I Want to Stop Being a Witch

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“I don’t just want to stop being an employee, she volunteered, I want to stop being a witch.”

That’s what a new client said as we discussed what she wanted to do with her future. She has given me permission to share her comment but I am sure she is really saying what many people are thinking.

You see, when you are in a soul sucking job; one with a toxic environment, or a boss who is a narcissist or maybe one that makes you feel like someone you hardly recognize, it’s likely you might be just plain nasty and often to those you care about the most.

My client shared that she always saw herself as a tolerant, open-minded, generous person but that in the past two years, she had become sarcastic, narrow-minded and impatient.

“I come home not just tired but I’m often angry and every little thing sets me off. It’s like I spend all day holding it together and then when I leave I just explode.”

Truth be told, she is in a very difficult work situation. The culture there is undermining every effort she puts forth. She feels sabotaged at every turn. Often a project is praised one day and then completely ripped apart the next. The unpredictability of her boss and the lack of any company cohesiveness would have taken a toll on most people.

While her situation may be far different than one you are dealing with, any time our work impacts our lives in a negative manner, there is cause for concern. Sure, there are days at any job, even when you own your own business, when you will feel frustrated but working in an environment where you chronically feel “like a witch”, always angry or impatient,often taking out your frustrations at home with loved ones is just a disaster in progress.

My client is going to be okay. She’s started to work on her plan to launch her business, has a time frame and steps to reach her goal. Each time we speak, she is feeling more upbeat and positive.

She has made the choice to stop hoping things will change and start creating the steps she needs to remove herself from that situation,earning an income in a way she doesn’t feel compromised.

I don’t know what your situation is like but I do know if you cringe every night when you think about going into work the next day, if you find yourself crying about your job or feeling depressed just thinking about it, or if you feel like you have no way out and come home feeling like a witch or worse, then you should seek help.

Staying at a job that is changing your personality, perspective and inner peace will gradually start to infiltrate other aspects of your life. You may look in the mirror and wonder what happened to that positive and pleasant person you knew who felt full of potential and who was excited about the future.

When you have stayed too long at a place that is not a fit for you, it’s easy to find yourself feeling like someone who is only in your element as a witch, a nag, a complainer, or a resentful, ungrateful stranger.

Our work should be a reflection of our best skills, our passion, our true interest and our creativity. When you are asked to compromise your real self and take on a persona just to cope and get through the day, the impact starts to take a toll.

For some people, there is emotional impact, some experience physical symptoms and some feel like the witch my client described.

You may have bills, responsibilities and have to have an income, but ask yourself whether how you are earning it is costing you more than what you are really getting out of your job.

When that answer becomes a resounding,”Yes”, stop kidding yourself. Each day changes you a little more. Before you totally become someone you never wanted to be, start putting the pieces together to break free, to create a plan, to escape and move toward a better fit.

There is another way. Let’s talk. I know I can help you leave your broom behind.

What does your job make you feel like?

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WANT TO versus HAVE TO

Imagine:

  • Wanting to wake up early versus having to wake up early
  • Getting to change directions versus having to change directions
  • Getting to be in specific circumstances versus having to be in specific circumstances
  • Getting to be deserving of more versus having to settle for less

 Wanting to Go to Work Instead of Having to

How much of a difference would it make in your life if you were:

  • Getting to make as much money as you wanted versus having to make a set income?
  • Wanting to work as much or little as you wanted rather than having to punch a clock?
  • Getting to work with whomever you chose rather than having to work with whomever you’re told?
  • Getting to work wherever you wanted rather than having to work in a specific location?
  • Wanting to make a living doing what you love rather than having to make a living doing what you do?
  • Getting to be a better version of yourself rather than having to be someone you don’t even recognize anymore?

Most of you would say it would make a huge difference because YOU would be making the choices rather than having them made for you. Starting your own business is not for everyone, but sometimes it is the ONLY thing for some people.

Starting your own business is a serious commitment and certainly will be some of the hardest work you do, but then again, you’ll be doing it for you, on your terms, choosing who you work with, when you work, and where you work.

I can honestly tell you being a business owner was one of the hardest things I have ever worked at AND I can honestly tell you it was one of the best decisions I ever made.

Maybe you are tired of helping someone else be successful. Maybe you are tired of exchanging your hours for income that barely pays the bills. Maybe you are frustrated working in a culture that is toxic and sucks the joy out of you. Maybe you leave your job each day feeling it has robbed you of the kind of person you used to be and instead has created someone you don’t even like living with anymore.

Been there. It really is the pits, isn’t it?

Sometimes you have to ask yourself if there is more to life than just HAVING to do what you really don’t WANT to do anymore.

Then you have to ask yourself what you are willing to do to get what you WANT

Then You Get to Make a Choice

No, you don’t HAVE to, you get to. You can choose how to get from where you HAVE to be and what you HAVE to do to where you WANT to be and what you WANT to do.

And guess what?

Once you choose you will GET to where you WANT to be and GET to do what you WANT to do.

How do I know that?  I did it. Not once, but twice.

And…You don’t have to quit your job or change your entire life to do it. I didn’t.

But you will HAVE to make that choice if you WANT TO.

That’s my job. Every day I help someone put the pieces together to move from a day job to the DREAM JOB they want to be doing. Check out what some of them have had to say.

I’d like to be on your team. I know I can help you GET what you WANT instead of settling for what you HAVE.

Let’s talk. There’s no obligation and you know you have been thinking about this since forever.

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It’s About Time and that Dream Job

Let’s face it. It is about time. It’s always about time. It never fails when I work with clients, they often say “It’s about time” but WHY they say it often separates those who are committed and those who are still making excuses.

Where Are You On the About Time Spectrum?

I can always tell when I speak with a client who really wants nothing more than to change the direction of their career. They are all about doing whatever it takes to make that dream happen and even when it seems there will be some significant obstacles to overcome, they are seldom deterred, otherwise focused on creating a master plan for the day they can exit their day job and become a business owner. As that day nears, and often considerably before, I hear these comments:

“It’s about time I took control of my future.”

“It’s about time I left that job that made me miserable all the time.”

“I am so glad that I finally decided it was about time to stop playing their game and start playing mine.”

“My husband(wife) says it’s about time I am making the money I deserve.”

They realized what they wanted and went for it, because they realized, “It’s about time”.

Then there are those who want the same thing; more freedom to do what they love, have unlimited earning potential and be their own boss, but their comments don’t reflect the same kind of “It’s about Time” spirit. Their comments sound more like:

“I really want to have my own business but it’s just not the right time.
“It’s all about time and I have none left after I’m done working 40 plus hours a week.

“I’ve wanted to do this since I was young but there’s no time to ever get started.”

” I wish I had the time to really get this idea off the ground.”

“I know I could be successful if I had more time.”

Their comments about time reflect excuses, frustrations and especially lack of control.

For some people. there really is no time like the present. They are done telling themselves, “someday” and finished allowing another person’s schedule to dictate how they spend their days.” Yet, for others time seems elusive, unforgiving and most of all unable to be used to their benefit.

And…You know what. They are both right!

How to Get Time To Work for You

Everyone has 24 hours in a day. We decide how we use that time. Many of my clients are working a full time job or even more than one job and are raising families, going to school or taking care of a loved one. Some of their schedules would make you want to just pull the covers up over your head and not face another day, but I can assure you they do not see their 24 hours as limited or even restricted. No, they see every free minute as potential, a get out of jail free card, as one more chance to go after their dream.

You see, time is perception. Everyone gets the same amount but each person decides how to use it. How are you using your time? Is it the same old excuse or a motivation for change?

Ready to learn how to create the time you need to make your Dream Job happen? Join me for a FREE TELESEMINAR on THURSDAY January 19 at 8:00 p.m. EST and learn the tricks to creating your dream job even if you HAVE NO TIME! (Can’t attend…no problem, you’ll get the replay if you sign up)

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How Much Will This Cost Me?

One of the first questions clients often ask me is, “How much will this cost me?” and although I publish my rates people often automatically ask that question immediately.

I don’t mind because I think it’s important to know what you are paying for, but I always wonder if clients ever imagine what it will cost them if they don’t  pursue investing in something for their benefit?

What does it cost you if you don’t seek medical help? Sometime it could cost you a life!

What does it cost you if you choose not to invest in life insurance? Well, it could cost your family their future.

What does it cost if you don’t invest in repairing your car? Possibly long term transportation or worse perhaps a tragic accident.

It’s common to ask, “How much will this cost me?” 

But the better question might be, “What is the price I will pay in the long run if I don’t make this investment?”

Investing in the things that help you achieve peace of mind, security, safety or advancement can be life changing.

So, while I absolutely want my clients to know what their cost will be, I also want them to realize that staying stuck in a situation they dislike, remaining in a job they hate, being bored in a career for decades or missing an opportunity to create a dream business can cost more than they can measure over their lifetime. The price they pay is often a lifetime of discontent and lack of purpose.

HAVING SOME SKIN IN THE GAME CHANGES THE PROGRESS, OUTCOME and INTENTION.

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That’s why I love to share this story.One of our former neighbors, Ed, was a financial adviser and a good friend. When he was at a social gathering another neighbor, who I will call Bob, approached him and asked for some advice about an investment. Ed shared a few tips and moved on.

Several weeks later, Bob approached Ed again, this time while at a sports event,mentioning he needed some advice about funding some of his mother’s medical expenses. He asked a few question and again my friend, Ed offered some suggestions and it seemed that was the end of it.

UNTIL…Bob saw Ed coming out of a hardware store one day and mentioned that he had a few questions he just wanted to bounce off of him if he had a few minutes.  Ed finally said, ” Here’s my card, why don’t you give my office a call and we can schedule an appointment and go over any questions you have then?”

“But, if I schedule an appointment I will have to pay you, right?” asked Bob.

” Well yes”, said, Ed,”But if you don’t, I’m going to send you a bill for all the times I have given you help which I never charged you for!”

“But we’re friends, I’m your neighbor!” Bob responded.

“That’s just the point!” shot back Ed, “Friends know friends have to eat too!”

It’s easy for people to take advantage of your skills and expertise in the name of friendship.

I tell people something I believe is very true. ONCE YOU PUT SOME SKIN IN THE GAME, THE RULES CHANGE.

Expectations are made. People are more intentional and dedicated. Action becomes a verb and it’s a win/win situation.

The reason something costs you is because it SHOULD be worth something and often when you don’t want to pay for it, it says you don’t think you’re worth the cost or the effort you will have to put into it.

You want a doctor who is worth your time and money. You want a babysitter who is worth the price you pay. You want a meal that is worth the cost and you should want the services you need from others to be worth what you pay.

But if you don’t want to pay anything then your expectation should be not to expect anything either.

It’s like Ed stated, ” Friends have to eat too.”

If you are hesitating moving forward with something you really want or need because of the cost, take a moment and ask what price you will pay if you delay pursuing it, if you continue to make excuses or put off the obvious, if you choose to settle for something less effective or even less costly?

If you really want to see change, you often have to put some skin in the game.

You often pay a price no where near the cost of something by choosing to not have skin in the game.

 

Ready to start being your own Bo$$ and creating a business you love instead of a job you have to do?

If you’re not ready to invest some skin, that’s okay. Kathy offers a FREE 1/2 hr consult. Just complete the form HERE. If you don’t even take advantage of FREE, perhaps you really don’t want it as badly as you say you do.

 

 

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The Curse of Next Year Will Be Different.

So, you think next year will be different…AGAIN?

Everyone starts out with a level playing field but only those with the best strategies reach the most success.

 

One loss, one false move, one wrong decision and the chance to have it all might have to wait until “Next Year”. Well, that’s true of college football anyway.

I love college football. I love watching amateurs play with their hearts. I love that they are still green and not motivated by money or fame but mostly just the love of the game. Yes, there are obvious mistakes which the pros seldom make but that’s what makes the game so interesting to me.

Players go into each game hoping for a perfect or near perfect record and a chance for the national championship. So many teams, only one spot and there are often Cinderella stories each year.

Sometimes it’s just a missed kick, bad call or hesitation that removes the chance to move on.

Either way, at the end of the season there’s always, “Next Year” and for some teams, the work to perfect skills so the next year really is better, starts nearly as soon as the current season ends.

Sometimes I meet clients who have been telling themselves “Next Year” for much longer than a season.They finish each year telling themselves next year will be different and begin each new year enthusiastically but before long they find themselves defeated, at an impasse, and then the enthusiasm wanes, the motivation dissolves and the goal of “being different” dead ends into being “more of the same.”

Maybe this is your story.Maybe you are already telling yourself “next year”will be different but what have you done to assure that it really WILL be the year you reach your goal?

Football teams make changes, tweak plays, recruit new blood and develop new strategies but if you just go into 2017 with the same resolve as when you entered 2016 but no official playbook, you might as well just roll over and cry, “uncle” already, because you most likely will end up at the end of 2017 where you are right now; not where you wanted to be.

Without a plan, you’ll just be giving lip service to a year that ends much the same as every previous year.

I’d love to help you make 2017 your most amazing year ever. I know I can help you develop the plan to move from your day job to a dream business so that you won’t be wishing for a different end for 2017.  Check out the testimonials on the site and see how I helped others achieve what was once only a dream. I can show you how to take an idea and create a business around it. I can help you move into work you love instead of a job you hate.

If you already own a business that is not really growing, I can help you get that business moving in the right direction, gaining clients, increasing your revenue and creating the business you always dreamed it could be.

Stop telling yourself next year will be different and start doing something different to assure that.

Get on a complimentary call with me. There’s no obligation and it WILL be something different than you have done before. Start the year getting all the help you can. Let’s do this. Let’s make next year the one that really makes all the difference in your life.

Schedule a FREE consultation and stop saying, “next year will be different” forever and start making it so, today.

I promise to see you on the successful side of 2017!

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Everyone starts out on a level playing field but those with the best strategies reach the most success.

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The Worst That Can Happen

There is a new trend to select a “word of the year” for personal motivation, I however, think the phrase, ” What’s the worst that can happen?” might be mine. It’s been a pretty stressful ten days but looking back, the worst that can happen, didn’t, yet, and even if it does I think my perspective is a bit different, considering.

Let me explain, A little more than a week ago, I was traveling back from an appointment and stopped at a local post office, a woman in front of me was trying to juggle a large package, several smaller ones and all while holding the hand of a small child. I ran up to get the door for her, holding my keys in my hand, just as I stretched open the door, her little boy turned around to reach up towards his mom, hit the keys in my hand, which promptly fell and got stuck in a grate right outside the post office.

Everyone inside the office was busy and there was a long line. I tried to figure out a way to pull the keys out but it seemed my remote was somehow wedged between the bars of the grate.

Her little boy started whining, she was visibly upset and mortified and we both realized the keys were not going to come out. In my mind, I thought, ” My husband has keys I can copy and I’ll just call him and wait until he can come and get me.” ( He works about an hour away from where I was). But, then I realized he was in a meeting several hours away until the end of the day, and my car was locked and I had no keys to get in anyway. “I’ll just call the dealer where I bought the car and see if they can help,” I mused. Ah, yes, the phone, the phone was also in my car.( but of course).

I had a phone consult scheduled for later in the day which I was going to most likely not make and even if I wanted to reschedule it, I had no phone to call and do that. I was also scheduled to do a phone interview for a radio show and realized that was going down the tubes as well. I asked the lady if I could possibly borrow her phone and while she was more than willing, I couldn’t seem to get her phone(slowly dying) to keep mobile data on so I could search the internet and get the phone numbers I needed to call. I started to think my efforts to help the woman were being sabotaged, when a postal employee came out to say he had called the police. Thirty minutes later, they had my keys out of the grate and I was on my way home just in time to make that phone consult. HELP ARRIVED!

So, perhaps you noticed quite a break between the last blog post and this one. Turns out I updated my website a few days ago and everything promptly froze. My landing pages were gone and the arduous process of trying to get things up and running again started. My web developer would probably have had this fixed in a heartbeat but of course, he was out of the country visiting family! Feeling that a black cloud was making its beeline towards me, I searched forums, talked with other developers, my hosting administrator and about every other person I could think of. We finally determined it was a plug in that would not handle the new update. When I contacted the developers of the plug in, I was told they knew it was a glitch and were trying to get it fixed asap but it might be a few days.

A few days? Sales were halted. People were not getting responses to scheduling and contacting me and then because it appeared there was malware on my site, Google alerted me. (No malware, just glitches in the plug-in). I couldn’t even get into my site so my back-ups couldn’t be uploaded. The worst that could happen was that the site would simply disappear and at that point, filled with exasperation trying to understand FTP, SQL and a million other anachronisms techies throw around to make the rest of us look insignificant, I wondered if maybe someone was trying to tell me something.

“Well, the worst that can happen is my site will just disappear and I will have to start all over again,” I told myself. It definitely felt like the worst was happening.

This morning, the developers of the plug in, sent me an update, somehow magically repaired it and…here I am! There are still problems but at least HELP HAD ARRIVED!

Through all this, I spent so much time trying to get keys, retrieve that gift and fix the website that Christmas cookies didn’t get baked nor cards get sent so I decided maybe I could start to catch up on those things, except I awoke yesterday with a migraine that grew into the worst headache of my life along with chills,an upset stomach and other fine things I am sure you don’t want to know.

The worst that can happen is maybe it will be store bought cookies and Happy New Year cards.

The worst often feels like the worst just before help arrives.

So, do you ever fear the worst that can happen in your career or business is starting to rear its ugly head? I know. Sometimes even your best of intentions can simply create more chaos. The worst that can happen, won’t, if you let HELP ARRIVE.

Schedule a complimentary call and tell me your worst career or business issue. Turns out, I have experience with those types of things, trust me.

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Stuck in The Slump?

You need only to glance around to know what time of the year it is. Somewhere between “too much to do” and “not enough time to do it” started a few weeks ago. One major holiday nearly followed by another and a year winding down way too quickly.

It’s easy this time of year to get into “The Slump”. You know, that feeling that being productive is wasted on too many inattentive eyes and ears with too many other things to think about.

There are often two ways people approach this time of year: they either ramp up their efforts to improve productivity or they become resigned to coasting for the next few weeks and blame it on the season.

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Allowing yourself to become victim of “The Slump” can be the most unproductive and ineffective response you will have all year. Why? Because people who truly want to be successful in the coming year are already developing a plan to make that happen. If you decide to simply lay back and coast until this year is through, you will have to dig yourself out of a deeper hole come next year just to get started.

Getting into “The Slump” as the year winds down often means you resign yourself to not completing what you set out to do in 2016 and although you promise things will be different next year, you now have another several weeks of no real action plan and no movement forward.

Blame the season for the reason but many times “The Slump” is really just an excuse to not have to get started in the first place.

Maybe your slump started earlier in the year and the holidays just help you justify it with more appeal.

Perhaps you have allowed “The Slump” to be your excuse not just during this time of year but anytime you set a goal but don’t develop any action plan to see it through.  Most of the time when people get into “The Slump” they already have a bushel full of reasons why this is not the best time to move on with their goals.

It’s often easy to use all types of excuses for “The Slump”. Telling yourself it’s too late in the year,it’s too busy of a time to make efforts worth it, there are too many distractions to be successful, any excuse to slide through the next few weeks often is just a pattern of more of the same.

Are you fueling your slump by adding excuse after excuse and getting stuck in the cycle of sameness no matter what time of year it is? Then, maybe it really is time to STOP the madness and do something entirely unexpected this time of year. Maybe it’s time to get busy starting a goal you set and never achieved in 2016.

Here are FIVE ways to dig yourself out of The Slump before this year ends.

  1. Identify the goal you haven’t reached.
  2. Identify the first step you need to take.( Sometimes it means just throwing out the goodies that tempt you, going to the gym, scheduling the appointment you have been avoiding, calling a coach for assistance getting your business started, listing your expenses and income and starting a budget)
  3. Budget at least 60 minutes each week to work on your goal (spend time buying healthy food,start walking at lunch time, meet with a mentor, read, take a class, sign up for some online training).
  4. Ask a friend, mentor or family member to hold you accountable to putting your time and energy into your commitment. Check in with them regularly from now until the end of the year.
  5. Get a 2017 calendar and pick a date when you want to reach your goal.

Small steps but you’re already further than you would be if you did nothing and the best part, when 2017 rolls around in a few weeks, well you’re not crawling out of a slump and trying to start again, you’ve already got a handle on a plan.

 

Want to launch a business in the new year or just start a new career? I offer a complimentary 30 minute consult if you want to ask some questions, get suggestions or just want to run an idea by me. There’s NO COST so don’t continue in a slump, let’s create a plan for the most successful year ever!!

SCHEDULE YOUR COMPLIMENTARY CONSULT

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How About A Slice of Mediocrity?

 

Slice of mediocrity

 

“Would you like a slice of Mediocrity, because most people spend their lives happy with that?”

Well of course you wouldn’t, but that is just what I was asked by an established business owner after I had just started my first business. My father recommended I ask him to lunch because he was sure I could learn much from him.

I really didn’t want to ask him to lunch because I thought that was awkward and I really didn’t think he could help me in my business anyway, since he was working in a business vastly different from the one I was starting. It just seemed like a waste of time to me.

But, my father insisted and offered to set up the lunch, and wanting to please my dad, I went, reluctantly.

Well, I  will never forget that question because as a newbie, I wanted to make my business the best it could be and hearing him say that really peaked my interest.

He explained how many people “settle” for wherever they end up just because it’s convenient and after we settle once, it’s much easier to do the same again and again.”

“Mediocrity doesn’t kill the soul instantly. It just lets it die a slow death.”  he offered.

“People tend to get comfortable with mediocrity because it pays the bills and gets them through life, but those who want to do so much more with life, never settle for a slice of mediocrity, when they can order up whatever they want.”

Turns out even today, HE WAS RIGHT!
Many people settle for mediocrity in a career because it pays the bills. Business owners settle for running a mediocre business because it isn’t dead yet and many people settle for a mediocre life because they believe that’s just normal.

Maybe that’s what you have done. Settling for less than you deserve because you believe you can’t get what you really do want is accepting a slice of mediocrity.

How many times have you said, “Thank-you” to a career, job, relationship. life situation or even business that you didn’t want because you didn’t say, “No, I prefer the Slice of Life I really can enjoy!” ?

That lunch date changed my perspective forever. Every time a major decision whether in business or life had to be made, I heard him say, ” Would you like a slice of Mediocrity?” and it often helped me decide which direction I really wanted to go in.

Yes, Sometimes it meant choosing a more strategic path, putting in some extra effort or even saying “No” to something that looked appealing on the surface but had no real substance below, but I can assure you I have never regretted choosing the Slice of Life I really wanted.

I want the same for you. I want you to get the slice of life you really want.  It’s possible, no matter where you are now, because life is created fresh daily. The thing is most people fill up on mediocrity first because it’s convenient, easy and accessible.

But, I know, you can change that selection. I really want to make this year, the year you go after the Slice of Life You Really Want.

I promise to do EVERYTHING I can to help you achieve that goal.

I hope you’ll let me serve you YOUR BEST SLICE OF LIFE.

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If you’re tired of more of the same, maybe it’s time to walk on the “wild side” and get beyond your safety net and do the things your heart has been trying to get you to do.

If one of those things is to start your own business or create a second income stream, let’s talk about how to do that before you regret the things you haven’t done. Come on over and sign up for a Complimentary Consult. Why you miss out on the things life offers that are FREE?

Start your No Regrets Life now.

This post first appeared on December 13, 2015
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What Waiting Really Costs You

 

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I hate to be the bearer of news that might frighten you, but if you are like most people. you are most likely not even remotely thinking of Christmas until at least after Thanksgiving, even though as I am typing this blog post, you have less than 50 days (Yikes!) to decorate, purchase and wrap gifts, bake, and plan your holiday get-togethers.

Okay, that is only the beginning of the news that might get your heart in a tizzy.

Ever wait to purchase something (toys, tickets to an event, that outfit you had your eye on) only to discover you lost out because you waited too long?

Some people tend to do that with a lot of plans they have for their lives as well, costing them missing out  experiences because they just waited too long.

Waiting seems to be the tactic many people resort to whenever they can’t or won’t make a decision.

You know the drill. You have an idea. You think perhaps it has some merit, but there is so much to do in the meantime that you put it on the back burner and you wait. Maybe this is you. Maybe you have had so many plans and dreams on the back burner for so long, you don’t even know how to begin to resurrect them.

Some people have been waiting all their lives to earn a degree, switch careers, start a business, write a book, launch an idea and the truth is they have paid a bigger cost than they may have realized by waiting.

Perhaps waiting has cost you a chance to work in a career you only dreamed of, or has cost you an opportunity someone who wasn’t waiting, seized. Waiting often costs us in terms of happiness, contentment, peace of mind and satisfaction of a job well done.  Waiting often robs us of years of joy because we simply believe the opportunity will always be there and the resources will eventually turn up.

In the meantime, life and time move on.

I even had one client whose dream died with her. Check out this post if you want to learn more about her story.

The point is waiting is not just postponing what you want, it often is denying yourself what you want by deferring to some cosmic point and time when it just feels “right”.

Trust me when I say that if you are waiting to launch your dream career or business, it will never feel “right”. You will always have fears, doubts, anxieties and numerous obstacles in your way, because, well, because life is messy and things happen and waiting often changes nothing but how much time is left to live out your purpose and reach your goals.

So, let’s take some inventory about what you did over the past year to get a little closer to your dream.

Did you take some steps to reach your goals or did you talk yourself out of investing time and money by waiting to “see what would happen”?

How much closer to what you want are you than you were a year, 6 months or even three weeks ago?

You see, one thing waiting really costs is your resolve.

Waiting steals your momentum and exchanges it for uncertainty. Waiting becomes your new normal and taking action becomes scarier and less appealing with each minute.

I’m working with some clients on a telecourse called “Fix it…First Aid for Your Struggling Business.” and you know what each one shared when I asked why they waited to fix their business? Nearly everyone said they were hoping in time, things would turn around.”

Waiting for things to turn around often costs people revenue, health, clearer perspectives and sometimes relationships.

What do you really want to accomplish in the coming year. Let’s face it, this one is winding down and will be over in just a few weeks. I know you can’t think about 2017 now, but do you want to spend another year waiting to move ahead?

Haven’t you already spent enough time waiting? How much more is waiting going to steal from your future?

I’d love to get you started in a business that you are no longer waiting to launch. Check out the programs at BE YOUR OWN BO$$ and ENCORE ENTREPRENEUR or just schedule a COMPLIMENTARY CONSULT and let’s create a plan that stops you from spinning your wheels just waiting.

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The Sweet Spot of Success

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Unless you live under a rock, you know who Oprah Winfrey, Michael Phelps, Serena Williams, Leonardo DiCaprio and Michael Hyatt are. They are all the best at what they do. But, they didn’t get to that sweet spot without help. Everyone of them had a coach who helped them reach their potential…EVERY ONE!

Sure, there are successful people who have never had any type of coach, but to really be the best at what you do often requires specific tactics, strategies,and exercises that help you hone your skills.

Maybe you have a musically inclined child. What’s the best way to help them become a skilled musician? Get them a music instructor! Want to be on track to make the best investments for your future? A financial coach can help you make practical and prudent decisions. Have a new dog you’re trying to teach appropriate behavior to? Yes, an investment in a dog trainer can help our furry friend be at his best.

If you are planning a career move especially a move that is going to be as an entrepreneur, having a coach can be the smartest thing you will ever do. Trust me, as a business owner for over 25 years, I found a coach who helped me achieve my goals every step of the way. When I was looking to write my first book, I worked with a coach. When I began my speaking career, I worked with another coach and when I switched career fields, you guessed it, I found a great business coach to make sure I was going to experience the best success I could.

Owning a business is both challenging and rewarding but it can become a total nightmare if it is not growing the way you hope it would. Too many people think they can just read some info, watch a few videos and hang out a shingle.The truth is with a coach, you can jump start your success and eliminate some of the obstacles most business owners face.

Here are 5 ways a coach can help you develop your sweet spot of success:

  1. A coach can offer ways to help you achieve appropriate work/life balance
  2. A coach can help you eliminate the barriers that prevent your business from growing.
  3. A coach can teach you how to maximize your profit.
  4. A coach can create accountability for action (This often is the hardest thing for people to achieve on their own).
  5. A coach can help you get the results you want

No matter what you invest in your business from business cards to advertising, web design to a spectacular waiting room, skilled personnel to the latest resources, If you don’t invest in YOUR growth as an entrepreneur, your business won’t grow as well.

A coach helps us be the best we can be.

I am a better writer, speaker and coach today because someone helped me be my best and I want to do the same for you.

If you are ready to start a business or have a business and want it to be the best it can be, I’d love to work with you.

I know the difference between a business that exists and one that thrives.

It’s not magic. It’s learning how to create your sweet spot of success.

So, what are you waiting for? Sign up for a COMPLIMENTARY CALL. Let’s find out if we would make a good team.

Maybe you have been waiting to get to that sweet spot in your business.

Where would Oprah, Michael or Serena be if they had waited?

Where could you be in a few weeks or months if you don’t?

Kathy Brunner is a certified career and business coach who works with people who want to move from day jobs to dream jobs as entrepreneurs. Come visit her at http://kathybrunner.com 
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