As an entrepreneur or small business owner there is a LOT to do. I don’t know how many times I’ve heard a business owner say, “If I could only clone myself I’d be fine.” Well we’re not quite there yet. Soon perhaps.
But until then, there are a few ways we can deal with the overwhelm we face in our work. One of my personal favorites is sticking my head in the sand like an ostrich (Kidding!)
Seriously though, there seem to be three main strategies for dealing with the massive amount of work we have as business owners:
Increase your efficiency.
The first two are fairly straightforward and I’m not going to spend a lot of time on them.
Increasing your efficiency is a great strategy – whether or not you’re feeling overwhelmed. As you incorporate efficiency systems into your work-flow you can get more done in less time. I highly recommend the free Simpleology system. There is one potential problem with this strategy: As you become more efficient you may find yourself taking on even more tasks and ending up right back where you started. (We’ll leave that topic for another post).
Then there’s outsourcing, another great strategy. You hire people to do the stuff you don’t like doing. You might outsource your bookkeeping, social media marketing, administrative tasks, filing, etc. Outsourcing is one of the most effective ways to instantly increase your creativity and productivity. When you’re not spending your time on the mundane, day to day tasks, it opens up your time and energy to focus on more of the high-level aspects of your business.
But sometimes, especially when starting a business, it can seem difficult to outsource. Often cash flow is tight, you may not have a clear idea on what or how to outsource. So for many entrepreneurs, outsourcing may not seem like a viable option (though it almost always is… but again, that’s another topic!)
And that means many entrepreneurs will do most, if not all, of the work needed to run their business. And, if you’re like most entrepreneurs, you probably don’t enjoy all of those tasks. So what do you do when you’re faced with a task that you just don’t like?
In-Sourcing is the act of consciously connecting with the part of you that enjoys everything.
To your inner Source every experience – yes EVERY experience – in this physical world is joyful.
You chose to come into this physical world to fully and joyfully experience EVERYTHING. And there is an inner, core, part of you that truly loves to do everything. So even if your mind tells you that you “hate accounting” or “dislike making cold calls” or “can’t stand networking” your inner source LOVES doing it all!
Now does this mean that you “should” do all of that stuff? Absolutely not. If you’re in a position to outsource it, go for it!
However, sometimes doing the thing you “hate” just once or twice from an In-Sourcing perspective, meaning that you feel as much joy (or at least acceptance of it) as possible while doing it, will help you break out of the trap that keeps pulling you back into that task. Your inner source may just really want you to get a taste of the enjoyment that is possible from bookkeeping or filing or networking or sales calls or whatever it is for you.
Once you’ve had that taste, you can usually move on to the tasks that more easily open you up to your inner joy and creativity.
So here are three In-Sourcing tips:
Put a smile on your face: When you smile, even if it’s a “fake” smile, physiological shifts happen in your body such as the release of endorphins and other good stuff. So start with a smile.
Listen to inspiring music: If you can add some great music to your environment while you do your In-Sourcing work, it can help lift your spirits and raise your vibration.
Get an In-Sourcing buddy: Find a colleague or friend and schedule a time to do some in-sourcing together. Maybe 1-hour a week plan to connect, in person, or on the phone to support each other in your in-sourcing work. It can be so much more fun doing not-so-fun stuff with someone else.
So those are just a few ways that you can begin to In-Source the work that you don’t actively enjoy. This is such a crucial tool for your success because any time you do something in your business that you don’t enjoy you infuse your business with that low vibration.
You want your business to be filled with and to spread the most positive, high energy it possibly can. That’s why outsourcing tasks you don’t enjoy is so beneficial. And that’s why in-sourcing tasks you don’t enjoy, but are not ready quite ready to outsource, is especially important.
Give it a try and then leave a comment down below and let me know how it goes for you? I’d love to hear about your in-sourcing experiences!
Just a quick note to let you know that my geeky alter ego over at Mystic Marketing Services has a free teleclass coming up on Wednesday. If you are considering creating or upgrading an existing website, you’ll want to be on this call.
The web development options and information available are numerous, often contradictory and usually overwhelming.
And especially for a conscious business owner, like you, navigating the web development landscape can be disorienting. As conscious business owners we tend to shy away from the technical stuff. And yet, to reach more people, grow towards our potential, and bring more positive change to the world, we must expand. And that expansion includes the World Wide Web!
Some of the questions I – er my alter ego – will answer include:
- If I hire someone how much will it cost?
- If someone builds it for me, what will happen when I want to make updates?
- If I build it myself how much time will it take?
- How much will I have to learn?
- How tech savvy do I need to be?
- Is it possible to have someone just do the really technical stuff for me?
This free teleseminar will help you understand the key considerations as you make this important business decision. After this seminar you will have the information necessary to make this decision with confidence and clarity.
Please join us on Wednesday, April 29th from 3:00pm – 4:00pm Pacific Time.
Well after weeks, or has it been months – 😉 – of big changes over at Wendy Piersall’s emomsathome… er… Sparkplugging CEO, blog network, the Ask the Coach blog is live!
Now if you don’t know what Sparkplugging means, here’s the definition:
Giving life or energy to an endeavor.
If you have not checked out the new and – I think – improved version of Wendy’s network, I highly recommend that you take a few minutes [hours!] to see all of the great stuff going on over there.
I’m thrilled to be part of the Sparkplugging community and especially excited to be a part of the Ask the Coach team with two other amazing business coaches, Marla Tabaka of LifeMap Business and Life Coaching and Starla Sireno of Fearlessness Inc.
The three of us will be answering your business (and life) coaching questions and hopefully Sparkplugging – giving some life and energy to – your endeavors. But more important we’ll hopefully be showing you how to generate that life and energy yourself!
The first answer I tackled was from a handyman having a hard time charging for all of his hours. Check out How do I bill for all of my hours, and while you’re there, leave a comment.
Mark Joyner thinks so!
Tomorrow night at 8:00pm he is re-releasing his bestselling book, Mind Control Marketing: How Everyday People are Using Forbidden Mind Control Psychology and Ruthless Military Tactics to Make Millions Online.
This book hit #1 on Amazon within 36-hours of its release. And since it’s been out-of-print, used copies have sold for as much as $500! I just checked Amazon and the cheapest copy available right now is $198. (That price will most likely drop pretty dramatically as people hear about this offer!)
Now Mark is releasing a downloadable version for just $27!
This version will also include the “missing chapter.” Apparently there was some important material that was left out of the original version.
Now, I can’t say that I’m thrilled with the title of the book. As someone interested in bringing positive changes to the world, I would like to think that the marketing tactics I use do not fall into the “ruthless” category! However, I also believe that those of us who are bringing positive change to the world can learn a lot from studying and embracing some of the techniques and tactics that mainstream marketers use!
And yes, I realize that is another HUGE topic that I’m not going to open right now.
But if you are a business owner and are interested in learning about these “secret” mind control psychology tactics and how to use them to reach more people – with your positive, world-changing products and services – I suggest that you head over to www.MindControlMarketing.com and get on the list.
I highly doubt it. But don’t tell him that, because as long as he thinks he’s a blogging moron, he’s giving away a multi-media course on blogging for free!
If you’ve been through Simpleology 101 (another free course and incredible time/task management system) or any of his other courses, you know that Mark puts out high-value courses. And I’m sure that this blogging class will live up to Mark’s high standards.
“But haven’t you checked out this blogging course, Ed?”
Not yet. I haven’t seen the course yet, because in order to get it for free, there’s one little catch… you’ve got to blog about it. And that’s what I’m doing right now. To get free access to the course, you just have to cut and paste a little piece of html from the signup page. It will look like this on your blog:
- The best blogging techniques.
- How to get traffic to your blog.
- How to turn your blog into money.
I’ll let you know what I think once I’ve had a chance to check it out. Meanwhile, go grab yours while it’s still free.
And now that I’ve posted it here I’m definitely going to go check it out! And I really will let you know what I think. But in the meantime, if you’re a blogger and interested in what I’m sure is going to be a great blogging course, go snag it while it’s still free.
And please, don’t tell Mark that he’s NOT a blogging moron!
Are you up for a challenge? Do you want to get 2008 off to an intentional start? If so, I want to invite you to participate in the 2008 Vision Board Invitational. Last year’s Vision Board meeting at the January drop in Law of Attraction group – a group I host on the first Saturday of each month – was such a success that we’re doing it again.
But this year, I want you to join us, even if you can’t get to Santa Rosa on Saturday. If you do join us, not only will you start 2008 with a powerful burst of inspired action, but you also get a chance to share you vision with the world and you could win a fantastic prize! Read on to find out more. Whatever you think about the Law of Attraction and the ideas in the movie The Secret, there is one point that you just can’t argue with: Setting intentions works!
You can’t get what you want if you don’t know what you want. But intention setting, on its own, is not enough. You need continuous focus on your intentions as well as inspired, focused action. And one of the best ways to stay focused on your intentions is to create visual reminders. Secrets of the Millionaire Mind author, T. Harv Ecker, frequently tells his students that, “Visual is memorable.” And Vision Boards are one of the most powerful tools I know of for creating continuous, visual focus on your positive intentions. And there’s even a dash of inspired action thrown into the process of creating a vision board.
Now if you’ve never created one, a Vision Board is a collage or other collection of images, words and phrases created and used to facilitate the manifestation of desires. But don’t let the simplicity fool you. Vision Boards are one of the most powerful tools in the deliberate creator’s toolbox.
When you create a vision board you are doing three things that immediately put you ahead of 95% of the people who set resolutions:
- When you create a Vision Board you are taking Inspired Action.
- When you create a Vision Board you clarify and focus your desires.
- When you create a Vision Board (and place it where you see it often) you have an on-going, visual reminder of your intentions.
The process of creating a Vision Board is straightforward:
- Gather the supplies – board, glue, scissors, magazines, catalogs, markers, etc.
- Clarify your desires.
- Cut out images that represent those desires..
- Glue them onto your board.
- Place the board somewhere you will see it on a daily basis.
But while the process is simple, taking the action to do it is not always easy! I’ve seen far too many people say they were going to create a New Year’s Vision Board only to find that weeks and months into the New Year they still had not done so. If you’ve ever struggled to complete an “optional” project on your own, you know just what I’m talking about.
This year, I want to help to stack the deck in your favor and hopefully make it a bit easier for you to complete your New Year’s Vision Board Monday, January 14th and get 2008 off to a deliberate, positive start! So I’ve come up with a few incentives and some tips. First the incentives:
- Share your vision with the world: Sure it’s great to create a vision board and hang it on your wall. But there is something empowering about sharing your vision. By sharing your vision you declare your intention to the world. You put your flag in the sand. So to help you share your vision with the world, on Tuesday, January 15th, I will post an entry here with a link every vision board that is completed by January 14th. (You’ll have to send me the link of course). You can post the photo of your Vision Board on your blog or website, or put it up at a photo sharing site such as Flickr.com. I’ll also feature images of a few of my favorite boards along with the link.
- Win some great prizes: Everyone who submits a completed Vision Board by January 14th will receive access to the online version of my CD, An Introduction to Brainwave Entrainment Technology for Personal Growth and Success. If you haven’t experienced Brainwave Entrainment, you are missing out on a powerful personal growth tool.In addition, three winners will receive a $40 prize package that includes the physical CD listed above as well as the inspiring, award winning anthology, Healing the Heart of the World, which includes my essay, The Evolutionary Warrior, along with essays from Caroline Myss, Neale Donald Walsch, Bruce Lipton and many others.
I’m also working on a grand prize that I can’t announce quite yet. But if it comes through, it will provide the winner with an amazing tool for following up on their intentions. Now here are some tips to help you create your Vision Board:
- Set a date and invite some friends and family members to join you. One of the reasons that last year’s Vision Board event at the drop in Law of Attraction group was so successful is because 35 Deliberate Creators came together to co-create their reality for 2007. When a group comes together, and focuses their collective energy on a single goal energy of the entire group is raised. So even just two people coming together can significantly raise the energy.And with a group you can also pool your resources – glue sticks, scissors, magazines, etc. And finally, when you commit to a date with others, you’re much more likely to “show up” and complete your Vision Board.
- If you are going to create your Vision Board on your own, set a firm date and time. Go do it right now: Get out your calendar and block out 3-hours. That should be plenty of time to create your New Year’s Vision Board. And once you put that time into your calendar make it non-negotiable!
- Keep your focus narrow. Don’t try to do too much with your Vision Board. Focus on just your top 3-5 intentions. Or create a board for just one area of your life – work, money, relationship, etc. If you try to do too much on one board, you’ll dilute the effectiveness. You can always do another board when you have attracted the intentions in this one or create another board for another area of your life.
- Set a definite ending time. Creating a Vision Board is one of those projects with the potential to move into the continual “work in progress” category. And, in truth, a vision board is always a work in progress because you vision is always evolving. However, you definitely do want to complete your Vision Board. So set a firm deadline and make a commitment to yourself to finish your board by that time.
- Let your board be “Not Perfect.” Start with the knowledge that your Vision Board will never be perfect. That way you’ll be more likely to sit down and finish it. And finishing it is far more important than making it “perfect.” whatever that means. This is also a good exercise in getting over any perfectionist tendencies you might have!
Participation Details: To participate in the 2008 Vision Board Invitational, all you have to do is complete your 2008 Vision Board by Monday, January 14th and use the contact form above to send me the link to your Vision Board. If you have a blog or website, you can post your Vision Board there and I’ll link to it from Evolving Times.
If you don’t have a website, you can use an online photo-sharing site such as Flickr, Photobucket. I’m looking forward to seeing all of your grand visions! If you have questions, you can leave a comment below and I’ll answer them as fast as I can.
And if you think this is a good idea, you can help me get the word out by sharing this entry using one of the social bookmarking links below. If you’re new to social bookmarking a good place to start is with a Thumb’s Up on Stumbleupon.
With the holiday and our travels I’ve taken a couple of weeks off from the Personal Growth Resource Roundups. But this week it’s back, and better than ever.
I’ve got to begin with three non-blog resources that have the potential to dramatically accelerate your personal growth.
First, Zoe Routh, who some of you might know from the Law of Attraction for Inspired Living blog, has recently released a truly amazing product, The Law of Attraction Superhighway. It’s a package of interviews with 10 of the top Law of Attraction coaches in the world. Some of the incredible coaches interviewed include Drew Rozell, Eva Gregory and Anisa Aven.
I would have no problem recommending this product to you, but the fact that I’m one of the coaches that Zoe interviewed makes it a no-brainer.
Add in the bonuses worth over $1000 and you’ve got a winning package!
Make sure you get your copy of the Law of Attraction Superhighway before the end of the year. The price goes up by $50 in January!
Next up is the Personal Development Partners site. I’ve talked about this before. And as the holiday season moves into full-swing, it’s a great time to connect with other personal growth junkies… er, people.
The holidays can be a stressful time and there’s no better way to beat the stress than to find a partner for accountability, support and encouragement. And PDP is one of the best places to find that person.
And as we head into the new year, you’ll definitely want to partner up with someone to vision and act your way into your best year ever!
And Personal Development Partners is the place to be.
And finally, there’s Rich Schefren’s Attention Age Doctrine Part 2. Yes, this falls into the category of business growth, but because, as an entrepreneur, I don’t separate personal and business growth, I have found gotten powerful personal insights from this Doctrine that will improve my life far beyond the realm of business!
I’ve been a fan of Rich Schefren’s since I discovered his Internet Business Manifesto over a year ago. Now, here’s the thing: this Manifesto was not another ploy from some Internet Marketing guy. It was the real deal. Rich gave it all away in the Manifesto. The information truly blew me away and made me make some radical changes to the way I approach my business!
And with his Attention Age Doctrine, he’s gone even further! We hear the term “Information Overload” quite a bit. But I have not seen anyway provide a better look at how to beat it, both from a consumer perspective and from a business owner perspective.
Now let’s move on to a few great personal growth blog posts that I’ve come across in the last week.
First up is a post from Kat Wilder. I can’t remember how I came upon her, but she’s well worth a visit. The post that got me thinking was The Dad Vs. Hubby Smackdown. We all wear multiple hats. I’m a father, husband, business owner, writer, friend, etc., etc. Is it possible to be good at all of them? Can I be a great dad and a great husband? It’s definitely an issue that is up for me right now. So thanks to Kat for putting words to it. If you’ve ever struggled with the balance between two or more of your roles, you’ll want to check it out.
Next, one of my new blogging friends, Agent Sully at Life Learning Today has a wonderful post on Dreaming Big. As we head into the new year, it’s the time to dream and vision and set our course for the coming year. This post should help you do that.
And then there’s Jeannette Maw who had me smiling at my desk when I read in her Thanksgiving Day post on Uncommon Gratitude that she was grateful for the fact that she has “never had a boyfriend’s parole officer stop by on a holiday.”
It’s good to bring lightness to gratitude, and Jeannette has most definitely succeeded!
Well, I think I’ll leave it at that for now. Look for another edition of the Personal Growth Resource Roundup next Saturday.
Wow. This was a great interview!
This one-hour interview with Dr. Ivan Misner, the founder and CEO of BNI (Business Network International) the largest business networking organization in the world, is packed with powerful information for entrepreneurs and all Leading Edge Thinkers.
Here is just some of what Dr. Misner shares in this recording:
- Why he chose the concept of Giver’s Gain as the core philosophy for BNI.
- Insider information about Rhonda Byrne’s original vision for The Secret and why it makes sense that the movie may have glossed over some important issues about the Law of Attraction.
- His thoughts on vision as a driving force in business success and how a clear vision for BNI was a contributing factor in growing BNI from 450 chapters to over 4900 chapters!
- Valuable insights about delegation and practical, powerful advice on how to get clear about what to delegate and how to make it happen.
- How a phone call from an unknown BNI member 4-years ago set in motion a series of events leading to his attendance at a private 5-day retreat with Sir Richard Branson on Necker Island (Branson’s private island).
- How he decides whether or not to say “yes” to an opportunity.
- His thoughts on how to integrate online marketing with face-to-face marketing.
- Why BNI is primarily a local network and focused on thinking globally and acting locally.
- Why networking is more about farming than about hunting.
- Why entrepreneurs should strive for harmony and let go of looking for balance.
- And much more!
For more about and from Dr. Misner, check out these related links:
Listen to Dr. Misner on the BNI Podcast.
What would you think if you saw the website www.evolvelocity.com?
And how about a company named Evolvelocity Training? What thoughts and feelings come up for you?
Leave your honest comments below. And thanks in advance for helping me do a bit of informal market research!
Recently, I had the great pleasure of talking with Mark Joyner, the best-selling author of the books, The irresistible offer, The Great Formula, and Simpleology: The Simple Science of Getting What You Want. Mark is also the creator of the Simpleology suite of online courses and productivity tools, the 7-Day Business Turnaround and his brand new program, Word of Mouth Transformation.
Today’s post is part one of our wide-ranging conversation. Here is just some of what we explored in this first part of our conversation:
- A very interesting concept called Utilitarian Model Flexibility.
- An in-depth, no punches pulled look at Mark’s take on the Law of Attraction.
- The importance of action in the Law of Attraction.
- The interaction between inspiration, motivation, behavioral psychology and the power of feelings.
- The role of values and morals in success.
- The potential of technology to provide for everyone’s basic needs.
- Self-interest as a tool for becoming a Freedom Agent.
- And more!
The timing of this interview – being posted on the day Mark is launching his new Word of Mouth Transformation program – was unintentional, although probably not coincidental. In fact, Mark announced his new program several days after we spoke. But a few technical glitches caused a delay in posting this, and now, here it is coming out as he’s about to release this new program.
But, as you’ll hear, in this conversation there was very little conversation about marketing. This is a conversation you would have over dinner with friends. So if you’re a fan of Mark Joyner and want to get an inside look at how he thinks, and pick up some powerful success tips along the way, be sure to listen to this recording.
If you enjoy this conversation with Mark Joyner, here’s more to explore:
The Simpleology Resource Page here at Evolving Times.
The Mark Joyner Constructs. Most definitely worth checking out!
Simpleology 101 (It’s free and it’s life-changing!)
And Mark Joyner’s best-selling books: