Today I will keep it short & sweet.
I love consuming content by reading blogs, watching videos & listening to podcasts. The Stitcher app is my number one source for listening to all my favorite podcasts. It has over 65,000 podcasts to choose from and no I am not getting paid to share this with you.
Give it a try while you're working or working out. Last week I shared an awesome inspirational story I heard on Entrepreneur Onfire about John Morrow. If you haven't had a chance to check it out then go do it now. It will motivate you beyond your wildest dreams.
Check out stitcher. What are your favorite tools to listen to a podcast? Share with me in the comments below.
KEEP IT SUNNY!
Everyone get's distracted and even discouraged at times when working towards making life work for them.
Every 3rd Thursday of the month I will be highlighting how different entrepreneurs found the strength to turn lemons into lemonade.
My goal is to share these stories in an effort to encourage all of us as we go about trying to live life on our own terms.
The first story I will share is of John Morrow.
John has built multiple multi-million dollar businesses.
He has discovered what hustle & grit can accomplish if you choose to put them to work for you.
John can't move from the neck down.
Listen to his story here as he tells it to John Lee dumas on the Entrepreneur On Fire podcast.
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Keep It Sunny!
You love all things health: nutrition, coaching people, holistic living. So you decided that you are finally going to follow your bliss and start your online business focusing on health and wellness. Or you may already be in business. In any case it never hurts to do a business checkup periodically to make sure everything is running smoothly. If you have jumped into the health and wellness space to help people in person or online via coaching or both, having the right business basics in place will help you to serve your clients well.
Tip 1: GET A BUSINESS COACH
I think this is the best place to start when you are ready to move from being an employee to an owner. It's also great if you're an owner right now and your business is not growing. According to Entrepreneur.com, "A business coach is somebody who helps you move from where you are to where you want to be, and does so by solely focusing on your goals". Here is a great article on 10 ways hiring a coach will help you reach success.
TIP 2: INVEST IN YOUR OWN PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
There is a myriad of ways to gain knowledge for your health and wellness business:
Podcasts: The Wellpreneur by Amanda Cook is a great audio resource for health and wellness professionals filled with great tips on how to make your business a success. The podcast Entrepreneur On Fire by John Lee Dumas will keep you inspired about your entrepreneurial journey.
Networking: If you are looking for a great place to learn about how coaching fits into your business and network with like minds then check out Dan Miller's site 48days.net. It is a hub for entrepreneurs in general but more specifically coaching entrepreneurs.
Certification: A great way to continue to stay abreast of the latest trends in the industry and display credibility to your clients is to have a certification in your field of focus. The Integrative Nutrition site is a great place to start the research process. This list on the Exercise Science Guide site is another great place to check out.
TIP 3: PUT THE NUTS & BOLTS FIRMLY IN PLACE
Do you have a robust internet connection? Have you maintained your business license or researched your business name? On the site Long Live The internet, they suggest that "One of the most important steps to starting an eCommerce business is getting organizing with a To-Do list". Here are a few things they suggest you have on your list:
- Define your startup capital $$
- Decide on a name
- Register your domain name
- Setup your email
- File your corporate paperwork
- Get a federal Tax id EIN
- Register with the State for Sales Tax
- Setup your bank account
- Fund your account
- Get checks and debit/credit card
- Get a phone number
- Decide on an accounting strategy
- Design your logo
The journey to being a successful health and wellness entrepreneur can be exciting. It will run more smoothly if you have a good plan in place. These 3 tips are a great place to start to help you along the way.
Do you have some other tips for getting started or restarted as a health and wellness entrepreneur? Share with me in the comments below.
Keep It Sunny!
Have you ever heard the phrase you are the sum total of the 5 people who you associate with on a daily basis? Well John Lee Dumas from Entrepreneur On Fire podcast says something to this effect in each of his broadcasts.
Is It True?
Well, look at where you are in your life right this minute. Are you on track to achieve your Big Hairy Audacious Goals your BHAGS? Are the people in your immediate circle encouraging or distracting you from your goals?
Only you know the answer. Stop where you are RIGHT NOW and make a pivot if you need to make some changes in your life. Some people are only along for part of our journey. It's ok to bid adieu to those people or things that aren't working toward our greatness. What things are you getting rid of in your life today? Tell me because I want to cheer you on.
Keep It Sunny!
I was talking recently to my grandmother who is 86 and realized that our lives are chaotic in comparison to how she grew up. It is like night & day. As busy entrepreneurs it seems it has almost become a necessity to do multiple things all at once.
Ladies & gentlemen we have become modern day jugglers. (Cue the laugh track)
But I need you to stop for one second (because I know you are probably multi-tasking right now:) and ask yourself are you getting things done effectively? According to an article on LifeHacker.com by Ciara Conlon, "Some research has shown multitasking to reduce productivity by 40%."
I definitely agree with this.
As I was writing this blog post it took me extra long because I thought it was necessary to check updates on my phone and my email. Trust me nothing was a 911 emergency that couldn't have waited.
NPR.org interviewed a professor of neuroscience at MIT Earl Miller, who said for the most part, "We simply can't focus on more than one thing at a time". He goes on to say, "What we can do, is shift our focus from one thing to the next with astonishing speed. Switching from task to task, you think you're actually paying attention to everything around you at the same time. But you're actually not". In an article on Mashable.com, it states "that only 2% of people can multitask effectively".
So How Can You Become A Successful Multi-tasker?
The short answer is you can't. It's a sobering thought huh? The good news is that you can become more successful at getting tasks done. It is very simple: Focus. John Lee Dumas from Entrepreneur On Fire.com always says Follow One Course Until Success = Focus. If you want to learn more about his thoughts on this check out his blog post right here.
So I want to leave you with these thoughts:
Mult-tasking is a lie
Delegate what you don't need to do
Start being successful because now you are getting more done by doing less
Let me know what you think & of course Keep It Sunny!
Everyone has a podcast. If you can think of a topic, then someone has probably created a podcast for it. Topics can range from comedy to self-help. All this is nice you may say, but why should I care? In my humble opinion, podcast are one of the number one ways for busy entrepreneurs to learn on the go and get real-time information that can be deployed immediately in their business. We are all busy and we all must stay on top of the latest trends in our industry to be successful. Listening to business focused podcast does the trick. Not sure where to begin? Check out a few of these podcasts to get your creative entrepreneurial juices flowing:
Keep It Sunny!!