2018 in Review

One of my favorite movies of all time is Groundhog Day with Bill Murray.

In this family-friendly comedy, Murray plays Phil, a narcissistic and abrasive second-rate TV weatherman. To his horror, he’s assigned to cover the Groundhog Day festivities in Punxsatawney, PA. And he’s even more horrified when he finds himself repeating the same day — Feb. 2 — over and over. It’s his own personal version of Hell.

It isn’t until he learns his personal life lessons that he’s able to escape the repetition and move on to Feb. 3.

Our lives can be like that, too! We find ourselves embroiled in the same arguments with our spouses…

…the same sticky situations…

…the same health issues…

…UNTIL we own up, look at what we’re doing (and what we’re NOT), embrace the lessons, and correct our course. THEN we can move on!

At this time of year, many people are looking ahead to 2019.

Setting goals, resolutions, plans…

But they’re ignoring the biggest tool in their toolbox: A review of the previous year.

It is incredibly valuable to take time to sit and reflect on the past 12 months. As a forward-thinker, I can too quickly move into planning for the next year rather than looking at what went right (and not so right) in the preceding time period.

But moving forward without moving back can mean I repeat the same mistakes instead of learning the lessons needed to move on — just like Phil!

So in order to make 2019 as successful and productive as possible, here’s my recap of 2018 (and if you want to do your own recap, I’ve got a one-page Year in Review worksheet you can download here).

WHAT AM I PROUD OF?

  • Started working out at Orangetheory at the end of January and completed about 200 classes this year. I lost about 10 lbs. in the process as well!
  • Had my most financially successful year to date.
  • Deepened relationships with some great friends.
  • John and I started attending a small group through church together.
  • Ran a half-marathon in Dec.
  • Pushed myself outside my comfort zone in several key ways.
  • Started writing a new book.
  • Ran my fastest mile time in about 20 years.
  • Continued to donate 10 percent of each new client’s project fee to Kiva.
  • Did some great work for my clients, including Ryan Levesque, NSI Stem Cell, and James Swanwick.

HOW AM I DIFFERENT NOW THAN I WAS IN JANUARY?

I feel more peaceful, deeper in my faith, and more committed to my health. I also am more relaxed and optimistic, and I worry less (this has been a continuing journey). I also feel more confident. I’m also more comfortable about moving forward without an absolutely clear plan, trusting that the path will reveal itself.

WHAT ARE MY FAVORITE DISCOVERIES? (Products, books, movies, etc.)

  • Bombas socks — love them! (Use that link to save 25 percent off your first order.)
  • Orangetheory. I’m now a regular!
  • The Greatest Showman.
  • Mississippi Pot Roast. If you haven’t tried this recipe, make it TONIGHT!
  • Extreme Ownership. A life-changing book.
  • Working with Tony Bonnici on my “CEO mindset.” (If you need a business coach/mentor, I can gift you a session with Tony — it will ROCK YOUR WORLD. Just email me and I’ll get you set up!)
  • The 5 Second Rule. I am so mad I didn’t write this book. Reading it was the next best thing!

WHAT DID I LEARN THIS YEAR? 

So much! Tony and I have been doing some deep (and painful) work on mindset. It is NOT easy at all — and it is transformative. I must show up as the person I want to be. I’ve heard that advice 100 kajillion times — but I never OWNED it. I’m in the process of truly owning that and understanding what it means.

I also worked a lot on figuring out what the next step is for me. As much as I love copywriting, I’ve never felt it was my life’s mission — instead, my mission is related to helping others move beyond the limits fear has placed on them. I am an encourager, and I want to use that gift more purposefully in the coming years.

I also learned that there are about 450g in a pound. This is important to me for reasons yet to be shared. 🙂

WHAT AM I LEAVING BEHIND IN 2018?

Some more of the fear that I’ve carried with me my whole life. I will always feel fear — it means I’m growing! But my comfort zone is expanding, and my ability to deal with risk and uncertainty is growing as well.

I’ve also let go of some expectations that are very heavy.

WHAT AM I TAKING WITH ME INTO 2019?

A new sense of purpose. Some incredible friends. The goal to do “less, better.” Some amazing clients.

What about you? I’d love to know your answers. Download your worksheet:

Posted by LEadmin
December 21, 2018

Free Planner Printables and Calendar Pages

It’s December… the time of year when we’re thinking about cozy sweaters…

…log fires…

…and PLANNERS!

It’s hard to resist the lure of a new bullet journal or Simple Planner or Filofax or any of the scores of other calendars and journals that are flooding social media this month.

They all look so fresh and optimistic, with the promise of a year that’s FINALLY organized. These little gems look so good that it’s like you’d have to WORK at not achieving all your goals in 2019.

But…

One of the primary points I make in “Rock Your To-Do List” is this hard truth:

You can spend $100 on the world’s most expensive and feature-laden planner and it won’t make you organized.

It won’t give you more time.

It won’t give you peace of mind.

The only thing that will is finally getting your priorities straight and using your planner as a tool, not as a savior.

Now, that being said, there’s nothing wrong with indulging in a little planner love!

Once you’ve set your goals and reduced your daily to-do items to a manageable level, planners are fun, inspiring, and helpful.

So definitely check out what’s available. But DO NOT fall for the hype. Spending more on the latest and greatest planner will not help you if you don’t know what you’re trying to accomplish.

Get your mind straight FIRST. Then find a planner or system to match.

I love cute planners as much as the next gal. To that end, I’m working on a list of some free planner printables that will jazz up whatever notebook or planner you choose, as well as allow you to give a few systems a test run before you commit.

Below are a couple of the cutest printables available to help you style your schedule:

  1. First up, we have some cute and fun calendar pages for your day to day schedule and weekly plans.
  2. …And some minimalist style weekly planning pages.
  3. Along with calendar pages, here are some daily plan pages along with a couple extra planning pages like meal plans, bill trackers, and a contacts list.
  4. Here are some free checklist printables that will for sure spice up your planner and motivate you to cross off items on your to-do list.
  5. The Passion Planner is a popular calendar/journal. A few years back when it first came out, I participated in the crowdfunding and got one. It didn’t really work for me – too much stuff I didn’t use – but I like the ability to download free “spreads” and inserts here — like water trackers, notes, and habits.
  6. Lastly, to make your December a little more holly-jolly, a festive holiday month planner.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

P.S. Rock Your To-Do List is still on sale for less than a buck! This powerful book (with 51 4/5 star reviews) will help you achieve your goals faster and with less stress. I promise!

Posted by RYTDL
December 11, 2018

Do You Need a Mentor?

Aspiring business owners and entrepreneurs typically fall into this one trap:

They think it’s going to take TENS OF THOUSANDS of dollars (if not more!) and YEARS of trial and error and refinement before they can finally “make it.”

Whew. That sounds exhausting!

I’ll tell you a secret:

Building a profitable six-figure business isn’t easy… but it does NOT have to be expensive, take years, or consume your every waking moment.

In fact, there’s one really easy way to speed your learning curve and get to six or seven figures (and beyond):

WATCH WHAT OTHER SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS PEOPLE ARE DOING AND COPY THEM!

Now, we’ve been brought up to believe that copying is “bad…”

You know the drill:
“Keep your eyes on your own paper!”
“If your friends jumped off a bridge, would you?”
“Don’t be a copycat!”

BUT… when it comes to business, there is NO BETTER WAY to learn, and learn fast.

Why reinvent the wheel when you can learn from someone else? It just makes sense to take what’s already working and then add your own spin to it, to make it your own!

In my own business, I have found mentors and coaches to shortcut my process, and it’s saved me a ton of time and a lot of money.

Which is why I’m so excited to share this with you!

My friend, April Iannazzone, has invited me and two dozen other self-made, 6- and 7-figure entrepreneurs to share our business stories in the Self-Made Success Summit.

This 5-day event kicks off Monday, September 18th and is completely free to my audience (that’s YOU!).

That’s right — you can listen to powerful speakers, influencers, and entrepreneurs and learn:

  • Step-by-step strategies for launching your successful business
  • Little-known tactics for branding, marketing, and traffic-generation (some of which won’t cost you a DIME!)
  • One sales conversion strategy that ALL 25 speakers agreed on (and that you probably haven’t even thought of before!)
  • The real scoop on international speaking, global brand recognition, and building a worldwide audience
  • “Connect the Dots” paths to profit (that you can model and implement in your own business – with our blessing!)
  • And much, much more!

Just ONE tip from these powerful business people could:

  • Add five to six figures to your revenue
  • Generate a flood of qualified traffic
  • Double or triple your sales – this year

…and it’s all yours, for free, in the Self-Made Success Summit.

Click HERE to register TODAY (takes just 20 seconds)

Get all the details on where to access your resources at the link above.

Can’t wait to share this with you!

Posted by LEadmin
September 18, 2017
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