#TransformationTuesdays ~ Tell Your Story to Build a Better Business

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Did you have an aha moment that inspired you to start your business?

Did you build your company as a result of a tragedy or life-defining moment?

What and when did you know you had to make an impact and why did you decide to follow your heart?

 

Every business owner has an amazing story to share, and you are no exception. There’s a story behind every business and telling yours can help you connect with your customers in a way that inspires them to do business with you.

The truth is that people love hearing other people’s stories. But, many entrepreneurs are afraid to tell their stories, afraid that no one will want to hear it, or that it’s nothing new. Nowhere is the voice of our inner saboteur louder than when we’re doubting the value of our stories. Instead of celebrating our journey, many of us are reluctant to share it, afraid to tell people about the mistakes we made along the way, or the devastating life events that we’ve had to work through. Whether you’re hiding your story or aren’t clear about your story, you’re cheating yourself of an opportunity to create deeper and more meaningful relationships with potential clients.

Connecting with your story keeps you grounded in our power, clear about your offerings and the benefits to your clients. Whether you’re already an industry expert or you’re just starting out, leading with your passion and coming from your commitment will give you the confidence to express yourself authentically and with gusto. Enthusiasm is contagious! Sharing our stories is one of the ways we gain people’s trust. The result is more clients, more sales and better relationships all the way around.  In a competitive marketplace, your story just might be the deciding factor for some clients.

There are many ways to tell your story. Many business owners are choosing to become authors – sharing their story in book form. Celebrated life coach Lisa Nichols says that her books are what catapulted her to the top of her career. Writing a book and taking it on the road is certainly a way for any business owner to earn credibility and get his or her story out there. Sharing your story at networking events is a proven method of getting people to know, like and trust you. Blog posts, podcasts, and other broadcast media are a good way to go, as well.  Whatever medium you choose, being out front with your story helps you stay present.

In the day to day grind of business ownership, it’s easy to forget why we got into business in the first place. Since we already know our own story, we can get bored from the telling of it. One of the challenges to existing businesses is to keep the story fresh and relevant. Knowing your story and telling your story helps to regenerate your passion for your business. Even when you think you can’t tell your story one more time, it’s important that you do. If you’re smart, you’ve built a brand that reflects the story of your business, and your brand is how you attract customers.

If you’d like to get clearer about your story or work out some strategies for making your story stand out, hiring a coach for just one session can help you accomplish that. Story coaches are the newest addition to the field of coaching, helping their clients build their bottom line through sharing their story in the marketplace. Being a market leader depends on many things. Knowing your story and telling it to the world is one of them. You never know who might be listening!

Are you ready to tell your story book? My Write for Power Author Coaching Program is for you. For information, contact me.

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#TransformationTuesdays ~ Stop Being Tired and Take Care of You!

take care of youAre you a do-it-all and get-er-done kind of entrepreneur?

Do you have an “S” on your chest and ten more in the closet?

It’s no secret that entrepreneurs work overtime to get everything done – sometimes to the detriment of their own well-being. But, what if you could run your business without running yourself into the ground? Just because you’re the chief cook and bottle washer doesn’t mean you need to put your health at risk. In fact, taking the time to take care of yourself on way to the top is the only way to be sure that you’ll be around to enjoy the thrill of getting there.

I’ve coached plenty of entrepreneurs on the edge of quitting because they’re just too tired to continue. Yes, sometimes it is necessary to burn the candle at both ends, but burning yourself out won’t get you where you want to go. This is especially true if your business is empowering people and helping people heal. Self-care is a critical component of healing and empowerment, and if you’re not practicing what you preach, you’re cheating your clients and misrepresenting yourself.

Ultimately, it doesn’t matter what business you’re in or whether you work for yourself or not. If you want to stay at the top of your game, you’d better start by making yourself a priority. Remember, your business and your relationships are only as healthy as you are. My clients are always surprised when they find out how much more they can actually accomplish by slipping a bit of “me time” onto their calendars.

And you don’t need a lot of time. All you need is a commitment to taking care of you.

  • Don’t be a night owl! Whether you’re working, playing, or connecting online, burning the midnight oil is not good for you. Try to shut it down by 10 and get in bed by 11. A rested body and a clearer mind will give you that edge you need to make it happen.
  • Put down the coffee and pick up the water! Yeah, I love my coffee, but it can be dehydrating. If you’re dehydrated, you’re going to be tired. Limiting coffee to 2 cups a day and increasing water to 8 can increase your metabolism, heighten your senses, and help you stay on top of your game.
  • Get up and out! If you’re spending hours sitting on the phone or behind your laptop trying to make something happen, you’re not maximizing your energy. Getting out of your chair for 5 or 10 minutes once an hour is a great way to keep those creative energies flowing. If you can, get outside for some fresh air every couple of hours. O2 is good for you!
  • Just Say No! No matter what you think, you can’t go to every networking meeting and you can’t help everyone. Sometimes you have to turn down opportunities in order to make more of the ones you already have. Besides, you can’t take on the world if you’re not taking care of yourself!

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#TransformationTuesdays! ~ Build Your Field of Dreams!

If You Build It“If you build it, they will come.” You may remember this line from the movie “Field of Dreams”, where a farmer hears this phrase and is given a vision of a baseball diamond in the middle of his cornfield, and despite his fear, and without fully understanding, he plows down his corn and proceeds to follow as he has been instructed. As the movie goes forward, he dreams repeatedly of great ball players from the past, who speak to his heart and encourage him to pursue his passion. Despite looming bankruptcy and criticism from friends and family, the farmer perseveres and the ball field is a success, its bleachers filled with ecstatic fans. So, what does this have to do with you?

 Often, we receive visions of our ultimate destiny and are compelled to step out on faith toward a goal that might not even be clear to us at the time. Just like the farmer, the universe calls us forth, whispers in our ear, visits us in our sleep, and shows us a future that excites us and paralyzes us all at the same time. No doubt, change is scary! Recently I surveyed my readers to share with me what stood in the way of their pursuing their passions and living their most authentic life. The number one answer was “Fear” – Fear of failure, Fear of the unknown, Fear of ridicule, Fear of their own greatness.

Ultimately, it takes courage just to identify fear, let alone confront it. Often, when I receive Divine instruction I am both uplifted AND compelled to block it out and pretend I didn’t hear or understand the message. The desire to push back the call of the unknown is one that is familiar to most, if not all of us. While we may believe that comfort resides in the familiar, it isn’t always true.

Ambivalence is painful and unrewarding, while living an authentic and courageous life brings joy, freedom, purpose. But, in order to know that, you have to take the risk of walking down the path, no matter how uncomfortable it may be. Because, the truth is that each step you take moves you closer to fulfilling your dreams, while each step you don’t take keeps you emotionally stuck and spiritually disconnected.

So, what can you do to start building your field of dreams?

  • Visualize your dream and write it down. Putting your dreams down on paper can be a surprisingly powerful action that will not only help you gain clarity, but will breathe energy into your vision.
  • Vocalize what you have written – first to yourself, and then to others who you trust to hold your vision and maybe even hold you accountable. (Not everyone in your life will fit this description. Choose carefully.)We’re always more likely to follow through when we’ve told shared our intentions with someone else.
  • Take action in the direction of your dreams.  Every step is valuable!  Even a misstep is better than no step.  Be sure to give yourself credit for every action taken, no matter how small!
  • Search out someone who can support you in making your dream a reality, like a coach, a mentor, or an industry expert. Not only is there strength in partnership, but change is a lot less scary when you have someone supporting you.

So stop struggling with fear, and start living your dreams. Whether you are starting a business, switching relationships, changing your life, or changing the world, fear is inevitable. Just be like that farmer and step out on faith. If you build it, they will come!

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#TransformationTuesdays ~ Heal Your Money Pit – (Part 2) Lessons from a financial guru

How’s your relationship with abundance? In my last post, I asked you to investigate your relationship with money, and suggested that financial abundance is directly related to self-love. The response I received to that post was overwhelming. For heart-based entrepreneurs, cultivating a loving relationship with money can be a struggle. In this post, I’ll be sharing some real actions you can take to transform your money-love connection.

Financially successful people love money. They believe that money is good, that it is easily available, and that they deserve to be rewarded financially for their efforts. In his best-selling book, Secrets of the Millionaire Mind, the financial freedom guru T. Harv Eker teaches that we all have what he calls a “money thermostat” – an internal setting that dictates how comfortable we are with money. Those whose money thermostat is set at the level of abundance are much more likely to be financially successful than those whose thermostat is set at the level of scarcity. It’s just that simple.

If your relationship to the world is based on scarcity, that’s what your life will reflect. If you shift that worldview towards abundance, your life and your bank account will both benefit. The thing to do is notice how you’re living your life, and then take action. As Eker is fond of saying, “How you do anything is how you do everything.” If lack of finances is a reoccurring theme in your life, check to see if there are other areas in life where you are cutting yourself off from abundance.  If you’re sloppy with your finances, chances are you’re sloppy in other areas of life, as well.  Check this out!  It could be that your thermostat is set on scarcity, and it may be time for you to transform the way you think, feel, and act where money is concerned.

If you’re ready to heal your money pit, here are some exercises to get you started. Your bank account and your love account will both surely benefit.

  • Rewrite your money story – Your scarcity conversation is a result of outdated programming derived from parental and/or cultural influences. Find out what your story is by finishing the sentence “Money is…” as many times as you can. Then change the words to statements that create a positive energy flow. “I Love Money” and “I’m a Money Magnet” are good to start with.
  • Stop procrastinating – No doubt you have decided numerous times to rectify your money situation. If you’ve been putting off starting or been inconsistent, notice what you are choosing and choose something else.
  • Notice your spending patterns – I used to shop whenever I was feeling emotional, as if having a new outfit would truly make a difference in my life. I felt happy for about a day. The bill hung around a lot longer!
  • Tell the truth – If you spend money you don’t have, stop it! “I’ll worry about it later” is not a financial planning strategy!
  • Proclaim your worth – Stand for having an abundant life and believe that you can have it! You are worth way more than an empty bank account! Money attracts money. Lack of self-worth is a major source of scarcity for heart-based entrepreneurs and bears consideration if you’re serious about healing your money pit.

Are you ready to heal your money-love connection?  Contact me for a complimentary 20 minute consultation to create a plan for unblocking your blessings. www.LaneCobb.com/Contact/

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#Transformation Tuesdays ~ Heal Your Money Pit!

Dollars.

Are your bills worth more than the balance in your bank account? At the end of the month is there more month than money?

Are you robbing Peter to pay Paul but never paying yourself?

If this scenario sounds familiar, you might need to make a withdrawal from the Love Bank!

As an emotional healing coach, I’m clear about the relationship between outer prosperity and inner peace.  The truth is that if your wallet is feeling sickly, there’s a good chance that you’re not allowing money to come into your life. If your bottom line is sagging and you’re always a little short, it could be that you’re actually blocking your own prosperity. There might actually be a short in your money-love connection!

In metaphysical terms money and love both have the same vibrational frequency, and if you’re blocking one, then you’re blocking the other. Lots of heart-based entrepreneurs do this without knowing it because we don’t believe we can have or even deserve to have everything we want. Even worse, we do know it and we don’t know how to stop. Either way, the results can be devastating, spiritually, emotional, and financially.

Here is a list of 10 things you might be doing to block your money flow. You may not be doing all of these things, but if you know someone who is, you might share this article with them. They’ll surely thank you for it. Next week, I’ll share with you some actions you can take to counteract this phenomenon.  For now, just concentrate on increasing your self-awareness.  Because money can’t buy you love, but love sure CAN buy you money!

10 signs your money-love connection might be blocked

  • You say yes when you should say no, and you say no when you should say yes.
  • You make sure that everyone is taken care of before taking care of yourself.
  • You overcommit and over-compromise and then get mad at yourself.
  • You avoid taking risks, even when you think it might be beneficial to do so
  • You hide your feelings instead of telling it like it is.
  • You think about things for a really long time before you take action.
  • You worry about things that are out of your control
  • You tend not to listen to yourself or take your own advice.
  • You break promises you’ve made to yourself.
  • You find it difficult to accept gifts, compliments, or support, even when you could really use some.

Are you ready to heal your money-love connection?  Contact me for a complimentary 30 minute consultation to create a plan for unblocking your blessings. www.LaneCobb.com/Contact/

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#TransformationTuesdays ~ Got Boundaries?

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Have you ever given your power away to someone you felt knew more than you did about a particular subject?

Have you been spoken down to by someone with whom you’ve contracted to support you or your organization?

Perhaps you’ve allowed people who work with you (or for you) to take liberties with your time or your materials and expect you to be grateful because they are “helping” you.

If any of these scenarios are familiar, you may have boundary issues. But, don’t worry, you’re not alone.

Every business owner experiences momentary power drains – not speaking up or asking for what they need, allowing someone else to take the lead, going to inappropriate lengths to support other people, or carrying clients who don’t pay on time. In some ways, boundary infringements like these are necessary for staying in business. And, that’s OK, as long as you recognize them when they occur and you understand what’s driving you in the process.

This is especially important for heart-based business owners. We’re in business to make an impact, we want to serve people, and we want our customers to FEEL GOOD about working with us – we want them to LIKE us. This is where many of us fall into the pit.

As a heart-based business owner who coaches other heart-based business owners, I can say that creating and maintaining boundaries is a major issue. And once created, we must be on the lookout for familiar thoughts or feelings that signal us that a boundary violation is about to occur. Below, I’ve listed some potential boundary violations that I’ve helped some of my clients work through, some that I’ve experienced, and some of which may be familiar to you.

What would you do in these instances?

Scenario #1 – You are a heart-based business owner who is ready to expand. A business advisor suggests some strategies you don’t agree with based their experience in other business arenas. They insist that they know more than you do and you should take a back seat.

Scenario #2 – You meet someone who suggests she can connect you with “the right people”. You recognize that she could also benefit from your services and you give her a deep discount.

Scenario #3 – Your assistant / team doesn’t perform up to your needs or standards and you find yourself performing tasks that they should have completed.

Scenario #4 – You feel like one of your clients might be taking advantage of your commitment to excellent customer service.

You will notice that none of these scenarios are black and white. Boundary violations occur in those gray areas where we have an opportunity to choose who we will be in that moment. The key to maintaining boundaries is to remember who you are. Regardless of what you do or do not know, you are the person in charge. Your business is based on your vision and is a reflection of who you say you are in the world. You do not owe anyone anything and giving away your power to “get ahead” or “get along” does not serve you.

The keys to maintaining boundaries:

♥ Remember who you are and what your purpose is ♥ Speak your mind in all situations     ♥ Don’t make snap decisions ♥ Don’t be afraid to take the lead

Are you ready to set some boundaries in your business?  Contact me for a complimentary 30 minute consultation to plug your power drains. www.LaneCobb.com/Contact/

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