If you’re a creative solopreneur, chances are you have started started a lot of projects in the past… without actually finishing many of them. How to finish what you start is a struggle many creatives want to overcome, and in this post, I introduce 5 simple steps to stop wasting time and finally finish what you start.
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Don’t you love it when you get a GREAT idea?
You get so excited and hit the ground running to make the idea come to life. You can see it so clearly!
This is gonna be IT!
You’re working on the project relentlessly and with so much gusto you can barely sleep. But eventually… something shifts. Sometimes you lose steam because of lack of accountability or support, but sometimes it’s because…
You slowly lose interest…
Mmm, yes. Has this ever happened to you?
Maybe you come up with a new “better” idea that totally takes over your whole vision. You convince yourself that the original idea is not worth your time anymore, at least not right now. I mean… after all, this new idea is really going to be IT this time and it’s just sooo much better than the first one.
You get excited. You can already see it. It’s gonna be so amazing. And soon enough, you are so enveloped by this beautiful intense creative energy that you want to do nothing but work on it day in and day out. Ahhh, yes. The sweet feeling of making stuff happen.
If you’re a creative entrepreneur, you might relate to this honeymoon stage of your “new idea love affair.” I like using this metaphor because when you really think about it – starting a new project is like falling in lust. (tweet this)
It’s exciting, emotionally and energetically arousing, and it’s infused with that giddy feeling of novelty (aka “that shiny new thing”). If we’re really excited, we might even get obsessive about the project and want to do it 24/7. In those beginning stages, we may be so blinded by the excitement and novelty that we often don’t pay much attention to potential negatives, obstacles, or challenges we may soon have to deal with.
But then after a while, reality hits and we come back down to planet Earth. We might have no accountability or support to fall back on to finish the project or maybe we just lose interest and start something new instead. It’s hard to know how to finish what you start when it’s so common you barely notice it’s happening.
I can relate to this so much.
Although blogging is a common activity among wellness-preneurs, I often hear that blogging isn’t really living up to their expectations in terms of getting results for their business.
I suspect that this is the case with a lot of passion-driven solopreneurs regardless of industry, so in this post, we are going to outline four things you need to do to make your blogging efforts actually pay off.
Here’s a scenario: You start a passion-driven and heart-centered business. You idolize so-and-so and she happens to totally rock at blogging and it’s clear that she gets amazing results from it. So you start blogging too. But then… nothing happens. No influx of clients beating down the doors. No comments. No extra followers. What the heck?! What am I doing wrong!?
When our marketing efforts don’t get results as expected, it’s easy to feel discouraged and confused. After all – blogging is supposed to be the way to get more clients and credibility, isn’t it? (well, that and Google+ isn’t so bad either, right?
So why haven’t you gotten more clients yet?
In this post, you will learn four things to always include in your blogging for it to actually get you real results in your business.
The truth of the matter is – many solopreneurs don’t use blogging the right way for business: in a way that not only increases trust, but also gets more leads and creates that expert-level status in record time.
I’m already hearing the outrage: “There’s no such thing as blogging the right way – blogging is meant to express my personality and connect with my readers on a personal level, don’t tell me how to do it!! I got my way and I’m doing it just fine!”
True – I guess there is no right or wrong way to blog. Blogging may absolutely be used as an expression of your personality. But if you are using blogging as a means of marketing your business, really connecting with your potential clients, and actually getting results, there are several things you need to keep in mind to be successful.
The fact of the matter is – personal blogging is a lot different than blogging for business. (tweet this)
Let’s talk about the four crucial ingredients to making sure your “blogging recipe” is set up in a way that invites more leads and customers your way. Effortlessly.
In the second edition of Virtual Book Club we are reading The War of Art by Steven Pressfield. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to sign up and RSVP for free!
We’re on to the second page for the Book Club – if you have not seen the replay of the first live event, where we discussed Danielle Laporte’s The Fire Starter Sessions, you should go ahead and watch it right now! It’s filled with great conversation, fun, and some nice and pretty quotes for your social media pleasure (they’re totally share-worthy!). PS. If you are already signed up from the previous call, you don’t have to re-apply for this selection. Once you’re in, you’re in until you leave.
The second selection for our Virtual Book Club for Entrepreneurs is “The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles” by Steven Pressfield. I’m excited to read this one ever since it’s been suggested by Marie Forleo. I downloaded it onto my Kindle a while back and I’ve been waiting to read it for a while – it’s also the book that got the most votes and the most common pick in suggestions so it’s clear that everyone is super excited to read it too.
Now, a little more about this book…
The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles
Author: Steven Pressfield
Details: Published on January 11, 2012 | 190 pages
Synopsis: “A succinct, engaging, and practical guide for succeeding in any creative sphere, The War of Art is nothing less than Sun-Tzu for the soul. hat keeps so many of us from doing what we long to do? Why is there a naysayer within? How can we avoid the roadblocks of any creative endeavor—be it starting up a dream business venture, writing a novel, or painting a masterpiece? Bestselling novelist Steven Pressfield identif ies the enemy that every one of us must face, outlines a battle plan to conquer this internal foe, then pinpoints just how to achieve the greatest success. The War of Art emphasizes the resolve needed to recognize and overcome the obstacles of ambition and then effectively shows how to reach the highest level of creative discipline. Think of it as tough love . . . for yourself. Whether an artist, writer or business person, this simple, personal, and no-nonsense book will inspire you to seize the potential of your life.” (from Amazon)
How does the Virtual Book Club work?
You read the book. You get excited. You think about it. You can take some notes along the way or highlight stuff or whatever it is that gets your mind whizzing. Then we meet online and talk about it. There will be a Google Hangout on Air hosted right here on the Book Club page. You will be able to follow along as we discuss the book and give you questions you can answer during the Live Chat that will going on along with the video.
Who will be on the Google Hangout? Good question – maybe it’s you? No, I’m serious. Would you like to co-host the Book Club with me? Each event will have 3-4 co-hosts in addition to me being the host. Are you interested? It’s a great way to get yourself in front of a new audience in a fun way, while discussing great concepts and talking about your business and life how it relates to the book. Interested? Make sure you are on the Special Book Club C0-Hosts List! I would LOVE to have you Don’t worry if you can’t make it one month, you don’t have to co-host if you are picked and it doesn’t work for your schedule. But it’s always good to have the option to, right? Sign up here! The Co-Hosts signed up will be getting an email to express interest and their reasoning for getting picked around August 25, 2014.
You meet new entrepreneur friends. Maybe find your new virtual BFF? You drink some wine (or tea, or whatever it is you like to drink during a Book Club). And you discuss! Ohhh yes, just imagine the flurry of engaged conversation, new ideas sparking, and who knows – maybe you’ll have a huge A-ha moment that enhances the course of your work forever?
The Entrepreneurial Virtual Book Club will be taking place approximately every 2 months. We are all busy and I wanted to make this realistic. Stuff happens, things get in the way. You might not have enough time to read a book in one short month (there’s never enough hours in the day, amiright?). But reading one book in about two months is totally realistic, right?
But I want to talk during the Live Event too!
You can if you are selected as a Co-Host for the Live Event. But if you are NOT, there will also be a phone line where you will be able to call in and talk with us at certain parts of the call as well! So even if you aren’t a co-host you will STILL be able to participate in more ways than just the Live Chat. Yay!
What if I don’t want to read the book?
If you don’t really like to read but like the concept, you can come on in and listen in as we talk about the book and its learnings. I’m sure you’ll learn a good amount even without reading the actual book. OR if you’d like to come and see what it’s all about and then decide whether you’d like to read the book, this works too. You can be an active participant or a fly on the wall, whichever you prefer. All are welcome!
What if I can’t make it?
Still sign up! The call will be a Google Hangout on Air and it will be available for viewing at any time afterwards as well. The chat will remain open as well as I know there will always be some people who won’t be able to attend but will want to chat and participate. Even if you can’t participate in the Live Event, you can watch it on your own time and get inspired and motivated by our discussion anyway! It’s a win-win situation.
So…Will I see you there?
The Live Event will take place on Thursday, September 4th at 8pm CST!
I sure hope so, I would love to see you there! Make sure to sign up in the sign up box under this post if you haven’t yet. Otherwise, how will you remember when we meet? Once you’re good and signed up, invite at least ONE of your friends to join the party.
Signed up? Spread the message:
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[Don't miss the free training invitation at the end of the post]
The other day, I bumped into my Health Coach friend and after we got to talking I realized she knows nothing about marketing her businesses on Google Plus. In fact, she sees it as pointless.
This made me realize that there are a lot of passion-driven solopreneurs who are confused by Google Plus. Some feel like they should be using it but are too overwhelmed to even get started. Others raise their hands up in defeat after one too many failed attempts at making sense of it all.
Are you in the same boat?
If you are on the fence about using Google Plus for your business, let me tell you…
I’m not surprised.
Ha, I bet you didn’t see that coming.
The truth is, I resisted the platform for a long time too and it wasn’t until I was forced to use it (for some marketing clients from my agency work) that I finally saw the power of Google Plus.
I want you to know you are not alone. In fact, here are some of the exact thoughts I had before I started using Google Plus for business and marketing:
“I don’t know how to use this thing, the platform itself is so confusing, I don’t know what’s what and navigate through the website.”
“I don’t know anyone who’s using it, so what’s the point of my using this for myself? There’s clearly no one on here – it’s a ghost town.”
“Is this really necessary? Why can’t I just use Facebook alone? Why do I have to add yet another platform to my schedule? I already don’t have a lot of time as it is.”
I’m sure you’re having some of the same thoughts, am I right?
Thankfully, once you spend some time to really understand the platform and get comfortable with it, you will see it’s actually an amazing way to move forward in your business.
Pssst, if you don’t wanna spend too much time figuring out Google+, scroll down for a free workshop invitation..
In this post, I’m going to address the same concerns I had (that you might also have) about using Google Plus for your business.
Welcome to the first ever and original Virtual Book Club for Entrepreneurs! You are here because you are awesome and I hope you’re ready to dive into some juicy conversation about Danielle Laporte’s fabulous and inspiring book “The Fire Starter Sessions” – whoopee! (in case you want more info on what the Book Club is all about – check out this introductory post)
If you haven’t read it all yet, don’t worry – this isn’t a quiz to see whether you read it or not. We will be discussing the core messages, other things related to the book and our life/biz, and just going with the flow. You know how Book Clubs go… a little wine makes it all go… fun. Needless to say, this shindig is casual, fun, and conversational. Just like Book Clubs are meant to be. So let your hair down, grab your wine glass (or tea mug), your “Fire Starter” book (if you have it), and join the party!
Let’s discuss! Watch & Chat below.
Watch the live stream below (press play) and you can participate in the chat below the video. Please be aware that the video has a slight delay but it is streaming LIVE.
CALL-IN INFO: If you’d like to participate in the Live Call with us, you can CALL IN on the conference line that will also be available! Please call 1-712-432-3082 and enter the conference code: 601480. Then on your phone keypad, press 5* to raise your hand. You can do this at any point during the call. We will be picking people to speak during the call at random times so don’t be shy!
Some nice quotes for your viewing pleasure.
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Are you struggling with reaching your goals? In this post, you will learn the SINGLE most important thing that will allow you to start reaching your goals faster.
Tell me if this resonates with you…
You come up with a new idea for your business and you are soo excited you can barely sleep. The euphoria of potentially hitting a gold mine has got you buzzing with creative energy way before you even figure out the details.
Who cares, it’s totally gonna work! This is IT – it’s the best idea ever and it’s obviously going to make you so filthy rich you’ll be sleeping on a bed made out of money and then you’ll live happily ever after.
But then… something shifts. You blink and actually notice the amount of work you have yet to do. That initial exhilarating feeling slowly begins to fade. That creative buzzing energy has been replaced with anxiety and overwhelm because you’ve finally realized how much you really have on your plate.
You hit a wall.
You begin doubting yourself….
“Is this really what I’m meant to be doing?” and “I’m not smart enough to pull this off, what was I even thinking?” are among the many thoughts that start entering your mind. But, like with many unwelcome yet persistent annoyances, you eventually begin to listen and actually agree with these negative thoughts, because heck, if you can’t beat them – you might as well join them, right?
The more you tell yourself these self-limiting stories, the more you begin to believe them – and before you know it, you’re way too stressed out to finish the project. The dreams of freedom and success become a distant memory as you sink into defeat and move on with what you were doing before the idea came about.