For the entrepreneurs that wish to run a successful business and become financially independent, this podcast provides tools and strategies to achieve those business goals. Although it may be the thought of making millions that start your dream, your values and mindset are the ones that will make it a reality.
This week we are proud to present the latest collaboration interview with our dear friend Elizabeth Gould, for the Australian “Feeling Forwards Podcast”. Her questions were really insightful, wanting to take a peek into the heart and mind of an entrepreneur and we dived deep into how emotions can help or hinder entrepreneurs on their path to success.
In this interview we discuss:
- How to overcome loneliness when you are an entrepreneur
- The challenge of managing the expectations and criticisms of family and friends;
- The danger of entrepreneurs getting stuck and unable to be vulnerable or ask for help;
- Is it possible to manage how entrepreneurs feel about hearing 'no' over and over;
And so much more!
This episode was originally aired on April 21st 2021, on the Feeling Forwards Podcast
Please visit www.elizabethgould.com for Elizabeth’s coaching programs and expertise.
In last week’s episode “What’s the secret of buying?”, we were talking about the predictability and impulses of the human behaviour when it comes to buying goods and services. Since we are heading (one foot in already) into an economic crisis, the keys to still sell in 2021 don’t need to be changed, so much as they may need to be personalised.
The “what”, “why”; “when” and “how much” our clients needs and desires have to be met, and getting the right information is crucial. Having conversations geared towards understanding them and asking open-ended questions so they have a chance to further explain would be a first important step.
We have structured this episode in 5 steps or keys that will help any entrepreneur better grasps the evergreen reasoning behind buying and selling.
Doesn’t it seem that we are focused on selling “better” and sales techniques but often forget to go back to the basics of the need or impulse to BUY?
Are our needs real or someone creates them? What’s the exact moment when we realise we have a need that has to be fulfilled by a product or service from the outside ?
Human behaviour is predictable but marketing is still a key factor when it comes to impulse buying. Nevertheless, is also about trust, creating relationships and adding value to the act of serving ur clients as entrepreneurs.
In this episode we go over the subtleties of buying and selling, especially in times of crisis.
As we were mentioning in the previous episode about why is important to be creative and innovative as an entrepreneur, creativity doesn’t come on demand. Nevertheless, it can be cultivated and practiced regularly in order to wake up that enthusiasm that is taking a break right now.
Our 5 easy steps to awaken your innovative side, are accessible and clear and can be used in your business and your personal life also.
We really like the last step, “The Parking list”! Find out how to utilise this simple tool to become more creative.
In entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation are pretty much connected and interlaced with eachother, as they help any business get ahead in a market which would be otherwise dominated by the same old patterns.
As we all are all aware, creativity doesn’t come on demand but in the same time, being stuck only in the operational aspect of the business doesn’t also have benefits in the long run.
Creativity can be a source of enthusiasm and a way to reduce stress and uncertainty, especially in times of a crisis. In this episode we are going over some meaningful reasons why being creative can help you and your business have new energy moving forward in 2021
It would be fair to say that being self employed can be tricky sometimes. Besides the time invested to get to the point of being well known and gaining a reputation in your field, deciding your workload and schedule comes with freedom but also some insecurity in the long run.
So what is the appeal of being self employed?
We are taking the time in this episode to go over the many layers of being an entrepreneur and the different opportunities that this rather flexible business profile has to offer.
We can all agree that the most valuable resource we have is TIME. Money, we can always make more of even when we have lost it all but unfortunately, the luxury of time can’t be won back. That’s why is so important, whenever possible, to put in balance the freedom of being a business owner against the security of being an employee. And if we move from being an employee to self employed we still trade time for money, meaning we can’t earn more money if we don’t work more hours. This is the case of doctors, lawyers or any type of coach for exemple.
What about the advantages of creating a business, creating a system that would allow you to be a business owner?
Join us for this week’s episode as we take a look at these different business profiles and business models: being an employee, self employed and business owner.
When you are an entrepreneur, you need to know how to deal with the months of good revenues and the months of bad revenues. Sometimes the waves of the business are better than expected or you may go through unexpected low points but one thing you can trust, the cycles are there to be recognised and dealt with.
The reality is that business cycles affect not only the business but the business owner as well. So we are focusing this week’s episode on the 5 helpful teachings that we as a business club with experience in business coaching, have gained over time by working with international business owners.
Business owners can delegate a lot of aspects of their business but knowing their key performance figures is not one of them. Together with knowing the current and outstanding balances, optimising the “when” and the “how” are vital responsibilities for any entrepreneur and not to be taken lightly.
If we don’t mesure what’s happening in our business, how can we optimise the results?
As we were talking in the previous episode “Key Performance Indicators for entrepreneurs”: what gets measured, gets focus. What gets focus, gets results. That’s why this episode will focus on the 5 important steps, a checklist if you will, on how to track and optimise your most important reports in order to get clarity and quality figures for your small or medium business.
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It may not be a fun topic, but is definitely vital for any entrepreneur. How much time do you spend on measuring your business performance?
Most business owners like to be more operational or “hands in the clay” because they like the rush of the process. Yet, when it comes to understanding what really happened during an entire month, business owners shy away from this task. Having a broader aerial view of the business allows us to think of long term plans, strategise and improve on the current game plan.
And how do we do that?
- Observing the way the Corporate world keeps track of their KPI can prove significant for entrepreneurs that are left on their own to figure things out.
- Finding a balance of what kind of KPI to follow so that you don’t get buried in all the figures is also fundamental for the process.
Listen to this episode to discover the process of business performance.
We don’t really like to use the excuse of this crisis anymore to explain all the drastic measures that we as entrepreneurs had to take in order to “hang on” but we are just still in the beginning of the economic mess that is going to change the face of business forever. And with this comes the good old issue of how to reduce, cut or eliminate costs for your business.
Essentially, when the cashflow stops coming in, how do we deal with our own bills and responsibilities? For one, stopping any cash movement that is set by “default” should be a priority. Challenging the need of any immediate purchase or the importance of keeping a certain product that may not perform so well…are these some of the steps you are taking already?
If not, this episode is for you as we are discussing essential methods of managing your costs as a small business owner in 2021.
Reevaluating and reconsidering the relationship we have with money can result in an overall gain over our expenses and eventually spending habits. The changes that we have suffered in the last 12 months are forcing us to do just that: reevaluate and question our usual methods of buying goods and services. But nevertheless, expenses don’t have only one source.
In this episode we are looking at 5 crucial tips on diminishing expenses as an entrepreneur or small business owner.
We truly believe in tip number 3 as it takes into consideration the fact that buying is not the only “by default” option.
Some entrepreneurs tend to overspend when they open a business, either investing in building a website or renting an office space and everything else that comes with the details of making it a “real” business.
Luckily, the Social Media presence truly represents an advantage for any entrepreneur, that it can reduce costs in terms of marketing and honestly replacing a whole website for most of the time. From getting a business address without an office to creating your own website, small business owners are in control of what cash comes out also.
In this episode, we are starting the discussion about what it means to manage your expenses figures, underspending vs overspending.
Writing a book about your field of business is much more than just another advertising platform for entrepreneurs. Books share content, ideas, information, concepts. You can become an expert in your field and take your message and your business way further.
In this episode we are discussing the why and the how of creating the concept of a book that any business owner can consider writing. And even if a book or an ebook does not translate into immediate sales, as Social Media Marketing can do for your business, the relevance of such a creative product can be seen in many other different ways.
Please access the link for the book mentioned in this episode Ebook The Entrepreneurs' Story : A Guide for Business Owners
For many, Amazon remains the most accessible bookstore, especially when we are dealing with the consequences of the Coronavirus spread worldwide. It remains to be debated how much this online platform had to do with the decline of bookstores, but we can be sure of one thing: people will always buy according to their needs.
What Amazon created was the opportunity to get visibility for anyone writing, launching and promoting their own books. That doesn’t mean that everyone will buy it, but some will.And in contrast with the struggle to get your book published on paper, is definitely a win.
The online world is always interactive and evolving and that is the beauty of it also.
We are starting this short Amazon-series by going over the basic questions of how to get your ebook published and eventually make it a bestseller on their platform. Spoiler alert: no scams involved!
Any company’s values and virtues come first and foremost from people: owners, employees and even clients, isn’t it? People like to do business with people. Otherwise, let’s say, why would a respected Hollywood actor open his new restaurant and people would be queuing outside the door to get in? It’s clear he has something other restaurants don’t: his own personal brand, his fame and recognition. He starts to build the Company’s brand from his own.
The problem with great people is they always think they are not good enough, that they don’t deserve more . When the reality is that there is enough fame to go around for everyone. And as entrepreneurs, our own personal image is the best business card we can have for our company.
Today’s episode sheds some light on the advantages of believing in your own personal brand.
In the era of influencers, internet famous and overnight success, do people buy from the best known or the best in the the field?
For many entrepreneurs, the idea of being famous is a sword with a double edge. Of course they would like to be well known in their business but “famous” is a far-fetched notion. And yet, how would the world improve if their business would achieve stardom success? For example, can you imagine a world without Apple and Steve Jobs?
In this episode we challenge the idea and misconception of being famous, by addressing the factual advantages and downsides of “best in the business” vs “best known in the business”
** If interested, please purchase here the Ebook referenced in this episode The Entrepreneurs' Story: A guide for Business Owners
One of the important characteristics of LinkedIn is that the content shared and consumed daily is not sales-driven but instead is content-based. And combined with the fact that almost everyone has an account there and managing it themselves, for most part, it means you can easily reach the CEO of any company as easy as you would reach any entrepreneur.
But we do believe that the biggest advantage that this professional platform has over other social networking sites is the unrestricted use of article writing. We all have skills, the knowledge, the expertise or the experience that somebody else can benefit from and writing LinkedIn articles is the easiest way to start positioning yourself as an expert in your field.
In this episode we are going over 5 important strategies that can be used to open new conversations, build and strengthen your personal or professional profile and gaining new connections and clients along the way.
When looking back on the year 2020, what is the best way to say good-bye to it? Will you hold it In appreciation or in rejection? After all, this was a year of your life, the ONLY life we have!
We can feel whatever in retrospect, but the reality is that we have learned, we have grown and almost everyone has at least 1 thing to be grateful for. And please don’t say that you didn’t achieved or learned nothing. The concept of “nothing” and “everything” are not real, they do not exist. There is always “something”.
And for 2021, this something is that in this New World, we get to be “new” also. Entrepreneurs have always been good at reinventing themselves and their business so this year, the canvas is white. Go for it, the cards are on the table, the game is on!
Now more than ever, entrepreneurs need to step up and be of service to people, instead of manipulating and faking it all, and so offering them the much needed support through our businesses.
People resonate with real life examples, giving us the possibility to better engage and serve on Social Media.
Anyone with a Social Media account has certain powers online and in this episode we will be discussing the 5 types of influences that business owners can utilise for a better connection with their audience.
From content creating, to consistency, to not choosing the right platform for our needs; we are all guilty of trying too much or trying too little while on Social Media, especially entrepreneurs. The truth is that consistency is what works online. We can argue about the right platform, the perfect content or the optimal posting time, etc but at the end of the day “Done is better than perfect” and engagement is what generates engagement.
As we were mentioning in the previous 2 episodes, if there is something more precious for entrepreneurs than time, we don’t know about it. Efficiency is what we want to focus on while creating and promoting our business online.
Find out the tips and best practices to suit your business needs and invest time in the mediums that you feel most at ease with.
If there is something more precious for entrepreneurs than TIME, we don’t know about it. So it makes sense that our presence on Social Media shouldn’t be time consuming, but rather efficient and purposeful. And so a very important question arrises: Are you a consumer or a creator on Social Media?
Since being present online has such a big impact on our lives and consequently our business, in the last years we have seen a differentiation between the different types of web users and 4 profiles have emerged as a consequence: the follower, the expert, the influencer and the business influencer.
Explore in this episode the characteristics of each Social Media Profile and identify, adjust and improve your online impact in order to maximise your reach.
Quick question before we get into this episode: does your Social Media activity consumes only your time or does it make you money? Let’s be honest, as an entrepreneur you should grow your business first and then share it on all platforms, as your presence here is just a tool to grow, not the main reason why is growing.
Social Media is about visibility, marketing, putting yourself and your business in front of people, communicating, creating a dialog, identifying your customer’s needs and eventually SELLING. It’s like having your own TV or radio station, your own newspaper, editing house, you name it.
But there is much more than Facebook or LinkedIn that can help entrepreneurs reach their clients: publishing an e-book, starting a YouTube channel or a podcast, etc. Find out in this episode how Social Media can make your selling process faster and easier while increasing your credibility as well.
Passion drives us and gives us energy to the point that we don’t know how to stop doing it. Being passionate about your life, your business or your hobbies has extended and ever-growing benefits, elevating energy levels to new highs.
We are, after all, talking in this season about the untold stories of entrepreneurs so sharing my experience with windsurfing fits right like a glove. And just as you can’t surf without wind, you can’t deny that the clients are the driving force of any business. The clients are the wind for any business owner.
Resilience and patience, are they synonym with windsurfing and business? Find out in this episode.
We consider the 3 main components of ME to be: my life, my business and my family. That is why we so often forget about another important one: me as a person!
We can easily get off balance because of fear, habit, even passion and ambition. But should we really pay the price of dealing with the resulted shortcomings?
Most entrepreneurs consider their business as more than their work, it becomes part of who they are. And that is one of the first steps to messing up their balance.
In this episode we are going over 5 steps that will help you prioritise more conscious and develop great control over your focus.
Honest truth about being an entrepreneur: if we don’t work, we don’t eat. And the government is not gonna provide any type of pay if we get sick. It is all on us!
We do like to believe we are invincible sometimes and that we will be able to always work. This idea of working harder than anyone else in order to succeed, can eventually cost us more that it’s worth, in terms of physical and mental health.
A successful entrepreneur is someone who creates for himself a supportive environment so that “failure” doesn’t happen in another area of his life like marriage or parenthood, for example.
And part of this climate is where self-care plays a decisive role. In this episode, we will be focusing on 5 essential daily disciplines that any of us can apply in order to make well-being part of our entrepreneurship journey.
Our goal this season is to present the realities, the intentions and the true stories of being an entrepreneur. And that means taking a look at some sensitive subjects as what it means to experience loneliness when you are working for yourself, by yourself.
It’s absolutely normal for most entrepreneurs to identify themselves with their businesses. And this raises the normal question of how deeply this impacts their life. Although, the more important discussion is on the topic of “ should we allow it to happen?”
We’ll be going over a few important reminders and easy steps to deal with the feeling of overwhelming and loneliness, when you are your own boss.
Not everyone is at ease with meeting new people and even worse, when it’s people that we don’t necessarily like. And yet, even the most boring of meetings has and should have a meaning.
It may sound like a cliché but making the most out of every encounter will pay dividends in the long run.
In this episode, we’ll go over 5 simple steps on how to create impactful connections, no matter if it’s in your personal life or in business. Step nr 4 it’s a great example of how a simple phrase can open so many real conversations :” I prefer to see you when I am able to give the best of myself”.
Can you think of a few times when using this phrase would have had a bigger impact for both parties involved?
We can name it how we want, customer relations, client strategy or customer service but eventually it all comes down to one thing: how do we make them feel after they have bought from us!
As we were talking about in the episode about sales Episode 8 Why a sale can change your life, we can truly consider a sale as being successful when we are convinced ourselves that our product was exactly what our customer needed. And as such, the game is not only to sell but to provide them with a valuable experience after. Customer Service is not only an “admin” duty, is truly a central part of the sale experience.
In today’s episode we will be looking at this topic from 2 different point of views:
1. Understanding clients and the psychology behind it
2. How important is the service level we are offering them
Underpromise and overdeliver, isn’t that what we all hope to provide? This episode provides 5 useful tips to improve your customer’s experience with you.
Part of being an entrepreneur is having the ability to use our set of quality skills that we develop, not only for our business but also practicing those skills for a better life experience. And right on top of the list should be learning how and when to say NO.
It can happen that sometimes “NO” is not so much the best answer but also the ONLY answer. So how do we go about identifying those times? We are taking a look in this episode, at the clear signs that we should pay attention to, before committing to anything.
How often have you invested time and energy in deals that were a clear NO from the beginning? If you had only listened to your instinct, one of those quality skills we were mentioning…
Why is “saying NO” such a debilitating decision? Is it driven by fear or maybe lack of self-confidence? This is indeed a complex subject with sometimes specific reasons but nevertheless there is a common thread of truth tying together the examples we talk about in this episode of the untold stories of entrepreneurs.
Depending on our beliefs and past experiences, we don’t relate to risk in the same way. What can seem as adrenaline and a challenge for some of us, others think of risks as major red flags, that immediately trigger panic and fear.
Does staying in a “safe” situation seem like a long term solution for anyone? More likely no, and more so, is a safe bet for stagnation and progress killing. Developing the ability to take risks, especially calculated ones, is almost a requirement for entrepreneurs and off course, is a skill that can be learned and polished over time.
In today’s episode, we will be going over the 5 steps formula to start looking at deliberate risks with a more welcoming and accepting eye.
Step Nr 4, even if a bit uncomfortable at first, can be applied on all areas of life, not only in business.
What would you reply to the phrase: “To sell you, is to help you”? Would you consider it a manipulation? Would you take it as an insult maybe?
Being a salesperson in not well received, especially in Europe. The image of somebody quite pushy, that makes endless conversation and has a tendency to twist the truth, is that an accurate representation?
The ability to sell is accompanied also by a feeling of trust, authenticity and deep caring that the person standing in front of you is very receptive to. In today’s episode, we are going over 5 tips on how to “sell” your sales technique and have people perceive you as a genuine person.
Once you become an entrepreneur, you are here for the long run, always working on developing your business and never disconnecting from the market. Because once you stop doing these and just settle on your “I made it” throne, you can be sure that the newcomers are paying the same attention to the market just as you did in the beginning and finding exactly the angle that you thought is not worth pursuing.
The success of every business is in giving their clients EXACTLY what they are looking for, and not because there is no other choice on the market. So how to disrupt your own business from within and be ahead of your “shadow” competitors? Tip nr 1- understand your client’s complaints.
One example of a company that didn’t believe in disrupting the market and didn’t listen to what the clients were asking? NOKIA
In today's episode, we are presenting the 5 most important tips on how to practice a disruptive approach of your business from inside out.
How often do you take an aerial-view of your business? As entrepreneurs, we tend to focus mainly on the daily matters at hand, and face the issues only when, and if they appear.
To our members of IMN Paris Business Club, we systematically have them audit their own venture, in order to determine if they are still on track with their business goals and values, since any successful business needs to present value-added and be sustainable, in addition to being profitable.
The 5 essential questions that we are discussing in this episode apply to all types of structures and they shine a light not necessarily on your products or service, but rather on the success of your clients, your team and your community.
What is the main difference between entrepreneurs succeeding, even in times of crisis, and those who don’t? While the whole world was on physical and mental lockdown, the business owners that refused to dig their heads in the sand and call it quits, were the ones that did at least 1 of the following:
- showed up as a leader
- didn’t get stuck on what is no longer possible
- observed and understood human behaviour
We know it takes a lot of energy to stay in the constructive mindset of moving forward and look for the systems that allow us to cope and be creative. But Rome wasn’t build in a day, right?
We discuss in this episode what determined entrepreneurs actually do to be successful, no matter the type of crisis they encounter.
Entrepreneurs and small businesses alike, have the disadvantage that they are less protected in these kind of crisis situations. Nevertheless, business owners are facing bigger or smaller crisis on regular basis, especially in the first years of existence and somehow, the most persistent and determined of us still manage to push through. Why would this be any different?
Any crisis is defined by the immediate need of a decision and isn’t this a great opportunity in itself? No more “one day I will”, the time to act is NOW: implementing with creativity, increasing the value-added that we bring to the table and so on. In this episode, we have put together a series of tips for all the entrepreneurs out there that are looking to shift their focus and put this crisis in a different perspective.
Is being an entrepreneur just a trend or is it indeed the most wanted job in the world?
You may find that when starting your own entrepreneurship journey, your experience is completely different from that of a relative or a friend that started in similar conditions. That’s because whatever blocks you, blocks your business. And in the same time, your business can be as successful as you are. YOU are the key to your own success or failure.
In this episode, we adress 3 real and important tips to assure you are getting the best results from the time invested. Because truth be told, being an entrepreneur means 100% focus and you need to know from the beginning your “absolute must” priorities.
The truth is that entrepreneurs have relevance on the market and there are signs that being an entrepreneur is a very tempting possibility for a lot of people that are looking to have a secure financial future.
Nevertheless, this common desire brings with it a few common mistakes, that we often see, especially in our IMN Paris Business Club. Many of our members have experienced these blunders more than once.
Luckily, in business as in life, we can prevent rather than repeat obvious misconceptions about what it takes, in this cases, to really become a business owner. We explain in this episode the 5 common mistakes, so you can avoid them. Honestly, you would be surprised how many people fall for mistake nr 4 .
And as it was our custom in the first 2 seasons also, we offer practical solutions, not only answers in theory; for this episode, 5 alternative questions that you can consider before opening your own business, and in doing so, setting you up for success.
What drives people to become entrepreneurs and how do you know if this is for you? The good news is that is never too late to start the entrepreneurship journey but for most, still, working for somebody else is seen as a first option, due to the financial security. A 2018 study states that 5% of the world’s workforce are actually entrepreneurs working for themselves. The numbers have been shown to be increasing but how many are actually successful, considering the risks involved?
Are you someone that is:
Developing businesses inside businesses
Always looking for new projects
Creating new opportunities for yourself
Observing solution where others see only the problem
If you have answered yes to at least 1, you are an intuitive entrepreneur and many of the characteristics presented in this episode apply to you. Let us know if we have overlooked any important features.
In this exciting Part 1 of #YourCoaching Journey we have explored everything from dreams, to purpose, self-assurance, authenticity, trust and faith and so much more. We dived deep into negative routines and habits, limiting beliefs, assumptions and interpretations; seeing our daily patterns in a different light.
Who am I? Why am I here? - common and yet difficult questions to answer. Nevertheless, with each new episode we managed to offer some insights and reveal, through examples and clear steps, that each and every one of us has the ability to become aware of our constant need to grow and improve.
We like to believe that what we have created here in these 27 episodes is the next best thing after working with a professional coach. The evergreen quality of each topic makes it that much more important, as you revisit it each time when you have new questions or simply need some reassurance.
And so we have reached the end of Part 1 and while awaiting the new and fresh content after the summer, here are 5 important REMINDERS that you may want to even guide yourself with for a while. We know a challenge is always a good incentive: Choose one of the 5 reminders and stick with it for a month.
Thank you for listening and don’t forget to share, you never know who might need to hear this.
This "shock" moment in history started well over 6 months ago and we are now left to deal with, among other things, the extreme stress of emotional and mental fatigue. It's important to acknowledge here and now, that it's ok for us and others around, to feel tired, anxious or fearful. We are all human and our emotions are the best indicators of what kind of situations we are facing. The real question is: How do we move out of it?
In any given moment, we have 5 conscious choices that we can make:
Accept the situation
Leave a situation
Change the situation
Change the way we see the situation
When we are stressed, we are less prepared to deal with the situation that is stressing us. We know that it looks like a vicious circle, but there is actually a starting point, when we can begin the change, the shift that will shed some light on the current circumstances.
This episode focuses on 5 immediate steps we can take, on our own, to position ourselves in a better-feeling place, of understanding our mental fatigue and moving forward towards easing our emotional burden.
Every now and then, we all have those regrets that keep resurfacing, the uneasy feeling of “if only I had done that”. Why is it that we leave dreams behind? Because is too difficult, because we don’t believe it, or maybe because we are easily discouraged?
Nobody wins in the “preference” mode; if you don’t stretch your comfort level, what you prefer doing will be the only things you will stick to and this kind of mindset is very deceiving. Don’t settle down for tomorrow, or Monday, or one day. Don’t buy into the reality of tomorrow’s.
Going after goals or dreams requires a winning mindset and the method of the 4 D’s is very helpful in providing that secure basis that you can always return to:
D - Desire
D - Decide
D - Do
D - Detach
What reality do you want to build for yourself? Find out in this episode the steps to implementing the 4 D's Method.
Have you ever felt that a monster is taking over you sometimes? How come all of a sudden you can feel so down and sad?
That little voice, always negative and doubtful, that keeps reminding you off all those times you failed… if you listen to it and you feed it pessimistic thoughts…it becomes the GREMLIN. The most difficult of the 4 internal blockers, because it’s so close to who we are, that in some cases we come to believe that the gremlin is US.
How does the gremlin come to occupy our thoughts? What does it take to overcome it? Where should we start?
In this episode we are going to take our gremlin, our inner critic for a walk. And with the 5 steps that we present here, trying to understand why do we give it so much attention.
A useful tip on recognising limiting beliefs: each time we use the words “always”, “never”, “everything” , we should pay attention because there is a blockage hiding behind it.
We have tackled the GAIL scale of internal blockers here in these episodes of #YourCoachingJourney
G (Gremlin) - S2 Episode 25: The voice of our Gremlin
A (Assumptions) - S2 Episode 24: The trap of making assumptions
I (Interpretations) - S2 Episode 21: Should we believe our own interpretations?
L (Limiting beliefs) - S2 Episode 20: Break the trap of limiting beliefs
We don’t know, so we assume. An assumption becomes the Truth in the absence of proof. That’s what makes it such a powerful internal blocker.
How many times don’t we find ourselves trapped in memories of fear just because in that moment in time, we presumed that the anxiety or suspicion we felt was justified by our own reasoning, not by reality?
So we are left with the question: Is it better to face the unknown or to throw in our assumptions to compensate for the missing information?
Although working with a professional coach is better when it comes to internal blockers, there are still some significant steps we can take on our own to change the story we keep telling ourselves. And here are the 5 important ones.
What are the benefits of being famous? Does that make you the best in the business? Or maybe you think it means egocentric? Do you believe you can be famous as an #entrepreneur?
These days Social Media has the power to make anyone famous, even if for the wrong reasons. On the other hand, it all comes down to our own #interpretations and beliefs around the subject of being famous. What if we replaced it with “well known” or “recognized”?
Let yourself be challenged on this subject of #fame with these 5 steps and see if the benefits are greater than the blockage.
Having doubts and accepting them is part of growing, while self-doubts can actually prevent us from living a fulfilled life. But how do we know the difference? Do they feel the same, #doubt and self-doubt? Which one do you think, it feels like sadness and frustration?
We are focusing on doubts and self-doubts, after dealing with Limiting Beliefs in Episode 20 and Interpretations in Episode 21.
This episode focused on 5 easy steps to follow, when you are confronted with self-doubts and you would like to break free from self predictions of failure.
How much do we buy into our #excuses or into our own reality? Some people are able to move mountains just to keep going while others stop dead in their tracks and give up right where they are. Are most of us self sabotaging? We buy into our own inner #blockages because is easier, we are used to it. After all, it is our reality,no?
We started last Monday the Series about #energetic blockages with the episode about Limiting Beliefs. The second blockage as intensity on a scale of 4, the interpretation, is more connected to “us” and what we feel rather that to outside factors. Interpretations come from our past and past #experiences, that’s why they are stronger than limiting beliefs.
As always, in this episode we will talk about 5 steps to recognise and adjust our own #negative interpretations.
Feeling stuck mentally can be a way that our system is telling us that there is some work to be done and this is the way our body has found to trigger us, in order to deal with and handle this undertaking. Our internal #blockers can be real or purely created just by our own mind. But they have this power to cripple us because we chose to see them as an absolute truth.
Limiting #beliefs are just the tip of the iceberg. A negative belief puts the focus on our inability to achieve what we want and the more we believe we can’t achieve it, the more real it gets. Challenging the unfavourable deep-routed beliefs that have almost become part of our personality, is no easy task. But it can be done!
Find out in today’s episode the 5 steps to recognise and replace the beliefs that don’t serve you, by introducing #empowering expectations in your environment.
How well are your beliefs working in your life?
Patience is not the easiest of the virtues, at least not in today’s #society where we have the control at our fingertips and any second beyond our short limit feels almost undeserved. Patience is about meaning, emotions and focus and when we lack patience we are moving much further from the #results we were hoping to have in the first place.
So if we know that being impatient doesn’t work, why do we still do it? One of the great benefits of #coaching people is that you help them see the answers by changing the questions and so opening the way for improved answers to surface.
In this episode of #YourCoachingJourney we are focusing on 5 practical tips that you can apply to reevaluate and #improve your perception of what self-control is.
Being in touch with our core values creates an #alignment that resonates far beyond a momentary uplift. Deep down, we all want to be happy, and being in alignment with oneself is an important, ever fulfilling permanent skill.
In #coaching, when referring to “holographic thinking”, it means creating a 3D image of any situation, experience or feelings, and then observing it as a whole, giving attention to its 3 sides all at once. A truly complete method of looking at ourselves, through practiced attention and intention, being able to listen to all the information we are receiving. In today’s episode of #YourCoachingJourney, we will be talking about the Triangle of logic, intuition and feelings and how we can reach internal alignment.
And what if physical distancing does not necessarily mean #social distancing? During the last 2 months since the virus has set up camp in Europe, more and more people reached out and are doing “world - tours” on Social Media, communicating and connecting to each other on a deeper level than ever. But doesn’t it seem that more and more people are using these Social platforms to get their news and form their opinions on politics, recent events and current affairs? Everyone wants answers but nobody is really willing to do their research anymore.
Find out in this episode the 4 types of Social Media profiles and what are the abilities that each one holds. You get to make your own decision, where do you fit in the grand scheme of things and in this reality that is not virtual anymore, but is ever present in each moment of our lives.
In these exceptional conditions of lockdown, the efforts that we make can seem even harder to accomplish because of the difficulty of the environment, mental and physical. And since not everyone measures effort the same way, the 2 types of efforts that we may normally encounter can have totally different outcomes now. How do you judge the efforts and results that you did for yourself and others during the quarantine?
We got to experience these last 2 months, the real meaning of community and relationships. People driven by desires of true support, togetherness and improvement. And more than even, we recognised the 2 main keys in the pursuit of growing together: trust and determination.
Find out in this episode what are the steps to take in order to align your efforts with your determination and in the same time, reevaluate your results and your trust.
Doesn’t it seem that this is the perfect time to reconnect with your purpose? We have been given the gift of time so how are you spending yours? Our mind is such a powerful tool that it can travel anywhere and right now this #lockdown it only represents a geographical setback but we can still wonder the world with our thoughts.
Let’s take a moment in this episode and do an #awareness check.
Once we are aware, we can be awakened and then we can allow ourselves to be amazed.
There is a way you can become more aware of your actions and results during these confinement days: is the OPAFIT scale. Listen to this episode and find out the 5 tips on how to improve your #focus on what is really important for you.
Amongst all the fear and uncertainty, these days offer some unbelievable moments that would not have been even considered a few months ago: the best of the industries are offering free online #trainings and instant access to them, free Opera and ballet shows online, people connecting, strangers looking to help each other and so on.
Have you considered implementing new #habits and routines that will help you cope with the “new reality” that we will have to face?
We have this amazing chance to change, reconsider, #focus and reflect on some powerful questions that we would not really consider so often : who am I? What makes me happy? Find out in this Bonus episode how to ask yourself the right questions about yourself.
These are unprecedented times that we are living and depending on our life situation, each and every one of us is experiencing this #lockdown in a totally distinct way. Nobody knows how long this #confinement will last or what the consequences will be.
Instead of asking ourselves when this will be over, why not reflect on more appropriate questions? Like for example : When we focus only on what will happen tomorrow, aren’t we missing and skipping over every day of our life? Shouldn’t it be our priority to live in the NOW and make it the best we can? How much control do we actually have over death? Since it first started, the COVID 19 #threat on the world has been present everyday now for more than 3 months.
But play a little game here with us : on a scale of 1 to 10 how ready are you to go back into the world? From a personal but also a #business point of view. Go on, be honest!
Find out here the 5 steps to get you ready for the return to "normality", no matter how it will look like.
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Any type of relationship that is love conditioned creates an expectation that things will go in a specific way. This kind of judgement that we assign can result in negative #feelings once we expect a distinct behaviour from the people involved.
We invest ourselves emotionally in #friendships as these are our constants in term of loyalty, support , reciprocity, sincerity, understanding and so on. Of course everyones’s definition is different but the essence is always the same.
Reevaluating the meaning of your close relationships can result in real “aha” moments, once you ask yourself the right questions:
- do I feel like I can truly be myself around my friends?
- am I offering and receiving “quality” time when we are together?
Take an honest look at your friendships with the help of the tips and suggestions presented in this episode.
During this #lockdown period, a great opportunity is presented to us: discover (yet better said re-discover ) the amazing power of our minds. Our thoughts, feelings, emotions are now, for most of us, our allies or enemies. The #decision is ours. That is one thing we CAN control during the confinement.
Watching our #thoughts is an important part of how well we are living our lives, no matter the life conditions we may have to face.
Yet not each of us will get out of this crisis in the same way. To go more practical on how to make the best out of this exceptional time, in this Bonus episode, we are presenting 5 remarkable #attitudes you may want to implement right away in your daily routine.
How do we know if are judging someone ( or ourselves) ? Because we form an opinion about how a person IS, instead of what he/she has DONE. Think of convicted criminals for example. Isn’t it true that we assume that we know who they are, based on what they’ve done in the past, hence likely to do in the future?
This episode will explore what are the differences between #judgements and opinions, based on facts. And in case you are wondering now, yes, being quick to judge might indeed prevent us from being more #conscious about our lives and relationships.
Find out the 5 steps on how to reduce and eventually eliminate judgement and the most dangerous of all, negative self-judgement. The results will be blissful.
Have you ever heard of a crisis arriving at the right moment? Of course not!
The arrival of the #coronavirus is raising an important question for each and every one of us: how really prepared are we to anticipate a specific #crisis but more important how do we keep ourselves prepared for whatever happens? How do we react when things don’t go as planned?
There are big differences between being concerned about what is going to happen next for #businesses all over the world, and being panicked to the point of losing common sense and pushing the mind into mayhem overdrive.
The beauty of a crisis is that it forces us to see things differently. Find out in this Bonus episode what are the right questions to ask yourself now and the 5 hidden opportunities that a crisis can unveil.
There is beauty in the action of #giving and being generous. Being generous is embedded in our DNA but once we attach an emotion, waiting for a positive return in exchange for our actions , the purity of #generosity loses its meaning.
We may think that we don’t have much to offer and we often ask ourselves if we actually have someone to offer it to. The reality is that giving and sharing from a place of genuine care and totally detached from the result and outcome of our actions, that's what is missing in our current #lifestyle.
“Women’s Day” gives us another reason to celebrate #women from all over the world but the beautiful reality is that we should always start with appreciating ourselves as women, our life and our blessings.
That way, we can also observe and recognise the worth and #value of every woman that is in our life or the ones that we simply meet by chance. We can have #admiration and appraisal for everyone and anyone if we would grasp how important it is to find appreciation in the small joys of every day life .
Take a moment and truly experience the emotions of a #connection this Woman’s Day and make it unforgettable.
How many of us act daily from a place of being #genuine, true, real? To fit in society's norms, a lot of the time, we are expected to be and behave a certain way that does not contradict the establishment we find ourselves in. A good example is how showing #emotions in the work place is frowned upon as it may make other people feel uncomfortable.
However, this is taking away from our individual authenticity. Being vulnerable can expose us to judgement, is true, but allowing our self-confidence to shine through even in the face of rejection, is so #rewarding and liberating.
Our lives seem to have us on a treadmill, a never-ending cycle of doing, running, consuming, wanting more but in the same time forgetting the simple ( and usually free) experiences that give us joy and peace. We all know that #happiness is subjective and what we should always remember, is that is totally up to us to decide what this joyful life should look like.
In this episode of your #coaching journey, find out the 5 step process of bringing to life the #design of your ideal life-experience. The rule of the 5 D's is a clear recipe for your best manifestations.
Most people aim for financial #security. But what is the price you have to pay in order to have your #finances provide for the ever growing demand of your #lifestyle? I guess we are right in saying the more you have, the more you want. The world around us is full of these kind of examples .
Sacrificing time and energy, adding fear and stress to our daily life... these are the collateral damage of financial security . And at the end of it all, it may seem that the illusion of financial security is managing your life .
In this episode of your #coaching journey, we are looking at 5 steps to get out of this illusion and get back control over your life
Deciding if we're gonna have a good day or a bad day is entirely up to us. But better yet, what if we took advantage of the fact that it's a NEW day and we are the creators of the #emotions tat manifest throughout the day?
Do you ever stop to wonder what makes a good day a good day and a great life a great life? It all starts with control... over yourself and your daily #routines.
Contrary to popular #beliefs, the quality of life is not entirely or necessarily related to income, success or welfare. find out in this episode the 5 forgotten tips on how to see immediate #improvement in your daily life.
Everything in life is a choice and the beauty of living is that we can decide to #change at any moment .
When we settle into a mundane routine, it robs us of #diversity and exploration of self. Time seems to be flying and the feeling of loosing control starts to weight us down.
Luckily is also up to us to implement the changes. A new road to the same #destination if you will.
Breaking a routine or a habit that no lover serves you, starts sometimes with changing one small thing a week. But consistency is the key.
What we want should be fairly easy to express in words, right? Somehow in many cases, when we are asked this question, we give vague and unclear #answers.
In this episode of Your #coaching Journey, we look at the "Why" and the "How" of the inability to express ourselves clear and determined when it comes to the million- dollars question : " What do YOU want in life"?
* why are we not sure and explicit when it comes to our #goals?
* how to approach the subject of dreams and desires - 5 easy steps to get clarity
Wouldn't it be great if we could connect to that Higher Power part of our brain? To the intuition, to the overwhelming feelings of #happiness, just like when we were children?
Of course we can and we do it more often than we think. DREAMING is what can help us step out of our daily #routine. Daydreams and night dreams are our way of tapping into the amazing power of our #minds and the freedom of #creativity.
Find out in this episode of Your #coaching Journey, the 5 easy tips on how to prepare our brain, in order to receive the impulses and glimmers sent by our subconscious.
Without planning, what are the chances of your #goals becoming a reality?
In order for the New You to make a New Plan for 2020, we will be discussing in this Bonus episode, the 7 Steps Formula on how to consciously choose and create a clear path towards your dreams, now that we are stepping into a new decade.
These steps will create a solid base where you can build a trustworthy and valid action plan, starting with finding a blissful, grateful and light-hearted way to say good-bye to old #beliefs and habits , and welcome the New You.
As it happens every New Year, the perspective of something new always brings hope and freshness into our lives. But let's take a moment to consider the concept of " New Year, New You". Do you really want to leave everything behind that happened this year? You still have a few hours left, give yourself the gift of spending some time with yourself and your thoughts.
What was this year really about?
How relevant will be in 5 years the bad moments that you had to deal with ? Don't discount the whole #experience just because the result was not the one you were hoping for. Once you regain the #awareness, you can create an improved year starting right where you are .
Happy New You in 2020!
A collection of bonus interviews with driven, powerful #coaches and business owners like JT Foxx and Randi Zuckerberg and successful celebrities like Jewel, Charlie Sheen and Vanilla Ice. They may be known for their acting or singing careers but behind the scenes they are working hard as #entrepreneurs that chased their dreams, pursued their interests and sometimes made tough #decisions that are unknown to the public at large.
But it seems obvious that the subject of #coaching and consulting is present in all areas of #business, from multinationals that want to stay ahead of time to small business owners that are investing in their growth.
Oh, L-O-V-E! Our deepest source of happiness and at times, the source of our deepest suffering . The expression of love varies from culture to culture and it may not come as easy to everyone because of beliefs, traditions, customs and the list can go on. But luckily in todays's society, one subject has become more meaningful and relevant : self-love, at times the hardest one to accept.
The way we talk to ourselves, the beliefs we hold true about our own personality, how we take care of our body and mind; these are all forms of self-love. A few simple and helpful tips are included with today's episode on how to start change and conciously choose to improve the relationships we have with ourselves.
Have you ever looked at the world from the #perspective of people being "givers" and "takers" ? Giving provides a sense of #fulfilment by doing what is right, adding and creating #value for other people. This is what comes natural for a giver. But what is the price he has to pay in the long-run?
Do you know what are their biggest frustrations ? Or what happens when the giver stops giving?
In this episode we are offering 5 useful tips to achieve #balance : become an effective giver while keeping your energy resources and attention on yourself also.
As #entrepreneurs or in our personal lives, we all need to understand that giving to ourselves makes us even better givers for others.
A #challenge or a setback are the perfect opportunities when we want to change something about ourselves or about our #business. As an #entrepreneur, you can achieve any #goal, anything you set your mind to... as long as it is relative and important to your existence.
In this session of your #coaching journey, find out the practical ways to start embracing challenges and set your limits on fire.
Behind every business, there is an #entrepreneur, a human being with feelings, fears and internal blocks. Choosing to deal with your emotions, rather than pretending they doesn't exist , is a much more liberating and uplifting process. It may be difficult on your own, but as a part of this #coaching journey, in this episode we take an honest look at how to better understand the message our feelings are conveying.
Your level of comfort dictates the state of your #emotions and since there is no such thing as a "bad" emotion, feeling are here to guide you, on your way to a richer life experience.
Your internal #energy has a very important role on everything that concerns the daily activities. Overthinking , feeling overwhelmed, mental and emotional tiredness, all these can leave us feeling drained and without #motivation . And also, it may happen that even without realising, we let external factors influence us to a degree that we activate negative #feelings just because of a small change in our environment.
Whenever you need a #boost of confidence or a shift in your energy flow, try these 5 simple but effective hacks that can instanly put you in a better feeling place, just enough sometimes to reverse the downward spiral of emotions.
Before we reject or accept the idea of receiving #coaching for our #business or our personal life, how well do we know what coaching really does for an individual or for an #entrepreneur? Have you heard the most common reasons and excuses why people reject the idea of being coached?
This episode sheds some light on what having a #coach can do for even the most successful people.
But the most important clarity in today's episode is that it explains what coaching ISN'T and why it shouldn't be confused with consulting, mentoring, advising or even therapy.
For more info please visit www.ipeccoaching.com
No journey can happen if you are not prepared to change your old ways, in order to receive #coaching and guidance . Change is always an opportunity, no matter how far away from your comfort zone it might feel.
Find out in this first episode of #YourCoachingJourney , the 5 tips that will help you get into the #mindset of change, that is happening all the time and all around us .
No matter if we talk about #business coaching for #entrepreneurs or in our personal life, the journey starts with change.
Raluca spoke on stage at the Mega Success Event 2017, in California. Here she has shared with over 2500 #entrepreneurs, her secrets of #networking and how to build a global network of quality, powerful people,
This is what this first season was also about. In #Connect&MakeaDifference we have detailed the ingredients of a successful network:
N - net value
E - Energy
T - Transformation
W - World
O - Outcome free
R - Recognition
K - Knowledge
Each of these concepts are described one by one in the episodes of the podcast
At the end of the first season of the #GrowNOW Podcast, I would like to thank you for your interest and present you with The 7 Skills to building a high Impact Network.
The most important step after acquiring a skill is to practice it daily until it becomes "natural" to you, easy and comfortable. Going from connections and net value to strength and growth, these skills will help implement visible change and #progress in the way you are #networking.
Please visit my website https://impact-2c.com/ for more tips and helpful resources.
What was presented in this Season 1 "Connect and Make a Difference" are the skills and strategies for a different approach to what #networking could be, on a professional or personal level. And today's notion of expanding Knowledge does not necessarily refer to more information or #business data, but it sheds light on self-discovery, awareness, and inclusion.
More than an exchange of information, you and your network are connecting and accessing a Global knowledge that allows each and every person to be a teacher in their own right.
No matter what kind of relationships we are talking about: #business, sentimental, family, friendships or #networking, we have to appreciate people's individual value and what they are bringing into the exchange; be it big or small. Giving recognition and being #grateful for any interaction, will make all your relationships valuable and relevant.
Find out in this episode about Recognition what it takes to build, transform and grow your network by looking at the impact others have on our lives.
Sometimes the results, the dream, the objective, the goal that you are chasing is the most important thing in your life. But are you spending all of your time focusing on what would or should happen? Don't you feel that is taking time and energy away from what you could do right now to further advance that dream?
Being "Outcome free" means that you define the goal and the objective first, but afterward, you spend time on the actions that you can do right now, living the connections that you create and the decisions you are taking. Find out in this episode if you have a Mastery or Transactional approach to your life, your #network, your #business.
We live in an era where we should celebrate #diversity and inclusion, not run away from it. We are all global beings and the more you allow the world to change you, the sooner you will change the world. Diversity is the backbone of building an amazing #network and being part of a diverse society, will amplify your habits and experiences.
An essential component of #networking is being able to get out of your comfort zone and connect on a real level. So in order to allow yourself to do and see things differently, you have to be transformative in a conscious way. Find out in this episode what are the key ingredients of the transformative process.
Your #attitude can determine how your day goes, but having the right energy will help you connect on a deeper level, both in #business and your personal life. To be able to operate from a place of reinvigorating and expanding #energy is definitely an important skill to have .
Your Net Value is the sum of all the quality business and personal relations that help you improve and #grow. In connecting with people, is important to bring to the table the same #value that you wish to receive. In this episode you will find how to use your core values in order to transform your #business and your life.
Welcome to #Connect&MakeADifference, the 1st season of the Podcast #GrowNow. We chose Networking as an opening topic for this season, as it is the first one of the key skills that are the base of every #business. No matter where you are in the world, as a business owner, or business owner to be, it is important to be connected with other #entrepreneurs, as that is the starting point for future financial and social growth.
In Paris, France we have created IMN Paris for this very reason, to offer a support and accountability environment for international entrepreneurs.