Archive for February, 2009

Growing is messy business

If the state of my office is any indication, I’m experiencing a major growth spurt. And my mind is just about as cluttered as my desk.

messy-business-mom-biz-coach-ezineNow, as a Coach, I generally believe that clutter, chaos and disorganization are signs of something going wrong in a person’s life. These external signs often reflect some internal processes that aren’t being handled. But today I’m going to give you three reasons why I believe messiness can be a sign of good things.

 Three Reasons Messiness is Good
 
1.  Messiness = Growth
 
If you’re doing things right, you’re growing your business. I know, I know, call me crazy for talking about growth during a Recession (note the capital R), but it is possible. Growth can be a lot of different things, like building your client list, increasing your visibility to your market, expanding or adding to your revenue streams, and deepening your relationships with your networks.
 
When you grow your business, you wind up outgrowing the plans, systems and structures that used to support you. You drop a ball or two. You forget, resist or avoid important action items. You get overwhelmed and stick your head in the sand. In short, you make messes. Of course, when you realize this it’s time to enlist some help, delegate, perhaps hire a Coach to get you focused and back on track. But don’t forget to acknowledge that this is what happens when you grow your business!
 
2.   Messiness = Trying Something New
 
If your business is humming along perfectly, and you have the time to cross all your Ts and dot your Is, and you never drop the ball, or make a mistake, or lose a client, etc. you probably feel pretty great and quite comfortable. As well you should. You have a system in place that is working for you.
 
But no matter what your business is, chances are you can only keep doing the same thing (perfectly) for so long. Pressure from the market, your customers, the economy, and competition will eventually demand you to make changes in your offerings. When it’s time to do something new, you’ll probably make a mess or two. I’m always challenging my clients to be willing to make a mess, try something new, to get outside their comfort zone to explore some new possibilities. And hey–as Moms, we’re really good at cleaning up messes, so why not make a few?
 
3. Messiness = Possibilities
 
What we resist, persists. Are you spending a lot of time and energy trying to avoid messes? Are you putting off some new approach to your business or some new marketing strategy because it might get messy?
 
Several of my clients have been resisting getting into Social Networking for fear of it taking too much of their time, or because they don’t already know how to use it effectively. And others are still avoiding asking people they really want to work with to hire them. Why? If you fear not knowing how to do something, or looking stupid, or being rejected, you’re avoiding a potential mess that could result in some amazing possibilities.
 
Lots of possibilities are hiding in those messes.
What messes have you been making lately?
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I’m not a quiet person

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I’m not a quiet person. So when I get quiet, it usually means there’s something going on. Well, I’m excited to say that there is a lot going on right now, and I’ve been quiet (or out of communication) lately because of it. It’s good to finally share some of what I’ve been up to with you again.
 
The start of every new year brings me renewed energy and a strong focus. Last month I created my Business Plan for 2009, and almost as soon as I wrote down my goals, I took off and got into action to start making them happen. Seeing my goals on paper just sets me on fire and off I go! That’s not to say that I do all this planning and accountability on my own–I can’t say enough about how important my Coach has been for keeping me focused and on track.
 
I am creating a lot of new offerings for mom entrepreneurs that I can’t wait to share with you. One of the biggies is a new teleseminar series that will give mom entrepreneurs all the advice, tools, resources, mentoring and coaching they need to love their life and business! The other is the formation of Biz/Life Coaching Groups that allow working moms the chance to learn from and share with a community of their peers. It’s a great way to take the edge off the loneliness of being an entrepreneur and to get the support and accountability of other women who really get you and may have already “been there, done that.”
 
I’ll share more here when I have some of the details finalized. If you just can’t wait to hear more about them, you can email me right now.

The fog has lifted

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Hello, Blogosphere. Nice to see you. Been a while.

Just wanted to drop a quick line and let you know I’m back. I’ve been MIA lately given some extreme focus I’ve had about my goals for this year.

I decided to add ecommerce capabilities to my website this year. So I did that a couple of weeks ago.

I decided to start offering a free teleseminar each month so I can help mom entrepreneurs stop wasting their time and learn how to get more of it. I did that a week ago.

I realized I needed to update my business plan to reflect my new focus on teleseminars, group coaching, and creating products and programs from my coaching and consulting. I’m doing that now, and having so much fun with it.

Then it dawned on my that I shoulda had a VA (remind you of a commercial from the 80s?). So I interviewed a ton of great mompreneurs and hired one today.

And I had a very sick little boy who just wanted to stay home with his mom and snuggle for about four days. So I’ve been snuggling a lot the past few days.

While I focused on those critical components of my business strategy (and on my family’s needs), I dropped more than a few balls I was juggling. Keeping up with my blog is one of them.

It’s nice to be back. Stay tuned for some posts on what to do when life gets messy, how to drop the balls gracefully, and how to love the life you live even more because of all that.

Come to think of it, it would be a good idea to subscribe to my blog (click that little orange button on the top right corner) so you don’t miss out those upcoming posts I mentioned.

Have you been in a fog lately? Why? Have you outgrown systems that used to support you? What are you planning to do about it? Please, do share.


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