E.A.S.Y.

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So, I’ve got something on my heart to share, in hopes that this will help open some of those blocks you might be having.  I’m all about acronyms that just something that’s easy for me to remember. Running a successful business can be very E.A.S.Y. for you if you follow that simple little acronym. Here’s where this idea came from, after I gave birth to my second child, I read this book. The author used the E.A.S.Y. acronym to help parents trying to get their newborns on a regular eating and sleeping schedule.  The pattern was, “eat, activity, sleep, and YOU time!” We really needed this to work because, I was flying four days out of the week and my husband and I back then were, “tag-team” parenting. We needed to be able to pick up where the last parent left off and be on the same sheet of music. This helped us all get into a routine and taught our daughter how to sleep through the night. It was so important to make sure that everybody else was having some sort of sanity, so we needed to come up with something that worked.

This E.A.S.Y. system can also be applied to your business. So, let’s break this down one letter at a time.

E – that’s your excitement. Commit to sharing your excitement, every single day, no matter what. It doesn’t matter whether it’s in person, on social media, in a newsletter, a podcast or even before a large group like FB LIVE.   You are sharing something that you’re super excited about and that passion can move your business.

Athat’s action.  You have got to take an action every single day to further your business.  Whether you only spend 20 minutes or 2 hours on your business every single day, you must be in ACTION.  The cousins of action are consistency and persistency, which means having a consistent DMO (Daily Method of Operation) and move with persistence through each activity.  Side note, I’m not talking about busy work, I’m talking about working your business.  Some examples are actively setting appointments to share your products, ideas or services and build relationships.  Doing follow-ups are also action oriented.  Delivering excellent customer service is also very action oriented. Consistently doing action-oriented activities every single day will push your business forward.

Sthat’s system.  Every business has some sort of success system to follow. During your day, you must either be doing a one-on-one’s, two-on-one’s or three-way phone calls. Also, bringing folks to large group meetings, webinars or events are also part of a success system.  The one-on-one is the only part of this system that you do alone.  No one is a self-made anything, working with other leaders or teammates is the only way you will not only be successful, but also become duplicatable which is how it becomes a successful system.

Ythat’s you and “why”.   You must have a defined purpose.  I was asked once, “If your purpose was your boss, would you get fired today?” Every single day you must commit to your purpose. Now if you don’t know what your “why” is, then that needs to be figured out now. There are ebbs and flows in every business, and you must be so “sold out,” on your purpose that nothing can stop you from waking up every day and fighting for it. The other “Y” stands for you. YOU have got to grow daily!

In, “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership,” John Maxwell talks about the ‘Law of the Lid,’ if you are not becoming more, you will not attract more.  Which means, you cannot attract anyone better than you. It’s just a given; if you’re at a six, you cannot attract the seven and eight or nine. So, for you to be able to attract more, then you must become more. Which means that every day, you commit to doing one thing that’s for personal growth. Once you are done with “Y”, you go right back to “E” and show your excitement, do something action-oriented, follow the success system and then go to work on yourself! EASY right!?!?

 

BEST DECISION EVER

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Five years ago today, I decided that if I didn’t start taking back control of my mental and physical health, my days were numbered. I didn’t know how I was going to change or if I would be strong enough to follow through.

All I knew is that if change was going to happen … it had to start with me! I only look back in order to celebrate how far I’ve come.

“My purpose is strong, my resilience is stronger … when tough days come, I push even harder!”

 

CRY OR FLY?

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The picture below of Bean was taken a few years ago, but it represents exactly how we all feel this week. Before she hit this pose, she had no idea what was about to happen. Her cheer coach simply and quietly asked, “is she afraid of heights?” As a Mom, I had a quick decision to make for my daughter … and the outcome would either be she would cry or she would fly. I had to decide what’s best. I said, “take her up!” The look on her face says it all. We don’t know what we don’t know.

Her eyes are both filled with fear and with accomplishment. She would have never taken this risk on her own. So whatever decision you are faced with today … You may be scared, you may not know the outcome … Look to those people you trust and that love and believe in you most and who are not afraid to speak on your behalf and say, “take her up!” Crystal Bullard, thank you for this moment!

Swedish Fish.

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OBSTACLES

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Today was so productive. #CallOutTuesday is what I heard GaryVee call it. Basically it was a “get your hiney in gear” and do what you’ve been hemin and hawin about. So I did … made new commitments and did what I said I was going to do. Got the ball rolling and it felt really great.

So the message here is really, expect obstacles, but see them as opportunities. Stay focused on your commitments and flexible in your approach … Do what you say you are going to do and remember that everyone is watching.

Treat yourself and others with kindness because it’s the right thing to do. Keep doing the next right thing, and you won’t fail.

Swedish Fish

ON TASK

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These last few days have been so empowering and full.  I have stayed consistent with my reading and writing. I have also been “on task” in the rest of my life.  I know that tomorrow brings an opportunity to test out some of the new changes before my Boston trip next week.  Nothing will ever be the same after that trip. So for now I follow one of my mentors tasks and rest my artist brain.  Time to recharge and reimagine.

Swedish Fish.

@NateMaingard

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It is so important to have intentional moments of breath from the stress.  I have recently started following Nate Maingard on Twitter and watching his Periscopes.  He is the mental break that I needed.  His music is perfect for me.  I would not have found him and his beautiful music if he hadn’t found me first. I don’t have many followers on Twitter and yet he is now one of them.  He shares his art daily and it’s at a time in my life when I am longing to create again.  So to listen to him, I feed my soul and my inner artist wakes up and wants to play.

My most favorite video of his however was not a musical video.  He answered the question for his fans and patrons that I also get asked often, “how do you stay so positive and happy?”

His answer was simply, “I don’t.” He even went as far enough to say that he is often depressed and that he struggles with comparison and confidence in his music.  So, I want Nate to know that I totally understand.  Just getting out of bed somedays is a struggle.  We all have felt that way at some point in our life.  I am incredibly thankful for your honesty as well as your grace when you shared that.  You still had a smile in your heart that shined out of your face.  I am thankful for you being on this planet sharing your gifts, your struggles, your art and your heart for all the world to see.

This world needs more of that.  Thank you also for being a voice for the powerless and standing up for those unable to stand. You are already changing the world for the better and your value cannot be measured.

You are food for my soul. Thank you.

Swedish Fish.

 

NEXT BEST STEP

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All we can do in this lifetime is simply take the “best next step” every single day.  Making a commitment and honoring that commitment with consistent daily action will get you closer and closer to the vision you have for your life, your relationships, your business, your finances and especially a better set of circumstances than those you are currently in and being controlled by.

Today was an excellent day … I had the honor of coaching new champions to their personal best and building up my littlest champions in my life in the process.

Working through the “Walking in this World” creative practice is already helping me personally clear out some mental blocks. Now it’s time to let my dreams sort through the details of the day and process and file them away.

Swedish Fish.