First off, I want to thank all of you who joined me on the call last week, "The 5 secrets of how to organize and automate your business for 2013." It was so wonderful to have so many of you listen in and join me on the call. And thank you so much for all of the positive feedback! I'm so glad that you got so much from the content I shared.
For all of you who would like to listen to the recording (again or for the first time), you can do that in two ways:
1. Listen here.
2. Call 610-214-0100, Access Code: 135960#, Reference #: 10#
To your success!
PS. I'm here to to help however I can, and would love to chat with you to learn more about you and your business goals. You can sign up for a free Business Strategy Session here.
Monday, December 17, 2012
Posted by Jordana at 5:38 PM
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
A few years ago, I made $10,000 in one month for the first time. And the crazy thing is, I knew it was going to happen.
I remember people asking me what I did differently. Did I meditate every day when I got up? How many networking events did I go to? Did something unusual happen to bring me that money?
The answer to all of these questions is no. I didn't meditate everyday, I have no idea how many events I went to, and nothing out of the ordinary happened.
So, how then did I know that I would make $10,000?
It wasn't anything magical or exciting. It was something very simple, and yet very powerful.
I made a decision.
I decided that I was going to make $10,000 at the beginning of the month and I became so sure of it happening that I didn't allow for any other alternative to enter my mind.
I remember I grabbed a piece of computer paper and drew my version of a money thermometer - you know the kind you see when you're on someone's fundraising page?
So I grab this piece of paper and I mark $1000, $2000, $3000 along the sides of the thermometer - you get the picture. And I had a green marker nearby to fill in the thermometer as I made more money.
Then, on the side, I would write down the source of the money (whether it be clients, friends, "random" checks in the mail) and how much money came in from each source.
By the 15th of that month, I had made $8000 and by the end of that month I had made almost $12,000.
I had never done this before. I never even came close.
I think what had happened was that I got exasperated. I was tired of struggling and feeling overwhelmed and helpless.
Enough was enough.
I tacked my money thermometer onto my bulletin board next to my desk and I looked at it everyday, planning and expecting to color in more green.
The other thing I did was that I took action on EVERY opportunity that came my way. Not some opportunities. Not most opportunities. EVERY opportunity. If I heard of a networking event, I went. If a prospective client called, I followed up immediately. Every single time the Universe extended its hand, I grabbed it quickly, decisively, and with much gratitude.
Now it's your turn.
Here are 3 steps you can take to make December your first (or simply another) $10,000 month. (Eeeeee! How exciting would that be?)
1. Track your money. Know *exactly* how much is coming in and going out. Whether you do it on a spreadsheet or by hand doesn't matter. Update your budget daily. Keep track of everything that you buy. Keep track of every cent that comes in (yes, every single cent). And while you're doing all of this feel grateful for the money you spend and feel grateful for the money you receive.
2. Keep your eyes open for opportunities. There are always opportunities right in front of you that will give you everything you want and more. It's usually that we're just not looking in the right place or we're too overwhelmed to see everything clearly. Right now, write down all of the opportunities available to you today that could help you make $10,000. Are there speaking engagements you could book? Former clients to follow up with? Prospective clients to follow up with? A product that you can sell on your website? There is money everywhere.
3. Stay positive. I know, I know. It sounds so cliche. But it's 100% true. A negative mindset = a negative bank account. Two books that I recently read (and have been recommending to all of my clients) are "Working with the Law" by Raymond Holliwell and "The Law of Divine Compensation" by Marianne Williamson. Then there is the classic, "Think and Grow Rich" by Napoleon Hill, and also "Happy Pocket Full of Money" by David Gikandi. Read these books!!! Reading them with boost your confidence and more importantly, your bottom line.
The moral of the story is this. You and me, we're the same. You are just as capable of making $10,000 this month - and even more. Follow these three steps and you'll be amazed at the shift that occurs.
I believe in you.
To your success!
Posted by Jordana at 7:26 AM
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
I'm going to say something a bit unconventional.
I like making mistakes.
Sure, it doesn't feel great at the time, but when you make a mistake significant enough, the lesson you extract from it becomes all the more powerful, and the likelihood of you making it again becomes slim to none.
I've made plenty of mistakes over the past 6 years as an entrepreneur, but these 3 have definitely been the most significant.
1. Thinking that I know better. Over the past 6 years, there have been times that I've worked with a business coach and there have been times that I haven't (I work with one now, thank goodness). I can tell you that the times I'm left to my own devices, I succeed at a much slower pace and I experience a lot more struggle. Also, during the times that I have worked with a coach, sometimes I think that I know better. The thing is, I don't. My coaches are farther along in the process of business building and they've been where I seek to go.
Lesson: There's no need to reinvent the wheel. Listen to them, follow their guidance, and you'll be golden.
2. Not looking at my numbers. One thing that I struggled with for what felt like a very long time was being mindful of how much money was coming in and how much money was going out. I avoided my bank statements, played dumb, and hoped everything would turn out for the best.
Lesson: If you want more money to come in, you have to know what's going on in your bank account today. Keep a budget and know exactly what's happening in your financial world.
3. Isolating myself. As much as I may consider myself an outgoing person, I'm a homebody too. And sometimes, it's really easy to hide behind your computer. Don't do it! Whatever you do, make it a point to go to a networking event once a week. Meet new people, share what you do, and connect.
Lesson: Get out there. No matter what.
There's no need for you to make unnecessary mistakes. If you want a shortcut, then let's set up a 30 minute complimentary Business Strategy Session for you and me to talk about what's going on for you right now, where you want to go, and how you can get there. I believe that you and I have connected for a reason, and thatyou're reading this today because you want to get to the next level. I only have a limited number of spots available, so be sure to sign up asap. So excited to speak with you soon!
Posted by Jordana at 10:08 AM
Monday, November 26, 2012
I've been speaking with a lot of women recently who are thinking about working with a business coach. They're either in the beginning stages of entrepreneurship or they're ready to take their business to the next level. Either way, there's one thing that I keep hearing over and over again: "Don't paint a pretty picture for me; tell me how it really is."
It's easy to tell people that they'll make mega money quickly, that growing their business will be a walk in the park, and that their life will continue to feel all warm and cozy.
I'm not going to sugarcoat it for you. The first 6 months of your business (and sometimes more) are hardcore. I imagine that it's kinda like being on The Biggest Loser. You're at a place where any alternative really isn't an option, you're willing to do whatever it takes to succeed, but you have absolutely no idea what you're in for.
Within the first week, people are throwing up, passing out, and having emotional breakdowns on the gym mats. They feel physically and emotionally pushed beyond their limits and can't necessarily see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Being a business owner can oftentimes feel the same way. If you think that you're not going to have moments of doubt, overwhelm, and fear, you're wrong.
Here's the cool thing though. It's those same moments of doubt, overwhelm, and fear that are the gateways to your growth. If we didn't get scared and overwhelmed, we wouldn't be pushed to learn more about ourselves, to strengthen our faith in the Universe, and to take those actions that we simply wouldn't take otherwise.
It's often only when the fire under you butt is hot enough that you'll be driven to really take a step back and extract the lessons that the situation is offering to you.
So here's the truth about succeeding as a business owner:
1. It definitely won't happen over night or in a month, but it definitely will happen if you're committed
2. You must get comfortable feeling uncomfortable
3. The road to success will feel a lot longer and more difficult without the ongoing support, guidance and accountability of a coach or a mentor
4. It can be one of the most fulfilling experiences that you will ever have in your life
5. You will need to train yourself to live in a place of faith and to become certain of your success
6. People want to help you, but you need to ask them for help in order to receive it
7. The Universe doesn't give you a desire without the resources available to help you translate that dream into a reality
8. There will be days where you will want to throw in the towel and stay in bed for hours
9. There will be days where you will feel on the top of the world
If you're looking for someone to support you through your journey, guide you, and tell it to you like it is, then let's set up a 30 minute complimentary Business Strategy Session for you and me to talk about what's going on for you right now, where you want to go, and how you can get there. I believe that you and I have connected for a reason, and that you're reading this today because you want to get to the next level. I only have a limited number of spots available, so be sure to sign up asap. So excited to speak with you soon!
Posted by Jordana at 6:07 PM
Monday, November 19, 2012
Having your own business is a funny thing. One of the potential perks is that there is no limit of how much money you can make. You want a raise? You give yourself one. You want to create a new program? Done and done. When you're a business owner, you call the shots and that includes naming your desired salary.
What I'm realizing is this: the only way you'll make money is if you're not in your business for the money. And I'll take this even one step further - if you want to make big time money, you have be driven entirely by love. It can't be for the potential fame, expert status, vacations, nice cars, and big house.
Your success in your business is completely contingent on how much you're not in it for you. The Universe doesn't honor ego-driven intentions.
We all talk about the big WHY. Why you really want to be a business owner - on a deep core level. So people start to think about what motivates them - sometimes it's that they want to have a baby or buy a house or just pay bills every month. Sometimes, it's because you want to go on more vacations or get a massage every month. And that's all well and good.
But the big WHY has nothing to do with you. It can't. You can't be in this business for you. The freedom around finances, choices, time - those are all wonderful by products, but you must be in your business because you believe with every fiber of your being that you have the ability to make people's lives better.
Not because you're better than other people or cooler or more special, but becauseyou were given a gift and it is your responsibility to share it with the world. When you were born, the Universe blessed you with a gift; life is all about first discovering what that gift is and then, once you do, making sure that you share it with as many people as possible.
So then, in theory, you could say, "Well, Jordana, why not give away my gift for free? Why do I charge people for my services? Isn't that unfair to put a price on a gift?"
Here's the crazy part of it all. Making people pay for your services is really a favor for them. Whenever you make a big financial investment in something - whatever it may be - you become more emotionally invested in it. You take better care of it and show it more attention. When clients pay for your services, it drives them to step up to the plate in a way that they never would if they weren't paying at all - so much so that if you don't charge them, you're really doing them a disservice since they won't learn and grow as much.
So late last night, sometime between 1 and 2 in the morning, I wrote down why I do what I do, why I am so invested in helping you. And then I made a vision board too. And I want to share both of them with you. This, my dear friend, is what I wish for you in your life, and what I am *committed* to helping you feel when we work together.
Here it is... My Manifesto (what I wish for you)
And here's the vision board
I want you to really get that my purpose is all about helping you. My calling is to make sure that your goals become a reality. With all of this in mind, let's set up a 30 minute complimentary Business Strategy Session for you and me to talk about what's going on for you right now, where you want to go, and how you can get there. I believe that you and I have connected for a reason, and that you're reading this today because you want to get to the next level. I only have a limited number of spots available, so be sure to sign up asap. So excited to speak with you soon!
Posted by Jordana at 7:36 PM