Stop Making Excuses

Excuses, excuses, excuses. We all have them! It’s just part of life! And yet some people are able to never let the excuses stop them, and others let the excuses control them. As a personal trainer, I got really good at helping people notice the excuses and find ways around them. That benefited me BIG time when I started working from home. Many people think a work from home Mom has it made, but it’s quite the opposite! I was Mom from 5am -8pm and then come 8pm, when I was completely exhausted and drained, I suddenly had to put my perky pants on and get to work! I could have used the fact I have 3 kids as an excuse. Or the fact my husband works long hours and is gone Fri-Wed. Even the fact he went to school on his days off would have been a legitimate excuse! Not to mention the fact I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease and discovered to be quite ill! And yet, all of that motivates me MORE!

Stop Making Excuses

Stop Making Excuses

Why??? Because as a Mom, I want to set an example to my kids about how to function no matter what hurdle comes in your path. As a woman of God, I want to show others that God gives us these mountains to show people they can be moved! I’m a firm believer that my story could be life changing for someone else. Every struggle I encounter, every setback with my health, every hurdle I climb reminds me I can do this, and when I reach the top, I will have an AMAZING story to share!

 

That inspires me not to let the excuses stop me. Every person is different though and you have to find what personally will inspire you! Is it setting an example for your kids? Buying something you really want? Getting more time with your spouse? Being able to retire early? Find what will inspire you to work hard! It has to be something big, or very important to you because the honest truth is there will always be EXCUSES, but if you are motivated enough…..you will fly over those excuses easily! In 2017 my health got much worse, my husband spent a month in the hospital and almost died, I ended up in the hospital multiple times, we had a death in our family, I got pneumonia, the whole family got the stomach bug, I ran a fever for 3 months straight….the list goes on and on! But I also had the best year ever in my business. I also learned what are the best things to do for my health. My husband and I got out of debt. The positive list goes on and on to, and all because I never let a hurdle stop me. Every time I encountered an excuse, I found a way to get around it!

Stop Making Excuses

Sometimes it really helps having a partner who you can share your goals with, and discuss your struggles. They can point out if you are making too many excuses and help come up with ways around them! One thing I have learned over the years and through all my crazy struggles is that if you truly want to succeed bad enough, NOTHING will stop you! So the question is, how bad do you want it???

 

 

Dana

New Year, New Goals

The New Year is coming, and with that, New Years Resolutions!! For many small business owners, this is a time to evaluate how your business did over the past 12 months, and what your plans are for the coming 12 months. In order for your business to be successful and thrive, set goals for yourself! Start out small, but make sure you are growing your business every month. Whether it’s by adding 3 new customers, or by adding a new business partner, you need to grow monthly and stay consistent!
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New Year, New Goals

If you are struggling to grow and find your business going down hill each month, put a stop to it!! Take stock of what you did that works, and what didn’t work. Stop relying on social media to build your business, and get out in your community!! Pass our flyers, leave business cards around, and offer samples! If you aren’t talking about your business, then its not growing!

You can also search out craft fairs in your area, most have them in the Spring and these are a GREAT way to get your product/business out there to a new market. Be creative with these, offer free samples, prizes and incentives. You can find some great ideas for events on Pinterest. Make sure to get get people to sign up for your newsletter, this way you have their contact information even after the event is over.

And if you don’t have a newsletter, start one NOW. This is a great way to let your current and past customers know about new deals, plus ways to offer them incentives if they refer friends or host a party. Keep in touch and show them you appreciate their business. A happy customer stays around and refers their friends to shop with you too!

Remember in order to be successful, you have to put in the work! Some people can get by with just a few hours a week, but most of us require a few hours each day of work! Especially if you just started a new business, it takes people 7 times being exposed to a product to be ready to buy!

 

Here are Five Tips To Help Your Business Be Successful
1) Always be the hardest worker in the room! I never ask others to do thing I personally won’t do and because of that, I lead by example.
2) Be consistent. Nothing is worse than having business partners that stop, start, stop, start over and over again! Be known as someone who is always consistent.
3) Have an accountability partner. It’s always great to have someone you can share ideas with, and who will call you out if you aren’t doing your work.
4) Plug In To Training’s! A lot of time the things you struggle with, someone else has been there and overcome it! If you plugin, you can learn.
5) Drop the excuses! Everyone can find an excuse why things won’t work. Don’t even bother with them. Make this the year you succeed, no matter what!

 

Do you have some tips for being successful this year? Feel free to share them with me!!!

Dana

How To Stay Thankful

November is one of my favorite month’s of the year. I love that the leaves finally begin to change, the weather gets a tad bit cooler (sometimes, I do live in the south after all), and I can drink my coffee HOT! I especially love the practice of celebrating things I’m thankful for, both big and small and preparing for Christmas. This November though, I’ve gone thru an entire month of chaos! Literally I think I have had one “normal” day. And yet when I was having coffee with a friend, she asked how I could smile after all the chaos.

How To Stay Thankful

The truth is, sometimes it’s hard! I started this month out with the flu, then got a chest infection on top of that. My husband lost a beloved member of his family and had to go out of town for a few days (and of course during that time one of his dog’s got out and I had to trample thru briers to save him), and my daughter got a stomach bug at that time too! Then the medicine I was on gave me a horrible reaction so I was sick again plus had to go off the medicine. While being sick, I also had many obligations I still had to keep! Of course the fun stuff too of 3 Thanksgiving Lunches for my kids and 2 Thanksgiving Play’s and my family get together along with photos for the Holiday’s. That put us to fall break and I was so excited for a week of fun activities….and then my daughter woke up at 2am with a massive stomach bug. Needless to say I never went back to sleep that night, and sleep is something someone with an autoimmune disease really needs! To add to it, 2 days later I got the bug and of course the next day my husband and 2 boys got it too! From all the sickness, my oldest ended up having a severe asthma attack (first one in over 6 months so that’s good!). That brings us to today where we are approaching then end of the month and it’s been no stop chaos!!!!

How To Stay Thankful

How do I manage to write this with a smile??? Because it’s life! Stuff is going to go wrong, it’s going to be crazy, it’s going to be exhausting. But how I chose to still be thankful is by focusing on the joy! Yes it was a horrible month, but we got to spend time with family, saw the Christmas Movie The Star (super cute by the way!), had great food, and learned 3 bathroom’s aren’t enough for 5 sick people (make a joke, it helps!!) I also don’t dwell on the bad stuff for long as then we miss out on all the joyous moments. I truly believe if we look for the positive, we can find it! No matter what the situation is! I especially am thankful for my job this month as with all that craziness, most people would have to call out. But with me being my own boss, I just rearranged my schedule! I also got to watch quite a few Christmas Movies with my kiddos during our sick time and did all my Holiday Shopping Online!! See, if you look for the positive, you can ALWAYS find something to be thankful for! I encourage you this Holiday Season not to focus on what goes wrong, but instead make an effort to look at all the things that go RIGHT! Not only will it make you a happier person, it will teach your children to do the same!

Dana

Online Teaching

How do you find the perfect work from home job? The key is finding something you enjoy, that pays well, and works with your schedule! One popular job I’d love to show you today is online tutoring!

Many people choose to work in direct sales because of the flexibility it offers, yet that’s not the perfect fit for every one. Other people choose customer service jobs thanks to the set income, yet those set hours don’t work for moms with little kids at home. Being a virtual assistant or getting certified to do billing are other options. One I’ve heard a lot about lately, and is a newer program, is online teaching!

Online teaching

Online Teaching

This program is called Vipkid and focuses on teaching kids in China, how to speak English. As long as you have a bachelor’s degree, you can apply for this job!!! What really appeals to Mom’s looking for some income, is the fact you can pick which hours you work, and how many hours you work!

 

You get paid in a few different ways with Vip kid. For each class you teach, you earn $7-9. You also earn $1 for finishing the class and $1 for leaving feedback within 12 hours of teaching the class. Let’s say you work 6-8:30 each day, for 5 days. That puts you earning around $200 a week!! Not bad at all!! Most people with the company are earning around $2,000 per month! Just by fitting this in while their kids sleep!

 

The company also has training’s where you can learn how to tutor better, and what thing’s they are looking for.  They also work with your schedule, which we all know is important as a Mom! They have great reviews online too from many people who enjoy the income they earn with this job. The only complaint is people wish they could work more, and that benefits were offered. But for Mom’s looking to earn some extra income from home, this seems like a great fit!!

Online Teaching

VIPKID is currently looking for online teachers to teach young students in China via video-conferencing. Teachers will earn on average between $14-$22usd per hour. This opportunity is ideal for teachers looking to supplement their income.

Who Qualifies?
– One (1) school year of traditional teaching experience or the equivalent in mentoring, tutoring, or alternative education
– Bachelor’s degree in any field
– Eligibility to work in the US or Canada

Contact them to APPLY HERE 

Dana

I Can’t Be Successful Because….

Have you ever had one of those days where it seems everything is going wrong? And then it stretches into a week, a month, then a year??? You think you are alone and everyone else life is great. You see them with their happy family, being successful, and you begin to feel you just can’t figure life out. Welllllll, I’m here to tell you today to STOP beating yourself up! Did you know your thoughts directly influence your behavior? If you are telling yourself you can’t be successful, you are actually setting yourself up that way. Try switching it and saying “I can be successful”. Yes, I know that’s hard when you are having a hard day. Trust me, I know!! I’ll share with you a few tips on what I do to turn my bad mood around and be successful even when every hurdle is placed in my way and how to stop making excuses!!!

I Can’t Be Successful Because….

I Can't Be Successful Because....

First let me give you a backstory….I have 3 kids under the age of 7. My husband works 13 hour shifts at hospital at night, and goes to class on his days off. Most days it’s all Mom, all day. Which as all us Mom’s know can be very tough! Add in there I run my own business, and then the hardest part, I have an autoimmune disease! I don’t like to complain, I don’t like people to know how sick I am, I like to be a positive person. But the reality is 75% of the time I don’t feel well. I do everything the Dr’s suggest, I have great gut health (no don’t try and sell me stuff LOL), no inflammation in my body (yay for my really good vitamins), don’t eat gluten, dairy, or sugar, have done the extreme diets and payed a gazillion dollars for specialists. I’m just one of those people they can’t figure out. I’m sure it does have to do with how busy my life is BUT some things you truly can’t change haha. People ask me all the time how I am able to be successful with my busy life and being sick, and the answer is I don’t use that as an excuse!! You will never catch me saying “I can’t do that because…..” Instead I will say “I will find a way….” That right there is why I am successful!

I Can't Be Successful Because....

Our brain is a powerful tool. If we are constantly saying bad things about ourselves or our situations, we will believe them! I tell myself I have to be successful, I will not let this disease take things away from me, but I also want to set a good example for my kids! I also want to show other people that no matter what obstacles get in their way, if they keep going, they too can find success! Yes it’s hard. Yes there are days I want to scream. Yes I get discouraged. But you gotta get back up, put on your big girls shoes, and always keep moving forward! Here are some of my favorite tips to STOP telling yourself you can be successful:

  1. Read a motivational quote daily. I have them sent to my email each day!
  2. Participate in a Bible study (this might not be for you and that’s fine, but it’s my favorite way as I always hear what I need that day!)
  3.  Stop using the words “I can’t, I won’t, I’m not, It’s not working, I’m too busy” etc. Those are EXCUSES! We are all busy, stop babying yourself and just do it. (Harsh I know, but sometimes we need someone to call us out!! I use to say “I can’t go out and meet people” as I was tired….until someone suggested I meet people online and stop using that as a excuse.)
  4. Cut the negative nellies out! I surround myself with positive energy. One side effect from autoimmune diseases is depression so I’m very careful about the energy around me. It’s true that you can rub off on people and vice versa. If someone starts getting negative, help them find positive solutions! Now it’s fine to complain when you have a bad day, we all need to vent, just don’t dwell on it!
  5. Ask your friends for encouragement, prayers, support, etc on days where you really need it! Don’t curl up and hold it all in, that just makes it worse. This is one I still struggle with. I want to be seen as a strong woman and sometimes saying I’m having a bad day, makes me feel weak. That’s not the case!!!
  6. Participate in things that are fun for you! I love walking. That always lifts up my mood!
  7. Write a letter to future you. I know this sounds weird, but where do you want to be in 10 years? In the same spot you are now? Or better? I write that stuff out! It encourages me because the only way we improve, is with hard work!
  8. Ask for help! Sometimes having someone else look at our situation and offer ideas can bring new things to light! Just make sure you don’t start making excuses to them! If you tried it already, say “I’ve tried that, these were the results, what should I do differently?”
  9. Keep going!! I’ve heard it asked “I’m doing everything right, why am I not successful yet?” And the answer is you just need to keep doing it longer! Not everyone is the same, not everyone hits goals the same time, not every business is the same! Don’t compare yourself to others, just keep doing YOUR best.
  10. Find a way! I love the quote “If you can’t run, walk, if you can’t walk, crawl” That right there is one that motivates me. My journey is not the same as others. I see many running while I have to crawl….but I’m still moving forward!

 

Do not let the excuses control you!

Do not convenience yourself you can’t be successful!

Do not let negative thoughts in your brain!

Own your faults, call yourself out on them, and then move forward!

I Can't Be Successful Because....

Most the time when I see people not being successful the way they want, it’s simply because they are letting excuses get in there way. My best piece of advice is NO EXCUSES, just make it happen! Life is hard, but quitting is much much harder! Tell yourself this time you won’t quit and see what happens!

 

Dana