The Writing Life — The Power of Rituals

Things still haven’t settled down quite yet from my family emergency (which I wrote about in last week’s The Writing Life) so unfortunately I’m still not quite back to my old routine. Which means, of course, I’m really not as productive as I want to be.PenInk_150

And even though, technically, as a writer, I can write any time and anywhere, there are certainly more optimal times and places than others. (I also wrote about writing on the road here.) And I’m wondering if some of the reasons why it’s more difficult to just “write wherever you are” is because when you’re not home, in your environment and routine, you may also lose any rituals you use to help you actually physically sit your tushy down and write. Continue reading

PW Unplugged Radio: Gina Hiatt & Why One-On-One Coaching Doesn’t Always Work

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On today’s episode of PW Unplugged Radio, I interviewed my good friend Gina Hiatt, founder of Finish Agent, on why group coaching can actually be superior to one-on-one coaching.PW-Unplugged_01

Yes — you read that right. You see, one-on-one coaching, while powerful and seems like it SHOULD work better than group programs, may not always result in the transformation you and your clients are looking for.

But if you instead put your clients into a group-coaching program you’re actually more likely to facilitate transformation. Continue reading

4 Easy Steps to Turn off Mind Chatter Like Flipping a Switch

If you’ve been an entrepreneur for any length of time, you probably have already figured out that, for better or for worse, your business and your energy are intimately connected.GuestBlogPost_02

If your energy is low, there is an awfully big chance your business isn’t going to go as far as it would if your energy was high.

And what impacts your energy the most? Sleep. (Or lack of it.)

That’s why I was so excited to interview Sleep and Success Coach Janna Chin on the podcast. She shares her system on how to start getting a good night’s rest. And if you want a taste on what she covers, check out her guest article below. Enjoy!

by Janna Chin

Have you ever laid awake in bed at night and found yourself going over a to do list? Continue reading

Life, Biz and the Pursuit of Happiness — Bumpy Re-Entry

Everything feels very surreal right now.PersonalJourney_02

I’ve basically lost over a week due to a family emergency (which I wrote about a bit in this week’s The Writing Life) and I’m trying to get myself back to normal.

But it’s not a fast process.

I’m so grateful I have a business that allows me the freedom to do what I need to do for myself, my family and my life. But even with that freedom, “re-entry” can be a little shaky. Continue reading

The Writing Life — Why I’ve Been Silent On the Blog

You may have noticed I’ve been silent on the blog for the past week. That’s because I’ve been in the middle of a family emergency causing me to spend the past week in the ICU of a hospital.PenInk_150

Things have improved and we’re now in the “cautiously optimistic” phase, which is always a good thing. And that also means it’s given me some breathing room to write again.

And, as you might expect, this situation has triggered some soul searching in me, in terms of the direction of my business, my writing and my life. But that’s not what I want to talk about in this blog post — I want to talk about why the changes don’t stick. Continue reading

PW Unplugged Radio — Janna Chin & Sleeping for Success

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In this week’s episode of PW Unplugged, I interview Sleep and Success Coach Janna Chin on her best tips for getting a good night’s sleep.PW-Unplugged_01

Yes, I really did just say sleep.

Why on earth would a podcast devoted to business interview someone about how to get a good night’s sleep?

Well, because as I’m sure you already know as an entrepreneur, your health impacts your business. If you’re feeling sluggish and have low energy, it’s a lot more difficult to run your business effectively — much less do what you need to do to take your business to the next level. (And that doesn’t even touch how feeling crappy affects your relationships and family and personal life.) Continue reading

Life, Biz and the Pursuit of Happiness — The Great Email Experiment

So far, so good.PersonalJourney_02

The first week of the “Great Email Experiment” actually went fairly well.

(You can read more about my Great Email Experiment right here and here, but in a nutshell what I’m doing is turning OFF my email program during the day except during specific times to check, and when I do check, I clean out and make decisions. So far I’ve been keeping my emails in my inbox on average to below 10.)

I’m still not perfect at it — I don’t always deal with every single email during my “email check in times” but I’m getting better. And the best news is I’m already seeing results — I truly do feel more efficient and that I’m getting through my to-do list faster. Continue reading

The Writing Life — Writing or living?

In one of my literature classes in college, the professor said something that has always stuck with me.PenInk_150

She said as a writer, you make a choice between living and writing.

You can’t do both. Because the act of writing — when you’re actually physically sitting down and writing — means you’re recording life. You’re not living it.

So writers must always make a choice between living and writing. Continue reading

Post-Mortem — Anatomy of a Successful Amazon Kindle Book Launch (“Love-Based Copywriting” Book) part 2 — What went wrong?

(You can check out Part 1 right here.)

So, while overall I’m pleased with how the book launch went, there’s no question launching a book on someone else’s platform (in this case Amazon) had its challenges. Here’s a quick summary of everything that went wrong:LoveBasedBook_03

* The way Amazon displays a free book is, well, confusing. You see the “$0″ price and then you click “buy now” so you “buy” the book for zero dollars. That’s all well and good, but there’s another button that says “get this book for free” — which is actually their lending library. So you don’t actually buy it with that button, you’re borrowing it.

The problem is, if you aren’t currently an Amazon Prime member, you can’t borrow a Kindle book. Borrowing Kindle books is an Amazon Prime perk. So if you click the button to borrow it and you aren’t in Prime, you’re put into an upsell sequence to buy Prime.

And, when that happens, I get emails telling me “thanks for the ‘free’ book but it’s not really free.” Continue reading

PW Unplugged Radio — Christy Whitman & the 7 Universal Laws of Manifestation to Create Abundance

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PW-Unplugged_01Today on PW Unplugged Radio, I dug into the topic of Law of Attraction with New York Times estselling Author and CEO and founder of the Quantum Success Coaching AcademyTM Christy Whitman.

I love learning more about this because I personally had issues with Law of Attraction for years (check out my “Life, Biz and the Pursuit of Happiness — How “The Secret” was the Worst Thing That Could Have Happened to The Law Of Attraction” if you want to learn more.

What was really enlightening about this interview with Christy is she really cleared up a lot of reasons why we may struggle manifesting what we want. Continue reading

Life, Biz and the Pursuit of Happiness — Taming the Email Monster

I’ve had to come face-to-face with some hard truths.PersonalJourney_02

And one of them is I’ve been letting my emails control me.

As I’ve been talking about in my Writer’s Life column (you can catch up here and here) I’m being called to step into the next level of both myself and my business. And that means some things need to shift.

And one thing that I needed to take a good, long hard look at is my work habits.

Specifically my email habits. Continue reading

The Writing Life — Sloppy Writing Habits?

I have this picture in my head of a perfect writing day.PenInk_150

I get up, make myself some coffee, take care of the dogs, meditate, eat breakfast, do a little yoga and then sit down to a lovely, long stretch of time where I can write with no interruptions.

No emails. No phone calls. Nothing but writing.

After a day filled with writing, I head on over to Zumba class, then dinner and relaxing evening with my hubby and pups.

Alas, as I’m also an entrepreneur, that is just so not the way my days go. Continue reading

What if you CAN’T have it ALL?

Today’s article is from Val Bullerman, who I also interviewed on PW Unplugged Radio, and this is a fascinating take on wanting it all.GuestBlogPost_02

That, in fact, maybe by saying “we want it all” it’s actually hurting us more than helping us.

During our interview, Val and I chatted about both inner game (mindset) and outer game (business strategies) and how even a really hot business strategy can completely go off the rails if our mindset/inner game isn’t on board.

And that’s what she talks more about here — how even with the best intentions, our mindset could be derailing ourselves.

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below. And enjoy!

by Val Bullerman

In our world today we hear, “You can have it all!”   What does that really mean?  Ever thought that by wanting it ALL, it might be keeping you from getting what you really want?

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PW Unplugged Radio — Val Bullerman & Taking a Global Leap In Your Business

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In today’s episode of PW Unplugged Radio, Val Bullerman, the Fearless Business Coach, and I tackle two hot topics — a cool new strategy to attract more clients and build your community and how to cultivate the mindset to take advantage of those cool new strategies.PW-Unplugged_01

As you probably know, a successful entrepreneur does both — has hot “outer game” strategies to attract and invite clients into their business plus has the “inner game” mapped out so their subconscious doesn’t get in the way of implementing those hot “outer game” strategies.

So, what we did in this podcast is combine the two — share a new strategy that had a “Val” twist on it, plus talk about how she got her mindset aligned to implement it. Continue reading

Life, Biz and the Pursuit of Happiness — Launching Yourself Into the Next Level

One of the things I’ve realized over the past couple of weeks is how much launches are tied into stepping into your next level or playing a bigger game in your business.PersonalJourney_02

Think about it — when you’re ready to take the next step in your business (or maybe it’s a quantum leap), that may mean you need to change an existing product or program or start a new one. (And in order to fill it, you of course need to launch it.)

…Or maybe you’ve decided you need to host your own event. (And in order to fill that, you’ll need to launch it.)

…Or maybe you’re going to offer different services — again a launch can help get the momentum going. Continue reading