Ever been so overloaded by free information you don’t know where to start? You might be suffering from paralysis analysis!
You, my friend, are suffering from paralysis analysis!
Let’s say you decided it’s time to start up that business you’ve been thinking about for years. You start reading books, listening to podcasts, and following famous entrepreneurs on social media. In the process, you’ve learned so many different strategies you’re suddenly terrified of starting with the wrong one!
For many, they do absolutely nothing. That business they’ve dreamed of starting never gets anywhere because they just keep reading free content and never implementing what they learned.
If this sounds like you, stick around to learn 3 different ways to go from just learning, to actually implementing. This will allow you to start taking actions towards your goals and making progress you can be proud of. So long paralysis by analysis!
Join a Mastermind
Who is responsible for keeping you accountable?
Truth is, it’s you. However more times than not, this is difficult to do all on your own if you have yet to develop this skillset.
One way to get support while you develop your accountability muscles is to ask other people to help hold you accountable. This is why support groups can be so valuable.
Mastermind groups are kinda like support groups for personal and business development.
They range in price from free, to thousands of dollars and the price you pay is reflective of the level the members are all building their personal development at. You want to be in a group of people who are either at your level or slightly above it.
As an example, six-figure entrepreneurs will invest more to be in a group with fellow six and seven-figure entrepreneurs they can learn from.
Masterminds are not group coaching. They specifically allow members to pose challenges, brainstorm solutions, and keep each other accountable for taking action on what they discussed at their meeting.
Due to the community nature of the meetings, it makes it much harder to allow paralysis by analysis to take over.
Interested in checking out a mastermind designed specifically for aspiring and new entrepreneurs? Check out my Initiation Entrepreneur Mastermind. We meet twice a month and would love to have you join us.
Find a Group Coaching Program
Looking for a step-by-step game plan on how to launch your new business? Group coaching may be the perfect solution for you.
Yes, there’s a ton of information in books, podcasts, and on the internet on how to start a new business. Where a group coaching program fills in the gaps is by not only providing a proven framework of step by step instructions on how to do so, but providing support and accountability towards you making it happen.
Group coaching is very different than a mastermind in that you get mentorship via the coach leading the program. This is usually delivered through group coaching calls in which the coach answers questions the students may have while attempting to implement the strategies covered in the program.
If you’re an aspiring entrepreneur and group coaching sounds like it may be a good fit for you to help cure your paralysis by analysis, I invite you to schedule a free strategy session with me. In the session, we can discuss if one of my own programs be a good fit for you.
Enlist a Mentor
Want to know the fastest way to accomplish something you’ve never done before?
Enlist a mentor.
Mentors come by way of coaches, consultants, gurus, craftsmen, and more. The key is to find someone who’s already done exactly what it is that you desire to accomplish.
When I had first started my coaching and speaking business, I had just spent over 15 years working in electronics distribution and retail. I was a smart and savvy businesswoman, but I had zero ideas of how the personal development industry worked. So one of my first, and best, investments were in a coach who herself was a coach, author, and speaker.
Since my mentors showed me strategies that had already been proven for their respective industries, I was able to land my first clients within weeks of starting, grow my social media following and email lists to over 40k followers, and landed my first TEDx talk within 5 months of starting to speak publicly.
The best part is private mentorship and coaching is often catered to the specific needs of the clients. So it’s customized to you and your specific goals.
I work as a mentor for new entrepreneurs looking to scale effectively so they can go full time and leave their day jobs. If this sounds like you, I invite you to schedule a free strategy session with me. In the session, we can discuss if one of my 1:1 coaching program be a good fit for you.
So there you have it! By exploring and participating in these three support opportunities, you’ll feel inspired by your peers who have already done it, as well as be held accountable to the goals you set for yourself.
Additional support can really help bridge that gap between learning, to actually implement. It is necessary to take your idea from just an idea to an entirely new lifestyle full of the freedom and balance you’re looking for through entrepreneurship.
Would you like to explore if masterminds, group coaching, or private mentorship/coaching is right for you? I invite you to schedule a free strategy session with me to find out.
On the call, we’ll get you clarity on where you are today regarding your business idea, areas for improvement, and market opportunities. We’ll then set you up with realistic goals, as well as uncover the #1 obstacle holding you back. From there we can create a strategy to help make your dream of entrepreneurship a reality.
Do you want to learn how to achieve work-life balance, but keep hearing it’s a myth?
Truth is, it’s a real thing. You can have it, but you really got to be clear on this one thing first before you can have it.
Today I’m sharing the number one thing that you need to address so that you can ultimately achieve the work-life balance that you had initially started your business to try to have.
How I learned how to achieve work-life balance
I’ve been a single mom since my son was five months old, so if there’s anybody who understands work-life balance, It’s me.
Over the years I discovered that I have a “tell” when my work balance isn’t working out for me. When you figure out your own “tell”, it’ll make it a possibility for you too.
What’s your “tell”?
If you’ve followed me for any length of time on my platforms, you’ll know I’m an overwhelmingly positive person.
When I’m overworked, I start getting really negative and stop engaging with other people. I stop looking forward to going to work every day and am generally really low in energy.
These are all huge “tells” for me. Worse yet, when I get this way I start taking action on things that aren’t necessarily in alignment with my priorities.
The danger when you’re not balanced
When I’m overworked, I also have a tendency to want to force outcomes as well as to take whatever action necessary in order to make it happen.
So if I wasn’t aware of my “tell” and how I get when I’m working too much, then it would be that much more difficult for me to realign and refocus my work so that I’m back in balance again. It also helps me not feel as negative and I can bring my positive energy back.
How to achieve it
For me, once I am able to identify it’s happening, I then make some changes to my habits to force myself back into balance.
For each and every individual business owner, this is gonna be different but here are some things that can help.
- Try working less. Either shorter hours or adding a few 3 day weekends.
- Get clear on your immediate priorities
- Say no to anything that isn’t a priority
Want even more actionable strategies? You can check out this post too.
One of the easiest ways to keep your work-life balance in check is by identifying your “tells”.
That way once you notice yourself starting to feel them, you can take a few steps back to recharge, reprioritize, and rebalance.
Have a question on how to make this work for you? Leave a comment, I’m here to help.
Most CEO’s read on average 4-5 books a MONTH. The average American reads .11 hours a day. That’s less than 7 minutes folks!!
Let’s break it down. If a book takes on average 4 hours to finish, and CEO’s read 4 of them. That’s 16 hours a month. Meaning they’re out reading the average joe 13 hours minimum.
If you want to live an extraordinary life, it requires extraordinary action. CEO’s reading habits demonstrate this.
So if you want to get ahead, and do so quickly, adopting a reading habit is a great place to start.
I myself am an avid reader. I read 2-3 on a good month. Today I’m going to be sharing the books I read in January – March of 2020, and a quick review of them.
After, you’ll have a list of books you don’t want to miss out on so you can start your own reading habit today.
Business Books You Need to Read
This book completely changed the way I do my business accounting. If you’ve found it difficult to post a profit regularly, this is a book you don’t want to miss.
Chasing the Bright Side
Chasing the Bright Side is an entertaining collection of stories from one of my speaking mentors, Jess Ekstrom. As the founder of Headbands of Hope, the stories shared are a nice mix of personal lessons and business lessons.
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
Essentialism is a great read if you find yourself overwhelmed and unsure of where to focus. It helps you determine what’s truly “essential” and eliminate the other clutter in your life so you become more productive.
Your Money, Your Life
This was one of the better personal finance books I’ve read due in large part to how it challenges readers to view their finances. It focuses a lot on minimalism and being very mindful on how you spend and how you work.
The Successful Speaker
I literally read this book in one evening!!
If you are interested in breaking into the world of professional public speaking, this is a must-read! Grant shares the entire business from top to bottom in this book. It’s become a reference manual in my library.
This book is all about how to get into a state of flow and focus that makes you a productivity machine.
I took a lot of really helpful strategies from it, including time blocking and looking at my peak energy throughout the day and using the information to schedule tasks accordingly.
As you may or may not know, I was selected to give a TEDx talk this past March. This book was assigned to me to read by the TED organization itself to help me prep for the event.
It doesn’t matter if you aspire to be a professional speaker, or just to impact people with your ideas, this book shares the most effective ways to utilize storytelling in a live setting.
This sums up the 7 books I read between January and March of 2020.
If I had to pick only three business books to read that you absolutely, should not miss as a business owner, it would be Profit First, Essentialism and Deep Work. I’ll more than likely be suggesting these to my clients in the very near future.
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