“G” is for GO

In the past few days, I’ve had two different people reach out to me. Both of them were asking for advice on starting their own businesses.

My reply to them?

“Go for it.”

Life, technology, and business are changing rapidly. It is my sincere belief that being an entrepreneur (or an intra-preneur in a large organization) is the surest path towards freedom and happiness.

Therefore, today’s note is all about “G” — go go go!

Seth Godin is an author and big thinker (and one of my heroes). He is a GO guy. His big message is “just ship it already” and by that he means:

  • Do something different and share it with your tribe
  • Write and share it with the world
  • Create something and get it into the hands of those who need it
  • Start a business and let everyone know it
  • Learn something new. Then find the tribe who digs it and start a conversation.
  • Figure out who you want to serve and do it

In other words: GO!

Invest in yourself by using a coach or hiring a consultant. Go back to school or get additional training if you need it. Start a business. Write the book. Make the app. Schedule a volunteer vacation. Whatever it is your soul is quietly (or loudly, in my case) imploring you to do…GO DO THAT.

And I’m here to help you get unstuck. To wade into the resistance (hat tip again to Seth Godin). To create the path with you. To help you move in to right action. And to hold you accountable when the fear and doubt step up (and inevitably it will).

What do you want in life? I mean really, really, really want?

When you’re ready, I’d love to show how to get that. GO!

Make some room,

Angie

P.S. I’m offering two-hour Make Some Room Rendezvous sessions through the end of the year. The investment is a mere $350 (and it goes up to $500 on January 1, 2014).

Your dreams are priceless – honor them.

Schedule your Make Some Room Rendezvous today.

“E” is for Energy, Efficiency, and Effectiveness

I’m roaring right into my busy season. There’s something about the fall and winter that compels people to call me.

They are out of energy, desperate for more time, and feeling overwhelmed.

Sound familiar?

Today’s note is all about “E” – and I couldn’t decide on just one thing. So, let’s focus on efficiency, effectiveness, and even ENERGY.

In the past two weeks, I’ve done several expansiveMake Some Room Rendezvous sessions. Excellent results? You betcha!

  • “Lynn” and her team used the time to flesh out some very specific processes related to new business opportunities. There were quite a few things that needed to happen, but she and her team were fuzzy on priorities, timelines, and ownership of the action steps. This is actually the second MSRR they’ve participated in. AND they were able to successfully achieve the stretch goals they set in the first session three months ago. Rock on!
  • Two clients used their sessions to document their Client Intake processes. Now they have clarity about how to make a new client feel comfortably led through a solid onboarding process. Questions answered, payment terms clarified, welcome notes sent.
  • “Jennifer” called and said, “Angie, I don’t even know what I don’t know. I just know I’m stuck!” We spent her session helping her reveal her “why.” Once she understood this, we were able to wrap all of her communications and systems with this special energy.
  • “Bob” is desperate to get out of email overwhelm – we’re meeting this afternoon. He’s confused about where emails should go, what he ought to save, and what he can delete. (And I’m totally excited to teach him how to gleefully use the delete key!)

Feeling ready? Your turn!

Make some room,

Angie

P.S. I’m offering two-hour Make Some Room Rendezvous sessions through the end of the year. They’re suitable for just you and me or a small group or team. The investment is a mere $350 (and it goes up to $500 on January 1, 2014).

#UNPLUG

#UNPLUG Fast Company Magazine

What was the last time YOU unplugged?

Yesterday, I was sorting through quite a backlog of snail mail. Lots of junk, too many credit card offers (feh!), and a bill or two.

My favorite part of the mail is getting magazines. I don’t subscribe to many, but I love the ones I get. Inc. Magazine, Mother Earth News, Fast Company, and Our State.

It was the cover of Fast Company that grabbed my attention:

#UNPLUG: My life was crazy. So I disconnected for 25 days. You should too.

Egads! I let it sink in that I had just disconnected for 17 days. No smartphone, no email, no internet service of ANY kind. In fact, I lived without plumbing or electricity for 17 days. I’ll spare you the details on the plumbing. But if I needed a light, I either used my headlamp or the moonlight (which was full by the time we left the Canyon).

Now, to be clear, the dude who wrote this article was the Mayor of Four Square in his area. He was involved in EVERY social media outlet possible. His online presence was HUGE. You, gentle reader, may not be quite so connected. It doesn’t mean, however, that you don’t relate to his reasons for wanting to unplug:

  1. His life was indeed crazy. Crazy busy. 24/7 crazy busy.
  2. He wanted to be mentally free of obligations, most of which asserted themselves in some way in digital fashion.

Can you relate? If you think about it, I bet A LOT of the requests for your time, your money, and your energy come to you digitally. Probably mostly via email, but other ways, too.

And it is stressing you out. It’s making you distracted. And you’re suffering from FOMO (Fear of Missing Out).

I see you checking email in the middle of networking meetings; as your employees are trying to talk to you; while you’re driving (or at best while stopped at red lights); in the middle of dinner wth your families; and as soon as your eyes pop open in the morning.

You are afraid. Afraid of missing out: on the big deal; with the next big potential client; with the angry client (we have to be responsive, don’t we?). And you’re afraid of just not being “in the know.”

I’ll be talking more about digital detoxing in the coming months. The saturation of digital connectedness in our lives is epidemic. And I assert it’s unhealthy if we just “let it happen.”

There are ways to regain control and sanity. As the Dog Whisperer Cesar Milan would say, “We must embrace rules, boundaries, and limitations.” It’s the only way to beat back the crazy.

Sincerely,

Angie

P.S. All this digital connectedness can also be a HUGE time-suck. There’s stuff you want to get done. It’s weighing on your mind, keeping you stuck, stressed, and churning. I’m creating a new low-impact, high-results-oriented program to get the important stuff DONE so you have the time, energy, and money to do the fun stuff (like plan a real #UNPLUGGED vacation). Details Tuesday!

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