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The Cost of an Emotionally Full Account: How Much Is It Worth to Your Biz?

 

Were you one of those “eager-to-get-started-with-your-business” entrepreneurs who began planning for the unknown well ahead of time, preparing the books and materials, getting an office pencil drawer all cleaned out and organized—you know what I mean, right? Most people are good at that part. When it comes to the emotional part, the daily spiritual part, that gets a little bit harder, don’t you think?

There are many business owners out there who are torn as to whether or not they can afford to do different things in business, like hiring a coach or getting certified in a new area. This can be emotionally unsettling. It gets very overwhelming just thinking about it. But, if we take little steps now spiritually to prepare for the future, often it is not as hard as we think it will be.

If Ben, age 19, invested $2,000 into a fund that yielded compound interest at 8% for eight years until he is 30 years old, he would get to retire at age 65 with what would now be worth over 2 MILLION dollars! Ben only spent $2,000 8 times, and then the interest carried him the rest of the way. Those were some very important little steps he made! Boy, if all of us at 19 knew the power of investing, can you imagine how much less worrying we would have to endure in the future? Can you imagine that same kind of scenario if we involved God in our business from the get-go, if we invested in Him? He is like our interest carrier!

Like Ben’s initial $2,000, the little changes can add up to great transformations—actually, millions in his case! So, if we make a small, positive shift in our behavior with our emotional and spiritual planning, it, too, is likely to create a ripple effect of change through our business lives. If we were to try and make some small changes now—let’s say for example, praying for God to show you how to spend your money—what kind of result do you think that would leave? Would you feel worth a million bucks knowing that you are loved, cared for, and a successful businesses owner?PaulaQuote1

Let’s work on some things that can be done spiritually. Ask yourself this: what can I do to make my business a better one? What can God do if I allow Him to decide? What small steps can I take now that will have the most impact on the future? Will it be changing my routine to pray before I start work? Would it be allowing God to intervene through the day guiding my choices? Would it be asking Him to be in charge of the money? What kind of things can I do now that will have the most impact later?

I believe, with God’s help, investing emotionally in your business is what will get you there: taking the time to talk to Him and letting Him know how appreciative you are. Wouldn’t you feel like a million bucks if you had all of your emotional needs met in business?

Lastly, think about the cost of doing nothing. What kind of a situation could you end up having with your business if you do not invest that time and energy into God? Will it be worth millions then? I know mine would not—and, as a matter of fact, I would probably have gone out of business by now!

0359fbbPaula Tobey is a Healthy Living Coach for Parents, Speaker and Founder of PheMOMenal Life. Paula works with moms who are looking to put balance back into their hectic lives. Her inspiration for living a healthy lifestyle came as a mission from God and she is living proof it can be done one baby step at a time focusing on the five areas of health.  She is a former special ed teacher, mother of two great girls, and a water and nature lover. Find out more about Paula at www.PheMOMenalLife.com and www.ParentingSpecialChildren.com.

Focus On Your Journey

 

JoyceFocusI am an entrepreneur at heart. My journey as a writer and speaker started four years ago. However, this is the year I feel I am finally taking off.

The past four years have been my boot camp. I took classes, joined groups, and watched more webinars than I can count. I’m still striving to learn how to share the calling God placed on my heart.

Now I am ready to fly solo, but I still need a wing man or woman.

Take Baby Steps

In June, I released my first Bible Study, and I have learned so much. My journey is speeding up now, but I have much more to learn. When I look at other writers and speakers much further down the road than me, I erroneously think I need to do everything they are doing to grow my influence. After a few moments of feeling overwhelmed and wondering how I can accomplish all they are doing, I remind myself they did not start their journeys with five published books, a podcast, a YouTube channel, and a monthly program for women to join!

They started just like me: with one book, one blog, and few followers. They worked hard every day to write more and grow their presences online and offline. Now five, ten, and fifteen years down the road, they have book series they have written, podcasts, and thriving followings who want to hear from them. They paid their dues, consistently produced, and worked hard.

Keep Your Focus

I can’t compare my beginning to their middle. I can, however, stay focused on the calling God laid on my heart. Be consistent and continue to grow as a writer, a speaker, and a woman of influence.

Four Ways To Enjoy The Journey and Stay Focused:

  1. Take it a day at a time.
  2. Set 90-day goals every quarter.
  3. Track your progress financially, through social media, and through any other ways you track your business.
  4. Hire a business coach to guide you, encourage you, and cheer you on.

I have made some lofty goals I had to adjust, because they did not work out. As an entrepreneur, keep your focus and adjust what you do each day to align with your focus. Have a plan for each day to take steps towards your goals.

Have goals for the month and the quarter. Write them down!

Recently, I learned the importance of tracking your progress. If you don’t know where you have been and where you are right now, how will you know if you made progress? Set up an Excel sheet or Word document to track your progress each week. This has really helped motivate me and keep me focused.

This is the first year I hired a business coach. It is one of the best decisions I’ve made. It is not easy, but it is worth it to have someone stretch you to do more than you imagined you could. Someone who is further down the road than you can help you navigate the murky waters and map out the best path to take for your business.

Realign Your Priorities

This week has helped me realign my priorities and focus. I made a big decision to drop a program for now. It was putting undue pressure on me and taking me away from my true focus. It was paralyzing me. I had so much to do, I did not know where to start, and I knew I would end up going in circles to nowhere.

Being an entrepreneur is a journey. Each year, you want to get further down the road. Life may throw you some curve balls in the form of illness, divorce, or major financial struggles. The economy can take a nose dive, and you have no control over how people spend their money. Keep pressing on!  God will show you the path to go when you seek Him daily!

JoyceGJoyce Glass is a writer, speaker, and lover of God's word even more than chocolate! Her desire is to encourage you to walk closer to God. Dig deeper in your faith. Pray in earnest daily for God to teach you His ways, and serve Him right where you live and work now. She is the author of  iNeed God - daily downloads for your heart.  A 90 day journey closer to God! You can connect with Joyce online. Connect with Joyce on her blog, Facebook, Google+, or Twitter.

 

10 Simple Ways to Use Your Expert Knowledge

Yes. You are an expert, and you need to recognize that. We get caught up in looking at the areas we need to improve and don’t see what is right in front of us. This is the “grass is always greener” concept and, for us as entrepreneurs, it is also the “shiny object” syndrome.” I mistakenly think I need what you have or what you know in order to succeed. Well, that is garbage! You have knowledge, training, skills, education, and life experiences. Stop talking and start doing. Use what God has given you.

What is an expert? According to FreeDictionary.com, an expert is a person with a high degree of skill in or knowledge of a certain subject.DianeQuote1

Here are ten simple ways to use your expert knowledge to build your business:

1. Speak it. This could be on a stage in front of an audience of 50 or 500. This might be at a networking event where you have 30 seconds to introduce yourself. Or, this could be in a group of five women, which is one of the ways I got started. When I moved to Wichita Falls, Texas in 2006, I found that the networking scene needed a little help, so I connected with two other women. Together, we started our own Women’s Networking Lunch. I had only been there for three months, but it worked; one person invited another, and so on. That group has been going for eight years now. Be willing to step out and do something new.

2. Write it. This could be in your weekly blog, your ebook, your newsletter, or your book. Get your message out, share your journey, tell your story, give your perspective, and then get that written word out to all people you come in contact with.

3. Teach it. This could be to someone sitting across from you at Starbucks or to the masses on a live webcast. This could be “how to train a dog,” “ways to increase your confidence,” or “how to create a hand-stamped necklace.” Teach your followers how you “do what you do.”

4. Duplicate it. This could be the manual you create on success tips that can be taught to ten people on a group telecourse instead of meeting each individual person. Figure out ways to reach more people by increasing the number of people you can share your information with virtually. Allow them to listen when they can or to go at their own pace. This is exactly what we do at the National Association of Christian Women Entrepreneurs with all of our calls and webinars recorded and archived for the past four years.

5. Broadcast it. This might be on a free online radio show you create. I found out about BlogTalkRadio in 2008 and got started right away featuring other coaches and clients. Find your voice and share online with a live broadcast. Go check out all of my archived and current interviews at www.inspiredwomenradio.com.

6. Record it. This could be on your very own TV network using Youtube or Vimeo. I now have over 100 videos and more than 20,000 video views.  Don’t worry; it gets easier the more you practice (if you don’t believe me, go see some of my earlier recordings). I have someone come and help me record my videos, and I often record six short tutorials and inspirational messages in a 60-minute period. Check it out at www.inspiredwomentv.com.

7. Share it. This could involve you being interviewed for a local newspaper or by colleagues on their radio shows. Say yes to any and all features and interviews that can get you in front of a new group or crowd. Share your message.

8. Post it. This is our fabulous free friend, social media. Post your expert info, tweet your knowledge tips, link your words of wisdom, and pin your visual images that help us understand it all! Link your expert info back to your blog and/or website so you can get us to come over and visit you there.

9. Sell it. Take any of these ways I have just listed and make it into a product. Record the interview and sell it. Write the ebook and bundle that for sale along with a video tutorial. Teach the class as an online workshop.

10. Be it. Remember, you are you and God has given you a unique set of gifts, experiences, and knowledge that no one else has. Trust Him and allow His plan to unfold. Be willing to be vulnerable. You will end up being an expert in things that you did not ever anticipate as a part of your life journey. I can now claim that I am an expert in divorce survival, infertility, lawsuit, plane crash survival, and more. Share your story.  Be you!

The bottom line: do it. Look at this list and figure out ways of sharing your expert information that work for you. Go from there. It won’t be perfect. Get it out there anyway. If I am not an expert in your topic, how would I ever know?

DianeYellowDiane Cunningham is the Founder and President of the National Association of Christian Women Entrepreneurs. She is a “business therapist,” plane crash survivor, author, consultant, speaker, marathon runner, and fun friend. Find out more about NACWE and why 165 women joined in the first year at www.NACWE.org. Connect with Diane on her Facebook page for fun updates, silly videos, and lively conversation.