Success Defined

Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of the Unite...Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.

Sir Winston Churchill
British politician (1874 – 1965)  

I love what I do.  There, I said it and I hope you can say it too.  As some of you may know, I am preparing to move to a brand new site online and this is a nice time to take a look back at what I have accomplished thus far as well as to look ahead.  Defining success is a very personal thing, often times it’s overlooked in the hurley-burley of becoming a fledgling entrepreneur.  It seems inherent in the work of heart based entrepreneurs (healers, coaches, writers, intuitives, etc.) that our training completely omits marketing–which in this day and age is completely unacceptable.  If a school takes your money and trains you in a particular discipline, but doesn’t teach you how to market, they indicate right off the bat that they are out of touch with the times.

So, how do you define success and if you’re struggling financially does it even matter if you take the time to define success?  I say yes; your attitude will soar or crash depending on the inner pictures you have about your business and your verbage will match your inner vision.  A lousy attitude can be the death knell for a developing business adventure, so take it on in a spirit of adventure for the best chance of success.  The psychology of success requires for you to have courage, remain determined and focused irregardless of where you may stand in the moment.  This is in true in all pursuits, but particularly for the entrepreneur, for whom success, especially financial success, may prove initially illusive.

Some tips for the road:

  • What do you want to be remembered for?  What do you want your life to be all about?  These two questions alone may help you reframe success in a way that empowers your business (and you) to new heights.
  • Remember who you serve and why.  If you helped someone today via your emails, tweets, blogs or just by smiling at a passerby, you are helping to make this world a better place.  Amen for that!
  • Those blogs, tweets, Pinterest pins, etc. that you churn out will touch people you may never see; show up on the page and remember you’re building a legacy.
  • Set up your work so that you enjoy the journey.  Enjoy your clients, share photos, jokes, insights and laughter with your tribe–you don’t have to have that suit and tie, corporate mentality any more, so let your hair down and you’ll be far more user friendly.
  • One of my teachers, Rita Davenport says that money isn’t everything, but it ranks right up there with oxygen.  This is true–especially when the bills come due and your money is wanting.  Just remember though–you can’t take it with you.  Focus on what you can leave behind; a legacy of caring, compassion and service is pretty darn good, don’t you think?
  • As a side note, some of the ugliest behavior I’ve ever seen in humans occurred after a family member’s passing, where the family members turned on one another all because of what they perceived they might or might not get from the estate.  You might just want to spend your earnings on yourself or your favorite charities and let the kids figure out the financial success thing for themselves…just sayin’.

This is a transformational time for me; many of the things I envisioned for my blog have finally happened, but I understand it is just part of the journey.  It’s exciting though and I hope you will stop by and sign up for notification for when the site goes live later this week.

I am setting up my business so that I can say truly I am enjoying the ride now as well as later; I hope to encourage you to do the same.

Rich Blessings!

Dee

Copyright 2013.  All rights reserved.

Business Sharks, Saints And Success

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Greetings Friends!

I tend to think there are two kinds of people in the world, people who stay within the lines (after all, the lines are our friends) and those who seek freedom.  The latter group plays host to, among other occupations, those who suit up for self owned businesses.  Being an entrepreneur can be a huge challenge to our ego though since it’s an unpredictable journey and most of us experience discomfort when we can’t pin down when or even if we will be successful in our efforts.

Let’s just say right off the bat that you should probably fasten your seat belt since success rarely happens overnight.  There is a steep learning curve to building a successful business, especially since there are so many voices in the market place now offering to assist you in taking your businesses to six or seven figures.  Let’s be honest–many of us would be happen to make any money at all, let alone six figures.  It can take years to achieve that often touted, but extremely elusive six figure success range.  So hopefully you have committed to be in it to win it rather than quitting if you don’t achieve easy (read fast) success.

I’ve noted that among the business owners I personally know or coach, some don’t seem to even realize they are in business and look for someone who has a store front or some other arrangement to carry the burden of marketing expertise.  The challenge here is that you’re indebted to someone else (who has their own interests at the forefront of all they do) and you don’t get to call your own shots.  It’s fine to start with, but I really hope to see more business owners–especially women, take  control of the reins in their businesses.  The employment world or the half-entrepreneur, half employee (i.e. contract worker) world caps your earnings, limits your freedom and creates an unhealthy dependence over time.  Educate yourself, learn to market your skills and make steps toward becoming an independent business owner, because in the long run your security is your responsibility.

Another group within the entrepreneurial world I like to call the saints; they love people and want to help others live better lives–a very noble calling.  Many of these entrepreneurs struggle to make ends meet, are afraid to ask for a decent price for their products and services and often don’t get it that it’s alright to earn well and to charge what they are worth.  The glitch in their money mindset keeps them forever behind the eight ball financially and sometimes forces the kind hearted entrepreneur out of business since they don’t earn enough to support themselves.  Both the saints and those who are half employee, half business owners are missing an important point.  You may never own a company like Apple, but your business is probably the most powerful asset you own.  If you invest in it wisely, it has the potential to earn many times what you could ever hope to earn playing small or refusing to step up to the plate and own your business properly.

You don’t have to become a business shark, out to take advantage of others when you don the hat of an entrepreneur.  You do have to recognize that ultimately owning a business will bring you face to face with your deepest doubts, fears and insecurities–the very things that hold you back.  Do the things you fear; learn to speak in public; find out how to build a website; take baby steps toward independence and do so with a practical mindset.  Monetize your skills and watch yourself grow bit by bit into a powerful, empowered entrepreneur.  Now that’s what I call success!

Need some help getting from where you are to where you want to be?  Check out the Resources page here on this site for tools and books to inspire you to greater success.  Also, don’t forget to sign up for my free business tips to inspire and support you in building your business success and if you’d like to find out more about your options for coaching with me, sign up here.

Wishing you great success in your journey to becoming an empowered entrepreneur!

Rich Blessings!

Dee

Copyright 2013.  All rights reserved.

My Business Coach

Sebastian

Sebastian

Greetings Friends!

As 2012 draws to a close I think back over the year and a very special person comes to mind.  He was a great Coach, though most people wouldn’t have seen him that way.  He was quiet, determined, loving, patient and put up with my wild and wooly schedule with little reprimand.  My coach died this morning and though you might think it strange, the person I’m thinking of was my cat Sebastian.

When I was running back and forth to attend to work and business commitments I never got a lot of belly aching from him.  His joy at my return home makes me smile, as does the memory of him patiently waiting for tidbits from my plate.  Sebastian always knew what he wanted and he was willing to wait until he got it.  And if by chance you didn’t reward his patience with a tidbit, he’d try again another time.  I hope to be as committed to my goals–and as patient.

Sebastian kept things simple, and now, after his passing I find myself looking at my life to see how I might emulate this skill.  There is a lot of noise online now and it can be hard to build your business without getting caught up in the tidal wave of new ideas and tools rolling in day in and day out.  I think simplicity just might become my watch word for 2013–what will yours be?  Who in your life is silently coaching you that you can thank now, while you still have the chance?  Why not take the time to let them know how they have transformed you and your life–it is that time of year when humankind is a bit more generous, a bit more awake, which makes it an excellent time for a shout out of appreciation.

Perhaps we can keep our consciousness at this level all year long?  Hmmm…that might be an idea worth contemplating.

I know Sebastian wasn’t especially well known, but for those who had the privilege to know him, I think they’d agree he had a sweet disposition.  There are some business people out there now who scare me…and their dispositions are far from sweet.  I hope to be able to help to my clients without turning into a callous, pull up the ladder, I’m onboard kind of person–if you see what I mean.

Commitment, patience, kindness, simplicity and determination.  These were Sebastian’s key characteristics.  Some additional characteristics I hope to embody in 2013 include:

  • Being better organized–especially for tax time; have you got your 2013 business plan underway yet?
  • Narrowing my focus; do more, do it better and keep it simple.
  • Keep my priorities in sight–make time for loved ones, exercise, rest, meditation and vacations.
  • Be a blessing in the lives of others.  Give more and worry less about receiving.
  • I want to think in terms of the legacy I hope to leave behind a bit more this year too.  I may never be famous, but if I can make a positive difference in the lives of others, I think that will be pretty darn good.  How about you?
  • Inspire others to be and do their best.  And what’s the best way to do that?  Just do what I do and offer it to those I think will benefit; in the end, that’s all any of us can do anyway.

I really miss my Coach; I hope I can live up to his standards and hope his standards inspire you to really rock the New Year.  Blessings to you and yours and may you have an outstanding 2013!

Rich Blessings!

Dee

How Not to Suck At Marketing

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Greetings Friends!

On any given day I receive a plethora of emails offering me the latest greatest thing that’s going to “explode my business”.   The product offerings break down into two separate categories; they are either a system that someone has used to create a successful business or they are a drill down on a particular aspect of a business system (list building, how to launch a product, how to use YouTube videos for success).  If you’re in business and you don’t have a system you will run from one new product to the next trying to figure out why your business isn’t gaining momentum.  If you have a system, it should already have told you everything–soup to nuts, about how to run your business.  If you’re having a problem with list building, for example, please go to the material you have on building a list (from that program you invested in earlier) before you invest in yet another program.

Why do I say that?  Because the statistics in terms of how many people buy your products are challenging–it takes people as many as 10 exposures to your product or service  before a potential client will buy and then as few as 2% actually use the material.  This is true for both you and your potential clients; you won’t a) buy immediately or b) use what you’ve already purchased.  So if you have downloaded material or bought programs and failed to put them into action–use what you’ve got first! After all, perseverance is a part of the cycle of success.  There is no magic pill; there is, however, consistent action along a well laid out path–aka your system, that will get you results.  No system is capable of over coming inconsistent use.

What if you’re having problems with a particular segment of your system?  That’s not unusual; I’d look at how you’re approaching that segment.  I recently blogged about the insane things entrepreneurs do trying to meet the supposed needs of their market–including the need for a freebie.  You can read that blog piece here.  Having a freebie isn’t the problem–it’s having a cookie cutter approach to having a freebie–and it’s having a freebie without having an overall system that you’re working within.  Why are you creating the freebie?  Who is it for?  What does the freebie lead to?  Answer those questions first and then insure you’re answering a top three need for your niche; this will help you drill down in whatever portion of the system that’s giving you lackluster results and help you tweak what you’re doing.

In short, I think the problems people have with marketing stem from a) not having a good system and b) not working their system correctly or consistently.  If you know your system, your niche and your passions, you don’t become confused or overwhelmed.   Your tribe provides you with valuable feedback and you provide them with great products and services.  Best of all you get to have a life and a successful business.  If you didn’t hear my training on the things you may be doing that undermine your ability to successfully market your products and services, then you can check out my free training here.

Your business should run like a machine–smoothly and with no real questions day to day about what needs to be done.  If you feel you don’t have a system that is working for you–and you’re on a budget, I created something that will allow you to work independently to address your business challenges; you can learn more here.  If you’ve been in business for awhile and you feel you’d be better off with someone who can work with you one on one to diagnose your challenges and get you moving quickly, I recommend you sign up for a free coaching session.  I’m not going to waste your time with a bunch of free bonuses, just straight talk about what can get you over your hurdles and move you toward success…and you can sign up here.

If I had to  guess, I’d say you went into business to have more time and money freedom, but there’s a lot of information on the internet and you can not only drown in all the information–you can quickly become confused about what steps you need to do on a regular basis to have your dreams come true.  Keep it simple, use a reliable system, deliver value to your tribe and remember above of all else that your job as a marketer is to solve someone’s key problem(s) with an elegant solution.  Having an elegant system and elegant products and services ultimately means that you will not suck at marketing!

Rich Blessings!

Dee

Copyright 2012.  All rights reserved.

Entrepreneur of the Month – November 2012

Theresa Reed

Greetings Friends!

It feels good to be back with you!  I hope you signed up for the LAGirl13 Business Newsletter.  Last week’s edition offered some extra special marketing tips and resources for developing your business and turning you into a mega successful entrepreneur!  Now if you didn’t catch that edition, don’t worry, I’ve got more great things in store for you this week, starting with a fabulous interview with Theresa Reed, aka ‘The Tarot Lady’.  I had a blast talking to her and she has some powerful tips for creating a business that truly rocks; get out a pen and paper because you’re definitely going to want to take some notes!  Click here to listen:  Reed interview aug.

For those of you who don’t yet know about her…Theresa Reed (alias: The Tarot Lady) is an intuitive Tarot reader, astrologist & yogi with over twenty years of professional experience.  She’s devoted to helping people make better decisions & lead happier lives — using Tarot as an instigational tool for confident, bold & emotionally-intelligent action — in life, in love & in business. When she’s not thumbing through her favorite deck or lip-syncing to gangstarap, you can find Theresa chilling around her virtual ‘hood at TheTarotLady.com and on Twitter at @thetarotlady.

And in other news, one of my favorite business mentors, Danielle LaPorte, is getting ready to roll out a fabulous new project called the Desire Map.  Danielle has long been a champion of entrepreneurial success and apparently she’s been secretly working away on this new project for awhile.  If you’re intrigued and would like to get in early on her super special launch, you can check it out here. (affiliate link)

In addition, I’ve beefed up the Resources page with more fantastic tools to assist you in building the business and life of your dreams.  Also, be on the lookout Wednesday for a special blog post where I will share my top secret tech weapon with you–make sure you’re subscribed because you won’t want to miss this!

And that’s a wrap!  I will see you this Wednesday for an extra special blog piece with more hot marketing tips to light up your business–until next time…

Rich Blessings!

Dee

Copyright 2012.  All rights reserved.

 

The Mastery Pyramid

The Mastery Pyramid

 

 

 

 

 

As many of you probably already know, this week is the first week I will be posting just one blog per week.  The lead in to today was pretty intense, but very fulfilling and I thought I would share with you some of the training I did in last week’s training call.  I want to insure that you have a chance to gain mastery in the areas where you are challenged and become the successful entrepreneur you intend to be, so let’s go!

To start, I’d like you to get a piece of paper and draw a 2” tall triangle on it.  Now go about ¼ of the way down from the tip of your triangle and draw a line so you have a small triangle at the top.  Now, draw two more lines about equidistant from one another so that you have a total of four sections in your triangle.

Starting on the right side of your triangle draw an arrow pointing at the bottom of your pyramid/triangle shape and write the word ‘Mechanics’ next to the arrow.  Go to the opposite side of your triangle and draw a second arrow pointing to the next level up on your triangle; here write the word ‘Mindset’.  Go back to the side of your triangle where you wrote ‘Mechanics’ and here you’re going to draw a third arrow and write ‘Organization’.

And lastly, draw one last arrow at the top of your triangle on the same side as the word ‘Mindset’ and here write the word ‘Expertise’.

You should have a triangle with four sections each labeled (from the top) with arrow and the words Expertise, Organization, Mindset and Mechanics.  We’re going to start with Mechanics; on a scale of 1-10, pick a number that describes your skill in SEO tactics, website building wisdom, copywriting skills, blogging, and Social Media abilities.  If you feel you have mastered these all pretty well—give yourself a 10.  A one would be someone who is really new at all of these things or just feels their skills are sub-par.  Don’t get hung up on the numbers, just give the rating and keep moving.

Let’s take a look at Mindset now.  How well do you manage your emotions?  Do you think about quitting if your event or launch doesn’t go the way you feel it should?  Do you have a tenacious intention for success or do you wobble in your convictions about your abilities to be successful?  If you’re a fierce and determined Entrepreneur—then put down a 10 next to Mindset.  If you wobble or have many thoughts about quitting rather than taking effective action because of fears and doubts you may be a three, a two, or even a one.  Which one are you?

For organization how well do you keep up with your notes, your schedule, your tax information and being timely with your posts?  Are you drowning in information?  That might just be a one, but if you’ve got a pretty good handle on your paperwork and your postings, give yourself an eight, nine or even 10.

Now for Expertise, I suspect most of you bring a lot of power to this particular sector of your Mastery Pyramid.  Whether you’re a coach, an energy healer, someone who owns a store or a restaurant—you probably have got skills; this is where you shine.  This is also where you have little question about your abilities.  So rate yourself and then take a good look at your pyramid.  Can you see the areas where you’re going to need additional growth and understanding?  Great, this is where you want to focus your studies/coaching so that you can grow into the successful Entrepreneur you envision!

As I mentioned earlier, this is just one portion of the training I did last week.  You can catch the replay now online at the LAGirl13 site, for a limited time—and it’s free.  I hope you enjoy it—and do let me know what your thoughts are about what I’ve shared.  I love reading and answering your comments.  And while you are there, don’t forget to sign up for the LAGirl13 Business Ezine—it goes out this week with more powerful and empowering tips for you, the busy, successful Entrepreneur!

Rich Blessings!

Dee

Copyright 2012.  All rights reserved.

 

Sobering Truths And Leadership

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 You have to let it all go Neo.  Fear, doubt, and disbelief ~ Morpheus

Greetings Friends!

Today I was surprised–no shocked, by some unexpected bad news.  I am an avid YouTube viewer and I’ve collected a crew of folks I follow.  It’s an African American, natural hair thing and I won’t bother you with the details, but I clicked onto YouTube only to see a familiar face crying and the words RIP on her video.  I clicked on the video to find out what had happened.  The crying YouTuber named a  young woman, a fellow YouTuber who was well known within the African American natural hair community.  I too watched her videos; in fact, I had just noted her recent Facebook post indicating she would begin her maternity leave in just five short weeks.  I was stunned and saddened and I still am.

Each of us is running a race and we all know how it ends–well we know it will end.  We may not know how or when, but each of us has a limited time here and despite that fact we dawdle, we fail to take action, we make excuses about time, fatigue or money.  But we are also the leaders–whether we know it or not.  People watch us, so whether we actually do our exercise, skip the soda, or fail to show up on the digital page to blog, others are watching.

And more importantly the clock is ticking.

The young woman I spoke of earlier (may she rest in peace) apparently died of a heart attack.  Her new born is in ICU–or was, last I heard.

So, let me ask you, what are you waiting for?  It may never come.  You may never be perfect, but you must assume the reins for your dreams and your tribe and get moving; none of us knows how long we have, so it’s important to remember you are the leader.  Do the work today–now, this moment, because this moment is all you have.  I hope you love what you do enough to move even in the scary moments–and there will be plenty of those if you’re a leader.  Your first blog, your first interview, your first tweet.  You will screw up; get over it and move on.  Patience, perseverance and vision are your best friends.  Your vision will tell you where you are headed, so make sure you’re clear about what your vision is.

Do you have a goal for this month?  How many clients or how many dollars do you intend to earn and by when?  What service do you intend to give in return for fair remuneration?  What will be your reward for doing the work, for there should always be a reward.  It sweetens the pot and makes the goal important in the now.  If you don’t have a goal, don’t worry, pick one now and get moving on it.  It’s not too late to get moving.

If your goal is filling your practice or getting more clients, I’d like to help you.  The teleconference is free and you can register here.  If you’re reading this blog you already have some dream or goal you hope to accomplish; don’t forget it.

The clock is ticking…

Rich Blessings!

Dee

900 Failures, Grit & the Revolution

Greetings Friends! Nearly every day I have a moment or two where I realize that I am able to do something I love, something I am passionate about and that could make a big difference in the lives of others.  … Continue reading

Entrepreneur of the Month October 2012

Pip Miller

 

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Greetings Friends!

It’s already time for a new Entrepreneur of the Month!  Meet Pip Miller, an energy healer who hails from the southwest United States.  Intuitive insights led her to this career field and you can listen in on what Pip’s entrepreneurial journey has been like by clicking the link above.  If you’d like to learn more about Pip or her services, visit her at her site here.

This month’s recommended read is called The Pumpkin Plan: A Simple Strategy to Grow A Remarkable Business in Any Field, by Mike Michalowicz.  Mr. Michalowicz is wildy irreverant–so if irreverent humor offends you, this isn’t the book for you.  I found it to be jam packed with great strategies, a quick and fun read–and I highly recommend it and its strategies to you.  This is a book that would be great for new entrepreneurs or those who have been in business for awhile, but are stuck and need insights to get their businesses moving, rapidly, toward success.

Don’t forget to check out the resources page on this site for products I recommend for the up and coming entrepreneur–and for this month in particularly, the tools from Think Right Now.  Mindset is a major part of your tool kit for success and if you shy away from stating your prices or fear public speaking you may well find the tools Mike Brescia has put together very powerful.  Think like a leader–the easiest way to do that is hear what successful people say to themselves and Mike has taken the hard work out of that equation for you–all you have to do is listen.  You can check it out here (affiliate link).

Welcome to the beginning of October, we’re off to a great start.  Here’s to your success!

Dee

Pip Miller

Courage and Success in Memorium

Greetings Friends!

The last week of September my sister Mikki would have celebrated her 50th birthday.  As the anniversary of her birth rolled around this year I couldn’t help but think of the challenges today’s workers experience in trying to find and keep stable employment.  My sister was a VP at a banking institution handling mortgages before her passing.  She worked her way up–a dogged, tireless perfectionist at her work.  I am convinced that being laid off from the position she fought so hard to land, played a part in her early passing; she was only 44 years old when she died.  Mikki was the canary in the coal mine, dealing with the lack of good paying jobs long before September 2008, as well as being aware that something rotten was going on in the mortgage banking industry–an industry that had allowed her to pull herself up by her bootstraps and achieve in ways no one might have imagined for her when she was younger.

Six years have passed since Mikki died and the global financial economy is still wobbly.  I have said it before and I’ll say it again, you can be an employee, but you better have a net.  Whether that net comes in the form of investments, a trust fund or preferably a business you own; have something else that you control to provide for you and yours.  The 99% can no longer afford the luxury of dependence on an employer.  Thankfully women are starting businesses in unprecedented numbers these days, but many aren’t seeing the type of return in their businesses that they hope to.  Ali Brown refers to this as an invisible ceiling of our own making.  Let’s face it, being in business for yourself takes courage, dedication and a willingness to constantly be on the lookout for new information, better systems and processes to take us where we want to go.

I am a lucky woman, because in many places in the world women have limited opportunities; the societies in developing countries often don’t support women them with good education or employment opportunities.  America’s school system needs a major overhaul, but that’s not the same as living in a country where you won’t be educated at all just because of your gender.  In the western world we have other challenges, but the internet provides us–both men and women, leverage to take our avocations and make them a truly viable vocation over time.

I’d like to dedicate this blog to my sister–Mikki Loewer.  Since my sister’s death I learned what it means to suffer from grief and depression; I climbed out of that hole and now I’m learning what it takes to make a difference in business, to be self-disciplined and successful.  I encourage you to share with your blogging community and friends why you do what you do.  Leave a comment here on this blog and a link to your blog so that we can hear your story and your voice.  You are important and what you do matters.

Take courage, be willing to show up and make a difference.

Rich Blessings!

Dee