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Why Do You Need a Business Life Coach?

Wednesday, 28th November 2012

 

Business coaching helps employees in two ways – one, when the coaching helps the leader to be a better leader so someone that is much easier to support and two when the employees are getting coached and able to work on their own stuff.

Coaching should include everything that in service of the client and will best serve the client.  A lot of times that requires much more then asking questions and validating someone.

A great life coach can definitely help a low-functioning person if that low-functioning person wants to change enough.  A good life coach will not allow the low-functioning person to make excuses.  The life coach will be determine to call the person on their excuses over and over again.  I don’t even believe there is such thing as low-functioning.  Just a person who is not motivated in certain areas of their life.  I am sure there is other areas that they are higher functioning.  If they care about something you’d be amazed at how functioning they are.  The job of the life coach would be to help explore with the person what the supposed low-functioning person really cares about and how to set up their environment to support them to move forward in the area of the life they really want.

Coaching does deal with goals, getting clear on your objects, and moving forward in your life.

Step It Up and Know Your Core Values in Business, #23

Wednesday, 28th November 2012

Today we will talk about how to step it up and know your value in business.
From my research, one of the greatest problems small businesses and entrepreneurs have is that they didn’t realize their true value and what they could bring to the marketplace early in their business. When I talk to seasoned, successful business owners, quite a few of them admit that they wished they would have fully embraced their value and the knowledge that they had to offer to the business community sooner. It would have saved them a lot of time and effort.

Here are three ways that you can own your value in the marketplace.

1-Understand what you bring to the table. Each business-person has something a little different that they offer to the world than anyone else. If you don’t know what value you have, assume you have it and start digging around for it. Coaches can also help you to start seeing what gifts you have.

2- Apply structure and success principles while at the same time being you.
Sometimes small business owners and entrepreneurs care so much about their business and want desperately for it to grow, that they think they need to copy somebody else’s path to success.
Now, learning the structure and principles of success is critical, but the other part of the formula that is not talked about as much is that once you know the structure, you get to show up and play in business using your unique style and gifts, and not other people’s.

3-Make sure your branding, marketing, and advertising communicates your unique value. What happens with many business owners and entrepreneurs is that they do a lot of work on themselves and their company, but sometimes amid all the hustle and bustle, they forget to check if their current brand, that they are advertising to the world, and their current marketing, reflect all the changes that they have made. It is not uncommon to check the text on your website and be shocked by the messages you find there.

To truly own your value in the current marketplace, it is important to understand what you bring to the table. Strive to consistently “be you” as you implement those success tools into your business. And don’t forget to update your current marketing and branding to be reflective of who you now are in the marketplace.

Until next time on Biz on Your Own Terms!

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Success Coaching and Building on Healthy Business Practices

Wednesday, 21st November 2012

When Are You Building Your Business on Adrenaline and When Are You Building on Healthy Business Practices?

When a person functions too much on adrenaline, they run the risk of getting adrenal fatigue, which according to James Wilson, PhD, is the 21st Century Stress Syndrome. If you are an entrepreneur, watch out, you could be even more susceptible because entrepreneurs are famous for pushing the pedal to the metal and cranking it day in and day out.  They are used to working harder, longer, and more intensely than those in the corporate world because there is no 9 to 5 for them.  They are on call at all times, and their whole survival is dependent on what they can produce and accomplish.

If you don’t want to end up with the 21st Century Stress Syndrome, and you are an entrepreneur, it becomes important that you learn how to stop burning yourself out. When you work too long, too hard, in order to keep on moving, you will be working off adrenaline.

 

How Introverts can Build Self Confidence

Wednesday, 14th November 2012

Can an introvert be a successful entrepreneur, and eventually, a successful leader?

Of course it is possible to be an introvert and a successful entrepreneur. There are many many many successful entrepreneurs that are introverts. An extremely well known successful introvert entrepreneur that I know personally is Jack Canfield. I have talked to him about how he still is very much an introvert and how he sets up his life to honor that.

On your journey you will not change into an extrovert. Introverts and extroverts is based mainly on where you get your energy from. Introverts need time with themselves and extroverts need people. I am an introvert myself and when I used to be asked to speak I would get extremely sick to my stomach. Now that I have given hundreds and hundreds of speeches it is not as hard to get up in front of people although I still feel nervous. The more you do something the more easy it becomes. I used to hate networking meetings now people don’t believe that I am introverted. There is this thing called, “situational extroverted.” The more I do things the more I became comfortable with it. The same principle will work for you.

What I have learned as I honor my introvert nature is if I go do something extroverted like networking or speaking I schedule downtime afterwards. I know that I need time to process and to get grounded in myself. If I don’t honor that part of me, I lose my ability to be grounded and to feel at peace.

Building Self Confidence: Why Become An Entrepreneur? #22

Wednesday, 14th November 2012

Welcome to Biz on Your Own Terms! Today we will talk about the things you have to consider before you step into the entrepreneurial world.

There are simply too many entrepreneurs. Too many people trying to create their own jobs, be their own boss. Too many people are trying to live life on their own terms. Why are they doing this? Don’t they know that being your own boss, being able to work when you choose, and pursuing your dreams comes with a terrible cost?

Once you are an entrepreneur, this requires a huge amount of efforts, money, time and investments. So if you started your own business so that you will have more time to play or go on vacation or be with your family, then you might want to think again. Building a business at the beginning, and I don’t care what kind of business, will take work and lots of it if the business is a legal one. It could also mean time being spent away away from playing, family, and anything else that you can think of that you would rather be doing.

Furthermore, if you think you still want to be an entrepreneur because you love to deliver services, don’t fool yourself. If you think that having your business means that all you have to do is set up a website and customers will come, and that you will spend all day doing the work that you love, think again. Most find when running their business they spend most of their time doing everything except what they want to do.

Think about these things and then, decide. It is all up to you! Until next time on Biz on Your Own Terms TV!

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Overcoming Betrayals and Challenges in Business

Wednesday, 7th November 2012

Before I joined the forces of being a person in business, I hated business. I thought it was boring, and driven by the pursuit of money, numbers, and sales. I believed it was for the technical guys and gals who could crunch numbers, make sense of the stock market, and wear uncomfortable black suits.

I was an artist. Well, at least trying to be one, and my brain was not built to understand the world of business. I happily dove into the world of writing. After three years of incredibly hard work, I landed my first book contract. I stumbled on my way until, by book three, my publishers were talking to me about the importance of promotion, marketing, and selling more if I wanted to continue publishing with them.

The realization that I would not be around as an author if I did not “step it up” and sell more was a nasty pill to swallow. But I swallowed and banged around into the world of sales, marketing, and business.

That world became tricky, and the more I learned, the more I danced in it, the more I forgot about writing. (What a sneaky environment!) The money I could make doing business far overshadowed the royalty checks off book sales.

I all but forgot the harsh world of books that caused so many struggles, and focused passionately on building my business and counted on that paying well. I’d probably still be on that path if I had not been stricken with a host of health problems that landed me in the hospital and rendered me unable to stay conscious.

As I struggled to get back on my feet, I searched for something to help heal me, something that I loved, something that calmed me. I dove back into reading literature. As I read, I rediscovered my true love. I realized that I have always loved reading a good book that transported me to another world. When I read, I feel authentically me.

I wondered why I had so neglected my love? Why was I doing so much business that my health was crumbling under the burden of stress? As I read, a message from one of the books :cleared things up: Literature never disappointed me. I thought about all the disappointments that came from the book world—the rejections, lack of sales, small payments, and frustrating plots. All the disappointments came from trying to publish—not from literature itself.


Perhaps in some ways you are like me—you had something you enjoyed doing in your life –golf, basketball, painting, woodwork, etc., and you abandoned it or did less of it because … well, lots of reasons.

When I looked at my life head on, I realized that literature did not abandon me, but I put myself into the business part of the literature out of fear. I cut off the part that I’d loved so much and did the business part until it swallowed me up. I did this even though the business gave me headaches. I valiantly plowed through, feeling like that was what needed to be done. I had become swept up in the race and did not know it because my ego was at play.

It was my ego that wanted the gold sticker that said I was successful. It was ego that listened to the publishers and pushed so hard for the sales. It was ego that took something so beautiful and made it about image, which in truth does not matter so much. My being consumed with “business” had betrayed me from keeping my real love alive.

Rethinking Core Values: The Betrayal of Business

Thursday, 1st November 2012

Before I joined the forces of being a person in business, I hated business.  I thought it was boring, and driven by the pursuit of money, numbers, and sales.  I believed it was for the technical guys and gals who could crunch numbers, make sense of the stock market, and wear uncomfortable black suits.

I was an artist.  Well, at least trying to be one, and my brain wasn’t built to understand the world of business.  I happily dove into the world of writing.  After three years of incredibly hard work, I landed my first book contract.  I stumbled on my way until, by book three, my publishers were talking to me about the importance of promotion, marketing, and selling more if I wanted to continue publishing with them.

The realization that I wouldn’t be around as an author if I didn’t “step it up” and sell more was a nasty pill to swallow.  But I swallowed and banged around into the world of sales, marketing, and business.

That world became tricky, and the more I learned, the more I danced in it, the more I forgot about writing.  (What a sneaky environment!)  The money I could make doing business far overshadowed the royalty checks off book sales.

I all but forgot the harsh world of books that caused so many struggles, and focused passionately on building my business and counted on that paying well.  I’d probably still be on that path if I hadn’t been stricken with a host of health problems that landed me in the hospital and rendered me unable to stay conscious.

As I struggled to get back on my feet, I searched for something to help heal me, something that I loved, something that calmed me.  I dove back into reading literature.  As I read, I rediscovered my true love. I realized that I’ve always loved reading a good book that transported me to another world.  When I read, I feel authentically me.

I wondered why I had so neglected my love?  Why was I doing so much business that my health was crumbling under the burden of stress?  As I read, a message from one of the books :cleared things up: Literature never disappointed me.  I thought about all the disappointments that came from the book world—the rejections, lack of sales, small payments, and frustrating plots.  All the disappointments came from trying to publish—not from literature itself.

Perhaps in some ways you are like me—you had something you enjoyed doing in your life –golf, basketball, painting, woodwork, etc., and you abandoned it or did less of it because … well, lots of reasons.

When I looked at my life head on, I realized that literature didn’t abandon me, but I put myself into the business part of the literature out of fear.  I cut off the part that I’d loved so much and did the business part until it swallowed me up.  I did this even though the business gave me headaches.  I valiantly plowed through, feeling like that was what needed to be done.  I had become swept up in the race and didn’t know it because my ego was at play.

It was my ego that wanted the gold sticker that said I was successful. It was ego that listened to the publishers and pushed so hard for the sales.  It was ego that took something so beautiful and made it about image, which in truth doesn’t matter so much.  My being consumed with “business” had betrayed me from keeping my real love alive.