Business Burnout! Look for these Signs…

Business Burnout is a very real problem, especially for solo-preneurs. Even though partnerships can have their ups and downs, at least you have someone to handle some of the stress and responsibility. Solo-preneurs are by themselves and feel the entire weight of their success on their lone shoulders. This large responsibility often leads these business owners to work 14+ hour days and lose track of what’s happening at home with their families. But is focusing so much attention on your business a wise decision?

No, not if you want to achieve a work/life balance that makes you and your family happy. Even if you’re single, making time for self-care and relaxation will improve your overall health and mental wellbeing. Let’s talk about the 5 signs to look for that indicate you might be headed toward a burnout.

  1. Insomnia. If your brain can’t shut down because you’re consumed with work, your sleep pattern will get disrupted, leaving you overtired, lacking energy, and lacking the mental energy to make wise business decisions.
  2. Procrastination. Do you cringe at the length of your daily to-do list? Did these tasks once excite you but now they make you want to crawl under a rock? Procrastination leads to missed deadlines and opportunities to promote your business.
  3. Tired or Fatigued. The human body is only capable of handling so much stress on limited sleep. Certainly, you’ve heard the phrase “burning the candle at both ends”? That’s what happens when you work yourself to the bone and don’t give your body and brain enough time to recover before starting another high-stress day.

At some point your body will want to give up, causing severe fatigue and other possible illnesses that will keep you out of your business.

  1. Changes in appetite. For some people, stress causes them to overeat; for others, stress reduces their appetites. Neither extreme is good for your body. For optimal health and mental clarity, take lunch breaks away from the desk and choose natural, healthy food choices instead of fast food items.
  2. Anxiety. High stress causes anxiety, which can cause crippling fear or other physical symptoms. Keep in mind: there’s a big difference between the anxiety you feel when stepping out of your comfort zone versus stress-induced anxiety that doesn’t seem to go away.

Think about this: as a solopreneur, if you are not physically able to run your business, what happens to it? Chances are, you’d have to close your doors and any streams of income you currently have will disappear. And, we don’t want that to happen!

Take care of your whole body, mind, and spirit. Take quiet time to relax. Get outdoors and breathe in some fresh air. Unplug for a whole weekend and live in the moment with your family. Reconnect with old friends. Start a hobby.

I discovered amazing changes in my own business and my mindset, once I started taking care of myself and living my life for me, not just my business.

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How to Deal with the Trolls. Smack!

Are you plagued by Trolls? Sometimes you just want to SMACK them, right? Let's talk about how to deal with Trolls.

As you become more popular you’re going to get more people who love you, but also more people who hate you. And, actually they don’t even hate you, they just like to be trolls.

It is important to know how to deal with these types of people so that you can use social media marketing to build traffic, make more connections, and increase your return on investment.

Develop a Policy

If you have many people helping you manage social media, you need to develop a policy. There is a difference between a troll and someone who has something negative to say. Therefore, you want to treat them differently.

A troll should be blocked, and their comments deleted. Someone who is negative might just need some extra attention to turn them around.

Ignore Real Trolls

When someone is a real troll they have nothing useful to say at all and are intent on disrupting a discussion or even an entire business. These types of people may even be paid to do so. You have no way of knowing. The best course of action is to ignore them, delete, and block them.

There is an exception to this rule. If the issue becomes widely known due to not deleting fast enough, you may have to “out” the troll for who they are and let your real audience deal with them.

Make a Joke Out of It

 Sometimes trolls and negative people are a little bit funny. It depends on your audience of course, but if you can make a joke out of something that’s a great way to deal with it. For example, if someone asked you what is taking so long for a shipment to get to them and you know you mailed it the day they ordered it, you may need to point out in a humorous way that you have no control over the post office.

Look for The Deeper Message

 Sometimes trolls or people who make negative comments are just unhappy people who need something. If you can read between the lines and find a better message answer that message and ignore the nastiness. Killing them with kindness can work very well for getting rid of trolls.

Hire or Get Volunteer Moderators and Ambassadors

 When your community grows very large you may need to get help managing your social media to prevent the proliferation of spammers and trolls from taking over your page or community. One of the reasons some big-time coaches have ended their Facebook Groups has to do with poor group management. If it gets too big, get some help.

Build Relationships with Your Community

 Have real conversations with members of your community and let them get to know you. Don’t just sell them all the time. When someone is nasty or trolling, report it.

Show the Facts

 If it is appropriate, baffle the negative person or troll with facts. If you have facts you can prove with real study and research, you will find that most of your community will value what you are saying a lot more than someone who drives by with some negative info.

Dealing with trolls and negative people can be daunting.  And, if this starts happening take heart in the fact that it is mostly because your community is growing, which is a good thing. Don’t take it personally.

The very best thing you can do about a troll is to not provide a platform for them, delete and block them.

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SELF-SABOTAGING BEHAVIORS THAT KEEP YOU FROM EARNING WHAT YOU’RE WORTH

 

Self-Sabotage, we all do it. No matter how successful you are, at one time or another you will fall into the self-sabotage trap. There are two, big self-sabotaging behaviors that will keep you from making the income you deserve. These self-sabotaging behaviors will keep you from earning your worth.

  • Your income will suffer.
  • Your self-esteem will take a dive.
  • Your confidence will be gone.

The end result is? Frustration. Burnout. Resentment (of yourself, your clients or your business). And yes, even more self-sabotaging behaviors. This downward spiral can quickly turn devastating, but stopping it is easy when you learn to recognize the symptoms.

Procrastination

Did you sign up to do someone’s popular podcast and forget about it? Or maybe you were going to send a proposal to a potential new client, but waited too long? Or maybe you simply waited too long to take advantage of a sale price on a hot new app or a new training that everyone’s raving about.

These and other missed opportunities can often be blamed on simple procrastination, one of the most destructive habits we suffer from. Procrastination is what keeps us working late at night to make a deadline, costs us money in late fees, and even costs us business.

If you’re prone to procrastination, try these techniques to put an end to it:

  • Recognize your fear. What often keeps us stuck is simple fear. We’re afraid that even with that amazing coach we still won’t reach our goals, so we don’t do the homework. We’re afraid we’ll look bad when compared to other proposals, so we just don’t send one. But if you want to be successful in business, you must learn to recognize and face your fears, then do the work anyway.
  • Visualize the life and business you desire. Imagine what it will be like to have that amazing business you’ve been dreaming about. Picture your ideal workday, daydream about that fabulous vacation you’ll take, and imagine VIP days with your ideal client.
  • Reward yourself. It’s okay to give yourself a little incentive for getting things done. Take yourself out to lunch; buy a new pair of shoes; take an afternoon off. Do what’s most likely to motivate you to power through your fears and take the next step.

Failing to Complete Your Projects

Be honest. How many half-written books, partially planned programs, and unfinished products are cluttering up your hard drive right now?

If you’re like a lot of entrepreneurs, the answer is probably several.

You started all of them with great enthusiasm. You planned out the modules or chapters, created the slide decks, and maybe even outlined the sales page. And then…you just stopped working on it.

Maybe you tell yourself that you’re too busy. Maybe you “need to do some more research.” Or maybe you simply lost interest. But the truth is, none of those are the real reason. For a lot of coaches, this self-sabotaging habit is actually a symptom of a lack of confidence, and it’s keeping you from the success you deserve.

Consider this: You cannot know the actual success rate of a program you’ve never finished, and you cannot improve upon something you’ve never completed. So rather than filling your computer with half-finished projects, power through and start releasing them—even if you believe they’re not perfect, and even if you think they’ll never sell.

You can’t earn income if you don’t sell. People who fear selling never make a sale. They will continue to procrastinate and leave products and programs unfinished.

Take the chance to do something real and stop self-sabotaging. Join me on Facebook Live every day this week at 9 am ET to learn more about self-sabotaging behaviors and how to stop it!

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Attract Clients: 3 Ways to Attract Clients with Someone Else’s Help.

 

It’s easy to attract clients or customers that you need, by getting someone else’s help.

Ask nearly anyone who runs an online business what their biggest struggle is, and chances are they will say “more traffic” or “more clients.”

You need traffic/clients to build an email list.

You need traffic/clients to make sales.

You need traffic/clients to fill your coaching programs.

The big question is, where do you get the traffic and thus the clients?

Sure, you could buy ads, but if you aren’t careful, you might just fill your list with less-than-ideal audience members and that will do nothing for your sales. You could focus your time and energy on search engine optimization but unless you have years to build your business (and who does?) then SEO should not be your top choice.

Good thing you have other options.

Way #1 Be a Guest

Everyone needs content. It’s the one thing that remains consistent among all content creators—there is never enough. That’s where you can help.

By guest posting on other coaches’ blogs, you can “borrow” some of their traffic.

You can’t simply regurgitate old content and send it out in a dozen directions though. To get the best results, you’ll want to:

  • Create custom content designed with your host’s unique audience in mind.
  • Provide stellar value with actionable ideas and strategies not found everywhere else.
  • Inject your personality so those new to you will instantly connect with you.
  • Offer a compelling reason to click through to your website or blog for more information.

Way #2 Partner Up

No list? Here’s a quick way to “borrow” someone else’s list to kickstart your own: Schedule a free event with a partner.

Here’s how it works.

  1. You (as the one with the small list) create a compelling, free training which leads naturally to a low-cost, no-brainer product.
  2. Install an affiliate tracking system such as aMember, Infusionsoft or 1Shopping Cart.
  3. Offer your best affiliates a higher percentage of profits in exchange for co-hosting your webinar and bringing their traffic along for the ride.

This is a win/win for both of you, as you gain the traffic while your affiliate gets a bigger payday. Just be sure you have a good funnel in place so that your new list members can benefit from all that you have to offer.

Way #3 Get Interviewed

Want to really show off your expert status and bring traffic back to your site, too? The easiest way is to get on the interview circuit. Just like authors with new books and actors with new movies, coaches and service providers can get in front of new audiences simply by answering questions about what they know.

There are plenty of opportunities out there for coaches and consultants in every niche.

Look for interview and speaking opportunities on:

  • Podcasts
  • Other blogs
  • YouTube
  • Periscope
  • Facebook Live
  • Local events
  • Industry conferences
  • Summits
  • Give-a-Ways

Start by reaching out to your colleagues and to podcast and blog hosts you most admire. Get the word out with your friends and your list that you’re looking for opportunities.

Even if you don’t yet have a list of your own, it’s easy (and fun) to kickstart your audience growth simply by making yourself available for these and other opportunities. Each guest post, podcast interview and webinar are another chance to get in front of a whole new audience, so take advantage of it!

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Your #1 Tip To Get It ALL Done.

Want more productivity?

If you want to get it ALL done, then this Tip holds the keys you need to succeed.

#1 Productivity Tip : Understand The Difference Between Urgent And Important.

The important thing for you to understand with this, is that most people focus on the urgent stuff, so they never get anything important done.

If you constantly stay in “urgent” mode you'll be engaged in activity all the time and feel like you're busy, but you're actually just spinning your wheels, like the hamster in the cage.

This is so important for your success because most people stay permanently stuck in “urgent” mode through the whole day. If you stay stuck in “BUSY” and “URGENT” mode, you will constantly be stressed and never get anything done. And, you'll be exhausted, anxious and depressed because you didn't accomplish anything meaningful during the day. This will go on and on, you wake up again tomorrow to repeat the process.

To get the important stuff done, you need to:

  • Make a list of all the “stuff” you need to get done
  • Ask yourself a question about each item on the list: “If I don't do this today, what happens?” If the answer is some short term pain, then it's probably urgent.
  • Ask yourself another question about each item on the list: “If I don't do this today, what happens 6 months from today? A year from today? 5 years from today?” If the answer is long term pain or failure, then it's probably important.

So, do you have to choose between the two and only do one? No! Just make time in your day for BOTH urgent and important tasks. Schedule them and get them done!

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