Category Archives: Productivity

How to Set – and Reach – Your Income Goals This Year [Download Included]

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She was ready for something more.

We’d been working together about a year at that point, and she’d made tremendous progress. She’d stepped out to form her own law firm, developed a clear brand, made important decisions about revenue and how she wanted to serve her clients. She was even beginning to explore new lines of business that were fun and intriguing to her.

And she was making really good money.

But the hours were long, the demand high. And she was beginning to think more about how her business could serve her, instead of the other way around.

(I preach this all the time. If you’re a slave to your business, all you’ve done is give yourself another job. And who wants that?)

She wanted to travel more. Volunteer more. Ride her bike more. :)

So I suggested that she reverse engineer her income to determine what she needed to bring in, in order to create that life. What would she have to earn that would give her the freedom to pursue those other interests?

And – this was critical – how would she earn it?
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Want to Give Your Business a Check Up? Here’s How.

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I swear I could open my own office supply store.

For real.

I could start with the 25 empty notebooks in every size and color, stacks of vinyl accordion files and the giant box of colorful vinyl paper-sorters/filers/holders that are in my closet right now.

We could move on to the three boxes of file folders, the big heavy box of specialty papers in all kinds of pretty designs, and the shoebox full of highlighters, Sharpies, flip chart markers and pens.

For now, we’ll skip the Post-It notes and ‘flags’.

(I’ve considered starting a 12-Step group: Office Addicts Anonymous!)

But actually, it’s all good.

The truth is that I’ve been cleaning out that office, tossing out countless bags of trash, recyclables, and donations. This is just what’s left. And yes, that’s funny.

But it’s also better. Way better.  Continue reading

Allowing Your Word to Find You

It’s your word.

And it’s all you need.

ONE word to lean in to, work with, listen to, learn from – for the entire year.

One word to guide you and your business into what you are called to Be over the next year.

One word to use as your North Star, as you navigate your way through what are often murky entrepreneurial waters.

And whatever it is, it’s looking for you.

When I first learned about this practice myself, I didn’t really understand it. I liked the simplicity of it…but had no idea how to find ‘my word’, nor how powerful that word would become.

So at first, it was just about logic.

I carefully considered my business goal for the year, and chose words to fit that.

That first year, it was “Deliberate”. I wanted to consciously and deliberately grow the business I had (back then) in a way that was profitable, manageable, and good for those it served.

And I did spend that year working on systems, but the ‘deliberate’ act that defined it was something else entirely. At the very end of the year, I made a significant investment (that is, a terrifying and exciting leap) into myself and my business that I’d never made before by hiring the coach I have now.

That was a big, scary, step – and definitely a ‘deliberate’ action.

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How to Plan Your Year (and Build Momentum in Your Business)

My annual ritual has already begun.

Armed with a fresh new planner, a legal pad, and notes from the last few calls with my coach, I sat down recently to start mapping out the calendar for next year – in detail.

I usually wait to do this during the quiet week after Christmas, but there’s a lot to sort out, so I’m starting early this year.

Many of my clients are passion-driven entrepreneurs who act on intuition more than strategy, and follow their heart more than their head. They’ll tell you that they are at their best in the moment, when they’re thinking on their feet and figuring it out as they go.

And that may be true.

But if you are serious about taking your business to the next level, you have to be more intentional about everything you do.

And a well planned calendar is the foundation on which your business is built.
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Your 7 Step Guide to Planning Content for an Entire Year (and Writing Your Blog with Ease)

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December is for Decisions.

White lights or color?
Real tree or synthetic?
Rudolph or Charlie Brown?

And if you own a business, those December decisions are critical.

This is when you decide what you want to accomplish, and what you want your business to do in the coming year.

Is it time to raise your prices? Hire new team members? Create a new program? Maybe just get more rest and have more fun? (Yes, those are business goals, too!)

Whatever your goals, careful, in-depth, advance planning is the key to making sure you reach them.

And one place this will absolutely save your sanity is in planning your blog.

Writing fresh articles and creating new content week after week can be a daunting task. So I developed a process that enables me to not only be strategic and deliberate about the content I write, but makes the actual task of writing easier.

When I sit down to write to you each week, I already know what I want to cover, and how that topic fits into my messaging as a whole – week by week, month by month, all year long.

The key is taking the time to do the work to get clear up front.

And no, that isn’t easy.

But if you’ll follow my lead, set aside a few hours and work your way through the process I outline for you here, you’ll thank me all the way through next year. :)

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