Apr 06

Guest Post: 7 Tips for Better Time Management

By Katherine Hartvickson

time management

Do you ever feel like there is just never enough time in the day? Do you often feel stressed out with managing your workload? Are you trying to do it all rather than delegate to others in your support circle or your work team?

Despite the fact that time is perhaps the most sought-after resource available, most of us are dreadful at spending it wisely.

As Benjamin Franklin once said—“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”

The trick to getting more accomplished each day is to start by organizing and prioritizing your tasks and eliminating distraction. This can help you reduce stress and do better overall in the workplace.

Let’s get real here for a minute; there is a lot of competition for our time and not everything is of equal value even although it may seem that way when you look at the big stack of papers on your desk or all of the emails in your inbox.

Use the seven tips below for a few weeks and create new habits that will better your life by making just a few small changes:

  1. Identify Time Distractors: Spend some time identifying all of your major time distractors such as social media, surfing the internet, needs of family, watching TV, etc. and then create a plan to eliminate (or at least minimize) them for periods of time.
     
    For instance, turn off the bell on your computer and phone so that you don’t hear every email and text that comes through. Set times to check your notifications and respond to emails and voicemails, such as mid-morning, during the lunch break and mid-afternoon.

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Read the rest of this post, “Seven Tips for Better Time Management” by Katherine Hartvickson, by clicking  HERE.

 

 

Apr 03

From Zero to Zen Financial Training

Monthly Training Package: “From Zero to Zen Financial Training”

Have you been playing hide and seek with your accounting system? Do you really just want to work with your clients, not mess around with your books? Or maybe you’re wondering where to even start. It’s especially hard when financial jargon makes your head spin. But you do need to understand financial basics if you want your business to succeed.

My friend and colleague, Liz Lajoie, the Coaches’ CFO, has put together a special financial training just for IAPLC Gold Members to help you understand business finance in simple terms. It begins with a 30-minute training video that starts the conversation about your business finances. Liz has also put together “The Coaches’ Bookkeeping Kit” to get started with managing your business finances more efficiently to free up your time so you can do more of what you love.

This kit includes a

  • Bookkeeping Checklist
  • Business Cash Flow Cycle
  • A free 60-minute Bookkeeping Diagnostic session with an experienced business manager to talk through your situation and develop a roadmap for your finances.
  • And a copy of her new book, From Zero to Zen: The Secret Keys to Nurturing Your Numbers and Finding Your Financial Flow. 

In her book (to be published May 18) you’ll discover how to manage your money so your business is fantastically successful.

I’m excited to offer this gift as the first of our new Gold Member benefit, Monthly Training Packages, to help make your coaching business successful. To start getting these training packages every month all you need to do is become a Gold IAPLC Member here: http://iaplifecoaches.org/gold-membership

 

Mar 23

Guest Post: 7 Ways to Stay Motivated

Guest Post: 7 Ways to Stay Motivated and Hold onto Your Dream (Part 1)

Veronica Hislop - Stay MotivatedBy Veronica Hislop

Have you ever had a dream, goal or objective that you could not fulfil or accomplish?  Maybe you tried to lose weight, train for a marathon, begin an online business, write a novel, or do something else that was challenging.

Why didn’t you succeed?

People often fall short at achieving a big dream they desperately want, because they lose their self-motivation. Keeping up your motivation can be difficult when you face a long period of intense work.

 

 

Here are 7 ways that will help you to stay motivated so you can hold onto and reach those big dreams.

  1. Honour yourself

The first step is to set genuine goals and objectives for yourself. Be true to yourself and choose the goals that are right for you. If you set a goal that you feel obligated to achieve, instead of a goal that you are passionate about, you will find it difficult to maintain your level of motivation.  Only choose goals that rouse and inspire you; goals that you earnestly want to achieve, as this will make your journey pleasant and easy.  Don’t try to motivate yourself to do something that is not fun.  Find the joy, and the motivation will take care of itself.

  1. Dream big, but set small goals.

Big dreams can be both awesome and inspiring.  On the other hand, they can also be overwhelming.  The trick is to be both optimistic and realistic. You can have a big dream, but you will also need to set a series of practical action steps to be completed on a monthly, weekly, or daily basis to get you where you want to go.

As you work through your action steps, you may find that they need to be adjusted.  You may have to take a detour.  You may fail at some of your action steps and have to try again or create workarounds.  But keep working on them; celebrating the achievements of each one motivates you…(Read more.)

See the rest of this post, “7 Ways to Stay Motivated and Hold onto Your Dream (Part 1)” by Veronica Hislop, by clicking  HERE.

 

 

Mar 16

Guest Post: Top Three Financial Worries

By Randy Tudor

Many people spend far too much time worrying about their financial affairs. If these worries leave you restless during the night or keep you from enjoying your time with family and friends, then you need to confront them head-on. Rather than spending the time worrying about them, wouldn’t you rather address them, deal with them, and begin to take the necessary steps to tackling these problems that take up your time and energy?

Unlock Potential  2017

1)   Will I have enough money to retire? 

You heard me right! I wrote a love letter to a year, to the year 2017 to be exact. I know this sounds silly but if you have been following me, you know that I work hard to teach my clients how to fall in love with their business, by writing a love letter to it. Read more about that here. So why not fall in love with your year too?

I want to share with you all my Love Letter to 2017, and I invite you to write one too!.

 

Dear 2017,

I am sorry to say that a lot is riding on your shoulders because of the many disappointments of 2016...(Read more.)

 

Check out the rest of the letter to 2017 and the full post, “Top Three Financial Worries,”  by Randy Tudor, by clicking  HERE.

 

Mar 09

Guest Post: That’s too risky for me…

By Tresa Leftenant

That’s too risky for me…

Have you ever held back from doing something because it was too risky? We probably all have at one time or another. Taking a chance usually means there is something to lose, and people shy away from losing. Let’s face it, no one wants to lose. Still, taking chances is an integral part of life, and if we want our lives to improve, we have to become more aware of what we are willing and not willing to risk.

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Sometimes when life becomes a little troubling, we forget the times when we took a chance on something and it worked out for us.  When we look ahead, our fear of the unknown can keep us struck in the very conditions we are struggling to change.

  • Take a moment and look back on your life. Think of a time, or times, when you took a chance at something, big or small, at work or in your personal life.
  • Now identify a time when you made a mistake (something you wish you could go back and do differently). Again, either big or small, at work or in your personal life.
  • Now take a sheet of paper and draw a line down the center, dividing the paper into two halves with the following two headings:

Taking a Chance Making a Mistake

Answer the following questions:

    1. What does it mean to take a chance/risk?
    2. What does it mean to make a mistake?
    3. What link do you see between the two phrases?
    4. Where do you focus most of your time and energy on… a) taking a chance, or b) avoiding making a mistake?

How does your concern about mistakes impact your willingness to take chances?..(Read more.)

To find out, see the rest of this post, “That’s too risky for me…” by Tresa Leftenant, by clicking  HERE.

 

 

Mar 02

Guest Post: An Exercise in Vitality

By Deborah Jane Wells

 

What’s one of the top 10 ways to reduce stress? Exercise.

One of the top 10 ways to relieve anxiety? Exercise.

Promote vitality? Exercise.

Relieve depression? Build self-esteem? Improve self-image and confidence? Increase stamina, strength, flexibility, stability and dexterity? Reduce tension? Improve mental sharpness and alertness? Strengthen immunity? Reduce health risks? Lose weight? Improve sleep?

Exercise. Exercise. Exercise.

An Exercise in Vitality

With a list like this, one might ask if there is any aspect of human life that isn’t helped by regular exercise. Not according to physical and mental health experts. Anyone and everyone who is concerned with health and well-being agrees: physical activity is a vital component for optimum physical and emotional health. Regular exercise is the key to increasing the quality of life. Being active improves body, mind, heart and soul.

Amazing as it may seem, 20 minutes of aerobic exercise three times a week produces far greater benefits than you’d expect out of investing a mere 60 out of 10,080 total minutes of living per week. The typical return on that less than 0.6% investment of your time yields returns far greater than you’d imagine.

Yet, a quarter of Americans get absolutely no exercise and nearly two-thirds get less than the recommended minimum of 30 minutes several times a week. Fewer than 15 percent comply with the American College of Sports Medicine’s recommendations for adult fitness.

If Exercise Is So Good For Us,
Why Don’t We Do It?

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See the rest of this post, “An Exercise in Vitality” by Deborah Jane Wells, by clicking  HERE.

 

 

Feb 23

Guest Post: How We Can React To A Negative Action?

By Blanchy Ana Dodd (maiden name Talentti)

Blanchy Ana Dodd

Sometimes we feel is our right and is a justified reaction or response to a certain situation we are facing. What we are doing instead is increasing the negative energy, making the situation even worse and difficult to resolve.

Positive feedback is what will bring the situation back to neutral or normal. When we react to a situation, we are doing the same as the attacker is doing, injuring someone on an emotional level, a form of subtle violence.

The person with impulsive behaviour directed at you portrays at that particular moment, he or she is experience and emptiness of Wisdom, joy, peace, love and power that she or he believes you have created this situation and can only be filled by you.

The anger is a desire directed towards you. Behind this anger is the feeling, “Because of this person, I have lost my happiness at this particular moment and he/she should give it back to me.”…(Read more.)

See the rest of this post, “How we can react to a negative action?” by Blanchy Ana Dodd, by clicking  HERE.

 

 

Feb 16

Guest Post: Signs You’re On Track With Your Purpose Driven Business

By Nicola Grace

self-directed success Signs

Have you ever thought or said “It’s a Sign”? Or are you someone who asks for signs to help you know whether you’re on the right track in your business?

f yes then you’ll relate to this question I get asked a lot as an Intuitive Visionary and psychic business mentor. That question is – How can I trust the signs to know if I’m on track?

I think this is a very important question to ask and answer, because if you’ve ever followed signs and things didn’t turn out quite as expected, then you tend to start mistrusting yourself and your intuition. Or you get mislead down pathways that waste your time and sometimes even loose you money.

Two great movies you might want to re-watch if you haven’t already are Field of Dreams with Kevin Costner, you know the one – Build it and they will come. And L.A. Story with Steve Martin. Sometimes the characters in these movie got the signs wrong, and sometimes they got it right. Both of these movies tell the story of the character’s journey to learn how to trust and follow the signs.

In my own journey, I’ve followed what I thought were signs only to have the rug pulled out from under me.  I’ve hired the wrong staff, gone into business with the wrong person, lost a business, wasted time, lost money, gone bankrupt because I’ve mis-interpreted  the signs, or thought I saw signs to go in a direction that turned to custard on me. You’re probably relating to me right now because I don’t know anyone that hasn’t had that experience, at least once.

So I’ve learned that following signs blindly, without further enquiry, leads you to eventually mistrust your intuition, and the signs it gives you. And that’s not a good thing because mistrust in yourself means you’re constantly second guessing your instincts or feelings which causes inaction, stagnation, even leading to becoming completely stuck with no further progress being made. You may even give up on signs, or your intuition altogether, which means you’re making your decisions in complete darkness utilizing only one side you’re your brain – the left logical side.

In my opinion it’s better to walk through your business with both parts of your brain on fire, both legs moving forward, rather than hopping along on one leg with half a brain lopsided. You’re going to get to where you want to go faster by using both, right?..(Read more.)

So how do you trust the signs?

Find out by reading the rest of this post, “How To Trust The Signs You’re On Track With Your Purpose Driven Business ,” by Nicola Grace, by clicking  HERE.

 

 

Feb 10

Live Coaching is the Best

Entrepreneurship is a great blessing for most of us, but it also has its pitfalls. Here’s a quick video tip on how live coaching helped me get my business up to speed.

 

 
For a complimentary Quick Start Marketing strategy session CLICK HERE

Feb 09

Guest Post: Self-Directed Success

By Randy Tudor

self-directed successOkay, let’s imagine you feel you don’t know much at all about financial matters, especially when it comes to self-directed investments and knowing what type of financial instruments you should utilize.

What if I told you that it is possible for you to take control of your own finances, and as a result outperform any financial advisor or money manager when it comes to your investment accounts? What if I further went on to say it does not even matter what level of knowledge or experience you might currently have? Does this seem out of the realm of possibilities to you? It doesn’t to us. In fact we know it isn’t.

Self-Directed Investment Accounts Put You in Charge

Most investors, both novice and experienced, believe it is necessary for them to rely on financial advisors and money managers to select the investment vehicles they will be involved with in trying to drive themselves to success. The problem with that is most fund managers can’t even beat the market!  What about the ones that do?  Studies show that they rarely do so consistently, indicating a virtual certainty you won’t find and predict them year after year.

In allowing advisors to pick where to allocate their money, investors never fully understand much about how their investments and finances really work—how they move in certain markets, the underlying financial numbers, the trends, the trading ranges, etc. And they usually fail to understand why they are even invested in a particular asset to begin with. If they don’t understand why they are invested, how are they going to know when it’s time to get out and move their money elsewhere—somewhere there is a better potential for great returns?...(Read more.)

 

Check out the rest of this post, “Self-Directed Success,” by Randy Tudor, by clicking  HERE.

 

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