Do You Know How to WIN?

Before we dive head-first into Thanksgiving and all of the festivities that the coming weeks will hold, I’ve got a quick tip for you that could make this year’s holiday season your very best, ever.

What's Important Now?

This time of year is my ABSOLUTE favorite. It starts with the advent of pumpkin spice lattes in September (which I choose to recognize as a symbol that I can then get out my autumn décor) and it goes all the way through New Year’s Day. The crisp fall air…the brilliance of the autumn trees…the frost on an unexpected morning that momentarily makes the kids think it snowed…the gusty, gray and rainy days…the first snow and all subsequent snows (when you don’t have a commute you enjoy the snow a lot more!)….more reasons to get together with friends and family…a crackling fire (gas fireplaces count) and then there’s all of the sparkle and joy of the Christmas season.

There’s a short list of what I’m thankful for!

The dark side of that though is that it comes with a lot of “to-do’s.” Even starting in the fall…got to get out to the pumpkin patch, carve pumpkins, roast seeds, clean out the now-frozen garden…and it continues throughout the Christmas season…shopping, baking, wrapping…you know what I’m talking about!

If you’re also attempting to grow your business, whether it’s a full-time endeavor where you feel the weight of the responsibility on your shoulders on a daily basis, or whether it’s something you’re building on the side by carving out every precious moment you can to work on it….

It can be a recipe for disaster. How on earth do you fit it all in?

Are You Good Enough?

About two months ago, I wrote a post that I was pretty nervous about sharing. I prefer to be the encouraging, supportive, “you can do it!” coach rather than calling someone out for the reasons that what they’re aspiring to is never going to happen. I went with it though, because I knew it could be a catalyst to propel you forward into your dream.

It’s turned out to be hugely popular, perhaps one of my most popular ever. In it I highlight five common reasons that the dream you’re chasing is never going to become reality, and challenge you to overcome each one. But I continue to see the recurring trends, and it’s still paining me to see it. So I’m here today to offer you some more encouragement in one particular area. Odds are, you’re still struggling with this. 

Is This Holding You Back?

The Secret Question to Finding Clarity and Focus

There’s a crippling trend that I’m seeing on an ever-increasing basis. It latches on to your ankles and slows you down…holds you back…sometimes even pulls you backward. It spins you around until you don’t know which way is up, you have no idea what you’re working so hard for, and then you finally start to ask yourself…what is the point of all this?

WHAT are you doing?

For lack of a better term, I call it the busy monster. And I can’t help but wonder if one of these days we’re all going to revert, by choice, to a lifestyle of decades past. Sitting on the front porch as you enjoy the sunset, actually stopping to talk with your neighbors when you’re out to get the (snail) mail.

But for now, it’s a battle facing each of us. Family, friends, work, quite possibly work plus a side business, church, kids, sports, sickness, exercise, media, social media…

How on earth are you supposed to manage it all?

One Simple Question To Help You Sell More

Starbucks has rolled out their red cups so I guess it’s official, right? The holiday season has begun. (And I love it!) But it’s also the time of year where we’re assaulted with offers everywhere we look. Everybody’s eager to sell, something.

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And whether you’re hoping to make some extra holiday sales in the next two months, or you’d like to just sell anything, anytime, there’s one question I want you to ask yourself, as you make your sales pitch.

“So what!?”

I’ll explain.

Why My Hubby Has to Bach’ It

One Secret to Getting More Done

Yesterday one of my clients stopped by my office to bounce some ideas off me. Probably much like you, he has a lot of great ideas and this one was no different. But the direction I gave him is going to be very true for you, as well. I explained, “You’re going to have to bach it.” He looked at me with sad puppy dog eyes and said, “Honey, I don’t want a divorce!”

Yes, you guessed it, the “client” is my hubby. (He’s my favorite client!) And, yes, he likes to mess with me so I’m (fairly) certain he knew I wasn’t talking about him becoming a bachelor.

Nonetheless, it’s important that both he and you figure out this concept of “batching.” It will help you get so much more done.

A little background…

This fall we launched the dream Ken’s had for some time and it’s off to a great start. But like all small businesses, there’s a LOT that falls on his shoulders. There’s way more to it than even BizFarmer because he’s actually designing and selling tangible products….hunting gear, shirts, hats, and the like.

{Shameless plug: If you, or someone in your family, likes to hunt birds you’ve got to check him out at, and be sure to join the fun they have on Facebook.}

Ken has blog posts to write, videos to shoot, products to design, and an entire assortment of miscellaneous things to run the business.

You get it!

So what do I mean by batching? 

When Life Throws a Curveball (Or a Concussion)

4 Tips to Keep Moving Forward

Life never chooses a good time to throw a curve ball, does it? It’s been nearly four weeks since we took a swing at our curve ball. Or rather, since it took a swing at me. And since it happens to all of us, in one way or another, I thought you’d appreciate the story and what I’ve learned from it.

It was a Saturday afternoon packed with two birthday parties, one right after the other. My seven-year-old and I had left her friend’s party and were on our way to celebrate with my little nephew. We stopped at a Chevron to fill up on gas and when that was done, ran into the quickie mart for a potty break.

We hustled back to the car and hopped in, not giving a second thought to the F350 extended-cab-with-a-camper Ford truck that was stopped at the pump behind us. It’s Idaho. Trucks like that are a dime a dozen around here.

My car still in park, I made sure that Madison was buckled and buckled myself. Then, before driving off, I grabbed my phone to check my husband’s progress…he was supposed to be bringing the gift and the salad (and our three-year-old) to the party.

I was looking down at my phone when BAM! Something crashed into the back of our Yukon. My head whipped forward and although it didn’t hit anything, I can still remember the sensation that traveled up my neck, to the very top of my head, and then receded.

But then I looked in the rearview mirror and saw something even more horrifying. Between my car and the truck that just smashed us…was a man

3 Steps to End the Year Strong

Because It's Really Not Over Yet!

Early last week at my local mastermind meeting, we were bemoaning the fact that the holidays were “just around the corner.” For the love, Costco already has all their Christmas stuff out! (I’d be willing to bet you’ve had a similar conversation recently.) But then I went back to my office and came across a coaching video for one of the programs I’ve joined. And I was given the timely reminder that the year’s not over yet.

There’s still a quarter left.

Almost a full 90 days.

You can do a LOT in that length of time.

Such a good reminder. I immediately challenged my masterminders to revisit their goals for this year, hubby and I did as well, and I want to see you do the same.

Here are three steps to make the most of what’s left of 2015:

Are You Buying Into The Hype?

Three Lessons From My Last Three Launches

Two months ago I launched my third online program, inviting my readers to join The Boardroom as a Charter Member. Today, I want to share with you the results of that launch, three learnings you need to consider for your business growth, and where I’m going with The Boardroom from here (get ready to pick your jaw up off the floor!) Because my original plans for The Boardroom have changed. I’m excited about it and I think you will be too.

So here’s the deal. I didn’t hit my membership goal for The Boardroom’s Charter Membership. If you want to be an optimist (I am!) we had half as many members as I’d hoped for…but a realist would say, yeah, that was actually a third.

Now, pay close attention…