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Have you ever had difficulty keeping a simple commitment to yourself? Sure. Nearly everyone I know has, some time or another, found him or herself “trapped”- wanting to do something, yet not acting on their intentions. So why don’t we do some of the things we want to or know we should, like take time to dream up our ideal life and six-figure business and MAKE IT HAPPEN?!
Let’s say you know that your dream life and includes making a positive impact in the world through your six-figure business, but you keep putting off consistently working on it.
You can even imagine what it might mean to you: building your confidence; showing yourself as an authority in your field; getting your offers and opportunities in front of your ideal client to make consistent, effortless sales, contributing to the household income so that your husband can be home more and you can afford the fun family experiences you desire…
Still, you don’t do it.
So why do you keep putting it off? What’s preventing you from taking those first steps? Consider this…
Our brain tends to see obstacles first because it’s trying to keep us safe and save our energy. The barriers lie between where we are now in our businesses and where we want to be or who we want to become. Just as fast as you conceive of running a six-figure business only working 15 hours each week, your mind begins to spout out every excuse it can come up with why you can’t attain your goal. So even before we can initiate any action, we literally paralyze ourselves. And once your head begins to fill with all the obstacles that could potentially keep you from achieving your newfound goal, suddenly you feel guilty any moment you spend away from your kids and household chores and are overwhelmed by the myriad of things you COULD do in your business.
But what if all the obstacles were removed?
Think about it for a moment: if whatever deterred you from attempting to run a six-figure business suddenly vanished, you’d have no fear to stop you, right?
What if I showed you how to take those obstacles and instantly transform them into strategies for achieving success… Would you consider starting, or sticking to, your new (or current) income goals?
The truth is, we can choose to transform those excuses that hold us frozen spinning the quagmire of indecision into encouragement and momentum to move forward in our businesses. That’s true empowerment you can use to your advantage!
Let me explain the Breakthrough Technique to show you how can we break through our fears, smash those barriers, and transform those obstacles into strategies for achieving our business goals!
It’s really quite simple. I’ve taken the eight most feared obstacles that potentially stand in the way of your success, followed by a very specific success strategy to blast through them and help you build and grow your business and reach each goal that has been eluding your grasp.
Are you ready? Great… let’s get started!
Obstacle #1: I DON’T HAVE ENOUGH TIME
Believe it or not, successful mompreneurs have days just as hectic as ours. They’ve got obligations: commitments to work, friends, and family. And let’s face it, we’re all confined to an equal amount of time – the same 24 hours. Yet some mamas find the time to continually make growing their business a part of their daily routine.
So how do they do it?
Simple – they create it. You can instantly create time if you plan AND consistent take action- no matter how messy it feels. That means planning your days ahead, at least a day in advance, sometimes even a week in advance. One of the best time-creating techniques is to make a list of your daily “to-dos” and schedule when you’re going to devote time to each aspect of your business. (This is a common challenge – we forget how important it is to schedule an appointment with ourselves to spend time working on our businesses- it won’t happen on its own.) I highly recommend mornings because it’s easier to focus when our brain is fresh and our day hasn’t tried to snowball on us as much yet.
Then divide your “to-dos” into things you must do and things you would like to do, so you’re less likely to confuse urgency with importance. (I walk you through using the Priority Matrix in my mini-course, the Time Management Miracle, if you’d like more detail on the process.) You see, showing up as an authority in your field by posting on social media is important, whereas checking every social media notification immediately may seem urgent when you hear the familiar alert but can certainly be postponed. Before you do anything, always ask yourself what you could be doing that would be more productive.
Success Strategy #1: PLAN AHEAD
Creating the time you need to grow your business is easy! Plan your days in advance by creating action lists with the top 3 lead dominos identified so that you know exactly what to accomplish each day.
Obstacle #2: I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO
Don’t know what to do to help you get the most out of your daily time spent building your business? Not sure what to focus on to create a 6-figure income in your business? And maintaining a work-life balance, well, that can seem downright impossible!
That’s all understandable: there are just so many techniques, recommended by so many “business experts.” So, whose advice can you trust?
It can become paralyzing. So instead of trying to sort through all the (mis)information, stop right now: keep yourself from subscribing and downloading every freebie available or joining every Facebook group out there by someone that claims to know “the secret”. But this doesn’t sound like it will do us any good, does it?
So how do you find the answers? Think about what sounds the most FUN and EASY FOR YOU. Don’t be distracted by what works for others – you can define success for yourself! (If you need some help dreaming big to define success for yourself, check out our Aligned As a Mother digital course!)
Success Strategy #2: DEFINE SUCCESS FOR YOURSELF
The greatest thing about our dreams is that they leave clues, and if we pay close attention, we can pick up those clues and move in that direction. Find people who INSPIRE you, whether in person or online, who have achieved the type of extraordinary success you wish to achieve and have the lifestyle you desire!
Obstacle #3: I DON’T HAVE ENOUGH ENERGY
Do you wake up every morning feeling energized, powerful, and ready to take on the day? Or do you rise feeling as tired as the night before, resenting that a new day has presented itself so soon? Do you fear your current energy levels would never allow you to put in the work to grow your business to the success you want?
Think about starting a morning routine – prime your brain for an awesome day. We might believe we’re too exhausted to wake a bit earlier, but in reality, we lack energy because we didn’t wake a few minutes earlier!
It’s been scientifically proven that incorporating a morning routine into our lives actually gives us more energy.
How else can you bolster energy levels?
Try going back to the basics with self-care. Nutrition and exercise go a long way! As long as we feed ourselves with properly balanced meals rich in macronutrients and vitamins and minerals, we feel an immediate impact on our energy levels. The more closely we keep to our preferred eating strategy, the better we feel, period. A stable and consistent supply of nutrients REQUIRED to be more energetic!
Success Strategy #3: GIVE YOUR ENERGY A BOOST
A proactive morning routine and properly balanced meals play a vital role in our energy levels and allow us to perform at peak levels daily!
Obstacle #4: I HATE SETTING GOALS
Goals come from having a clear vision of what you want. Knowing you want to make a positive impact on the world and run a 6-figure business is great start, but you need something more than that, you need to know WHY it’s important and craft a statement so compelling it literally pulls you, like a magnet, in the direction of its achievement.
So, maybe you’re not certain how to set effective goals? If that’s you, then don’t worry, everyone starts off this way…
To really set effective business goals and ensure you’ll reach them, you’re going to have to learn what is called the S.M.A.R.T. goal-setting technique. Not only will this technique enable you to set the most effective goals, but it will also help focus your efforts on exactly what you want to achieve.
S.M.A.R.T. stands for:
- Specific: You must be specific about what you want to achieve, creating your goal in the present tense. That means using “I am in the process of…” to start your goal statement.
- Measurable: How do you measure “growing your business” or “becoming an authority”? You can’t. So scale your goal to a specific number (e.g., 3 new clients, responding to 10 questions to share your knowledge and help others, 5 responses to things you’ve shared on social media) or other measurable description.
- Action-oriented: You must be able to create an action list of things you must do to achieve success. If you’re not able to identify small steps to take, you’ll never actually get started.
- Realistic: Make certain your goal is realistic yet stretches you, given your expectations and timeframe.
- Time-bound: A date forces us to give it priority and puts positive pressure on you to achieve it.
Success Strategy #4: KNOW WHY IT’S IMPORTANT TO YOU & GET S.M.A.R.T.
When you know WHY your goal is important, using the S.M.A.R.T. technique will ensure you’ve set an effective and commanding goal and will not only clarify your path to success but will compel you to achieve it.
Obstacle #5: THERE’S TOO MUCH RISK
The transformation that takes place on the outside of your business is really a reflection of the mental transformation that takes place in your mind. You see, your business cannot outgrow who you are. If you don’t believe a 6-figure income in your business is possible for you, then it’s not.
Every time we purchase the latest miracle pill, method, gadget, or eight-minute solution, we’re just avoiding the process of a true transformation and trying to find a quick fix. This is nothing more than treating the symptoms and not the causes. It does nothing to improve our self-esteem, confidence, or personal power.
Let me share a little secret with you and save you time, money, and frustration: that approach never works.
And you’ll never feel a true sense of fulfillment when you try this type of “magic bullet” approach. Unless you start from the inside, you’re sure to find yourself right back where you started, only more disappointed.
We must challenge ourselves to find a solution that involves harmony between motherhood, life, and business. We need to design our own unique complete solution that integrates everything that is most important to us. The first step is strengthening our inner self, our minds.
Your goals for your business and life should include setting commanding goals, transforming your old, self-defeating beliefs into new, empowering beliefs, and transform your patterns so you’re continually producing results that take you closer to your goals.
Remember, you can’t transform a lifetime of poor habits in matter of days. It takes time couple of months at best. Rest assured, following a solution that allows you to first transform your inside and then your outside is sure plan for long-term success.
Success Strategy #5: FOLLOW AN INSIDE-OUT APPROACH
To successfully transform your business strategy and achieve your income goals, follow an approach that focuses first on increasing your confidence and personal growth, before you concentrate on finding new clients or customers, and you’ll more likely be able to create extraordinary results that will last a lifetime.
Obstacle #6: I CAN’T STAY COMMITTED
There’s a huge difference between intentions and action. And the difference is commitment. Our commitment to our goals leads us to achievement, even during the toughest times. There is a direct relationship between motivation and commitment. And if you’re really committed to making a change now, the only way to make it happen is to create a sense of immediate importance. You can do this by attaching reasons that are so compelling and so intense you must follow through.
So right now, ask yourself the following questions and come up with at least three intensely compelling reasons you must commit to your transformation goals.
What will this cost me if I don’t change right now? What has this cost me so far, concerning my business growth, quality family time, and paying for all the formulas? If I do change now, how will I feel about myself? How will this impact my life? What will I gain as a result?”
Your answers to these questions will help you gain an immediate understanding of what you’re committed to and why!
Success Strategy #6: IDENTIFY YOUR REASONS
Clearly state your reasons for wanting to change and make them so compelling you become truly committed to achieving your business and income goals.
Obstacle #7: I LACK THE CONFIDENCE TO SUCCEED
Sometimes the accomplishment of our goals might seem so overwhelming, the immediate temptation is to give up before we even start which diminishes our self-confidence even further. It’s true.
We can’t gain confidence until we take action. Yet, we don’t want to take action until our confidence levels are raised sufficiently. See the “catch”?
Take, for example, the intimidating obstacle of your entire income goal needing to be achieved in a giant, single step. Now that’s paralyzing, isn’t it?
That’s why, to gain confidence, you must break your income goal down into measurable steps. For example, if you wanted to sell your mid-ticket offer to 12 people within 12 weeks, then you could realistically set your increments for selling this offer to one person per week. This way, you don’t have to focus on the whole goal at any given time, nor do you notice all that you have not yet accomplished; instead you can focus entirely on the smaller, manageable steps ahead. This gives you a tremendous sense of control and achievement.
You’ll be building your confidence, each step of the way! By the time you are nearing the end of your first couple of weeks of your sharing and selling your offer, despite the ups and downs in progress, you will begin to feel more confident. You will be determined to advance one more step and make the effort to achieve your sales goal and get your offer in front of your ideal client.
Suddenly, as the fear dissipates, you will discover newfound confidence. And best of all, you will have achieved what you once thought was impossible one increment at a time.
Success Strategy #7: MEASURE YOUR PROGRESS
Success is accomplished only through measuring your progress, always from where you’re coming from (backwards). This way, you will never lack a sense of accomplishment, and you’ll build your confidence with each and every step.
Obstacle #8: I DON’T HAVE ENOUGH MOTIVATION
So you need a source of motivation in your life – something to get you out of bed in the morning and carry you through the day? One way is to continually “see” what you want to become by finding a picture that represents how you’ll feel when you achieve your business goals, or creating a dream board or vision board and hang it someplace you’ll see it over and over again throughout the day. You might even write down your reasons for wanting to achieve this goal with the photo. By seeing a representation of the feeling you want to achieve in front of you all the time, you’ll be pointing your subconscious toward the realization of these results. This constant source of inspiration is a reminder of where you are going. It’s called bringing focus to the center of your awareness.
Success Strategy #8: FIND AN INSPIRATION
Discover your inspiration, something that represents achieving your business goals and the positive impact that has on the rest of your life, and use that as your source of daily fuel. Look for inspiration in success tories, such as Allie Bjerk, Jenna Kutcher, and Lauren Goldman who are awesome moms AND epic entrepreneur powerhouses who have each reached their goals and are now helping others do the same!
Remember, growing your business and dream life does not follow an absolute straight line. Life doesn’t work that way. But now that you’ve found the principle of turning literally any obstacle into a stepping stone for your success, you can create the business results you so desire. By committing to turning these once fearful obstacles into powerful success strategies, you will begin to create extraordinary results in your belief that you’re fully capable and ultimately achieve your business goals.