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I Set Healthy Boundaries

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If you’re a coach, trainer, speaker, consultant, healer or other helping profession, you may feel challenged by setting firm boundaries around your time and availability. Your nature is to help and serve… but you need to take care of yourself too so you don’t burn out.

Your Talent and Genius (#TAG) deserve this.

Here are a few places to start:

1. WORK HOURS
Create a work schedule with your available days and times. Put this in the signature line of your emails so clients see this, and let clients know your hours when they sign up to work with you. Don’t give the impression that you’re open 24/7.

2. WHAT YOU DO/ WHAT YOU DON’T DO
One of my colleagues recently shared a frustration of being asked endless technical questions from his clients. They didn’t hire him for technical help, but somewhere along the line he must have given some technical help because it opened up the floodgates. Set up the working relationship right by outlining your strengths and providing links to resources people can tap into if they need help you’re not qualified to provide.

3. AUTOMATE
We all love the personal touch, but automation can help enforce boundaries. Setting up an auto-reply on your email over the weekend, using an online calendar to book appointments, and utilizing online forums for Q and A are just a few ways to protect your precious time while still helping clients.

4. MODEL WHAT OTHERS CAN EMULATE
Like attracts like. When you model healthy boundaries, you serve your clients. They’ll be inspired to set healthy boundaries in their lives too.

5. BE CHEERFUL ABOUT YOUR BOUNDARIES
Setting boundaries isn’t about being bitchy, reactive, or whiny about what you don’t tolerate. They’re there to kindly inform people how they can best be served. Use phrases such as “in order to best serve you, I’ve created these guidelines”. Put the positive spin on your boundaries and your fear of setting them will vanish.

If you have other tips to add to this, feel free to put them in the comments.
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Grow Your Business With These 4 “Seeds”

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Waiting for instant results in your business? Tired of how long it takes to make a sale?

Before you throw your hands up in frustration, be sure you’ve got “seeds” planted in your business so it grows… even when you think things are standing still.

In this video, I share 4 “seeds” to plant in your business for long term and short term results. Some things take time- and they’re worth sticking with. Share this video with your business owner friends who might need a helpful reminder that even though you can’t always see massive growth, things ARE happening!

[VIDEO] Do Something Scary Everyday!

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In business, we need to do something scary everyday, otherwise we’re going to get STUCK where we are.

Being a business owner gives you the opportunity to work on all your inner stuff while you improve your business. Imagine where you’d be if you had never even taken the leap to start a business! It’s nonstop “stepping through the fire” when you are the owner of a business.

In honor of doing something scary, I’m sharing 3 things that really scare the heck out of me that I recently had to plunge through. You’ll find out how I did when you watch the video. Watch it all the way through because it all relates back to YOU and your growth as a business owner.

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Lame Website and the Stupid Lady Who Launched It

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After working for what seemed like FOREVER on developing the new Talent and Genius brand, launch day finally arrived.

But rather than jump up and down with excitement, I went into sheer panic!

The night before I woke up in a cold sweat. My mental chatter was at an all time high.

Talent and Genius? Who the heck is going to understand THAT? Why didn’t I just  brand around my name? Oh I know because my last name is UNPRONOUNCEABLE to anyone with less than 3 years of Spanish under their belt. Why didn’t I marry someone with a 1 syllable last name? That bastard and his 4 freakin’ syllable last name. Oh jeez, my kid is never going to make it through life with a last name like that. Oh crap. Maybe I can reinvent myself as my first name only like Cher. I wonder if I can whip up a new website like that and just pull the plug on this one. Oh dear God this is career suicide! Why did I ever want to rebrand in the first place? Why does CRAP keep happening to me? NOBODY IS GOING TO GET IT. WHO GIVES A CRAP ABOUT TALENT AND GENIUS? NOBODY WILL LIKE THIS. NOBODY WILL EVER BUY FROM ME EVER AGAIN AND I’M JUST PLAIN SCREWED!”

I looked beat the next morning. Tired, worried, fatigued… and through the night the site published.  “I’m toast. I’m going to have to get a J-O-B. I’m ruined” Wail, moan, wail, moan.

Let me assure you, I’m not normally such a wimp. I’m pretty resilient and have a high tolerance for risk. But this event triggered a super vulnerable spot in me. That crazy little whiner that hides out and sacks me when I’m at my weakest came out and sucker punched me.

I was suddenly AFRAID OF FAILURE.

And I was afraid that the exhilarating jaunt into rebranding  was nothing more than a self-obsessed foray into failure.

And it’s not like I was doing this in a dark closet, I’d been talking about my rebrand for MONTHS. OK, YEARS. So my pending humiliation was going to be PUBLIC. I could practically hear the laughter of the online masses ringing in my ears, parodies of my lame new brand going viral with titles like “Lame website and stupid lady who launched it”.

Sigh. Exhale.

==> I’m sharing this with you because there’s a slight chance you freak out like a fraidy cat when you’re about to take a big leap. <==

Maybe you’re going to speak on stage for the first time or you’re about to be interviewed for a telesummit. Maybe you’ve just launched your blog and you’re frantic that people won’t like what you’ve written. Maybe you’ve rebranded. Or maybe you’re so far ahead of the pack you actually think you’re alone and behind the pack.

Whatever it is, it’s normal to get scared when you’re taking a big leap. In fact, some would argue that the more scared you feel, the bigger the payoff when you do take the leap.

I had to go deeply into my spiritual center and find strength to keep moving forward. I had to accept that even if I did fail, it was for some greater purpose. (Yes, I’m one of those “everything has a reason” people).

Back to my launch day. My knees knocking, I obsessively checked my email and Facebook to see reactions. 

And little by little the comments came trickling in.

“I love this- it’s like you’re speaking directly to me!

“Finally, somebody who understands what I’ve been struggling with!”

“I love this, it’s amazing and kudos to you!”

Plus many more like that. And not just air kissing congrats from the biz girlfriends, but people who’ve been hiding in the shadows waiting for someone to say what I was saying. Future clients booked consultations with me and soon my calendar filled up with new clients.

So let’s recap the story:

1. I decided to take a big leap into something new and powerful.

2. I got scared sh**less when it was time to push the button. I went into lizard brain freakout mode. I was ready to quit.

3. I escaped to a place where I could regroup and find strength

4. I woke up to find my fears were all illusions and had no basis in reality.

5. I survived and found amazing gifts in the new awareness

The Moral of the Story:

If you’re about to take a big leap, say your prayers and jump. 

I can’t guarantee you won’t crack your skull. I can’t promise you riches, fame, and personal fulfillment. But I do know you won’t create change by standing still and staying where you are.

My message to you: TAKE THE LEAP!

And please share your comments below… especially if you can relate to this.

Everyday is Summer in Business

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The end of summer brings up memories for so many of us. Memories of being a kid, and for me, memories of my last career before I started my business. You see, I was a teacher who yearned to be an entrepreneur and summer after summer I never seemed to make it happen. I posted some reflections on Facebook and decided to share them here too. Please comment at the end of this post to share your thoughts. Thanks! P.S. Please LIKE my Facebook page!

[VIDEO] T.A.G. Starts Here

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Remember when you were a kid? Remember how much fun you had playing, dreaming, and being YOU?

That’s still in you… and by tapping into your Talent and Genius (T.A.G.) you can bring the best traits of your inner child to work with you TODAY.

Watch this video and find out how to integrate all these amazing pieces that make you YOU.

*Shot on location in a very special place for me!*

Leave your comments below and tell your Facebook friends, et al to check this out!

 

Spotting Your Talent

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My daughter went for a walk with her uncle and his family along the shores of San Francisco Bay.

Like any kid would do, she picked up rocks and threw them into the water, sometimes to skip them, at other times to see how far they would go.

Her uncle noticed she had a pretty good arm. And being a coach to his daughter’s softball team, he became curious.

“Who taught you to throw like that?” he asked.

“Throw like what?”, she replied.

“Like THAT!”, pointing to the ripples far away in the distance.

“I dunno”, she shrugged and ran off to rescue a piece of driftwood from between two larger stones.

In a moment of childlike playfulness, my daughter did what all kids do when faced with calm waters and a rocky shore: she picked up a stone and threw it into the water.

And in a moment of keen observation, her uncle saw raw talent with immense potential.

She had no idea she possessed the skill.

Chances are, though, you may have trouble spotting your strengths and talents when you look at yourself. I hear this a lot from clients, especially the ones who are multi-talented.

You’re too close to see the forest from the trees. When you can’t articulate what you’re great at, then what are you really offering in the marketplace? Vagueness doesn’t sell. Neither does confusion as in “Today I’m a life coach! Tomorrow I’m a marketing expert! Next week I’m a social media trainer!”

Not having a handle on this is costing you in clients, new opportunities, and revenue. It’s that simple.

So what are you GREAT at that you’re not claiming?

Every moment spent NOT claiming your greatness and bringing it into your business, is money lost.

xoxo

Nancy

P.S. I never want to leave you hanging, thinking you have to figure this all out on your own. If you’re ready to contact me and learn how to integrate your greatness into your business and use that to stand out, get more clients, make more money, and enjoy a lifestyle you desire… then fill out the form below for a complimentary strategy session with me.

There’s no obligation. We’ll determine if your challenges and my expertise are a good match then discuss ways we can work together.

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