Monday Musings — Have You Set Up Your Week For Success?

I know Mondays have gotten a bad rap over the years. The weekend is over, it’s the start of the work-week and its endless to-do lists, frantic running around and feeling like your time is no longer your own.Musings_07

(And, if you don’t like what you’re doing for a living, all those overwhelm feelings just got amped up.)

But the real problem is if Monday is lousy, that just sets the rest of your week up to be lousy too. So, wouldn’t it be awesome if you could start your Monday off feeling great about yourself and the week ahead?

What’s helped me to do exactly that is a combination of mindset/inner game habits along with good old-fashioned time scheduling. Continue reading

A Little Secret About Sabotage (Learned From “Cutthroat Kitchen”)

One of my fave guilty pleasures is “Cutthroat Kitchen.” If you’re not a fan of the show (What?!?! That can’t possibly be?!?!) what it is is a competition cooking show where 4 chefs bid to sabotage each other, with the last one standing the winner.UphillClimb_02

What’s fascinating to me is how much it’s taught me about sabotage.

You see, there are actually 2 forms of sabotage:

* What the chefs do to each other (in other words, what someone else is doing to you)

* What you do to yourself (in other words, how you sabotage yourself). Continue reading

One of The Best Ways To Increase the Flow of Abundance

My good friend and client Lisa Sasevich is the one who first introduced me to the concept of “committed but not attached.” And the first time I heard it I thought “what on earth is she talking about? That makes no sense.”Money_01

You see, if you’re anything like me, you too may have confused what it means to be attached versus committed. And maybe (like me) you actually may be afraid that if you AREN’T attached to the process, you’re somehow letting the process down and opening yourself up to failure.

It’s taking me a long time to sort out being attached versus being committed — when you should be attached versus when you should only be committed — but the more I’ve relaxed being attached, the more I’ve attracted abundance into my life and business. Continue reading

Morning Rituals — Why You’re Not Doing It Even Though You Know It Could Make You More Successful

Years ago, I was a master at studying what the successful entrepreneurs do.Musings_05

But just because I studied it, didn’t mean I actually did it. (Even though I was convinced the key to my happiness and peace of mind was becoming more of a success, somehow I never could find the time to actually create and use the success habits they had.)

Having a morning ritual was one of those success habits I knew about. It sounded easy enough, and yet I somehow never managed to actually do it.

First, let’s talk about what a morning ritual actually is. Continue reading

List Building — 3 Tips to Hosting a Successful Giveaway or Telesummit

Although I dislike the term list building (I prefer community building) there’s no question that engaging in activities that actively grow your list/community is crucial for your success as an entrepreneur.Globe_01

There’s also no question that one of the quickest ways to grow your list/community is by having partners promote you.

And, despite all its issues, email is still the gold standard for any sort of promotion.

Okay, so knowing that one of the best and fastest ways to grow your list/community is by having partners send an email to their list/community, how can you make that happen?

Answer — by giving them something to promote. (And, in most cases, offering something valuable in exchange for your prospect’s contact information and permission to reach out to them, is the way to go.)

Two of the biggest ways to have partners promote you include you launching a product or program and having your partners promote it or you hosting some sort of free giveaway or telesummit/video summit, where you have partners who provide content and promote in exchange for also building their lists/communities.

I’ve covered launches in other posts, so today I thought I’d cover 3 tips to hosting a successful giveaway or telesummit.

But before I do that, let me quickly explain giveaways and telesummits/video summits. Continue reading

Mean People — How To Deal With the Truly Nasty, Hateful Things People Say

If you’re going to get big, you’re going to have to learn to deal with it.CheckIn_03

That’s the advice many of us receive when we take those first tentative steps to get our work into the world in a much bigger way.

The bigger you get, the more you’ll be criticized or just have nasty things said about you (or even to you — anonymously online of course). So, chalk it up to jealously and move on.

Now, full disclosure, I also believed this sage advice…until a couple of weeks ago.

After the death of my mother, I wrote a blog post as a tribute to her. And while 99% of the feedback and comments I received was how beautiful it was, I also got one of the nastiest, mean-spirited, hateful comments I’ve ever received in all my years of being online. (The person called me self-centered and spiteful and said I clearly hated my mother among other things — I thought of posting it but then I didn’t want to give her the attention she’s clearly craving.) Continue reading

Confessions From an Entrepreneur — The “Truth” About Taking Unplanned, Unexpected Time Off

You know those posts where someone talks about how “grateful” they are to be an entrepreneur and have the freedom and flexibility to drop everything for an emergency and have their business not miss a beat?PersonalJourney_02

Yeah, they annoy me too.

They are especially annoying to me now as I begin to navigate the “new normal” and make my way back from the transition and passing of my mother.

It’s not that there isn’t some truth in what they’re saying, and I too am grateful I have systems in place and a team that can function at a very high level without me.

But, like I wrote last year about the “truth about working everywhere and anywhere” as an entrepreneur, it’s not the whole truth. Continue reading

Lessons I Learned From My Mom

When I was a teenager, my mom handed me a section from the newspaper.mpw-mom1

“What’s this?” I asked.

“It’s a Mother’s Day contest,” she said.

I looked. You were supposed to write an essay honoring your mother and the top essays would not only win a prize but also be published on Mother’s Day.

I tossed the paper aside. “I don’t know what I would write,” I said.

She sighed.

You see, I was in my “stubborn difficult teenage brat” phase. This was also the time in my life where I would attend our high school football games and deliberately not look at the scoreboard at the end so when my mom would ask what the score was (and ask she always did because she loved her football) I would tell her I didn’t know. And she would sigh.

Sometimes I would even tell her I didn’t know if we won or lost. Just to irritate her.

But I didn’t forget she asked. I secretly read all the entries when they were published and wondered if it was possible that I could have written an essay for her. Continue reading

Learning From Death — The Pause Between Life and Death

Today I take a moment to ponder all what death has taught me.Musings_04

My first dog, Amber, died unexpectedly in my arms at 6 years old. She just collapsed one day and died. I was horrified and hysterical. At that time I had been lucky enough to barely witness death in my life — I still had 3 living grandparents.

My second dog, Maddie, had lung cancer and I listened to her for 2 weeks struggling to breathe at night, not being able to sleep. Finally one night my husband couldn’t stand it anymore so we woke the vet up to put her down — I got in the car with her and she suddenly collapsed and died in my arms. I felt exhausted and empty. Continue reading

Avoiding Having a Difficult Conversation? 3 Reasons Why You’re Only Hurting Yourself & Your Biz

My very good friend, Wealthy Thought Leader Andrea J. Lee (you can listen to her on my podcast right here) just came out with a  new book “We Need To Talk — Your Guide to Challenging Business Conversations” which has inspired this post today.wntt-cover

What Andrea explains in her book is that by not having these conversations, as difficult as they may be, we’re hurting ourselves more than we realize. Unsaid difficult conversations create stress in our lives and our businesses — and the more stress you’re  under, the less likely you’ll be able to grow and nurture your business the way you want to.

But it goes even deeper than that — much of the conflict and violence in the world can be traced back to unsaid difficult conversations. The combination of people not getting their needs met coupled with the weight of all the things that desperately want to said and are instead being denied and stuffed down, is being channeled into unhelpful and destructive aggression.  Continue reading

Life, Biz and the Pursuit of Happiness — Will the Real Illusion Please Stand Up?

As I wrote about in my Monday Morning Musing, I’m getting ready to launch a big project this summer, which means the Illusion has decided to also show up (in a nutshell the Illusion is all the crap that tries and stops you when you’re taking a big leap in your business or life — basically all the crap is an Illusion keeping you from taking that big leap).PersonalJourney_02

The Illusion has many faces. Not only does it show up differently for everyone, but it also can show up differently for the same person. But let me tell you how it’s showing up for me right now. It’s a combination of some health challenges and personal challenges — in other words, things that have nothing to do with business getting in the way of me working on my business.

Now, the problem is these things are real. And they need to be dealt with. So the problems themselves aren’t exactly an illusion.

What IS the Illusion is that those things are actually standing in my way to taking that big leap in my business. Continue reading

Monday Morning Musing — The Illusion

I’m cooking up something pretty big over here (details to come later this summer — I’m aiming for July) but in the meantime….whoa mama!Musings_02

It’s fascinating to me how quickly you forget about the power of Resistance and the Illusion…and how surprising it feels when Resistance and the Illusion smacks you in the face when you’re getting ready to uplevel your business and your life. It’s not like I haven’t been at this rodeo before, but yet every time somehow feels like the first time. (And not in a good way.)

Right now, what seems to be having it’s way with me is the Illusion.

I first heard about the Illusion through Lisa Sasevich (and, in fact, I pulled a Backstage Pass clip from her recent Speak-to-Sell LIVE where she beautifully shares her experiences with the Illusion from the stage — yes, even someone has successful as Lisa Sasevich runs into the Illusion from time to time). Continue reading

Life, Biz and the Pursuit of Happiness — Enough Already! Can’t We Just Be Healed?

Recently I’ve been writing about some heady topics in my Morning Musings (What happens when your best isn’t good enough, Learning from Failure) and Life, Biz and the Pursuit of Happiness. And, of course, this is causing me to realize all the places where I’m not showing up in my biz and life, and where my growth edges are.PersonalJourney_02

And there’s a part of me that just wants to scream “Oh for the love of God, can’t we all be healed already?”

I mean, all of this focus on healing ourselves — is there ever a time where it’s counterproductive? Continue reading

The Writing Life — Your Best Writing Self

I know I’ve been a bit quiet lately with this column. That’s because I’ve been in a place of exploration with how I can best show up each day in my writing (actually in all phases of my life and business but for this column we’re talking about writing).PenInk_150

And, oddly enough (or maybe not so oddly) even though I am a writer, writing about it didn’t feel right. I felt like I needed to be IN the process, rather than outside and observing the process. (Because no matter how deep a piece of writing can feel and be, you still need a certain level of objectivity just to discover the words to describe it.)

So what I’ve focused on is the actual writing. I’ve been working on my new novel (gasp!) and my next business book. And, it’s actually been coming along really well. Continue reading