Every week I've been adding new private coaching clients to my monthly calendar. I can actually hear the relief in their voice when we start working together. I wanted to take a quick moment and explain what coaching can do for you and your business.
1. One-on-one coaching gives you personal attention so we can focus on exactly what you're going through.
2. One-on-one coaching tailors our time exactly to your personality and learning style.
3. One-on-one coaching gives you tangible, actionable steps to move your business in the right direction.
If you're tired of wondering if you're doing the right thing, it's time to get a business coach on the phone so you can confidently grow your business!
Which one are you?
Ramp up Rhonda:
You're at the beginning stages of your business. Sometimes you have so many ideas that you're not quite sure where to focus next. You're making money, but not enough. Your biggest challenge is needing a strategy. You want to be sure you're headed in the next direction. You need a plan and you're tired of flying by the seat of your pants. You know you're meant to do something big. You just need a little help getting there.
Next Level Natalie:
You've been in business for awhile now and you have people working for you. You're contemplating changing the name of your business, moving to a bigger location, or really turning up the volume on your marketing so you can get to the next level. Your challenges are having enough time to get it all done. You need a plan and you need it fast. You're ready to really grow, but you want to be sure you're doing everything at the right time and in the right order. You know that with a few strategic moves, your business could really take off.
Benefits of Never Alone Coaching:
1. Monthly one-on-one 30 minute calls. We'll lay out a concrete plan so you know exactly what to focus on next.
2. Personality and strengths assessment, to really understand how you're wired and how this affects the growth of your business. Together, we'll discover how to turn up the volume on what you do best so you can LOVE your business.
3. Website assessment to fully optimize your online marketing approach. You'll receive a video with feedback about your website--what's working, what's not, and what we recommend to get your business moving in the right direction.
4. SEO assessment to ensure your business is showing up online in a big way. We'll give you suggestions on what you need to improve to maximize your online presence.
5. Facebook Page assesssment to unlock the potential of Facebook for growing your business. You'll receive a personalized video with feedback about your Facebook Page so you can crack the code on marketing on Facebook.
6. 9 week Video Course to help you assess your systems. If you can create less stress, more sanity, and more systems at HOME, then you'll grow your business faster.
7. Self-paced journal to help you focus your vision and know exactly where you are headed next.
Is Never Alone Coaching right for you? Let's talk. Book a call HERE.
What is a business? A business is simply seeing a need and filling it. Having a solution for a problem.
If you sell something or provide a service for something that people need, and are willing to pay for it, you have a business.
That's it in a nutshell. When you boil down what we do, we find a need and we fill it.
How do you grow your business? Well, people need to know about your solution! You have to express that you understand their problem and clearly explain the solution. But this is complicated, isn't it? Sometimes it's hard to relate to the people we are selling to. Sometimes we don't like to promote ourselves. And sometimes we are so busy providing the solution, we actually don't have time to promote at all!
Here's where systems come in. You have to have stable, dependable systems to promote the solution to the problem that your people are facing. You can use your website, email, Facebook, direct mail, word of mouth, etc. But you can't decide to promote your business only when business is slow. Honestly, your marketing and advertising needs to be a system in itself! Do you have a repeatable process that is a checklist that you complete every single week?
If you don't have enough people seeking the solution that you offer, then focus on your marketing. Focus on improving your messaging. Make sure you are speaking to the need that your customer already knows they have. They have pain--and you have the solution. Simply put, that is marketing and advertising.
If you need some feedback on your marketing message, for a very limited time (only until February 5th) I am offering website and Facebook Page assessments. Book a 30 minute call with me here and for only $97, I'll get you my honest, knee-jerk reaction to your website and Facebook page. You'll come away with actionable items and steps to tweak and improve your messaging and your marketing. Normally, I charge $300 for this assessment. But I feel very strongly about you getting this done. So grab your time slot (it must be booked before February 5th) and take advantage of this super low price. Only $97. Here's the link again: https://www.neveralonebusinessservices.com/coaching-call.html
Let's make sure you're speaking your customer's language. Let's make sure they clearly understand the solution you provide to their problem. Let's do this together!
I was getting a haircut this week and my dear friend (and hair stylist) described a crazy day last week when she was running all over town to get to the bank, and then run to Target for groceries and batteries and dog food. I stared at her in disbelief. "Sweetheart," I said in love. "Why on earth are you wasting all that time?!"
"What do you mean?" she asked in exasperation.
"Honey, I NEVER go to Target for groceries or batteries. You need to order that stuff ONLINE!"
My dear friend is a busy business owner and mom of 4, just like me. She was running all over town getting ready to travel that week. I gave her some huge time-saving tips and I want to share those with you, too.
1. Whenever possible, do NOT go to the bank.
Get your checks automatically deposited into your accounts. You can even take a picture of your checks to be deposited and upload them to your bank. (If your bank doesn't provide this, maybe you need a different bank.) Avoid the bank like the plague and it will save you so much time!! (In fact, as much as humanly possible, get rid of ALL checks! You should be using Square to take payments on site, have clients on auto pay. Use anything except checks that need to be deposited or can be lost or put through the wash. Not that I know anything about that, wink wink.)
2. Order your groceries online.
You do not have time that be subjected to the marketing powers of Target or Walmart or Cub. It's so easy to be sucked into their deals and their shiny displays. Get what YOU need and stick to your list! Every Sunday night, I place an order at www.cobornsdelivers.com. I found a day that matches their delivery schedule and I get my groceries delivered to my door before noon on Monday morning. Some of my friends place an order at Walmart and go drive to the location and they'll load up your car! It doesn't cost anything extra, but it can save you SO much time and stress and effort.
HUGE tip: Go into your previous orders and re-order items that you buy every week. Honestly? This is probably 75% of your weekly order anyway! Don't reinvent the wheel. Just get those basics again.
Also-- do NOT scroll through everything they offer. Use the search bar to find your favorite items and then add them to your cart!
3. Get Amazon Prime.
My friend told me that she had been meaning to get Prime from Amazon (free two day shipping). "What is stopping you?!?" I asked. It's only $99 per year!! (And sometimes you can find a deal on that price!) Amazon Prime means never searching Target for batteries or light bulbs again. Just order them. Amazon Prime means getting the gray sweatpants delivered to your HOUSE and saves you hours of searching, when school or activities send you an email informing you that little Sally needs gray pants for the school play. I even have toilet paper and paper towels on autoship. I'll always need those items so they might as well show up on my doorstep every 90 days without me having to think about it.
You do NOT need to waste your time running errands! You have important things to do!
Here's what you have to get right so you can eliminate the crazy:
1. Get organized.
Are you jumping in the car every time you run out of something (like cat food)? I love to keep lists in my phone and when I'm almost out of something, I add it to my list. I also set reminders so I remember to check my stock of frequently used items (lightbulbs, batteries, napkins, shampoo, etc.). I like to place one order per month for these types of non-perishable things.
2. Plan ahead.
Know the delivery schedule for your online grocery service and place the order on the same day every week. Set reminders in your phone to prompt you to place your grocery order. I know you have a million things to think about--so don't rely on memory to ensure you get this done. Once a month, have a reminder to order the miscellaneous items from Amazon. Take inventory in your house (like you would in a brick and mortar store) so you kknow what you need to order!
3. Find apps to keep you organized.
I store all my Christmas and birthday gift lists in Evernote. I can access my lists from my phone or computer and search lists from past years so I remember what I gave and what names I had. When I shop on Amazon, I write down what I ordered and how much I spent so I don't have to add it to the list after it arrives. My hubby and I love to use MyGroceries, an app for tracking the groceries we need. We can both add items as we run out of items and then we both know what we need.
Is technology holding you back?
We talk to so many people who just hate technology. I get it. Things are constantly changing, and if it's just not your cup of tea, it can be intimidating and frustrating. However, just like learning anything new, you CAN keep trying. Don't let your limiting belief hold you back. Are you hearing a voice in your head that is saying, "I'll never learn this stuff. I'm just not good at technology."?
Turn those statements around and say, "I can learn this. I can try one thing at a time. I won't give up."
Attitude is truly everything. If you believe you can achieve it, you will!
Technology has the ability to make your life simpler so you can get back to what you LOVE to do. Driving around, getting distracted, and wasting time is not improving your business or your family life. If you could free up time to have an evening with your familiy, wouldn't that be worth learning a new skill?
You don't have to do everything at once. What is one change that could you make to free up some time (especially during the busy holiday season)?
How can you take one tiny baby step and make a huge difference in your life? Try ordering groceries. Or picking them up curbside. Or using Amazon Prime. I think you'll be delighted with the results when you just stop, breathe, and readjust your steps. You don't have to overhaul your life-- you just have to make one small change! And it could make a huge difference in your stress levels! Get your peace back this Christmas season.
I'm cheering you on.
I love organizing. And I love finding tools that will make running my life and business easier. I know every business has very specific, unique needs and it really depends on what you need, but here are a few that I just had to share!
I love Formstack for building forms. I place the HTML directly into my website so it looks like a seamless part of my site. I use it to build forms for Request Info forms, employee and contractor applications, and front desk communication. Formstack will email you the data (you just tell it which email addresses to send the data to) and the info is also stored online in a database. Super helpful for my business!
I use this alllll the time. Literally every single day. Because I am always interviewing and hiring contractors to work for me, I have to keep track of a million resumes, interview notes, availability notes, etc. In Formstack, I can keep notes and easily search for what I am looking for in the search bar. (And even though I'm a pretty organized person, I don't have to be organzied in Evernote! I just throw my notes in there and I can easily search for what I need to find later!)
Evernote is synchronized with my computer and my phone, so I can get to those notes from where ever I am. I can also share specific notebooks with my staff, so they can access the notes of mine that I need them to. My front desk staff has a notebook to track client notes, waiting lists, cleaning lists, etc. We literally use it for a million things.
For my home life, I store recipes in Evernote, homeschool notes about my kids, Christmas gift lists, and so much more.
My paper calendar goes everywhere with me. It's not too fancy, but I love that the hours in the day are listed, so I can easily put in appointments. The To Do list on the bottom of every day keeps me on track so I know what I should be prioritizing and doing for that day.
My Google calendar is essential for keeping my whole family on track. I prefer paper, but my husband is a digital-only guy. Every Sunday night, I make sure our calendars are the same (adding appointments onto my paper calendar or vice versa). When someone emails me a date, I can click and BOOM it's added to my Google Calendar. I especially love the reminders on my Google calendar. My phone will buzz or beep telling me I have a phone call or that I have to leave to take my kids somewhere (you can build in travel time for driving--AWESOME).
I know everyone has favorite tools for running their business and their life. And I love discovering new ones! If you have more to add to this list, please do tell!
In 2003, I had a two year old and an infant and a husband in the hospital with a ruptured appendix. While he was recovering from an internal infection explosion and spending a week in the hospital, I was busy taking care of my babies and running back and forth to the hospital. Getting the mail, and taking over paying the bills, I found credit card statements that I did not know we had. I discovered we were $20,000 in debt from credit cards alone.
The world stopped that day.
I looked around at our brand new townhome that we had just built and a brand new SUV that we had just purchased and I realized the very, very deep pit we had dug for ourselves. Soon after my husband was home from the hospital and the weight of our situation settled on me, I laid in bed feeling trapped and confused and angry and alone. I imagined grabbing my two young boys out of their cribs and leaving my husband. How did we get here? How did this happen? What does our future hold?
I didn't leave. Instead, we declared that this was our turning point. We made the hard decision to sell our car and our brand new, beautiful house. We worked very hard and deliberately over the next 5 years to get out of debt. The budget was sliced and diced until it felt like nothing was left. It was time to stop ignoring the budget and the numbers and the mess. We had to tackle this head-on.
I bought food that would stretch as far as possible, using recipes with the word frugal in the title. One day in the grocery store, an older gentleman saw me using a calculator as I placed each item in the cart. Every decision mattered, and he could tell. Very gently, he pointed out the discount bin in the meat section—it was the meat that was set to expire in a day or two, and deeply discounted in price. I stocked my freezer each week from that bin, and we filled in the gaps with pasta and rice. I cut coupons for everything, and drove to several stores each week, just to find the best deal for milk and toothpaste. I vowed to not purchase anything without a coupon. I treated myself to a gourmet coffee only on Tuesdays, when the mochas were discounted to $2.00. In the drive through window, I handed the barista my assorted change, embarrassed that it came from crevices in my couch and the change drawer in my minivan.
In the summer, I only shopped at garage sales, and even then, my husband begrudgingly handed over a limited amount of cash and change for me to use. (I think my mother-in-law saw what our predicament—because she offered to buy the kids shoes every year. What a blessing!)
The entire whole time that we clawed our way out of debt and attempted to re-wire our brains and lifestyle, I was growing my small business. The motivation to make more money to support our family was overwhelming. I did what I knew how to do, and I relied on books and friends and other business owners to fill in the gaps. I was desperate to make my little company grow.
At that time, I taught piano lessons and I hired other piano teachers to teach lessons as well. To make more money, I knew I had to multiply myself. I handled all the billing, scheduling, and administration. People called me for lessons, and I matched them with a teacher who would come to their home for lessons.
I worked every afternoon, while my kids napped, working on developing new systems and new organizational tools for my staff. I wrote emails and newsletters late at night, when my kids were finally asleep. I kept business books I wanted to read on the back of the toilet and read a few pages in the bathroom every day. I took walks with the stroller and the tricycles and prayed for wisdom and direction and ideas. I had a separate cell phone for the business, but because I was so busy with the kids, it sat in the drawer until I could answer the calls while my husband gave the kids a bath at night. I was so embarrassed to make follow up calls at 8:00pm, but my prospective clients were grateful that I had gotten back to them. I was good at what I did and I closed nearly every sale, steadily adding new clients and growing my business.
During this whole time, we were also church planting. My husband was a youth pastor and then an associate pastor, and because the churches were brand new, they couldn’t afford to pay very much. I desperately wanted to grow my business to supplement our small ministry income.
The darkest days of this journey was when my husband switched from one church to another and the new church couldn’t pay him at all. He has amazing techy skills, so he was hired right away as the computer guy at a fairly large company. However, with the commute in traffic every day, he was gone from 7:45am to 6:30pm. He would arrive home exhausted, and collapse on the couch. As he lay on the couch, and the kids begged him to play, my eyes would shoot daggers at him as I finished prepping for dinner. I had been home all day with a new baby, 3 year old, 5 year old, and 7 year old and wanted to collapse on the couch, too. He was exhausted and I was exhausted and I didn’t know if our marriage would make it or if we could survive this season. I found myself in tears daily as I tried to do tasks that I wished he were home to do for me: assemble the bike rack on the back of the van, kill the spider in the basement, shoo the bee out of my kitchen, change lightbulbs, and replace water filters.
Daily I would think: this is not what I signed up for. This is not what I wanted to do with my life.
I knew that the job of a mom was important and I wanted to be with my kids. But I also wanted to work and make more money for our family. I would stare longingly at my computer and count down the hours until the kids were napping or having screen time so I could work on my business.
Over and over, I thought: “If I could just make more money…if I could just grow my company…if I could just work harder…then things could change. If only I could enroll more students in my lessons and classes…if only I could figure out this marketing stuff.”
I read every book I could find. I scoured the internet. I talked to anyone who would listen to me at the park while my kids played. I tried so hard.
In 2008, my dad was laid off and suddenly the problem was bigger than just me and my small family. I saw my parents suffer and panic. I had to do something. Around my dining room table, we brainstormed, and together we launched a theatre company. They had been teaching music and theatre for years, and I had been running the administrative side of my music lessons business, and together I knew we could form a powerful partnership. But now I really had skin in the game. I was absolutely desperate to learn more practical skills for my business so I could make more money for myself and my parents. I dreamed of my husband being able to quit his job and work with me on my company so we could church plant without needing a salary from the ministry.
One day, while searching for answers online, I found a business coaching program, describing the answers exactly as what I was looking for. The price tag was absolutely shocking, so I quietly shut my computer and didn’t tell my husband for a couple months. I thought about it constantly and prayed desperately and fervently. How would I come up with the money for this program?! But how could I say “no” to the very answers I was so desperately seeking? I knew that taking this step would catapult me to the next level. I knew I had to figure out how to say “yes” to this opportunity.
When I finally got up the nerve to spill my secret to Chris, he was quiet. Finally, he looked at me steadily. “We can do this. We’ll figure out a way.” I was shocked. We had JUST climbed out of debt. I didn’t think there was any way we could swing the cost of this program. We couldn’t go backwards into debt. But my very frugal, very conservative, safe husband said, “We have to do this. We have to get answers. This isn’t debt—it’s an investment.”
This coaching program wasn’t just a purchase—it was a trip to a conference. We had to buy plane tickets and reserve a hotel room, plus pay for the coaching program. I thought I was going to be sick. But as I sat in that gigantic conference room, pen scribbling furiously with all the notes I was taking, I knew we had made the right decision. All the questions, all the gaps in my knowledge, all the wondering vanished. Here I had found answers. Here I found help. I found hope.
Fast-forward 5 years. My husband was able to quit his job—because our music school grew enough to more than replace his salary. We have a commercial location, three employees working our front desk (I don’t even answer the phones anymore!) and we have 30 teachers who work for us and teach over 400 students at our studio each week. Our lessons and classes grew, like I prayed! In fact, we had to knock down walls and build more rooms for more lessons!
My parents’ theatre company grew so much that they spun off with a different name. We share students and marketing, but we are two distinctive companies now. Both are thriving and growing!
I don’t have to shop in the discounted bin of meat anymore. In fact, I order groceries online and they are delivered to my doorstep. Just the other day, I visited my old coffee shop where I used to hand over my fistful of change. This time, I had $100 in cash in my purse. I started to get tears in my eyes. How things have changed in only a couple years!
We have NO credit card debt, we travel at least 3 times a year, and we enjoy the freedom of working and schooling from home. We have been to Washington, D.C., North and South Carolina, Texas, California, and Arizona in the last two years. We travel because we love it. We love showing our kids different cultures and giving them experiences that they will remember forever. The money we invested in the coaching program was quickly recuperated as my business immediately started growing and thriving with the answers that I had been seeking. We’ve continued to invest thousands of dollars in classes and coaching and conferences. Never once have we regretted our purchase.
As our business has grown and been streamlined, one of the most important things we’ve gained is time wealth. As we have worked through a very specific, deliberate process to re-define what we want for our life, eliminate time wasters, and automate processes in our business, we have fallen in love with life again. We have time to spend with our kids, have friends over for dinner and deep discussions, and time to help other business owners. We love helping and serving at our third church plant (without having to ask for a salary!) and raising and homeschooling our kids.
The number one question that people ask me is "How do you do it all??" My answer is found in the acronym “REAL.”
Redefine where you are going.
Eliminate time wasters
Automate everything you can
Love what you do and do what you love.
This formula has transformed my life and now I’m focused on helping others change their life, too! Together, Chris and I help business owners take the important, proven steps to improving their lives and their businesses. I’ve done it for myself, and I’ve helped many others achieve the same results! It’s hard work, it’s intentional, and it’s not overnight. But the results are worth it! Your family and your business need you to make this change. And I’m going to show you how. (Read more in my book, Happy Kids Growing Biz. Click here and get it for free.)
Yesterday I made my morning coffee and reached beyond my favorite red coffee cups to one in the back. It was chipped, but held memories of the years when my kids were all babies and I was working SO HARD to grow my company. The coffee cup was a gift from a Mary Kay lady--it has motivating quotes all around the mug and even on the inside. For a couple years, I used that cup every day and as I sipped my coffee, I reflected on the words: "If it's to bee, it's up to me."
Now, I believe in God and He definitely guides and helps me, and of course my husband helps me, too. But ultimately, I am responsible for the actions in my life. I am the only one that can choose the direction I am headed. I believe in personal accountability, and during those years when I had to cut coupons for everything and make meals stretch so I could stay in our grocery budget, I knew it was MY responsibility to sneak in work during every nap and every evening when the kids were (finally) in bed so I could keep moving my business in the right direction.
Yesterday, my eyes welled up with tears as I held that coffee cup and remembered how far I've come. I'm so thankful for the years when I pushed HARD to grow my business. I worked to multiply myself by hiring staff, I studied marketing and copywriting to improve my ads, I studied web-based tools to make my systems more powerful and streamlined, and I never quit believing that my little side business could explode into supporting our family and allow us to travel multiple times a year.
If you feel alone, we are here to support you. If you are hustling every day to grow your company, I'm telling you--I understand!
Here's how we can help.
We can improve your website so it converts visitors into customers.
We can improve your web presence so when people Google you, they find you.
We can create print materials that mirror your website so you have something to put in the mail when prospects call or email you.
Or, we can coach you through the process while you make all theses improvements on your own. Yes, the success of your company is in YOUR hands. But you do not have to walk alone. We've been in your shoes. We know how crazy busy you are. Just email or call us and we'll help you get to the next level faster.
Now, I have to go get some more coffee.
We are moving this weekend to a new home. Although it sounds crazy, this will be my 20th move!
My parents moved every year of my childhood until I was 10. Then we stayed in one house for an epic 6 years! (No, we weren't in the military. No, we weren't running from the government.) Chris and I moved 5 times in the first 5 years of our marriage, and throw in a couple more houses, and it equals 20. Crazy? Yes, but I can't imagine life any other way! The good news is I have very solidified memories from specific years because I just picture the house we lived in at the time!
We have been in the country for the last 3 and a half years, but have decided we are "indoor cats." We love looking outside, but we love being inside more. Let's face it--we own two businesses and homeschool our kids. We aren't gardening or raising chickens.
We needed more square footage and an office that Chris and I can share on the main level of the house, so we found a house 5 miles away that is on a pond and has an amazing 3 season porch. (Yay for an amazing morning coffee spot!) I've been praying and thinking about moving for over 6 months now, but when we started seriously looking, it all came together very quickly--in just a few short weeks.
I'm not freaking out (too much) about moving, because I've done it so many times. And every time, I've learned little tips and tricks. Like labeling every box--for which room it should go in in the new house. Packing every closet full of boxes, so they aren't in our way. Filling the garage with boxes. Carefully wrapping breakables with extra kitchen towels. I've created a system for moving--checklists and procedures--and we do the same thing every time. Even my husband and kids know the drill! We are all on the same page and we know exactly what to do, in which order.
It can be the same in your business!
You can learn from your mistakes and you improve the procedure as you go. When something goes wrong, you can take the opportunity to say, "How can we improve this process?" instead of just putting out fires all day long.
Carve out time to have a "brain dump." Literally write or type out the process for any given task in your business. How do you enroll a new client? List every step. If different staff members play a role in the process, write their name next to that step. How do you order products? Write out every single step. Know what? You're building an operations manual!
Last Sunday, I worked at the front desk of our music school. I haven't worked the desk in over a year! But when I walked in, I knew exactly what to do, in which order (unlock, turn off security system, turn on lights, turn on computer, answer emails and voicemails, etc) because I created the system and I've trained many staff members on how to follow it! Plus, every step of the process is documented in the binder on the desk. There are daily checklists for cleaning and I could easily see what needed to be done on that day.
Does it take time to create these lists? Yes. Is it tedious and exhausting? Yes. Is it worth it? YES!!!
Creating systems will turn your life around. You don't have to spend all your time putting out fires. You can have staff that knows exactly what to do every day and what to do in case of any emergency. It can all be written down with procedures and checklists!
People tell me, "I don't want to be bound by lists. I'm creative! I want to be free!" I get it. I do. But here's the thing--when you create your lists and procedures, you can actually be more free to do what you love. You can have more creativity because you aren't running around like a chicken with no head! Plus--you are probably the creative one, but your staff probably LOVES structure and procedures. So do it for them.
You don't need to move 20 times like me. I understand that I'm special. =) But DO take time to write down your systems. You'll enjoy your business a lot more and your staff will thank you!
If you're not already following me on Facebook, do it now! (www.facebook.com/jenhickle1) You'll see our moving progress in live time! This weekend is the big move! Wish us luck! (How many times have YOU moved? Do I hold the record for the most moves??)
Today I am having surgery.
For the last year, about once a month, I've had terrible abdominal pain. Worse than childbirth (and I had 4 kids naturally!). I'm stubborn, so I kept trying different natural remedies and changed my diet, instead of seeing a doctor. On the evening of Memorial Day, the pain came but it was worse than ever before. I spent the entire night writhing in pain, throwing up, and trying every medicine and oil I had in the cupboard to dull the pain. Nothing helped. In the morning, we were the first in line at Urgent Care. They ran blood tests and did a CT scan and concluded that I have gallstones. Because it's been a year of monthly attacks, they deemed surgery as necessary.
So today I am having surgery.
It's outpatient and laparoscopic, so I am believing that it will all be OK.
My biggest concern is the recovery time. I need to be able to work! Not because I'm worried about my company or because I don't trust my staff. I know everything will run smoothly because I have the correct systems in place. I've trained everyone well and there are checks and balances in place to keep everyone accountable. I just like working!
I feel so blessed that I don't dread Mondays. I love getting up early and facing the new week. I love the challenges and I love the work I do. The parts of my business that give me a headache are outsourced to other people. I truly don't hate any part of my job or my position.
Whenever someone comments, "I hope this week goes fast!" or "Can't wait until Friday!" I really don't understand what they mean. I absolutely love my life and I love what I do.
Is everything easy-breezy? No way! There are hard days, stressful days, and huge challenges to overcome. But I have determined to love my life and I have determined to have staff fill in the areas that are NOT my unique ability. The areas that I am not good at are the very areas that someone else is gifted at! So it only makes sense for me to operate in my strengths 90% of the time and hire staff to do the same.
I'm not looking forward to surgery, but I am not afraid, either. I know I have a support team around me. I know I can take a week off of working and nothing will fall apart. Systems, automation, and delegation are the keys to loving your life and loving your business!
Now, off to surgery!
I'm tired. I've been traveling for the last couple weeks, attending and speaking at conferences in New York and North Carolina. I have been running strong and giving out a lot of energy. Yesterday I hit a wall. I kept thinking, "What's wrong with me?" but I know what's wrong. I'm just spent. My emotional energy is gone.
So how do I keep running two businesses and homeschooling 4 kids? Systems.
I read this morning that systems are just strategies repeated. I like that. Create a strategy and make a plan to repeat it over and over and over.
Today, even though I'm low on energy and I'm now drinking a large Caribou coffee and blasting music to try to perk up, everything is still running strong in my life. Here's how:
1. My employees know exactly what to do. They aren't waiting on me for instructions. They have an operations manual, they know their tasks for the day, and they've had extensive training so they know what to do.
2. My kids know what to do. I have chore charts and meal charts and task lists already written out. Everyone knows who is supposed to empty the dishwasher and wash the counter-tops. Even though I am dragging today, stuff is getting done.
3. My marketing is systemized. Even though I don't have much creative energy today, I will continue to get new clients today, but I have everything systematized. Everything runs without me because I designed it that way.
So everything is still running smoothly, but how will I re-fill my energy? I have a list of go-to actions that help restore the energy that I have given out to clients and colleagues. Last night I took a hot bath and read a book in the tub. I crawled into bed early and watched Netflix with my kids and then fell asleep while my husband played with my hair. Today, I'm diffusing Valor essential oils, listening to my favorite (encouraging) music, drinking my favorite coffee, and hiding out in my room. I need some alone time to recharge (even though I'm an extrovert). I need to recharge, just like my iPhone recharges every night.
Do you have a list of re-fueling, re-charging activities? When you're feeling good, make a list of your favorite things. Put the list on your dresser or desk and refer to it when you're feeling down. You have to know how to recharge and that's different for everyone!
Do you have systems in place? When you are down or sick or out of town, does everything fall apart? Or can everything keep running on time? If you are continually putting out fires, it's time to make a change. You need to STOP and make a strategic plan to get out of this rut. I can help. I'm a business strategist and we can get on the phone and make a plan together. If you're too overwhelmed or tired to figure out a strategy or plan, I can help. Reach out. Let's turn this around for you so you can love your life and your business again.
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Whenever we hire a professional to do work on our house (to trim trees, resurface the driveway, fix our windows, etc) I'm always amazed by one thing: their TOOLS.
Since we love house projects and we have done a lot of DIY projects, I am fascinated when these professionals show up with the most amazing tools. It truly makes all the difference, doesn't it?!?
With the right tools and the right expertise, every job is EASIER!
If you're running a business but you don't have the right tools, you are bound to feel stressed and frustrated. If you don't know which tools would make your life easier, reach out and message me. I'd love to schedule a free 20 minute strategy phone call. You'll tell me what is frustrating you and I PROMISE not to make you feel dumb.
Together, we can figure out a solution!
You don't need to pull out your hair every day. Running a business should be doing what you LOVE-- not getting stuck on the bookkeeping, payroll problems, or endless paperwork/excel sheets!
Let's talk soon. I'm here for you. ❤
Hi, I'm Jen Hickle!