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Are you ready to chuck all the expectations that are weighing you down?

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If you’re ready to chuck all the expectations that have been weighing you down for years, and rediscover the real - possibly hidden - “you” that has been buried under the weight of “shoulds,” expectations and “practicality,” it’s time to throw off all that deadweight, step out of your own darkness, and into the light, where you can see a clear path ahead of you, one simple step at a time.

I promise that no matter where you are in this moment, and what circumstances surround you, you can work with whatever gifts and abilities you have right now in order to create an exciting, joyful, fulfilling generous life.

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Are you ready to chuck ‘em?

And, if you want to know what to do next, grab the 1st chapter of my book, “The Income Replacement Formula: 7 Simple Steps To Doing What You Love & Making 6 Figures From Anywhere” (from which this is an excerpt) for FREE here: lifewithpassion.com/freechapter. Already have the first chapter and love it? Grab the whole book (or Audible audiobook) here: https://amzn.to/2LmcvTg

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How does employee mentality show up in your life & relationships?

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“Is this your place?,” I asked the new-to-me guy at my local wine shop. (I’m known in my circles for always befriending other local business owners and then getting into their inner circles, especially when it comes to great wine & food--I have a wine guy, a beef guy, an egg guy, a vegetable guy...). Anyway….

“Me? No way, I wouldn’t want the headache,” he said as he bagged my delicious rosé. :)

“Well, there’s something to be said for coming and going at will,” I replied.

“Yeah,” he replied emphatically. “SANITY.”

I walked out of the quaint historical wooden-house-turned-bottle-shop (my favorite kind) pondering what he said and how many people are truly, truly attached and bought into this way of employee thinking, literally equating being an employee with not being INSANE.

Now we all get to choose the way we spend our days and the way we receive our income, but when we’re SURROUNDED by people who think we are actually crazy for wanting to have our own business, sometimes we ask ourselves if we really are!

This is why it’s SO important to NOT spend any of our time or energy trying to convince others that we’re right.

Why?

Because some people truly do want to be employees, some people are scared to consider anything else, and neither of these things are our business.

We get to think they’re the crazy ones while they think we’re the crazy ones, right? (It’s kinda like what I remember about how girls and boys felt about each other in middle & high school. ;)

So what do we put our time and energy into instead of ruminating or arguing with those who doubt or question us (even if they’re the ones closest to us)?

Taking daily, business-building, money-making action toward becoming successful, as if we have blinders on and know we cannot fail.

You can’t change others’ opinions about your business any more than you can convince a family member to join your political party over Thanksgiving dinner, so set about minding your business (literally), and remember that more is caught than taught.

And keep an eye out for that employee mentality in your conversations, because when you notice it, it’s that much easier to label it for what it is and not get sucked into it!

What’s been your experience with this? How does employee mentality show up in your life & relationships, and how do you keep moving forward anyway?

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Are your dreams worth fighting for?

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I’d like you to take out a piece of paper and a pen (or a new document on your computer) and write out the list of your still-unfulfilled dreams. Things like:

💕Having financial freedom
💕Having time freedom
💕Traveling to all the places you’ve only seen on Pinterest
💕Making a difference
💕Feeling in control of your life
💕Working when and where you want to, even wearing what you want to wear
💕Creating a life you love, that also pays the bills

Now write down what you want to put an end to. Things such as:

💥Worrying about money
💥Punching someone else’s time clock
💥Arguing with your significant other about money and/or how you spend your time

Take a look and you’re sure to see a huge contrast between the two lists! Which one excites you? Which one energizes you? Which list would you give your life to achieve? Of course, the list of dreams, not disasters! Those dreams are worth fighting for. They’re worth investing your precious time, energy, and even money, in achieving. The dreams and passions you wrote down in that list are what make life meaningful. They give you a purpose.

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I’d be so honored if you shared one of those dreams with me!

And, if you want to know what to do next, grab the 1st chapter of my book, “The Income Replacement Formula: 7 Simple Steps To Doing What You Love & Making 6 Figures From Anywhere” (from which this is an excerpt) for FREE here: lifewithpassion.com/freechapter

Already have the first chapter and love it? Grab the whole book (or Audible audiobook) here: https://amzn.to/2LmcvTg

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What he wanted most, he found a way to have.

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What he wanted most, he found a way to have.

Charles Steinmetz, one of the great scientific minds of the 20th century, who I’ve been talking about this week, loved kids and wanted his own family, but chose not to marry because the deformity that made him a dwarf with a hump in his back and an uneven gait was congenital, and he was afraid he’d pass it along.

And, as this Smithsonian article shares, it pained him deeply to see children, like the ones he wanted so much, run away in fear at the sight of him, he chose to do his work, do it well, and be open to the possibility of how family might come to him...eventually choosing to adopt and have an extended family that way.

Maybe you’re here because you know about my infertility and pregnancy loss story, or you know someone who has.

Maybe you’ve experienced that type of grief of longing for what has been elusive, whether in family or in business.

Regardless, I KNOW you’re here because you have a big business dream, one with which you desire to support yourself, your dreams, and perhaps your family and friends’, too.

Let us all take a lesson from Charles Steinmetz who created quite a legacy of not only incredible career accomplishments, but also true personal fulfillment and joy in his 58 short years (a life with passion! ;), and look for and seize opportunities to get what we most want.

Read the full story here: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/…/charles-proteus-steinmetz…/

Tell me, what do YOU most want? What are you pursuing with your business-building efforts? There’s no right or wrong answer!

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If he can do it, so can you.

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If he can do it, so can you.

You’ve heard people say this before about themselves, right? Things like, “I’m a millionaire, but I’m just like you. If I can do it, so can you.”

Charles Steinmetz, who I introduced you to yesterday, actually LIVED this in an amazingly tangible way.

A German immigrant who was almost denied entry to the US at Ellis Island because he was a 4-foot-tall dwarf “with a hump in his back and a crooked gait,” he went on to be an extremely influential scientist.

I think often we assume that when we see super-successful people we make assumptions that they had some kind of “leg up” (to use a horse term ;)that we didn’t, or our brains just try to categorize the big differentiator for their success (they got in at the right time, are well-connected, have family money, are prettier, etc.)

What if it’s more than those things? What if it’s making the most of how we were created, strengthening our unique gifts, and not using our circumstances, physical, location, upbringing, environment, as an excuse “why not,” as Charles Steinmetz shows us?

Read the full story here: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/…/charles-proteus-steinmetz…/

Then tell me, what’s your biggest takeaway? Have you found yourself with excuses or playing small, or are you showing up every day making the most of what makes YOU one-of-a-kind? How did you get there?

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“Making chalk mark on generator: $1 Knowing where to make mark: $9,999.”-Charles Proteus Steinmetz

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“Making chalk mark on generator: $1
Knowing where to make mark: $9,999.”
-Charles Proteus Steinmetz

Have you heard the story of the man who identified the cause of Henry Ford’s broken generator and charged him $10,000 for this seemingly simple service?

My great-great uncle Howard worked for Henry Ford and was witness to this event, and my dad got to hear this tale told at every holiday gathering growing up :).

Why do I share this legendary lore?

Because so often as service providers, we tend to want to devalue our services because they’re so easy for us and we get so much joy from them.

Have you ever felt or thought something like this?

“I would do it for free; so it feels weird to charge someone for it!”

“Can’t everyone do this? It’s so easy for me!”

When something comes so naturally to us and we love doing it, it DOESN’T mean that everyone can do it; it means that it’s very likely our Zone of Genius, and it is the very thing it would be wise to double-down on offering and charging for!

You can read the full story and more about this amazing man here: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/…/charles-proteus-steinmet…/…

Then tell me, have you found yourself saying these same things? How have you overcome them or how will you begin to shift them now?

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Do you feel stuck or is your flame burning bright?

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Confession: I was an honor student, scholarship-winning class president, and most likely to achieve type for my whole young life. I had big dreams and goals, and I knew I wanted to run my own business “one day,” but I couldn’t see how to get there.

I knew that, even as a young person, my flame was slowly flickering toward extinguishment in between these momentary rushes of oxygen. So for over a decade of my adult life, I “settled.” I felt stuck.

But eventually, I learned that I didn’t have to accept the “same old, same old,” and neither do you. I learned to light the fire of that small candle of hope, give it oxygen and a place to burn, and turn my life into a blazing fire that not only fuels myself, but that gives light and energy to thousands of women just like you.

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Can you relate to any of this? Which parts?

And, if you want to know what to do next, grab the 1st chapter of my book, “The Income Replacement Formula: 7 Simple Steps To Doing What You Love & Making 6 Figures From Anywhere” (from which this is an excerpt) for FREE here: lifewithpassion.com/freechapter

Already have the first chapter and love it? Grab the whole book (or Audible audiobook) here: https://amzn.to/2LmcvTg

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What progress can you choose to celebrate in your business today?

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💕"It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see." -Thoreau💕

Can you look at anything--and I mean ANY-thing--and find the good in it?

It's so so true that what we CHOOSE to see in any given situation, challenge or triumph is what gives it meaning.

For instance, so many of the women I talk to have a hard time celebrating what they perceive to be little things in their business.

They think that by saving up the celebration for a "big" milestone, like a $5k month, or a first or next client, it will somehow motivate them more, or that the smaller things (like booking a call, or having warm leads, or getting visible) don't count, only the big ones do.

💥And I used to feel the same way.💥

👉But here's the thing--99.9% of being an entrepreneur is the journey itself. The milestones come, yes, but when you reach them, it's typical to move quickly on to focusing on that next big goal, that next level.

By choosing to see the progress you're making daily, and to celebrate it, however small it might feel to you, you're training your brain to enjoy the journey, and when you do that, business-building becomes infinitely easier than if you're trying to motivate yourself with pressure (which is how a lot of the world does it, and that ain't NO FUN--plus it doesn't work as well!).

So, what progress can you choose to notice and celebrate in your business TODAY?

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To making impossible things happen!

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💕"Nothing is impossible; the word itself says, I'm possible." -Audrey Hepburn💕

And you may have heard this quote before, but I've got a different twist for ya :)

As I was thinking about it, I realized that we're taught that things are impossible except in fairy tales, and that life isn't a fairy tale.

Growing up, I was a total idealist, so, naturally, I loved fairy tales. I was also a huge musical theater nerd, president of the Thespian Society...and always in the chorus because I didn't have the voice to be a lead. 😂

Anywho, my junior year of high school, we did Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella, and the lyrics from the song "Impossible" follow:

"Impossible
For a plain yellow pumpkin
To become a golden carriage!

Impossible 
For a plain country bumpkin
And a prince to join in marriage

And four white mice
Will never be four white horses
Such fol-de-rol and fiddledy dee dee
Of course is
Impossible!

🙌 But the world is full of zanies and fools
Who don’t believe in sensible rules
And won’t believe what sensible people say

And because these daft and dewy-eyed dopes
Keep building up impossible hopes
Impossible things are happening every day!"

😍 I especially love the way the song ends:

[Cinderella]
You could change it all. You could make it all happen!

[Fairy Godmother]
No, but YOU could change it. YOU could make it all happen!

So here's to YOU. The ones looking to finish 2018 STRONG! Here's to us, the ones the world might call "daft and dewy-eyed dopes," who are going out and making impossible things happen every day!!!!!

Do you believe it? Are you as pumped as I am?

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There has never been a better time in all of history to create a totally new version of yourself.

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An excerpt from my #1 bestselling book The Income Replacement Formula: 7 Simple Steps To Doing What You Love & Making 6 Figures From Anywhere:

"There has never been a better time in all of history to create a totally new version of yourself. “Now” is the best time to be a woman with the dream of owning your own business, on your own terms. That’s exactly why you’re here, at this time and place, and that’s exactly what you’re going to learn in these pages.

If you’re a high-achiever who knows you’re meant for more than the life you’re living right now… but you’re afraid there’s something wrong with you because you’re not reaching your full potential... You’re in the right place.

No, you’re not doing something wrong. You don’t need to be 'fixed.' You just need to give those big dreams of yours a place to grow."

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I want to hear about YOU! What dream are you pursuing and growing?

And, if you want to know what to do next, grab the rest of the chapter for FREE here: lifewithpassion.com/freechapter

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Are you consistent in your marketing strategy?

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"Content is king. I've never done a single Facebook LIVE, not 1 webinar. We've just focused on putting out really great content, and our business is doubling year over year."

These are the words of Nashville-based author Donald Miller, who shared them with me over a lunch together.

What does that mean for you?

👉It means (and you've probably heard me say this before, but hey, Donald Miller agrees!) that the medium does NOT matter nearly as much as the message.

👉It means make magnetic messaging that helps your niche, be consistent, and they will find you.

Don't jump from tool to tool because there's a hot new thing or some influencer said that this is the new way to blow up your business.

Be consistent, be authentic, be generous with the value you provide in your content, and then let people know how they can take the next step with you if they want.

Now, have you found this to be true in your own business? Or what questions do you have about this strategy?

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How far away are you from your dream?

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"When you were little, you believed everything -- anything-- was possible. With wide, innocent eyes and a gap-toothed smile, you loudly demanded that you be given all the same opportunities as the big people in the house, whose knees and shoes you knew well from your seat on the floor. Full of determination and desire, you believed you could do whatever you wanted, starting with actually walking across the room by yourself!

It may seem like a small thing now, but to a 13 or 14-month old toddler, it was the entire focus of your day. Until you mastered it, you were obsessed… you never quit, even though you failed, over and over again. You got right back up on your feet, unwilling to give up.

As you got older, you had dreams and goals... Big ones. You were going to be famous! Maybe you were going to be a veterinarian, or an actor, or perhaps even president. My choice was to be an astronaut… or work at McDonald’s (because I was fascinated with the ordering buttons)... or both. I’m sure my parents were thrilled with the latter.

Time passed. You got older, and either played by the rules or rebelled against them; more than likely, a bit of both, though you were probably a “good kid.” Your world was filled with “practical” voices, telling you what was expected of you. “This is the way the world works,” you were told. The young adult version of you, though still idealistic, slowly, sadly, began to believe what the voices said."

Can you relate to this? Do you feel that like me, you went through the loss of your dream on your way to finding it again (or are you somewhere on the path?)

💥And, if you want to know what to do next, grab the 1st chapter of my book, “The Income Replacement Formula: 7 Simple Steps To Doing What You Love & Making 6 Figures From Anywhere” (from which this is an excerpt) for FREE here: lifewithpassion.com/freechapter

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Do you know the answer to this key question in your business?

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"The core question people ask when they pay money is: "What problem can you solve that nobody else can solve?" -Perry Marshall

Do you know the answer to this key question in your business?

For me, it's that I've helped more people quit and stay out of 9-5s than anyone else I know. Hands down.

When I was starting my business and working with my first few clients, before that was true though, I knew that taking a STAND for women who wanted to quit and find what they loved OR make a struggling business work so they could stay out was my jam. Period.

So what problem can YOU solve that no one else can solve? Do you know?

If you don't know, don't beat yourself up over it--just spend a few minutes reflecting (I always find journaling really helpful for this) and then come back here with any questions or insights!

That reflection time is going to pay dividends in clarity or an awareness of where to focus your attention to get that clarity so that you, too, can answer this question with ease!

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Ready to learn the KEY strategic step you can take right now to ensure your passion-based business’ success? Get it for free in Chapter 1 of my #1 bestselling book, The Income Replacement Formula: Seven Simple Steps To Doing What You Love And Making Six Figures From Anywhere! Download it now.

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Be kind, for everyone you know is fighting a hard battle

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❣️"Be kind, for everyone you know is fighting a hard battle." -Plato❣️

This is one of my favorite quotes EVAAAAA. I had it hanging on the door of my office when I was a professor and it always reminded me and the students who saw it that you never know what's really going on with other people, what they're carrying around or going through.

I remember my first trip to the grocery store after coming home from the hospital without Maeve. I walked around in a daze, thinking to myself, these people around me have no idea that my world has just been completely turned upside down.

And then I started wondering what they were all going through, and I had a completely new set of eyes and compassion for others.

On this business-building journey, being KIND is so key! IT helps you get amazing clients, it helps you build awesome relationships with colleagues and influencers, it opens doors you never imagined.

Do you agree? Is kindness one of your core values?

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This is why I teach strategies and self-belief

“I know for sure that what we dwell on is who we become.”— Oprah Winfrey

There are so many versions of this quote, and this idea has been around for a looooong time, like, since King Solomon--->"As a man thinketh, so is he" (Proverbs 23:7), and that dude was wise. ;)

This is why I talk so much about the importance of mindset. When I got started in business, I believed it was alllll about hard work and I see that idea perpetuated with people who believe it's all about hard work, hustle and grind.

But what I know for sure now is that it's always about BOTH.

It's why I teach simple strategies AND self-belief, because THAT combo is what's going to help you replace your income & create a business that truly feels like passion and freedom, rather than just re-creating the "hard work" feeling of being in a 9-5.

How about you? Do you do mindset work as part of business-building? What does that look like for you? Or is this something you're open to starting?

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Make a decision and then figure out the HOW'S as you go along

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“You may have heard stories about people who had these major breakthroughs when the 💩 really hit the fan... But you don’t have to wait until you hit rock bottom to start crawling out of your hole. All you have to do is make the decision. And you can make it right now.”
— Jen Sincero, You Are A Badass

👉Maybe you heard my story about losing Maeve and thought, well I haven't had any tragedy in my life or a big turning point.

👉Maybe you have survived your own tragedy but your story is that because of that tragedy, you can't have what you want--replacing your income, quitting your 9-5, living a life of freedom on your own terms.

What I love about this quote is its simplicity and clarity--you know I love me those things :).

You can make a decision right now and THEN you can figure out the hows as you go along!

How does it feel to know that? Have you already made the decision, or are you making it now?

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You CAN get unstuck and start to make real, tangible progress toward your dream life and business NOW. Get the proven road map by grabbing my bestselling book, The Income Replacement Formula: Seven Simple Steps To Doing What You Love And Making Six Figures From Anywhere available on Amazon, Audible and iTunes.

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Everything works out the way it's supposed to

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I remember the call from my mom, 17 years ago.

She called to tell me that I was the same age as she was when she'd gotten married, 10 days before her 20th bday, and asked me, "Can you imagine that?" 😲

At the time I actually could, because that's what I'd heard my whole life, and that's the picture I'd had painted for me (and I had the PERFECT guy to do it with and I was in LOOOOVE). I was jealous and wondering why that wasn't happening for ME because it seemed to be the perfect, dream life for me at the time! That was what I sought to create at the time because it was normal, safe.

But ohhhh myyyyy...that life is a far cry from what my life is now, a far cry from what I'd want it to be!

One of my affirmations is "Everything works out perfectly for me." And I love the Tony Robbins quote, "Life is happening FOR you, not TO you."

I'm so grateful for the life I have today and for the heartbreak I experienced to get me here. 

You see, I championed that boyfriend's dreams, content to be the woman behind the man at that time (I even coached him later to quit his 9-5 and start his own company; one of my early success stories 😂. He's still running that successful business today.)

I would NOT be running Life With Passion if we were together. I would not be pursuing my dreams, living in my Zone of Genius, and helping women around the world to do the same, if I'd gotten what my 19-year-old self thought she needed.

And so I'm grateful because I can see in hindsight how everything was working out perfectly for me.

Can you relate to this? What seemed really hard at the time in your life but turned out to be a big ole' blessing?

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Do you beat yourself up for not being better?

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What the heck do you do when you KNOW you’re the one who’s holding yourself back? I’ve so been there, and so have many of my clients, and here’s what works (and what doesn’t) to move through this oh-so-common issue:

Let’s first talk about what NOT to do, and that’s what most of us high-achievers do...beat ourselves up for not being better.

Instead, CONGRATULATE yourself because now you know exactly what you need to work on to grow your business! YAY CLARITY! This awareness is actually a super-powerful thing, so WAY TO GO, YOU!!!

Because like I always say, “When the mindset is strong, the strategy is simple,” and so now, we know that the place to focus is on strengthening your mindset (rather than telling yourself that everyone has a better plan than you and going into the black hole of opting in to everyone else’s stuff or comparing yourself to everyone else or your own particular version of this ;)

Now what?

Well, ask yourself what it is that you most need to help you move past it.

👉Is it journaling it out for even just 5 minutes, to ask yourself what’s going on and see what answers you come up with?

👉Is it taking a day OFF from your business to get some fresh perspective, rest and clear your head?

👉Is it getting the support of a mentor or coach who specializes in helping you overcome self-doubt and fear, and gain confidence in yourself?

Those are a few suggestions to break you out of the cycle of pressure and stress so that you can begin to get some clarity around here, and move forward from that place!

Because what I can tell you for SURE is that your business grows quickly and in ways that feel like magic when you do what it takes to get your mindset strong and take action from that place of possibility.

How about you? Can you relate? Will you try one of the suggestions above or do you have one that YOU’VE used successfully?

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If you are so ready to dive into the exact steps you need to get out of that soul-sucking job once and for all, grab my bestselling book where I lay it all out for you! The Income Replacement Formula: Seven Simple Steps To Doing What You Love And Making Six Figures From Anywhere is available on Amazon, Audible and iTunes.

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Do you have enough time and energy for your business?

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Find yourself saying this? “I have trouble having enough time and energy for my business.”

It’s a super-common frustration, especially when we’re building our businesses on the side of full-time jobs and/or busy lives!

But, instead of telling you something like, “We all have the same number of hours in the day, so you can do it too,” (which might be encouraging or, depending on your mindset, depressing), I’d like to offer you an insight as to what might ACTUALLY be going on instead, and that is that…

You don’t know exactly what to do in your business each day to move it forward, so you have this vague feeling of “there’s not enough time or energy,” because you don’t even know exactly how much time or energy you even need!

Example #1: If I told you all you needed to do to start to grow your business was make a post on Facebook or Insta one time a day (which is actually a GREAT start and if you’re not doing it, I highly recommend that you do), and then respond to comments or messages you’ve gotten in the last 24 hours, how long does that take?

Answer: If you know what you want to say, 15 minutes, tops. However, if you don’t know what you want to say, or who you’re talking to, or how to provide value to them, or what you’re offering or HOW to offer it, then this feels like way too big of a thing to do, and it FEELS like you don’t have enough time or energy, when in reality, it’s likely just that you’re lacking clarity and confidence, both of which can be achieved really quickly when you’re strategic about them.

Example #2 that I see keeping people stuck around this topic: They don’t know when they’d actually work with (or do work for) paying clients. If you haven’t figured out where your clients are going to fit into your busy life, then guess what? They WON’T fit in, and you won’t be moving daily toward getting them.

So take a look at your calendar and decide, where would I love to have those paying clients? Which hours (whether it’s lunch time, or evenings, or weekends--and I’ve used all of these at various times when I was side-hustling, as do my clients) feels like the best place for me to complete that work?

Schedule those hours on your calendar (even if it’s just 1 per week!) and then during that hour, get visible online and/or reach out to potential clients or customers UNTIL you have someone in that spot, paying you.

Does that make sense? Is this something you find yourself saying, and if so, what questions or intentions do you have to change it? Or is it something that you USED to say, and if so, share your wisdom with us on how you moved through it!

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Feeling overwhelmed? What to do about it.

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Do you ever feel like this? “There are so many things I could do that I don't plan out what to work on and then I don't work on anything.”

This is the mindset of someone who’s overwhelmed! (Are you like, “DUH, Christine. Thanks, Captain Obvious!”?)

What do we do about it? Well, if we take a breath and take a step back from opting in to everything that looks like a shiny object (one of my clients recently made it a verb, i.e. “she’s TOTALLY shiny-objecting”), looking around at what everyone else is doing (comparison-itis / FOMO), or beating ourselves up to MAKE ourselves do something (i.e. “I SHOULD be farther along now. What’s wrong with you, Christine, why can’t you just write a freaking Facebook post already?!?”), we can recognize that these things are all rooted in FEAR, not in faith.

They’re all rooted in pressure, not possibility.

What I see OVER and OVER and OOOOOOOOOVER with my clients is that when they stop asking “What else SHOULD I be doing?” and ask, “What would be the most joyful and FUN way to my next clients?,” and act on THAT one SIMPLE answer (instead of nothing because it all feels like too much), that’s when their businesses start to flow.

It totally sounds counter-intuitive to our high-achieving, take-all-the-action-we-can brains, I know, but if you lead with fun and joy, and take simple, consistent action from that place, you get better results--meaning you replace your income (and then some) even faster than you would have by hustling, stressing, and striving. Every. Time.

Have you experienced this for yourself? Or is it a shift you want to try making?

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