How many times have you turned around and said: sorry don’t have time for “that”…too busy.
Really?? My dad is the wisest person I know and he used to tell us ever since I remember.
If you don’t have time?…make it! “Only those that don’t have time, are those that don’t really want it.” ~ My Dad
Now, this overwhelming feeling of “I’m running out of time” could also be that you’re not planning your day as you should. We all have the same time and the truth is that it doesn’t really run out, you’re just putting it off or moving your tasks for another day. Time is an Illusion and unfortunately, we allow time to control us.
When you really want something badly, you must take the time to put things in place to achieve it. I bet that you have said to yourself before: “I would really love to have my own membership site program but I don’t have the time!”. Or maybe you’ve always wanted to go travel around the world but time for your holidays is restrictive. Have you said to yourself: “When am I going to find the time?”.
You’re taking TIME for granted my friend! You know is there tomorrow or the next day so there is no urgency in you taking action. In you, pursuing your dreams because your mind is creating excuses and delaying what you want.
You are convinced that you can “fight time” or it magically rewind itself. That’s not going to happen I’m afraid. The only thing moving around you is days, months, years, time is going forward and you are stagnating and living your same old mundane life. You can’t gain time and you can’t lose time but you can definitely “waste” time when you allow your mind to control your thoughts and influence your actions.
Planning your day has to do with your ability to self-discipline and your willingness to reach your goals.
Here are some tips for you to manage your time…
1 – Affirm that you’re a TIME Warrior and you’re in control of all the time in the world. Meditate on it or visualise yourself having enough time to do whatever you desire. Get rid of all your old limiting beliefs that you are not worthy, not good enough and instead ask yourself: “what would I do if I have all the time in the world?”
2 – Go easy on yourself and block time off during the week just for you. If you’re not rested, the hands of the clock will feel like they’re racing. The most important person in your life is YOU so take good care of your mind and body.
3 – Keep a calendar timeline for all your goals and reverse engineer the actions that need to be taken. I love to green out all those tasks during the week. It helps me to visualise it better and there is a sense of accomplishment and pride for doing them.
4 – Choose a day to list all your weekly tasks and stick to it. I like to do mine on Friday afternoon but I know some people that prefer to do them during the weekend. It really doesn’t matter. The important is to choose a day and stick to it and obviously put it on paper or in your diary.
5 – Approach your tasks how it feels better for you so, for example, some prefer to do priority tasks first whilst others prefer to do the boring tasks. There is no right or wrong here. The way you do it doesn’t matter at all. Achieving the end result aka completing your tasks is the goal. It always gives me a sense of total happiness to end the week knowing that I have done at least 80% of what I wanted to do.
Being the master of your time means getting more done, staying energized and doing more things you enjoy.
And, having fun doing it.
Time slips away like grains of sand never to return again. ~ Robin Sharma
How are you spending your time or the lack of it? Remember that you can control your own time and if you want to make time fly, throw your watch out of the window.
Getting clients is easy when your mindset is right!
I remember when I wanted to start my 1st group program, the fear of failure was paralysing me.
– What if I invest money and get nothing in return?
– What will happen if nobody will join my program?
– Am I capable of leading others into achieving their results?
– It’s so noisy out there in the online world already. Would they listen to me?
– I don’t know what to do with my content and what to deliver to my audience. Is not structured the right way. Am I going to overwhelm them?
These feelings are going to come up all the time when you’re launching your group program. Even if it’s not your first time! Your mind is going to trick you and make you doubt every single step. Your inner gremlins are going to work overtime and you will encounter a few challenges along the way.
Don’t be scared, know that you are not alone. Others just like you have been through the same emotions. I’m no exception to the rule, I have been challenged many times to the point of wanting to just give up and return to my 9 to 5.
What has made me pursue what I so desired instead of giving up? Besides being a very stubborn person, the thought of returning to my JOB was making me sick to my stomach. After all, I fired my own boss and I was determined to make it work.
Then I got introduced to a technique that I was not familiar with. Yes, I am talking about MEDITATION. In true honesty, in the beginning, meditating was “alien” to me. I’ve tried all sorts of meditation techniques like facing a white wall, walking meditation, hypnotic meditation (I do like this one) amongst others.
Then I realised that nothing that I would do had any effect on me. I was still not quieting my mind and grounding myself. My inner chatter was intense.
My inner gremlins were driving me insane to the point of despair. One day I was writing in my Art Journal and asked myself: “What was the time in my life that I was in such a state of calm and emptiness in my mind?”, “What was I doing?”. A lightbulb just switched and suddenly it all made sense.
The time I remembered was when I was drawing or painting. I was in my own world, in control of my paint strokes and my creativity. I was calm and peaceful! When I was painting it was in control of the moving parts and it wouldn’t matter what I was drawing or even what other people would think of it. I then sought to learn about Art Expression Therapy and that is when I started to do my Art Meditation.
These are 3 easy steps to help you overcome the fear that you are feeling:
1 – Visualise your group program filled with your ideal clients and meditate on it. See it in your mind has if it had already happened. Who’s around you? What are you doing? Where are you?
2 – Ground yourself so that you don’t overthink and over-react and just BE in the moment! You are enough!
3 – Now, write your story in your journal and start reprogramming your mind so that you start believing and feeling the new reality you want to create. Instead of “What if I don’t get any clients”, let’s imagine your programs fully booked with your ideal clients, engaging and taking action just like you want it.
Watch your thoughts, they become your words; watch your words, they become your actions; watch your actions, they become your habits; watch your habits, they become your character; watch your character, it becomes your destiny. ~ Lao Tzu
Let’s do some Art Guided Meditation… grab some colouring pencils and some blank paper and listen to the meditation audio below:
After listening to the audio, draw anything that came up during your quiet moment. It can be anything, it doesn’t matter! It’s your vision and you are the owner of it and you control your own destiny.
IT’S A WRAP
I just want you to become aware that mindset is around 80-90% of your success. So, if you truly want to achieve your dreams and desires and build a life and business with intention, start by taming your inner demons and shifting your thoughts. You’ve heard the saying that what you focus on expands. Let’s focus on success and not a failure.
“What you focus on grows, what you think about expands, and what you dwell upon determines your destiny.” ~ Robin S.Sharma
Do you have any fears around your new launch? Let me know in the comments which ones were the worse.
7 Steps on How to Start Blogging on Your WordPress Site
Blogging is a marketing strategy that has been around for many years. It is a fast way to deliver the necessary information to your audience. However, building a blog site can be a daunting task for some. That is why I am giving you a simple roadmap and in fact, you could have your blog site active in a few hours. WordPress makes it super easy to start blogging and start building authority and credibility in your niche and amongst your audience.
Step by step on how to start Blogging in your WordPress Site:
Step 1: Choose a Hosting Plan
SiteGround has three great plans for you if you want to start your WordPress Blog site quickly. This hosting company has a friendly customer service so if something goes wrong when you are blogging, they can quickly help you with your technical struggles.
The StartUp plan is perfect for people with one website that are starting now.
The GrowBig plan is a great value for money offer, including the option for multiple websites and the SuperCacher that greatly improves website speed.
The GoGeek plan is perfect for people with e-commerce and larger sites, or more geeky development needs like more server resources and GIT integration.
Step 2: Choose a Domain Name
You can choose to buy a new domain, or sign up with an existing domain through SiteGround Hosting. They offer a wide range of domain extensions at awesome prices. When you are starting your blogging, choose a domain name that reflects your niche and choose keywords your audience is looking for. Whenever possible don’t have a number or fancy characters in your domain name. You want something that is easy to remember and is the main mission of your blogging strategy.
Step 3: Review and Complete your Order
Unlike many other hosting providers, SiteGround advertised discount applies to any of the initial periods chosen during the signup process. Being able to get the low price for the one year period is a fact that increases conversions greatly in comparison to other providers where the lowest monthly price applies only for the longest period.
Step 4: Install WordPress
Most hosting companies have a free WordPress.org install and Siteground is one of them making it so simple and easy to set up your blog as quickly as possible.
You can install WordPress on your account via the automatic script installation system – Softaculous. Here how to install WordPress using Softaculous:
Step 5: Install a Free or Premium Theme to run your Blogging Strategy
WordPress.Org has an extraordinary amount of free and premium themes that you can use straight away. However, I’ve been using Elegant Themes and I really like the visual builder that comes with it. It has very functional and beautiful layouts that you can customise without needing to touch in CSS code or HTML.
If you want to choose some of the free themes that WordPress offers, this article from SiteGround will help you to follow the simple step by step on How To Install Your WordPress Theme.
Step 6: Customize with Sidebar Widgets and Plugins
You can add your Call to Action images and banners in your blog posts sidebar widgets so that you can start monetizing your blog posts.
Yoast SEO is the number one SEO plugin for your WordPress website. It handles everything you need for quality on-page optimization. Furthermore, you get an instant SEO score for each post or page you create. It supports other major WordPress plugins such as WooCommerce for example.
This is a comprehensive plugin that contains a wide range of features: notifications in your toolbar, connect the site to social networks and automatically share, view concise stats, allow subscriptions to your posts to receive notifications, share content with Facebook, Twitter and more.
Bloom Plugin for inline post call to action. This plugin comes with the Elegant Themes Divi option and this makes it possible to build all types of optins landing pages such as Pop-ups, Fly-in, below the post, Inline, locked content and in your widgets sections.
Step 7: Create Content and Publish Your First Blog Post
Your audience wants to see what you have to offer them. They want to learn and be guided by your expertise and knowledge. With that in mind, your blog posts need to have a purpose, be informative and entertaining. The key is not to overthink your content and keep it as simple as possible. The last thing you want to do is overwhelm your audience with unnecessary information overload.
You want to choose your blogging consistency. I’ve decided to start blogging weekly and every Friday I publish a new blog post which is sent on Monday as an RSS feed to all my email list subscribers.
It’s a Wrap
Finally, after all your hard work with building your blog and a routine of creating content on purpose around your niche, don’t forget to optimize your blog posts for Search Engines (SEO). After all, you want your blog posts and all the amazing content that you’ve just created to be searchable by your audience and drive traffic to your website. The more people viewing your articles and comment, the higher will be your visibility online.
We can help you build your blog site from scratch and design your website that reflects your mission and vision and your brand personality.
Launch A Group Program While Escaping Your Nine To Five
In this podcast with Marc Mawhinney from Natural Born Coaches, I talk to you about a different approach for your coaching or mentoring business. I show you the incredible opportunities and what you are missing to take your business the next level so that you have the time and freedom you want to spend it with your loved ones or travelling around the world.
In this episode you’ll hear:
Why you should look at doing group coaching and what it can offer to your business (and your audience)
The biggest worries coaches face today when launching group programs
The ways that identifying objections and goals will help you determine whether to offer a 365-day program or do multiple launches a year
How to get clear on your vision – and why it’s so important
Tips on naming your group program, and much more!
“The chemistry and the energy (in a group setting) I find it really exciting, not just that it’s the support between each other.”
“The moment I let go of the overthinking and perfectionism and all that, it started to all come together.”
I love working with groups. The whole sense of collective and guiding people into mastering a skill feels me with joy and contentment. I wrote a blog post about what really makes my heart sing when I work with groups. Have you read it yet?
This is possible with some planning and creative thinking.
I’ve been asked by an amazing client Coach if she could deliver her yearly conference and turn it into an online conference. My brain started working overtime as you can imagine. I love being asked this because I thrive on creating innovative ideas and deliver the solution that my clients seek.
In this article, I’m going to show you step by step on how to do this. I am using a client’s case study example. Glory Olamide has an offline yearly event which she wants to turn into an online event due to the current COVID-19 pandemic situation.
Online businesses are booming and those that haven’t caught that “boat”, they are now looking at ways to profit from this new opportunity. However, they are getting overwhelmed with the magnitude of this online monster change.
The first hurdle is to actually visualise what you have and how you can turn it into the online space!
Let’s look at what you can do to turn your offline events into online events.
Look at what you have already in place for your offline event and decide what you are keeping or ditching. Keep the ones that you can easily deliver online and ditch the ones that seem impossible. As an example, if you give your attendees some sort of catering or refreshments, this will be difficult to do virtually as you can imagine.
Ditch what is not possible to happen like stallholders during the event. However, stakeholders can still showcase their products through video and have a purchase link handy for others to buy and share on their virtual calls.
Speakers, networking sessions and connecting business owners with others can easily be delivered through zoom with breakout rooms depending on the numbers of your attendees. Breakout rooms can also be used for those showcasing their business or products.
As for the speaker presentations, this is an easy fix. I know it might not feel the same as watching your speakers on stage and in person but with a bit of imagination, you can definitely make this interesting. Have I told you that I am speaking at the Whole Woman Conference 2020? I was ready to fly to London and give my speaking gig in person at the venue, however, the circumstances changed and we have to adapt creatively to the situation. I am still doing it and I will be joined by other amazing speakers.
Finally, ask yourself the following questions:
What can I really deliver to my audience so that they will benefit from attending the event? If it’s a paid event, they will want the same sort of treatment as if they were there on the day. Make it so that people remember it and talk about it to others. Word of mouth is powerful!
What’s in it for them?
What resources do I currently have to make this happen?
Will I need to outsource an event planner or virtual assistant to help run things smoothly on the day?
What tools do I require to make this happen? Look at paid tools like zoom where you can create breakout rooms to split people into groups. This will be required especially if your events are in the hundreds of people. People go to events to connect and engage with other like-minded business owners so making your virtual event memorable could contribute to its success.
Visualise what challenges might occur during the event so that it will help you to put a contingency plan in place. Imagine all possible scenarios even if they seem a bit far fetched.
What kind of technology will you require? Technology can be tricky especially if you are delivering an event online. Check that you have a good internet connection for your live sessions and make sure that you are informing your attendees by email of the daily agenda, what times sessions are happening and don’t forget the follow-up emails after the event.
IT’S A WRAP:
My recommendation for this type of virtual event is that you keep things as easy as possible for your attendees to attend all of the sessions. You don’t want them to miss anything! This is where I come in and I can help by structuring your online event in a fun and effective way inside your own membership site. This way all paid attendees can revisit the members’ area and watch all the recorded presentations and networking sessions from the comfort of their home. It is also a place where you can gather all your event attendees names and email addresses and make future communication very simple and fast.
Let me know in the comments if this is something that you’ve been thinking of doing?
Olá I'm Sofia and I'm a 9 to 5 Exit Strategist & Program Launch Coach
As a result of working with me my clients launch their signature membership site programs in line with their highest vision! They become visible online with confidence, they love achieving their desired income without all the tech frustrations because I do it all for them!
I work with aspiring coaching entrepreneurs who feel ready to become their own boss fearlessly.