Do you ever feel like you are white-knuckled, gripping the steering wheel of life, desperate to grow your business?
This isn't the way to move forward.
Actually, you're setting yourself up for a lot of struggle.
What if you stopped for a moment? Took a breath? Envisioned where you want to be in 3 years?
Can you see your life? Your bank account? That new house or that vacation?
Growing your business by putting Faith in the drivers' seat of your life is not only more effective, it's fun!
The strategy I talk about in this week's video (watch it below) is by using a Post-it Note. I simply write the number of students (or clients) that I want on that Post-it Note and hang it where I see it every day. When I focus on where I want to BE (not where I am) then I make decisions in the moment on HOW I will get there. It filters out the unimportant things.
It gives me focus.
It keeps be believing that things can get better and change.
You are in control of your future. You are in control of your choices.
You can choose right now to make a better life for you, your family, your kids.
But you have to see it and believe it, first.
Faith is simply believing in what you can't see. Believing it will (and can!) happen.
"Faith means being sure of the things we hope for and knowing that something is real even if we do not see it." Hebrews 11:1.
Watch the video. Then tell me your thoughts.
Can't wait to hear from you.
Shareable Quote of the Week
We had a fun family day last Friday. The kids had been asking to go rock climbing, so we finally made it happen. They got their equipment, went through orientation, and started climbing.
As Abigail reached the top of her climb (several stories high), I grabbed my camera to document the moment and suppressed the urge to yell, "Be careful! Get down! What if you fall?!?" It took everything in me to trust her, trust her gear, and trust her training.
It made me think of business. How often do we hear, "Be careful! Why are you doing this? What if you fail??"
Well-meaning people (often our closest friends and families) will warn us of danger, when the fact is, they have absolutely no right to be giving advice.
Have they ever started a business? Have they ever succeeded? Have they been in your industry? Do they really know the best advice to give you?
Or are they reflecting their own fear on you?
Out of love, are they concerned for your safety and well-being? Are they holding you back because they are scared you will get hurt?
Be careful who you listen to.
Be careful whose voice you fill your mind with.
Surround yourself with people who encourage you and lift you up. And with those who have traveled the road before you.
Be sure you are listening to (and reading books written by) those who have actually succeeded in business.
There are a lot of well-meaning friends, family members, and even "business coaches" who have never grown a business to profitability.
They mean well. But they are not the voices you should listen to.
Listen to those who will cheer you on.
Those who will say, "You can do it! Keep going! You're almost there!"
Listen to those who have proven strategies and systems. Those who have gone before you.
You don't have to do this alone.
You don't have to kill your dream.
Just be wise with who fills your head and who speaks into your life.
I've listened to the wrong people before. And when I've listened to the right ones, my business has exploded in growth and health.
I want the same for you.
Last Saturday, Lydia competed in a state-wide piano completion and rocked it!! I listened outside of the door and she nailed her piece!
I had soooo many memories of when I used to compete.
The nerves, the adrenaline, the judges.
The measures marked in pencil. The unfamiliar piano and the squeaky bench.
I am SO grateful for the world of music.
It taught me to work hard and persevere. It taught me to push through fear and remain composed.
It taught me to feel fear and do it anyway.
I remember this world oh-so-well.
It’s where I came from.
In many ways, it’s still who I am.
Never forget the road that got you to where you are. ❤️❤️❤️
When I was eager to do ANYTHING to grow my business and I did NOT have enough money for the expensive marketing that I wanted to do, I tried everything possible to get new clients.
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"I keep fighting voices in my mind that say I’m not enough
Every single lie that tells me I will never measure up
Am I more than just the sum of every high and every low?
Remind me once again just who I am, because I need to know."
These lyrics from Lauren Daigle's song, "You say" is incredibly powerful and is sweeping radio stations all over the United States.
As a business owner (and musician, writer, and creative person, and. . . um. . .super sensitive?) this song has hit my core.
Why are the voices in my head so harsh and cruel?
I never feel like I'm doing enough.
That I am good enough.
That I'll ever measure up.
I honestly add up my successes and all I see (more often than not) is my short-comings. Where I lack. Where I'm stuck.
I'll tell you something super painful and real. We thought we were 5 students away from hitting the 600 student mark at our music school.
And then we found an accounting error.
Chutes and Ladders. Back down to 550 students. Because a stupid spreadsheet was wrong.
It hit me hard.
Guess what?? We are so full that it is basically mathematically impossible to hit 600 now. We only have 30 primetime slots open.
But instead of being HAPPY about how full we are. . .yep, you guessed it. I was so upset that we won't hit the magical 600 number. I was bummed. I was feeling pretty depressed.
And then I gave my own shoulders the proverbial little shake.
"JEN! Your business is so full that more students can hardly sign up. That is a GOOD THING." Reframe!
I don't know why my inner critic is so harsh.
Maybe it's just how I'm wired (Ahem, Enneagram 1). Or, maybe you hear it too?
Maybe as leaders, achievers, dreamers, do-ers. . .we just have high standards for ourselves?
Maybe you can't relate.
Maybe you can.
But if my story helps *one* person, it will be worth sharing.
I'm still sad that I can't say "we have 600 students." But I can proudly say that we have 550 and that they LOVE their music teachers. And that our front desk staff ROCKS and has my back and is passionate about our mission. I can focus on the GOOD.
And, as Lauren Daigle says,
"Taking all I have and now I'm laying it at Your feet
You have every failure God, and You'll have every victory,
You say I am loved when I can’t feel a thing
You say I am strong when I think I am weak
You say I am held when I am falling short
When I don’t belong, oh You say that I am Yours
And I believe, oh I believe
What You say of me. . .
I hope you believe in yourself, too.
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I was supposed to be walking out the door. Instead, I slumped to the ground, my back against the door of the bathroom. The door was firmly locked and I could hear my kids scrambling to find their shoes and backpacks and lunches. Tears dripped down my face.
I was at a breaking point. How could I go on like this?
So much swirling in my brain. So many different areas of life to juggle and now it felt like all those balls had fallen the floor. I had dropped them all.
How on earth was I supposed to do everything? How could I keep up with the intensity of raising 4 little kids and also grow my little company? My whole life felt like one step forward, two steps back. I could never get ahead.
On the bathroom floor, I cried out desperately to God for help. "You have to help me figure this out!" Choking out a sob, I let the tears flow. I had to release all the emotions that threatened to strangle me. After a few minutes on my knees, I wiped away my tears, checked my makeup in the mirror, and bravely walked out into the chaos of the entryway. "Time to go!" my voice sang in a false bravado. As I drove, I gripped the steering wheel and continued to pray for answers. "I can't keep living like this," I muttered under my breath. "You have to help me."
Change doesn't come immediately. It's like the changing of the fall colors--you see glimpses, but it's a slow process. Little by little, I started to turn the ship around. I got a steady babysitter to come once a week so I could work ON my business, and not just IN it. I focused on marketing and advertising--so I could get more clients in the door. I spent hours and hours selecting the right staff members that I could trust and train to take tasks off my plate. I put firm boundaries in place and gently said "no" to activities and phone calls so I could focus what I should be doing. (I even emailed my family and closest friends and let them know my schedule--so they could help me stick to it!) I assigned tasks to specific days. Monday was clean the house day and spend time with the kids. Tuesday was staff meeting and client work. Wednesday was dedicated to working on marketing and my website. Thursday was meetings and getting big tasks done to move my business forward. Friday was family day.
Slowly my life transformed. I saw glimmers of hope. I didn't feel so stressed. I made a choice to be fully present with my children and fully engaged in work when the allotted time for work came around. As a result, my company grew. My children were happier. I was more at peace. (And when work ideas popped into my head while I was with my kids, I just jotted them down and saved it for later.)
I committed to dating my spouse regularly. We made it a priority to have a meal together and hang out and laugh and talk one-on-one at least once a week. Joy crept back into my life.
That breaking point was 5 years ago. I'll never forget that day in the bathroom. Something shifted inside of me and I brought my business to God like never before. He was faithful to give me ideas and tools and wisdom and guidance. Every day I still have to come to Him for help. There's no way I can do this on my own. I need coaches and friends and books, and I never stop learning.
If you're feeling completely alone and overwhelmed, reach out for help.
We can help you with your marketing and systems and time management. You can join our Inner Circle coaching program and finally move forward out of this mess. Simply making the decision that something has to change can shift your life in a way you never knew was possible. Just reply to this or click here (https://www.neveralonebusinessservices.com/get-to-know-you.html) to set up a time to talk. Together, we'll figure out a plan. You don't have to travel this road alone--there are others who want to encourage and help you.
You really don't have to do it all alone. Let's talk soon. ((hugs))
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This month in the Inner Circle, we are learning the dos and don'ts of Facebook and also focusing on advanced concepts, like using Facebook groups, Facebook Live videos, and how to get more engagement (comments, likes, and shares)! I'm sharing my own personal success and how Facebook is working for me. (YOU can have the same results!)
Here are a couple action steps YOU can take for your business. For more support, jump into our Inner Circle!
Do not use Facebook only for advertising!
If you never, ever get likes, do not keep doing what you are doing (it’s not working)
Don’t be super salesy in the comments.
Go live and talk about 1 topic you know a lot about.
Show “behind the scenes” photos of your business.
Share a business story of how you got here!
I am closing the doors of the Inner Circle on January 31st. The doors will be closed until Spring. Now is your chance to get focus, strategy, and support with people who GET you and GET what it's like to run a business.
If you've been on the fence, jump in now. . .you don't have to walk this road alone. xoxox
This week's video is a heartfelt message from my heart to yours.
Take some time to watch it.
I'm rooting for you.
You can still jump into The Journal Challenge! We have a great group of people who are streteching themselves to grow their business in a different way-- by processing through journaling. Even if you're slightly resistant to journaling, just try it! It doesn't take much time each day and it's totally fine to jump in. You're not "behind" at all.
Join us HERE.
Today is our 2019 Planning Day! Take a guided tour through goal-setting and centering yourself to make a plan for the year. Let's focus on what really matters and where your focus should be. FREE for members of the Inner Circle and for anyone in the Journal Challenge!
(Check your email for instructions on how to join us.)
Not sure if Facebook is working? Need a better strategy? Want to use Instagram--but not sure how? The Never Alone Inner Circle is the place to be for all your questions about online marketing. Get the newest information and strategy in our monthly trainings. Ask all your pressing questions on our monthly Strategy Zoom calls.
NEW: Refer a business friend and get one month free! Just tell them to mention your name when they enroll, and after 30 days, YOU will get a free month credited to your account!
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About the Author
Hi, I'm Jen Hickle!