Is YOUR Plan Coming Together?

Wow, I’m sitting here today in awe of the journey I have been on over the past three years and how it has brought me here, to this moment in my life…do you ever have moments like that?

It all started with a passion…a purpose, but it’s not been a straight  path…

Claire Portrait 9I knew that I wanted to help women to be their best…to show them that, if I can change my life around, then they can too…

I felt compelled and excited with my mission but I needed a vehicle to help me do it…

I chose to become a Life Coach and I qualified and then I travelled to Spain to study NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) with John Grinder and became Certified in that too…

I created my Life Coaching business and found a niche that I loved – discovering Life Purpose…

But the entrepreneurial journey wasn’t easy…I had much to learn…

I didn’t seem to be able to make sufficient income from my passion… and fearing that I may lose my all-important dream of coaching women to success, I chose to change course for a while and learn the ‘art’ of internet marketing…

I did this for two reasons – to learn how to attract women to my coaching business AND to learn how to create a second income stream – to take off the pressure a little…

Throughout this part of my journey, I have felt the jigsaw pieces falling into place – the knowledge that I lacked has magically materialised in the form of other entrepreneurs willing to offer their own experience, guidance and time…helping me to bring forth skills and belief in myself that I never knew I had…

Looking back, I realise that over the past 8 months, I have not acknowledged myself for my successes, but in fact I have earned over $20,000 (extra) in affiliate marketing alone…as I write that, it is finally sinking in…

I have learned an incredible amount and having started this online marketing journey as a complete novice, I now feel a quiet confidence that grows in power every day…

My passion to empower women grows stronger than ever, but now I have new skills to offer up…skills not only to create purpose, but to create wealth…

Last week I was chosen to help lead the DEA Black Member Masterminds, focusing my skills pertaining to motivation and mindset and providing my knowledge to other entrepreneurs to empower them on their journey…

I am about to re-launch Alive Woman as a Business Mentor, showing women how to ‘Sparkle & Shine Online’…

Wow! I now realise why my success wasn’t instant…there were things I needed to learn and a journey I needed to take to create more than just a life coaching business…

There IS a purpose to it all…there is a grand plan…

So, when you feel success is eluding you, it is not…

You are meant for more, and you may need to wait a little longer, but it will be worth it…

Don’t lose faith..don’t lose momentum…hold course and when the time is right, like me, you will look back and be grateful you were pushed to reach your potential.

And if you want to be surrounded by the awesome people that helped me achieve my dreams then discover who they are by clicking HERE

To Your Success!

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The Pursuit Of Personal Freedom

I remember a time when I felt trapped in a box, knowing I felt caged in, but unable to take the action to change anything…

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I felt insecure in who I was, and I just didn’t know how to break free and discover new answers, so instead, I went along with the flow of life, unhappy yet paralysed in my emotional dungeon…

 

Life has thrown at me many events that have tested me…taken me to my emotional limits…it has likely been the same for you…

 

And I know, that at the time, it’s hard to understand why life has handed us these cards…deep down, we are good people, right?

 

But there is a reason…and I truly believe this to be true…

 

I believe that the universe knows we can handle these struggles and find our strength…we will build backbone from our pain, and tough as it can seem, over time we will become greater women as a result…

 

The Universe knows that in time, we will gain the ability to understand these events and look at them with new eyes…

 

With renewed focus and meaning that allows us to understand how these events have, in fact, enabled us to become the women we are today…strong women, with compassion, integrity, leadership…

 

So after all you have been through, surely now is the time to harness that personal power…time to make a choice as to how you will focus your purpose…

 

Step up and take a stand for your life…to use your life experience to provide value & support for others…

 

After all, who are you REALLY? What big vision do you have for YOUR LIFE?

 

These are questions you must ask…to live a life of contribution & gratitude…to feel happy and alive…

 

For me, as a single mum, it took some time for me to maneuver around and find my way…to materialise my purpose…but I’ve felt it for some time…

 

I had a vision for a business that allowed me to stand up and be heard…to speak up for & empower other women…

 

I learned what I needed to learn, I kept my vision every day…
And I got real about my objective…my business model…the one that would give me the Personal Freedom I desired AND would help me give the gift of personal freedom to other women too…

 

I chose an online business…to share my message with the world…
I can work from anywhere as long as I have a laptop and an internet connection – FREEDOM!

 

And it has given me the incredible personal freedom to be ME…I can share my story with others…I can choose a business blueprint that thrills and fulfils me…a mission that inspires me…

 

I have chosen to be part of the Digital Experts Academy, and I have the backing and knowledge of a huge community of wonderful online entrepreneurs…for support and masterminding…

 

The pieces of the jigsaw puzzle have fallen into place…I feel complete…

 

With comparatively little initial investment compared to offline models and the ability to work on YOUR terms…as a busy mum, running an online business has been the perfect solution…

 

So, if you would like to hear more about Digital Experts Academy or any of the products and services I will be providing to help women ‘Sparkle & Shine Online’…then please just contact me at claire@alivewoman.com…I’d love to talk to you 🙂

To Your Success!

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It’s A Biochemical Business!

Neuro-transmittersThis week I hosted Come Alive! Club, my empowerment club for women…and we had the pleasure of listening to a speaker who certainly opened my eyes to the importance of understanding the basic biochemical reactions in the human body…

The biochemicals flowing around our bodies affect our state or mood in any given moment…and, as I was about to discover, can play an important part in attracting people to our business!

I’m no expert in this area, but I thought you may be as interested as I was to hear about just four of these powerful biochemicals…and, how you can use your understanding to create better results in your business relationships!

So, here they are…

Endorphines

These chemicals are produced naturally in the body primarily by the pituitary gland and bond to opiate receptors in the nervous system, just like morphine or any other strong pain killers do.

So the principle function of endorphins is to inhibit the transmission of pain signals; however, happily, they may also produce a feeling of euphoria!

Endorphines are released during exercise, and you may well recognise that ‘happy’ feeling whilst exercising … or not! Lol…

However, overall, the release of endorphins, relieves pain, relieves stress and generally improves mood!

So if you’re having a bad day, here are some easy methods to release endorphins on demand to feel GOOD! Here they are!…

Eat Chocolate
Eat Chillies
Exercise
And Simply Smile!

Dopamine

Dopamine originally evolved in humans to encourage them to search for food! When food was found, a dose of Dopamine was released – a feeling of euphoria – which provided the instinct and will to do it again!

Dopamine is highly addictive and you will have felt it’s affects every time you have felt a rush upon achieving a goal!

Because Dopamine is addictive, it is very effective in terms of your business, as writing lists, crossing things off and getting things done, releases a shot of Dopamine.

So from now on, write lists, cross items off as you complete them & get your dopamine high!

Serotonin

No doubt you’ve heard of Serotonin…it’s often associated with mood…

The body releases serotonin in the sunshine which is why we love it so much and it makes us feel good…

However, in the UK, at this time of year, you may be a little short of sun, so instead, you can increase your own serotonin levels by taking certain action…

You can acknowledge people…pay them a compliment or recognise people…

Interestingly, you increase your own serotonin levels when you do this… and the wonderful thing is, you’ll increase the serotonin levels of the people you compliment too!

If you ‘give’ serotonin to your customers, they’ll remember how you made them feel and making people feel good about themselves will ensure that they like and trust you…the key elements for building business success!

Oxytocine

This is the love & trust chemical…it heightens your awareness!

A good handshake releases oxytocin…

An act of kindness to others releases oxytocin…

Hugs, Massage…all release oxytocine…it’s about the touch…

And when you make people feel safe in a group, oxytocine levels increase, and if these people are your customers, making them feel accepted and safe builds the good feelings they get from the release of oxytocin and will ensure they remember how safe & acknowledged they feel in your company…and they’ll feel a connection to you ensuring they want to come back for more!

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By Failing To Prepare, Your Preparing To Fail!

I remember the day that I was told these words…and I finally ‘got’ it…

You see, I had been lucky in my first business, I was providing a service that by chance, people just wanted! I advertised my services, and they came – simple!

But then I took the plunge and changed businesses…

For several years I had been fascinated in personal development. I had a life journey that had given me the emotional experience to understand others and the new Life Coaching & NLP qualifications to understand the tools and techniques needed to make change in people’s lives, and I decided coaching is what I wanted to do full time…

So being an all or nothing kinda girl, I quit the tattooing that I’d provided previously and threw myself into being a Life Coach – surely if I built it, they would come, right?…

I was so passionate about my niche – coaching women to create purpose and lives that they love…how could people not want this!!!

I spent 100’s, if not 1,000’s of hours preparing and understanding how to help people…

I practiced coaching over and over for free, listened to endless audios and watched 100’s of videos from the best coaches in the world, reading their books…I created my own Life Purpose Programme and finally I was mentally prepared…an ‘expert’ in my own mind and ready to go….

So wow, was I surprised when no-one wanted it!

And this is the lesson I want to share with you today…

You see, being passionate about what you do makes a fantastic hobby, but that’s just not enough to create a profitable business…

Of course there are many factors that contribute to a profitable business, but the one that I want to share with you today is fundamentally crucial…

Provide what people actually want AND what they are willing to pay for!

Whilst this may sound obvious, believe me, it’s not. As entrepreneurs, we can get caught up in the fun and passion of our business and because we love it, we ASSUME everyone else will too…

My advice today is to STOP ASSUMING. If you have a business that doesn’t seem to succeed, or you are starting afresh, either way, your first step is RESEARCH…

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Work out the type of people who are likely to buy your product or service – are they male or female, how old are they, what interests do they likely have? And then track them down and ASK THEM whether they would buy what you’re offering and if not, why not? Find out what they need and desire…find out how you need to tweak and change your offering and then provide THAT!

I learned the hard way, but once I got it, it is a lesson that has served me well ever after…

Don’t fall at the first hurdle…research your market & set yourself up to win.

To Your Success!

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Need Money NOW, but overwhelm Is Stopping You In Your Tracks?

You’ve probably heard what I’m going to suggest to you a hundred times before, but I don’t apologise, because right now may be exactly the time you need to hear it again…

imagesThis may not be the right thing for you…it may not fit your circumstances, but just in case, I’m going to say it…

When you have your own business, I know how stressful it can feel to be worrying that you can’t pay your bills, or buy the kids the new Xbox One for Christmas…and it can literally cripple your creativity and your ability to function effectively in your business.

Fear naturally paralyses us, and we can end up not knowing which way to turn…

So first, we must stop and take a step back from our business…and look at it from a third party point of view…

If you were that third party looking in, without that high emotion, what would you see needed to happen?

You see first you must remember that freaking out is not going to change anything…in fact it’ll make things worse as you can’t think straight and decisions made on the back of fear are nearly always the wrong ones…we flit from one idea to another, desperate to make something work…

So STOP and BREATHE…

Then step back into the corner and look at your business objectively as if looking at it as a third party…what can you see would be the way to proceed to start earning a better income in a couple of months time?

Get a clear answer…one that you feel happy with…that feels right.

Then think about this…if you really need more money, how can you give yourself some breathing space? You see, often we know how to make money, but we need to research further, or learn some new things, or prepare, yet we need the money NOW, so instead we panic!

So the first thing to do is this…take some pressure off…give yourself as much space as possible to create a real and researched opportunity to make money, by working out how you can survive financially while you do! Get specific and real about it!

How can you create money by cutting back and saving over the next couple of months? Can you stop eating out in restaurants? Can you stop buying deserts? Can you make packed lunches for the kids? Can you stop buying clothes? Can you cancel the country club membership? Get serious and create some extra income for yourself by simply (and temporarily) cutting back…every little helps, so get serious about it! When you’re wealthy you can have it all back – and more!

Then consider whether you have a back-up plan…who could help you out financially if push really came to shove? If you needed them to, could your parents help you out? a friend?…in the worst case scenario, what action would you take to sort yourself out? This worst case scenario will likely never happen, but being prepared, once again, relieves pressure because you know that if worse comes to worse, you’ll be ok. There is always something that you could do and knowing what that is, creates calm.

So, get yourself to a place where you have the space to think straight…

Then it’s time to create a step-by-step plan…

You see an overall goal is just a dream without a step-by-step plan to get you there…

Creating a plan enables you to get real…to get creative, and to see the pitfalls and be flexible…

Focus upon your body feelings as you write your plan…nerves or other unpleasant feelings will probably indicate your unconscious is not happy with your plan. Don’t ignore it…if you do, you’ll self-sabotage. Re-write your plan, step-by-step until you feel joyful feelings and excitement – only then will you know you have a plan that you’ll implement so that you can get the results you seek.

Get specific about the end result you want…how much money will you earn every month? How many clients or sales will that take?…how exactly will you achieve those clients?

Work backwards from your goal…what would you have done to get there…then incorporate these steps into your day-to-day plan…

Feelings of overwhelm usually indicate that you have set your goal date too soon to complete the work required to achieve it…

So either extend the date for completion of your goal so that you can fit in the many steps that may be required to get there, or…create a smaller goal that your unconscious tells you, you can achieve within the time span chosen.

Keep working upon your plan until you feel confident that you can achieve the desired goal and in the meantime you are not under crippling financial pressure…at all times stay conscious of your feelings to ensure you feel good about the actions you’ll need to take and the time it will take to achieve.

Then, once you have a step-by-step plan that you are happy with, and a goal that makes you feel good, that you have researched for demand and you fully believe you can achieve within your time frame, then commit yourself to work diligently, consistently and determinedly each and every day, following each step of your plan until you have the success you desire.

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If You Want To Make Money – Stop Wearing Too Many Hats!

Woman wearing many hatsWhen we have a product or service that we love and are excited to sell, it can be tempting to try to sell it to everyone – after all, we don’t want to miss out on potential customers by not marketing to them!

However, unless you are already a large & established brand, it is not easy to compete and make money. We believe that if we build it, they will come, but unfortunately most of the time, that’s not the case.

In amongst hundred’s of thousands of other people all marketing to the same broad span of potential customers, if we are only speaking in vague or general terms, no-one will hear us…no-one will turn their head and notice us.

If you are in online marketing, this is especially true.

The undeniable truth I have learnt is that if you are trying to sell to everyone, you end up selling to no one.

And if you are trying to attract leads and potential customers through slashing prices or time-sensitive discounts – then you have made your situation even worse.

Now you are attracting a crowd of penny-pinchers who will come to expect that from you, every single time you have an offer for them to buy.

So what is the solution? How can we create a business that stands out and gets noticed…a business where potential customers are knocking on your door?

Stop wearing too many hats! … this is the problem. By catering to everyone, you appeal to no-one enough to attract them…instead, you make yourself anonymous…just another face in the crowd…

Without realising, we focus all our energy and efforts in creating marketing funnels that talk about the benefits of the product. The problem is that this is much similar to the marketing funnels that every other Tom, Dick and Harry have created for their similar products, and your website looks like a dozen other web pages.

And you are nowhere to be seen.

It’s time for a change…It’s time to shine!

Regardless of the product or service, if you want to make money from sales, you have to make sure that people buy that product or service from you and not your competition.

You have to give your business a personality…shine out from the rest!

Take off all the hats, and pick one! Be an expert – be different. The people that need that one thing that you are an expert in will notice YOU!

You are your business so don’t be afraid to be you and share your life’s experiences, your passions, your failures, your successes…this is giving your business a personality!

People buy from people they relate to, like & trust. It is as simple as that.

The quickest and cheapest way to do that is stop being a Jack of all trades.

Be a Master of your game. Pick a niche. Become an expert. Be different…and share yourself fully with your fans…

You are the expert of your life and your life’s experiences. Share why you chose this business…why you personally love the products…how they helped you to break through, succeed, feel happy… Become a person, not just a website.

Most of us try to keep our personal lives and our business separate. Which is a big mistake.

Your business is a natural extension of you. At least that is how it is supposed to be. So, rather than trying to be someone else in your business, be yourself.

Your life experiences have made you the person that you are today. They have given you the skills that you have, that a lot of others may not have. You are an expert in those skills.

Express them through your business.

Be you, and talk to the people who are like you…show emotion..reveal the real you.  Don’t try to please everyone…speak to the people who will like you, for being you…and trust you because they relate to you…these are your customers…

You will be their expert, because you talk to them in their language. You won’t attract everyone, but you will attract your tribe –  people that are going to follow you – because they know you as a real, living, breathing, walking and talking human being who they can relate to and is also providing value that improves their life and a product that they want or need. When it comes to choosing who they’ll buy that product or service from…you’ll be top of their list.

Share your views, your skills and your life story with them.

What matters is how you have used those life experiences to develop a skill set. And how you are now in a position to share those skills and expertise with your tribe.

Provide them with a ton of value, by way of advice, for FREE. And keep providing.

What you give out, will come back to you…

Don’t wear all those hats – pick a niche, let your personality shine through, stand out from the crowd…

This is how you start seeing positive results in your business.

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