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The Power of Simplicity in Business | Success Mindset for the Entrepreneur

The Power of Simplicity in Business | Success Mindset for the Entrepreneur

As entrepreneurs, we tend to overthink all the aspects of our business.

We want to do things the right way and we want to make an impact and be successful, which is exactly what we should be doing but not when we never think we’re ready or never good enough.

How can we leverage our own strengths instead of forcing methods that don’t make best use of our talents? 

How can you let it be simple today by leveraging your natural strengths and talents and what you already possess?

You are already ready. Check out more in today’s video:

Coach for Women in business

My name is Katy Moses and I work with women like you who are ready to grow your businesses. You are too-often struggling with overwhelm, feeling like you need to incorporate all the things the experts say you should into your to-do list. Instead, I help you work with your unique skills and strengths to better leverage your action-taking and so you can experience real joy in work and life. Receive email updates HERE.

When Your Business Is About To Drive Off A Cliff | Support, Hope for Entrepreneurs

business help when going off cliff

You can’t sleep, your mind is racing, your body’s cortisol levels are off the charts. You’re staring at the drop dead date for your business and you’re still not making enough money…

“I just ran the numbers in my business and I can see the edge of the cliff. I’m totally freaking out because the money runs out at the end of the month. I need to pay rent, I need to pay for health insurance.”

 

Ack!!! I can hear the panic in your voice, the shallow breathing, the fear. You’ve been struggling to get your business off the ground and you are so. close. SO. CLOSE. But you’re at that hairy edge where you’re not making enough money and you’ve got real life bills staring you in the face.

 

You’ve been doing all the things you’re supposed to do – taking great action to build your business and you’ve been developing relationships with your customers. Your heart is burning, full of passion, and you’ve been working so hard to make your dream a reality.

 

But now the moment you’ve been seeing on the distant horizon is coming towards you at mach speeds. It’s do or die time, but it’s hard to think, it’s hard to keep your focus, it’s hard to take productive action when the fear of falling off that cliff is so huge and overwhelming.
SO WHAT THE HECK DO YOU DO NEXT? 
First, breathe. It is absolutely appropriate to feel the way you’re feeling. This situation stinks and it feels like you’ve screwed up when you haven’t. There is a massive mix of emotions coming and throwing you around like a ship on a stormy sea. Recognize where you are. This is a moment in time – and – this moment will pass and the sea will calm again. Many, many entrepreneurs have been right here, feeling like their dreams are coming to an end. But this doesn’t have to be the end of the road. There is a ton of potential wisdom, power and character-building in this moment, if you choose to keep going.

 

Now let’s get your head above water so you can get back into your creative, problem-solving brain.
#1 Get Practical – This moment is your come-to-Jesus moment. This is where you shine a light in all the dark corners and lay all the facts on the table. What are your money numbers? What do you have now? What are your expenses, what money do you foresee coming in in the near future? This is usually scary as you get started, but, weirdly, you’ll find that it gets less scary the more you understand what the reality of the situation is. It becomes clear exactly what you do and don’t need to do to get through it and to start to correct course. Ask yourself: What do you know is real and true about your current situation? What does this mean for you? You may start to have ideas pop up from here about how you can help your situation. Take those ideas and implement as practically and effectively as possible. Focus like there’s nothing else more important in the world right now. (Because, really, there isn’t. )

 

#2 Get Help – Talk through this situation with someone you trust – BE CAREFUL WHO YOU TALK TO! Choose another entrepreneur – a coach, a mentor, a peer. Someone who has fought this battle and gets what it means to fight for a dream, someone who will see and support your vision. They’ll have invaluable perspective and insights and can help you lay a path forward and help lift your spirits and lift your gaze from that cliff’s edge and help you see possibilities for making this thing work. I help my clients do this and I can help you too. (You can book a 15 min discovery call HERE and we can talk through it together.)
#3 Get Positive – Do a funny dance, watch funny animal videos (give yourself a 5 minute limit max), listen to and speak positive affirmations, find examples of amazing humans to inspire you.  Again, it’s totally ok and appropriate to feel like you’re freaking out, but don’t stay in the downward mental and energetic spiral – it does not serve you. There ARE solutions – you are smart, you are resourceful – relaxing your brain and force-feeding it positive thoughts will help you move into that productive, creative, problem-solving space.
You can do this. Ask for help, own the reality of your situation and don’t let the false f.e.a.r. (false evidence appearing real) overshadow the amazing human being you are and stop you from bringing your gifts to the world.
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood/ who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming/ but who does actually strive to do the deeds/ who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” – Teddy Roosevelt
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Coach for Women in businessMy name is Katy Moses and I work with women like you who are ready to grow your businesses. You are too-often struggling with overwhelm, feeling like you need to incorporate all the things the experts say you should into your to-do list. Instead, I help you work with your unique skills and strengths to better leverage your action-taking and so you can experience real joy in work and life. Receive email updates HERE.
And, if you’re ready to stop feeling stuck and start rocking your business, get support to help you get there with this introductory coaching package: Get Unstuck

How About a Miracle Today? | Tools for Entrepreneurs

How About A Miracle Today?

Practical “Woo” Tool for Entrepreneurs

 

This week I’ve been practicing an ‘Hawaiian miracle technique’ and wanted to share it with you all. I LOVE this technique for a few reasons:

 

#1 It feels like magic (it is making real shifts y’all)

#2 It puts the power – and responsibility – back in our hands

#3 It releases the burden of old pain, anger and hatred quickly and powerfully – like a skilled hairdresser, quickly cutting away years of dead growth, letting the healthy glow-y parts be what remains (emotional decluttering)

#4 It is so, so so simple. (but, depending on the issue, not necessarily easy)

 

So what is this miraculous technique?

This technique is from ancient Hawaii and it’s called Ho’oponopono – a simple practice based on the idea that we are responsible for everything we think, every person we meet, everything we see and hear, and everything that comes to our attention. Things do not exist “out there” outside of our being, but instead, they exist in our mind. If you can hold the space (even temporarily) for this idea to exist and be true for you, while you do the practice, you’ll start to experience healing for yourself as well as begin to heal others. Take responsibility and ownership for all experiences, people, memories, situations that are a part of your life and then take the next steps to healing.

 

Here are the steps to the technique:

  • Bring to mind a person, situation or memory that brings you pain, or something you’d like to heal or improve. Imagine it as if it were real and next to you.
  • Say “I’m Sorry”
  • Say “I forgive you” and/or “Please forgive me” (Forgiveness has different meanings in different cultures, so I like to say both.)
  • Say “Thank You”
  • Say “I Love You”

 

These words above are some of the most powerful words we have in our language.

How often do you say them? How often do you truly, fully mean them when you do say them?

 

I know that I don’t use them often enough and, when I do, I tend to say them quickly and just try to be done with it because of the intensity.

 

These words are scary and leave us vulnerable and reveal our hearts and minds. But maybe that’s the goal in this exercise. And maybe that’s the goal in this life.

 

So, as you use the phrases above, let the words really resonate and be full of power. Even when – especially when – we’re working through situations that make us feel especially angry, sad or frustrated.

 

The more we can heal those heavy weights from ourselves, the freer we become.

 

Check out the video for a few more thoughts:

 

I’d love to hear if you give it a try and what you experience before, during and after.

I hope it helps you at least as much as it’s helped me – please let me know in the comments below!

Will you make this a regular practice?

 

Here are a couple links if you’d like to dig in to ho’oponopono (it’s a fun word to say out loud!):

https://www.laughteronlineuniversity.com/practice-hooponopono-four-simple-steps/amp/

https://upliftconnect.com/hawaiian-practice-of-forgiveness/

Coach for Women in businessMy name is Katy Moses and I work with women like you who are ready to grow your businesses. You are too-often struggling with overwhelm, feeling like you need to incorporate all the things the experts say you should into your to-do list. Instead, I help you work with your unique skills and strengths to better leverage your action-taking and so you can experience real joy in work and life. Receive email updates HERE.

And, if you’re ready to stop feeling stuck and start rocking your business, get support to help you get there with this introductory coaching package: Get Unstuck

 

1 Killer Action to Turn Your Business Around Quickly | The Power of Doing Less

1 Killer Action to Turn Your Business Around Quickly

The Power of Doing Less

 

Hey there, entrepreneur-friend – tell me about that big, long to-do list you have, that includes ALL the things that need to be accomplished in your business. If you’re like me, you have multiple lists in multiple places – in journals, on the backs of a worksheet from that class, in Evernote, Trello…you have a list-making-habit.

 

These lists include activities like updating our website, reaching out to that person who was interested in learning more about our biz, making new social media posts, responding to that inquiry, figuring out how to link PayPal or Stripe (agh, which one do I choose) to your products and services page. The list feels like it’s ever-expanding and like it has to be comprehensive, complex and we MUST get it all done if we have any hope of not-failing. If can feel like this list has a lot of power…and it can feel overwhelming.

 

So then, when we sit down to work or when we’re creating our schedule, we see this massive list and we’ll pick an activity to do. What do you find yourself choosing first from this big list?

 

I’ll bet a bit of money that you choose something like updating your website or writing a blog, or creating a social media post first…or maybe you’ll go do laundry or clean your bathroom? Something that still allows you to be productive while still staying ‘safe’.  And you’ll let other more-scary client-getting activities – things like responding to an inquiry and doing a FB live video slip down to a lower slot on priority ladder. Am I right?

 

We fill our days with unnecessary busy work because it still feels like we’re doing what we should be doing and that should be good enough… right?

 

I know what you’re doing because this is too often where I’ve found myself.  

 

When sitting down to work, I’d look at all the things I needed to get done for my business and I’d choose something important – but something that didn’t reach out to people –  I’d tweak my website and logo endlessly, maybe order business cards and brochures, and I’d never do the more vulnerable scary work like send an email to someone who I was pretty sure I could help, or create that video talking about the work I do with my clients. And you know what? I struggled to get clients. My choices were not serving who I really wanted and I found my savings and confidence dwindling down as I was trying to make my business work.

 

So here’s the thing I realized: Having the big, comprehensive list is great. It’s good to know what you’d like to accomplish, but from that list you need to choose what is most going to help you step into the life and business you’ve been dreaming about. What choices are going to move you toward the success you want? What are the most potent activities you can do this week and today to grow your business?

 

Here’s your simple, powerful take-away action-step:

 

Take 3 things from your big list and make them the only three things you need to accomplish this week. The key is – and here’s where I push your comfort zone – at least 2 of these 3 things need to be about getting more clients and creating a solid foundation for your business. The third thing can be something more administrative, like working on your website or a logo.

 

How’s that feel when you think about making this 3 Thing to-do list? For me it’s usually a mix of good fear and excitement and relief. Relief in that I only have to do three things, fear in that I’m going to be pushing the limits of my comfort zone with at least 2 of those activities. 

 

If you need some ideas for client-getting activities, here are a few to get your wheels turning:

  • guest posting on a friend or colleague’s blog
  • being of service – not pitching, being of true, generous service – in Facebook groups
  • referrals from past clients
  • giving free talks in your area
  • following up with warm leads
  • adding a section in your newsletter about working with you
  • sending dedicated pitch emails to your list
  • connecting in person and via phone with colleagues to talk about business and share leads
  • hosting free webinars
  • add your business information in my email signature
  • sending quality, free content to your email list, on a regular basis

 

Which of these activities feel do-able and like something you could easily start with to get the ball rolling? Star, circle, highlight, make notes about those that spark your interest. Again, use the following questions as a filter – the more honest you can be, the more quickly you can turn things around:

  • What is most going to help you step into the life and business you’ve been dreaming about?
  • What choices are going to move you toward the success you want?
  • What are the most potent activities you can do this week and today to grow your business?

 

The idea of the 3 Things List is to help you simplify, reduce overwhelm and really assess where you’re putting your energy. In truth, it’s helping you prioritize the actions that are going to make the biggest impact in your business – and it probably means you’ll be doing 2 more REAL client-getting activities that you would have in a busy-work-only week.

 

When you can do less of the busy work and do just a few real ‘scary’ activities every week, you’re going to start seeing real results.

 

This is where your business starts to turn around and where you get a taste of the success that has felt out of reach despite all the hours you’ve been putting in. You don’t have to burn yourself out to be successful and you don’t have to have your public image (website, social media, etc) perfect before you get started.

 

Start by getting into more conversations with people, use your gifts and passions to help them and be open to inviting them to work with you and to enjoy an amazing experience as your client and as your customer.

 

You have so much to offer your peeps. Make it easier for them to find you, know you, like you and trust you, because that’s when the fun magic happens on both sides and they gladly buy from you. Let’s allow more of this good stuff in.

 

So, before you move on – what are the 3 Things you’re committing to this week?

 

Be sure to comment below with your list of 3 Things and if you found this helpful, please share it!

 

~Katy

Coach for Women in businessI work with women like you who are ready to grow your online-based businesses. They are typically struggling with overwhelm, feeling like they need to incorporate all the things the experts say they should into their to-do list. Instead, I help them work with their unique skills and strengths to better leverage their action-taking and so they can experience real joy in work and life. Receive email updates HERE.

And, if you’re ready to stop feeling stuck and start rocking your business, learn more about getting support to help you get there with this introductory coaching package: Get Unstuck