The business breakthrough challenge is here, and today is day one! “What?! Didn’t I have time to prepare something?” You ask. Nope, it all starts this moment. Let me explain. The most significant lesson I learned early in life was that ONE move can change the momentum of the game. That one move is a decision that happens the moment you say “I’m starting now!” Not overthinking it. Not over analyzing it.
I’ve imposed these 30 day challenges on myself for the last four years since I left my full time job and never looked back. I set audacious and ambitious goals and failed miserably trying to reach them. I was disappointed with many of my results. But in the process of all that failure and disappointment, these are some of the things that took place: I wrote and published my book, got dozens of high caliber endorsements, including forewords by a NYT bestselling author and the executive of a global corporation, it became an Amazon bestseller, I went from getting $125 dollars an hour for coaching to getting corporate executives and entrepreneur clients who hired me for thousands of dollars a year on retainer, to raising my fees and getting paid up to $2500 for just one hour of my time.
Please know that I’m not writing to brag, but to impress upon you that
I used to believe that having a willingness to be little meant little dreams, little aspirations, little goals, little faith, little risk, little voice. Not be seen. Not be heard.
I know better now. All of the above is just the opposite of being little because I, not others, become the center of my universe: Unwillingness to live to our God-given potential… unwillingness to pursue the passion burning in our hearts… unwillingness to serve others with our best gifts and talents—amped up to their full potential through hard work and discipline—makes us the center of the world because our focus turns inward.
My fears. My insecurities. My inadequacies.
Martin Luther King, Jr. was willing to be little. Mother Teresa was willing to be little. Men and women who’ve died for our freedom have been willing to be little. Jesus was willing to be little.
Being willing to be little is service. Love. Compassion. Empathy. Doing what scares us. Being willing to be little is being willing to be uncomfortable, do what’s unpopular, learn and work when it’s inconvenient—all of it so that we can serve others at a higher level.
Being little is not silence. It’s owning the voice we’ve been given.
Being little is not taking a back seat. It’s accepting the platform we’ve been given.
Being little is not false humility. It’s humbly leading within the circle of influence we’ve been given—despite my fears and insecurities; despite the critics and the cynics.
Now, let’s go out and be willing to be that kind of little today.
Erin Acton, a certified life and business coach in the field of burnout and life purpose, knows what burnout can do to you. While leading the communications department for a $50M company and juggling her role as a mother, she found herself at the end of her rope, battling burnout like thousands of people today. Today, as the foremost authority on moving from burnout to balance, Erin is helping successful women do life and career on their terms.
How do you know if you are experiencing burnout?
You run and run but it only makes the wheel spin faster. You have a career that leaves you no time for friends and very little time for your family. You’re disappointed in yourself because when you’re with your family, you’re on edge and you snap at them. Sometimes, you’ll look up and realize that you just had a conversation with someone but you have no idea what they said and worse, no idea what you said. Some days, it’s like a zombie has taken over your body. Your confidence has tanked. You have no energy. You know you can’t keep doing this but you don’t know where to start. —Erin
In this episode, Erin shares how you can stop feeling overwhelmed now. She walks you through a simple but powerful strategy you can implement right away. If you are going to have a fulfilling career, relationships, or business—this is a conversation you cannot afford to miss.
Before this conversation is over, you’ll experience results!
What comes to mind when you hear the names of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Gandhi in the same sentence with the word Marketing? That’s the topic of my recent conversation with Joseph Ranseth, best-selling author, international TEDx speaker, and thought leader who has been helping individuals and organizations start movements for over 15 years.
In this episode of Business Breakthrough University, Joseph shares inspiring and thought-provoking principles behind movement-worthy ideas. He also shares the blueprint that world class leaders have used (without even realizing it) to create movements that have spread like wildfire.
Beware: Joseph is not your typical marketer who’s putting a new spin on common business ideas. Joseph’s authentic passion for launching transformational messages and brands will challenge the way you look at your message, your business, your audience, and your influence.
Barbara Corcoran, real estate self made millionaire and Shark Tank celebrity, is an inspiration for any entrepreneur who is willing to work hard, think outside the box, and have impeccable follow through. In the following video, she shares how a PR idea put her in front of millions of people, catapulling her business to next level.
10 KEY TAKEAWAYS
Fast action pays off.
Action leads to results.
Results build confidence.
Leverage free publicity.
Creativity trumps resources.
Consistency is key to succeeding.
Act as if you’ve already arrived.
When you steal the limelight, you steal market share.
Never lie. Gamesmanship, yes.
How can you take Corcoran’s ideas and apply them to catapult your sales and results to the next level?
I can still remember the day I totalled my car. Apparently I went through a red light (don’t remember) and slammed into the side of a minivan that was making a left turn in front of me. It’s a miracle I came through it alive.
I couldn’t tell the police officer how it all happened. I was behind the wheel but my mind was somewhere else, distracted by what wouldn’t have mattered a bit had that day been my last one on this earth.
Mindfulness, simply put, is being fully present in any given moment.
Mindfulness can be as simple as learning to breathe, removing distractions, focusing on a single task, putting away the phone at meetings or during conversations, taking time to get centered and focused, etc.
I hope to do more and more of all the aevery day, when I work, when I’m by myself, when I’m around others—and when I’m driving. That’s what I hope those I have the privilege to influence will want to do as well.
That’s the motivation behind this new segment. My hope is that it will help you as well.
My Goal Setting Masterclass can help you become more mindful. It’s online and it’s free here. It’s my gift to you to take mindfulness to the next level.
Mindfulness at Work
If you want to learn more about mindfulness training at work, both the pros and cons (according to the experts), here are three articles you may find helpful.
Scott Borchetta is a savvy businessman best known for discovering Taylor Swift and founding Big Machine Records. By looking at his tremendous success, one may be quick to assume that he got lucky, arguably during one of the lowest points of his career.
In the short INC interview clip below, Borchetta packs less than four minutes with sage business wisdom, invaluable for every entrepreneur, business owner, and entrepreneurial-minded business professional who is ready to have a BIG business leap.
I’ve been talking a lot about February 29, the day when I plan to help as many people as I can take a BIG leap in their career and business this year. It will happen at the TAKE A LEAP EVENT in San Diego. It has ocurred to me that you may still be wondering about three questions:
Who is this event really for?
Am I ready to take a leap?
What will I walk away with?
I put the following infographic to help you decide.
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Launch begins February 29. Be part of something BIG that will transform businesses and organizations across the world. We have big plans to change the world by growing healthier, stronger, and more profitable businesses that support your highest core values. I hope you will join us!
Have you ever felt that horrible sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach when you realize that you have blown it big time… when you risk being embarrassed, disappointing others, and losing all your credibility with people who matter to you in more ways than one?
It happened to me yesterday. I live by my calendar, yet I double booked myself for dinner.
Seven unsuspecting people I didn’t want to dissapoint were on the line.
I’m a big fan of The Profit, the reality television show where Marcus Lemonis rescues struggling businesses by making a capital investment in exchange for an ownership stake in the company and his expertise to turn the business around fast.
I highly recommend it if you want to be more knowledgeable about what it takes to build a profitable business—whether you sell a product or a service; whether you own a brick-and-mortar business or an online business; or whether your product is you, your book, your speaking, and your expertise.
By the way: if you are in sales, even if you report to a boss, think of yourself as an entrepreneur.
One recurring lesson is worth paying close attention: the connection between an owner’s mindset, the business model, and the profitability potential of the business. I decided to illustrate that lesson with the infographic below because I know that explosive growth in your business is only one investment decision away.
Now let me ask: If you had a real magic wand in your hand that could transform your business by the end of this year, what would your business look like? How many hours would you be working? How much profit would you be bringing in? How would you spend the surplus? What causes would you be able to help?
Imagine a Steve Jobs keynote opening with “Hi, my name is Steve Jobs. The name of my company is Apple” Or Howard Schultz opening a presentation with “Hi, my name is Howard Schultz and I’m here to talk to you about Starbucks.”
Boring and not very engaging.
Yet, thousands of business presentations going on today will start exactly the same way, despite the fact that the audience already knows who the presenter is.
Effective leadership equals influence. Influence mobilizes effective collaboration, greater creativity and innovation, fruitful relationships, and superior business results. How can we become more influential and effective leaders today?
Small, incremental improvements, not necessarily drastic changes, have the greatest impact on leadership and influence. The infographic above gives you eight communication-driven pivot points that will help you improve your ability to positively influence your team and stakeholders, so you can go further faster.
If you have audacious goals to reach this year… If you want to take your business to the next level, join me February 29 and design your BIG leap and business breakthrough.
How do you stay motivated and win the day when everything seems hopeless? One of my clients asked me recently.
I was reflecting on her question as I watched Jeff Walker talk about Payton Manning on “Winning when You Are Not at Your Best” (in the video below). In one word, the answer for me always comes down to mental toughness, which is developed over time by choosing what I will focus on day in and day out.
As Jeff puts it, it’s a matter of deciding what I will focus on next. In celebration of my Year of Jubilee (turning 50 this year), I decided to gather and share 50 phrases I focus on every day to build my mental resilience … to ensure that I can win the day, even if I don’t feel I’m at my best.
Neither of us can control our circumstances. But we can choose how we react to them.