You started your business to have fun and enjoy every moment, right?
Not to be stuck in your computer 24/7 or being anxious about your next business move.
I can honestly say that I know exactly what you are going through. I also started my own business because I wanted to be my own BOSS and be proud of what I’m doing. I want my family and friends to be proud of what I’ve achieved and be inspired to take the leap too.
But first and foremost I just wanted to have more time and freedom to run my business on my own terms and definitely have loads of FUN doing it.
Ultimately feel like the Badass #Boss that I am.
I remember back a time when I fully enjoyed what I was doing and how easy it just flowed. I was in my most creative mode where my ideas made sense and my vision started to get clear and clear. I also recall times where confusion and frustration were the most predominant feelings and that is not a good state to BE in because if we don’t shift that horrendous state of mind, it just escalates into an uncontrollable snowball of negative emotions.
Always Seek HELP!
When we feel confused and stressed out, there is no way we are going to be able to focus on what we want to achieve. It’s all a mess in our minds. To be honest, this can escalate terribly if we don’t seek the right help. Let’s face it we can’t function alone, we are tribal beings that need encouragement from our peers. I’ve discovered that the hard way and I don’t want you to do the same.
At times I just need to confide in a trusty friend or biz bestie, to LET OUT all the emotions that I am feeling so that I can release the tension and frustration. A listening ear is a great help in desperate moments or even just someone with a different perspective.
It’s Time to Unleash Your Inner Badass Boss
I am on a mission to help you seek clarity in what you truly WANT.
What is the Vision for your FUTURE self? We focus on what others want so easily and we neglect our “selfish” wants. I want to empower you to seek clarity in what you really want and NOT what you expect others to want from you. Are you constantly waiting for someone else to tell you how amazing and talented you are? What if that person never comes along in your life? Then What?
You don’t want to find yourself alone aimlessly navigating life without a purpose.
You see, we all have stresses and frustrations in our life. The thing is, if we allow that to spiral and control us, we will never achieve what we really WANT in life. The moment you are so caught up in what you desperately NEED, you don’t allow yourself to dig deep into your true “purpose” and what you want to achieve in your life.
9 out of 10 times when I talk to my prospects, they come on a call with me and ask me “How do I get this?”, “How do I do this?” “What do I need to do to be confident online?”, “Where do I start?” and there is more but let me STOP you right there!
All those questions in your head are overwhelming you and they are making you play small… play safe. I bet that every single day you wake up and you ask yourself those questions… over and over again desperately looking for a solution. Anxiety and frustration are leaving you exhausted and with no energy to do anything in your business.
Wouldn’t you rather have ease, have more fun and self-belief so that you can actually be in a space where you are attracting all you desire?
Everything that you are imagining and thinking right now is affecting your ability to move forward. Your mind is a muscle that needs to be trained and guided. You just need to dig deep into your PAST disempowering inner chatter, release and let go of what is not serving you NOW, and recreate a new empowering story for your FUTURE self.
Eliminate your fears and createyournew empowering story
Discover the daily habits to help you turn yourdesires into reality
Turn your BIG (scary) idea into an actionable and an exciting project
You’ll find more details of what is happening in our 3 days together in here and a way to join us live on the 29th October, 30th of October and We are celebrating on the 31st of October with a massive PARTY. Bring your dancing shoes and your NEW journal so that you can document all the shifts you will make.
The burnout signs can happen at any time in your life.
When you least expect it, the burnout signs start to build up in your body until it explodes either mentally or physically. Either you’ll be employed, unemployed, or running your own business.
So, what is burnout?
Burnout is a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress. It occurs when you feel overwhelmed, emotionally drained, and unable to meet constant demands.
It can indeed wipe off the joy out of your career, friendships, and family interactions. However, this silent predator is not easily detected. You can have these signs for years until it reaches a stage of depression.
5 Burnout Signs That Had Gone Way Too Far
Stare into oblivion – Mental and Physical Exhaustion:
I first experienced this when I had my first baby. I was already 36 years old and completely clueless about how to take care of a baby. I used to say to myself “why don’t they come out with a manual”. You see, if I had a manual I could just follow instructions, and all was good. So I got one, “Gina Ford” book which saved my life at the time. However, the lack of sleep and adult interaction with my work colleagues soon drove me into postnatal depression. It was suggested by the midwife that I needed to see the doctor so that she could prescribe me something for my condition. I politely declined and got on with my life. There were times that I was climbing the walls and I was missing terribly going back to work, where I knew my job was valued and I knew exactly what to do.
Once I was so tired that I was staring into my coffee machine waiting for the coffee to come out. My body was present in the kitchen in front of the coffee machine but my mind was somewhere else entirely. So much so that the coffee filled the counter and I burst into tears because I couldn’t control the situation. Exhaustion delays your reflexes and your ability to think quickly.
Unspeakable Health Issues:
Stress will catch up with you either be mentally or physically in your body. From the moment I was able to be free to do whatever I want, I always just did it. Meaning that I wouldn’t think twice about the consequences. My impulsive nature always guided me in the path that I was meant to be. Most recently intuition is ruling my world. I suppose “intuition” has always been there but unfortunately I wasn’t able to use it properly. I was indeed very impulsive but at the same time courageous but I was missing a secret ingredient which was the ability to tap into my intuition.
Most recently, stress caught up with me. Like literally and I didn’t even see it coming. Suddenly, all these horrible rashes started appearing in my feet and hands. Intense itchiness, redness, and formation of small blisters filled with clear fluid started to appear first in my foot and then in my hands. I immediately saw the doctor who was prompt to give me some injections but also was told me that this was due to stressful situations in my life and if not controlled they will appear again. So, I urge you to be vigilant for any anxiety triggers in your life to avoid these eruptions in your body or even become aware of your emotional state.
Your mind controls your body (aka the immune system) and when you have a weak immune system, all sorts of illnesses can appear spontaneously. Doing daily meditation can help you overcome these and heal you from the inside out.
Lack of Motivation and performance:
It is September of 2014, and I’m having a strange feeling in my gut as I arrive at work. That day, the company was working for announced massive redundancies in the workplace. Even though my position was safe I felt enormous empathy towards my colleagues. Needless to say that days after my energy and motivation completely changed. It was the time that I said to myself “enough is enough” and made the bold decision to fire my boss in order to start my own business.
Constant worrying about what’s not yet concrete (aka the Future):
“With great responsibility, comes great power”. This quote has been stuck in my mind for a while. It’s true that my life as I was growing up was simple and empty of life’s responsibility. My family provided for me and that is A-Okay, they were teaching me how to embrace the POWER of responsibility. The moment I left my parent’s house to live by myself, I understood the “power” that I had. The responsibility of the work-life demands was at times very worrying. That’s why I had to tame the power I had in me to progress and move forward with worrying of what’s to come. And this is why is important that you take care of the most important person in the world. YOU!
Not taking care of number 1 – ME:
The moment you neglect yourself, things start to go downhill pretty quickly and burnout is inevitable. Choose time for you, to unwind, to do your hobbies, to just take a walk down the beach, to relax. I feel so re-energized when I pamper myself. It’s like I’m a new person, full of joy, happiness, and energy. Also, taking care of yourself increases your creativity and self-expression.
Here’s another article that is very helpful to help you reduce stress. Did you know that “gum chewing may relieve stress responses?” I was pleasantly surprised too. Which of these 12 scientifically-backed ways to reduce stress are you going to implement today?
What can you do to prevent burnout:
Meditate to Alleviate
Creating a designated time to meditate consistently will help you to relax your mind from stressful situations. And meditation doesn’t have to be hardcore. I speak about this in my other article 5 reasons why meditation doesn’t have to be hardcore. It requires discipline though to start building a habit and to stick with it. Meditation has definitely helped me fight the burnout symptoms that I’ve felt throughout my life. It has helped me become aware of the present moment and reduce stress.
Hobbies can be a lifesaver
It is crucial to find something outside of work that you are passionate about doing. Whether be a hobby, sports or fitness activities or even volunteering in the community with some charity work. It has been proven that those that keep themselves occupied even after retirement, have an active and healthy mind and body.
Play the “Pull the Plug” Game
With the evolution of technology in our present society, more distractions are at our fingertips. This is why is super important to set boundaries by unplugging and spending time with loved ones. Set a date for your next holidays. Imagine yourself already on holiday with your family or friends. For inspiration, check out our 5 daily habits to boost your creative power.
Get Enough Sleep
I’ve always been a night owl and I know that many of you are too. However, I’ve recently realized how important it is to have proper sleep to stay away from burnout. The realization happened when after successfully completing a MindValley program with Dr. Michael Breus, The Mastery of Sleep. After many years of deprived sleep, your body starts to reach its limit, and therefore in order to refuel your brain and your body, it’s imperative that you have a healthy sleep pattern.
Often, when we burnt out, we forget a lot. There might be a task or 2 that is going to slip through the cracks. Start planning your day, write down all the to-do’s you have for the week, put them in your calendar to remind you. That way, it’s easier to be on top of things and you don’t panic when things are not done. Create a reminder system and not don’t just rely on what’s in your head. I use a digital calendar but I also have a planner which I carry around whenever possible.
Make Self-care Your #1 Priority
Make an appointment with yourself! No, seriously, when you feel that you are exhausted and your thoughts don’t make any sense. You are shouting and feeling quite irritable… PAUSE and take a step back. Ask yourself: “Where is this feeling coming from?”, “What has caused this event to escalate?”.
Asking yourself powerful questions will help you to find out why you are stressed out. 8 out of 10 times, these feelings come from internal challenges that we are feeling. So, prioritizing your regular self-care will keep you motivated, doing your best work, and functioning well. Self-care is a tonic for creativity, innovation, and happiness.
IT’S YOUR TURN
I would love for you to try some of the ideas I gave you above. Which ones are you more inclined to do? The important thing is not to overthink and just do it. Is there a hobby that you’ve been thinking of pursuing? Is that painting unfinished or need a spruce up? When was the last time that you walked along the sea and felt the waves covering your toes and the soft ocean aroma covering your body with delight?
Burnout is a serious matter that can’t be ignored so watch out for those pesky signs and change your habits. Remember that you are in control of your current situation and it’s in your power to create change even if scary and daunting at times.
Do you want to find out how “Selling Without Selling Out Your Soul” can revolutionize your business?
When I started my business I thought that selling was too hard until I find out that selling without selling out your soul is much easier and simpler.
I had this belief that selling was too hard. At corporate, I used to be a Purchasing Manager so buying to specifications was easy and natural. However, when I was confronted with the idea of selling my services, I completely froze and that is when the struggle began.
You see, we build expectations about certain situations in life and that is why we make them even more unachievable. We start creating obstacles in our mind that keeps us away from the unfamiliar. The unfamiliar is uncomfortable and so at times we give up and don’t progress further. We create images and thoughts about the difficulty of the situation because we are afraid to adventure into the unknown.
Selling was my “unknown”.
I had to change my thinking and feeling around the traditional “sales calls”. Honestly, I had to leave the corporate talk behind and start being myself and truly listen to what my potential client wants to achieve. I had to tap into my own story to create the customer journey in their minds.
The reality is that without being able to find your sweet spot in your sales calls, you won’t be able to sell your services.
Therefore, without mastering the Art of Selling Without Selling Out your Soul, you will have…
Very little Cashflow;
An unsuccessful Business;
And, NO group program.
I am being as transparent as possible with you here and I know exactly what you’re going through. There are no strategies that anyone can teach you that will help you master the Art of Selling. This ability resides within you. What others do is irrelevant and sometimes detrimental to your own success. You must find that sweet spot in your business where you are selling with authenticity and there is clarity in your voice and message.
Firstly you need to master the belief that you have the power to do so authentically and without pretending to be someone you’re not. Other people will feel attracted to your honesty and ethical conduct more than if you embellish your services with things that are intangible to achieve. They will feel compelled to your own message when you speak up from a place of honesty, integrity, and truth. Selling your coaching business is a People 2 People meaningful conversation.
The moment that you shift your thinking, you will be able to:
Sell with integrity;
Own your worth;
Know that others value what you offer;
The clarity in your message and marketing activities will position you as the expert;
And, you will stimulate others buying desire through the power of your story.
Why Selling with Empathy and Integrity Matters Now More than Ever!
“People with integrity do what they say they are going to do. Others have excuses.” ~ Dr. Laura Schlessinger
Believe in what you offer your clients. You can’t sell anything if you don’t see the value it provides. Know that your potential clients are looking for the solution you provide so it would be a disservice to not put it out there.
Be mindful of your client’s needs and respect their time. Listen to what they want and why they want it. Listening has been one major thing that I had to learn profoundly. I realized that my audience does not want to know the nuts and bolts of achieving what they want. They want to get to their end goal as quickly and as easily as possible. I am a VISION BUILDER and therefore now I keep that vision vivid for them and eliminate the boring details of getting to the vision.
Know their pain and empathize with it. They want to Be where you are right now. BE the guide.
“Honesty is telling the truth whilst Integrity is staying consistent within that truth”.
Believe that your service delivers the solution. Trust that your story is going to make an impact.
Be respectful and ethical when discussing your competition.
Appreciate the fact that your prospect has taken the time to talk with you. Honor the time and space between you two, and listen more than talk.
Remain honest& loyal— even in the face of losing deals. At times is best to say NO to your prospect than a YES that doesn’t feel aligned with your purpose and mission. You’ll be able to close more sales calls if you stay true to your worth and value than selling them something that they don’t need. Seth Godin has said: “People don’t the products or services. They buy the relations, stories, and magic”.
I go more in-depth on this particular step in the 5 Steps To 5K in 5 Days Intensive Bootcamp where I am helping you master your sales calls so you can easily convert your prospects into paying clients without feeling sleazy, pushy, or out of integrity. You’ll learn the art of selling through the power of stories and authentic sales conversations that feel great for both your client to be and you. Consequently, by the time you’re done digging deep into this crucial step, you’ll love the sales conversations almost as much as your coaching conversations!
IT’S A WRAP
Think about everything that I spoke about above and let me know if it resonates with you. The moment you start selling from a place of complete integrity, authority, and honesty, that is when things start changing for the better.
Trust and own your skills like a Sales Queen and you’ll find that you won’t go back to the old ways. Would you believe if I tell you that I have sold my services just through a simple messaging conversation? Yes, it’s true because when others know what I do and the value I provide, they’ve made the decision there and then without the need for a face-to-face conversation. The conversations took place online for a while and they knew my worth and my expertise.
So you started your business and now you want to know about attracting clients.
It makes sense because a business without clients is NOT a business at all.
Let me show you all you need to know about attracting clients. And later I will tell you what you don’t need about attracting clients to your business. These are my findings from years of trial and error and what I found to be the most effective strategies.
At the beginning of your business venture, everything seems quite overwhelming. The number of things that you have to do in your business suddenly starts to become a huge task to handle. So you put to one side the most important task at hand which is attracting your clients.
You’re surrounded by experts telling you that you need X and Y in order to attract new clients when in reality is as simple as being tuned in with their wants and desires and delivering the solution they are looking for. You can’t help to start comparing yourself with others doing the same and wondering what are you doing wrong.
The answer to these thoughts and doubts is in your powerful message and how it is going to resonate with your audience. Fine-tuning your messaging is going to positioning you as the expert that they are seeking.
“People don’t buy products, they buy solutions.” – Meredith Hill
Exactly as Meredith Hill says, your clients don’t want a “pill” to get rid of their headaches temporarily. They want what you offer to get rid of once and for all of the “nagging headache” they suffer from. You know how to solve that pain. You’ve been through it yourself and YOU have the formula to make that possible.
So, NOW let’s look at the do(s) and don’t(s) of attracting clients.
What you really don’t need when attracting your clients…
The last thing you want at the beginning is super complicated funnels to run your business. It’s too many variables and these are only going to add to the long list of things to do and check.
Too many tools:
There is always a learning curve with implementing a tool. This adds more wasted time to that to-do list you’ve got and in time you’ll start resenting the time you spend learning how to manipulate a specific tool. Simple and basic is best. Your time is precious so use it well.
A BIG List:
So many times I’ve been told that I need to have a huge following and a list to succeed. In fact, this is far from the truth and another big headache to have. It would make me so frustrated because the only thing I could think about was a BIG following otherwise I wouldn’t be noticed or heard. Well, a girl needs to start somewhere right? And at the start, I had to start from ZERO! We all do. Do you want to start building your list? This course will greatly help you –Lead Magnet Mastery – your blueprint to start building your list.
A load of Content;
When you pile so much content into your programs and courses, your clients get very overwhelmed and lose interest in your amazing “formula” to their solution. In my view “less is more” in regards to your content. You are the guide that is going to take them from where they are (struggling with something) to where they want to be (aka the results they want to achieve, The reason WHY they joined your problem). So, take them through the stages slowly but surely that they will get the benefits and the results they want.
Mindset is everything! You will find out about this not only at the first stages of your business but also throughout your business journey. This is why is crucial to do your inner work before anything else. This is the 1st stage in my client’s journey. In order to set you up for success, we must build a happy and confident mindset so that they can navigate with ease and flow their business goals. Only then do they feel in total integrity and focus to start attracting clients on a consistent basis.
Now let’s tackle what you need so that you start attracting your clients authentically and with integrity…
Know your audience:
When you don’t know WHO you are talking to, how can you really know exactly what they are looking for? Knowing your potential clients is the pivotal stone to start attracting your clients because they will feel that you know exactly what they want.
Knowing them is not enough. You must get out of your own comfort zone and start building meaningful relationships. Only then you will find the connection and are able to deliver your irresistible offer. We are all connected and this is how we grow and progress. This is the main reason WHY I got hooked on running group programs.
You are the solution:
You really are the solution that they are seeking. You’ve been through the hurdle and you came out the other end glorious and happy. They WANT to be YOU. The solution is where they want to be and you can provide that to them in spades. You just need to figure out HOW.
Imagine this… you are talking to your ideal client in a networking event. You listened to what they really want and you know that you can create something incredible to help them with their nagging problem. Well, you’ve just visualized your offering. Have you ever been talking to someone and then suddenly realized that you already have what they want? That is IT! It can be just an idea to start with which will then evolve into your 1st group program.
Find your audience:
Some people think that this is an impossible task. However in reality, if you know WHO you’re talking to, WHAT they want and WHY they want it, then WHERE they are will follow. Then all you need to do is to show them HOW to get there. Sounds simple? It really is not complicated as you might think.
What Your Parents Never Told You About Escaping the 9 to 5
Our parent’s love and knowledge sometimes can cloud our own purpose and passion in life.
They don’t mean any harm. It’s all they know and they were taught since childhood. For that matter, when they tell us “you must work hard to be someone in life” or “If you don’t have a degree, you won’t be anybody in life”. All these words and statements are their own reality. It is not yours!
And it definitely is not the reality NOWADAYS!
Would you rather follow a career that you hate and doesn’t fulfill you? Would you rather do a job day in day out like a robot just because you were told that you were not good for anything else?
What Your Parents Never Told You About Escaping the 9 to 5 and why group programs could be a choice for your business:
1 – You’ll be working with a small group of people once a week for one hour instead of overloading your schedule with your 1-on1 clients. Especially if you work 40 hours a week in your job. Where can you find the time? Small groups can be run in your spare time or over the weekend.
2 – You’ve got enough time to plan your launch campaigns ahead of time. Time is relative and precious and when we want to achieve a goal in life, time is timeless. I know, I’m being philosophical but the reality is that TIME should never stop us from achieving what we want. Ask yourself this question, “If you have all the time in the world to do something, what would you do?”.
3 – You can go visible online in your own free time. It takes literally no time at all to go live on one of your social media platforms and start talking about your journey. The problem is that pressing that GO LIVE button is sometimes daunting and scary. This is something that you must work on so that it doesn’t keep you playing small. Oftentimes, this scary act is due to the inner demons that are talking to you on a daily basis and soothing your ego with comfortable thoughts.
4 – You don’t need the bells and whistles to start with. In fact, I have helped Coaches launch their programs with just a very simple delivery system and no membership site. This is exactly what I am going to talk about in my upcoming webinars – Package and Profit From Group Coaching in 5 Steps. You can find down below how to register for these webinars.
5 – If you’re doing your coaching on the side you already have all the content you need. No point in overthinking it. Keep it simple.
6 – With a group model, It’s very doable to achieve £5k-£10k+ from your 1st group program launch. How much you will profit from your group program depends on the size of the group that you are envisioning to have and then you just need to do the math. Imagine you just want a quick cash injection in your business so that you can go on that holiday that you’ve always wanted! With the system I use with my clients, this is very possible to achieve. The only thing stopping you is your ability to take a risk and see the possibilities.
7 – What your parents never told you about escaping the 9 to 5 is that when you follow what you love to do, you start to work smarter not harder. When we perform our tasks with passion, time flies and we are happy doing what we love. Your parents never told you this because in a way they didn’t know that themselves. Your parents were taught differently and then passed on what they learned to you.
Unfortunately for me, it took a long and arduous journey to realize what I was meant to do… my passionate WHY! However and in the wise words of someone, “better late than never” is a saying that I often tell myself to keep focused on my path and not beat myself up.
You see, I wanted to pursue a design career in my life. However, at the age of 15, I wasn’t mature enough to choose my direction and therefore I chose the easiest path.
I went about my life through corporate always with a feeling that something was missing but couldn’t tell exactly WHAT. For my parents as long as I had a stable paying job, that was all that mattered. They knew that I was safe and paying my bills. However, I wasn’t happy and that feeling grew inside of me like a snowball until the day that I said “enough is enough” and took the leap from my 9 to 5. I was already in my mid-forties when I discovered what I wanted to do. My love and passion for design grew once again inside me. That passion is mirrored in the results I give my clients.
At times we don’t see clearly what we actually want to achieve until we talk with somebody that has been through what we want to be and have. That’s why I’ve put together an Intensive Bootcamp tailored for you if you want to explore the incredible possibilities with online group programs/courses. I am going to show you exactly the 5 steps you’ll need to take in order to package and profit from your first group program. My upcoming webinar is full of amazing surprises when you attend in person and ask your nagging questions.
𝘖𝘯 𝘮𝘺 𝘍𝘙𝘌𝘌 “𝙋𝙖𝙘𝙠𝙖𝙜𝙚 𝘼𝙣𝙙 𝙋𝙧𝙤𝙛𝙞𝙩” 𝘸𝘦𝘣𝘪𝘯𝘢𝘳 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘥𝘪𝘴𝘤𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝘮𝘺 5 𝘴𝘪𝘮𝘱𝘭𝘦 𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘱𝘴 you need to build your 1st group program:
⚡️ Unleash Your Inner Creative Power
⚡️ Craft Your Offer So It Converts
⚡️ Super Simple Delivery System
⚡️ Your Client Attraction Blueprint
⚡️ How Top Coaches Close Sales With Integrity
Don’t miss out on this fantastic group coaching masterclass with me. 👇
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.