Will Next Year Be Higher Value Than This Year?

Will Next Year Be Higher Value Than This Year?

Will Next Year Be Higher Value Than This Year?

 

Everyone approaches New Years with great anticipation. There’s hope for change, improvement, and growth. Anything seems possible.

 

However, by summer everyone’s enthusiasm has disappeared. Our summer body becomes whatever body we wound up within the summer. Our business may be growing – or not. We aren’t so focused on big plans. Instead, we grind through each day and week, looking forward to weekends and vacation time.

 

But what if it wasn’t that way? What if you could plan for a better 2018 during 2017? What if you could become – now – the kind of person who will succeed next year?

 

Making Time to Grow

One of the excuses that people commonly make is that they are too busy to learn new things. Too busy to become someone new. The truth is that we make time for what is important to us.

 

I’ve discussed routines on this blog before, and I am a strong believer in the power of habit and routine to give us space to do more in our lives. Habits can streamline existing tasks to create breathing room in your day for new activities. Routines can allow you to add new actions on a regular basis, such as working out, reading, and more.

 

Growth Value Tool #1: Reading

The first thing to make time for regularly is reading. Too many people never read another book after they graduate from school. If you want to learn new skills, shift your mindset, and build a business, reading is essential.

 

Exactly what you read will vary depending on your goals, but a few slam-dunk suggestions are:

 

By setting up a morning routine, you can make a habit of reading books that will help you in your business or life. Just 30 minutes a day with some note taking afterward can be life-changing.

 

Growth Value Tool #2: Exercise

Everyone knows they should, yet few people consistently exercise. A friend once told me, “I’ve heard that you should consider each workout as giving yourself a raise.” The simple truth is that when you exercise, you are healthier, have more energy, and are able to be much more productive.

 

Exercise can be anything you like. If you hate running, don’t feel like you have to run. Instead, swim, walk, do workout videos, or lift weights. Whatever gets you moving and your heart pumping will make a significant positive difference in your life.

 

Growth Value Tool #3: Hobbies

I’m not sure where everyone got the idea that life had to be a serious rat race until retirement, but I’m not a believer in that at all. I think that fun should be part of your days and your life now, not at some hoped-for future point.

 

Take time during your week to schedule time for hobbies. Whether you enjoy building model cars or working crossword puzzles, having a hobby gives you time to relax and recharge. In fact, many studies have found that our minds are most productive and creative when we give them a break.

 

Growth Value Tool #4: Take Action on New Information

Another trap that many people fall in is that they are constantly learning but never implementing. So my last growth tool is a challenge: what are you going to do with what you learned today?

 

The ultimate way to add value is taking massive intentional action. Every coach will tell you to add value to whatever you are offering. It’s like this mystical thing no one actually knows what “value” is but everyone should bring it!

 

This is so important whether you are starting out, you are just getting into selling products or packages, or if you are massively expanding your business, right?

 

First I want to talk about what holds us back from offering value:

 

Our first hurdle: Confidence!

We aren’t sure that our product/ package/ ultimate offer is worth the value.

We start adding everything you can think of including the kitchen sink if someone would just buy one…. Can you feel the desperation in this?

 

Our second Hurdle: Your brain is lying to you!

Your mindset is saying you can’t add value because you haven’t “made it” yet.

You know that elusive number that means you are a real entrepreneur. Whether that’s $500 on a coaching package, $17 dollars on a book or a subscription to a product from a direct sales company it hasn’t happened yet. And it isn’t going to unless you stop letting your brain lie to you and you crush that goal!

 

Our third hurdle: You don’t know where to take action!

You have tried the splatter effect. This is where you try 8 different things across every social media account once and nothing goes viral immediately and then you never try again.

 

The good news is you’re not alone! I put together a value roadmap that will take you from begging your mom to buy your product to 2k in cash in less than one month.

 

We are going to cover what value actually is! You will be completely clear, No more guessing and missing the mark!

We are going to cover the common mistakes I see over and over again so you save time! Know what is holding you back from your full potential before you waste all of 2018 making the same mistakes!

 

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You are going to get a 90-minute roadmap that will save you hours writing wording for your website, thinking of what to post on social media and finally be consistent.

 

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You are going to earn those bragging rights so your significant other/ parents/ friends stop asking when are you going to get a real job???

 

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How to Create Positive Habits That Stick

Have you ever wished you could get your day off to a better start? Or that you could actually get to bed on time without getting hooked into staring at Facebook for two hours?

If so, I get it. And I want to share something that could really change everything for you.

The idea is based on creating morning and evening routines using something called habit stacking.

What is Habit Stacking?

Habit stacking is when you take a current habitual action and add a new, desired habit to it. You add the new habit either just before or just after your existing action. You can even add more than one new habit, and create an entire routine.

Here’s a great example. Let’s say your current habit is to wake up in the morning and immediately get a cup of coffee. You want to add a meditation or prayer habit to your morning. So to habit stack, you decide that immediately after you get your coffee, you will sit down and meditate for 10 minutes.

zona-garrett-how-to-create-new-positive-habits-that-stickBecause you’ve connected your new habit to an existing, hardwired action that’s already in your brain, it will make it much easier to add your new habit. It’s like having a shortcut already built in!

You can add any number of small habits to your “stack”, but keep in mind that the more you add the harder it will be to get them all accomplished. Not only are there more opportunities to be distracted, but the power of your initial ingrained habit diminishes as you get further past it in your morning.

You can work small, positive changes into your life with minimal resistance. And small changes add up quickly!!

If you’re like me, this is very exciting to you and you immediately want to start creating six new stacks in your life. Unfortunately, this isn’t setting you up for success. Instead, start with just one. Here are two ideas:

Existing morning habit: Get up and get coffee

Additional habit 1: Meditate or pray 10 minutes

Additional habit 2: Think of one thing you’re grateful for

Additional habit 3: Read one chapter of a devotional or motivational book

Those four habits together constitute one “stack”. You should be able to complete the stack in 30 minutes or less, making it easy to add to your day.

Additional Habit 1: Tidy one messy “hot spot”

Existing Evening Habit: Brush teeth right before bed

Additional Habit 2: Lay out clothes for the next day

Additional Habit 3: Pray or meditate for 10 minutes

With this evening routine, you’ve stacked one habit before your existing action of brushing your teeth, and two afterward. This also creates a great stack. Again, the whole routine should take 30 minutes or less. Wouldn’t you sleep better if you did this routine every night?

As you can see, it’s very easy to pick an existing habit and stack 1 – 3 new habits you’d like to add.  Begin with one new stack per month.  Just think of how much your life can positively change by the end of 2017. You won’t even recognize yourself at this time next year!

Originally printed in Real Deal Magazine

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The Power of Persistence

The Power of Persistence

The Power of Persistence: What’s the key to success as an entrepreneur?

 

Is it skill?

 

Education?

 

Connections?

 

No, it’s something absolutely anyone can develop. It’s the power of persistence.

 

Mental Toughness and Success

What makes military cadets at West Point successful?

 

Research shows that intelligence, talent, test scores, and even physical strength have far less to do with success than simple grit. Grit, or perseverance and passion for long-term goals, was the key indicator of whether new cadets would successfully finish their first summer of training.

 

Angela Duckworth, who did the research on grit in West Point cadets, found similar results in other areas. She found that new teachers in tough neighborhoods, kids in the National Spelling Bee, salespeople, and more were far more likely to succeed if they scored highly for grit.

 

How Do You Develop Persistence?

If perseverance and passion for your goals are so essential for your success, how do you get there? How do you develop grit in your own life?

 

Here are some keys:

  • Be That Person. What you tell yourself about who you are will have a lot to do with whether you stick with your goals when they are tough. Be the kind of person that doesn’t quit.
  • Be Consistent. It’s not usually the big actions that help you win, but the small actions are done over and over. It’s the classic tortoise and hare – and the tortoise really does win.
  • Embrace Failure. Seeing failure as a data point instead of a defining moment is a big part of a growth mindset. Refuse to be afraid of failure.
  • One More Step. Choosing to take just one more step than is comfortable helps you create small wins, and helps you become a person that is persistent and has mental toughness.
  • Use Habits. Create habits that help you reach your goals so that you’re not starting from scratch every day.

 

It’s not easy to do these things on your own. Most people live in their comfort zone unless someone helps them move out of it.

 

Remember, this isn’t about climbing Mt. Everest tomorrow. It’s about becoming the kind of person who persists and is passionate about their goals. The kind of person who doesn’t fear failure and is consistent in their actions. The kind of person who goes all in

 

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Lead vs Influence

Lead vs Influence

How to Be an Influencer

 

Are you a business leader looking to make more of a difference in your community? If so I have great news for you.

 

The skills you use to successfully lead your business and the skill you need to impact your community have a lot in common.

 

It’s easy to think that the behaviors that work in business don’t work in society at large. After all, your neighbors aren’t your employees, so why should they listen to you?

 

The answer is simply in the difference between being a leader and a boss. Leaders inspire and invite others to follow them. Bosses give orders.

 

If you have the skills of a leader, you can make an incredible difference in your community and in your company, no matter where you serve.

 

Know What Motivates Those Around You

One problem many people have is that they care more about their own agenda than the ideas of those around them. Choosing to care about other’s ideas, dreams, and motivations can help you stand out from the crowd.

 

Caring about others’ motivation also gives you an important advantage. People will see you as someone who can help them achieve their goals, which means you will have influence with them. They will listen to your strategies and ideas if they feel you have their best at heart.

 

Combine the Big Vision with the Small Details

Some people have a big picture view and are always looking to the future. Others focus on details and think about what they can implement today.

 

If you can do both, you’ll be well on your way to being an influencer.

 

Not only will combining the overall strategy with the daily tactics give you a better understanding of the situation, it will allow you to relate to others better. You can speak to both the big picture folks and the detail people in their own language, which will help them respect you and give your ideas priority.

 

Develop Excellent Communication Skills

Being a great communicator isn’t a single skill. Instead, it combines a variety of skills, including:

  • Timely responses to messages and calls
  • Public speaking
  • The ability to handle hard conversations
  • Active listening
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Written communication

 

All these skills have to be combined with a solid grasp of communication strategy. Strategic communication is about knowing who needs what information, when they need it, and having a plan to ensure they receive it.

 

Skip the Blame Game

If mistakes happen – and they will – don’t get involved in trying to find out whose fault it was. Fault is irrelevant and pointing fingers will make you look small and insecure.

 

Instead, be a leader by jumping right in and helping fix the problem. By being decisive and helping during difficult situations, you will build your reputation and become more influential in the groups you serve.

 

Influence is About Service, Not Position

Some business and community leaders who want to make a difference focus on obtaining high-level positions in the organization. They believe that if they have a title, people will listen to their ideas and act on what they share.

 

Unfortunately, that’s far from the truth. Someone who consistently serves, in any role, will have more real influence than a power-grabbing CEO or board president. People may obey to a boss if they have to, but they will be looking for ways to undercut or under-implement the ideas.

 

In contrast, a faithful doorman who makes a simple suggestion to an upper executive may receive more respect and have more influence simply because he or she has been serving for years. Proven character is a larger part of influence than the title on your desk.

 

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The Death of Influencer Marketing

Great Exaggerations: The Death of Influencer Marketing

“The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated” –Mark Twain

Over the last couple of years, as the FTC, FDA, and Google implemented specific guidelines for compensated posts on social media. Some large companies have gone public saying that influencer marketing isn’t giving them the returns they wanted.

This has caused some folks to despair. They have declared that influencer marketing is dead.

I mean, if an influencer promotes you on Twitter but has to use the hashtag #ad, you’ll lose the credibility an influencer is supposed to give, right?

Not quite.

What is Influencer Marketing?

Influencer marketing is the process of having people with strong online followings review or promotes your product or service. You focus on using thought leaders or other respected individuals to gain credibility for your offering.

Celebrity endorsements are a long-standing form of influencer marketing. So are sponsored blog posts, sponsored tweets, Instagram posts, and more.

Influencers can be paid or unpaid for their endorsement. Most of the time there is some sort of compensation, which now requires clear disclosure.

What IS Dead About Influencer Marketing

The reason that many organizations are fed up with influencer marketing is that they aren’t using people for their influencer.

They’re using them as a digital billboard.

So a major sports figure on Instagram holds up Gatorade. So a supermodel takes a picture with a specific face cleanser. Is that going to drive major sales of the product?

No.

We’re jaded. We know that Bryce Harper or Kim Kardashian or whoever is a paid spokesperson. We know they don’t use or care about the product. We’re not impressed.

That’s the problem with influencer marketing done wrong. You are obviously paying an advertiser. It doesn’t feel authentic. We keep scrolling.

How to Do Influencer Marketing Right

Well, if influencer marketing isn’t dead, how can you take advantage of it?

There are several tips that are vital. However, the most important aspect is your mindset.

Influencer marketing is about an authentic connection with another person’s audience.

 

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Find the Right Influencer

Choosing an influencer based merely on the number of followers they have is a losing proposition. Instead, ask these questions:

  • Does this person use my type of product or service in their life?
  • Are they the type of person who could genuinely promote or review my offering?
  • Is their audience similar to my target market?
  • How engaged is their audience?
  • Has this person shown the ability to inspire action in their followers in the past?

With the answers to these questions, you’ll have a short-list of influencers who may work well for your marketing outreach.

Build the Relationship

No one likes to be used. While some people are willing to be used for the right amount of money, their reviews or endorsements won’t be as authentic.

Instead, research the people you are considering as influencers. Find out what’s important to them. Investigate their guidelines for promotion, if they have any posted.

Then, reach out authentically. Talk about why your product or service would benefit their audience and share why you chose them as an influencer instead of someone else.

Keep the Conversation Going

Don’t see an influencer relationship as a one-time advertisement. Instead, engage with the new audience and the influencer over time. Find a way to connect that serves both you, the influencer, and the audience.

Can you offer coupons from time to time? Is it possible the influencer ask his or her audience for feedback on your behalf? Can you answer questions?

Whatever you can do to keep the relationship strong over time will pay off in the end. Many times, a consumer has to see or hear about your product or service multiple times before they’re ready to buy. By keeping a conversation going, you’ll increase conversions.

Find Advocates

The best influencer marketing feels like consumer advocacy. It’s something that truly fits the influencer and his or her audience, and it’s beneficial to that target market.

When you find a few great fits and build those relationships over time, you’ll get incredible returns that will far surpass those big-name companies that are paying for a famous person to pose with their product on Instagram.

In short, influencer marketing is alive and well – if you do it right.

Got Skills? Transfer Expertise from Your Job to Your Business

Got Skills? Transfer Expertise from Your Job to Your Business

 

Do you feel overwhelmed at the thought of starting your own business? You’re not alone. Many people think that entrepreneurship is very risky – although, in some ways, it’s more secure than a day job.

 

What you may not realize is that you’ve gained tremendous skills from your current job and your daily life that can help you succeed in business. When you think creatively about what’s needed to run a business, you’ll realize you have many more skills than you think.

 

The Easy Step: From Job to Freelancer

In many cases, the job you have now is a service that’s needed by many companies all over the country – or all over the world. With the expertise you’ve gained, you can do work for clients on a freelance basis.

 

This shift is the easiest in terms of skill transfer, but it can be challenging to implement. In some companies taking clients in the same area as your job will be seen as competition and will be disallowed. If you aren’t able to build your business while working, focus on gaining marketing skills and perfecting your craft while saving money to make the leap.

 

When you make the jump to freelancer, you may find that your old company becomes a loyal client!

 

Skills Needed For Entrepreneurship

Maybe you’re not in a job that can become a freelance gig, or you simply hate your job and want to do something else. It’s time to start evaluating the skills you’ve gained and how you can apply them differently.

 

Organization

Keeping all of your paperwork in order and making sure your clients are properly cared for takes a lot of organization. In all likelihood, your current job requires you to stay organized and on top of details as well.

 

To build on this skill while you’re still working, learn to document processes and investigate what organizational tools work best for your personality and style.

 

Leadership

When you start your own business as a solo entrepreneur, you may think leadership isn’t that important. Actually, it is – starting with self-leadership and extending to traditional management and leadership as you grow.

 

Self-leadership includes things like internal motivation, time management, and staying on task. Traditional leadership includes communication skills, giving constructive feedback, and handling difficult conversations. Most jobs give you many opportunities to work on these skills.

 

Marketing

One of the most important skills in business is the ability to let other people know what you do in a way that encourages them to want to learn more. You may think that if you don’t work in the marketing department, you don’t have any marketing skills.

 

In reality, marketing is all about making genuine connections, finding out what people need, and serving them to meet those needs. Practice your listening skills, discover what the people around you need, and find ways to meet those needs. Do this in person, on social media, and through email.

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Not only will you gain valuable marketing skills, you’ll be building priceless relationships that can help you for years to come.

 

Resilience

Many people don’t realize that mindset and resilience is a key business skill. They’re too focused on getting a degree, becoming a manager, or leading the company in sales. The truth is, without the right mindset you won’t succeed in your job or in business.

 

The right mindset includes believing you can succeed, anticipating problems and how to overcome them, managing your emotions, handling fear of failure, and overcoming imposter syndrome. Often, these mindset changes require outside help from a coach.  You simply can’t overcome your blinders without an objective view to help you.

 

Ready to Go From Job to Business?

While I’ve only scratched the surface of the transferable skills that come from a job, you are probably encouraged that you’re more ready for a business than you thought.

 

If you’re ready to make the move from a job to a business, you’ll need someone to help you apply your skills in new ways and work on your mindset challenges. You can join the amazing individuals and businesses that have worked with Plan to Succeed Coaching and started or grown a company. With an average return of multiple four figures can you afford not to start?

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Finding Purpose in Your Work: Social Entrepreneurship

Finding Purpose in Your Work: Social Entrepreneurship

As a millennial, you want to make the world a better place, and many times the company you work for doesn’t give you much opportunity to do so. As a result, many millennials are focused on volunteering, side jobs, or even starting their own company.

 

Starting a company with a social, environmental, or community-focused objective is a great way to step away from greed and ladder-climbing while still earning enough to support yourself. Social entrepreneurship is a growing segment of small business, and it’s easy to see why.

Social Entrepreneurship Melds Purpose with Profit

There’s nothing wrong with making money as long as it’s done right. If the goal of any company is to simply pile up dollars without worrying about the impact they have on the environment, people, and society at large, you don’t want to work for them. Neither would I!

 

Instead, social entrepreneurship allows you to make a responsible profit while doing things that really matter in the world.

 

Toms does this very well. A thriving shoe company, they have a one-for-one philosophy that connects their sales success with making a difference around the globe. They currently help provide shoes, prevent bullying, improve access to clean water, and more.

 

Social entrepreneurship allows business owners to experience a strong connection between their work and their community. One of my favorite things to do as a coach is help a small business or non-profit connect more closely with the city they operate in. I love seeing the renewed focus and determination of business owners when they realize their work really matters.

Social Entrepreneurship Does What the Government Can’t

We all know that we live in a society with many needs. While we’d love to have someone else take care of everything for us, the reality is that we have to take care of each other. It’s what it means to live as a contributing member of society.

 

We want the government to be responsible with its resources and help as much as possible, but there are significant limits to what a government program can accomplish. By running a small business that makes a difference, you can reach in and help where the government can’t.

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Yoobi is a great example. This successful company sells colorful notebooks and desk accessories and focuses strongly on giving back. The company’s name means “One for you, one for me.” For every item purchased, Yoobi donates an item to a classroom in need in the United States.

 

Where we might look to local and state governments to help struggling schools, Yoobi steps in and gives what they can themselves.

Are You Making a Difference?

So, how’s it going with your work? Are you making a difference? If you’re ready to show up powerfully by starting up a side-hustle, small business, or non-profit with a close connection to your local community or to provide for a worldwide need, I’d love to help.

 

Let’s talk about how you can start to be the difference you want to see in the world. Contact me today at 910-493-3527!

 

Personal Branding: Its Essential

Personal Branding: Its Essential

Answer quickly: What does Gary V have that you probably don’t have?

 

Nope. It’s not hustle, a ridiculous work ethic, or a million dollars.

 

It’s a personal brand.

 

What does Gary V sell? He sells himself, and he does it very, very well.

 

I mean, it’s as simple as the fact that I can say “Gary V” and you instantly know what I mean. So why does it work – and more importantly, how can you create one too?

 

Why a Personal Brand Works

People do business with those they know, like, and trust. A personal brand helps people feel that they know more about who you really are, which helps them develop the “know, like, and trust” factor.

 

When you develop a personal brand, you don’t focus your messaging on what you sell, you focus your message on who you are and why you’re driven to serve others. This helps tie into another key marketing principle – people love to shop but they hate to be sold.

 

If you’re focusing on portraying who you are and why you’re serving your audience, you avoid the feeling of “selling” while you are, in fact, boosting the credibility of your products and services.

 

Finally, people buy based on emotions and justify their decisions with logic later. By building an effective personal brand, you’re building a bank of positive emotions with your targeted tribe. When they see that you have a product or service for sale, they’ll be more likely to buy from you.

 

How to Build an Effective Personal Brand

I want to get one misconception out of the way right away – an effective personal brand does not have to mean that everyone likes you and you offend no one. In fact, you may turn off a large group of people.

 

What matters is that you connect deeply with your target customers. You want to build a loyal group of followers – a tribe – and that means you have to take a narrow focus that appeals especially to them.

 

Let’s look at Gary V again. He’s got an incredibly passionate tribe who hangs on his every word. People who want to hustle at the level that Gary does. People will sacrifice everything in order to succeed. To them, Gary is a hero.

 

And then there are detractors. Have you ever had someone write in Inc magazine that your theories could destroy others’ businesses? Gary V just shakes it off. He’s not for them, he is of his own tribe.

 

Some other methods that will help you build your personal brand:

  • Have a Clear Message. Know what you’re portraying and to whom. Gary V started with a message based on a single word: Hustle. Your message should have that same focus and clarity.
  • Be Consistent. As someone building a personal brand, you have to keep your public persona consistent. Share the same message and focus on LinkedIn as you do on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media platforms.
  • Be Unforgettable. One benefit to being controversial is that people remember you. Love you or hate you, they remember. As someone building a personal brand, you can’t afford to be bland or sound like everyone else.
  • Focus on Exposure. In order to build your personal brand, you have to be visible. Be active on the same social media outlets your customers frequent. Create content – videos, and writing – that gets shared.
  • Be You. You won’t be successful if you try to be another Gary V or another famous person. Those folks are taken. Be you, connect with your tribe, and watch your brand grow.

 

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Now What? Finding Purpose as a Millennial

Now What? Finding Purpose as a Millennial

Now What? Finding Purpose as a Millennial

 

There are certain times in life when we find ourselves at a “Now what?” moment. Right after you graduate high school, right after you graduate college, and right after you find your first job are common times to ask yourself, “What is the point of this?”

 

In order to be successful and thrive, it’s essential to find a sense of purpose for your life. It can be a large, overarching life goal, or it can be a focus for this particular season of your life.

 

To find this sense of purpose and focus, however, you have to know what skills and passions you have. When you work within these strengths, you’ll find the most joy.

What Skills and Passions Matter?

As we move through life we learn how to do a lot of things. We learn to read, we learn to type, we learn – and then forget – how to use quadratic equations.

 

Those are not the skills and talents I’m talking about. I’m talking about identity-based skills and passions, things you are naturally good at that you can develop and leverage into work that makes you both successful and fulfilled.

 

One of my clients, for instance, found that her top strengths were:

  • Futuristic Thinking. She loves to plan for the future and big visions and dreams drive her forward.
  • She always wants to take action and implement the next step.
  • She loves to give praise, smile, and brighten others’ days. She also expects good results in her life.
  • Problem Solving. She is an incredible problem-solver. She thinks of every situation in terms of how it can be made better.
  • She’s a competitive person and loves knowing that she’s rising to the top of the group.

 

As you can see, these strengths can be used in a variety of ways, but this client will be unhappy if she’s in an inactive role, around negative people, unable to make a difference in her situation, and unable to plan for the future.

How to Discover Your Strengths

There are a lot of tools that help you discover your strengths and passions. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Self-Reflection

Taking some time to journal and reflect on times you’ve felt very happy and fulfilled. What did those situations have in common? What did you do to create them? This will give you a lot of insight into your passions and strengths. Some are near the surface, and some take some digging to find, but it’s worth the effort.

Asking Others

It’s very common for those close to us to be able to see more of our strengths than we do, especially if we’re self-critical. Ask supportive close friends and family what they see ask key strengths in your life. Also take note of what others are always asking your advice about. It’s likely to reveal a key expertise you haven’t thought of.

Strength-Finding Tools

One of my favorite tools to use in helping my clients identify strengths is the CliftonStrengths Finder. It uses a detailed survey to measure your strengths in 34 areas, giving you a top five that you can focus on. If you purchase the extended results, you can also see which areas you are weakest in. Knowing your weaknesses can help you choose business partners, friends, and more that compliment you and help you grow.

Coaching

A good coach can ask you questions and help you explore your life in ways that uncover strengths you never thought you had. Having an impartial outside person help you discover strengths and passions may be just what you need to get on the road to success!

Making the Most of Talents and Passions

Once you have discovered what your talents and passions are, the next step is to apply them in ways that help you live a purposeful and successful life.

 

Because talents and passions are often general and can be applied in many ways, you may need help. A qualified coach can help you find ways to move your life closer to what your talents reveal would make you happiest.

 

It doesn’t matter where you’re starting now, what matters is where your focus is. There are always ways to take steps toward your dreams. Let me help you find them!

 

In my work,  I’ve helped clients change careers, increase their income, make money from passions they assumed would always be hobbies, and more. Contact me today at info@plantosucceed.net for a free consultation to take the first step toward your own dreams!

This Isn’t Working Anymore!

This Isn’t Working Anymore!

I am exhausted! This isn’t working anymore! I work all the time and can’t catch a break. If only I could land my dream client… If only my family support the hard work that I do… If only I had a chance to slow down a bit. If only I knew exactly what the right answer was, I’d just do that!

Does this sound like something you’ve said lately? Maybe you’ve only thought it? Being an entrepreneur can be one of the most rewarding jobs. And it can be one of the most lonely.

Next to money problems; feelings of isolation, burnout, and indecisiveness on where to take the company can be overwhelming. With so many entrepreneurs struggling with direction in their businesses how do you beat the slump?

I took your advice here and what has worked for my personal 1-on-1 coaching clients and here is the top advice I have compiled from you to you!

Real Work Connection

Overwhelmingly the response was having an authentic connection to a business best friend took some of the pressure off. Get up close and personal with an individual or a mastermind group that will push you to grow your business and tell you when you need to slow down. Having like-minded individuals around will increase your ability and function in your business because we all know,

“You become like the 5 people you spend the most time with!”

So spend your time well!

Having a business friend or a mastermind group to work with to keep you growing your businesses and not just working in your business carries a value that grows exponentially. As vulnerable as you are the greater the potential for growth.

Mindfulness and Relaxation

The next response I have from your peers was mindfulness and relaxation. Being able to unplug from your business to be fully present with your family and friends increases the personal connection. It allows you to be fully present with the ones you love the most and support you while you take on the market you are a part of.

One of my clients advised that until he took the time to slow down with his family he found it harder and harder to get out of bed in the morning to work in his business. By cutting out the quality time he had with his family he had lost sight of the “why” he had started his business in the first place. He originally wanted the flexibility to go to family events, coach his son’s baseball team and have a regular date night with his wife.

While he was building his business he struggled to set the boundaries necessary with clients to protect his why. Until he focused on mindfulness to deal with the stress he had completely lost touch with what originally charged him up to accomplish great things in his business.

He took the time to make the necessary changes and unfortunately lost a couple of clients but the quality of his work grew. Most importantly his family got their husband and father back!

These traits of leaders make all the difference in growing your company in a personally sustainable way. 

Take the opportunity to grow your relationships with peer businesses and share this article! Comment below your favorite Mindfulness technique or relaxation activity!