No – it’s because you lack focus.

There is a great saying “What you focus on, expands.” To build your business to a level where it’s bringing you in the monthly income you need to meet your financial goals, you need to FOCUS!

But there’s a catch…. In order to focus, you need to know WHAT to focus on.

Regardless of what stage your business is at you must have a simple marketing plan in place so your business can gain momentum and grow.

Lots of people have long term goals, and this is a good thing. But to know what you are meant to be doing day by day means you need to break those longer goals down into bite size chunks.

I like to recommend that after setting your long term (one year) goals, you break those goals down into 60 day chunks. Then from within each sixty days, you break it down even further into weekly activities, and then further again into daily activities.
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Now all you really need to do is focus completely on what you need to achieve TODAY. And when you do that over and over again, you will be charging through the weeks, and the months knowing that every single day you are taking the actions required to meet your longer term goals.

At the end of each 60 day period, imagine how great it will feel to see how many new subscribers you have added to your community, how many new clients you have signed on or how many product sales you have made….

And all because you had a strategic plan to focus on.

What smaller goals do you need to set in order to achieve your 60 day goals?

Too many people fumble through day after day expecting their results to change dramatically.
And then get frustrated, disappointed and annoyed when they still lack of results week after week, month after month.

In fact, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.

If you are not satisfied with your business results right now – you need to get new results.
To get new results, you must work from a strategic plan.

Once you have your plan you must work your plan.

When you work your plan you will transform your life!

So write down for yourself what three things you can do differently in the next 60 days that will get you different results; more clients, more money, increased exposure.

Here are some ideas:

  • Attend a networking event
  • Get a speaking gig
  • Make 20 calls to ideal prospects
  • Create a Facebook advertising campaign
  • Create a joint venture relationship
  • Conduct a webinar or teleclass

When you have listed your top three, then grab out your calendar and write down what smaller goals do you need to set in order to achieve your 60 day goals?

It’s as simple as that ….

– but I’m the first to admit that it’s not always that easy!

Things get in the way. Things like your mindset, your children, you J.O.B., your relationships, and life in general.

These challenges can also be overcome. And that’s when it helps to have an accountability partner or a cheer leader. Someone who is there cheering you on from the sidelines and helping you over the obstacles so you can run the best race of your life.

Don’t live your life by accident – start your own 60 simple marketing plan today!

Here’s a way of establishing whether you have the right strategies to achieve what you want or whether you need to make some changes to keep your dream alive. <Click Here>

Here’s to your success!

Fay

P.S. I’m your cheerleader. I’m your accountability partner. I’m here to see you create the best business you possibly can and work with you to develop a solid plan to accomplish your business goals. <Click Here>

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Boost Productivity: Stop Busy Energy and Get Stuff Done!

 

Are you really committed to building a business that is thriving and bursting at the seams with clients?  Or do you just like the concept?  If you are truly dedicated to building a thriving business, then the first thing you’ve got to do is stop wasting your time on tasks that don’t bring in money.

I’ve been fine tuning my own skills in this area over the past few weeks and already I can see how much of a difference it is making to my income figures, as well as my energy levels.

Here’s the raw truth for most business owners.

If you were asked if you were willing to do whatever it takes to set your business up for long-term success—meaning that you and your clients are happy—would you say yes? If so, then I’ll be curious to see what your reaction is and how you feel as you KEEP READING and find out what you actually have to do….

Here’s how it works:

First, take a moment to honestly evaluate your level of commitment as far as wanting to be successful.  How bad do you want to change your financial situation or lifestyle? I want you to really take several moments before you give you response. Because what you want is definitely going to require you to do some things that will take you way out of your comfort zone.  It will involve doing things that you don’t want to do.  In fact, your biggest opportunities for financial improvement will always be found in the places that scare you most.

For instance, if you are anxious or nervous at networking events, then that’s where your money is.

The next thing you’ve got to do is stop wasting time complicating your progress.  This was a BIG lesson for me!  I have stripped away so much from my business in the last six months, and the increase in my results has been amazing.

The more you add into your business, the more overheads you incur, the more overwhelm you will suffer.

Instead, simplify everything you do.  If you’re in the place where you need to earn income NOW, then it’s time to conquer the sales conversation.  Many people who work their business ‘online’, forget all about the gold mine that can be found if you just talk to someone!  In fact, it is virtually impossible to sell to a crowd (online) if you can’t first sell to a single individual.  We have virtual VIP days where we can teach you how to get more clients fast.

If you’re schedule is already bulging with 1-1 clients, then maybe it’s time for you to discover how you can leverage your knowledge and create an online program that can serve more people all at once.  Either way, plan out your next 60 days and have a clear understanding of what you have to focus on.

This will give you a short term milestone to focus on so you can be sure you are constantly making progress in your business.

I see way too many women business owners wasting time on being busy but not producing an end result.  Heck – In the past I’ve been guilty of this too!!  Don’t let it happen to you.  If you procrastinate in your business, then you are either suffering from overwhelm, or there is  an underlying fear causing you to do that.  You can overcome both of these problems by making it your #1 priority today to complete just ONE major task you have been putting off.

The bottom line is, every day you are presented with the opportunity to make decisions and move forward. Don’t waste another valuable moment not getting what you want in life.    Your business should be FUN, and you should be enjoying your life now, not ten years from now.

I’m happy to tell you – there is room in your day for your business schedule, life AND fun – so you don’t feel exhausted and spent at the end of the day.  Let me show you how.

Here’s to your success!

Fay

P.S. You will never get to where you want unless you commit to stop wasting time on things that don’t provide you with a means to the life you want.  Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you have to get ready or prepare anymore.  You can write goals down all day, but if you aren’t doing what it takes to reach them, then you need help now!   I have a limited number of complimentary Business Makeover Sessions available if you’d like my help in building your business . Click here to schedule time to get my personal input on how to maximize your  business.

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I’ve Been Wasting Time!

I’ve been wasting time!

I’m told it’s a good thing when you can face reality and take responsibility….

Well, I’m here to admit that I have finally taken responsibility for wasting time.

Like many people who work from home, I am at my desk for many hours each day being ‘busy’.

With the recent arrival of our lovely new grand daughter Molly, I am having lots of time away from my business. So when I’m ‘at work’, I want to be even more productive.

After reading Jason Fladlien’s Double Your Productivity For Life I decided to track how I was spending my day for a couple of weeks.

Then suddenly it hit me…. for far too long now I’ve allowed myself to get into the habit of starting my day by casually flipping through my phone messages, checking email and then social media for what’s going on. I’ve realized that although I’m at my desk by 8.30 or 9.00am, I haven’t begun to be productive till around 10.30am.

What a waste of time!!!

If this sounds like you too then here’s a few things that I’ve been implementing (thanks to Jason’s advice) and they sure do work:

  1. Reconnect with the reason ‘why’ you are building your business. This will spur you on to take action to get the results you’re after, rather   than drifting through day by day.
  2. Find a productivity tool to help you organize your projects and tasks.  Some like a simple piece of paper and a ‘To Do’ list.  Don’t go to bed before you have created a list of the most important tasks that need completing the following day.
    Or, if you’re like me, as your business grows you have many projects all on the go at once and need something a little more robust.
    My fabulous Virtual Assistant Ana put me on to an awesome free tool called ‘Trello’. It’s a tool that will organize anything!   In one glance, know what’s being worked on, who’s working on a particular task and when it’s due. This super simple system has made life so much easier. I just love it.
  3. trello for productivityTrack your time usage for a week or two and see where you are losing momentum and where you seem to be most productive.  Everyone has a different body clock and you may find you are most alert and focused at a time of day you least expect.  When you recognize this time, you can maximise it. Schedule your ‘big’ tasks for your productive times.
  4. If you have created a bad habit (like I had) that is a time sucker, the first step is to be completely aware of it.  Next is to strategically work out a plan to avoid that bad habit. For example, I have set myself up a challenge, sort of like playing a game with myself, to see how many mornings I can get started onto my productive time immediately without even opening up emails or social media at all.  I’ve allocated a certain time slot later in them morning where it’s ok to do that stuff.   I’ll give myself a reward depending on what ‘score’ I achieve.  Seems silly I know, but sometimes you have to really focus and be a bit crazy to get what you want!

The more often I stay with the new habit, the less likely I am to go back to the old.
These days, in my keenness to get out and visit Molly each day I’ve been leaping into my office chair each morning with a fire and vigour to get my daily tasks done like you’ve never seen before.

Regardless of whether you have 40 hours or 4 hours to invest in your business, what is more important is how focused you are with that time. When you are in working mode – work. When you are in freedom mode – enjoy yourself!

I hope this was helpful and Jason has even more great ideas on how to increase your productivity if you need them.

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Are You Creating a Freedom Lifestyle?

This last week was so exciting for me…. We got to welcome into the world our new little grand daughter, Molly.  I know that I am biased, but she is absolutely perfect!  What do you think?

I’ve spent a lot of time away from my business this week, and fortunately didn’t have to worry about whether or not things were still moving forward.  Money is still arriving in my bank account even while I’m getting my ‘nana’ cuddles and I have to say it’s a wonderful feeling!

There’s been lots of time for reflection and I got to thinking about you….

There’s a good old saying “The grass is always greener on the other side.”

It’s this idea that often gives life to your initial desire to want to start your own online business.  You start imagining the possibility of being able to keep your own hours and not have to answer to a boss.  What a delight it would be to work from home and stay snug in your comfy clothes. No more suits and dresses to go to the office, or fighting daily traffic just to get there. Being able to take holidays or days off whenever you fancy. You can see yourself having the luxury of earning more money and to spend it on ‘wants’ rather than just ‘make do’ with paying for the ‘needs’.

All of these things seem attractive ‘on the other side’. When you put that together with your entrepreneurial spirit, the decision to start your own business, working from home and using the internet can become irresistible.

So let’s assume that you take the plunge.  You do start your own online business – and in fact, you are making progress. Yay!!

What does your business model look like?  In fact do you even HAVE a business model, or are you simply flying by the seat of your pants?

How do you spend your time each day?

Do you have a list of daily tasks that looks as long as a shopping list for a hungry family?

It’s very easy to have grand ideas of a freedom lifestyle when you run your own online business, but the reality is that many people simply create a ‘prison like’ environment for themselves.  It’s easy to suddenly find yourself chained to your desk for longer hours than you would ever have given a boss.  And often, for much less return than you had originally hoped for.

This dedication and commitment to your business comes easily when you are passionate about your topic – that doesn’t mean that it’s healthy.

Over the past six months, while we have been waiting for Molly’s arrival I’ve spent time analyzing my business, where my main income is generated and where all my effort is spent.

I’ve been stripping back, restructuring and rebuilding with ONLY what is absolutely necessary for me to reach my goals while at the same time providing YOU  with an even higher level of support.

You might be surprised to know that you can actually build a 6 figure online business with just ONE really well constructed sales funnel.

You don’t need six different products.  You don’t need 8 different programs and 5 different facebook groups!

I believe I can ‘have it all’ and I know that YOU can too!

A successful online business can be built with SIMPLICITY.  The less moving parts there are, the less overwhelm and overheads there is.  Most people over complicate things and end up in confusion and exhaustion. Or worst still, going round and round in circles and only wondering ‘what happened’ to the freedom, flexibility and financial abundance they hoped for.

Keep your eyes peeled because in the next few weeks I’ll be revealing to you exactly how you can create a simplified, successful online business that will give you a freedom lifestyle.  I know you’re just going to love it!

Creating Your Own Freedom Lifestyle

In the meantime, take the opportunity to really analyse some of the following things:

  • your business model
  • your process maps and systems
  • who you work with
  • how you reach and support your customers
  • what are your main money making activities

Perhaps you too can strip away some of the unnecessary, less productive activities. And instead, focus more on refining and tweaking one really awesome sales funnel that converts like crazy and gets your customers awesome results!

I just love hanging out with Molly when I want to!

Leave a comment or drop or email me and let me know how I can help YOU create the freedom lifestyle you need so you get to hang out with whoever is special in your life too!

 

Building An Online Business Is Like Driving A Car

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Once you begin your journey into building an online business you very quickly realize there are so many moving parts that go into to creating a profitable online business.  There is all the technical stuff; hosting, widgets, sidebars, footers.  And then there are things like list building, creating a product, joint ventures, autoresponders, affiliate commissions and so much more.  It’s easy to see why so many people give up and never get to realize their dreams.

Can you imagine if you had never learned to drive a car?  Imagine all the places you would never have seen.  All the things you could never have done if you didn’t have a way to drive yourself around?

I want you to think back to when you were learning to drive a car.  Come on, let’s face it – it was hard!  There were so many different things that demanded your attention; which peddles to push and when, gear sticks to move at the right time, mirrors to constantly check in.    These things didn’t stop you from now being able to drive easily and effortlessly though did they?  starting an online business is like learning to drive a car

The same will happen when you persist with all those little things that seem so demanding of your attention while you build your online business.  There will never be a time when you completely stop learning and being outside of your comfort zone, but there will be a time when all those things that seem difficult to you now, will be part of a well oiled system and happen easily and effortlessly.

You can  release yourself from your 9-5 job.  You can create a different future for yourself and your family.  No one said building an online business would be easy – but it is simple and  it can be done!

I’m here to support and help you all the way.

Think – Believe – Create!

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