Do you often overcommit, feel scattered or worse, totally overwhelmed? If so, you might appreciate a philosophy that I have been living by most of my life, but needed to recommit to recently as a result of having fallen off track. (Hey! It happens to all of us!).
That philosophy is this:
If I’m not saying “HELL YEAH!” about something, then I’m saying no.
Meaning- when deciding whether to commit to something, if I feel anything less than, “Wow! That would be amazing! Absolutely! Hell yeah!” – then my answer is no.
When you say no to things, you leave room in your life to really throw yourself completely into that rare thing that makes you say, “HELL YEAH!”
We’re all busy. We’ve all taken on too much. Saying yes to less is the way out.
I was hiring someone as an admin assistant. There were many candidates. Like a good leader, I made a pros and cons list for each candidate. Nobody blew me away, but I felt I had to choose one of them. Instead, I said no to all, and began the search again in a different way. That process turned up someone that was an absolute fit and my partner and I could not wait to get started with this new team member. That would never have happened had I chosen someone from the previous search. Someone that I considered a 7 out of 10 instead of a 9.5 out of 10.
The other day, I was cleaning up my closet and made 3 piles. The Hell Yeah! pile, the Hell No! pile and then…there was the Maybe pile…yikes…the Maybe pile is always the troublesome pile no matter what the subject is. I saw things in there that I had forgotten about and that totally still suited me…yet…I have not worn them in months or even years and that’s a lot of wasted closet real estate. Instead of trying each piece and debating if it still suits me or not as usual, I asked myself: If this was not mine, how much money would I be willing to spend today to acquire it? That question totally did the trick. All but ONE article of clothing was donated…it felt so freeing!!!
If you are tired of feeling scattered and overwhelmed. If you want to increase your level of focus and productivity, this book will change your life forever…guaranteed.
Essentialism - The Disciplined Pursuit Of Less by Greg McKeown.
“The way of the Essentialist means living by design, not by default. Instead of making choices re-actively, the Essentialist deliberately distinguishes the vital few from the trivial many, eliminates the non-essentials, and then removes the obstacles so the essential things have clear, smooth passage.” ~ Greg McKeown
In other words: No more “yes”. It’s either “HELL YEAH!” or “No”.
Leap Of The Week:
What will you say NO to this week?
Take any hundred people at the start of their working careers and follow them for 40 years until they reach retirement age, and here’s what you’ll find, according to the Social Security Administration:
- Only 1 will be wealthy.
- 4 will be financially secure.
- 5 will continue working, not because they want to, but because they have to.
- 36 will be DEAD.
- And 54 will be DEAD BROKE – dependent on their meager Social Security checks, relatives, friends, and even charity for a minimum standard of living.
That’s 5% successful…which means 95 % UNSUCCESSFUL
Which group are YOU in RIGHT NOW?
What do you think makes the DIFFERENCE in the being in the 5% or the 95%?
ONE THING: The Ability to Sell Yourself.
Think about it…
What is the ONLY way you get more actual MONEY in your bank account?
Creating a website?
Using the Law of Attraction?
Allowing the “Universe to provide”?
Nope! (That’s not a strategy…it’s a belief…)
Making facebook posts?
Buying the latest marketing gadget, opt-in page creator, or video training?
The ONLY way you make more money is by CLOSING SALES…period.
That is the DIFFERENCE between the 5% that are FINANCIALLY SECURE…
And the 95% that will either be dead, broke, or both.
Here’s what one of my massively successful mentors said to me once:
He said Isabelle; “How many people are you screwing over by NOT being able to sell them on your services?”
At the time, I had never THOUGHT of it this way, that selling people was actually HELPING and SERVING them, especially if YOU KNOW that you can provide them with massive value and life altering transformation.
So let me ask you this:
How effective are you at closing a sale? Are you successfully communicating what problems you solve? Are your prospects crystal clear about why they should choose you over anyone else; regardless of price?
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Want to join me in the successful 5%?
See you there.
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Just wanted to connect with you and share this great post by my friend Craig Jarrow from Time Management Ninja. I am neck deep in the early development phase of LeapZone’s newest and most comprehensive product yet. A kick-butt 8 Week Online Program for small business owners called “Build To Rock – Position it right. Deliver it right. Get paid right”. I have to admit, Craig’s post could not have come at a better time. How many times do you tell yourself that you’re not ready…the timing is not right, the money is not quite there yet, the kids are too young, etc…
Craig mentions a line from the movie “Ender’s Game” when Harrison Ford’s character is defending Ender’s readiness for the coming mission. Responding to a statement that Ender is not ready, he says:
“You’re never ready. You go when you’re ready enough.”
Here’s the rest of Craig’s post:
Now, while you probably aren’t preparing to fight an army of aliens, there is still much truth in this simple statement. Here is the thing. You’re Never Ready. Are you holding yourself back, telling yourself and others that you aren’t ready?
What are you not ready to do?
• to start a business
• to write your book
• to get in shape
• to work on your big goal
• to learn a new skill
• to begin a job search
• to have a new relationship
• to take action on your dreams
The truth is… you may not be ready. However, make sure you aren’t waiting for a time that will never come.
Craig is right. It is important to make sure you go when you are ready enough….and for me…ready enough is now. Do I have doubts? You bet I do. Do I fear investing 6 months of my life and thousands of dollars to have a major let down? I would be lying if I said that the thought had not crossed my mind…but…you know what? I am a gutsy gal and I know that with No Guts…comes No Glory.
So…am I ready? Nope. Am I ready enough? I say yes…and we’ll see…all at the same time. There are a million things to learn, write, do, record, figure out, tweak, re-do, re-learn, re-record…but…I am doing it and I am proud of myself .
Thanks to everyone for your encouragement. It means a lot to me.
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Written by Craig Jarrow. Posted by Isabelle Mercier
I recently undertook a large project. (The fruits of which you will soon see and enjoy). It was an overwhelming task that has taken up the majority of my free time lately.
It was difficult to get off-the-ground and started. However, getting it finished has proven even tougher. I share this story, because we all go through this.
Starting a big project can be hard, but finishing it to done is often harder still.
Any big project can be intimidating to begin. So many details, too many decisions, where to start even…(I know you know what I mean…) Yet, once we get going, the momentum builds, time flies, and progress soars. However, when we get close to the finish line, a different situation occurs. Friction, drag, and myriad details seem to stop all forward motion. And there we sit, within sight of the finish but unsure how to get there both mentally and physically. This is when what Steven Pressfield calls “The Resistance” steps in and tries to prevent you from completing what you started. Simply put, these are the life friction, complications, emotions, and other factors that prevent you from finishing.
Now, you are stuck.
To the Finish
You can probably see the finish line from here. But, how to get there is another matter. This is when you must dig in, and dig deep within yourself to muster the needed resources to finish your work. Because if you never manage to ship, then your work is wasted.
Leap of the Week
We all have left a big project stranded inches from the finish line. So, take a moment to consider what big project have you been meaning to complete.
What will it take to actually finish it?
Written by Craig Jarrow. Posted by Isabelle Mercier
Technology is central to many areas of our lives. Often, it can help us get more done, faster and easier. Yet, it can also be the bane of our existence when it causes issues or doesn’t work. “Technology should be an enabler for your time, not take up your time.”
Today, I want you to fix, or address, one technology issue in your life. So, where is your technology wasting your time? Or where could it help you get things done easier? It could be something that needs repair or replacement. It could be a tech skill that you need to learn. Or it could be a tool/app that will make your life easier. Do something today to make your tech work better for you.
My suggestion, don’t over complicate this task. Think simple.
What technology issue have you been meaning to address?
• Replace that faulty Wi-Fi router or printer that is driving you nuts.
• Install a auto-timer light switch to control your outdoor lights.
• Learn a tech skill that you have been meaning to pick up. Maybe how to edit photos on your computer or how to scan a document with your phone. Ask a friend to show you. Or go to YouTube and search for a tutorial.
• Find a solution to a tech problem you have. Chances are someone else has had the same issue. Google for an answer, tool, or app to solve your dilemma.
Leap of the day:
Pick one tech issue in your life, and resolve to address it today. Me? I am searching for an app to help my family track maintenance, cleaning, and chores for our house.