5 Things You Can Do at Lunchtime To Exit Your 9 to 5

5 things you can do at lunchtime to exit your 9 to 5 and start building your business foundations.

I still remember so vividly when I was desperately looking for a way out of my 9 to 5 and knew the importance of start building some systems and foundations in order to start my business.

Every break I had, I would look out for every opportunity to plan my exit and start building my business but obviously without jeopardizing my current employment.

You must be clever and conscious to not let the “desperation” of your current situation, influence your exit from your 9 to 5.

There are things that you can do in order to start building the foundations so that your 9 to 5 exit is smooth and not drastic. After all, you still need the “comfortable” monthly income of your job to finance your exit.

I wrote a previous article on the 5 sneaky ways I fired my boss and I believe that will inspire you as well. 

Now let me show you some ideas that you can implement at lunchtime so when the time comes, you are ready and prepared. These are so simple and easy to implement that you will be surprised.

Let’s get into the 5 things you can do at lunchtime to exit your 9 to 5 and start building your foundations.

1 – Mindful Eating

It’s understandable that at lunchtime, you would eat right? If you are currently in a job, you will probably have 30 minutes to 1 hour for your lunch. If you are currently in a stressful job, be aware that stress creates acid in your stomach and if you are feeling this discomfort then it’s important to attune your 5 senses especially when you’re about to seat to enjoy your meal.

The state of consciousness that you are in when you’re eating is even more important than the food itself. ~ Emily Fletcher

  • Before your meal prepare a warm drink (2/3 hot and 1/3 cold water)
  • While the water boils, do a simple breathing exercise
  • Energize your food by giving thanks for what you’re about to eat.
  • Don’t rush your food. Eat slowly and really enjoy your food. Enjoy the colours on your plate, the smells that eradiate from the ingredients. Savour and taste every single bite as if it was your first meal.

2 – Plan Your Exit with Asana.

Start planning your 9 to 5 exit plan in Asana or your startup business plan. We use Asana for all of our project management tasks. This tool allows you to create specific projects either private or public and share tasks with your team and/or clients. Even if you don’t have a team yet, this productivity tool keeps it all prioritized and you know exactly what you need to do next, all important deadlines, and a record of the completed work.

Building a Business Plan in Asana is super simple and quick. They have templates ready for you to use. There is also a mobile app that you can use when you find extra time at lunchtime or you need to send an email to a client or a teammate.

 

3 – Choose Your Appointment Scheduler

so that you can start inviting people for a strategy call with you. I’ve used a few different types of appointment schedulers since I’ve started my business to check which one was the best for me. Finally, I’ve chosen Acuity Scheduler to organize all my calls with prospects. Go ahead and watch the video where I will show you how to create a free account with this tool.

 

4 – Research and Hire a Professional To Start Building Your Online Presence

This is what I do for my clients, we get Coaches and Consultants online with an attractive and branded online presence. We architect and design your business online that resonates with your target audience and gives them exactly what they are looking for.

If you are running your coaching business as a side hustle, the 5 Steps to 5K in 5 Days Intensive Bootcamp might be just the solution you are seeking for.

This will allow you to:

Serve more people in one go,

Have a cash injection in your business…

And work fewer hours.

    5 – Get Paid Quickly

    Even though you are still in your 9 to 5, nothing is stopping you from having clients outside your working hours or even during your days off. And you want to have a payment system to charge your clients.

    This video tutorial is for you if you want to set up an automated monthly recurring payment with your clients.

    IT’S A WRAP

    These are just a few of the things that I used to do before I quit my 9 to 5. I really want to emphasize the importance of building your pillars before you take the LEAP from your current employment. Becoming your own boss has its challenges that if you can minimize the risk and overcome the uncertainty that comes with being an Entrepreneur, the faster you will succeed in your future endeavours.

    Which of these ideas are you going to start doing? Let me know in the comments which ones and your own stories. Maybe you already do something similar! Share with us what that is.

    Start a New Habit Stress Free

    Have you been feeling stressed out lately because you can’t seem to let go of an old habit?

    Let’s Take The Stress Out Of Starting A New Habit!

    However, breaking an old habit requires you to replace it with a new habit.

    And to keep you motivated to follow through on something that you want to accomplish. If you don’t move towards taking inspired action, the old habit will only leave you in more pain so it is worth putting into place some simple steps in order to break free from it.

    All you need is a bit of motivation, persistence, inspired action, and a reward system in place to set you free.

    I would recommend you experiment in finding out what motivates you the most. Some people are motivated by criticism whilst others are motivated by what gives them pleasure.

    I’m sure you must have heard this before… Everything we do in life is because we want to avoid pain and move towards pleasure. However and depending on how we’ve been brought up, what motivates us is the criticism we received. I know this to be true for me because I do get triggered when someone says to me that I can’t do something. I immediately react with words that empower me to move forward and I’m on a mission to show them that “I absolutely can do it and I will”.

    Can you relate and if so let’s start!

    Firstly you need to identify the behavior you want to stop and then ask yourself the following questions:

    What is the PAIN you associate with stopping the old behavior?
    What is the PLEASURE you’ve felt from doing that behavior?
    What is the PAIN that will happen if you don’t stop the behavior?
    What is the PLEASURE you will experience if you DO stop the behavior and create the desired outcome?

    Secondly, identify an inspired action you want to take that you have been avoiding and then ask yourself the following questions:

    What is the PAIN you associate with taking this action?
    What is the PLEASURE you’ve gotten from implementing this action?
    What is the PAIN that will happen if you DO NOT take this action?
    What is the PLEASURE you will experience if you DO take this action and create the desired outcome?

    Your Turn Now!

    I’ve learned from an amazing community at Evercoach with Mindvalley how to build better habits and now I am giving you the 4 steps you need to start, implement and stick with your new habits.

    I also know that this alone is not enough. You need to build consistency, empowering resilience, and firm determination to keep doing the work and sticking to them.

    This is where I come in keeping you motivated and on track so that you don’t find resistance and start self-sabotaging what you really want to achieve in life.

    These 4 elements are necessary for building new habits: 

    Motivation – Find out the reason why you want to have a new habit. Make a list of your emotional, social, biological & spiritual reasons.

    Triggers: Something triggers bad habits, so identify the old habit you want to change and remove the trigger that keeps you repeating it. Then you want to create triggers that encourage the new habit.
    • Write it down in your journal:
      • What is the trigger that keeps on fueling the old habit?
      • Anchor a new trigger for the new habit.
    Repetition: A habit is a function of repetition. The more times you do a particular habit the easier is for you to get into that habit. Repeating the new habit over and over again is the “sticky glue” to change it.
    “if you want to rewire your mind, it takes about 63 days”. Caroline Leaf, Ph.D.
    Rewards: Having a reward system every time you accomplish a new habit is fun and gratifying. What ideas do you have to celebrate yourself every time you achieve a new habit? 
    Habit is the intersection of knowledge (what to do), skill (how to do), and desire (want to do). -Stephen R. Covey

    It’s a Wrap

    Give me an example below of habitual behaviour that you want to change but find hard or almost impossible to achieve? Then think about what is the trigger that comes up with that nasty old habit?

    We need to remove the old habit trigger and create a new trigger to anchor the new habit. Habits stick when we repeat them over and over again and finding the motivational triggers to “glue” the new habit is KEY.

    What is the small little step you are going to put in place today and consistently repeat? No need to overwhelm yourself with huge action plans because often the small steps you take will give you the motivation to progress and grow without self-judgment.

    How are you going to reward yourself daily? Small rewards will keep your spirit joyful and full of fulfillment. You are rewarding yourself and nobody else.

    So, go ahead and let me know in the comments your breakthroughs and insights that came from this blog post.

    Unlock Self Discipline In 5 Steps

    Self Discipline Is Not Rocket Science!

    Some of us are really comfortable with disciplining ourselves and focusing on the tasks ahead whilst others struggle with this. The truth is that actually, self-discipline is a habit that we acquire throughout our life. It really depends on our past upbringing, our education, and the training we’ve had. 

    We can learn how to discipline ourselves so that we don’t feel so overwhelmed with all the daily tasks. Once we have a system in place, it all flows with ease and harmony.

    In the video below I’m talking about the 5 steps you need to focus on in order to help you to start creating a habit around this need. If you are anything like me, I need to have a consistent routine with all my projects so that I don’t lose track and don’t get frustrated with my daily tasks.

    When we push too hard on ourselves

    So, what is needed to regain your self discipline and make self discipline your best friend?

    Let’s Unlock Self Discipline In 5 Steps:

    • Step 1: Visualise what you really want and WHY you want to achieve what you want to achieve. Imagine you have reached your end destination, how do you feel? Who’s around you? What do you see? Use all your senses when doing this visualisation. It’s important to live it as if you were already there celebrating your wins.
    • Step 2: Create a goal, a challenge, and a deadline, and STICK to it. In order to achieve our end destination, we need to know exactly how we’re getting there. Do you plan your trip to go somewhere without packing or checking that you’ve checked in and secured your boarding passes? No right. Neither do I! So the same concept is required when you are planning your goals.
    • Step 3: Make change your daily friend and reprogram a new story. I’ve written another blog post that will help you to change the old story and create new habits. 
    • Step 4: Eliminate distractions and let go of what is keeping you stuck. Outsource what you don’t need to focus on right NOW. This has been a massive breakthrough for me and my business, I become aware that I had to let go of controlling all the pieces in my business and give some tasks to my team so that I could focus on my zone of genius and be more productive. 
    • Step 5: Step back and pause… The more you think about what you want to do, the least you will do it. 

    Be gentle with yourself and celebrate all your wins, even the little ones. Figure out if you are motivated by risk or reward and put it in place. Don’t overthink or overanalyze and definitely don’t let perfectionism stop you in your tracks.

    Reflect on what you have achieved so far. Even the small little wins should be celebrated and you should bask in its glory. You should see me do a happy dance whenever I achieve something big or small. It is quite hilarious!

    INSPIRED ACTION TIME:

    • One thing that I’ve changed in my business was to join accountability groups. Accountability groups are great for expressing freely and without judgment all your challenges and helping you move forward. You will also be able to brainstorm ideas and therefore you won’t feel so lost or confused about what you have to do. I got a task for you today… Look around and find accountability groups that will help you stay focused and on track.
    • The other strategy I’ve implemented was to be part of a virtual co-working space. I have an article on this, 5 AWESOME THINGS YOU CAN LEARN FROM CO-WORKING.

     

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    Quotes mentioned in the video:

    You don’t lack discipline, you are taking on too much ~ Brendon Bruchard

    Do one thing every day that scares you ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

    Your Turn To Unlock Self Discipline

    Let me know in the comments how do you feel about self-discipline and if this is something that you are struggling with? Do you often give up on what you are trying to achieve or don’t stick to anything?

    Do you have incomplete programs, courses, or certifications that have been put in a pile of notes and forgotten? If that is the case then possibly you will benefit from what I have said in the video above.

    I want you to know that this CHANGE in your routine can be acquired and reprogrammed so that you don’t fall prey to this type of behaviour. Also, know that with every “change” we have in life comes great uncertainty, and therefore, do be gentle with yourself and persist in whatever endeavours you want for yourself.

    I’m here to help you transition from fearful to fearless and would love to have a meaningful conversation with you.

    4 Hacks To Trick Your Mind

    Trick your mind and challenge yourself on a daily basis even though it is uncomfortable.

    Your mind will do everything in its power to keep you safe, not taking risks and keeping you swinging in your “safety net” for as long as possible unless you tame it and shift your path.

    An event happens in your life that leads to you allowing your mind to create thoughts around it. The thoughts you formulate in your mind are going to question that event you’ve been through. In turn, those thoughts determine how you will feel and how you’re going to act. This is why is crucial to investigate and question any thoughts have are driving us toward painful moments.

    And your constant self-talk and fearful emotions are not allowing you to see how you can have a better life. But instead, all these thoughts and emotions are dragging you deep into despair and hurting you even more.

    Steps you can take today to start a Mind Revolution within yourself and trick your mind:

    I would like you to grab your journal and start writing the answers that come up for you when you do this exercise. I know it will feel different than having a coach guiding you through these questions but I also know that you can start here and discover some insights and ideas that you might be disregarding.

    I ask you to not overthink this process and just go with the flow. The trick is to hack into your mind and challenge other avenues that have been buried deep inside of you for so long. No internal judgment or being too hard on yourself. The first thing that comes up when you answer these questions is enough for now. You can revisit them later.

    “There are those who say that seeing is believing. I am telling you that believing is seeing.” ~ Neale Donald Walsch

    Identify the Limiting Belief (or the inner self-talk B.S you’re telling yourself):

    • What is holding you back?
    • What is the “old story” you are telling yourself or swirls in your mind on a regular basis?
    • What am I constantly thinking that is not serving me anymore?
    • What emotions are coming up for you?
    • Where in my body I am feeling this emotion?

    “You can’t escape from a prison until you recognize you are in one. People who have chosen to live within the limits of their old beliefs continue to have the same experiences. It takes effort and commitment to break old patterns” ~ Bob Proctor

    Peel off the layers of your “Inner Story” and dive deep into the true feeling you’re experiencing:

    • What is the pattern in your life that you are repeating and living?
    • What does this pattern remind you of?
    • How is it serving you right now?
    • What is stopping you from breaking this pattern?

    “There is one grand lie – that we are limited. The only limits we have are the limits we believe.” ~ Wayne Dyer

    Reframe your B.S story and choose a better one:

    The words you say to yourself on a daily basis are a “blueprint” to your mind. I like to call this phase the start of your “Mind Revolution“.

    • Imagine your life 3 years from now, exactly as you wanted it to be… What does that look like? Who are you surrounded by? What are you doing? What are you experiencing?
    • What empowering beliefs are you going to adopt?
    • Who are you becoming?
    • What did you learn from this event that was holding you back?

    “We learn our belief systems as very little children, and then we move through life creating experiences to match our beliefs. Look back in your own life and notice how often you have gone through the same experience.” ~ Louise Hay

    Outline a simple action plan and take inspired action towards what you really need:

    After asking yourself all these powerful questions and if you’ve had insightful breakthroughs throughout your deep answers, it is important that you don’t just think about it. Instead, take small steps toward achieving what you really want to happen in your life. Start with little steps which are going to motivate you to build the resilience to do more.

    Ask yourself…

    • What is a small action step you can take towards your big dream?
    • What actions will you take and by when?
    • Who can support you on this new journey?
    • What can you try that you haven’t tried before?
    • How will you hold yourself accountable?
    • What can you let go of today that will get you closer to what you want?

    YOUR TURN…

    4 Hacks To Trick Your Mind

    Find a comfortable place where you won’t be interrupted to do this exercise “4 Hacks to Trick Your Mind”. I recommend you start with a short meditation practice to ground yourself and feel relaxed to explore what will come up.

    What can you do today in order to trick your mind and challenge yourself? What is something you are telling yourself on a daily basis that you can’t do, can’t have, or are not worthy of?

    Let us know in the comments below and let’s keep an open discussion. Whenever you want to have further support in whatever transition you have in your life, I would love to have a conversation with you.

    7 Steps on How to Start Blogging on Your WordPress Site

    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 on 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 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 is 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.
      SiteGround Hosting Plans

    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.

    Choose a domain name

    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 a 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.

    Review and complete your offer

    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 is how to install WordPress using Softaculous:

    cPanel -> WordPress Installer -> Install

    cPanel -> Softaculous -> Blogs -> WordPress –> Install

    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 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 to your blog posts’ sidebar widgets so that you can start monetizing your blog posts.
    • Editorial Calendar Pugin:
      • The Editorial Calendar makes it possible to see all your posts and drag and drop them to manage your blog.
      • Features of this plugin include:
        • See all of your posts and when they’ll be posted.
        • Drag and drop to change your post dates.
        • Manage your drafts with our new drafts drawer.
        • Quick edit post titles, contents, and times.
        • Publish posts or manage drafts.
        • Easily see the status of your posts.
        • Manage posts from multiple authors.

    • Akismet Plugin:
      • Akismet stops the spam messages in your blog comments. Any messages recognized as blog spam get recorded in the Akismet web service and blogs all over the world become immune to it.
    • Yoast Plugin (Search Engine Optimization):
      • 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.
    • Jetpack:
      • This is a comprehensive plugin that contains a wide range of features: notifications in your toolbar, connecting the site to social networks and automatically sharing, view concise stats, allowing subscriptions to your posts to receive notifications, sharing content with Facebook, Twitter, and more.
    • Bloom Plugin:
      • 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 options landing pages such as Pop-ups, Fly-in, below the post, Inline, locked content, and in your widgets sections.

     

    • Bloom Plugin by Elegant Themes

    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, and 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.

     

    DOWNLOAD YOUR BLOGGING CHECKLIST

    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.

    Describe to us below how you would like your website to look like, who are you serving and what is the most important part of your online footprint?

     

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