December 16, 2016 by Lara Galloway
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Taking an honest look at your goals is one of the best ways to determine if a business partner is right for you.
An assessment that brings your priorities into focus will also help you find the right partner. Wherever you are in this decision-making process, there are a few things to consider when contemplating partnership.
Are you tired of making decisions by yourself?
Many entrepreneurs find joy in being their own boss and calling the shots, but being the sole decision maker can get tiresome and lonely. If you can relate to the saying, “Two heads are better than one,” you may want to consider bringing in a partner.
Sharing the joys and struggles with someone in the trenches with you can eliminate the feeling of loneliness. Plus, having a partner you can trust, will give you the freedom to unplug and take an occasional vacation.
You lack certain skills that are necessary for your businesses to grow
Investing in additional training or hiring freelancers to take on tasks is a great option to support your businesses’ growth, but will these be the best long term solutions?
Taking on a new skill-set means the possibility of overloading yourself with more work. You could hire freelancers as an alternative, but they may not have your level of excitement and dedication to the mission. Sharing the workload with a partner who is invested in the business as much as you are and has strengths in areas that you lack could make your business more robust in the long-run.
You need additional funding
As your business grows, you may decide to change the formation of your company, hire a full-time staff, or offer new products and services. This type of growth often requires additional funding. If you don’t readily have access to large sums of cash, investors can provide the funding you need to help your business grow and open doors you may have never imagined.
While it may seem like an entrepreneurial jackpot to have someone invest in your business, this reward doesn’t come without a few risks. Depending on the terms of this partnership you might have to make a few compromises that result in your business growing away from you and out of your control.
When starting as an entrepreneur, it’s often necessary to wear many hats. This type of multi-tasking can drain your creative spark and make it hard for you to move your vision forward. Having someone to share ideas with can bring a new zest to your business.
For each circumstance listed above, you must ask yourself if a partnership is the best way to solve your problem then explore all possible solutions. Having a clear understanding of your goals and the options available to you is the best way to determine if it’s time for you to find a business partner.
Partnerships can make or break your business. If you’re still struggling to decide if it’s the right move, this is where I can help you as a coach. Contact me today for your free discovery session if you’re ready to kick off 2017 on the right foot!
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November 18, 2016 by Lara Galloway
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I want to talk to you about your competition. This is a topic that comes up now and then with my clients, especially when working with business owners who have innovative ideas. They often feel like they don’t have direct competition, which makes it hard for them to judge if they’re on the right track.
I also have clients who spend too much time focusing on competitors. This habit can be disempowering; causing entrepreneurs to think their competition is better along with a practice of cutting themselves down and minimizing their accomplishments. So, what’s a mompreneur to do when it comes to competition? Here are some tips to help you find a sweet spot that will help you stay competitive and sane.
Use Competition as a Benchmark For Growth
Looking at your competition is something you want to do, this is especially true if you want to know if you’re on the right track with growing your business. When I started my business, I felt like I had no clue about a lot of things. I had so many questions about how many clients I should have, what I should charge, the number of hours I should work each week, how much my expenses should be, how I should market, and what services I should offer.
These types of questions are why it’s important to stay close to your competition. By understanding your competitor’s model, you can create metrics for your business that will help you measure a reasonable amount of spending and growth.
Study Your Competition To Get Great Ideas
You can learn about different ways to offer your services and products to your target demographic by studying what your creative competition is doing. By paying attention to what other business and life coaches were doing, I learned about a variety of offerings that I implemented into my business such as membership groups,Facebook groups, retreats, and getaways.
Contact Your Competition Directly
It might seem daunting and even crazy to contact your competition, but there may be people you already know in similar industries who are willing to sit down and speak with you. I know a lot of moms in various entrepreneurial groups that I’ve been a part of who are ready to talk about this kind of stuff.
Find a buddy in your marketing or networking support groups. If you don’t have any of those, then you should probably consider joining one. This is a useful practice for entrepreneurs who want to bring something new to the marketplace and can’t find a direct competitor to use as a benchmark.
If you want to know if you’re on the right track, you can network with people in similar industries that are not in direct competition to get an understanding of their business models. If you are a business coach or life coach, you could talk to a personal trainer or business consultant. If you are in retail, you can connect with someone who owns a brick and mortar store that sales something different from what you offer.
By talking to competitors you can get a guide of what seems reasonable, but you will still have to figure out what works best for your business.
Consider Who You’re Comparing Yourself To
When measuring yourself against your competition, it’s important to consider what stage your business is in. You don’t want to waste time comparing yourself to a large multi-level corporation if you’re a solopreneur. Also, consider the amount of time your competition has been in business.
While it’s ok to study companies in a different stage from yours to get ideas or to determine if you’re on the right track for growth, don’t get paralyzed with self-doubt from comparing your endeavors to theirs.
Get A Coach
When I first started my business, I sought advice from coaches. If you’ve never run a business before, a coach is important because they can point out different aspects of your business you may not have considered. I found doing this helped me figure things out instead of flying by the seat of my pants. As a coach, I can help you figure out how to beat your competition.
Understand That The Bus Goes Where You Steer It
You have an influence on how things go in your business. If you find yourself becoming obsessive about every move your competition makes and all it’s doing is making you feel sad, or like you’re not doing well, it’s time to stop. It’s disempowering and causes you to lose focus on your goals and the success you have already achieved. It’s not efficient, productive, and doesn’t yield great results.
Sorting through what your competition is doing and how that needs to compare to what you’re doing is an important thing to figure out. But also realize if it makes you feel bad, sad, and like you’re not getting anywhere. It might mean you’re getting too obsessed with stuff that’s not going to help you.
But if focusing on your competition makes you feel creative, inspired, and you are learning something new, then that is healthy competition.
Want to find out more about your competition and how it can help you thrive? Ready to kick off 2017 on the right foot? Contact me today for your free discovery session!
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November 7, 2016 by Lara Galloway
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As both mothers and entrepreneurs, we are all familiar with the ever-changing life stages that we go through in our lives, families, and businesses. These stages are often defined by our children, their ages, our businesses, careers, our ages, and other circumstances. And, of course, these all very much have a tendency to impact one another.
When to pivot
So, how exactly do you determine when to pivot? Consider if you or your business have needs or goals that are not being met for any reason. Have you noticed a steady decline in new clients or your profit margin? Remember that your entire reason for having established goals and KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) in the first place was to be capable of tracking and measuring them. Then consider possibly why you are not achieving them. This is the signal that it is time to pivot. You just need to determine what to pivot for your business specifically. Some of the most common and effective can be:
- Changing your target audience: Sometimes after many years of working with a certain demographic, you naturally gravitate toward another. This isn’t something to pull away from, but rather something to embrace. It is very important to be super clear about who you are specifically marketing to as to not waste time or resources marketing to whom you have always marketed to instead of who you should be.
- Changing your niche: Have you found that your products or services seem to hold a lot more value to another niche or category than you originally intended?
- Changing your business name: Does your business name still reflect your primary products or service offerings or have those changed since your businesses establishment? Does your business name still serve you and your zone of genius or does it unintentionally wind up minimizing you and putting you in a box where you don’t necessarily belong? Though changing your business name or branding can feel like a scary jump, especially for established companies, remember that your clients who already value you will follow you, but new clients can be more aligned with your current value.
There may even come a time that you decide you are truly interested in selling your business entirely and making a much, much bigger pivot. Maybe you want to start another company that you feel will allow you to be more intentional about your gifts and your long term life goals. The need to pivot is certainly not always out of desperation or a big event in your life. Having to make a change or pivot is not something to be afraid of or avoid altogether, it is simply being a responsible mompreneur and staying ahead of the curve!
Thinking about a big change? Not sure where to start? This is where I can help you as a coach. Contact me today for a free discovery session and let’s find out if coaching is right for you!
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October 11, 2016 by Lara Galloway
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It’s starting to feel a lot like fall outside! This time of year can often feel overwhelming for us as mompreneurs. As much as many of us look forward to the beginning of the school year to get back into some routine, there also tends to be a lot more going on as well. Keeping up with kids, homework, and extracurricular activities can have us going in all directions and have a serious impact on our businesses.
Not long ago, I got the opportunity to moderate on a peer-to-peer conversation panel for mompreneurs. We gathered together and discussed many topics of the challenges surrounding being a mother and a business owner. One of the most robust topics ended up discussing how to know when it’s time to hire help for your business.
It can be hard to know when is the right time to take the plunge and spend money on more help or resources. At the end of the day, you need to take the time to look at the amount of money you are bringing in versus your expenses and factor in that, as of now, you are stuck being the one who does it all. That’s not to say that it isn’t highly respectable to be willing to do all of the hard work and “bootstrapping” on your own—because I think that’s something that all entrepreneurs have deep down. However, it is also known that moms have a notoriously limited amount of time. Maintaining that you are the only one who does all the aspects of your business is simply not sustainable if you are looking for real business growth. And though it can be hard, it’s important to push yourself to do what you need to do to nurture and grow your business in a way that also supports you and your family.
The fear of hiring outside help can often be boiled down to both a pride and control issue. When you have managed to reach this level of success doing it all on your own, why bring anyone else in? How are you going to trust that they will be capable and will care as much and do as well in your business as you? Unfortunately, there always comes to be a natural make or break point. Maintaining that you are the only one doing all aspects of your business will eventually become too expensive and too difficult and will stand in the way of your business growth.
Things to consider when looking to hire outside help:
- Do you want the business to grow?
- Which is more important to your current situation: less stress or more money / more profits?
- Do you need a better quality of life? Have you been pushing off things like family, friends or other obligations to consistently give your business your full attention?
- How will hiring this person serve my priorities personally as well as a my long-term goals professionally?
Hiring can be a difficult decision to make but ultimately even though it costs money, it also will save/make you money in the future. Having another capable set of hands in your business will enable you to do and handle more than you could before. Also, don’t wait until your business is at a breaking point or a downhill slope to consider hiring help. Be sure to factor in training time and consider your options before your business is in a crisis.
Will hiring help in your business help to serve your greatest goals and top priorities or will it interfere with that? I can help you figure it out, that’s what coaches are for. If you find yourself stuck or ready to make a big decision (like hiring), a coach can help you not only decide IF, but make a plan for HOW. Contact me today for a free Discovery Session and find out if coaching with me is right for you!
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September 23, 2016 by Lara Galloway
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Have you also noticed that as an entrepreneur and a mother we easily get caught up in doing the same things over and over? We often let our old responsibilities become so engrained in our minds as what “needs to get done” that we just get into a routine to accomplish them.
Unfortunately, over time it can become more evident that you are outgrowing some of those responsibilities or chores. Some of the things you have always done become a waste of time and resources that can easily be delegated to others. Delegation is a skill set that a hear a lot my clients say they don’t think they can efficiently do. They have a fear of losing the control of their work quality and having to trust someone else to do something that they can do and do it as well as they would have.
Many of my clients have told me in the past that they simply don’t believe a leadership comes naturally to them. And, though this is a very understandable concern, it’s also one that proves consistently to be a non-issue. Of course, there are coaches out there (like me) that can and will happily help you to feel confident to grow into a leadership role.
You Already Know How to Lead
But what most of my clients fail to recognize or give themselves proper credit for is that as a mother, you are already a leader! You already successfully delegate things that need to get done to your spouse, your family, and your children. Chores that need done around the house like yard work, laundry, dinner planning and preparation are (hopefully) passed out evenly amongst the others around the house. As a mom, it probably just makes no sense to do everything on your own while everyone else sits watching TV. As as true as this is for your home, it is absolutely just as true for your business..
In order to reach the next level of productivity in your business you really need to consider reaching out and asking for the help you need. Once you determine what you need someone to do, it is also critical to ensure that you organize yourself and your needs so the help you do hire can be as effective as possible for you.
The beauty of having someone who wants to help you is you can rely on them to really step up and step in, just taking some of the easier tasks off your plate that are time consuming. And, as a bonus, just think about how much time delegation will actually give you to spend with your children (or friends, or sleeping).
Baby Steps to Delegation
And remember you don’t have to think on a enormous scale here, either. Think about simply hiring a part-time, capable virtual assistant. VAs can help with so much because of the blessing of new technology. Simple tasks that you spend considerable time on or busy work (think social media, bookkeeping, marketing or even just simple sales follow up for your webinars and program participants). In the long run, it takes so much less money to pay someone who is proficient and professional, particularly if you calculate how much time you spend on the tasks plus your hourly rate.
The fall season is a great time to take a step back and start considering some business areas where you can use some help. You still have time to get organized to implement and hire that out in 2017 and take some of your own time back! Not sure where to start? I can help you! Contact me today for your free Discovery Session.
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September 12, 2016 by Lara Galloway
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Today’s topic is for all my ladies who have dealt with desiring intelligent, purposeful business growth but aren’t able to see the path forward that will lead them there.
Right now, I am currently working with a lot of fitness studio owners who I am trying to help with this crossroads. Fitness studio owners, as well as many of the other mompreneurs that I work with, are “bootstrap” business owners.
“Bootstrap” business owners are those that start their businesses often times by taking small loans from themselves, family or sometimes banks and then really get in there and get their hands dirty. These entrepreneurs are very strong, self-reliant and driven people who are ready to really do all that it takes to move their business in the direction of their vision of success.
These individuals have often invested their personal assets (from college or retirement accounts) or that of close friends and family who really believe in them, their ideas and their future success. And though it is a wonderful thing to have those around you willing to genuinely invest in your dreams, it also has a tendency to put a lot of extra pressure on them to perform well enough to be capable of paying those loans back.
Once they get their business open, these are the business owners who are working ALL of the time and relying on their perseverance and grit to get them through and past the first year of business. They handle all of the marketing and networking while also being the one teaching the classes so they don’t have to pay someone else to do it and lose valuable profits. This business model is passionate and inspiring but it also very quickly leads to burnout. And especially in the case of a fitness studio owner, it leads to not only emotional burnout but also physical. Handling everything on your own takes a real toll on both your body and your mind.
Now, I’m not against doing the hard work for your business and occasionally making a crazy sacrifice for your dreams. I think that is something that is within every true entrepreneur, but if it is to be done, it’s important to have healthy boundaries around it. There needs to a plan and a defined beginning, middle, and end to the push you are making. It cannot be forever because not only is it simply not sustainable or healthy, but it can also very quickly form bad habits.
It can be hard to know what steps to take once you finally decide that your bootstrap time is coming to an end and you need to grow your business. What do you do now? What does true “growth” even mean? This is important, so read it twice if you need to, but growing your business needs to be an intentional choice. This is not something to come to by accident or just to let it grow in all directions without any guidance because it can (and will) take over. If you let your business run you instead of the other way around, it will eventually start to feel like the “job” you left years ago because it was controlling your priorities and running your life.
After you have decided you are ready for growth, you need to sit down and really make some S.M.A.R.T. Goals.
The traits of a S.M.A.R.T. goal are: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Results, and Time.
Here are some things to think about as you get started:
- Decide what portion of your business you want to grow and how you intend to watch or measure that growth as it happens.
- Do you want to grow sales or profits?
- Are you looking to up the numbers of products, programs or services you delivered versus last year?
- What about the possibility of expanding your business resources or space?
- Now, consider the option of hiring some addition heads and minds to help you in your business.
- Could you use a business partner or office manager?
- If you decide you aren’t ready to commit to a full-time employee, have you considered the option of a freelancer or online contractor to free up some time and help you accomplish some goals?
Asking and answering some of these questions for yourself can help you to really understand what your own definition of a successful business looks like and ensure you are able to see the path to growth and to enable yourself to really act on that path. So, what is your next step? Not sure? Still don’t know where to start? I’d love to help you make some plans and goals to get your business to where you want it. Contact me today for a free discovery session and let’s get started!
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August 30, 2016 by Lara Galloway
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Marketing is something that unfortunately can easily fall through the cracks for mompreneurs when they are trying balance everything else they have going on in their lives. It can be overwhelming to remember that a healthy marketing plan will help to foster a healthy business and a happier life. It’s important that on a specific schedule (whether that is yearly, quarterly or whatever works for you), you sit and really get to the bottom of your business plan and vision going forward. Once you have a vision for your next steps in your success, then you will need to incorporate your marketing plan. Your marketing plan is a big part of how you will actually get to those goals or visions in the amount of time you have allotted.
It can be a common misconception to hear my clients tell me “Well, I don’t need to do this because I am just a small operation. I have no team to manage, it’s just me”. This is not the mindset to allow yourself to have. Take this piece of the puzzle from much bigger, more successful companies and corporations. There is a true link to success and a solid marketing plan that helps you to focus your efforts for the quarter or for the year.
To get your plan really clear and targeted, think about which specific product or service you want to focus on this year. Which of your offerings are the easiest, most enjoyable for you to sell and which ones are the most profitable? These should be the ones you are putting the most marketing effort into.
Once you have chosen your focus items, you need to decide how you want to market them. This can be a fun process because you should try to mix both consistency with some experimentation. Do you already have a great following or engaged community on Facebook? Then, obviously you should allocate some of your marketing budget in front of that audience, but also consider trying a new marketing avenue to tap into a new audience. Always had lots of Facebook success? Maybe it’s time to try Instagram or Twitter.
In addition to changing up your marketing avenues, consider a shift in your content as well! If you have always only done blog posts, then maybe now is the time to try hosting a podcast, creating some online courses, or attending live events. How about adding some speaking engagements? Try to do some of them for free for small, local groups and offer true value to the attendants. Offering value for free will only inspire them to consider maybe how they could use what you do in other ways for themselves or their businesses.
Once you have created your plan, don’t be so proud that you try to just file it away in a desk somewhere. A plan is only as good as the action which it inspires. Keep it accessible and easy to see and focus on regularly. Consider yourself your own boss telling you what to do and take real action. Ask yourself how to get the ball rolling by considering who to call about events, how to make connections, and what to search.
Also be sure to look at your competition while you are considering your action plan. You might need to shift the way you are marketing to understand when the mood or language changes about a service or offering you may have. I have a health-centered client that has been doing a wildly successful 21 Day Detox program 3-4 times a year for the past three years. In ramping up to start marketing for the next session, she did some research to learn that her industry has started to really dislike or have a negative opinion towards things that are consider “detox” programs. So, she tried shifting to calling her program a “refresh” to remove that association for her program and get back to a more positive connotation. What happened? Believe it or not, her signups actually completely dropped off. She was so upset and frustrated after having been so successful to lose that momentum, but unfortunately marketing can be a very fickle beast. You need to be constantly studying and learning new things about your niche or audience and seeing what will truly work for you.
The lesson in all this? Make an appointment with yourself in the next week or so to spend 30 minutes reviewing your marketing plan. If you don’t have one, or it’s been awhile, schedule more time to get one started. The time you spend working on your business will pay dividends if you commit to it. Need help? Contact me today for a free discovery session and we’ll see how I can help you get your business and marketing plan on track.
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August 15, 2016 by Lara Galloway
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Have you ever heard the phrase “There must be something in the water”? It is something that is said often when there are a lot of people getting pregnant or having new babies. Well, right now it seems as if that water must be all around me. A lot of my clients are getting ready to have their second or third child and they are wondering how they are going to be more productive with less time. New babies tend to take us into a Bermuda Triangle that makes all of our established schedules and routines mysteriously disappear!
Being Productive vs. Being Busy
It is common that some of my client have confused the idea of being busy with the idea that they are productive. It is possible that you can run at full speed all day and fall into bed exhausted, only to look at your to-do list to realize you didn’t really accomplish much of anything. When you look around and see that being busy is such a norm in our society, you tend to take that as being an acceptable or desirable behavior. Back in my corporate days, I used to work at IBM and productivity strategy was all they ever wanted to discuss. They always wanted to find more ways that we could do more for them in less time.
When really boiled down, having a goal of being productive is really a goal of feeling fulfilled. It really feels good to check things off on a list that gets you even a little bit closer to goals that you have already established. I used to be one of those people that would write big, long, legal pad to-do lists. However I’ve found that a lot of times, it winds up just being a brain dump that doesn’t usually lend to productivity for me.
Focusing on Your Priorities
If you are going to do a to-do list, let’s start taking a look and noting which tasks on your list are your priorities. Make it a point to write down your top 3 priorities for the day or week. These top 3 should be tasks that will get you closer to accomplishing some goals that you already have in progress. Then, take these tasks and make a point to put them down officially on your calendar. It can also often help to estimate the time it will take you to complete each task, especially if it is a common recurring task.
If to-do lists or brain dumps aren’t really for you, then you should consider utilizing hit lists. Hit lists are a tool you can use to break tasks down by how much time they take you to complete. You will have a 5 minute list, 10 minute list, 1 hour, 2 hours, etc. Then, whenever you find yourself with unexpected time, you have those to refer to and can be productive. Read more about hit lists in my blog Using Hit Lists to Get Stuff Done and as usual if you could use some advice or guidance you are always welcome to contact me.
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July 22, 2016 by Lara Galloway
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Being a coach, it is an unfortunate belief that I am always going to push the importance of a coach and that it is always a great idea to hire one. But, you all know I’m more about upfront honesty than a hard sell! I want anyone hiring a coach to be doing it at the right time and for the right reasons. Sometimes it is just not the right choice or the right time. I have had a couple women come to me about hiring me for coaching and, believe it or not, I have actually helped them realize that maybe it’s not the right thing for them right now. I have done this because I care about their success and their investment and maybe they just weren’t quite there yet.
Coaching Takes Work on Your Part
For example, coaching requires a lot of work, commitment, and inspires change in many facets of your life and business. So, if your absolute priority right now is the need to keep things the same, then it is probably not an investment that you are really ready to make. There is nothing wrong with needing some stability, sometimes we all need that in life. Maybe you have gone through some major changes and upheaval recently and you just need some time for recovery. Coaching requires you being able to look forward into the future and for you to make changes, and sometimes if you are in a fragile or delicate place then it may not be right for you and could even do more harm than good, in some situations. Healing may need to happen before you can make the progressive changes that coaching brings. Therapy is always a great option for help during your healing time.
Coaching is NOT a Blueprint
Additionally, maybe you are just looking for a best practice, a blueprint, or a tried and true path to a certain achievement or goal. There are some coaches out there that market themselves like that. They lay claim to having a blueprint and a path of how they achieved something and that you will do it that way too—you will achieve precisely the same results. Those coaches are really a bit of a hybrid. What they are actually selling is more of a product than a full coaching experience. They really fit more into the realm of a business consultant than a true coach. A coach will ask you a bunch of how and why questions about what you are looking to accomplish. How will it fit into your plan? How will it mesh with your priorities and your lifestyle? These are questions you will need to answer for yourself and your coach.
Coaching Helps You Find Your Version of Success
The time to hire a coach is when you are really ready to make adjustments and changes for the sake of progress. When you find yourself saying “I’ve tried this and that” or “I’ve GOT to make the changes or decisions and I know what I need to do, but I don’t know how.” A coach will help you to determine what is really best for yourself, your business, and your family on a one-on-one basis.
It’s very easy to get sucked into every different version of success, but which one is the best for you, your business and your lifestyle right now? Some people can spend $10,000 on a program that requires 60 hours per week of work to achieve the results, but they just had a new baby. That simply isn’t realistic and is going to require you to push yourself far too much and you may still not achieve the results because there are simply different needs for mompreneurs. A coach will help you to develop the goals that you need to fit with the stage of life that you’re in.
Coaching Means Support and Accountability
My core belief is that people need to decipher what their priorities are, then have support to create goals that align with those priorities. The last piece of the puzzle is having someone to help them stay accountable to those goals. I believe the most crucial time to hire a coach is when you have a major lifestyle change. Things like having a new baby, quitting a part-time job or getting a job, retiring, adding on employees or expanding your business are times when you could use the clarity and assistance that a coach can really provide.
In the end, it is not always right to hire a coach and that’s perfectly fine. It is always important to do what is best for you, your business, and your family. Feel free to connect with me and we can do a free 20 minute strategy call and I will help you determine if it’s your time for coaching!
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July 8, 2016 by Lara Galloway
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When it is cold and windy outside, we all find ourselves daydreaming of the warmth and freedom of the summertime, don’t we? Unfortunately, then the summer actually comes around and some of us have mixed feelings about its arrival. Suddenly as wonderful as the warm weather is, we also realize that this means the school year is over and our schedules majorly shift. It’s also not uncommon to go into a programmed “relaxation mode” in the summer. That is wonderful, but with kids home all the time and no routine, how do we do that?!
The summer is a great time to enjoy quality time with family vacations, having the kids home and (sometimes) just some peace and quiet to yourself. A lot of my clients choose to “power down” over the summer time just slow down and not be working as much or as hard as through the rest of the year. This can easily be confused as a lack of motivation and then they start feeling feeling like they’re not accomplishing enough. It is totally normal to struggle with this paradigm shift. So, how can we be strategic with juggling the summertime and being a mompreneur?
This is often my number 1 request for advice from those I am coaching – how to make it through the summer. Summertime is both a blessing and curse – because we get to enjoy our freedom, but we also tend to give up our routine. The lack of structure and routine (especially for bored kids) adds to the stress and chaos of everyday life. When kids get bored they will usually start misbehaving or bugging you because they are in need of stimulation. When the routine changes (or stops altogether) everybody gets on a different body clock or rhythm and it’s easy to fall out of sync. Your little kids are up and ready to play at 5 or 6am while yourself and your teenagers find yourself staying up later than usual.
Trouble easily starts from a lack of clear expectations. Kids are used to a routine during the school year. They are told everyday at school what they will be doing and what to expect during the course of each day. How can you combat all the chaos?
So, I have three tips for you to survive the summer:
- Developing a family calendar
- Having a family meet daily
- Encouraging input and collaboration
Developing a calendar seems like a no-brainer but is also something that a lot of us fail to execute. Moms and dads are always running around knowing who needs to be where, with what, at what time but often the kids are not privy to this information ahead of time. Maybe Mom and Dad have the cell phone calendars linked, but where does this leave the little ones? Kids ages 3 and up can start learning about what to expect and what is coming up on their family calendar. Helping them have clear expectations will help your home run so much smoothly. I love having a big visual calendar and filling in all the events that we know are going to take place. It is important to have your kids contribute to the calendar as well. Let the little ones who are too young to read draw or use stickers to know what is coming. Get your calendar out of your head and get it into a public place for all to see and understand.
Having a family meeting can help everyone be on the same page. No, it doesn’t have to be rigid and formal. Just chat about each week and each day in the morning while Mom is pouring her coffee and the kids are eating their cereal. Look at the calendar and talk about what’s coming up, add anything new things and give a brief overview. Once again, helping to set those expectations. I’m telling you, the best summers we have ever had are when we start each day with a family meeting.
Don’t just get your family members to participate, but get their input and encourage them to really collaborate together on your calendar. Don’t try to simply set a schedule and expect everyone to follow it AND be happy about it. Get your kids and family members to contribute and give back their opinions and feelings about how they would like things to go and help build those expectations. You will be so very happy you did (and they will probably cooperate better, too)!
If you put these into place, you can enjoy a smoother, more relaxing summer. Good luck!
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