When I say “treat your business like a party” I don’t mean keg stands and balloons – though hey, that would make for an interesting client call! Rather, I mean you should act as a perfect host/hostess in regards to how you run your business.
Like many people, I use to live for the weekends. With only 90 minutes between getting home from work and bedtime, I constantly thought “There’s no way I can do [this] today, I’ll do it this weekend!”
[This] being writing a blog post, folding clothes, organizing the linen closet, whatever!
Then the weekend would come and I’d be too swamped with laundry, dishes, grocery shopping, etc. to actually enjoy spending time with my family like I wanted to.
Meanwhile I was working 40+ hours every week with a 45 minute commute each way and still barely making ends meet.
When it comes to time management, it doesn’t matter how many “to do” lists you write out or how many affirmations you say, if you’re not clear on WHY it all matters, you’ll never break the habit that is procrastination.
A mastermind group is essential to becoming a successful online entrepreneur (and yes, I’m totally including those of you who are “just” bloggers!)
Most online entrepreneurs fail within the first 6 months, not because of a lack in funding or knowledge, but because of isolation! It can be so incredibly difficult to push forward when you don’t have a group on your side cheering you on, a group who “gets it” and can support you in a way that keeps you down the pathway to success.
What is a Mastermind Group?
A mastermind group removes you from that isolation and plants you into a “collective brain” – a group in which you’ll find support, accountability, and ideas that you might not have otherwise thought of on your own. The relationships you develop within a mastermind are key to finding long-term success as an entrepreneur.
Some mastermind groups focus on one specific goal (i.e. hitting a profit target within a set amount of time) while others are a bit more broad, allowing for the benefits of being in a solid group of colleagues while still providing the room to customize your goals and forge your own path.
How Much Does a Mastermind Group Cost?
Now these mastermind groups always GREATLY vary in price – sometimes free, but often ranging towards thousands of dollars per session.
I myself have paid $350 for a 30-day program and $1,800 for a 3-month program – both greatly beneficial, though I found the longer group was what really propelled me into finding the success that I now have as a frugal-living blogger and business strategist.
That said, I do not recommend trying to go the free route with a mastermind group. Even if you have the drive to build connections, many others will not, as there is no investment to keep them motivated on the days where they’re feeling anything but.
How Do You Find a Mastermind Group?
There are a number of ways you can find a mastermind group, but typically you want to find one that is facilitated by someone who A) has the experience with organizational leadership and B) has worked within a number of mastermind groups to know what works/what doesn’t.
My best advice for finding a mastermind program is to ask in your favorite Facebook groups (like Entrepreneurs and Bloggers in the Spotlight!)
LinkedIn is also a great resource, provided you already have solid connections and can trust their recommendations.
That said, I often offer mastermind group opportunities like this one:
This mastermind program is absolutely for you if:
- You find yourself feeling as though you live online.
- You can’t seem to find the balance between hitting your profit goals and not stressing over the amount of time put into your business.
- The thought of an 8-week commitment makes you nervous – I can’t think of anyone better to join, because I KNOW you need help finding the confidence in your business and ensuring that failure is NEVER again an option.
- You’ve been running your business for 6+ months and have yet to make a significant profit, despite strong efforts.
- You read the part about isolation and felt your heart sigh. You don’t have to be alone in this!!
Unstick Your Stuck Group Outline
I will host weekly sessions in which we’ll share each other’s successes, struggles, and we’ll come together to brainstorm how best to help each of the members move forward. These sessions will be live, but recorded, so you don’t have to worry about working MY schedule into yours.
You will also be granted access to an exclusive Facebook community, provided lifetime access to recordings of all sessions held, and be provided with 24-hour support via the group and e-mail access to me.
We will cover:
– Setting + Strengthening the Foundation of Your Business
– Paving the way for passive income products
– Maintaining momentum to keep out of your lazy zone
– Creating a solid support system
– The best marketing techniques and how to adapt them for your specific business
– Time management
– Automation systems
– And SO much more!!
It’s important to note that this is not just a group for advice, but a positive place to bring your goals to life. Each and every one of us would be there to support each other and manifest each others goals. This group *WILL* be industry changing and if you’re eager to be a part of it, DO. NOT. WAIT.
Enrollment is currently closed, but be sure you’re on my e-mail list so you don’t miss the next opportunity!
What are affirmations? Is it just talking to yourself every day and making wishes while looking in a mirror? Not quite…
What is an affirmation?
An affirmation is simply a statement or declaration that something is valid and true.
When you pass by the hallway mirror on your way to the kitchen for a cup of coffee, you notice out loud, “My hair is a mess!”
When you are loading up the family car with groceries, you might mutter, “I spend a small fortune every week feeding these kids!”
You may not know it, but those are affirmations (though negative ones). An example of a positive affirmation is something like “I deserve to be happy!”
How Do Affirmations Work?
It starts by becoming more mindful of your words, thoughts, and actions. When you catch yourself thinking or saying something negative, stop yourself. Find a way to put a positive spin on it, even when you don’t want to. I always say to ask yourself if what you just thought is something you’d say aloud to a child – would you tell this sweet baby girl that she’s a loser or that she’s too dumb to achieve her dreams?
I certainly hope not! If you wouldn’t say it to her (or any child), do not say it to yourself.
As you re-train your brain to be positive through your affirmations, it will become natural, and it will influence your life in all areas, including your thoughts.
Developing your own affirmations may feel uncomfortable at first, but as soon as you get used to the idea of speaking out positive truth, it will be a normal part of your daily routine.
When you catch a glimpse of your unruly hair, you’ll naturally exclaim (perhaps with a fun smirk), “I have such beautiful, healthy hair.”
And as you put away groceries, you’ll think “I am so blessed to be able to provide so well for my family!”
Depending on what you hope to accomplish through positive affirmation, tailor the phrases to benefit you individually. Identifying where you have weakness in thought patterns is a great place to start. If you are hard on yourself in a particular area, or if you are struggling with something specific, combat the tendency to be critical of yourself by instead telling yourself what you would like to see, as though it has already happened that way.
If you still struggle to come up with affirmations on your own, look into buying affirmation decks and use those to help get you started.
You are amazing!
A big part of using positive affirmations is choosing to believe you are significant and you are valuable. You will be amazed at how this alone will change your life.
If you are reminding yourself all day how valuable you are, your decisions will be made through a different lens, your reactions to negative circumstance will not be made out of fear, and you will develop a deeper sense of security in your emotional and physical well-being.
Think of it as a narrator in your life, reading the script as you live it out. If the script says that you are successful and happy, you act out the narrative believing that it is true, before it happens. You tell yourself what to believe, so that it will happen.
Tips on Finding the Positive
There are a few helpful things to keep in mind as you start on your journey towards a positive, healthy lifestyle full of new words, phrases and initially awkward declarations.
First, be grateful for who you are and what you can accomplish.
Second, don’t ever compare yourself to others.
Finally, don’t judge yourself or others.
As you implement these simple guidelines, you will be successfully affirming yourself with a consistently positive nature in no time. You can begin using your positive affirmations to influence outcomes in all kinds of situations.
You Listen to Yourself More Than You Think!
Usually what comes out of your mouth is a good indicator of what you believe. If you believe you are not good enough, you will voice that in a number of ways, and in turn, you’ll produce less than stellar results. You can use positive affirmation to turn the tables, change your mind about what you believe, and get positive results.
Remember that positive affirmations are a tool to re-train your mind into believing what you are telling it to believe. When you are speaking, pay attention to the words. KNOW that what you are saying is true. Believe that you are who you say you are through your affirmations.
Here are a few examples of positive affirmations to influence your day:
- I trust myself to make great choices.
- I am unique and significant.
- I am totally capable of providing well for my family.
- I was made to experience life abundantly.
- I was created to be healthy and whole.
- I am a source of great comfort, peace and joy for my family.
- I am creative and resourceful.
- I attract interesting people and amazing opportunities, because I am interesting and amazing.
- I am calm and relaxed when I interact with others.
- I study and comprehend what I read easily.
- I am surrounded by love.
- I have the means to experience life as I choose.
- My body is healthy and functioning as it should.
As you continue to build on this practice, you will achieve far greater success in your life – physically, emotionally, spiritually, mentally and financially.
You will thrive in your abundantly blessed life, and everyone around you will want to know your secret.
Do you have any experience with positive affirmations?
I’d love to hear about your successes!
I’m here to make a case for my good friend JD – that is, job descriptions!
When you’re looking for a job in a specific area or for a specific company, how often have you gone to a website to look for a “Work for Us” link or a “For Hire” page? Hopefully pretty often, because honestly that’s always the best place to start.
With that said, I now have to wonder why more of us entrepreneurs don’t go that route when we’re looking to hire for our own companies?
See, what once was the norm is now often chaos incarnate.
Rather than posting a job description (JD), so many choose the route of social media and stop there.
Looking to hire an assistant to work remotely? Oh just post in a Facebook group – “Know any good VAs??” And then…what? Expect that to be worth your time? Expect the perfect assistant to knock on your virtual door?
I’ve done it, too, so I get the thinking behind it…but ooph. What a time suck.
That’s why I’m telling you now – if you’re looking to hire someone, take the time to write out a FULL job description. Treat your business like an actual business, not a “side hustle” or “extra income gig”, and you’ll find that you’re all the more likely to be successful. Just in the case of virtual assistants (VAs) alone, one person might be looking to hire a VA to run her social media while another might expect the VA to tackle e-mails and yet another might want a VA to manage her schedule; if you’re not clear on exactly what you want, you’ll end up spending hours wading through applicants who aren’t anywhere close to being the right fit for you and your business.
Create a “for hire” page on your website, even if you don’t yet have any positions available. You don’t even have to make it a live page, but at least having it ready to go will save you time when it is finally time to hire someone. Not only that, but those interested in the position will be all the more familiar with exactly what you do and what you’re looking for (which again is still a timesaver for you because you won’t have to spend hours answering questions from those seeking clarity). Yes, you’ll still end up with a dozen random resumes in your inbox, but those are easily discarded and the good ones will be all the more apparent.
Job Description – What’s Yours?
Along those lines, I’m curious what your job description looks like. Whether you’re in the early stages of your business or have been doing it for years, it’s important that you take the time to write out a job description for your position. Don’t just stick a title on yourself and expect growth – it’s hard to track growth without that baseline.
Just as you would were you working for someone else, take the time each year to review your JD and analyze your efforts – what are you strengths vs weaknesses? Do you need to break off a piece of that JD and hand it off to someone else? Have you been focusing on projects well outside your JD that you need evaluate for effectiveness?
Unless your blog or online business truly is a side hustle and you expect it to forever be so, it’s incredibly important that you treat this as a business, just like you would were it brick-and-mortar. Don’t wait until you’re well into year two to develop a mission statement, give yourself a job description, or map out your five year goals. Have faith in your passions and trust that the time you put into fleshing these pieces out will come back to you tenfold.
That said, I’d love for you to comment below and let me know –