Saying yes when it feels like a no. Taking on another responsibility when your plate is already full. Sacrificing your own health and wellness out of guilt for telling someone else “no.” Do any of these ring a bell for you? Each one of these is a result of soft boundaries.
So, what can you do to create a specific set of fierce boundaries for your time and commitment? One that makes sure you’re not left overextending yourself, saying yes out of guilt, or running on empty?
Let’s talk about just that today!
First things first: before you can set boundaries, you need to know exactly what those boundaries are.
To do this, take some time to sit with yourself and reflect on the areas of your life that could use some boundary setting. Maybe it’s with a well-meaning but overly involved in-law. Maybe it’s a client that likes to flood your inbox in the middle of the night. Perhaps...
You know where you want to be and how you want to feel. Or at least, you know where you don’t want to be. Whether in business, health, spirituality, or any other facet of your life, you don’t want to feel stuck. The problem is, knowing you don’t want to feel that way and actually changing how you feel are two entirely different things.
But today, I am going to share with you three inspired ways to break out of a rut when you’re feeling stuck.
Sometimes the best plan is no plan at all, but if you’re someone struggling to make the next steps, a plan could be just what you need. So, before you can take action, it’s time to start planning!
I encourage you to take out a fresh piece of paper or open a new document on your computer.
Make a plan for the next week. What are five actions you can take toward your goal? This could be getting outside for 30 minutes...
Is the grass reeeally greener or on the other side? Or have we just been conditioned to constantly compare ourselves to our neighbours, our peers, our “competitors,” and just about everyone else? Being stuck in this feeling of “I’m not as good/smart/talented (you name it) as…” is a pattern most of us deal with at some point. There’s a helpful term for this pattern known as comparisonitis. And for entrepreneurs, a case of comparisonitis could be stopping you from making progress in your business and your life.
When you consider how often and early we are exposed to those around us comparing themselves against others, it’s no wonder we start doing this too. By the time we were in kindergarten, we could be lamenting that our classmate got three cookies in their lunchbox when you only got two. By the time you’re grown up, and maybe even an entrepreneur, the things you are comparing might...
I recently had the privilege to be a guest on the GlowJo podcast with Leanne Kallal where I got to discuss the concept of learning lessons through joy… more specifically, if it’s really possible or if it’s too good to be true.
You know that saying “learning lessons the hard way?” When did that become the standard, or the expectation for learning? Why does it have to be hard to learn lessons? Could they, rather than through pain or strife, instead be learned through joy?
In my experience, the answer is a big, fat YES!
Not long ago, I came across a piece discussing how as human beings, we are (if we don’t train ourselves otherwise) hardwired for negativity. We look for what’s wrong. What’s missing. What needs...
A client is a client, right? Not so fast. Not every client is right for every business. While it may be appealing to accept any business that comes your way, this can ultimately come at a greater cost to your business if that client isn’t the right fit. This is why so many business owners focus on finding and marketing to their “ideal client.”
Today, we are going to talk more about what an ideal client really is, as well as sharing a few tips for finding yours.
Think of your ideal client as a person or company that is perfectly suited for your offerings. For most business owners, an ideal client is also one who provides lifetime value and is easy to work with.
The importance of finding your ideal client can vary from business to business. For example, if you own a clothing shop, any person who spends money in your store can be a great client. But what if your store attracted clients who were consistently looking for exactly what...
Does it ever feel like standing out among hundreds of other entrepreneurs in your field seems impossible? Or maybe it feels like these same entrepreneurs are getting opportunities that simply aren’t available to you? Whether it’s experiencing Imposter Syndrome or the struggle to get noticed (and get business), most entrepreneurs have struggled with trying to stand out in a crowded field at some point.
Is that you? Then you’re in the right place! Today I’m going to share three ways for you to stand out, even in crowded industries when it feels like growing your business is an uphill battle.
Let’s get started!
Next time you’re faced with thoughts of, “I’ll never get enough business! Why would someone choose me over another business/service/product?”, try this instead: switch to an abundance mindset!
The kind of thoughts I just described come from...
Many of the entrepreneurs I work with come to me with the goal of “scaling their business.” I already know this means their goal is for their business to make more money. When I ask them exactly what that would look like, they don’t always have the answer.
But the truth is, there are a number of different ways to scale your business.
The same way there isn’t only one way to track progress or growth in other areas of your life, there are a few different ways your business can grow. Sure, the endgame might be “more revenue,” but how are you going to get there? Depending on your unique business and your strengths, there are several different paths to scaling your business.
Here are some of the different ways you can scale your business.
When you first started your business, you may have been putting in 80 hour weeks, week after week. This earned you a...
Whether it’s a real or perceived threat, our body reacts to stressful situations in a number of ways. Your heart could be racing. Your palms could be sweating. Your knees could be weak. The butterflies in your stomach could turn into full blown birds. This is all part of a natural fight or flight response. The problem is, we often enter this state unnecessarily. In those moments, grounding techniques can help you calm your system, return to your breath, and center yourself.
Many of the threats our ancestors faced were different than the ones we experience today. While they may have been more concerned with fighting off a wild animal than dealing with a demanding client, the response has largely remained the same.
Regardless of the threat, a chain of physiological and psychological responses set off in the body in an effort to mobilize and deal with impending danger. For example, your muscles can tremble in tense moments because...
Whether you are just dipping your toes into entrepreneurial waters or you’re an established business owner, you might be asking if now is the time to hire a business coach.
Listen closely: if you’re hearing those whispers in your soul or even asking the question if it’s time to get a business coach, the chances are, the answer is yes! Entrepreneurs at ANY point in their career can benefit from an entrepreneurial coach.
Business coaches are business owners themselves. They have experience starting, running, and growing a business. For new entrepreneurs, a business coach can be particularly useful during those beginning stages. With a business coach on your team, you’ll have the benefit of their years of experience. You can learn from the mistakes they made or the things they wished they had done differently at the start of your business and apply those learnings to your own...
If I were to ask you about your “why” when it comes to business, what would you say? Sure, there are some obvious answers, including earning a living to support yourself and your family. But the kind of “why” we’re talking about today goes even deeper than this.
The thing is, many of us aren’t exactly sure what our why is. What is that deep sense of purpose that drives us to do what we do? What got us to where we are now? Where will this sense of purpose take us next?
Without knowing what our purpose is, we might feel lost. Ungrounded. Like we’re white-knuckling our way through life and business without knowing what comes next or why we are doing what we’re doing.
The true cost of not finding your purpose (your why) in business is this: you will operate out of fear, scarcity, and unhappiness more often than not.
As for some of the signs...