Times like we’re currently living in are perfect opportunities to take notice. What do your default patterns seem to be? What makes you feel happy and fulfilled? What stresses you out? When you do ____ what happens as a result? How do others show up and are they really the type of people you want to be around? The list could go on and on.
For me, this current state of affairs has provided the opportunity to retreat inward and to enjoy time with Scott and the kids….something we don’t often get to enjoy due to our busy schedules. The chambers and networking groups that I’m a part of have been going out of their way to ensure they provide an outlet for their members to connect during this time of isolation. Although many people have hopped onto these meetings, filling their calendars as they normally would, I haven’t gotten on any. That may seem odd for someone involved in so many groups who appears to be an extrovert. However, it really isn’t. And as I sit here and type, I realize the same has been true for my oldest Zach. He, too, has not hopped onto any zoom calls with his classes and instead has opted to answer discussion questions in their place. I couldn’t understand that until I just started writing this blog. You see, although we are both extroverts, we also have times of being introverts and just want a chance to be still, alone and away from the rest of the world. Away from the pressures of needing to be ‘on’ and being that bright light for others. Don’t get me wrong, we both live and thrive on that aspect of our lives during normal times, but sometimes just need a break. Our current state of affairs has provided us with that gift and seems we’re both gravitating toward it.
Now please, misunderstand what I’m saying here. I’m NOT saying it’s wrong to fill your schedule and be on tons of meetings or to be on social media a lot. Instead, I’m saying what’s “right” and “wrong” for each person is different. It really has to do with what’s in alignment with your world and your goals. A person with adult children living either alone or with their spouse, or a person who has kids and is raising them without a spouse, may gravitate toward online meetings and social media in an effort to have connection with the outside world during what can be a long, boring and/or stressful time.
The key to knowing what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ for you is to pay attention to what you are noticing and how those things make you feel. Then, to assess next steps based on your personal and business goals. So, what have I been noticing during this time and how has what I’ve noticed changed my day to day actions based on my business and personal goals?
I hope you and those you love are doing well. Sadly, as this virus continues to spread, I'm hearing about friends whose family members have contracted and/or died from the virus. I know one person on my newsletter list, a past client actually, has a family member who recently died and it's so sad. My heart goes out to her and her family. I hope there aren't more who have been affected that I haven't yet heard about. Please know each of you is in my prayers. I'm praying for safety, peace, and growth during this time. May we all come out of this better than we went in.
be strategic and intentional so that you can be successful. To that point, there's a great opportunity at this point in time to go within. To look at yourself and your business and be sure they are in alignment. Are you doing the things that make your heart sing? Do you have processes in place that help you streamline things you do repeatedly? Are you clear on who your ideal clients are and are you networking in the right places to find them? The course I've highlighted in this edition can help you do all that. You'll find a webcast which walks you through doing a business audit to see where it's best to spend time to enhance your business.
Yes- you can spend a lot of time right now shifting your business to be more online and being 'effortful' at getting business and revenue. OR- you can spend time reflecting and adapting your current approach to ensure you're ready to serve clients even better when this is over and trusting that because you've done the work in the past and are doing it now, the right clients will come to you in the natural flow of things. That doesn't mean you just sit there and people will come but rather that you focus on the right things and have the space ready and without 'efforting' they will come.
for her during our recent state of affairs and she decided she should focus on putting some foundation and strategy behind her business while she had this time at home. She wondered if that was the kind of thing I could help her with. She's had a bunch of businesses before and has always just gone with her gut and never stopped to build a solid plan. I laid out a plan which included starting with my Strategize Your Success Ecourse because it has people think about 18 parts of their business and gets them access to my Facebook Group to ask me and other professionals questions. I also included the 50% off coupon that my newsletter list gets for the course so she could get started with a minimal investment.
After an hour on the phone talking through the other parts of the plan she said, "I thought I was a know-it-all and could do it all myself but boy was I wrong and now here I am groveling for your help. I kept signing up for this training I thought would work and that training and didn't do any of them. I'm glad I remembered that you may be able to help me and reached out." When things like this happen, I often stop and look up to God and say "Really?!" Yes, He has my back, or the universe or whoever you believe in. You see, I didn't call her or do any big promotion to get her in the door. I had a plan for my business and worked it consistently and intentionally before all this happened. I continued working that plan while all this was going on. She was ready and reached out to me. That's what it's all about. Knowing where you want to go, having a plan and doing the work to get there. Part of my work is also calling people I haven't heard from in awhile and reaching out to them. Many say no they don't need my support right now, which is fine. It's in those no's that yes's like this show up when I least expect them. You do NOT have to effort, you simply have to do the work and trust in God and his plan. If you're ready to do the work, I encourage you to enroll in the Strategize Your Success Course to or to sign up for a complimentary Business Clarity Call so we can look at which program will best meet your needs. (if you don't find a time that works email me and we'll find something.)
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