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Being Happy As An Entrepreneur Is A Choice

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Being Happy As An Entrepreneur Is A ChoiceOwning a business is a tough job.

In addition to sharing your gifts, you have to keep your business operating, the marketing wheels turning and your employees fulfilled. If you’re like me, your immediate circle of family and friends are not entrepreneurs, and it’s difficult to share your struggles with them. In fact, entrepreneurship can be downright lonely.

When I started my first business in 2010, I rode on a “I’m-outta-corporate” high that sustained me for a while. My business was doing okay, and the novelty of being an entrepreneur was keeping me content.

However, after two years of running my agency, I knew there was more I needed to do with my gifts. I was put on this earth to teach, and my agency did not offer me a chance to teach and share. So, I started my second business – a private coaching practice – to help deliver my gifts more fully to the world.

Here’s the thing: Opening my second business was the right thing for me to do, but it was not the easiest. People knew me as a social media expert who implemented great solutions, not as a marketing coach with vast knowledge that could serve them.

Six months after I declared my coaching practice “open for business,” I still had not secured one client. Not one.

That’s when the unhappiness set in. And it hit me like a tornado.

I remember lying on my couch in the middle of the night, crying because I felt certain that I should go back to a corporate job so I can earn more money. The sadness enveloped me like a fog.

I would break through my sadness at times when little moments of joy would find their way into my life. But these little joyful moments seemed fleeting: There for just a moment before escaping out of my grasp.

Do you see how I was interpreting happiness and joy? Fleeting, temporary, little.

No wonder I wasn’t happy! I was choosing to focus on the unhappiness, instead of the moments of joy that were indeed much bigger than I was giving them credit for.

I didn’t fall into this realization on my own, and it didn’t hit me like a ton of bricks either. It was a gradual process, seeing the signs from the Universe that were telling me:

Jill, happiness is an inside job. It’s a choice – one you can make, or not.

Happiness is a choice

Here’s the cool part:  Once the “you-choose-happiness” realization became part of my mindset, everything changed for my business.

I attracted more of my ideal clients. I tapped into more opportunities to teach. I took more risks. I made my money.

And, most importantly, I was happier. So much happier.

Do I still have days of unhappiness? You bet. However, instead of dwelling there, I now make those unhappy thoughts fleeting, little and temporary. I shift my focus to the happy parts of my life. I thank The Universe for my blessings (for there are many!). I have learned that those unhappy moments are just the “breakdowns before the breakthroughs” – the speed bumps you have to navigate over in your journey – and I thank The Universe for them too.

Entrepreneurs, happiness is a choice. I challenge you to find the happiness and joy in your day, even when things seem bleak. I am living proof that when you choose happiness, your business thrives. Embrace those joyful moments and show gratitude for your abundance. You’ll be so happy that you did.

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Choosing Happiness

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What Is Your Perfect Day?

Have you ever envisioned what your perfect day would look like?

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It’s not something I had ever given a lot of thought to, until I was asked to visualize it as part of a mindset exercise. I turned on some relaxing music, got out my favorite pen and journal, and started to think about “Jill’s Perfect Day.”

As soon as my pen hit the paper, my perfect day flowed from me. I didn’t let fear, or outrageous ideas, or pride get in my way. I wrote about the type of bed I want to have, a new computer, exercising, eating healthy, journaling and serving my clients in the best way possible. My pen moved effortlessly as these thoughts ran through me. I smiled the entire time. Continue reading

The #1 Marketing Mistake Entrepreneurs Make

Do you have a marketing plan? If not, you are not alone. Most clients who hire me as their coach are often without a marketing plan. And this is the most common mistake entrepreneurs make with their marketing.

The #1 Marketing Mistake Entrepreneurs Make

Your marketing plan is your road map

Why is it important to have a marketing plan? An analogy I love to use is to imagine you are embarking on a road trip to a city you’ve never been to. Would you just jump in the car and start driving? Of course not. Most likely, you would program your GPS, or plan your route on your phone, or consult a road atlas. You would have a plan to help you reach your destination.

That’s exactly what a marketing plan is – your road map for your marketing journey. Just as you wouldn’t get in your car and start driving, you shouldn’t start marketing without a plan. Your marketing plan will help you reach your destination – whether it’s more clients, higher profit or less wasted resources. Continue reading

How To Attract Clients Through Social Media

Have you successfully attracted new customers through your social media efforts? If converting social media fans to paying customers seems like an insurmountable task, then check out these three tips to help improve your social media interactions.

How To Attract Clients Through Social Media

#1: Focus on the quality of your fans, not the quantity

How many times have you seen people post this message on Facebook: “Only 30 more fans until I reach 1,000! Please like my page!” Here’s the problem with this strategy: When you work toward a certain fan or follower count, you are not focusing on getting high-quality fans (the type of fans who will buy from you). Instead of worrying about how many fans or followers you have, focus on how many high-quality fans you have. Continue reading