launched The Biztruth.
Those first few years were quite a shock after a relatively cushy and predictable 7 years of owning my franchise!
Yes, it’s been quite a ride.
And looking back, there were two things that initially stunted my business growth and personal happiness when I launched.
And I notice those same things with many of the women entrepreneurs I meet so I want to share them with you.
1. Women feel the need to ask others for permission.
From their spouse. Coaches. Peers. Friends. Mailman. Butcher…
I’ll never forget the time I asked my “millionaire mentor” what he thought about me creating a web tv show that would’ve gotten me a bunch of visibility early on. He flat out told me “no don’t do it.”
Ummmmmm… why in the world would I let HIM decide for ME?
Sigh… because I didn’t trust myself.
How do you expect your prospects and clients to trust you if you don’t even trust yourself?
That’s the question I had to ask myself because I had overwhelming evidence in the form of the next problem…
2. There’s not a single entrepreneur who’s not looking for more clients.
We spend all sorts of time and money on programs hoping for an instant and BIG payoff.
But when it doesn’t work, we lose trust in ourselves to make good decisions.
It’s a vicious circle.
Once I was able to pull my head out of my ass (Sorry, Dad. I know you’re reading this, but it’s true!) and look clearly at the real keys to strategically building my business, everything changed for the better.
If you want to learn more, I wrote a brief that explains what to do to get more clients and gain a fresh level of self-trust.It’s something different that’ll make you question what you’ve been told about how to get more clients.
It’ll challenge your assumptions.
And it’ll explain what to do about it.
Once you master the five things you’ll learn in this brief, you’ll stop asking others for permission.
Because your level of self-trust will be locked in.
You can download this free brief using the link below:
Knowing this stuff 6 years ago when I moved into this wild West of business sure would’ve been a time, money and heartache saver – so I hope you take a moment to read it.
And a lifetime living it.
Wishing you many happy and prosperous anniversaries in YOUR business!
We believe happiness is a choice you make.
And because we’re big fans of doing biz happier — so you can live happier — we’ve compiled a dozen ideas to create greater happiness in business.
[Sadly, a whopping 74% of entrepreneurs admit to being unhappy with their business. Being unhappy at work affects the rest of your life — which in turn affects your business. It’s a vicious cycle!]
If you’re ready for more happy, keep reading and click away!
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Start your day on the right note by waking up to your favorite song.
Michael Strahan, host of “Live with Kelly and Michael” and author of “Wake Up Happy” sets his morning alarm to play “Lovely Day” by Bill Withers.
Another option? Check out Pharrell’s 24hoursofhappy! (note: it’s temporarily on the fritz – check back again!)
Write your goals* every morning to remind yourself why you’re doing what you do. Make a list of things you want, dream and fantasize about in your favorite notebook. And journal about what you’ll do with all the money and fame you’ll have someday.
* Writing your goals improves the odds you’ll achieve them by 42% according to a study by Dominican University of California.
Change your “fear stories” to “love stories.”
Afraid to call a potential client? Reframe your thoughts from “what if they reject me?” to “they’d be lucky to work with me!” Or “there are plenty of fish in the sea!”
HINT: Think about what you would tell a friend if she were in your shoes and tell yourself that 🙂
Build your confidence with a “brag sheet” celebrating your accomplishments.
What magic do you spread? What’s unique about you? What achievements made you who you are today?
Print this beauty to give yourself the credit you deserve as a reminder of your purpose – and that you’re meant to serve others.
Don’t hold back!
Remind yourself what fresh air smells like.
Enjoy an afternoon escape to nature* and dream about what your business could be like.
Better yet, invite a colleague who will help you dream even bigger.
Do business in a way you LOVE!
Stop working so hard to squeeze yourself into a generic business model. You’ll “biz happier” when you do things your way.
Pay it forward.
You have more abundance than you might think. Donate a fraction of your revenue to people and causes that feed your spirit. It demonstrates faith that all will be well. If committing to a percentage feels like too much, start by leaving a random $5 (or $1) bill for someone to find.
Take a nap.
It’s been proven to increase your productivity by 34%!
Volunteer a few hours a month.
Teach English as a second language. Work at a pet shelter. A nursing home. Community garden. There are plenty of in-person and virtual options to choose from.
You’ll brighten someone’s day. And it will remind you what’s important in life.
Host a happy hour in your home or some other special space.
(I love my NYC patio for this.) Invite your existing clients and ask them to invite their colleagues for a fun networking session.
And if money’s tight, make it potluck!
Amp up your creative juices by learning something that’s not work-related.
Skiing. Sailing. Belly dancing. Photography. Singing. Sword fighting. Rock climbing. Playing guitar. Juggling. Fire eating…
(Probably not all at once, though 😉
Choose your happy.
Yes, it’s a choice!
And as an entrepreneur, you have the freedom to choose how you design and run your business.
You’ll infuse fun, flow and freedom into your life —by injecting it into your business.
Want even more happy?
Be the first to know when we have more ideas to share with you at www.chooseyourhappy.lol.
I’m still plugging away on assembling a special idea generator for curing those moments (days, weeks, months…?) to get you out of feeling “UGH” and into happy in your business.
Looks like it’ll be ready next Wednesday so keep your eyes out for it.
And since I’m taking a lifetime to finish up this article and don’t have a regular newsletter for you today, I wanted to bring an oldie but goodie out of the archives for you.
I believe this was the second or third video I ever did over six years ago… and was the precursor to The Biztruth.
I guarantee you’ll get a laugh out of it (especially at :55) so enjoy!
Do you effectively share client results with your potential clients?
I knooooooooooow you’ve got people who rave about how you’ve helped them. Sure, maybe it’s only one person right now. I bet if you dig a little deeper, you’ve got some grateful clients who would be happy to sing your praises.
In this video, I’ll walk you through three steps that make for a better testimonial.
It’s a great confidence builder. And the bonus is that you can take those results and pluck out the true value you deliver – so when you’re better able to help your prospects identify with the results they can expect from working with you.
Watch the video – then visit thebiztruth.com/results to see how testimonials can be done in both video and written form.
Although a New Year is symbolic of new beginnings, we can begin anytime we want!
I originally posted this on January 1, 2014 and want to share it with you again at the start of our new year. Welcome 2016!
Click the player below to see and hear the reading of this thoughtful and encouraging book, Beginnings.
If you want to download this onto your audio player, here’s the MP3 link: