Discover Your Brilliance: Are You Working on Your Weaknesses or Strengths?

The-Focus-Factor

In sports the big winners all have one thing in common.  They spend most of their time focusing on their strengths, the things they are naturally good at.  Very little time is wasted on unproductive activities and they practice several hours a day honing their skills.

In my high school years, my twin sister and I represented our school’s track team running the 220, 440,  one-mile and two-mile.  I’m sure you can just about guess the races I enjoyed most.  You guessed it, the 220 and 440.  Now I’ll be the first to admit, I was pretty good running the mid-distance races but, I was not the best.  In practice, our training became more focused on our strength; distance running and very little time on our weakness, mid-distance.

If you spend too much time working on your weaknesses, all you end up with is a lot of strong weaknesses!”
– Dan Sullivan, Business Coach

Coach Elkins, taught us that working on our weaknesses didn’t give us a competitive edge or position us to be the best in our race, doing that would mean we would be average runners, and he didn’t have an average team.  He didn’t believe in time-wasters, he focused solely on our God-given talents as distance runners which ultimately resulted in coming in 1st and 2nd place in the mile and two-mile at just about every track meet locally and regionally.

Fast forward to today.  I’m a wife, mother of 5 children, grandmother of 4 and a #womenpreneur for over 15 years.  Talk about a busy schedule. I had been running my business on a wing and a prayer, constantly asking God, when, God when?  When will the breakthrough come?

After reading tons of books, attending webinar after webinar, trying this trend and that trend, I made a conscious decision to find my brilliance.  Remembering what I had learned from my high school track coach, I decided the only way to do that was to FOCUS on my strength.  Coincidentally enough, I had been reading the book ~ The Power of FOCUS – How to hit your business, personal and financial targets with confidence and certainty by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen and Les Hewitt that confirmed my decision.  In the book, they shared “4” questions you should ask yourself to clearly define your area of brilliance and I thought I’d share them with you.

“4” Questions Every Womenpreneur Should Ask Herself to Discover Her Brilliance

  1. What do you do effortlessly–without a lot of study or preparation?
  2. What do you do that other people find difficult?
  3. What opportunities exist in today’s marketplace for your area of brilliance?
  4. What could you create using your unique talents?

 

Natural brilliance combined with the daily discipline to consistently hone your skills is what separates you from everyone else.
– Danette Moss

Are you aligning your strengths and passions with what you are working on daily?

 

A big part of your life is discovering what your God-given talents are, then implementing and applying them to the best of your ability.  You know I’m all about strategic systems, and I honestly think that creating systems in your business can free up time for you to build those relationships around you, but also that your business relationships can be a system, one of support and accountability when established correctly. It’s one of the reasons I’m so pleased to announce Get Your SASS On LIVE!

This 3-day event takes place in May of 2018, but for the next 15 days only there’s a special on the ticket price. Tickets to Get Your SASS On LIVE are $397 – but starting today until December 25th, Christmas day you can save 50% off with Early Bird pricing at $198.50.

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As wifepreneurs, divorced mompreneurs and single mompreneurs, we will all face a defining moment that can transform our lives in positive or negative ways,  but our choices and responses toward every situation will ultimately determine whether you end up living with abundance or living in poverty.

 

HOW PLANNING YOUR BUSINESS CAN BE FUN AGAIN

5 Day SASSy Life and Business Vision Board Challenge

If you’re like me, the term ‘business plan’ brings to mind pages and pages of boring text, endless graphs and charts and mind-numbing statistics. Everyone said it’s important and you’re dreading the day that someone asks you for one or worse, you realize you need a loan from the bank and have to face it again.  It could be the single most boring thing on the planet, and if you’re like me you either skipped that torture entirely or have a half-finished document saved in an unnamed folder on your hard drive you try to ignore so you won’t feel guilty about it.

While I can’t guarantee you won’t ever have to someday face that dreaded business plan (or at least hire someone to face it for you) I can cheerfully tell you that there is an alternative that is just as, if not more, effective as a stiff, traditional business plan, and about twenty times more fun.

The SASSy Business Plan 

How much more motivated would you be on a daily basis if you had a bright, colorful business plan sitting on a wall in your home office or kitchen full of all the things that make you excited to get to work? What would that kind of drive do to your business?

The bright, motivational business plan I’m talking about is what is commonly referred to as a vision board. You collect and arrange images that represent what you want to achieve in your life and business and place it somewhere you can always see it. It will act as a constant reminder of what you need to do in order to see your dreams fulfilled. You can place quotes and aspirations that speak to you on it and instead of having to go on a hunt through google when you’re in a rough patch, you can see the quotes while you work and use them to push you further.

Maybe you want to spend more time with your kids or take your spouse on another honeymoon. Maybe you want to finally hit the six-figure mark in your business or sell out a conference room for an event. Maybe you want to stop paying rent and move to a house in the suburbs without a mortgage. You wouldn’t find any of these things on a traditional business plan, true, but the fact is you’re not a traditional business. Because they speak to you and are a part of where you want to go in life, they are things you need to focus on to help you achieve them.

Focusing on your end goal is critical to long-term success and achieving that end goal. As humans, we have to be reminded of why we’re doing what we’re doing, and a vision board is a perfect, personal reminder.

Why SASSy Vision Boards Work

Traditional business plans are all about money. How much you need, how much you’re going to spend, how much you’re going to make, what you’re going to do with the rest. As womenpreneurs we have money needs, but we’re not driven by money. We’re driven by security, yes, but not money. We’re driven by the desire to give our kids a better life than we had, yes, but not money by itself. We have needs that need to be fulfilled by the money we want to make, yes, but when we focus more on the money than the dream we become disconnected and our businesses become a second job that’s more stressful than the one we walked away from.

SASSy Vision boards work because they put the focus back on the dream and allow you to see the steps to get there. Focusing on the dream allows you to focus on the things you enjoy, which may seem unrealistic and woo-woo at first because we were raised with the idea that making money could not be fun. That’s simply not true.

Focusing on the things you enjoy causes you to be more productive. Some of the most successful people in the world have uses SASSy vision boards to get clear on what they wanted and chart the steps to get there. That’s exactly why these kinds of vision boards work.

SASSy vision boards are Strategic, Actionable, Signature and Systematic. They’re more than a bunch of pictures glued to cardboard. They are crafted strategically, outline actionable, progressive steps that are unique to you and show you the systems needed to achieve your goals. The images that represent what you want are placed and arranged in a manner that outlines a path for you to take and places your ultimate goal at the forefront to keep you grounded and focused on what you want to achieve.

SASSy vision boards work because they give your brain the two things it needs to guide you toward success: images and a map.

Those images keep your mind aware of what you’re working on and why and help to draw connections between where you are now and your next steps, which can be a motivator more powerful than 24 full hours of motivational videos on Youtube.

Sure, no banker is going to accept your vision board as a viable business plan, but that’s their loss. When it comes to getting clear on what you really want, charting the course to get there and getting excited about your business again, you can’t go wrong with a SASSy vision board. If your banker knew about them, he’d agree.

Sign up for the FREE SASSy Life/Business Vision Board Workshop today!

Puzzle Building and Womenpreneurship. . .

“Life isn’t about finding pieces of a puzzle. It’s about creating and putting those exceptional pieces together.”
-Glen Van Dekken

Sunday’s are the days I look for inspiring quotes or statements to start my work week. I use them as motivators. So I decide to check out my Instagram peeps to see if something would speak to me.

As soon as I clicked on the app I hit the jackpot. The quote I found spoke to my life and business. It was written by a childhood friend and neighbor of mine, Zoe Brown, creative blogger at www.gonegirlgo.com whose mission is to motivate women to make their brilliant ideas blossom.

In her article, Jigsaw Puzzles and the Power of Random Thoughts, Zoe shared three types of puzzle builders in the world:

  • Exact match types use the box cover as a guide to piece together a puzzle. They usually sort by color or patterns to determine the different sections of the puzzle.
  • Random types piece together puzzles without any strategy. It’s trial and error with them.
  • Border types piece together corners and edges first before tackling the inside area. When it comes to organizing, there’s an OCD like quality about them.

This had me thinking about how I approach my business and family life. As a young child, I grew up with parents who were business owners which sparked the entrepreneur bug in me. My dad was very strategic in the moves he made when it came to building his businesses and although we sometimes didn’t understand why or how he was able to maintain them for almost 40 years, somehow it always worked out because he built his structure and filled the inside in as he went along.

As a previous Single Mompreneur, Divorced Mompreneur and now Wifepreneur, I get it. . . I get that there has to be some sort of method to the madness (foundation/structure) and that having a plan/strategy will help you tackle those (the inside heart of the matter area’s) critical areas in your life and business.

“I start building the frame first because it’s easier to fill in the inside once there’s a structure.”
-Zoe Brown

To read Zoe Brown’s article in its entirety click this link: Jigsaw Puzzles and the Power of Random Thoughts.

Share your thoughts on this article with Zoe in her Facebook group: GoneGirlGo 6 to 11 Network. I’ll be sharing my thoughts.

Thanks Zoe for sharing this with us.

 

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Unlike a blog or even email, where the conversation is pretty much one way, a Facebook Group will allow you to stay in closer contact with other womenpreneurs.  Join the Get Your SASS On™ today!

We’re already having some fantastic conversations.
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Picture source: Zoe Brown
Excerpts from: Gone Girl Go Blog

Womenpreneur, what choices are you making in your life and business?

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About a month ago, I asked someone a question about a particular situation that affected a client I was assisting.  Their response was so negative and to make matters worse, the person responded with a condescending tone and never answered the question.   I responded back to the person out of frustration which didn’t help the client at all, it just delayed things even longer.  Then it dawned on me.  Even though that individual had a patronizing attitude , I still had a choice in the matter to not allow anyone to dictate my response.  As a mother of 5 children, I always remind them that even though they may be right about something, how they respond could cause the situation to end up not favorable on their behalf.  I couldn’t wait to share that experience with my younger children.  Afterall, if I expected them to respond a certain way , then I needed to remember to practice what I preach, right?  It was a lesson well learned.

Life doesn’t just happen to you.  It’s all about CHOICES and how you respond to every situation
– Canfield, Hansen and Hewitt

This includes the choices you display in the business world every day.  Your choices play a major role in how your future unfolds.    As wifepreneurs, divorced mompreneurs and single mompreneurs, we will all face a defining moment that can transform our lives in positive or negative ways,  but our choices and responses toward every situation will ultimately determine whether you end up living with abundance or living in poverty.

Please share the day you decided to respond differently and your end result below in the comments section.

Are You Having Trouble Organizing Your Life and Business?

Successful Womenpreneurs Don’t Drift to The Top

Successful People Don't Drift To The Top It Takes Focused Action

Don’t be a quitter

Last week I picked up the revised special 10th Anniversary Edition book, The Power of Focus, How to hit your business, personal and financial targets with confidence and certainty written by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen and Les Hewitt.  I can’t put it down.  Each chapter is field with tons of information that you can use in your personal life and business.  In chapter one alone, I’ve found several statements that I was able to turn into quotes so I thought I’d share them with you all in a form of a picture.

Successful people don’t drift to the top.  It takes focused action, personal discipline and lots of energy every day to make things happen.
-Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen and Les Hewitt

This quote and all of the others I’ll be sharing I believe will help myself and other Womenpreneurs maintain focus and take action in there personal and business life?

Please share them with your friends…

Having Trouble Organizing Your Life and Business?