Practising meditation has changed my health and my life! Just to think that 5 years ago I didn’t even know what meditation was.
I strongly believe that it should be something that t’s taught as a child. This habit needs to be instilled into us from an early age so that we allow our powerful minds to build a habit and when triggered by stressful events be able to control it.
Using meditation on a daily basis has helped me with my creative thinking, helped me relax from any stressful situations and help me focus my thoughts on what I want from life. However, in the beginning was hard until I found my meditation “mojo”!
Like I said I didn’t have a clue what meditation was, it’s benefits and how to actually do it. I was introduced to this concept when I started working with coaches. In the beginning, I resisted and to be completely honest I haven’t followed through. In other words, resistance was clouding my thoughts. My inner chatter was taking control of my mind and telling me to “just give up” doing it.
Yet, I persisted! I become aware of my thoughts and allow them to roam my mind until they were just whispers or complete silence. This is why I love listening to guided meditations. My breathing is guided and the words that are said transform into beautiful images in my mind. I can then start rewriting my own desires and intentions the way I want them to materialise.
In effect doing any sort of meditation doesn’t need to be hardcore or difficult.
Here are 5 reasons why meditation doesn’t have to be hardcore:
You don’t need to stare at a white wall for hours on end! Start with shorter lengths of time, like 5/10 minutes in the morning and evening and start increasing the time every day. What is important is that you do it consistently. Every time I come off the meditation “wagon”, I feel 10 x more stressed than when I am doing it on a regular basis.
Your inner chatter is already intense so why should you accumulate even more overwhelming thoughts. Choose a daily routine that fits with your schedule. There is no right or wrong when it comes to meditation. I often do it during the day when I feel I need to quiet my mind and focus on a specific intention or goal. Also when I have to give a presentation or live webinar, I always do the 2-3-5 Meditation sessions which I learned from my client Coach Vibha Sharma.
Where should you do your meditations? No, you don’t need to seat in the lotus position in a zen room. Personally, I love to do my meditations in the morning in nature in a secluded place away from distractions. In the evening I love to listen to guided meditations in bed whilst lying down. I can feel all sorts of sensations while I am relaxing in bed. My preferred place is a quiet place on the beach. Feeling my toes sink into the sand, hearing the waves crashing and the sea breeze touching my face. It’s the perfect moment to quiet my mind and just be in the moment.
There are many types of mindful meditation techniques. The thing is, you need to choose the one that feels comfortable to you. I allow this flexibility with my clients even though I also teach them how to meditate through art expression. I know others that do walking meditation, yoga meditation, mantra meditation, transcendental meditation, breath awareness meditation, art guided meditation amongst others. Try them out and stick with what works for you.
After your meditation session, grab your journal and start writing describing what has come up during your session. Just simply write what you felt, what you were doing and how you interpreter it. Let your pen take over the lines of your journal or the brush strokes invade the blank pages of your art journal.
IT’S A WRAP
Every time I find an interesting meditation video on YouTube, I save it onto a playlist so that I can return to it later and listen to it.
I have a selection only for meditations which I go to all the time. It helps me to be consistent with my meditation routine and inspired by others. Besides, It’s a good idea to follow guided meditations so that your mind doesn’t wander and get distracted.
I’ve created a playlist on my YouTube Chanel and I’m inviting collaborators to add their suggestions. So with that said, I would love to have your recommendations. Every time you come across a fabulous meditation video please add it to the list or maybe you have a meditation of your own that you would like to include on the list.
Let me know in the comments if you’ve enjoyed the Meditation selection so far and what is your preferred meditation type?
Your boss doesn’t need to know about these 5 steps you need to master and take your 1-2-1 offering to the MASSES!!
PSSST All Coaches, this is for you if you are…
An existing established Coach, Consultant or Educator who is exhausted of trading time for money.
A newbie or a less established business owner. This will give you a recurring monthly group membership ready to promote and start enrolling and engaging with your community.
I’ve been working with Coaches and creative businesses for a few years. While helping them put together their online presence, I’ve noticed that there are 5 main areas that are keeping them stuck, fearful and not taking action. The reality is that each area is equally important to overcome stagnation in your business and finally allow you to reach the next level in their coaching business.
The majority of coaches I talk to are still “comfortably” commuting to their corporate jobs all week and running their side hustle in their spare time. They are exhausted and frustrated as they are continuously trying to fit their one on one clients into their busy work and family schedule.
If you’ve ever wondered how you can turn your 1 to 1 coaching or mentoring service into an awesome group programme. Impacting many in one go without compromising on transformational value. Then stay tuned because you’re going to LOVE my brand new programme 5 Steps to 5k in 5 Days Intensive Programme.
If you’ve had enough of trading time for money and want more ease and freedom to do what you want with your spare time, maybe this is for you right now!
Maybe you’re stuck and don’t know how to monetise your expertise, knowledge and skills. Is this you?
Are you feeling frustrated by the relentless hunt for new clients and you wish you could leverage your time? What to find the know-how so your business supports you, rather than the other way around?
Just imagine having a clear, step by step plan to build your thriving community of paying clients. You’re in your element serving dream clients who are getting incredible results and you’re even making money while you sleep!! isn’t that incredible?
Wanna know how you can make this happen with ease?
There are exactly FIVE steps to master this and all you need to do is to keep it simple. I use the K.I.S.S method with all my clients. The simpler you keep these steps the faster you will progress through the online murky waters.
Step 1 – “Heal with Art”
It all starts in your mind. 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. In this step, we are going to help you “Heal with Art” therapy and we are going to use a creative process to gain self-awareness and self-reflection in order to gain insight and develop self-control over our emotions. The Artwork is a visual representation of thoughts, feelings and daily images. These mental images can offer solutions to problems and insights into the cause of these feelings. Those insights allow you to accept and create new responses to emotions felt. This, in turn, will help you to improve self-esteem, extraordinary self-empowerment and the development of skills that will help you to deal with life’s challenges. The creative process can foster self-awareness, boost self-esteem and increase personal growth.
Art is a symbolic language that taps into the unconscious and unleashes your true potential.
Step 2 – “Less is More” when we talk about what content you deliver to your audience
You are so incredibly gifted however you keep doubting yourself and question if your knowledge and skills are valuable or worth showing off to the world. This Step of the 5-5-5 Intensive Workshop will allow you to focus on exactly what content your audience needs to move forward towards what they want to achieve. It is important that you package your knowledge in a way that is going to give your tribe more ease and flow and not overwhelm them with too much. This is a results-driven framework that focuses on clear and focused milestones to get your members from “Where they are right now” to “Where they want to be”. You are guiding them through their journey and help them close the gap quicker and simpler. You want your audience to reach their destination without stumbling into any obstacles and feel a blissful accomplishment with their actions.
Step 3 – Super Simple Delivery System
We are going to keep your group program delivery super simple so that you start attracting, enrolling and keeping your paying clients happy inside your group program. Yes, there are other super luxurious options but the most important thing right now is to keep you focused on exactly what they want from you and move you forward into achieving your thriving community. I know what you’re thinking, “I’m not techie”. Reality is that this thought is keeping you stuck from delivering your digital program to your audience. Let me show you how to keep it simple but still effective and having your members wowed with what they can achieve.
“Obstacles can’t stop you. Problems can’t stop you. Most of all, other people can’t stop you. Only you can stop you.” — Jeffrey Gitomer
Step 4 – Your Client Attraction system
Now, is time to start putting a system in place so that you are not constantly hunting for clients. I know you feel invisible and you don’t have a big following and I also know that your “invisibility” is making you anxious and drained of your energy.
What will you need to launch your group program? People (aka leads) right? And what do you need to attract those leads?
A Lead Generator, some call it Lead Magnet, freebie, offer, webinar, video series, cheatsheets, presentations etc
What do you think your lead generator needs to have in order to make a difference so that your prospects will give you their email address in exchange?
An EXPERIENCE, you need to take your audience on an adventure.
This is the advice I give my clients when we’re building their MAGNET of leads.
I guide them through visualising and feeling exactly what their audience wants to feel, do or think.
In this step, you are going to build your “Attraction” lead magnet with the help of a framework I’ve built over the years. I even have some templates that you can use straight away so that you’re not worrying on how you are going to deliver this offer and just focus on the value that you deliver to your audience and solve their nagging problem.
Step 5 – Engaging your Tribe and taking care of your paying clients
In this final step, we are talking about once you’ve started attracting your tribe and they’ve gone through your client attraction system and they’ve bought your group program… how do you orient them and keep them happy? This is important because without this you will lose them. They will lose interested in your monthly membership and they will stop paying you hence stopping your recurring revenue stream. Without this, they will get despondent and therefore that will reflect badly on you as a coach and/or teacher.
You’ll want to start taking care of your paying clients so that you don’t lose them.
You want an engaging and happy community that you’re supporting on a monthly basis.
In this step, I am equipping you with the necessary tools so that you can onboard your members and keep them engaged and interacting with your teachings. Your clients will feel joyful because they are moving forward with their vision and having more freedom to do what they are passionate about. They are getting the results they want which means more referrals and more exposure for YOU.
IT’S A WRAP
I know that at the end of this 5-day intensive programme, you’re going to have everything set up to begin attracting, enrolling, and keeping your paying clients happy inside your group program.
I know what you’re thinking, “I’m not techie”. Reality is that this thought is keeping you stuck from delivering your digital program to your audience. Let me show you how to keep it simple but still effective and having your members wowed with what you’ve achieved.
This is not yet another program that you are going to do and just add it to a long list of others unfinished. Every day I’ll be teaching you, guiding you, supporting you and holding you accountable to take focused action! One of the biggest challenges for so many coaches that really keeps them stuck is taking that first step to launching perfectly imperfectly!
Don’t wait until you have everything perfect otherwise, you’ll be in constant overwhelm and truth is? Perfection is a fallacy! After all, if you wait until your perfect moment then you’ve reached the end with no room to grow! This 5-day intensive is just £555! That’s right! If you take action and follow-through you could potentially 10 x your investment within a few short weeks!
Just like my client Sanae Floyd, who took my super simple strategy and launched her group programme at $3k, making $15k in one weekend!
Ready to launch your group programme at a super-fast time and leverage your life for more freedom?
I always give 1000% of my attention and knowledge to those that want to thrive and build their community and I totally believe in your abilities to succeed.
It’s time to draw a line on the sand and start believing in yourself.
Are you procrastinating and avoiding working on your business?
Co-working might be something that you should consider. Don’t just sit there wondering what to do! Start co-working.
The first time I heard of co-working was when I started my business however I never really experienced it. I thought it was a place where one goes to access fast internet and work on client work away from distractions. Little did I know!
The fact is that when you work from home it’s easy to get distracted with daily chores such as loading the washing machine, preparing dinner for the kids and so on.
Distractions are the number one reason for procrastination and not doing the work.
What is co-working?
Coworking spaces are shared workspaces often connected with a community approach. Coworkers work collaboratively in a physically shared space.
What are the benefits of a co-working space?
Lack of household distractions;
Socialization with other like-minded individuals
Flexible workspace and facilities (like free coffee and fast internet).
This is why co-working is so awesome! 5 Awesome Things You Can Learn From Co-working…
1. Word of advice, don’t just sit at your computer and stare at it not knowing where to start!
I urge you to do your research and find out places where you could start co-working. Look into possible places online or locally offline. Contact some of your connections and ask them where they normally go to co-work. Above all, this will really help with decreasing your procrastination state and enable you to achieve so much more in a few hours.
2. Some of you might actually need a physical space to work.
Maybe you are working on your dining table or you have your computer on your lap. It’s possible that you don’t have a sassy office space yet and therefore you want to be in a more professional space when you have your client calls. The environment where you work has a huge influence on how you perform your tasks. An untidy desk says a lot about your state of being. When you go to a shared office the last thing you want others to see is an untidy desk and so you keep it minimal because you know at the back of your mind that space is going to be taken by someone else after you.
3. Knowing that you are in a shared workspace with other like-minded people, gives you a boost on your productivity and performance.
Unconsciously your mind knows that you are being watched by others and so it keeps you away from anything else that you might be thinking about doing like the daily chores I talked about earlier. Your mind knows that the time that you’ve compromised to work on your task is exactly for that, to be focused on the task ahead and complete it (or nearly complete it).
Another factor that your mind also knows is that you are to competing with anybody in the workspace. You are just simply focused on what you need to do. This is very similar to the laser coaching sessions I facilitate with my group in Radical Launch System. We meet online where each member has a 15 min laser coaching “Hot Seat” session to express a specific concern, problem, opportunity or block they wish to address and resolve.
4. Online co-working spaces are freaking awesome.
Especially those that are organised in a way that you set your goal for your session and then give you enough time and space to just start working on what you intended to do. The leader of the co-working space will set the time and will check in with you at the end of the set time to know how you’re doing.
Doing it online has the advantage of not needing to travel to anywhere else but you need to be very disciplined with this and eliminate all distractions. I would suggest you communicate with other family members that you don’t want to be disturbed for the next couple of hours. Put your mobile phone on mute and come out of all social media platforms while you’re focusing on completing your task. Also, I would also have some beverages already prepared or some snacks if you think the co-working session is going to be a long one.
5. There is something truly empowering with verbally talking about what we are working on in our co-working session.
Firstly, it gives us a sense of peace to be able to finish our task without interruptions. Secondly a sense of accomplishment. I have recently attended an online co-working space and let me tell you honestly I’ve achieved more in 3 hours than what I set to do in one week. I was super focused on what I wanted to accomplish which was writing the sales page copy for my 5 Steps to 5k in 5 Days Intensive and I did it! If I sound surprised with myself is because I truly am. So now that I’ve experienced the power of co-working spaces, there is no holding me back. Therefore, I already have my next session booked up and pencilled in my calendar.
IT’S A WRAP
Either you do this offline or online you will soon start seeing levels of increased productivity. It will make you feel like you’ve accomplished a huge amount of tasks that otherwise you wouldn’t if you were working alone without support. Let me know in the comments if this is something that you are thinking about doing? If you’ve done it before I would love to know your feedback too.
Part 1 – Where I talk about membership levels, creating groups for upgrade and downgrade, rules and coupons. The MemberPress plugin is very reasonably priced compared with others in the market place.
Part 2 – In this blog article, I talked about keeping your members in the loop, reporting and managing your course and program users. I also showed you the different payment gateways, system emails and email marketing integration.
Now, let’s finalize this topic with the last five. I’ve built a few membership subscriptions with this plugin and I love the flexibility and the range of integrations that it has with other 3rd party platforms. This means that you can automate your membership platform with other services to give you.
11. Learning Management Systems Integrations:
What is LMS? It is a platform for digital learning. Let’s break it down…
L — stands for Learning. With an LMS, you can create a place where you can store all your online courses and training materials.
M — Management. You can manage programs and/or courses and students. You can manage and generate reports to be assessed and to improve your business efficiency. An LMS is a well-organized system where you manage the training process.
S — System. A computer system, to be exact. An LMS automates the most boring and tedious work such as grading, processing statistics, and preparing reports. Plus, you can train your employees without leaving the office, managing all the processes right from your work computer.
In other words, an LMS is like your own online Academy. The system allows you to store and create eLearning Courses, provides learners access to the content, and helps you evaluate the results. Beyond courses, this system is also used by coaches to store their knowledge and program content enabling them to leverage their time instead of constantly trading time for money. We go deep in setting this system in the Radical Launch System program, where I and my team offer a Done 4 You membership site development whilst we are putting together the meaty core content for your group programs.
There are so many that I would probably need to do a new article just to talk about these. I’ll leave you here with a short screenshot so that you can have an idea.
13. Affiliate Royale:
Affiliate Royale is an Add-on of MemberPress which makes it possible to build an Affiliate Program for your services so that others can earn a commission when they promote your business. When you’ve built a client base who is willing to recommend your services this is when this plugin comes into play. In my previous blog article, How To Build a Tribe of Ambassadors for your Business, where I show you exactly how this works.
14. Gamification is the evolution of online learning.
It is a fact that we all learn better and much quicker when we are having fun. This plugin integration GamiPress allows you to involve your Tribe in your content and reward them for their actions. have you seen
15. Are you coming from another membership system? You can use the MemberPress Importer!
Whether you are coming to MemberPress from another membership system, moving your site to a new domain, or are adding a membership portion to your existing site, you may have a need to migrate certain things over. The MemberPress importer is a powerful tool that allows you to import important data into your system. The most common uses for the importer is to add users and their subscriptions into MemberPress from a previous membership solution.
IT’S A RADICAL WRAP:
Building your own membership system is a radical decision for your business and one that you should look into sooner rather than later. If you want to package your knowledge and expertise then I urge you to look into the group business model. If you want to impact many in 1 GO, this is how you do it. This is my zone of genius, I’ve experimented with several systems and by far this has all the prerequisites of a sustainable platform. If you’re interested in knowing more about this RADICAL SYSTEM, I would love to chat with you or leave a comment below.
In this article today I’m giving you the ins and outs of five more features for MemberPress Membership WordPress Plugin. Let’s start with reminders.
6. Keeping your members in the loop.
Forgotten Password and easy reminders:
Your clients are busy running their business and their life and I bet they have a bunch of passwords that they’ve used for other courses and programs so it’s very common that they would forget what password they used in yours. You can help them by sending them a “resend welcome email” message and this is how it’s done:
Another awesome feature of this plugin is the ability to send reminders when subscriptions expire and this how you do it:
7. Reports are crucial for the scalability of your membership site:
This is how you assess what is working and what needs tweaking with your membership site. Are you retaining your members? Or are you losing your members? With the MemberPress Plugin, you can easily and quickly have an overview of all your membership level performance. Watch the video below as I show you how to generate reports inside your membership site.
8. Make it easier for your members to pay you:
There are a few payment gateway options inside MemberPress settings option and for each of them, there are video tutorials available to help you set it up. Some are very straight forward however the Paypal option can be a bit tricky. This is what is available right now inside this system:
Offline Payments, if you are receiving cheques and/or cash from your clients
Authorize.net is another option. Personally I haven’t used this option yet.
And the most popular gateway option of all is Stripe. Here’s a video tutorial on how to do this setup.
9. Emails from MemberPress Plugin System:
MemberPress has a settings tab just for its system emails. You can send emails to your members for specific actions and also to any admins within your WordPress website. I’m sharing a video tutorial explaining all the components of the emails available.
10. Email Marketing Integration:
MemberPress currently supports ActiveCampaign, AWeber, Constant Contact, ConvertKit, Drip, GetResponse, Mailchimp,MailPoet, and Mailster, email list integrations, which you can use to collect a member’s email address during signup. This can be very useful for your email marketing campaigns.
If your email marketing provider is Ontraport, you can use the WP Fusion add-on from MemberPress. I will get into these add-ons feature in my next blog article – Part 3.
IT’S A WRAP
I hope you’ve enjoyed knowing about these 5 hidden features of MemberPress, but there is more to come in my next blog post. It is the last five from this list. I’m sure you will enjoy them and will be able to use them in your own membership website.
Do you have a subscription membership already? If not, why not? Would you like to find out how this plugin for WordPress will help you impact more in one go? That is what I teach in my upcoming group program – The Radical Launch System.
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