I really hate this one!
You know what I mean: that one project, email, phone call or whatever is blocking your way or feels hard to do. I don’t know many people who can start from a cold stop and attack.
This productivity "rule" SO doesn’t work for me!
I’ve learned that my natural style…is to Eat a Few Mosquitos First.
Some yummy food to get going. I do a few easy tasks. I get some small successes and build what I call my Flowmentum™ - THEN I go for the big frog of a project! It’s so much easier to build upon the energy of your successes.
The key is to not lose your focus and never get to the tough work.
I try to do ONE Frog project a day. First I build my Flowmentum™ and then I’m ready for the hard step.
It feels so good to be successful!
P.S. The frog metaphor was for illustrative purposes only. No frogs were injured in the writing of this blog post nor were my intentions to offend any frogs or frog-lovers. (I’m a long time fan of Kermit!) This is a photo of a beautiful green frog at my parents house.... And…the metaphor works for creative productivity tips!
Joyful Business Success Strategy:
Increase the success of your marketing by being consistent. Spend some time this week creating a quarterly marketing calendar of your marketing activities: blog posts, newsletter, social media content. I love to use a big wall calendar and sticky notes for all my activities. Make sure you plan the time to WRITE/FILM/CREATE the content too!
En-JOY Your Success!
Lets play with our phone camera and street photography?
I'll share something I've learned personally about taking leaps in your business. If you really want a big shift...you can't keep doing the same thing over and over again. It's not about "do more" harder and faster.
The truth us you have to change it up. Do something different. Be willing to rock your refined schedule, ditch the urgent emergency only actions. Youve got to Take time for you...to grow personally.
Because when YOU leap....your business leaps.(and so does your personal life but I know you probably have to justify this personal creative growth I'm calling you to by making it all about your biz!)
When you open up your creativity within yourself it gets translated in all sorts of ways into your business...more confidence, practicing that muscle of being courageous, creating from the heart, opening up your vulnerability in new exciting ways which are scary and yet make you more accessible and relatable to your clients, readers and fans.
That's why I'm starting off this year with more emphasis on my own creative growth rather than just focusing on business how-tos. (Those are important, but we're talking about how to grow by leaps and bounds).
I want to share a cool creative program I'm going to be a part of. It's called the Photo Essay Project. It's led by Bindu Wiles who is helping me open up my deeper creative reserves in many ways. In this program we are going to take photos with our iPhones and droid mobiles of people around us. Reminescent of street photography we used to see in LIFE magazine. It's part about the creative process but what I'm learning about Bindu it's really about finding mirrors of ourselves within others.
I'll share that for me it sounds like fun and yet I'm scared. Its vulnerable to bring your creative mess, er, process to a group...and yet I know it's a valuable part of being able to break down my own barriers for a deeper sense of connection...with others, myself and the creative spirit.
What I know is that my growth will show up for you too. It'll help me access a deeper wisdom and creative wellspring to be more of service in my life and through my business.
Want to join me for a creative escapade in street photography? I'd love to share about our creative journey..you can check out Bindu's program and let's see where our courageous leaps take us!
Below are 5 of my favorite tools that I use everyday to shift my energy. They are available f.r.e.e online – love that! When you shift your energy into life-affirming alignment, then you shift your possibilities, your actions and ultimately your results!
Tool #1. Welcome to Easy World!
I love what Julia Hamrick is up to! She is the author of Choosing Easy World. You can visit Easy World online (sounds like heaven for Joyful Business owners).You can get Easy world posters, pdf airline tix to Easy World, Easy World Wallpaper...very fun! This will definitely shift your energy and make you giggle with possibility and that's what it's all about! Click here for your Easy World Freebies
Tool #2. The Prosperity Game
A fun, creative online game to open you up to more prosperity by Elyse Hope Killoran. I love this game because it will expand what’s possible for you and abundance, and Elyse is so aligned with her soul purpose...10,000's have played this game around the world. Click here for Prosperity Game
Tool #3. A Touch of Grace online
From Cheryl Richardson - this is a magical website where you contemplate a challenge you are having in your life or business and select a twinkling star, and you receive a Grace card message. I love it when I just need some extra guidance and am glued to my computer and feel too lazy to walk over and get our my real set of cards ;) Click here for Grace
Tool #4. TUT
I've been reading Mike Dooley's messages from the Universe daily for years! I still get a chuckle and start my day realizing that if we embrace a new perspective with a little humor, then everything will be ok! Click here for Messages from the Universe
Tool #5. Dream Builder Kit
I love Mary Morrissey's inspiring daily emails! Another way to start my day with a fresh positive perspective! Click here for your Dream Builder Kit & Daily Message
Tool #6. BONUS Energy Shifting Tool
Ok, a little shameless self promotion here…my #6 favorite way is my next week’s Business Goddess Open Coaching Call. If you need a shift, this is certainly the way to jumpstart you from stuck into an empowering shift. What I hear most from anyone who listen’s to my calls is that I help them shift to a new empowering perspective, a place of their graceful powerful. Join me on Tuesday, March 29, as I coach (for free!) courageous Business Goddess women entrepreneurs who need a shift anywhere from marketing, to purpose, to sales pages…. Click here to sign up for the Business Goddess Open Coaching Call.
P.S. How did you enjoy today’s Joy Infusion? Be sure to let me know…I love feedback! You can respond to this email or…hop over to my Facebook page and post a thought
Only 2 Spots Available This Summer
As I've been holding retreats for my private SpiritRICH Platinum clients, I realize how much value they get out of this concentrated, one-on-one time with me. We focus on their businesses, how their businesses intersect with their lives, and how to make the two the most successful they can be.
We always come out of these energized, motivated, and focused for the year ahead, and then my clients go on to do amazing things.
I want to offer this same opportunity to you. Even if you're not in a year-long program with me, you can still get focused attention to your business.
Here's what you get:
Two-Day Retreat in St. Simmons island or Atlanta, GA.
(Your choice: ocean luxury retreat or cool-hip-convenient city!)
St. Simmons Island, Ocean Lodg - Check out our luxurious retreat location, just minutes from the Atlantic Ocean. If you've always wanted to visit Tuscany (like me) but haven't made it yet, here's your chance to combine Tuscany and the healing ocean waters. Can you even stand it?! Everyone who sees this location gets excited and instantly inspired--just from the photos. Imagine actually being there and what it will do for your business!
Atlanta, Georgia, Hotel Indigo - The Hotel Indigo is where I meet with the majority of my private SpiritRICH Platinum clients. This beautiful, very feminine hotel supports the Platinum-style visioning, creation and attraction experience. Right in downtown Atlanta, you get the experience of a modern, hip city and all the booming energy.
Where do you see yourself working deeply in your business?
Includes hotel, lunch and dinner together – you’ll have plenty of time to pick my brain and my heart on all the juicy behind-the-scenes details of how I really get it all done, keep my energy going, my mindset aligned and my family together. I will lead you through my creative powerful process for stepping into your brilliance and setting up your business to support you being the "Go-To Goddess" in your specialty niche.
An opportunity like this is regularly priced for $20,000 for two intensive days. I so love working with clients in this intimate and powerful program that I want to do it more often. So, I'm offering a special $13,000 for TWO days focused time with me!
Only 2 spots available for women who are ready to start this fall off in a new way – with confidence, clarity and a plan for stepping into your vision that is designed from your mind, body and spirit.
For TWO days I’ll help you find your roots and expand your soul. During this time, we’ll…
I’m known for my honest, authentic fierce love for clients and getting their brilliance into the world. Isn’t time you let go of chasing marketing tactics, a billion marketing ideas, overpromised and underdelivered programs.
As a trained coach, seasoned business woman and in the trenches women-mom-goddess, I can truly help you step into your bigger vision and a create plan that is aligned with your soul.
If you are interested, email me personally (email@example.com) or call me at 678-969-9040 by this Friday, June 18. We'll schedule a call next week to talk further about the details and this will fit into your business dream becoming a reality.
Since I have been coaching with Laura, I've learned to step into my power and confidence to think bigger in my business. She assists me in thinking of innovative consulting methods to leverage my time and enjoy a better work/life balance. She keeps me focused on being clear, concise and consistent in attracting my target audience to shift my business to the next level.
When I begin to stray and lose my energy, she gently reminds me of my joyful business creation, and we course-correct to get back on the path to bring my business dream a reality. After my time together with Laura, I now better understand as an entrepreneur how to incorporate self-care into fueling positive energy to create my vision for the world. I'm better balanced in my mind, body and spirit in order to work smarter, not harder.
I've created a higher-level niche, working with high-achieving leaders on their corporate presence and personal brand. I've created programs and packages to give my clients more of a transformation experience, rather than just hourly consultation. I'm working with clients I love, and I'm making more money than I ever have!
Working with Laura has helped me design an extraordinary life in my personal and professional endeavors, and I'm really stepping into my role as a leader in the world.
Illustra Image Consulting
"Before working with Laura, I was overwhelmed by a myriad of marketing choices. Laura helped me pull all the pieces together, to see a process, create a plan and develop systems to move me steadily forward."
Working with Laura West was one of the best business decisions I have ever made. Despite an enjoyable 20 year career as Personal Development Trainer, I never had to market myself. I choose to coach with Laura because of her outstanding coaching skills, both her traditional and internet marketing experience, her outstanding knowledge around The Law of Attraction, plus( as a mother of 2 small boys), her understanding of my desire to harmonize my business with my personal life.
Before working with Laura, I was overwhelmed by a myriad of marketing choices. Laura helped me pull all the pieces together, to see a process, create a plan and develop systems to move me steadily forward. As I result, I have been able to create comprehensive packages for my clients that serve us both better and have been extremely well received. In fact, as a result of working with Laura I attracted my first platinum client. I am excited about the financial flow this is opening in my business! I now have a clear vision of the steps I want to take in the next 2 years and the momentum to see it all through in a healthy, positive and authentic way.
Certified Law of Attraction Trainer/Coach
Certified Money, Marketing and Soul Business Coach
I have been working with Laura for a few years and love having her as my business partner. Laura is committed to my success, even on the days when I'm not feeling it; I know Laura is always holding that vision for me. I have watched Laura and her business grow over the last few years. It has been wonderful to watch and even better to be a part of. Laura is extremely talented as a coach; she can nudge you when necessary, always caring and compassionate and outrageously creative and fun!
Since committing to my own success through Laura's Magic & Miracles Platinum Program my energy has shifted enormously. I have made the decision to succeed. Taking small steps each day toward my goals. Laura is instrumental in keeping me on track and very good at knowing when we need to discuss making changes. She listens carefully and always seems to have clear vision even when your vision feels very cloudy. She is constantly introducing me to new people and new ideas and her creativity is unlimited.
One of my favorite parts of the program is the private retreat with Laura. It is an amazing full day of Laura laser focused on you and your business. After committing to your vision story for the next 1-3 years, she helps plan out what steps you need to take to make the vision a reality! I can't even tell you how excited I am to wake up every day to see what exciting new idea might become a reality! It has been an amazing journey!
Laurie A. Mandato, AICI FLC
Wardrobe and Style Consultant
"Within months of creating and claiming a HUGE Vision for my business at my first joyful retreat- I went from being a Ladies Who Launch franchisee to creating a position within the company of Chief Revenue Officer."
I was first attracted to working with Laura after we had a conversation over lunch. I realized I had so many ideas and visions swimming in my head but they weren't going anywhere because I was overwhelmed by where to start first. I remember her saying…You are built for big things and although I believed it I was fearful of exactly what it meant in terms of implementing the process.
Within months of creating and claiming a HUGE Vision for my business at my first joyful retreat- I went from being a Ladies Who Launch franchisee to creating a position within the company of Chief Revenue Officer and launching a whole new direction for the company's success. With Laura's support, encouragement and ability to believe in me even when I struggled believing in myself I was able to step in to a vision I had imagined for over five years.
I also attracted my dream office within blocks of the ocean and adjacent to a spa so I can easily take steps to maintain my self care which is so important for entrepreneurs! I finally hired a full time assistant to help me in my business and life. I am truly living with joy in my business as a result of working with Laura!
Cheers to your success!
Traci E. Long
Chief Revenue Officer
Ladies Who Launch
Since I've started working with Laura in her Magic & Miracles Platinum program, I've welcomed new possibilities for how I can restructure my business to allow me to work with more people and not become a crazy person! With Laura's guidance and gentle prodding, I'm doing more with the vegan aspect of my business and seeing that there is more interest than I had ever hoped for! Although there are many fabulous benefits to being her platinum client, my favorite part of the program was the day-long retreat. That's where we really got into the nitty-gritty and worked through some of the resistance that had kept me stuck in the same place I've been for a long (oh, so long!) time. As a direct result, I just launched a new fashion home study program-a project I had been sitting on for years not knowing how to bring it to fruition. (Sometimes I can't believe I produced such an amazing product!) It feels unbelievably freeing and exciting now to look at my business from a whole new perspective. I have to admit honestly that I'm not sure I ever would have made these changes without the guidance of someone as knowledgeable and gifted as Laura.
Total Image Consultants
PS: This is an amazing opportunity for your business growth, also know that payment plans are available and we can talk further about the details when you set up a time to talk further about the retreat.
Do you ever feel like you are missing a crucial piece for gaining the momentum you want in your business — but you aren’t sure what it is?
Are you working really hard and wondering how you will EVER be able to carve out the time you need to take care of yourself?
Do you ever wonder how other women juggle all the balls that we seem to have up in the air?
Could you use more energy, sales, positivity or mojo?
Do you want to always have joy in your business?
One of the biggest challenges women entrepreneurs face is maintaining a working balance between so many important priorities.
The truth: your body, your mindset, and your business are all intimately related (YOU are your most valuable business asset after all!). ALL the pieces are important, and when the balance gets out of whack, none of the parts operate as effectively and as incredibly or with as much joy as they should.
My friends Dr. Melissa McCreery and Therese Skelly GET IT and they’ve put together the perfect event for busy women entrepreneurs. The best thing is, you can attend it for free! These women have put together the Body Mind and Business Breakthrough Telesummit.
This event has kicked off this week but there is still time to jump in! You’ll have the unique opportunity to learn from some of the top experts in the areas of health and wellness, mindset and mental strategy, and business breakthroughs—experts like Alexis Martin Neely, JJ Virgin, Suzanne Falter-Barns and Stephanie McWilliams. These speakers know their stuff and I am so honored to be one of them!
CLICK HERE to check out the line up of speakers and grab your seat! Making your body, mind and business work together doesn't have to be a secret any longer!
Over my ten years in business, I've become more and more clear that "my movement" is to help women be more successful in their business! That's why I work with women entrepreneurs to blend the smart business tactics with the more feminine and spiritual way of being in the world.
For heart-centered, women entrepreneurs, it's easy to get caught up in your passion and purpose, and maybe not spend so much time on the business and marketing side of your business. To help you bridge the two with ease, grace and more success, I'm creating the Business Goddess's Guide to.... series of information products to give you practical tools to help bring your message into the world in a bigger way with authentic marketing.
Sales pages don't have to have an "ick" feel or be overwhelming. I can teach you how to create sales pages easily that are full of beauty, connection, and realness AND will showcase your service or product in such a way that people want it and will be compelled to buy it.
The best part is that the Business Goddess's Guide To Creating Powerful Sales Pages with Ease, Authenticity, and Heart is a system, which means you can use it over and over again. For every program, preview teleclass, teleseries, telesummit, package, info product, self-study system, you name it that you offer... you need a sales page.
If you want a system to easily create sales pages so you can create trust, connection, and authenticity - that have a greater impact than what you're already experiencing - you'll want to check this out.
Just the bonuses are already getting rave reviews, and women entrepreneurs are putting the information to use all around. When you pre-order now, you get INSTANT ACCESS to my 45-point Checklist for Sales Page Success, my Guided Visualization, AND MORE!
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I can’t wait to share this with you and make your business more successful!
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This has been an exciting couple of weeks! The Business Goddess Manifesto, an inspirational affirmation, was truly divinely downloaded through my work with women entrepreneurs embracing their feminine power in business.
It's been exciting to see the Business Goddess Manifesto travel around the world and become a part of women business owner's lives. Over 900 women entrepreneurs have downloaded the Manifesto!
I've received stories of women in Costa Rica who are inspired as a result of reading their Manifesto daily, a women in Venezula is translating it to Spanish for her commmunity (she's going to share it with me & I'll share the Spanish version with you, too!), women in all types of businesses are using it at meetings with their partners, posting it in their offices, and creating daily rituals to align with their own natural "graceful power". I've received stories from women who have shifted into hope, possibility and positivity. From there - anything is possible!
Do you have your Business Goddess Manifesto? I've included a 5-part ecourse to give you ideas for how to keep the energy alive each day!
How are you using your Business Goddess Manifesto? I'd love to hear from you how it moves you, shifts your energy, what your daily ritual includes, or photos of where you have it posted!
A couple of weeks ago in December, I offered five Creative Planning Tips for a Joyfully Successful 2010. In case you missed them, here they are again in one place. If you like these tips, check out the sale on the Joyful Business Guide at the bottom.
Tip #1: Schedule a creative planning day on your calendar
This time is important. It isn't an urgent fire you have to put out, but it will be some of the most important time you will spend on your business. This time will shape the success of your business, your focus, and the outcome for your entire year! It can be a half day, whole day or a weekend. It will be worth it to focus on what's possible.
Make sure you spend the time planning. Don't use it as a clearing house for all those daily to-do's. Use it to actually plan 2010.
Tip #2: Get out of your home office
I find that creativity, sparks, ideas, and inspiration don't usually come when I'm sitting at my desk. Going to a new environment like a café, a friend's retreat house, the lobby of a beautiful hotel, or even renting a lovely space for the day will shift my energy. What does shifting energy mean? Instead of having a "head down - what needs to be done next" focus, I'm able to have a "heads up and looking at the horizon" type of perspective.
By shifting your location, you are able to shift your perspective, and then you shift what's possible. New ideas come to you. Just the act of planning to go on a creative retreat outside of your office will subconsciously start pulling new ideas and thoughts toward you. Suddenly you will find that you are making notes of ideas to explore when you have your retreat time. Your commitment will cause your creative momentum to start moving in that direction.
Tip #3: Bring creative supplies
You don't want to develop your marketing strategies, creative ideas, and inspiration with a boring yellow legal pad. Pack your favorite markers, pens, or pencils, add some colorful, fun sticky notes to capture spontaneous free flowing ideas, bring paper or a tablet for making mind maps of ideas (a great way to access your right-brain creative thinking before your left-brain logic kicks in).
Do you have stickers or a favorite pen that you love writing with? Do you have cool big planning calendars or pads that you can't wait to dive into?
I find that the more I can support my creativity around planning for making more money, rolling out big marketing campaigns, or committing to a big project or that new platinum program - then the more tapped in I am to my creative flow, ideas, inspiration… And it's so much easier this way!
So - whatever makes you giggle with delight - bring with you on your creative planning day.
Tip #4: Set the stage for inspiration
I find that inspirational ideas don't always just happen when I say it's time. It's better to prime the pump. When I go on creative retreat time, I bring an inspirational book. Something by Wayne Dyer or Marianne Williamson works well when I want to be called into my purpose and passion; SARK books work well when I really want freedom to express my joy.
Bring along your favorite magazines like O, Ode (an entrepreneur type magazine which will help you get you sparked), Inc Magazine (with stories of other entrepreneurs and small business owners). Read a few pages to get the creative juices flowing and ideas moving.
I also find that connecting with my mastermind group or a coach will open up my inspiration in all new, big ways that I would have never thought of on my own!
Tip #5: Bring your Joyful Business Guide™ system
The Joyful Business Guide system provides the smart business tools you'll need - for getting clear about your ideal client, marketing system, team planning, and vision story, along with the attraction tools for setting your intentions and focusing on your projects.
I hear stories all the time from entrepreneurs all around the world using their Joyful Business Guides in cafes, libraries, cabins in the mountains, and at oceanside retreats and having a surprisingly wonderful time planning for their business. (It's like they are breaking all the rules! Planning and joy working together!)
And to help you more joyfully plan your successful 2010, I'm offering $50 off the Joyful Business Guide system.
The Joyful Business Guide usually sells for $249. Through Friday, January 8, you can get it for only $199. Use coupon code JOYFULLYCREATE to save $50 off the Joyful Business Guide. Click here to learn more and get your Joyful Business Guide.
Do you have the tools you need to plan an amazing 2010?
P.S. This isn't just a product I sell.... The Joyful Business Guide is a system of tools for right-brain creatives, and I use it myself - everyday. It's helped me grow my business and double my income in 2009. What can it do for you and your business?
Laura Howard West is a certified professional coach, writer, speaker and the President and Chief Creative Officer of The Center for Joyful Business. She is the creator of The Joyful Business Guide™, a business attraction system blending law of attraction principles with smart business designed for solo-entrepreneurs and business owners.