The Secret to Productivity

 

One of the most popular issues my clients bring up, besides how to make more money, is how to get more done during the day. Unfortunately, even the best time management tools won’t create more hours in a day. This forces you to create a different relationship with time and get off the ‘not enough’ train of thought.

My approach to time is a combination of practical tools, structures, spirituality and emotional wellness. If you want to get more done, you’ve got to begin with your inner game.

When you wake up the morning, decide what kind of day you’re going to have. Will it be good, grumpy, fun, rushed, peaceful, productive or an adventure? It’s your choice from the get-go. Morning is the best time to push the reset button on your attitude.

Disregard the urge to plow into your day full force. Create one or more morning practices to get grounded and focused.

Here are some practices that I’ve seen work wonders:

  • Go for a walk, run, workout, row, yoga or another form of mind-body connection
  • Journaling, automatic writing or morning pages where you just dump what’s in your head onto paper
  • Look at your vision board or bucket list
  • Connect to your yearly, monthly, and weekly goals
  • Sip a cup of joe or tea while reading something pleasant or enjoying the view
  • Write about what an awesome day you’ll have, as if it’s already happened

Once you feel like you can powerfully move forward in a calm manner, it’s time to set your intentions for the day. This is how you leverage the power of attraction. If you start your day without doing this, you are asking for a day you look back on and say, “Where did my day go?” or “This day went from bad to worse.”

It is important to only choose a maximum of five actions you want to complete each day. Less is better. Decide which actions will feel the most fulfilling to complete and that you’ll enjoy doing. If there is something you must complete because of a deadline, decide that doing so will be easy.

Focus is the name of the game. Give yourself completely to whatever you are doing in any given moment. You’ll experience more peace and you’ll actually get more done than if you multi-tasked all day long.

You can experience the feeling of time expanding when you stay present in the moment. It takes a bit of trust that what needs to get done, will be done. Whatever doesn’t get done is fine.

If you beat yourself up over what didn’t get done then you are asking for misery. This life is meant to be enjoyed, not to become a productivity master. But if you are clear about your intentions and find flow in your day, you can experience joy and complete many goals.

Peace, joy and fun are the biggest factors in profit attraction, not how many tasks you can get done in a day.

I always ask myself if what I’ve chosen to do for the day will move me toward what I want and if it will make me happy. Whatever you choose to do for the day, align yourself 100% behind it. No regrets. You’ll have another clean slate tomorrow.

Which of these ideas do you think will help you the most? Write your answer in the comments below.

 

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Original Publish Date: Jan 19, 2011
Categories: Business, Manifesting Desires, Personal Growth, and Success Strategies.

Overwhelm is just a Symptom

 

For more than a few years, I’ve been a slave to email. I was very aware of it and sought help. I got some relief, but email still felt like it was cracking its whip on me.

By the way, if you’ve got the email thing down, I don’t want to hear about all the different strategies I can use to reduce email. I’ve tried them. Many of them worked.

But in the end, email still took over a good part of each day.

The reason why structures don’t always get you out of overwhelm is because it’s not email (or insert any topic that you feel overwhelmed about) that is the problem. It’s the way you relate to the email that is the problem.

In my case, it was an addiction to making sure I stayed on top of it so it wouldn’t pile up. I didn’t want anything important to fall through the cracks. I didn’t want to be seen as negligent if I didn’t answer right away. There were probably other nasty beliefs I was throwing into the mix, too.

Those beliefs, not the emails, were keeping me from my most important projects and goals.

Am I cured? Not totally. Not yet.

But as I sat in a room full of my supportive peers working through this inner conflict, I felt a huge release. I did the ugly cry and couldn’t stop. I had no idea the pain of email overwhelm was so deep.

Instead of feeling the pressure of responding to emails, I’m choosing to work on my projects and goals instead. The more attention I give to the things I REALLY want to be doing, the easier it’s been to change my relationship to email.

I’ve been here before, back in my early thirties. Substitute to-do lists for email. My to-do lists damn near gave me a nervous breakdown back then. I had a made-up idea in my head that if I got my to-do list done, I’d be more successful. Kicking that habit opened me up to reaching my first six-figure year… and doing it with extreme ease.

I’m excited to experience more peace and profits as a result of my new-found ease around email. It no longer owns me.

I’m the boss. I get to choose what gets my attention. I’m making new choices.

What about you? Where do you feel overwhelm and try to manage the circumstance versus exploring your beliefs? Write your answers in the comments below.

 

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Categories: Business, Manifesting Desires, Personal Growth, Success Strategies, and Wealth.

Business Masterminds: Brilliant or BS?

 

Is a mastermind your ticket to teleporting your business into the future? Or is it just a ridiculously expensive networking opportunity?

I asked my no-nonsense friend and expert Jay Fiset to give us both sides of the coin on masterminding…


In January, Maya found herself standing in front of a room of 17 business owners and internet marketers, asking for advice on how to scale her brand new online course. The advice they gave her in the next 15 minutes added $18,000 to her bottom line over the next six weeks.

Maya had just gotten a taste of what it’s like to be part of a mastermind.

Unfortunately, here’s what happened next …

Maya decided she was so blown away by the results of that first only-too-brief masterminding session that she accepted a business coach’s invitation to join his mastermind group. For a monthly investment of $1000 on a 12-month contract, they were to meet 4 times a year (once each quarter) and she would have to pay for her flights and hotel in addition to the monthly fees.

The first meeting with this group did not go well.

“I was expecting rocket fuel. Instead, I got a cup of watered-down Kool Aid,” says Maya. “The group was very poorly curated, so despite the fact that everyone genuinely wanted to support each other, we just didn’t even understand each others’ businesses.”

She ended up cancelling her membership and leaving the group, but not before she had sunk more than $4,500 into the process.

Maya’s story is all too common and it has given masterminds a bad name.

So which is it? Is a mastermind a brilliant way to harness the power of group-think to accelerate business growth or is it just an overpriced networking opportunity?

To answer the question, it becomes important, first and foremost, to understand what a mastermind actually is!

What exactly IS a mastermind?

If we refer to Napoleon Hill and Andrew Carnegie, the godfathers of the mastermind concept, the definition from their lips to our ears is this: “A small group of people that meet to grow, learn, evolve and support one another.”

A mastermind is when there is reasonably equal contribution of wisdom, experience, networks and resources by all involved for the benefit and support of the person who happens to have the focus at that point in time.

It can be any topic, any meeting length, and virtually any format. And here’s where it gets interesting: both Hill and Carnegie considered masterminding to be a spiritual practice.

As Hill is supposed to have said, “No two minds ever come together without thereby creating a third invisible, intangible force which may be likened to a third mind.”

Which is why masterminding done right can literally bend time for a business and create the kind of powerful acceleration that Maya experienced the first time round.

There is no “guru” in a mastermind.

A mastermind is NOT small-group coaching or a premium-priced course where one person is the source of all information and content. In other words, no “gurus” hold forth.

In my experience, having been a member of various masterminds for the past 25 years and having run a fair number of them myself, the most successful model is when members pay dues to be a part of the group and there’s a leader or facilitator that curates the group as well as the overall experience.

I want to clarify the distinction between a leader and a “guru.” The leader — usually the person who collects the mastermind fees–gets to be the gatekeeper when it comes to forming the group. This ensures that people don’t end up in a situation where there’s not enough common ground or there’s a huge discrepancy with the level of experience and success people bring to the table.

The mastermind leader’s job is also to make sure the group runs smoothly. A mastermind is a very intimate process; high performing folks are required to lay their souls bare and ask for help. This often leads to a certain emotional rawness and volatility and it falls upon the leader to address any conflicts that arise. And of course, when overly chatty Uncle Bob goes over his allotted time, it’s the leader who bangs the gavel and moves things along.

In today’s world, masterminds can be in-person or completely virtual. The format is less important than the quality of the group, the synergy created and people’s commitment to each other.

Bending time in business …

When done right, a mastermind becomes a safe space where you can share your wildest dreams, most audacious goals and paralyzing fears. You can talk cashflow and name real numbers. And you can rely on that “third mind” that’s created in a room full of smart people who are genuinely there to serve and support each other.

Anyone who’s been in a good mastermind will tell you it’s the closest thing to teleporting yourself into a more exciting future. Part of this is the tactical assistance you receive from the group, the access to a high-level network, and the pooled resources.

But part of it — perhaps even the most powerful part — is just hard to explain in cold, hard business terms. It’s how you feel in a room of people smarter than you who are all jazzed about your idea. It’s about learning to think way bigger than you could have all on your own. It’s about peering into the core of someone else’s business and realizing that there are others out there who are exactly the same flavour of crazy as you and who are not just making it work, but are making millions at it.

And when you are in a room full of people like this, there is a feeling of coming home that is like no other on the long, often lonely road that is entrepreneurship.

* If you want to rock your own mastermind, download Jay’s FREE Turn-Key Template With EVERYTHING You Need To Run Profitable Masterminds here.

Categories: Business, Success Strategies, and Wealth.

* Speak Serve Grow Formula

 

Have you ever thought of using speaking to gain a rush of warm leads, clients, and revenue?

Imagine… what would it be like to have a bigger impact, serve more people, and grow your business?

Or maybe you’re already speaking and you’re ready to level up.

I’ve been doing teleclasses, webinars, radio and live speaking gigs for almost twenty years, and it’s one of the easiest ways to have your five-star clients discover and fall in love with you!

There are a few things you need to know in order to rock your talk, so I asked the rocking expert, Kristin Thompson, to share her simple strategies that help “regular people” (meaning you don’t need to be famous) give free speaking gigs that serve the room in a big way, and generate big pay days for you and your business.

Here’s how to get rockin’ big-six-figure results with the Speak Serve Grow Formula that shifts you from the audience to the stage.


STEP 1: CRAFT YOUR ROCKIN’ TALK

In a moment, I’m going to share with you how I can help you begin to craft your talk. The important thing to know is that you want to really structure that talk properly so that it serves and sells.

Don’t just sit down, and write out word-for-word a talk based on the first thing that pops into your head. The strategy behind your talk is simple, but without it, you’ll be left spinning your wheels… giving talks that get you compliments, but not results.

Proper talk structure keeps you away from two deadly speaking sins that will always zap your sales.

Being a WINGER: your talk is inconsistent and not always easy to follow.
Being a TEACHER: your talk is heavy on content and can feel overwhelming.

BOTH the Winger and the Teacher will tend to go over their allotted speaking time, and that will ALWAYS cause you to lose sales.

So instead of winging it, or over-teaching, follow a proven talk structure that serves and sells.

STEP TWO: BOOK MORE GIGS

I have great news here for ya. Booking yourself a speaking gig (or MANY) is simpler than you think! This step tends to bring up a lot of fear for people.

Most people simply send emails, asking if they can speak.

And the truth is that this isn’t very effective, and you’ll end up feeling discouraged as a result.

Approaching “getting the gigs” the wrong way, can really feel like a letdown.

So instead, you’re going to pick up the phone.

What’d you say Kristin? That’s right, I said it! Pick up the phone. What will you say? Great question.

Now we could go into detail on this but for the sake of brevity let me say this.

DO NOT start talking about you. :) You’re going to feel tempted to explain who you are, your credentials, and other “speakery” things.

Instead, focus on how you can solve a problem for their audience. Focus on what you will teach people, how you’ll entertain, and how you’ll add to their great meeting/event.

That shift alone will get you more gigs. I promise. So pick up the phone, and seek to serve first.

STEP THREE: FREE GIGS … PAY BIG!

Go out and give free talks. Why? Because free gigs pay big, baby. Say it with me now: “Free gigs pay big!” Woohoo! Doesn’t that feel gooood?

Don’t be shortsighted. Yes, you can go give a keynote and talk while people eat lunch, and you’ll get a check when you’re done. The average keynote will pay you between $3-5K.

As a point of comparison I’ve given small, free talks here in Portland, Oregon (where I live) that generated $10K; I’ve spoken at other people’s events and generated $30K, $50K, even $100K from a one-hour talk.

So there is a bigger picture here – a long tail of profitability – that you can take advantage of when you speak for free and actually enroll people into working with you further.

The most important thing here is to offer a HOT, entry-level offer. Something easy to say “yes” to. I generally suggest that it be under $1000, and for many people it will fall in the $300-500 range.

This way, you can sell the majority of the room, generate more clients, and more income, while bringing in lots of hot leads for your higher-level programs too.

Wanna learn a little more? Get Kristin’s FREE TRAINING to Rock Your Talk here. You’ll learn how to craft your talk and follow the Rock Your Talk Business Blueprint.

Categories: Business, Manifesting Desires, Personal Growth, Success Strategies, and Wealth.

Turn Fear into Profits

 

I missed a huge opportunity for learning back in 1999, because I was so busy trying to “get it right”. And that missed opportunity taught me how to turn my fears about business and leadership into courage and powerful actions.

I signed up for a leadership course that was a year-long process through The Coaches Training Institute. I was a young whippersnapper but had been through other leadership training and felt like I was ahead of the curve. Hilarious, because a real leader doesn’t think that way.

There were many opportunities for us to speak “on stage” and facilitate the group. I was so busy trying to get the exercise right and worrying about how I did that I missed the opportunity to improve my leadership skills.

If I could do it all over again I’d be hungry for feedback to create learning for myself. I’d be eager to be present, do my best and see how it all worked out. Instead my fear was running the agenda and I felt totally uncomfortable when I was standing in front of my peers. I was not having fun and my results proved it.

Now when I’m stretching out of my comfort zone I ask for as much pertinent data-feedback, input, masterminding and help-as I possibly can. I ask powerful questions about the things I’m wary of or need more expertise in. I admit my ignorance or fears on the subject at hand so that I can transform it into knowledge and results.

You may find yourself sulking back into your comfort zone when instead you really want to stretch. Maybe you want to offer a new service but you don’t know how it would all come together. Maybe you want to expand your business by hiring a new team member or mentor but your lack of money gets in the way of you taking the next step.

Take on the fear. Untangle the old stories. Face what is so, and let that drive you into a passion for taking on the task or dream with excitement and vigor.

Become a masterful questioner of those who have gone before you. Pick your mentor’s brain about how they achieved success and stayed sane.

Go to your leading edge and feel the thrill of the ride! Go big but prepare with facts, strategy and intention.

What are you avoiding that you know would shove you into a higher profit set point?

  • Even if you failed before at this very thing, are you willing to be a detective and scout out solutions to make it work for your business?
  • Who can you ask for help, mentoring or expertise?
  • What if you laid your butt on the line and told others that you are going for the dream and backed it up with action?

In another mastermind I’m a part of, one of the members announced that she wanted to be on the New York Times Bestseller List. And she wanted to do it the old-fashioned way with no gimmicks or strategies where you buy $250,000 worth of your books and resell them.

We urged her to tell the rest of the members and get their support. She did. And the tribe has rallied to her support. They are going to get everyone they know to buy this book. She’s doing everything she knows to live the dream. And it’s scary and exciting.

But that’s the thrill of life and business! The experience of doing something you’ve dreamed, even when it seems outrageous to your ego mind.

Your Inner Business Expert knows it’s possible otherwise you wouldn’t have been given the inspiration to articulate the desire. I urge you to do something today to transform your fear into power. In turn, you’ll watch profits increase with your enthusiasm for the dream in progress. This is where the juice happens!

Have you ever had one great realization that really affected your business for the better? Write your story in the comments below.

WANT TO USE THIS ARTICLE IN YOUR E-ZINE, BLOG OR WEB SITE?

You can, as long as you include this complete blurb with it: Jeanna Gabellini is a Master Business Coach who assists conscious entrepreneurs to double (and even triple) their profits by leveraging attraction principles, proven strategies and fun. Grab her FREE audio on dialing in your biz here: https://masterpeacecoaching.com/freecd

Original Publish Date: October 23, 2012
Categories: Business, Manifesting Desires, Personal Growth, and Success Strategies.