hard question of the month: are you setting the right boundaries for your priorities?

hard question of the month: are you truly an autonomous woman?


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the 6 clients that deserve a NO from you

It is without any hesitation that I tell you to say NO! {or no f*cking way!} to the following types of clients:

  1. the ‘client’ that is late for your first meeting – your time is extremely valuable if they don’t believe that before they meet with you, they never will.
  2. the ‘client’ that wants to meet for coffee a second, third, fourth or fifth time to discuss business, but never formally engages you for work – to be blunt: they are working with you already but for free or for the price of a cup of coffee. Is that what you’re worth? No, not at all. Do not give away your time + knowledge without a strategy or an invoice.
  3. the ‘client’ that questions or doubts your expertise all the time – yes it’s true, you cannot possibly know everything however, you can have some confidence in what you do know, combined with your experience, your willingness to keep learning + your passion for your work. This “feedback” usually leads to a conversation about how much you charge + why they want to pay you less. Never let a client negotiate your worth!
  4. the ‘client’ that does not pay you – listen, this should be obvious but if not, let me remind you: if your client is not paying you, then you are paying your client. That’s what’s up. You are not running a charity, you are running a business. Honour yourself accordingly.
  5. the ‘client’ that tries to cut you out – depending on the kind of work you do, you might be the middleman, the first time a client attempts to go direct – cut him off at the knees {not literally but you know what I mean}. Don’t hide from it either; you must confront it directly +  then move on. I know this is difficult, but the minute it gets out that you’re not necessary, your business is over. For real.
  6. the ‘client’ that’s just a jerk – for every awful client, there are about 3 amazing clients; too often we only see what’s right in front of us + this is where self-trust has to come in. You either see the world through a lens of scarcity or a lens of abundance. Scarcity tells you that the awful client may be all you have, but abundance tells you that it’s a good idea to leave space for better clients to come. For abundance to flow, you have to live through your vision + not through your circumstance.

In summary, the minute you feel that doubt, deep in your gut about a person, a deal, a contract or a business opportunity – listen to yourself + say no.

Alicia.

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how to stay focused right now

Is anybody else finding it really hard to focus right now?

Working on banner stands only, for a few consecutive hours seems impossible sometimes, doesn’t it? Between social media, your people, deadlines + real self-care, where does the time go? It’s easy to feel like there are not enough hours in a day… at least, I was starting to feel that way + then I saw this {again}…

I know you’ve already seen it before too. But the simplicity of it has hit me hard for 2017; it’s not about your time, it’s about your priorities. You will slay or you will not slay. No in between. So with that in mind, here are a few things I am doing to stay focused on my goals this year.

  • choose an accountability partner + set a schedule. I am not talking about the friend that convinces you a bag of chips is an acceptable meal. I am talking about the tough love friend that sees you clearly + can speak to your vision with their eyes closed. The friend that listens + pays attention. The friend who looks you in the eye + says “get your sh*t together + stop being so basic.” Ouch. Yes, that one. Set a time to talk to that friend once a week for one hour {preferably on a Monday to set the tone!}. Never miss this call + never let her down. But also, if you do not have a friend who’s that committed to you, you can use me…for real, click here. 
  • set micro goals. You have a big ambitious dream, but you also have to get things done every day to make it happen. I have found that, taking some time on Sundays to set a few “must complete” goals for each day of the week, really goes a long way to maintain momentum + build your confidence. You don’t scale a mountain by leaping; you do it, one step at a time…without stopping!
  • f*ck personal social media use + internet surfing + watching TV. You know exactly what I mean here. If you make time to watch a cat climb a yogi in downward dog or know exactly what’s happening in like 6 shows or have to check at least 3 blogs/gossip sites before you can start your work – YOU ARE WASTING YOUR TIME + more important, YOU DO NOT GET TO COMPLAIN THAT YOU DO NOT HAVE ENOUGH TIME. Honestly, this is my biggest pet peeve, if you can speak on everything but your own productivity, then you’re not taking yourself seriously. You are not taking your goals, your work or your vision seriously. Make some necessary disciplined decisions about how you allocate your time. Right now.
  • stop eating like a 13 year old. My work + research in holistic nutrition has shown me, time + again, that you’re eating all the wrong things for focus + productivity or worse, hardly eating at all. Sugar, dairy, processed foods, refined carbohydrates + skipping meals are bringing you down. Period. Sure the temporary biochemical response feels good, but these foods do not have enough of what it takes to fuel the mind + body of a successful person. If you’re using food for comfort + stress management, you are placing your capacity for wealth at the mercy of your food cravings. Sounds risky right?
  • learn to meditate. You have heard this already, but it’s with good reason. The fastest + simplest way to keep your focus is to learn to meditate. Just like an athlete trains the body for their sport, you can train your mind for your life. Yes, I admit {without apology} this is a service I offer, but this fact does not make learning to meditate less valuable to you. If you haven’t already figured out that self-mastery is essential to your success, your journey is much longer than you think my friend. I teach high-performance meditation to people who want to go further, faster + who just want to be better at everything {to work with me + schedule your required introductory session, go here}.
  • stay organized. When it comes to organization in the workplace, regarding your business and your customers, how are you staying organized? If you’re not already selling smarter, marketing smarter and servicing smarter using Salesforce CRM, then you’re missing out! Create deeper relationships with your customers with the cloud-based CRM platform that’s accessible from anywhere over the internet. Click here to learn about CRMs. You may have no knowledge or marketing experience, if so here are the The 10 Best Richmond SEO Companies.

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hard question of the month: are you ready to replace your excuses with effort this year?

a note to you

Dearest,

I hope this note finds you well.

You may have noticed that I have not updated this blog since July; I have been working on my first book Back With Infinity™ + have not been able to attend to everything with the same level of commitment as required.

I will be back at it in January 2017.

Until then, I trust you will pursue your ambition with your whole heart.

You are amazing. 

Warmly,
Alicia.

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