Are You Overthinking Everything? Here are 3 Ways to Stop!

Have you ever thought over and over again about a project, task, or plan that you had to complete?  Did you think, “if I just make a decision than I can just move on and not stall my progress?” This can happen as you pursue both personal and professional goals with your business. girl-thinking

We have all been there before.  It is easy to overthink a situation when just making a decision could relieve you of the pressure. However, it’s when we do not move forward that we stagnate or even paralyze our growth and progress.

So what can you do to not overthink when it comes to your project, tasks, or plans?  Here are a few tips:

1) Just start! Sometimes the fear of getting started or thinking it might not go according to plan can hinder you from making a decision. Remember, don’t let the start stop you. Don’t feel like the moment has to be perfect.

2) Allow yourself to shift gears! When you are driving a car and shifting gears, you have to adjust based upon the road, hill, or what is around you. The same applies when taking on a project. You have to prepare for the bumps or challenges that might come your way.

3) Allow yourself the opportunity to make mistakes! When you are working on your success, remember that you might make some mistakes along the way. It doesn’t mean that you have failed.  The key is learning from them.  We absolutely love the subtitle from Sam Weinman’s new book, “Win at Losing.”  It is true that, “our biggest setbacks can lead to our greatest gains.”

So stop overthinking! Put that project, task, or plan in motion!

 

3 Lessons Entrepreneurs Can Learn From the 2016 Olympics!

Go For The Gold!

If you kept up with the 2016 Olympics in Rio, it was filled with various sports where athletes experienced the victories, defeats, highs, lows, joys, and pains, associated with their respective events.  It was also filled with determination, grit, goals, dreams, and visions.

We watched in awe, anticipation, and pure delight as we have seen some of our favorites, Simone Biles, Michael Phelps, Usain Bolt, Simone Manuels, Katie Ledecky, Gwen Jorgensen, Gabby Douglas, Allyson Felix, Helen Maroulis, Lilly King, Michelle Carter, Aly Raisman, and Laurie Hernandez. This list goes on and on with the number of talented and just simply inspiring athletes in Rio. Victories, defeats, joys, pain, dreams, goals…doesn’t this sound like the life of an entrepreneur? After all, it’s all about “going for the gold” in business.olympic medals

So what can we learn from these amazing athletes? Here are the 3 lessons entrepreneurs can learn:

1. Show up to win! Many of the athletes had to prepare mentally long before the start of the 2016 Olympic Games. This preparation was years in the making which included costs associated with equipment, memberships to certain facilities, and coaching, just to name a few. The athletes had to decide early on in the process in order to win…I have to show up! Showing up doesn’t just mean in the physical sense but also showing up with the mental mindset, writing down visions, dreams, and goals as it relates to the strategies to win. You have to have heart and visualize success.

Entrepreneurs have to adopt the same methods as they approach their businesses. It means being prepared when you are working with your clients, being able to exceed their expectations, and going the extra mile. Remember in order to “go for the gold” you have to show up to win.

2. Train for opportunities daily! The athletes at the Olympics didn’t just wake up and decide the next day I am ready to run this marathon, complete my balance beam routine, or swim the 100 meters without any training. There was a process prior to attending the 2016 Olympic Games which included working with their coach, long-term training, having a dream, setting goals, getting into the right mindset, just to name a few things.

In business, entrepreneurs must be training for opportunities daily by providing excellent customer service and completing projects on time.  Entrepreneurs should also take advantage of seminars, courses, coaching, and mentorship so they can compete in business. It’s not an overnight process for athletes and the same would apply to entrepreneurs. It requires endurance to “go for the gold!” olympic-rings-on-white

3. Even when it gets tough, keep going! I would imagine at some juncture during these athletes training and very strict regimen there was an obstacle they experienced and had to navigate through. This obstacle could have made the difference in deciding not to pursue their dreams. Or on the flip side, it could have increased their fervor to keep going despite the obstacle.

In business, there are obstacles that might occur as we work on an important project; prepare for a major event; or close a major deal.  However, we have to continue to pursue the finish line and “go for the gold!”

Remember you have to show up to win! Train for opportunities daily and even when it gets tough make sure you still “go for the gold”!

How To Plan For Success

What dreams and goals have you achieved this year with your business? Have you taken action steps toward your dreams and goals? Have you been intentional with your success? I love the quote by Pat Summitt, “set a goal that stretches you, requires exceptional effort, but one that you can reach.” It requires exceptional effort because your dreams aren’t just going to happen!

One of my many goals this year was to create an event that was designed with entrepreneurs (or aspiring entrepreneurs) in mind committed to building their businesses. And since a good discussion is always even better with food…why not discuss “Biz over Brunch?”

As the visionary and host of the Biz Plus Brunch event and also being an entrepreneur, there are so many words that describe the life of a business owner. I think of words such as marketing, promotion, branding, strategies, challenges, clients, customers, networking, connections, mission, vision, and success.  These are just a few…okay maybe a dozen but as you can see we could easily add even more! The great news is that we are providing entrepreneurs the opportunity to talk “Biz over Brunch!”

I would like to personally invite you to the event that was designed with the entrepreneur in mind!  The topics will include:

  • Strategies to create and promote your services/products to clients
  • How to market and brand your business to attract clients
  • Keys to successful networking connections
  • How to create your very own “2016 Business Success Wall”

Join us for great food, fun, speakers, gifts, and more. Check out the flyer and click the link below to register. I can’t wait to see you there. And don’t forget to invite a fellow entrepreneur, friend, or your family. It’s time to plan for success!

 

Biz Plus Brunch Event

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3 C’s Every Entrepreneur Can Learn From Candace Payne – Chewbacca Mom!

In case you might have missed the latest internet sensation and possibly have been “in a galaxy far, far away” then you have heard of Candace Payne…Chewbacca Mom!

This woman blasted into many of our lives just a short time ago and brought something we will never forget — her infectious laughter. And although we didn’t know her, it had many of us thinking who wouldn’t want to hang out and laugh with Candace.

In case you might have missed the video, check it out. And if you can’t get enough of this laugh (like us) then watch it again!

So what are the 3 C’s that entrepreneurs (and everyone) can learn from Candace Payne? Here you go:

1) Be confident and be ready! Opportunities are yours and the possibilities are endless. You have to be ready at any given moment to seize the opportunities. In the May 2016 People Magazine article, “Chewbacca Mom Candace Payne Reacts to Sudden Fame: ‘I’m Enjoying Every Single Moment” Candace shares that she is ready although she doesn’t know what all is in store for her and even her family. After all as an entrepreneur, we must always be ready for the next call or email that leads to a client or deal!

2) Be creative! I love the definition of creativity provided by Jamie Friedlander in the recent June 2016 Success magazine. The article states, “when we talk about creativity, very often people think of creativity as something where someone has an idea that comes fully formed into their mind that’s totally new and original. But we know from studies of creativity is that almost never happens. What usually happens is that these people known as innovation brokers, they’ll take two ideas that are clichéd or pretty well worn and then they’ll push them together in some new way. It’s the juxtaposition of two ideas that makes the creative spark happen.”

Star Wars has a thrilling legacy and Candace linked this with her creativity and spontaneity (and let’s not forget laughter) when she donned the Chewbacca mask and greeted Facebook. As entrepreneurs, it’s important to take the same creativity in your businesses to generate that next spark! After all, your creativity is what is going to solve the problems that face your clients. Remember, it’s all about your unique selling proposition (we will save that for another post)!

3) Be consistent! One would probably think that as Candace started her day, she had no idea what was going to happen once she donned the Chewbacca mask and went live on Facebook. However, imagine if Candace had decided to just give up on this day or decide you know what…I’m not going to do my normal routine. And let’s just say when embarking on her day, she decided that she wasn’t going to be her authentic or jovial self. One can probably gather that Candace’s infectious laughter is a consistent and constant part of her life. As an entrepreneur, it’s important to consistently bring your “A” game every day. Remember your clients need you and the value you bring!

Don’t forget to be confident, creative, and consistent! And to keep showing up with your “authentic” self!

3 Ways To Put Time In Perspective!

Where has all my time gone? Does this sound like a familiar question? You might be familiar with the saying, “time flies when you’re having fun.”  Well time flies whether you like it or not and fun or not. And quite frankly if we had more hours in the day, who says we would want to spend them working as opposed to being on a vacation or spending time with family and friends.business-graphics-1236283

In the book, “The Smart Guide to Winning Your Time Back,” by Jeff Davidson it shares:

“Any activity in which you engage for only 60 minutes a day will take two solid years of your 48 years. How so? Quick math lesson, 1 hour is to 48 hours as one year is to 48 years.

Math buffs, here it is in equation form – 1 hour is to 48 hours as 1 year is to 48 years, or 1/48 = 1/48”

Wouldn’t you rather spend more time on the things you enjoy versus what you do not enjoy? Besides not doing it all can work wonders for you, your health, your family and business.  So how do you put time in perspective?

Here are 3 ways:

  1. Work smarter not harder! Working longer is not the answer rather it’s about working smarter. While there are times you might need to work overtime don’t let it be the norm. Instead establish new routines that will allow you to automate and delegate projects.
  2. Prioritization is key! Since time is such a valuable commodity, it is helpful to prioritize your responsibilities or projects. This may sound like a “no-brainer” but it’s important to plan your week. It is important to know where you are headed! You are able to achieve this when you have a clear picture of the things that are the priority.
  3. Time is short but you can get more money! Let’s just say you don’t have to wear a million hats in the world of being a “solopreneur” or “entrepreneur.” It pays to focus on what you do best! Remember you went in business to solve a problem for your clients/customers. It’s difficult to focus on that if you are bogged down in the minutia. And quite frankly, why even bother focusing on the projects that you least enjoy.

Hey, it’s not too late to get time in perspective! After all summer is coming…the beach, family, friends are calling your name!

 

How Can A Virtual Assistant Help Me?

Have you been feeling overwhelmed lately? Do you not have enough time in the day? Are you looking to save time? Are you looking to focus on other projects to grow your business? Do you want to save money for your business?

Here are some of the words that describe what MAB Virtual Solutions can do for you!
Here are some of the words that describe what MAB Virtual Solutions can do for you!

Did you answer yes to any of these questions? These are just a few of the questions that are often asked by other business owners when considering a Virtual Assistant. It can be difficult going at it alone, but you don’t’ have to!

Think about this…delegating tasks/projects is the biggest way to free up your time! Just think about the time you gain by delegating the duties that simply take up too much of your time. Your time is a precious commodity. It’s easier to manage your time when you have support around you that understands your business and vision! Wouldn’t it be great to know that projects are moving forward without having to follow up on each and every detail?

In the book, “The One Minute Manager Meets the Monkey” by Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson, one of the unforgettable lessons is how to save time to do what you need to do! You don’t have to work the long, hard hours and feel like you never get quite get caught up with the work you need to do!

Are you still unsure of how a Virtual Assistant can support you? Well check out this great resource, “101 Ways to Use a Virtual Assistant” posted by the International Virtual Assistants Association.

As I mentioned earlier, your time is a precious commodity. It’s important to have time and not let time have you! We would love to help – check us out here!

3 More Ways To Save 15+ Hours A Week!

Are you still looking for MORE ways to save 15+ hours a week? We decided to continue our blog from a few weeks ago and give even more ways to save 15+ hours a week!

If you missed our first post, be sure to check it out – “3 Ways to Save 15+ Hours A Week!”

Realistically, there is only one you! And it is often hard to find enough time to Clock 2get things done.

Having a Virtual Assistant (VA) can literally provide you with another set of hands on deck. A VA is a great resource to save you time and money by providing specialized administrative, technical, and creative support solutions. Even further, a VA can partner with you in the growth of your business.

Here are 3 ways to save that time:

1) Keep to your schedule! If you are able to keep to your schedule by starting and ending things on time, you have the opportunity to move forward with your other projects. “Time chunking” which involves dedicating or setting aside time to do that one thing and that thing alone is a way to keep to your schedule.

2) Automate things! There are so many advances in technology — use it to your advantage. If you are able to automate things it can be a great way to multiply your efforts. There are so many technological tools out there to accomplish this! Further, a VA can get you automated — autoresponders, templates, and online appointment scheduling are just a few ways in accomplishing this goal.

3) Outsource! When you decide that you want to gain more time, outsourcing to a VA takes away the expenses associated with office space, computers, and other equipment. And you avoid employee benefits, avoid training time, and no downtime costs. Most importantly, with a VA you have another extension to your team. You have a team member committed to contributing to the mission, vision, and goals of your company!

As I shared before, time is a valuable commodity. It’s important to have time and not let time have you! These are just a few ways a VA can help you get your time back. Check us out here!

Are You Committed To Building Your Business This Year?

Don’t shrink back! Stay committed to building your business this year!

One of my goals for the upcoming year was to provide entrepreneurs (or aspiring entrepreneurs) with an event committed to building their business.  And since a good discussion is always even better with food…why not discuss “Biz over Brunch?”

I would like to personally invite you to the event that is designed with the entrepreneur in mind!  The topics will include:

  • Strategies to create and promote your services/products to clients
  • How to market and brand your business to attract clients
  • Keys to successful networking connections
  • How to create your very own “2016 Business Success Wall”

Join us for great food, fun, speakers, gifts, and more. Check out the flyer and click the link below to register. I can’t wait to see you there. And don’t forget to invite a friend!

2016 Biz Plus Brunch

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3 Ways To Save 15+ Hours A Week!

Are you finding there is not enough time in the day to get things done? Are you trying to find ways to get your time back? As an entrepreneur, it’s often hard to find time to complete all the tasks that come your way. Clock

I shared in my last blog, “3 Ways To Intentional Success in 2016” that it’s important to have time and don’t let time have you. A Virtual Assistant (VA) is a great resource to save you time and money by providing specialized administrative, technical, and creative support solutions. And a VA can help you save 15+ hours a week.

Here are 3 ways to save that time:

1) Delegate! Delegate! Delegate! Just think about the time you gain by delegating the duties that simply take up too much of your time! Your time is a precious commodity! Wouldn’t it be great to know that projects are moving forward without having to follow up on every detail? Ask yourself what projects do you enjoy? What do you least enjoy but are projects that are routine and are crucial to your business? Those are some of the tasks that you can delegate!

2) Share some of your “hats” – you don’t have to do it all yourself! When you take off a few hats and share them, you are able to focus on other initiatives or strategies that require your attention or those items that are business drivers for your company. And when you share some of those hats, you provide the opportunity for others to buy into your vision. This can even lead to referrals for your business.

3) Only answer an email or phone call if it’s critical and you know who it is! Yes, I actually did say this! Answering that email or phone call within that moment could be a distraction. And can literally shift your focus from what you were working on prior to the email or call. Franklin Covey in his body of work entitled, “5 Choices to Extraordinary Productivity” defines how we use work time as 70% urgencies and irrelevancies and 30% important priorities.”

Time is a valuable commodity. And these are just a few ways a VA can help you get your time back. Check us out here!

3 Ways To Intentional Success In 2016!

It’s the beginning of January…the new year! What are you planning to achieve this year for yourself, family, or your business? Have you ever thought what you are planning to achieve should be intentional?

What resolutions have you made? Let’s take the graphic below and instead of “resolutions,” let’s look at the word “solutions.”

Solutions GraphicI challenge you in this upcoming year to be intentional with your vision, goals, and dreams that you have for yourself, family, or business. Think about how these “solutions” can help you to be intentional with your success. Here are 3 ways to get there:

1) Dare to focus! It’s important to minimize distractions. Learn how to “loan yourself out less.” It’s okay to focus on one thing at a time. You are able to be more effective this way and it limits the feeling of being overwhelmed. This way you are able to focus on exploring the vision, goals, and dreams that are important to your intentional success.

2) Have time and don’t let time have you! Everyone feels there is an increased pressure and demand on their time. Since time is such a valuable commodity, it’s important to not let have time have you. Create a schedule that allows you to focus. Determine what is vital and what is not. Set short and long term goals for yourself, family, or business so that you can experience intentional success.

3) Be kind to yourself! Don’t beat yourself up if something doesn’t quite go according to plan. Often we put so much pressure on ourselves to do and be successful overnight. This journey is not a sprint but a marathon. Remember that “all” efforts become “collected” efforts toward a goal or dream. Pause and take a moment to reflect on how far you have come. Think about where you started and how far you have come. All of your efforts have led to intentional success.

I challenge you on your journey this year to remember these “solutions” and not “resolutions.” You have what it takes to be “intentionally successful” in 2016!