Posted by admin on Feb 13, 2013 in Business | 2 comments
Archimedes said “Give me a lever long enough and strong enough and I can move the earth.”
I hear it said all the time- “I need 2 of me to get everything done!” “If only I could duplicate myself”… Well, what if you could?
There is only so much an individual can do on their own. You are a limited resource!
But when you apply leverage…That’s when the magic begins.
I am not going to lie to you;
Being a mother and running a successful business, and having plenty of time for yourself is nearly impossible…UNLESS you have support and leverage.
Let me share with you the keys to having time and making your business ‘work’
Packages- No more 1-1 time for money, you need to start thinking 1 – MANY. 1-100, 1-1000… or even 1-10 is a great start!
How can you leverage your time and get paid 10 times as much for one hour?
Here are some suggestions:-
- Create products and then record them so you get paid to create themand get paid over and over again when they sell!
- Increase your 1-1 hourly rate so that it is your premium way to work with you.
- Package your expertise: Consider creating groups that focus on solving a particular problem your clients have (BIG TIP!) (i.e. losing the last stubborn 10lbs)
Marketing:- There is nothing that leverages a business’s profits faster than good marketing. Marketing is a key skill that you continually develop – and you need to mix up your mediums, try free teleseminars or webinars, reports, videos and sales pages…
Your marketing needs to be a priority, don’t avoid it because of fears of being visible or ‘showing off’ (I see this all too often in talented women!)
Give yourself permission to shine and create the business and lifestyle you deserve.
When you allow yourself to get support you will be 100 times better at what you do well and really LOVE!
WHY? Simply because You will have more you left to GIVE to your clients, your man, your child, and your friends and loved ones- including yourself.
It’s so important to let go of the tasks that you do not need to do anymore.
Lately one of the things I have been working on with my current clients is how they can outsource and collaborate with others to free themselves to work in their own zone of genius or ‘Gift Zone’.
It seems bonkers to me that there is so much stigma about a woman having household help and yet childcare is commonplace- so are we saying its okay for mothers to outsource their kids but not their dishes? I really feel that women with a passion they are pursuing need as much domestic support as possible, along with childcare if that is what they require/desire.
There is no right or wrong with this and every family is as unique as every woman. The first step is to allow the idea and the reality that you don’t have to be the one to do everything. You can outsource all kinds of draining, time consuming activities from school runs to laundry and ironing and replace them with income generating activities that might be a better fit to your gifts, give you more joy, more energy and more money!
Money is a renewable resource, your time is not…
This is new paradigm, Age of Aquarius business- collaborating and communing to get the best outcome for all. How can you dump what you don’t love doing today and create a win for you, your clients, your family and those you work with??
You are probably having a few days of downtime before revving up again with your life/business in 2011 and I know how easy it is to want to switch off completely and enjoy the family but a little bit of intention work and making leaps of faith at this time can go a HUGE distance to achieving your heart’s desires in the coming year.
Last year I did this process from my childhood bedroom. This year I am doing it from a 1.4 million pound beautiful home. I am sharing that with you so you can see what is possible and learn to trust the process I am about to share with you. It may seem simple, and short- but it’s one of my secrets to success!
Get your journal and a pen and go ahead doing this exercise right now- it won’t take long and will reward you a million times over!
Step 1- What do you desire? What is it you want? Get Clear.
Step 2 – Why do you want this- Spell it out
Step 3 – Put it out there- Sit with this prayer and request, ASK for help and guidance from Source.
Step 4 – Allow- Sit with the desire- be pregnant with it and feel good. Allow yourself to see it, maybe create a vision board, get excited- it is coming!
Step 5 – Trust – (HINT: this is where most people stop!) Your ego will try to sabotage you at this point, ignore that and stay expectant but unattached. (I could write a whole book on this but am trying to keep it short! Basically- get a feeling of ‘having’ in your bones and trust/know that your desires are being fulfilled the moment you give yourself permission to have them- despite outside circumstances!)
Step 6- Receive & Act- You will hear guidance, see signs, feel nudges or sniff the scent of your next move- let yourself receive this intuition and follow it! You need to ACT if you want to ATTRACT!
Need some help with manifesting, overcoming your desires and building a business the way you want to- aligning you with your purpose whilst freeing you up to do the things you want- like travel, spend more time with family or get that book written?
Then why not hire a mentor who can support you tangibly and intangibly in all that and more? I am currently taking applications of people who would like to mentor with me privately or in a group in 2011. If that is you please email me on firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you want to make more money, live freely and easily, create what you really want to in the World and live a big life? Then you will probably have to over come some core fears standing between you and your highest calling and true BIG vision.
In today’s article I want to help you to do just that, and to remind you of a great quote that I use when I get scared:
“Courage is not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”
These are 3 fears that I see most often in my clients- and often in myself too. (I get scared all the time too! The first time I got a negative comment on my blog I cried for days! )
See if you can recognize if any of these fears might be holding you back and let us know if this helps you!
AS an ‘Indigo’ or big hearted creative type and entrepreneur I like to move fast, and so when I notice one of these suckers draining my energy and cowboying my creative space by consuming my mind with worry I look the tiger in the eye and deal with it the best I can.
Sometimes I get some help from a friend or coach, or from prayer and meditation.
I recommend that you do too so you can quickly keep your upward spiral spinning and not get stuck! If you’d like to find out more about working with me then check out the resources section below, and in the meantime I have a few secrets to share so that you can overcome those limiting fears and get cracking with your dreams and heart’s desires instead!
1.The Fear Of Making A Decision.
( Looks Like- Confusion, Lack of Clarity, Time Wasting, Bright-Shiny-Object-Syndrome, s-t-u-c-k)
Oftentimes in life and business we have to decide upon a course of action, a person to hire or fire, an investment, a risk, and who we want to work with and what we are about. A decision is the hinges of your destiny, so it’s understandable that we can get all wound up over the way forward, but here’s the truth- there are no real ‘wrong’ decisions. You can fly London to Tokyo and have only been on track 95% of the journey and only the pilot would notice. So chill out a bit It’s not so serious. This is what I remind myself of when I get all terrified and frozen up.
Way Through- Relax. Smile. Cast the dice, flip a coin, it doesn’t matter! There is an older, wiser, far reaching part of you that knows. Sometimes if you flip a coin and get the answer you didn’t want to get then you know by contrast what you really wanted! If you make a decision and don’t like the consequences then you put it down to experience, brush yourself off, take the lesson and move on. It’s okay! Accept that making tough decisions is part of life and the better you get at it the better your life will be!
2. The Fear Of Messing Up/ Failing/ Being a Let Down To Self &/or Others
(Looks Like- Paralysis, Self-Sabotage, Not Making A Start, Not Committing, Hiding)
Think about the worst case scenario. Imagine it in your mind or write it if you like. Confront the tape that you don’t want to play, and play it. Let yourself feel that shame, ridicule, rejection or whatever it is that terrifies you the most- you don’t have to stay there long. Let the emotion consume you for just a minute or two so that you really get the experience of what you don’t want to feel.( You have to be counter-phobic in business, and get that tiger by the tail!) Once you have allowed that in it has less power over you.
Way Through: Write down what you would do if it all went wrong and you failed spectacularly. This will help you to see that its really not so bad and apart from a major ego bruising you’d be okay and there are people and places to turn to if your worst nightmare ever came true- (the likelihood is that it won’t!) What is far more likely is that once you have dealt with what was getting your way you will have the energy, commitment and passion to go for your dreams, so put your focus there and go after what you want!
3. The Fear Of Fear Itself
(Looks Like- Denial, Superiority Complex, Scattered Energy, Closed Mind/Saying “I know” but not having the experience wanted, Inability to receive guidance, Resources and Love)
When we fear fear itself we refuse to even look for long enough to see what our problem is. We are so mistrusting and scared that we are on the run from ourselves and won’t allow time for ourselves to see where we are headed because we are running blind. If we are in this space we can’t see the bigger picture and our fears become so real to us that we mistake them for reality. We are afraid of fear so we feel like we need to defend it or cover it up.
Way Through. Breathe. Take time for yourself and connection with your Higher Power- whatever that means for you. Ask for help. Forgive yourself and anyone you need to forgive and let go of the past. Admit you are scared; and know that it’s okay to be. Feel the fear…And you know what comes next
Are you ready for your quantum leap? Now is the time for bold leaps of faith and that those willing to take risks are being rewarded with greater joy, fulfilment and satisfaction- as well as increased financial prosperity!
I know this because I have done it for myself and took my huge leap of faith last year- the result were astounding for people around me, but in my heart I had always known I was born for this but didn’t know how to get there.. So if you’re ready for your big breakthrough from where you are to where your meant to be, then let me help you! I’ve created a hoiday special just for you:
You will need- pen, paper, calendar, day book/timetable, list of all your upcoming dates/projects
Plot your calendar with what you know you are committed to for the year in pen
eg. Kilimanjaro climb, Isle of Wight Festival, Ellie’s Wedding
Then take your pencil and plot what you would like to do
eg. courses, training, trips, my own event
Make sure to mark out time off and holidays at the beginning of the year, you don’t have to know yet what you will do in that down time, just that it is marked out for you now.
Set your intentions and some bold goals about what 2010 is about for you.
KEY POINT: *Decide and commit to working in your Gift Zone*
Your Gift zone is the area where you use your unique talents, passions and experience to serve yourself and others by sharing yourself, love and time.
Ask yourself…”Who do I want to help most this year and why do I want to help them?”
Be very specific, and have a why that makes you totally excited and uplifted!
Value your time above all else- your time IS your life.
With that in mind list below some things you hate doing, stuff that wears you out, drains you, isn’t in your strengths at all or plain bores you -
Chasing clients for payments
Techy stuff- creating websites and adding shopping cart
Post and errands etc
You can outsource to a VA, who can handle admin,
A web technician- to set up your sites and payment gateways,
Writers if that isn’t your thing (try www.elance.com)
Find a local cleaner/house help
Along with a local student who wants to make a few extra pounds a week and will walk your dog or take stuff to the post office, do shopping, take in dry cleaning etc- anything you don’t love to do that is not best use of your time.
(Hint- Do you notice any feeling coming up here? resentment, guilt, shame, disbelief?If so, Can you identify it, feel it and ‘go into it’- you may need to momentarily exaggerate it to move through it- so if you feel guilt about not doing everything or hiring help- recognize and honour that feeling, and then ask yourself I you’d be willing to let that go if it means that you get to be all you can be. Heaven and Life want to support you in your mission, you are a leader and are allowed to ask for/receive help and support in all ways.)
(- Try posting on college/uni notice boards or on www.gumtree.com/craigslist or hire a PA who can come to your home and just keep on top of all the officey/organisation stuff.)
Live in Your Gift Zone!
****There are people out there who just love to keep things organized and are really in their gift doing that kind of work- let them help you!****
You have to trust that the money you pay them will be re-couped as you work in your gift zone, just do it a step at a time.
Now list stuff you really want to do this year
Everything you can think of! This might include being great at your roles- as a mother, wife, friend, daughter. It might include business goals, humanitarian goals and personal health / lifestyle goals.
Review the list, and anything that is a ‘should’ or makes you feel heavier and not inspired/excited or not from love in your heart- simply cross off. Now ask yourself “What would I really love to do this year?”
Chunk it down to stuff you want to do this month
i.e. Get some more speaking gigs booked
Finalise details for retreats & schedule all clients
Book tickets for USA events & flights
Review applications for Pearl mentorship
Join a yoga group
Now to stuff you want to do this week (based on your monthly targets)
i.e. Find out about broadband in the new house
Book Fengshui consultant to organise & clear space in new house
Book cleaner to come weekly
Book Spa Day
Walk Ogilvy daily
VIP day Newport on Thurs
Share newsletter on Wednesday
Kilimanjoro Charity page launched
Email Lynne Twist about tithing
Finish 2010 planning
Get Ryan to do page and graphics
Send Trish gift & flowers to hospital
Each day you can block your tasks, so you have blocks of time- making your to do list fit into chunks
eg. Calls, Emails, Writing, Coaching, Planning, etc
This means that instead of darting around, a call here, an email there, and a blog post there -you are focusing on repetitive actions – which speeds up your productivity.
You might be working on 2 or 3 different projects, but you’d still do the calls in your calls time block…Make sense?
Think of it like a production line- in terms of grouping like tasks together, so you do all you calls at the same time, even if one is for project A, one is project B and one is the bank or whatever, like tasks go together. You can take an hour on a Sunday or Friday to plan your coming week.
Now look at your working week- decide what times would be best for you to do each of your chunks. Some chunks are daily, others weekly or monthly. Maybe your calls are bi-weekly, your coaching Tuesday and Thursday, your finances Friday, and writing mainly every fortnight~ or whatever.
Some of these tasks, like Email will be daily, but make a boundary by just doing email, say from 2-3 each day instead of it dominating your whole day- you can also have an assistant handle a lot of your email and you just see the stuff they forward to you, and they give you an update frequently.
If you are doing your own email I wouldn’t recommend checking email first thing- use that time for something more creative like writing, sales copy or creating your next product, otherwise you can check email and start your day bogged down and purely responsive and reactive…. rather than channeling your time and energy towards your goals and priorities.
So, look at your to do list and group all the tasks and decide which chunk they are. Now, get your daybook and colour each time block a different colour. Then when it comes to the calls chunk you set your timer for however long you scheduled (I like 90 minutes) and do all your calls without interruptions.
Apply the same method to emails, writing, etc.
If you are thinking of outsourcing and building a good tram around you this year so you can play bigger and be more fully in your purpose then why not Manifest your ideal team with a brain dump of must/must nots for your PA, techy etc.
Finally- have your top wishes for the year written down on a piece of paper by your bed and review them first and last thing. (Big tip!)
Hope this helps- let me know your comments below!
I have a few female role models and I’m pretty sure they are Indigo
Angelina Jolie- she doesn’t hold back, she loves passionately, speaks eloquently and is just the most gorgeous sexy undefinable woman- she takes all those stereotypes of women – whore, mother, crone, maiden, etc and becomes all of them and none of them. She was destructive when she had no purpose, because inside her spirit knew it was here to make a massive difference. A defo indigo trait in my opinion!
Paris Hilton (this woman receives compliments better than any woman I know and has taught me to smile and say thank you rather than deflecting compliments- she is also a savvy business woman behind the sunnies and the peroxide- like Dolly, she knows how to establish a brand, create a persona and work it!)
Linda Macartney- what a pioneering visionary amazing lady.
These women followed their passions, love like mad and have a bigger purpose- I know Dolly prays all the time and had early flushes of faith like I had as a child and that they all really care about people & animals.
They aren’t afraid to be sexy, wild and feminine and don’t try to be ‘spiritual’ they just live like women in full using the gifts God gave them to follow their highest calling.
As a women who loves people and is also crazy enough to believe she is here to help with the re-balancing & healing of our beautiful planet I have (after years of trial and error) eventually landed on a ‘business’ that works for me. I work best with people and now do intuitive counselling so I can use my gifts in a way that feels ‘real’ to me. As a teen and in my twenties I’d be offered jobs in sales all the time because I have that whole ‘speak to anyone with my heart open’ thing -
that a lot of Indigos have….BUT i never ever wanted to ‘turn that on’ just to put cash in the bank for a business that wasn’t helping people and the planet.
So that is why I went solo. I also had a knack of being able to ‘see into someone’- I didn’t go do a course because there is no handbook for what I do – it’s a gift, not anything to do with initials after my name (although I do have that stuff)
Now I tithe to www.pachamama.org and really love being in business for myself.As a woman i tend to focus more on the intagibles than a guy in business, (love, service, sharing community)I had to train myself to couple that with the tangible and get to grips with the tangibles- (money, taxes, sales). As a female I had to consciously decide to think about the money and I have had some horrible scary financial moments before learning how to charge, receive and value myself. I am still working on this all the time, but at least I am no longer shying away from it all together!
Even when times were hard financially my faith never left me because I knew eventually that I would find a way, and the picture seems to get clearer all the time. I think it’s a bit like tuning in a radio or telly- the picture comes into view but starts out kind of fuzzy- you keep backing and to-ing until you see what you like- and then you get to live it….Crystal clear picture and in surround sound.
My trip to the Amazon last year taught me the real ‘Law of the jungle’ and to me, the reeal law of business in the new paradigm – one of inter-connectedness, sacred reciprocity and true balance and co-operation.
I Love what I do and encourage everyone to follow their hearts and make a living from their love- whether that is expressed through business, professional service, public service, whatever. We all have a part to play and are a unique piece of the puzzle- It’s going to take all of us showing up to complete the picture on the front of the jigsaw which shows a healed, happy, loving , healthy and harmonious planet.
I’m excited about 2010- it feels so good already.
My plans include taking a group to the Amazon with the Pachamama Alliance to work with shaman and experience the rainforest and indigenous Achuar tribe who are the natural inhabitants and custodians of the land.
Closer to home I’ll be working intimately with some small groups, (Pearl & Golden) doing more readings/ intuitive one-to-ones and be doing workshops in the UK (where I live) – to stay informed and get a free subscription to my monthly newsletter simply click here
The biggest thing about being in business for me- and the one tip I would give any female Indigo that wants to work for herself from her heart, make a difference and get paid for working in her gifts is that you have to know your worth.
I think how much money we make comes down to self- worth in lots of ways.
The key thing every business needs is the area I struggled most with – that was ‘selling.’ Gosh, even the concept felt aggressive, manipulative and just wrong. I had to find ways to think that made me not only feel that it was ok, but that it was in fact part of my spiritual, sacred service.
I had to reconcile the masculine energy of going out there and ‘closing the deal’ with my feminine energy that just wanted to love everyone and give it all away boundlessly forever! Trouble is, that makes as much sense in business as standing on the corner handing out 100 dollar bills.
Now I feel I have integrated both the Divine masculine & feminine in a way that works for me. The masculine energy implements and backs up the ideas and wishes of my divine feminine, and things feel so much more balanced and effortless!
I am happy to share here in the hope it helps you business/self-employed gals out there struggling with this-
If I know I can help someone, they need help to make a decision – That is the key. What I realsied is It is up to ME to convey the value of what I do so they can make their ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ an informed one.
I come from a place where I am devoted to helping someone who is thinking about working with me decide from their knowing- BUT I am not attached to whether that is yes or no, just that it’s not a ‘maybe’ – i.e.one more fuzzy thought for them to hang on to and keep them more stuck, still not taking action, being in confusion and not fulfilling their potential.
If they are ‘maybe’ I haven’t done my job of communicating the value I can provide. If working with me is the difference between peace in their lives, happiness in their work and more joy in themselves to share with their families then I am doing a disservice to them by not adequately expressing that. Once I have then they may feel it’s not right for them, or they might decide to go for it, either way, I trust it’s perfect.
I ask God to send me the people I am supposed to work with, I ask him to clearly show what’s really going on and how I can best serve. Sometime I intuitively feel that “nope, this is not my ideal client”. When I get a hit like that I will still hope to add value by recommending an alternative resource that I feel could help them best, so I might just recommend a book or whatever I feel intuitively to say and then wish them all the best- it’s not about ‘getting the sale’ it’s about serving from faith & the knowledge that there are plenty of people that I am a perfect fit for and those are the ones I want to work with as I can do most good with them! *(I work with lots of Indigos, but rarely attract other types as they think I am a total woo woo space cake )
So far all my relationships have been so richly rewarding. Regarding boundaries I probably do get closer to my client than a guy would, but I can’t fight my nature- I have tried that and it doesn’t work for me. I am really into protecting my energy and clearing space now that I interact with so many clients and go so deep- Boundaries are an ever evolving issue that I am much better with now. It really helps to have an assistant who can help you maintain the distance (and an egg timer so you don’t run over the time you are hired for )
It will probably mean I get stung in business more than some more ‘alpha’ types but I have strong intuition and usually know intuitively when it’s better for me to not work with someone. I hope this helps any theta male or female Indigo types and I really encourage you to go for your dreams and make that difference you know you came here for.
Ask God and the angels to help show you clearly the way and you’ll see the path unfold before you!
Love to you and best for 2010
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This is my personal result of the exercise here
OK Here goes:
My top achievements of the decade
- Quitting a job I hated & doing my own thing
- Running The Edinburgh Marathon for HOPE for children
- Helpoing to raise $50,000 in 3 days for The Pachamama Alliance
- Quitting drinking & smoking and starting to exercise
- Investing & Believing in myself and my business (despite everyone thinking I was nuts ) BIGGIE
- Connecting, Learning and listening to my higher self, guides and angels & trusting my intuition more each day!
- Helping others to experience true freedom- spiritually, financially, emtionally & physically by helping people with addictions, blocks to abundance, overcoming the fear of living in their gifts & fulfilling their highest vision.
- Increasing my income 10 fold in 3 years doing something I love
- Completing my first book and selling it online
- Showing up as my true self despite sometimes feeling vulnerable or afraid of what others may think
(I just realised how little my degree in formal’ education’ actually meant to me)
Top Lessons of the decade:
- Be grateful for everything
- I’m a spiritual being having a human experience and I create my life
- It’s OK to feel what I feel and know what I know
- Opportunity comes in the disguise of crisis sometimes
- Value yourself & your time- you never get it back
- Nurture yourself and take time for you in silence each day- even for just a few moments
- Fear is part of the journey of the powerful creator
- You don’t have to be perfect to be valuable & to serve
- Share your gifts with love
- Trust God/Life/the Universe to bring you your highest good
- Helped hundreds of people to overcome their addictions and re-purpose their lives to get their gifts out and overcome fear and self-doubt.
- Helped a dying man at the scene of an accident
- Inspired people from all over the globe to live more authentically and follow their dreams
- Raised $8,000 in an hour & $50,000 in 3 days on separate occasions for the Amazon rainforest
- Transformed my life and became more conscious about my personal responsibility to all living things
Things that made my heart sing!
- Backpacking in Australia, Malaysia & Europe solo and with a galpal- discovering about myself, life 7 the Universe
- Meeting people and hearing their stories, seeing their gifts and sharing
- Visiting Equador with lynne & Bill twist and experiencing shamanic healing, ancient all night ceremonies and the unspoilt beauty of being deep in 5 million acres of prime virgin rainforest
- Swimming eye-to-eye with wild dolphins and being in a pod of 80 ish dolphins for over an hour on the solstice of 2009 in Hawaii’s big Island- A life-long dream!
- Signing my emails to my beautiful clients “With love and blessings” (Another dream come true for me!)
3 things i’ll be leaving in the noughties
- ‘Needing’ acceptance, approval or ‘to be liked’
- Holding myself back
- Fear of failure/criticism
My Soul Success Statement is
My version of true soul success is waking up each day and thanking my creator for my life. It’s being able to look in the mirror as I brush my teeth and love myself just the way I am. It’s sharing that love with every other being whether silently in my heart or through the vehicle of my business, expression or presence. Success is being here now, and accepting myself and others without judgement, blame, criticism or fear. Success in my life is being free to be who I am, speak my truth with love, and to give the best of me in all I do. I am success. I am love. I am abundance.