BEST OF: 10 Hacks To Increase Productivity and Skyrocket Results

BEST OF: 10 Hacks To Increase Productivity and Skyrocket Results

BEST OF: 10 Hacks To Increase Productivity and Skyrocket Results

It can be tricky to transition from being an employee to a health coach and wellness business owner because you now have total control over what you do and when you do it.  While this can be a really good thing, it can also lead to feeling overwhelmed with no clear direction on how to prioritize tasks and projects because it feels like there’s so much to do.  We’re here to help! 

We’re bringing back a popular episode we did a long time ago, and we’re sharing ten invaluable hacks for doubling your productivity and skyrocketing your results.

Tune in to this episode for a breakdown and examples of each strategy, so you’ll know how to implement what we share.   

  1. Start with a 30-day plan and break it up into weekly goals and action steps. 
  2. Know the number of hours you can spend on your business each week.
  3. Limit distractions and turn off social media notifications.
  4. Tiny progress each day, week and month results in big wins.
  5. Skip the bells and whistles until you have a solid working model.
  6. Get an accountability partner who will hold you accountable.
  7. Get away from the house to work in two-hour blocks (coffee shop, library or your favorite spot).
  8. Don’t do anything else, until you complete the 1 big thing each day that moves your business forward.
  9. Use Single focus instead of multitasking
  10. 10.Set expectations that are obtainable rather than focusing on a big end goal.
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How to Decide When it’s Time to Start Investing in Paid Resources for Your Coaching Business

How to Decide When it’s Time to Start Investing in Paid Resources for Your Coaching Business

How to Decide When it’s Time to Start Investing in Paid Resources for Your Coaching Business

We know you want to run your coaching business as smoothly as possible while also limiting expenses, so today we’re going to share some ideas about how to decide when it’s time to start investing in paid resources.

If you have any type of business, you are going to have some expenses but that doesn’t mean you can’t run a lean business with low overhead. It just means there is going to come a time when the limitations of free resources are no longer going to meet your needs, and you’ll have to decide which paid tools are worth it for you.

Here’s what you’ll discover on this episode:

  • The 3 questions we ask ourselves before investing in a paid business tool or service
  • Examples of free vs paid options for your business
  • A mistake some coaches make that actually keeps them stuck in a loop of working too hard and not making enough money

We understand that spending money on your business can feel a little scary sometimes, but at some point, it’s going to be a necessity if you’re serious about building your business. The good news is that you get to decide what makes the most sense and what paid tools will get you the most bang for your buck.

When it comes to free versions of resources for your business, there are plenty including MailerLite for your email management, Canva for creating beautiful graphics, PDF guides and presentations, pexels.com and pixabay.com for stock photos, DIY websites and more.  These are all great to get you started since you probably want to operate your business as inexpensively as possible. We understand that spending money on your business can feel a little scary sometimes, but at some point, it’s going to be a necessity if you’re serious about building your business. The good news is that you get to decide what makes the most sense and what paid tools will get you the most bang for your buck.

Here’s how we like to make decisions when it comes to expenses.  First of all, it often comes down to a mindset shift about what investing in something will mean for you, your business and your clients.

For example, here are 3 questions to ask yourself:

  • Will it save me time and make my life easier and/or less stressful?   
  • Will it help me do something quicker and more efficiently? 
  • Will it help me generate more revenue? 

The answer doesn’t have to be yes to all 3, and you get to decide what expenses make the most sense right now. 

Let’s look at a couple of examples for health coaches who may be trying to decide on free vs paid resources.

Maybe you want to provide meal plans or recipes for your clients, or you want to have recipe guides as free resources to grow your email list, but you don’t have the time or desire to create them from scratch.  For $30 a month, you can use something like Meal Garden and that will allow you to provide recipes quickly and easily which will free up your time to do other things in your business.  Going back to the 3 questions, will it save you time, help you do something more efficiently, allow you to get started sooner and/or help you generate more revenue, the answer is likely yes.  We are affiliates for Meal Garden because we think it’s a great resource, but you can check out other options out there. We have found Meal Garden to be one of the most budget-friendly menu planning sites around for health coaches, so we recommend you check it out. 

Perhaps you’re at the point in your coaching business where you want to run an online group program, but you know you’ll need to invest in a platform to host it. The first time you run an online program, you can usually do it with a FB group and emails, but if you want more of an all-in-one solution, you may be considering something like Practice Better or Kajabi.  If you compare the two, Practice Better is definitely less expensive and it’s geared for wellness business owners, so that could help you save some money.  There are other options out there too, but regardless of what you choose, it will be an investment that can allow you to generate more revenue and leverage your time more because you can help a group of people at one time.  We are also affiliates for Practice Better too, and we love their platform because it gives you everything you need to run your practice all in one place, and it’s also very budget friendly.  Their free version is good for up to 3 clients, so you can test it out before you decide if it’s what you want.  If you absolutely have no money yet for an online platform, bootstrap things until you do and keep it to using a FB group and emails.  After you run that first or second round, you will likely know if using a paid platform is in your budget.

As a third example, at some point, you’ll likely have to decide if you should outsource certain tasks in your business.  If you’re doing everything yourself, you’re not paying for it per se, but you do have to consider how those tasks could be pulling you away from getting clients, so it could actually be costing you something.  Whether it’s posting content to your blogs, entering your email content each week, creating graphics for social media, editing your own podcast episode or creating PDF guides, there is so much that can be delegated or outsourced to free up your time to do the things that only you can do such as getting in front of your audience and coaching clients. We did an entire episode about outsourcing, and we’ll link to it in the show notes – it was episode 29 on the Secrets to Outsourcing on a Budget.   

There will come a time when you have to look at your business as an actual business, and part of that is understanding you will have expenses. You can choose the option that is the best option for you right now, knowing you can upgrade or change later.

Here are the 3 questions again to help you decide:

  • Will it save me time and make my life easier and/or less stressful?   
  • Will it help me do something quicker and more efficiently? 
  • Will it help me generate more revenue? 

Is there something you’re considering outsourcing or upgrading to a paid version? 

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Is the Fear of Failure Holding You Back?

Is the Fear of Failure Holding You Back?

Is the Fear of Failure Holding You Back?

Did you know that fear of failure could actually be holding you back from building your coaching business? Fear can manifest as imposter syndrome that leads to all kinds of limiting beliefs around whether you are good enough or deserving enough to be successful. 

It may help you to know that if you are feeling fearful about some aspect of your business or level of success, you are not alone, and this feeling is not exclusive to health coaches.  Most people feel some level of fear or self-doubt when they are taking on new ventures because it pushes out of our comfort zone. 

In this episode of The Wellness Business Podcast, you’ll discover:

  • 5 ways to overcome fear and limiting beliefs so you will never become stuck in your business
  • The top 5 fear-based topics that you can fall into that leave you feeling unsure of what is the next best decision to make
  • A single mindset shift that will have you instantly reframing your beliefs around your purpose and skills when it comes to serving your clients

Let’s dive into 5 ways to overcome fear to get unstuck:

1. The first and most important step you need take is identify your fear and why you are afraid of it coming true.

Limiting beliefs are often rooted in fear of failure, so if you can figure out the reason for the fear, it’s easier to tame it. 

2. The next step is to take responsibility for your decision. Even when you are avoiding making a choice you are actually making a decision. A lack of action is still action and while it may feel like you are being passive and not responsible for the outcome you are actually creating a self-fulfilling prophecy of not moving forward and delaying your success. Choosing to make a decision and own the responsibility no matter how it turns out is a skill you should build as a business owner.

3. The next step is to release the need for certainty before you can make a decision. Why is overcoming limiting beliefs so difficult? The answer is that we all crave certainty. Wouldn’t it be nice if building your wellness business came with an instruction manual that guaranteed you wouldn’t fail? That would be sweet wouldn’t it? But that’s not how it works.

What we tell our clients is that there is never a right decision. It’s always just you ‘next best’ decision based on the information you currently have. Then as you get more information you can make new and better decisions.

4. The next step is to change the way you talk to yourself. Your limiting beliefs can sometimes occur deep in your subconscious, but more often than not, it is negative self-talk that’s telling you why you can’t, don’t want to, or must not do something. That is just your brain trying to keep you in your comfort zone. To build a successful business you will need to get out of your comfort zone.

5. The final step is to upgrade your “Ride or Die” group. Entrepreneurship is challenge. If it was easy everyone would be doing it so that means the non-entrepreneurs far outweigh the entrepreneurs by a significant number.

If you find yourself sharing your dreams and business goals with friends and family that fall into the ‘negative Nancy’ crowd you may need to update the crowd you spend time with. We both have people that are business supporters, (like we have each other), and then we have our friends and family that don’t know anything about our businesses and we’re okay with that. Surround yourself with people that will lift you up in your business not bring you down.

Our goal for this episode is to help you eliminate fear from your day-to-day life.  Whatever is holding you back in your business just make the next best decision you can right now based on the information that you have. Then move on. Trust your intuition. When the next decision needs to be made you’ll have more information and be better prepared to make your choice.

We believe in you!

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BEST OF: 5 Ways to Fill Your Online Challenge

BEST OF: 5 Ways to Fill Your Online Challenge

BEST OF: 5 Ways to Fill Your Online Challenge

Running free online challenges can be a great way to get new clients because they allow you to gather a group of people who are interested in your area of expertise, grow your email list and then invite participants to your paid program at the end of the challenge to continue their journey.

We are bringing back a popular episode we did a few months ago where we share 5 ways to fill your online challenge.  Sometimes, not knowing how to get people to join your challenge and/or fear of no one signing up can hold coaches back from getting started, so we are remedying that in this episode.

You’ll discover:

  • What strategy will 10x – 50x your reach right now
  • Where to do your livestreams to reach the most people
  • Which strategy to use to warm up your Instagram followers
  • How to reach beyond your own audience to get in front of new people

If you have plans to run a challenge or you’ve been thinking about it, be sure to tune in. 

Challenges were one of the first strategies I used when I was a new health coach and I loved them because they were fun to do and everyone fed off of the energy of the other members. I found that challenges and online programs were a great fit as an introvert, and I know a lot of other coaches are introverts too.  With my done-for-you challenges for health coaches, I give health coaches everything they need to promote, fill and run their challenge, but if you don’t have one of my done-for-you challenges, this is likely a big question on your mind.

We are sharing 5 free strategies, so you if you aren’t ready to fun Facebook ads just yet, you’ll still have a few great ideas to get started.   

As you spread the word about your challenge, it’s important to focus on who it’s for and how it will help them, because that is what people are asking themselves – “Is this for me and what will I get out of it?”  We recommend you start promoting your challenge about 2 weeks in advance to allow plenty of time to fill it. 

In the following strategies, focus on the problem you know they have and how the challenge will help them with that one specific issue.  You can share little tidbits of what you’ll cover in the challenge, and to learn more, they’ll want to join you. You can also showcase common mistakes people make that relates to your challenge topic and they will learn more about the right way.

  1. Livestreams – Do these on your Facebook page because if your personal profile is set to private, your livestream will only show up to your friends. The livestreams on your business page will warm people up to you even before your challenge starts, so they feel like they know you which is an important part of the customer journey. 
  2. Reels – Reels are great because as of right now, they get the highest reach on Instagram. You can get in front of a much bigger audience when you use trending music and hashtags that will attract your ideal clients.  You don’t have to dance to get great reach on Reels – you can just do face to camera, show behind the scenes of what you’re working on or anything that will work for you. 
  3. Instagram stories – With stories, you will only reach your current followers, but it’s still a good strategy to use since the people who already follow you are already aware of who you are, and your warm audience is more likely to take the next step with you.
  4. Email subscribers – Even though one the goals for your challenge is to grow your email list, you want to invite your current subscribers if you have them because going through your challenge will help deepen the relationship they have with you.  I would send 5-7 emails to your current subscribers about it over the 2-week period.
  5. Ask participants to share – Encourage the people who join to share it with their friends.  You can expand your reach by letting people know they can share the link to join your challenge. Include the link on the thank you page after they join as well as in the welcome email they receive. You can also remind people to share it with their friends by posting about it in your challenge FB group if that is where you plan to run it.    

Map out in your calendar which strategies you want to use during your 2-week promotion period. If you can, do 2-3 livestreams each week, a few reels and Instagram stories, in addition to emailing your subscribers.

We covered 5 strategies today and if you want 5 more, download my free guide with 10 ways to promote and fill your online challenge.

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The Cure for Imposter Syndrome

The Cure for Imposter Syndrome

The Cure for Imposter Syndrome

If you are dealing with imposter syndrome right now, you are definitely not alone, and it doesn’t just affect health coaches.  When we start something new or we reach a new level of success, there will often be times when we feel a level of self-doubt which can leave us feeling like an imposter.

In today’s episode you’ll discover:

  • 3 steps to quickly cure imposter syndrome no matter what stage of business you’re in
  • Our own personal imposter syndrome stories and how we’ve navigated this path through the years
  • A simple one-sentence response that you can use anytime you are asked a question by a potential client that you don’t know the answer to, that will have them loving your approach

If you’ve ever dealt with imposter syndrome, this is an episode you won’t want to miss.

The official definition of imposter syndrome is loosely defined as doubting your abilities and feeling like a fraud.

Imposter syndrome can cause fear of success, fear of failure or even fear of being exposed as a fraud.

Here is what one other coach say.

I suffer from it every day and I’ve been at this a while!

Changes as you become a more seasoned business owner

Every time you up-level your business you are going to be challenged by imposter syndrome.

We do know some coaches that have moved past the imposter syndrome phase. Here’s what one coach commented…

Imposter syndrome is only a story you tell yourself, no one else knows about it. You can actually ignore that thought and remember that you do have the answers that matter. If someone asks you something you don’t know just say, “ you know I’ve never been asked that question, let me think about it and I’ll get back to you.” There is no shame in not knowing something. It is a shame not to share the wealth of knowledge you do have. You’ve got this!

Ahhh, we love that!

Let’s take a few minutes to dive into 3 steps to cure impostor syndrome once and for all.

Step 1: Learn to quickly identify the feelings that cause you to feel like an impostor.

Being able to quickly identify the feelings that cause you to feel inadequate is crucial to shutting down those nasty voices inside your head. Typically, each of us has a very specific voice reel that plays in our head when we feel like we’re not good enough. As soon as you recognize that voice you must turn it around with feelings of positivity. Keep a list close by of people you’ve helped & successes you’ve experienced that you can reference whenever necessary.

Step 2: Identify a support person or group that you can rely on in times of need.

Having a friend, family member or trusted colleague that you can confide in is a must. All of us need a go-to support person in our life. In business, entrepreneurs often join mastermind groups to find support. I’ve always believed that the old saying, “misery loves company” goes deeper than what it appears to say on the surface. I’ve always believed that when two people share a similar experience the potential for extreme healing and growth is usually the outcome. Having that support person that knows what your experiencing is the quickest way to banish those feelings of fraud.

Step 3: Become crystal clear on what is fact and what is fiction.

Anytime that you begin to feel like an impostor ask yourself this question, “Do I feel this way because of something I know for a fact or is it coming from a feeling of inadequacy?” When you have strong feelings about something it can feel very real, however, without something factual to back it up it remains just a feeling. Knowing the difference between the two is the best way to break that cycle of negativity.

The last thing we want to is that most health coaches are carrying a huge burden on their shoulders thinking that they need to know everything so they can answer every single question someone asks them. That is not the case. Your role as a health coach is to be a trusted and reliable resource and sometimes that means simply saying, “I don’t know the answer to that question off the top of my head but I have a network of colleagues that I can tap into to get the most up-to-date information on this topic.”

We promise that your potential client will appreciate you doing the legwork for them and will never ever look at you as an imposter for not knowing the answer to their question.

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90 Day Goal Setting – Why This Cycle Makes You More Productive & Profitable

90 Day Goal Setting – Why This Cycle Makes You More Productive & Profitable

90 Day Goal Setting – Why This Cycle Makes You More Productive & Profitable

If you want to become more productive and profitable, using 90-Day goal setting framework can help.

When you plan in 90-day chunks of time, it is much more manageable and works in your favor to avoid the revenue highs and lows that often come with trying to plan 12 months at a time at the beginning of each year.

In this episode of The Wellness Business Podcast, we’re sharing how to leverage your time and energy to build your business in a way that results in more profits and the healthiest version of you as a business owner.

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • Why working in 90-day cycles to complete your goals makes you more productive and profitable
  • A sample 12-week project plan for hosting a wellness workshop for client enrollment
  • Why planning a 12-month calendar for your business can lead to feelings of failure and burnout

Today we’re going to teach you how to leverage your time and energy to build your business in a way that results in more profits and the healthiest version of you as a business owner.

Okay let’s dive in!

If you’ve ever tried to plan out a year at a time in your business you’ve likely discovered that it’s almost impossible to stay on track for the entire 12-month period.

Things come up and life happens, and once you get off track from your 12-month master plan, it’s can be hard to rally your mindset back to feeling like you’ll accomplish everything you want for that year. Getting off track can happen in month 2, 5, 7. Whenever it happens, it feels like a failure which isn’t good for your productivity or mindset. Believe me I know because that has happened to me lots of times.

The flip side of this is when you work in 90 day cycles you can plan for success milestones in a more reasonable chunk of time.

In each 90-day cycle you’ll focus on…

  • One major revenue goal
  • One brand awareness goal, (summit, challenge, workshop)
  • One list-building goal
  • Social media growth goal, (FB, IG, Groups)
  • Optional: New project goal

In reality, many of these goals will work synergistically. For instance, hosting a workshop can grow your email list while also helping you make sales.

Once you’ve identified your specific goals are in the upcoming quarter you can begin to break each goal down into smaller weekly chunks over the next 12 weeks.

As an example, let’s say that you want to deliver a high-value workshop as a list-building opportunity as a way to sell your program. You’ve scheduled it for week 10 of the 12-week cycle.

Here’s how it might break down in your goal setting plan.

Week 1: Map out tasks and due dates

Week 2: Hire any outside contractors that you’ll need for graphics creation, video editing, etc.

Weeks 3 – 7: Write, develop, create all necessary content, (slide deck, social media graphics, social media posts, promotional emails, bonus content, etc.)

Weeks 8 – 9: Send out promotional emails, deliver stories and live video promoting the workshop, post on social, answer questions your followers have. Week 10 – Deliver the workshop & open cart

Week 11 – Close cart / Welcome new clients

Week 12 – Collect data / Crunch numbers / Analyze information

You can outline each goal that you want to achieve in the next 12 weeks in the exact same way. Many of those items will have sub-tasks but you get the idea.

One of the easiest ways to stay on track with your 90-day goals is to use a project management system that allows you to set due dates. Two of our favorites are Trello and ClickUp. Taking the time to determine tasks and map out due dates is the backbone to reaching your goals and objectives.   

We’d like to challenge you to map out your next goal in this way. Even if you feel like 90 days is too much for you at this time then try 30 days. Break down your goals, and then the tasks for each goal, and then due dates for each task.

We can’t wait to hear how it goes!

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