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Presenting Bootcamp STAR Graduate – Carol Williams supporting and empowering individuals and teams to reach their goals and dreams

As you well know, this past November, our latest Easy Breezy Coaching Business Bootcamp ended.

We’re proud to present you Carol Williams, one of our Top 10 students in this past session—the “cum laude” of the bunch who launched her businesses with our support and who is now thriving!

Carol is supporting and empowering individuals and teams to reach their goals and dreams and now she is offering the readers of our blog some of her best pieces of advice.

January Dreaming to July Doing: A Savvy Business Leader’s Guide

WHAT is the issue?

New Year’s resolutions don’t work. You know that. Some statistics:

Resolution maintained through first week 75%
Past two weeks 71%
Past one month 64%
Past six months 46%

Source: http://www.statisticbrain.com/new-years-resolution-statistics/

But, why? We are intelligent and successful leaders. Why do we have a DISCONNECT between Intention and Action?

Answer: It’s our brains. It’s how we are wired. But, here’s the good news. We can outsmart our brains.

SO WHAT?

With everything to gain, and much to lose, it’s worth another look at the “right way” to not only plan, but to design a system that enables you and your team to (really) follow though this time. Without consistent and reliable methods for follow-through, your team will lose momentum, become disengaged, and possibly disgruntled. A disengaged team barely scratches the surface of productivity, whereas a highly engaged and motivated team knows no limits.

What if, after many tries of fording an impossible stream, someone built a bridge? Would you ford the stream again? It’s doubtful. What do you have to lose? To gain?

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Want this bridge? Read on.

NOW WHAT?

How do we outsmart our brains, then, to go from “January dreaming” to “July doing”? It’s simple, but it’s not easy. If it were easy, we’d find different statistics.

Simply Successful Steps:

  1. Be certain. Envision your end result, with the caveat that you truly believe you can achieve your goal(s). Half-hearted beliefs are doomed to failure.
  1. Keep it super simple. A big mistake is to plan for more than three goals. One to three is ideal. “Less is more” after all.
  1. Believe through the bumps. There will be bumps, but reminding yourself of successes will breed more successes. Honor and celebrate, and expect the bumps. A deep and meaningful “why” is paramount.
  1. Really remember the reminders. What reminds you of “what you were going to do”? Some use a vision board. Some visualize daily. Create small “if/then” habits (hint: this is a “brain trick.” For example, “IF I open a new browser window THEN I will ask myself what my highest priority of the day is.”)
  1. Consistently. You must commit to a small step, at least every other day. This creates habit and momentum. It’s also known as Deliberate Practice, which is another way to re-train your brain.
  1. Get support. No “man is an island.” Humans are gregarious by nature, and in general, find greater success in personal accountability. Try https://www.stickk.com/, a mastermind group, or a coach. Even announcing your goal (personal or professional) on Facebook can help!

Above all, take heart:

According to a 2015 study by the Miriam Hospital in Rhode Island, we can “rebuild our willpower muscle.” Like any muscle however, it must be trained.

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Carol Williams owns EpS (Efficient Productivity Systems) and is a productivity coach, trainer, and Evernote Business Certified Consultant. She specializes in helping create systems for success in business and in life. If you are leading a team who desires to function at top speed and performance, contact Carol for a complimentary, 40-minute phone consultation appointment. She also coaches individuals and helps find calm in the chaos of our work and home lives.

Website: www.EpS-time.com
email: Carol@EpS-time.com

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Presenting Bootcamp STAR Graduate – Ali Godding helping successful women achieve even more

As you well know, this past November, our latest Easy Breezy Coaching Business Bootcamp ended.

We’re proud to present you Ali Godding, one of our Top 10 students in this past session—the “cum laude” of the bunch who launched her businesses with our support and who is now thriving!

Ali is helping successful women achieve even more and now she is offering the readers of our blog some of her best pieces of advice.

What Strengths Do You Need To Thrive in Today’s World?

Have you felt it too? The feeling that the world is accelerating at an incredible pace… That the sands are shifting beneath our feet? When we look into history we can see that this is a cycle that has always been revolving. Revolutions in human development technologically, socially, politically, spiritually have been cycling on and on for millennia. But what can we do about it?

At the recent Engage For Success conference aptly titled ‘Engage or Bust’ I heard this phenomena described very eloquently by Nita Clarke the co-founder of this movement, dedicated to the idea that there is a better way to work. She said:

“We are living in a world full of Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity”

I couldn’t agree more! It is somewhat of a mouthful and so people have taken to reducing these meaningful words to an acronym. VUCA.

If you hear the phrase “We are living in a ‘VUCA’ world” you now know what the hell they are talking about! Personally I feel that phrase reduces this important-to-pin-down concept, it to mumbo jumbo ‘management speak’. However, the sentiment and what it is describing couldn’t be more relevant, and I doubt the term is going away anytime soon so I guess just need to get over it!

So… we are at a point in time where multiple revolutions are taking place all at once, some large, some small. Yet added together these shifts are dramatically changing how we operate as a society. These circumstances have manifested the volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity (VUCA World) we now find ourselves experiencing every day. I don’t think that is ‘news’ to anyone. We all feel the impacts of this ‘chaos’ don’t we?!

As wonderful as it is that we can now put our finger on, and finally articulate what is going on around us. It still leaves us the question of what to do about it. The Engage for Success movement goes on to answer this from the perspective of an organisation and for our economy, But what can I, as an individual, as a professional ambitious woman, do to improve the stress inducing environment we find ourselves in day to day. Which seems all the more urgent because this ‘VUCA world’ seems to breed the worst of the fear based behaviours; manipulation, game playing, politics and the like.

It probably won’t surprise you that my approach is to focus on what we can influence – ourselves. Developing ourselves personally, so that we can not only survive but thrive in this environment. That is the reason I wish to share with you this film by Tiffany Shlain. I believe it to be so powerful because it looks at the qualities we can focus on and develop, that will help us navigate this crazy world we all live in.

Watch it now, or if you don’t mind jumping to the punch line, I have summarised the qualities below. These are the areas that we can all work on to help us survive and thrive in today’s world. I still recommend you watch the film after you finish reading this post. 🙂

The Top 5 Strengths You Need To Thrive In Today’s World:

1) Curiosity – Taking an interest in ongoing experience for its own sake; finding subjects and topics fascinating; exploring and discovering.**
2) Creativity – Thinking of novel and productive ways to conceptualize and do things; includes artistic achievement but is not limited to it.**
3) Initiative – the ability to assess and initiate things independently. The power or opportunity to act or take charge before others do.*
4) Multi-disciplinary thinking – A multidisciplinary approach involves drawing appropriately from multiple disciplines to redefine problems outside normal boundaries and reach solutions based on a new understanding of complex situations*
5) Empathy – the ability to understand and share the feelings of another*
* definition from wikipedia ** definition from VIA institute on character

Do you agree that these strengths are what is needed to navigate our way through or do you think others are just as, or even more important? How do we as a society measure up on these strengths? Are they around in abundance or are they scarce? Do these qualities come naturally to you? Do you want to develop them and hone the skills that go alongside these strengths? I would love to hear your comments on those questions or any other thoughts you may have…

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Ali Godding is Business Owner and Coach at MindSpa, the coaching practice dedicated to helping successful women achieve even more. If you want to get ahead and stay ahead whilst living a healthy balanced life then get in touch today.

Website: www.mindspalife.com
LinkedIn: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/aligodding
email: ali@mindspalife.com

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What’s YOUR Word for 2016?

The New Year is in full swing—woohoo!

Along with our best wishes for an efficient, profitable, streamlined 2016, we want to extend what we consider a very important piece of advice … one we’re confident will transform the way you do things and create unimaginable results.

Here we go:

You know how it’s been kind of a trend over the past couple of years for people to begin the New Year by choosing a single word that will serve as kind of a compass over the course of the next 12 months?

You may be nodding your head, thinking of words like: focus, determination, perseverance, planning, organization … and all of these are great!

What if you were to consider a different word, one that may feel a bit foreign at first …

FUN.

That’s right. FUN!

Yes, planning is good. Getting organized in advance is critical. Strategy and execution matter.

At the same time, FUN should be a cornerstone in your business plan. It should be a critical partner to focus.

You know we have a story to illustrate our point. 😉

During our last big promotion, there was one day when certain components of our plan weren’t working exactly as we anticipated. I (Melinda) was in a tizzy.

Yes, the Queen of Efficiency was super-frustrated, and the more I worked on the problem, the messier it got.

I called Kate to dump my charge about the situation, hoping that by clearing out the frustration, I’d be able to focus. Of course, it didn’t work.

I admit, the fun factor was nowhere in my mind in my efforts to sort the situation out, and fast.

The next thing I know, Kate was knocking on my door.

I opened the door, and there she was, smiling, from behind a huge bouquet of flowers. Immediately, a huge smile spread across my face.

Kate came in and led me in a dance break. (Not kidding … we danced around the room like kids!)

Instantly, I began to feel so much better, even though the frustrating situation hadn’t yet changed. I felt lighter and calmer. As we danced, I felt more confident in my capacity to address the non-working components of our plan.

Being on the receiving end of Kate’s kindness—and experiencing the gratitude that came with it—gave me the idea to send all of our promoting partners a bouquet of flowers too, to thank them for helping us realize our vision this year.

Kate and I received Facebook messages, texts, and emails that included pictures of our partners with the flowers. We read stories about the positive impact our special deliveries had on their day. They reported big smiles, along with feeling lighter, happier, calmer and more focused as a result of receiving the flowers.

In the moment when Kate brought me the flowers, something very scientific, physical, and biological happened. Kate’s smile triggered my smile. The dance break (even though, at first, I wasn’t in a fun frame of mind) released a chemical called nitric oxide, which resulted in increased levels of feel-good chemicals like serotonin and beta endorphins.

High levels of nitric oxide, in turn, provided me with increased blood flow to my entire body and internal organs.

Here’s the really cool thing: whereas working harder produces adrenaline that can damage and deplete your body, fun and pleasure fuel you and allow you to tap into creativity in bigger ways, see situations from a new perspective, and develop a greater number of potential solutions!

Again, focus is critical … but it works best when it’s partnered with fun.

Don’t confuse perfectionism with professionalism – you (and your business) don’t need to be “perfect.”

Pay equal attention to focus (strategy, organization, planning, and execution) as you do to fun, and see how it changes your 2016!

Maybe right now you’re wondering HOW, with everything you do in your business, can you add the fun factor?

Think about content creation, client support, creating marketing material, launching promotions, engaging in marketing activities and so on. How can you add in the FUN FACTOR?

I have one more story for you today: I was recently at a JV summit with 112 of our colleagues, and the moderator asked for one piece of wisdom that lead to the level of growth we’ve experienced year after year.

I found myself getting onstage and sharing the story about Kate and the flowers. After I finished speaking, one of the gals in the room—who is already quite successful and is planning to generate 6 figures in her business—approached me to tell me how much she appreciated hearing my story.

She had always operated on the belief that in order to create significant success, you have to simply work hard. She was so grateful to hear my “ray of sunshine” story at that moment. It gave her new hope that she could create the success of which she dreams, in a way that felt natural … in a way that would allow her to enjoy the process, along the way.

I believe you can do the same.

Which is why, as we head full swing into 2016, Kate and I would like to encourage you to focus on FUN, and on everything it can do for your business.

We have a feeling you’re going to like it!

As always, we’d love to hear about how this works out for you, so please feel free to drop us a line on our Facebook page.

Here’s to a Happy and FUN New Year!

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The Top 3 Lessons Learned From 2015

Whew! This year has just flown by, hasn’t it? There are only 15 days left in 2015, and wow, has it been a FULL year!

Our team at The Coaches Console and I have learned so much, but in reflecting on 2015 recently, I came up with the Top 3 Lessons, and I want to share them with you, today.

It is my hope that as you move into 2016, you’ll be able to use these lessons to improve your efficiency, boost your profits, and have more FUN than ever!

So, without further ado, here they are:

Lesson 1: Prepare for the unexpected—the truth about systems and teams.

As you may already know, my mom became very sick this fall, and after an unexpected hospitalization and surgery, she passed away. My sister (one of our TCC team members) and I were away from work for several weeks.

Guess what?

Even though our leaves of absence were unexpected, business went on pretty much as usual. Why?

Because we had created and implemented systems in advance, so that our marketing, new client engagement, and client support was organized and in place.

That meant that we could be with our mom when we needed to be, without worrying about whether our business was continuing to thrive.

And as a quick reminder, having a team in place doesn’t mean you have to have a full offense, defense and second string! It may be as simple as hiring a Virtual Assistant or Online Business Manager. Either way, it’s important to have someone else who knows your systems, and who can help run them in your absence.

I was (and am) beyond grateful that we had taken the time while all was well to create the systems that sustained our business during our unexpected time off, and I’d love for YOU to take advantage of this lesson now, too!

Following are two things you can do to get started:

Lesson 2: Give the little details the attention they deserve—they really add up!

Sometimes the tiny details don’t seem like they make much of an impact, but when you look at the big picture – the way all the tiny details combine – you may find that they make a huge difference in your bottom line, as well as in your ability to serve and support even more clients at the highest possible level.

One significant example is our last Easy Breezy Coaching Business Bootcamp promotion. We’ve run this same promotion 2 times before, but this time, we optimized several “tiny” details.

We:

  • Took a different approach to setting our goals.
  • Solicited expert advice (instead of figuring everything out on our own).
  • Added a short, engaging video to the launch.
  • Edited the “thank you” page, which people see after opting in for our free training.
  • Added a few new emails into our existing marketing sequence.
  • Implemented 3 additional ways to support clients.

Individually, none of these items seem like they’d make a huge impact, right?

But together, they resulted in an additional $500,000+ in sales and many more clients that are impacted!

In our business, I often see people overlook these kinds of details, thinking that if they get those big pieces of the business in place—like their free gifts, autoresponders, sample sessions, online scheduling, and online product store—then they’ll be golden.

These “big pieces” create a good start, but the real success lies in how you plan for, prepare and execute the details!

I like to use the analogy of the old-timey radios. You know the ones: you have to turn the dial until you get to the station you want to hear. As you get closer, you can kind of hear the music, but you have to slowly, gently, carefully, barely turn the dial one way and then the other, carefully adjusting it until the station comes in clearly.

That’s what we’ve done with our marketing and support at TCC over the past year. In slowing down, we’ve made a significant impact. (Yes, we’ve slowed down in order to speed up!)

So let me ask you – are you paying attention to the details in your business? In 2016, take some time to focus on them, and I’m confident you’ll discover they have a bigger impact than you expected!

Lesson 3: Affiliates—of any size—can be powerful promoters. Nurture these connections.

Sometimes, in an attempt to develop what we believe will be lucrative affiliate relationships, we look for “big” affiliates—those who have big lists of responsive clients.

I want you to know that you should never overlook opportunities to partner with the “little guys.” (And don’t sell yourself short if you’re a little guy!)

One of my favorite examples is that of Jory, one of members and an affiliate with a relatively small list of 900 members. She promoted us in a launch, alongside other affiliates whose lists are in the 15,000-50,000 member range.

The features and benefits TCC offers complement what Jory offers—they solve a problem for her clients that she doesn’t solve, herself. Rather than worrying about how many of her members signed up for our promotion, she simply shared the features and benefits because she knew they were a good fit for her community.

As a result, she referred us a significant amount of new Bootcampers—and was among our top 10 affiliate promoters, which means she joined us on the trip to Greece (where we thanked our team and top promoters for helping us create our biggest launch ever). So even though Jory had a “small list,” she definitely made a significant impact.

When we worked with our “little guys” this year, we brought in an additional 1,000 opt-ins and close to 40,000 more in revenue!

Now, to help you nurture your affiliate connections, we’re sharing below some additional ways in which you can support your referral partners – in addition to emailing for promotions:

  • Brainstorm prospect or client engagement ideas
  • Review their content or material
  • Introduce them to resources that may support them in reaching their long-term goals
  • Gift your product or free gift to their audience as a value-add bonus
  • Share templates you’ve created for your own clients or programs that may benefit them in solving their challenges
  • Host them on your podcast
  • Include them as a resource in your newsletter
  • Have them speak at your events
  • Bring them on as guest experts as a bonus in your program

Again, as you move forward into 2016, keep those “little guys” on your radar! They have the potential to make a BIG impact.

We’d love to hear from you—what are YOUR Top 3 Lessons from 2015? Post them in our TCC Facebook Mastermind group. (Must be a member to participate. Not a member, no problem, you can learn more here.)

And from all of us here at The Coaches Console, we wish you and yours the happiest of holiday!

We are so grateful for each and every one of our TCC community members (that’s you!), and we can’t wait to have more fun with you than ever before, in 2016!

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3 Tips to Create a Perfect-for-You Holiday Schedule

As the holidays approach, do you find yourself contemplating whether to work through the holidays, because you need the money, or to take time off to be with your family, but suffer a financial hit?

Let’s call it what it is, shall we?

If this sounds familiar (and we know it does for lots of coaches—we’ve heard people talking about it on our forums), you’re stuck in what we call the (drumroll, please) …

“The Entrepreneurial Conundrum.”

Yikes!

It’s the holiday season! You’re probably feeling pulled to take time off to hang out with your family, eat yummy holiday food, play games, drink and be merry! 😉

But you also know that if you take time off from work, you may lose momentum and you’ll almost certainly lose money.

When this internal struggle occurs, you likely come out of it feeling like your work is controlling you (and that’s never a good feeling!).

So what to do?

If you’ve been asking yourself that question with the holidays right around the corner, you’re in luck. We have answers!

And we want you to know that, although we’re talking about the festive season here, everything we’re sharing with you today applies to ALL situations in which you have to take time off, whether they are planned or not. Let’s face it – sometimes, the unexpected occurs – like when my mom recently became ill and passed away. I had to take time away from my business, and I could without worrying, because of the systems I have in place. (Also, a quick, loving “THANK YOU” to all of you who have reached out with condolences. You warm my heart, and I so appreciate you.)

So today, we’re giving you 3 tips for working as much as you want to, and only as much as you want to, over the holidays (or any time you feel compelled to take time off).

Tip 1. Set your intentions and desires.

It’s simple, but it must be done!

Answer the questions: Do I desire to work? Do I desire to take total time off?

Sure, that sounds obvious, but if you haven’t outlined (even for yourself) exactly what you want your holidays to look like, how will you achieve it?

The same idea applies to your business, as a whole: if you’re not crystal clear on your intentions for your business, it controls you, by default. And that’s exactly what we don’t want.

During our next complimentary webinar on Wednesday, December 2 at 4:00 pm EST, we’ll talk about how to structure your business so you can work AND play during the holidays, or so you can take total time off, any time. We’re covering topics like getting support systems in place, a simple automated promotion you can put in place at any time, and an easy autoresponder series you can send out to reengage former or inactive clients while you take time off. So watch your inbox – it’s going to be great!

Tip 2. Implement your structure.

This is where you take your holiday vision and create a specific framework for making it reality.

First, set expectations for yourself and for your clients in terms of office hours. In order to do that, you need to determine when you will be available to work ON your business as the business owner, when you will be available to work IN your business as the practitioner, and when you will be available to be AWAY from your business, as you. Then, set up your voicemail greeting and the Out of Office Assistant in your email to remind people of your office hours. Putting these processes in place allows you to continue to provide exquisite client support, even when you’re not in the office.

When you return to your full work schedule, plan an entire, “secret” re-entry day to give yourself time to get back up to speed and get your head back in the game. For example, if you plan to come back January 2, tell your clients you’re coming back January 3.

Again, we’ll take this even deeper in our upcoming webinar, and we hope you’ll be there!

Tip 3. Organize promotions, autoresponders, and client engagement in advance.

While you’re still going full-throttle, before you actually begin your holiday schedule, take the time to set up and schedule the items you can ahead of time, so they’re rolling out even while you’re sitting in front of the fire drinking eggnog. 😉

In Tip 1, we mentioned a simple automated promotion you can put in place so it’s happening without your input, as well as a simple autoresponder series you can send out to reengage former or inactive clients. (This series can be something simple, like a set of 3 emails for a “Start the New Year off Right” special offer on your coaching packages (I’ll talk more about this on the webinar, during which I’m also giving you a structure you can use for your offer and bonus, and an email template, so be sure to join us!).

You may also consider sending out a 3-part autoresponder series for current clients that gives them holiday-related exercises and activities to help them successfully maneuver through this time of year. One of our favorite ideas is asking clients to journal in their client log during your time away from your typical coaching schedule.

Finally, consider creating your December and January newsletters in advance and schedule them for future send dates, so you don’t have to think about them while you’re taking time off or when you return to your full-time schedule.

Again, our in-depth, complimentary “Easy Breezy Time Off: Your Guide to Planning and Preparing for Time Away from Work … While Your Business and Clients Thrive” training on these topics is scheduled for Wednesday, December 2 at 4:00 pm EST. Be sure to watch your inbox for details to join us.

We want to help you ensure your holidays look exactly like you want them to … and we’re so excited to share them with you, our cherished community, this year!

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The Lesson I Learned When Starting My Coaching Business That Took Me To 6 Figures And Beyond!

Over the past 11 years in the coaching industry, I’ve realized there are three components that make a thriving coaching business:

  1. Coaching skills (skills, products, programs) that deliver results
  2. Marketing strategies that are effective
  3. A Business model that operates like a well oiled machine

If any one of these three pieces is missing, you will continue to struggle and flounder in your business.

As I write this, we are right in the middle of our biggest marketing promotion ever (and it’s going gangbusters so far). I was preparing for my day and while I was getting ready I was going through some vital steps that contribute to our success and overall experience of how we arrive at that success. It was in that moment that I remembered there are two more, equally as vital components required for success or none of the other three even matter.

The 4th and 5th vital components: Preparedness & Mindset

Let’s start by looking at the first part: Preparedness

I learned a lesson from Deepak Chopra 10 years ago. He said there was no such thing as ‘luck’ and that luck is defined as ‘’when preparedness meets opportunity.’’ From the moment I heard that statement I adopted it as my own beacon of success. I was going to be the creatrix of my success. Preparedness was my new mantra. And I’ve carried that with me in all things I do as I lead our business and team.

Take this big promotion for example. We started preparing for this one promotion four months ago!!! And our goal was to have everything in place for promotions like this well in advance – no scrambling at the last minute, no procrastinating!! There are thousands of details that must be implemented and overseen in a promotion like this. Without preparedness there is no way we’d be able to surpass our target goals time and time again and deliver outstanding results to the people we serve.

Even if we had the most spectacular program or product that we were offering… even if we had the sexiest back end that was automated and operating like a well oiled machine… even if I was the greatest coach/trainer… if we’re not prepared we’ll have minimal results at best and it would be exhausting!

Last month we hosted a business mastermind with our top JV Partners (referral partners) in Greece as a ‘thank you’ for their support. During one of the masterminds we talked a lot about scaling our businesses for some past six figures, others past seven figures and even some into eight figures while expanding our reach to serve more people and make bigger impacts through our work. And at the core of that discussion was preparedness. The more prepared you are in advance the better the results AND the more fun you’ll have along the way.

You know us… we LOVE to have fun. In fact, if we can’t have fun in business, then we don’t do it. And preparedness leads to bigger, more outrageous fun because we’re not running around like chickens with our heads cut off at the last minute! Preparedness allows us to relax (just a tiny bit) into fun and enjoy our business along the way.

Now I’m not saying that you have to go gangbusters and need to scale your business to this degree. But this same concept applies if you’re just getting started, creating a nice lifestyle business or desire to surge past six figures.

How to have an Exquisite Level of Preparedness:

  1. Pre-Plan. Map out every step, action, and task IN ADVANCE before you ever start implementing anything. For this big promotion, as an example, we had a detailed checklist and a flowchart that outlined every last detail. This became our roadmap for implementation. And we set a timeline, milestone & accountability for each item on the list. You may not think checklists and flow charts are sexy, but they sure do set you free 😉
  1. Team. You may be the entire team in the beginning. If you are not skilled or an expert in a certain role then consider bringing on a team member that is. Always evaluate BOTH the risk of your investment versus your return on your investment. So many folks get lost in just the investment and don’t evaluate what their return on their investment will be. Look at both so you can make a wise business decision (even if it’s a bit risky)
  1. Before you ever start to implement you must take stock in the tools, technologies and resources you have or need to execute your plan. The better integrated these resources are the easier it is for your team to execute in extraordinary ways. If you have clunky resources, the more chance there is for things to slip through the cracks and errors to be made which all impact your end results.

Preparedness, WELL in advance, helps you to create the space or the container by which your results can easily come to you.

Now let’s take a look at the second part: Mindset

Without mindset preparedness may not matter 😉

This was the aha moment I had getting ready this morning. Before I even started my business day I had already taken hot Epsom salt bath, had a delicious breakfast, meditated and went through my morning rituals (candles, cards, essential oils) and had read my ‘Notes From The Universe’ (which I love btw). I had spent a decent amount of time focusing inward and aligning my mindset with my desires and intentions. I set myself up to be proactive in my business for the day!

Without that step things get reversed and my mind takes over… which means that fears get the best of me… which means I end up in reactionary mode… which means that my actions get sloppy…. and it usually means I have a meltdown at some point during the day. Yuck! By taking a focused amount of time each morning to align my mindset I am grounded, peaceful, focused and proactive. I’m less stressed and my body isn’t tense and aching!

Some mornings I may spend 3 hours in my morning rituals before I ever sit down to my desk and computer. Some mornings it may just be 1 hour. But I never leave it out of my morning.

Mindset is what determines HOW you experience your business, projects and day!

My top 10 tools that I reach for to align my mindset:

  1. Dancebreaks – I move my body so I get out of my head
  1. Candles – lighting candles as I set my intentions
  1. Essential oils – applied on each chakra as I state my intentions of the day or project
  1. Spirit at Work cards – to seek guidance beyond me
  1. Notes From The Universe (tut.com) – this is the first email I read when I open my inbox. I secretly think they’re written for me.
  1. Delicious food – I never skip out on any meal; it’s the fuel that keeps me going
  1. Spring Clean – (a tool I learned from my mentor Mama Gena). Kate and I do this every morning to start our day during our big promotion to clear out any gremlins or crap that may be attempting to take our minds hostage.
  2. Connection – I don’t stay isolated. I prioritize quality time with my husband and family. I’m on Skype with our team, connecting with friends and confidants… I get away from my computer and engaged with humans.
  1. Meditation – a favorite app I use is Headspace… it’s great for guided meditation. Silence is where creativity is birthed!
  1. Sleep – in a big promotion like we’re in the middle of, I go to bed early and get good sleep! The gremlins in your mind will tell you that ‘’you don’t need sleep, you’ve got a bazillion details to deal with and you’ve gotta keep working harder and harder, longer and longer to get it all done.’’ WRONG! Quite the opposite is true –I know it seems counterintuitive. But if you’re prepared (see the beginning of this article) then you won’t be cramming in things last minute and you have room for sleep 😉

That’s my list and what works to get my mindset aligned with my business intentions.

What are some of the things on your top 10 that help you with aligning your mindset? Post in the comments below, I’d love to hear what works for you!

Preparedness and Mindset: the key to enjoying your business and serving your clients in greater ways.

And remember, it takes all five components:

  1. Coaching skills (skills, products, programs) that deliver results
  2. Marketing strategies that are effective
  3. A Business model that operates like a well oiled machine
  4. Preparedness and pre-planning
  5. Mindset that is aligned with your intentions.

To the degree that you focus on the 4th and 5th components in your business you will be able to scale your business and realize results beyond your wildest dreams with less effort and often much more quickly!

Setting up, launching, building and scaling your coaching business is meant to be a FUN process and experience!

Are we having fun yet?!

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Organization: The Key to Efficiency, Profitability and Sanity

And … we’re back with this second installment in our series on the role your mindset plays in running a successful business!

In our last article, we talked about 3 mindset mistakes business owners make, and how to reframe them for maximum success.

Today, we’re talking about organization as it relates to mindset—and to your success.

“One of the most important rules of personal effectiveness is the 10/90 rule.

The first 10% of time that you spend planning and organizing your work before you begin will save you as much as 90% of the time in getting the job done once you get started.” – Adapted from Brian Tracy

When you’re thinking like a business owner rather than a technician or employee, you understand time is money. The more efficient you are, the better.

So how do you achieve maximum efficiency? You get organized.

When you’re organized, you spend less time correcting mistakes and searching for information, and more time on money-producing activities.

Here are 5 of our favorite tips for getting organized, staying organized, and achieving maximum efficiency!

Get Organized Tip 1: Put all the Details in One Place

From your calendar to your invoices, putting everything in one place is the best way to keep track of those slippery details that have a tendency to fall through the cracks. Never miss an appointment, forget to follow up with a client, or forget to invoice a client because your information is scattered!

Get Organized Tip 2: Create and Maintain Good Organizational Habits and Boundaries

Good organizational habits decrease stress and again, increase efficiency. Here’s one of our favorite tips: Never begin your day by diving into your email. This immediately puts you in reactionary mode, responding to and taking action on the emails that require your attention. Instead, choose a 30-45 minute time slot around 10 a.m. to spend on email and related tasks, and then one more time slot in the afternoon just before you pack up to go home. This way YOU remain in control of your time.

Get Organized Tip 3: Prioritize!

Begin every day with a list of 3 tasks you absolutely know you will complete before your head hits the pillow (see Tip 2!). Complete the tasks one at a time. Laser focus increases efficiency and productivity. Going back and forth between tasks can zap your energy and concentration, slowing you down. This tip ensures you consistently move forward.

Get Organized Tip 4: Automate What You Can

Thanks to the wonders of today’s technology, you can implement software that reminds your clients (and you) when you have an appointment, AND follows up afterward. You can offer your products and programs online, making it easy for your clients to access them at their convenience—without you having to lift a finger! After the initial set up, automation keeps you organized—effortlessly—saving you tons of time and stress.

Get Organized Tip 5: De-Clutter Your Workspace and Your Virtual Space

One of our favorite sayings is “How you do one thing is how you do everything.” In other words, a cluttered workspace (real or virtual) means your entire business will be cluttered – including marketing, follow-up and client support. By now, we all know a cluttered workspace is distracting and stressful. You don’t have to keep your desk spotless, but you’ll work more efficiently if extra papers and “stuff” aren’t constantly catching the attention of your eyes and thoughts. Your virtual space—like your email inbox—is just like a physical workspace. Delete emails you don’t need and create (and use) folders for emails and files you do need. This allows you to focus only on items that actually require your attention.

Bottom line: Organization keeps you sane, improves your efficiency and allows you to devote your energy to the whole reason you started this business in the first place: coaching your clients.

As you know, The Coaches Console is an all-inclusive software system designed specifically for busy coaches. We’ve designed it with you—and your organizational goals—in mind. Use its scheduling feature to keep track of all your appointments and tasks. Send your clients invoices and homework, and give them access to their materials. Learn more about what The Coaches Console can do for you and your business … and your clients … here.

Get organized, stay organized, and experience success as a calm, confident business owner!

Stay tuned for our next mindset article next month!

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Who Are You … and Who Do You Need to Be to Achieve Your Desired Level of Business Success?

During a recent summit with our joint venture partners, one topic that kept coming up was: Who do you need to be to run a business and get the results you want?

It’s definitely a topic we found interesting! And that’s why we’ve decided to have today’s article be the first in a new series dedicated to mindset, and the role it plays in the success of your business.

The bottom line: your business success relies heavily on your mindset and the way you show up in the world … not necessarily on the strategies you learn and the actions you take.

In Michael Gerber’s book, The EMyth, he explains that just because you’re good at something, doesn’t mean you’ll be great at running a business doing that something. It’s all about mindset!

If you’re like so many business owners out there today, you decided to hang your shingle because you’re good at what you do. You have a specialized skill, and you believe you can earn more money working for yourself than you can working for someone else.

But if you’re still in the “employee” or “technician” mindset, you may have yet to experience the level of success you’ve hoped for, and this may be the result of one or more mindset mistakes.

The good news is that you can do the inner work to transform your mindset … and not only reap the rewards in terms of financial success, but also make a bigger difference in the lives of your clients.

Below, we outline 3 mindset mistakes you may be making now, and how to reframe them for maximum success.

Mindset Mistake 1. You show up and do the work … without understanding the relevance of the big picture.

Reframe. Obviously, delivering a specific service—like coaching—is a major component of your business. At the same time, though, you must focus on all the other aspects of running a business, from marketing and sales to invoicing and everything in between.

Business Success Mindset: Commit to developing a thorough understanding of how each piece of the business puzzle fits together, so you can implement each piece thoroughly and effectively.

Mindset Mistake 2. You are isolated and alone. You’re accustomed to functioning on your own, sitting at your desk and doing the work until it’s done.

Reframe. As a business owner, collaboration is critical to your success. Rather than viewing yourself as a lone wolf, view yourself as a member of a community of business owners.

Business Success Mindset. Become a member of a community of entrepreneurs in your field, and be an active participant. Ask questions, answer questions, give advice and ask for and offer support.

Mindset Mistake 3. You focus solely on implementation, and neglect inner work.

Reframe. Running a business is hard work, and a business owner’s to-do list is ever-present. As much as the implementation is important, so is self-improvement and inner work.

Business Success Mindset. Pay attention to your mindset! Dig deep into your limiting beliefs and thoughts. Acknowledge that thoughts play a huge role in creating your reality. Identify your limiting beliefs and work on dissolving them so you can create the reality you truly want.

To reiterate, the bottom line is that your mindset plays a much bigger role in your business success than your strategies and actions do. If you focus on developing a thorough understanding of how all the parts of your business fit together, becoming a member of a community of likeminded people and banishing limiting beliefs, you’ll begin experiencing massive results!

And of course, that’s what we want for you!

We’ll continue this mindset series over the course of the next couple of months, so stay tuned!

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How Coaches Console V3 is going to save an extra 6 hours of your time

http://coachesconsole.com/a/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/stopwatch-34107_640.pngWe continue our series of articles about the upcoming new release of TCC v3 with a subject that could be more technical and less exciting… thats software infrastructure, programming languages and web technologies!

I can hear you go “BOOOO…”!!! already so I will not go into the technical details at all, I will just give you 3 exciting outcomes you will feel as a result of all the magic our technical team is doing in the background.

1. SPEED
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This one is easy. When you click around doing something in your current system, each click will load a page. Like for example if you want to read your clients log: you click on Clients tab, Client’s name, Client log… that’s 3 clicks.

Now each time you click, for the system to do it’s work in the background and present you with that information your requested today it takes an average of 2.5 seconds per click.

Each time you click something, you wait 2.5 seconds.

That’s not so much right? It’s perfectly acceptable and we want to improve it.

Soooo… the same clicks in V3 will take…. drumroll…. 0.5 seconds.
That’s 5 TIMES the speed!!!

2. TIME WE SAVE YOU
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So now we know V3 is going to save you 2 SECONDS of YOUR LIFE each time you click your mouse.

We’re geeks so let’s play math!

2 seconds x 30 clicks each day x 365 days/year = 6.08 hours each year!

V3 will save you 6 HOURS each year. [[APPLAUSE]] [[ CROWD CHEERING ]]

3. FUTURE UPGRADES
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To do these performance upgrades what we did is redo the whole thing. We threw everything in the trash can, and started fresh.

We kept the things we learned in the 10 years we’re doing this and we applied the latest technologies.

It was a tough call and a huge effort of several people on the team working around the clock for a year and a lot $$$ invested.

But here’s catch: we are a company who invests in the future. In the software world the future is only a few years away. What we design today, is obsolete or at least old news in 5 years.

These new investments in the future ensure that we are able to keep or system current with the latest technologies and continue to improve it for you.

I can’t wait to write a similar article like this 5 years from now and I would love for you to read it.

Cosmin Costin
Chief Geek

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A New Perspective on Giving Back

At The Coaches Console, we’re passionate about giving.

In fact, “Give generously” is the fourth of our 4 “rules of money” (which we adapted from our friend and mentor Barbara Stanny) ONLY AFTER spend less than you’re making, save more than you think you need, and invest wisely – so your money works for you to grow itself!

Because you’re a member of our cherished community, we believe you’re likely passionate about giving, too.

So many coaches and entrepreneurs, though, get into the “need to give now” mentality, which we believe is a mistake.

That’s why, today, we want to offer a new perspective on giving.

As women business owners, we have to take care of ourselves first, and give second. The mistake happens when you reverse that order, and give from a sacrifice mentality rather than an abundance mentality.

It’s only when we give from the overflow that we are able to do so in a way that gives the absolute most we have to offer of ourselves, our time, and our money.

In fact, it’s taken us 10 years to create the overflow we’re talking about here – to get to the point where we can give back the way we really want to.

From Melinda:

Recently, while reading “Return to Love” in front of the fire on a snowy day, I had an epiphany (and of course, I immediately knew I wanted to share it with you!).

I thought about Easy Breezy Coaching Business Bootcamp and The Coaches Console launch, and the wonderful, amazing support we were receiving from our joint venture and affiliate partners, to reach as many coaches as we can with The Coaches Console and Bootcamp.

And while thinking about the power of true “win-win-win-win” situations and creating a QUADRUPLE bottom line, I wondered … how can we leverage the launch competition, contests, and full-out support of one another to support other causes in need… causes bigger than ourselves?

In other words, I wondered: “How can we create more so we can give more?”

Here’s the thing.

In our minds, 1+1=11.

As individuals, we each can do something – we can take steps toward our ultimate goals and aspirations. And we each can contribute something, which can be good.

When we come together, though, we can do so much more! We can create more, and we can give more.

And everything we just did with our spring Easy Breezy Coaching Business Bootcamp and The Coaches Console launch is illustrative of this concept.

Through our “Give-Back Contest,” we rallied our joint venture and affiliate partners, and they sent us referrals and made sales, all with the goal of raising enough for us to give gifts in their honor (gifts like sending a girl to school, launching women’s businesses in Haiti and providing clean water for villages).

The money began coming in … and thanks to the overflow, the gifts went out! This is the Law of Reciprocity, at its finest. As we receive, so we give. And as we give, so we receive, and we are honored to take part in it.

As you’re probably aware, we had goals that were way beyond stats and conversions for our most recent launch. Of course, we always want to fulfill our passion to serve coaches so they can better do what they’re meant to be doing. Second, we wanted to use the rewards from filling that passion to give to causes bigger than us.

So we asked people to join us in our “Give-Back Contest.”

And we’re happy to announce, it was a resounding success.

We did it!!

During the 6 days comprising our launch, we contributed more than $14,000 to heifer.org.

And now for the individual results! (Drumroll, please…)

  • Empowering 3 Women Farmers in Nepal (a $525 gift in honor of Michael Port)
  • Launch 2 Business: 2 women of Haiti building their own enterprises (a $730 gift in honor of Emily Levy)
  • Give an Ark of livestock (a $5000 gift in honor of Michelle Schbunel)
  • Send 3 girls to school (an $825 gift in honor of Ana Melikian)
  • Clean Water for 3 villages (a $900 gift in honor of Ana Melikian)
  • An Ark of livestock (a $5000 gift in honor of Jeanna Gabellini)
  • Launch 3 businesses: 3 women of Haiti building their own enterprise (a $1095 gift in honor of ALL of our affiliates)
  • Plus, chicks, goats, rabbits, bees and other surprise donations given in honor of individual affiliates

To be totally transparent (and a bit vulnerable), our Mindblowing Goal was that, as a result of this launch, we’d be able to contribute $25,000 to Global causes bigger than all of us.

We hit $14000, and we think that is pretty awesome!

We’ve dreamed of giving back like this since we opened The Coaches Console a decade ago.

Now we’re able to do it, together with you!

Here’s the link where you can read the details about our “Taking Care of Hearts While Taking Care of Business Campaign and our “Give-Back Contest.”

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